Accumulating research is proving a quote from Hippocrates relevant, “let food by thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” It appears the bacteria in the gut may alter certain mental illness conditions when dietary changes are made.
The gut encompasses the whole digestive tract.
Mental health professionals may be interested in the connection between the brain and gut including how gut bacteria may be linked to certain mental illnesses.
But this isn't news to Dr. Michael Gershon. Dr. Gershon wrote a book titled “The Second Brain” in 2010 which described a link between gut distress and nervous disorders.
Recently, the brain/gut connection was elaborated on by Dr. Campbell-McBride when she saw a pattern emerge from her patients. Many of her patients, both adults and children diagnosed with neurological and psychiatric mental health conditions also suffered from digestive disorders. She found the nutritional deficiencies could cause a toxic build-up in the body possibly leading to mental disorders and behavioral differences.
To address the gut/brain imbalance, Dr. Campell-McBride developed the GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome) diet. She proposes the GAPS diet will replenish the gut with healthy bacteria which may lessen the mental illness conditions.
If her theory proves true, the food diets may be implemented in mental health treatment plans by physicians in the future.
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