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Breaking the Vicious Cycle Book by Elaine Gottschall
Breaking The Vicious Cycle - Elaine Gottschall
Breaking the Vicious Cycle was written by Elaine Gottschall, biochemist and cell biologist.
This book provides an alternative way to help combat digestive disorders using dietary changes. It is also a practical book that addresses the problems of intestinal conditions such as: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, Celiac Disease as well as less severe complaints such as: indigestion, "nervous stomach", chronic diarrhea, and spastic colon.
Specific Carbohydrate Diet
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), formulated by Elaine Gottschall and outlined in her book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, is a strict grain-free, lactose-free, and sucrose-free meal plan.
The SCD works by severely limiting the availability of carbohydrates to intestinal microbes. This is important because of all dietary components, carbohydrates have the greatest influence on intestinal microbes (yeast and bacteria), which are believed to be involved in intestinal disorders. Most intestinal microbes require carbohydrates for energy.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is based on the principle that specifically selected carbohydrates, requiring minimal digestion, are well absorbed leaving virtually nothing for intestinal microbes to feed on. As the microbes decrease due to lack of food, their harmful by-products also diminish. No longer needing protection, the mucus-producing cells stop producing excessive mucus and carbohydrate digestion is improved.
The SCD also corrects malabsopbtion, allowing nutrients to enter the bloodstream and be made available to the cells of the body, thus strengthening the immune system. This means that further debilitation is prevented, weight can return to normal, and ultimately there is a return to a healthy and functional digestive tract.
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