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Addressing Anxiety in Autism

If you have an autistic child, chances are you’ve noticed your child often displays physical and behavioral signs of anxiety such as restlessness, recurring headaches, withdrawing from family or refusing to go to school. Unfortunately, anxiety is a common occurrence in autism – according to a research paper published in Neuropsychiatry, “up to 80% of […]

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 […]

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 […]

Autism and Aggression

Aggression is a difficult, and sometimes devastating symptom that can occur in children for a variety of reasons—some known and some unknown.  Some of these are nature and others are nurture. It’s a difficult area to study/understand for many reasons, especially for children and adults with autism that cannot speak. Potential causes of aggression: It […]

Salicylates and Summertime

Avoid Common Diet Pitfalls for Autism & ADHD

Webinar, Tuesday July 31st Are you doing the GFCF or SCD/GAPS diet and not seeing the results you expected? While following a special diet, there are many factors that might trip you up.  Once you see what they are, you can navigate past them. Avoid Mistakes and be More Effective.  On this webinar: Realize how […]

Oxalates and the Low Oxalate Diet: Interview with Karla Wiersma and Julie Matthews

Oxalates are sharp crystals that are very inflammatory. Oxalates bind to minerals in the diet like calcium and can create mineral deficiencies. They can perpetuate a yeast overgrowth, even if you are on a low sugar and starch-free diet like the GAPS diet. They can cause chronic pain and inflammation including in the gut. Oxalates […]

Disney World with Food Allergies: Mother’s Experience

Guest Post by Lisa Meili Note from Julie Matthews: After writing an article for the Autism File Magazine on traveling with food allergies (out in the June/July issue), I spotted this incredible post from a mother on a GFCF board.  After reading a lot out there on traveling with special dietary needs for my article, […]

Nourishing Hope Success Story: Getting Your Hopes Up with The Galligani Family

This is the first post in my new ongoing series: Getting Your Hopes Up: Stories of Healing Thru Diet and Nutrition. Each month I’ll be posting stories directly from mothers and fathers, on their experience using food and nutrition to help heal their child with autism, ADHD, and other developmental delays. Jessica Galligani and the […]

Camel Milk: Healing or Hype?

Drink camel’s milk?  Really?  And, for those who cannot drink the milk from a goat or cow, is it possible camel’s might be for you? As a nutritionist for children with autism for 10 years, my research and clinical experience indicate that most children with autism cannot adequately tolerate dairy. Particularly, their bodies have challenges […]

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