Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
September 15, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
Often we look so long at the closed door
that we do not see
the one that has been opened for us.

Health Tips of the Week

  • For women with a genetic risk, MRI is the best choice for breast cancer screening, a new study shows. An MRI can detect small tumors often missed by mammography and ultrasound.
  • An experimental breast cancer vaccine with mammaglobin-A protein may eventually prevent and even help treat up to 80% of breast cancers. The vaccine works by stimulating the immune system to launch an attack against breast cancer tumor cells.
  • Not just pretty, but functional! Hibiscus flower extract may help cut cholesterol and heart disease, according to a new Taiwanese study. Extracts from hibiscus have been used for centuries in herbal medicine to treat high blood pressure and liver disorders. Although no one really understands why it works, the hibiscus extract contains many antioxidants such as flavonoids and polyphenols. These compounds have contributed to the health benefits of other drinks, which include red wine and tea.
  • People with irritable bowel syndrome feel tense, tired and depressed. Their emotional state and energy levels need a doctor's attention just as much as the physical. Anxiety and stress can impact how well a patient interacts socially and work absenteeism is higher. Effective treatments for irritable bowel consist of low doses of antidepressants, hypnosis, stress-management therapy, dietary changes, medicines for constipation and diarrhea.
  • How do you know when you're overdoing it while exercising? Here's a simple test: Say the Pledge of Allegiance out loud. If it's hard to speak those familiar words, you're probably pushing yourself too hard.
  • Helping prevent childhood leukemia might be as simple as eating oranges, bananas and turmeric as well as drinking orange juice according to the latest research.

Article of the Week -
How to Raise Brighter and More Successful Children

Children extend our identities and so we bask in their accomplishments. The opposite is also true. There is a proverb that says: You are as happy as your unhappiest child. Many of the stressors we encounter daily are triggered or exacerbated by what our children experience: social interactions, tests, sports and of course, their moods. As parents, we set out with the goal to make our children’s world more stable, healthier and joyous. Somehow along the way we try too hard and get lost in multi-tasking.

When we feel stressed about our children’s conflicts and situations, they inhale that stress and sense their own negativity more intensely, fearing the problem to be far worse and more unmanageable than it is. Now, they have to deal with their parents’ stress in addition to their own. While parents don’t have to prance around the house pretending all is well when it isn’t, parents should try to restore balance and redirect anxious energy toward problem solving. Too many of us only see a closed door… For example, if a child fails a test, then this failure could prompt a new opportunity to focus on the material that needs to be learned. Criticism can polish our mirrors.

Here are some suggestions to give your child a successful head start in a competitive, stressful world and as a result make you both happier. More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
If I had to pick one exercise for building my biceps which one would you suggest? Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Dr. Dale Atkins
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 19, 2004 - Dr. Dale Atkins, psychologist and author of I’m Okay, You’re my Parents will give us some concrete advice on how to let go of the anger aimed at our parents, so that we can re-parent ourselves.

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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