We need more dietitians educated on the low FODMAP diet!

Please help me spread the word about my upcoming digestive health seminar for health professionals.  There is a shortage of dietitians worldwide that are well-versed in the low FODMAP diet!  The low FODMAP diet has been shown to manage symptoms for up to 75 % of those who suffer with IBS!  Research regarding the effectiveness of the low FODMAP for other digestive health conditions, the impact on our gut bacteria and  long-term effects of the diet are being explored. Food analysis for FODMAP content is ongoing at Monash University. It’s important that health professionals stay abreast of the new research to best serve their IBS patients.  I will be providing an all day seminar on this topic. One of my missions is to help individuals with IBS have access to up to date, safe and effective ways to improve their quality of life. Please share this post with colleagues or health professionals that you work with that may be interested in attending this event! Topics include: The low FODMAP diet: elimination and re-challenge phases, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth and the gut microbiome. Space is limited and filling up!advancedseminarwithkatescarlataRDNClick here for more information and to register. This event has been pre-approved for 5.5 CEUs from CDR.

Thanks for your help! 🙂

20 replies on “We need more dietitians educated on the low FODMAP diet!

  • Kathy Berkes

    First of all we need to educate Gastroenterologist’s about the FODMAP diet. I am 67 years old, have seen 3 over the last 10 years and all the want to do is a colonoscopy which makes my IBS symptoms double me over during the clean out and following days. Then the dreaded conclusion, “Everything looks fine.” Just saw a Dr. at UVA who recommended I try this diet but there is no Registered Dietitian near where I live to help me, so I bought the book, “IBS Free At Last” by Patsy Catsos which has been a life saver. I also appreciate your web page/blog in helping me with menu ideas, educational facts, as well as the support you offer.

    • katescarlata

      The good news Kathy is that more and more GI conferences are talking about diet and the gut microbiome–and its impact on health and disease. BUT they do need to do a better job of including more dietitians in their line up of speakers. No one knows food better! 😉

      • Kathy Berkes

        No one knows that better than me since I have been tackling this diet without a dietitian and to say it can be overwhelming is an understatement. When I have my follow-up appointment I will stress to my Dr. the importance of having a dietitian working with the patient to help make low FODMAP diet understandable and doable.

  • Maddie and Kate

    Thank you for continuing to spread the word and educate health care providers. I just sent our pediatrician the information and asked him to share. He knows what a difference you’ve made in our lives and how important it is for health care providers to understand this topic.

  • Anita Oleksy

    This is wonderful! Keep spreading the word!

    I wish there was a FODMAP magazine, although, I think it’s unlikely to happen any time soon. I *have* been seeing FODMAP mentioned in GF magazines, though.

  • Jeani

    I wish this seminar was available to the public!! I am VERY interested.
    Could you advise of any seminars on the west coast?

  • Judith Wiesberg

    In addition to working with my dietician, I have found the information from Stanford University Health Care very useful, especially the detailed chart of low FODMAP/high FODMAP foods.

  • April Hall-Hough

    Hi there- I was wondering if there is a database of dieticians who attend your seminars and are therefore educated on administering the FODMAP diet. Is there an accreditation for dieticians educated on the low FODMAP diet here in the US as there is in other countries?
    I am looking for a dietician with these credentials for myself and other than cold calling registered dieticians and asking them how familiar they are with the diet, it seems there is no way to locate them.
    It could be a great opportunity to start tracking candidates and potentially making the names available to the many, many interested patients out there like me.

    • katescarlata

      There is interest in doing a certification for FODMAP educated dietitians. I am working on a registry–but we need a more formal credentialing program to help patients find suitable dietitians–I agree!!

  • Marcy

    I have tried the diet on my own for over a year (SIBO/IBS Dx). I recently saw a RD (who was supposed to be up on LowFodmap diet). I feel knew more about the diet and SIBO than she did. It was a waste of $300… I am trying to re read Patsy’s book and work through the reintroduction of foods on my own – again… So, yes we really need more RD’s who are trained. Thanks for all you do and the help your site provides.

  • Melissa

    Hi Kate! I am a dietitian teaching the low FODMAP diet on daily basis, I also check your blog daily for any updates (for examle: I wasn’t aware of the oat limit–always learning something new!). I would also appreciate a webinar like Lisa mentioned; I live in WI and have limited CME funds for traveling. My employer would be more than willing to pay me to come into work on a Saturday and view your webinar though! All of the GI docs/Advanced practicioners I work with are on board with low FODMAP diet for tx of IBS!

  • Karen

    Hi, Kate. Not sure if this is the right place to leave some questions about SIBO, but the SIBO thread seems closed for comments. I just started rifaximin today for SIBO, and have been following the FODMAP diet for almost two years. I see that you recommend eating some high FODMAP foods during the treatment to encourage active bacteria for more eradication. Can you give me some guidelines on quantities of higher FODMAP foods to eat during this time? Also, after treatment it seems you suggest staying on the FODMAP diet for prevention, but can it be a little less restrictive? And I must say I am confused about reading that one shouldn’t do the diet for more than 4-6 weeks, but then seeing it’s recommended for prevention indefinitely. Could you expand on that? Finally, my insurance company denied paying for the rifaximin saying “medical studies show [rifaximin] may help treat a certain type of travelers’ diarrhea…. Records we received do not show that you have this illness. Records show you are being treated for too much bacteria in your bowel….” I’m going to appeal this decision, and was wondering if you have any clinical studies or literature I could cite that says rifaximin is effective against SIBO. Thanks so much! I always get so much out of your blog. Really enjoyed the reporting and pictures from Japan too.

  • Patrik

    How about filmning this seminar and making it available to those interested in learning more?
    Thank you!
    //. Patrik

    • katescarlata

      Love the idea–and hope to work on filming it soon. It’s truly a matter of time–filming requires time to find the right crew and get it set up…and unfortunately, I don’t have the bandwidth at this time. But, I will look into it for my next seminar!

  • Bethany

    Hello, I was also hoping for a webinar, and while I see that it is on your radar, just wanted to leave the same comment so you know the demand is high! Thank you so much for provided a great resource.

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