Basic Facts on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet:  Eliminates all complex carbohydrates (No di-saccharides or poly saccharides) due to the difficulty to digest for those with gut issues. Thus the diet is grain-free sugar-free and starch-free.

The diet is mainly used to help those with bowel diseases.

Just as the Ketogenic diet became better known by Jim Abrahams due to Charlie’s seizures, the SCD became more widely known after Elaine Gosstchall cured her daughter from many health problems. Elaine and her husband Herb were given an an ultimatum by their doctor; either consent to surgery to remove their daughter’s colon and attach an external bag for the collection of waste, or watch her slip into further debilitation, even death. Instead, they went to see a 92 year-old specialist, and thus began the recovery of their daughter.

You can read their whole story here:

Topics covered in BREAKING THE VICIOUS CYCLE are:

The relationships between food and intestinal disorders such as Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, celiac disease, cystic fibrosis of the pancreas, and other forms of chronic diarrhea.

A discussion of the cycle of events occurring in the intestine of those with problems and how the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ can break this cycle and permit the body to regain normal functioning.

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For more information, check out the Breaking the viscous cycle website here.

Another helpful site is SCD Lifestyle, found here.

I purchased Kendall Conrad’s Cookbook when I started Autumn on the Ketogenic Diet, but found that it was not conducive to the the strict ketogenic diet needs to control seizures. However, for those on SCD, the recipes look amazing!

 One more resource is: Digestive Health with REAL Food

Aglaee Jacob discusses both the GAPS, SCD and Paleo diets in her book:  Aglaee got very sick after a trip to the Peruvian jungle  – with a list of symptoms that first started intermittently but then became non-stop. At one point she was limited to eating only 5 different foods! She wrote the book to help some of the millions of people who suffer and are given bad dietary advice. She focuses on make sure you are eating REAL food!

From her website:

Health begins in the gut. In addition to digestive disorders, many other health problems can stem from damage to your intestines, including migraines, skin problems, autoimmune conditions, and weight abnormalities, so tackling your digestion first is smart if you want to maximize your chances of obtaining optimal health.

Beyond simply managing your symptoms, Digestive Health with REAL Food will teach you how to address the root causes of your digestive troubles to achieve optimal digestive and overall health.

The information in Digestive Health with REAL Food will help you build your own optimal diet by identifying the best foods for your digestive system: ones that are easy to digest, anti-inflammatory, nutrient-dense, healing and low in irritants and allergens.

The nutritional protocol in this book, developed by registered dietitian Aglaée Jacob, addresses numerous digestive problems, including:

Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) | Crohn s disease | Ulcerative colitis Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) |Fructose malabsorption FODMAP intolerance | Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) Gallbladder issues | Abnormal intestinal permeability (leaky gut) Gut dysbiosis (gut flora imbalance) | Celiac disease | Non-celiac gluten sensitivity Multiple food sensitivities | And many more…

Her blog is at: