Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
June 03, 2017

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Health Tips of the Week

  • Alcohol consumption even at moderate levels is associated with increased risk of adverse brain outcomes and steeper decline in cognitive (mental) skills, finds a study published by The British Medical Journal.
  • Despite the fact that distance runners swear by them a new study from The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center finds compression tights don't help runners go farther or faster.
  • A new study from Tufts University finds that U.S. dairy products like yogurt, milk and cheese, are a significant source of the MK form of vitamin K and indicates that MK forms of the nutrient are more present in commonly-consumed foods than previously thought. Vitamin K helps the blood to clot.
  • Using evidence found in baby teeth like lead, researchers from Mount Sinai found that differences in the uptake of multiple toxic and essential elements over the second and third trimesters and early postnatal periods are associated with the risk of developing autism spectrum disorders. The critical developmental windows for the observed discrepancies varied for each element, suggesting that systemic dysregulation of environmental pollutants and dietary elements may serve an important role in ASD.
  • Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute have given new superpowers to a lifesaving antibiotic called vancomycin, an advance that could eliminate the threat of antibiotic-resistant infections for years to come.
  • How important is charisma in a leader? While at least a moderate level is important, too much may hinder a leader’s effectiveness, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.
  • Fathers with toddler daughters are more attentive and responsive to those daughters' needs than fathers with toddler sons are to the needs of those sons, according to brain scans and recordings of the parents' daily interactions with their kids.
  • Chocolate consumption, particularly of dark chocolate, has been linked to improvements in various indicators of heart health. This study examined the possible association between chocolate intake and a lower rate of being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation.
  • A study has found that abnormal proteins found in Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Huntington's diseases share a similar ability to cause damage when they invade brain cells. So a successful treatment for one might mean a treatment for all.

Article of the Week

To Smile Yet Be Depressed

Commonly depression is thought to be a disease of sadness, low energy and tears. However, consider the fact that many people grew up with parental advice based on the lyric, “smile and the whole world smiles with you.” Stress management counselors often tell you that the physical act of smiling with the corners of your mouth upturned releases serotonin in the brain to lift your mood. However, dig a little deeper in the field of psychology and you will learn about a syndrome known as “smiling depression.” Basically, this can be defined as sadness wearing a mask. So which do you think is more sinister: Typical sadness or sadness masquerading as happiness? Moreover, should we fake it until we make it? more

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

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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, and mind/body lecturer. She has been featured on radio/ TV and print media.

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