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From the Author
PREFACE OF NOURISHING HOPE:
Nourishing Hope is the culmination of seven years of research into and clinical experience with autism spectrum disorder and the affects of nutrition, environmental factors, and biochemical imbalances on these conditions. In this time, I have consulted with hundreds with children on the spectrum, read countless books and research papers, routinely attended (and now present at) leading conferences on the subject, interviewed leading-edge researchers, and collaborated with dozens of doctors and their patients. My work continues steadfastly. I consult with parents and physicians through my office in San Francisco, and clients across the world by telephone. I am driven to share what I have learned and continue to learn. We all must share what we know so that all children on the spectrum and their families may harvest the life-bringing energies of hope. I believe that all people are worthy of (and deserve) hope--it is an inherently human capacity that, when nourished always leads to some positive outcome.
To Parents: I hope this book will educate and empower your active role in choosing and co-creating with your health care practitioner the best path for your child. While we all need help and guidance, decisions regarding the direction to take with your child's health are uniquely personal. There is new, changing, and controversial information and only you can decide what directions you are willing to go. My desire is that this book will assist you in discussing information and strategizing approaches with your healthcare practitioners. It is for you, the courageous parents, and your children, that I press on in search of answers and more ways to help.
To Doctors: I hope this book will inform you, your practice, and your efforts to help these children. You who are diligently on the front lines with these kids, their parents, and the many institutions trying both discover what is going on, and how to best provide help. I honor your work and intend to serve as best I can the continually emerging body of knowledge and practice that nourishes hope for parents, practitioners, and the children we love.
To Nutrition and Holistic Colleagues:I hope this book inspires interest in applying your knowledge of health and healing in even broader ways. We are in this together. There are many children and families out there who need our help. May this book (and my experience and research) help further your work. Your experience, thoughts, and suggestions are welcome.
Please feel free to write to me: I am also open to your feedback on where to clarify, add, or correct information. Thank you for your support. I wish you all the best on this path to healing.
My desire is that this book will help you physically nourish yourselves and your children toward health, and nourish hope within you that there is a way, there is a path to healing.
About the Author
Julie Matthews is an internationally respected Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism spectrum disorder. She is an expert in applying food, nutrition, and diet to aid digestive health and systemic healing. She has deep knowledge of biomedical approaches, sulfation, and the disordered chemistry of ASD. As an autism nutritionist, she provides sound diet and supplement intervention guidance backed by scientific research and applied clinical experience
Julie studied nutrition at California state-certified Bauman College, where she investigated the connection between chemicals in foods and children s behavior. Initially curious about ADD/ADHD, she quickly focused on autism spectrum disorders after she met a father who d recovered his children from autism through diet and nutrition. The father, a chemist, soon became a mentor to Julie and set her afire on a mission to inform and empower others. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from U.C. Davis in Agricultural and Managerial Economics. Julie is a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals and sits on the Scientific Advisory Board of The Autism File magazine. She has been a Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) Practitioner since 2002. Julie is an autism nutrition educator at the leading medical autism conferences including; Defeat Autism Now (DAN!), Autism One, Autism Society of America, National Autism Association, US Autism & Asperger s Association, Autism Today, and the Mindd Foundation. She is also a presenter for Nourishing Our Children, a non-profit campaign of the Weston A. Price Foundation s San Francisco Chapter. She hosts a radio show in San Francisco, called Reality Sandwich, which addresses varied health and autism healing topics, and on Autism One Radio called Nourishing Hope. She writes for, and serves on the scientific advisory board of, the Autism File magazine, and publishes varied online newsletters/blogs. Julie is the creator of Cooking To Heal an autism nutrition and cooking class that teaches how to techniques for autism diet implementation. Julie routinely collaborates with pediatricians, family physicians, nutritionists and researchers.
Her passion is supporting parents and children from around the world during one-on-one consultations. She provides private group education for autism support groups and autism-focused education centers in the US and abroad. Julie has a private autism nutrition practice in San Francisco, California, where she resides with her husband and daughter. She can be reached at NourishingHope.com.
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I consider Julie THE authority on bioindividualized nutrition and special diets for autism and it’s the first book I recommend when anyone contacts me with questions about autism. This approach for autism needs to be mainstream and this book is helping to make this happen, helping so many.
I highly recommend both the book and her programs (she is now teaching advanced material to practitioners and parents). And if you can hear Julie speak, either online or live, don’t miss it! I was immediately in awe of her grasp of the science when I first heard her speaking on methylation shortly after becoming a nutritionist.
Julie shares how autistic children are the “canaries in the coal-mine” and therefore this book is an excellent foundation for many other chronic health conditions that may have similar underlying causes such as gluten, oxalate, salicylate or histamine issues; heavy metals like mercury toxicity; candida and dysbiosis; low zinc and low vitamin B6 and pyroluria and more. My expertise is nutrition and biomedical approaches for anxiety and panic attacks and so much of this is applicable for my work too.
Disclaimer: I am somewhat biased because as a newly qualified nutritionist I interned for Julie and helped gather and collate some research for a 2nd printing of this book. She is now a dear friend, we have collaborated and supported each other at events, interviewed each other for our respective communities and geeked out over the nutrition research for both autism and anxiety.
Trudy Scott, author of “The Antianxiety Food Solution”
Critical information grounded in research, and explained intelligently, abounds in this book. It combines science, biochemistry, logic, research, common sense, and "case study"-based information for parents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.
Julie Matthews has put together an excellent resource for anyone who wants real information that will impact health and quality of life for those with autism.
Additionally, the nutrition and detoxification steps outlined can and should be taken to treat and ameliorate autism - AND can be used during pregnancy, nursing, and childhood to PREVENT autism from developing - a common fear among parents as the statistics rise (1 in 150 children with autism, boys 4:1 to girls).
This book will benefit anyone who has a child in their life (at all), anyone who is considering having children, anyone who has a child on the spectrum - as well as any child battling ADHD, allergies, and asthma.
Thank-you Julie Matthews for compiling this information and authoring this great work! - K. Genzlnger, CNC, CMTA - Holistic Food Therapist / Holistic Nutritionist
I also love, love, love Julie's cookbook and video programs that she has available on her website.