Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
September 22, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
The secret of getting ahead
is getting started.

Health Tips of the Week

  • A new study shows that adults who were abused or neglected as children are at 30% to 70% higher risk of heart disease than other individuals. Interestingly enough, divorce or separation of parents -- had no impact on heart disease risk. Researchers explain that exposure to negative events during childhood may set off a chain of responses, such as depression, or anger and hostility, which may lead to self-destructive behaviors known to increase the risk of heart disease, such as smoking, overeating, and physical inactivity. While you canít go back and rewrite history, you can let it go. Itís time to re-parent yourself. Also, this means you should get more frequent medical check-ups.
  • According to a new EPA report, one in eight airplanes may carry drinking water that does not meet U.S. safety standards. The tests showed that the water supply on board 20 airplanes showed evidence of intestinal bacteria and two airplanes tested positive for E. coli. Both of these are indicators that other disease-causing organisms may be present in the water and could affect public health. The ATA says airline drinking water on U.S. flights comes from municipal drinking water supplies and therefore is as safe as the tap water most people get from their homes. In addition, most airlines also provide passengers the choice of bottled water for drinking. Has anyone checked air quality in planes and the germs that re-circulate?
  • Heavy traffic produces a high degree of stress, which could trigger a stroke and heart attack. Traffic was the biggest stressor, aggravating most participants. Running late, anger at other drivers, bad weather, detours, delays, and air/noise pollution were all on the list. And while public transportation is good for the environment, it didn't help stress levels decline in this study.
  • Want to improve your mental health? Drugs alone donít do it as well as drugs plus talk therapy. And the latest form of therapy is phone therapy. Reach out and touch someone at the moment of crisis, not a week later in the therapistís office. The people who need the most help often donít go. A therapist can be more aggressive in reaching out to the patient and those who fear judgment donít have to look at the therapistís face.
  • Want to live longer and ward off Alzheimerís? Go for a daily half-hour walk. Exercise improves the mind and the good news is that it doesnít have to be strenuous-just keep on easing down the road.

Article of the Week - How to Boost Your Self-Confidence

You feel anxious about mingling at a party wondering if anyone will talk to you or if you will say anything engaging. You repeatedly check your appearance in the mirror. Perhaps, you failed at something you worked on and feel inadequate. You might even feel that you have been victimized and are not responsible for being fired or divorced. All these symptoms share a common denominator: you are lacking self-confidence. Ironically being told that you lack self-confidence does not make you feel any better about yourself! Most daily stressors gnaw at the root of self-esteem. Filling your thoughts with perceived enemies and old conflicts drains your spirit and saps your creative joy. However, no one can trivialize you, label you, or crush your convictions if you have a fundamental sense of who you are; if you see yourself as a separate identity from that of spouse, children and career. More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I am 5í9Ē which to me is tall for a woman and Iím rather lean. I was told to bring up my upper body, especially my shoulders. What can I do to make this happen? (Sheila, Valley Stream) Answer

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Radio Show Guest of the Week - Dr. David Johnson
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 26, 2004 - Dr. David Johnson, one of the authors of Medical Tests That Can Save Your Life, and a professor at the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Maine will help you take control of your 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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