HealthNOW Medical Center Successfully Treats Osteoporosis with Gluten Sensitivity and Clinical Nutrition Program
SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA–(Marketwire – August 26, 2011) Osteoporosis and its milder form, Osteopenia, affect tens of millions of men and women in America. The frail, porous and brittle bones caused by Osteoporosis often result in debilitating bone fractures from which some people never fully recover. In fact, it is predicted that 50% of women and 12% of men will have an Osteoporosis-related fracture in their lifetime. Many experts believe that the key to preventing Osteoporosis, and its successful treatment, lies in locating and treating the root cause of the condition which, for some, could be gluten intolerance, an umbrella term that includes gluten sensitivity and celiac disease.
Osteoporosis and Osteopenia are generally diagnosed with a bone mineral density (BMD) test. However, this testing does not find the cause of the problem: it merely confirms that it is present.
Traditional medical treatment recommendations for Osteoporosis and Osteopenia consist largely of a balanced diet rich in calcium and vitamin D, exercise, a healthy lifestyle and, sometimes, medications. But, as with other illnesses, if the root cause of the condition is not found, the bones will continue to get worse.
With early diagnosis of Osteopenia – the milder form of Osteoporosis – along with a full evaluation for gluten intolerance and other possible causes of the condition, the deterioration can be stopped to prevent further damage and, in some cases, bone density can be partially restored.
Although most medical doctors do not check for gluten intolerance in patients with Osteoporosis and Osteopenia, the idea is not new.
“According to a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine,” said Dr. Vikki Petersen, Certified Clinical Nutritionist, author of the groundbreaking book “The Gluten Effect” and co-founder of HealthNOW Medical Center, “what triggers the shift from healthy bone to Osteoporosis is internal inflammation. Gluten intolerance inflames the gut which then leads to a body-wide inflammation and, consequently, bone loss.”
If someone is gluten intolerant, restoring good health could not only prevent Osteoporosis, it may even open the door to reversing the condition. “My own mother, now 88 years old, was diagnosed with severe osteoporosis almost 30 years ago,” said Dr. Petersen. “Once we diagnosed and treated her gluten intolerance and put her on our clinical nutrition program, her bone density improved measurably.”
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 gluten intolerance treatment and how it can help prevent and reverse Osteoporosis, 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.com, Celiac Central and HealthNOW.
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