Why we need feedback about dietitians
- Created: 19 February 2017
A mother wrote to us about her 5 year old son:
“FAILSAFE eating has improved my son's attention and fidgeting heaps, he goes to bed easier and seems calmer and more focused.
"We have not excluded dairy as we had no reason to believe this to be a cause of any of his behaviours but since starting FAILSAFE, I have noticed he has become more defiant (he has always been quite stubborn and headstrong, but I feel this has worsened). We are not under a dietician at present, but are seriously considering this …”
Why see a dietitian?
For best results, we always recommend seeing a dietitian. The RPAH elimination diet can be complicated, see this comment:
"As a dietitian who uses the RPAH Allergy Unit Elimination Diet in my everyday practice, I can assure you that it does work brilliantly in the majority of cases, in infants (via mother's breastmilk), in children and in adults as well. However, it needs to be done properly ... The diet should be supervised by an Accredited Practising Dietitian with experience in food-chemical intolerances and conducted as a test diet, for a limited period of time - usually only 3-4 weeks in duration. Occasionally it may go longer, but the dietitian ensures that nutrients are adequately compensated for.
"The challenges are then performed in a timely manner and the diet refined to be liberalised as much as possible, while only avoiding the problem foods long term. I have many, many satisfied clients who were fobbed off by other health professionals in the past, because they didn't 'believe' in food-chemical intolerance".
- a letter from Joy Anderson APD, author of Food sensitive babies www.dieteticsandlactation.com.au from Medical Journal of Australia InSight, June 2013
The catch is, you need to find a dietitian who is supportive and experienced with the RPAH elimination diet.
Two weeks later, the mother wrote again with good news and some feedback about the dietitian she found from our list:
“… she uses the RPAH handbook pretty much like a bible. She referred to it heaps … she encourages her patients in the same direction as you do….she is very helpful, clear and understanding and I'm very glad we went to see her.”
"With her guidance, we have decided to start the challenges after being on the strict elimination diet for 3 weeks. She thinks we are ready.
"We have switched to A2 milk and there is definite improvement in the defiance mentioned in my previous email. So thanks for that.
"I have your books Fed Up and the Failsafe Cookbook, read pretty much everything on your website and am on the facebook group. Thank you for all these resources, we couldn't do it without them!” - Aldine from story 
What you can do
See our list of supportive, experienced dietitians – and other health professionals – on our website (on the Menu under Support/dietitians)