Gratitude for Physical, Mental and Emotional Health…

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

During this time of Thanksgiving we hear so much about gratitude! I am certainly grateful for the physical health I enjoy today, which seems to have been much easier to attain than the emotional components of my health-awakening journey. In sharing the health with others, I find it of equal importance to look at a person’s mental and emotional health, as it is to look at their actual, physical ailment. We cannot afford to underestimate the power of emotional healing. I am not a psychiatrist or psychologist, but after 25 years of working with people with all manner of dis-ease, I have found that there is typically a correlation between the physical, mental, and emotional components of any dis-ease.

The first part of one’s awakening is always the food, which I believe and have seen first-hand, is the root and foundation of all healing systems. For example, improper food causes just as much inflammation in the brain as it does in the body – this impairs our ability to see things clearly and deal with stressful emotions. Make no mistake: if we are living on an emotional rollercoaster, food is a huge culprit to that drama. On the other hand, if you take a look with an open heart and soul, you will see how our emotional-self has had a direct correlation to our physical-manifestations. Often times I find, of the two, this is the harder to earnestly and thoroughly examine.

In the beginning of a cancer diagnosis 14 years ago, I was not prepared for the amount of emotional work I would need to address in order to stay alive. Today I am grateful for the opportunity to grow and to be able to roll up my sleeves and do my required work. It’s like I say to my kids, “It’s our only job on this Earth: To wake up and take a good look at what makes us tick, why we react the way we do to certain people or experiences, who’s pushing our buttons and what about us they are mirroring. What lessons are we here to learn, and how we can resolve past and present issues regarding self-love and respect?” My motto is, ‘Stop complaining, don’t hide in your addictions, and go to work!’ My main motivation behind doing this work is that I do not wish to come back to face these same players and do it all over again. I hope to
graduate with flying colors in this lifetime!

Recent studies have shown that it is not only the body that needs healthy food, but also the mind. This is due to the direct effect inflammation and toxins have on the brain. The motives we have in “cleaning up” physically, is so that we might come to a clearer place in which we are alert enough to see what the in-depth work truly is.  Whether we have been diagnosed with an illness or we struggle with emotional or mental challenges, we need to find our inner strengthen which will enable us to do self-exploration, self-diagnosis and then self-healing and most importantly self-love.

When the brain gets inflamed due to sugar, caffeine, alcohol, wheat, gluten or dairy, it will wreak havoc on us emotionally. There are also hundreds of chemicals, known as neurotoxins, which affect the brain’s ability to function in a cohesive and healthy manner. These neurotoxins come from MSG, also known as glutamates, which hides in many other ingredients. Also “sugar free” chemicals such as nutriasweet, sucralose, saccharine and aspartame, which are commonly found in chewing gum, soda, and home-cleaning agents. Additionally, all manner of preservatives, steroids, herbicides, pesticides, chemical pollutants and biochemically-engineered food have a strong negative impact on the brain. When toxic chemicals have invaded the brain, it is tough to think and see things clearly, and equally as tough to behave in calm and rational manner.

What came first: The chicken or the egg? Do we present with physical ailments or emotional ailments first? In all honestly, it depends entirely on both the situation and the person. One thing I know for sure is that if we eat like shit, we feel like shit, and when we feel like shit, we actually think like shit. Therein lies the vicious cycle I call the shits!

Do we pollute the brain and then feel the effects mentally and emotionally? Thoughts can be just as toxic as any neurotoxin on Earth. Our minds are capable of producing positive, negative, evil, jealous, or even paranoid thoughts. Ruminating thoughts and old, stuck beliefs or emotions can make us just as physically-ill as poor-quality foods. When people come to me for a cleanse, simply changing food is enough, more often than not. This quick change will also give them the experience of a mental and emotional detoxification. After years of being trapped in an unhealthy cycle, we may be physically and mentally stuck in the correlating organs, such as the liver -> anger, or the kidneys -> frustration, fear and anxiety. To clear this pain, we must not only change what we are putting into our bodies (food and liquids), but also emotionally and physically detoxify through a technique I love: Dahn Yoga, which focuses on qui gong beating of organs, tissue and meridians. The majority of our old, stuck emotional trauma is held in meridians, cells, tissue, naddis and organs.

We must be equally aware of what goes into our body, as what goes into our mind and the environment and energy in which we live. We know that being around chaotic, dramatic and negative people can have a profound effect on our health. We also know that like attracts like; if we are living an unhealthy lifestyle then we will energetically attract more of that type of unhealthy energy.  I have realized that a human who is stuck physically, mentally, emotionally, for instance someone in an unhealthy relationship, will have a difficult time making things work, synergistically-speaking, in all other areas of their lives.

As you start to clear out the toxic food, toxic thoughts, toxic relationships and stuck, old negative emotions, you can move forward in a healthier way, witnessing all manner of beautiful blessings that now have a clear and open path to your clean new vessel. You will find that goals, which you work toward, will fall into place with greater-ease. Remember: like attracts like, so the longer you stay on this new, healthier path of clean and healing foods, higher-level thinking and positive people to surround and fill your body, mind and emotional spirit, the quicker you will see your life become a blessing, and not a curse.’

Health and Light,

Dena Mendes

This Holiday Season Give Yourself The Gift of Kidney Health

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Make sure to check out the easy, all natural Fruit Crisp recipe video below, perfect for the Holidays!

Kidney season is upon us, what does this mean? It means it is time to pull inward, to hunker down and make ready for hibernation. Its time to stuff our cheeks with nuts and seeds, soups and stews, and more steamed and boiled. It is a dry season and we forget to drink water, as we are not hot and sweaty like in the summertime.  Try incorporating more leeks, garlic and onion as they moisten the lungs as well as help to kill fungus and mold, which are also prevalent at this time of year. Try my favorite onion soup, perfect for a chilly day!

This season can be the most challenging season for many of us due to all the holidays. We typically deplete the kidneys with sugar, alcohol, caffeine, late nights and heavy concentration of poor quality animal fats and/or dairy. Sadly these are all the things we indulge in during the season of Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years!

So how do we create a healthier and happier holiday season? Simply going to bed earlier during the week will help the kidneys and adrenals to heal. Eat the alternative sugars, like coconut sugar, agave and stevia, which are lower on the glycemic index. Make modifications in your drinking, maybe try only drinking on the weekends and not mixing your alcohol with sweet sugary beverages, but instead simply a lime or lemon or even soda water. Tequila, Tito’s gluten free vodka, and organic, gluten-free beer are better options.

Better quality animal fats, like grass-fed beef and lamb are good choices, as well as more greens to alkalinize your bodies’ terrain. Making more soups and stews will give you the grounding yang you need, so if you must indulge in some sugary yin-like substances you will already have a strong base.

Stay warm. Your feet, neck/throat, and ears relate to your kidney, so make sure to bundle up. Add a little ginger, lemon and a pinch of cayenne to hot water if you run really cold in the morning. Rub and beat your kidneys in your lower back to stimulate, detoxify, and move stagnant qui.

Your kidney houses your Jing essence, which is your life force qui or essence, so take care of them and do not abuse them with drugs. Why do you think that all prescriptions medications come with warnings of kidney damage? Too much Marijuana depletes the kidney of Jing also. I see a common occurrence from my pot-smoking clients of dark skin under the eyes, especially my teenage clients, showing me weakness in their kidneys. With the legalization of the already addicting Marijuana, we can become overindulgent, as some believe these new laws give us the ticket to over use. Careful, Marijuana will deplete your kidneys creating a weak constitution and eventually all manner of issues including premature balding, since kidneys rule the hair.

Here’s a video of an easy, all-natural Fruit Crumble, just in time for the holidays! Make sure to take a look at DHU’s free, downloadable Cookbook- filled with delicious, quick, anti-inflammatory recipes.

So enjoy the holiday season responsibly and treat your kidneys with care!

Have a happy and healthy thanksgiving,

Dena Mendes

Dr. Dena has joined the FitRats Wellness Community!

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Dear Friends,

We have an exciting announcement:  We have joined a new online Fitness and Wellness Community called  This is a free online resource that features the best in fitness and wellness on the North Shore, cutting-edge blogs, the lowdown on what’s happening in your neighborhood each week and more. Make sure to head over to FitRats TODAY as Dr. Dena Shares the Health here!


Also, be sure to sign up for their FREE rewards program called FitBucks so that you can earn coupons towards any of the resources on the site, including Dr. Dena’s products and tips.  For more information on this program head over to

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Their site is changing everyday so check back often for the latest in fitness and wellness in your neighborhood, but make sure to head over TODAY to see Dr. Dena’s healthy tips.

 We are proud to be featured on on and look forward to seeing you there!

Health and Light,


Metagenics & Harvard University teamed up to create Ultra Glucose Control

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Take Control with Ultra Glucose Control

Take Control with Ultra Glucose Control

Metagenics has teamed up with Harvard University’s Joslin Diabetes Center for the next generation medical food formulated for the nutritional management of Glucose Response.

This powder is a breakthrough in Glucose Control Management for individuals who may need additional support in controlling their blood sugar levels and support a healthy insulin response. It also provides satiation and supports muscle-building capacity. What makes Take Control with Ultra Glucose Control so great is that it delivers a ratio-balanced combination of carbohydrates, protein and fat (40-30-30), it also features 22 essential vitamins and minerals such as vitamin D3 chromium and biotin, which supports overall health. Take Control also has 15 gram of pea/rice protein blend enhanced with added branched-chain amino acids (leucine, isoleucine, valine) to support energy production and promote muscle growth and retention. Take Control with Ultra Glucose Control comes in Chocolate and Vanilla flavors, making it extremely easy to add to your smoothies!

Make sure to head over to Dena’s Healthy U today to order some!


Health and Light,

Dena Mendes

Improve Your Libido Naturally!

Thursday, October 16th, 2014


Metagenics from Dr. Dena Mendes


Make sure to take a look at Metagenic’s newest products, HisSynergy and HerSynergy. Both are formulated to improve libido which can support multiple key markers of sexual function and arousal. HerSynergy’s formula has targeted vitamins and minerals to help address estrogen metabolism and other issues related to libido, such as mood and stress. While HisSynergy provides premium Ayurvedic, an herbal extract that supports male sexual function, libido, and vitality all in ONE formula. Head over to Metagenics today and order a bottle for you AND your significant other!

Emotional Healing

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014

During this time of year in the Jewish religion, it’s common practice to reflect on both mistakes and the bad you’ve done or said to others. Asking for repentance, making amends and atoning for our sins are all supposed to grant people forgiveness from G-d.

Meditation class, at Full Bloomed Lotus, offers other options to consider. This story Rama shared shed much light on the subject for me.

Monks are not supposed to even look at women, much less talk to them. One day the Monk and his pupil were walking by the river when they saw a woman who needed help across the river. The Monk quietly picked up the woman, carried her across, set her down and kept walking, all without saying a single word. The pupil was very upset that the monk broke his vows and after walking away said, “You are not supposed to have any contact with women, why did you carry her?” The monk calmly replied, “I left her back there; you are still carrying her.”

This is what most of us do, right? We carry old baggage filled with shame, blame and guilt well-past when we should This is what occupies our minds and creates liver-stress and toxic-overload mentally, which in turn effects our physical health. I wrote in my book, A Survivors Guide to Kicking Cancer’s Ass, about the emotional connection to dis-ease. I am again looking at this concept in my life, studying more on the liver’s connection to anger, frustration and old, deep resentments. I am exploring the possibility of being free from the constraints of my mind and past wounds, and reclaiming my power to be happy, instead of stuck in the emotions that create physical illness.

We are not meant to be perfect; we are simply meant to be in the present moment while we are having a human experience. We are not our minds, or our thoughts; indeed our mistakes and problems do not define us. I am learning that we are, in fact, our attention, which is our true essence. This means that whatever we focus on or give our attention to is what shall be. Whatever we allow will continue. If we focus on being angry then we shall live in anger. My meditation guru says it perfectly: “Whatever we turn our attention to will be like MiracleGrow; it will thrive!” I tell people not to claim cancer by saying “my cancer.” Likewise, Rama says that if you keep saying, “I am sad,” then sad is what you shall be.

More than just reflecting on how we have treated others, though, perhaps we should take a long, objective look at how we have treated ourselves. Have we allowed people to be unkind to us? To abuse us? To shame, blame or label us?  Have we neglected to put up healthy boundaries and love ourselves unconditionally, no matter how we are bombarded with messages of being “bad”?

Many clients of mine exhibit signs of being depleted and exhausted, and many of their illnesses are caused by being mal-nurtured. Not malnourished, but quite-literally depleted in self-nurturance. I too am guilty of this.

In meditation we learn that we don’t have to be perfect, or even “good;” the greater gift is to be present and appropriate. And guess what? If we are not perfect then we should forgive ourselves, as we are simply beings having a human experience. Forgiveness for our past imperfections or crazy behavior is imperative for our sanity and health. The greatest gift we can give ourselves is to be imperfect; to be in the moment, no matter what that moment brings us. Try choosing forgiving friends and partners. Stay away form eggshell people – those who ridicule and judge you for every word and move you make. Steer clear of anyone who continues to remind and ridicule you of your past mistakes and doesn’t allow you to grow and move on.

This time of year is the time of the goddess – a time when we are supposed to take care of, be gentle and kind to ourselves. It’s a time for nurturance of the goddess energy in all of us. So start with forgiving yourself.


Health and Light,


Share the Health with Dr. Dena at the “Knocking Out Cancer” Fashion Show

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Come share the health with Dr. Dena and the Barbara Bates Foundation at the “Knocking Out Breast Cancer” Fashion Show and Gala. The evening will begin with a reception and a silent auction, then at 7pm there will be a fashion show featuring Dr. Dena and other breast cancer survivors! All proceeds will go towards a $500,000 commitment to Mt. Sinai Hospital to create the Barbara Bates Foundation Imaging Center. Purchase your seat here!


254Hope to see you all there.

Health and Light,



Join Dr. Dena and the American Cancer Society at the Making Strides Event!

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014


Sunday, October 19, 2014 at 9am

Independence Grove Forest Preserve

16400 W Buckley Rd, Libertyville IL


The fight for breast cancer begins with one single step…

Email to join Dr. Dena’s team!

Join Dr. Dena as she teams up with the American Cancer Society for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk. The 5 mile walk will take place at the Independence Grove Forest Preserve at 9am on Sunday October 19th. The Every Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event is an amazing and inspiring opportunity to unite those who have been affected by breast cancer in any way, raise awareness about the fight against breast cancer, honor survivors and raise money to help the American Cancer Society for breast cancer research. Click here to sign up for the walk, to support a team or to help volunteer at the event! We have already raised over $50,000! Join us in finishing the fight with breast cancer today! Hope to see you all there.

Health & Light,

Dena Mendes

Dr. Dena at Chicago Ideas Week!

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

Dena’s Healthy U: Become a Health Detective

Saturday, October 18, 2014 at 3pm at LYFE Kitchen.
419 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60654

Please join us at Lyfe Kitchen for Chicago Idea’s Week! Learn to take Dr. Dena Mendes’s approach to health—treating health like a detective, unfolding the clues to build an optimal life style. Dr. Dena will guide you through a transformative exploration of each person’s individual issues. You’ll walk away having received a health makeover, with targeted modalities and insights into leading a healthy lifestyle.

Limited space available, so make sure to get your ticket here!

Also check out what other great events are happening at Chicago Ideas Week.

Health and Light,

Dena Mendes

How To Cleanse Cancer Causing Toxins From Your Life

Thursday, September 18th, 2014


Passengers walk through the newly opened Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal in Atlanta, Georgia            The Atlantic Images

So I’m sitting at the airport waiting for a flight…and I notice all around me people are opening packages of Orbit gum, drinking Diet Coke and eating Cup-o-Noodle soup (pure MSG) like it’s 1990… I mean aren’t we in the year 2014?

Are these people from another planet? Don’t they know that the chemicals in these products are filled with toxic, cancer causing chemicals?

I start thinking that these products have chemicals in them that make us too tired to think, creating lemming-like zombies. I certainly can’t imagine that any human with half a brain would be interested in poisoning themselves like this… how could there be a human left on this planet that would want to indulge in…

the artificial sweetener aspartame that is metabolized inside your body into both wood alcohol (a poison) and formaldehyde (which is a carcinogen used as embalming fluid and is not eliminated from your body through the normal waste filtering done by your liver and kidneys)? It’s been linked to birth defects, cancers, brain tumors and weight gain. In addition to potentially causing cancerous growth, aspartame has been linked to up to 92 physical side effects. One study found that when depressed patients were given an aspartame pill, their symptoms of depression worsened or did not improve, even with treatment.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG), is a flavor enhancer that’s known widely as an addition to Chinese food, but that’s actually added to thousands of the foods you and your family regularly eat, especially if you are like most Americans and eat the majority of your food as processed foods or in restaurants.
MSG is one of the worst food additives on the market and is used in canned soups, crackers, meats, salad dressings, frozen dinners and much more. It’s found in your local supermarket and restaurants, in your child’s school cafeteria and, amazingly, even in baby food and infant formula.
MSG is more than just a seasoning like salt and pepper, it actually enhances the flavor of foods, making processed meats and frozen dinners taste fresher and smell better, salad dressings more tasty, and canned foods less tinny.
While MSG’s benefits to the food industry are quite clear, this food additive could be slowly and silently doing major damage to your health.

What is wrong with us? Why would we purposely indulge in this cocktail of disease?

Yet I’m looking around and it’s everywhere, as a matter of fact it’s hard to miss. It’s as if these people have never seen the news, read an article in any magazine these days or how about even seen a talk show lately? Good Morning America has even recently talked about chewing coconut oil as a pulling technique to cleanse the liver! The information is everywhere! It is not hard to find, look at Dr. Mercola for more or Food Babe, two of my favorites.

I don’t know about you, but I am an absolute rebel! If “they” are trying to brainwash me, make me sick, or kill me, I say NO to “their” poison! I won’t go easily, I will go fighting with every last ounce of brain, brawn and breath in my healthy body!

Just say NO to “their” drugs!!!

Check out UltraClear pH Plus and more ways to cleanse these toxins at Dr Dena’s Metagenics Store. 

Health & Light,

Dena Mendes