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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 […]

Salicylates and Summertime

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 […]

GFCF Diet on a Budget: Fifteen Ways to Save Money

Top Food Allergens and Sensitivities: Gluten, Casein, Soy and Corn

The top allergenic foods for Americans are: gluten, casein, soy, and corn, as well as eggs, citrus, chocolate, cane sugar, seafood and shellfish, peanuts and nuts.  Today we are going to talk about the top 4. Food allergies and sensitivities (and their accompanying symptoms) are common in children with autism and they often react poorly […]

Study Showing that GFCF Diet May Positively Affect ASD

Here’s a recent study that has not gotten any press showing that the GFCF diet may positively affect autism.  It followed a larger group of children for 12 months, not four weeks like the other study in the news lately.  Why did the media not cover this one? Researchers stated, “Our results suggest that dietary intervention […]

Celiac Disease Presenting as Autism

The Journal of Child Neurology published a special article online June 29, 2009 (published ahead of printing) entitled “Celiac Disease Presenting as Autism.” The article is a case study of a 5-year-old boy diagnosed with autism and celiac disease. The boy was described as “an increasingly picky eater and would reject food on the basis […]