Get Fit in 2017

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While most of us know the importance of physical fitness, sometimes achieving it can seem like an insurmountable hurdle.

You may not know where to start and have questions such as:

  • What is the right exercise program for me?
  • How long and often should I exercise?
  • How can I prevent injury?
  • What’s the best way to burn fat so that I can lose weight?

The Solution is a Tailor-Made, Doctor Supervised Program

Individualized programs have the best success because they are created for you and your body type.

There are 3 steps the doctors at HealthNOW’s Fitness Department use to develop your programs:

  1. A Fitness Evaluation is performed by our Doctor of physical therapy who will evaluate:
    • structural balance
    • cardiovascular fitness
    • muscle strength
  1. A Physical Evaluation is performed by our medical staff to assess any limitations due to your current health status.
  2. A tailor-made program is created to restore you to a healthy level of optimum physical fitness

Some patients prefer to do their fitness program here at HealthNOW in our fitness department because they like being monitored by the physical therapy staff. Other patients receive their program and work on it on their own, returning for a monthly follow-up to assess progress.

Whether you are a ‘couch potato’ who would like to get started on a program or an athlete who would like to improve your performance, we have a program to achieve your goals. The doctors at HealthNOW’s fitness department work together as a team to create a program that you can do and stick to.

SPECIAL OFFER: If you schedule in January, we’ll give you a Fitness Evaluation and Session for only $75, that’s an 80% discount off the normal price.

Call 408.733.0400 or contact us here.


Is Chicken Making You Fat and Sick?

The Dark Side to Chicken You Need to Know

Certain “truths” we have grown up with can be difficult to accept as false when we initially learn they are untrue, or in the case of chicken, have changed.

Did you grow up “knowing” that milk was good for you and built strong bones? I did. The only problem is the fact, yes fact, that the industrialized nations who consume the most milk have the weakest bones, or highest incidence of osteoporosis.

Similarly if someone asked you to order the meat with the lowest saturated fat and gave you the choice between beef, pork and chicken, would you choose chicken? You’d be right… decades ago, but not now.

Chicken is a high fat product.

Getting a “whiff” of how fat chicken has become, the beef industry commissioned a trial comparing beef, chicken and fish’ impact on raising cholesterol via its saturated fat content. Would you believe there was no difference? It’s true.

Chicken currently is 10 times “fattier” than it was a century ago this according to the USDA. A chicken serving a hundred years ago contained only 2 grams of fat per serving, but now it’s over 20 grams of animal fat per serving. That’s double the fat found in ice cream. Does that mean you should eat beef? No!!! Elevated, bad cholesterol contributes to the major degenerative diseases killing so many Americans – namely heart disease and diabetes. Since the animal products just mentioned all raise cholesterol doesn’t mean nothing can be done to lower cholesterol. The solution is below.

The American Heart Association (AHA) officially and strongly recommends reducing saturated fat intake to 5% of all calories. Where are saturated fats found and what might 5% equate to?

Meat and dairy products are the major sources of saturated fat, and a mere two pats of butter, one “fast food” chicken breast or two cubes of cheese would complete your daily allowance of saturated fat. As Dr Greger from puts it: “two meals per week can be packed with meat, dairy and junk, but the entire rest of the week would need to be unprocessed plant foods” to comply with the AHA recommendations.

It turns out it’s not only what you choose NOT to eat, but what you choose TO eat that makes a difference. To get the biggest dietary “bang for your grocery store buck”, choose unprocessed plant foods. Cutting down on meats and dairy products lowered bad cholesterol a modest 5-10%, but healthy plant-based diets full of vegetables, fruits, beans and legumes and zero animal products plummeted bad cholesterol by 35%. And it happened quickly.

Imagine if a drug worked within weeks, took cholesterol down that much and had zero side effects!

What happened to the poor chicken? Like so many of us, it got fat.

Today’s chickens are mostly fat, containing up to three times more fat than protein.Why? Like us it’s about what the chicken eats and how much exercise it gets. We may be tethered to our desks hindering our exercise efforts, but chickens are not allowed to exercise in the main. And like us, their bodies are over-fat and under-muscled. Does eating fat animals make us fat? Apparently it does. Add antibiotics, growth hormones and GMO feed, and you have one unhealthy chicken.

I know. There’s a part of you that doesn’t want to know this. I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but the truth is the truth. Please don’t come away from this thinking it doesn’t matter what you eat so you may as well eat whatever you want. The truth about chicken is sad, but there are plenty of delicious foods available to you that will make your tummy happy, your heart healthy and your waistline slimmer.

Visit our recipes on this site and make an effort to eat less animal products and more plants. You will be happier that you did, I promise.

If your health is not to the level you would like, consider contacting us for a FREE Consultationcall 408-733-0400. Whether you live local to us or at a distance, we’d be delighted to help. Our destination clinic treats patients from across the country and internationally.

Root cause medicine works!

To your fabulous health,

Dr Vikki Petersen, DC, CCN, CFMP
Founder of HealthNOW Medical Center
Author of “The Gluten Effect”


Public Health Nutrition, 2007, Wang et al. “Modern organic and broiler chickens sold for human consumption provide more energy from fat than protein.”

Health Secret: Apple Cider Vinegar

What Makes Apple Cider Vinegar So Special?

Let’s talk about THE most talked about “natural remedy” – Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV for short). The list goes on and on regarding its uses: from household cleaning supplies to cosmetic purposes to first aid.

A brief history of ACV dates all the way back to ancient Egypt, Rome and Greece. The Roman Army apparently used an ACV tonic to stay strong and healthy. Japanese Samurai warriors used to drink it for strength and power. Also, it is said that Cleopatra used ACV to wash her face. ACV contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that balance the skin’s pH. It’s a natural, simple beauty secret that keeps your skin clean and fresh!

Here are just some of the purported benefits:

Eases digestion
Aids in flu prevention
Reduces inflammation
Regulates pH balance
Eases nausea and heartburn
A main ingredient in detox regimens
Helps reduce acne
Smoothes wrinkles
Stops hair loss
Soothes sore throat
Lowers blood pressure
Treats bladder infection, and
Slows the growth of cancer.

Choose Carefully

Before you run to the store and start drinking the first ACV you find, make sure you find the right kind.

Follow these rules when buying ACV:

  1. It must be organic and raw. Raw means that it does not undergo any chemical process or filtration to make it clear. It is unprocessed and unheated. Never confuse clear, sparkling vinegar with ACV – this vinegar doesn’t have any healthy properties like ACV and can actually be dangerous. The uglier it looks, the healthier it is!
  2. Stay away from plastic. As we know, plastic can leak toxins into the liquid it holds. Always opt for the glass bottle.
  3. Buy with the “Mother” in it. The Mother is the brown stuff you see floating around the ACV that collects at the bottom. It looks a little yucky, but it’s SO good for you. It’s the result of fermentation and contains enzymes and live bacteria. This is what makes the apple cider vinegar so healthy.

Why does ACV contain so many healing properties? The secret may lie in its alkalizing effect! Even though ACV is acidic, it creates an alkaline environment in your body which is the exact opposite of what most diseases require to thrive. It is an acidic environment that is associated with most degenerative diseases we are trying to avoid.

How to take your daily dose of ACV


  • 1 Tbs of apple cider vinegar
  • 250mL of water (about 8oz)
  • A couple drops of Natural Stevia

ACV is very acidic, so it’s important to dilute it with water. Drinking ACV straight may damage tooth enamel or cause burning when swallowing. It may taste a bit sour, but the drops of stevia should help – and the benefits are well worth it!

If you need assistance improving your health, we’re here for you. Consider contacting us for a FREE consultation – 408.733.0400.

To your great health,

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

Weight Loss Program

Did you make a resolution to lose weight or get healthier? If so you’re in very good company. And if by now, you find that resolution increasingly hard to keep, you are also in very good company. As nutritionists in San Jose CA we see this problem every year. But the fact that it’s a common problem doesn’t mean the solution has to be difficult. In fact, we’ve made it easy!

Our Weight Loss and Detox programs are doctor guided and tailored to you from nutritionists in San Jose CA!

Let’s face it, losing weight and detoxing can be tough because you don’t really know where to start. The common questions are:

  • What program will really work for me?
  • What foods are best for me?
  • Do I have to take supplements or special vitamins?
  • How do I know what is safe and effective long term?

HealthNOW’s Doctor Supervised Weight Loss and Detox Program!

As nutritionists in San Jose CA, we have the answers to all the questions and dilemmas associated with weight loss and detox. Your program will be crustomized to address your exact needs and includes:

  • Weekly doctor visits – these can be billed to insurance
  • 4 and 8 week programs, depending on what suits you best
  • Vitamin boosts – painless shots to “jump start” your weight loss or detox
  • Weekly BIA testing – measures body fat, muscle mass and toxicity. Test is painless and inexpensive.
  • Fast and simple recipes for every week of your program
  • Shopping lists to make buying food a breeze
  • Fitness evaluation to see what best suits your condition and goals. Fitness sessions delivered at HealthNOW.
  • Supplements – as needed to optimize results
  • Medical protein/nutrient powder – as needed and based on doctor recommendations

Start Your Program Now!

We are ready to get you going on a successful weight loss or detox program. It can be fun to team up with a friend or family member. If you have someone with whom you’d like to do a program, just call us and we can set them up with a FREE consultation. Call 408-733-0400.

Achieve amazing results with us! Nutritionists in San Jose CA are here to make 2016 the year of a healthier You!

To your health,

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

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.


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.

I lost 22 pounds and my sugar cravings!

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

The HealthNOW Method has helped me turn my life around!

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.

I felt more energy, less fatigue, and even a lot less 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.


— N.E.

I’ve discovered the secret to life!

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.

— E.G.