A Gluten-Free Thanksgiving!

Pediatric Care

It is much easier than you think to be gluten-free or grain-free over the holidays!

Many Americans chose to follow a grain-zero or gluten-zero diet as gluten and grains are linked with many health conditions, in particular autoimmune diseases. Medical research shows that 1/1000th of gluten is enough to trigger autoimmune antibodies to stay elevated for 6 months! Those small amounts of gluten are hidden in meats, dressings, and cross contaminated with non-wheat grains such as rice and oats. Gluten-free foods may contain grains that cross react with gluten receptors and still cause havoc, hence grain-zero recipes evolved. Grain-zero approved items include sweet potato, squash, pumpkin and banana as alternative carbohydrates! Those fit in great for the holiday’s menu! A traditional and gluten-zero holiday can happen affordably by modifying a few menu items:

  • Turkey that is organic and grass fed – no injected fluids that contain gluten from local farms in Des Moines!

  • Green Beans prepared with olive oil and slivered almonds and GF seasonings – verses cream casserole

  • Sweet potatoes are naturally gluten free!

  • Pies made with coconut oil and coconut flour crusts

  • Appetizers of shrimp cocktails, vegetable tray, fruit trays or olive trays

  • Adult beverages that are distilled are gluten free

It is easy to host and have a healthy holiday, or to be a guest and contribute to the table by providing some of the above items. Your body will be healthier and less painful!



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Our caring staff.

You will not find another clinic more genuine in the well-being of their patients than Heartland Chiropractic and Wellness Center. You will be surrounded with individuals who go above and beyond!

Passion for health. Commitment to your well-being.
Dr. Valerie Skow and Dr. Juliet O’Donnell each bring their own strengths to HCWC, but the foundation of these strengths is simply: passion and commitment. Read their bio page for more information!

Location. Location. Location.
What good is Caring, Passion and Commitment if you can’t experience it? We are conveniently located approximately one mile from the I80/35, 86th Street exit in Johnston. Feel free to stop in or set up an appointment for a complimentary chiropractic consultation today!

dr. valerie skow's hours

Mon 7-1 // Tues 12-6 // Wed 7-1 // Thurs 12-6 // Fri off **every other Saturday

dr. juliet o'donnell's hours

Mon 8-12, 2-6 // Tues off // Wed 12-6 // Thurs 8-1, 2:30-5 // Fri 7-1 **every other Saturday


Pediatric Care Pediatric CareIrritation to a young person's nervous system can begin in-utero. The baby's position in-utero and during delivery (natural or cesarean) can create stress on their nervous system. Even a "normal, healthy" birth can induce 40-50 pounds of pressure on a newborn's neck and spine.

Prenatal Care Our approach includes hands on therapies and education, which help the woman adapt to the changes her body goes through during pregnancy.




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Heartland Chiropractic and Wellness Center
5521 N.W. 86th Street
Johnston, IA 50131
515-270-2457 (fax)

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