Jeffrey was born with gastrointestinal issues, which began with surgery to correct a pyloric stenosis at 2 weeks old. It was at the age of 18 years old that he received his diagnosis of Crohn's Disease. Not much was known about treating the disease in 1980, but Jeffrey learned that the food he consumed had a direct impact on his whole body. It was easy to see his bodies positive or negative reactions to different foods. In 1984 as an inpatient, Jeffrey was on bowel rest to reduce the inflammation in his intestines. It was then, Jeffrey's theory of food consumption and Crohn's Disease became real. The food we eat has a direct impact on the whole body, including the inflammatory bowel disease.
In 1995, while living in San Francisco, I saw an ad reading something like, 'How to heal your bowel disease through the Specific Carbohydrate Diet' featuring Elaine Gottschall sharing her new book "Breaking the Vicious Cycle Intestinal Health Through Diet". She explained the science behind the diet that was easy to understand. It made Jeffrey so happy to hear this charismatic, determined loving Mom talk about healing the body by eating healthy nutritious easily digestible foods.
Jeffrey was very fortunate to learn from Elaine Gottschall through many phone calls and faxes in the late 90's. It was and continues to be a challenge to be 100% SCD compliant to gain the best results! Jeffrey has been asymptomatic and/or clinical remission for 20 out of the last 25 years.
Jeffrey created over 50 SCD Facebook Communities with the main community, "Breaking the Vicious Cycle-SCD Community" to learn from each other and more importantly, to let everyone across the globe know, You Are Not Alone. The Communities inspired him to create the Specific Carbohydrate Diet Association to pay it forward by carrying on the legacy of Elaine Gottschall’s work on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by bringing awareness of the healing, unifying the Community and promoting future research.
Jeffrey is a graduate of Quinnipiac University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Health Services Administration and Long Term Care Administration. He has spent over 35 years as a professional in the healthcare industry in many roles from executive to consultant in the human resources field throughout most of the world.
"I have been very fortunate in my life to meet people from all walks of life traveling all over the globe and we all have one thing in common, a story to share with each other about how we got here today and how far we come". jeffrey berger nonprofit