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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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Life Changing Relief to Seborrhea

Reviewed by DonnaT
January 15th, 2012

I am 52, 108 lbs, 5 foot 4". I am a dietician on the side with a professional IT day job. Seborrhea overtook my life 2 years ago. Doctors told me diet has nothing to do with this problem, nor intestinal issues. I was perscribed medications and soaps and sent home to figure it out myself. I read a blog post on someone's answer to seborrehea dermatitis (SD) by doing the SCD Diet, which I never heard of. Believing that psoriasis and SD are closely the same, I followed a diet by Dr.Pagano for psoriasis, which was moderately effective. But I still had a degree of skin battles I could not fully over-come. I am greatful to that SD blog post, since I have been a dedicated SCD'r for 8 months now. My consistant presentable skin is proof enough to me that the SCD Diet is my life long answer to this embarassing skin disorder. The book does not address psoriasis or Seborrhea, but it's objective is to clean and heal the intestinal track (the root of leaky gut issues that contribute to psoriasis and seborrhea). I am not medication free, since I still use Protopic and Derma-smooth on my face as needed (I only need it when I have snuck in a piece of candy or a slice of cake that day...causes itchy breakouts for me). I use Xolegel on arms or legs on those very rare breakouts. But the control on the skin problem is what SCD gives me. On the weekends I was a voluntary "shut-in", with crusty unsightly patches on my face and arms. My husband did shopping and went to church alone because I hated children pointing to me or staring at my leaky facial lessions. Though I worked in an office during the week, I hid away to keep people from staring at my condition.

The SCD diet turned that around. It took 4 weeks to clear out the yeast, but Elaine's diet rules brings back fruits in my diet that Dr.Pagano's does not. His diet allows breads and grains, but I have found that a bad idea for me. He allows millet and oatmeal, which promoted yeast growth. Her diet does not allow grains of any kind (no rice, flour or cereals) for 2 years, in order to heal the intestinal track. She offers creative recipes with homemade almond flour for cakes or muffins. The diet is not vegetarian, so I liked that too, but it forced me to introduce vegetables in my diet, I would have otherwise neglected.

Foods I eat now are:
Breakfast - sauteed spinach/onions/bacon bits/ and organic sliced beef with a scoop of homemade SCD yogurt.
Snack: a small premade snack of non-roasted almond butter, cooked apples topped with SCD yogurt mixed with Sweet n low.
Lunch - premade - zuchini lasagna (recipe is in her book)
Afternoon Snack - handful- raw almonds
Dinner - scrambled eggs/bacon bits and sautied veggies with cheese (selected from the SCD allowable cheeses)
Night snack - SCD gelatin dessert mixed with strawberries (can use defrosted frozen fruit).

Once you know her rules and select from her recipes you are on your way to healing. I'm back in circulation again and greatful for this fantastic book, the dedcated community who follow this diet, and those around me who prayed and supported me through this challenging journey.

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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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