|I first came across "Breaking the vicious cycle" nearly 5 years ago. I
have always been interested in the nutritional aspect of health and had
trawled through many "health" books and avidly read what was on offer in the
press (The Guardian is usually more helpful than the Mail and Mirror in its
health reports)...and was quite taken with the idea of grains and low fat
being good for me and my family...courtesy of tooo many Kellogg's and Flora
As a family we ate an incredibly healthy diet...fruit, veg, meat, fish,
rice, biscuits, bread, cakes, cereals, low fat margarine...and ALL with
healthy wholegrains of course!
When I read Elaine's book I wasn't totally amazed that grains were unwise as
a food because I had for some time been looking for alternatives on the
internet and reading information from the newsletters of the SAGB
(Schizophrenia Association of Great Britain) ...useful link...www.sagb.co.uk
I had discovered Dr. Kalle Reichellt's collected web articles on grain, read
about Dr. Dohan's grain theories and read "Mental and Elemental Nutrients"
by DR. Carl Pfeiffer... amongst many others. The science behind Elaine's
book just crystallised all the information I had already read and explained,
as nothing else had done, in easily understandable terms, the process of
digestion and the crucial difference in the chemical structure of
carbohydrates, sugars etc. and the effect they have on our bodies.
As two of my children had been diagnosed with schizophrenia within 3 months
of each other in 1990 I was particularly interested in Chapter 7, The Brain
Connection, and decided that there was only one thing for it.....SCD for the
whole family. I threw out every possible "illegal" food in the house - and
was amazed to see three large black bags going out of the kitchen!!! So much
for our healthy diet!
At first the diet was seemingly very difficult, we were all looking for
substitutes for the demon BREAD...and I experimented over and over with nut
breads, cakes and biscuits, desperate to find a substitute ...cringing all
the while at the high cost of nuts!
The first week was a major detox and I felt like hell, probably because I
was more addicted to the carbs than anyone else in the house and had more
health issues than I realised at the time. I had become totally intolerant
of alcohol...just literally one drop would send me to bed with a migraine
and vomiting for 24 hours, had diverticulitis which my (then) Doctor assured
me would respond to plenty of Bran, I had fluid retention on a par with any
hydroelectric dam, spots that rivalled any teenagers, greasy hair,
persistent bronchitis, a disc in my lower back which required regular visits
to the chiropractor and was fast approaching twelve stone! These are the
things that I can remember...never feeling really well, but never so ill
that I was hospitalised.
After three weeks on the diet I had lost huge amounts of weight...down to
nine stone, my skin had lost its spots, my bowels were normal for the first
time ever!, and the fluid retention had disappeared and my energy levels
were breathtaking! My son was slower to respond but after three months he
was back to his normal self.... to the disbelief of the medical profession.
(sadly this didn't last as he started to socialise again and went back to
eating junk food - further research has led me to www.truehope.tv a Canadian
research group who are having great success with many CNS disorders using a
high potency mineral supplement. My daughter has been on this since
September and has improved immeasureably).
After 3 months on scd I tentatively tried a glass of red wine...which I had
never been able to tolerate before, only white....and wonder of wonders, NO
migraine or sickness. I can now drink in moderation and actually enjoy it!
After 4 years of scd I have found shopping and cooking easy. We don't eat
by recipe books but have meat, fish salads, cooked vegetables and fruit. A
delicious selection of cheeses, butter, olive oil, homemade yoghurt,
mayonnaise, honey...good basic gourmet food and NO grains, milk or sugar.
Occasionally I will make a cake or sweet pudding from BTVC or "Lucy's
specific carbohydrate cookbook" and usually make a batch so that there's
always something in the freezer. Anyone who hasn't tried them should make
"Sue's crackers" (recipe on www.uclbs.org) they are a must!! Better than the
real thing, no nasty carbs and very healthy...yum for a crunchy snack, they
travel well and are ideal with cheese after dinner.
I don't use almond flour for my cakes etc. but grind my own nuts in the food
processor using a mixture of almonds, brazils, hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans
and cashews. My family find the almond taste too overpowering...apart from
the fact that it makes my husband's joints ache! I also eke out the nuts
by using the addition of soaked ( for 12 hours) cooked and well drained
haricot beans and also add grated carrot or courgette to the mixture and,
for a cake, dried fruit such as sultanas. Anyone new to the diet with
severe symptoms should avoid the beans until they are sufficiently healed.
Finding scd was a miracle, there's no other word to describe it. It has
improved the health of thousands of people as the scd list and testimonies
on Amazon show, but still has to be accepted by the medical profession as a
Anyone who has had their health restored through diet alone, after suffering
ill health for a lifetime with the complicity of their Doctors, rather than
being given the correct help and advice has every right to be extremely
angry when countless years of research and many thousands of papers have
been published testifying to the potency of nutrition and the body's ability
to heal itself, have been not just ignored but deliberately falsified. This
information is by no means new...I believe it was Hippocrates who said "let
food be your medicine and medicine be your food". In the 1930's Weston
Price, a peripatetic dentist, travelled the world taking photographs of
indigenous native populations in a perfect state of health and followed them
up as they moved to "civilised" areas and monitoring their descent into ill
health. He published his book "Nutrition and Degeneration" and
(www.westonaprice.org ) Frances Pottenger, intrigued by his findings,
conducted a series of experiments with cats over several generations and
proved conclusively that diet induced the same illnesses in his cats as we
humans suffer from.
Domestic animals are also prey to the food and pharmaceutical cartels...vets
nowadays prescribe the same drugs, operations and dietary advice as Doctors.
People and pets are money spinners, but conversely animals for the food
chain have to be kept reasonably healthy and ARE fed minerals and
supplements, although also bulked up on too much grain!
Natural food for our pets is raw meat, bones etc. and a Google search for
'barf dogs' will bring up a multitude of useful sites...if you are on scd
yourself you owe it to your pets to give them the chance of optimum health
Further investigation has led me, through a maze of politics and corporate
deceit, to the staggering realisation that there is nothing wrong with the
National Health Service, although it is buckling under the strain of coping
with a population dogged by sickness, but there is something very very wrong
with our national health.
I personally don't know anybody who is in perfect health!! We are
exhorted at every point by press, media, advertising, medics, to eat low
fat, high carb diets. We suffer from depression, multiple sclerosis, heart
disease, asthma, diabetes, arthritis, epilepsy, eczema, skin diseases,gut
disease of every type, dysbiosis....you name it, because there's a name for
everything!, but you can't cure it! In my opinion it is time to ask why, in
the 21st century, we have so many more illnesses than our ancestors could
have dreamed of.
Medical science, we are told, has all the technology and drugs yet
answers.....should you dare to ask, for nothing. It has even become law
that you cannot claim a cure for anything.
And so... there are no cures, only palliatives, and the pharmaceutical
cartels reign supreme dictating the curriculum of medical schools..i.e the
bare minimum of nutritional training and inculcating a deep belief that
drugs and surgery are the only answer.... Combine this with agribusiness and
the giant food companies and it is not hard to see why we are getting
sicker, fatter and madder by the day! (read "Betrayal of Trust by Dr.
"Deviant" doctors who discover that there is another way are labelled as
quacks, flakes etc and ostracised by the medical community. Look at what
has happened to Dr. Andrew Wakefield and his MMR campaign, autism and gut
disease, Kilmer McCully when he discovered the link between heart disease
and B vitamins, Prof. David Benton when he proved that IQ could be increased
in schoolchildren by taking multivitamin and mineral supplements, Alexander
Schauss who improved the diets of prisoners and subsequently their health
and behaviour, even our own Elaine has been reviled and ridiculed...the list
is endless and a search on Google will find answers to many of these
questions. Try searching for mineral depletion in soil!!! Good health,
were it freely available, would dent profits to such an extent that this
information must be suppressed. Most of the major charities are involved in
information suppression and continue to research red herrings on a regular
basis and are funded not only by the general public but by the same
companies who supply our drugs, food and chemicals. Senate Document 234
published in 1936 refers to the gross depletion of minerals in soil and
therefore our food....but not only has this been ignored there are now moves
by the EEC to ban supplements (see The Codex agreement).
As more and more people search for, and find, their own answers to their
health problems maybe, in time, they will question those who dictate our
diets and medical treatment and coerce governments into maintaining the
status quo of sickness and interminable treatment. It is indisputable that
Doctors are currently having a bad press and media reports appear daily of
drugs causing more sickness and death than the actual illnesses they seek to
treat. Our only hope is that the advent of the Internet will speed up the
process of awareness and that change will come sooner rather than
later....at present we are just a "cash crop" for big business!!