Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
July 21, 2009

Affirmation of the Week
We use imagination
for what we are not;
we use a sense of humor
for what we are.

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.

July 21, 2009 Show - Art and Allison Daily, authors of Out of the Canyon. This is a true story written in two voices with distinctly different perspectives about how to come back from tragedy, find love and heal.

July 14, 2009 Show - Dr. Bernie Siegel, MD, a best-selling author and speaker who has devoted his life to humanizing science and medical care and author of Faith, Hope and Healing. Let Bernie inspire you to live with illness.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Celiac disease, an immune system reaction to gluten in the diet, is over four times more common today than it was 50 years ago according to findings of a Mayo Clinic study.
  • Physiological changes associated with metabolic syndrome may play a role in the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer from the Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. Metabolic syndrome, or insulin resistance syndrome, consists of a constellation of factors including abdominal obesity, high blood glucose levels, impaired glucose tolerance, abnormal lipid levels and high blood pressure.
  • A new study could introduce a pain-free vaccination strategy that works against ear infections which is the most frequently diagnosed illness in children under the age of 15.
  • As many American families face foreclosure on their homes, they face added stress, powerlessness and grief from the loss of their animal companions as they have to give up their pets.
  • Nearly 1 in 10 children are bullied through electronic means such as text messages, and girls are more likely to be victims than boys are.
  • The rate of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections in U.S. neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) has more than tripled in recent years, reports a study in the July issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
  • Caffeine improves memory. New findings provide evidence that caffeine could be a viable 'treatment' for established Alzheimer's disease, and not simply a protective strategy. Caffeine is a safe drug for most people and enters the brain easily.
  • Licorice may help prevent the painful sore throat which is part of the recovery process from anesthesia because it is an anti-inflammatory. Just gargle with licorice solution right before surgery – if that’s possible - great advice, but hard to implement.
  • According to research from Cornell you can’t pay people to lose weight because it is just so hard to diet. However, the head economist of the study adds, there is surely some amount of money which could be persuasive, but no knows what that amount is.
  • Parents who value strenuous team sports are more likely to influence their children to join a team or at least participate in some kind of exercise, and spend less time in front of the TV or computer, a new study says.
  • Reducing children’s exposure to a variety of allergens, rather than targeting a single “trigger,” might be a better way to avoid asthma, according to a new review of studies.
  • The relationship between migraine headaches in women and a significant reduction in breast cancer risk has been confirmed in a follow-on study to landmark research published last year and conducted by scientists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
  • People who have superior language skills early in life may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease decades later, despite having the hallmark signs of the disease, according to research published in the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Article of the Week
Stress Can Make You Fat

People who are already battling the bulge seem to really pack on the pounds when they experience stress. Jason Block, MD, whose Harvard research was published in The American Journal of Epidemiology, implicates stress as a trigger for weight gain. Apparently the stress response is gender specific. Men get stressed over workplace hierarchy, difficulty paying the bills, the inability to learn new skills along with workplace demands. However, women have broader categories when they experience stress; they are hit hard by strained relationships and feeling limited by life’s circumstances according to Dr. Block. In fact, I have observed in my own work with stress management clients that most women feel stress more intensely than men and seem to get trapped in a negative worry loop, unable to let go.

For years the research has been out there in disparate studies which lacked the cohesiveness of a big picture: stress creates an inflammatory response for both mind and body. This means you are out of balance not sleeping or exercising enough and eating mindlessly to self-soothe – particularly junk food. In fact, cortisol, one of the stress hormones, is claimed to build fat around the abdomen making you more prone to metabolic syndrome which can lead to heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other ailments. Even worse, stress is contagious. What does this mean for your marriage?

However, don’t get stressed by these findings. more

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

womens fitness

My recently released book Addicted to Stress (Publisher: Jossey-Bass - An imprint of John Wiley).

  • 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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