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Not enough people are familiar with the crowded field of personal gut health apps.
Those who practice the specific carbohydrate diet may be familiar with SCD Buddy. It is a free phone app that only covers the basic SCD allowed / not-allowed list, but can be very helpful for those just trying to master the principals of SCD. There are also many apps for users of the Paleo diet and even for low FODMAP dieters.

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Controlled breathing can be one of the most potent tools for managing symptoms, creating and sustaining wellness. Breathing techniques provide an easy, drug free option to reduce symptoms of gut disorders and improve digestion.

Controlled breathing, often called breathwork, is also very effective for pain management and helps with many other maladies, like stress, anxiety, insomnia, post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, attention deficit disorder and high blood pressure, to name a few.

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Low bone mineral density, osteoporosis, and osteopenia are known risk factors for both male and female patients with gut disorders and IBD. The Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America reports that 30 to 60 percent of people with IBD may have low bone density, which puts them at significant risk for osteoporosis. Lack of awareness leads to a situation where many patients who should be tested are not being referred to diagnostic tests, and therefore are not receiving therapy to reduce fracture risk. It is important for physicians to understand the magnitude of this risk and to refer patients to DEXA tests (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry) for timely diagnosis. ...continue reading "Gut disorders increase risk of osteoporosis"

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Through years of mentoring and interacting with motivated and highly educated parents and with medical professionals, we have accumulated a comprehensive list of cold remedies that were tried by many reliable families and verified as helpful. Our earlier post from 2015 on the topic of cold and flu season provided a general overview. We now expand on this subject, offering more helpful details.

Maintaining gut wellness while fighting a cold is essential. The basic principle of gut friendly practice is to minimize the ingestion of medications whenever possible. Instead, prefer topical medications whenever those options are available. 

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A newly published research article raises growing concerns about the safety of dairy products.

The research was conducted by Michael Collins, Professor of Microbiology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in cooperation with Irene Grant from the Institute for Global Food Security, School of Biological Sciences, Queen's University Belfast, United Kingdom, shows a high survival rate of MAP bacteria in powdered milk products.
The study authors concluded: "the broader food safety implications of detecting viable MAP in this type of dried dairy product are not insignificant given that powdered infant formulae is consumed by young babies with immature immune systems."

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A grain-free dairy-free delight

This Cinnamon Babka is highly addictive. Our family feels compelled to keep shaving off slices to "straighten the edge". Originally, Babka was a traditional sweet eastern European yeast cake. This version is grain and dairy free yet very close in taste and texture to the original. It is enjoyed even by those who do not observe SCD.

Babka Loaf

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Follow-up to this post.

To People with Crohn’s Disease

I receive many letters from people around the world asking about treating Crohn’s disease with antibiotics, under the theory that Crohn’s disease is an infection caused by MAP, Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis. I am a psychiatrist, not a gastroenterologist (GI), and not qualified to make specific suggestions about treating Crohn’s disease. I never treat any GI patients myself, and never did. I will never tell people specific doses or protocols for treating MAP because every patient is different. If you elect to learn more and follow this path, you will need your own local physician. I am only offering general information ...continue reading "Judith Eve Lipton, MD: Summary of my personal experiences with MAP and my recommendations."

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The 2017 Educational Conference for IBD families, organized by the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation Northwest in partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital, featured the latest information and guidance, and was helpful for both the newly diagnosed as well as for veteran IBD families. Leading pediatric IBD providers covered a variety of engaging topics. Even children with IBD and their siblings were encouraged to participate in a special track of fun educational activities. Lunch was provided, and generously included SCD compliant options.

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Jeffrey Berger, moderator of the Facebook group  BTVC SCD , conducted a survey titled: "Who We Are". The graphs below, reflect some of the data Jeffrey collected from his group’s 2000+ members. 

What is the age range of the SCD'er

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Severe Crohn’s disappeared with antibiotic treatment for MAP

Doctor Judith Lipton leads a busy life. She travels the world, raises many animals at her horse farm, visits family and friends, trains her dogs and enjoys multiple hobbies. Crohn’s is no longer a concern for her.

Dr. Lipton and Teddy

Dr. Lipton struggled with IBD from 1986 until 2004. She had multiple flares, sometimes called Ulcerative Colitis, but finally Crohn’s. Her colonoscopies in 2003 showed multiple penetrating abscesses throughout her colon and she was hospitalized twice in 2004 from blood poisoning due to the holes in her colon.

...continue reading "I seem to have been “cured” of Crohn’s Disease"

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