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Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Hills man arrested on molestation charges

Gregory Helfrich

Updated 11:28 a.m.:

Santa Clara Sheriff’s detectives have arrested a Los Altos Hills man they suspect repeatedly molested a child decades ago.

Detectives arrested Gregory Helfrich, 54, on a warrant at his Old Page Mill R...

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Schools

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students

Local AAUW gives gift of science to junior high students


Courtesy of Jessica Harell
Blach Intermediate School seventh-grader Paris Harrell, who loves science and animals, recently received a scholarship from the local branch of the AAUW to attend Tech Trek camp.

It’s not every day that a junior hig...

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Community

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner

At 98, former language teacher remains a lifelong learner


Federici

Longtime Los Altos resident Mario Federici, who turned 98 Feb. 24, is a man of many languages. He shared his knowledge with thousands of students during his long career as a teacher.

Federici was born and raised in Italy, where he stud...

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Attend an event, get involved, have fun: Editorial

You don’t have to run for city council to get involved in the community. Sometimes it can be as simple as attending a Los Altos event. You’ll have plenty of opportunities, as the May and June calendars are bustling with activity.

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Racing around Monterey

Racing around Monterey


Gary Anderson/Special to the Town Crier
The easy handling of the VW Golf R, above, makes for an ideal ride along the Big Sur coast.

 

When automotive journalists are asked to list their favorite places in the world to drive, Monterey alway...

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Business

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations

'Steampunk' eatery toasts local libations


Courtesy of Eureka
Eureka, a new restaurant in downtown Mountain View, highlights local craft beer and whiskeys on a menu of food spanning from sea to farm.

Craft beer and fancy whiskeys headline the menu at Eureka, the new restaurant that opene...

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People

Stepping Out

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'

PA Players seek escape in 'Into the Woods'


Courtesy of Palo Alto Players
The Baker’s Wife, left, and Cinderella’s erstwhile Prince stand out in the Palo Alto Players production of “Into the Woods.”

Little Red Riding Hood sets forth at the outset of “Into the...

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Spiritual Life

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International

Los Altos United Methodist Church service salutes Heifer International


Courtesy of Los ALtos United Methodist Church
Hidden Villa will bring some of its farm animals to Los Altos United Methodist Church Sunday to support the nonprofit Heifer International.

Los Altos United Methodist Church is scheduled to salute th...

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Alternative healer calls State Street home


Photo By: Sophie Ho/Town Crier
Photo Sophie Ho/Town Crier

Homeopathic consultant Dimple Rao, a Mumbai native, opened her first U.S. practice at 317 State Street in April.

Paññã Homeopathic Healing, downtown Los Altos’ newest alternative medicine practice, is wedged in the courtyard between Fiesta Vallarta and Viewpoints Gallery, mere yards from prospective art curators and diners enjoying Mexican food.

It’s an unusual location for a medical practice, but for Sunnyvale resident Dimple Rao, 317 State St. in downtown Los Altos is home to her new business.

Rao, an accredited homeopathic consultant, opened Paññã Homeopathic Healing, her first practice in the United States, in April. She worked as a homeopathic consultant in Mumbai, India, before moving to California in 2004.

She said she is “thrilled” to be in Los Altos. The community, one “aware of its needs and wants,” according to Rao, was an enticing factor, but the multiple health shops sprinkled throughout the downtown area clinched the deal. After settling in, Rao said she believes she has much to offer to the community through her new practice.

Rao said she intends to introduce homeopathy’s unique style of treatment – centered on the physical, mental and emotional effects of chronic ailments and long-standing diseases on patients who could be healed via natural remedies.

“Homeopathy is a system of medicine that stimulates the body to heal itself,” she said. “The medicines are made from natural sources and given in very small doses that makes it safe, nontoxic and FDA approved. The prime principle of homeopathy is ‘Let like be cured by like.’”

Homeopathic remedies are developed based on the idea that any substance that produces symptoms in a healthy person can heal the same symptoms in a sick person.

Rao’s treatment process begins with an extensive case study. She asks questions ranging from the specificities of the ailment to the patient’s emotional reaction to the pain. The initial consultation costs $225 for adults, $175 for children.

The difficult part, Rao said, involves piecing together all aspects of the patient’s pain to determine a remedy.

“It’s like a portrait, or a jigsaw puzzle,” she explained. “All the pieces are on the floor, but when you put it together, a beautiful picture comes out.”

The remedy is a distillation of natural substances taken with water or sugar tablets. Rao prescribes a remedy one week after the first consultation. She has successfully treated more than 300 patients during 15 years of clinical practice using such a process.

Within the U.S., however, homeopathic treatment has received considerable criticism. While its remedies are, as Rao said, FDA regulated, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine recommends that patients not replace “proven conventional care” with homeopathic treatment. She concedes that some people remain skeptical of homeopathy.

“Right now, I’m just focusing on giving good homeopathic care to those in need. Skepticism will always be there,” Rao said. “I just want to practice good homeopathy and if they’re happy with what they receive, that gives my life satisfaction and happiness.”

Rao has scheduled an open house 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 3, at Paññã Homeopathic Healing.

For more information, call 933-5131 or visit www.pannahomeopathy.com.

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