Late Summer 2010
In This Issue
Non-toxic Lunch Boxes
Join Jenny McCarthy
Study: Probiotics & Colic
Study: Vitamin D
Upcoming Classes
Organic Lifestyle
Autism Diet Webinars
Fall DAN! Conference
About Julie Matthews

Julie Matthews is an internationally respected autism nutrition specialist and Defeat Autism Now! (DAN!) Practitioner. She is the author of the award-winning book Nourishing Hope for Autism. Julie provides parents and clinicians with the scientific understanding of why diets help autism, and offers practical guidance for effective diet and nutrition intervention.

She supports parents, nutritionists, and physicians from her private practice in San Francisco. Julie presents at the leading biomedical autism conferences, publishes articles, teaches cooking classes, and hosts two radio programs. She is dedicated to helping improve the health and well being of children with autism.

Diet & Autism
Please do not be deterred from following a healing diet for ASD due to lack of understanding of the RATIONALE for doing so. In her recent Global Teleclass, Julie eloquently articulates the WHY and HOW of diet and nutrition intervention. She goes swiftly, but is VERY VERY informative in this presentation.

This is an EXCELLENT learning avenue for those unsure about why to be strategic about food for autism.
Julie becomes

Julie has just co-founded the San Francisco chapter of the Holistic Mom's Network - that encourages moms to trust their instincts, parent from the heart, use their innate sense of what is best for their children, live in balance with the Earth, and learn about the pros and cons of all healthcare and parenting options.

Nourishing Hope
for Autism

by Julie Matthews,
Autism Nutrition Specialist

Autism diet intervention guide for parents and clinicians. Provides the scientific WHY and HOW various diets help children recover from the symptoms of autism and contains a step-by-step nutrition guide for successful diet implementation that stems from extensive clinical experience with parents and professionals.

Read about the BOOK AWARD in The Examiner


What they're saying...

"AWESOME Autism Diet Guide"

"Get it! First book that gives a parent ALL the information to correctly put an autism diet into place."

"If you are new to the world of Autism, or new to Biomedical treatments, this is the book you need!"

"THIS BOOK IS A MUST HAVE for anyone who has a child on the spectrum."

"The author is right on the money with everything she says."

Spectrum Magazine


Diet & Nutrition Consultation

Julie is currently accepting new clients into her nutrition practice. To learn about customized one-on-one support, click the link below.

Julie supports families around the world via Skype

Autism Nutrition
Cookbook & DVD

by Julie Matthews

Inspiring 4 hour LIVE nutrition and cooking class. Ideal learning for those wanting a thorough understanding of how to successfully cook for autism diets; how to provide adequate nutrition, how to address food restrictions and sensitivities, and how to create meals families (and picky eaters) will love. Cookbook with autism diet recipes and accompanying DVD.

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Parents' feedback...

"Gold mine if you need practical info about cooking special diets for autism-spectrum disorders"

"I now have the confidence that my son will eat my nutritious food without any problems."

"This class is one of a kind not to be missed! It is easily accessible, well-organized with clear written guides and tastes that motivate behavior changes."

Autism Diet Community

Do you ever wish there were answers to your autism diet, nutrition, food, and cooking questions? Now there are!

As an autism diet specialist, Julie is dedicated to helping parents support the health and healing of their children with autism. She responds to diet and nutrition questions on our discussion boards at our new Facebook group: NOURISHING HOPE FOR AUTISM DIET COMMUNITY.

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Dear Parents, Friends, and Colleagues,

September is a great time of year!  In San Francisco, the summer fog is lifting and we are finally getting some beautiful weather.  While many of you have been "enjoying" a heat wave, we've had an average HIGH of 63 degrees this summer.  We are so glad September is around the corner and our summer finally begins.

This issue includes some tips for back to school with our non-toxic lunch box article, some interesting studies on probiotics and colic, vitamin D and preeclampsia, and  announcements for new ONLINE nutrition classes that I'm very excited about.

Always feel free to be in touch with us.
In wellness,

Julie Matthews

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Back to School with Non-Toxic Lunch Box Gear, by Julie Matthews
For the new school year, consider some gear that will make it easier for your child to bring a healthy lunch to school.  When you are preparing a healthy lunch, it's important to pack it in non-toxic containers.  To avoid the waste and toxins in plastic bags, use something reusable.  However, be careful because many lunchboxes and plastic containers contain lead, phthalates, PVC, and BPA--chemicals known to be harmful to the health of growing children.  Glass containers are often not allowed in school because of the possibility of them breaking.

Instead, purchase a non-toxic bento box container--a container with several compartments often with their own lids--like Laptop Lunches, ECOlunchbox, and Lunchbots. ECOlunchboxes and Lunchbots are made out of stainless steel, and Laptop Lunches are a non-toxic plastic with lids that hold liquids and dipping sauces well.

These containers are great for cold lunches like a roll up sandwich, fruit, vegetable, and dipping sauce. For those of you who want to steer away from the standard sandwich and prefer a hot lunch, check out the Thermos containers with stainless steel interior. 

Watch for our future article on bento lunches, which are great for those following gluten-free and dairy-free diets.

Join Jenny McCarthy and friends in San Francisco!

Put Saturday, September 11th in your date book and go to and buy your tickets NOW to the THIRD ANNUAL COMEDY FOR KIDS with autism culinary, art and comedy event at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco's Marina District.

Julie and Martin will be there!

Hosted by The Ryder Foundation and Generation Rescue, it will be a night of laughing and fun, but also respect for the alarmingly increasing number of children on the autistic spectrum who are being helped by organizations like ours who are focusing on how to help these children today to reach their potential. But, we need supporters like you and we want you to have joyful, fun experience helping us raise money for these kids.

Jenny McCarthy and her fabulous funny friends will make you laugh and forget your own woes for the evening

The Ryder Foundation has been working hard for the last 5 years raising money for autism.Please view the short interview belowto learn more about what they do and why it is important to come to Comedy for Kids with Autism to see Jenny McCarthy and the Chelsea Handler Comedians.

Come together on Saturday, September 11th, to make good and positive things happen in this world.


STUDY: Probiotics and Colic
A study in Pediatics reported a decrease in colic in exclusively breastfed infants with the introduction of the probiotic, lactobacillus reuteri.

The study concluded, "L. reuteri DSM 17 938 at a dose of 108 [100 million] colony-forming units per day in early breastfed infants improved symptoms of infantile colic and was well tolerated and safe. Gut microbiota changes induced by the probiotic could be involved in the observed clinical improvement."

Read study abstract here

STUDY: Vitamin D Deficiency and Preeclampsia
A new study in American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology finds lower blood levels of vitamin D in women who develop early-onset severe preeclampsia, a severe form of pregnancy-related high blood pressure. Of the preeclampsia group, 54 percent were deemed to have vitamin D deficiency (less than 20 ng/mL), versus 27 percent of the healthy group.

Read the abstract here

UPCOMING Classes with Julie Matthews...

At the request of moms from all over...Julie is making imperative diet and nutrition training available ONLINE via Live Webinar... Read about and Register for her upcoming classes below.

Wednesday Evenings (Beginning September 15th) - 6 Consecutive Weeks
6:30-8:00pm Pacific Time (9:30-11:00pm Eastern)

For more details see:

Monday Evenings (Beginning October 18th) - 6 Consecutive Weeks
6:30-8:00pm Pacific Time (9:30-11:00pm Eastern)
TO REGISTER CLICK HERE (limited class size)

Wednesday Evenings (Beginning September 15th) - 4 Consecutive Weeks
6:30-8:00pm Pacific Time (9:30-11:00pm Eastern)

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The Organic Lifestyle.....then (when it was weird) and now!....
Back  in the era of the late 70's, some of  us "fringe folks" gravitated toward natural foods and what is now called "greener"  lifestyles.  We started food co-ops, delivered our babies with midwives, made our own baby foods from fresh produce and sent away for wooden toys and clothing for our kids. The whole concept of "organic" was just starting out and not exactly popular....actually we were considered pretty  weird by the not so progressive mainstream thinkers of the time. None the less, we persisted and if truth be told we were a little self righteous about our alternative lifestyle . Now of course it's hip to buy organic and products and information on how to switch over to the green side abounds.

But even in this enlightened age, I think the questions still it worth it to invest in organic food for my family? Should I really buy an organic mattress for my child's crib?   I don't want to give up my Tide detergent.  Are regular cleaning products really that bad?   Well with 87,000 chemicals in our food, air, water and vaccines, 1 in 6 kids being diagnosed with a behavioral, developmental or neurological disorder, 1 in 100 diagnosed with autism, 11 million with ADHD, Asthma cases more than doubled since the 80's and the big one.....childhood cancers are now the leading cause of deatth in children........the answer is an unequivocal YES!

You don't have to be wealthy to go organic....just smart.   Cook in batches, buy in bulk, get coupons from and, join a co-op, buy a share in a CSA farm where the farmer only grows  according to how many people purchase shares, grow herbs in pots on your windowsill or start a small garden and save tons.  Get the kids out there in the garden picking the produce and cooking up the tomato sauce.  Believe me I wasn't Martha Stewart when it comes to all this and you don't have to be either.....just know that anything you do to move in this direction will help your health, the health of your kids. and the health of the planet!
And just's not weird going the natural route any's actually the hip thing to do!

Good health to you and yours!

Maureen H. McDonnell, RN
Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet

In response to the imperative need to inform and empower those following healing autism diets, Nourishing Hope presents FREE Autism Diet and Nutrition Webinars.  Each week Julie Matthews, Certified Nutrition Consultant and Autism Diet Specialist, will conduct FREE educational webinars for parents and caregivers to learn and become more effective with their dietary strategies.

Registration Open for Defeat Autism Now!
See Julie in Long Beach, CA in October....

Julie Matthews is not a physician and not a registered dietitian.  She does not diagnose or treat disease. This information is not intended to replace a one-on-one relationship with a qualified healthcare professional and is not intended to provide medical advice.  For medical advice, always seek a physician. This information is intended solely as a sharing of knowledge and information based upon the experience and research of Julie Matthews and the Nourishing Hope for Autism team.