Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
October 10, 2005

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Guest of the Week - Michael Sena

On Oct 11, 2005 - Michael Sena is a fitness expert, founding member of Chicago Mayor Dalyís Fitness Council and author of Lean Mom, Fit Family. Make fitness a family affair.
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Health Tips of the Week

  • From the Archives of General Psychiatry: The highest lifetime risk of depression is among baby boomers 45 to 64, a surprising shift from younger adults who were most at risk for depression.
  • A new remedy for improving bone and muscle mass inside out is close at hand according to the Harvard Health Watch. It is a gentle oscillating platform the size of a scale that you stand on for a few minutes a day. It appears to strengthen bones inside out. Now donít stop exercising just yet, because exercise provides countless other health benefits. However, these small vibrations can potentially help those patients who are too frail or disabled to exercise moderately.
  • An old natural remedy is no longer a myth. From the Journal of Nutrition a new study shows that flavonoids found in cocoa beans can help prevent the buildup of fluid in the small intestine associated with diarrhea. Dark chocolate helps manage diarrhea.
  • An inexpensive, painless brain test may be able to predict who will develop Alzheimer's disease when the first signs of memory loss begin to emerge. A new study in the Neurobiology of Aging shows that computer analysis of a commonly used test, EEG, measuring electrical activity in the brain, can predict which people in their 60s and 70s with slight memory loss will develop Alzheimer's in the next decade.
  • TV viewing has been linked to irregular bedtimes and naptimes in kids who are less than 3 years old. The American Academy of Pediatrics presents guidelines for TV viewing: No TV for kids less than 2 years old and less than 2 hours per day of TV for kids aged 2 and older.

Article of the Week
How to Deal With Problem People

Our lives our peppered with problem people. Somehow they just gravitate to us on those days when we are busy or come in clusters during a holiday or while we are working on a big project. Sometimes a spouse can utter an innocuous remark on Tuesday, yet on Thursday that same remark is perceived as malevolent and cruel, worthy of a swift cutting rebuke. Or perhaps a mother-in-law appears to be well-intentioned and helpful on one day, but the same act is perceived as meddling and undermining another time. Is it them or is it us?

We are the control center. We have the power to perceive the cup as half full or half empty. When we let a barb penetrate us, it is a sure sign that we are out of balance. Perhaps we did not sleep well last night, have been eating too many ďcomfort foods,Ē or the weather is cold and cloudy. Any little thing can potentially ignite us when we are off balance. So, itís not that the problematic people are out to get us, but that we have reacted to something internal.

Imagine a typical holiday family dinner: You know that uncle Joe will be there to make a remark about how good you used to look. Then there is your mother who wants to know when you are going to have a baby because you are not getting any younger. And in the corner of the room lurks your first cousin Sharon who just landed a partnership in a prestigious law firm while you are still in the process of finding yourself; She will soon ask you about your work or lack of work outside the home. You can potentially trigger a conflagration at the table. In fact, you can fulfill your own negative prophecy by pushing their buttons to release all the painful remarks you dread.

What is the common denominator for all your family members? Are they all mean-spirited, insensitive and out to get you? More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Multi-Joint Exercises

I was told when I do my resistance training that I should do multi-joint exercises. What does this mean? Are there single joint movements? Iím a little confused; can you explain? (Lee, Bethpage) 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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