|Our Healing Diet
The SCD has historically been used for ulcerative colitis, IBD, IBS, Crohn's disease, and celiac disease. These
days it garners a lot of interest and support for healing children from autism, ADHD, allergies, and asthma. In
the autism world, doctors who have patients use this diet report a 100% improvement rate for the child's
condition. Take that in for a moment. 100%. Where do you ever see that???
A rather austere website has a lot of basic information (http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/) and there is
also a book called "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gotschall. These are both helpful but IMHO the best
book to read first is written by a neurologist in England who had a son with autism. She has revitalized interest
in this diet with a book called Gut and Psychology Syndrome. Her book can be purchased online
(http://www.shop.gapsdiet.com/product.sc?productId=1&categoryId=7) and is one of the best overviews of
various medical issues and how they can be tied to gut health / gut flora. Medical issues that include ear
infections, allergies, heavy metal poisoning, not to mention autism are covered in the book and can be healed
using this diet. Her book is a lengthy read and she has made some tweaks to the original SCD which I don't
necessarily agree with 100%, but it is a great place to start. It took me hundreds of internet research hours and
if I had just had this book...
If you don't want to read a book there is a fabulous 90 minute video of a presentation by Dr. Natasha
Campbell-McBride (http://vimeo.com/10507542) to get you started. This video was the first step toward my
husband not thinking I was on another crackpot "diet can fix everything" crusade. This video + our results with
[our daughter] made a believer out of Andrew. Now we help other children get similar results and we cannot
help but be excited by the sheer hope it can provide a family struggling with medical issues, if the parents are
crazy enough to chain themselves to their kitchen for a minimum of two years. But the hope it can provide is
great and the results come quickly and continue consistently.
There is a certain level of desperation a mother has to have to take this route. BUT it is an effective and
empowering route to take and has gotten me out of countless PT/OT/ST + doctors' visits because [our daughter]
is falling off the spectrum quickly.
There is also a great website specific to SCD that I relied upon heavily when starting:
http://www.pecanbread.com - this is a website with a heavy focus toward healing a child from autism using SCD.
It has amazing info, particularly the overview page http://www.pecanbread.com/new/aboutscd.html