Pacific Naturopathic
Pacific Naturopathic  Newsletter
 Number 126 * March 2020
1580 W. El Camino Real, Suite 7  
                             Mountain View, CA 94040, 650-961-1660     

The Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care


We are publishing our monthly newsletter a bit earlier than usual because of the high anxiety about the Coronavirus and the large number of emails and phone calls we have received asking for information.  This newsletter addresses many of the questions our patients have asked.  You will find overlapping information in both Dr. Connie's and Dr. Marcel's articles. Please consider any repetition as being extra important in management and treatment of viral infections.

Rather than summarizing the articles in this introduction like we usually do, we are encouraging you to read them in full this time.  Regular writers Jane Hernandez and Anandini Wadera will return next month.

The  Hernandez Center for Adjunctive Cancer Care  articles this month focuses on three alternative/adjunctive cancer therapies, hyperthermia, ozone and quercetin.

May all beings be healthy and happy!

Dr. Connie, Dr. Marcel, Dr. Sage, Jane H. and your health care team  at Pacific Naturopathic and the Hernandez Center for Adjunctive Cancer Care

Dr. Connie Muses on  
the Virus gone Viral

by Connie Hernandez, ND
Volunteers in protective suits are disinfected in Wuhan, the epicentre of the novel coronavirus outbreak, in Hubei province, China.
Coronavirus, now renamed Covid-19, is a virus that has gone viral, both through internet communication and other news reporting, and, physiologically through the apparent ease of transmission from one body to another.  

Viral internet reporting pointed at first to snakes or bats from the Wuhan seafood and wild animal market, then to the pangolin (an endangered species illegally trafficked for Chinese medicine), and to wildfire speculation re the Wuhan virology laboratory, and to elaborate conspiracy theories. The harsh reality of the consequences of contracting the virus has generated widespread fear and further speculation. At this point, given the general atmosphere of distrust of both media and government, foreign and domestic, it is virtually impossible to ascertain the facts with regards to this virus. 

For rest of article, click  HERE

Find out more about Dr. Connie's work 

Virus Prevention and Treatment 101:  Important Information!

by Marcel Hernandez, ND

The first and most important point to make is this -- whether or not you become infected with a virus depends on two factors:  the virulence of the offending virus and the state of your immune system.  A powerful virus can overwhelm even the most vibrant immune system but a vibrant immune system can prevent many viruses from taking hold and generating an infection. If a virus does take hold, a vigilant and powerful immune system response can decrease severity of symptoms and hasten recovery.

Read the rest of the article HERE

Natural Anti-virals:
Receptivity to Covid-19

Connie Hernandez, ND

With Covid-19, as with all other viruses and micro-organisms, there are two major factors which contribute to contracting a virus and being sickened by it. The first is the virulence of the organism. The second is the receptivity of the host.  

Covid-19 is more virulent than the common flu virus, as are the SARS and MERS viruses. Though the numbers of people affected and deaths reported are thus far fewer, the percentage of deaths is higher than with the common flu virus. In addition to avoiding the virus if and when possible, we can each work to optimize our bodily defenses such that we become less receptive to the virus. 

See rest of article HERE

Want to to be prepared?

While some of the products mentioned in this article are small suppliers, and are available only in our office, many of the products referenced above can be obtained through  Fullscript,  a main dispensary we use. Click on:

Register and go to favorites. Scroll down to Viral Support, and you will be able to order. For personalized recommendations, please either schedule a phone consult or an in person consult. Be well!

What's better than a facemask?

Jane Hernandez, CCHT

It's your mind.
When there is so much insecurity and even panic the BEST thing to do is to seek the Relaxation Response. Why? Because your thoughts regulate emotions and that affects your body and can potentially weaken it.
Here are some suggestions so that you can become your own thought police.
1.      Use self-hypnosis if you know how
2.      Use EFT to calm down
3.      Meditate
4.      Yoga, Tai Chi, Qi Gong
5.      ANYTHING you use to calm yourself
The more you seek calm, the more your body protects itself. Submitting to fear and panic exposes you more so take charge.

For more information about Jane Hernandez and her work, click  HERE

Jane is available on Thursdays at Pacific Naturopathic office in Mountain View.  
Schedule directly with her at 510-676-1460

The Centurion for Joint Pain Relief
(A "Tesla Recharging Station for Humans")

Jane Hernandez, our resident EFT and hypnotherapy practitioner, got immediate relief from knee pain 

PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency) technology was approved by the FDA in 1979 and has been used for the past 50 years to treat various conditions such as non-union bone fractures, rotator cuff tendinitis and peripheral nerve regeneration. 

Documented studies indicate that PEMF Devices can be effective for treating osteoarthritis. PEMF treatment can reduce pain and swelling and have overall beneficial effects on the cardiovascular and autonomic nervous system. 

Drs. Marcel and Connie thought to try a PEMF device for these purposes, and came home from last month's conference with the Centurion, a ring shaped PEMF device. Dr. Marcel and Jane (Dr. Marcel's sister and our EFT practitioner) tried it on their knees. Dr. Connie tried it on a threatening frozen shoulder. The research documented efficacy over a month's period of time, but all three of us felt an increase in relaxation and got some immediate relief from joint pain with the first 30 minute treatment. We are all eager to see the effects of the suggested two treatments daily.  
Try a treatment in the office yourself. (Contraindicated for those with pacemakers,  electronic stimulators, any magnetic or metal implants, and stents. Inadvisable in the first month of pregnancy.)  $30 for 30 minutes.  

To reserve a treatment time please phone 650-961-1660

FIT (Food Inflammation Test) TEST:
Kits Now Available From Our office

At a recent medical conference we attended we stopped by one of the booths to discuss advances in allergy testing.  We were so highly impressed with the technology behind this test that Dr. Marcel decided to pay for and do one of the tests on himself.

Food sensitivities affect more than 100 million people worldwide. Food sensitivities cause a range of illness and symptoms, including skin rashes and chronic intestinal diseases.

The FIT Test is a patented, multi-pathway delayed food sensitivity test. The test uses new technology that measures both IgG and Immune Complexes, the most common food-related pathways in the body. The FIT Test measures sensitivities to up to 132 different foods and additives spanning all major food groups. Food elimination based on the FIT Test results reduces symptoms a patient is experiencing.

The FIT Test yields many benefits, including: uncovering which foods are causing inflammation and disease, developing a personalized nutritional guide, and improving a patient's state of health and energy levels. The test is the most sensitive food test available using new patented technology.

A clinical study showed the FIT test helped people with:

* Anxiety and depression
* Bloating and stomach pain
* Inability to lose weight
* Impotence/libido
* Fatigue/insomnia
* Joint pain
* Constipation/diarrhea
* Sugar craving

The FIT test is available from our office for $325.  We only ordered five kits for this initial offering. Reserve yours now by phoning us at 650-961-1660.  
Included in the price is a color-coded report showing foods with highest sensitivities, a personalized 7-day rotation diet and an app to help you choose appropriate foods.

Note:  You must be a patient at Pacific Naturopathic to participate in this promotion.

More information:

Fast Acting Muscle and Joint Relief Gel 
Really Works as Advertised!

Also discovered at a booth at a recent medical conference...

Both Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel have minor musculoskeletal challenges.  In his spiel to us, the company salesman told us a single application would provide immediate pain relief.  We thought, "yeah, sure.  Another snake-oil salesman."  So Connie bared her frozen shoulder, I applied a layer of the gel, and within seconds her pain had lessened noticeably. We were sold.

From the company brochure:  "If you've scoured the shelves at your local store for the ultimate pain relief cream, you know that a lot of them just don't get the job done. You've tried a variety of products for muscle and joint pain relief without success; until now. Relief Rx is a new kind of relief. This proprietary blend of natural herbal ingredients gently absorbs into the skin to provide comfort when and where you need it most. Packaged for your busy lifestyle in a convenient on­-the­-go tube, just one generous dab of Relief Rx is what your body needs to combat muscle and joint stress."

Ingredients include white willow bark, hemp oil, aloe vera gel, and trace minerals.

Sold for $30 on line plus tax and shipping.   Available in our office for $25 plus tax.

More information:

Ionic Detoxification  Foot Baths in Our Office!

For years we resisted this form of therapy thinking it too woo-woo for our patients.  Then the manufacturer showed us before and after heavy metal testing results performed on foot bath patients.  We were impressed!

Dr. Connie experiences ionic foot bath at a conference

How long are the sessions?  

Sessions last 30 minutes. Patients can just sit and relax, read or doze during the session.
What will a person experience?

Nothing except a warm water foot soak during treatment.  Afterward, people may experience a pleasant tingling sensation in the feet. Most people also experience a deep relaxation effect and for some, better sleep.  Often people experience more energy and alertness and a clearing of brain fog.
How often should a person receive treatment?

Any detoxification program has a cumulative effect with repeated treatments.  However, each individual session provides benefits. We offer discount packages for people who desire sustained positive effects. Ideally, people should receive three treatments a week separated by one or two days.
What times are available for treatment?

Any time the office is open.
How much do treatments cost?

Single Session:            $50
6 Session Package:      $255 ($42.50 per treatment, a 15% discount)
12 Session Package:    $480 ($40 per treatment, a 20% discount)
* Package purchases must be paid at the time of scheduling.

For a deeper discussion of the science behind the foot bath, click  HERE


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

For Sale in our clinic...

Expanded Unique Healthy Product Section in Our Clinic: 
 Perfect for Gifts and Self-Care

We are absolutely  delighted to offer a selection of unique healthy products, 
most of which are not available anywhere else in the Bay Area.

For a complete list of special products available in our little boutique, click  HERE

The Myers Cocktail: for Colds, Flus, Immune System Support and much, much more...
Myers Cocktail:  
Safe, Powerful Effective

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.

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

Please phone 650-961-1660 for more information.


Message from Anandini, on a 
Game Drive in South Africa...

Anandini Wadera, LAc

Hello friends!

Keep your immune system bolstered with a dropper full of astragalus every morning, and wearing a scarf to protect your "Wind Gates" when you are traveling or in busy areas.

Stay healthy!

To schedule with Anandini, 
please contact her directly at 
[email protected]  or 650-922-1129

Visit Anandini's web site:

Glutathione: You've heard of it, 
so here are the facts: 

(Dr. Connie's comments:)

As n oted in Musings, chemosensitivity, radiofrequency sensitivity, Lyme Disease, and other multisystemic chronic conditions all have in common oxidative stress and the formation of free radicals in the body. Oxidative stress leads to mitochondrial damage, cancer, Alzheimers, Type 2 diabetes, aging and more. 
Nutrients such as C, E and alpha lipoic acid are powerful antioxidants, but are destabilized after fulfilling their antioxidant functions. Glutathione restabilizes these nutrients. Glutathione is the body's master antioxidant. It is protective of immune cells, aids detoxification in the liver, slows aging, allows the body to rebuild and repair.  
For these and other reasons, we offer Glutathione I.V.s in our office, often after a after Myer's Cocktail but also by itself. Patients report increased sensory awareness and feeling refreshed after a glutathione IV.

Intravenous Glutathione is our most powerful way to introduce glutathione into the body, though we do also use oral liposomal glutathione (available in our office), and oral N Acetyl Cysteine (NAC),  which is a precursor to glutathione.  


Please phone 650-961-1660 for more information.

About food:
Dr. Marcel's 
Brussel Sprouts Parmesan


Extremely nutritious and easy to make

Brussels sprouts are rich in vitamin Cvitamin B6 and vitamin Avitamin K as well as dietary fibermanganesecopperpotassium, and many other essential vitamins. They also include flavonoids and polyphenolic compounds.

Brussel sprouts help boost the immune system, i mprove digestion and elimination, supply nutrients essential for healthy pregnancies, have both cancer preventive and treatment benefits, contribute to bone health and blood clotting mechanisms and contribute to healthy thyroid function.


-- Brussel sprouts, about 1/2 pound
-- Juice of 1/2 lime
-- 2 tablespoons olive oil
-- 2 teaspoons soy sauce
-- 1 tablespoon finely diced pimentos. 
-- 3 tablespoons shredded parmesan cheese 
-- 2 tablespoons finely diced raw sweet onion
1. Cut off bottom stem attachment of Brussel sprouts. 
2. Peel off and discard one layer of outer leaves. 
3. Cut each sprout in half. 
4. Steam until a fork passes easily through the sprout... about 10 minutes.
5. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.  Transfer to bowl.
6. Add rest of ingredients, toss and serve.  Best at room temperature or slightly warm.


Breast Thermography at
Pacific Naturopathic
- thermography and breast feeding -


We are occasionally asked whether breast thermography can provide any information to breast feeding women.  The answer is yes.  

Breast feeding women do need to follow all the guidelines that other women follow in order to get an accurate reading. In addition, the more time away from nursing the better, with 2 hours being a minimum. If nursing is one sided, it is important also to designate which was the nursing breast, While the vascularity is higher during lactation, unusual vascular structures can be identified, and temperature differences between correspondent points on each breast will still be apparent.


Breast thermography is offered on most Wednesdays at Pacific Naturopathic.

Read more about 
breast thermography  at
Pacific Naturopathic   here.
My Grandfather's Natural Wisdom

by Marcel Hernandez, ND
Dr. Antonio Hernández de Leon
There must be a genetic component in my choosing to be a naturopathic doctor.  My grandfather was a pharmacist in Cuba in the mid-1900s who showed major disdain for pharmaceutical medicine.

He was a member of the Cuban Naturalist Association and on May 28, 1926, he gave a keynote speech at the Association's annual meeting where he espoused the benefits of natural medicine and expressed concern about  chemical approaches to well-being. Fortunately, my father kept the transcript of his address and translated it into English.  In the coming weeks, I will continue to publish quotes from this speech.  

"I advise all of you to use  pharmaceutical products as little as possible because an old maxim states, 'what is good for the liver may be bad for the spleen ."'

Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii: 

-- immune system nourishment

Check Future Openings 
(then click on "Availability")


A stay at Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center offers the perfect opportunity to support your immune system. 

Relax away from the crowds on the View House lanai. Sleep to your heart's content. Utilize the private infrared sauna and hot tub. Take the opportunity to enjoy the fresh air, to play in the healing ocean waters, to consume the natural antioxidants found in the fresh fruits found on the property and in the fruits and vegetables found in the many island farmer's markets.  Check the calendar to see if there's an opening for you.  And be sure to check both Southwest Airlines and Alaska Airlines for discounted fares to the island. 

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. 

Medical Humor:  A Break From 
"Matters of Consequence"

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.


Hyperthermia Therapy is an experimental form of cancer therapy that utilizes localized or whole-body administration of heat.

Intense heating will cause denaturation and coagulation of cellular proteins, rapidly killing the cells within a tumor. What this means is the protein cells will lose their quaternary structure, tertiary structure and secondary structure which causes cell disruption and cell death. A mild heat-treatment in combination of other stresses can also cause apoptosis of the cell, which means the cell dies and creates fragments which are called apoptotic bodies, which can be cleaned up by phagocytic cells. Phagocytic cells engulf these apoptotic bodies which destroys them, rendering them unable to cause damage to surrounding cells.

Hyperthermia Therapy is very exciting because, if it turns out to be a viable treatment, this will destroy the cancerous tumors from the inside out and hinder its ability to infect more healthy cells. This therapy type is currently in the very early stages of development, as scientists need to dial in how much heat is needed to destroy these cells.

The application of heat to treat certain medical conditions, including possible tumors, has a very long history. Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians used heat to treat breast masses; this is still a recommended self-care treatment for breast engorgement. Medical practitioners in ancient India used regional and whole-body hyperthermia as treatments for various medical maladies as well. 

During the 19th century, tumor shrinkage after a high fever caused by infections was reported in a small number of cases. Because of this, properly conducted clinical trials were conducted in the early 1970's using hyperthermia therapy in an attempt to reduce or kill cancerous growths in patients. The ancient usage of hyperthermia treatment, the reported cases of tumor-shrinkage in the early 19th century and the clinical trials performed in the 1970's comprise the basis for today's treatments utilizing hyperthermia therapy.

Dr. Marcel Comments:

We have known about hyperthermia and its effect on cancer for many years. Although the science behind hyperthermia is sound, solid studies on in vivo efficacy are rare.

Finding a treatment center outside a hospital setting is rare and getting an oncologist to prescribe hyperthermia treatments is just as rare.  We have considered purchasing a hyperthermia machine for our office, but the costs are affordable for only large institutions.  


Quercetin is a dietary supplement that makes for an excellent free-radical-scavenging antioxidant and it also promotes apoptosis in cancerous cells. 

In vitro it has been proven to have anti-tumor proclivities in both oral cancer and leukemia. Cultured skin and prostate cancer cells showed significant mortality (compared to nonmalignant cells) when treated with a combination of quercetin and ultrasound. Interestingly enough, ultrasound promotes topical absorption of up to 100% making a topical Quercetin and ultrasound combination to be a possible option for experimental cancer treatment. 

Quercetin is found in most fruits, vegetables, leaves and grains, which is why a diet high in these items can be very advantageous for many cancer patients. When taken orally, such as eating products that naturally contain it, it can be a helpful supplement to other cancer treatments, but doctors are trying to find a way to create a topical ointment that will work against cancerous cells to use in combination with ultrasound therapy. The topical ointment is still in early development, but the food items that contain this antioxidant are readily available on the market.

Some foods containing Quercetin are as follows: capers (canned or fresh), black plums, cranberries, fennel, radish leaves, dill, cilantro, red onions, kale, sweet potato, blueberries, Red Delicious apples, broccoli and black or green teas. A diet high in these foods as a supplement can sometimes help inhibit cancerous growths. 

This should by no means be used as a cancer treatment replacement, only as a supplement. Quercetin has the capability to inhibit cancerous cells from multiplying, but it isn't as effective on its own as other treatments. Popular treatment options involving Quercetin are usually radiation therapy or Adoptive Cell Transfer Therapies that utilize a diet rich in Quercetin as a complimenting supplement.


Dr. Marcel comments:

One of the longstanding problems with quercetin treatment has been that it is poorly absorbed in therapeutic quantities.  New formulas are being developed and strategies are in place to improve absorption.  The combination of topical quercetin driven in by ultrasound is an idea worth pursuing.

How Ozone Therapy May Improve Cancer Treatments

Ozone therapy has been included in alternative and integrative cancer support programs outside of the US for many decades. Only recently has ozone therapy gained some attention in the US for its anti-cancer effects. 

Ozone therapy refers to the use of O3, which is a molecule consisting of three oxygen atoms that are unstably combined together. This is somewhat similar to the O2 that most people are familiar with, which is two oxygen molecules bound together in a more stable fashion.   The power of ozone therapy stems from this third oxygen molecule. In living systems when ozone is exposed to the blood this causes a chemical reaction to occur with amino acids and lipids. This reaction forms intermediate molecules known as peroxides, and it is these molecules that give ozone health promoting effects.  

One interesting effect that ozone therapy has is the ability to increase tissue oxygenation. 


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   
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for Adjunctive Cancer Care

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