Health

Cancer as a chronic illness

August 19, 2018

Cancer isn’t what it used to be. Increasingly, researchers are no longer searching for a cure but for ways to manage it over a lifetime.

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Fateful decisions, cancer and faith

March 6, 2018

How do you make a decision with imperfect information? That was the question in front of me as I had to decide between cancer treatments.

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Lessons from lymphoma

February 25, 2018

To her great credit, my doctor never used the word cancer. “You have a growth on your lymph nodes,” she said at the start of a 45-minute conversation. “It’s indolent” – linguistically idle or, in medical terms, slow growing.” “It’s the lowest grade of the least aggressive form of lymphoma.” Yet, no matter how she […]

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Searching for cannabis in California

January 8, 2018

On my recent trip to California, I go in search of medical cannabis. Here’s what I discovered – from online “doctors” to medical dispensaries.

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A night in an Israeli hospital

December 7, 2017

I spent the night in the Emergency Room recently. I was expecting a nightmare. When it was all over, my verdict from my experience in the ER: surprisingly not bad.

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High hopes for medical cannabis from Israel

October 13, 2017

Israel may have finally figured out a way to stop BDS. We’ll get the BDS leaders so stoned they won’t be able to demonize us anymore.

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Sleeping pill snafu ends on a restful note

September 10, 2017

I’ve been under enormous pressure lately, exacerbating my chronic insomnia. But never in all my years of sleeping pill-popping did I make this goof.

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Mindfulness 101: Google engineer’s Search Inside Yourself seminar comes to Tel Aviv

July 18, 2017

Can you learn mindfulness in two days? From Google? The Search Inside Yourself organization thinks so. And they’ve come to Israel.

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Can religion boost your immune system?

January 13, 2017

When I was young, I remember being taught that the laws of kashrut derived from a pre-modern understanding of hygiene. Pigs were “dirty” and you took the risk of contracting trichinosis if you ate raw or undercooked pork. Keeping kosher, as a result, was a way of staying healthier. Indeed, today even non-Jews will buy […]

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What if there were an “end date” to life?

October 2, 2016

It was my birthday last week. I turned 56. That means I have another 19 years left on this planet. No, I don’t have a crystal ball predicting when I’ll die. But I have been very much taken with the end-of-life prescription laid out by medical ethicist Dr. Ezekiel Emmanuel, who wrote in a much-cited […]

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