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Nourishing Hope for Autism: Nutrition Interventions for Healing Our Children

Julie Matthews, CNC
Autism Nutrition Expert
Defeat Autism Now! Practitioner


The phrase ‘autism awareness’ is a buzzword today. The most important thing to be aware of regarding autism is how many children are recovering from autism due to the kinds of biomedical interventions described in Nourishing Hope. Let Julie Matthews tell you HOW the recovery stories at Generation Rescue, the Autism Research Institute, and described in Jenny McCarthy’s book happened. Julie Matthews sees recovery happen time and again in her clinical practice. She doesn’t just offer touching personal stories to inspire you – instead she offers detailed instructions on how you can make recovery possible for your child, and the steps you can take to accomplish that.

Julie Matthews’ clinical practice specializes in childhood developmental disorders. Her work is conducted by applying basic biochemical science to selecting dietary and other approaches to restore normal biochemical function—and hence health—to each of her clients.

Nourishing Hope is about choosing the right interventions for your child from the vast number of choices available involving diet, nutritional supplements, lifestyle and detoxification. Julie Matthews reviews these choices, explains which ones make sense and takes you through the step by step process of deciding which ones will help your child heal.

Despite its very broad scope, Nourishing Hope explains what you can do to get your child better in a simple, step by step fashion suitable for parents who have no medical background or special training. Nourishing Hope makes biomedical interventions accessible to everyone. It provides all the background information you need to understand what you can do on your own, what you need help with, and how to start down the road to recovery.

Nourishing Hope is practical—it is based on Julie Matthews’ extensive clinical experience with children and their familes—it teaches you how to watch your child for specific symptoms and reactions that are significant. It explains which tests may be helpful. It helps you work through the issues that arise with picky eaters, children who can’t take pills, all the concrete, practical issues that arise because you have a real child, not a theoretical example some doctor made up as a ‘case’ in a medical textbook.

Nourishing Hope is an excellent book for people trying to figure out where to start in helping their child. Regardless of whether the child has autism, ADHD, pervasive developmental disorder, Asperger’s syndrome, epilepsy, learning disabilities, behavioral or psychiatric problems such as bipolar or oppositional disorder, or just allergies and asthma, the material in Nourishing Hope is likely to help. This also makes it a great book to share with other families unfamiliar with biomedical approaches for helping their child. It is explanatory enough for someone who has never heard of ‘biomedical’ or ‘autism diets’ or ‘nutritional supplements’ to figure out where to start, yet has so much technical content that it is a useful text for physicians specializing in the field.

The information in Nourishing Hope helps families and health care providers eliminate a child’s digestive problems and distress, rashes and eczema, aggression, obsession and pain. This bring about real improvements in the children’s cognitive ability, neurological function, ability to focus and lets them sleep through the night. As a consequence speech, eye contact and language improve and toilet training becomes easier. In addition, the pain and distress many unfortunate children experience daily is relieved.

The book provides an extensive and carefully selected list of internet resources on all the topics people may need to learn about so they can address their child’s particular situation with a carefully tailored and individualized program.

Nourishing Hope provides a synopsis of the most common nutritional supplements, covering not only the biochemistry that makes them effective but the practical issues of how to use them with your child. This information lets the parents select the supplements that will be most beneficial for their child.

For many families the process of helping their child recover from autism or other developmental problems begins with diet. Many leading experts agree. Dietary modification is something parents are comfortable providing and taking care of on their own. Putting their child on a healthy diet is something parents can do right away. It is something they can do without expensive professional help. Putting children on the right diet provides the proper nutrients to let them heal quickly, and eliminates foods that make them sick. Nourishing Hope provides step by step instructions on how to do this. Nourishing Hope then provides details of further interventions that may be combined with diet.

Nourishing Hope provides detailed, practical guidance on how to tell which diet is best for your child. For example, many people put their child on the GFCF diet because it is well publicized. For some children, this is the best choice. For others a different diet may be better. Overviews of each possibly useful diet are provided along with detailed indications of how to figure out which child needs which diet, and how to alter any one of these diets to tailor it to the specific needs of an actual child. All the potential problems with each diet are explained so they can be avoided rather than learned about the hard way. Nourishing Hope empowers parents make good choices regarding diet, nutrition, other interventions, and gives them the tools they need to help their child recover normal health.

Nourishing Hope also explains the scientific principles underlying each diet—and each nutritional supplement or other intervention—so the parents understand how and why these are helping their child recover. This understanding also lets the parents persuade other adults to cooperate so they can can make practical compromises to let their child eat at school and socialize with friends without slowing their recovery.

The author’s extensive clinical experience lets her carry this scientific WHY and HOW the food you feed your child directly affects their body and brain forward—providing a practical roadmap for getting started with dietary intervention, evolving it to respond to the child’s specific needs, and customizing the various approaches so as to provide a step by step guide to getting the child well.

Nourishing Hope is the fundamental reference guide for parents and physicians who want to know how to help children with developmental disorders.

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ESSENTIAL Guide for Parents and Professionals

Food & Nutrition INFLUENCE autism:d Nourishing Hope explains why and how

Nourishing Hope for Autism combines intense research and extensive clinical nutrition experince into one comprehensive guide. Readers are given practical steps for dietary intervention and a roadmap for getting started, evolving, and customizing the varied approaches. This book is dedicated to those who strive to help children heal and gives them reason to hope and persevere.

Parents & Caregivers, Physicians & Nutritionists will learn:

  • Why food and nutrition affects behavior, cognitive ability and symptoms
  • The scientific rationale for specialized diets and supplementation
  • Positive effects of autism-specific nutrition on biochemistry and healing
  • How to choose a diet, get started, measure effectiveness, and reach goals
  • Dietary options: including GFCF, SCD/GAPS, Body Ecology, Feingold, Low Oxalate & more
  • Creative ways to help "Picky Eaters" with kid-approved strategies

Table of contents

  • HOW TO READ THIS BOOK
  • PREFACE
  • INTRODUCTION
  • Biochemical imbalances create a neurological disorder
  • PART ONE—GENETICS, ENVIROMENTAL AND BIOCHEMICAL FACTORS
    • The etiology of autism: genetics and environmental
    • Toxins can alter genetics
    • Environment and biochemistry: effects upon each other
    • GENETICS
      • G-alpha protein defect
      • Polymorphisms associated with methylation
      • Other polymorphisms
      • Epigenetics and DNA Methylation
      • Family history and common disorders
    • ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS AND BIOCHEMICAL IMPACT
      • Mercury toxicity
        • Types of mercury
        • Effects of mercury
        • Mercury in autism
        • Sources of exposure
          • Amalgams
          • Diet
          • Air
          • Vaccines and what they used to contain
          • Vaccines and what they contain now, including synergisic impact
      • Other heavy metals
      • Environmental toxins
      • Vaccinations and immune function
        • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccination
        • Measles
        • Congenital rubella
        • DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis) vaccination
      • Candida overgrowth
      • Ear infections/antibiotics
      • Food sensitivities
      • Methylation, transsulfurations and sulfuration
        • Transsulfuration
          • Glutathione
          • Metallothionein
        • Sulfation
          • Basics and background on sulfate and sulfation
          • Sulfation function, research and clinical observation
          • Causes of faulty sulfation
          • Sulfation and phenols
          • Sulfate and sulfation in systems impaired in autism
          • Sulfate and detoxification
          • Sulfate in gut and brain permeability
          • Sulfate and digestion
          • Sulfate and neurodevelopment
          • Sulfate and immune function
    • COMMON PHYSIOLOGICAL IMPLICATIONS IN ASD
      • Liver and detoxification
        • Liver function
        • Detoxification in autism
      • Immune system and inflammation
        • Immune system
        • Inflamation and immune function in autism
        • Asthma
      • GI tract and digestion
        • Digestive function in autism
        • Constipation
        • Hydrochloric acid (HCl)
      • Endocrine and glandular function
        • Thyroid
        • Adrenals
        • Pancreas
      • Tying it all back to the brain
        • Sleep
        • Seizures
        • Pyroluria
  • PART TWO—COMPENDIUM OF NUTRITIONAL STRATEGIES
    • IMPACT OF NUTRIENTS
      • Common deficiencies
      • Determining deficiencies
        • Assessments and testing
        • GI health assessment
        • Toxins and detoxification assessments
        • Nutritional status assessments
        • Hormones assessments
        • DNA assessments
      • Getting started with supplements
        • Vitamins
          • Vitamin A
          • Vitamin C
          • Vitamin E
          • B6 and magnesium
          • Vitamin B12
          • Folic acid
          • Inositol
          • Biotin
          • Vitamin D
          • Vitamin K
          • Multivitamin/mineral formula
        • Minerals
          • Magnesium
          • Zinc
          • Calcium
          • Selenium
        • Amino acids
          • DMG (dimethylglycine) and TMG (trimethylglycine)
          • NAC (N-acetyl cysteine)
          • Glutathione
          • Amino acid formulas
        • Essential fatty acids
          • Omega-3
          • Omega-6 and GLA
          • Omega-9
          • Fatty acid balance
        • GI supplements
          • Digestive enzymes
          • Probiotics
          • Butyric acid
        • Additional supplements
          • Colostrum
          • Transfer factors
          • Phosphatidylcholine
          • Medicinal mushrooms
          • Glyconutrients
          • Coenzyme Q10 (coQ10)
          • Pycnogenol
          • Electrolytes
          • Sulfates
          • DMAE
          • 5-HTP (5-hydroxytryptophan)
          • Adrenal extract or glandular
          • Lectin lock and nag
          • Melatonin
          • Herbs
          • Salt
    • ASD DIET OPTIONS
      • Gluten-and casein-free diet (gfcf)
      • Specific carbohydrate diet (scd)
      • The body ecology diet
      • Nourishing traditions/weston a price diet (nt/wap)
      • Food sensitvities
      • Elimination diet
      • Rotation diet
      • Feingold diet and phenol protocol
      • Low oxalate diet (lod)
      • Feast without yeast
      • Raw food diet
      • Paleolithic diet
      • Gut and psychology syndrome (gaps) diet
      • Ketogenic diet
      • Coping with picky eaters
  • PART THREE—HOLISTIC GUIDE TO NUTRITION INTERVENTIONS
    • HOLISTIC NUTRITION APPROACH—STEP BY STEP
      • #1 Cleaning up the diet
        • Artificial ingredients/food additives
        • MSG (monosodium glutamate)
        • Artificial sweeteners
        • Trans fats and hydrogenated fats
        • Pesticides
        • Genetically modified organisms (gmo’s)
      • #2 Cleaning up the home
        • Chlorine bleach and other chemical cleaners
        • Perfumes or fragrance
        • Building materials and solvents (paint, aerosols)
        • Fluoride
        • Fabric softeners
        • Petroleum jelly and mineral oil
        • Plastics/phthalates
        • Cooking
      • #3 Supplement basics
      • #4 Diet basics
        • Fat
        • Protein
          • Grass-fed pastured animal foods
          • Vegetarians and soy
        • Carbohydrates
          • Sugar
      • #5 Choosing a foundational ASD diet
        • Gluten-free and casein-free
        • Specific carbohydrate diet
        • Body ecology diet
        • Nourishing traditions/ weston a price
        • Tips for the first step asd diet implementation
      • #6 Addressing food intolerances: food sensitivities and phenols
        • Food sensitivities/allergies
        • Assessing food sensitivities
        • Food sensitivities and infants
        • Salicylates and phenols
      • #7 Evolving the diet: nutrition boosters
        • Increasing the quality of the foods your child already eats
        • Sneaking nutrients in the diet, even with picky eaters
          • Nutrient-dense foods
          • Mineral-rich broths and stocks
          • Juicing
          • Sneaking in nutrients
        • Soaking and fermenting
          • Soaking and fermenting "seeds
          • Fermenting foods
      • #8 Refining the ASD diet
      • #9 Cleaning up the gut
        • Balance intestinal flora and support digestion
        • Yeast (candida)
        • Parasites
        • Supplements to help the gut
      • #10 Supplement specifics
      • #11 Support immune function
        • Viral/bacterial defence
        • Reducing inflammation
      • #12 Detoxification
        • Supporting detoxification
        • Chelation
        • Sweating and far infrared saunas
      • Progress and regression
  • CONCLUSION
  • APPENDICES
    • Appendix I – Developmental Characteristics Of Autism
    • Appendix II – Comparison Of Characteristics Of Mercury Poiosning & Autism
    • Appendix III – Points To Consider For Vaccination
    • Appendix IV – Yeast Diet
    • Appendix V – Gluten And Casein Free Diet
    • Appendix VI – Parent Ratings Of Interventions
    • Appendix VII – Phenol Protocol
    • Appendix VIII – Raw Dairy
    • Appendix IX – Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) Summary
    • Appendix X – Elimination Diet
    • Appendix XI – Salicylates In Foods
    • Appendix XII – Feingold Diet
    • Appendix XIII – Failsafe Diet
    • Appendix XIV –Low Oxalate Diet (LOD)
  • RESOURCES
  • BIBLIOGRAPHY
  • INDEX
  • ABOUT THE AUTHOR

What expert autism doctors have to say

Nourishing Hope is Fantastic

Julie has done a materful job at breaking down the complexities of the various autism diets into an easy and understandable format. She is a great asset my patients and the biomedical autism community

Dr. Kurt Woeller, Medical Director
Sunrise Center for Complementary Medicine

Nourishing Hope helps me support my patients by providing both complex scientific informationn and practical steps for implementing a healthy diet for children with autism

Dr. Nancy O'Hara
Board Certified Pediatrician

This book is full of helpful information for families eager to learn the best principles of nutrition for the optimal health of children.

Elizabeth Mumper, M.D.
Medical Director, Autism Research Institute

Julie joins a small group of doctors, researchers and parents who believe there are reasons to be hopeful and interventions worth trying. This is a "must read" book for parents of ASD kids.

Lisa Lewis, Ph.D.
Author, Special Diets for Special Kids

I encourage my own clients to read it again and again.

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