Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride set up The Cambridge Nutrition Clinic in 1998. As a parent of a child diagnosed with learning disabilities, 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. This book 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.
Natasha Campbell-McBride holds a Degree in Medicine and Postgraduate Degrees in both Neurology and Human Nutrition. In her clinic in Cambridge she specialises in Nutrition for Children and Adults with Behavioural and Learning Disabilities, and Adults with Digestive and Immune System Disorders
"Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride is to be congratulated on putting together such a well-researched and provocative book. From the over-use of antibiotics to the promotion of breast-feeding and healthier diets, Dr. Campbell-McBride writes with the authority of a practising doctor and with the warmth and feeling of a mother of a child with autism. Every parent with a child who has autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, dyslexia or dyspraxia will find much to value in this book, which in turn delights and shocks the reader. I warmly recommend it."
Dr Basant K Puri, Professor of psychiatry, MA, PhD, MB, BChir, BSc MathSci, MRCPsych, DipStat, Mmath, Hammersmith Hospital, Imperial College London
"Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has done an excellent job of summarising the nutritional biochemical connections with psychiatric and neurological disorders and gastrointestinal function. She has done an admirable job in relating specific digestive disorders in conditions such as schizophrenia, autism, attention deficit disorder and other problems of child development. The book is full of valuable and interesting facts that can be used by people to optimise the health of themselves and their children."
Dr. William Shaw, Ph.D., Great Plains Laboratories, Kansas, USA
"The book contains basic information for the beginner as well as in-depth information for those at an advance level. Thank you Dr. Campbell-McBride for writing this book."
Stephen M. Edelson, Ph.D., Center for the Study of Autism, Salem, Oregon, USA
"This book presents the case for investigating the nutritional aspects, how the gut works and how poor gut function seriously impacts not only physical health but also brain function, for all children with learning and behaviour difficulties."
Sally Bunday, Founder Director, The Hyperactive Children’s Support Group, UK
"I would recommend this book to those practitioners involved in helping GAPS patients. It is written in such a way as to make it easily understood by non-medical parents, guardians and carers. Buy it!"
Dr Brian McDonogh, MD, Eagle Clinic
"The book is brilliant, informative and easy to read. It has inspired me to let people know that there is a natural way to help lessen their symptoms of ADD, ADHD or autism."
Gabrielle Tappin, Nutritional Consultant
"Gut and Psychology Syndrome is an extremely easy book to read and understand. It explains absolutely everything from how your child’s body works to ideas of how to implement the diet. Now at last there is a book that has actually been written for parents! Each chapter helped me to understand further what had happened to Ben with so many connections to stomach illnesses in mine and my husband’s family. The book has been so useful for recipes and supplementation advice. In fact after reading the book our whole family began the diet and we are all feeling much better for it!"
Sandi Collins, mother of Ben who is recovering from autism
A short abstract from the book:
The overlapping picture
Autism, attention deficit disorder with hyperactivity and without it (ADHD/ADD), dyspraxia, dyslexia, various behavioural and learning problems in children and adults, allergies, asthma, eczema - all have reached epidemic proportions. But more than that these seemingly unrelated conditions overlap with each other. After years of working with the children in my clinic I hardly met one child who presented with just one of the above conditions. Every child has two, three or more of these health problems at once. A large percent of allergic and asthmatic children are dyspraxic and hyperactive to various degrees. Many of them have problems with concentration and attention span, which affect their learning ability. There is an approximate 50% overlap between dyslexia and dyspraxia and a 30 - 50% overlap between ADHD and dyslexia. Children who suffer severe eczema in infancy quite often develop autistic features later in life
As we can see, modern medicine has created all these separate diagnostic boxes to fit our children in. But the modern child does not fit into any one of them; the modern child fits into this rather lumpy picture.
Why are all these conditions related? What underlying problem are we missing in our children which makes them susceptible to asthma, eczema, allergies, dyspraxia, dyslexia, behavioural problems, ADHD and autism in different combinations? Why, when they become teenagers, do many of these children fall prey to substance abuse? Why do many of these children grow up to become diagnosed with schizophrenia, depression, bipolar disorder and other psychological and psychiatric problems?
To answer all these questions we have to look at one factor, which unites all these patients in a clinical setting. This factor is the state of their digestive system. I have yet to meet a child or an adult with autism, ADHD/ADD, asthma, eczema, allergies, dyspraxia or dyslexia, who has not got digestive abnormalities. In many cases they are severe enough for the patients or their parents to start talking about them first. In some cases the parents may not mention their child’s digestive system, yet when asked direct questions would describe a plethora of gut problems. But what have digestive abnormalities got to do with autism, hyperactivity, inability to learn, mood and behaviour problems? According to recent research and clinical experience – a lot! In fact it appears that the patient’s digestive system holds the key to the patient’s mental state.
Gut And Psychology Syndrome (GAP Syndrome) establishes the connection between the gut and the brain. Children and adults with GAP Syndrome often fall into the gap – the gap in our medical knowledge. As a result they do not receive appropriate treatment.
Apart from childhood learning disabilities: autism, ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, dyspraxia and various learning and behavioural problems, there is another group of conditions which fit into the GAP Syndrome. These conditions are schizophrenia, depression, manic depression or bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. The father of modern psychiatry French psychiatrist Phillipe Pinel (1745–1828), after working with mental patients for many years, concluded in 1807: “The primary seat of insanity generally is in the region of the stomach and intestines.” And yet, the last thing a modern psychiatrist would pay attention to is the patient’s digestive system!” (abstract from the book)
The book Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Natural treatment for autism, ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression and schizophrenia describes in detail how GAPS conditions develop and how to treat them using a sound nutritional programme.