NiMBAL

Nutrition in Immune Balance or NiMBAL is a great companion to the book Nutrition In Immune Balance (NIMBAL) Therapy: Using Diet to Treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease written by Dr. David Suskind.

The “Diet” in the title of the book is the SCD. I became aware of Dr. Suskind’s work from my communications with Tali from Gut Harmony.

You should check it out.

Here’s your link.

 

PRODUCE Study

A nationwide, largest ever, SCD study just started. The PRODUCE is a multi-center study done simultaneously at 12 leading hospitals around the US. It aims to determine the effectiveness of a specific carbohydrate diet in reducing symptoms and inflammatory burden in patients with IBD and compare this to a liberalized form of the SCD.

Here’s your link.

Sous Vide for making Yoghurt

So I got a comment from Taylor asking if sous vide would be an okay way to make SCD yoghurt.

OMG people, this just about blew my mind. Yes, yes, and yes. I bet it would be great.

For the uninitiated, sous vide is a way of cooking that has gone from the professional kitchen to affordable. It is a water bath, low temperature, accurate way of cooking that looks to be perfectly suited for making SCD yoghurt.  I first became aware of this kind of cooking when a company called Anova started selling one for home chefs for about $200. Since then, other companies have joined the fray. Some options include Bluetooth and WiFi connectivity and some are well below $200 now.

For SCD yoghurt, I think all you’d have to do once you’ve set your temperature is to monitor the yoghurt to see how long it takes to come up to 110 degrees F. Once you know that, you could adjust your total time accordingly.

The bonus with this machine is that it is not limited to yoghurt, you can make all sorts of things with it. Do a little Googling and YouTubing and you’ll see. But you might not want to do it when you’re hungry, fair warning.

Disclaimer: I don’t have a sous vide at this time, so personally this is speculative. If you have first hand experience with this method of making SCD yoghurt, I’d love for you to share you thoughts.

SCD safe soda

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I just received an email from Gay Bauer, founder of SCDiet.net about a new product on the market that may interest you: SCD safe sodas from a company called Green Bee.

I haven’t tried it myself, but what a pleasure to be able to just buy this kind of a treat once and a while.

As always, check the ingredients list before you buy. For instance, “Love Potion” would not be SCD legal due to the Cocoa Nibs.

Here’s your link.

Thanks Gay!

Check out the Gut Harmony blog

I get a fair number of comments on this blog thanking me for helping them or their kid get started on the SCD. It’s gratifying to get these comments, but it is one-to-one, or piecemeal process instead of a more network effect. This is fine, I’m not complaining or saying it’s not important, but you should really check out what Tali is doing over at Gut Harmony.

Her family used SCD to help treat her son with CD. That alone doesn’t make their story terribly unique. What does set it apart is what she is doing with the GI doctors at the Seattle Children’s Hospital. It is absolutely awesome and gives me hope for a wider acceptance of the SCD as a treatment option for IBD.

You should head on over to her blog and at least read the Milestones in our Timeline post.

Thanks Tali!

 

$2.5 million study of diet to treat CD

Well I’ll be damned.

For the first time ever, dietary intervention will be the focus of a major national research study of patients with Crohn’s disease. The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) announced today that it was awarded $2.5 million from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study the effectiveness of the specific carbohydrate diet and Mediterranean-style diet to induce remission in patients with Crohn’s disease.

It will compare the effectiveness of the SCD and a Mediterranean style diet.

Seriously, I never thought I’d see something like this.

Here’s your link.

League of Mortals

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I’ve mentioned Crohnology.com and the Chronology blog before and I think they are both great. If you haven’t visited them, do yourself a favor and check them out.

I wanted to tell Duncan that I think he does a great job on the blog and found his personal blog in that pursuit. There I discovered his book League of Mortals and finished it just today.

You should read it.

You’ll probably identify with Wesley. You may shed a tear. I can’t remember my life in that much detail and he does it with an honesty and snark that I can really appreciate.

And it’s a steal on kindle for $3.

Here’s your link.

 


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