I think you provide a great resource for those who want a linear, step-by-step approach to the first 90 days on the SCD. Those in or just out of college, those intimidated by the “feel it out as you go” approach, and perhaps even those with children will find value in what you are putting together. This book agglomerates information from several sources, and experiences, that I think will save people time and mistakes. I think your cautious approach to starting the SCD will indeed increase the speed at which people heal, and will help people to know for sure if the SCD will work for them.Matt Robinson
“My daughter developed celiac, we went Gluten-Free. Then she developed another autoimmune disease, called Scleroderma- which included severe, painful arthritis. At age nine, she had to give away her rollerskates- just walking downstairs in the morning was difficult. Diarrhea, fatigue, constant illness, despite being GF.
A friend shared Breaking the Vicious Cycle- we started it & saw improvement immediately. Still, not the 100% others seem to have. The SCD Lifestyle book has helped fine tune and tailor the SCD to her so very much.”Maria B
“I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis in the fall of 2010 with symptoms beginning about 6 months prior to my diagnosis. I was miserable and planning my day around a bathroom had pretty much become my normal routine. I would get anxiety when I was in route somewhere because I wasn’t sure if I would have to find a bathroom on the way. Many times I would find myself panicking and running to the bathroom with a second to spare before having an accident (which I wasn’t always so lucky). It was incredibly stressful, uncomfortable, and depressing. I was on two different types of medicine and I wasn’t really seeing any results. Finally, that spring my sister who is studying nutrition, made me see a nutritionist. I, at the time, didn’t believe that a nutritionist could tell me something my GI doctor didn’t know. I was incredibly skeptical.
But, I went for my sister and I was so desperate I would have tried anything at this point. The nutritionist told me about SCD. She first took me off all grains, sugar, and dairy. After about a week (learned later about the yeast die off) I felt so much better. I bought Breaking the Vicious Cycle and it has become my bible. It has been a year since I have been on SCD and I am feeling so much better. I don’t get anxiety anymore about traveling places and don’t have to plan my day around a bathroom. While I have my rough days here and there, it is so much more manageable. I have gone off one of my medicines and now only take something in the morning. I also have a thyroid disorder and interestingly enough, this past fall, my doctor checked my blood levels and my thyroid is also doing better. I had to lower my dosage of thyroid medicine for the first time since I was diagnosed at 16! (15 years ago).
I used to only believe that you take the medicine the doctor gave you and that there were no other options. I have to admit I was very skeptical about SCD but I was so desperate, I was willing to try anything. It has changed my life and I have also seen the other benefits from this anti-inflammatory diet. I am a total convert and tell everyone I know about this diet. I actually don’t call it a diet, but a lifestyle. For me, there is no getting off this diet. This is how I will eat for the rest of my life.
And THANK YOU Jordan and Steve for helping me tweak and understand the SCD lifestyle. You have helped me customize my SCD so it works best for me. So appreciate all the work you put into your blog and books!”Emily
” I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in 2009 when I was 24 years old. It wasn’t until 2 years later that I learned about SCD and it took me another 6 months to feel ready for the lifestyle changes. Before SCD I went through periods of remission and also terrible flares. Well-meaning GI doctors prescribed different medications and told me that diet had nothing to do with UC. I was bloated from the Prednisone. I worried about having accidents at work. I was sleep-deprived. I felt alone.
Last summer I was frustrated with western medicine and I went to a holistic nutritionist who told me about SCD. I went home, ordered Breaking the Vicious Cycle, and cleared out my fridge and cabinets. Hours later my stomach was growling and I was on the phone with my parents in tears. I was completely unprepared to start SCD both mentally and physically. I wanted to feel better, but the timing wasn’t right. I was about to start a new job and I didn’t feel ready to make 2 major changes at once.
SCD was on the backburner, so several months later when my GI doctor said I’d need to start Remicade (which didn’t sound likely to work for me) or have surgery, I thought, “Hey, doesn’t this sound extreme? I haven’t even tried all my options yet.” I decided to try SCD for 30 days– it couldn’t hurt to try. This time around I had already practiced making yogurt, I had read Elaine’s book multiple times, and I’d begun to poke around on the internet for guidance.
Finding SCD Lifestyle allowed me to feel comfortable starting the diet. SCD can seem overwhelming, but the 5 stages gave me concrete guidelines of how to heal my gut successfully. The descriptions and pictures broke down the cooking procedures so I felt guided every step of the way. The books were written in a personable and positive way that made me feel that I could take on the challenge and that people just like me found relief with SCD.
I was vegetarian for 6 years, but I knew I wouldn’t get the right nutrients on SCD without my staples of tofu and rice and beans. On Thanksgiving of last year I started eating meat. It was a weekend of transition. I gobbled down turkey and stuffing and the following day I started the intro diet.
I have been on SCD for almost 4.5 months and I am seeing so much progress. Things aren’t perfect and I’m still tweaking my diet and lifestyle, but I have to stop and remember my gains. I am finally off Prednisone and my moods and energy levels have improved. I lost weight and I am now at a healthy weight for my size. I have less urgency and, therefore, less anxiety about going out. I’m starting to plan small weekend trips and I’ll be going on a longer plane trip later this year. I have become a really good cook and friends love coming over for dinner. I listen to the SCD Lifestyle podcasts on my way to work or in the grocery store and I sometimes check the blog entries or facebook page. I still pull out my phasing charts when I’m planning my grocery shopping. I remember Jordan’s words about feeling like he has a secret that he wants to scream to the world when he pushes his cart through the aisles with healthy fruits, veggies, and meats while seeing others load up their carts entirely with packaged items. I feel like I am part of the group secret too. And just like the SCD Lifestyle guys, I don’t keep it a secret anymore. I have started talking about UC and SCD with friends, family, and co-workers. It feels good educating others and it seems everyone knows someone with UC or Crohn’s. I even feel like I am educating my GI doctor. All of these experiences have helped me to feel connected and supported. I honestly don’t think I could have made it this far on SCD without that. I read a post on an SCD blog before Thanksgiving when I was gearing up to start the diet and it has stayed with me. The blogger said that people often tell her that her diet seems so limited and she just smiles and thinks to herself, I’ve never felt so free. Now I can say that I can taste the freedom. I’m looking forward to continuing the healing.”Stephanie
” Jordan and Steve your support through the SCD Lifestyle has been the connecting thread to a continued road to health. Your responses to my many email questions have been a blessing. YOU have made a difference in one child’s life — our daughter’s.
Our daughter, Marisa, was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease seven years ago (at the age of 7). Elaine Gottschall’s book Breaking the Vicious Cycle was given to us when she was first diagnosed. It was set aside, read years later, set aside again, and finally put to the test a little over two years ago — full throttle, with 100% adherence, and of course a few mistakes along the way.
Starting the diet was out of love and desperation. Marisa was having too many flares requiring the use of Prednisone too often each year with 6MP not keeping the disease in remission. Her GI doctor, whom we respect, let us know changes in medication needed to occur, however when we did the research on the meds being suggested, we were scared. We felt the side effects of the medications would be more harmful to our daughter in the long haul, especially since there are no studies on these medications done on children at this time. We met with her GI doctor and asked that she give us a chance with this diet. We told her we felt that we could not place her on these meds at this early age in a life-long disease, without first trying something we felt might have a chance to work. With great reservation, her doctor agreed, as long as we kept her on her 6MP as a cushion. We plunged in — two fulltime working parents, four active children, and one mom who DOES NOT LIKE TO COOK — ever!
I could make this story even longer, but let’s just say that at first we felt overwhelmed with the preparation, marketing, planning, and the incredible amount of dishes to be done. Did you know kitchen counters get full of washed dishes when you cook that much? I had owned a cooking thermometer for twenty some years — it had never been used! Well, it was about to be my number one friend with that yogurt! I must admit, we chose to make this a commitment for one year, no turning back. We spent one day a week running around to three different markets and cooking all day. It meant saying no to other things, but it also showed us priorities. With the help of SCD cookbooks, websites, and a friend who is an amazing cook who I would call with my non-cooking brain questions, we did it! Honestly, two years later, it gets easier. That overwhelming feeling is gone. You get in a routine, you know what works, you figure out what does not, and you freeze a lot when you’re fulltime workers. Marisa takes SCD lunches to school, to sleepovers, and has even been able to remain on the diet while attending a local summer camp for children with chronic diseases (of course the camp allowed us to bring in all her food).
Now for the twist in this story and a time of doubt; the past six months have been a down hill spiral with her health. About six months ago we asked for Marisa to be taken off all medications. Her GI doctor works out of a research hospital and conferred with the other doctors on staff and gave us the green light. Unfortunately, doctors themselves do not know enough about the diet and even the best, which hers is, are not quiet sure how to go about this. As soon as she came off the 6MP she had one of the worst flares she’d ever had, getting down to eighty-seven pounds and being hospitalized with heavy doses of steroids again. We kept her SCD diet while in the hospital, bringing all food from home. Took her home with oral steroids and back on the 6MP, but we didn’t give up on the diet. I did and have been doing extensive research on how to wean off the medication and journaling foods. We would try again to wean her from meds in a year or two, but we would not give up on the SCD. The doctors agreed she’d had not one flare while on 6MP and SCD in a year and a half, so why take her off SCD.
A month ago, another road block in the journey; Marisa ended up with appendicitis, which apparently is extremely rare for a patient with Crohn’s to get appendicitis, again hospitalized. However, due to the Crohn’s and results of a CT scan showing a very inflamed ileum, surgery was not an option. Her appendicitis was treated with IV antibiotics and then oral antibiotics. Once home, follow-up doctor visits let us know the prognosis did not look good from test results. They would need to do an edoscopy and colonoscopy to see the damage to the ileum (the same area she has Crohn’s each time). The options seemed bleak. Doubt. Is the diet working? Such a sacrifice for a fourteen year old girl — was SCD worth it if her ileum is that damaged? Doubt.
After the procedure, her GI doctor took me in the consultation room and smiled — (I think she cares deeply about our daughter) I knew all was good. She said she even called the surgeon (the one who treated her with the appendix) to confirm the CT scan results and confired with the radiologist who read the results to make sure the CT scan was correct. Her doctor said that of all the Crohn’s patients she’d ever had, Marisa’s colon and intestines were the healthiest she’d ever seen, even the area of intestine connected to the appendix was healthy. A week later we met with the surgeon for a follow up visit. He said that because her case was so rare, it was discussed extensively among the doctors there and all the doctors agreed that with the results of the CT scan and an inflamed ileum, none would have done surgery.
Now the question remains — how could this be? How could intestines heal so quickly? Was it the appendix causing inflammation or the inflammation causing the appendix? I guess we’ll never know. I think my dad said it best; maybe this needed to happen so that you could see that the diet is working. Maybe it was the confirmation you needed to let you know to go on. Maybe, just maybe, it was prayer, faith, and commitment. It just so happens that Marisa had had an endoscopy and colonoscopy right before starting the SCD due to all the complications of the disease at that time. I remember those results — many polyps, ulcers, inflammation – diseased. Not this time — clear, pink, beautiful. Her brothers say it best, “Hey, Marisa, I hear you have a good-looking butt!” Of course, they’re referring to the doctor’s comments of the endo/col results, but that’s what family is for.
Our journey continues. She’s not off meds yet, but we’ll try again, differently, stronger, with more knowledge, but we are NOT giving up on SCD. Thank you Jordan and Steve, for a forum and a place to offer support and learn. SCD has changed our lives. It has given us life.
Side note…I actually like to cook now. Never in a million years did I think I would ever say that — neither did my family!”Eliva
” I was diagnosed with Crohn’s in 2011. For years prior to that I thought I was lactose intolerant and learned how to eat correctly or so I thought. I did try some of the drugs Entocort and Pentasa, I knew the side effects weren’t to bad with these particular drugs so I gave it a try. I knew I was not going to try the harsher drugs even though my doctor was pushing it. She even said I was a mild case so I asked why all the drugs. I think that is there standard protocol so that’s what they do. The drugs didn’t seem to do anything and the pain I was having was still there. Feeling full and not wanting to eat. I was starting to panic because I was losing so much weight and I actually thought if this keeps up I just might die. So thank goodness for the computer (I use to hate the darn thing) and I researched endlessly. I was obsessed. I came across several sites and learning about the different drugs and how doctors say diet does nothing or they usually say watch your trigger foods.
I learned all about SCD and Breaking the Vicious Cycle. At first when you are in that much pain and still trying to hold down a job, family and everything that goes with it you start to wonder when will I have time to cook or what is there to eat etc. But with Jordan and Steve’s help their eBooks break it down so easy and you can follow it step by step. The podcasts are fantastic and they are so helpful. It is very overwhelming in the beginning and I even like to cook. But with the help and research from Jordan and Steve people can actually feel like they have there life back. Each person has to make the decision if they want to stay on this diet or not, no one will do it for them but knowing there is support out there it makes it so much easier. Hopefully in the future the doctors will see that it actually does work. I also do not call this a diet, it is a way of life. Thanks Jordan and Steve!!!”Pam M.
” Ulcerative Colitis and drugs aren’t working any more…
Step 1. Buy BTVC
Step 2. Buy SCD Lifestyle, listen to the podcasts, read all the resources
Step 3. Tailor your diet when it is not working (Thanks Jordan & Steve)
Step 4. Be persistent… it is not easy!
Step 5. Enjoy life — being drug and symptom free after 4months
Well this was my experience UC for three years, drugs became ineffective, loosing weight, looking thin, gaunt, finding work difficult when you need to go to toilet 10-12 times a day. Started looking for something else…being on strong medications at age 33 didn’t seem right. My prayers were answered in finding SCD. Treating the cause not so much the effect seemed rather logical.
Week 1 was tough — symptoms got worse, migraines, felt tired and lethargic. Week 2 symptoms the same however, my mind was much clearer, that brain fog thing is real. Initially, had nasty experiences with yogurt and probiotics. So 1 teaspoon of nut then goat yogurt for weeks. Started taking full cream raw cows milk yogurt (unpasteurized) an noticed and immediate benefit. Was also taking some of the supplements that Jordan and Steve recommend.
Anyway wont bore you, but progressively got better to the point where i feel normal again…or perhaps better than normal. This diet has been hard work, expensive and definitely worth every cent, every craving as I have learned to appreciate good health and good food. As for the guys at SCD Lifestyle, just want to say THANK YOU for being a great encouragement; your books, website, podcasts and resources are invaluable. Cheers!Andy T.
” I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis in late August 2006 after 7 months of denying what was going on with my body. My grandmother had had UC and as my symptoms began multiplying I just simply didn’t want to face it. But, obviously I reached a point where I had no choice in the matter. I was sick and not getting better. The diagnosis was not a shock. Yet it still stung and knowing I would be living with this miserable disease the rest of my life was depressing. The Lialda and Prednisone helped to a degree, but really didn’t clear things up entirely. In fact I was about to be put on my 3rd round of prednisone just a month before my wedding. I had had enough. My gut, literally and figuratively was telling me that there had to be another option. I searched and searched the internet and stumbled upon SCD. It seemed to make sense. It was simple and certainly couldn’t hurt to try. So, my fiance and I cooked our first SCD like meal and low and behold, no gas, no bloating no cramping. That was enough for me to try eating this way the following day and to go out and get the book. Two weeks later I went in for my sigmoidoscopy and the doctor was unable to find traces of my flare. Honestly just 2 weeks prior he was ready to put me on prednisone to stop the bleeding. He warned me that strict diets like this one are hard to follow and that I might see success but that it might not be possible to continue on the diet. Well, he was wrong. Feeling healthy and being able to stay off of steroid medications has made it all worth it. In a nutshell, SCD has saved my life and changed it for the better. It is not about what I cannot have, but about what I can do with my life. I have two beautiful children now. something I may not have been able to do if I had been on some stronger UC meds. Our ideas regarding what is healthy and what isn’t has completely changed. We are the people our friends and family look to to answer questions or provide insight on health issues and food. If I had not gone down this path my children would be seeing a standard American pediatrician not an Integrative Medicine Pediatrician. My 3 year old son would still be eating gluten, oats, dairy and pineapple (his favorite fruit) and getting sick all the time. But, instead my husband and I are acutely aware that food is directly connected to how our bodies behave. Instead of looking for medicine as our first defense to treat our son, we looked to food. It is a challenge to eat differently, but it is a blessing, too. One that I will always be grateful for.”Rechelle Kenny
“My bowel movements went from 7 to 10 a day liquid to 3 a day long brown and smooth with no pain. Thank you very much”Tom M
“I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 2002 and have since been on Prednisone, Pentasa, 6mp, Asacol, and have just recently started Remicade. I have gone through a series of ups and downs including extreme weight loss, pain, a recent abscess, and all the symptoms that come with having Crohn’s. During the past year, I became so fatigued at times that I wouldn’t be able to go out with friends. I also became so sensitive to food that I ate ice cream one evening, and because of the aftermath, I was unable to perform in a show. I thought that this pain was random, until I discovered the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. I could not believe that I had never heard of the SCD before; it made complete sense and matched up with everything in my food journal. I have only been on the diet for a couple weeks, and already my skin has begun to clear up, my gas and bathroom issues have lessened and are almost normal, I have much more energy, I go to sleep and wake up at normal times, I feel in control of what I eat, and I keep getting better. Thank you to Jordan and Steve for their helpful podcast, to Elaine for her book, and for the community full of helpful information. I am just starting out on my journey, but it really does work and can produce amazing results.”Lisa
“My daughter and I both have crohn’s disease. She is a faithful follower of the SCD and as a result she was able to go off mercaptopurine. She got me your book and I have adopted some of the habits although I have to admit that I’m overwhelmed. You have been wonderful in communicating with Liz and offering suggestions to further her success.”Janis P
” Between my second serious flare-up of Ulcerative Colitis (trying a barage of different drugs which failed) and being correctly diagnosed Crohn’s, I spent a year on a proven and medically supported elimination diet. I was trying to alleviate a myriad of allergies that were bogging down my life. I was using Prednisone and Imodium to get me through emergencies. I was dairy-free, salycilate-free and I felt emormous relief when I finally went wheat free. But I was still not satisfied or improving. When my last colonoscopy in 2011 confirmed Crohn’s I was offered 6MP but my GI specialist knew I would rather take a natural course. On my new quest to get to know Crohn’s, I stumbled across SCD. The allergies I had taken a year to try and control were all gone within the first week of starting SCD. I still have a bag full of immuno-suppresive, cortosteriodal drugs I was using, only as reminder of how far I have come. I have just completed the 90 day SCD Lifestyle challenge and I know my gut is healing. The fact that my shares in toilet paper have plummeted is proof! It has not been an easy journey even though my symptoms seem mild when compared to others succeeding on SCD. Without the support of local MD’s and specialists, we success stories are largely on our own, searching for the right pathway through this diet. It is the encouragement and advice, based on personal experience, from on-line blogs and support groups that motivate, guide and perpetuate SCD success. I am 48 years old and now thriving. I look and feel like the real me. I look forward to the day that, alongside 6MP, SCD is offered as an alternative treatment for all versions of IBD by the people who should know better.”Maree C.
“I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease 2 years ago, tried conventional treatment for 6 months then looked for alternative. I was already doing what I believed were “good food habits..” until I found the SCDlifestyle diet. It has worked for me. Not only the diet but all the other well researched info. I do believe too that this site is not only about the diet but the community and support around it. I’m still learning what works and doesn’t for me and I will get there. Diet is not the only thing.. I also did major changes in my lifestyle, change my job to minimize stress etc. Thanks a million!”Mireille
” I was in a confusing mess with a food allergy disease known as eosinophilic esophagitis, I drifted from medication to medication trying to find something that would work until one day the medication I was taking caused small bowel bacteria overgrowth syndrome. Awesome. The best part is that I had no idea that I had it.
After going through multiple trips to the GI doctor to only have them poke and prod all over to tell me that I was perfectly healthy, I was about to give up. I found the SCD diet after a particularly difficult digestive situation and decided to jump into it. I feel as though sticking tight to the diet was able to rid my body of the bad influx of bacterium. I am now achieving perfect “digestion” and could not be happier.
Sticking tight to the diet has allowed me to become much healthier! I can even report that the amount of foods that I am allergic to has drastically reduced, I believe in part to the diet.”Greg
“I started using the SCD approach about 4 years ago for my son with high Functioning Autism and myself with Coeliac disease. When my CD was diagnosed I was literally living on boiled rice and peas for 18 months. Now I can truly say my diet has vastly expanded, is very healthy, and the oils from the SCD base foods are healing and soothing to my previously inflamed gut. My son , far from the three year old I was told to expect as a life-long prospect, is now a highly educated chap with an excellent career ahead of him. having trained as a nutritional therapist and nurse I now use this approach for many of my patients. Being able to send them your book has been a revelation for me.”Anne P.
” I’ve just started the SCD. I was going to wait for a few weeks, but got so bad, I started immediately. I read BTVC, but wasn’t sure how to start. I ran across your website and bought your e-book SCD Lifestyle (love the bonuses too). I love the structure and phases with or without dairy. It’s made the transition doable. I’m just finished the Intro Phase and I’m in my first day of Phase one. Journaling has become something I enjoy doing. I want to be able to go back and see what works and were II may have gone off track. Thanks for the time and thought you’ve put into making SCD work.”Beth
The guide is easy to follow and implement. It really benefits someone who has no previous knowledge of cooking in the first place. I really liked the step by step guide of how to cook demonstrated with pictures. I experienced joy after knowing that starting SCD is not hard with a guide like this.Hao Pan
” I’m about 80 days or so into the diet, I have had a dramatic reduction in the use of Imodium!”Eric
” I truly feel that both of you have saved my life.
When I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease last January, I was very sick. I had had unremittant diarrhea, abdominal and joint pain, rashes, fevers, and vision loss. My gastroenterologist offered me Remicaid, saying that diet had so bearing on my disease. Her quote to me was “I wish that I could tell you to stop eating broccoli and that would cure your disease”. I refused her treatment plan and walked out of her office knowing that there had to be a better way.
I started the SCD the following week and followed it with strict adherence. However, after being on the diet for 10 months, I was still not feeling well with frequent flares. I was about to give up- I had even made an appointment with my physician to talk about a round of steroids. I was devastated.
Then, my husband found your website through a link on a Paleo site and I was hooked. I read your blogs, followed your phasing charts, eliminated the 4 Horsemen, and started on multivitamins from GI ProHealth. My health turned around! Elaine’s work has been important to so many of us, but you have written the missing chapters- the chapters many of us need to succeed. I believe that you have given hope to those of us who just needed a few tweaks. I appreciate both of your hard work and dedication and a simple *thank you* cannot fully express the gratitude that I feel!
I practice acupuncture and Chinese medicine and I look forward to your book coming out in hard copy so that I can give it to people who have digestive problems!”Carolyn Micek
” I have to say: “Thank you, Thank you…” For three years now, I have been looking, searching, googling… to find what was wrong with me. In short, you are the only one that has all the info and symptoms and to most beautiful of all, you are not afraid to tell us, that everyone is different and unique. Why is it so important to say these qualities? It makes us want to take of our sickness, our diet, seriously, and not to be afraid of trying.
If it does not work, you have other solutions to try. The SCD lifestyle you have prepared for us, is simple, resourceful, and without it, I would have not been able to find a solution to all my physical problems. Thank you so much for your effort.”Martine
” I just wanted to let you know that we downloaded your book several weeks ago and we have been following your directions without deviation. We’re even making homemade yogurt with the dehydrator we bought! This past week my wife turned a corner and had more good days than bad. We’re feeling hopeful that it’s a good sign of things to come! I just wanted to let you know that we are grateful for the information you provided. All the best.”Sandy
” I just want to say thank you for all your work. I love your website and facebook page, its so helpful and inspiring and encouraging.
I’ve had bloating and C all my life and get really depressed about it. Especially because NONE of my friends or family understand, and often I would feel emotionally bullied to eat what they think I should! But I started the intro diet and am now on phase 1 and I feel really good, much less bloating and gas and regular bowel movements for the first time in 32 years! And even better, I feel empowered and stronger, I know what works for me and I dont mind telling f+f my food preferences now. I’m really happy about it.”Faye R.
” I suffered from stomach aches, terrible gas, weight loss, malnutriotion, low iron, anemia,…Doctors did all sorts of tests and found nothing. But I kept losing weight at a terrible speed, so I went on the internet for some help. Luckily I found SCD. I discussed the diet with my doctor, and the reaction was something like, don’t get your hopes up, but it won’t hurt you. The first weeks were very hard, but I almost felt immediately some relief (after the die-off that is, that was quite terrible). After 2 months my bloodwork was perfect. My doctor hardly could believe it. I am still continuing with the diet, introducing new foods one at a time. I am able to start cycling again. And I already regained a lot of the lost weight. So really worth it to give it a try.”Marianne
“Thank you for your wonderful site and information, I have read the Breaking the vicious Cycle book, but found your ebook information the key to success. My son has gone from 40kg to 60kg, is drug free and just starting to regain life after 3 months. We were told this was impossible. Thank you again for your love of life and dedication to others. God Bless you both and your families. Kind regards.”Brenda and family
“As I said on Facebook, your ebooks, podcasts, articles and support have been amazing. I’m on day 8 and though my stomach pain has drastically improved, not to mention the ability to eat more protein and fat, I still have things to work on.”Stepanie T.
” I started the SCD diet 7 days ago and I am doing great — lost 8 pounds in the first week (have weight to lose).
“I have been afflicted with Ulcerative Colitis for over 13 years — and my doc finally told me it was time to get my colon out — I really didn’t want to go that route and found your book on line and ordered. I am feeling much better — still have multiple bowel movements, but down from 10-12 per day to about 5 — yesterday was my best day with only 4. My bloating is gone — dealing with bloating for years and now can wear clothes that were fine in the morning, but way too tight by the afternoon, because of my bloating that would occur. That has been the best thing that has happened for me in years. I love your books and all of the detail you have provided — I appreciate it very much.”David K.
“Firstly I want to begin by saying how truly and eternally grateful I am for your efforts and hard work. Your booklet on starting the scd diet single handedly (no joke) allowed me to fully stop all my medications, I am now fully medication free and begin my journey to completely curing my UC. Thank you so very very much.”Sonia A.
” Your diet is SAVING MY LIFE every day! With Chronic Pancreatitis, I should have been dead last year; but by staying on the SCD and logging which foods affect me, I can still run my Insurance Agency! I was confined to bed, in agony all the time. I got the pain under control, but if I eat the wrong thing, it’s right back to the hospital for four days of no food, no water, and even heavier drugs.
Did I say Thank You?”Steve S.
“I rarely have more than 1-2 BM a day now. It isn’t yellow anymore and I have much less nausea and stomach pain. i don’t have migraines, dissiness, brain fog, depression anymore and I just am so much more happy and good company for my family. When I think about it I have had these problems buliding up over the past 10 years and I guess it can take maybe another 10 years of repair to get my stomach up and working again. I have to slowly give up all the illigal foods and get happy with the SCD diet. I am just so much a happier person and healthy person.”Vibeke
“Scd lifestyle is def my number one advisor, I trust you guys the most when it comes to information about improving my health. Thanks for helping me be a sucessfull CEO of my health with the wealth of knowledge that you provide. You guys have never steered me wrong. Thank you”Jacques L.
“Thank you so much, been on the diet 5 months now and on my last scope (2 months after starting SCD) there was no sign of disease. I have had UC for 21 years and now the biopsy showed nothing but a healthy colon!! Thank you so much could not of started without you guys.”Caryn
“Its been great, over a year now without a single flair. Prior to SCD I spent 2 years cycling from flair to flair 1 to 3 months between. I have had faith for healing and its amazing to see that God has worked though you guys to bring it. Thanks again for being faithful and doing what your called to do.”Jeff N.
“Hi Steve! Thanks again for all of the help that you both have provided. I am feeling SO much better, it’s really unbelievable! An answer to many prayers. I was diagnosed with Crohn’s and started on SCD in July. It took about 6 weeks, but my symptoms completely resolved. Your website is great and you share a lot of wonderful resources. Thank you so much!”Katy B.
“On SCD for little over 2 weeks, blood and swelling gone. Last night was the first night in 8 weeks I didn’t have to get up and poop! Yeah, seeing fast results. I’ve had UC for over ten years stopped taking Canasa in Dec because could no longer afford it. Sent me into a huge flare which shall forever be known as the Great Christmas Flare. Had to find something that would work since I have no meds now. So thankful for SCD Lifestyle for updating the original diet and giving me soooo many tools and resources for success! Now I hope not to go back on the meds even when I can afford them!”Kelly C.
” I’ve been following SCD for almost 16 months and have never felt better. I’ve struggled with Crohn’s for 22 years and never reached a place where I was symptom free until SCD (I had tried other diet modifications in the past as well — gluten/corn/sugar/etc free).”Gia
” Marley had a colonoscopy about a month ago and they did biopsies on three sections of her colon. The results came back and at least one section shows totally normal, healthy cells (YEAH) and the other sections showed inactive chronic colitis cells. The section with the now healthy cells was one of the worst sections from the original colonoscopy. I know it is because of this diet that we are where we are and it is because of you all and ALL the work you do. Your podcasts are awesome and I learn so much from them. So, thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!”Camille H.
” My husband has a very mild case of Crohn’s and has been symptom free for a while now, but he has a fistula that Immuran has not been able to heal. His doctor wanted to start him on Remicade, but he refused and decided to try SCD. He’s been on SCD for almost three months now, and his fistula is finally starting to heal. He’s planning on going back to his GI doc soon to see if she’ll start to wean him off of the Immuran. We’ve seen tons of testimonials online, and we’re convinced that SCD is a miracle diet!”Coach
” I am 6 weeks into the diet and have seen significant improvements. I sent a note to my General Practitioner yesterday and told her about SCD – in 2012 she has had multiple patients come in with colitis. I told her that I had done quite a bit of research over the summer and began SCD unsuccessfully over the summer. I told her if she wanted to share my story with her patients that it was critical that they do not do SCD w/out SCD lifestyle. I really believe it was the tweaks (digestive enzymes, the four horsemen etc) and the phasing that are the critical success factors to SCD. As you know you really can’t just do legal/illegal on day one.”Laura L.
” Thanks so much for a great book in Surviving The SCD Lifestyle. Thanks a lot for all the good info again and podcasts are great”Ian