Life Lessons: Avi Uses SCD to Fight Crohn's

Life Lessons: Avi Uses SCD to Fight Crohn's

Source: WFMZ.com

About 25 percent of Crohn’s diagnoses are made during childhood or adolescence, and doctors say children have more complications than adults with this disease. But a teenager in Seattle has been in remission from Crohn’s for years, taking no medication at all. Avi Shapiro, 17, follows the specific carbohydrate diet or SCD strictly. Dr. David Suskind, a pediatric gastroenterologist at Seattle Children’s Hospital, has more than 100 children on the diet and most are doing better. “By changing the diet, you change the type of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract from one that is inflammatory to one that is less inflammatory or anti-inflammatory," Suskind said. He and Avi host SCD cooking and support classes to help other kids with inflammatory bowel disease try to feel as good as Avi does.

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