Sarah Slaughter DC ND

Doctor of Chiropractic  

Traditional Naturopathy  

Clinical Nutritionist

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3673 Sixteenth Street

(Between Castro and Noe)

San Francisco, CA 94114


Telephone 415. 989.9805

My practice is a system of therapy based on preventative care, which integrates traditional natural therapeutics aligned with nature. These include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Chiropractic was founded in the U.S. in 1897. It is a drug free health care system based on the scientific fact that your body is self-healing. This health care system focuses on the structure of the body, the assumption being that when a body maintains proper structure, function will be restored and health preserved. Manipulative healing techniques from Europe immigrated to America. Chiropractic, Traditional Naturopathy and Naprapathy are from this tradition.

  2. Traditional Naturopathy is an eclectic system that focuses on natural remedies and the body's ability to heal and maintain itself. It is a holistic approach that emphasizes the use of natural remedies and preventative care.

  3. Naprapathy was influenced in the early 1900’s by Chiropractic and Osteopathic manipulation. Naprapathy’s focus is on the role of ligaments in the body to improve structural alignment, promote balance and provide pain relief.

  4. Cranial Therapy is a gentle and subtle form of hands-on bodywork. The innate rhythmicity of the central nervous system can be felt all through the body. The head (cranium) and the base of the spine (sacrum) are usually key areas of focus. This method integrates the physical, biomechanical, energetic and emotional aspects. I have been a guest lecturer and taught cranial therapy to doctorate students.

  5. Nutrition as a healing system focuses on the balance of food intake and absorption. Absorption of nutrients is essential to maintain homeostasis, which regulates the digestive, endocrine, nervous and cardiovascular systems. Absorption can be compromised by food allergies or hypersensitivities, which must be identified and addressed. Optimum functioning is important because more than half of the immune system is located in the digestive tract.

I met Dr. Slaughter by chance in December 1987 after being in a car accident. Since then, I’ve been experiencing her healing gifts that go well beyond skeletal adjustments. Her wide array of treatments may include a combination of sound, flower essence, deep muscle release therapies, nutritional advice and more.

I think of her as a caring, skillful gardener—while tending to your body she helps your Spirit bloom! More than twenty years later, I am still deeply grateful to that car accident back in ’87, which brought me to Dr. Slaughter.

Liliana Diaz

Seven Principles of Traditional Naturopathy

In my practice I employ Chiropractic and Traditional Naturopathy to assess individual needs. The word "chiropractic" is derived from the Greek words "cheir" and "praktkos" meaning "done by hand." I am tactile in my work. Traditional Naturopathy means healing a “pathos” by the power of nature; that is, healing touch, pure water, clean air, rest, sunshine and wholesome foods. The seven principles of Traditional Naturopathy are:

  1. First do no harm

  2. Identify and treat the cause

  3. Facilitate the healing power of nature

  4. Treat the whole person

  5. Establish health and wellness

  6. Prevention is better than cure

  7. Doctor as teacher

First do no harm          In my practice I follow natural medicine methods. These methods tend towards simplicity, safety and effectiveness. I refer patients to appropriate practitioners when necessary for consulting and care.

Identify and treat the cause          In any state of disease, the underlying root cause must be identified and addressed to complete the healing process. Root causes may exist on many levels: environmental, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual. I work on the levels that need to be accommodated thereby incorporating health in our daily lives.

Facilitate the healing power of nature          The healing power of nature allows the body's inherent ability to recover from disease or injury, given simple measures and the appropriate conditions. Simple measures such as physical adjustments, regulating the diet, incorporating supplements or herbs and getting necessary rest may be enough to enable nature to restore your body to optimum health. This approach has the advantage of moving you toward wellness rather than continually suppressing disease symptoms.

Treat the whole person          Traditional medicine is not so much a therapy - more a way of life. True health must involve the whole person it is mind, body and spirit. This approach is above all a way to complete health.

Establish health and wellness          The objective of my work is to achieve overall wellness and the maintenance of good health. The emphasis is on creating synergy amongst the body’s many internal systems. This is a self sustaining program that works towards self-care with guidance.

Prevention is better than cure           Prevention is a matter of self-motivated, active participation in the work of staying optimally well, without becoming obsessive. I work to inform and empower you to find the ideal, healthy balance on the path to optimal health.

Doctor as teacher          My role is to educate you with regard to lifestyle and dietary practices, which promote good health. I support and guide you in taking responsibility for your well being. The word "doctor" derives from the Latin "docere" which means "to lead" or "to teach". I use this term in this traditional context.

My son Gavin was born with spina bifida, which causes paralysis of the legs and other neurological challenges. As an infant he was not using his left side, the medical doctors and physical therapists were extremely worried. After Dr. Sarah finished his first treatment, my infant son looked at us and rolled over using his left side and arm. Now, Gavin is on the swim team and holds his high school all-time record of gymnastic dips.

Carol P.

Occupational Therapist & Mother


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