Number 13, July 2010
Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter
Who are we now?


Not only have we relocated to a new physical space, we have had  significant shuffling of personnel at Pacific Naturopathic this springtime and summer. Dr. Dhurga returned to the Northwest to be with her partner who found work opportunities in Portland. Luca will be coming and going from Ashland. Dr. Agatha is making house calls through a boutique medical service in San Francisco.

Dr. Shanti is pursuing her passion of transformational medicine here at Pacific Naturopathic, rather than providing primary care. Dr Marcel is restarting Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center in Hawaii post special permit approval. Jenny, our office manager of 15 years, moved to Austin. Nancy (amazing Jenny's amazing mom!) has taken Jenny's place at the front desk, and Ardell is our new thermographic technician. Dr. Connie and Elijah Free maintain their steady practices in the midst of this, and Sarah is still a lovely presence at the front desk. We are all here to serve your healing needs.

In the coming months, look for exciting new healing modalities at Pacific Naturopathic. We are in conversation with selected stellar practitioners and will be announcing their services through this newsletter. We will also be able, through the expanded space, to offer classes. Stay tuned.

In This Issue
Our New Office
Dr. Connie's Musings
Elijah: Freeing - Rapid Pain Elimination
Dr. Connie: As We Change
Dr. Marcel: Easy Meal Replacement
Thermography: Up and Running!
Hawaii Retreat Center Re-opening
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Dr. Marcel's Website
Elijah Free's Website
Dr. Shanti's Info Page

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Classes and Events

Save the dates:

**Tuesday, July 20 at 7:30 PM at East-West Bookstore (650-988-9800) at 324 Castro Street in Mountain View: Elijah Free will offer a free demonstration of his Freeing technique. He will also speak on "Healing Structural Pain and Fibromyalgia."

**Wednesday, July 21, 7:30 PM at East-West Bookstore (650-988-9800) at 324 Castro Street in Mountain View, Dr. Shanti Rubenstone will speak on "The Joy of Life."

Schedule an Appointment:
Please phone Pacific Naturopathic at 650-917-1121.  The clinic is open M-F 9am-5pm.  The clinic is closed daily from 12-1:30pm.
Shanti Rubenstone, MD

Our New Office --

Spacious and Relaxing

In fact, our new office has been called "the oasis on the first floor" by building residents.  The light lavender walls, shoji panels and palm trees and orchids provide a soothing place to wait while your health care provider prepares for your visit.

Our new address is:

Pacific Naturopathic

2570 W. El Camino Real  Suite 111

Mountain View, CA 94040


Dr. Connie's Musings...

Dr. Connie pondering in the palm orchard at
Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center

Connie Hammock

Opening to the Ones in Suite 111

For the past 4 months or so, off and on, here and there, I have sensed an aroma that nobody else senses. Olfactory hallucination is the scientific name for this experience. Medically speaking, it is not a good thing. It says something about the electrical signaling functions of the brain. Experientially speaking, however, the aroma is delightful.

This aroma is indescribable in its essence, spontaneous and unpredictable in its appearance. Jack Zimmerman, communications and council specialist, and a friend of mine, suggested to me that the aroma might correspond with the awakening of an ancient part of the brain, a part more linked to sensory experience and intuitive understanding than those parts through which we customarily view reality.

Certainly our brains are evolving to cope with the awakening to energetic reality and the correspondent transformations occurring these days in individual and collective consciousness.  In this world of energy, symbolic reality holds greater sway.

I was reminded of the power of symbols as I was musing on the numerology of Pacific Naturopathic's new location in Suite 111. 
As soon as the suite number was known, friends and patients started sharing stories of the significance of double and triple digit numbers in their lives, particularly the ones. I was interested to read that the number sequence 111 is thought to be a sign that there is a gate of opportunity opening up, that thoughts are manifesting into form at record speeds, that a new and creative cycle is opening itself to expression in physical form.  

Let it be so in each of our lives.

Freeing -- Rapid Pain Elimination

By Elijah Free
Shanti Rubenstone, MDFreeing, also known as Rapid Pain Elimination, is a structural science that has the capacity to literally reconstruct, restore and re-sculpt the spine and entire skeletal system with virtually no pain or discomfort.
Freeing is for all types of pain in soft and hard tissue. This includes nerves, muscles, connective tissue, fascia and all places that soft tissue connects to bones. This work is highly effective for pain that may occur from injuries, misalignments, pinched nerves, congenital conditions, repetitive motion and more.
Most pain is caused by a lack of adequate space in the body wherever bones meet and articulate. When this occurs, soft tissue no longer attaches correctly and is pulled into uncomfortable and painful compromising positions.

Freeing gently restores the needed space allowing the painful condition in the tissue to be eradicated. A pain free body is often the result.
Where pain originates from is often misunderstood. Bones have no nerves to conduct sensation, while soft tissue does. When bones are torqued, turned, out of alignment or articulating incorrectly and are compressed where they meet, the soft tissue that attaches to them is pulled at inappropriate angles. Where soft tissue attaches to bone is called attachments. Attachments must have a flat or neutral surface to attach to. Each muscle has several attachments. If one or more attachments are not flat, then how muscles, ligaments and tendons flow from their anchor site is out of position with their natural alignment. This causes the soft tissue to begin any movement already stressed and pulling against itself and often other mechanisms of motion. This is one of the most common ways that pain and discomfort originate in the body.
The most common reason that this occurs is a lack of proper space between bones. Space is a very important principle in the structural system. Without adequate space, bones do not have enough room to move and articulate properly. It is like trying to open a door that does not fit in the frame correctly. It gets stuck and even jammed until the door is inoperable and remains shut. Bones do the same without proper space to move and meet each other within the structure of the body.
Freeing specializes in restoring the lost space where bones articulate and meet. Freeing also re-sculpts attachment sites insuring that soft tissue begins its movement from a neutral position, allowing the tissue to move smoothly and free of discomfort or pain.
Unlike many bodywork systems, Freeing uses only very gentle touch, effective because of the potent accuracy of how it is applied. Freeing is so soothing people often fall asleep during a session. It is totally non-intrusive and uses no force or cracking, but rather a soft touch and a deep understanding of how the body heals.

Find out more about Elijah Free and his work at his web sites:

Rapid Pain Elimination
Apprentice to Angels

As We Change

By Connie Hernandez, N.D.

Shanti Rubenstone, MDAs we grow and age, we humans undergo dramatic physical and emotional transitions as the hormones which influence the workings of our minds, moods and bodies ebb and flow. Teens undergo puberty. Women experience fertility and pregnancy cycles, then  menopause. Medicine has become increasingly aware of the male equivalent of menopause, now known as andropause. 
Most of us focus on the inconvenience and imbalance brought about by the shifting hormonal seas. We experience change in body weight, in cardiovascular health, in sleeping patterns, in immune function, in emotional well being, in sexuality. A common response is "just make it go away so I can be myself again!" 
A friend of long ago phoned me this past weekend, asking, "could you just give me one thing to ease this menopausal transition?"  I had to tell her that there really isn't a one size fits all solution. It is absolutely true that, in balancing the imbalances to even out the symptomatic reflection of our changing physiology, we can both feel and do better. And we have an array of medicines from which to choose...  nutritional, botanical, hormonal, energetic.
But there are also other aspects to the transition, and hidden gifts.  It is appropriate to our personal evolution that we evaluate and change our lifestyles as our bodies change.  There is an opportunity to redefine ourselves; to refocus our energies, to find new approaches to the challenges the world presents us. It is in this realm that energetic medicines, transformational counseling, life coaching, inner work and conscious outer change can reap great benefits.
Experiment with small changes. Follow a different path to work. Sample new foods. Try a different look. Re decorate your living space. See how small changes transform your world!

Find out more about Dr. Connie's consulting services at:


Easy Meal Replacement:

Nutritious, Delicious Protein Shakes

By Marcel Hernandez, N.D.


These utterly satisfying drinks offer an easy meal for either breakfast, lunch or dinner.  They can be made in the morning, put with ice in a thermos, and taken to work.


I like to vary my protein sources between hempseed powder (see below) and rice sources, just so my body doesn't become too accustomed and sensitive to one of them.  Hemp protein powder is high in essential fatty acids.  Rice protein powder is easily tolerated by most people.  Whey protein supports the immune system and aids in weight loss. (Many people do well with whey protein, though Dr. Connie and I do not.)  Soy protein is another popular, but controversial option, due to its effects on various hormonal systems in the body. Less common, but interesting are Brazil nut and legume (pea) protein powders.


Ultrameal, a superior product manufactured by Metagenics, is designed to serve as a nutritionally complete meal replacement.  It is available in our office in rice, soy and whey options and many flavors.


Raw Power, a hempseed protein powder is available in our office.  Raw Power features Brazil nut protein, hemp seeds, maca powder, and Goji berry. Available in natural, vanilla, and chocolate.


For mixed protein powder shakes, try the following recipe:


      2 scoops protein powder of your choice (see above).

      1 cup rice milk or nut milkStay away from grain milks, which cause reactions in many people, and soymilk, for the reason mentioned above.

      1 tsp essential fatty acid.  We like the light, almost tasteless cod liver oil from Nordic Naturals (found in our office and in any health food store), flax seed oil,  borage oil, or hempseed oil.  Alternating oils gives varying nutrients and reduces sensitivity to one type of oil.  When all is said and done, fish oil packs the most power in the EFA world. Coconut oil, though not an essential fatty acid, is an energy packed, heart healthy, and flavorful alternative.

  .   Fruit of your choice. We use mangos, blueberries, other berries, bananas, pears, peaches, apricots and anything else in season that strikes our fancy. 

       Optional ingredients:  Add  raw nuts (we use macadamia), vitamins, herbs and medications, probiotics, cocoa powder (use chocolate-flavored nut milks for a double dose of this powerful antioxidant), or a green powder of your choice (we like Vitamineral Green, which we carry in our office).  Liberate your imagination and experiment.


Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth and creamy.  For a delicious ice-cream like shake, add ice to the blender.  Fills one big glass.


When our son was a child, instead of serving him ice cream, we froze the shakes we made in tupperware-like popsicle makers found at Target type stores.  Yum.

Find out more about Dr. Marcel's work with men at:

Thermography Up and Running!

thermographyOur apologies to those of you whose thermography appointments were rescheduled after our move. Accurate thermography requires that the room be a particular temperature. Working with our new building's central heating and cooling system, it proved impossible to cool the room sufficiently, even after Manny, our wonderful maintenance man, cleaned and moved vents. We therefore stepped outside of the box, fit thermal curtains to the 11- foot windows, and purchased a mobile air conditioning unit with a rather industrial looking silver venting system that goes up through the ceiling. This is a great challenge to Dr. Connie's aesthetic sense, but we are looking at it as a conversation piece, and we are now up and running, regardless of 90 degree days!  To get things going again, we are offering a $30 discount on thermography appointments that are scheduled before August 31st.  Please feel free to copy the coupon below and pass it on to friends.

Find out more about thermography at Pacific Naturopathic at:

Thermography at Pacific Naturopathic

Save $30
Breast Thermography Special!

Come, visit our new offices, meet Thermographic Technician Ardell Hil, and experience this new form of preventive medicine.  Save $30 off the regular price of $225.  This coupon is fully transferable and may be duplicated.  To find out more about breast thermography, visit our wesbsite:

Offer Expires: August 31, 2010
Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii Retreat Center
Now Accepting Reservations

Sunset From Your Deck at Our Retreat Center


Beginning August 1, Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center will once again be open for business.  As many of our regular friends and patients know, Hawaii County shut us down last year, telling us that only agricultural activities could be performed on agricultural land.  At a hearing last January, the community support on our behalf was so strong that the County Planning Commission had no choice but to grant us a rare special permit allowing us to re-open our retreat center. We are now in the process of meeting county codes for a guest facility and our naturopathic clinic offices.


Something wonderful happens to our retreat center guests.  Most arrive jet-lagged and ready for relaxation, and they are not disappointed.  Many guests come as tourists and find it hard to leave the confines of the retreat center property as Polynesian paralysis (also known as "Island Fever") sets in.  We often find our guests dreamily passing days in a hammock under the palms, sunbathing in the private, secluded peace garden or just lying around reading a book on the lanai.  We also find them roaming the property grazing on in-season exotic tropical fruits or hanging out in the private sauna and hot tub. 

The minimum visit is 3 nights. If you're seeking rest, rejuvenation, and a naturopathic cleansing program, we recommend at least 6 nights.

See our websites for details. Phone 808-775-1505 for reservations, or email

[email protected]



Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center:
Hawaii Vacation Special!!!

Book before September 31, 2010 for a visit anytime in the next year and receive 10% off the total cost of your stay.  Coupon may be reproduced and is fully transferable.  Find out more about our center by visiting our websites:

Booking Opportunity Expires: September 31, 2010
An Invitation....

Shanti Rubenstone, MDBecause we would like to make this newsletter responsive to you and your needs, you are invited to send health questions you would like to see addressed to us at

[email protected]    

We would also like to invite you to share with other readers your experiences of health remedies that have worked surprisingly well for you.

 At Pacific Naturopathic, we offer evidence-based, integrated approaches to most acute and chronic health concerns. Bone health, breast health, men's health and prostate care, hormonal balance for both women and men, autoimmunity, cancer, cardiovascular health, inflammation, digestion, pediatrics, and metabolic cleansing are particular areas of interest to our practitioners. To encourage patient participation, we offer both guided self-help protocols and comprehensive doctor assisted protocols.  Our patients tell us they particularly appreciate our doctors, practitioners, and staff for our caring attitudes and commitment to service. Please phone 650-917-1121 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Shanti Rubenstone, MD