Every Healthy Jew has their own story, personality, challenges, health conditions, and bloodwork. I’m a certified health coach, which means I can:
People get personalized help for relationships, religion, and professions. How about for just you?
You probably have lots of questions. I’ll try to answer them now.
What problems can you help me with?
(Please note: I don’t work with gynecological issues or cancer.)
So you’re like a doctor?
Not at all.
I’m a Certified Health Coach from a 3-year program at Reidman College of Jerusalem. (My official title is Healthy Lifestyle Counselor / Natural Nutritionist, but that's too unwieldy.)
Does that mean you’re one of those alternative quacks?
Not that either.
I studied Complementary and Integrative Medicine, so I’m trained in traditional and holistic approaches to health and healing that aren’t substitutes (“alternative”) for conventional medicine but partner with it. So I’m not against pharmaceutical drugs, but I can help you live in a way that you’ll need them less and maybe not at all. And many chronic conditions have no effective cure but can recede, or even disappear, as a result of lifestyle changes.
Ok, but are you against vaccines? And what about Covid?
I already said I’m not a doctor. Ask your family doctor - the one you’d go to if you had pneumonia. Do whatever she says.
Let me explain a bit more. The holism, or wholism, that I subscribe to expands the reductionist biomedical view of health and illness to include traditional and psychosomatic approaches (such as herbalism) - but remains bound to the demands of the intellect.
Therefore, I believe everything discovered by scientific inquiry, and reject anything proven to be wrong, but won’t discard wisdom merely because it hasn’t yet been tested in a randomized control trial, and perhaps, due to various technical reasons, never will be.
Are you a therapist?
No. I have no training in professional therapeutic techniques. I won’t create a therapeutic relationship or alliance in which our interactions themeselves effect change. (Although, of course, all human connection has the power to heal, particularly when built on seeking help.)
To apply an analogy I once heard (in another context), going to healthy life counseling and not doing anything outside the session is like going to the gym and watching everyone else work out: it’s a step in the right direction, can increase awareness, but won’t make someone any stronger.
Furthermore, although health can’t and shouldn’t be separated from emotions, I’m not qualified to guide people through emotional crises. However, when applied together with appropriate professional help, lifestyle changes can astoundingly improve mental health - just as with physical health.
I’ll also note that I’ve learned enough psychology and psychiatry to recognize when I can’t help - or, more precisely, can help by referring to competent mental health professionals.
Is there a religious angle here?
Good you asked. Unlike my writing in The Healthy Jew, where I often explore the spiritual dimensions of healthy living, counseling remains religion-neutral. We’re here for a specific, practical goal: to help you find wellness. Of course, my religious life affects everything I do, particularly regarding health. Yet during counseling I’m not selling religious rituals but doing the best I can to help you.
I'm in. What’s the plan?
How much does it cost?
Every yearly subscription to Healthy Jew Personal (cost: $250), in addition to the regular Healthy Jew community benefits, includes one health coaching session (with prep and followup as described above). Followup sessions cost $150 each.
For more information, or to ask for a discount, don't hesitate to reach out to me in the Contact box below, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.