Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
October 24, 2006

Affirmation of the Week
Pray for a good harvest,
but keep on plowing.

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Guest of the Week - Janis Amatuzio, MD

Oct 24, 2006 Show - Janis Amatuzio, MD, known as the compassionate coroner and author of Beyond Knowing. She lifts the forensic curtain between life and death.

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Oct 17, 2006 Show - Janet Luhrs, editor and publisher of Simple Living and author of Simple Living Guide. Learn how not to zone out, but tune in.

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Health Tips of the Week

  • Older adults are more likely to fall if they are vitamin D deficient because Vitamin D is important for building bones and for muscle function.
  • A new study suggests that Vitamin D may help curtail breast cancer progression.
  • Many people suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder. The FDA has just approved Wellbutrin XL for addressing this type of depression. If you experience SAD symptoms, fatigue, oversleeping, carbohydrate cravings and weight gain, try some light therapy and exercise before you take medication.
  • If you have tennis elbow, forget the steroid injections because they have been found to be ineffective. Basically avoid activity that would aggravate your pain. Tennis elbow is self-limited.
  • People with type 2 diabetes have a new treatment option, a drug called Januvia from a new class of drugs. Januvia may also be taken with the oral diabetes drugs metformin, Avandia, or Actos when any of those drugs, along with diet and exercise, can't adequately control blood sugar.
  • A new study shows that there is no benefit in using magnets for pain after surgery. This doesn’t mean that they might not work for other types of pain, but definitely not for surgical pain.

Article of the Week
"My Job is Unbearable, What Should I Do?"

Dear Debbie,

The problem is that I work at a job that I truly despise. Unfortunately, I am in a situation that does not allow me to leave the job, at least not for another year and a half.

I manage a medical practice and my responsibilities include supervising, billing, accounting, payables, etc. I work about 60 hours a week just to stay on top of everything. I spend the majority of the day "putting out fires" and responding to the never ending interruptions by staff and patients.

My degree is in accounting and I truly enjoy this aspect of my job but this is the part that I end up doing "after 5" due to the interruptions throughout the day. I have tried to talk to the owner of the practice but he has offered no solutions. He does not want to hire an assistant for me, although he will admit that when I leave he will have to hire 3 people to replace me. Do you have any suggestions that would help me deal with this situation that seems unbearable? (Sarah)

Dear Sarah,

The good news is that you have a year and a half to go, so start marking the calendar! However, that’s no way to live in the present. From your job description, it appears that you are the supreme caretaker, the office manager who does it all; of course, your boss would dump everything he/she could in your lap because you are a completer. Everyone wants your help and you continue to give yourself away. This is a parasitic relationship.

The solution: more

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Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Weight Training – Where Do I Begin?

I want to begin some resistance training. How would I start to design a program that will help me? (Sara, Oceanside) Answer

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Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Turn On Your Inner Light: Fitness for Body, Mind and Soul, and Changing Habits: The Caregivers' Total Workout 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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