SOURCE: NoHarm Foundation

February 11, 2011 10:53 ET

Can Diet Help Treat and Possibly Prevent Autism?

Expert Reveals Why Families Affected by Autism Should Consider New Therapies

DURANGO, CO--(Marketwire - February 11, 2011) - Dr. Shauna Young is a believer in the words of German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer who related the three steps of truth:

"First, it is ridiculed;
"Second, it is vigorously opposed;
"Third, it is accepted as being self-evident."

Dr. Young has been living through the first two stages of that evolution with regard to her views on how diet can affect Autism Spectrum Disorders, but feels the third stage is just around the corner.

"When it comes to our research, we're a bit like the square peg in the round hole," said Dr. Young, Chief Medical Advisor for the NoHarm Foundation ( "It's not that other doctors aren't gaining interest in what we're doing with regard to diet and autism, and it isn't that the results aren't remarkable. It's more that the medical community just isn't accustomed to something this new, and the established protocols for publishing findings just don't fit when dealing with something truly unique like this. At face value, we're using our Spectrum Balance Protocol Diet to control disorders that have baffled researchers for decades. How do you present results like that to an established medical community without a chorus of disbelief, especially when our research isn't based on anything that's come before? So, in spite of the resistance from the medical community, I'm taking the track record we've accomplished over the past five years out directly to the families of autistic children because they deserve to have this information now -- independent of the 'process' that the system expects."

Dr. Young's approach to helping autistic individuals primarily using just food does not involve expensive drugs or large amounts of supplements, and it does not promote specific products or treatment services. Instead, it simply suggests a highly specific diet that is designed to reduce the unwanted symptoms of autism.

About Dr. Shauna Young

Dr. Shauna Young received her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Natural Sciences from the University of Natural Medicine in Santa Fe, NM, and since 2001 she has been practicing as a Traditional Naturopath within the disciplines of her continuing certification with the American Naturopathic Certification Board (ANCB) and as a Certified Biofeedback Specialist with the Natural Therapies Certification Board (NTCB).

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