Tuesday, August 31, 2010

paleo/SCD diet

I have been making so many connections between autism and autoimmune diseases (M.S., fibromyalgia, celiac, Crohn's, food allergies, etc.). Aside from the inflammation factor, intestinal candidiasis seems to to be a common problem. All of these conditions seemed to be healed and/or greatly improved by going on no/low carb, no sugar diets (sounds miserable, i know).

The two most popular are the Paleo diet and the SC Diet. I have read many accounts of people recovering from M.S. by going on the paleo diet. Here is a personal account. The SC Diet was pioneered by Elaine Gottschall. She discovered a diet that completely healed her daughter's ulcerative colitis, and wrote a book that has helped many people recover from crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, IBS, celiac, diverticulitis, autism, cystic fibrosis and other ailments rooted in the digestive tract. Her story is amazing, read it here. THe SC diet is supposedly one of the most effective for treating ASD children, and many parents who don't see results with the GFCF diet often find them with the SCD. The SCD children's site is here: www.pecanbread.com.

I'm not ready to give up non-gluten grains. But I have been taking precautions to make them more digestible. Information on soaking grains here. And I made this for dinner last night. It was delicious!


  1. Hey just found your blog. I wanted to encourage you to give the SCD Diet a shot. I have been on it for two years for Celiac and it saved my life.

    When I saw your post I had to chime in for support. I have been on the diet for almost 2 years now and it saved my life. So I wanted to give you some encouragement to stick with it for 30 days and see how it goes.

    Before you start the "intro diet" sometimes it's much easier to just experiment being "SCD legal" for a few weeks and get the hang on things. That's what I did and it helps make it seem a little less overwhelming. But at some point take the time to do the intro diet and if you still aren't quite having great results, try taking a break from dairy for a few weeks, that usually gets everyone over the hump when they are stuck.

    Worst case you try it for 30 days and it doesn't work, but best case is that you feel a whole lot better and look forward to sticking with it! If you need anything at all or just want to talk let me know. I would love to help. I have a blog over at http://www.scdlifestyle.com to help people start the diet also if you have any more questions.

    Good luck and good health!


  2. thanks! i have wanted to start my son on SCD but he is allergic to eggs, dairy, nuts, almonds, and some beans. i'll have to do a modified version. thanks for the comment. i'll add your website to my sidebar.