I was born in Montreal, Canada on July 6, 1953 to an Israeli mother and a Canadian Jewish father. I grew up in a guest house in Atlantic City, New Jersey. We were a very ethnic family and spoke Yiddish as a first language. My parents were also huge fans of Western Medicine. Since I was always sick with bronchitis or whatever the current virus was at the time, I took every imaginable antibiotic and got to know our family doctor very well.