Pacific Naturopathic
Pacific Naturopathic  Newsletter
 Number 85 * July 2016
2570 W. El Camino Real * Suite 111 * Mountain View, CA 94040 650-917-1121 *

The Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care


Why do some people seem to heal faster than others? Could these fast healers have something in common, like an enhanced nutritional state or supportive mental/emotional preparation? Perhaps their immune systems were so powerful that infections that floored other people just breezed through them.

Let us illustrate a few points by way of two examples:
-- When Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel lived in Vermont, a whooping cough (pertussis) epidemic raged through the small town where we practiced. Even kids who had been vaccinated contracted the illness and were mostly bedridden. Our son, Gabriel, contracted whooping cough as well.  The difference in his experience and the experience of other infected children was enlightening. Gabriel, coughing like crazy, wasn't bedridden and ran around experiencing the world with his usual amount of energy.  His naturopathic doctor parents had prepared him well by ensuring his immune system was vibrant and responsive.  The proven axiom is that a healthy immune system can both shorten the duration of an infection and greatly reduce the symptoms of the infection.
-- Many of our patients know the powerful effect that simple pre and post surgery naturopathic protocols have on the outcome of the surgery. Invariably, the surgeon says something like, "That's the most rapid, bruise-free healing I've ever seen!"

In this issue of the Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter, Dr. Connie muses on how true, profound healing occurs and discusses various relationships in the healing cascade.  Dr. Marcel writes on how chronic illness can be reframed into an extremely powerful tool for growth in consciousness. Jane H. discusses how limiting mental programming can be transformed.

Also in this newsletter are articles on anti-aging, on interpreting high thermal risk ratings in thermography and on how healing is facilitated in our Hawaii vacation rental home.

Lots happening in the cancer news world, including articles on physical activity and cancer, on hops and breast cancer, on broccoli and oral, head and neck cancer and on how olive oil is used in cancer treatment.

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Be Well.

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

Dr. Connie's Musings...
Dr. Connie enjoys a garden
during a walk in her neighborhood

How Does Healing Occur?

We had a class in medical school, called "Physician Heal Thyself".  I remember a particular day in that class in which we were questioned as to the nature of healing. "How is it that healing occurs?" We went around the room, and many answers were given, all reasonable.... from correct diagnosis to adequate dosing of indicated medicines to proper application of medical technique. Come to my turn, and my answer was that healing occurs through the energies of light and love.
It was somewhat stunning to me, in this naturopathic context, that this was not the correct or expected answer. They were speaking more of accurate medical decision making and appropriate treatment than of healing per se.
Reliance on the healing power of nature is fundamental to naturopathic medicine.  And what is the healing power of nature, if not divine energy flowing through creation? And what characterizes that energy, if not light, love, wisdom, joy? How could healing not occur in the face of removal of blockages that restrict the flow of that energy, strengthening and directing the flow, and attuning to these powerful and healing divine attributes?
An effective medicine may treat a physical symptom and appear to be healing, but energy is always involved in deep healing. Energy is causative, fundamental. Physical manifestation is secondary, a result. These are the lessons we learned when we moved from Newtonian to Einsteinian theory, from science based on the limitations of matter to science based on limitless energy.
A healer may employ any number of modes and techniques, pills and potions of healing. Whereas a treatment may be efficacious in the hands of a competent practitioner, it may be a vehicle of miracles in the hands of an inspired healer. The healer who produces miracles does so by helping ease the underlying energetic imbalance which is causing suffering in the patient. That imbalance will be of the mind or of the spirit, in the causative realms. The result will be a physical or emotional ailment of some sort
Energy medicines such as homeopathy, flower essences and acupuncture come into play because they exert their effects at the causative level.  On the deepest level, prayer, affirmation, meditation and other spiritual disciplines effect healing. A healer attuned to spirit will use their own attunement, their intuition and their discernment to help a person needing healing attune to the healing attributes of light, love, wisdom, joy. When a person is attuned to these divine attributes, healing is sure to occur.
Not a few patients suffering from dread diseases such as cancer talk about the healing they have experienced through their disease. Their cancer may or may not have been cured, but they consider themselves to have been healed in profound ways. As difficult and unwished for the journey was, the cancer became a gift in disguise, the lessons learned from the journey having brought more love and joy into their lives. 

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

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

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

Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel have two servings of this remarkable supplement powder every day in the office.  It's a perfect pick-me-up right about when you feel "the crash" coming on during that mid-day, mid-afternoon slump. Nano lean is a light, refreshing healthy beverage that helps keep you feel full, curb cravings, increase metabolism and energy and control stress. It's also clinically proven to reduce body fat when used twice a day. The company describes this product as the "secret weapon" that can be used with any weight loss or maintenance plan to help keep you successful. 

Price: $40.00

Cancer: A Powerful Tool for 
Growth in Consciousness

Surviving cancer, or any life-threatening illness, is probably the greatest physical challenge a person can face in their lifetime.  To the doctors and staff at Pacific Naturopathic, the cancer challenge is more than physical - it extends to the mental, emotional and spiritual realms of being as well. We can't help but notice how our beliefs, attitudes, lifestyle choices, spiritual and psychological perspectives can dramatically affect our health, the course of our disease, and our overall well-being.
Like other health care professionals who work with cancer patients, I have observed that cancer survivors share some common characteristics.  These common elements include lifestyle choices, behavior modification and mental/emotional and spiritual adaptations:
1. Cancer survivors have a strong and dedicated support community - family, friends, church - that can help them on their journey.  They also discover who among their acquaintances are "energy vampires" and they steer clear of these folks.
2. Cancer survivors have a strong will to survive. This does not mean simply saying they don't want to die.  It means affirming loudly and clearly that they want to live, and enumerating all the reasons for this affirmation. Even when told that their cancer is "incurable," they maintain their perspective that they will heal.
3. Cancer survivors have a source of inspiration outside themselves, something of a greater essence that they can relate to.  It doesn't matter who or what this essence is. To me, this means connection with divinity.  But I've learned that some patients can find strength in their connection with the universal power of nature as well.
4. Cancer survivors who turn their experience into an opportunity for transformation -- actually welcome it as an opportunity to change -- have a greater survival rate. This process includes an opportunity to transform relationships with people and to examine what is truly meaningful in their lives and how they would like to live what is left of it.
5. Cancer survivors have radically changed their diets. Survivors often eliminated chemicals and other toxins found in refined food, and avoided ingredients that may contribute to cancer growth. A combination of the ketogenic diet and the Mediterranean diet seem to have had the greatest positive effect.
6. Cancer survivors take control of their health care - they research their conditions and decide the path they will follow.  They resist the ingrained tendency to blindly follow their doctors' advice and do what they feel is best for themselves based on research, self-knowledge and intuition.
7. Cancer survivors use herbs and nutritional supplements specific to their condition. In my experience, there is no one nutritional supplement or combination of supplements that will cure cancer.  Rather, supplements address nutritional deficiencies and provide balance and functional support during treatment and recovery.  In addition to doing their own research, cancer patients find it in their best interest to chat with a naturopathic oncologist to help prioritize their nutritional supplement program.
8. Cancer survivors detoxify their emotions in a variety of ways. Some work with a counselor, others keep a journal, some join support groups, some take courses that help them manage stress and let go of the negativity and pessimism that blocks healing. At Pacific Naturopathic, we offer EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and hypnotherapy to help our patients reprogram the old tapes that are keeping them from moving forward in a creative, positive direction with their healing.
9. People who survive cancer drop their veils and are unapologetically themselves. They say what they think. They laugh often. They don't make excuses. They stop trying to please everybody. They don't let themselves get pressured into doing things they really don't want to do. They learn to say "NO!"
10. Cancer survivors express their love, and they do it often.  They leave no words left unspoken. Every moment is precious and they tend to fill those moments with high quality expression.
11. People who survive cancer develop a holistic perspective about their health. Nothing is taken for granted. Their long-term diets tend to be an extension of their therapeutic diets. They keep well hydrated. They exercise and maintain a healthy weight. They avoid chemicals. They try to get enough sleep. They take care of themselves.
12. Cancer survivors adopt a sustainable lifestyle. They slow down. They take time to relax and fully enjoy the gift of life. Prayer or meditation becomes a regular practice.
13. Finally, and perhaps most important, cancer survivors become conscious participants and observers of their own lives and tune in to nuances in their environment.  They 'listen' for cues relating to energy, emotions and body signals that are a part of daily life. Cancer survivors reach a point of gratitude for having had cancer.
You may have noticed that all of the characteristics mentioned above might apply to any chronic illness; indeed, they are also relevant to any person with desire to be a better person and live more harmoniously and honestly with all creation.  A chronic illness, like cancer, is a vehicle for expanded consciousness and can become a powerful tool on the path to Self-Realization.

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

Relationships in Healing


Healing generally depends on a relationship. There is healing of oneself, which involves touching in with one's own Higher Self, and there is the healing of others or by others. The relationship of a healer (or doctor or practitioner) with a patient (or client) must be built on trust. There is the trust that the healer has the best interests of the patient at heart; that the healer has the knowledge and techniques necessary to address a particular situation; and that the healer has a useful perspective. (If we all knew why we were suffering from whatever we suffer from, it wouldn't be necessary to consult someone else to ease our suffering or solve our problems.)
We are all aware of the part that medical practitioners play in disrupting the doctor/patient relationship. On a daily basis, patients come in with anger (most often justified) towards the medical establishment and those that represent it. Visits are too short. Doctors don't listen. Doctors don't respect the patient's knowledge, their desire to use complementary medicine, their choice of treatment modality. Doctors dispense medications but don't treat the cause of the problem. The list is long.
On the other hand, patients also disrupt the doctor/patient relationship. Patients frequently come in with self diagnoses which may or may not be accurate, with a strong conviction as to what treatment they should be given for the condition they feel they have. A healer is put into a difficult position in the relationship with the patient when their perspective differs from the perspective of the patient, or threatens a cherished addiction or belief.
Years ago, a woman came to me with daily migraine headaches.   This patient loved her breakfast (a glass of milk, a glass of OJ, and a peanut butter sandwich) and was furious at my suggestion that these typical triggers were the cause of her migraines. She literally screamed at me and left the room. Three weeks later she called to apologize for her bad behavior, as the migraines vanished when she dropped these foods.
There are many other examples. When patients have a value judgment about a particular diagnosis, they may feel disrespected and criticized when they receive that diagnosis. If a patient is certain their problem is a thyroid problem and the healer suggests it may be an adrenal problem, the patient may become angry and seek a different healer who agrees with the self diagnosis. The healing relationship suffers when the patient cannot entertain the validity of the perspective of a healer with whom they have chosen to work. Particularly difficult is the patient who comes with the conviction that nobody has ever helped them and nobody ever will. 
The doctor/patient relationship flourishes when the doctor remembers that their role is to serve the patient. They must listen to the patient and be open to and respect their perspective, educate the patient, offer options and serve the patient's needs. The patient must be receptive. Being receptive entails entertaining a certain curiosity about their condition, taking what is said into careful consideration, then exercising discernment as to whether to enter into a long term relationship with the healer in question.
See the dedication on Dr. Connie's personal web site for her take on her role as a healer.


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

AntiAging Therapies at 
Pacific Naturopathic

A very popular approach to health is an array of therapies that falls under the classification of "Anti-Aging Medicine." The definition is easy - it means the process of slowing down or reversing the aging process to extended life beyond the average lifespan, AND to live in a healthy body as we age. 
Indeed, the sale of anti-aging nutrition products, physical fitness memberships in gyms, anti-wrinkling agents, hormone replacements and vitamins, supplements and herbs is a lucrative global industry.  Also, there has arisen a whole new breed of doctor who utilizes evidence-based approaches for the detection, prevention, treatment and reversal of age-related dysfunction, disorders and diseases.  Included in this list are approaches to maintaining sound mental function throughout one's life, regardless of genetic predispositions.
Naturopaths have practiced anti-aging medicine for decades.  Safely balancing body chemistry to restore health and increase vitality has long been our stock in trade.  It is what we do and have always done.  And to this day, there is not another profession that has more experience in the anti-aging field than naturopathic doctors. We have always been cutting edge.  To this extent, the big thing for us at Pacific Naturopathic in the field of anti-aging medicine has been the addition of intravenous (IV) nutritional therapy to our list of offerings. This is powerful, safe and highly effective medicine.
Intravenous therapies involve administering nutrients directly into the bloodstream. This delivery system is exceptionally powerful because it circumvents the chaos of the GI tract and the poor absorption qualities of some orally administered nutrients. For example, a Myers Cocktail, which is extremely safe and tolerated by almost everyone, addresses several deficiencies of an aging metabolism.

Even if you eat well, your body might not be absorbing the vitamins and minerals it needs to fight the aging process.  IV therapy boosts the antioxidant vitamin and mineral levels in your body much more effectively than oral supplements.  The Myers Cocktail helps your body repair damage, prevent aging, and recover its youthful vigor. 
Intravenous alpha-lipoic acid easily passes into the brain, providing protective effects on both brain and nerve tissue. Research indicate that it preventive both preventive and treatment benefits for stroke and other brain disorders involving free radical damage. This therapy is also available at Pacific Naturopathic.
If you would like to discuss the feasibility of intravenous therapy as part of your anti-aging protocol, I'd be delighted to chat with you.  Please phone 650-917-1121 to schedule a consultation.

Please phone 650-917-1121 for more information.

Elijah Free: Herbalist, Shaman, Healer at Pacific Naturopathic

Elijah Free has been an associate at Pacific Naturopathic s ince January of 2000.
He specializes in working with both mechanical and metabolic pain.
You can visit his herbal company, Earth Friend Herb Co. at 
and view his videos on Ending Fibromyalgia and Ending PTSD-One Veteran's Answer.
To see Elijah's personal site and learn more of his work please visit 

And to find out more of Elijah's work with his 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization to end PTSD in war veterans, (Elijah is a veteran and paramedic of the Viet Nam conflict) Bring Our Vets All the Way Home, please go to

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To schedule an appointment with Elijah, 
please phone 650-917-1121.
The Programmed Mind

Jane 2013

Here's the thing about the mind that is so amazing -- we've got two of them. 
We live in our conscious mind and use it to analyze and solve problems. At any given moment it can evaluate a given situation and we need it to help us make decisions in our everyday lives. But it accounts for only about 10% of the mind.  The real power player is the subconscious mind which accounts for the other 90%. 
The subconscious mind takes in everything and stores it in your mind computer. It runs all the automatic functions of the body (breathing, heart function, organs, muscles, etc.).  The subconscious is also the place where you store emotions and core beliefs. It is programmed through life experience and runs a major part of what we believe and how we behave.  Then the question arises about who's the boss? Who/what is determining how we behave, evolve and change?  
We have every possibility to be the boss of ourselves and the path to that is through the 90% part - the subconscious.  The choice is about taking control and reprogramming what it is we want to change. Fortunately there are several tools to do that now that have been scientifically evaluated and time-tested. 
Hypnotherapy allows us to access our subconscious and challenge the limiting beliefs that we have formed about ourselves. Then we also have the capacity to replace these beliefs with healthy ones which free us to reach our goals. As we proceed with this therapy we can use EFT (Tapping) to keep our energy open and flowing. EFT is a miracle tool that one can easily learn and use at will. In a stressful situation it will bring down the anxious reactions and calm the mind. 
Trying Hypnotherapy and EFT can open up locked places and free the mind - both of them. 

Jane sees clients at Pacific Naturopathic  on Thursdays.
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.
Lauren's Recipes
Lauren Hoover-West


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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
- high thermal risk rating: what it means -

How does one heal the breasts when there is a high thermal risk rating?

Each woman's circumstance is different and demands an individualized treatment protocol. For some women, there be a need to heal underlying emotional wounds in the father/daughter or in the mother/son or in the sexual partner relationship. For others, a high risk rating might reflect inflammation from poor dietary choices or from same sided dental issues, lymphatic congestion from lack of activity or constricting clothing, or traumatic injury. Hormonal balance may play a part, in which case the endocrine glands and the chakras, their energetic counterpart, come into play. In addition, both genetic make up and liver and digestive function are key players in the detoxification of toxic estrogen metabolites and other toxins which may affect breast health.
Whatever the cause, with breast thermography we can track the efficacy of the individualized treatment protocols by comparing vascularization and temperature differences between the breasts before and after treatment is instigated. 

Read more about 
breast  thermography 
Pacific Naturopathic   here.

Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii: 
Healing in Paradise

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Dr. Connie in bliss Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii  

Spend time on the Big Island of Hawaii at Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center. The environment itself is therapeutic and healing.  

Healing begins when you step off the plane in Hawaii. Greeted by a gentle breeze, warmed by the sun, dazzled by the blues and greens of the ocean and the tropical landscape, how could one not soak in the healing vibrations and begin to rest, restore, and rejuvenate?  Add to that the delights of waking to ocean views, leisurely wandering the Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center Property, foraging exotic tropical fruits, exploring all that the Big Island has to offer. So many experiences to awaken the joy within. And we all know the truth that joy heals!

Openings available from August. 

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

Physical Activity and Cancer

JAMA Internal Medicine has recently published a study reporting a lower risk for 13 of 26 different types of cancer in people who had higher levels of leisure-time physical activity. The study took place from 1987-2004, and included 1.4 million participants, both American and European. Body size and status as a smoker or non smoker were taken into account, but can not be excluded as factors. In addition, self reporting is never the most accurate measurement.
Nonetheless, overall risk reduction was 7% with risk reduction ranging from 10 to 42%. The list was as follows: esophageal adenocarcinoma (42 percent lower risk); liver (27 percent lower risk); lung (26 percent lower risk); kidney (23 percent lower risk); gastric (22 percent lower risk); endometrial (21 percent lower risk); myeloid leukemia (20 percent lower risk); myeloma (17 percent lower risk); colon (16 percent lower risk); head and neck (15 percent lower risk), rectal (13 percent lower risk); bladder (13 percent lower risk); and breast (10 percent lower risk).
The only two cancers associated in this study with higher risk were malignant melanoma with a 27% higher risk (in areas of the country with higher solar radiation) and a 5% higher risk of prostate cancer. It is unclear why that would be, with the prostate cancer. In any sex hormone related cancer, strenuous physical exercise, in its favorable impact on estrogen metabolism, lowers the risk of the cancer. I would take that particular finding with a grain of salt.

Hops Could Help Reduce 
Breast Cancer Risk
Hops, the flower cones used in beer-making, are also found in dietary supplements designed to help treat post-menopausal symptoms and other conditions. Scientists are now investigating whether an extract from the plant could also help fend off breast cancer. In the ACS journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, one team reports new lab tests on breast cells that support this possibility.

In the U.S., breast cancer is one of the most commonly diagnosed cancers in women. Exposure to estrogen has long been considered one of the risk factors associated with developing the disease, particularly in post-menopausal women. Women who are undergoing menopause often use hormone replacement therapy, or HRT, to alleviate symptoms such as hot flashes. But HRT has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer and heart disease, so some women are turning to hops supplements, which contain phytoestrogens, as a natural alternative. However, their effect on cancer risk is unclear. Preliminary lab studies have suggested that certain active compounds from hops could have protective properties. Building on this lead, Judy L. Bolton and colleagues used an enriched hop extract to test its effects on estrogen metabolism, one of the processes in the development of breast cancer.

The researchers applied the extract to two different breast cell lines to see how they would affect estrogen metabolism. One particular hops compound called 6-prenylnaringenin, or 6-PN, boosted the cells' detoxification pathway that studies have associated with a lower risk for breast cancer. Thus the results suggest that 6-PN could have anti-cancer effects, although more studies would be needed to further investigate this possibility, the researchers say.

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Broccoli Sprout Extract May Protect Against Oral Cancer Recurrence
Potent doses of broccoli sprout extract activate a "detoxification" gene and may help prevent cancer recurrence in survivors of head and neck cancer, according to a trial by the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, partner with UPMC CancerCenter, confirming preliminary results presented last year at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting.

It is the first study demonstrating that the extract protects against oral cancer, with the results of human, animal and laboratory tests reported in the journal Cancer Prevention Research. This research is funded through Pitt's Specialized Program of Research Excellence grant in head and neck cancer from the National Cancer Institute.

"With head and neck cancer, we often clear patients of cancer only to see it come back with deadly consequences a few years later," said lead author Julie Bauman, M.D., M.P.H., co-director of the UPMC Head and Neck Cancer Center of Excellence. "Unfortunately, previous efforts to develop a preventative drug to reduce this risk have been inefficient, intolerable in patients and expensive. That led us to 'green chemoprevention'--the cost-effective development of treatments based upon whole plants or their extracts."

Cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, cabbage and garden cress, have a high concentration of the naturally occurring molecular compound sulforaphane, which previously has been shown to protect people against environmental carcinogens.

Dr. Bauman and her colleagues treated human head and neck cancer cells in the laboratory with varying doses of sulforaphane and a control, and compared them to normal, healthy cells that line the throat and mouth. The sulforaphane induced both types of cells to increase their levels of a protein that turns on genes that promote detoxification of carcinogens, like those found in cigarettes, and protect cells from cancer.

In a small preclinical trial, 10 healthy volunteers drank or swished fruit juice mixed with broccoli sprout extract for several days. The volunteers had no significant problems tolerating the extract and the lining of their mouths showed that the same protective genetic pathway activated in the laboratory cell tests was activated in their mouths, meaning that the sulforaphane was absorbed and directed to at-risk tissue.

Dr. Bauman also collaborated with senior author Daniel E. Johnson, Ph.D., professor of medicine at Pitt and a senior scientist in the UPCI Head and Neck Cancer Program, to see how the extract performed in mice predisposed to head and neck cancer. The mice who received the sulforaphane developed far fewer tumors than their counterparts who did not receive the extract.   The results of the mouse, human and lab studies have been so successful that Dr. Bauman has started a larger clinical trial in volunteers previously cured of head and neck cancer. These participants are taking capsules containing broccoli seed powder, which is more convenient to take regularly than the extract mixed with juice.

"Head and neck cancers account for approximately 3 percent of all cancers in the U.S., but that burden is far greater in many developing countries," said Dr. Bauman. "A preventative drug created from whole plants or their extracts may ease the costs of production and distribution, and ultimately have a huge positive impact on mortality and quality of life in people around the world."

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Interested in finding out more about the adjunctive cancer treatment at the Hernandez Center for Adjunctive Cancer Care?  
Please phone us for an appointment at: 

Researchers at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) with the collaboration of the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia (IBEC), led by the professor of the UAB Department of Genetics and Microbiology Esther Julián, announced one year ago that the cells of the Mycobacterium brumae offer an improved alternative to current bladder cancer treatments such as BCG (an immunotherapy based on the Mycobacterium bovis), which can cause infections.

Since then, they have been looking for ways to improve the immunotherapeutic activity of M. brumae through the design of different emulsions which can increase the homogeneity and stability, and therefore the efficacy, of the mycobacteria solutions when introduced into the body.

Researchers found a way to reduce the clumps produced naturally when mycobacteria cells, which possess a high content of lipids in their walls, are introduced into the usual aqueous solutions used for intravesical instillation in bladder cancer patients. This clumping may interfere with the interaction of the mycobacteria-host cells and negatively influence their antitumor effects.

Of the emulsions tested, the one based on olive oil induce a prominent immune response in both in vitro and in vivo experiments. Olive oil preserves the viability of the mycobacteria and provided higher anti-clumping rates, and this indicates favourable conditions for reaching the bladder.

According to Esther Julián, "these results highlight the potential of the olive oil-based emulsion as a promising delivery vehicle for the mycobacterial treatment of bladder cancer."

The work, recently published in the journal Scientific Reports, from the publishers of Nature, was conducted by scientists from the Department of Genetics and Microbiology of the Faculty of Biosciences, the Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and the Microbiology Service of the UAB, together with the Bacterial Infections and Antimicrobian Therapies group at the IBEC, Barcelona.

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


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. 


What people may not know is that we also have many other IV therapies that are also very helpful in supporting our cancer patients, depending on their symptoms and what they need. 


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



And check out our new web site at


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


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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 how healing occurs

* Nanogreens: our recommended supplement

* Dr. Marcel: Cancer: a powerful tool for growth in consciousness
* Dr. Connie: Relationships in healing

* Anti-aging programs at Pacific Naturopathic

  * Jane H: The programmed mind

  * Breast thermography: interpreting high thermal risk ratings

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

* Physical activity and cancer
* Hops and breast  cancer risk
* Broccoli and oral cancer

* Olive oil and cancer 

*Other IV therapies offered in our clinic

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