Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
August 25, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
The odds of hitting a target
go up dramatically
when you aim at it.

Health Tips of the Week

  • The newest addiction in the medical marketplace: Workaholism. Workaholics tend to seek high-stress jobs to keep the adrenaline rush going. If work consumes you and destroys your health and personal life, there could be more going on; you could be a workaholic. Anyone who is a perfectionist is susceptible to workaholism as it creates a situation where the person never gets to cross the finish line because it keeps moving farther out. By the way homemakers can be workaholics too - taking parenting to the max!
  • A new FDA analysis shows that most antidepressants that kids take have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and actions; however, antidepressant drugs are helpful in treating pediatric depression. Without treatment -- with either antidepressant drugs or psychotherapy -- kids who are severely depressed have a high risk of suicide as well. It's difficult to figure out exactly what role the drugs play in a suicide risk for already depressed children.
  • Eating fresh fruit, instead of popping vitamin pills, is the more direct and effective route to better health. Eating cactus pear fruit, which is packed with vitamin C and other antioxidants, is superior to taking pills, a new study shows. Evidence shows that few Americans eat 5 a day - helpings of fruits and vegetables - despite their amazing health benefits. Have you seen Jack LaLanne lately?
  • A new study reveals that massage after an exercise session may actually hinder muscle recovery by diverting blood from the muscles towards the skin. While massage is effective for relaxing both mind and body, waiting a few hours after exercise appears to be better for muscular aches.
  • Stress tests aimed at detecting blocked arteries in patients may miss more than half the cases of early heart disease. A procedure called coronary calcium scanning, which is used to find evidence of plaques that block arteries should be added to get a more complete evaluation for smokers, diabetics or those with high cholesterol or blood pressure.

Article of the Week - Stress Tips for Vacation and Life

My husband and I just returned from hiking with another couple in the various terrains and rarified air of the Canadian Rockies. Although the connecting flights from New York to Calgary were physically and mentally challenging - like a modern-day version of a medieval quest, the natural, fragrant beauty I encountered was mystical and well worth the journey.
Hiking for us meant using stress-management skills- especially on vacation which can be fraught with unexpected stress. The required skills include: preparation, core stability, balance, focus, awareness, a sense of humor and an eye for joy. The environment and weather were constantly changing despite our valiant attempts to organize. We dressed in layers and tread carefully and respectfully. We were rewarded with amazing vistas.
Since we traveled with friends who prefer shopping malls, fine dining and museums to hiking and roughing it, juggling interests and adapting to far more than the mountainous environment were necessary. Here are some de-stressing strategies that helped us in our journey. Fortunately, these concrete skills can be transferred to daily living. More.. -- Other articles

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
What are some effective exercises to firm up my arms and shoulders? Right now I am at a standstill. (Joyce, Smithtown)Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Brian Clement
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 Aug 29, 2004 - Brian Clement, director of the Hippocrates Health Institute in Florida and author of Living Foods for Optimum Health.

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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