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Why see a dietitian?

Here are four good reasons to see a dietitian


1. Smoothing the way

“We have been to a dietitian from your  list… It was great advice as it really smoothes the way when having to deal with doctors and other govt  agencies - they are now very accommodating. We are into day five and I have already noticed the voice volume decrease and far less fighting between the two children" - failsafer, NZ

2. Do it properly

"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 ...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... 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" - Joy Anderson,  Medical Journal of Australia InSight, June 2013.

3. Avoid misdiagnosis/malnutrition

It is easy to misinterpret food reactions and people can end up avoiding nutritious foods unnecessarily eg

"I've heard people say, 'I can't eat wheat,' for instance, when the real problem has turned out to be an additive, propionate, used to prevent bread going mouldy" -  Dr Alan Barclay, a spokesman for the Dietitians Association of Australia, When food is the enemy  

4. Get best results and tolerate more foods

“Thought I would let you know I am a lot better. Seeing RPAH Allergy Clinic directly made the difference and now I am having symptom free days. The key was the chart they gave me that showed how to add foods back in. That has made the difference. Every time my symptoms increased I had been going back to elimination and I was becoming more and more reactive. I started with 1/2 serve of amines (salmon or banana) every second day. Then introduced half a serve of sals once a week ... then I stuffed up and had to go back BUT NOT to the beginning (one step back) so you build up the base no matter how small it seems to be. I am now on 1/2 serve of moderate sals or amines each second day ... and I am so much better ...The problem is with rushing ... you can't help it ... you end up further back but not at the beginning” – Sheridan from story [1504]

Reader reports

”With a diagnosis of ADHD, our paediatrician recommended Ritalin (as a first step). I refused and taught her a bloody good lesson on the results that can be achieved with just removing food. She admitted she never thought it would work (in fact she put me down about it at the time) but because I had worked with a qualified dietician and we had an amazing change in my daughter she accepted it. She then said she could no longer give my daughter a diagnosis for ODD and ADHD and we obviously didn't need the Ritalin. So there’s nothing to be nervous about. See a recommended dietitian… “ – Roxanne from story [1472]

”My 9 month old has made incredible leaps and bounds working with (a dietitian) … Baby girl is amazing now after 2 months of guided heavily strict nutrition, and tolerating so much more now and sleeping through” – Amy from story [1603]

“My issues nearly killed me with severe lack of sleep and the kids with diarrhoea and vomiting... I went to (a dietitian) directly linked to the RPAH, even phoning them to discuss several times. We had monthly appointments plus email contact and a GP specialising in allergies and dietician team. Things changed the moment we started the diet, such a relief!!” -  Michelle from story [1603]

”I saw (my dietitian) via Skype, she was incredibly knowledgeable, understanding and lives failsafe with her family. Lots of email contact and food diary, asked me to send pictures of poop etc… I was really happy with her…” – Penny from story [1603]

”(My dietitian) has been amazing. We did a Skype/telehealth appt within three days of this original posting, she did plans for me, answers questions that I email even when I am sure she should be in bed! Managed to pinpoint what our main problem was - amines - and I have plans with her to broaden…” – Melissa from story [1603]

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