Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
October 17, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
A positive attitude might not
solve all your problems,
but it will annoy enough people
to make it worth the effort.

Wellness Radio Show

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 - Andrea Friedell

On October 19, 2004 - Andrea Friedell, author of Bitter Persimmons, shares her valuable lessons to distinguish fiction from reality in relationships.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Next time your sweet tooth needs satisfying, try honey. Eating honey everyday can raise your blood levels of polyphenols which decrease the risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke. Other studies show that honey kills the bacteria responsible for sinus infections and when applied to the skin relieves symptoms of psoriasis and eczema. Honey is sweeter than sugar, so you donít need much for sugar cravings.
  • People with high blood pressure can take the problem into their own hands. Two new studies show that handgrip exercises make blood vessels more flexible, improve blood vessel function, and lower high blood pressure. In addition to your medication try hand grip exercises! Here is another reason to go work out.
  • Chronic kidney failure soared 104% in the U.S. between 1990 and 2001, largely due to climbing rates of diabetes and high blood pressure. It's possible to reduce your risk of chronic kidney failure. The CDC says, preventive measures include getting regular physical activity, eating a healthy diet, and controlling diabetes and high blood pressure.
  • Research indicates that when you cut calories, dairy foods may help you burn more fat and lose more weight, especially around your waist which is responsible for metabolic syndrome. Eating three to four servings of dairy products a day is more effective at enhancing weight loss efforts than calcium supplementation alone with pills or calcium-fortified foods. Remember low fat dairy products, not ice-cream.

Article of the Week - How Not to Be a Desperate Housewife

The new popular ABC comedy-drama with a hint of the Twilight Zone, Desperate Housewives, takes the viewer on a weekly tour of an affluent neighborhood inhabited by women living lives of quiet desperation, and their men don’t look too happy either! Its popularity can mean only one thing: Many of us identify with the theme.

Desperate Housewives presents some obvious reasons for all the unhappiness and we all met them in Stepford Wives. Affluence and love affairs do not appear to offer any solutions. Tidy, organized homes don’t. Raising high spirited children doesn’t seem appealing. While either laughing at some of the absurd antics that have a dark undertone, or feeling sad that the narrative perspective is given by a likable and intelligent woman who shot herself in the head, Desperate Housewives triggers a personal reckoning: “Is this all there is?”

If you are looking for the essentials of happiness, to feel more positive and energetic, so that you don’t live a life of quiet desperation, here are some suggestions: More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
For the past couple of months Iíve been working out- mostly cardio and spin classes. Now I want to start firming up and have been watching the ďPump It UpĒ classes at my gym. Will this class give me what I need? (Janet, Bellmore, NY) 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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