TPS 10: Allergies, Food Intolerances and FODMAPS with Naturopath Jad Patrick

JadIn this episode we were lucky enough to pick Naturopath, Jad Patrick’s brain, about all things relating to food allergies, sensitivities, intolerances and FODMAPS.

We certainly made the most of our time with Jad and were blown away by the extent of his knowledge about these topics.

This is a kick-ass episode, jam packed with great information and will help anyone who is dealing with food sensitivities to demystify the issues.

This episode is Part 1 of 2 with Jad.
(Yes, we talked so much we had to record 2 episodes!)
The 2nd episode will be released in late November.

About Jad Patrick:

Jad gained his Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Naturopathy from the Southern School of Natural Therapies in 2005, and is currently completing a Post Grad in Counselling at the Australian College of Applied Psychology.
Jad intends for his counselling qualification to compliment his current work in empowering people to look after their own health and to enable them to lead more rich and meaningful lives.

From an early age Jad has been passionate about nutrition and health.  He believes a whole foods based diet, combined with exercise, stress management and healthy relationships is the key to preventing many of today’s chronic health issues.

Having a keen interest in human evolution, Jad has always been fascinated by how our historical environment and lifestyle has shaped our current nutrition and fitness needs.
Jad considers The Paleo/Primal approach as a valuable template for our understanding of healthy eating when balanced with individual needs.

You can find Jad at Prahran Health Foods at 201 Commercial Road South Yarra
(03 9827 5983)
where he provides clinical consultations and advice to customers within the store.

We chat with Jad about:

  • Jad’s upbringing, his personal experience with food sensitivities and the early research he conducted on his goldfish
  • Jad’s journey into naturopathy
  • The role of a naturopath and why science should underpin naturopathic practice
  • The difference between an allergy and an intolerance
  • How to correctly diagnose and treat allergies / sensitivities
  • FODMAPS
  • Common causes for sensitivities and the link with stress
  • The way you eat vs. what you eat
  • Leaky Gut
  • The role of the liver in allergies
  • Common allergies and intolerances
  • Why a paleo diet and exacerbate some food issues and successfully treat others
  • IBS and ‘poo’

The information provided in this podcast is for educational purposes only.  For therapeutic or medical advice please seek an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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6 Responses to TPS 10: Allergies, Food Intolerances and FODMAPS with Naturopath Jad Patrick

  1. Grace October 10, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Thank you so much for the Primal shift podcasts. Fabulous work So informative! For most of my life I have been battling tummy problems, and getting progressively worse. I am 54 years old.
    The last few years I have found a wonderful gastroenterologist whom has got to the bottom of most of the problem. Healing the gut now has been made easier since finding Paleo. Finding Primal Shift has been a godsend as most information out there is american based and your podcasts have answered so many questions as where to shop what to eat.

    I have been especially been interested in Jad Patrick’s interview .He was very informative and easy to listen to. I had a gastroscopy in 2008 and was found to have the H .Pylori bacterium ,gluten intolerance and lactose intolerance. The bacterium had caused 3/4 ulcers one being large peptic ulcer,sliding hernia and gastritis and it took 5 years of different cocktails of drugs to finally get rid if the buggers! On Nexium and Zantac .I did have a fructose test but was inconclusive but Ive been reacting more to anything fructose . Finding out what to eat gets to be a nightmare What Jad said about finding a good GP or Gastroenterologist is important . Also information re: FODMAP and that wheat has fructans as well as gluten explains the opiate effect of bread on me regardless of it being white,wholemeal,multigrain sourdough etc.. So looking forward to episode two. You were talking about the liver and how the bile helps in digestion. my question what if one has had gall bladder removed almost 30 yrs ?

    • Jo Fitton October 10, 2013 at 11:50 am #

      Hi Grace,
      Thanks so much for the positive feedback about the podcast! We’re glad it’s helping you work through some of your dietary issues.
      I’ll have to forward your question to Jad as he is the expert on all this.
      We’ll come back to you soon!
      Cheers, Jo :-)

    • Jad Patrick October 10, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

      Hi Grace, Im really glad you found it interesting and thanks for the feedback.
      In regards to your question, yes removal of the gallbladder can often affect digestion. The liver produces bile, bile is then stored in the gallbladder and then released into the intestine when fats are present to emulsify them to help them be absorbed. Some people find after gall bladder removal they get diarrhoea/bloating/discomfort after fatty meals, or pale stools. This normally diminshes over time, I have had one specialist tell me that often a pseudo gallbladder/sac like appendage forms which acts as a bile store. Also the liver often produces enough bile that it can cope with reasonable amounts of fats anyway without the action of the gallbladder.
      Sounds like if your symptoms are still troubling you you may want to explore with a knowledgable practitioner whether a lower fodmap intake might help you. Anecdotally I know many people find that after long periods on Nexium/Zantac they have an increase in bloating and IBS type symptoms. As stomach acid is one of the first line of defenses against bacteria getting further down into the gastro intestinal tract the theory goes that antacid medication might increase the presence of bacteria in the small intestine where they should not be. Again if you think this might be something you can relate to speak with your gastro further about it.
      Fructose breath tests are often inconclusive, and have a lot of false positives and false negatives. Often symptoms are your best guideline as to whether fructose is a particular problem for you. Keeping a diet diary can help, but also keep in mind that bowel symptoms can be triggered by many other things including stress, and stress around eating foods. We talk a bit more about that in the second episode.
      Worth mentioning that anyone over 50 who continues to experience uncomfortable bowel related symptoms should discuss this thoroughly with their GP or gastroenterologist. If you havent already done so, a colonoscopy may be very important, again speak with your GP or gastroenterologist about this. Its really great you have found a good gastroenterologist! :-)

      All the best and I am glad you enjoyed the show!
      Thanks, Jad :-)

  2. Celia Ready March 28, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

    Hi Jad, I have just listened to more than half of the broadcast and yes you are so knowledgeable about food and digestive issues and the causes and so much more. I must thank you again very much for your email with so much useful information. For me at the moment it really is a matter of eliminating certain foods to see how I feel once I stop eating them and try other foods to see if there is any reaction. Like stopping eating rice biscuits, which for a long time now I have been substituting instead of eating bread. So I will have to find something I can substitute for the rice biscuits and the bread. I am still reading through your email and find everything you are mentioning very interesting. One thing I must get onto is making some chicken stock and broth and chicken pate. I have a really sore lower back and left hip that just aches every day, which I think is a problem with ligament and soft tissue, so whether I am deficient in something, or something I am eating is causing inflammation in that area. I am not sure. I had an xray of the lumbar/hip and there was nothing abnormal. But there is definitely something wrong because for the last week. In the morning when I get up I can’t dress myself, sit down in the car and drive.
    Until about mid morning when I have warmed my body up, then I am able to do a little more. I am seeing a physio and was given exercises to do, but they are causing more pain. I will be listening to your broadcast again and hopefully call in tomorrow at Prahran. All going well with my back. I will be keeping in contact by email. Thanks Jad for your help. :-)

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