Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, Schizophrenia
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Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, Schizophrenia

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  550 ratings  ·  88 reviews
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 d...more
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Published September 29th 2004 by Medinform Publishing (first published September 1st 2004)
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Jeniann
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,...more
Brad Belschner
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.
Lisa C
May 09, 2012 Lisa C rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: if you have any condition on book cover or combo of gut/mental health issues
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This book blew me away with information I had never heard before. It really drove home to me because I have clearly had the GAPS condition all my life. So many puzzle pieces put together for me. It may not be the answer for everything or everyone, but in the niche of where gut disorders and psychological disorders meet, this is one solid book. I've been following the protocol as outlined in the book and I am seeing major improvements in my physical and mental health.

I only recommend that if you...more
Lyla
Feb 19, 2013 Lyla rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Lyla by: Andi
I've been doing the GAPS diet since May of 2012 and it's made a MASSIVE difference in my health and the health of my family. I'd recommend it highly.

The diet itself is grueling to do and feel like a frustrating, time hogging, all consuming monster that ate my whole world. I'd do it again in a heart beat. I hope it only takes us 2 years to complete. I LOVE not having to take allergy meds, puff my inhaler or be a slave to hives. It's MAGIC!!!!!! I have no seasonal depression issues anymore, my son...more
Caroline Benson
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...more
Sam
It was really amazing to hear Natasha speak at a conference I went to recently. Her position is that all (or basically all) ailments of the body (and, as the title suggests, mind) are the result of a poorly functioning digestive system. She offers (an extremely challenging but temporary) diet to heal the gut and recover. Her work began when she realized her son was autistic. The diet is full of unprocessed foods, bone broths, and fermented and probiotic foods. It avoids sugars, starch, and food...more
Betsy
GAPS diet - I'd been hoping to heal celiac without resorting to this remedy, but the time has come. We're doing it. SO tired of dealing with this exact problem right here:

"The reason for allergies and food intolerances is so-called "leaky gut" when the gut lining is damaged by abnormal micro flora. Foods do not get the chance to be digested properly before they get absorbed through this damaged wall and cause the immune system to react to them. Many people try to identify which foods they react
...more
Iona  Main Stewart
This is an invaluable book, which has provided me with essential information.

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,...more
Martha Love
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...more
Heatherz
After over two years of trying different versions of the hypoallergenic diet, this book gave us clues for how to live a more normal life, without further experimentation in removing foods or adding supplements. *We did not follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) promoted in the book.* However, the advice for nutrition and probiotic therapy were invaluable.

Best points taken:
-It is essential to heal a leaky gut. If that doesn't happen, no matter what food is removed, there will still be health...more
Amber
Hands down the best book on health and nutrition I have ever read. I've only been on the diet for 2 weeks, but have already lost 8lbs. I've had a rash on my forehead for years, and it is gone. As a bonus, I think the gelatin is improving my skin. I have horrible stretch marks, and they look and feel greatly improved. I didn't even know that was possible. The book has a lot of technical information, but is presented in a way the lay person can understand. I was very skeptical about all the meat c...more
Angie
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this book. I have read it before and I will reread it again because it is so full of answers to all of my questions. Why are people allergic to food and pollen and animals, when God made both for our enjoyment? What is up with autism and dyslexia? Are ADD and ADHD real? Why are most Americans on anti-depressants? Why would God make a child with Type 1 Diabetes? How do you overcome Candida and other gut problems? What is going on here with all of these illnesses?! Well, the autho...more
Yahoo-Eleanor Rizzo
This book can be a little hard to penetrate, but it's worth it. Although the title seems to claim too much, apparently touting a magic solution to all problems, once you read the book and understand the connections between diet and brain health, it makes sense. Not included in the title, are the additional benefits of this diet in terms of digestive issues and food allergies. Furthermore, based on my own independent reading, Dr. Campbell-McBride's nutritional claims appear to be supported by old...more
Angela Boord
I'm not sure I will ever try to put the whole GAPS diet into practice here because none of my kids are autistic and our other problems (asthma, allergies, ADHD) are probably on the milder side of those the author addresses. But this was the first book I've ever read about special diets for psychological conditions that make logical scientific sense to me. Her basic premise is that abnormal gut flora leads to a poisoning of a person's whole system, including the brain, and that the main goal in t...more
Esther
pretty interesting, I doubt I would do the full GAPS diet any time soon, but that said, her ideas and logic sure make sense. A bit on the technical side, but I learned a lot and have already decided to make some changes to simplify our diets even more to be further away from processed foods. it also gave me the motivation to cook a whole chicken and use the stock to make some soup!
Leah
The information in the book is fascinating and intuitively sensible. I'm going to do the diet to try to clear autoimmune symptoms. The writing is fairly clear but surprisingly technical in some places and I feel the book is poorly organized and kind of choppy. I love the content, but I was expecting more of a book with such rave reviews.
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Janell
The best description of how the intestines work that I have ever read.
Karen
May 05, 2011 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: anyone with severe health issues
5.5 This book is a MUST READ for, well, pretty much anyone. It is critical reading for anyone who has a family/personal history of auto-immune disorders, gut disorder(IBS/Diabetes/Chrons etc) depression, bi-polar, schizophrenia, ADD/ADHD or Autism. This book will absolutely change your world and your life.

For someone who does not have a significant health issue, this book will still change your entire viewpoint about food and how it relates to your health. While following the GAPS protocol is no...more
Steve
An interesting book on the plethora of new syndromes and isms that seem to be increasing in their frequency, especially amongst children: Autism,ADD/ADHD,Dyslexia,Dyspraxia,Depression,Schizophrenia etc.

Dr Campbell-McBride locates the source in poor diet, processed foods and a host of related phyical and dietary causes.

Clearly mind and body are inter-related and it seems perfectly plausible that poor diet will have psychological and mental effects.

But, maybe she underplays the effects of social d...more
Nikki
Despite everything else I've read about food and nutrition in the last year, I couldn't put this book down. It filled in so many of the gaps (pun intended) in my research, finally explaining the connections I'd suspected between gut flora and all our health issues. We aren't dealing with autism in our house, but I'm thinking of trying her diet to deal with food intolerances, bedwetting, etc, and I would HIGHLY recommend this to anyone with any digestive issues at all. Even if you don't do the di...more
Rochelle
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.
Sheril
This program is doing wonders for my health. It is a long-term commitment that is really worth it. The book itself has some room for critique and improvement and still I say it is worth it. You cannot get this information anywhere else in a way that will really guide you through how to achieve this healing that so many of us need. Buy the book, join a discussion group to help you along on the journey (such as on facebook) and start your healing!

BTW, I am intentionally leaving this recommendation...more
Janice
This book has changed the life of our son. I cannot recommend this book highly enough for those caring for someone on the autism spectrum. I cannot express exactly how much of a blessing this book has been to our family. Because of the GAPS diet, we are recovering our son from autism. Can I give this book 20 stars somehow?
Kristen
Listed everything we are going through digestion/gut wise. Plan on implementing this full force when we return from vacation to get rid of yeast and allergy issues once and for ALL! Love that this is Weston A Price based/friendly too.
Amy
It took me a long time to work up to reading this book, but I wish I had started here. This book explains the ecosystem of our digestive systems in an understandable way, and makes it feel almost obvious what one should do to have better health -- eat better food that will restore good bacteria into your system.

I have read Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall, so I was relieved to find that GAPS is essentially the same as the Specific Carbohydrate Diet that my family went on for about...more
Inspired Kathy
Fascinating! I highly recommend this book to anyone seriously looking for natural alternatives to mental and physical health challenges.
Waseem
I was led to this book by first reading " The Specific Carbohydrate Diet " by Elaine ( SCB Diet ) which was a God send to help me deal with and manage the horrible GAPS condition Ulcerative Colitis ...

But as with the authors important message near the end of this very book am reviewing no2 - *continued education* is very important and never ending ... Hence me picking up this book even although my UC condition was being now under control and managed ...

Yet surprisingly I actually learned a lot...more
Mike Moskos
Arguably the best discussion on the digestive system and how to repair it in any book. I read many similar books on candida and the author's description is clearly the best, perhaps due to her experience mitigating her son's autism symptoms and simply the fact that more research has been done in the 10 years or so since those other books were written.

BUT, the book falls short as a do it yourself guide. It needs some editing of this section, with much clearer directions put into charts, etc. The...more
Claudia
This book was excellent! I couldn't put it down. Dr. McBride is on to something big. Every mother or mother-to-be should read this book and consider implementing what she teaches into their life. There's a lot more researching to be done (on my part). She says some pretty controversial stuff especially about the body's inability to use a lot of the nutrients in vegetables. I've got to find the truth out for myself and I'm a perfect candidate for not only trying the diet out on myself but having...more
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Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride holds a degree in Medicine and Postgraduate degrees in both Neurology and Human Nutrition. In her clinic in Cambridge she specializes in nutrition for children and adults with behavioral and learning disabilities, and adults with digestive and immune system disorders.

Dr. Campbell-McBride set up The Cambridge Nutrition Clinic in 1998. As a parent of a child diagnosed wi...more
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