You may know that gut problems are not listed as symptoms for either ADHD, autism or gifted kids, but I've been hearing about them for years in my private practice.

In this vlog, Dr. Sanford Newmark, Director of Clinical Programs at UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine, discusses how nutrition and food sensitivity interventions can be pivotal for bright and quirky kids.

We also discuss how you might come across doctors who dismiss these helpful strategies. Knowledge is power.



The tools and insights mentioned in this vlog are geared for bright and quirky kids, who typically are very bright and also have learning, social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

Is your child bright and quirky? Click here to take the quiz.


  1. Olesya on January 13, 2021 at 4:31 pm

    Do you suggest eliminating the same foods( dairy, wheat, corn, eggs, peanuts) from the Autistic children’s diet?
    We removed corn several years ago due to no clean corn being available. Wheat and dairy( cheese) are very big in his diet. Will be very hard to even limit it.
    He rarely eats eggs. Never eats peanuts at all. It is hard with vegetables as he eats only cucumbers when they are perfect and in season.

  2. Lauren Hutchinson on January 13, 2021 at 9:24 pm

    Olesya, we unfortunately can’t make recommendations for specific things to eliminate, but you may get helpful information from a book called The Nemecheks Protocol. For my son, it was helpful for me to consult with an integrative or functional medicine provider as well.
    Lauren with the BQ Team

  3. Angela on January 23, 2021 at 12:54 pm

    I struggle with how to maximize nutrition when you have sensory-related extreme picky eating (much like the picky eating associated with autistics) + anaphylactic food allergies. When you’re stuck trying to get enough calories into a child with so many limitations just to maintain his low weight and daily function, you can’t even get to the starting line for focusing on nutrition. If I do any kind of elimination diet, my child would whither away. I’m talking about the kids for whom “they’ll eat when hungry” just doesn’t apply.

  4. Elin Vintereidet on February 17, 2021 at 6:13 am

    My 11 year old has had so much improvement from changing to a better diet with focus on healing the gut and gut microbiome. Mostly removing or reducing all processed foods and additatives. Adding essential oils and probiotics.
    We also see that food sensitivities are milder, where he used to Get eczema from regular milk, but can drink farm fresh milk.
    We used the gaps diet as a baseline, not even super strict, so assume we can improve even further!

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