Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
December 16, 2008

Affirmation of the Week
Inspiration hits at the border
of hard work and fun.

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.

Dec 16, 2008 Show - Deirdre Fishel, an award winning writer and director of documentaries and dramas which have been broadcast on more than 30 TV channels worldwide, and co-author of Still Doing It: The Intimate Lives of Women Over 60. Learn about the intimate lives of older women – you will never see them in the same way again.

Dec 09, 2008 Show - Frank Mikulka, my fitness teacher and fitness consultant for my books and website, a former Marine, an elite trainer and martial artist, popular for his warrior classes for men and women. Learn how to avoid weight gain! Don’t wait for a New Year’s Resolution you won’t keep. Here’s how to go from fat to fit.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Drivers make more mistakes, like drifting out of their lane and missing an exit, when talking on a cell phone than when talking to passengers according to the University of Utah.
  • Another reason to eat fruits and veggies! Diets that are high in protein and cereal grains produce excess acid in the body which may increase the loss of calcium and weaken bones according to a new study. However, the study also found that increasing the alkali content of the diet, with a pill or through a diet rich in fruits and vegetables has the opposite effect.
  • Contrary to the perception of some patients and physicians, there is no evidence that brand-name drugs are superior to their generic counterparts, according to an article in JAMA, which examined studies comparing the effectiveness of generic vs. brand-name heart drugs.
  • With new drugs being reviewed by regulatory agencies and then released to the market faster than ever before, patients’ safety is being compromised, warns a study published in the British Medical Journal.
  • Researchers have found that about 5 percent of the nation's population suffers from persistent depression or anxiety disorders, with a minority of those afflicted receiving adequate medication or counseling.
  • If you are younger than 50 and have been previously vaccinated, a half-dose of influenza vaccine seems to work as well as a full dose! Good news for seniors if there is a vaccine shortage.
  • If you follow a traditional Mediterranean diet and want to manage metabolic syndrome, add a handful of nuts to your daily diet.
  • Breast cancer patients who have a poor relationship with their spouse may face a more difficult road to recovery than would other women, according to a new study from Ohio State University. Researchers found that, over five years, patients in distressed marriages had higher levels of stress, less physical activity, slower recovery and more symptoms and signs of illness than did similar patients who reported good marriages.
  • The Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center claims that a growing number of adults know about the potential risk of children swallowing magnets, but medical complications from magnets continue to be extensive worldwide and throughout childhood. While many children in the study were under the age of 3, we should be aware that older children swallow them too. Some of the reasons were ‘I thought it was funny’ or ‘I liked the flavor of magnets’ Magnets could adhere to the bowel wall and usually need an endoscopy or surgery to treat.

Article of the Week
How to Handle Your Friend’s Job Loss

We all complain about our job, how tired we are, how bored, how busy, how unfair our boss is, how competitive the environment, yet at the same time we know that we are really lucky to have work and get a pay check. Someone you know is probably out of work at this very moment whether it is a neighbor, friend or family member – maybe it is your spouse. You tiptoe around the laid-off person not knowing how to interact, what to say or not say. Losing a job is a great stressor. A job loss is like a death, not a physical death of course, but the death of an identity. Most people don’t separate who they are from what they do, so when they are out of work, they feel invisible or like nothing at all. A stern inner critic whispers the word, “Failure.” Memories of old losses come to mind like being kicked off the team, not being asked out to the dance, or not getting the lead part in the school play. Old hurts get attached to this job loss.

Obviously, the focus is not on you, but how do you navigate this kind of loss? How can you help? more

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

womens fitness

My newly released book Addicted to Stress (Publisher: Jossey-Bass - An imprint of John Wiley), is available at bookstores everywhere and for order online

  • 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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