Save your sanity, time & money!

You need to know how to meet your medical and/or mental health needs NOW. You're struggling to survive moment by moment. And you need your dignity.

You're rushing to appointments (the ones you remembered) and/or wondering which treatment to use. Meanwhile, your costs are rising, your needs are changing and you hardly know how to make sense of what to do first, second and later. What about the emotions boiling inside you? How can you calm down with all that's going on?

A former medical coder and medical writer, I've been in your position. I survived a life-threatening emergency with information only a person with my professional experience would know: How to find medical innovators, medical experts and charitable organizations willing to pay part or all of an applicant's specific medical costs, who has software to simplify medical appointment scheduling, a sensible list of items to pack for hospital stays, and more.

I knew that I'd pulled through because of my ability to connect with resources I needed. I knew that most patients lack that knowledge. I decided to provide it, to minimize your suffering.

I believe in empowering terrified, confused and unhappy people with dire diagnoses. I believe that patients should not suffer insults to their dignity in medical settings. I provide information that can help you to manage your problems better, maybe to end them, in the book.

Calm down. Organize your life better. You just might get your grin back.

Friday, February 12, 2016

An Exciting Update!


3 Adar 1, 5776

It's the first week of Adar 1 (the Jewish calendar holds TWO - 2 - months of Adar this year) and the joyous month is already filling with happiness for me.

Ginat Rice of Whole Health Forum has invited me to speak as part of a panel discussion about healing at the Whole Health Forum fair, scheduled for Wednesday May 18, approximately 8PM-9:30PM

Ginat will be leading the discussion by asking each panel member to briefly tell our individual story and then to answer questions that she or the audience raises.

 Here are details about the weeklong event, from one of my facebook pages:

The Rice House is pleased to announce the first ever “Whole Health Forum,” an educational gathering for health conscious English speakers in Israel. Our vision is a gathering of friends devoted to a large life of joy and learning.

From Sunday, May 15th to to Friday May 20 over 65 speakers will present workshops each day ranging from body movement, cooking classes, presentations by medical professionals, happiness training, voice therapy, herbology, homeopathy, EFT, reflexology, and so much more.

We will gather in the beautiful Judean hills at the Essene Farm in Even Sapir near the Hadassah hospital in Ein Kerem.
Accommodations are either in hay bale guest houses with 6 to a cabin, or for a reduced price in your own tent or on provided mattresses indoors or out. There are also BnB options nearby, from simple to luxurious.
Internationally-trained natural foods chefs will present three top-quality meals a day of kosher, gluten-free, macrobiotic creations.
Private therapeutic sessions will be available all week and vendors will offer their wares and services.
We are offering discounts for work-study helpers in the area of kitchen and dining room, tech support, drivers, and more.
You may register to attend the Whole Health Forum with early bird discounts until February 29:
• at
• by contacting us at
• or by phone: 052-365-0004 or 052-706-5002
L’hitraot and see you there!
Sheldon and Ginat Rice

I'll update you about any schedule changes.

Oh - if you're interested in knowing why I was invited, here's the explanation in brief. I had sent the following (excerpted)  message to Ginat. It resulted in that invitation mentioned above:

... My EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge print and E- book book has sold worldwide since the first edition came out in 2009. The updated version became available in 2011. The 3rd updated edition is in preparation. The books explain how I went from blind to sighted following a benign brain tumor that crushed my optic and other nerves. 

Doctors despaired that I would ever see again. I turned to the natural healing arts, and thrilled to the miracles that followed. One of them is my ever-lowered prescription for glasses. I'm now wearing the 21st pair prescribed since 2006. Each set of glasses is weaker than the last! I see better over time. My overall health rivals that of a woman half my age.

I'm certified in counseling skills by Refuah Institute and an experienced public speaker. If you'd like to have me speak about Empowering Your Coping Mechanisms, I'd be pleased to participate in the May 15-20 gathering for English speakers...

 Now you know why you or someone you care about  need to read - and to heed - the laugh-out-loud life lessons, and more serious matters, in

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Find out how to prepare for hospital stays, what to tell rude doctors and relatives, and how to get your grin back despite the pain and fear in your life.

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Fill your life with health-promoting options!

Monday, January 25, 2016

How Do Happy Times Strengthen Minds and Bodies, Plus Our Potential?


15 Shvat, 5776

The answer to my blogpost's title is this: With focus on the wholesome goal you need. Read on.

Today is the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shvat, the New Year for trees. I spoke of the ecologic, historic and spiritual reality about that to participants in the party I made at my synagogue last night.

Here are a few photos of the fun we enjoyed.

Israeli law forbids citizens to post online photos of minors without the documented permission of their parents/guardians. This is to protect them from evildoers. So, I can't post more party pix as kids tend to show up in several of them. But their families have the pix to treasure. 

This photo is of the craft project they worked on: Coloring a tree, folding the bottom into a square, decorating the whole thing with stickers, and setting the colorful item into a square holder. Then they planted sprouting garlics and inserted the live greenery into their pot holder. I took a shot that I call The Kidcraft Garden.

People with special food needs enjoyed my home made sushi, gluten-free crackers, those coconut mint carob rounds, plus quinoa mixed with sweet potato and sauteed onion. The regular diners enjoyed the couscous I'd made plus the home cooked food that other participants brought..

The healing efforts I make are blessed from Above to help me to see ever-better. It was a blessing to be part of the fun depicted in today's blogpost. Here's a picture of me wearing the 21st pair of prescription lenses since 2006.

I'm in the gray hat, standing next to one of the artists who displayed their works at the event I'd arranged. 

 Yes, my glasses are hard to spot: the lenses are so thin that I bought wire frames instead of recycling an older, thicker pair that are no longer suited to the job.

Want to listen to a song I'm following this week? 

The lyrics speak of a man whose heart cries with pain at the suffering of his beloved. He tries to grasp her hands as he speaks words that he prays will soothe her; "GOD sees and hears everything from above, forgets nothing, and will fulfill the heavenly promise to sweeten our lives.The blood of innocents, including soldiers who died defending other people's lives, the agony will never be forgotten nor forgiven. A new light will shine throughout the universe. A lovely dove will inscribe peace upon blue and white skies. We'll be safe in our ancestral home."

It is the metaphor for GOD's relationship to His People.

Meanwhile, let's do the best we can to perfect our personalities.

Happiness strengthen our minds and bodies, let alone our potential.

How do I, and how can YOU stay strong, despite painful setbacks in life? Find out in the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

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

Fill your life with happy possibilities.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

A Loving Look at Alzheimer's, and How to Deal with It


11 Shvat, 5776

If you or someone you know is dealing with a relative or friend with Alzheimer's, let them know that they're not alone in the confusing situation. It baffles the best of us, as you'll learn from the blogpost below. 

My friend Miriam Green writes the exceptional The Lost Kitchen blog, packed with love, insight and good recipes.

Get a taste of life when you click on the words "The Rain's Kindness" below:

I wish I could be more positive. Is it true we can get used to anything?

How na├»ve I was to think I could weather this devastation that is Alzheimer’s and maintain my wits. Mom is disintegrating before my very eyes. She is a changed ...

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Fill your plate with love.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Cherishing Life Despite Hardships, a How-to.


8/9 Shvat, 5776

It's after nightfall here in Israel, a new day. I've spent much of the daylight hours crying, sighing and praying due to the recent terrorist murder of an ideal Israeli.

My composure is somewhat recovered, my energies directed toward preparing for my synagogue's Tu B'Shvat celebration this coming Sunday night. I'm in charge of the program.

This Hebrew-language video explains to children that we cherish the life deep inside plants, the potential for goodness, though superficial appearances deceive us into seeing what appears to be lifelessness.

Israelis spend the holiday praising the special foods grown in the Holy Land, and planting trees.

Perhaps you'd like to spend some time praying for the safety of innocents and celebrating the sweetness of life with me. 

I plan to blog again after I've cooked up some holiday foods for the forthcoming party.

The best response to sorrow is to dig deep inside yourself, decide on a noble response, a life-embracing perspective, then to live up to your principles.

Caving in to sorrow as a lifestyle is a recipe for disaster, personal and otherwise.

Empower yourself to make wholesome progress.

Want to get your grin back despite the physical, medical, and/or emotional suffering before you?

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Fill life with simple goodness.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Does Your Baby's Diaper Pose Health Dangers? Do Your Hygiene Products?


2 Shvat, 5776

It's the Jewish month of Shvat, as I wrote earlier, and time to focus on wholesome nature.

I've blogged before about the dangers posed to the public by manufacturers who add health-harming chemicals into hygiene, cosmetic and household products, here, here, here, and elsewhere.

Think your feminine hygiene products are safe, ladies? Think again.

A scientist and friend just sent me a link to update you about the threats to your whole family's health. You need to read

By the way, if your child wears disposable diapers with a gel to absorb moisture so that you can do fewer diaper changes, ask yourself "Is the convenience worth a risk of causing cancer or other health problems in my little one?" Even non-gel dipes are problematic.

Health food shops carry non-threatening hygiene products. 

Gripe all you want about the price, but consider the cost-effectiveness about dealing with cancers that could have been avoided for a bit more money at the cash register.

Go ahead, look all over the Internet for glyphosate-free and other toxin-free hygiene products. They're on the market.

Read about how YOU can easily remove toxins from your life and improve your health. Buy the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge TODAY.

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Fill your life with better choices. 

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Fire Up Your Food!


29 Tevet, 5776

Today's the last day of the Jewish month Tevet. Tomorrow is the start of Shvat, the month with the Tu B'Shvat holiday that celebrates trees, all growth actually, and GOD's rule over everything.

Tu B'Shvat is often celebrated with a festive meal and I'm putting one together in my community. Here's a message I can share with participants and you, too: Not everything edible is worth swallowing. Some things can seriously damage your health such as:

Could convenience foods like fries, ketchup and chicken nuggets cause autoimmune diseases? Image via

7 food additives that raise risk for autoimmune disease

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Fire up your meals with body-building, soul-supporting food.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

How to Use Your Heart to Strengthen Someone Else's!


25 Tevet, 5776

Social media is rocking with several heartwarming videos like the one below.

Ever wondered what it takes for one person to help another? The answer is: An open heart and a sense of humor to match your sense of compassion.

Go ahead. Make someone smile!

Get your giggle on when you read some of the humorous passages in the E-book or print edition of EMPOWER Yourself to Cope with a Medical Challenge

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

Fill your life with someone else's happiness. Enjoy the glow.