Health Matters


Alameda-based Terecita L. Dean, DDS, NMD, is a native of the Bahamas and a cross-disciplinary dentist and naturopath. In her book The Genesis of Whole Body Health, Dean extracts information from her childhood, exposure to bush medicine in the Bahamas, her practice and general knowledge to explore the connection between the oral environment and integrative health care.


Are you looking for a nursing home for yourself or a loved one? People go to nursing homes for different reasons. They may be sick or hurt and require ongoing nursing care. They may have had surgery and need time to recuperate. Or they may have chronic-care needs or disabilities that make long-term nursing care a necessity.

Many communities have nursing homes. But how do you pick one that’s best for you or your family member in need? The first step is to learn about the available facilities in your area. You can do that in a number of ways.


Out of shape at age 79, I decided it was time to begin exercising. I signed up for an aerobic fitness class at Mastick Senior Center. Wow, was I in for a surprise. The class is almost non-stop for nearly two hours. It has at least 50 senior citizens. The instructor is Alameda native Julie Manown, an American-certified aerobics instructor. She’s taught aerobic classes since 1995, and is dynamic and personable. 


The Emergency Department (ED) at Alameda Hospital is the closest choice for residents in Alameda. The hospital’s emergency physicians and nurses have 24-hour access to the latest technologies and stand ready to rapidly assess and triage arriving patients. Alameda Hospital’s response to an emergency is immediate and comprehensive. For patients arriving by ambulance, constant communication with the incoming paramedics ensures that the ED team is fully prepared to treat upon arrival.

According to management at the Trader Joe’s at South Shore Center, Alameda County’s reusable bag ordinance has helped reduce the store’s daily paper bag churn by 75 percent. Throughout the county since 2013, customers are charged 10 cents per grocery bag. Rather than pay the fee, customers bring their own paper, plastic or canvas bags. Trader Joe’s started the reusable bag revolution in 1971 with its “save-a-tree” canvas bag campaign. The county ordinance clearly has helped the campaign.