My dream had been to continue posting results to this page. What happened? Our support list became so inundated with so many success stories, I could not keep up with loading them here! So, view the below as a small sampling, then join our very busy support list to hear countless more stories as they come through!
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I’m a 36 year old man who is about to celebrate his 37th birthday in a couple of days with, what appears to be, a significantly healed brain. I have much to celebrate.
See, I was diagnosed with Schizo Affective Disorder (a severe mental disorder that is a cross between Bipolar 1 and Schizophrenia.) This is a completely debilitating condition that has made life extremely difficult for me. Then I came across the GAPS diet a little while ago. In a short time, and for the first time in my life since I was diagnosed almost 15 years ago, I have been able to almost cut out my medication completely.
Now, I have had periods of remission in the past at different times. This, however, is different. During those remissions, I’d have to stay on the pills. It was impossible, as much as I tried, to come off them. I’d simply start feeling bad again.
Not this time. The GAPS diet is working!
There’s something, also, I have to note as well. The reason I dropped my medications (slowly), at all, was that as I progressed on the diet, I noticed I was feeling worse after and for approximately 6 – 8 hours after I’d pop my pills. I thought this was strange but quickly realized I was feeling negative effects from the Zoloft, Ativan and Abilify. The pills were making me feel bad.
It was as though my brain did not require them any longer and all I was left with were the side effects of the pills (sedation, etc). Therefore, I slowly cut them out.
I feel calm, stable, healthy, and good. I was erratic prior. I’m not now and I really hope this gives a ton of hope to many out there because, let’s face it, Schizo Affective Disorder is the [combination] of two horrific mental illnesses. I’m an extreme case. I had huge success! If I can get my life back… anyone can!
Thank you so much!!
November 10, 2010
Editor’s Note: Readers, please note that while it is common with healing to find that dosages of various medications can be reduced or eliminated in the long run, one should not feel any pressure or need to hurry this process and should not do so. It is of utmost importance to reduce medications only (a) under supervision of a doctor, (b) one at a time, and (c) very, very slowly (incrementally). Reducing too quickly or too soon can be self-sabotaging, compromise one’s capacity to adhere to the healing program and even put one’s life at risk. GAPS celebrates the wonderful health successes of all, but also supports the use of medications for as long as required.
Food Intolerances & Allergies
I’m a naturopath in Melbourne… I just wanted to say GAPS is the best program I have come across to deal with food intolerances and digestive issues. I used to recommend a WAPF diet to clients but since recommending they step back onto GAPS intro I’ve seen the biggest results in children and adults AND being able to reintroduce foods for which they tested positive in IgG/Alcat tests or which caused obvious reactions (including eggs and fermented dairy). My greatest thanks to NCM for sharing this knowledge and to people like you for putting all this effort in a wonderful website and blog. Thanks from Australia!
October 25, 2010
My son had severe eczema since 6 months old. I did the conventional route and nothing helped. The doctors just said he would grow out of it and would just give him steriod cream. I could not take it anymore. At age 5 (1.5 years ago) he went on the GAPS diet for 7 months. It was hard. He had major flare ups and hives (which he never had before) but we stuck it out. After 7 months, we slowly went back on a few foods but kept dairy and wheat out. This is the first summer he has gone with out eczema! He skin looks beautiful and he does not have shiners under his eyes. He even can tolerate some dairy and wheat without any flare ups! Not even sunscreen has bothered him.
Thanks to the diet, my son is scab free (except for the pick scrape on his knee from falling off his bike)!!
August 31, 2010
Anemia, Red Blood Cells, Hemoglobins, Hemotocrits
I just wanted to shoot a quick update on my son’s blood draw from last week. I was the lady who posted about all the fats in the blood vials (highly lipemic). Anyway, I have not received all the information from the doctor that I was waiting for regarding the fats in the blood, but I did receive the lab reports and I wanted to share the excitement with you all. We have been on the GAPS intro diet (currently moving into full gaps although I’m not in any hurry for it) for 5 weeks now. We have drawn blood on a monthly basis in the past since he was so messed up. This is the first blood draw in my son’s entire 5 years of life that his red blood cells, hemoglobins, hemotocrits were in NORMAL range! This is so exciting for us and absolutely miraculous. My guy is also fighting lyme disease so we’ve have always had screwed up blood and we have always been anemic. I know without a doubt the GAPS diet is responsible for these miraculous results.
Kristi, Northern California, USA
September 26, 2009
Leaky Gut, Candida Overgrowth, Intolerances, Etc
My five year old son, who was diagnosed with autism two and a half years ago, has been following the DAN! protocol since then. He was also gluten, casein, soy, rice, egg, corn, etc, free. We did wonderfully and he actually lost his autism diagnosis a while back. But the underlying issues of leaky gut, yeast, bacteria, lyme disease, nutritional deficiency, increasing number of food intolerances, etc, never got better. We were only able to control and manage the symptoms but not actually heal the underlying problems.
In the last two months we also saw a naturopath who worked on clearing some of these issues. One of the things she said we MUST do was the GAPS diet. Well after lots of tears, frustration and researching I forged ahead with the diet. A month ago I started my son on juicing and bone broth every day – he tolerated this well. Two and a half weeks ago we went into the intro diet and never looked back.
The first eight days were pure hell of die-off. Man, did we have die off! I never thought we would pull through but on the eighth day of hell things got better. His words came back full force, he got more energy, stopped throwing up, starting eating more solids, generally became his old happy self but the one thing I noticed the most is he became nice. He is no longer an angry child. He is no longer defiant and he is so loveable. He is accepting all the foods we give him and is no longer craving those sweet and starchy foods. Sure he asks about them from time to time and we talk about them but it’s not a “I must have this or I’m going to die trying to get it” deal. Oh, and his cognitive skills have gone through the roof. (I actually thought they were good before but now they are better). His eczema hasn’t returned. His fine motor skills (drawing, writing name, etc) have improved dramatically since where he was last month. It is amazing that all of this has occured from the intro diet only.
We are in the last stage of intro and slowing moving into the full GAPS diet. We have had to eliminate a few items in the intro stages due to intolerances which, by the way, became very clear were intolerances because bad behavior returned. He just started kindergarten two days after die-off hell and has done wonderfully since. (Thank god we got through the die-off before kindergarten started or we wouldn’t have been able to go.) We have a very long way to go for full healing but I have seen such amazing results so far that I am so excited about the future.
We recently had another huge wave of die-off that this time only lasted three days. The die-off was, I believe, due to the increased fermented foods. These foods are powerful – I love it, love it, love it! Our die-off was accompanied by lethargy and vomit. No changes to stools this time :). Behavior change back to pleasant overnight and his focus is now right back on track. I’m beginning to see a die-off pattern and again I love it!
Kristi, Northern California, USA
September 18, 2009
Failure to Thrive, Bedwetting, Shyness, Anger, Clumsiness, Clinginess, Etc
Melina started GAPS in May mainly due to failure to thrive (she didn’t add any weight between three and four and a half years of age), in spite of a very healthy WAP diet. We also had some other underlying issues that I never thought were a real problem until I read the GAPS book, things like regular bedwetting (I just thought she drank too much fluid in the evenings); clumsiness; always attached to me (I just thought she was a “mama’s girl”), fits of anger, horrible tantrums with no discernible trigger (I just thought it was her age, and that maybe she was too spoiled and sensitive); excessive shyness (she didn’t say anything in daycare for one and a half years, though she spoke three languages at home, but again I just thought she was overwhelmed with so many people in the same place).
As I stated in a previous report, she had big die-off during the first weeks (she couldn’t attend school for the first three weeks of intro, it was so bad) and she lost more than three pounds, when she was already skinny. She became a pale-looking, empty-eyed, walking shadow. But after the first three weeks were over, we started an amazing journey, where her entire body and spirit have been changing.
Over the subsequent three months, she put on 6.6 pounds. Remember: This child didn’t grow for almost 2 years! Her body became muscular and strong. She became vibrant, full of energy and, according to her teacher, one of the smartest children in her class. She initiates conversation in groups, she shouts in the breaks to call her friends, she has almost daily playdates. She learned to bike on two wheels faster than all her friends in the neighbourhood. She has a good appetite and she loves her food: She doesn’t miss or make any fuss about the non-legal treats that other children eat. She has not wet her bed once since starting the diet. She does get some anger attacks and tantrums, but everytime, like clockwork, it is when I give her too much SCD yoghurt.
There are still some issues to fix (eg. dairy sensitivity) and she has a little rash on her cheek, but I am so confident she is on a good path.
Like other people, I really need to thank the GAPShelp Yahoo Group for the support, especially during her first weeks when I was afraid and doubtful, and shocked to see my skinny child losing even more weight, being in pain, crying from muscle cramps and stomach aches. I am very grateful to all the mothers who wrote me, telling me how their children lost weight, too, in the beginning, only to put it back and some more.
September 12, 2009
Behaviour, Food Intolerances, Constipation, Eczema
Having just about reached our six-month milestone I thought I’d update everyone on our son’s progress.
We started GAPS Intro as a family, in February, motivated mainly by our 2 year old son’s persistent eczema, persistent constipation, food intolerances and ‘autistic-like’ behaviours. Six months on we hardly recognise the little boy in our midst. He currently has NO eczema, produces type 4 or 5 stools daily, seems to be tolerating runny duck egg yolks (chicken eggs previously triggered his eczema) and is behaviourally a totally different child. His newly discovered happiness now permeates our home. We still haven’t been able to successfully introduce any dairy products (including ghee) but we are optimistic that with further healing this will also be possible in the future.
The journey here has been bumpy and several times I have questioned our decision, but standing were we do today, I am glad beyond words that we stumbled across the GAPS protocol on the internet and had the courage to try it.
I don’t believe that is a coincidence that he has improved physically at the same time as behaviorally. It’s only when things become easier that you really appreciate how hard they were before. DH and I keep looking at each other with tears in our eyes – irrationally you are so scared that if you speak the words then the magic spell will be broken and things will return to how they were. We have always loved our son dearly but now we really like him too 😉
August 15, 2009
I just wanted to share with everyone my short journey on GAPS. I had posted 3 weeks ago that I was still feeling really tired, one month in to GAPS and was worried the diet wasn’t going to help with this symptom. Well, it’s been almost 2 months on the diet and the last 5 days have been so awesome, I am happy as a clam to share that my energy level is much improved! I haven’t had to take a nap in days! Now, I haven’t upped anything so I’m not experiencing die-off at the moment. And I plan on introducing some new stuff today, so I fully expect to be tired again soon, but I am so encouraged that I have had these most wonderful days of energy and I KNOW that, with perseverance, I will feel better and better. Th[e Yahoo support forum] is awesome. Everyone is so helpful. Thank you to everyone.
August 13, 2009
…this year I decided to transition my 9 yr. old over to it. It was becoming apparent he had some yeast issues after a course of antibiotics. He only wanted white cheese food and sugar as well.
Ok, after several months of good non-yeasty SCD/GAPS food, my son is sleeping thru the night, no accidents, eating a wide range, and in a delightful mood 24/7. He even went to an Indian restaurant and tried food.
August 9, 2009
My daughter has autism and catatonic schizophrenia and her “hearing voices” symptoms have never fully been medically controlled. Since she went grain free a week ago, she has NOT HEARD VOICES. (Wow!) I see a HUGE difference in my daughter already. She’s so much happier.
August 3, 2009
Autism Spectrum Disorder
…yesterday was our one year anniversary on this diet and I wanted to post a note of progress and hopefully encouragement for those just starting out, or losing hope.
Since starting this diet, my boys (now age 12 and 7, ASD, severe and moderate) have:
1. Been taken off all their medications (they were up to six different kinds per day).
2. My oldest is seizure-free and is no longer taking any anti-seizure meds.
3. My youngest is talking and not a day goes by that he does not make one more milestone.
4. My oldest who was smearing poop almost daily no longer soils himself in the day or night. (He used to soak through his pull-ups.)
5. They both have more language.
6. They are both calmer.
7. My youngest is coloring and spelling and READING!
The list goes on. The moral of the story is: The diet works. Don’t give up!
August 2, 2009
Eczema; Behavior; Digestion
…my daughter’s eczema has healed wonderfully on the diet. Prior to SCD/GAPS she had a year of severe eczema (open sores all over her limbs). After 4 months on the diet her skin began to heal, and now eczema is no longer a problem – ie, it doesn’t dominate our lives any more. Her skin still flares occasionally, so the problem has not been entirely eradicated. She also has pretty bad hay fever which doesn’t seem to have improved at all, but I hope that continuing with the diet will resolve that in time. I think eczema is different for everyone. I honestly can’t say what triggers my daughter’s flare ups – I have become less certain about all this as time has gone on! I just keep plugging away because the diet has worked so well for us; my daughter has made huge behavioural advances and my son’s digestive problems have all been resolved.
July 27, 2009