This April, a Defeat Autism Now conference will be held in Cherry HIll, NJ.
Two notable people will be present, Pam Ferro and Sandra Ramachar.Read More
Please welcome Roger Seco (RS) and Tony Ventris (TV). They will be assisting in segments on inflammatory bowel disease marketing. Not knowing what to do since the superbowl ended, they've decided to turn some of their free time toward watching the drug market for gut problems.Read More
Today's New York Times reported on a Lancet study where probiotics proved fatal when used for pancreatitis. The story failed to bring up the question: which probiotics were used?
Not all probiotics are necessarily helpful--investigations into the ideal mix of gut bacteria is still in its infancy.Read More
Several posts have mentioned Beth and her daughter Amy--Amy started the specific carbohydrate diet for Crohn's disease and Beth also followed the diet to give her support.
Although Amy has "thrived" on the diet, tapering off of medication and having a healthy baby, Beth's experience has been more mixed, especially with almond flour products.Read More
In late 2005, the CCFA wrote a tricky article about the specific carbohydrate diet. The article subtly dissuades people from trying the SCD while not-quite-telling-the-truth.
Since the CCFA's SCD article is still quoted today, this is one of several posts to examine the article. I was going to start at the beginning of the article but let's start with legumes.
Also, allow me to introduce one of several assistants, "Joe Colitis", or JC. He's a longtime sufferer, in so-so condition, always interested in new ways to make the disease easier to live with. He gives his impressions of the article.
Excerpt on legumes. Misleading: YES
original article: http://www.ccfa.org/about/news/scd
In other words, legumes are attempted slowly after three months--and if they don't digest well, then they're not used. In addition, all legumes used on the diet are soaked overnight to reduce the starch.
(narrator had to get back to work . . .. )
William Modell, the chairman of Modell's sporting goods passed away on February, 14, 2008, at age 86*.
Currently, Modell's has 136 stores in eight states. William Modell is worthy of mention on this site because his son Michael struggled with the Crohn's disease from age 13, until he passed away in 2001, at age 48:Read More
Yesterday, "Crohn's Boy" posted a story about Geoff Slater, a Canadian artist, who used the specific carbohydrate diet to recover from Crohn's disease. Over a two year period rec
Today, five people were selected to receive a free cookbook!
The winners have been e-mailed and their names will be posted after they respond.
(Note: One winner will be selected each month until the end of the year)
Barely three weeks after being approved for Crohn's disease, the multiple sclerosis (MS) drug Tysabri is under the spotlight again. The February 7, 2008 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine contains a letter from three doctors reporting the occurrence of melanoma (malignant tumors) shortly after giving Tysabri for MS:Read More
For 10 patients diagnosed with pseudomembranous colitis, doctors prescribed Flagyl and Vancomycin as well as a course of probiotics.Read More
Amy who has been on the SCD for one year, including having a healthy baby, has written a nice blog post today:
In the late 2006, Fair Winds Press contacted us and asked if we would like to write a recipe book for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. By the time January came, we were spending much of our time in the kitchen, working diligently on testing recipes we had collected (and being careful not to repeat recipes from any other SCD books).Read More
On December 29, I met with Jill and she shared her experiences with Crohn's disease and the specific carbohydrate diet. Last year, she started a blog, the Dietary Adventures of Jilluck, to show how someone could follow the diet and still have a regular life--in her case that includes a happy marriage and thriving in a demanding professional environment.Read More
No-Carb Diet May Curb Prostate Cancer http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/11/13/health/webmd/main3496908.shtml
(WebMD) Forgoing carbohydrates may slow the growth of prostate cancer, according to preliminary lab tests in mice.
The researchers aren't making dietary recommendations for men. But they say the topic deserves further study.
"This study showed that cutting carbohydrates may slow tumor growth, at least in mice," Duke University urologist Stephen Freedland, MD, says in a news release.
"If this is ultimately confirmed in human clinical trials, it has huge implications for prostate cancer therapy through something that all of us can control, our diets," says Freedland, who plans to start such trials next year.
Freedland's team split 75 mice into three groups: # Low-fat diet: 12 percent fat, 16 percent protein, 72 percent carbohydrate
# Western diet: 40 percent fat, 16 percent protein, 44 percent carbohydrate
# No-carb diet: 84 percent fat, 16 percent protein, 0 percent carbohydrate
The no-carb diet was modeled on a special diet sometimes given to prevent seizures in children with epilepsy, Freedland's team notes.
After 24 days on the diets, the mice got an injection of human prostate cancer cells.
The mice on the no-carb diet outlived the mice on the Western diet. The no-carb mice also had tumors that were a third smaller after 51 days than the mice on the Western diet.
Tumor growth and survival were similar for the mice on the low-fat and no-carb diets.
"One could argue that the [no-carb] diet provides no advantage and future studies should focus on a low-fat diet," the researchers write in today's online edition of The Prostate.
But they suggest that the no-carb diets may have other advantages, such as greater weight loss and lower levels of a tumor-promoting chemical.
The study's limits include the fact that it only involved mice and its relatively short time span.
Whether the findings apply to people -- and the long-term effects -- remain to be seen.
As Freedland's team notes, the no-carb diet used in their study was very high in fat, and high-fat diets have been linked to greater risk of prostate cancer, heart disease , and other health problems.
The type of fat may make a difference. For instance, Freedland and colleagues got different results in a past study that used corn oil as mice's main source of fat rather than milk fat or lard.
Other researchers have shown that intensive diet and lifestyle changes may slow prostate cancer without requiring anyone to give up carbohydrates.
In the Fall of 2006, we were asked by a publisher if we'd like to work on a recipe book for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. After spending much of 2007 in the grocery store and kitchen:), the book Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet will be released February 1, 2008 (two weeks away!!)
In the coming weeks, more posts will talk about the process of making this cookbook, including weekend grocery trips and recipe testing, uncovering more history on the diet, attending a food photo shoot, and much more...!
You can find out more about the book by visiting www.scdrecipe.com/cookbook/.