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It smells okay. It's mainly a coconut like smell to it. I am transitioning from relaxed hair to natural and I am a year already and it does wonders for both hair textures. I prefer to use this rather than and other weekly shampoo. A little goes a long way and it does not suds up that much. Just use it to clean the scalp and hair.
I decided to give the SCD a go 4 years ago after reading Raman Prasad's excellent book Colitis and Me - that convinced me that the diet certainly does work for some people and I owed it to myself to give it a try. At the time I was suffering from ulcerative colitis (UC) which was not very well controlled by my meds and was really interfering with my life. I began to feel a little better after about 3 weeks but it has taken me a long time to fully recover. It certainly did not happen overnight but I could feel in myself that the diet agreed with me and was helping. I continued to follow my Doctor's instructions in relation to medications. I persevered through quite a severe flare about 2 and a half years ago which required prednisolone. Since finishing that flare I have never looked back and have got better and better. I had a colonoscopy in March this year which was completely normal. My doctor could see no inflammation whatsoever and the biopsies all came back normal. He wants me to continue taking a very low maintenance dose of Colazide as a precaution and I am considering whether or not to do that. I have normal quality of life and consider myself well. I still follow the SCD and will continue to do so indefinately. I know that I would not be in this position if it was not for the SCD. I am extremely grateful to Elaine and to others who have tried to spread the word about their great results on the diet.
My experience with the diet is that it works but it is not an overnight miracle cure. The disease itself (UC) is stubborn and in the first few years will do its best to come back if you give it half a chance by taking antibiotics or cheating on the diet or getting stressed. If it does come back you may need to hit it hard with strong medication, but that does not mean you should give up on the diet. You need to put your head down and keep going with the diet through good times and flares, use everything else at your disposal that helps you (eg meds and generally taking care of yourself). As Lucy of Lucy's Kitchen Shop told me - time on the diet should hopefully do the trick.