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.  One of the most common formulas we use is high-dose vitamin C (HDIVC). Mixed with a few other minerals and at times B-Vitamins, these IVs contain large amounts of vitamin C, ranging from 10 grams to up to 100 grams, which have therapeutic effects that are unobtainable using oral doses. HDIVC is useful in a number of health conditions, but by far the most common application is supporting people who are fighting cancer to provide immune support as well as its observed anti-cancer effects.

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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There’s More to Weight than the Scale

There’s More to Weight than the Scale

Many people count calories or watch the scale on a daily basis finding themselves disappointed that they aren’t able to move the needle even after weeks of dedicated effort. We are here to tell you there is more to weight than the scale. Your body is essentially made up of two main components—lean mass and fat. Lean mass includes muscle, bone, water and connective tissue. When you lose weight, it is possible to reduce fat, lean mass or both. The goal of weight loss is typically to decrease body fat while maintaining your lean mass. The scale is useful but only tells part of the story, which is why we monitor body composition (body fat and lean body mass) with the Inbody test. Find out more about how your body is adjusting to your diet and exercise on the inside, and come in for a free trial of the InBody scale. Please contact San Francisco Natural Medicine to come in for a FREE InBody Scan at 415-864-9324.

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Navigating The Holiday Dining Labyrinth

Navigating The Holiday Dining Labyrinth

In the Nutrinomic Lifestyle program, we help individuals make food decisions to manage their health and wellness around real life. This includes how to navigate social events and holidays. This holiday season we encourage you to stick to your personal food framework regardless of which dinner party you're invited to. You can stick to your food framework by following a few easy steps.  

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Why You Need to Detox—5 Important Reasons

Why You Need to Detox—5 Important Reasons

Your body has five major organs of elimination. In a detox, the liver, gut, kidneys, lungs and skin need to function in top shape so the body can get rid of toxins. If the body cannot get rid of toxic compounds quickly, they remain in the body, causing damage to our DNA which impairs cell function.
If you are considering a detox, it’s a great idea to have an evaluation with a qualified healthcare provider to ensure your liver, gut, kidneys, lungs and skin are supported in the process. Dr. Claire Graser, ND creates holistic detoxification plans with patients at San Francisco Natural Medicine in Potrero Hill. To schedule appointment call 415-643-6600.

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Fight Back With These Powerful Immune-Boosting Tips

Fight Back With These Powerful Immune-Boosting Tips

Check out these nutritional, herbal and lifestyle methods to stay healthy during cold and flu season. The earlier you take these measures, the better outcome you will have! Are you seeking support for an acute infection, chronic infection or cancer? Call 415-643-6600 to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with Dr. Katie Strobe who has over 15+ years of immunology research experience. 

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Naso-sympatico — Do You Need a Sinus Cure?

Naso-sympatico — Do You Need a Sinus Cure?

Naso-sympatico is one of those awesome, old-school naturopathic treatments we recommend to anyone with chronic sinus congestion, unbearable head colds or seasonal allergies. The treatment involves application of anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory essential oils to the nasal passages to relieve congestion, clear mucus and support the immune system.

To clear your sinuses today, schedule your naso-sympatico treatment at San Francisco Natural Medicine 415-643-6600.

 

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Hot Shots—The Latest Injection Therapies at SFNM

Hot Shots—The Latest Injection Therapies at SFNM

Our vitamin injections and nutrient IV therapies are very popular treatments at SFNM, and many come here specifically for them as not all doctors or naturopathic clinics offer them. Here are some of the new injectables we offer plus information on two of the homeopathic injections that are effective ways of keeping you healthy during the cold and flu season.

If you would like to find out if vitamin injections can help you meet your health goals, our doctors are here to answer your questions and serve your needs. If you want to speak with one of our doctors to determine if this approach is right for you, please contact us at 415-643-6600 and schedule a free 15 minute phone consult.

 

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Thyroid Balance

Thyroid Balance

There are approximately 20 million Americans with some form of thyroid disease, and 60% of people with thyroid disease are completely unaware that they have this condition. Women are five times more likely to have thyroid disease than their male counterparts; that means one in eight women will develop a thyroid disorder in her life. Luckily most thyroid cancers are responsive to treatment; however, some can be aggressive. To learn more about functional medicine, functional lab testing or functional nutrition and yoga poses for thyroid disorders please ask to see Dr. Mima Geere.

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Tips for Traveling Healthy—Planning for Success

Tips for Traveling Healthy—Planning for Success

Fall often brings a renewed sense of commitment around dieting and detoxing. This season of transition can be a time of change, which can be uncomfortable, or be an opportunity for inner growth. Whether you’ve recently started a new health regimen, or feel like an upcoming vacation might be the perfect time to start new habits, traveling represents a way to set yourself free from old habits that are no longer serving a positive place in your routine.

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4 Mind-Blowing Ways To Boost Your Brain

4 Mind-Blowing Ways To Boost Your Brain

From controlling every breath, heartbeat, to enabling us to think, create, learn and feel emotions- the brain sits in the center of control. Under sub-optimal conditions, depression, anxiety, memory loss, brain fog and cognitive impairment can occur. Therapies such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids, probiotics, mind-body practices and botanical nootropics can be useful for optimizing brain health.

Are you interested in optimizing your brain health? Call to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consultation with Dr. Katie Strobe to learn more about specialty lab testing and naturopathic therapies.

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Do You Accept My Insurance?

Do You Accept My Insurance?

One of the first things people ask when inquiring about seeing a naturopathic doctor is “Do you accept my insurance?” My answer is “It’s not a question of us taking your insurance. It’s a matter of whether your insurance covers us.”

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Natural Ways to Control Cold Sores

Natural Ways to Control Cold Sores

If you are someone that gets colds sores, you know that feeling of dread when you notice a tingly, itchy, maybe slightly painful feeling on your lip that means you are getting an outbreak. It's not pleasant, it's not pretty, but the good news is, there are natural ways to prevent the sores from coming out, or at least helping them disappear more quickly if they do. 
For more information on how to prevent illness and promote wellness naturally, make an appointment with Dr. Claire Graser, ND at San Francisco Natural Medicine! Call 415-643-6600.

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