Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
June 6, 2005

Affirmation of the Week
Failure is not about falling down,
but about staying down.

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 - BJ Gallagher

On June 7, 2005 - BJ Gallagher, author of Friends Are Everything. That which is shareable is bearable.

Health Tips of the Week

  • What a difference a year makes. A study released last May made national headlines when it concluded that aspirin could reduce a woman's risk of breast cancer. However, a new study shows little protective benefit, even a possible increase in breast cancer among women who take aspirin or ibuprofen.
  • Laughter is the best medicine Ė except for asthma sufferers. A giggle may bring on tightness in the chest and coughing.
  • There is a new warning regarding Viagra, Cialis and Levitra causing blindness. What is not clear: Is blindness caused by these drugs or do men who suffer from impotence also tend to have heart disease and diabetes which could cause blindness?
  • Move over Viagra, thereís a new diet for men that has staying power: bananas, asparagus, carrots, chili peppers, blood oranges, figs and those omega 3s. Equally important is the exercise component for overall fitness - and donít forget doing those sit-ups and planks. Now you have extra motivation.
  • Medical researchers have found that people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity are much more likely to develop complications following joint replacement surgery. The findings show that doctors should be more aggressive about controlling blood sugar, reducing blood pressure, and preventing blood clots in patients undergoing hip, knee and shoulder surgery. This will reduce the risk of dangerous complications after joint replacement surgery.
  • Donít get burned! Sunscreens have little FDA regulation regarding blocking both UVA and UVB rays. Donít pay too much attention to the front of the bottle. Read the fine print on the back and check for ingredients like Parsol 1789, zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.

Article of the Week -
The Joys of Sex Are Out There, But Where Is the Intimacy?

We all know that sex sells. In recent years physicians have jumped on the band wagon marketing books that graphically depict, under the guise of science, any possible posture and technique that might have mysteriously resided in our personal imagination. Bestsellers like She Comes First and Heís Not That Into You explore dating, lust and physical satisfaction in a blasť fashion. However, remarkably absent is the whole idea of intimacy and emotional connection Ė the true joy of sex.

When lesser mortals read these books, they begin to feel cheated, inadequate and awkward. Apparently everyone is having amazing sex, but them! And why should they be surprised? After all our culture worships youth, cosmetic surgery and air-brushed photos of waiflike models. There is even a match-making website in Europe, soon to come here, for beautiful people, only. And they vote on every member! Men get a little more leeway. If a man is handsome, but not handsome enough to make it on the site, he is allowed to reveal his salary to tip the scale in his favor Ė women are not allowed this same advantage Ė what a surprise?

Sex without love, romance and intimacy is hollow. However, loving sex is joyous, energizing and mystical. A book about reaching sexual climax needs to explore vulnerability, kindness, compassion and romance. Courtship is important, but having a romance with life is everything. Passion is not limited to a bed More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Exercising with Fibromyalgia

I have fibromyalgia. My history: 20 years of back pain, 51 yr. male mechanic and work 60 hrs a week. Striving to overcome pain, and strengthen, while juggling time for work, overtime, family time, and sleep. I have 3 bulging discs in my neck, 3 in my lower back, sleep apnea, future hip replacement and two wired clavicles from a 100 mph car accident at 18, chronic pain in muscles of the fingers, hands, back, neck, legs, and forearms. Iíve been seeing a fitness trainer 3-5 days a week and progress isn't satisfactory. With repeated irritations from work, and exercise we're puzzled for an approach. Need Help!! Thank you!! Ricky 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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