Number 42, December 2012
Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter
2570 W. El Camino Real � Suite 111 � Mountain View, CA 94040 � (650) 917-1121   


Who We Are and Why We Do What We Do


True Stories From Pacific Naturopathic Healers




Generally speaking, one of the major differences between Naturopathic Medicine and conventional medicine is that naturopathic doctors get to know you on an up close and personal basis.  We explore the currents that flow through your life, looking for clues that might shed light on the state of your overall health.  We learn about your job, your relationships, your family, your life outlook. We learn how you adapt to your every day stressors.  We learn about your choices and habits -- what you eat, how you eliminate, how you sleep, how you spend your time.  We spend time with you to develop a relationship based on trust.  As a result, our long-term patients are extremely loyal and our main source of new business is referrals from established patients.


By nature, the therapeutic relationship is a one-way street.  We get to know a lot about you and you just learn a smidgen about us. That's as it should be.


We thought that now, at the end of the year and after more than three years of informative, impersonal newsletters, we would tell you just a bit about us, especially why we do what we do -- what we love about our profession and the paths we've followed.


In this issue of Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter Dr. Connie muses about the opportunities the hoopla about the end of the Mayan Calendar present for personal transformation and offers inspiring commentary about the influences on her naturopathic perspective.  Dr. Marcel talks of his genetic and spiritual journey into naturopathic medicine and Dr. Corrine writes of how naturopathic medicine is integrated into every aspect of life.  Elijah, our resident healer and Master Herbalist, talks of his remarkable career in the healing arts. 


A reminder:  Dr. Corrine will be offering a free introductory talk this Monday, December 17 at 5:30 PM in our office. Learn about the stress-reducing wonders of Craniosacral Therapy. As space is limited, please phone our office to reserve your place: 650-917-1121.


From the staff, doctors, healers and associates at Pacific Naturopathic, we wish you a transformative, joy-filled transition into 2013.  May blessings and grace flow through you and touch every being you come in contact with.


Be Well!  


--Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel


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Dr. Connie Muses On trhe Transformational Promise of the End of the Mayan Calendar
Dr Connie: The Truth of Vitalism Drew Me Into Naturopathy
Dr. Marcel on his Genetic and Spiritual Roots in Natural Medicine
Dr. Corrine on Her Love off Naturopathic Medicine
Rapid Pain Relief With Elijah Free
Dr. Marcel Discusses Purple Tongue Syndrome
Guna-Flu: Cold and flu prevention and treatment
Breast Thermography: No Radiation Here!
The Vision of Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii Retreat
Two Types of Thermograpy Offered at Pacific Naturopathic
Transformational Stress Reduction Services Offered at Pacific Naturopathic
Recipe: Vegan Fennel Stuffing
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Dr. Connie's Musings...
Connie Hammock
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Weathering the Change



One could hardly write a newsletter for December of 2012 without at least speculating on what it all means to each of us, this ending of the Mayan calendar, this turning point in history.  And, moreover, what can we do about it?


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The Mayan Calendar



In our previous practice in Brattleboro, Vermont, we had a client who specialized in predicting earth changes in the form of earthquakes. He had mapped out the entire United States, and determined the location where he would be statistically safest from that type of natural disaster. Unfortunately unforeseen were other natural disasters. Within in a short time of moving to his safe place, our client lost all of his possessions in a flood.


That you are where you are at this juncture in history is more than a minor miracle. Every thought you've ever had, every deed that you've done, every moment of every lifetime you've lived, has led you to this moment in time.


We cannot avoid the consequences of our every moment, nor can we outguess our fate. Acting from fear, though tempting and often compelling, will never take you where you want to go. What to do? Aspire to the highest good, tune in to your Higher Self, serve others, and act with the courage of your convictions. Whatever the challenge, know that you are always exactly where you are destined, by your very own actions, to be.


A crisis is nothing more than a dangerous opportunity. And every moment, however challenging, is a gift


Operative words for this period of time would be communication, connection, co-operation, creativity. Recommended practices would be meditation, prayer, yoga or other breath therapy, energization exercises or other exercises that train the flow of vital energy through your body.


Onwards to total transformation!



My Favorite Naturopathic Theory and Practice



Connie Hernandez, N.D.

Shanti Rubenstone, MD


I was drawn to naturopathy through teachings re the Vix Medicatrix Naturae. This is the  Healing Power of Nature, the life energy that animates all living beings, balances physical form and function, and is the ultimate source of healing. Early naturopaths were of the "Vitalistic" School. Their favored healing techniques were designed to free the flow of that energy, to strengthen it where needed, and to balance the flow through the body. 


Quoting below from the great naturopath Dr. Henry Lindlahr's early 20th century writings:


"The vitalistic conception of life regards vital force as the primary force of all forces, coming from the great central source of all life. This force, which permeates, heats and animates the entire created universe, is an expression of divine intelligence and will, the "logos" the "word" of the great Creative Intelligence. It is the divine energy which sets in motion the whirls in the ether, the electric corpuscles that make up the atoms and elements of matter."


"This intelligent energy can have but one source: the will and intelligence of the Creator - or as Swedenborg expresses it, of the great Central Sun of the Universe."


Vitalists relied heavily on the elements of nature to revitalize and cure: earth, air, water, fire and ether. In the mid 19th to mid 20th century, hydropathic spas throughout the United States and Europe became social and political gathering places for the healing of body, mind, and spirit. Dr. Marcel and I envisioned our first clinic as a revival of the Brattleboro Water Cure, thinking to model it after those earlier water therapy centers. Due to the exigencies of plumbing and privacy in commercial buildings, we have come closer to that ideal at the Pacific Naturopathic Healing Retreat Center on the Big Island of Hawaii, where all natural elements come to play in healing.


A few years into naturopathic practice, I came to know the teachings of  Paramahansa Yogananda and found that, though he is known as a spiritual master, he was also a great naturopath in the vitalistic tradition. Yogananda uses different words to describe the vital force... conscious cosmic energy, life current, vibratory life energy, prana.


achieve glowing health Yogananda promoted a system he called Yogoda. Yogoda is a word derived from yoga, meaning harmony or equilibrium, and da, that which imparts. Yogoda is described as a system which imparts harmony and equilibrium to all the forces and faculties that operate for the perfection of the body, mind, and soul. Yogoda teaches active attunement to intelligent life energy such that we can call upon it and even direct it to the healing of ourselves and to the healing of others.


The foundation practice of the Yogoda system is the Energization Exercises. The poster you see on the door of our office at Pacific Naturopathic is a poster of the Energization Exercises. Yogananda assured his students that proper practice of these exercises would cure all manner of physical, mental, and emotional ills.


I can speak from personal experience as to the efficacy of these exercises.  In practicing them, I have tuned in to the Vix Medicatrix Naturae, revitalized myself, aligned my spine, transformed many a mood, become aware of energy blockages in my body and healed minor ills. Needless to say, I value most highly the role of the energization exercises in healing.


From a foundation of aligning with the fundamental source of all life and healing energy, modern naturopathy offers an ever changing array of other life affirming treatments. 21st century naturopathy incorporates everything from ancient and modern botanical knowledge to biochemical, genetic, and energetic testing and treatment. 


After seeking the cause of an imbalance, naturopaths combine synergistic treatments to address every aspect of being. I love the creativity and the ability to provide so many individual options.



* "How to Achieve Glowing Health and Vitality" is a compilation of Paramhansa Yogananda's teachings on healing, and can be be ordered from  You may also browse through the copy in our waiting room.  

*Energization posters available for $10 from our office.

*Energization classes are taught at Ananda Church of Self Realization, in the Meditation 2 class.


Find out more about Dr. Connie's 

consulting services at:  


I have often been asked why I decided to become a naturopathic doctor.... 



It Just "Felt Right"





Seriously, why would anyone choose to undergo a full medical school education, amass a fortune in student loans, and enter a field where naturopathic physicians receive less than half the recognition and a third of the income as conventional physicians?  The answer to the question is easy: it felt true to my inner being.


Inside all of us there is a place where the truth of who we are is distilled, rarified, and forwarded on to our conscious moments.  It is a place where when we do the right thing, when we make the right choice, when we act according to our highest vision, a resounding "YES" echoes throughout our cellular awareness.  So it was with my entry into Naturopathic Medicine - it was spiritually and genetically "natural."


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Grandfather Hernandez
My Cuban paternal grandfather was a pharmacist who advocated a natural lifestyle and spoke of the dangers of pharmaceutical medicine. 
I have the text of a speech he gave at a convention in 1919 where he warned of developing a dependence on drugs at the expense of a natural lifestyle, a healthy diet and personal responsibility.  Perhaps we will publish his speech in future editions of this newsletter.


Grandmother Cabrera (my mother standing at left)


My Cuban maternal great grandmother was an herbalist that the family depended upon when medicine was needed for an illness.  She was also a bruja with extraordinary powers.  As a small boy, I had many warts on my fingers.  One day, she blindfolded me and rubbed some kind of oil on my warts.  The warts all disappeared within a few days.


My mother also kept several medicinal herbs in her kitchen cabinet, remedies that she had learned from my herbalist great grandmother.


When I first entered college and was asked what my major would be, without any previous thoughts I answered "pre-med."  Although as my undergraduate and gradate years ensued I wandered into the arts and eventually into a university professorship, the connection to medicine remained strong and my longing to explore medicine continued to grow, until I could no longer refuse the call.


In the summer of 1985 Dr. Connie and I were sitting on a beach in Bali in the midst of a life crisis and pondering our futures.   She also had heard the inner summons to explore natural medicine and we arrived at a decision together.  We would give up our cushy, perk-laden, high-paying university teaching positions and apply to naturopathic medical school.  Our dreams manifested, and we were accepted for the 1986 entering class at Bastyr University in Seattle.  The rest is history, as it is said.


Throughout my naturopathic doctor experience, I have focused on the areas that presented challenges for me and for my family.  Fresh out of medical school with a toddler son, my practice was about 50 percent holistic pediatrics, with the other 50 percent general medicine.


As the years passed, I expanded my focused interests into the fields of digestion and inflammatory bowel disease and men's health, specifically as regards men's hormonal balancing and prostate care, while still maintaining a medical eclecticism that allowed me to maintain general fluency in a number of fields.


As a newly graduated physician, my practice was geared to fixing what was wrong using the three pillars of naturopathy: a healthy mental/emotional state, regular exercise and a varied diet full of unadulterated foods.  And most people benefitted from this time-tested, classical approach. 


As time went by I realized that good health was something more profound - being healthy involved welcoming and adapting to continual inner transformation and regeneration because that was what was naturally happening anyway, and when we consciously choose to apply the brakes, to stop welcoming change, well, that's when our spirits, our "vital force," begin to shrivel and die, and the physical body soon follows.


Yes, I still rely heavily on basic naturopathic principles.  But more than ever I try to work with my patients on transforming their experience of life so that they flow through the constant changes with grace and understanding.  This is my own personal challenge as well.


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

  What I Love About Naturopathic Medicine



Naturopathic medicine spoke to me the first time I learned about it and read about its principles.  


Naturopathy maintains a holistic view of health and medicine and sees each person as an individual. 

As a naturopathic doctor, I aim to treat the whole person and help to support each individual's own inherent healing processes. 



I believe in the interconnectedness of mind and body as well as our connection to the environment around us. 


Naturopathic medicine incorporates the spiritual, mental/emotional, physical, and social aspects to health, and I love being able to teach and empower people about their own health. I have always been drawn to psychology, biology, and teaching, and Naturopathic medicine allows me to combine these disciplines into one profession.  


As a Naturopathic doctor, I strive to help others optimize and balance their health, working with them in a partnership towards achieving wellness. I love being able to spend time with people to connect with them on a deeper level and work together with them in assisting them to achieve their health goals.


I am fascinated by how the body systems work together, so I am especially interested in the endocrine system and how it regulates metabolism, growth and development, fertility, and mood. Because so many people are overworked and overstressed, most people are constantly in the fight/flight mode, a heightened physical state that can lead into overwork and breakdown of multiple body systems.  It's interesting for me to see how constant periods of stress can cause not only mental and emotional fatigue, but also affect metabolism, digestion, reproduction, immunity, and even memory.  


I love helping people see these interconnections between their body systems, helping them understand the imbalances, and working with them to bring things back into balance. A large part of this process includes supporting the body systems that are imbalanced as well as targeting stress management.


cranio sacral One modality I particularly enjoy using that helps with anxiety and stress management is craniosacral therapy. Because the constant stressors in life hinder a person's ability to relax and decompress, people often have difficulty sleeping and may feel burned out or fatigued. Craniosacral therapy is a gentle type of bodywork that helps to balance the central nervous system by putting people in the parasympathetic mode, the mode that allows for relaxation, digestion, and healing. 


A craniosacral treatment helps to ground people as well as giving their bodies the space it needs to heal.  In helping people reach this healing space, craniosacral therapy can benefit many people including those with anxiety, fatigue, headaches, chronic pain, and many others.


Naturopathic medicine allows me to view health from all different angles and allows me to help people balance their health in whatever way they need it. The variety of people I see as well as the ability to investigate and understand the whole picture of what is going on is what I love about Naturopathic medicine. Please contact me if you have any questions about how I can help, and I look forward to working with you! 


A reminder:  I will be offering a free introductory talk this Monday, December 17 at 5:30 PM in our office. Learn about the stress-reducing wonders of Craniosacral Therapy. As space is limited, please phone our office to reserve your place: 650-917-1121.



Find out more about Dr. Corrine's 

detox and craniosacral packages 


Rapid Pain Relief 

With Elijah Free


Elijah Free, MH, CMI, CMT  

Elijah Free

My healing career had its official beginning when I was trained to be a special paramedic in the Air Force during Viet Nam back in the late sixties. I had been selected from a group of GI's because of my aptitude in generally never losing my head under stressful situations and that I had the capacity to think independently and to naturally assume a leadership role.


As a result, I was placed in a special training program that consisted of greatly expanded clinic and fieldwork and intensive study. The military had a way of weeding out those that did not make the grade and the class thinned down pretty quickly. Much of my basic medical training was in the service and I have been eternally grateful over the decades for just how well they did train me.


I worked not just in clinics, but was made an evening and nighttime ward master at the age of eighteen. I also was trained in operating room procedures, emergency medicine at which I was at the top of my class, reading medical tests, X-rays and much more, including being a non-commissioned triage officer.


After the service, I worked on and off for years in the standard medical field. I really knew absolutely nothing about natural medicine. However, in the field as a paramedic, I was known for never losing a patient. I worked in a suburb of Boston as a medic before they had firemen paramedics. I also worked in the operating room as first scrub nurse and circulating nurse and ran a medical shift at a maximum-security prison as a physician's assistant in a special program back in the early seventies.


I can deliver babies, perform minor surgeries, suture and debried intensive wounds of numerous types, do tracheotomies, set bones and generally save lives at accident sites and manage disasters among other skills I trained in intensively.


I left the medical field around 1974 after a rescue in which a doctor pronounced a man dead on the site and told us all to go home. I resuscitated my patient and he lived with no visible effects from being pronounced dead as a doornail. The doctor submitted a bill and he was paid quite a handsome sum of money for saving the gentleman that he told us all was no more. That was the day I quit the medical profession and swore I had enough of all the incompetent work in the civilian field. The military medical scene is so much better than civilian life and the amount of tragic mistakes had gotten to me.


Several years went by and I had a rather severe back injury that left me in pretty bad pain all the time. I went to seek help but it was only made much worse. After a year of this, I began to pray to God, that if You ever let me out of this pain, I swear that I will learn to heal others.


An entire year went by in pain and praying. One day I got up and all of my bones went into place. Soon thereafter, I healed a friend's back in a few minutes that was scheduled for spinal fusion the next day. He did cancel his operation and he never had another problem.


That was how I found out I was a healer. Truthfully, I never had a clue. Decades later, I can look back and see just how beautiful this was all set up. And to this day, I have been eternally grateful for this wondrous career I have been blessed with.


Since this gift came from God, then I always regard God first in all that I do. I call it beginning rightly, knowing what is good and true about someone, rather than what is not good and not true.


My specialties are any kind of acute or chronic pain both mechanical and metabolic. As a master herbalist, I create and design all of my own products for my patients. I hold one patent and am in the midst of a second. In January of 2013, I am launching a national study for my fellow vets for a cure I developed for Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome that has worked (literally) with everyone who has used it so far.


I would have to say that my approach is very eclectic because of my basic medical military training combined with my natural healing work and my spiritual path as a healer. In this way, I feel that my patients hopefully get the best of both worlds. 

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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:
 Your Tongue Doesn't Lie
The case of the purple tongue



As the only internal organ that is visible without undergoing an invasive procedure, your tongue offers a wealth of information on a vast number of health conditions. 


For example, think back on your own history and experiences.  If you have ever lived in a cold weather climate or gone swimming in cold water, you may have noticed that your extremities (lips, fingers, toes) turn a bluish purple with prolonged exposure. This means that your blood vessels have constricted, a protective mechanism that supplies more blood to your core.  Simply put, blood flow and tissue oxygenation in your fingers, toes, reproductive organs and your brain have decreased.


purple tongue In the same way, a dark red or purple tongue indicates circulatory issues, or blood stagnation from liver congestion.  From a medical perspective, we would screen for artery-clogging hyperlipidemia, chronic bronchitis and adult onset diabetes.  The goal of therapy would be to try to improve blood flow and tissue oxygenation. 


Some symptoms a person with a dark tongue might have include fatigue, brain fog, sharp, fixed-location pains (menstrual cramps, chest pains, muscle cramps), erectile dysfunction, tumors, or fibrocystic disease. 


Make it a habit to look at your tongue every morning before brushing your teeth.  Note the changes in color, coating and size.  Because the tongue is a rapidly changing organ that is extremely responsive to internal conditions, you will soon learn to see how the tongue changes in response to the daily lifestyle choices you make.


Note: Our special on tongue and fingernail analysis expires at the end of December.  Phone today to come in for a brief visit.  Please see coupon, below.


To make an appointment for tongue and fingernail analysis, please phone Pacific Naturopathic at 

650-917-1121.  The appointment is only 20 minutes long.


Last Chance: 


Receive a written analysis, photos and recommendations


Establish a baseline for future evaluation
Offer Expires: December 31, 2012
This month's featured supplement... 


Guna-Flu Remedy for Relief of Cold and Flu Symptoms


This should be in you medicine cabinet now!


Unfortunately, you can't always avoid contracting common illnesses such as the flu, the common cold, and fever. The viruses that cause these illnesses as well as any accompanying chills are easily transmitted through the air, as well as through contact with objects that have been touched by a person who is sick. 


Washing your hands frequently with soap and water can help you avoid coming down with a bug, but it's not foolproof. Although you can't control other people's actions, you can control the speed of your recovery. If you do get sick, GUNA Biotherapeutics' Guna-Flu may help you get better faster.


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The Guna-Flu Monodose Tubes Globules have been manufactured to primarily target three types of ailments. In addition to fever and cold-related conditions, the formula is also recommended for relieving occasional body aches and fatigue. Therefore, it can be used as a pain reliever when your body is feeling terribly fatigued after a hard day's work.


The homeopathic energy distillates in this formula that help you maintain a healthy body temperature, suppress fatigue, and fight the flu include:

  • Influenzinum 9C, which helps your body fight against three different viral strains.
  • Cuprum metallicum, a copper mineral remedy that suppresses exhaustion, spasms, cramps; it may also help people with breathing problems.
  • Aconitum napellus 5C, a homeopathic remedy that may help lower your body temperature to a normal level and maintain your skin's moisture.
  • Anas barbariae, which is made from the hearts and livers of ducks-an animal that's naturally very resistant to the flu virus-may reduce the duration of a flu infection by more than six hours.
  • Echinacea angustifolia 3C, which is an herbal remedy obtained from the roots of the Echinacea plant. It may help fight several strains of the influenza virus.
  • Hepatis et Cordis extractum 200CK, also known as oscillococcinum, has been diluted 200 times with different antivirus elements in order to combat influenza virus strains.
  • Asclepias vincetoxicum 5C, which helps maintain your body's normal temperature level.
  • Belladonna 5C, which may be able to quickly suppress sudden rises in body temperature and perspiration.

For Prevention: One tube a week for at least six weeks.

For Acute Conditions: One tube every six hours. This supplement shouldn't be taken more than 3 three times daily.


Discontinue use after you complete the entire dosage. Each package of Guna-Flu provides six tubes. 


Guna-Flu is available in our office for $23.  For an additional charge, we'll mail it to you.  Please phone 650-917-1121.


Breast Thermography 
at Pacific Naturopathic 
Non-Invasive,Radiation Free, Informative


Normal thermog photo
Thermography is noninvasive and offers therapeutically useful information


There are many things that I appreciate about breast thermography as a screening tool. Breast thermography offers a non invasive way to assess breast health. It gives us an understanding of the total effect of hormonal influences on the breast. It allows a way to track the efficacy of treatment protocols. In the system that we use, we can see the change in temperature over time in many areas of the breast, allowing us to see whether things are better or worse or the same as in previous testing.


It takes many years for a breast cancer to develop. It is difficult to change things that are set in stone... i.e. physiologic change that has already resulted in anatomic change. With breast thermography, we can see developing conditions, giving us an opportunity to reverse the condition before it actually manifests in physical form. Now there's an advantage over anatomic testing!


The cost to you of breast thermography is $225.


Find out more about thermography at Pacific Naturopathic at:

Thermography at Pacific Naturopathic 



Manifesting the Vision


Our Retreat Vision Statement from 1999 Reveals Our Hopes and Dreams for Our Hawaii Retreat Center


Openings from March 2013    


Click here for info on making a reservation  



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The view at Pacific Naturopathic's Hawaii Retreat Cente


There is a place within our collective memories that we dream about and search for.  Our memories transmit the feelings of this place to our bodies, minds and spirits.


Dr. Connie on the Famous Bench


It is a place where the water is crystalline pure and the air is clear, warm and embracing; where the land is bursting with fertility and 

food grows effortlessly and abundantly.


pnrc garden
The Vegetable Garden


It is a place where opportunity exists for all beings to consistently express and manifest their highest visions; a place where relationships between people and the Earth are harmonious and co-creative.


The Buddha Shrine


It is a place dedicated to offering inspiration and healing to the Earth and the creatures that inhabit it.


The Meditation Pond


It is a place that embraces all beings in a vibration that encourages their own memories and helps them walk their paths with centered gentleness.


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Entrance to the Garden


It is a place where friends gather to work, play and celebrate in gratitude the joys and wonders of creation and the bliss of the consciousness of Divine Mother.


ginger meditating
Ginger in Deep Meditation


In the creation of this healing retreat center

We aspire to the fulfillment of this vision.


empty bench
This Bench Waits for You

Pacific Naturopathic in Hawaii is also always available for meditation retreats, honeymoons, getaways or as a base for exploring the island.


Pacific Naturopathic's Hawaii Vacation Rental 




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. 

Find out more about Ardell Hill 

Vegan Fennel Kale Stuffing

(adapted fr. Savory Kale Stuffing, page 77, VegNews, December 2012)


kale dressing  


salt, pepper, olive oil

6 cups diced whole grain, or gluten free bread

Rosemary sprigs

Whites of 4 young fennels, sliced into thin rounds

1 red onion, diced

4 garlic cloves, minced

2 medium bunches of curly Kale, stems removed and torn into small pieces

� cup of dry white wine to deglaze the pot

1 � to 2 cups of vegetable stock (in a pinch, Mushroom Beyond Bouillon)

1 T of Italian Seasoning mix (or use your own fresh herbs if you have them)

1 to 2 T fennel seeds, roasted and ground

Toasted Pecans for topping


1.  Spread diced bread on cookie sheets, and toast in oven at 175. In a pinch, use already toasted organic whole grain bread cubes

2.  Use 1 to 2 T of olive oil in large, heavy skillet. Toss Rosemary sprigs in oil. Sautee fennel, red onion, then garlic cloves until fragrant and browning.

3.  Add � cup of white wine to deglaze the skillet. Remove the Rosemary

4.  Add in the kale. Cover and allow to become tender.

5.  Add in the vegetable stock and the Italian seasoning mix.

6.  Add in the bread cubes. Salt and pepper to taste.

7.  Top with toasted pecans, cut in quarters.

8.  Warm, covered, in 350 degree oven

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