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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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Nolan writes on SCDUK

May 3rd, 2005

I was diagnosed with CD in 1977 at the age of 25 (I’m 53 now) following an exploratory operation to investigate loops in my small intestine.

3ft of diseased intestine were removed. Although the operation was initially successful an abscess and fistula subsequently occurred at the wound site; this has returned three times in the interim time period. I needed three more operations to get rid of this.

After a short period of remission following the operation all of the symptoms of CD returned.

Over the intervening years I have been on most of the meds on offer (Pentasa, Asacol, Codine and Steroids) none apart from the steroids did me any good at all. As we all know you cannot stay on steroids for very long due to the disastrous side effects in my case a bloated face, spots and a very bad temper.

Two years ago I had a very bad flare and a return of the fistula. Steroids were again perscribed with the proviso that if they did not work the next stop would be Remicade.

Prior to this I had discovered via the Internet the SCD and had bought the book but had decided I could not give up bread, sugar, sweets, cakes and crisps etc. As I did not want to take Remicade or any more drugs I decided that perhaps I would give the SCD a try after all. I was on the diet for about three months and the fistula heeled and most of the other symptoms were also vastly improved. Although I still have the occasional bad day my overall health has improved immensely and I intend staying on the diet as it has given me more relief than the drugs ever have. I am drug free and maintaining my health for the first time in years. Since being on this diet my blood counts have also improved to the point where they are now normal. Yes I have had the occasional cheat but have kept it to a minimum and I usually suffer the consequences afterwards!

Another benefit the SCD has given me is I have learned to cook. This is rather time consuming but the benefits outweigh the time spent. I am quite fortunate in that I do not have a problem with fruit, yoghurt and vegetables that apparently some members of this list have.

I hope this gives some hope and encouragement to others on the list.

I am eternally grateful to Elaine in making this diet available to all that are seeking relief from debilitating dietary problems.

Best Regards Nolan.


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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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