Common Biochemical Imbalances and the Functional Approach to Healing (Chiropractic Continuing Ed Track registrants only)





Educational Purpose: To educate the chiropractic community and other integrative practitioners on the powerful role that nutrition and our microbial partners play in restoring biochemical imbalances commonly found in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Key Objectives:

  • Identify the role of “vulnerability” that may serve as an early warning sign for late-onset autism or prevention of autism in future generations. This includes some discussion of “missing microbes” and how the absence of certain bacterial strains may be responsible for an increase in the number of cases of autism and/or higher risks of autoimmunity.
  • Review the four key areas most affected in autism - Digestion, Detoxification, Immune, and Mitochondrial – and how they all play a significant role in the Neurological dysfunction and how nutrition and supplementation can influence these pathways and systems.
  • The gut-microbiome-brain connection: The bi-directional communication that influences inflammation, cellular signaling, detoxification, neurotransmitter production, and immune response.
  • The unanticipated consequences of glyphosate in nature and in human health and the impact it has on our inner eco-system, which is vital to the healing process in autism. GI Repair and healing and the importance of implementing this process effectively to resolve chronic nutrient deficiencies and dysbiosis, without a long-term dependency on supplementation.





Kathleen DiChiara, FDN-P, BNI-P, INHC

Kathleen DiChiara, FDN-P, BNI-P, INHC is a functional diagnostic nutrition practitioner, integrative nutrition health coach and author of the best-selling book, The Hidden Connection, Kathleen has specialized training in the biomedical approaches and supplemental interventions to autism. She is a professionally trained chef and is board certified by the American Association of Drugless Practitioners. She is the president and chair of the board for a non-profit agency that services over 40,000 people with special healthcare needs.