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Comment Archives: Locations: Health & Medicine

Re: “Berkeley Patient's Care Collective

Sketchy, unprofessional. Rude staff and ultra-masculine security guards. Not sure why "patient" is in the name or why it is considered to be medical. (They are also unaware of use of pesticides in flowers and solvents in concentrates - how is that medical?)

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Posted by ryanbay12 on 08/07/2014 at 1:00 PM

Re: “Mercy Retirement & Care Center

We investigated nine facilities within 10 min. of our home in the Laurel. All had to be full service facilities with Memory Care unit. We chose Mercy for my 85-yr old MIL. She had the typical reluctance to go to "an old folks' home" but it has worked out beautifully. Within a month she was telling everyone how happy she was to be at Mercy.

The units all have views (either Bay or Hills), the food is good (3 meals daily), the 7-acre campus is safe and well-landscaped, good activities, and best of all, Mercy rates VERY HIGH in state rankings for low turnover, high staff morale, and resident satisfaction. Note that they are associated with the Alma Via homes in Northern CA; Salem Lutheran/Oakland is being sold to provide Mercy with funds for an expansion of facilities.

Altho Mercy has many Catholic residents (Mass is said every day) they do not "push" religion on anyone; we'd consider it non-denominational. There is a private senior center space on-site where classes, concerts, and meetings are held for staff and residents.

Posted by Jean Luz on 04/27/2014 at 4:49 PM

Re: “Oakland Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Clinic

Mr. Varlack is setting the standard for teaching and healing. I went in to try acupuncture and ended up learning so much about my body and health.

Posted by Timothy Terry on 06/29/2013 at 5:23 PM

Re: “Oakland Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Clinic

The Oakland Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Clinic is a tremendous health resource for the community.

Posted by BayArea August on 06/27/2013 at 10:18 PM

Re: “Oakland Acupuncture & Integrative Medicine Clinic

Best Massage in the Bay- EVER!

Posted by Kent Sweitzer on 06/27/2013 at 10:05 PM

Re: “BPG

Best Dispensary for sure! Every time I walk in I am greeting with a warm smile and any questions I may have, the staff is always eager to answer any questions I may have. And the prices! the prices are great! you get exactly what you are paying for! I love it!

Posted by Michaela G on 06/26/2013 at 5:14 PM

Re: “Better Life Teaching and Counseling Center

was not impressed

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Posted by Daniel Pretty on 06/21/2013 at 4:36 PM

Re: “Harborside Health Center

Well ran, good quality and selection.

Posted by Young Victoria on 06/22/2012 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Berkeley Community Acupuncture Clinic

Best affordable Acupuncture!

Posted by Lauren Kaneko-Jones on 06/19/2012 at 6:37 PM

Re: “Berkeley Community Acupuncture Clinic

Min Thorne is great!

Posted by Lauren Kaneko-Jones on 06/19/2012 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Iron Horse Nutrition

Iron Horse Nutrition is the Tri-Valley's best place to shop for sports and nutritional supplements. They have a friendly and knowledgeable staff, and are the only supplement store in the area to have a certified nutritionist on staff. They also offer four new tanning beds that clean, convenient and competitively priced.

Posted by Wayne Arnst on 12/18/2010 at 11:40 AM

Re: “Berkeley Free Clinic

I've had good economic times and bad ones in the decade-plus since I graduated with a worthless college degree, and the health care system in this country is a disaster. Plus, I move a lot. Therefore, I've had the chance to experience a pretty wide range of low-cost clinics in 4 cities (and 1 foreign country.)

This is the best.

Everyone is friendly and kind, the service was great, and if these are "community health volunteers" and "not doctors and nurses," give me community health volunteers every time from now on! Even when I get my insurance back! Seriously, this place was great.

I expected bedlam, and didn't get it. Screaming crazy people, out-of-control children, and excessive waits (personal record: 9 hours, since I'd "only" had a cough for 3 weeks) are par for the course at clinics in LA. Not here. It was downright empty on a Friday evening and busy but still calm on a Monday evening.

I expected attitude, and didn't get it. Last time I tried to go to something called a "free clinic," new to the city (LA) and unsure where else to go, I got dressed down for not being poor enough. At the Berkeley Free Clinic, they seem to understand that sometimes you're just not in a position to see a real doctor even if you're not supporting 5 kids on $8.75 an hour. They asked once if my household income would be below $20,000 this year, because a "yes" answer gets them reimbursed by the Feds I think, and then didn't pry when my answer was "no." (Though I volunteered that I'm currently unemployed, because I'm defensive now. Also, it'll be a while before I stop comparing everything to the analogous, suckier version in LA. Sorry.)

It's Berkeley, so I expected politicking and/or pressure of some sort, but no. There was a discreet envelope for donations provided with the medical background sheets, and a box up front, but no pressure to donate. I gave 'em $15, the low end of what a TB test costs, but if I was truly out of savings and living on nothing it was the type of environment where it would have totally been okay to give nothing.

This clinic has also managed to seem respectful of the local transient/street kid population without allowing them to run the place. Basically, they don't want you hanging out front or in the clinic if you don't have an appointment or are not accompanying someone who does, which seems fair. BUT they have signs everywhere that says you can use the bathroom and make tea as long as you don't hang out. Nice, no?

Other bonuses:
* The medical info sheets were pretty broad on the subject of gender, with options for transpeople of all sorts, which struck me as very Berkeley in the good way.
* There is NO TV in the waiting room, thank GOD. Sitting in Santa Monica Planned Parenthood with a TV blaring VH1's "I Love Money" might be how I spend my time in hell.
* Did I mention free tea?
* Did I mention really nice people?
* Convenient location

I will donate here regularly when my household money flow returns to normal.

Posted by jmuehlbauer on 04/05/2010 at 3:33 PM

Re: “Square One Yoga Collective

Hi. This class has been canceled for lack of attendance. Square One is also not longer at that address. The correct address is 1540 62nd st in Emeryville by the post office. We'd like to get the class started again. If you're interested in it, please email If I get enough people, I'll start it up again. Thanks!

Posted by katyc123 on 03/17/2010 at 4:15 PM

Re: “UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center

Here's some additional info: If you can't make it to the lecture in person, the presentation will also be available as a free webcast. Point your web browser to at 6 pm or at any time during the hour. QuickTime is required for viewing; it's a good idea to check in advance in case you need to download the free QuickTime plug-in. Please join us for an informative session about how to create a fulfilling post-cancer sex life. Questions? Contact us at

Posted by John Mugge on 07/22/2008 at 9:25 AM

Re: “FLOAT: Flotation Center and Art Gallery

What a great discovery. Just happened to notice Float Gallery while checking out a location to photograph. Very cool gallery space and the current show Inside Out is a must to see. I was also blown away when I was told that they had Flotation Tanks in the upstairs loft. How cool is that blocking out the world for a hour then returning with all your senses fully awake to enjoy the art. Book me Float.
Rating Detail:
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

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Posted by Joey on 09/24/2007 at 11:41 AM

Re: “FLOAT: Flotation Center and Art Gallery

This is the most unique art space in the area, flawless monthly art parties in an industrial setting. Check out the floatation tanks for a wild ride into inner space.....
Rating Detail:
Service: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Value: 5
Overall: 5

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Anton on 09/14/2007 at 9:10 PM

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