GAPS, FPIES and food intolerances

GAPS stands for Gut And Psychology Syndrome.   Recently I read an article in the Wall Street Journal that discussed the "brain gut" connection and how problems with the gut can affect a person emotionally as well as physically.    Though published recently, these are not new ideas.  I stumbled upon GAPS when researching alternative ways to treat Henry's Food Protein Intolerance.   I came to embraces GAPS after Henry had notable improvement on an elimination diet, yet a piece to the puzzle seemed to be missing.  No matter what I tried, he still could not seem to gain any weight or grow.   When Henry started to refuse food altogether, I became desperate to help him.  That is when I embarked upon our GAPS journey, an attempt to heal the underlying problems in his GI tract, not just treat the symptoms with medications.   If you are interested in treating the cause of you or your child's chronic, autoimmune conditions see the links on the side of my page for more information on GAPS.    Dr. Campbell McBride is the author of Gut and Psychology Syndrome and a link to a site where you can purchase her highly recommended book is on my site.   Also be sure to click the link to join GAPS kids at the bottom of my site so you can find support for your journey.

FPIES is a severe delayed food allergy of the gut, it is understood to be a T-cell mediated response, a Non-IgE Food Allergy, in which food is considered a foreign invader and the body “fights/attacks” it until it can violently expel it; although the exact mechanisms are still not well understood. Symptoms include: profound vomiting, diarrhea and/or constipation. These can lead to: lethargy, low body temp or fever, hypo-tension, and in severe cases, sepsis and shock.  And still yet, many children also experience many discomforting symptoms while the body "fights" this reaction and these can include: extreme stomach pains, gas, runny stools with or without mucous or blood, persistent hiccups, acid reflux, rashes, sleep disturbance, and agitation. FPIES is a clinical diagnosis (based on symptoms), there is currently no test for it.

To learn more please read fellow blogger Joy's research inFPIES File Cabinet. and visit:The FPIES Foundation website

The FPIES Foundation is the collaborative effort of several FPIES families whose relentless journey has sparked the desire to help other families find their way. The FPIES Foundation strives to provide a credible and interactive support resource for this rare, often times isolating diagnosis.

My related posts:

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FPIES what in the world is that?

Avoiding GAPS Intro Pitfalls

GAPS Intro Day One

A Cure for FPIES?

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