What is GAPS? [Irish Setter Moods]
by Dr Andrew Jones, DVM
Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAP Syndrome or GAPS)™ is a condition which establishes a connection between the functions of the digestive system and the brain.
What is GAPS?
This term was created by Dr Natasha Campbell–McBride, MD, MMedSci (neurology), MMedSci (human nutrition) in 2004 after working with hundreds of children and adults with neurological and psychiatric conditions, such as autistic spectrum disorders, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD⁄ADD), schizophrenia, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, obsessive –compulsive disorder, bi-polar disorder and other neuro-psychological and psychiatric problems.
The purpose of the treatment is to detoxify the person, to lift the toxic fog off the brain to allow it to develop and function properly. In order to achieve that we need to clean up and heal the digestive tract, so it stops being the major source of toxicity in the body and becomes the source of nourishment, as it is supposed to be. As more than 90% of everything toxic floating in our blood (and getting into the brain) comes from the gut, healing it will drop the level of toxicity in the body dramatically.
New Allergy Treatement
People with food allergies and intolerances should go through the Introduction Diet in order to heal and seal their gut lining. The reason for allergies and food intolerances is so-called “leaky gut” when the gut lining is damaged by abnormal micro flora. Foods do not get the chance to be digested properly before they get absorbed through this damaged wall and cause the immune system to react to them. Many people try to identify, which foods they react to. However, with damaged gut wall they are likely to absorb most of their foods partially digested, which may cause an immediate reaction or a delayed reaction (a day, a few days or even a couple of weeks later).
GAPS for Pets
Is there likely a similar connection with our animals?
We are feeding far TOO MUCH processed food, high carbohydrate food that is damaging gut health.
We are also dealing with an epidemic of pets suffering from autoimmune diseases; allergies are most common, but the immune system is also damaging organs such as the kidneys ( ie Chronic Renal Failure), affecting the joints in arthritis, the skin in Pemphigus, and the brain in Cognitive Dysfunction
Clearly what you feed your pets can have a DRAMATIC impact on their health.
The some suggestions…
1. LESS processed food- less kibble, more home diets and raw
2. IF you are feeding kibble, ensure that it has MINIMAL carbohydrates
4. Add in some natural probiotics in the form of palin yoghurt – this can be added daily.