Dr. Vikki Petersen, a Doctor of Chiropractic and Certified Clinical Nutritionist, is founder of the renowned HealthNOW Medical Center in Sunnyvale, California.
She is co-author of “The Gluten Effect,” a bestselling book that has been celebrated by leading experts as an epic leap forward in gluten sensitivity diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Vikki herself is acknowledged as a pioneer in the field of gluten sensitivity. Featured in an exclusive interview on CNN Headline News, Dr Vikki is also endorsed by the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness and The Gluten Intolerance Group of North America for her contributions to gluten awareness in our country.
Q: What should you do in the case of accidental ingestion of gluten to help aid your body in healing? – Amanda
This is a tough one because there is no “sure fire” neutralizer of gluten.
There are digestive enzymes, some very specific to gluten, that are on the market – one is called “Gluten-zyme”. If taken immediately upon exposure, or even better yet, ahead of time if you’re going out and want to be extra cautious, these can help to break down gluten within the digestive tract. Patients do report a lessening of symptom intensity when these are used.
A caution: these enzymes are not used as an excuse to cheat in any way!
Probiotics would be also be good. I believe you should be taking these daily regardless, but I would double up with a gluten exposure. Probiotics support the immune system in the gut and will give it a bit more resilience to deal with the “attack” that a gluten exposure creates.
Probiotics should be from a human strain, about 20 billion organisms per serving and I prefer a blend of different organisms such as lactobacillus and bifidus strains.
L-glutamine is an amino acid that can help to heal the intestine. We are cautious about its use in patients who have any poor reactions to monosodium glutamate (MSG) or have neurological symptoms such as depression, anxiety, migraines, ataxia (unsteady gait), MS, etc.
I hope you find this helpful. Please feel free to write back if you need any further clarification.
If you have a question for Dr. Vikki Petersen that you would like her to answer in a future “Ask Dr. Vikki” post, please email me your question to: askdrvikki AT adventuresofaglutenfreemom DOT com.
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Wondering if you are gluten sensitive? Read this post and take a self test to find out if gluten could be wrecking havoc on your health.
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**This giveaway is now closed**
When I originally reviewed the 2010 Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Forum DVD back in February (you can read my review here), the response from my readers was amazing! If you didn’t win a copy back in February, then here is another opportunity!
Dr. Vikki has kindly offered to give one of my fabulous readers a free copy of the 2010 Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity Forum DVD and a free copy of her book, The Gluten Effect.
To enter for a chance to win this giveaway, hop on over to the HealthNOW Medical Center and register to become a member (it’s free!). Once you have registered, send me a friend request, then leave a comment to this post letting me know you did this. Easy Peasy!
Bonus Entry Opportunities (strictly optional, but should you decide to do any of the following, please leave a separate comment for each task you complete as this is how I keep track of entries)
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I will announce the winner on Tuesday, May 3, 2011, Good Luck!
With that, I leave you with the following important video from Dr. Vikki:
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