What is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™, or SCD™?

Welcome! The Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) has been used successfully by many people to manage Crohn's disease, Ulcerative Colitis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Celiac disease, Chronic Diarrhea, candidiasis, and even autism.

Here are some helpful links to get started:

  • Breaking the Vicious Cycle book and website

    Elaine Gottschall's original book on the SCD. Originally published in 1994, this book explains the science behind the diet, gives detailed instructions on how to start the SCD, and provides plenty of recipes.

  • Nutrition in Immune Balance (NiMBAL)

    Closely aligned with the Seattle Children's Hospital, this website contains research-based information including videos, recipes, and guides on how to integrate dietary therapy (SCD) with IBD treatment.

  • Facebook group: Breaking the Vicious Cycle

    With thousands of members, a great source of support for getting started as well as day-to-day questions.

  • Medical journal articles

    These articles are especially useful for talking with healthcare providers who are not familiar with the diet and would like to read the medical literature.

(September 18th 2018)

SCD Rocks The SCDRocks Conference
October 6th-7th 2018
Bristol Community College
Fall River, MA

Speakers include: the Director of the Crohn's & Colitis Center at ​Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Director of Clinical Gastroenterology at Seattle Children's Hospital.

Register now!

(Organized by the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Association, a 501(c)(3) organization.)

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!

Note: Since the SCD has been demonstrated to positively improve patient health and started to enter the medical mainstream, this site is updated less often:)