Health Matters

The recent rise in measles outbreaks is making some seniors wonder if they were actually vaccinated for the measles virus or if they need to get their measles, mumps and rubeola (MMR) vaccine refreshed. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, adults 63 and older (those born before 1957) are presumably considered immune to the disease. They were likely infected naturally before the vaccine was invented, providing lifelong immunity. Most older adults born in or after 1957 received two doses of the MMR vaccine, and do not need to be re-vaccinated.

Adjectives are not always necessary. I am aware that people will sometimes describe someone as African-American or Hispanic. They do not describe someone as Caucasian. If the writing is an attempt to identify an individual, then the added characteristics would be helpful, but that often is not the case. 

A year ago, I wrote my first article in the Alameda Sun. It outlined Calyx Health’s mission to build the healthcare system that seniors deserve and urgently need. At the time, I was confident that if myself and my staff controlled what happened within each clinic’s four walls, we could achieve that mission. 

Question: What is  whiplash all about and do I really need to do anything to heal? 

Answer: Whiplash is a common concern at the chiropractor and at other practitioner’s offices. Most people associate whiplash with automobile rear-end accidents. But, this condition can occur in sports and other injuries, too. Whiplash is an injury to the neck and upper-back’s ligaments and tendons. It also involves the discs, nerves and blood vessels. 

It is not unusual to want to change someone else’s behavior. I hear this from parents, teachers and partners in a relationship. One can try a couple of techniques. 

First, try to ignore a person’s behavior so that they get no attention for what they are doing. If a child keeps calling a parent into their bedroom after they have been told it is time to go to sleep, they will eventually cease asking if the parent starts ignoring them. By going into the room, the parent teaches the child to continue the behavior because the child gets their way.