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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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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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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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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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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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Iron deficiency is a common problem for many IBD patients,who have a hard time absorbing and storing iron. However, iron supplements are not allowed when practicing SCD as a diet therapy, since iron in a supplement form is harsh on a sensitive gut. Research also suggests that iron supplements can alter the bacterial balance in the gut of people with IBD

When adhering to the Specific Carbohydrates Diet, there are several alternatives to the use of iron supplements. While mentoring SCD families I have seen people that managed to restore their iron levels shortly after starting SCD. As their gut was healing their absorption of iron from foods sources was sufficient to normalize lab results of iron levels. At the same time, some other people struggle to restore iron levels even while on SCD, and must try different methods to supplement their iron until they find a good fit that their body absorbs well. Listed below are various methods that are in compliance, or minimally interfere with SCD.

 

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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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