Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
April 02, 2013

Affirmation of the Week
Love your enemies
in case your friends
turn out to be jerks.

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Mar 09, 2013 Show - Dr. Brandy Engler, PhD, a sex therapist, has a private practice in LA and is the author of The Men On My Couch. Get the inside story of what men really desire and fear.

Mar 02, 2013 Show - Margaret Webb Pressler, an award winning consumer and business reporter for The Washington Post for over twenty years, contributes to its Health and Science Section and is the author of Cheat the Clock. Do you really want to act your age?

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Health Tips of the Week

  • Between 2007 and 2010, the use of robotically-assisted hysterectomy for benign gynecologic disorders increased substantially, although, when compared with laparoscopic hysterectomy, the robotic procedure appears to offer little short-term benefit and is accompanied by significantly greater costs, according to a study appearing in JAMA.
  • Those who sat for more than four hours per day were significantly more likely to report having a chronic disease such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure.
  • A new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows that an increase in fat throughout the thigh is predictive of mobility loss in otherwise healthy older adults.
  • Women appear to have a higher risk of implant failure than men following total hip replacement after considering patient-, surgery-, surgeon-, volume- and implant-specific risk factors according to a report published by JAMA.
  • People with a more resilient personality profile are more likely to have greater aerobic capacity, which may contribute to better health and longevity. Past studies have demonstrated that personality traits and cardiorespiratory fitness in older adults are reliable predictors of health and longevity.
  • A new report published in Psychological Science reveals that self-reported feelings of well-being — that is, overall happiness and satisfaction with life — tend to increase with age, but that a person’s overall level of well-being depends on when he or she was born.
  • Playing a musical instrument from a young age appears to create new pathways in the brain that process written words and letters and may help children with reading disorders such as dyslexia, says a study in the journal Neuro-psychologia. Musical training may be helpful for children struggling with learning how to read.
  • A lack of sleep among patients in an ICU can cause delirium—an altered mental state that may delay their recovery and lead to short and long-term confusion and memory problems. A team of doctors, nurses, and others in the medical intensive care unit at Johns Hopkins implemented a project to reduce nighttime noise, light, and staff interruptions, and switching certain medications. They were able to reduce delirium and improve patient perceptions about the quality of their sleep.
  • For patients with spinal stenosis, epidural steroid injections (ESI) may actually lead to worse outcomes—whether or not the patient later undergoes surgery, according to a study in the February 15 issue of Spine.
  • The most frequent turning point in father-daughter relationships is shared activity — especially sports — ahead of such pivotal events as when a daughter marries or leaves home, according to a study by Baylor University researchers

Article of the Week

Debunking the Myth of Kindness

A popular myth is floating around that being kind and compassionate means that we give ourselves away. In fact, there is a condition in highly stressed people known as “compassion fatigue,” – the affliction of the caregiver, the over-doer and the people-pleaser. However, it is time to realize that kindness and civility are selfish and advantageous.

From the evolutionary value of the fight or flight stress response we get to survive another day, alert to potential enemies. Also, humans are tribal who know there is strength in numbers. So, the first order of the day is to cooperate with your tribe!

When I read Matt Ridley’s Wall Street Journal article, “Have we evolved to be nasty or nice?” I realized that kindness, compassion and civility are really quid pro quo. Ridley makes the case whether it is family or business, the best kind of kindness is mutually beneficial. In other words, kindness comes with conditions.

Cooperating with family, friends and colleagues offers you protection like the mafia. more

Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life

womens fitness

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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