We interviewed Katie Reid PhD, Executive Director of Unblind My Mind, about glutamates and autism. You can watch the replay below.
Glutamate is an amino acid that is also a neurotransmitter. It regulates norepinephrine, serotonin, dopamine and acetylcholine, which are other neurotransmitters that are also responsible for mood and behavior. It becomes more damaging when it is “free”, as is the case in processed foods.
In excess amounts, glutamate can be destructive to brain cells, as it is an excitotoxin, a term that was brought to fame by Russell Blaylock’s book, Excitotoxins: The Taste That Kills.
High free glutamates can be a confounding factor in conditions such as:
- Sensory Processing Disorder
- Learning disabilities
- PANDAS and PANS
- Bipolar disorders
- Anxiety disorders
Dr. Reid talked about why symptoms of these disorders may disappear when eating a low-glutamate diet. She guided us through what foods glutamates are hiding in and what symptoms they can produce. She also talke about the effects of excess calcium and EMFs with respect to glutamate.
About Katie Reid PhD
Dr. Katherine Reid is a biochemist and the founder of Unblind My Mind (UMM), a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving health one bite at a time.
Because she is a biochemist, she researched brain chemistry and discovered that many of the foods she was feeding her daughter were causing her daughter’s autism symptoms. She discovered how free glumates in food can cause symptoms of autism, and her TEDx video Unblind My Mind: What Are We Eating? Dr. Katherine Reid at [email protected] has been viewed over 250,000 times.
In graduate school, she studied biochemistry and was a teaching assistant for Chemistry of Nutrition. From a scientific perspective, she appreciated the link between nutrition and vital biochemical functions. Her career has focused on protein chemistry mainly as it applies to developing protein therapeutics.
She has conducted her own scientific investigation, researching manufacturing processes used in foods, supplements, body products, and many over-the-counter medications. She unveiled that certain ingredients and additives in these products are associated with many chronic illnesses. UMM is dedicated to raising awareness of how these ingredients, abundant in our environment, impact our health. UMM’s vision is to create a community with greater understanding and heightened awareness of the foods we eat and their impact on our health.
UMM, guided by Dr. Reid, helps individuals, families, and groups implement healthy food choices, providing unique educational programs to this end. Many have told Dr. Reid that despite their training in the medical or nutrition field, they were never taught the information that she shared. You can find out more about her and her work at her website: https://unblindmymind.org/
This webinar is not a substitute for medical advice, treatment, diagnosis, or consultation with a medical professional. It is intended for general informational purposes only and should not be relied on to make determinations related to treatment of a medical condition. Epidemic Answers has not verified and does not guaranty the accuracy of the information provided in this webinar.
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Unblind My Mind: Dr. Reid’s website gives extensive explanation about the science, a TED talk by Dr. Reid and video tutorials to help parent’s discern appropriate foods in a local supermarket