Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
February 19, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
Chance is always powerful.
Let your hook always be cast;
in the pool where you least expect it,
there will be a fish.

New Feature - Health Tips of the Week

Here are the latest findings:
  • Lo-carbohydrate diets like Atkins and South Beach are not healthy for kids, even obese children who need to lose weight for health reasons. Children need complex carbohydrates to develop both mentally and physically.
  • The increased use of antibiotics has been linked with the risk of breast cancer in a newly released study. Itís a good idea not to take antibiotics for the slightest cold or cough. Make sure that you have a bacterial infection that warrants treatment as antibiotics are useless if your infection is viral.
  • The important role of fitness in stimulating mental ability for seniors continues to be emphasized in medical studies. Brisk exercise improves analytical and decision making skills.
  • We consume far too few potassium rich foods which help to lower blood pressure, reduce the risk of kidney stones and bone loss. A recent article in the New York Times adds that if we eat too much salt, potassium can undo some of the damage. The best sources for potassium are: spinach, cantaloupe, almonds, bananas, brussels sprouts, mushrooms, oranges, potatoes, coffee, tea, cocoa, peas and peanut butter.

Article of the Week - Talking to a Friend is the Best Medicine for Stress or Depression

The latest research on depression points to a reduced need for talk therapy with psychologists and drug therapy with psychiatrists. Many counselors feel that mildly depressed people are just plain lonely. Ironically, the more we feel depressed, the more we tend to isolate ourselves from others and the cycle becomes self-perpetuating. When we are sick, or experience either a personal or monetary loss, we tend to feel alienated from all of humanity because we believe that our plight has made us so different from others. However, the most logical and simplest remedy is to get out and socialize with others who have experienced a similar problem or find people who are positive and uplifting to show you that you can come out of depression and become more cheerful; after all you just made some new friends. Here are some suggestions: More.. -- Other articles

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I am in my 40ís, closer to 50 to be honest. And I know about the benefits of cardio training for my heart, but I would like to tighten up my former young body a little. Would I benefit from strength training or leave well enough alone?
(Aaron S, Farmingdale) Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Allen and Linda Anderson
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 22, 2004 our Guest - Allen and Linda Anderson, authors of Godís Messengers, will explain the important role animals play in stress-management and promoting good health in human beings.

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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