Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
Dec 18, 2012

Affirmation of the Week
A good spiritual teacher
is not too perfect.

Weekly Wellness Radio Shows - Now on YouTube

Radio shows are now on YouTube. Simply click on the links below.

The Turn On your Inner Light Radio Show airs Tuesday evenings 7:00 to 7:30pm, on WGBB 1240AM in Long Island.

Dec 18, 2012 Show - Moises Velasquez-Manoff , a science writer whose work has appeared in the NY Times Magazine, Wall Street Journal and the Chicago Tribune and is the author of An Epidemic of Absence. You will gain new insight into allergies and autoimmune diseases.

Dec 11, 2012 Show - Howard Fradkin, PhD, a psychologist, co-founder of the National Organization Against Male Sexual Victimization, and author of Joining Forces: Empowering Male Survivors to Thrive. For men and the women in their lives who need to heal from the childhood trauma of sexual abuse.

Dec 4, 2012 Show - Tammy Strobel, a simple living blogger and the author of You Can Buy Happiness. This time of year with shopping deals aplenty, let’s look for a good deal on happiness.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Experts show that diets lower in fat lead to reductions in weight and BMI. Cutting down on fat, without dieting, will result in a slimmer figure. Levels of bad cholesterol and waist circumference also improve – from the British Medical Journal.
  • According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 250,000 toy-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms each year. Most of these injuries affect children under age 15, and almost half affect the head or face. In light of these dangers, the American Academy of Ophthalmology encourages parents to be Eye Smart about toys this holiday season.
  • Despite the end of the Great Recession, American families still rely on the income of wives at record levels, with employed wives’ contribution to total family income holding steady at 47 percent, which is its highest level in decades, according to new research from the University of New Hampshire.
  • Negative perceptions about generic drugs are more widespread among ethnic minorities than among whites, finds a new study.
  • Less than 25% of Americans walk for more than 10 minutes. Many people in the U.S. do not walk, bike or engage in other forms of active transportation, missing an important opportunity to improve their cardiovascular health, concludes a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.
  • People acting as caregivers for family members with cardiovascular disease may inadvertently increase their own risk for heart disease by neglecting their own health, according to a new study.
  • For people living in both rich and poor countries, the average person’s happiness is based on a combination of individual wealth, possessions and optimism, according to an analysis of new worldwide survey by the American Psychological Association.
  • A new study suggests that increasing the amount of sleep that teenagers get could improve their insulin resistance and prevent the future onset of diabetes.
  • Amid the frenzy of decorating, planning and shopping for the holidays, health may take a backseat. However, the stress brought on by these activities plus cold temperatures could lead to heart attacks or heart-related complications if left unchecked.
  • Restaurant dishes and silverware may be an overlooked place where people can catch stomach viruses. While the current industry guidelines for cleaning dishware used in public settings are effective at neutralizing bacteria, researchers at The Ohio State University found that they appear to fall short of eliminating norovirus - the leading cause of epidemic gastroenteritis and the major cause of foodborne illness.
  • Injured patients were less likely to die in the hospital if they had alcohol in their blood, according to a study from the University of Illinois and the more alcohol, the more likely they were to survive.
  • A study review from the University of Kentucky found that music therapy can be beneficial to patients before, during and after a surgical procedure and may reduce pain and recovery time.
  • People with an overactive thyroid gland (hyperthyroidism) carry a greater risk of developing irregular heart rhythm (known as atrial fibrillation) than those with normal thyroid function, finds a study from the British Medical Journal.

Article of the Week

There’s Oy in Joy: How to Detox From Disaster

Life is a tension of opposites beginning with birth and marching all the way to death. We love the high of happiness, but the pressure to be happy is making us upset, especially during the holidays- the oy in joy.

Our adored, irreplaceable personal treasures might be quickly lost in a hurricane or fire. Passionate marriage vows can disintegrate into an icy divorce. In fact, many couples sign prenuptials, anticipating a bitter divorce settlement. Sadly, our nation has realized that our dearest and most innocent family member might never return from an ordinary day, snuffed out by a human predator as in Newtown, Conn. Is it a “wonderful life,” or is “something rotten in the state of Denmark?” Perhaps, a bit of both.

Mark Twain in his novel Huck Finn wrote that “Human beings can be awful cruel to one another.” My father spent two horrifying years in Auschwitz. 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 don’t have to constantly open the door. It’s 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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