Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
September 1, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
No one can go back and make
a brand new start.
However, you can make
a brand new ending.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Here are the risk factors for 90% of heart attacks for all races: Smoking, abnormal cholesterol, diabetes, high blood pressure, stress, abdominal obesity, sedentary lifestyle, eating too few fruits and vegetables and abstaining from alcohol. The good news is that you can prevent a heart attack when you know the risk factors.
  • The Journal of American Medical Association claims that women who regularly drink sugar sweetened soda gain more weight and have a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes. They also tend to exercise less, smoke more and eat more. And you thought you were simply drinking a can of soda - not opening a Pandoraís box.
  • The latest study confirms that it's never too late to reap the benefits of exercise. In fact, men in their 60s and older who work out regularly can boost age-related declines in immunity.
  • Watch out: People who have full-body CT screenings to detect potential health problems are exposed to about as much radiation as some survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings, a study in Tuesday's journal, Radiology, reports. Weigh the risk of radiation against your personal need for cancer screening.
  • New research shows that people with high blood pressure seem to be more vulnerable to heart attacks when the temperature drops. Blood vessels constrict in the cold and hike up high blood pressure even higher. Dress warmly.
  • Blueberries are known to help fight cancer and diabetes, protect against urinary tract infections and keep the brain alert; now studies show they protect against heart disease by lowering cholesterol levels. Donít throw away your statins yet; more studies about blueberries are on the way. However, if you donít already, start eating blueberries!

Article of the Week - How to Cope with Back to School Stress

The school year presents an opportunity for a fresh start, getting together with old and new friends, new accomplishments and exciting activities - a measure of growth. A new vibration can be felt in the air.

Instead, in many households anxiety, stress and even sadness reign. Parents need to bribe their children with fancy knap sacks, jazzy school folders and lunch boxes, not to mention the back-to-school clothes to take the sting out of returning to school.

The problem with school, any level from pre-school to college, is labeling. Children wear their scarlet letter grades as badges of honor or shame. Early in their education children are labeled B-Student, C Ė Student, ADD, AD/HD, LD, OCD, Obese, etc. Once a child is labeled, expectations seem to fall in line with that label. Ironically in spite of the labels parents harbor unrealistic expectations and become disappointed. The children absorb that disappointment and live down to the lesser image. They begin to feel inexplicably unhappy and irritable eroded by teachers and parents. Children soon experience stomachaches, headaches, insomnia and more frequent colds. More.. -- Other articles

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I always hear about how I need good quality protein to help my muscle tissue grow, but being a vegetarian what are my options for good quality protein? (Judy, Brookhaven)Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Guy Finley
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 September 5, 2004 - Guy Finley, author of Apprentice of the Heart, a motivational speaker and founder of the Life of Learning Foundation. Get inspired!

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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