Ever considered a career as a Colon Hydrotherapist? Now is your chance! Here are the Top 3 Reasons to become a Certified Colon Hydrotherapist:

Starting March 16th, Dr. Jen Stanley is offering a 100 hour I-ACT certification course. Now you can become a Certified Colon Hydrotherapist!

Here are the Top 3 Reasons why you should:

1. You can work for yourself, full or part-time!

2. You will be offering the gift of health to others!

3. You'll have the opportunity to collaborate with alternative health professionals!

Sign up for Dr. Stanley’s course to become an I-ACT certified colon hydrotherapist and learn how to run a successful practice, learn profitable marketing strategies and network with experienced professionals. 

Email: info@fromscratchwellness.com for application form and details of the program.

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Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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Top 3 Skin Tips for 2015

   

 

 

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Top 3 Skin Tips for 2015

1. Stay Hydrated this winter. Set a goal to drink 32 oz. of water before noon. We have a tendency to dehydrate in our sleep so drinking lots of water early in the day helps us feel energized, awake and improves the lymphatics of the skin.

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2. 1-2 Tablespoons of Flaxseed, Borage, or Evening Primrose Oils daily. Essential fatty acids help prevent cracking and chapping of skin

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3. Dry Skin Brush & Homemade Skin Scrubs. Dry skin brush first thing in the morning helps to improve circulation to the skin’s surface replacing dry flaky skin with healthy hydrated skin. Dry skin brush daily and add in this Natural Skin Scrub 1-2 times a week.

Natural Rejuvenating Skin Scrub Recipe

3 Tablespoons ground oatmeal

4 drops juniper berry essential oil

2 Tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

Almond Scrub for Extra Dry Skin Recipe

8 Tablespoons almond meal

3-4 Tablespoons coconut, safflower, or sesame oil

Mix the ingredients in the recipe together. Apply all over the body in a circular motion while in the shower. Massage into the body for 1-3 minutes. Rinse with warm water then with cool. Pat dry.

If you make a larger batch then store in the fridge between uses. The recipe will last 10-14 days refrigerated.

Manual lymphatic drainage also improves circulation to the skin. Click here for more information!

 

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Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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A short video I created comparing juicers:

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Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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Dry Skin Brushing: Benefits and Tutorial  

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Many people carefully ten to the skin on their face, regularly exfoliating, cleansing, and moisturizing. But when’s the last time you tended to the skin on the rest of your body?

Your skin is your largest organ, after all, and there is one simple step you can add to your morning routine that can greatly improve its health - dry skin brushing.

I’m not only referring to your skin’s aesthetic appearance, either (although many would agree this is important too). The benefits of dry skin brushing go beyond skin deep, offering whole-body benefits to your health.

Skin Brushing: 7 Key Benefits

 

Your skin is a complex system made up of nerves, glands, and cell layers that, when healthy, serves as a buffer that helps protect your body from extreme temperatures and chemicals.

It also produces antibacterial substances to protect you from infection and enables your body to produce vitamin D when exposed to the sun. Your skin even contains densely packed nerve cells that act as messengers to your brain, making your skin a crucial part of your interactions with the world around you.

Another crucial role your skin plays is supporting optimal detoxification. But if your skin is overrun with toxins of dead skin cells, it will not be able to eliminate wastes from your body efficiently.

This is where dry skin brushing an be invaluable, not only in brushing off dead skin cells but also inactivating waste removable via your lymph nodes. Beyond this, dry skin brushing offers multiple BENEFITS including:

  1. Stimulating Your Lymphatic System

In your body, your lymphatic system is the system responsible for eliminating cellular waste products. Hundreds of miles of lymphatic tubules allow waste to be collected from your tissues and transported to your blood for elimination, a process referred to as lymphatic drainage.

When your lymphatic system is not working properly, waste and toxins can build up and make you sick. Lymphatic congestion is a major factor leading to inflammation and disease. By stimulating your lymphatic system and helping it release toxins, dry skin brushing is a powerful detoxification aid.

 

  1. Exfoliation

 

Dry skin brushing removes dead dry skin, improving appearance, clearing your clogged pores, and allowing your skin to “breathe.”

  1. Increasing Circulation

 

When you dry brush your skin, it increases circulation to your skin, which encourages the elimination of metabolic waste.

  1. Reducing Cellulite

 

Dry skin brushing may help to soften hard fat deposits below the skin while distributing fat deposits more evenly. This may help to diminish the appearances of cellulite.

Dry brushing is also said to help reduce cellulite by removing toxins that may break down connective tissue, although some believe the effect is temporary (and mostly a result of sin becoming more plump and swollen after brushing). The Huffington Post reported.

“When we’d heard dry skin brushing was an effective method for reducing cellulite, we knew we had to include it in our anti-cellulite road test. Sure enough, it was indeed one of the more successful ways to smooth away less-than-perfect spots on your legs.”

 

  1. Stress Relief

 

The act of dry brushing has been described as meditative (especially if you do it in a quiet space) and may reduce muscle tension, calm your mind, and relieve stress. Many compare it to a light whole-body massage.

  1. Improving Digestion and Kidney Function

 

Dry skin brushing may go even deeper, helping to support your digestion and organ function. According to one skin care and spa expert.

“…many naturopathic doctors use dry brushing to help with bloating because massaging the lymph nodes helps the body shed excess water and toxins. One of the immediate effects of dry brushing is smoother skin, but it can also help improve digestion, kidney function, and more.”

 

  1. It’s Invigorating!

 

Many people become “addicted” to dry skin brushing (in a good way) because it simply feels good. Along with glowing and tighter skin, regular dry skin brushers report feeling invigorated after a quick session.

Brushing: How to Do It First you’ll need a high-quality dry brush. Look for one with bristles made from natural materials. They should feel stiff but not overly so. Ideally choose a brush with a long handle so you can reach your entire back and other hard-to-reach spots.

Dry skin brushing should be done daily for best results, or even twice a day if you like. Try incorporating it into your normal daily routine, such as doing your brushing before your morning shower and then again after work (avoid doing it too close to bedtime, as it might leave you feeling energized).

When brushing, always brush toward your heart, which is best for circulation and your lymphatic system. You can brush your entire body (including the soles of your feet). Start at your feet and work your way up your legs to your arms, chest, back, and stomach. Avoid brushing your face (unless you have a special brush designed for this delicate skin), your genitals, or any areas with irritations or abrasions (including varicose veins).

The pressure you apply while brushing your skin should be firm but not painful (avoid “scrubbing”). Your skin should be pink after a session (not red or irritated) and you can brush for as long (or as little as you’d like. An average dry brushing session may last between two and 20 minutes.

The investment in dry skin brushing is small – you can find a high-quality brush for under $20 – but the pay-off is large. If you’ve never tried it you’re likely to be pleasantly surprised.

The following routine can help you remove excess flakes to reveal the glowing skin underneath:

  1. Use a dry body brush to get rid of flakes, stimulating your lymphatic system for a few minutes on your dry skin before getting wet.
  2. Avoid using soap or use the least amount possible, especially in winter or in dry climates, as this may promote and aggravate dry skin.
  3. Instead, apply a natural body scrub to exfoliate your skin (also apply this to your skin before getting wet, and choose one that also contains oil to moisturize)
  4. After your shower, apply a heavy natural body butter or naturally moisturizing oil (not mineral oil or baby oil) to help seal in moisture; coconut oil works well for this purpose.

Happy dry skin brushing!

Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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Join Our Guided 5 Day Juice Fast-Holiday Edition

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Fast Dates: December 8- 12, 2014

Format: Recipe ebook, Shopping list, Videos and Live Q&A Call

Location: Virtual (accessible to anyone who has internet!)

Course Price: $150.00

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Our super successful 5 Day Juice Fast is now guided by Dr. Jen Stanley! We are pleased to invite you to join us December 8th.

Shed what has weighed you down, and reveal your most radiant self…truly the greatest gift you can give yourself this holiday season!

I do a 5 day juice fast this time every year and I never get sick in the winter. This is the best way to boost your immune system, gain mental clarity, and restore a sense of emotional balance” Dr. Jen Stanley

A 5 day juice fast is the most powerful thing you can do to restructure your body and change your biochemistry. Let Dr. Stanley lead you on this transformational journey. You will be a whole new person, fully ready for the Holidays and beyond!

What our guided juice fast offers:

  • You will receive thorough guidance around what’s needed for a successful fast
  • What liquids to consume & in what quantities
  • A collection of juice recipes specially selected to best support and facilitate your fast
  • a shopping list to make getting ready a cinch
  • How to best store your juices
  • How to deal with hunger and social situations
  • How to read & interpret your body’s shifts and signals throughout the fasting journey
  • What props and practices to employ to maximize the benefits
  • How to accentuate the fasting experience
  • How to move through the fast gracefully, and with ease.

Benefit from the guidance of Dr. Stanley as well as:

  • A recorded pre-fast instructional video with Dr. Stanley
  • Access to a private video library with “how-to” support on managing your body’s shifts and signals during the fast, Qigong breathing techniques, how to skin brush, wash produce properly, which juicer yields the most juice, and many more helpful and supportive tips
  • Bonus videos from Dr. Stanley, to offer you additional support in the first days
  • A private Facebook group should you desire more handheld support and a forum to get your questions answered
  • A 1 hour Q&A live group call hosted by Dr. Stanley for support and interpretation of what your body’s experiencing. Live Q&A Call will be on Wednesday Dec. 10th at 7:30pm

10% off if you cleanse with a friend! *email info@fromscratchwellness.com

What a well executed 5 day juice fast can accomplish:

  • Release of excess weight ,water & gas pressure
  • Restore cells, tissues and bodily fluid to a strong, non-pathogenic state
  • Strengthen and tighten the tissues
  • Fine-tune your physique
  • Strengthen the immune system
  • Restore & regenerate the intestinal tract
  • Alleviate chronic illness, and revitalize the organs
  • Boost your digestive system
  • Reveal glowing, youthful skin
  • Elevate the perception through which you see yourself and the world!
  • Expect to feel like a kid again, with sky rocketing energy and more creativity than you will know what to do with.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to be guided step by step through the most transformative 5 days of your life!

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How To Use a Neti Pot

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How to use a neti pot using basic saline water or adding herbs to strengthen the immune boosting factor! Watch, Listen and Learn

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Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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Stay Health with 5 Travel Must Haves

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On the eve of embarking on a trip to Guatemala I smile to myself as I think of how my style of traveling has changed over the years. When I was in college, I studied in Italy for a year and seemed to be able to travel at the drop of a hat. Give me a toothbrush and an extra pair of underwear and socks and I was ready to go. Now, I check and recheck my quart sized bag of 3 oz. bottles of anti-bacterial essential oils, homeopathic remedies and probiotics. I couldn't imagine every traveling without them. I like to think I've gotten wiser over the years and now "know better" rather than believing I have become a germaphobe. The parasitology courses I took for my naturopathic degree could have something to do with my need to wipe down handles and remote controls in hotel rooms.  I wanted to share with you my 5 favorite traveling buddies. 

 

Here are my 5 traveling must haves:

 

1. Organic lavender essential oil. A potent anti-bacterial that can be swabbed in your nasal passages before entering an aircraft to protect you from the germs in the recycled air on the flight. Reapply every 2 hours while in flight. 

 The water in the lavatories on planes have been found to be polluted. Instead of washing your hands in the lavatory, rub a few drops of lavender into your hands to cleanse. 

Wipe down all door knobs and locks, remote controls, light switches, etc in your hotel room with a few drops of lavender oil on a tissue to cleanse those surfaces the public touches the most. 

 

2. Quad Parasite Tincture. An herbal blend of black walnut hull, quassia, wormwood and cloves designed by Dr. Hulda Clark, a parasitologist. Dr. Clark found a series of different parasites, fungus', and bacteria usually correlated to specific illnesses. Read her books', 'A Cure for all Diseases', for more information. I take 4 ml of this tincture 2 times a day while traveling to prevent food poisoning or picking up any other bug that may cause constipation, diarrhea or any other digestive distress. 

 3. Lugol's iodine. Taking 4 drops of lugol's in a 1/4 cup of water 4 times a day for 4 days affective with E. coli, a bacteria naturally in the body though drinking from an unclean water source may create an overgrowth problem. Avoid if you have a shellfish allergy since most iodine is usually made from sea vegetables. Check your source. 

 4. Neti Pot. Once I arrive at my destination I will put 3 drops of lavender essential oil in saline water and pass it through my nose with a neti pot. That usually boosts my energy and prevents me from feeling traveling fatigue.

 5. Still point inducer.  I don't leave home without mine. Great for headaches, tight neck muscles, and to remedy a poor night's sleep in an uncomfortable hotel bed. Lay on it for 15 minutes and feel relief quickly. 

 

I wish you safe and healthy travels. 

What do you love to travel with? 

 

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Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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30 minute Health Podcasts: Episode 5-Yerba Mate!

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Is your health worth the cost of organic foods? 

 Are you an underearner and think that you can't afford to eat healthy. 

How do you budget your grocery bill? 

Hear about our experience with Overcoming Underearning 6 week tele-seminar with life coach Maripat Abbott. Change your relationship with money and watch how it impacts your health. 

 Join our bimonthly 30 minute Health Podcasts hosted by Comedian/Storyteller Mary Pat Bohan of Jumping the Fence Health. Mary Pat will be interviewing Traditional Naturopath Jen Stanley on topics related to YOU. 

 This episode's topics include:

Are you over 30 years old and wondering if your diet is worsening your seasonal allergies?

 Can you identify when you are Emotional Eating? 

What tools are in your toolbox for breaking the Emotional Eating cycle? 

 Join Mary Pat in her Kickin' Coffee to the Curb with Yerba mate! Check out Mary Pat's favorite Yerba mate shop, Dave's Tea in Chicago. Great assortment of fruity yerba mates.  

Participate in our 30 minute health podcast by emailing your questions, curiosities and personal health successes to marypatbohan@jumpingthefencehealth.com.

Interested in finding a natural solution to your health questions?

What natural therapies are available to you? Why would you want to try them?

 

Hold on to your hat and prepare to learn something new. 

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20 second Herbal Insect Repellant Cream

ImageOne of my favorite things about summer is movies in the park. Last night, Festival Park in Elgin kicked off their Thursday night summertime movie series with Kung Fu Panda. The air was a perfect blend of popcorn and citronella as I staked out my little plot of grass. I used to love these types of community event when I was growing up in Des Plaines. The park was 2 blocks from my house and the summer block party was always a highlight of my childhood. I would decorate my banana seat bike with streamers and enter the parade every year. At night, after a head to toe spraying of insect repellant we would race to the night time movie lugging our brown bag of popcorn with butter starting to leak out of the bottom. I'd lose interest in watching the Yellow Submarine and fall asleep on the blanket with greasy fingers, hair smelling like citronella, and needing a coat of Calamine lotion. Mmmmmm, summer. 

As I look around me I realize times have changed this classic pastime slightly. Our local library is selling raffle tickets to win the VIP seating which consists of a battered green sofa roped off with yellow police tape for gravitas. Although I'm slightly jealous of the raffle winner sitting on the sofa I don't know if you really want to be the one on the "inside" of the police tape. 

As the movie starts up I'm impressed that the screen is 4 times the size I remember and the sound is perfect. I lay back and smile as the 8 year old boy on the blanket beside me begins to recite the entire movie. 

 

Enjoy your summer nights mosquito and tick free with these natural suggestions:

Essential oils provide protection from deer ticks, mosquitos and chiggers. 

Lemon Eucalyptus and citronella dissuade chiggers, mosquitos and ticks. 

Herbaria company has a blend of lemon eucalyptus and citronella called Citronella Mist. 

Or make your own 20 second herbal insect cream. 

 

20 Second Herbal Insect Repellant Cream

2 oz. organic unscented body cream

5 drops cedarwood essential oil

5 drops juniper berry essential oil

5 drops geranium essential oil

15 drops lemon scented eucalyptus essential oil

 Mix together and massage into skin. Store in an air tight container. 

Other essential oils with insect repellant qualities include bergamot, cypress, eucalyptus, lavender, lemongrass, patchouli and rosemary.

Feel free to mix and match into your cream base for variety. 

 

Homeopathic Gel for Mosquito and Spider bites, and Bee stings.

If you do get bit by mosquitos, bees or spiders try using homeopathic Sting Stop  to help with itching and swelling. 

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Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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Episode 4: Cacao! Huh? 30 minute Health Podcast

ImageFrom Scratch Wellness is Expanding with Health and Healing through Conversation. 

What does your bloated belly and a World War 2 fighter airplane have in common? Listen to the story here! 

Join our bimonthly 30 minute Health Podcasts hosted by Comedian/Storyteller Mary Pat Bohan of Jumping the Fence Health. Mary Pat will be interviewing Traditional Naturopath Jen Stanley on topics related to YOU.

Learn ways to travel and still stay gluten free using the handy gluten free passport app! Eat healthy at the airport by finding local raw chips and kale salads at O'Hare airport.

Have you tried to make cookie dough using raw cacao? 

Taste what you have been missing at our Sunday July 14th Raw Foods That Heal workshop hosted in Elgin at the Elgin Artspace, 51 S. Spring St. Elgin IL 60120. Registration is required by July 12th so sign up today!

Listen to our discussion on colonics and enemas and how they impact digestive health.

Participate in our 30 minute health podcast by emailing your questions, curiosities and personal health successes to marypatbohan@jumpingthefencehealth.com.

Interested in finding a natural solution to your health questions?

What natural therapies are available to you? Why would you want to try them?

Hold on to your hat and prepare to learn something new.

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Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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Episode 3: Coffee! 30 minute Health Podcast Series

ImageFrom Scratch Wellness is Expanding with Health and Healing through Conversation. 

 

Is coffee contributing to my restless legs syndrome? Can YOU break your coffee addiction with the help of Yerba mate?  

Listen here to our bimonthly 30 minute Health Podcasts hosted by Comedian/Storyteller Mary Pat Bohan of Jumping the Fence Health. Mary Pat will be interviewing Traditional Naturopath Jen Stanley on topics related to YOU.

Do you know why sea vegetables are so important to women's health? Hijiki, nori, kombu, arame, wakame? Say what?!!? What are sea vegetables anyway?

How do sea vegetables affect thyroid, breast, and uterine health? 

Listen to our podcast then visit www.edenfoods.com for OVER 144 free recipes to help you incorporate more sea vegetables into your diet.

 ALSO, 

Learn more by signing up for my July 14th Raw Foods for Healing workshop and sample my favorite seaweed salad recipe.

Participate in our 30 minute health podcast by emailing your questions, curiosities and personal health successes to marypatbohan@jumpingthefencehealth.com.

Interested in finding a natural solution to your health questions?

What natural therapies are available to you? Why would you want to try them?

Empower yourself with natural wisdom and trust your gut. 

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Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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Episode 2: Beans! a 30 minute Health Podcast

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Did you know that your protein levels change when your under stress, recovering from surgery, trying to lose weight, and/or endurance training?

Listen here to our bimonthly 30 minute Health Podcasts hosted by Comedian/Storyteller Mary Pat Bohan of Jumping the Fence Health. Mary Pat will be interviewing Dr. Stanley on topics related to YOU.

 

Do you know why sea vegetables are so important to women's health? How do sea vegetables affect thyroid, breast, and uterine health? What are sea vegetables anyway?

 

Who knew learning could be this much fun! 

Educational and hilarious at the same time. You won't want to miss an episode with these two creatives. 

 

Participate in our 30 minute health podcast by emailing your questions, curiosities and personal health successes to marypatbohan@jumpingthefencehealth.com.

 

Interested in finding a natural solution to your health questions?

What natural therapies are available to you? Why would you want to try them?

 

Hold on to your hat and prepare to learn something new.

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Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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Tony Robbins Peak Performance Workshop coming to Elgin

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A FREE Tony Robbins Peak Performance Workshop

Workshop Benefits:

  • The 3 actions you absolutely must take to be successful under any market conditions. 
  • The 2 obstacles that are dramatically limiting your sales and how to conquer them.
  • The fastest method to double your sales without spending a penny.
  • How to master your follow-up, the keys to your success.
  • How to develop an unshakable, unstoppable mindset that will give you the unfair competitive advantage.
  • Inspiring Strong Leadership
  • Learn the powerful strategies of prospecting and generating referrals. 

Our Trainer: Scott Gass

Date and Time: Tuesday June 18, 2013 at 7:30pm-8:30pm

Location: The Elgin Artspace Lofts (in Community Room)

    51 S. Spring St. Elgin IL 60120

    Sponsored by From Scratch Wellness

The workshop is FREE however space is limited so please pre-register by calling 630-945-3867 or email info@fromscratchwellness.com

 

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Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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Episode 1: 30 minute Health Podcast Series

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From Scratch Wellness is Expanding with Health and Healing through Conversation. 

Listen here to our bimonthly 30 minute Health Podcasts hosted by Comedian/Storyteller Mary Pat Bohan of Jumping the Fence Health. Mary Pat will be interviewing Dr. Stanley on topics related to YOU.

 

Who knew learning could be this much fun! 

Educational and hilarious at the same time. You won't want to miss an episode with these two creatives. 

 

Participate in our 30 minute health podcast by emailing your questions, curiosities and personal health successes to marypatbohan@jumpingthefencehealth.com.

 

Listen here for answers, tidbits and healthy tips to:

 

Why are almonds helpful for Diabetics?

If eating nuts hurts your jaw here's a solution!!

Enzymes can keep me from bloating and being gassy! What?? Tell me more.

Do YOU know which bean has the most protein? 

 

Interested in finding a natural solution to your health questions?

What natural therapies are available to you? Why would you want to try them?

 

Stay tuned and prepare to have your mind blown.

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Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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Colon Hydrotherapy and me

ImageI recently participated in a mega-adventure…Colon Hydrotherapy!   I’m a Chicago gal and I’ve eaten my fair share of hotdogs, beef sandwiches and deep-dish pizza. Until my colon hydrotherapy session, I would never let my health-kicks interfere with my social life.  I enjoy the freedom to eat dinner without restrictions.  What I’m about to describe is based on my perception of the experience, as a non-tree-hugging-wants-to-be-healthier-and-prevent-future-health-problems-forty-year-old-woman. That’s Me! 

 

When Dr. Jennifer Stanley, a certified Traditional Naturopath and certified colon hydrotherapist, asked if I would be interested in colon hydrotherapy, I was intrigued. From what I heard, colon hydrotherapy cleans trapped gook out of the intestinal track; gook that maybe wouldn’t come out through a body’s natural functioning.  Because I’m hyper sensitive, I always feel like I’m walking around with at least five pounds of emotional baggage weighing me down, plus another five pounds of stagnant gook in my tummy.  Additionally, I’m constantly searching for solutions to feel better, emotionally and physically, on a daily basis.  Needless to say, I thought about Dr. Jen’s question for about three seconds, and blurted out, “Sure! Why not?”

 

Before I go into the specifics of my appointment, I’m going to address a few burning questions regarding colon hydrotherapy.  First, colon hydrotherapy is the entry of water into the body for purposes of cleansing the colon. The positive effects emanate to other body parts, including the kidneys, liver, sinus cavity, and skin. However, colon hydrotherapy is not taken orally.  It’s not a magic drink, capsule, or condensed green food chewy. 

 

That’s right! What I’m talking about goes in through your rear end, back door, kiester, your ass.  As described on Dr. Jen’s website, FromScratchWellness.com, “Colon hydrotherapy is the gentle introduction of warm filtered water into the large intestine. Water may encourage the release of congested fecal waste and trapped impurities.”  And yes, it not only encourages the release of fecal waste, it makes it happen. It did for me anyway.  Water went in and the gook came out.  

 

Another question that requires immediate attention has to do with the therapy equipment coordinating with my body parts. There’s a hose for clean water to go in and a hose for dirty water to come out. That’s two hoses and I have one butt-hole. How? 

 

Yes, it all happens through that hole…the poop-shoot hole.  And, yes, there is a hose that sends the warm filtered water into your body and another hose for the dirty water to exit your body.  However, it doesn’t all happen at the same time.  Ohhhhhh!!! The warm filtered water in gently “introduced” into your intestinal body parts.  Then, with the flip of a switch, the water flow stops and the waste water comes out “Uranus” and runs through the other tube which is designated for the poopy water. Both tubes are attached to a speculum, which is a nozzle, and if you’re imaginative like me, you’ll see that it does possess penis like qualities. 

 

Let’s expand on the speculum, shall we?  The speculum is lubricated and inserted into the hiney-hole.  

 

What’s that like?  

 

Well, if you’ve engaged in anal sex, you probably won’t bat an eyelash.  If you’ve never engaged in anal sex, then it may seem a little scary.  Maybe “scary” isn’t the right word.  Perhaps the following words better describe the speculum insertion: foreign, strange, surprising.  I assure you, there’s absolutely no sphincter ripping or pain, just the gentle insertion, provided Dr. Jen’s instruction. There are two speculum sizes: standard and large. Neither size is larger than any bowel movement I’ve ever taken.  According to Dr. Jen, women transition to the larger speculum after the first session, but men usually stay with the standard size. Reason why…anatomy.  

 

Just try to relax and go with it!

 

Now that your burning questions have been answered, let me take you through my experience with colon hydrotherapy. To kick-off the session, Dr. Jen brought me to the room where the procedure was about to take place. She thoroughly explained every piece of equipment: hoses, speculum, leak-protection-table padding, the big machine that does all the work, and the reflexology machine. The hoses attach to what I call the Big Mac, as in big machine, and it sits quietly in the corner of the room. The front of the Big Mac has a few knobs, gages, and switches, which Dr. Jen controls during the session. However, the most important feature of the Big Mac is the illuminated window containing the waste hose that is visible throughout the session. 

 

During the preview, I asked Dr. Jen several additional questions, which she answered thoroughly and without hesitation:

Q. “Will I fart?”

A. “No!”

Q. “Will it smell?” 

A. “No! It is a closed system procedure, which means there are no smells or sounds.”

Q. “Will I have an accident in my pants on the way home?”

A. “No! Through the basic functioning of the body’s peristaltic system, everything will come out during the session or in the bathroom immediately following the session.” 

 

I blurted out my fear that the waste would come running out of me while walking from the therapy table to the bathroom. She reminded me that my body controls my rectum when I normally have the urge to poop, as I will do the same between the table and her bathroom.  Phew! I proudly announced that I cleaned my butt-hole really well for the occasion.  Dr. Jen thanked me and commented that it is normal to find toilet paper remnants down there.  I assured her that would NOT happen with me.

 

I went into the bathroom, took off all articles of clothing, put on a robe with the opening in the back, and a pair of warm comfy socks.  Here we go! I walked back across the hallway to the colon hydrotherapy room.  Using a step stool, I sat on the table and then lay down on my left side, facing away from Dr. Jen. The lubricated speculum was inserted into my butt-hole and the waste line was attached. I rolled over onto my back, looking at the ceiling, as my own body weight held the speculum in place.  Dr. Jen placed support under my knees and propped up my pillow so that I had a clear view of the waste hose running through the Big Mac. 

 

With the flip of a switch, Dr. Jen turned on the filtration system and the process began. First, there was an introduction of water into my rectum via the speculum. I felt the sensation. Then, she flipped the switch for the release and I felt the water drain from my body. Next, she turned on the water flow and I felt my midsection fill up.  Dr. Jen asked if I was feeling full, and when I signaled she immediately switched off the water flow.  If a certain amount of time goes by, Dr. Jen will turn off the water flow, regardless, to allow the release.  For me, the water insertion flow took about five minutes each time. The process happens according to each individual’s own body rhythm. As my body released, the water moved in little waves through the Big-Mac.  Then, about halfway through the session, the release started to get interesting.  I watched as fecal waste emptied from my body. Never did I think seeing my own poop would be so fascinating.  I actually screamed, “Here it comes!  It’s coming out of me!” 

 

During the release, I experienced some cramping.  Dr. Jen instructed me to take three deep breadths, which helped greatly.  Cramps, most likely, lead to a kick-ass release and for me, it did. I gazed in amazement as a large amount of crap streamed through the waste hose.  Dr. Jen explained that the cramping is caused by water going up against an air bubble or a piece of hard waste stuck in my colon. The water would gently encourage the chunk off the wall of my colon and it would come out with the rest of the good stuff.  

 

To facilitate the release process, Dr. Jen covered the top of my belly with warm castor oil and a heating pad. She informed me that castor oil is used to relax inflamed or tight muscles. As the release began to produce results, Dr. Jen massaged my stomach. It felt great!  She also performed reflexology to stimulate my intestine.  She massaged my feet using both her hands and the reflexology machine; a bonus service that I found to be excellent. 

 

During the session, a significant amount of attention was paid to my body. I realized how neglectful I am to my intuitive self; ignoring the signals my body sends in great attempts to communicate with my mind.  As I lay there on the table, I felt a joining of mind, body, and spirit.  As Dr. Jen massaged my feet, I took in the experience.  It was not only a release of fecal matter, but also a release of myself, the person who forces me to be me.  There, on the table, I was feeling the real me, the unattached me, the being. I realized this process is more than a physical cleansing. I was experiencing a cleansing of my thought process. It became clear that I am quite capable of interfering with my intuitive self.  The saying, “follow your gut” came to mind.  Yes, the more I take care of my body and make smart decisions about what I consume, the easier it will be to follow my gut. 

 

I had come this far and I didn’t want to jeopardize the healing effects of the colon hydrotherapy. I asked Dr. Jen for recommendations of what and what not to consume based on my current eating habits.  She provided easy to follow suggestions specific to my lifestyle, body type, and symptoms.  She also explained, that the symptoms of each individual depends on the location of the fecal impaction in their colon. I listed a few of my own symptoms, which I thought were just part of adulthood: headaches, sinus pressure, hip pain and most importantly, the dip in my energy level mid-day, every day. I became hopeful that I would rid myself of these life obstacles.  Dr. Jen named a few other symptoms she frequently addresses as a Naturopathic, which include: depression, anxiety, skin irritation, memory loss or foggy thinking. The list goes on and includes serious life altering illnesses and diseases.  Amazing!  

 

When the hour was up and my session came to an end, Dr. Jen asked me to roll over onto my left side.  The speculum was gently removed from my hiney-hole.  Dr. Jen handed me a wad of toilet paper to hold up to my backdoor, just in case, and I was off to the bathroom.  I sat on the potty and gravity took over. My body released the left over waste water from my intestine. It was kind of a lot and, to be honest, was really interesting to look at. It resembled animal feed and small wood chips. No kidding! It was disgusting and gratifying at the same time. After spending a little while on the pot, I didn’t feel any pressure or stomach churning and I knew I was done. 

 

I flushed the toilet five times, washed my hands three times, and got dressed.  To conclude the session, Dr. Jen met me in her private sitting room with a mug of water mixed with Emergen-C; it tasted refreshing and delicious.  On my way home, I was filled with a sense of peace knowing that the colon hydrotherapy session pushed me down the path toward a healthier life. I’ve consumed a green shake from Dr. Jen’s ebook, Get Your Glow On, everyday since my appointment and I feel good. Really good!

 

Mary Pat Bohan, April 2013

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Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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Week 4: Recipe 4 The Green Shake Challenge

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My mom has a very whimsical sense of gardening. It's not unusual to find a head of red leaf lettuce, lavender, marigolds and a zucchini plant all sharing residence in the same planter. It's not by chance that these various forms of vegetation find themselves coexisting, its mom's version of random gardening. According to mom, the fun of gardening is not so much what grows but where it grows.

As I pulled into my parent's driveway Easter morning I was not surprised when my boyfriend asked "are those Peeps on bamboo skewers sticking out of the hanging flower pots alongside the garage?" I just shook my head and sighed "of course".

A week later I stopped by my folks house and was genuinely surprised to still see the Peeps in the flower pots completely untouched. I walked into their house proclaiming even the animals know there is no nutritional value in those things outside.

I dedicate this week's green shake recipe to the intelligence of animals everywhere, we have a lot to learn from you.

Recipe 4: Give Peace A Chance, Not Peeps

1 cup curly leaf kale

1 celery rib

1/2 cup broccoli florets

1/2 pear

3/4 cup frozen berries

1/4 cup raw sunflower seeds

1/2 cup water

1/2 cup ice cubes

Blend together and enjoy!

How have you enjoyed your month of green shakes? 

 

Have you noticed any changes? 

 

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Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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Week 3: Recipe 3 Green Shake Challenge

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Now that you have been enjoying a green shake everyday for over 2 weeks how do you feel? 

 

What have you noticed about your energy? skin? PMS? sleep? 

 

We love to hear your feedback and in the meantime enjoy this week's recipe.

 

Popeye's Shake

1 cup organic spinach leaves

1 cup organic arugula

1 celery rib

1  organic pear

¼  cups frozen or fresh organic blueberries

¼ lemon, peeled

¼ cup raw organic almonds

1 cup water

1 cup ice cubes

 

Blend together and enjoy!

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Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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Week 2: Recipe 2 of the Green Shake Challenge

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I returned from a scuba trip to Cozumel this past week and caught a cab from Midway airport. While my boyfriend and I made small talk with the cab driver I noticed in his cup holder was a water bottle with a green liquid in it. I got so excited I blurted out "Sir, is that a green smoothie in your water bottle!" I could see his surprise in the rear view mirror as he laughed and started explaining how his wife makes him one everyday to try to make him healthy. " She just blends up some vegetables and I don't know whatever else she puts in these things but she insists I take one to work everyday". We encouraged him to keep it up and shared how much we love our green smoothies.

Later that day I thought how awesome it would be if all cab drivers drove around drinking green smoothies. What a perfect world that would be.

Enjoy this week's smoothie and post your comments with us.

Recipe # 2: The Green Cabbie

¼ cucumber

2 celery ribs

1 cup spinach leaves

½ cup  napa cabbage leaves

½  lime peeled

¼  lemon peeled

¼ orange peeled

2 Tbsp raw sunflower seeds

½  cup water

½  cup ice cubes

Blend together and enjoy!

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Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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The What and How of Qigong?

ImageQi" means energy or life force, "Gong" means movement. 

Qigong is the practice of intentional breathing techniques. The belief of many Qigong practitioners is that our blood follows the direction of our breath. Therefore, by intentionally breathing into a specific area of our body we can improve the blood flow to that area.

Internal and External Qigong: What is the Difference

There are various types and styles of Qigong.

Internal Qigong focuses on improving the health of the internal body through improved blood flow through various organs. The 5 Elements Qigong series focuses on the flow of Qi through the 5 main organs of detoxification (Liver, Heart, Pancreas, Lungs and Kidney).

External Qigong focuses on protecting our external energy field (aura).

  • Are you energetically drained by work, family or friends?
  • How do you pack and store energy for a busy work week, a needy friend, or a family gathering?
  • Could your overall energy level use a boost?

External Qigong is the type of Qigong for you!

Resources for Classes, Training, Workshops, and Guided CD's

I have only listed resources that I have personally attended or experienced. There are many more out there so if none of these resonate for you try someone or someplace else. When the student is ready the teacher will appear.

Internal Qigong Resources: 

Spring Forest Qigong offers guided Qigong CDs (30minute Small Universe CD is my favorite for relaxing neck, head and face tension), six week Webinar series on various aspects of Qigong, workshops and training programs.

Martha Blane hosts week long retreats in Hawaii and California and teaches the 5 Elements and ZBE breathing techniques. She also teaches weekly classes in CA.

From Scratch Wellness offers workshops, group and private classes in 5 Elements, ZBE breathing techniques, and Supreme Science External Qigong series.

External Qigong Resource:

Supreme Science Qigong offers 4 day Qigong intensive workshops for $99 and they are an accredited CEU provider. They offer Qigong DVDs, instructional books and a tab on their website to find a certified instructor in your area.

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Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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4 Week Green Shake Challenge

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Join me for a 4 week Green Shake Challenge!

Visit my blog site every Saturday morning for the next week's new green shake recipe!

 

Want more smoothie/shake variety during your week? Download my Get Your Glow On ebook from http://www.fromscratchwellness.com/get-your-glow-on.php 

Enjoy over 30 GoGo Green Smoothie/Shake recipes!!

 

Why would I want to drink a green shake everyday? 

 

By increasing raw vegetables in our diet we can alkalinize our body's ph which helps us feel more energetic, experience more mental clarity, clear up our skin, and have better bowel habits. 

 

Why Liquify, Why Not Just Eat More Salads? 

 

Blending the vegetables assists the digestive process and encourages easier assimilation of the nutrients. Salads are excellent as well, however, most people do not chew their food 40 times each mouthful.

 

Why Is Chewing So Important?

 

Amylase, a digestive enzyme for starches is in our saliva and helps to break down the cellulose (vegetable fiber). So chew solid foods very well to incorporate that amylase in your food and even chew your green shake to assist the breaking down of the vegetable fiber. 

 

5 Steps to Making Green Shakes Easy To Prepare

 Assembling Your Green Shake Prep Kits:

  1.  Wash enough veggies and fruits at once for 7 days worth of green shakes. Spray your veggies and fruits in a Veggie Wash or Homemade Spray of (1 cup vinegar, 1 cup water, 2 Tbsp lemon juice, and 2 Tbsp baking soda). Soak for 5 minutes and rinse well.
  2.  Portion all the ingredients for 1 shake recipe (omitting the water, ice and flax oil) into a gallon size ziploc bag. Repeat this step 7 times. 
  3.  Store ziploc bags in the fridge.
  4.  Pull out one bag a day and pour all ingredients into your blender. Add water, ice, flax oil, or any other liquids that are listed in the recipe. 
  5.  Blend it up. Stick a straw in it and Enjoy!

 

This Week's Recipe:  Get Your Glow On Green Shake

 

1 cup organic romaine leaves

1/2 cup broccoli florets

½  organic granny smith apple

¼ lemon peeled

½  small organic carrot 

1/4 avocado, peeled and seeded

1/2 cup raw organic walnuts

½  cup water 

½  cup ice 

 

 

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Meet Jennifer Stanley

Traditional Naturopath & Colon Hydrotherapist

Jennifer Stanley is a board certified Traditional Naturopath, Colon Hydrotherapist, and the founder of From Scratch Wellness, a natural medicine wellness center with two locations in the Chicago area. Jen works with people in her office and around the world (via telephone sessions) to help them overcome health and emotional obstacles using food as medicine.

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