In my experience my doctor's recommendations regarding
diet were useless. They never helped. Not in any significant
The SCD has not only helped, it has put my life back into
Nancy (28 Feb 1999)
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is developed by the Canadian biochemist
Elaine Gottschall who has published the book "Breaking
the Vicious Cycle
" - which is the
the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.
Elaine Gottschall has spent four years at the University
of Western Ontario researching the effects of various sugars on
the digestive tract at cellular level, and one year researching
the changes that occur in the bowel wall in inflammatory disease.
The results of her work are published in the journal Acta Anatomica
123:178(1985). And the details of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet
can be found in her book.
basic principle of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is: never eat
something that your intestines cannot digest. There are specific
carbohydrates which are trouble makers in the digestive system...
It has done wonders for thousands of people, all around the globe.
However, it is a tough diet to get a handle on, and many people
do not or cannot stick with it long enough to find some benefits
in it. It is after all a fairly simple diet, that is in so much
as you ingest no starch or refined sugars. But that simple statement
requires a complete change of life style. That requires a great
deal of determination.
But, it is a loooong story - so, first of all, get hold of the book!
Read some reviews of the book
in the Townsend Newsletter for Doctors and in The Canadian Journal
At the book home
page you'll find information about how to order the book from
the Canadian publisher. Also, video and tape interviews with Elaine
Gottschall are available.
I keep reading and
re-reading the book - and one thing is clear: IT IS A TWO
YEAR PROGRAM (with the possibility of relapses) It is not
a quick fix.
Date: Tue, 29 Jul 1997 12:30:39 PST
From: ACB <benkea@MAILHOST.PAC.DFO.CA>
Subject: Give it a try newcomers
I have some personal advice to any newcomers to the diet, especially
those who are quite sick at the time they are starting the diet.
Start slowly, gradually, and carefully. You can't just jump into
it, eating all the allowables in the beginning. You should start
out with foods that are easier to digest and when the diarreah goes
away you can introduce more foods gradually like raw fruits and
vegies and nut breads. But in the beginning, be sure to peel, remove
seeds, and cook all fruits and vegies well, and hold off on the
nut related recipes. If you have any questions, ask us on the list
and we can walk you through it.
The book does explain this, but sort of in a round about way, and
some people who just skim through the book and then start the diet
tend to miss this crucial introductory phase. It upsets me because
then they tend to get worse and blame the diet, when in reality,
if they had followed it more carefully it may have worked. It's
not complicated, really.
Give it a try.
Date: Sat, 20 Mar 1999 09:06:20 -0400
From: Rachel Turet
Subject: we've all been there
Dear Very Worried Mother,
I remember when I was first diagnosed, thinking "what the hell
is UC?" Never heard of it, didn't know anyone who had it and
was sure I'd been struck by some rare, unheard of deadly disease.
The most amazing thing about your letter and those you'll see on
this site, is that it seems that at one stage or another, we've
all been there. Same road, same shock, same feelings of helplessness
and isolation. We've all had variations of the same doctors, some
well-meaning and ignorant of this disease, others arogant and ignorant
(worst combo) of this disease. As far as I know, nothing (with the
exception of removal of the colon) has had the same success rate
as this diet. It works to varying degrees in different people and
for an unfortunate few doesn't seem to work, but there's tons of
testimony (see www.SCDiet.org/testimonials
) that proves that there are scores of people like myself (4 years
of remission on 4/1/99) who've had their lives turned around by
the diet. Good luck and hang in there.
...Also, read some personal explanations
on the diet, answers to frequently asked questions from newcomers
on the SCD mailing list.
...And, among the many others, don't miss reading Jim Prousalis'
...There are numerous of opinions and advice on the Specific Carbohydrate
Diet on these three pages: ,
 and 
How and Where To Get The Book
If you're having trouble finding the book, try the
online book store at www.amazon.com.
They are great to deal with and have more books available than any
conventional book store. When searching for "Gottschall, Elaine"
or "Breaking The Vicious Cycle", you'll find both of her
books - the old and the new version. Amazon also includes many customer
testimonials and reviews of the book.
Here's some of the page that is displayed for her latest version:
Elaine Gottschall: Breaking the Vicious Cycle
List: USdollar 16.95 - Amazon.com Price: USdollar 15.26 - You Save:
USdollar 1.69 (10 percent)
Published by Kirkton Pr
Publication date: December 1, 1994
Dimensions (in inches): 8.95 x 5.81 x .58
Availability: This item usually shipped within 2-3 days.
Please note, though, that it is a buck cheaper to
buy it from John Chalmer (www.fwi.com/cmg/)
than from Amazon.
A website for Australians
following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet as described in Elaine
Gottschall's book, Breaking The Vicious Cycle.
9 Nov 1998 21:11:20 EST
Subject: Re: getting the book
<< Is the book available in Australia, or only North America
and Europe? Getting books from one hemisphere to another is a
long and slow journey at the best of times, but especially this
time of year.
<< Garry Rodan
The book is available from Barnes & Noble on their web site:
They can ship anywhere in the world. I have no idea what the shipping
charges are to Australia, but I'm sure you can find out at the
I purchased the book from Amazon.com
and it took about a month to arrive in Darwin. The cost of the book
with postage and handling was $29.00 American working out to $50.00
Australian. Yes its a bit pricey but its worth every cent.
you live in Europe, you might like to know that the book
is also available at 13.95 pounds, including P&P - at:
Society for the Promotion of Nutritional Therapy, SPNT
P.O. Box 47
Tel (+44) 1-435867007
Fax (+44) 1-435868033
William R Gills in England also distributes the book. Contact:
William R Gills
31 Oakdale Glen
Harrogate, North Yorkshire
Tel: (+44) 1-423 568313 & (+44) 1-860 226463
Fax (+44) 1-423 531292.
Check for the price there...
you live in Denmark, you might like to know that Arnold
Busk Boghandel in Købmagergade 49 in Copenhagen can get
you the English version of the book in app. one months time. The
Danish edition can be purchased or
ordered in any book store in Denmark.
Tue, 20 Oct 1998 10:03:11 -0600
From: "Brad Lait" <email@example.com>
To: "SCD List" <SCDfirstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: canadian book ordering site
For you Canadians that want to order Elaine Gottschall's book via
the internet there's a site at http://www.bookshelf.ca