Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
November 7, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
You can tell more about a person
by what he says about others
than what others say about him.

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 - ALAN R. HIRSCH, M.D.

On November 9, 2004 - ALAN R. HIRSCH, M.D., neurologist and psychiatrist who specializes in the treatment of smell and taste loss. He is the author of Lifeís a Smelling Success and will inform us how smell affects mood, weight loss and memory.

Health Tips of the Week

  • It has been proven: Optimism prolongs life. In a decade long study using people 65-85 over 50% of the participants who were optimistic lived longer and healthier. One of the reasons is that optimists tend to adapt a healthier lifestyle, exercising and not smoking. And most importantly the study shows they cut down on stress levels. See it pays to see the glass as half full.
  • A new IBS drug targeting the silent suffering of people with abdominal cramps and diarrhea is about to be approved in 2005- Cilansetron relieves pain and improves quality of life
  • Getting tough on cholesterol with high doses of the cholesterol medication Lipitor may help prevent heart attacks. Researchers found that 80 milligrams of the cholesterol medication Lipitor decreased heart attacks more than the usual treatment of high cholesterol.
  • Strong flavored onions are healthier for you than mild varieties like Vidalia. Shallots, Western Yellow and NY Bold contained the highest level of disease fighting anti-oxidants.
  • Taking Nexium, Prevacid or Prilosec keeps acid- reflux under control, but it may put you at a higher risk for pneumonia. Apparently these heartburn drugs are so good at knocking out the stomachís germ killing acids that they make the elderly and people with chronic lung illness vulnerable to the bugs that cause pneumonia.

Article of the Week -
How to Deal with Grief - Don't Rush the Process

The Latin root of adversity means to turn or pay attention to. When we experience adversity, we should follow the advice of its literal meaning and pay attention to, become mindful of the body's emotional signals. When we grieve, we should let these emotional signals speak to us and accept them. Too often we are in a hurry to deal with grief. Sometimes when we mourn, those around us feel uncomfortable. "How long are you going to mourn your mother? She was old and ill. This is the natural order." As a response, we begin to suppress our feelings, numb them and put on a happy face for others even though there is a hole in our heart.

The last thing we want to do is to surrender to the grief, to the emotional pain. After all, who wants to be in pain? However, it is the best thing that we can do. Pain is not a bad thing. Without the sensation of pain, we might not realize the need to withdraw our hand from the fire. Allowing ourselves to feel makes us powerfully human and ultimately protects us. Ironically, when we grieve, we expand our heart instead of constrict it in a knot of unresolved despair. We let our grief flow out. We are challenged to do better and to be more compassionate as we connect to others to help us process what has happened. More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Iíve been training over a year now seriously and for the most part Iím cutting my calories, doing my cardio, which I hate and strength training. Iím happy with the results except I canít get that six pack. Iíve come to the conclusion that I wonít and thatís okay, but I want to stop doing sit-ups as I hate them too. Do I have to train my abs? (Darren, 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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