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darksky602
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   Posted 6/10/2009 4:47 AM (GMT -6)   
I was wondering if anyone here is following the specific carbohydrate diet found in the book "breaking the vicious cycle" by elaine gottschall. If so how long have you been doing it, what results have you seen? I just read the entire book tonite and i am skeptical, but some of the science makes sense. I do see the benefits of some of the diet and i remember trying them when i suffered from UC over the last 8 years before i had my large intestine removed. Now my father has just developed UC within the last 6 months and is coming home from the hospital soon hopefully and has just had his first remicade treatment. He is trying to find a diet that will work. I mainly worked with an elimination diet for UC to some success, but due to having to be on blood thinners with UC because of blood clots from my factor V mutation, i had little success at any healing. My father does not have that so I am hopeful for him. Any diet information would be helpful and sorry if i am repeating myself in my posts.

princesa
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   Posted 6/10/2009 9:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I follow the general principles of the SCD, but not to extremes. I feel it has to be modified to allow for individual differences. There may be some "allowable" foods that are problems for some individuals. Keeping a food journal will help your father figure out what works best for him.

You may also be interested in looking at the book Listen to Your Gut which offers levels of diet, depending on severity of symptoms. It's less restrictive than the SCD.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


blueclassring
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   Posted 6/10/2009 12:12 PM (GMT -6)   
I have been on the diet for 5 weeks.  Went from 15 BM/day to 2-3 BM/day. No urgency or bloody D.  I feel great, currently battling eczema right now that came out of nowhere. 

Pharmacist as of 6/12/2009.
Diagnosed 8/99. Suffered for almost 10 years. I am currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and am nearing remission. I feel fantastic! I have lossed so many years to this disease.

MED-FREE!!!

Doc wanted to put me on 6-mp or Remicade, but I refused to take the medications! Currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  I'm in remission and life is like it always should have been.


princesa
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   Posted 6/10/2009 12:56 PM (GMT -6)   
Eczema is very common with leaky gut and/or gut dysbiosis.
Diagnosed with ulcerative colitis spring 1999. Have been in remission for years with only a few minor blips.
 
Maintenance dose sulfasalazine. Probiotics, vitamin D, fiber supplement and fish oil caps. George's aloe vera juice and l-glutamine for gut healing. Mostly grain-free and dairy-free low carb diet.
 
 


comfytummy
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   Posted 6/11/2009 7:54 AM (GMT -6)   
I was diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis in 2004 and put on meds. I started doing research on the condition and discovered the specific carbohydrate diet. I went on the diet and 6 months later was off all meds and my only remaining symptom was occasional intestinal pain/soreness which cleared up within the next 6 months. I would say that I followed the diet about 80% of the time. On holidays and special occasions would have a piece of regular cake or indulge in some pasta, etc. Didn't have a detrimental effect.

A few months ago I started eating very unhealthy, practically my entire diet consisted of cookies, breads, soft drinks, muffins, etc. Last month I started to notice a few symptoms of UC returning. My UC is definitely caused by an overgrowth of candida in my intestines and an overgrowth of bad bacteria. So I went back on the SCD, very strict to start, and here I am three weeks later and the symptoms have cleared again.

My doctor told me UC was incurable and that I would be on meds the rest of my life and might even need several operations. He told me to eat a diet of soft foods like breads and crackers, etc. (the exact opposite of SCD). SCD kept me from a life of meds, saved my colon, and gave me my life back. I would definitely recommend it for anyone dealing with digestive disorders and especially anyone with UC. More information about my journey can be found on my blog at www.comfytummy.com

I hope you give the diet a chance. It's well worth it.

blueclassring
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   Posted 6/11/2009 1:45 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with your assessment. I strictly adhered to the diet last year, and was in remission for about 9 months. about two months ago, I started eating unhealthy and was stressing out severely in pharmacy school and suffered about a 2 month flare. It got severe about 6 weeks ago, where I was going to the bathroom practically every hour with blood and mucus. I've been on the diet for 5 weeks and all the symptoms have gone away.

I also suffered from chronic joint pain and fatigue(fibromyalgia???), which has gone away as well. I will never return to eating that way again.

Life is good now!!!!!
Pharmacist as of 6/12/2009.
Diagnosed 8/99. Suffered for almost 10 years. I am currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and am nearing remission. I feel fantastic! I have lossed so many years to this disease.

MED-FREE!!!

Doc wanted to put me on 6-mp or Remicade, but I refused to take the medications! Currently on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.  I'm in remission and life is like it always should have been.

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