Parents don’t like to talk about kids’ ailments
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.”