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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Gut Health Hacks for the Holidays

Gut Health Hacks for the Holidays

Functional nutritionist Sarina Irizarry offers guidance to get you through the holidays and keep your gut happy and healthy. Load up on Anti-inflammatory foods and spices; eat more cooked foods and warm liquids . . .

Use these simple tips to help maximize your gut health and reduce your toxic load. You can incorporate all or just a few of them. For additional support, Sarina is available for private consultations.

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What To Eat After Your SIBO Is Gone

What To Eat After Your SIBO Is Gone

So you’ve been diagnosed with SIBO, followed either the low-FODMAP or SCD diet protocol and had amazing results with significant improvements! But now you are hesitant to figure out what to eat next WITHOUT getting SIBO back. I’ve created this protocol for you to follow after you get rid of SIBO without limiting your life and risking the return of SIBO. However, it is good to remember that diet isn’t just enough to eradicate SIBO forever. In addition, here are some strategies to avoid the comeback of SIBO.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Allergies & Air Pollution—Is Your Home Polluted?

Allergies & Air Pollution—Is Your Home Polluted?

We’ve all heard about air pollution in our cities, but indoor air pollution is increasingly being seen as a cause or contributor to human illness. A recent landmark report from the Royal College of Physicians estimates that in the U.K. about 40,000 deaths per year are linked to air pollution. Effects are found from infancy to old age, with demonstrated adverse effects on fetal development, miscarriage risk, increase in heart attacks and strokes, diabetes, dementia, obesity and cancer risk. It seems there is no chronic disease that air pollution doesn’t touch.

 

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Your Pain Could Be Due To Your Gut!

Your Pain Could Be Due To Your Gut!

So you say you have gas, bloating, and digestive upset? But wait, you also have body aches and pains, joint pain and stiffness, allergies, and many other symptoms you think are not related to your gut...or are they?

What is leaky gut syndrome?

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Got Allergies? Tips To Manage Springtime Allergies

Got Allergies? Tips To Manage Springtime Allergies

As they say, "March blows in like a Lion…" This year it seems like spring arrived early with a warm and dry January followed by some wet weather in February. The hills are green and the pollen counts are rising. With this unusual weather, we have seen our patients who suffer from allergies come in sooner and more symptomatic than usual. We expect it will be a tough season for allergic people.

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7 Steps To Heaven—How To Increase Your Libido Naturally

7 Steps To Heaven—How To Increase Your Libido Naturally

Libido is a term used to describe a person’s desire for sexual activity. Some people just do not have the urge or desire for sex. A decrease or no sex drive can turn sex into a chore instead of a pleasurable activity. There are many causes to a low libido including hormone imbalances, arousal disorders, medications, emotional trauma, stress, depression, a person’s belief system, physical pain and more. While some of these reasons are an easy fix, i.e. discontinuing the medications, others are more complex and may need a qualified doctor to help figure out what the cause is. It also might be a combination of different factors.

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Welcome to San Francisco Natural Medicine's new website.

Welcome to San Francisco Natural Medicine's new website.

San Francisco Natural Medicine is San Francisco's premier naturopathic medical clinic. Founded in 1989 by Carl Hangee-Bauer, ND, LAc, one of California's first licensed naturopathic doctors, SFNM has become one of the largest and most respected naturopathic medical clinics in the state. In 2014, we are celebrating our 25th anniversary serving San Francisco and Bay Area residents.

We revamped our site to provide you with ongoing and up-to-date information about our clinic, our doctors, and how natural medicine can be an effective part of your health plan and goals. 

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How acupuncture can identify—and relieve—persistent allergy symptoms

How acupuncture can identify—and relieve—persistent allergy symptoms

When we think of allergies, what comes to mind is the body’s response to an environmental exposure or “allergen.”

But what is cycle of symptoms we call an allergy?

Congestion, itchy eyes, sneezing—is it an allergy—or an immune system imbalance?

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