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The Book – Breaking the Vicious Cycle

Return to Book Page. Breaking the Vicious Gottscjall It is a strict grain-free, lactose-free, and sucrose-free meal plan. Of all dietary components, carbohydrates have the greatest influence on intestinal microbes yeast and bacteria which are believed to be involved in intestinal disorders.

Most intestinal microbes require carbohydrates for energy. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet works by severely limiting the availability of carbohydrates to intestinal microbes.

When carbohydrates are not digested, they are not absorbed. They remain in the intestinal tract, thus encouraging microbes to multiply by providing food for them. This can lead to the formation of acids and toxins which can injure the small intestine. Once bacteria multiply within the small intestine, they can destroy the enzymes on the intestinal cell surface, preventing carbohydrate digestion and absorption.

At this point, production of excessive mucus may be triggered as the intestinal tract attempts to “lubricate” itself against the irritation caused by the toxins, acids, and the presence of incompletely digested and unabsorbed carbohydrates. The diet is based on the principle that specifically selected carbohydrates, requiring minimal digestion, are well absorbed leaving virtually nothing for intestinal microbes to feed on.

As the microbes decrease due to lack of food, their harmful by-products also diminish. No longer needing protection, the mucus producing cells stop producing excessive mucus and carbohydrate digestion is improved.

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet corrects malabsorption, allowing nutrients to enter the bloodstream and be made available to the cells of the body, thereby strengthening the immune system’s ability to fight. Further debilitation is prevented, weight can return to normal, and ultimately there is a return to health. PaperbackTenth Anniversary Editionpages. Published August by Kirkton Press first published August To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

To ask other readers questions about Breaking the Vicious Cycleplease sign up. Be the first to ask a question about Breaking the Vicious Cycle. Lists with This Book. Sep 02, Kathryn rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Anyway, I waited to post my review since I’ve been trying the diet during the interim. Even if you do not suffer from intestinal issues yourself, chances are you know a friend or family member who is even if they are suffering silently!

Most importantly, most people who make the change in their diet will NOT need to continue medications at all, or as often. The diet is not easy. Nor is it particularly inexpensive though when you figure how little you’ll be eating out, the cost is pretty much off-set!

You will have to give up a lot of foods that you love–but that don’t love you back! It’s like being in a bad relationship!


Why continue your love affair with food if it’s ruining your health–and probably, by extension, your enjoyment of life!? The diet proposes that certain carbohydrates cannot break down properly in certain people, leading to various diseases of the gut and, since there is a clear brain-gut correlation, this can sometimes manifest as ADHD, etc.

Thus, you must eliminate all those offending carbs from your diet. This means NO sugar, no wheat, no rice, no corn, no potatoes, no beans Yup, most of the food that we eat every day–food that is even “good for us” except that, in those suffering from a sick gut, etc.

Now, before you think this is the end of the world–or, at least, of delicious food, there are lots of recipes that are pretty darn tasty.

Nothing will ever come close to a tasty tortilla chip or fresh baked bread, but you can supplement with almond flour which is expensive but a little goes a long way!

You can make home-made yogurt and find some good cheeses avoid the soft ones, go with the hard ones. Also, your whole approach to food will change. You’ll bbreaking of time with produce–which is really how things should be anyway.

Lots of cooking from scratch!!! No more quick snack of chips or even power bars or other “healthy” processed food. In time, you may find some restaurants you can go to now and then Greek is a good choice! And, if you find you really just want to have a piece of your best friend’s wedding cake–I say, go for it–if you are ready for the consequences. I am not some amazing person who has tons of culinary skill or patience with cooking, shopping or not eating out.

I want ice cream!!! But, I was also literally sick and elane from bombarding my system however inadvertently with foods that were bad for me.

Whether or not you choose to try this diet will probably depend on how crappy you feel. Also, there is another system of thought out there if you have IBS that is pretty much contradictory to this diet except for the lactose aspect where you can have rice and bread but must avoid nuts and cheeses, etc.

I tried that for a few days, but I got so bloated from just having white rice that I figure I must be better with the SCD diet in Gotschall’s book. If you are curious, you can go to Gotschall’s website or type in “Specific Carbohydrate Diet” in Google and a bunch of stuff will come up without you even having to invest in the book.

Intestinal problems are not the most romantic thing to talk about, but I wanted to share my experience with everyone because this diet has truly made my life SO much better!!!

If you are suffering, and especially if the doctors have told you there is “nothing wrong” except a little IBS, do try this so long as you HAVE ruled out the other things that could be wrong, of course. Good luck and good health! View all 6 comments. Aug 12, Kristina rated it really liked it Shelves: My typical dinner used to be pizza, pasta, or sandwiches, always followed by something sweet–candy, cookies, cake.

I rarely ate vegetables or meat. My gastroenterologist had told me to follow a low-residue diet, so I figured the more carbs, the better. He advised me to stay away from raw vegetables and meat, the “hard to digest” foods he thought would tax my digestive system.


Then I read this book and realized I had been eating all the wrong things for years. This book h My breakkng dinner used to be pizza, pasta, or sandwiches, always followed by something sweet–candy, cookies, cake. This book has changed my diet for the better, though it requires monumental effort. This book was much better than the similar Maker’s Diet, which was apparently based on the principles Elaine Gottschall learned from the Drs.

SCD is more strict than the Maker’s Diet in some respects, but the firm science behind it spoke louder to me than the biblical interpretations vicoius expensive aromatherapy and cleansing products espoused by the Maker’s Diet. While I respect this book and would highly recommend it to any other sufferers of digestive disorders, there are gogtschall not so great things about it.

Some of the recipes are just plain terrible. The coconut-honey candy balls were a disappointingly goopy waste of honey. On the other hand, the honey-garlic spare ribs were unbelievably easy to make and delicious. Experiment until you find what works for you, and equip yourself with alternate sources of recipes to compensate for the flops. The book editing is poor, with some pages tumbling into ever smaller fonts from paragraph to paragraph.

If you aren’t an editor like me, this probably won’t bother you. Dec 09, Breakign rated it it was amazing. As a Gottechall sufferer, this book is a godsend! I have been on the diet for 3 months now. My symptoms have vanished, except for twice when I let someone else cook something for me.

Both times despite asking several times about the restrictions, they made a last minute adjustment in the recipe and unawares added something with starch in it.

The cramps were incredible. I will be eating this way, maybe for the rest of my life. It is worth it to feel healthy and pain free. Jun 02, Jeff rated it it beraking amazing. Let me say that this is a frightening book. Bdeaking it’s also an amazing book. Apparently, there has been much research done over the years concerning the digestive system and our health.

Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Intestinal Health Through Diet

What I did not realize is that, if something such as complex carbs doesn’t fully digest in the intestines, it doesn’t just automatically pass right on through. Sometimes, they “hang out,” causing all sorts of problems and sicknesses.

While this book is not specifically written about autism, there is vicjous evidence t Let me say that this is a frightening book. While this book is not specifically written about autism, there is much bottschall that the Specific Carbohydrate Diet will be beneficial to people with autism.

The book is well written, with many, many resources in the end notes. The author goes into a lot of detail with biological evidence, etc. But the main thrust of it is that, in order to gain healing in the digestive system, we need to eat foods that require little or no digestion.

There is a wealth of information toward the back of the book, including a recipe section that seems to breaaking on forever. I feel relatively certain that we will be trying some of those soon.