Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
October 6, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
You can solve more problems
by digging at the roots
than hacking away at the leaves.

Important Radio Show Announcement

The Turn On your Inner Light Radio Show is moving to a more convenient time, Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 7:30pm., on WGBB 1240AM in Long Island. Listeners outside the Long Island area can listen to the show live by going to WGBB Live. The shows will continue to be archived on

Guest of the Week - Dr. Judith Orloff
On October 12, 2004 - Dr. Judith Orloff, author of Positive Energy, a practicing intuitive and clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Studies show that an increase in portion size is a major cause of the obesity epidemic. Okay we can deal with it. Eat on smaller plates at home and when you eat out, take home half of what you are served in a restaurant. You will save calories and money for the next dayís meal.
  • Recognizing and changing stressful patterns of thought that contribute to sleep disturbance are proven to be more effective in the long run than taking the popular sleeping pill, Ambien. My suggestion: if you canít fall asleep and feel tense about it, force yourself to stay awake- you will fall asleep before you know it.
  • Not only are we experiencing a shortage in flu vaccine, but the flu season has already begun. Therefore U.S. health officials are urging flu shots first for babies and toddlers 6-23 months, the elderly, people with chronic health problems, pregnant women, and other specific risk groups and health care workers. Healthier people are asked to forego them for now. So keep yourself in balance, eat your 5 a day fruits and vegetables and exercise to boost your immune system.
  • A growing number of studies suggest that drinking green tea is good for you. In test tubes green tea has proven to be more powerful in halting oxidative damage than Vitamins C and E. You can have up to 3 cups a day. However, donít overdo your tea drinking. In large amounts tea can interfere with blood clotting and may interact with blood thinners. Tea can also hinder the absorption of iron from fruits and vegetables. Drink your tea freshly brewed. Decaffeinated and instant tea contains less of the healthy compounds.
  • Men with prostate cancer now have options: radioactive seed therapy or surgery. There are a lot of advantages to the seed therapy. It's minimally invasive -- no cutting, no suturing. You're discharged two hours later, with no physical restrictions. The procedure is well tolerated. Speak to your doctor to determine which procedure is right for you.

Article of the Week -
Is Fall Sapping Your Energy?
Some Energy Generating Tips to Fall Back On

The winds of seasonal change are blowing. The air is crisper and the sun is brighter unencumbered by humidity and clouds. I expect to encounter sunny and eager dispositions! Instead, around me I see tired eyes, frowns and sluggish gaits. Energy, positive energy, is at a low point for the year. I wonder why?

Fall compels us to take stock of our homes, gardens and workplace. The leaves are changing and beginning to shed their attachment to the steadfast trees. We note what is depleted or dingy and what is thriving and vibrant inside and out. However, change can be stressful because for awhile we must live in ambiguity. We all wish we had a crystal ball to see the future, the end result. We all try hard to close our eyes and envision the unknown or write down our goals to make the future more tangible and real. Yet why not enjoy the moment, the vibrant new colors and fragrances - delight in the seasonal foods and drinks? Instead of needing to know what life brings, why not immerse ourselves in what life has to offer now by savoring the environment and re-establishing our connection to it. Instead of rigorously following the tracks we have carefully mapped out for ourselves, we should not lose track of living in the moment and possibly taking a detour to a spontaneous trail.

Here are some suggestions to generate good energy: More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Iíve been training for 6 months and Iím really consistent, but I was told by a gym friend that itís not good to lift everyday and that I should take a day off in between. Should I rest my muscles? (Samantha, Amityville) Answer

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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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