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The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)

The origins of the SCD can be dated back to medical documents as early as 1888 which recommend patients with coeliac disease to avoid carbohydrates, specifically grains.

Various Paleo diet products on wooden table, top view


The Story Behind the SCD

The modern SCD is based on a protocol by Dr. Sidney Haas, a medical doctor in the United States who treated over 600 patients with coeliac disease and inflammatory bowel disorders.
Dr Haas helped one of his patients who was suffering from Ulcerative Colitis achieve remission through specific dietary changes. This patient’s mother, Elaine Gottschall was so grateful for her daughter’s improvements that she dedicated her life to researching the link between food and gut health, and came up with the concept of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

Who Can Benefit from the SCD?

  • People suffering from the following conditions have noted a marked improvement of symptoms, some noticing a change within a matter of days. However strictly following the diet for the long term is required to maintain positive results.
    The SCD may help those who are suffering from:
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Diverticulitis
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Chronic diarrhea and food intolerances
  • Autism
  • ADHD

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