Mon10202014

News

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers

Campaign finance reports show lots of loans, few outliers


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Campaign yard signs are just one expenditure for candidates during election season.

Election finance filings are in, and Los Altos appears to be hosting a few financially lopsided races.

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Schools

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation

Three Los Altos schools earn National Blue Ribbon designation


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Bullis Charter School students wear their school spirit clothing to greet their mascot Oct. 3 in celebration of being named a National Blue Ribbon School.

Blach Intermediate, Egan Junior High and Bullis Charter schools ea...

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Community

Sports

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles

Spartans run wild(cat) on Eagles


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Mountain View High running back Austin Johnson goes for a big gain after evading Los Altos High defensive tackle Phil Alameda in Friday’s game. Johnson scored two touchdowns for the Spartans.

After unveiling its wildc...

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Logan, McClatchie, Peruri for LASD board: Editorial

This is a crucial time for the Los Altos School District. Its leadership faces the challenge of balancing enrollment growth versus maintaining the small, neighborhood schools that make it a very popular district to attend. The district must also adap...

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Special Sections

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern

City's minimum-wage hike earns mixed reviews: Raise to $10.30 an hour meets with approval – and concern


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Tandava Waldon, left, manager of East West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View, works with a customer. Waldon said the recently approved minimum-wage hike will have little impact on his business. “It’s not such a...

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Business

Delay Social Security? An easy way to decide

One of the most heatedly debated questions regarding Social Security is when to start.

You have the option of initiating benefits as early as age 62 or as late as age 70. The longer you wait, the larger the monthly payment you will receive over your...

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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

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

SUZANNE MONICA DIMM SPECHT

Suzanne Monica Dimm Specht passed Tuesday, Sept. 9th at the age of 84. Sue was born on April 21, 1930 in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of Oregon in with a degree in Music, Sue taught in a little town called Clatskanie, Oreg...

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Travel

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening

Los Altos resident's visit to North Korea proves enlightening


Courtesy of Sally Brew
North Korea is home to many monuments honoring its “Dear Leaders,” left.

In August, I traveled for 11 days with MIR Corp. to North Korea, a fascinating country that is almost completely cut off from the rest of the world. ...

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Stepping Out

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto

'Trovatore' takes the stage in Palo Alto


Courtesy of José Luis Moscovich
West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” is slated to open Friday night in Palo Alto and run through Oct. 26.

West Bay Opera’s production of “Il Trovatore” (“The Troubadour”) is scheduled to open this weekend...

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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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The fountain of youth: How to look your age or younger

As human beings, we’re on a constant quest for the fountain of youth. So far we haven’t figured out how to reverse the aging process, but there are ways we can slow it down and maintain our energy, vitality and health as we approach our golden years.

We know exercise and a healthful diet can help prevent diseases and age-related complications. Now we also understand more about a chemical marker for aging that, true to this topic, is called Advanced Glycation End (AGE).

Glycation is the process by which sugar is added to proteins. Proteins drive important biochemical reactions in our bodies, and they’re the building blocks for our muscles, blood vessels and organs. Proteins also form collagen, which maintains our cartilage, bone and skin. When collagen starts breaking down, we look older as our skin starts to wrinkle, and we feel older as the cartilage wears away in our joints and causes arthritis.

When sugar, or glucose, exists in normal amounts in our bloodstream, it interacts harmlessly with life-sustaining proteins. However, when sugar levels are excessive, glucose latches onto proteins and prevents them from carrying out their normal functions.

AGEs are basically dysfunctional glucose-protein complexes that result from too much sugar in your blood. This is a direct result of the foods you eat. AGEs increase your risk of developing the following health conditions.

• Cancer

• Heart disease and stroke

• Type II diabetes

• Alzheimer’s disease

• Kidney disease

• Atherosclerosis

• High blood pressure

• Visual impairment

• Nerve damage

The bottom line is that eating too much sugar and other foods that raise glucose excessively can accelerate aging. Unfortunately, the low-fat diet craze has introduced processed sugars into virtually every type of food we consume. Foods labeled “healthful” and “low-fat” often have excessive amounts of hidden sugar that trigger AGE production.

Following are some tips on foods to avoid.

• Beware of browning foods and processed brown foods. Foods such as brown cookies and brown beans undergo a caramelizing process that increases sugars. Cooking meats at high temperature (like a broiled or well-done piece of meat) can increase AGEs as well. Try to eat fresh, unprocessed foods and cook low and slow with water whenever you can (steaming, boiling, crockpot cooking, etc.).

• Check labels and steer clear of high-fructose corn syrup.

• Avoid excess sugars, sweets and sodas.

• Watch your total overall consumption of carbohydrates. Even consuming excessive amounts of “healthful” carbs in the form of oatmeal, grains and wheat can increase sugar levels.

• Exercise regularly to increase your metabolism of sugars.

• Try to prepare fresh foods with fresh ingredients; this is the best way to cut back on your AGE intake and slow down the aging process.

Dr. Ronesh Sinha is an internal medicine physician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Los Altos Center. He also provides medical consults to high-risk South Asians.

The Palo Alto Medical Foundation and editor Arian Dasmalchi provide this monthly column.

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