Saturday, December 2, 2023

My Surgery Happened

If you read my Blurb two weeks ago, then you knew that on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, I was going to be having inguinal hernia surgery. Again, an inguinal hernia is in the area near the groin. 

Instead of having mesh installed, I was going to do something very different which is a technique called the Shouldice hernia repair method. This technique has been around since the 1940s. In doing it, you are doing overlapping layers of the tissues which makes it much stronger.

I had one inguinal hernia done 29 years ago and another 25 years ago. It was the 25-year-old one that tore. I had the Surgeon, Dr. Syabi, examine the 29-year-old one and he said it was still fine.

Now, the fun part of this happened with my Surgeon having agreed that I could meditate during the surgery and not be put to sleep. 

So, after having done meditation during the first 2 surgeries decades ago, he was okay with me doing meditation. The Anesthesiologist was more concerned, but he finally relented when I agreed to take a drug that was a muscle relaxant. I made him give me only ½ the regular dose.

When they rolled me into the surgery suite, I just scooted from the gurney onto the operating table.

Dr. Syabi was using Novocain to numb the area, and this also helped control bleeding. 

When you meditate you can hear everything around you and you can respond to it as opposed to when you are fast asleep or unconscious. So, whenever I would start to feel some pain starting, I would say “More Novocain” and then I’d continue meditating.

Dr. Sybai was also okay with me bringing a special recording by Stephen Halpern (who I’ve known for years) into the surgery with me having ear buds in. The recording is one of his subliminal message albums. This one is called “Accelerated Self-Healing”, and whenever the recording would finish, I would say “Please restart the recording” and they would. (For a list of his music and subliminal music, you can go to my website,, and go to the Products dropdown menu. You’ll see his music there).

The surgery lasted 2 hours and when they said they were finished, I opened my eyes. Now, they needed to move me back to the gurney; instead, I just scooted over onto the gurney.

They took me to the recovery room even though I had no anesthetic to recover from. They were jammed up in the next section, so it took 1.5 hours to get taken back to it so I could get dressed and go. They needed me to pee to leave and I did that immediately!

I was actually ready to use the bathroom 15 minutes after the surgery and if permitted, I would have left then!

The other interesting part is that I had no pain right after the surgery and for about a day and a half. When I did have pain, I used Tylenol and ibuprofen and the pain level never got over a “3” on a 10 scale. Five days later, I stopped taking even those drugs.

I was even able to drive for a couple of hours on the way home from New York to Virginia Beach with no pain or difficulty on the Friday after Thanksgiving. The day after the surgery, I started doing gentle stretching exercises and modified yoga. Yesterday, I even did some jogging and used an exercise device that you need to use some strength to use. No pain at all.

So…I think 3 for 3 is a pretty good batting record. In the Majors, I’d be batting 1,000%. You can’t get better than that! Surgery, anyone?

Saturday, November 18, 2023

Surgery’s A Coming

If you’ve been reading my Blurbs, you know that I don’t usually talk about personal stuff. My focus is on what’s new and exciting in the health, wellness and nutrition fields.

Well, this Blurb will be a little different. I’m going to combine the personal with the kinds of things I usually write about. So…let’s get started.

The title of this Blurb is “Surgery’s A Coming” because on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (next week). I’m going to be having inguinal hernia surgery. An inguinal hernia is in the area near the groin. 

While most people today needing this surgery have mesh installed. I’m going to be doing something very different which is a technique called the Shouldice hernia repair method.

I actually had the Shouldice method done on a hernia I had twenty-nine years age, and it has lasted all this time.

Now, many years ago before mesh was invented surgeons would stitch the 2 sides of the tear together. It worked fine except the failure rate was very high.

Dr. Edward Earle Shouldice (1890–1965) was the Canadian surgeon who invented the technique in the 1940s. This approach does overlap stitching together of 3 layers of tissue. This makes for a very strong bond (notice mine lasted 29 years – automobiles don’t last that long!).

Recovery is also actually very fast.

So, the Shouldice technique is part of the story. Now, here’s the rest of the story. First, you need to know for years prior to this when I needed dental work done, I would meditate instead of taking a Novocain injection. I’ve had several dentists and staff over the years that have been amazed that I can do that. 

My surgeon for the hernia repair was Dr. Wayne Ferguson and when he was a med student at the University of Virginia Medical School had done a research paper on meditation and back pain. He found that meditating significantly reduced back pain.

So, when I asked him if I could meditate during the surgery, he said okay. This was before doing this during surgery as even considered. So, with his permission, that’s what I did. 

Now, when you are meditating you can actually hear everything that’s being said since you’re conscious and not asleep or drugged and I heard Dr. Ferguson say…” it’s the wrong size needle and thread.” I just decided to just keep meditating and knew that he would figure it out.

When he said he was done, I sat up and startled him because he had forgotten that I was meditating. 

Normally after surgery, they take you to the recovery room to recover from the anesthetic. I had nothing to recover from, so they starched their heads as to what to do with me. 

They finally found an empty room for me to sit in and said for me to drink a bunch of water and when I peed, I could leave. A half-hour later, I walked out of the hospital.

I did the same thing several years later when I had to have a hernia repaired on the other side. The results were the same.

BTW, I asked my surgeon to write a letter about what happened during the surgery. 

Here’s some of what Dr. Ferguson wrote, “The surgery went well, and he showed no untoward effects. He was able to leave the Surgery Center rather quickly after the procedure. It was interesting to note that even before the injection of the local anesthesia, his pulse rate dropped to 60. He seemed to tolerate the procedure extremely well with complete comfort.”

So…I think that there are two lessons here: 1. Investigate using the Shouldice Method for hernia repair and 2. Learn how to meditate!

There are not a lot of surgeons that do the Shouldice Method in this country (Canada has a whole facility dedicated to doing the Shouldice method). I found one outside of New York City – Dr. Sbayi.

If you do want to learn how to meditate, you can check out my e-book on Managing Your Stress in These Difficult Times: Succeeding in Times of Change at In 8 pages it tells you everything you need to know about how to meditate, including several techniques you can experience.

BTW, since I talk about and demonstrate the power of prayer at many of my speaking engagements. I’d appreciate your sending prayers or positive thoughts to me on the complete success of the surgery on Wednesday morning.

P.S. Have a Happy Thanksgiving and due to the holiday, I won’t be publishing a Blurb next week.

Saturday, November 11, 2023

How To Lower Your Medical Bills - For Real

So, you just got your hospital bill and there are a bunch of charges that your insurance company doesn’t cover, or you may not have coverage at all and have to pay the whole bill. Is there something you can do to determine if all the codes and charges are justified and also potentially lower the amount you have to pay.

Well, there’s now a website that was created by a company that specializes in saving you money on these bills. It’s called and it’s having tremendous success in reducing people’s bills. 

Assuming they are able to save you money (and it could be lots of money), they’ll take 20% of the savings as payment for their service. For example, if the hospital bill was $5,000, and they got it down to $2,000, they would take 20% of what they saved you - $600). You’ve still saved a bundle that stayed in your pocket.

BTW, I have no connection with them, I just think it’s important to help protect yourself from overcharging since it’s almost impossible for a layperson to figure out a hospital bill! Check it out to see for yourself whether it’s a worthwhile service.

Saturday, November 4, 2023

Using Your Voice and Machine Called EVOX to Heal

In our fast-paced world, where technology constantly evolves, there's a growing emphasis on enhancing not only the functionalities of device s but also our own human experience. 

EVOX, a revolutionary voice technology, is not just changing the way we interact with machines; it's also altering the way we perceive ourselves and the world around us. 

EVOX, in combination with an area called Perception Reframing, is potentially poised to reshape our understanding of the human mind.

The Role of EVOX in Perception Reframing

EVOX, originally designed for the automotive industry, utilizes advanced natural language processing (NLP) and machine learning to interact with users in a conversational and intuitive manner. While its primary role may have been to streamline communication with machines, it's also finding new applications in the realm of personal development and psychological well-being.

Perception reframing is a psychological technique that aims to shift an individual's perspective on a particular issue or aspect of their life. This process involves reevaluating one's beliefs, thoughts, and emotions about a given situation, thereby changing the way they perceive and respond to it.

EVOX's role in perception reframing is to assist individuals in this process by providing a supportive, non-judgmental platform for self-exploration and personal growth. It achieves this by analyzing your voice patterns, tone, and content to gain insights into your emotional state and thought patterns. With this information, EVOX can provide tailored responses and interventions to help you reframe your perceptions and foster positive change.

Applications of EVOX and Perception Reframing

1.  Stress Management: EVOX can help you manage stress by identifyingyour triggers and providing techniques to reframe stressors. By addressing the root causes and promoting relaxation, it empowers you to be able to reduce your stress levels.

2.  Self-Esteem and Confidence Building: EVOX can assist in improving your self-esteem and self-confidence by identifying negative self-talk and providing affirmations and  techniques to shift these beliefs towards self-empowerment.

3.  Emotional Well-being: EVOX is instrumental in emotional well-being, helping you reframe negative emotions, such as anxiety and sadness, into more positive and constructive ones, leading to a more balanced emotional state.

4.  Habit Formation and Behavioral Change: EVOX can help you break free from unhealthy habits by addressing the underlying beliefs and motivations that drive these behaviors. It can even offer guidance and encouragement for adopting healthier alternatives.

5.  Conflict Resolution: EVOX can aid in resolving conflicts by helping individuals see issues from an alternative perspective and facilitating your having more empathetic and constructive communications.

Clearly EVOX and perception reframing represent a powerful synergy that has the potential to transform the way we perceive ourselves and the world around us. 

As technology and psychology continue to converge, we can anticipate even more innovative and effective approaches to personal development and psychological well-being, guided by the your voice through EVOX. 

So, let me clear my throat…1, 2, 3 , 4 , 5 ,6…EVOX, are you listening?
(Triggered by an article in Bottomline Health, October 2023)

Saturday, October 28, 2023

There’s a Major Problem With Trusting Scientific Journals

In the era of COVID-19, the rallying cry was 'follow the science.' However, as we sail through the turbulent waters of information and disinformation, there is growing concern that our trust in scientific journals may be misplaced. 

Let me paint a picture by shining a spotlight on scientific journals, and the storm clouds brewing over the studies they report that will make you rethink the reliability of these esteemed publications. 

But what's the storm, you ask?

The issue is staggeringly simple, yet profoundly disturbing. It’s the alarming surge in the number of retractions of academic papers. In the not-so-distant past of 2002, the total count of retracted papers that year stood at 150. 

Fast forward to the year 2022, and that number had skyrocketed to an astonishing 5,000 retractions. Yes, you read that correctly - a jaw-dropping leap from 150 to over 5,000!

The reasons for retracting these papers run the gamut from data falsification to plagiarism and flawed methodologies. Shockingly, this figure might be on the conservative side, according to experts. 

Retraction Watch is an organization that meticulously monitors these issues. They suggest that the actual figure of 5,000 retractions might be a gross underestimate and could be as high as 1 in 50 papers that should be yanked off from the publications due to ethical violations or errors.

Here’s the grim reality - only 1 in 1,000 fraudulent papers ever faces the ax. The institutions standing behind these scientists publishing these fraudulent papers, be it universities, labs, or government agencies, have little motivation to clean house. Their reluctance stems from the fear of tarnishing their reputation and even facing potential lawsuits from disgruntled authors when fraudulent studies are exposed.

Now, here's the crux of the matter - with at least 5,000 bogus research papers circulating in the scientific world, how can we discern fact from fiction? The stakes are high, especially when your health and your doctor's decisions are on the line. 

It's akin to playing Russian Roulette with your life. The inevitable result? A crisis of confidence, where skepticism might overshadow trust in any research endeavor because you can’t tell fact from fiction.

But before you despair, there is a glimmer of hope on the horizon. 

In 2025, the National Science Foundation, a major research funder in the United States, is set to implement a game-changing policy. 

They will demand public access to the data underpinning research studies. This crucial shift promises to bring greater transparency to the scientific world, making it harder to conceal deceit and easier to discern truth. Watchdog groups like Retraction Watch will finally have the tools they need to scrutinize the integrity of research data.

So, we anxiously await 2025, a year that promises to be a turning point in the battle for research credibility. The clock is ticking, and it's high time we shed light on the shadows cast by scientific journals then we can once again ‘follow the science’.

(Reported by Mother Jones, December 2023)"

Saturday, October 21, 2023

A Powerful Healing Device With the Strange Name – Scrambler Therapy

There’s a new device out there that’s FDA approved which can eliminate chronic pain without side effects and it’s got a strange name! It’s called Scrambler Therapy, and it has nothing to do with scrambled eggs.

Chronic pain is a debilitating condition that affects millions of people around the world. Traditional pain management approaches often involve drugs that can cause all kinds of side effects including getting addicted to the drugs and with opioids can led to addiction and even death.  

Scrambler Therapy is really a new and innovative pain management technique that offers a promising alternative for those who have exhausted other options or an option that you can use right away.  

Research shows that the device can relieve pain in 80 to 90% of patients who have chronic pain. You read that right – 80 to 90%! 

So, how does it work?

Scrambler Therapy, also known as Calmare Therapy, is a non-invasive and drug-free pain management technique that was developed by Italian neuroscientist Dr. Giuseppe Marineo. The device works by overriding pain signals being sent to the brain.

Scrambler Therapy works on the principle of "teaching" the brain to perceive a non-painful sensation instead of the chronic pain signals. Let me explain how that works.

The device has electrode pads that are placed on the skin over the painful area. The device then sends electrical impulses to the nerves in the affected area. These impulses are designed to mimic non-painful sensations, like tingling or buzzing, which the brain is able to interpret as non-painful even though they are over the area that’s causing the pain.

Over a number of treatment sessions, these signals can effectively replace the chronic pain signals by reducing or eliminating the perception of pain.

Some of the benefits of Scrambler Therapy are that it’s non-invasive since the electrodes are attached to the skin over the pain area, it’s drug-free and its only side effect may be some skin irritation where the electrodes are attached.

Its success is amazingly high in successful treating everything from neuropathic pain, phantom limb pain, and pain resulting from conditions such as fibromyalgia, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), and chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (that’s quite a list!)

Another benefit is that the treatments are customized to what the patient needs are, and the pain relief seems to be long-lasting, too!

While it has all these great benefits and its FDA approved, its not covered by most health insurance probably because it would definitely cut into the money drug companies make selling their products.

This is when you need to write the President, your Congress person and Senator demanding that this device be covered by all insurance programs…period!

So…instead of ordering scrambled eggs, you’ll be able to order scrambling your pain. (Reported in part Bottom Line Health, October 2023)

Saturday, October 14, 2023

Hand Sanitizers Are Hazardous to Your Health

In the darkest days of the pandemic, hand sanitizers were our trusty companions, promising safety and security. But what if I told you that these seemingly innocent germ-fighting gels might be posing a silent threat to your health? 

Brace yourself, because the journal Environmental Science & Technology has just unveiled a shocking revelation about a group of chemicals lurking in hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, solutions, and even on medical instruments.

The culprit behind this public health mystery are called quaternary ammonium compounds (QACs). Now, you might be wondering, what's so bad about these chemical compounds? Well, hold onto your seats because the list of potential dangers is quite concerning.

The researchers have linked QACs to a range of health concerns, including asthma, dermatitis, and inflammation. That's just the tip of the iceberg; these compounds might even have connections to infertility and birth defects. It's a chilling prospect.

But there's more. QACs are also playing a role in weakening our resistance to microbial invaders. These invisible assailants were already claiming millions of lives annually long before the pandemic's arrival. The question now becomes, are hand sanitizers and the other products containing QACs inadvertently making us more vulnerable to these threats?

And as if that wasn't enough, the levels of QACs in our bodies and in the environment have been steadily climbing since the pandemic's onset. It's a silent invasion from products we assumed were protecting us from COVID19.

But here's the clincher: when it comes to protecting yourself from viruses and germs, QAC-laden hand sanitizers don't seem to offer any significant advantage over plain old soap and water. The very product you trusted to keep you safe might be exposing you to these unforeseen dangers, without any added benefit.

If you're part of a company, organization, or medical facility that relies on products containing QACs, it's crucial to heed this wake-up call. Share this blurb with the powers that be and also consider diving into the journal article to protect not only your health but the health of friends, family and those around you.
(Reported Northwestern, Fall 2023)