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Welcome to the first Healthful Living newsletter. Tune in regularly for the latest news and information on holistic health and healing. We'll feature upcoming talks, radio shows, workshops, and actions. The Healthful Living newsletter is dedicated to the wellbeing of all - women, children, men, and families (including our four legged friends).

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in this issue
  • Hear Julie on the Radio!
  • Demystifying Diets for
    Autistic Spectrum Disorders
  • Pre-conceived Notions: Holistic Nutrition Guidelines to Know Before you Get Pregnant
  • Nourishing the Spiritual Body: The Miracle of a Meal, by Amy Mears
  • Coming soon in April and May!

  • Demystifying Diets for
    Autistic Spectrum Disorders
    Diet has a profound impact on the symptoms of ASDs (Autistic Spectrum Disorders). Autism and ADHD are both under the ASD label and both respond positively to the same approaches. With the new revolution in the biochemical (biomedical) approach to ASDs, it is known that there are physical symptoms as well as social, behavioral, and/or cognitive challenges. Diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, sleep disturbances, ear infections, aggression, self-injurious behavior, and more can all be positively impacted when diet is addressed.

    Certain foods are turned into chemicals that act like opiates or drugs on the brain, leading to cognitive and behavioral challenges. Other foods feed yeast, bad bacteria, and viruses in the gut that have a direct effect on diarrhea, as well as hyperactivity for example. The gut is often inflamed, absorption capabilities decreased, and nutrient reserves low.

    When foods have such a large effect on the symptoms of autism, diet must be addressed in order for other therapies to have a positive impact. Otherwise, it's like putting a bandaid on a bleeding artery, it will help to some extent but the root cause of the bleeding must be addressed.

    The biggest part of a doctor, nutritionist, or parent's job is determining which diet is best for the individual with an ASD. There are so many diets that the information can be overwhelming or conflicting. Each month we will profile a different diet for ASDs, highlight which diets work best for which conditions, and identify the pitfalls

    Learn more about diets for ASDs... »

    Pre-conceived Notions: Holistic Nutrition Guidelines to Know Before you Get Pregnant
    As a nutrition consultant who works with children with autism, I see many ways to help improve the health of children - starting before the child is even conceived. This article details what I believe to be the three most important areas to address before getting pregnant. (Women who are already pregnant are not left out of this plan. Boosting nutrient reserves and improving digestion can be done at any time during, before, or after pregnancy. It is only the process of detoxification that should not be undertaken while pregnant.)

    Scientific evidence and government-compiled data bring to light the increasing physical stress on women, including those who want to have children. Consider:
    > Approximately 80,000 synthetic chemicals are in use today, only 7% have been fully tested for their effects on human health - none have been tested for their health effects when they interact with one another.
    > The nutritional values of many crops are dropping due to global carbon dioxide levels and depleted soil. The standard American diet is far from what it was a hundred years ago.
    > The prevalent use of antibiotics by the medical community and agricultural industry has loaded our bodies with antibiotics, resistant strains of bacteria, and yeast overgrowth.

    The three most important areas to address before conceiving are:
    1. Boosting nutrient reserves
    2. Improving digestion and intestinal terrain, and
    3. Detoxifying heavy metals and toxins.

    Full Story... »

    Nourishing the Spiritual Body: The Miracle of a Meal, by Amy Mears
    I saw a client this morning who reminded me of the powerful impact small changes can make in a person life. He was relating to me a life altering experience that he recently experienced in his efforts to improve his health and energy.

    "What was that?" I asked. "I started eating breakfast." he replied.

    I couldn't believe that he wasn't already eating breakfast. With four small children at home and a full time job running a company with thirty employees, I figured that if anyone was eating breakfast, it would be him.

    "No, I skipped breakfast for as long as I can remember. It was just too busy in the morning trying to get all the kids off to school and myself to work on time. I would just grab a cup of coffee and go. Additionally, many days at work I wouldn't know when I might get a break for lunch. It always seemed as if there was something more important to do."

    Full Story... »

    Coming soon in April and May!
    Free Talks Conception and Pregnancy - In conjuction with Whole Foods Thursday, April 8th, 7:00-8:30PM at San Rafael Corporate Center 750 Lindaro, San Rafael
    Sunday, April 25th, 11:00-12:30 399 4th Street at Harrison, San Francisco (new location)

    Coming in May
    Workshops 5-week and 4-month Preconception and Pregnancy Workshops
    Come to the free talk to learn more

    New Cooking Class Playing with Your Food with Julie Matthews and Sandy Zeldes, Personal Chef and Caterer. Stuck in a rut? Get your creative juices flowing. Learn how to create healthy meals with local seasonal food.

    Check the website as new information develops »

    Hear Julie on the Radio!
    Listen to Julie every Thursday at Noon on 89.5 FM KPOO in San Francisco. Each week Julie and her co-host, Paulene Harrell, discuss important holistic health and healing health matters of the day. Tune in to their expert discussion and interviews with local practitioners, listeners, and noted professionals.

    March 25th - "Brain Imaging for Mental Health Diagnosis and Treatment," with Ronald Blustein, M.D.

    April 1st- "The Healing Journey" with Amy Mears, M.A. Certified Reiki Practitioner

    April 8th - "Addressing Allergies" with Carl Hangee-Bauer, N.D.

    April 15th - "Listen and Let Go: Connecting to Self and Spirit through Writing" with Thea Sullivan, Writer and Teacher

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