Bad Allergy Season—What Should We Do Now?

Bad Allergy Season—What Should We Do Now?

SFNM’s doctors have effective tools for helping manage these symptoms, and we individualize them to meet your needs. Herbal medicines, specific diet recommendations, targeted nutritional support, acupuncture and other therapies can improve your allergy symptoms and enhance your vitality whether or not you are taking common allergy medications. These natural therapies bring relief to many people. Acupuncture can be an especially helpful therapy in allergy management.

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Wondering If You Have Food Allergies or Food Intolerances?

Wondering If You Have Food Allergies or Food Intolerances?

If you are wondering about possible food intolerances, sensitivities, or true food allergies, call SFNM for a free consult and possible testing. Our comprehensive allergy panels will likely give answers to your prolonged persistent symptoms holding you back from the life you were meant to live. After all, knowledge really is power…

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What is Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy?

What is Bio-Identical Hormone Therapy?

Bio-identical hormone therapy (BHRT) is used to treat peri-menopausal or menopausal symptoms of hormone deficiency or imbalance. BHRT uses hormones that are the same as those naturally produced in your own body and are usually derived from plant extracts. Conventional hormone therapy uses hormones that come from the urine of pregnant horses or are synthesized in a way that is not identical to your body’s hormones. 

Dr. Claire Graser specializes in holistic detoxification, women’s health, hormone balancing, weight loss, anxiety and stress management, as well as abdominal massage to support healthy digestion and detox. Dr. Graser creates comprehensive wellness plans for patients at San Francisco Natural Medicine Tue-Fri, and is currently accepting new patients. Call 415-643-6600 to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consult.

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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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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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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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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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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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Functional Medicine is the Future of Medicine

Functional Medicine is the Future of Medicine

There is a transformation of medicine and healthcare as we know it. We are at the brink of a revolution where the system that exists today simply cannot support the needs of our population. There’s is a desperate need to understand interactions within the body and with functional medicine we can begin treating the soil and not the leaves. We begin to focus on the root cause, treat the body and heal it with food and nutrients, mindfulness and ancient traditions.

 

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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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Natural Relief for IBS: Part II, Three Steps to a Happy and Healthy Gut

Natural Relief for IBS: Part II, Three Steps to a Happy and Healthy Gut

If you are suffering from Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), you might be frustrated by how much it limits your life and by how little your doctors have been able to help you. IBS is the most common digestive diagnosis in the US, and yet so few effective treatments are offered. It is estimated that 20% of the population is affected by IBS, and 70% of those are women.

 

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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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Are Your Biofilms Making You Sick?

Are Your Biofilms Making You Sick?

Have you ever heard of biofilms? If so, you may know they contribute to the formation of plaque on your teeth, but did you know they can also form a slimy layer in other areas of your body or surfaces in your home and public places? A biofilm is a sticky layer of bacteria, yeast, algae or parasites surrounded by gluey matrix of collagen, proteins, carbohydrates and DNA. The biofilm provides a safe haven in which microbes can coexist, communicate with each other via cellular messengers and protect themselves against removal by scrubbing and antimicrobial or toxic agents.

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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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Fatigue—Where it Comes From, What to do About it

Fatigue—Where it Comes From, What to do About it

Fatigue is one of the most common symptoms people experience. As with many health issues, there are often multiple contributing factors and people feel much better when we address all of them. I haven’t gone into all possible reasons for fatigue, but these are common ones with some simple solutions.

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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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Is SIBO The Cause Of My Chronic Digestive Problems?

Is SIBO The Cause Of My Chronic Digestive Problems?

Is it common for you to wake up in the morning with a flat belly, and as the day goes on you get more bloated and gassy to the point where your clothes feel tight or you are uncomfortable? Maybe it’s worse soon after eating, but you can’t put your finger on what foods aggravate it, or it seems no matter what you eat it happens anyway? Have you seen your doctor for this and ended up with a diagnosis of IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)? If so, you may have Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth or SIBO.

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