GAPS Heal and Seal Therapy
Modified GAPS Diet Approach
Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, is a MD residing in Great Britain who started a worldwide movement called GAPS which allegedly successfully treats people with a wide range of digestive problems. She travels the globe certifying non-credentialed laypersons in GAPS therapy, with at least 160 certified individuals in the States who treat digestive problems.
GAPS is an acronym that stands for both Gut Associated Psychology Syndrome and Gut Associated Physiology Syndrome. To date, Natasha has written a book on GAPS from the Associated Psychology Syndrome perspective, which specifically addresses treatments for autism.
The Natural Health Perspective suggests, however, following a three step modified GAPS approach.
First, Kill Off ALL the Excess Bad Gut Bacteria
In step one, you would take a therapeutic dosage of vitamin A, or a prescription antibiotic like rifaximin or neomycin which are designed to work only within your intestines, to knock out, or kill, gut bacteria. Due to digestion issues, a lot of that vitamin A will not even be absorbed.
The rationalization for this approach is very simple. Dramatically cut back on the number of bad bacteria living in your gut.
Second, Flush Out All Fiber from Your Diet
The second step amounts to a fiber removal, fasting-like, phase that should take place for a maximum of three to five days, which consists of consuming an extremely watery diet or sick cookery that consists exclusively of homemade meat stock, homemade bone broth, or well-cooked watery soups of meat and fat. In addition, you could also try juicing large volumes of vegetables, provided that the juice contains no fiber.
The rationalization for this approach is very simple. Whatever bad bacteria still surviving are physically flushed out of your intestines with water.
Natasha Campbell-McBride- on Gut Flora
Third, Gradually Reintroduce Probiotics and Fiber
The final step is the gradual reintroduction of good bacteria into your system. You should take a very gradual and conservative approach to the reintroduction of probiotics, as some people experience a very negative reaction if this step is rushed through too fast.
Thus, the initial use of a low-quality probiotic supplement would be ideal. The natural end result of this process is intestional gas, so go slowly.
At the same time, you should engage in a week long and gradual transition back to a more solid meat and fatty foods diet that is still devoid of all vegetables, legumes, and grains.
Next, try eating small amounts of fermented vegetables. The Natural Health Perspective recommends making your own sauerkraut at home with a traditional fermentation method. In addition, you can try gradually introducing a therapeutic quality probiotic supplement, of the refrigerated variety, purchased directly from a health food store.
After at least one month on the above diet, try reintroducing extremely well boiled vegetables into you diet. At this point, do NOT eat any legumes or grains.
During your third month, you could gradually try reintroducing some very well boiled and watery legumes.
In conclusion: Heal and seal therapy is a very touch and go process, which requires the ability to listen to your body for any possible negative reactions. Hence, proceeding as slowly as possible would be highly recommended.