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Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet Paperback – August, 1994
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Breaking the Vicious Cycle was written by Elaine Gottschall, biochemist and cell biologist. It provides an alternative way to help combat digestive disorders using dietary changes; and also a practical book that addresses the problems of intestinal conditions such as: Crohn's Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, Celiac Disease as well as less severe complaints like: indigestion, "nervous stomach", chronic diarrhea & spastic colon.
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The Specific Carbohydrate Diet Works!
Our son was diagnosed with perforating crohn's disease (As in we have medical imaging to prove it). His intestine had ruptured. We were scared to say the least! We didn't want to risk the serious long-term side-effects of the current Immune System suppressing drugs used to mask the symptoms of the disease but, not treat the problem but, we knew something had to be done!
After some research, struggle and debate with our doctor, he tipped us off to this book.
NOTE: The diet takes real commitment and he was afraid we wouldn't make that commitment so he was hesitant but, finally saw our resolve and agreed to help us try it first before traditional meds. We made sure he monitored our son during the process. We are NOT anti-science or medicine people but, we had seen first hand how harsh the drugs used to treat this disease could be and didn't want that for our child. Every drug used for Crohn's has long term side-effects, are massively expensive, and most importantly don't cure the disease. They use immune system suppressors to mask the symptoms (namely inflammation, but; the cause of the disease, the bacterial overgrowth, continues unhampered. You don't want to shut down your immune system. You need and want to balance things out again by getting rid of the bacteria causing the inflammation! Otherwise, you'll keep feeding them while the drugs cover up the real problem and lead to other problems. I'm telling you from our personal experience, this is the truth of the matter..
Using this diet consistently, Amp Floracel (found here on Amazon), quality probiotics, and some "Essential (magic =]) Oils" - 1 year later our son's test have come back clean. I don't know that the oils did much (wife's decision) but, oregano was what we primarily used since it supposedly has beneficial antibacterial properties.
On the science front, there are scientifically verified studies by major universities now, that prove Crohn's is caused by a bacterial overgrowth in the intestines which causes inflammation and prohibits the body from taking in nutrients. Basically the bad bacteria in the intestines behave like parasites and you need to starve them out while replacing them with good bacteria. Bad bacteria love sugars and most carbs so you're giving those up. That's about as simple as I can make it.
It's NOT easy but, it can be done! So don't panic, take a deep breath, talk to your doctor, and do the research if you're looking for a solution.
NOTE: The diet will change your grocery bill - so prepare because it's not cheap to buy food that's all natural - we found many things through Costco etc. but, it will double your food bill. Also, the person or persons on the diet need to make the commitment. A serious commitment. Fortunately, our son accepted the challenge and didn't cheat when at school or friends' houses.