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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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Colitis & Me

December 25th, 2002

Colitis & Me: A Story of Recovery A New book by Raman Prasad

Fourteen years ago, at age 17, a gastroenterologist diagnosed me with ulcerative colitis. Over seven years my health steadily deteriorated resulting in hospital stays, a bloodied intestine, heavy steroids, poor spirits, and probable surgery. Fortunately, I came across Elaine Gottschall's book Breaking the Vicious Cycle which painstakingly describes a Specific Carbohydrate Diet™ (SCD™), and the science behind it, for putting inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), celiac disease, and diverticulitis in remission.

After a year of following the diet described in the book I was able to taper off of medications and found my strength returning. The SCD™ became habit and, although I still subscribed to an e-mail list for others using the diet, ulcerative colitis steadily fell from the forefront of my life. In the second year on the diet I went back to school at night, finished a graduate degree, and plunged forward. and didn't look back. Similar to many people who joined the e-mail list, my initial period of excitement, marked by e-mailing many questions and telling my doctor about the diet, was followed by simply living my life and occasionally reading the e-mail to answer questions asked by others. I wanted to forget most of my experiences during ages 17 through 24.

Today, facing the options of forgetting or doing something positive, I started writing a two page narrative of my experience with ulcerative colitis. Those two pages turned into this book. Luckily, my recovery is not unique, it has been experienced by hundreds of others, of all ages and stages of IBD. However, the recovery should be shared with the hundreds of thousands whose lives continue to revolve around their personal struggles with IBD.

I put my story forward as a small step in assistance of others.

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As the title of the review says...I may owe my life to this book. I say that without hyperbole or exaggeration. I was not doing well when I found this book and followed it's advice...I improved. I'm not trying to jump on the anti-established medicine bandwagon, but I immediately started to turn around. I quit the drugs I was prescribed and I followed what the book advised, ate what it recommended and began to improve. It took some time but eventually I was completely symptom free.
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- A. Tanguay
Ann Arbor, MI USA

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