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Outside the Autism Matrix – Nutritional Deficiencies & Dietary Intervention

October 6, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm


An All Natural Advantage Workshop

Nutritional Deficiencies & Dietary Intervention

This is the second workshop in the Outside the Autism Matrix series presented by John Pietryka, a medical scientist, naturopath and father to an ASD child. John has been researching the science of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) for over 25 years.   This workshop series has been designed to inform and inspire parents like yourself, that are looking for advice on how to achieve an optimal outcome for your child. By presenting you with autism research in an easy to understand format, it is intended to correct much of the myth and misinformation that  surrounds autism treatment. What you will learn in this workshop?

Session 1  : Nutritional Deficiencies in ASD 

The first half of this workshop looks at the research into the common nutritional deficiencies that are reported in ASD children.

Nutritional deficiencies may result due to:

  • A restricted/ “picky” diet 
  • Insufficient sun exposure
  • Individual metabolic differences on how nutrients are processed in the body 
  • Individual genetic variability, requiring higher levels of some nutrients

Some practical advice to parents: 

  • How to identify signs and symptoms that your child may have an underlying nutritional deficiency/ies
  • How to do determine what specific nutritional deficiencies they may have

Session 2 : Dietary Intervention in ASD

In the second half of this workshop we delve into the controversial topic of dietary intervention in ASD. Providing your child with the nutrition they need to lay down a solid foundation for their future health, is the biggest gift that you can give your child. However, even wholesome foods may sometimes be a problem for your child.

This session will cover: 

  • Food intolerances and sensitivities – what should you look for?
  • The effect of gluten on mental health in the general population. Can gluten really affect mental health? 
  • Presenting the studies on the gluten/ casein free diet. Is it worth considering? Is it safe? 
  • Other diets, and when should they be considered


Who Should Attend This Workshop? 

  • New parents with children that have a ASD diagnosis, ADHD, mood disorders or other disability, and are looking for advice 
  • Any parent interested in the latest research, and how it can be translated clinically to achieve an optimal outcome for their child 
  • Teachers and any professionals that would like a better understanding of current research and the rationale for why parents are using diet and supplements for their children


Join John as he shares his experience and knowledge on nutritional deficiencies and dietary intervention. Good nutrition is vital for any child to grow into a healthy adolescent and adult. This is particularly important for your ASD child.

There is so much that can be done to improve your child’s quality of life and ultimately help them achieve their full potential in life.

Teachers, carers, and other support workers, you are also in a unique position to identify co-occurring medical and behavioural issues in these children, that can be treated effectively. Improving their mood, ability to learn and ultimately their quality of life.

Most people accept what they are told and never question whether the advice they are given is right.

Those that attended my first workshop will understand that I never take anything at face value and question everything, including research studies.

Parents will be presented with the research studies into diet in ASD children. Many parents will be surprised with the research outcomes. The research is showing completely different outcomes compared to what parents have been lead to believe.

I invite you to come and make up your own mind.

John Pietryka

Organiser of Outside the Autism Matrix – Nutritional Deficiencies & Dietary Intervention

John Pietryka is a naturopath, medical scientist and father to an ASD child. It has been well over 25 years since his child was diagnosed as autistic.

Faced with a lack of advice from medical professionals apart from early intervention and medication, John used his skills as a medical scientist to embark on his own search for answers to help his child.

That journey has taken him and his child out of the conventional neurological model of treatment, what he calls “The Autism Matrix”, into a vastly different world.

A world that recognises that autism does not exist solely by itself. It exists as a highly complex disorder and requires every child to be treated individually for them to achieve their full potential in life.

His child has grown into an independent adult, but John continues to delve into the ever increasing volume of research into ASD.

John is passionate about his continued interest and research into ASD, and feels the time has come to dispel many myths and correct much of the misinformation that parents are given when seeking advice for their ASD child.




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