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What's with all the GAPS cultists?

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Created April 22, 2012 at 1:23 AM

It's not the answer to everything you know.

Hell, it technically only advertises itself as a cure for psychological disorders, not your other health problems.

You can't just have a bone broth juice fast and expect your life to fall into place!

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598 · September 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I fall into this category. I'm just coming off another course of antibiotics (prescribed after oral surgery) and I hate what they do to me, for months or even years to come. I HATE antibiotics so much I consider risking infection and rejection of my dental implant just to avoid the issue. I don't have any hideous psychological or digiestive issues, but I do suffer from chronic constipation and indigestion. Shouldn't I give GAPS a try to make sure my gut flora are in tip-top shape?

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11557 · April 22, 2012 at 7:30 PM

If you want people to not be crass, take a look around to get an idea on how to phrase a question.

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2904 · April 22, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Thanks. I was looking for someone sane who would be able to answer my question instead of being crass.

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2825 · April 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

There's no reason a person can't do full GAPS from the get-go - in fact, for really messed-up guts, full GAPS can make the transition to the intro less stressful in terms of die-off.

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2904 · April 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Good luck getting to full gaps in a timely manner.

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2904 · April 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I read the book and there's a lot of bone broth involved. Bone broth tastes fine and all, but it's not going to cure everything.

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3850 · April 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

+1 for "Go real food"!

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406 · April 22, 2012 at 2:49 PM

There is scientific evidence that there is connection between the gut and the brain. The GAPS diet attempts to heal that and has been quite successful in treating Autism,and other brain issues traditionally treated with antipsychotics. If you read the book you would know all of this. And its just not about bone broth either.

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5043 · April 22, 2012 at 2:01 PM

so don't do it. Why bother us with your existential issues?

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4347 · April 22, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I think your stance might be a teensy bit extreme. I don't think it cures everything, but such an inflammatory post isn't helpful to anyone.

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8933 · April 22, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Fruitarian not as extreme as GAPS? Hell no! How can you be more restrictive than fruitarianism if you don't live in a tropical country? I have access to, say, 8 kinds of organic fruits.

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8933 · April 22, 2012 at 7:40 AM

I kinda agree GAPS is not a cure-all, but there are better ways to present that idea.

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24538 · April 22, 2012 at 7:34 AM

Someone doesn't like broth apparently, but isn't this a bit extreme, going after broth gulpers with or without a diagnosed mental illness who felt better after trying it?

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678 · April 22, 2012 at 4:13 AM

+ 1. You're funny!

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3850 · April 22, 2012 at 3:00 AM

Technically, you obviously never read the book, nor educated yourself much about intestinal permeability.

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5904 · April 22, 2012 at 2:23 AM

Yes, your critique is, IMO.

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2825 · April 22, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Regarding the strictness of intro: I never did the intro. I just went right into full GAPS, which is legions better than SAD.

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2825 · April 22, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Full GAPS is much less extreme than Paleo - it includes dairy, honey and some legumes. Also, critical and critique are not identical.

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56616 · April 22, 2012 at 2:05 AM

That's why it's an intro. You don't stay on it that long. The ultimate goal as i understand is to eventually eat normally

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11557 · April 22, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Also, when you want to answer a question as a jack-ass: who doesn't LURVE a little sarcasm!! I mean, come on. Fun stuff, right?

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2904 · April 22, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Is critique considered attitude and a "loaded question" now? I'm just saying, there are people on it for everything and (assuming it even works) doing the diet for unrelated symptoms or diseases. I've NEVER seen a diet as extreme as GAPS. Hell, even fruitarians are less extreme than GAPS intro.

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5904 · April 22, 2012 at 1:53 AM

Lol @melissa...

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56616 · April 22, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Dude, i was having problems with my job and i tried GAPS and got promoted after just a week. It truly does solve everything.

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6889 · April 22, 2012 at 1:38 AM

What's so wrong with trying it? I can't see where anyone on the diet would be missing any nutrients. If it works for them, awesome. If it doesn't work, they can move on to something else. No skin off your nose.

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1794 · April 22, 2012 at 1:25 AM

Or can you? If it works, it works.

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24538 · April 22, 2012 at 8:31 AM

If you are actually looking for a serious answer, and not just controversy here's why I like GAPS.

I didn't know a thing about GAPS, but started making broth as a medium for salt because I seem to need to add a fair amount of it to feel good. Less than two weeks after adding broth every day, I went out for pizza with the family. Normally, that would result in ridiculous diarrhea, and a hangover feeling for 24-48 hours, but no such reaction occurred. I have to keep it up, or the cheats start to hurt again, but it is so worth it to be able to eat out at a restaurant and not go into what looks like an orthorexic fit just to order dinner. I did some research about diets that included broth and GAPS came up, I read up on it, and things seemed to make sense with the relief I was experiencing.

I think it is popular in the PH community because a whole lot of us ended up here because of gut permeability issues and suffering from not necessarily full blown mental health disorders as a result, but I would wager many had symptoms like feeling extremely lethargic, fuzzy headed, or had difficulty concentrating after meals and those symptoms were helped by the diet.

As far as random tweaks go, it doesn't seem like a weird one to try, at least not to me.

And...you seem mad at my broth...why? It makes me feel really good.

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2904 · April 22, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Thanks. I was looking for someone sane who would be able to answer my question instead of being crass.

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11557 · April 22, 2012 at 7:30 PM

If you want people to not be crass, take a look around to get an idea on how to phrase a question.

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11557 · April 22, 2012 at 2:00 AM

I love walking up to my GAPS friends and saying "HOWS THE CRAZY GOING, YOU KNOW YOU JUST EAT THIS TO BE NOT-CRAZY". They totally appreciate it, and it really stimulates a lot of productive, informative conversations! The best way to get an honest answer is to use just enough criticism to make people feel defensive. Another good way is to make blanket statement, that something either fixes something or does nothing, then wait for the exciting responses! It's always best to only accept that something is one of two extremes, you know? Either it does everything or nothing, otherwise what's the point!

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678 · April 22, 2012 at 4:13 AM

+ 1. You're funny!

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11557 · April 22, 2012 at 2:03 AM

Also, when you want to answer a question as a jack-ass: who doesn't LURVE a little sarcasm!! I mean, come on. Fun stuff, right?

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5904 · April 22, 2012 at 1:52 AM

What's with all the attitude and the loaded question, complete with answer, criticising peoples choices.

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56616 · April 22, 2012 at 2:05 AM

That's why it's an intro. You don't stay on it that long. The ultimate goal as i understand is to eventually eat normally

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2904 · April 22, 2012 at 2:00 AM

Is critique considered attitude and a "loaded question" now? I'm just saying, there are people on it for everything and (assuming it even works) doing the diet for unrelated symptoms or diseases. I've NEVER seen a diet as extreme as GAPS. Hell, even fruitarians are less extreme than GAPS intro.

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5904 · April 22, 2012 at 2:23 AM

Yes, your critique is, IMO.

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2825 · April 22, 2012 at 5:48 PM

There's no reason a person can't do full GAPS from the get-go - in fact, for really messed-up guts, full GAPS can make the transition to the intro less stressful in terms of die-off.

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2825 · April 22, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Full GAPS is much less extreme than Paleo - it includes dairy, honey and some legumes. Also, critical and critique are not identical.

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2904 · April 22, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Good luck getting to full gaps in a timely manner.

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8933 · April 22, 2012 at 7:42 AM

Fruitarian not as extreme as GAPS? Hell no! How can you be more restrictive than fruitarianism if you don't live in a tropical country? I have access to, say, 8 kinds of organic fruits.

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200 · April 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM

What I would like to add is that I just do not understand why people have to criticize others that are doing ultimately the same as they. GAPS, SCD, Paleo (and the numerous different approaches to Paleo), WAP... whatever you choose to call it - it is essentially the same. Personally I celebrate the differences and I am curious to read about other peoples experiences with something so similar to what I am doing.

That all being said I have been on GAPS for 2,5 years - I am no less crazy than I was before, but physically I am doing much better, and my 8 year old daughter is officially not autistic anymore.

I'm thrilled to see how fast this community is growing - and I am happy and proud to be a part of it.

Go real food - all approaches... (!)

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3850 · April 22, 2012 at 3:05 PM

+1 for "Go real food"!

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2825 · April 22, 2012 at 2:14 AM

GAPS is built on SCD, which addresses the whole range of GI issues (IBS, Crohn's, IBD, Celiac, etc), not just psychological disorders. I got into it because I figured it'd cure whatever was ailing me and it was more effective than getting a colonoscopy and being told I have IBS.

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2825 · April 22, 2012 at 2:15 AM

Regarding the strictness of intro: I never did the intro. I just went right into full GAPS, which is legions better than SAD.

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555 · April 22, 2012 at 1:50 AM

When someone has debilitating digestive and/or mental functioning issues, and something like GAPS or SCD offers a tailored solution to that problem, he or she jumps on it.

There may be a small percentage of people who think they should do GAPS simply to make sure their gut bacteria are in tip-top shape (which I think would be a complete misreading of what GAPS is for and ultimately a bad idea), but most people go on GAPS because they are desperate for answers to questions that few are talking about right now.

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598 · September 13, 2013 at 5:16 PM

I fall into this category. I'm just coming off another course of antibiotics (prescribed after oral surgery) and I hate what they do to me, for months or even years to come. I HATE antibiotics so much I consider risking infection and rejection of my dental implant just to avoid the issue. I don't have any hideous psychological or digiestive issues, but I do suffer from chronic constipation and indigestion. Shouldn't I give GAPS a try to make sure my gut flora are in tip-top shape?

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15 · June 16, 2013 at 7:21 PM

Thanks for a good laugh everyone. Im doing GAPS for my kids and its hard work. Im feeling down because i have noone to talk to about it. Yay for a good laugh!!!

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