Monday, June 27, 2011

The Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet - The GAPS Diet

When I coach individuals on health, the works of Dr. Weston A Price (author of "Nutrition and Physical Degeneration") and Dr. Pottenger (author of "Pottenger Cats") are quoted often.  Sally Fallon's cookbook "Nourishing Traditions" is the book I highly recommend to those who come to me after the class wanting to know how to start eating healthy.

Dr. Price and Dr. Pottenger helped me learn "WHY" (it was so important to eliminate refined or processed foods from your diet), and Sally Fallon helped teach me "HOW" to properly prepare REAL food.  Sally Fallon's book "Nourishing Traditions" has been my FOOD Preparation BIBLE (per say) that has taught me how to soak grains, prepare soups using the bones, blood marrow, heads of fish etc. and has taught our family how to prepare fermented foods like kimchi, saurkraut, keifer and soups like beet kvass that have a healthy level of probiotics and digestive enzymes in the foods to aid in absorption. 

With the GAPS diet, the author teaches us the same principles that Dr. Price and Dr. Pottenger teach but with a Dr's exact instructions as to "HOW" to heal your gut and what foods you should eliminate for a time so that your gut can heal itself.  I was fascinated to learn about the role bone marrow and bone broth soups play on healing the lining of the gut. 

When I recovered from all the scary symptoms of various illnesses, following the foods and recipes listed in Sally Fallon's book, I didn't know about the GAPS diet nor had I heard about Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride.  However, everything she teaches individuals about in her books (about the gut/brain connection) I can definitely say AMEN to.  I'm so grateful for stumbling upon her book and I look forward to following her GAPS diet closely.  I will start with the introductory diet which individuals say makes an enormous difference in the overall success of the program.  

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride holds a degree in Medicine and Postgraduate degrees in both Neurology and Human NutritionI HIGHLY recommend that EVERYONE reads her book - no matter your condition. Everyone can benefit from incorporating broths, fermented vegetables, probiotics and natural enzymes into their diets.

For more information, please see the links below.

Here is a paragraph from the above listed websites that talks about food allergies and intolerance's as it relates to the GAPS diet...

"Food Allergies and Intolerances. People with food allergies and intolerance's should go through the Introduction Diet in order to heal and seal their gut lining.  The reason for allergies and food intolerance's is so-called "leaky gut" when the gut lining is damaged by abnormal micro flora.  Foods do not get the chance to be digested properly before they get absorbed through this damaged wall and cause the immune system to react to them.  Many people try to identify which foods they react to.  However, with damaged gut wall they are likely to absorb most of their foods partially digested, which may cause an immediate reaction or a delayed reaction (a day, a few days or even a couple of weeks later).  As these reactions overlap with each other, you can never be sure what exactly you are reacting to on any given day.  Testing for food allergies in notoriously unreliable: if one had enough resources to test twice a day for two weeks, they would find that they are "allergic" to everything they eat.  As long as the gut wall is damaged and stays damaged, you can be juggling your diet forever removing different foods and never get anywhere.  From my clinical experience it is best to concentrate on healing the gut wall with the Introduction Diet.  Once the gut wall is healed, the foods will be digested properly before being absorbed, which will remove most food intolerance's and allergies."

For detailed information on the GAPS diet please refer to:

Gut & Psychology Syndrome
by Dr. Campbell-McBride

A Very Brief History

The Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet has its foundation on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) created by Dr. Sidney Valentine Haas to heal digestive disorders. SCD gained great popularity after a mother, Elaine Gottschall, healed her own child and became an advocate for SCD. Elaine Gottschall is also the author of the popular bookBreaking the Vicious Cycle. Intestinal Health Through Diet.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has taken SCD and evolved it further to create a full protocol for healing digestive disorders and subsequent issues.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride holds a degree in Medicine and Postgraduate degrees in both Neurology and Human Nutrition. In her clinic in Cambridge she specializes in nutrition for children and adults with behavioral and learning disabilities, and adults with digestive and immune system disorders.

Dr. Campbell-McBride set up The Cambridge Nutrition Clinic in 1998. As a parent of a child diagnosed with learning disabilities, she was 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.

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