Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
February 27, 2005

Affirmation of the Week
Most of us
are about as happy
as we make up our minds to be.

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. Listeners outside the Long Island area can listen to the show live by going to WGBB Live. The shows are archived for your listening pleasure.

Guest of the Week - Guy Finley

On March 1, 2005 - Guy Finley, director of the Life of Learning Foundation, author of Let Go and Live in the Now. Expand your capacity for relief! Help is on the way to enjoy right now.

Health Tips of the Week

  • A new discovery: A cream made from an extract of freshly baked green tea leaves may prove to be an effective treatment for rosacea. It is currently being tested and looking good.
  • All of us know that dental cavities are fixed by removing the decaying part of the tooth and adding a filling. The process involves the dreaded dental drill. However, the latest in dental research involves a white crystalline paste which chemically and structurally resembles tooth enamel. It has successfully repaired early cavities. The paste takes 15 minutes to seal a tooth's affected area, fitting right in and integrating with the tooth's enamel. Remember thatís 15 drill- free minutes! Nip those cavities in the bud!
  • A new study reveals the latest clues about Alzheimer's disease and it relates to marijuana. Scientists claim that the drug's active ingredients -- cannabinoids -- help prevent brain problems seen in Alzheimer's Ė at least in rats.
  • Women with diabetes run a greater risk of dying from heart disease than men with diabetes - 50% greater that is. More aggressive treatment of diabetes in women may help to offset the increase in heart disease risk that is apparent in postmenopausal women.
  • Recent studies describe the main causes for fatigue: inactivity, sleep deprivation and stress. Be aware that certain medications can have fatigue as a side effect. Some common culprits are high blood pressure pills known as beta-blockers, sleep aids, anti-seizure drugs, migraine drugs and antihistamines.

Article of the Week -
How to Find Happiness Through Meditation

Many of us live in numbness, accepting that this life is as good as it gets. We go through the motions during the work week anticipating the weekend. The weekend arrives; yet we feel vaguely unhappy and donít know why. Tired and drained, anticipation gives way to reality. We have become accustomed to living with unhappiness. Where is our sense of fun? Where is our enthusiasm for transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary?

The reason we feel empty and fatigued is that both internal and external stress chips away at our lives. In the past we were aware of stress and sought to counteract it. However, now we have become numb, desensitized by four basic daily stressors: physical, emotional, intellectual and environmental Ė bombarding us simultaneously. Do you realize that stressors can be as small as mosquito bites and viruses or as large as the fear of terrorism? We have calloused ourselves to protect us from vulnerability, but we have also hardened ourselves to happiness.

There is something wrong with being afflicted with a long to-do list, having no time for the self. Busyness takes you away from yourself, your longings and your creative impulse. Do you take a few moments daily to tune into your five senses to experience the sound and sense of your world - the angle of the light in late afternoon or the fragrance of a flower? Do you stop and think: Where am I going? What am I doing?

The antidote to the energy vampires in our lives is learning to find a quiet time and place to relax our hearts and restore our spirits. To be still means to observe and absorb, to become more natural. We can achieve this great benefit through a few minutes of meditations. You donít need fancy candles, a stone fountain or the lotus posture. All you need is a specific image or a few special words to guide you to the buried treasure inside.

Meditation helped me to be calmly active, less reactive, by gently guiding me into my true motives for doing things. Once I became more acquainted with myself, I realized my unique contribution and stopped comparing myself to others which was essentially sabotaging my own uniqueness. As a result, I began to sleep better breaking that nightly worry cycle. Just a few minutes of meditation before bedtime, quieted the noisy voices in my head which were predicting failure and magnifying my problems. It was as though an overwhelming burden was removed from my back. I felt light and open to fresh new surroundings - a world that I could create for myself. I eased up on setting deadlines for myself allowing more time to get things done. And if I didnít get it done today, I would do it tomorrow. More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Ever since I got a promotion, my hours have increased. Believe me, itís great, but my workout time has been cut. For now how can I get a quality workout in about 45 minutes or less Ė well more like 30 minutes? Help! (Carla, Freeport) Answer

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Debbie 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. 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.

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