I’m back from 2 weeks in the USA, first attending the Mindshare Summit (a collaborative community of like-minded practitioners) and then speaking at the IMMH/Integrative Medicine for Mental Health Conference – my favorite mental health conference – on “GABA for Anxiety, Insomnia, ADHD, Autism and Addictions: Research and Practical Applications.”
Last week I shared a blog on one of the new studies in my presentation: how a combination of GABA and theanine improves sleep and reduces anxiety. Today I’m sharing some other highlights from my presentation: benzodiazepines are not the solution, some new 2019 research on the far-reaching benefits of GABA, and the role of GABA in ADHD.
It was great to meet so many of you from my community and to make new connections! I’m thrilled there is so much interest in using the individual amino acids for anxiety and insomnia, and for those with ADHD, autism and addictions.
It was also wonderful to get the support of my colleagues at my booth, for my talk, and to hang out with them, laugh and eat good food. There was plenty of sardines, sauerkraut and grass-fed beef in the place we all shared!
Pictured here, on the left is is Annie and Julie; on the right is Elissa, Jessica and Dr. Zendi
Let me share a little about these wonderful practitioners who are doing life-changing work:
- Julie Matthews, is the author of Nourishing Hope for Autism (my Amazon link), co-author of a new study, Nutritional and Dietary Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder and creator/founder of the Bioindividual Nutrition Institute, offering practitioner training on special diets and bioindividual nutrition. Julie also presented at IMMH this year: “Effective Nutrition and Diet Intervention for Autism Spectrum Disorder: Newly Published Research.”
- Elissa Arnheim is a health coach and a certified fermentationist. She is the creator of “Healthy Gut Happy Child”, “8 Days to Freedom from Picky Eating!” and the “Gut Health Mamas” group coaching programs.
- Jessica Sherman’s work is all about raising resilient healthy kids and she teaches about nutrition for the brain, mood, behavior and better overall health. She is the author of Raising Resilience: Take the Stress out of Feeding Your Family and Love Your Life.
- Zendi Molderhauer, works with children, adolescents and young adults, integrating her conventional medical background in pediatrics and psychiatry with more natural, holistic, and functional healing modalities.
Once the conference was over, we also got to lie on the warm sand chatting about what we had just learned, walk along the beach, jump for joy and play, and even have a quick swim in the ocean (it was chilly but invigorating).
Has GABA helped you with your anxiety, insomnia or addictions (carbs or alcohol or even drugs)? Do you have a child with autism or ADHD and have they benefited from GABA?
Do you have questions about using GABA for anxiety, insomnia, autism, ADHD and addictions?
If you’re a practitioner and want to learn more about how to incorporate GABA and the other targeted individual amino acids (tryptophan/5-HTP, DPA, glutamine and tyrosine) into your work to help your clients/patients with anxiety/insomnia/addictions/ADHD/autism, I invite you to check out my online practitioner training here: Balancing Neurotransmitters – The Fundamentals.
And be sure to save the date for IMMH 2020: August 20-23 in Chicago!