Pacific Naturopathic
Pacific Naturopathic  Newsletter
 Number 109 * September 2018
1580 W. El Camino Real, Suite 7  
                             Mountain View, CA 94040, 650-961-1660     

The Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care


As we all age, we observe that friends and relatives suffer from some form of mental compromise -- Alzheimer's, senility, dementia, mental confusion and chronic anxiety, just to put names to things.  We also see that some folks appear to not lose any function at all. What's going on here?  Yes, genetics plays a huge part in mental health outcomes, but  is loss of mental faculties inevitable  for those of us whose family histories include any form of mental incompetence?  At Pacific Naturopathic, we know that genetic predispositions do not necessarily have to manifest and we've developed strategies for both ourselves and our patients that may help ward off mental degradation.

This month, we offer strategies for preserving the mind and navigating through the challenges we face while incarnated in these bodies.  Dr. Connie begins by shedding light on some of the cutting edge work being done in preserving brain health; Dr. Marcel follows with some  ideas on enhancing memory function; Anandini presents meditation, tai ji and qi gong as ways of maintaining mental/emotional balance; Adriana offers yoga therapy as a way of attaining mental and emotional balance and Jane H. dispels the myth of hypnosis as being mind control.

Our Saturday morning Myers Cocktail parties have been a huge success and attendees have requested that we keep them as regular events.  We are listening.  Our next party is Saturday, September 22, from 8:00 AM to Noon.  See article immediately below for details.

Interested in participating in an event that will touch you on another level in consciousness? Not many of our readers know that Dr. Marcel has an amateur and professional theater background as a writer, director and actor.  In recent years, he has been using his directing in uplifting theatrical presentations. On October 5 & 6 (Friday and Saturday evenings) the Ananda Palo Alto Players will offer an evening of selections from
"Whispers from Eternity," the poetry and prayers of Paramhansa Yogananda. 

This lovely, devotional presentation is so inspiring and uplifting that the first time it was offered in Nevada City in August the suggestion was made that we should have had boxes of tissues scattered throughout the audience to blot tears of joy. This presentation is unique, transformational and not to be missed. Please see our advertisement, below, for details.  

The  Hernandez Center for Adjunctive cancer care articles include a shopper's guide to cancer-healing foods; time-restricted eating and breast cancer; and a video on why doctors try to rush patients into conventional cancer therapies.

We will continue to remind our readers about our new service -- telemedicine. 
Forget traffic congestion and unpredictable commute times. Do you have friends and family in areas not serviced by naturopathic doctors, and needing complementary and alternative medical opinions?  Consider the options of having phone visits on our dedicated phone lines, or FaceTime visits.  Schedule with the front desk, as you would schedule any appointment.
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

Saturday Myers Cocktail Mornings 
Next Party: September 22
Patients enjoying our last Saturday Myers Cocktail Party

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, September 22, 
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 September 22 only!  Usually $145; Saturday, September 22, $125 (addition of glutathione is $50 extra).

(Note: Myers Cocktail Parties are open to all patients who have previously
received I.V. therap ies 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

Special Event!  An Evening of 
Original Devotional Theater 

Presented by the Ananda Palo Alto Players
(directed by Dr. Marcel)

Dr. Connie's Musings...
Dr. Connie on the trail from Apollonia to Kastro on the Greek Island of Sifnos

Brain Health!

Knowing of adverse influences impacting brain health, and seeing the ravages of dementia and Alzheimers in friends and family, many of us live with a sense of impending doom. This is particularly so for those of us who have dreaded gene combinations that increase the odds of living long, yet losing our minds. Fortunately, the expression of genes can be modified, and there is much that we can do to promote brain health, with new treatments on the horizon. 
According to Dr. Daniel Amen, author of books including Supercharge Your Brain, Reverse Memory Loss, and Remember What Matters Most, we all should be on Alzheimer's prevention protocols throughout our life.  Dr. Amen asks the question "What if mental health was really brain health? He answers the question with his innovative work with brain imaging. The adverse effects of brain injury and the beneficial effects of correction can be seen on the SPECT imaging (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography, a kind of nuclear medicine), brain studies being core diagnostics at Amen Clinics. 
Dr. Amen's brain health protocol is called BRIGHT MINDS. Each letter denotes a modifiable risk factor for brain health. B, for example, is for blood flow. Anything that constricts blood flow (caffeine, alcohol, smoking, hypertension, lack of exercise) increases the risk of Alzheimers, and anything that increases blood flow (botanicals like gingko, exercise, hyperbaric oxygen and various foods) decreases the risk.  
Numbers of other botanicals, nutrients, and hormones favorably impact the brain by serving as antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, vasodilators and antimicrobials. The DHA of fish oil is widely known to nourish the brain.  Nutritional lithium grows gray matter in the brain. Phosphatidyl serine helps restore the integrity of the hippocampal area.  The list is long and varied. 
Dr. Amen's risk variables include inflammation, genetics, head trauma, toxins, mental health, neurohormone deficiencies, blood sugar and weight (diabesity), and sleep. He recommends doable ways to work with each one of these, and his suggestions are a great beginning for anyone concerned about supporting their brain health as they age.
A number of online sites suggest brain games to enhance focus and memory.  

Dr. Amen and other clinicians recommend changing your brain by learning new activities. If you've never played a musical instrument, pick one up and see what you can do. I was surprised to hear Dr. Amen recommend crocheting or knitting as a great brain exercise. These activities require co-ordination, which activates the cerebellum and turns on the rest of the brain. 
A promising development is the use of low level laser treatments to treat the brain. Vielight, a Canadian company specializing in photobiomodulation (PBM) has launched a new R&D center to analyze brain function. The company sells a nasal laser and a sophisticated NeuroPro device which includes both a nasal laser and a cap like device which utilizes multiple LEDs over the skull. Ongoing studies explore the use of these devices for the  prevention and treatment of dementia, and for modulation of mental states in general. 
There is so much one can do. Even the simple act of increasing exercise can have a profound positive effect on brain health. Don't' wait!
Read more about the medical services Dr. Connie offers  here:

Do You Remember?

OK. I came into the kitchen for a reason, I just can't remember what it was.  Let me look in the fridge.  Hmm. Nothing there rings a bell.  I wonder if I wanted something out of the cupboard?  No... what about the sink seems familiar?  Ah yes!  I remember... I need to take out the garbage....
Does the paragraph above describe early onset Alzheimer's or an episode of senile dementia?  The answer is, probably neither.  Episodes like this are common at any age, but more so in an unnaturally aging brain. That's right, I said that memory loss is NOT an inevitable part of the aging process.
The brain is capable of producing new brain cells at any age, so significant memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. Yes, yes, using your mind in a variety of ways helps keep it sharp.  But that's only part of the protective process.

Your lifestyle, health habits, and daily activities have a huge impact on the health of your brain. Whatever your age, there are many ways you can improve your cognitive skills, prevent memory loss, and protect your grey matter.

I had a patient the other day, a young man in his mid 30's, whose story was way too familiar.  He felt his memory was not what it used to be.  When I asked him how his sleep was, he replied that his job made inhuman demands on his energy and joie de vivre.  Working in the great pressure cooker that is Silicon Valley compromises even the strongest constitutions, no matter what the age.  In addition to job stress, relationship stress, loss of a loved one, change of residence - any stressful situation may impact memory function. Unmanaged stress and memory dysfunction are immortal partners.  
Other elements that impact memory function are anxiety and depression and the prescription pharmaceuticals prescribed to manage these conditions.  Alcohol abuse, recreational drugs, chronic infections, lack of exercise and sleep problems also decrease memory ability.
Notice that most of the things that affect memory result as a consequence of questionable life choices?  Here are seven strategies you can use to keep your memory quick and vibrant
1)    Examine your decision making process, especially the ways in which you manage stress. 

2)    Exercise every day.   Studies have shown that older people who do even mild exercise, like brisk walking, had far superior memory function than sedentary people. 

3)    Eat a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables --  leafy greens blueberries, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, carrots - you get the idea.  These rainbow foods are rich in antioxidants that protect our cells from free radical damage.

4)    Use supplements which may provide modest benefit with memory and cognition. These include fish oil , certain B vitamins, bioflavonoids, huperzine A vinpocetine , and acetyl-L-carnitine CoQ10  may help improve statin drug side-effects, including memory loss.Turmeric has also been shown to be excellent as it has powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory actions.  

5)     Do mental calisthenics.  To keep your brain sharp, many experts say, you need to exercise it regularly. Play scrabble. Do puzzles.  There are a few web sites that offer memory improvement games, is one.

6)   Develop habits which promote healthy s leep.  Healthy sleep patterns are crucial for cognitive performance especially.  memory. 
Seven hours of sleep each night is what experts agree upon.  

7)   Socialize regularly. Social interaction helps ward off depression and stress, both of which can contribute to memory loss. Look for opportunities to get together with loved ones, friends and others - especially if you live alone.
Unless you have organic or functional brain damage, there is no reason you cannot improve your memory function.  But it does take focus, and focus is yet one more memory-nourishing activity.
For more on Dr. Marcel's work click  HERE.


Meditation, Tai Ji and Qi Gong
for Mental/Emotional Balance

Anandini Wadera, L.Ac.

One of the many aspects of Chinese Medicine people can practice on their own is Meditation. It's a great way to maintain balance, health and awareness between acupuncture sessions and in general. 
The word "meditation" comes from the Latin word "meditari," which means to to think, contemplate, ponder, etc. But meditation practice comes in many different forms: Qi Gong, Tai Ji, Jing Zuo, Vipassana, Yoga, Seiza...and the list continues.
While Tai Ji meditation is often done standing, beginners should practice in a seated position. This meditation is for those who wish to quiet their minds. Here is a simple 15 minute exercise in sitting meditation if that is what calls to you:
  1.      Have a seat, either on the floor in a cross legged posture, or on a chair with both feet flat on      the ground.
  2.      Make sure your spine is long, like an invisible string is gently holding you up.
  3.      Feel the edges of your scalp, face and ears soften as you begin to relax.
  4.      Focus on breathing.
  5.     If while you are breathing, something pops into your head, acknowledge it and purposefully       return your attention to breathing.
Qi Gong might speak to those of us who prefer movement. Here is another simple exercise used to move and circulate the Liver Qi. In Chinese Medicine, the Liver Qi is often stagnated on account of all the stresses we take on and the overly scheduled lives we lead. By smoothing the Liver Qi, we help reduce stress and inflammation in the body.
  1.      Stand with your feet and legs a little wider than hip width            apart. Let your arms hang loosely to your sides.
  2.      Make sure your spine is long, like an invisible string is gently        holding you up.
  3.      Take a couple deep breaths in this position.
  4.      Now place your hands at your hips, with your palms facing up.      Your elbows will be pointed more toward the back than your          sides.
  5.      Keep your left palm at your hip and extend your right palm out      in front of you, almost like a "Stop" position. Pull your right palm back to the side of your hip      while extending your left palm out in front of you.
  6.      Do this 5-10 times. Make sure to take big, releasing breaths.
Hope you enjoy this mindful month as we slip into Autumn.

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.

Yoga Therapy...
How to Attain Vibrant Mental Health  and 
How Yoga Therapy Can Help

Adriana Buenaventure,  Ananda Certified Yoga Therapist
Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being.  It's about feeling well even when things don't go the way we want, even when we face health challenges or experience loss or instability of any kind whether it be financial instability, social, or emotional.  

On the other hand, a mental imbalance can show up as low self-esteem, insomnia, chronic pain disorders, depression, anxiety or constant worrying.  

Life happens, but how can we maintain a sense of emotional and mental balance, a sense of inner wellbeing that is independent of what happens to us?

On the one side, it's about the relationship with our emotional reactions.  As humans, we experience a variety of emotions such as fear, anxiety, anger, sadness or shame.  Yet if we learn to be and remain centered, we can gradually learn to detach from these and develop the resilience we need to shift and rise out of them instead of sinking into them.  Regulated breathing exercises, relaxation, and an appropiate yoga practice to your body constitution can help you with that.  But, what does the body have to do with mental health?

The body has an impact in our mind.

An interesting study conducted by Harvard and Columbia Business Schools concluded that "power-posing" has an almost immediate effect on the body's levels of hormones.  When the subjects of the study were asked to assume a 2-min position of power such as open chest or hand on waist (like wonder woman), the body's levels of testorone increased and cortisol decreased. For most us, who whose nervous systems are pushed into overdrive by the demands of our modern lifestyles, lowering cortisol is an important element to be brought back into balance.  And higher levels of testorene can be of help if what's needed is a boost in self-confidence.

On a similar note, the breath itself can impact the mind, it can help us handle strong emotions and recover from them. For example, anxiety can manifest itself in the mind as racing thoughts.  When a mind-calming breathing practice is executed, the mind slowly experiences a sense of slowing down, a sense of calmness that is induced by the movement of the breath and its effect on the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response). By contrast, when the anxious and restless body finds it hard to sit still and is placed in calming-inducing postures such as in yoga's child pose, it will help the body release excessive and restless energy. When we combine breathing, postures, and imagery, it produces an overall sense of calmness in the mind, bringing the individual to their optimal state of mental health.

Whether you are experiencing the ocassional worry or gloom, yoga therapy can give you life-long tools to return to your balanced self and attain vibrant mental health. It will help you become more body and mind aware, more relaxed, and more centered within yourself in the present moment. You will open yourself to a new world where a connection with a deeper and more fulfilling part of you resides.

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Adriana Buenaventura will offer private yoga therapy sessions at Pacific Naturopathic starting in October.  Please phone to schedule and for more information.  650-961-1660.

Mind/Body Connection
Maintaining Vibrant Mental Health

Connie Hernandez, N.D.
For many years now, it has been apparent and accepted that the mind can influence the body. Proving the placebo effect, patients told they are receiving a legitimate medicine, but receiving instead a non medicine, respond as though they had received the actual medicine.  Patients with viral conditions (which do not respond to antibiotics) often improve when given an antibiotic which they themselves firmly believe is necessary to their recovery. In one study, patients with knee pain improved whether a pseudo surgery or an indicated surgery were performed. Patients who believe that they will be harmed by a treatment or that they will die from a condition in a matter of months, regularly experience ill effects and die on schedule. This is the mind influencing the body.
Recently, there has been an upsurge in attention given to the body's influence on the mind.  Most women are well aware that an imbalance of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone can wreak havoc with emotions.  Premenstrual dysmorphic disorder (PMS to the nth degree) is a diagnosis describing debilitating moods as the hormones change at the end of the menstrual cycle. In menopause, crashing levels of estrogen and progesterone may cause volatile mood swings, anxiety, or depression.  (A bumper sticker I recently spotted states "I'm menopausal and I've got a gun") 
People are less aware, but becoming much more aware, of the role of microbes in causing or contributing to neuropsychiatric conditions. The gut and brain are in communication with each other. At least 3.3 million known genes are encoded by the microbiome, mediating genetic expression and epigenetic effects. Gut microbiome imbalances are a treatable cause of a number of mental health conditions.  Imbalances are implicated in autism, Alzheimers, schizophrenia. Specific probiotics have been shown to decrease anxiety and improve problem solving. Animal models demonstrate that fecal transplants can modulate behavior.
Infectious Diseases are another cause of mental and behavioral disturbances.  Lyme co-infections such as Bartonella, Babesiosis and Brucellosis have many psychiatric symptoms. Borrelia is found in brain plaques in Alzheimers patients. Fungal infections are also implicated in neurologic conditions. Children with PANDAS (pediatric autoimmune neuropsychiatric disorders associated with strep) exhibit sudden bizarre behavioral syndromes subsequent to streptococcal infections. Though psychiatric meds are used in these situations, the child will not be well until the underlying infection is treated.
Autoimmunity and inflammation from any number of sources can radically alter neuropsychiatric status, impacting cognition and neuroplasticity, and causing neurodegeneration and psychiatric disorders. The book Brain on Firetells a horrifying tale of the autoimmune destruction of normal behavior patterns in a previously well person. 
All of which is to say that our minds can be disturbed by any number of bodily processes. All the counseling in the world and all of the prescriptions of neuropsychiatric drugs, though sometimes necessary and even lifesaving, will not heal the mind if the underlying bodily imbalances are not addressed. Addressing these issues is the new frontier of psychiatry.

Read more about Dr. Connie's work HERE

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

For Sale in our clinic...

Collagen Protein -- 
Does it Protect the Brain Against Alzheimer's?

At Pacific Naturopathic, we have long promoted collagen protein as perhaps the best protein powder supplement one can take.  

Collagen is the largest and most abundant protein in the body, making up about 30 to 35% of the total protein. Collagen is in every tissue of the body and is the connective tissue in structures such as eyes, skin, hair, nails, bones, lungs, heart and liver. It is often referred to as the glue that holds the body together.  Now, studies indicate that collagen May Help Protect Brain Against Alzheimer's Disease. 

Bulletproof™ Collagen protein makes it easy to get the same vital amino acids found in bone broth without the time-consuming preparation. And because collagen is flavorless and blends in quickly without clumps, it's one of the easiest ways to add a protein boost to smoothies and soups.   Collagen contains glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline, the three amino acids the body uses to manufacture its own collagen.

What does collagen do, exactly?

1) Smoother, more hydrated skin
Skin and connective tissue contain special cells called fibroblasts that manufacture collagen. They can crank it out as long as they have plenty of glycine, proline, and hydroxyproline. The best way to get those amino acids is hydrolyzed collagen, which has been broken down so it's more bioavailable.   Hydrolyzed collagen:
  • Improves skin elasticity.
  • Decreases skin cracking.
  • Helps smooth out wrinkles.
  • Increases fibroblast density, a marker of healthy, elastic skin.
  • Increases skin moisture.
2) Stronger joints
Collagen can also strengthen joints, increasing their resilience. Several studies have found that taking hydrolyzed collagen decreases joint pain after exercise and makes joints more flexible. 

Collagen is also a great hack for endurance athletes, particularly if the preferred exercise is tough on joints. Long-distance running is the worst offender. Most sports take their toll, as can heavy lifting.

3) Faster recovery
Collagen is the main protein the body recruits to help build everything from the connective tissue in skin to the tendons that attach muscles to bone. It works well for several reasons:
  • Collagen forms a flexible matrix, covering new tissue while still allowing it to move. It acts as a sort of scaffold that holds everything together so other cells can rebuild.
  • It helps keep tissue clean.
  • It can assimilate with surrounding tissue, helping to bring pieces of tissue together.
The body's collagen needs go up when injured. If recovering from something, try taking 10g of collagen or Collagelatin™ 2-3 times per day.

Available in our office for $40.00

I.V. Therapy For Anxiety


Situational anxiety is most often  caused by new situations or changing events. It can also be caused by various events that make that particular individual uncomfortable. Its occurrence is very common, and once the particular situation passes, anxiety most often disappears.  

Constitutional, or chronic anxiety, persists beyond any external situation and may be uncontrollable. In conventional medicine, pharmaceutical drugs are the typical approach.  In the functional medicine which we practice at Pacific Naturopathic, we use a number of approaches to help our patients deal with the profound effects of anxiety.  Chief among these is our anti-anxiety intravenous therapy formula. Administered on a weekly basis, the formula can dull the edge of the anxiety and allow anxiety  sufferers to experience life with less of a burden.

The intravenous therapy  formula for treating anxiety is rich in soothing antioxidants, amino acids, minerals and vitamins and is easily administered in comfortable surroundings in less than two hours.  

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.

Is Hypnosis About Mind Control?

Jane 2013

As a certified clinical hypnotist I can assuredly say No...and Yes. I don't mean to confuse you but that's the truth.
No, it isn't --  Well, it's important to know that you can't be hypnotized without wanting to. Also, while in hypnosis you can't be made to do anything that goes against what you want or believe. That's why it is often said,  All hypnosis is self hypnosis.So forget about being made to cluck like a chicken...unless, of course, it's something you yearn to do.
Yes, it is -- Controlling your mind through hypnosis is something you can do...if you want. There are many reasons you might want to. For example:
* Reducing pain
* Phobia elimination
* Stop smoking
* Weight loss
* Stopping fears
* Pre-surgery
The list goes on because so much of our physical and emotional expression is under the control of the mind - even when you don't realize it. 
Let me use a recent example of a fellow hypnotist to make this point. Even though he's very good at helping people with their own mind/body problems, he was subject to some very painful and worrisome back pain this year. At the end of August he had an MRI of his lower back to confirm what was going on. You know what it was??? NOTHING! Or rather, let me rephrase that - Stress.  Yes, just the drugstore variety stress, too much on his plate. 
When the spine doctor told him that the MRI indicated he was in great shape much of the pain let go. Why was that?
It was about BeliefHe believed something was wrong and convinced his body that his old herniated disc was now pushing on a nerve and woe is he. The worst part is that he actually knows better. Now he is working more closely and honestly with his mind and body and getting better and stronger.
Doctors estimate that 85% of office visits are the result of stress. Yes, life has stress and it is unavoidable but  there are many ways to control our daily stress, we just have to use them. Believe me, it's a worthy use of time.
When you find yourself stressing about the same thing over and over again it's time to find a way to reduce it or it may eventually affect your body, your temperament, your life. 
Hypnosis is not going to solve the situation of a problem boss, spouse, child or illness. But it will change your perception of the problem or help you dig out the root in yourself.  And once you are able to change your mind, your body reaps the reward too.
And let me be clear, it's not the hypnosis that heals your body. The body heals itself but hypnosis helps engage the mind to allow this to happen.  Get your mind on board and even miracles can happen. There are no guarantees but neuroscience research is reaffirming the power of the mind.  So maybe it's time to realize that you are the super hero of your own life.

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

About food:
A Recipe for Brain Health: 
Quinoa, Orange and Almond Salad

Quinoa is ideal for vegetarians, vegans or anyone who simply wants to eat less meat and meat products. Adding chickpeas, almonds, greens and oranges, provide not only color, flavor and texture, these "super foods" supply nutrients to support a "Healthy Brain."

2 15 oz cans mandarin oranges, in its own juice, all but ¼ cup juice drained and discarded
1 cup quinoa 
¼ cup fresh mint, loosely chopped
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
15 oz canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained thoroughly
1/3 cup chopped almonds 
¼ cup dried cranberries
1 tsp minced garlic (about 1 clove)
4 cups kale or greens, chopped
2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
¼ tsp black pepper

  1. Bring 2 cups of water to a boil. Add 1 cup quinoa, cover, and let simmer over low heat for about 15-20 minutes. Let cool.
  2. Add the mandarin oranges, mint, chickpeas, nuts, dried cranberries, and greens.
  3. In a separate dish, combine the vinegar, garlic, pepper, olive oil and the reserved ¼ cup juice from the mandarin oranges. Pour dressing over the quinoa mixture. Toss lightly. Serve chilled.
  4. Make six servings
Breast Thermography at
Pacific Naturopathic
- There is only one diagnostic procedure for breast cancer -


I often hear the comment that breast thermograms, as opposed to mammograms, cannot accurately diagnose breast cancer. 

The diagnostic procedure for breast cancer is breast biopsy. Not mammograms nor thermograms nor ultrasound nor MRIs diagnose breast cancer These imaging techniques each have their place and are complementary to each other. A unique benefit of thermography is that thermal risk ratings highlight areas of heat and vascular change, indicating the need to treat the physiologic change before it becomes the anatomic change which a mammogram might be able to detect.

Read more about 
breast  thermography  at
Pacific Naturopathic   here.

Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii: 

Calm and lovely through late summer storms

Check Future Openings 
(then click on "Calendar")

Watching for whales from our famous "bench on the hill"

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? 

Thanks to all those who have voiced their concerns about our retreat center on the Big Island of Hawaii.  We are very grateful to report that our area (Honokaa) has not been directly affected by the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. The hurricanes have brushed by the Island, bringing lots of rain and some flooding, but otherwise no major damage.  We pray this remains so as hurricane season is still brewing up storms.
Hawaii is a BIG island. You can experience the snow on Mauna Kea, drop down to a sunny beach, and drive through wind and rain all in a morning. If the weather doesn't please you in one location, you can drive a relatively short distance to transform your experience. 
Come and experience for yourself the extravagant and varied natural beauty. Check the calendar for open dates at Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center. The View House serves as a vacation house, with the private spa  reserved for you,  your family, your traveling companions. 
C heck 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. 

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.

A Shopper's Guide to 
the Best Anti-Cancer Foods

The world's food supply has changed drastically. It is almost certain that lurking in any given household are products that in previous generations would not have passed for food. The problem has gone beyond food additives and contamination as corporations are allowed to create "food" in a lab using things nature never intended us to eat. That same food is being shown to potentially cause health issues, and in some cases, even cancer. This article will cover the basics regarding genetically modified foods, the best ways to avoid them, and  how to find and shop for the most nutritious, anti-cancer foods .

Time-Restricted Eating 
& Breast Cancer Prevention (video)

Terry Henderson

In this video you'll learn more about time restricted eating and how that affects your health. Dr. Ruth Patterson discusses how not eating during an 11-hour window can decrease breast cancer and recurrence by as much as 36%.

Dr. Ruth also discusses about a study that found that people who ate dinner before 9pm or waited at least 2 hrs before going to sleep had a 20% lower risk of heart diseases and prostate cancer.

Why Are Doctors Rushing Patients Into Conventional Cancer Treatments? (video)

Dr. Bita Badakhshan

They're the most dreaded words you'll ever hear...

"You've got cancer."

And it's this fear that can allow doctors to rush you into treatment.

That's why you'll want to see the video in the link below that gives you the truth about that diagnosis and what you really need to do if you ever get it. Helping you make the right decision with a clear, calm mind..

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) * 650-961-1665 (f)

In This Issue

* NEW: Saturday morning hours: Next Myers Cocktail party September 22.

* Dr. Connie muses: brain health

* Dr. Marcel: do you remember?

* Anandini: meditation, tai ji and qi gong for mental balance

* Adriana: Yoga therapy for vibrant mental health

mind/body connection maintaining mental health

* Our recommended product: collagen protein

* IV therapy: anti-anxiety formula

* Jane H: Is hypnosis about mind control?

About food: Recipe for brain health

  * Breast thermography

 * Hawaii retreat: calm amidst the storms
Hernandez Center: News and Commentary on Cancer Topics
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* What we offer at the Hernandez Center

A Shopper's Guide to 
the Best Anti-Cancer Foods
Time-Restricted Eating 
& Breast Cancer Prevention

Why Are Doctors Rushing Patients Into Conventional Cancer Treatments?

*Other IV therapies offered in our clinic

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The Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care
1580 W. El Camino Real, Suite 7 Mountain View, CA 94040
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