Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
February 15, 2011

Affirmation of the Week
There are few things
that undermine love
like naïve fantasies.

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.

Feb 15, 2011 Show - William and Nancy Martin, run The Still Point Center for Zen Practice and the authors of The Caregivers: Tao Te Ching. Learn how to accept your role and become a compassionate caregiver.

Feb 08, 2011 Show - James Menzel-Joseph is a painter and sculptor, on the faculty of the American Academy of Art in Chicago and the author of Art and Survival. This is a creative response to our stressful times – learn to live your life artfully.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Whether or not you’re fond of Indian, Southeast Asian and Middle Eastern food, stroke researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center think you may become a fan of one of their key spices. The scientists created a new molecule from curcumin, a chemical component of the golden-colored spice turmeric, and found in laboratory experiments that it affects mechanisms that protect and help regenerate brain cells after stroke.
  • Chocolate boosts the body’s production of the “good” form of cholesterol that protects against heart disease. Polyphenols in chocolate rev up the activity of certain proteins, including proteins that attach to the genetic material DNA in ways that boost “good” cholesterol levels
  • Danish scientists, in a study published inAmerican Chemical Society’s journal found that the invisible particles inhaled into the lungs from breathing wood smoke from fireplaces have multiple adverse effects.
  • The more time adolescent girls spend in front of Facebook, the more their chances of developing a negative body image and various eating disorders, such as anorexia, bulimia and exaggerated dieting. This has been shown in a new study from the University of Haifa.
  • While experts often view aggressive behavior as a maladjusted reaction typical of social outcasts, a new study in the American Sociological Review finds that it’s actually popular adolescents—but not the most popular ones—who are particularly likely to torment their peers.
  • UCLA researchers report that chronically lonely people may be at higher risk for certain types of inflammatory disease because their feelings of social isolation trigger the activity of pro-inflammatory immune cells.
  • Middle-age men and women who have cardiovascular issues, such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure, may not only be at risk for heart disease, but for an increased risk of developing early cognitive and memory problems as well.
  • Eggs contain a lot less cholesterol in their yolk and eggs have more Vitamin D – apparently changes in the feed for chickens are responsible.
  • Practicing stress management techniques before prostate cancer surgery may help activate the body's immune response leading to quicker recovery, as well as aid in lowering mood disturbance, according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer.
  • An influential article in the journal Progress in Neurobiology provided one of the first comprehensive reviews of how estrogen potentially can protect against Alzheimer's disease and other neurological disorders.
  • If you are experiencing dry eyes, it might be the changing temperatures from outside to inside which can trigger dry eyes syndrome. Symptoms can range from pain, blurred vision, a scratchy or burning sensation, or even watery eyes (as your eyes try to compensate for the dryness). Try a humidifier and over-the-counter tears for mild cases – check with your doctor.

Article of the Week
Where’s Your Motivation Now?

Many of us marvel how quickly resolve dips and dissipates. This includes those wishing to make a change as well as motivational coaches who scratch their heads and wonder, “Why am I not succeeding with my clients?” First it is important to distinguish between two terms, inspire and motivate. No one motivates you, but you. However, a life coach, trainer, guru, or physician can inspire you to implement goals based on your personality and learning style.

Recall to mind when you attended school: Teachers used different methods to convey the material in the curriculum like, auditory, visual, hand/eye coordination, threats, rote memory, and creative discovery. They presented a varied menu to reach different types of students. One or two styles probably worked best for you. Therefore you might have a proclivity to a specific trigger which is necessary to make you move forward and accomplish your goals, but unfortunately is not being utilized.

Are you aware of the different motivational styles – which one (s) strikes a chord with you? more

My book is NOW available in Paperback
Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life

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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.
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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