Kids Learn to Cook Food That Helps Them Heal

Kids Learn to Cook Food That Helps Them Heal

Knowing how to cook is an important life skill. On today's menu: spaghetti squash with kale pesto. It's a dish that fits the requirements of a strict nutritional therapy called the specific carbohydrate diet or SCD. It centers on whole foods — cutting out things like grains, milk and sugar. According to Dr. David Suskind of Seattle Children's, the diet improves symptoms and decreases inflammation in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. Both Dr. Suskind and Dr. Dale Lee are champions of this alternative treatment. “I think when you see the results, you see yourself as a patient, or your children doing well. It's worth the hard work," Lee said. It's worked for Avi Shapiro. The 16-year-old was diagnosed with Crohn's disease after months of dealing with severe stomach pain and weight loss. That all changed when he started SCD. Now Avi is determined to help others like him.

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