Can You Hear Me Now?

It’s been found that in the US between 8-25 % and outside of the US between 4-35% of the population suffer from tinnitus. 50% of tinnitus is physiological (caused by physical damage) and 50% psychological. It can cause stress, lack of sleep, inability to carry out daily functions, anxiety and even depression. It’s all about the information going from the ear to the brain via the 8th Cranial Nerve. Tinnitus can be temporary or permanent. Many things can affect our hearing and these are some common causes of tinnitus specifically, but not a conclusive list:

  • The technique used to clean our ears
  • Repeated and consistent exposure to loud noises
  • Ear infections
  • A perforated ear drum
  • Build up of ear wax
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Sensorineural hearing loss
  • Conductive hearing loss
  • Meniere’s Disease
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Certain medications
  • Diet

Being a pharmacist, of course, I would not feel comfortable not providing a list of commonly known medications that may cause tinnitus, however, instead of stopping your medication or adjusting your dosage if you are on one of these, please, speak to your health care provider and gain advice as to the proposed course of action:

  • aspirin
  • quinine
  • certain antibiotics
  • chemotherapies
  • diuretics

Watch this short video that explains tinnitus by YouTuber Fauquier ENT entitled, ”What is Tinnitus? Causes & Treatment Strategies”.

Other treatment options that may help to improve or eliminate tinnitus:

  • First and foremost, if you suffer from tinnitus, make a visit with an ear, nose and throat doctor (ENT) who may also send you for a hearing test
  • After visiting the ENT and having a hearing test, if it’s determined that you have permanent hearing loss, a hearing aid may be recommended
  • Sound Enrichment Therapy may help (like music, white noise videos, nature sounds, etc)
  • Meditation: speak to your doctor or pharmacist to inquire if you take medications if any of them could be causing tinnitus and what is advisable to do if so
  • Bemfotamine: a synthetic version of vitamin B1 that the body converts to thiamine and has been shown to be promising in helping with tinnitus relief.
  • A lot of the B vitamins, such as B1, B3, B6, folic acid (B9) as well as choline and gingko have been shown to be promising in relieving tinnitus in the proper combinations. There are options to choose from that are preformulated.
  • Decrease salt intake (salt leads to inflammation which can contribute to tinnitus)

When should you be concerned and seek out immediate medical attention? This is a list of things to watch for by audiologist, Matthew Allsop, that may be a sign of a more serious matter. If you experience any of these, they require immediate medical inquiry:

  • Pulsatile tinnitus or tinnitus that follows your heartbeat
  • Tinnitus that presents itself in one ear
  • The tinnitus has changed in nature significantly in a short period of time
  • The tinnitus is causing you inability to sleep, contributing to anxiety or depression
  • Of course if you experience total sensory neural hearing loss with or without tinnitus go straight to the emergency room, urgent care or ENT Clinic
  • Also watch this last video by Dr. Mendell regarding natural tinnitus therapy (motivationaldoc)
STOP TINNITUS: How To Quiet Your Brain With Your Hands | Dr. Mandell

Cleaning our ears:

The best method for cleaning is to use about 5 drops of hydrogen peroxide 3% and drop it right into the ear. It should be left in for about 5 minutes each ear and then allow any fluid to flow out onto a paper towel. STOP USING Q-tips!!!!!!! Q-tips are very damaging to the ears and it’s parts. There are new devices that can be ordered that use a spiral entry cleaning technique such as Tvidler, it’s made of silicone and helps to clean the ears gently and effectively. The tips are reusable.

I hope that if you suffer from tinnitus, ear infections or a lot of ear wax build up that something in this post will help you and then you can recommend some of the methods to others.

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All Stopped Up?

So let’s just dive right on in…..ever had the following?

  • Hard, dry stool
  • Difficult to pass stool
  • Spans of infrequent bowel movement
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Feeling bloated, uncomfortable and sluggish

If you answered yes to any of these then you suffer or have suffered from constipation.

For most of us constipation seldomly causes complications, but if the situation becomes long-term it can cause: hemorroids, fecal impaction (where dry, hard stools collect in the rectum) bowel incontinence (the leakage of liquid stools).

Some common causes of constipation include:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Eating Disorders
  • Not eating enough fiber
  • Too much dairy
  • Antacid medication
  • Other medications such as : diuretics, certain antidepressants, opioids, overuse of laxatives due to tolerance build up
  • Diseases: Diabetes, neurological conditions (Parkinson’s or Multiple Sclerosis) or any disease that affects the abdominal area
  • Stress (gut and brain connection)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Holding it in (painful to eliminate, being in unfamiliar settings)

Watch this video by Dr. Alan Mandell for some cleansing and natural remedies of constipation

Video credit: YouTube Video by Dr. Mandell

There are many options for constipation remedies, however, we can pour on the treatment but until the underlying cause is found and we make the proper changes when possible, the problem will continue to plague us. Of course a healthy balanced diet goes a long way in prevention. As has been stated before, if the gut is unhealthy, sooner or later the problems start popping up in the other areas of the body.

Once you identify if you suffer from constipation due to one of the above 10 reasons, work with your health care provider to do as much as possible to eliminate the cause or decrease the affect that it has on your elimination. Watch this helpful video on reset of the gut and building a healthier microbiome from the Dr. Oz Show, plus try the tasty and fiber filled recipe from the video for digestion help.

Bottom line… pun intended, we must educate ourselves on what we eat and drink as well as maintain a healthy diet. See some of my other posts found below on natural detox, healthy microbiome and more. Hope this info helps!

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Too Much of a Good Thing

We’ve all heard the saying, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. This can apply to anything in life. We’re always seeking to strike a balance and this is especially crucial when it comes to our lifestyle, most importantly spirituality, physical health and mental well-being. We must understand that all of these make up the whole.

If there is an imbalance, meaning too little or too much, it can be catastrophic to our health and overall quality of life. The health industry does a far better job in educating about vitamin and mineral deficiencies than it does about having too much of these vitamins and minerals and the dangerous effects that we can suffer.

Too much of a good thing can be a bad thing

Keep in mind that there are 13 essential vitamins — vitamins A, C, D, E, K, and the B vitamins (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, B6, B12, and folate).

Hypervitaminoisis is an abnormal state resulting from excessive intake of one or more vitamins (Merriam Webster). The cases of this are underreported because usually it is not considered as one of the first things in diagnostics of someone that presents with health complaints. Check out this link to an article that tells a detailed story of how the diagnosis was missed for quite a while of a woman who suffered from too much vitamin B6 intake from supplements.

Ideally we should get all of our vitamins and minerals that we don’t make with our food intake but most of us don’t due to the fast-paced lifestyle that we lead these days. The goal is to always eat a healthy and balanced diet, of course, but if and when we become deficient, we should know the signs of such deficiencies and have at least general knowledge of what each essential vitamin and mineral provides us. Please watch this short video by YouTuber Sciencerely as he speaks about the dangers of oversupplementation with vitamins.

Summary of safety tips for implementing vitamin supplementation if needed:

  • If you feel you are deficient in a vitamin or mineral, first and foremost, talk to your health care provider to gain advice
  • Make sure to get a blood draw, do not start supplements blindly
  • If there is no blood draw that coincides with the vitamin, mineral or supplement, know which supplements are reputable (i.e., seek out reputable companies with a great track record of putting out the best and safest products).
  • After the blood draw results are obtained (if applicable), go over the results with your health care provider to discuss what steps should be taken. Often times, we can cure deficiencies with eating a more healthy diet if it’s not a severe case of deficiency.
  • DO YOUR RESEARCH!!! Know the recommended daily dosages for your age, gender and condition being treated and do not exceed this dosage.
  • Always follow-up with subsequent blood draw(s) (if applicable) as needed with your health care provider and report any side effects that you may notice.
  • In any case, try your best to maintain a healthy and balanced diet, keeping sugar, alcohol, fried foods, hydrogenated oils and overuse of sodium to a minimum.

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Don’t Sleep on this Crucial Body System

There is a system in the body that is actually a part of the Circulatory System & the Immune System and without it, life would be very difficult to sustain. This unsung hero is the Lymphatic System. It’s made up of a network of very small vessels that channel lymph fluid from all over the body. There are multiple parts of this system, the major parts of the lymph tissue are located in the bone marrow, spleen, thymus gland, lymph nodes, and the tonsils. Lymphatic tissue is also found in the heart, lungs, intestines, liver, and skin. This system carries oxygen, nutrients and hormones to the cells, it removes toxic waste, the immune component attacks microbes and sends signals in the body to make white blood cells and create antibodies and so on, and last, it’s very important to our fluid balance.

What would happen if the lymphatic system didn’t function at all?

The lymphatic system is crucial because water, proteins, and other substances are constantly leaking out of the small blood capillaries into the surrounding body tissues. If the lymphatic system didn’t drain the excess fluid, there would be a build up in the tissues of the lymph fluid causing the tissues to swell as seen below.

The lymphatic system is crucial because water, proteins, and other substances are constantly leaking out of the small blood capillaries into the surrounding body tissues. If the lymphatic system didn’t drain the excess fluid, there would be a build up in the tissues of the lymph fluid causes the tissues to swell.

Photo credit: Pharmacological Treatment of Lymph Edema (, picture of lower limb lymphedema, Medical Doctors Wikimedia Commons)

Let’s take a look at this video by Dr. Mandell regarding the lymphatic system and just how massage helps to stimulate the function of it. This is just a small example of how it can be used in the head, neck and face but can actually influence the whole body and help to facilitate healing of all sorts of disease, chronic and acute.

YouTube video, Self-Healing & Cleansing Lymphatic Massage Drainage, Dr. Alan Mandell

Do the above message therapy for the head and neck region of the body and continue to learn how to properly do massage therapy for drainage of the other body regions for optimum drainage of toxic waste and to stimulate the Lymphatic System to work better for you.

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Stretching Does the Body & Mind Good

Most people would not think that stretching would have too many health benefits other than being more limber and preventing injuries, however, stretching has many physiological benefits. Let’s watch this short YouTube video by TEDx “Stretch Yo Self” by Carla Shayman

YouTube video by TEDx “Stretch Yo Self” by Carla Shayman

Some things to remember about stretching before you get going on a routine:

It has been said that we shouldn’t stretch before working out because stretching impedes our performance, one of the very things we are trying to avoid. Do a warm up with moderate movements like circling the arms, jumping-jacks, things to get the blood circulating rather than stretches. You want to stretch after a workout as a cool down rather than before. Also anytime during the day, morning before you get your day started, afternoon at work during a stressful shift or before bed for a more restful night of sleep. It can be as little as a 5-10 minute daily routine.

A Review of the Top Health Benefits of Stretching:

  • Increased flexibility, less injuries
  • Decreases muscle tension and can increase pain from injuries
  • Regular stretching keeps your back safe & helps improve posture
  • Increased muscle growth and strength
  • An increase in dopamine, “the feel good neurotransmitter in the brain”
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Helps to decrease stress and for better sleep, even a sense of wellness
  • Faster recovery of muscle after injury due to increase blood flow

So…….what have you got to lose? Try it out and comment back how stretching worked for you! Make it a part of your daily routine whatever your goal, to be more flexible, to decrease pain, to improve your athleticism, etc. My goal, I want to be able to have a perfect straddle split again or a cartwheel more at ease ☺️🤸🏿

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Emergency Situation Part 2- When You Think Someone is Having a Heart Attack

Video Credit: St. John Ambulance YouTube Channel

This topic is near and dear to my heart indeed considering my family history and our family’s sudden loss 3 years ago of our beloved Mykael. Quick response is key to survival. It takes time for first responders to arrive and in the meantime, there are a number of things that can be done for the person that you suspect is having a heart attack as explained in the video above by St. John Ambulance.

Also, if you’re not sure that the person is having a heart attack, here is a way to do a quick assessment, remember the 4 P’s:

Pain in the chest

Pale skin

Pulse weak and rapid

Perspiration (sweating)

  • Sit the person on the floor with their head and shoulders supported
  • Call 911 in the U.S. (or in Israel 100) and ask for an ambulance and tell them that you think the person is having a heart attack
  • Administer aspirin 300 mg if no allergy to aspirin
  • Continue to check breathing, pulse and responsiveness
  • In the case of unresponsiveness, open the airway and be prepared to give CPR if they are not breathing until help arrives to take over.

In addition to these things, it’s been said that cayenne pepper can help to prevent or stop a heart attack. It may even be worthwhile keeping a teaspoon in a small plastic sack or vial in your wallet or purse so that it is always with you. Place it into a cup of water (preferably warm), stir and drink immediately. Cayenne pepper extract under the tongue is a great alternative if the individual is not conscious. It’s not very costly and also comes in pill form.

Video credit: Top Tech Gadgets YouTube

Of course the best prevention for heart attack is maintaining a healthy diet, getting our exercise, decreasing stress as much as possible, not smoking and getting the proper rest. I hope that this will help someone to prevent passing away from a heart attack. When we know better, we must do better.

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How to Stomp Out This Famous Health Assassin Before it Gets You

A few statistics to start:

  • 142 lives claimed daily
  • 4-5% Americans will develop this sometime in their lifetime
  • 150K will be diagnosed this year and 50K will pass from it
  • 410 diagnosis from this every single day
  • 800% more in Americans as compared to India
  • African Americans compared with Native Africans have 65 times greater risk

So what is this deadly and famous assassin?????? It’s colon cancer. It can slip in silently and leave devastation behind. Well we’ve covered the bad news, now I want to share some good news. It is highly preventable and there are some easy ways to keep this from claiming our lives or someone that we love. Please watch the below video as Chuck Carroll interviews Gut health expert Dr. Will Bulsiewicz on 5 Ways to Prevent Colon Cancer.

In Summary the 5 Ways to Prevent Colon Cancer and that you can start doing today:

  • Get a colonoscopy done those age 45 years or older (in most cases) and repeat according to your doctor’s recommendation. If every eligible person were to do this, it has been said to reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 90%. Don’t wait until you have symptoms!!!! Be about prevention and do a colonoscopy. If you have a family history of colorectal cancer, it may be recommended to get this procedure done sooner.
  • Get rid of red meat and processed ”meat” in your diet. Red and processed meat has been linked to the development of carcinogens in our microbiome. Also Dr. Bulsiewicz explains that the heme iron in these meats causes an inflammatory reaction. When we cook these meats, they form other carcinogens as well. Dr. Bulsiewicz also goes on to explain in this interview that WHO (the World Health Organization) discovered that the risk of developing colorectal cancer is increased with consumption of read meat and processed meat and as a result they were labeled as carcinogens. Now keep in mind that this does not mean that there is no risk with white meats.
  • Plant based diet: There was found to be a statistically significant reduction in colorectal cancer incidence among vegetarians in a study called the Adventist 2 Study, a very large population of Seventh Day Adventists in California.
  • Eat more fiber: Fiber is consumed and in the colon is where our microbiome is able to be fed. In-turn, the fiber is transformed to short-chain fatty acids. There is a direct mechanism linked to shutting down precancerous cells (apoptosis). It is explained in this interview also that with increase in fiber, you decrease the cancer risk.
  • Get more tumeric (from the phytochemical curcumin) in your diet: get more of this in your diet to receive more cancer fighting power!!! Tumeric has been shown to be a powerful anti-inflammatory agent over centuries. It’s been shown to decrease the number of polyps by 60% and the size of them by 50% in a specific high risk population who have FAP (Familial Adenomatous Polyposis). You can take it as a tea and adding a pinch of black pepper will increase the bioavailability by 2,000 %. This is a powerful combination.

Now on the flip side, what if you or a loved one are diagnosed with colorectal cancer? Is all hope lost? What other helpful information is available and is being discovered daily that if combined with modern day medicine and treatment will increase the likelihood of survival? Please take a look at the below video about a fascinating story of a cancer survivor who was diagnosed with stage 3 borderline stage 4 colorectal cancer and how he overcame it to no cancer in 4 months!!! Interview of Fred Evrard by Dr. Eric Berg.

I hope that this will help to prevent colorectal cancer in a lot of people and please spread the word, share the post and the videos by these professionals. I think seeing testimonies like this lend credibility to the healing power of The Most High and what He has naturally given us to stomp out disease and even prevent it. Coupled with the advancements in medicine and technology, if we’re willing to make healthy changes in our lives, surely we can achieve longevity and in good health.

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Emergency Situation Part 1- What To Do Until Professional Help Arrives

Annually, 15 million people worldwide suffer a stroke. Of these, 5 million die and another 5 million are left permanently disabled, placing a burden on family and community. Stroke is uncommon in people under 40 years; when it does occur, the main cause is high blood pressure. However, stroke also occurs in about 8% of children with sickle cell disease.

WHO EMRO (World Health Organization Regional Office for the Mediterranean)

Of course, the best thing to do would be to maintain a healthy lifestyle to avoid the occurrence of a stroke. The most modifiable influences are tobacco use and high blood pressure. It’s estimated that 4/10 people that suffer from a stroke that the incident could have been prevented by regulation of blood pressure. There are two types of stroke; ischemic (where blood vessels are blocked by clots, fatty deposits called plaque, or other particles, thus cutting off oxygen to the brain) and non-ischemic/hemorrhagic (a weak blood vessel bursts and bleeds into the brain).

So what can we do to help someone if we suspect they are having a stroke? First of all, know the signs of a stroke.

  • Numbness
  • Confusion
  • Loss of facial or limb function (most of the time only one side)
  • Slurred speech
  • Trouble walking
  • See the below video by Dr. Eric Berg for more details.

In Dr. Berg’s video he shares a great acronym: FAST

  • Face: If you ask them to smile, one side of the face may droop.
  • Arm: Ask them to raise both arms (one may drop).
  • Speak: Ask them to repeat a phrase a few times (may not be able to or speech may be slurred). I may also add that their speech may be incoherent.
  • Time: there is a short 3-4 hour window to get the individual to the hospital so they can receive anti-clotting medication to restore the blood flow and oxygen to the brain.


If you feel after this quick assessment that the person you are with could be having a stroke, immediately call 911 (U.S.) or 100 (Israel). Time counts! Do not hesitate to call for first responders! As stated above, there is a window of 3-4 hours, every minute counts. Taking aspirin is not recommended because all strokes are not due to clotting and if it is a non-ischemic stroke (hemorrhagic) it can cause more bleeding in the brain.

How can we prevent a stroke? A healthy diet, regular exercise, avoiding smoking and a healthy blood pressure level all can make a world of difference. Here are some diet tips:

  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids: particularly DHA is great for brain protection and repair. It’s great for just normal brain function for adults and helps developing brains for infants even in the womb. It’s been shown to correlate with improved learning ability as well. It also protects against clotting.
  • Garlic: great for decreasing blood pressure and overall detox and nutrients
  • Vitamin E: (tocopherol version are the best for the anti-oxidant benefits, prevents free-radicals and especially great for the brain due to the oxygen demand)
  • Green leafy vegetables: (high in potassium- this helps in lowering blood pressure, supports the blood vessels, prevents clotting)
  • Ketones: (the brain loves ketones and a keto-genic diet/low carbs is healthier overall because it helps to prevent insulin resistance and clotting)
  • Intermittent Fasting: (helps the body to repair and eat up all of the toxins, old proteins, supports the lining of the arteries)

Omega 3 rich in DHA

I hope that this will not cause you stress but only help you to be more prepared and be able to help someone if the worst should occur such as an incident like this. Also to spread the word to family and friends to help prevent such an incident.

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The Slick Switch- What’s Starving Your Mitochondria?

It has been said that edible oil has reached the height of being a $100 billion industry. In the 1880s the extraction process for corn oil was invented from the by-product corn germ, which was routinely disposed of. Close to the turn of the century in 1898, corn oil was introduced as a cooking oil and sales went through the roof. Along came Crisco (crystallized cottonseed oil), canola, walnut, soybean oil, rapeseed, as well as sunflower oil. So why are these oils so toxic as opposed to olive oil, coconut oil and butter?

Well it turns out that the process of extracting these oils via heating and just the oils sitting on the shelf in the light causes oxidation to occur. This changes the structure of the oil or fat. All of these poly-unsaturated fats/oils undergo this process. So why is oxidation bad? Basically oxidation causes death to cells. You can see it when certain foods are left sitting out and the color changes and the smell of them is undesirable, such as meat, fresh fruits and vegetables. The same can be said as when metal rusts. Well it turns out that the more easily our cells are to oxidize, the easier it is for us to quickly age or even die. A diet high in these poly-unsaturated oils or fats make our cells easier to break down or die. A diet high in fats or oils harder to breakdown such as the saturated oils like butter, olive oil and coconut oil help with longevity as they are much less susceptible to oxidation.

In 1961 the AHA recommended the switch from saturated fats like butter or those found in animal fats to poly-unsaturated fats like vegetable oils to prevent heart attack and stroke; however, this was not based on any sound evidence. There was no correlation before this with rates of heart attack and stroke and use of animal fats! It was just a way to use by-products plus make food, if you could call it that, more readily available (processed) and cheap.

Yeah, the fact that the public could be manipulated like this on such a mass scale had that affect on me too. No sound evidence, as a matter of fact the AHA and other so-called scientists were able to promote and implement this change for decades….and just now light is being shed on the falsity of it all.

So I began this post with my title concerning what’s starving our mitochondria, the powerhouses of our cells. We use food and oxygen to make ATP that powers the body. Enter in the culprit linoleic acid (LA/poly-unsaturated fat/oil) or Omega-6. This is the main make up of these poly-unsaturated fats. These poly-unsaturated fats damage the mitochondria. A chain reaction occurs and a part of our mitochondria called the cardiolipin is affected. Thus, these poly-unsaturated fats are strongly linked to diabetes, heart disease, inflammatory complications, Alzheimer and aging and it’s becoming more clear as research continues. Oleic acid on the other hand, is the main make up of saturated fats/oils such as the good ones like butter and olive oil. The more of the linoleic acid our bodies are made up of correlates with a shorter lifespan.

Some may bring up the notion that high cholesterol is the culprit but that I will save for another post. There are many clinical trials that have been done but a lot of the data has not been shared in it’s entirety, leading us for many years to believe the statements made by the AHA as well as the government.

So in Summary:

*If you must fry your food, fry with butter or coconut oil

*Avoid us of polyunsaturated oils/fats such as those high in linoleic acid (i.e. vegetable oils- corn, canola, walnut, soybean, rapeseed, sunflower). Even unheated they still are not healthy. They have already gone through heating, bleaching and acid washing before they reach our dinner tables

*Avoid processed foods because these are usually full of poly-unsaturated fats (those made of mainly linoleic acid)

Video by YouTuber ” What I’ve Learned” The $100 Billion Dollar Ingredient Making Your Food Toxic”

I leave you with a great summary video of what I have posted today. I hope you will investigate this issue more and find a healthy alternative to poly-unsaturated fats/oils that you can use instead.

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Quick Pesach (Passover) Prep Tips



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Pesach was great! Continued Chag Sameach!

Preparing our homes and minds for Pesach can be overwhelming because usually there is so much to be done and in such a busy society with work, family and other obligations, it leaves little time to complete these much needed tasks. Once again I find myself in a situation in which there is less than a week to go and I feel that I’m not close enough to my goal of finishing as I’d wished. Well don’t panic, hopefully this will help you as it helped me as I recently reprioritized my work:

Removal of Chametz & Cleaning

Prioritize your cleaning. Take heed to what we are commanded to do: Exodus 12:14-17

14 “This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the The Most High—a lasting ordinance. 15 For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast. On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat; that is all you may do. 17 “Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt. Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.

We usually take this time to do what we call ”Spring Cleaning” but what’s of the utmost importance is getting the chametz out of our dwellings. All items that are not marked ”kosher for passover” or that consist of chametz/leaven/yeast should be disposed of and removed out of our dwellings. If we keep the plan simple, it’s not as overwhelming.

My simplified checklist for cleaning beginning 2-3 weeks prior to Passover:

  • All bedrooms weeks before: move furniture from walls, take down and wash any window treatments/decor, clean all hanging art/items and free-standing items (example: lamps), clean light fixtures or ceiling fans, clean air conditioner units and if need change out the air conditioning unit filters. Clean all mirrors. It’s also a good time to clear out your closet, dressers and end tables of unused or unneeded items. At least the week before be careful to isolate all eating to your kitchen to ensure you are not carrying chametz all throughout the home.
  • Shared spaces: Living room, laundry room, other shared rooms- same routine as bedrooms except when there is furniture like sofas or a cushioned chair, remove the cushions or pillows and use a brush to get all chametz, even turning over the furniture to thoroughly check. Bookshelves, cabinets and all items should be cleaned, dusted off. In the laundry room it’s good to get inside of your washing machine and give it a good wipe down to make sure no hidden mold/mildew is missed. Again, at least the week before begin to isolate all eating to your kitchen.
  • It’s worth buying a new welcome mat, especially at this time of year.
  • Windows, shutters, blinds….etc.- I always save until the week before due to a dust storm that usually hits Israel right before Passover.
  • Painting: It’s great to refresh your house inside with a new coat of paint if time permits. Nothing to go crazy about. Minimum clean white walls with a mild diluted bleach cleaner or colored walls with a mild detergent safe for walls for a nice fresh look.
  • Cleaning & Kashering the KITCHEN & DINING ROOM: most likely this is going to take the bulk of the work because of the food items that are forbidden to be in our homes during the 7 days. General cleaning out of non-food cabinets/storage can be done weeks before. The week of I begin bringing out the food items that are chametz and isolating them to a box in the kitchen. I use whatever can be used from the box or the fridge days leading up to Passover. In all homes observing Passover a Bedikat Chametz or Check for Chametz the night of the 14th of the Hebrew month of Nisan should be done. Being careful not to buy any new food items that have chametz/not kosher for Passover is imperative the last days leading up to Passover.
    • Imperative to wash down and clean out all items from your food-containing cabinets, refrigerator or freezer, pantry, or other food-containing storage spots. Of course remove the food items before cleaning. Disassembling the shelves and drawers of fridge is a must.
    • Stove-top & oven- use an oven cleaner and make sure to read the directions. Gloves are usually required in order to protect your hands. If you have a self-cleaning oven this helps but I would still clean it. Disassemble the stove top and use a degreaser and oven cleaner to get it thoroughly clean.
    • Backsplash, tables, chairs, cabinet surfaces, counter-tops, walls- give all a good cleaning
    • Dishwasher- don’t forget to do a wash cycle on this and make sure to let it dry inside
    • Pots, pans, cooking utensils, blenders, crock pots, etc.- It’s great to have a set-apart set of all of these just for Passover. Some people buy a new set every year and throw the old one out or give it away. Some use one time use/disposable items. At some point you should thoroughly clean the ones that you know have been used for chametz. Boiling all items that can be boiled is also a great way to remove chametz.
    • Buy new cleaning sponges, mops, broom heads for use before and after kashering the home.
    • Clean your trash cans or buy new.
    • Mop your floors thoroughly. Vacuum carpeting thoroughly. If you own expensive rugs it’s worth sending them to the dry cleaner.

Again, keeping in mind where we started above with Exodus 12:14-17, so as not to drive ourselves crazy. We are commanded to not have chametz in our dwellings and not eat it at this time.

This is also a time to reflect spiritually

This time of year is not just about what we are forbidden to eat and to have in our homes. We should do some inner reflection about how we are not to be puffed up and how we should consistently seek humility, meekness and gratitude, therefore removing the leaven from our spiritual homes.

My fave food items and dishes that are Kosher for Passover (Pesach) & helpful link: ⬅️ In this link you’ll see all that you need to have for a great Passover Seder.

Chabad’s short answer on ”What is chametz”?

Chametz (also spelled “hametz” or “chometz”) is any food product made from wheat, barley, rye, oats or spelt that has come into contact with water and been allowed to ferment and “rise.”

In practice, just about anything made from these grains—other than Passover matzah, which is carefully controlled to avoid leavening—is to be considered chametz. This includes flour (even before it is mixed with water), cake, cookies, pasta, breads, and items that have chametz as an ingredient, like malt.

Since we eat unleavened bread, make use of your matzot by making home-made pizzas, lasagna and quiche. Also the matzot make great snacks when you spread chocolate on them (just don’t over do it). This is my main food shopping list for Passover, although not every item that I buy:

  • Plenty of Eggs- boiled eggs, omelets and quiche (with crust made from matzot) are great meal options.
  • Matzot- yes you can make your own but why risk it….best to buy it with the Kosher for Passover symbol
  • Coconut (make sure marked Kosher for Passover)- makes a great sub for flour in dessert recipes like cakes and cookies, a good item to include in a breakfast dish.
  • Nuts- a variety of nuts are a great source of protein. They can be used in a variety of dishes or just eaten as is.
  • Potatoes
  • Potato flour if you just can’t stand not to have any flour in your diet is a great sub for regular flour.
  • Olives and pickles with the Kosher for Passover symbol (usually in olive oil)
  • Frozen veggies such as green beans, cauliflower, broccoli
  • Cabbage, Lettuce, a small piece of horse radish
  • Chicken, fish, turkey from a source you know holding a kosher certification
  • Any oils and seasonings (of course ensuring Kosher for Passover).
  • Parveh Ice Cream kosher for passover
  • Kosher for Passover Wine and Juice

Remember that this is a festival and to be joyful. Set a great Passover table with a fresh look! Enjoy the season while reflecting on how we can all be better in the year to come. Shanah Tovah and Chag Pesach Sameach everyone!!! As always, why not SHARE IT👍🏿 , LIKE💖 , REPOST♻️ , COMMENT🗬 and YES, SUBSCRIBE✅ by clicking Follow……Thanks so much for visiting, and please be a blessing and be blessed everyone!