Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
November 20, 2013

Affirmation of the Week
Relaxation is an art
you cultivate

Health Tips of the Week

  • A new pilot study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that the brain changes associated with meditation and stress reduction may play an important role in slowing the progression of age-related cognitive disorders like Alzheimerís disease and other dementias.
  • According to Ohio State Univ. a new study suggests that poor mental health and casual sex feed off each other in teens and young adults, with each one contributing to the other over time.
  • People with chronic pain and emotional distress are more likely to be given ongoing prescriptions for opioid drugs, which may not help, and in fact lead to major depression finds a new review in General Hospital Psychiatry.
  • Thanksgiving Day has more than double the number of home cooking fires than an average day according to the U.S. Fire Administration. More than 4,000 fires occur annually on Thanksgiving Day as celebrants deep fry turkeys, boil potatoes, bake pies and more. Be careful!
  • Obesity and a bigger waist size in older women are associated with a higher risk of death, major chronic disease and mobility disability before the age of 85, according to a study published by JAMA.
  • A study being presented at the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology found pregnant women who receive allergy shots, also known as immunotherapy, during pregnancy may decrease their babyís chance of developing allergies.
  • In patients with chronic kidney disease who lowered their salt intake for two weeks, excess extracellular fluid volume, blood pressure, and protein excretion in the urine all dropped considerably. If maintained long-term, the effects could reduce a patientís risk of progressing to kidney failure by 30%.
  • New findings suggest that for teen girls, aerobic exercise might be superior to resistance exercise for cutting health risks associated with obesity. Study published in the American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism.
  • Moderate exercise not only treats, but can prevent depression in the long term according to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
  • Poverty coupled with stress have long-lasting effects on brain function, according to a study published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • New study suggests ďthat if youíre working for a really bad boss over a long period of time, that experience may play out at the level of gene expression in your immune system," lead researcher from Ohio State University.

Article of the Week

Thanksgiving Is the Best Time to De-stress

Many mental health experts write that Thanksgiving can be a stressful holiday. However, I am happy to be the bearer of good tidings: Thanksgiving provides a terrific opportunity to manage stress and in fact, set the tone for the rest of the season: A reasonable happiness with realistic expectations. This is a holiday where simplifying, getting back to basics, is the theme.

Did you know that it is an urban myth perpetuated by the media that there is more family conflict during the holidays? In fact, increased family gatherings and community support during the holidays create greater cohesion and bolster the spirit. Consider that most of us are on our best behavior during family gatherings!

And if you are living a life of quiet desperation, you donít have to accomplish the impossible which is to forget your loss and your grief in order to be happy. On the contrary 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 donít have to constantly open the door. Itís 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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