Recently, we got an email about The Specific Carbohydrate Diet and Crohn’s disease that was so inspirational I shared the story with my family… This was how it started off:
I was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in 1989 when I was 13 years old. After years of medications (Prednisone, Asycol, Mesasol,…) and no control over the disease, my gastro strongly suggested that we operate.
But it quickly got awesome:
I followed the (SCD) diet very closely for about 7 years living with awesome energy, no pain, and as normal a life as any teen. I started to add new foods to the SCD and had no symptoms of Crohn’s. Life was great.
And the coolest part? He included a picture of his signed copy of “Food and Gut Reaction” (The original title of Elaine Gottschall’s “Breaking the Vicious Cycle”):
But There Was a Twist…
The email took an emotional turn:
In February 2004, I still had no symptoms of Crohn’s, yet in the early morning of one day I woke up with unimaginable pain in my right abdomen… I had emergency surgery to remove my ileum and appendix, unfortunately they didn’t remove the barium and after surgery the barium solidified and ruptured my intestines, spilling into my abdominal cavity… Ever since I’ve been dealing with daily constant intense pain.
But that’s when Patrick revealed the most powerful part of his story… how SCD worked again… even after his surgery:
My progress has been solid and my pain is all but gone. At the most I get one episode of pain per day lasting nothing more then 30 minutes or so. I’m now ready to live on this diet for the rest of my life. I don’t want to ever get the same pain I’ve felt for so long.
And in today’s podcast, we had the honor of interviewing Patrick about treating his Crohn’s disease with SCD… twice. I really think you’ll enjoy it 🙂
On This Interview Podcast with Patrick Leger, We Cover:
1:02 His incredible journey to SCD when he was still a teenager battling Crohn’s disease… and how he ended up getting his original copy of “Breaking The Vicious Cycle” signed by Elaine Gottschall
5:04 “After a few weeks I had no more blood, no more diarrhea, and the pain was gone”
9:03 “I woke up with this incredibly bad abdominal pain… and within minutes I passed out on the floor”
15:28 “After a very long year and half I was cleaning off my bookshelf and found ‘Food and Gut Reaction’…”
18:00 “After 3 weeks I was getting 3’s and 4’s on the Bristol Scale and the pain was less constant”
19:40 How SCD changed his life when he was only 15 years old…
23:14 How he handled friends, social life, and temptation as a teenager with Crohn’s following SCD
29:32 Trying SCD again after surgery… when no other options were left
33:34 “Starve it and then show it who’s boss… you have to take your life back”
36:30 His advice for someone thinking about starting The Specific Carbohydrate Diet…
Thanks for your time Patrick – you’re an inspiration and this interview is going to help so many people,