Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
April 7, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
Don't throw away the old bucket
until you know whether
the new one holds water.

Health Tips of the Week

  • When it comes to weight loss supplements, the word is buyer beware. Sorry, but there are no genies in a bottle. All those ads “Burn fat while you sleep!” forget about it! Medical studies revealed that when taking herbal supplements to promote weight loss, the result is minimal and short term. And in the case of ephedra the risk of constricting blood vessels and heart palpitations pose too much of a health risk.
  • Cases of shingles are on the rise. Anyone who has ever had chickenpox caused by the herpes zoster virus can potentially get shingles later in life as both diseases are caused by the same virus which lies dormant in the body. The key to avoiding the painful blisters and misery of shingles is to recognize it as soon as the very first symptoms appear and to get anti-viral treatment like acyclovir within 72 hours.
  • Tempting as it might be to use the television to amuse 1- to 3-year-olds, it increases the possibility that the baby will grow up to have attention problems in school, according to results of a new study. To blame are the rapid fire images even in such fine programs as Sesame Street. Perhaps watching TV during the early years explains the increase of attention deficit disorders.
  • All those avid gardeners among us itching to get outside to dig, cultivate, fertilize and plant - beware. Tetanus causing bacteria lurk in the soil, not just in rusty nails or on farms. So if you have a cut, scrape, or wound cover up when gardening. Best precaution: make sure you get a tetanus vaccination every 10 years.
  • With the spring weather beckoning us to go outdoors, try to get a few minutes of sun exposure daily for health benefits. Although we are worried about skin cancer, research shows that a little sunshine prevents colon, breast and blood cancer because of the Vitamin D it makes on the skin. Everything in life is about balance.

Article of the Week - You Can Have It All - Just Not All the Time

We live in a fast-paced technological age which has made it possible to get immediate gratification 24/7: e-mail, banking, mail orders and of course, work. Children are connected through umbilical chords to their cell phones, talking all the time to their friends, even during school. All that we have accumulated has whetted our appetites for more possessions which include owning the significant people in our lives. The media has made the rich and the famous easily accessible, available to us in our living rooms. We participate vicariously in programs dramatizing extreme makeovers, romance and success at work. We want what they have and now. More.. -- Other articles

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I’ve started weight training a couple of months ago and am enjoying it a lot. I see an overall improvement, but I want to see more specific results in my arms. Can you give me some help about how to get my arms more cut especially for spring and summer? (Denise, Farmingdale) Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Susan Race
Tune into the Turn On Your Inner Light Radio Show Sunday mornings 7:30 - 8:00am on WHLI 1100 AM in Long Island. ( show archive).
On April 11, 2004 Susan Race, career coach, training consultant and author of Succeeding in the Workplace will help de-stress you at work.

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 WHLI 1100 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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