Supporting Research

Supporting Research Section

Presenting a Small Sampling of Relevant Research Exemplifying the Long History of Concerns Related to Manganese Neurotoxicity and to Dietary Phytic Acid/ Phytate Promoting Suppression and Deficiencies of Bioavailable Iron and Other Crucial Minerals in Infants, Children & Adults

We are constantly being asked and challenged, primarily by those in the medical establishment, to disclose and document our “evidence” that supports our contrary and controversial theories about the nutritional factors that promote the “Menefe Syndrome” and its potential connection to the exponential increases in Autism Spectrum and other disorders. The simple fact that countless numbers of people are responding positively and rapidly to the food choices of the SBP Diet without drugs, apparently isn’t sufficient confirmation and “evidence” for many.

Regardless of your particular current level of appreciation for or belief in the theories and work of Dr. Shauna Young and the NoHarm Foundation, you must have understandably asked yourself a number of these important questions:

1. Is there any outside evidence or proof that the element manganese can be a neurotoxicant and potential problem when it results from no more than our dietary patterns and other environmental exposures?

2. Is there any outside evidence or proof that dietary and other environmental exposure to manganese could contribute to the negative symptoms being categorized under the heading of the Autism Spectrum and other disruptive disorders plaguing children and adults?

3. Are there any historic or recent concerns about the current standards and practices for supplementation and fortification of foods with manganese?

4. Has any research been completed that challenges conventional wisdom regarding the intentional or other conscious use of manganese in prenatal, neonatal, child and adult nutrition and supplementation?

5. Are there known and recognized relationships and balancing aspects between minerals that are capable of promoting proper and/or disruptive brain function?

6. Has any research been completed to indicate that the condition where a body is low in bioavailable iron (which affects billions worldwide), may promote manganese excess to detrimental levels?

7. Are the nutritional science and food industries aware of and do they acknowledge the “anti-nutrient” actions of dietary phytic acid/ phytate that are responsible for any significant levels of mineral depletion and starvation in the bodies of developing infants, children and adults?

8. Have agencies of U.S. and other world government expressed any concerns about public exposure to common levels of dietary sources of manganese as well as phytic acid/phytate in addressing many of the growth disorders and diseases that affect billions worldwide?

We believe that the natural tendency of any reasonable person would be to assume that if the above questions have already been asked and answered by any credible factions of the global research community, then we the public would surely be the beneficiaries of the best recommendations available for use by the food industries and for nutritional education and guidance for individuals and growing families.

However, after reviewing the research highlights that follow, you will find that the singular answer to every one of these questions above, is an unbelievable …”YES”.


The highlighted research summary in this section is intended to inform you, to educate you, and it should rightly shock and make you mad – mad at the collective research community, mad at our food producers, mad at our government agencies entrusted by we the public with establishing and updating guidelines for nutrition as new and superior information becomes available. Well, after reading this, it should become quite obvious to you that they have not been doing that.

As you will quickly recognize, the bulk of this summarized research does not represent “new” information by any stretch of the imagination, so you’ll no doubt find yourself asking as we have, “Just where has this research been hiding all these years?” Are the folks at the NoHarm Foundation somehow the only interested people who could locate this highly disturbing information?

These research excerpts are not intended to represent complete scientific references, as these condensations of a multitude of studies are simply meant to serve as an exemplary overview of just a very small sampling of the history of abundant supporting research we have rediscovered on these subjects that resulted from the work of prestigious researchers and institutions of learning all around the globe. We will continue to expand this research section as additional outside studies are revealed.

But having the ability to see this number of studies and findings all together and with particularly important portions being highlighted and otherwise emphasized, should allow the reader to quickly recognize and appreciate the larger mosaic and intertwined picture that seems to have escaped the individual researchers all working on their respective segmented subjects of tighter focus. This highly abbreviated information obviously represents many hundreds of pages of reports, and if desired, a quick Internet search using the full title of any of the individual research papers will enable the reader to access the full scientific articles and associated research studies.

As you’re reviewing these entries be sure to look both for the dates of the individual reports in order to appreciate the passing time expanse, and for the names of the prominent institutions from all around the globe where these studies, findings and resulting concerns originated. Where deemed appropriate, we have ended most of these individual excerpts with a Summary Statement that will draw your attention to what we think is a particularly representative statement or statements from the particular report.

As is commonplace and accepted procedure with much of the research that relates to and impacts human health, many of these studies were completed using animal populations. It is striking and completely unbelievable to us that we have been able to locate far more constructive application of the results of these studies to enhance and benefit the feeding of commercially raised animals, than to improve upon the foods and crucial nutritional requirements for infants, growing children and adults.

Our adult population has been growing weaker, sicker and more obese for a very long time, and now the virtual void in proper and honest nutritional education and guidance has also largely contributed to the massive explosion in conditions that are devastating the health and destiny of our most precious resource – the infants and young children who represent our future. This can, and must stop!

So just how much solid evidence and justified cause for concern is represented in this research compilation? You read, and then that’s for you to decide.


All research entries in this section are listed in chronological order (oldest first) under the primary topic of each page