Judy, an 8-year-old girl, has ulcerative colitis.
A child who should have enjoyed a carefree childhood has repeatedly suffered from diarrhea, constipation and intestinal spasms.
She is thin and severely malnourished. And it seems that the situation is getting worse. Intestinal resection surgery seems imminent.
The road is still so long, seeing that it will be connected with the dung bag in the future. This is undoubtedly painful.
However, there are more painful things than this.
That is: as a mother of patients with ulcerative colitis.
She feels desperate but she is not willing to give up. So one day in 1955, Elaine Gottschall visited 92-year-old Dr. Haas.
Gottsha discussed the situation of Judy in detail with Dr. Haas. She learned about the SCD diet from Dr. Haas, and she decided to give her daughter a try.
After a few days of special carbohydrate diets, Judy began to recover and her physical condition was getting better and better. After a year’s diet, Judy’s symptoms completely disappeared.
At the time, Dr. Haas died shortly after Judy’s diet, and Gottsha did not know how long Judy’s diet plan should last. Thus, Elaine asked Judy to carry out a special carbohydrate diet for 7 years.
After 7 years, Judy can eat almost anything. (except that she does not seem to be able to tolerate rice). Until today, Judy is still living healthy.
All this has completely changed the life path of Gottsha. This association of the gut with the diet has caused her curiosity.
So, at the age of 47, Gottsha decided to return to school to learn about the effects of food on the digestive system.
She became a biochemist and obtained a master’s degree from the University of Western Ontario.
In 1987, Gottsha published her first book, Food and the Gut Reaction.
After several revisions, the book was published as “Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet”.
What Gottsha called the “vicious cycle” is that when people’s intestinal microflora is disturbed, some carbohydrates will not be properly digested and absorbed, and they will become foods for bacteria or fungi in the gut, causing overgrowth of harmful bacteria. It is even more serious, making intestinal colonies more disturbed, further worsening digestive problems and impairing systemic health.
Gottsha improved Dr. Haas’s meal plan. The publication of her books makes it possible for those suffering from ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome and autism to effectively control their symptoms through the diet to restore their health.
Special carbohydrate diets are designed to avoid specific carbohydrates: polysaccharides and disaccharides in sugars, starches and sticky vegetables, and all grains.
Patients with damaged intestines cannot secrete enough brush border enzymes (secreted by your intestinal parietal cells), and digestion of such carbohydrates must involve the participation of brush border enzymes.
These undigested and absorbed carbohydrates serve as food for bacteria in the intestine, which can cause overgrowth of intestinal bacteria, causing various digestive problems.
Although, at that time, the term intestinal overgrowth (SIBO) did not exist, Gottsha seemed to have realized that intestinal dysbacteriosis was the root cause of many digestive problems.
In addition to allowing protein and fat, the Special Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) permits monosaccharide intake. Monosaccharides can be absorbed without any digestion, so they can enter your bloodstream before being used by bacteria. Therefore, SCD diet also includes: Most vegetables and fruits, lactose-free dairy products, honey, nuts (if they can tolerate) and so on.
The ultimate goal of the diet is to slowly “starve to death” of overgrown bacteria, allowing the gut flora to develop in a good direction so that the intestinal tract can be repaired. The SCD meal includes different stages as well as a list of allowed and non-permitted foods.
There are many recipe books for SCD meals available in Meiya.
Gottsha also created a 24-hour milk fermentation method that allows lactose to be completely consumed in milk so that it does not affect the gut.
The following table is an example of SCD recipes:
Breakfast: 1 boiled pork fillet, 1 egg (boiled or fried), 1 cup bone soup, and yoghurt mixed with tender vegetables.
Lunch: a fish steak or steak, a chicken soup, a vegetable puree (coconut oil or butter)
Dinner: Change with breakfast and lunch
Physicians who practice SCD diets believe that “frenzy” dietary compliance is necessary to maximize the effectiveness of the diet. Doctor Dr. Howland said: “Having no meaning at all, it’s just a waste of time.” And Dr. Hass said: “The strictness of the meal should not be overemphasized, but Compliance can’t be ignored.”
Like her predecessors, Gottsha also emphasized the strictness of the diet: “Breaking the dietary principles can seriously affect recovery. Therefore, it is not wise to implement this meal before you are ready.”
The SCD didn’t end there. After a few years, another mother, inspired by the SCD, decided to cure her 3-year-old son with autism with meals…