Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
June 03, 2008

Affirmation of the Week
Try to introduce
a spirit of play
into serious conflicts.

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 - Sue Halpern, PhD

June 03, 2008 Show - Sue Halpern, PhD, is a scholar in residence at Middlebury College and author of Can’t Remember What I Forgot which was featured in the New Yorker. Filled with the latest information on memory research, don’t forget to listen.

May 27, 2008 Show - Debbie Mandel, Spring into action, resolve to change and finally stick to it. I make it easier by showing you that your bad habits are actually good for you.

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Health Tips of the Week

  • The popular seasoning rosemary can be used as a cancer preventative by applying it to hamburgers. Rosemary can break up the potentially cancer-causing compounds that can form when the meat is cooked. Also, on the list of antioxidants which do the same, basil, oregano, mint, sage, thyme and marjoram.
  • A new blood test for lung cancer is 87% accurate. Unlike most other cancer blood tests, the new lung cancer test doesn't look for particles thrown off by cancer cells as they grow wildly. Instead, it looks for the genetic signature of immune-system cells activated by encounters with tiny lung tumors.
  • A new study shows that people with shingles, or herpes zoster infection, are more than four times likely to have a first-degree relative with a history of the condition. Shingles can affect anyone who has had chickenpox, but older adults and people with a weakened immune system are more likely to develop the condition. The CDC now recommends the shingles vaccine Zostavax for people aged 60 and older.
  • Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine are challenging conventional thinking with a study showing that modest wine consumption, defined as one glass a day, may not only be safe for the liver, but may actually decrease the prevalence of Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
  • Eating out can be a treat. But on vacation, you’ll likely find yourself eating out three times a day for a week or more - so you need to find ways to work healthy choices into your trip through portion control, choosing more fruits and vegetables, complex carbs and lean sources of protein and exercise.
  • New research from the University of New Hampshire shows that men, in particular, are influenced by television commercials that more often portray them in a career environment than doing domestic duties. “The subtle implications of gender roles in commercials can influence self concept and future goals, particularly in the case of males.” Although effects in the study were temporary, one must keep in mind that people watch millions of commercials during their life time. It’s time to monitor to your husband’s commercials as he is less likely to do chores if commercials focus on career.

Article of the Week
Are You Experiencing Compassion Fatigue?

Most spiritualists urge you to be compassionate to others to feel good about yourself. In a sense the motive for volunteering is quite selfish. You generate good feelings about yourself by benevolently giving. You define yourself, feeling worthwhile that you matter to someone else and bask in the glory. But could you possibly be overdoing it? Could you be feeling so stressed, so second-rate, that you have lost your own voice, your own image in the mirror and need to be reflected in someone else’s eyes? You just might be suffering from compassion fatigue.

You can reliably diagnose whether you are suffering from compassion fatigue if after you help someone out whether a family member, friend, colleague or stranger, you feel resentful! You start muttering inaudibly, “Why do I always have to do it?” or “Why doesn’t anyone do something for me?” I find it amusing that energy vampires, narcissists, and real users know just whom to go to – YOU! Blessed are those who give, so let someone else be blessed for a change.

However, compassion fatigue is merely a symptom of a more invasive disorder – 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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