Makers Diet or Specific Carbohydrate Diet?

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   Posted 5/10/2012 6:58 PM (GMT -7)   
Recently diagnosed with Crohn's, reading about both diets, not sure which direction to take here...
Any info will be greatly appreciated :)
34 year old single mom just diagnosed with Crohn's on 4/20/12 after 5 days in hosp from seizures and severe GI bleed. On 40 mgs prednisone.

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   Posted 5/11/2012 5:26 AM (GMT -7)   
The makers diet is good but it does not go far enough in eliminating the foods that feed the bad bacteria in your gut like grains and sugars.  I would go with the SCD diet.  The secret to either of these diets is not to cheat when you are on the diet.  You can't follow the diet some days, and and then eat non diet food on other days and expect the diet to work. Dedication and 100% strict adherence is the secret to getting these diets to work for you.  NOW comes the disclaimer!!!!! Not everyone has success with these diets even if they do follow the the diet 100% without cheating.  For some people, these diets just don't do anything.  Then again there are many people who have had great success.  You will never know until you try.

Post Edited (NY-Sooner) : 5/11/2012 11:25:04 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/12/2012 5:43 AM (GMT -7)   
I started with the SCD diet and slowly moved over to the Paleo diet.
I find it for me a healthier diet, as it is anti-inflammatory.
Rx meds didn't help me. But 4.5 mg LDN +Paleo diet +supplements =REMISSION.Protein shakes w/almond milk,Maca powder,L-Glutamine,D-Ribose,chia seeds.VSL#3,K2,VIt. D3,slippery elm bark powder.For more info,my protocol is the 11th post at this link:
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   Posted 5/12/2012 6:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I think it is important to discover on your own what certain foods need to be avoided to maintain remission. The problem is that these verboten foods vary by each individual. Two popular foods to avoid are gluten foods like wheat and rye, and lactose from dairy. So that is a good place to start.

I don't think it is worth it to start a comprehensive diet such as the SCD or Maker's. I find that I am perfectly fine with many foods, such as non-gluten grains or starchy vegetables, which those diets consider illegal. At the same time I find many of their recommended foods, such as kale and shellfish, to be incompatible with my gut.

So my advice is to just maintain a food diary or journal to help untangle all this. But start by going gluten-free for a couple of weeks to see if you too are intolerant to it.
Male/60 DX ulcerative colitis Feb08, or maybe Crohn's colitis.
No Meds, allergic to Mesalamine. Remission since Mar10. Psyllium seed mixed with VSL3 is very helpful. Food journal instead of SCD.

Lots of fruit & vegetables (but no plums, kale, or carrots), no soda, no gluten, no HFCS, no xylitol or sorbitol, no trans fat, no shellfish, few processed foods, no carrageenan.
Probiotics, fish oil, multivitamin, extra D3, K2, high gamma E, phos choline, magnesium, boswellia, curcumin, glutamine.
Nature created all of the locks, therefore Nature has all of the keys

Post Edited (BabeintheWoods) : 5/12/2012 7:22:35 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/12/2012 10:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Everyone is different & most people on here do SCD or go gluten free. For me, gluten free didn't help at all. I actually just tried a GF candy & I have been throwing up for an hour....Yet my stomach will tolerate pizza just fine. So weird!

I would suggest SCD. SCD has more scientific proof as to how it helps your gut. If you are young & don't know if you can follow through, just don't do it. A friend of mine tried it when he was 8 years old & although it put him in remission, his quality of life was gone, to him. He became severely depressed. A lot of other people love SCD & can find great recipes!

I find I do best on a high carb diet. Meats & veggies don't agree with me most of the time.
Current medicine: Weekly Humira, Sulfasalazine, Zantac, Prilosec, Probiotics, Folic acid, B-12, fish oil, D-3, Zinc supplements, Hydrocortisone suppositories, Nortriptyline, tramadol, phenergan, zofran, lortab, flexeril.
Previous meds: Way too many
In current flare since: Feb 2011
"I have Crohn's Disease. Your excuse is invalid." :)

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   Posted 10/21/2012 2:22 PM (GMT -7)   
I am a Swedish man, 63 yrs of age and I have had CD for 50 yrs now. 3 recessions of smaller intestine and 3 anal fistulas.
I want to tell that I in remission have taken no medicine but in the start of my illnes I was heavily medicated with prednisolon.
And that without any special medication to counteract the sideeffects of this medication. It would have been very beneficial with some consideration regarding body mass growth and specially the skeleton. I also have found that the medical profession has not properly assesed the amount of malnutrition and how the body adapts to a constant malnutrition. I think the malnutririon must be considered in a much higher degree For instance I think it would be very interesting to see what the result would be If periodic treatment with nutrition directly via the bloodstream was conducted. That in order to achieve regular development of the patients bodies. I have recently had some diarrhea-problems and then I have tried to take Carbo Medicinalis. That is then acting as an absorbent of toxcines. I have also found that if I take starch it can help to stabilize the stomach. The dosage has been according to the label of the medicine when cabo medicinalis is concerned. Snd when it comes to starchpowder I have taken 1 tablespoon in a glass of water 2 to 3 times a day.
Finally I submit my emailadress: In case someone want to discuss my expirience of having this bloody disease. I want to finish by saying that it is very likely that we as patients might come up with som good and practical ideas and that we by communicating could come up with some very good ideas and experience. The intestines is very complex aand difficult to monitor properly and therefore I think that some crossconnection between different fields of expertice would be fruitfull. Rheumatism,Psoriasis,Allergy. Maybe the autoimmune diseases should be better treated if the autoimmune diseases where brought together in a specific field of medicine.
I have a lot to say in general about all thes but I want to tell anyone who is diagnosed recently with CD that life can and will probably function very well but it is a good idea to try to find some cure or remedy on your own. I have allways tried to be active and not think to much about my health. Except when I have been crapting in my pants or had severe pain or fever. :)
I wish the best of luck to anyone who reds this.
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