"All diseases begin in the gut." ~Hippocrates, 460 – 370 B.C.
It is remarkable how common gut flora problems are present in mothers of children with autism (often due to antibiotic use, excess carbohydrates, or hormone birth control exposure). A child's gut bacteria is colonized from the mother's vaginal canal during birth. However, when mothers have problems with their own gut bacteria - this gets passed on to children and children are at higher risk for developing psychological problems. Given that cesarean sections are so common now - many children never get much of a chance to be colonized with healthy bacteria. GAPS is a gut-healing protocol for affected children. By restoring a healthy balance of bacteria, detoxification (and heavy metal chelation) is unregulated naturally by using this protocol.
All sugars and starches are removed from the diet (including all grains). Nuts and seeds can be ground into flour. The primary change is dietary, but she additionally recommends good probiotics, natural vitamin A (cod liver oil), natural vitamin D (preferably from sun), and omega-3.
Remarkable, as a physician, the last time I have personally taken an antibiotic was more than 20 years ago.
"She has a full-time medical practice in the United Kingdom where she treats children and adults with autism, learning disabilities, neurological disorders, psychiatric disorders, immune disorders, and digestive problems. Here, she shares her insights about Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS), which can make a child particularly prone to vaccine damage, and the GAPS Nutritional program; a natural treatment for autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyspraxia, depression, and schizophrenia.
Dr. Campbell is a medical doctor with a postgraduate degree in neurology. She worked as a neurologist and a neurosurgeon for several years before starting a family. When her first-born son was diagnosed autistic at the age of three, she was surprised to realize that her own profession had no answers"
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