The 4R Approach to Treating Chronic Digestive Issues

The 4R Approach to Treating Chronic Digestive Issues

Dr. Hangee-Bauer describes how the 4R process—Remove, Replace, Reinoculate and Repair—serves as a successful approach in treating, managing or resolving many chronic digestive issues. By following the principles of this functional approach, it automatically allows for the protocols to be more effective, more focused, easier for the patient and less expensive overall.

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Do I Have SIBO? SFNM Now Performing In-Clinic Testing

Do I Have SIBO? SFNM Now Performing In-Clinic Testing

Good news! We are excited to announce that SFNM has acquired a Quintron SIBO testing system and will be testing for SIBO right here in the clinic. If you have been diagnosed with IBS or suffer from unexplained chronic digestive issues, are wondering if you have SIBO, or have been diagnosed with SIBO but your treatment doesn’t appear to be effective, we can help. You can contact San Francisco Natural Medicine at 415-643-6600 to make an appointment or set up a free, 15-minute phone consult to determine if my approach is right for you.

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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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The Truth About Heartburn and GERD

The Truth About Heartburn and GERD

Heartburn is a very common symptom. The NIH estimates that 60 million Americans experience a burning sensation in the chest or an acid taste in their mouths at least once a month. Heartburn can be an occasional symptom associated with heavy meals or alcohol consumption, or it could be associated with GERD.

 

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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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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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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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Natural Relief for IBS: Part I, There Is Hope

Natural Relief for IBS: Part I, There Is Hope

At San Francisco Natural Medicine, we see the diagnosis of IBS as just the beginning instead of an end-point because we know how to help your body to start healing. As naturopathic doctors, we are trained to understand not just the diseases of the digestive system, but how each part of it functions. By taking the time to evaluate all aspects of gut health, we can identify the root causes of your symptoms and then guide you through a treatment plan to restore proper digestion and help you get your life back.

 

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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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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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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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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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