FAQ

  • If my child is on the GFCF diet, can I give him/her lactose-free milk?
    No, because the motivation for the diet is based on the proteins causing trouble and not the lactose.  Lactose intolerant individuals get diarrhoea from milk.
  • Can Vit B supplements cause hyperactivity?
    Yes, most definitely, so we often start with very low doses and build up.  Some children develop challenging behaviour from B12, folate and B-vitamins.
  • Where can we source more information about the GFCF diet?
    www.gfcfdiet.com; www.andi.com; www.tacanow.com; www.pecanbread.com
  • Where can we source more information about the SCD?
    www.pecanbread.com; www.breakingtheviciouscycle.com
  • Where can we source more information about the GAPS diet?
    www.gutandpsychologysyndrome.com; www.gapsdiet.com
  • Should we continue the other medicines and supplements when having chelation?
    Stop all mineral containing supplements for the days of chelation.
  • How do I assess response to medication?
    Use the ATEC questionnaire found on the ARI website.
  • My son has severe candida again. I am reluctant to use the anti-fungal meds that we have a script for as he seemed to react to it. Are there any other alternatives?
    Olive leaf extract, grapefruit seed extract, oregano are some alternatives.
  • The only thing I'm noticing is that his tummy is very soft, and a light caramel colour.  It doesn't smell especially bad.  Anything to be concerned about?
    Probably OK, as long as not constipated or frothy/stringy or gassy/bloatedness/pain.
  • If I'm alternating Probiotics how does it work best - a different one each day - or is weekly/monthly a better option?
    You can give one one day and another the following day.  I often recommend that my patients use one and when they buy again, they choose another, which is also an option.
  • Is Kefir worth it and is it better to make my own or just buy Probiotics that already contain it?
    Absolutely worthwhile – make with coconut milk/water!!
  • My kid has been quite hyper lately and also weeing a lot.  Is there anything that comes to mind that we can test for?
    Weeing a lot could be from oxalates (which is sometimes secondary to Candida) so a urine test may be indicated.
  • I had always heard that fruit should be restricted on the candida diets. Should I restrict it for my child?
    No, don’t give more than 3 fruits a day, and peel the fruit. No fruit juices.
  • If he is on the GFCF diet and has the odd biscuit or yoghurt at a party for example, would this throw out all the good work that he had done?
    Yes, it could potentially cause a lot of harm.
  • How long do we do the GFCF diet for?
    6 months or longer if beneficial.
  • Is there then a concern for his calcium intake?
    Give other Calcium containing foods, such as pilchards, sardines, broccoli, beans, almonds, sesame seeds, other nuts.
  • How do ADD present differently in each individual patient? There are several areas that could addressed with treatment:  dietary intervention, biochemical abnormalities (such as iron deficiency), metabolic abnormalities (such as low muscle tone) and neurological abnormalities (dysfunctional neurotransmitters.  The first consultation is to establish the specifics within the diagnosis and to get to know the patient.  Some tests may have to be done.  Certain indicated treatment would be initiated.  The treatment plan would be different for each situation, but the ideal is to try and do non-invasive and “non-chemical” treatment first and to follow up.  The ideal sequence would be diet and supplementation at first, followed by herbal meds and then allopathic meds if indicated, but this sequence may not be applicable in all cases.  Cross referral to appropriate therapists and multi-disciplinary involvement is the ideal approach.