Fostering a Gentler, Healthier and more Compassionate World for all Living Beings

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Here, we begin by discussing the basic principles for how to implement the GAPS program. GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome. It also stands for Gut and Physiology Syndrome.

"In terms of Gut and Psychology Syndrome, we are talking about the functioning of the brain of the person," Dr. McBride explains. "Any dysfunction of the brain is usually connected to what's going on in the digestive system. In Gut and Physiology Syndrome, we're talking about the functioning of the rest of the body. Hippocrates ... made a statement that all diseases begin in the gut. The more we learn now with all our modern scientific tools, the more we realize just how correct he was."

In terms of Gut and Physiology Syndrome, we're talking about all forms of autoimmunity and inflammatory diseases and conditions, such as:

  • Multiple Schlerosis
  • Type I diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Lupus
  • Chrohn's disease
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Chronic skin conditions
  • Kidney conditions
  • Urinary conditions
  • Allergic and atopic conditions
  • Degenerative conditions
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME)
  • Inflammatory bowel diseases

If you're suffering from any of these conditions, or virtually any other health challenge, you'd be wise to implement the GAPS program. While Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's book is called Gut and Psychology Syndrome, the nutritional protocol for addressing physiological and psychological conditions is identical.

"Once you heal and seal your gut lining, and once you make your digestive system healthy and working properly again, you'll be surprised how many various symptoms in your body originated from your digestive system. Most (symptoms) start disappearing, because the health and the disease are usually born inside your digestive system. That's where they originate from." she explains.

I would recommend a balanced, nutritious vegan diet to replace the meat, egg, fish and any dairy suggested by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride's in the GAPS program. 

Emotional Wellness - Some people are more emotionally reactive than others - and it makes their lives very difficult. Why? Because they're enslaved by their emotions. Each person is a master of their own destiny if they choose to be. Emotionally reactive people give up this power, to be pulled along by their unconscious reactions.

Heated arguing, indignant pontificating, and self-righteous hell-raising aren't signs of wisdom. They're signs of weakness and servitude. Perfect examples of people that were truly spiritual and able to be masters of their body, mind and emotions were Buddha, Jesus and Sri Ramana Maharshi.

Physical Wellness  - Taking responsibility for our body/mind, such as:

  • Breathing less polluted air (by visiting or living in nature);
  • Drinking pure uncontaminated water and/or coconut water and/or fresh juices made from: vegetables, wheatgrass and fruits;
  • Getting sufficient exercise by practicing either: yoga; tai chi; chi kung; swimming; brisk walking; weightlifting; dynamic tension, etc. Exercising outdoors will expose you to the benefits of more fresh air and sunlight (non-burning exposure);
  • A nutritious balanced diet is comprised of predominately raw organically grown vegetables, fruits, herbs, medicinal mushrooms (shiitake, cordyceps, maitake, chaga, reishi), naturally fermented vegetables, natto miso, raw apple cider vinegar, sprouts, sea vegetables (kelp, dulse, nori, arame, kombu, wakame, kijiki), spirulina, chlorella, seeds (flax, chia, sunflower, hemp, pumpkin, quinoa), nuts (almonds, walnuts, brazil, cashew), greens (kale, baby spinach, parsley, chard, broccoli), spices, aloe vera, etc.
  • Try to maintain a delicate balance of hormones in the body; a healthier pH (optimal range pH 7.36 to pH 7.42); keep the ratio of gut bacteria at approximately 85% good bacteria to 15% bad bacteria.
  • When we chew our foods properly, more saliva is released. This contains  enzymes which aids in the digestive process.

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