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Recipe of the Month
McCalister for Governor
Seasonal Eating
How to Pick Your Produce
Legislative Update
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Recipe of
the Month 
Sandy's Almond Butter Cookies
 INGREDIENTS
1/2 cup organic butter or 1/4 cup organic butter plus 1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 cup almond butter
1/2 cup honey
1 organic egg
3/4 cup tapioca flour
1/2 cup rice flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
 
INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat over to 375 degrees F.  Mix all dry ingredients together.
In a large bowl, mix all wet ingredients together and gradually add dry ingredients.
For easier mixing you can gently heat the honey and butter BEFORE adding them to the mixture.
Drop by the spoonful onto a greased cookie sheet and bake for about 9-12 minutes.
 
from Eating Your Way Back to Health,
A Guide to Anti-Inflammatory Cooking
 
-Jessica K. Black, ND
 
Issue: # 9August 2010
 
       

Greetings!   

 
Hello and thank you for reading the August issue of the FNPA newsletter.  While most states are beginning to notice a cool evening breeze, those of us in the Sunshine State recognize August and September as two of the hottest months of the year!  But the next 60 days of the calendar can be quite busy as the kids go back to school and a daily routine sets in.  So enjoy the remaining days of summer, pack a refreshing beach picnic and kick back, relax...you're in Paradise! 
 
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Mike McCalister for Governor! 

FNPA supports Mike McCalister for Governor 

 
Mike McCalister for Governor!
 
The FNPA is proud to support Dr. Mike McCalister for Governor of Florida. For more information, to read his bio and to download a free copy of his book, please visit his website.


SEASONAL EATING


 

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Take a look around the produce section of your local supermarket in the winter. Chances are you'll see things like apricots, plums, asparagus, cabbage, spinach, bell peppers, and even berries.  These are all items a well stocked produce section should contain, right?  The problem is that these items are summer crops, often grown below the equator (where the seasons are reversed and pesticide regulations are lax or non-existent) and flown thousands of miles to your local supermarket.

Both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda (the indigenous medical system of India which dates back thousands of years) believe the basis to all health lies in eating seasonally.  While the names and numbers of the seasons differ slightly , both traditions associate specific aspects of nature, organs, emotions, foods, activities and climates with each season.  By knowing, understand and living within these associations, we can learn each season's lesson and balance the extremes of each season's energy.

Eating in harmony with what is in season has many advantages, for both you and the planet.  Some of the benefits include: 
  • Less processing and fuel consumption
  • Less risk of contamination 
  • Less waste in the environment 
  • Better taste, since local produce is often ripened naturally and shipped a short distance, as opposed to commercial practices of picking fruit while still green and spraying with ethylene gas to ripen during the journey to market 
  • More nutritional value-a Penn State study showed that spinach lost the majority of it's folate and carotenoid concentrations after eight days in storage at 40˚ (Pandrangi and LaBorde, 2004).
Our bodies need different foods at specific times of the year; foods that protect us from the effects of seasonal changes.  Many Naturopathic Doctors will tell you that they often see the same sets of symptoms appearing at the changes of the seasons, and many people suffer a year-round "malaise" where they are not suffering from any specific illness, but spend a large portion of the year feeling generally unwell (Haas, 1981).  But it doesn't need to be this way, as nature provides everything we need to stay healthy year-round.  For example, seasonal allergy suffers will appreciate that quercetin-rich fruits such as grapefruit and apples are harvested in the spring and fall-the time of year when allergy triggers such as pollen are at their highest.   In the summer the majority of foods harvested are cool and wet, which helps keep us from overheating and dehydrating in the sultriness of summer.  Likewise we often find ourselves craving soups in winter, and those warm and wet soups are the perfect balance to winter's dry coldness.  By eating seasonally relevant produce, we can adjust our body chemistry to the climatic conditions where we live, putting less stress on our immune systems and boosting our overall health.

While shopping at health food stores typically affords a better selection of seasonal and local foods than a large chain supermarket, the best alternative is to visit a local farmer's market.  Even health food giants like Whole Foods offer out-of-season produce throughout the year.  It's also a good idea to find out what is seasonal to your specific area, because this can vary greatly across the country, as can your local harvest times for specific foods.  If this sounds complicated, it can be a little at first.  But with time and practice it quickly becomes second nature.
 
REFERENCES
  • Haas, E.  1981.  Staying Healthy with the Seasons.  California:  Celestial Arts.
  • Pandrangi, S. and L. LaBorde.  2004.  Retention of Folate, Carotenoids, and Other Quality Characteristics in Commercially Packaged Fresh Spinach.  Food Chemistry and Toxicology 69 (9):  702-707.
 
-contributed by  www.MedicineTalk.com
How to Pick Your Produce
The average American household throws away a quarter of fresh fruits and vegetables purchased, often due to spoilage, according to a federal study. Here's how to buy smarter:
 
Check for blemishes. Avoid all produce with mold or mushy spots. Other no-no's: mushrooms with slimy coating, lettuce with brown edges, pineapples with dark spots on the base, tomatoes with cracks and bell peppers with wrinkled skin.
 
Eyeball the color. As a general rule, the stems of plants should be green and the fruit should be the color you expect. Strawberries should be a deep red all the way down to the stem, for example, while cut watermelon should be pink, not pale.
 
Test the smell. Not all fruit smells sweet, but a sour odor typically means it has started to go bad. ... and weight. If a piece of fruit such as a peach, mango or plum feels heavy for its size, you're likely making a good - and juicy - choice.
 
Aim for firm. Buds, florets and caps on vegetables such as artichokes, broccoli and mushrooms generally should be closed tightly, not splayed open. Be wary of bulk purchases.
 
Take home only as much as you'll realistically use in a few days to a week (ask a produce manager how long an item will keep). Large bags and tubs also are more likely to have spoiled items hidden inside. Pluck out bad pieces. Immediately inspect fruit at home and toss rotten items that could quickly spoil a whole batch. Consider how you'll use leftovers. Buy vegetables that you can steam and throw into soups and casseroles once they've begun to spoil. You also can turn older fruit into jam and rotten bananas into bread. ---

2010, Daily Press (Newport News, Va.). Distributed by Mclatchy-Tribune News Service.
Legislative Update
NATIONAL NEWS:
 
Doctors, medical students, patients and others from all 50 states, are planning, an amazing public media and educational campaign to familiarize all Americans with Naturopathic medicine, through a 3,250 mile, transcontinental run from San Francisco to Bridgeport, CT, via Washington D.C. and New York City.
 
Former transcontinental runner, and founder of the R.U.N., Dr. Dennis Godby, son Isaiah Godby, nephew Jonas Ely, and tens of thousands of other runners and supporters along the way will meet with other doctors, patients and newly awakened advocates along the path to the White House to meet with President Obama.  They will conduct daily press conferences and evening presentations about natural medicine in the towns and cities they pass from California to Connecticut. As the mass of advocates continues to swell over the course of the 3,250 miles, media coverage will grow exponentially, including national news. You can view more information, when the run begins and even SIGN UP at:
 
 
Check out Naturopathic Medicine in Florida on YouTube to view the new video on Naturopathic Medicine. 
 
We are asking for your testimonials and letters.  How have you been touched by naturopathic medicine?  Do you have a story on how you could have been better served by a licensed ND with a full scope of practice in Florida?  Are you an MD, DO, DC, PA, RN that would like to support the mission of the FNPA and understands the importance of having NDs as licensed primary care physicians in Florida?  If you have a story you would like to share, we are collecting letters that will be given to legislators.  We will also be using some of your letters on our FNPA website under our new testimonial section (with your permission only).
 
Please send your letters to Judith Thompson, N.D.  Click below to access the FNPA Homepage for Dr Thompson's contact address. 
 
Take Action! 
 
We want to provide better healthcare choices to Florida's residents and we need your help! Please visit our website to learn more. FNPA Homepage
 
Sincerely,

Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association