Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
March 20, 2007

Affirmation of the Week
Use stumbling blocks
as stepping stones.

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.

Guest of the Week - Michael Stein, M.D.

March 13, 2007 Show - Michael Stein, M.D., a professor of medicine and community health at Brown University Medical School and author of The Lonely Patient. A patient is both the hero and victim of his/her own story. Whether you are a patient or caregiver, this is the inside story.

This week's show:
March 20, 2007 Show - Debbie Mandel Seasonal Motivation: Spring into action to detoxify your body and your friendships.

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Health Tips of the Week

  • Latest research shows that people who exercise do better on memory tests.
  • Drinking red wine helps prevent colon cancer. Thatís red, not white wine. Apparently researchers think it is the resveratrol in red wine.
  • Further proof that tanning is addictive. Despite the risk for skin cancer and premature aging, people keep doing it.
  • The FDA approved a new drug Tykerb for patients with an aggressive form of breast cancer which metastasizes and fails to respond to other drugs. Tykerb belongs to a new type of cancer medication known as targeted therapies, which act only on the mechanisms driving tumor growth.
  • According to the American Academy of Neurology men are more likely than women to benefit from the use of a clot-busting drug after stroke. Also, people who get a stroke on the left side of the brain do better than those with a stroke on the right side of the brain.
  • FDA orders 13 sleep-disorder drugs like Ambien and Lunesta to carry stronger warnings. Risks include driving, eating, having sex and talking while asleep with no recollection later.

Article of the Week
How to Shake Off a Bad Mood

We all know how it feels to be stuck in a bad mood. Sometimes there is a biological component to our bad mood, hormonally driven, lack of sleep, poor eating habits or too many stimulants. Some moods emanate from home, an angry argument. And others seem to have no specific trigger, out of nowhere a darker veil descends. Research from the University of Pennsylvania by Professor Sigal Barsade may explain: Bad moods are contagious.

Barsade clarifies that you unconsciously mimic the people around you. If someone in your midst is negative, speaks loudly with an edge, or is tapping his foot impatiently, you will absorb that mood. As a result you will feel more irritable, less compromising and more likely to yell at someone or send that hostile email you wished you had never sent.

However, if you are infected by someone elseís bad mood and donít even know it, what can you do to get over it? more

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
The Transver Abdominis and What it Does for You

In my gym classes I always hear the instructor mentioning the transverse abdominis. Exactly what part of the abdominals is it? Iím ashamed to ask. (Aimee, Westbury)Answer

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The Perfect Gift
For Caregivers who are stressed and need advice on

Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of 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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