HealthNOW Medical Center

July 08, 2011 20:06 ET

Skip the Drugs, Clinical Nutrition May Be the Answer for Those With Digestive Problems

HealthNOW Medical Center's Destination Clinic Successfully Treats 'Incurable' Digestive Disorders

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - July 8, 2011) - According to a report from Johns Hopkins, there are 30 million visits every year to primary care physicians for digestive complaints, and that number increases significantly when you also include visits to specialists and hospital emergency departments.

Unfortunately, doctors are often unable to discover the reason for digestive disorders and instead resort to drugs that only temporarily relieve the symptoms. However, HealthNOW Medical Center's Destination Clinic has proven successful at diagnosing the actual root cause of common digestive problems and creating treatment programs that restore a patient's good health without the use of dangerous drugs.

Some of the common symptoms associated with digestive disorders include belching, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, stomach aches and nausea. Diagnoses can range from acid reflux, gastritis, diverticulitis, colitis and Irritable Bowel Syndome to ulcers and hiatal hernia.

According to Dr. Vikki Petersen, Clinical Nutritionist and co-founder of HealthNOW Medical Center, getting to the root cause of these digestive problems can be done with their unique functional testing and nutritional approach.

"Standard medical tests are generally limited to identifying disease. Functional lab tests, on the other hand, are more sensitive and detect early changes in how an organ is working long before the problem actually becomes a disease. Consequently, patients go to their doctor with digestive complaints and the doctor, who uses standard medical tests, often can't find anything wrong," explained Dr. Petersen.

"The problem with this is two-fold: When the doctors can't identify the 'disease', their 'solution' is to give the patient drugs to try to alleviate the symptoms. This is of course only temporary, comes with dangerous side effects and does nothing to identify what is actually wrong. With functional tests, we're able to determine what the problem truly is, create a tailor-made program for the patient based primarily on diet and clinical nutrition, and restore normal function and eradicate the problem for good," said Dr. Petersen.

"Giving a drug that only masks symptoms will never result in a cure. Real health care should be about identifying the root cause, treating it naturally, when possible, and restoring function to the body so the problem is corrected. It is this type of healthcare that HealthNOW Medical Center specializes in," added Dr Petersen.

"Our results? Patients with supposedly incurable acid reflux, irritable bowel syndrome, hiatal hernia, bloating and nausea, to name a few, complete their programs with full resolution of their digestive problems."

Dr. Petersen said that "patients can have serious digestive complaints for years – sometimes an entire lifetime – without ever being told the real reason behind their problem. Instead they are only offered more and more medications."

Patients who have had uncomfortable and even debilitating digestive problems for years have been able to resolve their complaints at HealthNOW Medical Center.

" About 15 months ago I arrived at the center, just a few weeks short of my 54th birthday. What I brought with me was a list of complaints that was long and, even then, still growing. I'd been complaining to doctors about stomach and indigestion problems for 15 years. I had tried every antacid and acid blocking medicine available, both over-the-counter and prescription strength acid blockers. 1-2 years ago, my overall digestion took a turn for the worse. My digestive process had gotten to the point where I could not eat anything containing fructose, including fresh fruit, without major gastrointestinal upset.

"I'm pretty darned healthy now! Thank you all, doctors and staff, of the HealthNOW Medical Center. I am indeed very grateful for the professional help and the guidance that you have provided." D.T.

It is estimated that approximately half the people suffering from digestive complaints don't even visit a doctor. When you add those numbers to the millions of patients who do see their family doctor, go to specialists or visit hospital emergency rooms, the number of people with digestive disorders comes to about 100 million - more than one in three people in the U.S.

Digestive disorders also account for more hospitalizations than any other category of illness. This health problem puts a significant drain on the quality of life and pocketbook of everyone affected, as well as costing the American taxpayer one hundred billion dollars every year.

Functional testing and clinical nutrition may be the answer.

To find out more about HealthNOW Medical Center's Destination Clinic, or how functional testing, diet and clinical nutrition may provide the solution for digestive problems, visit www.healthnowmedical.com.

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