Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
September 19, 2005

Affirmation of the Week
If all that you own
is what you carry with you,
what would you carry?

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 - Alex Jamieson

On Sept 20, 2005 - Alex Jamieson, a gourmet natural foods chef and author of The Great American Detox Diet. Learn about the antidiet that worked for Supersize Me! Click to listen to it NOW via the internet.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Many people are wearing headphones, not just to enjoy music, or have a conversation on their cell phones, but also to block out noise on buses, trains or just the street. And all of it can contribute to hearing loss according to the Mayo clinic.
  • Vitamin C is currently being studied as an anti-cancer drug where concentrations of Vitamin C are given intravenously at higher doses than can be taken orally. There is potential use of ascorbic acid as an anti-cancer drug through IV infusion. Meanwhile for the rest of us mortals, keep eating your fruits and veggies.
  • It’s officially noted: According to the Journal of Advanced Nursing female heart attack patients wait longer for treatment and do not get the same life saving drugs as quickly as male patients. As a result, women are exposed to a greater rate of life-threatening complications and less favorable outcomes than their male counterparts when early treatment, even aspirin therapy, is not administered.
  • According to The Journal of the American Medical Association increasing the dose of radiation therapy may prevent or at least delay prostate cancer's return decades later. To help prevent prostate cancer The American Cancer Society recommends eating at least five daily servings of fruits and vegetables – specifically pink or red fruits that contain lycopenes like: cooked tomatoes found in tomato sauce or tomato paste, pink grapefruit and watermelon.
  • The latest research from the European Society of Cardiology says that giving heart-attack patients a dose of "super aspirin" known as Plavix when they arrive at the ER - before doing a procedure like angioplasty to restore blood flow to the heart -- could prevent a second heart attack, stroke or death after the procedure. Timing is everything!

Article of the Week
How to be Happy Even When your Child is Unhappy

There’s an old expression: You are as happy as your unhappiest child and if this still holds true – no wonder we have been referred to as “Prozac Nation!” Perhaps, in a simpler time period this truism was less of an issue. Children’s innocent problems, which were popular in ‘50’s sitcoms, like who to go to the dance with or how to get along with a sibling’s teasing pale by comparison to today’s menacing issues of fierce academic competition, drugs and violence. Many children grow up needing to compensate for innate physical and emotional stressors, let alone deal with the external social and academic stressors coming their way; for example, children have learning disabilities or processing problems, are asthmatic, have irritable bowel syndrome or are in the autistic spectrum. Nowadays children are more sedentary, weigh more and are more stressed. All this makes for unhappy parents.

During the birth process, no matter how intensely difficult, the moment arrives when the umbilical chord is cut and the newborn must breathe on his own. This symbolizes our delicate relationship with our children. After having done our part, we must watch from the sideline and affirm; in other words, we cannot take over and breathe for our child. Many parents actually contribute to their children’s stress levels by over-scheduling enrichment activities, overtly or covertly demanding academic success and creating a bedroom so replete with amenities that a child doesn’t ever have to leave to be with the family. If we are so enmeshed in our children’s ups and downs that we have grown anxious and unhappy, it is time to cut the emotional umbilical chord again!

Living vicariously through our children shows that we are not working on ourselves. More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Triceps Exercises

I want to tighten the back of my arm. I think it’s the triceps. I was told to do bench dips, but while doing them my wrist hurt so much that I had to stop. Are there any other exercises that are not so painful and get the job done?! (Jane, Selden) 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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