Save your sanity, time & money!

Need solutions for the medication, medical appliances and/or medical travel that you can't afford? READ EMPOWER Yourself.

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!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Not a Normal Day...


16 Kislev, 5773

You know it's unusual for me to post updates on a Friday. My heart is rollercoastering from what I've learned today.

Readers of EMPOWER Yourself have been contacting me since the early hours of the morning. They've let me know that the book held resources they need for dealing with 

  • Bi-polar disorder, 
  • Chronic pain and how to combat it, 
  • Physical rehabilitation concerns 
  • and a bit more. 

Why did these readers contact me out of the blue? To thank me. They'd despaired of meeting their needs after long, frantic searches for necessary information.Then they found information they truly needed on the pages of

As one caller put it, 
"This book is a Do-it-Yourself Healing Kit!"

THAT, dear readers, is how I designed it. You can help yourself a great deal just by reading the soothing, informative content. Share it with loved ones (they can help you to fill in blanks on specific pages), and/or with your medical team. Lots of medical and mental health professionals respect the book and what it does for readers.

Chanuka begins next Sunday night. Christmas is almost here. Kwanzaa celebrants want good gifts, too. Buy a copy for someone you love, including yourself.

Buy it for your employees and watch their health improve. 

Give out copies to supporters of your charitable organizations. 

Everyone can appreciate stress-busting, cost-cutting information that saves time and everybody's sanity!

Buy the E-book or print edition today for a brighter holiday season: Click on the words EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

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

And get your grin back ;^ D


Thursday, November 29, 2012

British Babies on the "Death Pathway" DON'T Have to Die!


15 Kislev, 5773

I read this Daily Mail headline and my stomach lurched: Now sick babies go on death pathway: Doctor's haunting testimony reveals how children are put on end-of-life plan...

I flipped through the pages of 

and found several listings in 
the Global Resources section 
that can very likely save those children.

Buy a copy for a desperate family today. Not one sick baby should be "allowed" (forced) to die in this callous manner. This is an ethical issue (moral bankruptcy in some opinions) and a very personal heartache to last lifetimes.

By the way, a medical ethicist endorses the EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge book. You can read his comments on the back cover.

A medical crisis - I'm crying that its happening with you and you. Use your tissues and handkerchiefs with my blessings borne of experience. GOD gives you Permission to Weep. And you can say that to any critics after explaining that "It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry if I Need To."


Buy the E-book or print edition today for solutions you need: Click on the words EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.  

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

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Improve Your Health and Your Happiness in a Health Expo TODAY!


14 Kislev, 5773

In Israel? Be sure to browse Lema'an Achai first-ever Women's Health Expo

TODAY Wednesday 28th November, 8.30am - 2.00pm

At the Ramat Bet Shemesh MATNAS, 16 Nachal Dolev

40 NIS paid in advance, 50 NIS at the door
All proceeds to benefit Lemaan Achai!!

Lemaan Achai is an acclaimed charitable organization 
that helps people in financial, emotional and other distress.

(Bring more cash to spend on various vendors of health-related goods and services).

Buy a copy of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge already wrapped for Chanuka! Save someone's sanity,time and money with the cost-cutting info on how to get 1st-quality healthcare around the world - as charitable organizations pay part or all of the cost! Wheelchairs, air transport, medication, medical care, and more! You'll even learn how to control that blizzard of insurance and medical paperwork. The bonus will be getting your grin  back with the humorous content. 

*Continuous lectures,?exercise classes and workshops
* A huge variety of health-related vendors selling goods and services
* Babysitting service - 10 NIS for the morning
* Healthy snack and lunch options available for purchase:?
Saidel's Boutique Bakery, Shoreshei Tzion, Channa Rachel
Mark's raw foods, Holy Bagel salads

8.30-9.00 - Arrival and registration
9.00-9.10 - Opening remarks, Kerry Bar-Cohn, chiropractor
9.10-9.40 - Jen Airley, MS Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer: The whys & hows of exercise
9.50-10.20 - Avraham Gundle, DO.ND, Centre for Integrated Medicine: The road to vitality
10.20-10.40- Vendor break
10.40-11.10 - Yael Zahavi Zinger, Clinical Nutritionist at Hadassah (speaking in Hebrew): Nutrition for the family
11.20- 11.50 - Rena Yudkowsky, MSW: Boosting your brain power
12.00 - 12.30-Shoshanna Harrari: Free medicine
12.30-13.00 ? Lunch break
13.00- 13.30 - Tzipora Wolff,MD: Bishvlaych Women's Comprehensive Med. Centre:Menopause
13.30-14.00 - Vendor break
9.10-9.40 - Eva Elkayam: Pilates
9.50-10.20 - Rivka Matluk: Yoga
10.20-10.40 - Vendor break
10.40-11.10 - Jolene Sonnenberg: Zumba
11.20- 11.50 - Miriam Segal: Kickboxing/Self-Defense
12.00 - 12.30- Shelley Dunn: Preventing Osteoporosis -Weight Bearing Exercise
12.30-13.00 - Lunch break
13.00- 13.30 - Alisa Coleman: Toning-Strengthening using Household Objects
9.10-9.40 - Smadar Nevo: Paula Method, pelvic floor exercises
9.50-10.20 - Ceter Shapiro: Breema, the art of being present
10.20-10.40 - Vendor break
10.40-11.10 - Tamar Rotstein: Fertility awareness and Aviva method
11.20-11.50 - Channa Rachel Mark: Food - the main ingredient
12.00-12.30 - Limor Evenodem: Natural cosmetics
12.30-13.00 - Lunch break
13.00-13.30 - Tamar Silverman: Self Shiatsu-techniques for destressing, rebalancing and centering

Buy the E-book or print edition today for a brighter holiday season: Click on the words EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

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

Don't Let Your Struggle Overtake Your Identity.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How to Lower Your Medical Costs and Keep Your Cool Under Missile Fire!


13 Kislev, 5773

Well that's a heckuva subject line, eh?

I'm surprised to note that shoppers are filling online and physical international malls at this time of year. With suffering economies, rising health insurance costs and lowering reimbursements for medical bills, I was sure that people would shy away from luxuries at this time. 

Hurricane Sandy survivors sure need to conserve their cash after being ordered to demolish their wrecked homes.

I'm wondering if the frivolity will further damage personal healthcare realities in the foreseeable future.

When I read this devastating story Ill Woman Dies Abroad Due to Airline Restrictions I realized that no matter where you are, no matter your financial situation, you and someone you know can probably benefit from the patient-empowering information inside

The pitiful story of that ill traveler could have been prevented in one reading of the EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge book. It lists contact information for worldwide charitable organizations that provide no-cost flights to medically needy passengers.

Find out the rest of the book's stress-reducing, cost-cutting information. Medical and mental health professionals recommend you read the book. Click here to buy it today.

Meanwhile, I'll be tuned to the radio, keeping up with alerts of missiles heading to Israel. New ones were shot at Israel last night.

How do I keep my composure and optimism going strong under the assault? I follow the same advice I share in the book! There's a good reason that medical and mental health professionals recommend it.

Less stress and you keep your cash. Pretty compelling reasons for one small investment, huh?

Buy the E-book or print edition today for a brighter, affordable holiday season and beyond: Click on the words EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

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

Don't let your struggle  become your identity. 


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Economic Recovery and Healthcare in One Reading


11 Kislev, 5773

As you read A Physician's New Reality, you'll see that Obamacare is leaving people sicker than before.

Obamacare is poised to leave insured Americans dead, out of work and increasingly miserable.

Businesses are struggling to pay the Affordable Health Care tax that's gutting their potential for profitability.

Europe isn't doing any better under austerity problems.

I've never been certain of healthcare facts versus fictions in Asia.

One thing I do know for certain!

Readers of 

LOVE the cost-cutting, soothing information that helps you to better organize your medical, disability and recovery life. Some of those readers have left favorable comments at this blog (look around to find them).

As the holiday season progresses and you tire of the focus on possessions, get your grin back with a comforting book  that helps you to feel, and to be, healthier in many ways.

You just might experience a personal economic recovery in one reading, too! The book is loaded with information about worldwide organizations willing to pay part or all of your medical expenses. Other cost-cutting ideas fill the pages.

Chanuka starts December 9/29 Kislev! Buy the E-book or print edition today to light up your holiday season more: Click on the words EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

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

Thursday, November 22, 2012

How NOT to be Turkey with Your Healthcare


8 Kislev, 5773

I scanned the daily news and noticed these items:

Record Number of Americans Will Use Food Stamps For Thanksgiving...

Nasty stuff. I'd forecasted that holiday shoppers wouldn't be filling malls with whatever cash is left after Hurricane Sandy and America's worsening economy.

Scared you can't afford essential healthcare? 

There is a realistic option for meeting your needs,
all around the world.

It doesn't cost much, either.

Your medical care, medication, medical transportation, medical appliances and many other medical, emotional and/or disability needs - even your medical insurance needs - can probably be met with a copy of 

The soothing content is one thing. 

The Global Resources section is quite another. 

It can mean meeting your medical needs
instead of hopelessness.

A medical crisis - I came though mine with information the average patient simply doesn't have.

I knew you'd cry too, if it happened to you. So  I wrote a book that medical and mental health professionals praise and recommend. They believe it can help you.

Times are tough financially, emotionally and medically. Use your tissues and handkerchiefs with my blessings borne of experience. No need to be a turkey when it comes to your healthcare needs.

GOD gives you Permission to Weep. And you can say that to any critics after explaining that "It's MY Crisis! And I'll Cry if I Need To." See pages 4 and 5.

And keep reading to learn simple, affordable ways to meet your healthcare needs.


Buy the E-book or print edition today for a brighter holiday season: Click on the words EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge. It makes a great gift, too. 

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


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Keeping Up with the Code RED Gen


7 Kiselv, 5773

Kislev is usually a merry month leading up to the festival of Chanuka, when Jews routed out Syrian Greeks from the Holy Land and our Holy Temple (eventually destroyed by other enemies). But the Code RED Gen is facing the sorrow and violence foisted upon us by another of our millenial-long Jew haters. 

Things are a bit more serious 
than usual.

Find out how some of us are nurturing our mental health at Coping as the Code Red Gen

In Recovery Mode from a medical or mental health situation? 
Want to be?

Buy the E-book or print edition today for a brighter holiday season no matter what's going on: Click on the words EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

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


Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Kind Words to Ease Your Suffering and Someone Else's


6 Kislev, 5773

I am preparing a feature story about how Israelis are coping emotionally with incessant rocket-fire upon civilians, and making my own coping efforts.  The situation is quite dangerous and filled with uncertainty. Israelis are demoralized that a ceasefire is being brokered. All ceasefires in the past have proved to be opportunities for the enemy to reload.

Today the focus of the blog is to help people who've suffered sex abuse as children and at any age. The owner of the listserv cited below, Mr. Shmuel Greenbaum, is a widower. His pregnant wife Judy/Shoshanah Yehudit was murdered by muslims in the Israeli Sbarro pizza restaurant on August 9 2001.

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Supporting Others
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Edited by Shmuel Greenbaum
Printed with Permission of Partners in Kindness
I have a friend who was molested when he was younger. Years after the trauma, he is now able to support other victims of molestation.

He understands how much pain molestation causes, and how it destroys a child's innocence, and he is devoting a great deal of time to helping others who have experienced a similar trauma as a child.

He is also working hard on prevention education efforts, so that with G-d's help, many of our parents and their children can be armed with knowledge to help protect them from this prevalent form of abuse.

Note Your Distressful Experiences
From Kindness: Making a Difference in People's Lives:
Formulas, stories, and insights
By Zelig Pliskin
Printed with Permission of Shaar Press
patient in hospital
I heard these stories from my students:

When I was in the hospital for complex surgery, it gave me a whole new understanding what it feels like to be helpless and totally dependent on the good will of others. I kept thinking, "Now I know what it's like when others talk about being nervous before surgery." I remember my post-surgery distress. I felt grateful for those who spoke to me gently and gave me visions of hope. That was five years ago and since then I have been able to give comfort with the knowledge of someone who has been there himself.

I lost my job at the worst possible time in my life. I was financially and emotionally vulnerable. Fortunately, I became successful. I was able to look back at that experience as the turning point in my life. Not only did that lay the foundation for my financial success it also made me much more sensitive to what others go through when they lose their jobs. I utilized what I learned from the experience to give encouragement and advice to many others throughout the years.

When I am alert and full of flowing energy, my mind works quickly. I am immediately able to understand what I read and hear. Even when I don't understand something, I know that with patience I eventually will. But when I am tired or in an unresourceful state, I feel overwhelmed. I can't understand even simple ideas. I can look at a page and it just doesn't register. I forget what I hear in just a few seconds. This pattern has enabled me to be sensitive to those who experience this in particular areas and all the more so to those who experience this all the time.

I went through a bout of depression. It didn't last very long. But I couldn't shake it as quickly as I would have wished. From then on I stopped offering simple platitudes to others who were depressed. 

Every difficulty in your life builds up your mental library of what it's like to go through hard times. Every mistake enables you to empathize with others who make mistakes. Every time you become frustrated or angry, you gain a better understanding of others who feel this way. Make note of all your worries and your fears. Make note of your uncomfortable or embarrassing moments. These together with every injury, illness, and wound help you to become more sensitive to the suffering of others.

Make note of what you didn't appreciate hearing from others when you were suffering. And remember the comments and suggestions of others that you did appreciate. What did they say? How did they say it? Keep in mind that every individual is unique. You might have gained from what someone said to you in a specific way, but someone else would not find that beneficial. But at least you have a better understanding of the distress of those who suffer. And the responses you liked can serve as a starting point.

When you view your own pain, distress, and suffering as tools for empathy and understanding, you have a reframe that will elevate every difficult experience throughout your life. You will never suffer just for yourself. You are always learning lessons about how you can help others. Without life experience, a person can be well-meaning and full of good intentions, but might say the wrong things. With experience, you have greater insight. Your intuitions become more accurate. So remember past moments of distress and view them as great resources for helping others. May you never suffer, but since we all suffer to some degree let your own suffering be a source of light, comfort, and healing to others who suffer.

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* It is so common for people to say the opposite, such as "are you OK? You look terrible" or "You look exhausted." Or similar negativecomments. Thanks for sharing this valuable lesson. (TY)

* Congratulations on your baby! I hope that by now he's completely healthy.

And remember, when the baby sleeps, you go to sleep too! Don't take "advantage" of the fact that he's sleeping in order to finish cleaning the house, doing dishes, etc. That can wait, and gaining your strength back is more important now, both for you and the baby! (SES)

Previous Story:

Our newborn's pediatrician had sent us to the local hospital's lab to get some blood work done, and we got there just a few minutes before we assumed the lab would close for the day.

We asked a few people we saw in the hallway for directions to the lab, and ended up desperately running from one section of the hospital to another, unable to find it. One person even directed us ("make a right, then a left, then your first left. . .") to a large room filled with tables, each with several microscopes. We weren't looking for that lab!

Finally, a woman said, "Oh, the lab? Sure, just make a right, then another right. . .". When she saw the despairing look on my face, she very kindly got up from her desk and walked us there - this time, it really was just around the corner.

By this time, I was really feeling unwell - I had just given birth 5 days earlier, and was not feeling up to all this running around, compounded by worry about the baby.

When we entered the lab (which was still open), I walked over to the receptionist to give her the doctor's requisition for the blood test, and she asked me for the baby's information.

When I gave her his date of birth, she looked up in surprise, and said, "But that's just last week! Wow, you look great! You don't even look tired or anything!"

I can't begin to describe the effect her kind words had on me. I figured, "if I really don't look as though I'm about to fall through the floor, then maybe I'm not. I guess I'm more OK than I thought."

Her words (together with a drink of water!) really helped me pull myself back together again. You never know what a smile and a positive comment can do to someone, or how much they may need them.

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Audience ParticipationWhen Shmuel Greenbaum has the opportunity to speak, he rivets his audience's attention through stories and audience participation. Participants come away feeling very positive and excited about doing something great.

His excitement for kindness is infectious, as this student from New York City's Stuyvesant High School explains:

I was expecting to attend the lecture given by Shmuel Greenbaum for one period. I ended up staying for four. It is so uplifting, so enlightening, so refreshing to hear someone like him talk, to simply bubble over with excitement at the thought of doing good in the world. He is in his way a role model to us all.

You think to yourself, "If only everyone else could practice kindness in the way that Shmuel Greenbaum has, the world would truly be a better place."

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It is possible to choose decency and dignity in the face of suffering. Jews have done this for as long as Judaism has been around. We do not destroy others or ourselves when we're unhappy. GOD doesn't want destruction or human sacrifice. That's the spiritual, moral and social lesson of Abraham's "sacrifice" of Isaac. It didn't happen because GOD is opposed to the immorality of murder and other forms of abuse.

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