Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
July 29, 2008

Affirmation of the Week
Others seem to push harder,
the more you push back.

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 - Peter Breggin, MD

July 29, 2008 Show - Peter Breggin, MD is a psychiatrist and expert in clinical psychopharmacology, as well as serving as a medical expert in civil and criminal cases, a former full-time consultant for the National Institute of Mental Health, founder of the International Center for the Study of Psychiatry and Psychology and author of Medication Madness. Your prescription medicine could be driving you crazy.

July 22, 2008 Show - Anne Pierce, PhD has published articles and books on social/political issues and is the author of Ships without a Shore. Let’s take an objectively honest look at how we are raising our children!

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Health Tips of the Week

  • A warming climate may boost the number of U.S. cases of kidney stones by up to 30% according to the University of Texas. Hotter temperatures mean more fluid loss.
  • Pregnant women who eat nuts or nut products like peanut butter every day during pregnancy may increase their offspring's chances of developing asthma by nearly 50%, compared with women who rarely or never consume nut products during pregnancy.
  • Mild Alzheimer’s disease patients with higher physical fitness had larger brains compared to mild Alzheimer’s patients with low physical fitness.
  • A new study shows that even with the TV on in the background toddlers are disrupted as they play with toys, causing them to lose focus during play.
  • According to the University of Denver there is a high correlation between fun and marital happiness. Unfortunately, as life gets hectic, fun is the first thing to fall by the wayside.
  • Is your long, daily commute causing you pain? According to experts, hours in the car can create more than stress—it can actually cause carpal tunnel syndrome. Here are some tips to prevent it: Switch the hand you drive with, periodically using your left, then your right. Keep your hand in line with your elbow and your wrist straight. Also, talking on your cell phone while driving especially holding it with your wrist bent, is not good. Use an earpiece or headset.
  • Testing for vitamin D levels has skyrocketed as medical studies raise awareness about vitamin D deficiencies, according to three of the USA's largest medical diagnostic labs. The jump in vitamin D testing comes after new research linking vitamin D deficiency with some infectious diseases, cancers, cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disorders.
  • High gas prices could turn out to be a lifesaver for some drivers. The authors of a new study say gas prices are causing driving declines that could result in a third fewer auto deaths annually, with the most dramatic drop likely to be among teen drivers.

Article of the Week
A New Way to Journal to Manage Your Stress

Just when you think everything is going your way, a stressor hits and destabilizes you to challenge your balance. For example, a close friend doesn’t invite you to a party she is giving or doesn’t spend as much time with you as you were habituated. Perhaps, this year you didn’t go on a traveling vacation because of the expense. Maybe your spouse made a sharp dismissive remark which opened up some old wound. Then worst of all, you look in the mirror and there is no need to ask because you can plainly see that you are not the fairest of them all! What are you going to do to get back to center?

No one seems to notice or care while you are self-absorbed in the predicament. It’s time to pick yourself up and see that although you are an ordinary mortal, you possess extraordinary powers. Wake up! Life is a series of recoveries.

To recover more quickly next time – start journaling today! Keeping a record in black and white objectifies your stressor and takes the mystery out of it. You can then view what is upsetting you from different angles to reframe and release. However, you might reply that you have heard about journaling countless times as it is a real old stress-management device which doesn’t work for you. Wait, help is on the way! I have a new approach on recording your thoughts which is more likely to create a relaxation response and I am excited to present it you. 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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