Top 5 Reasons to Try the SCD Diet Instead of Humira to Relieve the Symptoms of Crohn’s Disease

by Jordan Reasoner

Commitment to strict adherence on the SCD Diet is the key to healing on the diet. Anyone who doesn’t trust the diet or who occasionally “cheats” will never experience the full benefits that the diet can provide.

Beings that commitment can be the greatest challenge to overcome on the SCD Diet, I wanted to put together a quick list to keep the commitment in perspective… here are the top five reasons to try the SCD diet instead of Humira to handle the symptoms of Crohn’s Disease. Of course, always consult your doctor before making a decision like this one… but you can always bring up some of these points with them.

1. The SCD diet treats the root cause, Humira treats the symptom. If I were to tell you, “Gee, my toilet is overflowing and every time I walk in the bathroom my socks get all wet!” Would you give me rubber boots so I could stop changing my socks every time I had to pee… or would you hit me upside the head and tell me to go turn off the water so I could fix the broken piece inside the toilet?

Humira is the rubber boots… it essentially turns off your immune system by blocking the production of TNF-alpha, a protein your body is producing as an inflammatory response, but believe me, the toilet is still overflowing. The drug does nothing to address the root cause leading to the inflammation.

The SCD Diet does address the inflammation as a piece of the healing journey… seems like an easy choice to stay committed to it, otherwise your bathroom floor is going to be all wet for the rest of your life.

2.  Humira has side effects like: reactions at the injection site, upper respiratory tract infections, sinus infections, nausea, urinary tract infections, flu symptoms, abdominal pain, high cholesterol, blood in the urine, back pain, high blood pressure; and more seriously: infections such as tuberculosis, sepsis (bacteria in the blood), and fungal infections… not to mention the whole increased chance of developing cancer thing.

The SCD Diet has side effects like: increased energy, mental clarity, reduced inflammation, reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, improved blood pressure, and increased nutritional uptake.

Both can help you get perfect poops… what more needs to be said?

3.  Humira is expensive… estimates around the web show that Humira can cost more than $13,000 a year for patients who have no drug coverage. That’s over $1,000 a month. Even if you went crazy and got all organic food and grass-fed meat you probably would only spend about half that per month for one person! Crohn’s disease and Colitis sufferers spend close to $2 Billion annually on medication.

If anything, the SCD diet can save you money… instead of expensive medication you’re choosing expensive healthy fuel for your body.

4.  Humira was man-made and has been around for close to 10 years… the primal/caveman diet (of which the SCD diet is very similar) has been the natural diet of homo sapiens (modern humans) for 200,000 years.

Hmm, personally I’ll take 199,990 years of evidence please.

5.  Humira can be a crutch, taking control of your health through the SCD Diet can be empowering. Choose your path wisely. I know which road I took… the healthier, less expensive, more intelligent, proven road that ends up leading me to my hopes and dreams… rather than taking me into a dark forest of feeling like crap.

The bottom line is: relying on a medicine to suppress your immune system and curb the symptoms of Crohn’s

Choose Your Path Wisely

disease so that you can eat whatever you want and make it through the day is not ideal.  Following the SCD diet as a part of a comprehensive healing plan so that you feel incredible and no longer experience the symptoms of the disease at all is better any day of the week in my book.

Empower yourself, take control of your health from your disease and seek to break free of the medicine.  It’s the only way you’re ever going to get your life back from the dark corners that digestive diseases drag us into.

Share your thoughts, advice, experiences in the comments section below… lay it all out!


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About the author

Jordan Reasoner Jordan Reasoner is a health engineer and author. He was diagnosed with celiac disease in 2007 and almost gave up hope when a gluten-free diet didn’t work. Since then, he transformed his health using the SCD Diet and started to help others naturally heal stomach problems. You can check out his story here and find him on Google+, Facebook or Twitter.

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Jennelle Contreras January 4, 2018 at 11:35 pm

I’m dealing with Hidradenitis suppurativa and have been advised to look into Humira. I am a little hesitant because of some of the stories I’ve been reading but I am also looking for a way to keep the inevitable inflammation down in my cysts/abscess. Can a diet help my situation or do I bite the bullet on this and try Humira?

Lori Jo Berg January 8, 2018 at 1:12 pm

Hi Jennelle! Thanks for reaching out. The SCD diet has helped many in your shoes – after all, it’s about getting rid of inflammation, strengthening the immune system and healing the gut. You have nothing to lose by trying the diet first, yet everything to gain. You can get started here:

Richa July 17, 2016 at 10:10 am


I tried the SCD diet but most of the vegetables don’t suit me making it impossible to follow the diet.Also I cannot tolerate cheese or nut flours making it even more difficult to survive without me feeling dizzy and weak.
After starting the diet for a month and a half my Cholestrol levels hit the roof!!
I don’t know what to do…..
Please show some light on this problem.

Thank you

Mariel Heiss July 19, 2016 at 2:55 pm

Hi Richa- I’m sorry to hear you’re struggling.
We’d really recommend you consider working one-on-one with a functional medicine practitioner who can help you customize the diet to work for you (and address your cholesterol levels)

You might also want to read this:

Cathy February 2, 2013 at 3:37 pm

Sounds like a great alternative to a life of taking drugs for Crohns:-) I would like to read from people who are doing the diet and are symptom free and for how long.

Sonya March 29, 2012 at 9:30 am

I’m a Physician Assistant in GI and although I don’t typically see IBD patients in clinic (the docs in my practice prefer to see them since these poor folks require so much follow-up and they can bill so much higher for them- ugh) but when I do encounter these folks I give them information like this if they have not already been placed on an immunosuppressive drug. I can’t even look the Humira reps in the eye any more. Nor the Nexium reps. Or any other pharm rep who is pimping something other than a natural way to health.

blackbass March 14, 2012 at 2:28 pm

drugs make companies/doctors rich and keep patients sick…its amazing how fast the GI doctors were pushing me to take humira and remicade…then i realized they were getting serious kick backs from the manufacturers of the drugs…its all about passive income…sad…but that is the ugly truth of how the medical profession has evolved

Linda March 31, 2011 at 9:04 am

Beautifully written!!! This couldn’t hit closer to home and is a great reminder why many of us strive to eat healthy and loose the drugs!!!

Steven Wright April 4, 2011 at 11:46 am

Thanks Linda!