Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
January 08, 2014

Affirmation of the Week
Whatever has disappeared
from your life
will probably reappear
in a new form.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Some 30 minutes of meditation daily may improve symptoms of anxiety and depression, a new Johns Hopkins analysis of previously published research suggests. But meditation has its limitations and is a not a cure all for more severe symptoms.
  • Study suggests tubes, adenoidectomy, reduce fluid in the middle ear and improve hearing in the short term, but tubes did not improve speech or language for children with middle ear fluid according to the Univ. of North Carolina School of Medicine.
  • Gifted children are likely to be the next generation's innovators and leaders—and yet, the exceptionally smart are often invisible in the classroom, lacking the curricula, teacher input and external motivation to reach full potential. This conclusion comes as the result of the largest scientific study of the profoundly gifted to date, a 30-year study conducted by researchers at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development.
  • Common advice to new parents is that the more words babies hear the faster their vocabulary grows. Now new findings show that what spurs early language development isn't so much the quantity of words as the style of speech and social context in which speech occurs according from the Univ. of Washington.
  • Your nose is not the only organ in your body that can sense cigarette smoke wafting through the air. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis have shown that your lungs have odor receptors as well. The odor receptors in your lungs are in the membranes of flask-shaped neuroendocrine cells that dump neurotransmitters and neuropeptides when the receptors are stimulated, perhaps triggering you to cough to rid your body of the offending substance.
  • Having shingles as a young adult increases the risk of stroke in later years according to the Journal of Neurology. People ages 18 to 40 who had shingles were more likely to have a stroke, heart attack or transient ischemic attack, also called a TIA or warning for a stroke, years later than people who had not had shingles.
  • New research by Vanderbilt marketing professor Kelly Haws found that consumers may be just as willing to buy healthy food if they feel they’re still getting a "supersize" deal.
  • In a VA Cooperative Studies Group trial, vitamin E was shown to slow functional decline and reduce burdens on caregivers in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s patients. Other studies have shown that in moderate to severe Alzheimer’s vitamin E coupled with Memantine had a synergistic effect on improving activities of daily living.
  • Doctors may need to treat high blood pressure in women earlier and more aggressively than they do in men, according to scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Article of the Week

10 Easy Tips To Transform Loneliness Into Popularity

Do you feel like the unwelcome third wheel in an animated conversation between two friends? Do you perceive yourself as banished to loneliness, excluded from the clique? Does going to a party or event where you don’t know anyone fill you with dread? The root cause for this social stress is self-doubt, in other words a lack of self-confidence. And even if you happen to be the Queen bee or the CEO of a major company, a stressor, a failure, or a significant setback can tip you over the edge where you lose your self-confidence and so, your status.

Lonely people don’t need support groups with other lonely people, or be told to go out there and mingle. They need to cultivate self-esteem, creating a more positive self-perception in relationship to others. If you are lonely, reconnect with yourself – enjoy your own company. Create a presence which will attract others to your side. more

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

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Stress will always land on your doorstep, but you don’t have to constantly open the door. It’s time to build immunity to external pressures and cultivate an inner peace which does not depend on outside influences. Shed that endless to-do list. Leave the straight lines of your personality to enjoy the surprising detours life has waiting for you.

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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