DH and I are 24, and we have two boys, ages three and one.
I started having a lot of health problems when I was pregnant with DS1-- depression, serious anxiety, lethargy and weakness, and joint pain among other things. My son was showing lots of signs of ill health also, and I didn't know what was wrong. Lots of dry skin, excema, also no weight gain and he was small and skinny (he had been large at birth and pretty much until he started solids-- then he just stopped gaining.) It was very frustrating.
Then he was two years old and I was pregnant with number two. My second pregnancy seemed to be going better than the first time as I was extremely strict about limiting sugar and getting enough protein and nutrients (so I was eating less grain. didn't make the connection at the time). However my son was starting to have some troubling symptoms. He still was barely gaining any weight-- he had been wearing the same size clothing for over a year and a half-- and he was starting to show detached and slightly autistic-like symptoms. He had been potty-trained and he totally regressed in that area. He had trouble sleeping, and he woke up screaming and complaining of abdominal pain in the middle of the night, several times a night. We took him to the ER and to the doctor. The ER told us he was fine, that it was night terrors. The doctor said he wa slightly anemic, and had some low lead levels. So we moved out of that apartment and tried to feed him a high-iron diet (but he had already been getting a healthy, TF diet!)
I began to suspect that he had a problem with wheat, because he always craved bread products so much. He also craved sweets, even though we only gave him natural sweeteners, but it got to the point where he wouldn't eat anything if it wasn't with honey or maple syrup or sucanat. Which was so frustrating because we didn't raise him that way at all! But I started giving in just to get him to eat something.
I knew something was very off for him, and at that point I started researching like mad.
We started the gluten-free, casein-free diet. I followed it too, for my newborn's sake and because my health problems had resurfaced. My second son had been born and had a very strong reaction to dairy products-- it made him vomit if I had even a small amount. And I had started having much worse physical symptoms-- I recognized the symptoms of celiac disease in myself. At first Ithought I was pregnant again, because I felt nauseaous all the time! But no, it was just digestive issues. So all three of us went GFCF, and it helped some, but not enough. We had begun eating more and more rice products and DS1 and I started having the exact same problems he had had before. He bagen to refuse to eat anything except rice products! I went back and researched more. That's how I learned about the SCD diet.
We've been on the SCD for about three or four months now (I forget!) and it has made a HUGE difference for my eldest son. I am doing better, too, but I feel the need to make a few more adjustments. I am going to order the Body Ecology Diet book to see if there is anything there that can help me as well. If not, I'll keep looking . . .
I am really excited about this, though, I can feel my body detoxing so much!
Sorry that was so long!