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Book Review: The SCD For Autism and ADHD by Ferro, Prasad & Moochhala

scdBookFadeThinking about how I wanted to approach the review of this book, I thought I’d see if I could find any other resources for doing the SCD dairy free. To my surprise, I was unable to find any. That fact alone is a good reason to get a copy of SCD-DF, but even if it was a crowded market I still think I’d be telling you that this is the one you want to start with.

Pam and Raman lay out the science and practical experiences of treating Autism and ADHD in a way that is both compelling and approachable. Written in a clear, concise, but conversational voice, they guide the reader through a myriad of issues that a parent or patient might experience. Raman has been doing the SCD practically forever and has authored three other SCD books. Pam has been in her practice for more than a decade and treated hundreds of children with the SCD-DF. In an environment where it must be nearly impossible to fund a large scale dietary study her experiences are absolute gold. On top of her expertise as the cofounder and a practitioner at Hopewell Associates, Pam has the first hand experience as a parent of a child affected by autism. Pam not only can give you good practical advice, she can feel for you too. Perhaps this is best reflected in part 3 of the book in the chapters entitled, “Building Your Support Network”, and “Caring for Mom”.

In addition to the scientifically substantive nature of the book, it is liberally interspersed with parent’s accounts of how their children improved on the SCD-DF. Also, no opportunities are lost to use a diagram when explaining a concept to help you understand. A book like this could be very dense and dry, but Pam, Raman, and Nilou have managed to make it an illuminating experience though a well crafted use of diagrams, sidebars, personal stories, and excellent food photography.

One of the potential hurdles when attempting a diet change like this can be convincing yourself our your partner it’s worth the effort. Some are swayed by the stories of improvement from other parents, but others may need more objective sources. Thankfully this book is exhaustively cited with more medical articles and studies than you could read in a year.

Not only is the the theory of this diet well documented, the practice of living the SCD-DF is covered with guides for setting up your kitchen, grocery shopping, meal planning and even how to deal with your child’s school and kid’s parties. Fully half the book is recipes. This really is an all encompassing book.

If I could add anything to this book it would be this one thing: keep a journal. Track everything you can think of; food intakes and times, moods, test results, behaviors, sleeping, bathroom habits, etc. I found a journal to be most useful for uncovering why I might be having a bad day or more importantly how far I had come. When you are in the midst of changing a lifestyle and living that life, it can be difficult to have a long view of the arc of recovery. The journal allows you to look into the past and see all the little improvements that have come. It can be really help you or your partner’s conviction if you’re feeling progress is too slow or you are just really tired.

In conclusion, this is an awesome, empowering book that anyone wanting to try dietary intervention for their autistic or ADHD child should have in their arsenal.

You need this book.

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The SCD for Autism and ADHD


A new book by Raman Prasad, Pamela Ferro, and Niloufer Moochhala for doing the SCD diary free to help those on the spectrum or dealing with ADHD.

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Monitor your calprotectin at home


The Bühlmann company has recently announced IBDoc, a home test for monitoring your calprotectin level.

It requires their test kit and an app for your smart phone. There is also an online component for sharing info with your doc, though I’m not sure if that is a requirement. I also couldn’t find a price, so for now am assuming that you’d need a prescription to get the test kits.

Here’s your link.

Novel mechanism for Crohn’s disease uncovered

Researches at the Technische Universität München have shown in a mouse model that bacterial imbalance in the gut can lead to a Chrohn’s-like inflammation. Previously, it was not know wether an unbalanced gut microbiota was the cause or result of inflammation. Their research shows that it is the cause. Here’s your link.

Why haven’t we cured IBD?

Article from ScienceLife at the University of Chicago Medicine and Biological Sciences:

Why haven’t we cured inflammatory bowel disease?

Honey on tap.

Amazing bee hive system that allows you to get fresh honey just by turning a valve.


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Spam sucks: A commenting change

I previously have had commenting wide open. It worked fine for a long time, but now I’m getting so much spam that I’m requiring commentors to give a name and email. I don’t want your name and email, but I’m hoping that it will curb the amount of junk that fills up this blog and wastes my time.

My only other option is turning commenting off. That would be a bummer because it would eliminate the public back and forth that the silent majority can benefit from. Note that I’m still leaving my contact info in the sidebar if you want to avoid the blog commenting altogether.



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