For years I have been receiving letters from people from all over the world describing their recovery from a plethora of illnesses with the use of the GAPS Nutritional Protocol. These letters were so moving, so profound that I felt that the whole world should read them! I got permission of all of these people and published their stories as a book GAPS Stories. It contains more than fifty stories from adults and families with children.
Here is a short list of health problems people have found relief from or recovered from, and described their experiences in this book: digestive disorders (including IBS, ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, diarrhoea and constipation, reflux and indigestion, food allergies and intolerances and more), Kawasaki disease, allergies, asthma, eczema, hay fever, autism, ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), opposition defiant disorder, OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), schizophrenia, anorexia, narcolepsy, alcoholism, fussy eating habits, learning and behavioural problems, depression, night terrors, anxiety, DP (Depersonalisation Syndrome), migraines and other headaches, autoimmunity, malabsorption, sugar addiction, thyroid problems, PMS (Premenstrual Syndrome), endometriosis, heart palpitations, neuropathy and other neurological diseases, epilepsy and tics, FPIES (Food Protein Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome), ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), Fibromyalgia, CFS (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome), failure to thrive in babies, candida syndrome, recurrent infections and poor immune function, PANDAS (Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal infection), PANS (Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder), lupus, anaemia, arthritis, sleep problems, chronic cystitis and kidney problems, psoriasis and rosacea, excessive weight and low body weight, and more.
Quite a few people have provided their contact details in this book. They are happy to be contacted by those who are struggling with similar health problems, to share their experiences and to offer support.
I highly recommend this book to all GAPS people! This book will give you hope! It will show you that you are not alone in your physical or mental suffering, and there is something you can do to make your situation better. I have chosen stories with particularly challenging health problems. Many of these problems are considered to be beyond help, and yet these children and adults have recovered! In this book you may find many useful tips on how to deal with various symptoms relevant to your personal situation.
"To anyone who says that (GAPS) diet is too much work, or too hard, I reply that it is too much work and too hard to live life NOT doing the diet, living with the daily drain and worry of sick children!" (Nancy, p.54)
"I will continue on my GAPS journey and if I can heal from what I used to call a lifetime of allergies, digestive stress, celiac, suicidal depression, cutting, eating disorders, hypoglycaemia, anxiety and asthma - now I just call it GAPS - then anyone can!" (Lydia, p.205)
"I hope that one day GAPS will become so well known, that there will be restaurants and cafes serving GAPS food and drink... I am convinced that a good proportion of people on this planet will not be able to continue eating the standard Western food much longer without having more and more health problems - problems for which classical medicine has nothing to offer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!" (Catherine, p.236)