Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
April 24, 2005

Affirmation of the Week
Everyone has a need
to be recognized,
but can you recognize
that need in others?

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 - John M. Bean

On April 26, 2005 - John M. Bean, author of PHB: The Professional Human Being. He will inspire us to be more productive and fulfilled at the workplace.

Health Tips of the Week

  • A new study shows that being obese may increase the frequency and severity of headaches. Apparently being obese is a risk factor for chronic daily headaches Ė weight gain makes headaches more severe and triggers more nausea causing obese people to miss more days of school and work than non-obese people.
  • The weather is beautiful and amateur athletes are out there biking, running and perhaps drinking too much water. Excessive water drinking dilutes the bloodís normal salt content and can lead to permanent brain damage and death.
  • People who are chronically pessimistic and anxious are 60% more likely to develop Parkinsonís disease.
  • Exposure to bright artificial light, like sitting in front of white fluorescents lights with your eyes open, without looking at the light, can relieve some cases of depression just as effectively as psychotherapy and medication. This is not only for Seasonal Affective Disorder, but for common non-seasonal depression.
  • Latest research: New testing coming to the forefront involves saliva. It has been called the window to the body as it has the ability to yield vital information about health and disease. It is proving to be a powerful diagnostic tool and is not invasive like taking a blood test and can be repeated more frequently.

Article of the Week -
How to Overcome Spring Allergies Naturally

If you are experiencing itchy eyes, a dry, raspy throat, sneezing, sinus headaches and tiredness, chances are you have seasonal allergies. What happens in the spring? The earth comes alive, bursting with new growth and the wind is spreading the news. We all looked forward to spring, but now that itís here, many of us claim that it is making us sick and tired. Instead of enjoying it we reminisce about the good old days of winter!

We invest a great deal of hope into spring, yet our bodies are stressed by it. The thought of strolling in the park is enough to make us sneeze and itch. Commercials bombard us with idyllic images of Allegra D and Claritin.

However, we quickly adapt to the medication and soon need a stronger prescription. There are always side effects Ė ultimately this is not a free ride. The solution: Already in your hands. You contain the seed to heal. Itís time to shed the old skin to reveal what is fresh and new underneath.

Your response to allergens correlates to how balanced you are regarding: eating, exercising, sleeping and stress-management. Allergies are actually an auto-immune response which translates into: the self against the self. So, it makes absolute sense that when you are intact and whole, your allergies will dissipate and no longer bother you; your immune system will be more vigilant. I present myself as a test case:

For years I was an allergy sufferer. My sinus headaches, dizziness, itchy eyes and occasional tiredness (yes, I do have a little less energy when experiencing an allergic reaction) always arrived with spring. Every morning I woke up to coffee and Allegra D 180 mg. However, for the past three years my allergies have been declining and this year I have no symptoms at all!

What has changed? More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I wake up, grab a cup of coffee, take a few little bites of muffin and Iím off to the gym for a couple of hours. Now, Iím reading countless articles on proper nutrition to work out and please make it simple Ė what should I eat before a workout?
(Shelly, Greenvale) 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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