When the Gluten Free Diet Isn't Helping, Can This?

What is Celiac Disease? 

While we may have thought that Science had provided us an answer, it’s a shallow one at best. 

Why We Need To Ask Questions

In a 2009 study published by The Journal of Alimentary Pharmacology and Therapeutics, researchers found that out of 465 Celiac’s, 65% still suffered from gut inflammation after 16 months on a gluten-free diet. (1)

A 2008 study, published by The Journal of Inflammation, examined biomarkers in 18 Celiac’s who exhibited no symptoms and found that they STILL had inflammation in the gut after 2 years on a gluten-free diet. (2)

Like we discussed in Part 1, gut inflammation is a vicious cycle that can be very difficult to break once it has occurred.

(Note: If you haven’t read Part 1, pause right now and check it out! There’s a lot of information there that will help you better understand the complexities of this article you are currently reading.)

If Celiac’s who adopt a clinically prescribed gluten-free diet aren’t healing, we need to understand why that is. To do this, we need to go back a century to Dr. Sidney Haas. 

The Contributions of Dr. Sidney Haas

In 1921, Dr. Haas brought 8 case studies to the New York Academy Of Medicine to exhibit evidence of his treatment method of Celiac Disease. By the 1950’s, Dr. Haas had successfully treated just over 600 cases of Celiac Disease. 

But what does “successfully treated” mean?

According to Dr. Haas:

There is a complete recovery with no relapses, no deaths, no crisis, no pulmonary involvement and no stunting of growth.”

All this in just 1 year on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. 

What is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet

Essentially, the SCD is a diet where you cut out all complex carbohydrates and grains of any kind.

No Corn, no rice, no potatoes, no starch.

is rice gluten free

With this high fat and high protein diet, you can pair monosaccharide’s (simple carbohydrates) without fear. However, any polysaccharides (complex carbohydrates and sugars) are disallowed. 

The reasoning behind the SCD is that when you suffer from gut damage, such as in the case of Celiac Disease, the microbiome in your gut becomes fucked.

An increase in bad bacteria, a decrease in good bacteria, and severe inflammation all contributing to your symptoms and disease.

By removing complex sugars, you can starve out the bad bacteria that you find in your gut. It’s almost just like clicking the reset button. 

As the bad bacteria begin to die and leave your gut, the supplementation of probiotics can begin to help to rebalance your gut microbiome.

In a study released just last week (December 2016), Researchers found that “more and more bacterial strains are being proven for their pronounced influence on downregulation of immune regulation, atopic, and inflammatory conditions”. (3)

The craziest thing? This research isn't just 100 years old. In fact, a lot of research supporting the theory of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet has been conducted in the last 20 years.


Essentially, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet is a restricted paleo diet. Lots of fat and protein paired with non-processed, simple carbohydrates such as fruits and veggies. 

Now, the importance of the non-processed carbohydrates cannot be emphasized enough. The Specific Carbohydrate Diet is not a “low carb diet”. It is a balanced diet that contains carbohydrates that are easily digestible and promote healing. 

For example, if you normally eat rice, potatoes, or other starchy foods; you could replace them with bananas, peas, apples, avocados, squash, and many other options. 

The Benefits

As mentioned earlier, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet has produced some incredible success stories since it’s initiation. In the last 20 years alone, over 75% of Celiac’s who have adopted the Specific Carbohydrate Diet have recovered their intestinal health in a little over one year. 

The Specific Carbohydrate Diet has also been used with tremendous success to help treat Crohn’s Disease, Ulcerative Colitis, ADHD, and IBS. 

So Why Don’t We Follow The Specific Carbohydrate Diet?

Celiac Disease Symptoms

Long story short, researchers in the Mid 1980’s determined that the primary catalyst of Celiac Disease development was gluten.

Rather than work out all of the minute complexities of the disease, researchers agreed that the oversimplification was a benefit when it came to diagnosing and treating Celiac Disease. 

Unfortunately, this oversimplification has had far reaching effects as more and more people become diagnosed with Celiac Disease every year and are unable to find symptom relief. 

Should I Adopt the Specific Carbohydrate Diet?

Maybe! Again, it all depends on how you feel and whether or not you believe that the Gluten-Free diet is working for you. 

In an effort to find out for myself, I’ve begun the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. My plan is to follow the diet to the letter and keep you all updated on how I feel. 

As time passes and you read my account, hopefully, you will be better able to know if this is the right avenue for you!

Happy New Year to you all and I hope to return with positive results soon! If you know anyone who might be helped by this information make sure to share it!