Is it REALLY all in the gut?
"The Roots Of A Tree: A human body is like a planet inhabited by huge numbers of various micro-creatures. The largest colonies of microbes live in our digestive system."
teaches us how our health - from birth - is dictated by the balance and state of our gut flora.
The value of this book to each of us should not be limited by it's title. Dr. McBride does an excellent job of explaining fatty acid metabolism, the problem with junk foods and vegetarianism that apply to all of us. Dr. Specht feels it is one of the best books he has ever read.
Children and adults alike, with any type of specific health issues, can greatly improve their overall health, and their life, by following the information from this book. Dr. Campbell-McBride teaches how to change one's way of eating, thus creating a healthy environment for digestion and absorption of nourishing foods.
One sentence that stands out from the second chapter is "a fussy eater is a sign of a compromised immune system." Can you think of children or adults you have been around and noticed this? Adults you are around that are this way usually know why they are particular about how they eat. Children, however, when their immune system is compromised, will only eat certain foods.
Dr. Campbell-McBride has a son that was diagnosed with autism from an early age. She made changes in his diet and along with probiotic and nutritional support, over time, her child became normal. She states that this process takes approximately two years. In her clinic in the UK, she specializes in treating autistic and autistic spectrum disorder children. In this book, she gives very specific information on how a parent can change the dietary habits of their children (regardless of seemingly non-existent health issues, or noticeable health problems).
In the second chapter, she covers three groups of types of intestinal flora - (essential or beneficial, opportunistic and transitional flora). She writes about how important each type of flora is, what they do, how they work in the body and how the good and bad affect a person. This book was written for doctors, parents, or anyone who is interested in improving their health and willing to read and learn! So, it is relatively easy to read from the standpoint of how intricate this information is.
"Normal gut flora provides a major source of energy and nourishment for the cells which are lining the digestive
tract. When the gut flora is compromised, the lack of nourishment it would produce adds to the damage of the digestive wall. This sets up a chain of degenerative changes in the digestive wall structure, which would further impair its ability to digest and absorb nutrients." That's why many people with a compromised digestive system have blood tests that show for anemia and a wide range of vitamin and mineral defecienties - their systems just can't absorb what they need to because of the poor gut flora.
Diet, and supplementation to assist the process, is the way to remedy this and improve your health.
(More on this book in upcoming newsletters.)
These books are now available at our office or through this web site.