Pacific Naturopathic
Pacific Naturopathic  Newsletter
 Number 102 * February 2018
2570 W. El Camino Real * Suite 111 * Mountain View, CA 94040 650-917-1121

The Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care


Merriam-Webster simply defines naturopathy as "a system of treatment of disease that avoids drugs and surgery and emphasizes the use of natural  agents (such as air, water, and herbs)." The American Association of Naturopathic Physicians takes the definition a bit further: "Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals' inherent self-healing process.  The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods." Naturopathic medicine recognizes that therapeutic integration of earth, air, fire and water in all their forms is an integral component of our approach to healing.

In this issue of the newsletter Dr. Connie begins by discussing how modern medicine has left therapeutic basics in the past to focus instead on technology; Dr. Benjamin offers  his thoughts on the wisdom of nature as a healing modality; Brad B. talks about Feldenkrais for lower back; Dr. Marcel continues in the "natural flow" by writing about the benefits of ocean bathing and seashore walking; and Dr. Connie offers an expansive view of how earth, air, fire and water are used in naturopathic healing.

Next, Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel recommend Hawaii as a place to commune with nature and heal; Jane H. discusses the events that occur within a hypnosis session; the About Food column discusses how one might eat according to the elements; and breast  thermography column discusses anatomic versus physiological change.

Hernandez Center articles include a discussion of the links between sugar and cancer; five relatively rare breast cancer signs; and eight nutrients that block cancer metastasis.

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

Dr. Connie's Musings...

Back to Basics

Age old systems of medicine such as Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine cannot be understood without reference to nature and the interplay of the elements in the body and in the outer world. Western medicine has deviated from this historical norm, in essence minimizing the interplay of man with his natural environment. Naturopathic medicine, reliant as it is on the vix medicatrix naturae, the healing power of nature, has an inherent respect for the wisdom of nature and the role nature plays in promoting health.
Children at play, 2018
Yet, society is evolving away from direct interaction with nature and with the physical world in general. For the most part, certainly in the Silicon Valley environment, children are not whiling away their days digging in the dirt, lying on their backs watching the clouds go by, star gazing, catching fireflies or playing interactive outdoor games with other children.  Even toddlers amuse themselves on iPads, are mesmerized for hours a day by televised programs and video games.  The trend is true amongst adults as well.  While the beaches may still be a go to destination on hot summer days, many times the beach goers are tethered to their technologic devices rather than making sand candles, splashing in the ocean, simply soaking in the rays.
Within this trend, medicine itself, patients and practitioners alike, has become far more dependent on high tech diagnostics and treatments. We can map the genome, visualize our innermost cellular structures, diagram biochemical pathways, elaborate on the pharmacodynamics of our medicines.  We have targeted pharmaceuticals, precision robotic surgeries. Not that these are at all bad things. They often are life saving.
But something is missing. These days, if I ask a patient about diet, exercise, even menstrual cycles, the
The family doctor is a
relic of the past
patient may have no connection to their own biology and may feel the need to consult an app before answering. Modern docs often sit facing a computer screen with their back to the patient. Diagnostic decisions are made based on lab findings falling within or outside of conventional reference ranges, whereas old time family docs relied on more intimate knowledge of their patients. All too often, rather than foundational dietary and lifestyle advice, the most one gets these days is lip service to the importance of diet and exercise.
Something has been lost and something has been gained.
Through modern science, as we understand more specifically what interaction with nature can do for us, nature based therapies are creeping back into the mainsteam. We find cardiac surgeon Dr. Stephen Sinatra promoting the benefits of earthing, as the positive effects on heart rate variability, blood viscosity, and the autonomic nervous system are now measureable. The Japanese government designates areas for forest bathing as their research has verified that the activity boosts the immune system, reduces stress hormone production, lowers blood pressure. Scientific understanding of wavelength technology has contributed to diagnostics and treatments based on sound and light and color.
These new scientific understandings have validated a number of folk remedies which are based on interaction with the natural environment. See articles below for some tried and true elemental naturopathic practices. 
Read more about the medical services Dr. Connie offers  here:

Mother (Earth) Always Knows Best

Benjamin Alter, ND

When in medical school, coffee houses served as a favorite place to study, providing me the ideal balance of focus and distraction. One afternoon, I sat cramming biochemistry into my brain when faced with a distinctive distraction. A friendly man approached to initiate a conversation. "What are you studying," he asked. "Natural Medicine," I replied. "I'll tell you something about natural medicine!" he responded enthusiastically.
The man went on to share a story of the miraculous healing of his dog. The sick and debilitated dog was battling some chronic and fatal condition when the man decided to give his pet the dignity of passing in a natural setting. He packed up some things and headed into the woods for a camping trip. With a week's worth of supplies, he thought that would surely be enough time for the dog to peacefully transition. After a week, he noticed the dog was doing much better - more energy and seemingly less pain. He decided to restock supplies in the city before heading back for another week immersed in the peace of nature. Sure enough, after the second week, the dog seemed to have fully regained energy and function.
"It's easy as that!" the man assured.
This story provided a heck of a lot of perspective as a young medical student, buried into the nitty gritty details of biochemistry and physiology. The man and his story really exemplified the most foundational principle of Naturopathic Medicine, the body heals itself. Of course we need to create the ideal environment for that to happen, and it turns out immersion in nature provides just that.
I find it comical that now research is being funded to demonstrate the healing effects of nature. Sure its nice to gain a scientific grasp of the physiological impact of immersion in nature. But can't we just trust what so many have experienced and observed throughout the history of humanity!? Nevertheless, nature's direct effects on the body appear to be vast, and mainly attributed to the electromagnetic impact on the body through the autonomic nervous system.
Amidst any treatment plan should always be an element of Earthing, or connecting with nature. This needn't be anything complicated or extreme. Simply taking off shoes and placing the feet on dirt or grass is enough. Some say electromagnetic fields even penetrate through concrete or tile! Sure it feels good to be completely immersed in the silence and beauty of the woods. However, what matters most is that we actually do it! So don't worry about packing up the truck for a week, simply put your feet on the ground and breathe. 
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Benjamin Alter, N.D., is an associate at Pacific Naturopathic.  
He may be contacted at 650-917-1121.

The Sea:   A Story of Love, 
Adventure and Healing


The physical and spiritual appeal of water has attracted the infirm and weary throughout history. The Greeks soaked in sea water hot tubs and heated seaweed baths, drank and inhaled sea water for health, got sea water massages, had sea green facials and body wraps, and used sea water pools for hydrotherapy and elimination of toxins from the body.  In modern upscale spas and resorts the sea is used to reduce tension and stress, detoxify the skin and improve circulation, speed weight loss and cellulite control, and even ease menopausal discomforts. 
The ocean is therapeutic and a boundless reservoir of health.  It contains all the vital elements: vitamins, mineral salts, trace elements, amino acids and living microorganisms which secrete antibiotic, bacteriostatic and hormonal substances with biological balancing effects. These substances are easily assimilated by our bodies during sea bathing. An interesting fact is that seawater has a similar composition as our blood plasma.
You don't have to get wet to have the ocean work its healing magic. The gas molecules in the ocean mist create a genuine spray rich in iodine, which helps regulate the thyroid gland.  The spray is also loaded with negative ions. Negative ions strengthen the body's immunological defense mechanisms. This mist of extremely small molecules enters the body through the respiratory system, where they attach to the walls of the lungs for distribution throughout the body.
Direct contact with ocean water is even more therapeutic. Seawater baths open the pores and help eliminate toxins from the body. Swimming and wading brings our bodies in contact with the sea's pulsating and massaging waves, its rare minerals, and dissolved gases.
The joy of therapeutic beach walking
Although few realize, our skin is our largest organ and absorbs chemicals just as readily as it excretes through sweat. The magnesium content of seawater is significant enough to have a nutritional and calming effect on our nerves, which explains why sea bathing is so relaxing. Potassium in seawater enters the skin and encourages good urinary flow. Seawater contains all the 89 known elements present in our bodies, including osmium, gold, vanadium, zinc, and iodine.
The skin is the exchange barrier through which these substances pass into the blood stream from the surrounding environment. During swimming, the negative ions move through the epidermis into the dermis, where they are taken up by the capillaries and distributed by the blood to various organs.  Calcium ions are carried to the bones while the potassium ions are directed towards the muscles.
The therapeutic effects of the ocean go far beyond mere physical benefits.  The sea makes us dream.  It promotes a feeling of liberation and wanderlust. To sailors, there is no feeling so liberating as the ocean breeze filling the sails.  Our evolutionary roots are in the sea and we are drawn to it in an almost mystical manner.
We stand hypnotically on the seashore or on cliffs and look at the ocean for extended periods of time. The sound of the ocean flowing and crashing against rocks fills us with wonder and promotes a profound sense of calmness.   The sea has the power to relax us, relieve our stress and pain, renew us and soothe our souls.
The sea provides a healing magic that goes beyond drugs and prescriptions. It forces us to become involved with it.  The ocean draws on the strength of plants from the Earth, the water that is a part of all life and the mineral salts from which our bodies are created.
In color therapy, ocean blue is used to balance or enhance freedom of expression verbally and artistically, integrity, honesty, loyalty, reliability, gentleness, kindness, commitment and endurance.
Here in N. California, we have the advantage of driving a short distance to the Pacific Ocean.  When we are in Hawaii, the pure ocean air wafts deliciously into our everyday environment.  Just re-visiting this article that I first published many years ago moves me to hop in the car and drive to Half Moon Bay!  Shall we meet there?

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

A Feldenkrais Lesson for the Lower Back
 Plus, Three Feldenkrais Movement Lessons for sitting
Brad Beldner

To help your body ease its way into spring, I recorded a new Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement lesson that will add more mobility and freedom to your entire body by creating ease and dexterity in your low back and hips.
Your pelvis and low back can be thought of as the central hub of your entire body. Your legs, spine, neck, head and arms gain more freedom and a larger range of motion when the center of your body has a broader movement portfolio available to it.

Creating more freedom in the hips not only increases your balance, power and flexibility in the legs for standing and walking, it also gives your shoulders, neck and jaw more mobility and creates more freedom in your arms, wrists and hands. 

This lesson can be done lying comfortably on the floor. You can have a pillow or blanket under your head so your neck is comfortable.

With all Feldenkrais movement lessons, you always try and do the gentlest most comfortable movement possible. You rest as as often as you like.
You can listen to the Feldenkrais audio lesson here:
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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
It's Elemental


Basic nature therapies utilize earth, water, fire and air. These simple therapies are precious in that they are safe, available, and profound in their impact. Consistent implementation of these therapies can change a person's constitution, promoting immune function and enhancing the efficacy of other chosen treatments.
We've discussed simple earth therapies many times in our newsletters.

* A favorite naturopathic therapy is dew walking, which is walking barefoot on the dewy ground in the morning. In doing so, among numerous other benefits, you entrain your electromagnetic field to the field of the earth, impacting everything from your immune system to your cardiovascular system. (See the work of cardiologist Stephen Sinatra, mentioned in Musings above)

* Earth itself, in the form of clay can be used internally via ingestion and externally in clay baths, to soak up toxins and draw out toxicity.
Inspired by European water cures and the water cures of the 19th and 20th centuries, hydrotherapy
The joy of dew walking
varies the temperature and pressure of water applications to promote immune function,  enhance circulation, relieve pain. 

* Hot/cold contrast is a favorite, whether by full immersion or sitz bath. If you start with hot, and alternate 30 seconds of hot with 3 minutes of cold, repeating 3 times, and ending with cold, you will cycle dilation and contraction of blood vessels, improving circulation, lymphatic flow and detoxification and increasing your vitality. 

* In a simplification of a powerful treatment known as the "wet sock treatment" a congested person can decongest sinus and nasal passages by bundling up and indulging in a hot foot soak, followed by running very cold water over the feet. In another variation, contrast applications over the chest can loosen mucus in the chest and profoundly impact the course of a disease like pneumonia.

* Colon hydrotherapy, applied properly, not only cleanses the colon, but uses water to stimulate the action of the colon in constipation.
Heliotherapy had its beginnings in the therapeutic use of sunlight. Also known as phototherapy, sophisticated heat and light therapies use specific wavelengths of light such as are found in lasers, far and near infrared, light emitting diodes and more.

*Vitamin D is activated in the skin through exposure to sunlight. Sunlight has historically been used in the treatment of bacterial infections. Utraviolet light is currently used in the treatment of psoriasis.

*Where sunlight is not available, full spectrum lights are used to counteract Seasonal Affective Disorder.

*The heat of infrared sauna penetrates deeply into the tissues with enormous bodily benefit including pain relief, weight loss, detoxification, improved circulation and antiviral effects.
And then there is air.

*The Buteyko method uses breathing techniques to manage respiratory conditions such as asthma.

*One can balance the sympathetic parasympathetic nervous system through the simple breathing practice of 10 conscious breaths. Just observe the breath, and allow the breath to come in through the nose and to escape through the mouth. This breath can counter anxiety, normalize the blood pressure, facilitate digestion.

*Yogic practices of Pranayama profoundly effect body, mind and spirit.
These examples simply scratch the surface. So much more healing happens in so many ways as we touch back in to the elements of our natural environment, easily available to all. 


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.

Dr. Connie watching for whales
Hawaii Peace Garden Vacation Houses

This month, we recommend that our readers consider attuning with water, air, earth and fire at our Hawaii vacation rental.  We invite you to visit our VRBO web site, read the reviews and picture yourself sitting on this bench, finding images in the cloud formations and attuning with the utter loveliness surrounding you.

Check rates and availability  HERE

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... 
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.

What is Hypnosis and 
What Happens During a Session?

Jane 2013

This is a golden time for hypnosis because there is an increased amount of research being done about how and why it is very effective at getting people to look at a problem in a new way.
So, what happens during the session to create the changes? Here is the process my clients experience.

The introduction is usually over the phone during the free consult. After that I email out an Intake Form, which has more questions which are designed to get specific background information. This saves time in the session so that more actual hypnosis work can be done. Then a date for the first session is set.
The first hypnosis session is a "get to know you" for both client and hypnotherapist. The client asks more questions and when the client is ready and comfortable, the hypnosis session begins.

Next comes the induction phase. This is where the beginning of the relaxation starts. There are many techniques to do this but the aim is to get the mind to begin focusing. For example, sometimes the induction will focus mentally on a candle flame, the colors of the flame, the slow melting wax, etc. Hypnosis is about focused concentration and the elimination of distractions.

The deepening stage is where the client is brought into deep relaxation. The mind and body are engaged to sharpen the focus.  Sometimes a specific visualization is used like a stroll through a beautiful garden or a visit to a relaxing beach. There is no limit to the deepeners and the variety of hypnotic options.
Hypnosis works not because the hypnotherapist has a special power but because of the openness and suggestibility of the client.

The next phase of the session is usually the suggestion phase. It's important to understand that being suggestible does not equate with being gullible. It takes someone who is able to concentrate when prompted who is the best hypnosis subject. With the client is in a deep state of relaxation, their conscious mind has been quieted, and the suggestions desired by the client are most easily absorbed by their subconscious mind. Often metaphors are used which relate to the client's life and desire for change.
It is in the subconscious mind where our habits and beliefs reside. By specifically talking to it, we can effect permanent change (think of reprogramming a hard drive). However, the subconscious mind is also able to reject suggestions that could be harmful or wrong for the subject. Contrary to countless Hollywood movies, hypnosis is not about mind control.  What it will accept is suggestions of changes that have already been discussed. This phase is where hypnosis is particularly customized for the client.

The final stage is emerging from the deep hypnotic trance. The aim is to slowly and gently bring the client to full and aware consciousness while the hypnotist reinforces the suggestions and insights from the session.
The client relates what it was like during the session and any insights gained. It's important to understand that no one gets 'stuck in trance'. This is just more distorted hype about hypnosis.  
In truth, most of us have experienced hypnosis in our everyday lives. If you've ever been totally engrossed in a book or movie and lost track of time or didn't hear your name being called, you were experiencing a state similar to a hypnotic one.
But as researchers are gradually learning, this captivating phenomenon can help reveal unique insights into the human mind and how it works. This includes aspects of how our habits and beliefs affect how we perceive our reality and how we come to learn control over our actions.
So, how would you like to have a say over your own behavior?  Hypnosis can help you get there.

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Jane sees clients at Pacific Naturopathic on Thursdays 
and in Sonoma and San Francisco 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"

About food:
Eating According to Earth, Fire, Water and Air 

(The Hotel/Spa Larimar in Hungary offers the following suggestions on how to eat according to the four elements.  You can access their website for more information HERE)

Nutrition based on the four elements


To boost the element of earth, we recommend eating rich and hearty food. Foods which are allocated to the earth element provide stability and grounding.

This grounding is mainly offered by vegetables which predominantly grow in the ground: roots and root vegetables, potatoes, rock salt, peanuts, peanut oil, strawberries, beets, kohlrabi and cereals, especially buckwheat.


Poor expression of the fire element can result in deficient digestion and absorption of food. A lack of the fire element can also make it difficult for the body to fight illness.

To boost the fire element in your body, you should eat foods which have ripened in the sun and carry a lot of heat: citrus fruits, cinnamon, olives, olive oil, ginger, sunflower seeds, sunflower seed oil, cereals, tomatoes, pepper and chilli etc. Red meat and dishes which are seared, grilled and spiced are particularly full of fire-based energy.


When the body is deficient in the water element, food should be used to help the body store more water.

Salt-rich foods with a high water content such as fruit and vegetables as well as dairy products are beneficial.   Fish, seafood, algae, rice and water-rich fruits and vegetables such as pumpkins, cucumbers and melons all help boost the element of water.


In the absence of the element of air, the energy flows in the body may be disturbed. Foods which stimulate the circulation are beneficial in this case such as gingko, cayenne, garlic and ginger. Light dishes such as crudités and shoots bring the body back into balance. Raw dishes and dairy products, especially easily digestible foods like yoghurt and kefir, help to reinforce the element of air.

Plants which grow above the ground such as trees, shrubs and their flowers are beneficial to the element of air.

Breast Thermography at
Pacific Naturopathic
- physiological change vs. anatomic change -


When discussing breast thermography with patients, we emphasize that breast thermography reveals differences in physiology between the breasts, while physical breast exam, mammograms, ultrasound, and MRIs reveal anatomic differences.

Anatomic testing will not reveal the physiologic changes in temperature and vasculature that indicate inflammatory or other metabolic changes in the tissue of one breast as compared to the other. On the other hand, a breast thermogram will not show lumps or bumps or reveal hidden calcifications.
These methods of evaluating breast tissue are complementary.  Neither anatomic nor physiologic testing are stand alone diagnostics, and the results of both most be considered. We advise that unusual vascular structures and high temperature differentials be followed up with anatomic imaging. Lumps and bumps often need anatomic evaluation, whether they light up on the breast thermogram or not. (A metabolically inactive cancer may not light up on a thermogram, but may be discovered through palpation or anatomic imaging.)
Therefore, though we do not advocate annual screening mammograms, we do advise appropriate use of the technology, and encourage our patients (understandably reticent to expose themselves unnecessarily to the radiation of mammograms) to opt for mammograms when indicated.

Read more about 
breast  thermography  at
Pacific Naturopathic   here.

Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii: 
Be One With Nature in Paradise

Check Future Openings 
(then click on "Calendar")

Waipio Valley black sand beach -- just four miles and a short hike away
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? 

Where better to celebrate the healing effects of the elements than at Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center on the beautiful island of Hawaii?  Inhale the fragrant island air, purified by gentle trade winds. Avail yourself of water energy through swimming in the cleansing saltwater of the ocean, or dipping in a waterfall fed pool, or taking a relaxing soak in the hot tub. Enjoy the magnetism of the earth by walking barefoot on the fertile grounds of the retreat center, or by strolling on a sandy beach. Bathe in the early morning or late afternoon sunlight, or allow the heat of the infrared sauna to permeate your body cells. 

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

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 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.

The Link Between Sugar and Cancer

Katie-Wellness Mama

Sugar is everywhere in the modern diet and there's no doubt that it's making us obese, fatigued, and sick. You can't turn on the television without one commercial after another advertising candy, soda, or sugary breakfast cereals.

You know what else loves sweets? 
Cancer cells.

Breast Cancer Signs: 
5 Rarely Discussed Early Warning Signs

By Ty Bollinger

Breast Cancer Awareness month happens every October, which means the "Great Pink Push" is unleashed. The cancer industry will shift into overdrive, urging women everywhere to get their mammogram screenings as they beg for cash donations for breast cancer research. All the while providing little in the way of  practical preventative tips and tools  that women can use to  avoid  this common form of cancer.

Eight Nutrients That Block Cancer Metastasis

By Dr. David Jockers DC, MS, CSCS
Diet plays a major role in both the prevention of cancer and the contributing factors of cancer growth and cancer metastasis. In fact, 75%-85% of cancers diagnosed in one study in the United States showed that unhealthy lifestyle factors were the primary causes of these diagnosis and may have been prevented with improved dietary changes.

Researchers believe that 30% of deaths associated with cancer today can be prevented from diet alone.  Evidence links plant-based foods with some of the best known chemoprotective (cancer-preventing) properties. The phytochemicals they contain interfere with cellular communication that triggers inflammation and stimulates the progression of cancer in the body.

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.


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  


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 Back to basics

* Dr. Benjamin: Mother (Earth) always knows best

*Dr Marcel: The sea: a story of love, adventure and healing

* Brad B: Feldenkrais lesson for the lower back

* Dr. Connie: It's elemental

* Our recommended product: a vacation in Hawaii

* IV therapy: who benefits?

  * Jane H: what happens during hypnosis sessions

About food:  eating according to the elements

  * Breast thermography: anatomical vs. physiological change

 * Hawaii retreat: the eleme
nts in paradise
Hernandez Center: News and Commentary on Cancer Topics
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* What we offer at the Hernandez Center

* Link between sugar and cancer
* Five rare breast cancer signs
* 8 nutrients that block metastasis

*Other IV therapies offered in our clinic

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