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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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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Understanding and Managing Your Cholesterol Effectively

Understanding and Managing Your Cholesterol Effectively

Do you typically have chest pain or feel like your heart is flip-flopping around in your chest? Sometimes do you find it hard to catch your breath? Are you feeling run down and lacking energy? Do you get dizzy suddenly without any known cause? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you could have an issue with your heart.

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Cancer Diagnosis—How Your ND Can Help Maximize Your Success

Cancer Diagnosis—How Your ND Can Help Maximize Your Success

Being diagnosed with cancer can be very scary, confusing and overwhelming. The name itself conjures up fear, even though cancer is not one disease but many, with different types, stages, treatment options and outcomes. Depending on the type of cancer and the stage at diagnosis, mainstream treatments may include surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy and a host of other treatments specific to certain types of cancer or after genetic testing.

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Cancer Prevention—Tips You Should Know

Cancer Prevention—Tips You Should Know

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.
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Putting Out the Fire—Natural Approaches to Inflammation

Putting Out the Fire—Natural Approaches to Inflammation

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?

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Got Allergies? Tips To Manage Springtime Allergies

Got Allergies? Tips To Manage Springtime Allergies

As they say, "March blows in like a Lion…" This year it seems like spring arrived early with a warm and dry January followed by some wet weather in February. The hills are green and the pollen counts are rising. With this unusual weather, we have seen our patients who suffer from allergies come in sooner and more symptomatic than usual. We expect it will be a tough season for allergic people.

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Does Holiday Weight Gain Have You Feeling Down?

Does Holiday Weight Gain Have You Feeling Down?

Most of us gain weight over the holidays. You may be experiencing symptoms such as bloating, digestive upset, brain fog, disrupted sleep, increased joint pain, fatigue and food cravings. A recent study has shown that the average American gains about a pound over the holidays, but that pound never comes off. This weight gain accumulates from year to year, contributing to the obesity epidemic. Weight gain appears to be more significant in overweight individuals who typically experience about 5 pounds of weight gain over the holidaysAnother study demonstrated that although body weight did not dramatically change over the holidays, the body composition did change and not for the better. In this study the percent of body fat increased, likely due to increased alcohol and sugar.

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Natural Treatments for Abnormal Pap's and HPV

Natural Treatments for Abnormal Pap's and HPV

According to the Centers for Disease Control, abnormal or unclear Pap test results occur in approximately 3 million women in the U.S. each year. An abnormal Pap test result means that there may be precancerous or cancerous cells on the cervix, a condition known as cervical dysplasia which is commonly associated with HPV (human papilloma virus) infection. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection and is contracted by at least half of all sexually active men and women at some point in their lives.

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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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How acupuncture can identify—and relieve—persistent allergy symptoms

How acupuncture can identify—and relieve—persistent allergy symptoms

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?

Congestion, itchy eyes, sneezing—is it an allergy—or an immune system imbalance?

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