Pacific Naturopathic
Pacific Naturopathic  Newsletter
 Number 98 * October 2017
2570 W. El Camino Real * Suite 111 * Mountain View, CA 94040 650-917-1121

The Hernandez Center 
for Adjunctive Cancer Care


Greetings from Kyoto, Japan.  Yes, Dr. Connie and Dr. Marcel are on the road again!

With this issue of the newsletter we welcome Dr. Benjamin Alter, N.D., as a newsletter contributor. Dr. Benjamin brings a calm, healing presence to Pacific Naturopathic and is a perfect fit both energetically and medically.  You can read about some of Dr. Benjamin's experiences in last month's newsletter. 

Writing about specific, tangible physical challenges, like pain or insomnia, is much easier than writing about abstract influences on health.  Vitalism, a core element of naturopathic medical practice, presents challenges to effective communication.  Most of us have at least some inkling of what we mean when we use the term Vitalism, but how do we communicate this innate semi-understanding to others? Well, we'll try our best as understanding of energetics is crucial to profound healing.  Our writers never know what the others are going to focus on, so it is interesting to note the similarities in thought and how the article complement each other and as a whole, weave a complete picture of the month's theme.

In this issue, Dr. Connie begins by musing on her journey in medicine and offers her insights into Vitalistic understanding; Dr. Benjamin discusses the vital force and introduces the therapeutic order of the healing process; Dr. Marcel presents an expanded definition of Vitalism; Dr. Connie writes on how natural elements energize the vital force; Jane H. discusses the animating power of the Vital force and Lauren H-W makes one last attempt to stave off winter through her yummy recipe for summer fruit crisp.  

For readers looking for long-time associate Elijah Free, Elijah may be texted or phoned at 831-325-3300 or emailed at  We understand that he is up and running in a new local office.

Hernandez Center news includes articles on two cancer-fighting plants, lung cancer and marijuana and restoring your sense of smell after chemotherapy.

May all beings be healthy and happy!

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

Dr. Connie's Musings...
Dr. Connie meditating in Waipio Valley near our Hawaii vacation rental

Musings on Vitalistic Medicine

In the mid 1970's, after a stint at the East West Center at the University of Hawaii, Masters of Public Health in hand, I was given full funding to attend the UH School of Medicine. Standing at the doors of that institution and picturing my future, I realized that if I walked in, I would walk out those doors some 4 years later programmed to believe in and to practice conventional medicine. At that time, I did not have a strong foundation in medicine, but I did know that I did not believe that the pharmaceutical management of diagnosable disease equates to health care.
And so the journey began. From the mid 70's through the mid 80's, Dr. Marcel and I traveled throughout Asia, visited with psychic and spiritual healers, herbalists, yoga and breath therapists and acupuncturists. Ultimately, while living in Japan and working on a project with a close friend, we learned of naturopathic medicine, and determined to hire a naturopathic doctor.  As none were to be found, Dr. Marcel and I ourselves applied to attend naturopathic medical school.
We were awed by the vitalistic foundation of naturopathy, and by naturopathic principles of practice. Naturopathy is based on the understanding that there is a vital intelligent healing force within each one of us, and that our job as doctors is to help the patient encourage the flow and remove obstacles to that vital force. Beyond that, we were taught to identify and treat the cause of disease; to above all do no harm; to practice preventive medicine; to treat the whole person; to educate our patients.
Our training, in addition to conventional medical training, paid tribute to pioneers in vitalistic naturopathy, and included homeopathy, hydrotherapy, botanical medicine, dietary modification and more. Naturopaths were striving for recognition as practitioners of scientific medicine (thus becoming eligible for insurance reimbursement and, I might add, being seen as worthy of the status given conventional practitioners.)  I got the sense then, that just as many osteopaths became indistinguishable from conventional physicians, the same might happen with naturopathic doctors.
At that time, though, Dr. Marcel and I moved to Brattleboro, Vermont. We dreamed of establishing a scientifically based and enlightened nature cure center, along the lines of the late 19th century and early 20th century water cure centers. (Think of John Harvey Kellog's heavily satirized Battle Creek Sanitarium.) We quickly learned how difficult our project could be, given 21st century building and special use permits. Our subsequent experiences in California and in Hawaii have borne out the difficulty.
Nevertheless, the longer we practice, the more we find the basic tenets of vitalistic medicine to be primary in healing:  Surrounding us and flowing through us is an unlimited source of pure energy. It is creative and intelligent, the source of being and the source of healing.  The scientifically validated therapies are adjunctive in healing to the freeing of this flow of energy, not the other way around. If the vital force is not flowing, there is no pill proven effective in a double blind placebo controlled study that will effect healing.  

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

May the (Vital) Force Be With You

Benjamin Alter, ND

Naturopathic Philosophy 101

In Naturopathic Medicine, we follow a hierarchy of healing termed the Therapeutic Order. This template created by Drs. Jared Zeff and Pamela Snider, two of my teachers in medical school, is intended to guide the practical application of Naturopathic Medicine. This simple guide is the compass of the healing process, always leading to true health.

Level one of the Therapeutic Order is to establish the foundation for optimal health. While these words may sound vague, the message is quite clear and specific; remove any thought, action, substance, or behavior that may be disturbing and replace it with something more healthful. Whether it is a food that is causing a stress on the system, physical inactivity, or an emotionally damaging relationship, these fundamental points must be addressed first. That is why this is level one, the foundation. If the base of your health is not strong and stable in these ways, further treatment will simply be palliative.
Assuming the ground level foundation is strong and stable through health promoting foods, behaviors, and relationships, let's shift the focus to level two; stimulate the body's self-healing mechanisms. This is where Vitalism is applied. The "self-healing mechanisms" of the body are also referred to as the Vital Force, or vis medicatrix naturae in Latin.
What is the Vital Force?

The Vital Force is the spark of life in us all that innately moves in the direction of health. Just as a seed bursts through the earth's crust and shoots toward the light under proper conditions, the same life force moves through us all. Just as the plant adapts to maximize it's ability to access sunlight and vital nutrients, we humans are also adaptive organisms. The inherent wisdom of the body is always looking out for us. We are always doing our best to grow towards the light. From this perspective, even the most debilitating diseases are our body's best attempt at health. Therefore, the symptom that one experiences is the very expression of the Vital Force.
How can I stimulate my Vital Force?

While vitamins, minerals, herbs, or supplements affect the physiology from an outside-in approach, stimulating the Vital Force makes an inside-out impact. There are as many ways to stimulate the self-healing mechanisms of the body as there are humans on the planet. Science is indeed coming to affirm that which most of us have intuitive known all along. The inner and outer environment that we subject ourselves to powerfully influences how we feel and function. Following is a brief list of ways that have been scientifically proven to stimulate the Vital Force in some way:
  • Spending time in nature
  • Laughter
  • Hugging/physical touch
  • Being around Loved ones
  • Positive thinking
  • Gratitude
  • Diaphragmatic breathing
  • Meditation
These simple activities and ways of being have a powerful impact that permeates the interwoven framework of our psycho-neuro-immuno-physiologic selves. Our heightened experience is the activation of the Vital Force. While we absolutely feel happy and peaceful in the mind, the body enters an enhanced state of healing. The immune system is strengthened. Hormones are balanced. Blood flows smoothly. Detoxification is enhanced. Healing is accelerated.
Next time you find yourself reaching for a medicine or supplement to address your symptoms from the outside-in, consider how you might stimulate your Vital Force to heal from the inside-out. When done with a clear and positive intention, applying these Vitalistic principles to your daily life can have a powerful and sustainable impact on every aspect of health and wellbeing.

Benjamin Alter, N.D., is a new associate at Pacific Naturopathic.  
He may be contacted at 650-917-1121.

Understanding Vitalism -- More Than You Think
(clue: don't think, be!)

Vitalism... what does that word bring up in your consciousness?  Vitalism is defined as " a doctrine that the processes of life are not explicable by the laws of physics and chemistry alone and that life is in some part self-determining."  Uh, OK. Let's read this definition again.  What does it really mean?  Where does this definition take your consciousness?  Here's my take...
The brain strives to categorize or put things in boxes in an effort to understand them and control them.  The brain rebels against out-of-the-box abstract thinking.  It does not like to accept as real anything it cannot quantify, qualify and file into appropriate neurological storage. To vitalists like most naturopathic doctors, denial of Vitalistic principles is the ultimate human egoic arrogance.  It is obvious to any being who is striving for true, non-materialistic happiness in this lifetime that a motivating energetic component exists beyond the physics and chemistry of tangible creation. We also know that t he human body is greater than the sum of its parts, and that its parts and processes are interdependent.
With this in mind, let's rephrase the basic definition: to Vitalists, the human organism has a basic Creative Intelligence which sustains, animates, motivates, heals, coordinates and inspires living beings.
Naturopathic medicine is built on the knowledge that the vibrancy of this innate "Vital force" determines the life and health of the human organism. Yes, naturopathic doctors intervene medically through clinical nutrition, lab tests, supplements and medicinals to support the body's efforts to heal itself from physical challenges. But we also address the energetic schematic that sets the pattern for physiological processes by using techniques that bring about a closer integration between mind, body and spirit.  To be redundant: naturopathic doctors address the energetic component, simply because this is the level where lasting, profound healing occurs.

Healing is not a random process.  It is a focused internal process of personal evolution, growth, self-development and self-discovery. As a person heals, their mind, body and spirit become more closely integrated. True healing is a process of discovering how to bring into expression the highest vision we have into the present moment.

Whether our experience of life is joyful or challenging, each experience represents an opportunity for personal growth. As we begin to understand our relationship to both the physical and intangible aspects of reality, the more vibrant and alive we feel. The more deeply we dive, the closer we come to experiencing the upward connection that lies at the core of our being.  This is the truth of who we really are.

The final element of the expanded Vitalistic definition is that change is an integral part of the healing process. In order to heal, we must be open to change. This willingness to change enables us to become free of past behaviors, attitudes and belief systems that are obstacles to personal development and spiritual growth. If we do what we've always done, we will be what we've always been, and get what we've always gotten. Resisting change means we will continue to be who we are not, which keeps us from the freedom inherent in becoming who we truly are: pure, unconditional love.

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

Putting the Nature Back in Naturopathy
Earth, Water, Fire, and Air


Long advocated by naturopaths, though somewhat neglected in urban practice, nature cures have now caught the attention of both modern day medical researchers and conventional medical doctors.
I was recently gratified to read a Dr. Mercola article entitled "Most Americans Suffer from Nature Deficiency Syndrome". In this article, Dr. Mercola details the researched benefits of spending time in nature, including a decrease in anxiety and depression and fatigue, improvement of self esteem and social connections, and regularization of blood pressure.
Doctor Mercola mentions one of my favorite Japanese nature cures, Shinrin-yoku, or forest bathing. Japanese national research confirms that time spent in the forest lowers blood pressure, blood sugar, and cortisol levels. The Japanese government designates specific forest areas for forest bathing. Forest bathing guidance is also offered here in the Bay Area. Check out or make your individual way to the redwoods.
Another Japanese nature cure, reminiscent of the European hydrotherapy cures, is Misogi Shuho. This is the practice of purifying and invigorating oneself by standing under a waterfall. In the Shinto tradition, prior to the waterfall cleanse, practices are prescribed to awaken awareness of the vital force within. Tensing body parts, breathing and chanting are often a part of the process.
Though forests and waterfalls are generally absent in urban environments, there are many other nature cure options. Dew walking, or walking barefoot on the dewy grass in the morning, stimulates the organs through acupressure, awakens the vital force, enhances immunity. Cardiac surgeon Dr Stephen Sinatra has authored several books (The Sinatra Solution and Earthing The most important health discovery ever?) detailing how contact with the earth restores our bodies to a healthy electromagnetic state, and helps normalize cardiac function. Other earth element support could include mud baths or rock climbing. 
Earth, water, fire and air elements resonate with energy centers in our bodies, balancing associated endocrine organs and nerve plexuses, and awakening vital force. Home based water therapies range from foot soaks to Epsom salt baths. Alternating hot and cold showers alternate vasodilation and vasoconstriction, and support circulation and lymphatic drainage.
With regards to the fire element, heliotropic healing, or healing through the rays of the sun, is ever available. Remembering that "only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the mid day sun," whole body exposure in less intense sun does far more than increase vitamin D levels. A therapy combining fire and water elements, infrared sauna treatments kindle immune system response and promote other body functions, as well as using the skin as the body's largest organ of elimination, thus facilitating detoxification.
The air element is fortified through breathing practices. One of the simplest ways to balance the sympathetic nervous system is through 10 conscious breaths, inhaling through the nose, and allowing the breath to escape through the mouth.
For many more tips on stimulating the vital force through nature and lifestyle, see Vital Lifestyle Your Self-Healing Handbook, written by our wonderful new associate doctor Benjamin Alter, ND and his partner, soon to be ND Susanna McMillan, and available now in our office for $12 or through the Amazon link, above.


Find out more about Dr. Connie's work  HERE.

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

In this section of our newsletter, we will describe unique health care products we offer in the new, small retail section of our clinic.

Vital Lifestyle: Your Self-Healing Handbook

We are delighted to recommend this wonderful, optimistic and uplifting book written by our new associate doctor, Benjamin Alter, N.D., and his partner, Susanna McMillan (N.D. candidate).  The book is available in our office or through  Amazon

Amazon write-up: " This handbook gives an overview of the basic yet powerful principles that provide the foundation to a healthy and fulfilling life. By identifying and simplifying the necessary components of creating a healthy life, the reader is supported in making sustainable changes to optimize health. From exercise and nutrition to stress management and relationships, this book demonstrates how a natural and healthy lifestyle is easy and enjoyable."

 Price: $12

Conditions Treated With Intravenous Nutrient Therapy

At Pacific Naturopathic and the Hernandez Center for Adjunctive Cancer Care we offer a wide array of I.V. formulas for a number of medical conditions.  

Intravenous Nutrient Therapy (IVNT) is an extremely safe and effective therapy using natural substances in varying concentrations, enabling accelerated healing for optimal health.  Most any condition can benefit from high dose nutrient therapy, from general health optimization, acute cold symptoms, to caner, migraines, and viral infections.  Among the many conditions which benefit from IVNT are:

*   Cancer
*   Chronic fatigue syndrome
*   Fibromyalgia
*   Depression
*   Parkinson's Disease
*   Migraine Headaches
*   Macular degeneration, Cataracts and certain Retinopathies
*   Autoimmune conditions ( Rheumatoid Arthritis,  Lupus,  Hashimoto's Thyroiditis)
*   Lyme Disease and other chronic infections
*   Hepatitis
*   Herpes Virus
*   Environmental Toxicity
*   Malabsorption problems (i.e. gastritis, ulcers, IBS, Crohn's, colitis, diverticulits)
*   Asthma
*   Flu symptoms
*   Peripheral Artery Disease
*   Macular Degeneration
*   Heavy metal toxicity
*   Post traumatic/post operative wound healing
*   Heart disease
*   Diabetes
*   Parkinson's disease
*   Alzheimer's disease
*   Dementia
*   Multiple Sclerosis
*   HIV

Benefits seen by patients vary and depend on the severity of the illness and individual response to treatment.  The desired goals expected include:


*   Stimulates and increases immune system function

*   Encourages cellular repair and regeneration

*   Accelerates the process of recovery

*   Provides preventative immune support

*   Inhibits disease progression

*   Enhances treatment efficacy

*   Bolsters cancer-fighting capacity

*   Increases energy

*   Improves circulation

*   Increases cellular detoxification

*   Enhances sense of wellbeing

*   Decreases symptoms related to chronic or acute illness

*   Alleviates nutritional deficiencies

*   Hydrates the body

*   Increases body's ability to heal

Interested? Please phone for more information: 650-917-1121.
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Interested in exploring the world of IV nutrient therapy?  
Dr. Marcel is happy to address any of your questions.

Please phone 650-917-1121 for more information.

 Have You Ever Seen a Dead Person?

Jane 2013

Being raised a Catholic I saw many dead people in open caskets. It was fascinating to me as a child because death was so far from a reality in my life then.  But it didn't bother me because those dearly departed did not seem like real people- something essential was missing from the likeness. Later on I was in Nepal at a huge Hindu festival and a dying adolescent girl was brought to the Holy River. Her parents were in search of a miracle. Alas, it was too late and, as I watched from the opposite bank, I witnessed the moment she passed.
I could almost swear that I saw her soul leave the body but it may be that I felt the energy leave because of a deeper knowing.
Now, years later, I am engaged in working with the life energy of my clients through mind/body techniques. Now is a unique time because the idea of  humans as machines that need to be fixed is no longer the one and only approved way to heal.
If you are reading this newsletter then you probably understand that your body is a self-healing organism.
Inherent healing energy has been recognized by all cultures for thousands of years whether known as Chi, Ki, Prana, Mana, or Ruach. When this energy is unleashed and activated it creates the conditions for the body to heal.
It used to be that this energy healing was anecdotal and scorned by science but the good news is that there is more and more evidence-based research coming out all the time.
So, the question might be, "How do I activate it?" Let me count the ways...
I love to teach EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to my clients.  With EFT Tapping, your fingertips literally tap into your body's own energy and healing power through acupressure meridian points. EFT is spreading very quickly and changing lives all over the world for millions of people. WHY? Because it works.
Hypnotherapy is a process which entails bringing someone into a focused state of concentration from which they can get in touch with underlying events and patterns which are blocking them physically and emotionally. The hypnotic process uses this state of consciousness to more effectively transmit the messages you desire throughout your mind/body. When the energetic blocks, old emotions, and limiting beliefs are neutralized, it frees your energy and releases your body's natural healing abilities.
I became a Reiki Master because it is such a pure form of vibrational healing. The life force energy does not come from me but rather through me, from the universe, into my hands. Once I invite this energy and feel it in my hands, I lay them gently on the recipient at specific points. Reiki stimulates a natural tendency toward vibrance, and is beneficial in maintaining and extending  balance, health and emotional well being. Reiki can be learned and the ability to channel the healing energy through attunements from a qualified Reiki Master. I offer Reiki treatments only to clients who have experienced Hypnosis and EFT with me.
There are many more energy healing techniques but the most important thought to take away is that you are not a machine that just needs a good mechanic to fix you, oh no, you are so much more. Your healing energy may be subtle but it is the stuff of miracles.

Subtle vibrations.
Exquisite sensations.
A near perfect nirvana.
Cleansing us like a sauna.
By Morrigan LaFaye King

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Jane sees clients at Pacific Naturopathic  on Thursdays 
and in Oakland by appointment.
Schedule an appointment with Jane Hernandez, CCHT, by phoning 510-676-1460,  or by email at

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

Lauren's Recipes
Lauren Hoover-West

Summer Fruit Crisp

I look forward to summer fruits all year long. Who doesn't like warm fruit with a crumbly topping with dairy-free vanilla ice "cream?"

Yields: 1 (9x12) pan or 2 quart round soufflé dish-serves 6-10 people


3 pounds of  organic stone fruit (nectarines, peaches, apricots, plums), 1 inch slices
¾ cup coconut palm sugar
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
 zest and juice of 1 small lemon 
1 teaspoon tapioca starch or 2 Tablespoons Gluten-free oat flour


1 cup gluten-free oat flour, sifted
½ cup coconut palm sugar or date sugar or maple sugar 
1/2 coconut oil, refined is neutral in flavor
zest of one lemon 
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans, sliced almonds)
½ cup gluten-free rolled oats (not quick cooking)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash lemons and fruit with vegetable wash. Do you know how many people have handled that fruit? Trust me, you don't want to know...just wash it and rinse well with cold water! Slice fruit and put in a large bowl and add the rest of the filling ingredients to the fruit, stir well. Pour into a 9x12 glass baking dish or a 2 quart round soufflé dish or something equivalent-it can be a different shape, but the same size. Set fruit aside. 

For the topping, place all ingredients into a food processor with the s blade, and pulse until it is crumbly and the size of cherries. This can also be done with a pastry cutter in a bowl. Pour evenly over fruit and bake for approximately 30 minutes or until the topping is golden brown and fruit is bubbling. This must be cooled for 1 hour. Prepare ahead of time and freeze uncooked, then bake later. Increase baking time if frozen to approximately 1 hour.
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Lauren has appeared and cooked on ABC Live in Chicago and Sacramento. She has cooked for 4 United States Presidents and a United States Senator.  Lauren Hoover-West was classically trained at The California Culinary Academy, now the Cordon Bleu. She is a Chef/Educator/Consultant specializing in food allergies and health issues since 2002, including Gluten sensitivity, Celiac's Disease,  Diabetes, Autism, Autoimmune diseases and inflammatory conditions. 

Lauren has created a revolutionary way to cook delicious food that is gluten-free, dairy-free, low glycemic index, or sugar-free, and very healthy while tasting just as good as traditional food so, everyone can enjoy it. 

Lauren does not believe in using weird ingredients, so you will learn to use readily available food, and she will introduce you to items you may not have noticed before. She will help you replace all your pantry items with gluten-free, dairy-free, low glycemic alternatives!

She is the author of "No Wheat No Dairy No Problem" cookbook and blog site. She has over 20 years of cooking and teaching experience at La Folie(Michelin star), Fairmont, Hyatt Resorts, Bally's, Marriott, New Leaf Market, Sur la Table etc... Lauren is the owner of Lauren's Kitchen, a customized meal service. She also earned a Bachelors of Science in Psychology at St. Mary's College. To contact Lauren or for more information go to her blog site.  

Breast Thermography at
Pacific Naturopathic
- how to interpret a thermogram -

Breast thermography takes the temperature of the breast, or more accurately, takes many temperatures for each breast, comparing one breast to the other. Elevated temperatures suggest fired up metabolic processes. Heat rises with injury, inflammation, and cellular growth and repair. When we see elevated temperatures in one breast, we understand that there is a process occurring in that breast that is not occurring in the other breast.
While patients understandably would like us to define for them what process is occurring, the temperature does not give us a definitive answer. Normal temperatures do not absolutely guarantee that there is no problem. A quiescent cancer may not raise the temperature while it is in that resting state. And, while a raised temperature may indicate cancer growth, it may simply indicate inflammation or recent injury.
Therefore, in evaluating thermographic findings, we look at a patient's history, at any observable or palpable signs of pathology, and at vascular abnormalities viewed on the thermogram, to determine risk ratings and further courses of action. 

Read more about 
breast  thermography 
Pacific Naturopathic   here.

Pacific Naturopathic Hawaii: 
Tune into Nature in Paradise

Check Future Openings 
(then click on "Calendar")

From the deck of your Hawaii vacation home: a rainbow over the ocean
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? 

Treat yourself to nature therapy at our Pacific Naturopathic Retreat Center vacation rental. You have sole access to an infrared sauna, and an outdoor hot tub and cold tub. Sun on the deck. Walk barefoot on the grass. Savor the fresh air and flower fragrances. Marvel at the moon and at the starry, starry sky. Pluck fruits fresh from the trees. Hike in the nearby Waipio Valley, Or simply take time to just be!
Check our RETREAT CALENDAR  and see if there is an opening that works for you.

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

For more information, please visit our dedicated web site.

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

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 helpreduce 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 Legacy of Mirko Beljanksi 
and 2 Cancer-Fighting Plants

By Tony Isaacs

Learn the tale of Doctor Beljanski and his work with two amazing southern hemisphere plants which fight cancer and other diseases.

Full article  HERE

Does Smoking Marijuana 
 Cause Lung Cancer? (video)

By Patrick Quillin, PhD, RD, CNS

Does smoking marijuana cause lung cancer? Dr. Patrick Quillin reveals some surprising truths about the cannabis plant.

Watch video/read transcript  HERE

Restoring Your Sense of Smell 
After Cancer Treatment (+ Recipe)

by Deborah Oke

Losing the sense of smell with traditional cancer treatments leads to a dangerous loss of appetite. Try these tips and tasty recipe to bring it back .

For full article, click  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.


Check out our new 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

2570 W. El Camino Real, Suite 111
Mountain View, CA 94040
650-917-1121 (v) * 650-917-1127 (f)

In This Issue
* Dr. Connie muses on Vitalistic medicine

* Dr. Benjamin: May the vital force be with you

* Dr. Marcel: understanding Vitalism

* Dr. Connie: Putting nature back in naturopathy

* Our recommended product: Vital Lifestyle: Your Self-Healing Handbook  

* IV therapy: conditions treated by IV therapy

  * Jane H: Have you ever seen a dead person?

Recipe by Lauren H-W: Summer fruit crisp

  * Breast thermography: how to interpret a thermogram

 * Hawaii retreat: T ropical energetics
Hernandez Center: News and Commentary on Cancer Topics
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* What we offer at the Hernandez Center

* Two cancer-fighting plants
* Marijuana and lung cancer
* Retaining your sense of smell after cancer therapy

*Other IV therapies offered in our clinic

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