Nourishing Hope for Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and Allergies

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We interviewed Julie Matthews, Certified Nutrition Consultant, about nourishing hope for autism, ADHD, Asperger’s and allergies. You can watch the replay below. Please note that you will be asked to enter your email address at the 30-minute mark to finish listening to this webinar.


In This Webinar

Julie is well known for her work with bioindividual nutrition, which customizes the diet based on an individual’s needs. We discussed the following topics:

  • Is there research about the benefits of diet and supplementation for children with neurodevelopmental disorders?
  • What are some of the pitfalls you see when people implement diet?
  • Is there one diet that is best?
  • What are some of your favorite diets to understand and consider?
  • Where are some good places to start with diet?
  • Support for picky eaters

Key Discussions

The Importance of Bio-Individual Nutrition

Bio-individual nutrition involves tailoring dietary interventions to the unique biochemistry and health requirements of each child. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, and diets must be adjusted based on the individual’s responses and symptoms.

The Challenge of Diet Implementation

There are complexities involved in accurately implementing diets such as gluten-free, dairy-free, or other specialized diets. Partial implementation can lead to misconceptions about the diet’s efficacy. Proper and full adherence is crucial for evaluating a diet’s true impact on health and behavior.

The Effects of Dietary Changes on Behavior and Health

Changing the diet can lead to significant improvements in digestive symptoms, socializing, mood, hyperactivity, language, and physical symptoms. Nutritional interventions should be an integral part of managing and improving the symptoms of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.

The Navigation of Nutrition Research and Resources

Julie’s book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, helps parents and practitioners access and understand different specialized diets.

Addressing Food Sensitivities and Allergies

Identifying sensitivities to foods such as gluten, dairy and soy and eliminating problematic foods can be a key strategy in improving overall health and alleviating symptoms related to autism, ADHD, allergies and other chronic health conditions.

Timestamped Overview

00:00 Julie is a nutrition expert and author.
09:23 Avoid overly restrictive diet, monitor changes carefully.
14:40 Book provides comprehensive information on autism studies.
22:51 Picky eating may need professional feeding therapy.
27:51 Long journey to diagnose children’s health issues.
36:43 Dietary trials can reveal individual needs.
42:49 Emphasize organic foods due to pesticide dangers.
46:23 Consider yeast.
52:44 Consult holistic MD for allergy supplements, dietary changes.
58:15 Seek recommendations from experienced parents for doctors.
01:00:14 Encourage a specialized diet for better results.

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 and sits on two scientific advisory boards including the Autism Nutrition Research Center. 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.

Disclaimer

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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Resources
Articles

Bone Broth Recipe

CBS News: ADHD Diet Study Suggests Healthy Eating May Help Kids

Chicago Tribune: Do Diet Changes Help ADHD Children?

The Feingold Diet: Our Family’s Experience with a Dye-Free Diet

Julie Matthew’s BioIndividual Nutrition recipes

Julie Matthew’s BioIndividual Nutrition Feingold Diet / Failsafe Diet

Our Journey with the Feingold Diet

Books

Adams, Mike. The Truth About Aspartame, MSG and Excitoxins. Truth Publishing, Inc., 2010.

Ballantyne, Sarah. Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease Heal Your Body. Victory Belt Publishing, 2014.

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Bock, Kenneth. Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders. New York, NY. Ballantine Books, 2008.

Campbell-McBride, Natasha. Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia, 2010.

Cordain, Loren. The Paleo Diet Revised: Lose Weight and Get Healthy by Eating the Foods You Were Designed to Eat. Harvest, 2010.

Davis, Sheri. All Natural Mom’s Guide to the Feingold Diet: A Natural Approach to ADHD and Other Related Disorders. Sheri Davis, 2014.

Dorfman, Kelly. Cure Your Child with Food: The Hidden Connection Between Nutrition and Childhood Ailments. Workman Publishing Company, 2013.

Ernsperger, Lori, et al. Just Take a Bite: Easy, Effective Answers to Food Aversions and Eating Challenges! Future Horizons, 2004.

Feingold, Ben. The Feingold Cookbook for Hyperactive Children, and Others Associated with Food Additives and Salicylates. Random House, 1979.

Feingold, Ben. Why Your Child Is Hyperactive: The Bestselling Book on How ADHD Is Caused by Artificial Food Flavors and Colors. Random House, 1985.

Galland, Leo. The Effect of Intestinal Microbes on Systemic Immunity. Excerpted from Power Healing. Random House, 1998.

Giustra-Kozek, Jennifer. Healing without hurting: treating ADHD, apraxia, and autism spectrum disorders naturally and effectively without harmful medication. Howard Beach, NY: Changing Lives Press, 2014.

Herbert, Martha, Weintraub Karen. The Autism Revolution: Whole-Body Strategies for Making Life All It Can Be. New York: Ballantine Books; 2012.

Hersey, Jane. Why Can’t My Child Behave?: Why Can’t She Cope? Why Can’t He Learn? The Feingold Diet Updated for Today’s Busy Families. Pear Tree Press, 2014.

Hong, Maria Rickert. Almost Autism: Recovering Children from Sensory Processing Disorder, A Reference for Parents and Practitioners. 2014.

Lambert, Beth. A Compromised Generation: The Epidemic of Chronic Illness in America’s Children. Sentient Publications, 2010.

Lemer, Patricia S. Outsmarting Autism: The Ultimate Guide to Management, Healing and Prevention for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Tarentum, PA, Word Association Publishers, 2014.

Lewis, Lisa. Special Diets for Special Kids: Updated Gluten-Free, Casein-Free Recipes You’ll Love. Future Horizons, 2023.

Matthews, Julie. Nourishing Hope for Autism: Nutrition and Diet Guide for Healing Our Children. Healthful Living Media, 2008.

Scott, Trudy. The Antianxiety Food Solution: How the Foods You Eat Can Help You Calm Your Anxious Mind, Improve Your Mood and End Cravings. New Harbinger Publications, 2011.

Seroussi, Karyn. Unraveling the Mystery of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorder: A Mother’s Story of Research and Recovery. New York: Simon & Schuster, 2000.

Sisson, Mark. The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram Your Genes for Effortless Weight Loss, Vibrant Health, and Boundless Energy. Primal Nutrition, Inc., 2019.

Tam, Michelle, et al. Nom Nom Paleo: Food for Humans (Volume 1). Andrews McMeel Publishing, 2013.

Voegtlin, Walter. The Stone Age Diet: Based on In-depth Studies of Human Ecology and the Diet of Man. Vantage Press, 1975.

Wahls, Terry. The Wahls Protocol: A Radical New Way to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions Using Paleo Principles. Avery, 2020.

Wahls, Terry. The Wahls Protocol Cooking for Life: The Revolutionary Modern Paleo Plan to Treat All Chronic Autoimmune Conditions. Avery, 2017.

Websites

Amy Yasko’s list of foods with high free glutamates

Katie Reid’s pantry list of recommended foods.

Unblind My Mind: Dr. Katie 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.

Videos

Excitotoxins, Neurotoxins & Human Neurological Disease Lecture by Russell Blaylock MD

Glutamate, Excitoxicity and Autism

Minding your mitochondria | Dr. Terry Wahls | TEDxIowaCity

Unblind My Mind: What Are We Eating? Dr. Katherine Reid at TEDxYouth@GrassValley

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