Can healing your child’s gut really cure autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) or other behavior problems? Hypocrites proclaimed that all disease begins in the gut. Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine has known this for thousands of years. Lately, Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS), has been ending children’s behavior problems in her UK pediatric clinic, with dietary restoration and balance of intestinal flora. She learned her methods by ending her son’s autism..
Dr. Campbell-McBride has done a lecture of the United States explaining GAPS and how she has handled whole families with various GAPS problems, not just the children. Her book outlines her findings fully, and includes her dietary solutions. She notes that early childhood diseases and behavior problems often occur because the mother’s intestinal flora was weak or destroyed during delivery and the baby then inherits whatever its mother has to offer during its exit through the womb. Then there are vaccines and tainted foods to worry about. Perhaps this is why breastfeeding and avoiding vaccinations really does produce more healthy children.
The behavior problems and psychological disorders Dr. Campbell-McBride has treated successfully cover the full spectrum of what’s become epidemic over the last few decades. In her Michigan lecture, she noted her treatable GAPS spectrum includes “autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders and more.”
She has observed that the patterns of these behavior problems overlap. They are not the separate boxes that conventional psychiatry has established to prescribe an array of toxic drugs. If a child’s damaged intestinal flora doesn’t manifest itself with behavior problems, then it will manifest with physical problems. Asthma, allergies, and eczema appear during early childhood. With a damaged immune signal system, the child is also more prone to illness than someone with an intact immune system. More vaccinations will exacerbate this issue.
Antibiotics or intake from commercial dairy and meats tainted with antibiotics destroy our friendly flora. So do processed foods and GMOs, but there are dietary measures for restoring a healthy gut. Dr. Campbell-McBride explains in her book how powerful probiotic supplements can help restore gut populations initially. But probiotic sources from fermented foods and kefirs should be probiotic staples.
Meanwhile, UK Professor Jeremy Nicholson says ” … almost every sort of disease has a gut bug.” His focus has been on deciphering the roles of different pro-biotic strains, of which there are almost 40, and their relationship to how they signal to areas outside the gut. It’s been discovered that our friendly intestinal bacteria go beyond their important role of facilitating digestion.
The numbers of intestinal flora or friendly bacteria have to exceed the numbers of hostile microbes to be effective. If spread out on a flat surface, the inner linings of our GI tract would cover a tennis court, so there is room for huge numbers of friendly bacteria. Whys should we care? For starters, the friendly bacteria that colonize this vast inner surface produce the acids necessary to assimilate nutrients into our blood. Those acids transport our food’s nutrients through the gut lining in forms that our cells can recognize.
And that’s just the beginning. The friendly little gut critters also minimize microbes that aren’t so friendly. That includes fungal infections such as Candida. Even supplements don’t get absorbed sufficiently without the presence of substantial healthy intestinal flora. Healthy gut flora actually create Vitamin K2 and the B vitamins daily to maintain proper levels of those nutrients.
Healthy gut flora also signal appropriate reactions to pollutants and pathogens that trigger immune system activity. This activity includes T-cell actions. Many knowledgeable scientists have ascertained that approximately eighty percent of our immune system depends on the GI tract’s friendly bacteria.
Words of advice
If your child has used antibiotics for any reason in the past, you should get a probiotic supplement with high numbers of strains and high amounts of organisms, ranging in the billions. Ultrabiotic is an excellent choice for older children and adults, and Pedia-Biotic is the best for younger children.
If you learn how to make kefir, it would be a good source of inexpensive probiotic organisms for GI tract maintenance. The best kefir is made with raw milk, but if you have no access to that, conventionally produced milk is also acceptable. Do a Google search to order what is known as starter grains.
Once you get those grains going after the first few batches, they multiply to the point of having to discard some while using the remainders for new batches. Or you can buy ready made kefir at health oriented stores.
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