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Clinic contact now all web based

The Children’s Clinic has moved location to 79 Nayland Street, Sumner. Our paediatric services remain unchanged. We do not have full-time reception staff, so our solution has been to ask you to make your own appointments on-line using the “Appointments” tab on this website.  We do not have the staff to answer the phone or […]

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Test everyone

Got this message today: “Thank you so much for the difference you have made to our family.  He is so much happier, so much healthier, its remarkable.” – Mum.   I saw her son ( 8-year-old boy) a few months ago.  He was having frequent respiratory illness, coughs and colds and feeling tired.  I noted that […]

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Gluten can impede growth – is your child short?

Lots of parents bring their children to see me because of short stature: that means they are shorter than expected.   Classically, short stature is seen in children with celiac disease. It is usually attributed to nutritional deficiency.  However, this cannot be the usual reason – because most of the children I see are not nutritional […]

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Who needs a gluten test?

“What a great video. This is so helpful and I will be going for a blood test shortly.” – says a grateful viewer. This YouTube has over 18,000 views – so happily it must be helping a lot of people understand who needs testing and what test to get. Gluten sensitivity and coeliac disease are […]

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Oats – can they be part of a gluten-free diet?

There has been controversy for years as to whether it is okay, or not okay, to eat oats if you are gluten-sensitive. Clinical studies have now provided very good evidence that oats do not damage the gut mucosa in most people who have coeliac disease.  Following this, guidelines from some Coeliac Societies now accept that moderate amounts […]

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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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5 tests for celiac /gluten /wheat

Wendy says: “My daughter has had 2 negative results for coeliac but still has a major problem with wheat!  Are there other tests for wheat intolerance?” My reply:When she says “2 negative results for celiac” I do not understand the problem …  because there are at least 5 different tests for celiac/gluten/wheat problems. And, none […]

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Problem solved – had gastric reflux

This boy, was 4 years old and was very grumpy and irritable, cranky, not eating well, and poor sleep. Mum writes: “Dr Dr FordI am delighted to let you know, that we have a transformed boy in our home!  Our boy positively responded to the Losec within 3-4 days, beginning to happily eat again. His […]

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Dr Rodney Ford’s blogs – where?

Just been asked where are my blogs get posted: lots of places. see: http://gluten-freeplanet.blogspot.com/ (posts weekly) https://www.thechildrensclinic.co.nz/cms/   (for paediatric and food allergy bits and pieces – our clinic webpage) https://www.facebook.com/Allergy.eClinic  (for other people’s comments on food allergy) https://www.facebook.com/Dr.RodneyFord (to track down what I am up to – check out gluten free planet)  http://www.drrodneyford.com/       see Blogging/brainwaves: Thoughts from […]

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