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Friday, January 30, 2009

Are You DOING It?


5 Shvat 5769

Some things are easier done than said.
— Rabbi Shraga Silverstein

Some ads about diets claim that
they will get you
into swimsuit-shape in nothing flat.


If you're reading this blog, swimsuits are hardly your first concern. Enduring health, that's your topic of interest.

Want to set someone's heart fluttering? Want to feel and look better? BE healthier than you are today? Be realistic?

Want to stop TALKING about taking action
to improve your health
and to start DOING something about it?

Read my book. Learn how to help yourself and your loved ones to appreciate you more as you take simple, specific steps to improve your inner and outer health.

Learn more about healthful dining and living when you click on
(you'll read about sound coping skills in there, too)!

Remember, some things are simply more easily DONE than SAID.

You just might smile more after you've bought and read my book.

Don't promise someone (not even yourself!) that you'll "buy the book already..." Buy it. And let me know how it helps you.

How does that saying go? "Just DO it!"

And one more thing:

You can generate publicity for my blog and let other readers know about my book!

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To your good health,

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

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Here's How to Build Your Motivation


4 Shvat 5769

So often we mortals want something, work for it, then go nutz wondering why we haven't achieved our goals. So, we lose our enthusiasm for the goal(s).

I've learned how to bypass that problem. To overcome it.

Think of a baby learning to walk.
The parents keep backing away
and coaxing the beloved child
to approach them.
The baby tries, falls, then tries again.

Eventually the baby learns to walk, run, skip, jump rope, run track, you name it!


Because we humans are wired to fight against our obstacles. The energy we invest in overcoming problems builds up our original desire to succeed!

Need to understand this concept better?

Listen to my organic foods coach speaking about my phenomenal recovery. Click on Video 2 at

I definitely had hurdles to overcome. It was no simple matter to reselect my kitchenware and to trash the expensive stuff contributing to my formerly ill health, to update my concept of nutritious food and my shopping habits.

But my life depended on those changes. Motivation became my middle name, so to speak!

To your good health,

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

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

GOOD NEWS: You CAN Refuse to Ruin Your Health!


3 Shvat 5769

I want to point out that yesterday's post was actually GOOD NEWS.


Because YOU CAN CONTROL what you eat and drink.

Imagine the joy of ending too many doctor visits, colds, bouts of weakness or lightheadedness simply because you sip on water instead of body/health destroying sugary drinks.

Imagine growing wealthier because you take fewer sick days off from work. Gosh, what can you do with the money you'll earn from more full workdays on your paychecks?

Count the improvements you'll accrue by ridding your diet of excess sugar: increased energy, more clear-headed thinking, glowing skin, easier trips when going to the toilet (huh? You didn't know that excess sugar can make you constipated?).

Golly. All you have to do to improve your health THIS MUCH
is to drink more water. So simple.

Here's an important tip on how to succeed with your new water-drinking habit: Make your lifestyle change slowly, not in one big gulp. Add more pure water to your menu gradually, over time.

Yes, you'll need more trips to the toilet, but guess what'll be pouring out of you? Internal junk.

Water cleans your entire body up.

Add one more glass of water to your tummy today. Add another one tomorrow. Keep adding more glasses of water (or unsweetened tea) as you can tolerate them. Making too sudden a change can backfire. Go slow and steady. Easy does it.

Oh? Did you know that wrinkles are less noticeable
in skin plumped up by refreshing water?

One more item: I've warned you MANY times about cell phone hazards to your health, and that of your children. Here's more proof about the integrity of my concerns:

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No guarantees, just a hunch that your health could improve.

To your improving health,

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

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Water Cures?


2 Shvat 5769

Can water cure diabetics? You? Anybody?

Let's explore some recent headlines in the medical world:




The quick explanation of the above is this: In the past 20 years, the number of American adults who drink sugar-sweetened beverages (sweetened tea, soft drinks, fruit drinks and punches) increased dramatically, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (I'm sure that people in other countries are in competition for meeting or beating those statistics).

Assistant professor with the Bloomberg School Department of Health Policy and Management Sara N. Bleich, PhD, lead author of the study, explains that "From 1988 to 2004, the percentage of sugar-sweetened beverage drinkers increased five percent. Per capita consumption of energy from sugar-sweetened beverages increased 46 kilocalories (kcal) per day, and daily sugar-sweetened beverage consumption among drinkers increased 6 ounces per day."

The consequences of the choice to drink that junk?

THIS: People in various ethnic groups and of many ages became malnourished. Some are now borderline diabetics facing possible kidney failure, amputations of feet, legs, toes, fingers or hands.

True, the poor quality of their mealtimes probably also affects those folks. Anyone who downs that much sugar is not likely to be dining on highly nutritious meals.

The story becomes worse. VERY scary: Nearly 13 percent of US adults age 20 and older have diabetes. 40 percent of them have not been diagnosed, according to epidemiologists from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Diabetes is especially common in the elderly: nearly one-third of those age 65 and older have it. Another 30 percent of adults have pre-diabetes, a condition marked by elevated blood sugar that is not yet in the diabetic range. The researchers report these findings in the February 2009 issue of Diabetes Care

About 20 percent of young adults drink sugar-sweetened beverage calories at work. The percentage of sugar-sweetened beverage drinkers and per capita consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages was highest among blacks followed by Mexican Americans.

Want to be wiser about making choices with your beverages?

Drink water or tea and sip smarter!

Know that 79% of your blood IS water!

Older adults have MUCH less water in their bodies than younger people. They need to drink more water than they're used to swallowing.

Everyone can benefit by drinking water before they feel thirsty. Make water-sipping a new habit.

WARNING: Hot temperatures, travel (especially in dry aircraft), hot weather, and exercise vastly increase your need for water. Travelers and anyone having fun in the sun needs to know this.

Think smart. 85% of your brain is water!

Okay, class. Guess what the society-wide result of drinking more water would be? Decreased numbers of new diabetic cases? The end of surging numbers for borderline diabetics? Slimmer physiques?

Raise your water-filled glass with me and toast the results. We'll know what they'll be as soon as you toss out the sugary body-snatchers and replace them with pure, body-building water as I have.

Click here to buy my book
. Learn what increased amounts of water did for my health (LOTS more than ending my Borderline Diabetic status)!

Salud! L'chaim! To health!

To your good health,

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

Monday, January 26, 2009

Find Your Inner Hero: The Hero Within


1 Shvat 5769

Ladies, this post is for you, too. Find your inner heroines as the guys find their inner heroes.

As we go through our medical crises, willingly or unwillingly, we might marvel at the inner strengths and capabilities we'd never known we had until the moment of truth.

My book and Self-Help Coaching work are, in part, based on helping you to realize the heroism you may have failed to notice in yourself. And partly based on helping you to become heroic to the best of your abilities.

One of the people who gave a hearty recommendation to my book did so because he benefited from it. Renowned writer, teacher and phenomenal person, Dr. Rahamim Melamed-Cohen is that captivating man. Get some insight into the depth of his character, and how much a person can grow by facing a medical crisis head-on. Click on a brief look at his life,
The Hero Within.

I hope that now you'll appreciate the words he wrote for the back cover of my book:

"It's MY Crisis And I'll Cry If I Need To"
is very interesting and useful.
It can help people with emotional difficulties.

I have ALS disease, and
I found much of Yocheved's advice useful.

I recommend that everyone,
including healthy people,
read this book in order to increase
the quality of their lives."

Dr. Rahamim Melamed-Cohen
Jerusalem, Israel

Find out why Dr. Melamed-Cohen gave such a high recommendation to my Life Book that Helps You to Dry Your Tears and to Cope with a Medical Challenge as you read it yourself.

Click on
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To your good health,

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

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Why Americans NEED My Book about Coping with Medical Crises


BAD news in the healthcare department. President Obama's proposed changes to the American economy threaten the free market that made the USA the Super Power it once was. That power is dwindling fast during a global economic freefall. Each American's personal power will shrivel with the USA's if Obama nationalizes the US banking system (as he intends to do) while rearranging private-sector priorities.

One of those very key private-sector priorities is HEALTH INSURANCE!
As in YOURS!

You might not be allowed
to make your own healthcare choices during Obama's administration.

Need clarification of this scary warning?

Yup, you glommed on to that paragraph about endangered health care from the simplest of levels to the most complicated (i.e., expensive) levels as I did. Let's review it one more time:

"But it is the healthcare system that will experience the most dramatic and traumatic of changes. The current debate between erecting a Medicare-like governmental single payer or channeling coverage through private insurance misses the essential point. Without a lot more doctors, nurses, clinics, equipment and hospital beds, health resources will be strained to the breaking point. The people and equipment that now serve 250 million Americans and largely neglect all but the emergency needs of the other 50 million will now have to serve everyone. And, as government imposes ever more Draconian price controls and income limits on doctors, the supply of practitioners and equipment will decline as the demand escalates. Price increases will be out of the question, so the government will impose healthcare rationing, denying the older and sicker among us the care they need and even barring them from paying for it themselves. (Rationing based on income and price will be seen as immoral.)"

Yes, Americans will have to find out, all on your own, how to get the best possible healthcare for yourself and for your loved ones. The new American president will be limiting how much healthcare you'll be permitted to receive under his auspices.

Read newspapers.

Speak with healthcare professionals (WOW are they at risk for losing options about how to help you. Plus, their lowered incomes and higher malpractice insurance rates will make providing excellent health care to you even harder! They won't be able to afford to stay in business).

Listen to Talk Radio. The hosts of every political persuasion are discussing the looming health insurance crisis.

As if medical problems weren't difficult enough.

Praying for your safety and good health,

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

What Do Christian, Latino, Buddhist, New Age Spirituality and other Interest Groups Have in Common with My Book's Content?


26 Tevet 5769

Whew, life's getting so much more interesting these days. I'm happy to report that this is a positive development.

Rick Frishman is one of those knowledegable people in the book marketing field. He mentioned something in his "Author 101" update yesterday that stood out for me. I E-mailed Rick about it. Here's what I wrote:

Rick, my attention peaked when I read this remark in your update: "In recent years, segments of society have become powerful new markets, with the two most notable being the Christian and the Hispanic/Latino markets. Substantial markets also exist for Catholic, Jewish, Islamic, Buddhist, New Age Spirituality, and other groups. In addition, a number of other markets exist within these individual groups."

Check out my blog
, which publicizes my very spiritual book about how to cope with medical crises (they're sweeping the world these days). The blurb atop my blog echoes your sentiments in that quote which stood out for me.

The "Resources" section of my book has information for Latinos, people of other ethnic groups, and general humanity. Rabbis, a Christian minister and an NIH researcher gave their hearty endorsements to my book. You and everybody else can read them on the

back cover of my book

There you go, readers. I invite you to read my book and give me YOUR feedback about it's universal spirituality.

Want to buy and read my It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry if I Need To?

Click on
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To your good health,

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

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Reality Check: Coping with Medical Issues


25 Tevet 5769

A few people contacted me about that "I'm well" message in yesterday's post.

"Don't you still have double vision and other visual problems?" they want to know. "Aren't you still having balance and other health problems?"

Answer: YES, I still have double vision and so many other complicating factors with my sight that I plan to pursue a new course of vision therapy in the near future (I definitely want to prevent more fractures from my unexpected falls!).

As the American neuroopthalmologist who examined me a month ago put it, "Gee, it's amazing you see anything at all considering the damage you've had from that brain tumor and surgery! Your structures are a wreck!" He listed so many complications with my vision in his findings that I had to practice some relaxation techniques after hearing about them.

I continue to lose my balance without warning, and I struggle to see my monitor let alone a printed page in a book. Though I need to perform all of my physical therapy exercises daily so that I can prevent other problems, I persevere with that mantra I wrote at the end of my book.

How else am I coping with the remnants of my medical crisis? I correct typing mistakes and other errors (again and again) after I've "published" one of these blog posts, happy that I can correct my mistakes even though it's a s-l-o-www process.

At other times in my life I cry from frustration and the limitations I want to overcome. Then I re
focus on what's going right, NOT on what's going kerflooey.

My neurosurgeon calls my recovery "Amazing."

Why the amazement? Because my medical team expected me to deteriorate further even after the tumor, then killing me, had been removed. It had caused extensive damage to basic structures. Surgery had unavoidably nicked me in dangerous places, but we knew going into the process that it was a sacrifice I was willing to endure so I could remain alive.

I'm dedicated to using my natural foods and other healing techniques because they're clearly helping me not to deteriorate further. They seem to be the reason for my increasing health and my disarming appearance. "You look a LOT better than you feel," remarked someone on my new American medical team. He had studied the results of my physical and vision exams, then sighed "How do you do it? I'm surprised you can walk!"

Read my book and find out.

Answers are there for
medical professionals and for the rest of humanity.

Let me teach you how to build your willpower. Click on

To your good health,

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

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Nanobacteria: Are They Messing with You?


24 Tevet 5769

I've been reflecting on compliments I've received since returning from the USA. People keep remarking how "Well" and how "Young" I look, despite rigorous international travel, despite that messy cold I caught from bitterly cold weather conditions (my body isn't accustomed to such low temperatures), AND despite my age (I became old enough to vote long, long ago).

My conclusion: I look so well because
I AM (increasingly) WELL!

Unlike so many other (overweight and sickly) people guzzling nutrition-challenged sodas, sugared juices filled with preservatives and swallowing food lacking the full compliment of minerals and vitamins nature could have provided, I ingest pure nutrition.

My organic foodstuffs (including pure juices and water) nourish me so much that my bodily defenses are in far better shape than those of many peers.

I have vitality.

My meals haven't been robbed of nutrients by poor soil, a cocktail of food colorings mixed with chemical preservatives, flavor enhancers, and goshknowswhat added to chemical-oozing plastic packaging.

Do you know the source of the word "Vitamin"?
It's VITAlity + MINerals/VITAMIN.

That vitality, minerals and all, goes efficiently into my blood, skin and muscles because I don't destroy it with too-high heat from overcooking. My cooked foods rest on low heat instead of boiling away their building blocks for a healthy life.

Most of my meals are raw fruit or vegetable salads. I don't ruin the vitality of my meals by drinking chemically-laden water processed by local water treatment programs. I sip pure water. I tend to my composted, organic garden with rain water and nutrient-packed ocean water.

Ocean water and pure foods seem to put up a winning fight against a monster that the medical world only recently recognized: Nanobacteria. They sicken living creatures.

Why don't conventional antibiotics and other medications remove nanobacteria from our bodies? They protect themselves in a sort of "shell" that seems immune to a drugstore's chemical warfare.

Hmmm, if you've read those articles, you now know that the theories about nanobes and nanobacterium are leading to increasing amounts of serious study. Stay tuned for further developments.


1. Fill up on nutritious FOOD as I do. Eat genuine food, drink pure water, and dump those vitality-challenged and highly processed "vitamin" pills in your kitchen cupboards. They can't help you in the way good food can (check out how popular raw foodism has become. See
Taste Raw-food advocates add a dash of imagination to their cuisine)

Cook your food without chemically troubling non-stick cookware. Use cast iron skillets, enamelware pots and pans, wood and glass utensils. Store foods in glassware (I use glass screwtop jars). THAT minimizes chemical hazards to your health and fertility.

2. Perform your hygiene with simple soaps and shampoos. Use Thai stone or other minerally-made deodorants. They don't hold chemically-created scents or other harmful contents.

You could end up looking lots younger and being healthier than your age
and statistics would indicate.

And you just might knock out
those nanobes you never knew
were hiding in your body.

I am.

Click on I'M BUYING YOCHEVED'S BOOK to learn how she does it!

To your good health,

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

Monday, January 19, 2009

How Outer Space Helps to Prevent Cataracts!


23 Tevet 5769

Gotcher attention with that headline, huh?

NASA's Glenn Research Center recently informed the world of one terrific application of space research: improving your sight!

A compact fiber-optic probe developed for research purposes in outer space turns out to be valuable as a non-invasive early detection device for cataracts, too. The newly recognized laser light technique is called dynamic light scattering (DLS).

How important is this news? Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss worldwide.

Hmm, now that we humans will be able to see better for a longer part of our lifetimes, it's going to be more fun to watch the pictures that result from a forthcoming three year mission to Mars.

Learn more about this exciting development when you click on
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If you wish to be more traditional, click on I'll buy it from Barnes & Noble booksellers.

To your eye and overall health,

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

Sunday, January 18, 2009

How to Stay Warm Despite the Deep Freeze Around the World: Here's How


22 Tevet 5769

News updates about unusally cold condtions around the world are cause for concern.

Older people and ill people with lower levels of physical defenses and protections require more precautionary measures for staying warm and safe.

Everyone else would do well to follow the advice below (italics and illustrations mine), too:

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
For Immediate Release: Friday, January 16, 2009


Almost everyone knows about winter dangers such as broken bones from falls on icy steps, sidewalks or streets. But cold weather also can cause an important, less obvious danger that can affect older people. Older adults are especially vulnerable to hypothermia, which can be deadly if not treated quickly. The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has some advice to help older people avoid hypothermia.

Hypothermia occurs when a person's body temperature drops below normal and stays low for a prolonged period of time. With advancing age, the body's ability to endure long periods of exposure to cold is lowered.

Older people also are at risk for hypothermia because their body's response to cold can be diminished by certain illnesses such as diabetes and some medicines, including over-the-counter cold remedies. In addition, older adults may be less active and generate less body heat. As a result, they can develop hypothermia even after exposure to relatively mild cold weather or a small drop in temperature.

The best way to identify someone with hypothermia is to look for confusion or sleepiness, slowed or slurred speech, shivering or stiffness in the arms and legs, weak pulse or low blood pressure, poor control over body movements or slow reactions. If you suspect that someone is suffering from the cold and you have a thermometer available, take his or her temperature. If it's 96 degrees or lower, call 911 for emergency help.

The NIA has information to help you prevent hypothermia. Here are a few tips:

-- Wear several layers of loose clothing when it is cold. The layers will trap warm air between them. Tight clothing can keep blood from flowing freely and lead to loss of body heat.

-- Wear a hat, scarf, gloves or mittens, and warm clothes when you go outside in
cold weather. A significant amount of your body heat can be lost through your head, and hands and feet are the first body parts to get cold.

-- To keep warm at home, wear long underwear under your clothes, along with socks and slippers. Use a blanket or afghan to keep legs and shoulders warm and wear a hat or cap indoors.

-- Make sure your home is warm enough. Set your thermostat to at least 68 to 70 degrees. Even mildly cool homes with temperatures from 60 to 65 degrees can trigger hypothermia in older people.

-- Check with your doctor to see if any medications (prescription or over the counter) you are taking may increase your risk for hypothermia.

Because heating costs are high, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has funds to help low-income families pay their heating bills. For more information, contact the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (1-866-674-6327) or the Eldercare Locator (1-800-677-1116).

The NIA has free information about hypothermia. To order the fact sheet, Hypothermia: A Cold Weather Hazard, or the brochure, Stay Safe in Cold Weather, call toll free 1-800-222-2225. Hipotermia: El Peligro de las Bajas Temperaturas is also available. These and other free publications on healthy aging can be downloaded from the NIA Web site

The NIA leads the federal effort supporting and conducting research on aging and the medical, social and behavioral issues of older people. For more information on research and aging, go to .

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) -- The Nation's Medical Research Agency -- includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is the primary federal agency for conducting and supporting basic, clinical and translational medical research, and it investigates the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit

Click on this news report about how some people cope with the cold by using a sense of humor.

Here's one more tip from me: Bake, roast or cook warm foods to heat your body and kitchen but DO NOT use your oven to heat your home. The dangers of doing that (e.g., uncontrollable fire, carbon monoxide poisoning, scorched children) are severe.

Get LOTS MORE stay-healthy tips when you click on I WANT TO BUY YOCHEVED's BOOK!

To your good health,

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

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Coping with Common Cold Sneezing


19 Tevet 5769

Sorry about the delay in posting new material at this blog. My return home to Israel coincided with some nasty PC problems. My hard drive is being tended to by a hard-working technician.

I hope to post helpful information for your coping and healing efforts as of next week. Meanwhile, I'm still recovering from one whomping cold that I caught in the USA.

I recommend using soft
cotton handkerchiefs
instead of paper nose tissues.
Cotton is kinder than wood fiber to already irritated skin.

Your nose and cheeks won't dry out
and start peeling from constant rubbing
when you use fabric to clean a sneeze.

Until next week, Yocheved

Thursday, January 8, 2009

How Readers Reacted to My Recent Speaking Tour (and more)!


12 Tevet 5769

Lots of good news to share with you today:

1. My book and blog have been nominated for a peer award at

2. The dynamic give-and-take at my live appearance in
the Mid-Atlantic area of the USA
last night was great!

The audience asked terrific questions, discovered answers and coping strategies they found satisfying
and bought signed copies of my book.

I spent significant time in discreet 1:1 conversations after the event because some participants needed privacy to pour out their difficult medical stories and to let me respond appropriately to their challenges.

This morning I awoke to phone calls from people
begging to buy their own copies of
because their friends had told them it really IS

3. It pays to be as nice as possible ;^ )

My dear friends who've let me use their PC while I'm in town are fellow Israelis living temporarily in the USA.

I learned during my stay,
to my BIG surprise, that one of their children is in serious need of
coping strategies
for his medical situation.

I flipped open the Resources section of my book as the parents watched, and circled paragraphs relevant to the child's needs and those of his family.
Everybody was in shock to learn from me and my book that many of the FREE services that can help them are available in their own state!

My US visit is over. It has taken a toll on me physically and emotionally. I've suffered a severe cold from wintery American weather and stumbled several times while making my way to and from airports, homes and public venues. The danger that falling presents to me (more fractures) caused me to cancel some appearances. My eyes and optic nerves are still healing, and I simply lose my balance now and then despite my best efforts to remain upright. I even became dizzier than usual during last night's presentation (my visual problems cause me to feel dizzy almost 24/7. When it worsens I'm in real trouble!)

I plan to return to my beloved Israel soon. Look for the video of last night's event, to be posted on this blog as soon as possible.

To your continued coping efforts and increasing health,

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