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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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No more brain fog and chronic pain!!!! No more ADHD in son!!!

Reviewed by Christina M. Kuykendall "Natural Mom"
October 25th, 2007

Elaine Gottschall's book, Breaking The Vicious Cycle, which details the SCD, saved my life. This book is THE AUTHORITY on doing the SCD. It describes in plain terms, the science behind why and how it works. It details what to eat and what not to eat. There are even many recipes included that will help you see the many possibilities of yummy foods you can have on SCD. Many of these recipes are extremely kid friendly.

I tried many things before SCD, gluten free, casein free, various other elimination diets, rotation diets, digestive enzymes, but nothing worked to the level that SCD did.

Before trying the SCD, I had Hashimoto's Thyroiditis (autoimmune), Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the early stages of both Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid Arthritis, and symptoms of Bipolar disorder.... I was lost in chronic pain, brain fog, insane exhaustion-- unable to enjoy life. SCD has given back the joys in my life. I've lost 80 pounds and have stabilized at a healthy weight. I have so much more energy to live, not just physical energy, but mental energy as well. I can keep track of what chores need to be done and don't feel overwhelmed or daunted anymore, and I have the energy to actually complete them! I can discipline my children and actually be effective. I can follow conversations. I can move and walk and even dance pain free. I feel connected to the world around me instead of lost in fuzzy brain fog. I can enjoy my children, my husband, my friends, my family and my life once again.

My son has been pulled from the brink of Asperger's by this diet. His ADHD has also been fading. Emerging is this sweet, calm, focused, articulate little boy. SCD also gave him the first solid stools of his entire life. His little body is rapidly healing on this diet. I should also note that Feingold Program did not help at all and actually made his sensitivities worse, even after trying it for many months! SCD gets at the source of the salicylate problem. Removing them completely with Feingold is just a band-aid approach. Doing SCD my son's list of salicylate foods that he can tolerate is growing and growing. He can now have tomatoes, many high sal spices, small amounts of berry juices, which before SCD would have sent him pinging off the walls.

Thank you Elaine for bringing this diet out into the public's knowledge! Rest in peace knowing you made a difference in this world.

"All diseases begin in the gut" - Hypocrites (460-370 BC)

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For those of us who are relieved to have access to information which empowers us to take care of ourselves, this book is a godsend. With it I have been able to completely regain my health without the use of medications. It is a tragedy that this information is not available to everyone with digestive disorders, so that we all can make informed personal choices about how we wish to approach our treatment. People with the determination to regain their health will almost certainly benefit from learning about this diet.
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