Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
January 05, 2010

Affirmation of the Week
is one of the 5 senses,
but listening
is an art.

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.

Jan 05, 2010 Show - Gabrielle Bernstein co-founded the Women’s Entrepreneurial Network, a non-profit professional organization that connects female entrepreneurs and is the author of Add More Ing to Your Life. Gabrielle recommends learning to unicycle. Care to try?

Dec 29, 2009 Show - Irene S. Levine, PhD is a psychologist, journalist, professor at NYU Medical School and author of Best Friends Forever: Surviving a Breakup with Your Best Friend. Sometimes breaking up with a friend is more traumatic than a romantic relationship.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • People who have Alzheimer’s disease may be less likely to develop cancer, and people who have cancer may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. Understanding why might hold some valuable clues.
  • New Year’s Day is more deadly for pedestrians than any other day of the year. Alcohol plays a significant role in “drunken walking.”
  • Parents worried that their college students are spending too much time on Facebook and other social networking sites and not enough time hitting the books can breathe a sigh of relief. New research from the University of New Hampshire finds that students who heavily engage in social networking do just as well academically as students who are less interested in keeping in touch with the medium.
  • If your teen’s music tastes run toward lyrics that mention marijuana, he’s more likely to smoke pot.
  • Carotenoids in green leafy vegetables and colored fruits have been found to increase visual performance and may prevent age-related eye diseases according to a study in the Journal of Food Science.
  • Many young children in child care centers are not getting as much active playtime as they should according to new research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • The omega-3 essential fatty acids commonly found in fatty fish and algae help animals avoid sensory overload, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. The finding connects low omega-3s to the information-processing problems found in people with schizophrenia; bipolar, obsessive-compulsive, and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorders; Huntington’s disease; and other afflictions of the nervous system.
  • Including fish in a balanced diet has long been associated with the prevention of heart disease and scientists now believe that it can help preserve heart function in patients who have experienced heart failure.
  • A simple bedside exam performed by a skilled physician can be superior to a high-tech CT scan. Researchers found that bedside exams did a better job than CT scans in predicting which patients would need to return to the operating room to treat complications.
  • How much exercise do you need? 30 minutes of moderate exercise or 15 minutes of intense exercise daily.
  • A large study has found that even moderately elevated cholesterol levels in middle age increase the risk of developing dementia in old age.
  • Optimism could lower your risk of heart disease. Evidence is mounting that psychological factors can influence your risk of physical illness and death.
  • Nearsightedness has been increasing dramatically in the U.S. in recent years, but the reasons are blurry, new research indicates. Some studies from overseas have identified risk factors such as reading, more detailed computer work, TV and playing video games.
  • Is it possible that a common painkiller could serve double duty, easing not just the physical pains of sore joints and headaches, but also the pain of social rejection? A research team from the University of Kentucky Psychology dept. has uncovered evidence indicating that acetaminophen (the active ingredient in Tylenol) may blunt social pain.

Article of the Week
How to Prolong Happiness

When it concerns happiness, many studies focus on how to achieve it. However, this is not getting to the heart of the matter as even depressed people experience happiness; instead the focus should be how to maintain feelings of joy. In other words, it is not merely about finding your bliss, but rather about holding on to it. A new study from the University of Wisconsin suggests that depressed patients are unable to sustain activity in brain areas related to positive emotion. The study challenges previous notions that individuals with depression show less brain activity in areas associated with positive emotion. The new data suggest similar initial levels of activity, but an inability to sustain them over time.

Even if you are not depressed, consider how the intense delight you feel about a new car, a new home, and a new love wears off – don’t you wish you could prolong it? Generally, senior citizens feel happier than younger counterparts because they know what is important at this point in their lives. People who have had a near-death experience are happier for longer periods of time because they feel that they have been given a second chance. “Being able to sustain and even enhance one’s own positive emotional experience is a critical component of health and well-being,” notes the study’s senior author, Richard Davidson. Optimistic people live longer and with a better quality of life.

What can you do to maintain high spirits? more

Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life

womens fitness

My recently released book Addicted to Stress (Publisher: Jossey-Bass - An imprint of John Wiley).

  • Introduces and explains the habit forming pressure principle of stress addiction and how to cure it, creating awareness of what to do when a woman develops repetitive destructive behaviors.
  • Provides step-by-step program for self-empowerment, self-care, healthy narcissism, and renewing humor in a woman's relationships.
  • Explains the powerful, researched based relationship between food, exercise, and mood.
  • Develops indispensable strategies for accepting constructive conflicts with a spouse, partner, friend or colleague to get what she wants.
  • Shows how to jump start sexual intimacy.
  • Teaches specific techniques for reducing and eliminating stress.
  • Tells inspiring and humorous story of successful recovery from stress addiction.

Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of Addicted To Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life , 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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