Quick But Important and Interesting Post:
Rush University Medical Center is getting ready to start a clinical trial with regards to the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD).
“Clinical Trial Protocol Description
The purpose of this study is to determine if, and how, the Specific Carbohydrate Diet changes the population of bacteria/yeast in the gastrointestinal tract. 200 subjects will be recruited, 100 in the diet arm and 100 in the non-diet arm, to fill out a series of surveys and contribute stool samples.”
There is more information regarding this on their website here.
To my understanding, this would be one of the first scientific research studies on the SCD and its quite amazing that something significant might come out of this afterall.
Congrats to the doctor and everyone else who is spearheading this research, we will be interested to see what comes out of all of it.
As a side note, I am hoping to be included in the study.
I am now officially included in the study!! :)
I spoke with a medical student who is part of the research team that is helping on this study yesterday. After emailing them that I was interested in being a participant, they simply called and asked me a few questions to verify that I am eligible(age,did I have a formal diagnosis etc…) and that’s was pretty much it. Now I wil be sending via mail a few stool samples and a urine sample or two over the next year to them. The person I spoke with thought that the study results would be available with 1-2 years. If you remember from the “Gut Bacteria” videos from when I met with the scientist from Stanford Univeristy several months ago, the actual collecting and analyzing of the data is usually the part of research which takes the most time, and for his specific study it took about 5 years. Either way, I am very excited and would encourage any of you to take part in the SCD diet study from Rush University as well. And remember, they need 100 people who DO NOT follow the SCD diet as well.
UPDATE January 30, 2011*************:
Here is a video from Jan 30th 2011: I just received in the mail all of the stuff from Rush Medical Center regarding the SCD Clinical Study. They sent everything by Fed Ex and there is quite a bit of stuff. It is all related to taking stool samples and then mailing them back to Rush medical center. They still need more people for the study, so please consider it, you will be helping out many!!: