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Thursday, April 30, 2009

Here's Why You Need "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"


6 Iyar

America's healthcare is going down the tubes. Why?

Obama's first 100 days in office have been filled with serious anti-social activity. An expensive indulgence (in this age of economic freefall!) - New York flyover of Airforce 1 that terrified onlookers who feared another 9/11 - among other things.

The once robust US auto industry is disappearing with his help. So is much of America's remaining economic life:
AP FACT CHECK: Obama disowns deficit he helped shape...

He has trashed healthcare (see
my past posts on that). And he's repeatedly trashed America's law-abiding conscience and society: FBI Raids Office of DC Office of Obama Appointee

And there's an alarming focus on superficialities as he and Michelle stress appearance/form over substance:

with a touch of megalomania he has not protested: Obama Coronated as Messiah, Wears Crown of Thorns

The World Health Organization has gone to Level 5 (and soon to reach 6 in the next 24 hours), the last steps it can take before a worldwide pandemic renders all of us susceptible to disease and death extremely difficult to prevent.

The president of once-strong America is no help. He's part of the problem.

The USA is deteriorating, vulnerable to far more than mere health problems. Only GD Above can correct the problem.

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The book holds a wide variety of helpful information.

The RESOURCES section in back
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and medication, medical appliances,
travel assistance, and
psychological care
PLUS organizations offering
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to people in medical crisis.

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

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Emotional Timebombs that Could Go Off Unless You Do Something to Stop Them NOW


5 Iyar 5769

When you or someone you love has heard the life-altering news about a medical crisis, complications are sure to follow.

What kind of complications? Medical. Time Limits (real and imaginary). Relationships. Self worth. Employment. Financial. Spiritual.

Emotional Time Bombs, every one of them.

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I'll Cry if I Need To:
A Life Book that
Helps You to Dry Your Tears
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with a Medical Challenge

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The RESOURCES section in back of the book informs you of global resources for low-cost quality medical care and medication (including medical appliances, travel assistance, and psychological care) plus organizations offering financial help.

Medical and mental health professionals, and clergy of different faiths, use It's My Crisis! And I'll Cry if I Need To and/or give it to clients, parishoners and patients.

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To your good health,

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

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Urgent Update: Pig Farms and Swine Flu


Gosh, It was only two days ago that I shared my thoughts on filthy pig farms as a prime cause for Swine Flu crossing the animal/human barrier. I haven't heard back from medical folks yet (though the CDC indicated interest, via E-mail, in the ideas I'd posed).

Now the Associated Press is sharing evidence that those suspicions might be right on target (can I think and write well about health, or what?!):

Keep washing your hands, avoiding dirty food and surroundings, and stay tuned to health organization updates. And eat certified organic meat, for your health.

Swine Flu Name Change? Flu Genes Spell Pig

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

Do You know How to Dine on the Safe Side?


4 Iyar 5769

I've received messages asking me for further clarification about eating pork. Some of my book and blog readers want to know why I'm so hyped up about pork (well for starters, I'm Jewish!) and if I want the entire world to go vegetarian (no!).

The issue is hygiene: personal and otherwise.

Dirty animals, as I
mentioned the other day,
seem to be part of the problem.

Check out the paragraph below, part of the larger story at

swine flu is not caught from eating pig meat products, but several countries imposed import bans on pork from the United States. Stocks in companies such as airlines were also hit as investors worried about the impact on travel.

OK, readers. There you have it. Neutral analysis of protective safety measures. We'll know more facts as the future unfolds.

BTW, the Hebrew name of
this month is Iyar,
an acronym for
"Ani HaShem Rofecha,"
I, GOD, am your healer.

Interesting time for a worldwide
pandemic scare, hmmm?

Let's be nicer out there.

Praying for an end to the nightmare,


Monday, April 27, 2009

Chewing Gum is Good for You!


3 Iyar 5769

I can almost hear kids around the world cheering the news below:

Whaddaya know? Maybe we adults can manage with our medical crises better by blowing a few bubbles, too ;- ).

Just don't crack your gum near other ears. It's bound to irritate the listeners.

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To your good health,

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

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Is it Possible to Prevent Swine Flu from Hurting YOU?


2 Iyar 5769

I'm sharing some thoughts on the chance (and the hope) that some medical professionals will respond to them.

Swine Flu has swept the world into a frenzy (with mainstream media's help). I'd like to minimize the cause for concern, if possible.

I'm eager to clarify a link between:

1. Filthy animals used as food

2. Antibiotics in the food chain,

and 3. Human disease.

If my theories about a link between filthy animals used as food, and antibiotics for those inevitably sickened animals in the food chain - both of which might lead to human disease - have merit, then there might be a simple way to minimize Swine (and Avian) Flu dangers.

Swine Flu has appeared in places (North America, South America, Europe, Africa, and parts of Asia) with opportunistic environments:
pig troughs and pig pens.

Garbage, feces, and other non-food items such as fattening hormones commonly added to animal feed (cost-cutting and profit-promoting maneuvers) also nourish specific viruses/germs/bacteria/etc., then further weaken the now poorly nourished animals twice-over.

Filthy feed troughs seem to present a case of double jeopardy: Pigs swallowing the viruses or rolling about in them, absorb them into their flesh.

Their inevitably weakened health thus provokes antibiotic use to curb disease outbreaks, a double whammy on human health.

1. People handling sickened animals
have clearly been harmed by
the dangerous exposure.

2. Antibiotics are foreign to the food chain.

Human and animal digestive systems weren't designed to
process antibiotics on a frequent basis.

A vicious cycle of animals dining
on dirty, infected feed
and non-food items,
handled by workers thus exposed
to Swine Flu virus
(and who knows what else!)
and then served for dinner is
an all-too-common reality.

The above scenario leads me to suspect that i
f handlers are on nutritionally poor diets themselves, they'd be even more susceptible to risks of Swine Flu infection, thus facilitating the animal-to-human infection danger among themselves and everyone in contact with them.

Frequent dining on antibiotic-filled food might be harming human diners. What if the antibiotics don't prevent Swine Flu?

Eating Swine Flu-infected animals might also spread disease. If Swine Flu viruses are impervious to low heat, then improper cooking could complicate matters.

The threats above may hold true for all animals used for human consumption:
Cows, chickens, ducks, geese, etc.

Think Avian Flu and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and reflect on past headlines.

Infected people interact with other people, all of them
unsuspecting targets of the
crossing the once durable
animal/human barrier.

Air travel facilitates the spread of disease.

So does breathing.

Neither reality is about to disappear.

I suspect that proper animal feed (clean whole grains, clean produce, clean water) would prevent monstrously morphing bacteria, viruses and germs.

The absence of junk to 'eat' could cause them to die off.

Worldwide medical advice seems to indicate that we should stay as healthy as possible, keeping our immune systems strong so that bad-news bacteria, germs and viruses will not prey on us.


I'd like to suggest that people
stop eating dirty animals.

Stick to organically raised livestock
that dined only on
clean feed and clean water,
and lived in clean environments.

Behaving with maximum decency and compassion, no matter your mood or circumstances can only improve your inner and outer health. The world of medical and mental health science proves that point. And, to be something of a name-dropper, GOD promised us the same thing (Shmot/Exodus 15:26 and elsewhere).

I welcome responses to the thoughts I've shared above.

Meanwhile, be attentive to Swine Flu safety guidelines at

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To your good health,

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

Thursday, April 23, 2009

What Your Shaliach Never Taught you about Kupat Cholim! (Israel's Medical System)


I've appeared on TV and radio many times.

Broadcasters appreciate my poise. I have another gig comin' up:

Tune in to
Arutz Sheva's Aliyah Revolution Show with Goel Jasper and David Gantshar at 6:30 PM/18:35, May 7 2009/13 Iyar 5769

(get used to using Hebrew-English dates and times
for when you make aliya ;- )

They'll be interviewing me about my Nifty Ivrit Cheat Sheet and other ways to adjust to Israeli life with a healthy sense of humor.

Ever heard of Israel's health care system, called Kupat Cholim (health fund)? It's about as much fun as any HMO can be.
In Hebrew. OYVAVOY.

Parents and people with
medical conditions
should tune in to hear me talk about
how to get medications
and medical treatments
not included within
Israel's basket of health benefits.

AND how to discuss all that in Ivrit

Trust me, this show could be titled "What Your Shaliach (aliya counselor) Never Taught You about Kupat Cholim!"

And yes, you betcha I do Self-Help Coaching for olim (sick and healthy) wondering how to finesse
some situation or other!

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To your good health,

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

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Scientist Discovers a Possible Genetic Cure for Deafness


28 Nisan 5769

Israeli researcher Professor Karen Avraham of Tel Aviv University discovered that microRNAs in the 'hair' cells of our ears are a major cause of deafness, holding out the promise of a potential new cure.

Read about a miracle
that might soon come true:

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To your good health,

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

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

More Positive Reaction to My Recent Radio Interview


27 Nisan 5769

A colleague of Adam Mallerman, the gentleman who interviewed me this past Sunday on
Rusty Mike Radio
wrote to let me know that...

"I heard you and marvel at
your candor and your
straightforward attitude.
Kol hakavod [more power] to you and
may Hashem [GOD] bless you!"

Cordially, Nettie Feldman,
hostess of Afternoon Shmooze on

"Tune in and you'll never go hungry for honest chat again"

Okay readers, you're seeing/hearing what "honest chat" Britons think of
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A Life Book that Helps You to
Dry Your Tears
and to Cope with
a Medical Challenge

my book about how to cope with medical problems. Not bad for an American-born chick, eh? We Colonists get things right, at times ;- )

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

Monday, April 20, 2009

Solving a G-Mail Problem TODAY!


26 Nisan 5769

G-mail has collapsed several times in recent memory. That slows down my blog update efforts. It also impairs communications between you and me.

My PC guru tells me that
GOOGLE is being bombarded with viruses.

That leaves me with a need to cope
with a situation out of my control.

So, I'm sharing an alternative E-mail address you can use to reach me with questions about how to cope with illness and how to book me to speak on your show/in your community:

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Looking forward to hearing from you,

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

Sunday, April 19, 2009

2 Great Gifts for Mother's Day!


25 Nisan 5769

Mother's Day May 10 2009 is coming soon. Children of all ages will be showering their moms with gifts, hugs and fond memories.

The headline below describes mental and physical health benefits to retirement-age moms (and dads) who share their skills by volunteering in community schools:

One good gift you can give to mom is a printout of the article. Give her the chance to increase her sense of pride and accomplishment by coaxing her to become a student mentor.

A second good gift for mom (c'mon, you see this coming) is to shore up her personal health care with a copy of my can-do book. Buy her a copy for quick delivery when you Click Here to Order "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" Directly from the Publisher!

Only hours ago, morning show host Adam Mallerman told listeners of The Rusty Mike Radio Show that "This is a charming book. Not a heavy tome that bores you to tears, but a lively read full of information about coping mechanisms and global resources for things a sick person might need."

To Mom's good health,

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

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Hear Me LIVE on Rusty Mike Radio this Sunday!


22 Nisan 5769

I'm back from my break and ready for your questions and comments on live radio.

Be sure to call me on the Rusty Mike Radio Show on April 19 - this Sunday - to ask YOUR questions about how to cope with medical crises.

Rusty Mike is an all-English
radio show in Jerusalem, Israel.
The Israeli phone number is
02-563 1492.

I expect to "Go Live!" from 10:30-11:00 AM Israel time. Synchronize your clocks with Israel's (we went on Daylight Savings Time as of March 26/27).

Know your overseas dialing instructions? It's your country's Israel Code+972.2.563.1492, I believe. Double check with your overseas operator.

Turn your PC speakers down before you dial, so static won't mess up your real-time call.

Stand by for an exciting
announcement or two on the show.
You might even win something;^ )

Looking forward to your calls,


Monday, April 13, 2009

How to Avoid Depression When You're Hospitalized


19 Nisan 5769

I'm interrrupting my vacation time again to let you know about serious health care issues you can and should address with your medical team.

I read the

A serious component of relevant
research seems to be missing
in this doctor-oriented program:
A multi-pronged study
from the patient's point of view!

This study should include
mental health experts
or specially designated
actors/actresses acting as
ICU patients who experience
the factors leading to post-ICU
depression first-hand
(the "Walk a mile in my shoes"

(I suggest that you copy down
or print out the suggestions below,
then share them with the
head nurse on your unit or
post them above your hospital bed)

1. Some patients are verbally
and/or physically abused by
medical staff being unnecessarily
harsh with patients in their care.
As staffing becomes scarcer and
patient load mounts, it's more
difficult for nursing staff to
give tender loving care
(TLC) in the massive doses
that ICU patients need.

And, nurses weaken in strength
as they move patients without
sufficient support from colleagues.
The result? Bumps, drops,
pain, bruising, etc.

Better planning is a necessity.

2. Some visitors upset ICU patients
with scarey stories and
negative speculation.
Patients are not in a postiton
to shoo them away.

Researchers should

A) Determine if patients prefer
that specific visitors
not be allowed on the floor
in their rooms, access to doctors
nor allowed to call the patient.

AND B) Medical staff should take
appropriate action to preserve
the patient's mental health.

Nasty patients can also
intimidate fellow patients.
They need to be quarantined
to the greatest extent possible.

Abusive patient behavior must be
addressed and ended by
ICU or social work support staff.

Incessant, intrusive, noisy 24/7
cell phone calls worsen matters:
ICU patients can't sleep, relax
focus on positive aspects
(e.g., improved test results)
or on getting better.

Sleep deprivation is a huge
precursor to depression for anyone!

Medical and social work staff
should forbid after-hours
cell phone calls.

3. Lack of sunlight, sounds and flavors of normal life
can depress patient function.

People crave their
favorite foods
(or anything other than
hospital fare),
social interaction without tubes,
blue pads, pain and weakness.

Researchers need to factor in the loss of normal activities
to post-ICU depression:
missed events such as family weddings, reunions,
job responsibilities, promotions,
holiday celebrations, etc.

4. Some patients have a knack for
coping with adversity.
It serves them well post-ICU.

Researchers should learn
what those techniques are,
and guarantee that these techniques are taught
within the community
AND within the ICU.

Lessons are especially appropriate
for patients and their visitors.

5. ALI (Acute Lung Infection) and
Benzodiazepine use are not
the only factors worth considering
to evaluate why patients
become depressed post-ICU.

Patients (including infants and children) with other
diagnoses and medications
also become adversely
affected by ICU care.

Hospitalization is an
infantilizing experience.
Patients are desperate
for personal power
let alone better health.

Patient preferences are often ignored, rudely dismissed
and lost in the shuffle of
documentation, bed transfers, pressured medical
staff scheduling etc.

That leads to
worsening depression.

A woman who wrote a highly
acclaimed book about how to survive medical crises, I know that the proper mindset for everyone is crucial before, during, and after medical care.

I teach that mindset to clients and to my readers.

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To your good health,

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

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Here's How to Get Prescription Medication You Can't Afford


Nissan 18 5769

I'm interrrupting my vacation to share a breaking news item with you.

The spring holiday season has been filled with emotions of every kind for many people. If you're facing a medical condition and you're in the USA, perhaps today's post will be an emotional pick-me up for you:

Free Prescription Discount Card!

The Needymeds organization
helps people to find
patient assistance programs if they can't afford prescription drugs.

It now gives away a free discount card.

Print it from
the website and
ask your pharmacist if she/he accepts it

Coax them to join
the program
if they're not yet part of it.

There is no cost and nothing to lose.
No paperwork.

It doesn't work
if you're on Medicare or Medicaid.

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To your optimal health,

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

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

What Freedom Truly Means


For those of you who are unfamiliar with Passover/Pesach and what it's about, click this link for an inspiring 90-second flash movie:

The message is non-denominational. Each of us can set ourselves free from the slavery of our minds: doubts, fears, sadness, bad health habits, you name it.

Make the Youser-Friendly Choice.

All the best,