A Few Important Words Regarding the Potential & Future of the Natural Medical Sciences
It’s a great public disservice that a good portion of Americans don’t really even know what a Naturopath is, or does. Although the percentage of the populace who demonstrate confidence in and use of “alternative” sciences, grows with each and every year, in reality, natural medicine is not yet on anywhere close to an even playing field with what has been self-proclaimed as “conventional” medicine under the modern western, or allopathic, medical philosophies. In all truth, Naturopathic medical practices have been dominant and embraced in cultures of the world far longer than any “modern” practices, but now days the notion of the body’s natural and incomparable self-healing ability has been far eclipsed by the modern juggernaut industries of synthetic pharmaceuticals and sickness management.
Are there any “New” Ideas about Autism being Given Due Attention?
Shauna K. Young, PhD, CTN
Shouldn’t the point of a national Autism Awareness Month be to bring attention to new progress and hope? Each year, countless frustrated families are anxious for new and effective ways to deal with these disorders and I think it’s time to take stock of what is truly important to be “aware” of.
Instead of rehashing the same stagnant information that encourages people to simply “accept” the absence of forward progress, we believe that this Autism Awareness Month should instead draw attention to the following:
Awareness of the fact that despite many years and countless millions of dollars of public contributions toward research for ailments that strike higher percentages of our children than any other, the international incidences of autism are actually continuing to steadily rise with no apparent abatement.
Awareness of the realization that despite the chest thumping rhetoric from politicians to make great strides toward real answers for their constituents, the reality is glaringly apparent that next to nothing has been learned or at least contributed to the cause by government in decades.
Awareness of the fact that the medical insurance industry, under its own uncertain challenges and fates, is understandably scared to death about extending coverage for affected families when they see this as a bottomless money pit with no expectations for positive and sustained outcomes.
Awareness of the growing frustration with the Autism advocacy organizations that form de facto rudders for the directions of research, intervention and treatment, which are now even subject to public protests at fundraising events due to perceived lack of solid positive progress.
Awareness of the 600 pound gorilla in the room that is little spoken about, that for all intents and purposes, the world seems to be silently and effectively casting aside the countless number of current cases of autism as you might with people who are brain damaged or have received genetic short straws, in exchange for quests for earlier detection and short-sighted vaccine research.
I strongly believe that the high majority of the incidences of these and many other psychological and behavioral conditions in both children and adults are being directly caused or at the very least greatly contributed to, by improper food and nutritional choices and other avoidable environmental factors. I wholeheartedly agree that the trend toward early detection practices is a positive one, but only because catching more childhood cases of these disorders sooner means that specific dietary intervention can be all the more corrective, rapid and lastingly effective.
Although there has not yet been a funded clinical study on our work, I have personally seen hundreds of cases, and received back confirmations from countless others to validate that our dietary protocol is delivering both clinical and family-managed results for a diverse multitude of individuals on a consistent basis. I know that these days everyone and their brother seem to have their own theory about what constitutes proper and improper nutritional practices. However, in this particular case, I believe that the rapid positive results we’re consistently producing with ASD’s are undeniable and self-evident.
We are increasingly confident that not only can we greatly reduce the human and financial costs of future occurrences of these disorders, but using food-based therapies we can also improve or reverse a high percentage of existing cases. Once the research community at large decides to join us, we’ll do even better.