Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, Schizophreniaby Published 01 Jul 2010
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Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride set up The Cambridge Nutrition Clinic in 1998. As a parent of a child diagnosed with learning difficulties, she was acutely aware of the difficulties facing other parents like her, and she has devoted much of her time to helping these families. She realised that nutrition played a critical role in helping children and adults to overcome their disabilities, and has pioneered the use of probiotics in this field.
Her willingness to share her knowledge has resulted in her contributing to many publications, as well as presenting at numerous seminars and conferences on the subjects of learning disabilities and digestive disorders. Her book "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" captures her experience and knowledge, incorporating her most recent work.
She believes that the link between learning disabilities, the food and drink that we take, and the condition of our digestive system is absolute, and the results of her work have supported her position on this subject. In her clinic, parents discuss all aspects of their child's condition, confident in the knowledge that they are not only talking to a professional but to a parent who has lived their experience. Her deep understanding of the challenges they face, puts her advice in a class of it's own.
Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, Schizophrenia Reviews
I now realize the science behind this book is rather... unsubstantiated. Most people will do more harm to themselves than good by following the dietary advice in this book. If you've read this book, or you're considering reading it, I strongly encourage you to get a book or two from Matt Stone instead. His research is far superior and gives much better results.
A key book to understanding the link between our guts (our second brain) and the state of our brain.
It focuses on the importance of intestinal flora for the maintenance of good health, including mental health.
Her experience is priceless and the hundreds of cases treated for all kinds of diseases or mental disorders are revealing.
Mother of a vegetarian child, hyperactive with attention deficit disorder (ADHD) I was particularly sensitive to the arguments of Dr. Campbell and reading this book was a turning point for me and the understanding of the origin of these problems.
In conclusion, I would say more than anything else, your guts can lead you (or not) to happiness...
Any book that uses Andrew Wakefield as a legitimate source loses, well, all credibility with me.
As much as I'd love to find a natural treatment to ADHD, a book that sites a former doctor who published fraudulent research which sent the vaccine world all a-tizzy, that blames bottle-feeding moms for not establishing the "flora" in their infant's guts, and then later blames breastfeeding moms for passing along harmful bacteria is clearly not for me.
I wrote a glowing review of this book two years ago, and since then many people have read my review and commented on it, many of whom I do not know, I feel that I must change my review somewhat at this point so that what I have learned can be helpful to others.
As I initially stated in my review, the concepts in this book have tremendous potential for healing gut problems. Within months of starting this type of diet, my son finally got rid of the chronic diarrhea that plagued him his whole life, and I finally got rid of the stomachaches that plagued me whenever I ate for as long as I can remember. Dr. Natasha's recommendations for gut healing are well founded in scientific and medical principles (as she explains very well in the book) and the gut healing methods are quite effective. To me the gut healing that has occurred for both of us has been wonderful, and it's given me a new lease on life in all honesty, and I haven't felt this good in years.
However, one must use the principles in the book carefully. Initially my autistic son made huge gains with this diet and even his behavior changed significantly. However, because of heavy antibiotic use as a baby, it turns out that my son is in a small subgroup of people that have problems with oxalates. As a result, doing this type of diet over a long period of time in the way I did made the oxalate problems much worse, and thus his autistic symptoms in some ways got worse in time, and I am still working to improve them. Although I am confident that I can heal the oxalate problem, it's going to take some time.
I could have avoided oxalate problems by doing the following: continuing with the Betaine HCl for fat absorption problems as Dr. NCM recommends, making sure to consume plenty of probiotics in food form such as fermented vegetables and 24-hour yogurt or kefir, and being cautious about high oxalate foods. High oxalate foods include: nuts, beans (including navy beans), spinach, beets, green beans, and carrots. (Chocolate and wheat and also very high in oxalates, but they aren't allowed on this diet. : ) ) Nuts are particularly high in oxalates and should be consumed with caution.
I still highly recommend this book, I just issue a warning to proceed carefully and make sure to do the diet exactly as recommended in the book.
I also wanted to mention that I do not at all agree with Dr. NCB's recommendation of ABA therapy for autism, and feel that the RDI program is much better. For those interested in further therapies for autism, I highly recommend the books "The Fabric of Autism" and "The RDI Book."
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has done an excellent job of explaining how people with GAP have a compromised immune system and how to heal these deficiencies through diet. Although my family seems to have healthy guts, I have learned so much by reading her book that will surely help to keep us all healthy. There is a wealth of information in this book about maintaining gut health through diet. Here are three of the tips I have begun putting into practice that I never thought of before reading her book: adding cabbage to green salads to stimulate the body to produce its own stomach acid; making sure the probiotics I use have soil bacteria; and using unrefined coconut oil for the anti-viral and anti-fungal properties. You will certainly have your own important list of healthy diet improvements if you read this book.
While I do feel that reflecting and listening to our gut feelings is the key to having a calm and, thus, healthy gut, obviously one's diet is also critical and I highly recommend this book to review your and your family's diet for excellent gut health.
author of What's Behind Your Belly Button? A Psychological Perspective of the Intelligence of Human Nature and Gut Instinct and
Increasing Intuitional Intelligence: How the Awareness of Instinctual Gut Feelings Fosters Human Learning, Intuition, and Longevity