|Number 30, December 2011|
Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter2570 W. El Camino Real · Suite 111 · Mountain View, CA 94040 · (650) 917-1121
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As a Way of Life
"You must be the change you wish to see."
What images do the words "personal transformation" bring to your mind? To us, transformation is a process of becoming. There is a greatness in each one of us, a profound connection to a larger presence. We feel this presence in the depths of meditation and in our inner quiet times. In the lifelong process of transformation, we attune to this presence, to what we know in our inner heart to be true. We become the vessels through which this knowledge flows in thoughts, words and actions. We strive to bring this expression into our every waking moment. This is the path of the heart, the path of self realization.
There are many roads to transformation, many "rays of the one light." No one person or group has a monopoly on how to access inner truth. The guiding principles are a passionate quest to connect; to reach beyond our minds, letting go of concepts that limit our expression of life; to explore new worlds of perception; to acknowledge, bless and let go of the fear that creeps into our subconscious minds; to do the work that is required to move on; to maintain a sense of humor; to express gratitude in every moment of life.
In this issue of the Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter Dr. Connie offers perspectives on transformation from the sacred to the mundane...from the causal origin of all transformation to practical dietary transformation. Dr. Marcel writes on the transformative power of gratitude, and Pacific Naturopathic doctors offer gratitude discounts to readers. (Please find details below).
Also in this newsletter, Dr. Corrine reflects on how connections enrich our lives and help us move forward, and on how homeopathy transforms deeply ingrained patterns that limit our experience and expression of life. We bid Tushti Conti farewell and extend our blessings to her as she begins a new life adventure in the Pacific Northwest.
Finally, on behalf of the staff, healers and doctors at Pacific Naturopathic, we wish each of you a transformational new year. May you move forward with open hearts and minds... with acceptance, joy, excitement and humor. May you experience an unalterable connection with that which you know, in your heart of hearts, to be true.
--Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel
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at Pacific Naturopathic
We at Pacific Naturopathic are so very grateful for the opportunity we have to serve our patients, and we are so very grateful for your referrals. We find that people who come to us through you are the very people we would like to serve.
We would like to express our gratitude by offering a 10% discount on services offered by Doctors Connie, Marcel and Corrine, and by Elijah, and on breast thermography in December and January, to each one of you who asks for the gratitude discount at the time you check out at the front desk.
In addition, we would like to offer a further 10% service discount on your next service at Pacific Naturopathic for each new patient you refer who books a service visit in December or January, and lets the front desk know at check out that you are the person who referred them.
And one more gratitude gift for you. This one is good through June! For every guest who books at Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center, on your referral, we will write you a check for 10% of their rental charge. The guest will need to mention your name and the address to which you would like your check to be mailed, and we will send it on to you on the day the guest arrives at our facility and pays in full.
If you yourself are wanting to book a Hawaiian vacation stay, there's no better time than now. You also may have a 10% discount on your rental charge for bookings from now through the end of June. (Check out Alaskan Airlines for great fares from Oakland and San Jose).
Note: Gratitude discounts do not apply to already discounted services. Offer expires January 31, 2012.
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Transformation at the
This past weekend I attended a workshop on transforming personal finances.
In our spiritual teachings, we understand that we live in a world of vibration. Everything is vibration... thoughts, feelings, physical reality... Thought and energy precede physical manifestation. The physical world is but a reflection of these causative realities.
We understand the same when we think of the power of our medicines. Our physical medicines can move things around in physical reality, but do not change the underlying issues. Coronary artery blockages can be removed, but if the underlying inflammation is not addressed, the blockage will reappear. Hormonally related cancers can be excised, poisoned, or radiated, but if errors in hormonal metabolism and hormonal imbalances are not corrected, the cancer will recur at that site or at another. Addressing the inflammation or the hormonal metabolism is critical and good, but is still operating at the level of physical reality.
To transform physical reality at a deeper level, we must address causative energetic realities. Healing modalities which operate on an energetic level, such as spiritual healing, homeopathy, flower essences, sound or color healing, or acupuncture can shift energy in a way that disallows the existence of a prevailing physical condition.
The teaching in the weekend seminar on the transformation of personal finances was the same. Both success and failure begin in the mind, and ride on energy. Dysfunctional attitudes towards money and financial freedom, lackluster willpower, and stuck emotions slow and clog the flow. Revising those attitudes, releasing emotional blockages, and firing up the will transforms our relationship with money and allows a different financial reality to emerge.
In this very dynamic seminar, key transformational concepts were repeated again and again. Of those concepts, the one which stuck with me as a bumper sticker statement leading to transformation in any area of life is this saying: "The way you do anything is the way you do everything." If you tell little lies in your life, chances are you tell big ones too. If you don't know where the pennies go, how would you know where the dollars go? If you don't have the energy or willpower to arrive on time and do what you say you will do, why would you expect rewarding results?
To learn about this transformational seminar, click here
Why not really look at one small area of your life in which you are dissatisfied with yourself, and resolve to change it? It's ok to start with a little thing. You might resolve to arrive on time to every event. Or start with renouncing negative expression by shifting from negative expression to positive expression with just one person. Or, in the area of dietary reform, start with adding two vegetables a day to your daily diet.
See how your commitment to any of these small actions grows and transforms your life.
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Ten Guidelines to
Connie Hernandez, N.D.
Peruse the shelves in the health section of any bookstore these days, and you will find books offering dietary solutions to just about every health challenge, and other books espousing one "ideal" diet or another. Many times the information found in one book contradicts that in the other books. People are left concerned and confused about what they should be eating. It's not surprising that one of the most common requests we get is the request for easy to understand, relatively universal dietary guidelines.
With that request in mind, I offer the following recommendations.
1. Eat less processed food. Additives in processed foods contain everything from trans and hydrogenated fats to artificial sweeteners, food coloring, and unpronounceable chemicals. Processed foods often contain allergens, are generally addictive, and offer calories, but questionable nutritional value,
2. Consume less sugar and no artificial sweeteners. Sugar includes honey, molasses, cane sugar, fructose, agave, maple syrup and more. Stevia and lo huan are natural sweeteners that do not have the problems associated with them that sugar or artificial sweeteners have.
3. Choose organic food whenever possible. Know that some fruits and vegetables have a much higher load of pesticides than others. The dirty dozen are strawberries, cherries, apples, peaches, nectarines, imported grapes, pears, sweet bell peppers, celery, lettuce, spinach, and potatoes. If organic food is not available, choose from these foods with lower pesticide content: banana, kiwi, mango, pineapple, broccoli, eggplant, cabbage, asparagus, frozen sweet peas and corn, avocado, and onion
4. Strive to increase servings of fruits and vegetables to 5 servings a day.
5. Eat more raw and lightly steamed foods, and less fried, deep fried, and charred foods.
6. If you consume animal protein, concentrate on wild fish, cage free eggs, milk from grass fed cows, and range fed meat.
7. Choose healthy fats over unhealthy fats. Essential fatty acids are found in fish, flax, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. (See last month's newsletter for details.) Avocados and almonds contain heart healthy fats. Extra virgin olive oil is great for salads, coconut oil for cooking. The fat in raw organic butter helps essential fatty acids do their work.
8. Vary your dietary intake, and rotate foods. Variety ensures your intake of nutrients and phytochemicals. Rotation of foods helps prevent the development of food allergies.
9. Drink more water and less sugary drinks. Drink between meals, rather than with meals, as water with meals dilutes your digestive juices.
10. Bless your food. Food is fundamentally changed by the act of blessing it, as are we.
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Express Gratitude To Transform Your Life
Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.
-- Kahlil Gibran
For nutritionists, naturopaths, and other health seekers, the holiday season can be daunting. Alcohol, rich entrees and high calorie sweets present challenges to our immune systems and to our waistlines. Along the way, the true meanings of the season - joy, thankfulness, and the coming of the light -- are often lost in the orgy of food and drink. What would happen if we all were to focus on thankfulness?
Louise Chang, MD, asks just that question, "What would happen if we extended the tradition of giving thanks, typically celebrated just once a year during the holiday season, throughout the entire year?" University of California Davis psychology professor Robert Emmons finds the answer in a therapeutic approach called "positive psychology" This approach is profoundly beneficial to our health. Dr. Emmons reports that people with grateful attitudes take better care of themselves, experience less stress in coping with life's challenges, and are more optimistic. Researchers say that our optimism boosts our immune systems. In fact, recent studies show that developing an "attitude of gratitude" helps people to sleep better, to reduce anxiety and depression, to express kinder responses when provoked and to enjoy greater satisfaction with the process of life in general.
But what if you don't feel grateful? For most of us, developing an attitude of gratitude comes with practice and repetition. Here are some ways to start practicing gratitude:
* Start a "gratitude journal" with a list of five things for which you feel grateful. Pick a weekly time, like Sunday morning, to enter five new things for which you feel grateful. You may find it helpful to carry a small pad on which you can write things you are grateful for on a daily basis. Count your blessings.
* Express gratitude and appreciation frequently, even for very small events that happen in your daily life. Begin with your family and friends, even if you don't have a close family relationship, perhaps especially if you don't. You may be surprised at the transformations that occur as a result of one small kindness or thoughtful action.
* Martin Seligman, at the University of Pennsylvania, suggests you make a "gratitude visit" by writing a 300-word letter to someone who has had a positive influence in your life. Clearly express how the person influenced you and deliver the letter in person. Better still, read it to the person slowly and out loud.
* In our family we have an appreciation ceremony to elevate the energy at birthdays and special events. We go around the room and allow each person the opportunity to express why they appreciate the celebrant. The appreciation ceremony enhances any event where people are gathered in joy and celebration. Take every opportunity to tell your loved ones what they mean to you.
* Start each morning with an affirmation of gratitude. In our house, we put positive affirmations on our bathroom mirror so when we look at our faces in the morning the affirmation is one of the first things we see.
Right now, try this. Identify three good things in your life. Write them down. Then think of three people you feel close to and write down one thing you appreciate about each of them. Even this short focusing on the love you feel will lift your spirits.
The expression of gratitude is available to us at any moment and under any circumstance. Even a moment's reflection on appreciation when we are not feeling particularly thankful can open the door that leads to personal transformation. On an energetic level, when we transform ourselves, the world transforms. When we are grateful for one another, we find there is no separation between people. We begin to recognize that we are profoundly bound to each other and to the Divine.
Visit www.Gratefulness.org to learn more about gratefulness practice, to send a gratefulness ecard, to light a gratefulness ecandle and to subscribe to the Gratefulness word of the day.
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| Connections |
As the year draws to a close and the New Year is upon us, we have a wonderful opportunity for reflection and beginning any transformation we would like for ourselves.
It is a great time to think back on what we have accomplished throughout the year, what we may have missed or dropped, and what plans we would like to honor for the upcoming year as well as for the future.
Like most everyone else, the end of the year from Thanksgiving to New Year's is always a whirlwind for me, littered with social engagements with family and friends. I enjoy massive feasts and the warm, comforting company of the ones I love, but the holiday season can also be slightly overwhelming with the multitude of activities and commitments.
Even though it can be a stressful time, the holiday season is a time I truly cherish. I am reminded of the wealth around me by the connections that I have, from family that I often see to long-time elementary school friends that I see maybe once a year or every couple years.
I am grateful for this abundance of love, and I remember again that this is what is important in life - the community that we share with one another. We often forget that we are connected to each other, as we try to pursue the things in life that we believe we want or that we should pursue. But I always return to this feeling of connection with others.
The feeling of community is what grounds me and what makes sense to me in our often crazy lives. What else are we here to do but to love
and to help each other? What else truly matters in this life? The successes we achieve in life may be great but can be even greater when shared with other people. As we go through our triumphs and failures and the rollercoaster that is Life, it is helpful to come back to this point - that what truly enriches us and fills us is our community and the people that are around us.
What really matters in life is love and our connections, and to truly give to ourselves and fulfill our lives, we must remember to give back to others and to cultivate the relationships that surround us.
|More from Dr. Corrine... Homeopathy is one of her specialties. |
Can Transform Healing
Homeopathy, a system of medicine developed in Germany by Samuel Hanhemann in the 1790s, is based on the principle that like cures like. The symptoms a substance can produce in a healthy person are the symptoms it can cure in an ill person.
Homeopathy requires both attention to detail and to the person as a whole. In choosing remedies, the practitioner not only has to know the remedies well, but he/she must also get to know a person on a deeper level - not just the symptoms of the person but also the reasons why they may do the things they do.
Only with this knowledge can the practitioner choose the correct remedy. Each remedy picture is characterized by specific physical, mental, and emotional symptoms. Because our physical bodies are not separate from our mental and emotional bodies, an imbalance in any one of our bodies can cause problems in any other. And balancing any aspect of ourselves helps balance every other aspect.
When we choose a remedy specific to a person, the remedy can help clear areas where the person may be stuck energetically, thus producing shifts in emotional, mental or physical spheres. By releasing energetic blockages, homeopathy can shift and transform a person's health, allowing other healing modalities to work their magic. The healing life force in the body is stimulated and directed to areas that need attention.
By signaling those areas and addressing the parts in a person that need to be healed, homeopathy can be a subtle yet very powerful approach to transforming mental, emotional, and physical health.
| Coming In January: Detox and Stress Reduction Programs
With the new year around the corner, why not rejuvenate and cleanse your body with a detox program or unwind with a stress reduction program? This is a great way to kick off the New Year and start fresh!
We will be offering express detox protocols (10-14 days) as well as 4 week protocols starting in January.
Stress protocols will also begin in January.
Contact Dr. Corrine for more information at
(650) 917-1121 or email@example.com.
Rapid Pain Relief
With Elijah Free
Elijah Free, MH, CMI, CMT
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the healing work of Elijah Free, please go to his web sites:
Rapid Pain Elimination
Apprentice to Angels
|Searching for a Meaningful Gift This Holiday Season? |
Give the Gift of Health!
Gift Certificates For All Practitioners and Services Available at Pacific Naturopathic
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.
|Let Me Introduce Myself... Nancy Schuet, Certified|
Let me introduce myself. I am Nancy Schuet, Certified Neuro-Reflex-Therapist. As a CNRT, I trained intensively in foot reflexology and advanced massage techniques relating to feet. I apprenticed at the Neuro-Reflex Therapy Institute in Modesto, Ca., and have upgraded my skills through an ongoing relationship with the Universal College of Reflexology.
Neuro-Reflex therapy was developed by a Registered Nurse and a reflexologist especially for those with diabetic peripheral neuropathy. Neuropathy clients derive relief from the numbness, burning and tingling so often a problem for them, enabling them to sleep better and get on with daily activities with less pain.
I have also found that adaptations of CNRT techniques relieve pain on the soles of the feet, such as that of plantar fasciitis. Massage and reflexology techniques isolate and work out tightness in the muscles and tissues of the feet. If you have any pain on the bottom of the feet, I find that CNRT can lessen it. I often treat people who have been somewhat helped, but not cured, by physical therapy or by inserts received from podiatrists. My take home techniques further promote pain relief.
The European Reflexology I've learned through the Universal College of Reflexology emphasizes the detoxification, allergy relief, and digestive betterment that can be obtained through foot reflexology. I am always learning new techniques. Very soon, I'll be adding relaxing facial reflexology to my offerings at Pacific Naturopathic.
I have been in practice in Mountain View in a chiropractic office for the past 8 years and I have been rewarded by helping many people feel better. As you might imagine, I have accumulated quite a bit of word-of-mouth knowledge and practical information from my clients. I've learned, for example, what to do if your second toe is longer than your big toe. Give me a call and I can help you with it.
I am so excited to be joining the Pacific Naturopathic healing team. I hope to meet you soon.
To schedule an appointment with Nancy please contact her at 408-891-4759 or email her
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|Two Types of Thermography Offered at Pacific Naturopathic
At Pacific Naturopathic, we offer two types of thermography, both of which address physiologic change in the body. Readers may be more familiar with Breast Thermography (see below), which helps us determine differences in vasculature and temperature between the breasts.
The other type of thermography offered at Pacific Naturopathic is called Contact Regulation Thermography (CRT).
CRT: Safe and highly informative
Contact Regulation Thermography screens the body from head to pelvic floor, measuring the temperature at 119 points. The first measurements are taken with the body at rest. After a 10 minute cold challenge, temperatures are taken again to assess the body's response to stress.
Evaluation of temperatures can help determine points of inflammation in the meridian and musculoskeletal system, can pinpoint areas of lymphatic congestion, can detect hidden imbalance, and can track referred pain.
Your temperature measurements are evaluated in the context of a data bank of thousands of scans. You are provided with a comprehensive written report of findings, and given the opportunity to discuss the implication of those findings with Ardell, who has extensive training in CRT. Should the scan indicate a need to address an underlying imbalance, Ardell will recommend that you see your health care practitioner, or make an appointment with one of the doctors at Pacific Naturopathic.
The cost of a CRT is $275. To schedule an appointment, please phone 650-917-1121.
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Non-Invasive, Painless, Safe
|Normal Thermographic Pattern|
I was surprised to receive a call tonight from Blue Shield, my insurance provider, urging me to sign up now for a mammogram. I'm intrigued that they are professing interest in my care, and fascinated that mammograms are considered to be preventive medicine.
Mammograms don't prevent anything. They are a screening tool, as is breast thermography.
Mammograms find breast cancer after breast cancer has developed. Breast thermography looks at physiologic changes in the breast tissue, notes the direction of the changes, and monitors the efficacy of therapies that address unfavorable changes. In this way, breast thermography has a preventive role. I'm looking to the day that Blue Shield calls me and tells me they would like to fund a screening exam that discovers changes in breast tissue before the changes are set in stone, and thus allows me to do something about it. If you're interested in this type of approach, call our office and book a breast thermography exam.
The cost to you of breast thermography is $225.
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Thermography at Pacific Naturopathic
| Now at Pacific Naturopathic: Effective Care for Acute Conditions |
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
- 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
Amazing Sunsets at
Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii
Openings From January and Into the New Year
|Sunset from the lanai, November 8, 2011|
There are some moments in life that are absolutely precious and transport consciousness to a level where all personal concerns seem irrelevant and small. One of these moments happened on November 8, when yet another fairyland-like rainbow infused sunset over the Pacific carried us into transcendence. Earth magic events happen almost every day here in Hawaii, and the effect is deeply soothing and restorative.
Many readers have told us that they are waiting for the right time to reserve. The truth is that the right time will never arrive unless you grasp the moment and make it happen. Come, treat yourself as well as you deserve. You could be here soon.
See our websites for more details. Phone 808-775-1505 for reservations, or email
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Transformational, Stress Reducing, Feel Good Services Offered at
Pacific Naturopathic ____________
Reduce Inflammation and Stress:
La Stone Body Therapy with Ardell Hill
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.
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| Tushti Conti Bids Farewell |
As many of you know, I will be moving to Portland to be a part of developing the Ananda Laurelwood Center. It will be a beautiful healing retreat center and campus for Education for Life.
It has been such a joy to offer BioMat and Yoga Therapy at Pacific Nauturopathic Clinic, a healing retreat center as well. I will miss you and the wonderful staff.
Blessings of the Season
Love and Joy
| An Invitation....|
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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.
|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.