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Legislative Updates
Chocolate Beet Cake
A Healthy Lymphatic System
Lymphatic Drainage Massage
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In Health, 

Todd Robinson, ND
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Recipe of the Month:


Chocolate Beet Cake with
Chocolate Avocado Frosting


 Do you have something to celebrate? A birthday? An anniversary? Back-to-school? Your health? Now, with this rich, vitamin-packed delicacy you can celebrate without passing on the cake! Hands-on time: 1 hour. Cook time: 1 hour 45 minutes. Total time: 2 hours 45 minutes. Yields: an 8-inch 2-layer cake with about 1.5 cups of frosting.


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The information offered by the Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association is presented for educational purposes. Nothing contained in this Newsletter, on the Web site, or in workshops and teleseminars should be construed as nor is intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment. This information should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider. Always consult with your physician or other qualified health care provider before embarking on a new treatment, diet or fitness program. You should never disregard medical advice or delay in seeking it because of any information delivered by the Florida Naturopathic Physicians Association.
 Aug 2014



We would like to extend a special note of thanks for our Sunrise Partners, companies and individuals who understand the importance of health care choice. They have joined the FNPA in bringing Naturopathic Medicine to Florida!

Please enjoy this month's articles! 


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A Healthy Lymphatic System for a Healthy You

The key to improving your body's immune function is to nourish your lymphatic system. Sometimes referred to as the body's secondary circulatory system, the lymphatic system carries away toxins and metabolic waste from the body's tissues. The lymphatic system is made up of lymph vessels, lymph nodes, tonsils, spleen and the thymus gland, and it helps regulate tissue pressure, immune functions and fat absorption in the intestine. If your lymphatic system is not healthy, toxins can build up and result in lower immune function. Here are 5 tips to help you care for your lymphatic system.

1. Eat potassium-rich foods. Your lymphatic system thrives on potassium-rich foods. Dark leafy greens, broccoli, bananas and seafood, like wild salmon, are some excellent choices to consider.

2. Reduce toxins. Additives and preservatives cause swelling and fluid retention. One such additive, monosodium glutamate, better known as MSG, is often disguised among other ingredients and can have degenerative and deadly effects on the brain and nervous system. Watch out for hydrolyzed anything, autolyzed anything, natural flavor, seasonings and spices, commercial soup or sauce bases, bouillon, broth and stock, gelatin and even aluminum cookware. All these can introduce toxins to your body that cause your lymphatic system to work overtime.The best way to avoid these is to simply get back to the basics and use all natural, unprocessed ingredients in your cooking.

3. Exercise...breathe. It is no secret that exercise is good for you, but did you know that even light exercise can benefit circulation of both your blood and lymph? Your lymphatic system relies on muscle movements to keep lymph moving through its vessels. Even light exercise such as standing calf raises or a walk around the neighborhood will stretch and contract your muscles, triggering the circulatory function within your lymphatic system. Moreover, deep breathing, which is often recommended as a technique for stress relief and boosting blood circulation, will also help release toxins and increase lymphatic circulation.

4. Skin brushing. Dry skin brushing increases blood and lymph circulation and boosts organ function by stimulating sweat glands and opening pores. It also softens skin and improves the complexion. On dry skin, before bathing, brush with a natural bristle brush gently over the skin. Start with your extremities and work your way to the center of your body, avoiding your face, always moving in the direction of the heart.

5. Lymphatic massage. This therapeutic massage technique, also known as lymphatic drainage, uses gentle kneading motions to stimulate muscles and in effect, lymphatic vessels and flow. Just as with skin brushing, the motion should always be towards the heart (lymph openings). You can do this yourself or ask your naturopathic doctor about arranging for this therapy - whether they do this in office or have someone to refer. We discuss this in greater detail in article below.


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The beet, a root vegetable, is thought to have grown wild in prehistoric North Africa, as well as along Asian and European seashores, and was primarily used as animal feed. It wasn't until the time of the ancient Romans that beets were cultivated for human consumption. And modern science has proven that beets are not only acceptable for human consumption, but extremely beneficial to human health. Beets provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. They privide a unique and rich source of phytonutrients called betalains, which research has shown supports the detoxification processes of the body. Beets are a very good source of manganese, vitamin C, betanin, isobetanin and vulgaxanthin, making them an excellent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory as well. Research suggests that beets may also provide cardiovascular, anti-cancer and fiber-related benefits. A high sugar content food, raw beets are crunchy in texture but turn soft and buttery when cooked. To reap the full benefits of these wonderful roots you'll want to retain the betalains, which diminish with increased cooking time. To do this, limit steaming of beets to 15 minutes or less, and roasting to less than one hour. And the greens attached to the beet roots are full of nutrients as well, and can be easily prepared like spinach or Swiss chard for a colorful and tasty salad.



  • Beets. The World's Healthiest Foods.

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Cleavers (Galium aparine)

Native to Europe but naturalized to the U.S., cleavers has historically been used to treat nodular growths on and under the skin, and even as a treatment for epilepsy. These burr-like plants are excellent as part of a tonic, primarily for detoxification and the lymphatic system because they help stimulate movement of lymph into the bloodstream. Cleavers is an effective treatment for chronic toxicity-related inflammatory conditions including acne, eczema, rheumatoid arthritis and acute inflammation of the lymph nodes. Plus it stimulates the kidneys, improving toxicity drainage, mildly stimulates the liver and when paired with other immune stimulating herbs, helps treat infectious conditions. Cleavers is also beneficial for the health of the blood vessels and can be used to treat bruises, varicose veins and hemorrhoids. This herb is in the same family as coffee but contains less caffeine. Often, the fruits are dried and roasted to be used as a coffee substitute. In addition, you can eat the leaves and stems of the plant as a leaf vegetable if gathered before the fruits appear. Because of the little hooks that are on the plant, it is recommended that you steam or otherwise cook the plant before consuming. Despite the fact that cleavers is generally regarded as safe, you should check with your naturopathic doctor if you are interested in using this herb.



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We've all heard of electrolytes, but how well do you really know what they are and how they work? Electrolytes are electrically charged minerals, such as sodium, calcium, potassium and magnesium, that when balanced, help regulate blood chemistry, muscle action and other processes. Electrolytes need to be replenished regularly because you lose electrolytes when you sweat and when you urinate. It is especially important to stay hydrated and supplement your body with electrolytes when spending time in the heat or when sweating profusely. While water is perfect for maintaining proper hydration, it does not contain electrolytes. If you are concerned about your electrolyte levels, you may want to consider coconut water as an alternative form of hydration for times when you need it most, like after a strenuous workout. Coconut water is sterile when it comes out of the coconut, and extremely similar in composition to human blood plasma - so much so that it has been used as an IV fluid by physicians during war and in remote areas of the world for more than 60 years. It is completely safe and naturally compatible with the human body. For a light sodium boost, try adding a small pinch of natural salt to your coconut water. Olives, seaweed, rye, tomatoes, lettuce, and celery can help you replenish your chloride levels. Oranges, melons, raisins, prunes, bananas, sweet potatoes, avocado, peas, beans, spinach and kale are all excellent choices for a potassium boost.
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  • Fluid and electrolyte balance. MedlinePlus.
  • Marz, Russell B. 1999. Medical nutrition from Marz: (a textbook in clinical nutrition). Portland, Or: Omni-Press.
  • Gaby, Alan. 2011. Nutritional medicine. Concord, N.H: Fritz Perlberg Publishing.  

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Lymphatic Drainage Massage

Lymphatic drainage massage was developed in Germany to treat lymphedema, a condition involving fluid accumulation, most often seen in post-mastectomy patients. However, modern quality of air, water, food and other elements can cause significant build-up of metabolic waste products even in an otherwise healthy body. This accumulation of toxins can result in low energy, fatigue and mood swings. Lymphatic massage can help by increasing the volume of lymph flow by as much as 20 times, vastly increasing the system's ability to remove toxins and infectious materials. If you are generally healthy, the do-it-yourself version of this technique may help you shake off fatigue and cold. Begin by gently massaging skin that tops the lymph nodes around your neck, ears, and throat, working the skin along the path of the lymphatic system to help stimulate drainage through the proper channels, then move on to the abdomen and the legs. Starting at the neck will help clear the way for lymph to pump to the lymph nodes as you work on the abdomen and legs. A gentle touch is important because lymphatic vessels are superficial. Another option is to hire a professional masseuse or medical practitioner with training in lymphatic drainage massage. Because of the delicate nature of the lymphatic system, and its close proximity to the skin, it is extremely important to work with a professional if you will be using lymphatic massage for a pre-existing condition such as long-term lymphedema, or localized lymphatic swelling. Lymphatic massage practitioners may be physicians, nurses, physical or occupational therapists or massage therapists. To find a therapist skilled in lymphatic massage, visit the National Lymphedema Network website and be sure to consult your naturopathic doctor, before undergoing treatment, to decide if lymphatic massage is a good choice for you.




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