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   A Seasonal Newsletter from
   Naturopathic Health Care
      Drs. Amy Rothenberg & Paul Herscu MPH

    Fall  2013
   115 Elm Street, Suite 210, Enfield, CT 06082                             1.860.763.1225
In This Issue
U.S. Senate Passes Resolution for Naturopathic Medicine Week
Recipe: Poached Pears
Featured Artist
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STEADFAST by Dr. Amy Rothenberg


If nothing else,  I have a husband who is steadfast and determined. Many years ago he decided that he wanted to

First harvest, Paul's figs 2013. Scrumptious!
cultivate figs. Many of you know we live in New England, with its invigorating, beautiful, often frost-laden landscape--not exactly a fig country!


But after consulting many a fig lover and fig grower, after years of disappointment and fig tree deaths, we had our first bountiful harvest this year, in fact we are still delicately pulling the succulent, purple velvety fruits off the sturdy boughs of our 12 fig tree orchard. Each time I bite into one of our fresh figs or if I look at this picture above, it illuminates the power of desire, the beauty of determination, fighting for what you want and the sweet light of success. 


The same can be said of naturopathic doctors toiling on legislative efforts to gain licensure and working for this profession to achieve its rightful place in the healthcare landscape. 


We've had some good news this season. Last month, the United States Senate declared October 7-14th National Naturopathic Medicine week (see below); in the state of Massachusetts, our bill for licensure passed favorably out of the Joint Committee of Public Health (where I happily testified last week!); in Pennsylvania, the ND bill passed out of the House of Representatives for the first time and our ND neighbors to the north in Vermont last week secured full prescription rights similar to those for any primary care doc.

This is heady stuff for our profession and a testament to steadfast determination to educate people about naturopathic medicine and to move ahead against all kinds of odds. Here's to setting goals, remaining steadfast to our beliefs, staying on track, and not giving up in the face of repeated disappointment!

I cannot send you each a delicate fig, but I can leave you with a fig poem


Happy autumn,

Dr. Amy Rothenberg 


PS. See details at bottom about free special event in the Northampton, MA area to celebrate National Naturopathic Medicine Week. I will be moderating!

by Dr. Amy Rothenberg 
On Sept. 10, 2013,  the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution (S. RES. 221designating Oct. 7 - Oct. 13 Naturopathic Medicine Week. The resolution recognizes the value of naturopathic medicine in providing safe, effective, and affordable health care and encourages Americans to learn about the role of naturopathic physicians in preventing chronic and debilitating conditions. 
According to Jud Richland, the American Association of Naturopathic Physician's CEO:  "Passage of this resolution is an historic achievement for naturopathic medicine. The Congress has now officially recognized the important role naturopathic medicine plays in effectively addressing the nation's health care needs as well as in addressing the increasingly severe shortage of primary care physicians."

Recipe: Poached Pears

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I always tell patients that the body reflects the habitual, not the occassional. So a treat now and again can be just the thing! Here is one of our favorite desserts, when you just have to have something sweet to finish a meal, lift the spirits or distract you from the toils of the day!


I love this poached pear recipe for its simplicity and beauty. When I found that my melon baller did a snappy job of coring the pears and leaving a perfect half moon shape in each piece, I was delighted. You can dress it up with a cinnamon stick or sliced fig or bring it back to earth for breakfast with a bowl of cottage cheese!


Click here for the full recipe

Featured Artist: Raina Gentry Fine Art


As many of you know, I dabble in art. I love to make paper and handcrafted books, called artists books, where the kind of binding and papers often reflect what's inside. I also appreciate all kinds of fine arts. The work in the banner above titled "Three Sisters" done by an artist from Colorado, Raina Gentry, really captures me. 


Paul & I were visiting Jerome, Arizona a few years back en route to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon & happened upon an artist's collective. Raina happened to be in that day and we bought one of her paintings shown here to the right (called "Hummingbird II") which hangs in our home and for obvious reasons brings me a tremendous amount of pleasure. For me, it brings together whimsy, determination and balance, all attributes I admire!


See what others are saying of her work and view additional images

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In health & vitality,
Drs. Amy Rothenberg & Paul Herscu
Naturopathic Health Care

National Naturopathic Medicine Week

To Celebrate, Local Pioneer Valley Naturopathic Doctors are Hosting an Information and Q&A Evening


Bring your natural medicine questions and meet the local NDs who serve this community: Dr. Anna Abele, Dr. Emily Maiella, Dr. Amy Rothenberg, Dr. Rebecca Schwartz,
Dr. Laila Tomsovic & Dr. Allison Willette.

Thursday, October 10th from 7-9pm


Free & Open to the Public 

376 Pleasant Street Northampton, Massachusetts

Free healthy refreshments

 Click on logo above to view 

Naturopathic Medicine Week events in your area