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Explore the Options: Living Well With Osteoarthritis

Golf, family time, long walks with the dog: Hip and knee pain are not on your to-do list. And thanks to the variety of treatment options, osteoarthritis patients can stay active and maintain a high quality of life.

From ice and heat applications to arthroscopy to total joint replacement, well-informed patients choose not to become sedentary or to live with pain.

Benjamin Busfield, M.D.

Benjamin Busfield, M.D.

“These patients are more demanding in a good way,” says Benjamin Busfield, M.D., FAAOS, an orthopedic surgeon with Sutter East Bay Medical Foundation. “They demand quality lifestyles. “ Read More

Welcome at the Table: Festive Meals for All Diets

Fresh VegetablesPreparing and sharing a festive meal is a timeless way to connect with loved ones. With a little kitchen wisdom you can create a potluck dish or a whole meal that’s delicious for those with a food intolerance or particular diet plan.

“We’re increasingly aware the food we eat affects our health and wellness,” says Stacy M. DeRosa, R.D., clinical dietitian-outpatient services, at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center. “A healthful nutrition plan includes more plant-based foods, fewer processed items, and less added fat and sugar.”

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Cauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”

mashed cauliflowerCauliflower Mashed “Potatoes”


1 medium to large head of cauliflower

1 to 2T vegetable broth

3 cloves garlic – chopped fine

½ tsp salt

½ tsp black pepper

Parmesan added after to taste. Guests can add when served.

Chives or parsley as garnish

*Can add 1 to 2 T cream cheese for a creamier potato if preferred


  1. Boil a large pot of water with a steamer attachment
  2. Clean and separate the cauliflower. Once water is boiling, steam cauliflower.
  3. Once cauliflower is soft (easily can poke a fork into – about 8 to 10 minutes) remove from heat.
  4. Add steamed cauliflower, garlic, salt and pepper to a food processor or bowl to “mash”. If you are using cream cheese – add at this point. As you mash/blend – add broth a little at a time to get desired consistency. Too much will cause your cauliflower to be too liquid.
  5. Season to taste as you go along.
  6. Garnish with chives or parsley.
  7. Best served warm.

Gluten Free Cornbread

cornbreadGluten Free Cornbread


  • 1 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 cups low fat milk (can substitute with lactaid milk, soymilk or almond milk)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease a 10″ cast iron skillet or an 8×8″ pan.
  2. In a small bowl combine cornmeal, baking powder, and salt and whisk well with a fork. In a medium sized bowl beat eggs and mix in honey, milk, and melted butter.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet and mix until just combined. Pour batter into prepared pan and place in oven.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes or until a knife or toothpick comes out clean when inserted into center of the bread. Allow to cool before cutting.

Recipe slightly adapted from:

World Diabetes Day Fair 2014

diabetes flyerTuesday, Nov. 18
11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

Health Education Center, Bechtel Room
400 Hawthorne Ave., Oakland

Alta Bates Summit Diabetes Center and Ethnic Health Institute present:

Diabetes Education and Screenings

  • Blood Sugar
  • Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Retinopathy (eyes)
  • Podiatry (feet)

Exhibit Booths

  • New diabetes management tools and
    community resources.

Lively Cooking Demo and Tasting

For more information, please email
or call 510-869-8217.


Atrial Fibrillation: Anyone Can be at Risk

14-ABSMC-0000617_CARD_A-fib_Event_FlyerTuesday, Nov. 11

6:30-8 p.m.

Claremont Hotel Club and Spa

41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley

Atrial fibrillation is a condition that affects your heart rhythm and is linked to an increased risk for stroke, heart failure and death. Some people with atrial fibrillation experience a sudden pounding heartbeat leading to dizziness, weakness or chest discomfort. Some have no symptoms at all.

To learn about risk factors, symptoms and treatment options, attend a free presentation by Steven Kang, M.D., heart rhythm specialist at Alta Bates Summit Medical Center.

Register online or call 510-869-6737 to save your seat.