Read my thread through on "the real reason you have acne"
Food and western disease is a wonderful book.
So you're skin cleared years ago but you said you've been following the diet for a year? I'm confused. When you said foods that you want does that mean you can't consume high GI foods, or high starch foods without symptoms?
It can become a problem if you have AIDS or are going through chemo, and only in such situations where the immune system is completely decimated. What you fail to understand is that to fix your body you do not have to address the microbial imbalance you just have to address the body. When the body is properly nourished the condition in the digestive tract normalizes and the proper balance is restored - Plain and simple. I have not read the GAPS book but I don't imagine it contains much I dont already know.
To fix the gut you need to nourish the body, there are many ways to go about this. You honestly don't seem to well versed in the nutritional ways, you seem like you've read a few books on holistic medicine rather then delving into how the body works. That's a good place to start.
If you read my post clearly you'd understand. I said my skin started to clear prior to starting the GAPS diet as I had basically changed my diet to a very similar diet to the gaps diet, such as eating meats and veggies and staying away from high starch foods/processed foods etc. The gaps diet (if you read my post) brought my healing to a further level healing me of not only acne but auto immune issues as well.
Yes, you are right you know everything so I am sure there isn't anything you could gain from a Dr and Nutritionist that has healed thousands upon thousands of people of true digestive problems not simply acne. As you have already exhausted your time looking into the Weston Price Research. This is so arrogant. How old are you? Seriously? You are blowing off years of research, because you know more then they do? What exactly is your position? Are you a certified MD? A med student? Nutritionist? Holistic practitioner? I am not sure what provides you with the higher level of learning than the greats of our time with no credit back to any of the books or research you have done.
To answer your question, I can eat any foods I like including sweet potatoes, yes. I am continuing on the Gaps diet for the next year though (so I don't eat them) as I have my children on the diet. Dr Natasha Cambpell Mcbride has years of research under her belt as well as being a medical Dr and nutritionist. But I can see why you would feel you know more than her, due to your credentials and all. She goes into extensively the gut flora and how nutrition and digestion occur and which foods are digestible versus not digestible for those with a damaged gut. Contrary to what you think as she believes Candida can cause a great problem in the gut environment. Here is a quote from her book...........
"So if the beneficial bacteria in the gut are damaged and are not functioning as they should, then the, "walls of the city" are not protected very well, which is a typical situation in a GAPS gut. Without the protection the gut wall is open to invasion by anything that comes along; a a virus from vaccination or the environment, a ubiquitous fungus such as candida albicans, various bacteria and parasites and toxic substances, all of which are very capable of damaging our digestive system and causing a chronic inflammation in its walls.
Lets talk about carbohydrates......
"all carbohydrates are made of tiny molecules, called monosaccharides. There are many of them. The most common ones are glucose, fructose, and galactose. These monosaccharides or monosugars can easily penetrate the gut lining; they do not need digestion. Galactose is found in soured milk products, like yoghurt. Monosugars from fruit and some vegetables are the easiest carbohydrates for us to digest and should be the main form of carbohydrate in the diet for any person with a digestive disorder.
The next size carbohydrates are disacchardies or double sugars, made out o two molecules of monosaccaharides. The most common ones are sucrose (common table sugar), lactose (milk sugar), and maltose from digestion of starch. These double sugars cannot be absorbed without quite a bit of work on the part of the enteroytes. The tiny hairs (microvilli) on the surface of enterocytes, called the brush border, produces enzymes called dissacharidases, which break down the double sugars into monosaccharides to be absorbed. This is where the biggest problem lies for people with digestive disorders. The sick enterocytes lose their ability to produce brush border enzymes. As a result, double sugars, like sucrose, milk sugar lactose and products of starch digestion cannot be split into monosugars, and hence cannot be absorbed. They stay in the gut becoming major food for pathogenic bacteria, viruses, CANDIDA and other fungi, getting converted into a river of toxic substances which damage the gut wall even further and poison the whole body. Deficiencies in dissacharides almost always accompany all sorts of digestive disorders. Recent studies performed by DR K Horvath in Maryland University and DR T Buie in Harvard confirmed these deficiencies in those with gut dysbiosis.
So double sugars or dissacharides have to be out of the diet for those with digestive disorders as not to feed abnormal flora and to allow the villi time to recover by shedding off sick enterocytes and building a layer of healthy ones.
Now in response to your take on a high starch diet............
"We have mentioned maltose- the result of STARCH digestion. Apart from sugar (sucrose) starch is the main form of carbohydrates we consume. All grains and some root vegetables (potato, yams, sweet potato, jerusalem artichoke, cassava) are very rich in starch. Starch is made of huge molecules with hundreds of monosugars connected into long strands with many branches. Digestion of starch requires quite a bit of work on the part of the digestive system and apparently even in healthy people, due to its complex structure, a lot of starch goes undigested. Undigested starch provides a perfect food for pathogenic flora in th gut, allowing it to thrive and produce toxins."
"Whatever starch does get digested, the result of this digestion is molecules of maltose. Maltose is a double sugar which cannot be absorbed without being split up into monosugars by the enterocytes. In a person with abnormal gut flora enterocytes are not able to split double sugars, so maltose goes undigested, unabsorbed and falls prey to the abnormal microbes. To allow the enterocytes to recover and to stop feeding abnormal gut flora, starch has to be out of the diet for those with digestive disorders. It means no grains or anything made out of them and no starchy vegetables. Clinical practice shows that when the gut has given a long enough period without the double sugars and starch, it has a good chance of recovery. Once this recovery takes place, the person can start to have grains and starchy vegetables again without any ill effect."
You must not have had very serious issues (not to bad of a gut environment to start) for you to be able to eat a high starch diet. But as not everyones gut flora is the same, this can be very bad advice for others out there. I don't think the book you mentioned would interest me due to my feelings on Darwin and evolution in general. But it is interesting to see what our history of food and eating habits where.
Edited by myheartsholistic, 27 November 2011 - 06:19 PM.