When the gut wall becomes inflamed, it becomes porous and leaky; and tiny particles of undigested food seep out of the intestines into the bloodstream. These particles are not supposed to be outside of the intestinal walls, so this sets off an immune response. But the immune system cannot possibly accomplish the enormous task of handling this river of toxins. It eventually gets worn out, tired and confused. Worse, it turns against itself and thus begins an autoimmune reaction where the body turns against itself.
As the tiny, toxic particles keep getting through the leaks, they make their way to the organs, brain and nervous system where they attach themselves to the organs and lymphatic system. The organs and lymph nodes harbor these toxins as they are the body's filtration system. Eventually if nothing is done to remove the toxins, they build up over time until the immune system can eventually attacks these organs, leading to a full blown autoimmune reaction or cancer. Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAP Syndrome or GAPS™) is a condition which establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain.
The most irritating foods on the digestive tract are those high in carbohydrates, particularly grains and sugars. These foods turn to glucose in the body which feeds the pathogenic bacteria in the digestive tract while diminishing the population of beneficial bacteria. This is the cause of inflammation of the gut lining.
The term Gut and Psychology Syndrome was created by Dr Natasha Campbell–McBride, MD, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (human nutrition) in 2004 after working with hundreds of children and adults with neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD⁄ADD), schizophrenia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, obsessive –compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder and other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems.
Did your child have normal development in the first year of life, and then in the second year became autistic, hyperactive, defiant, oppositional, aggressive, obsessive, compulsive or developed other abnormal behaviours?
Did your baby suffer from colic, loose stools, constipation, eczema, asthma, ear infections or chest infections treated with antibiotics?
Did you or your child have digestive problems and allergies, was a fussy eater, then in late teens become anorexic or bulimic?
Did you or your child suffer from tummy aches, dyslexia, dyspraxia, was anaemic or vegetarian, and then developed psychotic episodes and was diagnosed with schizophrenia?
Did you or your child have urinary infections or acne, treated with numerous courses of antibiotics, and then developed bloating, abdominal pain and was diagnosed with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome)?
Has your baby been diagnosed with Failure To Thrive?
Were you not breast fed as a baby and were prone to colds and infections, and then developed an OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)?
Did you have food allergies / intolerances, painful or irregular menstruations accompanied bymigraines, and then developed depression?
Do you suffer from chronic cystitis, mood swings, anxiety, poor memory, difficulties to concentrate, narcolepsy, are underweight and just cannot put any weight on?
Do you suffer from Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or any other digestive disorder?
If any of these situations apply to you or your family then you have come to the right place! You need to learn about the GAPS™ Nutritional Protocol to heal your digestive tract and nervous system. I highly recommend the work of Dr. Natasha Campbell McBride, Author of GAPS™ Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Depression, Schizophrenia.
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Mary Beauchamp, RN
Ketogenic Diet Specialist
GAPS™ Certified Practitioner