Sunday, December 27, 2009

Twitter..are you really connecting or just avoiding!

I've often been told that I should take the time to "connect" more with people through blogging, twitter, facebook, and so on. I agree it would be great for business and I'm sure eventually I will either take the time to do it or hire someone to do it for me:)

One of the things that I am most passionate about in regards to helping people is teaching them to prioritize, get organized and help them set health and lifestyle goals that will improve their quality of life and ultimately bring awareness to decisions they make and the results that these decisions bring.

What I'm noticing more and more now is this excessive need for people to "connect" with other people over the Internet through facebook and twitter.

I can understand how these connections can benefit someone's business and life, and can bring great information that they otherwise may not find. But my concern is that individuals start connecting to their computer screens more than their families!

A percentage of my clientele are people that are overwhelmed, frustrated, stressed, tired and cannot seem to get organized. They often feel that they just do not have the energy nor the time to get what needs to be done, done. And yes It can be quite challenging at times to raise kids, have a career, have a good/healthy/loving relationship, a social life, take care of aging parents and so on.
What gets to me is that so many have the time to go online for hours every day but they do not have time to sit with the kids and do homework, clean the kitchen, get healthy lunches ready for the next day, do laundry, exercise, have family conversations, have sex with their husband, and so on. What confuses me is that so many have this time and energy to go online for hours, but no time to commit to their "real lives". No time to listen to their families. No time to read a constructive book. No time to play a board game.

Please understand that I am not against going on Facebook, My Space, Twitter, Linked in... What I am concerned about is when these "outlets" become priorities.

I challenge everyone to take one week off. Just 7 days off from computer socializing and focus the extra time on your tangible lives.

I would be curious to hear your experiences to this experiment.

Good luck!

Thursday, June 18, 2009


While in Punta Cana, my husband and I had a photo-shoot with a photographer. We had a blast with this guy!! Here are some of the pictures he took and a picture of the view we had from our room balcony!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


And so I went on this wonderful vacation with my hubby only to be introduced to "MONTEZUMA'S REVENGE" !!
This was a first time I ever got sick on vacation and hopefully my last! I hope never to meet with him again:) He's a pain in the butt...literally :)

I am somewhat back to "normal", then again normal is not quite the word my husband would use to describe me.

I have not been posting much lately for a few reasons.

1. I've been very busy

2. I find that some of the things I want to blog about, or maybe I should say that the way I want to express my opinions might be a little politically incorrect and some of my clients have access to this sight. And so I have not bothered.

But the more I think about it, the more it frustrates me that I feel this need to be so careful as to not upset some readers!

With that said, I've decided that I will blog about any topic I want (well almost any topic) and I promise to deliver it as I see fit :)

Friday, May 15, 2009


I've been sick !!
I've actually had a cough for 16 days! This is my first real cold in 4 1/2 years. I even had to go see a doctor and took antibiotics. The funny thing is, on day 9 of taking my antibiotics, I started a body rash! Red , itchy spots all over my legs, my butt and some on my arms. This is due to an allergic reaction to the drugs and so I've now had to get some "Benedryl" to help with the itching. For someone who prides in not taking medication, this past 2 weeks has been a good one :)
The worst thing about this is, that I am leaving on vacation next Friday and was hoping to go for a few tanning sessions and now I can't because of this rash! I will also be on an airplane for 6 hours and I've had to get a doctors note confirming that I do not have the "swine" flu just in case I'm still coughing a little.

O.K. You haven't heard from me for 6 weeks and now my post is one of complaints. Oh well, it happens to the best of us :)

Friday, March 13, 2009


I've met quite a few people that have experienced pain at some point in their lives. And this is one of the biggest reasons people come and see me. There are tons of things you can do to get healthier and help reduce "pain".

For insurance purposes, I usually do not give advice unless I have a detailed health history. BUT because this information is so crucial and because it is so effective, I will make this one exception.

After over 10 years of experience as a Natural Health Practitioner, this is by far the most effective way of reducing your personal pain.



Go out for a beer or go for breakfast, and leave a 40% tip.

Leave a 40% tip and leave !!

Let me know if it works for you.



1. Sugar can suppress the immune system.
2. Sugar upsets the mineral relationships in the body.
3. Sugar can cause hyperactivity, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, and crankiness in children.
4. Sugar can produce a significant rise in triglycerides.
5. Sugar contributes to the reduction in defense against bacterial infection (infectious diseases).
6. Sugar causes a loss of tissue elasticity and function, the more sugar you eat the more elasticity and function you loose.
7. Sugar reduces high density lipoproteins.
8. Sugar leads to chromium deficiency.
9 Sugar leads to cancer of the ovaries.
10. Sugar can increase fasting levels of glucose.
11. Sugar causes copper deficiency.
12. Sugar interferes with absorption of calcium and magnesium.
13. Sugar can weaken eyesight.
14. Sugar raises the level of a neurotransmitters: dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
15. Sugar can cause hypoglycemia.
16. Sugar can produce an acidic digestive tract.
17. Sugar can cause a rapid rise of adrenaline levels in children.
18. Sugar malabsorption is frequent in patients with functional bowel disease.
19. Sugar can cause premature aging.
20. Sugar can lead to alcoholism.
21. Sugar can cause tooth decay.
22. Sugar contributes to obesity
23. High intake of sugar increases the risk of Crohn's disease, and ulcerative colitis.
24. Sugar can cause changes frequently found in person with gastric or duodenal ulcers.
25. Sugar can cause arthritis.
26. Sugar can cause asthma.
27. Sugar greatly assists the uncontrolled growth of Candida Albicans (yeast infections).
28. Sugar can cause gallstones.
29. Sugar can cause heart disease.
30. Sugar can cause appendicitis.
31. Sugar can cause multiple sclerosis.
32. Sugar can cause hemorrhoids.
33. Sugar can cause varicose veins.
34. Sugar can elevate glucose and insulin responses in oral contraceptive users.
35. Sugar can lead to periodontal disease.
36. Sugar can contribute to osteoporosis.
37. Sugar contributes to saliva acidity.
38. Sugar can cause a decrease in insulin sensitivity.
39. Sugar can lower the amount of Vitamin E (alpha-Tocopherol in the blood.
40. Sugar can decrease growth hormone.
41. Sugar can increase cholesterol.
42. Sugar can increase the systolic blood pressure.
43. Sugar can cause drowsiness and decreased activity in children.
44. High sugar intake increases advanced glycation end products (AGEs)(Sugar bound non-enzymatically to protein)
45. Sugar can interfere with the absorption of protein.
46. Sugar causes food allergies.
47. Sugar can contribute to diabetes.
48. Sugar can cause toxemia during pregnancy.
49. Sugar can contribute to eczema in children.
50. Sugar can cause cardiovascular disease.
51. Sugar can impair the structure of DNA
52. Sugar can change the structure of protein.
53. Sugar can make our skin age by changing the structure of collagen.
54. Sugar can cause cataracts.
55. Sugar can cause emphysema.
56. Sugar can cause atherosclerosis.
57. Sugar can promote an elevation of low density lipoproteins (LDL).
58. High sugar intake can impair the physiological homeostasis of many systems in the body.
59. Sugar lowers the enzymes ability to function.
60. Sugar intake is higher in people with Parkinson’s disease.
61. Sugar can cause a permanent altering the way the proteins act in the body.
62. Sugar can increase the size of the liver by making the liver cells divide.
63. Sugar can increase the amount of liver fat.
64. Sugar can increase kidney size and produce pathological changes in the kidney.
65. Sugar can damage the pancreas.
66. Sugar can increase the body's fluid retention.
67. Sugar is enemy #1 of the bowel movement.
68. Sugar can cause myopia (nearsightedness).
69. Sugar can compromise the lining of the capillaries.
70. Sugar can make the tendons more brittle.
71. Sugar can cause headaches, including migraine.
72. Sugar plays a role in pancreatic cancer in women.
73. Sugar can adversely affect school children's grades and cause learning disorders..
74. Sugar can cause an increase in delta, alpha, and theta brain waves.
75. Sugar can cause depression.
76. Sugar increases the risk of gastric cancer.
77. Sugar and cause dyspepsia (indigestion).
78. Sugar can increase your risk of getting gout.
79. Sugar can increase the levels of glucose in an oral glucose tolerance test over the ingestion of complex carbohydrates.
80. Sugar can increase the insulin responses in humans consuming high-sugar diets compared to low sugar diets.
81 High refined sugar diet reduces learning capacity.
82. Sugar can cause less effective functioning of two blood proteins, albumin, and lipoproteins, which may reduce the body’s ability to handle fat and cholesterol.
83. Sugar can contribute to Alzheimer’s disease.
84. Sugar can cause platelet adhesiveness.
85. Sugar can cause hormonal imbalance; some hormones become underactive and others become overactive.
86. Sugar can lead to the formation of kidney stones.
87. Sugar can lead to the hypothalamus to become highly sensitive to a large variety of stimuli.
88. Sugar can lead to dizziness.
89. Diets high in sugar can cause free radicals and oxidative stress.
90. High sucrose diets of subjects with peripheral vascular disease significantly increases platelet adhesion.
91. High sugar diet can lead to biliary tract cancer.
92. Sugar feeds cancer.
93. High sugar consumption of pregnant adolescents is associated with a twofold increased risk for delivering a small-for-gestational-age (SGA) infant.
94. High sugar consumption can lead to substantial decrease in gestation duration among adolescents.
95. Sugar slows food's travel time through the gastrointestinal tract.
96. Sugar increases the concentration of bile acids in stools and bacterial enzymes in the colon. This can modify bile to produce cancer-causing compounds and colon cancer.
97. Sugar increases estradiol (the most potent form of naturally occurring estrogen) in men.
98. Sugar combines and destroys phosphatase, an enzyme, which makes the process of digestion more difficult.
99. Sugar can be a risk factor of gallbladder cancer.
100. Sugar is an addictive substance.
101. Sugar can be intoxicating, similar to alcohol.
102. Sugar can exacerbate PMS.
103. Sugar given to premature babies can affect the amount of carbon dioxide they produce.
104. Decrease in sugar intake can increase emotional stability.
105. The body changes sugar into 2 to 5 times more fat in the bloodstream than it does starch.
106. The rapid absorption of sugar promotes excessive food intake in obese subjects.
107. Sugar can worsen the symptoms of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
108. Sugar adversely affects urinary electrolyte composition.
109. Sugar can slow down the ability of the adrenal glands to function.
110. Sugar has the potential of inducing abnormal metabolic processes in a normal healthy individual and to promote chronic degenerative diseases.
111.. I.Vs (intravenous feedings) of sugar water can cut off oxygen to the brain.
112. High sucrose intake could be an important risk factor in lung cancer.
113. Sugar increases the risk of polio.
114. High sugar intake can cause epileptic seizures.
115. Sugar causes high blood pressure in obese people.
116. In Intensive Care Units, limiting sugar saves lives.
117. Sugar may induce cell death.
118. Sugar can increase the amount of food that you eat.
119. In juvenile rehabilitation camps, when children were put on a low sugar diet, there was a 44% drop in antisocial behavior.
120. Sugar can lead to prostrate cancer.
121. Sugar dehydrates newborns.
122. Sugar increases the estradiol in young men.
123. Sugar can cause low birth weight babies.
124. Greater consumption of refined sugar is associated with a worse outcome of schizophrenia
125. Sugar can raise homocysteine levels in the blood stream.
126. Sweet food items increase the risk of breast cancer.
127. Sugar is a risk factor in cancer of the small intestine.
128. Sugar may cause laryngeal cancer.
129. Sugar induces salt and water retention.
130. Sugar may contribute to mild memory loss.
131. As sugar increases in the diet of 10 years olds, there is a linear decrease in the intake of many essential nutrients.
132. Sugar can increase the total amount of food consumed.
133. Exposing a newborn to sugar results in a heightened preference for sucrose relative to water at 6 months and 2 years of age.
134. Sugar causes constipation.
135. Sugar causes varicous veins.
136. Sugar can cause brain decay in prediabetic and diabetic women.
137. Sugar can increase the risk of stomach cancer.
138. Sugar can cause metabolic syndrome.
139. Sugar ingestion by pregnant women increases neural tube defects in embryos.
140. Sugar can be a factor in asthma.
141. The higher the sugar consumption the more chances of getting irritable bowel syndrome.
142. Sugar could affect central reward systems.
143. Sugar can cause cancer of the rectum.
144. Sugar can cause endometrial cancer.
145. Sugar can cause renal (kidney) cell carcinoma.
146. Sugar can cause liver tumors.

For more information, google “bad effects of sugar” .

Friday, March 6, 2009

Help! My Stepmom's a Natural Health Practitioner

Hi. I'm the stepdaughter of a bioenergy-nutritionist, natural health practitioner and certified iridologist.
So, imagine what it's like being a preteen in the middle of all of that!
Can you?
Before Denise came along, I had absolutly no thoughts of such things. Now, I think about her every time I eat something sugary, or junk-related.
As a preteen, life revolves around junk food, messiness, and sadly, school. Or so I thought :)
My stepmom has slowly changed my views. Junk food is a nice little gift, my room cannot be messy, and school is a priority. Now, don't get me wrong. I like school, well, sometimes.

With my stepmom's lists, which I will mention later on, my homework is never late, forgotten, or badly done. My room is almost 100% clean all the time and I know I will thank her someday, but that's not anytime soon! Even though it is nice to have a clean room ( but don't tell her that!), the work is my least favorite part.

Now, I bet you are curious about the famous lists. An average Saturday's list involves vaccuuming, cleaning the bathroom and cleaning the kitchen. It sure keeps the house clean! My stepmom does cleaning too, it's not just us. She probably does much, much more. But we don't notice. Well, we do but, but ummm... ahh whatever, we notice!
A weekday list involves: putting clean or dirty dishes away, putting dirty or clean laundry in their respective places and cleaning my bedroom. Messiness is not an option.

And lastly, the topic of junk food. I don't really have to write about it. She's a natural health practitioner. I think you can imagine what it's like.

By: Cheyenne

Monday, March 2, 2009

Mini-Monsters creation

And there I was, Friday night, sitting at a restaurant with my husband and kids enjoying a well deserved beer, when all of a sudden I heard, "WAAAHHHHH, waaaahhhhh., wahhhh......" !!!!!

Right behind me was a mother with a crying baby (almost 2yrs old) ! And I mean a screamer!

At that moment, I remembered my son, in the first few years when he would scream all the time (see my post "Why I bothered" for more details), and so of course, my heart went out to her.
But then I remembered something else! I remembered choosing not to go out with my son in public restaurants because I did not want to bother every one else!
And believe me, she was bothering the heck out of me and everyone else at that restaurant!

I tried ignoring her (like that was possible) !

And then I heard it. One of the "creation" phrases. That's right. Phrases that help create these mini-monsters that surround us everywhere.

She (the adult) said, "what is it wittle won...if you don't like it maybe you can try something else? do you want this?? or maybe this?" Mommy can order something else? and then the mini-monster said WAAAHHHHH...NOOOOOO" !!!

THAT'S IT ! It took everything for me not to stand up and say "Give me a break" ! Who's the parent around here? Where's the adult? Need any help? Want me to talk to this one??? "

Scenarios like this one do not make me question our intentions as parents, but it does make me question the emotional reasoning behind our skills (or lack of) and the foundational basis of our decision making as parents.

As loving parents, we are here to protect, guide, be a positive role model to, and love our children. It is important to remember that we are not perfect beings and there are no guarantees. With that said, I believe it is crucial for us to question our behaviours and reflect on how our actions become one of the most important factors that model our children's behaviours.

Questions to make us think:

Am I the kind of person I want my child to become?

Am I more concerned about gaining my child's acceptance or teaching lessons that will come in handy for them later in life?

Am I consistent with what I am teaching ?

Do my actions match my words ?

Am I teaching selfishness or selflessness?

As a parent, YOU are the decision maker. As the adult, you're the one who lets in the computer games, who approves television time, programs, clothing, attitudes, words, actions, food intake and so on.

My question to you is this: Are you aware and accountable for what you are creating?

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Mini-monsters epidemic!!

There is an epidemic going around!! Mini-monsters are being created at an uncontrollable rate! These mini-monsters are sucking the energy out of us and confusing our way of thinking!! And who are the culprits at the root of these creations??


It is unbelievable the amount of parents that do not like what their children are becoming. Every week, I've got parents (primary reasons for the appointment is usually stress and burnout) coming in complaining about their kids not helping out in the house, being disrespectful, lazy, ungrateful and so on. Mini-monsters! And so, in the next few weeks I will be posting ideas to help understand where these mini-monsters come from and what we can do to help tame them.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

EYE can see you !

One of the things I always get asked is "what is Iridology" ?

Iridology is a diagnostic technique that inspects the different structures of the Iris (colored part of the eye) and how imbalances in these structures can represent different conditions in the body.

When I first was studying to become a Natural Health Practitioner, I was VERY skeptical towards Iridology. I have now been practicing for over 10 years and am constantly impressed with it's accuracy. If you dont believe me, try me :)

The way it works is simply me looking into your eyes with a magnifying glass and a small flashlight. And yes, I make sure not to eat too much garlic before the appt. :)

When clients come in for the consultation, I first do the iridology exam before knowing any of their health conditions. It is only once I have finished explaining the iridology findings that we go through a detailed health history. That's right!! I explain what's wrong with you, before you share anything with me. Now, how impressive is that !! And no, I am not psychic :)

How do you know if someone is a good Iridologist? Easy. If her/his findings match your conditions, then they are good.

It definitely is something worth trying. It's a good way to detect abnormalities before they have a chance to develop into potential disease. It also helps to determine the best way to approach certain health conditions. One example of this is, obesity. What I mean by that is , there are a few things that can come into play when dealing with such a condition. Thyroid imbalances, Adrenal Gland dysfunction, digestive disorders, bad lifestyle habits, all of these can contribute to obesity! A simple Iridology exam helps clarify exactly what is wrong so that we can approach the issues dead on and not waste time wondering what is causing the negative symptoms you might be experiencing.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to email me or just post it on the comments. Or you can just book a flight and come see me ;).

Yours in Health


Sunday, February 22, 2009

Why I bothered

So there I was, finally pregnant. I was huge, I was happy and I couldn't ask for anything more.
The day I gave birth is the day it all began. My journey as a Natural Health Practitioner (I just didn't know it yet). You see, my son looked perfect. He was an amazingly beautiful looking baby. I should have been so happy. But I wasn't . Not that I told anyone at first because that would mean I was ungrateful for this miracle. How can I not feel this overwhelming joy that all the other mothers were feeling? Can I be that selfish not to be grateful for this beautiful baby?
You see, my baby cried alot. And I mean alot, actually, he screamed alot. It seemed that the only time he was quiet was when I was breast feeding him. And even then, in between gulps, he would come up for air, let out a scream-like sound and then continue drinking. For the first year he would barely sleep more then 2 hours at a time. I was exhausted and wondered what was wrong. And so I started asking my doctor if maybe there was something wrong with him. At first people told me I was a nervous mother and my baby felt it. And so I listened to relaxing music and so on, but things didn't change. I went to specialists, and got some tests done on him and all the results said that nothing was wrong. I felt helpless and angry. I got so depressed and discouraged I thought I was going through a huge depression. I even went on anti-depressants for a few months.
One day, someone told me to go see this Naturopathic doctor. I remember secretly thinking to myself, will he be using a voodoo doll? I didn't know anything about herbs/vitamins and all that natural stuff. But I was desperate, so I went. Long story short, approx. 4 weeks later I had a healthy child on my hands. My son had food intolerances which in turn affected his stomach and intestinal lining. All that time, I was clueless to the fact that some of the foods I was eating and then sharing with him through my breast milk, irritated his stomach lining and caused him digestive pain. And this is why he was crying! He was in pain!
Well that was it. There's no way I could go on with my life having gone through this and not utilize it to help others. And so I went back to school to become a Natural Health Practitioner.
If someone would of told me then, that one day I would be helping people in regards to health, I would of thought them crazy. This experience made me realize that even through tough times, we can always learn something and use it in a positive way. Now, am I saying that this is easy? Not even close. But we do have a choice. As my husband would say, “There are moments in life that bring us pain, and that is inevitable, but the choice to suffer is ours”. To be honest with you, there are times when I want to tell him to shove this saying up his you know what :) but when I stop and really think about it, he's right (please don't tell him I said this). We can sit there and suffer through some of life's pain, or we can grow, and learn through these difficult moments.
And this is why I bothered to become a Natural Health Practitioner. I hope that my future blogs help some of you. I will be taking this time to share some of my personal experiences and thoughts. Who knows, maybe it can make a difference.

Next post = what is IRIDOLOGY

Wednesday, February 18, 2009


My name is Denise and I've finally decided to try this "blogging" thing out :)
(I'm not much of a tech person so please bear with me)

Here are a few words that best describe who I am:

Natural Health Practitioner / Iridologist / Lifestyle coach
Organized (or at least I try to be)
Somewhat sarcastic at times
Straight forward
Hard worker

I have chosen to call my blog "Practically Healthy" because I believe that "true" health is a continuous process of life. I am very practical in my approach as a Natural Health Practitioner and I like to keep things as simple as possible.
I will be writing on certain health and lifestyle issues that I believe affect people on a daily basis. My goal is simply to share my personal thoughts and knowledge and hopefully enrich others' lives and learn through this sharing. As I do have a full life, I will do my best to write a new blog every other week and hopefully respond to most of the comments.

And so with that said, that's it for now and I look forward to developing new acquaintances.