Having changed my eating (to remove my intolerances, sugar and refined carbohydrates) and being pain free for 6 + years I was still not able to eat the foods I had cut out. Then I came across the GAPS protocol by Dr Natasha Campbell McBride.  Dr Natasha has designed GAPS as a means of promotion healing for the GUT with specific attention to nutritional needs for the brain and the repair of the body. GAPS assists healing of autoimmune diseases and diseases of the digestive tract.  An interesting combination!

I was impressed with it and suggested it to a girlfriend in England three out of five in her family are bi-polar. All three in the family improved substantially in a very short time, so I decided to give it a go while my husband was on his ship.

After one month on the introductory diet I could add 5 of my “toxic” foods to my diet. That was a phenomenal improvement, six and a half years and very little improvement on an elimination protocol or one month and five foods introduced on GAPS, a bit of a no brainer.

My husband joined me and went from being a light eater.  When it was light … he ate!! Continuously!  I often felt like a mother bird trying to feed a nest of nestlings. Four days on GAPS and he was only eating only 3 meals. That blew both our minds.

Part of the focus of GAPS (Gut and Psychology Syndrome) is on how the gut supplies the essential nutrition to the brain for overall psychological health. It has reputed benefits for a range of disorders including Autism , anxiety and depression.

I then recommended it to a Spanish man whose son became autistic after a Vaccination, I suggested GAPS to him and in two weeks the child had gone from totally withdrawn, sitting in a corner to interacting and playing appropriately.

It was then I knew then that I had to become a GAPS practitioner!!

So what is GAPS:

photo NCBGAPS is an abbreviation for Gut And Psychology Syndrome. This concept has been created by  GAPS book imageDr Natasha Campbell-McBride in 2004, when she published her first book Gut And Psychology Syndrome . Dr Natasha is a medical doctor with two postgraduate degrees: in neurology and nutrition. She practices in Cambridge, UK.

The gut flora in our intestine is very important for the functioning of our digestive system. It consists of flora the helps us and flora that harms us.

When the good flora is less that what it should be, the intestine is damaged, allowing toxins, undigested food, parasites etc into the body, through this we develop mental and physical problems leading to ill health.

GAPS Protocol addresses the healing of the gut and thereby the healing of the mind and body by a regime specifically designed to allow the gut to reheal.

This is done by adjusting what is eaten; interestingly the initial foods are part of most traditional diets but lost from the modern. As I have said improvements can be very rapid but for most people the process to rebuild your health will take up to two years. After this the majority of people, their gut healed and in balance can eat a normal healthy diet.

The earlier the condition is caught the quicker the healing

Multi-Media links for GAPS:

Natasha Cambell-McBride Gaps, WAP conf 2010

Mercola interview with NCB

Some of the symptoms and conditions that might be rectified and or controlled by nutrition and the GAPS protocol.

Digestive problems such as bloating, heartburn, flatulence, pain. Crohn’s , IBS,  Colitis, digestive problems, dysbiosis,

Mental disorders such as Autism, ADHD, ADD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, schizophrenia, Bi-Polar disorder, Auspergers, depression.

Autoimmune diseases such as Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, MS, eating disorders, diabetes.

General health issues such as weakened immune system, weight problems, muscular pains, hormonal imbalances, PMS, acne, asthma, blood pressure, cystitis, behavioral problems, OCD, Oppositional defiant disorder, food intolerances, eczema, migraines. blood pressure ear infections.

Official GAPS website