Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Breast Cancer Awareness...Really?

by Glen Depke

Every time I go to my local food market this month I get asked the same thing, "Would you like to donate to breast cancer research?" Every time I reply the same, "I would love to, as soon as it is being used for cancer prevention."

I honestly have nothing against scientific research and discovery but doesn't it simply make more sense to educate women on the proper steps needed to prevent contracting breast cancer? It sure does to me...

I also feel that it is so important to educate women on the need for self examination, how to accomplish this, risk factors and signs or symptoms of breast cancer. Our current "awareness" addresses this and for that I am thankful. But really, where is all the money going? You may be surprised at times where it is actually going but one thing you can be darned sure about, it's not prevention.

Before we go on let's look at some stats. Women in the United States get breast cancer more than any other type of cancer except for skin cancer. It is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in women. Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die.

With this said, doesn't it make sense to focus on prevention? Instead of putting all the time, energy and money into research for after the diagnosis, how about putting some time, energy and money into teaching women how to live health lives without the fear of breast cancer?

So here is my contribution to women living happy and healthy lives.

Steps for Prevention:
  • Number one on my list is for women to learn to nourish themselves. More often women spend most of their lives nourishing everyone else at the expense of their own health and wellness. Take time each day to be "all about you."
  • Eat less sugar. Sugar consumption, especially fructose, has such a detrimental effect on your body on so many levels.
  • Work on emotional release for any built up suppressed emotional trauma.
  • Focus on proper nutrition, right for your Nutritional ID, as nutrition plays a significant role in prevention.
  • Add vegetable juicing as a part of your routine per your Nutritional ID.
  • Maintain a Vitamin D level of at least 50.
  • Be sure to get adequate amounts of vitamin A.
  • To achieve a good ratio of your vitamin A and D the use of cod liver oil is recommended.
  • Increase your Omega 3 Fatty Acids through supplementation as well as nutritionally.
  • Maintain healthy zinc levels.
  • Stay away from non-fermented soy products. If you use soy, only naturally fermented such as natto, miso, tempeh and soy sauce. 
  • Drink approximately one quart of water for every 50 pounds of body weight daily.
  • Take care of all your fundamentals of health.
  • Assess your likelihood of gluten intolerance and eliminate this if it is an assessed challenge.
  • Stay out from plastics in regard to food and drink and never use plastics while heating foods in the microwave. Side note: stay out of the microwave all together.
  • Do not use birth control (the pill).
  • Assess your adrenal function.
  • Maintain a healthy gut with the use of probiotics and digestive enzymes.
Following these tips will provide you with the best internal environment to maintain your health and happiness.

If you have already been diagnosed, following these tips will also provide you with the natural methods needed to not just survive but to thrive. I recommend that those diagnosed to create a positive working relationship between themselves and your conventional as well as holistic practitioner.

If you would like to discuss the Depke Wellness approach to preventing cancer, feel free to call for a complimentary 20 minute phone consultation at 949.954.6226.

If you have any comments or questions, feel free to leave these below for me to answer personally.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Do You "Get" What Gluten is Doing to You?

by Glen Depke

If you have not noticed yet, the shelves in the grocery stores carry quite a bit of gluten free items. So do you thing this is some new taste craze or some new way of preparing food that benefits the manufacturers?

Absolutely not!

There is so much gluten free food on the market because even conventional wisdom has caught on to the fact that gluten is actually killing people. Well now, to be real, it will never say that on the death certificate but it may as well.

Before I go further with this, let me be clear that not everyone has a gluten intolerance. Actually, in other countries gluten is not even as big of a challenge as here in the US and Canada. The challenge is both the modification of the wheat kernel as well as the processing and storing of these dangerous grains.

I have been promoting and discussing eating a gluten free lifestyle for some time now and I have to say that both personally and professionally, I have seen some dramatic results across the board. Heck, I even have clients telling me that they share my gluten intolerance assessment with their friends and/or loved ones. Often the success shared by these fortunate souls is miraculous. It sounds to good to be true, but if you have a gluten intolerance and you stop consuming gluten containing products, your entire life can make a positive turn for the better. I see it all the time in my clinic.

I wasn't looking to write an article getting into gluten containing foods or the multiple of health challenges potentially created by consuming gluten. You can find this in a past article I wrote by following this link here.

My motivation for writing this article is so more people would actually assess their likelihood of a gluten intolerance and learn more about living a gluten free life. If just one person reading this article assesses their level of gluten intolerance and removes gluten from their life to enjoy health and happiness...well then, it was all worth it.

To assess your own level of gluten intolerance you can visit the Depke Wellness, Gluten Intolerance page and scroll down to take the gluten intolerance questionnaire at no cost to you. What a combo, no cost and potentially life saving.

Visit this link to take your free test today. If you find yourself as somewhat likely or very likely to be gluten intolerant, it would be a magnificent idea to remove gluten from your diet. If this is the case, you will find a gluten free foods in categories list by following this link and scrolling down to the bottom of the page.

This is a FREE questionnaire and information because it is just that important. For the stubborn individuals that recognize that gluten is an issue but you need more proof to give this up, you can contact me directly for a blood test that will put your mind at ease.

If you have any comments or questions in regard to this article, leave a post below and I will answer this personally.

My PureLean Protein Breakfast Drink

Many ask what I do personally with my PureLean protein powder. I use this plant based protein, plant based omega 3 fatty acid, vitamin and mineral rich, super antioxidant formula to make a yummy breakfast drink that is so yummy. Watch this video for more information as well as my personal recipe. For more info or ordering follow this link.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Take Action and Preserve Choice

I generally run the "Take Action" segment on the side bar of our newsletter, but this is action alert is deserves focused attention.

I was enjoying a gathering with a couple of my colleagues last night while we discussed the current medical/pharmaceutical establishment. We agreed that you cannot only sense but you can see the concern that conventional medicine is losing its stronghold on the American public. You can recognize this due to the vigilant activities that are potentially taking away our freedom of choice. Recognizing that when you push a frightened animal into the corner, it is going scratch, bite and use everything within its power to survive. 

Conventional medical/pharmaceutical leaders would love to take away your own personal choices and leave themselves as the only viable option. It is up to us to stand up for ourselves,
share our voice and  focus on maintaining our freedom of choice in health care. 

Why is our current medical/pharmaceutical establishment pushing back with vigilance and what are they going after now?

Let's recognize that a healthy percentage of our culture that is paying for insurance coverage is willing to forgo conventional medical/pharmaceutical treatment and pay "out of pocket" for holistic health care because they are recognizing that the Western medical/pharmaceutical experiment is failing. Individuals are turning to holistic care and supplementation more often and finding very positive results on a consistent basis.

This is what frightens the "establishment" and the reason for their vigilance. I will share that I personally feel there is a time and a place for both holistic and conventional medicine but it should be our choice as to what direction is best for us individually. Please read on to preserve that right!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently commenced a new assault against the dietary supplement industry – one that could threaten the availability of supplements currently on the market and that will discourage manufacturers from innovating new and more beneficial products in the future. In July, the agency issued a draft Guidance document which sets forth its current thinking concerning provisions of the law that dictate what ingredients can be included in dietary supplement products, and what information companies must submit to the FDA if they desire to market a supplement that contains a new dietary ingredient (i.e., one that was not sold prior to October 15, 1994).

The FDA’s draft Guidance ignores the intent of Congress by seeking to impose insurmountable obstacles to the introduction of new dietary ingredients and includes interpretations that will threaten the continued sale of supplements if even the most minute of changes are made. If the Guideline is finalized and enforced by the FDA it will go a long way towards establishing the agency’s long-standing goal of requiring pre-market approval for dietary supplements.

The following are a few highlights of the Guidance document:
  • The FDA’s draft Guidance requires companies to possess exorbitant amounts of information concerning their existing dietary supplements to prove that New Dietary Ingredient (NDI) notifications are not required for the products they are currently marketing. In many cases, it will be impossible to gather such information, thereby threatening the future availability of numerous dietary supplement products on the market today.
  • In order to market a product that contains a new dietary ingredient, manufacturers will be required to submit a tremendous amount of information concerning historical use of the ingredient or conduct a multitude of animal and human studies which are overly burdensome and costly. Establishing such excessive requirements is both contrary to Congressional intent and unnecessary given the safety record of dietary supplements over the past few decades.
  • Any change in the manufacturing process of a dietary ingredient that results in chemical alteration of such ingredient or a change in specifications of the ingredient, regardless of how insignificant the alteration or change is, will require the submission of a NDI notification. This will discourage manufacturers from using the most advanced and efficient manufacturing technologies and pursuing methods that can improve the safety and effectiveness of dietary supplement products.
  • Any increase of the amount of a dietary ingredient in a dietary supplement or any change in formula of a dietary supplement, regardless of how minute or insignificant, will require the submission of a NDI notification. This will discourage the innovation of new products.
FDA’s enforcement of its Guidance as currently drafted could have a devastating impact on the dietary supplement industry and significantly affect the availability of supplement products on the market today and in the future. We urge you to contact your representatives in Congress and express your concerns. While personal letters are always best, attached for your convenience is a form letter. Don’t just sit back while the FDA threatens your right to access cost-effective and beneficial dietary supplement products. The industry needs your help in fighting back against this bureaucratic power-grab.

To download a sample letter to your Senators, click here.

To download a sample letter to your US Congressional Representative, click here.

To find government contact information including mailing addresses for your Senators and US Congressional Representative, please visit www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

These letters are samples; please feel free to personalize them.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Making Kombucha with Dawn Depke


Kombucha is a centuries old naturally fermented drink that will not only pleasure the palate but also provide many healing properties for your body. While this can damage the pocket book purchasing at your local market, making Kombucha at home is very cost effective.

To learn more about Kombucha, The Elixir of Life, follow this link.

Enjoy this 3 part video series.

Video One
How to Make a SKOBY with Dawn Depke


Video Two
Making Kombucha with Dawn Depke


Video Three
How to Bottle and Flavor Your Kombucha

Monday, October 3, 2011

EVERYTHING is Composed of This...

by Glen Depke

There is one constant in all matter in our world and that is ENERGY! Remember this saying, "Energy is Everything!"

Look at science over the last one hundred years or so. We were told at one time the the smallest substance in our universe was an atom. This was non negotiable based on science for some time. As time went by and our technology improved, it was then recognized that an atom was no longer the smallest substance in our recognition. It was not recognized that within this atom, there is a nucleus and electrons surrounding this.

So now the next question.

If the atom is composed of a nucleus and electrons, what is the rest of the space within the atom? The answer is, you guessed it, ENERGY!

Let's look at an example of energy and what this can do.

My example for you is homeopathic remedies. Based on the understanding within homeopathy, like cures like. If you have poison ivy, you would actually find your relief by using poison ivy. The major difference though, is that you are not using the physical substance of poison ivy, you would be using the energetic blue print of the poison ivy, the frequency or energy.

When a homeopathic is created, it begins with the substance. The substance (poison ivy as our example) is placed in an alcohol base to create a tincture. Then a small amount of this tincture, maybe just a drop, is placed into a larger amount of water and then mixed intensely. From there, a drop of this is then placed into another large amount of water, mixed intensely and so on and so on. Eventually you get to the point where there is no measurable amount of the original substance in the remedy. But what is left is the energy of the substance. The water carries the frequency or energy of the original substance, which is then used as the remedy for the ailment. Like cures like...

So what does this mean for matter in our world and what does it mean for us?

Well, just as like cures like, like attracts like. Do you know anyone in your life that somehow finds "trouble" around every turn? Do you ever pay attention to their language? What do they always focus on? Think about? Complain about? What is their "energy?" I bet it is always about "trouble."

Let's look at this deeper.

All matter is composed of energy, a flower, rock, dog, tree, everything. So what makes us as human beings different from the energy of the flower, rock, dog and tree? We have the power of our mind based on the ability of our language.

It really is true that we become our thoughts, which brings up a memory of an old saying we have all heard hundreds of times if we have not heard it once, "watch what you wish for." This is a very important saying because what we wish for, we typically get and this is all based on the energy within our language.

Just to be clear about our language, this is our thought, spoken and written word. Where our language is, creates the energy within our atoms and attracts that very energy to us.

So the next time you think you can or you think you can't...you're right!

Energy is Everything!

If you have any comments or questions in regard to this article, please post this below for me to answer personally.