Health Matters


The last two weeks, I have heard many people tell me they have stopped watching the news. They say they feel overwhelmed, scared, depressed and helpless. I have asserted for many months that I believed the political agenda is affecting people more than they are aware. 

Though colorectal cancer cases have been steadily decreasing for the past two decades, it remains the third-most-common cancer in both men and women — with 90 percent of cases in people age 50 or older. 


The local clinic, Optimized Wellness Center, “takes a whole- person approach to healthcare, seeking to treat the underlying causes of disease and injury rather than treating the symptoms themselves,” according to its website. The clinic is offering free seminars on several health-related topics held on Thursdays over the next three months.

Symbolic Vision and Seeing the Bigger Picture

  • Aug. 23, 7 p.m. Discuss how change in thought or vision can lead to change in the physical environment.

Amino Acid Therapy

Seniors make up about 15 percent of Alameda’s population, yet many are forced to leave the Island for healthcare due to both a shortage of physicians and practices capping the number of Medicare patients they’ll accept. 

Calyx Health is a new doctor’s office exclusively for Medicare seniors. Its team of physicians, technologists and Medicare experts are on a mission to build the healthcare system that seniors deserve and the country urgently needs — starting right here in Alameda.

Cataracts often come with age and can affect anyone’s vision. By age 80, more than half of all Americans either have a cataract or have had cataract surgery. New eyeglasses, brighter lighting, anti-glare sunglasses or magnifying lenses may help symptoms. If not, surgery may be necessary.

What is a cataract and what causes it?
A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye that affects vision. The lens lies behind the iris and the pupil. It works much like a camera lens, focusing light onto the retina at the back of the eye, where an image is recorded.