Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
July 31, 2006

Affirmation of the Week
If you donít take a risk in life,
you risk even more.

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 - Elizabeth Landers

On July 25, 2006 - Our guest expert is Elizabeth Landers is co-author of The Script. Find out if you have a problem with a cheating husband and what you can do about it.

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

Health Tips of the Week

  • For decades parents and pediatricians have relied on humid air to relieve the barking cough and noisy breathing of croup, a common childhood condition. Now new evidence suggests that the long relied-on remedy has little medical benefit except for relaxing parents that they are doing something to help their children.
  • In an Alzheimerís conference in Madrid the latest research shows that a heart-healthy diet and exercise makes you less likely to contract dementia decades later, even if you have the ApoE e4 gene, which is associated with higher risk of Alzheimer's disease.
  • Women aged 45 and older who have migraines preceded by an aura have an increased risk of dying from heart attack and stroke while women who suffer from other types of migraines do not.
  • Cigarette-smoking women run twice the risk of lung cancer as men who smoke, but are far less likely to die from the disease than men.
  • According to a new study, the drug donepezil measurably slows the rate of brain shrinkage in some patients with mild cognitive impairment, a pre-Alzheimerís disease.
  • An FDA-approved drug for diabetes, pioglitazone, is showing promise in early clinical trials in treating people with Alzheimer's Disease.
  • A new test for esophageal reflux disease developed by a Wake Forest University Health Sciences detects the presence of pepsin in a patientís saliva. The test potentially could be used in the offices of primary care physicians avoiding the need for more invasive and costly tests. Most people associate heartburn with excess stomach acid, but it is the digestive enzyme pepsin (and not acid) bathing the lower area of the esophagus that causes the damage.

Article of the Week
How to Deal With the Heat

From West to East the USA is experiencing a heat wave and in some cases it has proven to be deadly. We try to beat the heat, but instead generate more internal combustion. Isnít it time we learn to get along with it? Nature is a great teacher. Summer has an expansive fiery energy that ripens flowers and fruits creating abundance. At the same time summer urges us to slow down our structured activities to take it easier, have more fun and get out there to meet and greet at country fairs, ferry rides and outdoor concerts.

When we override our natural rhythms, we set off an inflammatory response inside and out. To get along with the heat we need to practice what Eastern philosophy has known for centuries: The mind can affect body temperature. Instead of listening to the weather report telling us how brutally hot it is going be, try visualizing cool thoughts of waterfalls, glacier ponds and icy mountain streams. We can flow with the current instead of swim against it. We can breathe in and out, letting go and relaxing, inhaling the fresh air and exhaling our personal hot air.

At home try to transform the dťcor by lightening it up with airy fabrics and placing vases with bright flowers everywhere.More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
How to Prevent Rotator Cuff Injury

Lately, Iíve been experiencing pain in my right shoulder. People at the gym have told me that I might have a rotator cuff injury. What exactly is it? (James T, Old Westbury) Answer

Send your fitness question to:

The Perfect Gift
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.

To learn more: