Dr. Kimberly Brown ND, LAc
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3535 Ross Avenue, Suite 101, San Jose, CA 95124

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November is National Diabetes Month

Happy Holidays. Let’s Talk Sugar!

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November is National Diabetes Month. Apropos, given the holidays are coming and many of us will be overindulging in sweets and simple carbohydrates. What better time is there to talk about blood sugar, prediabetes, and hormones. Hormones? Yes, insulin, that blood sugar lowering hormone, is affected by changes in other hormones including thyroid, estrogen, and testosterone! I’ll talk more about hormones later but let’s start at the beginning. It starts with subtle but slowly increasing blood sugar otherwise known as prediabetes! Prediabetes is a warning to make changes in your diet, lifestyle, and weight. When your doctor says you are […]
Turmeric/Curcumin: The Magnificent Herb

Turmeric/Curcumin: The Magnificent Herb

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Many of my new patients tell me they take turmeric supplements. It’s become a very popular herbal supplement in the last few years but turmeric has been around for a very long time. In fact, it’s been used by humans for over 4,000 years for both medicinal and culinary purposes. Originally from India and used in Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric spread to China, the Middle East, Africa, and finally Europe sometime in the 18th century. Ancient people loved turmeric for the flavor it added to their food and appreciated it for its healing properties, and so do we today! Are Turmeric […]
The Dog Ate My Thyroid Medicine

The Dog Ate My Thyroid Medication!

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I received a phone call from a patient whose dog had eaten her entire bottle of thyroid medication! She needed authorization for an early refill, but the first thing I needed to know was if her dog was okay – and thankfully, he was. The patient was taking a natural dessicated thyroid medication. Armourthyroid, Naturethroid, and NP thyroid are all natural dessicated thyroid. They are derived from porcine thyroid. Since the thyroid is a glandular organ, I can only imagine that it has a very strong and characteristic smell – it probably smells like delicious organ meat to a dog! […]

Screening Mammograms

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“Do I need a mammogram? Is a mammogram really necessary?” This is a common question I get working with women over 40. I don’t have a simple answer for that. Since 1980, it was recommended to start mammograms yearly at age 40. When The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Mammogram Guidelines changed in 2016, it caused great controversy and confusion.  It recommended that women begin screening at age 50 and to only screen every 2 years. Gynecologists opposed the new guidelines but some primary medical doctors and internists agreed with them. Who to believe? Officially, The American Academy of Family […]


25 years ago, I volunteered on Burmese refugee camp in Thailand for 4 months. Food was simple on the camp. The only provisions provided were poor quality rice and fish paste. My camp was fortunate because the land owner let the refugees raise pigs and chickens, and grow vegetables to supplement their diet (most camps were not so fortunate). Some weekends I would go into town to meet with other volunteers from along the border. Before cell phones and in the beginning days of the internet, the only way to get news was to meet face to face. We’d head […]

Flax seeds

At our clinic, we love to recommend patients to include ground flax seeds to their diets.   Flax seeds are high in lignans and alpha linolenic acid (ALA) which are considered natural cancer-protective compounds.  They are also high in fiber promoting regular bowel movement and therefore, beneficial in the fight of colon cancer. Even though whole flax seeds have a higher fiber content, the ground flax seeds are easier to digest and the one that works best. Here are some key points to remember about your flax seeds: – Consume 2-4 tablespoons of ground flax seeds per day – add it to salads, stews, […]


COOKING FROM MY GARDEN PASTA WITH SAUSAGE & ZUCCHINI Low-FODMAP – Keto – Paleo – Lactose Free – Gluten Free I’m an avid gardener. My love of gardening was passed down to me from my grandmother and mother. When I was a little girl, I adored visiting my grandparents in the Central Valley. They lived on an acre of land, grew most all their vegetables, and canned them too! By 6 years old, my grandmother had me destringing the green beans, trellising the tomatoes, and harvesting everything they grew. Living in the city, we could only have a small garden, […]

Five Ways to Manage Stress (The “Silent Killer”) Naturally

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In my opinion, stress is one of the scariest causes of serious health issues in today’s society. Why do I say scariest? Because stress is like a “silent killer”. So many people suffer from hidden side effects of stress and they don’t even know what’s causing their symptoms. Whether it’s indigestion, back pain, high blood pressure or other symptoms of stress, people often live with it for years not realizing what it is doing to their bodies. Miriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines stress as: a physical, chemical, or emotional factor that causes bodily or mental tension and may be a factor in […]


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If that’s you, it’s important to make changes now. Don’t wait because a stroke is not going to wait. Too commonly, I see middle aged women who ignore their rising blood sugar and blood pressure. Stroke is the third leading cause of death among women, more than breast cancer. It’s important to take prevention seriously. In my first year of practice, two of my patients experienced strokes. One was only 48 years old. She was starting to get hot flashes so had come to see me and wanted to naturally treat her high cholesterol (over 300) and very high blood […]


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4 WAYS TO REMEDY SPRINGTIME ALLERGIES Seasonal allergies, the bane of springtime. We love the warmth of Spring and those lovely blooms but this year, a lot of us are feeling like it’s not worth the price! For those of you who’ve never experienced springtime hay fever, this year may be your first. It’s one of the worst allergy seasons on record. I usually only have very mild hay fever symptoms for one or two weeks every May but this year, my symptoms started in April, are worse, and still present one month later! What to do? I’ll share some […]