Learn How to Improve Mood Disorders, Boost Biochemistry, and Address Underlying Causes of Mental Health Disorders by Making Strategic Diet and Nutrition Recommendations
Correcting the underlying imbalances of anxiety, depression and mood disorders requires a customized approach that goes far beyond the avoidance of gluten, dairy, or grains.
Our practitioner training combines cutting edge nutritional science with tools and guides that will save you time, increase patient compliance, and improve your clinical success.
Practice advanced strategies that get breakthrough results by assessing:
Oxalate levels, Salicylate sensitivities, and Amine load
Food and nutrients that support or impair mitochondria
Hard-to-recognize symptoms and their correlation with diet
Methylation and sulfation pathway support and genetic polymorphism
How/when to combine multiple diet principles to hone your strategy
Trudy Scott, CN
Author of The Antianxiety Food Solution & Host of The Anxiety Summit
The BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner Training
stems from 15 years of research and clinical results
addressing complex metabolic disorders
Know the science behind special diets and how to decide where to begin with diet and nutrition recommendations
Get the tools and expertise to help your most challenging clients so you can speak with confidence.
Gain scientific understanding of how the biochemistry of chronic diseases affect the reactions to, or healing properties of various foods
Consider the bio-individuality of your client, troubleshoot common challenges, and devise strategies to improve clinical outcomes.
How to make your favorite diet even more successful with complex clients by customizing the diet with a combination of therapeutic diet principles to meet their BioIndividual Nutrition needs.
What is BioIndividual Nutrition®
BioIndividual Nutrition is the science and clinical application of diet and nutrition intervention that is customized to the unique needs of an individual.
The principles behind BioIndividual Nutrition involve understanding chronic disease, determining bioindividuality, discovering how food affects biochemistry, mastering special diets, customizing nutrition strategy and evolving the diet.
Instead of trying to modify one dietary approach for different individuals, this approach utilizes a dozen diet strategies, in addition to close examination of relationships between symptoms and underlying biological pathways.
Foods affect chemistry and in turn, the body’s biochemistry influences the foods an individual can tolerate/eat. Understanding these relationships, identifying hidden connections between symptoms and sources, and knowing which recommendations to make is critical to your success as a practitioner.
Created for Professionals
that Use Diet and Nutrition in their Practice
“I’m loving the BNI program and how it’s elevating my effectiveness in the clinical setting. Big wins for everyone!”
Brandin Roa, FNLP, NCP, CPCC, CPE, BCom
Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner
About the Course Creator and Instructor
Julie Matthews is a Certified Nutrition Consultant and Director of Clinical Research for the BioIndividual Nutrition Institute. She is a writer, speaker, and clinician with a nutrition practice in San Francisco, California.
Having spoken at many medical and autism conferences around the world, Julie has become a global thought leader in the field of bioindividual nutrition.
For 15 years, Julie Matthews has worked with autism, special needs, and complex neurological disorders, allowing her to gain a unique expertise from which she developed the advanced framework of the BioIndividual Nutrition training program.
Julie realized that the dietary approaches that provided success with her most difficult clients, were the same principles that could heal almost all chronic conditions. Julie is the author of an award-winning book, Nourishing Hope for Autism, and she is the Founder of Nourishing Hope.
“Julie Matthews knowledge of various diets and the unique healing quality of food ranks her as one of the top nutritional scientists in the field today.”
Dr Kurt Woeller
Medical Director Integrative Medicine Academy
“Julie Matthews is a pioneer in the field of functional nutrition. I’m forever grateful for the additional knowledge that we have due to her dedicated work in the field of bioindividual nutrition.”
Functional Nutritionist, Replenish PDX
The Framework Behind the Course
…teaching you HOW to think rather than WHAT to think
The 6 Pillars of BioIndividual Nutrition
The Six Pillars stem from Julie Matthews’ 15+ years of clinical practice and research working with complex neurological, immune, and digestive conditions. The approach applies to all chronic disease and helps practitioners uncover the hidden connections between symptoms, circumstances, and effective dietary strategies for their patients.
Training Outline and Content
Instead of teaching one dietary approach, we provide a framework, knowledge, and tools to create advanced nutrition programs customized to individual need.
- 12 Modules comprising 28 hours of course content
- Video presentations
- PDF downloads of slides
- MP3 recordings of all modules and lessons
MODULE 1: BioIndividual Nutrition Foundations
We open the course with an investigation of chronic disease today and routinely observed underlying metabolic conditions, and I present my work with autism as a model for understanding and supporting all chronic disease. We discuss the need and factors for bioindividuality, and explore the practice of BioIndividual Nutrition.
MODULE 2: Special Diets for BioIndividual Nutrition
Next we get a firm understanding of the most common and effective “special” healing diets that every nutrition practicing professional should master. How they work, harmful assumptions about them to NOT make, tweaking the diets and addressing supplementation, and knowing when (or not) to use a special diet. Focus is on optimizing therapeutic effectiveness of your diet and nutrition strategy for each individual in your practice.
MODULE 3: Nutrition Best Practices – NEW Food Pyramid
In this module we discuss the synthesis of more than a dozen years’ research/practice into nourishing diets (vs. the standard mainstream diet). You’ll gain the Nourishing Hope Food Pyramid as a model for understanding and teaching good nutrition and dietary factors in your practice. Our Nourishing Hope Food Pyramid flexible enough to apply to all healing diets. Deeper insight on foods groups, macronutrients, nutrient boosters, and foods not on the pyramid set a foundation for creating customized and effective dietary strategies to address all disease.
MODULE 4: Allergen-free Diets, Gluten-free Casein-free
We explore the practical application of common elimination diets, based on avoidance of known or suspected aversive foods/substances. Allergies vs. sensitivities vs. intolerances; gluten, dairy, and soy, lectins in grains, wheat proteins and exorphins, wheat germ agglutinin, zonulin, celiac and non-celiac gluten intolerance, autoimmune cross reactivity, symptoms and conditions of gluten intolerance, elimination diets/rotation diets are investigated in depth.
MODULE 5: The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) vs. GAPS
Further exploring healing diets, we compare in great detail two grain-free and starch-free diets: the SCD and GAPS diets, discussing the specific carbohydrate diet; its origins and purpose, and differences in the GAPS diet. We investigate the strategic application of each approach; deciding which diet, understanding di-saccharides and polysaccharides, and how to adapt the diets as needed to address additional underlying biochemical concerns, while not neglecting good nutrition.
MODULE 6: Addressing Dysbiosis & Optimizing GI Support
We look thoroughly at the relationship between gastrointestinal health and chronic disease today, then detail the most effective dietary approaches for addressing gastrointestinal issues. We discuss the importance of the microbiome in health and chronic disease, and highlight: SIBO, Low FODMAPs, Yeast, and the Body Ecology Diet, as well as the use of other special diets discussed on the course for GI support.
MODULE 7: Low Phenol and Amine Diets
The course next covers a very important yet often unknown and underutilized dietary approach. You’ll learn from someone who has been putting these principles of low phenol and amine diets in practice for 15 years and has development an understand of the common symptoms and conditions these dietary approaches can address, how to implement them, and how to improve tolerance to foods containing: phenols, salicylates, histamines, other biogenic amines, and glutamates. Sulfation biochemistry is explored, associated diseases, the role of the microbiome, and how to improve sulfation and phenol/amine intolerance with diet, supplementation, and other factors. We learn about diets high in phenols/amines and diets to adapt for low phenol/amine needs. I explain the ins and outs of the Feingold and Failsafe diets too; when to choose; how to create your own custom approach, and how to implement.
MODULE 8: Oxalates and The Low Oxalate Diet
Diving deep into oxalates, we discover one of the most poorly understood yet crucial dietary strategies, that takes us far beyond a diet used for kidney stone support. We unearth the science and research on oxalates and their influence on: inflammation, oxidative stress, mitochondrial damage, and more. We investigate which diets tend to be high oxalate, when it’s a problem, and how to adapt, as well as factors outside of dietary consumption that are crucial to understand. You will learn strategies to safely implement the low oxalate diet in your practice, and how to engage further low oxalate principles such as supplementation support.
MODULE 9: Paleo, Low Carb, and Ketogenic Diets
Here we discuss the Paleo diet; it’s advantages and pitfalls, how it differs from other grain-free diets, and common misconceptions. We also explore in this module, low carbohydrate diets and various ketogenic diets; when to use or avoid these approaches.
MODULE 10: Methylation and Mitochondria
This is a favorite module included in this program by popular demand, as it discusses two very important topics essential in customizing nutrition strategy: methylation and mitochondrial dysfunction. We discuss and explain the process of methylation, tying it back to transsulfuration and sulfation biochemistry and complementary dietary strategies. We consider the implications of poor methylation, SNPs, and gene expression. We also explore mitochondrial function and go much further into the subject than simply mitochondrial disease, instead exploring mitochondrial function and dysfunction in many health conditions including autism. We discuss the connection between methylation and mitochondrial function and how to support both. You will learn which symptoms and conditionals can be associated with poor methylation and mitochondrial function, and supplementation and diets to use/not use to address these issues.
MODULE 11: Laboratory Testing & Supplementation
The course gets linear as we study laboratory testing, particularly functional tests. Explicitly, we explore how to determine nutrient need and hone dietary approach based on laboratory testing. We outline common nutrient deficiencies and supplementation to support nutrient repletion and how supplementation can support and improve tolerance of food reactions.
MODULE 12: Practicing BioIndividual Nutrition
We now bring it all together and highlight how to develop dietary strategy and BioIndividual Nutrition approach. Most importantly you’ll learn how to improve food tolerance, variety, and nutrition, a crucial approach often missed in most special diet discussions. Improving tolerance to foods is possible and is important to overall health and healing success in your practice. We cover symptoms commonly associated with food reactions, you’ll learn how to determine diet(s) approaches as needed, as well as receive access to a symptom guide and our online based dietary questionnaire to assist in gathering data and discerning dietary direction. You’ll discover our proprietary model for creating a customized BioIndividual Nutrition strategy with details on combining diets, tightening the rules of a diet, when and how to break the rules of a diet, and how to hone and evolve a diet over time as tolerance improves.
Clinical Materials & Tools Include
- Easy to Use Clinical Charts, Handouts: GMO Guide, Toxin Guide, and many more
- Diet Implementation Guides and Food lists for your patients and clients
- Nourishing Hope Food Pyramid poster and client tools plus
- Nourishing Hope for Autism (book) and Cooking to Heal (cookbook and videos)
- Online Clinical Diet Assessment Questionnaire
- Symptom/Diet Chart
- Decision-making flow chart
Masters Series Webinars
Masters Webinars are available only to Members of the BioIndividual Nutrition Training and Certification program. These sessions will include guest speakers, scientific advisory board members, and others for more in depth scientific discussions.
Blog, Newsletter & Continuing Education
Our Blog includes insights and recent research, relevant news, Member spotlights, case studies, and more. Members may contribute articles, research, and collaborate in meeting Institute and Member educational and program objectives.
Private Forums & Facebook Group
Connect with colleagues on the latest in nutrition news, science and research using our forums and other online tools. Protecting the privacy of patients and practitioners is very important to us. Also connect online via private Facebook group.
What Professionals are Saying
“Brilliant, clear, and time-saving. This program gives tangible and constructive material as a practical guide.”
“”I am a GAPS practitioner and I really needed the tools and resources your program teaches. I now feel confident that I will be able to… make a bigger impact on my community.””
“Julie walks you through case studies and you gain an understanding of the thought process to identify symptoms and suitable dietary interventions. This was the missing link for me.”
Is this Program for You?
The BioIndividual Nutrition Training is open to individuals that make dietary recommendations in their professional business or healthcare practice. This is an advanced, “graduate” level training for those with existing nutrition consulting/coaching qualifications.
You are already a healthcare professional or educator (Nutritionist/Dietician, Physician, Health Coach)
You’re already familiar with gluten-free casein-free, grain-free, paleo and GAPS diet
You need to fill in the missing info from your training in nutrition
You want to know the science behind therapeutic diets
You want to better align strategy to symptoms, knowing which diet and why
Benefits: As Reported by Members
Greater Clinical Success with More People
“I use what I’ve learned through the BioIndividual Nutrition Training on EVERYONE. My practice is not just children with autism spectrum disorders. I attract all kinds of clients and have success with challenging clients who have complicated diseases.”
“Made everything dealing with diets for neurological issues that much more clear. Mind expanding! Incredible!”
Connection to a Community of Experts
“The best part was connecting with the other smart and devoted practitioners in the FB community. That was HUGE! Being able to run things by expert colleagues and get suggestions, ideas on supplements, products, etc. The group conversations are so helpful.”
“Expert community of practitioners at your fingertips for questions! Saves you months or YEARS of research!!”
Stronger Self Confidence – Know your stuff!
“This course does an amazing job describing the diets, comparing them, and explaining why you would use one over the other. I felt SO much more confident to work with the clients I wanted. It opened up a whole new world!”
“Having the tools and resources of your program is what I needed. I now feel confident that I will be able to reach more families and children”
“Before even completing the program, I was able to apply and see results from the new information I had learned. My confidence as a practitioner has grown immensely – thank you Julie!”
Condense Your Learning Time
“This was the missing link for me in guiding clients to making dietary choices specific to their needs.”
“I found the ONE course that had EVERYTHING I needed to know about this topic!”
“I opened my practice and started using the BNI info right away.”
Become a Certified BioIndividual Nutrition Practioner and be listed in our Global Clinician Directory
Join clinicians from 22 nations that have become Members of the BioIndividual Nutrition Institute. They embrace the advanced understanding and capability that our program provides. Meet MDs, Naturopaths, Nurses, Registered Dietitians, Certified Nutritionists, Acupuncturists, Health Coaches, and more. The Global Online Directory includes Members that have completed our training and passed the course examination.
There is tremendous need for qualified health professionals that can work with the varied dietary programs specific to certain health conditions. Julie’s course provides you the knowledge to establish a niche specialty that is highly marketable for your personal business.
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30-Day Money Back Guarantee
We want you to be satisfied with your enrollment and are confident that this course will exceed your expectations. You have a FULL 30 days to review the course material and take part in the live Q&A, connect with other practitioners on our private Facebook forum, and take part in the Bonus Coaching Call to ensure that the program is right for you. If it’s not, we’ll offer you a full refund! There is NO risk. Enroll Today!
P.S. Not sure if this course is for you?
Option 1: You can simply continue to see clients in the same way that you have been, perhaps feeling a bit uncertain about which diet to use and how to implement it, and likely getting less than the optimal results you’re looking for, struggling with compliance, and spending nights researching solutions online, and trying to find time to make handouts, lists, and guides for each client.
Option 2: You can decide to study all the information on this website and do the research yourself on the 12+ therapeutic diets. The graduates of our program actually TOLD us they were attempting to do this for YEARS before they found our program and it was overwhelming, lonely, and confusing. The information on each diet is scattered everywhere, and the online info is often completely wrong or misleading. Plus there are hundreds of books to read and summarize. And then you’ll have to create summary docs, symptoms charts, and “how to” handouts for each diet! That will take about… 5 years give or take. But you STILL won’t have the invaluable clinical experience and guidance from practitioners who have been using these diets for 15+ years!
Option 3: Don’t reinvent the wheel, enroll in the training! The hard work has already been done for you! It has taken years of time: practicing clinically, reading hundreds of books and research papers, studying science and biochemistry, listening to medical doctors and researchers lecture, and creating the client tools… Did I mention 15 years?! The information and tools come directly from real life clients which makes the information tried and tested. And, you’ll have an expert community of practitioners at your fingertips to connect with who you can ask questions to. Our graduates have told us that this resource alone was the worth the tuition of the course.
Frequently Asked Questions & Answers
TOP Questions asked…
1 | What's The Time Commitment For This Course?
When you enroll, you get full access to course and proceed through the training at-your-own-pace. Each person’s learning style and opportunities for study time vary. Some commit a few hours per month, some a few hours per week. Some go slowly, some dive in. You have unlimited access and no obligations to attend anything. Bonus meetings and special member presentations are recorded and archived, everything remains available as you proceed through the training, and you get all future updates!But as a rough idea, each module takes about 2½ hours to watch or listen to, and there are 12 modules. Additionally, there is reading and research you’ll be interested in exploring related to each module. A number of graduates studied 3 hours/1 Module per week, and completed the course in about 3 months. Others scheduled 2 hours a month and took over a year.
Some people don’t bother with the exam at all, if they don’t want/need the certification and have only focused on the specific modules they need for the scope of their practice.
Other students are studying individual modules as they need them for specific ailments in their clients. The course could be used as a powerful reference guide when certain conditions come up or when you suspect issues with certain compounds.
We’ve heard stories from members that have spent 1 year JUST implementing the powerful strategies and handouts they learned in ONE of the modules and found it transformational in their practice and personal health.
2 | I’ve Already Done A Ton Of Training Programs, Completed A Nutrition Certification, And Taken Several Other Online Courses. So I’m Already Familiar With And Use These Special Diets In My Practice. Do I Need This Training?
Yes! All of our graduates already have a primary certification and education in nutrition. Most of our students are are nutrition professionals and others are doctors or naturopaths who use therapeutic diets in their practice. Our graduates have told us that this training is like nothing else they have taken.
The course material goes far beyond what is taught in any nutrition school or certification program out there, or what you’re able to learn on your own.
For example, you may enroll already knowing about low phenol diets, but during the training program, you will learn details about how to help you clients implement that diet, how it works, why it works, what the underlying biochemistry is, so you can also determine nutrients they might need or additional support.
Julie Matthews, the course creator, has worked with these special diets for over 15 years, so she adds her clinical expertise to the 20-40 years of published data on each diet.
Another example is the Failsafe diet… you will learn many variations of this life-changing diet that are used in clinical practice, such as modified versions, Failsafe vs. Feingold diet, more restrictive versus less restrictive food lists, several ways to implement it depending on the client and other limitations, different strategies on how to challenge foods back in, troubleshooting which food chemical is the problem, implementing low salicylate only vs low amine only with a more strict and less strict list of foods.
In addition, the case studies will help you understand the thinking about how to apply the right diet or multiple diets into a strategic nutrition plan.
Diving deeper into each diet, you’ll also learn nutrients that can support the biological pathways to improve tolerance, lifestyle changes that support these pathways, other reasons they may be depleted, such as dysbiosis and how to address it, as well as how to implement this into a larger nutrition strategy plan.
All this detail learning how to make modifications for each client is based on many years of clinical experience and simply cannot be obtained from books or internet research!
Accelerate your learning by condensing my 15 years of clinical experience into a few months.
The training tools include: diet implement handouts, professional food lists, online questionnaire tools, and intake forms to make it more time efficient for you during consultations.
3 | I Don’t Want To Run Lab Tests. How Much Of This Course Focuses On Lab Testing.
No problem! Only a small fraction of this course focuses on lab testing. We train professionals from many different disciplines. Some run lab tests and others do not.
It is not necessary to run labs to get all the valuable information you need to make diet and nutrition recommendations.
There are 7 factors I teach in my BioIndividual Nutrition training program and lab testing is only one of them. They include:
- Food cravings
- Diet record, food frequency
- Reactions to foods
- Common Symptoms
- Laboratory testing
- Client considerations
You can implement just a few of the 7 factors from the course and still obtain outstanding results with your clients
4 | Will This Course Give Me Nutrition Credentials? Will I Be Certified In Anything? I’m A Health Coach And I Want Nutrition Credentials. Is This Course Right For Me?
This course will grant you credentials to practice nutrition in your state if you aren’t currently allowed to do so with your existing credentials. Yet, it will provide the tools and “graduate” level education that will augment your existing healthcare credentials.
In addition, the graduates of this training program will receive a certificate and may call themselves “Certified BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioners”.
The program is open to any professional in practice who is already making diet and nutrition recommendations.
Students who pass the course exam can become listed in our online Practitioner Directory!
5 | I Don’t Do Facebook. Is Your Training Only “A Game Changer” If You Participate In The Facebook Group?
No, it is not essential that you participate our Private Facebook Group. About half of our members do and half do not.
If you are not currently using Facebook, and do not wish to use it, that will not impact your learning of the course material. The private FB Group is just an added benefit to our program but it certainly is not an essential part of it. The training material is taught through a dedicated member login page and not through Facebook.
However, if you are curious to connect with other practitioners who are enrolled in your course or want to check out the conversation topics and types of questions being asked, you may want to consider creating a private username profile (which you don’t share with any friends/family), and use it strictly to connect with our Private Group of BioIndividual Nutrition practitioners and students.
About the Training
Do you have to be a certified nutritionist?
No. The program is open to professionals in practice that make diet and nutrition recommendations. Our Members include nutrition consultants, dietitians, as well as medical doctors, naturopaths, nurses, health coaches, and more. You bring your own credentials – our program is not a credentialing program. It is an advanced nutrition course geared towards active practitioners from varied disciplines. The course provides acumen and tools that augment existing healthcare credentials. Practitioners can become listed in our Practitioner Directory.
Does this course certify me to practice nutrition in my state?
No. This training does not provide certification to legally practice nutrition. To practice nutrition, individuals must have a primary nutrition certification and must follow the laws in their state and country. SEE PREVIOUS QUESTION
Can people outside the United States participate in this course?
Yes. This course is fully online so people can participant from any country and any time zone. We have Members from 22 nations. And, as with those in the United States, you should ensure to follow the laws in your own country regarding specific scope of practice.
Who gets listed in the Online directory?
Practitioners can become listed in our Practitioner Directory when the pass the comprehensive exam after each course. Other individuals and resources can become listed in our Community Directory. SEE EARLIER QUESTION
About the Enrollment Process
When you enroll in the BioIndividual Nutrition Training, ALL course Modules and content are available to you, as is the link to the exam, and the ability to immediately create your online profile – which initially is shared with other Members, and you can join the Member’s private Facebook group to connect and present questions.
- The course is designed to be “taken” accordingly: proceeding through modules sequentially, engaging the reading along the way. Initially the course was delivered weekly, and many new students align with a weekly schedule because they can work it in. Others dive in, and complete the whole course in a month – the variance is tremendous, as it should be – since each professional’s life is unique. The training course empowers clinicians in many ways.
- The exam should be taken when you are ready; after completing all modules and feeling comfortable with the learning from the course. There are 50 multiple choice questions, drawn from the content of the course (no sneaky questions from readings). You have 60 minutes to complete the exam, closed book, you cannot reference course content while taking the exam. Ninety percent correct is required to pass. Any wrongly answered questions are shown to you after the exam; you can review them and take the exam again. That is, if you don’t pass the exam the first time, you can take it twice more. Once you pass the exam, your online profile becomes public in our online directory.
Is there a certain timeframe to complete the course?
Not at all. The courses is study “at-your-own-pace,” you have as much time as needed to proceed through the training. You have unlimited access to the course content and materials.
What is the time commitment to complete the course?
No. This training does not provide certification to legally practice nutrition. To practice nutrition, individuals must have a primary nutrition certification and must follow the laws in their state and country. SEE PREVIOUS QUESTION
Is there an exam for this course? Is it open book? Is there a minimum pass rate?
Members that wish to be listed in our online Practitioner Directory must pass a comprehensive exam after the course. It is a closed book, timed, exam that requires a passing score of 90%.
What if I don’t pass the first time?
You have three chances to pass the exam. If you don’t pass, the incorrect questions are revealed to help you further study the material.
Are CEUs available?
Those associated with the Nutritional Therapy Association can earn 24 CEUs for each course. Many of their graduates have enrolled and benefitted from the course.
What about other schools/organizations?
We’re fully open to working with any organization, though do not currently have the capacity to pro-actively reach out to this/that one (hopefully soon, since the need/opportunity is tremendous). I’ve chatted with many Members (those enrolled in the course….) also seeking CEUs, leaving (for now) it up to them to learn what’s required for CEUs at their organization, then connecting with us to see if we can align/make it happen.
We’re quite transparent and fully support efforts at accreditation. Feel free chat more with us about this…