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Exclusive Elemental Nutrition (EEN) has been studied extensively worldwide and has been scientifically proven to be more effective than steroids in achieving sustained remission from IBD flares in most cases. It refers to an exclusive liquid diet using either elemental or polymeric formulae. The patients are not allowed to have any other dietary items except plain water and sometimes a few other beverages.

EEN is safer, and can be easier to endure, than the side effects of steroids. It is a first-line treatment for IBD flares in Japan and in some European countries. It does require close medical supervision, especially when practiced by pediatric patients.

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Guest post by Nicole Chevalier

Like many other kids, our son is enthralled by the Harry Potter book series. He recently finished the last in the series (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and promptly began the first book all over again. So, when I realized Harry Potter’s birthday was coming up in a couple of weeks, I thought it would be a great opportunity to celebrate our family’s love for these stories.

Unlike a lot of other families though, ours is on a medical diet – the Specific Carbohydrate Diet – for my son’s ulcerative colitis diagnosis. We all follow SCD in support of him. 

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© 2010 by Marilyn L. Alm

This “Chocolate” cake is the most famous SCD cake. It is known to be the center-piece of many celebratory occasions. It is not only a fancy birthday cake, but also makes great brownies, or muffins, or cookies, when baked in different bakeware. Vanilla ice-cream between two “chocolate cake” cookies is a favorite birthday treat at many SCD kid's birthday parties. When pecan flour is not available, the cake works well with almond flour.

Marilyn Alm. is a veteran SCD expert and the owner and mentor of the international SCD Yahoo group (BTVC-SCD@yahoogroups.com). Like thousands of other SCD users, I am forever grateful for her life’s work and her generous mentoring.
She is also gifted in the kitchen, and is known to create many mouthwatering SCD recipes. We love this cake and share this recipe here with Marilyn’s permission. 

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When parents send their teens to college they assume that when paying for their child’s tuition and health insurance, they will have the right to be informed and consulted in case of an illness, an accident or other health challenges. THIS IS NOT SO! Parents have no legal right to obtain medical information about their college age son or daughter.

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We started the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) when our son was in elementary school and continued to practice the diet consistently all the way through high school. We mentored hundreds of SCD families and became actively involved in supporting diet therapies research. With all of this accumulated experience, I expected the shift to SCD during college to be easy and go smoothly.

It was not as easy as we had expected.

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This past December, it seemed as if I needed to install a special tap by the kitchen sink for vanilla extract. At the rate we were going through it, I was convinced someone was washing dishes in the stuff.

A bit of research online and I determined that it was fairly easy to make our own, the quality would be higher, and the price would be  cheaper. Here is the kicker, only two ingredients are required: a 40% alcohol based solvent (commonly known as vodka) and organic vanilla beans. 

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Dr. Christine Bowen is a diet therapy expert. She is an experienced naturopathic physician, specializing in treating gastrointestinal conditions like IBD, IBS and SIBO, and a host of other conditions that can benefit from gut healing.

We have known her for years, and were delighted to see her adopting the Specific Carbohydrates Diet (SCD) and using it successfully on herself and her patients.
She participated in both SCD symposiums at Seattle Children’s Hospital, and lectured about SCD in patient education events organized by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (CCFA) NW. Recently, I got together again with Dr. Bowen for tea and SCD snacks to chat about her personal experience with SCD and the use of the diet in her practice.

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Guest post, meal plan, and photos by Natalie Holladay


I didn’t expect the year 2016 to start out with a diagnosis of IBD for my son. A family history of Celiac Disease left me almost hopefully anticipating to hear something familiar as the verdict. I desperately wanted an accurate diagnosis so that we could start working to heal his damage and reduce his symptoms. I knew a few people with Crohn’s Disease, but knew very little about IBD, symptoms, management or prognosis. I’m not sure I had ever heard of – or paid attention if I had – anyone I knew with Ulcerative Colitis.

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SCD Families is only open to parents of children and teens with IBD. The goal of this group is to share information, tips and experiences relevant to parents maintaining or wishing to learn about using the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SDC) as nutritional therapy to manage IBD.

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Most people respond well to SCD as it is presented on BTVC. Sometimes, a more restricted version of the diet is needed to help the body heal. In our parent support group we have seen that extra-sensitive IBD kids respond well to a more restricted form of SCD when first starting the diet, and over time as they heal, they gradually expand their diet and are able to enjoy the full scale of SCD foods.

Morana Bodmer (PhD) is a researcher by nature, a scientist by training, and the mother of three children. When her son Noah was diagnosed with Crohn’s, she and her husband, a medical doctor, decided to use SCD as a dietary therapy.

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