Simply put, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a dietary approach to overcoming intestinal and digestive problems; such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, diverticulitis, small intestine bacterial overgrowth and irritable bowel syndrome.
SCD was created by Drs. Sidney V. and Merrill P. Haas after many years of research. Prior to publishing a book called Management of Celiac Disease in 1951, Dr. Haas treated over 600 cases of celiac disease with the SCD. His patients remained on the diet for at least a year and found “There is complete recovery with no relapses, no deaths, no crisis, no pulmonary involvement and no stunting of growth.”
In 1958, Elaine Gottschall took her daughter, Judy, who had been diagnosed with ulcerative colitis to the Drs. Haas. Before finding Dr. Haas, Judy had undergone years of various treatments and approaches, but while on the SCD, she was free of symptoms within 2 years. During that time however, Dr. Haas Sr. passed away and Elaine felt compelled to carry on his legacy. She promptly went to school to earn degrees in biology, nutritional biochemistry and cellular biology, and began her career in the research laboratory at the age of 47.
Elaine so believed in the SCD that she studied it for 19 years. She wrote Breaking the Vicious Cycle; Intestinal Health through Diet to broadcast Dr. Haas’ message to the average reader.
If you want more information, please order her book, or visit the website.