Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
February 27, 2006

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

Affirmation of the Week
As you rush to get today’s mail,
have you heard from yourself lately?

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 - Dr. Al Siebert

On Feb 28, 2006 - Our guest expert is Dr. Al Siebert, a clinical psychologist, recipient of the 9/11 Survivors' Salute Award and author of The Resiliency Advantage. Learn how to thrive under pressure.

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

Health Tips of the Week

  • A review of the research regarding melatonin finds little evidence that it works as a sleeping aid for jet lag, or any other sleeping difficulties.
  • Israeli researchers have found that red grapefruit can help reduce cholesterol. Apparently, red grapefruit is high in anti-oxidants that control lipid levels.
  • According to The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition drinking at least two daily cups of green tea was tied to the lowest risk of cognitive impairment. So learn to like green tea to keep your mind sharp.
  • A new study links the role of the stress hormone cortisol to early miscarriages. If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, learn to manage your stress levels. Try saying: “So what!” to your problems.
  • Although some nutritionists consider soy to be part of a healthy diet, there are real concerns about soy causing thyroid disorders, like goiter and low thyroid. To have your soy, you also need to get your daily dosage of iodine like in iodized salt or from a supplement.

Article of the Week
What I Learned From a Bag Lady

I was recently given a poignant gift at a senior workshop, the type of gift that just keeps on giving like the energizer bunny in the TV commercial. Waving their cheery good byes, the participants rushed to the refreshments; however, one petite soft-spoken woman remained in the room with her back to the window in the late afternoon sun when the angle of the light makes the contrast sharper – the grass, the trees and the bushes looked more intense. Rose (whose nickname happens to be lightning) wanted to share an experience. “Do you have a moment? I know how busy you are and I don’t want to keep you. I just loved today’s visualization. When I closed my eyes, I could see white laundry on a clothesline swaying in the breeze. It made me feel so happy and safe. Strange that my happy place is not a beach or a mountain top, but a clothesline with linen! But that’s not what I really want to tell you. So, do you have the time?” “Listening to you Rose is one of those special in between moments.” She laughed and promised to be concise.

“You probably don’t know this, but four years ago at the age of 83 I had cancer and I needed an ileostomy. The cancer was a very painful period in my life. While in recovery, I suffered two heart attacks. Next, I got sick with pneumonia. One night I had an unusual dream where I heard a voice asking me, ‘What will it be, Rose? Do you choose life or do you choose death?’ Strange, I observed myself speaking in the dream like a character in a movie and I heard myself say, ‘I choose life.’”

“Here I am four years later. A few months ago one of my good friends needed a colostomy. more

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
How Can I Increase My Running Intensity?

I do a lot of cross-training and always look for ways to increase the intensity. I jog every other day and want to ask what you think about me wearing ankle weights while I run? (Jamie, Babylon)Answer

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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.

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