Number 22, April 2011
Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter
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More on Radiation and Toxic Fallout;
 the Healing
    Power of Water


Naturopathic medicine is based on vitalistic medicine and the Vix Medicatrix Naturae, the Healing Power of Nature. As science has advanced, and our medicine has matured we have understood the biochemistry underlying our physiology. We can test and address enzymatic reactions; trace metabolic pathways; formulate complex botanical and nutritional remedies; and hand you a test kit which will map out genomic variability in salient genes. This is good and useful, although it sometimes feels like science fiction to me. Though we can pronounce eicosopentanoic acid, tell you what supplements and foods provide you with it, outline the anti inflammatory pathways it promotes, dose it, and measure its presence in red blood cell membranes, we've certainly never seen it, touched it, or experienced it.


In this increasingly complex world, it is both refreshingly simple and profound to revisit our naturopathic roots and rely on the essence of what it is that we are to heal ourselves.  Earth. Water. Fire. Air. Ether.  These elements constitute our bodies and our environment. We witness the effects of these elements in the physical world, sometimes in balance, more recently out of control.   Within our energetic bodies, each of the elements is associated with one of the chakras, energy centers associated with endocrine glands, nerve plexuses, and correspondent conditions of balance or imbalance in the physical body. 


Examples of element based therapies are grounding for the earth center; hot and cold contrast baths for the water center; infrared sauna for the fire center; breathing exercises for the air center; meditative practices for the ether center. In the coming issues of this newsletter, we'll be focusing on each of the elements, and offering element based remedies to some common conditions.


In This Issue
Dr. Connie on Toxic Nuclear Fallout
Dr. Marcel on Radiation from Japan on the West Coast
LaStone -- Elemental Healing
Dr. Connie's Musings on Water
Tushti on BioMat and Negative Ions
Other Services Offered t Pacific Naturopathic
The Chakras: A Dynamic Class Series with Dr. Shanti and Dr. Connie
Q&A For Men About Their Prostate Health
Hawaii Retreat Center Magic
Raw, Organic Macadamia Nuts: Yum Yum
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 Toxic Fallout


Connie Hernandez, N.D.


Shanti Rubenstone, MD


One of the more toxic repercussions of the Fukushima nuclear disaster has been the fear that has entered into the global consciousness subsequent to the explosions and meltdowns of the Japanese reactors. Whereas right action is wise in the face of an objective threat to health and well being, fear incapacitates, wreaks havoc, and creates unintended consequences which magnify the ramifications of disasters such as this one.  Taking high dose iodine when high dose iodine is not indicated is one example of inappropriate action with an unintended harmful consequence.


Holding a fear consciousness is another. Fear is a vibration which has real effects on the cells in our bodies. The cells in our bodies communicate with each other through vibration.  Vibrations interact with each other. Fear literally causes body processes to go haywire, not to mention hindering our ability to engage in creative and health giving responses. (In other realms, fear of recession helps create recession. Fear of violence feeds defensive and violent interactions.)


Our world is not a clean world. Whether the air, water, and food are pure or impure, we do need to breathe, drink, and eat. There are circumstances in which we have a choice as to what we take in, and circumstances in which we have no choice.  The wise course of action is to do the best we can under the circumstances, and to rest assured that we ARE doing the best we can.


This is not to downplay the risks of radiation exposure and other pollutants, but rather to suggest that there are many positive steps which can be taken to support health under any circumstance.


In our radiation newsletter special published last month (, we mentioned miso and seaweeds as particularly useful foods in situations of radiation exposure and pointed to milk as a food prone to contamination. We also  mentioned Radinex and Yarrow Special Formula as vibrational remedies that help ameliorate radiation exposure from any source.


There are many other useful foods and medicines that are health giving whether or not there are concerns of radiation. A very limited generic list would include spirulina and chlorella; lycopene rich foods such as tomatoes and other dark green and orange foods; green tea; cruciferous vegetables; lentils; medicinal mushrooms. A more complete list of foods and medicines would be specific to a person's constitution, symptoms, or circumstance.   


It is also useful, under all circumstances, to work to detoxify the body. Detoxification techniques might include infrared sauna; use of clays internally and externally; and baths using Epsom salts, baking soda, EDTA, or herbal detoxification formulas. Pure live water is particularly useful in that hydration is vital, and water can be used both as a physiologic and a vibrational remedy (see Dr. Connie's musings later in this newsletter).  For those interested, these cleansing approaches and water-based therapies are available at our Hawaii Retreat Center. 


In addition, the effect of positive thought, words, intention and prayer can not be understated.  We live in a vibrational reality, and by the power of our collective consciousness, much can be changed for the better and miracles can happen.


"Fear is the cheapest room in the house.   

I would like to see you in better living conditions."  

-- Khwajeh Shams al-Din Muhammad Hafez-e Shirazi


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 Radiation on the West Coast:  How it Affects us and How to Respond

Marcel Hernandez, N.D.

On April 1, 2011, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that very small amounts of radiation from Japan's nuclear crisis were detected in monitoring stations on the West Coast for the first time.  According to the article, "minuscule levels" of an isotope matching that of the reactor release from the Fuku�shima reactor complex were detected in Oregon and California. The Environmental protection agency added that the level of radiation detected was "far below" any level of concern for human health. For those interested, radiation readings from EPA monitors is available to the public at

John Learned, a physics professor at the University of Hawaii, said that the bulk of the radiation is going into the ocean and will be "tremendously diffused." He also said that the radiation will be spread from Alaska and down the West Coast before it reaches Hawai'i.


The EPA added that so far, the level of radiation detected of Japanese origin is 100,000 times lower than the doses Americans receive from natural sources like rocks, bricks and the sun, and 100,000 times lower than the radiation received from taking a round-trip international flight.


Smoke rises from the damaged reactor at Fukushima nuclear power plant near Sendai, Japan 

There are several factors keeping the American mainland safe from greater radiation exposure.  


First, the highest altitude the radiation reaches is about 5,000 feet. The jet stream varies in elevation from four to eight miles, so it is not a factor in the current situation.


Also, the vast global distance between the United States and Japan would cause any radiation from the plume to be dispersed into a very wide area, causing radiation concentrations to become lower and lower. As the radiation diffuses over the Pacific Ocean, any rainfall would cleanse the radiation out of the atmosphere.  We have more to fear from the mountain of tsunami debris that is making its way across the Pacific towards the mainland and then back to eastern Hawai'I, posing dangers to shipping lanes.

Although the radiation nightmares at Chernobyl, Three-Mile Island, Nagasaki and Hiroshima may give us the feeling that there is no place to escape to, radiation exposure from Japan is very remote. The situation is actually more similar to a smoke stack at a power plant, where the plume of smoke diffuses locally into the air and dissipates before contaminating a large geographic area.

However, it is always good to know what do if the situation ever arises where you need to protect yourself and your loved ones from radiation.  It is not appropriate or healthy to randomly start taking iodine supplements.  There is a plethora of misleading and potentially dangerous information on the internet about dosages and forms of iodine. To this end, we have posted on our clinic web site information which will be helpful, should the situation arise.  Please see "What You Should Know About Radiation Exposure" at

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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
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La Stone Therapy:  

Enjoy Elemental Healing 


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The stones used in LaStone Therapy could enhance the healing work of any massage therapist. In the hands of an experienced therapist, work with the stones can be transformational. Ardell Hill, the LaStone therapist at Pacific Naturopathic, has over 25 years experience offering massage modalities including lymphatic massage, deep tissue work, cranio-sacral, reflexology and Esalen massage. She has 10 years experience working with the stones and teaching stone work to other therapists.

Each of Ardell's LaStone treatments is designed with a client's specific issue in mind. Sessions vary, promoting everything from relief from acute joint or muscle pain, to treatment of chronic tissue congestion, to grounded relaxation. Body tissues benefit from the cellular level to the healing of muscles, tendons, and ligaments.

In LaStone therapy, the stones are the messenger. The stones bring a grounding connection with the earth element. Bathed in hot or cold water, the stones bring the flexibility of the water element. Hot stones bring the heat of fire to chronically cold areas, oxygenating and supporting metabolic processes. Cold stones cool the internal body fires of chronically inflamed areas.

We invite you to consider LaStone therapy as a way of touching in with and healing with the elements as we enter springtime.  


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! 


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Dr. Connie's Musings...

A Word About Water and a Modern Day Water Cure

Water is the foundation of life on earth. Without water, life would not exist. The adult human body is two thirds water, 50% by body weight. 

In utero, the fetus body is 90% water. The infant is 75 to 80 % water. The water percentage can drop to 40 to 50% in a dehydrated aged person. This is one of the causes of senility. The brain, which is supposed to be 85% water, dehydrates. The neurons shrink, and the person becomes senile.


On the very simplest level, healing with water involves drinking water and hydrating oneself, and you can cure many conditions, and prevent many illnesses that way. But there's so much more to it than that. Water resonates with the universe and the environment it finds itself in, and water  changes its properties according to the influences around it.  It picks up specific vibrational information, and it carries that information.


Masaru Emoto, more than any other person, has illustrated the fact that water holds beautifully formed or chaotic crystalline patterns according to the influences to which it is exposed.

 emoto loveemoto toxic

The photo on the left illustrates a water crystal exposed to the thoughts and words of Love.  The water photo on the right is polluted water flowing over a Japanese dam 


Through Emoto Sensei's photographs, we see that disharmonious music and violent words and intentions, as well as environmental pollution, cause muddied and disintegrated water structures.Positive words, harmonious music, blessings and good thoughts make intricate crystalline structures within the water itself. Thoughts themself create the structural reality of the water. Water carries those thoughts, emotions, words, prayers.  Imagine, then, the effect on your water body of your every day thoughts, words and actions.


Water with beautiful crystalline structures can be introduced into polluted or contaminated water to change that water's structure, just as charged water and water remedies such as homeopathics and flower essences  can change the structure of the water in a human body. In response to the contamination of the ground water and ocean waters from the fallout from the Fukushima Nuclear Disaster, people all over the world are praying over water and carrying energetically charged water to rivers and oceans in attempts to transform a problem for which we have no solutions based on our understandings of the physical world.  Be a part of this energetic solution.  


BioMat Sessions: an  

Ideal Source of Essential Negative Ions. Here's Why That's So Important.  

By Tushti Conti



Recently my husband and I spent a beautiful day at the ocean. Big waves were breaking over the rocks and bounding to shore. The air was so fresh and invigorating! That's because it was filled with negative ions. I'm sure you've had the same uplifting experience when breathing the air after it rains or standing near a waterfall.


Negative ions are formed when molecular particles are released from the surface of water by stimulating activity. They're really healthy for you. Conversely, in cities, cars and closed rooms the proportion of negative ions is dramatically reduced, and that's one of the problems of modern living. As science has shown, a lack of exposure to negative ions can adversely affect a person's total well being.


Negative ions help to regulate our seratonin levels, which calms us and supports our immune system. They also produce a hemoglobin-oxygen affinity, which decreases the pressure of carbon dioxide in the blood. This lowers our respiratory rate and increases the flow of oxygen to the brain, resulting in greater mental alertness. Negative ions also enhance our metabolism of water-soluble vitamins.


Negative ions are nature's energizer. These fast-moving particles cleanse and purify the air we breathe, alleviating or lessening allergy symptoms. They affect our body's pH too, making it less acidic and more naturally alkaline. In helping to eliminate toxins, they also  accelerate overall healing.


BioMat therapy provides a tremendous infusion of negative ions. With its far infrared light rays, in combination with its healing amethyst crystals, a BioMat session is like an oasis of negative-ion refreshment for body, mind and soul. To see for yourself, please call 650-917-1121 for an appointment.


Here's another tip: You can add a wealth of negative ions to your home or office with just a salt lamp or two. In addition to their healing emissions, they also lend a warm, inviting glow to any room. You can always find an excellent selection at East West Bookstore in Mountain View,


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. 


Avoid Radiation:  

Choose Breast Thermography

Normal thermog photo
Normal Thermographic Pattern


Although the prevailing fear of radiation pertains to nuclear disaster, we subject ourselves to many sources of radiation, from air travel to medical radiation. People are taking note and looking for options. The media has recently emphasized the risk to children of the ever more frequent and sometimes unnecessary Emergency Room CT scans. Women have long been concerned about the effects of screening mammograms on delicate breast tissue. When indicated, mammograms or breast MRIs may be a necessary follow up to ultrasound or other suspicious findings.  However, as a routine screening and risk analysis, more and more women are choosing breast thermography. Based on sophisticated, computerized digital photography, thermographic imaging does not subject patients to radiation or breast compression. The only discomfort is the discomfort of sitting in a very cold room. And there is no danger of radiation or any other risk involved.  


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.

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 

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.

Water at Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii Retreat


The Elegance of a Time-Honored Natural Therapy

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The Spa at Pacific Naturopathic Retreat in Hawaii

Drs. Connie and Marcel's earliest visions of their clinics and retreat centers were inspired by the European water cures and the early 20th century water cure facilities. At Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center, a variety of water cures are available. The visual effect of the turquoise and blue water of the ocean which greets you as you enter the View House is deliciously healing. The View House itself has a deep Jacuzzi bath tub, and the private spa offers hot and cold contrast water therapy, with indoor and outdoor showers, and outdoor hot and cold tubs. When the doctors are in, colon therapy and other hydrotherapy cures are available.  Earth, fire, air and ether are also very much present, and contribute to the healing.


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