Debbie Mandel’s
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
November 28, 2004

Affirmation of the Week
There are no more hours
in a bad day
than in a good one!

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 - Jilliana Raymond

On November 30, 2004 - Jilliana Raymond, author of I Hope Your Turkey Burns, will show us how to live and laugh in the face of divorce.

Health Tips of the Week

  • The newest family of breast cancer drugs is ready to make its star appearance. The new drugs are Arimidex, Aromasin, and Femara. Doctors call them third-generation aromatase inhibitors. For increasing numbers of postmenopausal breast cancer patients, they're taking the place of tamoxifen for after-surgery treatment. Check with your doctor to see whatís right for you.
  • Skimping on sleep may make you more vulnerable to obesity, according to a new study. Even one hour less sleep can make a difference. Other studies have also shown that insulin sensitivity and levels of two appetite-related hormones -- leptin and ghrelin -- can be affected by sleep deprivation, which could impact weight gain.
  • With flu season upon us and a shortage of flu shots, if you do get the flu, Elderberry eases the symptoms of flu and colds. You can take it in syrup form; itís sold as Sambucol and research studies report that there are no adverse side effects.
  • New research lists smoking and eating salty foods as triggers for developing chronic acid reflux disease. Exercise and high fiber bread offers some protection as far as prevention is concerned. However, if you do have acid reflux, stay away from coffee, alcohol, spicy foods and chocolate to avoid experiencing the symptoms of heart burn.
  • Want to lose a pound or more a week without really trying? It sounds too good to be true, but new research suggests it may be possible by making small changes in your diet. The key: replacing some of the high-calorie foods you eat with fruits, vegetables, and other water-dense foods that keep you just as full.
  • Increases in air pollution caused by cars, power plants and industry can be directly linked to higher death rates in U.S. cities. Reducing ozone pollution by 35 percent for just one day a year could save about 4,000 lives a year across the country according to environmental studies.

Article of the Week -
You Don't Need Drugs to Get Through the Holidays

'Tis the season to feel stressed by the mere thought that everyone else is jolly. In addition, seasonal blues are exacerbated by Seasonal Affective Disorder. From coping with the awkwardness of social situations, absent loved ones and break-ups to gift giving, many of us feel disappointed that we don't quite measure up to It's a Wonderful Life. Hence there is increased usage of "feel good chemistry", drugs to take the edge off our unhappiness and anxiety. And we have an array of drugs to treat specific scenarios.

Increasingly, we rely on medication "to take the edge off" both for ourselves and our children. The holidays seem to emphasize our loneliness, unfulfilled expectations and fears. While medication doled out under the supervision of a clinician has its proper place, I worry about the ease and lack of thought associated with popping these pills. We need to address the root cause instead of just hacking away at the leaves. A party, selecting a gift or looking for love can be perceived as adventures rather than misfortunes. As with any fact of life, it is not the fact per se, but our attitude about it.

Time is the most precious commodity we have. Why waste it on projects or parties we don't want to spend time participating? Don't let people or social convention steal your time or rob you of joy. Enjoy the holidays with people and events that make time pass happily. Stay centered in whatever it is that you are doing.

My book Turn On Your Inner Light addresses this topic in a chapter titled Training For When You Are Afraid. The chapter details various mind/body prescriptions, meditations and exercises targeted at overcoming social anxiety.

Here are some suggestions to be high on life: More

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
I have been training for awhile and am really trying to study the correct way to train for most effective results. Whatís your take on doing biceps curls with a straight bar vs an e-z curl bar? Is there a difference? (Corey, Island Park) 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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