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

    Fall 2016

   115 Elm Street, Suite 210, Enfield, CT 06082                             1.860.763.1225
In This Issue
Vis Medicatrix Naturae
Recipe: Quinoa Salad
Emerson Ecologics Discount
Featured Recommendation: Tapestry Health
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Vis Medicatrix Naturae
This summer, at the annual convention of the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Paul received our profession's Vis Award which honors and celebrates the life and work of the late Dr. William A. Mitchell, (1947-2007) who embodied the Vis- or the healing power of nature. It is given to a naturopathic physician who also embraces, integrates & shares such values. In his acceptance speech, Paul underscored the essential role that vitalism , or working with our patients to stimulate their individual and inherent healing capacity, plays. Couldn't be prouder of Dr. Herscu!

Paul receiving Vis award
Drs. Herscu holding the Vis Award, look close, it's glass!
Fast forward a few weeks, and I found myself lecturing in shorts & cowboy boots around a fire pit! This was the Revitalization Retreat, a gathering of mostly naturopathic medical students, yearning to keep vitalism alive in our medicine. We came together along a bend of the Sandy River in Oregon, to be in nature, to share beautiful food, to sing our hearts out around the firepit under an umbrella of sparkling stars, and to come back inspired by the promise of naturopathic medicine. I spoke on the topic of Composing a Lifereminding these earnest, smart & dedicated young people that articulating values, creating goals aligned with values and developing strategies to reach goals, this is one good way to compose a life! And when you live in synch with your values every day, voila, you actually feel better.  
Here's to an autumn where you get to rethink things a bit, and recalibrate if necessary!  To the Vis Medicatrix Naturae, the healing power of nature in and around all of us!
All the best,

America's Hidden Opioid Epidemic:
Homeopathy's role in pain treatment and recovery from addiction 
By Amy Rothenberg ND
Chronic and acute pain are among the most common complaints seen in medical practice. As a consequence, there has been a galloping increase in the prescription use of opioid pain relievers, such as oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin®) and hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin®). Nearly a quarter of a billion of these prescriptions were written in 2013 alone - enough for every American adult to have their own bottle of pills.

Natural medicine can help... 
What can homeopathy offer in the face of such dire statistics and such high stakes?


Recipe: Quinoa Salad 

This newer grain to reach America is a real hit! It cooks fast, is loaded with protein & is easy to work with. It has very little taste itself but is quick to take on the taste of ingredients around it. This salad takes about 10 minutes to make. I often have a pot of cooked quinoa in the fridge & use that.

To make quinoa, rinse the grain first and then use double the amount of water to the grain. For this recipe, here are the ingredients:
    • 2 cups dry quinoa
    • 4 cups water
    • 5 cloves garlic grated or smashed & minced
    • 1 small onion- sliced and diced, teesy pieces best
    • 1 big carrot, grated
    • 4 radishes, grated
    • 1 cup parsely, chopped
    • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
    • Juice of one orange
    • 2 TBSP tamari
    • 2TBSP sesame oil
    • ¼ cup olive oil
    • 1/8 tsp salt (if desired)
    • One cup cashew pieces- toasted can be nice, but not necessary
    • ½ cup raisins or dried cranberries
Make the quinoa by bringing dry amount to a boil with double the water and then turning down the heat. Let simmer until all the water is absorbed. Allow to cool.
Then add all the rest of the ingredients, mix well, chill. Delicious served with a piece of grilled fish & some winter roots or atop a bed of lettuce for a meal unto itself!

Discount on Products from Emerson Ecologics
In an effort to make quality supplements more widely available to our patients and friends, we maintain a virtual dispensary through our office. Products we recommend and use are listed, but you now also have access to the full inventory of products sold by Emerson Ecologics. We trust Emerson as they do examine sourcing of ingredients contained in the products they carry.

Featured Recommendation: Tapestry Health
In this space we like to share information about a product, service or organization whose work we believe in and support.  This season we are promoting Tapestry Health of Northampton Mass. I have been most impressed with Tapestry's lead role in helping address our opioid crisis by providing clean needle exchange, overdose prevention and education, Narcan access as well as all the reproductive health care they have always provided.   Tapestry provides women, men, and teenagers with comprehensive community-based health services, including:
  • Birth Control 
  • STD testing
  • Cervical & breast cancer screening
  • Emergency contraception
  • HIV testing
  • Overdose prevention & education
  • Syringe access & disposal
  • Narcan access
  • Breastfeeding support
  • Food access for women, infants, and children (WIC)
  • Community education
You can visit their website or make a donation here: 

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In health & vitality,
Amy Rothenberg ND & Paul Herscu ND, MPH
Naturopathic Health Care