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Diet, Micro-nutrients, and Health … Part One

The next series of posts will be an overview of what I have found about nutrition and diet over the last 15 months or so. I will post links to other authors of note and to books and information sources I have found helpful. Your mileage may vary but my goal is to stay healthy, happy, and maybe get wise if I live long enough. Very secondarily is weight loss, gradual weight loss which is sustainable because of committed lifestyle choices.

Dr. Jason Fung

Dr. Jason Fung

Like, here is a tidbit, from Jason Fung … “Rotterdam Study (2002) which shows those who drank 2 cups of tea a day had a 42% lower risk of a fatal heart attack, and those who drank greater than 375 mls per day had a 70% lower risk.” Green tea had better results than black tea.  There is plenty more of interest at Jason Fung’s site

So here goes … my personal list of important contributors to knowledge of nutritional aspects of physical and mental health: As mentioned before, Dr. Jason Fung

Next:   Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, MMedSci(neurology), MMedSci(nutrition)  Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride is a medical doctor with two postgraduate degrees: Master of Medical Sciences in Neurology and Master of Medical Sciences in Human Nutrition.

She graduated as a medical doctor in Russia. After practising for five years as a Neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon she started a family and moved to the UK, where she got her second postgraduate degree in Human Nutrition. She practices in the UK as a nutritionist and not as a medical doctor.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride set up The Cambridge Nutrition Clinic in 1998. As a parent of a child diagnosed with learning disabilities, she is acutely aware of the difficulties facing other parents like her, and she has devoted much of her time to helping these families.

She realized that nutrition played a critical role in helping children and adults to overcome their disabilities, and has pioneered the use of probiotics in this field.

Her willingness to share her knowledge has resulted in her contributing to many publications, as well as presenting at numerous seminars and conferences on the subjects of learning disabilities and digestive disorders.

Her book Gut and Psychology Syndrome captures her experience and knowledge, incorporating her most recent work. She believes that the link between learning disabilities, the food and drink that we take, and the condition of our digestive system is absolute, and the results of her work have supported her position on this subject.

In her clinic, parents discuss all aspects of their child’s condition, confident in the knowledge that they are not only talking to a professional but to a parent who has lived their experience. Her deep understanding of the challenges they face puts her advice in a class of its own.

She is well known for developing a concept of GAPS (Gut And Psychology Syndrome), which she described in her book Gut And Psychology Syndrome – Natural Treatment for Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression and Schizophrenia, now in its second edition.

Thousands of people around the world follow the highly successful GAPS Nutritional Protocol to help themselves and their families. You can learn about GAPS on

In addition to her work in nutritional causes of learning disabilities and neurological ill-health,  Dr Campbell-McBride also works as a nutritional consultant with many patients with heart disease, high blood pressure, arrhythmia, stroke and other complications of atherosclerosis.

She has become acutely aware of the existing confusion about nutrition and these conditions, which spurred an intensive study into this subject. The result of this study was her book Put Your Heart In Your Mouth! – What Really Is Heart Disease And What We Can Do To Prevent And Even Reverse It.

That’s it for now, I think I will try to keep each of these posts short. No multi-thousand word gospels on this important area of Diet, Micro-nutrients, and Health … . I will also draw on previous posts when referencing important topics.  So, next up – topics like Salt, Fat, Iodine,  Keto, Aging,




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