Number 21, March 2011
Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter
2570 W. El Camino Real � Suite 111 � Mountain View, CA 94040 � (650) 917-1121   
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Energy, Hormones Prostate Awareness

  Springtime Specials   


We all experience changes that occur over such an extended period of time that sometimes we forget what stable moods, healthy skin and vibrant energy feel like.  Naturopathic medicine is uniquely suited for identifying and treating the root cause of these issues. Offerings at Pacific Naturopathic address the physical to the energetic end of the spectrum.  Dr. Connie and Dr. Shanti are introducing a class exploring chakras and energy medicine. Ardell Hill is offering a springtime special on her exceptional bodywork with LaStone Therapy. Tushti Conti brings relaxation and contented smiles to all who seek her out for her reasonably-priced BioMat sessions.  And as always, Elijah Free continues to perform miracles as few others can with his unique approaches to pain relief. Read on!  

In This Issue
Dr. Connie on Hormone Balancing for Women
Dr. Marcel on Prostate Conditions
Q&A For Men About Their Prostate Health
LaStone -- Utterly Relaxing BodyWork
Tushti on Stress Reduction With the Biomat
Hawaii Rettreat Center Magic
Raw, Organic Macadamia Nuts: Yum Yum
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Elijah Free's Website
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The Transforming Power of the Chakras

a class series with Dr. Connie and Dr. Shanti 

Wednesdays, April 6-27 & May 4-25, 7:30 pm  

Register online at

or call 323-3363  

to register  

$120  for the  

entire class series  


Register for a  

single class ($15)

Drop-ins for individual classes are also welcome

(See article in this newsletter)


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Suite 111
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The clinic is open M-F 9am-5pm.  The clinic is closed for lunch daily from 12:00 to 1:30 PM

 Boost your Energy  

by Balancing your Hormones 


Connie Hernandez, N.D.

Shanti Rubenstone, MD 

Whatever your sex or age, your mood, mental status and physical well being are affected by the balance of hormones in your body.   A laundry list of hormonally influenced symptoms would include insomnia, fatigue, lack of libido, anxiety, depression, irritability, mood swings, memory problems, changes in hair, skin and nails, weight gain and more.


Fatigue is a great example of a symptom influenced by hormones. Naturopathically, we might first evaluate both lifestyle factors and various excesses and deficiencies. Examples would be an excess of sugar laden foods, or a lack of exercise, or a deficiency of iron or another nutrient.


Hormonally speaking, ups and downs in energy may reflect ups and downs in cortisol output and indicate adrenal imbalance. Fatigue originating with thyroid deficiency tends to be more pervasive, and to be accompanied by signs and symptoms such as constipation, hair loss, dry skin, weight gain, or high cholesterol. The fatigue of sex hormone deficiency or imbalance often has a cyclic component in women, and, in both men and women, an onset during times of hormonal change such as puberty, pregnancy, menopause or andropause.


In naturopathic medicine, we often treat the symptom of fatigue by assessing and correcting hormonal balance and metabolism. Through health histories, blood tests, saliva tests and/or urine tests we can evaluate the effects of hormonal interactions, and the function of the endocrine glands....thyroid, adrenals, ovaries or testes.  Rather than looking at these glands as independent of each other, we look at them as interdependent, and attempt to discern which is primary in causing your symptoms. Treating the primary gland influences the others, and the order of treatment may be critical to the outcome. A patient with both thyroid deficiency and weak adrenals, for example, may become agitated if the adrenals are not addressed before the thyroid.


Treatment of any of the endocrine glands may involve lifestyle changes, working with the energetics of the gland, nourishing the gland with botanicals, providing the nutrients the gland needs for proper functioning, or replacing the hormones the gland is not producing. Balancing any one of the glands helps balance all of the glands. And balancing your hormones boosts your energy!


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

 The Case of the Reluctant Patient: A True Story 

Marcel Hernandez, N.D.

Ron was 64 years old when he sat across from me in my office and first told me his story.  His wife, Amy, sat quietly beside him as he began to speak.


Ron started off by saying that he didn't like going to doctors and was only there because his wife had insisted that he see me.  He said he had done a lot of reading about prostate conditions and he knew exactly what was going on with himself.  He was absolutely certain that all of his symptoms were due to BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia), a non-malignant enlargement of the prostate that most aging men experience.


When I asked him what symptoms he was referring to he answered, "the usual." I then prompted him to elaborate and he told me that he was getting up several times at night to urinate, had a marked decrease in the strength of the flow of his urine and a feeling that he had not voided all of the urine in his bladder, even after standing at the urinal for what seemed like several minutes.  At times he also had difficulty starting a stream.  He quickly added that his the symptoms had gotten somewhat better after he started taking saw palmetto extract and some other supplements that he had read about on-line as being helpful for reducing the symptoms of enlarged prostate.  In his mind, his positive response to natural supplements was proof that he had BPH.  He felt that an office visit was an unwarranted expenditure of time and money.


I asked him if he had ever had a prostate evaluation and he answered that starting at age 55, he began to get an annual PSA (Prostate Specific Antigen) blood test.  He said that although his PSA had risen from an initial result of 0.7 eight years ago to 2.4 last year, the rise had been gradual and the results consistent with what he understood about BPH.  He was due for another PSA in the next couple of weeks.  I suggested that I order the test for him and we could then discuss the results.  He nodded his assent.


I asked him if anything else was going on that he wanted to bring up and he replied that there wasn't, that he had told me everything.  Amy piped in for the first time and said that Ron had forgotten a few things: his libido was very low and he seemed to be tired all the time.  After more questions and answers about this new information, the visit with Ron and Amy ended and they departed with lab requisition in hand.  Two weeks later, the results came back.


Ron's PSA had risen to 4.5, a rapid rise for one year.  This is not indicative in itself of prostate cancer. However, his free PSA percentage was very low -- an indication that further evaluation was necessary.  A biopsy revealed that Ron had an aggressive form of prostate cancer and is currently following a program I designed for him and is also under the care of a urologist. Ron's prostate cancer was discovered in time for him to have a number of treatment alternatives.


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Finding out exactly what is going on when the prostate is involved can be a challenge because the symptoms of a number of conditions overlap.  This is especially true when it comes to BPH and prostate cancer.  Like Ron, many of my male patients have been literally pushed into my office by their partners.  Men, in general, tend to ignore subtle changes in function that occur over time.  Please read the questions below.  Your answers could save your life.


It is important to note that the entire field of prostate evaluation, diagnosis and treatment is presently under intense scrutiny and debate. However, we DO have the tools to make a positive difference in your experience of life.


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

To Men Over Fifty:  

Your Answers to These Questions Can Save Your Life

Do you have:


1) need to urinate often at night

2) frequent or urgent need to urinate

3) difficulty in starting or stopping the urine flow

4) inability to urinate

5) weak, decreased or interrupted urine stream

6) dribbling at the end of urination

7) straining while urinating

8) a sense of incompletely emptying the bladder

9) burning or pain during urination

10) blood in the urine or semen

11) painful ejaculation

12) bone pain (especially in the back, hips, thighs or neck)

13) weight loss

14) fatigue

15) low red blood cell count (anemia)


If you answered "yes" to more than two of these questions, you need to be further evaluated by a doctor.  Questions 1 through 11 may fit a variety of conditions, mostly involving the prostate.  If you answered yes to any question between 12 and 15 as well, it is even more imperative that you find out as soon as you can what is going on.

About Dr. Marcel's work:

Although Dr. Marcel addresses a wide variety of health issues in his practice, he specializes in digestive issues, holistic pediatrics and in men's health, especially as concerns hormonal changes (andropause) and prostate health.  For more information on Dr. Marcel's work with men, please see: Dr. Marcel's Work With Men.  Please phone the office at 650-917-1121 for an appointment.

Rapid Pain Relief  

With Elijah Free

Elijah Free, MH, CMI, CMT  

Elijah Free is a Master Herbalist who designs and produces all of his own herbal products for his healing practice. He is an herbal product designer for Ridgecrest Herb Co. Elijah also holds a patent for his herbal fibromyalgia formula. To contact Elijah, please either call the clinic at 650-917-1121 or e-mail at [email protected].


To learn more about the healing work of Elijah Free, please go to his web sites:

Rapid Pain Elimination
Apprentice to Angels
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La Stone Into Springtime

Limited Time Special

Introductory Price   


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Springtime approaches early in California, and for all those who have been reclusive through the relative cold and rain of the winter, it's back to nature again. LaStone therapy is a great way to start touching back in with the elements. The stones themselves ground your body. The temperature of the stones warms the body and activates the circulation of lymph and blood.  The movement of lymph and blood activates respiration and elimination.


At Pacific Naturopathic, for a limited time, we're offering Thursday only LaStone Therapy specials. On Thursdays through April, massage therapist Ardell Hill is offering introductory hour long sessions with hot and cold massage stones for only $95. Take this opportunity to experience this rejuvenating and transformative therapy! 


Find Out More About Ardell Hill 


The Chakras  

For Health and Healing   

A Class Series  

With Dr. Connie and Dr. Shanti

master chakrasThe chakras are whirling vortices of energy which have fascinated healers and scholars from ancient times. Mind, body and spirit meet in the chakras. They are at the core of who we are as human beings. They contain the energy patterns of our past and present lives and are the system through which our karma plays out in this life. The chakras, through their association with the glandular and nervous systems, structure and transform our physical bodies.

Working with energy practices such as meditation and affirmation and energy medicines such as sound and color, we can work with the chakras. Working with the chakras, we can work with physical ailments associated with the different energy centers.
Join  Dr. Shanti and Dr. Connie as they explore the inner universe of the chakras.   Through lecture, discussion, and practice, we will approach the chakras from karmic, experiential, and medical perspectives and teach ancient yogic practices to help work through and release negative patterns and blocks.

This class will be expansive and uplifting as we move up the spine to our highest energy centers.

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The Transforming Power of the Chakras

Wednesdays, April 6-27 & May 4-25, 7:30 pm  

Register online at

or call 323-3363 to register

$120  for the entire class series

or Register for a single class ($15)

Drop-ins for individual classes are also welcome 

Restore Energetic Balance and Release Tension With a BioMat Session 

By Tushti Conti



More and more attention is being given to Energy medicine. Doesn't it make sense since we are Energy bodies? Yogananda, a great spiritual teacher, said we have enough energy in one pinch of our skin to light the city of Chicago.


When our bodies suffer from disease or injury, the polarity of our cells is pulled out of balance. This affects their ability to remove accumulated waste as well as receive the nutrients needed for healing. Such an imbalance can also affect the endocrine system, whose glands secrete hormones to specific organs, an essential process in maintaining the body's chemistry and normal functions.


The BioMat supports the body's innate wisdom in helping to maintain this delicate balance.  Its amethyst crystals act as conductors for the healing properties of far infrared rays, which deliver life-force energy deep into our tissues and organs. The BioMat also emits an abundance of negative ions, which assist in promoting a healthy alkaline environment that allows the body to effectively eliminate cellular waste, absorb nutrients, facilitate proper hormonal activity, and strengthen immunity throughout the system.


How does all of this feel? It feels great. The BioMat's healing light rays

penetrate 6-8 inches into the body deeply relaxing the muscles, enabling the body's energy to flow freely, unobstructed by tension.


To schedule an utterly relaxing 30-minute BioMat session with Tushti please phone Pacific Naturopathic at 650-917-1121.  Sessions are available on Wednesdays only and cost $45. 


Picture the Effect of Estrogen with Breast Thermography

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Normal Thermographic Pattern


Moving through menstrual cycles, birth control pill use, and hormone replacement or suppression therapies, many women become acutely aware of the effect of female hormones on the breasts. When hormones are out of balance, breasts may swell or become sensitive or painful. Breast thermography can help evaluate the extent of the influence of estrogen on the breasts, and differentiate areas of concern from areas of general estrogen dominance in one or both breasts. Different regimens of estrogen replacement and hormone altering drugs result in different vascular patterns in breast tissue.


Are you unsure of the effect of your hormone replacement on your breasts? Are you taking drugs to suppress estrogen and wondering how your breast tissue is responding? Are you are experiencing pain in one or both breasts? Breast thermography is a great way to answer the questions you are asking yourself.


Find out more about thermography at Pacific Naturopathic at:


Thermography at Pacific Naturopathic

Other Services Available at
Pacific Naturopathic

         La Stone Body Therapy with Ardell Hill

Profoundly relaxing and therapeutic.  Ardell brings a wealth of experience to her work.  To book a LaStone session with Ardell, please phone Pacific Naturopathic at 650-917-1121.  Sessions are $145 for an hour and fifteen minutes.  Gift Certificates are available. 

The Bio Mat and Individual Yoga Instruction

With Tushti Conti

To schedule an appointment for either of Tushti's services, please phone the clinic at (650) 917-1121.  The Bio Mat is an affordable $45 per session.

A  Serene, Revitalizing, Healing Vacation Awaits You
at Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii Retreat

Our Guests Tell Us the Reality
is More Beautiful Than the Photos

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View From Your Living Room Couch
at Pacific Naturopathic Retreat
The comment we most frequently hear from our guests at Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center/Hawaii Peace Garden Vacation Houses is that the actual experience of being on our small estate is more profound than the photos or our web site words can communicate.  There are just some experiences in nature and in life that simply cannot be captured with language -- like the emotional response to the deep blue of the ocean and the robin's egg blue of the sky from the View House deck, or  the feel of the sun and the caress of the gentle trade winds on your neck and shoulders.  The ineffable must be experienced to be understood. 


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


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  Raw, Organic Macadamia Nuts
Now Available at Our Office
Surprisingly Different and Utterly Delicious!
Quite simply, these are the best mac nuts you will probably ever taste. Regular visitors to our office who have discovered them put their names on our waiting list when we run out.

Why are they so good?  First of all, they are from special old-growth trees which produce nuts rich in heart-healthy mono-saturated oil, like that of olive oil.  Next, they are entirely harvested and processed by hand and slowly dehydrated at 115 degrees, preserving the integrity of the oil and maintaining the viability of the enzymes.  Most mac nuts are roasted, but not these.  They even look different, having a much darker color than conventionally grown nuts.

Macadamia nuts provide a wide range of beneficial compounds. They are a high energy food, full of protein and fiber and loaded with other important nutrients that, in concert, impact favorably on human health.

The nuts are vacuum-sealed for freshness.  You may either stop by our new office or have the nuts shipped to you.  Once you try them, you will be hooked. 

Once You Try Them, There is no Going Back to Commercially Produced Mac Nuts!

For Birthdays and Special Occasions, Give the Gift of Health
Gift Certificates For All Practitioners Available at Pacific Naturopathic

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Looking for a conscious, meaningful, caring gift for a birthday or special occasion? A gift certificate to a Pacific Naturopathic practitioner lets a special person know you really care about their well-being. 

Gift certificates for all practitioners and modalities offered at Pacific Naturopathic are available by phoning our front desk at 650-917-1121, or just stopping by.
An Invitation....

Because 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.

A Little About us...

 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, elimination of all types of bodily pain -- both mechanical and metabolic -- acute and chronic, 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