Health Matters


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.


A free Introduction to meditation class is open and available to the public each Monday now until Nov. 27 from 7 to 9 p.m. Classes are held in Alameda at 1134-E Ballena Blvd., #8.

Students will learn a structured meditation method with a focused attention on the breath.  The method is derived from the Buddhist traditions of Thailand and will be taught by practitioner and teacher Chris Morray-Jones, who learned the practice in England three decades ago.

Last November California voters passed Proposition 64, which allows anyone 21 or older to buy recreational marijuana (cannabis) from licensed California sellers beginning January 1, 2018. State lawmakers continue enacting legislation to regulate this multibillion dollar industry.


Residents and businesses can now drink and cook with Alameda Point’s water. Water throughout Alameda Point’s drinking water distribution system has been deemed safe by the State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water. This water once again matches EBMUD’s high quality water supply consistent with other areas outside of the Alameda Point water system.


Sleep is one of the most important things to maintain health and wellness. The brain and body get the chance to process everything they have done during the day, while regenerating and repairing. High-quality sleep is correlated with memory, cognition, mood, weight and appetite. 

Poor sleep can negatively affect the immune system, inhibit memory, adversely affect mood and behavior, increase perceptibility to pain- and other health parameters.