Suffering with some health issues over the last several years, Debra A. Bartz felt threatened that it might affect her longtime career as a pilot. Diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder, she found that the medical establishment where she was being treated was not concerned with the cause of her ailment, but more concerned with her starting on a drug that wasn’t tested by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA told her she could not continue to fly unless she could prove that she would not react to the medication, for safety reasons. Empowered to find out what she could do for herself, Debra’s medical setback and possible loss of career led her to pursue certifications with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners as a board certified holistic practitioner to pursue different options.
“I decided to start my own wellness coaching business to empower individuals to take charge of their lives and health goals, just as I had to do with my own,” Debra said. “As a holistic practitioner, I have coached clients with food allergies, thyroid issues, psoriasis, and inflammation issues related to arthritis and life coaching. I have assisted them with accountability, challenges with planning less stressful weeks, reduction and elimination of their use of over the counter and prescription medicines, and weight loss.”
Since she was only 10-years-old, Debra knew she wanted to be a pilot. She put all of her energy into schooling and applied to the United States Air Force Academy. Being the third class of women to graduate from the Air Force in 1982, Debra started the first part of her 20-year career as an Air Force Officer. In her first year as an officer, Debra graduated from Undergraduate Pilot Training and earned her military pilot wings. She flew the T-37, T-38, and the KC-135 Air Refueling aircraft as an active duty pilot flying worldwide to refuel the SR-71.
In 1993, while flying the KC-135 part-time for the Wisconsin Air National Guard, Debra became a recruiter and interviewer with the United States Air Force Academy liaison officer where she mentored and recruited high school students to apply for an appointment to the Air Force Academy and Air Force Reserve Training Corp scholarships. In 1997, she became the human services administrator for the 128th Air Refueling Wing Medical Squadron. Debra retired in 2002 with the rank of major.
While serving part-time in the Air National Guard, Debra started her full-time civilian career as an airline pilot for United Airlines. For the first eight years, she flew on the 727 as a flight engineer and first officer. In 1998, she began flying as a captain on the Boeing 737, 757, 767, and Airbus 320, flying passengers domestically in the United States.
After learning about her autoimmune disorder, Debra was not ready to give up her career as a pilot. To search for answers, she began to attend the Institute Integrative Nutrition program accredited by the State University of New York, became a board certified holistic practitioner with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners, a Certified Mastery Transformational Coaching Method Coach, and a Hormone Trained Specialist. Then, in 2012, Debra founded Learn Conquer Soar Coaching, a holistic health coaching business to help others in similar situations.
To be a positive influence to others, Debra leads by example every day. She assists clients in reaching their goals by providing them with access to a better quality of life through by helping them to realize their dreams through good health. She helps others to learn their mindset principles, conquer their food and mind issues, and soar to success.
As owner and coach of the Learn Conquer Soar Coaching, Debra focuses on relieving her clients’ stresses around what may be ailing them. She does this through a step-by-step approach for their specific and general malaise to empower them to find and change their habit patterns to a better quality of life free of stress and with less pain. She continues her education with the top 1% of worldwide coaches to expand her knowledge. In addition, she has become a BEMER Independent Distributor that is a bio-energy device that is an energy technological FDA approved Class I medical device that enhances general blood flow to the body’s micro-circulation level.
“I am a person who is striving to get the message out to other women that service to others is the most important issue and we need to help others heal,” Debra explained about her ultimate goal. “We can control our health and don’t have to succumb to avoidable health issues.”
In addition to earning a Bachelor’s Degree while serving in the Air Force, Debra received her Master of Science Degree in Human Resources Management from Golden Gate University in 1989. Ten years later she earned a fitness and nutrition diploma from International Correspondence Schools in Scranton, Pennsylvania. She continues her education at the School of Liberal Studies, State University of New York and is very happy with direction her career has taken her.
Many of the qualities that helped Debra become a successful pilot have transcended into her successful coaching career. To become an Air Force pilot, Debra had to be competitive and was mentored into an elite status. She was at ease being in command, has fantastic leadership skills, a great ability to follow procedures and techniques, and has a great understanding of management principles.
Working in a male dominated field, both in the military and as an airline pilot, Debra felt the undercurrent of being analyzed for decision making, how well she executed those decisions, and the difference in approaching the situation to rectify each situation. She learned not to take things personally, to keep her emotions in check in each situation, and to talk about challenges with those who care about her and her overall success. Debra also learned through passion, perseverance, and understanding, that critiques served as feedback and were not intended to point out failure.


As I sit in another hotel room thinking of what I could write about to share with you my humble opinion of life, I found my heart was pulling me in the direction of forgiveness. I recently took a very comprehensive assessment of where I am in the present moment and answered in love and truth. My overall score was 241 out of a possible 300.

In the area of Forgiveness, for example, I scored a 21 and the scaled score is +6 on a scale of -10 to +10. I know that doesn’t mean much to you right now and I will tell you there was a lot of algorithms involved with this quiz to get to the final score. There was no way I could skew the results to make me look good and successful as I see on my resume or on my home wall with all my past successes.

For a number of years, I have made small steps towards improving the connection between my heart and mind due to unforgiveness issues of the childhood physical, emotional and mental trauma I endured. I didn’t know so much about the spiritual back then even while I was involved in religious practices from a child through college. I found too many limitations and interpretations outside of my self to know what really mattered in my life. You may find yourself questioning your own beliefs from time to time.

What kept me from following my spiritual heart, the unconscious, was the sense of not feeling like I belonged, because I was very confused on how people could be so happy, joyful and peaceful, while I was feeling like I was caged within a jail and could not get past all the pain. Since I have been on this journey, and especially during my psoriasis disorder, I have been deprogramming and reprogramming so many issues of the spiritual heart. Forgiveness of self means to examine one’s participation in whatever positive or negative act that we have contributed to the perceived notion that we had nothing do with the what the other did to us and its outcome.

My forgiveness score said, “You realize that forgiveness of past hurts and losses sets you free to enjoy the present and build a bright future. You choose to focus on seeing the best in yourself and others.”  If I had taken this quiz before my psoriasis, I think I would have scored a lot lower on the scale in the forgiveness issue. I knew even back then that I had more to do to be more healthy.

Unforgiveness and forgiveness may be the most critical issues in anyone’s life. A number of ministers, doctors, therapists, and Practitioners of all types shared that they have seen unforgiveness at the root of just about every problem they have ever experienced. One particular doctor, Dr. Ben Johnson, who lectures all over the world on cancer, and he said, that he’d never seen cancer where there was not an unforgiveness problem.

Now there’s a secret about unforgiveness: it often hides behind anger, fear, sadness, and other things like that. So if you think you don’t have unforgiveness issues ask yourself, “Who do I feel some anger related to, or sadness, or fear?” You’ll usually find unforgiveness at the bottom of those things. Unforgiveness issues can be toward self. They can be toward other people. They can be toward God, or, they can be in reverse of that. They can be feeling like God has not or will not forgive you. Feeling like other people have not forgiven you whether they have or not. Any of those can be the crucial cellular memory that blocks our health or blocks our success. (I never thought that I would have been successful with my two  businesses if I did not unblock my unforgiveness issues). This unforgiveness and the memories that contain this unforgiveness block our healing. They block our success. Why? Because they are destructive memories that are not truth and love. They are lies and selfishness.

It’s interesting too, that the actual word “forgiveness,” if you look back to the original language means to “cut the rope” or “untie the rope.” So unforgiveness means we are literally tied to the thing or the person that we refuse to forgive. Even if the person is not willing to forgive us, we can cut that rope. This is really huge and needs to be done so we can experience the foundation for an abundant life of love, joy and peace is forgiveness. Healing unforgiveness is absolutely essential for healing and for success.

Just imagine if I hadn’t waited 50 years to realize that forgiveness was the key to living a stress free life filled with joy, laughter, and loving everyone regardless if they loved you back, I could have made different choices. However, the choices I did make took so much more effort and courage to step into action to fulfill my dream at the age of ten to fly aircraft. So many personal and professional  relationships with others were trampled because of my mistrust in the world due to my unforgiveness. If you are reading this, and you know who you are, this is my heartfelt public apology and I am trying to love and trust with joy everyday to all those I meet.

Loving oneself means to ask how we have contributed to the pain we carry and to peel away at those unforgiveness issues with ourselves going forward. Struggling with your unconscious, your heart issues, with willpower alone will not win. Being with the pain will heal those unforgiveness unconscious cellular memories. It is well worth the time it takes to do be in love and trust for the rest of your life.

Peace and Joy to all of you on your journeys!

Debra Bartz


Some of you may know that in my family there is dementia and Alzheimer’s disease that started well before the presence of the symptoms of the disorder and the doctor’s diagnosis. After age 40, most of us begin to worry about losing our memories and even worse, becoming demented. This is especially true once we reach our fifties. I started feeling brain fog at age 50 and then going into menopause and getting my second autoimmune disorder (the first was about five years earlier with another skin condition called sarcoidosis; it can also affect the lungs too in its other form) called plaque psoriasis. However, the real reason I am writing this blog to say that do we really need to worry? Yes and no.

Yes, because there has been an increase in the incidence of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and Lou Gehrig’s disease over the last two decades. Though medical scientists have no explanation for this increase, there are many strong clues.

No, because there is growing evidence that simple steps can be taken to significantly reduce your risk.

What causes the brain to age? As with most things in the universe, discovery of the secret of aging lies in commonly occurring events in the body, something shared by all cells. This common event is the accumulated damage to vital cellular components by free radicals. Most of us have heard of antioxidants and that they are good for us. Antioxidants are substances that neutralize free radicals.

Basically, free radicals are highly reactive submicroscopic particles that bounce around inside a cell like red-hot BBs, burning everything they touch. Each cell is filled with delicate factories that perform all sorts of vital functions like generating energy, making enzymes and other proteins and storing information, as with DNA. Free radicals chip away at these cell factories the way water dripping on a stone wears the stone away. In the beginning, the damage is so minute that little is harmed, but over time the cell’s function becomes impaired. The effects of this chipping away by free radicals depends on the types of cells affected and how severely they are damaged. We were born with a system to repair much of this damage, but our poor diets and constant exposure to environmental toxins severely impair this repair system.

As a result, diseases are appearing earlier, more often and to a much more severe degree. This is true not only for diseases affecting the brain, but also for most other diseases, including diabetes, autoimmune disorders, many cancers, arthritis, heart disease and strokes. All of these diseases share the same event:  massive production of free radicals over a long period of time (inflammation) and a depletion of the body’s antioxidant defenses.

Numerous studies have found that those with neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s Disease have chronic nutrient deficiencies long before the disease presents itself. For example, most individuals with Alzheimer’s disease have low levels of vitamin C, beta-carotene, B1, B6, folate and vitamin B12. The latter three are particularly important since they regulate a special series of metabolic steps in brain cells necessary for forming neurotransmitter chemicals and repairing DNA.

When these nutrients are deficient, a special chemical called homocysteine accumulates. Recent studies have found that a large number of Alzheimer’s disease patients have elevated homocysteine levels. Besides being a sign of impaired metabolism, homocysteine is in a class of special brain cell toxins called excitotoxins. These toxins literally excite certain brain cells to death. They are considered a central mechanism in all of the neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s dementia and Parkinson’s disease. Excitotoxins generate large numbers of free radicals in brain cells and brain cell connections (synapses).

Vitamin E, C, the carotenoids and special antioxidants from plants called flavonoids all act together to protect the brain from free radicals and, hence, excitotoxicity. Several studies have shown that increasing these antioxidants in the diet slows the course of Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease and may prevent the disease in some.

This part one of a series of blogs about protecting you from the ravages of Alzheimer’s and other diseases. If you would like to find out how you can decrease your chances of slowing down the inflammation process in your brain functioning, please contact me to take action against these devastating diseases. It has taken years for your body to be depleted of essential nutrients and it will take time to start getting back your energy and living your best life. a

Until the next time, be conscious of your environment inside and outside your bodies.

Peace and Hugs

Coach Debra



With all of my education and applying that body of knowledge daily, I have realized the increased body energy and quality of life in this polluted world we live in since the Industrial Revolution. The era started when we migrated to the cities, which, in turn, created a demand for foods that could be transported long distances and stored without spoilage.

Over the past two hundred years, the natural fertility of our soil has rapidly declined. At first, when crop failures appeared, settlers simply abandoned their farms and moved west to virgin areas. Later, the application of manure, composed of animal or crop residues, and the rotation of crops were effective in maintaining fertility. Now, the increasingly availability of artificial fertilizers of high nitrogen content has enable the grower to harvest one crop after another without allowing the land to lie fallow, a custom which encouraged the multiplication of soil organisms that would release soil nutrients as needed by plants. Often, going against the modern farmers who have been forced to use monoculture, artificial fertilization, pesticides, herbicides and mechanization in order to keep ahead of taxation, inflation, and ever-increasing costs of production. The result has been production for "quantity" rather than "quality" and the gradual destruction of our precious top soil and mineral reserves.

As documented by Dr. William Albrecht of the University of Missouri, our markets are flooded with attractive, but relatively tasteless, vegetables and fruits. The protein content of wheat and other grains has steadily declined because of soil fertility. Animal foods such as fowl and meat reflect similar changes. Fowl are raised in cramped quarters and their food limited to that prescribed by man. As a result cirrhotic livers are common and egg quality is inferior. Both groups are frequently treated with antibiotics, anti-thyroid drugs and hormones which produce castration and water-logged tissues. These practices are designed to stimulate more weight gain on less feed. Advantages to the producer are obvious and, to the consumer, it is indeed questionable.

Nutritional surveys in the United States and Canada have indicated that malnutrition is just as prevalent on this content as in the "backward" countries. Since individuals in all walks of life are affected, the problem would seem to primarily one of neglect in the production of truly nourishing foods, together with ignorance regarding the selection, preparation and use of those available in the market place.

In addition, since most of us, through poor inheritance, are nutritionally crippled because our need for nutrients is often greater than normal. This because we are increasingly exposed to thousands of chemicals in air, food and water. Also, we are dosing ourselves or being dosed with a multitude of drugs. Chemical contacts with food additives, pesticides, herbicides, nitrates, and the effluents from modern industry. Many of these coal-tar products or their derivatives and other synthetic compounds completely foreign to the human biochemical makeup. Therefore, some individuals need larger amounts of vitamins, metals, trace elements, fatty acids and amino acids than can be obtained from even the best foods and will never be well until these are supplied as supplements.

We cannot turn back the clock and we cannot return completely to the ways of our forefathers, wherein they always had access to fresh food from fertile soil. However, we can and we must do everything possible to use this basic knowledge in a modified form. In this respect, we should get more involved and consider the following:

1/Reduce the volume of industrial effluents, including fluorides (I just did a urine test and found a high percentage of this in my body), now contaminating our air, water, and food as rapidly as possible, through federal, state and local controls.

2/Ban the use of untested food additives immediately. Reduce the number of those tested, considered harmless, and approved for use to an absolute minimum.

3/Rapidly phase out the use of long-acting pesticides and herbicides, unless proven harmless, except for emergency situations such as malaria control. Ban the sale of these pesticides for household use. Seek control of insect pests and weeds through other means (using Neem for my garden), including soil improvement (making your own soil with a recipe that would put minerals into your body). Well nourished plants are most resistant to insects and fungi than deficient ones.

4/Warning the public that all petrochemicals, whether in food, water, air, pesticides, cosmetics, detergents, drugs and other environmental contacts that are potentially dangerous to many, and probably to all, individuals (whatever you don't use of your drugs, to dispose of them properly).

5/Give the public access to fundamental knowledge of good nutrition. If we are to survive, this must be taught in every school grade from kindergarten through college. Primitive wisdom tells us that the production of healthy, normal babies depends upon optimum parental nutrition before conception, as well as during pregnancy. For example, many Russian peasants subsist primarily on vegetable soup, hard rye bread and occasional bits of meat. We need to know food values and nourishing food is not necessarily expensive.

6/Compost city wastes for use as fertilizers: return organic materials, mineral and trace elements to help rebuild our soil; and reduce the use of synthetic fertilizers high in nitrogen content which are contaminating our water and food supplies. Demonstrating this to farmers that this approach is economically feasible.

7/Raise foods for quality rather than quantity. High protein, high vitamin and high mineral foods have much higher survival value than those with more calories but less of the essential nutrients. Calories alone are not enough.

8/In line with the concept of "biochemical individuality," which postulates the inheritance of acquired partial enzyme blocks, many people need vitamin and mineral supplements for optimal health, and even for normal metabolism. These vitamins and minerals, along with a basic diet, are deemed necessary by the experience and knowledge of the individual practitioner.

9/Aside from a study of nutritional values of food, which most people will not undertake, there are a few steps available to everyone. If these were publicized and universally followed, the immediate and long-term benefits could be incalculable. The results would certainly be obvious in six months.

a. Reduce the consumption of sugar in all forms to an absolute minimum.

b. Avoid white or ordinary whole wheat bread. Eat only whole grain breads made from freshly ground flour, free of chemical preservatives. (The production of such bread would require a mill and adequate bakeries in every community). Use brown in place of white, polished rice. These simple changes in food production and habits would result in a much higher intake of protein, Vitamin B complex, minerals and Vitamin E. It is appalling to think of the millions of tons of these vital nutrients that have been extracted from our foods and fed to animals over the past century.

c. When available, use only fresh fruits, vegetables, especially dark green leafy lettuces that have been raised in fertile soil without the use of insecticides. Peeling fruit because of pesticide residues and vegetables thoroughly washed for the same reason. Home gardens encouraged. Frozen or canned vegetables and fruits are nourishing, but less desirable. Steam or lightly cook all vegetables which are not eaten raw and save any cooking water for soups.

There are so many more things you can do for your health and you could learn more from us or others of this enlightened way of being and living. What are you waiting for? Habits, good or bad, are so ingrained in our thoughts and from our familial habit patterns. Ignorance and resistance is however the greatest disease we have in our industrial society we live in. I could give you all the answers for better health, but I know the forces are against us because we believe that our governments and medical establishment "are looking out for our well-being." Question all things in your control.