Ciprofloxacin impairs mitochondrial DNA replication initiation through inhibition of Topoisomerase 2

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I was just telling a patient about this the other day who’s lab tests revealed a number of mitochondrial abnormalities after a month long prescription of cipro from their other doctor and today, this popped up in my news feed. This heavy science article essentially confirms that cipro damages mitochondria, the essential organelles of all cellular energy production (ATP). Recently, …

Anna Thomas’ Green Soup

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Author Notes: This is an excellent recipe, but also a template. You could use any greens, and any herbs. Instead of the potato, Thomas has bolstered the broth with arborio rice, yams, sautéed mushrooms, or squash. The caramelized onions are key for filling out the flavor of the soup, but there’s no reason you couldn’t use shallots or leeks instead. It’s …

July – What’s New This Month at Functional Medicine SF

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Prescript-Assist Functional Medicine SF stopped recommending Prescript Assist late last year due to formula changes. We have received notice that the company is now recalling the product because of potential exposure to undeclared allergens, including nuts, seafood, dairy, eggs, and peanuts. No illnesses relating to the product have been reported to date. We recommend that if you are currently taking Prescript-Assist you …

Take a Closer Look at PCOS

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  Take a Closer Look at PCOS   Facial hair, acne, weight gain, irregular periods and trouble conceiving are just some of the symptoms associated with PCOS, or polycystic ovary syndrome. If this sounds like you, you’re not alone. PCOS affects about one in 10 women of childbearing age, and, contrary to what the name implies, you don’t have to …

A few causes of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth)

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A few causes of SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth) Number 1:  Large intestinal dysbiosis – an imbalance in the gut flora of the colon (also called the large intestine), can create the dysmotility in the upper intestine also known as the small intestine. Whether it is from a yeast overgrowth, a lack of beneficial bacteria or the presence of harmful bacteria …

Nutritionist Approved Snacks for On-the-Run

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Nutritionist Approved Snacks for On-the-Run It’s not easy to find snacks that DON’T contain refined sugars and DO contain whole ingredients. Below are my go-to snacks– all of which contain less than 6 organic ingredients– for when you’re on the run.  Choco Chunk Coconut Crisps – These dehydrated coconut chips have healthy fat and fiber to keep you satiated in between …

Dr. Stephanie’s Final Metta Cleanse Update

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The actual 5 day Metta-Morphosis Cleanse is done. What a beautiful experience. Simply because of my own journey, I’m moving forward incorporating more of these plant based foods into my otherwise, Paleo-inspired ways of eating. I’m still modifying the breakfast, with my favorite eggs from the girls, but today’s theme, goes back to abundance. Something talked about in one of …

Metta Cleanse – Day 4 from Dr. Stephanie

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Metta Cleanse – Day 4 from Dr. Stephanie Last night’s meditation was so appropriate as the theme for healing the sciatica has been on sending life force, Mother Nature, grounding energy into my lower body. The affirmation involving the body is the biggest lesson for me in this past month. Despite being mindful of what goes in, neglecting of it …

Dr. Stephanie’s Report from Metta Cleanse Day 3

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I woke up in less pain than I have been in for weeks, plugged in my earphones and turned on Dana Damara’s morning meditation. My sweet little kitty, Bodhi came over right away and laid on me while I listened to Dana about choice.  “I choose,” – as Dana said, is such a powerful statement. I immediately thought of all of …