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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Safety on the Road for People with Disabilities


11 Elul, 5775

I'm sharing an article about emergency preparedness with you. It is wise to think, plan and prepare ahead of time, especially for people with disabilities.


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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Happy Hormones are Fed by...


10 Elul, 5775

Well, some of them seem to be fed by the greed of businesspeople, but that's only part of the reality.

This is mere manipulation for greed, but mainstream media and medical professionals miss the BIG point: Food influences our mental and physical health! 

 As my friend Klara notes,

"I have a wonderful book Remarkable Recovery: What Extraordinary Healings Tell Us About Getting Well and Staying Well: Caryle Hirshberg, Marc Ian Barasch, Larry Dossey: 9781573225304: Books it's... about... showing how stubborn the medical world is in accepting what they can't understand.
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Christina Pirello's story is several places on the computer ... there's an interview also - and she was here in Israel and told her story also - here it doesn't say it as strongly Personal Story: Christina Pirello, And Now for Something Completely Different
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the part where she's improving and the doctors ask what are you doing and she tells them she's eating this way and they say, but no, really, what are you doing?? they couldn't accept that food made her healthy!!!!!!

and because people listen to their doctors, this situation is going to be very difficult to overcome - to make people realize FOOD IS YOUR MEDICINE!!"

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The rest is up to you and GOD.

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Fill your menu with healing foods and drinks.

Monday, August 24, 2015

Thrombocytopenia and Mabthera Treatment: Seeking the Public's Help


9 Elul, 5775

Readers, I ask your indulgence, for your patience and compassion. This post was delayed in going "live" until I had the patient's permission to post it.

You are invited to respond to the message below with relevant information. It is desperately needed:

An acquaintance is suffering a highly 
unusual form of thrombocytopenia, 
cause undetermined.
His platelets flutter between 
frighteningly low numbers 0-10.
His medical team is desperate 
to figure out how to save him.

He's being referred for alternative 
Mabthera treatment for ITP. 

He asked me to prepare an 
alternative healing menu 
for him.
I prepare foods with a history of 
healing ill people. 

What I ask of you is to 
let me know of 
cutting-edge therapies
for curing or arresting ITP. 


I shared a message with friends, some of whom are medical professionals, a short time ago:

whew. I'm back from visiting the man in the hospital and I'd spent the morning cooking up a macrobiotic healing storm: Stir-fry kale, onion, garlic, carrot with Kuzu, sesame oil and rice vinegar, a container of fresh no-bake peach-chia pie with almond crust, fruit salad with mango, grapes and peaches diced to perfection, a YUM nutmilk with figs, silan, chocolate beans, ginger, coconut and cashews. Nurses and social worker were delighted to watch him eat with gusto. I burst out laughing when someone asked me "And all this vegetarian food is kosher?"

It's a relief to know that he can enjoy food. Pleasure is important, and it can be healing. The man's medical team does not know how to help him. A possible course of Mabthera therapy might be pursued. He asked me to study facts about it.

I am determined to learn as much as I can about Mabthera, more than online resources indicate.

I also want to find out about ultraviolet blood irradiation with ozone. I understand that such therapy is available in Tel Aviv. I need relevant contact information that the patient can use.

If you have any valid information to share with me, please do so via giveretgolani @ gmail .com (remove the spaces when you use that email address).

And yes, the man is the middle of reading his personal copy of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

More Information on How to Lower Your Physical and Emotional Stress


5 Elul, 5775

Let's keep focusing on resilience for a bit.

The EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge book and this blog have explained how to lower your pain with the Pain-o-Meter technique, laughter and more. Here's something from today's headlines. It's based on a sound principle. See if it works for you:

If I understand the premise of EFT correctly, it has much in common with the techniques described in the article. So do other de-stressing strategies.

Speaking of stress, yesterday I endured my semi-annual vision exam at the eye clinic of the hospital where'd I'd had life-saving brain surgery 10 years ago. The agony of anticipation about scary news at such exams long ago turned into wonder, delighted laughter and spiritual insight. My vision, once written off as "impossible to recover," has made enduring progress for a decade. Not steady progress, rather the stuff that makes medical professionals and merely human me realize that GOD is controlling the result of my efforts, 

I recently began following a macrobiotic menu, in the hopes that the focus on "Balance" could well serve my once traumatized, ever-recovering brain. I even invited you to share a delicious macrobiotic dinner with me, so to speak.

Perhaps macrobiotic menus have promoted the phenomenon recorded in yesterday's findings: My double vision is abating. I see a binocular "picture" from time to time, with increasing frequency and over increasing amounts of time.

I plan to celebrate the development at a gourmet macrobiotic dinner with some friends, next week.

Stay tuned. Sometimes the efforts we make pay off in surprising, unpredictable, unforeseen ways.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Reaching Your Own Level of Remarkable Resilience


2 Elul, 5775

The Jewish year is ending with the month of Elul. It's a time for introspection.

This article addresses the topic of remarkable resilience to suffering. The words "resilience and recovery do not require extraordinary resources or an innate toughness, but rather a willingness to adapt to circumstances" strike me as profound.

Why some people are more resilient to trauma

The secrets of extreme survivors

Why some people are more resilient to trauma

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Mental health professionals 
recommend the book.

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Fill your life with meaning that motivates you to be at peace with the past.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Looking at Life, and Issues of Trust, with a Fresh Pair of Eyes


28 Menachem Av, 5775

I hope that you'll find the scenario below worth waiting for. My week has been busy helping friends, working, and wearying under excessively high heat. I've needed lots of rest between errands.

I experienced an insight that you might appreciate. I was caring for a friends' child as she met some conflicting schedule demands right after she'd moved to a new home. Boxes and bags of miscellaneous items were strewn across the floors, in easy reach of a curious two-year-old. Here's how things went:

Wednesday was Make a MESS Day as he proceeded to demonstrate that he can open any pkak aka bottle cap, including the ones on his bottle of formula plus his water bottle. He doused the contents everywhere before deftly reclosing the opened containers. We had a war of sorts as he protested my removal of his soaked clothing. Baby formula is so sticky that Doda Yochi (me, Aunt Yocheved) wanted to replace soaked clothing with fresh clean items after washing him clean. 

Name the little boy who wants a bath. Get the picture?

We returned to the scene of the crime, boxes and bags galore outside the bathroom.

I tidied up the kitchen and realized that the baby was quiet. Too quiet. I turned around and found him headfirst inside a box. I peered inside.

His mood worsened when I took away the jar of liquid soap that he wanted to drink from!

It was purple.

It was shiny.

It made bubbles. And the cap had popped off just as I peeked in to see what was going on in there.

But I wiped the pretty goo off his lips and took away the bottle.

Same story on the tanning lotion, the skin softener, and each container of whatever liquid item the child could find. I was stacking boxes in a pile and dangerous contents on a table, out of childish reach.

Poor guy, he could not reason with me! Cute smiles, whimpers, even verbal requests for "Pkak, pkak. pkak!!!" made no difference. He could not reason with me, tease me nor con me out of my "No dangerous contents for you, fella" attitude. Even a hug and a kiss on my knees made no difference. I was one obstinate child minder. But, no matter. Lunchtime proved that we shared love. He fed me mashed hard boiled egg with minced cucumber and tomatoes during his meal. He ate a spoonful that I gave to him, then he dipped his hand in the bowl to smear the remaining contents on his palm. He fed me with his fingers, throughout the meal. He ate, I licked his hand, he ate, I kissed his fingers, and so it went. After each swallow I made he exclaimed "Did it!" He was so proud of me that he clapped with joy.

On Thursday we switched to "Aerobics Day!" He was determined to learn to climb the indoor staircase as his parents do - "Abba this. Ima!" ("Daddy does it, Mommy too") was the goal. So, I held him around his chest and prevented falls as we climbed up and down the stairs for over an hour. We took a break for snacks, and I washed his face and hands afterward despite the gratuitous grumbles that he offered. Then I set him on the floor. He pushed his hi-chair back, headed for the staircase and climbed 5 steps alone, unassisted. As if to demonstrate his prowess, he played with me on the colorful foam mat festooned with cartoon characters, imitating my push-ups and leg lifts as only a two-year old can; He fell on his tummy and giggled.

Anyway, the incident seems to present an example of how my protectiveness prevented falls, poisonings, and major messes, though the baby has no idea what motivates me to behave as I do. He grumbles on occasion, but loves me despite the hardships. He realizes that I keep him safe, fed, clothed, clean (albeit begrudgingly so) and very loved.

Think about it. That's how we go through life, wondering "What the heck?" when GOD intervenes in our lives. We have no clue as to what's behind the scenes aka on Her/His mind, to prevent damage to our souls or bodies. Somehow, we work past the problems we accuse GOD of causing to us (or not), then realize that we LUV Him/Her anyway as it dawns on us that somehow we were saved from a disaster we're not too sure about nor understand in retrospect.

Loving parents, grandparents and guardians, I'm sure that you can relate to the story above, and see yourselves in relationship to GOD with it. We're in GOD's role, so to speak, when it comes to child-minding. And that clues us in to our role as children of our Creator. Somehow it happens that though we pursue some goal or other, it seems that, at times, there is a conspiracy to prevent us from achieving it.

Illness, disability, the loss of loved ones, inner and outer pain, name the challenges. They hurt in agonizing ways. We have preferences not being met. And yet. And yet... Some things in life are so wonderful, reliable, and soothing.

We can put life into perspective, focus on the richness, see the blessings despite the agonies, and go forward. Even if we need time to catch our breath or to rebuild our strength first, we can redirect our thoughts and perceptions in a pleasant, productive way.

What are your thoughts about that?  


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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Please Pray for a Young Man to Overcome His Medical Challenge


21 Menachem Av, 5775

I'm saddened by the news below, provided by a real life acquaintance:

Our dear 16 year old cousin/nephew has been battling cancer his entire young life. He was first diagnosed with Leukemia at age 3 in 2002 and was pronounced cancer free in 2008. Since that time he has been enjoying all the childhood fun that he had put on hold all those years. Unfortunately, just this week Ben has been diagnosed with Glioblastoma, a rare form of brain cancer.
The prognosis is grim, but we believe that with prayers and good deeds in Ben's honor that he will bea...
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I am sadder still that people do not know of resources that can help them to better face the medical and/or mental health problems before them.

I responded to the message below 
as follows:

Yocheved Golani Dr Al Musella provided cover raise for the EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge book. His outtathebox Musella Foundation is based on finding the cure for glioblastoma. I highly suggest that you study the website and contact it directly. Use my name.

Brain tumor treatment information and research! Musella Foundation.

The EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge print and E- book are filled with soothing information about how to sort out the chaos of shocking diagnoses and everything that follows them.

Part of that information includes the Global Resources section, which alerts readers to worldwide organizations willing to pay part or all of your specific medical bills - and how to contact them to request assistance.

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Share it with someone you love. 

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Replace the chaos with sensible, fact-filled information that helps you to go forward.

Wednesday, August 5, 2015



20 Menachem Av, 5775

Whew, it's been sweltering weather throughout the Middle East, and my home lost fans plus air conditioners during 40+/100+ temperatures!

Updating this blog between bouts of lost electricity, high heat, piles of the repairman's equipment, messy floors and feeling quite drained has been a challenge. But I have some interesting news to share with you, a sort of informational potpourri:

Vocabulary matters. So does attitude.

One of my friends is suffering from 
the consequences of Cymbalta.

You and she need to know:

Eli Lilly is in court today fighting charges
that it should have warned patients taking 
its antidepressant duloxetine (Cymbalta) 
that they could face a scary withdrawal syndrome 
when they stop it.

Think. Think harder.

A St. Louis entrepreneur’s brilliant idea won instant FDA approval. Eight years later, babies started dying. Was there a connection?

I'm convinced that the technique works. It has helped me throughout life.

Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior.
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You don't think I'd sign off 
without leaving you laughing, 
do you?

The forecast through Friday is not too encouraging. I need that pool from a long-ago commercial filled with iced tea, a bunch of like-minded friends and a few shade umbrellas. A floating lounge chair would be nice. Chilled beverage in the arm pocket. Ahhh...
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