Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
March 10, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
Simplicity brings more happiness
than complexity.

New Feature - Health Tips of the Week

Here are the latest findings:
  • A high-complex-carbohydrate, high-vegetable-protein diet is associated with low body mass. On the other hand, high-protein diets are associated with higher body weight. Not surprisingly, people who exercise more also tend to be less heavy. This is true even when people consume more calories People who eat the amounts of fruits and vegetables recommended by the American Heart Association tend to be the thinnest.
  • High blood pressure is increasing among children and teenagers—obesity is being blamed. First line of treatment is an increased diet of fruits and vegetables and exercise—eliminating junk food. If that fails, then blood pressure medication needs to be taken.
  • Testing the Alzheimer’s vaccine on monkeys will help speed up the process of creating a vaccine with antibodies to remove amyloid plaques in the brain without the deadly consequence of brain swelling. Previously experimented on were mice, but monkeys would be more effective in developing a vaccine that could translate to humans.
  • Folic acid which was added to flour to prevent birth defects had an unexpected benefit, preventing strokes and heart attacks. Folic acid lowers homocysteine levels which weakens the walls in blood vessels.
  • Depression is an important risk factor for back pain. Disabling back pain is likely to reoccur when a person is depressed. Depression can lead to back pain and back pain can lead to depression. So get up, get active and get busy. Lying around passively might just make it worse!

Article of the Week -
How to Remember and Interpret Your Dreams to Reduce Stress

We all dream about daily concerns, fears, desires and occurrences in the form of a jigsaw puzzle, or a surrealistic movie. Sometimes we recall our dreams vividly and in great detail and other times, they drift away from memory like ephemeral clouds. There are many dream encyclopedias listing common dream symbols and their meaning. However, of greater importance is what the dream symbolizes to the individual—what he or she perceives to be the specific meaning and relationship to what is going on in one’s emotional life. Interpreting dreams is a good strategy for stress-reduction. More.. -- Other articles

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I’ve been training the better part of a year and am enjoying the new found me. I’m thinking of going to a spin class because I feel it will challenge me and I want to do something different. What are the how’s? (Jamie, Valley Stream) Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Francine Ward
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 March 14, 2004 our Guest will be Francine Ward, author of Esteemable Acts,who is living proof that it is never too late to become the person that you want to be. Francine went from a high school dropout, call girl, hit by a car and told that she would never walk again to a lawyer, loving wife and marathon runner.

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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