Concise Summary of SCD Studies

SUMMARY:  Here is the Concise Summary of Specific Carbohydrate Diet, or SCD Studies with a focus on SCD for dietary treatment for Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD).  Actually though, SCD is used for many conditions, not just IBD.  This post focuses on the boatload of studies evaluating SCD for IBD because that is where most of the SCD research is happening.  The findings support that once gut irritating foods are removed, the immune system changes because the gut microbiome changes. That should be true for whatever condition SCD is used for.  Take this Round-table of SCD studies to your doctor and ask for support especially if for IBD.  They should liaison with those already integrating the SCD into IBD dietary therapeutics.  SCD helps IBD with or without medications and can be used to induce remission for many with and without medications.  Always, the goal of treatment is IBD remission, not necessarily medication-free.  Half of the 417 patients surveyed [Suskind et al., 2016] use the SCD to induce remission; the other half use it adjunct to medications because of medication failure.  Think how many guts could be saved!  Dr. David Suskind (leading light GI at Seattle Children’s  Hospital integrating SCD into IBD clinical  dietary therapeutics) explains [Suskind Dietary Treatment  YouTube, 2016] that some use SCD alone if with mild to moderate symptoms at diagnosis.  Others use SCD along with medications and then once in remission, it may be possible to wean off medications.  Consider giving some of the SCD tenets (especially the emulsifier elimination) a try regardless of your disease, or for aggressive preventative health.  Diet that removes gut irritants is that powerful because it changes up the microbiome where over 70% of immunity resides!  What do you have to lose????  

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“Introduction to Microbiome” presentation April 19, 2017

Summary:  If you are in the Pittsburgh area, stop in and hear the Introduction to Microbiome”presentation April 19, 2017 over at the Camelot’s Columbian Room.  Why is this presentation really important?  The microbiome is a newly discovered organ where over 70% of your immunity resides  AND many inflammatory and chronic diseases (from Type 2 Diabetes, to autoimmune, to dementia and Alzheimer’s) have been found, beginning about 2013, to have a microbiome inflammatory skew.  Diet and lifestyle hugely alters our microbiome  constituent members in pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory directions (see posts  here and here).  TheIntroduction to Microbiome” presentation  explains what the microbiome is and factors that impact it for the good and bad.  These findings are out of the key microbiome labs that have made pivotal contributions to our understanding of the microbiome.  To know where you are going microbiome-wise, you need to know where you’ve been microbiome-wise, and that means getting your arms around all the factors that impact it, good and bad.  You will better understand the state of your microbiome (and your families) and leave rethinking how food and lifestyle can better your microbiomes which it can, immensely.  The microbiome is a newly discovered organ we need to support for sure, and from the current disease epidemics, we are obviously not doing a very good job.  How bad are our microbiomes?  The National Institutes of Health’s “Human Microbiome Project”  was billed as a “road map” of human microbes.  But as Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, a microbiologist at New York University who is working to repopulate C-Section newborn skewed microbiomes said, the effort is “really the American  Microbiome Project; it’s not the “Human Microbiome Project.”  How the Western Diet Has Derailed Our Evolution?  Come… learn!

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2017 EWG Clean Dirty list

SUMMARY:  Here it is, the 2017 EWG Clean Dirty list…  Buy produce to the EWG Clean/Dirty list to preclude the most toxin loads! Also, consider those that are most dirty for growing in your garden or buying at clean farm markets!

The big changes from last year… Spinach jumps to second most dirty and pears appear for the first time…

2017 EWG Clean Dirty list (full list here)

The Dirty Dozen, in order of greatest to least toxin load, is: strawberries, spinach, nectarines, apples, peaches, pears, cherries, grapes, celery, tomatoes, sweet bell peppers, and potatoes.

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2nd Pittsburgh Fermentation Festival

Summary:  Just sharing a fun educational event, that literally could change your health, wellness, and vitality, occurring this Sunday, February 26, 2017, in Pittsburgh should you be nearby.  The FREE event is the SECOND Pittsburgh Fermentation Festival or read the Ferment Festival Facebook page.  I’ll be attending and talking about how ferment consumers and vendors can become a cohort for upcoming American Gut fermenting microbiome studies!  Last year I profiled many for participation and if you missed that, but still want in, or to ask me ANY question on microbiome, ferments, diet, and health, stop by my table and let’s catch up!  Added onto this year’s Ferment Festival…  attend the potluck night Saturday night!   BONUS:  See below for Cleveland Clinic, “5 Reasons You Should Add More Fermented Foods to Your Diet.”  Share this post to pass on the info!

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SCD Coconut Milk Recipe and Sourcing

Summary:  Learn this EASY SCD Coconut Milk Recipe!  Never again slurp down emulsifier and gum ingredient additives that wreck your gut with inflammation contained in commercial coconut milk!  But if you must source commercial coconut milk, I’ve included some cleaner brands to look for.  Why must you ditch and eliminate commercial coconut  milk or coffee drink creamers (or any food for that matter) that contains emulsifier and gum ingredients?   Read this post for a refresher, but the short of it is they wreck your gut with inflammation that is on the order of causing (in mice anyway) IBD if predisposed, and if with a normal immune system, say hello to chronic low-grade intestinal inflammation and metabolic syndrome.  With 35% of all U.S. adults, and 50% of those 60 years of age or older, having metabolic syndrome, it is time to ditch those gut inflaming ingredients and give your gut the tools it needs.  I’m posting this recipe now since the SCD Warming Non-Dairy Latte Does Your Body TRIPLE Good” recipe is coming next up, and that uses… drumroll pls… coconut milk!

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Eat eggs. Help heart, brain.

SUMMARY:   Eat eggs. Help heart, brain! Learn about two January 2017 studies (Finland & UConn) that found a high-cholesterol egg diet did NOT increase risk of dementia or Alzheimer’s, and it improved the lipid profile!  Serum antioxidants increased as well!  Also learn about the benefits of eggs, egg quality, and pass the word to avoid BPA exposure (plastics used for food storage) especially for those pregnant and during lactation because low dose BPA exposure (below that which the FDA considers is safe) increased the risk of an egg white allergy for infants.  AIP folks literally separate the white from the yolk for re-introduction!  Last, think about eggs as a healthy fat boosting carotenoids as found in the salad — egg studies posted here.   

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Another Microbiome Introduction Presentation today!

Summary:  Looking forward to giving today’s Microbiome Introduction Presentation!  Rather amazing that many of the healing diet vegetable and fruit tenets, being micronutrient, phytonutrient, and antioxidant rich AND containing fiber that actually nourishes the microbiome, follow the vegetable and fruit recommendations from the cancer centers like Dana-Farber Brigham Women’s!  Bonus of the healing diets is that they contain healthy fats that permit the absorption of those necessary food components!

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SCD PALEO Pot Roast with Orange and Dates

SUMMARY: What do I feed 4000 pounds of twenty-four men the night before the big game?  SCD PALEO Pot Roast with Orange and Dates redic EASY and delic!  This dish has graced our table repeatedly over the years.  In fact, my boys request this dish when we feed their basketball team the night before big games.  Bonus:  Double it always.  This is an EASY make Ahead and Freeze.  I send it to school so my kidos slurp in extra immune boosting bone broth.  It travels over twenty-four hours as the ice in my cooler and feeds my ever expanding clan at the beach.  The secret ingredients:  Dates, apples, pineapple, allspice, red wine vinegar, OJ, and parsley (still coming out from under our garden’s blanket of snow) combine with the tenderness of a Dutch Oven.  Credit for this culinary redic delic creation goes back years to Mara from the SCD Breaking the Vicious Cycle yahoo blog. It is without a doubt my favorite amazing healing diet recipe. Add it to your arsenal!

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Study Recruiting for Antibiotics, Autism Symptoms

Summary:  The 2014 1st International Symposium on the Microbiome in Health and Disease with a Special Focus on Autism brought out anecdotal parent findings that autism symptoms improved or worsened on antibiotics.  Baylor College of Medicine study in conjunction with Texas Children’s Hospital, is now investigating those findings!  If you have an autistic child, consider enrolling now before they are sick, so you have a test kit if prescribed an antibiotic over the next two years.  You would send microbiome samples pre and post the antibiotic.  Those are to be evaluated for changes to behavior and the microbiome — the bacteria, yeasts and fungi that also inhabit the gut, as well as examining metabolites (small chemical molecules) found in the GI tract. The study is free to participants and fully paid for by N of One: Autism Research Foundation which is founded by John Rodakis, the father of an autistic son who experienced symptom improvement due to an antibiotic dose Thanksgiving 2012.  Participate if you can to increase understanding of Antibiotics, Autism Symptoms which at present, has a gap in the published autism research. This initial data may more effectively sub-type autism and develop and deliver more effective microbial-based interventions.

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Why You Must Understand Epigenetics

SUMMARY:  Why Must You Understand Epigenetics?  Because  epigenetics is the real driver of your health status, and diet plays a major role in gene expression (aka epigenetics), at least in this post’s animal study!  Mention this fun fact at holiday gatherings as others notice and comment — good and bad — about your favor of healthy whole foods with resist of the nutritionally empty and microbiome harming options!  Epigenetics is a big word but it simply means the process by which your genes are turned on or off (aka expressed) in good or bad ways.  You already know, diet pre-selects “who” comprises the gut microbiome.  This post shares the University of Wisconsin-Madison mouse study which found that the molecules produced by the microbiome (aka metabolites) tells our genes what to do (turn on or off).  This study looked at two diets: a carbohydrate rich diet (one rich in plant carbohydrates similar to fruits and vegetables humans consume) and pitted it against the Western, Standard American Diet (SAD) (think high in simple refined carbs, added sugars,  and unhealthy fats — this is found in most all home cooked, grocery prepared, and restaurant meals as they use convenient processed ingredients).  Their results showed the plant based diet yielded a more rich microbiome which in turn, produced metabolites that seemed to favor host-microbe communication as they chemically communicated with cells, including cells FAR beyond the colon (the liver and white fat tissue), to dictate gene expression and health (metabolic  — insulin, lipid to name a few) in its host.  In contrast, the metabolites of the SAD did not provide this communication likely because it was MISSING the necessary metabolites to do so!  If you think this is awkward party talk, what is even MORE AWKWARD is feeling others watch what you eat so that they can learn what foods express their genes best!  You’ve worked hard to learn microbiome.  I am  in awe and proud of you.  Now it’s your turn to pay it forward and teach others by doing!  

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