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Doctor: Autism Awareness Month Should Generate Fresh Treatments

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Dr Shauna Young has been working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders for more than five years and always looks forward to April as Autism Awareness Month, but with ever-diminishing expectations. Young, who has been practicing in Colorado, says this year the awareness month should generate new ideas and treatments - asking if there are any new ideas on Autism.

"Shouldn’t the point of a national awareness month be to bring attention to new progress and hope?" questions Young, Chief Medical Advisor for the NoHarm Foundation (noharmfoundation.org). "Each year, 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."

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Instead of rehashing the same stagnant information that encourages people to simply "accept" the absence of forward progress, Dr. Young believes that this Autism Awareness Month should instead draw attention to:

* 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, that the international incidences of autism actually continue to steadily rise with no apparent abatement

* 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

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* 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

* The growing frustration with the largest Autism 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 utter lack of any visible positive progress combined with recent discoveries of inordinately high administrative and operational cost ratios that leave mere single digit crumbs returning to the public in the forms of any real help dividends

* 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 contributed to, by improper food and nutritional choices and other avoidable environmental factors," she said. "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."

She added that although there has not yet been a funded clinical study on her work, she has both seen and received back countless confirmations that her dietary protocol is delivering both clinical and family managed results for a multitude of individuals on a consistent basis. Her feeling is that this natural science has yet to attain its full potential in mainstream medicine because instruction on food choices lacks the backing of the multi-billion dollar pharmaceutical industry engine.

"I know that these days everyone and their brother seem to have their own theory about what constitutes proper and improper nutritional practices." she added. "However, in this particular case, I believe that the rapid positive results we’re consistently producing are undeniable and self-evident. 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."

By Russ Handler