Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride set up The Cambridge Nutrition Clinic in 1998. As a parent of a child diagnosed with learning disabilities, she is acutely aware of the difficulties facing other parents like her, and she has devoted much of her time to helping these families. She realized 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 its own.
The author, Dr. Campbell-McBride, is a specialist in the gut. She states that all diseases stem from an imbalanced gut, The present epidemic in children of ADHD/ADD, dyspraxia (extreme clumsiness), dyslexia, autism, allergies, etc. etc. all stem from a gut disorder/compromised immune system.
She terms this gut disorder “Gut and Psychology Syndrome”, or GAPS. Those suffering from schizophrenia also belong to this group, as do those such as myself with auto-immune ailments. (In actual fact probably most of us have an imbalanced gut in this day and age.)
The book tackles the problems involved in great detail, Campbell-McBride explains how our gut flora is damaged by antibiotics, other drugs, including the Pill, diet (most people these days have an atrocious diet and suffer from malnutrition), bottle feeding as a baby, pollution, etc. etc. We inherit our gut flora from our mother and to a certain extent our father, and the problem becomes worse and worse through the generations.
The author has had great success in treating both children and adults by improving their diet and gut flora. Her own child is/was autistic, which motivated her to search for the cause of this serious problem. Many of us can be glad that it was her lot to be the mother of an autistic child, since it resulted in her finding out the cause of this disease and many other diseases, and to illuminate us on how to heal them.
There are several chapters about the appropriate diet for GAP-syndrome sufferers and one of these includes long lists of recommended foods and foods to avoid. There is also a chapter comprising useful recipes.
I have already excluded a few extra items from my diet, which was severely limited to begin with - I had already discovered that I couldn’t tolerate most of the items the author declared to be unsuitable. I have eliminated butter and kidney beans from my diet and have replaced them with split peas, with great success. The only beans she can recommend are navy and Lima beans, which are apparently more easily digestible for a GAPS person (and others too, I presume).
The most important component of the GAPS diet is probiotics – the essential, beneficial bacteria which can heal our gut. To obtain these we will need to begin to eat cultured vegetables/fermented foods. We will also need to take a good therapeutic-strength probiotic. The author goes into detail about the benefits of the various probiotics,
The book contains an excellent chapter about fats, another of the author’s areas of expertise. (Read her book “Put your heart in your mouth” where she explains about the cholesterol myth and the real causes of atherosclerosis and thus heart disease.)
The book is written in a pleasing and entertaining manner. I thoroughly recommend that you read it. If you implement the author’s advice, you will greatly improve your health and/or that of your GAPS-child. This book and the author’s above-mentioned book are the best health books I’ve read for a considerable time.
And there's the fact that the author's web site offers "GAPS certification" for a fee for $1000 or more. If you're looking for a more science-based book about your gut, I would suggest Gut by Guilia Enders. It's better researched and a better read.