Health Matters

What's on Your Mind?

A question was asked by a person who wanted to change a person’s way of looking at the world. She said that this individual tends to be critical, rejecting and unhappy. I address this concern regularly in my office. 

We often have a tendency to focus on the less-than-ideal things in our lives. We are more inclined to criticize someone than compliment them. 


Former Miss California USA participant Jessica Robinson, known locally as Miss Alameda, has joined up with Alameda’s ReThink Disposable program to involve high school students in a new environmental project to help 100 local businesses go “packaging free.”

The young people will produce creative work such as posters and films to complement the work of on-the-ground champions who are engaging businesses. The program saves the average small business thousands of dollars each year in packaging costs as well as reducing the impact of trash on the local environment. 


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. 


When a child goes to college away from home, the hope is that that child is happy and eager to move out of the family home. The hope is that the parents are supportive of the decision and also prepared for the child to move out of the family home.


Many of my patients are familiar with reflux even if they don’t know it by its official name. It’s that feeling of burning in the chest and sometimes throat, which can even get as bad as to cause burning in the sinuses. Antacids and proton pump inhibitors (PPI) like Prevacid are the typical remedies. Histamine H2 blockers like Pepcid can help, but they can also leave one feeling groggy. PPIs, when used long term, can lead to hypomagnesia — or low magnesium levels — malabsorption, malnutrition, osteoporosis and gastrointestinal infections.