SCD Community Section


  E-mail listserves & groups
The following links are to e-mail listserves, email newsletters, and online Yahoo! groups related to the SCD. Some lists are quite active, with as many as 40 messages each day. When subscribing, be sure to consider whether you want the messages to appear in 'digest mode'. Also, pay special attention to (and ideally keep in a safe place) the message you receive confirming your subscription--it usually gives you instructions regarding how to post messages, unsubscribe, and other commands.


|> Email and Internet tips

  BTVC-SCD Listserve

This is the list is now powered by Yahoo Groups and replaced the "Long Island" list in October 2007. The Long Island list provided most of the information and discussion that is archived on this site ( With the advent of the self-archiving Yahoo! groups, additions to this site are made as provided by via the Feedback link. Gay is a member of several SCD lists (and manages one as well!), and is a frequent source for updates found on

The BTVC-SCD group is a very active mailing list for group discussion of the "Specific Carbohydrate Diet" (SCD), which was developed by Elaine Gottschall for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The diet is very useful as an adjunct to conventional medical treatments for IBD and has helped many people achieve stable health once more. The BTVC-SCD mailing list is a place where those that have not found answers on other diets, but wish to discuss the "Specific Carbohydrate Diet" can exchange recipes and share ideas about how to cope with Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn's in conjunction with this particular diet. This list is managed by Marilyn L. Alm. More Yahoo groups are listed farther down this page.

|> How to join the SCD Listserve (digest and non-digest mode)

  SCD Support listserve

The SCD Support listserve discusses the SCD and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. To subscribe, visit its online registration page.

|> How to join the SCD Support list

  Healing Crow

The Healing Crow community discusses non-drug related approaches to healing chronic illnesses. Specific topics include: The Specific Carbohydrate Diet and Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Paleolithic nutrition, Orthomolecular nutrition, low carbohydrate diets, and others. Elaine Gottschall is an occasional contributor to this list and the SCD is a frequent topic. One nice aspect of this community is that it is part of the Yahoo! Groups, and is therefore accessible by email or you can read it and search its archives via your Internet browser. This list is managed by Seth.

|> How to join the Healing Crow list

Pecanbread is a discussion group for those implementing the Specific Carbohydrate Diet™.

Many, but not all of the members, have children with ASD. Anyone following the SCD™ is welcome to join our group.

Parents can ask each other questions, update each other regarding the progress of their child, and provide each other with support.

Our list gets many emails a day,so you might want to choose the no mail option when you register and read the posts online on list website:
You can also get to this link from our website:

|> How to access the Pecanbread list

  Yahoo! Groups and Lists

Yahoo! Groups are email and web browser-based online support groups. They are quite flexible and have online search tools through their own archives. There are quite a few SCD-related Yahoo! Groups. Write us if we missed one!

The SCDietKids group is "a list for the parents of children who are attempting to impliment the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, from Elaine Gottshall's book "Breaking The Vicious Cycle". In an attempt to starve out yeast, heal the gut and rebuild our childrens health." One nice aspect of this community is that it is part of the Yahoo! Groups, and is therefore accessible by email or you can read it and search its archives via your Internet browser. This list was managed by Mimi and Laurie and new activity appears to have stopped in 2009.

|> How to join the SCDietKids group

The Kosher SCD group is a new list. More information pending from the listmaster.

|> How to join the Kosher SCD group

The SCDietSupport is a new list. More information pending from the listmaster.

|> How to join the SCDietSupport group

SCDUK is a very active group for those in the UK following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet. Includes databases of FAQ, UK resources, reviews of yogurt makers, and more.

|> How to join the SCDUK group

The SCD Liste is for German-speaking SCDers. More information pending from the listmaster.

|> How to join the SCD Liste (German)

SCDOZ is group for Australians following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet as described in Elaine Gottschall's book Breaking The Vicious Cycle.

|> How to join the SCDOZ (Australia)

  "St. John's" IBD-Diet Mailing List

The St. John's IBD-Diet mailing list was for an exchange of ideas for members of the medical profession, microbiologists, regular folks, etc... and not specifically the SCD, but addresses other diets as well as technical information and discussion of diets as related to IBD (Imflammatory Bowel Disease).

Discussion includes support and covers the three known IBD diets, plus the elemental diet as described in The Lancet article. Three diets that are mainly covered are:
Elaine Gottschall's "Specific Carbohydrate Diet"
Dr. Wofgang J. Lutz's "Dismantling a Myth"
Dr. Walter L. Voegtlin's "Stone Age Diet"

Dr. Lutz's book in English is out of print, but is due to be reprinted by the Price-Pottenger Nutrition Foundation eventually. Dr. Voegtlin's book was self-published in 1975 and should be available on inter-library loan.

|> How to join the St. John's list

  Intestinal Health Newsletter

Sheila Shea's web site contains a wealth of information about intestinal health and colon hydrotherapy! While you are there, be sure to subscribe to her IntestinalNewsletter, which addresses a breadth and depth of topics such as constipation, candida, eczema, hemorrhoids and the Specific Carbohydrate Diet - all of which is referred back to and related to Intestinal Health and Hydrotherapies. One "Long Island" subscriber wrote this: "I must tell y'all that I recently subscribed to Sheila's intest_health list, and was I in for a pleasant surprise: it's a *very* SCD-friendly list! There were even some SCDers there who didn't even know about this list!"

|> How to access the Intestinal Health Newsletter


  "colitiscrohns" on Yahoo! Groups

A quick search Yahoo! Groups on the character string "IBD" or "IBS" will turn up a dozen or so groups that discuss these topics. There are several very interesting "tesimonials" groups which are worthwhile reading. Some group discussions can be viewed by non-subscribers as a "threaded discussion"; subscribers can get all messages sent to their email program's inbox.

The "colitiscrohns" group discussion appears to be the most active, and reading its messages is free to both non-subscribers and subscribers. You must subscribe to post messages to the group.