This week I will be heading to Illinois to receive some additional training as a GAPS Practitioner. GAPS is a term coined by Natasha Campbell-McBride, a neurologist and nutritional consultant from Europe that wrote the book Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural treatment for Autism, Dyslexia, Depression, Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD and Schizophrenia. Dr. Campbell-McBride developed the GAPS diet while trying to help her own son after receiving the diagnosis of autism at the age of 2. Through her efforts her son now functions normally and has been removed from the autistic spectrum. Now she helps clients all over the world through the GAPS Diet and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to receive training directly from her this week.
For those of you that may be familiar with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), the GAPS diet is very similar although geared towards those with more serious digestive disorders or gut dysbiosis, as it is termed. Like the SCD diet, the GAPS diet focuses on eliminating specific carbohydrates that have the potential to feed pathogenic bacteria in the gut. Unlike the SCD diet however, there is a greater emphasis placed on certain nutrients used to "seal and heal" the gut wall of inflammations and the so called "leaky gut syndrome". There is an introductory level for the diet as well as a maintenance level. I believe this diet has a much greater potential for healing all manner of digestive disorders including IBS, colitis, celiac's, food allergies, seasonal allergies, heartburn, etc. as well as the resulting psychological disorders that stem from the chemical byproducts of pathogenic bacteria such as autism, schizophrenia, depression, ADD, etc.
I hope to return from this training with new ideas and new ways to present this information. You can be sure that I will be doing some classes on it in the near future. I have also spent the last several weeks researching different probiotic companies and how best to use probiotics to restore gut health. More to come on that as well.
So here is your heads up! I look forward to telling you more in the next few weeks.
To Your Health!
Kathryn Doran-Fisher is a Traditional Naturopath, Certified GAPS Practitioner and owner of Elder & Sage.