Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
April 28, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
If you have to ask
what jazz is,
you will never know…

Health Tips of the Week

  • Hypnosis appears to have a wide range of benefits: effective pain treatment, promoting tissue healing and even weight loss. If you are frightened that you will be given an inappropriate hypnotic suggestion, don’t be because hypnosis cannot make you do what you don’t want to do. Tap into your relaxation response…
  • This is an important household cancer alert: We should not be heating our food in the microwave using plastic containers. This applies to foods that contain fat. The combination of fat, high heat and plastics releases dioxin into food and ultimately into the cells of the body. Dioxins are carcinogens and highly toxic to the cells of our bodies. Instead, use glass, Corning Ware, or ceramic containers for heating food. To add to this warning: Saran wrap placed over foods in the microwave, because of the high heat, actually drips poisonous toxins into food - use paper towels.
  • More good news about vitamin D: Elderly people fall less often if they take vitamin D. This can be explained by Vitamin D’s role in improving muscle function and building stronger bones.
  • A new study shows that total cholesterol levels may change with the seasons and reach their highest point in December for men and in January for women. A combination of factors, including changes in physical activity, light exposure, temperature, blood volume, and food availability, may play a role in creating seasonal variation in cholesterol levels. I wonder if more emphasis should not be placed on the partying we do during the holiday season and in the types of food we eat to keep warm during winter.
  • Tai chi is getting more attention from Western physicians. The East has always claimed that tai chi improves the function of organs and glands while gently speeding up metabolism. That delivers oxygen for our cells into the bloodstream more quickly. Also, tai chi speeds the flow of lymphatic fluids and eliminates waste products from tissues. Deep breathing during the movements causes a deeper relaxation which shifts the brain and its neurochemistry. It’s a great positive energy lift.

Article of the Week - When You Feel Frustrated, Go With the Flow

Are you making your life impossible? When you hit a wall and people and projects don’t work out the way you planned, you tend to apply more force. Frustrated, you take it up a notch, pushing even harder for success. However, forcing an issue does not usually get results. Getting caught up in the frenzy of seeking to control, you thrash around as though caught in a riptide dangerously being pulled under. Ironically, all you have to do is to easily swim sideways, a few feet away to safety and freedom. When relationships or work are not going your way, try to flow with the current… More.. -- Other articles

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I am 5’9” which to me is tall for a woman and I’m rather lean. I was told to bring up my upper body, especially my shoulders. What can I do to make this happen? (Sheila, Valley Stream) Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Nutritionist, Alyssa Benovitz
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 May 2, 2004 Nutritionist, Alyssa Benovitz, MS. RD, affiliated with NYU hospital, demystifies super foods and the role they play in physical and emotional well being.

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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