GAPS is an acronym for gut and psychology syndrome, a diagnostic term originally coined by patients who were experiencing the wide-reaching effects of leaky gut.
Advocates of this belief propose that a wide range of issues -physical, cognitive, and behavioural- stem from an imbalance of intestinal bacteria. For a list of some of the issues reportedly helped by programs intended to resolve symptoms at the level of root cause, click here.
A treatment program for this syndrome, based on the specific carbohydrate diet, was developed by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride. While distinct and separate from the work of Dr Natasha, the GAPS Guide book and website actively promote and offer support in regards to the teachings of Dr. Natasha, as well as tips gleaned from personal experience and those of hundreds of others.
Author: Baden Lashkov
The author of this website is Ms Baden (“bay-den”) Lashkov, a mom who found the program to have profound effects on the well-being of her son and herself, and who was thus inspired to support others by developing the GAPS Guide book and blog. Baden is not a health practitioner.
Posts offer: reflections on my journey; tips for making your journey easier; responses to themes arising in GAPS conversations or to comments posted to the site.
Pages offer: a list of updates/corrections to the GAPS Guide book, tips for using the website most effectively; links to health practitioners familiar with GAPS; and so on.
Questions and comments regarding any post, content of the GAPS Guide book, or your personal journey are welcome via the comments field following any post or on any webpage. Comments and questions about content of this site, contents of the GAPS Guide book, and a reader’s personal journey are received only through this website. I regret that I cannot receive or respond to comments via email, phone, or Facebook; responses are provided only through this website.
I am not currently in a position to provide consultations; on the Support for You page, I do link to several lists of health practitioners familiar with GAPS and able to provide consultations.
All comments are moderated; please allow 1-7 days for your comment to be published. Comments are responded to as my time within any given day or week permits. If ever you need more or immediate support, please be sure to see this post: http://gapsguide.com/2010/06/10/questions/
In most cases, your comment or question will be published, so please be mindful of your own privacy -and that of others- within the comment’s content. Feel free to use pseudonyms and to change any information that might identify you or your loved ones. If you do not wish your comment to be published, please indicate this within your comment and this will be honoured. Please note that in this case, I will be unable to respond to it. Exceptions – There are occasions where a post is responded to in other ways. I may choose to refer to, and answer, a comment within a subsequent blog post, for example.
Because I believe most dialogue is beneficial, I generally publish even those posts that challenge my content, approaches, or personal choices, so long as these are presented reasonably respectfully. I publish only comments that reflect kindness and respect when referring to me, other individuals or groups of people, other authors, other approaches, practitioners, blog readers, or previous commenters. (Happily, the vast majority of posts received do indeed honour these basics!)
In rare cases, I will edit a comment to: remove information identifying you, your children, or another person; remove names of other people; remove possible misquotes attributed to people named; merge two posts one person has submitted within a short period; correct an obvious typo.
Copying and Translating
Occasionally, I receive requests to dialogue about the possibility of reproducing or translating website content or producing a version of the GAPS Guide book in another language. I welcome such requests.
Please note that developing a translated version of the book is quite an involved and expensive (for me) process; as such, it requires that a person or company have my express, contracted permission before beginning the process.
Except in the form of brief excerpts for the purpose of reviewing or discussing content, under no circumstances may any GAPS Guide material be translated, reproduced, or redistributed without permission.
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