Open Paths Integrative Medicine

Ronald Rosen MD PC


Anti-Inflammatory Diet

Posted by Robyn Harmon on May 18, 2017 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)

With all the diets out there it's hard to know which one is right for you. For certain conditions, Dr. Rosen recommends an anti-inflammatory diet as part of the treatment. This can be difficult, but helpful in managing chronic inflammation. Serious illness, like heart disease, cancers, Alzheimer's, arthritis and more, can be triggered or exacerbated by inflammation. While stress, lack of exercise, smoking and exposure to toxins can contribute, an unhealthy diet is the biggest source of prolonged inflammation.

Here's what to eat, and what to avoid, to help fight inflammation in the body.

Foods to  Eat

  • Fresh and frozen fruit (not citrus)
  • Fruit juices with no added sugar
  • Non-gluten grains: quinoa, millet, rice, amaranth, tapioca, wheat berries, buckwheat and oats
  • All legumes: beans, lentils and organic soy
  • All fresh fish
  • Chicken and turkey
  • Wild game
  • Health oils: olive, flaxseed, coconut, almond and grapeseed
  • All spices and herbs
  • All vegetables, fresh or frozen (except nightshades)
  • Brown rice syrup, maple syrup and stevia for sweeteners
  • Herbal tea and water
Foods to Avoid
  • All citrus fruits
  • Dried fruits
  • Beef, pork, sausage and cold cuts
  • Eggs
  • Gluten grains: wheat, barley, rye, spelt and kamut
  • Peanuts and pistachios
  • All dairy: milk, cheese, butter and yogurt
  • Nightshade vegetables: potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant and peppers
  • Margarine, shortening and canola oil
  • Alcohol, soda, sweetend fruit juices and coffee
  • Sugar and corn syrups
  • Processed foods with additives, colorings, MSG, and nitrates

Food can be the best medicine for treating illness. Call Dr. Rosen with any questions or to schedule and appointment at (541) 388-3804.

Oregon Hot Springs

Posted by Robyn Harmon on May 18, 2017 at 4:35 PM Comments comments (0)

In central Oregon, we are lucky to have a number of natural hot springs, all within a day's drive of Bend. Hot springs form when water is geothermally heated from within the earth's crust. Ranging from temperatures of 70-100 degrees, soaking has many health benefits. The mineral content varies with each tub, but all contain healing properties. For example, soaking may boost blood circulation, relieve pain or treat skin conditions. While I haven't yet visited all of Oregon's hot springs, listed below are some of my favorites.

Breitenbush Hot Springs

A popular hot spring located on OR-22 between Bend and Salem in Detroit, OR, make reservations early to soak here. Offering a cafe, yoga classes, retreats and massage, Breitenbush has day use availability, as well as cabins and camping spots for longer stays. Soaking areas are clothing optional and all ages are welcome.

Belknap Hot Springs, Lodge and Gardens

Located on the McKenzie River, Belknap has two pools of the hot springs water. This one is kid friendly, so be prepared for crowds of little ones. Offering cabins, lodge rooms, rv and tent sites, this resort makes for a fun mini-vacation. It does not have a year round restaurant, but a food truck opens in the summer. Bonus- the secret garden is awesome. My family stops here often on the way home from the coast, to warm up after a chilly beach weekend. 

Umpqua Hot Springs

More rustic than the previous hot springs, these teeter high over the North Umpqua River. Comprised of about 6 small tubs, each is hotter than the last. The walk to the unmanaged site is uphill and might be too uneven for small children. Expect nudity at this site, as well as some partying. Still fun, but my husband and I leave the children at home when we soak here. 

There are many more to explore, including hot springs at East Lake, Paulina Lake and Summer Lake. All offer unique experiences and are a must see for all Oregonians. 

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosen call (541) 388-3804.

Tips for Healthy Skin

Posted by Robyn Harmon on April 28, 2017 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Before I got involved in front office work, I went to school to become a licensed esthetician. The program I attended had a holistic approach to skincare, and it was there I first learned about a lot of alternative therapies. While my spa career never took off, I still learned a ton of valuable tips to keep my skin healthy. Keep reading to learn how your skin can look its best!

  • Drink water. The skin is our largest organ, and its main purpose is to act as a barrier. Considering this, any skincare product can only penetrate the surface layers of our skin, which is really just dead cells anyway. While you can plump these layers up temporarily with products, to achieve truly hydrated skin you must treat it internally by drinking a ton of water. The daily recommended amount is half of your body weight in ounces. For example, a 130 pound woman should drink about 65 ounces of water each day.
  • Wash your face. But only once a day, preferably in the evening. Use a cream based cleanser before bed to wash away any make-up, free radicals or dirt from your pores. Foaming cleansers are too harsh for most skin types, as they strip away necessary oils.
  • Exfoliate. Remember those layers of skin that are mostly dead cells waiting to be sloughed? Help them with regular exfoliation. Getting rid of these layers will allow new, fresh cells to surface.
  • Buy quality products. I would love to be able to tell you that price doesn’t matter when it comes to skincare. But it does. While all products may contain similar basics, cheaper versions will contain less of the active ingredients you need. Instead, the products are bulked up with fillers. Better products will last longer though, as you will need less to get benefits.
  • Buy safe products. Know what harmful chemicals may be in your personal care products. While the European Union has banned over 1,000 ingredients for use in beauty goods, the FDA has only banned 9. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) is a great resource, as they are a non-profit that maintains a database of personal care products and their ingredients. Their annual sunscreen guide is invaluable.
  • Stay out of the sun??? Personally, I believe that the benefits of vitamin D outweigh the risks of sun exposure. This may not be a popular opinion, but I feel it’s beneficial to feel sun on your skin daily if possible. Unfortunately, the effects of sun damage to the skin are well documented. So, I wear a hat to protect my face and am careful not to burn. Do your own research and discuss this with your doctor.
  • Eat right and take your vitamins. Fruit and vegetables provide antioxidants and vitamins that make your skin glow. Essential fatty acids are crucial for healthy skin. Flax seed oil, borage oil and fish oil are good sources. Vitamins A and C protect the skin from the effects of environmental pollutants and aging.
  • Schedule acupuncture. Since acupuncture helps to balance the body by unblocking and stimulating the flow of qi, a variety of skin care complaints can be treated. Acne, wrinkles and dullness can be addressed. When I was in school, we viewed a demonstration of an acupuncture facelift. Said to be just as effective as surgery, true results require multiple visits.

Of course, everyone has different skin that requires unique care. But these easy suggestions can help everyone, regardless of skin type. Remember that the skin is our largest organ and proper care allows it to function at its best.

Any favorite skin care tips? Leave a comment with any suggestions.

Call (541) 388-3804 with any questions or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosen. 

Seasonal Allergy Relief

Posted by Robyn Harmon on April 21, 2017 at 1:40 PM Comments comments (0)

For seasonal allergy sufferers, springtime in Central Oregon can be miserable. Juniper, in particular, can cause multiple problems for those affected. My first few springs in the high desert were miserable, and I was debilitated by the severity of the allergic reaction. Fortunately, my juniper allergy has been resolved. Keep reading to find out how.

A member of the cedar family, juniper plants release pollen during the spring months, with March and April seeing the most activity. Often, individuals who experience no other environmental allergies will be affected by juniper, as the structure of the pollen itself allows for easier transport to nasal membranes.

Symptoms include

  • Sneezing
  • Congestion
  • Itchy, watery eyes
  • Coughing
  • Shiners (dark circles under the eye)
  • Sore throat
  • Fatigue

While OTC medications are available to treat allergy symptoms, many users report adverse side effects, such as fatigue, dry mouth and constipation. Fortunately, there are safe home remedies that can be done to relieve ailments, as well as effective, non-invasive treatments offered by Dr. Rosen.

Home Remedies

  • Neti Pots- These small, ceramic pots are filled with sterile warm water and salt and used to flush the nasal membranes. Inhaled pollen lives in the nose until it is broken down by the body, when it is then recognized as an intruder. Flushing the pollen before the body releases histamine as a defense will substantially reduce allergic reactions. Use the neti pot three times a day and be sure to clean between uses.
  • Local Honey- Eating local honey consistently throughout the year may reduce allergy symptoms in the same way allergy shots from an allopathic doctor would- by exposing the user to small amounts of local pollens to build up less sensitivity. Bee pollen is thought to be even more effective and may be found at local farmer’s markets. Remember to buy local honey, and use daily for the most benefit.
  • Stinging Nettle- This safe plant is used to make a tea that may relieve allergy symptoms. The leaves contain compounds known as anti-oxidants, which help the body heal from damage caused by oxidation. Drink stinging nettle tea daily during allergy season, as it helps reduce inflammation caused by pollen. The nettle leaves can be found in any health food store, and it is prepared by adding 1-2 teaspoons of dried leaf to hot water, steeped for 5-10 minutes.

Treatment Options

  • Nambudripad’s Allergy Elimination Techniques- Commonly known as NAET, this treatment was developed by Dr. Devi Nambudripad in 1983 to alleviate allergies from a holistic approach. In this method, contact with an allergen causes a block in the body’s energy pathways. NAET attends to that blockage, which allows for restored energy flow. The treatment itself is gentle and only takes about twenty minutes per session. One allergen is addressed each visit, and relief may be felt immediately. In addition to seasonal allergies, NAET treatments may help with reactions to animal dander, food and chemicals.
  • Chinese Medicine- This ancient science examines the root cause of seasonal allergies. In Chinese medicine, deficiencies of the body are thought to be responsible for an overactive immune system response to pollen. Caused by genetic factors, dietary habits and lifestyle, imbalances may be treated with acupuncture and Chinese herbs in the form of tinctures, capsules and powders for symptom relief.


In my experience, one NAET session with Dr. Rosen eradicated my juniper allergy. Now two years later, I've had one additional treatment to address the allergy. When rare allergic symptoms develop, nettle tea calms the reaction. 

Does juniper trigger symptoms for you? I’d love to hear how others handle this bothersome condition, so please leave a comment about your experience.

Call (541) 388-3804 for more information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rosen. He has trained with Dr. Nambudripad and is board certified in Medical Acupuncture.