Pacific Naturopathic
Pacific Naturopathic  Newsletter
 Number 111 * November 2018
1580 W. El Camino Real, Suite 7  
                             Mountain View, CA 94040, 650-961-1660     

The Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care


Why do people become healers? What distinguishes the mindset of a natural health care professional from that of people in other professions?  This month's newsletter is a bit more up close and personal about the healing team at Pacific Naturopathic.  Yes, we still fulfill our focus of being a more information-based as opposed to blatant self-promotional newsletter. But if you look between the lines of each article, you will find a powerfully consistent thread: the mental/emotional and spiritual aspects of creation provide the schematic for what occurs on the physical plane.  You'll learn a lot about us in this newsletter beyond our therapeutic approaches and suggestions.

Dr. Connie begins by offering her observations on her journey as a healer; Adriana writes about following her inner guidance to leave a safe, secure profession for the uncertainties of a therapist; Dr. Marcel describes his growth as a doctor and the realizations he's had along the way; Anandini describes her early influences that moved her into her work as an acupuncturist; Dr. Connie discusses the effect that gratitude has on health; and Jane talks of the opportunity we each have for healing ourselves.

*** Special event:  On Monday, December 3rd, Adriana will offer free 30-minute introductory sessions on restorative yoga therapy.  Adriana is a skilled, inspired therapist who is trying to build her practice.  We strongly encourage you to support her in her calling.  If you are unable to secure a free session, by all means, please schedule with her as her work is transformative across all levels of being. Directly below you'll find Adriana's blog and a bit further down her inspiring article.

Don't find Christmas inspiring?  Try this for a change! 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?  Information is below Adriana's offering.

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 focus on chemotherapy.  Who likes chemotherapy?  No one.  Does chemo work?  It's debatable.  The articles present different perspectives and we encourage our readers to make decisions for themselves. From our perspective, what we have seen over the years is that two questions arise:  1) will the chemo kill the cancer or will the chemo kill the patient, and 2) what price will the patient have to pay for their chemo experience.

*Note:  This Saturday's Myers Cocktail party is cancelled.  
Next Saturday party will be in January.
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

Holiday Stress Begone!
Free Introductory 30-minute Restorative Yoga Session on  Monday, December 3rd 
Experience a personalized restorative yoga session with Adriana

Let yourself be guided into a restorative relaxation combined with the added benefits of Far Infrared technology (FIR)- amethyst crystal therapy!   

The infrared mat induces a small temperature increase in the body enhancing your body's functioning on a variety of levels.  

Deep relaxation and heat therapy promise to improve the functioning of your immune system and assist in pain relief and enhanced circulation. 
                                                         Come for a treat before the holidays!

Limited space available.  
Schedule your session with Adriana in advance by phoning 
Pacific Naturopathic at 650-962-1660.

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, offering devotion at the feet of the baby Jesus.

Christmas Eve Meditation & Service
Monday, December 24,  7:30 pm
2171 El Camino, Palo Alto * 
Dr. Connie's Musings...
Dr. Connie contemplating the Pacific Ocean

Physician Heal Thyself

Way back when, after devouring books on spiritual healing from many traditions, I enrolled, along with Doctor Marcel, in naturopathic medical school, imagining that the emphasis would be on a blending of spirit and nature.  After all, the word "physician" is based on the Latin physica, meaning things relating to nature, and naturopathic medicine honors both that fundamental relationship, and the Vix Medicatrix Naturae, the healing force of nature that flows through all sentient beings. 
To me, it went without saying that naturopathic medicine would offer a perfect blending of spirit and nature.  Such was sadly not the case, as naturopathic medical school, striving for professional respectability at that time (and even more so now), offered classes in natural healing modalities and many classes heavy in science, but too little in the way of spirit. We received a few tidbits, primarily in the Physician Heal Thyself class, but even then, it wasn't what I had hoped for when I opted out of conventional medical school and into naturopathic school. 
One question posed to us in that Physician Heal Thyself class was "how is it that healing happens?"  My answer at the time was that healing happens through the transmission of light and love. I would now expand that answer and say that healing happens when a healer is able to perfectly channel, focus, and share any of the healing attributes of God with a receptive person in need of healing, or when a healer imbues medicines given to that person with those attributes.
That is how it was when naturopathic mentor Dr. John Bastyr walked into a room, touched a
Dr. John Bastyr
patient's shoulder, asked their need, and found that the patient had left the illness behind.  That is how it was that the woman touched the hem of Christ's garment and was healed.
This is not to say that strong medicines alone do not effect cures. It is the business of any doctor or physician to understand the physiology and anatomy of the body and the pharmacology of the medicines prescribed, natural or not. But the curing of an illness does not necessarily constitute a healing.  A doctor (the Latin root of which is docere, meaning to teach) is not necessarily a healer, nor is a physician  (generally meaning a person qualified to practice medicine), by virtue of their knowledge, necessarily a healer.
I have enjoyed the science of medicine and the ever evolving scientific insights. This knowledge has enabled me to be accurate in diagnosis and treatment, but has not necessarily made me a better healer. 
As a healer, it is the deepening of spiritual practice that has taught me to step aside, to be present with whomever is in front of me, and to more effectively channel the qualities that promote the healing of my patients.  It is widely said that the channel is blessed by that which flows through it, and I find that to be true, a most unexpected benefit in my personal journey as a healer.

Read more about the medical services Dr. Connie offers  here:

Yoga Therapy...

Feeling frustrated with a part of myself

Adriana Buenaventure,  Ananda Certified Yoga Therapist

Have you ever felt successful in one area of your life but feel helpless or frustrated in another area?  I certainly have!

Growing up, I was famous for my focus and discipline.  I had the kind of spirit that once I set my mind to something, I knew it was just a matter of time before I would get there.  Everything I wanted to learn or become I was successful at.  Being at the top of my class was a constant theme. I eventually became an engineer since I knew I could attain anything I set my mind to. 

My determination has inspired me to make courageous changes in my life such as changing careers and leaving the "security" of a stable job to pursue my passion for helping others. 

You may ask ... so, what is the problem?  Well, there was another area of my life that I felt totally helpless in and no matter what I tried, it left me feeling weak and devastated with low self esteem.  As a child, I was assertive at home but afraid and nervous with other people. I could never understand why I used to get overwhelmingly stressed for no apparent reason.  Certain situations, people, and places would trigger a chain of physiological responses such as a pounding heart, sweating, tightness in my chest and other things that we now know as anxiety/ chronic stress response.  Furthermore, I was feeling that something was wrong with me.  Not having control over my body's reactions caused me a lot of suffering and distress.  It happened unexpectantly over and over again.  And it seemed to arise more frequently in social setings, in meetings and needless to say, public speaking!

I decided to find a way to get a permanent relief from this embarrassing, debilitating and recurring stress response. That is how I got into the path of yoga and meditation.  I  learned to make peace with my past traumatic experiences as a young child.  I learned how to befriend uncomfortable body sensations, how to be free from worry and anxiety and especially how to find lasting peace within.  A new sense of inner joy that I did not know possible emerged. My sleep got better, my mind got clearer and my productivity increased.  

Untreated chronic stress can result in serious health conditions such as anxiety, insomnia, muscle pain, high blood pressure and a weakened immune system. Chronic stress is a common theme for which yoga therapy offers specific techniques to bring ourselves back to our ideal healthy and balanced selves. 

Breath to calm anxiety:

Take a few deep belly breaths, feeling your belly gently expanding with the inhale, and gently relaxing with the exhale.   As you feel more comfortable, start to lengthen the exhalation part of the breath. You can mentally count if it helps you to focus. Do this breathing technique for 5 consecutive minutes, and you will feel the calming effect in your nervous system. 

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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.

The Healing Journey: Take it Personally

I suppose you could say that medicine is in my blood.  On my mother's side of the family were pharmacists and herbalists.  My father's side of the family had at least one doctor. My paternal grandfather was a pharmacist who in the 1920s gave a talk at a conference about the dangers of the newly emerging pharmaceutical approaches to medicine.   So if genetics plays a part in the choices we make in terms of career, I was predestined to enter the healing arts.  But that realization did not come right away.
I have always come to things late in life.  After my young man explorations into theater, photography, environmental politics, organic farming, homesteading and university professorship, I sat (with Dr. Connie) in emotional and spiritual despair on a Bali beach in the early 1980s wondering why I felt bereft of purpose in life and how I could discover and fulfill my destiny.   All that I had done in the world to that point seemed to be meaningless diversion.  I knew that Spirit had other plans for me.  I just didn't know what. Then, what I experienced was not so much as a bells and whistles epiphany, but more of a slow awakening.  Eventually, I came to understand that everything I had done in my life to that point was training to do what I am doing now.  My life choices had provided a substrate, a foundation for studying natural medicine and communicating with chronically ill patients.  Here I am, thirty years later, serving as a naturopathic oncologist.  But wait - the story continues.
Naturopathic medicine is more than lab tests, herbs, supplements, nutrition and lifestyle modification.   The energetic component of healing is supportive and powerful and provides the schematic for the entire recovery experience.   Mind and Spirit lead and the body follows.  Because I work with very ill people whose life spans are threatened, quite often a patient will come in telling me that their conventional physician has told them to get their affairs in order.  What this does to the morale of the patient and their energetic hopes of recovery is shattering.   In truth, there are no terminal illnesses, only terminal thinking.  
During my journey to being a naturopathic physician I had to learn how to help my patients reframe their experiences so they would not be trapped in the shock, fear, anger and depression syndrome that accompanies life-threatening illnesses.  In order to do this, I had to grow in empathy, compassion and understanding. I had to reach a place in consciousness where I knew on a cellular level that given certain circumstances, miracles were commonplace. A true miracle occurs when there is energetic attunement with the truth of creation.  
At this point in my inner travels, this is how I understand this truth: Each of us is greater than our bodies. Our bodies are merely the vehicles through which the Creative Intelligence experiences his/her creation.  When we are diagnosed with an illness, we have a choice.  Are we going to let our fear and negativity take control, or are we going to look upon our experience as an opportunity to deepen our faith and understanding?  Are we going to identify with the physical world of delusion and uncertainty, or are we going to align with the stability and the inner truth that our intuition tells us exists?  
So my journey as a healer continues.  The remedies and suggestions that I offer to address the physical ailments of chronic illness are powerful and efficacious.  But the stronger my own upward connection becomes, the better I am able to assist my patients transcend their physical ailments and accept their challenges as opportunities to get ever closer to bringing their highest visions into manifestation. 

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


How I Grew as a Healer

Anandini Wadera, L.Ac.

I've always been drawn to alternative medicine and eastern therapies. As a child, during my summers in India, Kamla, a sweet, slightly hunched over, white-haired lady would come to the house to perform Ayurvedic massage for my grandmother. As a special treat, my sister and I would get one as well. I remember watching her adept hands find the painful spots on my calves, all the while chewing betel nut and singing old Hindi songs. It was as if she wasn't even paying attention. How did she know exactly what to do and so effectively?

As I watched her massage my grandmother, my mother and sometimes my sister. I wanted to try too -- I could mimic the movements by now. Kamla worked on my grandmother's right arm as I worked on my grandmother's left. Kamla observed. She shook her head and clicked her tongue, explaining I have to let my hands feel the skin beneath. 

Once back in California, my mother humored me when I begged to "practice my Indian massage," but it was then that I realized how important it was to train not only the mind but the body. Kamla, the sweet old lady, was knowledgeable and trained, let her mind wander just enough to let her hands guide her. 

This might have been my earliest introduction to mind-body medicine, and it served as a phenomenal spring board to cultivate practices in meditation/awareness to now better my Chinese Medicine practice.

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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...

The Transformative Power of Gratitude

Connie Hernandez, N.D.

In recent years, it has increasingly become common knowledge that meditation can play a powerful role in healing. From Kaiser to Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Mindfulness Meditation classes are offered to patients with anxiety, with hypertension, with all manner of ills.  Patients frequently offer up their own insights that they would do so much better if they were able to learn to meditate, or to stay with a meditation practice they have been taught.
Another powerful healing practice now receiving scientific validation, and apropro to this month in which we celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving, is the practice of gratitude.  Numbers of studies have documented the effect of gratitude on physical, mental and emotional health.  Clinically, we see profound results from the simple exercise of listing 10 things for which you are grateful each night, or of acknowledging a positive and expressing gratitude to someone with whom you are having difficulty.
A study from 2003, Counting Blessings versus Burdens, found that people keeping a gratitude journal reported 16% fewer physical symptoms, 19% more time exercising, 10% less physical pain, and a 25% increase in sleep quality.  A 2005 study, Positive Psychology Progress, found that gratitude journals decreased depressive symptoms by as much as 30%. A study from 2007 noted that hypertensive patients who counted their blessings once a week had a significant decrease in systolic blood pressure. Multiple studies correlate levels of gratitude with vitality and energy.
The effects, as it turns out, are long lasting. One study measured brain activity and discovered that the practice of gratitude benefits the prefrontal cortex of the brain for as much as 3 months after the exercise of writing just one gratitude letter a week. 
The following diagram from  illustrates the many benefits that the expression of gratitude offers.

In the spirit of the season, Dr Marcel and I would like to express gratitude to our patients for sharing their stories and insights with us, gratitude to past and present staff for their service to us and to our patients, gratitude to the Rees building for hosting us for so many years, gratitude to Raj and Jolly (our new landlord and building manager) for all of their efforts at beautifying our 1580 W. Camino Real office, gratitude to the naturopathic teachers who have enabled us to practice naturopathic medicine, gratitude to our guru Sri Yogananada and to our spiritual community for supporting us in all things.
May you all have the opportunity to express your gratitude to friends and family, acquaintances, and perfect strangers, over the coming holidays. Know that you will feel and be better for it!

Read more about Dr. Connie's work HERE

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

For Sale in our clinic...

Cocommune Bars from Designs for Health

Cocommune BarTM is a delicious, nutrition-packed functional food bar. It is made up of an antioxidant-rich, dark chocolate coating and a moist and creamy immune-enhancing coconut filling.

Cocommune BarTM contains a blend of fibers and natural sweeteners in careful balance as to not affect those with GI sensitivities. The prebiotic fibers isomalto-oligosaccharide and larch arabinoga- lactan naturally support the growth of beneficial bacteria and may positively affect:
* Mineral absorption
* Bowel pH
* Immune system function
* Composition of intestinal microbiota

Benefits of Coconut:

The Cocommune BarTM contains a generous amount of coconut and coconut oil, which are rich in medium chain fatty acids known to possess anti-bacterial and immune-enhancing properties.

Coconut oil is very easily burned into energy. It is made up of about 50% lauric acid which becomes 2 mono-lauren in the gut. 2 -mono-lauren dissolves the lipid envelope that protects most patho- genic bacteria, viruses and parasites. It is not a surprise that lauric acid is found in human breast milk.

All of these beneficial ingredients are combined to form a delicious snack that yields only  two net carbohydrates per bar  with a taste that will rival even a Mounds┬« bar!

For sale in our office for $3.

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.

YOU Are the Healer!

Jane 2013

No kidding, yes you are. Sometimes patients will call me a healer but I can't accept that title. It would be dishonest. I don't wave a magic wand and create do.  When you say you're ready for change that's when our work together can begin.
But everyone is different - a universe unto themselves. We all want healing, whether of mind or body, but...and it's a big but - the level of commitment varies.
A client came to me to stop smoking after 45 years and stopped the habit after one session. He was very ready and really wanted to stop.
Another client came for 5 sessions and she didn't stop. What was the difference? Well, she wrote in her intake that she was only 50% committed to stop. I guess she thought I would do the heavy lifting but that goes back to my point: You are the healer. 
I'm very clear with each client that we are in a co-production.  The best results happen when the client also accepts responsibility.I would say that also pertains to people cooperating with their doctors or any health practitioners. We can help you a lot but we need you to do your part.
I am currently recuperating from knee replacement surgery which occurred a week ago. At this point I am walking with a cane, cooking in the kitchen on my feet, walking up and down stairs and even writing this article. Not bad for someone whose stitches are still in. But I'm not surprised.
In preparation for my surgery I went to physical therapy and actually did the assigned exercises, I did pre-surgery hypnotic visualization the week before, got a special, pre-surgery vitamin infusion at Pacific Naturopathic a few days before and healing affirmations after the surgery. Now I am doing daily EFT tapping with colleagues and hypnotic suggestions.
I had a successful surgery and now recuperation because I partnered with my health practitioners and helped us both succeed. I realize, more than ever, that I have a big role in my own healing, including surgery. And you know what? It's not hard, just a few minutes a day.
My work is helping people engage their mind to help both the mind and body heal. The mind can tell the body how to react and can reinterpret the messages that the body sends to the mind like pain, stress, fear, nausea, hiccups, performance anxiety, etc. so it is lessened.
Even allopathic medicine now admits that the body heals itself. But when you harness your own mind in that pursuit, it happens better and faster.  My job is to point out the way, yours is to start down the path to your goal. Ready?

Louie -- my companion and protector during my post-surgery recuperation.

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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
- advantages of thermograms over mammograms -


Breast thermograms have a number of advantages over mammograms. 

Safety and comfort draw women to thermograms, as the breasts are neither subjected to uncomfortable pressure nor to the radiation utilized in mammograms. 

Men and women with small breasts find thermograms far more possible and comfortable. And for the many women with dense breast tissue who cannot be effectively screened with mammograms, thermograms offer an option. 

In addition, women who have had lumpectomies or mastectomies and women who have undergone mammograms benefit from the information offered by physiologic screening of the breasts. (As we know physiologic change precedes the anatomic change seen on mammograms.)
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 
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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? 

Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center continues to evolve as a healing retreat center.   From an abandoned property overgrown with elephant grass to a property with spectacular views, banana groves and tropical fruit trees, Drs Connie and Marcel and caretakers Marcus and Shigeko have nurtured the property over the years through rain and drought. 

Drs. Connie and Marcel retreat at their personal home on the property. Marcus and Shigeko reside in their small dwelling in the coconut palms. Guests stay in the View House, enjoying the view and the private spa. The county mandated wheelchair accessible office and bathroom are nearing completion, allowing for the resumption of small group retreats in the near future.  For now, the View House is a highly rated vacation rental. Come and stay! 
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.

The Lasting Dangers Of Chemotherapy 
No One Talks About

Chemotherapy remains the most widely used protocol for treating cancer. Considering the groundbreaking discoveries happening all over the world, it is disheartening that the "three pillars" (chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery) are still what doctors choose first.
While surgery can remove some tumors, it is unlikely that every single cancerous cell can be removed using this method. That's when the chemicals come into play. The dangers of chemotherapy and radiation are downplayed with a "the end justifies the means" view. Those who have endured these treatment modalities understand the toll they take on the body.

Heather Davidson, Director, Clinical Operations, Oncology & Vaccines at Pfizer
In 2017 I received 16 cycles of chemotherapy for early breast cancer. My tumor was almost 4cm and had a recurrence score of .8 (out of 1), so it was very, very likely to recur if I only removed it with surgery. I received the chemo prior to surgery to see if the tumor might shrink and allow less invasive surgery to remove. The result of the chemo was the tumor shrank completely away to nothing. When the surgeon went to remove the tumor and the surrounding tissue, they were evaluated in a pathology lab and there were zero cancer cells left. So the chemo killed all the cancer. I was very lucky that my cancer cells were very sensitive to my chemo regimen. Everyone's cancer cells are slightly different which causes variation in sensitivity between people. This is why some people respond really well and other's don't, which is a large problem in cancer treatment. So I would definitely say that it is not a fraud, but rather cancer is complex and can be very difficult to manage, especially in the later stages.

Can Cancer Be Cured Without Chemotherapy?

This is an interesting question. For starters, it implies that cancer can be cured with chemotherapy; however, it is arguable that chemotherapy actually cures cancer. According to an article, "Analyses of repeated failures in cancer therapy for solid tumors: poor tumor-selective drug delivery, low therapeutic efficacy and unsustainable costs," published in March 2018 in the journal Clinical Translational Medicine, chemotherapy and other current therapeutic approaches have outcome failure rates of 90% (┬▒5) for solid tumors.

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

* Dr. Connie muses: Physician heal thyself

* Adriana: Feeling frustrated with part of myself

* Dr. Marcel: The Healing journey

* Anandini: How I grew as a healer

The transformative power of gratitude

* Our recommended product: Commune bars

* IV therapy: Myers Q&A

* Jane H: YOU are the healer

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

* Lasting dangers of chemotherapy
* Is chemo a fraud?

Can cancer be cured without chemotherapy?

*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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