Number 51, September 2013
Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter
2570 W. El Camino Real � Suite 111 � Mountain View, CA 94040 � (650) 917-1121   


Staying Healthy: How to Develop Good Habits


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The theme for this month's newsletter is "how to stay healthy." Although most people agree on the basics -- positive attitude, thoughtful diet and appropriate exercise, there is a diversity of opinions on details.  For example, Dr. Marcel once read an article about an old guy in the south that was 105 years old and still ran a candy stand for a couple of hours a day.  When asked the secret of his longevity, he replied that he never drank more than one shot of whiskey a night and never smoked more than two cigarettes a day.  Very humbling for Dr. Marcel, who considers hard liquor and tobacco in the same category as Russian roulette.
In this issue, Dr. Connie offers thoughts on how cut through the confusion to make your health program work for you, then offers some basic techniques you can do at home to maintain your health.  Dr. Marcel offers insights on how to develop positive habit patterns, and Dr. Corrine talks about the origin of true happiness. 

Jane Hernandez, CCHT, writes on the power hypnotherapy evokes from within you to take control of your life and Nicole Noceto writes delightfully on the joys of cooking. Be sure to also scroll down and tune into the amazingly full and varied world of Dr. Vivek. 

Also included in this issue of the newsletter is Dr. Marcel's most requested recipe --Cuban Black Beans. (Bon app�tit!) 


Finally, near the bottom of the newsletter, you'll find perhaps the most amazing sunset photo ever taken at our Hawaii vacation rental -- and amazing sunsets and rainbows are routine from our vantage point looking out over the ocean. 


Be Well!  


Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel


Dr. Connie Muses On the Difficulty of Obtaining Accurate Health Information
Dr. Marcel Offers Tips For a Healthy Lifestyle
Intravenous Nutritional Protocols at Pacific Naturopathic
Dr Connie Discusses Basic Home Health Care Techniques
Dr. Corrine Points to the Most Important Thing for Staying Healthy
Nicole Discusses the Joy of Cooking
Jane Hernandez, CCHT, Offers Data on Developing Your Power Through Hypnotherapy
Cuban Black Beans: Yum Yum
Breast Thermography: Monitor Therapy
Rapid Pain Relief With Elijah Free
Dr. Vivek: A Busy Man!
You May Not Know All We Provide at Pacific Naturopathic
Three Major New Offerings at Pacific Naturopathic!
Rejuvenate at Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii
Give the Gift of Health to a Loved One
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Dr. Connie's Musings...
One of Dr. Connie's favorite places to Muse is in the gardens at Pacific Naturopathic Retreat in Hawaii


On Being Overwhelmed With Often Conflicting Health Information


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Watching the development of naturopathic medicine and the unfolding of my own naturopathic practice over the past twenty some years, I marvel at the endurance and power of seemingly simple actions. Practice moderation in all things. Stay positive and grateful. Love deeply. Laugh often. Wash your hands before meals. Eat your fruits and vegetables. Limit sugar. Stay hydrated. Sweat twice daily.  


The list goes on....


Yet, in this polluted world, a world of technology and information overload, many folks are mired in the complexity of it all. Can't drink the water as it is chlorinated, fluorinated and otherwise chemicalized. Don't know what to do to purify it. Can't eat the vegetables for the pesticides; the fish for the mercury; the poultry for the hormones; the wheat for the gluten. Can't avoid the omnipresent electromagnetic smog that subverts intracellular communication. Can't breathe the air for the pollution. Can't trust that the motive of pharmaceutical companies is health rather than greed. Can't trust that medicines won't kill you and vitamins won't cause cancer. 


The list goes on....


The result is anxiety and despair, hand wringing and inaction. In a way, these are luxuries of our educated and affluent society.  Hungry people and people without resources eat, drink, and breathe what is available to them; take the medicines that are offered; trust in their healers. The educated and affluent are beyond that point. Google just about any treatment and you'll find passionate and diverse opinions, pro and con.  Check out Yelp, and you'll find people who love your practitioner, and people who vilify your practitioner.


So what's a person to do?


Guidelines are just that, they are not laws, with obvious exceptions such as life threatening allergic reactivities. Exercise control when you can. Let it go when you can't.  Purchase the safest produce you can find.  A mouthful or two of pesticides is unavoidable in our world today. A diet of sugar may feed cancer, but a piece of chocolate birthday cake will not undo a cure. Use your own intuition, experience and knowledge to find healers whose expert advice you trust.   


Develop a doable protocol that makes sense to you. We've often published lists of simple dietary principles you might follow. I would also suggest, as a foundation, learning some basic home health care techniques. (See Dr. Connie's article below.)


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Staying Healthy:  

It's a Habit Pattern


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"Life is not merely being alive, but being well."

                                              -- Marcus Valerius Martialis, 40 AD to 103 AD



                  Marcel Hernandez, N.D.



Here's the quandary about this topic: Most people reading this newsletter know the gist of what I am going to write and could probably have written a version of the column themselves.  Our Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter readers are intelligent, educated, health-conscious and are already following, to one degree or another, the nine suggestions I'll write about below. Nevertheless, we repeat personalized versions of these suggestions during patient office visits because hearing the information again, in a different way from a different source, often motivates behavior change.  One of the curious things about we humans is that we often need to hear things a number of times in different ways before we finally "get it."


Behavioral psychologists say that it takes about eight weeks to reach the tipping point in breaking an old habit or establishing a new habit pattern.  So the longer you are able to stick to a new healthy habit, the greater the chance of incorporating that pattern as a part of your overall lifestyle. The key to staying healthy is not periodic binges of good behavior; but everyday, conscious affirmation and maintenance.  Here are a few habits worth establishing:


1) Make your psychological health a high priority. Maintain a positive attitude. Say YES to life and greet perceived bumps in the road with equanimity, patience and understanding.  Anger, frustration and negative thoughts have a profoundly damaging impact on all the cells of your body.  Develop stress reduction techniques (yoga, meditation, music, exercise, biofeedback, martial arts, hypnotherapy, EFT, bodywork, etc.). Focus on developing deep relationships with people who see the best in you and reflect those qualities back to you.  Spend as little time as possible in trivial socialization and more on meaningful conversation. Remember to seek activities and situations that make you laugh.


2) Deepen your spiritual life.  People who lead conscious, spiritual lives are happier and more able to cope with illness and adversity than those whose focus is purely on physical, tangible reality.  Also, many life changes need to begin on a conscious spiritual level, then trickle down through the mind into the physical realm.


3) Maintain healthy eating habits. Follow the few basic rules of good nutrition: organic whenever possible, low intake of refined carbohydrates, variety and rotation foods, good oils, adequate protein and generous amounts of fiber from legumes and vegetables. Eat a rainbow of veggies every day.  Eat smaller, more frequent meals to keep your blood sugar levels constant.  Avoid fad diets like the plague. Drink plenty of water.  If you are unsure of any of these strategies or need more help in determining what specifically works for you, make an appointment to come in and see us for personalized nutritional recommendations.


4) Try to get enough sleep every night.   Sleep researchers say that the best sleeping pattern for adults is two 3-1/2 to 4 hour sessions a night. School-aged children should get 10 to 11 hours. Sleep is the time when your body regenerates and recovers, and when your immune system is re-energized.  A survey conducted by the American Cancer Society concluded that people who sleep less than 6 or more than 9 hours per night had a death rate 30 percent higher than those who regularly slept 7 to 8 hours. Even those who slept 6 hours or less who otherwise had no health problems had death rates 1.8 times higher than those who slept "normal" hours.  If you are having sleep problems, we would be happy to discuss strategies with you.


5) Stick to an appropriate exercise regimen. Years of research clearly and unequivocally reveal that an exercise regimen is essential for both psychological and physical health.  If you do not already have an exercise program, you probably have a good excuse or rationalization for why you don't.  The docs at Pacific Naturopathic have heard them all.  We will be happy to discuss your reasons with you and help you develop a personalized regimen that works for you.


6) Follow your dreams. Make music, do art, take photos, build models, fall in love, write your memoirs, learn to meditate, cook gourmet meals, hike in the wilderness, learn something new, go back to school part-time. If you can't think of anything you would like to do and life seems without options, seek counseling for values clarification.


7) Stay far away from behaviors that will compromise your health, like smoking, drugs, excessive alcohol intake, food binging, and risky behaviors like aggressive driving, unsafe sex, and thrill-seeking.


8) Exercise your mind as well as your body. Use it or lose it.  Reading, solving word or number puzzles, strategy games like chess, and playing music all help improve your memory.  Be conscious of never stopping learning new things, no matter what your age is.


9) Finally, be easy on yourself.  Make lifestyle changes a step at a time. Each step forward offers an opportunity for celebration. If you backslide, just try harder without self-recrimination. Allowing yourself the occasional indulgence to blow off steam will make you much more satisfied with your new lifestyle choices.  Stick to working through the small stuff.  It's all small stuff. 


Be Well.


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

Intravenous Nutritional Protocols

at Pacific Naturopathic

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Many disease states compromise the human gut's ability to adequately absorb nutrients like amino acids, 
minerals, and vitamins.


* Neurological conditions such as Parkinson's disease, ALS, and Multiple Sclerosis have been shown to greatly benefit from IV antioxidant protocols that help heal the inflammation in the brain often found with these diseases.


* Chronic fatigue states such as Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Brain Fog have mitochondrial energy deficits shown to be helped when specific natural supplements are given intravenously.


* Many immune system and detoxification functions can be improved with IV protocols.


* A number of cancers are very responsive to IV nutritional therapies which can be used to help treat cancer as well as to improve tolerance of conventional cancer treatments.


* Some treatments involve 1-3 hour drips and others are 30 minute treatments, depending on the nutrient mix and concentration being infused. 


To name a few:

            IV Glutathione

            IV Alpha Lipoic Acid

            IV Vit C

            Amino Acid infusions

            Vitamin and Mineral drips

            Myers' Cocktail

Other Protocols for Energy and Immune System Function


We have a dedicated Infusion room that is relaxing and peaceful for all these therapies.


Dr. Marcel Hernandez has been trained in IV therapeutic protocols and will be offering treatments for those patients for whom treatments are appropriate and safe.


Phone now to get on the list for treatment consideration.  650-917-1121.  An initial 30-minute consultation and current blood test is required for existing patients.  A 90-minute first office call and blood test is required for new patients.  Space is limited to four people receiving treatments a day.


Basic Home Health Care Techniques


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Connie Hernandez, N.D.

Shanti Rubenstone, MD



Tired of popping pills? The following home health care techniques are tried, true, and powerful.


1. Dry skin brushing. The skin is the body's largest organ of elimination. Use a loofa or dry skin brush to remove dead skin and cellulite, stimulate the flow of blood and lymph, enhance immune function, and detoxify and energize the body. Brush your dry body, head to toe, always towards the heart. Then shower to cleanse debris away.


2. Salt water rinses. Salt inhibits microbes and decreases inflammation. Gargle with salt water to chase away sore throats and gum infections. Use a neti pot or saline nasal spray to combat congestion. Be sure to use sea salt or other natural salt sources in order to benefit from other micronutrients not found in the chemical sodium chloride.


3. Hot/cold and hot/cold contrast. Alternating hot and cold applications over any area of the body will cause dilation and contraction of underlying blood vessels, relieving stagnation and promoting immune response. Showers treat the entire body. A cold damp scarf wrapped around the neck will cause a reactive vasodilation and an immune response in the throat. Cold damp socks, covered by warm dry socks, over warm dry feet will draw congestion out of the head.


4. Castor oil packs. These "packs" are basically hot oily cloths.  Most often applied over the liver, the castor oil pack relieves liver congestion and stimulates enzymatic action. Many people do a series of castor oil packs at the change of season to help with detoxification and to promote liver function. Castor oil packs are a mainstay of protocols used when working with uterine fibroids. A word of caution to menstruating women: don't use during menses as you will promote blood flow.


5. Oil pulling. Inspired by Ayurvedic medicine, in which sesame oil is the preferred oil, and currently popular with coconut oil officionados, oil pulling involves retaining oil in the mouth and squishing it through your teeth, then spitting it all out after 10 to 20 minutes. Oil pulling is good for all manner of tooth and gum problems.


6. Dew walking, earthing, grounding.  Call it what you will, walking barefoot on the earth aligns your magnetic field to the magnetic field of the earth, stimulates the immune system, tones the cardiovascular system, and claims many other benefits.

(see link with newsletter)


7. Rebounding. Pick up one of those mini trampolines at a garage sale and start bouncing. The bouncing clears stagnation and enhances lymphatic flow while giving a good workout as well. Rebounding is currently recommended in many weight loss programs.


8. Breathwork.  Conscious breathing and yogic breathing techniques calm the mind, balance the sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system, and tonify the entire body.


9. Yoga, tai chi, chi kung, energization exercises. Meditative breath/movement exercises stabilize the mind and body, and can be directed towards the healing of most ills.

Profound in its impact and easily accessible, I favor the Energization Exercises for healing of body, mind and soul. See Dr Connie's article here.


10. Meditation. Tuning in to your inner Self affects not only you, but everyone in your world. Research has shown that meditators influence the serotonin levels of people for blocks around the room in which they are meditating. We do not exist independent of our environments. Healing ourselves helps heal the world.


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


Staying Healthy: 
Upward Focus Required
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Since last month, one of the main things floating through my consciousness constantly has been the idea of connecting to our higher Self, our higher consciousness, or what people may call God. 


This is always something that has intrigued me and what I try to practice as much as possible, but it has been heightened ever since beginning a Reiki mastery class in early August. I joined this class to hone my skills not only in Reiki but also in craniosacral therapy and bodywork in general. 


The deeper I explore this path, the more I realize just how truly connected we are and how much we really can and need to tap into our higher Self when leading our lives. We are constantly surrounded by an environment that drives us relentlessly to move forward, to strive for more, to build up more material wealth, to "succeed." But what is "success" really? Success looks different for everyone and is something that everyone should ponder for themselves. 


Unless we have a clear picture and vision for what we want in our lives, it is easy to be led by what society deems is "successful" and worthy of achieving. It is easy to be driven by these societal ideals in terms of achieving those things that we think are going to make us happy. But will they really? Sure, material wealth will definitely make one more comfortable and can make someone who is already happy, happier. But what if someone is unhappy with their path yet achieves all the material wealth in the world? Will they be happy? I don't believe so. As John Gray mentions in his essay in Masters of Success, "Money, recognition, marriage,...or any other form of outer success is like a magnifying glass that is turned on your inner feelings...If you are already happy and loving, you will be happier and more loving...On the other hand, to the degree that you are not happy, the joy, love, confidence, or peace in your life will diminish...'having more' will just complicate your life and create more problems. If you are not happy first, getting rich will not make you any happier."


That being said, what will truly make each of us happy? We need to connect deeply with ourselves and ask ourselves this question. What do we want out of life? What do we want to achieve? What am I really passionate about? There is only so much time in life, and success can only be achieved by focused energy towards specific goals we want to achieve. And one of the major factors of health is our emotional wellbeing and feeling content with our lives. 


Physical health is very closely connected to our mental/emotional health. Thus, I urge you to go deep - to really think about those things that drive you, that really motivate and inspire you, and to make the effort to truly go after them. After all, no one knows how much time we have left on this earth, and what is a life without really going after what we truly want? This is definitely one key factor in staying healthy, for our physical health as well as for our mental and emotional health.


Dr. Corrine has packages for her craniosacral therapy/reiki sessions at a discounted price for 50 minute and 80 minute sessions. 

Check out her packages here. 


For more information about Dr. Corrine, please visit her website: 




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To make an appointment with Dr. Corrine Wang or for a free 15 minute consultation, please call (650) 917-1121.


     Cooking: A Lost Art?

Nicole Noceto


 I was inspired by writer, Michael Pollan, in my choice to discuss cooking this month.  His newest book, "Cooked," is a brilliant compilation of information and opinion regarding the place (or lack thereof...) of cooking in modern American society.  I am also eager to write about cooking for this particular newsletter, as it so appropriately ties into this month's theme of "How to Stay Healthy." I firmly believe that many of the major health issues associated with us Westerners (including IBS, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, and many more) have arisen because of how infrequently people actually cook their own meals.  


In our constant quest for time and subsequently, money, we are sacrificing our health and relationships to both people and nature, by letting corporations cook for us in the forms of hydrogenated oils, refined sugars, and genetically-modified everything.  If you're not cooking for yourself, are you even sure that you're eating food? Chances are, you're ingesting mostly chemicals and preservatives that are designed to taste like food but lack any real nutritional value. For these reasons, and many others, I encourage you to view cooking as a most fundamental skill, unique to humans I might add, that should be utilized (and ideally, enjoyed!) to improve overall health.


I feel fortunate to have grown up in a family where most evenings promised a home-cooked meal-not just a meal that us kids got to eat, but one that we got to help create.  Some of my most fond childhood memories take place in my Dad's kitchen, where we became magicians of sorts, transforming ideas and ingredients into something tasty and nourishing.  At a young age, I learned to appreciate the experience of being in the kitchen.


As with any life skill, practice makes perfect.  I didn't always love to cook, as I felt hesitant to spend my time making a meal that might not taste as good as a 'professional' version.  I also let laziness get the best of me, intimidated by the planning, preparation, and clean-up so many of us dread when we think of cooking. My attitude would have to change once I moved off to college and had my own pantry and refrigerator to stock.  I took an interest in using cooking as a vehicle to improving my health, as an activity that felt fun and interesting, but also in being selective about shopping for quality, wholesome ingredients.


For me, cooking symbolizes so much good; love and happiness, family and community, solitude and contemplation, trial and error, health and sustainability...  Perhaps because cooking has been an important part of my daily life since as long as I can remember, I have developed a deep-rooted connection to food, and the unequivocal nourishment I feel from cooking my own.  I realize that not everybody 'likes' to cook, and if you are one of those people, I encourage you to re-evaluate your position.  Yes, cooking does require lots of time when you consider finding your recipe, doing your grocery shopping, prep-work in the kitchen, creating and serving your meal, then finally cleaning up... But hard work in the form of a nutritious, home-cooked meal instills gratification that is unmatched.


Cooking is a most wondrous hobby that has set humans apart from other species.  With all of our power, we are able to grow, harvest, boil, grill, bake, and ferment Nature's offerings to be able to thrive as a species.  The cook has a deep appreciation for his place in Nature, and feels empowered by taking control away from the corporations who try to 'cook' for us.  Considering health reasons, political reasons, environmental reasons, or financial reasons, to name a few, there are many pillars of support behind the message that cooking is vital to sustaining life.  


With diligence and an open mind, anybody can experience the power of cooking to support a healthful lifestyle, to enrich relationships, or to deepen connections to Earth.  With a new attitude, try setting aside some time to plan meals and grocery shop, for just one day, or one week worth of meals.  Experiment with following recipes, or just being creative; there is so much to experience in your own kitchen!



  You Have the Knoweledge.  
You Have the Power.
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Jane Hernandez, CCHT

Jane 2013



If you are reading this it's a good bet that you have a lot of knowledge already about what is good for your health. But that doesn't mean that you do the right thing for your body everyday.  Sometimes you overeat and are unhappy with your appearance. Sometimes you drink too much and realize that it is happening way too often. Or sometimes you allow stress and anxiety to drain you.  Why is that? If you have asked yourself that question then perhaps it's time to look deeper, perhaps it's time to consider Hypnosis.


When you find yourself doing something over and over that you don't want to do it's because you are carrying old programs, images and beliefs of what is and isn't possible for you. Hypnosis induces a heightened state of awareness that identifies and replaces your old behavior patterns with new ones that allow you to live the healthy life you desire for yourself. It helps keep you motivated and in line with your goals.


For example, do you want to lose weight but have been unable to?  You can learn to control food and cravings, exercise regularly and make the changes that inevitably lead to permanent weight loss. When you change that program you change your behavior and it becomes something you WANT to do.  And what about smoking? You already know how bad smoking is for your health but it is a powerful addiction. When you are ready to stop smoking, hypnotherapy is a very effective way to deal with the possible temptations which keep you smoking - like the physical addiction to nicotine, the habit of lighting a cigarette while drinking or taking a break, and mental or emotional dependency.


Hypnotherapy is also enjoyable. While in a state of deep relaxation, images and words are used to guide you to your new possible goal, the goal you have been wanting to reach.  It might seem elusive and just out of your reach but hypnosis can bring it closer, in the here and now. 


The thing to understand is that you have the power to manage healthy habits. Just begin to notice the difference between what you want to achieve and what you do to sabotage that goal. It is in that noticing that you will get a closer understanding of your programming. And it is then that you can begin to change it.



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Jane sees clients at both Pacific Naturopathic in Mountain View  and at her private practice in Oakland.


Schedule an appointment with Jane Hernandez, CCHT

Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist, 

EFT (Tapping) and Matrix Reimprinting Practitioner

by phoning 510-676-1460, 
or by email at [email protected]


Cuban Black Beans
(Dr. Marcel's vegetarian adaptation of a recipe from Antonia Hernandez)
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Black beans and rice are a staple of Cuban cuisine.  Although my Cuban mother would use smoked pork for flavoring, I've developed this vegetarian version.  You can start with dry black beans instead of canned, but you"ll have to soak them overnight or pressure cook them.  Be prepared: once you make this for guests or for a pot luck, you will be asked for the recipe. 


4 cans organic, cooked black beans

2 medium onions, diced

1 green bell pepper, diced

6 cloves minced garlic, minced

1 bunch of parsley, chopped fine without thick stems

1 can diced tomatoes or 6 diced fresh tomatoes

1 can tomato paste

1 tsp. oregano flakes

1 tsp. turmeric

1 tsp. cumin powder

1 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp black pepper

juice of one lime

1/4 cup cider vinegar (more or less to taste)

1/4 cup olive oil

garnish (chopped roma tomatoes, chopped avocado, cilantro, diced red onion)


Use an 8 to 10 quart saucepan.  Saute the onions and green pepper in olive oil until onions are clear.  Add minced garlic and saute for 2 or 3 minutes more.  Add beans, tomatoes and rest of ingredients to onion, garlic and green pepper. Cook uncovered on medium heat until bean liquid is syrupy rather than soupy or watery.  Stir every 5-10 minutes ensuring that beans are not sticking to bottom of pan. After reaching desired consistency, cover and continue to cook on simmer for another hour.  Stir every 10-15 minutes.  Adjust flavors. Beans may be served at this point.  Better still, Turn off heat, leave on stovetop, and allow flavors to marry for 3 or more hours.  To serve, re-heat on low temperature until hot.  Garnish just before serving.


Serve with steamed basmati rice.





Breast Thermography 
at Pacific Naturopathic 
Thermography Allows Us to Monitor Physiologic Changes in Breast Tissues 
in Response to Therapeutic Protocols


Normal thermog photo
Thermography is noninvasive and offers therapeutically useful information


Breast health is the result of all influences, internal and external, on the breast tissue.  When we see a breast thermogram with a high thermal risk rating, we recommend various protocols to bring the risk rating back to normal. These protocols may involve dietary change, detoxification, lymphatic cleansing, tweaking of estrogen metabolism, or changes in delivery or dosage of hormone replacement therapies.  We expect dietary, lifestyle, or medicinal changes to be reflected in follow up breast thermograms, ordinarily repeated after following a 3 month treatment protocol. If we don't see positive changes, we change the protocol.


Because breast thermography looks at physiology, as reflected by differences in temperature and vasculature, we are able to monitor changes in the breast tissue, whether positive or negative. This ability to monitor changes in the breast tissue, as a result of varied treatment protocols, is a primary advantage of breast thermograms over mammograms. 



The cost to you of breast thermography is $225.


Find out more about thermography at Pacific Naturopathic at:


Thermography at Pacific Naturopathic 

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:

Dr. Vivek Shanbhag: Latest Information & Offerings


Dr. Vivek Shanbhag, ND, MD(Ayu), BAMS, CYEd.  
Licensed Naturopathic Doctor, Ayurvedic Practitioner & Professor


For over 30 years, Dr. Shanbhag has successfully run various Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy institutions in US & India.


His expertise continues to be appreciated by various institutions.  For 8 weekends, 6 institutions host Dr. Shanbhag's Ayurveda presentations in 6 cities.   

See Dr. Shanbhag's schedule here.


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Special Discounts on Consults, Treatments & Training: 

  1. $245 OFF on 8 sessions of Pancha Karma Cleanse & Rejuvenation- ending 9/25/13 
  2. $100 OFF on 3 weeks Ayurvedic Natural Weight Loss Program - ending 9/25/13
  3. $100 OFF on 60 minutes In-Depth Ayurvedic Consultation - ending 9/25/13
  4. $1000 OFF Advanced Ayurvedic Training in India & Pancha Karma Dec 18-31(14 days)- ending 10/15/13

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$245 OFF Special Discount Package for 

Pancha Karma Cleanse & Rejuvenation


* 30 min Natural Health Consultation with Dr. Shanbhag   

-Regular: $130   Discount Cost: $60 

* 4 Sessions of Abhyanga Herbal Oil Massage                  

-Regular: $480   Discount Cost: $380  

* 3 Shiro-Dhara Sessions                                                  

-Regular: $255  Discount Cost: $180                                                           * Total Package Cost: -Regular: $865   Discount Cost: $620                       * TOTAL SAVINGS OF $245  Special Discount Ends   9/25/13            

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$100 off on 3 weeks Ayurvedic Natural Weight Loss Program. 
This 3 weeks program includes:
  • 1st 1 Hour Consult to evaluate your weight gain & to prescribe weight loss diet, supplements, herbs & exercise.
  • 3 Weeks Supply of  Nutritional Supplements & Herbs for Natural Weight Loss- customized for your metabolism.
  • Nutritional Consult to evaluate your diet & cravings and to customize your nutrition for Natural Weight Loss. 
  • Personalized Cleansing Session to guide you in doing a Natural Home Cleanse for Natural Weight Loss.
  • Above will include guidelines on natural weight loss with Daily Routines, Stress Management, Yoga & Pranayama.                                          
  • $100 OFF Discount Cost ending 9/25/13: $340. 
  • Regular Cost after 9/25/13: $440  
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$1000 OFF on Advanced Ayurvedic Training in India & Pancha Karma
(14 Days, Dec 18-31, 2013) 


Includes Field trip to: Ayurvedic College, Ayurvedic Clinic, Ayurvedic Manufacturing Unit, Pancha Karma Center, Ayurvedic Herb Plantation.


Intensive Course Description: Learn how to evaluate body type(Prakruti) & Imbalance(Vikruti). Learn how to design individualized treatment plans consisting of customized natural diet, herbs, Pancha Karma cleansing, Rasayana rejuvenation therapy, Ayurvedic daily and seasonal routines. Includes theoretical and practical training in Pancha Karma with handouts, slides, videos etc.


Package Cost Includes:

* 14 Nights Stay at The Resort in Goa, India 
* Ayurvedic Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner for 14 days   

* Course Manuals & Tuition Fees for 14 Days Training 

* Field Trips

* $1000 OFF Discount Package Cost ending October 15: $3400 ppdo, * After October 15 = $ 4400ppdo

(Round Trip Air Fare from your departure city to Goa, India is not included in the above cost.) 


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About   Dr. Vivek Shanbhag, ND, MD(Ayu), BAMS, CYEd

* Founder & Director, -Natural Medicine Clinic, Academy & Wellness &  Spa.
* 3 Clinics: Mountain View, San Jose, Los Gatos       
  • Ayurveda Doctor & Professor for over 30 years.
  • Licensed Naturopathic Doctor for over 20 years.
  • Adjunct Faculty, Bastyr University & Mount Madonna Ayurveda College.
  • Member, Board of Directors, California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine
  • Director, AYU Clinic & Academy, Seattle.1989-2006(17 yrs).
  • Chairman, Ayurveda Dept, Bastyr University, Seattle, 1991-96
  • Head, Ayurveda Research Institute, Pune.1985-88

Dr. Shanbhag  specializes in treatment of Chronic Diseases & Metabolic Disorders like :                

  • Arthritis 
  • Anxiety
  • Asthma
  • Acne
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Digestive disorders
  • Depression
  • Eczema
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hair Loss
  • Hyperacidity
  • High Blood pressure
  • Heart Disorders
  • Migraine
  • Menstrual Disorders
  • Obesity
  • Low back pain
  • Sleeplessness
  • Sexual dysfunction                              

Gayathri Shanbhag, MS, 

Professor & Consultant in Nutrition & Diet Therapy


Graduated with a Masters in Nutrition from the Bastyr University, Seattle in 1993. Gayathri has designed an Ayurvedic Natural Weight Management Program. She is a master chef specializing in Ayurvedic Cooking Tradition of South India and Coastal India. She has learned from many expert chefs including her mother and her mother-in-law. Since 1990, for over 22 years, she has taught Nutrition Courses and Healthy Cooking Classes at Bastyr University, AYU Ayurvedic Academy, Whole Foods and Goa Ayurveda & Yoga Academy. Currently, she is working on her "Ayurvedic Wellness Cookbook".       


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To contact Dr. Shanbhag for more information about his offerings or to make and appointment:





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Services Provided at 
Pacific Naturopathic

It has occurred to us that we offer so many therapies and approaches to health that it would be good to list them in concise form.  

For information, please contact us at 650-917-1121.


* Naturopathic Consultations For All Health Conditions

* Intravenous (I.V.) Nutrition Therapy 

* Breast Thermography

* Rapid Pain Relief

* Tongue and Fingernail Analysis

* Craniosacral Therapy

* Adjunctive Cancer Therapy

* Bioidentical Hormone Therapy

* Men's Health

* Women's Health

* Vitamin B12 Shots

* Flower Essence Therapy

* LaStone Massage

* Earth Friend Herb Company Products


For the following services, please contact each individual provider:


* Transformational Medicine (Shanti Rubenstone, MD, 650-209-5813)

* Ayurvedic Medicine (Vivek Shanbhag, ND, MD (Ayu), 408-876-0636)

* Ayurvedic Nutrition & Diet Therapy (Gayathri Shanbhag, MS, 408-876-0636)

* Foot Reflexology (Nancy Schuet, CNRT, 408-891-4759)

* Clinical Hypnotherapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT), Matrix Reimprinting (Jane Hernandez, CCHT, 510-676-1460)



Pacific Naturopathic now offers Vitamin B12/folic acid injections 
* Helps with fatigue, depression, brain fog,  memory problems, numbness and tingling in hands and feet and many other conditions.
* 5 minute appointment necessary.  Please phone 650-917-1121.  
* Available to established patients only.
* Only natural methylcobalamin used.

Initial  Visit: 
follow-up visits $25


Receive a written analysis, photos and recommendations


Establish a baseline for future evaluation

 New Offerings at 

Pacific Naturopathic


In our ongoing efforts to serve our patients with the latest, most effective natural health approaches, we are delighted to share our excitement about or latest offerings with our readers...


Intravenous Nutritional Therapy


iv photoThis is a major addition not only to our services, but to our ability to secure dramatic, positive results with safe, effective therapies.  

Here's how it works. We will need to see a comprehensive blood test not older than three months. If you have a recent blood test, you will need to have one more lab test, a G6PD, to rule out a genetic condition that is a contraindication for IV therapy.  If you do not have a recent comprehensive blood test, we can order it for you.  


Next, you will need a short office visit before onset of treatments to determine if I.V. therapy is safe and appropriate for your needs.  Your unique personal protocol will be discussed with Pacific Naturopathic doctors and you can start IV therapy the same day as the office visit.


We offer a comfortable, quiet, peaceful atmosphere where you may read, work on your computer, listen to music or watch movies (with earphones), or just sit back and relax or nap. There is minimal discomfort.  You will be able to drive yourself to and from the appointment without any difficulty.


At first, we will only be able to accommodate a maximum of four people a day for treatments.  If you feel you may be helped with I.V. therapy, or would like to just explore the possibilities please phone to reserve your space soon.  


Click here for detailed information about IV nutritional therapy offered at Pacific Naturopathic.
Boston Heart Diagnostics has offered Pacific Naturopathic doctors an amazing deal on their Cardiac Risk Assessment blood test, at no out-of pocket cost to you!


Yes, what you read is true.  Standard blood lipid panels (cholesterol, triglycerides, LDL, HDL) are not predictive of cardiovascular disease. The test we are offering includes proprietary advanced risk tests, and a comprehensive offering of lipid, lipoprotein, apolipoprotein, cardiometabolic, liver, kidney and genetic tests -- four pages of test results, plus a 54-page narrative discussing your results. And best of all, except for a $35 administrative fee,  there is no cost to you! How is this possible? What's the catch?  Click here to read about this extraordinary test. 


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Note:  You must be an established patient at Pacific Naturopathic and have health insurance for this special program. You must also have a diagnosable condition, like high cholesterol, cardiac abnormalities or a strong family history of heart disease for us to be able to order this test. Other low-cost options are available for those who do not have insurance. Unfortunately, we are unable to order this test for Medicare patients. The government does not yet allow naturopathic doctors to bill Medicare. A 60-minute return office call is required to discuss your results. The cost of the return office call is $180.


We are delighted to have found a far infrared sauna at a price most of us can afford.  


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Dr. Connie enjoys the sauna between patients

We have long owned two far infrared saunas -- one at our home here in the Bay Area and one at our Hawaii retreat.  They are both big, bulky wooden structures that dominate the space they are in.


We have reached an arrangement with the manufacturer to distribute a high tech, state of the art portable far infrared sauna for a very reasonable price -- just $995 plus tax.  Shipping is free!


Like to try one before you invest? Easy...we have one in our office specifically for you to try out at no cost.  Just give a call, 917-1121, to make sure the room is free.


There are many reasons why a sauna is one of the best investments you can make for your health.  Click here to read about why we think this is a deal just too good to pass up.   





The Ultimate Health Enhancement: 

a Stay at 

Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii!

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Openings Beginning in October
A late afternoon view from the deck of your Hawaii home.

The two most frequent comments we hear from our guests is that the environment of the property is more beautiful than the photos and that the level of relaxation and renewal they achieved was profound.  With the theme of this newsletter being health maintenance, a stay at the retreat center is a great way to begin developing your personal program.


If you are thinking of booking, do so before the end of the year and you will receive our "old" rate of $150/night (the rate is now $160/night).  This offer is only available to subscribers of this newsletter. Book soon, as people are already inquiring about end of the year dates. 


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


Pacific Naturopathic's Hawaii Vacation Rental 




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.


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