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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Preconception Advice For A Healthy Baby

Preconception Advice For A Healthy Baby

Your future child’s health depends on your health right now. The 3 to 6 months before you conceive is the perfect time to eat right, exercise, do a detox and see an integrative healthcare provider that specializes in fertility, taking steps to give your child the best health at birth and beyond.

Dr. Claire Graser creates your customized preconception health plan based on your medical history, goals and comprehensive blood work to evaluate and optimize your fertility and pregnancy. Plans can include food sensitivity testing, nutritional and supplement recommendations, abdominal massage for fertility, recommendations for stress management and more. Dr. Graser sees patients at San Francisco Natural Medicine Tuesday-Friday. Call 415-643-6600 to schedule a complimentary 15-minute consult.

 

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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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How Do Your Genes Reveal Your Detox Potential?

How Do Your Genes Reveal Your Detox Potential?

How do you know what foods are best for your body during a detox? Have you ever wondered why one person can eat poorly and feel fine, while others have to watch everything they put into their mouth? The answers lie partly in the individual’s genetic makeup. Looking at genetic mutations involved in the detoxification pathways gives healthcare practitioners more information about how to offer the most personalized support.

 

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Desire more balance in your life?

Desire more balance in your life?

Many times in our lives, it is necessary to remove toxic influences that are affecting us. While one blog post is way too short to cover all toxic aspects of life (pollution, work stress, negative people, etc.), Detox your body through healthy eating + detoxification + Yoga. Carrie Johnson is an international blogger and yoga teacher who is a colleague of Dr. Katie Strobe and is our guest blogger today. She is joining Detox with the Doctor (DWD) for the first time and has graciously put together a yin digestion yoga sequence and Spotify playlist as an extra benefit for DWD participants. She will also be leading this year's Nourish Yoga Retreat, Radical Simplicity on Vashon Island, Washington, November 3-5, 2017.

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Why You Need to Detox—5 Important Reasons

Why You Need to Detox—5 Important Reasons

Your body has five major organs of elimination. In a detox, the liver, gut, kidneys, lungs and skin need to function in top shape so the body can get rid of toxins. If the body cannot get rid of toxic compounds quickly, they remain in the body, causing damage to our DNA which impairs cell function.
If you are considering a detox, it’s a great idea to have an evaluation with a qualified healthcare provider to ensure your liver, gut, kidneys, lungs and skin are supported in the process. Dr. Claire Graser, ND creates holistic detoxification plans with patients at San Francisco Natural Medicine in Potrero Hill. To schedule appointment call 415-643-6600.

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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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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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Why Am I Exercising & Not Losing Weight?

Why Am I Exercising & Not Losing Weight?

Are you having trouble losing weight even though you’re exercising regularly? It may come as a surprise, but it’s a fairly common issue. People usually fall into two groups:

  1. Too much cardio, not enough intensity.
  2. Too much intensity, not enough recovery.

Need more information about nutrition, exercise and hormones for your weight loss goals? Dr. Claire Graser supports patients with comprehensive, individualized functional medicine plans at San Francisco Natural Medicine. Call 415-643-6600 for a free 15-minute consult!

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How to Beat Inflammation with Your Diet

How to Beat Inflammation with Your Diet

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.

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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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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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