In our determination to rise to a challenge and overcome it, we sometimes reach beyond all expectations; revealing hidden talents that bring blessings to others in ways we never would have imagined. Though we set out to save a child, in the process find ourselves changing the world. Young Elaine Gottschall harbored no lofty ambitions of changing the world. She thrived in her role as wife and mother, content to lead a quiet, "normal" family life in blissful obscurity. Then calamity struck. Diagnosed with severe ulcerative colitis, she suffered acute, chronic intestinal distress and bleeding that was unresponsive to standard medical therapy.

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Hoffman, M. Upon discovering Food and the Gut Reaction, the first edition of Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet, I realized that it contained a useful solution for the dietary treatment of many gastrointestinal disorders. Since that time, I have earned a reputation as a trouble-shooter for gastrointestinal problems.

Patients from many parts of the country have consulted me. Many complain of symptoms consistent with irritable bowel syndrome. Others have been diagnosed formally with classic inflammatory bowel disease. And though some patients have responded well to the usual arsenal of natural digestive aids, intestinal flora replacement, elimination diets, conventional antifungal drugs and antibiotics, still others found no relief.

Food and the Gut Reaction, the first edition of this book, was introduced to me by a colleague and friend, Dr. Leo Galland. He mentioned the book after one of his patients brought the book to his attention. Its value lay in providing a palatable but potent alternative to those dietary approaches commonly in use for management of gastrointestinal problems: the high-fiber diet; the low-fat diet; the low-residue diet; the anti-yeast diet; the gluten-free diet; and other elimination diets.

Based on my experience with patients, I already had reason to question the complex carbohydrate plan as the most healthy eating program, especially for patients with gastrointestinal complaints. Fat, it is reasoned, is the bane not only of arteries but also of the intestinal tract: in combination with excess animal protein, so it is said, fat sets the stage for a host of Western ills from diverticulosis to appendicitis and colon cancer. Unquestionably, some patients are excellent fiber-responders, but others do poorly with common sources of roughage.

The radical alternative, a meat and salad diet that eliminates all sugars and starches, is unpalatable and unenforceable for all but the most dedicated patients.

Since dietary manipulation can produce results, it is, perhaps, natural to assume this. But over-reliance on the ambiguous results of allergy testing leaves many patients incompletely treated. The more sophisticated belief that it is not individual foods themselves but the byproducts of ingestion of certain foods that cause intestinal problems is fast replacing the concept of food allergy.

This theory was first set forth by Dr. Hunter in a landmark Lancet article underscores the frequency of intolerances to corn, wheat, milk, potatoes, and rye. This diet addresses carbohydrate intolerance more broadly than other approaches.

Other corrective strategies amount to a preoccupation with eradicating intestinal pathogens. Elaine Gottschall substitutes the more holistic goal of reestablishing the healthy balance of intestinal flora. Patients with muscle aches, stiff joints and, even full-blown arthritis, registered a distinct diminution of symptoms.

Unfortunately, the chances of wider acceptance of dietary approaches like this one are small. While many of my innovative, nutritionally-oriented colleagues have availed themselves of Food and the Gut Reaction and introduced patients to this approach, most gastroenterologists are, sadly, not even curious. They scarcely acknowledge the role diet can play.

Fortunately, increasing numbers of patients are recognizing the need to break away from total dependency on drugs and symptom-oriented medical care.

Many have endured years of suffering, coupled with economic and mental stress, and they are willing to try a wholesome diet, grounded in medical research, which makes sense.

The reception given to Food and the Gut Reaction the first edition of this book by patients has the makings of a true grassroots uprising. Patients, en masse, are willing to try the diet and many are finding that it works. Elaine Gottschall is a tireless crusader on behalf of her natural approach to digestive problems.

She selflessly gives of her time, love, compassion, attention, and concern to patients and clinicians alike. She has become an energetic cheerleader for many of my patients and has provided invaluable direction when progress has faltered. Her reward is surely the secure knowledge that she has made a difference in the lives of thousands of patients with gastrointestinal disorders. Ronald L.


Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet

It is a strict grain-free, lactose-free, and sucrose-free meal plan. Of all dietary components, carbohydrates have the greatest influence on intestinal microbes yeast and bacteria which are believed to be involved in intestinal disorders. Most intestinal microbes require carbohydrates for energy. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet works by severely limiting the availability of carbohydrates to intestinal microbes. When carbohydrates are not digested, they are not absorbed.


It points out how dietary intervention with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet addresses and often overcomes conditions thought to be at the root of autism spectrum disorders as well as some cases of epilepsy and attention deficit Disorder ADD. We have given this information to help you get started, but to fully implement and understand the diet it is essential to read the book carefully. You can read the foreword to the book, also check out the reviews in the testimonial section. Licensees are required to use the trademark and copyright material in a manner which is consistent with the SCD diet and program described in the Breaking the Vicious Cycle book. However, there are some instances of use of the trademark and book by third parties who are not licensed or authorized by Kirkton Press and who inaccurately represent the information found in the book.

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