Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
January 24, 2012

Affirmation of the Week
Become more receptive to spiritual beauty
by putting yourself
in the presence of physical beauty.

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.

January 24, 2011 Show - Allan Lokos, the founder and guiding teacher of the Community Meditation Center in NYC and the author of Patience: The Art of Peaceful Living. Patience can change all aspects of your life for the better and you don’t have to become a Buddhist monk to attain it.

January 17, 2011 Show - Judy Prescott, a professional actress you might have seen her on Trueblood, Gray’s Anatomy, Cold Case and Bones and the author of Searching for Cecy: Reflections on Alzheimer’s. This is a book of poetry by a daughter who is a long distance caregiver struggling with her mother’s dementia.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Working with mice, scientists at Johns Hopkins have successfully used a commonly prescribed blood pressure medicine, losartan (Cozaar), to prevent almost all of the lung damage caused from two months of exposure to cigarette smoke. The treatment specifically targeted lung tissue breakdown, airway wall thickening, inflammation and lung over-expansion.
  • Using a nicotine patch may help improve mild memory loss in older adults, according to a study published in Neurology®
  • In the first study of its kind, researchers at Queens College and Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that low socioeconomic status and maternal gestational diabetes together may cause a 14-fold increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in six year olds.
  • Among obese individuals, having bariatric surgery was associated with a reduced long-term incidence of cardiovascular deaths and events such as heart attack and stroke according to a study in JAMA.
  • From the Archives of General Psychiatry scientists are finding more clues to help determine whether people with mild dementia symptoms are at risk for Alzheimer's. A new study suggests that biomarkers found in cerebrospinal fluid (fluid that surrounds the spinal cord and brain and acts as a protective cushion) could predict who would develop Alzheimer's disease 90% of the time among patients with mild cognitive impairment, a condition characterized by measurable memory problems.
  • The green paste, made from a fiery root called Wasabia Japonica, which usually accompanies raw fish in Sushi restaurants has also been found to possess numerous health benefits. Recent studies have shown that the root has characteristics suppressing a bacterium responsible for many stomach related diseases, such as gastric inflammation and possibly even stomach cancer. Some have promoted it as a means to prevent food poisoning, one of the reasons why it is often served alongside raw fish.
  • How much playtime do children need? Pediatric experts recommend that preschoolers get 90 to 120 minutes of gross motor activity daily, and be taken outdoors twice a day. Preschoolers in child care centers aren't spending enough time playing outdoors and just being kids, according to a new study in Pediatrics journal. The reasons are academic pressure and fear of injury.
  • There are new clues as to why some older people are losing their memory. New research links ‘silent strokes,’ or small spots of dead brain cells, found in about one out of four older adults to memory loss in the elderly as published in the journal Neurology.
  • There is a growing concern about vitamin and supplements. Older women who took a daily vitamin supplement, even just a multivitamin, had an increased risk of dying of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Another study found that taking vitamin E supplements significantly increased the risk of prostate cancer in healthy men even after they stopped taking them. Try to get your vitamins from food and speak to your doctor if you are deficient. So far, taking Vitamin D which is hard to get enough especially during the winter in many Northern states, is helpful. Most common recommendation is 2,000 units.
  • When people are sleep-deprived, they consume almost 300 calories a day more than when they are well-rested. And ice cream is one of their favorite foods when they're tired.
  • For the first time in 30 years, poisoning, largely by drugs, has trumped car crashes as the leading cause of death by injury in the U.S. according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nine out of ten death by poisonings, whether intentional or not, have been the result of legal or illegal drug use.
  • When someone is having chest pain or other heart symptoms, it’s not always easy to tell whether they’ve suffered a heart attack. Now, an even more sensitive version of the blood test which measures the amount of a muscle protein, troponin, may be more helpful in ruling out a heart attack accurately and quickly, according to new research in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • New research shows that teens who are able to express themselves to their moms are better able to resist peer pressure and say no to drugs and alcohol according to research published in Child Development.
  • If you are overweight, where your fat is deposited makes all the difference. By now you know that weight around the middle is unhealthy. However, did you know that big thighs signify better health regarding heart disease and premature death than thin thighs? According to Harvard Health thigh circumference matters.

Article of the Week

What Happy People Do Differently

While vacationing in the Caribbean, I had the leisure to observe families, couples and individuals without being detected – like the fly on the wall. I wouldn’t exactly call it spying, just paying attention. When people wear scant clothing on the beach, stripped down to core behavior – without all the pretenses—you learn a great deal about human nature and most importantly your own.

My traveling companions asked me if I was on a Prozac drip because I was so cheerful. While they complained about the unusual seasoning, slow service or the waiters’ inability to communicate in English, I delighted in the variety of the buffet, the gorgeous walkaways and the amazing experience of summer in winter as it was snowing back home. With a gardener’s eyes, I praised the landscape and absorbed its beautiful generosity. Although I don’t speak Spanish, I greeted everyone in the few Spanish words in my repertoire, thanking the hotel staff for everything; consequently, they couldn’t do enough. I noticed that very few people said, “Gracias” or greeted the staff. It was as if they were entitled to all the beauty and warmth because they had paid for it. Too bad because they shortchanged themselves: Civility generates happiness! Smiles rebound good energy.

Here are 4 happiness generators: 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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