|Specific Carbohydrate Diet
||[Dec. 1st, 2007|09:28 pm]
Discusses alternatives for immune disorders
I have been absent for a while. The reason for this is that I have found a new diet.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is based on a book by Elaine Gottschall. A few decades ago, Elaine's daughter was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Doctors then, and some doctors today, tell people who suffer with the condition that diet has nothing to do with it and does not matter.
However, Elaine thought differently. She found a doctor who felt the same way, and Dr. Haas cured her daughter within two years. After this time, the doctor passed away, and Elaine went back to college to continue the work of Dr. Haas.
Her book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, has given hope not only to people who suffer from ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, but also to parents of autistic children. Elaine was aware that her diet seemed to help children on the spectrum, as at least 50 percent of autistic children have gastrointestinal symptoms that have been ignored or undiagnosed. The diet has also been used for people who have been diagnosed with celiac disease, but have not responded to a gluten free diet in a satisfactory way, due to the previous damage caused.
There is a web site maintained specifically for individuals implementing the diet for autistic children. Participants are encouraged to read Breaking the Vicious Cycle before implementing the diet as listed on the Pecanbread web site.
I believe this diet, which is geared toward gut healing, is well worth looking into not only for ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, but for anyone who has a chronic illness or autoimmune disorder. All healing begins in the gut, as more than 50 percent of our immune system is directly tied into it. Others who may benefit include people with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, or conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. The diet is not necessarily lifelong, either; participants are encouraged to follow the diet for at least a year after symptoms have ceased, and then to slowly test other foods.