Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
February 12, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
Be your own valentine
and have a romance with life!

New Feature - Health Tips of the Week

Here are the latest findings:
  • In honor of Valentine’s Day tend to your heart: Drink a glass of red wine as it is heart smart. If you give your beloved chocolate, make sure it is dark chocolate which is rich in antioxidants and will increase serotonin. And remember that being in love keeps people healthier as it is a natural de-stressant. People in relationships live longer.
  • February is heart health month. Most of us know how to generally maintain heart health like eating a balanced diet, watching our cholesterol, exercising, lowering stress levels and not smoking. However, many of us don’t know our own individual risk factors, even our HDL and LDL profiles. Perhaps we need to take statins, cut down on sodium, take blood pressure medication, or a beta-blocker. We should note that many women do not present with the same cardiac symptoms as men. Women who are having a heart attack may feel nausea, fatigue, back pain or dizziness instead of experiencing the classic symptoms. Everyone should learn what his or her individual risk factors are and then take the appropriate steps to prevent or arrest heart disease.
  • Memory problems, dizziness, or confusion in senior citizens could be side effects of certain antidepressants and pain medications that are known to be inappropriate for elderly people over 65 years of age as they metabolize drugs differently.
    Most common offenders: Darvon (a pain medication), Elavil (an antidepressant), and Valium (an anti-anxiety drug) Atarax (an antihistamine also prescribed for anxiety) and the urinary tract relaxant Ditropan are among the unsafe medications.
    The basic rule for physicians and their patients: start low and go slow!
  • Many of us are sick and tired of winter and escape to tropical islands for a brief respite. Please remember that there is no safe way to tan. You can’t slather on the sunblock and lie on the beach. Melanoma is on the rise. Wear protective clothing, a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses and sun block. Now enjoy!

Article of the Week - Don’t Stress About Being Romantic

Here are thirteen tips to help you get that heartwarming feeling:
  • Don’t judge your feelings. Listen to your inner voice more.
  • Look in the mirror and hold yourself in high esteem.
  • Stand with your shoulders back and down to open your heart to others.
  • Dance with your partner- preferably in the same direction.
  • Prepare favorite finger foods.
  • Create an evening involving the five senses: candles, aromatherapy, music, favorite foods, a beautiful setting.
  • Write something special for your beloved, or else read something special
  • Present your partner with love coupons for redeemable kindnesses: “The next time you do something to get me angry, I will hold my tongue!”
  • Play some romantic golden oldies from the decade of your youth
  • Whisper to your partner “You are the most beautiful person I know.”
  • Gaze into your partner’s eyes with a penetrating look, especially when doing mundane chores together.
  • Give your beloved a hug from the opposite direction.
  • Give your partner your complete attention- live in the present moment.
Assume responsibility for your love life. Try to love others more…
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Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
My twelve year old son is a little overweight and expresses an interest in losing weight and putting on some muscles. Is it dangerous for him to strength train at this age or should he wait a few years? (Mrs. C., Amityville), Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Dean Damato
Tune into the Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show Sunday mornings at 10:30am on WLIE 540 AM in New York City. (Available online live, or hear past shows).
On February 15, 2004 our Guest - Dean Damato, relationship counselor and author of 4 Types of Men, will help clear up the misconceptions women have about men.

Debbie Eisenstadt Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, a stress-reduction specialist, motivational speaker, a personal trainer and mind/body lecturer at Southampton College. She is the host of the weekly Turn On Your Inner Light Show on WLIE 540 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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