Debbie Mandel's
Turn On Your Inner Light
Wellness Newsletter
December 28, 2010

Affirmation of the Week
People and events
that slow us down
are actually saving us
from things happening too quickly.

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 28, 2010 Show - Marlene M. Browne is an attorney who specializes in family law, lectures on the law, a writer and one of her many books is the Boomer’s Guide to Divorce and a New Life. Learn how divorce dynamics has changed during the recession.

Dec 21, 2010 Show - Jennifer Robin is the owner of the image consulting firm, Clothe Your Spirit, an exhibiting landscape and figurative artist and the author of Growing More Beautiful: An Artful Approach to Personal Style. Getting dressed is a daily act of creation.

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Health Tips of the Week

  • Living in an area where amenities of daily life – groceries, playgrounds, post offices, libraries and restaurants – are within walking distance is linked to higher levels of social capital, such as trust among neighbors and participation in community events, new research finds.
  • A new study suggests a simple step that might help cut childhood and adolescent obesity down to size: start school sooner.
  • The unemployed may be more resilient than previously believed – the vast majority eventually end up as satisfied with life as they were before they lost their jobs.
  • Federal health officials say they’re alarmed by a sharp rise in marijuana use among American teens, blaming the increase on medical marijuana campaigns. The increase is particularly stark among eighth graders, suggesting that attitudes about the risks of marijuana may be becoming more relaxed in adolescents thinking about using drugs for the first time. Among 12th-graders marijuana has overtaken cigarette smoking.
  • Saccharin, an artificial sweetener dubbed a potential cancer-causing agent in the 1980s, has now been officially declared safe.
  • Women who are better educated and live in households that are middle-income or above are less likely to be obese than women who are less educated and live in the lowest income households, new government research shows. Among men, there is not a statistically significant difference in obesity based on income and very little difference based on education, the data show.
  • Physicians' fears of being sued for malpractice are out of proportion to their actual risk of being sued according to a recent study by a University of Iowa researcher and colleagues.
  • Not a happy holiday thought, but an important one: The number of babies who die of SIDS, or sudden infant death syndrome, surges by 33 percent on New Year’s Day. The suspected reason? Alcohol consumption by caretakers the night before. Parents who are drinking too much might not pay attention to the “Back to Sleep position” which is believed to prevents SIDS. Also, babies of mothers who drank while pregnant are more than twice as likely to die of SIDS.
  • USC Annenberg Center for the Digital Future Survey reports: Parents are starting to view time spent on the Internet in the same way as time watching TV.
  • Millions of Americans in at least 31 U.S. cities could be drinking tap water contaminated with the harmful chemical hexavalent chromium, a carcinogen, otherwise known as chromium-6. This carcinogen is known to many of us because of the movie about Erin Brockovich. There is a well-documented corollary between exposure to chromium-6 and a greater risk of stomach cancer in humans.
  • Save your money: The largest study of echinacea finds it won't help you recover from a cold any sooner.
  • New research adds to the evidence linking obesity with lower levels of vitamin D, and the finding could help explain why carrying extra pounds raises the risk for a wide range of diseases. The study suggests that people who are obese may be less able to convert vitamin D into its hormonally active form.

Article of the Week
Exercise Is Soul Medicine

Not many associate exercise with spirituality unless one practices the martial arts or yoga. There seems to be a cultural disconnect between activities of the mind and the body. However, spirituality is really holistic, not cut off from the experience of life. The goal is to become a complete person. Exercise can literally be our lifelines because it is self-healing and grounding - generating positive energy. It helps us realize that we can exercise control over our lives.

Here is what exercise can do for you spiritually more

My book is NOW available in Paperback
Addicted to Stress: A Woman's 7 Step Program to Reclaim Joy and Spontaneity in Life

womens fitness

My book Addicted to Stress (Publisher: Jossey-Bass - An imprint of John Wiley), has just been published in Paperback and is available at bookstores everywhere.
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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