Archive | July 2014

MD vs. ND


Naturopathic Doctor

I wrote this comment during my first year as a naturopathic medical student at Bastyr University.

I have come to the realization that integrating medicine must happen in order for patients to receive effective care.

Here is the comment I sent out to the entire Bastyr campus: (Id love to hear your comments….so please post them)

May 2002

Hey All –

Having been on campus now for about a year, I have heard discussions (and participated in) about ‘allopathic’ medicine and how screwed up it is – and we at Bastyr University are the saviors of the true medicine. I know firsthand that there are fellow students that do not believe this at all – that MD’s and ND’s are out for the same result – to improve their patient’s lives.

In order for us to make it in the future as successful ND’s, we must stop putting ourselves on…

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Sweet Leaf Sweet Drops Cola Review!


I am a proud MOMs Ambassador Blogger, part of the MOMS Meet program. The goal of the MOMS Meet program is, to come together as an online community of moms and talk about the latest details on raising healthy families. We are dedicated to empowering our communities on green living by giving out free samples and information on these products. The thing is about these samples, you have to apply for them. You have to do it quickly because they are hot and they fill up fast! There are separate samples for all members to apply and another one for us bloggers. I have had three friends join! You should too! I am very happy to try this sample with my friends and family. I have been a fan of stevia recently. When I was taking pharmacognosy during my first semester, my professor was in love with stevia.  She had a stevia plant and would dry the leaves and grind them up into a powder. The cool part about stevia is that, when you dry the leaves, the sweetness remains!  She convinced me to try. I have made stevia powder and I loved the taste. It is very healthy and super sweet and it doesn’t spike up your blood sugar levels so, this can be beneficial for diabetes too. Always consult your primary care physician when considering incorporating stevia into your diet.

There are a lot of literature out there supporting stevia and its many benefits as well, especially if you want to ween off refined sugar. It is a sweet substitute to sugar with the benefits! I will write an awesome article later on stevia recipes, benefits, and literature on a later date. 🙂

Now, onto the SweetLeaf product. I loved the webpage! According to the company, SweetLeaf is a 100% plant-derived natural sweetener containing zero calories and zero carbohydrates. SweetLeaf Stevia Sweetener has developed more consumer stevia sweetener products than any other company, from a tabletop sweetener, flavored drops and delicious, multi-flavored water enhancers to tablets and a convenient shaker bottle for the pantry. This product can be use in tea, coffee, smoothies, protein drinks, and as an alternative to soda! It’s gluten-free, kosher, diabetic-friendly, and without any chemicals, alcohol, and aftertaste. It comes in many flavors, but this product is cola!

The sample came with a coupon, an information card, and the small sample size of Sweet Drops Cola. So, I added five drops (You are pleased to add more. I thought five drops was satisfying to me and stevia can get sweet) to water on ice and enjoyed. It tasted great! I am not sure if you all have tried stevia before, but it taste like that with an hint of cola. It tasted so natural! No aftertaste at all and the cola did not taste artificial either. I will be purchasing this product in the future. The coupon given is about to expire pretty soon. Unfortunately, the coupon did not work :(. I am happy to have sampled this product. It was delicious and others will love this too.

Cheers! 🙂


I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms MeetSM program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms MeetsSM blogger, I agreed to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of the product.

Would you go to a self-taught doctor?


My friend sent me a link to this opinion piece: Who is qualified to give nutrition advice? last week. I found myself growing increasingly frustrated as I was reading. One of the biggest frustrations I find working in the field of nutrition is that everyone’s an expert. I get it, we all eat, and many non-nutrition professionals pay attention to what they’re putting in their bodies. Nutrition information is everywhere and it’s not hard to seek out general, and even specific, nutrition facts. However, there are a couple of problems when it comes to receiving nutrition advice.

I don’t mean advice like your aunt telling you how to tweak your lasagna recipe or your friend telling you ways to get your kids to eat their veggies. We all give each other friendly advice like this, regardless of our educational backgrounds. It’s a whole other kettle of fish when you’re…

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Acupuncture Program: I changed my mind!



Hello everyone!

I am writing this post because, you guessed it. I no longer want to be enrolled in the Acupuncture program. Thank God I decided to quit before I started! I rather just stay in the naturopathic program and attend conferences, on-site or off-site training, webinars, buy books, and all other ways to add on to my practice. It’s cheaper and I am likely to utilize these tools more than acupuncture so I will not be wasting my time and money. So, I’ve sent my form over to the dean and I am out. Why the change of heart? Well, for four reasons:


1. I have pondered on the advice given to me by one of the naturopathic professors before she left to Washington. She told us to think about our practice now, even though we are not practicing but studying. Plan for the future! So, I took a lot of time this summer to do so. I have envisioned what type of residency I want to apply to, where I want to live and settle my practice, what modalities I wish to utilize, and what specialties I want to do. Acupuncture is not in it for me to do. I will be happy to refer my patients if needed. I have befriended some excellent acupuncturist in Connecticut.

2. The financial burden. Grants can go so far. I don’t have the money to cough up $2,000 out of pocket each semester. I have bills to pay, traveling expenses, and need that money for conferences and training! I rather use that money on modalities I find relevant to my practice, than to pay for a masters I know for a fact I am not going to utilize.

3. I am no longer interested and am enrolling for the wrong reasons. I had to attend a two-day orientation before I started my journey into naturopathic medical school. Two acupuncture professors came in to talk to us about the program. One naturopath, was talking up the program and how if it wasn’t for her acupuncture license, she would not have made as much money as a nauropath. Five students enrolled into the acupuncture program that day. I decided to wait and think about it more. Two people now regret getting involved. After the first year, you are at the point of no return because you already paid for those classes. You might as well finish. I wanted to get an acupuncture license out of fear. Fear, that I would not make any money as a naturopath. The more I’ve shadowed naturopaths in unlicensed and licensed states without an acupuncture license, the more I have seen them making tons of money. Their businesses were booming and packed with patients. They were always busy! So, just because she did not make money as a naturopath, does not mean I won’t. I already regret getting degrees in the past out of fear and the belief I will not make money. I am not going to listen to what other people think I should do in order to succeed. I was not pressured into naturopathic medicine. It is a passion and something I wanted to do so I have no ill-feelings or regrets about it. Acupuncture, I did. I should have consulted God at the time. I did this summer and he showed me that acupuncture was not for me. I am am glad I listened this time around. Whew! I am not making that same mistake twice. Enroll because you want to, not because the advisor told you to in order to get a good income in naturopathic medicine. That is not true! You will not be happy and severely regret it! Again, I have shadowed very successful and busy naturopathic doctors. They were making their money and they are not even acupuncturist!  Also, I wanted to learn more about Asian herbs and I heard that the program really doesn’t go in depth and isn’t as exciting. So, why pay extra money just to study Asian herbs, while I can take classes on only that or buy books and teach myself? Studying herbs takes years and so many herbalist are self-taught.

4. Looking at the advisor and all the negativity she has spewed on me while I was signing up, left an awful taste in my mouth. I cannot be with her for three more years. The naturopathic advisors are more friendly, positive, and love their jobs! I didn’t get that vibe from her and she is a naturopathic too. But, you can tell she valued acupuncture more. Which is fine. I believe, her not making money in naturopathic medicine says a lot about her and not the program itself. Like I said twice before, I have shadowed very successful naturopathic doctors, without needing to enroll in an acupuncturist program.

5. Most importantly, A LOT of naturopathic students I know are doing it. I will just leave this  here.

I am soooo glad I am out of that program! I am relieved and don’t have to worry about that anymore. Also, I could not imagine taking two sets of boards, one for naturopathic medicine and acupuncture! I have zero interest in acupuncture. However, if you want to incorporate this into your naturopathic practice one day and have an interest in acupuncture, then, I will not discourage you to enroll. Do it! Do what is best for you and your practice! 🙂

Cheers 🙂

Basmati Rice w/ Veggie Stir Fry



I am going back to school in three more weeks, so I have decided to eat more veggies and fruit to really clean out my system. I have made a delicious veggie stir fry with basmati rice. Basmati rice is very beneficial for blood type AB but neutral for blood type, which is me. So, majority of this dish was the veggies that are beneficial or neutral to blood type O, according to the Dr. D’ Adamo list. Here’s the recipe below:

1 bundle of  tuscan kale

1 bundle of dandelion greens

2 celery stalks

1 pack purple cabbage

1 onion 1 cup olive oil

1 tbs ghee

2 peppers

3 cloves of garlic

2 tablespoons turmeric

2 tablespoons oregano

2 tablespoons curry powder

1/2 tsp salt


Clean the veggies and remove the stems and seeds if needed. Chop up the garlic and onion, sautee with the olive oil, seasonings, and ghee on medium heat. Add remaining chopped veggies and sautee for 10 minutes. Cook the basmati rice and add to the sauteed veggies and enjoy! 🙂

What’s Ahead!


It has been awhile since I’ve written a post on here. The summer is coming to an end and I am actually making so many plans for my future. Especially, making sure I have a competitive application for residency and to do very well on the NPLEX  exams. This summer, I studied a little for the NPLEX, relaxed, and observed two doctors. I am going to deactivate FB this year because I have a very hectic schedule. I am in the acupuncture program now and will be in clinic this year. I want to do awesome, stay focused, and learn as much as I can in order to have a successful practice in the future. Any conferences and continued educational classes that are being offered, I am there! 🙂

On the topic of preceptorship for required clinic hours. All naturopathic medical students have to do this. I wanted to start collecting hours this summer, since I am not doing too much. The disappointing part is that, I have called so many naturopathic doctors in my area,  and only ONE agreed for me to observe them.  Another doctor agreed too, but he moved to Vermont so he is out. Darn! I wish my hometown was in a licensed state. I live in NY (unlicensed), so maybe that is why.  There is a naturopathic doctor who used to work at the hospital years ago. He owns his own business now so I gave him a call. Hopefully, he will make some time for me to observe him. He is out of town so I will know soon. I also contacted two MDs who specialize in integrative medicine. One, agreed right off the bat and the other wanted me to meet her at a place as if it is a job interview. I declined to meet because I don’t have time to do all that. I don’t know why she wanted to meet, but the summer is almost over and I don’t want to waste time. It is very difficult asking doctors to observe them. I know they are very busy and it is the summer time so they are most likely on vacation. I have three years, I have enough time. Plus, there are NDs in Conneticut I can observe. I have winter and spring break to occupy too.

Anyways, I wanted to come back up here and practice, but I am slowly moving away from staying in the northeast. I have gained an interest in the Pacific Northeast! I am thinking about checking out Washington, Oregon, and British Columbia before I apply to residency in these spots. However, my heart is tugging towards Washington, I even had dreams about this place. I have joined the Naturopathic Association there and the physicians are super nice, plus it was free! I am very excited to see the other part of the United States. I have never touched the west, but I am loving the fact that I am no longer scared and limiting myself anymore. I have looked into residency spots and jobs and noticed the western states have way more opportunities than the northeast at this time. I have visited the Cancer Centers Treatment of America in June, for the First Annual Naturopathic Oncology Conference. It was super informative and exciting! I wanted to apply to residency there, but I am not longer interested.  Like I said, I am getting very bored with staying in the northeast area.  After school, I am exploring. Life is too short and I want to travel to other states that I am interested in. Those states are far away too.

Easy Gluten-Free Cupcake Recipe


Sugarbomb Bakery

Hey guys,

The other day, Jason posted a picture of some Gluten-Free Cupcakes we made the other day, and said we would post the recipe soon.  And then, well, we forgot.  Some people have been asking for the recipe, so we are finally giving it to you.  These cupcakes are super easy, and a great introduction to the world of vegan, gluten-free baking.  You do need a couple of things you may not have laying around (like rice flour, chickpea flour, and xanthan gum), but you should be able to find them at any health food store.  Now, I’m not gonna lie, these ingredients are pretty expensive.  But they will last you a long time, and the flavor/texture you will achieve with these ingredients make the price totally worth it!

Gluten-Free Cupcakes

Ian and Jason’s Easy Gluten-Free Chocolate Cupcakes

You’re gonna need:
3/4 cup white rice flour
1/2 cup chickpea flour

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