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Special Edition 2015

Food for Thought

ìRelax your body, and the rest of you will lighten up.î - Haruki Murakami

Mind, Body, Healing: The Truth Is Still Out There

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The father of medicine, Hippocrates, once wrote, "The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well." However, as the quest for proof about how the body becomes ill and heals became the focus of the medical paradigm, the study of the mind and body were split apart.

Twenty-first century medicine is nearly coming full circle, returning to a foundation that advocates the mind and body are one, and the interaction between the two has an effect on well-being and healing from illness. Consequently, a number of terms and types of healing practices have been marketed to the public.

Letís examine those healing practices, what the research says, and how to determine if a particular treatment method is right for you.

Angela Rosen, LAc offers Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Fertility, Wellness in San Ramon, CA

Energy Medicine (EM) or Energy Healing is based on the supposition that illness results from disturbances in the bodyís energy fields. To restore and maintain flow and balance of oneís ëlife force energyíóalso known as chi or pranaópractitioners utilize noninvasive techniques from ancient traditions (e.g., acupuncture, Ayurveda, yoga, Reiki, kinesiology, and qigong). Many EM techniques involve tapping, massaging, twisting, or connecting specific energy points (acu-points) on the skin or along specific energy pathways (meridians).

Because so many people are trying these methods and expressing improvements in their health ówith or without their doctorís supportóthere has been an increase in quality research and case studies demonstrating effectiveness for some people and some health conditions.

Quantum Healing (QH), sometimes called the ìnew physics of health,î is based upon the premise that our bodies are fields of information, intelligence, and energy. As Deepak Chopra, MD, explained in an interview:


"Quantum healing is healing the bodymind from a level which is not manifest at a sensory level [visible or tactile] … a shift takes place in the fields of energy information, so as to bring about a correction to something that is out of balance. Quantum healing involves healing one mode of consciousness, mind, to bring about changes in another mode of consciousness, body."

QH embraces the view that some ëforceí or ëspirití is involved in healing; an example of QH is spontaneous healing from terminal illness. Distance healing, prayer, bioenergetics, and spiritual healing are some of the difficult-to-study methods that fall under QH.

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Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) focuses on the interactions between mind and body, and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social, and spiritual factors directly affect health. It is being studied at research centers across the U.S. and throughout the world. In fact, the effect of our thoughts on our immune system is so powerful that a relatively new field of study has developed called psychoneuroimmunology.

What is different about MBM is the strong emphasis on scientifically validated techniques. MBM techniques typically include meditation, guided imagery, massage therapy, biofeedback, mindful movement (including yoga, tai chi), and acupressure or acupuncture. As more techniques are studied and validated, they make their way under the MBM umbrella.

The Truth Is Still Out There

Attempts to explore these ëenergeticí and MB modalities scientificallyóto understand if and how they work, for whom, and for what health conditionsóis of great interest to both medical doctors and scientists. Researchers are looking for ways to measure clinical and biological changes that occur during and after a healing technique is administered, or used over time. They aim to demonstrate the mechanisms that cause healing to take place.

One intriguing question some scientists are exploring involves spontaneous healing from terminal illnessósituations in which no medicine or surgery has worked and death is imminent. The question often posed: Is it the modality that heals or is it the power of belief that heals?

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The so-called Truth could be related to one simple fact: The majority of alternative healing techniques all promote the Relaxation Response. Simply, this means that things like massage, meditation, acupuncture, and yoga create positive chemical and emotional changes in the body (e.g., lower heart rate and blood pressure, elevated mood, changes in brain waves, and lower stress hormones in the blood). These changes create a biochemical environment ideal for good health and for healing. Add in social support and a healthy dose of positive thinking, and you have a formula for optimal well-being.

Another possibility is the power of belief. We know that not every medicine works for every person with the same health problem. We know that some people benefit from alternative treatments and other see no change in their health. Is it because one person believes more strongly than another that something will work for them? If so, then that is the power of the mind over the bodyóbut scientists struggle to measure that phenomenon.

What Can Science Tell Us?

Angela Rosen, LAc offers Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Fertility, Wellness in San Ramon, CA

MB research is a burgeoning field. ìThe health benefits of mind-body medicine have barely touched the surface of what it offers for future health and well-being,î says Jim Massey, N.D. Techniques that have received the most research attention are those that have variables we can measure easily, such as physical changes in health, changes in hormone levels, and changes in self-reports of emotional states. Tai chi, qigong, Reiki, Therapeutic Touch, meditation (various styles), acupuncture/acupressure, yoga, and biofeedback are some of the most commonly researched. But the results are mixed. Evidence shows that these techniques are beneficial for alleviating or reducing pain, anxiety, and emotional stress. But benefits depend on a wide variety of factors including age, gender, social support, and use of other interventions. It makes for complicated research!

Is It Right for You?

To decide if an EM/MB method is right for you, carefully look at information about the modality to see how it might apply to you. Does it sound too good to be true? Has it been studied in a scientific way? How reliable are the first-person accounts?

Become an informed consumer and consult with your health practitioner to best assess if any alternative healing technique could benefit you.

Types of Energy Medicine/ Mind-Body Practices

    • Magnetic Therapy
    • Biofeedback
    • Hypnosis
    • Color / Light Therapy (Chromotherapy)
    • ThetaHealingô
    • Therapeutic Touch, Reiki
    • Aromatherapy
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  • Flower Essence Therapies
  • Sound Healing (e.g., with Tibetan bowls)
  • Chi Gung, Qigong, Yoga
  • Spiritual Healing

Health Conditions in Recent EM & MBM Research

  • Chronic Pain
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Insomnia
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Headache/Migraine
  • Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure
  • Cancer (in dealing with psychological factors & pain)
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Depression, Anxiety
  • Digestive Dysfunction
  • Menstrual Dysfunction


Guiding Principles

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The information offered by this newsletter is presented for educational purposes. Nothing contained within 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 contained within this newsletter.

November Newsletter- Food Labels and Indigestion

by Angela Rosen, LAc

November 2015
Halloween is over! It's time to detox from all that candy we snacked on so we can prepare for the upcoming holiday season. Avoiding too many sweets is one of the secrets to beating the cold and flu season - it keeps your immune system focused on you instead of the inflammation caused by all that sugar. Give yourself a break now so you can have a few small treats during Thanksgiving.

And now that we don't need to carve pumpkins for Halloween, we can use them for delicious foods to nourish ourselves! I have included a recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Bread that can serve as a nutritious treat. Pumpkins are an amazing source of vitamins and minerals we can all use to stay healthy during the transition from Fall to Winter.

A final note - as of December 1, 2015, the prices for my office visits will increase. Initial visits will be $150. Follow-up visits will be $85. Co-payments for insurance patients will not be impacted at this time, but we will have to look at your plan in January to see if there are any applicable changes.
If you have any questions about this, please do not hesitate to ask me.

In health and wellness,
Angela Rosen, LAc





November 2015 Edition
What's New

Bats pollinate about 450 commercial plants we consume, such as: bananas, mangoes, peaches, figs, avocado and vanilla!
Don't Let Food Labels Give You Indigestion
When you are cruising the grocery store aisles, you probably flip over a few items to scrutinize their nutrition labels. But do you understand what youíre looking at? The government is working on updating the label to reflect todayís nutritional concerns and include more realistic serving sizes, but until that happens, use the diagram included with this article to help make quick, informed food choices that contribute to a healthy, balanced diet. Also, remember these helpful tips:

Nutrition information is provided for one serving of a food or beverage. Many products contain more than one serving. If a serving size is one cup, and you eat two cups, then you must double the calories, fat, sugar, and other ingredients to get an accurate estimate of how much youíve eaten. If youíve eaten a smaller portion than what is on the label, calculate accordingly.
Pay special attention to the amount of sugars (including carbohydrates) in one serving. This is especially important if you have diabetes (or other health concerns) that require you to monitor sugar intake or the glycemic index of foods.
Check out the amount of fat, especially saturated fat, in one serving. Fats contribute to many chronic health problems. Trans fats are also labeled because they are known to contribute to bad cholesterol, which contributes to heart disease. Choose foods that are low in these fats. However, some foods, like nuts, have high fat content, but the source of fat is actually good for the bodyóitís not a saturated or a trans fat.
Be aware that '0' does not mean zero! It means less than 5% per serving!
In addition to understanding the nutrition label, take a look at the list of ingredients. If you cannot pronounce the words that are listed on a food label, itís likely coming from chemicals and processed (unnatural) elements that are not healthy for the body. Some of the items you want to avoid include:Preservatives including BHA, BHT, brominated products
GMO - genetically modified organisms, common in corn and soy derivatives
Xanthan gum
Hydrocarbons (pesticides PCB, DDE, DDT)
Soy and cottonseed oil
Dyes (e.g., yellow dye no. 5, tartrazine)
MSG - monosodium glutamate (common in canned foods and Asian cooking)
Food allergens - if you or family members have a known allergy to peanuts, wheat, soy, or gluten
If you are in a hurry and can't take the time to read labels, be sure to avoid packaged (bag, box, or bottle) foods. Instead, buy fresh foods and ìeat a rainbow everyday (e.g., fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, cheese, yogurt). Also, choose water, tea, or juices with no sugar added.

Finally, pay attention to what ís happening in the news. In July 2015 the government proposed a new nutrition information panel for food labeling. The public is invited to provide comment.

Food for Thought. . .
Variability is the law of life, and as no two faces are the same, so no two bodies are alike, and no two individuals react alike and behave alike under the abnormal conditions which we know as disease.

- William Osler

From Shakespeare's reference to "pumpion" in The Merry Wives of Windsor to The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, pumpkin is woven into the fabric of history and cuisine. Native Americans roasted long strips of pumpkin over an open flame and ate them. Colonists made pumpkin pie by slicing off the pumpkin top; removing the seeds; filling the rind with milk, spices, and honey; and then baking the pumpkin over hot ashes. And we all know pumpkin transforms into Jack-o-lanterns for Halloween decor. Today, we appreciate pumpkin not just for culinary traditions, but also for its abundance of nutrients and versatility in healthy meal preparation, such as souffles, soups, bread, jam, butter, and desserts.

A member of the Cucurbitaceae family of vegetables (along with cucumber and squash), pumpkin is cultivated around the world for both its fleshy vibrant orange meat and seeds. It is a naturally low calorie (49 calories per one cup serving), yet filling food that offers the following health benefits:

Health Benefits

Pumpkin contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. It is rich in dietary fiber, antioxidants, minerals, and many antioxidant vitamins, including A, C, and E.
It is also an excellent source of many natural polyphenolic flavonoid compounds such as beta-carotenes, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Carotenes convert into vitamin A inside the body. Zeaxanthin is a natural antioxidant that may offer protection from age-related macular disease.
Pumpkin is a good source of the B-complex group of vitamins including niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, and pantothenic acid.
It is a rich source of copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus.
Pumpkin seeds provide dietary fiber and pack a powerful mix of protein, minerals, and vitamins: 100 g (1 cup) of pumpkin seeds provide 559 calories, 30 g of protein, plus folate, iron, niacin, selenium, and zinc.

Spiced Pumpkin Bread
Adapted from Bon Appetit Fast, Easy and Fresh cookbook
Yield: 2 loaves

Preheat oven to 350∞F

Butter and flour two 9x5x3 inch loaf pans


1 1/2 c. all-purpose flour (or gluten-free flour mix)
1 1/2 c. whole wheat flour (or gluten-free flour mix)
1 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
2 c. raw sugar (or raw honey)
1 c. sunflower oil
3 large eggs (room temp)
15 oz. (1 can) pure pumpkin
1 c. chopped walnuts (optional)

Sift first eight ingredients into a large bowl. In second bowl, beat sugar and oil to blend, and then add eggs and pumpkin. Mix well. Stir dry ingredients into pumpkin mixture in two additions, just until blended. Add nuts, if desired.

Divide between loaf pans. Bake approximately 1 hour 10 minutes, or until tester inserted into center comes out clean. Transfer to racks and cool in pans for 10 minutes. Cut around sides of pan with a knife to loosen. Turn loaves onto rack to cool completely.

What Do You Really Know About Your Dietary Supplements?

There ís a frightening and emerging trend plaguing the dietary supplement (DS) industry. Recent studies (conducted by independent labs, scientists, and/or newspapers) in which DS were randomly and independently tested have shown that DS products do not always contain the ingredients (or the purity of ingredients) stated on the product label. This concern goes across all supplements: vitamins, minerals, herbs/botanicals, and amino acids.

To complicate matters, manufacturers of DS are not required to submit products to the scientific scrutiny of the FDA because DS are regulated as a food product, not a drug. The Federal Trade Commission regulates advertising of product claims, but that has nothing to do with the purity and quality of the pill youíre taking. The FDA has the authority to spot-check supplements (and to remove products that violate certain regulations) but is not required by law to test, or require testing, on all over-the-counter supplements.

Several private groups, as well as the Government Accountability Office (Natural Resources and the Environment Division) want more done to hold supplement makers accountable for the purity of their products. Itís a heated debate, but as more clinicians, consumers, and retailers call for standardized practices for testing, producing, and marketing DS before they go on the market, the more confident we all can be about what we're buying.

Be an informed consumer:

Read labels and understand what the terms on the label actually mean (See Diagram). Ingredients you don't want to see include fillers, dyes, lead, dextrose, titanium dioxide, and magnesium stearate.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
Look for a Quality Assurance seal of approval: Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and the U.S. Pharmacopeia (USP).
Purchase products from your healthcare provider or a reputable company.
Research the product / company on the Internet: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). Look for product recalls and scams: FDA Health Fraud Scams & Tainted Supplements.
Your best source of educational support is a health care practitioner. Please let me know if you have any specific questions about the supplements I recommend.

What's Really in Your Herbal Remedy?

Herbal supplements (botanicals; plant-based medicine) have been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. Today they are recognized for having drug-like effects such as improving mood. Products that can have medicinal effects also carry risk, especially if taken with other medicines or supplements. However, most over-the-counter herbal supplements are not subjected to the same scientific scrutiny and aren't as strictly regulated as medications.

As noted in our article about dietary supplements, makers of herbal supplements are not required to submit their products for FDA approval before going to market. Their only requirement is to demonstrate their products meet quality manufacturing standards. Studies have shown this is not enough: Many over-the-counter herbals are contaminated or substituted with alternative plant species and fillers that are not listed on the label. According to the World Health Organization, this adulteration of herbal products is a threat to consumer safety.

Before buying herbal supplements, do your homework and investigate potential benefits and side effects. Follow our tips below to help identify quality herbal supplements. Before taking an herbal supplement, talk your health practitioneróespecially if you take other medications, have chronic health problems, or are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Quality Factors: Look for products that indicate standardized extracts; no fillers, preservatives/additives; naturally harvested; fair-trade/sustainable manufacturing practices.

Quality Control: Quality control (QC) refers to processes for maintaining the purity of a product. Without QC, there is no assurance that the herb contained in the bottle is the same as what is stated on the outside. One of the key solutions to the QC problem that exists in the United States is for manufacturers and suppliers to adhere to standardized manufacturing practices.

I am happy to share with you all of the information for the standards of practice and manufacturing I have for the supplements I recommend. I stand behind the products I have chosen for you to use on your path to wellness.

Cupping, a Traditional Chinese Therapy

Cupping is one of the oldest methods of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) dating back to 300 A.D. It was first described in A Handbook of Prescriptions for Emergencies, written by Ge Hong, a noted Taoist herbalist. Historical texts describe the use of various types of cups including bamboo and pottery, and medicinal treatment for headaches, dizziness, respiratory illness, and abdominal pain.

Today, cupping methods vary by intensity, size of the cups, use of heat or air, cup movement, and whether or not acupuncture is combined in a treatment session. Glass or thick, clear plastic cups are preferred because they allow the practitioner to evaluate the effects of treatment.

Like acupuncture, cupping follows the lines of the meridians. There are five meridian lines on the back, and these are where the cups are usually placed. In Chinese Medicine, cupping is believed to purge toxins and help to restore qi (life force energy) by opening the meridian channels so that qi flows throughout all tissues and organs to promote healing and vitality.

What Happens in a Cupping Session?

In a traditional cupping session (dry cupping), glass cups are warmed using a cotton ball that has been soaked in alcohol, is lit, and placed inside the cup. Burning a substance inside the cup removes all the oxygen, which creates a vacuum. (I use a more modern vacuum cupping style called air cupping. See below.) Next, the practitioner turns the cup upside-down and places it over a specific area on the body. The back, chest, abdomen, and buttocks are the most common sites on which the cups are applied. The vacuum effect anchors the cup and pulls the skin upward inside the cup. Cups are left in place for 5-10 minutes (sometimes longer depending on the condition being treated). Several cups may be placed on a patient's body at the same time. Small amounts of medicated or herbal oils may also be applied to the skin just before the cupping procedure; this allows a practitioner to move cups up and down meridians (gliding cupping).

In addition to dry cupping, some practitioners also use wet or air cupping. In air cupping, after the cup is applied to the skin, a suction pump is attached to the cup to create a vacuum. In wet cupping, the skin is punctured before treatment. When the cup is applied and the skin is drawn up, a small amount of blood may flow from the puncture site, which is believed to help remove harmful substances and toxins from the body.

What Does It Treat?

In China, cupping is used primarily to treat respiratory conditions such as bronchitis, asthma, and congestion; arthritis; gastrointestinal disorders; and for management of pain and swelling. Clinical studies are limited, though there is growing interest from researchers. For now, there isnít conclusive data on the effects of cupping for specific health concerns.

Is Cupping Safe?

While cupping is considered relatively safe for most people, it can cause swelling and bruising on the skin where the cups were applied. Bruising may last anywhere from a few days to two weeks. You may feel sore after treatment, but this will subside within 24 hours after a session.

Cupping should not be performed on individuals with inflamed skin, high fever, or convulsions, or with persons who bleed easily or who are pregnant.

Guiding Principles

The information offered by this newsletter is presented for educational purposes. Nothing contained within 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 contained within this newsletter.

October Newsletter- Prevent/Treat Cold and Flu

by Angela Rosen, LAc

October 2015
September went by in a flash! I hope you all had a great month and are enjoying the prolonged sunshine. Now that we are officially in the Fall season, it's time to start thinking about boosting your immunity to prepare cold and flu season. Remember, as the weather cools down, it's important to cut back on icy beverages and to keep your neck and shoulders warm during the chilly mornings and evenings. This is one of the basic tenants of Chinese medicine to keep people from catching cold.
There is a great soup recipe I have included to help boost your vitality if you start to feel run down.

In health and wellness,
Angela Rosen, LAc

September 2015 Edition

What's New

Some common cold stats: There are about 1 billion colds in the US every year, with every child catching it 6-10 times a year, resulting in 22 million school days being lost every year!

Natural Ways to Prevent and Treat Colds & Flu

When it comes to cold and flu season, prevention really is the first line of defense. To keep your body’s defense system—the immune system—in peak condition, follow our immunity-boosting tips to help your body fight off the bugs looking for a host. And, for times when you are feeling ill, the second set of tips can help ease your symptoms and support a quick recovery.


Cold & Flu Prevention Tips

Your immune system is at work 24/7! The best approach to supporting immune function is a healthy lifestyle that includes stress management, exercise, whole foods, nutritional supplementation, and the use of plant-based medicines. On a daily basis, you can take the following steps to help your immune system keep you healthy:

Wash your hands regularly to help prevent transfer of bacteria.
Stay clear of people sneezing or coughing. Avoid shaking hands or other close contact with anyone whom you know to be sick.
Make sure your home and work space are well-ventilated. Even on a cold day, open a window for a few minutes to clear out stale air.
Follow a consistent sleep/wake schedule so the immune system can repair and recover.
Drink plenty of water and eat a balanced diet that includes a variety of fruits and veggies, which contain antioxidants that help the body neutralize cellular damage.
Healing Tips

Rest. Sometimes the body’s only way of getting your attention is to force you to slow down by getting sick. Don’t push through fatigue. Honor your body and sleep/rest as needed to promote healing. Reduce activity at home and at work as much as possible.
Increase fluid intake to include water, diluted vegetable juices, soups, and herbal and green teas.
Eat light meals and eat more soup. Whether you choose a vegetarian broth or a heartier bone-broth, soups for healing should be loaded with a variety of herbs and veggies.
Manage stress. Even just 10 minutes of meditation a day has positive effects on the immune system and promotes a positive mindset.
Laugh—it truly is good medicine. Patch Adams was onto something when he brought humor to his patients’ bedsides. Read a funny book. Watch stand-up comedy. Share jokes with a friend or your kids. Laughter lowers the stress hormones and elevates your mood—both are good for healing.
Vitamin, Mineral, and Botanical Support for the Immune System

There’s no panacea, but a growing body of research has shown that certain vitamins, minerals, and plant-based supplements can help prevent/curtail the symptoms of colds and flu. Some that you may want to include are listed below. Talk to your practitioner as these suggestions must be tailored to your specific needs and health status.

Multivitamin and mineral formula
Vitamin C
Bioflavonoids, 1000 mg/day
Vitamin A
Vitamin D, 2000 IU/day
Zinc, 30 mg/day
Echinacea, elderberry, and astragalus (tea, capsule, or liquid extract) help prevent common cold and viral infections. Physician-scientists continue to study the immune-enhancing effects of these and other botanical remedies.

Food for Thought. . . 

“He who cures a disease may be the skillfullest, but he that prevents it is the safest physician.” 

- Thomas Fuller 


Eating Well for Super Immunity in the Winter Months

A healthy immune system is vital for helping your body deal with infections caused by viruses, bacteria, fungus, and environmental toxins. As the winter months approach, it becomes even more important to support your immune system by consistently eating a balanced diet, exercising, and making healthy lifestyle choices. But the real fuel for a strong immune system is using food as medicine. 

Super Soup

An immunity-boosting diet includes light, easily digestible meals throughout the day, especially soup. A myriad of health benefits and flavors are derived from the herbs, vegetables, and broth. Soups also can help curtail the onset or ease the symptoms of colds and flu. Look for soups that include immunity-enhancing ingredients such as ginger, onion, garlic, mushrooms, and a variety of veggies and herbs in a broth-base. As always, food made from scratch is best!

Super-Immunity Diet Guidelines

Include healthy fats such as extra virgin olive oil.
When it comes to seasoning your foods, incorporate a variety of herbs and spices for flavor.
For veggies, choose steamed broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, carrots, leafy greens, and sweet potatoes.
Fermented foods such as miso and yogurt help promote healthy intestinal flora and combat harmful bacteria in the GI tract.
Limit red meat; instead, eat moderate amounts of fish and poultry.
It’s also smart to limit sugar in your diet. Studies have shown excessive sugar intake can interfere with optimal immune system function.
As far as beverages, the constituents in green tea have been shown to be both anti-inflammatory and immune enhancing.
Cheers to your good health this winter!



Immunity Boosting “Better than Chicken Soup”

This immunity-boosting soup is made with a virtual garden of powerful ingredients (in bold) that contain beneficial nutrients for your immune system:

Turmeric adds a subtle flavor and a beautiful yellow color. The active ingredient is curcumin, a powerful antioxidant.

Black pepper also has antioxidant properties.

Cayenne pepper can clear congestion due to the main active compound capsaicin, which has anti-inflammatory properties.

Shiitake mushrooms are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain unique phytonutrients that contribute to good health.


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 small yellow onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, sliced
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
8 fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
4 cups low-sodium mushroom, vegetable, or chicken broth
1 1/2 cups finely sliced kale
1 cup cubed butternut squash
2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
6 slices astragalus root (optional)
1 fresh lemon, Juice of
1 teaspoon miso

In a sauce pot over medium-high heat, add oil and cook onion and garlic, stirring frequently, for 3 minutes.
Stir in turmeric and mushrooms, and cook 2 minutes more.
Add broth, kale, squash, ginger, cayenne, and astragalus. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover, and simmer 15 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool slightly, add lemon juice and miso. Cover and let sit 5 minutes before serving.
Nutrition Information per Serving: 90 calories (5 from fat), 0.5g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 5g sugar), 2g protein





Next to iron, zinc is the most common mineral in the body and is found in every cell. It has an important role in the workings of the muscular system, reproductive systems in both men and women, and proper insulin and thyroid function. Zinc is a catalyst for the vitality of the skin and wound healing. However, zinc is probably best known for supporting the healthy functioning of the immune system.

Several studies have shown that zinc lozenges or syrup reduced the length of a cold by one day, especially when taken within 24 hours of the first signs and symptoms. Studies also show that taking zinc regularly might reduce the number of colds each year, the number of missed school days, and the amount of antibiotics required in otherwise healthy children. New studies are also looking at how the body uses zinc and whether or not taking zinc can improve the treatment of celiac disease, diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease.

There are several forms of zinc, but not all are easily absorbed or appropriate for every person. The two best forms are zinc gluconate, and zinc citrate. According to the National Academy of Health Sciences, the need for a zinc supplement varies based on age, gender, pregnancy status, and other health factors. Zinc can interfere with the actions of some medications and can even affect the utilization of other minerals, such as copper. It’s best to first consult with Angela before taking zinc.




Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis)


For millennia, physicians and herbalists have found medicinal uses for all parts of the elder tree, including its wood, leaves, flowers, and berries. The branches of this native European plant were believed to cast off evil spirits. Leaves were used in ointments to heal wounds. Flowers and berries were used to make wine; infusions were a common treatment for colds and rheumatic conditions. Today, herbalists and holistic physicians commonly recommend elderberry for its immunity-boosting properties.

Elderberries are rich in vitamin C and flavonoids that act as antioxidants and exhibit anti-inflammatory properties. Studies have shown that elder extracts may inhibit the replication of viruses.

Elderberry syrup is made from an extract of elder fruits. Lozenges are often prepared with zinc and other herbs. Both are commonly used to help tame colds, coughs, and relieve flu symptoms. Syrups and lozenges are available on the market, but always check with Angela to be sure it is a quality product and you are taking an appropriate dose.

Important caution: Unripe berries are not safe to eat nor are the other parts of the elder plant. Since elderberry stimulates the immune system, it is not recommended for people with autoimmune conditions.




August Newsletter- Raising Healthy Kids

by Angela Rosen, LAc


August 2015 Edition

What's New

40% of daily calories of US children and adolescents aged 2–18 years come from added sugar and solid fats. Approximately half of these empty calories come from six sources: soda, fruit drinks, dairy desserts, grain desserts, pizza, and whole milk.


The Healthiest Kids on the Block

August Newsletter- Raising Healthy Kids, Mulberry Wellness in San Ramon, CA

Raising healthy kids sounds pretty simple: Provide good nutrition and 60 minutes of daily physical activity. Do that, and you’ll reduce your child’s risk for obesity, diabetes, and other chronic disease. But you’re up against a host of unhealthy temptations including advertising, peer pressure, and an abundance of junk food in shiny packaging.

The first and most important step you have to take for your child’s health is modeling healthy habits in front of them. Make a healthy lifestyle a family affair. Keep things simple. And don’t give up when kids get picky. The tips and resources provided below will keep you on track.

Keep Kids in Motion. Once kids return to school, they are sedentary for the better part of the day. Outside of school, make sure your kids have opportunities to stretch, strengthen, and build endurance for 60 minutes daily. Make time for creative play at the park where children can engage all the major muscle groups. Provide opportunities for trying new sports or creative movement classes. Get the whole family involved with obstacle courses, biking, or hiking. When the weather outside is frightful, visit an indoor pool, playscape, climbing gym, or bounce-house facility.

Limit Screen Time. With more schools incorporating digital devices into curricula, it’s important to monitor your child’s free time on the screen. For younger children, set a daily limit of 60 minutes, and for older children, set a limit of 120 minutes for all media—TV, movies, and games.

Consider having a “digital-free zone” in your home: one room designated just for reading, games, and music sans the headphones. Also, make one day a week (e.g., Sunday) a “device-free day” for all family members. Play games or get physically active, together.

A Balanced Diet, Not a Food Fight. No matter their age, kids can be picky eaters. Offer your child choices at meals that are acceptable to you, health promoting, and palatable. Model the healthy eating habits you want your child to have whether they are at home or out with friends.

When it comes to getting kids to try new foods, get creative: Blend veggies into homemade smoothies. Serve raw veggies with hummus. Make zucchini-based brownies. Add fresh berries and dark chocolate nibs to a small serving of frozen yogurt. For the youngest kids, try renaming foods—steamed broccoli with cheese becomes “Hot-lava-covered trees.” Kids’ palates change as they age; what they like/don’t like at age 3 is likely to be different at 13 and even 23!

Introduce and reintroduce healthy selections at all meal and snack times. And don’t fight about food…that only creates a lousy mood for everyone at mealtimes. Sometimes, it really is okay to skip the asparagus and still have dessert.

Tame the Sweet Tooth. Sugar intake for children is recommended to 3-4 teaspoons a day. Cutting back on soda, candy, and cookies is only the first step. Read labels to identify added sugar that can be hidden in foods including bread, condiments such as ketchup, and canned and frozen foods. Make your own frozen treats from fresh fruit, and cut down on packaged foods.

Sleep Well. During sleep, children’s bodies generate hormones important to healthy growth and development. A good night of rest allows children to wake energized for the following day. Research has shown that sleep plays a role in maintaining a healthy weight and promoting a positive mood. Try to keep kids to a daily sleep-wake routine, especially during the school week.


Food for Thought. . .

“You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.”

- Franklin P. Jones


Power of Juicing

Angela Rosen, LAc offers Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Fertility, Wellness in San Ramon, CA

While fresh, whole forms of produce are often best for our bodies, there are times when you might not be able to chow down on mixed veggies. For example, during times of illness or stress, appetite and digestive patterns can change, rendering our bodies less efficient at digesting and absorbing nutrients. That makes juicing an ideal way to nourish your body with the important nutrients found in nature’s bounty.

Juicing extracts the juice from fresh fruits or vegetables. The resulting liquid contains most of the vitamins, minerals, and plant chemicals (phytonutrients) found in the whole fruit. However, whole fruits and vegetables also have healthy fiber, which can be lost in the process of liquefying, especially if you remove the skins from fruits and vegetables.

Juicing can provide a healthy quick fix for busy mornings or eating on the run. When it comes to kids, juicing can be a fun and tasty way to get them to eat foods they tend to push off the plate. For all ages, juicing is an alternative to taking a multivitamin, provided there is variety in your selection of fruits and vegetables. As always, try to use organic products.

Juicing Tips

You can find many juicing recipes online and in books. Or, experiment with mixing up your own combinations of fruits and vegetables to suit your taste.

When juicing, keep some of the pulp. It contains healthy fiber and can help fill you up.

Many juicing recipes use only fruits and/or recommend adding additional forms of sugar – be it honey or agave. It may be best to first taste your juice for sweetness and blend in sweetener, if needed.

Many prepared juices and juice smoothies may contain more sugar and calories than you realize; these extra calories can contribute to weight gain. Read labels.



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Green "Super Hero" Juice

If you are having trouble getting your kids to even look at a glass of green juice (never mind drinking it), what you call it can make all the difference in the world. A few examples: Ninja Turtle Power Juice, Green Lantern Super Juice, or use the name of any green-colored character that happens to be your child’s favorite. You can also freeze juice as ice pops.


  • 5 cups spinach
  • 1 bunch kale (~8 stalks)
  • 6 medium carrots
  • 2 Golden Delicious apples
  • 1 lemon (peeled)
  • 3 slices of golden honeydew (could substitute cantaloupe or pineapple chunks)


Rinse all produce, even if using organic items. Use a juicer (or Vitamix-type blender) and mix to desired consistency. Smoother tends to be more palatable for younger children and easier for digestion. Yields 42 oz.

Pink Glow Juice

The name might tickle little girls pink, but for boys, renaming this one Red Rocket Fuel is sure to get them fired up!


  • 10 medium-sized seedless oranges, segmented (suggest Cara Cara or tangelo, if available)
  • 8 medium-sized carrots, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium-sized beetroot, roughly chopped
  • 15 strawberries (seasonal)
  • 1 cup crushed ice for serving


Combine all the ingredients together and blend in a mixer till smooth.

Strain the juice using a strainer, add the ice, and mix well.

Place ¼ cup of ice in 4 individual glasses and pour equal quantities of the juice over it.

Serve immediately.



Vitamin & Mineral Supplement Tips for Children

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Ideally, kids acquire all the nutritional fuel they need from a healthy, balanced, organic, and GMO-free diet. But even with such a diet, there can still be nutrient deficiencies due to exposure to environmental toxins, illness, or poor health habits and lifestyle choices. Or, if your child is following a special diet or is vegan, they may be missing essential nutrients that come from a more varied diet.

Just like adults, children can benefit from vitamin and mineral supplements. However, children’s metabolism and their immune, digestive, and central nervous systems are still maturing, so the effects and side effects of supplements can differ from those seen in adults. This is especially true for infants and young children. When considering nutritional supplements for youngsters, it’s important to seek a trusted source to increase the likelihood that the product has been properly formulated, labeled, and has gone through quality assurance testing.

A basic supplement regimen for children includes:

Multivitamin: Look for one derived from whole foods, or if that is not available, a standard formulation. Check labels to be sure the product is free from fillers, toxins, and added sugar.

Multi-mineral: A good quality multi-mineral includes an array of trace minerals such as zinc, magnesium, and calcium.

Omega 3s: Look for omega-3 fish oil supplements that have been independently tested for heavy metals and PCB (a man-made manufacturing substance and known cancer-causing agent banned in 1979 that may still be present in some manufacturing processes).

Probiotics: Ideally contain 10 billion, multi-strand organisms.

Vitamin D: Current guidelines suggest 600 IU.

Based on individual health needs, there may be times when a specific supplement regimen or higher amounts of a supplement may be needed—a decision best made with your holistic practitioner.



Kid-Safe Herbals For Health

Angela Rosen, LAc offers Acupuncture, Herbal Medicine, Fertility, Wellness in San Ramon, CA

Herbs not only enhance the flavor of foods, they provide a gentle, powerful, and natural approach to wellness. There are many kid-safe herbs that can be used as a tonic to support overall health, to support immune function, and to soothe common complaints such as a tummy ache or sore throat. Herbal remedies for children are commonly prepared as tinctures, infusions, or teas.

A tincture is a liquid preparation of an herbal extract (the medicinal parts of the herb). Tinctures are usually administered by mouth. For children, be sure the tincture is not prepared in alcohol. Look for tinctures extracted in vegetable glycerine or apple cider vinegar—these will be sweet and safe for kids.

Infusions, while prepared similarly to tea, do not contain leaves from the tea plant Camellia sinensis (e.g., black, white, and green tea). Infusions are prepared from the delicate leaves and flowers of herbs. A steeping process extracts the beneficial components of the herb: Place the plant parts in a jar and cover them with boiling water. Allow the liquid to sit for as long as you’d like, unless otherwise instructed. The longer the steeping process, the more potent the infusion will be. Infusions can be added to hot or iced beverages, and in cooking.

Herbal teas are made using water and are the easiest to prepare—but tend to be the least concentrated way of using herbs. You often have to drink larger quantities to achieve the same medicinal benefit than if you were using a tincture or infusion. But don’t discount its health benefits: An herbal tea is a real delight when you are nursing a cold. Check labels when buying packaged herbal teas—some will contain Camellia sinensis (the tea plant) and may contain caffeine.

A wide variety of recipes exist for herbal beverages. Follow herb preparation instructions carefully—especially boiling time and steeping time. Otherwise, the medicinal properties of the tea may be too strong or weak, bitter, or flavorless.

Herbal beverages, hot or iced, children may enjoy:

Fall: Astragalus, black elderberry, raw honey (immunity booster, cold remedy)

Winter: Ginger, cinnamon, lemon balm, hibiscus, raw honey (warming, good for colds)

Spring: Stinging nettles, rosehips, milky oat seed, raw honey (allergen fighter, especially at change of seasons)

Summer: Chamomile, lemon balm, rose hips, raw honey (calming, cooling)


It's Time to Play!

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With so much of life being planned around work, school, and organized sports, it’s increasingly important for kids to have unstructured time for play. When we gather to play a game, we open doors to having fun with others while also developing social connections, enhancing creativity, flexing problem-solving muscles, and nurturing emotional well-being. Through play, families can deepen their understanding of each other’s point of view, spark new interests, and strengthen cooperation.

When playing with children, especially younger children, it’s important for adults to take a step back to give youngsters a chance to create rules or make up games. Seeing their parents get silly and follow their rules can be both empowering and entertaining for children. Try these creative ways to bring more playtime into your family life:

Treasure Hunt. Create a themed scavenger hunt around your house or at a local playground. Try Letterboxing, which involves parks, hiking trails, and treasure!

Ultimate Playground Challenge. Number the stations at a local playground and have kids try to finish the stations in their personal best time. Older kids might want to compete against each other or a parent.

Great Outdoors. State parks offer hiking/biking trails, fishing, kayaking, canoeing (rent or bring your own), and guided nature talks. Also, try gardening or help clean up a local park.

Board Games. From Jenga to Twister to Clue, board games and role-playing games are great for families. Make this a community service outing by visiting an assisted living center to play games with residents who often don’t have family of their own to visit them.

Get Crafty. Build with Legos or blocks. Scrapbook. Visit a make-your-own pottery store. Check class schedules at your local craft store.

No Scorekeeper. Play for the fun of it! Don’t keep score…or choose activities that don’t require a scorecard: kite flying, Frisbee/Frisbee golf, dancing, hide-and-seek, yoga.



Guiding Principles

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The information offered by this newsletter is presented for educational purposes. Nothing contained within 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 contained within this newsletter.

How to Stay Stressed

by Angela Rosen, LAc

A few years ago, a good friend of mine shared with me this handout from a class she was taking.  In all the time I have been reading about people and their stress, these ideas are the most humorous summation of stress and what it does to us.  Enjoy!

Although Psychological Services and Personal Counseling has long been an advocate of stress management; stress, tension, and burnout are all still common complaints of students, faculty, and staff alike.  On account of this, we have come to the following conclusion: YOU ALL WANT TO STAY STRESSED!  The following provides you with a few reasons why.

Stress helps you seem important. Anyone as stressed as you must be working very hard and, therfore, is probably doing something very crucial.

It helps you to maintain personal distance and avoid intimacy.  Anyone as busy as you are certainly can't be expected to form emotional attachments to anyone.  And, let's face it, you're not much fun to be around anyway.

It helps you avoid responsibilities.  Obviously you're too stressed to be given any more work.  This gets you off the hook for all the mundane chores; let someone else take care of them.

It gives you a chemical rush.  Stress might be considered a cheap thrill, and you can give yourself a "hit" anytime you choose.  But be careful, you might get addicted to your own adrenaline.

It helps you avoid success.  Why risk being "successful" when by simply staying stressed you can avoid all of that?  Stress can keep your performance level low enough that success won't ever be a threat.

Stress lets you keep your authoritarian management style.  The authoritarian style of "Just do what I say!" is generally permissible under crisis conditions.  If you maintain a permanently stressed crisis atmosphere, you can justify an authoritarian style all the time.

Are you worried now about how to stay stressed?  You'll have no trouble if you practice the following clinically proven methods:

Never exercise. Exercise wastes a lot of time that could be spent worrying.

Eat anything you want.  Hey, if cigarette smoke can't cleanse your system, a balanced diet isn't likely to.

Gain weight. Work hard at staying at least 25 pounds over your recommended weight.

Take plenty of stimulants.  The old standards of caffeine, nicotine, sugar, and cola will continue to do the job just fine.

Avoid "woo-woo" practices. Ignore the evidence suggesting that mediation, yoga, deep breathing, and/or mental imaging help to reduce stress.  

Get rid of your social support system. Let the few friends who are willing to tolerate you know that you concern yourself with friendships only if you have time, and you never have time.  If a few people persist in trying to be your friend, avoid them.

Personalize all criticism.  Anyone who criticizes any aspect of your work, family, dog, house, or car is mounting a personal attack.  Don't take the time to listen.  Be offended, then return the attack!

Throw out your sense of humor.  Staying stressed is no laughing matter, and it shouldn't be treated as one.

Males and females alike - be macho.  Never ever ask for help, and if you want it done right, do it yourself!

Become a workaholic. Put work before everything else, and be sure to take work home on evenings and weekends.  Keep reminding yourself that vacations are for sissies.

Discard good time managment skills.  Schedule in more activities every day than you can possibly get done and then worry about it all whenever you get a chance.

Procrastinate.  Putting things off to the last second always produces a marvelous amount of stress.

Worry about things you can't control.  Worry about the stock market, earthquakes, the approaching Ice Age, you know, all the big issues.

Become not only a perfectionist, set impossibly high standards...and either beat yourself up, or feel guilty, depressed, discouraged, and/or inadequate when you don't meet them.

If anyone can provide a source where this material originated, I would be happy to cite it.

Holistic Integration

by Angela Rosen, LAc

Welcome to the new and improved Mulberry Wellness website! We are now holistically integrating our social media with the website. And, the new phone number and address for the office are finally up to date.

Please check back soon for updated articles about health, wellness, and a list of FAQs that I am constantly answering. They will eventually be published on the website, but as time permits, I will expand on these ideas in articles here.

I have made a few attempts to have a blog in the past, and they haven't worked well. It's time for a change. The consolidation of all of my "interweb" needs into one venue have inspired me to take this more seriously and devote some time and energy to the online presence of Mulberry Wellness.

Here's to a new beginning!

In health and wellness,