Rieskekr 2010-02-12 07:47:21
SCD helps some people with intestinal diseases, but the result is
sporadic. Many people continue to experience pain, intestinal
bleeding, constipation, diarrhea and flare-ups on the Specific
Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). Many continue for years with some improvement
but cannot live a symptom free life without drugs. This occurs because
the SCD diet has serious flaws and errors. The elimination of grains
and sugar certainly helps, but they continue to have these problems
because they continue to eat foods that are causing the growth of
pathogenic bacteria and autoimmune reactions. You will find many
people reporting problems with yogurt, honey, fruit, nuts and other
foods supposedly “legal” on SCD. You will also notice that people who
ate a diet high in carbohydrates with very little red meat are now
suffering from a bowel disease.
My wife did not heal on SCD so I did a bunch of research and developed
the diet plan. My plan is more restrictive than SCD in many ways but
has added requirements also. This does not mean she can eat anything
she wants now that her Crohn’s is in remission. She must continue on
my diet plan for life.
SCD allows many nut and seed oils which are omega-6 fatty acids. These
oil are proven in scientific research to be inflammatory and should be
absolutely forbidden in all bowel diseases. In fact, these oils should
be limited by healthy people also because they are suspect in many
SCD allows fruit which contains high levels of fructose. Many people
are fructose intolerant because they lack the fructose enzyme. This
enzyme is made in the body and not available as a supplement. Fructose
also causes insulin resistance and should be strictly limited by
everyone. All fruit and other sources of fructose should be strictly
avoided by anyone with bowel diseases.
SCD claims the special 24 hour yogurt is acceptable, but many people
are still intolerant. It contains lactose no matter what others may
say. It should not be eaten by anyone with bowel diseases because most
are lactose intolerant. Good bacteria convert yogurt to galactose
sugar is a feast for the pathogenic (disease causing) bacteria.
Lactose should be limited by everyone. Many people could have milk
protein allergies as well. Stop eating all yogurt and take probiotics
as described on the web page below.
Do not eat honey. The claims that honey is different from sugar are
absolutely FALSE. The carbohydrates present are the monosaccharides
fructose (38.2%) and glucose (31%); and disaccharides (~9%) sucrose,
maltose, isomaltose, maltulose, turanose and kojibiose. Honey is very
bad for the intestinal system and provides food for the pathogenic
SCD does not provide the correct probiotics. A healthy balance of
beneficial bacteria (called probiotics) must be restored in the
intestines during the low-carbohydrate, anti-yeast diet. The most
common approach is to supplement the diet with a probiotic containing
live lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus bulgaricus and
bifidobacterium bifidum as the better choices. Lactobacillus
bulgaricus is intended to help the GI tract be more suitable for the
survival and growth of lactobacillus acidophilus and bifidobacterium
bifidum. Acidophilus is the primary bacteria of the small intestine
while bifidum is the major bacteria of the large intestine. Others
beneficial bacteria include bifidobacterium lactis, bifidobacterium
longum, and/or others. New evidence points to lactobacillus sporogenes
as being particularly effective against intestinal and vaginal
infections and should also be taken. Most should be refrigerated.
Capsules and liquids are available, but care should be taken in the
selection because many brands contain dead spores. Quality products
are usually kept in a cooler at the health food or vitamin store.
Expect some or all products to contain rice flour, potato starch,
maltodextrin and other fillers which are needed to keep the bacteria
alive. Take only one tablet or one teaspoon with each meal or with
water. Do not take high quantities as may be suggested on some
SCD does not provide the correct enzymes. Pancreatic enzyme
deficiencies can cause bowel disease because various carbohydrates and
proteins are not digested. Take one multiple enzyme supplement with
each meal that includes amylase, maltase, sucrase, lactase, lipase
(for lipids), protease (for proteins) and any others available. There
is no enzyme available for those who are fructose intolerant;
therefore, avoidance of all fructose is the only solution. Avoid
products with carbohydrate fillers. Cooking meats and vegetables
destroys the enzymes; therefore, supplementation with enzymes is
SCD does not provide the required amino acids for healing of a damaged
SCD does not provide the required vitamins, minerals and other
supplements which are absolutely required for complete healing.
My wife has Crohn’s disease in the colon. She had a colonoscopy on
June 20, 2003. The doctor could find no sign of her previous
inflammation from Crohn’s colitis disease. He said her colon looked
perfectly normal. He would have never known by the examination that
she had ever had any intestinal disease. She is completely pain free
with normal digestion and bowel movements for the first time in her
We have not told the doctor about the low-carbohydrate diet program
she is on. He recommended she continue as she has been doing, but he
didn’t ask what she has been doing. He ended by saying, “continue with
the high-fiber diet.” He doesn’t know this program is a very low-fiber
diet. These doctors of gastroenterology are totally CRAZY. His
professional website lists a suggested diet plan that would give a
healthy person an intestinal disease.
My wife found she began healing immediately on this diet and began to
gain the weight she needed even though this diet is extremely
low-carbohydrate. Overweight people will lose weight, and underweight
people will gain weight. This diet cured my sister of fibromyalgia.
This is also a great diet for healthy individuals. This is my diet,
and I have no diseases. It is a great diet for a healthy heart and the
prevention of diabetes. It believe it is the ultimate health diet plan
Another person has UC and his doctor was suggesting surgery. He has
been on my diet plan for a few weeks and is extremely excited about
his healing. He has begun to cut back on his meds and doing very well.
Bleeding and diarrhea have completely stopped.
The proper diet is a very low-carbohydrate, low-fiber diet. All
high-carbohydrate and high-fiber foods are forbidden. The diet for the
first six weeks should be highly restricted in order to bring the
digestive system under control, reduce inflammation, control
constipation or diarrhea, reduce yeast overgrowth, control blood sugar
and begin healing the intestinal mucosa. The “die-off” of yeast can
cause symptoms to worsen over the initial short term. Supplement with
probiotics in all cases to restore the beneficial gut bacteria.
Supplement with enzymes. Only after symptoms have been reduced should
foods from the acceptable list below be added one at a time to test
for sensitivity. Test a new food for at least two weeks before adding
a second. All of the food must be fresh and unprepared before cooking.
Eat salmon everyday, cooked by boiling, poaching, baking or frying in
refined coconut oil. Canned salmon with the bones is very good as long
as additives are not present. Eat the bones in canned salmon as well.
Do not eat salmon packed in soybean oil. Salmon and eggs are great for
Eat roasted chicken thighs with the skin and eat the skin.
Eat beef, lamb or pork grilled, roasted, or fried. Select fatty cuts
and eat all the fat. Cooking meat to medium rare is best because the
enzymes are preserved. Ground meat and pork should be cooked
throughout. Fry calf or chicken liver in coconut oil and include a
small piece with other foods each day. Liver and eggs are great for
breakfast. Avoid over-cooking liver to reduce the strong flavor.
Eat boiled or steamed asparagus, green or yellow snap beans, tomatoes,
spinach or zucchini squash only. Ripe avocados are acceptable. Raw
vegetables are not tolerated by the digestive system because of the
fiber. Cooking reduces the fiber content.
Hard cheeses are acceptable for those without a Candida yeast
infection. Eat only aged, hard cheeses and be very careful of the
response. Low-salt Swiss cheese and aged cheddar are good choices
because they contain no lactose. Do not eat low-fat cheese, cottage
cheese, dry curd cottage cheese (DCCC) or Farmer’s cheese.
Avoid most nuts and seeds because they contain high levels of Omega-6
fatty acids described below. Pine nuts (pinion, pinon, pinyon or
pignolia) are a great snack and contain little or no Omega-6 fats.
Macadamia nuts are acceptable with a low level of Omega-6 fats.
Eat flaked, unsweetened coconut as a snack and cook with refined
coconut oil. The flavor of unrefined coconut oil is much to strong.
Whole coconuts are very good, but they are difficult to break and eat.
Unsweetened, pure coconut milk should be well tolerated in moderation
and provide healing. Coconut contains short-chain lauric fatty acid
which is antiviral and antibacterial. Mother’s breast milk is 56
percent fat with lauric fatty acid as the predominant fat.
Take two tablespoons per day of Carlson’s Lemon Flavored Cod Liver
Oil. Take one tablespoon 1/2 hour before a meal if you burp an
unpleasant fish taste. Remove the taste from the mouth, if necessary,
by chasing with a small amount of 100% pure tomato juice not made from
concentrate. Cod liver oil has a high level of vitamin D. The
importance of taking cod liver oil (EPA and DHA fatty acids) and
borage oil (GLA fatty acid described below) cannot be over stated.
This combination is absolutely required.
Supplement with Omega-6 gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) by taking borage
oil. The body does not produce essential fatty acids – they can only
be ingested through food. GLA and Omega-3 fatty acids together produce
prostaglandins, called E1 series. This type of prostaglandin helps
reduce inflammation and aids in digestion. Do not take any Omega-6
oils such as flaxseed or primrose oil. Avoid all other vegetable
Omega-6 oils. Solid scientific research shows Omega-6 fatty acids are
highly inflammatory and should never be eaten by anyone with a bowel
disease, heart disease, arthritis or any other autoimmune disease.
Zaf09 2010-04-30 09:19:17
* One small point re [B]nuts[/B].
May want to revise the info re pine nuts. Values as below:
Omega-6 Content Various Nuts (1/4 cup)
Walnuts 9.5 g
Almonds 4.36 g
Cashews 2.6 g
Macadamias 0.5 g
Brazil nuts 7.2 g
Hazelnuts 2.7 g
Pistachio 4.1 g
[B]Pine nuts 11.6 g[/B] Pecans 5.8 g
Raw macadamias seem excellent as indicated.
Lectins, phytates, and enzyme inhibitors may pose other problems, usually eliminated by a good soaking and thorough low heat drying (sun, dehydrator or low temp oven).
Let me know what you think