Breaking The Vicious Cycle is THE book you need if you are following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet for intestinal health. This book, written by Elaine Gottschall, is the primary resource for anyone starting the SCD. In other words, DON'T START THE SCD WITHOUT IT! This book contains the science behind the diet as well as the introductory diet and basic recipes that will get your through the 1st few weeks.
Renowned pediatrician Dr. Sydney Valentine Haas developed the SCD in the 1920s to treat people with celiac disease — and in fact, according to Haas, hundreds of celiacs who started the SCD in childhood were reportedly cured of their condition. However, the SCD fell out of favour when Dutch physician Dr. Willem Dicke discovered that gluten was a key trigger of celiac symptoms and the gluten-free diet became the standard treatment for celiac disease. However, it was Elaine Gottschall, with the with the publication of this book, who popularized the diet and brought it to the mainstream changing hundreds of thousands of lives in the process.
Even though not all celiacs respond well to the gluten-free diet, most people with celiac disease choose it over the SCD due to a lack of awareness. There is also currently no formal research being conducted on the SCD, despite its potential for curing celiac disease and demonstrated promise in treating other conditions, such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and autism spectrum disorder.
Nevertheless, the SCD has been adopted by thousands of people worldwide and there is hope that it will undergo clinical trials so it can be integrated into mainstream medicine and provide new treatment options for millions of people.