The term GAPS stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome, a comprehensive nutritional and detoxification programme that was developed by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, MMedSci (Neurology), MMedSci (Human Nutrition).

Although the term originally referred to neurological conditions such as autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, depression, dyslexia, obsessive-compulsive disorders and other psychiatric conditions, it has now evolved to include Gut and Physiology Syndrome, which explains the origin of autoimmune conditions in detail.

These include but are not limited to:

• rheumatoid arthritis
• lupus erythematosus
• coeliac disease
• type I diabetes
• multiple sclerosis
• thyroid autoimmunity (both Graves disease and Hashimoto’s thyroiditis)
• psoriasis

Other conditions addressed by GAPS are:
• chronic fatigue syndrome
• fibromyalgia
• food intolerances
• eczema

To learn more about GAPS symptoms, how this syndrome develops and what the programme involves please read Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride’s book. The following information is an excerpt from Dr Natasha’s website, where you can find comprehensive information and resources about GAPS.

A Brief History

The Gut and Psychology Syndrome Diet has its foundation on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) created by Dr. Sidney Valentine Haas to heal digestive disorders.

SCD gained great popularity after a mother, Elaine Gottschall, healed her own child and became an advocate for SCD. Elaine Gottschall is also the author of the popular book Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Intestinal Health Through Diet.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride has taken SCD and evolved it further to create a full protocol for healing digestive disorders and subsequent issues.

Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride holds a degree in Medicine and Postgraduate degrees in both Neurology and Human Nutrition. In her clinic in Cambridge she specializes in nutrition for children and adults with behavioral and learning disabilities, and adults with digestive and immune system disorders.

Dr. Campbell-McBride set up The Cambridge Nutrition Clinic in 1998. As a parent of a child diagnosed with learning disabilities, she was acutely aware of the difficulties facing other parents like her, and she has devoted much of her time to helping these families. She realized that nutrition played a critical role in helping children and adults to overcome their disabilities, and has pioneered the use of probiotics in this field.

She believes that the link between learning disabilities, the food and drink that we take, and the condition of our digestive system is absolute, and the results of her work have supported her position on this subject. In her clinic, parents discuss all aspects of their child’s condition, confident in the knowledge that they are not only talking to a professional but to a parent who has lived their experience. Her deep understanding of the challenges they face puts her advice in a class of its own.

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