Book Review: Gut and Psychology Syndrome
Focusing on natural treatment of dyspraxia, autism, ADD, dyslexia, ADHD, depression, and schizophrenia, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, by Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD, is written from the perspective of a highly independent, scholarly, clear-thinking, loving mother and physician who set out to heal her son.
Though Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has not fully “cured” him, she says that with dietary restrictions, most of the time he now is a healthy 15-year old. Some readers may be familiar with the approaches she uses, but because of her dedicated commitment to her subject, you are also likely to learn quite a bit from it. She lists foods which persons with the syndrome should and should not eat, and it is the diet for celiac disease written by Dr. Sydney V. Haas and Merrill Haas over 50 years ago. Dr. Theron Randolph emphasized that his experience was that every diet needed to be individualized for each patient. Nevertheless, it is my experience that much about this diet is correct for many of these patients, and it’s a good starting point for an observant parent.
I liked the lists of influences which boost immunity, and influences which damage immunity, though I was surprised that colostrum, cordyceps, and beta glucan were not on the boosting list, as they have helped many of these patients. Raw milk is on her list of foods to be avoided. Clearly Dr. Campbell-McBride’s Russian education in medicine and neurology, plus a degree in nutrition, has provided her with a special ability to read the eastern European literature on intestinal flora and probiotics. Her conclusions are similar to those of Dr. William Crook.
Her excellent bibliography cites many physicians from the American Academy of Environmental Medicine among hundreds of other references. This book is a clearly written and practical, usable synthesis of a great deal of information by an energetic and intelligent physician and scholar.