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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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Health advice from one man to another


Courtesy of nymedicaldoctor.com
By the time men reach the age of 40, they begin to suffer the consequences of neglecting their health, including high blood pressure. The “psychology of maleness” plays a factor.

As a man and an internal medicine doctor, I wonder what drives some men to lead unhealthy lives.

Why do many men only come in for their physicals after their wives schedule their exams? Why will most men only read this column after a family member has shared it with them? Why do some of my most successful, intelligent, driven male patients have so little motivation to improve their health?

In this column, I’ll discuss the “psychology of maleness” and review the three stages of male health breakdown.

Let’s start with three key components of the male psyche.

• Denial. Think back to your college days when you felt invincible. You could eat a large pizza and barely gain a pound. You could pull consecutive all-nighters and recover quickly. As we age, our bodies change. If you’re regularly staying up late and eating and drinking at free will on business trips and on weekends, you’ll end up paying a price.

• Internalization. Part of being a guy is taking the hits and moving on. There may be personal and professional obstacles causing tremendous emotional stress, but we usually internalize them and move on. Stored up tension and anxiety manifest in other ways, such as poor sleep and eating habits. Unfortunately, this behavior also increases the risk of heart disease. Having someone to share with, whether it’s your spouse, a family member, a close friend, a co-worker or a professional therapist, can help blow off pent-up steam. Exercise and meditation are other ways to cope with internalized stress.

• The male ego. This can be a tough one. I had to set aside my own male ego to write this column. Many of us guys know that our lifestyles and habits aren’t optimal, but we resist advice from others, especially spouses and close family members. Advice with good intentions turns into “nagging,” and sometimes our behaviors are almost defiant. If this describes you, then schedule an appointment with your doctor. Most guys are OK with having their doctor tell them what to do.

Stages of deterioration

In general, it’s between ages 35 and 40 that things start breaking down in men who neglect their health. It’s happening earlier as we become increasingly sedentary and unhealthy.

I’ve broken the deterioration of the male body into three stages:

• Stage 1. If your waistline is expanding and you’re suffering more aches and pains, these are warning signs of premature aging and future problems, not a normal part of getting older. This accelerated aging is due to increased stress, decreased activity and a poor diet.

• Stage 2. Abnormal biometrics. In addition to your weight and waistline being abnormal, your other critical numbers like blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar are now out of range.

• Stage 3. This is a significant health event, resulting from poor lifestyle choices and being stubborn enough to ignore the stage 1 and 2 signs. For example, you might receive a diagnosis of diabetes, a heart attack or a herniated disk from being overweight and out of shape.

I often ask older patients, “When you reflect back on your life, what things would you have done differently?” Answers are typically, “I wish I took better care of my health,” or “I wish I spent more time with my family.” No one has ever said they wish they had worked more hours, made more money or exercised less.

Minimize your future regrets by prioritizing your health now and by being a role model for your family. Please don’t wait for stages 2 or 3 to start making changes.

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

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

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