Julie Matthews’ Email to Forbes Requesting Correction

I sent the following email to Forbes on December 5th in response to their inaccurate article on dietary intervention for autism.

Attention Forbes Media, 

I’m writing regarding an article published in Forbes online on November 11, 2019 by one of your contributors, Steven Salzber, entitled “New Autism Study: Gluten-free Diet Does Not Help Autistic Children.”

I believe your article to be inaccurate and I request that you publish corrections accordingly, including my expressed rebuttal.

You can read my response here: https://nourishinghope.com/forbes-article-ignores-abundant-science-on-gluten-free-for-autism/

In addition to the science explained, please note the dozens of comments from parents (and professionals) on how diet helped their children with autism.

As a professional Certified Nutrition Consultant working in this field for 17 years, I have written an award-winning book, published scientific research, and consulted and spoken with thousands of families, and I can say with certainty that your article is filled with misinformation. 

Your article is not only inaccurate, but it’s harmful to families who are looking for ways to help their children feel better. Your article spreads misinformation that discourages them from trying something that is shown to help, as there is plenty of scientific research supporting that diet improves autism symptoms and helps children.

I respectfully request that you correct the misinformation, and publish my rebuttal. 

Furthermore, I’m willing to submit to Forbes a scientifically referenced article on this subject if you are interested to publish it. I’m also open to engage with Mr. Salzberg in a forum where we can actively discuss the science of this subject together. 

I look forward to your response.


Julie Matthews

Forbes has not responded back. So I have sent them another email. If you want to write to Forbes yourselves and share your experience or request for correction, you can write to them at [email protected] or [email protected]

Hi, I’m Julie Matthews, a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Author, and Published Researcher. I teach parents and practitioners that children with autism, ADHD, and related disorders can improve and heal, and that there’s hope for their children. Then I educate and empower them to make strategic dietary changes that positively affect children’s health, which in turn helps their learning and behavior. With 17 years of experience and my unique range of knowledge, from nutrition research and clinical experience to cooking in the kitchen for my own family, I’ve created a much-needed community for parents and practitioners looking to help children with autism live happy, healthy lives. Join us.

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6 responses to “Julie Matthews’ Email to Forbes Requesting Correction”

  1. Kaylene says:

    Well done Julie. This myth needs to be debunked so that others can also enjoy a more positive outlook for themselves and their children! THANK YOU!

  2. Vivian Sinor says:

    Yeah for Julie for speaking out‼️ Not an easy thing to do to go against “mainstream thinking and misinformation.”
    So much inaccurate reporting and biased public studies trying to urge only the use of prescription drugs.
    Diet and lifestyle changes do provide the nutrients and other components to produce a healthy, vibrant body.
    My personal experience has proven this to me.

  3. Sujata says:

    Hey Julie,
    I am glad that you saw and responded. I hope they get back to you and correct the information. All the best and keep up a good work!

  4. nanette Scudder says:

    Seven years ago we weaned our adult daughter off of her prescription psych meds and went Gluten free (and as much as possible Sugar free and Dairy free). She continues to do well on her special diet. It is not just our “biased” opinion. When she cheats, she gets more complaints at work.

  5. Ranya says:

    Thank you Julie for taking this on. There is no doubt that a Gluten Free (among other exclusions) helped my boys with a lot of their symptoms and discomforts. That conviction, does; however, put a lot of companies and agricultural practices under scrutiny and there are a lot of companies that would not like for that fact to ever become widespread.

  6. Julia Bruce says:

    Well done Julie!!! It is vital to keep the truth from being squashed by bogus opinions from suspiciously motivated (Big Pharma perhaps?) “science”.

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