Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
December 12, 2005

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Affirmation of the Week
The turtle only makes progress
when he sticks his neck out.

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Health Tips of the Week

  • Unhappy marriages have unhealthy effects on mind and body like raising stress levels that increase the risk for heart disease and cancer. Also according to the Archives of General Psychiatry wounds heal more slowly in a hostile marriage. This means physical wounds, but the symbolism is appropriate.
  • In a new release from the American Medical Association researchers say results of MRIs confirm brain enlargement and increased head circumference in children with autism by age 2, and these changes tend to occur after the first year. The changes take place in the cerebral cortex, the region responsible for processing thought, perception, and memory.
  • Yet another reason to eat fish; it reduces chronic inflammation in the body.
  • Drink plenty of fluids this winter because it is easy to become dehydrated in cold weather. We lose water breathing, sweating and urinating more frequently. And the cold temperatures actually distort the thirst mechanism, so that we donít feel thirsty.
  • According to the University of California the herb, valerian, will not help you sleep better and it often causes diarrhea.

Article of the Week
The Complete Antidote to Holiday Dread

Whatever stressors we experience during the year the holidays intensify that stress and underscore what is missing in our lives. For example, if we are alone, we are lonelier. If we have a great deal of social obligations, we tend to feel overwhelmed, seeing them as a chore and worrying about sabotaging our diet. If we are living on a budget, watching the vast number of commercials for luxuries reminds us of what we donít have - fueling our desires; and finally we measure how much friends and family love us or donít based on the gifts they give us.

In addition holiday stress lasts all the way from before Thanksgiving to New Yearís. And New Yearís Eve carries its own innate painful moments: another year without any changes for the better and another year for a compulsory pricey night out or with no where to go or celebrate with someone special! The holidays can potentially be downright toxic, emotionally and physically. Many of us wish we could just go away and return when theyíre all over!

Ironically, this kind of stress is self-imposed. Most of us have everything we need: love, peace, joy, and friendship right in front of us. We all have the ability to choose to see the good in our lives and how much love we actually have. Often it is right there with us like a lost item we desperately search for, turns out that we are actually wearing it or itís in our pocket and we laugh.

If we are alone or have lost someone we shared a life with more

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
Difference Between Anorexia and Bulimia

As a mother of a 14 year old daughter and knowing our family genetics, my daughter is looking real different and in my opinion in a short time. Okay, my question: What are anorexia and bulimia and what is the difference between the two? I need some educating. Thank you, (Sonia, New Hyde Park)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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