Health Matters


Local resident feels great as 10th decade approaches

Not everyone gets to celebrate a 99th birthday. Even fewer get to actually enjoy it. Alameda resident Phyllis De La Vergne who turned 99 on Saturday, March 11, provides some insight on how to be one of the lucky few to survive and thrive in nine decades. Here’s a few tips from De La Vergne courtesy of her granddaughter, Jana Bothelo.


Born Naturopathic Associates

Anxiety is the most common mental condition in the United States, affecting approximately 40 million adults, and costs the U.S. more than $42 billion a year. There are many pharmaceutical medications that a doctor may prescribe to manage anxiety, but many people choose to forgo this route due to side effects, personal beliefs or they want natural treatments in conjunction with their medications. 

Below are some very easy interventions to employ on a daily basis.



This past holiday season, I found myself in line at the airport counter, waiting to check a bag prior to a flight to visit family and friends. The gentlemen in front of me got frustrated when he found out he had to pay more to check a bag because he hadn’t paid for it online beforehand. After talking to a manager and reviewing the terms of the ticket purchase, the man paid the extra fee.


More than 170 doctors, nurses, health educators and volunteers from Northern California recently completed a five-day medical mission to the Philippines. While there, they provided much-needed medical, dental and surgical services to more than 9,000 low-income residents of Dumaguete and neighboring towns in the Negros Oriental province.


Not long ago, I had dinner with a group of friends from college. One of the big topics of conversation was Medicare, for which we’ll all be eligible in the next several years. (Farewell, callow youth!) And one of the biggest questions about Medicare was, “How much is it going to cost me?”

Like private health insurance, Medicare has premiums, deductible, and co-pays. These costs can — and often do — change from year to year. What you actually pay depends on your work history, income and inflation.