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Famous Doctors and Dieticians Discuss SCD in Their Books

Many books written by distinguished medical and dietary authorities are recommending SCD.

Intelligent Medicine : A Guide to Optimizing Health and Preventing Illness for the Baby-Boomer Generation (Paperback)
by Ronald L. Hoffman

"One diet that has had great success with IBD patients is the specific carbohydrate diet." (pages 193-194)

"According to research, people with IBD have difficulty digesting starches and sugars. The entire process leading up to inflammation is fairly complicated, but one factor contributing to IBD is the fermentation syndrome discussed earlier in this chapter. In simple terms, the fermentation of starches by various yeasts and bacteria in the bowel irritates the intestinal walls, causing it to secrete mucus. This mucus layer prevents the absorption of some carbohydrates and other nutrients."(page 194)

"After one month on the specific carbohydrate diet, many people with IBD notice improvements. This diet has worked wonders for people with ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, and other intestinal problems as well."(page 194)

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Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities
by Andrew Hall Cutler

"This diet is described in the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall. It is often used to control imbalances in the kinds of microorganisms in the intestine and is very helpful for toxic people such as autistic children, chemically sensitive adults or people with celiac disease."

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Digestive Wellness for Children: How to Strengthen the Immune System & Prevent Disease Through Healthy Digestion
by Elizabeth Lipski

"Many people with digestive issues are unable to split disaccharide sugars (lactose, sucrose, maltose, and isomaltose) into single-molecule sugars. This may explain, in part, why a program called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is so successful in treating Crohn's disease, because it eliminates all simple sugars as well as the foods that most commonly cause sensitivities (all grains and most dairy products), and it helps restore intestinal balance."

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The Gut Flush Plan : The Breakthrough Cleansing Program to Rid Your Body of the Toxins That Make You Sick, Tired, and Bloated
by Ann Louise Gittleman Ph. D., CNS

"Gottschall's approach can be very helpful to individuals who have had longstanding digestive diseases."

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Total Renewal
by Frank Lipman, MD and Stephanie Gunning

"I have learned that putting people on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, developed by biochemist and cell biologist Elaine Gottschall, is often the best treatment."

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Healthy Child, Whole Child: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Alternative Medicine to Keep Your Kids Healthy
by Stuart H. Ditchek, Russell H. Greenfield

"The foundation of Dr D's IBD treatment is a dietary program designed by nutritionist Elaine Gottschall (see Resources), which, after a period of close monitoring, has allowed many of his patients to avoid immunosuppressive therapy. Although her IBD diet is quite restrictive-eliminating all cereal grains and (liquid) milk-highly motivated children and families have found it well worth the inconvenience to be free of their disabling symptoms."

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IBS For Dummies
by Carolyn Dean MD ND and L. Christine Wheeler MA

Specific carbohydrate diet

"A diet that you may come across in your reading about IBS is a diet that has a long history of helping the inflammatory aspects of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) but can also be used for IBS."

Dr. Carolyn Dean's Natural Prescriptions for Common Ailments
by Carolyn Dean

"Elaine Gottschall has written a book called Breaking the Viciuos Cycle. In it, she proposes that the underlying cause of of intestinal inflammation and irritation is the improper breakdown of carbohydrates. Her Specific Carbohydrate Diet excludes all grains for at least one year and she claims many anecdotal successes. It is used for ulcerative colitis as well as Crohn's disease. Her book should be read by anyone with intractable colitis before resorting to surgery and cortisone medication."

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What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About(TM) Depression: The Breakthrough Integrative Approach for Effective Treatment
by Michael B. Schachter and Deborah Mitchell

"Eat Your Way Out of Depression"

"The Specific Carbohydrate Diet"

"One diet that has proves successful for some of my patients is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, or SCD"

"For some difficult to treat cases, the SCD is a lifesaver, as it has been for Melanie, whose story clearly shows the relationship between the gut, mood, and many other conditions."

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Power Healing: Use the New Integrated Medicine to Cure Yourself
by Leo Galland

"Hyperactive immune responses to the normal intestinal bacteria (and sometimes to intestinal yeast) appear to play a major role in provoking the intestinal damage of patients with Crohn's disease. Although conventional therapy relies on the use of immune suppressive drugs, treatment of gut fermentation can completely reverse the disease and should be the first line of therapy for everyone. The response to treatment is often amazing."

Joshua Karp is a thirty-three-year-old systems analyst who had been sick with Crohn's disease for four years. Despite intense immune suppressive drug therapy with prednisone and imuran, he experienced daily fevers of 101 degrees, a forty pound weight loss, and six bloody bowel movements a day. His sedimentation rate was very high (ninety millimeters per hour), indicating a high level of inflammation in his blood. Within three weeks of starting the diet described in Breaking the Vicious Cycle,he had no fever, one normal movement a day, was gaining weight, and had a normal sedimentation rate. He subsequently discontinued all medication and has remained entirely well-while following the diet-for over three years."

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Medical Textbooks that Recommend SCD

The Complete Guide to Nutrition in Primary Care
by Darwin Deen MD MS (Editor), Lisa Hark MD (Editor)

Dr. Darwin Deen is one of the nation’s foremost authorities on nutrition. Currently Professor of Clinical, Family and Social Medicine and Director of Medical Student Education at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, he has trained a generation of physicians on the connection between nutrition and health. He has played a leading role in revising medical school curricula to incorporate nutrition training. An award-winning teacher and noted author, he serves as Chair of the Task Force on Medical Nutrition Education of the American College of Nutrition and co-chairs the Group on Nutrition of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. His years of experience as a family physician make him perfectly suited to advise clinicians on counseling their patients on diet and lifestyle.

Dr. Lisa Hark is a renowned family nutrition expert, with more than 20 years of experience in nutrition counseling and promoting the benefits of healthy eating in children and adults. As Director of the Nutrition Education Program at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine in Philadelphia, she developed a model medical school curriculum and textbook, Medical Nutrition and Disease, which has become one of the most widely used texts in nutrition education. She was given the Excellence in Medical/Dental Nutrition Education award from the American Society for Nutrition. Dr. Hark was also the host of the TV show, “Honey, We’re Killing the Kids,” which airs on TLC, and is a widely sought after speaker who communicates nutrition concepts effectively to health professionals, patients, and the media.

Specific carbohydrate diet

Conventional medicine has typically had little to offer in terms of dietary ad- vice for patients with inflammatory bowel disorders including diverticulitis, Crohn's disease (CD), and ulcerative colitis. There is, however, a therapeutic diet which can be extremely helpful to certain patients with this type of con- dition: The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). The SCD, described in detail in Elaine Gottschall's book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle," [18]is a low disaccharide diet, in which almost all foods containing disaccharides and polysaccharides are eliminated - including lactose-containing dairy, all grains, and all legumes.

The theory behind the use of the SCD diet in these disorders centers on the concept that part of the cause of diseases characterized by inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract may be a hypersensitive cellular immune response to certain components of the intestinal flora. Several studies have shown that specific foods can trigger symptoms in patients with both ulcerative colitis an CD - and it may be that this is linked to the way in which these foods influence the intestinal flora. Carbohydrates have the greatest influence on the intestinal microbial population - much more than do proteins and fats. Certain types of carbohydrates - monosaccharides in particular - are easily digested and absorbed, leaving behind minimal residue for potentially pathogenic intestinal bacteria to feed on. Disaccharides and other more complex sugars tend to be more difficult to digest and absorb, leaving behind more breakdown products in the gut.

In the "vicious cycle" of carbohydrate malabsorption promoted by the dis- accharides in susceptible individuals, pathogenic microbes proliferate due to their preference for the breakdown products of the complex sugars. This re- sults in changes in intestinal pH, accompanied by disruption of digestion. The pathogenic bacteria also promote a "leaky gut" through their impact on intestinal mucosa, leading to the inappropriate absorption of certain food par- ticles and their presentation to the gut-associated lymphoid tissue. This in turn leads to systemic inflammation and immune dysfunction. The pathogenic bac- teria also promote fermentative degradation of certain hard-to-digest foods, leading to excessive gas, mucous in the stool, and bloating. According to SCD proponents, the main dietary culprits in this "vicious cycle" are disaccharides, polysaccharides, and other enzymatically-resistant carbohydrates found in grains, certain starchy vegetables, fruits, table sugar, and lactose-rich dairy products. These foods are therefore the main targets for elimination in the SCD diet (see Table 14.2). In fact some studies do confirm that carbohydrate consumption is significantly higher in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) patients than in healthy controls [19-21], although the signif- icance of these findings in the pathogenesis of the disease remains unclear. Many patients with CD do have a higher dietary intake of sucrose, refined carbohydrates and omega-6 fatty acids, and reduced intake of fruit and veg- etables.

Specific carbohydrate diet research

Research on the SCD diet to date is limited. In one study of 204 patients with CD, 69 were randomized to a low carbohydrate diet (84 g/ day). Fifty-four percent of these benefited significantly for as long as they maintained the diet [22]. Elemental and exclusion diets have also been shown to be effective in some patients with CD [23],lending credence to the exclusion of disaccharides and polysaccharides. In a study of 33 patients with CD, 29 patients reported specific food intolerances, and 21 of these remained in remission on diet alone (elimination diet or elemental diet), with the mean length of remission being 15.2months [24].The most important foods provoking symptoms were wheat and dairy products. In another study a group of 20 patients with CD were followed for several years using variations on the SCD approach; all of these patients demonstrated a decrease in symptoms and reduction in medication use [25],and six patients experienced complete clinical remission, discontinued all medication, and maintained remission for five to 80 months.

In addition to its uses in patients with inflammatory bowel disease, the SCD is also often used for treating irritable bowel syndrome, celiac disease, diarrhea, and other digestive disorders. It has also recently become popular as one of the dietary approaches to autistic spectrum disorders. While a significant body of research evidence for the SCD in the management of IBD is lacking, anecdotal evidence is overwhelmingly positive.

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Integrative Medicine
by Benjamin Kligler, Roberta Lee

There is a lot of discussion about the scientific merit of SCD on pages 140-141.
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Books by Medical Writers

Natural Relief from Aches & Pains
by C. J. Puotinen

"Most physicians prescribe a gluten-free, low- fat diet for celiac disease. When that approach fails, patients typically blame themselves for not being sufficiently vigilant, blame the manufacturers of gluten-free products for accidental contamination, or simply feel depressed, discouraged, and exhausted."

"A far more effective remedy is the specific carbohydrate diet."

"The specific carbohydrate diet cures not only all types of celiac disease but ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, diverticulatis, and other causes of chronic diarrhea, as well as schizophrenia, cystic fibrosis of the pancreas, epilepsy, mental confusion, poor memory, bizarre behavior, autistic-type hypoactivity, hyperactivity, severe and prolonged night terrors, and wasting diseases caused by the malabsorption of nutrients."

"Throughout the twentieth century, researchers studying the brain-bowel connection concluded that many psychoses and neuroses are reactions to biological factors that are digestive in nature, and that schizophrenia is the result of chronic intoxication from psychotoxic factors produced in the intestine."

"This diet, which requires careful planning and diligent label reading, frees patients of debilitating symptoms and restores them to good health and confident, active lives."

Famous Autism Experts Praise SCD

SCD is now receiving recognition from the DAN doctors and received this praise from M.D. Sidney Baker. Dr Baker is the co founder of DAN and the author of numerous books.

"SCD is the best treatment that I have found so far for many children on the Autism Spectrum."

Autism: Effective Biomedical Treatments (Have We Done Everything We Can For This Child? Individuality In An Epidemic) by Rimland, Ph.D. Bernard (Introduction), M.D. Sidney Baker (Author), Ph.D. Jon Pangborn (Author) Boston DAN! April 2005 edition.

Teresa Binstock is a determined and prolific researcher of the causes of autism-spectrum disorders and the science editor for the book Children with Starving Brains. Teresa Binstock has an important role in DAN and many DAN doctors seek her advice. She praised SCD on the official website of the Autism Research Institute:

"3. SCD: Specific Carbohydrate Diet: Late in her life, Elaine Gottschall made a major contribution to the Autism Research Institute and its Defeat Autism Now! Her work with the SCD and its scientific basis remain important because the SCD helps some autistic children in ways no other therapies achieve."

"Gottschall’s work is rightly considered a breakthrough by families whose autistic children were impervious to all other treatments."

Advances in Autism Research
compiled by Teresa Binstock for ARI
April 2008

Changing the Course of Autism: A Scientific Approach for Parents and Physicians
by Bryan Jepson (Author), Katie Wright (Foreword), Jane Johnson (Collaborator)

Bryan Jepson MD is the Director of Medical Services of Thoughtful House Center. Thoughtful House Center is one of the most famous medical clinics for the treatment of the GI issues that affect children with Autism.

Page 213

Changing the Diet

"Some diets that are in common use in the autism community attempt to heal the gut through manipulation of foods that are thought to contribute to intestinal dysbiosis, The most popular of these originated as a treatment for inflammatory bowel disease and is called the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD, designed by Elaine Gottschall, a researcher in biochemistry and cell biology)."

"Gottschall's theory was that yeast and abnormal bacteria cause or contribute to GI inflammation and absorption problems through the overproduction of mucus, preventing contact of nutrients with the cell's absorptive surface. By starving the yeast and bacteria of complex carbohydrates (their preferred food source), the dysbiosis will be corrected and the gut will heal."

Page 214

"To my knowledge no controlled studies have been published evaluating these diets for treatment of autism but there are many positive anecdotal reports."