My Grandfather’s Natural Wisdom for the New Year


My grandfather, Dr. Antonio Hernández de Leon

by Marcel Hernandez, ND

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. 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 publish quotes from his talk.  Here is the first:

“A doctor is a good man who sits
at the bedside of his patient
until science kills him
or nature saves him.”

We extend to you our heartfelt best wishes for the New Year. May your 2020 be healthy, happy, and deeply blessed. — From Drs. Connie and Marcel and all the staff of Pacific Naturopathic