Specific Carbohydrate Diet study at Rush University Medical Center

Note from Colleen:

I’m reposting a message (below, after the asterisks) from the administrator of a medical study I’m participating in via Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.

It’s a pretty important endeavor to me, and to many of us who have been on (or off and on) the Specific Carbohydrate Diet because the SCD has been a godsend in managing our inflammatory bowel diseases. Seriously, I went from a 20-lbs.-underweight, pooping-blood, hospitalized bag of bones to an ambulatory, semi-productive member of society within months. (And then I was a jerk and went off the diet, and now I’m slightly less of a jerk and back on. Okay?)

Pharmaceutical companies aren’t going to fund this stuff, folks, and there are plenty of doctors, G.I. doctors, who still question the role diet might play in eliminating or triggering Crohn’s/UC/colitis symptoms. There’s been no research on any of this yet, and, along with a cure (and hookworms aside), that’s what we need.

They’ve got all the participants they need for the SCD side; now they’re looking for IBD patients who are NOT on SCD or similar diets to manage their illnesses. If this is you, or someone you know and love, consider enrolling in the nice poop study, will you? You’ll be helping a whole lot of people AND to (kinda-sorta) overthrow the medical establishment AND you’ll get a free poop analysis, to boot.

Can’t beat that with a stick!



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Do you have Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or indeterminate colitis?

Would you like to have a complimentary stool analysis to see what bacteria, yeast and other microbes are in your gastrointestinal tract?

Rush University Medical Center’s Department of Gastroenterology isconducting a study to determine if the Specific Carbohydrate Diet changes the population of microbes in the gastrointestinal tract. This is a popular dietary program amongst patients, but there are no published studies on how the diet works. Your participation in this study will contribute to scientific knowledge regarding how diet can be used to manage the symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease. Participation will entail completing a series of surveys and mailing two stool samples and a urine sample. This study can be done completely from home through the mail and does not require presence at Rush University Medical Center.

We are currently looking for volunteers eight years of age or older with a formal diagnosis of Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or indeterminate colitis who are NOT on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or a similar diet. Subjects must be located in the United States. If you are a suitable control subject you will receive the results of the DNA analysis of your stool.

The principal investigator for this study is:

Dr. Ece Mutlu, M.D.
Rush University Medical Center
Department of Gastroenterology
1725 W. Harrison St. Ste. 207
Chicago, IL 60612

If you are interested in participating or have questions, please contact:

or email: clinical_trials AT rush DOT edu

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