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Welcome to the SCD (Specific Carbohydrate Diet) Wiki

The SCDWiki is devoted to assisting beginners to find digestive wellness and healing with the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD or SCDiet) as delineated in the paperback book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall, B.A., M.Sc. This diet has been used successfully by thousands of people to help alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease even into remission. History of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

It is essential that anyone embarking on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) have access to a copy of Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall, B.A., M.Sc.(BTVC) now in its fourteenth printing. If you are unable to purchase a copy, see if your public library can obtain a copy for you. It is the authentic, official book on the SCD diet. The newly upgraded, official website for the book is "" has a wealth of information, including a detailed list of allowable foods.

The writers on have no financial interest in the BTVC book nor are we members of the Gottschall family. We are all persons with digestive diseases who through using SCD have gotten our lives back. We are so grateful for this diet that we want to share what we know about techniques for integrating SCD into one's daily life. In addition to our own experiences, we have summarized the collective experiences of others who have generously shared their stories on the Yahoo forum, This wiki is dedicated to all who are on SCD.

The book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle is about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, its history, and its scientific background with many helpful recipes. The book has just come out with a fourteenth printing. The few page references currently on the wiki are for the thirteenth printing but should not be that different.

What the book lacks is "how to" techniques. How to maintain SCD: while working in an office, while traveling, doing sports, attending family events, attending a business conference, etc. It is the purpose of to try to fill this gap, to be a quick start guide for living a full life with SCD. This Wiki focuses on helping beginners through their first year and includes tips from SCD veterans on how to overcome any problems that may arise.

We want to make it easier for persons to implement the Specific Carbohydrate Diet and be successful. We know that the first year is the hardest. So much seems new. So much seems strange. When one is not feeling well, it is hard to consider trying something different. We know how you feel. We have been there.

You will feel better on the gut friendly Specific Carbohydrate Diet. SCD is not a weight loss diet. Quantities are not limited. There are no point systems or calorie counts. Some lose, some gain. Just follow the diet, eat until you are satisfied and learn to listen to your own digestive system. The SCD has a way of "right sizing you" over the long term.

The SCD is complementary with your traditional medical treatments. Continue to take all prescribed medicines while you are healing. The small and large intestine combined are 30 feet long so digestive healing takes time, lots of time. However, on SCD, most of us started to feel better very soon and those awful symptoms: the gas, the bloating, the pain, the dashing to the bathroom were soon markedly reduced or eliminated.

The most important thing to remember is that you are unique. Your healing process is solely driven by your own body. Some heal faster than others, some can tolerate some foods that others cannot. So what! You must to go at your pace. Slow and steady will be the fastest route to your healing in the long run.

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Where to Find the Book

Breaking the Vicious Cycle can be found in your library, local bookstore, or at

How to Use this Wiki

You are welcome to jump right into the SCDWiki; however, our focus is about successful techniques for SCD. It is important to read Breaking the Vicious Cycle and/or the official website first or in conjunction with using the SCDWiki. Click on the Table of Contents at the upper left Topics to get an overview of the entire site and guide you to topics of interest. You can also enter keywords in the search box at the top of this page and press "go."

Most people soon feel better on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. How much time it takes depends entirely on each individual person. Within the SCD framework, each individual must adapt the diet to the needs of his or her own body. The SCDWiki can help you get there.


Breaking the Vicious Cycle uses the terms "legal" and "illegal" to indicate that foods are allowed or not allowed on the diet. To minimize confusion on the internet with regard to readers for whom English is a second language, on this wiki, we will use the terms "allowed" or "permitted" or "permissible" if a food is okay on the diet. We will use "not allowed" or "not permitted" or "not permissible" for a food that must be avoided.

How to Join The Conversation On The On Line List

If you have questions about the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, please join the interactive BTVC conversation group on Yahoo,


The purpose of this site is to assist persons in implementing the Specific Carbohydrate Diet as delineated in the book, Breaking the Vicious Cycle by Elaine Gottschall, B.A., M.Sc. It is not intended to be medical advice nor is it a substitute for consulting medical professionals.

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