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One specific species of bacteria may help reverse autism-like symptoms in mice

A new study links autism-like social behaviors in mice to the absence of a single species of bacteria [1]. What’s even more interesting is that the study authors were able to reverse some of the mice’s behavioral deficits by restoring those bacteria in the guts of the affected mice.  What’s the link between the gut […]

Methyl B12: A potential new supplement to reduce autism symptoms

An exciting new study indicates that supplementation with methyl B12 (the coenzyme or active form of vitamin B12 which is also known as methylcobalamin) could lead to an overall amelioration of autism symptoms by improving DNA methylation [1]. You see, not all genes are active at all times: it is the role of DNA methylation, an […]

Methylation Nutrients from Food – And a Bonus Recipe!

By Dr. Kara Fitzgerald and Romilly Hodges MS CNS If MTHFR is on your radar, this article is for you. Methylation capability, often assessed by MTHFR genotype, is a crucial piece of the puzzle for many with autism. But reaching for that bottle of supplemental methyl-folate (5mTHF) or methyl-B12 (methylcobalamin) shouldn’t be the only consideration. FOOD is a […]

Kid-Tested Lunch Box Ideas for Gluten-Free and Grain-Free Special Diets

Being the mother of an elementary school child, I have been experimenting for a couple years on what’s best to put in my daughter’s lunch box that his healthy and delicious. One of the challenges of school lunch is that we parents are not there to supervise and make sure/encourage they eat all of their […]

Top Lunchbox Picks for Back to School from a Nutritionist and Mom

I have to admit that as a nutritionist and a mom, I’m a bit obsessed with lunchboxes and finding the perfect non-toxic lunch containers for my daughter (and myself).  I own and have tried many.  While all of my choices at home are BPA-, phthalate- and lead-free, I’m still not thrilled with plastic options.  I’m […]

Chicken Pancakes, Kale Chips, & Raw Sauerkraut Recipes with Cook-Along Video

Learn to make these nourishing gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, Paleo, SCD and GAPS-friendly recipes with Julie! In 2013, Julie led a livestream special USAAA Pre-Conference Event with ZenWorks Production – the first Nourishing Hope Live Cook-Along! The event was recorded so if you missed it, you can download the free recipes and replay the video and cook-along with Julie at your convenience! […]

Sugar-Free Ketogenic Chocolate Mousse (RECIPE)

Gluten-Free, Egg-Free, Sugar-Free Contains Dairy. You can make this dairy-free by using coconut cream. This recipe is perfect when you cannot have any sugar in your diet. You can skip the sweetener all together or add just a touch of stevia for a hint of sweetest. I prefer xylitol because it does not have a bitter aftertaste. However, […]

Nutritional Supplement Could Reduce Autism Risk

Researchers at Texas University have published a groundbreaking study demonstrating the positive impact of carnitine supplementation on a gene mutation common in ASD.[i] The results specifically advocate taking the amino acid supplement during pregnancy to protect the delicate embryonic neural structures. The research adds to the growing body of evidence that ASD risk and symptoms […]

Oxalates and Autism

In my earlier article about oxalates, I explained how oxalates influence the biochemical progression and symptomatic expression of varied chronic diseases. Through an overarching “lens” of 15 years’ research and clinical experience with autism, I identified multiple areas for scientific inquiry and therapeutic direction for a variety of chronic health conditions and underlying symptomatology. This […]

Grain-Free Thumbprint Cookies

GFCF, Grain-free, SCD/GAPS, Paleo, nut-free (with modification, see instructions) To make this recipe nut-free use a seed flour in place of the almond flour. Ingredients 1 ½ cups almond flour (or any combination of nut flours)* ½ cup coconut flour 1/3 cup coconut or unrefined cane sugar ¼ teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon baking powder 2 […]

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