Since we created SCD Lifestyle 4 years ago, we get more and more amazing people contacting us every single day… people that inspire hope… people taking control of their health… people changing their lives.
In fact, we get so many emails every day we brought in a close friend, Brent, to help us make sure we could still answer each one.
Recently, we got an incredible email from Betsy, who is the type of person that’ll do whatever it takes to get healthy… here’s just a clip of her first email:
“After cipro, I have had hip surgery, have a tear in my left shoulder, PLS, rhabdomylosis and IBS to name just a few of my symptoms. I am currently on disability and walk with a cane for assistance. Why am I telling you this? Because for the first time I see improvement in my more severe and disabling symptoms. I didn’t think my gut was that bad. I was wrong!
My results from SCD are wonderful.
Yours in health,
We immediately asked her to share her full journey in hopes that it might inspire you to continue to fight for control of your health. If you’ve been dealing with chronic illness, this 90-day transformation is pure inspiration.
Below is Betsy’s unedited, inspirational story of someone with the will to take control of her health… no matter what.
Recently, Jordan and Steve sent an email about “trigger” vs “from birth” clients. Well, I’m a trigger client and here’s my story. I began SCD for very different reasons than most.
“Those 4 little pills would take me from being a healthy athletic wife and mother to having a handicap placard and being on disability”
It all began with a sinus infection in February of 2007. I was given an extremely strong fluoroquinolone antibiotic, called ciprofloxacin. I only took 4 pills but had a severe reaction, including almost every side effect you can get from the medication. I didn’t know it at the time, but those 4 little pills would take me from being a healthy athletic wife and mother to having a handicap placard and being on disability with a degenerative neurological disorder. For over 6 years, I have been battling numerous health issues.
(Note: For more information on this class of antibiotics, you can go to www.saferpills.org, askapatient.com, you can search Fluoroquinolone Antibiotic Toxicity and/or Wall of Pain on Facebook or simply google” cipro side effects.” There’s also a lot of information on YouTube and forums on Yahoo as well.)
“It was worth it to me to try the diet for this reason and I’m extremely glad I did.”
Around 2 years ago, I began realizing the powerful role nutrition played in health by giving up sugar. With this foray into the world of health through nutrition began my belief that given the right nutrients the body could heal itself. This hit home when I ate for hypoglycemia for several months and by doing so stabilized my blood sugar which was unstable after taking cipro. I went through over a year of trying to heal by going gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and processed food-free. I felt better but I still had damage from the cipro that continued to worsen. In Nov. of 2012, my neurologist and a specialist both said that they believe I have Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS) because I have spasticity. There are two types; clonus (fast muscle movement spasticity) and tone (slow muscle movement spasticity). I had both. Researching causes, I found out excess lactic acid (lactic acidosis) can cause spasticity and cerebral lactic acidosis can cause neurological problems. But I could not find any way to reduce lactic acid until I read, Breaking the Vicious Cycle, by Elaine Gottschall. On page 18 and in Chapter 7, The Brain Connection (pgs 48 & 55), it discusses lactic acidosis – how leaky gut can cause this and how SCD can help resolve it. It was worth it to me to try the diet for this reason and I’m extremely glad I did.
“Week 1 – improved digestion (pooping once a day!!)”
After all I had been through leading up to this, I jumped in head first to the intro diet in April and never looked back. At times, it hasn’t been easy planning ahead for travel or a social event and bringing my own dinner or eating before I go to a party. But I have such great support from family and friends who saw how sick I was and who understand that this is helping. My family and friends actually call and consult with me about what I can and can’t eat if we’re having lunch or dinner together. The website has been extremely helpful, along with the health tips I get via email from Jordan and Steve. Any time I feel run down or stressed, I go right back to the bone broth chicken soup. I always have some in the freezer for when I need it.
Early on with the diet, I kept an approximate timeline of improvements I noticed that I will share here:
Week 1 – improved digestion (pooping once a day!!)
Week 1 to 2 – increased energy and feeling of clarity, general feeling that this is “right”
Weeks 2 to 3 – reduced joint pain, plantar fascia in feet 80% better and I had severe pain for several yrs. Tried massage therapy, Graston technique, foot detox with no improvement.
Week 4 – significant reduction in muscle pain, decreased anxiety
Week 6 – improved balance and sleep patterns
Week 7 – noticeable reduction in Tone (slow muscle movement spasticity) *This was a huge surprise for me so soon.
Week 8 – decreased popping/clicking of joints
Week 9 – vascular issues in feet have improved, normal healthy color has returned
Week 10 – slight reduction in Clonus (fast muscle movement spasticity)
*Physical therapist I’ve been working with sees “muscle memory returning” (vs strength because she said it takes 4+ wks to rebuild muscle)
Week 12 – improved speech
Third Month – my spasticity and speech continue to improve along with my strength. The vibrations I’ve felt in my legs are mild now. My nerves are calming down and are not as hyper reactive as they once were. I move more fluidly and am more relaxed.
“I don’t know where I will be a week, a month or a year from now but I have more hope and feel better than I have in years.”
I am now 4 1/2 months into the diet. I have not cheated because I have no desire to. My husband and three children all help me with the diet because they see the improvement I have made. I feel better on SCD than I have in a long time. For the first time post flox (post ciprofloxacin), I see my neurological issues, muscle weakness and tendon/joint pain improving slowly. I feel it is still very early in the process but I also feel I would be remiss not to share. Please understand, I still have health problems. My speech has been affected and I don’t walk well but my balance has improved and I hope to walk better in the future. This diet is the first thing to reduce my spasticity and I’m looking forward to hearing what my neurologist thinks at my next appointment. The odd thing is that I never thought my gut was that bad. Sure, I pooped 3 to 8 times a day but I rarely had stomach pain and never had bloody diarrhea. Boy was I wrong about my gut. Heal the gut, heal the body. I don’t know where I will be a week, a month or a year from now but I have more hope and feel better than I have in years.
These stories are why I get up in the morning. Betsy, you are such an amazing inspiration. Thank you again for sharing your story… and for choosing to take control. You’re amazing 🙂
You have “IT” – and I can’t wait to hear more and more about your improvement.
I’m so grateful to you for sharing your journey and I hope it inspires tens of thousands of others just like you to give this lifestyle a try.
If you’re someone who’s interested in learning more about the SCD Diet, you can start here with our book.
In good health,