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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 […]

The Gaps in GAPS? What you need to know

As a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism for over ten years, I have found the GAPS Diet to be one of the most effective strategies for aiding health and healing. Extensive scientific research indicates that children with autism suffer from gastrointestinal disorders more than do neurotypical children [1],[2].  We also know that there is […]

Study: Gastrointestinal Symptoms Correlate with Autism Severity

  It has long been known by parents (and many health professionals), that children with autism have higher prevalence of gastrointestinal (GI) issues. Ask any parent of a child with autism, and they will likely tell you that their child has gastrointestinal symptoms: diarrhea, constipation, gas/bloating, or pain. Regrettably, digestive symptoms like diarrhea, constipation, and […]

New Study: Research Finds Higher Rates of Gastrointestinal Illness (and other Medical Conditions) in Autism and ADHD

Hooray, another scientific study that validates what autism parents and biomedical autism practitioners have known for years: that children with autism have higher rates of medical conditions. Autism parents globally have shouted from rooftops (and to their doctors!), “My child is ill, help me!” Routinely, they have been ignored – mainly because the prevailing perspective […]

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 […]

One of the Most Comprehensive Studies on Nutrition for Autism

One of the Most Comprehensive Studies on Nutrition for Autism By Julie Matthews, Certified Nutrition Consultant As a nutritionist working with children with autism for ten years, I was particularly excited to read the most recent research findings. For those who continue to say, “There is no science behind diet and nutrition for autism” or […]

Study: Elimination Diets Help Those with ADHD

A new study uncovered the powerful effects of an elimination diet on children with ADHD.  The study called, The Impact of Nutrition On Children with ADHD (INCA), was published in the Lancet in February 2011. It is so wonderful to see a mainstream journal recognizing the powerful effects of diet on behavioral (and physical) symptoms […]

Study: Prenatal Vitamins Reduce the Risk of Autism

A study on prenatal vitamins and autism was conducted emphasizing the importance of proper nutrient intake before and during the early stages of pregnancy.  This study in Epidemiology, lead by Rebecca Schmidt, found that women who did not take a prenatal vitamin 3 months prior and with the first month of pregnancy were twice as […]

Air Pollution Causes DNA Changes Relevant to Autism

Epigentics is a relatively new field of study involving the changes in genetic expression (versus gene sequence).  This ability to turn on and off genes is a way for humans to rapidly adapt to changes in our environment.  Nutrition and toxins can influence these changes in gene expression. This gene expression can be affected during […]

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