Thursday, May 5, 2016

A Free Jar of Avocado Oil Mayo, Just for You!

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  • Made from vinegar from non-GMO beets
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  • Made from only five of the highest quality ingredients—and you can pronounce all of them


Plus, this avocado oil mayonnaise is incredibly versatile. It’s absolutely delicious in everything from homemade ranch or ceasar dressing, to tuna or chicken salads, to fresh dips and sauces.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

The Face of Osteogenesis Imperfecta

Dear Readers,

photo of Jane Hash by
Alternative Noise Productions
I'm glad you stopped by my blog today because I have some fun news to share with you. First, there is some background information you should know. I have a rare connective tissue disorder called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI). This condition is caused by an 'imperfection' in the collagen. If you'd like to learn more about collagen and the role it plays in our bodies, I can suggest an interesting new book for you to check out. 

That brings us to the fun part of this post!

About three years ago I was very respectfully approached on Linkedin by James San Antonio, a Scientist who was working on his contribution to a publication in which he covers the topics of collagen and Osteogenesis Imperfecta. He was searching for an image of a person with OI to include with his research. However, the stock images of people with Osteogenesis Imperfecta that he had access to, were too clinical in nature for his liking. Then he came across the image above, of me looking studious in my glasses, red dress, and fishnets with pen and paper in hand.

I was (and still am) very flattered and impressed that a Scientist wanted my face to represent people with OI. The publication he was working on is now complete. It is called, We Discover, by Marc Guttman and Steven Mercado...and it can be purchased on Amazon by clicking this link!

Thanks again for stopping by! Come back soon!

Jane Hash

Sunday, January 3, 2016

Colon Hydrotherapy - part two

Now that I have two sessions of colon hydrotherapy under my belt, I am eager to share more details of my cleansing experience. Proponents of this procedure believe it has many redeeming health benefits. As I mentioned in Colon Hydrotherapy – part one, this practice of colon cleansing is not a new trend. However, all methods of administering this type of therapy are not created equal.

In part two of my colon hydrotherapy experience, I will share:
  • How colon hydrotherapy affected my body
  • How to find a qualified Colon Therapist near you
  • More photos of my experience

Most significant affects on my body

Spaciousness – The first change I noticed after only one session was the sensation of having extra room inside my body…particularly my abdominal area. I even felt more energetic! Considering the amount of waste I observed being removed from my body, this spacious sensation should not have taken me by surprise.

After each session I weighed myself but didn’t see any significant weight loss. This confused me because I feel lighter and my pants are looser on me than they previously were. Then, I noticed the change in my posture. I’m actually sitting straighter for longer amounts of time than I could beforehand. Could the weight of all that toxic material actually pull my body out of alignment? I don’t know the answer for sure but that is my current theory.

No Pressure – Prior to my first colon hydrotherapy session, I didn’t have any significant pain or discomfort to speak of…except for a minor pressure in my lower back every evening. I grew accustom to it and chalked it up to being a life-long, full-time wheelchair user in my forties. After my first session this pressure went away and has yet to return.

Realizing that my lower backpressure had gone away reminded me of something one of my natural health instructors told our class. He described how illness and disease could sneak up on people because we get used to our bodies feeling a certain way. We tend to accept any discomfort as just part of life or aging instead of listening to our body’s warnings. I accepted my lower backpressure as normal because of my sedentary lifestyle. This experience has definitely taught me to pay closer attention when my body is trying to tell me something.

Reset – Two sessions of colon hydrotherapy later, I feel like the eliminative channels of my body have been reset and rejuvenated. After my first session, I didn’t have a bowel movement for almost three days. Yet, after my second session, I had a bowel movement after about a day and a half. Now I am on a fairly regular schedule, depending on my food intake, of having two to three healthy bowel movements a day instead of one uncomfortable and less complete bowel movement per day.

The skin is the largest eliminative channel of the body and mine is more clear and radiant than it has been in years. Dry patches that have been my arch nemesis for quite a while are becoming less and less noticeable. I even find myself using less foundation and concealer when I wear makeup. My overall skin integrity has improved.
Respiratory issues have plagued me my entire life. My connective tissue disorder, extended exposure to cigarette smoke in my early years, and a painful overdose of anesthesia I suffered during my one and only surgery as a child, are all contributing factors. This time of year when the weather is in flux, I am usually sipping on my homemade, herbal, respiratory support syrup to fend of any asthma-like attacks. Since my colon hydrotherapy sessions began though, I have not reached for my respiratory support syrup once. Breathing is actually easier and my lungs feel less constricted.

Finding a Colon Therapist

Finding a Medical Spa or similar facility that offers colon hydrotherapy, also known as “colonic irrigation” or simply “a colonic”, is fairly easy. However, finding a facility that employs a certified colon therapist to insure your procedure is done safely will take a little research…but you are worth it!  

Personally, I will only have this procedure done by someone within the Angel of Water Network. These practitioners have had extensive colon health education. They are also trained by Lifestream Purification Systems, LLC; the manufacturer of the equipment used in this therapy. Plus, the Angel of Water system has been approved by the FDA and is used in hospitals around the world.

Should you reside or be visiting northeast Ohio, I recommend you contact Total Body Image if you are seeking a clean, safe, colon hydrotherapy session. For everyone else, within as well as outside the US, here is a link to the Angel of Water Network.

Pooparazzi 

As promised, here are a couple photos that were taken during my most recent colon hydrotherapy session. My goal in sharing these images is to help you make an educated decision regarding whether or not this therapy is right for you, instead of making a fear based choice based on horror stories we’ve all read on the internet.
As you look at these photos and ponder if this procedure is right for you, here are some details to keep in mind.
  • I am considered “medically fragile” due to my diagnosis of Osteogenesis Imperfecta, which also contributed to my development of scoliosis.
  • I am 41 years-old.
  • Before and after each procedure, I weighed 38lbs.
  • I am 31 inches tall.


If you would like to see a ‘part three’ of my colon cleansing journey, let me know in the comment section below!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Breakfast goes bananas over Coconut Cream

One of the products I raved about in the Thrive Market haul /review video I posted last week was organic Coconut Cream by Native Forest. 

There is no shortage of recipes that Coconut Cream can be used in but this is my current favorite that I like to make for breakfast. It is super easy to whip up and leaves plenty of room for creativity!

Breakfast goes bananas over Coconut Cream

NOTE: Put your can of Coconut Cream in the refrigerator the night before you intend to make this recipe. It helps the coconut fat solidify and makes it easier to use and more fun to eat! One can makes enough cream for two to three servings.
  • All the yummy cream will solidify and rise to the top of the can. So, turn your can of Coconut Cream upside down and open the bottom. 
  • Then pour off the the liquid off into a glass. This can be added to smoothies later.
  • Take a spoon and scoop out all the coconut cream solids into a bowl.
  • Add 1tsp of raw honey (to keep it vegan, use sugar or other sweetener instead.)
  • Then, whip the cream and honey together. You can use a wire whisk or an electric mixer. Whatever tool you decide to use, just make sure you whip it good! The consistency will be like a heavy cream instead of Cool Whip. Set aside.
  • Slice a banana and arrange on your plate or in your bowl. It's your breakfast. Eat it however you want!
  • Then, scoop your coconut cream on top of the banana slices.
  • Optional: Sprinkle a dash of Maca Root or cacao powder on top.
  • Store any remaining cream in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Get creative and share your results below!


Thursday, December 24, 2015

Food should be made out of food

Grocery shopping has finally become enjoyable and easy for me, thanks to Thrive Market.

This online health food store is structured like Costco and Sam's Club, in which there is an annual membership fee. It is absolutely worth it because the savings throughout the year can't be beat!

After being a satisfied Thrive Market shopper for the past few months, I have decided to become an affiliate member. That means, every time someone joins Thrive Market via this blog or one of my Tweets, I earn $25...hmmm, I wonder how many bags of hot fries that would buy...

The video below was intended to simply inform viewers about the many perks of shopping at Thrive Market. However, when my assistant got involved it turned into a comedy sketch. I hope you enjoy and let me know if you want us to make more!



Special thanks to:
Alternative Noise Productions for making this awesome video and Classy Little Fashions Foundation for providing my classy wardrobe.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Thrive Market - Cat Approved!


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Colon Hydrotherapy - part one

Recently, I had my first Colon Hydrotherapy session. It was life changing in a most positive way. Learning about different holistic wellness modalities is a passion of mine and I love to share with others, to support them on their holistic paths. In this two-part posting, I will share the following details of my Colon Hydrotherapy experience.

In part one, I will explain:
  • Why I decided to try Colon Hydrotherapy
  • Why I chose Total Body Image in northeast Ohio
  • How a Colon Hydrotherapy session is performed

The three main reasons I have incorporated Colon Hydrotherapy into my wellness routine.

Statistics – According to the Center for Disease Control, colorectal cancer is the second most deadly cancer in the United States. This type of cancer does not discriminate based on gender like some cancers do. Both men and women are equally at risk for developing this potentially fatal yet preventable illness.

Sage Wisdom – Native Americans have historically been known to use a combination of herbs, fasting, and sweating to remove toxins that build up within the body. One of my most trusted gurus of natural health, Dr. John Christopher, looked up to them and adopted their belief that the colon needed to be kept clean to prevent disease.

Then he met John Harvey Kellogg, who ran the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan. Kellogg taught him the medicinal value of hydrotherapy, in its many forms.

Christopher went on to establish The School of Natural Healing in 1953, where he pulled all of this sage wisdom together to share with his students…including me. The school is still thriving today and is where I earned my first Herbalist certification many years ago.

Sedentary Lifestyle – Activities such as standing, walking, and climbing stairs all stimulate the digestive system and play a vital role in healthy elimination of the bowels. The body is designed to move and when there is lack of movement is when issues can easily arise.

However, a full-time wheelchair-user with a very short and compressed stature like me can’t engage in these types of physical activities. My body responds much better to natural remedies than pharmaceutical drugs so; I decided to take a holistic approach to managing my colon health instead of relying on stool softeners and laxatives.

Since I have been on this holistic path, I have successfully maintained healthy bowel function with:
  • Exercise that is appropriate for my mobility level
  • Balanced Diet
  • Proper water intake
  • Eliminative herbs

Then I entered my 40’s… My bowel movements seemed a bit less complete and less frequent than they used to be. This indicated to me that my body’s needs had changed; therefore, I needed to find a new modality to support these changes.

Total Body Image

I have known about Colon Hydrotherapy for years but I didn’t know if it was a safe option for my body because of my connective tissue disorder, Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Now, after having my first session, I realize that part of the reason for my previous apprehension was because I did not fully understand the process.

Renee Bolz, Colon Hydrotherapist and Owner of Total Body Image, took the time to explain to me how a Colon Hydrotherapy session is performed. She also explained that she never had a client as small as me before and I truly appreciate that degree of honesty (I’m 31 inches and weigh 38 lbs). Before making a commitment to go through with the procedure, she even allowed me to do a ‘dry-run’ to see if the bed was safe and comfortable for me to lie on. This is the kind of customer service that gets my business!

How it works

In image one, you will see the type of bed I lied on for my treatment. The wedge pillow can move forward or backward for comfort and support. I had it moved forward quite a bit. The triangular open slot in the middle aligns with a client’s genital area.

IMAGE ONE
Typically, the client’s feet would rest at the top of the rise, opposite the wedge pillow. My legs are far too short for that so, I planted one foot on other side of the slot. This put me in a bit of a squatting position, which I believe was helpful.

Within the triangular open slot on the bed is a small tube. This is where people’s imaginations go wild (including mine) and they envision something between a shop vac and a power washer being inserted in their anus. That is most definitely not the case. The tube is very thin, like a pencil. The Colon Hydrotherapist applies some personal lubricant to the tube for easier insertion. It only goes into the anus 1.5 inches.

As soon as I made myself comfortable on the bed, with the tube inserted, it was time to turn the machine on! Referring to image one again, you will see the on/off buttons are directly above the grab bar.

The tall, upright portion of the system includes the water tank. I like that there is a window where the tank is so that I could watch the water level go down as I used it. Also, there is a mirror angled so that I could view the water and waste as it exited my body. The warm water flow is very gentle. Gravity does most of the work.
IMAGE TWO
It was a surprisingly comfortable experience in all. Image two is one of the therapy rooms at Total Body Image in northeast Ohio. As you can see, it is a very private and serene environment with towels for covering up during a treatment.

In part two, you can look forward to:
  • How Colon Hydrotherapy effected my body
  • How to find a qualified Colon Hydrotherapist near you
  • More photos