SCD Research



Research has indicated that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet has reversed the classical autoimmune disorder, Lupus.




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Question: Have you ever seen/heard of anyone's so-called autoimmune thyroid condition changing/improving with SCD?

Elaine writes: Before I go on please be aware that if you are on thryoid medication and you have not had your thyroid destroyed, then improvement of IBD and using the SCD may mean your thyroid medication will need adjustment. Also, if you are using sea salt, it does not have any iodine in it. Sounds crazy, but in fact, iodine SUBLIMATES (evaporates) as the sea salt is harvested from the ocean. That is why I advise using iodized salt even with the legal dextrose in it, The thyroid gland makes T3 and T4 with an iodine atom at each corner and if you are not getting sufficient, the poor gland works itself to exhaustion trying to do right by you. Freeda's Ultra Freeda without iron has safe amounts of iodine in it. As far as autoimmune type of throiditis (I'm too lazy to look up to see if that is Hashimoto's) IBD is thought by leading researcers to be autoimmune in that a theory called molecular mimicry is at work. The antibodies produces by the B cells of the immune system are trying to attack the overgrowth of the bacteria in the gut and because they have molecules on their cell wall which mimic the molecules on the host cell membraness, the antibodies attack self and together with another immune function called complement destory one's own tissues. Therefore, if you decrease the bacteria, you decrease the quantity of antibodies produced to fight them and therefore you decrease the autoimmune desruction. This is the hot theory on rheumatoid arthritis as well as other autoimmune diseases. Since the diet has addressed a few cases of lupus (classical case of automimmunity), why couldn't the thyroid be also affected? You are right about the different types of bacteria making a difference because of their cell wall molecules but I have a feeling, in light of so many culprits being identified in this molecular mimicry that the little devils can change their cell surfaces and the diagnositic tools available may not be sophisticated enough to detect these variables. Deanna found some wonderful websites for me giving more details on the molecular mimicry work. But if you use a search engine and look for Dr. Alan Ebbringer, Honorary Consultant Rheumatologist, Middlesex Hospital, University College, Hospital School of Medicine, I do believe you will find lots more.