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Monday, January 22, 2018

Medical Miracle in the Making!


6 Shvat, 5778

Tu B'Shvat is almost here and I'm looking forward to the delicious plus spiritual fun of the holiday.

Meanwhile, I'm busy proctoring university exams, teaching English to a private student and preparing an article about an astonishingly easy, patient-friendly way to end cancer!

Stand by for updates. Editors and publishers of scientific publications will doubtless be interested in this ground-breaking news.

A medical miracle in the making, the entire research effort has been a multi-faceted and years-long effort.

There's a surprise in store at the end of the article. It is an empowering realization of how much a physically disabled person can achieve with forethought and effort!

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Wondering WHAT to Do about Your Health? Find FAST Answers in .....


29 Tevet, 5778

When someone asked me if I knew anything about how to ease the pain and other problems of fibromyalgia, also known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), and as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME), I responded, "Yes, I know of two therapies that work. People who've asked me for the information and/or read the EMPOWER Yourself book thank me for having shared the information with them."

The person before me was startled. That reaction is typical of people who are relieved to learn that the answers they need to many different medical or mental health issues are covered in the prose and Global Resources section of

When you're in shock or despair, feeling clueless about what to do regarding that health problem before you, do what medical and mental health professionals recommend on and off the cover of
EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge: Read it. 

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Monday, January 15, 2018

Here's What to Do When Someone Insults You as You Cry about Difficult News


28 Tevet, 5778

I'm feeling wistful for the Jewish month about to end. I spent much of it recovering from the astonishing pain of shingles and the weakness it had caused, missing out on some people plus activities I'd longed to join.

But it was important not to over-exert myself and to prevent the shingles from reappearing!

Longing for the usual aerobic, distance walking plus other strenuous physical activities that I usually pursue, I kept reminding myself that "recovering" is an activity, so that I would not feel despair. I focused on the progressing recovery, some of it ahead of medical expectations.

I also reviewed a life lesson worth remembering. You might find it valuable, too. Here is an excerpt from the preface to

Here it is:

Human beings mint coins and they're all alike. But when the Creator mints people, each of us is unique even though we come from the same mold. Our different personalities, skills and longings necessitate different paths to achieving a state of calm after we've been startled or terrified. There are no "One size fits all" methods of calming down or gaining perspective. Yet we need to reach the state of composed thought and behavior in order to live as productively and as happily as possible under challenging circumstances. Sound reasoning enables us to choose the coping mechanisms that work for us.

Challenging? Oh yes. But the alternative to coping is worse. Life's not democratic or fair. It's a workout. Make your choice: Coping aka self-restraint or the continuing, possibly worsening problem before you.

After I revealed my diagnosis to friends and family, we cried together. Then we progressed to choosing coping skills and keeping me strong so I could have a chance to continue living. My choice to focus on sound psychological principles complemented my Orthodox Jewish religious convictions. Many of those sound psychological principles, as well as classical Jewish philosophy and laws are presented in this text. A blend of both appears in the next paragraph.

One of the worst reactions people had to my news was saying with a sense of fatalism and religious superiority over me, "You shouldn't cry. GOD only gives people the challenges they can face."  I disagree. Many a good person has experienced a psychological or medical problem, and suffered terribly or not survived it. Some medical and emotional challenges destroy no matter how valiantly we fight to survive them. Other crises can be survived. It isn't fair to lump them all in one "You can do it!" category. It blames the patient, who is suffering already. No one on this planet is authorized to pass judgment on another person's trials and tribulations. That's GOD's job.

Are you afraid that religious people or even not so religious people will blame you for your very legitimate tears and fears, because GOD knows what He's doing? Are they doing it already? These types of pithy remarks get high scores for being truthful and meaningful. But they get big fat ZEROES for actually helping someone to conquer their misery. It's as useless as telling someone dripping blood or holding onto broken limbs in an emergency room that "I FEEL YOUR PAIN." It's no help at all.

A medical diagnosis that presents a crisis is something to legitimately cry about. It is a lack of stability and a lack of reliable givens that we need so much. One of the Gates of Prayer that remains open despite the lack of a Beit HaMikdash (ancient Jewish Temple) is the Gate of Tears. Crying is a form of prayer. It says, "I'm scared, I'm sad, I'm angry, I don't know what to do about my problem. I need your help HaShem (GOD)," and more.

We learn from the Talmud in Bava Metzia 59a "Even though the Gates of Prayer are closed (after the destruction of the grand Jewish Temple called Bait HaMikdash), the Gates of Tears are never closed."

GOD keeps the Gate of Tears open so we will cry to Him. Crying is part of our relationship with Him.

Consider the reason that you're crying. Do you feel shocked, lost, confused or angry with someone, as I did? Is your teenager isolating her/himself somehow? Does she/he seem withdrawn, forgetful or angry? Those are rather normal teen-aged responses to stress.

Anger at any age can also express itself as outrage, frustration, jealousy, resentment, fury, and hatred. It can masquerade as judgment, criticism, and even (surprise!) boredom. Like all emotions, it is a complex, ever-shifting state involving thoughts, feelings, and bodily changes. So, not only do you have a medical diagnosis of concern, you also might be developing the stress of tummy upsets, unpredictable menstrual cycles, weight problems, romantic and other complications. It's a roller coaster with thrills, spills, and corkscrew turns, none of it predictable or controllable at any age.

A friend shared a relevant poem with me. I do not know the identity of the original author. I recommend that you share this deep message with loved ones so that they can learn how better to express their love from it:

Don't tell me that you understand,
Don't tell me that you know,
Don't tell me that I will survive, How I will surely grow.

Don't tell me this is just a test,
That I am truly blessed,
That I am chosen for this task,
Apart from all the rest.

Don't come at me with answers,
That can only come from me,
Don't tell me how my grief will pass,
That I will soon be free.

Don't stand in pious judgment,
Of the bounds I must untie,
Don't tell me how to suffer,
And don't tell me how to cry.

My life is filled with selfishness,
My pain is all I see,
But I need you, I need your love,

Accept me in my ups and downs,
I need someone to share,
Just hold my hand and let me cry,
And say, "My friend, I care".

All of us are holding your hand, and say... (your name)... "We care"

A medical crisis - you'd cry too, if it happened to 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."

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Friday, January 12, 2018

Dealing with Your Disability with Class!


25 Tevet, 5778

It's definitely an emotional and physical challenge to deal with a disability. The effort can leave you feeling as if you need more air.

But some heroes among us face their challenges with class.

Study this news item and consider how YOU can face your challenges in emotionally satisfying ways.

An estimated 650 million people have a disability.
Some of them use the creative arts to create 
a life worth living rather than wallowing in despair.

Adversity can serve as a tool for gaining insight and more.

LOOK at these artists creating breath-taking, inspirational works
by using their mouths and feet, etc

See The display here.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Ready to Rock Your Healthcare or Someone Else's?


22 Tevet, 5778

Here's some impressive medical news:


The  organization responsible for that health improvement is listed in the EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge print and E- book.

Readers of are wise to read each and every entry in the Global Resources section of

That section of the book is PACKED with information about worldwide options for helping you past or to cope better with a medical problem.

There's even information about charitable organizations willing to pay some or all of an applicant's specific medical bills!

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Monday, January 8, 2018

Here's how to Get out of Your Own Way!


21 Tevet, 5778

More and more people are confiding in me that they've failed to keep their new year's resoltuions for even one week. They're hurting, You might be, too.

I searched around for some quick insight into the problem and found a recording that just might help its listeners.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

Lower Your Fear (and chances!) of Catching a Cold 1-2-3!


20 Tevet, 6778

WOW: Hospitals worldwide run out of flu treatment options here, here, and here! It's a global phenom!

Winter weather makes life inconvenient as it is, but catching a cold or flu seems to leave you feeling worse inside and out.

Read How to Prevent the Common Cold.  The information can minimize your chances of catching a flu, too. I hope that you'll follow the instructions and feel better long after.

Er, I recommend the use of cotton handkerchiefs to prevent chapped lips and noses. Paper tissues tend to be rough. They're made from wood fiber, after ll.

Need to know the differences between 
viruses and bacteria? 

Click here.

For what it's worth, the doctors who cared for me during that December shingles attack (pure misery) predicted that I would need until late February to recover vigor. I beat their timing by two months. 

I've  been back to my usual physical activities and exercise regimen since the start of January. I highly recommend that you go organic and support your health from the cellular level outward. My organic diet and intentional optimism beat medical predictions again and again.

And yes, I wash my hands often, using soap and water. That "anti-bacterial" goo doesn't seem to work much.


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Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Making 2018 Better than Before: Getting What You Give


16 Tevet, 5778

I came across a simple line of thought that presents our human frailty and magnificent potential in only a few words.

Please ponder the meaning of 

You are holding a cup of coffee when someone comes along and shoves you or shakes your arm, making you spill your coffee everywhere. Why did you spill the coffee?

"Well because someone bumped into me, of course!"

Wrong answer.

You spilled the coffee because coffee was in the cup.

If tea had been in it, you would have spilled tea.

Whatever is inside the cup is what will come out.

Therefore, when life comes along and shakes you (which will happen),
whatever is inside of you will come out.

It's easy to fake it until you get rattled.

So we have to ask ourselves....what's in my cup?

When life gets tough, what spills over?

Joy, gratefulness, peace and humility?

Or anger, bitterness, harsh words and actions?

*You choose!*

Today let's work towards filling our cups with gratitude, forgiveness, joy, words of affirmation to yourself and others, kindness, gentleness, and love...

Fill your cup and your mind with soothing ideas and helpful information.

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Fill your mug and your mind with positive intentions, plans, words and actions.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

When New Year's Resolutions aren't Enough...


15 Tevet, 5778

2017 came and went, 2018 arrived and some of us are thinking "So (blankety-bank) what?!"

At this time of year, when people are mourning and regretting their lives and choices so far, it can be quite invigorating to meet up with an energizing idea.

I hope that you'll enjoy this one:  5 Rules for Life.

And this one, too: HOW to be Happy.  

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Fill your time and effort, including your thoughts, with an exciting sense of purpose.