With summer just around the bend I've been phasing back in my morning workouts, of course with an energetic 18 month old German Wirehaired Pointer on my hands, I also get a lot of natural exercise.
But lately some unusual bloating has been plaguing me, and with bathing suit season and beautiful Carolina beaches in my very near future, I've decided to seek help in determining whether I am suffering from another, undiagnosed food intolerance.
Drs. Rick and Vikki Petersen, founders of HealthNOW Medical Center in Sunnyvale, CA have been making great strides to help the gluten sensitive for over 15 years, and their recent book The Gluten Effect is making their knowledge and research of this condition readily available to the public.
Dr. Vikki has posted some brilliant articles to my site GlutenFreeFox.com and The Gluten Effect is one of the very best books I have read regarding gluten intolerance and celiac disease. So while I am still in California, I decided to pay a visit to their offices.
Thus far Drs. Rick and Vikki have discovered that I am suffering from adrenal fatigue and low thyroid function due to a deficiency of iodine, which I've now been supplementing for a few weeks. My energy levels are already up, but today I'm scheduled for a follow-up consultation during which Dr. Rick and I will discuss putting me on a modified Food Allergy Elimination Diet in order to figure out what is causing the inflammation.
I've been keeping a food journal in anticipation and am excited to have Dr. Rick's guidance through this round of the Elimination Diet. This was after all the first step that lead to my diagnoses of severe gluten intolerance and casein intolerance.