I've done it. Helped me at the time. not sure why, pathogenic bacteria maybe ? Maybe I should consider going back to it Do watch your intake of nuts and especially almonds because of oxalates
I know this is an ancient thread, but after hearing about the SCD for years...I'm starting to consider it. Not sure if I can handle all the cooking/finding the ingredients, etc., but need to at least look into it more. I've definitely been eating a LOT of the carbs they suggest are "bad" (like oatmeal, rice, etc.).
Anyway, I found this link this morning that claims the SCD plan helps to lower oxalate "values", but that it's not a good idea to do both at the same time. I haven't read the whole thing yet, but it looks like they explain why...
There are very helpful people in the SCD community - they'll hook you up with suppliers, recipes etc.
I've done SCD since 2005, then Gaps (which is SCD plus a few extras - more difficult) since 2009.
Parents have often noted that their children tolerate previously troublesome foods and food groups better when they avoid grains and certain carbohydrates. My son who doesn't have health problems, except that he was dairy intolerant since 4 months old, has been able to eat dairy every day without any problems since 3 weeks into GAPS.
Children in particular often respond very quickly. Here's a link to a video I posted on my fb page last month...
She'd previously been doing Feingold for her son to try and avoid salicylates.
In my years as part of biomed communities (for autism spectrum disorders mainly - they've always been leaders in dietary approaches) I've seen many parents change from going after certain chemicals to take a "gut ecology" approach and find success that way. Probiotics are a part of it and I personally think the probiotic recommendations in some of these diets are outdated (most especially in the SCD, for ME/CFS at least).
ETA, for me the biggest improvements were with inflammation, and with brain fog. But I didn't respond as quickly or as fully as most children I've seen have improvement. I think we have additional problems...likely because we have often been sick for so much longer. IMO Kenny de M and others are on the right track.
It's funny that this topic comes up now because I started SCD three days ago in an attempt to lower LPS. Current status:
1) Fatigue increased, energy is really low (maybe because the body has to get used to a lower carb intake and has to adjust)
2) Allergies seem to improve. I eat certain foods and have no problems with them although I had problems with them a week ago, when I ate rice and noodles to them
3) You get much calmer, excitatory neurotoxicity decreased
4) Concentration and sleep improved
5) Skin improved
@Danny: The diet is really easy. You get the protein and fat from eggs, meat, fish, avocado and you get the carbs from vegetables and fruits (only ripe fruits but don't overdo it in the first week). You are also allowed to eat honey in order to keep glucose up.
...I suppose I cut too much of carbs initially, so I had to reintroduce some back in order not to feel so weak (maybe I got ketonic).
When the body cleans up, one can test reactions by reintroducing things. I found out that my guts get messed up if I eat legumes. They slow down everything so badly, give cramps and constipation.
I got the impression that such "clean" nutrition closes the blood brain barrier thus making the brain fog to go away.
I agree with Waverunner, it is an easy diet. In the beginning it looks hard to quit so many things, but it took only a week or so to change the way of thinking and planning/shopping habits. My bf reaction was very positive - the more meat the better! Another unplanned positive result was that it took less time to prepare the food. As for the meat, it appears pork is more inflammatory than beef or turkey. I was using the inflammatory indices from the website http://nutritiondata.self.com/
Imho, gluten/starch low diet (and there are many different names and diets, where the essence the same - low gluten/starch) is the only thing that seems to have helped many CFS patients (for example supplements/antivirals are much more questionable, more difficult to get, correct me if I am wrong). So in terms of logic (whatever foggy it might be), it seems rational to try it, while other therapies involve more risk and more doubts. On the other hand we do not hear much about ppl who maybe got much worse after cutting carbs. It does not mean that it did not happen, just that there is no much data about it.
The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) is a nutritional regimen, created by Dr. Sidney V. Haas and popularized by biochemist and author Elaine Gottschall, which restricts the use of complex carbohydrates (disaccharides and polysaccharides) and eliminates refined sugar, all grains and starch from the diet.