Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
June 19, 2006

A Special Thanks...
To Director Sheila Singleton from JASA for inviting me to deliver the Turn On Your Inner Light keynote address on June 13, 2006 to an amazing audience of Caregivers at St. Francis College. Everyone flicked the switch and let their light shine!

Affirmation of the Week
The heart, like the grape,
delivers its special harvest
in the same moment
it seems to be crushed.

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.
Guest of the Week - Pierce J. Howard, PhD.

On June 20, 2006 - Our guest expert is Pierce J. Howard, PhD., Director of Research for the Center of Applied Cognitive Studies in Charlotte, NC and author of The Ownerís Manual for the Brain. Maximize your potential.

Click to hear it now. Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Drinking coffee helps protect those of us who consume too much alcohol from cirrhosis of the liver. By the way tea offered no protection. Itís not the caffeine in coffee. Researchers arenít sure why; perhaps, itís the antioxidants.
  • Yale researchers claim that green tea helps fight tumors and prevents heart disease.
  • Children who watch more general TV have more sleep disturbances. I would venture to guess that they have more nightmares!
  • New research shows that older people are happier than younger people possibly due to lower expectations, better at handling challenges and adept at reinterpreting negatives into positives.
  • Several studies suggest that physicians fail to prescribe more medicine or add new drugs for patients with Type 2 diabetes when their blood-glucose levels or high blood pressure surpass the standard. Generally, diabetics are undermedicated when their symptoms are out of bounds.
  • Research shows that women who ate more fruits and vegetables had denser bones than those who skimped on fruits and vegetables. The guidelines of maintaining 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables (with a serving size fitting in the palm of your hand) strengthens bones.

Article of the Week
How to Create the Life You Dream About

Many of us are fascinated with artists, actors, writers, architects and all sorts of creative people. We sigh and wish upon a star that we could be creative like them, certain that we are wired with a gene for mediocrity. As we experience all kinds of normal, to-be-expected difficulties following a structured, heart-deadening routine, we get weighed down and feel stuck. The symptoms are unhappiness and negativity - the it will never work syndrome. The solution lies in the creative process: To fire up the mind, the emotions and energize the body. But how do we access our creativity when we donít feel genetically entitled? The good news: We can develop our creativity as well as our childrenís and learn to apply it.

Begin by creating an inspiring environment at home. Make it relaxing and whimsical by using color, seasonal window treatments, moving knickknacks and furniture around, serving different recipes, etc. You canít keep on looking at the same things and eating the same foods, yet expect to be stimulated and experience something different. The idea is to cultivate a new sense of enthusiasm; donít worry about how your self-expression looks or sounds! If you feel like laughing spontaneously, singing even if you canít sing or just dancing to the music that no one else hears Ė do it and donít be afraid. Fear and self- consciousness will imprison your imagination with judgment. One of my favorite quotes comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, ďTo be great is to be misunderstood.Ē More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Training When You Don't Have Time

Maybe you can help me. Iím now working long hours as this is my busy season. My question is how can I keep the strength and muscularity Iíve gained while I was laid off? (Jamie W., Patchogue) .Answer

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For Caregivers who are stressed and need advice on

Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, and Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout 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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