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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How Does Vitamin C Work To Fight Cancer?

How Does Vitamin C Work To Fight Cancer?

At San Francisco Natural Medicine, intravenous nutritional therapy (IVNT) is one of our most useful and popular therapies. Our doctors use IVNT to replenish nutrients in people with chronic illness or absorption problems, to support and strengthen the immune response, to help fight infection, to support people with cancer and a host of other health issues and concerns.

The doctors at SFNM support an integrative approach to cancer care and we will continue to monitor research like this so we can better serve our patients using the latest research findings.

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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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Natural Ways to Control Cold Sores

Natural Ways to Control Cold Sores

If you are someone that gets colds sores, you know that feeling of dread when you notice a tingly, itchy, maybe slightly painful feeling on your lip that means you are getting an outbreak. It's not pleasant, it's not pretty, but the good news is, there are natural ways to prevent the sores from coming out, or at least helping them disappear more quickly if they do. 
For more information on how to prevent illness and promote wellness naturally, make an appointment with Dr. Claire Graser, ND at San Francisco Natural Medicine! Call 415-643-6600.

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Can Acupuncture Really Help People Control Diabetes?

Can Acupuncture Really Help People Control Diabetes?

The short answer is YES, and a recent study shows it has an even greater impact on health markers that affect blood sugar regulation, cholesterol and other blood fats, inflammation, weight, body mass and insulin sensitivity.

Researchers have been interested in assessing ways besides medications to address diabetes management and recently turned to acupuncture to evaluate its effectiveness. The results were surprising and showed it to be an extremely effective tool for improving insulin sensitivity and effective management of diabetes.

 

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Treating Breast Cancer Using Integrative Medicine

Treating Breast Cancer Using Integrative Medicine

The American Cancer Society estimates that 26,730 Californian women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Receiving a breast cancer diagnosis can be a very scary and devastating moment. It is common to feel lost and confused, particularly on how to navigate through the treatment options. Over the years, more and more women are turning to an integrative approach for their care. An integrative approach supports the use of conventional medicine, implements healthy lifestyle practices and promotes wellness of the whole person—mind, body and spirit.

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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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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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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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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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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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Anemia—What Women Should Know

Anemia—What Women Should Know

Anemia affects an estimated 400 million women worldwide, and most women are unaware of the symptoms of anemia and tend to attribute such mild symptoms to the stress of modern life.

The causes of anemia can vary, from excessive blood loss, excessive RBC destruction, or deficient RBC production. In diseases such as Crohn’s and celiac disease, malnourishment and malabsorption of necessary B vitamins can also lead to anemia. Being deficient in iron, which is used to make hemoglobin, is another nutritional cause of the most common form of anemia as well—iron deficiency anemia.

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The Truth About Heart Health For Women

The Truth About Heart Health For Women

Are you aware that heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the US? Many women think it's a man's problem, but it's also very much a woman's problem. Most research on the subject has been done on men, yet older men and women (over 60) have similar rates of heart attack. Therefore, it is crucial for women to know the facts about heart disease symptoms.

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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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Acupuncture Shown to Help Arthritis Pain & Disability

Acupuncture Shown to Help Arthritis Pain & Disability

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.

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