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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Advice From A Naturopathic Dermatologist

Advice From A Naturopathic Dermatologist

"At Cocokind, our goal is to provide you with the information and tools YOU need to love your skin! We recently interviewed Katie Strobe, ND, a naturopathic dermatologist located in San Francisco. She told us about her approaches to treating skin from the inside out, so that we can have dermatologist-worthy skin!"

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dr. Katie Strobe Joins SFNM and Talks About IV Cocktails

Dr. Katie Strobe Joins SFNM and Talks About IV Cocktails

We are excited to announce that Dr. Katie Strobe is joining the team at San Francisco Natural Medicine. She recently relocated to the Bay Area from her hometown of Seattle. She will provide naturopathic medical care with expertise in energy revitalization, IV nutrient therapy and immune support. We asked Dr. Strobe to introduce herself and discuss a new twist on “craft cocktails.”

 

 

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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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Neurotransmitters, Hormones and Health

Neurotransmitters, Hormones and Health

Together, neurotransmitters and hormones make up what we call the neuroendocrine system. When this chemistry is in balance we feel well, have good energy, sleep well, and have balanced moods. All too often, unfortunately, our neuroendocrine system is imbalanced, resulting in stubborn chronic symptoms and patterns.

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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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