Julie Matthews, C.N.C, will be presenting on The Role of Food, Nutrition, and Diets in Autism and Mental Health Disorders at the 4th Annual Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference in Chicago, IL, September 20-22, 2013. Food allergens, nutrient deficiencies, and a poor diet can dramatically affect behavior and mental health. Improvements come from the choice to avoid problem foods while increasing nutrient intake to replenish deficiencies and balance biochemistry. Special diets for autism and mental health disorders help heal the gut, reduce inflammation, eradicate yeast, and lead to improved overall physical and mental health. Julie Matthews will review diet strategies such as gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, low sugar, salicylate, and low oxalate. Julie Matthews will explore which foods can negatively affect mental health, and what foods help nourish the body, its systems, and the brain. Other objectives to be presented include how special diets can aid healing of the body and the mind, and what patients can do regarding diet to see results right away and support the treatment approach recommended by their physician. Julie Matthews is an internationally respected autism diet and nutrition specialist. As a Certified Nutrition Consultant, Julie provides diet and nutrition intervention guidance backed by extensive scientific research and applied clinical experience. She is an expert in applying food and nutrition to aid digestive health and systemic healing, her guidance is backed by scientific research and ten years of applied clinical experience. She is the author of the award-winning book "Nourishing Hope for Autism" and the creator of "Cooking to Heal: Autism Nutrition and Cooking Class." She presents at the leading autism conferences in the US and abroad. Visit www.NourishingHope.com. Integrative Medicine for Mental Health supports a whole body approach, utilizing multiple fields of medicine and nutritional sciences to help patients obtain mental wellness. The integrative approach includes metabolic testing, nutritional therapies, dietary interventions, and traditional medical treatments. Practical applications and effective protocols will be presented and can be easily applied in a clinical setting. The concepts and practical guidelines presented at this conference can dramatically improve the quality of life of practitioners and patients. Date: September 20-22, 2013 Location: Chicago, IL Cost: Early Bird Registration $100 off ends August 12 CE/CME/CEU credits available!