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

Let Your Genes Decide Your Diet!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Every day in my practice, people tell me that it’s “their genes’ fault.” “My father had acid reflux.” “My mother had breast cancer.”


I say you can eat to defeat your poor genes!

Genetic variation makes up a mere 1% of human DNA, but it’s this variation that programs our differences. This would explain why one’s eyes are blue, while another set of eyes are brown.

With the human gene sequence, experts believe that when one cell is out of place, called the SNP (Single nucleotide polymorphism,) imperative information about your chronic disease development can be revealed.

Nutrigenetics expands on this theory by exploring the influence of diet on these cell variations. The goal of Nutrigenetics is to be able to recommend a diet specific to each person’s individualized gene makeup. Nutrients have the power to either activate or silence gene expression.


So often people ask me “What diet is best to follow?” I tell them that each person is as unique as their fingerprint, or there genes, and must make a individualized food plan!

Diet will always lead the way in fixing what ails you; even helping to fix the deadliest of diseases, such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease.

Here’s the bummer-part of all of this: one person who expresses the Glu27 gene is particularly sensitive to carbohydrates and will become obese when they consume them, while another person who does not express this gene will not have the same effect while stuffing their face with all the bread they can eat. Nothing could be more frustrating than this for our teenage girls.

Another common variation is the APOE gene; a highly-polymorphic gene that plays a role in removing cholesterol from the blood stream. People generally have one of three variations of this gene makeup. However, about 20% of the population carries a variant known as APOE-4 – this polymorphism is associated with elevated cholesterol levels, as well as an increased risk of type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s.

Scientists have shown that people who express this gene should definitely stay away from wine, as it increases risk of vascular disease.

These people also see increased triglycerides with fish oil and respond very well to a diet low in fat. Using this customized gene-information, physicians will be able to cater to a specific nutritional regime around their patients’ genetic makeup.

Now how do we find out what our genes look like, so we can get sense of what the best-fit diet for our particular genealogy is?  Dr. Raymond Rodriguez, PHD, director and professor at the Center of Excellent for Nutritional Genomics in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of California, Davis, says that there are some companies who are actually selling tests that will look at your SNP and give you your risk factors for specific diseases. You then bring those results to a holistic-based doctor, such as myself, who can help develop a personalized way-of-life that helps to prevent, mitigate, or delay the onset of disease – specifically the diseases which you are predisposed to.

Traditionally, the medical professional will focus on illness. It might, instead, be time they focus on the solution rather than the problems. The good news with this gene diet is that it opens up a line of communication between doctor and patient in terms of nutrition, so doctors might one day need to learn more about how foods effect their patients, and subsequently be equipped to advise us on the specific nutrition that would be best for us.

Dr. Dena Mendes

Dr. Dena Mendes, ND is a well-respected public health specialist and personal health advisor, author and motivational speaker. Dr. Mendes is a licensed and certified health coach, breath and qi yoga instructor and holistic chef. Dena is a five-time cancer survivor who bravely combines alternative with traditional therapies.

Dr. Dena Mendes offers a full array of personal wellness services. Dr. Dena can help you establish personal goals, plan meals and even prepare a personalized apothecary kit for you or for your loved ones. For more information, please contact Dena Mendes, or call 847.909.3362 NOW!

How To Fix Your Mold Issue And Strengthen Your Immune System

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

Part two of a two-part series.

Eat More Of These Healthy Foods

Garlic, Onions and Greens

Garlic and Onions Help Fix Mold Issues

Garlic and Onions

Garlic and onions are great sources of manganese, B6, flavonoids and Vitamin C, which retard viruses and yeast. Garlic is well-known as a healing food and a powerful medicine. It is considered a natural antibiotic, since it contains allicin, which is anti-viral, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. Garlic and onions can be added to many dishes to enhance flavor and stave off symptoms of mold allergies. It’s extremely important to eat your greens, since they alkalinize the body’s environment. Eating soups, stews and warm heating foods in the winter rather than raw salads and juices will help to avoid dampness in the body. Take more lactobacillus to build gut flora, and eat foods containing pre and probiotics such as yogurt that contains live active cultures, tempeh, Japanese miso, and other fermented foods. Continue Reading »

Allergies And Asthma Can Be Related To Mold

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

Part one of a two-part series.

Bread Is A Mold Producing Food

Bread Is A Mold Producing Food

As with any allergy, mold allergies and asthma symptoms are triggered by an overly sensitive immune system response – this is referred to as an autoimmune response disorder. When you inhale tiny airborne-mold spores, your body recognizes them as foreign invaders and can develop allergies – this causes antibodies to fight them.

What came first: the chicken or the egg?

If you have allergies or asthma, did you contract them due to years of unrealized mold allergies?

Do You Have Asthma?

If you have asthma, your asthma symptoms may be triggered by exposure to mold spores. In some people, exposure to certain molds can cause a severe asthma-like attack. After the incident has ended, you still produce antibodies that “remember” this invader… meaning any later contact with the mold causes your immune system to react. This reaction triggers the release of substances, such as histamine, which cause:

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This Is An X Rated Vagina Story

Monday, June 30th, 2014

The lotus is as sensitive and fragile as our ability to speak openly about “it”. I have been speaking on The Care and Maintenance of The Lotus (vagina) and seeing some amazing transformations. A woman’s ability to speak about this taboo-subject is linked to her ability to heal, both physically and emotionally.

Female Vagina Health

Female Vagina Health

Here are a few tips from my essential guide to the care and maintenance of your lotus:

  • Your mouth is an orifice that is closely connected to that of the vagina – so floss at night before bed, as the acid buildup in your mouth from not flossing can lead to higher acidity in the vagina as well.
  • Kegals are essential as a way to not only improve the elasticity of the vaginal walls, but also to build necessary heat that is needed in our lower burner (lower abdomen).  For woman who are losing their sexual desire, this is a sure-fire way to build sexual heat in the base/sex chakra.
  • Explore thy vessel – don’t be embarrassed to feel, smell and taste what’s going on with your lotus! It is an important barometer, of sorts. Use your finger as a dipstick. If you taste acidic, it means you need to eat more greens and back off of the acidic-causing foods.

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