In her fascinating and thought provoking book entitled Gut and Psychology Syndrome (see Books) Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride (UK) closely examines an emerging epidemic: autism, attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity and without it (ADHD/ADD), dyspraxia, dyslexia, various behavioral and learning problems, allergies, asthma, and eczema.
Research and vast clinical experience show one factor that is common to all these patients. The child’s digestive system holds the key to the child’s mental development. Despite the fact that some GAPS children appear to grow very well, they are malnourished in very important micronutrients: magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, calcium, manganese, sulphur, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sodium, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, A, D, folic acid, omega fatty acids, and many others.
An unhealthy digestive system compromises the patient’s immune system, which is exposed to extremely toxic substances. These toxins come from opportunistic microbes that overgrow in the gut and elsewhere in the body. Neurotoxins are produced by abnormal flora in the gut, which get absorbed into the blood and taken to the brain. These are the kinds of toxins that can make anybody mentally ill.
This book shows how the digestive system affects the brain. The book delights and shocks. It is an invaluable resource for parents and patients with syndrome diseases and mental health issues, and anyone who cares and wants to be informed.