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HEALTH CONCERN? BioHealth Health Concerns

Food: Friend or Foe?

Contributing Author: Petersen, Vikki D.C.

Vikki PetersenDr. Petersen is the Clinical Director for HealthNOW Medical Center located in Sunnyvale, CA. The medical center offers family medical care, chiropractic with physical therapy and clinical nutrition. Dr. Petersen has been in private practice for over two decades. Dr. Petersen received her Doctorate from Northwestern College of Chiropractic in 1983. She is also a Certified Clinical Nutritionist and holds a Diploma from the American Chiropractic Board of Nutrition. Dr. Petersen has lectured throughout the United States and appears regularly as a speaker for various companies. She is an international radio personality, speaking on topics such as Women's Health, Stress, Anti-Aging, Fibromyalgia, Weight Loss, etc.

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This month, I'd like to discuss something that I have discovered has an incredible impact on the body's ability to heal.

I have been in practice for 18 years. During that time, I have always worked with patients in the capacity of discovering the food allergies that may have a deleterious effect on their health. One group of foods stands out as the most serious, insidious, and most damaging.

Gliadin is a protein found in many common foods. Grains such as wheat, oats, rye, barley, spelt, kamut, and amaranth all contain the protein gliadin. The first few grains may be better known to you, but they are all in this category.

In patients sensitive to gliadin, the protein causes the small intestine to slowly erode. What is the consequence of this? Well, your small intestine is responsible for absorbing the nutrients in the foods you eat. The only way that your cells are fed is through the small intestine, which efficiently breaks down and absorbs that food. If the small intestine is no longer able to provide that function, your ability to absorb the nutrients you consume declines dramatically.

Because your cells perform their job only when they are receiving adequate fuel (much like your car), you can quickly see how body malfunction must arise out of poor small intestine function.

During my 18 years in clinical practice, I can't think of a symptom that I have seen that wasn’t caused by a food allergy. Everything from high blood pressure, to skin conditions, to sleep trouble, to pain—I've seen these and many, many more symptoms completely resolved through the discovery and removal of a hidden food allergy from a patient's diet.

The reason I call these food allergies "hidden" is because the symptoms can come along several hours to days after you have ingested the food.

Imagine eating a bagel on Monday morning and on Wednesday afternoon, you start feeling fatigued, bloated, and irritable… Would you think to blame Monday morning's bagel? Probably not. However, it has been well documented that reaction to a food can occur anywhere within three to four days after eating the food.

What about that flat stomach that has been replaced by a round one? What happened? The destruction that gliadin does to the small intestine also swells its tissues. When those yards of small intestine swell, so does your tummy. I have a long list of happy patients who got their flat stomachs back after discovering they had gliadin sensitivity.

While flat tummies are at the cosmetic end of things, they are a nice side benefit from discovering a hidden sensitivity that can put you at risk for degenerative diseases, including cancer.

Moreover, if osteoporosis runs in your family, you definitely want to find out if you have this problem. Poor absorption puts you at risk for developing this crippling disease.

Now, don't worry. A simple saliva test can tell you if have this problem, and allows me to diagnose whether you are gliadin sensitive. Saliva is more accurate than blood in this situation and it's a lot less invasive.

The home test is available through COREONE Diagnostics. If you want help in this area, please feel free to give me a call at 408-733-0400.