Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
April 3, 2005

Affirmation of the Week
Because marriages are made in heaven,
many of them don’t work here on earth.
What we need
is a bit of heaven on earth.

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 - Dr. Michael Edelstein

On April 5, 2005 - Dr. Michael Edelstein, a clinical psychologist, author of Three Minute Therapy. Learn how to get over it -- quickly!

Health Tips of the Week

  • People at risk of developing strokes caused by narrowed arteries in the brain should consider aspirin instead of a common anti-clotting drug, Coumadin. Patients taking aspirin fared better. Ask your doctor about it.
  • Aloe, a plant used to treat minor burns, has a new use. The sap of an Aloe plant can treat cold sores and painful gums after a tooth has been pulled.
  • More than a million American teenagers intentionally inhale the vapors of common household products. While drug use has decreased in this country, inhalant use has risen. Inhalants commonly sniffed by children include gasoline and lighter fluid, spray paints, cleaning fluids, paint thinners and other solvents, degreasers, correction fluids, hair sprays and odorizers. Inhalants are dangerous and can lead to permanent damage and death. What’s most frightening: They are readily available everywhere.
  • Sports beverages are more harmful to teeth than soda. It’s not the sugar, but the acid in the sports drinks that does damage to the enamel.
  • Stem cells from hair follicles can give rise to new nerve cells. Stem cells have drawn a lot of attention, as they can develop various kinds of cells in the right conditions.
  • Most American adults do not get enough sleep. And it is not just getting less than 7 hours a night, but the quality that matters as well. The reason for this sleep deprivation? We live in a 24-hour society where we can go to a 24-hour pharmacy or supermarket. We can stay up later watching TV, doing work and being on the Internet. However, sleep is important because it makes us happier and healthier. There is an important link between sleep and quality of life.

Article of the Week -
Snooping – What It Reveals About You

Snooping sounds like an innocuous pastime. We can google our friends, neighbors and significant others and even find out what someone paid for her house. We can subtly interrogate those we come in contact with to discover some choice bit of gossip. TV shows like Extra and ET, magazines like the National Enquirer, provide us with celebrity gossip. What’s the big deal about this playful form of entertainment? There are female prototypes who warn us against snooping: Eve in the Garden of Eden and Pandora and her box. Then there is that old saying: “Curiosity killed the cat” and it is extremely difficult to kill a cat because it has nine lives.

Snooping has a darker side. It indicates that we are suspicious, insecure, and vulnerable. Some of us constantly call our lovers to verify their fidelity; or some of us try to verify the truth concerning a friend’s excuse for cancellation – was she really sick or didn’t she want to see me? The attributes we project onto others often reveal what resides in our own hearts. Could it be that we are untrustworthy or dishonest in our dealings? Perhaps, we have cancelled a commitment when a better opportunity came along. Ironically, all the checking-up phone calls alienate our friends and lovers.

The root cause of snooping is an underdeveloped sense of self. When we snoop, we are comparing and competing with others. We need to be in the know in order to gauge our own performance and set standards for our aspirations. We are looking “to dig up the dirt and get the low down” (note the derogatory terms) on others to feel better about ourselves. Like a seasoned soap opera viewer, we feel happier and luckier than the poor, miserable dramatic actors. Returning to the archetype of the Garden of Eden, we snoop because we are jealous. Instead of working on ourselves and emulating the objects of our jealousy, we would rather find out some juicy bit of gossip to take them down a peg and share that communication with others to finish them off. More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I’m trying to find out what type of exercise will help rid me of the “bra bulge” as well as lose the belly fat, hoping to re-find my waist. I spend many hours a day behind a computer and really need to get rid of the unsightly bulges! (Debbie, Massapequa) 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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