Health Matters

On Jan. 26 City Council directed staff to prepare an ordinance requiring of tobacco retailers be licensed. The ordinance would also include a ban on the sale of menthol and other flavored tobacco. Licensed tobacco dealers will need to pay an annual fee.
A draft of the ordinance is available at
residents/smoke-policies. The city has scheduled a meeting with Alameda tobacco retailers and the public to review this draft and document community feedback. 


The last two weeks, I have heard many people tell me they have stopped watching the news. They say they feel overwhelmed, scared, depressed and helpless. I have asserted for many months that I believed the political agenda is affecting people more than they are aware. 

Though colorectal cancer cases have been steadily decreasing for the past two decades, it remains the third-most-common cancer in both men and women — with 90 percent of cases in people age 50 or older. 


The local clinic, Optimized Wellness Center, “takes a whole- person approach to healthcare, seeking to treat the underlying causes of disease and injury rather than treating the symptoms themselves,” according to its website. The clinic is offering free seminars on several health-related topics held on Thursdays over the next three months.

Symbolic Vision and Seeing the Bigger Picture

  • Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Discuss how change in thought or vision can lead to change in the physical environment.

Amino Acid Therapy

Seniors make up about 15 percent of Alameda’s population, yet many are forced to leave the Island for healthcare due to both a shortage of physicians and practices capping the number of Medicare patients they’ll accept. 

Calyx Health is a new doctor’s office exclusively for Medicare seniors. Its team of physicians, technologists and Medicare experts are on a mission to build the healthcare system that seniors deserve and the country urgently needs — starting right here in Alameda.