Thursday, June 26, 2014


A Mitzvah Not to Ignore–Health Wrap Up

This story went a bit long, and the world sidetracked into kidnapped boys #BringBackOurBoys, incoming rockets, Syrian border attacks murdering children, Islamic barbarians taking over two countries, and a router failure.  But I don’t want to leave anyone hanging…

(Where we’re at…) Seriously overweight and sedentary, my health has reached the edge of disability.  Symptoms and blood test results are up, medications being loaded up, and it’s hard to tell the problems from the side effects.  The results leaving me barely functional and worried about very very serious potential problems such as diabetic kidney damage (G-d forbid).

In the last article, I’d started a low-carb whole foods diet and basic walking exercise program.  Weeks 1 and 2 went great, if a struggle to adjust, with immediate weight loss of 10 pounds and beginning to gain some stamina.

Week 3 saw me headed to the emergency room doubled over in pain.

20140601_231650I waited unable to sit straight.  My wife pushed our way through as I was trying to collapse onto the floor.  The triage nurse took some fluids, viewed the results and sent us on to the Ambulatory Emergency Center.  Either I wasn’t bad enough for the standard ER or so bad it didn’t matter.  So I ambulated (walked, slowly and painfully) across the hospital to the Ambulatory ER. 

Again, paperwork and process over treatment.  Check in, wait, wait, wait, moan, wait.  See the doctor, he looks at the triage test results while I sweat (worried) and bend (in pain).  I’ve been reading too much, the danger of Internet doctoring yourself, matching up all my symptoms (some of which are medication side effects).  I’m sure I’m about to be diagnosed with kidney failure due to untreated diabetes.  I’m going to die.

The doctor looks up after reading on the screen… “you probably have a kidney stone.  We’ll order some more lab tests to confirm.  We can’t send you to an ultra-sound, they’re overloaded tonight.”  I almost collapse, a kidney stone, that’s it?  He orders IV fluids and tells me to go wait an hour and absorb fluids.

An hour passes.  He stops by and says “you have a kidney stone, I’m ordering some IV antibiotics and giving you a prescription. If it hurts take an Advil.  Drink a lot.”  And that’s it.  (Israeli’s are tough – go take an Advil for a kidney stone? – OH MY G-D – but I didn’t know how bad it would get at that time.)

I see my doctor the next morning, get a prescription for an ultra-sound and some real pain medication after screaming through the night.  Spend 4 days in bed drugged up, pass a kidney stone (have a picture – anyone want to see it?)

WEEK 3 -

No exercise and no activity.
Minimal eating, even on the Shavuos holiday.
Weight loss - 2 pounds.

WEEK 4 -

Getting back to work and exercise is a struggle.  I feel like I’ve been beaten with a baseball bat.  I try to exercise, can’t make it even half the distance.  But after 3 days I’m back to my previous distance.

But I seem stuck.

Weight loss – 1 pound.

At this point I’m down 13 pounds, which is a nice start for 1 month with a kidney stone in between.  But the rate has dropped.  If I can maintain 2 pounds loss a week, I should be in a much better BMI situation in 6 months – and even able to drop some medication.  We’ll see, G-d willing.

Regarding the kidney stone, I have to go back for more tests.  And in speaking to my rav, he told me that someone with kidney stones (or kidney problems?) is absolutely prohibited from fasting – even on Yom Kippur.  That’s a follow up conversation I’ll have before Tisha B’Av.  While I have never liked or appreciated fasting, I don’t want to “get out of it” with a health excuse!  (Ribono Shel Olam, please let me be able to fast, because even though I don’t want to do so, that’s what You want us to do.)


  1. Refuah Shlemah
    Rachel & Dovid Wheeler

  2. If the dr says no fasting, that is the same as fasting. You must not stop the fluids. Also there is a way to ease the release of the stone, depending on the size.

    Drinking olive oil helps the stone to excrete more easily and you might not need an op. I will look up the plan and get back.

    Eating salad, not the Israeli version, but a full big plate of greens, which can be obtained bug free and delicious, raw shredded carrots, grated radish, parsley(also bug free), sliced celery, chic peas(for protein), a grated egg once a day in salad (optional), and white albacore tuna. A very large bowl. Dressing is organic apple cider vinegar, olive oil, garlic and organic non-irradiated oregano (dried or fresh).

    You can divide the egg, chic peas, and tuna between the three salad portions.

    Absolutely no black pepper, which is difficult for the body to pass thru kidney or liver, one of the two.

    You will get thru this as long as you are determined, keep walking, twice a day, and keep looking at the positives about living in Eretz Yisrael. Keep thinking positive, force yourself to do this and ask family members also to stress the positive. Banish negatives from your household. Banish negative people from your interactions, walk away if necessary. You will see improvement.

    Refusal shleima and HaShem should help you to be positive and keep looking at the brighter side.

  3. Two sites for valuable info:


    Using olive oil and lemon juice for kidney stones:
    Kidney stones are gravel-like pieces that form in the kidneys from excess calcium deposits. They cause pain, tenderness in the back and blood in the urine as the stones make their way from the kidneys to the urethra for passage. In some cases, kidney stones have to be surgically removed, but most kidney stone cases are resolved naturally. Drinking lemon juice and olive oil may help relieve pain and make passage of the kidney stones smoother than using no treatment at all.
    Step 1
    Drink apple juice and distilled water throughout the day to keep thoroughly hydrated. Keeping hydrated will increase urine output in the urinary tract, cleansing the kidneys and preventing infection while kidney stones are present. This also helps guide the kidney stones to the urethra for natural removal from the body.
    Step 2
    Mix 2 ounces of lemon juice with 2 ounces of extra virgin olive oil in the evening. Shake or mix well to prevent the ingredients from separating. For hard-to-pass stones, you may mix 1 cup of lemon juice and 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil instead.
    Step 3
    Drink 6 tbsp. of the mixture every 15 minutes until completely gone. Do not drink this mixture all at once, as it can cause nausea and vomiting, which would render treatment ineffective. According to the Alternative Health Gazette, kidney stone pain should subside within 15 to 20 minutes after taking the last dose.
    Step 4
    Visit the restroom every time the urge is felt. Kidney stones will be broken down within 12 hours and passed through your stool or urine, depending on the stone's position in the urinary tract during treatment. Passing of the stones should be less painful or pain free.
    For stones that do not pass with treatment, seek medical attention immediately.
    Things You'll Need
    Apple juice
    Distilled water
    2 ounces lemon juice
    2 ounces extra virgin olive oil

  4. may Hashem bless you with a complete healing and may all be well. my family and i do have weight and health problems. and coupled with reflux nothing seems possible. then my son bought me via the net a book on health, based on the famous Maimonides.
    The Life-Transforming Diet based on Health and Psychological
    Principles of Maimonides.
    and other classical sources by David J Zulberg

    one advice that struck out, which reveals years of misguidance and misconception is that it has always been adviced to eat fruits immediately after meals. the Rambam says No. always eat fruits one hour or so before or after food. as fuits digest faster than other foods. so when the other foods are digesting, the fruits remain stuck in between, digested, turning sour etc. and causes problems which is very true and this really helps gastric and reflux.
    also they adviced never to starve. and have given proper meals with veges etc and the timetable is good . i think the food pattern is similar to you all and western people. we are indians, so all are food is curries and all cooked so in some areas we could not cope where i live (not in india).
    and he advices atleat 3x a week walking and very light exercise for the heart etc. its a magnificent torah based book.
    please pray for rabbi eliezer david ben perel who is very serious in usa and undergoing radiation and chemo.

  5. Refuah Shleimah, I've done some diet coaching and can help, For you a favor.

  6. Like you say, Rambam says the foods that propel through the bowels fastest should be eaten first.

    But do NOT miss the main point of this whole exercise: And that is - eat less, but eat well!

    The idea is to drop weight, constantly, until you reach ideal weight.

    Eating less and well will let your system slowly recover by slowly eliminating the extra toxicity you accumulated over the ling years of eating incorrectly. There are faster ways to detoxify, but the above way is the most assured way to proceed if you want to control yourself psychologically to be "fit" as well.

  7. It seems like I compiled this Havel Havelim ages ago, but you should still know that this post is included.

    Now that we know that the boys were murdered, we must comfort the families and friends.


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