A Seasonal Newsletter from
Naturopathic Health Care
Amy Rothenberg ND & Paul Herscu ND, MPH

Spring 2020:
COVID-19 Epidemic
369 Pleasant Street Northampton, MA 01060
115 Elm Street, Suite 210, Enfield, CT 06082
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Dear Family, Friends, Patients, Students and Colleagues,

We hope that you and your loved ones are safe during this COVID-19 epidemic. As some of you may know, Dr. Herscu has been following worldwide epidemics for over 3 decades and writes updates on this topic in real time. If you have not seen them yet, you can read what he has written so far here: http://paulherscuepidemics.blogspot.com 

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Our main message is not to panic. Stay home as much as possible, keep up your healthy habits of living, follow CDC Public Health Guidelines for home, work and school, and check in on your loved ones and neighbors.

And for personal and family prevention, consider:

  • It's a perfect time to cut down on alcohol, sugar and refined foods
  • Vitamin C 1,000mg 
  • Vitamin D, 2,000IU
  • Zinc 10-15mg
  • Elderberry (Sambucas nigra) one teaspoon syrup daily
  • Mushroom Immune Formula that has several mushrooms, 2-3 times a week 
  • Resveratrol (may work with MERS-Cov) 500mg
  • Good rest, and enough sleep
  • Sufficient hydration
  • Practice stress reduction techniques and keep up with exercise!

There are plenty of additional recommendations with regard to supporting optimal immune health in our previous writings. In the first piece below, I focus on some of the Silver Linings that have come from the public health and health care recommendations.

Also please take a break from the news, get outside into the fresh air, and have some fun doing something you love. We are holding space for healing, for calm, and for sharing pertinent and accurate information in a timely fashion. And we're holding close the promise of spring!

Love & light,

Dr. Rothenberg has published a number of pieces related to this outbreak, and on the prevention and treatment of viral infections in general. 

Naturopathic recommendations regarding COVID-19  written by Dr. Rothenberg for the American Association of Naturopathic Doctors. 

The Basics on the (Seasonal) Flu Virus  written by Dr. Rothenberg for the Institute of Natural Medicine.

Here are the full links if you cannot click on the above:
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With the issuing of our ND licenses in Massachusetts, we are thrilled to be offering natural, integrative medicine to patients in the Pioneer Valley. During the Corona virus we will add in more time seeing patients remotely. Call the office to schedule an appointment 860.763.1225.
Recipe: Immune Plate
A lot of my patients ask me, “Dr. Rothenberg, what can I eat to help my immune system?” There are many answers and truth be told, to eat well for your immune system, you are eating well for all of you. Here’s a dinner I made recently—and mind you I consider myself queen of the 10 minute dinner. I always have either a pot of cooked rice, quinoa or barley in my fridge. We want the high fiber that acts as a prebiotic for the bacteria in our gut. Also good for keeping us regular and for feelings of satiety and for energy! Then I often will cook in bulk, like for this meal, earlier in the week I had boiled a big bag of organic beets. If we’re going to “eat the rainbow,” for our health and our immune systems, we have to have some red in there and beetroot fits the bill! It's packed with fiber, folate and vitamin C among other nutrients.

And a warm sweet potato hot from the oven hits high marks for vitamin A and antioxidants. A pat of butter because it makes you happy and that’s important, too. Butter does contain small amounts of antioxidants, too.

And that veggie mélange is high in the long-legged Shimeji mushrooms that I love for their absolute food cuteness and their satisfying texture. Like all mushrooms, they have immune supporting capacity. The key is not not eat raw (hard to get through the chitin on the outside) and don’t overcook. Here, I sautéed onion, garlic, grated ginger root, and grated turmeric root (all with immune supporting capacity). Then I threw in organic sliced carrots, which I do not peel, and tofu. At the very last possible moment, because I like it just barely wilted, I put in torn up kale and here I have a lovely dinner for Paul & I and leftovers to boot.
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We support the work of Feeding America , a nonprofit dedicated to making food available to the hungry and the food insecure through supporting local food banks and food pantries. If you want to help, donate to Feeding America. This is an urgent request now because recommended social distancing leads to reduced employment and school closures which have a more detrimental impact on people with fewer resources. Kids who rely on school breakfast, lunches, snacks and in some cases, dinner to go, will not only be going without education, but also without nutrition. There are food pantries and food banks in most every community and most have stepped up efforts during this uncertain time. Feeding America supports these efforts.
Discount on Products from Emerson Ecologics
In an effort to make quality supplements more widely available, we maintain a virtual dispensary through our Naturopathic Health Care clinic featuring products distributed by Emerson Ecologics. Wellevate is Emerson's online patient dispensary.

We trust Emerson as a supplier for high quality supplements, botanical medicine, and natural health/ beauty products. Products we recommend and use in our clinic are listed, and you also have access to the full inventory of products sold.