May Minutes 2015

GAPS Meeting Notes

Brain Fog

Brain fog is mentioned many times in blogs and books and articles, but what is it? A survey of each of us at our GAPS meeting indicated that it is altered consciousness and decreased mental alertness/function that can occur quickly and be persistent. We all agreed it could be life threatening while driving. It was compared to “chemo brain” in our group and also in blogs. An article online on WebMD offered advice such as being more organized, writing things down, and basically, learning to live in spite of it.

In our group discussion we tried to identify triggers. Some that we felt were key were sleep deficit, stress, and eating food away from home that had questionable, unknown ingredients. It seems apparent that toxins are an issue with brain fog; either ingestion of too many or our body’s ability to eliminate them are compromised. Most likely both. For example, none of the systems of our body work as well when sleep is compromised, so ingestion of toxins after a sleep deficit might be more likely to induce brain fog than if those same toxins were ingested while being well-rested.

The most important thing with brain fog is to address it in a safe way. If plagued with it while driving, taking a break is imperative.

We discussed various methods of detoxification. Those were:
1. B vitamins
2. Saunas, near and far infrared
3. Dry Brushing
4. Epsom salt soaks
5. Baking soda shampoos/soaks
6. Castor oil packs
7. Coffee enemas
8. Fasting (while avoiding hypoglycemia!)
9. Iodine therapy
10. Cod liver oil
11. Vitamin C
12. Balanced activity, not too much, not too little
13. Healthy Fats
14. Broth
15. Grounding
16. Rebounding
17. Aromatherapy/Essential oils
18. Sleeping in the dark
19. Minimizing EMFs

Great discussion! Hopefully we can each incorporate more simple detoxification into our daily lives.

Second GAPS Meeting Notes

Our second GAPS meeting was held on Feb. 7th at 5 PM.

Tasting Samples: Homemade sauerkraut, beef broth, and fermented vegetable medley juice!

GAPS DVD – Broth making

GAPS Information

Much of our immune function is centered in the “gut.”

The majority of our neurotransmitters are produced in the gut. These neurotransmitters determine how we view our world. The right neurotransmitters help us to feel joy and happiness.

If we do not have enough of them, the information from our senses, such as taste and smell might be altered. This affects our ability to appreciate food. Autistic children have altered ability to appreciate food. Because of this, they tend to be picky eaters. When their system heals, they can become ravenous eaters of healthy food. A marvelous transformation to behold!

Our next meeting will be held in March; the date to be determined.

All are welcome to attend. Children are considered honored guests. Bring a friend!

Resource List for GAPS Products

GAPS Resource List

Cod Liver Oil: Sources from Green Pasture:


Mary Walkes

Patti Vig: 605-661-2346; Email:


Larry Eisenbeis:, 605-214-3056 (meat, bones, eggs, milk)

Jon Gundy, Gundy’s Meats,

Ph: 605-660-5922 (meat, bones, eggs, vegetables)

Waucapona Farms – Marvin Beblauw

88625 568th Avenue, Hartington NE 68739

Organic grassfed angus beef; whole beef, half, split ¼ or 1/8th beef; Split 1/8th fill a 50 qt. Cooler ¾ full.

Ph: 402-254-3429

Thankful Harvest

Ph: 712-830-3281

Grass fed beef, lamb, turkey, chicken


PH: 605-296-3314


Hebda Farms (Garrities) 30661 444th Avenue, Mission Hill, SD 57046
Phone: (605) 665-2806 (vegetables and fruit)

Grow – Rite (occasionally) (vegetables, fertilizer) – Hwy 52 west of Yankton


Eggs: Cindy Konopasek Ph: 605-661-8642 Email:

Doug and Sharon Brandt –, 605-286-3302 (Avon)

Abram & Brenda Hotz: (Marion) They are not certified organic but will follow
the Eisenbeis model same genetics, hatchery, no GMO grains in the
ration, raised in pens on grass moved daily. They live near theGoosemobile and can trade labor for the use of a State Inspected processing facility. Contact them at

Raw Milk/Cream/Butter/Meat/Bones:

Larry Eisenbeis Ph: 605-605-214-3056 Email:


Real Salt or Eden Salt in Health Food Market at HyVee

Schuurmans Farm Supply

Kefir Grains:

Cindy Konopasek Ph: 605-661-8642 Email:

Mary Walkes

Kombucha Sponge:

Mary Walkes

Fermenting Supplies:

Pickl-It: Schuurmans Farm Supply Ph: 605-464-1113 Email:

Pickl-It jars, cultures, and salt


Mary Walkes

Back to the Best, Samantha Finck

(HyVee, Body Guard, Walgreens, Conklin, etc.)

Fermentation cultures/ fermented products:

Fab Ferments: Cindy Konopasek

Samantha Finck: Email:

Schuurman’s Farm Supply


Oils/Nuts, etc.

Sea Food

Vital Choice

Ph: 800-608-4825

Coconut Wraps: The bread or tortilla alternative

Ph: 404-585-7873


Personal Care Products:

Shampoo – Baking soda or egg yolks

Rinse – cider vinegar/kombucha

Toothpaste – baking soda – oil – separately or a combination

Castor Oil for TOPICAL warm packs (see p. 328 in GAPS book) (Bodyguard) – best bets (non-toxic products)

Selina Naturally – PH 800-867-7258

Dr. Ron’s Ultra-Pure 877-472-8701

Detoxification supplies:

Iodine: HyVee in first aid section.

Epsom Salt – Drug stores

Magnesium Oil – Radiant Life Ph 888-593-9595

Insect Control

Diatomaceous Earth –

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Meeting Highlights

The first GAPS group met on Wednesday, March 18, 2012 at noon.

An overview of GAPS was presented via power point.

Items for sharing: organic cabbage (Thank you Soil Works!) for sauerkraut & water kefir grains (Thank you Cindy Konopasek!). I

tems available for purchase: Beef bones (Gundy’s Beef) for broth, Cod liver oil, Gut and Psychology Book, probiotics, Pickl-it, Healthy4Life Booklet, Nourishing Traditions cookbook.

A local resource list is posted

Healing efforts and goals were shared among the participants.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 7 at 5 PM in the Rupiper Travel building at 317 Broadway, Suite 8, Yankton SD.

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Let’s get started!

Welcome to the Healing GAPS blog!

Together through this medium we will share tips and support each other.

The GAPS Protocol has helped hundreds of people heal from many issues. Although this “tried and true” program has enabled many successes by following it to the letter, Dr. Natasha honors our uniqueness by encouraging each of us to find the foods that nourish us and avoid the ones that do not. The foods we are sensitive to today may actually nourish us after healing takes place.

Our first meeting is tomorrow, January 18, at noon, at 317 Broadway, Suite 8, Yankton SD. I hope to see you there!