Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
August 21, 2006

Affirmation of the Week
Treat your friends
like a work of art;
see them in a good light.

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 - Dr. Stuart Rapapport

On August 22, 2006 - Our guest expert is Dr. Stuart Rapapport, an optometrist, actor, singer and comedian all rolled up into one. Learn about eye (I) care.

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Health Tips of the Week

  • Low testosterone levels are associated with insulin resistance which is a precursor to diabetes and other serious illnesses. This means a higher death risk.
  • A new study reveals that morning surgery is associated with fewer problems with anesthesia. Operations taking place later in the afternoon involve more risk.
  • A new mix of unprocessed cocoa for hot chocolate will improve blood vessel function, particularly, for those over the age of 50. Don’t rush out to buy it because it is not yet commercially available. The Mars Company will produce it.
  • A cup of coffee might trigger a heart attack if you are a light or infrequent coffee drinker. So consider, giving it up. However, if you are a heavy coffee drinker, not to worry because this does not apply to you!
  • New studies suggest that breast cancer chemotherapy may cause patients 63 years old and younger bad side effects and higher health care costs than previously estimated. Side effects like fever, infection, diarrhea, dehydration and fatigue have been underestimated. Although newer drugs have fewer side effects, doctors can prepare their patients beforehand.
  • Older adults whose diets are high in saturated and trans fats, along with a high intake of copper may be associated with an accelerated rate of decline in thinking, learning and memory abilities. High copper levels and trans fats are associated with plaque buildup for Alzheimer’s.

Article of the Week
How to Grow Out of Childhood Insecurities

“Oh, it’s just baby fat,” “He’s just a bit shy,” or “She’s not a math student.” Children overhear what well-meaning adults say about them. These comments are usually followed by an optimistic prediction: “Don’t worry! They grow out of it.” However, what if they don’t? Not all adults get over their childhood insecurities; instead most baby boomers in my stress-management workshops still carry them around like heavy baggage feeling unattractive, angry, anxious or insecure.

Nancy, a retired, feisty school teacher, divorced, about 60 years old, wept openly and bitterly during a stress-management session because her mother tried to get her to diet throughout childhood. She felt her mother did not love her unconditionally and could not accept her for who she really was inside; instead, she kept eating even more. Nancy was holding on to past issues allowing them to bother her in the present. I said something daring to her: “I think you are taking that old resentment out of context!” The group looked up at us ready to watch a duel at high noon.

Parents form the original relationship that colors all of our other relationships. Many therapists believe that we marry one of our parents. Inside all adults still remain various conflicting emotions rooted in childhood: A longing for approval/ love along with the fear of abandonment/ smothering.

Adulthood liberates us or does it?More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Hurt at the Gym? When to See the Doctor.

My son works out 5-6 days weekly. My question is because he always seems to hurt himself, when should a doctor be seen? (Concerned Mother) Answer

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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.

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