as well as less severe complaints such as: Irritable Bowel Syndrome - IBS, 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 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 malabsorption, 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.
Elaine Gottschall's personal experience occurred over 40 years, ago when her four-year-old daughter was diagnosed with incurable ulcerative colitis. The book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle", is a result of her committed endeavors to keep her child alive and prevent her from surgical removal of the colon and replacement with an external bag.
She wrote "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" in a clear and understandable style. She presents an eating plan that can help where drugs fail. Jordan Rubin used the diet recommended by Elaine Gottschall during his recovery from Crohns's Disease. Other digestive problems like ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, and constipation respond well to Elaine Gottschall's regimen.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) was clinically tested for over 50 years by Dr Haas and Elaine Gottschall, with convincing results. From feedback from the various lists and other information at least 75 percent of those who adhere rigidly to Elaine Gottschall's Specific Carbohydrate Diet gain significant improvement.
Elaine Gottschall passed away peacefully in September 2005.
BREAKING THE VICIOUS CYCLE - Book Outline
Section 1: How SCD works
Explains how different carbohydrates (starches and sugars) affect the body, and how diet affects behavior and development. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is introduced with an explanation of how it can prevent, alleviate, and cure gastrointestinal disorders. Included are chapters on: The Celiac Story, The Brain Connection, and The Autism Connection
Sections 11: Recipes
The next part of Breaking the Vicious Cycle contains recipes for appetizers, soups, salads and salad dressings, main dishes, breads and muffins, cookies, cakes, frostings and toppings, desserts, sweet treats, beverages, and milk preparations which are allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
Sections 111: 'The Mom and Dad Brigade'
This is a record of some of the inspiring and compassionate support offered by parents to others as they embark on Elaine Gottschall's Specific Carbohydrate Diet Commitment.
Breaking the Vicious Cycle has an excellent glossary, a detailed appendix, an index, and is highly referenced for those who wish to read prime source material.
How the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Works
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) has helped many thousands of people with various forms of bowel disease and other ailments vastly improve their quality of life. In many cases people consider themselves cured. The Specific Carbohydrate diet is intended mainly for Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, celiac disease, diverticulitis, cystic fibrosis and chronic diarrhea. However, it is a very healthy, balanced and safe diet that has health benefits for everyone.
The foods that are allowed on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet(SCD)are based on the chemical structure of these foods. Carbohydrates are classified by their molecular structure. The allowed carbohydrates are monosaccharides and have a single molecule structure that allow them to be easily absorbed by the intestine wall.
Complex carbohydrates which are disaccharides (double molecules) and polysaccharides (chain molecules) are not allowed. Complex carbohydrates that are not easily digested feed harmful bacteria in our intestines causing them to overgrow producing by products and inflaming the intestine wall. Elaine Gottschall's Specific Carbohydrate Diet works by starving out these bacteria and restoring the balance of bacteria in our gut.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is biologically correct because it is species appropriate. The allowed foods are mainly those that early man ate before agriculture began. The diet we evolved to eat over millions of years was predominantly one of meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, nuts, low-sugar fruits. Our modern diet including starches, grains, pasta, legumes, and breads has only been consumed for a mere 10,000 years.
In the last hundred years the increase in complex sugars and chemical additives in the diet has led to a huge increase in health problems ranging from severe bowel disorders to obesity and brain function disorders. We have not adapted to eat this modern diet as there has not been enough time for natural selection to operate. It therefore makes sense to eat the diet we evolved with.
Taste Raman Prasad's delicious recipes using Elaine Gottschall's Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This was the way of how he was cured of Ulcerative Colitis. See Recipes for Specific Carbohydrate Diet
Domenic P writes.... I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis 13 years ago, and since then I have had the pleasure of personally meeting Elaine Gottschall, author of Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Elaine performed a seminar and book signing. I have been following Elaine Gottschall's work for 4 years now, and I have seen some results. When first diagnosed with UC in 1992, my ulcers commenced at my colon and along my large intestine over 30 cms in length. My recent colonoscopy indicates that my ulcers have shrunk to 10cm in length. I would like them to be completely gone, if possible. I would appreciate any help you could offer me.
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I strongly recommend this book and its suggested approach to good health.
This book has become my bible - what a life saver.
This book is amazing - Elaine Gottschall is a pioneer - she's dead and her ideas live on - I control my crohns disease with diet because of her - than.
Elaine Gottschall was a pioneer - to think that she cured her daughter of ulcerative colitis with diet alone - and here it is - I have crohns and I sw.
Great Book! Great Recipes! And Inspiring knowledge to me.
Taken from Elaine Gottschall's book 'Breaking the Vicious Cycle'
In 1951, after many years of clinical experience, Drs. Sidney V. and Merrill P. Haas published a book entitled Management of Celiac Disease. Directed to the medical community, the book documented the doctors' experiences in treating and curing hundreds of cases of celiac disease as well as cases of cystic fibrosis of the pancreas. Their approach was dietary, and they used a well-balanced, normal diet that was highly specific as to the types of sugars and starches allowed. When patients followed this Specific Carbohydrate Diet for a minimum of one year, they were then able to return to normal diet with complete and permanent disappearance of symptoms.
In 1958, we took our eight year old daughter to the Drs. Haas. Three years before she had been diagnosed by specialists as having incurable ulcerative colitis and her condition was deteriorating. The years of treatment with cortisone and sulfonamides, plus innumerable other medical approaches, had been unsuccessful and surgery seemed imminent. The Drs. Haas placed her on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and within two years she was free of symptoms. She returned to eating normally after another few years, and has remained in excellent health for over twenty years.
Many students, friends, and others whom I have seen in my practice who were suffering from ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, celiac disease (not cured by a gluten-free diet), diverticulitis, and various types of chronic diarrhea have tried the Haas Diet and most of them are now free of their respective diseases. Some of the most dramatic and fastest recoveries have occurred in babies and young children with severe constipation and among children who, along with intestinal problems, had serious behavior problems.
These included autistic-type hyperactivity as well as hyperactivity, often accompanied by severe and prolonged night terrors. Very often the behavior problems and night terrors cleared up within ten days after initiation of the Haas Specific Carbohydrate Diet. It is interesting to note that in June, 1985, the Schizophrenia Association of Great Britain launched a research project to investigate Dr. F. C. Dohan's research concerning a relationship between celiac disease and schizophrenia. The basis for this project is a strict grain-free, milk-free, low sugar diet, closely related to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
Meanwhile in research laboratories throughout the world, investigators have been studying intestinal problems. Physicians and researchers have found that a special type of synthetic diet (chemical nutrients assembled in the laboratory) called an Elemental Diet shows great promise in the treatment of digestive and intestinal problems of all types. The malabsorption problem seen in cystic fibrosis of the pancreas as well as diarrhea which occurs after cancer chemotherapy have been overcome by the use of the synthetic Elemental Diet.
When used for patients with Crohn's disease, not only did symptoms disappear but children who had not grown properly for years showed dramatic weight and height gains while on the diet. The level of sodium chloride in the perspiration (the sweat test which measures the severity of the condition) of children with cystic fibrosis of the pancreas decreased dramatically when these children were given the Elemental Diet. Over six hundred scientific publications have appeared in medical journals in the 1970's and early 1980's testifying to the fact that this Elemental Diet is effective in correcting malabsorption and reversing the course of many intestinal disorders. However, since the Elemental Diet is an artificial diet, usually administered via a stomach tube, it cannot be continued indefinitely. When it is discontinued, usually after six to eight weeks, improvement gradually decreases and symptoms usually return.
The common denominator underlying the effectiveness of both the natural Specific Carbohydrate Diet and the synthetic Elemental Diet is the type of carbohydrate which predominates. In the synthetic Elemental Diet, the principal carbohydrate is the single sugar, glucose, which in biochemical circles, is called a monosaccharide (mono=one; saccharide=sugar) as contrasted with a two-sugar disaccharide such as sucrose (table sugar) or a many-sugar polysaccharide such as starch.
In the natural Specific Carbohydrate Diet, the carbohydrates are also predominantly single sugars - those found in fruit, honey, properly-made yoghurt, and certain vegetables. The many research reports indicating that the synthetic Elemental Diet is beneficial in intestinal diseases provide support for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet which can be used in the home.
Those who choose to follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet need not feel deprived. Many of the delicious recipes in this book could easily be part of any gourmet cookbook. The fact that they are so appealing, however, in no way compromises the underlying scientific reasoning: the carbohydrates specified in the recipes are biochemically correct.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet presented in this book is highly nutritious and well-balanced. It is safe and very likely to be effective in overcoming many lingering and vexing intestinal and digestive problems.