Number 15, September 2010
Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter
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Dr. Connie's Musings...

Where Dr. Connie Summons Her Muses
Connie Hammock

"I am well! I am well?"
Often I hear from my patients that they've tried healing affirmations and the affirmations don't work. The problem, it seems to me, is actually not that affirmations don't work, but that the person repeating them has not learned the scientific techniques of affirmation.
As Paramahansa Yogananda points out in his book Scientific Healing Affirmations, words are generated from thought. And thoughts and words can be effective or ineffective. To be effective, words must represent truth, understanding, and realization. If you use affirmations without comprehending the truth on which they are based, you won't get a good result.

Affirmations are not wishful thinking. If you affirm "I am well", but think in the background of your mind that it is not true, the effect is the same as if you took a helpful medicine and at the same time swallowed a drug that counteracted the effects of the medicine.
If you are suffering from a chronic disease, whether it is physical, mental, or spiritual, you are stuck in a vibrational pathway that has formed a kind of groove in your consciousness. Through affirmation, over time, you can create alternative vibrational pathways within your consciousness. And these pathways guide the restructuring of your physical reality.
You can create your own affirmations, by affirming, in the first person and present tense, truths you both grasp and believe. Or you can borrow appropriate affirmations provided by teachers of consciousness or enlightened spiritual masters. These affirmations provide a vibrational super highway for you to follow, and address all manner of physical, mental and spiritual ills.
One of my favorites over the past months comes from Sri Yogananda:
"I possess the creative power of Spirit. The Infiinite Intelligence will guide me and solve every problem."

In This Issue
Dr. Connie's Musings
Mett Tushti Conti!
Biomat Therapy: New at Pacific Naturopathic
Inspired Healer: Elijah Free
Sorting Through Supplements
Dr. Marcel on Alzheimer's
Hawaii Rettreat Center
An Invitation
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Dr. Marcel's Website
Elijah Free's Website
Dr. Shanti's Info Page

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Open House on Wednesday, October 13th from 5:30 PM

to 7:30 PM at our new offices


Saturday, October 16, 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  Cost: $30. "Joy in God" by Dr. Shanti Rubenstone at Ananda Church in Palo Alto.  Please phone 650-323-3363 for more information.


Wednesday, October 20, 7:30 PM "Standing Steady in Life" by Dr. Shanti Rubenstone at

East/West Bookstore on Castro Street in Mountain View. FREE but To Reserve Tickets, Please Call 650-988-9800


Coming Soon: Classes at our new offices... Stay Tuned!


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.
Meet Tushti Conti:

Energetic Healer, Meditation Teacher,
Yoga Teacher Extraordinaire

We are absolutely delighted to welcome Nayaswami Tushti (Conti) to the staff of healers at Pacific Naturopathic.  She brings a profound reservoir of skills and experience to what we offer through our office.

Tushti, a former marathoner, manages Ananda's East West Bookstore in Mountain View with her husband, Surendra. She is a long-time yoga postures instructor and enthusiast, and has years of nursing experience. She is a radiant example of health and fitness. Her passion is yoga and holistic healing.

Initially at Pacific Naturopathic, she will be offering Biomat Therapy.  Please see next article for a description of this amazing therapeutic device.
Biomat Therapy

Now Available at Pacific Naturopathic

Those of you who have been with us for a while know that infrared sauna treatments are one of Dr. Connie's favorite therapies. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer saunas in our office as redoing the plumbing to install an after sauna shower would have required major reconstruction. However, we do now have the capacity to offer another infrared therapy.
The Biomat is a unique instrument that generates far infrared rays and negative ions and utilizes amethyst quartz crystals to optimize conduction.  The mat is placed on the floor or massage table, and the heat is set according to individual health needs. Benefits include relief of muscle stiffness, increase in lymphatic drainage and blood circulation, strengthening of the cardiovascular system, removal of waste and toxins, anti-viral and anti-carcinogenic effects and burning of calories. The Biomat both energizes users and promotes deep relaxation. 
Biomat sessions are 25-minutes long and will be offered on Wednesdays at Pacific Naturopathic.  To optimize the healing, Tushti Conti will be guiding your Biomat experience. Optional add-ons include Tibetan singing bowls and crystals, which deepen the relaxation and promote energy body balancing.
Mini sessions will be offered at the Open House on October 13 from 5:30 to 7:30 PM!
Better Brain Health Through Structural Alignment

Elijah Free, MH, CMI, CMT
Shanti Rubenstone, MD
Focus on better brain health has become an important issue these days. It is agreed by all medical standards that proper blood and oxygen supply is necessary to feed the brain with needed nutrients and to maintain continual cerebral circulation. Without the right supply of blood and oxygen, the brain may not be able to maintain its optimal level of functioning.
Two very important factors are the condition of the actual physical conduits that carry blood, oxygen and nutrients to the brain, and the state of the cervical column that supports the cranium that is home to the brain.
The carotid arteries are a dual set of pipelines that are the main source of life-sustaining supply that feeds, sustains and maintains brain tissue and all of its many functions. If the blood supply is cut off for even a very short while-a few minutes only-then the cells themselves that make up the brain begin to rapidly die from lack of circulation.
The carotid arteries are supported by the cervical column, and are dependent upon this bony structure to maintain the proper tension to carry their precious cargo to the brain. If the bones of the neck are out of alignment, then the tension on the carotid arteries becomes too tight, and the arteries are pulled and torqued until their flow of supply becomes compromised and lessened.
We see this more and more these days as so many people are bent over a computer for their livelihood, entertainment, or creative endeavors. The very nature of the ergonomics of computing has become a malaise leading towards poor posture with the shoulders rounding, the head leaning forward, and the neck extending far ahead of the body.
When this occurs, whether it is from computer use, accident, habit, aging or any other reason, the carotid arteries become pulled, compromised and the blood and oxygen supply becomes increasingly lessened if something is not done to alleviate the situation and help the body return to its natural posture.
In Freeing-also known as Rapid Pain Elimination-there are bodywork protocols that have been created do just that-efficiently and comfortably re-structure the body to return to its original and authentic postural alignment. When this occurs, the carotid arteries begin to relax. The pulling and narrowing effect caused by an unstable and mis-aligned cervical column literally cease to be, and the brain is once again supplied with its all-important blood, oxygen and nutrient supply that offers the best opportunity for better brain health.
Find out more about Elijah Free and his healing work at his web sites:

Rapid Pain Elimination
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Memories, Sweet Memories

By Connie Hernandez, N.D.

Shanti Rubenstone, MDPerhaps it's the return to school that has all of us here at Pacific Naturopathic thinking of brain health. Working with women as I do, I am very aware of the effect of hormones on our brains. Often, one of the earliest signs of menopause is the inability to remember familiar names...of people, of places, of objects. I believe it was one of my sisters in law that once commented that she was suffering from menopausal sieve brain. Certainly, low estrogen affects recall.
In deciding what treatment might be useful in fostering memory, it is important to sort out the cause of the memory loss. Bio-identical hormones (estrogen, DHEA, and pregnenalone)  are useful in menopause and andropause. Herbs such as gingko, which dilates blood vessels in the brain, help ensure the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the brain when circulation is compromised. Vinpocetine and Huperzine mimic the effects of the conventional Alzheimer's drugs, Aricept and Namenda. Phosphatidyl serine helps restore the hippocampal area of the brain, which is damaged by excess cortisol put out in times of stress.  Herbs that promote sleep enhance memory when sleeplessness dulls a person's focus. And treatments that reduce anxiety can allow memories to surface.
Dr. Marcel will be discussing specific herbal treatments next month in Part II of his discussion of Alzheimer's. In the meantime, there are several simple exercises that can enhance memory, regardless of the cause of the loss. You may have noticed the Energization Exercises poster on the back of the double entry doors to our clinic. Exercises 16, 17, and 18 are Skull Tapping, Scalp Massage, and the Medulla Memory Exercise. These three exercises are designed to wake up the brain. Try them out next time you find yourself in our office with a moment to spare. You may be surprised at the brain benefits brought by the focusing of your consciousness through your very own fingers.

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A Mind For All Seasons,

Part One

Preventing Alzheimer's Disease

Marcel Hernandez, N.D.

It begins with what we lightly refer to as "senior moments" - those seemingly natural short periods of forgetfulness -- a name you should know, a common word that you often use but can't come up with in the "moment. Time passes innocently and little by little, memory completely fades away -- like the taillights of a car receding into a dark night on a very foggy highway.  (I wonder, does the soul stay behind when consciousness flees the body?)
Alzheimer's is progressive degenerative disease of brain cells.  With imaging, Alzheimer's looks like "senile" plaques or lesions. Readers who live on the Big Island or tourists who have visited the volcano have probably walked "Devastation Trail," a barren, moonlike, post-eruption terrain. As the brain lesions take over, the plaques carve a devastation trail of damage, with dementia in its wake.  What is left is a variety of symptoms, including memory loss, disorientation, restlessness, impaired judgment, and irritability.
Like myself, many of my patients are aging and have expressed a desire to maintain their mental health until the end of their lives.  Although there is a genetic component to Alzheimer's, the predisposition for the disease does not have to manifest. A balanced approach that includes lifestyle factors, evidence-based nutrients and well-researched herbs can have a significant preventive impact.
My mother-in-law, Mary Alice, has Alzheimer's.  She is approaching 90 and her consciousness has almost completely vacated the premises. Mary Alice has lived a life of service - to her late husband and their five children, to her church, and to her friends.  She was always there, calm and efficient, when you needed her.   In the more than 30 years I've known her, she has never said a negative word about anyone.  Never.  Not even close. 
Mary Alice was by nature a quiet person and always neutral or upbeat in temperament. She took teasing with a smile and a bit of sass.  She and her girlfriends would play bridge for quarters and it was easy to tease her about her "gambling habit." 
In all ways, Mary Alice lived a life of selflessness.  She never expressed a desire for anything for herself and was genuinely grateful for her life.  She was extremely generous to her family, had very little need for money, and doled out what she did have.  She came from the depression-era generation that darned worn-through socks and used them again.  She made do with what she had. She wore her clothes for decades so her children gave her new dresses and other items of apparel for Christmas.
I have always felt that the true saints are those who express in their every moment of thought, word and actions the qualities which are generally attributed to Godliness:  joy, service, generosity, optimism, positive outlook, appreciation, calmness, unconditional support and absence of judgment.  In these ways and more, Mary Alice is one of the saintliest people I have ever known.
Now, in the late stages of Alzheimer's, Mary Alice has most of the typical symptoms. But not irritability. Rather, she is calm, delightful and child-like.  She doesn't know who she is, where she lives or who her caretakers or family are, repeats phrases over and over, but she continues to be the same lovely, grateful person she always was.  
For some late stage Alzheimer's sufferers, it seems like just their shells are left. All that they ever were has returned to the Source. For Mary Alice, I think her soul is still with her, still teaching those who know and love her about dignity in the very worst of circumstances.

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Breast Thermography

thermographyOur patients often find that their conventional doctors discourage their use of breast thermography, saying that breast thermography does not diagnose breast cancer. This is in fact correct. Breast thermography does not diagnose breast cancer, nor do mammograms, ultrasounds, or breast MRIs diagnose breast cancer. The only current diagnosis for breast cancer is breast biopsy. Breast thermography, through evaluation of breast physiology, offers risk analysis, something that mammograms, ultrasounds, and breast MRIs do not do. We at Pacific Naturopathic, find risk analysis a most useful tool in preventive medicine.

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Thermography at Pacific Naturopathic

Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii Retreat

Infrared Sauna and Water Cures For You!

The Sauna at our Hawaii Retreat
While many guests come to Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center simply for an utterly relaxing vacation stay, others are also interested in the healing modalities available to them. Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel have always been partial to the European tradition of water cure or hydrotherapy, the use of hot and cold water to effect healing. At Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center, we therefore have a cold shower and cold plunge to complement the outdoor hot tub on the deck overlooking the Hamakua Coast. And, as noted in the discussion of the biomat above, infrared therapies are another favorite of ours. Thus, we make frequent use of the infrared sauna in our cleansing and rejuvenating water cure protocols.

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

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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

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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