Avi Uses SCD to Fight Crohn’s
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 17-year-old Avi Shapiro has been in remission from Crohn’s for years, taking no medication at all. Avi follows the specific carbohydrate diet or SCD strictly. Dr. David Suskind, professor of pediatrics, division of gastroenterology 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,” said Suskind. Avi and Suskind 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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