Number 28, October 2011
Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter
2570 W. El Camino Real � Suite 111 � Mountain View, CA 94040 � (650) 917-1121   
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Colds and Flus: Prevent, Protect
and Heal 



Cold and flu season.  Every year the same -- one or two colds, maybe not.  Maybe the flu. Perhaps a few days of just feeling cold and low. Should I get a flu shot?  Is chicken soup really good for colds?


In this issue, our staff doctors offer ideas to help you through the season.  Dr Connie writes of striking a balance in times of crisis and offers information on the almost magical therapeutic qualities of the neti pot.  Dr. Marcel writes about the number one immune system impacting habit in modern times, and Dr. Corrine offers a wealth of information on homeopathic remedies and natural approaches to dealing with colds and flus. In case you haven't yet tuned in to Dr. Corrine's talents, you'll find her web site link in several places in this newsletter.  As you will read, Dr. Corrine is also expanding the range of Pacific Naturopathic services by offering acute care in our office and services in Mandarin Chinese. We are thrilled to have her with us.


Also, if you are procrastinating seeing Tushti for either Bio-Mat or personalized yoga instruction or yoga therapy, we strongly advise you to wait no longer.  Tushti has travel in her horoscope. Phone now for an appointment.


As always, our talented associates and friendly staff are here to serve you.  You will find what they have to offer throughout this newsletter.


Want to live and work in Hawaii? At the end of this newsletter is a job description for a project manager in the health care field.  Please pass it on to anyone you think is qualified and may be interested.


And yes, it appears that chicken fat in soup has an anti-viral effect.  

Dr. Connie Muses on Crisis and Balance
Neti Pot: Good for More Than You Know.
Dr. Marcel: How to Undermine Your Immune System
Meet Dr. Corrine Wang, N.D.
Dr. Corrine on Homeopathics and Natural Cold and Flu Remedies
Rapid Pain Relief With Elijah Free
Sarah Rose Offers Nutrition Education and Health Counseling
Hawaii Retreat Center: A Typical Day
BioMat Sessions: Be Motionless
Individual, Personalized Yoga Instruction With Tushti
Pacific Naturopathic Gift Certificate
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A wonderful opportunity to meet our new associate, 

Dr. Corrine Wang. 


Wednesday, October 19. 7:00 PM in Los Altos at Firefly Willows, 



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Dr. Connie's Musings...
Connie Hammock
One of Dr. Connie's Favorite Places to Muse is at the
Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center in Hawaii


On Crisis and Balance


In our recent columns, we have reiterated the observation that these are tough times. We are confronted daily with natural disaster, violent political unrest, financial uncertainty and other unpleasantries. Many of us are faced with both individual and societal crisis. Long ago it was told to me (and many believe) that the Chinese characters for crisis translate as dangerous opportunity. Though etymological evaluation doesn't necessarily support the accuracy of that translation, it still seems useful to think of crisis in this way. While the danger is apparent, the opportunity may not be. A crisis would not be a crisis if it did not hold tremendous energy. Energy is neither good nor bad. It is a potential which can be harnessed and directed, and therein lies the opportunity.


Faced with crisis, there may be the tendency to hunker down and hold on for dear life, or to repeat past ineffective actions over and over in hopes that this time these actions just might offer salvation. The opposite tendency would be to throw out the baby with the bath, hopefully dive deep for inspiration, and engage in something completely different. Being a Libran, and having a life long craving for balance, I would tend to seek an answer somewhere in the middle.


How might this translate in times of individual crisis? A recent patient of mine came in to the office with sudden onset, debilitating insomnia. She related to me that she had spent 6 years deeply involved in monastic living and work. At a certain point, she was, as she put it, "done". She swung to the opposite side, and engaged in months of rather wild socializing. I suggested to her that the insomnia was her body's way to awaken her to the imbalance of her immediate lifestyle, and that it was possible to find some balance between meditative and serviceful activity, and a need to share down time with friends.


elephantListening to myself speak, I thought of how when I am lost in my own tendencies to pour my energies into one aspect of my life to the exclusion of other aspects, health crises tend to manifest. Balance is critical to health. Too much sleep, too little sleep, too much food, too little food, too much exercise, too little exercise, too many vitamins, too few vitamins all result in ill health. In a larger context, crisis and unrest develop from an imbalance in just about anything.... weather conditions, wealth, power. As we are now under the astrological influence of the Libran scales, in the interest of averting and resolving crises on a personal level, let's examine our lives and seek to address any imbalances we find.



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


 Neti Pot For Colds, 

Flus and More


Connie Hernandez, N.D.


Shanti Rubenstone, MD


We've many times advised patients to purchase a neti pot and use it for nasal congestion, sinus conditions, allergies, and irritating coughs originating in the throat. For those of you who aren't familiar with this device, the pot typically looks like a ceramic or plastic Aladdin's lamp. It is filled with a warm water/salt solution (1/4 tsp salt to 1 cup water) which is poured into one nostril, and drained out the other nostril. Patients occasionally greet our recommendation to pour salt water in the nose with revulsion, but they often return with enthusiastic reports of amelioration of symptoms, and go on to purchase neti pots for friends and family.


For colds and flus, the neti pot is used for initial mild congestion, aided by the drinking of herbal teas, such as ginger tea. Use of the neti is also indicated for coughs and sore throats that result from mucus dripping from the head into the throat. Precise instructions for simple use are included with the neti pot, but healing practitioners may suggest variations.


The neti pot is well known and used to great advantage in yoga and Ayurvedic healing, the traditional healing of India. Tushti, Pacific Naturopathic's own yogini, recently loaned me an invaluable resource
book by David Frawley, entitled Neti: Healing Secrets of Yoga and Ayurveda. David describes how the neti pot can be used to treat conditions in addition to colds and sinus allergies, such as swollenneti pot 2 glands, headaches, poor digestion, skin diseases, insomnia, and weak immune system. It is an invaluable aid in any detoxification protocol. The neti pot is also used to help balance the doshas, the constitutional types known as vata, pitta and kapha.


Most important to yogic healing, and with far reaching implications, the neti pot is used to cleanse the nostrils prior to deep breathing, or pranayama exercises. These exercises require the unrestricted flow of breath through the nostrils, and result in an increase in vital energy throughout the body, a connection with specific energy flows in the body, the balancing of the right and left hemispheres of the brain, and far more. Breathing better can transform your life, and the neti pot can help you breathe better! Try it this season, and write us your experiences.


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


 Eat This Non-Food to Undermine Your 

Immune System



Take a walk in almost any neighborhood and observe the people. What you'll most likely see is that most people are overweight, some very much so. Do some research on the medical problems confronting many of the people you see. What you'll find is a stunning increase in immune system influenced illnesses - cancer, heart disease, diabetes, three-letter viruses -- HIV, CMV, EBV, and more. Yes, yes, we live in an increasingly toxic environment and that has a tremendous negative impact on our immune systems. But there is one other major dietary factor undermining our health: sugar. Sugar consumption seriously and dramatically inhibits immune function. Period.


In a recent American Heart Association (AHA) study, the average adult in the United States consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day, or an almost unbelievable 150 pounds a year.  Even people who watch their sugar intake are at risk, considering that highly refined sugars occur in various guises like sucrose (table sugar), concentrated fruit juice, dextrose (corn sugar), and high-fructose corn syrup. Continuing

Amount of Sugar in Cokes

on the research track, go to Safeway and read labels. Especially look at foods like bread, breakfast cereal, mayonnaise, peanut butter, ketchup, spaghetti sauce, and most prepared microwave meals. Then, keeping away from the health food section, find ten other packaged products that don't contain one of the above-mentioned sugars.


MSN just published on-line an article based on the AHA study mentioned above, "The 6 Scary Side Effects of Sugar."   These effects include diabetes, acne, heart disease, depression, yeast infections and cancer. We're especially concerned about cancer because it is the ultimate immune system breakdown.


In 1973, an article in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition reported that ingesting as little as three ounces of sugar at one sitting significantly inhibits the ability of white blood cells, which are the heart of the immune system, in destroying bacteria and viruses. This applies to all sugars, including fruit juices.


Many other studies have also documented the immune system depression caused by sugar, leaving us vulnerable to opportunistic infections (colds, flu and other infections) that our immune systems would normally keep under control.


In the 1973 study reported in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, researchers at Loma Linda University gave volunteers the amount of sugar found in a liter of soda. The researchers then drew blood from the volunteers and mixed it with bacteria. They found that infection-fighting white blood cells from people who had just been dosed with the sugar neutralized many fewer bacteria than those who had just fasted or eaten an unsweetened starch. This immune suppression starts about 30 minutes after the ingestion of sugar and can last for up to five hours.


In the 1970's, Linus Pauling and other researchers found out that that Vitamin C was needed by white blood cells to destroy viruses and bacteria. Interestingly, glucose and Vitamin C have similar chemical structures, so when sugar is ingested it competes with Vitamin C to get into the cells. If there is more glucose around, there is going to be less vitamin C allowed into the cell, resulting in a reduced ability to fight off colds and flus and other opportunistic infections.


The conditions mentioned in "The 6 Scary Side Effects of Sugar" are not a complete list. Simple sugars have been observed to aggravate asthma, provoke mood swings and personality changes, cause nervous system disorders, certainly cause diabetes, and heart disease, and play a part in gallstones, hypertension, and arthritis. This is only part of the story.


But wait - there's more. Refined dietary sugars lack minerals and vitamins so the only way they are going to be absorbed into our bodies is by robbing body's micronutrient stores. When these vitamins and minerals are gone, severe metabolic compromises occur and disease is a result.


And there is even more. Sugar has absolutely no nutritional value. It has no minerals, vitamins or fiber, and has a profound deteriorating effect on all major body systems. I don't know who is eating my 150 pounds of sugar a year, but I wish them luck. They're going to need all they can get.



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

Meet Dr. Corrine Wang, N.D.                
We are delighted to introduce Dr. Corrine to you... a woman of many talents. In addition to her Doctorate in Naturopathic Medicine, she has a degree in electrical engineering from Cal Berkeley.  She will fit in very well with the territory in Silicon Valley.

While at Bastyr University in Seattle (Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel's alma mater), she received a grant to study the conventional, natural and indigenous medical systems in Peru.  Also while in Seattle, she served as a phone volunteer on the crisis line.

In addition to her general naturopathic medicine skills, we especially like that Dr. Corrine focuses on homeopathy and cranio-sacral therapy. Oh, by the way, Dr. Corrine is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

We had been thinking about bringing in another Naturopathic Doctor for a while now, and Dr. Corrine came to chat with us even before we got the word out.  Not only did we find that serendipitous, the entire office staff liked her immediately and knew that she would energetically fit in. 

Dr. Corrine's introductory rates are extremely reasonable and they won't be low for long.  We highly recommend her to our patients for their health care needs.

                                                       -- Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel


To book a visit with Dr. Corrine, please phone the office at 650-917-1121

Now at Pacific Naturopathic: Effective Care for Acute Conditions                               
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Not feeling well and not sure where to go or what to do?


Naturopathic medicine offers highly effective, non-invasive therapies for many acute conditions.   

Our new associate, Dr. Corrine Wang, is now available and offering treatment for acute conditions for new and existing patients at Pacific Naturopathic.


Appointments will be 15 minutes up to an hour at a very affordable introductory rate of $30 per 15 minute increment.


Office visits are preferred, but phone-in consultations are also available if needed.


Acute conditions can include any recent onset of symptoms such as:

-       Colds and flus

-       Ear pain

-       Sinus infections

-       Stomach pain

-       Nausea and vomiting

-       Bladder infections

-       Skin infections

-       Allergies

-       Acute pain

-       And more...


Please call to schedule an appointment or if you have any further questions: (650) 917-1121.


Visit Dr. Corrine's website 



Homeopathics for Colds and Flus

Corrine Wang, N.D.


During cold and flu season, many people will develop coughs during an acute illness. Along with herbs, supplements, and other treatments, homeopathics can be useful as well. Homeopathics are very specific for particular symptoms, so a remedy that best fits the case should be chosen. Some examples of cough remedies are found below.


For people with wet coughs that rattle the chest and or throat, one of these remedies can be helpful:

Antimonium tartaricum - This is someone that may be weak from an illness and have a lot of mucus in their chest that they are not able to cough out. The cough is rattling, bubbles may be heard in the chest, and it may be difficult to breathe through the mucus.


Stannum - This remedy is for someone that has fallen fairly weak with a respiratory infection, such as someone at the end of having pneumonia or bronchitis. Their cough is hard, painful and deep, and is generally productive. They will have an empty, hollow feeling in the chest and may not be able to speak due to this hollow feeling. The chest will also feel weak after a mucus-producing cough.


Rumex - This remedy is for someone that has a cough with a large amount of mucus production from the throat. Uncovering, undressing, or exposure to cold and open air makes the cough worse. Cold air can cause a tickle in the throat and trigger a cough. The cough is also worse with pressure, talking, breathing in, and at night. The throat is raw but the chest is not affected as much.


For people with dry, spasmodic coughs, the following remedies can be considered:


Drosera - This is a person with painful coughing fits that has to hold his chest or sides due to the soreness from coughing. Cough may be so severe as to cause gagging, vomiting, or a nosebleed. Cough is worse at night lying down, and the throat will feel raw.


Ipecac - This is also for someone that has severe coughs that can cause gagging or vomiting. This person will feel nausea and will not feel relief even after vomiting. Ipecac is also indicated for children that have asthmatic bronchitis and asthmatic coughs.


Spongia - This person's throat will feel dry, and they will have a tickling sensation in the throat. Cough will be harsh and barking, and the person will be hoarse and have a raw and sore chest. One particular about this remedy is that the cough will be better from eating and drinking, especially warm drinks.


Natural Remedies 
for Colds and Flus

With the beginning of fall and the new school year, cold and flu season is upon us.  What are some things you can do to help with the common cold or flu and boost your immunity besides just good R&R?

Diet considerations

  • With a cold or flu, it is essential to drink more fluids to stay hydrated and to help eliminate waste from your body.  Soups or herbal teas can be particularly good for hydration along with providing nutrients when your appetite may be decreased.
  • Short-term fasting within the first 24 to 48 hours of an acute infection may be beneficial.  It results in a significant increase in the white blood cells that ingest and destroy foreign material or bacteria in your body.  This initial period is also usually when you feel that your appetite is low anyhow, so eating lightly or just taking fluids during this time can be good.
  • For foods, you should decrease mucus producing foods such as dairy, bananas, and citrus foods to prevent more congestion.  Sugary juices and foods like fruit juices and pastries should also be avoided, as they are mucus producing as well.  Sugar also decreases overall immunity, making it harder to recover when you eat it during an infection.  Typically, a blander diet should be incorporated as it will be easier on our digestion and will give your body more energy to fight off the illness.

Vitamin and mineral considerations

  • Vitamin C - Taking vitamin C in large doses throughout the day (500 mg - 1 g doses every few hours) can help to stimulate the immune system by increasing antibody responses and proliferation of white blood cells.
  • Zinc - Zinc also enhances the immune system, and taking zinc along with vitamin C at the start of an infection reduces the duration of the common cold.
  • Vitamin A - Vitamin A maintains the integrity of epithelial and mucosal surfaces, a nonspecific barrier to foreign invaders.  It also stimulates the immune system by inducing natural killer cells, increasing antibody responses, and enhancing the ingestion of bacteria by white blood cells.
  • Vitamin E -Vitamin E also enhances white blood cell responses and protects against upper respiratory infections.

Herbal considerations

Different herbs can be given depending on the types of symptoms presented.  The first two herbs are helpful for most common colds.

  • Echinacea spp. - Many studies have been done on Echinacea and its uses.  Echinacea strengthens the immune system, has an antiviral and antibacterial component, and is most helpful when taken at the beginning of a cold.
  • Sambucus nigra- This is a great herb for viral upper respiratory infections, as it has potent antiviral and antioxidant properties.  The fruit can help with decreasing congestion and decreasing inflammation in the sinuses and throats.  The flower helps you sweat and is great for decreasing a fever.

The following herbs are helpful for symptom relief, i.e. for sore throats and different kinds of coughs.

  • Althaea officinalis, Verbascum thapsus - These herbs are very gentle and are great for soothing sore throats.
  • Prunus serotina, Tussilago farfara - For dry coughs that can become spasmodic and hard to stop, these herbs help to calm and soothe the cough.
  • Marrubium vulgare, Asclepias tuberosa - For wet coughs where mucus needs to be cleared, these herbs can be used.
This is just a small sampling of the different herbs and nutrients that can help with colds and flus.  There are many, many other natural remedies that are beneficial, but the most important factors for overcoming a sickness still center around rest and diet.  Remember to listen to your body when you are ill!


Please call to schedule an appointment or if you would like more information or have any questions: (650) 917-1121.


Find out more about Dr. Corrine's work 


Rapid Pain Relief  

With Elijah Free

Elijah Free, MH, CMI, CMT  

Elijah Free

Elijah Free's approach to helping his patients deal with physical pain has been described as bordering on miraculous.  Elijah is also 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

Eat Well to Live Well

Nutrition Education and  

Health Counseling


Sarah Rose

Sarah Flanagan


Do you feel like you have run out of healthy meal ideas?


Would you like to have more energy and vitality in your life?


Have you ever wanted something in your life, but felt like you couldn't achieve it on your own?


As a Nutrition Educator and Health Counselor, I can help you with all this and more!


Health Counselors are trained, knowledgeable advisors who provide ongoing support and guidance as you set goals and make sustainable changes that improve your health and happiness. As your Health Counselor, I will listen carefully and help you to navigate the world of contradictory nutrition advice to determine what changes are necessary for you.


Your personalized program will radically improve your health and happiness. Together, we will explore concerns specific to you and your body and discover the tools you need for a lifetime of balance.


As a client of my health coaching program, you will...

* set and accomplish goals in a way that is empowering and exciting

* work to achieve and maintain your ideal weight

* understand and reduce your cravings

* increase your energy levels

* feel great in your body

* learn about new foods and how you can easily incorporate them

* improve your personal relationships

* discover the confidence to create the life you want


To decide if health coaching is right for you, I invite you to schedule a free initial consultation with me. During this session, we will discuss your health and lifestyle to determine how I can best support you in achieving your goals.


To schedule an appointment with Sarah contact Pacific Naturopathic at 650-917-1121.



Breast Thermography 

at Pacific Naturopathic: 

A Tissue Issue

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Normal Thermographic Pattern


Most younger women and an estimated 40% of women over 40 have breast tissue which is dense enough to confound findings on mammograms. Developing cancers may be missed, resulting in a false negative reading on a mammogram, or dense tissue may result in a false positive reading on a mammogram. Accordingly, the California state legislature has passed a bill (yet to be signed) requiring that providers notify patients with dense breast tissue that their mammogram findings may not be reliable, and that additional screening may be required. While the California Medical Association opposes this law, citing the lack of evidence that additional screening would save lives, researchers are looking at screening options such as 3-D x ray images and molecular breast imaging. These techniques provide anatomic screening, as do mammograms.


While more accurate anatomic screening is a very good idea, we at Pacific Naturopathic would like to emphasize that women with dense breast tissue already have a screening option available to them that provides a different and complementary type of information. Breast thermography identifies physiologic change in the breast, rather than anatomic structure. It does this by revealing temperature differentials between breasts and symmetry and irregularity of vascular patterns. Looking at both anatomic and physiologic information is clearly more informative than relying on only one type of finding. We encourage young women and other women with dense breast tissue, as well as other women with ambiguous mammogram findings, to consider breast thermography as a non invasive means of obtaining additional information on their breast health.




Find out more about thermography at Pacific Naturopathic at:


Thermography at Pacific Naturopathic


A Typical Day at Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii



Openings From October and Into the New Year    

Sunset from the View House lanai


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.


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Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii
September 13, 2011


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.

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All this food is from the Hawaii retreat orchard

A couple of ripe papayas, a passion fruit or two and a starfruit tumbleinto 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 volcano, driving up to the Mauna Kea observatories, exploring 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.

Our Local Beach Just 4 Miles Away


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


[email protected]

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Being Motionless   

at Pacific Naturopathic


If you find your head spinning from the chaotic movement in the world around you, take a moment to come to a point of stillness and balance through a BioMat experience at Pacific Naturopathic. Allow Tushti's gentle guided meditation to transport you to that haven within, as your body too relaxes and becomes motionless on the infrared, amethyst crystal embedded mat. Patients breathe deep sighs of relief and literally float effortlessly from these sessions.


Nothing is required of you during your BioMat session. You can meditate, doze off, let go, enjoy. Isn't that far better than antianxiety drugs, pain pills and sleeping meds?


To schedule an affordable, stress-reducing session with Tushti, please phone  

Pacific Naturopathic at 650-917-1121. 


Transformational, Stress Reducing, Feel Good Services Offered at
Pacific Naturopathic   

Reduce Inflammation and Stress:

La Stone Body Therapy with Ardell Hill


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Reducing inflammation is a key to treating almost every condition, from Alzheimers to arthritis to cancer to cardiovascular disease. LaStone Therapy reduces inflammation through therapeutic placement of cool stones over areas of the body that are inflamed. The entire body is supported as the temperature differential enhances the flow of blood and lymph.


A LaStone therapy session begins with warming the entire body to soften chronically tight muscles.  Warming the muscle relaxes both the muscle and adjoining tissues and calms the nervous system.  Using the cool stones, where needed, stops the pain-spasm-pain cycle and brings in fresh oxygenated blood.


The use of warm and cool stones together helps the body remember how to regulate itself and stop patterns of inflammation.


LaStone therapist Ardell Hill approaches  LaStone Therapy sessions with a wide range of experience which she tailors to meet your individual needs. She draws from modalities including Swedish massage, Cranio-Sacral, Deep Tissue, Reflexology, Jin Shin Jyutsu and Reiki, all of which are enhanced with the use of warm and cool stones. 


To book a LaStone session with Ardell, please phone Pacific Naturopathic at 650-917-1121. 

Find out more about Ardell Hill 



The Bio Mat  


Individual Yoga Instruction

With Tushti Conti


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Years of focused meditation and yoga practice allow Tushti to bring an inner calmness and spiritual loveliness to her work with people. With her BioMat work, she creates a soft, muted environment to float away in.  The Bio Mat is an affordable $45 per session.

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As a yoga instructor, Tushti has a reputation for being gentle and precise, and working at the level of her students.  One-on-one yoga sessions with Tushti are a very affordable $70/hour.  Tushti also teaches group classes at the Ananda Yoga Center.  Please see sidebar for class details.

To schedule an individual yoga session or a profoundly relaxing 30-minute BioMat session with Tushti please phone Pacific Naturopathic at 650-917-1121.  BioMat sessions are available on Wednesdays for a very affordable $45.  Personalized yoga sessions are 55 minutes long and cost $70.


     An Opportunity Not To Miss 


Many of you know Tushti Conti through guided bio-mat sessions, and some of you know her through private and individual yoga, meditation and energization classes. What you may not know is that she has just completed a certification in therapeutic yoga. She can devise a yoga protocol which is specific to your unique health and medical needs, or help you revise the practice you currently have.


From personal experience, I (Dr. Connie) can attest to the benefits of working with Tushti. A yoga teacher extraordinaire, she also has a background in medicine and in patient care. As I do my daily yoga, I silently thank Tushti for putting together this very doable routine.


Tushti has some travel in her future, so make use of this opportunity while Tushti is still available!



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. Dr. Marcel is available for consultation either by telephone or in the Pacific Naturopathic offices.  Please dial 650-917-1121 for an appointment. 

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.
Job Opportunity for
Manager in Hawaii

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Seeking operations manager for Hawaii  holistic wellness program focusing on addiction recovery. Positive, can-do attitude, highly professional, experienced in management of staff and facilities, interested in long term employment on the island of Hawaii.  Do you love working on licensing, permitting, multi-tasking, staying organized, relationship building and do you have excellent written, spoken, and conflict resolution skills?  Do you love being a team player as well as a clear leader?  Do you have passion for helping people do deep, lasting healing of their lives?  If this fits, please send us your resume' and references.

Note from Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel:  These are conscious, focused people with with whom we will be working closely in Hawaii.  


Searching for a Meaningful Gift?  
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