Does your gastroenterologist support dietary therapy for IBD?
IBD patients who are interested in medically guided and supervised dietary therapies often face resistance from their doctors. In order to be able to advocate for their choices, patients must understand the complexities of the diet debate. The following recorded presentations highlight different aspects of this debate, so that diet users can respond to doubt and distrust. We will start with a presentation that focuses on the limitations of diet therapies, and we will follow with presentations of doctors who are diet advocates.
Dr. David Suskind, a Professor of Pediatrics at the Department of Gastroenterologyat Seattle Children's Hospital, is known for his ongoing efforts to study the intricate connections between IBD, Nutrition, and the microbiome.
He conducts ongoing research, participates in and speaks at national conferences, and, most importantly, he is extremely generous with his time and attention when he meets his young patients and their worried parents at the hospital every day.
As part of his mission to teach the importance of nutrition, he created the site Nimbal. The site was launched a few years ago to help patients, families, and healthcare providers integrate dietary therapy as treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease.
This week Dr. Suskind is launching yet one more tool he developed to help IBD kids: a comic book for IBD education with an emphasis on the microbiome and healthy nutrition.
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"
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.
Like many other kids, our son is enthralled by the Harry Potter book series. He recently finished the last in the series (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) and promptly began the first book all over again. So, when I realized Harry Potter’s birthday was coming up in a couple of weeks, I thought it would be a great opportunity to celebrate our family’s love for these stories.
Unlike a lot of other families though, ours is on a medical diet – the Specific Carbohydrate Diet – for my son’s ulcerative colitis diagnosis. We all follow SCD in support of him.
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.
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.