Par­ents don’t like to talk about kids’ ail­ments

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r es­pite a back­ground d in dig­i­tal mar­ket­ing, ket­ing, Kelly was in­spired nspired to start Kid­shealth.com.au after her own bat­tle with poor gut health fol­low­ing her sec­ond preg­nancy, dur­ing which she had de­vel­oped a con­di­tion where the ovaries be­come swollen and ex­tremely painful.

“I’d go to my GP and he just kept giv­ing me an­tibi­otics but I wasn’t get­ting any bet­ter. So, a friend sug­gested I see an in­te­gra­tive GP, who is a med­i­cal doc­tor, but also a natur­opath and nu­tri­tion­ist, and he told me the an­tibi­otics were killing all my gut bac­te­ria. He told me I was on the road to can­cer. I was ter­ri­fied.

“He put me on a clean-liv­ing pro­gram and I did a mas­sive detox and started tak­ing spe­cial sup­ple­ments with the aim of build­ing my im­mune sys­tem and re­duc­ing in­flam­ma­tion.

“The re­sults were amaz­ing — good, clean food and the right sup­ple­ments had done what medicine was only mak­ing worse.”

Kelly says she was also able to cure her fiveyear-old son, Will, of asthma through diet and erad­i­cat­ing com­mon house­hold tox­ins, such as per­fume and fly spray.

Th­ese per­sonal health ex­pe­ri­ences, to­gether with the sto­ries she heard from other mothers about their strug­gles with chil­dren not eat­ing well, fed her pas­sion for gut health and led to the launch of Kid­shealth.com.au

“I see par­ents all the time, and I don’t know why, but they don’t like to talk about their child’s ail­ments; it’s like they’re liv­ing a silent hell, like it’s their fail­ing as a par­ent that their child has asthma or al­ler­gies or ADHD,” Kelly says. “I know from per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence that find­ing g a g good spe­cial­istp is vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble.” he Gut Health Master­class costs $179, which cov­ers 10 tu­to­ri­als. It also in­cludes ac­cess to t top Aus­tralian health p pro­fes­sion­als and en­try to a closed Face­book page where mem­bers can g get on­go­ing sup­port for lif life, post ques­tions to exp ex­perts, as well as find re­cip recipes and pho­tos, share in­form in­for­ma­tion and be re­ferred to spe­cial­ists spe­cial­ists. Th­ese days Kelly says her en­tire house­hold is much health­ier. Even her hus­band Mark McInnes, CEO of re­tail gi­ant Premier In­vest­ments, has jumped on the gut health band­wagon. “He is re­ally on board with it all and of­ten pre­pares break­fast for the kids, things like gluten free toast with av­o­cado, scram­bled eggs, frit­tatas, smooth­ies or muesli,” she says. “Back in 2010, I doubt he would have been able to boil an egg! “And he’s much health­ier him­self, too. When I met him he used to eat so badly, but now there’s no op­tion to do that in our home. He goes to the gym ev­ery day, he leads a very dif­fer­ent life­style and is a great role model for our chil­dren.”

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