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If Naturopaths are "Quacks"... Then I Guess I'm a Duck: Confessions of a Naturopath [Kindle Edition]

Shauna K Young
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Book Description

What is a Naturopath, and what does one actually do?

How does a “Traditional” Naturopath differ in philosophy and scope of practice from other types of so called “alternative” practitioners?

What can I expect to gain by seeking out and consulting with a practitioner like Shauna?

Are my health freedoms and choices in the United States and beyond really under attack?

These are just a few of the questions and answers that are addressed by Shauna K. Young, a Certified Traditional Naturopath (CTN) with a PhD in Natural Sciences, in this unconventional and revealing look at a medical art and health option that is being exponentially embraced by the public, and is therefore under increasing scrutiny and literal attack from a number of forces within the government and other medical communities.

With the way that the healthcare (or rather “sick-care”) industry functions in this country and elsewhere today, books and other sources of information addressing these issues are vitally important. Even though these works are certainly not fun and sometimes even a trial to read, they are necessary for gathering the kind of information not being readily or voluntarily disseminated by the Allopathic medical and pharmaceutical powers-that-be. This is NOT one of those books….

Just from the lighthearted title alone, it should be easy for the potential reader to anticipate that this is not going to be a “hard” study, or that taking on this book will prove to be one of those tasks you feel you probably should do, but don’t really want to do. Rather than shrink from the label of “Quack” that is so often attributed to anyone who dares to challenge conventional thought or tread outside the confines of the dogmatic and exclusionary medical paradigm, this book embraces it - taking it more as a compliment in being recognized as freshly different from the stagnant norm.

While there is undoubtedly a lot of extremely useful and easy to understand healthcare and wellness information in this book, that education is probably not the primary impression the reader will be left with. No, instead this book is purposely conversational in tone to be easily understood. It is presented as more of a memoir and cautionary tale than a medical lecture.

This book is like no other - Part informational, part personal memoir, part plea for people to wake up and take charge of and protect their own health freedoms, this book shines always with humor, love, intelligence and passion. It will definitely make you laugh, and maybe cry, but mostly it will make you think. After reading this, hopefully there will be many more people out there who will believe and assert that their own health shouldn’t be up to anyone else, and that they should always defend personal options and choice when it comes to their own bodies. Rather than “live and learn”, this book instead encourages people to “learn and live”!

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About the Author

Dr. Shauna Young is the owner and Medical Director of the Assertive Wellness Research Center of Durango, CO, which first opened its doors in 2001. To date, her center has had the distinct pleasure of seeing thousands of clients who have had the confidence to travel from every U.S. State and even several foreign countries based almost exclusively on referrals from other practitioners and satisfied clients. In 2005, after four years of clinical observations and experience, Shauna began specific research regarding her theorized negative effects of excess and stored manganese on the human neurological and sensory input systems and its possible symptomatic connections to Autism and other neurological, learning and behavioral disorders in both children and adults. The unique success of this clinical research, originally referred to as “The Popeye Protocol” and currently as the “Spectrum Balance® Protocol”, led to her receiving speaking engagements and Distinguished Awards of Excellence in both May of 2006 and May of 2007 from the internationally-recognized Global Foundation for Integrative Medicine. Shauna holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Natural Sciences and based on the merits of her research, theories and doctoral thesis on Manganism as it relates to Autism, was awarded a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Natural Sciences from the University of Natural Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In February of 2008 she was also knighted into the international Sovereign Medical Order of the Knights Hospitaller in recognition of the unique impact of her work with Autism and for positively advancing the field of natural medicine in general. Shauna serves as the Chief Medical Advisor for the NoHarm Foundation (, a Colorado not-for-profit organization formed with the primary goal of releasing this vastly important information with the intent of ushering in a new paradigm in research and providing real help for countless suffering children and adults. This information to date has been downloaded and utilized at no cost to families living in more than 60 countries. For a number of years now she has been an international lecturer on many aspects of natural medicine, the “Spectrum Balance® Protocol”, Autism Spectrum Disorders and many other health related topics. Shauna is currently working on her second book that will specifically highlight and chronicle her research and uniquely successful work with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

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20 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Quack! May 12, 2012

It's a name I've been called one, two, maybe 597 times since I launched this website.

To be honest, I've embraced the term as my own little badge of courage, as I patiently await the day when I have my own profile page on Sometimes I wonder what's taking them so darn long! I'm so looking forward to throwing myself a party where we all dress up like ducks.

Considering how dear I hold the word quack to this big heart of mine, you can probably imagine how geeked up I was last week when I opened up a package and found inside of it a book entitled If Naturopaths are Quacks...Then I Guess I'm a Duck: Confessions of a Naturopath by Dr. Shauna K. Young.

If you know me, you know that I have a stack of at least 30 books in what I call my On Deck Circle, each waiting to be read and blogged about. But with such an awesome title, this particular book jumped to the front of the line. Creativity and a sense of humor go a long way with me.

Speaking of a sense of humor, Dr. Young's wit and rib-tickling personality quickly become apparent through her writing style. Think Robb Wolf's The Paleo Solution or even my own The Dark Side of Fat Loss. She's got quite a bit of edu-tainer in her. Which makes for a fun and engaging read.

Comedy aside, If Naturopaths are Quacks is also a serious -- and quite surreal -- look at the state of our health care system: the quarreling among different kinds of doctors (even those who would appear to be on the same side), the laws that dictate what an alternative practitioner can and cannot say and do, the cost of losing a prescription drug user to a natural protocol, and the ever-growing tension between those solely concerned with empirical evidence and those who care more about getting results.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Retired
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I know, long review, but healthcare is my passion.

It is my RN educated opinion that Naturopath's have a rightful and respectful place in today's Health Care Professions. In fact, I also believe they should be honored by others in the conventional medical profession, rather than degraded as "Quacks" and much like those quacks known as Chiropractors... However, it is also my opinion that if people were to visit a Naturopath while they are still healthy, they might remain healthy many more years with the diet and lifestyle guidance of a Naturopath.

I enjoyed reading this book, it was knowledgeable, well written and well edited. Funny at times, sad at other times. I felt angered a few times as well. Overall it was an enjoyable and highly informative book. I learned a lot about the Naturopath profession and how they are frowned upon by conventional MDs. Of course I already knew that. But for myself, Medicare doesn't pay for a Naturopath. Nevertheless, I just wish I had of went to a Naturopath instead of an MD, who pushed cholesterol lowering drugs onto me for a couple years, insisted I continue taking the drugs despite my complaints of widespread muscle pain that worsened into chronic muscle pain that OTC pain meds wouldn't even work. I lost a LOT of muscle and strength taking those drugs, and got to a point that I eventually refused to take them anymore, much to the chagrin of my MD (who got very angry at me when I stopped taking them). Those drugs were my downfall, and recuperating from them, and regaining the muscle and strength I had lost, is taking a long time and I'm also left with chronic pain now that I didn't have before.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! March 18, 2014
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This is a Great book! It is very well written! Loved it! Very informative! Loved hearing about things from her perspective!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book March 18, 2014
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In this book Shauna is very candid as she writes. It is filled with lots of knowledge. I enjoyed reading it very much.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great info an eye opener March 13, 2014
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Everyone will take something away from reading this book, if not for themselves, for someone they know. Easy to read and understandable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, Insightful, Hard-hitting, Touching March 12, 2014
By Tanya
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Just a few words to describe this book. The author's caring for her clients rings true. This is a book to give hope to those who have lost it, especially for parents of children diagnosed with autism.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! February 27, 2014
By WendyMD
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This is a fantastic book-it is full of so much great information and very entertaining at the same time. I will recommend this to everyone!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone should read this! February 23, 2014
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Great info written in an informative and often humorous way. This info could start a revolution in the way we look at health care. People need to start paying attention to how we have been duped into believing what the allopathic medical community is gospel. Not to say there is not a need for western medicine at times but it is amazing how many things can be fixed using natural items, such as food. Wonderful book SKY!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved her book
I loved her book! Fast reading! Realized Shauna and I had mutual friend! Waiting for her next book to come out!
Published 1 month ago by Mary Frances Dobbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Fast reading entertainment
I would have preferred if more information was given as to how naturopaths actually help. It sounds very interesting as an alternative to drug pushing doctors. Very entertaining.
Published 2 months ago by June
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it!
Great read, would recommend to anyone skeptical of allopathic, or anyone sick and tired of being sick and tired! Entertaining and enlightening.
Published 4 months ago by Tina
5.0 out of 5 stars Dr. Shauna Young is the Kind of Quack I Like
If you are into alternative and natural medicine, I highly recommend this book.

As a chef and nutrition therapist, I particularly enjoyed Dr. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alain G. Braux
5.0 out of 5 stars Treatments that make sense
Sorry about the need to defend your chosen profession, but I liked the book and the info given, especially about drinking enough water to help fight off cancer. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Janet Moody
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye-opening, infuriating, and inspiring.
I can't thank Dr Young enough for the incredible work she's doing. I wish everyone would read this book and be prompted to think for themselves, and not take everything the medical... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Todd
5.0 out of 5 stars health detective
I was sceptic at first - especially after I had read the review on the right, which made this book look like: "Forget antibiotics, let's heal ourselves with olive oil and... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Polina
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe all the content
The author is an engaging writer and I enjoyed her humor. Some of what she states as fact is opinion--and a bit wacky. Read more
Published 7 months ago by N. Teeter
5.0 out of 5 stars Paleo the way to Go!
When I picked up this book on my Kindle, I did not anticipate that it would completely change my life, but it did. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Harriette Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Take charge of your health
I continue to learn more and more how miraculous our bodies can perform if we take care of it. Eating healthy and not putting synthetic drugs into our bodies all the time. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kim McCutcheon
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