Save your sanity, time & money!


The Global Resources section of the EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge book clues readers in to solutions they could not have imagined.

Learn how to cut your medical costs,
ORGANIZE appointments & paperwork,
keep track of your medications, pack for hospital stays,
join clinical trials, manage rude relatives, doctors &
more.

Need lo-cost or free care, medication, air travel, or other necessities for patients of any age? EMPOWER Yourself is PACKED with information that patients plus loved ones need to know!

Monday, May 31, 2010

Have FUN with Motivation! (Just Like B-Ball Star Tamir Goodman)


B'SD

Here's a mid-day break to make you smile inside and out. Basketball star Tamir Goodman used to visit my home when I briefly lived in Baltimore. He's a quite a nice guy.


Check out Tamir's Just Fly video.




Now create a fun scenario for YOUR motivational needs. Go on. Have FUN! I dare ya to EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.

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Identity Theft from Local Photocopiers!

B'SD

15 Sivan 5770


It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge recommends that you make copies of your medical papers for easier sorting and record-keeping. But the New York Times warns us that you'd better use a friend's photocopy machine, or your own. Public copiers are being used to stead identities. Read


Be careful out there.

Want to learn how to simply and affordably store your medical records so you can easily find what you need for insurance purposes or medical appointments? Read EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge. It holds several good suggestions.

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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Who are the BEST Drivers on the Road?


B'SD

14 Sivan 5770


BIG surprise today. Guess who the best drivers are? Teens? Young Adults? Middle-Aged Adults? Retirees?

Read
The Most Skilled Drivers on the Road and find out the surprising answer.



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Thursday, May 27, 2010

How to Get a Good Night's Rest in 4 Simple Steps


B'SD


14 Sivan 5770



I'm among the lucky few people who do not suffer sleep problems despite traumatic injury to my brain*. But other TBI sufferers need sleeping solutions. I hope this item will help to solve your problems. It can reassure you and your loved ones that you're not "making up" a sleep disturbance problem:

Poor Sleep Persists After Brain Trauma (CME/CE)

Trouble sleeping long after traumatic brain injury may be due to disruption of both melatonin production and sleep architecture, a study has found. More than one year after traumatic brain injury, patients had significantly reduced levels of melatonin... full story at http://www.medpagetoday.com/Neurology/HeadTrauma/tb/20276

Solutions exist. Keep to a regular sleep/wake pattern. That means:

  • Relax with quiet, comforting activites such as reading or board games, pleasant conversation and the like before bedtime.
  • Get to bed at the same hour nightly.
  • Use your bedroom only for sleeping and dressing/undressing. Otherwise you risk too many distracting thoughts about the PC, TV, etc. Keep sleeping simple.
  • Try taking Valerian capsules a hour or so before bedtime. Valerian is an herb that induces relaxation/sleep (you can buy it in health food shops and some pharmacies). Let your medical team know that you want to take it so they can advise you of any concerns.

Let me know what works for you. Sweet dreams.

Find more sleep-inducing ideas in my book. EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.





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*I'm not TBI-certified, but lemme tell ya, brain surgery and tumor damage were no picnic. My recovery will be lifelong.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Delivery from the Darkness of PPD Post-Partum Depression


B'SD


13 Sivan 5770



You don't have to be Jewish to appreciate this book review.

Title: Delivery from Darkness:
A Jewish Guide to Prevention
and Treatment of Postpartum
Depression

Authors: Rabbi B. Finkelstein,
Michal Finkelstein RN CNM,
and Doreen Winter MSW

Publisher: Feldheim

Reviewer: Yocheved Golani

... The authors provide evidence of the
physiological realities causing
Postpartum
Depression. Their book is
an effort to end ... stigmatization of
affected women who are not suffering
from problems of willpower...

The goal is to facilitate
society-wide
compassion for women with PPD, to
prevent PPD as much as possible and
to assist affected women recovering
from it. The book explains the hormonal
cascade occurring with and immediately
after the birth process. It's effects have
been long misunderstood by medical
professionals and laypeople...

Delivery from Darkness
also defines the
spectrum of post-partum problems from
simple Baby Blues to life-threatening
Postpartum Psychosis.

Various
chapters address preventatives,
coping strategies, symptoms to be
aware of and more.

Psychotherapist and expert on womens'
hormonal isssues Dr. Sarah Katznelson
addresses a woman's need for PPD
psychiatric care. She cautions readers
about psychological and physical
realities, noting that individual PPD
sufferers need...

EDITORS: Contact me at
to buy the entire review for your readers.





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Monday, May 24, 2010

The ABC of Love!


B'SD


11 Sivan 5770



Israeli researcher Professor Penina Klein decided to help HIV-positive African children to thrive despite their diagnoses. She created the MISC system, "... focusing on the roots of interaction: on feelings which I call the ABC of Love..."

Dr. Klein's MISC method is also helping
children with ADD and more
around the world.

Read all about it at Teaching the ABC of Love.



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All the best, Yocheved
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Sunday, May 23, 2010

Danger! Radiation!


B'SD

10 Sivan 5770


My book & this blog warn you not to use cell phones or to be near cell phone antennas.
WHY?

Radiation-related illnesses & deaths are adding up. Check out what's happening in my own city! You don't need to know Hebrew to understand this warning:
Danger Radiation!




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Friday, May 21, 2010

Foods that Fight Cancer

B'SD

8 Sivan 5770




Fight cancer in your kitchen. Listen to Dr. William Li explain how:






Find that fascinating? Click on the next video to learn how to reduce the meat in your diet without feeling that you're "missing something."





Did you know that It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge gives

* Contact information for learning
how to join clinical trials?

*Advocates the vegetarianism
recommended above?






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Thursday, May 20, 2010

Do You Prefer Print Books or E-Books?

B'SD

Readers, here's my quickie question of the day:

Do You Prefer Print Books or E-Books?

I'm considering going to a print edition with E-book It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge, too. Want that option?

It'll cost a bit more, to buy the print version, though.

I created an E-book to keep your costs down as you find soothing thoughts or helpful resource information on your preferred monitor. But some readers might want to cuddle up with the paper version of the book in bed, outdoors or somewhere far from a PC or Kindle arrangement.

Let me know your preferences. I look forward to hearing from you at giveretgolani@gmail.com






To your best health, Yocheved Golani

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Physican-Run Hospitals Rather than...

B'SD


7 Sivan 5770



Americans are increasingly desperate to save their lives. Health Care Reform is endangering them in nightmarish ways. Check out
http://www.physicianhospitals.org/, read Health Care Reform Threatens Health Care and do what you can to stay as safe and as healthy as possible.




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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Proof that Pesticides Cause ADHD in Children



B'SD

5 Sivan 5770



Here's an important reason to dine on organic fruits and vegetables, just as my book suggests:


I'm going on a mini-vacation to celebrate Shavuot, the festival commemorating when the Jews received our holy Torah and the gift of our land (the picture at left is a depiction of ancestress Ruth). I plan to tap at you again in a few days.

Join me in dining on body-building food. Find out how good it is for your children, too ;^ )


Yocheved Golani
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Free to be Uninsured

B'SD

4 Sivan 5770


MedPage Today has another superb Op-Ed. It addresses the USA's legal dilemma and president Obama's determination to defy free market economy:
Free to be Uninsured.

Obama does not seem to care that he's freezing out poor people from medical coverage. I wonder if that's his actual goal. I'm curious why his critics fail to mention that tax monies could perhaps be set aside in health care funds for all US citizens (Israel does this and it's quite a healthy country) rather than allocated to anti-American or otherwise wasteful causes. So far, all the US president is achieving is excessive stress on emergency rooms. Too many people use them for primary, and all forms of health care.

Read the right-hand margin of this blog carefully. I've been providing terrific worldwide solutions to politicians and insurance rules that complicate your medical life.

Want to benefit from those solutions? Find out what they are? Read




Yocheved Golani
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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Want to Make Your Medical Situation or Someone Else's Meaningful?

B'SD

3 Sivan 5770


Want to make YOUR medical situation or someone else's meaningful instead of allowing it to seem random, infuriating and puzzling?

Read It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge





and listen to this!





Some life lesson, hmmm? Victor Frankl's teachings are a treasure.

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Thursday, May 13, 2010

Beau Biden and Anyone Who's Had a Stroke Need to Know This

B'SD

29 Iyar 5770


Anyone who has suffered a stroke (and their loved ones) knows that they'll need a A LOT of information on how to meet their unplanned medical needs. The frightening aftermath can include: loss of speech, loss of physical abilities, loss of confidence and loss of family plus social life.


Expensive therapy is a whole other matter.

The good news is that all of this is covered in It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.

The book addresses the EMOTIONAL IMPACT of any illness - mental, emotional and physical. The GLOBAL RESOURCES section in the back lets you know how to get low-cost or free medical care, medical appliances, medical transportation, money to pay medical bills and much more!

There is literally nothing else this inclusive on the book market.

I sure hope Joe Biden buys a copy for his family.



Yocheved Golani

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Doing for You What the Medical and Mental Health World Can't Do

B'SD

29 Iyar 5770


"Asking 'Why is this happening?'
can only disempower you.
Asking 'What do I want
to make of this?'
does exactly the opposite."
-- Neale Donald Walsh

"Making something productive of 'This'
is very, very empowering."
-- Yocheved Golani

I've heard fellow author Mitch Albom, author of Tuesdays with Morrie, speak of his charitable efforts. He insists that if everybody pitched in to do what they can, then a lot could be achieved.

I'm especialy impressed with one result of Mitch's initiative in financially damaged Michigan:



I well understand the phenomenon. I understood how to survive a horrific medical crisis and to recover my sight. When? When far too many people in the medical and social services world had no clues about how to help me through or past my medical crisis.

So I spent my recovery time doing for you what the medical and mental health world can't do. Imagine how you can minimize your stress and medical expenses with this book:





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Want to Lose Weight? Improve Your Mood? Here's What to Do.

B'SD

27 Iyar 5770



The gentleman below learned an emotional lesson that might help you to improve your mood and lose some weight. He wondered what Social Networks (friendship) and Obesity have in common. Click on the video below to learn the unexpected answer:







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Monday, May 10, 2010

How to Feel Better in a Heartbeat!

B'SD

26 Iyar 5770






One of the maddening things about medical crises is that it's so easy to be in a bad mood and stay stuck in it. The thing is like a monster, sucking life out of you and everyone trying to help you.

I know, you want to break out of this problem. So, here's an inspirational quote from a folk hero:


If you want to lift yourself up, lift up
someone else. ~Booker T. Washington

You can use this idea by praising the people at your beck and call. You can thank everyone for doing anything in your interest. Your words and actions can make moods pleasant. Go on, try it. Do it again and again until being gracious becomes automatic for you. You'll feel better in a heartbeat. Everybody else will be better off for it, too.




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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Here's What to DO if Volcanic Ash Falls Near YOU!

B'SD

25 Iyar 5770


Headlines and skylines are filling with volcanic ash developments. Health hazards added to tough travel conditions are recipes for headaches, heartaches and high blood pressure. Here are some tips for minimizing problems with all that:






If you fall ill and want some more terrific low-cost, maybe free, ideas for quality medical care, read EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.




Here's to clean skies and optimal health!

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Thursday, May 6, 2010

HeartMath - How to De-Stress in French, German Japanese and Spanish!

B'SD

22 Iyar 5770



Here are helpful ideas for how to calm down when life just refuses to be nice. You know the feeling. So does HeartMath Institute, which offers this free online tool: A De-Stress Kit for Our Changing Times.






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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Get a Haircut & Help the Earth to be Healthier!

B'SD

21 Iyar 5770


Today's 2nd blogpost is so worth sharing. Read on to learn how to save the earth from oil spills!

The Matter of Trust organization (http://www.matteroftrust.org/) has a simple, ecologically safe way to improve the health of the earth itself.




Head on over to your pet groomer, barber, hairdresser, and oncologist to let them know about the program, too. It's a feel-good thing to do.





Yes, YOU can EMPOWER Yourself to Save the Earth and to Cope with a Medical Challenge ;^ )

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The Cell Phone Poisoning of America and...

B'SD

21 Iyar 5770


I received some criticism of my concerns about cellphones, especially my fight against the 7 (and counting) cell phone towers in my small town. Here's the give and take of that online conversation:

Critic 1 - "what about people's in-house wifi? wireless links use more power and emit more radiation than cellphone antennae, something that bears looking into, if one is worried about such radiation."

Critic 2 - "That is a good point. It seems a bit hypocritical to fight someone else (who is making a lot of money) and companies (who are making a lot of money), whoare both really serving the community of those who want cellphone servicebecause of the health danger they impose if one self-imposes worse radiationdangers (wifi) themselves because it would be inconvenient otherwise!

(I wonder how far one can take that argument. For that matter, those who eatmargarine, butter and fats, and don't exercise are self imposing a healthdanger (cancer risk and other ailments), and perhaps it is not fair to causea loss of money to others if one is not really serious about guarding one'shealth in other areas when inconvenient ..)

Just food for thought(!) (I am not taking a position or stating anything definitive or clear-cut)"
_____

My response to both critics - "If a person chooses to eat something with battery acid, then wash it down with arsenic, does that mean that those of us who prefer not to have either chemical in our food chain must endure them because we like to eat? I have been warning readers against WIFI and cellphone + cellphone tower radiation for years. Just because I live in the neighborhood does not mean I wish to be exposed to other people's preferred poisons. YG"

Read this report,
The Cell Phone Poisoning of America. And know that it's not just the USA's problem.

Got a cell phone? Hang up on it. Permanently. Lose your WIFI too. Not all technology takes us forward.







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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Cellphone Tower Radiation Alert!


B'SD

20 Iyar 5770

The world will continue spinning on its axis if we rely on landlines and hang up our cellphones forever. Check out these informational articles by medical researchers:


This Cell-Phone Towers: How Far is Safe? epidemiological study examined people living within 350m of a long-established mast in the Israeli town of Netanya. Researchers found a four-fold (sound familiar?) increase in cancer compared with the general population of Israel and a TEN-Fold increase in cancer in women compared with those outside the 350m zone in Netanya.

If you live 1/4 mile from a cellphone tower
look out!





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Monday, May 3, 2010

Why Would You Paint Your Floor Yellow?

B'SD

19 Iyar 5770





I thank my friend David Morris for letting me retool an essay on his blog, Tzedek Tzedek. Here we go:

CAMT is a factory in Israel's Negev desert region. It does metal machining and other material processing.

The manufacturing process removes materials, such as steel, aluminum or ceramics, from a block of other material, using heavy grinding and milling machines.

Bits of material go flying about and liquid slurries splash with much noise and hubbub.

But the CAMT factory is clean, giving the impression of being very efficient – signs that can promote worker confidence in their products and an uncompromisingly high level of workmanship. CAMT workers give the impression of being leaders in their field.

But CAMT machines are reasonably standard for this business. Workers appear to be a standard melting pot of Israeli society.

Yair Shneor, the chief engineer, explains why the floors are yellow. He’d picked this idea up from a visit to Iscar, the tool factory in the north of Israel. Iscar was founded by Israel’s most famous (and richest) industrialist, Steff Wertheimer. Iscar IS the leading company in its field.

The floors of Iscar
are painted bright yellow.

Yair explained that, with a bright yellow floor, not only does the factory look bright and cheerful, but one can also spot any dirt and trash from one end of the manufacturing floor to the other. The floors have to be kept spotless, otherwise messes become obvious.

CAMT’s machines are also kept spotlessly clean. A set of standard hand-tools (screwdrivers, spanners, hammers etc) on the wall, was complete, with a profile drawn around each item, so that any missing item would be obvious.

Production practices and quality assurance seem to state-of-the-art at CAMT.

Having a bright yellow floor presents a dilemma that we can all relate to. On the one hand, it’s great to be seen to be clean. On the other hand, it shows every spot of dirt and any mess.

Now that you're confronting a medical situation, you might want to keep YOUR FLOORS yellow, so to speak, too.

Your life and the quality of your life are at risk. One of the best ways to protect all that is to hold yourself to a higher standard. Prevent slip-ups, mess-ups and missing out on effective tools, preparation techniques and mind-sets. Mentally paint your coping skills floor bright yellow.

Forgetting appointments, losing important documents, and failing to nurture yourself with good humor, good nutrition, exercise and self-respect would be dirty marks on your bright yellow floor.

Do you already have a dirty mark or more on your yellow floor? Use this as an opportunity to get the mop and clean up.

You can choose to repaint your floor in mid-grey, and set yourself a lower standard – or paint it bright yellow, proudly aiming, like Iscar and CAMT, to be effective, competent and proud.

Turn YOUR floor competent yellow! Read
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