Save your sanity, time & money!

You need to know how to meet your medical and/or mental health needs NOW. You're struggling to survive moment by moment. And you need your dignity.

You're rushing to appointments (the ones you remembered) and/or wondering which treatment to use. Meanwhile, your costs are rising, your needs are changing and you hardly know how to make sense of what to do first, second and later. What about the emotions boiling inside you? How can you calm down with all that's going on?

A former medical coder and medical writer, I've been in your position. I survived a life-threatening emergency with information only a person with my professional experience would know: How to find medical innovators, medical experts and charitable organizations willing to pay part or all of an applicant's specific medical costs, who has software to simplify medical appointment scheduling, a sensible list of items to pack for hospital stays, and more.

I knew that I'd pulled through because of my ability to connect with resources I needed. I knew that most patients lack that knowledge. I decided to provide it, to minimize your suffering.

I believe in empowering terrified, confused and unhappy people with dire diagnoses. I believe that patients should not suffer insults to their dignity in medical settings. I provide information that can help you to manage your problems better, maybe to end them, in the book.

Calm down. Organize your life better. You just might get your grin back.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Boosting Your Brain Power - Deliciously!


2 Iyar, 5775

I'm delighted to share some food news with you: 8 Nutrients that Protect the Aging Brain.

Those foods protect all brains since each of us ages with every passing moment. 

Want more good news to go with those blueberries and chocolate?

A mom reached out to me the other day, pleading for help. Her little girl has developed Trigeminal Neuralgia, and suffers excruciating pain shooting through her face at unpredictable intervals.

I responded by sharing the  list of pain-fighting foods listed in

EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.

I eat them regularly, leaving my medical team impressed that I suffer ZERO pain though my trigeminal nerve was nicked during life-saving surgery

I do experience come-and-go numbness and the occasional difficulty at pronouncing words correctly, but never pain.

I invite you to boost your brain power with even more foods than those mentioned in the above article. 

Read EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge and learn how to end other types of pain such as Charlie Horses aka severe leg cramps, back pain and fracture pain, among other problems - without medication.

Buy the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge. The content tastes great!

Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.

Fill your life with pleasantries.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Healing, Bucket Lists and More.


1 Iyar, 5775

Iyar is the name of the new Hebrew month, and the Hebrew letters of the word are often interpreted to stand for the Hebrew version of the phrase "I am GOD your healer." I recommend ramping up your prayers at this time. 

This is an auspicious time for blessings. The trick is to recognize them.

Want to keep things in perspective as you wait for your prayers to be answered (or figure out that they're being answered over time)? Read motivational The Moral Bucket List

Speaking of bucket lists, I'm kinda wistful for not having achieved a specific item on mine. The Aurora Borealis effect visited more US sites than usual this year, and I missed out on the phenomenon. I've always wanted to stand within its light show. sighhhh...

Two more quick comments for today: 

1) Israeli readers need to know that the paper edition of

sold out in Israel. You can buy it directly from the publisher, who ships faster than famous online booksites. Please do. I'll be paid faster that way.

2) Journaling and/or blogging can be an effective way of releasing stress and recovering balancing perspective. 

A friend of mine writes a moving, insightful blog Chronicles of an NF Survivor about her struggle to deal with necrotizing fasciitis. You might appreciate her searing honesty and simple humanity. In real life, she's a funny, clever lady and super-wife and mom.

If you need a fast FYI to answer the question "What is fascia?" I'll give you a quick response: It holds us together under our skin. Think of Saran Wrap preventing lots of squishy, gooey stuff from spilling out of or sloshing around in a container, if you're American. 

Adding "-itis" to a medical word for body parts means that it is infected/inflamed, BTW. 

No matter where you're from, you can check this Wiki entry for a more clinical idea of the stuff.

I'll be back on the road tomorrow, for a week or so. I just might have some nifty medical news to share with you then, so stay tuned for updates.

Need to know who, what and where something can help you to better deal with a medical issue? Buy the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.

Fight your fear, pain and problems with ever-better character.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Vacation Pix and Good Health


30 Nisan, 5775

I'm sighing for the last day of Nisan, a month of many miracles. Some of them will be more widely known in the future.

For now I'm sharing photos of things I saw during my vacation time in the Negev, the southern part of Israel.

The Negev Art Museum held an exhibit about donkeys in Israeli Culture and lore:

The Carasso Science Museum offers fast facts about physics and a few other topics. I enjoyed the art, the spiritual side of what humans perceive to be reality, and some quiet time:

Despite the hard physical work before and during Passover, the rapid changes in the weather and a diet quite different from my usual fare, I found my health to be quite stable. 

Time with new and old friends, and to reflect on life, seems to have served me well at a time of year when I usually catch a cold.

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Find serenity in silence.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Spring Break Update


20 Nisan 5775

I'm on vacation during Passover and delighted to have met fans of this blog who hail from different parts of the world. It's an experience to discuss the posts in different languages, to find out which one a specific person valued and another reader preferred. I've been fascinated by the conversations several times in the past week or so.

Overall, it seems that most of you enjoy the humor invested into the messages I share and almost ALL of you appreciated the non-allergenic cleaning tips.

I was surprised to listen to several people who've bought the EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge book but failed to read it cover-to-cover. I immediately cited the page numbers or chapters that specifically address their concerns. Then I enjoyed the profuse "Thank you's" I eventually received as people contacted me to relate the problem-solving that followed our interaction.

EMPOWER Yourself with 
information you need. 
Use it well.

OK, back to simple vacation time: I'm charging up my emotional and content provider batteries as I share time with old and new friends in real life, enjoy cultural pursuits and simply let myself "be."

I might post photos after Pesakh/Passover is over. I find it hard to do on the road as my schedule is a bit unpredictable.

Let's enjoy the rest of spring break together. All I ask are two favors: Be nice. And drop me a line about the posts you enjoy. Let me know why you liked a specific message and what you'd like to read more of.


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Minimize or end your medical or mental health problems with a reassessment of your situation and what you can do about it. Then take necessary actions.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Welcome Back - to YOUR Life!


11 Nisan, 5775

I haven't blogged in a bit because I've been busy helping people not feeling well at this hectic time of year. I've been matching people up with outtathebox solutions, preparing for Passover and enjoying gorgeous sunshine, too.

Several of my friends and some of the people I've helped asked me how I can remain upbeat despite the setbacks of my own life.

The answer: Practice. I've cried out my pain, consulted with people who persevere, and worked on increasing my inner strengths.

This graphic pretty much sums up how I look at life.

Go on. Take your life back. And if you need ideas on how to do that, read cost-cutting, sanity-saving

Get your grin back. Buy the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

And if Pesakh/Passover cleaning and preparation have you feeling down, refresh your spirit with

Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.

Fight back at despair with what you desperately need: A sense of humor.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Physics, Fun and Fighting Off Negativity


6 Nisan, 5775

I've been rather bummed out today, as you can tell from my recent Facebook message

I want a break from cyberlife cuz I keep learning of downright nasty stuff in the news. So, I'll sign off for a bit with the most moving Star Trek episode I can remember. May it promote decency worldwide. Grab the tissues, hug the dog, the kids, your spouse, and grab some more tissues. Everybody's gonna need them. Star Trek: The Next Generation; Season 3, Episode 16: "The Offspring"…/x264n2d_star-trek-the-next-gen…
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  • Yocheved Golani BTW Israelis, we'll have an hour less to wipe our tears as of tonight. We move to that goshdarnit Daylight Savings Time at 2AM, making it 3AM. So when you fall out of bed Friday morning, you'll be justifiably sleepy, having lost an hour there. Nap today and brace for impact.

So now that you've grown to be a better person for watching that long video, let's share fast-paced Get Ready for Pesakh fun with students of Israel's Technion Institute. Who says physics can't be fun?

Medical or mental health challenges getting you down? You just might laugh aloud when you find solutions for your problems in the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism.

Fight negativity with s sense of humor. Resistance is futile.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Be the Type of Person You Want to Meet


5 Nisan, 5775

Ever wish somebody had treated you far better than they did?

Ever felt deeply sorry that you failed to live up to your niceness potential?

I have a solution aka new mantra for you:

Be the type of person you want to meet.

News reports are full of headlines about people misbehaving in very strange ways, and mostly from severely emotional reactions to this or that. NOT a good sign for the future.

Let's deal with that, and with your life, by realizing that you can choose your response to stress. Yes, your initial impulse can be wildly not nice, but you need not behave that way. Your heart and mind can work together; You can choose to behave in a cultured, pleasant fashion. And you can do so, too.

Emotions are not slave masters. 
Be the type of person you want to meet. 

PS - It's fun not to drive yourself nutz. 
Give self discipline despite HOT ANGER
a go.
And yes, it's gonna take practice 
until you do things nicely 
even when you're peeved.

And for those of you angry with GOD, 
think this thought over:

Consider not asking (AGAIN) for what you want/need.
Change the paradigm to asking, then thinking about

"What do YOU want from me, GOD?"

It's quite soothing to make the switch. 
And very, very enlightening.

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Fill your life with decency.