Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
July 10, 2007

Affirmation of the Week
Carry around a little notebook
to jot down your big ideas.

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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.

Guest of the Week - Jennifer Niesslein

This week's show:
July 10, 2007 Show - Jennifer Niesslein, co-founder of Brain, Child Magazine, author of Practically Perfect in Every Way. Find out if you should throw away all your self-help books except for mine, of course?

Last week's show:
July 3, 2007 Show - Dr. Harris McIlwain, rheumatologist, geriatric specialist, and author of Diet for a Pain-Free Life. Suffering from overweight, inflammation and insomnia? You are what you eat.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Just because school is out for summer break, bullying does not take a break because bullying continues in summer camps, on cyberspace, text messaging and calls.
  • Putting your feelings into words verbally or writing in a journal may actually help you feel better. When you put feelings into words, you’re activating the prefrontal region and seeing a reduced response in the amygdala. When you verbalize your feelings, you seem to be hitting the brakes on your emotional responses.
  • Diabetes if not properly controlled leads to Alzheimer’s Disease and at the very least ages the brain by shrinking it.
  • One size does not fit all. Being overweight is not a mortality risk for older women.
  • The Harvard Health Letter claims that peppermint oil or menthol helps IBS sufferers.
  • Stress may stimulate obesity by unlocking the body's fat cells, a new study suggests. The link between chronic stress, comfort food and putting on weight around the middle is ten years old.
  • Eating about 30 calories a day of dark chocolate was associated with lowering blood pressure, without weight gain or other adverse effects, according to a study in JAMA.

Article of the Week
Gossip Your Stress Away

The urge to gossip can be irresistible. The other day I had a flavorful discussion with Gloria, a strong-minded woman, who carries herself tall and proud with a strong, melodious voice. She is a woman of great faith and loves to preach to everyone she meets about how good she is. Gloria confided that every night before she goes to sleep, she thinks about her day and prays for forgiveness for things she said or could have done differently. “What do you think about gossip?” I asked. “Oh, I never gossip.” And with that she frowned and looked down at me – well she is a few inches taller so the looking-down part might be my own insecurity.

Suddenly, a mutual acquaintance strutted by and Gloria asked a few questions about her in a hushed voice. Suffice it to say that the conversation about this mutual acquaintance was negative, critical and to put it mildly, about as nasty as you can get. After I briefed Gloria on the details, I smirked, “Well, I guess you are going to ask for forgiveness tonight when you evaluate your day?” “No, why would I do that, Debbie?” “Because you and I were gossiping just now.” “No, we weren’t.” “Oh, yes we were.” “But we were stating the facts.” “The facts were ugly and we didn’t state them to her face. I call that gossiping.” “Well, I don’t. You know what, Debbie, you are just looking to start trouble.” “Perhaps, but I think if you are going to preach, you should practice what you preach. People who believe they are absolutely right about things, scare me a bit.” What do you think?

Why we gossip
Embedded in the human psyche is the need to tell stories and belong to a group. Experts estimate that 2/3 of our conversations consist of gossip, so there must be some redeeming qualities. more

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
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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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