Guest Profiles

Thinking About GAPS, Resistant Starch, and Beyond

Dear Family,

"No Disease That Can Be Treated By diet Should Be Treated With any Other Means.”

  • Maimonides

I've been thinking recently that there are two sorts of people in the world: those who are dealing with significant health concerns, to the point where these concerns pretty much take over their lives...and those who aren't.

Then I thought, there is actually a third group: those whose lives are ruled by their health problems, but they (the people) don't realize it.

Anyway, if you happen to be a member of either of the latter two groups, the following letter may be q

Thinking About Me, and OCD

Dear Family,

"Give a man a fish and feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and feed him for a lifetime. Teach a man to cycle and he will realize fishing is stupid and boring."

--Desmond Tutu

"Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving."

-- Terry Pratchett, "A Hat Full of Sky"


It's hard to discuss my own mental health with both humor and compassion.

Introducing Robbie: A Family Turning the Tide

Robbie was sick and compromised from birth. He lacked oxygen during many hours of labor, and was born barely alive. Afterward, he was limp and listless and would only sleep. For a couple days he was like that, no nursing at all for many hours. There was every indication that he had irreparable brain damage.

He always had issues that were obvious to me, a mother of 5, because my older children didn't have any of them. He was not vaccinated, never had antibiotics, and was breastfed until age 5 or 6...and still he was never, ever well.

All The Gory Details I can Think Of, and Then Some

Dear Family,

"I don't know whether I believe in God or not. I think, really, I'm some sort of Buddhist. But the essential thing is to put oneself in a frame of mind which is close to that of prayer."

--Matisse

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Jemmerisms:

"[I made] a teeny candle, in case you want a teeny bit of light…an' this one is even _tinier_, for those times when you need an even tinier light."

"[The snow] is so pretty, 'cause it's not falling super fast or super slow."

"How does a so-tiny baby neck hold up a so-big baby head?"

"…ARGUING! That's what we're doing over here."

Healing ADHD

Toni began using the GAPS protocol in 2009, when her son Ethan was 11. "He had been diagnosed with ADHD, with emphasis on the Hyperactivity, and had sensory symptoms as well, including 'Auditory Processing Disorder' and 'Sensory Integration Disorder.'"

The family had already spent many years and too much money on lots of failed therapies for Ethan. As Toni puts it, "I had never felt comfortable with medication for ADHD, but by the time Ethan was ten, I was desperate. Either I was going to need medication, or he was."

In this essay, Toni and Ethan share their perspectives on some of the amazing healing that has taken place after 2.5 years on GAPS.

Introducing...Toraji

"I came into veganism believing all the propaganda saying that animal products were unhealthy, unnecessary and environmentally unfriendly. And for about five years, it seemed to be true...until we were faced with undeniable proof that something was wrong. My oldest daughter's teeth began decaying rapidly at age 17 months, and she presented with a classic case of 'baby bottle mouth' even though she'd never had a bottle in her life..."

Toraji writes about her subsequent and successful approach to halting and healing her daughter's tooth decay using a nutrient-dense, traditional foods' diet.

Introducing...Sarah

Sarah is using the GAPS protocol to heal from lifelong depression and digestive issues, along with manifestations of post-partum bi-polar disorder.

Introducing...Gerald

By the time Gerald was 10 years old, he suffered from terrible gastrointestinal symptoms, and serious depression. He was alcoholic by age 14, and suicidal and a drug user by age 18. "It's amazing," he says, "that I made it to age 20, and got sober in Alcoholics Anonymous. Depression lingered in the background for all the years I was sober in AA (till March 2009, when I began the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD))."

"And then: 36 hours after removing grains, beans, potatoes, and sugars (including milk sugar) from my diet...I was returned to myself. It felt like I was taken back to a fork in the road that I faced when I was just 4 years old and carbohydrate maldigestion took over my life. It was like having strong memories return as the result of some odor that you haven’t smelled in years.

"The spectre of depression that had haunted me from my earliest childhood memories vanished without a trace, never to return, not even for one moment. It’s like I can’t be depressed even if I try! That was 28 months ago..."

Introducing...Churyl

"...When I was 22, I became so depressed that it became a physical pain in my chest. I actually thought I might have cancer. I remember seeing a homeless person and wishing I could switch places with him, because, surely, he wasn't in pain every second of every day like I was..."

After a lifetime of suffering and eleven years spent on high-dosage medications, Churyl writes about healing from depression using GAPS.

Introducing...Polly

Three Generations of ASD/Gut Dysbiosis: Healing with Good Food

[I am most appreciative for the chance to post the following interview/essay. To protect their privacy, Polly and Connor are not their real names.]

Polly has credibility of the purest kind. She healed herself and her autistic son using fierce determination and her version of the GAPS protocol--which alone is an achievement. But that is just a piece of her story, which began well before her son was born, when she worked in as a 1:1 aide for a student with Aspergers, and in a classroom with students on the higher-functioning end of the spectrum. Polly knows autism intimately also because her youngest brother's Aspergers inspired her to become a special ed teacher in the first place.

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