Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
May 1, 2006

The Perfect Mother's Day Gift
A Book for Caregivers (All Mothers are Caregivers) who are stressed and need advice on

Affirmation of the Week
Don’t be frightened by new ideas.
The old ones are more frightening.

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 - Mal Warwick

On May 02, 2006 - Our guest expert is Mal Warwick is chair of the Social Venture Network Advisory Board and co-author with Ben Cohen (Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream), of Values-Driven Business. Learn how to make money, love what you do and improve the community.

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Health Tips of the Week

  • Vaccine response to the flu is weakened by stressors; the elderly are particularly affected by bereavement or an unhappy relationship while younger people’s immune response is weakened by other stressors, not necessarily loss or a bad relationship.
  • A new Canadian medical study claims that pregnant women should be drinking milk with Vitamin D to have babies with a normal birth weight and stronger body skeleton. Bear in mind that the Vitamin D found in milk and supplements is much lower than the Vitamin D the sun makes on our skin.
  • If you are at risk for stroke, three drugs work together to really help: antiplatelets, or aspirin, ace-inhibitors and statins. Ace inhibitors dilate blood vessels to keep blood flowing; statins lower bad cholesterol and aspirin prevents blood from forming clots.
  • Teenagers who are dieting or using more drastic measures to lose weight should raise some red flags. Five years down the road they will gain even more weight or develop eating disorders.
  • Go ahead and take your coffee break. More good news about coffee; it does not increase your risk of heart disease.
  • According to the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology teams of 3-5 people outperform the individual when it comes to problem solving. So, if you have a problem, get help from the group.

Article of the Week
“Someday You’ll Miss Me”

When I was a teenager, I loved to push my mother’s buttons; sometimes I was bored and sometimes I just wanted to clear my head after school with a good argument. My mother would often end it with a smile and say, “Someday when I’m gone you will miss me.” “That cheap guilt trick doesn’t work with me! You need something better than that!” I laughed victoriously, turned on my heel and went straight to my room to chat with a girlfriend. Well, today I can say with a wistful smile, “I guess you won after all.” I’m sure my mother can hear me; her laughter is reverberating throughout the universe.

Mothers and daughters are a complex breed, forever connected by an umbilical chord. The Greeks understood this truth, dramatizing it in the myth of Demeter and Persephone. Demeter, also known as Mother Earth, guarded her daughter, Persephone, whom she cherished above all. One day... more

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Exercise to Manage Childhood Obesity

If I wanted my son who is chubby to strength train, what are the guidelines? (Carol, Greenvale)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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