Low Phenols and Salicylates for Autism, ADHD and SPD with Julie Matthews


We interviewed Julie Matthews, Certified Nutrition Consultant, about low phenols and salicylates for autism, ADHD and SPD.

What Are Phenols and Salicylates?

Phenols and salicylates are naturally occurring substances found in foods that can cause adverse reactions in a subset of people. Some of the most common reactions include:

  • Red cheeks and/or ears after eating
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Hyperactivity
  • Laughing too loud or inappropriately
  • Impatience
  • Impulsivity

Topics Covered in This Webinar

In this webinar, Julie discussed:

  • What are phenols and salicylates?
  • What are telltale signs of a phenol/salicylate sensitivity?
  • How does sulfation affect phenol/salicylate sensitivity?
  • Why are children with autism, ADHD and SPD as well as allergies and mood disorders more likely to have this sensitivity?
  • Why are some children sensitive to phenols and salicylates?
  • How do phenols and salicylates affect mood, behavior and cognition?
  • How does the removal of these foods fit into the Feingold diet?
  • Can healing the gastrointestinal tract lower sensitivity to foods with these compounds?
  • What else can be done to decrease sensitivity to high-phenol and high-salicylate foods?

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About Julie Matthews CNC

Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Education, globally respected nutrition expert, published researcher, accomplished author, and inspirational educator.

Her guidance is backed by sixteen years of clinical experience and scientific research with complex neurological and physiological needs; particularly autism and related disorders.

She has lectured in more than 60 cities across three continents, been on television, radio, newspaper, blogs/podcasts and more, and published scientifically referenced articles in journals and websites.

Julie has been featured by Price-Pottenger, honored by the National Association of Nutrition Professionals, sits on two scientific advisory boards including the Autism Nutrition Research Center, and is contributing author on a breakthrough scientific research study into diet and nutrition to improve autism published in 2018.

She founded Nourishing Hope in 2005 to stand for the efficacy of improved diet and nutrition for autism, and the BioIndividual Nutrition Institute in 2014 to share the synthesis of her knowledge with cutting edge clinicians to help improve their effectiveness with therapeutic diets.

She published Nourishing Hope for Autism: Nutrition and Diet Guide for Healing Our Children in 2008. You can find out more about her work at her websites nourishinghope.combioindividualnutrition.com and nutritionforpregnancy.com.


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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Konikowska, K., et al.  The influence of components of diet on the symptoms of ADHD in children. Rocz Panstw Zakl Hig. 2012;63(2):127-34.

McCann, D., et al. Food additives and hyperactive behaviour in 3-year-old and 8/9-year-old children in the community: a randomised, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial. Lancet. 2007 Nov 3;370(9598):1560-7.

Millichap, J.G., et al. The diet factor in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Pediatrics. 2012 Feb;129(2):330-7.

Moss, M., et al. The Plasma Cysteine/Sulphate Ratio: A Possible Clinical Biomarker. Journal of Nutritional & Environmental Medicine. 2009 Jul;13(4):215-229.

Silfverdal, S.A., et al. [Food additives can increase hyperactivity in children. Results from a British study confirm the connection]. Lakartidningen. 2008 Feb 6-12;105(6):354-5.

Stare, F.J., et al. Diet and hyperactivity: is there a relationship. Pediatrics. 1980 Oct;66(4):521-5.

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