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Saturday, May 28, 2016

Find out about Israel’s First-ever Whole Health Forum HERE!


21 Iyar, 5776

We're in the Hebrew month of Iyar. The word is an acronym for the Hebrew phrase "Ani HaShem Rofekha," I am GOD Your healer.

What better time to address health issues?

Please share your thoughts about the article I wrote regarding that Whole Health Forum which I'd blogged about previously. It was quite a ground-breaking event!

HEALTH: Israel’s First-ever Whole Health Forum

By Yocheved Golani
Ginat and Sheldon Rice presented Israel’s first-ever Whole Health Forum this past May 15 through 20th. The event for health-conscious English-speakers was held at the ecological Essene Farm in Even Sapir, outside Jerusalem. An international gathering of alternative/complementary healing practitioners, the forum included workshops about exercise, homeopathy, herbology, frequency meditation, reflexology plus other natural healing techniques. Panel discussions and other dynamic opportunities for healing let participants learn and make new friendships as they learned to improve their health. Board-certified doctors were among the presenters and participants.
Audience members at Wednesday night’s panel discussion about healing learned that doctors used to decide on the course of treatment for patients, considering it to be merciful to withhold “Your condition can be fatal” information that could upset already distraught people. One panel member mentioned that he learned the truth in a library book. Another mentioned her agony after learning that her doctors had been ordered to convince her that she had a psychological disorder rather than a fatal diagnosis, so that she’d die calmly on psychiatric medication. “Calm? I suffered pain and debilitating problems and almost died from medical neglect while being verbally abused, denied the chance to recover by accessing other forms of therapy! Attempting to force a death sentence on me wasn’t mercy, it was cruelty.” The audience also learned of the medical world’s evolving “care versus cure” perspective. It distracts patients from realizing that western medicine can’t cure some problems. It is transforming medical “care” into “maintenance” rather than “recovery,” and still resisting documented evidence of natural healing techniques.
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Thursday, May 19, 2016

The Blessings in the Universe


11 Iyar, 5776

Last night I addressed the Whole Health Forum audience as one of several people presenting a panel discussion about healing.

My opening remarks appear below. I was gratified that they were well-received and delighted to learn that some listeners have read

In 2005 I was diagnosed with a benign, skull-based tumor that blinded and almost killed me. GOD, the surgeon, my friends and specific alternative healing strategies helped me to see again. We made medical history. Life lessons were involved. So was my sense of humor.

I wrote this book because I wanted to do people a favor by alerting them to healing possibilities and cutting-edge medical developments, sharing spiritual insights, and letting readers know of world wide organizations willing to pay part or all of your specific medical expenses. EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge shares many ideas, one of which can be explained this way:

Viktor Frankl said "When we are no longer able to change a situation we are challenged to change ourselves." I'd like to add, "When you’re going through hell, look for the exit. Or create one."

All of us are here to heal. It might be physically, emotionally, mentally and/or spiritually. As you move through the throngs of people and exhibits, you feel an energy coursing through and around you. Use it. Memorize it. Cradle it. That energy can motivate you when you're feeling drained, clueless, and hopeless long after the event.

As we move through our healing experiences, we grow in insights, compassion for ourselves and others. We recognize the need for developing a support network of friends, relatives, acquaintances, plus medical and complementary healing practitioners.  We learn not to assume, but to observe, to wonder, to be in awe. Respect, on many different levels, becomes one with our identities. The universe is filled with answers. It beckons us, challenges us to grow, even as we hardly realize that we are growing during our agony. That is Av HaRakhamim, the Compassionate GOD, Rofeh Cholim, the Healer, at work.

Accept the invitation. Fulfill your destiny as a spiritual creature. Let wonder fill your soul. Let the wonder heal you. The adventure is a gift from GOD, though it sometimes feels like a punishment. It's not. It is a path. Humanity tends to berate itself. But HaShem's nature, so to speak, is to forgive. Take Her/His lead. Go, find yourself in the universe, with every bit of your pain, doubt and fear. Access the healing powers that GOD put there. The goal is to grow your soul. Open your eyes, your mind, your gut and your heart to healing possibilities. Learn to laugh again. Find the love that awaits you. GOD put it there.

Other speakers on the panel then presented their stories. One is a board-certified surgeon who'd cured himself of Rheumatoid Arthritis with a macrobiotic diet. 

He decried the limited worldview of his western medicine colleagues who denied that connection of food to health. 

He briefly described actual vignettes of how doctors deny, ridicule or ignore documented evidence of healing fostered with vegan, vegetarian or macrobiotic diets, plus evidence that organic food promotes health better than adulterated non-organic food. 

The saddest story was about a patient who'd recovered from agonizingly painful and debilitating Crohn's Disease with a macrobiotic diet. Her gastroenterologist insulted her intelligence by insisting that food has no impact on the digestive system, that it was the medicine he'd prescribed which had cured her. He did not reply when the woman laid out her unused medication before him.

Food is irrelevant to health. Such a stance is no better than believing that the sun does not cause sunshine.

Other panelists chimed in with proof that adulterated food filled with herbicides, pesticides, preservatives, and other noxious chemicals undermine human health, and that their own deadly types of cancer abated due to improved diets.

I remarked that when I asked the director of a cutting-edge cancer treatment center why his facility is being built, he responded that "Cancer rates are growing. Lifestyles are responsible for that." I responded with a request that he save lives and money by making Public Service Announcements. He could tell the public that synthetic hygiene products, excessive sun exposure, adulterated food stripped of nutrition but filled with poison and other avoidable causes of cancer be eliminated from public consumption.

He gave me a demeaning look as if to say "You sweet dumb idiot." Then he said, "The public will never understand or accept that."

I disagree. 

Do you need to be told that you'll sicken and probably die if you eat rat poison? Raw sewage? Spoiled meat?

The group also discussed the medical world's tendency to withhold information from patients, believing that it's merciful to refrain from informing people that they might die or are dying and that it is "only" appropriate to share such news closer to the prognosticated date of death, when symptoms can no longer be denied. THAT is a demeaning point of view. It robs people of the opportunity to handle their own affairs, to save their own lives or at least try to.

Worse, it is a lofty excuse for pulling off a crime. If doctors cannot deal with the emotional ramifications of dealing with sad, frightened patients, then medical schools ought to teach necessary lessons. And arrogant practitioners should leave the "healing" profession that they undermine.

I pray that knowledgeable people will hold Getting to Know You events that foster educational interactions with medical professionals, alternative/complementary healing professionals and survivors who ended their agony by changing their eating patterns and other lifestyle factors, and went on to live more pleasant, productive lives for the effort.

Change usually comes slowly, hence a need to make and to expect gradual changes. But...

... as death rates rise from the poisoned food supply, a need to alert the public that eating just might be a suicidal activity becomes imperative.

May blessings come your way.

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Monday, May 9, 2016



1 Iyar, 5776

I'm coping with cybertroubles today, doing my best to finesse computer problems. It's a good thing I use those calming techniques addressed in

While we're on the topic of dealing with STRESS, I hope that you'll benefit from the heartwarming message below.

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Fill your mind with forgiveness.

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Israel's Whole Health Forum May 15-20!


26 Nisan 5776

Excitement is building around the natural healing world as the week for The Whole Health Forum in Israel nears.

I plan to spend all of Wednesday May 18th on site, before I participate in the panel discussion about healing that night. I hope to meet you there! This a record-setting event for Israel with worldwide experts in natural healing gathering together to interact with the public.


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​You can meet and speak with natural healers from around the world, and other interesting people while you're there.

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Monday, May 2, 2016

Feel Better FAST with Pesto Presto!


25 Nisan, 5776

I spent Passover/Pesakh with loved ones and lots of food. By the end of the holiday I was tired of chewing!

Here's a recipe that pleased my palate, kept the calorie count low but packed lots of nutritional power. I made it in a food processor, which I regard as a gift from heaven to people with limited hand strength or dexterity. 

If you're enduring a bland menu due to hands that don't work so well, I strongly suggest that you buy a quality chef's knife plus a food processor. They can help you to prepare many types of foods rather easily.

I quickly prepared this yummy pesto 
with fennel greens!


5 to 6 ounces greens (2 healthy bunches or about 6 cups gently packed basil leaves, or any other green. 3 bunches of very fluffy fennel greens are wonderful for pesto to feed a small crowd!)
1/2 cup pine nuts, or any other nut (3 pre-soaked, soft Brazil nuts are fine for smaller recipes)
1 to 2 garlic cloves (3 for larger recipes)
1/4 teaspoon salt (use Guerande, Himalayan or Mexican salt for more flavor and nutrition)
1/4 to 1/2 cup sesame, grape seed or extra-virgin olive oil 


Blender or food processor


  1. Blend half the greens with the nuts and garlic: Combine the other half of the greens with the nuts, garlic cloves, and salt in a blender or food processor. Blend continuously until the ingredients are finely chopped. Scrape down the sides of the bowl as necessary. Blend everything until a uniform paste has formed (if you prefer a rough texture, that's fine). 
  2. Add the oil: With the blender running, you can slowly add the oil (I work with all the ingredients added at once, though). Less oil will make a paste good for spreading on sandwiches, rice cakes and crackers; more will make a sauce better for pastas and stirring into soup. Scrape down the sides of the bowl and continue blending as needed until the oil is totally absorbed into the greens and the pesto looks uniform.
  3. Taste and adjust: Taste the pesto and add more salt, garlic, or nuts, as needed al dente/to taste.
  4. Storing pesto: Pesto darkens and browns quickly, but it can remain delicious and fresh for several days IF you keep it in a sealed glass jar sized to suit the amount made. For best appearances, use it right away. If you store your freshly made pesto, use the smallest container possible, thoroughly pressing the pesto to eliminate air pockets. Pour a little oil over the surface (that's how it looks when you open the store-bought version!), cover the jar, and refrigerate your creation for no more than a week. 

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