About Us

I am Dr Rodney Ford and I would like to help you. This page is to introduce myself to you and find out about us. I hope that you will then feel confident in letting me help you answer your food allergy | food intolerance questions. Do you want to feel well again at last? Do you need help to understand your food and gut problems? Do you want to get a diagnosis for possible gluten or other food reactions? If so, then the eClinic process can help you outside of my Clinic.

Dr Rodney Ford has over 30 years clinical experience as a Pediatrician, Gastroenterologist, and Allergist.

About us – Dr Rodney Ford

Dr Rodney Ford has over 30 years clinical experience as a Paediatric Gastroenterologist, Nutrition Consultant and Allergist, managing children and adults with food allergies and food intolerances. Some people call him the medical food doctor. He runs the ‘Children’s Clinic and Allergy Centre‘ in Christchurch, New Zealand. He is an accomplished author and public speaker, and a passionate advocate of food allergy and intolerance sufferers, everywhere.

“Every day in my Clinic I see children and adults who unknowingly are suffering from symptoms caused by the food they eat. My goal is to help my patients and the general public to understand the food they eat can seriously effect their health. I would like to help you with a diagnosis of gluten allergy, food intolerance and other food reactions.”

Dr Rodney Ford, qualifications, vision

Associate Professor, medical doctor, paediatrician (children’s doctor). His vision is to help parents identify children who are suffering form food-related problems.

As a child’s doctor, he sees and helps with a wide range of child health problems and illness. He investigates and helps children who have chronic health problems. Sometimes their symptoms turn out to be food intolerance, food allergies and nutritional related conditions. He fully investigates and diagnoses these sorts of problem. He is the Director of The Children’s Clinic | Allergy Centre

He is a author and professional speaker, and provides nutritional consulting services to organisations.  He gives seminars and workshops (the Energy Effect) on the value of excellent nutritional health, on food allergy, eczema and “the gluten syndrome”.

Dr Ford’s Qualifications include:

  • Associate Professor (University of Otago, Christchurch School of Medicine).
  • MB BS (Honours, NSWU).
  • MD (Doctorate in Medicine).
  • FRACP (Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians – in Paediatrics).
  • ASM (Accredited Speaker Member of the National Speakers Association, NZ).

MD THESIS: Ford RPK. “Food hypersensitivity in children: Diagnostic approaches to milk and egg hypersensitivity.”  NSW (Australia) 1982.

Dr Ford’s vision

“Abundant Health through conscious eating”

“Through my life of working with sick children and their caring families, I have discovered that eating right food matters.  I believe that “abundant health” can be achieved by anyone who eats the appropriate foods.

By “conscious eating” I indicate a person who understands what they are eating and why they are making specific food choices. Under these conditions they make a conscious effort to buy the appropriate foods for themselves and their family.

Appropriate foods are a combination of  “healthy choices” and also having the knowledge to avoid the foods (and additives!) that are making you unwell.”

In my vision I see

  • An increasing knowledge of food problems.
  • A broad recognition of food intolerance/allergy in the community.
  • Children (and their families) helped throughout the world.
  • Happy healthy vibrant children.
  • Children who had sore tummies and headaches, feeling better again.
  • Children who had learning and behaviour issues, getting back on track.
  • Doctors understanding that children do not need to suffer from most chronic symptoms.
  • Parents understanding that “naughty” can be a way of children expressing a problem that needs to be solved.

Areas of expertise

Dr Ford sees people with on-going troublesome symptoms. These often turn out to be allergy symptoms. Dr Ford specialises in these areas:

  • food allergy
  • gluten problems (Gluten-related-disorders; celiac, coeliac, gluten sensitivity)
  • food reactions
  • growth problems
  • gastric oesophageal reflux (GORD, GERD)
  • constipation
  • feeding problems
  • poor growth
  • chronic abdominal pain
  • eczema
  • general paediatric problems

He is an expert in food allergy and nutrition. Food allergy/ intolerance is very common – it affects one in five people.

Known as the gluten expert

It was Dr Ford who first coined the term “The Gluten Syndrome”. He says: “Most people want to know all about gluten and if it might be causing them harm. I see lots of people in my clinical consultations – but I cannot see everyone.” Because he has done so much work in this field, he is now recognised as a world expert in gluten matters. He has become the expert in gluten related disorders.

The projects that he has created include:

  • The “Doctor Gluten Project” to tell the world about the problems of gluten and how to recognise “The Gluten Syndrome” illness.
  • “Gluten Free Planet” why not join the Facebook group?
  • “Gluten: ZERO global” talking about ZERO-gluten rather than gluten-free.

 Dr Ford’s previous medical career appointments

This is the history of Dr Ford’s previous medical career once he graduated from the University of New South Wales.

1974-75 House Surgeon, North Canterbury Hospital Board, Christchurch, NZ.
1976-77 Paediatric Medical Registrar, Paediatrics, Christchurch Hospital, NZ.
1978 Assistant Lecturer in Paediatrics, University of Otago, Christchurch Clinical School, NZ.
1979 Paediatric Medical Registrar, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.
1980-82 Research Associate in Allergic Diseases, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Funded by the National Health & Medical Research Council, Australia.
1980 Assistant Clinician, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.
1981-82 Assistant Physician, Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, Australia.
1981-82 Medical Tutor, University of Melbourne, Australia.
1983-84 Research Fellow in Gastroenterology and Immunology, Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children and the Institute for Child Health, Great Ormond St. London, UK.
1983-84 Senior Registrar, Queen Elizabeth Hospital for Children, London.
1985 -98 Clinical Senior Lecturer in Paediatrics, University of Otago, Christchurch Clinical School, NZ.
1995 -99 Paediatric Consultant to Tipu Ora, Ngai Tahu Trust.
1997 -99 Senior Paediatric examiner, New Zealand Foreign Medical graduates Examinations
1990 -99 Clinical Senior Lecturer, Bachelor of Speech & Language, Christchurch College of Education
1984 – 2002 Community Paediatrician, Dept of Paediatrics, Canterbury Health. Christchurch, NZ.
1984 – 2002 Paediatrician (Allergy/Gastroenterology), Canterbury Health. Christchurch, NZ.
1999 – 2002 Clinical Associate Professor in Paediatrics, University of Otago, Christchurch Clinical School.

by Dr Rodney Ford.