Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
June 16, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
The heart is like a garden.
It can grow compassion or resentment, fear or love.
What seeds will you plant in your heart?

Happy Fatherís Day
Fathers are great teachers, protectors and guides.
They hold out the staff to us -
we can either grab hold of it or miss.
Fathers encourage us to keep trying.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Learning how to speak another language and using this second language often may help prevent some of the effects of aging on brain function. A research study found that people who were bilingual most of their lives were better able to stay focused on a task especially during a rapidly changing environment filled with distractions compared with people who spoke only one language.
  • Calcium supplements could cut colon polyp risk -- especially advanced polyps that lead to colon cancer. Medical research claims that total calcium intake over 1,200 mg daily is necessary for colon protection along with a high-fiber diet with modest levels of fat. Following this dietary regimen will boost the protective effects of calcium.
  • Another medical study showed that people who ate three or more servings per day of fruit had a 36% lower risk of Age-Related Macular Degeneration compared with those who ate less than half that amount. Food wins out over supplements here. However, vegetables do not seem to have the same beneficial impact; except we do get some benefit from carrots.
  • The news about broccoli keeps getting better. New studies point to broccoliís power to fight cancer, fend off ulcers and reduce heart disease. Broccoli sprouts are the best choice. You can include cabbage and Brussels sprouts here too.
  • People with high blood pressure who monitor the disease at home do a better job of keeping the disease under control. Perhaps they are more determined to lower their pressure and can measure it throughout the day to see what works.
  • Itís gardening season; vigorous gardening will build strength and bone mass. Squatting, digging, weeding, and mowing will benefit both your body and your yard.

Article of the Week - Ronald Reagan Taught Us One Final Lesson

Ronald Reaganís journey with Alzheimerís lasted over a decade due to his good health, robust nature and optimism. His political legacy lives on as he was one of the most popular presidents and possessed integrity and candor. However, his disease leaves behind a legacy as well. Because of Reaganís battle with Alzheimerís, this illness has received worldwide attention. Although Reagan tried to picture aging differently, changing on the outside while retaining an inner vitality, Alzheimerís altered that optimistic vision. Nevertheless Reaganís grace, affability, joy and spirituality helped allay the sting of the inevitable.
A loving partner by his side, Reagan turned to Nancy and opened his eyes to take a last look filled with love and recognition before he passed away. Although he had been unaware and vacant, his last look at Nancy was that of awareness and gratitude. To those of you who are skeptical, unable to believe that a patient in the last stages of Alzheimerís can leave this world with an understanding and loving look, I wish to share a personal experience. More.. -- Other articles

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
With all the talk about overweight children, if I wanted my child, a boy, to strength train, what are the guidelines to follow? (Carol, Greenvale) Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - David Zinczenko
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 June 20, 2004 - David Zinczenko, Editor-in-Chief of Menís Health, and the author of the Abs Diet. David will explain how strong abdominals predict health and fitness.

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. 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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