Monthly Archives: July 2013

Food of the Week: Quinoa!

This is a great recipe for anyone willing to try out Quinoa, the magic food of the month! Did you know Quinoa is a whole grain AND a complete protein? A good source of fiber and gluten-free, this grain cooks just like rice and has a rich nutty flavor. The recipe below is one of my favorite ways to cook Quinoa. Use with any stir-fry dish or vegetable marinara or ragu for a tasty and healthy alternative to pasta or rice.

Quinoa Cakes

(This is part of a greater recipe including Eggplant-Tomato Ragu.)

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* 1 1/2 cups water

* 1 cup quinoa

* 1 large egg, lightly beaten

* 4 to 5 tablespoons olive oil, divided

Prepare Quinoa Cakes:

Wash quinoa in 3 changes of water in a bowl, then drain well in a fine-mesh sieve. Stir quinoa into boiling water and return to a boil, then simmer, covered, until quinoa is dry and water is absorbed, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, 5 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and cool, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes, then stir in egg.

Line a baking sheet with plastic wrap and lightly brush with oil. Lightly oil a 1-cup dry-ingredient measure. Pack enough quinoa into measure with a rubber spatula to fill it two-thirds full. (If spatula becomes sticky, dip in water.) Unmold onto baking sheet and gently pat quinoa into a 4-inch-wide patty with spatula. Make 3 more quinoa cakes, brushing measure with oil each time. Chill cakes, uncovered, at least 15 minutes.

Cook Quinoa Cakes:

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until it shimmers. Carefully add quinoa cakes and cook, turning once carefully and adding remaining 2 to 3 tablespoons oil, until crisp and golden, 8 to 10 minutes total (pat cakes to reshape with cleaned rubber spatula while cooking if necessary). Transfer to plates.

*Cooks’ notes: Quinoa cakes can be formed 1 day ahead and chilled, covered.

Omega 3 Myths: Are you increasing your prostate cancer risk?

Many of you may have read about the new research associating high omega three blood levels with an increase in prostate cancer. Let me tell you there is by no means a direct link to an increased risk of prostatic cancer if you take fish oil supplements.  The most plausible explanation is that many of the individuals tested do not properly digest, use, or metabolize their omega 3 oils. OR it could be that the quality of fish or oils they are consuming have high mercury or heavy metal contents– a clean product is essential. Also, without proper whole nutrition and a good balance of anti oxidants and minerals to properly utilize the fish oils consumed, further damage can occur if there are heavy metals present in the oils– we all need balance to digest properly. This study does make me pause as a physician to make sure that we maintain BEST practices as Naturopaths; always looking at the whole picture and not individual components. If you have any concerns please bring it up with your Emerald City Clinic physician as we encourage each of you to be stewards of your own health.  Respectfully submitted, Dr.  Molly Niedermeyer

Molly Niedermeyer discusses her 5 Point Health Plan for the Crown Hill Business Association

Next Wednesday, July 17th from 5-7pm the Crown Hill Business Association will be meeting at Holy Grounds Coffee House in Crown Hill. Our own Dr. Molly Niedermeyer will be the guest speaker; providing a general overview of naturopathic principals and touching on her 5 point health plan. She’ll also have a short question and answer session. For those of you interested in business networking with other professionals in the area and supporting Emerald City Clinic, we’d love to have you join us!

Here a sneak peak at Dr. Molly’s 5 Point Health Plan:


And More about the Crown Hill Business Association:


Look forward to seeing you!

Amanda Zuluaga

Clinic Manager, Emerald City Clinic

Secretary, Crown Hill Business Assocation

Create Possibility – Queen Anne Community Blood Drive – Sat, 7/20

As a blood donor, you create the possibility of…
  • Lives saved, suffering eased, & families remaining intact in the wake of emergency.
  • Generosity, connection & care showing up in the lives of those around you.
  • Healthy opportunities for others to discover enlivening connection through bold giving.

The first step of any powerful outcome requires you to show up and evoke its possibility. In other words, “You must be present to win!” Plan your possibility right here.

Boy Scouts of America Troop 70 presents
Saturday, July 20

Queen Anne United Methodist Church
1606 5th Ave W – in the Basement

9:00am to 3:00pm
(closed 11:30 to 12:15)

Reserve a time at

Please share your own invitation to people you know to be – or want to see – bold and generous in the world.

Thank you for contributing powerfully to our community!

Scott Concinnity

Donor Resources Representative, metro-Seattle


Puget Sound Blood Center

blood services |  medicine  |  research 

5400 2nd Avenue S, Seattle,  WA 98108

P (206) 292-1883  •  C (206) 384-6098  •

Skin Health

From Dr. Kelley Barnes-Valdes

Skin issues are common among people of all ages.  We all tend to reach for lotions, creams, or salves when this sort of thing arises, but the truth of the matter is that our body is telling us that there is something going on at a deeper level.    The most common cause of skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, and candida rashes is poor digestive health.  If these rashes appear in young children, we first look at the most recently added food in the child’s (or nursing mother’s) diet.  Often times a food elimination is all that is needed to cure the rash and keep the child from having more worrisome complaints in the future.  In adults, we look at quality of digestion, probiotics, and antibiotic use among other things- your doctor can help you assess what needs to happen to bring your skin back to health.  

Frequent Urinary Tract Infections

Frequent Urinary Tract Infections

information from Dr. Erin Westaway
Recently I’ve been seeing a surprising number of women with chronic or recurrent urinary tract infections and I wanted to share some observations that might help prevent other women from having to deal with similar issues. For many of these women, the symptoms resolve only when dealt with on a physical, mental, and emotional level. They are a great lesson to us as patients and as doctors in truly addressing the whole person. Here is a sample of observations on all three levels that may help with prevention.
· Sweets and simple carbohydrates (including just too much fruit or juice) raise the blood sugar and suppress the immune system leaving you susceptible to infection.
· Repeated antibiotics (for past urinary tract infections or other issues) destroy the good bacteria in the digestive tract, which interferes with immune function leads to leaky barriers in the urinary tract as well as the digestive tract and can cause increased inflammation of tissue, making it more susceptible to infection
· Repeated infections generally lead to angry tissue throughout the urinary tract. This tissue is easily irritated and patients may experience symptoms even without an actual infection. Breaking the antibiotic cycle is very important in getting rid of chronic infections.
· When we don’t drink much water, we don’t flush bacteria out of the urinary tract as well or as often. Staying well hydrated is the best prevention.
· Many of these infections occur after sexual activity. Urination within a few minutes following sexual activity is an important prevention for urinary tract infections.
Mental: Too much intellectual activity or analytical thought can disconnect us from our bodies and cause an imbalance. Exercise, especially involving the pelvis, is a great way to shift out of the head and into the body. Consider dancing, hula-hoop, or yoga, but any physical activity is good.
Emotional: Please note that I am not implying that urinary tract infections are purely emotional issues, rather that there is an emotional component to most physical illness and these emotional patterns come up often in people who are prone to urinary tract infections.
· Every organ and area of our body is associated with a primary emotion. The pelvis in general is about safety. Any issues about safety, particularly as they relate to intimacy, will often manifest in the form of discomfort or disease in the pelvis. All patients with frequent urinary tract infections should carefully consider where they might feel unsafe.
· Bladder emotions: the bladder is often associated with fear and shame. These emotions are often important to work through for people struggling with bladder related issues.
When I look at my patients from all these perspectives, I find that there are many tools for addressing the underlying cause of chronic bladder and kidney infections. Through dietary changes, herbs, counseling, homeopathic support, and hands on medicine, we are able to support the whole person, creating the environment for a healthy bladder.

Lung Health

We are seeing a lot of clients with lung issues recently, which seem to be long standing from 2-3 weeks to 2 months. First, many of these lung issues seem to be reactive airway disease which is an allergic reaction to something  (eg pollens, virus, etc).  This is just a heads up but more importantly I wanted to address the 3 day rule.  If you have been experiencing any health issue that is NOT resolving within 3 days; this warrents contacting your Emerald City Clinic physician as most health issues that are new begin resolution within  three days.  If your discomfort lasts than this, it often can become chronic if we do not intervene in some fashion.  Help us help you become better!  Thanks  Molly