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Yes the SCD is wonderful for anyone with digestive issues. It’s not easy at all but was definitely worth the effort for me. I was in pain every day from 1998 to 2003. I had gone to a lot of doctors. They ran every test and was unable to do a colonoscopy because the colon was spasming when they tried to get through. I was sent over to the hospital for more tests. In the end they said it was Irritable Bowel Syndrome and that I should stop eating all fiber. I knew that was not right.
In 2003 I went to a naturopath and he suggested the SCD book “Breaking The Vicious Cycle”. I read and thought, no way! hehe. Then after an especially excruciating weekend I decided to start it cold turkey that Monday. I was still in pain right until day 30 when I was about to give up. I had a good day. So I said maybe it was a fluke. But I did not have that pain again for 6 months when I started re-introducing foods.
It turned out that, to this day, if I eat anything with corn or soy, my intestines will let me know about it by feeling like a knife is stuck in my side. Actually it got me yesterday. I’m not even sure what I ate to cause it.
That’s why I have never gone back to eating processed foods other than Ezekiel bread and the occasional granola cereal on my yogurt.
I did eat a LOT of meat on that diet and now I hardly eat any meat. But I do recommend it too. It’s not the end all of diets but it’s the best elimination diet to figure out what foods cause problems.
Oh and I have had the finger nail ridges the whole time. I still have digestive issues even if I’m not doubled over in pain like I was.