Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
November 24, 2009

Affirmation of the Week
Do something dramatic
to take yourself
less seriously.

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.

Nov 24, 2009 Show - Woodson Merrell, MD, is chairman of Integrative Medicine at Beth Israel medical Center, a clinical professor of medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and author of Power Up. If you feel tired with a case of the blues, you might be surprised by what’s causing it.

Nov 17, 2009 Show - Kim Rosen, MFA, is a spoken word artists, an award winning poet and author of Saved by a Poem. Learn how to experience a poem and release your inner voice.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Patients with coronary heart disease who practiced the stress-reducing Transcendental Meditation® technique had nearly 50 percent lower rates of heart attack, stroke, and death compared to non-meditating controls, according to the results of a first-ever study presented during the annual meeting of the American Heart Association.
  • Adults who use pet therapy while recovering from total joint-replacement surgery require 50 percent less pain medication than those who do not.
  • A new study published in Neurology states smoking may now be considered an “established” risk factor for (ALS) also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.
  • Sleep deprivation adversely affects automatic, accurate responses and can lead to potentially devastating errors, a finding of particular concern among firefighters, police officers, soldiers and others who work in a sleep-deprived state.
  • Chronic pain patients with a history of depression are three times more likely to receive long-term prescriptions for opioid medications like Vicodin compared to pain patients who do not suffer from depression.
  • Traffic noises are linked to increases in blood pressure among people younger than 60.
  • Women turn to chocolate not because of hormones, but to self-soothe their stress.
  • According to Consumer Reports On Health watching lots of TV correlates with lower happiness levels while reading the newspaper means higher levels of happiness.
  • Teenage women who are obese may be more than twice as likely to develop multiple sclerosis as adults compared to female teens who are not obese, according to a study published in Neurology.
  • After one year, a low-calorie, low-fat diet appears more beneficial to dieters’ mood than a low-carbohydrate plan with the same number of calories, according to a report in JAMA.
  • Individuals with weaker muscles appear to have a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease and declines in cognitive function over time.
  • A woman is six times more likely to be separated or divorced soon after a diagnosis of cancer or multiple sclerosis than if a man in the relationship is the patient, according to a study that examined the role gender played in so-called “partner abandonment.” The study also found that the longer the marriage the more likely it would remain intact.

Article of the Week
Feeling Threatened by the Holidays?

For many of us the mere thought of the holidays evokes a rapid heartbeat, shallow breathing and every nerve fiber is on high alert to fight, flight or freeze –this is just the physiological stress response to a perceived threat. Imagine the emotional and spiritual costs? What exactly is so menacing about the holidays?
  • Fight: Do you end up raising your voice with family, friends or colleagues during a party?
  • Flight: Do you escape (or wish you could) the crowds, preparation and structured fun to a tropical island or a cabin in the woods to start a new holiday tradition?
  • Freeze: Do you retreat inward feeling like you’re not good enough smiling awkwardly during the festivities?
The best way to deal with this type of fear, this perceived threat, is to meet it head on as you tap into your more intuitive animal nature. 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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