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Guest post by Wendy Wagler Schindler

The outside world just doesn’t get it sometimes. Even when close family and friends are sympathetic, they can’t completely comprehend our journey. Since our daughter’s Crohn’s diagnosis, I have been journaling how I spend my time. I want to share with my friends why I haven't been available, but don't want it to sound like a sob story as I'm not trying to solicit sympathy. I know that parents in similar situations are the only ones with real insight into this way of life.

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SCD yogurt samples are between 2 to 30 times more potent than most commercial yogurt

Most SCD users consider the 24 hour yogurt a staple of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, whether it is dairy or nut based yogurt. As a matter of fact, some users find that increasing yogurt consumption helps their body when it needs to calm a flare or nurse a cold. However, yogurt is not always necessary for diet success.

I know many people diagnosed with IBD that healed and sustained long-term wellness without using any kind of yogurt. Some of them used capsules of SCD legal probiotics, while others just practiced the diet without adding probiotics, and did very well.

Thermos flasks of yogurt fill Morana's suitcase just before flying for a two week vacation.

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How would you feel if you found out that your own doctor received $110,000 in personal payments and $320k of ‘research’ funding from the same pharmaceutical companies that manufacture the drugs he prescribes for you?
"A major conflict of interest is at work when a physician has accepted payments from a drug or device-making company whose products he or she then prescribes or implants. The Sunshine Act will be embarrassing to some and infuriating to others, but is an excellent step toward consumer protection." Marvin Lipman, M.D., Consumer Reports Senior Medical Adviser, 2014.

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This chicken recipe has rapidly become a favorite at our home. It is a flavorful and delicious dish, with a pronounced Mediterranean flair that is relatively easy to make.

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Our SCD lifestyle is challenging, funny, yummy, touching, frustrating, hopeful and dedicated. Here are some glimpses into different aspects in the lives of families that are maintaining a therapeutic diet.

The images below are links to galleries of photos that were submitted by members of the SCD Families support group.

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The easiest way to balance your gut microbiome: Play Gutsy

gut-bacteriaGutsy is a fun card game for kids and adults. It helps players learn about the community of microbes that live in our guts, known as the gut microbiome. Gutsy is based on the various ways we interact with those microbes on a daily basis and turns those interactions into a fun and educational game.

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Often, the path to wellness is not only tough on the body and mind, it is also financially challenging. Medical financial cost burden Families that are working hard to manage medical conditions such as IBD, face grueling schedules of medical appointments, and need to invest more time in food preparations for diet therapies. Parents miss many  workdays, sometimes even changing their jobs, in order to care for their ailing child. Many find the medical and food expenses simply overwhelming. ...continue reading "Overwhelmed by the financial cost of IBD"

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This favorite recipe was found at allrecipes.com, and given a few modifications to make it a favorite of ours. During the summer months, it is great on the grill, and in the winter it can be made in the oven broiler.

Lamb Chops

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nutrition In Immune Balance (NIMBAL) Therapy: Using Diet to Treat Inflammatory Bowel DiseaseThe book Nutrition In Immune Balance (NIMBAL) Therapy: Using Diet to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease was written by Dr. David Suskind, an attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. During the past year this book was distributed to the medical community. Following strong supportive feedback, it is now broadly available for purchase online at mybookorders.com or with Amazon.

A few years ago I shared this presentation with the GI team at SCH about the success we had in using SCD to manage our son’s Crohn’s.

...continue reading "SCD as a Medical Therapy: A New Book by Dr. Suskind"

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