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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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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"



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 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.

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NIMBAL Therapy

On a sunny April day in Seattle a new milestone in the science of “diet as medicine” was reached, as Seattle Children's Hospital held its 7th Nutrition Symposium: Nutrition in Immune Balance: Using Diet to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease.

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The gut mucosa hosts the body’s largest population of immune cells.This amazing animation, Immunology in the Gut Mucosa, was produced by Nature Immunology in collaboration with Arkitek Studios and helps unravel the complexities of mucosal immunology in health and disease.



These links are courtesy of CCFA. The Northwest Chapter of the CCFA is instrumental in providing the highest level of support and education, consistently addressing topics at the cutting edge of current science.

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People often ask me what is the best way to start a gut-healing diet. “From your weakest point,” I answer with a smile. It depends if your current weak link is your body, suffering distress that dictates immediate relief, or if your current weak link is your mind, resisting restrictions and change. ...continue reading "How to start a diet"


Back in 2013 we were asked to record our teen's complete food intake over 4 random days. The information was used for a small analytical study at Seattle Children’s Hospital. We were pleased to learn that despite the fact that our teen was practicing a very restricted diet- his nutritional intake was much better than most people who eat a rich and plentiful Standard American Diet (SAD). ...continue reading "Nutritional Analysis – SCD Diet"


You probably think of yourself as a single entity, an independent navigator of your own life, think again! In reality, everything you think, feel, or do is affected by the intricate communication process between the multi-millions of microbes in and on your body. So whenever you say “I” you might as well say “WE”.

We each host more than 10,000 species of organisms, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi. All together, these are called the microbiome. Each of us has a unique microbiome balance, subject to the genes we inherited, the environment we live in, and the food we eat. Maintaining the distinctive microbiome balance that is ideal for each individual is key to our wellness.

The National Institute of Health (NIH) funded the "Microbiome Project" which is considered by many as “the second genome project”. It has stimulated fascinating research and discoveries and is already revolutionizing the way we treat illness and, no less important, the way we think of wellness. We used to think of bacteria as the enemy, a source of sickness and disease. We now know the picture is multifaceted. Microbes are not the primitive, single cell organism we used to think they are. Our microbes maintain active social colonies and communicate among themselves in sophisticated ways. They affect our brain, our gut, and every associated bodily system. Mental illness, autoimmune diseases such as IBD, and metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetics, are all affected by our microbiome.

As research progresses, we are heading for a future where probiotics will be used more than antibiotics, and diets will be tailored to support our good bacteria and starve our bad bacteria.

The first diet that addressed gut bacteria by name and intent was the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, created by Dr Sidney V. Haas (1870–1964) as a treatment for celiac and inflammatory bowel disease. The diet was later advanced and developed further by biochemist Elaine Gloria Gottschall M.Sc. who wrote the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet. This book helped countless people regain their health while its author was generously mentoring and teaching people how to use this diet to heal. The SCD is being researched today as a therapeutic diet by leading GI scientists and doctors, and is being practiced in different modernized variations. Many of the popular “new” diets today are actually, variations, interpretations and offshoots of the SCD. In my opinion, the book Breaking the Vicious Cycle, should be considered required reading for anyone interested in microbiome diets.

Respect for healthy diets and the healing powers of food have been mentioned as early as biblical times and throughout history. Unlocking the mysteries of the microbiome holds great promise for our future. Here are sample resources for microbiome published research and books


  1. The Effect of Diet on the Human Gut Microbiome: A Metagenomic Analysis in Humanized Gnotobiotic Mice. US National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.
  2. Bacterial communities cause inflammation of the gut. Novel mechanism for Crohn’s disease uncovered.  April 23, 2015,  Research news
  3. Analysis of Gut Microbiome and Diet Modification in Patients with Crohn’s Disease. Published: June 27, 2014.
  4. The Gut’s Microbiome Changes Rapidly with Diet, December 14, 2013, Scientific American.


  1. Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet by Elaine Gloria Gottschall, 1994.
  2. Management Of Celiac Disease by Sidney Valentine Haas & Merrill Patterson Haas, 2011.
  3. The Stone Age Diet: Based On In Depth Studies Of Human Ecology And The Diet Of Man by Walter L Voegtlin, 1975.
  4. The Microbiome Diet: The Scientifically Proven Way to Restore Your Gut Health and Achieve Permanent Weight Loss by Raphael Kellman. 2014.
  5. Brain Maker: The Power of Gut Microbes to Heal and Protect Your Brain–for Life, by David Perlmutter, 2015.
  6. The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-term Health by Justin Sonnenburg, Erica Sonnenburg, Andrew Weil, 2015.
  7. Follow Your Gut: The Enormous Impact of Tiny Microbes (TED Books), by Rob Knight, Brendan Buhler. 2015.
  8. Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues, by Martin J., MD Blaser. 2015.
  9. The Paleo Approach: Reverse Autoimmune Disease, Heal Your Body, by Sarah Ballantyne. 2014.
  10. Gut and Psychology Syndrome: Natural Treatment for Autism, Dyspraxia, A.D.D., Dyslexia, A.D.H.D., Depression, Schizophrenia, by Natasha Campbell-McBride. 2010.

This was our first presentation in front of the GI team at Seattle Children's Hospital (SCH) in 2012. This was the starting point of a long collaboration with the team at SCH that resulted in the first medical symposium ever held about the use of SCD as a therapeutic diet, host by Dr. David Suskind of SCH in Seattle in January 2014.

Dr. Suskind and the GI team at SCH have since led and continue to conduct research about SCD and other therapeutic diets as treatments for IBD.