When I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis, an auto-immune disease that in my case, effects the entire colon, I was never given a detailed explanation of my disease by my healthcare provider who specializes in gastroenterology.
He only offered large quantities of pills and explained that once the pills stopped working to control my symptoms, I would need surgery. He explained that it was only a matter of time before surgery to remove my colon would be unavoidable and along the way I would be taking medicines with a long lists of side effects.
I was shocked by his lack of help and got a second and third opinion. It turned out every doctor had the same plan, give me large amounts of pills and let me know that surgery will happen someday, there is no cause or cure for the disease, and that diet has nothing to do with it.
I refused to believe that diet had nothing to do with it. It seemed to me that any logically thinking person would agree that digestive diseases are directly related to the foods we eat. I began looking for alternative treatments and even cures although the highly paid medical professionals fought me every step of the way.
I stumbled across a video explaining how the SCD Diet has helped people with Ulcerative Colitis. It referenced a book called Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall.
I knew I had put thousands of dollars into doctors bills and I thought why not spend $10 on a book and learn about the SCD Diet?
Once I received the book I couldn’t put it down, I was so excited for the possibility of healing my gut. I had been sicker than I had ever been in my life and the pills seemed to be making me worse.
To be completely honest, I had a really hard time understanding the book at first. I had to read most of the book three times before I understood half of it and even then I knew I didn’t completely understand it.
Considering I was given very little information by my healthcare providers about this disease, I was a little overwhelmed reading words I had never heard before about body parts I knew very little about.
Although I didn’t have the best understanding on why it worked, I tried the diet anyway. The foods were all very healthy and I knew I had absolutely nothing to lose.
To my surprise almost immediately (within a couple of days) I felt better than I had in years. Eventually I felt so good I decided to stop taking my medicines. I knew they were poisoning my body and I knew that the doctors obviously had no clue what they were talking about, it seemed as though they wanted to keep me sick and on pills for the rest of my life.
The food we eat is either feeding a disease or curing one.
That is a truth for everyone, not just for those who suffer from the many diseases the SCD Diet treats. (Chron’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Diverticulitis, Celiac Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Autism, ADHD, and more)
Recently I stumbled across a video of Elaine Gottschall, talking about her book Breaking the Vicious Cycle
I wish I had seen this video when I was struggling to understand the text of her book but now it all makes sense to me. If you are a visual learner like me or have a little bit of time on your hands, I suggest you watch this video, it may change your life for the better. It’s free and totally worth every second of your time.
The videos are broken up into 3 parts, explaining the SCD Diet, after viewing the first video, you can watch part 2 and 3 by looking to the right and clicking on the next video.
Has this video inspired you to make lifestyle changes to improve your health? Share your thoughts with me by commenting on this post.