Category archives for Self help

The Religion Distinction; G-d is not a religion

One of the leading arguments against the existence of G-d from the scientific community is that there is no such thing as the “supernatural”. However, since the greatest scientists of our times have openly admitted that there are many aspects to our world and universe that are beyond human understanding, they are referring to something […]

Independently Dependent

We need to begin to realize that in reality we are independently dependent on G-d for everything; even every breath we take. We all walk around in a sea of air. The weight of that column of air that is above us at all times is bearing down on us; this is atmospheric pressure. It […]

The Essence

Religion has nothing to do with the Existence of G-d; and G-d has nothing to do with the Existence of Religion To begin with, since the human mind cannot grasp even a rudimentary understanding of the Divine, the G-d concept cannot be anything but metaphoric. Thus, when we say the “Hand of G-d” for example, […]

Jewish Belief

It’s impossible to believe in nothing because then nothing is to be believed How many people have declared, “I believe in G-d but I don’t believe in organized religion”? The actual number or percentage is unknown, but such individuals who reject religious dogma are hanging on to a fundamental belief in the Supreme Being, Master […]

The True Mitzvah is the Yearning

The Parsha name “Achrei Mos” meaning “after the death” pertains to the deaths of Nadab and Avihu, the two sons of Aaron who simultaneously made the fatal mistake of bringing their incense offerings behind the curtain into the Holy of Holies uninvited and at the wrong time. However, as the Lubavitcher Rebbe points out in […]

The Shadow’s Duality

Would you like to know whether you have a certain look you want to project? Check out your shadow. Like everything else, the shadow has two opposing functions. One, to protect us from the heat of the sun; and two, to provide an area of darkness to conceal one’s shameful activities. When we use it for protection we call it shade. When we use it for concealment we call it “shadow.” However, to be sure, when the sun is directly above us there is no shadow and everything is exposed. Likewise, there are no secrets in this world and no private thoughts because the Infinite Light of G-d is always directly above us with no shadows to conceal the dark forces.

The 17-Day Diet: 17 Days to Disaster with Another “Cookie Cutter”

The “17-Day Diet” is definitely a cyber brush fire and there is some sound medical science behind it. However, limiting one’s self to a near starvation diet of 1,200 calories for initial fast results is a form of self abuse. It is a monumental task requiring a strong support system or social isolation. There could […]

New Age Buzz-words in Health, Healing and Wellness: What do they mean to you?

Of all the popular “new age” search terms in the health and healing category, my personal favorite is holistic healing. This term, it seems, embodies all of the others, like spiritual healing, soul healing, healing meditation, chakra, energy healing, spiritual journey and metaphysics. Some of these terms are specific methodologies like Chakra and guided meditation, while others are just general expressions of adopting a way of thinking beyond the realm of materialism.

Growing Old with all the Time in the World

Jacob, the father of all twelve Jewish tribes, lived his last 17 years beginning at age 130 looking forward to a new life in a new place, having been reunited with his long-lost son, Joseph. He had no thought of being too old, or kicking back in retirement. There was much work to do to […]

The Essence of Change and the Nature of Time

Most often the things we never see are in front of us all the time. We all have a part of ourselves that is always there within us and always escaping our attention. This part of who we are, always hidden in plain sight is the ability to foresee future changes in our mind-bodies as unintended consequences of our behaviors. Therefore, the solutions to your existing or potential health problems are so close to you that all you need to do is to become aware of them.

The Miracle Cures: Harness your Healing Power

There are many individuals and institutions offering “spiritual healing”. Learn how to avoid the scams by learning about the healing power within yourself. Others can guide you, but your free will to make decisions by answering the universal question, “Should I or shouldn’t I?” places the power of healing and wellness in your hands, depending on G-d to help you. It’s simply a matter of becoming a proper vessel.

How to Remove Anger from your Daily Life

Another driver makes an inappropriate hand gesture on the road. A parent screams at a child. A customer verbally abuses the cashier at the supermarket. A teacher yells at his or her student. These are all expressions of anger when we lose control. Once I saw a fellow explode at another Jew for asking him […]

Circular Motion: The Metaphysical Nature of Space and Time

The circle is the foundation of all existence. If we walk long enough in a “straight line” we always come back to where we started. The Universe and all of its parts are spherical and all planets, suns and galaxies move in circular or elliptical orbits. The circle has no beginning and no end. Therein in lies the mystery of the origin of the Universe; since the circle has no beginning, when and how did it begin?

It’s Howdy Doody Time!

When I was a kid in the 50’s, my favorite TV show was “Howdy Doody”. The cast of characters was a speech making puppet named Howdy Doody, Buffalo Bob the cowboy cheerleader, Clarabelle the mute clown with a honker horn and the peanut gallery. It’s just like modern day politics. Every time the U.S. and its allies speak about Hamas as participants in the political process and condemn Israel for defending herself, I fell like I’m going insane. But it must be alright, because Howdy Doody says that everything is as it should be, the buffalo man is prompting us members of the peanut gallery for agreement and the dumb clown just gave us two blasts on his honker horn.

Purim and the Costume Custom

I looked forward to Purim with great anticipation and some trepidation. The trepidation arises because it isn’t just about eating, drinking, dancing and making merry. It’s about doing Mitzvahs first and getting them done within a brief span of time, which becomes ever so stressful as the deadline draws near. It’s about taking care of […]

Post Traumatic Stress and the Nursing Diagnosis; Part 2.

The nursing diagnosis is a part of health care that almost eveyrone over looks. However, given that registered nurses are empowered to “diagnoses human respnses to existing and potential health problems, this is a useful tool to all who wish to avail themselves of it. Find out how it works in this two-part series.

Post Traumatic Stress and the Nursing Diagnosis; Part 1.

The nursing diagnosis is a part of health care that almost eveyrone over looks. However, given that registered nurses are empowered to “diagnoses human respnses to existing and potential health problems, this is a useful tool to all who wish to avail themselves of it. Find out how it works in this two-part series.

Fuzzy Logic versus Dichotomy

In medicine “fuzzy logic” rules. This is a world in which black and white is just theory and reality is multiple shades of grey, with guesswork based on past experience and unpredictable outcomes. The political leaders of our society work the same way. They make decisions based the fuzzy logic of probable outcomes and hope that their approval ratings won’t tank.

The Foundation of Good Health: The Scorpion and the Turtle

Have you ever heard the expression, “It’s the nature of the beast?” Ever wonder why we cause ourselves harm because we over-endulge in pleasure? The parable of the scorpion and the turtle offers some startling insight.

Tracking the Five Hottest Topics in Google Trends—Day 2

The Five Hottest Topics in Google Trends today are stress tests, spy swap, earthquake, oil spill in Gulf of Mexico, Alisa Maier. Of course the cyber public is very fickle so the popularity of any topic cannot be assured for more than five minutes. In any event I try to identify and write a comment about those that have far reaching impacts on our lives, manifest some kind of social phenomena or have great entertainment value. In today’s selection we have information about heart attack prevention, intrigues about Russian spies in the U.S. and American spies in Russia, shattering earthquake news, more about the worst oil spill in history, and parental precautions against child snatching.

The World of Chaos: Organized Medicine + Politics = Health Care Reform

We used to say the two biggest lies are “The check is in the mail” and “It won’t hurt a bit.” Now, there is a third biggest lie, which is, “We have the best health care system in the world,” as Bill Clinton and George Bush uttered repeatedly during their respective terms. On the other hand, all of the standard measures of health care quality points to ours as being “the best substandard price-gouging health care system in the world”. Find out what’s really wrong and why no one wants to fix it.

Health Care Reform and Depression on the 4th of July

The 4th of July, is more than fireworks and barbecues. It is time when we need to remind ourselves that we the people have the power and that it is not up for grabs. In this article, we shall look at the shameful scam of the health care reform bill and the nefarious conspiracy of mind control with mass marketing of antidepressants and tranquilizers. We need to smell what our political leaders are shoveling at us.

Stress Management: We have nothing to be stressed about other than stress itself

The word “Stress” actually relates to wear and tear as when the rubber meets the road on a tire or the brake pads pressing up against the rotor in the wheel. The term as it applies to living organisms was first introduced by Hans Seyle in the 1930’s who defined it as the consequence of the failure of an organism (human or animal) to respond appropriately to emotional or physical threats, whether actual or imagined. Thus stress symptoms are the manifestation of a chronic state of responses to stress triggers that are actually benign. Even a thought can set off the same response mechanism that would be in play while standing in front of a hungry lion. Hence, Seyle’s definition still reaches to the heart of stress management; the idea of the response being inappropriate and engaging in a process of altering ones misperception of pending disaster or imminent danger.