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The book, GAPS Guide, has a section about the difference between SCD and GAPS. Errors appear that would lead parents to choose GAPS over SCD. We will try to provide parents the facts so that they will be able to make a more informed decision.

GAPS Guide:

Dairy - For those who tolerate it, lactose-free dairy is used in both diets, but in GAPS, as well, casein is also eliminated for a period of time before being reintroduced. (Most GAPS patients do not even tolerate casein until their gut has had some time to heal.)

The Pecanbread response:

Dr Campbell-McBride formerly recommended waiting a year before introducing dairy. Later she changed the waiting period to from four to six weeks or at a point dependent upon the child's yogurt tolerance. (This recommendation is similar to that of the head moderator of Pecanbread). The dairy protocols are similar for both diets.

GAPS Guide

Baking Soda - GAPS does not permit baking soda. Dr. Campbell-McBride believes that ingesting it contributes to low stomach acid in GAPS patients.

The Pecanbread response:

Pecanbread's position is neutral until further research is more conclusive. SCD veteran and researcher, Catherine Tamaro, believes ingesting baking soda, helps children with autism and recommends it to parents who follow SCD and her Vitamin K protocol. (Please note many appetizing and nutritious baked goods on SCD require small amounts of baking soda)

GAPS Guide

Juices - SCD allows select store bought juices; GAPS does not. Pasteurization, additional ingredients and potential for mold all create significant challenges for GAPS patients. Homemade fruit and vegetable juices are strongly encouraged since they are full of nutrients and enzymes, are pure and help detoxify the body.

The Pecanbread response:

Pecanbread allows certain store bought juices but strongly recommends homemade food. [1] The enhanced version of Pecanbread advocates juicing and instructs parents that juice should be consumed within fifteen minutes following preparation. [2] Pecanbread recommends fresh juice but does not strictly require it in deference to working parents who have time constraints.

The goal of Pecanbread is to help heal as many children with autism as possible. To this end, enhancements have been added to the original version of Pecanbread. Elaine approved the ASD amendments to SCD on Pecanbread and they have contributed to the recovery of an impressive number of children. Many parents would not have chosen to try SCD had the diet been made even more difficult.

GAPS Guide:

The only legumes permitted on GAPS are white navy beans, lima beans and lentils. All others tend to be difficult for people with gut dysbiosis to digest.

The Pecanbread response:

Actually. there is no difference between the recommendations regarding legumes found in the book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" and GAPS.

Elaine subsequently approved the use of black beans and kidney beans as extremely advanced foods. While not included in "Breaking the Vicious Cycle," they appear on the legal/illegal food list, a list that was made after Dr Campbell-McBride wrote her book. It is possible Dr Campbell-McBride did not realize black and kidney beans were also allowed. There is no mention of disagreement concerning beans between Dr Campbell-McBride and Elaine in the book written by Dr Campbell-McBride.

HAD Dr Campbell-McBridefound that kidney or black beans were difficult to digest, it still would not be appropriate to prevent people from getting the benefits of the Pecanbread protocol. Pecanbread's website postpones the introduction of ALL beans since they are so advanced. []"Advanced stage" applies when a person has not displayed GI problems for a long time and sufficient healing has taken place s to tolerate more difficult to digest foods. By that time, parents have become skilled at identifying which foods are not well tolerated and need to be removed.)

When Dr Campbell-McBride produces conclusive evidence, the SCD community will make appropriate alterations. Currently, there is no conclusive evidence that Dr Campbell-McBride opposes the use of kidney and black beans. The second moderator of the GAPS list is not sure whether or not black beans are allowed on GAPS. Proofs and References



Proof that the Pecanbread protocol included a delay in introducing dairy
Proof that the Pecanbread protocol included a delay in introducing dairy can be found by going to Wayback Machine, the official archive of the internet. As far back as Dec 2003, the Pecanbread website had recommended waiting "at least several weeks prior to the introduction of the homemade goat yogurt."

After the website was revised, the wording was changed to: "Try dairy free SCD for at least one month prior to the introduction of goat yogurt; this gives the gut a chance to heal." This advice was for children "who has been dairy free prior to SCD or experiences extreme milk sensitivity and GI problems." This was meant to include children with autism as well as those with other conditions who were dairy free prior to implementing SCD. Several years ago, virtually all the children with autism who tried the Pecanbread protocol had been dairy free prior to SCD since at that time, it was extremely rare to find a child with autism who had started SCD without first trying the GFCF diet.

A year ago, the wording was changed again. This was done to clarify that children with autism whose first diet was SCD should also delay the introduction of yogurt:
"This is the protocol for a child who has been dairy free prior to SCD or experiences extreme milk sensitivity and GI problems. We recommend that children with autism follow this protocol."

Click here to view the archives of Pecanbread from Dec 2003

What is the protocol for implementing the SCD™ for a child with ASD?

The Elaine's Children ASD/SCD™ Protocol

2. Use probiotics and/or homemade goat yogurt. Probiotics should be introduced slowly, gradually building up the amount given. This helps prevent die-off from happening too quickly. Implement a dairy-free SCD™ for at least several weeks prior to the introduction of the homemade goat yogurt. This gives the gut a chance to heal. This period of time may need to be longer if there are dietary infractions.

Click here to view the archives of Pecanbread from 2007

This is the protocol for a child who has been dairy free prior to SCD or experiences extreme milk sensitivity and GI problems.

It is IMPORTANT to follow these steps.

Step 1 Try dairy free SCD for at least one month prior to the introduction of goat yogurt; this gives the gut a chance to heal.

Since Wayback Machine does not include Pecanbread archives for the year 2008, we will use the present and former websites as proof.

http://pecanbread.com/new/protocol1.html

http://pecanbread.com/p/how/protocol.html

"This is the protocol for a child who has been dairy free prior to SCD or experiences extreme milk sensitivity and GI problems. We recommend that children with autism follow this protocol."

How to access these pages from Wayback Machine

Enter web address
http://www.pecanbread.com


Proof that the Pecanbread protocol does encourage but not requires the use of fresh homemade juices.
SCD has a long tradition for discouraging the use of processed foods. The list for allowed ready made foods is very slim. Furthermore, the web page where this list is posted clearly states:
Homemade food is more delicious and nutritious.
http://pecanbread.com/new/legalfoods1.html

The Pecanbread website is hosted by Yahoo. The Yahoo web control of Pecanbread states that this page's last updated was on January 2009, a couple of months before the publication of GAPS Guide.

The enhanced version of Pecanbread has even stronger recommendations for fresh homemade juices.

http://www.pecanbread.com/new/juice.html

This page about homemade juices states:

Fresh juices are best when consumed as soon as possible. Due to their low acid content, vegetable juices quickly lose enzyme activity. Ideally, vegetable juice should be consumed within fifteen minutes following preparation. Apple and carrot juice oxidize and turn brown quickly.

Juices that are not freshly made ( store bought bottled or canned commercial products will NEVER oxidize) have been heated to kill all the enzymes. Enzymes are one of the key to maximum nutrition benefits.

The draft for this web page about juicing appeared on the Pecanbread Yahoo list on Dec 9, 2008.
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/pecanbread/message/92208

This web page on juicing was programmed into the website before January 26 2009, because a recommendation to use this web page appeared on that day on the Pecanbread Yahoo list.
http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/pecanbread/message/94721


Links for the Pecanbread protocol concerning beans:

The web page for the Pecanbread protocol states the following:
SCD AND THE USE OF TREE NUTS AND PEANUTS

Even when beans are presoaked overnight and precooked before use in recipes they still contain some starch. If black or kidney beans prove problematic,the Pecanbread protocol offers protection through the advice to delay the introduction of beans.

Click here to read this quote on the 2007 version of Pecanbread (using Wayback Machine, the official archive of the internet.)


Click here to read this quote on the present version of Pecanbread

Proof that the second moderator of the GAPS list admits that she is not sure if black beans are allowed on GAPS or not is found in message #25251 of GAPShelp.