More testimonials from Amazon about the Specific Carbohydrate diet and how it has helped them.
A book worth its weight in gold, September 29, 2012
By Colleen Lawrance
My family and I have had our lives changed by this book – I had an “ah ha” moment while reading this book, and although the initial adjustment to the diet lifestyle recommended is not always comfortable (we love our carbs) the benefit has been tremendous. We were not obviously intolerant to the complex carbs and grains but often felt tired, unmotivated, irritable, unfocused, retained lymph etc. My daughter has a genetic syndrome with mild autism and her response has been amazing – she is so much more verbal and alert and now comes seeking hugs! My son and I feel like we belong to the human race again. Our grateful thanks to the author for bringing the specifics of a healthy intestinal diet to our attention.
Daunting but do as Elaine says try it for 1 month and see., August 24, 2012
By H. Watson
At the suggestion of our PediGi Doc we bought & read this book and were horrified. We hoped that medicine would help our 2.5 yr old son with his UC and we wouldn’t have to put in all the hard work to prepare our food as described by Elaine Gottschall. 4 months later the medicine wasn’t really helping anymore and we were looking at some harsh side effects for the next rx. So, I got to it and prepared all our son’s food per the instructions in BTVC and within 2 weeks our son’s symptoms were gone, he started eating more (he wasn’t eating much at this point, as he obviously didn’t feel well, just drank milk still in a bottle) and started growing again. We followed BTVC directions for one year and slowly started adding in other (illegal) foods again and he has been able to tolerate everything with no symptoms at all. He is still on sulfasalazine but it’s been 2 years and our now 4.9 year old is healthy and growing. I no longer have this book as I passed it on to another family with a child about to loose her colon. BTVC worked for us and I am extremely greatful.
Working for me for my SIBO, July 31, 2012
By K. Lowery
I have been on this diet for 3 weeks now and haven’t felt this good in 5 years. I was diagnosed 3 years ago with SIBO after 2 years of test after test. I went through 5 rounds of antibiotics. That finally relieved my pain but over the last year it has returned. So this time I am opting for the dietary treatment with BTVC and the SCDiet. It is a strict diet but doable. And to have relief from the pain and bloating it is worth the restrictions. I definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants to try heal their intestinal health through diet. Oh and SIBO isn’t listed as a condition this book with help but I have heard that this is what Elaine was describing as the vicious cycle by a doctor who specializes in SIBO.
Elaine I owe you so much, completely cured of UC, July 11, 2012
SCD gave me my life back and completely cured me of my ulcerative colitis. I have 2 clear colonoscopies to confirm that I no longer suffer from UC. I have been well now for about 5 years and am now cautiously introducing some non SCD foods.
I came down with UC in 2003 after the birth of my son. The meds i was given helped but did not stop me from having flares and they seemed to become less effective over time. It reached the point where every day of my life was ruled by my gut and i was continually tormented with symptoms. I found discussion about SCD on the internet. After reading a book by Raman Prasad called Colitis and Me i was so convinced that SCD had helped him, that I decided to give it a go.
I noticed a positive effect after about 3 weeks. After several months I was completely fine and stupidly decided to re-introduce some non SCD foods. I continued to be fine for several months and then had the flare from hell. I re-introduced full SCD but it took ages to get that flare under control. I was continuing with meds throughout this time. After having such a horrible flare I was completely committed to SCD and plugged away with it. I had another flare even though i was compliant with SCD, however it turned out that this flare was the last flare I ever had. After working through that flare I have been in good health for about 5 years now. I have had 2 colonoscopies each separated by 2 years and each completely clear. I have now ceased taking the small remission dose of medication that I used to take and continue to be well.
I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that SCD is what healed me (however I think it helped to also continue with meds until completely well and beyond for a while). A cynic reading this might say that maybe I just got better on the medication, but I know the SCD was critical because I know how much better I felt on the food – I could feel how this food was more digestible and gave me a fighting chance. I also know how poorly I was doing on the meds before I introduced SCD into my arsenal.
I think the most important thing for someone trying SCD to remember is that it may not work instantly and you may still have flares in the early stages. UC is a tough disease and it took your body a long time to get sick so it may take a long time to get well too. If you persist through ups and downs hopefully you will have the same perfect result that I did. It’s also important to pay attention to how foods affect you specifically and avoid any foods that you can’t digest (even though SCD legal) until your digestion improves. In my case I could not handle raw fruit other than ripe bananas for a long time but cooked was OK. Also, during a flare I could not handle almond meal baking. The first type of nut product I could handle was nut butter (pecan or macadamia) – because it is smooth there were no rough bits to bother my inflamed gut. Over time I progressed and was gradually able to handle all SCD foods – even lentils and beans.
After many years of good health I am now cautiously experimenting with SCD illegal foods – treats like chocolate and icecream. No problems, however I am still cautious.
I would like to thank Elaine for all her hard work and selflessness in studying and writing her book so she should spread the word about what she had learned through her daughter.
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