Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
July 31, 2012

Affirmation of the Week
Develop a sixth sense
for what’s important.

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The Turn On your Inner Light Radio Show airs Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 7:30pm, on WGBB 1240AM in Long Island.

July 31, 2012 Show - Risa Kaparo, PhD, a psychotherapist, developer of Somatic Learning which she taught at MIT, John F. Kennedy University, and Dalian Medical University in China and is the author of Awakening Somatic Intelligence. Learn how to release pain and become more supple physically and mentally.

July 17, 2012 Show - Debbie Nathan, an award-winning journalist, editor and translator for over 3 decades, the author of 4 books and her most recent is Sybil Exposed. Learn about the inside story of Sybil and her multiple personality disorder and how it was fabricated. You will never view psychiatry the same way again.

July 10, 2012 Show - Collins Hemingway, a writer and technologist, the co-author of Maximum Brainpower. Learn how to protect and challenge your brain. <

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Health Tips of the Week

  • When it comes to treating cartilage tears in athletes, Platelet Rich Plasma therapy is a safe and effective method of treatment, according to research presented at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine.
  • Higher levels of a certain fat in the blood called ceramides may increase a person’s risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published in Neurology.
  • Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol as part of a healthy lifestyle may benefit women’s bone health, lowering the risk of developing osteoporosis according to Oregon State University.
  • From Loyola University: A study of high school students provides new evidence that a person's circle of friends may influence his or her weight. Students were more likely to gain weight if they had friends who were heavier than they were. Conversely, students were more likely to get trimmer -- or gain weight at a slower pace -- if their friends were leaner than they were.
  • In studies examining the risk of adverse outcomes after receipt of the influenza A(H1N1) vaccine, infants exposed to the vaccine in utero did not have a significantly increased risk of major birth defects, preterm birth, or fetal growth restriction; while in another, study researchers found a small increased risk in adults of the nervous system disorder, Guillain-Barre syndrome, during the 4 to 8 weeks after vaccination, according to 2 studies in JAMA.
  • A surprise win or loss impacts future risk taking. People appear to decrease their risk-taking levels after experiencing any surprising outcome – even positive ones according to research from Case Western University.
  • Moving more can lead to a longer life. If most people spent less than three hours a day sitting, it would add two years to the average life expectancy in this country. And if they cut the time they spent on the couch watching TV to less than two hours a day, it would add about 1.4 years to overall life expectancy according to research from the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge.
  • A dog could be a baby's best friend, according to a study in the medical journal Pediatrics. Infants living in households with dogs were healthier and had fewer ear infections than those without a dog, the study found.
  • A study from the Journal Anesthesiology provides evidence contrary to prior reports that fever in laboring women is associated with epidural analgesia.
  • UCLA researchers have found that practicing a certain form of yogic meditation for just 12 minutes daily leads to a reduction in the biological mechanisms responsible for an increase in the immune system’s inflammation response. Inflammation, if constantly activated, can contribute to a multitude of chronic health problems.
  • According to the American Sociological Association policies that reward abstinence from terrorism are more successful in reducing such acts of violence than tactics that aim to punish terrorists.
  • Vitamin D deficiency is associated with worse lung function and more rapid decline in lung function over time in smokers, suggesting that vitamin D may have a protective effect against the effects of smoking on lung function, according to a new study from researchers in Boston.
  • High consumption of vitamin E either from diet or vitamin supplements may lower the risk of liver cancer, according to a study from Vanderbilt University.
  • People are more likely to show forgiving behavior if they receive restitution, but they are more prone to report they have really forgiven if they get an apology, according to Baylor University research.
  • Scientists have discovered another possible benefit of a night of restful and uninterrupted sleep. According to researchers, fragmented or interrupted sleep could predict future placement in a nursing home or assisted living facility.
  • Drugs used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) do not appear to have long-term effects on the brain, according to new animal research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
  • A large international study led by University of Adelaide researchers has found that women who use marijuana can more than double the risk of giving birth to a baby prematurely.
  • It is possible to overeat healthy foods, according to Loyola University Health System. While fruits are nutritious, too much of even a healthy food can lead to weight gain. The formula is calories in versus calories out.

Article of the Week

Are You Really That Busy?

Our society is preoccupied with busyness. Tim Kreider’s, “The Busy Trap,” as published in the NY Times on June 30, 2012 has brought the issue to the forefront, provoking hundreds of readers’ responses. For some busyness is a sure fire strategy to create time for the self, “I wish I could, but I’m too busy to go out with you.” This excuse is a more polite form of saying no and works well to create less stress and more leisure. However, for others busyness is a sinister self-driven strategy to elevate one’s status as an important person who is always needed whether at work, social obligations or children’s busy activities. For this role one must be tied to the cell phone, an important prop, even during vacation or sleep. And for most of us busyness is a stressful coping mechanism to escape personal unhappiness - to avoid thinking about who we are and where we are going with all this.

Can you tell the difference between a high energy person who lives intensely, who is fully present and the nervous, stressful energy of someone always living in the future for what’s next on the to-do list? If you fall into the latter category or know someone who does, it usually means living in distraction and in fear of one’s own quiet company.

The symptoms of busyness:
  • Dramatic vocabulary, “Crazy busy,” “Frazzled”
  • Irritability/pessimism more

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

womens fitness

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, 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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