What is total health restoration?
As a naturopath, my goal is to give you tools to achieve total health restoration. One of the most important aspects of my job is to increase the ‘cushion’ between health and disease. Let me help you increase your cushion by taking simple steps you can use immediately to start to improve your health, reduce pain and support your immune system.
The ‘Food First’ philosophy is based on the idea that the body is designed to self-heal; when given the right food and proper nutrition the body can correct imbalances naturally, often without prescription medication or surgery.
After graduating from Michigan State University, I had a continuum of health issues that compromised my quality of life. When repeated prescriptions didn’t help and ended up doing more harm than good, I searched for natural healing therapies outside of traditional western methods. It wasn’t until I took a natural approach that my health dramatically improved.
Today, as a practitioner and speaker, I am inspired by helping people restore and improve their health. I believe health comes from the inside out and, with the correct nutritional information, is attainable by everyone. By taking small steps and making simple changes, people get results!
It is my desire to share the knowledge and experience I have with others so that everyone may have the opportunity to achieve optimal health. I am committed to teaching and consulting with those who want to learn how to feel better and live a healthy lifestyle.
How I got here
In 2013, I completed my Doctorate in Naturopathy. While earning my doctorate, I spent two years working as a nutritional counselor. To date, I have given over 75 health and wellness presentations to businesses and associations around the United States. I am also trained as a Nutrition Response Test Practitioner, specializing in women’s health.
Who can benefit
People come to see me for a variety of reasons; regardless of the reason, my goal is to give them the tools they need to get their body back in balance so it can begin to heal itself.
My clinical experience includes but is not limited to:
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Food Sensitivities
- Low Energy
- Thyroid Issues
- Hormonal Imbalance
- Cleanse Programs
- Detox and Detoxification
- Metal Toxicity
- Neurological Problems
- Fungal Issues and Candida
- Kidney Stones
- Ovarian Cysts
- Frequent Urination
- Head Aches and Migraines
- Weight Loss
- Acid Reflux
- Digestive Issues
- Memory Loss
- Pain and Inflammation
- Skin Issues (acne, eczema, psoriasis)
- Weakened Immune Systems
- Children’s Health
- Auto Immune Disease
- Chronic Cough
- Low Libido
How does the testing work?
By using various muscle testing techniques I am able to analyze the body to determine the underlying causes of symptoms. The method is based on finding the underlying cause of the problem and giving the body the proper tools to heal itself.
What can I expect in the first visit?
The first step involves a full health history, symptom survey and the muscle testing itself. The actual procedure is simple and direct, with your body providing all the information and feedback needed. By using the innate ability of the human cells and tissues, health is restored.
What are you testing for?
The objective is to determine a weak or strong arm based on the body’s neurological reflexes. These reflexes are the nervous systems way of communicating how the organs are doing, as the nervous system regulates the body’s functions. The testing includes organs, glands, joints and muscles.
Why does my arm go weak?
Energy flows throughout the body. It is how the nervous system communicates and controls the body’s functions. In order to test, the practitioner contacts the extended arm with one hand while contacting a specific reflex area with the other. If the tested reflex is stressed the nervous system responds by reducing energy to the extended arm and sends it to the stressed organ or body part. This will causes the extended arm to go weak, indicating stress or dysfunction in that area, which may be adversely affecting the overall health of the body. Once the underlying cause of the dysfunction is corrected by using proper nutrition the “weak” muscle response in your arm will be strong. Since I use your body and nervous system for analysis it is faster and often more accurate than lab tests. Additionally, there are no expensive machines, no drugs, surgery, needles or lab fees to cover.
How soon will I see improvement?
Although every case is different, clinically I have seen results as fast as 1-4 weeks. The closer one follows the recommendations, the faster the results.
How good do I have to be on this program?
Chronic health problems do not develop overnight, they develop years before they become a problem. Moreover, given the world we live in today, it isn’t uncommon to see additional issues from chemicals, metals, radiation, pollutants and other environmental toxins. Chronic problems and disease start in the body years before symptoms or blood work indicate something is wrong. Keep in mind that symptoms are the last thing to show up and the first thing to go away, once symptoms are gone it takes the body time to repair at the cellular level. The sooner and more diligent you are about taking control of your health, the faster you will see results. Your success is contingent on your commitment and willingness to change. As a practitioner, it is almost impossible to out-supplement a poor diet, thus if the diet is poor, the results will be much slower.
Do I really need supplements?
I often tell people that in terms of a ratio, supplements are 30% and diet is 70%. Being consistent with both is the best way to get the fastest results. When I first started seeing clients, I only advised people on better food choices; as a result, my success rate was abysmal. The reason for this was because food alone doesn’t bring change fast enough for people who are dealing with symptoms. Plus most people in America are nutrient deficient to some degree, in cases of deficiency it is almost impossible to eat enough food to correct the imbalance. So, when dealing mineral and vitamin deficiencies, toxicity, hormonal imbalances, immune dysfunction, emotional stress, pain and digestive issues, supplementation is required to get noticeable results fast.
In terms of foods and toxicity, today’s world is not the same as it was even 30 years ago. We are dealing with nutrient depleted soil, GMO’s and exposure to an unknown number of chemicals on a daily basis. Those factors alone make supplementation necessary for people to get and stay healthy.
How do I know I will get better?
There are some tough cases out there, and I don’t pretend to have all the answers. That said, the attitude and the mindset of the patient are the single most important determinants in their case. The difference between success and failure is the attitude of the patient. If you don’t trust your practitioner, find someone you do believe in because otherwise your lack of faith, lack of trust and lack of belief will undermine your treatment regardless of what it is. That said, over 95% of the people I work with clinically get better and report an improvement in their health.
When will I be be finished seeing you?
The answer to this question is simple, just like a car, your body will always need maintenance. The good news is the better care you take of your body the less maintenance you need. Without proper maintenance, problems can occur. In addition, the older we get the more likely it is that things will need to be ‘tuned up’. If you neglect to care for your body, you have a greater chance that something can go wrong. People who have been working with me for a while, generally see me once every 4-6 weeks to get checked and have their programs adjusted.
Change your life, change the world!
I believe that we are here to make the world a better place to live, now and in the future.
In order to facilitate positive change, a portion of Food First by Jennifer proceeds go to The Institute for Responsible Technology, a world leader that educates policy makers and the public about the risks of genetically modified organisms.