Anxiety Summit 5: The Gut-Brain Axis in Autism


Watch the video of me and Trudy Scott talking about our interview on the upcoming summit. (above)

The title of my talk is: “Anxiety & the Gut-Brain Axis in Autism”

This is the 5th Anxiety Summit (Trudy’s an expert host), and this one focuses specifically on the gut-brain axis.

I always love being interviewed by Trudy. We have such great synergy and rapport. 

Maybe that comes from how much we adore each other and the subject of nutrition for autism and anxiety. 

(Here we are at a conference this summer.) You can see our connection. Don’t you think?! 

If you know you want to join us: you can register for the Anxiety Summit now.

Anxiety and Autism Research

Let me give you a sneak peak of what we discuss about anxiety and autism on the Anxiety Summit.

We talk about the latest scientific research, including:

  • My new study with Dr. Adams on Nutritional & Dietary Intervention for ASD
  • Gut-Immune-Brain Axis in autism, mTOR & amino acids
  • Significance of Fecal Microbiota Transplants in ASD

In our interview we discuss, how common anxiety is in autism spectrum disorders.

So if your child has anxiety, you/they are not alone. Anxiety is very common in autism.

Anxiety Runs in Families with Autism

Not only is your child with autism more likely to have anxiety, a Swedish study we discuss on the summit shows that children with autism are more likely to have family members with a history of mental and neurological disorders. We talk about the stats and what this means for families, and how you can help your family members.

Diet and Nutrition Improves Autism and Anxiety

Trudy and I also discuss the autism diet and nutrition study for which I was a co-author, led by Dr. James Adams.

In it, individuals with autism had a significant improvement in anxiety from a special diet and nutritional supplements. The study also showed statistically significant improvements in happiness, focus, IQ, language, as well as improved daily living skills, social skills, and many more gains. 

If you know Trudy and I, we are both big research nerds! Another reason we get along so well.

The Gut-Immune-Brain Axis and Amino Acids

We talk about the study, The Gut-Immune-Brain Axis in Autism Spectrum Disorders; A Focus on Amino Acids. It’s cutting edge insight into the gut, brain and immune system axis. This study discusses how amino acids can improve the gut, the microbiome, and reduce inflammation. And how new discoveries of mTOR helped establish the existence of the gut-brain-immune axis. This is exciting new science. 

The Microbiome and Fecal Transplants in Autism

We also discuss new studies on autism and fecal transplants, and the outcomes were incredible! 

Participants had a 25% reduction in ASD symptoms, and that improved to 45% two years later. They kept getting better year after year! 

The studies are very promising. So exciting, in fact, that the researchers have another study lined up, and they had over 2,000 people apply to be part of the next one!

Join us for the Anxiety Summit

I don’t want to give away all our nerdy research surprises. 😉 Join us during the summit.

Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant who received her master’s degree in medical nutrition with distinction from Arizona State University. She is also a published nutrition researcher and has specialized in complex neurological conditions, particularly autism spectrum disorders and ADHD for over 20 years. Julie is the award winning author of Nourishing Hope for Autism, co-author of a study proving the efficacy of nutrition and dietary intervention for autism published in the peer-reviewed journal, Nutrients, and also the founder of Download her free guide, 12 Nutrition Steps to Better Health, Learning, and Behavior.

1 Comment

  1. Julie

    Thanks so much for sharing your expertise on my summit and for sharing here with your community! I love that we get to geek out over topics like these ones that can help so many with anxiety, autism and other chronic health conditions!

    And thanks for being a trailblazer with your autism nutrition study and Bioindividual Nutrition Institute

    I adore you too and love how much we laugh together!


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