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.

Monday, January 23, 2012

An Effective Solution for Lice (Heads up, Parents!)

28 Tevet 5772

WOW I'm hearing from globe-trotting acquaintances with itchy heads. Apparently it's quite easy to catch lice as you lean against your airline seat! Some people did just that over the holiday season and afterwards. The problem isn't limited to school children.

My advice? Trash old hairbrushes and combs. Ridding them of the lice infestation is hard to do.

Get new ones.

Trim your hair as much as tolerable 
to remove hiding places for sneaky lice.

Here's a homeopathic cure that can work for all ages (no guarantees, just my best suggestion): Gilco-Pharm (an Israeli company) makes a 2-part RID-Lice kit with a shampoo & spray. Use as directed (you'll need a lice comb and some disposable shower caps as the spray remains on hair for 8 hours - sleeptime). Follow that treatment with a daily shampoo using Mellaluca's original shampoo every day for a week.

Remember to isolate infected clothing and bedding. Bag them in plastic and tie a tight knot. Keep these items bagged for two weeks. The lice will die for lack of nourishment from human bodies. Launder, and reuse after the time is up. I highly recommend vacuuming bedding, including pillows, on  a daily basis. If you can, buy a new pillows or cover the infected ones in sealed plastic bags covered with fresh, clean pillow cases. It's possible to sleep on the slightly noisy pillows creaking from plastic bags. Release the pillows from the plastic bags after two weeks, vacuum out the dead lice and reuse.

With Passover approaching and hail hitting many windows across the globe, I'm looking out for the frogs, grasshoppers and wild beasts. You just never know what's going to happen with the weird weather patterns heading around the world. The only cure and preventative for them, as far as I know, is perfectly decent behavior  ;^ D

Good luck getting rid of your itchy scalps, world travelers, school kids and everyone else.

UPDATE: Feb. 9 2012 - Skip the Sklice, a new anti-lice product on the market. Stick with the user-friendlier strategy described above. It's far less likely to cause adverse reactions.

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