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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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I have my life back

Reviewed by A Customer
January 17th, 2002

I don't know where to begin. Let me start by saying that it would be a very fair statement to say that Crohn's disease had highjacked my life. I have always been very ambitious and very motivated. After 10 years of battling CD, I was more ready to give up after this last flare than at any other point in my life. Living in constant fear of the next big flare, my life was in a state of suspended animation. I put of applying to grad schools, i refused to get in any relationships, i refused to put any real effort into anything I did -- all b/c I thought to myself, "what's the point. The next big flare will set me back and undo my efforts."

Then the flare came. I was already on steroids, 6mp, Asacol, and was eating healthier. Although I showed some initial improvement with the prednisone, I started getting bloody BMs. Then the rate increased. Then it got to the point where I was having 10-20 pure blood BMs a day and not eating. MY best friend noticed and I confided in him my situation. He basically convinced me to go the doctor. Had I waited any longer, I would probably not be here.

My GI started preparing me for the psychological impact of losing my colon. Honestly, I told him that I would rather be dead and that I wouldn't go to the hospital. He basically bribed me with a very high dose of demerol and other goodies to go in and get IVs, both of fluids and of steroids. So, I did. He was very concerned and said that the only other possibility was that it was a rare bacterial infection called C. Diff.

Luckily, I did in fact have C. Diff. A month before, I had started the SCD diet (_Breaking the Vicious Cycle_) and signed up for their listserv. I should have paid closer attention b/c they mention that many people develop C. Diff. when they first start the diet.

Basically, proponents of the SCDiet argue that IBD (and many other ailments) are caused by bacteria. These bacteria feed on complex sugars. By cutting off their supply of food, and starving them into submission, your symptoms gradually decrease and your disease goes into remission.

I've known of the diet for years, but never really bought into their theory or was desperate enough to try it (i'm only 22). Then, I met someone who had basically rid themselves of the shackles of IBD with this diet. Combined with the fact that I realized that conventional medicines weren't cracking it for me, I tried the diet.

It was hard at first. I didn't mind so much that the diet cut out starches like rice and potatoes or complex carbs like bread, but it was really hard to cut out processed foods. Eating out is a pain, but well worth my new found health.

Most people see results within a couple weeks, if not days. It took me three months. It had been probably 10 years since I had had a normal BM without prednisone. You don't know how happy I am to report that I am not only medication free but also have NORMAL bowel movements!!! I have my life back. I am easing back into the grove, and I'm still very cautious and guarded. But, I have picked up applications to grad school, have started a rigorous exercise regime, sleep a lot less, feel a lot better, have starting dating again, have starting working again, and have started looking to the future again.

So, to anyone out their wanting to regain your health and are willing to try something different, I suggest trying the SCD. If you are around the same age as me (i'm 22), and need somone to motivate you, email me at It's worth it. If I can do it, anyone can do it.

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For those of us who are relieved to have access to information which empowers us to take care of ourselves, this book is a godsend. With it I have been able to completely regain my health without the use of medications. It is a tragedy that this information is not available to everyone with digestive disorders, so that we all can make informed personal choices about how we wish to approach our treatment. People with the determination to regain their health will almost certainly benefit from learning about this diet.
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- Nancy Emerson
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