” For over 3 years I have been battling to have my sons health issues correctly diagnosed. At the beginning I was advised by my doctor that my son’s persistent night cough was a post viral cough. I was advised to take no action apart from fluids and rest. After having to attend the emergency department on 2 occasions with his cough becoming so bad that his breathing was compromised. After the second trip to emergency I was sent to an asthma clinic in which my son was then diagnosed as asthmatic. He was set up with an asthma plan and I was given a script for Ventolin with instructions to take 4 puffs x 4 times when needed. On the occasions when my son’s breathing was compromised, the administration of the Ventolin gave no relief at all. After many consultations with doctors, they were still unable to provide any other possibility for the cause of the coughing. After voicing my doubts about asthma, I was assured that my son did in fact have asthma. With the Ventolin not providing any relief when required my son was prescribed with a daily steroid preventer. I also had a script on hand at all times for Redipren (which is a strong dose of steroids) which was the only way I was able to reduce the inflammation of the airways when the coughing episodes reached the point where his breathing was compromised. I was very uneasy about the fact that my 9 year old son was now regularly taking steroids for a health issue I always believed was misdiagnosed. Through day to day conversations I had heard of the name Claire Wakefield a couple of times and made the decision to see if a Naturopath may be able to help. After only 30 minutes with Claire she advised me that she was almost certain that my son had a food allergy. Claire gave me two options.
- One option was to first begin by removing foods from my son’s diet and monitor the coughing/breathing. If no change I could continue to remove other food groups to pinpoint the allergy.
- The second option was to get the lGg blood test taken to pinpoint which food group my son had an allergy too.
I went directly to the medical centre and had the blood taken. The blood test was returned to Claire within the week. Claire then rang to advise my son had a +2 allergy to nuts. From this point Claire advised me to:
- Remove the nuts from my son’s diet.
- Start on supplements and remove inflammatory foods for 3-6 months to encourage repair to his gut flora.
It has now been 6 weeks since Claire’s diagnosis. Under Claire’s care my son’s no longer has coughing episodes and is well on his well to great health.”