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In America, mainstream medicine is likely throwing Big Pharma’s “treatments” at you — like proton-pump inhibitors (PPIs), which block the production of stomach acid. You might know these better as Nexium, Prilosec, Prevacid and Omnaprazole.

I remember the days I was prescribed Nexium, I realized that after being on it for over two years, I was truly feeling fatigued. Even my Gastroenterologist (GI) doctor said I would probably would be on it for the rest of my life!

But these PPIs have some pretty big downsides you’re unlikely to hear about from your doctor. Studies show that they can:

Cause diarrhea and pneumonia;
Trigger vitamin B and calcium deficiencies;
Interfere with anti-clotting medication;
Increase the risk of hip fractures;
and increase your risk of heart attack!

And while PPIs may help relieve your heartburn in the short-term — they won’t solve the problem.

Let’s look at why mainstream medicine’s PPI “remedies” are not the answer to your heartburn.

The core problem with them is they’re focused on your stomach acid as the cause of heartburn. But the latest scientific research doesn’t support this at all.

You see, as we get older, your body produces LESS stomach acid. Recently published research in the American Journal of Digestive Diseases revealed that 69% of adults over the age of 80 actually suffer from achlorhydria, a condition characterized by LOW stomach acid.

If excess stomach acid were really the causes of heartburn, children would suffer more than adults. And that’s obviously not the case.

So what’s really going on?

Contrary to mainstream medicine’s claims, stomach acid is NOT your enemy. We need stomach acid, because it helps to digest food and absorb nutrients.

Your stomach acid is also a critical part of your immune system. It helps protect you from harmful bacteria — like H. Pylori, which thrives in a low-acid environment and is a major cause of stomach and duodenal ulcers, gastritis and can even cause gastric cancer.

An overlooked cause of heartburn is your lower esophageal sphincter (LES). This is a small muscle that opens and closes to let food pass from your esophagus into the stomach.

Normally, when food passes, your LES closes and blocks stomach acid from coming back through the esophagus.

The problem begins when your LES doesn’t shut tight. This happens more often as you age. Even a slight opening can let stomach acid, bile and food back into your esophagus.

While antacids may relieve some of the symptoms, they won’t do anything for the underlying problem.

First of all, there are a number of easy ways to avoid heartburn in the first place. I recommend:

Eating smaller meals: This makes digestion easier and leaves less room for reflux.

Avoiding form-fitting clothing: Our bellies need room to digest. Tight clothing can put pressure on our stomachs, pushing food back up into our esophagus.

Taking your time:  The process of eating is important for digestion. When you don’t chew enough you miss out on important steps that result in heartburn.

Don’t smoke: Smoking irritates the membranes of your throat and esophagus. Nicotine also weakens the esophageal valve, allowing your stomach acid to back up.

Avoiding these foods: Anything spicy, citrus, fatty or fried foods, alcohol, sodas and caffeine. These foods and drinks are prone to allowing stomach acid to splash up into your esophagus.

But sometimes heartburn is unavoidable. So instead of risking nasty side effects with PPIs, I recommend safe natural remedies.

Here are my favorites:

Ginger root: This medicinal plant is known in many traditional cultures as a “universal remedy.” This is one of the ways herbalists and doctors in other countries treat heartburn. Ginger has anti-inflammatory properties and speeds up the digestive process, preventing gas build up. It also helps to regulate bile and gastric juices in your digestive system. Adding a simple tea to your daily diet can work wonders.It also tightens your LES, helping with the back-flow of stomach acid.

And here’s one of my favorite ginger tea recipes:

Remove the skin from a piece of fresh ginger root and chop into small pieces or slices;
Fill a small pot with two cups of water and boil;
Add the ginger and cover. Let it simmer for around 10 minutes;
Try adding a little cinnamon for extra flavor.

Peppermint: The active ingredient in peppermint is menthol, and it’s widely used here in Africa to treat gas and cramps. This herb is also great in tea and has an almost immediate calming effect on your stomach. I also recommend it to patients with irritable bowel syndrome. Menthol has an antispasmodic effect on your digestive tract. You can also buy peppermint supplements. Capsules are available online and in health food stores.

Aloe Vera: This native African plant has powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Most people know it as a topical treatment for sunburn and other skin wounds and irritations. But taken as a drink, it can calm your upset stomach, aid food digestion, soothe your esophagus and fight off acid reflux. Aloe juice can be found online and in health food stores, but make sure that you are getting one with pure, organic aloe and no added sugars or juices. I recommend starting with half a cup of aloe juice and working your way up to a cup. Drink every morning on an empty stomach for at least a month or until symptoms subside.

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2. Yang YX, Lewis JD, Epstein S, Metz DC. “Long-term proton pump inhibitor therapy and risk of hip fracture.” Jama. 2006 Dec 27;296(34)2947-53
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4. Segal HL, Samloff IM. “Gastric cancer- increased frequency in patients with achlorhydia.” Am J Dig Dis. Apr 1973;18(4):295-9.
5. Reinke CM, Breitkreutz, et al. “Aluminum in over-the-counter drugs: Risks outweigh benefits?” Drug Saf. 2003;26(14):1011-25.
6. Oliveria, S., Christos, P., Talle, N et. al., “Heartburn Risk Factors, Knowledge, and Prevention Strategies. A Population-Based Survey of Individuals With Heartburn.” Arch Intern Med. 1999;159(14):1592-1598.
7. Lohsiriwat S., Rukkiat M., Chaikomin R., et al. “Effect of ginger on lower esophageal sphincter pressure.” J Med Assoc Thai. 2010 Mar; 93(3): 366-72.
8. Langmead L, Feakins RM, Goldthorpe S, et al. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of oral aloe vera gel for active ulcerative colitis. Aliment Pharmacol Ther. 2004;19(7):739-747.

Debra Bartz
AADP Certified Holistic Health Practitioner
Certified Master Transformational Life Coach and
Hormone Trained Specialist


Many symptoms are associated with mineral and vitamin deficiencies and/or excesses, such as:







High Blood Pressure

Why test for minerals?

Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process.  Some examples:

-Zinc is involved in the production, storage and secretion of insulin and is necessary for growth hormones.

-Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart. A deficiency has been associated with an increased incidence of heart attacks, anxiety and nervousness.

-Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell. A deficiency can result in muscular weakness, depression and lethargy.

-Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for normal health.

What can cause a mineral imbalance?


Improper diet through high intake of refined and processed foods, alcohol, and fad diets can all lead to a chemical imbalance. Even the nutrient content of a “healthy” diet can be inadequate, depending upon the soil in which the food was grown, or the method in which it was prepared.


Physical or emotional stress can deplete the body of many nutrients, while also reducing the capability to absorb and utilize many nutrients.


Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can deplete the body store of nutrient minerals and/or increase the levels of toxic metals. For example, diuretics, antacids, aspirin, and oral contraceptives.


From adolescence through adulthood, the average person is continually exposed to a variety of toxic metal sources such as: cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), hydrogenated oils (nickel), antiperspirants (aluminum), lead based cosmetics, copper and aluminum cookware, and dental amalgams (mercury and cadmium). These are just a few of the hundreds of sources which can contribute to nutrient imbalances and adverse metabolic effects.


Taking the incorrect type of supplements or improper amounts of nutritional supplements can produce many mineral excesses and/or deficiencies contributing to an overall biochemical imbalance.


A predisposition toward mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses can be inherited from parents.


Excessive mineral intake can negate the beneficial effects of vitamins, for example:

-Zinc can reduce the beneficial effect of Vitamin D.

-Calcium can reduce the beneficial effect of Vitamin A.

Excessive vitamin intake can negate the beneficial effects of minerals, for example:

-Vitamin C can reduce the beneficial effect of copper.

-Vitamin D can cause a deficiency of magnesium.

Taking too much iron can contribute to such symptoms as arthritis, high blood pressure and tension headaches with dizziness.

Frontal headaches (behind the eyes) are associated with too much copper.

Taking too much calcium alone can contribute to osteoporosis, weight gain and fatigue.

Toxic metals can contribute to learning disabilities in children.


It is essential in order to design an effective nutritional program that your holistic health practitioner is able to distinguish the basic underlying cause for symptoms that you may be experiencing. It is for this reason that upon evaluation, your practitioner may request a HTMA to be used in conjunction with other diagnostic tests. A HTMA can assist in providing your doctor with a more comprehensive picture on which to base the most appropriate therapy.


Each test report will provide you with the most complete and comprehensive computer evaluation of significant mineral levels and ratios as tested in the hair. Included is a listing of foods to eat or to avoid in accordance with food allergy indicators and individualized requirements. In addition, each analysis contains a highly specific listing of nutrients that may assist in balancing body chemistry.


TRACE SUBSTANCES IN ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH VIII.  Edited by D. Hemphill. Proceedings of the University of Missour’s annual conference on Trace Substances in Environmental Health. June 1974.

Jenkins, D. W., BIOLOGICAL MONITORING OF TOXIC TRACE METALS. 1980 E.P.A. (Pub.No. 600/3-8-089) Washington D.C. Hammer, D.I., TRACE METALS IN HAIR ARE EASIER TO STUDY. 1971, JAMA 216, (3): 384-5.


Cheraskin, E., Ringsdorf, M., PREVALENCE OF POSSIBLE LEAD TOXICITY AS DETERMINED BY HAIR ANALYSIS. Journal of Orthomolecular Psychiatry, Vol. 8 No. 2.

Stevens, D. J., DETERMINATION OF ALUMINUM, COPPER AND ZINC IN HUMAN HAIR. 1983 Atomic Spectroscopy, Vol. 4 No. 5

Schroeder, H., TRACE ELEMENTS AND MAN. 1873 Devan Adair Co. Conn.


Klevay, L.M., HAIR AS A BIOPSY MATERIAL…PROGRESS AND PROSPECTS. July 1978 Arch, Intern, Med. Vol 138.

For further information on tissue mineral analysis, please contact me via the contact form on the bottom of this page.





Total time: 2 minutes

Serves 1 total


2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 Tbsp lemon juice

1 Tsp cinnamon

1 glass of water (12-16 oz.)

1 dash of cayenne pepper

(optional) stevia to taste


Blend all ingredients together. Option: add honey and use it as “shot” too with only a bit of water. It is good for your throat and vocal cords.



The one thing that is commonly promoted by low-carb gurus is the notion that “you need to eat fat in order to burn fat.”

In other words, in contrast to eating carbs, eating dietary fat “stimulates your body to burn off body fat.” Is there any truth to it? Where did this idea come from?

To put it simply: THEY MADE IT UP!

There is absolutely no truth to this whatsoever. It is complete rubbish thinking that someone made this up one day and has been endorsed and endlessly promoted by low-carb people since then as if it were a fact, while none of these people promoting it have bothered to look at the research.

First, let’s acknowledge the part of all this nonsense that’s actually true: “becoming fat-adapted so that you’re burning predominately fat rather than carbohydrate for fuel is actually a real thing. So that part is actually true. It is indeed possible to train your body to rely primarily on fat rather than carbs for fuel. And it’s actually very simple to do it. All you have to do is eat a low carb, high fat diet and remove carbohydrate calories from your diet and replace them with fat calories. Then, after a few weeks, you are now fat adapted and your body will primarily rely on fats rather than carbs for fuel.

Now that you have switched out a large portion of carbohydrate calories and made yourself into a “fat burner,” you can expect lots of fat loss, right? WRONG!

As long as TOTAL CALORIES  haven’t changed, high-carb, low fat diets and low-carb, high fat diets cause absolutely no difference in fat loss. None. In other words, you’re only burning more fat because you are EATING more fat and less carbs. You’re burning the fat you’re eating, not body fat. This has bee proven over and over again by countless studies.

There is absolutely ZERO science to indicate that eating a higher fat diet makes you lose body fat faster. This whole notion is just utter B.S.

By the way, if you decide to ADD in fat to your normal diet thinking that it will stimulate your body to burn off body fat, you are in for a little surprise, because the only thing that will happen is you will get FATTER.


To understand the field of nutrition, it is important to understand some basic concepts. The foremost is the recognition of individuality. While fingerprints set individuals apart from each other, people have another characteristic that makes them unique as well; it is their metabolism.

Before we had the thinking brain and the consciousness of spirit, I believe that our gut was the first brain. Scientists are finding more and more the relationship on the cellular level of the same types of cells in the brain as in the gut. For example, the gut has a greater quantity of the feel good hormonal brain cells like dopamine, serotonin, etc., than the brain. The late Dr. Roger Williams was one of the earliest researchers to recognize this characteristic, which he called “biochemical individuality.”

Genetic studies have shown that a vast diversity exists among the human population. There is also a high degree of variability in the biochemical makeup of individuals that affects their nutritional status, including absorption, excretion, and metabolism of nutrients. Dr. Williams pointed out that adults of the same age and size in similar environmental settings who ate a similar diet, had several-fold differences in their nutritional requirements. Even children within the same family have different biochemical make-ups, creating distinct differences in their nutritional needs.

Today, there is a greater recognition and acceptance of the fact that metabolic individuality exists. People are being classified according to personality and body types.

High stress individuals, for example, are classified as type A personalities, and are known to be susceptible to stress-related diseases. Type B personalities, on the other hand, are not as likely to succumb to conditions that affect type A personalities. For example, individuals who have an apple-shaped body structure, are found to be susceptible to diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. The apple shape is due to an increased fat deposition in the abdominal region. Individuals with a pear-shaped body structure are not at as much of a risk for these conditions. Pear-shaped individuals tend to accumulate fat below the hips, in the buttocks and thighs.

To determine if you have an apple or pear shaped body type, measure your hips and waist. Then divide your waist measurement by your hip measurement. If the result is 0.75 or less, you have a pear shaped body type. If the result is greater than 0.75, you have a tendency toward an apple shape body type.

“If any facet of an individual’s life history leaves a bio-chemical mark that can be measured in the laboratory,  then this life history marker can potentially be used to specify individuality.” Based upon this statement, a plausible model for determining metabolic types can be presented through mineral patterns found in biopsied human hair. The study of thousands of Tissue Mineral Analyses (TMAs) has revealed distinctive patterns which help to recognize metabolic types.

Eight metabolic categories can be identified through properly obtained, assayed and interpreted hair samples. These include the fast metabolic types 1 through 4, and the slow metabolic types 1 through 4. People generally fall into these two categories: they are either “fast” or “slow” metabolizers.

The term metabolism describes the utilization of nutrients and the efficiency of that utilization on a cellular level. The neurological and endocrine systems largely govern cellular metabolism and nutritional status. One’s nutritional status in turn also affects these systems.

There are telltale signs that distinguish fast from slow metabolizers. They appear depending upon the degree of trace element imbalances, endocrine activity, and how long the pattern has been present.

There are several advantages to knowing one’s metabolic type. We know that individuals are subject to specific health conditions depending upon their personality such as type A or B, and body types such as apple or pear shapes. Body types, personality types and metabolic types are all affected by the body chemistry. Body chemistry is affected or controlled by the endocrine and nervous systems. These systems also affect nutritional status. Conversely, these systems can be changed through specific nutritional factors.

So before going out to try the latest fad diets and popping in supplements and/or over the counter, as well as prescription drugs,  wouldn’t you be better off to find out about your mineral nutritional status to be get your body and mind in alignment? This can alleviate your body from chronic inflammation and to escape some of the diseases that befall humans.


Williams, R. Biochemical Individuality. Wiley and Sons, Pub., 1977.

Is your Thyroid Imbalance the cause of your fatigue and lethargy?

Thyroid gland picture

Weighing in at less than one ounce, your thyroid is a little bow-tie-shaped gland near the Adam’s apple in your neck.

Although the thyroid is tiny in size, it has the power to wreak havoc on you anywhere from head to toe.

That’s because the human body has about 37 trillion cells in total, and most of them have thyroid hormone receptors.

Because of this, poor thyroid performance can trigger a wide range of issues throughout the mind the body.

While one person with thyroid problems might feel extremely tired (physical), another might feel extremely depressed (mental).

What does the thyroid do?

Your thyroid is controlled by the pituitary gland — a small peanut-sized gland at the base of the brain. The thyroid’s function is to take iodine and convert it into thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3).

If the levels of T3 and T4 drop too low, the pituitary gland produces thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), which basically orders the thyroid to increase production of hormones.

This multifaceted machine regulates your metabolism and controls every bit of the energy you use, from scratching your head to running a marathon.

It’s truly a fascinating system of the body, but a severely problematic one if the levels are off by even the tiniest amount.

What’s more, due to the abundance of processed foods and increasingly sedentary lifestyles, the majority of Americans are dealing with thyroid malfunctions in some way, yet they don’t even know it.

And why is this hidden epidemic so common in Americans? Well, for one because standard testing has yet to catch up to the problem.

The tests that most doctors use don’t offer a complete assessment because they focus on the TSH levels and not the more crucial T3 and T4.

This is why I would request my clients to get a full thyroid panel when clients are showing symptoms of thyroid trouble.

If you suspect you’re thyroid is under-active, I recommend asking for a full thyroid assessment from a doctor or holistic health professional who truly understands the complexities of the gland.

“Let food be thy medicine”

So how could the foods you eat for vitality be silently zapping your stamina or draining your mental cognition?

Let’s move back to the sometimes misleading super foods and talk about some thyroid-supporting foods to add to your diet.

7 Foods That Slump Energy

Kale (And other cruciferous vegetables)

This hearty green superstar can do no wrong . . . unless your thyroid isn’t functioning properly. Kale is a “goitrogen”, meaning it can actually prevent your thyroid from getting the iodine it needs to run properly.

Remember how I said the thyroid’s function is to take iodine and convert it into hormones? Iodine is irreplaceable for healthy thyroid function.

If you have low iodine, which many people unknowingly do, kale may be a contributor to your thyroid problems.

The same is true for other cruciferous vegetables like:

Brussels sprouts
Bok choy
Mustard greens

As you know, these vegetables do have other benefits so a solution could be to up your iodine with a supplement in order to keep these vegetables in your diet.

Strawberries (And other fruits containing thiourea)

It’d be nice to think all things growing from the ground are automatically good for you, but a malfunctioning thyroid shifts that notion.

Some fruits have a compound called thiourea, which poses the same problem as the cruciferous vegetables mentioned above.

Functioning as a goitrogen, the compound can hinder the iodine needed to produce thyroid hormones and worsen thyroid problems in the process.

If you can’t imagine meals without your favorite fruits, consider a daily iodine supplement.

Other fruits that contain thiourea are:



Although marketing campaigns would have you believe otherwise, soy products are health foods.

Soy milk has long been the answer to people who are dairy intolerant, but it comes with its own laundry list of problems.

For starters, some chemicals such as isoflavones, found in soy products like soy milk or edamame, can intercept your thyroid’s ability to make hormones if you’re not getting enough iodine.

(Not to mention it’s No. 1 on the list of genetically modified foods — GMOs.)

If you must drink soy milk due to a dairy intolerance, consider a daily supplement with iodine to give your thyroid some help if the gland is already taxed.

Fatty Foods

You know the ones. The highly addictive foods that taste heavenly but can literally take years off your life.

Foods like burgers, french fries, bacon, nachos, pizza — you can’t miss them thanks to the trail of grease.

These foods contribute to low energy and fatigue when they’re a regular part of your diet and greatly hinder the duties of a weary thyroid.

Sugary Foods

Americans love their sugar fixes, especially foods containing refined sugar, which is the worst of them all — candy, ice cream, sodas, cookies.

When you have a compromised thyroid, the last thing you want to do is amp your system with sugar because the higher you go, the further you’ll fall.

This is a tricky boomerang situation that I see with many of my fatigued patients. They get a surge of energy with sugary foods and soon after.

If you have a sweet tooth that won’t quit, opt for natural, non-processed sugars found in foods like dates or figs.


Much like sugar, caffeine gives you a false boost in energy before the steady dip into fatigue.

The thyroid is incredibly sensitive to stimulants, which serve to confuse an already overworked system.

Limiting yourself to one cup of coffee a day is generally a fair compromise.

As for caffeinated soda, this beverage is a double-whammy with the sugar content on top of the caffeine, so taking it out of your beverage rotation is the best way to go.

If it’s bubbles you crave, buy soda water without sodium and squeeze a lemon or lime into it.

Although it sounds less appealing at first, your taste buds will soon adjust — and your thyroid will thank you.

Processed Foods

Plain and simple, packaged foods have added preservatives and few nutrients. Chips, cookies, cereals, crackers — foods that come in a bag or box that have been processed at a facility.

Cook at home using whole ingredients as nature intended them. I understand this isn’t always possible but it’s an excellent goal to aim for.

The less you eat packaged foods made of who knows what, the more they begin to taste too salty or become unappetizing in general.

So what’s good for thyroid health?

OK, so we’ve talked about foods that hinder thyroid function — what about those that promote this vital gland?

In order for the thyroid to function properly, you need healthy levels of vitamins and minerals, which you can get from the following foods...for more on the thyroid please sign up below on the contact form and I will send you out the 8 foods that promote Healthy Thyroid Function....


I know people who have never suffered with a weight problem.

For instance, thin people almost always have a harder time making the dietary changes necessary for true, lasting health and longevity. The most common excuse being, “I can eat anything I want and not gain weight so it doesn’t affect me. So I don’t think that I need to change my patterns.”

According to data from 17 observational studies that included over 38,200 people, researchers from the Cambridge School of Clinical Medicine in England found that regular soda drinkers are more likely to develop Type 2 diabetes.

No matter how heavy or thin they were.

They know this because researchers did not factor in the weight criteria.

Specifically, they found that any person, thin or heavy, has an 18% increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes over a 10 year period with every serving of sugar sweetened beverages they consume.

The study authors said these findings were a surprise to mainstream health experts. The consensus has always been that sugar intake promotes weight gain. And then, in turn, body fat contributes to insulin resistance, which is a pre-cursor to diabetes.

But this discovery was no surprise to me.

A 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola has 39 grams of sugar, which is the equivalent of almost 10 teaspoons. So two of those a month is 78 grams of sugar, or 20 teaspoons. That’s almost a 1/2 cup of sugar. Just from two cans of coke!

Sure, your body can handle this every once in a while. But that ability wears out when your body is forced to do it over and over again (every month, for instance).

This avalanche of sugar also affects digestion by altering the healthy microbial colonies in your gut. And research shows disrupting your microbiome also increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

So what does that mean in the long run? It means that if people continue to consume sugary beverages on a regular basis there could be 2 million new cases of Type 2 diabetes in the United States by 2020. That is on top of the 29 million Americans who already have Type 2 diabetes.

Unfortunately — though not surprisingly — the ridiculous American Beverage Association had to chime in and tried to denounce this study. They claim that because this study was not based on clinical trials, the findings cannot prove a direct link between drinking sugary beverages and developing Type 2 diabetes.

What sort of “real solutions”? Well apparently, the Beverage Association is rolling out a new initiative called “Balance Calories” that aims to reduce the calories in beverages by 20% by the year 2025. Just one-fifth in 10 years?

If you ask me, the Beverage Association should be outlawed as the criminal syndicate and public health threat it really is.

The point here is that your waistline isn’t the only factor involved when it comes to heading disease off at the pass. If you don’t make good choices in terms of what you eat — and drink — you will eventually find yourself on the slippery slope to diabetes and all of its complications.

As I’ve said many, many times before: Sugar kills. And the sooner you ditch it from your diet, the better.

Debra Bartz, M.S., CHP

AADP Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner

Certified Master Transformational Life Coach and
Hormone Trained Specialist

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The low-fat, high carbohydrate diet that is currently in vogue in the mainstream medical community has rarely been tested in a group of individuals. In fact, when a low-fat diet was tested in a recent study in which individuals kept their dietary fat intake below 30 percent, it was found to actually increase an individual’s risk of cardiac disease and not to lower it. The ‘low-fat” myth has been allowed to perpetuate to the point where the public believes that they can eat as many carbohydrates as they wish, just so long as the foods don’t contain fat or cholesterol. This is a dangerous belief, and one that is making us fatter.

When we consume more carbohydrates than can be stored in the liver and muscles, or more than our body needs for brain power, these carbohydrates are converted to glucose. The body stores three of these molecules together as a more efficient way of storing the excess energy, as triglycerides (tri means “three”). Triglycerides are also stored in fatty tissue called adipose. These excess triglycerides are what clog up the arteries. This is why it is probably more dangerous to have high levels of triglycerides than it is to have high levels of cholesterol. High levels of triglycerides lead to a higher incidence of heart disease and stroke.

Frustration leads to a lifetime of cravings and a feeling of never being fulfilled. It is not logical to think that most of us can live on a diet when we consume less than 20 percent of our calories in fat. Where’s the joy in that? How satisfied are you going to feel eating this way for a lifetime? Most foods that have flavor also contain some fat. There are simply too many temptations and too many health benefits in healthy fats to deprive yourself for a lifetime of this major component of the food chain. In order for a diet to be successful, it has to be sustainable and enjoyable over the long haul.

Please contact me for a free consultation at to have a conversation on how I can help you to get to the next phase of your life.


Cancer linked to Chronic Inflammation and Obesity

In the United States alone, cancer is the second deadliest cause of death. Heart is disease is the first. You might know someone who has succumbed to these one or two of these diseases.

Cancer can be prevented by making a few lifestyle changes. You would think of quitting smoking, limited exposure to the sun, or a myriad of factors related to environmental factors would decrease chances of getting cancer. That would be true as an educated guess. As more scientists learn more about cancer, the results are much clearer; obesity and poor diets under our control are the biggest culprits with the initiation and spread of cancer cells. In an opinion poll, 2013 Associated Press/NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, only seven percent of respondents said there was a link between obesity, nutrition and cancer.

Each of us produces cancer cells every day and, by age 40, almost everyone harbors some tumor cells. It may take decades to progress to billions of cells leading to cancer unless we change our lifestyle factors that will diminish or grow the cells. The first factor related to cancer growth and to a number of degenerative diseases is chronic inflammation. It is at the root of everything including back pain, arthritis, autoimmune disorders, heart disease and cancer. We have to fight this deadly enemy EVERYDAY! Our life does depend on it.

In the second link to cancer, and even to other diseases related to chronic inflammation, the extra weight a body carries triggers chronic inflammation. It is not a stretch of the truth to see how obesity and cancer are linked. Study after study has shown that excess weight not only increases cancer chances, but rapidly begins the initiation and proliferation of cancer cells. Extra body fat leads to insulin resistance and increased levels of sex hormones. Doctors believed that adipose (fat) tissue was storage for fat molecules. Now it is known that fatty tissue is an active organ that is responsible for metabolic and endocrine functions of producing hormones, growth factors and signaling more pro-inflammatory cytokines. The altered levels of signaling molecules seem directly involved in cancer initiation and development.

An American Cancer Society 2003 study over sixteen years on almost 900,000 adults looked at data on obesity alone and cancer deaths (not including poor nutrition or lack of exercise). Results from the study, about 20 percent of the overall cancer deaths of Americans were associated with obesity. Obese women and men are 62 to 52 percent respectively were likely to die from cancer than normal weight women and men.

Your first line of defense is to ease your chronic Inflammation is to cut out processed foods of the Standard American Diet (SAD) which will bring you a slimmer waistline and less immune cells releasing more inflammatory chemicals with recognizable whole food nutrition. This step will make a huge difference in easing inflammation and preventing cancer by doing this alone.

Debra Bartz
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