Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
August 18, 2009

Affirmation of the Week
Don’t do stupid things
in smart ways.

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.

Aug 18, 2009 Show - Nancy Bachrach worked in advertising in New York and Paris and is the author of The Center of the Universe. Reading this edgy memoir about living with madness, we discover that we are all in the same boat.

Aug 11, 2009 Show - Harold Levinson, MD began his research 35 years ago with the NYC Board of Education and was a clinical associate professor of psychiatry at NYU Medical Center. Currently he is the director of the Medical Dyslexic Treatment Center in Great Neck, New York and author of Smart But Feeling Dumb. This book will change your beliefs about dyslexia.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • A new study done by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine shows that social stress could be an important precursor to heart disease by causing the body to deposit more fat in the middle and speeding the harmful buildup of plaque in blood vessels - a stepping stone to the number one cause of death in the world.
  • Twenty minutes per day of guided workplace meditation and yoga combined with six weekly group sessions can lower feelings of stress by more than 10 percent and improve sleep quality in sedentary office employees, a pilot study suggests from Ohio State University.
  • Feelings of depression could be one reason patients fail to follow their doctors’ orders on exercising and eventually become less physically active, a new research review finds.
  • People who engage in activities that exercise the brain, such as reading, writing, and playing card games, may delay the rapid memory decline that occurs if they later develop dementia according to an article in Neurology.
  • Depression among preschoolers appears to be a continuous, chronic condition rather than a transient developmental stage.
  • Mayo Clinic researchers have found that children exposed to anesthesia during Cesarean section are not at any higher risk for learning disabilities later in life than children not delivered by C-section. These findings are reported in the current issue of the journal Anesthesiology.
  • Heavy drinkers of beer and spirits face a much higher risk of developing cancer than the population at large, says a group of Montreal epidemiologists and cancer researchers. Their findings show that people in the highest consumption category increased their risk of developing esophageal cancer sevenfold, colon cancer by 80% and even lung cancer by 50%.
  • Short sleep times, experienced by many individuals in Westernized societies, may contribute to the development of insulin resistance and reduced glucose tolerance, which in turn may increase the long-term risk of diabetes.

Article of the Week
How Men Can Live as Long as Women

From the moment a male is born statistics show that on average he will live a shorter life span than females -about 5 years - as well as have higher rates of 12 of the 15 leading causes of death. Forget the old joke that a married man wants to die. According to a new study the reason he dies first is because of the “ideals” of masculinity. The more manly he feels, the less likely he is to seek preventative medical care; then oops it’s too late.

A manly man sucks up the pain and will not go into a doctor’s office where he might be unable to hide his fear. Besides, his comfort food is red meat. “This research strongly suggests that deep-seated masculinity beliefs are one core cause of men’s poor health, inasmuch as they reduce compliance with recommended preventative health services,” said Kristen W. Springer, the study’s primary investigator, an assistant professor of sociology at Rutgers University. Note: Highly educated men with the strongest-held masculinity beliefs were just as unlikely to obtain preventative care as men with lower levels of education.

If you are woman living with a manly man who doesn’t get a yearly physical, what can you do? 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.

To learn more: