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Monday, September 29, 2008


29 Elul 5768

Today is the last day of the present Jewish year. Several hours after this message goes "live," I will be joining Jews worldwide in greeting our 5769th year (my fellow Israelis and I will start several hours earlier, considering our location on the globe).

The Jewish holiday season lasts for weeks. We'll spend 10 days in deep introspection (we've been at it for a month, now) and in begging for Heavenly compassion starting tonight, then refrain from eating or drinking a full 24 hours on Yom Kipur.
Soon after begins the weeklong Festival of Sukkot, when we'll live in beautifully decorated temporary shelters that remind us of GOD's protection as we escaped Egyptian slavery long ago. The joyous conclusion of our year-long Torah-readings will then be met with an immediate re-start of those readings on Simchat Torah. That will end the Jewish New Year season (October 21 2008).

There is a custom to do charitable acts in this season of asking The One Above to be merciful with us. It's a "What comes around goes around" sort of mindset. We hope that our goodness to others will earn goodness for our very selves, too. And, we've been commanded to build a merciful world.

Contact me if you're interested in facilitating some acts of medical mercy. I know of several ways in which we can improve the health of our neighbors with simple acts of kindness.

I hope to post a few messages during this busy time, but opportunities to do so will be few.

Before I begin my holiday break from the blog, here's an update about cell phone dangers (folks, the evidence is growing):
Cell Phone Use and Tumors: What the Science Says

See you on October 22 2008 aka 22 Tishrei 5769 (maybe before)! I pray that the world will be filled with blessings ever after.

With blessings for everything beneficial,


Thursday, September 25, 2008

"Secrets" for Better Health


25 Elul 5768

Hmmm, the information below seems to be a big surprise to far too many people. The facts have been in the public domain long enough to become common knowledge. Then again, the Public Domain is overflowing with information. It's hard to sort it all out...

I recommend that you focus on the stuff that's likely to help you and/or your children. Be sure to share the rest with someone who might need it:

Lower Blood Pressure in One Practiced Move

DANGER: Energy Drinks

Protect Your Heart with... a TOOTHBRUSH!

Lose Lice Naturally!

4 drops of citronella oil (available at health food stores) combed through the hair can be very helpful in getting rid of lice


Check out naturaopath Shoshanna Harrari's solution at +972.02.570.9075 OR

DEADSEAM@WALLA.COM; Israel FAX:03-7412111 OR

Lose Lice Less Naturally

Protect Children from MRSA Infection

Centers for Disease Control Advice about MRSA

Considering the
breakdown in medical services and the funds to promote them (let alone for the average person to afford them), it's wise for all of us to prepare a "Plan B" as healthcare backup:

1. Keep emergency supplies of necessary medication and medical supplies nearby.

2. Make a list of all medical recommendations you're supposed to follow (it does get complicated when so much advice adds up over time).

3. Train those around you to help in an emergency (personal and public) and/or insist that they become trained somehow if you're not up to the job.

4. Practice personal calming techniques in your daily life.

MORE EVIDENCE: Biological/Health Hazards of
Cellphone Use

Taking charge of your medical life can only help. After all, "Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence." - Vince Lombardi

Buy It's My Crisis! And I'll Cry if I Need To so you can wipe away your tears and cope with medical challenge.

Be sure to VOTE for MY BOOK when you click on the 10 next to its title.

To your good health,

Yocheved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Happy New Year


24 Elul

The Jewish New Year, the actual birthday of the world, begins on Monday evening September 29/Elul 29 Israel time. We'll enter the year 5769, which I pray is filled with blessings and comfort for weary souls.

It's scary to face the holiday season without giving previous thought to praying. Perhaps this video will enrich your holiday prayers and make them more meaningful:

If you want to learn about the Jewish New Year (and more), check out
for a painless education.

Praying for our mutual welfare and spiritual growth,


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Yoga for Regular Guys (and...)


I'm eager to share this update with my male readers. Even if you feel like a bag of fat, even if you can hardly walk, click on

I make no guarantees that you'll develop washboard abs, but men, you'll be on your way to more mobility and strength just like the guy in the story. Even if you're sick in bed!

To your good health, Yoji

My Bones, Your Bones


23 Elul 5768

Whew! I'm back from being hospitalized for the successful removal of hardware that held my once-shattered arm bones together. The medical professionals on my team assure me that lack of bone density was NOT my problem. That awful accident I'd suffered was the problem. And the docs sure admire my bone thickness. They say it resembles that of a woman half my age.

I'm so pleased that years of aerobic workouts (including stairclimbing) have paid off.

What about YOUR bones, though? The medical world just about drives us nutz with warnings about how to care for our skeletal health. Tests, drugs, aging, it adds up to headaches.

Click on SOME GOOD NEWS about bone health in the 21st century. And do yourself a favor. Scout out my previous posts about why dairy foods are not fit for humans after infancy. There is strong evidence that dairy destroys adult bones. Fill up on calcium-rich vegetables, mineral-rich sea leaves and other natural, safe sources of good bone nutrition. Walk. Bicycle. Laugh. Wiggle your toes and take stairs instead of elevators or escalators.

Make your sneakers earn their reputation (hey - you can run to the Sushi bar!) ;^ )

What's my blog without ANOTHER CELLPHONE DANGER UPDATE? This danger goes right through the skull! Click on 5-FOLD INCREASE IN BRAIN CANCER RISK FOR KIDS ON CELLPHONES.

BUY MY BOOK for more easy-to follow hints about low-cost, effective health strategies. Doctors do!

To your good health,

Yojeved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Go with Glass. It's Better than Plastic


17 Elul 5768

People might make fun of your preference for drinking from glasses instead of from plastic cups, and from glass bottles instead of plastic ones. But you'll be better off for your healthy habit.

The National Institutes of Health have released what I believe is their 3rd announcement about "concern" regarding the dangers and suspected dangers of drinking from commerically made plastic drink bottles this year.

See BISPHENOL-A of Concern for a full report.

Be sure to read POSSIBLE HEALTH RISKS, too.

Need a good idea for some glass water bottles? Save your wine and juice bottles, scrub them out with a bit of dish soap and a bottle brush, fill them with clean water and then place them in cushioned bottle carriers with shoulder straps. It's a low-cost solution and healthier, too.

I'll be taking a few days off from blogging so surgeons can remove the metal plates and pins they inserted in my arm on New Year's Day. The once shattered bones healed wonderfully (Thank GOD!) and I'm ready to live without the metal. Yep, there goes my Bionic Woman identity. What an adventure it's been :^ )

I hope to see you at my monitor next week. If you find it hard to wait to learn about more of my easy-to-implement Better Health ideas until then, BUY YOUR COPY OF MY BOOK TODAY!

To your good health,

Yojeved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

What it Takes to Be Number 1 - and to Cope with a Medical Crisis


16 Elul 5768

Today's post is dedicated to the men who read, need and like my book or blog. I often wonder if I pay enough attention to you. Everyone else can read along and cheer.

Want to win the Coping with a Medical Crisis effort? I'm not going to call it a game. A medical crisis is no laughing, idle matter. But I can share a world-famous football coach's winning words. They apply equally well to the coping effort for medical challenges. Here is Vince Lombardi's classic speech:

Winning is not a sometimes thing; it's an all the time thing. You don't win once in a while; you don't do things right once in a while; you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit. Unfortunately, so is losing.

There is no room for second place. There is only one place in my game, and that's first place. I have finished second twice in my time at Green Bay, and I don't ever want to finish second again. There is a second place bowl game, but it is a game for losers played by losers. It is and always has been an American zeal to be first in anything we do, and to win, and to win, and to win.

Every time a football player goes to ply his trade he's got to play from the ground up - from the soles of his feet right up to his head. Every inch of him has to play. Some guys play with their heads. That's O.K. you've got to be smart to be number one in any business. But more importantly, you've got to play with your heart, with every fiber of your body. If you're lucky enough to find a guy with a lot of head and a lot of heart, he's never going to come off the field second.

Running a football team is no different than running any other kind of organization - an army, a political party or a business. The principles are the same. The object is to win - to beat the other guy. Maybe that sounds hard or cruel. I don't think it is.

It is a reality of life that men are competitive and the most competitive games draw the most competitive men. That's why they are there - to compete. To know the rules and objectives when they get in the game. The object is to win fairly, squarely, by the rules - but to win.
And in truth, I've never known a man worth his salt who in the long run, deep down in his heart didn't appreciate the grind, the discipline. There is something in good men that really yearns for discipline and the harsh reality of head to head combat.

I don't say these things because I believe in the "brute" nature of man or that men must be brutalized to be combative. I believe in God, and I believe in human decency. But I firmly believe that any man's finest hour - his greatest fulfillment to all he holds dear - is that moment when he has to work his heart out in a good cause and he's exhausted on the field of battle - victorious.

Vince Lombardi

OK, folks, here's my closing observation: Each time you make an effort to overcome the pain, exhaustion, humiliation, fear and dread of a medical crisis, you're no defeatist. YOU'RE A WINNER! Keep re-reading Lombardi's closing paragraph in order to stay strong.

BUY MY BOOK and help someone you know to also come out winning with that medical challenge they're facing.

To your good health,

Yojeved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life.

Monday, September 15, 2008

Vegetarianism is GOOD for Your Brain (and Your Body, too!)


15 Elul 5768

I'm puzzled at having read an anti-vegetarianism article in a
newspaper from India of all places.

Apparently some Australian scientists have data indicating that a vegetarian diet shrinks human brains. Er, perhaps that's what happens with obese people and to anyone who drinks beer to excess (as noted in the article), but the average vegetarian in India is not brain-damaged by their diet. Neither am I. Brahman Indians won't even eat eggs and their brains seem fine over the millenia. They're healthy people who have dark hair well into their 70's, don't need to wear glasses and have no fertility problems.

Somebody's statistical conclusion is a bit off...

A person can drink coffee and eat donuts and be a vegetarian. Health depends upon what you eat, not only that you don't eat dead animals.

Recent research shows that meat-eaters have even LESS B12 than vegetarians! Why?
Because B12 is a heat-sensitive bacteria. So once they've cooked their meat and eggs, they have just as much or worse of a vitamin B12 deficiency as beer guzzlers and overweight people (and if the person is an overweight beer drinker, guess what THOSE consequences would be???).

Want to increase YOUR vitamin B12 intake? Drink Rejuvelac.
It's made of spelt or wheat berries soaked in water. You drink some of the water daily and munch the berries resting at the bottom of the jug after 3 days or so. GOSH are they yummy! And eat sauerkraut daily. Within three weeks of starting those small dietary additions, BINGO, you'll have solved your B12 problem. A simple blood test can prove it.

Hungry for more good advice about simple, effective solutions to health problems? Read my book.

Oh - Remember to vote for my book at the
Musella Brain Tumor and Research Foundation site. Scroll down to the It's My Crisis! And I'll Cry if I Need To: A Life Book that Helps You to Dry Your Tears and to Cope with a Medical Challenge title and click the 10 as so many readers do!

To your good health,

Yojeved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The Qualities of Heroes


11 Elul 5768

Today is one terrifying anniversary. My condolences go to people whose lives were changed forever by the inhumanity of 9/11. The crisis changed how much of the world views life.

Facing any kind of crisis goes two ways: you can be completely unprepared or you can become the type of person who gets ready one day, one decision at a time.

Click on
MIRACULOUS SURVIVORS, to read something interesting that CNN posted the other day.

The writer noted specific character qualities in survivors. I know from my familiarity with the mental health world, and with my own life, that these charactertistics can be nurtured in people who lack them. I sure wasn't born brave. I suspect that I was born with knees made of jello or totally wet clay. No inner strength I knew of.

Here are those identified personality traits. See what you can do to create and to develop them in yourself:

1. Humility

2. Independent Thinking (you're not simply following a clueless crowd)

3. Paying attention to your intuition. Got a gut reaction? Heed it.

4. Strong family/friendship bonds (I'm adding friendship since some of us lack family members. Friendship serves the need just as well)

5. Planning for survival (my friends are familiar with my "I have a Plan B and Plan C in case things don't work out," voice of wisdom)

6. Clear Priorirites. You don't waster precious energy on useless efforts.

7. Keeping your wits about you. Make it a hobby to stay alert to dangers and to potential solutions.

8. Adapting to your environment.

9. Accepting reality and people for what and who they're not.

10. Focusing on the good that can come out of a horrible experience (compassion, insight, courage, respect from others, etc.)

11. Envisioning a better future. It's your brain. Make the world you want with it. LIVE!

12. Using your anger, fear, all your emotions, to serve your needs.

And gosh, every one of those traits can be developed when you read my book. It's the story of how I did just that plus exercises to teach you to do the same thing!

I welcome you to recommend my book to CNN ;^ )

To your good health,

Yojeved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

A Bit of Worrying, Healthy Blood Pressure, a Flat Tummy and a Happy Marriage: Good for Your Mind


10 Elul 5768

Here's good news on the international front: Brazilian, Finnish and Israeli researchers agree on what's good for your mental health!

Yep, a little worrying (the type that leads to finding solutions for problems) is actually good for you. Neuroticism, though, is NOT good for anyone. Well, OK, it's good for the shrinks who are being paid to help people to stop being neurotic.

Now, back to the subject of today's post.

The findings were presented in a medical conference about Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia in Chicago. Click on

If you need a quickie lesson in the differences between Alzheimer's Disease and plain old Dementia, read on:

Alzheimer's Disease is an on-going deterioration of the brain. The cause is not fully known, but abnormal clumps (amyloid plaques) and tangled bundles of fibers (neurofibrillary tangles) made of misplaced proteins are classic features of the problem. Alzheimer's proceeds in four stages, in a rather predictable sequence of unpredictable duration.

Dementia is a general form of mental deterioration that involves loss of memory, poor judgment and intellect.

Use your mind, focus on solutions, play games and do puzzles that bring out your clever thinking skills. Have healthy fun. It's good for your heart, soul and head!

Click on VITAMIN B12 to find out why that's good for your brain, too.

BUY MY BOOK for fun ideas about how to stay sharp. I included suggestions from amusing and smart people troughout the centuries.

To your good health,

Yojeved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

LA Times Presents a Great Reason to READ MY BOOK!


9 Elul 5768

I suspect that HMOs are designed to make people die. This story by LA Times writer Steve Lopez is unspeakably sad and a simple illustration why many HMOs (Health Maintenance Organizations) are NOT good for human health:

Yes, There are Options in Treating Cancer.

I responded to the article with a comment. YOU can heed it, too:

"Check out 1) The Musella Brain Tumor Research Foundation's website and free newsletters and 2) The Brain Tumor Society's site and magazine. Read “It's My Crisis! And I'll Cry if I Need To: A Life Book that Helps You to Dry Your Tears and to Cope with a Medical Challenge” to find out about getting in on clinical trials, free or discounted medication (not generic stuff - the real thing), free medical appliances plus MUCH more. Doctors give my book to colleagues and patients. Buy it at Barnes & Noble. Yocheved Golani, Self-Help Coach. "

I have nothing more to add today. To your good health,

Yojeved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life.

Monday, September 8, 2008

It's Slowing Down Parkinson's Disease


8 Elul 5768

Parkinson's Disease is a neurological disease caused by the death of neurotransmitter Dopamine cells. Movements are messed up by lost and misdirected signals that can't arrive to their intended destinations.

The good news is that some doctors have created a drug that slows down the Parkinson's Disease process. Click on
TEVA AZILECT to learn more.

Scroll around my blog for more good news about Parkinson's Disease. And be sure to
BUY MY BOOK to learn how to get financial help for purchasing expensive medications.

To your good health,

Yocheved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Can YOU Walk Away the Sadness and Boost Your Brain Power?

4 Elul 5768

It's fun to learn once again that my advice is supported by medical professionals.

Click on WALKING
IMPROVES YOUR MIND and start moving! Walk around your bedroom, hospital room, up and down halls, outdoors and wherever your increasing strength can take you.

You'll be smiling. I promise!

Ooh! One more thing: I keep wondering when and why to update you about a nifty thing to do for women's menstrual and fertility issues and irregularities. Make Shepherd's Purse tea! A local folk remedy (called khubezia in Hebrew), it has a good reputation for regulating menses and improving female fertility. I don't know why it does all that, but I suggest you give it a try. I happen to snack on this yummy high-protein food that grows as a wild weed all over the country of Israel. The nuggets of nutrition grow in pods sprinkled all over the ankle-to-chest-high plant.

To your good health,

Yojeved Golani
Coping with a Medical Crisis?
Make the Changes You Need in Your Life.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Want to Cheer up an Entire Community?


3 Elul 5768

WOW, sorry I didn't post anything yesterday. I've been on the road speaking about my book and how I've made phenomenal recoveries from medical crises.

But, ah, the other reason I lacked time to write to you is because after I completed several days of speaking engagements, my phone line filled with callers from across the country and abroad. Some of those callers were DOCTORS!

It was time-consuming and so very rewarding to speak with so many people from diverse walks of life: A retired NY City police detective, surgeons, therapists, and regular people. My thoughts are literally richocheting around the world and helping people to cope.

I'll be in the USA on speaking tour this December and January, doing my best to cheer up whole communities. I look forward to meeting you, perhaps, while I'm on tour.

Good News spreads, and much more nicely than the other stuff. Cheer up YOUR community, or maybe just someone you know who's facing a medical crisis and feeling crushed by it, when you buy a copy of my book for them or hire me to speak in your area.

All the best,


PS - Keep voting for It's My Crisis! And I'll Cry if I Need To: A Life Book that Helps You to Dry Your Tears and to Cope with a Medical Challenge at the Musella Brain Tumor and Research site. CLICK HERE to find my book's title, then cast your favorable vote! I hope you make it a "10."