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  1. Hello and thank you! After posting on this link I started a new thread called Specific Carbohydrate Diet, and I've got a few questions there. Maybe you can reply to me there. It's great to meet someone else who is doing this and is finding it somewhat helpful. I get so frustrated with all the conflicting opinions - makes it hard to know what to believe. But we have just invested in a yogurt maker and other things for this diet, and want to give it a fair trial. Bottom line, we just want to see our daughter get well. Thanks! You can always email me too. (I think. How does that work on here?)
  2. My husband and daughter (18 yrs old) both have celiac disease. My daughter has been diagnosed with refractory celiac disease and has more serious problems, but my husband also has had ongoing, lingering issues even on a gluten-free diet for 15 years. They are both just starting on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I would love to talk to anyone else out there who is doing this. We have a few questions that I can't seem to find answers for online at the SCD websites. (maybe I just don't know where to look) Our 24-hour (SCD "legal") goats milk yogurt came out a bit runny and quite sour. I think this is probably normal, but just want to confirm with someone. I'm also wondering how do you really know if the machine worked properly and kept the yogurt at the right temp for the whole 24 hours so as to use up all the lactose? I also made French Cream with Half and Half. (the 24 hour kind) It came out much thicker and not nearly as sour as the goats milk. Since starting the diet this past weekend (and eating the yogurt) my daughter's stools are being affected. She doesn't normally have diarrhea as a regular symptom, but is saying her stools are soft, light-colored and come with lots of gas. Does this mean she's reacting to the yogurt, or is it a detox symptom? Can you start detoxing after only 2 days? She's already been off sugar and grains for a long time. (although she was still eating some things considered "illegal" on the SCD, which we've now cut out.) She has been off cow's milk for over a year. Up until we started the SCD and made our own yogurt, she was eating store-bought goats milk yogurt from Trader Joe's and seemed to handle it ok. (???) So maybe she shouldn't have the French Cream?? Thanks! ~Melati
  3. Just something for you all to think about or look into if you're still having trouble on the gluten-free diet. Try googling Elaine Gotschall, Dr. Haas, and/or the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Original research showed the celiac problem to be caused by certain sugars/carbs. This thinking has since been replaced by the modern thinking that it's just a gluten-intolerance problem. But why is it that people on a gluten-free diet never actually "heal" totally? Some (I don't know what percent) feel symptom free most of the time and maybe only have an occasional flare-up. But a biopsy will still show damaged intestinal walls. Others continue to be plagued with ongoing issues. My husband is celiac and has been on a gluten-free diet for 15 years, but he still suffers from IBS and has other celiac-disease health problems. My daughter has been on a strict gluten-free diet for a little over 2 years. She had an initial good response, but soon had all her symptoms back and she has continued to go downhill. She is a wreck physically. We finally found a doctor last month who was able to diagnose the problem: refractory celiac disease, where the gluten-free "fails". Interesting! Both are now on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. We have JUST STARTED and I'm looking for anyone else out there who may have some experience and could maybe answer some questions for me. Thanks! Melati
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