- M.Sc. (Chemistry),
- M.S., Ph.D. (Environmental Chemistry)
- Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner (FNLP)
- Mother of a child with multiple disabilities
VAISHNAVI SARATHY PH.D. (Just Vaish is good!)
FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION PRACTITIONER
FUNCTIONAL LEARNING COACH
I am passionate about giving our kids a fair chance at life.
That means nutrition that sustains them,
food that prevents autoimmunity,
nutrients that boost brain function, and
a digestive system that works with a thriving microbiome.
That also means an equal education.
It means ASSUMING COMPETENCE,
ASSUMING ABILITY AND ASSUMING INTELLIGENCE,
regardless of appearances!
I am a Functional Nutrition Educator, with two Masters and a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry!
Yes! You are allowed to say that I was crazy!!
Perhaps like you, my life changed when my son was born with Down Syndrome and was later diagnosed as being Autistic.
I explored conventional options for the first 4 years of his life: OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY, PHYSICAL THERAPY, SPEECH THERAPY, COMMUNICATION THERAPY, HORSEBACK RIDING, OUR LOCAL DOWN SYNDROME CLINIC, DOCTORS …
I am sure I am forgetting some!
EVERY practitioner I met told me that genetics could not be helped, and I must resign to having a child who would experience extreme intellectual delay with minimal chances at life!
Even alternative practitioners were intimidated by my son: this much delay! HIs teachers said he was one of the most intellectually delayed kids they had worked with.
When I dipped into my depression, my anger, my frustration, and came out on the other side, I simply knew that THIS WAS NOT TRUE. It couldn’t be. So I decided to train myself in nutrition. I was already an educator. I knew how every kid could learn. I knew labels were mostly for the convenience of the system.
So I dug in deep. And fast forward, my son is 13, HE DOES ALGEBRA, HE WRITES POETRY, and yes, he is still non-speaking!
I believe that cognition is a faculty available to children of all and any labels.
“An equal accessible education and sound nutrition are the birthright of every child!” – yes, my quote!
WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION AND LEARNING?
Simply put, the Gut, the Brain, the Microbiome (Also your gut) and your Immune System are connected through different axes.
Neither can function while the other does not thrive!
Sorry, I am just a huge Harry Potter fan.
But it is true. For our children to have a full chance at thriving, we need a healthy gut and microbiome.
At the same time, it is critical that the child’s learning pathways are understood and optimized.
And that it is understood that every child is capable of intellectual thriving.