Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
March 25, 2008

Affirmation of the Week
If you are not clear
about what you want,
don’t expect your soul mate
to figure it out.

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.

Featured Show - Dr. John Ratey

Mar 18, 2008 Show - Dr. John Ratey, an associate clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, the author of eight books, the latest one is SPARK. Discover the fountain of youth for your brain - exercise. So when you run, run for your life.

Mar 25, 2008 Show - Drs. Janae and Barry Weinhold, mental health professionals and authors of The Flight From Intimacy. If you have trouble being close with others, learn how to heal your relationships.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) and fibromyalgia (FM) are two serious and debilitating diseases with no confirmed cause and limited treatment options. However, cortisol treatments seem to be alleviating the symptoms.
  • New research suggests that comprehensive sex education might lead to less teen pregnancy, and there are no indications that it boosts the levels of sexual intercourse or sexually transmitted diseases
  • Women with breast cancer have more aggressive disease and lower survival rates if they are overweight or obese.
  • A compound found in soybeans almost completely prevented the spread of human prostate cancer in mice.
  • The widely used bug repellent DEET acts like a chemical cloak, masking human odors that blood-feeding insects find attractive. Research is now making it possible not only to systematically improve upon the repellent properties of DEET, but also to make it a safer chemical.
  • Girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder stand a substantially greater risk of developing eating disorders in adolescence than girls without ADHD.
  • Happily married adults have lower blood pressure than singles with supportive social networks.
  • "Job hopping” is a common career strategy for today’s young professionals, yet new research indicates workers who frequently change jobs generally end up earning less than their more stable counterparts

Article of the Week
Exercise Transforms Your Brain

We all have made fitness resolutions to improve our health and vitality. However, usually passionate declarations for change dissipate into a shrugging of the shoulders, with an “Oh well, I’ll just to have live with shedding fewer stress hormones and releasing less feel-good chemistry. If I have to, I will take a pill for my mood.” However, after reading the inspiring science of Dr. John Ratey’s revolutionary new book SPARK , the first thing I did was turn the elliptical trainer up a notch and instead of grumbling, thanked my trainer for putting me through the paces in interval training. Many of us consider the endorphin rush along with the shedding of stress hormones to be the ultimate benefits of exercise. According to Dr. Ratey, a Harvard Medical School professor, these byproducts are of secondary importance. The primary benefit of exercise according to current neuroscience is keeping our brains operating at peak performance for survival. Survival of the fittest takes on new meaning: Learning, focus, memory and mood.

Our sedentary lifestyle is the biggest threat to our existence, “inactivity is shriveling our brain,” says Dr. Ratey. It’s time to run for your life! And if you can’t run, then walk. And if you can’t walk, then use your arms and the center of your body. more

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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