Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
May 1, 2007

Affirmation of the Week
You can have anything,
but you can’t have everything.

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 - Frank Mikulka

This week's show:
May 1, 2007 Show - Fitness guru, Frank Mikulka, former Marine, martial artist, personal trainer and fitness instructor, and creator of the fitness concepts and exercises for Turn On Your Inner Light and Changing Habits. Find out everything you wanted to know about training, but were afraid to ask.

Last week's show:
April 24, 2007 Show - Brian Souza, a leading expert in career development and author of Become Who You Were Born to Be. It’s time to get inspired to discover your gift.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • How your food is cooked may be as important to your health as the food itself. Toxins are absorbed into the body when you eat grilled, fried, or broiled animal products, such as meats and cheeses. Toxins are also produced when food products are sterilized and pasteurized, and these toxins have been linked to inflammation, insulin resistance, diabetes, vascular and kidney disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. What’s left to eat?
  • "Humanizing" approaches to dementia care may not only extend quality of life for patients, but also their length of life. This is an important bit of information for nursing homes and caregivers.
  • While you sleep, your daily memories are strengthened. Sleep disorders might have a significant impact on dementia.
  • People who significantly cut back on the amount of salt in their diet could reduce their chances of developing cardiovascular disease by 25%.
  • Probiotics, the “good” bacteria in many dietary supplements, might counteract diarrhea, an unpleasant side effect for children taking antibiotics. This would be an alternative to giving children Imodium or Kaopectate.
  • Over-the-counter pain medication, the NSAIDS do not prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study from the American Academy of Neurology. These findings appear to contradict earlier observational studies that anti-inflammatories can prevent Alzheimer’s.
  • Those of you taking chondroitin supplements for arthritis, forget about it.

Article of the Week
Why You Shouldn’t Always Listen to Your Doctor

If you want to manage your stress and generate happy feelings, you cannot give away your power to professionals. Educators, doctors and therapists can reign in your spirit and inhibit your natural ability to come up with creative solutions. For example, the Journal of the American Medical Association cites that doctors are bribed by pharmaceutical salesmen who do not know much science, but are well-versed in marketing strategies. Some of the bribes are hefty and luxurious, like vacations, tickets to shows and dinners, and others are small gestures, free samples and pens. Nevertheless, a doctor overtly or subtly feels obligated to prescribe a particular medicine and you become the guinea pig. Bowing your head to authorities began at school where you learned the text and received a grade to ensure you performed according to standardized testing – one size fits all. However when you reflect on it, the more educated you became, the less creative your thinking, the less likely you could improvise and invent. Why? Because your mind had been confined by limited associations, shaped to conform.

I remember in graduate school many of my classmates suffered from Bright’s Disease, or in other words, Straight A Idiocy. They would speak and write in as many syllables as possible to sound intelligent. However, often the communication was incomprehensible and could have simply been summed up in a sentence – if they really understood what they were saying. As for me, I learned what not to do! And perhaps, that is the key when you are stuck and have lost control: To approach a thing from its opposite perspective.

To manage your daily stress and feel reasonably happier you need to broaden your associations and liberate your mind from the blind respect you have given teachers, parents and professionals – people pleasing. Try to cross over to the opposite side and break with your original assumption to see it from another perspective. For example, a typical assumption might be that your doctor is doing the right thing to lower your cholesterol with a statin. Now look at this assumption from the other side. more

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
How Do I Get to the Next Level in My Training?

Frankie, I have a personal question for you. I have been training for several years with you. How do I get to the next level in my training? (Debbie Mandel) Answer

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The Perfect Gift
For Caregivers who are stressed and need advice on

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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