Read this if you, or someone you love, will give birth in Israel

In the past few weeks, I’ve had the honor to be present at three completely different births: the unplanned home birth, a “second first birth” and a planned home birth that ended up in the hospital. These experiences reminded me of the importance of several issues, both large and small, that can greatly affect a …

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The Real Reason the Doctor Gives You the Flu Shot

As a public health professional, I understand the importance of vaccines.  After all, group vaccinations are a public health, not medical, decision.  There were initiated at the turn of the 20th century to reduce and eradicate viruses that had the potential to harm or kill infants and toddlers; this means that, although your personal immune …

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Five things I have Learned From Being a Health Advocate

1. Everyone needs a support system. If you have young children, make sure that you have one family member at least, a sibling, parent, parent in-law who you trust, who knows your wishes (and where all your important papers are). If you have adult children, choose one of them to be in charge if there were …

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What You Need to Know about Medical Cannabis in Israel

A few years ago, I had a client whose son had suffered from a genetic disease since birth. One of the main symptoms of his illness was severe pain. He was twelve when my friend casually mentioned to me that the neurologist had suggested medical cannabis as a medication. “Do you think I’m crazy?” she …

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Fearing the Ask: How Taking Care of our Health is Like Fundraising

Over the past six months, I’ve had the opportunity to interview a very special group of women. Women with cancer, women who are dying. I’ve been asking them a series of questions about their lives, their needs, their experiences. And the answers they’ve given often surprise me. I had the special privilege of creating a …

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Three Questions to Ask Yourself When You can’t Get a Medical Diagnosis

I happen to have three children diagnosed with celiac disease, that lovely autoimmune condition where the presence of gluten in the intestine makes the body attack itself. No worries, they’re healthy, eating their gluten free fare with a smile, and five years in, we’re good. But it certainly wasn’t always that way. In fact, it …

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