Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
August 22, 2005

Affirmation of the Week
We can all be sorcerers
when we realize
our connection to the source.

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. The shows are archived for your listening pleasure.

Guest of the Week - Carol Simontacchi

On Aug 23, 2005 - Carol Simontacchi, a nutritionist and national lecturer, author of Natural Alternatives to Vioxx, Celebrex. Learn about natureís most effective treatments for inflammation. Click to listen to it NOW via the internet.

Health Tips of the Week

  • In this weekís issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology the findings suggest that doctors should evaluate patients with heart disease for depression and refer those patients for therapy because it can be a matter of life and death regarding a cardiac episode.
  • Women who take a lot of acetaminophen (Tylenol) have nearly twice the risk of high blood pressure as those who don't use the drug. Those who take a lot of ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve) raise their risk by as much as 78%. Over the counter pain killers are not as innocent as they appear. When you pop pills, weigh the consequences.
  • Diets high in folate may help reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease. A nine-year study showed that older adults whose diets were high in folate reduced their risk of Alzheimer's disease by half compared with those whose diets contain less than the Recommended Dietary Allowances. Foods rich in folate include oranges, bananas, leafy green vegetables, asparagus, broccoli, liver, and many types of beans and peas, as well as fortified bread. The American Heart Association does not recommend supplements as a substitute for eating a balanced diet of fruits and vegetables.
  • Addicted to tanning? Even though there are tanning risks that people know about, many just canít stop tanning! The reason according to dermatologists: the body may release feel-good chemicals when ultraviolet light hits the skin. If UV light releases endorphins, that might trigger an addiction.
  • Scientists in Australia's tropical north are collecting blood from crocodiles in the hope of developing a powerful antibiotic for humans, after tests showed that the reptile's immune system kills the HIV virus and many bacteria that are resistant to current antibiotics.

Article of the Week
Donít Stress About Aging: Start Your Health Account Today

If we want our golden years to be 18 karat as opposed to gold plated, we need to set up for them when we are young, or at least young at heart. We need to begin saving in our health bank. In other words, taking a quantum leap into our future when weíre in our sixties or seventies, and addressing memory loss, osteoporosis, arthritis and heart disease, it would make more sense not to stress, but to have fortified and prepared for our health starting in our forties. After all, we do financial planning for retirement!

The great news about investing for our golden years is that we get to enjoy and use the interest immediately! Our vitality, keenness and strength grow incrementally. I am amazed by the anecdotal evidence of how activities of daily living are improved like getting out of a car more spryly or lifting heavy bags out of the trunk. And those of us who tremble at the thought of Alzheimerís will be relieved to know that daily physical exercise and mental stimulation create auxiliary neurological pathways to compensate should the disease hit. The point is to begin creating those extra compensatory pathways now while we are alert and approaching midlife rather than waiting for our senior years.

Then there is the impressive statistical evidence of the effectiveness of disease prevention and management in cancer, HIV, dementia, cardiac ailments and diabetes as recorded in JAMA, the Lancet and other global medical publications. And beyond the physical benefits, making deposits in oneís health account creates a more adventurous spirit Ė really starting to live again. So what are we all waiting for? Itís not that life is short; itís that we begin to live it so late!

Hereís how to build up your health account today. Now donít you feel better already? More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Comprehensive Shoulder Exercises

When I look at my upper body, Iím for the most part satisfied with my results, but my shoulders arenít where I hoped they would be. Any suggestions?
(Doug. Queens Village) Answer

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Debbie 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 WGBB 1240 AM in Long Island and has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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