I began my journey into resolving the mechanism by which particular dietary components trigger her autistic traits. I realised that for people to accept and benefit from it, resolving the mechanism was vital. Without that, it simply sounds too implausible and to be honest, I can completely relate to that – I was and am an anti-snake-oil person. I have always needed evidence and understanding before I can accept something.
But what separates me from most now is that I have been humbled by what I have seen with my own eyes. I had been quite arrogant in my scientific surety of what were well-established facts. Now I like to check the quality of the facts presented in the published literature myself – what was the sample size, what methods were used to collect and analyse the data, where are the gaps in the study that might mean the researcher overlooked something important?