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Evidence to support GAPS diet-- any scientific studies or non-anecdotal evidence?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 26, 2012 at 11:15 PM

What is the non-anecdotal (personal stories) evidence to back up the GAPS diet and its leaky gut protocol?

Why don't most doctors and gastros acknowledge this condition?

7b9b5de13a30c823dae64a971cb14add

(540)

on June 01, 2012
at 11:48 PM

it is ridiculous. i just noticed the other day that the crohns and colitis foundation website states that there is no link to the need for dietary changes. horrifying!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on May 27, 2012
at 01:18 PM

why is it that GIs ignore this?? I have seen so many in the last 8 years and the only one who mentioned it to me was a MD in Taiwan who himself had leaky gut. He gave me LDN, probiotics and sent me for accupuncture, but we didnt discuss the diet any further....but I still saw some progress, just not like now being on GAPS.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 27, 2012
at 01:16 PM

I'm on GAPS intro stage 6 and I'm seeing some healing and feeling much better....I'll stay on gaps for a year, I've ill for so long, I know thats what I need, or more. Leaky gut, IBS, spaztic colon, nervous tummy, lack stomach acid, food allergies galore (we have crohns in family so I"m closely monitored), that was me. I can now eat out without fear, only getting sick when I know something was off in my diet. Paleo lead me to GAPS, but I'm still following GAPS like I was still on Paleo.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

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on May 27, 2012
at 05:14 AM

SCD/GAPS and Paleo are mostly similar, but they allow fermented dairy (e.g. home-made goat yogurt/kefir), which is specifically used to heal the gut. They also don't allow any grain, but they also don't allow polysaccharides (fruits & raw honey are ok). Paleo puts more weight also on the kinds of oils used, some supplementation, sea vegetables, bone broths, fermentation. Overall, the best approach is Paleo + home-made goat yogurt/kefir to heal the gut, which is essentially the best of both worlds.

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

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on May 27, 2012
at 03:01 AM

I just checked out the link... What is the difference between that and Paleo? Only sweet potatoes? I don't understand. Thanks!

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on May 27, 2012
at 01:49 AM

Thanks Alan. Lots of stuff to sink my gluten, dairy, starch free teeth into. Its the rice and potato I would miss the most on GAPS.

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on May 27, 2012
at 01:31 AM

http://crohnsdad.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/framework-matters2.pdf

Here is a doc with links to a whole bunch of studies that explains the whole diet connection to intestinal barrier function. There are also links to studies that show specific carbohydrates, specific fats and specific proteins that increase intestinal permeability as well as those that improve it. Turns out that virtually all of them support the GAPS approach.

GIs have simply ignored the research. Unfortunately there is a huge gap between medicine and science.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 27, 2012
at 01:18 PM

why is it that GIs ignore this?? I have seen so many in the last 8 years and the only one who mentioned it to me was a MD in Taiwan who himself had leaky gut. He gave me LDN, probiotics and sent me for accupuncture, but we didnt discuss the diet any further....but I still saw some progress, just not like now being on GAPS.

43f469552cfd3be73fc88a9821b14986

on May 27, 2012
at 01:49 AM

Thanks Alan. Lots of stuff to sink my gluten, dairy, starch free teeth into. Its the rice and potato I would miss the most on GAPS.

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3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on May 26, 2012
at 11:51 PM

There was research done on SCD (that GAPS is based on) last year. They were looking for IBD patients to be part of the study. I applied for my IBS-D to help out the study, but they wanted specifically IBD patients (Crohn's mostly). Results: http://scdlifestyle.com/2012/02/umass-ibd-diet-study-sees-success/

F5a0ddffcf9ef5beca864050f090a790

(15515)

on May 27, 2012
at 03:01 AM

I just checked out the link... What is the difference between that and Paleo? Only sweet potatoes? I don't understand. Thanks!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 27, 2012
at 01:16 PM

I'm on GAPS intro stage 6 and I'm seeing some healing and feeling much better....I'll stay on gaps for a year, I've ill for so long, I know thats what I need, or more. Leaky gut, IBS, spaztic colon, nervous tummy, lack stomach acid, food allergies galore (we have crohns in family so I"m closely monitored), that was me. I can now eat out without fear, only getting sick when I know something was off in my diet. Paleo lead me to GAPS, but I'm still following GAPS like I was still on Paleo.

3eca93d2e56dfcd768197dc5a50944f2

(11697)

on May 27, 2012
at 05:14 AM

SCD/GAPS and Paleo are mostly similar, but they allow fermented dairy (e.g. home-made goat yogurt/kefir), which is specifically used to heal the gut. They also don't allow any grain, but they also don't allow polysaccharides (fruits & raw honey are ok). Paleo puts more weight also on the kinds of oils used, some supplementation, sea vegetables, bone broths, fermentation. Overall, the best approach is Paleo + home-made goat yogurt/kefir to heal the gut, which is essentially the best of both worlds.

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on May 27, 2012
at 12:39 AM

Do you really need studies when the biochem is so simple and well-explained? Some people can't digest or break down certain things, so they shouldn't eat those things. Seems like the ultimate n=1 experiment to me.

7b9b5de13a30c823dae64a971cb14add

(540)

on June 01, 2012
at 11:48 PM

it is ridiculous. i just noticed the other day that the crohns and colitis foundation website states that there is no link to the need for dietary changes. horrifying!

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