Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
October 31, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
When you open your mouth,
others can see your mind.

Weekly Wellness Radio Show

The Turn On your Inner Light Radio Show airs Tuesday evenings 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 are archived for your listening pleasure.

Guest of the Week - Dr. Harris McILwain

On November 2, 2004 - Dr. Harris McILwain, a rheumatologist, author of Reversing Ostopenia and twice named by Town and Country as one of the best doctors in America, will help you strengthen your skeletal frame.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Spicy foods like hot pepper and curry can help clear your nose and sinus. They serve as blood vessel dilators that help drain the sinuses relieving the pressure and pain.
  • Ginger relieves nausea as effectively as over the counter drugs. Skip the ginger ale though, as it has very little ginger.
  • An apple a day plus a veggie-intensive diet are the stars of new cancer prevention studies. If more people ate at least three servings of vegetables per day, there would be a substantial reduction in the cancer rate
  • Stretching before exercising may not help prevent sports injuries; however, it helps speed recovery from a strained muscle. When you have pulled a muscle, wait 48 hours during which you rest the muscle and ice it often. After that, begin gentle stretching - never to the point of pain - only a slight pull.
  • Tough warning labels for antidepressants, ordered by the Food and Drug Administration, could save children's lives, but other experts warn that the move could backfire by preventing suicidal children from getting treatment.
  • The flu-shot shortage makes it a high priority for elderly Americans to get a second, often overlooked vaccine that protects against a type of pneumonia germ which is often a complication of the flu. Called pneumococcal vaccine, it's a one-time shot for anyone 65 or older. Younger people with heart and lung diseases, diabetes, or weak immune systems need it, too.

Article of the Week -
Vaccine Shortage Stressing You? Hereís How to Avoid the Flu

The lines are long, time consuming and filled with anxious faces. People are stressed that the flu vaccine is scarce and available only for those in special need. Itís every person for himself or is it? The flu can bring out the best or worst in each of us: how we handle fear, illness, victimization, aggression or acceptance. Adversity helps us get acquainted with who we are. Do we have compassion and are we willing to give up our flu shot for another who needs it more? The vaccine scarcity gives us an opportunity to face and understand our fears more deeply and how to take care of ourselves. The answer to the flu epidemic is physical and spiritual balance. Because if we are living in balance in all that we do, we can boost our immune system, live in better health and have a sense of who we really are.

The good news is that most healthy people will recover from the flu in seven to ten days and the worst symptoms go away within four days. There are also prescription antiviral medicines: Amantadine, rimantadine, Relenza, and Tamiflu which lessen the severity of the flu and shorten its duration. In order for them to be effective you must take them within the first two days of the flu. Also our government will obtain additional vaccines from Canada and Germany and most likely will have them available by December.

For those of us who are un-vaccinated here are some suggestions to avoid getting the flu: More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Iíve been strength-training for just under a year and I love doing lower body. I guess because Iíve seen good results. However, I want to ask you if thereís a difference between front squats and the bar behind the neck back squat?
(Jonathan, Smithtown)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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