Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
June 09, 2009

Affirmation of the Week
It’s never simple
to figure out love
and even harder
to see it head on.

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.

June 09, 2009 Show - Leo Kim, PhD is a scientist and CEO of a biotechnology venture capital firm where he tracks the progress of thousands of companies using the latest scientific developments and author of Healing the Rift: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Spirituality. Learn how science and spirituality can create for the mind and body.

June 02, 2009 Show - Susan Shapiro Barash, the author of 9 previous books, a gender expert and author of Little White Lies, Deep Dark Secrets. Find out the truth behind the secrets. Innocent lies can have a powerful impact.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • A new study shows that many teens are not getting adequate sleep, and this deficiency is especially common among teens who use electronic devices at night, such as computers, cell phones, and televisions.
  • According to the Nielsen Company kids send almost 80 messages a day – more than double last year’s average. Psychologists say texting leads to anxiety, distraction in school and falling grades, repetitive stress injury for the thumb and sleep deprivation.
  • Greenland has one of the highest suicide rates in the world which peaks in the long summer days. Current theory claims this is due to the lack of sleep and an imbalance in serotonin which is released in greater amounts in bright light. This disrupts the necessary sleep cycle. Make sure to get sufficient sleep as your mood depends on it.
  • Food allergies could be linked to childhood obesity. Current theory is that obesity causes allergies. So by losing weight a child could lower the incidence of food allergies.
  • Children who aren't vaccinated against whooping cough are 23 times more likely to develop the disease than children who get all of their shots on time, a new study shows. Whooping cough, or pertussis, has been making a resurgence in recent years as more parents decide not to vaccinate their children which increases the likelihood that other children will be infected. It’s about creating what is called, “Herd immunity” so that newborns who are too young for vaccination are not infected.
  • By the time they reach ninth grade, most adolescents abandon the physical activities they enjoyed in seventh grade; and the more vigorous the activity, the more likely they are to drop it.
  • Women may be more susceptible to the lung damaging effects of smoking than men
  • A new study shows that older people who are thinner or are losing weight quickly are at a higher risk of developing dementia, especially if they started out overweight or obese.
  • In a study that could help explain the connections between depression and cancer, researchers have used an animal model to find, for the first time, a biological link between tumors and negative mood changes. The team determined that substances associated with depression are produced in increased quantities by tumors and are transmitted to the brain.
  • Many children who get a severe skin rash develop asthma months or years later. Doctors call the progression from eczema to breathing problems the atopic march. They've shown that a substance secreted by damaged skin triggers asthmatic symptoms in allergen-exposed laboratory mice
  • If you are trying to lose weight, a good night’s sleep might help. Yet another study found a link between sleep and weight. Study participants who were so-called short sleepers (meaning they got less than six hours per night) tended to have on average a higher body mass index, or BMI, than long sleepers

Article of the Week
Improve Your Body Image with Wabi-Sabi

We live in a body toxic world. Approximately one out of every three TV commercials is about physical attractiveness. We are obsessed with weight loss, yet even those who successfully lose weight are still not satisfied with their appearance, “I would be happier if I lost five more pounds.” People who have cosmetic surgery often return for another procedure, as they become preoccupied with the mirror. “You look great,” is often countered with, “Really?” Body dissatisfaction does not promote healthy behaviors. Being preoccupied with appearance is a way to avoid facing internal unhappiness and feeling out of control.

Emotional attributes of body dissatisfaction: more

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

womens fitness

My newly released book Addicted to Stress (Publisher: Jossey-Bass - An imprint of John Wiley), is available at bookstores everywhere and for order online

  • Introduces and explains the habit forming pressure principle of stress addiction and how to cure it, creating awareness of what to do when a woman develops repetitive destructive behaviors.
  • Provides step-by-step program for self-empowerment, self-care, healthy narcissism, and renewing humor in a woman's relationships.
  • Explains the powerful, researched based relationship between food, exercise, and mood.
  • Develops indispensable strategies for accepting constructive conflicts with a spouse, partner, friend or colleague to get what she wants.
  • Shows how to jump start sexual intimacy.
  • Teaches specific techniques for reducing and eliminating stress.
  • Tells inspiring and humorous story of successful recovery from stress addiction.

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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