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A Health Information Management professional, I survived a life-threatening emergency with information that only a person of my professional experience would know. And I’m sharing it!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Find me in the Flashmob!


3 Cheshvan 5772

 Want to know what I do in my spare time? These days I'm having fun praticing with some neighborhood women for the GLOBAL flashmob dance to benefit World Diabetes Day and the diabetics who need cures!

Hang on to your hats, we'll be whirling around the world with other supporters of the cause on November 14th (keep your TV and PC on to find me in the crowd).

Need to cope with diabetes or some other chronic medical situation? Find simple solutions in EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.

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Face Your Future with Optimism.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Get the Skinny on People with Disabilities by Watching TV!


29 Tishrei 5772

I’m nursing a very yukky cold and eager to remain under the covers today. But I want to share this news with you:

Coinciding with National Disability Employment Awareness Month. PBS will soon air a pair of documentaries featuring people with disabilities

Lives Worth Living: October 27th
Deaf Jam: November 3rd

Check out the PBS NDEAM documentary about the decades-long history of America’s Disability Rights Movement. The USA has more than 54 million Americans living with disabilities. The Lives Worth Living presentation will be the first televised history of their efforts for equal rights including access to schools, employment, apartment buildings, and public transportation.

You can get more information about the film and the issues involved at

The Deaf Jam documentary is about a deaf teen exploring Hip Hop music and poetry. Learn more about the show at

Want to learn something about how to finesse job interviews with your disability? Read the relevant section in EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.

Face Your Medical Problems and/or Disability with Dignity.
Face Your Future with Optimism.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Environmentalism Inside and Out


28 Tishrei 5772

I'm trembling as I write this. Two readers of EMPOWER Yourself have contacted me. They let me know that they've benefited from the EMDR therapy mentioned in the book. EMDR is an effective, completely non-medical tool for immediately helping a traumatized person to cope with the event(s) that caused their heartache. Oh - the EMDR therapist those readers consulted was the very psychiatrist who praises the book on the back cover!

The human body is the microcosm of a macrocosm. As we  nurture our inner environment it will eventually resemble the global environment we respect with excellent care and maintenance. The reverse is true, too.

Do yourself and your loved ones a BIG favor. EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge. It's an ecologically sound activity.

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Face Your Future with Optimism.

Monday, October 24, 2011

Quick Weight-Loss Tips that Work!


26 Tishrei 5772

Wahoo! I only gained 400 grams over the high-calorie High Holiday season. To celebrate my self-control (though I still want to taste the kugels I pushed away), I'll introduce you to some time-honored truisms of weight loss and weight control.

Losing weight is rarely quick (unless you have the flu) but a slow, steady strategy to keep your calories in check pays off long-term benefits.

Here are some quick tips to peel off extra pounds:

Eat your carbs with fiber (fruits and vegetables help your body to lose the goo that otherwise fills up your fat cells).

Add quinoa to your meals. Red quinoa is delicious. So is white! The high-protein treat minimizes hunger pains and nourishes you well.

Drink at minimum one cup of water about 15 minutes before meals, and 2-3 liters of water per day.

Add 2 tablespoons of flaxseed to your hot or cold cereals and plain yogurts once daily. That'll take more goo out of your system and leave you healthier than before.

Drink green tea (it can lower your cholesterol, too).

Skip the fried foods, including bourekas, chips, falafels (sorrrrrrryyyyy) and salty buttered popcorn (eat plain popcorn instead).

Add more vegetables and fruits to your menu, and forget the hi-cal salad dressings, mayonnaise and more. Simple lemon juice, garlic, vinegar and olive oil make yummy salad toppings.

Food is for enhancing life, not ruining it!

Definitely dump the colas and white bread. Here’s why.

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Face Your Future with Optimism.

Friday, October 21, 2011

Healing and Coping with a Giggle


23 Tishrei 5772

It's been an exiting start to the new Jewish year! Here's a photo of me in Shilo, the site of the ancient tabernacle (Mishkan in Hebrew) this past week.

Friends and I enjoyed lovely holiday times, company and meals. Here and there someone wept to me about the sadness of a diagnosis or life situation, asking how to cope with life's harsher side. Among other things, I gently explained the wisdom of seeking out pleasure, promoting pleasure and nurturing that Inner Giggle all of us. We yearn to laugh, to be free of worry and fear. By taking on life with a sense of humor, we let ourselves relax, grow courageous, insightful and stronger. Those are coping skills!

Click on this sample of what I mean: The world's first-ever senior citizen LipDub! Residents from Clark Retirement Community in Grand Rapids, Michigan teamed up with Grand Valley State University Film & Video Production students, alumni, and professors to create this sassy video to the jazzy 1965 hit song ‘Feeling Good’ by Michael BublĂ©. (Hat tip for the video to my good friend Jesica Myers)

Learn how to nurture YOUR Inner Giggle when you read EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.

Let me know if YOU make a fun video that brings smiles to many faces!

Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity.
Face Your Future with Optimism.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

FYI on Sukot, Wheelchair Accessibility in Barcelona and Easy Reading!


14 Tishrei 5772

 YAY, tonight is the start of the weeklong Sukot holiday, when Jews thank The One Above for getting us through the desert after slavery in Egypt. Miracle after miracle is celebrated while we dine and sleep in specially prepared huts/booths. Read this Sukot FYI  & this one, From Fasting to Feasting.

Back to day-to-day concerns, consider what it's like for a person in a wheelchair to move about in a foreign location (let alone at home!). Alan Broadbent participates on a LinkedIn group for people with disabilities. He posted information about wheelchair-accessible Barcelona. I asked him if I may share the item on this blog. Alan graciously replied, "Please feel free to share information with anyone via your blog, twitter, facebook etc."

FREE! Barcelona, A Wheelchair Users Guide now available for pdf download
Barcelona, A Wheelchair Users Guide is a 'warts & guide to Barcelona covering such issues as travelling from the airport into the City, eating out, money, touring, hotel accommodation and much more. This 10 page guide is available for free at the moment in pdf format. For people using screen readers I have the guide available using the DaisyPipeline software so hopefully a download should work fairly easily, ditto a version is available for download that can be printed in braille, both these last options are experimental on my part at the moment. When the EPUB ebook version goes live next month the others will no longer be available free and those versions will be sold at a nominal fee to cover admin time. Email me at for a copy.

Read up on the etiquette tips for interaction with people who use wheelchairs in a very affordable book! They'll appreciate you for that! Buy the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge so you and everyone else can...

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Face Your Future with Optimism.

I plan to be back online in a few days...

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Catch Up on Medical Care Options Worldwide!


13 Tishrei 5772

Whew, I've been on the road this past week, living out of a suitcase and with little to zero access to a computer. Let's catch up with each other!

The New York Times has an interesting article entitled Trying Out New Ways to Deliver Healthcare. I'm interested to know your thoughts about it. So far, I foresee benefits for people who won't have to:

Travel back to a medical office to receive
a "Yes" or "No" answer

Receive a slip of VERY important paperwork, or

Promote better communication among several
medical practitioners involved in that person's

Potential drawbacks can develop, too. So can better care. It's an interesting mix of possibilities. Just like life...

Back here in Israel, we're facing quite a medical challenge of our own: a strike by medical residents. Israel's Ministry of Health needs to straighten this out pronto!

No matter what the medical challenge my readers are facing - anywhere in the world, many medical and mental professionals agree that you can affordably and sensibly

Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity.
Face Your Future with Optimism.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Seeking Families with Children Who Have Fanconi Anemia


8 Tishrei 5772


Today's blogpost is a 2-parter. The first part is a plea for communication about coping with Fanconi Anemia:

From: Beineinu <>
Date: Wed, Oct 5, 2011 at 8:32 AM
Subject: Beineinu Parent match--Fanconi Anemia--PLEASE FORWARD!!
To: Beineinu <>


Dear "Beineinu Family", Thanks to all of you, we have been able to make many successful parent matches between families dealing with the effects of their children's diagnoses.  This is especially helpful for those families dealing with the devastating effects of some of the rarer disorders. We have received a request from parents looking to talk to another family dealing with "FANCONI ANEMIA", which is a genetic disorder causing bone marrow failure, kidney, heart, gastrointestinal or bladder abnormalities, arm and finger deformities (such as misshapen or missing fingers, underdeveloped or missing forearm bone), light brown birthmarks, and short stature.

Children with fanconi anemia usually need to undergo bone marrow transplants due to bone marrow failure, and are at higher risk of cancer.

If you know of someone matching this description, please ask the family if they are willing to talk to another family dealing with the same issue.  They are looking for the information and support that only another family can give. The requesting family talks English and some Hebrew.  They are willing to call or email anywhere in the world. If you can help, please contact We will forward the information to the requesting family.

Thank you again for all of the help that you have given so far.  May Hashem grant you many years of good health for your entire families. Golda Turner
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Part two is a scintillating review of some deep spiritual meaning that's perfect at this High Holiday time of year. Fascinating presentation. PROMISE!

Need some kid- plus adult-friendly and/or spiritually uplifting reading material for your medical, disability or emotionally stressful situation? Buy and read EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.  TODAY!

PS - be sure to review some sensible guidlelines about the Yom Kipur fast: 10 Tips for an Easier Fast.

Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity.
Face Your Future with Optimism.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

October is National Book Month: Feel Better Fast!


7 Tishrei 5772

Speeding along the Jewish and worldwide calendar, it's time to notice that October is National Book Month.

Heading into Jewish and non-Jewish holiday seasons, you know it's a bummer to be stuck with emotional, physical, disability or financial setbacks. They make the future seem so glum.

Want to lower lower your stress and cut your medical costs, worldwide?

Here's a solution:

Check out what one highly respected psychiatrist says of the book: "A wonderful book!  Golani challenges  & energizes us all to seek and savor life to the fullest for our mental and physical health.  ...EMPOWER Yourself is lifesaving, emotionally rewarding, spiritual, funny and helpful."

Judith Guedalia, PhD. Director Neuropsychology Unit, Chief Medical Psychologist ER Trauma  Shaare Zedek Medical Center

Get the E-book or print edition today! Buy EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge at Booklocker. Feel better soon.

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Face Your Future with Optimism.

Monday, October 3, 2011

What YOU Can Do if Israeli Hospital Departments Shut Down!


5 Tishrei 5772

OY, it's the start of the new Jewish year and Israel seems to be in BIG medical trouble!

If you're in Israel, you can do what readers around the world are doing: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with THIS Medical Challenge!
lists medical and charitable organizations willing and able to help people around the world with financial assistance with your medical costs (travel, medication, treatment, medical appliances and more!) and with rapidly made connections with medical experts worldwide who can meet your needs!!!

It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry If I Need To: EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge is rich in resources for healing. The book holds cutting-edge information.

It comes in

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The E-book pops up on your monitor
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