HealthNOW Medical Center

HealthNOW Medical Center

November 29, 2011 13:00 ET

The Hidden Link Between Gluten Intolerance and PMS, Infertility and Miscarriage

Millions of women are suffering from complaints that could be easily addressed with correct diagnosis and treatment of gluten sensitivity, says HealthNOW Medical Center founder

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - Nov. 29, 2011) - Gluten intolerance, an umbrella term that includes gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, doesn't just affect the digestive system: it is linked to more than 300 diseases and conditions. Among the most common are those stemming from deficiencies, excesses and imbalances of female hormones. In fact, there's a good chance that correct diagnosis and treatment of gluten intolerance may be all that's needed to resolve hormone-related medical problems.

What is the link between gluten intolerance and hormones?

"Gluten intolerance has many secondary effects, including adrenal fatigue," said Dr. Vikki Petersen, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, author of the groundbreaking book "The Gluten Effect" and co-founder of HealthNOW Medical Center. "The adrenals are responsible for maintaining a proper balance between DHEA, estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, which prevents conditions such as PMS and infertility. But these hormones are also responsible for a number of other, more basic, functions like regulating blood pressure and blood glucose levels and preventing dehydration."

"When the adrenals are fatigued, as they often are when one is gluten intolerant, they can't function fully and optimally. They have to choose between producing sex hormones or just keeping the body up and running," she said.

Invariably, the functions that relate to basic survival are the priority and the production or regulation of the sex hormones suffers.

According to Dr. Petersen, the results can include such common conditions as:

  • cramping
  • heavy bleeding
  • menstrual irregularity
  • endometriosis
  • polycystic ovaries
  • fibrocystic breasts
  • migraines
  • PMS
  • infertility
  • miscarriage

"The link between adrenal stress and gluten intolerance is common, but rarely diagnosed," said Dr. Petersen. "As a result, millions of women are suffering unnecessarily from conditions that really affect their quality of life but are easily remedied."

For more information on the relationship between adrenal fatigue, hormonal imbalance and gluten intolerance, visit HealthNOW Medical Center. You can also set up a free health analysis with Dr. Petersen.

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.

Dr. Petersen has also written an e-book entitled "Gluten Intolerance: What You Don't Know May Be Killing You". She is offering it free of charge to help the millions of people currently suffering from undiagnosed and untreated gluten intolerance, gluten sensitivity and celiac disease. The e-book is available for download at gluten intolerance.

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