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  • Carol Frilegh
    Carol Frilegh

    The Specific Carbohydrate Diet and the Two Percent Solution

    Reviewed and edited by a celiac disease expert.

    Caption: Carbohydrate Specific Diet (photo courtesy of jthetzel)

    Celiac.com 05/03/2010 - Place a single tiny droplet of food coloring on a solid surface, a small plate will do nicely. Don't move it or touch it. What happens? Usually nothing.

    Do the same thing in a saucer of water and now what happens? The color spreads and permeates the water.

    This similar to the effects of eating a tiny amount of food restricted from your Celiac diet.  I follow The Specific Carbohydrate Diet and it demands scrupulous attention to the kind of food I use and what is in it.

    The reason is that minuscule amounts of what we consider "The Undigestibles," feed bad gut bacteria, strengthen them, allow them to multiply and subdue friendly bacteria, all at the expense of a compromised digestive system.

    There are ways to determine food ingredients. We have all become more conscious of labels in recent years. Some tell us what is not in the product. I think for most of us celiacs, the magic words are "gluten-free."  The Specific Carbohydrate Diet contingent is very fond of  "free of starch, fillers, gluten and sugar." It's the favorite label of newcomers but not those in the know.

    That is because by US law, 2% of ingredients do NOT have to be disclosed on the label and are welcomed into our bodies by a gleeful band of bad bacteria creating a cause for celebration, feasting  and procreation.

    Few commercial foods are approved for Specific Carbohydrate Diet and there are even problems with those that are. Ingredients and processing methods of store bought commercial foods are subject to change at any time and without notification.
    Periodically we contact companies requesting a document by regular mail or fax on company letterhead and signed by a living being. Email is not acceptable, neither is telephone validation.

    Does this sound reasonable?

    My own experience leads me to believe it is easier to have the Vatican approve a divorce than to squeeze a response  even from certain juice companies whose products have been approved for years, something I attempted  the last week in April 2010.

    Company number one agreed to send the letter. It  hasn't arrived yet.  Company number two looped me from Consumer Support to their nutritionist and I wound up in the legal department with assurance that they would get back to me (something like, "The check is in the mail?"). No word.

    These two products were chosen because of their wide availability in North America and even in a few other countries.

    What do I do? I have a very effective juicer! The fruit goes in with no additives and out comes juice with no additives, just as it should be. (we always dilute juice as in pure form it has too much natural sugar).

    It's my two percent solution.


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    Been on the diet myself for about two months, its the only thing that has really helped, a literal life saver. I got comfortable after only a month (I have no self discipline) and cheated just a little here and there thinking I deserved to or something, that it couldn't hurt. WRONG! You are so right, even 2% matters. Nice article...

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    What is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet? No link to info about it. Specific Carbohydrate Diet needs to be explained as how it differs from gluten restriction and why, at least a nutshell delineation. It's not just about avoiding the 2% of hidden stuff on the labels. Not at all. The 2% stuff is just the reason why you have to prepare everything yourself and eat no processed food of any kind. Ever. Leaving that amount of fact out of the article is misleading about the diet, which is purported to reset the body's autoimmune system so effectively as to eradicate certain disorders.

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  • About Me

    I am 79 an undiagnosed Celiac, since March 2000. I had chronic sinus infections and fluctuating weight, lost 86 pounds, got pneumonia, and needed antibiotic and Prednisone. I also got MCS and Latex Allergy. Unable to eat without pain, I started The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD). Things began to improve at once. I am not cured but SCD has been effective in managing the Celiac and helped improve my damaged immune system. It is a bit stricter than the gluten-free casein-free diet.

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