After 18 months on GAPS, we have healed a LOT! But we also hit a bit of a brick wall in terms of the final, obvious immune response issues like remaining anaphylaxis to nuts in my son, and random belly bloat, fatigue and brain fog in my daughter and I.
My daughter still had big patches of cradle cap that was causing her hair to grow out really thin and weak, she was regularly wetting herself, and would still get random bloated tummy from food that I know is fine. It was confusing. She also had a persistently itchy bum and had started biting her nails.
My son has so vastly improved, but still has a few allergies, still gets the legs cramping at night when he increases foods like garlic or coconut oil (both anti-parasitic foods), and his bowel movements are not always regular or solid. He also had the itchy bum every so often.
I was suffering the worst and was starting to get grumpy: my random bloated tummy had returned with a vengeance, and I was cutting out dairy, fruit, nuts in an effort to discover what was causing this. I had gained weight weirdly, without eating any differently, and I couldn’t lose the weight, not even 100 grams, even though I was practicing intermittent fasting. I had reverted to needing 9 hours of sleep a day, and found it difficult to exercise without feeling really flat. I was starting to question the diet.
My husband ended up with his wrecked gut from when he first had Giardia in his twenties. Maybe he had never fully eradicated it, and had passed it on to us? His healing is coming, but much slower than he had hoped.
I started to take a food diary and discovered something astounding: all of our symptoms were MUCH worse during the Full moon and the New moon. Now before you scoff at this ridiculous hippy statement, let me tell you what I discovered next: Parasites come out to breed at Full Moon. They come out of the gut mucous that lines your GI tract, and in doing so, they disrupt the neurotransmitters that connect your gut to your brain. I have recorded in my diary that my kids went MENTAL over Full moon. They were less in control of their behaviour, only on these dates. At new moon, the parasites come out again to lay their eggs, which cause not only behavioural disruption, but the kids also complained of itchy bums over these corresponding dates. They would scratch their bums, and then they would bite their nails, and the eggs would go back into their bodies, and the lifecycle would continue! That’s where the term ‘lunatic’ comes from: parasites! I now understand from my research that there are many weird behavioural traits that point to parasitic infection including: nail biting, hair sucking, and toe walking, to name a few.