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Introducing SCD

Welcome parents,

Congratulations! If you are reading this, then chances are, you have a child who has been experiencing digestive problems that include, but are not limited to irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis, or even Crohn's disease. While your child's illness is worriesome enough, now you are confronted with the barage of information pertaining to the illness and various treatment regimines. Your mission at this point is to find a way that your child can grow and thrive and live as normal a life as possible.

Well, the good news is that you have found a healthy, well balanced diet that has enabled many with these illnesses to reduce, or eliminate the use of medications, with some achieving full recovery. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is different from other diets because while other treatments attempt to control the symptoms of the illness, this diet is designed to heal, rebuild, and re-establish normal bowel patterns. You are about to embark on a journey that can change your life!

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet was initially developed by Dr. Sidney Haas as a treatment for celiac disease. Dr. Haas used the diet to successfully treat many with digestive problems, including the child of Elaine Gottschall, author of the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Ms. Gottschall's child had severe ulcerative colitis and was on the verge of surgery when they were first introduced to the diet.

In the next few years, the child not only avoided surgery, but was able to achieve a full recovery. Ms. Gottschall returned to school to research the diet to find out why it worked, and then, thankfully, wrote this book to share her findings with the world.

Very simply, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, which is grain free and lactose free, restores balance where "bad" intestinal microbes have been "allowed" to overgrow and thus create problems with absoption. When the "bad" microbes are allowed to overgrow, they produce toxins which iritate the lining of the intestines. The intestines, in an attempt to protect itself against the toxins, produce mucus which coat the surface.

Unfortunately, this mucus prevents the normal absorption, creating illnesses by way of "malabsorption." The diet re-establishs "good gut" flora, while starving the problem makers by eliminating the carbohydrates that feed these "bad guys." By starving the "bad" microbes out, the intestines are allowed to rest, heal, and re-establish the normal absorption of nutrients. It is important to note that the diet is often used in conjunction with medications. If you child is currently taking medications, all medications should be continued and any adjustments should be made only after discussing the situation with your child's physician.

In recent years, many have explored the use of the diet for reasons other than digestive problems. For example, in using the diet to treat their children's digestive problems, many parent of autistic children noticed an improvement in their child's developmental status.

This diet is fantastic. However, you need to learn a lot before implementing it. If this diet is done incorrectly, your child might not benefit from it. Please read the following resources before implementing the diet:

  1. the book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle".
    Once you understand the diet you can join us at our yahoogroup, pecanbread, for support.To subscribe send a blank e mail to: mailto:pecanbread

    This list serve was originally designed for parents of autistic children who were implementing the diet to have a forum to discuss the diet and provide support for each other. Parents share their experiences, swap recipes, and answer each others questions on a daily basis. Not wanting to exclude any who would like to try the diet, the list serve is not limited to parents with autistic children, but all who would like help and support in implementing the diet.