World Community Autism Program
General information about nutritional consultations
What is a nutritional
- A nutritional consultation is a tool which is used to find
out where nutrients from a person’s diet meet, exceed or are deficient
in known essential nutrients - proteins (amino acids), fats and
carbohydrates as well as vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.
- A nutritional consultation should also include a family
history. Diseases, disorders and conditions can provide a lot of
information about a persons genetic information which influences or
directly controls the way that foods are processed in our bodies.
- A nutritional consultation should also include race and
culture information because how and what we eat now and how we process
the nutrients from these foods has been determined in part by our
cultural background and genetic information.
- A nutritional consultation should also include any
diagnosis which has been medically determined. Many diseases and inborn
errors of metabolism have had specific guidelines developed which
support an improved outcome based on the use of specific changes to the
diet relative to the population which also have this same diagnosis and
those who obtained the best results with the recommended change to diet.
- A nutritional consultation should also include
recommendations which account for the cultural needs of the individual
so that when a person chooses not to eat certain foods because of
cultural or religious preferences these preferences should be
accommodated in the recommendation.
- A nutritional consultation should include obtaining as much
medical information as is available including testing which has
occurred that may provide information which is specific and unique for
Who can provide a
- NM - Doctors of Nutritional Medicine.
- Dieticians and nutritionists have the basic training to
provide a nutritional consultation. Dieticians and nutritionists often
see people with a variety of diseases, disorders and conditions. Some
dieticians and nutritionists specialize in specific conditions
such as diabetes, cholesterol metabolism or stroke and heart attack.
- Nurses have some training in nutrition and many gain
additional certification in Food Science and Nutrition.
- There are many kinds of training and degrees which are
obtained by people which provide the basic tools needed to counsel
people about their food and nutrition needs including sports medicine,
nutrition, nursing. Sometimes people have training based on their
degree whereas for others the training is their primary degree.
- Experts in Food Science and Nutrition generally obtain a
Masters Degree and some of these people then additionally
obtain a doctorate i.e. NM or PhD.
Who needs a nutritional
- People often have little or no interest
in food science and nutrition and the language used which describes
the vitamins, minerals and nutrients which provide their bodies with
the substances which are essential for sustaining life and achieving optimal health. For these people
who are otherwise healthy it is likely that they naturally obtain a
of foods which provide their bodies with the essential nutrients.
nutrients are widely dispersed in foods and generally easy to obtain.
- These same people may have an insult or injury which
increases their need for some food substances or alternative sources
of nutrients. For instance as a person ages they may lose teeth and
when they were young magnesium was obtained naturally in their diet
nuts. With missing teeth and dentures it is no longer a pleasure to
eat whole nuts and they lose their primary source of magnesium. They
may begin to suffer with reflux and constipation. A nutritional
should be able to identify the nutrient which is no longer adequately
by the diet and recommend a different dietary source or supplementation.
- People who suffer from a specific disease, disorder or
condition can benefit from a nutritional consultation. Medical studies
may have resulted in findings which can be used to make nutritional
recommendations which have resulted in improvements for people who like
themselves have this same medical condition. With additional individual
information an optimal diet can be recommended.
When should a person seek a
- When he or she is not confident that their diet meets
their nutritional needs. This worry may be unnecessary and stress
(worry) can interfere with digestion.
- When an individual has a specific complaint that has not
been adequately addressed by their primary care physician. Doctors
notoriously have little knowledge and training in nutrition unless this
is their specialized field.
- When food allergies are known or suspected. Taking
out problem foods is only one part of the solution. Nutrients which
are lost as foods are eliminated need to be replaced with an
alternative source from foods or supplements.
- People who have had medical testing which identify
dysregulated digestion including abnormal gut pH, abnormal fatty acid
metabolism, insufficient protein digestion and provide information with
words that are foreign to the individual.
- People with specific diseases, disorders and conditions for
which other people with the same condition have responded to dietary
recommendations and these include but are not exclusive to obesity,
ADD, diabetes, CFS, abnormal cholesterol levels, high or low blood
pressure, Acute Intermittent Porphyria, chronic diarrhea, constipation,
gout, lupus, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, schizophrenia, osteoporosis,
chronic bowel and digestive problems, food allergies and food
- People who have an eating disorder can often benefit from a
How do you obtain a
- Once you have decided that you or a
family member might benefit from a nutritional consultation then you
need to inform your primary care physician who may make a referral
for you based on his or her knowledge of your medical history.
- You can contact your local hospital to find out if the
resident dietician accepts clients for private consultation.
- You can choose also to locate a practitioner in alternative medicine
such as a holistic nutritionist who often works with or
for an MD or a PhD.
- You can also locate a practitioner yourself through the
phone directory or internet.
Nutrition Consultations specific to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
1. When choosing to obtain a nutritional
consult for an individual with an ASD there are some additional
problems which need to be considered:
- Diet is what goes into the individual and not what is
written or recommended;
- Optimal diet for the individual with an ASD requires that
the same nutritional guidelines for nutrient intake for the general
population be considered, but also that the abnormal metabolism of the
individual is understood and addressed in relation to food allergies, food
sensitivities, cholesterol regulation, eating disorders, bowel and
digestive problems, food preferences and knowledge of the co-occurring
conditions which are prevalent with an autism diagnosis.
2. Families seeking a nutritional consultation for a family member with an ASD
should consider that there are few dieticians with knowledge specific
to autism. People who are trained or who have developed knowledge
specific to autism and diet generally include DAN (Defeat Autism Now)
practitioners (generally only practicing in the USA) and people who
work with these practitioners. Not all of the DAN doctors have
knowledge or training specific to the diet needs of this population.
3. Some naturopathic doctors,
physicians who specialize in environmental medicine and also
doctors have significant experience and success in working with people
who have an ASD.
Consultation through WCAP
We provide a full nutritional consultation
(specialising in autism spectrum disorder)
consideration is made for individual circumstances. Not inclusive of
travel if applicable.
Please send as
much information as possible when requesting a consultation. We also
have a form that we request you fill in and email to us:
- easy, secure credit card payments
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