Health Matters


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). 


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.