HealthNOW Medical Center

HealthNOW Medical Center

August 12, 2011 13:00 ET

Undiagnosed Gluten Intolerance can Cause Years of Illness and Misery

HealthNOW Medical Center Offers Free E-book with Gluten Sensitivity Self-Test

SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA--(Marketwire - Aug. 12, 2011) - Gluten intolerance – which includes celiac disease and gluten sensitivity – is frequently misdiagnosed. In fact, a study from Columbia University revealed that it takes an average of 10 years for those suffering from celiac disease to get a correct diagnosis, despite seeing many doctors. HealthNOW Medical Center is now offering a free e-book that includes a gluten intolerance self-test – an invaluable tool for those with unexplained symptoms that are actually being caused by gluten – and cutting edge data on this highly misunderstood condition.

While going from one doctor to another trying to find out what's wrong with them, gluten intolerant patients often suffer for years from a multitude of symptoms and diseases. They undergo expensive and unnecessary medical treatment, including symptom relief with potentially dangerous drugs that often worsen their condition, without finding a resolution to their health problems.

During these years of misdiagnoses, the health problems caused by their gluten intolerance get progressively worse, often leading to major diseases.

"Most people find the list of over 300 health conditions that can stem from gluten intolerance truly shocking. Fatigue, depression, irritable bowel syndrome, reduced libido, migraines, eczema, autoimmune diseases, and even some types of cancer can begin with and are worsened by gluten intolerance," said Dr. Vikki Petersen, co-founder of HealthNOW Medical Center, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, and author of the groundbreaking book "The Gluten Effect".

"We have patients come to us from all over the U.S. and internationally to help improve their health," Dr. Petersen said. "Gluten intolerance is often the root cause of their problems."

Fortunately, HealthNOW Medical Center is not only expert at diagnosing gluten intolerance, the clinic also offers very effective treatment as is evidenced by this patient's remarks.

"This is the first time that I can truly say a course of treatment has literally changed my life. I have been a chronic sufferer of airborne allergies, sinus problems, migraines, stomach disorders and severe back, neck and shoulder pain. While I have used prescription medication virtually all my life to control the related symptoms, I've never found any treatment to relieve the underlying problems. The team at HealthNOW was the first group of medical professionals to actually find the underlying cause of my symptoms! Since following the course of treatment prescribed, including a gluten-free diet, virtually all my symptoms have disappeared in 30 days or less." H.G.

Dr. Petersen's new e-book, Gluten Intolerance: What You Don't Know May Be Killing You, is available for download free-of-charge on the HealthNOW Medical Center website.

To find out more about gluten intolerance or to get your free copy of the e-book and take the self-test, 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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