Success Stories – Clinical Nutrition



Wendell spoke at “The Gluten Effect” book signing event on February 11, 2009.

He shared how his depression was cured and how he got off of 7 different antidepressants since being at HealthNOW. 

Watch his testimonial here.

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I have been to dozens of doctors and clinics in my life. No one has cared about me and stuck through with me like the people at Health Now. They don’t take no for an answer, they don’t give up, and they really, truly care about you.
Not only do I have Celiac Disease, but I also have a deformed jaw, countless allergies and constant bone pain.  I’ve gone into anaphylactic shock 15 times in my life (and I’m only 21). I was terrified, and was only eating about 10 different kinds of food. However, Health Now was able to get my anaphylaxis under control, find the cause, and help me overcome my fear of food. I haven’t gone into shock for one year, which is the longest I’ve ever gone in my life. As for my deformed jaw, I have had pain for as long as I can remember, and the physical therapists were able to get me to a point where I feel only a fraction of the pain I used to. On top of all that, when not ONE doctor at my old hospital believed I had Celiac Disease, Health Now did. They take the time to listen to you and not only find a way to help you, but they teach you how to help yourself. Health Now, you have honestly saved my life and the words I’m writing now still don’t fully express how grateful I am to you. I would either be long gone, or terminally ill without the help I have received. After all my pain, struggle, and hospitalizations, I am finally getting my life back and I am ecstatic! If you want real doctors, real people, and positive change in your life, go to Health Now. I couldn’t think of anywhere better.  They will truly save your life, like they did mine.
-E.E.

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“When I first heard about Health Now, it was because a cousin was researching information related to her thyroid. She started listed off all of the symptoms that she had related to her thyroid that had cleared up when she removed gluten from her diet. I had never had my thyroid tested, but as I listened to her talk I was amazed at how many symptoms she said cleared up that I had lived with and always thought was normal.
I decided to talk to my doctor more in depth, and to ask about those symptoms further, as well as a host of other symptoms. I had terrible allergies, that just had gotten worse and worse as I got older. Several family member had allergies, so it was “normal” to me. I woke up every morning with hives, and was on a cocktail of different prescription and OTC allergy medications just to keep my symptoms at bay enough to be functional. I also had significant IBS symptoms, which had me in and out of the bathroom on a regular basis, even keeping extra clothing at work “just in case.” To top it all off I had bizarre unexplained muscle twitches that were sometimes accompanied with sharp pains, and I was constantly tired (except at night when I should have been sleeping). I also had low blood sugar and low blood pressure and sometimes anemia… as I made my list of symptoms for Health Now, I actually felt like a bit of a train wreck, but I am getting ahead of myself.
I was tested for thyroid issues, after arguing with my doctor that I wanted the test done (despite the fact that both of my grandmothers, my mother and 9 of my aunts are diagnosed with hypothyroid), and I had gone gluten free in the mean time because of the results that my cousin saw. My thyroid test came back as normal, but that didn’t explain why I felt the way I did, and now I knew it wasn’t normal.
Going gluten free, a lot of things cleared up. The pain I had with the muscle twitches went away within a couple of weeks (and that had been significant). I also wasn’t spending nearly as much time in/out of the bathroom. Those changes in and of themselves gave me hope.
Then my cousin said she was going to make a trip out to CA to Health Now. I read “The Gluten Effect” and saw myself in so many of the issues. It was a bit extreme perhaps, but I decided to join her after I spoke to Dr. Vicki. I didn’t want to bounce around from doctor to doctor locally trying to figure out what was going on. I decided I would be better off making the leap to go to the clinic, and then once I knew what I was looking for, I could try to find a more local doctor.
There were three of us that were seen at the clinic, and the staff was great, arranging everything so that we could all be seen, crammed into just a couple of days. We did some of our testing from home before we went to make sure that there were results at the clinic when we first got there. There was no need to convince us that gluten free was the way we needed to live, even without test results, but the results confirmed what we knew.
We all had some similar issues, but some different ones as well. I happen to have had some pretty intense hive reactions to a whole host of antibiotics, and I showed positive for a couple different parasites, which are generally treated with antibiotics. Dr. Carrie took extra time researching the different possible treatment methods for the parasites, and my antibiotics. She presented a couple different options to me, and we took a calculated risk on the antibiotics, some I had never had, in different families from those I have had a reaction to.
Going back home, I continues to work with Dr. Rick over the phone. After starting the antibiotic course, my allergies started to lessen. The parasites I had were known to cause those types of reactions in people. Also my IBS issues nearly cleared up entirely. Tweaking my supplements my muscle twitches also ceased, and I began to sleep through the night. Things were so much better than they had ever been, but things were still not where Dr. Rick thought they should be.
After a stool retest, we found that one of the parasites had not gone completely away. We added supplements for that, and I continued to support my poor adrenal glands that had taken quite a beating from the gluten. At the end of that treatment, I was feeling so exceptional, that we decided not to retest for the parasites, because there was no indication that there was anything going on.
I started this process with Health Now 8 months ago. I have been gluten free for 11 months. I can honestly say I have never felt better. I have not taken ANY allergy medication in about four months, which is beyond exceptional for me, AND I work outside during the summer! The spring allergies that made everyone miserable barely touched me, and that was while I was still treating the parasites. Now I am working in the dust, mold, pollen environment and I am doing so much better than anyone that I know that doesn’t have “allergies.”
I am no longer worried about where the bathroom is, or living off of supplements for my IBS symptoms. I take a multivitamin and listen to my body. I can tell if I have been exposed to gluten, and though I went through a period where I was hyper sensitive, I seem to be on the other side of that now as well. I do not believe the lie that I can “cheat” or that “a little doesn’t matter.” It just isn’t worth the cascade of symptoms that come flooding back to me that I can feel for the next 3-4 days, and I KNOW it lingers for 3-6 more months in my system wreaking havoc on my adrenals. I have energy I never knew existed. I fall asleep and stay asleep, feeling rested and wake before my alarm in the morning.
Since I know that CA is a bit too far for me to have a regular doctor (I am in WI), I had to seek out a local doctor, and I found one that is savvy to all of this, and has been willing to work with me to transition my primary care and other concerns to their clinic. I don’t think I ever would have found them though, without the vigilant education I received from the doctors and staff at Health Now. Really, my trip to Health Now gave me a new lease on life, and I feel better now than I ever remember feeling before. It really was a godsend to me.”

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“I wanted to thank HealthNOW and Dr. Preeti for helping me achieve outstanding results under your weight loss program.

I first came to HealthNow over two years ago. My main reason for coming was chronic fatigue. I was sleeping up to 12 hours per night and unable to make it through the day without a nap. I was also getting nasty skin rashes, headaches, and other problems that regular medical doctors were not able to cure.

After being diagnosed as gluten intolerant at HealthNow and strictly avoiding gluten since then, my health fully recovered. My fatigue and other medical problems completely disappeared! I haven’t needed more than 7 hours sleep per night and have super amounts of energy. But even after adapting to my new gluten free diet I was still very overweight. I had tried every weight loss program ever devised- especially high protein, low carb programs. They never seemed to work for me. Then Dr. Preeti suggested I try a plant based program. I was concerned at first. At my age of 51, I don’t remember ever having a meal that didn’t include meat. But I figured I might as well try it since I’d tried everything else unsuccessfully.

In the first 7 weeks of my program I lost 33 pounds and my body mass index category dropped from “obese” to merely “overweight”. This weight loss caused my pant size to drop from a 46 waist to a 38 waist and even my neck size dropped an inch and a half. I’m beyond thrilled with these results; it feels like I’ve discovered the secret to life. Women are looking at me again and all my friends tell me I look more than ten years younger. My energy is off the charts now and I’ve never felt better in my entire life! At my current rate of progress. I’m on track to be the same weight in the next 7 weeks as when I got out of the Army thirty years ago.

And the best thing about this new diet is that it is sustainable. Unlike previous diets, I can eat like this for the rest of my life. I don’t have to eat just broccoli or all salads; I get to eat potatoes, rice, fish, and other foods I love every day. I have really adapted to this new diet and should have no problem eating this way in the future.” (see pictures below)

E.G.





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“I came to see the Petersens and HealthNOW after several months of feeling horrid. I mean – exhausted, sick, sad, horrid. I had no energy at all, I was a physical wreck: my Diabetes was completely out of control. Doctor visits, ER trips and time off for illness was ruining my life.

When I first met with Dr Vikki, I realized that they were actually going to help because they were going to check everything and they did. I’ve never felt so scrutinized (in a great way) and well taken care of.

It has been 8 weeks since my first appointment and I felt unbelievable. I’m eating better than I ever have. I feel like I’m 20 years younger, my body is waking up, starting to feel well on a regular basis, and is happy!

The best part – spiritually I feel like someone has lifted a pair of 300 pound boulders from my shoulders. I’ve regained my zest for life and I’m so excited as its only going to get better!

Thank you everyone at HealthNOW for caring so much!”

T.H

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I have been suffering for many years with illness, having been diagnosed with autoimmune diseases such as Lupus, Hypothyroidism, Asthma, and Osteoporosis. For the last year, my health has been deteriorating at an alarming rate. Thank God I found the HealthNOW Medical Center!
The doctors there are thorough and are concerned with treating the body as a whole rather than trying to treat symptoms, and the staff is very pleasant and helpful. Through the HealthNOW Medical Center, I now have an understanding of what the probable root cause for my disease is, and can adjust my lifestyle accordingly. Dr. Rick does his follow up visits with me via phone calls, and has never been late for one of our appointments. He answers all my questions completely. Since visiting the clinic a month ago, I am showing marked improvement, and I consider HealthNOW Medical Center to be a true lifesaver!

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I am 37 years old and have been chronically ill, bedridden and on prescription steroids for nearly 20 years.  I have suffered from disabling chronic fatigue, muscle and joint pain, chronic infections, insomnia, allergies, asthma and irritable bowel syndrome.

I have sought help from physicians all over the country, including renowned rheumatologists, endocrinologists, pain specialists and a host of others.  I have been prescribed hundreds of drugs, many of which have made me sicker than my original ailments.

As recent complications from the steroids got worse, I knew that if I didn’t get off these powerful drugs I may eventually die from drug-related complications, rather than from the original ailments.  I expressed my concerns to specialists at three local hospitals and the unanimous conclusion was that there was nothing they could do and that I would likely be on steroids for life.

I thank God that I made the call to HealthNOW as it changed my life forever.  Within 2 weeks the doctors found numerous infections which had been causing the symptoms which I had experienced for half of my life! We also found out that I am gluten intolerant.  I am experiencing a truly miraculous recovery.  After one month of treatment I felt a dramatic reduction in my pain and fatigue and was able to reduce my steroid medication.

I am now nearly OFF my steroids and feel incredible.  I feel like I have a future to live into now – a future full of new found happiness and vigor, the possibility of children and a future free of suffering!

I thank the entire staff of HealthNOW for this gift of new life.  You practice brilliant medicine! – E.M.

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“I remember asking Dr Petersen how good should an almost 50 year old feel. I didn’t know the answer to that, and to be frank, I was dubious that anyone could help me to feel much better than I did.

Boy, was I wrong! Between the program of adjustments and chiropractic care and the nutritional diagnosis and regimen, I am, literally, a new woman.

Within days of going on a modified elimination diet, I felt more energy, less fatigue, and even a lot less moodiness! I didn’t know exactly what they key was until my lab tests came back, but I knew they’d hit on something important.

 I never would have guessed at my intolerance for gluten without them. Now, gluten-free for over 4 months, I have lost weight and I’m able to start reintroducing lactose into my diet.

Still, when Dr Petersen claimed that their program of slowly de-stressing my adrenal system would allow me to be allergy-free, even from cats, I was again skeptical. I had been acutely allergic to cats since I was eleven years old. I couldn’t even be in the same room with them! However, last month, after three months of being gluten-free and caring for my adrenal system’s repair, I was able to pet a friend’s cat with no reactions! I never would have believed it.

I just want to thank everyone at HealthNOW. You have a wonderful clinic filled with helpful and caring professionals.”

Regards,

N.E.

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Having been burdened with autoimmune diseases since my childhood, I suffered from Alopecia Areata, Thyroidism and Vitiligo, I also had become a heavy smoker during that 30+ year time span. Over the years, I heard many doctors say, “Stress causes this. Try to eliminate the stress from your life”. Well, THAT’S easier said than done!

On December 27th, 2006 I had just finished a cigarette, went inside to go to bed, and suffered a massive heart attack. The doctor called it a “Myocardial Infraction (MI) caused from a 95% blockage of my Left Descending Artery”. My surgeon told my husband that my blockage was fibrous, not fatty, and was caused 110% from smoking. My cardiologist told us that, had my husband gotten me to the E.D. 5 mins later, they would have pronounced me D.O.A. Yes, THAT was the last cigarette I had.

During the subsequent 3 months, I worked hard at my recovery, stopped smoking, took all my meds properly, totally adopted the SAD diet, rested and we thought that all was going well. During the 3rd month, I developed gastrointestinal problems (voluminous, odorific gas and chronic diarrhea) and I rapidly put weight on. The cycle of eating, diarrhea, then immediately becoming ravenously hungry, eating again, etc. exhausted me and kept me from living a productive life. I would wake in the middle of the night for 2, 3, 4 hours at a time, then hit a wall of exhaustion in the mid-afternoon. When I complained, my doctor said, “We need to get your heart healthy before we worry about gas and weight gain. Besides, you are eating healthier and your gas is caused from your healthy diet. You stopped smoking and weight gain is natural with that. Remember, it takes time to recover from an MI. You need to rest in the afternoon”. I lived like that for almost 3 years. If, you can call “THAT” living.

When I finally got over my embarrassment of the situation, I discussed this with some friends of mine who were patients of HealthNOW. In harmony, they said, “It sounds like you have food issues. You really need to go see HealthNOW”.

After attending the Celiac Forum in October 2009, I scheduled my consultation. Dr Vikki assured me that they could help me. I went on the Elimination Diet on November 2nd – a pivotal day of my life. It was the 1st day in almost 3 years that I didn’t have gas, diarrhea, ravenous hunger pangs, nor exhaustion. It was amazing how quickly I received comfort.

We have discovered that I have sensitivities to gluten, eggs, dairy, corn and soy. My vitamin D levels were dramatically low and adrenal glands were exhausted as well.

Today, I feel better than I have felt in my whole life – and that is NO exaggeration. I sleep all night, I have ridded myself of the SAD diet and am so nourished that my body never feels ravenously hungry. My cholesterol has gone from 165 to 143, triglycerides from over 600 to barely 240, AND I have lost almost 20 pounds to date! My cardiologist has taken me off of 2 medications and decreased the dosage of a 3rd by 1/2. I am able to work a part-time job and am beginning classes in April 2010 to study Holistic Nutrition.

HealthNOW Medical discovered the root cause of my body’s ailments and provided solutions that finally gave me results I had sought all of my life. Thank you HealthNOW!! I have a life worth living!

C.K

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Thank you for changing my life. Indeed, saving my life.

I had discovered through a laboratory test that I had antibodies to gluten in 2003. For the last seven years, I had very carefully avoided gluten. I learned all the unsuspecting places gluten might be found, and I have been very careful to avoid them. Since avoiding gluten, the sharp, stabbing pains that I had in my lower abdomen have gone away, but I was still extremely fatigued. Fatigued to the extent that I took an early retirement from work, I underwent a sleep study which did not find any major problems. I would limit my car travel to just a few miles from home. It felt as if someone had drained all the blood from my body, and each annual physical would come up with a finding of progressively lower total white blood cell counts.

In 2009 and 2010, I saw both Dr. Petersen and Dr. Mousseau. They had me take a stool test checking for parasites. As strange as that might sound because I had not been backpacking or traveling to third world countries and I had no complaints of diarrhea, I followed their directions. Amazingly, the results came back positive for a parasite called Cryptosporidium. They explained that this parasite is common on food and in the water. It frequently does not bother people who do not have a reaction to gluten and who have normal immune systems, but people who are sensitive to gluten can have irritated intestines that allow the parasites to stay and make a home. Although it was challenging, I took the medication they prescribed, and right away my energy levels jumped about five hundred percent. I now feel like I have normal energy levels.

There is just no way to say “thank you for giving me my life back.” What a gift these two doctors have to unravel very illusive issues that can make you feel like part of the “walking dead”. Dr. Petersen and Dr. Mousseau, thank you a million times.

B.W.

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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.

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.

The gluten antibody tests were not conclusive in my case, but with the preponderance of symptoms that I was having, I was more than willing to commit to a gluten and dairy free diet.

The health seminars which I attended at the center were also informative and extremely helpful: Over the past year I have undoubtedly eaten healthier than during any other year of my life as an adult. I mean, who would have thought that people actually ate foods like raw broccoli on a daily basis?

Below I’ve listed many of health issues that I had been facing:

25 years: That’s how long my hips had been giving me trouble. Almost always there was discomfort, sometimes there was actual pain, but they were always problematic, especially when going up or down stairs. There were times when my hips hurt so bad that I could barely walk. It only took ten to eleven months of physical therapy and better nutrition to get’em fixed. I don’t even feel them any more.

18 years: That’s about how long ago I began to realize that I was having problems with dairy products. After years of trying every brand of lactose enzymes, I concluded that I’d have to give up on milk products, though the answer to “How could this happen?” escaped me completely until I learned more about gluten intolerance from the HealthNOW seminars. I’m still eating dairy-free at this time, but who knows, maybe there’s a gluten-free cheese pizza in my future somewhere, waiting just for me…

15 years: That’s how long I’d been complaining to doctors about stomach and indigestion problems. I had tried every antacid and acid blocking medicine available, both over-the-counter and prescription strength acid blockers. At HealthNOW, it took less than a month to discover and zap the nasty little H.Pylori bugs, and the positive effects of clearing out the bacteria were almost immediate. I take DGL now for occasional stomach upset, but even at that, I’ve only needed the DGL two or three times in the past year. What an unbelievable difference this single improvement has made to my general disposition!

Hypoglycemia started darting in and out as I began to eat more and more (bad) carbs. I don’t know how many pounds of chocolate or bottles of beer I went through in an average week, but both had become a substantial part of my diet. Cycles of “carb stuffing” (to satisfy my low blood sugar and my ever-complaining stomach) began to accelerate in frequency. Insomnia became the norm. Waking up more tired than when I went to bed, days often dragged on and on. Somewhere during those fifteen years I began to have the most ferocious migraine headaches. The “good ones” would just be a day or so, but the bad ones lasted for centuries. I didn’t know it at the time, but I had developed food intolerances to chocolate and citric acid, and at least one food preservative. Are there medals or awards for a fait accompli of having consumed 1/4 ton of chocolate in a ten year period? The good news is that I haven’t had a migraine, or any other kind of headache, in many months now. When I arrived at HealthNOW I was started on an adrenal support supplement program. That program, in conjunction with pre-bedtime behavioral changes, helped immensely. Still, it took several months before I actually settled into a fairly normal sleep pattern. I get 7 1/2 hours of very good sleep every night now. and I can empathize with zombies now.

8 years: I had developed cysts on the palms of my hands and the bottom of my feet. Wearing leather shoes was out of the question. Tennis shoes had enough “give” such that the insoles would actually form around the cysts, so the cysts weren’t too bothersome. One of the cysts on my left palm had hardened, and it was a major source of irritation, depending on what I was doing. The cysts on my palms cleared up about 4 months into the gluten-free diet, and the cysts on my feet took another two months to disappear. My palms are still a little bit tender in places, but even that tenderness is almost gone now. Salute!

5 years: That’s about when the bad nightmares started (as if there is such a thing as a good nightmare); probably from malnutrition and low blood sugar. I won’t even tell you about the nightmares. I continue to take a fairly comprehensive array of nutritional supplements, and I’m oh so thankful that, like all of the other major problems that I was experiencing, the nightmares are long gone.

1-2 years: My overall digestion took a turn for the worse around that time-frame. My digestive process had gotten to the point where I could not eat anything containing fructose, including fresh fruit, without major gastrointestinal upset. The cause turned out to be a second ugly bug that had invaded my innards. The antibiotics that zapped the H. Pylori worked wonders on these bugs as well. After repopulating with probiotics for several weeks, my digestive system finally settled back to normal. Whew! Really!

6 months: Besides the problems that I was having with my hips, I was beginning to have problems with a number of other joints. In previous years I had sustained sports-related injuries to my left knee and left shoulder. My left arm began to feel as if it wanted to separate from the shoulder on its own. My left big toe would pop out of joint at times, just from walking. My left thumb would pop out of joint when I reached out to grab an object. The thumb pop didn’t bother me much, but the toe pop was somewhat painful. I don’t actually remember when the thumb and toes stopped being mean to me, but I seem to recall that I was about six to eight months into the gluten-free diet. My left shoulder is still something of a problem, although my arm no longer tries to separate from the shoulder. I now believe that this is a familial, genetic issue, as both of my brothers are also experiencing shoulder problems. My left knee is now about 90-95% healed, which is a whole lot better than the 50% range when I arrived. The physical Therapy staff have been absolutely great, both in their applied therapy seasons and in teaching me how to attack the myriad physical problems that I was experiencing.

For years there were other signs of things amiss in my body. For no apparent reason my lower back would go out of whack two or three times a year, starting back in my 20′s. I used to see a single hive appear on my left arm, always in the same place. Twice I had been diagnosed with a skin disease called pityriasis rosea. Cold hands and freezing feet persisted during the winter months. But last winter I only had about three “cold days”, and I’m willing to bet that I’ll see more improvements this coming winter.

I know that gluten slipped into my diet several times during the first couple of months. I learned from those mistakes. It did take a few months to get my wife on board with the changes. I can’t blame her though since I had asked her to make many changes as I searched for “the cause” over the past years. Now my wife and oldest daughter will inform me directly if they’ve prepared food which is “Dad approved”. And that is pretty cool. Probably the most difficult aspect of trying to eat right, was that it took close to eight months before the cravings for sweets and chocolate and beer disappeared. After that, the diet became a whole lot easier to sustain. I still occasionally have salty cravings, but these too are almost gone.

Yep, I’m feeling pretty darned good these days. And I do want to say, once again, thank you all!!

D.T.

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I have lost 22 lbs and feel a whole lot better. I will soon be shopping for a new wardrobe!

“I was having trouble losing weight. I would eat unconsciously anything and everything, especially sugar. I would crave sugar products as well. I suspected I may have food allergies of some sort but there were no outward physical manifestations to confirm this.

I attended a health seminar at work given by Dr Petersen. As he talked about optimum health he was hitting on some of the things that I was thinking about, like trouble losing weight.

I scheduled an appointment with his clinic and the staff performed an assessment of where I was at. First was to determine whether I had any food allergies. The test came back and I found out what I was allergic to. The nutrition staff took me step by step on how to eliminate that food from my diet successfully.

It has been enlightening and has change my whole approach on how I eat, sleep and exercise!

I have lost 22 lbs and feel a whole lot better. I will soon be shopping for a new wardrobe!”

C.C.

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I came here feeling not well – sore muscles and joints, constantly sore intestines and upset stomach. I no longer knew what to do to get myself well.

The doctors and staff did a good job identifying my problem areas, addressing my concerns and giving me ways to improve my health with nutrition, hormones and exercise strategies. HealthNOW Medical gave me hope for change.

J.P.

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I have endured years of sinus pressure and constant ear pressure. Two years ago I was diagnosed diabetic and unable to maintain even levels. I also had high blood pressure.

I came to HealthNOW after attending a work seminar. Since then I have lowered my blood pressure and my blood sugar levels have stabilized. The sinus and ear pressure are almost non-existent. As a side benefit, I have slowly lost weight- a much needed bonus.

S.K.

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I have waited more than a year to call it a success story but now a year has come and gone. I will only address the main reason I went to HealthNOW and that was to get control of a rare form of arthritis that I have suffered with for over 25 years.

I want to mention though that over the course of the year I had several other issues treated and was very satisfied with the outcome of those as well.

When I came to HealthNOW my arthritis was out of control. My knees, which swelled to huge proportions when I was afflicted, had needed draining and injecting with cortisone 4 times in that year alone and I had retried with bad side effects a few of the medications that had proven to be moderately successful in the past but I could not tolerate them anymore.

In 25 years, I had arthroscopic surgery on my knees 4 times, had my knees drained and injected countless times and I took so many different medications to try to control the swelling, I can not name them all. My traditional doctors were telling me that the next thing to try was immune suppressant drugs used in cancer treatment. I decided to give HealthNOW a try first.

Dr. Rick and Dr. Carrie started me off on the battery of tests and the elimination diet. They gave me all manner of different vitamins and hormones, changing things as indicated by testing and by my response. I was impressed by how they listened to me and believed me. What I had to say about my condition and how I felt I was doing was considered important. We were partners in treating the problem. The most important aspect of this is that by eliminating gluten from my diet and getting my system healthy I have gained control of this almost life-long arthritic condition that plagued me.

It does not control me anymore. Whatever your position is on connections between autoimmune conditions and gluten sensitivity, you can not argue with success. This was a very out of control, long standing problem that traditional medicine could not control adequately. The HealthNOW people worked out a solution for me that does not include me exposing my body to dangerous medications. For that I am very grateful. I wish all of their patients the success they have helped me attain. I am very appreciative of the caring and patient attitude of this clinic. They truly look for a solution that works for you and they do not stop until it is found.

Thank you Dr. Rick, Dr. Carrie and the HealthNOW staff.

L.A

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I was a mess. I felt really old, struggling to get through the day. I got “summer colds” 5 and 6 times a year, in spring, summer, and fall. Most of those times, I had to take a few days off from work.

I hated to drive at night, oncoming headlights made my eyes hurt so badly. (Yellow lens helped, but they weren’t enough.) I absolutely had to wear sunglasses during the day, for the same reason. And all of that was before things got really bad.

When things were at their worst, I was gaining a pound or two a month, instead of a pound or two a year. I gained 25 lbs in no time at all. I had hives on my legs, elbows, and the tops of my feet. They itched so horribly that I just had to scratch, until I had open sores everywhere.

Serious antihistamines gave me temporary relief, so I knew I had an “allergy” problem. But I didn’t know what I was allergic to–and I’m not a fan of taking drugs to treat symptoms. So I kept my eye out for solutions.

Fortunately, I found the folks at HealthNOW Medical. I went to Dr Vikki’s lecture on weight loss, of all things, and discovered that the most common food to produce negative reactions is wheat, due to the gluten it contains.

I did my homework on gluten reactions. Sure enough, most every single symptom I had been experiencing stemmed from that single, root cause–and it explained quite a few childhood ailments, as well.

I began working with Dr Rick. We removed all possible symptom-producing foods from my diet, slowly adding back those that were found to be ok. We shored up my exhausted adrenal glands, and provided higher levels of nutrients I hadn’t been absorbing well–with the understanding that these were temporary measures necessary to counter gluten’s ill effects. The results were astonishing.

In a matter of months, I dropped the recently-acquired 25 lbs of body fat. Over the next year, my energy levels steadily rose. I became more productive at work, and began exercising more regularly and more vigorously, so my body fat percentage keeps improving.

The itching stopped almost immediately. The sores on my legs and arms began to heal, and recede. Eventually, they vanished altogether. I still have an “early warning radar” in the form of itchy elbows or feet whenever I unknowingly encounter something that has gluten in it. But I use that warning to identify the offender and remove it from my diet.

Now, I frequently find myself outdoors or driving at night for quite a while before suddenly realizing that I forgot to put on my shades.

I found gluten-free versions of breads and even cookies, so I don’t feel like I am missing much–but I also found that I was no longer /addicted/ to them, as I had been with wheat. I can go days without eating them and never even miss them.

I feel great after my treatment. And as my insides heal, things just keep getting better.

Most of all, I feel as energetic as I did 20 years ago. I no longer feel like I’m so old that I’m just “hanging on”, unable to do much. In many ways, I’m stronger now than I ever was. It’s a kick and a half to be young and active again!

E.A.

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In just the first 2 months, I was able to notice physical and mental health improvements – my family noticed them too!

My energy level had improved dramatically due to the safe weight loss of 20 lbs.
The entire staff provided excellent, painless and expert treatment.
Each and every week the front desk staff would greet me with a smile and would accommodate my work schedule in order for me to make my appointments. . .

This success story is not just about me – but it is meant to profess the level on honest care and concern the doctors and staff at HealthNOW Medical Center have for each of their patients.

They truly manage your individual care program with sincerity and medical professionalism. My story is a success only because everyone at HealthNOW worked to make my health a success for today and my future tomorrows.



“To the Future Healthy Patients of HealthNOW Medical Center”

My success story begins when I happened upon a newspaper ad for the “Dancing Through Menopause” seminar offered by Dr Petersen. I could not believe how much of that seminar related to me! I signed up that same night for my initial complimentary consultation and knew that this year was going to be the year that my health was going to get better.

In just the first 2 months, I was able to notice physical and mental health improvements – my family noticed them too! My energy level had improved dramatically due to the safe weight loss of 20 lbs.

The entire staff provided excellent, painless and expert treatment. Each and every week the front desk staff would greet me with a smile and would accommodate my work schedule in order for me to make my appointments.

My doctor took an extensive amount of time ensuring that I understood the entire “well being and maintenance care” program that the clinic offers.

The doctors worked out the “kinks” in my muscles quickly and the office would work with me if I had a specific time I needed to leave in order to make an evening appointment.

This success story is not just about me – but it is meant to profess the level on honest care and concern the doctors and staff at HealthNOW Medical Center have for each of their patients. They truly manage your individual care program with sincerity and medical professionalism.

My story is a success only because everyone at HealthNOW worked to make my health a success for today and my future tomorrows. – D.V.

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I have had a stuffed up nose for two years. But ever since I came to HealthNOW Medical Center my symptoms have disappeared! I have gone to see four other doctors and the results come out negative! I have been tested for asthma, blockage, and had meds that did nothing at all.

HealthNOW really has experience and knows what they are doing. If you don’t believe me, look at all the other success stories.

A.P

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I started working with Dr. Rick Petersen in the fall of 2005 after attending a seminar he presented at my company. I had problems sleeping, was very overweight, and suffered from high cholesterol and blood pressure.

With a program of lab tests and a specialized diet called the modified elimination diet, Dr. Petersen diagnosed a gluten sensitivity (which I had never known about nor suspected), and a bacterial infection, H.Pylori (didn’t know about that one either!), and put me on a program to restore my health. By adopting the weight loss plan that HealthNOW utilizes, I lost 40 lbs. and brought my weight down to an optimal level for my height.

My blood pressure also normalized and my cholesterol dropped 77 points in 9 months without taking any medication.

I have more energy than I’ve had in many, many years and I feel like a new person.

More than three years after starting the program, I now go rock climbing twice a week, do yoga exercises each week, and everyone I meet exclaims “You look great, have you lost more weight?” My body composition is improving and I have actually started to gain some weight, this time in the form of muscle instead of fat.

I have learned to select natural, real foods that are compatible with my nutrition plan, and don’t miss at all the things I no longer eat.

In short, the HealthNOW Method has helped me turn my life around.
Thanks very much. – C.H.

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When I first came to HealthNOW I was, frankly, a mess. I was extremely depressed and moody, was having horrible headaches, and was literally getting the flu every few weeks. I had extreme fatigue and trouble concentrating. I felt like I was going crazy. I was anxious and irritable all the time. I felt sick all the time. All this had been going on for years, getting worse each year until my life was falling apart.

The doctors approached my problems in a logical manner and persisted in handling the various areas I was having trouble with despite my own laxness at times.

Physical Therapy, Chiropractic and nutritional supplements turned all the symptoms above around. I’m often amazed how much clearer I think.
My memory is normal again. The moodiness is much more under control.
I rarely have a headache. (I cause them myself when I do get them by going off my diet and vitamins.)

For me miracles have occurred and I’m very grateful to the doctors for their help. The tests they had me do to find the right supplements and diet were amazing and have changed my life to a higher quality. The diet has worked very well for me and, one learned and refined, contributed to the final change in life and health for me.

I honestly thought I was too old to reverse the physical problems I had. My energy and vigor for life is way back up.

Thanks! – S.A.

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Before I started coming to HealthNOW Medical Center I had several problems that were continual. Some of the problems were arm pain and numbness, migraines, high cholesterol, sleeplessness, back and neck pain.

After going to HealthNOW for only 3 months, most of my symptoms and problems have been resolved!

I hurt my upper left arm while painting the inside of our house last summer. At night, the pain would become worse and my arm would feel numb. It would wake me up at night. I felt like I was becoming weaker all the time.

The Pneu-Back treatments (a specialized form of physical therapy) and the manipulations that got everything back in line and ended the numbness and pain.

I also had frequent migraines. I did a hormone test and am now into the fourth month of taking my supplement and I have had no migraines this month. I feel like my emotions have leveled out and I do not feel as tired.

I was on Zocor, a high cholesterol medication. I asked my internist if I could try to control my cholesterol with diet and exercise because the medication made me feel bad. I went off the medication for three months and with HealthNOW’s help with supplements, nutrition counseling and exercise, I was able to lower my cholesterol naturally so I do not have to take the Zocor any more.

Another problem I was having was with sleeping. I worked “grave yard” off and on for a while and when I went off that shift I could not sleep through the night. I started taking melatonin with the doctor’s recommendation and I sleep like a baby now. I have more energy and I feel 100% better.

In addition to the above mentioned problems, I had neck, shoulder and back pain. Through treatments on the Pneu-Back and manipulations I have no more pain. I do exercises every day for my back and neck and I feel stronger than ever.

I am a person who likes things that are natural. I hated the thought of starting a medication that I would have to take for the rest of my life. I think it is a miracle that all my problems with my health were handled in a natural way.

I have not felt this good for as long as I can remember. I am truly grateful and thankful to HealthNOW Medical Center.

Sincerely,
R.M.

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For about the past 4 years I have had severe neck pain, shoulder pain and fatigue. Most mornings I woke up feeling like a loaded Mac truck had been running over me all night. Mornings were very painful.

Since receiving treatment at HealthNOW, I wake feeling refreshed before the alarm goes off! The modified diet is working great.

I know I still have a ways to go but I am reaping the rewards of this change in my lifestyle. I am a convert to HealthNOW philosophy and thankful for my sister-in-law who recommended the doctors and staff for my health care.
Life is good! – K.M.

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I was having a problem with high cholesterol (280) and high triglycerides (280 also). I started on a nutritional program of dietary changes and taking supplements at this clinic 2 months ago. Now my cholesterol is down to 200 and my triglycerides are 78.

I am very happy with the treatment from this clinic. – S.M.

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I remember asking Dr Petersen how good should an almost 50 year old feel. I didn’t know the answer to that, and to be frank, I was dubious that anyone could help me to feel much better than I did.

Boy, was I wrong! Between the program of adjustments and chiropractic care and the nutritional diagnosis and regimen, I am, literally, a new woman.

Within days of going on a modified elimination diet, I felt more energy, less fatigue, and even a lot less moodiness! I didn’t know exactly what they key was until my lab tests came back, but I knew they’d hit on something important. I never would have guessed at my intolerance for gluten without them.

Now, gluten-free for over 4 months, I have lost weight and I’m able to start reintroducing lactose into my diet.

Still, when Dr Petersen claimed that their program of slowly de-stressing my adrenal system would allow me to be allergy-free, even from cats, I was again skeptical. I had been acutely allergic to cats since I was eleven years old. I couldn’t even be in the same room with them! However, last month, after three months of being gluten-free and caring for my adrenal system’s repair, I was able to pet a friend’s cat with no reactions! I never would have believed it.

I just want to thank everyone at HealthNOW. You have a wonderful clinic filled with helpful and caring professionals.

Regards, N.E.

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I was having trouble losing weight. I would eat unconsciously anything and everything, especially sugar. I would crave sugar products as well. I suspected I may have food allergies of some sort but there were no outward physical manifestations to confirm this.

I attended a health seminar at work given by Dr. Petersen. As he talked about optimum health he was hitting on some of the things that I was thinking about, like trouble losing weight.

I scheduled an appointment with his clinic and the staff performed an assessment of where I was at.

First was to determine whether I had any food allergies. The test came back and I found out what I was allergic to. The nutrition staff took me step by step on how to eliminate that food from my diet successfully.

It has been enlightening and has changed my whole approach on how I eat, sleep and exercise!

I have lost 22 lbs and feel a whole lot better. I will soon be shopping for a new wardrobe! – C.C.

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I have a severe case of scoliosis. My balance was poor and my gait was awkward. I also used to get severe panic attacks due to my general health.

I had a fear of driving and was very depressed. The supplements helped me to regain my ability to perform my daily activities with a lot of energy. I feel like a totally new person.



The Physical therapy and Chiropractic visits helped ease my back and neck pain enabling longer hours at work with no stress at all.

HealthNOW Medical also gave me an extremely successful Reconstructive Therapy program. I had hurt my shoulder and Dr. Carrie cured the injury completely with Reconstructive Therapy.

Dr. Vikki Petersen, Rick Petersen and the rest of the staff have given, and are continuing to give, me the best medical care.

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I came to HealthNOW through a referral by a friend. I knew I had poor eating habits, I was experiencing very low energy, bloating, weight gain and headaches.

I didn’t truly believe that a change in my diet would change my life but it definitely has! In just 1 month I lost 6 pounds. My energy levels have risen substantially. I don’t experience as much stress and I haven’t had a significant headache in weeks.



Through HealthNOW I learned about balancing my diet and eating a broad range of healthy foods. I’ve been taking supplements to support my body which have helped tremendously.

My friends and co-workers comment on my appearance, often saying that I look like I’ve been in the sun – glowing and healthy!

I haven’t felt deprived of any food during my nutritional program and the benefits I’m experiencing are so marked that I plan to continue this as long as I can!

All the professionals at HealthNOW have been so supportive through this program and are extremely knowledgeable. I have learned much about my body and its needs.

Thank you for helping me to feel my best! – L.M.

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I complained that I was exhausted all of the time, my gut hurt most of the time and I had chronically inflamed and painful sinuses, AND the medical profession didn’t have a clue what to do with me as I appeared otherwise “healthy” and they could find no CAUSE for the above problems.

Dr Petersen said, “Be patient and work with us and I promise you that we’ll do everything we can to fix you up and get you feeling healthy again.”



Well, it’s been an adventure! Our first major discovery was that when I eat gluten in any form my body mounts an immune response and I feel horrible all of the time.

3 months after quitting all gluten my gut quit aching, my tendonitis in my arms cleared up, my enlarged tonsils shrunk away to nothing, my sinuses got 100% better (after 25 years of pain!) and I felt much better.

The doctors never gave up on me, even though I live 2+ hours away and couldn’t visit often, they continued to check in on me with “How are you doing NOW?”

Well, with the most recent discovery that I am very carbohydrate sensitive, I FINALLY feel HEALTHY again. NO tiredness, LOTS of energy, no pains, no stomach aches, no sinus problems … YEAH!!!!

This note is to say “Thank You”… my life is happy and wonderful because I actually feel healthy ALL OF THE TIME!

If you need help with your Health, put yourself in their hands… they CAN help, they WANT to help, they LOVE helping and you’ll feel better. Just remember, be patient!

Love,
C.K.

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I am writing this letter to thank you for the excellent treatment that I received from your clinic to treat my allergies.

Since early childhood, I have been suffering from a runny nose, watery, burning eyes and severe sneezing for a major part of the year.
This resulted in poor work efficiency and poor quality of life.

These symptoms got worse whenever I traveled or was engaged in outdoor activities such as hiking, etc.

I had been on drugs to reduce these symptoms for over three years when I heard about your clinic and the drug-free treatment offered here.



I have been on a modified diet prescribed by your clinic for about 4 months now and I have just completed your special 2 month supplementation program. My allergy symptoms reduced rapidly and for the last month I have been completely free from it. I feel great and highly energetic. My quality of life has improved significantly.
I have lost weight and become trim.

I am currently free of allergies, even under relatively stressful situations such as traveling, outdoor activities, etc.

Thank you very much for your wonderful treatment.

Sincerely,
S.M.

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2 years ago I suffered an allergic reaction to a Sulfa drug causing serum sickness. After a month and a half of prednisone I developed shingles. Since then I have had a non-stop episode of fibromyalgia.

I was unable to sleep without awakening multiple times a night due to hip pain. My ankle was stiff and instead of walking, I “stomped”. My hands hurt to bend them and I had swelling in my hands, legs and feet. Everything hurt. I was depressed, irritable and always exhausted. And, to top it all off, no matter what diet I tried, I only gained weight.



One Saturday I saw an ad in the paper for Dr Petersen’s lecture.
What could I lose? All my doctors ever did was increase my dose so I would sleep deeper and not feel the pain. I did sleep better but nothing else changed.

Since I started the program here I’ve lost 32 pounds. I have no hip, hand or generalized pain. My ankles bend and I don’t “stomp” when I walk. I can get up and out of a chair easily without hesitation or pain. I sleep without medication and I’m not depressed. I feel great!

Thanks,
A.O.

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At the age of 39 I was having extreme pain in my shoulder to the point where I was no longer able to do my job. The pain prevented me from moving my arm above my chest.

I had a history of back problems and was used to some discomfort.
The shoulder pain was not extreme at first but after I went back to work and lifted some heavy things it began to worsen. I ignored the pain at first. One week later it got so bad that I could not move my arm. The shoulder continued to get worse and would not heal.

I went for physical therapy for some months, saw a chiropractor and a massage therapist with not much improvement.



I then decided to go to a back specialist and have an MRI done.
The specialist could not see any problems from the MRI and told me that I was “just getting old”. He jokingly asked me if I really wanted to continue working when I told him that I was having trouble doing so.

Not surprisingly, I was giving up hope and was wondering if I would ever feel better.

I had told my sister-in-law about my problem and she referred me to Dr. Petersen at HealthNOW Medical Center. I attended a lecture given by Dr. Petersen and learned a lot.

I made the decision to investigate HealthNOW for myself. After taking a few lab tests I discovered I had an allergy which was causing my adrenals to become exhausted and thereby preventing my shoulder from healing correctly.

The decision to change my diet was a difficult one but my health is a priority. After 6 months I saw a marked improvement in my health. My shoulder is much better and I am back working at the profession which I love.

I am thankful to the staff of HealthNOW for their support, their sharing of knowledge and their assistance in my journey towards health and wholeness.

Sincerely,
J.V.

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I came here with migraine headaches, asthma and neck pain. I had these severe symptoms for about 4 years. I was taking a lot of medication.

Now after being treated for a few months I rarely get migraines at all.
I only use my inhaler about once every couple of weeks and my neck doesn’t hurt anymore!

Thanks,
B.L.

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Let’s face it. Eating is a habit and not one we can break. With the help of HealthNOW I have reduced my weight significantly and am 5 lbs. away from my goal.

The HealthNOW Medical Center has taught me what items in my diet are important and what I need to do to take care of them. They explained the way your body works and which elements of our diet affect you positively and negatively.



All I had to do was accept the challenge they put in front of me. At first it was hard to adjust to, but with determination and perseverance I was able to meet my goals and gain confidence in what I was doing.

Keep plugging away. You only have one life to live – make it a good one.

Thanks to all the staff!
P.M.

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When I first arrived at HealthNOW Medical Center my nights of sound sleep did not exist. After the initial assessment and treatment started I was getting a full nights sleep within 2 weeks.

As human nature goes, when you start feeling better you tend to ignore taking care of yourself. But the care I’ve received at this clinic has encouraged me to take a preventative maintenance approach to my good health.

Enjoy your day,
G.B.

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I’ve had Fibromyalgia for 8 years. When I came to HealthNOW 6 months ago I had experienced fatigue, muscle pain, migraines, insomnia and a general feeling of ill health. I was taking drugs for pain and drugs for sleep.

Since beginning the health program at HealthNOW I’ve had great success in either reducing or eliminating most of the symptom’s severity.

I began a modified diet after an adrenal test showed that a change in diet would probably help some of the insomnia and muscle fatigue.



I began taking supplements which have helped stabilize my energy level.
I also began exercising regularly which contributes to the overall general well being I have continued to experience.

I am grateful I was led to the care offered by HealthNOW. The quality of my life (both physical and emotional) has benefited dramatically. This is my year to be well. And the success is due to the partnership I have with all the team at HealthNOW Medical. – T.P.

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Since I was in grade school, I have been suffering from minor to severe headaches. About 3 to 4 times a week I would wake up in the morning with a headache. So one day a friend from work suggested that I go see Dr. Petersen and that I may be having an allergic reaction to food.

So when the doctor put me on a strict dietary program for ten days, I noticed after a week that I had not had a headache. I am really happy to find out that I am allergic to certain kinds of food that cause my headaches and that it is not hereditary. [READ MORE] All my life I thought I had inherited it from my father, because he used to have headaches all the time. And now I try to stay away from foods that will cause my headaches. -Z.A.

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I learned about HealthNOW Medical Center from a nutritional lecture given by Dr Petersen at work.

When I came to HealthNOW I had a lot of lower back pain. It would take me several seconds to stand up straight because it hurt so much. I also had neck pain with limited range of motion. Since fatigue was a big part of my life, I also took advantage of the clinical nutrition part of the practice.



A month later I feel really good! My neck does not hurt at all and my back only gets irritated if I sit more than a couple of hours. A Big Improvement!

I have learned a lot about how, when, what and why to eat. I’m still waiting for the results of my food allergy tests but the education alone has changed my habits and well being. I get through the day with more energy left over!

Thank you to all the doctors who have examined and adjusted me. – L.F.

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Since starting menopause, I was gaining weight and feeling uncomfortable and different. My weight went up regularly (about a pound every 2 months) no matter what I did to prevent it. Even working out 5 days a week did not make a difference. I had to buy all new clothes to accommodate my increasing weight and enlarged middle.



After coming to see Dr Petersen for about 6 months now I can happily say I’ve lost weight pretty effortlessly. But most importantly I’m feeling better, healthier and much more comfortable. I have no more bloating and no more hourly bathroom runs. The food I eat makes me feel good. I’m not hungry and my clothes fit more comfortably. This method works for me.

Thanks for helping me feel better, look better and eat better. – R.T.

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Since seeing Dr Petersen I feel that my health is now perfect.

When I first came in my sleep at night was about 3 hours total. I also had back pain. These things are now fine. It’s really nice to wake up and the clock says 7 A.M. instead of 3 A.M.

Dr Petersen also ran other tests which showed my liver was in a very dangerous condition. I’m very thankful that this got handled too.

Over the last 3 years I haven’t had any cavities. I feel this is due to my dietary changes of cutting out a lot of sugar.



At one point my hair was starting to fall out. That has stopped too.

My energy level was not good for a long time. But after making the dietary changes that the doctor ordered I feel much more energetic.

I now feel that my body has stabilized and I know what I need to do in order to maintain it.

Thank you doctors and staff,
P.H.

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I was first referred to the HealthNOW Medical Center in the spring and while I’ve only been actively receiving treatment for 30 days, the results have been amazing.

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, vitamins, supplements and regular chiropractic appointments, virtually all my symptoms have disappeared in 30 days or less.

When first arriving at the clinic, I was on three types of allergy medications a day, along with prescription migraine pills and the occasional painkiller for my back aches. After starting treatment, I stopped using all my medications and have found no need to even keep them in my purse or cabinet.

You really don’t know what a good day is until you have one again after years of pain and problems. The treatments and consultations I receive at HealthNOW are painless and productive. I have searched for a group of medical professionals who actively wanted me, the patient, to be involved in my own course of treatment. Dr. Rick and Dr. Dean are the first doctors to allow me a seat at the table, so to speak.

While my treatments involve permanent lifestyle changed including saying goodbye to wheat products forever, this is a small price to pay for the amazing changes in how I feel, how I’m able to function and the overall quality of my life.
- H.G.

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When I came to HealthNOW it was because of the lack of guidance from my regular doctor. I found the doctors here to be very helpful in guiding me about my diet. Being close to 200 lbs and not feeling as well as I could, they brought me to a level where I was comfortable doing the diet and exercise.

This last visit has shown marked improvement in my diet; I’m down to 179 lbs.

The staff is kind and considerate. They are very concerned about your health and progress.



I enjoy the time I spend here and I’ll continue to come to improve my health.

The original purpose of my visit was to take care of a painful right elbow. I had jammed the joint while gardening (stubborn weeds) and the doctors here gave me therapy that eventually cured the elbow pain completely.

Thanks,
P.M.

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Before coming to HealthNOW Medical Center I was controlled by food, hungry all the time, not feeling full once I ate, craving carbohydrates and getting into a circle of eating sugar and then trying to go off. I also had trouble concentrating, my memory was weak and I had trouble sleeping, being overly tired at the end of the day.

I had most of these symptoms since adolescence.  Since I was treated with Adrenal support vitamins and for gluten intolerance, I feel free of my symptoms.  I can sleep more soundly, I remember the notes on the piano, I have more stamina and….da-da…have lost and kept off 16 pounds!



I now eat only foods without gluten, sugar and dairy, keep up my activity and rigorous exercise helps even more. I try to small meals, often, and depend more on nuts and fats such as avocado and goat cheese to satiate my hunger in between meals.

I am very grateful to the staff who have given the gift of health back to me.

Sincerely,
C.P.

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I decided to be evaluated by HealthNOW due to health concerns, mainly involving Asthma and Fatigue. As a 44 year old female-I wanted to get in better shape as well, but couldn’t seem to make any progress.

I was using a Steriod Inhaler twice daily to treat my Asthma. It seemed to help somewhat but again – that was strictly treating the symptom and not identifying the cause of the Asthma.



After my blood sample revealed a low level infection, HealthNOW suspected a parasite known as Ascaris. This critter lives in the small intestine, but its offspring migrates into the lungs.  This causes Asthma!

After confirming this critter was in my system – I was treated and CURED.

No More Steroids for me!

I urge anyone suffering from Asthma to have HealthNOW identify and eliminate what is causing it. It’s the best thing you can do for yourself! – L.O.

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I was suffering from some pretty severe intestinal problems when I first came in. This had been going on for over a month, with no help from the over-the-counter medications. This resolved in a very short time after I first arrived.

I also learned that I had H. Pylori, and did the recommended treatment for that as well. This was an ‘invisible’ (to me,anyway) issue, but one I’m very glad is now handled.

Thanks to the great staff (all of you!) at HealthNOW! – J.H.

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In March of 2004 I weighted 216 lbs. I had been on Weight Watcher’s for 6 months and struggled to lose 12 lbs. I knew that I needed to exercise but I had a fast-paced job and didn’t have the energy at the end of the day to even lift a toothpick. I felt burned out! I thought that something serious may be wrong so I went to see my General Practitioner for an exam.

When I went to see my doctor she told me that weight gain was natural for a woman my age- I’m 50; and that I shouldn’t expect to look like I did in my 30s. And that I should be thankful that I was healthy. That answer was simply unacceptable to me. And I wasn’t in good health! I was clinically obese, depressed, I had asthma and eczema, I had pain in my joints and I had no energy.



My doctor gave me Motrin for pain, steroid for the asthma, a topical creme for the eczema. I felt like I was back to square one, but now I needed a trunk for all my medications.

One day at work I attended a brown bag seminar on Weight Control by Dr Vikki Petersen. During Dr Vikki’s lecture, I realized that I had many of the symptoms she described. I found the subject fascinating. When Dr Vikki offered a free consultation, I signed up.

I went to HealthNOW and met with Dr Rick Petersen who explained that the way I was eating was contributing to the stress on my body. I did lab tests and the results showed Adrenal stress. The doctor explained how the medical problems I was having were related to this condition.

After 2 weeks on supplements and eating healthier I noticed that I was no longer craving sugar. I wasn’t going hungry and I felt lighter and less bloated. After 4 weeks I really began to feel better. The aches and pains had disappeared and my asthma symptoms were gone. My eczema was clearing up and I had started to lose some weight.

After 2 months I felt even better. My life was simplified with my new way of eating and I had more energy. By the end of the 3rd month I felt so much better that I was ready to address the one big issue left which had been a problem for me since adolescence – my irregular menstrual cycle and PMS. Dr Rick made some suggestions and by the second cycle I noticed a difference. My PMS has improved and my cycle is down to 33 days from its previous 45 days.

My weight has begun to drop off.  I’ve lost 2 pant sizes and 2 bra sizes, my double chin is gone and I don’t feel puffy and bloated any more. I feel better and look better and people around me are starting to notice.

This program has worked wonders for me. I would recommend HealthNOW to anyone who is interested in improving their health. Looking back, I was probably heading towards diabetes. I’m thankful to Dr’s Rick and Vikki Petersen for their dedication, guidance and support in helping me. It wasn’t easy at first, but now I feel like a new person.

Thank you!
C.P.

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Before coming to HealthNOW I was fatigued all the time no matter how much I slept the day before. My energy level was horribly low and unnatural for my age (33). Even though I had these symptoms for many years, they have disappeared after 2 months of treatment!


I have learned that certain foods were contributing to this and I have removed them from my diet. Living dairy and gluten-free requires more thought and planning but is well worth the benefits.

In addition to the fatigue I also had problems with insomnia and neck and back pain. Again, these symptoms have completely or nearly subsided after this short course of treatment.

The adjustments and vitamins have made a tremendous difference to my overall health- it is dramatically improved.

Thanks! – T.H.

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I came to HealthNOW desperate as my physician couldn’t find anything wrong with my foot. I have been complaining about joint pain near my big toe for a minimum of 5 years. Tendonitis was the diagnosis. ‘Take Advil’ was the prescription. The pain would not go away. I went about my business, living with a sore foot, trying varying kinds of shoes to gain comfort, exercising less to stay off of it. Guess I was favoring the foot too much, so my back went out. The good, old complaint of ‘oh my aching back’ was now mine.

Oh yeah, I couldn’t sleep nights either. Three a.m was an especially dreaded hour. I would wake up two or three times a night not being able to get readily back to sleep. My husband was about ready to suffocate me with my pillow as I would turn on the light to read. At least I didn’t turn on the TV!

I attended a lecture at work from this office regarding optimum weight. The health survey pointed out Adrenal Exhaustion. I figured, ‘what could it hurt’? An over all approach to optimum health sounded reasonable to me…just treating symptoms certainly wasn’t working.



I spent the month of February testing, getting chiropractic adjustments and physical therapy, along with consultations for the nutritional aspects of my treatment plan.

By the end of the month, my foot and back pain have all but disappeared, I am still a bit still after exercise, but at least I can exercise again. I’m no longer ‘too tired’. I’ve even worn real shoes (you know, the uncomfortable, but look good kind that all women wear) without any ill effects. I walk the dog, mow the lawn and most importantly I can now babysit my granddaughter without regretting picking her up.

Another trivial but very important accomplishment is that I can now put on my clothes without pain. Getting dressed in the morning was not a fun part of the day. Starting my day now, after a better nights rest (less pain and dietary supplements have helped in the sleep department), I feel refreshed and ready to face the day. My spouse is in a better mood too, now that I am not waking him up in the middle of the night all the time.

Turns out that the foot pain was probably causing my back and hips being out of alignment. I have always (almost as long as I can remember) had pain in my hips during certain activities (like dismounting from a bicycle) it just took a very painful foot and back to finally get my attention and get my body on a healthy tract. Great progress after a month and I can only imagine what another month will bring.

A big THANK YOU to all the staff at HealthNOW! – A.H.

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Over the last several years, I felt my mind and body slowly declining in health.  I wasn’t “flying high” on life like I used to feel.  My ability to juggle family, work and Reserves was taking its toll. Something wasn’t right. I was increasingly fatigued and brain-fogged – coworkers and family took note. I thought I was eating well, but was slowly gaining weight.  I reached an all-time high of 163 lbs (I’m only 5’4″). I suffered from head, neck and back aches, eczema, high cholesterol, heartburn and lots of irritability (my wife would agree). Bottom line…this jet was grounded!

My primary care physician (PCP) visit was not pleasant.  He was quick to prescribe simvastatin (for life) to address the high cholesterol. He didn’t write down the other symptoms I was suffering from and suggested I “just eat better and work out more.”  He had to attend to other patients…my visit was pushing the 15 min limit. In his mind, it was an easy fix.



I asked him if there was any way to avoid the simvastatin and whether or not we could get to “root cause”, as advertised in this HealthNOW Medical ad I saw on TV.  He just scoffed at the notion and said, “you gotta watch out – there are a lot of quacks out there trying to make a buck off you.  Besides, I am solving your problem.  Take the simvastatin and come back in 6 months for a follow up.” I was treated like nothing more than a name and a number on a chart.  Not good enough for me.

As an engineer, I am well versed in root cause analysis.  My PCP was useless.  Enter HealthNOW – my jackpot discovery for 2008.  I was thoroughly tested like never before! The high cholesterol (even on the when on simvastatin) was confirmed. I suffered from adrenal exhaustion. I was the poster-boy for something called “gluten intolerance” (WHAT?!), and it was all topped off with a bonus bug called Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) found in my intestinal tract! It was an eye opening and humbling experience. Time to bring the “high-flying” jet in for an overhaul. At least I was treated like a customer at HealthNOW – better yet…more like family.

Nearly five months later, I am a slim 142 lbs, free from H. pylori (a Class-I carcinogen – see, I did my research), my adrenals are back to “normal,” and I am well on my way to eating better for the rest of my life. ALL the credit goes to HealthNOW Medical and the entire staff. I now avoid gluten like the plague. When I do accidentally eat it (even just a trace), boy do I feel it! The elimination diet helped me determine that I am also sensitive to eggs, citrus and dairy. The PT/Chiro combo has paid HUGE dividends. “Rupa said so!” is my fighting mantra! I haven’t felt and looked this good since 1990s (my wife – also a HealthNOW patient, would agree). I am flying high again juggling everything on my plate with ease, a clear mind, motivation and energy, and without simvastatin. Who’s the quack now, PCP?!

Thank you, HealthNOW!
J.G.

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I came to HealthNOW Medical to merely gather information about ways to alleviate extreme fatigue I’d been experiencing.  For more then 10 years, I experienced a number of issues ranging from digestive to neck and back problems to just an overall bad/uncomfortable physical state.

Now not only am I almost 100% symptom free, but I’ve learned about triggers, such as gluten, that cause my body to react negatively.  I have learned that I’m gluten intolerant so I’ve modified my diet to eliminate gluten.



I was a heavy coffee drinker, and I learned that caffeine was affecting my adrenal glands, which was causing my fatigue.

Overall, I feel like a normal human being!!!! It’d been so long that I’d forgotten what it was like to feel “normal” and pain free.  This wouldn’t have happened if it weren’t for the folks at HealthNOW Medical. – N.C.

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I was a mess. I felt really old, struggling to get through the day. I got “summer colds” 5 and 6 times a year, in spring, summer and fall. Most of those times, I had to take a few days off from work.

I hated to drive at night, when oncoming headlights made my eyes hurt so badly. (Yellow lens helped, but they weren’t good enough.) I absolutely had to wear sunglasses during the day, for the same reason.

And all of that was before things got really bad.

When things were at their worst, I was gaining a pound or two a month, instead of a pound or two a year. I gained 25 lbs in no time at all. I had hives on my legs, elbows, and the tops of my feet. They itched so horribly that I just had to scratch, until I had open sores everywhere.



Serious antihistamines gave me temporary relief, so I knew I had an “allergy” problem. But I didn’t know what I was allergic to–and I’m not a fan of taking drugs to treat symptoms. So I kept my eye out for solutions.

Fortunately, I found the folks at HealthNOW Medical. I went to Dr. Vikki’s lecture on weight loss, of all things, and discovered that the most common food to produce negative reactions is, wheat, due to the gluten it contains.

I did my homework on gluten reactions. Sure enough, most every single symptom I had been experiencing stemmed from that single, root cause–and it explained quite a few childhood ailments as well.

I began working with Dr. Rick. We removed all possible symptom-producing foods from my diet, slowly adding back those that were found to be OK. We shored up my exhausted adrenal glands, and provided higher levels of nutrients I hadn’t been absorbing well–with the understanding that these were temporary measures necessary to counter gluten’s ill effects.

The results were astonishing.

In a matter of months, I dropped the 25 lbs. of excess weight. Over the next year, my energy levels steadily rose. I became more productive at work, and began exercising more regularly and more vigorously, so my body fat percentage keeps improving.

The itching stopped almost immediately. The sores on my legs and arms began to heal, and recede. Eventually, they vanished altogether. I still have an “early warning radar” in the form of itchy elbows or feet whenever I unknowingly encounter something that has gluten in it. But I use that warning to identify the offender and remove it from my diet.

Now, I frequently find myself outdoors or driving at night for quite a while before suddenly realizing that I forgot to put on my shades.

I found gluten-free versions of breads and even cookies, so I didn’t feel like I was missing much–but I also found that I was no longer, addicted, to them, as I had been with wheat. I can go days without eating them and never even miss them.

I feel great after my treatment. And, as my insides heal, things just keep getting better.

Most of all, I feel energetic as I did 20 years ago. I no longer feel like I’m too old that I’m just “hanging on” unable to do much. In many ways, I’m stronger now than I ever was. It’s a kick and a half to be young and active again!

Oh, yeah and the rosacea (acne) that was slowly taking over my face? It’s all gone. I couldn’t be happier.

E.A.
Health Advocate

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The only way one can make decisions about ones health is with certainty.  And that is exactly what I have after my first consultation with Dr. Rick Petersen.

I’ve had so many unanswered questions about my particular case of thyroid malfunction that I started to believe there weren’t any answers. Now I know where I stand. I know what to do and I am ready-with the assistance of Dr Rick and Vikki Petersen and all the friendly staff at the HealthNOW Medical clinic to tackle the real cause that is creating the organ malfunction.



They are pioneers of a healing arts method that focuses on finding the cause of a situation giving patients the power to think, decide and to choose.  Finally, medical practitioners who listen and give facts. And that is power. – J.Z

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