Thursday, October 24, 2013

Weight gain and sleep?

by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath

So what's the number one health issue for individuals in the United States? If you have guessed weight gain, you are right on.

So what do so many people do about this? Here is the typical list of weight loss strategies that most follow with consistency.
  • Dietary changes
  • Eating smaller meals
  • Eliminating late night snacks
  • Dealing with emotional eating
  • Eating at home more often
  • Exercise
  • Normalize hormones
  • Follow anti-inflammatory protocols
What I want to share is that all of these are awesome weight loss strategies, but how many of you have already addressed these yet still do not reach your weight loss goals? This number is likely staggering and here's one significant reason why?

Understand that based on the lives that most of us chose to live, there is truly very little free time. We often find the hours between 9:00PM and 11:00PM as our "catch up" time. You get it, so much to do all day, maybe the kids are finally in bed or one of the many other reasons for this. Regardless of the why, far too many people are getting to bed too late and creating significant deficiencies with their sleep patterns.

Here's the kicker though. If you are not reaching your bodies individual need for sleep, you will likely gain weight or minimally, this will significantly hinder weight loss for you. Did you know that if you do not get enough sleep your body will increase the production of your appetite hormone called ghrelin which is likely to lead to weight gain. Another factor in the lack of sleep in the longer term effect this has on your adrenal function and the production of another hormone cortisol, which is often the cause of that ever so beautiful weight gain around the midsection. I know, yikes!

Now a fascinating new study suggests that the link may be even more insidious than previously thought. Losing just a few hours of sleep a few nights in a row can lead to almost immediate weight gain. I would recommend that you follow this link to an insightful article that addresses this even further. 

One point that I found very interesting in the research is that individuals that are sleep deprived actually burn 111 more calories per day than those that are getting optimal sleep, so what sense does that make? It makes a lot of sense though when you remember that a lack of sleep increases the ghrelin which causes the sleep deprived individuals to eat far more food than those that achieve optimal sleep. Think about how quickly you can consume food to make up that 111 calories. Eating one banana, that most would think is great for weight loss, will make up 105 of those calories, yet the sleep deprived person is going to eat far more than just one extra banana per day. They are actually likely to feast daily. 

The end result? Weight gain!

Throw on top of this that a lack of sleep can age fat cells 20 years and yes I said  20 years. This has an effect on overall metabolism and your body's ability to regulate glucose and insulin properly thus leading to obesity and diabetes.

So if you find yourself as one of those people that is doing everything they can think of to lose weight and it's simply not happening for you, check in on your sleep habits. This could be the missing link for you. 

Regardless of what's causing your sleep problems, it is important to establish and maintain healthy sleep habits. Here are some tips that will help you sleep well:

At night:
  • Use the bed and bedroom for sleep and sex only
  • Establish a regular bedtime routine and a regular sleep-wake schedule
  • Do not eat or drink too much close to bedtime
  • Create a sleep-promoting environment that is dark, cool and comfortable
  • Avoid disturbing noises – consider a bedside fan or white-noise machine to block out disturbing sounds
  • Shut down one hour before bed (no phone, TV or Internet)
During the day:
  • Consume less or no caffeine, particularly late in the day
  • Avoid alcohol and nicotine, especially close to bedtime
  • Exercise, but not within three hours before bedtime
  • Avoid long naps, particularly in the late afternoon or evening while a short nap in the afternoon can be beneficial
Some medications can also lead to insomnia, including those taken for:
  • Colds and allergies
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Thyroid disease
  • Birth control
  • Asthma
  • Pain medications
  • Depression (especially SSRI antidepressants)
So in the end, what's the moral of the story?

Get to sleep!!!

For additional information on sleep visit these past articles.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Breat Cancer Awareness?

by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath

I like to wait until later in Breast Cancer Awareness month to write about this. After all, we truly have quite a bit of awareness of breast cancer. Everywhere you turn you see pink nowadays and I am very supportive of this. Heck, when I watch the NFL football games during October I am aware of the pink shoes, socks and other parts of the uniform. Again, I support this and am thankful that this awareness has been created.

The challenge that I have is that most, if not all, of the money collected, is going to the development of drugs and not toward the single biggest impact we can actually have on breast cancer, which is prevention. Prevention is the key and we will look at this further later in the article.

Let's look at how conventional medicine defines "survival" of breast cancer, which is living 5 years or more after diagnosis. With this said, if a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 58 and lives to the age of 63, she is considered a survivor. Even if she dies of complications from breast cancer or chemotherapy at the age of 65, she is still a breast cancer survivor. Honestly, the chance of being a "survivor" then are very good, due to the fact that breast cancer is typically diagnosed much earlier these days.

So really, do you just want to "survive?"

I think not, and that is why the issue of  prevention is the key to "thrival" not "survival." Yes this is my made up word, but don't you truly want to thrive rather than survive? Of course...

The good news is that you can!

Here at Depke Wellness, we have seen many clients with breast cancer and continue to today. Our approach is very different though and this starts with the first comment made to these clients. That comment is "we do not assist women in fighting cancer, we assist women in living in harmony with cancer." After all, that's what the rest of us are doing. We are in a constant state of living in harmony with cancer. Even as I sit here writing this article, I have cancer cells in my body. Thankfully I trust that these cells are being dealt with properly via the immune system function and a process referred to as apoptosis.

So what are the keys then?
  • Support immune function
  • Support the system of apoptosis
  • Reduce or eliminate inflammation
  • Normalize estrogen levels
  • Address the over production of aromatase
  • Release emotional suppression
  • Find "your" space
Let me pick a couple of these areas to discuss.

The first is the process of apoptosis. The way I explain this is to refer apoptosis as cellular suicide. You see when a cell becomes "broken" it is actually designed to die. Yes, "broken" cells in your body should commit suicide. The problem though is the for so many women, this process had been significantly reduced or shut off by chronic inflammation. Understand that when you are living with chronic inflammation, this creates an immune system dysregulation. This dysregulation can and does turn off apoptosis. 

So what happens when apoptosis is turned off? Simple. One broken cell becomes another broken cell and so on and so on. In the end, this ends up being diagnosed as cancer. So with this said, is the cancer the issue or is the inflammation the issue? Take this one step further, is the inflammation the issue or whatever causes inflammation the issue?

You should be getting the idea about now.

The other area to discuss is the elevated estrogen. While this can be caused by estrogen in our environment and/or food sources, the biggest issue is when overproducing and enzyme referred to as aromatase. Did you know that high levels of aromatase can and will convert testosterone to estrogen? Too high of estrogen is a risk factor for what...breast cancer. So is the high estrogen the cause or the overproduction of armomatase? Take this a step further, recognizing that a diet high in sugar and processed foods raises insulin and leads to an overproduction of aromatase, perhaps the high sugar and processed foods is the issue? You decide...

In our clinic we regularly use a collection of Chinese herbs from Chi Enterprise referred to as
Cherry Angiomas
Myomin. Referring to a study with 60 postmenopausal women with fibroids/cysts, after only 10 days there was almost a 50% reduction of estradiol. Every time a woman's hormonal panel comes back into our office showing elevated estrogen, the use of Myomin assist the body in lowering these dangerous levels very quickly. I would note that completing a comprehensive adrenal panel is always recommended prior to use unless of course high estrogen have already been confirmed by your personal practitioner. One clue you can use to recognize high estrogen is the recognition of cherry angiomas on the trunk of your body along with white spots on your nails. These two together show a strong likelihood of estrogen dominance. Also take a look at your tongue. If there are red dots in the back to middle of your tongue, this could also show a possible hormone
White Spot on Nails
imbalance. Recognizing these signs should lead you to complete a saliva hormone test. From there it is much easier to recommend what would assist your body in finding its hormonal balance.

Thankfully there are ways to address all of this. 
  • Address what's causing your inflammation
  • Reduce or eliminate the inflammation
  • Turn the apoptosis back on
  • Address your dietary intake
  • Use an aromatase inhibitor 
Now if you find yourself already diagnosed with breast cancer, don't simply fall into the fear and doom. I know, easier said than done sometimes. We have seen many women walk away from breast cancer and living happy health lives based on finding their own personal balance and as mentioned earlier, learning to live in harmony with cancer as do most of us. This is a tough concept for many but very true. 

Finding your balance includes everything mentioned above and more but it is absolutely achievable. One addition that is made for women already diagnosed is Angiostop. Recognize that cancer requires a high energy intake and a significant blood flow. The Angiostop as a strong effect on inhibiting new blood vessel formation, thus cutting off nutrient and blood supply to a tumor. This also inhibits fibroblast, platelet-derived and epidermal for broad spectrum inhibitory effects. With the use of thermography, I have seen the results of angiogenesis that are remarkable with the Angiostop. The Angiostop does not directly cure cancer but it does help cut off its life support.

So in the end, let's remember that there truly is not a lack of awareness on breast cancer but there is a significant lack of awareness on prevention and also holisitic protocols that can be effectively utilized. Also understand that you can easily integrate your conventional care with holistic care when dealing with breast cancer. This is not an us and them scenario. 

After all, it's all about your personal health and happiness, isn't it?

*If you would like to learn more about the Depke Wellness approach to breast cancer, do not hesitate to call for a complimentary new client consultation at (949)954-6226.



Monday, October 14, 2013

What can we do for you?

by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath

Sometimes we feel like we can do so much more, so this is why we are reaching out to for your input on what we can do for you?

Obviously, since you are reading this article, you already understand the value of our weekly featured article here on the Depke Wellness newsletter and blog. Beyond this, we hope you are also enjoying the weekly special guest articles written by other experts in the field of health and wellness. We also include a weekly “take action” segment to bring forth an upcoming event that may spur your interest and attention. We are also adding a new segment for a featured supplement for each month to provide further information and special pricing.

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Another area that you may or may not already be familiar with is our commitment to providing bi-monthly audio interviews or webinars with other health or lifestyle experts. There is really so much valuable information to share and I cannot share enough the value that our friends and affiliates can provide for all of us.

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Thursday, October 3, 2013

Pills Made From Poop...Really?

by Glen Depke, Traditional Naturopath
Yes I am not kidding, there really are pills made from poop. Here is a small sample from the article that exposed me to this recent news.

"Hold your nose and don't spit out your coffee: Doctors have found a way to put healthy people's poop into pills that can cure serious gut infections - a less yucky way to do "fecal transplants." Canadian researchers tried this on 27 patients and cured them all after strong antibiotics failed to help."

"Recently, studies have shown that fecal transplants - giving infected people stool from a healthy donor - can restore that balance. But they're given through expensive, invasive procedures like colonoscopies or throat tubes. Doctors also have tried giving the stool through enemas but the treatment doesn't always take hold."

To read the full article, copy and past the link below into your browser. It is a very interesting article.

I will share that I am not against "odd" therapies. Heck, what I do with my clients would often be considered "odd" by conventional medical terminology.  I've heard many different "odd" therapies such as the use of parasites to treat brain tumors, the use of raw meat to regain balance, the use of high meat or fermented foods and many more.

With that said, I would not take away the potential validity of the use of these "poop pills" but there is a deep belief that I have held for some time. When people have extreme challenges, it often takes more extreme measures to assist that person find their health and balance, but with that said, you do not need to take extreme measures for typical challenges.

We also have to separate different areas of treatment. The article shared the experience of one woman as stated here, "It lasted for two years. It was horrible. I thought I was dying. I couldn't eat. Every time I ate anything or drank water I was into the bathroom," she said. "I never went anywhere, I stayed home all the time." So this was a woman that apparently had run the conventional medical treatment for C - diff with no relief. So what would that treatment be you may ask and you likely already know? It is the use of powerful antibiotics with generally no focus on underlying causes.

A holistic intervention for C - diff based on Depke Wellness would be to establish a balance within the fundamentals of health, bring some balance to adrenal function, address intolerant foods that lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system and finally at that point, the use of herbal remedies to assist the body's immune system function in the healing crisis of removal of the infection which in this case is C - diff.

Obviously there are more steps in the holistic intervention but in the end, the body is healthy, immune system function is reestablished, adrenals are balanced and you have addressed the underlying factors that lead to this challenge in the first place.

Now of course the antibiotic treatment would not address this, even though this truly can eliminate the C - diff as well as the "poop pill" could also lead to the same results. The challenge still lies in the ability to address underlying factors and to strengthen the body so this does not occur again and again.

Another point to be made.

Do not wait until you contract something like C - diff or other pathogens to address this. While this may seem like common sense saying it, this level of common sense is anything but common. So before you need the antibiotic or the "poop pill" how about simple basic measures? Taking a good quality prebiotic/probiotic formula daily, digestive enzymes and addressing adrenal/immune imbalances. When you do this, you can personally drastically reduce your likelihood of allowing these infections to take a strong hold on you. Understand that I did not say that you will reduce your chance of being exposed. Heck, we're all exposed. What matters though is what does your body do when you are exposed to these infections. If your fundamentals of health, adrenal function and immune function are strong, the likelihood of continued infection is actually very low. 

On that note I can bring up a short conversation I had with some individuals in the gym the other day. A trainer was jokingly but with a serious side blaming his client for getting him sick. Of course I jumped in and also jokingly but with a serious side mentioned that nobody can get you sick, you can only be weak enough to allow sickness. As expected the client and not the trainer enjoyed my comment but it was truly all in fun. Fun but true.

So in the end, recognize that there are always "odd" and sometimes extreme ways of treatment, whether this be the "poop pill" or other methods mentioned earlier, doesn't it sound easier and more effective to address these challenges holistically?

You decide!!!

Past articles on antibiotic treatment: 

Past article on digestion:

Link to digestive aids: