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.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Blessings in the Universe


11 Iyar, 5776

Last night I addressed the Whole Health Forum audience as one of several people presenting a panel discussion about healing.

My opening remarks appear below. I was gratified that they were well-received and delighted to learn that some listeners have read

In 2005 I was diagnosed with a benign, skull-based tumor that blinded and almost killed me. GOD, the surgeon, my friends and specific alternative healing strategies helped me to see again. We made medical history. Life lessons were involved. So was my sense of humor.

I wrote this book because I wanted to do people a favor by alerting them to healing possibilities and cutting-edge medical developments, sharing spiritual insights, and letting readers know of world wide organizations willing to pay part or all of your specific medical expenses. EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge shares many ideas, one of which can be explained this way:

Viktor Frankl said "When we are no longer able to change a situation we are challenged to change ourselves." I'd like to add, "When you’re going through hell, look for the exit. Or create one."

All of us are here to heal. It might be physically, emotionally, mentally and/or spiritually. As you move through the throngs of people and exhibits, you feel an energy coursing through and around you. Use it. Memorize it. Cradle it. That energy can motivate you when you're feeling drained, clueless, and hopeless long after the event.

As we move through our healing experiences, we grow in insights, compassion for ourselves and others. We recognize the need for developing a support network of friends, relatives, acquaintances, plus medical and complementary healing practitioners.  We learn not to assume, but to observe, to wonder, to be in awe. Respect, on many different levels, becomes one with our identities. The universe is filled with answers. It beckons us, challenges us to grow, even as we hardly realize that we are growing during our agony. That is Av HaRakhamim, the Compassionate GOD, Rofeh Cholim, the Healer, at work.

Accept the invitation. Fulfill your destiny as a spiritual creature. Let wonder fill your soul. Let the wonder heal you. The adventure is a gift from GOD, though it sometimes feels like a punishment. It's not. It is a path. Humanity tends to berate itself. But HaShem's nature, so to speak, is to forgive. Take Her/His lead. Go, find yourself in the universe, with every bit of your pain, doubt and fear. Access the healing powers that GOD put there. The goal is to grow your soul. Open your eyes, your mind, your gut and your heart to healing possibilities. Learn to laugh again. Find the love that awaits you. GOD put it there.

Other speakers on the panel then presented their stories. One is a board-certified surgeon who'd cured himself of Rheumatoid Arthritis with a macrobiotic diet. 

He decried the limited worldview of his western medicine colleagues who denied that connection of food to health. 

He briefly described actual vignettes of how doctors deny, ridicule or ignore documented evidence of healing fostered with vegan, vegetarian or macrobiotic diets, plus evidence that organic food promotes health better than adulterated non-organic food. 

The saddest story was about a patient who'd recovered from agonizingly painful and debilitating Crohn's Disease with a macrobiotic diet. Her gastroenterologist insulted her intelligence by insisting that food has no impact on the digestive system, that it was the medicine he'd prescribed which had cured her. He did not reply when the woman laid out her unused medication before him.

Food is irrelevant to health. Such a stance is no better than believing that the sun does not cause sunshine.

Other panelists chimed in with proof that adulterated food filled with herbicides, pesticides, preservatives, and other noxious chemicals undermine human health, and that their own deadly types of cancer abated due to improved diets.

I remarked that when I asked the director of a cutting-edge cancer treatment center why his facility is being built, he responded that "Cancer rates are growing. Lifestyles are responsible for that." I responded with a request that he save lives and money by making Public Service Announcements. He could tell the public that synthetic hygiene products, excessive sun exposure, adulterated food stripped of nutrition but filled with poison and other avoidable causes of cancer be eliminated from public consumption.

He gave me a demeaning look as if to say "You sweet dumb idiot." Then he said, "The public will never understand or accept that."

I disagree. 

Do you need to be told that you'll sicken and probably die if you eat rat poison? Raw sewage? Spoiled meat?

The group also discussed the medical world's tendency to withhold information from patients, believing that it's merciful to refrain from informing people that they might die or are dying and that it is "only" appropriate to share such news closer to the prognosticated date of death, when symptoms can no longer be denied. THAT is a demeaning point of view. It robs people of the opportunity to handle their own affairs, to save their own lives or at least try to.

Worse, it is a lofty excuse for pulling off a crime. If doctors cannot deal with the emotional ramifications of dealing with sad, frightened patients, then medical schools ought to teach necessary lessons. And arrogant practitioners should leave the "healing" profession that they undermine.

I pray that knowledgeable people will hold Getting to Know You events that foster educational interactions with medical professionals, alternative/complementary healing professionals and survivors who ended their agony by changing their eating patterns and other lifestyle factors, and went on to live more pleasant, productive lives for the effort.

Change usually comes slowly, hence a need to make and to expect gradual changes. But...

... as death rates rise from the poisoned food supply, a need to alert the public that eating just might be a suicidal activity becomes imperative.

May blessings come your way.

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Monday, May 9, 2016



1 Iyar, 5776

I'm coping with cybertroubles today, doing my best to finesse computer problems. It's a good thing I use those calming techniques addressed in

While we're on the topic of dealing with STRESS, I hope that you'll benefit from the heartwarming message below.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Israel's Whole Health Forum May 15-20!


26 Nisan 5776

Excitement is building around the natural healing world as the week for The Whole Health Forum in Israel nears.

I plan to spend all of Wednesday May 18th on site, before I participate in the panel discussion about healing that night. I hope to meet you there! This a record-setting event for Israel with worldwide experts in natural healing gathering together to interact with the public.


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​You can meet and speak with natural healers from around the world, and other interesting people while you're there.

Click on the book cover to learn some of the miraculous healing possibilities I'll speak of! Buy your copy today!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Feel Better FAST with Pesto Presto!


25 Nisan, 5776

I spent Passover/Pesakh with loved ones and lots of food. By the end of the holiday I was tired of chewing!

Here's a recipe that pleased my palate, kept the calorie count low but packed lots of nutritional power. I made it in a food processor, which I regard as a gift from heaven to people with limited hand strength or dexterity. 

If you're enduring a bland menu due to hands that don't work so well, I strongly suggest that you buy a quality chef's knife plus a food processor. They can help you to prepare many types of foods rather easily.

I quickly prepared this yummy pesto 
with fennel greens!


5 to 6 ounces greens (2 healthy bunches or about 6 cups gently packed basil leaves, or any other green. 3 bunches of very fluffy fennel greens are wonderful for pesto to feed a small crowd!)
1/2 cup pine nuts, or any other nut (3 pre-soaked, soft Brazil nuts are fine for smaller recipes)
1 to 2 garlic cloves (3 for larger recipes)
1/4 teaspoon salt (use Guerande, Himalayan or Mexican salt for more flavor and nutrition)
1/4 to 1/2 cup sesame, grape seed or extra-virgin olive oil 


Blender or food processor


  1. Blend half the greens with the nuts and garlic: Combine the other half of the greens with the nuts, garlic cloves, and salt in a blender or food processor. Blend continuously until the ingredients are finely chopped. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Blend everything until a uniform paste has formed (if you prefer a rough texture, that's fine). 
  2. Add the oil: With the blender running, you can slowly add the oil (I work with all the ingredients added at once, though). Less oil will make a paste good for spreading on sandwiches, rice cakes and crackers; more will make a sauce better for pastas and stirring into soup. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue blending as needed until the oil is totally absorbed into the greens and the pesto looks uniform.
  3. Taste and adjust: Taste the pesto and add more salt, garlic, or nuts, as needed al dente/to taste.
  4. Storing pesto: Pesto darkens and browns quickly, but it can remain delicious and fresh for several days IF you keep it in a sealed glass jar sized to suit the amount made. For best appearances, use it right away. If you store your freshly made pesto, use the smallest container possible, thoroughly pressing the pesto to eliminate air pockets. Pour a little oil over the surface (that's how it looks when you open the store-bought version!), cover the jar, and refrigerate your creation for no more than a week. 

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Monday, April 25, 2016

You and the Children can Celebrate DNA Day!


17 Nisan, 5776

It's the middle of Passover and families are sharing quality time together. Anybody can appreciate the Celebrate DNA Day option, today and any day of the week. No need to wait for a holiday :^ D

Need something fun for the kids to do? They check out DNA Day (it celebrates the first publication of the papers regarding the structure of DNA) at (YES a woman named Rosalind Franklin was part of the history-making project)

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Help youngsters to appreciate science, health, and life at large.

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Friday, April 22, 2016

Fire SAFETY! Be Sensible about Passover Preparations.


 14 Nisan, 5776

 It's that time of year again,when Jews worldwide have cleansed their hearts and homes of chametz, the stuff that we may not have during Passover. 

The leavened foods will be burned before the holiday begins, so I'm sharing safety tips from a rescue organization before you light the first match. (Psst: Bring a bucket of water to extinguish embers before you leave!): 

Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 23:26:21 +0300 
From: Hatzala Beit Shemesh 
Subject: [BS/RBS list] Erev Pesach Safety Tips from Hatzala Beit Shemesh 

Once again, we have reached Biur Chometz time! In previous years, Hatzala Beit Shemesh has been called to burn cases where children and even adults have been burned, in some cases seriously.. Here are some tips to stay safe this Erev Pesach:

*1. DO NOT EVER!!! place lighter fluid or other chemicals on a raging fire. We'll repeat it again: DO NOT EVER!!! place lighter fluid or other chemicals on a raging fire. A number of years ago, a man and his grandson were seriously injured as they walked near a fire, where children were spraying chemicals on the fire. To this day, they are still dealing with the after effects of this terrible tragedy.*

2. Children should NEVER start or be left alone by a fire, without proper adult supervision. 

3. Plastics and other non-combustible items should not be thrown in the fire. This can cause breathing difficulties. 

4. Never, ever throw an aerosol can or sealed bottle in the fire! The can can explode, sending shrapnel and shards into the crowd - and leaving people with injuries similar to a bomb blast! 

Some quick burn tips: If, Chas V'Shalom, someone does get a burn, taking these immediate steps will alleviate some of the pain and time of healing. 

 A. If a person's clothes are on fire, roll them on the ground and attempt to extinguish the flames. Have someone immediately call emergency! 

 B. Immediately remove whatever clothing is covering the burned area. However: DO NOT PEEL OFF CLOTHING WHICH IS STUCK TO THE SKIN! 

 C. Place the burned area under cool, but not cold, water until responders arrive on the scene. 

 D. Remove any rings, bracelets, or other tight fitting jewelry or body ornaments, as swelling may occur.

 E. DO NOT put any lotions, salves, or creams on the burn without speaking to a medical professional, such as a doctor. These items can trap in the heat, and create more complications to healing. 

 *Hatzala Beit Shemesh advises you to call for any burn, even if it seems superficial or a minor burn. 02.999.999.2* 

We hope these safety tips keep you and your children safe, so you do not need to call us for a burn!

 Wishing everyone a Chag Kosher V'Sameach and a very safe and happy Yom Tov! 

Hatzala Beit Shemesh . Your local emergency first response and emergency ambulance transportation organization. 

To lighten the mood a bit, here's a link to Passover fun.

I wish you and the entire world a kosher, joyous, healing, enlightening, spiritual and peaceful Pesakh/Passover. 

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Sunday, April 10, 2016

You Get to Decide!


2 Nisan, 5776

It's a new Jewish month, and two weeks until Passover. This is a time to cleanse our homes of leavened foods and leavened thinking patterns: Things that don't serve us well.

I haven't commented here much in the past week or so because I've been busy dealing with other peoples' crises. Some days I did a bit of triage, deciding who needed my attention most; I ranked the situations as 1st priority, 2nd, 3rd, etc.

Two-way communication was limited at times, due to the other person's unavailability. They were either at a doctor's office, on the way to or from it. Then they were busy procuring medications and/or medical appliances, or unwilling to converse due to pain or exhaustion.

It was difficult to serve anyone's needs as they sabotaged their own time and efforts.

I am struck by the paradox that some of these individuals impose on themselves.

Some of the people interacting with me during their journeys through a health problem assure me of one thing: They will never go vegan, vegetarian or macrobiotic because it's time-consuming to eat, clean, buy, store and prepare fresh produce. 

They tend not to focus on the evidence that these diets minimize or end some health problems.

I've calculated the time that being a wholesome food eater and preparer would take, and presented the whole food critics with the fact that they spend more time on the couch, in bed, commuting to or from medical professionals, or writhing in pain, than it would take to handle being a vegan, vegetarian or macrobiotic eater.

The issue is not the time-consuming tasks at hand. The issue is the change in habits and thinking patterns involved. 

Change can seem clumsy, slow, task-oriented, and therefore unappealing. 

The question to ask yourself, then, "Is it worth deteriorating easily instead of healing with more work than I'm used to? Is it better for me to apologize when I don't mean it, just so I don't have to get all messy from cleaning and cooking so many vegetables? Am I really doing better my way (ow!) or could it be possible that another eating method could help me past some problems?"

The goal of contacting someone like me, or reading

is to cope with your medical issue. 

The alternative to coping is the opposite: Falling apart, remaining in pain, wondering "What if...?" 

Your call.

Want to make the change and don't know how? 

Think of the situation this way: You get to be pro-active, grow in self-respect and just maybe feel and do better. 

I can't promise that this diet or the other will cure you or minimize your problems, but I assure you that your self-respect will grow for making the effort to stop eating and drinking stuff that clearly harms you.

Brad Yates is master of putting issues into perspective. Perhaps this video will help you to sort out your thoughts better:

I hope you'll choose wisely.

Clean out your thinking.

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