Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
Jan 14, 2013

Affirmation of the Week
Can you be highly alert
and deeply relaxed
at the same time?

Weekly Wellness Radio Shows - Now on YouTube

Radio shows are now on YouTube. Simply click on the links below.

The Turn On your Inner Light Radio Show airs Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 7:30pm, on WGBB 1240AM in Long Island.

Jan 12, 2013 Show - David Hanscom, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon and author of Back in Control. A surgeon who does not recommend back surgery but rather calming a nervous system which inflicts chronic pain is an interview worth listening.

Jan 05, 2013 Show - Russell Friedman, co-director of the Grief Recovery Institute and co-author of Moving Beyond Loss. So much of recovery from grief depends on the answers we get to our questions. A storm and gun violence have caused intense grief rippling across our whole nation; we can all use some coping strategies.

Dec 25, 2012 Show - Roslyn Daniels, CEO of the Daniels network, a strategic insight consultancy serving the pharmaceutical and health care sectors, co-founder of Fitness Magazine, has launched a new website, Black Health Matters. You will find expert advice to improve Black health, while addressing the complex social and economic issues that often lead to health disparities in minority communities.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Sugar and fat contribute to conditions like osteoporosis as these foods coat the intestines and block calcium absorption thereby weakening bones. Excessive junk food layers fat onto a weakened skeleton that struggles to support the extra weight. Osteoporosis, the so-called 'silent thief' because it shows no symptoms, robs bones of tissue and leaves thousands of tiny pores in the bones.
  • If you are drinking alcohol you may want to reach for some asparagus, according to a study in the Journal of Food Science that found asparagus may aid the body in accelerating the metabolism of alcohol.
  • Adults who had parents who struggled with addiction, unemployment and divorce are 10 times more likely to have been victims of childhood physical abuse, according to a new study prepared by the University of Toronto's Faculty of Social Work.
  • Physicians admit feeling under-qualified and lacking the education to help patients who are obese. A new study finds only 44 percent of primary care physicians reported success in helping obese patients lose weight and many identified nutritionists and dietitians as the most qualified providers to care for obese patients.
  • According to the Mayo clinic men with fibromyalgia often go undiagnosed as more women are diagnosed with the disease while men with muscle/ skeletal pain are diagnosed differently. Fibromyalgia is a complex illness to diagnose and to treat. There is not yet a diagnostic test to establish that someone has it, there is no cure and many fibromyalgia symptoms -- pain, fatigue, problems sleeping and memory and mood issues -- can overlap with or get mistaken for other conditions.
  • Each year, thousands of people are treated in emergency departments across the United States for heart attacks, broken bones and other injuries related to snow shoveling. Shoveling is a highly physical activity that is comparable to lifting heavy weights repeatedly and quickly. People with a history of back or heart problems should ask someone else to do the heavy shoveling. If you have to do it yourself, know your limits and don’t overdo it.
  • Marijuana use may be linked to the development of psychotic symptoms in teens - but the reverse could also be true: psychosis in adolescents may be linked to later pot use, according to a new Dutch study.
  • A recent study by a researcher at the Centre for Studies on Human Stress at the Université de Montréal suggests that bullying by peers changes the structure surrounding a gene involved in regulating mood, making victims more vulnerable to mental health problems as they age.
  • Perceived stress may predict future coronary heart disease risk according to Columbia Univ. Medical Center.
  • Watch your kitchen cupboards this season as thrill-seekers look to common baking ingredients for a rise – cinnamon, nutmeg and even marshmallows are the primary ingredient in trendy risky behavior particularly pre-teens. The envelope is always being pushed to create something new that will get attention, potentially create a drug-like effect and can pass under the radar of law enforcers according to toxicologists from Loyola Univ. health system.
  • From Ohio Univ. A desire for expensive, high-status goods is related to feelings of social status - which helps explain why minorities are attracted to bling.
  • New research in the Journal Nutrition shows that music improves health and disease. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of music’s healing properties is how widespread they are. For example, music also aided recovery time following strenuous exercise. Other studies showed that fast-paced music can increase resting metabolism, which may prove helpful for people trying to lose weight.

Article of the Week

How To Get “Him” To Change

January signals a fresh start, at least the noble intention of transformation. This kind of change consists of either sweeping resolutions, or small-step evolutions for personal goals. However, what if the person you live with does not entertain even the slightest thought about change, let alone a glorious transformation? Many women who read self-help books have absorbed the notion that “if I change my own dynamics, everyone around me will change.” So does this strategy work in reality?

When you change your dynamics, it means that you have tweaked your absolute perceptions towards greater flexibility. For example: more

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

womens fitness

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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