SCD stand for Specific Carbohydrate Diet and it is a very strict Lactose free, Sucrose free and Grain free diet. Its been made popular by the mother of one of a little girl who had UC and with the help of their Doctor came up with this in an attempt to help her daughters recovery through a specialized diet targeting certain things they felt made IBD symptoms worse.
Again I find that I am much better at finding a great description of this diet than I am writing one on my own! Its a diet that while does not have much scientific backing for it, seems popular with Colitis and Crohns sufferers.
For credibility regarding the effectiveness of this diet I feel like I should at least post that the The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America say
“there is no evidence to suggest that any particular food or diet causes, prevents or cures inflammatory bowel disease” and that there have been only limited studies of the SCD in relation to Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.
This of course does not mean that the diet has not helped people, I have spoken to people who sweat by it, and I think as long as people willing to try it while also keeping their other nutrients in check you should be OK to try it.
NOW, to what the diet actually entails I again am taking the easiest to understand description I can find to allow everybody to get an idea exactly what it is! This is taken from the altmedicine.about.com page and it explains the idea behind why Dr. Haas feels like the SCD diet is helpful for people suffering from IBD.
Dr. Haas’ theory was that carbohydrates, being forms of sugar, could promote and fuel the growth of bacteria and yeast in the intestines, causing an imbalance and eventual overgrowth of bacteria and yeast. He believed bacterial overgrowth could impair enzymes on the intestinal cell surface from functioning and prevent the proper digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. This would cause the carbohydrates to remain undigested in the intestines and provide even more fuel for bacteria and yeast.