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In order to make the theory behind the SCDiet very sensible, I will use different scientifically conducted studies. I do understand that the medical world won't accept the findings below, but I hope you will be able to benefit from the information below. Please remember: To regain your health, you need to keep an open mind:
These scientific studies show how good the the elemental diet works in real life:
1990: Ten years of experience with the elemental diet: 85% in remission within a week
1991: Elemental diet heals the intestines. Permeability of the intestines decreases significantly; 80% in remission within a week
1993: Elemental diet and prednison compared: Diet as effective as predison
1995: Comparison of the elemental diet and prednison: Elemental diet significantly better than prednison
1998: Elemental diet als very successfull in treating inflamed colitis and better than 5-ASA alone
What to conclude after reading these studies
When we read all these studies, we can conclude that:
Eighty percent (80%) of the more than 200 patients (rats excluded) reacted very successfull to the elemental diet. What's even more remarkable is the fact that the diet improves health even better than prednison. Note: Prednison is known to cause many side effects and should be regarded as much less safe than the elemental diet. The bloodworks and growth figures of the tested children show that the elemental diet improves both significantly, while prednison doesn't improve neither.
After being on the diet for a week, most patients are free of symptoms (in remission). After four weeks the blood works show significant improvement (as did mine), which proofs that the inflammation is disappearing. It also shows that the red bloodcells / hemoglobin count and size increases significantly.
Instead of swallowing prednison and taking many risks of complications and side effects, one should ask the physician to prescribe the elemental diet. Your local pharmacy should carry it on stock. I think you'll have to print out this article and the studies above, because the studies are too recent to be known by your physician. Please tell him that there is no risk whatsoever, while the prednison treatment involves many risks.
The studies also show that when one stops using the elemental diet, it won't take that long before the symptoms start to reappear. This is because it takes a very long time for the intestines to heal. Besides that, I think the modern diet contains way too many carbohydrates. Over time the vicious cycle is introduced again and the problems start from the beginning (Read about the Vicious Cycle).
The SCDiet is the answer
As the SCDiet is less restrictive, but accomplishes exactly the same (the success rates and healing curves of a comparable diet*1 are identical to the ones as published in the studies above), it's a much better alternative than the elemental diet. The elemental diet tastes really bad. It's a chemically processed food. However, one should keep in mind that once in a while it might come in handy. The tubes that contain the liquid elemental diet can come in handy when you're traveling and there is no "SCD legal" food available.
The SCDiet forbids the consumption of all grains, potatoes, corn and rice. This seems to be a big problem for many people: No more bread ! However, when one reads the fantastic book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle", written by the SCD-founder Elaine Gottschall, one shall see that there are many, very appetitable alternatives. The banana muffins made with almond flour are very nice. The almondbread is also very good. In the end, exerience learns that while you think the SCDiet is very restrictive, you eventually come up with a diet with more variation. The diet you're eating right now seems to be very diverse, but when you check it, you see that you're eating the same bread, the same potatoes and the same spaghetti every day. With the SCDiet you will get to know all different types of fruits, vegetables, meats, nuts and cheeses. Check out the recipes. Also check www.scdiet.org, SCDiet discussion groups and www.healingcrow.com. Be sure to also read chapter seven*1 of Dr. Lutz's book: Life without Bread.
Notes on Dr. Lutz's Life without Bread
Dr. Lutz's treatment consists of decreasing the net amount of carbohydrates to about two slices of bread per day. After reading Dr. Lutz's book, it becomes appararent that his approach does work, but the time to heal is longer than that of the SCDiet. That's because the SCDiet successfully breaks the vicious cycle within weeks/months. The SCDiet forbids specific types of carbohydrates. This is much more effective than leaving a small amount of undigested/non-elemental carbohydrates in the diet, as Dr. Lutz prescribes. Many people, who do not heal on Dr. Lutz's diet, do still heal on the SCDiet.
The medical community wants to see scientific, placebo controlled studies in which a large amount of people are involved. Alas, it's very difficult to construct a study that proofs a diet. That's because the people who participate in the study are human beings. They are not zombies. With non-thinking zombies it would be a lot easier, as they wouldn't be aware of the things they eat (placebo effect) and they won't be cheating (eating non-SCD compliant cookies).
One study has been performed. The results show it works very well. The medical community doesn't acknowledge it, because the number of participants is too low. Read the study here: NUTRITIONAL THERAPY FOR CROHN'S DISEASE.
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