VAISHNAVI SARATHY PH.D.
FUNCTIONAL NUTRITION EDUCATOR and DETECTIVE
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.
It is beyond possible. I call this Functional Nutrition and Learning.
But if you want to know some details about me, here’s a short bio for you!
“Dr. Sarathy is a Functional Nutrition Educator. She has a Masters in Chemistry and a Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry. After her son (who has Down Syndrome) was also diagnosed with Autism at the age of 4, Vaish left her job at Intel to invest her time into nutritional research.”
WHAT HAPPENED THEN?
Over the next 5 years, I researched Ayurveda, Functional Nutrition and Scientific Studies as they related to Autism, Down Syndrome, and other disorders affecting children.
I then trained in Functional Nutrition with Andrea Nakayama of the Functional Nutrition Alliance and now practice as a Functional Nutrition Educator. I love working with children with disabilities, because it is so clear to me that their intelligence is there, for anyone who can see it. I love seeing what happens when they get a fair chance at life!
Vaish believes that cognition is a faculty available to children of all and any labels. Her motto is that “An equal accessible education and sound nutrition are the birthright of every child!:”
M.Sc. (Chemistry), M.S., Ph.D. (Environmental Chemistry),
Functional Nutrition and Lifestyle Practitioner (FNLP), BioIndividual Nutrition Practitioner (In Training)
Mother of a child with Special Needs
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. A well functionaing gut hits at the root of inflammation, both systemic and nervous inflammation, which, you guessed right allows the child to be comfortable and move from an internal fight/flight response to resting and thinking.
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.
It is the intersection of Functional Nutrition, Functional Learning and Functional Movement that allow a child to thrive both at home and at school.