***(Below is an email I received over the weekend, this kind doctor was my contact several years ago when I was sending in my poop samples via airmail for part of the study, super pumped that he sent this update, and I hope some of you find it interesting and informative as well. – Adam )***
I hope this email finds you well.
My name is Samir Kakodkar, MD, and I am currently a gastroenterology fellow in Illinois.
I am contacting you because a few years ago you had expressed interest in updates regarding the research I was doing on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet when I was at Rush University Medical Center. I have published a few abstracts over the years showing that the the bacterial microbiome of IBD patients following the SCD is different and more biodiverse than IBD patients following a standard diet. I will attach the most recent one abstract to this email (it is located on page S552 and is abstract number 1828).
However, I am also very excited to inform you that I just published the largest case series of 50 IBD patients in remission following the SCD in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This can be found on the current issue of their journal (http://www.andjrnl.org/current) and I will also attach it to this email. We arranged for this to be open access so everyone can read it for free. If you are curious regarding the details of how others are successfully implementing the diet, this paper is a worthy read.
Again I wanted to thank those of you who participated and sent in the surveys a few years ago to make this possible. I am a fellow SCD follower and I hope this is a launch pad to randomized controlled trials to prove this diet can be used in clinical practice.
I am no longer at Rush, but I know another paper is in the works to determine the microbiome of people on SCD. For those of you who submitted stool samples, Rush is still trying to secure funding to analyze all of them and the hope is that final paper will lead to getting a grant. If you have any questions about that, I would direct those to Rush directly. Thank you.
Samir Kakodkar, MD
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
**** If any of you freaks:) are interested in checking out a picture of me holding up my poop in front of the FED Ex shop…well, here’s a link to that story from 2011.. Mailing Poop Story – click here
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