Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
May 15, 2005

Affirmation of the Week
A poor man can be happy,
but a happy man can’t be poor.

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. Listeners outside the Long Island area can listen to the show live by going to WGBB Live. The shows are archived for your listening pleasure.

Guest of the Week - Susan Piver

On May 17, 2005 - Susan Piver, author of the Hard Questions for Adult Children and Their Aging Parents. Learn how to communicate with your aging parents to minimize regret.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Drinking 3 cups of low-fat or non-fat milk lowers the risk of Type 2 diabetes. In a new study the reduction in diabetes risk was limited to low-fat and nonfat dairy products; there was no risk decrease in people who drank whole milk.
  • An exciting new study sparks a new Alzheimer’s medication which might already be in your medicine cabinet if you are taking a statin to lower your cholesterol levels. It’s Lipitor! Excess cholesterol in the brain seems to play a role in Alzheimer's disease progression. Researchers theorize that if patients had less cholesterol in their blood, their blood could act as a sponge to draw extra cholesterol out of the brain. In initial trials Lipitor seems to be helping slow the progressive decline.
  • Another reason to eat fewer fried foods: Healthy oils like sunflower, soy and vegetable become harmful when used to fry foods. During frying the oils produce a toxic compound associated with illnesses like Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and cardiovascular disease. Reheating or reusing the oils is even worse.
  • A new study points that the regular use of acetaminophen or Tylenol is associated with a higher risk of asthma and other lung problems.
  • Many MD’s are unaware of a new finding that pet rodents like hamsters and mice carry salmonella which can be transferred to their owners, mostly young children who are vulnerable to and may be hospitalized by salmonella. Symptoms are: several days of high fever, vomiting, watery diarrhea and abdominal cramps. To prevent salmonella wash your hands thoroughly and don’t kiss those cute little rodents – I mean the pets – it’s okay to kiss your children.

Article of the Week -
The Benefits of Quitting

We were taught since we were small children: “Don’t be a quitter. Keep trying!” In addition, many of us teach this same life strategy to our own children. However, is never giving up always the right approach? And does it not generate more stress to keep trying or hold on tightly?

Professional investors like to use the phrase “Cut your losses!” Although an investor might be emotionally invested in a stock, specifically because of reputation, ego, or high expectations, when that stock is plummeting, it is wise to cut one’s losses and sell before the stock becomes worthless. The same can hold true for a relationship or a job. For example, my friend was married for fifteen years. The last five were emotionally abusive and damaging to her ego. She tried losing weight, submissive behavior, and finally counseling. The therapist advised her to divorce her husband who only attended one session claiming that he had no problems – these were her issues. “But I have invested fifteen years in this marriage!” She cried. The therapist asked her, “Do you want a life sentence?”

Imagine your son about five-feet four inches, one hundred and fifteen pounds insisting on playing football. He keeps trying out, but never makes the team. More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Why You Need a Personal Trainer

I want to start resistance weight training to lean and harden my muscles. I do enough cardio and my diet is geared to my athletics. What do you recommend? (Lisa, Amityville) Answer

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Debbie 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. 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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