Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
January 25, 2011

Affirmation of the Week
Do you have the guts
to follow your talent
to where it leads?

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 25, 2011 Show - James Beckerman MD, a Harvard Medical School graduate, a cardiologist who serves on the Oregon Governor’s council for Physical Fitness and Sports and the author of the Flex Diet. Learn how to design your own weight loss plan; perhaps this year will be different.

Jan 18, 2011 Show - Marci Shimoff is a NY Times best-selling author, transformational leader and the author of Love For No Reason. Activate your heart to love no matter what is going on around you.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Patient deaths from pneumonia and acute myocardial infarction increased significantly in hospitals where nurses reported long hours and less down time according to the University of Maryland.
  • From John’s Hopkins: Black obese patients receive less weight-related counseling than white obese patients.
  • For the first time in history, the next generation of Americans will not live as long or longer than their parents due to complications from obesity.
  • While most research studies regarding the “beautiful as good” stereotype have focused on the adult or young adult viewer, Appalachian State University psychology professors have studied the effect viewing an animated movie that portrays “beauty as good” has on children, male and female, ages 6 to 12.
  • Some school social workers report that they don’t feel equipped to handle incidents of cyberbullying among teens. A new Ohio University-led survey found that while nearly all agreed that cyberbullying can cause psychological harm— including suicide—and deserved more attention from schools, just more than half felt empowered to deal with the issue.
  • Taking dietary supplements containing essential fatty acids can help reduce the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome, according to the results of study by researchers at a Brazilian university. Essential fatty acids are substances that are not produced by the human body and are only available from diet. Eggs, nuts, vegetable oils and fish are examples of foods that provide such acids, which are also available in supplement form.
  • A new evidence review suggests that memory drills and similar brain-boosting activities are not any better than simple conversations at improving memory in older adults.
  • Scientific studies often attribute obesity to poor nutrition and lack of activity, but recent research has identified childhood traumatic stress as a potential risk factor for obesity in adulthood. Screening and early treatment may help decrease chances of weight problems and improve overall health.
  • The effects of antioxidants, like many supplements, are not fully known. Now, Weizmann Institute Prof. Nava Dekel has found that while antioxidants do fight “bad” reactive oxygen species, they can also inhibit “good” forms, such as those related to triggering ovulation.
  • Did you know that a good night's sleep can help prevent heart disease? NY Columbia Presbyterian says quality sleep is important for a healthy cardiovascular system and appetite control.
  • From the University of Chicago: Students can combat test anxiety and improve performance by writing about their worries immediately before the exam begins, according to study published in the journal Science. Researchers found that students who were prone to test anxiety improved their test scores by nearly one grade point after they were given 10 minutes to write about their worries.
  • Researchers found that listening to music releases the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain and sends pleasure signals to the rest of the body. And the more pleasing the music is to the ear, the more intensely pleasurable the experience is for the body. In addition, researchers found that even the anticipation of listening to intensely pleasurable music was enough to trigger the release of dopamine.

Article of the Week
Trying to be Happy Will Make You Unhappy

Many pursue happiness, but only some catch up with it. Part of the problem lies in the verbiage, “Trying to be happy.” Trying implies that one is not there yet and possibly never will be. Happiness is always happening when you embrace your humanity with its full range of emotions, flaws and positive attributes. If you don’t like yourself and can’t accept who you are, how can you be happy or experience love? more

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My book Addicted to Stress (Publisher: Jossey-Bass - An imprint of John Wiley), has just been published in Paperback and is available at bookstores everywhere.
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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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