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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Beat Back the Blues with 1 User-Friendly Tool!


19 & 20 Shvat, 5773

Sorry to dash off a quick message to you, but I'm having a rather busy week helping someone hospitalized, and without family members, to cope with being bedbound. I'm also finessing several other projects at the same time. So here's a blogpost I prepared as one day ended and the other began:

Ever felt as if your life looks like a crumpled mess? You wonder which task to accomplish first, second and third, or if any of them even matter?

You sort of end up feeling the photo below. You just don't know how or where to start feeling better.

How can you help yourself to feel better 
in a user-friendly, painless way?

Read on.

When I'm interacting with one of my Self-Help Coaching clients (scroll w-a-y down the blog to read an explanation about that), I coax them to develop a Plan of Action.

We hone in on absolutely necessary tasks to be accomplished, then check them off one by one per achievement.

That leads to the development of another, more sophisticated Plan of Action; rinse, lather, repeat.

This leads to immense client satisfaction. More goals are  accomplished, and more complicated tasks can be accomplished because simpler jobs, perhaps more important priorities, were dealt with first.

The power of being in control is increasingly obvious and delightful to the person who once felt defeated by life itself. Despair is replaced by a sense of accomplishment or victory.

Here's a look at the possibilities once incremental changes in a positive direction become daily habits: Creating Motivation Even When You Feel Depressed

Want to make your medical, disability or mental health life that sensible?

(especially the part entitled 
"All First Steps are Difficult"
it even teaches you how to
STOP that fake sense of fatigue
from messing you up)

Buy the E-book or print edition today to put your life in order. EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge today! 

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

Face the future with a sense of accomplishment!


Monday, January 28, 2013

Sing Your Way to Better Sight and/or Health!


16 Shvat, 5773

Some days you read or hear about someone who has advice for other people. You end up wondering "Do you just tell other people what to do or do you take your own advice, too?"

In my case, the answer is "YES! I thrive by taking my own advice (that's how I know it can help you, too)."

In the

book's Find Ways to Smile section, you can read that I'd written "... keep a journal or a blog of your struggles, victories, and whatever else you wish to include. Focus on progress. It's your life. Find out what works for you and use it. I don’t have all the answers and you might find new ones I don't know about. Look for 'em!"

The passage is an invitation to keep your options and mind open to new possibilities over time.

Here's how I followed that advice I've given to you: 

Two summers ago, I addressed an audience about the EMPOWER You to Cope with a Medical Challenge book during one of my speaking tours. After my presentation a woman in the audience  introduced herself to me. She explained that she is a vocal pedagogue and vocal  reconstructionist. The exclusive teacher of the Giro-Vocal Motion technique, Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman has authored books about GVM, popularly called the Bel Canto Technique (you can find her books and CDs by entering Miriam's name in the search bar at 

Miriam commented that her teaching technique could improve my sight. She invited me to take classes at her Music Vision Institute.

I thought, "Hmm, she's a member of the world-famous Who's Who. This could be worth checking out."

I had nothing to lose and much to gain. I made necessary preparations to take the course and to arrange food plus housing accommodations for that far-from-home experience.

This past November I took 15 hours' worth of Miriam's classes. I spent several days learning the GVM technique for voice training, praying it would improve my sight.

Now we are in January.

I've practiced the technique Miriam taught me for a few months, now. My goal is not to become a professional nor better singer, but to see better. 

Get ready for a 
surprise ending 
to this story!

Yesterday I did my GVM exercises and immediately felt a "snap" in the temple of my skull, where the brain surgeon had cut my head open in 2005. 

Though the results of the life-saving surgery are an unfolding miracle,  the experience came with a physical price: partial facial paralysis. I've had one drooping cheek plus a numbness affecting my lip and the ability to speak. The problems have resolved incrementally over time, but they have persisted to some extent.

Suddenly the droopy eyelid on that side of my face flew up into the correct position as I finished my GVM practice. It has stayed in the correct spot since then. I no longer feel the tightness of a pinched nerve that had been messed up by the life-saving surgery. The formerly flaccid cheek now stands firmly against my cheekbone. The affected part of my lip better heeds my efforts to speak or to sing. I sound a bit clearer, too.

I credit the GVM technique for the healing tug on my optic nerve and eye muscles, and for the expansion of my cranial fusion areas (the area that "snapped"). 

Some craniosacral and chakra therapy I undergo each month helped to further improve the muscle tone and appearance of my eyelid.  My cheeks are now symmetrical, too. Total bonus!

So much for me. 
Let's get back to YOU.

Dear readers, the EMPOWER You to Cope with a Medical Challenge book also mentions How to Make Your Moods Work for You. Passages explain how you can facilitate miracles in your life despite past anger, despair, pain and, well, fill in the blank with your problems!

Let me know which lines in the book EMPOWER You to Cope with a Medical Challenge.

The advice I gave from cover to cover works for me, too. Let's share the miracles. There's more than one way to sing yourself to better health ;^ D

  Buy the E-book or print edition today to open yourself or someone you love to healing options. Click on the words EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.  

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

Keep your mind and smile wide open. You'll end up better off for the effort.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Here's How to Get in on Clinical Trials - Better Informed


13 Shvat, 5773

The Global Resources section of 

holds information about how 
to become enrolled in clinical trials 
(among other valuable bits of 

You might be interested in some relevant facts about that. Clinical Trials aka Clinical Studies vocabulary is probably new to you, but certainly not to the medical professionals conducting their studies. Sometimes those professionals and their students overlook that reality, to your detriment. 

Today's blogpost is here to help you past that problem!

Click on the explanation below for a simple explanation of some terms you'll need to know, and to appreciate, before you contact anyone to add you to the participant list:

Backgrounder; the correct questions to ask 

I advise that you also

  • Ask about the nature of the medications to be used on you; what they're made of and what else they're used for. 

  • Insist of having a written explanation for every creme, injection, pill, powder, process and other type of treatment to be used on you. 
  • Clarify the start date, end date, exam dates and all expectations of the clinical trial that interests you.

  • The medical world promotes ethics by insisting on patient rights and informed consent. 

  • Be pro-active about protecting your interests. Insist on receiving thorough information before you agree to anything. Know what you're getting into.

If you have more questions, send them to me. I'll do my best to respond to you quickly and accurately.

Ready to read about how to get in on clinical trials? Buy the E-book or print edition today, for a better look at your options: Click on the words EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge.

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

Know the facts about the choices before you.


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

The Trees Teach Health


12 Shvat, 5773

The lovely imagery of what we can learn from trees (and other plants) fills the holiday of Tu B'Shvat. It's a very pro-health message.

Trees are teachers. 

Trees affect daily life; the health of the planet and even our spiritual realities. Think back to Sunday school. Who goofed by eating the wrong food, then made things worse by pointing fingers of blame? Worse, why DID those two people WANT to eat that food?

There's an interesting answer to the question. Here it comes: Tu B'Shvat and the First Couple.

Here's a excerpt from my forthcoming Comfort Foods Cookbook, which teaches readers how to tame their inner over-eater:


Chomp a carrot or some unsalted hot-air machine
popcorn while you read these opening lines.
That’ll take care of some of your stress and
Keep you safe from too many calories.
The book will be safe from popcorn oil stains, too.

You’re done with diets and it’s time to celebrate; you’re grounded in reality! So many diets don’t help humanity. They don’t address our rushed lives, the overwhelming advertising messages messing with our minds nor the peer pressure we must finesse as we eat differently from everyone around us.  Who the heck wants to listen to anybody telling us not to eat things that taste good - as if distasteful do-nothing diets haven’t made you feel finished with future weight loss efforts already?!

Whew, take a breath. If one diet plan worked for everybody, bookstores wouldn’t be selling so many types of diet books. The key to weight control is to find what works for you and to keep doing that. You do not have to make a sudden overwhelming change to the way you live, eat and think. You only make little changes, one at a time, to the way you deal with food.

The news gets better: this book is not about things you cannot or may not eat; it’s about making a menu that works for you! The Comfort Foods Cookbook is designed to help you past several problems, which is clear in the confidence-building Table of Contents. There are proven strategies for dining well while losing or maintaining weight. Here are a few to take you through the day:

1.   Don’t Drastically Destroy Your Meals
You still need carbohydrates. Not in excess, but in moderation. Enjoy some wholegrain breads that can help to curb your appetite. Indulge in high-nutrition wild rice, brown rice and basmati rice. They make sold underpinnings for delicious sauces and a bouquet of body-building vegetables.

2.   Love what you do in life.
If you don’t yet love your life, make it lovable. Don’t let your weight-control efforts dominate your thoughts. You risk losing the enthusiasm for minding your table manners. Indulge in hobbies you enjoy, relationships you cherish and simple pleasures. Let raindrops fall on your tongue, do happy dances and smile as much as you can. Take on each day sunshine or rain. Rest when you need to. And do something nice for yourself – including the people important to you.

Less stress will lower your snack reaction; nobody shoves food in their face when they’re content. Reduce the stress in your life in as many directions as possible. Delegate tasks, lower your demands (not everything in life needs to be perfect), and shut off the noise. That includes turning off anything digital. The toll on your heart and brain will lighten up, as will your perspective on life. You know the story of the character who fished for a living. He prayed to be this or that, and then achieved those goals. Each venture cost him dearly in terms of peace of mind and financial security. So he prayed to have a stress-free livelihood and VOILA! He became a fisherman again and never lost his perpetual smile of relief.

Need a different motivational thought to keep your control? I hear you. Some of us mortals use food as an escape, a safe haven from some sort of pressure (Deadlines, in-laws, outlaws, bills, budgets, name it). Let’s look at life philosophically, and a bit spiritually too, a moment. We are descendants of the first man and woman. Want to correct the mistake of how and why the first couple ate the forbidden fruit? Adam and Chava (Eve) used food to escape GOD's sovereignty. Food is not an escape. Food is for nourishment so we can live with optimal health, happiness and to serve GOD with decency. Food brings us pleasure and health. That leads to happiness. Clarity about what food is for equals a measure of emotional freedom.

Decide what sort of person you want to be and make yourself behave that way (Do-overs are allowed. Some days you can simply chalk up mistakes to dress rehearsals). Run your own life, you slimming and trimming CEO! Eating is supposed to make you feel happy. This book does its best to get you grinning again, looking slimmer and trimmer. Seeing yourself smiling back from the mirror can make your day. Give yourself a thumbs-up with a meaningful wink each time you head out the door.

When you’re indoors, and even outside, nourish your soul. Listen to soothing music, wear and decorate in colors that make you feel well. Feel that smile coming into your face? Make the most of it. Dab some lavender oil under your nose or on your pillows. It’s a calming scent. Guys, use some peppermint if you can, or your fave aftershave lotions and potions. Feeling calm makes the munchies seem like distant memories.

Walks can do wonders for calming shattered nerves. Watch the world go by as you take interesting detours and refreshing hikes. Use the bicycle instead of the car to run errands. Your improving muscle tone will speed up weight control efforts. Admiring glances or compliments will do wonders for you. So will boosts in your sagging self-esteem.

If you can, invest in an indoor water fountain or easily maintained aquarium. Watery images and sounds soothe savage minds. Tea lites in every corner of the tub make for one very soothing soak. Draw the curtain and bask in the warmth as your cares ooze out of your pores.

3) Put some spirituality into your mealtimes. Make this a new mantra: We don’t live to eat, we eat to live!  Keep your priorities straight, not muddled in your mind. Focus on feeling grateful for having body-building foods before you. Say a prayer of thanks to The One Above that you have such food, and that you are wise enough to make smart choices. Consider how much happier you’ll be for strengthening your health, not actively ruining it with poor choices.  Consider how excited you’ll be to watch the pounds melt away and never return.

And when those really awful, messed up days come your way (ALL of us have them), remember to care compassionately for yourself. You’re going to be tempted to shove food down your throat and punish yourself with the consequences all around your too-tight clothes. Is self-discipline important to you? Is better health a priority? Is a slimmer you important? Remember this saying that applies to much of our stressful lives: “Decide that you want it more than you are afraid of it.”

Fill the comments box with your thoughts  about that. 

Pretty please? 

Buy E-book or print edition EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge to put your medical and emotional health priorities in order, today. 

The Comfort Foods Cookbook will go on sale at a future date, GOD willing.

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

Feed your soul and body nutritiously.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

One Easy Way to Be Somebody's Hero/Heroine!


11 Shvat, 5773

I was at a party last night. The hostess asked each international guest to introduce themselves as we sat in a circle. 

As the conversation continued, one person mentioned that she's helping someone to get past a medical problem with her dignity intact by using a book. The hostess asked "Which book is that?"

I almost dropped my drink when the answer filled the air!

Then, the hostess remarked, "Oh, I have a copy of it on my bookshelf. Here it is! My whole family reads this whenever we need to!" She pointed to the bookshelf where she stores her copy.

Here's something that a reader wrote on the EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge Facebook page: "A moving, uplifting book. Order it now ! Not only for yourself but others in your world..."

Readers, you can be someone's hero or heroine with the simple gift of the book. 

It helps you and your loved one(s), friends or mentors to lose stress, to connect with much-needed medical and mental health professionals, and to lower your medical expenses.

EMPOWER Yourself readers 
share it automatically.

I feel blessed to have helped so many people, whose names and faces I simply do not know.

Read the back cover to learn of the doctor who said the book saved his life.

Buy the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge today. Be someone's hero or heroine. Perhaps your own. 

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

Feel like a hero.

And let me know, what color is your cape?


Monday, January 21, 2013

Eat Food, not FAKERY or Fat


10 Shvat, 5773

The sweet, colorful new year for trees called Tu B'Shvat (an acronym for the 15th of Hebrew month Shvat) happens this coming weekend. See Tu B'Shvat Shabbat.

It's a wonderful time to improve your health with pure, nutritious foods that support your health. Pesticides, additives and other fakery undermine human health.

Wondering what I mean by that? Watch:


How much can a menu minus synthetic chemicals, sugar and fat do for a person?

I went from blind to sighted that way. 
Imagine what can improve for YOU!

Read all about it in cost-cutting, stress-busting

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

You'll learn how to make positive changes in your life, how to access medical care that can help you, and how to save money on your medical needs as you read.

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

Eat food, not fakery.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Inside Out: Plant-based Nutrition Supports Your Health


5 Shvat, 5773

This video is making its way across the Internet and I want to share it with you. 

Lots of worthwhile lessons are packed into this presentation, and it didn't even address the cancer-causing nitrates in commercial meat and meat "products."

Listen with your mind wide open. The video can turn your concept of good nutrition inside out. 

Plants, not products, support human health.

Need proof that pure food can turn medical nightmares into enviable dreams?


and learn how I began to see again by becoming a vegetarian. Medical experts didn't believe it was possible.

The book is full of humor, information and step-by-step encouragement. It can help you to deal with many  heath-related issues, not just nutrition.

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. 

Feed yourself nourishing food. It's empowering. Fireman Rip Esselstyn just told you so!


Monday, January 14, 2013



3 Shvat, 5773

The Jewish month of Shvat celebrates food and beneficial eating behavior. I'd like to celebrate that with you.

Here's a heads-up on why I keep insisting that people know simple facts about the commercial food supply that undermines human and environmental health.

2) Watch

Folks, I used to consider a candy bar in each hand to be a balanced meal.

When the conventional medical world held no hope for me to ever see again after my life-saving brain surgery to remove a benign brain tumor, I only had one chance to find a solution. I needed it to work.

I consulted expert naturopaths in the alternative healing world. They demonstrated the benefits of natural, organic food meals to me as my eye wear prescriptions kept going lower, 
                                      and lower

My sight has improved so much that just today I was asked to contribute to the learning curve at a local university's neurological rehabilitation clinic.

The students and professors are in for 
a heck of a wake-up call.

Learn about it before they do. 

Help yourself to heal from things 
that might have been called "Hopeless" 
by your doctors.

Improve your point of view, 
GOD willing your physical health, too.


  • The E-book and print edition are filled with soothing content, can-do exercises and tips for organizing a hectic medical or disability life. 

  • There's even an entire Global Resources section to clue you in to charitable organizations willing to pay part or all of your specific medical bills. 

Get your grin back when you EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical (and/or disability and mental health) Challenge!


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

Feed your health with a nourishing, body- and mind-building food-fest. It's cheaper than hospital bills and heartaches.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fighting and Preventing CANCER with a New Point of View


27 Tevet, 5773

Reading this DNA pioneer James Watson takes aim at "cancer establishments article is educational.

It addresses free radicals/oxidants amply proven - scientifically - to cause cancer and also anti-oxidants that can render them harmless.

Want to know where else you can learn about all that? From competent naturopaths who've helped people to prevent or to recover from cancer with food, sunshine, vitamin supplements and pure water, among other natural healing strategies.

Dr. Watson remarks at the end of the above article that "The biggest obstacle" to a true war against cancer, Watson wrote, may be "the inherently conservative nature of today's cancer research establishments." As long as that's so, "curing cancer will always be 10 or 20 years away."

Care to EMPOWER your efforts to prevent or to beat back cancer? Read a book that clues you in to some competent natural healers who've done just that for their clients. The information can be found in the Global Resources section of that book. It's called

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

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

Bolster your best health and healing efforts with easily accessible information.


Sunday, January 6, 2013

Cuddle Up with a Good Book that Leaves You Feeling Better FAST!


25 Tevet, 5773

There's nothing quite like falling asleep with a good book splayed across the blanket or your chest. Spending time with a good read is one of life's great pleasures even when you're sitting in a chair, at the doctor's office or anywhere. Any time of day is a good time to read something that leaves you off better than before.

A print edition is so much more endearing than an E-book can ever be. Read all about it: Three Times More People Prefer Print Books to E-books!

Here's a book that you can share with 
friends, family and/or 
your medical team:

Health care benefits are increasingly hard to come by, and less affordable over time. Learn about affordable alternatives for first-quality care that politicians never told you about. 

Less stress and keep your cash, that’s the theme of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge. It teaches you how to organize your medical and/or disability life, save money and to get your grin back in one reading. Buy it from Booklocker.

Less stress and keep your cashEMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge today. 

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

Learn of the choices available to you, worldwide.

Wishing you sweet dreams...

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Healing for the Body, Mind and Spirit: Serenity of the Soul


21 Tevet, 5773

I subscribe to various listservs, one of which is dedicated to self-improvement via religious ideals. The listserv often holds requests to pray for a specific someone who is ill. 

I read a pleasant surprise in yesterday's update, after having shared a message with the listserv's owner. Days before the update came out, I had explained that not only do ill people need prayers for healing (refuot/רפואות), rescue from this or that (yeshuot/ישועות) situation, miracles (nisim/ניסים) and wonders (niflaot/נפלאות) to help them along, but also a serenity of the soul (shalvat hanefesh/שלוות הנפש) so that the mind-body connection can work together in a healing manner instead of working against each other and further harming the already suffering person. 

Less stress is always conductive to 
mental and physical health.

Compassion is called for when someone, including ourselves, is ill. 

Serenity of the soul is possible. It takes a bit of work, lots of forgiveness, increasingly healthy perspective and repeated effort. It can be done. The payoff is heartfelt relief and a happier look at life.

I hope you'll share your thoughts about the messages and ideas above and below in the "Comments" section.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Orit Riter <>
Date: Wed, Jan 2, 2013 at 11:31 AM
Subject: {Daily dose of emuna} That yetzer hara... what a joker!

Today’s daily dose is dedicated to the refuah shleimah of Binyomin ben Batya.  Please recite a kapitel of tehillim in his zechut, he is greatly suffering from pain in his back.  May HaKadosh Baruch Hu send him refuot rabot, yeshuot rabot, nisim v’niflaot v’gam shalvat hanefesh amongst all of Klal Yisrael who are sick and suffering b’karov, b’rachamim, Amen! (Thank you to Yocheved Golani for formulating this bracha).
Please visit her on EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge print or E- book (buy it by clicking HERE) and Its MY Crisis Book Blog

We are continuing our journey to avodat Hashem with purity. Chazal teach us other valuable ways to achieve the goal of attaching to Hashem with purity and increased emuna.  The following lessons will focus specifically on achieving a higher level of self- discipline and thereby minimizing transgressions in order to improve purity of heart.
We are all born with innate desires, attractions, thoughts and tendencies which need to be harnessed in order to achieve our maximum potential. Often we cannot control our thoughts as they feel involuntary.  Yet, refusing to act on a thought represents the epitome of self-discipline and therefore holiness.  Meeting the challenging task of refusing to bow to our temptations brings with it tremendous spiritual rewards.
Chazal set boundaries to safeguard us from sin.  These borders are created to prevent us with our human frailties from entering a dangerous situation from which retreat will be virtually impossible.  If the boundaries were left up to each individual, they would be pushed and moved to suit our ever changing wishes and individual challenges.  Respecting the sages’ knowledge of our own character and weaknesses helps guide us on the right path.
Restraining ourselves from following our desires ultimately makes us feel good.  Deep down our soul knows we are choosing the right thing. Rabbi Nachman ztk”l offers insight from the Zohar HaKadosh that controlling one’s urges creates a conduit for receiving bracha into the world.  Hashem ‘yearns’ to send us blessings and we provide Him with this opportunity by controlling our desires. .
However when sin does transpire, we must admit to it and daven to Hashem asking for mechila (forgiveness).  Rabbi Nachman teaches that the yetzer hara is like a trickster who runs around with his fist closed asking people, “What do you suppose I have in my hand?”  To which each person imagines that the closed hand has in it just what he desires most. They all run after and follow him and when they reach him he opens his hand which is completely empty.  This is the way of the evil one who lures us into sin without fulfilling any of our worldly desires!  
This idea shines further light onto the insignificance of chasing after non-spiritual pursuits.  They are meaningless and will lead us to transgress.
ואנחנו נברך קה, מעתה ועד עולם הללוקה

* Acknowledge the gifts Hashem has put into your hands. Then make the effort - but also recognize that the outcome is always beyond your control.

* Become aware of feelings such as fear, anxiety and sadness as they are occurring within you, and identify them as signs of lack of trust in Hashem.

Truly awaiting Mashiach and wishing everyone only revealed good .... With bracha, Orit Riter
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Yocheved Golani
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Face Your Medical Problems with Dignity. Face Your Future with Optimism. 

Forgive yourself, knowing you've done your best with the tools at hand and the skills you've developed. Take pride in your future efforts to be even better. We're human, doing the best we can under complicated, confusing conditions.