pb4 - do you still use bee propolis as it's not listed in your signature anymore?
Completely unrelated to above question and I only address SCD here because it is in the post title:
Please don't go by testimonials when trying to resolve your UC symptoms. Always fact check.
My testimonial is SCD did not help my UC at all and I followed it to the letter yet declined to the point of ending up hospitalized. Other, tailored diets and supplements have never prevented me from having flares nor stopped my flares. Not saying don't try diet modification; I continue to modify my diet to this day in order to eat healthier and help any symptoms I may have.
Here is what CCFA states about Diet and Nutrition
"...Is IBD caused by allergy to food?
No. Although some people do have allergic reactions to certain foods, neither Crohn's disease nor ulcerative colitis is related to food allergy. People with IBD may think they are allergic to foods because they associate the symptoms of IBD with eating.
Do any specific foods worsen the inflammation of IBD?
No. Although certain foods may aggravate symptoms of these diseases, there is no evidence that the inflammation of the intestine is directly affected. Obviously, any contaminated food that leads to food poisoning or dysentery will aggravate IBD.
Is there a special diet for people with IBD?
There is no one single diet or eating plan that will do the trick for everyone with IBD. Dietary recommendations must be individualized. They should be tailored just for you -- depending on which disease you have and what part of your intestine is affected. Furthermore, these diseases are not static; they change over time, and eating patterns should reflect those changes. The key point is to strive for a well-balanced, healthy diet. Healthy eating habits, of course, are desirable for everyone but they're especially important for people with IBD.
Often, patients have questions regarding The Specific Carbohydrate Diet ™ (SCD), popularized by Elaine Gottschall, M.S., author of Breaking the Vicious Cycle. At this time, the SCD is supported only by patient testimonials, not by systematic studies. With diseases like ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease, the only way to see if any treatment has widespread value is by appropriate, rigorous testing. The diet itself is not particularly unbalanced, but many patients find it particularly onerous to maintain. Decreasing poorly digestible carbohydrates may decrease symptoms of gas, bloat, cramps, and diarrhea in patients with IBD, but that is not the same thing as decreasing the inflammation, or affecting the disease process. Unlike the gluten-free diet for celiac sprue, which has a well-researched basis, and well-demonstrated track record for affecting the underlying mechanisms at work in the disease process, the SCD does not. Bottom line: it may be worth a try (there are plenty of other diets being touted in the marketplace), but do not abandon your conventional treatment, and keep in touch with your doctor..."
Male: born '66, diag. hypoglycemic '70; epilepsy '82, UC '84, lost hearing one ear in '04, Remicade (1/10weeks), Imuran 50 mg/day, Apriso, oxycodone - pain; Xanax - simple partial seizures; Carbatrol X - grand mal seizures