Debbie Mandelís
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
May 5, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
It ainít bragging
if you can do it!

Health Tips of the Week

  • People who take immune system suppressing steroids like prednisone to treat a wide range of inflammatory diseases are at an increased risk for developing certain cancers. New research links steroid use to non-melanoma-type skin cancers and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
  • Older people who exercise regularly are more likely to maintain the mental sharpness needed to do everyday tasks like follow a recipe, keep track of the pills they take and follow directions to a place they have never visited. If they stop exercising, they lose these benefits. Older people need to exercise just to maintain.
  • Women's midlife sleep problems can't be blamed entirely on estrogen, a new study suggests. Everyday life stressors may also play a role. Perhaps, older women have more stress than younger women and thatís why they get less sleep. They are busy taking care of everyone else.
  • Keeping a busy social calendar may help you stay not only busy -- but happy and healthy as well. A new study shows that social connections are as important to mental and physical health as other healthy behaviors, such as quitting smoking or exercising regularly.
  • A new study suggests that common anti-depressants like Paxil lower not only sexual desire, but also jeopardize romance and attachment. The changes can be subtle. Some people lose their ability to see attractive features in others. These mood uplifting drugs could dull these positive emotionsóso if you are not in the mood, look into your medicine cabinet. Perhaps, being cheerful is not worth it!

Article of the Week - How to Help Your True Beauty Emerge

The other day while I was getting my hair cut, I overheard another client discussing a new look with her stylist. Her hairdresser asked what she had in mind and she explained that she didnít know exactly what she wanted. He proceeded to get some magazines, flipped through them as she kept saying, ďI donít want this. No, I donít like that. Not this, either.Ē This highlighted what I have been sensing for awhile. People know what they donít want, but donít know what they do want!

Not knowing what you want generates stress for yourself and others. You are relying on others to tell you, to hit on the right thing, to read your mind, to make you happy. However, no one can make you happy, but you. If you think that someone else can make you beautiful, when you see the results, you might still not be pleased. Instead you will focus on the flaws, the imperfections. That is why people, who undergo plastic surgery, might have many surgeries to tackle the next problem area. They are still not satisfied.

Beauty is in your hands. Happiness is in your hands. A professional is merely a facilitator as is a new outfit. True beauty means inner vitality and reflects the quality of your life. It emanates inside out. John Keats said, Truth is beauty and beauty is truth. We can go to the next level: Your inner truth is beautiful. Living the truth of who you are is gorgeous! Who says beauty is ephemeral?

Hereís how to transform your looks from within to achieve a long lasting beauty without: More.. -- Other articles

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I'm pretty happy with my overall program and development, but I still feel my biceps aren't keeping up. Can you give me some new ideas? (Anthony, Ronkonkoma) Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Dr. Harris McIlwain
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 9, 2004 Dr. Harris McIlwain, author of the Pain-Free Back, will give us comprehensive techniques that free us from back pain to recover our full and active life.

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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