Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Management of Celiac Disease by Dr. Sidney V. Haas, A review by Kat

Over at , Kat writes a review and a summary of some of the important contents of the book by the Dr's Hass's. It emphasizes the basis of the treatment for celiac disease is a diet, and that diet has to be healing to the digestive tract. The most healing diet is careful not to have the wrong carbohydrates.
It is now known as the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, and refined by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride as the Gut and Psychology Syndrome diet (GAPS Diet). I have recommended both and only in rare occasions have I seen people thrive on any other gluten-free diet. GAPS diet works on so many different levels: lowers dysbiosis, lowers gut inflammation, heals the lesions, increases absorption of macro and micronutrients, lowers incidence of food allergies, lowers incidence of metabolic syndrome or Syndrome X and the resultant obesity, and so much more.
I just finished reading the
Management of Celiac Disease by Dr. Sidney V. Haas, the creator of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, and his son, Dr. Merrill P. Haas. I found this book really interesting and packed with information. I took pages of notes but hope to summarize a bit more concisely here and then list some things I found most interesting to people following SCD now.
The authors cover a lot of the research on celiac disease up until the publishing of this book in 1951. At the time, gluten was not known to have any role in celiac disease (or maybe even gluten was not discovered yet) so a lot of the research done at the time was in the form of case studies using different dietary methods. It’s no surprise to me that Haas’ diet ended up having the most favourable outcome, since it is inherently gluten-free and provides adequate nutrition for someone recovering from celiac disease. I found this book quite easy to read without having any medical knowledge, so for anyone with celiac who is interested in reading about it, I highly recommend this book. (I bought mine from Digestive Wellness).