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News

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

Election flyer mimics newspaper coverage

A flyer is being distributed across Los Altos that looks like it is from the Los Altos Town Crier but was neither created nor distributed by the community’s weekly newspaper. The flyer, pictured at right, is being distributed by workers from Pyrami...

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Schools

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner

LAHS Science and Technology Week features medical examiner


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A Los Altos High School student learns how to use robotic surgical equipment at the school’s Science and Technology Week event last year. Students can also attend hands-on presentations at this year’s event, w...

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Community

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display

Ahoy, matey: Pirate Manor ramps up Halloween display


Town Crier File Photo
Pirate Manor is once again scheduled to arrive in the front yard of Dane and Jill Glasgow’s home on Manor Way in Los Altos, just in time for Halloween.

Although not the Walking Dead, pirate skeletons have been brought to li...

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Sports

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans

Lancers rule the pool against Spartans


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Eric Reitmeir launches the ball over Mountain View High driver David Niehaus (2) and goalie Kenny Tang. The host Lancers won Friday’s non-league game 9-3.

There wasn’t a lot on the line Friday when ...

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Comment

Reeder, Fung for El Camino HCD: Editorial

The good news for the El Camino Healthcare District (formerly the El Camino Hospital District, for those still getting used to the new name) is that there is a contested election Nov. 4 for the district’s board of directors. Three candidates are runn...

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Special Sections

Plant-based diet offers benefits

Plant-based diet offers benefits


Photo by Ramya Krishna
Los Altos resident Nandini Krishna prepares a meat-free dish According to author Caldwell B. Esselstyn Jr., M.D., a plant-based diet can help prevent cancer.

Shirley Okita of Los Altos has found that adhering to a mostly plant...

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Business

New shop offers haute couture for girls

New shop offers haute couture for girls


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
The Girls @ Los Altos at 239 State St. offers clothing lines such as Nellystella as well as toys and other items for girls.

Cecilia Chen opened The Girls @ Los Altos as a tribute to the party dress. Whether it’s for...

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Books

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book

Helping kids catch a few Zs: Local dental hygienist pens meditative bedtime book


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mimi Sommers, who works at a Los Altos dentist’s office, recently wrote a children’s book.

A local dental hygienist recently published a book that aims to ease parents and children during a sometimes anxious e...

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People

BARBARA DARLING MERIDETH

1946-2014

Born in Palo Alto, raised in Los Altos, retired in southern Oregon. Survived by Peter James Merideth, sons Matthew, Jacob and John Merideth, the loves of her life.

She was a housewife who took great pride in her home, her surroundings and...

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Travel

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors

Falling leaves: Four places in California to see autumn colors


Courtesy of Castello di Amorosa
Castello di Amorosa in Calistoga, above, boasts a beautiful setting for viewing fall’s colors – and sampling the vineyard’s wines.

Yes, Virginia, there is fall in California.

The colors pop out in...

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Stepping Out

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn

'Sleepy Hollow' awakens at Bus Barn



Los Altos Youth Theatre’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” a musical based on Washington Irving’s classic story, is set to run through Nov. 2 at Bus Barn Theater. The cast comprises 27 young actors, directed by Cindy Powell. Courtesy o...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Local events add color to autumn calendar

Local events add color to autumn calendar


Van Houtte/town crier Visitors make their way through the Children’s Alley.

As Los Altos’ signature Chinese Pistache trees exchange their summer green for vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red in the fall, an abundance of local events also ad...

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Authors help demystify eating disorders

While Americans get heavier every year, it seems the ideal body becomes thinner and thinner. At some point, most of us have felt a degree of concern about our weight and many have tried innumerable diets to lose that weight.

Some have extreme concern and develop an obsessive relationship with food. Whether eating too much or too little, these abnormal eating habits can become serious eating disorders that threaten not only health and well-being, but also life itself.

The two main types of eating disorders are anorexia nervosa and bulimia. People with anorexia have distorted body images that cause them to restrict calorie intake severely to lose weight. Bulimia is a disorder characterized by excessive eating, followed by purging with laxatives, enemas, diuretics or vomiting or exercising excessively. Although eating disorders typically affect 13- to 35-year-old women, older women, men and boys can also be affected.

Eating disorders often begin with a person eating more or less food than usual. For unknown reasons, this behavior eventually spirals out of control. It is important to remember that eating disorders are treatable mental illnesses with complex biological and psychological causes. Left untreated, eating disorders can lead to a number of serious health issues, including kidney and heart disease, and even death.

"The Eating Disorder Sourcebook: A Comprehensive Guide to the Causes, Treatments and Prevention of Eating Disorders" (McGraw Hill, 2007) is an excellent resource for coping with an eating disorder and those trying to help someone with an eating disorder.

Author Carolyn Costin is a therapist and a recovered anorexic. Her personal and professional experience is a bonus, combining true empathy for the sufferer with her clinical expertise. She helps readers recognize the signs of eating disorders, learn where to find help when an eating disorder is suspected and be able to make intelligent treatment choices. In the newest edition, Costin addresses the latest medical treatments, including antipsychotics and antidepressants, new approaches to psychological treatment, such as dialectical behavior therapy and family-based therapy, and current research, especially research attempting to determine cause.

Another book by Costin, "100 Questions & Answers About Eating Disorders" (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2007), tackles the same issues in a question-and-answer format. This book, like all the 90 titles in the popular "100 Questions & Answers" series, is a quick and simple reference, a great place for people to start learning about eating disorders.

For parents of those with anorexia nervosa, "Demystifying Anorexia Nervosa: An Optimistic Guide to Understanding and Healing" (Oxford University Press, 2008) is a useful guide.

Author Alexander R. Lucas is an adolescent and child psychiatrist with 40 years' experience treating anorexia nervosa. He emphasizes that anorexia is not a "one-size-fits-all disease." There are many paths that can cause a person to become anorexic and many treatment modalities are possible. In this book, parents are alerted to signs of trouble and told what to expect in an initial evaluation. Lucas addresses other disorders that mimic anorexia and includes a chapter on bulimia and binge eating. The book is written for parents, but a "message to patients" is included that encourages them to read the book and consider the importance of treating their problem.

Nancy Dickenson is a librarian at the Stanford Health Library. For more information, visit http://healthlibrary.stanford.edu, call 725-8400 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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