Friday, August 5, 2016

Summertime Spring Rolls

I'm normally a "made from scratch" kind of woman, but in the summer I'm always looking for ways to spend less time in the kitchen and more time in the sunshine. These quick and easy spring rolls make the perfect summertime lunch. They are even easier using pre-chopped vegetable mix and store bought baked tofu.

Summertime Spring Rolls

Rice spring roll wrappers
One package Mann's Broccoli slaw, Coleslaw mix or Broccoli salad mix
One package Ginger Sesame Baked tofu, cut into strips
2 tablespoons low sodium tamari
1 tsp minced ginger
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
1 tsp toasted sesame oil

  1. In a large bowl, toss the Broccoli slaw mix with the tamari, ginger, sesame oil and sesame seeds
  2. Set up your assembly line including: shallow dish with warm water to soak spring roll wrappers, wet paper towel to use as a work surface when rolling the wrappers, tofu, veggie mix, cilantro, platter lined with parchment paper
  3. Soak a wrapper in warm water for 2-3 minutes until softened, remove form water and place on towel
  4. Add 1/3 cup veggie mix, a slice of tofu and cilantro to the middle of the wrapper
  5. Fold up the side closest to you, then the right and left sides and roll (like making a burrito)
  6. This recipe should make 8-10 rolls

If you want to use a dipping sauce, here's a few delicious links:
Spicy Peanut Lime Sauce
Asian Dipping Sauce - uses coconut aminos (soy free)
Tahini Dipping Sauce

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Consumer Reports article about dietary supplements strengthens the case for Naturopathic Doctors.

The recent Consumer Reports article about dietary supplements strengthens the case for naturopathic doctors. The headline of the report “Supplements can make you Sick” suggests the dangers of dietary supplements and that they may be doing more harm than good. It takes a closer look at the report to determine the nuanced truth. 

I included a link to the article below but if you don’t have the time or interest to read it, here’s my synopsis:
  • Many of the dietary supplements and vitamins available at drugstores and big-box stores may not have the adequate potency or ingredients to be effective and may contain harmful additives.
  • Many dietary supplements claiming to aid in weight loss contain dangerous stimulants and should be avoided.
  • The use of physician quality dietary supplements and vitamins can be safe if used under the supervision and direction of a physician.
  • Many medical doctors (MDs) and pharmacists are not adequately trained in the therapeutic use of vitamins and dietary supplements.
  • Physician quality and USP verified nutritional supplements contain the ingredients listed on their labels in the correct potency, but many other supplements may not.
  • Individuals choosing to use vitamins and dietary supplements for their health should be consulting with a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) who is trained in the safe and effective use of these products as well as potential side effects of these products and interactions they may have with prescription medications. Hint: your neighbor/aunt/best friend/the celebrity endorser of the product likely doesn’t have a naturopathic medical degree and you should not be taking their medical advice.
  • The 15 supplement ingredients highlighted in the Consumer Reports article do you have the possible side effects and cautions listed in the article. However, some of these supplements and herbs can be used safely under the direction of a licensed Naturopathic Doctor (ND) familiar that is with your medical history.
  • The Consumer Reports article estimated that 23,000 emergency room visits are made annually because of side effects or allergic reaction to dietary supplements and while we need to pay attention to these adverse events and make efforts to prevent them, these events are far fewer than emergency room visits made because of properly prescribed medications. Just as one example, some estimates suggest that each year more than 100,000 patients are hospitalized for NSAID-related GI complications alone…Moreover, it has been reported that 16,500 persons die annually from these complications.”

What can you do about this issue?

If you are currently using dietary supplements and herbs, consult with a licensed Naturopathic Doctor. To find one in your area, see the Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors or American Association of Naturopathic Physicians listings of members.

If you currently live in Massachusetts, you can help residents gain access to qualified naturopathic doctors, click the link below to sign the petition urging your legislators to vote favorably to license Naturopathic Doctors in Massachusetts:

What is Advanced Health & Wellness going to do about this issue?

We will continue to offer physician quality, highly vetted, safe and effective nutritional supplements and herbal medicines for Dr. Tracy’s patients. In the next few months we will also be increasing our existing inventory to meet your needs. In Autumn 2016, Advanced Health & Wellness will also be offering economical options for clients of all the practitioners (not just Dr. Tracy’s patients) that are physician quality alternatives to vitamins usually found in drugstores and big-box discount stores or online (examples: vitamin C, calcium, fish oil, vitamin D-3).

We will be sending out a patient survey via email to learn more about how we can meet you and your families’ nutritional needs. Please take 5 minutes to complete this survey.

I am also working on creating a more extensive online partnership to allow Advanced Health & Wellness’ patients to order physician quality nutritional supplements and herbal medicines, as well as organic food products and organic and all-natural skin care, sunscreen and cosmetics with a 15% discount and have these items shipped directly to your door.

To read the full Consumer Reports article, follow this link:

Monday, July 18, 2016


Please Contact House Leaders NOW - Session Ends July 31st!

Use the following link to contact your MA Representatives:

The bill to license naturopathic doctors in Massachusetts, SB2335, remains in the House Ways and Means Committee. The session ends 7/31/16. IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO HELP GET THIS BILL OVER THE FINISH LINE!

Please write to Speaker of the House, Robert DeLeo, and to the Chairman of House Ways and Means Committee, Representative Brian Dempsey, where the bill now sits. There are hundreds of bills to be reviewed - please urge these members of House leadership to take up this legislation & pass it swiftly. The message will also be copied to your own state representative.

Thank you in advance for your support.
Amy Rothenberg, ND
President, Massachusetts Society of Naturopathic Doctors

Use the following link to contact your MA Representatives:

Monday, April 4, 2016

Is Aluminum ruining your chances of escaping Alzheimer’s?

Did you know that in the 1970s researchers were already making the connection between Alzheimer’s disease and aluminum? Research studies published in Science in 1973 and Brain in 1976 described how brain of people who had died of Alzheimer’s disease had much more aluminum than those who died of other causes.

We are all exposed to aluminum in drinking water and researchers in the UK have found Alzheimer’s cases are 50% more frequent in counties with high aluminum in their drinking water and Canadian studies have suggested a three-fold increase of Alzheimer’s cases related to high aluminum in drinking water.

Although the issue is still controversial, in 2011 the following statement was published in the International Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease:

“There is growing evidence for a link between aluminum and Alzheimer’s disease, and between other metals and Alzheimer’s disease…it is widely accepted that aluminum is a recognized neurotoxin, and that it could cause cognitive deficiency and dementia when it enters the brain and may have various adverse effects on the central nervous system.”

Five Ways for You to Avoid Aluminum Exposure

1. Avoid Aluminum in processed foods
Aluminum may be present in baking powder, organ meats, shellfish, shredded cheese and frozen pizza, single serve salt packets, single serve creamer packets, pickles, relish. For a more extensive list of aluminum in foods, see:

Want and easier way to avoid aluminum and other toxins in food? Use the Environmental Working Group’s Food Scores website or App while you’re shopping:

2. Avoid Aluminum in Cookware and Food Containers
Avoid beverages in aluminum cans and other canned goods. Avoid using aluminum foil or at least do not allow the foil to come in contact with acidic foods (lemon, tomato sauce, vinegar, marinades and dressings).

3. Check your Medicine and Vitamin Cabinet
Many over the counter medicines and low quality vitamins have aluminum in their colorings and coatings or in their active compounds, such as Antacids. Anti-perspirants, lotions, cosmetics and sunscreen may also contain aluminum.

4. Know your Drinking Water
Check your town or city annual water report to see where aluminum ranks under contaminant levels or start by requesting a report from your state. here's the link to get started in Massachusetts:

4. Boost your Body’s Elimination of Aluminum
Help your liver detoxify heavy metals with Vital Nutrients’ DeTox Formula, 2-3 capsules twice a day. Keep cleansed metals and other toxins from your liver on their “way out” and prevent them from being reabsorbed in your colon with Integrative Therapeutics’ Blue Heron formula, 3-4 capsules with a full glass of water before bed. Both products are available at Advanced Health & Wellness and our online store.

Resource: Power Foods for the Brain, Chapter 2, Dr. Neal D. Barnard, MD