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Treating Inflammatory Bowel Disease Through Diet

September 4, 2019

Presentations by Dr. David Suskind and Dr. Dale Lee of Seattle Children’s IBD Center at this year’s Nutrition Symposium on the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD) are now available to view online. There is mounting evidence that certain nutritional therapies, including SCD, can reduce inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) inflammation and promote healing of the intestinal mucosa in children. The IBD Center at Seattle Children’s is a leader in offering these nutritional therapies that are not found everywhere.

Video presentations:

The SCD diet removes all grains, dairy (except for yogurt fermented 24 hours), processed foods, sugars and sweeteners except for honey. It promotes only natural, nutrient-rich foods, which includes vegetables, fruits, meats and nuts.

“My research on the [SCD] in IBD has shown that patients with active Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis can go into clinical and biochemical remission with diet alone,” says Suskind, a pediatric gastroenterologist and co-chair of the Nutrition subcommittee at Seattle Children’s IBD Center.

In addition to being offered both as a sole (primary) and adjunct treatment for IBD, SCD is being researched for its effect on the fecal microbiome — the trillions of bacteria living in our digestive tract.