Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
November 14, 2005

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Affirmation of the Week
We have to let go of one breath
to breathe in the next.

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. The shows are archived for your listening pleasure.

Guest of the Week - Alan Zweibel

On Nov 15, 2005 - Alan Zweibel, an original Sat. Night Live writer, winner of numerous Emmy and Writers Guild awards for his work in TV and currently producer of Curb Your Enthusiasm and collaborator of Billy Crystal’s 700 Sundays. His new comic novel, The Other Shulman, will inspire you to run towards life instead of away from it.
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Health Tips of the Week

  • Resveratrol found in black grapes, red grapes, red wine and peanuts are being studied as a potent drug against Alzheimer’s disease and some cancers.
  • This is a message for the weekend warriors and forever young: Sports injuries are on the rise for baby boomers especially: knees, ankles lower back and shoulders. While extreme exercise regimens need to revised and traded in for workouts that are kinder to the joints, this is not the time to stop being active.
  • Out of Harvard University is an alarming new finding: An association between consumption of cola beverages, whether regular or diet, and an increased risk of high blood pressure. The finding is consistent, both for younger and older women. Corn syrup in regular cola and caramel coloring in diet cola are currently being investigated.
  • According to the Journal of the American Medical Association antibiotics are still being over-prescribed to children with sore throats. In addition, the wrong antibiotics might be given too because some doctors think that newer is better. However, that has not proven to be the case. A strep test should be given to determine if an antibiotic is needed. Otherwise antibiotics are unnecessary and are in fact creating resistant bacteria.
  • Out of Stanford are encouraging words about tryptophans found in many foods, like turkey, can help with auto immune disorders, particularly MS. There is reasonable hope that tryptophans can be made into a drug with the specific potency to target these diseases. Otherwise you would have to eat an awful lot of turkey.

Article of the Week
Afraid to Speak in the Spotlight – Learn to Get Over It

Some of us get “shaky nerves syndrome” when we have to speak to an audience or in situations where we might be sitting in a classroom or a meeting and it’s our turn to ask a question or present our comments. The heat of being observed causes our faces to flush, our heart to pound out of our chest and our body to tremble as though we just stepped out of the shower into the cold air. The ultimate unmasking is our quavering voice.

At the heart of the matter are personal doubts about: “Will they think that what I am saying is stupid?” or “Will they like me?” These cluttered thoughts inhibit effective communication because we turn inward instead of outward where our words are being received.

Whatever the occasion, PTA night, a workplace meeting or a big family gathering including the in-laws, shaky nerves and nagging thoughts can be managed and transformed into an advantage. The key is to channel the acute stress of self-expression in a situation where we feel that we are being evaluated into a strong, energetic presentation. The acute stress of making our voices heard can serve as a positive trigger because it wakes us up to prepare thoroughly, perform better and be more awake. Even our immune systems become more vigilant when our bodies are in high alert. More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Difference Between Curves and a Regular Gym

I’ve been thinking about joining a gym and getting a little more serious about my training now that summer is here and I have more time. Is there any difference between Curves and a regular gym? (Jane, West Islip) 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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