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   Posted 1/31/2008 11:20 AM (GMT -6)   
What is the SCD diet? I've read about it in several posts, but don't know what it is.  Thank you!

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   Posted 1/31/2008 1:04 PM (GMT -6)   


I have actually been researching it allot lately, you can get more info about the diet at the following sites:

once you go to any of those sites you will see additional links to other sites. 

I haven't started it yet, but have been eliminating some of the foods that are "illegal" and it seems to make a difference.

good luck!  hope it works for you!!

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   Posted 1/31/2008 1:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you for the info! This is a pretty extreme diet. I guess if it becomes necessary, I'll try anything!

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   Posted 1/31/2008 1:39 PM (GMT -6)   
No Prob!!

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   Posted 1/31/2008 2:56 PM (GMT -6)   
If you do end up trying it, let us know of your results. Thanks.
Ash 39 NH, vegetarian
Current meds: Asacol 12/day, Imuran 150mg
L-glutamine, Rowasa

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   Posted 1/31/2008 6:47 PM (GMT -6)   
I picked up the book when I was first diagnosed, but it seemed undoable to me. I have a lot of food issues and have dieted on and off most of my life. I know what I can stick with and what I can't. I got pretty bad going into the Holidays a couple of months ago and was told to seriously consider surgery. I picked up the book again, hey, a diet has to be better than surgery, right? It just is too extreme for me. There is no way I would be able to stick to it and enjoy my life. Not a day goes by that I don't eat a little chocolate. And it's more than just that. God bless anyone who this works for and who can stick to it.
Diagnosed UC April 27, 2006
Remicade infusions: 7/21/07; 8/18/07; 10/13/07; 12/15/97; 1/26/08
Lialda, 4 tabs in the morning; Protonix; Prednisone 4/27/06-present, starting yet another taper attempt, 1/30, 30 mg.
12/1/07 - 12/29/07 weekly Venofer (iron sucrose) injections; 9 mg Entocourt EC; Xanax as needed; Lexipro 10 mg, Rowesa; Asacol; Colazal three 750 mg capsules 3X day; Bad reactions: Imuran (2/07)

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   Posted 1/31/2008 9:39 PM (GMT -6)   
In a nutshell, the theory behind the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is that you avoid certain types of carbs that an impaired digestive tract is unable to properly breakdown and absorb. Carb intake is limited to simple sugars - found in honey, fruits and some vegetables - that require minimal digestive processing, are fully absorbed, and leave nothing behind to feed the bad gut bugs. This, coupled with probiotic supplementation, encourages the return of a healthy gut ecology. Also, because the foods are easier to digest, folks with IBD are able to better absorb nutrients.

If you find the SCD to be too restrictive, there are less restrictive diets for UC in Listen to Your Gut and The New Eating Right for a Bad Gut. Keep in mind that going on the SCD isn't a life sentence. Once digestion is radically improved, the gut healed and remission achieved, you're able to begin experimenting adding "forbidden" foods back into the diet.

Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999.
Therapeutic dose sulfasalazine.
Probiotics, l-glutamine and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and Mucosaheal. Oregano oil antibiotic, antiviral, antifungal.

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   Posted 2/1/2008 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Pricesa explained very well what the SCD is about.  I am keeping my UC in remission and stopped taking any meds. Even probiotics I am not taking any at the moment.  I gained my life back.  It is such a difference.  The improvement on my health condition is so much bigger than the effort I had to put especially during the first 6 months on the diet. Then it became very routine sort of eating and appreciate. Also, as one heals advanced foods may be tried and used.  To be honest I eat always 100% SCD food. This is the only way this diet may help us UCers or CDers.  And it really does, if it is followed by the book.
I know it seems very hard to avoid many of the basic foods we are used to, but, on the other extreme one has to endure with all the terrible symptoms of flaring up UC of CD.
It's up to each of you.
UC (sigmoid) since 2002
B12, folic acid, magnesium and acidophilus
symptoms free since Feb 2007
on SCD since Dec 2005

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   Posted 2/1/2008 2:33 PM (GMT -6)   
It's a hard diet to follow. My results with it are split. Once I had great results, the second time did nothing for my flare.
Age: 30
Location: Missouri
Diagnosed with UC in 1997.
Medications: 100 mg Azathioprine a day
Supplements: 2 Omega 3s, b-6, calcium, and multivitamin
No. of colonoscopies: I lost count at 6...LOL!
Last scope: 10/9/05-everything looked ok.

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