Adrenal Gland: High Pollen Count Driving You Crazy?

The pollen count is high and while the temperatures may be warming nicely, if you’re sneezing, blowing your nose, coughing or bothered by one of the many other symptoms of allergies, it’s hard to enjoy being outside.

There is a solution!

Allergies are not the fault of pollen; pollen simply points out that your body is not making enough natural antihistamines on its own – a job that your adrenal gland or also known as your stress glands are supposed to perform effortlessly. When you see the plant, flower or tree that bothers you, it can seem that the fault of your allergies lies there. But it’s important to realize that plenty of people have no allergy symptoms regardless of the pollen count. It’s not a universal problem.

Having allergy symptoms are not normal, but getting rid of them for good doesn’t require you take medications. Over the counter or prescription allergy medications typically create side effects such as drowsiness or brain fog. It’s difficult to function when you’re sleepy or cant’ think straight.

The good news is you don’t have to!

If you need some quick relief we can definitely offer you a natural supplement (on sale this week in honor of the high pollen count!) called D-Hist. It is not a drug, has no side effects and can definitely reduce if not temporarily eliminate the symptoms associated with allergies. You can purchase D-Hist in our office or in our online store.

However, here at HealthNOW we are all about Root Cause Medicine and solving health issues such as allergies for good. Therefore we would be remiss not to mention the necessity of normalizing the function of the adrenal glands to truly handle allergies completely, something we do regularly for our patients.

Treating the adrenal glands is completely natural, no drugs are required, and the best part is that beyond allergy symptoms, normalizing adrenal gland function has the added benefit of:

  • Increased energy
  • Stronger immune system
  • Hormonal balance
  • Weight loss
  • Eliminating sugar cravings
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Stabilizing mood such as that associated with anxiety or depression
  • Improving joint pain
  • Reducing inflammation

As you can see by the diversity of the symptoms, the adrenal glands are responsible for the functioning of many systems of the body, not the least of which is making antihistamines to eliminate allergy symptoms.

When evaluating why someone would be suffering from such symptoms, it is critical to evaluate the most common issues that stress the adrenal glands themselves. In addition to lifestyle stress, a common source of stress is poor absorption of nutrients, something we address here at HealthNOW with all our patients.

It is interesting to note that the number of systems affected by adrenal stress are unique to the individual. In other words, the entire list of symptoms mentioned above would not all be present in each and every individual suffering from fatigued adrenal glands. Typically one finds two to four symptoms positive, while occasionally in a more severely ill patient, more symptoms are present.

Knowing the symptoms of adrenal fatigue well allows us, as clinicians, to go beyond the concept of one treatment for every symptom and to delve deeper into isolating the root cause of the symptoms. Which would you prefer? A separate drug for your allergies and other symptoms, OR discovering the root cause beneath all the symptoms? We prefer, and are dedicated to, the latter.

Therefore when a patient arrives to see us with symptoms such as allergies, a red flag goes up. We “know” that we are likely looking at adrenal fatigue or exhaustion but the next question is, why? What is the underlying cause of this condition? Yes, we could simply “treat” the adrenals with nutritional support. But what good is that if the reason behind the problem is not revealed!

It is the search and determination to reveal the root cause that defines our practice. I think it should define more of health care in this country, but I realize that I am extremely biased on the topic. The human body has an amazing capacity to self-heal once enough stressors are removed from it. Exhaustion of the adrenal gland is quite epidemic in this country and little is done to treat it until the symptoms have become diseases in their own right. There is no reason to wait.

I hope you find this helpful and if you are currently in the throes of allergy misery, we would be delighted to help. Contact us at 408-733-0400 to set up an appointment or a FREE consultation if you are a new patient or we haven’t seen you in a while.

To your health,

Dr. Vikki Petersen, DC, CCN
Certified Practitioner Functional Medicine Practitioner
Founder of HealthNOW Medical Center
Author of “The Gluten Effect”




Drug-free treatment for allergies

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 lost weight and become trim.

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

 Thank you very much for your wonderful treatment.

 – K.S.






I am currently free of allergies!

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,




True success stories!

“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.




Eliminated 5 of my 7 medications and lost 23 pounds!

Prior to finding HealthNOW I was getting very discouraged with traditional medical practices. I was told over and over again that the trouble I had with walking was simply because I was too fat and have arthritis. I was beginning the think the next step for me was a wheel chair.

I attended one of Dr Petersen’s lectures and started treatment the next week. After going on the modified elimination diet and finding out that I am gluten intolerant everything has fallen into place. My allergy symptoms are almost gone and I have eliminated 5 of my 7 medications. I have lost 23 lbs in 3 months!

The clinic has helped me so much with the chiropractic treatments and the physical therapy has helped tremendously. My energy level continues to improve daily. Thank you to each and every one of the staff at HealthNOW for the wonderful care.

— K.G.




No more fatigue and moodiness!

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 the 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.




In a matter of months, I dropped the recently-acquired 25 lbs of body fat.

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.




Future free of suffering!

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.




My allergies are gone!

My allergies are gone!

HG testimonialI 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.




They changed my life forever!

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