Gut and Psychology-Physiology Syndrome (GAP syndrome or GAPS) is a condition, which establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain. This term was created by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride, MD in 2004 after working with hundreds of children and adults with neurological and psychiatric conditions and autoimmune disorders. Compromised gut flora results in damage to the digestive wall structure and a general overload of toxins. Proper digestion is inhibited, nutrients can't get absorbed, and elevated levels of toxins are released into the bloodstream, potentially leading to brain dysfunction and ill-health(chronic auto-immune diseases). Dr. Natasha developed a diet that restores the gut flora and repairs the gut wall to function properly again.
A growing body of research is showing that unbalanced gut bacteria can have a damaging affect on the entire body. When the gut flora is compromised toxicity can build up in the intestines and spill into the blood stream. These toxins can be neurotoxic and can overwhelm the detoxification pathways and immune system. The toxins can spread throughout the body and cause damage to the central and peripheral nervous system, organs, joints or any number of tissues. This can set up an autoimmune condition, mental/emotional symtoms or physical symptoms.
The GAPS Diet provides a treatment to heal the gut and stop the river of toxins that are at the root of many chronic illnesses. The diet has a 6 stage introduction phase that quickly heals and seals the gut and can provide profound relief. Once the introduction stage is complete, you move to full GAPS which allows more variety. The goal is to eliminate foods that cause reactions, provide noruishment to the tissues of the digestive organs, starve out the overgrown pathogenic species and repopulate the beneficial species. Once balance is restored and the digestive tract is healed the body is better able to absorb nutrients and eliminate toxic buildup and heal damaged tissues
Transitioning into the GAPS diet can be challenging, but improving your gut environment is crucial to dramatically reducing symptoms. I offer education for support of both patient and family members. Check my schedule for on-going GAPS classes. My endeavor is to arm you with practical tools to live the GAPS diet outside the home environment, naturally.
Please contact the office if you or anyone you care for are interested in becoming a GAPS patient. A separate appointment must be scheduled for this consultation apart from a spinal adjustment appointment.
More than just a diet, GAPS is a nutritional lifestyle that will help you achieve optimal health.
For more information regarding GAPS visit the website www.GAPS.me
Initial Visit: $250
Approximately one hour. This visit includes discussion of case, review of your history, old lab reports, etc. When scheduling this first visit please forward all records(medical, lab reports, x-ray, etc.) to the office prior to appointment so that Dr. Wedemeyer may have the chance to review. After this visit you will know what level GAPS patient you are and will be able to proceed on the recommended GAPS diet. This visit can be shared with up to three family members.
Follow-up visit: $75.00/ 15 minutes
Approximately 15-20 minutes. The doctor uses these visits to answer any questions and evaluate your progress.
GAPS meetings: $10.00
This is a group session that lasts one to two hours. There is a one hour presentation, then the forum is opened for discussion. This is a great opportunity for GAPS patients to share with one another what works for them or not.
Gut and Psychology Syndrome by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride, M.D.
Wheat Belly by William Davis, MD
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