How the Gut Affects Our Brain

Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D.

MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (nutrition)

Uncover the gut-brain connection with Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride and the transformative power of her own Gut and Psychology/Physiology Syndrome (G.A.P.S.) concept and diet.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride M.D. on How the Gut Affects Our Brain

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride graduated with Honours as a Medical Doctor in 1984 from Bashkir Medical University in Russia. In the following years she gained a Postgraduate Degree in Neurology.


After practicing for five years as a Neurologist and three years as a Neurosurgeon, she started a family and moved to the UK.  It was during this time that Dr. Campbell-McBride developed her theories on the relationship between neurological disorders and nutrition, and completed a second Postgraduate Degree in Human Nutrition at Sheffield University, UK. She has specialized in using nutritional approach as a treatment, and has become recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in treating children and adults with learning disabilities and other mental disorders, as well as children and adults with digestive and immune disorders. 


In 2004 she published her first book Gut And Psychology Syndrome. Natural Treatment Of Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression And Schizophrenia where she explores the connection between the patient’s physical state and brain function. The book gives full details of the GAPS Nutritional Protocol, highly successful in treating patients with chronic diseases. A second edition was published in 2010. The concept of GAPS has become a global phenomenon and the book has been translated into 20 languages.


In her clinic Dr Campbell-McBride works 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 is her book Put Your Heart in Your Mouth! What really is Heart Disease and what can we do to Prevent and even Reverse it. The book was published in 2007 and a second addition in 2016.


Dr Campbell-McBride has been working with many young people who have chosen a plant-based life style and, as a result, became very ill. This led to an intense study into the value of plant foods versus animal foods, summarised in her next book Vegetarianism Explained. Making and informed decision, published in 2017. 


In 2020 new book came out: Gut And Physiology Syndrome. This second GAPS book completes the GAPS concept, focussing on chronic physical health problems, from allergies, eczema and asthma to autoimmune illness, chronic fatigue and digestive problems, neurological and hormonal illnesses, and chronic infections. 


Dr Natasha is an organic regenerative farmer. In 2012 she and her family purchased a piece of land in East Anglia in the UK, which was commercially farmed for a long time. Since then they have transformed this land into an organic and biodynamic paradise with many animals, birds, bees, gardens and orchards. 


Dr Campbell-McBride is a keynote speaker at many professional conferences and seminars worldwide. She is also a Member of The Society of Authors, The British Society for Environmental Medicine, and a Board Member of the Weston A Price Foundation.  She is a regular contributing health editor to a number of journals, magazines, newsletters, and radio programmes around the world