Practitioner Spotlight: Susan Levin

SusanLevin20151007PIJP0Tell us about your specialty and clinical focus, and how you incorporate BioIndividual Nutrition into your practice?

I have two sets of clients. One set is parents of children with autism. When I work with them I do an initial comprehensive assessment of many different lifestyle factors, with a strong emphasis on nutrition. I encourage parents to do the three tests recommended in the Bioindividual Nutrition Training Program, i.e., the Organic Acids Test, the Comprehensive Diagnostic Stool Sample, and some sort of food intolerance test. Through labs I can get a sense of how to assemble a food plan that will consider the subtler factors involved in autistic children, such as oxalate-, salicylate-, or histamine-sensitivity, for example. The Bioindividual Nutrition approach recognizes that because every child is unique, no single healing diet can be a one-size-fits-all solution. So I take each child’s clinical and lab results, and develop a custom-tailored nutritional approach for him or her.

My second client set is mothers of children with autism, who are exploring their own health. As with the children, each mom needs to do an assessment of their own lifestyle, again with a heavy emphasis on nutrition. Because the moms usually have much less time and energy to devote to themselves, I go very slowly and celebrate baby steps constantly with this client set. But nutrition for the moms is critical because of the many conditions autism moms face within their own bodies, such as Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis and other autoimmune disorders, dysbiosis, and hormonal imbalances. So we assess their symptoms, explore their current nutrition, and develop a nutritional plan specific for their needs.

Do you have a favorite diet you use in your practice, or a set of favorite diets when working with clients. Tell us how and when you use them.

I focus largely on the Body Ecology Diet, which I find to be the most livable, healing, and energizing of the healing diets. We need to adjust the BED based on each individual’s specific sensitivities, such as oxalate-sensitivity in particular, so again it is the bioindividual approach that is the most effective.

Are there any nourishing foods you consider important for most people with this condition?

Fermented vegetables and kefir, green leafy vegetables (unless there is oxalate sensitivity), and the ancient grains (millet, quinoa, amaranth, and buckwheat, all prepared to minimize oxalates) have been extremely healing for many of my clients.

What other factors do you consider essential in supporting clients? Are there other supplement or lifestyle choices people should consider?

I think EMF and wifi radiation is a critical factor, and I am concerned that too many families expose their children with autism to enormous amounts of radiation because they use devices as a sedative/babysitter. So learning basic information and tips about how to minimize wifi in the home (e.g., turning off the router at night, removing electronics and clock radios from bedrooms, etc.) is a significant part of what I offer to clients.

Anything else you’d like to share with practitioners interested in this subject?

I’m constantly amazed by how powerful diet can be in healing children and parents. I’m curious to hear how other practitioners break through the belief that autism cannot be cured. As a practitioner, I run up again this bias constantly. Having a son who recovered is useful, but many people believe my son never had autism to begin with, or that he still does and I am in denial. So I think it’s critical that we educate as many families as possible about the true potential for recovery that ASD children do have!

How has the BioIndividual Nutrition Institute training helped you?

Susan Levin Practitioner ProfileBefore I did the BIN Institute Training Program, I had a tremendous amount of personal experience through working with my son, but I had no system by which to organize and offer it all to clients. BIN gave me that framework, and has enabled me to offer not just hope, but a tangible method for sharing my experience in a way that can practically and effectively make a difference.

For example, one of my clients, Bree Cahill, wrote this in to our Facebook Group:

“When my son Colin was a year old we tried getting professional pictures taken. The session was basically over before it started. Colin was so confused with the world and could not handle being in the room, let alone the camera flash due.

We started working with Susan recently and within a couple of days I noticed a difference in his sensory sensitivities and a dramatic decrease in his OCD behaviors. He was comfortable with the camera at home and the flash didn’t make him cry. So I thought let’s give this another try….

My expectations for the photography session were low and I thought for sure we’d have to leave. To my surprise my son was smiling, giggling, and enjoying having his picture taken!

All of the soaking the millet, making the bone broth, adding seaweed, driving the extra miles to Whole Foods, the extra cost and doing my best to fill my kitchen with love and gratitude is all worth it because my son is getting more comfortable in his own body. His little personality is shining through! I could write an entire other post on how wonderful Easter was with family…no leaving early, keeping Colin in a quieter room etc. Just amazing! Thank you Susan  🙂 “

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I was a lawyer and then a graphic designer, but I found my true calling in parenting. When my son was diagnosed with autism, I found my passion in learning and developing ways to recover my child. Now that he is beyond autism, I am thrilled to bring my passion into the world to other families!


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 18 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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