BED vs SCD
The Body Ecology Diet (BED)and SCD diets share some common features in fighting intestinal pathogens such as emphasis on fermented foods and a reduction of the carbohydrates that feed microorganisms.
SCD targets the bacteria, while the Body Ecology Diet was originally created to reverse fungal infections including Candidiasis. Most children with autism have an overgrowth of both candida and pathogenic bacteria. Scientific research indicates it is more important to eliminate the pathogenic bacteria because candida cannot live in the body of mammals without the pathogenic bacteria, but the bacteria can survive without the candida. The BED diet prohibits the use of many of the worst carbohydrates such as sugar and wheat but it does allow some starchy foods such as quinoa. The starch content of quinoa is approximately 60% and this provides food for the pathogenic bacteria. Soaking the quinoa does not change its chemical structure.
How bacteria help candida:
1 Pathogenic bacteria suppress the immune system making it much more likely to encourage an overgrowth of candida (bad yeast). Studies of mice show a one hundred fold increase in yeast in mice with weakened immune systems. Eliminating bad bacteria strengthens the immune system and greatly diminishes the yeast.
2 Certain bacteria assist candida by helping them to adhere to the human body. Assisting adhesion is the biggest favor you can give to fungus seeking to invade the body. Without the ability to adhere, candida cannot form biofilms. ( biofilms are microbial colonies that protect the microbes from antibiotics and the immune system)
SCD eliminates both the candida and the bacteria for most people, There are exceptions. Some people will still have yeast flares during the early months of SCD and a small minority will still have to continue battling yeast for a long time. Those people may still have yeast issues due to bacteria that are difficult to starve. Small amounts of remaining bacteria make it possible for some yeast to still survive. The following protocol has been found to be helpful to battle yeast: Pecanbread Yeast Protocol