Number 35, May 2012
Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter
2570 W. El Camino Real � Suite 111 � Mountain View, CA 94040 � (650) 917-1121   
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You Are What You Eat 

-- Believe it!



 A bit late this month... lots on our plate for this food issue.


"You are what you eat."  The meaning is simple -- to be healthy you have to eat well.  Although knowledge of relationship between food and health is ancient, it was brought into modern times in 1942 by one of our naturopathic heroes, Victor Lindlahr, in his book "You Are What You Eat: how to win and keep health with diet."


It's been seventy years since Lindlahr's book and we know a whole lot more about how food impacts us on not only physical levels, but mental and spiritual as well.  It is no secret that food prepared with love has a different feel and taste than food prepared by someone in a foul mood.  In our Food Movies section, later in this newsletter, "Babette's Feast" (perhaps our favorite food movie) and "Like Water For Chocolate" both include food's energetic component as part of their plots.


In this issue of Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter, Dr. Connie writes about the energetic component of food and gives clear, basic rules for eating well.  Dr. Marcel writes on how you can discover which foods simply don't work for you functionally and/or immunologically.  Dr. Corrine presents her thoughts on how some foods may give rise to digestive issues.  Our resident nutritional counselor, Sarah Rose, gives a wealth of information on "green power."


As always, at Pacific Naturopathic we are available to assist you in working with any food issues you may have.


--Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel


Dr. Connie Muses on the Energetic Component of Food
Dr Connie Gives Clear, Basic Advice on Food Choices
Dr. Marcel on the Difference Between Food Allergies and Food Intolerances
Dr. Corrine on on the Relationship Between Food and Digestive Issues
Green Power! Nutrition Counseling With Sarah Rose
Food Movies! Know Any More?
Rapid Pain Relief With Elijah Free
Hawaii Retreat Center: Growing Food in Paradise
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Two Types of Thermograpy Offered at Pacific Naturopathic
Transformational Stress Reduction Services Offered at Pacific Naturopathic
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When a Sprout is

More Than a Sprout


We tend to think of food in a very narrow sense. Swami Yogananda, in his Divine Magnetic Diet uses the word food in a very broad sense, defining food not just in terms of material nourishment, but in terms of breath, and mental and cosmic energy. Sunshine and oxygen are direct energy sources for the body. Most other foods must be converted to energy. That energy is more or less abundant and accessible according to the nature and preparation of the food or drink.


Pure water crystal

Several images come to mind. Masaru Emoto is a Japanese man who has photographed the effects of thought, word, sound and more on frozen water crystals. His photographs compare the complex and beautiful crystalline structure of pure spring water to the simple and unimpressive structure of microwaved water. Other photographs from Emoto Sensei's work contrast the structure of polluted water before and after having been blessed.

Microwaved water


Through these images, we begin to understand that unseen energies in our food and in our drink are integral and powerful components of our daily diets. The consciousness with which food is prepared, received, blessed and eaten proves more important than the biochemical attributes of the food.


Other images come from Kirlian photography, which enables us to see the energetic structure underlying physical form. Kirlian photographs comparing an organic to a conventionally grown sprout show the live and bright energy of the organic sprout, in comparison to the dim and lifeless energy of the conventional sprout. Fresh fruits and vegetables are enzymatically active live foods, providing readily available energy. Cooked meats are difficult to digest and to break down into utilizable energy.


Organic versus non-organic sprout

Foods emit and lodge vibrations in mind and brain. Long before the development of the devices that measure human energy systems, ancient traditions outlined the energetic effects of various foods on the body, defining foods that develop moral and spiritual qualities, foods that develop active and worldly qualities, and foods that increase or create evil qualities. Modern day clinics that measure the energetic effect of foods on the body find that pork is more disruptive to the human energy system than is any other food.


The take home message is that energetic aspects of food and drink are an integral consideration as we design and prepare diets that promote physical, mental and spiritual well being.



What To Eat?


Connie Hernandez, N.D.


Shanti Rubenstone, MD 

These days, there's a great deal of confusion about proper diet. We live in a contaminated world in which we have tampered with the natural environment. People worry about mercury toxicity in fish, pesticides in vegetables, hormones in poultry, antibiotics in dairy, genetically modified organisms and more. Beyond that, internet and other media sources promote a multitude of radically contradictory dietary regimes. Patients are often severely stressed as to what it is that is ok for them to eat.


I've many times been asked to provide dietary guidelines that everyone can follow. There's probably not a single food that's ok for everybody, but there are simple guidelines that hold true.

  1. Realize that you do not now and never will have total control over your diet. In our times, we simply can not know the whole truth about the foods we consume.
  2. Know that an occasional dietary deviation is not a problem. The exceptions are for people suffering from autoimmune conditions such as Celiac's disease in which gluten can never be consumed; or from life threatening allergic reactivity; or from genetic enzyme deficiencies which cause certain foods to be deadly.
  3. Grow or buy organic whenever possible. When not possible, stay away from the foods most likely to be toxic with pesticides. When even that is not possible, bless your food, and know that the act of blessing the food is a positive action.
  4. Shop the farmer's markets and the periphery of the supermarket. Concentrate on foods that are in as close to their natural state as possible. Eat as much fresh food as possible.
  5. Stay away from artificial ingredients, whether colorings, flavorings, sweeteners, preservatives, or other food additives.
  6. If you consume poultry, meat, dairy, or eggs, look for suppliers that provide their animals with natural food sources and free range conditions.
  7. If you eat fish, educate yourself as to which fish are most likely to be mercury free, and choose wild as opposed to farmed fish to avoid consumption of antibiotics.
  8. Limit sugar sources of all kinds, simple carbohydrates, and highly processed foods.
  9. Avoid hydrogenated fats, trans fats, rancid fats, and deep fried foods.
  10. For the most part, take your liquids away from your meal in order to optimize digestion.
  11. Take your time to chew and enjoy your food. It takes 20 minutes to reach satiety, and most of us have overconsumed and finished our meal before that.
  12. Increase the variety of the foods you eat in order to benefit from the nutrients and phytochemicals present in varied food sources, and to prevent the development of food sensitivities.


choc chip cookie
Relax.  Have a cookie.
A final guideline would be to relax a little with regards to food. 
It is only in very privileged societies that food choices are actually available. In my early years of practice, I served a large community with quite rigid food beliefs. I would routinely tell them that the rigidity with which they held those beliefs was far more damaging to their overall health than the chocolate chip cookies they abhorred.



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Food Allergies and Food Intolerances:  Not the Same




Food allergies and food intolerances - although the terms are often used interchangeably, their mechanisms of action in the body are quite different. A third common term food sensitivities, can refer to either intolerances or to allergies.


Food intolerances are food reactions, often in the form of either maldigestion or inflammatory reactions in the digestive tract. In food intolerances, the body simply cannot properly digest or process certain foods. Intolerances are often caused by enzyme deficiencies, as in lactose intolerance, which disrupts the digestion of milk and milk products. Food intolerance reactions can also occur to naturally occurring chemicals in foods, like salicylates. Salicylates are found in dozens of common foods, including apples, cherries, grapes, tomatoes and olives.  Food additives -- colors, flavorings and preservatives -- may also cause reactions.


Many body systems and processes are affected by food intolerances, including gastro-intestinal (bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, colitis and more), respiratory (chronic cough, asthma, bronchitis, sinusitis, etc.), dermatological (eczema, psoriasis and other skin rashes), neurological (chronic headaches, migraines), psychological (behavior problems, poor memory, depression, moodiness), musculoskeletal (arthritis, gout, joint stiffness), immune system (frequent infections), reproductive (low sperm count and hormone imbalances) and malabsorption (nutrient deficiencies). Unlike food allergies, food intolerances are not associated with anaphylaxis (allergic closing of airways).


Food intolerances are not mediated by immunoglobulins or by the release of histamine, and thus cannot be identified on blood tests which test for IgG or IgE immune system responses. They can be identified with a metabolic cleanse, followed by implementation of an elimination-challenge program. Once offending foods are identified, they can either be avoided or their reactivity in the body lessened by specific enzyme supplements. The doctors at Pacific Naturopathic can help you develop a comprehensive program to help you discover any food intolerances you may have.


Food allergies provoke the immune system's reaction to a food item, usually a protein, that it believes is harmful to the body. The immune system responds to the perceived invader by creating antibodies (proteins found in the bloodstream), in an effort to neutralize the offending food. Here's how it works:


The body's immune system mistakenly identifies a food protein as harmful and "tags" the protein with an antibody, creating what is called an antigen/antibody complex. The tagged proteins are usually difficult to digest proteins, like those found in cow's milk and wheat. The immune system, thinking the body is under attack, triggers an allergic reaction, including a histamine release. The allergic reaction can range from mild to severe. Allergic responses affect many of the same body systems and processes as those mentioned above, but also may include life-threatening anaphylactic responses. People diagnosed with a severe food allergy should always carry an injectable form of epinephrine, such as an Epi-Pen or wear some form of medical alert jewelry.


food allergyAlthough an individual could potentially be allergic to any food, the majority of food allergies are caused by a small number of foods. These foods include all cow's milk products, wheat (including rye and oats), peanuts, soybeans, eggs, fish, shellfish, nuts, and citrus.


Skin testing has long been the "gold standard" for food allergy testing, but we have found it to be unreliable. Foods have a different reaction in the enzyme-rich, mucous-lined digestive system than they do when injected into the skin. We prefer IgG/IgE food sensitivity/food allergy blood tests, which measure a person's specific antibody reaction to more than 120 different foods. IgG tests for delayed hypersensitivity reactions, whereas IgE tests for immediate hypersensitivity reactions. At Pacific Naturopathic, we order these tests from one of the specialty labs with whom we have a professional relationship. We help you interpret the results, address underlying causes, and design a workable diet.


If you suspect that you have food allergies or intolerances and would like to address issues and develop an action plan, phone the clinic at 650-917-1121. Dr. Connie, Dr. Marcel and Dr. Corrine will be happy to assist you develop your strategy.


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  Digestive Issues?  Consider Removing Offending Foods




Do you often have heartburn, stomach pain, or gas and bloating? Many people have digestive issues caused by bad diets and specific foods. Food irritants and food sensitivities can lead to inflammation in the lining of the digestive tract, and ultimately manifest as skin conditions and other symptoms. Choosing to eat a clean, nutritious diet can help with these digestive and skin issues and maintain overall health.


Eating offending foods not only affects the digestive system but also impacts the immune system. Inflammation in the digestive tract results in "leaky gut," allowing for the absorption of proteins not normally absorbed. With the increased antigenic load, we see increasing symptoms. Eczema and asthma are examples. Limiting exposure to problem foods decreases inflammation in the digestive system, and ameliorates related symptoms.


leafy greensA good start to a clean diet includes varied and colorful fresh fruits and vegetables, especially leafy greens. The antioxidant protection these foods provide reduces the risk of heart disease, cancer, and other illnesses. To minimize exposure to toxins while maximizing nutrients, choose organic foods when possible, with special attention to avoiding the fruits and vegetables which are highest in pesticides. (Go to for a list of the "dirty dozen.") When choosing animal foods, choose free-range, hormone-free, antibiotic-free meats and eggs, and wild fish. Emphasize lean meats over red meats. Drink plenty of water to help flush out toxins, aiming for at least half your weight in ounces of water per day.


To further clean up your diet, avoid the chemicals and high amounts of salt, sugar, and other damaging ingredients in packaged foods. If you're having trouble, consider experimentally limiting the foods known to be most allergenic. These foods include wheat, corn, soy, dairy, nuts, and eggs. By limiting exposure to offending foods and eating a good diet, you can heal your digestive system, decrease your symptoms, improve your general health and prevent other illnesses from occurring in the future.


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


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Go Green!


Nutrition Education and Health Counseling With Sarah Rose



Green vegetables are the foods most missing in modern diets. Learning to cook and eat greens is essential to creating health. When you nourish yourself with greens, you will naturally crowd out the foods that make you sick. 


Greens help strengthen the blood and respiratory system. Green is associated with spring, the time of renewal, refreshment and vital energy. In Asian medicine, green is related to the liver, emotional stability and creativity.


Nutritionally, greens are very high in calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, phosphorous, zinc and vitamins A, C, E and K. They are crammed with fiber, folic acid, chlorophyll and many other micronutrients and phytochemicals. Whenever possible, choose organic. But eating non-organic greens is much better than not eating any greens at all!


Some of the benefits of eating dark leafy greens are:


-Blood purification

-Cancer prevention

-Improved circulation

-Strengthened immune system

-Promotion of healthy intestinal flora

-Promotion of subtle, light and flexible energy

-Lifted spirit and elimination of depression

-Improved liver, gall bladder and kidney function

-Cleared congestion, especially in lungs by reducing mucus


Greens are powerful superfoods

There are so many greens to choose from. Find greens that you love and eat them often. When you get bored with your favorites, be adventurous and try greens that you've never heard of before. Broccoli is very popular among adults and children. Each stem is like a tree trunk, giving you strong, grounding energy. Rotate between bok choy, napa cabbage, kale, swiss chard, spinach, collards, watercress, mustard greens, broccoli rabe, dandelion and other leafy greens. Green cabbage is great cooked or raw, or in the form of sauerkraut. Arugula, endive, chicory, lettuce, and wild greens are generally eaten raw, but can be consumed in any creative way you enjoy.


Cooking Greens


Try a variety of methods like steaming, boiling, saut�ing in oil, or water saut�ing. Boiling makes greens plump and relaxed. Boil for under a minute so that the nutrients in the greens do not get lost in the water. You can also drink the cooking water as a health-giving broth or tea if you're using organic greens. Steaming makes greens more fibrous and tight, which is great for people who are trying to lose weight. Raw salad is also a wonderful preparation for greens. It's refreshing, cooling and supplies live enzymes.


When some people hear "leafy green vegetables," they often think of iceberg lettuce, but the ordinary, pale lettuce in restaurant salads doesn't have the power-packed goodness of other greens. Get into the habit of adding these dark, leafy green vegetables to your daily diet. Try it out for a month and see how you feel.


A great additional resource for recipes and ideas is "Greens Glorious Greens" by Johnna Albi and Catherine Walthers.



Sarah Rose is available for nutritional consultation and health food store informational "tours."  To schedule an appointment with Sarah contact Pacific Naturopathic at 650-917-1121.



We Love Food Movies!     

Here's a list of some movies we've enjoyed. 

Tell us your favorites?




Babette's Feast

Like Water for Chocolate

Tortilla Soup


Mostly Martha

Eat, Drink Man Woman

Fried Green Tomatoes



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:


Breast Thermography 

and Food

Normal thermog photo
Normal Thermographic Pattern

I've previously stated in this newsletter that, in as few as three months, we can often see beginning resolution of vascular and temperature differences between the breasts in response to various treatment protocols. Questions come in as to what those protocols might be. Depending on the need of the patient, protocols may involve anything from lymphatic breast massage to changes in HRT to optimization of hormonal metabolism to use of anti inflammatory botanicals and/or botanicals which prevent the formation of new blood vessels.


A particularly effective approach taken by several of my patients has been detoxification through radical dietary change. These patients have either self directed their own cleanses, or participated in residential treatment facilities with an emphasis on green juices, raw foods, and liver and colon cleanses. In choosing juices and raw foods, most inflammatory dietary components are eliminated. In reducing inflammation, the breast tissue changes. And we see those positive changes on the breast thermograms. 




The cost to you of breast thermography is $225.





Find out more about thermography at Pacific Naturopathic at:



Thermography at Pacific Naturopathic


Food From the Land at 

Pacific Naturopathic

Retreat Center 


Openings From June     



Upon arrival at Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center, guests are greeted with a tray of tropical fruits in season.... Bananas, papayas, pineapples, starfruits, mangoes, citrus, avocadoes, and other seasonal orchard products.



fruit tray
Produce from retreat orchards

 More than 30 varieties of tropical fruits are grown at Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center, and our guests delight in sampling jaboticaba, passion fruit, lychees, and whatever appeals as they wander through the orchards and gardens.


papaya woman
Abundance is an everyday event

These tropical delicacies are colorful, high energy food sources which delight the palate and offer phytonutrients and enzymes that are easily accessible to the body. Perfect for cleansing, gourmet salads, or simply enjoyment.



papaya tree
Harvest time!


Mango season rapidly approaches. Though all of May is currently booked, we do have openings at the retreat center in June. Call us now at 808- 775-1505.


A basket of Hayden mangoes from our tree



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Searching for a Meaningful Gift For a Friend or Loved One?  
Give the Gift of Health! 

Gift Certificates For All Practitioners and Services 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.


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.


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

Reduce Inflammation and Stress:

La Stone Body Therapy with Ardell Hill


      la stone 

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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Let Me Introduce Myself...                   Nancy Schuet, Certified
Neuro-Reflex Therapist

nancy schuet

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 musclesreflexology 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.


foot floppingI 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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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