Curing Colitis with the SCD Diet

August 24, 2011

Here’s a wonderful testimonial on the benefits of The Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

I recommended this diet to my client in June of 2009 to treat her colitis. She writes the following:

“My case followed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet book (written by Elaine Gottschall) to the letter. I had colitis for about 4 years before I went on the diet. The worst triggers were exhaustion due to sleepless nights with three young children; head colds: and seeing or speaking to my gastro doctor!

On the diet, I had a mildly bumpy first 2 years (but significant shift in symptoms right away, so it was easy to keep going). The bumps occurred every 3 months or so when I would get minor symptoms. After one year I went 7 months with no symptoms, then had another minor attack. The attacks changed in nature right away; they were mild and short-lived. I just passed the 2-year mark (on the diet) and I have no symptoms – bags of energy and I’m about to run a half marathon.

Not only has the diet settled down my colitis, it cured me of the constipation, which I’ve had since childhood (when not in a colitis attack, of course!).

I also believe that my diet is amazingly healthy and I’m so happy that I am cooking and eating such a delicious and healthy diet after all I’ve been through.

I do not use supplements now. I make and use the SCD yogurt for my probiotics and can tell I am best when I’m having some of this.

The book suggests 2 years for Crohns/Colitis to expect to be symptom-free and I seem to be going in that direction. As a testament to that, I’m working part-time in my profession and looking after my 3 young children without any pain or interruptions.

I have also benefited a lot also from mindfulness meditation practice and its message for staying present and in the moment.

The only minor negative (or maybe positive?) thing I would say is that the diet gets you back in the kitchen and you have to be prepared for that. I have managed it through wonderful family support. I would highly recommend the delicious recipes on a website called No More Crohns.”

My client made the choice to embrace diet instead of drugs for her colitis and couldn’t be more happy and healthy! The same choice is always yours!

Carolyn Dean MD ND

The Doctor of the Future®

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