Health Matters

Four themes commonly surface this time of year: 

  • Concern about spending money. 
  • Regret about certain rituals. 
  • Interest in avoiding a holiday party. 
  • Stress that results from determining how to divide the celebrations for divided families. 

Money Matters
I have found that the discussion about money begins in November as the anticipation begins. There is talk about the number of people where a gift is necessary or desirable to buy. 


The fall season initiates a time of cooler temperatures, shorter days and longer nights that can cause deleterious moods for some. This is no reason for concern since there are many natural interventions that may improve one’s mood, sleep and energy. 


November is a transition month in Alameda. Warm sunny days may be punctuated by rainstorms, but the nights are cooling down. Plant growth is slowing down and planting begins now for late winter or spring harvests. Here are some things Alamedans might want to do in vegetable gardens during November. 


Fall is upon us and winter is just around the corner. That means it is also influenza season. Influenza, or flu, season begins in October and can last through May. 

Typical flu symptoms include: fever, chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffed-up nose, muscle aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting and diarrhea. The flu virus is extremely contagious and can spread from one person to another when someone talks, sneezes or coughs, even six feet away. 


Alameda Hospital’s Community Health Fair, billed as “Alameda’s premiere health and wellness event of the year” has been scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to noon. Representatives from the hospital will offer free flu shots to the public (14 and older only) while supplies last.