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The SCDRocks conference was organized around the use of diet to help manage Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.

If you or anyone you know has Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis* and are anywhere near eastern Massachusetts (Bristol Community College in Fall River), make it a priority to get to the SCDRocks conference on October 6th and 7th. (* or celiac disease or autism with GI symptoms) SCD Rocks

The speakers include an amazing group of healthcare practitioners. The gastroenterologists and dietician below work at nationally ranked hospitals and are focused on patient quality of life rather than one or another "right" method--often treatments include medicine as well as diet and other therapies. They have no financial interests in any service or product related to the conference.

If this conference existed when I was younger, it would have saved 7 years of misery--seriously. Here are some more details on the speakers:

Dr. David Suskind - Director of Gastroenterology at Seattle Children’s Hospital

Dr. Suskind

Through Dr. Suskind's diligent research and positive clinical results, the Seattle Children’s Hospital now offers dietary treatment to IBD patients, working with a team including dieticians. Dr. Suskind has published several studies on the effects of the SCD on IBD symptoms and the microbiome, as well as completing work with microbial fecal transplants. He is beloved by IBD patients and their parents. We're lucky that he is able to fly in for a day.

For his full studies, look for "Suskind" on this page: medical journal articles

The Nutrition in Immune Balance (NiMBAL) site details some of the work by Dr. Suskind and his colleagues:

Dr. Josua Korzenik - Director of the Crohn's & Colitis Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH)

Dr. Korzenik

At BWH, under Dr. Korzenik's leadership, the Crohn's & Colitis Center focuses on individualized care and patient goals, offering not only medication but nutritional services and even mindfulness-based stress reduction programs groups with other IBD patients. He has authored studies on fecal microbial transplants for Crohn's disease and their team is always evaluating potential treatments. Prepare to learn about the microbiome!



Dr. Samir Kakodkar - Assistant Professor, Rush University Medical Center

Dr. Kakodkar

Diagnosed with IBD as a 23-year-old medical student, Dr. Kakodkar recently completed both a 3-year gastroenterology fellowship a 1-year advanced fellowship in IBD. His experience both as a gastroenterologist and as a patient using dietary therapy (primarily SCD) along with medication places him in a unique position to discuss IBD and a broad range of treatments with a critical eye. He has published two SCD studies and recently started a podcast about complementary IBD treatments.

For his studies, look for "Kakodkar" on this page: medical journal articles


Cathy Malone, MS, RD, LDN - Pediatric Dietitian, Massachusetts General Hospital

Cathy Malone, MS, RD, LDN

During decades of experience working with a pediatric GI department as well as over a ten years of using the SCD in clincial practice, Ms. Malone has a practiced eye in assessing patient diets for nutritional adequacy and working with families to figure out sustainable plans. Familar with the latest research she is well-versed in the nutrient-specific needs of IBD patients.



Only 9 Days left! I will post more about the speakers soon, including one who used to bring her homemade SCD lunch to the White House while working as an intern. For the impatient, go see them now!

(Disclosure: I am assisting with the SCDRocks conference organizing as an unpaid volunteer. I worked on an SCD cookbook published in 2008. More recently, I worked with Pamela Ferro, R.N. on a book about the SCD and Autism--copies of which will be given to conference attendees.)

In case you missed it, here is the segment from the Today show:

Mom’s bakery venture blossomed from mission to help her daughter

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Watch the Today show this Friday, September 28th!

 Liberated Specialty Foods

Stacey Schlaman of Liberated Specialty Foods will be on the Today show with Kathie Lee and Hoda to talk about her company as well as the SCD!

Short timeline:

  • [Alabama, several years ]: Stacey Schlaman's daughter suffers from celiac disease and psoriasis
  • In researching options Stacey learns about the SCD as well as GAPS*. Using diet, Stacey's daughter's health improves dramatically. Stacey
  • In 2015, Stacey is both motivated by her daughter's improvements and overwhelmed by the time she's spending making food.
  • To work with these feelings, she turns inward. She thinks of all the other families in a similar situation. She wants to make food for them.
  • Following her instincts, she and her husband purchase an old church in the Alabama countryside, outside of their town.Today Show
  • Stacey converts the church into a commercial kitchen. Liberated Specialty Foods is born.
  • People love they food! They want more! They want this food in their stores.
  • Groceries, including Whole Foods and Sprouts, start carrying Liberated foods in states including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.
  • This Thursday, Stacey and Liberated Specialty Foods will be on the Today morning show.
  • On the weekend of October 6th and 7th, Stacey will also be at the SCD Rocks conference! SCD Rocks

(* GAPS is pretty much the equivalent of SCD.)

In the beginning of August, the Seattle Children's hospital began posting a video series titled: SCDelicious: Recipes for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet.

Watch as Maddie, who uses the SCD to for her IBD, creates a tasty cake with Dr. David Suskind--her gastroenterologist!

If you are on the east coast, hear Dr. Suskind speak at the SCDRocks conference on October 6th!

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On Saturday, April 9th, from 8am to 3:30pm, the Seattle Children's Hospital will be providing healthcare providers with their most recent information about treating IBD (Crohn's and ulcerative colitis) with nutrition--including their extensive work with the SCD.   Registration is here:

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Please join us for a Book-Reading and Cooking Demonstration from the book The SCD For Autism & ADHD written by Raman Prasad & Pamela Ferro. This event will take place in downtown Boston at an established local venue – the Trident Booksellers & Cafe. Kids welcome!

Thursday, March 31, 2016 • 7pm

Trident Booksellers & Café
338 Newbury Street • Boston, MA 02115
617-267-8688 •

What's The Gut Got To Do With It: Dietary Interventions & Autism
A Book-Reading with Raman Prasad
SCD Cooking Demonstration with Nilou Moochhala

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Find out how dietary change using this grain-free, dairy-free, soy-free, and sugar-free diet can decrease inflammation and alter the gut microbiome. The SCD has not only been used for serious digestive issues such as IBD and Crohn’s, but also for conditions such as autism, ADHD, anxiety, and mood disorders. We’ll discuss current relevant research and past history involving use of this diet.

Come meet the authors & sample some delicious treats!

Out for Pizzas with SCD Crusts

November 25, 2015
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A week ago, we headed out to our favorite local gourmet pizza place that allows us to bring our own almond-flour crust for "pizza-ing."

Over the years, we have been perfecting the thickness and texture of the crust so that it can work in their oven – along with the other farm-to-table ingredients they add on top.

On this visit, instead of homemade crusts, we brought two crusts from Liberated Specialty Foods* (formerly Nourish Bakery), and were lucky enough to carry home some leftovers - one crust baked to perfection with peppers, mushrooms, and onions – and the other with SCD-safe chorizo - all topped with delicious cheddar cheese! 

(* I'm actually ordering more crusts from them this week.)

(Conflicts of interest: None:)


Nourish Bakery - name change

November 13, 2015

A few weeks ago, we posted about a new SCD-friendly bakery called Nourish Bakery. We wanted to update you to let you know the name of this bakery has been changed to Liberated Specialty Foods. You can now visit them at

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SCD author Raman Prasad and nutritionist Cathy Malone (Massachusetts General Hospital) will present clinical and patient perspectives on the use of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) for inflammatory bowel disease. This information is also applicable to IBS and celiac disease. 

Title: Calming Digestive Issues Through Diet

When: Saturday, October 24, 2015
Time: 2-3:30pm
Where: National Park Visitors Center, Corson Building, New Bedford, MA

Sponsored by: The Marion Institute
Event Type: Workshop, followed by book-signing

For more information, you can visit The Marion Institute's Connecting for Change Conference site.



A few weeks ago, we received a care package from Nourish Bakery, a new bakery in Madison, Alabama, that states it goes "Beyond Paleo" and is also very SCD- and GAPS-friendly.

Out of the numerous items packed into the box, the first item we were most excited to try was (yes, believe it or not!) the Nourish Bakery Ketchup. That evening, with burgers and veggies on the grill, we cracked open this SCD ketchup and generously spread it alongside our meal. This condiment has been sorely missed over the almost two decades we have been following this diet, and would have made Elaine proud! The hours we had combed through health food stores, reading ingredients, trying to find a store-bought ketchup that might work – made this item the first one we took out of the sampling box.

Up late that night, we took out another item called an Energy Bomb, that was a delicious snack to revive us and provided something sweet to bite into alongside our mint teas.

The next morning, yet another goodie bag was opened - this one containing waffles. These looked as good as store-bought ones, and yet were 100% SCD. Made with cashews, coconut flour, coconut oil, coconut milk, vanilla, honey, egg, and baking soda – they were warmed up in the toaster, dripped with honey and SCD yogurt, alongside some ripe bananas. The indulgence of being able to buy food that is SCD-friendly and tasty – added to the enjoyment (each bite reminded us what labor would go into making it were we to do it at home!)

Another item to note are the Fiesta Chips and Cheddar Crackers - which both have just the right amount of flavoring added to them. We could continue to write-up other items they sent us, but that would make for a very lengthy blog. Their website features breads, crackers, muffins, condiments, pizza crusts, donuts, and other baked goods for sale.

The story behind Nourish Bakery is as fascinating as all the SCD-approved food items they create. You can read about Stacey's motivation and commitment to feed her kids healthy foods that led her to renovate an old church in the countryside!

image 1 Stacey Schlaman, second from left, founder of Nourish Bakery, in Madison, Alabama.
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The Diagnosis

As an infant, Jack Woodward suffered from reflux. As he grew older, his abdominal problems always seemed to be present, including diarrhea and stomachaches. The symptoms steadily worsened and in October 2010, at age 7, he could barely move because of abdominal pain. His mom Gisele made urgent calls to doctors near their home in Charleston, South Carolina, but no one would give an appointment earlier than 6 months.

In an act of desperation, they traveled to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in Boston. After an endoscopy, the gastroenterologist diagnosed Jack with ulcerative colitis. Jack received prescriptions for Pentasa and Entocort which began to ease his symptoms. Before flying back to South Carolina, Gisele asked for advice on follow-up care closer to home.

The doctor at MGH strongly recommended Benjamin Gold at Children's Healthcare in Atlanta* noting that: "We [MGH] tried to recruit Dr. Gold to come up here but he's not willing to trade the Georgia weather for Boston winters." (* One of U.S. News and World Report's top-rated children's hospitals.)

From ages 7 to 8, Jack's symptoms were more manageable on medication but he stopped growing. In October of 2011, Dr. Gold ordered more diagnostics, including an endoscopy and colonoscopy. The tests showed inflammation not only in Jack's colon but also his small intestine. As a result, Jack's diagnosis was switched from ulcerative colitis to Crohn's disease.

To make matters worse, in February of 2012, five months after Jack's diagnosis of Crohn's, his older sister Kristina was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. Her outer symptoms had been milder, initially showing up as joint pain. However, tests revealed that her intestinal inflammation and lesions were more serious than Jack's. Both brother and sister officially had IBD.

No Stranger to IBD

It's important to point out that Gisele was no stranger to IBD. Her husband Mark, Jack and Kristina's father, had a long history of Crohn's disease. Mark was rushed to emergency surgery in 1989 for a resection, underwent another resection surgery in 2003, and carefully followed his medication regimen, all while balancing a demanding work schedule. During their years together, Gisele made it a point to understand the disease.

Long before Jack's diagnosis, Gisele actively volunteered with the Cohn's Colitis Foundation of America. Over the years, she raised tens of thousands of dollars for the local chapter. Gisele was no stranger to the impact of IBD on an adult. She was also a person used to taking action. However, now she had two children with IBD. Knowing the lifelong health issues and medications faced by Jack and Kristina, she began to feel at a loss. What could she do to help them?

Another Possibility

Serendipity intervened. Jack and Kristina's visits to Dr. Gold coincided with the start of an SCD pilot study. Dr. Gold explained to Gisele how the SCD had helped other patients in his practice.

After careful consideration, the family decided that both Jack and Kristina would start the SCD together. Although they didn't participate in the study, they followed the same protocol and stayed under Dr. Gold's medical supervision. The family went through the hard work of understanding the diet, reading labels, and reconfiguring their household food supply.

Six months later, the effort starting showing results. If you remember, Jack had stopped growing for one year, during ages 7 and 8. He literally fell off the growth chart for children his age. The inflammation from Crohn's had impaired his body's ability to absorb critical nutrients. But during the first six months on the SCD, something changed. His intestines started to heal, his body began to absorb nutrients, and he grew an inch. One inch in 6 months! His parents sighed with relief, the team at Children's Healthcare in Atlanta celebrated, Jack was getting better.

Kristina's fared even better, her symptoms resolved by 6 months. Three and a half years since starting the diet, Kristina has remained completely prescription-free while Jack's medication is limited to Pentasa. They have both grown taller and gained weight--although Jack has not completely compensated for his sickest year when his growth had stopped.

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Study Results

The children enrolled in the study also thrived on the SCD. In the October 2014 issue of the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition, the researchers noted "clinical and mucosal improvement" at both 12 weeks, and for those who continued, at 52 weeks. More specifically:

  • 8 out of the 9* patients who completed the study showed clinical improvement at 12 weeks. (*1 of the original 10 patients dropped out, not able to comply with the diet)
  • 6 of these 8 who improved achieved clinical remission at 12 weeks
  • "Sustained clinical remission was shown in 6 of the 7 patients who remained on the diet to 52 weeks"

source: Cohen, Stanley A., et al. "Clinical and mucosal improvement with specific carbohydrate diet in pediatric Crohn disease." Journal of pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition 59.4 (2014): 516-521.

Note: Taking into consideration their own bias toward the SCD, the researchers used an independent evaluator to review the clinical results.

Helping Other Families - A Second Study

With both Jack and Kristina doing so well, Gisele saw a way to take action on behalf of everyone with IBD. She became involved in fund-raising, creating the Woodward Crohn's and Colitis Foundation. So far she has raised $150,000.

This money has been used to start a second round SCD study, this time with 20 patients. For this multi-site effort, Dr. Gold and his team are collaborating with Dr. Suskind at the Seattle Children's Hospital. They are studying how the Specific Carbohydrate Diet changes the flora of the gastrointestinal tract as well as reduces the inflammation on the lining of the intestine.

More information on the Woodward Crohn's and Colitis Foundation may be found below:



Gisele Serralles Woodward

Mark Woodward