Pamela Ferro

Pamela J. Ferro, RN, ASN, is the co-founder of Hopewell Associates, a nurse-owned practice for those seeking treatment for neurodevelopmental and biomedical behavioral disorders. She directs and manages Hopewell's Autism Program for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Pam initially found the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)™ through Elaine Gottschall's Breaking The Vicious Cycle. Pam brings her passion and knowledge to her treatment of people with autism and ADHD not only because of her relationship with her mentor Elaine, but more importantly, because of her son, Isaiah, whose life is affected by autism. For over a decade, Pam has treated hundreds of children using the Specific Carbohydrate Diet-Dairy Free ™ (SCD-DF) - most of whom have made tremendous strides forward in their cognition, behavior, and overall health.

Pam is the president of the Gottschall Autism Foundation that provides learning opportunities for young adults with autism. Ferro has worked in collaboration with The Johnson Center for Child Health and Development, in their research study of how children with ASD can experience improvement in their GI symptoms-and therefore behavior-by adopting the SCD-DF. She has lectured nationally and locally and developed the SCD-DF Nurses curriculum under the guidance of Elaine Gottschall.

Pam is also co-founder and consultant for GIProHealth, Inc., a nutraceutical company that offers customized vitamins and probiotics for people on specialized diets. She lives in southern Massachusetts with her family. Ferro is a graduate of the nursing program at Bristol Community College (A.S.N.).

Raman Prasad

Raman Prasad has followed the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD)™ successfully for more than 16 years, which has resulted in a return to good health and a normal life. In 1998, inspired by his recovery and remission from ulcerative colitis, Prasad founded which includes hundreds of SCD recipes, news items, and other relevant information about this dietary protocol.

Prasad is the author of the non-fiction memoir Colitis & Me: A Story of Recovery, that chronicles his life with crippling ulcerative colitis from ages 17 to 24, and how he was ultimately able to restore health through the SCD. Additionally, he has written two cookbooks: Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (Fair Winds Press, 2008), which contains a global repertoire of gluten-free and dairy-free SCD-inspired culinary delights, and Adventures in the Family Kitchen (2005), which combines traditional Italian-American and Indian family recipes.

Raman also blogs online about SCD news at He has been an advocate and spokesperson for the diet for almost two decades, and has worked alongside Elaine Gottschall in her efforts to promote the SCD to a wider audience. Raman has been invited to speak about the SCD in venues that range from Seattle Children's Hospital to the Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) to local bookstores and libraries. He has been profiled in a variety of media such as Living Without and New Haven Independent, as well as other SCD blogs.

He lives in the Boston metropolitan area with his wife, co-author Nilou Moochhala, and their one daughter. This is his fourth book about the SCD. Prasad is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S.) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (M.S.).

Nilou Moochhala

Nilou Moochhala was introduced to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet at the same time that she met her partner, Raman Prasad. As the household adopted this challenging dietary regimen, she became familiar with how to design and create fun and flavorful recipes within the prescribed parameters of SCD. Through her studio, she assisted in the design and marketing of Prasad's SCD website and the non-fiction memoir Colitis & Me: A Story of Recovery.

Moochhala is also co-author of Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (Fair Winds Press, 2008), and recipe contributor and tester for Adventures in the Family Kitchen. She created and developed over 125 of the 150 recipes for the Cookbook section of this book. Moochhala is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College (B.A.) and the Yale School of Art (M.F.A.).