Health Matters


My mom, 88 stubborn years old, still lives on her own in a big house with a cat that loves to get underfoot. Because I work in healthcare, I have an all-too-vivid recognition of the perils that can befall someone in her situation. So, posted on her kitchen bulletin board is a bright pink sheet of paper called a POLST.


Brian Wu began his writing career early. As a fifth grader, he wrote a story he called “Wacky Olympics.” He later wrote “Body Wars,” a personification of the immune system and how human bodies fight disease.


The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors with all blood types to give now to replenish an extremely low summer supply.

“Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed,” the Red Cross said in a press release. The Red Cross has experienced a significant drawdown in its supply of blood. 


The history, science behind hot stone massage therapy

The use of stones and gemstones for healing purposes dates back thousands of years. Both verbal and written history confirm the Chinese used heated stones more than 2,000 years ago as a means of improving the function of internal organs. Stones were also used for healing work in North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Egypt and India.


The word chiropractic is a combination of two greek words, chiros and praxis, meaning done  by hand, more or less. And for the religiously minded, this symbol    was used to refer to chiropractors in a combination of the greek letters chi and rho. 

I recently did a Google/Yelp search for Alameda chiropractors. My goodness, there were a lot of results. There have always been a handful of chiropractors in Alameda, my parents and myself included (rest in peace, dad).