Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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New Health Advice II — To heal chronic ear pain, to stop snoring

I’m not a physician (I only have a BA in Medicine and I never practiced as healer) and certainly not your physician, so I’m not giving medical advice to anyone. However, some ideas I have could be helpful — but not instead of going to the doctor when you should.

Sleeping on alternating sides may be beneficial.

Up to 10% of adults may develop chronic ear pain without infection. Most of the time doctors don’t know why and cannot cure it. The only options then become: pain “medication” or not. But I think I do know.

This insight may be used to cure it. I’m not dealing here with pain because of infection. (Physicians in the Netherlands found no difference between healing time for ear infections with or without antibiotics, but go to your doctor and hear (pardon the pun) what s/he says about this.)

If you or your GP / ENT doc can’t find a cause, try my below suggestion.

You may get a little relief from burping, better than swallowing.

But the pain is most of the time, I bet, caused by sleeping on one side. If we only sleep on our right ear, the left one drains at night, but the right one not so much. And our left ear, the left one does not drain well.

If you (or your child) can’t turn over at night, have someone turn them. If there is no one else to turn you and you sleep through the night, set an alarm for every three hours, wake up and turn on the other side.

Within days your ear pain should disappear.

This condition may be exacerbated by cigarette smoke. Get out of the smog – I wrote here and here how.

One more issue: snoring.

If someone’s snoring is stealing from your sleep time, this is what you need to know and may do to stop it.

When we sleep we do hear everything, but we try to sleep under conditions that we hear nothing new, giving our brain a chance to sort out previously heard things.

People who snore must hear themselves too, but apparently ignore this. You can tell them, most of the time even without waking them up: You are snoring, please go lie on your side.

You may also try to push the other on their side or wake them up and ask them to lie on their side.

This should help immediately.

This condition may be exacerbated by being drunk from alcohol or a terrible accumulation in sleep deprivation. In that case, they need to sleep an another room until they get sober or slept enough not to be so out when asleep. (Sleep should be unconsciousness, not coma.)

It costs nothing to sleep on your side, so no one is making any money from this so maybe therefore no one advises this.

In short: sleep on your side and alternate on which side you sleep. Live better. Live longer. Tell others.

An earlier health blog post is: here.

These opinions do not replace consulting and listening to your physicians.

About the Author
MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, a daily blog contributor to the TOI. He is a fetal survivor of the pharmaceutical industry (, born in 1953 to two Dutch survivors who met in the largest concentration camp in the Netherlands, Westerbork, and holds a BA in medicine (University of Amsterdam). He taught Re-evaluation Co-counseling, became a social activist, became religious, made Aliyah, and raised three wonderful kids. He wrote an unpublished tome about Jewish Free Will. He's a strict vegan since 2008. He's an Orthodox Jew but not a rabbi. * His most influential teachers (chronologically) are: his parents, Nico (natan) van Zuiden and Betty (beisye) Nieweg, Wim Kan, Mozart, Harvey Jackins, Marshal Rosenberg, Reb Shlomo Carlebach, and, lehavdil bein chayim lechayim: Rabbi Dr. Natan Lopes Cardozo, Rav Zev Leff, and Rav Meir Lubin. * Previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. For a couple of years, he wrote hasbara for the Dutch public. His fields of attention now are varied: Psychology (including Sexuality and Abuse), Medicine (including physical immortality), Science (statistics), Politics (Israel, the US and the Netherlands, Activism - more than leftwing or rightwing, he hopes to highlight Truth), Oppression and Liberation (intersectionally, for young people, the elderly, non-Whites, women, workers, Jews, LGBTQIA, foreigners and anyone else who's dehumanized or exploited), Integrity, Philosophy, Jews (Judaism, Zionism, Holocaust and Jewish Liberation), Ecology and Veganism. Sometimes he's misunderstood because he has such a wide vision that never fits any specialist's box. But that's exactly what many love about him. Many of his posts relate to affairs from the news or the Torah Portion of the Week or are new insights that suddenly befell him. * He hopes that his words will inspire and inform, reassure the doubters but make the self-assured doubt more. He strives to bring a fresh perspective rather than bore you with the obvious. He doesn't expect his readers to agree. Rather, original minds must be disputed. In short, his main political positions are: anti-Trumpism, for Zionism, Intersectionality, non-violence, democracy, anti the fake peace process, for original-Orthodoxy, Science, Free Will, anti blaming-the-victim and for down-to-earth optimism. Read his blog how he attempts to bridge any discrepancies. He admits sometimes exaggerating to make a point, which could have him come across as nasty, while in actuality, he's quite a lovely person to interact with. He holds - how Dutch - that a strong opinion doesn't imply intolerance of other views. * His writing has been made possible by an allowance for second-generation Holocaust survivors from the Netherlands. It has been his dream since he was 38 to try to make a difference by teaching through writing. He had three times 9-out-of-10 for Dutch at his high school finals but is spending his days communicating in English and Hebrew - how ironic. G-d must have a fine sense of humor. In case you wonder - yes, he is a bit dyslectic. November 13, 2018, he published his 500th blog post with the ToI. If you're a native English speaker and wonder why you should read from people whose English is only their second language, consider the advantage of having a peek outside of your cultural bubble. * To find his earlier blog posts on a certain subject XXX, among his over 1200 ones, go to the right-top corner of the Times of Israel page, click on the search icon and search "zuiden, XXX". His second daily active less tame blog, to which one may subscribe, one may find here: or by clicking on the globe icon next to his picture on top. * To send any personal reaction to him, scroll to the top of the blog post and click Contact Me.
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