Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
January 16, 2006

The Perfect Gift for Caregivers who are stressed and
need advice on

Affirmation of the Week
To the world
you might be one person,
but to one person
you might be the world.

Weekly Wellness Radio Show

The Turn On your Inner Light Radio Show airs Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 7:30pm, on WGBB 1240AM in Long Island.
Guest of the Week - Scott Haltzman, M.D.

On Jan 17, 2006 - Scott Haltzman, M.D., professor of psychiatry at Brown University, author of The Secrets of Happily Married Men. Learn how to win your wifeís heart. Divorce is costly.

Click to play this interview. Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Thereís a new drug on the scene for those afflicted with Alzheimerís. Itís called Namenda and it alleviates cognitive and functional losses associated with the later stages of Alzheimer's. According to the Archives of Neurology Namenda has been shown to slow down the disease for at least one year.
  • Years after treatment for breast cancer, particularly the combination of chemotherapy and radiation, women experience fatigue. This particular type of fatigue is linked to depression and other physical problems like high blood pressure, diabetes and arthritis.
  • Over the counter cough medicines are a waste of time and money. There is no clinical evidence that they relieve a cough according to lung specialists. Instead use older antihistamines with a decongestant for the treatment of coughs like psedeophedrine. The newer antihistamines which say non-drowsy, do not work.
  • Apparently, there is a strong link between the risk for cancer and being awake late at night, using technology to override your system like: watching TV, going on line and working the night shift. Several studies from Harvard say the correlation is especially high for breast cancer. So, get some afternoon sun, as much as nine hours sleep a night and keep the bedroom dark to maintain your melatonin level at peak performance.

Article of the Week
Eight Tips to Eliminate Your Energy Drainers

Are you feeling tired, the kind of tired where nothing really matters anymore? Have your energy levels dipped to the point that you feel like you are dragging around a leg iron? Itís time to relax and be patient. Save your energy the way water does when it cannot go over an obstacle. Water waits for the rain to fall, so it can collect itself and rise; for at this point it will not hesitate to flow over a rock in the creek or go around it. Water finds its path. Rainier Maria Rilke reminds us: ďHow deep is the reservoir from where your life flows.Ē

Emotional fatigue usually correlates with disappointment. You might feel drained because you have been begging for scraps of attention, approval, financial security and love. Ironically, you never had to beg in the first place because you already possess all these jewels. Maybe you donít know where to look for them.

The antidote to fatigue is to get all fired up and forge your own universe. Your beliefs control your world; whether you believe that you can or canít do something, you will prove yourself right! Reboot your sense of purpose and see if that doesnít jumpstart your energy. Start dreaming and reframing your thinking to empower yourself to move in a more hopeful direction. Make sure to be specific about what you envision for yourself. While you are involved in the process of self-excavation, here are some suggestions to help you get fired up: more

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Best Shoulder Exercises

When I look at my upper body, Iím pretty satisfied. But I donít like my shoulders. What are the best shoulder exercises that will make them look wider from the front? (Doug, Queens Village)Answer

Send your fitness question to:

Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, and Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WGBB 1240 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

To learn more: