Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
April 14, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
We are more curious
about the meaning of dreams
than the things we see
when we are awake.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Slow Food is an international movement urging people to find time for meals made from scratch—a reaction to fast food chains. It recommends using all-natural foods grown by local farmers. And it's catching on. Like the name, it's about slowing down, tapping into nature and reacquainting people with the ritual of the table. Cooking together strengthens the family unit encouraging conversation.
  • Be aware that exercising before certain routine medical tests can affect the results which cause a number of false positives. Cholesterol and triglyceride levels and even colon cancer results can be affected.
  • More good news about Vitamin D! It provides protection against MS and Rheumatoid Arthritis. Both illnesses are autoimmune diseases.
  • If you want to prevent age-related macular degeneration, the most common cause of vision loss in our country, then eat your spinach, or take vitamin supplements containing lutein.
  • Alzheimer’s researchers are taking a closer look at statins, cholesterol lowering drugs. While statins are not a magic bullet, they can perhaps prevent or postpone the disease - not treat it. Apparently being heart smart and head smart are related. So while you are keeping your bad cholesterol levels down, lower your blood pressure too - as both are necessary to lower the risk of dementia.

Article of the Week -
How to Communicate Your True Feelings During a Conflict

The secret to happiness and serenity is balancing our two brains: the emotional and rational. The rational brain is cognitive, logical, intellectual and analytical. The emotional brain is instinctual, reactive, feelingful and without language. Note that even when I say, “I feel to do this,” I might still be rationalizing, using my good old verbal tricks originating from the cognitive brain.
When both brains are in balance, we reap the benefits: physiologically - good health and a highly functional immune system; mentally - heightened analytical skills and creativity; spiritually - de-stressing and achieving a relaxed, joyous state. During conflict the two brains are likely to be out of balance. This imbalance makes it more difficult to resolve the conflict. Therefore we need to improve our communication internally, within ourselves, and externally, with our opponent, by using both logic and emotion. More.. -- Other articles

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I do a good amount of leg work, step classes lunges etc. I hear that a squat is the exercise of choice when it comes to really targeting the glutes and increasing the lean-defined muscle in the leg. What is proper form and does it work? (Sandra, Amityville) Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Dr. Edward J. Conley
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 18, 2004 Dr. Edward J. Conley, author of Safe Estrogen and a clinical professor at Michigan State University, reveals natural secrets to reduce your risk of cancer.

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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