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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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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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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Why Am I Exercising & Not Losing Weight?

Why Am I Exercising & Not Losing Weight?

Are you having trouble losing weight even though you’re exercising regularly? It may come as a surprise, but it’s a fairly common issue. People usually fall into two groups:

  1. Too much cardio, not enough intensity.
  2. Too much intensity, not enough recovery.

Need more information about nutrition, exercise and hormones for your weight loss goals? Dr. Claire Graser supports patients with comprehensive, individualized functional medicine plans at San Francisco Natural Medicine. Call 415-643-6600 for a free 15-minute consult!

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Healing Your Skin From Within—5 Tips for Treating Acne

Healing Your Skin From Within—5 Tips for Treating Acne

Ah, summer is here which means warm weather and clear skies, but not necessarily clear skin. Heat, sweat, sugary foods and lathered up sunscreen can be a recipe for an acne disaster. Whether you are people-watching in Dolores Park, picnicking in Crissy Field or surfing at Ocean Beach—here are five tips for preventing acne flare-ups.

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How to Beat Inflammation with Your Diet

How to Beat Inflammation with Your Diet

Inflammation is one of the body’s natural ways of protecting itself. It includes many chemical responses that help fight off infections, heal tissues and generate pain so we know something needs to be attended to. However, unresolved injuries, chronic infection and stress, environmental toxins and a diet high in inflammatory foods, contribute to chronic inflammation which can lead to chronic pain and illness.

Dr. Claire Graser, ND works at San Francisco Medicine to bring wellness into patients’ lives with naturopathic medicine. Call 415-643-6600 to schedule a free, 15-minute consultation with Dr. Graser to learn how you can benefit from naturopathic medicine or visit our website at www.SFnatmed.com for more information.

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Natural Relief for IBS: Part I, There Is Hope

Natural Relief for IBS: Part I, There Is Hope

At San Francisco Natural Medicine, we see the diagnosis of IBS as just the beginning instead of an end-point because we know how to help your body to start healing. As naturopathic doctors, we are trained to understand not just the diseases of the digestive system, but how each part of it functions. By taking the time to evaluate all aspects of gut health, we can identify the root causes of your symptoms and then guide you through a treatment plan to restore proper digestion and help you get your life back.

 

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How Your Gut Bacteria Help You Lose Weight

How Your Gut Bacteria Help You Lose Weight

We grow up being taught that our bowel movements are something to be ashamed of. What if I told you that rather than avoid it we should embrace it. Yes, our feces are in many cases a conduit for harmful viruses and bacteria, particularly in the hospital environment, but in many of us, our bowels also carry the blueprints to our health.

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Myers’ Cocktail—The Elixir Your Body Desires

Myers’ Cocktail—The Elixir Your Body Desires

The “Myer’s Cocktail” is the gold standard of delivering intravenous vitamins and minerals directly to your bloodstream. John D. Myers, MD, pioneered this use of Intravenous Nutrient Therapy (IVNT). The nutrients included in this formula (calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, Vitamin B and Vitamin C) are balanced perfectly for people new to IVNT and those needing a quick boost.

Take a look at the following ingredients and you’ll see why the Myer’s Cocktail is the perfect elixir.

 

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Restore Your Gut Using Simple and Ancient Bone Broth

Restore Your Gut Using Simple and Ancient Bone Broth

Practically since the dawn of fire, humans and ancient cultures have been preparing bone broth as a way to improve overall health. Now we understand this magical elixir is indeed more than merely “chicken soup for the soul.” Science has uncovered the methods behind how bone broth helps our bodies replenish minerals, repair gut imbalances, support joint and ligament integrity and soothe skin conditions.

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Cervical Cancer Screening, HPV and Cervical Dysplasia— What You Should Know

Cervical Cancer Screening, HPV and Cervical Dysplasia— What You Should Know

January is Cervical Health Awareness Month, and San Francisco Natural Medicine would like to keep you informed on how to obtain and maintain optimal cervical health and prevent cervical cancer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, cervical cancer was previously the leading cause of death for women in the United States. However, due to cervical cancer screening, the number of these deaths has decreased. Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), the most commonly sexually transmitted infection, has been found to be associated with precancerous and cancerous cells on the cervix as well as genital warts. Did you know that almost 79 million Americans have HPV, and many people do not even know that they have the infection? At least half of all sexually active men and women get HPV at some point in their lives. In females, Pap tests are used to screen for cervical cancer, and co-testing can be done to look for HPV. We want you to know your status and can do these tests for you at SFNM.

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More Focus, Less Brain Fog

More Focus, Less Brain Fog

Having difficulties focusing, remembering tasks or organizing your thoughts? Whatever health issues bring people to our clinic, it is very common to hear complaints of poor memory, lack of concentration, lack of focus and “brain fog.” While the vast majority of the time this does not represent early onset of Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, it is nonetheless a troubling and limiting complaint. Fortunately, there is much that can be done to improve our cognitive function and enhance our memory.

 

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