Archives for September 2013

Gluten-free can help eczema

One of the biggest things that I have discovered is that gluten-free can help eczema - yes, gluten is a major trigger for eczema. This is most an unknown piece of information that I can tell you about.Gluten-free can help eczema One of my patients, Dylan is now 3-years old. I have just seen him in my clinic again. I first saw him 3 months ago when he had terrible eczema over his body (torso and limbs). He was scratching, irritable, and … [Read more...]

How to stop the harm of gluten

The best way to stop the harm of tobacco - is not to smoke it.The best way to stop the harm of gluten - is not to eat it.The diagnosis of gluten syndrome (without the bowel damage of CD) is made by elimination and challenge - that means getting sick/ill/symptoms eating gluten, and feeling well Gluten-free (or better Gluten Zero). But it is a lot more complicated that this.  The problem is that gluten can give you asymptomatic disease … [Read more...]

5-year-old girl asks for gluten free

My last patient , 5-years-old, was desperate to go gluten free. She had terrible tummy pains, severe constipation and she was vomiting intermittently at night. She knew about gluten because her sister was already gluten free and had recovered.My last patient , 5-years-old, was desperate to go gluten free. She had terrible tummy pains, severe constipation and she was vomiting intermittently at night. She knew about gluten because her sister … [Read more...]

Who gets gluten-related headaches?

I asked this question on our Facebook page: "Who gets gluten-related headaches?" I told these two case histories:1) " I have just seen a dad of one of my patients. He has had severe headaches for years and years and no one has been able to get to the bottom of it. Because of family circumstances, he decided to go gluten free. He has been gluten zero for the last 4 months, and after a week his headaches went and he has not had any … [Read more...]

Reflux disease (GERD) causing behavior disorder

Andrew is a tricky 2-year-old boy. He came to see me with what his parents called a "behavior disorder". They said he was uncomfortable and squirmy, especially after meals. He would wake in the night and be irritable and cranky. He easily got agitated and moody. Interestingly, he was "a screamer” as a baby being very distressed and having lots of vomiting. He was treated with medication to reduce the acid in his first few months of life that … [Read more...]

Why did you get so interested in the gluten problem?

"How did you get so interested in gluten?" Dr. Rodney Ford answers in this video on YouTube.http://youtu.be/cexRlN_Yp2Q Why did you get so interested in the gluten problem? "Hello. I'm Dr. Rodney Ford. I am a paediatrician, gastroenterologist and allergist. Today I got asked an interesting question one of my patient's moms. She asked "Dr. Ford, how did you get so interested in Gluten". That is a good question as people think that I'm … [Read more...]

Do you need an endoscopy to diagnose celiac disease?

This is the text of a video on my YouTube channel.  Do you need an endoscopy to diagnose celiac disease? I have yet again been asked this question in my clinic and today. This is my opinion.It is a complicated issue because celiac disease many years ago (50 years or more) it was diagnosed exclusively on the basis of the damage seen (by microscope appearance) of the small bowel.  Yes, in the olden days, you had to have an endoscopy to make … [Read more...]

Be gluten-zero: not gluten-free

I have recently seen a mother who was diagnosed with celiac disease 10 years ago.  I asked her if she was zero gluten.  She said no!She explained that this was because small amounts of gluten did not seem to upset her: she did not experience any symptoms when she ate small amounts of gluten foods.  Consequently, most days she is eating gluten in the form of biscuits or cakes or cookies or sauces or …. she is not gluten zero. Suggest that … [Read more...]

Eczema. Missing the food allergy diagnosis

Today, in my clinic, I have seen 5 children with severe eczema. The distressing thing that stands out, to me and their mothers, is that ALL of these children had only been offered moisturizers and steroid creams for their eczema. The standard health professional message was: "you will grow out of it”.  Not one of these children had been given a diagnosis of food allergy. But they all did.Eczema. Missing the food allergy diagnosis I have … [Read more...]