HealthNOW Medical Center

HealthNOW Medical Center

September 30, 2011 13:00 ET

FDA Says Antacids Make People Sick-Gluten Intolerance Treatment Could Cure Digestive Upsets

HealthNOW Medical Center Patients No Longer Need Antacids

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - Sept. 30, 2011) - Antacids, taken to prevent, neutralize, or counteract acidity in the stomach, are among the most popular over-the-counter and prescription medications in the world. But warnings from the FDA indicate that antacids may create more disease than they heal. A solution to digestive problems would help millions overcome the digestive problem and avoid the dangerous side effects.

A recent study, published in Drug Store News, a publication on the pharmaceutical industry, found that one in 10 people buy an antacid at least once a month, and the numbers are increasing: Sales of antacids throughout the U.S. increased by 7% in 2010 – totaling $1.2 billion - and they sold more than $10 billion internationally.

Millions of Americans use antacids daily to help relieve the symptoms of heartburn, acid indigestion, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and a host of other digestive problems.

But according to a 2010 report from the FDA, high doses or prolonged use of antacids have been shown to increase the risk of infection, bone fractures and dementia. They also inhibit nutrient absorption, promote bacterial overgrowth, reduce resistance to infection and increase the risk of cancer and other serious diseases.

"Treating gastrointestinal upsets and indigestion with antacids is yet another example of treating a symptom rather than finding and resolving the root cause of a health problem," said Dr. Vikki Petersen, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, author of the groundbreaking book "The Gluten Effect" and co-founder of HealthNOW Medical Center. "Drugs that treat symptoms invariably fail to heal the condition, and they cause other conditions that then complicate the situation and cause further deterioration in the person's health."

"At HealthNOW Medical Center, we often find that our patients' digestive upsets are caused by gluten intolerance – something that most doctors don't even look for. If gluten intolerance is the problem, the patient's symptoms resolve completely once the correct treatment has begun. They no longer need drugs; the condition is healed."

Dr. Petersen has written an e-book entitled "Gluten Intolerance: What You Don't Know May Be Killing You" and is offering it free of charge to anyone interested in determining whether their health is affected by gluten intolerance.

To find out more about digestive upsets and determine whether gluten intolerance could be the root cause of the problem, or to get your free copy of the e-book, visit HealthNOW Medical Center.

About HealthNOW Medical Center

HealthNOW is a unique medical clinic in Sunnyvale, California that combines the best of internal medicine, clinical nutrition, naturopathy, physical therapy and chiropractic. The team of doctors from these disciplines proactively work together to resolve patients' unique health problems and conditions. What really sets this medical center apart from most medical clinics highlights a very unfortunate fact about the medical industry, its emphasis on treating symptoms. HealthNOW is about what every medical clinic in the world should be: finding and fixing the root cause of health problems.

HealthNOW takes pride in being able to wean patients off drugs successfully by identifying the actual root cause of the problem. While dietary and nutritional factors are often causative agents, other contributing factors are identified and personalized for each patient through specialized lab tests to achieve a successful result. HealthNOW Medical Center treats patients from around the country as well as internationally. They created a Destination Clinic to cater to the needs of those visiting from out of state or out of the country.

Dr. Vikki Petersen, DC, CCN is co-founder of HealthNOW Medical Center and the author of "The Gluten Effect". She has been featured in national magazines, international medical journals and is a frequent headlined speaker. She regularly blogs at Everyday Health,, Celiac Central and HealthNOW.

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