Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
June 30, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
How does one become a butterfly?
You have to really want to fly so much
that you are willing to give up
being a caterpillar.

Health Tips of the Week

  • In the longest study to date, the world's most-prescribed drug to treat Alzheimer's disease, Aricept, did not prove to be significantly more effective than a sugar pill. Don't waste your money on this drug, but spend it on social support to get more value.
  • If you have high blood pressure, chances are you also have high cholesterol or other lipid problems, suggests new research. And to make matters worse, these compounding risks of heart attack and stroke are probably being under-treated, or not treated at all.
  • Asthma rates are affected by climate. Indoor humidity is the worst offender. Dust mites and mold prefer a humid environment. Fewer cases of asthma were reported in countries where outdoor humidity fell below 50%.
  • Several studies suggest that ginger may reduce knee pain. The studies indicate that people who took ginger had less pain and greater knee function.
  • A dose of strong sunshine is highly effective in treating postoperative pain. Patients recovering in sunny rooms feel better quicker and heal faster. This makes sense because when it is bright out, you feel good.
  • According to new research tanning could be a form of substance abuse. This explains why so many people still bake in the sun or in tanning beds even though they know they are risking skin cancer. Sunlight elevates serotonin and it seems that many are hooked on this high.

Article of the Week - How to Manage Unruly Parents

Itís hard enough raising children, guiding and gently nudging them into careers and social relationships, but little did we know that our aging parents would pose the greater challenge. When our parents need help, but refuse it; when they have endless demands, but we never do enough; when they are incapable of activities of daily living, but deny it, we become stressed, unhappy and confused. The whole family becomes afflicted and stuck in this quandary: What power do we have over our parents to compel them to let us do what is good for them?
More.. -- Other articles

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Iíve been thinking about joining a gym and getting a little more serious about my training now that summer is here and I have more time. Is there any difference between Curves and a regular gym? (Jane, West Islip)Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Dr. Richard Brown
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 July 4, 2004 - Dr. Richard Brown, an associate professor of clinical psychiatry at Columbia, and author of the Rhodiola Revolution, will share some insights that will have a profound effect on your health. You heard it first!

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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