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3 secrets I learned from my 50th birthday year celebration of mammography and colonoscopy

3 secrets I learned from my 50th birthday year celebration of mammography and colonoscopy

If you live in Israel, or in many European countries, the national “begin to screen and start to worry testing” starts at 50.  That’s when many long-term big population studies have found that is the age when women’s risk of breast cancer soars, and men and women’s incidence of colon…
Unconventional Self-Care: 5 Refreshing Tips to Recharge Your Soul

Unconventional Self-Care: 5 Refreshing Tips to Recharge Your Soul

In addition to managing my own business as a healthcare advocate, you may also know that I am a mother of five and the guardian of my mother, who has dementia and lives with me (with an amazing live-in carer btw!). I get asked about self-care a lot. From friends.…
Taking heart medication?  You should read this.

Taking heart medication? You should read this.

Moving to another country can be scary.  Moving to another country and having to take new medication, can be terrifying.   One of the questions I always ask my clients moving to Israel, is what medications are you currently taking?  Because Israel has a wildly different health system than the United…
Spoonies: Guest post by Dr. Peter Phillips

Spoonies: Guest post by Dr. Peter Phillips

This post was written by one of my favorite clients and truly special person…who deals with chronic pain on a daily basis. Chronic ill health, disability and fatigue: Where did my energy go? Dr. Peter Phillips A few months ago during yet another arthritis flare, I happened across a set…
5 Hidden tips about Bituach Leumi

5 Hidden tips about Bituach Leumi

When I first made aliyah, ‘back when dinosaurs roamed the earth’, as my kids would say, Bituach Leumi was considered an opaque box of unpleasantness that was out to hide the money you had coming to you. Okay, slight hyperbole, but you get the picture. It was not a well-liked…

What did my mother teach me?

What did I learn from my mother? When your parent is first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, it’s almost a relief.  Finally, there’s a reason, an explanation for the ‘off’ behavior.  Ten years into the journey, the diagnosis becomes a bit of a grind.    It’s familiar, doable, but leaves an air…
Sal Shikum Benefits In Israel​

Sal Shikum Benefits In Israel​

What Is Sal Shikum And Why Should I Care?
Can you predict whether you'll get dementia?

Can you predict whether you'll get dementia?

I love checklists. I really love checklists that can predict things. The academic world calls them risk scores. I believe in risk scores. After all, I wrote my master’s thesis on them.  However, I am a bit skeptical of a risk score that can predict dementia.  Don’t get me wrong. …