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Street crack-sealing project begins Monday, May 4

The City of Los Altos is beginning a city-wide street crack-sealing project on Monday (May 4).

City officials said the traffic impact for this project will be minimal. No streets will be closed and vehicles can resume normal traffic flow shortly aft...

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Schools

Homestead students use projects  to solve environmental problems

Homestead students use projects to solve environmental problems


Alisha Parikh/Special to the Town Crier
Homestead High School junior Maya Dhar, a Los Altos resident, left, and classmate Carolyn MacDonald support the school’s AP Environmental Science classes at the Arbor Day Festival April 23.

As summer app...

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Community

CHAC appoints new leader

CHAC appoints new leader

Naomi Nakano-Matsumoto, LCSW, has been named the new executive director of the Community Health Awareness Council (CHAC). A seasoned nonprofit leader, Nakano-Matsumoto is scheduled to assume duties July 1. She takes over for outgoing executive direct...

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Sports

St. Francis swimmers shine

St. Francis swimmers shine


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
St. Francis High’s Benjamin Ho competes against Sacred Heart Cathedral Thursday. The junior swam on all three victorious relays at the home meet, which the Lancers won easily.

Flexing its power in the pool, host St....

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Comment

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices

Halsey House deserves preservation: Other Voices


Many contributing supporters to the Friends of Historic Redwood Grove believe that the Halsey House, designated a historic landmark by the Los Altos City Council in 1981, deserves to be saved and renovated for adapted use by the community.

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Special Sections

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal

Sneaky shots: A photographer’s guide to capturing the proposal


Elliott Burr/Special to the Town Crier
A stealthy photographer scouts locations ahead of time to find not just a place to perch, but also the ideal position for the subjects.

It’s showtime.

You’re about to ask the person in front of...

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Business

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend

Pharmaca celebrates grand opening over weekend


Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Pharmaca is coming to 400 Main St. with a grand-opening celebration scheduled Saturday and Sunday.

If natural health and beauty products are your cup of tea, expect to find them – and hot tea – this weekend at the gran...

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Books

People

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

JANE BUTTERFIELD PRINGLE LYND

October 30, 1924 - April 8, 2015

Jane Butterfield Pringle Lynd, daughter to Liebert and Elise Butterfield of San Francisco, passed away quietly at her home in Palo Alto surrounded by her family, following a short illness. Jane was a proud third ge...

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Travel

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers

Cuba libre: Local residents join mad rush of travelers


Natalie Elefant/Special to the Town Crier
Los Altos resident Natalie Elefant noted the vibrant street performances as a traveler in Cuba.

The U.S. restored diplomatic relations with Cuba late last year, enabling Americans to import $100 worth of cig...

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Stepping Out

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View

'Birds' landing in Mtn. View


Ray Renati/Special to the Town Crier
The Pear Avenue Theatre production of Paul Braverman’s “Birds of a Feather” stars Troy Johnson as mafia boss Sean Kineen, left, and Diane Tasca as private eye Frankie Payne.

Pear Avenue Theatre’s world premi...

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Spiritual Life

Magazine

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon

Practice prudent pruning: Maintaining manzanita, ceanothus and toyon


tanya kucak/Special to the Town Crier
Shrub manzanitas are known for their sinuous mahogany trunks and branches. If the foliage hides the bark, prune selectively to open the center so that the bark is visible year-round. This Montara manzanita is ...

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Inside Mountain View

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth

Up to the challenge: Local leaders unite to help at-risk youth


Courtesy of Challenge Team
Jeanette Freiberg, bottom of pile, has fun with family members. The Challenge Team named Freiberg, a student at Mountain View High School, its 2015 Youth Champion.

There’s an ongoing joke among members of the Challenge...

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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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