Reviews

Medical Practitioners

"This work translates years of expertise and knowledge into an understandable guidebook: explaining the need for this particular diet and the application of it in daily like for those individuals with autism."
-Kelly M. Barnhill, M.B.A., C.N., C.C.N., Director of Clinical Care, Johnson Center for Child Health & Development

"Prasad & Ferro have broad personal and professional experience-and provide you with the tools and knowledge to implement this diet, avoid pitfalls, and make nutritious foods that are SCD-DF. The authors ahve taken Elaine Gottschall's insightful work to the next level."
-Elizabeth Mumper, M.D., President, Rimland Center for Integrative Medicine

"Someone once told me that a good book becomes like a friend. A friend you can go to over and over - a friend you can trust, consult, and upon whom you can rely. This book will be your friend. With research-proven evidence, Pam and Raman show you why so many of our children are getting sick, how our children's digestive systems are an integral part of all diseases, and how a dairy-free version of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) can help them heal. Most importantly, this book helps us to figure out how to help these kids."
-Nancy O'Hara, M.D., M.P.H.,F.A.A.P., Founder and Partner, Center for Integrative Health & Former Assistant Medical Director, Defeat Autism Now! Physician Training

"With experience and compassion, the authors present a science-based approach to treat Autism and ADHD. The book provides everything you need to successfully implement the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. This is an invaluable tool to improve your child's health and behavior."
-Cathy Malone M.S., R.D., L.D.N., Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition, MassGeneral Hospital for Children

"The underlying medical complexities that often accompany a diagnosis of autism can be overwhelming, difficult to understand, and daunting to address-even by many in the medical profession. Pam Ferro and Raman Prasad have collaborated to make this complex subject easier to comprehend. They show us why, and more importantly, how to adhere to the dairy-free Specific Carbohydrate Diet, thereby, making what was once considered a difficult challenge a much more doable and effective approach for healing many of the medical problems that are at the root of autism symptoms. "
-Maureen H. McDonnell, B.S., R.N. , Co-founder, Saving Our Kids, Healing Our Planet {sokhop.com} & Medical Coordinator, Imus Ranch for Kids with Cancer

"This is a work of love and generosity. It is motivated by passion and dedication for the topic of gut permeability, the foods that improve it, the gut microbiome, and their effects on both Inflammatory Bowel Disease and Autism. While these are popular topics nowadays, Raman Prasad has been an expert on this for over a decade, fueled by the need to control his own Crohn's disease. He is also incredibly evidence-based, and knows the medical literature and science on this topic better than any clinician! So while there are many other cookbooks out there to help autism and/or IBD, if you want the unusual combination of an evidence-based "medicine", AND an extremely approachable AND delicious set of recipes, then this is the book to choose. I have been recommending this book to my patients with Atopic Dermatitis, because gut permeability issues cause immune dysregulation across many organ systems."
-Sarita Nori, M.D. , Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

"This excellent, new book provides a reassuring blend of real-life anecdotes of diet implementation and evidence-based research on the SCD diet for Autism and ADHD. The simple, delicious recipes make the arduous task of making a diet change, with this population, seem very doable! From delicious soups, to chicken nuggets, pastas, vegetarian options and even SCD donuts/candies, you can try your own variations, based on your own tastes and needs, but keep this book as a quick, easy feel-good guide for your journey. This book is a quick read, and the beautiful photos will leave your mouth-watering as you make the tough decision of what recipe to start with!"
-Erica Lelli Young, M. Ed. Special Needs Educator & Consultant


SCD Spokespersons

"This book fills an important need by providing a reference for caregivers to apply the wisdom and benefits of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet^trade; in the treatment of children and adults with autism spectrum disorder."
-Judy Herod, Daughter of Elaine Gottschall, Author of Breaking The Vicious Cycle

"Raman Prasad and Pam Ferro, with their many years of experience, take the guesswork out of using the SCD for autism. They very clearly guide the reader along. I am so happy to be able to recommend this book!"
-Lucy Rosset, Founder, Lucy's Kitchen Shop & Author, Lucy's Specific Carbohydrate Diet Cookbook

"The story of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and its importance in treating autism and ADHD cannot be told too many times. It is the single most important treatment we have for treating these conditions. Many parents shy away from dietary treatments because they have been told they don't work - or because they are afraid it's too hard. Pam Ferro and Raman Prasad's book, which neatly and succinctly explains the whys and hows, makes it more than clear that not only is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet do-able...it is imperative"
-Judy Chinitz, M.S, Founder, New Star Nutritional Consulting

"Pam and Raman's book is an excellent resource for families and people using the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) for ASD and ADHD. It addresses many important issues for families in implementing the diet: how to successfully begin the diet with meal plans and great recipes, the use of SCD appropriate supplements, why support from family/extended family/schools is essential, and how it can all be done."
-Sheila Trenholm, Counselor, Pecanbread.com & Speaker, SCD Symposium, Seattle Children's Hospital

"It has been well over a decade since I began following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and first met Elaine Gottschall. Back then, we marveled at the success ASD children were having with SCD. It seems like the wonderful science Elaine shared with us has finally begun to impact the medical community. SCD groups have long envisioned a printed guide that could make a strong case for the diet both by detailing the science behind it and by sharing personal anecdotes. Raman Prasad and Pam Ferro have combined their knowledge and experience in assembling and detailing a "bible" for those who could learn about SCD for juvenile health challenges like ASD, ADHD and other conditions related to nutrition and digestion. Elaine would be so pleased and proud!"
-Carol Frilegh, SCD advocate & columnist