Number 55, January 2014
Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter
2570 W. El Camino Real � Suite 111 � Mountain View, CA 94040 � (650) 917-1121   


Food! Glorious Food! 


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"Food, glorious food! 
Eat right through the menu. 
Just loosen your belt 
Two inches and then you 
Work up a new appetite. 
In this interlude -- 
The food, 
Once again, food 
Fabulous food, 
Glorious food." 
(from "Oliver" see the lyrics here.)
Who is not interested in food?  Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel love to travel, and one major criteria for choosing our destinations is the cuisines of the countries we plan to visit.  Our recent visit to Spain and Morocco was a feast for the eyes and a gustatory delight.
In this issue, Dr. Connie muses on how the energetic component of food contributes to 
nutritional value and offers insights into functional foods, with thought provoking recipes. Dr. Marcel debunks some common food myths; Dr. Corrine discusses how food is the foundation of health; Nicole Noceto explains how the health of the individual and the health of the planet are intertwined around food; and Jane Hernandez, CCHT, discusses how EFT and hypnotherapy may be used in addressing conditions associated with food.
Two new products may be found for sale in our office: once again we have available organic Hawaiian curcumin (turmeric) packaged with a recipe for utterly delicious, healthy Golden Milk ($5), and we also have copies of "Finding Happiness," an inspirational movie that lifts viewers into joy ($20).  This is one of the most uplifting movies we have seen in years and should not be missed.  It makes a thoughtful, conscious gift for a special friend or loved one, including yourself.
Be Well! 


Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel


Dr. Connie muses on the vibrational content of food
Dr. Marcel debunks seven foods myths
Intravenous Nutritional Protocols at Pacific Naturopathic
Dr Connie offers thoughts on functional foods
Dr. Corrine talks about the connection between healthy food and the health of the planet
Jane Hernandez, CCHT, offers tools for dealing with disorders associated with food
Nicole Noceto discusses food as the foundation for good health
Dr. Marcel's Cuban Mojo
Breast Thermography: Measuring Therapeutic Protocols for Breast Issues
Rapid Pain Relief With Elijah Free
Luscious food at Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii
You May Not Know All We Provide at Pacific Naturopathic
Two Major New Offerings at Pacific Naturopathic!
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Dr. Connie's Musings...

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Dr. Connie muses on her plate of appetizers


Food for Thought


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As human beings, our lives necessarily revolve around food. Human history is a history of feast and famine. Modern day poverty forces millions to scramble for sustenance, to rely for their survival on scraps, insects, rodents, and other animal and vegetable matter not considered remotely edible by the more fortunate among us.


Food stamps pay for bottles and cans and cartons of high sugar, bad fat, artificially flavored, sweetened and colored foods. Shop the supermarket to see carts loaded with these sickening products... there is no mystery as to why America is a nation of overweight diabetics with some of the highest health care costs in the world.


Food distribution systems are inadequate to the task of providing basic nourishment for those most needing it, but somehow more than adequate to ensure that the more fortunate might have anything they desire, in or out of season, local or imported. Anyway, almost anything. 


The food supply is considerably compromised by industrial and chemical pollutants, intentional for profit tinkering with taste enhancers, preservatives and GMOs, and antibiotic and hormonal treatments of animal produce.


That would explain the concern people feel about the food supply, and the resurgence in interest in organic gardening and the Slow Food movement. There is also the realization that nature has always done a much better job of supplying us with nutritional sustenance than we with all of our smarts have ever done.


I find any expansive interest in food to be a move in the right direction. It's all about the conscious knowing, growing, distribution and preparation of foods. Local sustainable agriculture. Farmer's markets. Food as medicine. Cultural preferences and ceremonial foods. Exotic heathful ingredients. Depths of flavor such as we discovered in olive oil tastings in Andalucia. Sharing in the preparation and partaking of food. The aesthetics of plating.  Colors and shapes and textures.


All of which have a vibratory impact on the nutrient and life force value of the food. As does the ongoing, and very important step in growing and preparation... the blessing of the food. Blessings transform every aspect of food. Through directed spiritual energy, the nature of the food is changed, and one may even healthfully partake of a food that might otherwise be anaethema to them. The example that comes to mind is my life long vegetarian friend who was lovingly brought back to life by a goat stew prepared by the villagers who discovered him hypothermic on a high Himalayan mountain.  


It is said that if you knew the impact of blessing or prayer on food, you would never eat unblessed food. This is an imperfect world, and we can never completely understand or control what it is we are eating. So do your best in making the choices you know to be right for you, bless the food and enjoy.


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Don't Believe it!

Seven Food Myths Debunked


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                  Marcel Hernandez, N.D.


As naturopathic doctors, clinical nutrition and dietary counseling rank high among the staples of our therapeutic repertoire.  As such,  Here are some of the most common misconceptions.


Myth #1:  Low fat diets are better for you. 

Fat is absolutely necessary for the human body to absorb the fat-soluble nutrients needed to survive, particularly vitamins A, E, D, and K. Also, fat is essential for neurotransmitter function, easing stress and promoting relaxation. Everyone knows that there are good fats and bad fats, but the right fats in the proper amounts can actually aid in weight loss and cholesterol management. 
Read labels.  Avoid trans fats and choose monounsaturated fats (avocados, macadamia nuts, olives, pecans, almonds, peanuts) and omega-3 fatty acids (hemp seeds, chia seeds, sea vegetables, wild salmon). Virgin coconut oil and dark chocolate (80% cocoa or higher) also offer healthful fatty acids. 



Myth #2: Cow's milk products are essential for healthy bones and teeth. The crux of the matter is that many people confuse dairy with calcium which is associated with bone health.  Though calcium is indeed necessary for bone health, so is Vitamin D (which is added to milk) and many trace nutrients, like Vitamin K, which milk does not have.  Actually, the best food for bone health is dark green leafy vegetables, like kale, collards, mustard greens and chard, which contain all the nutrients essential for bone health.  In addition, cow's milk poses severe digestive and allergy issues not present in dark green leafies. 



Myth #3: Fresh food is always better than frozen. 

Actually, frozen produce can be more nutritious than fresh because it's flash-frozen shortly after picking.  Many fresh foods have to travel, unfrozen, for days before being sold, losing nutrients very rapidly as they age. In addition, frozen foods often cost less. If you prefer fresh, try to buy local produce at farmers' markets. (Check to find a farmers' market in your area.) 


Myth #4: If the label says "natural" it is better for you. 

The problem here is that the word "natural" is not defined by the United States Department of Agriculture and can mean just about anything. Products labeled "all natural" can be highly processed and contain high fructose corn syrup, a manufactured sugar that some researchers think contributes to the spike in obesity. If a product is labeled "organic" that's different.  Organic products are regulated by the USDA. "Organic" means the food is made without most conventional pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, growth hormones, and antibiotics. 


Myth #5:  Best to avoid eggs because they raise your cholesterol. 

The truth is that numerous studies show that eggs do not contribute to high cholesterol. In fact, eggs are an inexpensive source of many nutrients, including zinc and iron, antioxidants, vitamin D, and the brain-boosting chemical choline. The body's cholesterol levels are influenced by saturated and trans fats. Eggs contain very little saturated fat and absolutely no trans fat.  


Myth #6: Everyone should drink 8 to 10 glasses of water a day. This popular misconception was begun years ago by physicians who were trying to steer the public away from sodas and sugary drinks. In truth, there's no uniform rule for how much water a person should drink in a given day. While it's important to be well hydrated, it's not important to stick to an arbitrary rule defining how you hydrate, or how much you drink, or even where you get it. Nutrition is an individual science, and there will be days when your body and mind require less than the average recommendation. The mark of proper hydration is very light yellow-colored urine with a mild odor.  



Myth #7: The fewer the carbohydrates, the better your health. There is an important major difference between refined carbs (sugar, white flour, white rice) and complex carbs.  Choosing the healthiest carbohydrates, especially whole grains, is crucial to your well-being. Numerous studies show that women and men who eat whole grains have 20 to 30 percent less heart disease. Separately, in a 2010 study of more than 13,000 adults, those who ate the most servings of whole grains had lower body weight.  The best way to eat grains is in small quantities, combined with a good protein. 



Although I've just talked about seven of the most common nutritional misconceptions, there are several other issues I have not addressed.  If you are confused about your own nutritional choices, your local naturopathic doctor can help clarify issues for you.




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.




Favorite Functional Foods 

and Recipes


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Connie Hernandez, N.D.

Shanti Rubenstone, MD


 Although we resort to multivitamins and multiminerals and other pills and potions to replete nutritional deficiencies, provide basic nutrients, and treat various conditions, it is preferable when possible to obtain these nutrients directly from food sources. Not only are the nutrients in food absorbed and utilized more effectively, so called "functional foods" facilitate bodily processes and support specific organ systems.


Many people can both list and easily prepare the functional foods currently in vogue: avocados, blueberries, wild caught salmon, asparagus, artichokes, extra virgin olive oil, almonds, hemp and flax seeds, the darkest of chocolates. I thought I'd add a few words re other functional foods and recipes to try in the New Year.


Watercress is one of my ongoing favorites. Hippocrates, famous for his use of plant based medicine, referred to watercress as "the cure of cures".  Watercress is full of minerals, beta carotene, lutein, vitamin C and vitamin K. While it is possibly best known for its anti inflammatory properties, the sulphur content (higher than any other vegetable except horseradish) makes it a fabulous blood cleanser and liver remedy. It is a great herb for spring cleaning. Our favorite recipe is a simple one:  Use.chopped watercress with a dressing of equal parts lemon juice and olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. For additional help with liver detox, add in grated beets and grated carrots.


Cilantro is another food used for detoxification.  Cilantro is rich in iron and magnesium. Among many other medicinal uses, cilantro can stimulate digestion, and bind and transport heavy metals out of the body. We incorporate cilantro into many dishes. One of the choice ways people intake therapeutic amounts of cilantro is through cilantro pesto. Look online and you'll find many recipes. Here's one from 



Cilantro Pesto Recipe

  • *  4 cloves garlic (viral and bacterial)
  • *  1/3 cup Brazil nuts (selenium)
  • *  1/3 cup sunflower seeds (cysteine)
  • *  1/3 cup pumpkin seeds (zinc, magnesium)
  • *  2 cups packed fresh cilantro (detox)
  • *  1/2 cup Italian parsley (detox)
  • *  1/3 cup flaxseed oil (omega-3)
  • *  1/3 cup coconut oil (anti fungal)
  • *  1/8 t turmeric (cancer prevention and brain enhancer)
  • *  4 tablespoons lemon juice (vitamin-C )
  • *  Bragg's Liquid Aminos™


Process the cilantro, parsley, flax seed oil and coconut oil in a blender until finely chopped.

Add the garlic, nuts, and seeds, turmeric and lemon juice and mix until the mixture is finely blended into a puree paste.

Add a dash of Bragg's Liquid Aminos to taste and blend again.

Store in dark glass jars.




Gaining in popularity, and readily available at Bay Area Farmer's markets, are fermented foods, already functional foods made more functional by the fermenting process. Beneficial bacteria are present in far greater numbers in fermented foods than in probiotic supplements. These bacteria enhance immunity and promote digestion. Think kefir, yogurt, kimchi, sauerkraut, tempeh, raw organic apple cider vinegar.  Check out this website if you're interested in fermenting your own vegetables.  


Combinations of foods can also be impactful. Especially during acute respiratory ailments, we turn to soups with anti viral, mucolytic and immune stimulating ingredients such as onion, garlic, ginger and cayenne. Back in medical school we were given a recipe for an immune stimulating vegetarian soup, treasured and now revised. If you find you don't have time to prepare your own, try hot and sour soup from a favorite Chinese restaurant. Or, if you are a bone broth person, try loading your chicken or bone broth soup with the following very useful ingredients.




Immune System Soup Recipe


Coconut Oil

Shitake mushrooms and broth

Wakame seaweed




Bean Sprouts



Sea Salt

Lemon juice


Sautee onions in coconut oil until soft. Add minced garlic and ginger. Sautee for another minute or two. Add shitake broth or other vegetable broth. Or create or fortify your broth by throwing in dried shitake mushrooms and wakame seaweed. When the broth is ready, add bean sprouts and whatever greens you might have handy. Season with cayenne and sea salt.  Serve with a squeeze of lemon.




One last, and very easy recipe comes to us from Parmahansa Yogananda, who proposed a lime water drink as nourishing to the nervous system.  Full of vitamin C, yet with an alkalinizing effect on the body, lime juice is anti inflammatory, dissolves uric acid, promotes digestion, reduces fever, strengthens the gums.  Yogananda suggested an early morning tonifying glass of water with lime juice sweetened with (raw organic local) honey. Quench your thirst and be well!

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


Food: The Foundation 
of Good Health
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Food and nutrition are the foundations to our health. As Hippocrates said, "Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." To stay healthy, here are some basic tips around eating that can make a huge difference in how we feel and preventing illnesses from occurring.


1) Choose a whole-foods diet, eating at least 5 servings of colorful fruits and vegetables.  These rainbow colors provide you with invaluable nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber.


2) Drink at least half your body weight in ounces. Add an extra cup (8 ounces) of water for every cup of coffee/tea/juice/soda drank. Also add an extra cup for every half hour of exercise.


3) Decrease your intake of processed foods, toxins, and chemicals. These put more stress on your body, spiking your blood sugar as well as increasing the amount of stress hormone produced by your adrenal hormones.  Ways that you can avoid these unnatural additives include:

 -- Eliminating the intake of refined sugar and refined carbohydrates, alcohol and caffeine.

-- Eliminating artificial food additives, colors, and preservatives.

-- Reducing exposure to pesticides and herbicides. Buy organic whenever possible. Check out the dirty dozen list for the foods you should definitely avoid. 


4) Add in super foods!

-- Cruciferous vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, bok choy, kale, collard greens, brussels sprouts, arugula) have a lot of nutrition as well as help the liver in the detoxification process.

-- Dark, leafy greens, berries, and dark chocolate are great for extra antioxidants.

-- Spices and herbs like garlic, onion, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, and rosemary, are all wonderful additions to foods. They can be immune-boosting, promote detoxification, decrease inflammation, and can be antimicrobial and cancer-fighting as well!


Eating a diet like this can help to ensure that we get as many nutrients as possible along with decreasing the amount of chemicals and toxins in our diet. Consuming a nutritious, clean diet is one of the biggest factors in warding off cancers and other chronic illnesses as well as slowing down the aging process. How our health progresses as we age is largely dependent on what we put into our bodies, so being conscious of what we are eating is immensely important. 



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.




  The Dynamic Duo
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Jane Hernandez, CCHT

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I know this month's newsletter is about the ecstasy of food and the agony of wanting and having too much of it. There's a lot of advice out there that we have all tried but the thing we most need is how to get a handle on it once and for all. That's a particularly apt issue where the Dynamic Duo can help. Each can stand on its own quite successfully but together they pack a powerful punch. So what am I referring to? Why hypnotherapy and EFT (Tapping), of course.


Hypnotherapy is a temporary, altered state of consciousness that can help you focus on what you need to achieve for weight-loss success. First, the hypnotherapist helps the client discover what it is that is at the root of their problematic behaviors around food. These behaviors are programmed in your subconscious because of negative emotions due to people or events from the past. With hypnosis you're bypassing the conscious mind and going straight to your subconscious, where all your memories are, and feeding it with positive suggestions. Oh yes, the mind will continue to set up obstacles to prevent change but if you really want the benefits of change and believe it is possible...then it will be. What you are doing is changing your mindset.


According to the Mayo Clinic, when you're under hypnosis, your attention is highly focused and you're more responsive to suggestions - including behavior changes that can help you lose weight.


Then what about EFT (or Tapping), the second part of the Dynamic Duo? EFT on its own is very effective with addictive food cravings. The wonderful thing about it is that you can use it wherever you are. It's a tool that is easily learned and you can access it when cravings arise. The way EFT works is to clear energy blocks in your body that are caused by underlying emotions. By doing this your frustration is relieved and the craving diminished or eliminated. Perhaps Tapping might seem strange to people at first but once you experience it you "get" what it's all about. In research studies, EFT has been found to reduce cravings quickly and reliably. In one study (published in the peer-reviewed journal Integrative Medicine), EFT reduced cravings by 83%. Now, that's pretty good.


  It's not just about losing weight but about getting rid of your internal saboteur and creating a new relationship with food and your body. It's about living more honestly and happily with yourself. Here's the most powerful message about the Dynamic Duo: You are the one with the power to choose, will it be another piece of pie or the realization that you don't actually have to have it. Imagine that kind of freedom.


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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]


Healthy Food, Healthy Planet, Healthy You!


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Nicole Noceto


Food: Our most basic human need; our fuel; our nourishment.  What a wonderful topic! Talking about food, shopping for food, cooking food, eating food, sharing food, are all activities that instill passion and happiness at my core.  


I have long been interested in the human relationship with food, but also with Earth, the ultimate provider for our diets.  I believe that healthy bodies are dependent upon consuming healthy food, and healthy food is entirely dependent on a healthy environment; therefore, it is in all of our best interest to support sustainable agriculture movements. 


Consider the example of purchasing organic strawberries vs. conventionally grown strawberries. This seemingly simple choice has more implications than you may have once thought.  From a relatively straightforward perspective, conventional strawberries will have been grown in toxic soil that has been treated with harsh fumigants and synthetic fertilizers. 


The use of such chemicals (i.e. the fumigant, methyl iodide) has actually been challenged in California courts for violating the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Birth Defects Prevention Act, and the Pesticide Contamination Prevention Act that protects groundwater from pesticide pollution.  In other words, these chemicals that are regularly used in our conventional food supply have been proven to destroy soil integrity, harm wildlife populations, contaminate groundwater, and cause a suite of human health problems (birth defects, cancer, and neurological damage).  What makes this situation even more twisted, is that the large chemical-producing companies are some of the wealthiest corporations in the country, clearly, profiting at the expense of our and our planet's health.


Given all of this, the only reason that I can think of why one would purchase conventional produce (or other foodstuff) instead of its organic counterpart is solely for monetary reasons.  In grocery stores, especially, the difference in cost between something conventionally-grown versus something organically-grown is very apparent.  Therefore, people on a budget tend to think they can't afford to buy organic food.  As a young adult working part-time, in school, I am certainly on a budget but shop nearly 100% organic, because I choose to appropriate my funds in such a way.  What I hope to point out in this article is that the true cost of supporting conventional food with your dollar, is so much more than what the SKU says on the grocery store shelf.  In paying a little extra upfront for organic options, you're supporting an environmentally and socially just method of growing food.  You're voting to support healthy ecosystems, healthy people, and healthy communities.  You're not letting the Monsanto's and the DuPont's profit at the expense of your well-being.


Very sadly, this kind of agricultural concern only scratches the surface of a largely environmentally and socially irresponsible system.  From genetically modified food, to concentrated animal feeding operations, to massive monocropping, to the over-refinement of wheat...all of these corporate decisions have permanently altered our landscape and our food supply.  I think it goes without being said, that there are so many reasons to avoid conventional food choices! 


As a proponent of preventative health, I often feel that I have to defend my position of "letting food be thy medicine."  What I don't understand is how could food, the matter that we thrive on, even be considered irrelevant to health?  Food... and I mean real food - produced by Nature, and not food science - is simply the most health-giving prescription.  If this notion is fully realized, we would all be supporting local, organic farms to care for our bodies and better our communities.


*If you are interested in learning more about the importance of supporting sustainable agriculture, I highly recommend the documentary, "Food, Inc." Also, if you would like to read an enjoyable and informative book about eating for your health, very simply, Michael Pollan's, "In Defense of Food" is excellent!



Dr. Marcel's Cuban Mojo (mow-ho)

(Sour orange marinade/dressing)



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Dr. Marcel's variation on a traditional Cuban recipe is so deliciously satisfying you'll be taking emails at pot lucks for diners who want the recipe.  It can be used on any type of salad or as a marinade for almost any food.  


4 cloves garlic

1 teaspoon salt

black pepper

1/3 cup sour orange juice (or equal parts lemon and orange to equal 1/3 cup)

1 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons chopped sweet onion 

3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley


Grind garlic and salt in mortar and pestle to make a paste.  Alternately, combine garlic and salt in a food processor until mixed and chopped.


Then, combine all ingredients except the parsley in a food processor or blender and blend lightly.  Add the finely chopped parsley and stir well.


Use as a marinade on meats, fish and poultry or as a dressing for salads and vegetables. 


Keeps for about a week in the fridge.




Breast  Thermograph
at Pacific Naturopathic 
Measuring the temperature of the breasts


Normal thermog photo
Thermography is noninvasive and offers therapeutically useful information


Food choices impact every aspect of body functioning and wellness.
Poor food choices promote inflammation, congest the lymph and impair the liver's ability to clear toxins and metabolize hormones.  On breast thermography, we then see inflammation (in the form of heat differentials between the breasts) and excess estrogen stimulation. 



Thermal risk ratings radically improve when patients go on detox diets, choose anti inflammatory foods, and work with estrogen metabolism through liver work and functional food choices. Broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables are high in D.I.M. (di indole methane), which helps convert estrogens to less inflammatory and non proliferative forms. Ground flax seeds enhance elimination of adverse metabolites, and also promote conversion of estrogen to estriol, an estrogen metabolite thought to be protective


We have often seen higher risk breast thermography readings convert to lower risk readings within three months with targeted dietary change. 





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:


Luscious Food at

Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii

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Openings Beginning in April
Produce from our garden

We started Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii with one of the goals being self-sufficiency in our food production.  With organic vegetable gardens and an orchard with over 40 different kinds of fruit trees, we know that if we wanted to, we could easily live off our incredibly productive farm and harvests from the ocean, just a short hike away.  


All of the visitors to our vacation rental receive a tray laden with fruit and veggies upon arrival and are encouraged to walk through the three acres and graze to their heart's (and taste buds') desire.


Thinking about coming to Hawaii?  Reserve soon.  February and March are almost totally full and we tend to be booked a couple of months in advance.


Buddha sits quietly in the beauty 
and serenity of
Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii


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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 




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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)

* 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.

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.   


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