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…Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.
Do you ever feel like you have an inner bully? A voice continually struggling to try and shove you toward poor food choices, impulsive behavior or destructive relationships? Are you at a point where you’re curious how to cultivate a healthier approach to eating? Today I’d like to share some tips on mindful living and mindful eating and the one powerful way they are connected—time.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
The authors concluded that acupuncture is an effective and cost-effective modality for people with osteoarthritic pain and disability. Based on this review, they note that acupuncture should be considered a central therapy in treatment plans centered on clinical management of osteoarthritic pain and disability.Read More
In both naturopathic and Chinese medicine, prevention is the best medicine. Nutrition and lifestyle habits are some of the most important factors in cancer prevention and treatment. Here are some tips to help reduce your risk of cancer.
Cancer Prevention Tips from American Institute for Cancer Research
- Be as lean as possible within your normal range of body mass.
- Be physically active as a part of everyday life.
- Limit consumption of calorie-dense foods and sugary drinks.
- Eat mostly foods of plant origin.
- Limit intake of red meat and avoid processed meat.
- Limit alcoholic drinks.
- Limit salt consumption.
- Avoid moldy grains, nuts and beans (these may contain aflatoxins).
- Aim to meet nutritional needs through diet.
- Do not smoke and avoid exposure to tobacco smoke.
As a naturopathic doctor, I’m often asked, “What are the most common conditions you treat?” I’ve found this question difficult to answer, since NDs are primary care providers and see people with a wide range of health issues, such as acute and chronic pain and injuries, illnesses, and hormonal imbalances as well as for prevention. But, as I think about this question, I realize that a very common condition I treat is part of many other common acute and chronic diseases. That condition is inflammation.
What is inflammation?Read More
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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?