Monday, December 6, 2010

Topic 2: The SCD Diet

Hey Guys,

Some people, who i've met in person have found relief (even complete remission) when following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet popularized by ELaine Gottschall's book: Breaking the Vicious Cycle. You can check out her website at: . This website tells you the theory that this way of eating is based on. Some people have found relief, others have not. But, if it could help you, even a little bit, I figured its worth the while - but firstly, do your research first, and make the decision for yourself. I myself have not been successful with it - but I thought if a large chunk of people have found relief, then why not try to spread the word if theres a high possibility it could help someone else? And for the people that haven't found success in it - what happened? If you feel like sharing - let's get the discussion going! Researchers are actually looking into this particular kind of diet and WHY it is helping some people.

If you want more information on it there's a popular site that people have checked out and found helpful: .

Right now too, two guys have made a more modern style site that tries to help others enhance their success with this diet:
They have lots of recipes, and blog entries to learn more about this way of eating and the struggles you might face along the way. They have also recently been interviewing 'friends' (others with cool websites with more information and support for those trying the diet).

Two nice cook books that are popular on amazon are (I have a copy of these too - they have nice pictures):

1. Eat Well Feel Well - By Kendall Conrad
" When her daughter was diagnosed with a dangerous digestive problem that left her weakened and sick, author Kendall Conrad started searching for a way to save her child’s failing health. The answer came when a nutritionist recommended the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). Created by Elaine Gottschall, this revolutionary program is extraordinarily effective in relieving the debilitating and often painful symptoms of ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, diverticulitis, IBS, Crohn’s disease, and other common ailments. Simply by eliminating virtually all starch and complex sugars and eating a balance of smart carbohydrates, good proteins and fats, and essential vitamins and minerals, many people experience a complete restoration of digestive health. For Conrad’s daughter, the results were incredible. Thrilled with her daughter’s rapid recovery, she began creating recipes for delicious dishes for the whole family, following Gottschall’s guidelines, without sacrificing an ounce of taste or variety."

2. Healing Foods: Cooking for Celiacs, Colitis, Crohn's and IBS - Sandra Ramacher

The Crohn's and Colitis FOundation of America has even recognized its potential: .

So, remember - I am in no way endorsing anything here - just trying to hear what other people have to say about this and spark dicsussion - So share something!!! Post a comment! I really want to be alive when we find the cure for IBD.

If you've used a complementary or alternative medicine therapy that has helped you - why not spread the word? There's a guy named Reid Kimball putting together a DVD:

As Taken directly from his website: (
"WANTED: Crohn’s End is a documentary featuring people with Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis who have opted to use alternative treatments when nothing else is working. They have listened to their gut and took a proactive approach to ending their disease."

So, if you have found success with something, maybe you've wanted a chance to share it with others that have also found success too. You can here:


1 comment:

  1. Hey Ash, I actually own Breaking The Vicious Cycle but I was never able to get myself started on it sadly, not yet at least & not before I had surgery, mostly because I found it too hard to change my diet so drastically from how it's been for so long. I have met some people too who say it has worked for them, even when they only used it for a limited time, so I do give it some weight. If I face any surgery again in the future I think I will revisit this idea no matter how difficult it may seem to change my habits, because it would be better than the alternative.