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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 […]

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 […]

Introducing The Methylation Diet

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Kara Fitzgerald and Romilly Hodges’ new book the “Methylation Diet and Lifestyle.” Methylation is a topic we cover extensively in our Advanced Practitioner training program at the BioIndividual Nutrition Institute. I’ve admired Kara Fitzgerald’s work for over 8 years. She’s brilliant at understanding the biochemistry of the body […]

Common Pesticides Linked to Autism: The Role of an Organic Diet and Sulforaphane

A study out of the University of North Carolina Medical School found that pesticides, including a new class of fungicides, caused transcription (genetic) changes in the brain consistent with brain samples of individuals with autism, advanced age and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Huntington’s disease.[i] These chemicals were found to inhibit mitochondrial complex […]

Our Gut Bacteria Affect Our Risk of Gluten Intolerance

Nutrition Research Review Researchers wondered why only 2% to 5% of genetically susceptible individuals develop celiac disease. It turns out our gut microbiome may affect our risk of gluten intolerance. In a study published in The American Journal of Pathology, they divided the mice into three groups – mice with pathogens, germ-free, a healthy microbiome with no pathogens. The conventional mice […]

Food & Mood: 9 Steps to Calm the Anxious Mind by Trudy Scott

The following is an article written by my friend and colleague, Certified Nutritionist, Trudy Scott. Trudy was our guest speaker on the very important topic of Anxiety for our Nourishing Hope Support Club. Anxiety is quite common in children with autism (and well as their mothers and the general population), and understanding the underlying biochemical and nutritional factors […]

Medical Journal Underscores Importance of Nutrition for Children with Autism

Fries and crackers.  Sausage and juice.  Cookies, pretzels, and chicken nuggets. No, these are not part of a child’s diet – in some cases this is all that a child with autism eats.  As a nutritionist working with autism for over ten years, I’ve met plenty of children whose diet consisted of so few foods. […]

Probiotics Affect Brain Function: Research Study

A recent study on women showed that probiotic bacteria positivity affect emotion and brain function in many areas. Dr. Tillisch states “Time and time again, we hear from patients that they never felt depressed or anxious until they started experiencing problems with their gut.”  It has long been known there is a gut-brain connection, and […]

Study on Gluten Sensitivity in Autism Sheds Further Light on the Gluten-Free Diet

By Julie Matthews As a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism, I’ve spent the past twelve years researching and explaining the underlying scientific rationale for dietary intervention for affected children. The Research I’m surprised to still hear people say, “there is no research to support diet for autism.”  Of course there is, if anyone would […]

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