If you haven’t attended one of the annual Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Forums yet, you’re in for an adventure. This unique event is where people gather to learn information about gluten sensitivity/intolerance and celiac disease. You’ll have the chance to speak to international experts in the field, and just like at trade shows, sample a variety of gluten-free foods. There’s nothing like the feeling of being around 300 or so people who all have the same thing in common.
Dr. Vikki Petersen, of HealthNOW Medical Center, a destination clinic where people go from all over the nation/world sponsors this event. Let me explain why I respect her and her staff. They believe in getting to the bottom of one’s problem. Period. I hear from so many of my readers that they’ve gone to doctors to only hear, “It’s all in your head.” I’ve experienced it myself, only to later find out that something really was physically wrong with me. The staff at HealthNOW Medical all have a passion to help others, and that is why they have this event.
You may feel that you know what you need to get by regarding your gluten intolerance condition, however, the opposite may be true. Dr. Petersen finds that her patients are not fully educated on the subject, whether it be a patient themselves, or a parent of a patient. The lack of education, or understanding, often results in serious health repercussions.
When you attend this event you may even find yourself learning enough information to help your friends and relatives who have issues with gluten, but tend to ignore the tell-tale signs, just because they are not aware. Gluten is known to be cause of many common conditions and disease.
The above is why this event is so important. It is an opportunity to get educated, speak with international experts, meet with like-minded peers, and enjoy delicious gluten-free food. In addition, I’ve known people that learned things from this event that had nothing to do with gluten that that have helped them tremendously.
This event truly is a a rare opportunity, and is only held once a year. I encourage you to attend, no matter where you live.
Ten percent (10%) of this events proceeds are donated to the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research, so that they can get to the bottom of this problem once and for all! Though the University of Maryland Center for Celiac Research is an institution for clinical care, support in diagnostics, education, and science research in Celiac Disease, their goal is to increase the awareness of Celiac Disease in order to provide better quality of life, care and support for the Celiac Disease community.
If you’d like to support the increase of awareness about gluten and its negative effects, then purchase a ticket and join them on Saturday, October 13th!
Dr. Petersen and her staff look forward to seeing you there, along with your family or friends. Please spread the word!
Dr. Vikki Petersen is the co-author of “The Gluten Effect”, and a monthly contributor to this blog.
SEATING IS LIMITED TO 300.
When: Saturday, October 13, 2012 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm (Registration 9:00 am – 9:30 am).
Where: The Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto, California
Speakers: Dr. Rodney Ford, Dr. Thomas O’Bryan, Dr. Stephen Wangen, Dr. Vikki Petersen, and Dr. Rick Petersen
Tickets: $29.95 per person: Purchase tickets online or call 408-733-0400.