Pacific Naturopathic
Pacific Naturopathic  Newsletter
 Number 112 * December 2018
1580 W. El Camino Real, Suite 7  
                             Mountain View, CA 94040, 650-961-1660     

The Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care


Rituals and Health. As usual, our writers approach the topic from different perspectives.

In this month's newsletter, Dr. Connie muses about the rituals present in medical systems; Adriana offers inspired ideas for healthy rituals; Dr. Marcel writes about rituals for divine communion; Anandini confesses to her annual healthy chocolate ritual (great recipe, too); Dr. Connie comes up with some healthy rituals you can do at home; and Jane writes of soothing rituals for emotional pain.

Healthy Stocking Stuffers:  We have expanded the small retail section in our clinic to include hard-to-find natural products.   This year, forget the tchotchke gifts.  Give something healthy and energetically revitalizing. The Ananda Farm, Camano Island products are featured later in this newsletter.   Products we offer in our little boutique are mostly not available locally and come from some exotic locations, like Hawaii!

How to uplift your experience of the holidays this year: Every year we encourage our readers to join us for an absolutely uplifting Christmas Eve event.  Every year five or six of our readers take us up on our invitation, and they are glad they did! Why not do something for your own spirit this year?  More information directly below.

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

This month, the  Hernandez Centre for Adjunctive Cancer Care articles include guidance how how to support a loved one with cancer; an article on the anti-cancer effects of PSK; and the cancer-fighting properties of Korean angelica.

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

Join Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel 
on Christmas Eve

For almost a quarter of a century, Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel have attended and participated in a glorious, joyous, uplifting Christmas Eve program inspired by the light that Jesus brought to Earth.  Year after year, we have used the inspiration generated by this program to uplift our consciousness as we begin a new calendar cycle. 

As in past years, we invite our patients and friends to join us for one of the most beautiful and devotional evenings of the year. 

The coming of the baby Jesus is a profound symbol of the awakening Christ Consciousness within each of us. This magical evening includes sacred music, a talk by Ananda Palo Alto's Nayaswami Asha, guiding us deeply into the spirit of Christ, and a beautiful live celebration of Jesus' birth with costumed angels, kings and shepherds. 

At the close of the celebration, everyone is invited to participate in a beautiful devotional candlelight ceremony.

Christmas Eve Meditation & Service
Monday, December 24,  7:30 pm
2171 El Camino, Palo Alto * 
Our Saturday Myers Cocktail Parties have been huge successes with a room full of chatting, happy guests. I.V. patients love interacting and learning from each other while receiving their I.V. therapies. This being so,

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Connie's Musings...
Dr. Connie and friend in Sufi Dervish supply shop in Istanbul this past September

Ritual in Medicine

A number of the patients we see are actually afraid to question their medical doctor with regards to treatment options, to disagree with the course of action the doctor recommends, or to confess to the doctor that they are not following the previously prescribed course of action, or that they are using complementary medicine and/or consulting "alternative" practitioners in addition to the doctor. 
Ritual plays a big part in these fears. Whereas we may be accustomed to thinking of ritual as related to sacred or religious traditions, there are prescribed ways in which we greet and relate to each other in secular, as well as sacred traditions.  And, as we've noted in these newsletters, medicine can often be more of a religion than a science. 
Most of us quite clearly see the marriage of religion and science in ethnic and tribal healing and in the medicine of cultures other than our own. There may be a special space prepared for the healing, and accoutrements such as noisemakers and smoke and sacred objects. Herbs and other medicines are prepared and given in a particular way. The sequence is consistent and expected within the context of the culture. 
We, too, are continuously buying in to our culturally conditioned medical rituals. At large healing centers, we wait behind the designated line in order to not overhear another's personal details. After being checked in, we wait silently until an assistant in pastel cotton scrubs calls our name and takes us into the catacomb of back offices. Weight, height and blood pressure are taken, and the patient is led to an exam room. A history may then be taken by the same or another assistant who sits with their back to the patient and types out responses on the computer for the doctor. The patient is then asked to disrobe and dress in the provided loose fitting (and revealing) gown to wait for the doctor to appear.
After a time, sometimes a very long time, a white coated doctor knocks discretely, enters the room, and the visit begins. Patients are often already feeling diminished and vulnerable, but feel more so as they are not dressed, while the doctor is. The doctor's status as an authority figure contributes to the belief that the doctor holds keys to healing, which is a good thing. That many doctors do not like to be questioned, and expect to be obeyed, may not be a good thing.
This medical ritual would seem bizarre to cultures in which people live their lives more communally, share their lives more intimately, and are on more equal footing with medical personnel. It contributes to the patient's feeling of disempowerment and their fear of expressing their own needs and preferences. (I often hear patients say that their doctor will be mad at them or discontinue their relationship if the patient is actually honest about what they are doing.)
At Pacific Naturopathic, we seek to offer a different type of healing ritual. We see ourselves as a part of a team dedicated to finding treatments in which the patient believes and in which the patients participate in a setting in which they feel comfortable. Patients are offered tea on arrival, I.V. patients enjoy a communal experience, and we see our patients as members of a healing team.
Read more about the medical services Dr. Connie offers  here:

Yoga Therapy...

Ideas for Healthy Rituals

Adriana Buenaventure,  Ananda Certified Yoga Therapist

What do you think of when you hear the word "yoga"?
One thing that I have noticed is that many people associate yoga ONLY with yoga postures.  However, the essence of yoga is about connecting with that part within ourselves which is calm and centered.   Yoga postures are definetly an instrument for that purpose and so is meditation. Life itself can be a constant practice of being in that higher place within.   My favorite ritual is meditation which I do in the morning and evening for about 1 hour. A good start is to add some meditative rituals as part of our daily lives. Here are a few ideas:

A lot of people enjoy cooking.  It is an activity they get immersed in and the experience itself shows their care for their loved ones.  Make plenty of time to plan your meals, find healthy recipes that you enjoy, and allow plenty of time while cooking.   
As you sit down to eat, take a few moments to breathe slowly and feel gratitude for the nutrients you are about to receive.  Being relaxed improves nutrient processing.  
Mindful Walking
Choose to be present with your breath as you walk. Inhale as you take 1, 2 or 3 steps and exhale as you take 1, 2, 3 steps. Find a time during your day, maybe at lunch or before going to work and try do it daily or at least most days of the week!
Expressing Gratitude
Now that the year is ending, make a list of all the achievements you made this year.  And also make a list of the opportunities to grow (challenges).  See the bigger picture and see if you can find the good in the adversity.  Did you become stronger? Have you gotten closer to someone?  Have you changed your eating habits?  Finding positivity and gratitude will release the feel good chemicals in your brain. 
Organizing and Planning
Plan your week ahead of time.  Choose a day where there are no distractions.  Put aside 1 hour and ask yourself.  How can I make sure that I take care of what is really important to me this coming week? Have some kind of reminder system whether it's post-it notes or alarms on your phone.  You will avoid so much stress!
Ritualizing your Sleeping
According to the science of Ayurveda, going to bed by 10 p.m. is an ideal way to maintain good health.  The body detoxifies and renews itself between 10 pm and 2 am. Get ready to go to bed about one hour before going to bed, dim your bedroom light and turn devices off, and set room temperature around 67 degrees.  
"Yoga therapy is the process of empowering individuals to progress toward improved health and well-being through the application 
of the philosophy and practice of Yoga." 
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Adriana Buenaventura offers private yoga therapy sessions at Pacific Naturopathic.  Please phone to schedule and for more information.  650-961-1660.

Rituals and Divine Communion

When Dr. Connie suggested the theme of this month's newsletter as "healthy rituals," I just automatically agreed.   As the deadline for publishing the newsletter drew nearer, I couldn't find a hook into the topic.  So, I went to an on-line dictionary to see if anything would spark a stream of consciousness. I'll just hope there is some coherence.
The primary dictionary definition of the word "ritual" associates it with a " solemn ceremony consisting of a series of actions performed according to a prescribed order."  My initial response to this definition makes me think of building dedications, ship christenings, oaths of allegiance, presidential inaugurations, sporting events, graduations, holy communions, bar mitzvas, spell casting, a morning cup of coffee with two teaspoons of sugar, how westerners shake hands and Japanese bow to each other, my daily routine... the examples go on and on. But there's more to it than this... 
Each of us live most of our moments in some kind of an organized manner.  Countless routines punctuate our daily lives.  But by the above definition, a routine is not a ritual. The biggest difference between a routine and a ritual is the intent of the activity. 
I was chatting with a friend recently about rituals and he mentioned that growing up as a protestant he was taught that rituals found in Judaism and Catholicism are, well, questionable at best.  Growing up Catholic, my experience has been that rituals help me maintain equilibrium and perspective through all the challenges I have faced in this human form.
Back to intention. Rituals are activities whose intentions allow humans to bring the organizing principles of the Creative Intelligence into their daily lives.  Spiritually-focused rituals offer a sense of comfort, familiarity and security - safe resting places that offer an experience of human consciousness more divine than secular.  Holiday season is just full of rituals that seek to uplift humans to a frame of reference greater than their own individual existences.
I have also long thought that growing up experiencing Catholic rituals gave me a basis, an open-mindedness into other mystical traditions that I was to explore while on my path. I feel somehow enriched to have delved into so many ways of experiencing God.  Growing up with Jewish rituals offers similar opportunities.  
So how does all this connect rituals to health? 
It is as simple as this. People who have an upward connection have overall better health than people who are mired in the jungle of their own little worlds.  Research has clearly proven that folks with life-threatening illnesses who believe in a higher power have a better long-term prognosis.  One of the consistent pathways to communion with the Divine is through ritual.
Readers of Pacific Naturopathic Newsletter by now must know that Dr. Connie and I are long-time devotees of Paramhansa Yogananda and we follow the Ananda spiritual path.   At each Sunday service we have a ritual called the "Festival of Light."  The Festival's theme is about the soul's journey from darkness to light.  Hearing this ritual every Sunday is a constant reminder of where the level at which my expression and experience of life need to be, in every moment.

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


My Annual Chocolate Ritual

Anandini Wadera, L.Ac.

As winter and the holiday season approaches, it's easy to be tempted by all the sugary treats and goodies past around and gifted. 

I am a complete chocoholic, and while I indulge in 70-80% chocolate in moderation, the holiday season brings out the binge eater in me. From this, one of my favorite recipes and holiday rituals was born. 

Try this carob square recipe by Laura Knoff. It's simple, sugar free and chocolatey delicious. It makes for a great holiday gift and a satisfying chocolate hit when every one around you seems to be eating some.

Coconut-Carob Squares
(gluten free, dairy free, low amylose)
1 cup organic extra virgin coconut oil
½ cup roast carob powder
Find chocolate molds HERE

Melt the coconut oil (coconut oil melts naturally at 77 degrees F) in a large glass bowl. Add the carob powder to the melted coconut and mix together. A whisk helps get rid of all the lumps and bumps. Pour them into an ice cube try, or any holiday candy molds-only fill the molds ½ full. Chill in the freezer to harden. When  they have solidified, pop them out and store in a jar in the fridge or freezer. 
If you feel fancy, add some chopped nuts and goji berries to a flat sheet and pour the carob-coconut mixture over like a bark. Freeze, break and serve  ��
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New associate, Anandini Wadera, L.Ac., has office hours at Pacific Naturopathic 
on Tuesdays.  Please phone 650-961-1660 
for more information or to schedule an appointment.

Realizations in Healing...

Healing Rituals You Can Do at Home

Connie Hernandez, N.D.

We each engage in small rituals every day. There are the comforting rituals of the morning cup of coffee or tea, the bedtime rituals we perform in hopes of ensuring a good night's sleep, the rituals surrounding family meals, the holiday rituals we follow.
These rituals may comfort us, guide us, give us a sense of meaning and belonging.  Individual rituals can also play an important part in your journey to wellness. To the degree that you consciously engage in ritual, you participate in your own healing. Ritual can promote profound shifts in consciousness, which then transforms our physical beings.
In the Thanksgiving issue, I wrote of how the ritual of offering gratitude can change your physical and emotional body. Make it a ritual to give thanks often, to each night enumerate those things for which you are grateful. One of our family's birthday rituals involves each person expressing gratitude to the one whose birthday it is, and that person expressing gratitude for some aspect they appreciate about themselves.
Blessing food before eating or your medicine before taking it is another ritual that can change your health.  It has been said that  if you knew how profoundly your food is changed by this simple ritual, you would never eat food that had not been blessed.  The Japanese scientist Emoto Sensei, in his work on frozen water, has demonstrated the truth of this understanding by comparing the crystalline structures of blessed frozen water with the chaotic and disorganized structure of water exposed to curses. Kirlian photography illustrates a similar shift at an energetic level. As we are what we eat, it behooves us to eat food that has the beneficial vibrations wrought by the blessing of it.
The ritual of affirmation offers similar benefit. A morning ritual that works well for me is to repeat an affirmation given by Yogananda. "Within me lies the energy to accomplish all that I will to do. Behind my every act is God's infinite power." Concentration and repetition enhances the depth and the power of rituals of affirmation.  A weary out of kilter morning can be transformed in moments.
Swami Kriyananda conducts a fire ceremony
The ritual of going to a meditation space morning and evening, whether or not you feel you can meditate is another beneficial ritual. As with gratitude, there are numerous studies detailing the physical and emotional benefits of meditation. The ritual of visiting your meditation space sets both a habit pattern, and an energetic vibration that strengthens each time you visit.  
Vibrational pathways become superhighways in this way.
There are many rituals that help you rid yourself of that that no longer serves you. The Hindu fire ceremony is well known. Write down and cast into the ritual fire those things you wish to be rid of. We generally recommend this type of ritual in any detoxification protocol, as mental and emotional toxicities hold us back from healing.
 A favorite ritual of mine is the "Namaste" greeting. In placing your hands in prayer position in front of the heart, and offering a Namaste, you are acknowledging that the true nature of both you and the person you are greeting is spirit.  In doing so, you affirm connectedness, rise above the physical, and tap in to spirit's healing qualities. This is a wonderful practice at all times, but particularly in our fractured world, and especially so as an affirmation of unity in the holiday season.


Read more about Dr. Connie's work HERE

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

For Sale in our clinic...

Products from Ananda Farm
Camano Island, Washington

We are absolutely  delighted to offer a selection of products from Ananda Farm on Camano Island in Washington.

Ananda Farm Camano Island is a no-till nature farm. Here is their mission statement:

"At Ananda Farm, we are committed to farming with Spirit. To us that means aspiring towards harmony and cooperation with life, in the growing awareness that all life is rooted in the same Eternal Source.

"As a natural farm, we are committed to farming with the best tools we know: our own two hands, and a love for life! We are actively and listening-ly exploring the consciousness of Nature in the soil, seeds, trees, and animals, with great awe and inspiration.  'Natural Farming'  is a direction of agriculture which seeks to unite the world of food cultivation with the natural world, both of which we depend on and are a part of.

"As a homestead, we are inspired by the spirit of self-reliance and craft culture. We seek to provide both prana-filled food and basic needs for simple living, including our line of natural herbal products, and alpaca-fiber textiles.

"As a yoga ashram, we follow the teachings of the great Indian Yogi, Paramhansa Yogananda, centered in the daily practice of meditation, and through the application of spiritual principles on the farm."

With this enlightened approach to their product development, you can feel the positive energetics every time you use one of their offerings.  At present, we carry these products in our office:

COMFREY OIL -- Comfrey has strong anti-inflammatory properties, repairs soft tissues, and promotes new cell growth. Apply directly on skin to treat sprains, bruises, broken bones, arthritis, and tender joints and muscles. Comfrey helps to dissolve scar tissue and repair skin. Many people have successfully used comfrey after surgery to aid the healing process. 
FIRST AID SPRAY  -- Use on fresh cuts and scrapes, burns, and bug bites. Also spray on feet to treat and help prevent fungus. This native and garden plant blend has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti- inflammatory properties and helps to stop bleeding and promote fast healing. 
TOOTH POWDER  - - A cleansing powder for your teeth and mouth. Use as an alternative to toothpaste. Orange peel and baking soda help to whiten teeth, baking soda and sea salt create an alkaline environment in the mouth, and sage and clove are good for gums. 
OXYMEL --  Oxymel is just a simple combination of apple cider vinegar and honey and powerful antioxidant herbs. By infusing your oxymel with immune-boosting herbs, you're left with potent medicine that can help keep your immune system strong and aid in your body's natural protection and detoxification processes. 1 tsp. at night before bed prevents cramps.
DEODORANT -- A simple and effective powder deodorant. Baking soda absorbs odors and herbs provide a naturally fresh scent. 
LAVENDER AIR FRESHENER  - - A pure lavender hydrosol copper distilled at Ananda Farm. Use as an air freshener, body mist, or natural glass cleaner.

If you are drawn to any of these products, please come in and browse our shelves.  We only ordered a small supply and they are the perfect stocking stuffers.

Guiding Principles: Sign at Camano Island Farm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Please phone 650-961-1660 for more information.

Self-Soothing Rituals Can Heal 
 Your Emotional Pain

Jane 2013

Daily self-care rituals are a way of letting the steam out of our pressure cooker emotions and opening the mind to receive the wisdom of our deeper consciousness.  Stress and emotional pain create this buildup and we live our lives trying to keep from blowing a gasket. 

So, we put a lid on our emotional pain so we can continue to put it behind us because we need to move on. Unfortunately, it doesn't stay behind us but causes deep discomfort both emotionally and physically.

This is where daily self-care rituals can really help. They help us stop running from our pain and help us slow down and pay attention to ourselves and our needs. This soothes the stress. Taking this care is the opposite to the chaos and uneasiness that stress brings into our day.

It isn't necessary to confront  our emotional pain head-on, but we can find comfort with ourselves by spending a little time each day with self-care.

Self-care leads to self-love and it's very important for all of us to seek this. Not as a narcissistic exercise but instead, a feel-good habit which extends benefits to our families, friends and all those who come in contact with us. 

You know, it doesn't take a lot of time to do something about this every day . For example, you can meditate for 5 minutes one day, the next day 10 minutes. Or, how about 5 minutes of deep, conscious belly breathingThese things are simple and take little time compared to what you get back.

Isn't it worth starting your day feeling grounded and safe?

It's so important to give ourselves love and acceptance so we can be healthy. If you want to overcome anxiety, self-compassion is essential. It's very natural to be hard on ourselves and it increases our stress. So, the perfect antidote to this is self-care.

I teach my clients self-care in the form of EFT Tapping and self-hypnosis. These are tools which effect profound change. There is always something we would like to change in our lives and both of these tools give you a power to be more in control of your life. Why? Because they both speak to the deepest part of yourself, where all your old habits and beliefs reside - the subconscious mind. When you really want to change, that's where you go.

When we prioritize self-care, we find wisdom and answers coming to mind. Perhaps it's about acceptance or letting go of blocks, or maybe about the origins of our emotional pain and how best to support ourselves.

So, in this holiday season, when we are more open to give to others, how about including yourself on the gift list.  Remember, 5 or 10 minutes of self-care each day will add up to the best spent time you can imagine.

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

About food:
Dr. Marcel's Yummy Coconut 
Kabocha  (Japanese Pumpkin) Pie

Dr. Connie begs me to make this pie whenever we have a kabocha around.  This is not your traditional pumpkin pie. Japanese pumpkin is sweeter and more orange in color than traditional pumpkins. I also use a whole lot less sugar than is used in traditional recipes.  Nevertheless, people who experience the taste of this unique pie are amazed by the creamy texture, coconut nuances and always ask for the recipe.

Ingredients for two pies
1 large Japanese pumpkin (kabocha)
2 eggs
1 can coconut milk
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 pie shells

1. Cut pumpkin into chunks. Boil until soft. Let cool and remove skin.

2. Combine all ingredients. Mash and beat to a smooth, creamy texture free of lumps. 

3. Divide into two pie shells.

4. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour.  Pie should be golden brown.

5. Let cool to room temperature before serving.  Even better, we enjoy this pie chilled. Store in fridge.




Breast Thermography at
Pacific Naturopathic
- an alternative to ritual mammograms -


For many years, the annual mammogram was a medical ritual followed by just about every woman. As women learned of the discomfort of the procedure, and of the potential dangers, many women rebelled against this ritual. 

At Pacific Naturopathic, breast thermography offers an alternative to this ritual. 

While we may recommend ultrasound, mammogram or MRI when there is a suspicious lump or bump, or when thermog-raphy findings are equivocal or high risk, we prefer the ritual of an annual breast thermography. Breast thermography is painless and non-invasive, and has no risk associated with it.

Breast thermography is offered on most Wednesdays at Pacific Naturopathic.

Read more about 
breast thermography  at
Pacific Naturopathic   here.

Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii: 

Calm and lovely through all seasons

Check Future Openings 
(then click on "Calendar")

The meditation pond at the Hawaii retreat center

Finding yourself in need of a quiet space in which you might restore your outer self through communion with nature, and re-experience the peace and calmness of your deep inner Self? 

A visit at Pacific Naturopathic Healing Retreat Center affords you an opportunity to develop new rituals for yourself. You may drop your morning cup of joe in favor of island green teas or Hawaiian mamaki tea. You may develop the ritual of wandering the property in the morning to gather fresh tropical fruit for your breakfast, of sitting on the bench at the end of the property and looking for whales, or of star gazing from the View House porch in the.  These new rituals are sure to be relaxing and rejuvenating and enriching additions to your vacation time.

C heck our VACATION RENTAL CALENDAR   and see if there is an opening that works for you.

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

The Hernandez Center for Adjunctive Cancer Care

News and Commentary on Cancer Topics

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What We Offer  at the  Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care

There is light in the darkness

Our cancer patients often ask us to give them an estimate of the effectiveness of therapy at the Hernandez Center for Adjunctive Cancer Care. We respond that  our entire focus is on helping our patients stay healthy, upbeat and positive. 

The truth is that the botanical and nutritional therapies we offer (including  intravenous vitamin C), although 'adjunctive' in nature, have powerful documented actions in decreasing inflammation, reducing tumor load and attacking cancer stem cells. 

  Our mind/body approaches are focused on transformation of experience.  And our bodywork approaches help reduce muscular pain, resolve lymph drainage problems and relieve stress. 
  The hope we offer is not that of a miraculous cure, 
although we are definitely open to miracles, 
but the hope of a life lived to the fullest in dignity 
and understanding, for however long that may be.

How to Support a Loved One With Cancer: 
4 Ways to Nurture Them & You
Being a support for someone who has cancer is something that most of us will face at least once in our lives. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, three out of four households will experience a cancer diagnosis in their family at some point in their lives. Receiving cancer support is  vital  for the person going through a diagnosis. Sociological studies have proven that  emotional support can affect immune system function, treatment outcomes, and even cancer mortality rates .

Read full article  HERE

PSK has been proven time and again to effectively combat cancer. So why won't the FDA approve its use in the United States?

Read full story  HERE

New Study Shows The Powerful Anticancer Effects of Korean Angelica

By  RJ Jhonson

If you haven't heard about Korean Angelica before, this article will introduce you to this medicinal plant. Korean Angelica, mostly found in Japan, China and some part of Korea, has a scientific name of Angelica gigas. This is a traditional medicinal plant used in early times which contains substance that stimulates the immune system. New research reveals that it also has a powerful combat against cancerous cells. Learn more about Korean Angelica and the various health problem that it can resolve.

Read full article  HERE

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... 
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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

* Dr. Connie muses: Ritual in medicine

* Adriana: Ideas for healing rituals

* Dr. Marcel: Rituals and Divine communion

* Anandini: My annual chocolate ritual

Healing rituals you can do at home

* Our recommended product: Camano Island Farm products

* IV therapy: Myers Q&A

* Jane H: Soothing rituals can heal your emotional pain

About food: Dr. Marcel's coconut kabocha pie

  * 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

* How to support a loved one with cancer
* PSK: Popular Japanese therapy still not approved in US

Ant-cancer effects of Korean angelica

*Other IV therapies offered in our clinic

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