Frequently Asked Questions

 
 

-"Let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food"-Hippocrates

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Do you take in-person appointments?

I see all clients through an online platform, such as skype.  My goal is to reach as many families as possible and not be limited to a land based office.  I also understand the challenges of attending in person appointments for people with autism. Taking into account your schedule and comfort, I find that online consultations makes the most sense.

How does Functional Medicine Testing Works?

Traditionally, the diagnosis of autism has been based on the observation of behavior, and treatment focused primarily on alleviating challenging behaviors. However, there is a very real biomedical component to the disorder in which underlying medical issues often cause or contribute to autistic behavior.  Some of the most common problems include gastrointestinal (GI) overgrowth of Candida and SIBO, inability to detoxify environmental toxins, and development of food intolerance and/or allergies. These physical and environmental factors limit the nutrients available to the brain and body, resulting in damage to cellular, metabolic, and central nervous system functionality.  Every individual with autism exhibits unique behavioral and cognitive symptoms with varying degrees of severity. Common symptoms can also include eczema, diarrhea, constipation, rashes, dark eye circles, and visible stomach pain.

What does it cost?

 

For the initial consult, including a personalized menu plan, shopping list, supplement and lifestyle plan, and dietary strategy is $175 CAD.  

 

how long does the healing process take?

There is no set formula or timeframe.  Many parents remark improvements within as little as 4 weeks, but those results can vary. When people begin incorporating an improved diet and lifestyle and then erroneously expect healing to happen overnight. And, when it doesn’t happen as quickly as they want, they get stressed out. Most people forget, or have never been taught, that healing takes time. Unfortunately, the unnatural pace we’ve created in modern society does not allow time for healing. Relax, let the body do what it's meant to do naturally: readjusting itself and healing the condition. Think of this as a lifestyle shift, a new vibrant healthy way of life.

what Is holistic nutrition?

Holistic health is an approach to treating a person’s well being by taking into consideration all aspects of life. A long term course of action includes emotional and spiritual health along with the physical body. Modern medicine focuses on treating a symptom rather than the root cause. If a person is experiencing a symptom or chronic condition, the problem has most likely been developing for some time. The goal of holistic nutrition is to facilitate a health recovery plan as well as build a strong foundation for long term optimum health.

will this replace my current medical interventions?

My approach is a holistic one and I believe that diet, lifestyle and natural modalities should work along side all other forms of therapy. Helping an individual on the spectrum reach their highest potential should be multifaceted approach  including allopathic medicine, herbal medicine, play therapy, ABA, meditation, assistive technology ,special education and any other approach that has the most positive impact for your family.