Rush SCD study in need of volunteers

A study at Rush University’s department of Gastroenterology to determine if the SCD changes gut flora is in need of volunteers with IBD that are not on the SCD or similar diets.

This is an important step to help gather clinical evidence in support of the SCD. If you know someone with this profile, please encourage them to join the study. Besides helping their fellow humans, participants get a DNA analysis of their stool. It’s a double win.

Here’s the official release:

Do you have Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or indeterminate colitis?  Would you like to have a free stool analysis to see what bacteria, yeast and other microbes are in your gastrointestinal tract?

Rush University Medical Center’s Department of Gastroenterology is conducting a study to determine if the Specific Carbohydrate Diet changes the population of microbes in the gastrointestinal tract. This is a popular dietary program amongst patients, but there are no published studies on how the diet works.  Your participation in this study will contribute to scientific knowledge regarding how diet can be used to manage the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. Participation will entail completing a series of surveys and mailing two stool samples and a urine sample. This study can be done completely from home through the mail and does not require presence at Rush University Medical Center.

We are currently looking for volunteers 8 years of age or older with a formal diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or indeterminate colitis who are NOT on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or a similar diet.  Subjects must be located in the United States. Volunteers who qualify for the study will receive a DNA analysis of their stool.

The principal investigator for this study is
Ece Mutlu, MD
Rush University Medical Center Department of Gastroenterology
1725 W. Harrison St., Ste. 207
Chicago, IL 60612
If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact
(312) 942-3466.

5 Responses to “Rush SCD study in need of volunteers”

  1. 1 Kurt December 17, 2011 at 8:14 am

    They must have all of the people they need. I contacted them in early November, but have not heard a response.

    • 2 Paul Stocker December 17, 2011 at 9:41 am


      Of course I can only speculate why you haven’t heard back. What I know however, is that in late September I asked my contact for the study if they were still in need of IBDers not on a special diet and the reply was yes, so I’ve left this post on my front page. Maybe your call/email was lost in the shuffle?


  2. 4 behrooz66 December 6, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Hello Sir!
    I have been reading your blog since a few weeks ago, actually when I started to go on the SCD. As you are very much experienced in this diet now, I would like to ask you a question.

    As far as I have read, yellow split peas are allowed in the diet. However, some references say that they must be soaked and some say it is not required. Now my question is that, can I use split pea flour in my diet?


    • 5 Paul Stocker December 7, 2012 at 1:18 pm

      Hello Behrooz66!

      If you make your own pea flour from peas soaked as prescribed in the BTVC book that is fine. However, it is believed that the pea flours you can purchase have not been soaked as required and are therefore not allowed.


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