There are several different ways to use supplements with the SCD diet.
The most important principle being to make sure that your supplements
do not contain any illegal additives but exceptions are made for medications
that are required. Medications may be custom made without illegal
additives by compounding pharmacies.
(Disclaimer: Just because a product is listed as "legal" on this list
does not imply an endorsement nor a recommendation of the product. Taking
supplements is a personal choice.)
Please be aware that children with very fragile guts may not tolerate
some supplements (even legal ones) in the early months of the diet.
Even one supplement may sabotage the success of the diet. So one strategy
would be to avoid supplements during the early days of the diet if you
see no improvemnets. Supplements may be custom made without illegal
additives by compounding pharmacies. Please use common sense. If you
feel a supplement is absolutely necessary, then continue to use it but
do not blame SCD if you do not get results while using a supplement
that contains illegal ingredients. If you do not get the results you
had hoped for, please consider pulling all illegal supplements out and
Be also aware that many children lose the need for many of the supplements
as the gut heals.
Some children react to the illegals in supplements and others can
tolerate them. The most important thing that you can do for your child's
health is to restore the GI system and get rid of the endotoxins produced
by the intestinal pathogens. So, it is optimal to make your supplements
100% SCD legal.
Read about the experience
of list members with supplements
Elaine's comments regarding supplements
LEGAL MULTI VITAMINS
GI ProHealth GI ProChild:
Freeda SCD Multi Vitamin:
Klaire Labs VitaSpectrum:
Lee Silsby ASD Vitamin & Mineral Powder
Link for Lee Silsby ASD Vitamin & Mineral Powder
Lee Silsby ASD Vitamin & Mineral Powder (no B's):
Link for Lee Silsby ASD Vitamin & Mineral Powder (no B's)
Lee Silsby ASD Vitamin & Mineral Powder (without Stevia or flavor):
Link for Lee Silsby ASD Vitamin & Mineral Powder (without Stevia or flavor)
Lee Silsby ASD Vitamin & Mineral Ultra Pure:
Link for Lee Silsby ASD Vitamin & Mineral Ultra Pure
BrainChild Nutritionals Spectrum Support Ultra-Sensitive Formula:
PLEASE NOTE: The BrainChild supplement contains a tiny bit of gum; there might be a small percentage of children who do not tolerate it. If you are not happy with your SCD results, then try omitting this supplement for a month and carefully observe your child.
LEGAL CLO AND FISH OILS
This unflavored, fermented CLO is legal but the flavored versions might not be SCD legal:
The plain is legal and we are waiting for verification of the flavored ones (cinnamon, mint, and orange):
Blue Ice High Vitamin Cod Liver Oil
View the list of SCD compliant
ALLOWED BRAINCHILD SUPPLEMENTS
Spectrum Support Ultra-Sensitive Formula
LiquiMag (flavored and unflavored)
Note about Brainchild Spectrum Support Ultra-Sensitive Formula: This
supplement contains a tiny bit of gum; there might be a small percentage
of children who do not tolerate it. If you are not happy with your SCD
results then try to omit this supplement for a month and carefully observe
LEGAL SUPPLEMENT ADDITIVES
Cellulose (also Methyl Cellulose, Microcrystalline Cellulose,
Silica Silicon Dioxide
ILLEGAL SUPPLEMENT ADDITIVES
Gums of any kind
Kirkman Supplements Alert
The following Kirkman Vitamins are no longer SCD legal. We called
Kirkman and they confirmed that this is true.
TMG 500 mg with Folinic Acid & Methyl B-12 - Hypoallergenic
DMG with Folinic Acid & B-12 - Hypoallergenic
TMG with Folinic Acid & B-12 - Hypoallergenic
Kirkman Multiple Vitamin Pro-Support has removed "no starch" from the
label. Someone called to find out why and was told that the chemist
says there is a trace amount of starch from the vitamin E.
In-depth checking needs to be done before we safely can say that the other Kirkman supplements are legal. There were several efforts recently to talk to the head of Kirkman but
he was unavailable. An employee of the company said that Kirkman
specialized in GFCF products.
It is very important for a supplement company to have a good
understanding of SCD in order to be able to produce supplements that
are compatible with the diet. Elaine helped Freeda to make the
supplements that contain the SCD label. All the GI ProHealth supplements
are carefully monitored by an expert on SCD.
We hope that an autism organization will provide testing for SCD supplements.
Periodic lab testing of supplements is the way to go.
Until we get this done, do not blame SCD if you are not getting good
results and are using supplements that were not made especially for
MISCELLANEOUS ILLEGAL SUPPLEMENTS
Echinacea (although there is disagreement about this one)
Ojibwa (Essiac) Tea
Elaine Gottschall's remarks regarding Milk Thistle:
Is it legal or not? I think the SCD will accomplish everything milk thistle
does and will avoid the side effects including diarrhea, etc. But I have
no expertise in herbs and some people swear that some herbs have accomplished
amazing results. Considering that the report found on Medline came from
controlled research under the auspices of NIH and STILL no conclusive
answers, how can I give it my stamp of approval? I realize that most people
want "black and white" answers from me. In this case, I cannot say it
is illegal because it just might hasten up the process of detoxification
of the liver. If you have been using it and there has been no diarrhea
and you can see results, then use it.
Natural antifungals include garlic, oil of oregano (OoO), Olive leaf
extract (OLE), caprylic acid, Grapefruit seed extract (GSE).
The natural antifungals should be rotated.
here to read more about yeast and SCD
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR COMMON AILMENTS
here to read about SCD legal natural
treatments for colds, sore throats, cough and
other common ailments.