Number 14, August 2010
Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter
Summer Specials Continue!


As we all adapt to summer's impending end, and our clients continue to adapt to our lovely new location, we are continuing to offer an expanded newsletter, acquainting newcomers and old patients with the practitioners and services offered here at Pacific Naturopathic. Dr. Marcel interviews long time associate  Elijah Free in this issue. And Drs. Connie and Marcel answer oft asked questions in their musings and articles.
We are continuing our summer specials at Pacific Naturopathic for one more month. See the thermography and retreat center coupons at the end of the newsletter.

In This Issue
Our New Office
Inspired Healer: Elijah Free
Dr. Connie's Musings
Sorting Through Supplements
Flu Shot Dangers
Hawaii Rettreat Center
An Invitation
Quick Links
Pacific Naturopathic
Dr. Connie's Website
Dr. Marcel's Website
Elijah Free's Website
Dr. Shanti's Info Page

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For Readers Still Trying to Find Us...

2570 W. El Camino Real, #111
Shanti Rubenstone, MD
We're in this Big Beautiful Glass Building...

Yes, people have gotten lost on their way here.  For some, our building is invisible. We think these folks carry the concept that a naturopathic office should be in a funky, organic structure and not in a comfortable, upscale glass office structure.

We are on the first floor of a six-story building in San Antonio Shopping Center just south of the corner of San Antonio Road and El Camino. For the landmark oriented, we share a parking lot with Trader Joe's. Just walk out of TJ's, look to your right, and you will see the glass building.  We've had people phone us from the parking lot, looking right at the building and not seeing it.


Pacific Naturopathic

2570 W. El Camino Real  Suite 111

Mountain View, CA 94040


Meet Elijah Free

Inspired Healer at Pacific Naturopthic

Shanti Rubenstone, MD Elijah Free has been an associate with Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel at Pacific Naturopathic since January 2000. 2010 Celebrates his thirty-fifth year in the healing arts. Dr. Marcel interviewed him for this edition of the Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter.
How would you describe the work you do?
My work is to eliminate all types of pain in the body, both mechanical and metabolic. This means to truly eliminate pain, not just manage it. Freeing, also known as Rapid Pain Elimination, is a structural science that has the capacity to reconstruct, restore and re-sculpt the spine and entire skeletal system with virtually no pain or discomfort.
Freeing is so gentle people often fall asleep during a session. It is totally non-intrusive and uses no force or cracking, but rather gentle touch and a deep understanding of how the body heals.
What was your inspiration for entering the healing profession?
I was in severe pain for nearly two years with no end to the suffering in sight after several bad falls that injured my back. During the second year of this pain, one day I cried out to God, "If you ever let me get out of this pain, I swear I will learn to heal other people." After a year of praying on this, one day I woke up and all of my bones went back into place on their own. Several days later, a friend who had been badly injured in an accident was to go in for spinal surgery. He had heard how I had healed myself and he came to me for help. I healed him in minutes and found my path as a healer. This is written in more detail in my first book, Apprentice to Angels.
What people have inspired you in your work?
The greatest inspiration was our family general practitioner, Dr. Isadore Orris, who cared for my family when I was young. He epitomized the compassionate care that one in the healing arts must constantly demonstrate for his patients.
What do you see is your role in the healing relationship between yourself and your clients?
My role is to help my patients become free of the pain and suffering that has kept them from a full and joyful life. As a healer, my life is no longer only my own. I strive to live a life that inspires my patients that they also can heal just as I did, and that they can work at it in active participation rather than exist in the passive acceptance that they will live in pain. I work to bring understanding, hope and healing where it may not have previously existed.
What projects are you currently working on (books, articles, formulas, etc.)?
Right now, my patented fibromyaligia formula is doing very well on the over the counter market. So also are the formulas for arthritis and TMJ. This year the publishers of Apprentice to Angels and myself are working on a marketing plan to bring the book further to the public. Later this year, I am completing work on a small book entitled, "God Cannot Go Into Recession." It helps one to better understand how divine supply cannot be withheld by the mortal belief of lack. I will also begin my fall teaching schedule of Freeing at Healing Arts Institute. I am also planning on teaching a Freeing class at our new clinic.
What conditions do you have the most success with?
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.
What mysteries are you still working with?
Why dogs have to bark so much.
What are your greatest challenges as a healer?
My specialty is people with chronic and acute pain that have not found relief elsewhere. I work to constantly be vigilant to create better and more efficient ways to heal the people who place their trust in me. This means to be open to a constant flow of inspiration to better understand what needs to occur for their healing to take place. The real challenge comes more in my personal life wherein my life as a healer and my life outside the clinic become truly one life of constantly inspired healing.

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Herbalism in Action: Elijah Free's work on Fibromyalgia

Elijah Free specializes in the elimination of pain, both mechanical and metabolic. One example is  fibromyalgia, for which Elijah has patented an herbal formula called Fibro Relief/DS-1. The formula was designed to address the underlying cause of fibromyalgia, as Elijah sees it.

In answering the question, "what is fibromyalgia," Elijah explains that fibromyalgia is hardened fibrin, which begins as the size of a cell. When the hardened fibrin becomes large enough, it presents as a hard lump, creating tension and pain. Once fibromyalgia begins, it does not stop on its own. Fibromyaligia tissue is most common wherever the body has enough tissue for it to grow in. The growth process can begin when one is quite young and is most common in women.

 As to what causes fibromyaligia, Elijah understands it to be a complex nutritional deficiency. There is a domino effect in the metabolism called a nutritional cascade effect. Metabolically, a wrong chemical signal is released in the body. As a result, the body is told that fibrin, which is normally in a semi-solvent state should be in a non-solvent or hard state.

 The Fibro Relief/DS-1 does not directly affect the hardened fibromyaligia tissue . It addresses the underlying nutritional deficiency. The formula helps to restore the natural chemistry of the body. The body then is able to re-absorb back the hardened fibrinous tissue. This fibromyaligia tissue, over a period of time, literally vanishes as the affected tissue returns to its normal consistency.

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

Rapid Pain Elimination
Apprentice to Angels
Dr. Connie's Musings...

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

Connie Hammock

Shedding Concepts

Remember how the South American Indians did not see the Spanish galleons, as they had no experience of such ships? Our new location is like that for some of our patients. They don't expect to see us in a "corporate" building, so it is invisible to them, even when standing directly in front of it.
This is a matter of concepts and expectations limiting and directing experience, and blinding us to the reality of what is. This holds true in all areas of our life. If we expect to be helped, we likely will be helped. If we believe that nothing has ever worked for us and nothing ever will, the chance that someone will be able to break through our concepts and help us is virtually nil. If our concept and expectation is that we never get a good night's sleep, it is probable that we will continue to believe that whether or not we do get a good night's sleep.
In interpersonal relationships, if we hold a concept of someone as dishonest, we unconsciously seek to prove out that concept by mistrusting their every action. Studies have shown that we can change another's behavior (and thus, our own experience of them) by emphasizing even one positive aspect in the behavior of that person whose behavior we find to be generally negative. 
It's a powerful teaching. Change your expectations; be present in the moment, and the world changes. Try it!

Sorting Through Supplements

By Connie Hernandez, N.D.

Shanti Rubenstone, MDThose of you who have been in to see me know that I like you to bring your supplements with you, rather than simply reporting to me what it is that you take. The reasons for this are many. I often hear that someone has tried this or that supplement and that they believe it has either not worked for them, or that they have had an adverse reaction to it.
There are many reasons why a well indicated supplement may not work for a person. The person may have taken an incorrect dosage, or may not have taken it for an adequate period of time.  People are often confused by labeling which indicates the ingredients in a number of capsules, versus one capsule. In addition, dosages suggested on bottles are also generally maintenance dosages versus therapeutic dosages.
The specificity of ingredients also varies. Magnesium is a great example. When magnesium is not absorbed, it can cause gastrointestinal disturbances. Some forms of magnesium are better absorbed than others. And certain forms of magnesium have specific benefits. We use magnesium taurate when there is a cardiovascular issue or an anxiety issue; magnesium malate with musculoskeletal issues, and so on.
The quality of ingredients is also an issue. Assays done on supplements purchased here and there are disconcerting in that it is sometimes found that the percentage of active ingredient listed in the product varies hugely from the actual percentage. With fish oils, it is important that the manufacturer assay every batch for heavy metal toxicity, so that you are not consuming mercury along with your essential fatty acids. 
It is always important to check for excipients, which are added, non-nutrient ingredients. If your supplement contains food dye, allergenic substances, sugar, or other additives, you can conclude that it is not in your best interest to take that supplement. At Pacific Naturopathic, we evaluate the manufacturing processes and the quality of the supplements of companies with whom we do business, and of companies who work with retail outlets. We endeavor to pass this information along to you.
Taking into account all of the above maximizes supplement benefits and minimizes side effects.

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



Flu Shots May Be Hazardous to Your Health!

By Marcel Hernandez, N.D.

Dr. Marcel on his "other job" 
Shanti Rubenstone, MD
It's that time of the year again, which means Dr. Marcel will give his annual perspective on flu shots.  No, my perspective hasn't changed since last year. 
Flu season is the time of year when the media and the government excite and terrorize the public into complete panic mode with headlines like "Vaccine Shortage Spawns Public Health Crisis," and warns us to get ours before the vaccine supply is gone.  The flu vaccine is especially recommended for people ages 65 and older and to those with serious medical conditions that could quickly worsen as a result of serious complications from the flu.

What isn't reported in the newscasts is potential dangers of the flu vaccine, particularly among the elderly. Dr. Hugh Fudenberg, one of the world's leading immunogeneticists, states the chances of getting Alzheimer's disease is 10 times higher if an individual has five consecutive shots than if they have one, two or no shots. This is likely due to the mercury-derived preservative and aluminum content of the vaccine.

Also not reported is that the flu vaccine can actually weaken the immune system and make you more predisposed to the illness. In fact, many people come down with the flu shortly after receiving the shot.

But that's not all.  Each year, a new Vaccine is developed that contains three different viruses (one influenza B and two influenza A strains). CDC officials select the new viruses based on which viruses were prevalent during the flu season in China and Australia the previous year! The CDC admits that the viruses selected for the new vaccine are chosen on the basis of an "educated guess." So there are no guarantees that the influenza viruses selected for the vaccine will be the identical strains circulating during a given flu season.
After cogitating on the paragraph above, next think on this:  If the flu shot is safe and effective, why is it that in 1997 the Associated Press reported that about 70 percent of doctors and nurses do NOT get annual flu shots?
If you choose to not receive the flu shot, discuss the options with your doctor. However, some simple quite effective things you can do for yourself to prevent the flu include and limit its symptoms if you do get it: 1) avoid white sugar and refined carbohydrates, which severely undermine your immune system: 2) exercise regularly to stimulate the circulation of virus-fighting white blood cells; 3) get adequate sleep; 4) eat a healthy diet (a visit with one of the naturopathic doctors in our office can help you define this); 5) drink plenty of purified water daily (water is the number one solvent to remove toxins from the body), 6) wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face, 7) take supplements that strengthen the immune system.
We are so used to taking medications-for prevention and treatment-that it is difficult to comprehend that these modest recommendations are really the most powerful ways to minimize the likelihood of getting the flu.

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

Breast Thermography:
Dr. Connie's Personal Account

thermographyMany patients have inquired as to why we offer breast thermography at Pacific Naturopathic. Dr. Connie has her own reasons. Several years ago, Drs. Connie and Marcel journeyed to Thailand for comprehensive health screening. For Dr. Connie, this included a mammogram and a breast ultrasound, both of which were completely clear. At a subsequent medical conference, a skilled Eastern Medicine practitioner, Dr. Chi, read Dr. Connie's palms and tongue and insisted she was at great risk for breast cancer. Feeling confident and healthy, Dr Connie dismissed his comments. Imagine her surprise when breast thermography revealed an extremely high risk rating for one of her breasts. Following an intensive protocol and monitoring every 3 months, Dr. Connie brought the risk rating down to what is now extremely low risk.
Breast thermography looks at changes in temperature and blood vessel patterns, and compares left and right breasts. Differences and changes can indicate either normal variants or developing breast pathology, and tend to occur prior to structural change; that is, prior to the lumps and bumps which might be seen on a mammogram or an ultrasound.  More information is better than less information. And successful prevention negates the need for cure.

Find out more about thermography at Pacific Naturopathic at:

Thermography at Pacific Naturopathic

Save $30
Breast Thermography Special! Only a few days left.

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:
A Magical Place to Rest and Rejuvenate

The view from your living room 
VH View
A Typical Day...

Imagine that you wake up in the morning to the songs of tropical birds. The sunrise is filtering through the palms, jacaranda and orchid trees, creating shadow patterns on the walls of your bedroom. The soft, gentle rain that fell through part of the night created a soothing cadence on the metal roof of your lovely quarters. You have slept well.

Sliding open the large glass door, you step from your bedroom out onto the lanai, take a deep breath of pure ocean air, do a few stretches and gaze out over the deep blues of the Pacific Ocean. The trade winds are light. It is a sparkling clear day. Across the channel, Maui is shrouded in a slight mist.

Donning a sarong, you walk down the lanai steps into the orchard to collect your fruit salad. A couple of ripe papayas, a passion fruit or two and a starfruit tumble into your harvest basket. A hand of tasty apple bananas awaits you on the kitchen counter. A huge, round butter avocado and a couple of Tahitian limes complete your breakfast.

What to do after breakfast? Should you pack a picnic lunch and hike 40 minutes through the miles of preserve bordering the estate to the spectacular coastal views from the cliffs overlooking the ocean? Perhaps a beach trip to the legendary Waipio Valley, just four miles away? Or a 5-minute trip into town to browse the galleries and have a cup of tea? There are so many things to see and do on the island, like visiting the active volcano, driving up to the Mauna Kea observatories, exploring along the lush drive to Hilo. Maybe you'll just lie in the hammock for a while and think about it. Or lounge in the spa. After all, it is a gorgeous day, and you are here to relax and rejuvenate....

The minimum visit at Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center/Hawaii Peace Garden Vacation Houses 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