Married to the Mossad Author Shalva Hessel on Your Book Your Brand Your Business

Please join me for a fascinating interview on Monday, March 26 at 5 PM Eastern.

Can A Wife And Mother Thrive In The Secret World Of Spies? A Woman Who Joined Her Husband On Missions
For The Mossad Shares Her Stories

The fight against terrorism often happens outside the media radar in a world of secret missions and James Bond-style intrigue. And while these exploits in espionage conjure a macho image, it’s often women who taking a leading role – and face dangers in the bargain.

“Women are especially suited and needed for fighting terrorism and crime,” says Shalva Hessel, author of “Married to the Mossad” (, a fictionalized version of her own real-life story. Hessel knows something about the subject because she joined her husband on his secret missions for the Mossad, the Israeli national intelligence agency. Why would she subject herself to such dangers? She has a ready answer.

“It’s only when you rise above your own narrow self interest that you find the courage to achieve great things,” Hessel observes. “But women’s contributions to the fight against terrorism don’t always get the attention they deserve. You can’t win the fight against our enemies without strong, brave women at the front,” Hessel states. “Even in the most macho environment like the Mossad, CIA or FBI, the women’s role has never been more important.”

During the episode, Hessel will discuss her experiences going undercover with her husband and the role women play in the fight against crime and terrorism. To listen and ask questions in the chat room, visit and click on the LISTEN LIVE button.


Shalva Hessel, author of “Married to the Mossad” (, was raised on Moshav Hibat-Zion in central Israel. She is a software engineer and has managed information systems for companies around the world. When her husband, who served in a senior role in the Mossad, left on secret missions, she joined him as part of his cover. Today she lives in Tel Aviv and is involved in charitable ventures, as well as business management.


A Recommendation of Dr. John Carrozzella of Florida Hormones and Wellness

In a departure from my usual posts on writing and publishing, I’d like to make a recommendation of Dr. John Carrozzella of Florida Hormones and Wellness in Orlando Florida.

My work as a copywriter for SMART Growth Marketing creates an ongoing opportunity for me to discover new industries and professions, and hone my persuasive writing skills. A few months ago, I wrote copy for Dr. C’s (as he’s known by his patients) digital marketing campaign, which included an informative eBook on Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy (BHRT).

In 2002, I discovered the benefits of bio-identical progesterone cream through Arbonne, which became the solution I’d been seeking for most of my life. But until I wrote the eBook with medical information provided by Dr. C., I had no clue about the widespread impact of hormones and hormone deficiency on every aspect of health and well-being — from heart disease to diabetes — not only menopause or anything relating to sex. Having spent decades seeking alternatives to synthetic hormones, e.g. the pill, the panacea most gynecologists prescribe for irregular periods and other female health problems, I welcomed the discovery of bio-identical progesterone, which regulated my cycle with no harmful side effects.

Even back in the day at the age of 19, I remember challenging the doctor who explained that Provera, a synthetic version of progesterone, would not solve my problem, but would instead create a “false scenario” in my body so I’d get a period every month. “What’s the point of that? And why can’t we solve the problem so my body functions the way nature intended without putting synthetic garbage into it?” I remember asking.

I’m paraphrasing slightly, but I intuited at a young age that nothing good could come from taking synthetic hormones that failed to address and correct the issue — and worse, had the potential to inflict more harm over time. So began my decades-long journey from doctor to doctor, with the same frustrating results. Eventually, I learned to smile, say “thank you” and take the prescription for the pill, then rip it up as soon as I left their office.

Years later in 1998, I was diagnosed with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS), a complex condition that affects women in various ways. In most cases like mine, it’s not obvious by looking at someone’s physical appearance that they even have PCOS, which is characterized by acne, weight gain, irregular menstrual cycles, excess facial and body hair, and — as the name suggests, ovarian cysts. For me, it began with a strange outbreak of cystic acne on my chin (something I never dealt with as a teenager), prompting my first visit to a dermatologist, who took one look at me and declared, “I’ll give you something to clear up the acne, but this is a hormonal problem. You need to go back to your doctor and get to the bottom of it.”

I took his advice, which led to a referral to the Fertility and IVF Center of Miami in the spring of 2000, where a specialist determined I had simple ovarian cysts and endometriosis. After my outpatient procedure, the doctor handed me a prescription for the pill, which I accepted and never filled. By then, I knew it was pointless to engage in debate on the topic. Thankfully, the acne and the simple cysts cleared up and dissolved on their own, and once I discovered Arbonne’s natural progesterone cream, I experienced regular cycles. Problem solved. Or so I thought.

Dr. John Carrozzella

Fast forward to a few months ago. The acne on my chin returned with a vengeance, though this time it was not cystic. However, it recurred in an endless cycle, creating redness, discomfort and itching. Combined with the onset of insomnia, which is especially difficult for a deep sleeper like me, and low energy levels, I realized it was time to book an appointment with Dr. C. I called Jody, his Chief Operating Officer and former partner in SMART Growth Marketing, to start the process, which began with detailed blood work, followed by an office visit with Dr. C. to review the results and decide on a plan forward.

I spent about 30 minutes in his office, during which he explained that PCOS is a complex problem involving sugar metabolism, progesterone, thyroid, and androgen sensitivity. He noted that PCOS people tend to have insulin resistance but since my blood sugar was really good (72), that was not the case with me. While I was not a “clear-cut” case, Dr. C said it was rare for him to see patients who were 50 pounds overweight, with significant acne, noticeable hair growth and spots on their skin, high testosterone, zero progesterone levels, and a blood sugar of 120.

He also explained that other things can mimic PCOS, including gluten sensitivity. Not only does gluten play a role in skin manifestations, it is the number one reason people have autoimmune thyroiditis, a condition my blood work also revealed, along with a B12 and vitamin D deficiency.

I appreciated his thoroughness in not only explaining the causes and cures for my health issues, but in prescribing a course of treatment that incorporates medical-grade supplements, a gluten-free diet, bio-identical thyroid and progesterone, and Spironolactone for its secondary effect of blocking testosterone from the skin.

During our conversation, Dr. C was forthright, knowledgeable and open to answering my questions. He took his time, explained everything clearly, and made me feel as if my concerns were important. I wish every doctor practiced medicine in the same way, where they consider the unique needs of each patient and create an individualized protocol to solve their specific health issues. In six weeks, I’ll return to determine if we need to make any changes to this regimen, based on blood results. It’s another example of Dr. C.’s attentiveness to detail and concern for his patients.

It was definitely worth the drive to Orlando from South Florida to spend some time with Dr. C. and his wonderful staff.

For more information, visit

And don’t forget to take the BHRT quiz.


Your Book Your Brand Your Business with Author Richard Maddox

Tune in on Monday, March 19 for Your Book Your Brand Your Business with Author Richard Maddox. The one-time Writestream radio guest and author of Remembering Eternity joins me to discuss his latest release, Enlightened Relations: The Life in a Day ~ A Couple Enjoys Spiritual Enlightenment Together, available in Kindle on 

From the book description:

An ordinary day. An extraordinary couple. The path of Enlightenment can be walked side by side, on the earth.

Even an Enlightened couple can share intimate moments. While the man and woman walk through a farmer’s market and dance at a concert beneath the stars, they live in Pure Consciousness. To find their Enlightenment, they didn’t need to abandon their normal lives and hike to the top of a mountain. They found a way to be themselves while attaining the highest state of human consciousness…

Take a look at a day in the life of a couple that changes everyone around them for the better. Where they go, miracles happen. As they spread Enlightenment throughout the world, each person they touch feels inspired to advance their own evolution. This is their story…

“Enlightened Relations” is a spiritual novel that seeks to dismiss the common misconception that Enlightenment can only be achieved through isolation and non-bodily states. If you like slice-of-life stories, soaring and elegant prose, and the idea of seeking a higher purpose, then you’ll love Richard Maddox’s motivational story.

Read “Enlightened Relations” to discover the infinite depths of the human spirit today!

About Richard:

Richard Dietrich Maddox grew up in the Midwest and graduated with honors from Princeton University. After graduation, he spent five years in Europe studying literature and preparing to teach meditation.  He taught meditation full-time for two years before serving as the Vice President of Sales for seven successful high-tech startup companies. In 2005, he retired from the business world to concentrate on writing. He is the author of the number-one Amazon-bestselling Enlightenment novels, Remembering Eternity, The
Whisper of a Saint, and Enlightened Relations, all of which have been highly acclaimed by readers.

You can find all of Richard’s books at Follow him on Twitter @RichardDMaddox. Click here to connect with him on Facebook. During the live broadcast, we’ll take questions from the chat room. Listen to the interview at on March 19 at 5 PM Eastern.

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