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

Number 169 • September 2023


Cancer Update #2: News and Therapies

COVID Rules for Patient Visits

Dear friends,

If you are even slightly symptomatic or have tested COVID positive in the past 10 days, please do not come to the clinic seeking care. We are not first responders and patients coming to the clinic for IV therapy or in-person appointments must be protected. Thank you for observing this important rule.

We are following the protocols as set by Sutter Health.

  • We are still offering either in-person patient visits or consultations via Zoom or FaceTime. Your choice.
  • Masks are required in the clinic. No more temperature checks upon arrival.
  • Intravenous therapy is still being offered to non-symptomatic patients in our office. New IV patients are also welcomed.

Please phone for information: 650-961-1660


What this newsletter is about...

This is a follow-up to last month's update on cancer.

Is cancer news important? Last month's update on recent cancer developments and how we practice at Pacific Naturopathic had the highest open rate of all our many years of newsletters -- 55 percent! We normally have a 50 percent open rate. The national average open rate for newsletters is 15 percent. We also know that many of our newsletters go directly to the subscriber's span box and are thus never read. Why are so many people interested in cancer news?

For one thing, cancer is at epidemic proportions. Between 2015 and 2020 the world cancer rate increased by 57 percent. A greater number of young people are contracting cancer than ever before. Most of us have someone close to us who have been touched by cancer. What's going on? What's fueling the epidemic? We could point to lots of causative factors.

Processed foods. EMFs. Toxic chemicals everywhere (over 100,000 that have not been tested for safety). Genetic damage. Foods that are bereft of vitamins, minerals and enzymes due to agribusiness practices. High levels of stress. On and on...

In this month's Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter, Dr. Connie begins by musing on a variety of options utilized in cancer screening; Dr. Marcel offers a cancer update gleaned from conventional medical channels; Dr. Cox follows with two articles on the use of ozone and UV light in cancer therapy; Dr. Connie presents a short version of the adjunctive cancer care options available at Pacific Naturopathic; Dr. Marcel returns with a discussion of Salicinium, a new therapy offered at the clinic; Dr. Shelmire's article on her homeopathic work is reprinted; and Jane H. discusses her effective approach to smoking cessation. Jane is also skilled in working with other habit patterns and tapes that play in consciousness that are less than uplifting.

You will also find our usual columns on thermography, our Hawaii vacation rental, the wonders of the Myers cocktail, medical humor, inspiration and more.



Dr. Marcel's new book on prostate cancer is now available! Scroll down to read more about it!


Of course, you'll find our regular updates on our Hawaii vacation rental, thermography, health products we like and the wonderful Myers Cocktail. Humor and and inspiration also have their own regular places in the newsletter.


Think happy, healthy thoughts!

Find opportunities for laughter!

Express love and appreciation often!

Smile when you read this!

Dr. Connie, Dr. Marcel, Dr. Cox, Dr. Shelmire, Jane,

Anandini, Bridget, Gabe and Marina

Your Pacific Naturopathic Team

About Pacific Naturopathic

Pacific Naturopathic is a true, old-style family business. We've been serving in California since 1993. Dr. Marcel and Dr. Connie are the docs, their son, Gabe, is systems manager, Gabe's wife, Marina, is the thermography tech, Dr. Marcel's sister, Jane, is our mind/body specialist and our 3-year-old grandson, Quinn, (pictured here) is the minister of joy. Recently, Dr. Cox and Dr. Shelmire have joined the extended family.

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Our doctors have years of experience in helping provide information to our patients to help them make informed choices on which path to pursue.  We are experts in evidence-based alternative and adjunctive cancer care.  

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Serving the Bay Area since 1993. Experience counts in the field of medicine. We have also shared our knowledge by mentoring many other doctors over the years.
Dr. Marcel's just published book....

An Integrative Approach to Treating Prostate Cancer
by Dr. Marcel Hernandez, ND
• What is a prostate and what does it do?
• Is a prostate biopsy safe?
• What does the Gleason score mean?
• How is the PSA interpreted?
• What new therapies are available for treating prostate cancer?
• Is surgery the right approach for me?
• What are the side effects of conventional therapies for prostate cancer?
• What evidence-based natural treatments are available for prostate cancer?
This is a must-have book for men with prostate cancer, for their caretakers, for health care providers and anyone seeking to understand how an integrative approach combining both conventional and  alternative therapies to treating cancer offers far better outcomes.

Available from Amazon HERE

Dr. Connie's musings...

Cancer Screening


by Dr. Connie Hernandez, ND

In the best of all possible worlds, the norm would be to teach the dietary and lifestyle changes that help prevent cancer. We would screen to discern which changes an individual might make to prevent cancer, rather than simply screening to detect cancer.

JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) published an article recently entitled “Estimated Lifetime Gained With Cancer Screening Tests: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Clinical Trials." The study concludes that most common cancer screening tests have not been shown to extend lifetime, with the exception of colorectal cancer screening with sigmoidoscopy”.  

Included in the analysis were other methods of colorectal screening, mammography for breast cancer, PSA for prostate cancer, and computed tomography to screen smokers and former smokers for lung cancer.

The inherent problems in these methods are over-diagnosis and the potential of over-treatment. The  diagnostics themselves can potentially cause harm (such as radiation exposure with frequent mammograms). The patient is further compromised by damaging treatments that may not have been necessary. 

Fortunately, there are tests that are useful. These tests can contribute to changing things before cancer occurs.

It is possible to treat the HPV viruses that are known to increase cervical cancer. PAP smears indicate dysplastic changes before cancer occurs, and HPV typing sorts out the problematic HPV viruses.  Increasingly, underlying viral issues are related to cancer risk. Viral tests can indicate whether particular viruses are an issue for a patient. Viruses can then be eradicated in the hopes of preventing the occurrence of cancer. Breast thermography detects metabolic changes that indicate when preventive breast health measures would be useful. With regards to prostate cancer, while conventional medicine tends to simply measure total PSA, the combination of total PSA, free PSA and percentage of free PSA is far more predictive. In addition, using an individual’s initial values as a baseline, and comparing that patient’s values over time is far more useful. 

Increasingly, cancer antigens such as the CA125 for ovarian cancer and CEA for colon cancer are available, though they tend to be more useful for tracking cancer than for preventing (or diagnosing) cancer. 

Even comprehensive bloodwork is useful when considering risk. Low vitamin D is correlated with many cancers. Precipitous drops in cholesterol without dietary or lifestyle change or meds to lower cholesterol can indicate developing problems. Altered ratios of neutrophils and lymphocytes also point to issues needing to be addressed. Panels like the Pacific Naturopathic Wellness Panel include parameters such as these, plus inflammatory values. Repeating the panel on an annual basis allows the comparison of values, you to you. Addressing issues before they become manifest in physical form is vital to cancer prevention.

When considering hormonal cancers, urinary testing of estrogen and other hormonal metabolites can give us a picture of overproduction of inflammatory or pro carcinogenic metabolites. These pathways can be altered when we know they are an issue, thus preventing the development of pathology.

Even without potential screening tests, we do know what it takes to help prevent cancer from occurring. Dietary and lifestyle modification are extremely powerful medicine! They extend quality of life and length of life as well.


Dr.Connie: 650-961-1660

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The Myers Cocktail has been around for more than 40 years and is the most popular IV cocktail in our clinic. Read this detailed information sheet and you will see why.

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Please phone 650-961-1660 for more information. A full description of our intravenous therapy offerings is available HERE

Cancer Update:  New Info from Conventional

Medical Channels 


Marcel Hernandez, N.D.

Immunologist wins 'Breakthrough Prize' for innovative cancer treatment

Perhaps the greatest difficulty in treating cancer is that cancer cells develop mechanisms to hide from the body's immune system. Immunotherapy is an approach to treating cancer that enables the immune system to identify and destroy cancer cells. In early September, a French Canadian immunologist, Michel Sadelain, was recognized for his pioneering work in CAR T-cell therapy, a new form of immunotherapy treatment that has shown exceptional efficacy against blood cancers like multiple myeloma. In the treatment, patients' own T-cells are collected, modified outside the body, then infused back into the blood, creating a so-called "living drug." Although the mechanism of action of the therapy creates many profound side effects, there is hope that the principles of CAR-T cell therapy treatment can be refined and made safe for future use.

My Comment:  I think that immunotherapy is the wave of the future. In chemotherapy, a drug is used to try to kill the cancer. Unfortunately, other cells in the body are also negatively affected. In immunotherapy, drug therapy is used to try to get the patient's own immune system to recognize and destroy the tumor. At present, these drugs are as equally dangerous as chemotherapy drugs. Also, the cost of CAR-T cell therapy is an unsustainable $500,000 and higher. There is something to be said about the disadvantages of a for-profit health care system. Full article HERE.

This type of ginger could have powerful anti-cancer properties

Kencur, a plant in the ginger family, grows in the tropics and is especially popular in Indonesia where it is used in food and drinks.

Now scientists from Osaka Metropolitan University in Japan have discovered its main active ingredient, known as EMC, suppresses cancer growth. Using EMC, or ethyl p-methoxycinnamate, extracted from the ginger, they discovered it works at a cellular level to regulate protein expression in cancer.

My Comment:  I have often been asked why I chose naturopathic medicine instead of conventional medicine as my path of service. To make a long answer short: I believe that God put everything we need to heal ourselves on the planet. Our job is to align with God through his creation. Discovering what has already been provided is the path. Of course, there is very little profit to be made in already existing herbal and natural remedies so there isn't a great research incentive, like there is in the immunotherapy procedure described above. Full article HERE.

Prostate cancer: A new type of radiation treatment limits risk of side effects

A new technique called stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) can focus precisely targeted beams of high-dose radiation on a tumor from almost any direction. This means less collateral damage to tissues near the target organ. The entire course of therapy requires only five individual treatments over two weeks, making SBRT more convenient than earlier low-dose methods that require more visits to the clinic. The treatment relies on specialized types of medical imaging scans that allow doctors to visualize where cancer exists in the body.

My Comment:  As a naturopathic doctor, I often cringe when one of my patients announces that they have decided to do a few sessions of radiation. The side effects of radiation range from mild and tolerable to brutal. I am totally confident that we will one day find the key that unlocks the cure to all cancers. At that time, chemotherapy and radiation will be considered in the same light that bloodletting is looked at now -- a barbaric procedure that weakened the life force instead of enhancing it. Full article HERE.

Starch in Green Bananas May Slash Risk of Some Cancers by Over 60%, Study Finds

New research shows that those who prefer eating green bananas might be receiving some major anti-cancer benefits – even if that cancer is hereditary. In a study, researchers at the Universities of Newcastle and Leeds have identified a starch in unripe bananas that has the potential to reduce the risk of certain cancers by more than 60%. This marks the first trial that has highlighted a diet supplement that could potentially prevent hereditary cancer. 

My Comment:  Again, as mentioned above, we are just starting to realize the profound connection between diet and cancer prevention and cure. There are many different kinds of bananas and although they all belong to the same family, their tastes and health-promoting characteristics vary. The least useful is the high-sugar variety most common in supermarket produce sections. Full story HERE.

The advent of bacteria that can detect if a tumor is developing and destroy it

Recently, a team of researchers from the universities of San Diego (United States) and Adelaide (Australia) presented a study in the journal Science in which genetically modified bacteria were used to detect tumor DNA in the intestines of mice. This function could be incorporated into other projects, which have managed to send bacteria — modified to carry therapeutic payloads — into solid tumors. In this way, researchers were able to breach the barriers that tumors use to protect themselves from the immune system and directly apply medications, which has been a longstanding challenge.

My Comment: For decades the focus of cancer research has been on developing ever more toxic drugs to try to kill cancer cells. The problem has always been that chemotherapy often kills the patient while trying to kill the cancer. Some recent research has shifted to getting the immune system to recognize cancer cells. Introducing exogenous genetically modified bacteria into the body is extremely risky with potential long-term effects that cannot be determined by the usual three-stage drug testing mechanisms currently in place. Full article HERE.


Dr. Marcel: 650-961-1660


The Profound Effect of Ozone/UV (O3UV) on

Viruses and Cancer

Dr. Brian Cox, ND


Can UVO3 (Ozone/UV) really help cancer patients?

This question has been asked of me many times. Another question is how does it do this? Well, it’s time to answer these questions. However, I will have to say the "how" does involve some basic biology, but I will keep it simple here.

In previous talks and articles, I have explained my approach to using O3UV to help the body deal with a high viral load from various hidden viruses, like Epstein-Barr Virus. EBV has been shown to be linked to many cancers and cancer symptoms by the CDC.

Basic facts known about most cancer cells vs normal cells.

Most people know that cancer cells are rapidly growing cells. Most cancer cells require lots of glucose (and no oxygen) to grow and reproduce more cancer cells. In fact, most cancer cells hate oxygen and purposely create the perfect oxygen-free environment to grow and reproduce. This is done by leaking a chemical in and around the cancerous cell called "Hyperbolic Ischemic Factor" (HIF). When HIF gets into the surrounding normal (non-cancer) cells, it creates a low-oxygen environment facilitating cancer growth into healthy tissues.

There are other important characteristics that cancer cells tend to exhibit when we are addressing Ozone/UV actions. In addition to always being super hungry and hating oxygen, cancer cells like a high acidic state inside and outside the cell and a low production of ATP (cellular fuel). ATP, part of the body's energy production system, also causes apoptosis (cell death) in cancer cells.  

Before explaining how this therapy can help, we first need to understand an important part of how a cell can become cancerous in the first place.

Cells have many small engines (mitochondria) inside of them (like your car engine or battery) that produce energy for the cell to do its work.  When the mitochondria are functioning efficiently and at full capacity, it is almost impossible for a cell to become cancerous or malfunction. Malfunctioning mitochondria are the first manifestations of a chronic illness. Normally functioning mitochondria can produce 36ATP whereas cancerous cells only 2ATP per glucose molecule.  This makes it hard for apoptosis (cell death) to occur in cancer cells.

The O3UV Effect

Autohemotherapy is the injection of medical grade ozone gas into blood drawn from a patient. The ozone is allowed to mix with the blood for a period of time and then intravenously infused back into the same patient. Ozone with UV in autohemotherapy can hyper-oxygenate tissue both inside and outside cells with energized oxygen molecules. I mentioned above that cancer cells hate oxygen and do not thrive well in a high and exited oxygen state. When the surrounding normal cells adjacent to the cancer cells get into a hyper-oxygenated state, they build a strong resistance to being affected by the HIF chemical needed for the spread of cancer. This therapeutic effect may increase over time with the more treatments you have in a smaller window of time.

O3UV has an even more important effect on the little powerhouses that are the mitochondria.  Ozone has been used for many years in the water treatment and food preserving industries for its effect on managing the damage caused by lactic acid and other acids. These industries have learned to use ozone to turn a potentially toxic chemical into a useful antimicrobial. Well, the same happens inside your body with O3UV.   The combination of ozonated blood that has been passed through UV light not only disinfects the blood with an antimicrobial effect but also excites the cells and molecules to carry and spread the therapeutic message throughout your body. The mitochondria have been shown to be rinsed of inflammatory factors like excessive lactic acid that inhibit their normal, healthy processes. This simple stimulation of the mitochondria to work better has been shown to modulate the immune system to function more efficiently and turn on inactive mitochondria. This is important in that organs like the heart and kidneys that have an increased number of functioning mitochondria in their cells will function more efficiently. Doing a session of O3UV therapy immediately before therapies like intravenous Vitamin C can enhance the effectiveness of the added therapy as the body is prepped at a heightened state of functioning.

Please call the office to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Cox to assess whether you are a candidate for O3UV.

Schedule with Dr. Cox at 650-961-1660

Ozone Therapy: Effective and Safe -- Now Available at Pacific Naturopathic


by Brian Cox, ND
When you hear the word “ozone,” you may immediately think of the ozone layer in our atmosphere that protects us from the ultraviolet radiation from the sun. The sun’s ultraviolet rays are what create ozone (O3). 

Ozone is an energized form of oxygen which contains three atoms of oxygen rather than the two we normally breathe. Ozone is the second most powerful sterilizer in the world and can be used to destroy bacteria, viruses and odors. Interestingly, ozone occurs quite readily in nature, most often as a result of lightning strikes that occur during thunderstorms. In fact, the “fresh, clean, spring rain” smell that we notice after a storm most often results from the creation of ozone. 

How does ozone work?

The third oxygen atom of ozone makes it extremely reactive, and it readily attaches itself to other molecules. When contaminants such as bacteria or viruses make contact with ozone, the ozone creates a minuscule hole in the cell wall. After the ozone breaches the cell wall, the bacteria are unable to survive. This process is called “oxidation.” Once used, ozone reverts to oxygen, making it a very environmentally friendly oxidant. 

Isn’t ozone a pollutant?

Unlike stratospheric ozone, which forms naturally in the upper atmosphere and protects us from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, ground-level (or tropospheric) ozone is created through the interactions of both human-made and natural emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and nitrogen oxide (NOx) in the presence of heat and sunlight. Cars and gasoline-burning engines are significant sources of VOCs, which also come from consumer products such as paints, insecticides, and cleaners, as well as industrial solvents and chemical manufacturing. NOx, the other chemical precursor of ozone, is produced whenever we burn fossil fuels, primarily by motor vehicles and power plants. The sun’s direct ultraviolet rays convert these emissions into ground-level ozone, which is unhealthy to breathe.

Is ozone safe?

Ozone is safe when used under the right circumstances. However, if the proper safety measures are not in place, then high concentrations of ozone in the air can cause health problems. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), has stipulated that the allowable safe level of residual ozone is 0.1 ppm. Note that this permissible exposure limit (PEL) is for continuous exposure throughout an entire eight-hour day. If you start to cough when around ozone, there is too much ozone in the air, and you should remove yourself from the location or properly ventilate while remedying the cause of ozone in the air. Do keep in mind that it takes an extended period at very elevated levels to cause irritation to the lungs. 

How is medical ozone produced?

There are two methods of producing ozone: ultraviolet (UV) and corona discharge. Corona discharge creates ozone by applying high-voltage to a metallic grid sandwiched between two dielectrics. The voltage passes through the dielectric to a grounded screen/ plate and in the process, creates ozone from oxygen present in the chamber. UV light creates ozone when a wavelength of 254 nanometers (nm) hits an oxygen atom. Both processes split oxygen molecules into single oxygen atoms (O). These atoms combine with another oxygen molecule (O2 ) to form ozone (O3 ), which physicians then use medically.

Why is Ozone therapy so effective with many issues, especially patients with cancer?

Dr. Cox believes that Ozone therapy is so effective for patients with cancer and many aliments because it helps to deal with the root causes of disease. For example, his experience as well as research has shown ozone therapy to be effective with helping to lower viral loads in patients. He has seen a correlation that when patient’s viral load(s) are significantly reduced, symptoms like cancer are also reduced or may even disappear in many patients. He finds that when patients are screened for viruses that have a correlation with various issues and some cancers, it is especially important to have their viral load tracked along with the relief of their symptoms for efficacy. Call our office to learn more or set up an appointment.

To schedule with Dr. Cox: 650-961-1660

Cancer Adjunctive Care Options at

Pacific Naturopathic

by Connie Hernandez, ND


Cancer treatment is multifactorial. At Pacific Naturopathic, we offer a number of different diagnostic approaches and adjunctive treatments. 

First time patients, particularly with estrogen related cancers such as breast, uterine, colon cancer or malignant melanoma, will often be sent first to Dr. Connie. Dr. Connie assesses basic bodily functions with the Pacific Naturopathic Wellness Panel, and hormonal metabolism issues with a comprehensive urine test. Evaluation of the intestinal microbiome may also be involved. In addition, diet, lifestyle, and emotional and spiritual well-being are addressed.

If a patient is going into surgery or radiation, protocols are built to reduce side effects and optimize the efficacy of the treatment. If a patient is already on a conventional treatment protocol, Dr. Connie will help the patient understand what nutrients or botanicals are indicated or contra-indicated with their medication. She also helps with general naturopathic medicine for issues that occur during cancer, but are not cancer (things like digestive upset, insomnia, anxiety, supplements in general). Patients who have been treated for breast cancer often opt for thermographic analysis in addition to the conventional testing and Dr. Connie evaluates these results. 

After visiting Dr. Connie, you will most likely be referred to Dr. Marcel or to Dr. Cox. Dr. Marcel specializes in cancer treatment, particularly prostate cancer, though he sees patients with all types of cancer. (See ad in this newsletter for the book he has published on prostate cancer).

Dr. Marcel focuses on IV treatments, typically beginning with the very well researched vitamin C IV protocols for cancer, which are tailored to individuals as they move through the program. In addition to IV Vitamin C, Dr. Marcel may advise injectable mistletoe. He is currently assessing the utility of Salicinium in the treatment of cancer and has provided Salicinium to a number of patients and is waiting for results that confirm the positive benefits which have been realized in research studies.

Other IV treatments for cancer patients may include therapies for issues that arise during conventional treatment. Various IVs are designed to treat neuropathies, fatigue, malnutrition.  Patients are monitored with cancer antigens, comprehensive metabolic profiles, CBCs and other relevant lab values. 

Although Dr. Cox uses the same types of IVs in his treatment protocols as Dr. Marcel, Dr. Cox also specializes in I.V. ozone treatment for cancer. This treatment relies on the research that many cancers develop in response to particular viruses. The ozone treatments are anti-viral, and response can be measured by pre and post viral testing. See Dr. Cox's explanation of ozone therapy in this newsletter. As we relocate to a larger space (coming soon!!!), he hopes to incorporate detoxification protocols for all Pacific Naturopathic patients.

Dr. Shelmire, like Dr. Connie, offers general naturopathic medicine, with a specialty in homeopathy, and can provide adjunctive homeopathic treatment for cancer. Dr. Krystal particularly loves pediatric care, and homeopathic care is well tolerated and quite beneficial for children. Dr. Krystal also is training to be our new thermography technician, as Marina has found a position in her primary area of interest.

When emotional issues are at the forefront, we refer to Jane Hernandez (now offering video consults from her new home in Sonoma). Jane is a specialist in Emotional Freedom Technique and hypnotherapy. These treatments can work with underlying energetic imbalance, and train the body to positive response.

Last, but not least, acupuncture is a phenomenal adjunctive choice for cancer patients. We refer to Anandini Wadera, who has much experience in women’s health and with cancer patients.

These are but a few of the options for adjunctive cancer care offered at Pacific Naturopathic.  


Dr. Connie: 650-961-1660



Salicinium Adjunctive Cancer Treatment Program at Pacific Naturopathic

-- Safe, Non-Toxic, Effective --

by Marcel Hernandez, ND


At Pacific Naturopathic, we have been studying cancer and treating cancer patients for many years. In the past two or three years, we have noticed that whether using adjunctive therapy (as we do at Pacific Naturopathic) or conventional therapy, cancer is increasingly difficult to get under control.  Environmental challenges such as EMFs (5G), long term side effects of pesticide and herbicide use, toxicity from synthetic materials, untreated surreptitious viral and bacterial infections and other assaults have become prominent factors affecting cancer treatment. Achieving disease-free survival has become more difficult.

In a correctly-functioning immune system, cells that are mutated or damaged are recognized and destroyed. Cancer cells have multiple ways of evading that immune destruction, and one of those ways is through an enzyme called nagalase.  Nagalase is secreted by cancer cells, and it allows those cells to hide from the immune system and avoid destruction. Nagalase is sometimes referred to as cancer cells’ “cloak of invisibility.”  Simply put, salicinium works by shutting down the cellular production of nagalase so the immune system can recognize and destroy the cancer. 


An important fact is that, unlike chemotherapy, salicinium promotes the destruction of cancer cells while leaving healthy cells intact. Studies show that salicinium can also increase the efficacy of chemotherapy or radiation by making cancer cells more susceptible to these treatments  and can also helping lessen the side effects from these treatments. 


Salicinium also helps boost the immune system by activating certain immune cells, such as natural killer cells (NK cells), which play a key role in identifying and destroying cancer cells. This partly explains salicinium’s benefit in many chronic illnesses, including lyme disease. 


Cancer, lyme disease and many other chronic illnesses can shut down cellular energy production. This decrease in energy production impacts every other system and can manifest as fatigue, weight loss, insomnia, anxiety, depression, poor wound healing, poor digestion, impaired detoxification, chronic pain, and constant feelings of malaise. Salicinium has been shown to help restore energy production, thereby improving cellular function and overall health. 


Another potential benefit of salicinium is improvement in detoxification by supporting liver function. By helping the body to eliminate toxins, salicinium may help reduce the overall burden on the immune system, thereby freeing the immune cells to more effectively target and destroy diseased or cancerous cells.

How does Salicinium work?

Healthy cells do not have the ability to accept highly complex sugar molecules -- those molecules having something additional attached to the glycome portion. Because cancer cells possess an enzyme known as b-glucosidase they have the ability to break a complexed molecule apart and use the glycome portion to create energy. Salicinium uses this process to deliver its components to the cancer cell disguised as sugar. Like the Trojan Horse. Once the cell removes the glycome for energy it's left with a portion it cannot metabolize which becomes cytotoxic to the cancer cell. Salicinium simultaneously enhances your own immune (Natural Killer/Gc MAF) cells renewing their defensive capabilities. This all takes place with no toxicity and having no effect blood glucose levels.

How effective is Salicinium against cancer?

Several studies show that Salicinium targets cancer-initiating cells (cancer stem cells, or CSC) resistant to conventional therapies. Numerous studies show that Salicinium not only reduces tumor volume, but also decreases tumor recurrence when used as an adjuvant to standard treatments. Results from 675 cancer patients show that Salicinium effectively treats many different types of cancer, significantly extending survival for all groups studied (including a majority of patients with treatment-resistant Stage IV cancer).  

In related studies, Salicinium effectively treated chronic viral infections, including Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV), hepatitis C virus (HCV), cytomegalovirus (CMV) and herpes viruses (HVs). Additional studies have demonstrated that Salicinium safely and effectively treats cancer and viral infections by disrupting glycolytic (sugar) metabolism in cancer and virus-infected cells, causing cell death (apoptosis). Additionally, Salicinium restores and potentiates healthy immune function in patients with cancer and chronic viral infections by disrupting synthesis and reducing blood levels of the immune-suppressive enzyme “nagalase” (alpha-N-acetylgalactosaminidase).

Salicinium Articles:


What is Homeopathy?

by Krystal Shelmire, ND


Homeopathy, also known as homeopathic medicine, is a medical system that was developed in Germany more than 200 years ago. It is based on two non-conventional theories:

“Like cures like”— the notion that a disease can be cured by a substance that produces similar symptoms in healthy people.
“Law of minimum dose”— the notion that the lower the dose of the medication, the greater its effectiveness. Many homeopathic products are so diluted that no molecules of the original substance remain.

Homeopathic products come from plants (such as red onion, arnica (mountain herb), poison ivy, belladonna (deadly nightshade), and stinging nettle; minerals (such as white arsenic); or animals (such as crushed whole bees). 

Homeopathic products are often made as sugar pellets to be placed under the tongue. They may also be in other forms, such as ointments, gels, drops, creams, and tablets. 

Treatments are “individualized” or tailored to each person -- it’s common for different people with the same condition to receive different treatments. Homeopathy uses a different diagnostic system for assigning treatments to individuals and recognizes clinical patterns of signs and symptoms that are different from those of conventional medicine.

How Does It Work?

A basic belief behind homeopathy is “like cures like.” In other words, something that brings on symptoms in a healthy person can -- in a very small dose -- treat an illness with similar symptoms. This is meant to trigger the body’s natural defenses. For example, red onion makes your eyes water so it is used in homeopathic remedies to treat allergies

Homeopathic doctors (who also are called “homeopaths”) dilute full-strength ingredients by adding water or alcohol. Then, they shake the mixture as part of a process called “potentiation.” They believe this step transfers the healing essence. Homeopaths also believe that the lower the dose, the more powerful the medicine. In fact, many of these remedies no longer contain any molecules of the original substance. They come in a variety of forms, like sugar pellets, liquid drops, creams, gels, and tablets.

During your appointment, a homeopath will ask a number of questions about your mental, emotional, and physical health. They will prescribe the remedy that best matches all of your symptoms. Then they will tailor the treatment for you.


Homeopaths generally begin with a consultation, which can be a 10 –15 minute appointment or last for as long as two hours, where the patient describes their medical history. The patient describes the "modalities", or if their symptoms change depending on the weather and other external factors. The practitioner also solicits information on mood, likes and dislikes, physical, mental and emotional states, life circumstances, and any physical or emotional illnesses. This information (also called the "symptom picture") is matched to the "drug picture" in the materia medica or repertory and used to determine the appropriate homeopathic remedies. In classical homeopathy, the practitioner attempts to match a single preparation to the totality of symptoms (the simlilum), while "clinical homeopathy" involves combinations of preparations based on the illness's symptoms. Homeopathy is both fascinating and effective.

For more information:

To schedule with Dr. Shelmire: 650-961-1660


The Adjunctive Cancer Program at Pacific Naturopathic


by Marcel Hernandez, ND

When welcoming a new cancer patient into Pacific Naturopathic, I tell them that like the four legs of a chair offer support for the body, the four components of our adjunctive cancer care program offer support for the cancer experience.

The first leg of the program is oral supplementation.  Regardless of internet hype, oral  supplements are not going to cure cancer.  Rather, they perform support functions like addressing nutrient deficiencies, decreasing inflammation, preventing angiogenesis, stimulating the immune system and, in some cases, causing some cancer cell apoptosis.

The second leg of the program is the mind/body connection.  This part of the program is the most difficult for new patients to understand and implement as western medicine almost entirely addresses illnesses on the physical level.  The scientifically proven fact is that stress undermines the immune system predisposes people to opportunistic illnesses.  Also, old tapes playing in consciousness that are reflective of cancer-caused anxiety contribute to poor outcomes.  We do have an extremely effective mind/body treatment program at Pacific Naturopathic, but few people take advantage of this opportunity.  Working on the mental/emotional level is just not part of our society’s approach to dealing with cancer.

The third leg of the program is the nutritional component.  The dietary approach for cancer developed at Pacific Naturopathic is mostly common-sense healthy eating – low carbs, lots of fruits and vegetables, adequate non-red meat protein, healthy oils, eating mostly organic and avoiding food additives of all kinds and more.  The foundation of the cancer diet is a modified Mediterranean diet, long regarded as the healthiest diet in the world.  For patients from ethnic backgrounds, we help them modify their traditional diets to be more in tune with cancer care.

The fourth leg is the intravenous therapy program.  The heart of the IV program is intravenous vitamin C, regarded in countless studies as therapeutically effective in treating most cancers.  We also offer IVs that address the peripheral neuropathy caused by chemotherapy and IVs that address nutrient deficiencies resulting from the cancer experience. Recently, the addition of ozone therapy has expanded the therapeutic options at Pacific Naturopathic.

Not mentioned above are other elements essential to cancer therapy like a consistent exercise program, having a dedicated support community and the importance of integrating a spiritual component into the overall scenario.


Dr. Marcel: 650-961-1660

Drs. Connie and Marcel's Big Island Vacation Rental

-- healing and restoration in Paradise --

Each time we return to the Big Island, we are struck by the changeable conditions and by the resilience of the earth. Arriving to the island this month, after weeks of dryness, the grasses were golden and brittle, and branches broken in the windstorms were in evidence. Today, however, it has rained. The dust on the window panes has washed away. The feeling is softer and the colors have become much more vibrant. New growth appears almost instantaneously. In weeks or sometimes months, there is little evidence that a weather assault has occurred.  

Our bodies are resilient, too. We witness the miraculous healing of wounds, the emergence of wellness after sickness. Immersing yourself in nature here in Hawaii, witnessing the natural cycles, and attuning to the elements will foster your emotional and physical resilience.

Check our calendar (link below) to see if there’s an available time at Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center that might work in your schedule.

(photo: another sunset, another rainbow, from the retreat property)


Check our Hawaii Peace Garden Retreat calendar

and see if there’s an opening for you.


Contact us directly at Pacific Naturopathic (650-961-1660) if you’re interested in staying at our Hawaii retreat. Please email Dr. Marcel directly at [email protected] with questions. 

If you want to see more photos click HERE, but booking directly through us, not this site, will save you a chunk of money in fees.


Breast Thermography

at Pacific Naturopathic


- timing is everything -

Breast cancer may take years to develop. Prior to a cancer appearing, there will be physiologic changes. These changes manifest in temperature differences and differences in vascularity. When comparing one breast to the other breast, we can see if something is occurring in one breast and not the other. These metabolic changes may reflect injury, inflammation, lymphatic drainage issues, infection, or developing cancer. The thermography will not be able to diagnose the cause, but does lead us to being proactive with regards to breast health, potentially stopping the development of a serious breast issue. In this way, breast thermography allows for both screening and prevention.  

Mammograms, MRIs and Ultrasounds, on the other hand, scan for the anatomic change which eventually appears. By the time a problem occurs, it is already “set in stone."  Early treatment is an option, but the time for prevention is past.

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Read more about 

breast thermography at

Pacific Naturopathic HERE

To schedule an appointment: 650-961-1660

New on the shelf at Pacific Naturopathic

If you come in to the Pacific Naturopathic office, rather than visiting by video or phone, you may notice a few new products on the shelves in the waiting room.  Many of our patients are familiar with the use of castor oil packs in liver detox and pain protocols. On the shelves, you’ll see a supply of castor oil and and unbleached cloths used to create the packs.

Also available now, is a product with which you might be less familiar… moringa powder.

Moringa is nutrient dense, with high calcium, potassium, iron, beta carotene, vitamin C and amino acid content. The nutrient value of moringa saves lives in malnourished populations. 

Now known as a superfood, Moringa has a role in blood sugar stability in type 2 diabetes, and is used in traditional Indian medicine to help prevent several hundred diseases, and possibly as an adjunct in COVID treatment.

We advise using Moringa powder in soups, salads and smoothies.

Mind/body perspective...

You Can Stop Smoking for Good in 60 Minutes

by Jane Hernandez, CCHT

If you are a smoker and want to quit then you can. The truth is that smoking is a habit NOT an addiction. The proof of this is that you don’t wake up in the night needing a smoke or you know you can’t while on a plane so you don’t. If you were truly addicted you would find a way.

What you probably know is that you must stop. There is undeniable evidence now of what smoking does to you.

• Smoking reduces life expectancy by 10 years. 

Smoking 10 cigarettes a day doubles the risk of death. 

Smoking 25 cigarettes a day increases risk of death by four to five times. 

Each cigarette on average takes 11 minutes off your life.

Tobacco and nicotine are some of the most potent carcinogens and are to blame for a majority of all cancers of the lung, trachea, bronchus, larynx, and esophagus. 

It causes premature facial aging and wrinkling.

Are you ready for some good news?

When you quit smoking the benefits are immediate:

• After 8 hours oxygen levels return to normal. 

• After 48 hours nicotine leaves the body and taste buds are improved. 

• After 72 hours breathing becomes easier. 

• After 2-12 weeks, circulation improves. 

• After 5 years, the risk of heart attack reduces by half. 

• After 10 years, the risk of lung cancer is the same as a non-smoker.


With the Breathe Quit Technique (BQT) System you will quit in one sessionIt’s hypnosis-based, we know that hypnosis can change habits…and that is what smoking is! 

Habits develop and reside in the subconscious mind and because hypnotherapy is a tool that accesses the subconscious, it is most effective at assisting clients to control negative habits. Hypnotherapy is relaxing and safe and helps the subconscious develop new behavior patterns to replace the bad habit.

You might think that nicotine replacement therapy is the way to go but statistics show that it only has a 10-30% success rate. That is no match for the hypnosis success rate of 86-95%!

Not only that, there are annoying side effects to nicotine replacement like gas, constipation, vomiting, indigestion…had enough?

Tried will power? Well, we all know how that works (NOT). Of course, you can try again but you will be much more successful to quit with the BQT System. It’s easy.

The session is so relaxing and enjoyable. There are no negative side-effects and you emerge from the session with the confidence that you are a non-smoker for life. It might seem incredible but you will just not want a cigarette. I’ve had clients that can’t believe that the craving is gone and they are free. It seems so incredible to them. That’s when the road to good health begins again.

The BQT system works but there is one critical element – You must want to quit on your own. Nobody can tell you or nag you into it. It all happens when you have decided you are ready.

There is much more to share about the BQT System and I am happy to talk to you about it. Please reach out.

Consider this... If you are ready… You can stop NOW. 

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For more information about Jane Hernandez and her work click HERE
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Schedule directly with Jane at 510-676-1460

Unusual Medical Practices



This practice refers to eating soil-like or earthy substances, such as chalk and clay. Animals and humans have done this for hundreds of thousands of years.

In Western and industrialized societies geophagy is related to an eating disorder known as pica.

Prehistoric humans probably had their first medicinal experiences through eating earth and clays.

They may have copied animals, observing how some clays had healing qualities, when animals ingested them.

Similarly, some clays are useful for treating wounds. In some communities around the world, people still use clay externally and internally to heal cuts and wounds.

Medical Humor: A Break From Reality