Could Gluten Be The Real Culprit Behind Your Child’s Diagnosis?

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Today’s guest is Marzi O’Bryan.  Marzi is an internationally-trained Nutritional Therapist certified by The College of Naturopathic Medicine in Dublin. By healing her own past health problems, Marzi learned the value of using food to address both brain and autoimmune dysfunction.

She worked side-by-side with Dr. Tom O’Bryan in making the documentary Betrayal: The Autoimmune Disease Solution They Are Not Telling You.  Over 500,000 people have viewed this film and it continues to create a paradigm shift in understanding autoimmune disease.

She is skilled at creating easy-to-follow strategies for her clients, and she has a particular passion for working with the families of autistic children. Her workshops and presentations focus on knowing the right foods and the wrong foods for each individual that can improve physical and mental health, prevent future disease, and dramatically change lives.

Links of Interest:

Marzi O’Bryan’s Nutrition Practice

Betrayal: Marzi and Tom O’Bryan’s film about Autoimmune Disease

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  1. Junk science is too generous a description of rubbish like this, and I wish MIA would stop promoting it. In fact MIA could helpfully debunk this stuff in the same way that it takes a stand on mainstream mental health “treatments”.

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  2. I may not be a scientist, but I do know that there have been people diag-nonsensed with some sort of psych disorder when really, they just needed to stop eating wheat and / or gluten OR – quit using sugar substitutes.

    One in particular had an SMI diag-nonsense that was escalating until she gave up the diet coke.

    Others have done well to give up bread and grains. Or processed foods. Or Vegans who started eating fish and meat – and voila! Their SMI diag-nonsense went away.

    So “junk science” ? Perhaps. Field work, more likely.

    I like to see people well.

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