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This groundbreaking book serves as a comprehensive guide for the Dairy-Free version of the Specific Carbohydrate DietTM (SCD-DF). The original SCD (a grain-free, sugar-free, soy-free diet), introduced by Elaine Gottschall in Breaking the Vicious Cycle, has been further researched and developed into the SCD-DF in order to help people with autism and ADHD.
According to the Center for Disease Control, the rate of autism has now increased to 1 in 68 children in the US. It is imperative that we find a better way in which to address this health challenge faced by so many in our next generation. Most children (and adults) with autism or ADHD also suffer from digestive issues ranging from constipation and reflux to diarrhea and low vitamin/mineral levels. These issues may seem minor but addressing them through the SCD-DF can play a pivotal role in improving behavior, mood, cognition, and language.
The SCD for Autism and ADHD draws on over a decade of a nurse s clinical experience with the SCD-DF and written in collaboration with an established SCD author. The first part of the book explains the scientific research that supports the SCD-DF dietary intervention. It describes how conditions from anxiety and eczema to reflux and motor coordination are also tied to autism and ADHD. It guides families on how to start the SCD-DF from building a support network and setting up the kitchen to shopping lists, meal plans, and what to expect on the first days of the diet.
The second part of this book contains over 150 SCD-DF recipes organized into categories such as Bakery, Breakfast, Snacks, Meats, Drinks, and Desserts; with child-friendly recipes ranging from Grandma s Basic Pancakes and SCD Chicken Nuggets to Tater Tots and Lemon Vanilla Cake. It also includes a sample transitional menu, weekly meal plans, and themed menu ideas.
The dietary premise laid out in this book has been adopted by the Johnson Center for Child Health & Development in Austin, Texas, where they have recently completed a pilot study of children with ASD implementing the SCD-DF dietary protocol. The SCD itself has been undergoing several pilot studies and clinical trials recently at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Stanford University, and Rush Medical Center, among others.
To find out more about this book, visit scdrecipe.com/autism/.