Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
May 19, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
People take different roads to happiness.
Just because they are not on your road,
doesn’t mean that they are lost.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Diabetes correlates to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s and colon cancer. What links these different diseases? Evidence increasingly points to excess insulin. Therefore preventing and treating diabetes is more important than ever before. Doctors have long known that obesity, inactivity and starchy diets increase the risk of diabetes. So get up and exercise and cut down on sugars and starches.
  • In a related story: Low carb and low fat diets received similar marks regarding weight loss. The moral of the story is: Find a diet that works for you and stick to it. Add exercise and count the calories and you will be a winner. If you are predisposed to diabetes and high triglycerides, then counting carbs is better for you.
  • An Atlanta company plans to begin selling a dental device that fits in your mouth and forces you to take smaller bites. It could help you lose weight -- as long as you actually use it when you eat. The gadget isn't permanently attached, so you can leave it out and wolf down big bites anytime you want. The cost is about $400 and requires a dentist. Many people today gobble down their food, so their stomach doesn't have a chance to signal the brain that it is full and to stop eating. This device helps slow you down making you feel satisfied on less food. My personal opinion: Save the money and use a small spoon!
  • Crestor is one of the most powerful cholesterol-lowering drugs on the market. It's also the newest. However, it has been linked to a muscle destroying condition and kidney failure in a few cases. Weigh the life giving benefits against the risk. Discuss it with your doctor.

Article of the Week -
Is Worrying About Your Health Making You Sick?

Daily we are bombarded with new medical information about our health. Much of it is conflicting. As a result, we obsess about eating, drinking and exercising to prevent: cancer, anemia, osteoporosis, diabetes, arthritis, MS, Alzheimer’s, heart disease, gout, gastro-esophogeal reflux, kidney disease, depression, allergies, macular degeneration and old age… We wish we could return to a state of innocence when we used to enjoy our food, feel safe at home, swim contentedly at the beach and not worry about disease. Ironically in those days, we weren’t obese, afflicted with attention deficit disorder, or experiencing panic and anxiety attacks. We have become hyper-educated with an easy access to medical research; anyone can purchase a Physicians Drug Guide and read all the contraindications. Here’s the scenario. We feel just fine, but are curious about heart disease or type 2 diabetes. We go on the internet, research our condition, read all about it, including all the rare symptoms and as a result - worry to death! This negative belief might become our biology. On the other hand by developing a positive mindset and concentrating on what makes us happy, we can grow healthier as a natural byproduct - effortlessly. More.. -- Other articles

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Spring is the time of year that I start really working on my legs and abs. Do you have any suggestions or exercises that get the job done? (Tricia, Levittown) Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Dr. Stuart Rapapport
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 23, 2004 - Dr. Stuart Rapapport, a mind/body optometrist will help us see things more clearly and with a better perspective.

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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