Health Matters

Many people think enrolling in Medicare is a once-in-a-lifetime event that’s timed with retirement. But such a set-it-and-forget-it attitude about health care coverage options can be a costly mistake.

Each year, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to re-shop their health and drug coverage choices during the annual open enrollment season (now through - Dec. 7) for coverage that begins Jan 1. Unfortunately, few do.

Cancer is like a weed. It can take more than 10 years for the first symptoms to sprout up. With early detection, patients have many more options to take advantage of advances in treatments. 

Conventional oncologists destroy the weed like RoundUp; they burn or poison it with medication, or they cut it out with surgery. This often only weakens the cancer in order to help the body overcome it. At times, this treatment is prudent and effective. But many doctors fail to treat the cause. 

Local clinic looks to reduce insurance costs by $100,000

Choosing a Medicare insurance plan is one of the most important decisions a senior makes. Yet without proper guidance and education, many seniors end up choosing the wrong plans — and that mistake can be expensive.

It continues to surprise me how many parents do not teach their children to participate in responsibilities around the house. We set a model for how our children will behave. As they mature, we also educate them about roles we play in our families. 

Women complain frequently about the lack of shared responsibilities from their partners. Some men did not grow up in homes that taught them to participate fully. 

Alameda resident Julie Lyons lives an active lifestyle. She runs her own acupuncture business, main-tains an active workout schedule and stays up to date with friends and family. Lyons enjoys a lifestyle similar to any other Alamedan, but she also has multiple sclerosis (MS). 

“It’s kind of like every day I feel like I run a marathon,” said Lyons. “Fatigue can be a major symptom for some people with MS.”