Why do u feel SCD is more complicated than GAPS? To me, GAPS seems more complex due to the stages...but perhaps that allows for a more fluid healing process?
What is your take on SCD's stance that bifidus can contribute to SIBO?
I am also confused as to why SCD despises Bifidus. Here is an article I found on why:
This is where GAPS and SCD really seem to differ:
Also, some quotes from SCD'ers:
-"inclusion of bifidus can result in overgrowth, when not kept in check by optimal composition of strains, thus it is best to avoid for now"
-"the bifidus itself becomes the overgrowth, and I think that is why Elaine was suggesting its removal from the diet. The articles all point to bifidus as being an aggressive microbe, and that without the proper balance of various strains, it can become the SIBO. A 'healthy' gut it said to contain 300-500 strains, and up to 1,000 trillion ( 1 quadrillion) living microbial cells. Antibiotics can off set that, as can other pharmaceuticals, chemicals, foods, food poisoning, possibly genetics and auto-immune diseases, and other life situations. So achieving balance, can be difficult to achieve, to recognize, or even to maintain. Also, bifidus is definitely not the only aggressive strain. Further, as you probably know, SCD actually helps to control some strains of microbes by simply starving them out. And some foods can kill bad strains, ie: coconut kills candida albicans. Again, I believe that is why they are suggesting staying clear of that more aggressive strain. I personally drink cultured beverages including kombucha & water-kefir (among others) to increase the amount of microbial strains going into my body. These two combined offer me close to 80 different strains. These different strains do much to help me achieve balance. Plus, any raw fruit or veggie also automatically comes with its own set of microbes, so I include lots of that, and simply for the microbes, and the fiber that feeds them." [This person contradicts herself b/c kombucha and kefir are not legal on SCD....and these drinks contain bifidus!]
Do u feel that SCD needs to be "updated," since the founder died a few years ago and scientific studies have advanced since then regarding probiotics? Perhaps that is why GAPS was put into practice...it took the good from SCD, but updated it to include "the latest findings?"
And, I find it hard to believe that honey and fruit would not feed candida and pathogens. Those simple sugars are instant fuel for them. pathogens would rather use "easy/quick" fuel than to have to expend the energy to break down complex carbs.