Hi Gluten Girl,
Yes, the diet works. I've been on it (on and off) for about 4 years, and am totally medicine free and symptom free.
As being diagnosed with Colitis, I had awful flare ups and was on about 30 pills a day and nothing seemed to work.
After about 4 years, the disease progressed to the point where it was hard to go to work. I was bleeding every time I had a bowel movement, and was weak and depressed.
I always thought diet had an impact - I mean why wouldn't it? I asked my Gastroenterologist if diet had any affect and he said "absolutely not".
I believed him for many years until it got to the point I was desperate for help. I mean it was so bad I was contemplating having my colon removed. How bad could life be without a colon? It had to be better than what I was going through. I made an appointment with my doctor to make arrangements for the surgery and was told the next appointment was a month from then.
In total frustration with the inability of the medicine to control the symptoms and feeling hopeless that even the doctor couldn't help me anymore, I decided to Google "diet" and "colitis" and SCD was the first thing I found.
So I tried it.
Within a week, I felt better.
Within a month I knew it was helping.
Within 2 months my gut was feeling much better and I was on my way to recovery.
Within 6 months I was medicine free, and within a year I was symptom free.
Of course, I canceled the appointment to have my colon removed and now after so many years, I am trying to help other people avoid having the surgery if they can avoid it.
I just discovered this forum, and that's why I'm putting my story here. Hopefully you will try the diet and find relief like I have.
By the way, this works for people on Celiac's, with Colitis, or other IBDs.
The SCD diet is a little more strict than just Gluten-Free.
I would recommend reading the book "breaking the vicious cycle" as a good start.
You can always ask me for help along the way if you get stuck. I'm glad to help.
Take care and let me know how you are doing.