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  1. Celiac.com 12/20/2007 - The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is an excellent option in dietary intervention for celiac disease and was originally developed for that purpose over fifty years ago by Dr. Sydney Valentine Haas. Dr. Haas treated over 600 cases of celiac disease with his Specific Carbohydrate Diet, maintaining his patients on it for at lease twelve months, and found that the prognosis of celiac disease was excellent. "There is complete recovery with no relapses, no deaths, no crisis, no pulmonary involvement and no stunting of growth." Specific Carbohydrate Diet - A Dietary Intervention for Celiac Disease and AutismA fifty-year-old diet used by adults to combat Celiac Disease and other digestive and bowel problems is also having a remarkable effect on autistic children.The Specific Carbohydrate Diet restricts but does not eliminate or limit carbohydrate intake. It is neither a low carbohydrate diet nor low calorie diet. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet developed from the research and practice of celiac management by a pioneer in the field, Dr. Sydney Valentine Haas and his son, Dr. Merrill B. Haas. Haas discovered that feeding monosaccharides and restricting polysaccahrides is effective in manipulating the food supply of types of bacteria that damage the intestinal lining, flatten microvilli and interfere with nutrient absorption. The late Elaine Gottschall, pursued her study of the effect of food on the functioning of the digestive tract and its effects on behavior for nearly four decades. Gottschall had visited Dr. Haas as a last resort before agreeing to radical surgery for her five year old daughter. The child was cured on Specific Carbohydrate Diet and went on to resume a normal life and diet. Gottschall, sought additional answers and pursued the brain-gut connection after the death of the senior doctor Haas until her own demise at age eighty-four. The diet has enjoyed great success among adults who follow it to heal Celiac Disease, Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, and Irritable Bowel Disease. Celiac disease is considered incurable, but this diet can be a very effective treatment for it, especially when it is started very early for children. Recent research shows that more than 50% of children with autism have GI symptoms, food allergies, and mal-digestion or malabsorption issues. The history, an overview of celiac disease and the diet protocols are among topics that appear in in Gottschall's book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle." The Specific Carbohydrate Diet excludes a category of carbohydrates not easily digested. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is about the type of carbohydrates that will heal and not hurt. It is not about the quantity of carbohydrates and should not be confused with "low carb diets" or even the Paleo or "Caveman" diets to which it is sometimes compared. Elaine Gottschall was emphatic in stressing that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is a balanced and wholesome diet. Thinking of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet as a low carb diet is one of the most common mistakes made by those who are not sufficiently informed. Eliminating carbohydrates can lead to a condition called "ketosis," which is why it is essential to include adequate carbohydrates in the daily menu. Carbohydrates contribute energy, essential nutrients, and fiber. People who have validated concerns about yeast may moderate the use of fruit and honey until things improve but should not have to eliminate them. Rest assured! You may include plenty of carbohydrates on Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Former choices of starchy foods like rice and potato are replaced with filling items like squash, bananas, peas, apples (and applesauce), avocados, almond flour muffins and others. These are carbohydrates that are easier to digest and more nutritious. Their nutrients are absorbed directly into the bloodstream without taxing a compromised digestive system. That is why the word "Specific" was chosen to name Specific Carbohydrate Diet. There is a strong brain-gut connection and it appears decreasing bacterial overgrowth is restoring cognitive abilities in many of the children following the special version for Autism, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) and Attention Deficit Hyperacticity Disorder. The autistic community of parents and doctors have favored popular dietary approaches like the gluten-free casein-free diet until recently, but in light of anectdotal reports of 75% success using the Specific Carbohydrate Diet as a dietary intervention, more physicians are recommending it. Parents and teachers of autistic children report changes in attitude, increases in skills and responsiveness, in some cases after only a few weeks on the diet. Although long term properly controlled studies have not been conducted, these numerous first hand reports attest to the potential this diet holds for the autism community, in addition to celiacs which have been helped by it for decades. The diet is more restrictive in some ways than the gluten-free casein-free diet, as most foods must be homemade, but the diet is varied, balanced, nutritional and the food every appetizing. Gluten sensitivity and intolerance to salicylates are symptoms of a damaged digestive system which is overrun with intestinal pathogens. When the health of the gut is restored, these symptoms disappear. It is better to cure the underlying cause than to just try to treat the symptoms. Because Specific Carbohydrate Diet reaches to the root cause of these problems by restoring the health of the digestive system, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is being viewed as the optimal choice for celiacs and children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. As one mother has said, "When you see them emerge, the true child, with a loving personality, like an iridescent butterfly breaking out of its cocoon, well, that's why we all persevere." For more information about this diet please visit: http://breakingtheviciouscycle.info/ and http://www.pecanbread.com Editor's Note: Celiac.com supports the idea that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is gluten-free and can be very helpful for many people, depending on their situation. We disagree, however, with the assertion that Elaine Gottschall makes in her book Breaking the Vicious Cycle that people with celiac disease can be cured by the Specific Carbohydrate Diet after being on it for a certain time period.
  2. Hey guys. I'll try to keep it short. I recently had tests done in Denmark and found all my food sensitivities, with the hope of getting better. It's been 5 years adhering a super strict diet. Nothing seemed to work as it should. Let me rewind. A few years back I went on the SCD (simple carbohydrate diet). I was so thin and my weight rushed down every day. I couldn't keep any weight on me no matter how much I ate. Bmi of about 13-14, I was a constant skeleton outfit for halloween. Great for that one day of the year, not the rest ;P After a ton of reading I came across "Breaking The Vicious Cycle", by Elaine Gottschall B.A. She explains why many diseases have carbohydrate issues, and how to solve it. At the time it didn't work. Fast forward. I adher strictly to the food sensitivity chart I got back from DK with all foods I don't react to, but still having digestive issues. Foods seem to go unprocessed. Oddly enough mostly quinoa and such. So the pieces begun to fall to place. I re-read the book, and sure enough it seem that poly and disaccharides can't get absorbed through the lining, feeding the bad bacteria, the bacteria makes mucus which again cover the lining even more, making it impossible to absorb, and creating this endless loop of malabsorbtion. Not only for those foods, but for EVERYTHING i ate in the same meals. So how can we survive without carbos? Easy. Monosaccharides! Bananas, honey and the likes. They can pass through and get absorbed in the small intestines without being broken down. Their low sugar contents makes them ideal for celiacs, so we can eat a whole bunch without getting any issue. Before you go and chow down bananas as a substitute, make sure this is the root cause for you, and also try to do a fast for a day, then eat a ton of fiber with lots of water (add lemon and salt) to clear out your intestines. You don't want bacteria from old food rests gobbling on anything. So I've found some good charts. I prefer the one posted below. They will help aid in digestion. Will report back, but I am 99% certain this will be the nail in the coffin to get my health back as I have already gone up about 20 kg from where I was just two years ago, mostly muscle mass. Besides eating well I take, a lot of supplements that Nordic Labs recommended, yes they are a lab, not doctors. They know their stuff, so if you got the money I highly recommend it, as these tests are brand new and very very precise. If it's too expensive to travel, call them, and get it arranged to send blood samples. I'll answer any questions to the best of my ability. Let me know if anything was unclear.
  3. Connie Sarros

    The Low Carbohydrate Diet

    This article originally appeared in the Autumn 2003 edition of Celiac.com's Journal of Gluten-Sensitivity. Celiac.com 09/17/2014 - The traditional food pyramid of the past shows breads, pasta, rice, cereals (all high in carbohydrates) at the base of the pyramid, the ‘staple’ of the diet. Recently, this assumption has come under attack. Experts are telling us that a diet high in carbohydrates is bad for us (Why is it that the things we love to eat are bad for us?). We consume carbohydrates primarily from grains, fruits, vegetables (including ‘root’ crops such as potatoes), beer, wine, desserts, candies, most milk products (except cheese), and ‘…ose’ foods, such as sucrose, fructose, maltose, etc. Eating an excessive amount of carbohydrates will increase total caloric intake, which may lead to obesity, heart disease and higher blood sugar levels. Consuming too few carbohydrates may lead to an increase in our intake of fats to make up the calories (which also leads to obesity, heart disease and higher blood sugar levels), or malnutrition. Right now, it is considered the “in” thing to be on a low carbohydrate diet. Dr. Atkins has become a household word. The term “fad diet” refers to a diet that will yield rapid weight loss and is like a quick fix for a particular problem. It sells the dream that this time you WILL lose weight and your life will be better. Most diets fail to yield the anticipated results because we set unrealistic expectations of what our bodies can do. The claim of the low carbohydrate diet is that you should adapt this regimen as a permanent way of life, thereby preventing weight-gain in the future. If carbohydrates are totally eliminated from your diet for a prolonged period of time, your body will become deficient in major nutrients. Fortunately, it is nearly impossible to retain a 100% carbohydrate-free diet, because carbohydrates are found in fruits, vegetables, legumes––nearly everywhere. Some who follow the Atkins diet feel that it is permissible to consume large quantities of meat and eggs each day, both high in protein, and ignore their cholesterol intake. Over a period of time, this may create other health risks. That being said, a sensible low-carbohydrate diet has been deemed a healthy one. Americans consume way too much starch and sugar. Diabetics must, of necessity, restrict their sugar and carb intake; the rest of us should follow suit. Complex carbohydrates provide calories, vitamins, minerals, fiber, and improve your energy level. Therefore, it is wise to replace processed carbohydrates (like bread, pasta, crackers, cereal) with complex carbs, such as the following: Apple Apricot Asparagus Broccoli Brussels sprouts Cauliflower Celery Cherries Cucumber Grapefruit Green beans Green pepper Lettuce Mushrooms Onions Plums Spinach Strawberries Tomatoes Zucchini The complex carbohydrates that should be limited if you are following a low- carbohydrate diet are: Acorn squash Baked beans Butternut squash Cooked dried beans Corn Grains Hummus Peas Plantain Popcorn Potato Rice Sweet potato Yam So what does a low-carbohydrate diet look like? In the sample menu below, you will notice that ‘toast’ is listed. One slice of ‘healthy’ toast (with flaxseed or sesame seed or other form of fiber) may be beneficial, even on a low-carbohydrate diet. Breakfast: 1 cup sliced strawberries (sweetened with ½ teaspoon honey) with 1 cup 0.5% milk. 1 hard-boiled egg. 1 slice toast with 1 teaspoon all-fruit jelly. Lunch: Salad made with ½ cup shredded lettuce, ¼ cup diced tomato, ¼ cup diced green pepper, ¼ cup diced cucumber, ½ cup broccoli florets, 3 Tablespoons water-packed tuna (drained), 1 Tablespoon gluten-free lowfat Italian dressing. 1 cup fresh cherries for dessert. Dinner: 4 oz. broiled salmon topped with 1 teaspoon gluten-free low-fat mayonnaise mixed with 1 teaspoon gluten-free Parmesan cheese. Sliced beets and onion salad. Zucchini, mushrooms and red peppers sautéed in 1 teaspoon olive oil with Italian seasoning. Juice-packed diced peaches folded into gluten-free sugar-free orange gelatin for dessert. A few final hints: Limit your intake of ‘white’ processed foods, including rice, breads and pastas. If you need a sugar rush, get it from natural sugars—eat an orange or broil half a grapefruit. Use herbs and shredded cheeses to liven up entrees and vegetable dishes. Read labels, not just for gluten ingredients, but for fat, sugar, sodium, and carbohydrate counts; the lower the numbers, the better it is for you. Buy foods in their natural state, eliminating processed foods, and vary your menu. If you prepare bland foods or foods you don’t like, you won’t stick to any diet.
  4. Celiac.com 04/15/2010 - Ten years ago, I embarked on a life that came with a warning about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet from my naturopathic practitioner, "it is a great diet, but a hard one." Those were fighting words to someone who has made a lifetime of "cosmetic" dieting with tendencies to yo yo back and forth into the obesity zone. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet diet was chosen to relieve pain. Starting a new weight-loss diet had always been inviting and exciting. The magic of the initial water weight-loss, the restrictive ruthless regimentation, calorie counting, portion control and forced water consumption were as exciting as hair shirts and beds of nails for religious fanatics. Dieting was my religion, food was like the duplicitous friend who is an enemy at the same time. The years marched on and my "stuff and starve" lifestyle beat a destructive highway to digestive hell in the form of celiac disease, an illness that could have been caused by any number of things, age, a compromised immune system, a recent illness or maybe even the evil eye. That was ten years ago. It has turned out that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is no transient companion to my fork, knife and spoon. It blossomed into a creative and motivating experience, a learning opportunity, a template for sharing, writing and creating recipes and a sometimes tiresome topic at social gatherings (although as we age, health chat is pretty popular). I have made more friends through the Specific Carbohydrate Diet than at the dog park and have been given the opportunity to help strangers. Food at the good restaurants pales in comparison to the ever innovative pure, tasty, quality meals and dishes I create from the Specific Carbohydrate Diet palette of foods. Excluded are refined sugars, starches and gluten and they are not much missed. After eight years on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, I tried occasional servings of rice and potatoes and some dark chocolate just to see if I had healed. Sometimes I tolerated these well, sometimes not and mainly lost interest. As for grain, it can remain on that plain in Spain. I want no part of it. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet has not cured me, and I doubt that it will, but it is an effective dietary management program. Yes I still get the bloat, the night time rashes, and the irritated bowel and sometimes I still have a very touchy immune system. It depends on the load at a given time. One thing that is really helpful then is a few days back on the initial introductory portion of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. It calms the "Gut Devils" and clears the "Digestive Decks." If people deal the "pity card" as I describe being on a gastric diet, I ignore it as my diet deals aces and also the "Get Out of Pain Jail" card and of course, to this old dieter, the permanent thrill of the drill.
  5. 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.
  6. Celiac.com 12/26/2007 - Can children with Autism Spectrum Disorder eat their way out of their cocoons? Eight yearsago I knew little about autism. Fifty years ago I heard that a distantacquaintance of mine had an autistic child. It was extremely unusual at thetime. I needed it explained to me and was told that the child was almost totallyunresponsive. Recent statistics show that between one and one and ahalf million people in the USA are afflicted with autism, making it the fastest growing developmentaldisability. There has been a thirteen percent increasein autism since 1990. The term "autism" wasfirst coined by Eugen Bleuler a Swiss psychiatrist, and the term was also applied to those with adult schizophrenia. Initially parents were blamed andpsychological rejection was cited as a possible cause, but over time a greater understanding evolved and an analysis ofsymptoms and protocols for their treatment developed. If we examinethe history of dietary intervention for celiac disease, according toElaine Gottschall's Breaking the Vicious Cycle, initially the SpecificCarbohydrate Diet was widely favored . Only later on did thegluten-free casein-free diet begin to eclipse the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for the management of celiac disease, following a smallstudy published in Lancet in the U.K., and the diet gained enormouspopularity which has been maintained to the present. Researcherspublished results of their work with the gluten-free casein-free dietfor autism. Many people with autism noticed improvements once gluten and dairy products were removedfrom their diets. According to some estimates 60% of people with autism experience positiveeffects from the diet, and there are some reports of people recovering completely from Autism Spectrum Disorder. However,there is a subset of children who do not respond to the diet and get stalled orplateau at some point, and these people must often seek other treatment avenues. Less thanten years ago a few adults reported that the Specific CarbohydrateDiet was fostering encouraging progress in their Autism Spectrum Disorder children.Gottschall believed that in addition to gluten starches and certainsugars were at the root of digestive disorders. A small support group formedwhich followed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet to treat Autism Spectrum Disorder, and this group has grown from a handful to several thousandsince its inception. The majority of its members transitioned from the gluten-free casein-free diet. Some peoplewere told incorrectly that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is an extension of the gluten-free casein-free diet, or that it is only suitableif the gluten-free diet fails. The protocols about food restrictions andcontamination differ. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is, however, a unique stand-alone diet. Althoughchildren with autism who are on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet are in a statistical minority compared to those on the gluten-free casein-free diet, anecdotal reports indicate that their success rate is nearly 80%. It often turns out that some of those who initiallyfail have not followed the diet correctly, and they fare quite well when they start it over and do it correctly. In several small studies the Specific Carbohydrate Diet outperformed the gluten-free casein-free diet in the treatment of autism. Alarge scale formal study could cost up to one million dollars and therefore hasnot been conducted. In the absence of such studies mainstream medicinehas bypassed or dismissed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet as inconclusive, but some doctors have commented that sinceit is a healthy and balanced diet it is worth a try. One concern is thatpeople will abandon their medication, but this idea is not advocated by the support group. Ibecame interested in the autism-Specific Carbohydrate Diet connection when ElaineGottschall invited my support on the Internet list called "Elaine'sChildren," which was renamed subsequently renamed pecanbread@yahoo.com (www.pecanbread.com). WhenI began to read the stories of improvement, progress in behavior anddigestion, and of some who recovered from Autism Spectrum Disorder, I literally got chills. I began to archive those stories and combined several in a piecewhich I submitted to a parenting magazine. The editors were veryinterested but insisted on having a gluten-free casein-free diet author comment and counter mystory. Since I do not view dietary intervention as a competition thearticle was withdrawn. I am not sorry. Dietary intervention mustnot be a contest. The diet that WORKS is the diet to choose. Thatchoice may affect the entire future of a young human being and of theirfamily. It is critical for parents to explore, research, connect withothers and become informed so they can select the best option to fittheir needs. If you want to read more about ElaineGottschall be sure to read "All Her Children" at Pecanbread.com, and decide if this is a diet that could help your family. Editor's Note: Celiac.com supportsthe idea that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is gluten-free and can bevery helpful for many people, depending on their situation. Wedisagree, however, with the assertion that Elaine Gottschall makes inher book Breaking the Vicious Cycle that people with celiac disease can be cured by the Specific Carbohydrate Diet after being on it for a certain time period.
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