The Gut and the Brain Connection

Back in the 70s, when my daughter’s bipolar illness was developing, I began to experiment with different diets for her. At that time, a few doctors had made a connection between hyperactivity and diet. They believed that sugar was the main culprit and that many children had food sensitivities that caused them to develop attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It was a brand new theory that many seasoned professionals considered quackery.

I noticed some improvement in Tammy’s up and down moods after eliminating wheat and sugar from her diet. However, by then, she was around 10 years old and she had already developed an addiction to these very foods, making the diet hard to maintain. I now believe I was on the right track.

Today, more and more health professionals believe that the gastrointestinal system is the “second brain,” containing some 100 million neurons—more than in either the spinal cord or the peripheral nervous system!

The research of Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride shows there is a profound dynamic interaction between the gut, the brain, and the immune system. She has developed what might be one of the most profoundly important treatment strategies for preventing autism, as well as a wide range of other neurological-, psychological-, and autoimmune disorders—all of which are heavily influenced by gut health.

Dr. Campbell-McBride has done extensive research on the connection between gut flora and mental health and has improved the health of her own child, diagnosed with autism. This is what she writes:

“What happens in these children [is that] they do not develop normal gut flora from birth… As a result, their digestive system—instead of being a source of nourishment for these children—becomes a major source of toxicity. These pathogenic microbes inside their digestive tract damage the integrity of the gut wall. So all sort of toxins and microbes flood into the bloodstream of the child, and get into the brain of the child.

“… If the child’s brain is clogged with toxicity, the child misses that window of opportunity of learning and starts developing autism depending on the mixture of toxins, depending on how severe the whole condition is, and how severely abnormal the gut flora is in the child,”

Dr. Campbell-McBride explains further that GAPS may manifest as a conglomerate of symptoms that can fit the diagnosis of either autism, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), dyslexia, dyspraxia, or obsessive-compulsive disorder, just to name a few possibilities. Digestive issues, asthma, allergies, skin problems and autoimmune disorders are also common outgrowths of GAPS, as it can present itself either psychologically or physiologically.

Leading U.S. health guru, Dr. Mercola, believes Dr. Campbell-McBride’s Gut and Psychology Syndrome, and Gut and Physiology Syndrome (GAPS) Nutritional program is vitally important for MOST people, as the majority of people have such poor gut health due to poor diet and toxic exposures.

It would be a major breakthrough, just like the discovery of penicillin, if mental health researchers would confirm the connection between the gut and the brain, leading to the healing of brain disorders!

Dorothy Ruppert, Author of “God Placed Her in My Path – Lessons Learned from the Furnace of Bipolar Disorder.”

About dorothyruppert

Author of two books - God Placed Her in My Path - Lessons Learned From the Furnace of Bipolar Disorder -Sixty Days of Grace - God's Sufficiency for the Journey
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2 Responses to The Gut and the Brain Connection

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  2. Jo Michaels says:

    My brother was diagnosed with severe hyperactivity when he was younger. The doctor suggested the same thing yours did, and my mom started making everything from scratch. His behavior improved ten-fold as well. Good info here. WRITE ON!

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