Pacific Naturopathic
Pacific Naturopathic  Newsletter
 Number 100 * December 2017
2570 W. El Camino Real * Suite 111 * Mountain View, CA 94040 650-917-1121

The Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care


We remain amused and amazed that when Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel suggest a topic to our writers, we give them (and ourselves as well) no hint or guidance on content -- just the topic. Invariably, our articles overlap and amplify the topic in expansive ways.  We know of no other medical practice where the energetic agreement is so palpable and complementary.  The newsletter, in addition to providing our readers with (we hope) practical, useful information, is also a vehicle for us to examine how we are growing as health care practitioners.  For us at Pacific Naturopathic, we are in tacit agreement that as we grow in realization of the Spirit within ourselves, the health outcomes of our patients improve.  Pills and procedures may help, but true healing is a miracle that takes place at the energetic level.

This is our 100th newsletter.  This joyful anniversary serendipitously coincides with the joy surrounding Christmas season.  But wait -- you do feel joy, don't you?  If not, this issue of the Pacific Naturopathic newsletter may address some of the emotions you feel at this time of the year and offer strategies for transformation.  If you are indeed channeling joy this season, you may find opportunities below to amplify your experience.  

Dr. Connie, as always, begins with musing about strategies to put the "holy" back in holiday; Dr. Marcel comments on the reasons why people don't like Christmas; Dr. Benjamin offers strategies for happy holidays with family members; Brad B. writes about working with gravity on the body; Dr. Connie returns with a mouth-watering article on joyful holiday eating and Jane H. writes about how to transform the emotions that arise from unhappy past events.

Our  Hernandez Center articles include an evaluation of Gerson Therapy; an interesting protocol for addressing Stage IV cancer; and a fascinating article on the anti-caner properties of laurose extract.

Also, scroll down to see continuing "specials."  Our patients have loved the Christmas savings on our services.  They are only in effect until the end of January, so call the office soon.

Looking for meaningful stocking stuffers? The tiny retail section in our office offers a thrilling, uplifting movie about a spiritual quest, "Finding Happiness."  Another gift to consider is Dr. Benjamin's book (written with his fiancé, Susanne McMillan) "Vital Lifestyle: Your Self-Healing Handbook."  Come in and browse... you might find something appropriate, healthy and uplifting.

Finally, since this issue is about Christmas, we joyfully encourage you to join us at an event we have been attending for many years -- Christmas Eve meditation and service at Ananda.  This lovely, tears-of-joy-inspiring evening has opened countless hearts to understanding the profound consciousness that a humble carpenter brought to Earth so many years ago. See the write-up directly below for details.  If you are not a meditator (yet), don't worry.  Just come in time for the 7:30 candlelight service.  

May all beings be healthy and happy!

Dr. Connie, Dr. Marcel, Dr. Brad, Dr. Sage, Dr. Benjamin, Brad B. and your health care team  at Pacific Naturopathic and the  Hernandez Center for Adjunctive Cancer Care

Join Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel at 
Christmas Eve Meditation and Service

Join Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel and friends for one of the most beautiful and devotional evenings of the year. The coming of the baby Jesus is thrilling in itself, but also a profound symbol of the awakening Christ Consciousness within each of us. This magical evening includes sacred music, a talk by Nayaswami Asha guiding us deep into the spirit of Christ Consciousness, and a beautiful live pageant of Jesus' birth with costumed angels, kings and shepherds (creche). Everyone participates at the close in a lovely and inspiring devotional candlelight cere-mony at the feet of the baby Jesus.  This ceremony has opened the hearts of countless people.  JOY!  

Sunday, December 24
Meditation 5-7 pm
Worship Service and Creche 7:30 pm

Ananda Sangha, 2171 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306, 
(650) 323-3363 * Web site  Directions
(Until the end of January)

15-Minute Consultation with Brad Beldner, FREE!
Brad Beldner, a talented body/mind practitioner, is a new associate at Pacific Naturopathic.  For those who miss having a pain and trauma specialist in our office, Brad has extensive training and experience in a wealth of body/mind modalities, including   massage, Feldenkrais, Hakomi, and Somatic Experiencing. Brad's approach is mindfulness-based and individualized to each client.  In hands on work, Brad uses gentle touch to help the body align structural and energetic pathways.  Clients come to Brad for many reasons, including histories of trauma, PTSD, chronic pain, anxiety and depression.  (See our November Newsletter for more information about Brad.)
60-Minute Consultation with Dr. Benjamin, $11
Drs. Connie and Marcel are so excited about our new naturopathic associate, Dr. Benjamin, that we really want our patients and friends to get to know him and experience him first hand.  So for the unbelievable rate of just $11 (see Dr. Benjamin's explanation and details, in our November newsletter), Dr. Benjamin is offering a 60-minute health consultations, as his schedule permits.  This unprecedented offer is beyond extraordinary.  You get to meet a fine person, a brilliant practitioner, and talk about your health challenges for less than the price of a Silicon Valley lunch.
30-Minute Flower Essence Consultation with Dr. Connie, 
$50 (Usually $125)
Flower  remedies  are  more  homeopathic  than  herbal  in the  way  they  work,  affecting  subtle energy levels.  Essences work on the mental/emotional level and help relieve blockages that may play a part in overall health.
30-Minute Pre-Intravenous Therapy Evaluation with Dr. Marcel, 
$50 (Usually $125)
For those of you who have been wanting to experience the healing and rejuvenating wonder of intravenous therapy, Dr. Marcel is offering a new IV patient 30-minute intake evaluation.
Myers Cocktail Infusion - $125 (Usually $145)
The Myers Cocktail is the most common nutritional IV therapy. It is a synergistic blend of vitamins and minerals, consisting of magnesium, calcium, B vitamins, selenium, zinc and vitamin C.  The Myers Cocktail has been used to treat symptoms of aging, general fatigue, immune system problems, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, Epstein Barr virus, hepatitis, acute asthma attacks, upper respiratory tract infections, chronic sinus infections, seasonal allergies, migraine headaches, muscle spasms and menstrual cramps, as well as to support recovery from endurance sports. It has been used to help manage the pain associated with chronic degenerative arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and fibromyalgia. Symptoms of depression, anxiety, insomnia, and neurological disorders are often lessened by the nutrients in the Myers Cocktail.

Pacific Naturopathic * 2570 W. El Camino Real, Suite 111  
Mountain View, CA 94040

Dr. Connie's Musings...
Dr. Connie muses
at a restaurant table in Japan

Create a Meaningful Holiday

Holidays originated as holy days, intending something much more than a simple respite from workaday reality, rather a celebration of that which is sacred.  The radical societal deviation from that intent is at the root of a pervasive discontent with the way the holidays have become.  Stoked by commercialism, society has glorified consumerism, extended pre holiday sales days, ramped up materialistic expectations, encouraged self indulgence and gifts given out of guilt and obligation. Is it any wonder that hopes are dashed, folks are disappointed?
What if each of us made a conscious choice to bring the holy back into the holiday? What would that feel like? What would that look like? Where would we begin?  
For those who have the supreme blessing of being immersed in a spiritual tradition, or living in spiritual community, the vibratory influence of the teachings and a group of like minded souls lifts the energy. Ritual and remembrance are a given, and uplifting activities crowd the calendar. Reverence, devotion, and love are thematic throughout.
For the not so fortunate others who seek meaning in what has become meaningless or disappointing to them, the path to holiday happiness is more individual.  Choices must be made, as to with whom to spend the time, what to do with the time, how to reach for meaning.
Taking it one step at a time, a choice could be made to rest, to still the mind, to contemplate higher realities.  Restless minds do not easily still, but music such as Handel's Messiah, Strauss's Blue Danube and Pachelbel's Canon in D both still and uplift. Time spent in nature naturally soothes. In busy, busy lives, simply curling up with an inspirational book and a cup of hot tea is restful, restorative, calming.
Those who say they do not believe in God or a higher power invariably do believe in certain absolutes that qualify that higher power, and contemplation of these qualities changes consciousness. Sri Yogananda characterized God as having 8 aspects, and realization of any one of these allows one to commune with divinity. Love. Joy. Peace. Calmness. Wisdom. Power. Sound. Light.
There are many simple activities that bring forth joy. Expression of gratitude is one that anyone can practice, both for those things that have gone well in one's day, and for any and all gifts received from others. Gifts of service to others imparts great joy. It could be as simple as sweeping autumn leaves for a neighbor or taking a meal to a neighbor in need. Or could you/would you fund a child in a far away land, (Click Here)   or a widow of Brindaban, (Click Here)  or donate a farm animal to people living in abject poverty, (Click Here)  Or could you find a meaningful local volunteer activity for the holiday, (Click Here)  or  simply pay it forward in random acts of kindness? Check this out.
How will you spend your holiday moments?  Will you succumb to materialistic habits and perceived obligations which no longer work for you, and thereby open yourself to disappointment? Or will you choose a more meaningful holiday for yourself? You do have a choice.

Read more about the medical services Dr. Connie offers  here:

Seven Reasons Why People Hate Christmas

As a child and as an adult, I have always loved the end-of-year holidays, especially all the activities associated with Christmas.  For me, the quality of light changes - it becomes all clear and sparkly. People's eyes shine. Interchanges between people seem to be at a higher level.  A positive, uplifting energy is in the air.
As I grew into adulthood and met people from different backgrounds, I recognized that quite a few of them didn't feel as I did.  Some even said they "hated" the holidays.  When I asked them why they felt this way, they responded in various ways. Here are a few of the reasons they gave, with my responses following them:
Reason1: I like to work.  During the gaps of time off from work during the holidays I get bored.  There's nothing to do.
Response: OMG, get a life!

Reason 2: It's all commercial.  An excuse for businesses to rake in profits. If the point of these holidays is religious observation, why do we spend a ridiculous amount of money on people around us to gift things that, in essence, mean nothing in regards to the observation? 
Response: No argument. Christmas offers businesses a significant commercial opportunity.  But the commercialism is an external event that has nothing to do with the spiritual consciousness and response within the heart of each individual.  In our house, gift-giving is one form of appreciation and  generosity fills the air.

Reason 3: I have rotten memories of the holidays as a child.
Response: Sad, yes.  But if your experience of life is still limited by childhood memories, transformation is long overdue, beginning with letting go of tapes that have been playing in consciousness far too long.  (See Jane H.'s article, below on one way to accomplish this.)

Reason 4: I'm an atheist.
Response: Oh, you poor dear.  That is a challenge! Having no inner guiding Spirit to express gratitude to is the saddest reason yet! Just ask yourself:  Are you really and truly happy living with this concept?Be  totally  honest in your response.

Reason 5: The food is terrible - alcohol, fat and sugar make up the main nutritional fare.
Response: Don't eat the junk!  Cook (or buy) something healthy for yourself and offer it to your loved ones. Just don't blame any will power weaknesses on external events that you are too timid to exert control over.

Reason 6: I'm single and alone without family or close friends. I have no one to celebrate with.
Response: Being alone is often a choice.  If circumstances in your life have brought you to this point, it is time to break patterns and reach out to explore options for transformation.  Many service organizations, churches and clubs offer opportunities to share in the joy.  Dr. Connie and I have attended the Ananda Christmas Eve service for decades.  It is all about the light of consciousness being brought to earth by a great Avatar. See HERE for information on this Christmas Eve event that has opened the hearts and transformed the lives of countless people.

Reason 7: I agree with both Scrooge and the Grinch.  Bah humbug!
Response: Oh my, time for therapy. Keep in mind that transformation brought joy to Scrooge and the Grinch was a caricature.
Here is what this all means: Your consciousness creates your reality.  If you want to be sad, angry, disillusioned or depressed at Christmas, it's easy, your thoughts and attitudes will make it so.  If you want to be joyful and feel the transformation that Christmas has to offer, your energies in that direction will carry you into experiences that you can resonate with. Begin with dropping any arrogance you may feel about going at it solo and recognize that for transformation of experience to occur, you will need help.  You will need to surround yourself with people and teachers who are walking the path you want to walk.  Recognize that the possibilities for joy have no boundaries. Awake and be wise and strong!

For more on Dr. Marcel's work click  HERE.

How Happy Are Your Holidays?

Benjamin Alter, ND

  'Tis the season of holiday celebration! Parties, gifts, and family time is upon us. What a blessing it is... or is it?
Despite the abundant joyful energy this time of year, many dread spending time home with family. In fact, I know some who live by the "three-day rule," never spending more than three days with family, as that is the longest period most can stay on their best behavior!
I'm not saying we should all immerse with family, holding hands, playing games, singing songs, and being cheery all day! As a matter of fact, that sounds quite dreadful to me personally! However, we certainly ought to make it a point to be unconditionally Loving and compassionate.
The Family Drama
Have you ever wondered why family is so darn good at pushing our buttons? The answer is quite simple - they are the ones that installed our buttons!
The family dynamic is complex. While we grow, evolve, and change, family has a way of holding us within a box. We go out and live our lives, experiencing new adventures. We spread our wings and fly to new heights, gaining new perspectives. When we return home to family that has known us in one way, it may provide a challenge to expand the frame of view to see things in a new light. 
There can be old, deeply ingrained patterns beyond the level of conscious thought,  only made apparent amidst family. Another stress may exist if ways of being with family are incongruent with ways of being in other areas of life.
My Invitation
Wherever you go this holiday season and whomever you choose to spend your time with, make it a point to be as loving and compassionate as possible, both with others, and with yourself.
Regardless of the specific issue, being with family invites great opportunity to heal and grow on so many levels. While we reside in a greater state of peace on the mental and emotional level, we absolutely experience a positive impact at the level of physical health and wellbeing.
An exercise in Loving
-  Whenever you feel an inner disturbance or any sort of upset - PAUSE and BREATHE
-  Simply notice how you are feeling, and why you are feeling this way
-  If this feeling is triggered by someone or something outside of you, see that person as a divine being, moving through his/her own issues in life.
-  Flood him/her with compassion.
-  Flood yourself with compassion.
-  Allow this energy to dissolve any judgments, misbeliefs, or old/outdated patterns
As you cultivate the strength to access greater depths of love and compassion for yourself and the world, you develop a resiliency that effects all aspects of life. The physical body responds to this shift with enhanced vitality, strengthened immunity, and a physiologic state that promotes healing.
This holiday season remember that your presence is the greatest gift!

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Benjamin Alter, N.D., is a new associate at Pacific Naturopathic.  
He may be contacted at 650-917-1121.

May the Force Go Through You
Our Relationship With Gravity (Part One)

Brad Beldner

Using the Feldenkrais Method I help my clients move into a more harmonious relationship with gravity, creating better health and vitality.
Our relationship with and adaptation to gravity is similar to our relationship with a river. Standing in a river, you can feel the direction and force of the water's current. The current suggests a direction and a path. If you move against the current in any direction, you tire and work harder as your body expends energy to support itself against the pathway that river is suggesting to you.
If, on the other hand, you follow the path suggested by the current, you move with ease and freedom and expend less energy. You can even relax and be propelled down stream, making simple adjustments to help navigate.
For all of us land dwellers, the force of gravity, like the current in the river, can either help us move more effortlessly or can be a force against which we struggle. 
We can either place ourselves in a relationship to gravity that will support us and provide ease, or one that will put our bodies into chronically stressful positions. We then have to work harder, causing wear and tear to bones, joints, organs, circulatory and nervous systems. Even our perception of ourselves and of the world changes.
Symptoms of struggling with gravity?
When musculoskeletal alignment is out of touch with gravity, our muscles start to take on characteristics of bone. Muscles compress and tighten. Connective tissue becomes congested,  inflamed, fibrotic and toxic.
Over time, this physical struggle diminishes our energy and restricts us, creating feelings of depression, irritability, and loss of motivation.  The inner struggle colors perception and may prevent us from reaching for the positive or helpful things in our environment. We may seek relief for the physical and psychological discomfort in foods, drugs and pharmaceuticals.
So much can happen from lack of adaptation to the law of gravity!
So how, through Feldenkrais work, can we move into a relationship with gravity that creates better health, more energy, power and vitality ?
Feldenkrais teaches that a static stance isn't helpful in a world that requires fluidity and spontaneous adaptation. Rather than a focus on stretching or strengthening, there is a focus on relaxation into an alignment with gravity. Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais (a Judo teacher with a background in gymnastics) noted the human tendency to take on defensive and/or aggressive stances, setting up internal barriers based on perceived threats. Beginning students of Judo, Aikido and gymnastics learn that as they trust, they prevent injury. Their bodies adapt and they tumble and move and fly through the air safely and effortlessly.

Intuition takes over, as the body responds to changing circumstances.  Dr. Feldenkrais taught ways to trust and keep the body relaxed and responsive, effortlessly powerful, comfortable and free.
In Feldenkrais movement classes, students move slowly, paying attention to relaxation in their breathing and musculature allowing the pull of gravity to assist them. One on one classes bring clients into an effortless relationship with gravity. In group classes, students learn that relaxed muscles make it easier for their skeleton to be the structural support for their body. In relaxed alignment, our bones can support thousands of pounds. Our muscles cannot.
Balance also improves through the gentle internal balancing that comes with relaxing and adapting to environmental change, rather than bracing against change. Coordination, dexterity, creativity and spatial awareness increase as parts of you are no longer locked in place. Responsiveness, better health and vitality are the result.
Through Feldenkrais sessions and group classes, our bodies begin to move with fluidity, accessing that responsive state that facilitates movement into optimal structural alignment with a changing world. The resultant internal ease gradually relieves the chronic pain created from the daily strain of precarious body alignment in relationship to gravity.

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Brad Beldner is an associate at Pacific Naturopathic.
To schedule an appointment with Brad Beldner, 
please phone the office at 650-917-1121

Simple Holiday Pleasures


Food plays a part in the holiday traditions of every culture. 

Whether it is your grandmother's corn tamales, or your mother's strudelettes, or your father's matzo pancakes, or your family's Christmas paella, our memories of the holidays are linked with the special foods prepared for those special days.
If your preferred holiday treats are delicious, but decidedly unhealthy, revamping recipes using healthier ingredients is always an option. 

For those actively working on their health, paleo options abound. For others, simpler adjustments work well.  In our house, pumpkin pie made with Japanese pumpkin (kabocha), coconut milk and coconut oil is an easy and tasty alternative to sugar packed pie made with canned pumpkin.  Top with vanilla yogurt or coconut milk ice cream and you have a healthier version of the pie and ice cream you yearn for. Try cacao nibs as a topping.
Making otherwise mundane food colorful brings celebration to the moment.  Year round, we make a nutritious Cuban cabbage salad of finely chopped cabbage with a dash of sweet onion and minced cilantro. The dressing is olive oil and lemon juice. During holidays, we add dried cranberries and pistachios, and voila, festive!
Making food beautiful is an art that Japanese chefs have perfected. Using small plates chosen for
Japanese "kaiseki" presentation
their size and shape and color, and artfully placing exquisite bites on those plates brings a sense of the moment, delights the diner and decreases calorie consumption.  

Another option in holiday food celebration is to create new and healthier food traditions. What about, instead of making sugary cookies with your kids, making your own chocolate? The basic recipe is 1 cup (melted) coconut oil to 1 cup cacao powder, with ¼ cup or more of honey, according to your taste.  Add in anything you like... pistachio nuts, dried cherries, vanilla, spices. For an immune boost, add in turmeric powder. Spread thin on a flat pan and harden in the fridge or freezer.
Golden milk
How about, instead of indulging in a caloric and sugary Starbucks treat, settling down with a steaming mug of Golden Milk?  Golden Milk is simply a turmeric infused milk alternative (coconut, almond, hemp, etc) with added healthy fat (ghee, coconut oil, macadamia nut oil) to activate the curcumin, sweetened with stevia or a little raw organic local honey. You could use the same basic recipe for a Macha latte, and derive the anti inflammatory and anticarcinogenic benefits of the green tea, while savoring the treat at the same time.
For a cold drink, try mixing a spoonful of liquid bioflavonoids or immune boosting elderberry syrup or tart black cherry juice with sparkling water. Add a twist of lemon or lime.  Or top with fresh mint leaves.
All it takes is a little inventiveness and a will to make food fun, festive, special, and healthy at the same time.


Find out more about Dr. Connie's work  HERE.

Recommended by 
Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel...

In this section of our newsletter, we will describe unique health care products we offer in the new, small retail section of our clinic.

This Christmas, give a positive, uplifting stocking stuffer:

Finding Happiness: The Movie

"Finding Happiness" is a Hollywood production with an award winning director, cinematographer and producers, starring Elisabeth Rohm (Law and Order) as a skeptical reporter (fictional) interviewing members of Ananda communities, on location in U.S., India & Italy. 

Finding Happiness is a film that captures a joyful reality. With a unique story directly from the heart and soul of each person who has lived it. Told through the eyes of a New York investigative journalist, Finding Happiness takes us on a journey to see how people can live in harmony, collaboration, compassion, cooperation, peace and love together in a conscious community called Ananda - which means "joy". 

Excerpts from Amazon reviews:

"Incredible story about people working to make the world a better place. I will watch it several times because it made me feel good."

"....this movie helped to validate my beliefs e and encourage me to do the work and reap the rewards. Watch will smile!"

"Beautiful message that has the potential to change ourselves"

"I was inspired by this film and see that I need to return to my meditation practice. Finding lasting happiness is within us all."

"At the beginning of the film I was skeptical. The acting seemed forced. I then realized that most of the characters were actually real people, and not actors. The message of the movie began to come through. I am very happy that I kept watching."

"Wonderful perspective on higher consciousness way of living, you get a real feel for this way of living life and that it really can be done. Very inspiring and uplifting..."

Finding Happiness DVDs are available in our office for $20.

Vitamin C Infusions:  Benefits for Everyone

Pacific Naturopathic is one of the oldest intravenous vitamin C practices in the Bay Area.  As pioneers in the use of intravenous vitamin C, we have successfully and safely administered thousands of intravenous vitamin C Treatments over the years.

Vitamin C is known to be a powerful antioxidant when given orally.  When given intravenously it can work as an antioxidant or a pro-oxidant depending on what it is mixed with and what dose is given.

As a pro-oxidant, when given intravenously at high dose and only mixed with magnesium, calcium and potassium as a supportive therapy for cancer, vitamin C breaks down cancer cells.
As an anti-oxidant vitamin C when given intravenously with other vitamins and minerals is used to support our immune system, increase resistance to infection, speed wound healing, reduce allergy symptoms and protect against a wide range of diseases.  Vitamin C, in its role as an antioxidant, decreases endothelial oxidative stress by reducing the production of oxygen free radicals.
Vitamin C helps our body to heal itself and it has even proven effective in successfully treating life-threatening infections such as sepsis.

Why give it intravenously?
Well, as wonderful and helpful as vitamin C is, when taken orally we can only absorb 500 milligrams or so.  The intestinal tract limits how much Vitamin C we can absorb orally, as it can work like a laxative, causing diarrhea.
Intravenously, we can safely administer large doses of Vitamin C, bypassing the digestive tract and increasing serum levels without causing GI distress.  This makes vitamin C a very valuable therapy in treating infections, inflammatory conditions and a large number of other medical issues.  
Intravenous Vitamin C therapy is safe, cheap and simple for many people with many different illnesses.  In addition to the current research on intravenous vitamin C and cancer & sepsis, there is currently expanding research of intravenous vitamin C infusions in patients for post open heart surgery, in patients with traumatic closed head injury, and in patients post cardiac arrest. There have also been applications submitted to examine Intravenous Vitamin C infusion in patients post stem cell transplants who typically have a high incidence of organ injury.  

Interested? Please phone for more information: 650-917-1121.
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Interested in exploring the world of IV nutrient therapy?  
Dr. Marcel is happy to address any of your questions.

Please phone 650-917-1121 for more information.

Reframing Our Reality - 
Help for Getting Unstuck

Jane 2013

An important factor in happiness is not just what happens to us but how we 'frame' our reality. Remember that good angel vs. bad angel on your shoulders in cartoons?  The truth is that events and situations are only 'good' or 'bad' if we perceive them that way.

Strong emotion influences what becomes our reality.

For example, if we're angry, we frame experience through the optics of rage. When in love, everything is wonderful. And when we're down, most events will be given a negative slant. Have you ever noticed this about yourself?

A great way to reorient skewed perceptions is through Reframing. To put it simply, reframing is just a way to look at the same idea or event in a different light. 

OK, so maybe you can retrain yourself to think about upsetting situations from a different perspective. Yes, that's possible. But it's way easier to change your feelings because then that changes your thoughts.

A successful reframe needs to be felt. That gives it the authentic emotional impact that comes from a deeper place than the 'thinking mind'. Our feeling self is always more emotionally compelling than what we think we should do.

But change doesn't always come easy. That's why we automatically repeat behaviors that are triggered by the past.

So how is the reframe successfully accomplished?

The best way to reframe that automatic behavior is through hypnosis. This process allows entry through the unconscious mind blockade so that the reframes can be taken in and absorbed.

In hypnosis what's important to you is customized to create the motivation to view things differently. No willpower is required because there is now a new automatic behavior coming from a deep place.

Reframing through hypnosis can help create positive approaches to problems that were previously seen in a negative light. It is powerful in its ability to enrich and add to the enjoyment of life instead of walking around with distorted thinking. This can allow more success, influence and a happier sense of self as your outlook changes to a more positive one.

Isn't getting unstuck from old behaviors really what those New Years' resolutions are all about? I suggest you consider putting reframing at the top of your list.

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Jane sees clients at Pacific Naturopathic on Thursdays 
and in Oakland by appointment.
Schedule an appointment with Jane Hernandez, CCHT, by phoning 510-676-1460, or by email at

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For more information about Jane and her work  click here.
Medical Humor:  A Break From 
"Matters of Consequence"

Lauren's Recipes
Lauren Hoover-West

Lauren will return with 
new recipes next month.

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Lauren has appeared and cooked on ABC Live in Chicago and Sacramento. She has cooked for 4 United States Presidents and a United States Senator.  Lauren Hoover-West was classically trained at The California Culinary Academy, now the Cordon Bleu. She is a Chef/Educator/Consultant specializing in food allergies and health issues since 2002, including Gluten sensitivity, Celiac's Disease,  Diabetes, Autism, Autoimmune diseases and inflammatory conditions. 

Lauren has created a revolutionary way to cook delicious food that is gluten-free, dairy-free, low glycemic index, or sugar-free, and very healthy while tasting just as good as traditional food so, everyone can enjoy it. 

Lauren does not believe in using weird ingredients, so you will learn to use readily available food, and she will introduce you to items you may not have noticed before. She will help you replace all your pantry items with gluten-free, dairy-free, low glycemic alternatives!

She is the author of "No Wheat No Dairy No Problem" cookbook and blog site. She has over 20 years of cooking and teaching experience at La Folie(Michelin star), Fairmont, Hyatt Resorts, Bally's, Marriott, New Leaf Market, Sur la Table etc... Lauren is the owner of Lauren's Kitchen, a customized meal service. She also earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology at St. Mary's College. To contact Lauren or for more information go to her blog site.  

Breast Thermography at
Pacific Naturopathic
- taking care of ourselves -


Sometimes, holidays present us with the time to do what we need to do to take care of ourselves. One healthy choice is to opt for a screening breast thermography. Breast thermography looks at physiologic change, rather than anatomic or structural change. Physiologic changes predate anatomic changes, thereby alerting to the need for preventive or corrective therapies. It is much easier to reverse a physiologic change than to reverse a process revealed by an anatomic change appearing on a mammogram. 

Read more about 
breast  thermography 
   Pacific Naturopathic   here.

Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii: 
Be One With Nature in Paradise

Check Future Openings 
(then click on "Calendar")

From the deck of your Hawaii vacation home: Christmas colors over the ocean
Finding yourself in need of a quiet space in which you might restore your outer self through communion with nature, and re-experience the peace and calmness of your deep inner Self? 

Just want to get away for the holidays?  Come to Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center. Enjoy wandering on the property, indulging in fresh picked tropical fruits, luxuriating in the private sauna and hot tub. Our wonderful caretakers are there if you need them. Otherwise, you are left alone to enjoy the views and soak in the sun on the deck to your heart's content, or to wander the island.

The little town of Honokaa is moments away by car. The stunning Waipio Valley is just 4 miles in the other direction. You can drive down the lush Hamakua coast to the Hilo Farmer's Market, stopping by the spectacular Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens on the way home. Or drive up to awesome Volcano National Park, over to the white sand beaches, or to the more remote artist enclave of Hawi. 

(Note: Since Holiday bookings at our center are made about six months in advance by our guests, either schedule for next year or find an opening in the next few weeks that you can squeeze into.)
Check our RETREAT CALENDAR  and see if there is an opening that works for you.

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Isn't it time you treated yourself to a magical experience?
Come, enjoy, rejuvenate and reinvent yourself. 

For more information, please visit our dedicated web site.

The Hernandez Center for Adjunctive Cancer Care

News and Commentary on Cancer Topics

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What We Offer  at the  Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care

Our cancer patients often ask us to give them an estimate of the effectiveness of therapy at the Hernandez Center for Adjunctive Cancer Care. We respond that
our entire focus is on helping our patients stay healthy, upbeat and positive. 

The truth is that the botanical and nutritional therapies we offer (including
intravenous vitamin C), although 'adjunctive' in nature, have powerful documented actions in decreasing inflammation, reducing tumor load and attacking cancer stem cells. 

  Our mind/body approaches are focused on transformation of experience.  And our bodywork approaches helpreduce muscular pain, resolve lymph drainage problems and relieve stress. 
  The hope we offer is not that of a miraculous cure, 
although we are definitely open to miracles, 
but the hope of a life lived to the fullest in dignity 
and understanding, for however long that may be.

Gerson Therapy: Separating fact from fiction

Duane Cross

The Gerson Therapy was one of the first natural cancer therapeutics and has successfully treated patients for more than 80 years. Rooted in an organic, plant-based diet, raw juices, coffee enemas, and natural supplements, the Gerson Therapy restores the body's ability to heal itself.

Fucoidan: a seaweed extract

This cancer protocol is composed of several  highly proven cancer treatments which are each  very simple to use.

This protocol will likely be used by patients who do not want to deal with the intensity of the more powerful and faster-starting protocols (e.g. the Cellect-Budwig, Cesium Chloride, etc.).

This protocol is designed to use several nutritional protocols which start working quickly and in multiple ways energize the cells and deal with the cancer cells. The Bob Wright Protocol and Fucoidan are at the head of these protocols, so this is not a cheap protocol. However, this is a very, very good protocol which contains several treatments which have cured cancer by themselves.

"Cancer Bush" is what the local people call the Laurose flowering tree which has reportedly had more than 500 compounds identified thus far, many of which are noted for their cancer-fighting as well as immune boosting and other health-promoting qualities.

The Laurose extract was first used to treat the HIV-AIDS epidemic. A clinical test case was done on 350 HIV/AIDS patients and all of them recovered their health except 5 patients who were far too advanced when they came for treatment.

The results have been nothing less than astounding with a reported 98 percent success on HIV/AIDS and a very high success rate with cancer.

Other I.V. Therapies Offered at Pacific Naturopathic and the Hernandez Center

--I.V. therapy is not just for cancer patients--


Many people have already heard about intravenous vitamin C as a complementary cancer therapy to help stimulate the immune system as well as being directly cytotoxic to cancer cells. This is the most common therapy we use at the Hernandez Center for our cancer patients. 


But intravenous therapy is not just for cancer patients.  More than half of our IV patients come for various "cocktails" to help them ward off infections and optimize their health.  We offer a number of individualized versions of the famous "Myers Cocktail." Read about the Myers Cocktail HERE


Other cocktails we offer promote brain health, assist the liver in its detoxification efforts, relieve the symptoms of chronic fatigue, help reduce stress, bring rapid relief from sinusitis, colds and flus, address immune system disorders, slow the progression of macular degeneration, reduce chronic pain and fibromyalgia and many other conditions.


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For more information or to set up an appointment, please contact us at the Hernandez Center at (650) 917-1121. A lot more information can be found at  


Pacific Naturopathic
The Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care

2570 W. El Camino Real, Suite 111
Mountain View, CA 94040
650-917-1121 (v) * 650-917-1127 (f)

In This Issue

* Dr. Connie muses on creating a  meaningful holiday

* Dr. Marcel: Seven reasons people hate Christmas

* Dr. Benjamin: How happy are  your holidays?

* Brad B: May the force go through you

* Dr. Connie: Simple holiday pleasures

* Our recommended product: Finding Happiness, the movie

* IV therapy: conditions treated by IV therapy

  * Jane H: Reframing our reality

  * Breast thermography: taking care of ourselves

 * Hawaii retreat: Christmas in Paradise
Hernandez Center: News and Commentary on Cancer Topics
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* What we offer at the Hernandez Center

* Gerson therapy
* Therapy for Stage IV cancer
* Laurose extract for cancer

*Other IV therapies offered in our clinic

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The Hernandez Center 
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2570 W. El Camino Real, Suite 111 Mountain View, CA 94040
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