Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
October 3, 2005

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Affirmation of the Week
Stop responding
and start reacting.

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Health Tips of the Week

  • According to Arthritis Research & Therapy people who work with mineral oils, such as motor oil and hydraulic oil, may be more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis. In this study men who had occupational exposure to mineral oils had a 30% higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The Harvard Health Letter reports that abruptly stopping to take aspirin before surgery or a dental procedure after taking it regularly can increase the risk of stroke or heart attack.
  • Pomegranate juice may prevent and treat prostate cancer according to the latest study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Pomegranates are rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory effects; In fact, pomegranates have higher levels of antioxidants than red wine and green tea, which are being studied as potential cancer treatments.
  • According to the Chicago Rush University Medical Center the greater the weight loss, the higher the risk of Alzheimer's. Apparently, weight loss occurs several years before the symptoms of memory loss show up. Seniors who lose weight regularly without any other signs of illness should be monitored for memory loss.
  • Stuttering is common among young children. Though most will develop normal speech by the time they reach school age, new research from the Australian Stuttering Research Center suggests that early treatment can make all the difference. Early evaluation is important for all preschoolers who stutter because it is impossible to predict which children will continue to stutter. The method used in Australia, Canada, Europe and the US involves praising good speech and bringing attention to stuttering; seems obvious and easy to implement.
  • Many of us are pet owners, so we need to be alert that the dog flu is spreading among U.S. pets, the CDC announced. The dog flu is almost identical to a horse flu that's been in the U.S. for a long time. Humans don't get the virus from horses and they probably won't get it from dogs. If your pet is sick, keep your dog away from other dogs.

Article of the Week
How to Get Over Losing Your Job

Most of us have grieved for the loss of people, pets and moments. And as we continue to experience life by taking more risks emotionally and physically, we leave ourselves open to the possibility of loss and rejection. In the list of things that people mourn, we often do not realize how deeply affected we or our loved ones can be with the loss of a job. People who are unemployed grieve similarly to those who have lost loved ones. The pain of losing a job is not only about a significant loss of income, but can hurl an entire identity into turmoil. Many of us define ourselves by our work. We calibrate our self-worth by what we accomplish or do not accomplish, what we earn or don’t earn. In other words, if a project fails, then we are failures. If a project takes off, then we are wonderful. If we are out of work, who are we?

The knee-jerk reaction is to ask, “Why me?” or to cast the blame on the powers that be: “My boss doesn’t like me,” “This is company politics,” or “My co-workers are afraid of my ability and have plotted against me.” However, anger is an energy drain and will leave us without the energy to look for a solution. Whatever pushes our buttons, shakes us up, has something important to teach us. If we do not assume responsibility for our actions, we play the part of a victim. When a manager criticizes us, we might want to listen to the critique and question ourselves: “Is this true, some of it, all of it? How can I improve?”

The loss of a job might be so destabilizing that the person experiences: More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Lower Body Makeover

Coming out of the beach season, I wasn’t exactly pleased about the way my legs and hip area looked. Can you give me a lower body makeover? (Suzette P, New Hyde Park, NY) 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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