Friday, February 13, 2009
Mayor of Sunnyvale The Honorable Anthony Spitaleri, Dr Vikki Petersen and Dr Richard Petersen
The long awaited day has arrived – today is the international release of our book The Gluten Effect!
Two days ago we had a book signing event with 150 patients along with their families and friends in attendance. Our Mayor and the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce spoke at the event. Having specialized in gluten sensitivity and its attendant symptoms for over 15 years, it was gratifying to see all the familiar faces in the crowd. Present were patients both new and old whose lives had changed dramatically after removing gluten from their diet.
A patient who had been chronically depressed since he was 16, shared his 30 year long struggle. When he came to see us a year ago he was on 7 different medications ranging from anti-depressants to anti-anxiety to anti-seizure drugs. When he first began his gluten-free diet and started to feel better he returned to his psychiatrist to ask him to help taper him down off his medications. The psychiatrist informed him that he had a chemical imbalance and that he would never be able to stop taking his psychiatric meds.
Fast forward 1 year later and he’s not only off every single one of those medications but he feels and looks better than he ever has. He spoke at our book signing and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.
We wrote The Gluten Effect because it was no longer enough for us to only help the patients who live local to our clinic. Millions of people in this country are suffering needlessly due to undiagnosed gluten sensitivity and we wanted them to get the vital information that we provide in our book about the vast number of symptoms and diseases associated with gluten. It’s not that we’re encouraging self-diagnosis exclusively, but within a medical community who considers celiac to be extremely rare and doesn’t even acknowledge the existence of gluten sensitivity, patients diagnosing themselves with a gluten problem is extremely common.
I just received a call from a gentleman in Kansas this week who is going to fly out to our Destination Clinic to get treated. His comment to me was: “Doc, I’m tired of being my own doctor!” He had diagnosed himself with gluten sensitivity despite none of his doctors supporting him. He wanted to come to a clinic where he could get help with his many health problems.
I am hopeful that the information in The Gluten Effect will be valuable to all those who read it. It is my sincerest wish that you or someone you know will be helped with the data in the book.
To Your Good Health!
Dr Vikki Petersen