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Has anyone read the book “Breaking the Vicious Cycle?” Intestinal Health Through Diet

This book is all about Specific Carbohydrate Diet to treat Ulcerative colitis, diverticulitis, celiac disease and chronic diarrhea. If anyone has tried this eating plan, what were your results?


  1. I read this book. I also tried the protocol. For me, to be honest, it didn't work. I hear great things from other patients though. I guess it depends on the person. I was told that if I continued on for a longer period of time it would work but I was skeptical.

    In terms of gluten, if that is a trigger, you can try a product like Glutenza, that helps with absorbtion of gluten. For me, the main culprit, after trying just about every diet in the book, is dairy products and beef (MAP Infection theory of crohn's). Dairy is often difficult for anyone to digest anyway. My father, who does not have IBD, takes a substance to help him absorb lactose.

    Another protocol you might try was developed by Jordan Rubin, the Garden of Life guy. Some say he is a scammer. One of his products is dirt. I'm not sure about him. He did seem to have photos showing he cured his Crohn's, so it is hard to say.

    Anyway, as far as what works for me, avoiding/limiting coffee, not too much raw vegetables or fruits at once, watch out for brown bread and multigrain, no alcohol, no dairy, no beef/steak. Pretty much everything else I eat. This has been the best diet of those I have tried, but, again, everyone is different.

    1. If I can be of help in any other way please let me know. Thanks for sharing.
      Best,
      Matt (team member)

    2. Matt,
      Thank you for your response. I tried the beginning diet but after two days, the carrot purée in the chicken soup gave me even worse diarrhea. And I hate the Farmer’s cheese even with making the cheesecake recipe with it. Plus sick and tired of yogurt and eggs in general. I do not even like using honey as a sweetener in my yogurt. So I have gone back to just picking foods from the SCD list which seems to work better. That gives me a better sense of things I should not eat even if they are on the list. Also I do not think I should eat ground beef and cauliflower is an absolute no no.

  2. I attempted it. It did help some but man was it hard to stick to. I ended up not doing it for very long and just stuck with the foods that I knew sat well with me.

    Elizabeth (team member)

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