Author Archive | Julie Matthews

One specific species of bacteria may help reverse autism-like symptoms in mice

A new study links autism-like social behaviors in mice to the absence of a single species of bacteria. What’s even more interesting is that the study authors were able to reverse some of the mice’s behavioral deficits by restoring those bacteria in the guts of the affected mice. What’s the link between the gut and […]

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Oxalates and Autism:
How Oxalates Can Cause the Symptoms
and Underlying Conditions We See in Autism

In my earlier article about oxalates, I explained how oxalates influence the biochemical progression and symptomatic expression of varied chronic diseases. Through an overarching “lens” of 15 years’ research and clinical experience with autism, I identified multiple areas for scientific inquiry and therapeutic direction for a variety of chronic health conditions and underlying symptomatology. This […]

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Modern Diseases from a Mitochondrial Perspective

A growing body of research is implicating mitochondrial disease as a root cause of a wide spectrum of metabolic, lifestyle and degenerative diseases including: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Autism, Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Fibromyalgia and potentially many more. Essential to human survival at the most basic level we review the evidence that these specialized organelles are suffering […]

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The Methylation Diet and MTHFR

I’m thrilled to announce the launch of Kara Fitzgerald and Romilly Hodges’ new book the “Methylation Diet and Lifestyle.” Methylation is a topic we cover extensively in our Advanced Practitioner training program at the BioIndividual Nutrition Institute. I’ve admired Kara Fitzgerald’s work for over 8 years. She’s brilliant at understanding the biochemistry of the body […]

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Addressing Anxiety in Autism

If you have an autistic child, chances are you’ve noticed your child often displays physical and behavioral signs of anxiety such as restlessness, recurring headaches, withdrawing from family or refusing to go to school. Unfortunately, anxiety is a common occurrence in autism – according to a research paper published in Neuropsychiatry, “up to 80% of children […]

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Study: Pesticides Linked to Autism

A study out of the University of North Carolina Medical School found pesticides linked to autism. Researchers discovered that pesticides caused changes in the brain consistent with autism and neurodegenerative diseases. These chemicals were found to inhibit mitochondrial complex I and III, stimulate free radical production and disrupt microtubules in neurons – underlying conditions we […]

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Practitioner Spotlight: Resolute Michaels

Tell us about your specialty and clinical focus, and how you use nutrition to help? While I currently see all nutrition clients, my passion lies in three main areas. The first is ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and Sensory Processing Disorder. Closely related is AutoImmune issues, due to the correlation that has been seen with […]

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Our Gut Bacteria Affect Our Risk of Gluten Intolerance

Nutrition Research Review Researchers wondered why only 2% to 5% of genetically susceptible individuals develop celiac disease. It turns out our gut microbiome may affect our risk of gluten intolerance. In a study published in The American Journal of Pathology, they divided the mice into three groups – mice with pathogens, germ-free, a healthy microbiome with no pathogens. The conventional mice […]

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Oxalates & Chronic Disease: How the healthy foods you love may be making you sick

New science and clinical experience reveal concerns about oxalates that far exceed traditional kidney stone pathology. In order to best support their patients and clients, integrative practitioners, and especially diet and nutrition specialists would benefit from greater understanding of their influence. Oxalates are highly reactive molecules; they present in our body as sharp crystals or […]

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Practitioner Spotlight: Kris Barrett

Tell us about your specialty and clinical focus, and how you use nutrition to help? I work specifically with families who have children on the autism spectrum. I help families implement dietary intervention to help improve their children’s behaviour, sleep and health. How do you incorporate BioIndividual Nutrition into your practice? Because there is no […]

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Low Oxalate Recipes

While most greens are high oxalate, it is not impossible for you or your patient/client to enjoy greens on a low oxalate diet. Lacinato kale, red kale, collard greens, and turnip greens are all leafy greens that are in low oxalate.  For this Low Oxalate Kale Salad recipe, I used lacinato kale, as it is the lowest […]

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Study on the Effects of a Vitamin/Mineral Supplement in Autism

Recently, there has been quite a lot of controversy in the media (and even in the nutrition field) on whether diet and nutritional supplements can help autism. I’ve been focused on the science and application of nutrition and special diets for autism for 14 years. The scientific rationale for giving strategic attention to the food and nutrition children with autism […]

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