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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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Worth the Effort ( 2010 UPDATE )

Reviewed by DMH
June 9th, 2008

This book was recommended to us when our daughter was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease. I combined the diet with the medications prescribed by her doctor, as well as specific advice like diet being low fiber. After a year and a half on the SCD, she is symptom free, all blood tests normal. I believe this diet has given her time to heal. My only criticism of the book would be the need for revision. After much research and continual inquiry with manufacturers, I have discovered that labels can generally be trusted. The book leads the reader to believe that ingredients such as sugar do not necessarily have to be listed. I have discovered that labeling regulations must now be stricter than at the time the book was written. I wish we had known this, as it would have made food choices a bit less difficult. My advice is diligent label reading, contact companies as to ingredients, especially asking about things like 'natural flavors', learn what wording can disguise things like sugar or corn (i.e. maltodextrin which is derived from corn),and eat lots of that homemade yogurt. The yogurt has worked wonders. Also, in the way the book was written, we did find the diet a bit difficult to follow in the beginning, recommended sites like Pecanbread will help. The diet has been an answer to prayer. JULY 2010 MY DAUGHTER IS GOING STRONG! SHE'S DOING SO WELL THAT THE DOCTOR SAYS SHE CAN TRY WEANING OFF ENTOCORT AND JUDGE FOR HERSELF IF SHE CAN MAINTAIN HER HEALTH WITHOUT IT. ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO, SHE DID TRY TO MODIFY THE DIET TOO QUICKLY, HAD A SHORT RELAPSE AND RETURNED STRICTLY TO IT. SO OUR UPDATED ADVICE IS STICK TO IT. ALL THE WHILE, YOU'LL BE LEARNING TO LISTEN TO YOUR BODY. WE BELIEVE THAT GOD PROVIDED THIS AND HE IS CERTAINLY WORKING IN HER LIFE THROUGH HER CONDITION AND JOURNEY. TO ENCOURAGHE OTHERS, SHE NOW WRITES A BLOG ABOUT CROHN'S AND THE SCD CALLED FREE TO FEAST.

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I was given Elaine Gottschall's book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle." I stuck with the instructions and within only a few days, much to my amazement, the bleeding and diarrhea stopped! I've been on this diet for 5 months, following it faithfully and feeling wonderful. All symptoms have disappeared! I am a new person with energy as I never had before.
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