“Prove It!”

SCD Studies, Books, and Web Resources

This is a list of helpful websites and books that explain the science or how-to behind the diet. Please let me know if you’ve found anything good that I should add!

Recent Studies

(2017) “Special Diet Sends Children With Crohns And Ulcerative Colitis Into Remission In Study”(IBD News Today) – you can read the actual study in the January issue of Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology here. (Click on “Article as PDF” link on the right to get the full text.)

(2016) Stanford University study—visit “World Journal of Gastroenterology” for an abstract.

For University of Washington’s research, visit PubMed for an abstract of the study.

(2014) Seattle Children’s Hospital. Visit “Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition” for an abstract of the study.


From Canada: http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/ottawa/cheo-crohns-gut-bacteria-study-1.3864650

Rush University is also reportedly working on research on IBD and the impact of diet (to be published 2017?)


Books/Web Resources

NIMBAL Therapy – David Suskind, MD. This was the book my pediatric GI doctor recommended, and it was how we first heard about the diet. It has a bunch of recipes in it as well.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle – Elaine Gottschall; the official SCD website: www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info

Seattle Children’s Hospital also just started a brand-new website devoted to the SCD: nimbal.org.

Links to videos of medical lectures Dr. Enav had attended and that he sent to my mom before we started the diet:



And some more presentations:

Dr James Gregory on Does The SCD work?

How Nutrition Can Shape Gut Microbiota – Alessio Fasano (March 2016) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8TqRyxawkE — Dr. Fasano was my big brother’s first gastroenterologist, but he is now at Harvard.

Gut Harmony has a great list of links to SCD Resources:





Food To Buy

Ready-made food is slowly becoming more available as there are growing databases of SCD-“legal” items that can be ordered online from sites such as Amazon or Thrive market. Sometimes it can also be useful to loom for products market “paleo” as there is a bit of an overlap. But best of all, there are a growing number of outfits that specialize in SCD food or candy. Here are some of them:

http://www.wellbees.com/ (Honey candy!)



http://www.freedavitamins.com (SCD-legal supplements and vitamins)


There are a lot of good SCD cookbooks out there now. I will list and/or introduce a bunch of them soon, but our first and still favorite is Cooking for the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by Erica Kerwien. It’s got a lot of simple and yummy things in it.

There are also a lot of websites with recipes (see Nimbal or Gut Harmony above for links). Just go ahead and Google “SCD [enter favorite food here] recipe,” and I’m sure you’ll come up with something.