Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
March 22, 2011

Affirmation of the Week
Good things come
to those who wait,
basically what’s left behind
by the go-getters.

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.

March 22, 2011 Show - Kate Braestrup, Chaplain of the Maine Warden Service, has written for the NY Times Magazine and is the author of Marriage and Other Acts of Charity. Marriage is like falling out of a plane – is there hope?

March 15, 2011 Show - Eve Agee, PhD, is a holistic healer, medical anthropologist specializing in women’s wellness, served in the Clinton Administration, conducted women’s health research in both the US and Africa and author of the Uterine Health Companion. Be part of the decision-making process concerning your health.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Depression is associated with an increased risk of developing kidney failure in the future, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society Nephrology.
  • Through a landmark study, a research team from Jefferson Medical College has been able to quantify a relationship between physicians’ empathy and their patients’ positive clinical outcomes, suggesting that a physician’s empathy is an important factor associated with clinical competence.
  • Your vegetables are a vital component of good health, says a research review published by scientists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Journal of Clinical Epigenetics. In particular, vegetables such as broccoli and cabbage are filled with compounds that could help reverse or prevent cancers and other aging-related diseases as part of the “epigenetics diet,” a new lifestyle concept. Those foods include soybeans, cauliflower, broccoli and cabbage. Green tea, fava beans, kale, grapes and the spice turmeric round out the diet.
  • Residing in a psychosocially hazardous neighborhood is associated with worse cognitive function in older age.
  • Heart failure risk is lower in middle-aged and older women who regularly eat modest amounts of high quality chocolate once or twice a week according to Harvard Medical School.
  • Contrary to rumors redheads are not more prone to excessive bleeding during surgery according to the British Medical Journal.
  • According to Consumer Reports OnHealth when you take a walk toward better health, focus on your posture. Walk with your spine erect, your chin slightly up, your shoulders relaxed and a comfortable stride length. Your heel should strike the ground before the ball of your foot. Not only will you achieve your goals, but you will avoid injuries.
  • People are 30% more likely to have a stroke after a bout with shingles, particularly if the shingles affected the nerves around the eye. Note that sever cases of any form of shingles can spread to the spinal cord of brain which could trigger a stroke. A shingles vaccine for those between 60 and 69 could be preventative.
  • Strength training improves circulation to the arms and legs similar to aerobic exercises.

Article of the Week
A Bad Trait Could Be Your Signature Strength

Many of us have trouble listing our signature strengths, but can easily itemize the flaws. Along the way we force ourselves to fit the mold and become an artificial version of ourselves. Even worse, the self-criticism accompanying these imperfections causes a free-floating uneasiness. Consequently, we overdo - deplete ourselves with busyness to atone or even take medication. Our relationships suffer as we become exhausted and have nothing to give. Sometimes we internalize our weakness to the point that we walk around with a chip on the shoulder, often taking the offensive as a pre-emptive strike due to heightened sensitivity.

It’s time to rethink our so-called flaws. They might actually be our hidden strengths. This is why I was so pleased to discover new research concerning one of the overmedicated maladies of our time, ADHD. It turns out that ADHD has an upside. Could we be engaging in self-sabotage by trying to suppress and silence the good side of ADHD? 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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