Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
May 06, 2008

Affirmation of the Week
Become minister of
your own internal affairs

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 - Philip Ferranti

May 06, 2008 Show - Philip Ferranti, founder of Transformation Seminars and the author of Hiking!. Find your dynamic pathway to personal reality.

April 29, 2008 Show - Frank Mikulka, fitness specialist, former Marine, martial artist, personal trainer and fitness instructor, and creator of the fitness concepts and exercises for Turn On Your Inner Light and Changing Habits. Itís time to spring into action.

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Health Tips of the Week

  • People with high blood pressure appear to be less likely to have migraines than those with low blood pressure. Researchers say stiff arteries associated with high blood pressure may play a role in protecting against migraines.
  • A large, randomized drug trial has shown for the first time that statin drugs result in a modest, but significant, reduction in blood pressure.
  • Young people who dress according to the customs of their own ethnic group are less likely to have subsequent mental health problems than those who don't.
  • Having choices is typically thought of as a good thing. Maybe not, say researchers who found we are more fatigued and less productive when faced with a plethora of choices.
  • People with Alzheimer's disease who take vitamin E appear to live longer than those who don't take vitamin E.
  • The vitamin industry has long claimed that antioxidants improve health by filling in gaps in diet, but a new review of studies found no evidence that the nutrition supplements extend life.
  • There appears to be a link between formaldehyde and ALS. Lower your exposure.
  • Lumbar or lower back supports - those large belts that people wear around their waists when they lift or carry heavy objects - are not very useful for preventing low back pain, according to a new systematic review.
  • Breakfast is more than just an eye-opener that helps you transition from sleep to the day ahead. Eating breakfast, especially one that includes whole grains, reduces your risk for heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart failure, reports the May 2008 issue of the Harvard Heart.

Article of the Week
How to Deal With the Pressure to Be Happy

Many of us feel pressured to be happy and when we are not feeling optimistic and upbeat, we become disappointed; after all we failed at Happiness 101. Itís as though we donít measure up to whatís expected of us: To want what we have and revel in it. In addition, research which used to focus on depression, is now focusing on happiness, particularly the health benefits like lower blood pressure, less inflammation, an improved immune system and of course, enhanced longevity. On the other hand, the media, which urges us to be happy for our well-being, bombards us with the negative and the tragic, emphasizing the worst in the news or in the lives of celebrities, dwelling on the horrific details to reinforce them in our imagination. How do we reconcile the two? Are we supposed to feel better or superior when other peopleís homes burn to the ground, a flood or earthquake hits or a celebrity goes to rehab?

Traditional psychotherapy puts the spotlight on anxiety, anger, fear or guilt. However, the positive psychology movement is not concerned with reducing these negative symptoms, but instead draws attention to increasing oneís awareness of individual strengths, gratitude and the search for meaning. Positive psychology faces a real uphill battle since people are mesmerized, like moths to a flame, by what or who is going wrong in their lives. At a work/life balance workshop one of the attendees complained about the one coworker out of a staff of fifty who did not greet her in the morning. more

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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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