I haven’t said much about this publicly in the past, but I have Chron’s/ulcerative colitis (UC) and it is great to see the therapy that basically saved my life get some validation and recognition. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).
What’s even better is that this recognition is coming from our very own Seattle Children’s Hospital!
Dr. David Suskind, a gastroenterologist at Seattle Children’s hospital, had been searching for a more appropriate and efficient solution for treating IBD that is free from chronic side effects. Recently, the researcher found a perfect way for treating IBD. His research, published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, reveals that it is possible to treat IBD by intake of a special diet, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).
When I discovered the SCD diet it was because of my own research because I was desperate for relief. I had been suffering for a year and a half and my doctors were at the point of recommending both surgery….colon resection…. and putting me on Humira, which in my opinion is a horrible medication. I knew I didn’t want to lose part of my intestines through surgery and I didn’t want to take a drug that could put me at risk of many adverse effects including tuberculosis. I tried the gluten free diet faithfully for six months and it made no difference at all in my symptoms. Besides that most GF foods taste like crap! I asked my gastroenterologist if what I was eating made any difference to my symptoms and he told me that food has no know effect upon Chron’s/UC! So, hating to take no for an answer, I eventually found the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and decided it I had nothing to lose. I began the diet in September 2009 and within only 30 days I was symptom free! My docs just looked at me with a blank look when I told them my story. But that’s okay, I don’t really care what they think. I do care about what works for me and my body and SCD works! Besides that it is a wholesome and healthy way to eat.