Archive for November 2011

He will just grow out of it!

How many times have a heard this.  I have just seen a boy with severe eczema, food allergies, who is quite miserable.  His mother is doing the best that she can and each time she takes him to her doctors they say “he will just grow out of it”.  How irritating for the parents to hear this each […]

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New to food allergy – what to do next?

When your child has just been diagnosed with food allergy, you probably will want some help as to what to next. We interviewed a group of mothers who had recently attended their appointment at the Childrens Clinic | Allergy Centre. Their children had been diagnosed with food allergy. We asked them how we could help […]

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Gluten test: not always accurate

Should everybody go gluten-free? Should everybody with undiagnosed symptoms go gluten-free?  Emma can help you answer this question. Emma is a 3-year-old and turns out to have gluten sensitivity.  She came to our clinic with severe recurrent abdominal pain. She had lots of investigations,  including x-rays and ultrasound which were normal.  Her celiac and gliadin antibodies […]

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Gluten: how much is okay?

My position is: gluten-free means ZERO gluten. Yes, I’ve changed my mind.  When I wrote my first gluten book (“Are you gluten-sensitive? Your questions answered”) I thought that people who were gluten sensitive could eat gluten to as much as they can tolerate.  This is wrong.  Over the last 10 years I have done a […]

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Food allergies in 6% of young children

A research paper by Wang & Sampson declare food allergy as very common. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21364287 They say: “Food allergies affect up to 6% of young children and 3%-4% of adults. They encompass a range of disorders that may be IgE and/or non-IgE mediated, including anaphylaxis, pollen food syndrome, food-protein-induced enterocolitis syndrome, food-induced proctocolitis, eosinophilic gastroenteropathies, and atopic […]

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Mum makes plea: recognise allergy

Clair, a mum, writes this to me: “Dr Ford, it frustrates me so much to see so many babies on Zantac and comfort formula and still suffering. My daughter was one of those babies until she was diagnosed by you as having a milk protein allergy. I moved back to the UK and my son was born.  It took […]

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