Pacific Naturopathic
Pacific Naturopathic  Newsletter
 Number 113 * January 2019
1580 W. El Camino Real, Suite 7  
                             Mountain View, CA 94040, 650-961-1660     

The Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care


According to the journal Lancet Oncology,  Worldwide  cancer  rates are set to jump more than 75% by 2030.  And these rates may increase even further -- by 90% -- among less developed countries.   If the new predictions hold, 22.2 million new  cancer  cases will be diagnosed in 2030, compared with 12.7 million in 2008.  What is going on?  

Socio-economic status and lifestyle play a big part in the exploding cancer rates.  In the U.S., for example, rates of obesity-related cancers such as breast cancer and colon cancer are projected to rise. The U.S. is also still facing the lingering-effects of smoking-related cancers. In poorly developed countries such as sub-Saharan Africa, rates of cancers that are related to infection are high. These include cervical cancerliver cancer, and stomach cancer.  

Chemicals play a well-known, yet understated role in rising cancer rates.  The major change in the world that could have lead to the explosion of cancer over the last 100 years has been the introduction of tens of thousands of chemicals into the environment. These are chemicals that we had never been exposed to before -- ones that our bodies don't know how to handle. The link between toxic chemicals and cancer becomes clearer the longer we are surrounded by them. Roundup®, the widely used weed killer manufactured by Monsanto, has been linked (by World Health Organization and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) to an increased risk of a variety of cancers, including non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Yet, it is still on the market in the USA while 19 countries in Europe have banned its use.  Why?  Monsanto grosses over $5 billion a year from Roundup sales. End of discussion.

As mentioned in the articles by Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel below, the exploding cancer rates in the US have led to a major shift in the way we practice. Over the years, we have evolved from a primary care practice treating mostly colds, flus, infections and some chronic illnesses to treating mostly chronic illnesses and cancer.  Simply stated, we have responded to the need for the type of services we now offer.  There are very few doctors in the country who offer adjunctive cancer care at the level we do.  We hope that this situation changes quickly and people have greater access to effective, evidence-based, non-toxic cancer care.

In this month's newsletter, Dr. Connie begins by discussing the evolution of cancer care at Pacific Naturopathic; Adriana writes on how yoga fills a hole in cancer treatment; Dr. Marcel looks back on his work with cancer patients and writes on what we know, what we've learned and who survives; Anandini delves into the world of cancer and Chinese medicine; Dr. Connie explores the connection between spiritual practice and cancer; and Jane relates how hypnosis can bring cancer relief.

This month, the expanded  Hernandez Center for Adjunctive Cancer Care  articles include the connection between sugar and cancer; an article on a new test that can help predict the risk of metastasis in prostate cancer; the cancer-fighting properties of pink-colored foods and a Ted Talk on anti-angiogenesis foods.


Pacific Naturopathic Boutique:  We have expanded the small retail section in our clinic waiting area to include hard-to-find natural products.     Products we offer in our little boutique are mostly not available locally and come from some exotic locations, like Hawaii! Please scroll down for product descriptions.

NEXT MYERS COCKTAIL SATURDAY: January 26. Details below. Also in this newsletter is a question/answer format article on the Myers cocktail. Yes, yes, nobody likes needles and the thought of an IV is not motivational to many people, but the reality is that the Myers infusion is so much easier than the thought of it.  Dr. Marcel is happy to answer telephone questions about the Myers cocktail with anyone interested in it.  Our patients who have discovered the Myers keep coming back for more, and are glad they did.  

May all beings be healthy and happy!

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

Our Saturday Myers Cocktail Parties have been huge successes with a room full of chatting, happy guests. I.V. patients love interacting and learning from each other while receiving their I.V. therapies. This being so,

Please join us for our next  
Myer's Cocktail party:

Saturday, January 26, 
between 8:00 AM and 12:00 Noon.  

Just for fun, our Saturday parties feature healthy snacks, hot teas and cold barley tea, plus chit-chat with the doctors and other patients.

Rates for Myers Cocktails will be discounted on January 26 only! Usually $145; Saturday, January 26, $125 (addition of glutathione is $50 extra).

(Note: Myers Cocktail Parties are open to all patients who have previously  received I.V. therapies with us or from a referring doctor.  Patients new to us and/or new to I.V. therapies will need a prior 30 minute safety and orientation consult with one of our doctors. Schedule in advance for prioritized service or just feel free to show up.  Other IV therapies are available as well at early start times and are discounted 10 percent.)

Want to find out about the Myers Cocktail? 
Read Dr. Alan Gaby's excellent monograph  HERE

Dr. Connie's Musings...
Dr. Connie enjoys a brief rest and photo op on Sifnos Island in Greece

Cancer Treatment at Pacific Naturopathic

When Dr. Marcel and I started our first naturopathic practice in the early 90's in Brattleboro, Vermont, our practice was a general family medicine practice. Many of our patients were salt of the earth rural folk, and they came with respiratory ailments, high cholesterol, wounds, gynecologic complaints.  We saw many pediatric patients, we drew blood in the office, offered gyn exams, and in general did what G.P.s used to do.
Moving to California in the mid 90's, we were confronted with an entirely different clientele. Predominant issues were cardiovascular, gastro intestinal, anxiety, depression, insomnia. As naturopathic medicine was not yet legal in California, and physical and gyn exams were therefore not insurance reimbursed, we moved away from a hands on approach to more of an expert opinion approach. 
Through the years, other shifts have occurred. Many patients now come in with autoimmune disease, undiagnosable constellations of symptoms for which conventional medicine has not found answers, environmentally caused illnesses, and concerns that might be answered with "lifestyle medicine". 
We've always seen a cancer patient here and there, particularly since we started offering breast thermography exams in the early 2000's, and were seeing a number of breast cancer patients.  

These days we see increasing numbers of cancer patients. Not only is cancer on the rise, but cancer patients are actively seeking other than conventional modes of treatment.   It's not just that the "cut/burn/poison" approach is anathema to them. The conventional treatments do not address the underlying conditions that caused the cancer in the first place. Terrible side effects, including other cancers, are the exception, rather than the rule. And the treatments are consistently effective for only a small number of cancers.   
That's where naturopathy has re-entered the picture. The Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians (OncANP) has a robust membership and OncANP conventions feature cutting edge research. A small group of committed OncANP doctors have partnered over the years with conventional oncologists to encourage ongoing research of natural treatments, to expand the growing data base, and to integrate treatment protocols.
In the United States, it is illegal for anyone other than an oncologist to be the primary doctor in charge of a cancer patient's treatment. Naturopathic doctors are licensed to offer "adjunctive" care. We work with dietary and lifestyle factors that contributed to the cancer in the first place. We offer support  for the emotional issues that arise with a cancer diagnosis. Our protocols help prevent side effects and augment the efficacy of conventional care. The adjunctive intravenous therapies, while helping patients tolerate treatments better and bringing up their energy, also enhance the body's ability to fight cancer.  
Treatments which are based on the burgeoning body of research supporting integrative cancer care are important. Equally important is a team approach with cancer patients having an active say and a belief in the protocol they follow, and a communal support network. At Pacific Naturopathic our cancer patients share with and support one another, and much laughter is heard in the family atmosphere of the  I.V. rooms. We are certain that these aspects of care enhance both quality of life and survival.
Read more about the medical services Dr. Connie offers  here:

Yoga Therapy...

Yoga Fills a Hole in Cancer Treatment

Adriana Buenaventure,  Ananda Certified Yoga Therapist

A diagnosis of cancer may provoke a series of emotions such as anger, fear and loss of self-worth, as well as forcing changes in work and personal life and financial stress.  Physical challenges and side effects of conventional medical treatment may include insomnia, fatigue and mental fog. Not surprisingly, many cancer patients are left feeling out of control. 

In this stressful circumstance, a yoga practice can powerfully impact both health and quality of life. You may not be able to dedicate yourself to a long class once a week, but did you know that a 15 min/day yoga practice is said to bring even greater benefits?

You may be thinking that you have never practiced yoga, or that you are not flexible. Don't let those thoughts stop you. Yoga can be tailored to you.

As yoga is a holistic approach to healing, it simultaneously benefits all of the systems of the body. It induces mental calmness and clarity, enhances your connection to inner wisdom, and helps restore a sense of power. Yoga helps relieve stress, enhance the immune system, and restore the body's ability to heal itself. The American Cancer Society notes that yoga for cancer can reduce stress and bring about feelings of wellbeing.  

More good news is that yoga is both preventive as well as an aid in healing. 

Individualized yoga programs can help manage the side effects of chemotherapy and subsequent medical procedures. Yogic tools such as restorative yoga, relaxation, meditation and yoga nidra can help decrease the anxiety that frequently accompanies diagnosis.  From a spiritual standpoint, yoga can help tune into deep inner wisdom, providing meaning and solace in moments of despair. 
Practicing yoga at an appropriate level is key.  Your yoga instructor should have received advanced training in yoga for cancer. Ask for a 15 min yoga practice tailored to your body, your needs.

Feel better right now.  Tune into to your body, listen to its messages from a physical, mental and spiritual perspective, and empower yourself with yoga.

"Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application 
of the philosophy and practice of Yoga." 
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Adriana Buenaventura offers private yoga therapy sessions at Pacific Naturopathic.  Please phone to schedule and for more information.  650-961-1660.

Cancer: What We Know; What We've Learned; Who Survives

As Dr. Connie reports in her article in this newsletter, our practice has adapted over the years to meet the medical demands of the patients we see.   We have gone from a primary care, small-town practice in Vermont to a high-profile chronic illness and adjunctive cancer treatment center in congested Silicon Valley. In the transition, we have learned a great deal.  I thought I would cover some of the highlights of our experience.
-- Conventional chemotherapy rarely works. There are a couple of testicular cancer cases, breast cancer cases and blood cancer cases where chemo has had a positive effect when combined with our supportive therapies.  In almost every case, chemo has decreased the quality of life of the recipient.  They have paid a steep price to increase their life span by a few months.  Patients often ask me, "Dr. Marcel.  If your wife had cancer, would you suggest that she have chemo?"  My measured response always is, "I cannot make a decision for you.  But for my family, I would seek other routes of therapy that don't poison the body." From my practical experience, chemotherapy has always raised the question of whether the chemo would cause the patient's demise before the cancer did.
-- Adjunctive cancer therapies at Pacific Naturopathic are effective at killing cancer cells and prolonging life spans with almost zero side effects.  This has been verified by conventional testing.  Furthermore, if a patient elects to have chemotherapy, our supportive approaches lessen the toxic effects while enhancing the therapeutic effects of the drugs.
-- Some of our cancer patients have recovered to the point where cancer is undetectable by conventional diagnostics.  For others, the cancer has remained stable and the quality of their lives has remained high.  This is true for even for some stage four cancers.
-- Our cancer patients who have transitioned have mostly been late stage patients who were weakened by conventional therapeutics.  Many of these patients have come to us as a last resort, usually because their oncologist has told them that conventional medicine has no more to offer them.  We have noticed that our adjunctive therapies provide comfort and relief from some of the issues that plague them as a result of their conventional treatments.
-- Some cancers are unresponsive to either conventional or adjunctive therapies.  We don't know why this is so.  As one of our patients said after years of battling cancer, "cancer is relentless."  
-- Most cancer survivors have three main characteristics in common:  they have an outside source of support, like family, church or support group; the have an unshakable conviction that they will recover; and the have an upward connection to a force greater than themselves.  Furthermore, our cancer survivors see their challenges as an opportunity to expand their consciousness and devotion and deepen their connection with God.
-- If researchers shifted their time and money away from fancy, new, costly, toxic drug development into exploring the medicines from the Earth that the Creative Intelligence put on the planet for our use, our cancer cure rate would be much higher.  The research that has been done into herbs, like curcumin, tells us that this is so.  The truth is that we live in a profit-oriented society and you cannot patent an herb. 
-- We must all beware of sensationalistic on-line ads and testimonials that claim amazing cures. Throughout history hucksters have capitalized on fears about health and the fear of cancer makes us especially vulnerable to hype.
It is obvious that there is so much yet to be discovered about cancer.  What we do know has not yet provided the key that will unlock the therapeutic mystery.  

At Pacific Naturopathic, we follow the treatment protocol advocated in the "Yellow Emperor's Classic," written in China 2500 years ago: begin with the least invasive effective therapy and slowly increase the level of invasiveness, but only if necessary.

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


Cancer and Chinese Medicine

Anandini Wadera, L.Ac.

We live in a time in which most people we know or meet have been impacted by cancer-either firsthand or second, either a friend or family. It's an illness that tries people physically and emotionally. It's an illness that changes everyone's lives involved. It's an illness with a process I'm honored and determined to be a part of. 
While Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture can do a lot to alleviate the adverse effects of chemotherapy/radiation (like nausea, vomiting, pain, insomnia, etc.), to support the immune system and help maintain good RBC counts, Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture also work to calm the spirit and keep people in parasympathetic mode-or as close to it as possible. 
It is from this emotional perspective that I write to you today. Chinese Medicine views emotions as "Qi," or more specifically, as the movement of Qi. Each emotion moves our Qi in a certain way; for example, anger surges Qi upward while worry binds Qi into a knot. It is normal to experience the entire range of emotions, and a healthy experience of emotions operates like a wave. When a certain emotion prevails, the Qi is stuck in that movement pattern. An angry person's Qi doesn't descend and circulate well. A worried person's Qi doesn't disperse and circulate well. 
By creating a pathway for Qi to circulate and move freely, like a full river, like an open highway, people are able to better manage their emotional states. I've found that if those affected by illness as well as those caring for a loved one with illness, proactive emotional care helps cope with the many other battles at hand. 

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New associate, Anandini Wadera, L.Ac., has office hours at Pacific Naturopathic 
on Tuesdays.  Please phone 650-961-1660 
for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Realizations in Healing...

Spiritual Practice and Cancer

Connie Hernandez, N.D.

Early on in my practice, a mother and daughter came for adjunctive cancer care. Each had stage 4 breast cancer. Cancer was in their bones, in their brains. They had discontinued the conventional care which had failed them, and were moving onwards in their own way. I recommended a number of treatments, most of which they declined. Amazingly, neither the mother nor the daughter were suffering from pain. When I asked them what was sustaining them, they answered that they were sustained by their faith in God. They belonged to a close community of committed Christians, a community that cared for them and prayed for them as they themselves continued engaging in service activities, and in caring for and praying for others. Weeks turned to months and years. They were active and well, though still harboring multiple tumors, when they moved away and I lost touch with them.
That mother and daughter were people of deep faith who felt that God would not have placed them in the situation in which they found themselves if it were not ultimately for their higher good. Among those of us who have a strong spiritual practice, there is the conviction that every place we find ourselves is exactly where we need to be, that every circumstance in our lives is tailor designed to offer opportunity for further growth in consciousness. The intellectual knowing of this is a very big beginning, but there are times when push comes to shove, and we need to live that truth in order to be well, even when being well does not mean that our bodies survive the trial.
Working with a cancer diagnosis is one of those times. Cancer strikes fear into the stoutest of hearts. I doubt that anyone would choose a cancer as a path to spiritual growth. Yet many of our cancer patients tell us that they have changed dramatically, and even transformed, over the time of their diagnosis and treatment.  They often express gratitude and radiate joy.
One of our stage 4 cancer patients inspires us each time we see her, as she beams out her smile, and speaks of how very blessed she feels. She has expressed this even in the midst of multiple hospitalizations and procedures. There is no victim mentality, no disparaging of the treatments offered to her. She herself has decided which treatments she will accept or reject. She views her chemotherapy and surgical treatments equally as blessed by God as are her Vitamin C infusions and naturopathic supplements.  And she feels the impulse to cheer up and cheer on our other patients, and to commiserate and offer solace whenever and however she can. 
These patients who do so well are not praying that their cancer be removed from them, but rather that they might align themselves more closely with God's will and express more fully those attributes which characterize the Divine. The healing that occurs occurs at deep inner levels, and sometimes, as if by miracle, the cancer vanishes.  
This is why, if a doctor tells a patient that a cancer is incurable, we must understand that that doctor is simply saying that the treatment being offered is not known to cure the cancer the patient has. It does not mean that the patient will never again be well or cancer free.

Read more about Dr. Connie's work HERE

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

For Sale in our clinic...

Expanded Unique Healthy Product Section in Our Clinic:  Perfect for Gifts and Self-Care

We are absolutely  delighted to offer a selection of unique healthy products,  most of which are not available anywhere else in the Bay Area.

COMFREY OIL -- Comfrey has strong anti-inflammatory properties, repairs soft tissues, and promotes new cell growth. Apply directly on skin to treat sprains, bruises, broken bones, arthritis, and tender joints and muscles. Comfrey helps to dissolve scar tissue and repair skin. Many people have successfully used comfrey after surgery to aid the healing process. 
FIRST AID SPRAY -- Use on fresh cuts and scrapes, burns, and bug bites. Also spray on feet to treat and help prevent fungus. This native and garden plant blend has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti- inflammatory properties and helps to stop bleeding and promote fast healing. 
TOOTH POWDER -- A cleansing powder for your teeth and mouth. Use as an alternative to toothpaste. Orange peel and baking soda help to whiten teeth, baking soda and sea salt create an alkaline environment in the mouth, and sage and clove are good for gums. 
OXYMEL Oxymel is just a simple combination of apple cider vinegar and honey and powerful antioxidant herbs. By infusing your oxymel with immune-boosting herbs, you're left with potent medicine that can help keep your immune system strong and aid in your body's natural protection and detoxification processes. 1 tsp. at night before bed prevents cramps.
DEODORANT -- A simple and effective powder deodorant. Baking soda absorbs odors and herbs provide a naturally fresh scent. 
LAVENDER AIR FRESHENER -- A pure lavender hydrosol copper distilled at Ananda Farm. Use as an air freshener, body mist, or natural glass cleaner.
POMEGRANATE SEED OIL -- Produced and bottled locally, this oil is being researched by various labs and government agencies. Pomegranate seed oil is an excellent source of conjugated alpha-linoleic acid. The NIH states, " The phytochemistry and pharmacological actions of all Punica granatum components suggest a wide range of clinical applications for the treatment and prevention of cancer, as well as other diseases where chronic inflammation is believed to play an essential etiologic role." The oil is also useful in treating cardiovascular disease, diabetes, ED, antibiotic resistance, radiation induced skin damage, Alzheimer's and arthritis.
REXEME CREAM --  RexEme cream needs to be in every home pharmacy because of its extensive and effective dermatological healing properties.  Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel even travel with it. RexEme is a therapeutic formula of ingredients in a base of lanolin and mineral oil. Although it is a powerful moisturizer, it is greaseless and easy to apply.  At Pacific Naturopathic, we have prescribed it in countless skin conditions, from itching and dryness to rashes and chronic skin problems.
--Sita's Turmeric Paste is made according to Ayurvedic principles, blended to a pleasant taste, completely safe, and highly effective in relieving inflammations and joint pain. It is a also a general tonic, an immune booster, and an excellent formula for getting the full benefits of taking turmeric and its medicinal ingredient, curcumin.  Sita's Turmeric Paste comes in either a ghee base or a coconut oil base. The 7-ounce jar will last 5 weeks and no refrigeration is required.  
Each packet contains enough Hawaiian-grown, organic turmeric powder to make 10-12 cups of delicious golden milk.  Curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, is a powerful anti-inflammatory.  Curcumin is an antioxidant and studies show how it causes cancer cell death.  Recipe is included with the packet.  
In just one serving of this vegetable powder supplement, you get the antioxidant power of 10 servings of vegetables from 55 different ingredients. Nanogreens is truly a powerhouse of nutrition and wellness made easy. Make a delicious strawberry flavored shake with this leafy greens supplement to make sure your body is getting what it needs to function properly.
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. 
NANAOREDS High antioxidant product with resveratrol.  Packed with superfoods and vegetables.  Natural berry taste, only 45 calories a serving.
BULLETPROOF COFFEE --  Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel drink Bulletproof Coffee every morning to kick-start their metabolism. The proprietary Bulletproof Process optimizes every step of coffee production for performance by minimizing the opportunity for performance-robbing mold toxins.  Ingesting mold toxins can contribute to chronic health issues. Bulletproof Upgraded Coffee Beans are meticulously grown at high altitude on single estates in Guatemala, hand-harvested, carefully processed, handled and roasted to maintain maximum integrity and flavor. The final roast then undergoes proprietary lab testing to verify that our coffee meets the Bulletproof quality and purity standards.
BRAIN OCTANE --  Jump-start your day by blending Upgraded Coffee with Bulletproof Brain Octane and grass-fed, unsalted butter to energize your mind and body for hours. You will feel the Bulletproof difference with your first cup. 
 Upgraded Collagen is the gold standard for achieving the fastest possible healthy tissue repair, muscle matrix, bone renewal and recovery after exercise! It can boost mental clarity, reduce inflammation, upgrade your skin, and it mixes easily with other foods and shakes thanks to its neutral taste.
EMPYREAN GUARD -- Whenever you need immune defense, you need something reliable, fast-acting and safe. The combination of herbs found in Empyrean Guard delivers an impressive array of potent immuno-modulating and tonifying herbs that are effective for preventing infection and maintaining ultimate immunity.
DEPTHS OF MOKU  -- If trouble sleepingis what brought you here, you need look no further. Many times herbal supplements for occasional sleeplessness only contain one or two herbs, and those herbs may not always work for everyone. That is why Depths of Muku™ includes multiple calming, soothing, and sleepy herbs that when combined are sure to do the trick. This is a very potent blend that has yet to disappoint.
SOVEREIGN MIND -- Sovereign Mind™ is a mental powerhouse!  This formula was created to help stimulate cognitive function, improve circulation to and from the brain and invigorate the imaginative potential of everyone.  
FUR-LI'S-FIRE  -- An energizing tonic unlike any other, Fur-Li's Fire™ consists of multiple types of ginseng fortified with cordyceps and fo-ti. Regain control of your faculties with this subtly transformative treasure.
MAGMA  -- There are plenty of reasons why sexual health can diminish, but whether your lack of libidois from exhaustion or a serious hormonal imbalance, Magma can offer safe herbal support. This mix of beloved love tonics and sensual herbs can help spark a healthy blaze of desire and fulfillment.
HOMEBIOTIC - All-natural spray to restore a beneficial bacterial microbiome in your home.  One application covers 1000 sq ft and lasts six months.
CACOCO DRINKING CHOCOLATE CACOCO is organic, vegan drinking chocolate made from ethically sourced whole cacao beans and blended with superfood herbs and spices. Our molten chocolate vitality elixirs have been known to inspire euphoric experiences and are perfect for adding to your morning ritual or enjoying as healthy, wholesome afternoon pick-me-up. 
METAGENICS ULTRA PROTEIN BAR - This is a  delicious meal replacement or snack that's ideal for those who are trying to increase protein and fiber intake and limit their consumption of sugar.  Delivers 20 grams of soy/whey protein and 8 grams of fiber.

COCOIMMUNE BAR This is a delicious, nutrition-packed functional food bar. It is made up of an antioxidant-rich, dark chocolate coating and a moist and creamy filling containing generous amount of immune-supportive coconut and coconut oil. Cocommune Bar contains a blend of fibers and natural sweeteners in careful balance as to not affect those with GI sensitivities. This product is free of gluten, dairy, sucrose, fructose, and yields only three net carbohydrates per bar.
FINDING HAPPINESS, THE MOVIE --  Finding Happiness is a Hollywood production with an award-winning director, cinematographer and producers, starring Elisabeth Rohm as a skeptical reporter (fictional) interviewing members of Ananda communities, on location in U.S., India & Italy. Strongly recommended

Myers Cocktail: Questions and Answers 
- Safe, Powerful Effective -

Why do an IV? Aren't we able to get the nutrients we need from our diets?

In a perfect world, this is true.  But the typical American diet is lacking in adequate nutrient content and even with a stellar diet, the nutrient quality in the foods has steadily declined.  Also, chemicals, toxins, stress, allergies, genetics, infections and other reasons, many people suffer from compromised gastrointestinal function. The result is impaired digestion, decreased capacity to break down foods and compromised ability to absorb the vital nutrients needed to just maintain health.
When nutrients are given intravenously, the digestive system is bypassed and nutrients are delivered directly into the cells. Each cell gets to bathe in a nutrient-dense solution, so that these vitamins are easily accessible, in the most bio-available form, allowing the greatest potential for healing and ENERGY. 
Just what is a Myers cocktail?

The basic Myers' Cocktail, is an intravenous vitamin nutrient supplement that was formulated more than 40 years ago for promoting healing and restoring energy and stamina.  The standard Myers Cocktail at Pacific Naturopathic consists of magnesium, calcium, selenium, zinc, vitamin B-5 vitamin B-6, vitamin B-12, vitamin B complex, and Vitamin C. Other vitamins or ingredients may be added to the Myers' Cocktail protocol, depending on the patient's diagnosis and overall health as well as the condition being treated.
What is the Myers cocktail used for?

The "cocktail" is indicated for chronic acute viral illness/colds, fatigue, fibromyalgia, vitamin deficiency, anxiety, stress, depression, migraine or tension headaches, general immune boosting, gut malabsorption, leaky gut and support to cancer patients. It can be useful in situations where oral nutrients or other therapies are not working. When nutrients are given intravenously, your digestive system is bypassed and a much higher level of nutrition can be delivered directly to your cells via the bloodstream.  If you tend to be anxious or overstressed, it can help to calm and relax you. If you tend to have fatigue and feel run down, it can help boost your energy.  There are so many diseases and symptoms that benefit from this therapy. It is like getting a supercharge of vitality!
Have there been any studies on the Myers Cocktail?

Yes.  Yale researchers recently tested the Myers Cocktail on a group of patients in a double-bind, placebo controlled randomized trial. The study measured tender points, depression levels and quality of life. Significant improvement was shown in all pertinent outcome measures with the Myers' group and none with the placebo group.  There are currently 274 clinical research trials employing intravenous micronutrient therapy. About half of these concern treatment or prevention of cancer.  The remainder cover a wide range of medical and health conditions.
How many treatments does it take to feel better?

Patients vary in the number of treatments needed, but a typical protocol is infusions once or twice a week. Some patients experience improvement after only one treatment, and many report significant healing by the fourth infusion. People who have chronic conditions may need ongoing treatment of several times per week, or periodically every few weeks to regain their energy.  
How long does a Myers infusion take?

A typical Myers drip takes about 15 minutes.
Is It Safe? 

The Myers Cocktail is a safe, effective, and minimally invasive therapy that is well tolerated by most people. It carries an extremely low risk of serious adverse side effects. If the protocol is administered quickly there may be a sensation of warmth and flushing. This is due to the rapid rise of magnesium. Some patients may also have the taste of vitamins in their mouth shortly after they are given the infusion.
Is there any preparation needed before receiving a Myers?

Before your treatment: It is best to prepare for the Myers' by drinking plenty of water and having food in your stomach before you come in the office. 
Is a Myers Cocktail right for me?

At Pacific Naturopathic, we provide comprehensive holistic medical care, including thorough evaluation of each patient's symptoms, health, and needs.  During our evaluation, we can determine if IV therapy will be beneficial to your health goals.  After consultation, we can schedule IV treatments to be performed in the office by one of our fully trained and certified Naturopathic Doctors. 

Want to learn more about the Myers Cocktail?  Alan Gaby, MD, has written the definitive, easy-to-read MONOGRAPH  about it.

Interested in exploring the world of IV nutrient therapy?  
Dr. Marcel is happy to address any of your questions.

Please phone 650-961-1660 for more information.

Hypnosis for Cancer Relief

Jane 2013

The cancer journey starts with the diagnosis. That moment can often fill people with dread and negative emotions.  This is perfectly understandable. The "C" word hangs over all our heads because we all know someone who had it or died from it. Cancer does not discriminate between class, race, sex or age. It can appear at any time and change your life.
The question then is, "What can I do from diagnosis on through the treatments to stay calm and be at my most resourceful?"
This is a very useful question because what we think and feel has a lot to do with the process of recovery.
There is no longer any question about the fact that the mind affects the body . So, let's imagine you're in the doctor's office and he gently informs you about your cancer diagnosis. It's a shock and a wrenching experience.  Most patients with cancer will experience specific symptoms upon being told their diagnosis. These may include anxiety, stress, depression, fear, and loss of control. Hypnosis is a great tool to alleviate these feelings. But it's important to start ASAP.
Patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy may find that hypnosis can drastically reduce or eliminate the side effects of these treatments such as pain, nausea, fatigue, etc.  What hypnotherapy does is to help patients relax, and better cope with treatment and pain through suggestions.
They can also be taught self-hypnosis and have more involvement in self-care to reduce pain other side effects. This improves self-esteem and eliminates victimization.
I always recommend hypnosis before surgery because there are many well-documented cases that have resulted in less anesthetic, less bleeding, fewer drugs, decreased pain, and a faster healing from the surgery itself.
With hypnosis there is a more positive frame of mind and a large reduction in stress. Less stress frees the body to do the job of healing.  In one study the hypnotherapy group had a significantly higher frequency of days where positive feelings were greater than negative (85% of days versus 43% of days for the Control group).
Hypnosis "is well accepted as part of many different behavioral strategies to manage pain, anxiety (and) nausea," says Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., a professor in the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine and director of the Integrative Medicine Program at MD Anderson. "Dozens of clinical trials have shown this to the point where it is accepted by the behavioral sciences and part of the toolkit of managing symptoms." 

It's inevitable that the majority of cancer patients will undergo surgery, chemotherapy, and/or radiotherapy (if not all three).  Although these treatment approaches are medically necessary, they can also result in adverse side effects like pain, nausea, fatigue, anxiety, and depression - all of these impact quality of life in a negative way. But the good news is that hypnosis has shown positive results in improving the patient.

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

About food:
Dr. Marcel's Caponata  Eggplant Appetizer

Growing up in an Italian/Irish neighborhood in New York City we used to purchase canned caponata as well as enjoying it at friends' homes. 

This incredibly easy-to-prepare dish is a colorful favorite at potlucks or for just a healthy dinner adjunct.  Even better as leftovers because the flavors will have a chance to marry.

1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes
6 cloves garlic, minced fine
1 medium onion, cut into chunks
3 medium or 6 Roma tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 globe eggplant, cut into 1/2 cubes
1 red bell pepper, cut into strips
2 teaspoons of capers
handful of black olives
1 tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
¼ cup Olive Oil
minced parsley

Combine all ingredients in a large, covered frying pan and cook slowly on low-medium heat until eggplant is totally soft.  Alternately, put all ingredients in a covered oven pan and bake at 375 degrees for 45 minutes.  Serve with minced parsley garnish.


Breast Thermography at
Pacific Naturopathic
- mammograms and thermograms are not diagnostic -


I sometimes receive calls from prospective patients asking me to assure them that, if their breast thermography report is normal, they definitely do not have cancer.  This is not an assurance I can give. Breast thermograms do not diagnose cancer, nor do mammograms or MRIs or ultrasounds diagnose cancer. At this point in time, although this will certainly be changing and hopefully soon, the only diagnostic for breast cancer is a breast biopsy. 
What breast thermograms do (and mammograms, MRIs and ultrasounds do not do) is indicate that there is a physiologic difference between one breast and the other. This difference is represented by increased heat and/or disrupted vasculature. The heat reflects the increased metabolic activity which could accompany injury, inflammation, or, yes, cancer.  We are alerted that a breast health protocol may be indicated, or that it may be time for additional diagnostics to clarify what is happening.

Breast thermography is offered on most Wednesdays at Pacific Naturopathic.

Read more about 
breast thermography  at
Pacific Naturopathic   here.

Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii: 

--Winter at our vacation rental

Check Future Openings 
(then click on "Calendar")

The orchard view from the guest house at the Hawaii retreat center

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? 

Winter is a perfect time to escape from the cold stateside weather to the Big Island's more temperate climate. If it's a bit chilly (62 degrees) early morning, enjoy the hot tub or sauna until the morning sun makes an appearance and warms our winter day to the high 70s.  Relax into the ocean view and marvel at the occasional whale sighting. Forage the property for citrus, abundant at this time of year. Oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, lemons, limes and kumquats complement the avocados, bananas and starfruit. Day trip to Kona side beaches (where the air is relatively vog free after the end of the recent volcanic eruption), to Volcano National Park, to Hilo via the scenic Hamakua Coast, to the art galleries of Hawi. 
As an added bonus at this time of year, airfares are low. We fly Alaska Airlines direct to Kona from San Jose Airport. (Check out Alaska flights from Oakland and SFO as well) See our calendar (below) for open dates.

C heck our VACATION RENTAL 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. 

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

There is light in the darkness

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 help reduce 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.

New Research Highlights Connection 
 Between Sugar and Cancer

A study published last week in the journal  Cancer Research  looked at the connection between sugar and cancer. The researchers found that reducing the amount of glucose available to cancer cells could be  key for effective treatment .  Cancer cells require lots of glucose to survive and must metabolize it quickly to generate energy. The researchers evaluated the potential applications of limiting the supply of glucose and restricting the ability of cancer cells to metabolize sugar.

Read full article  HERE

A report describes a new assay to assess copy number alterations that is cheaper, faster, reproducible, and requires less tissue than other diagnostic techniques and has the potential to significantly enhance prostate cancer evaluation.

Read full story  HERE

Eat These Naturally Pink 
A nti-Breast Cancer Foods

Pink has become a symbol of strength and hope for many breast cancer patients, which is why many companies take advantage of this color during breast cancer awareness month. However, many food products wrapped up in pretty pink packaging are bad for the people they're supposed to be advocating for. To avoid being fooled by these health scams, go for  naturally-occurring organic pink foods .

Read full story  HERE
Ted Talk: Anti-Angiogenesis: 
Foods That Fight Cancer

Dr. William Li

In his TED talk "Can we eat to starve cancer?", Dr. William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, i.e. eating foods that prevent the formation of blood vessels that tumors need to grow.

The crucial first (and best) step is eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game like: berries, cruciferous veggies, green tea, and garlic. 

Eating 5-9 servings of fruit and vegetables per day greatly reduces your risk for all diet-related diseases.

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.

Who Would Benefit from IV Vitamin Therapies?

Although anyone could benefit from IV therapy, people with the following health concerns especially benefit from IV therapies:
  • Advanced Aging
  • Allergies
  • ALS
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Asthma
  • Atherosclerosis 
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Before and after surgery
  • Cancer treatment
  • Cancer prevention
  • Chron's Disease
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)
  • Chronic Pain
  • Colds and Flus, both preventive and acute treatment
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Dementia
  • Depression/Anxiety
  • Detoxification
  • Enhanced athletic performance
  • Environmental toxicity
  • Fatigue or lethargy
  • Fatty Liver
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Gastritis
  • General health maintenance
  • Hangover recovery
  • Heart disease
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • High blood pressure
  • Immune system disorders
  • Inflammatory conditions
  • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
  • Insomnia
  • Joint Replacement candidates
  • Liver detoxification
  • Low functioning immune systems
  • Lyme disease
  • Macular degeneration
  • Malabsorption syndrome
  • Migraine headaches
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Peripheral vascular disease
  • PMS
  • Post Stroke
  • Post trauma/post surgical wound healing
  • Prior to important events, meetings or travel
  • Respiratory infections
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Serotonin increase in the brain
  • Sinusitis
  • Times when one cannot afford to be tired or Ill
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Ulcers
  • Viral infections
  • And More... 
Check out our IV 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   

Pacific Naturopathic
The Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care

1580 W. El Camino Real, Suite 7
Mountain View, CA 94040
650-961-1660 (v) 

The Pharmacy at Pacific Naturopathic: 
New Options

At our Pacific Naturopathic office, we continue to maintain a well stocked natural medicine pharmacy. As we are occasionally out of various items, we ask you to either call in advance of picking things up at the office, or email the front desk at  [email protected] to see if  prescribed  items are on hand.
If you are a person who lives at a distance or for another reason cannot come by to pick up pharmacy, we do have several reliable options. We have registered with two online dispensaries that carry most of the items we have in our pharmacy. We love Amazon for many things, but find our dispensaries to be better options in terms of storage, expiration dates, and legitimacy of pharmacy items. Pharmacy is what they do. Shipping on orders over a certain amount is free.
There are some items that are not available through these pharmacies, and we will continue to ship those things out. However, we are trying to minimize shipping otherwise, and are needing to increase handling charges as shipping involves packaging and someone leaving the office and standing in long wait lines at the post office. 
Many of you have already signed on to Fullscript, and Dr. Connie regularly sends out invites to sign in and have pharmacy sent. You can sign yourself in to Wellevate, our other online dispensary.
Just click on this  LINK  and search for your product,  or the front desk staff can register you, earmark the product you need, and have a registration email sent to you.. 
A note on Naturthroid
Due to manufacturing issues, Naturthroid has been hard to come by in the past 9 months or so. We have a running backorder, and occasionally receive a shipment. We currently have a number of 2 grain bottles, so call if you need one. The other comparable options are compounded thyroid or Armour thyroid. Most pharmacies still have Armour in stock. When you run out of your current supply, let us know. If we have Naturthroid, we can send it out. If not, we'll help you with one of the other options.

In This Issue

* Dr. Connie muses: Evolution of cancer treatment at Pacific Naturopathic

* Adriana: Yoga fills a hole in cancer treatment

* Dr. Marcel: Cancer: what we know; what we've learned; who survives

* Anandini: Cancer and Chinese medicine

Spiritual practice and cancer

* Our recommended product: an in-depth review of products in our boutique

* IV therapy: Myers Q&A

* Jane H: Hypnosis for cancer relief

About food: Dr. Marcel's Italian caponata

  * Breast thermography

 * Hawaii retreat: Lovely winter weather on the Island
Hernandez Center: News and Commentary on Cancer Topics
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* What we offer at the Hernandez Center

* The connection between  sugar and cancer
* Faster, cheaper test to predict risk of metastasis in prostate cancer

Pink foods for breast cancer prevention

* TED talk on angiogenesis preventing foods

*Other IV therapies offered in our clinic

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1580 W. El Camino Real, Suite 7 Mountain View, CA 94040
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