Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
April 24, 2006

Book Signing - Tomorrow Night!!
Barnes & Noble (Carle Place, Long Island)
April 25, 2006 - 7:30 PM
Discussion: Changing Habits: How to be self-ish when taking care of your family.
91 Old Country Road, Carle Place, NY 11514 (516-741-9850)

Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout

Affirmation of the Week
You can’t be afraid
of stepping on toes
if you want to go dancing.

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.
Guest of the Week - Brenda Anderson

On Apr 25, 2006 - Our guest expert Brenda Anderson, vice president for global business development for SmithBucklin and the author of Playing the Quantum Field. It’s time to move into your power zone.

Click to play this interview. Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • A Mediterranean diet consisting of olive oil, fruits, vegetables, fish, beans, nuts and cereals, lowers your risk of Alzheimer’s according to a new study published in the Annals of Neurology.
  • The Journal of the American Medical Association found that mercury in amalgams (dental fillings) pose no harm to children. Other resin composites contain several chemicals whose effects are not known for long term use.
  • Optimal spacing between pregnancies predicts a better neonatal prognosis: From 18 months to 60 months. Studies show that beyond 60 months pregnancies need closer monitoring.
  • There is an alternative to immobilizing broken wrists and ankles. Removable custom fitted splints and cast boots are replacing the common cast. Bathing is easier and there is improved physical function when healing is complete.
  • If you have pet reptiles, fish, chicks and ducklings, beware of catching salmonella. So if you are cleaning the aquarium and have children who are interacting with tropical fish, be careful about hygiene because symptoms of infection with salmonella consist of high fever and bloody diarrhea –especially serious for children.
  • From the Journal of Hypertension: A lack of sleep presents a significant risk factor for hypertension. Sleep duration also contributes to hypertension.
  • Secondhand smoke may trigger diabetes. Researchers speculate that secondhand smoke harms the pancreas which is responsible for insulin production.

Article of the Week
From Stale Mate to Soul Mate

Have you hit a bump in your relationship? Are you living like two roommates who come and go at different times? Maybe you think that you have outgrown your partner or you are attracted to someone new in your life, your true soul mate, instead of the annoying person you married who chews too loudly and forgets to wipe his feet at the door. Trapped and guilty, yet longing for better, you want to just open the door, run out and slam the gate shut behind you; however, something is still holding you back. Thank God because after awhile your true soul mate will end up annoying you too! Ironically, all these doubts and gnawing desires are trying to point you toward contentment. The problem is not with your lack-luster relationship; rather it stems from your own growing pains.

Please, take a moment to objectify and reconsider your situation. As you read these words, you see how cliché the scenario is. If this were a movie, you would probably leave in the middle because it’s so predictable. Your own fantasy for a dream life with a dream lover has ensnared you in a web. Why not use all that imagination and energy to reconnect with your significant other – the one you have invested time, money and children? If you are at peace with yourself, all your relationships, including your most intimate, will be peaceful. Feelings possess the power we give them, not the other way around.

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Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
How to Deal with Muscle Cramps

I train pretty regularly, but lately, I have been experiencing muscle cramps during the exercise activity either lifting or cardio. What are these cramps? How can I exorcise them from my body? (Gino, Levittown, NY)Answer

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Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, and Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout 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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