Dr. Amy Rothenberg has practiced naturopathic medicine since 1986 and is the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians, 2017 Physician of the Year. When diagnosed with cancer in 2014, Dr. Rothenberg sought care at a renowned teaching hospital and also added naturopathic doctors who specialize in integrative oncology to create her medical dream team. Her book, You Finished Treatment, Now What? A Field Guide for Cancer Survivors is a roadmap for lifestyle and natural medicine to address health challenges that persist after care, and to reduce risk of recurrence. She enjoys the good life in Western Massachusetts with longtime husband and collaborator, Dr. Paul Herscu.
Amy grew up as a kid who wanted to be a doctor, however during her early years, she became disillusioned with conventional medicine and how it failed to help her parents. She talks about what ultimately drew her into the world of Naturopathic medicine. It integrated all of her natural interests in one modality.
Besides being a doctor, Amy is a three time cancer survivor. She completed all of her treatments and is feeling healthy and strong; in fact, she just completed a triathlon.
As both a patient and a doctor, Amy recognizes that conventional cancer care is lacking in certain important areas. This lead her to write her new book: You Finished Treatment, Now What? A Field Guide for Cancer Survivors. She describes it as a “love song” to naturopathic medicine.
For years, the American Cancer Society said that one in four people would get cancer. Now, they say it’s one in three and moving toward one in two!
A recent study came out that 80% of cancer, diabetes and heart disease is lifestyle preventable. Amy wants people to feel empowered that they do have power, control and influence over their medical outcomes. She also wants to help people navigate what to do after they finish their treatment.
Amy tells us some of the most powerful lifestyle interventions: exercise; anti-inflammatory diet; stop or minimize alcohol; stop smoking and vaping; manage stress; sleep; community and connection with other people; plus botanical medicines and nutritional supplements.
Amy talks about why nature is such good medicine in her life. She loves spending time in the garden picking flowers and giving away flower bouquets. She finds it incredibly peaceful and healing.
In the end, Amy shares advice from her current self to her younger self and gives the prescription for living a beautiful life!
You can learn more about Dr. Amy and her work right here: https://dramyrothenberg.com/
You can order Amy’s new book here
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