Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
July 17, 2006

Affirmation of the Week
Allow life to be as is
by accepting what you are doing.

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 - Sally Freeman

On July 18, 2006 - Our guest expert is Sally Freeman has been writing about health, nutrition and home remedies since 1970. Her latest book, Ageless Natural Beauty, will help you whip up some beauty treatments already in your kitchen.

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Health Tips of the Week

  • A spinal fluid test may detect Alzheimer's disease decades before it causes dementia. New findings suggest the process leading to Alzheimer's disease begins in early adulthood and is progressing by middle age before any symptoms show. Therefore, treatment may need to begin much earlier than expected because once elderly people show signs of the disease it might be too late to treat.
  • From the Harvard School of Public Health a diet rich in low-fat dairy products (not high-fat dairy) may cut a woman's risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
  • In the Journal of Hypertension researchers claim that a daily dose of dairy helps lower blood pressure and prevent hypertension. Calcium alone does not appear to be responsible for the benefit. Apparently, other nutrients in dairy foods play a role.
  • A new study shows that women still get lower quality hospital care for heart attack, despite specific efforts by hospitals to improve the way they treat all patients immediately after a heart attack.
  • Mushrooms can trigger a mystical experience. Psilocybin, a hallucinogen found in some types of wild mushrooms, can supposedly produce paranoia and schizophrenia. But it also can spark a religious experience that leaves users feeling kinder and happier
  • The omega-3 fatty acids found in fish such as salmon are already known to help the heart and brain stay healthy. The latest studies claim that eating fish also protects the eyes from macular degeneration.
  • The World Health Organization found that male circumcision reduces female-to-male spread of HIV -- the AIDS virus -- by 60%. This would be the same effect as an AIDS vaccine that was 37% effective in protecting both men and women against HIV infection.

Article of the Week
Don't Try So Hard to be Happy

If you are on a quest for happiness, give it up because you will end up miserable. Happiness is a personality trait determined by your genes and slightly influenced by your environment. Only 17% of the population claim to be happy all the time. You can recognize these people by their attributes: Bubbly, positive and energetic. They handle rejection well and move on to the next person or project. They are innately able to reframe their stress and let it go. And these cheerleaders can really get on your nerves! I know that first hand because my husband and children would greet me in the morning, ďBack off; itís too early for your cheerfulness!Ē I am one of the 17%!

Where do you fall on the scale of happiness? You can be joyful with some moderate worrying, joyful and always worrying, minimally joyful and predominantly worrying, or plain numb. There are many possible combinations.

Donít think that searching for happiness is always good because negative people have a lot to contribute with their reality check. Consider that if you are too happy, nothing further will be accomplished. You will not be motivated to improve and grow. There is an important relationship between destruction and creativity, failure and triumph. When nature or human nature destroys, we get into gear to rebuild to withstand the next onslaught.

Therefore donít get disheartened by the illusive search for happiness.More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Lift Weights to Lose Weight

Iím overweight and have started a weight loss plan. I was told to begin an exercise program, stick to cardio and stay away from weights because I would bulk up. So, I guess I have to lose the weight first before I can strength train. Whatís the truth? (Stephanie from Deer Park) Answer

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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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