The Science and Healing of Traditional Diets for Autism

While much has been written about the most popular and effective autism diets, GFCF and SCD/GAPS, there’s been little investigation of the tenets of Traditional diets. Throughout history and driven by survival and evolution, the varied human cultures of the world inherently learned which foods and ways of being supported their health. And, there are clear commonalities in the respective traditional diets of our ancestors.

Do the foods that nourished cultures for centuries nourish children today? Are their healing aspects and lessons to be learned?  With our modern industrialized world and the epidemic of autism facing our children, one might wonder if this traditional way of eating is still applicable and appropriate, and if the science is supportive.

From my extensive research and clinical experience, I say yes. I routinely find that the principles and practices of traditional cultures and traditional diets serve as a foundation of a healing diet for autism, bolster the effectiveness of any dietary intervention, and aid healing for children.

Substantive science, research, and common sense support the role of traditional foods in healing autism.  Let’s look at the science and research of autism and the role of traditional foods in healing.

Continue reading my article in the Autism File Magazine (below), and learn about:

  • A new understanding and model of autism
  • Science of the biochemistry of autism
  • How traditional diets and food support and aid healing of the underlying biochemistry and body systems
  • GFCF diet and Specific Carbohydrate Diet/GAPS diet and their link to traditional diets

The Science and Healing of Traditional Diets for AutismCLICK HERE

Julie Matthews is on the Editorial Board of The Autism File Magazine and contributes regularly.  To subscribe to The Autism File visit

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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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3 responses to “The Science and Healing of Traditional Diets for Autism”

  1. Heather says:

    I wanted to thank you for such a wonderful article. You explain simply and concisely what is going on with our kids. I will be using this article to explain our path to family and friends. Thankyou again.

  2. Julie Matthews -I ‘m browsing online and I came throughout your post… I enjoyed reading it . I discovered a lot about this subject that you just wrote here. Thanks so much for posting an article like this one.

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