Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
September 29, 2009

Affirmation of the Week
A candle in the dark
sheds more light
than a bonfire in mid day.

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.

Sept 29, 2009 Show - Lisa Bertagnoli, a journalist who writes about style and culture and is the author of Scarlet Rules. Let Scarlet O’Hara guide you to unlock your abilities and shine.

Sept 22, 2009 Show - Karyl McBride, Ph.D. is a marriage and family therapist and the author of Will I Ever Be Good Enough? If your mother was narcissistic and did not give you unconditional love, you can learn how to recover and re-parent yourself.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics found a relationship between young children going down a slide on the lap of an adult and tibia fractures.
  • Oregano, allspice and garlic essential oils can be effective, natural barriers against E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria, according to a study in the Journal of Food Science, Oregano was the most effective against all 3 kinds of bacteria.
  • Exercise helps prevent weight regain after dieting by reducing appetite and by burning fat before burning carbohydrates. Burning fat first and storing carbohydrates for use later in the day slows weight regain and may minimize overeating by signaling a feeling of fullness to the brain.
  • The more money you earn, the more likely you are to munch on a muffin or down a power bar at your desk. And the more frequently you munch, the better your chance of being healthy. Those are among the findings in a report by University of Texas at Austin.
  • Recent scientific studies linking cell phone use with health effects such as brain cancer are showing increasing evidence of harm, according to a report by the Environmental Working Group, a public health advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.
  • A Swedish study provides evidence that people who eat chocolate have increased survival rates after a heart attack and the more often you eat it, the better- watch your portions! Chocolate contains flavonoid antioxidants that are believed to be beneficial to the cardiovascular system.
  • Reading a book by Franz Kafka ––or watching a film by director David Lynch ––could make you smarter. According to research by psychologists at UC Santa Barbara and the University of British Columbia, exposure to surrealism enhances the cognitive mechanisms that oversee implicit learning functions.
  • Surgeons remove gall bladders through the belly button to prevent scarring. The procedure also has the potential for less pain.
  • As cold and flu season get underway, breaking poor eating habits can not only prevent sickness, but also give you more energy, make you feel better about yourself, and help you live a healthier life.
  • The next breakthrough breast cancer treatment may be a diabetes drug already on the shelves of nearly every pharmacy.The drug is metformin, available generically and under brand names such as Glucophage and Fortamet. A growing body of evidence suggests that diabetes patients taking metformin are less likely to get cancer, and have better outcomes if they do get cancer, than those not taking the drug.
  • Showerheads in your home may harbor potentially infectious bacteria and enrich their growth, according to a new study. Plastic showerheads breed more germs than metal. Before you step into the shower let the water run for at least 30 seconds to get rid of that first cloud of bacteria that you might inhale.

Article of the Week
The Power of Pampering

To create time and space to ease into yourself you need to believe that you have a right to an unfettered happiness. Begin by creating an inspiring environment at home. You know how constricting clothing makes you uncomfortable and limits your self-expression; make sure your home environment is not constricting filled with too many rules and time demands. You can’t be joyous and inclined to pamper yourself when under pressure.

Make your space relaxing and whimsical by using color, seasonal window treatments, moving knickknacks and furniture around, serving different recipes, etc. You can’t keep on looking at the same things and eating the same foods, yet expect to be stimulated and experience something different. The idea is to cultivate a new sense of enthusiasm; don’t worry about how your self-expression looks or sounds! If you feel like laughing spontaneously, singing even if you can’t sing or just dancing to the music that no one else hears – do it and don’t be afraid. Fear and self- consciousness will imprison your spirit with judgment. One of my favorite quotes comes from Ralph Waldo Emerson, “To be great is to be misunderstood.” I use this quote frequently when friends or family remark, “What has gotten into you?”

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways to pamper myself: 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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