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Campbell-McBride N. Gut and Psychology Syndrome.

Campbell-McBride N. Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Cambridge: Medinform Publishing, 2004. ISBN 0-9548520-0-1. Soft cover. 266 pages. A5 size pages. $45 plus postage and handling. Available from MINDD Foundation at

This book is sub-titled Natural treatment for Dyspraxia, Autism, ADD, Dyslexia, ADHD, Depression and Schizophrenia (though depression is not discussed in depth.) Dr Campbell-McBride runs a clinic specialising in areas related to the book's topics and notes that many of the above conditions, as well as asthma, eczema and other allergic conditions, present together. She suggests that the one common factor is the state of the patients' digestive systems, which gives rise to an underlying pathology that manifests itself as any combination of the named conditions. She labels this condition as Gut and Psychology Syndrome or GAP Syndrome, and writes that depression, manic depression, bipolar depression, and obsessive compulsive disorder also fit into GAP Syndrome.

In Part 1 Dr Campbell-McBride sets out her reasoning underpinning GAP Syndrome. Part 2 details the treatment. Diet is discussed over 61 pages. Foods to avoid and to have are listed and 34 pages of recipes are provided. Next the roles of probiotics, good/bad fats, vitamin A, digestive enzymes and vitamin and mineral supplementation are discussed. The concluding Part 3 discusses varied issues such as detoxification, ear infections, positive and negative immunity influences, constipation, genetics and education. This book is not referenced, but has reference bibliographies.

This book will be of value to practitioners interested in the above conditions, as well as those interested in the way in which gut disturbances may adversely affect overall health.
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Author:Boylan, Matthew
Publication:Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society
Article Type:Book review
Date:Dec 1, 2006
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