Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Weekly Wellness Newsletter
December 27, 2006

The Turn On Your Inner Light Course at NYU

I will be teaching a 6-session intensive course in stress-management at New York University beginning this February 6, 2007. Take charge of your mind and body.

For a class description and to register

Happy New Year to My Readers

The results are in: This year the most popular resolution from my diverse readership is to "become more holy and thin" – in the same breath. I was surprised by this combination because acting more holy suggests an expanded spirit and a large heart, certainly not becoming thin. I guess the resolution reflects the desire for a thin body with a big spirit.

To achieve your goals whether striving to be more spiritual or to lose weight - specify your goals to make them real and attainable like “I plan to do an hour of weekly volunteer work at my local community center” or “I plan to walk for 30 minutes three times a week.” Happy and Healthy New Year!

Affirmation of the Week
A relationship takes work,
but who doesn’t enjoy
this kind of work?

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.

Guest of the Week - Patricia Love

Dec 26, 2006 Show - Patricia Love, a therapist, speaker, has appeared on Oprah and the Today Show and author of How To Improve Your Marriage Without Talking About It.

Last week's guest:
Dec 19, 2006 Show - Tina Tessina a psychotherapist and author of The Unofficial Guide to Dating Again. Learn how to become irresistible again and again.

Click archives for directory of past shows.

Health Tips of the Week

  • Proton-pump inhibitors, the popular drugs like Nexium, Prevacid, Prilosec that fight stomach acid increase the risk of hip fractures in adults ages 50+. Stomach acid helps the body absorb calcium which is needed for healthy bones. So doctors are advised to prescribe the lowest dosage of Proton-pump inhibitors along with calcium supplements.
  • The first experiment to show that low-fat diets could help prevent a return of breast cancer reveals that the benefit is limited to women whose tumor growth was not driven by hormones. The question that remains: Was it the diet or the weight loss?
  • Both tai chi and balance training have been proven to reduce falls, and for the first time a research team at the University of Michigan Health System decided to compare the 2 programs. And the winner is: Balance and step training over tai chi.
  • Overweight people consume up to 50 percent more calories when they eat low-fat versions of snack foods than when they eat the regular versions according to a study by Cornell.
  • A new study, published in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that colonoscopies which took longer found more abnormal growths than quick colonoscopies.
  • The FDA has just approved the return of silicone gel-filled breast implants to the U.S. market; however, a European study is raising new concerns about their safety. Researchers in Austria have identified proteins that accumulate on the surface of silicone breast implants which cause immune reactions in women who have them.
  • A University of Virginia neuroscientist has found that women under stress who hold their husbands' hands show signs of immediate relief, which can clearly be seen on their brain scans. This is the first study to measure how the brain facilitates the health benefits of close social relationships

Article of the Week
Why Do I Like People More When They Like Me Less?

Dear Debbie,

I have made an observation about my relationships, both love relationships and friendships. For some strange reason I am attracted to people who ignore me or don’t like me as much as I like them. So, why do I like people more when they like me less? Is there something wrong with me?


Dear Unbalanced,

Relationships are like the yin and yang of things. There is a push and a pull. We get excited by the hunt. We like to anticipate and accomplish. If success, money or fame comes easily, we don’t appreciate it unless we have worked hard. In fact, the best part of all is the anticipation. Relationship realities are often disappointing. more

Frank Mikulka's Fitness Tip Of The Week
How to Recharge Your Motivation

I’m really enjoying my training program and am now training 6 days a week. However, lately I feel that it is becoming routine and honestly I’m losing my motivation. Any tips to recharge? (Terry, Astoria)Answer

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The Perfect Gift
For Caregivers who are stressed and need advice on

Debbie Mandel, MA is the author of 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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