(Natural News) A groundbreaking study, conducted by a doctor at Seattle Children’s Hospital and published in the Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology has demonstrated for the first time that dietary intervention alone can cause complete remission of symptoms in many cases of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).
“For decades or longer, medicine has said diet doesn’t matter, that it doesn’t impact disease,” researcher and gastroenterologist David Suskind said. “Now we know that diet does have an impact, a strong impact. It works, and now there’s evidence.” (RELATED: Learn more about nutrition for disease prevention at Prevention.news)
IBD is a cluster of related diseases characterized by pathological inflammation of the digestive tract. The two most common forms are Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis (UC). The causes of IBD are unknown, but it is believed to arise from an interaction of genetic factors, abnormal composition of the gut microbiome, and immune dysfunction. It is typically treated with steroids or immune-suppressing drugs, both of which can result in lifelong side effects.
Neither treatment addresses the underlying causes of the condition. The new study consisted of an analysis of a small group of pediatric Crohn’s and UC patients at Suskind’s clinic whose parents consented to their treatment solely with an experimental dietary treatment for IBD.
For 12 weeks, participants were placed on a diet called the specific carbohydrate diet (SCD), which is designed as a nutritionally balanced diet based around natural, nutrient-rich foods such as fruits, vegetables, meat, and nuts, but does not contain any grains, dairy, sugars (except honey) or processed foods. No other treatment was given. (RELATED: Learn more about the healing properties of natural foods at Fresh.news) (Click to Article)