Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
September 26, 2005

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Affirmation of the Week
When you plant a seed of friendship,
you reap a rich harvest.

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 - Steven Pashko, Ph.D.

On Sept 27, 2005 - Steven Pashko, Ph.D., a psychologist who reveals what psychology doesnít address in Free Your Mind. Click to listen to it NOW via the internet.

Health Tips of the Week

  • In the current issue of Arthritis Research & Therapy older people who exercise regularly experience fewer aches and pains than other people their age who are less active.
  • The benefits of exercise for seniors keep getting better! According to the Journal of Neuroscience older mice that exercised on a running wheel developed new brain cells and learned a new task more effectively than older sedentary mice. What that means for human beings is that people with diseases like Alzheimer's might be able to build replacement brain cells as a result of a daily workout.
  • Eating soy may help prevent bone fractures in post-menopausal women. A study of over 24,000 women revealed that the best window of opportunity for boosting bone health by eating soy products like tofu or drinking soy milk occurs during the first few years after menopause.
  • Tooth decay is making a comeback for children because of bottled water. The reason for this is fewer children are drinking fluoridated tap water. While it is great that children are drinking bottled water instead of soda, bottled water does not contain fluoride. Dentists are seeing more cavities in their young patients.
  • An antioxidant found in green tea may protect the brain and fight the memory-robbing effects seen with plaque deposits in Alzheimer's disease. However, how much of this antioxidant is necessary has not been quantified yet. Drinking a cup or two of green tea a day couldnít hurt.
  • According to the Lancet the flu vaccination doesn't work as well as doctors thought it would for the elderly. However, the good news for elderly people is that the flu shot does protect against complications from the flu: pneumonia, hospitalization, and death. The CDC advises the elderly to get flu shots to prevent these serious complications.

Article of the Week
How to Become a Wise Person at Any Age

You donít have to be old to be wise. Wisdom can happen suddenly at any age and anyone you meet at any moment could make you wise! Some of us acquire wisdom through life experiences and natural maturation Ė we are the processors. Reflecting on past experiences, like pieces in a puzzle, helps us to learn the lessons of the past. And some of us are simply born older with a feel for things, looking at the world with wise, eager eyes. We respond to breakthrough moments.

How do you know that you have reached the age of wisdom? You feel happy and at ease with who you are and what you have to offer to all those you meet and greet. As a wise person, when you donít feel happy, or you feel anxious, you change what isnít working for you because you are flexible. The attributes of the wise are natural, open and direct. The wise eagerly share with others both material goods and positive words. In fact, they love to give everyone a compliment, finding the right words to say as a pick-me-up. To be wise is to live in the present, alert to a change in the air, in the body and in the heart.

Living in good alignment releases wisdom from head to toe. It begins with good posture and a firm stance opening up a direct communication between the mind and the heart. Sitting up straight at our desks helps oxygen reach the brain and releases pressure off the back. Next, balancing the heart with internal and external compassion releases the hurt, loss and anger that we store inside. Learning to let go of the anger we aim at others and then most importantly to forgive ourselves, we restore our natural heart rhythm feeling calm and content. Ultimately, balancing our two brains, the primal limbic brain and the cognitive brain, letting our feelings make peace with our rationalizations, we can see clearly down the road and get inspired.

Try this simple exercise every morning to facilitate a reflex response to wisdom. More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
How to Get Flat Abs

No matter how much running or cardio I do as well as restricting my calories, I canít lose the fat on my lower stomach. I was told I would be stuck with it because itís where I store my fat. Am I doomed? (Lisa Q, Oakdale) 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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