The first step involves removing the main source of toxicity which means cleaning up and restoring digestive health through the GAPS diet intervention protocol.
Dr Campbell-McBride has a theory explaining how both salicylates and phenols have strong antioxidant and detoxifying abilities and therefore creating a detox reaction whilst flushing toxins from storage sites in body tissues and into the blood stream where it causes the detox reaction. These toxins are then released though urine, sweat or bile. Detoxifying is very important; therefore phenols and salicylates play an important part in the detoxification process and also benefit a host of very important vitamins.
The removal of toxins and heavy metals stored within the body.
This step is an important part of the protocol because it aims to reduce the general toxic load. This takes an enormous amount of pressure off the individuals detoxification system. The major source of toxicity is in the gut and this is produced from anything we eat, breath, touch or allow to absorb through our skin from the environment around us.
The following list is compiled to assist you in reducing the toxic load.
Dr N. Campbell McBride commented on an interesting concept at a Wise Traditions conference in 2008 explaining that when an autistic child’s body temperature rises in a sauna they seem to become more lucid until their temperature drops down again. If you have access to a far infrared sauna, I highly recommend it.
Always educate yourself, don’t just assume that just because a product is on the shelf and claims to be organic that it is GAPS allowable or safe at all. Some organics are not certified so make sure you check for the Certified Organic label. If you can’t find it, it is not certified. In addition to this we also have contradictions with certified organic authorities because organic farmers still have the discretion to exercise their right (under organic certification guidelines) to use “allowable” certified organic chemical inputs.
As a consumer, we all trust that organic means no chemicals. But that isn’t always the case in organic meat practices. For example, there is an organically certified sheep dip called Extinosad which is commonly used in organic lamb production. With the organic certification you are allowed a certain percentage of “allowable inputs”. This can also include the use of vaccines or certified chemicals.
It is always best to contact the farmers and ask them questions directly. So far I have found only one meat supplier that impresses beyond the organically certified practices and this is at Mitchell Grass Meats. Here they have established a direct link between producer and consumer, bypassing the middle men along the way which cuts the costs significantly. They like their customers to be confident with the practices used in producing and storing their meat and happy to provide feedback with all questions thrown at them.
I recently learnt of an Australian certified organic poultry farmer who feeds his chickens and ducks soy because it is cheaper and this is another product we are trying very hard to avoid. High levels of soy reduce assimilation of calcium, magnesium, copper, iron and zinc. Soy foods also contain chemicals, stunt growth, increase the bodies need for vitamin D and interferes with protein digestion causing pancreatic disorders. The list of harmful effects from soy are exhaustive and you can find more information at the Western A. Price Foundation…
The following is a list compiled by Anna at Mitchell Grass Meats which will assist you in knowing what questions to ask organic farmers or suppliers when seeking the best quality meat products for your family.
At Mitchell Grass Meats they use no chemicals, vaccines, supplementary feeding, fertilisers etc. Just 100% grass, sunshine, artesian water, salt for dipping and good care.
Choose organic Choosing organic eliminates the use of growth hormones, antibiotics, and genetically engineered drugs and feeds in livestock.
Why you feel worse when you implement an optimal nutrition program
By Linda Paterson BHSc
The more food is presented in its natural raw state in which it grows, without any modifications made to it, the easier it is to digest. Food in its natural state maintains all its enzymes, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and other trace elements, therefore allowing the body to use these resources to replenish and develop healthy tissue.
When people change their diet for the better and eat natural easy to digest foods they often ask “why do I seem to feel worse when I am eating better”? To answer this question we need to look at what the body is doing when this occurs. The body starts to identify the lower grade materials and tissues and rids of them in order to make room for the superior ones derived from the higher grade food coming into the body to renew healthier tissues.
During this process, the body goes through a process of ‘retracing’ which presents with a variety of different symptoms that people associate with feeling unwell or worse than they were before they had started. The new improved diet forces the body to deal with accumulated toxins stored in the tissues of our body by excreting them through the skin, bile and urine.
As these toxins are being discarded from the body, they release their poisons which cause a die off reaction . The severity of the symptoms depends on the amount of toxins stored in the body and range from headaches, fever, cold/flu, skin eruptions, either constipation or diarrhoea, lethargy, depression, irritability, frequent urination, vomiting, leg cramps and tummy pain. Although these symptoms can be quite abrupt for some people, it is imperative that the retracing process is not interrupted or stopped by the use of medications or other alternative means.
Many people confuse these symptoms with allergies or food sensitivities within the first two to three days and attempt to stop the healing process before it is concluded and consequently not allowing the first important phase to complete its task to recuperate. The body should allow at least 10 days for the first phase to complete and this can be longer for others who have more severe conditions.
Dr Campbell-Mc Bride proposes that phenols found in food, act as a natural detoxifier and play their part by cleaning up the toxins throughout the body. Although it may be true that many GAPS patients are sensitive to phenols, it is imperative not to avoid them unless you have a true allergy (anaphylactic) because they play an important role during detox and retracing. Whilst the detox reaction from phenols may cause a variety of concerning symptoms, they do subside if the steps are followed through correctly and clinical experience has shown that generally, as the gut heals, the sensitivity to phenols changes and the reaction goes away.
The first stage of detoxification requires plenty of rest so that the body can use all its energy and power to work on reconstructing the injured sites. If any attempt is made to avoid the body’s signals (lethargy) to rest, the process of retracing will take longer. Rest and sleep will provide the body with more energy to rebuild the body’s important organs and cells. The less energy used by the body’s muscles during this phase the better dispersion of power and energy to restore the much needed internal regions.
When a person practices patience during this phase, their strength will progressively return and improve beyond that of which it had been before implementing the diet. There are two important points here to remember: plenty of rest and avoid the use of drugs to assist in the relief of symptoms during the retracing phase.
During the preceding months, you may experience a ‘recovery regression’ where out of the blue, you develop a rash or become quite irritable. This flare up is the body’s consistent progression towards healing. The skin for example, is becoming more stimulated and toxins are released through sweat glands in the skin presenting a rash or igniting a pre-existing state of eczema which could last for ten days or more until it progressively heals. A few months after this another flare up is experienced but this time it may not be as severe as the last and take less time to recover. Recovery regressions occur as a part of the recovery cycle.
If you identify that the GAPS patient is particularly sensitive to a certain food, you may take it out for about 4 – 6 weeks and slowly reintroduce it from small progressive amounts. Worsening of symptoms may also occur during the introduction of new foods or Probiotic foods like sauerkraut or yoghurt/kefir. The best thing to do is to determine the smallest amount tolerated and slowly increase the amount over time. Some people attempt to avoid probiotic foods thinking that they make them ill or are sensitive to them and some believe they are not ready for them; however this is generally because they are unaware of how Probiotic foods assist in detoxifying the body.
Probiotic foods are full of beneficial enzymes and friendly bacteria and when consumed they repopulate the gut with beneficial flora that kills the pathogenic flora. When these pathogens die, they release an accumulation of stored toxins which are then released through the body causing a die off reaction. This is why fermented Probiotic foods should be introduced gradually and progressively at a pace that the individual can tolerate.
Remember this: successful completion of the first phase of retracing will equip your body with the ammunition to avoid future disease whilst allowing the body to heal from previous conditions that lead you to optimal nutritional changes in the first place. Whilst the walk through GAPS detox is exhausting to say the least, the trade off in enhanced quality of life is well and truly worth it.
Healing the gut takes time, especially for those with more serious digestive abnormalities. Some people claim to have noticed more digestive discomfort after sneaking foods from their previous diet like bread or rice. These people then ask why am I more sensitive now than I was before I started improving my diet?
Basically, the gut wall had not had sufficient enough time to heal and whilst the body was busy focusing on rebuilding the integrity of the gut wall and restoring the microvilli covering the enterocytes, the forbidden food goes back to work in destroying the new enterocytes and disrupts the whole healing process, amounting in subsequent discomfort and return of symptoms. Most people never noticed their symptoms before they attempted to change their diet and did not realise the full extent of their condition until they attempt to clean it up.
The gut wall began a journey of healing and the duration of this journey will be different for each individual. A period of 2.5 years is the optimal recommendation for GAPS patients, however this will be dependent on how well the person has adhered to the protocol and how severe their digestive abnormalities were to begin with.
Dr. N. Campbell-McBride MD, MMed Sci (neurology), MMed Sci (nutrition), Gut and Psychology Syndrome, Natural treatments for Autism, Dyslexia, Depression, Dyspraxia, ADD, ADHD, Schizophrenia.
Dr. Stanley S. Bass, Symptoms to Expect When You Improve Your Diet, 3119 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235
Juicing provides a means to detoxify the body from heavy metals and other harmful poisons and chemicals naturally. The wonderful thing about juicing is how easy it is to digest and assimilate the body. Fibre from fruit and vegetables can aggravate an already sensitive GAPS digestive system and impair absorption of many nutrients, however the juicing procedure removes the fibre from the fruit and vegetables which results in absorption occurring within 20 minutes. If you eat one carrot (with all its fibre) your body will absorb 1% of beta carotene whilst the remaining remains trapped in the fibre, however if you juice one carrot, the beta carotene assimilated by the body increases more than 90% Daily juicing provides direct absorption of many live enzymes, amino acids and necessary vitamins and minerals.
All fruit and vegetable juices must be freshly pressed at home, from ripe (preferably) organic local produce. 60% of the active oxidation power and enzymes within fresh pressed juice is lost within half an hour, therefore it is essential to drink the juice immediately.
The GAPS Protocol suggests adhering to two glasses of freshly pressed juice a day for optimum results. It is important to remember to drink Juice on an empty stomach, 20 – 25 minutes before food and 2 – 2 ½ hrs after a meal.
Ensuring you get plenty of fresh air will also assist your body to detoxify. This can be emphasised during a family leisure activity that you find both rewarding and enjoyable. Open your windows and doors and air your home regularly to allow a good circulation of fresh air.
Supplying many house plants are also beneficial in reducing toxins within the home as they naturally convert toxins into oxygen and other beneficial substances within the environment. Dr N. Campbell Mc Bride recommends certain types of plants within her book on p.208. Tags:antioxidant, Detoxificantion Steps, detoxifying abilities, flushing toxins, phenols, salicylates, toxicity