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Parents who use grain-free and sugar free diets to heal their children are on high alert before certain holidays. Valentine’s day can feel like a cultural assault for these families. Chocolate commercials, jars full of treats in many public places, and school classroom events centered around sweet treats. At SCD Families we have many ambitious parents who are determined to help their grain-free sugar-free kids feel included in the celebrations without compromising their diet.  

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A complete weekly SCD menu will be served this summer at Camp Oasis Northwest. Campers who use the Specific Carbohydrates Diet as part of their medical therapy will enjoy a fun filled week, including meals and snacks prepared especially for them!

The new SCD menu includes SCD S'Mores and crackers for the camp site fire pit evening, pizza-pasta, meatball fondue, cakes, butternut squash tots, and many more delicious offerings. 

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A growing number of posts within the online SCD communities show a photo of a manufactured food product and ask the group "Is this legal?" Unfortunately, there can never be a perfect answer to this question. 

 

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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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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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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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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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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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Be prepared...
Nonperishable SCD emergency food

I came home yesterday to find a food pile on our kitchen counter. Larabars, jerky packs, raisins boxes, nut baggies, etc., many covered with lint and dust, some partially squashed, some expired.  As it turns out, all were salvaged from the bottom of the teen’s backpack. Sigh.

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