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Naturopathic Medicine at Cogwheel Clinic for Neurodevelopment

We are excited to announce that Dr Bethany Glynn is joining Cogwheel Clinic for Neurodevelopment!  Nutrition and overall physical health is often put on the back burner with children on the Autism Spectrum, yet at Cogwheel we firmly believe that that treatment of the whole child leads to the most efficient progress in all aspects of a child’s health, behavior and prognosis.  Dr. Glynn will be offering the following services at Cogwheel Clinic:

– Nutritional literacy
– Cooking with Whole Foods
– Chemical-Free Cooking
– Gluten and Casein Free Education
– Food Intolerance Testing
– Sleep Intervention
– Supplement and Lifestyle Recommendations
– Medicinal Guidance, both herbal and other
– Natural Detoxing
– Genetic Testing, including MTHFR

In addition to the above 1:1 services, Dr. Glynn will be offering monthly  classes on subjects such as creating a Naturopathic Medicine Cabinet and Individualized Medicine through Genetic Testing

Naturopath Bellevue Cogwheel Clinic  Dr. Glynn is a Seattle native specializing in naturopathic family medicine, and especially enjoys helping adults, children and teens living with autism spectrum disorders, anxiety, and ADHD. While she offers regular wellness
visits for people of all ages and abilities, Dr. Glynn loves working with families on the more difficult aspects of daily life, like behavioral struggles, attention span, insomnia and sleep issues, and healthy eating. Dr. Glynn uses
mostly step-by-step nutritional changes, nutrient therapy, homeopathy, behavioral and emotional counseling, and biofeedback to help her patients build on their strengths rather than focus on weaknesses. It is Dr. Glynn’s
philosophy that happiness is as necessary as health; she approaches physical and mental health as a team endeavor with patients, finding the perfect balance between achievability and sustainable change. Dr. Glynn believes
wholeheartedly in empowering individuals and families to rediscover their health, and she finds that in doing so they are able to enjoy their lives in a deeper and more fulfilling way.

  Dr. Bethany Glynn‘s education in Bastyr University’s Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine program gave her the best of both worlds in regards to medicine; she is able to provide for her patients the innovations of modern
science  strengthened by the wisdom of traditional healing. While in the program, Dr. Glynn completed supplementary specialty shifts in biofeedback, craniosacral therapy, nutritional modification, health education,
ASD/ADHD, counseling, homeopathy, and pediatric medicine. Dr. Glynn went on to become certified in Advanced Pediatric Therapeutics from Boucher Institute of Natural Medicine in Vancouver, BC.


Dr. Glynn’s experience in the fields of disability and rehabilitative medicine make her uniquely qualified to approach all facets of family medicine with a positive attitude and an open mind. During her time in Recreational Therapy, Dr. Glynn worked at Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Spokane, with Patch Adams M.D. at his Gesundheit Institute, as a coach for junior Paralympic wheelchair sports competitors, and as a certified YogaFit yoga instructor for kids and adults. 

In her spare time, Dr. Glynn loves creative projects at home, adventuring with her husband in their camper, and keeping up with her active blog on nutrition at DrGlynnMedicineWoman.com.

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New Spring Groups!

The Cogwheel Clinic for Neurodevelopment in Bellevue has several new groups starting in April, as well as additional social skills groups by popular demand. Call the clinic at 425.748.7000 more information and to reserve your spot!  Current offerings include social skills groups for several age groups and feeding groups for picky eaters!  All groups get matched by developmental ability.

Feeding Group Social Skills Groups Social Skills Group

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The importance of Nutrition in Children on the Autism Spectrum

Nutrition is an often overlooked, but vital part in the care of Autism, as many children with autism tend to demonstrate increased digestive issues,  food sensitivities, and an  imbalance in gut flora.  While many foods can worsen  autistic symptoms, research indicates that the most common symptom-increasing foods are:

-Dairy Products
– Citrus Fruits
– Peanuts
– Tomatoes, eggplant, potatoes, and peppers.
– Preservatives, colors, food additives, insecticides, pesticides and heavy metals

These foods can cause intestinal cramping and severe pain, which can often stop even the most motivated child from being successful at more traditional therapies such as ABA. In addition to taking out offending foods, there are many digestive aids that can help children who suffer from digestive issues.  Ginger and Pepper have long been know to help digestive issues and to promote absorption of nutrients.

Children on the Autism Spectrum often suffer from many food sensitivities due to weakened digestive systems, which then causes improper digestion of food and malabsorption of essential nutrients.  If food is not properly digested, partially digested food can move into the bloodstream, causing an autoimmune attack and a response similar to an allergic reaction.  One of the children in our clinic used to have stomach pain and severe sinus congestion coming out of his nose as if he had a horrible long-standing cold or virus. The nutritionists suggested trying a gluten-free diet, and his sinus and stomach problems disappeared.  The family tried going back on gluten several times, but the difference in this child’s health and behavior was so stark that he has been on a  gluten-free diet ever since.  No longer in pain and fighting through congestion, he has had much more success in working on emotional and impulse control.

One of our favorite recommendations for Autism nutrition is the use of Probiotics, it makes a huge difference in so many kids! Join us next week on the blog for a discussion of Probiotics, and how they work.

Curious about what may work for your child?  Come and meet with out nutritionists Haleh Olsen for a free introductory session!  We are offering several open house sessions where you can meet with our in-house nutritionist to ask questions about neurodevelopment nutrition and how it can change your child’s functioning.  Sign up for a free 15 minute slot for a private one-on-one session!

  • Thursday July 9th
  • Monday July 13th
  • Wednesday July 15th

Neurodevelopmental Nutrition Haleh Olsen

 

 

Inspired by her background in human biology and her passion for cooking, Haleh offers a refreshing connection  between gut health and  brain/mental development health using the healing power of whole foods, especially in early childhood. Known for her warmth and nutritional expertise, Haleh believes that every individual is unique and she tailors her nutritional approach to each client’s personal goals and comfort level.

Equipped with her Master’s degree in research and her involved work in nutritional counseling related to autoimmune disorders over the past several years, Haleh has the skill set  to create a stress-free and realistic plan to help families embark upon a path to a manageable diet. She believes that in order for a nutrition therapy plan to be successful, it should be suitable to the whole family.

Haleh received her Master’s of Science from Bastyr University and is a Certified Nutritionist in the State of Washington. She is bilingual and speaks both English and Farsi. When she is not working with clients, Haleh splits her time in the kitchen preparing gourmet Iranian food and fresh pastries for her family, teaching tricks to her dog, traveling the world and gathering the best recipes.

 

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ADHD Strategies: Nutrition

ADHD nutrition

What a great post that sheds light on the importance of nutrition in the lives of those affected by ADHD!

Here is an excerpt, for the whole article please go to: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-bertin-md/mindful-eating-adhd-and-n_b_7257190.html

Menu B: Nutritional Guidelines for ADHD

Here are Dr. Olivardia’s recommendations for people with ADHD for common nutritional issues:

Eat breakfast. Like the patient Dr. Olivardia described, many people with ADHD skip breakfast due to oversleeping and rushing. Hours later, they end up painfully hungry and grab whatever is nearby. Value breakfast, set yourself reminders about it, and plan ahead.

Get plenty of protein in your diet. Protein fuels your body for longer periods of time. There is even some suggestion that healthy, high-protein breakfasts help ease daytime ADHD symptoms. Avoid too much sugar and junk food, which tend to affect mood and exacerbate a cycle of increasing hunger over the day.

Eat throughout the day. Many people skip meals due to hyperfocus and losing track of time. This sets their body up to hold onto fat and increases cravings for fat and sugar. Extreme hunger also leads to impulsive decision-making. Again, set alarms if needed, and during breaks consider a healthy snack.

Work towards getting adequate sleep. Sleep deprivation lowers our body’s ability to burn fat. It also exacerbates ADHD and stress, and undermines our ability to stick to plans.

Most of all, get support.  Share tips and strategies with an ADHD buddy or a professional familiar with the field who understands how establishing a pattern of healthy eating can be hard.