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This all mysteriously changed four years ago, at age 36 after a time of extreme emotional stress, when I began having mysterious gastro signs and symptoms painful abdominal inflammation, chronic diarrhea, malabsorption, gastro bleeding, and at its most extreme- a nerf football sized hydrocele hernia. Since , I've gone through a barrage of exhausting medical tests by multiple general practitioners, a urologist, two gastros, and a holistic MD.
In the summer of I was finally diagnosed with celiac disease as well as several other severe food allergies peanut butter, dairy, soy, and caffeine. Researching about potential causes of celiac and other gastro diseases online, I ran across several references to this book.
I now know why it's not just wheat, but ANY grain that causes my suffering. I now know why sugars and starches are very dangerous to my health. As much help cutting gluten out of my diet was, this diet is FINALLY curing my body of the inflammation, brain fog, pain, exhaustion, etc. I even have some hope that I can eventually add back some carbs and foods I'm currently allergic to once I've healed in a year or two.
The history of the medical establishment's understanding of celiac and other gastro illnesses is fascinating it includes European research which I've found hard to come-by up to this book.
If you are celiac, this history is worth the book, even if you don't plan on trying the specific carbohydrate diet. Again, highly recommended for those suffering from gastro diseases. Jun 30, Diane rated it it was amazing.
I have never felt more "normal" energetic and content than I have since eating this way! Who knew it only took replacing starches with veggies in ways I never would have thought of -- and amazingly easy once I wrapped my brain around it, to boot. Aug 07, Tasha rated it really liked it Shelves: Well, it was good enough for me to read in one evening! I bought this book to get an idea of what the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is like, since I'm dealing with some digestive issues that a paleo diet has not been sufficient in healing.
The book starts off with a history of celiac disease and various scientists who have struggled to find an answer behind a number of gut disorders. To me, someone who has an active interest in the science behind nutrition, it was very interesting.
I think even a l Well, it was good enough for me to read in one evening!
I think even a lay reader, who is looking for answers or wonders "how things work" specifically, the digestion of carbohydrates by a human gut , will find this book easy to understand. After the history, the book goes on to describe what the Specific Carbohydrate is and how it might help someone who follows it.
The testimonials are encouraging. My only issue is that the book specifically states that there's no "meal plan guide" to follow. I'm a bit confused about how one implements this diet beyond the intro diet the first days, for which the book does offer a meal plan , and how to add new foods. For someone new to elimination diets, I didn't feel like this book did a great job of explaining how to start. View 1 comment. Jan 30, Waseem rated it liked it. More sympathetic and talking to us the readers as a whole as opposed to sometimes a tad bit for parents oriented..
The recommendations were good but frank and blunt nothing wrong in that but like when recommending a host of recipes seemed to just JUMP IN vs abit more empathetic approach to a very strict regime But nevertheless a priceless ray of hope and solution to many like me that need something like this and for it to truly work I'd love to hear from fellow readers and implement it's if this diet who have IBD and more specifically Ulcerative Colitis - please share I'd love to hear and exchange idea in the comments section below - even your encouragement will be highly appreciated and valued To Our Continued Success!
Waseem Mirza http: May 02, Sharon rated it really liked it Shelves: For anyone dealing with digestive disorders, this book is highly informative and I recommend it.
There is a lot of information to be gained from reading it, even if you are not considering trying the diet. Breaking the Vicious Cycle is scientific in explanation, but on a level of accessibility most readers should be able to understand and absorb.
After two and a half years dealing with my own digestive disorder, I just learned I have been eating the absolute worst things I could possibly attempt For anyone dealing with digestive disorders, this book is highly informative and I recommend it. After two and a half years dealing with my own digestive disorder, I just learned I have been eating the absolute worst things I could possibly attempt to eat.
My diet, as recommended to me by my Gastroenterologist, would only serve the purpose of keeping me ill for the rest of my life. That isn't my goal. One major problem with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is the lack of information for how to handle an egg allergy. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet prohibits all grains, lactose, and sucrose sugar , which leaves you with: The author mentions it is possible to be a vegetarian on the diet but says it is out of the scope of this book.
Personally, I don't see that being a vegetarian would at all be possible, and even having an egg allergy will make this very strict, very limiting diet - incredibly difficult to maintain. Aug 20, Catherine rated it it was amazing. And when I say 'treat', I mean that loosely. Obviously each case is different and will yield different results. The author begins by explaining some simple biology, what can happen to cause things to go wrong and then how it is perpetuated into a series, chronic problem.
The language used is easy to understand so you don't have to have a degree in biochemistry to understand. She also draws some interesting parallels between Austism Spectrum Disorders, food allergies and such with the onset of GI problems. There have been some people who report improvements in ASD children who follow the Specific Carbohydrate Diet set forth in the book along with people who have serious GI disease.
She states that the diet might not work for everyone, but it's is worth it to give it a shot. I am glad that I read this book for my own information and would suggest it to anyone who has children or loved ones who fall into these categories.
It is good food for thought. Nov 18, Carol rated it liked it. Giving this a middle of the road rating out of lack of experience with the diet. This is a resource highly recommended by people whose opinion I trust. Faced with my own diagnosis of diverticular disease, and the medical establishment's lack of concrete knowledge about what causes it or how to make attacks less likely to occur, I've got to explore other options.
I'm a little weirded out by the fact that the diet claims to "cure" autism and a few suggestions that childhood vaccines could cause disease. Bottom line, though is will I try it it's a pretty restrictive diet in the larger scheme of things and will it work? I'll update if appropriate. Oct 12, Brita rated it liked it.
Even after reading this book and 3 others on a similar topic , I'm still skeptical of the suggested diet. However, I appreciate that the author points out that if you have zero positive effect after 30 days, then the diet isn't for you.
Trying something for 30 days, even a strict diet, isn't terribly difficult. This is still an important read for anyone investigating possible diets for IBD. Apr 12, Izzie rated it did not like it Shelves: This book offers barely any vegetarian alternatives, with almost every recipe bulked out using meat, fish, eggs or dairy.
View 2 comments. Jun 01, Suzanne rated it really liked it. I read this book so that we could start this diet for Alex.
He has been gfcfsf for a while now and that has helped a lot but he still isn't well yet so we figured we should try this. I really thought the book was very technical and at times it was hard for me but I did get a lot of understanding of the problem with carbs. Most of the recipes include yogurt which I am not sure he can handle so we will have to use the ones that are with out it until he has been on the diet a while. Jan 12, Kelli rated it it was amazing. I have crohn's disease. Long story short doctors will not give a definitive answer to whether food can help you fight a disease.
BUT I know it can make a substantial difference. I am not sure if it can cure you BUT I do hope it can. I love this book. It gave me power and strength to fight my disease. Apr 07, Claudio rated it it was ok Shelves: I am not satisfied with this book. The information is scattered around and not organized properly I would like to know what to eat when I have stomach trouble, what to eat when situation is under control, what to introduce later on It looks like the only important thing is to introduce the cottage cheese Apr 28, Libby rated it it was amazing Shelves: We have been advised to use it to heal the gut of our daughter who has autism.
It is something that you really have to be prepared for menu wise and mentally! It is hard going especially if you have a very fussy eater like we do but the benefits are incredibly worth it. Dec 25, Kelly rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is the book that I use for my diet.
I've been on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet since and God has used it to change my life. I am able to live an active life and have even come to the point where I can cheat occasionally with no side effects. I consider it a miracle that even though my intestines show the effects of the disease, I can live my life as a normal person. Nov 14, Geoff rated it liked it. A good starting point, but really read "Paleo Solution" and other Primal diet books to get the holistic understanding of removing bad food from your diet and lifestyle changes are just as important; which "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" does not stress lifestyle changes ie: Nov 11, Susan Marvin rated it it was amazing.
It is frustrating that there is antidotal evidence of the incredible effect eliminating specific foods from your diet can have on IBS, but the medical community doesn't acknowledge it or share this information with patients. They would rather patients take expensive medications that can further impair their heatlh.
This book should be given to anyone with IBS. Oct 29, Stacy rated it it was amazing. I'll review this soon. A diet to heal the gut. Jun 30, Christine rated it it was amazing.
Helping me take back my life. A must read for anyone suffering from chronic digestive diseases. May 17, Karen rated it liked it. I finished with this book a while ago. I'm not sure if I picked it up a few years ago, when I was in the throes of UC, but I took it out again recently because I've been having GI symptoms related to the J-pouch, and I've been curious about ways to manage them with diet. This is a very involved diet, and seems to really only work if you're super strict about it.
Since I've only had intermittent results ma I finished with this book a while ago. Since I've only had intermittent results managing my various issues through diet, it seems like a lot of work for very little reward, for me. Maybe if I were to truly and faithfully and completely adhere to the strict rules, I might get results, but for me the stress of managing a very strict regimen like that offsets any benefits I might see from the actual diet.
At least that's been my experience. I have no doubt that it works for some people though, and I'm lucky enough that I have other means of managing stuff, while other people who try it might not. There are some interesting recipes here though.
Jul 29, Matthew Murphy rated it liked it. When I was first sick and hospitalized with a severe case of IBD, a family member provided me this book. I left the hospital opting against what the medical community offered. As such on my alternative healing journey, I ended up using quite a few of the suggestions and recipes provided by Elaine.
I think it is a very good book from that standpoint.
The reason I don't have it as a 4 or 5 star is because this diet is so strict and it advocates for a lifelong lifestyle change.
It requires constant v When I was first sick and hospitalized with a severe case of IBD, a family member provided me this book. It requires constant vigilance. To me, this is not an abundant life and there are other options out there to explore. I healed through other options. I personally would be miserable if I was on this diet longer than say 3 months.
Oct 29, Debra rated it really liked it Shelves: I think I'm really going to have to tackle this way of eating. It's not going to be easy. Kudos to the author!
She was ahead of her time when she wrote this. Jan 13, Dianna Thiel rated it it was amazing. The book provides a comprehensive solution to digestive problems based on sound biochemical evidence. Extremely well written and well researched. It is the best dietary book I have read to date. While many other current diets are designed for weight loss and based on cultural trends Whole 30 and Paleo the Specific Carbohydrate Diet addresses the reasons for intestinal malaise and recommends a diet to heal the digestive system.
In a nutshell the problem is the inability of a diseased small inte The book provides a comprehensive solution to digestive problems based on sound biochemical evidence. In a nutshell the problem is the inability of a diseased small intestine to breakdown disaccharides which results in fermentation causing a protective intestinal mucus to damage the villi and obstruct nutrient absorption.
The SCD removes all disaccharides starches from the diet to ease the stress in digestion and promote healing. It is not a weight loss diet. I highly recommend this book to anyone suffering from chronic intestinal discomfort. So, almonds, pecans, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, walnuts, unroasted cashews, and boiled chestnuts. Half of this book is recipes, most are fairly easy to follow. Gottschall recommends trying the SCD for one month and evaluating. There should be changes for the better in that time.
If not, then the SC diet is probably not going to help. She estimates that people with celiac disease, spastic colon or diverticulitis will require about a year to heal while those with Crohns disease or ulcerative colitis will require at least two years. In recent years, the SC diet has come to be favored by many parents of autistic children, many of whom are plagued by chronic constipation, diarrhea, and abdominal pain.
Many also seem to be addicted to carbohydrates. When their digestive tracts are deprived of fermentable carbohydrates, their neurological symptoms are reduced. She notes that improvements in brain symptoms are even seen before the gut is entirely healed. Various theories on why changing the diet improves the brain examine inflammatory reactions that are like allergies or food sensitivities, the fact that certain undigested proteins have an opiate effect because they can occupy the same receptor sites in the brain as morphine, and of course a gut full of pathogenic organisms can give off toxins that are damaging for brain cells.
Gottschall warns that the initial detoxing may be so rapid that symptoms will flare up, requiring support for the parents who are trying to implement the dietary changes. Skip to main content. Breaking the Vicious Cycle: When these organisms take hold for whatever reason, a cycle of events ensues: See the book for soaking instructions. Elaine Gottschall's websites: