Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
May 10, 2011

Affirmation of the Week
Unbreak your heart.

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.

May 10, 2011 Show - Marcelle Pick, MSN, a certified OB/ GYN and pediatric nurse practitioner, co-founder of the Women to Women Clinic and author of Are You Tired and Wired? When it concerns adrenal gland function are you a flat-liner or work horse?

May 03, 2011 Show - Dan Millman, the author of Way of the Peaceful Warrior and numerous other books read by millions of people in 29 languages, a motivational speaker and his new book The Four Purposes of Life: Finding Meaning and Direction in a Changing World can inspire you to transform through life’s passages.
April 26 2011 Show - Abigail Brenner, M.D., a psychiatrist, an ordained interfaith minister who helps people create meaningful rituals and the author of Transitions. Try on a ritual for size to facilitate change and enjoy your life.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • University of Adelaide researchers have shown for the first time how peppermint helps to relieve Irritable Bowel Syndrome, which affects up to 20% of the population. Peppermint activates an “anti-pain” channel in the colon, soothing inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Even temporary “breakups” can be distressing for some people – at least when it comes to their favorite television programs. The results revealed the important role television plays in the lives of some viewers – particularly those who use television for companionship and those who feel they have a strong “relationship” with their favorite TV characters.
  • Curbing carbohydrates is more effective than cutting calories for individuals who want to quickly reduce the amount of fat in their liver, report UT Southwestern Medical Center.
  • An unbalanced diet may be to blame for the sneezing, itch eyes, sneezing, itchy eyes, breathlessness, rashes, and other symptoms during the Spring.
  • A Mayo Clinic case study finds Botox may offer new hope to patients suffering disabling low cerebrospinal fluid headaches. The successful treatment also offers new insight into Botox and headache treatment generally.
  • Allergies can make you sad and taking allergy meds can disrupt your sleep.
  • Even people who show a clear treatment response with antidepressant medications continue to experience symptoms like insomnia, sadness and decreased concentration, researchers have found after analyzing data from the largest study on the treatment of depression.
  • Functional MRI shows that Buddhist meditators use different areas of the brain than other people when confronted with unfair choices, enabling them to make decisions rationally rather than emotionally.
  • Those childhood music lessons could pay off decades later - even for those who no longer play an instrument – by keeping the mind sharper as people age according to a preliminary study published by the American psychological Association.
  • New research suggests that people who are exposed to low levels of sunlight coupled with a history of having a common virus known as mononucleosis may be at greater odds of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) than those without the virus.
  • An analysis of the essential mineral selenium by Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute suggests that adequate intake of essential mineral selenium may prevent age-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease and cancer.
  • In a study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry researchers found that seniors who had a constricted life space were almost twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease as seniors whose life space extended well beyond the home.
  • Challenging traditional views of workplace anger, a new article by a Temple University Fox School of Business professor suggests that even intense emotional outbursts can prove beneficial if responded to with compassion. More supportive responses by managers and co-workers after displays of deviant anger can promote positive change at work, while sanctioning or doing nothing does not.

Article of the Week
Your Mind Can Either Heal Or Harm Your Body

The placebo effect proves the power of mind. If you believe in a “magical” pill or treatment, most of the time you will improve. However, you might be surprised to learn that the contrasting dark side is also true, referred to as the nocebo response. In other words, when you are taking a sugar pill, you could experience the bad side effects related to the pill you believe you are taking according to the Harvard Mental Health Letter (May 2011).

Placebo and nocebo are flip sides. Placebo means, “I will please,” and nocebo means, “I will harm.” The mind, like the 17thcentury poet John Milton said, can make a heaven out of hell or a hell out of heaven. It turns out from double blind studies that our expectations about a medication or procedure could shape our experience.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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