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June 27, 2013

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Significant elevated antibodies to gluten found in children with autism
Study on Gluten Sensitivity in Autism Sheds Further Light on the Gluten-Free Diet

julie matthewsBy Julie Matthews, CNC

As a Certified Nutrition Consultant specializing in autism, I've spent the past twelve years researching and explaining the underlying scientific rationale for dietary intervention for affected children.

This latest even further support that a gluten-free diet makes sense and benefits children with autism.

cumc logoResearchers at the Columbia University Medical Center found significantly elevated antibodies to gluten in children with autism. FULL STORY

Antibodies are the body's way of "sounding the alarm" to kick the immune system into gear and rev up inflammation (and pain) to fight a perceived threat of an invader, such as a virus. When a food substance (like gluten) is the perceived invader, the subsequent inflammation and digestive upset can go on for months or years, whenever the food is consumed.

Finding these elevated antibodies in children with autism is significant. Antibodies indicate that the body is likely creating inflammation and that the food source can be causing irritation and GI symptoms.

Julie Matthews will be presenting Nutrition and Cooking: Guidance for Beginners and Beyond and participating on the Collaborative Multi-Disciplinary Team Approaches for Autism Interventions in Schools Panel 4 on Nutrition Intervention Improving Autism Related Disorders at the USAAA 2013 World Conference.

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The Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet and Its Role in Cancer Treatment

by Dr. Joseph Mercola

Could a ketogenic diet eventually be a "standard of care"” drug-free treatment for cancer? Personally, I believe it's absolutely crucial, for whatever type of cancer you're trying to address, and hopefully some day it will be adopted as a first line of treatment.

A ketogenic diet calls for eliminating all but non-starchy vegetable carbohydrates, and replacing them with healthy fats and high-quality protein. FULL STORY

"That's the way it started in the clinic for children with epilepsy. Basically, the child is given a 24-hour and sometimes 48-hour fast-water only. And then the ketogenic diet is introduced in relatively measured and small amounts," Dr. Seyfried says.

"Fasting certainly has remarkable health benefits to the body: strengthening the mitochondria network system within the cells of your body."

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Questions about IEPs? You are not alone!

by Pete & Pam Wright

Do you have questions about IEPs? You are not alone! You'll find articles, law and regulations, and tips about how to get quality services in your child's IEP on this page. You'll also learn how to use tactics and strategies to negotiate with the school. This page includes IEP cases, recommended books, and free publications about IEPs. FULL STORY

There is no limit to the number of IEP meetings that may be needed to create an IEP that meets your child's needs.

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Watch how a pro surfer inspires autistic kids to smile

It was a summer day in 1969 on Tourmaline Canyon Beach in San Diego, when Israel "Izzy" Paskowitz fell in love with surfing. He was 6 when his father, legendary surfer Dorian "Doc" Paskowitz, took him out to ride together on his board. "I will never forget that wave," says Izzy, "it was my kick off into the tribe." Considered the first family of surfing, Izzy is the fourth of nine children of Doc and Juliette. They lived a nomadic life in a 24-foot camper and traveled the country for roughly 23 years.


"I am not going to find a cure," says Izzy. "But I do know now that I can ride waves with autistic kids and we are not going to charge a penny for it. These are the best days in my life."

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USAAA 2013 World Conference, Salt Lake City, Utah, August 15-18


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These are some of the 30+ experts who have the solutions: Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished adults with autism in the world; Martha Herbert, MD, PhD, a Harvard professor who is on the cutting edge of autism research; Tim Page, DFA, a Pulitzer Prize winner and professor, who is grateful to have a diagnosis; Stephen M. Shore, EdD, a world renowned lecturer who overcame his autism challenges and is now a professor of special education; Phillip C. DeMio, MD, a father and a nationally recognized expert physician who has treated thousands of persons with ASD; Elaine Hall, a mother who is making miracles for children, teenagers, and adults.



On August 15 - 18, the US Autism & Asperger Association (USAAA) launches its 2013 Annual World Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah at the Sheraton Salt Lake City Hotel and Convention Center. Over 35 of the world's most respected experts will discuss New Research, Treatment Modalities, Resources, and Avenues for Advocacy. After four days, you will leave the conference armed with tools of practical protocols, valuable hope, and new resources for support for your child, family member, patient, friend, student, or yourself.

Our speakers and panelists include physicians, behaviorists, educators, researchers, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, developmental specialists, psychologists, social workers, scientists, nutritionists, siblings, teachers, self advocates, parents, education consultants, plus more. USAAA features World Premiere presentations.

Dr. Temple Grandin, PhD, one of the most accomplished and well-known adults with autism in the world, will keynote the opening session on Friday morning, August 16 and there will be an exclusive special "One on One" with Temple. Dr. Grandin ranked 31st on Time Magazine's list of the most influential people of 2010 in the world. Dr. Grandin's fascinating life was brought to the screen in the HBO production full-length film, Temple Grandin, which received seven Emmy awards in 2010. Dr. Grandin works as a Professor of Animal Sciences at Colorado State University.

Continuing education is offered throughout the conference.

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Significant elevated antibodies to gluten found in children with autism

The Benefits of a Ketogenic Diet and Its Role in Cancer Treatment

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Questions about IEPs? You are not alone!

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