Think Low Testosterone Is Only in Older Men? Think Again

Think Low Testosterone Is Only in Older Men? Think Again

We often think of testosterone deficiency as a condition affecting older men. While it is normal to see hormones gradually decrease with age, we are increasingly seeing low testosterone levels in younger men as well.

Dr. Carl Hangee-Bauer is SFNM’s founder and Clinic Director. He has a general naturopathic medical practice and specializes in immune support for allergies, autoimmunity and cancer support, functional gastroenterology and pain management. He has over 30 years of clinical experience using individualized care and treatment plans to provide effective naturopathic based care. 

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Advice From A Naturopathic Dermatologist

Advice From A Naturopathic Dermatologist

"At Cocokind, our goal is to provide you with the information and tools YOU need to love your skin! We recently interviewed Katie Strobe, ND, a naturopathic dermatologist located in San Francisco. She told us about her approaches to treating skin from the inside out, so that we can have dermatologist-worthy skin!"

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Are You Fed up with Stubborn Skin Problems?

Are You Fed up with Stubborn Skin Problems?

If so, consider an approach to skincare that is unique, natural and effective. Naturopathic dermatology aims to reveal the root cause of your skin problem and uses treatments with a “First Do No Harm” approach. The chronic use of oral and topical antibiotics, steroids, retinoids, contraceptives and androgen receptor blockers can have harmful side-effects and long-term consequences. Read more about the key foundations of naturopathic dermatology, root causes of skin problems, “food as medicine,” lab testing and natural skin care treatments. 

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IBS and SIBO and Leaky Gut, Oh My!

IBS and SIBO and Leaky Gut, Oh My!

Understanding and dealing with chronic digestive problems can be like alphabet soup. There are so many abbreviations and terms that it can make an already confusing situation even more so.

One of the most common conditions I see at SFNM is chronic digestion or elimination problems. Often patients have been to their primary care doctor and possibly a gastroenterologist without finding answers to their chronic symptoms. Most have scoured the internet looking for solutions, with many trying a wide variety of self treatments that can be expensive and yield minimal results. Self diagnosis can be very tricky, and without a solid understanding of the root causes, treatments are often ineffective or incomplete.

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Preconception Advice For A Healthy Baby

Preconception Advice For A Healthy Baby

Your future child’s health depends on your health right now. The 3 to 6 months before you conceive is the perfect time to eat right, exercise, do a detox and see an integrative healthcare provider that specializes in fertility, taking steps to give your child the best health at birth and beyond.

Dr. Claire Graser creates your customized preconception health plan based on your medical history, goals and comprehensive blood work to evaluate and optimize your fertility and pregnancy. Plans can include food sensitivity testing, nutritional and supplement recommendations, abdominal massage for fertility, recommendations for stress management and more. Dr. Graser sees patients at San Francisco Natural Medicine Tuesday-Friday. Call 415-643-6600 to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consult.

 

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Pain in the Butt? Acupuncture for Sciatica

Pain in the Butt? Acupuncture for Sciatica

Acupuncture has been well documented for its effectiveness in helping relieve and manage both acute and chronic pain. Over the 28-year history of SFNM, I have treated many people experiencing pain and have been impressed with the results I have seen. In particular, I have been impressed by the relief it has brought to many people suffering from Sciatica.
 

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What To Do About Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

What To Do About Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

We hope this finds you and your loved ones safe and well. Our hearts go out to the communities affected by these devastating wildfires. While the immediate threats to life and property are the foremost concern, smoke particles have an impact on our lungs and well-being. Outlined below are key notes about symptoms, how to limit exposure and natural therapeutics. We hope you find this useful!

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How a Penile HPV Test is The Most Important STD Screen Your Male Partner Has Never Had

How a Penile HPV Test is The Most Important STD Screen Your Male Partner Has Never Had

HPV (Human Papilloma Virus) is a human virus that can cause warts, genital warts and precancerous changes of the cervix, penis or anus. High-risk types are more associated with precancerous changes, and low-risk types are more associated with warts.

My medical opinion is that we are doing a disservice to men and the people they have sex with by failing to test routinely for penile HPV.

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The Truth About Heartburn and GERD

The Truth About Heartburn and GERD

Heartburn is a very common symptom. The NIH estimates that 60 million Americans experience a burning sensation in the chest or an acid taste in their mouths at least once a month. Heartburn can be an occasional symptom associated with heavy meals or alcohol consumption, or it could be associated with GERD.

 

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Healthy Eating for Kids—Think Outside of the Lunch Box

Healthy Eating for Kids—Think Outside of the Lunch Box

The kids are back in school, and fall is upon us. We are moving from outdoor meals to inside the home. Transition periods such as the seasons changing are a great time for starting healthy habits. Here are some fun and engaging tips for helping your kids develop healthy eating habits.  

EAT SEASONALLY AND LOCALLY
Visit your local farmer’s market to experience seasonal foods with ALL your senses: see the vibrant colors, taste a peach, touch the warty gourds, smell the wildflower bouquets, hear the fiddlers playing.
Encourage your kids to ask the farmers about how and where the food was grown.
Allow them to pick out one new seasonal vegetable and fruit each week.
Plan a day-trip to a local farm, apple orchard or pumpkin patch to experience things firsthand.

 

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What the Hemp? SFNM Now Offers Whole-Plant Hemp Extracts

What the Hemp? SFNM Now Offers Whole-Plant Hemp Extracts

At San Francisco Natural Medicine, we have a lot of respect for plant medicines, many of which have been used for thousands of years but have only recently been studied using modern scientific methods. Cannabis is an example of a plant that is finally being studied and showing effectiveness for a variety of health issues from reducing seizure activity to cancer support, but current laws around prescribing medical cannabis have prevented us from using these potent plants for our patients’ care.

 

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What Do You Mean By "Therapeutic Order"?

What Do You Mean By "Therapeutic Order"?

When evaluating and working with our patients, NDs use a method called the The Therapeutic Order™.  Based on the health issues that are being addressed, their severity, and other factors, using the Therapeutic Order identifies the natural order in which therapies should be applied to provide the greatest benefit with the least potential for harm as well as harnessing the body's innate ability to heal. Use of this method helps NDs choose the least invasive and most appropriate points to begin health care interventions, and addresses the treatment of disease and other conditions while also promoting health and balance.

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How Does Vitamin C Work To Fight Cancer?

How Does Vitamin C Work To Fight Cancer?

At San Francisco Natural Medicine, intravenous nutritional therapy (IVNT) is one of our most useful and popular therapies. Our doctors use IVNT to replenish nutrients in people with chronic illness or absorption problems, to support and strengthen the immune response, to help fight infection, to support people with cancer and a host of other health issues and concerns.

The doctors at SFNM support an integrative approach to cancer care and we will continue to monitor research like this so we can better serve our patients using the latest research findings.

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A Naturopathic Approach To Mental Health

A Naturopathic Approach To Mental Health

Do you suffer from anxiety, depression, attention or behavioral problems? Perhaps you have taken a prescription medication such as Xanax, Zoloft or Adderall and it helped at first, but it stopped working OR you had terrible side effects. At San Francisco Natural Medicine, we offer you an alternative to the allopathic psychiatric approach. There are many factors that can be involved, and usually it is combination of several things.

Dr. Katie Strobe specializes in mental health, functional gastroenterology, immune support, skin health, thyroid health and detoxification. Dr. Strobe is enthusiastic about seeing how she can help you in your journey towards optimal health. She is available Tue-Fri, and is currently accepting new patients. Call 415-643-6600 to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consult.

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Suffering With Allergies This Year? SFNM Can Help!

Suffering With Allergies This Year? SFNM Can Help!

What a beautiful spring we are having in the San Francisco Bay Area this year. With record rainfall breaking Northern California’s 5-year drought, we are witnessing trees coming back to life, explosions of color from a bumper crop of spring wildflowers on our hillsides, and grasses galore! With all those tree, grass and flower pollen taking to air on our cool ocean breezes, more people are suffering from allergies with increased symptoms and greater difficulty controlling them. Many are turning to naturopathic medicine with its legacy of herbal, nutritional, and immune supportive therapies to manage their symptoms more effectively. 

Dr. Carl Hangee-Bauer is SFNM’s founder and Clinic Director. He has a general naturopathic medical practice and specializes in immune support for allergies, autoimmunity and cancer support, functional gastroenterology and pain management. He has over 30 years of clinical experience using individualized care and treatment plans to provide effective naturopathic based care. 

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How Do Your Genes Reveal Your Detox Potential?

How Do Your Genes Reveal Your Detox Potential?

How do you know what foods are best for your body during a detox? Have you ever wondered why one person can eat poorly and feel fine, while others have to watch everything they put into their mouth? The answers lie partly in the individual’s genetic makeup. Looking at genetic mutations involved in the detoxification pathways gives healthcare practitioners more information about how to offer the most personalized support.

 

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Desire more balance in your life?

Desire more balance in your life?

Many times in our lives, it is necessary to remove toxic influences that are affecting us. While one blog post is way too short to cover all toxic aspects of life (pollution, work stress, negative people, etc.), Detox your body through healthy eating + detoxification + Yoga. Carrie Johnson is an international blogger and yoga teacher who is a colleague of Dr. Katie Strobe and is our guest blogger today. She is joining Detox with the Doctor (DWD) for the first time and has graciously put together a yin digestion yoga sequence and Spotify playlist as an extra benefit for DWD participants. She will also be leading this year's Nourish Yoga Retreat, Radical Simplicity on Vashon Island, Washington, November 3-5, 2017.

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Understanding the Three Stages of Adrenal Fatigue

Understanding the Three Stages of Adrenal Fatigue

People in functional and naturopathic medicine often speak about adrenal fatigue or adrenal dysregulation. In conventional medicine, adrenal fatigue is generally only recognized at its most extreme stage – Addison’s disease. From a preventive health point of view, there are gradations in adrenal health and our response to chronic stress. Dr. Hans Selye, MD, PhD, was the first modern physician to describe the body’s and adrenal gland’s 3-phase adaptation to chronic stress, which he called the General Adaptation Syndrome (GAS).

Naturopathic doctors assess adrenal dysfunction based on symptoms, physical exam and a 4-point salivary cortisol test. Depending on a patient’s phase of adaptation, we use personalized nutrition, specific nutrient supplementation, botanical medicine, and lifestyle counseling to support resilience, energy, immunity, healthy weight and stress hormone balance.

 

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Introducing the MIC Fat Buster—The Fat Burning, Detoxifying, Energy Boosting Injection

Introducing the MIC Fat Buster—The Fat Burning, Detoxifying, Energy Boosting Injection

Do you struggle with stubborn fat? Particularly in the stomach, inner thighs, neck, buttocks, hips and underarms? If so, you may benefit from receiving an MIC injection. MIC is a blend of powerful “lipotropic” compounds that metabolize fat deposits and speed up the removal of fat. When administered in combination with a proper diet and regular exercise, this lipotropic formula can assist your body in eliminating fat, while simultaneously increasing your energy levels. Additionally, MIC can aid in detoxification, sleep, hair growth and supporting the nervous system. Let’s see how MIC injections works!

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Acupuncture Recommended as First-Line Treatment of Back Pain

Acupuncture Recommended as First-Line Treatment of Back Pain

On February 13, 2017 the American College of Physicians released new evidence-based clinical practice guidelines recommending that people with back pain be first treated with non-drug therapies, including acupuncture, heat, massage or spinal manipulation. Further the ACP advised patients should use non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs if drug therapy is desired, with the exception of acetaminophen (Tylenol) due to its ineffectiveness and potential for harm. Finally, opiod and narcotic-type pain medications should not be used for treating back pain except as a last option.

Whether acupuncture works by promoting the flow of Qi or by its action on powerful hormones and body chemistry, or both, the fact is it works.

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