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Breaking the Vicious Cycle

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Saved my mom's life.

Reviewed by Lianna
January 7th, 2011

My mother is in her 80's and has severe diverticulosis. She has had multiple abdominal surgeries and adhesions are a large part of the problem. She was hospitalized for excruciating left lower quadrant pain with rectal bleeding which turned out to be diverticulitis. They managed her condition with antibiotics, but after she was released from the hospital chronic pain, indigestion, and problems with elimination became part of her life. She was terrified of having another diverticulitis episode.
A lady who worked at a local health store had been diagnosed with Crohn's Disease a few years earlier, had lost weight, and quit her job because she was too weak to function. When my mom got out of the hospital and went back to the health food store, she saw the lady working behind the counter again. She was healthy and strong. My mom asked her what happened, and she told my mom about this book. She had followed the diet in the book for over a year and had a complete remission of her Crohn's Disease. She remained on the maintenance diet to stay in remission.
My mom got a copy of "Breaking the Vicious Cycle", read it thoroughly, and followed the diet completely for one year. Within six months she was free of all gastro-intestinal symptoms.
Several side-benefits occurred. She lost 25 pounds and then maintained a healthy, slim weight. She got rid of all sorts of weird skin rashes and bumps. Her elimination became regular. Her eyesight improved greatly. She got rid of her insomnia. Her hair texture became soft and supple and some hair color began to return, even at her age. She didn't get colds or flu anymore. She didn't get seasonal hayfever. Her energy and strength returned and she looked 15 years younger.
She maintains her health by maintaining the diet. She's gone off it a few times and after about 6 months the bad symptoms reappear, so she's decided to make it a lifestyle.
I know it's empirical evidence, but she, and her many friends who have also gone on this diet with good results, have made a believer out of me.
If we now know that H. Pylori is the cause of most stomach and duodenal ulcers, why is it so hard to believe that overgrowth of pathogenic microbes in the small and large intestine could cause disease? This Specific Carbohydrate Diet is dietary bacteriological warfare, pure and simple; designed to "starve the bad" and "feed the good". All I know for sure is that it works.

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I was given Elaine Gottschall's book, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle." I stuck with the instructions and within only a few days, much to my amazement, the bleeding and diarrhea stopped! I've been on this diet for 5 months, following it faithfully and feeling wonderful. All symptoms have disappeared! I am a new person with energy as I never had before.
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