The Sunday session was a slightly smaller affair. There were no breakout streams and we all stayed in the main area which contained the exhibitors. This was a bit problematic at times as it got a bit noisy, but people soon learned to keep stum during the presentations.
The morning was taken over by Dr Natasha Campbell-McBride on Gut & Psychology Syndrome (GAPS). This was a fascinating 3 hours on how all sickness and disease comes from the gut. If the gut isn’t functioning then neither can we. Her own story is that he son had learning difficulties (may be autism but I am not sure) and she got him well through this protocol of eating and mending his gut.
The basis is that our gut health is determined by the micro-flora passed to us by our mothers in birth and also from the early days of feeding. A bottle fed baby has a completely different gut flora to a breast fed and, as mothers, we are setting our children up for bad health if this is not addressed early on. Natasha spoke so clearly and knowledgeably that the time just flew.
She spoke of how GAPS patients can’t digest fat, of how the worsening of asthma is being exacerbated by the early prescribing of drugs. She told us how parents should handle a child with their first ‘wheeze’ or sign of asthma. Wrap them in a blanket, pop a warm hat on them, sit them on your lap, hold them calmly and give them broth to sip. The bronchospasm will pass, the body will repair. The body is good like that :-).
Conditions like asthma, eczema, cystitis, bed-wetting, thrush, sinusitis, runny nose, rhinitis, gingivitis, vaginitis, diarrhea and constipation are all symptoms of problems with elimination. These are all conditions that is helped with the GAPS diet.
In addition to eating disorders, allergies, autism, dyslexia, dyspraxia, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes 1, celiac disease, lupus, osteoarthritis, ME, fibromyalgia, migraine, headaches, chronic cystitis and epilepsy the list went on!
She spoke at some length about patients with eating disorders (mainly anorexia) and how the mis-processing in their brains really is making them see a distorted picture of themselves. She said it happened a lot in teenage girls who turn vegetarian. She made a very bold statement, “if your teenage child comes home and says they are going vegetarian, tell them they can, once they have researched the topic thoroughly and presented both arguments to the family” — she attributed bad vegetarianism to many of her eating disorder clients problems with the fat in the diet is too low, insufficient protein and the immune system failing. She had a lovely term for these clients, when she starts them on the GAPS programme she waits for ‘Bingo Day’. The day when they look in the mirror and really see how thin they’ve become, then she knows she’s turned a corner with them.
Her website www.gaps.me gives all the dietary protocol, to save me space here. But suffice to say mending the gut, increasing microflora and detoxing were all part of it. Including getting sun, plenty of sun, saturated fats, ripe fruits, fermented foods, and cold pressed, unprocessed honey. It’s a long process for some, but the results are there. Amazing woman, I loved listening to every minute of that one!
After lunch Dr Stephanie Seneff spoke of Autism, Depression and Ahlzheimers. The conference room was quite noisy and she spoke quickly through her slides, so my ability to follow was a bit flawed. However her main topic was that all these conditions showed insufficiency of cholesterol sulfate. Much of her presentation was research notes showing the evidence to support her story. She spoke of the importance of cholesterol and also sulfate. Sulfate in the diet protects the cells from bacteria and a sulfate deficiency leads to a leaky gut (linking back to Dr Natasha’s presentation). Sulphur is found in foods like onions, garlic, leeks, cabbage, seafood and nuts.
Elizabeth Wells spoke of being Alergic to the Modern World. Her own experience lead her to find a cure for symptoms like getting electric shocks off everything, not being able to use electrical devices and being allergic to pollution. For people in this position life is very dark and lonely. I would imagine they are regarded as ‘weak’ or ‘sicky types’ but it’s very debilitating. However they can be helped and she spoke through her own life experience of getting a life back. It was the kind of presentation when you realise how lucky you are.
Finally, we listened to Dr J Turner (a chiropractor) and K Pirtle who spoke of Solutions to Healing. It was a lighthearted summary of the weekend and a nice way to finish the day. They spoke of the problems with man and animal not eating as we were supposed to. Giving cattle corn for example and processing our own foods beyond any recognition of their former state. K Pirtle had cured herself from a very debilitating disease that was caused by gut health problems. She now eats a very Weston Price style diet that contains lots of saturated fat, meat, fish, fermented grains and vegetables and broth. She liked her broth! To see her speak you wouldn’t have known she had been ill, she was the right shape for her bones, not fat, bright and energetic. And she ate a lot of saturated fat! So remember eating fat won’t make you fat!
All in all in was a great weekend. I met up with a friend on Saturday, met a lady I’d seen at another event last year, met a chap who had lost 50lbs from following an un-mainstream fat loss diet and had a lovely time soaking it all up! It satisfied my deep belief that the food we eat is to maintain our health throughout our lives until we die pain free in our sleep of old age. I am not anti-supplementation and given the quality of the soils our food are grown in I think supplementation is important, however for me it has to be excellent quality food all the way — afterall that’s what our bodies want and we prefer!