by Andy Moore

The Healthy Home Economist blog reports on troubling findings from the book, Gut and Psychology Syndrome, by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.

Since the introduction of oral contraceptives in the early 1960′s, use of The Pill has soared to approximately 7 in 10 women of childbearing age…..

The widespread use of oral contraceptives is a troubling issue because these types of drugs devastate beneficial bacterial flora in the gut leaving it vulnerable to colonization and dominance from pathogenic strains such as Candida Albicans, Streptococci and Staphylococci among others.  By the time a woman who has used oral contraceptives is ready to have children, a severe case of gut dysbiosis has more than likely taken hold….

What’s worse, drug induced gut imbalance is especially intractable and resistant to treatment either with probiotics or diet change.

What does this mean for your future child’s health?  A lot, as it turns out!…

A human baby is born with a sterile gut. This means that there is no bacterial activity in a fetus’ digestive system prior to birth. The vast majority of gut flora that a child eventually develops is inherited from Mom, so if Mom has gut imbalance, so will her children and probably more severely so.

Children with imbalanced gut flora are particularly predisposed to autoimmune disorders in the form of allergies, asthma, and eczema. In more severe cases of gut dysbiosis, learning disabilities manifest such as ADHD, ADD, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia and others. Of course, there is sometimes an environmental “trigger” which instigates these disorders, but it is crucial to keep in mind that gut dysbiosis is the primary underlying cause.

[HT: Brendan Malone of The Culture Vulture blog]