Andrew Specht Chiropractic Newsletter



In This Issue
Gut and Psychology Syndrome
Apple Crumble
Vitamin D
"Gut and Psychology Syndrome"

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD


Gut and Psychology Syndrome - Book 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."


Dr. Campbell-McBride 

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. 


Do You Know


What's In Your Shampoo? 

Flowing Hair - pictureShampoo washes your hair, right?

Well, when you stop and think about it, that same shampoo is being absorbed into your skin - the largest organ of the body. Gluten sensitive people have discovered this the hard way! (If there are "wheat amino acids" in the shampoo, the same reactions will occur for some people as if they ingested gluten....*)

So - have you thought about all of those cleaning chemicals that are in your shampoos and how they affect your health?

Sodium lauryl sulfate is a surfactant, detergent and emulsifier used in thousands of cosmetic products, as well as in industrial cleaners. It is present in nearly all shampoos, scalp treatments, hair color and bleaching agents, toothpastes, body washes and cleansers, make-up foundations, liquid hand soaps, laundry detergents and bath oils/bath salts.

As Mercola's web site states, there are no federal regulations for beauty products or shampoos, so the buyer must really be aware of what is going on their bodies.

Dr. Joseph Mercola's research team has really done a thorough job on this topic.

Article from

For many years, Dr. Specht has been carrying in his office two shampoo lines that are free of sodium lauryl sulfate - and some of the products are gluten free, as well. The two lines we carry are Enjoy and Colure Hair Care. 

*(If you are gluten sensitive, you need to check the labels    of these hair care products as well.)

Improving and managing your health is definitely a learning process that is ongoing, and finely tuned. If you are ready for this part of your process, switch to a sulphate free shampoo!


            Recipe From The GAPs Book:


Apple Crumble


Green apples - Picture
4 cooking apples

2 eggs   


Carrot pulp from juicing 2       pounds, 3 ounces of carrots (or 1 pound of carrots, very finely chopped)


10 dried apricots


1/2 cup honey


1/2 cup salted butter



Cut the apples into pieces and place on the bottom of your baking dish. Chop dried apricots into small pieces.


Mix together eggs, butter, carrot pulp, chopped dried apricots and honey.  Put together the mixture on tip of the apples and mix slightly. Bake in the oven at 320 degrees for approximately 40 minutes.


This is a dessert that can be enjoyed by everyone! 




This information is of the opinion of Dr. Andrew Specht and Brenda Specht only. If you have any specific questions or concerns, please inquire at your next appointment with Dr. Specht, or with your own health care provider.



Andrew Specht
Brenda Flowers-Specht
Andrew Specht Chiropractic















Vitamin D and  Omega 3's -


Cod Liver Oil

Dr. Specht has been recommending taking cod liver oil for many, many years. The importance of this supplement goes beyond the scope of this article.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride (from the "Gut and Psychology Syndrome" book) states that cod liver oil contains the richest natural source of vitamin D. She says that the next highest source of vitamin D is egg yolks - but cod liver oil still has 40 times more than egg yolks!

Vitamin D is also obtained by exposure to sunlight. "Modern medical marketing" has blamed sun exposure as part of skin cancer. In researching, there are MANY sources of information on the fact that skin cancer is caused by the many toxic substances we consume that are stored in our skin. (Trans fats found in margarine and many, many other processed, "modern" foods". Page 280 of Dr. Natasha's book.)

Dr. Campbell-McBride states in her book that deficiencies in vitamin D can contribute to many
health imbalances such as:
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Mental illness
  • Auto-immune illnesses
  • Obesity
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rickets
  • Osteomalacia
  • Muscle weakness
  • Poor neuro-muscular  co-ordination
  • High blood pressure
  • Cancer
  • Chronic pain
  • Poor immunity
and other issues.

Dr. Specht recommends Nordic Natural Cod Liver Oil. The reason is simply the quality they produce. We have been carrying it in our office for years (oil and capsules), and it is also available at some natural health food stores.

Omega 3's for better health for humans and also for our four legged friends!

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