Heidi, I am a type O with hypothyroidism. I am doing my best to follow the diet, but with a type AB husband it gets tough, and I admit that I am not as vigilant as I could be. One problem I face is timing my medications and supplements. First thing in the morning, I take my thyroid medication on an empty stomach, and wait at least an hour to eat. I also take a multivitamin, calcium, iron, fucus, l-tyrosine, and for allergies, claritin. I want to get the most out of each of these, butI know that some are better on an empty stomach and some with food, and perhaps even best taken during different parts of the day. Therefore, I am having the darndest time trying to schedule my supplementation. I was hoping you might be more familiar with this, and give me some guidelines. I appreciate any help you can give me. Devoted Reader, Lois
Hey there, Lois ~ On all the supplements, the best thing I can offer is to follow the instructions on the bottles. Formulations of multis vary, so the label should let you know whether that particular one should be taken away from food or with food -- and whether the dosage is such that you'll take several caps per day or only one. Calcium is usually best taken with a meal, but check the label of your product. Tyrosine can be taken with food, but depending on the reason you're taking it, another time of day could be better... write back and tell me more? The others should have specific directions, so I'd figure out the number of each I need to take, whether I'd take them before, during, or after eating, or between meals, and make up a chart to stick on the fridge. Wish I could do more for you there, dear, but with a magnifying glass for the tiny print on some of those labels (>:-E), I'm sure you'll succeed in setting up a doable supp schedule. Let me know how you work this out! :-D
HEY! THIS JUST IN: Jane, who has experience in these matters, wrote: "Her endocrinologist or pharmacist should have told her to be careful when she takes calcium if she's taking thyroid meds. Ideally you shouldn't take calcium for 4 hours after taking the thyroid meds. It interferes with the update of the thyroid drugs. I take my thyroid pill first thing in the morning, an hour before eating." Thanks so much for writing in to help us along on this subject, Jane! Much appreciated! :-D
Heidi, How much soy milk would be equivalent to a serving portion of beans and legumes? Don
Hmmm... tricky question! It's not a direct proportion. Plain mature cooked soy beans contain roughly 8 times as much protein as plain, unfortified soy milk ~ but 50 times as much calcium. The dilution necessary to make a milk-like consistency plays a role here, but the water solubility of the various elements in the bean is what makes it impossible to multiply the soy milk quantity by a number to get the bean's nutritional equivalent. Single aminos, fats, each has its own particular solubility to factor in. And if we begin comparing soy milk to other beans, we will have different proportions altogether. So... soy milk's nutrition-to-portion concentration is not nearly as high as the whole, cooked beans ~ somewhere between 1/6th and 1/10th the potency. Still, it's a great cows' milk replacement for you O secretors. ;-)
Heidi, For O type, all but apple cider vinegar is an avoid, but what about a tablespoon of balsamic or red wine vinegar used in a marinate for meats? Is the amount small enough, and does most of it burn off in cooking? Thanks! Amber
Hi, Amber! A tablespoon in a cup of marinade probably won't trouble you much, as long as you don't end up eating the cooked marinade as a sauce. The acid does remain, but it should be well diluted by the time your steak hits the plate. :-D
Dear Heidi, Which is the safest oil for cooking with? At the moment I use ghee but many of the recipes in CR4YT include olive oil. And other people say you mustn't heat olive oil and it's better to use rapeseed oil. Take care, Olympia.
Hello, Olympia! Many highly-intelligent Italian chefs cook almost exclusively in extra-virgin olive oil, including deep-frying, without burning the oil. That said, a little water or broth added to a stir-fry or sear using olive oil will keep the temperature a bit lower. If the oil is fresh and not smoking in the pan, it hasn't reached its breakdown stage. Personally, I never use rapeseed (canola) oil -- for high-heat applications such as curing my iron pans, I use grapeseed or rice bran oil, both of which have very high smoke points. The caveat with these two is the near-impossibility of finding organic versions. All told, I'd say you're best off doing your daily cooking with organic extra-virgin olive oil! :-D
I recently bought the Blood Type Encyclopedia as I wanted to improve my health and was very puzzled to read the section on Lectins, specifically Page 348 (Group O-specific lectins). As a group O I am now supposed to avoid, among other foods, WALNUTS. I thought these were beneficial and have made an effort to eat them. Are these harmful for me? The same thing for BLUEBERRIES and BANANAS and PAPAYAS. The first two are supposed to be beneficial so why are they avoids for Type O RH-positives. This is the opposite of what is listed elsewhere. We pick blueberries in the wild and I eat a lot of them. Should I now avoid them? As an O non-secretor my list of favourite foods is getting shortened even more. Help! Sharon
I am striving to stay on the type O diet but have run into a contradiction in BTD. On pages 521-522--black walnuts and english walnuts are listed as highly beneficial. However, on page 348 it says type O's should avoid walnuts. then on page 545 it says walnut oil is neutral for type O's. I love the results I have received form following the type O diet and I don't want to eat something I should avoid. Thanks, Janet
Hi there, ladies! The answer is right here! :-)
Hi, I am a female type O and 40 years old. However, I have sufferred from Adult acne for many years..... a small amount, but enough to be irritating. I have only just ordered my secretor test kit so I am unable to tell you my category in this regard. I am following the diet recommendations contained in your BTD, but would like to know if there are any specific No-Nos that I should pay particular regard to in order to reduce the skin problems I have and/or should I take any supplements to my diet. Many thanks, Audre
Hello, Audre! Right now, the best thing you can do is follow your plan to a T. The worst no-nos would be corn in all its forms, bad oils (including fried foods, as well as oils in processed foods), milk & cheese, and any amount of wheat in any form. However, be sure to get a tablespoon of fresh extra virgin olive or (better) flax oil every day, as it is essential for healing your skin and balancing your entire system. Supplements? Aside from PolyFlora-O (the probiotic) to get your digestion in order, I'd say the best supplement is strenuous exercise, at least every other day. Really work up a sweat! It directly cleanses your skin, but what you can't see is what it does to work the liver (thereby processing hormones and fats more effectively) and clear the bowels (eliminating sluggishness and its ensuing toxicity), which is where acne most often originates. Try to find the absolutely freshest fruits and vegetables you can get ~ you need their elemental sulphur component.
I expect you'll see improvements within a week or two! Please keep me posted, OK? :-D
Hi Heidi, I recently purchased the book "eat right 4 your type" as it is so highly reccommended here in South Africa. I am 35 and type O positive. I suffer from Gout, and get bad attacks about 3 times a year and light attacks (very mild) about once every two months. I am not over weight, I do not drink, and I eat mostly white meat like fish, chicken, pork, and red meat about twice to three times a week. Now I read that I need to eat more red meat for my type, and fruit I was told to stay away from.... I am confused, and hopping you can help! My daily eating habbits are as follows: Breakfast: kellogs rice crispies/ cornflaks with milk 10h00: toasted bacon and egg or ham and cheese sandwich. Lunch: Chicken mayonaise roll Dinner: Fish or chicken or beef with brown rice cooked carotts, peas, beatroot (always with vegies not always the same) 21h00: snack Kellogs rice crispies with milk. Please help me to eat correctly according to the book for my type O and the gout issue. Ps My gout is apparently hereditary. Daniel
Hi, Daniel! Pork is an avoid, but most meat, fowl and fish items are fine for type Os. No need to stay away from fruit. In fact, a couple of tablespoons of black cherry juice taken every day is a wonderful therapy for gout! The troublesome things I see in your diet right now are: the rice crispies and cornflakes, the milk, the bread, the cheese, the bacon and the ham. Gout, like so many other health conditions, is often seen as hereditary merely because it follows along the "traditional diet lines" from one generation to the next. People tend to eat the foods they learned to eat in their families -- thus, they tend to develop the health problems their parents had from eating an unhealthy diet.
Hello Heidi, I'm an o-non. I'm having difficulty finding some of the recommended foods, even though I'm in the NJ/ NY area. I want to enjoy as many of the recommended food as possible! Walnuts. I can only seem to find black walnuts, not english walnuts. Where can I get organic green tea in bulk? The only stuff I've found is $44 dollars a pound! is this a fair price? Where can I buy some of the fish? I would love to try some of them, but they're never in the stores. Sturgeon, yellowtail, pike, fresh herring, I never see these available. And squab, partridge, sweetbreads? Can you recommend an online source, vendors or stores in the NY area? Is dried fruit ok? or is it too high in sugars. I've found nice organic mangos, pineapple, etc . but I'm not sure how much of it to have... many thanks! I love this diet. emme
Hey, Emme! Shopping troubles, eh? I live in Manhattan, so it's the old story that you can get anything here, for a (high enough) price. I'd say $44 for a pound of organic green tea is pretty reasonable. A pound is a LOT of tea! I haven't bought it in bulk around here recently, but Mr. Itaru's green tea & brown rice combo comes in 200 gram packages - about 7 ounces in weight - and it takes me weeks to get through one of those. It would cost far more than $44 the pound. Have you tried Angelica's? in the East Village? I'd give them a call, just to check.
English walnuts are the commonest kind -- pale, with pale, smooth, rigid shells -- and they're everywhere ~ black walnuts come in deep black, nearly impenetrable shells. Are you sure you've found black walnuts in plenty? if so, please let me know where you found them -- shelled, of course! ;-) They're both beneficial, but the black ones are REALLY tasty!
For the fish: it's a toughie. Do you have a local fishmonger (who speaks English)? (No cultural slams intended here folks, believe me! where emme & I live, it is the norm that business owners may have only a rudimentary grasp of English, and not because they speak Italian, French, German, Spanish, Irish Gaelic or Indonesian (all of which I could muddle through on) -- rather, it's usually one of the many Asian languages AND I HAVE NO MAINLAND ASIAN LANGUAGES, dang it!!) *phew*! thanks for listening!! I mean, you should have heard me trying to describe the difference between wild salmon and farm-raised to MY nearby fishmonger. Pretty funny, now that I look back on it. Oh lordy. I still don't even know where they're from, they won't tell me. Probably illegal, OH, never mind. Even my Bangladeshi is better than my North Korean, OK? It's a problem. *sigh.* My problem, I suppose. ;-}
Back to the point: SEARCH your nabe for a good fishmonger with whom it is possible to converse. Tell him or her your needs. See if they will bring in some fresh herring for you. Pike might be more difficult, but read on. For my rarer-than-salmon needs, I high-tail it to Grand Street & Elizabeth and choose between the many spectacular Asian fish markets in that neighborhood. Not much conversation needed -- they know the price and the English name of the fish (which is good, since the signs are all in Chinese or Korean) and that's all you need. And boy, have they got the goods, at rock-bottom prices. Huge selection. Check 'em out. They've got everything! along with things you've never heard of. OR, go straight to the Fishmarket, where all the retailers buy on a daily basis. It's a bit overwhelming, it requires being there at around 4 in the morning, and it's in the Bronx at the moment, but with persistence (and a car) you can make the trip often enough to forge relationships with the fishermen of your choice.
Next thing you need is a great local butcher, which is a commoner item in the neighborhoods than a dependable fishmonger. If your butcher has contacts with organic producers (which is almost the norm these days), it's a snap to get acceptable sweetbreads. Thymus, pancreas, either one will do. Seasonal game birds in our area are available frozen much of the year, through the wild game provisioner D'Artagnan. Alternately, call Ottomanelli's in the Village, on Bleecker Street. Ask them what fresh birds they have coming in. Get 'em in season. Yes, there's also Balducci's and Dean & DeLuca, and the Chelsea food markets, but Ottomanelli's is a small shop with a full crew of smart family members who have about 200 years of butchering experience between them. Their prices are not cheap, but neither do they approach the lofty heights of Balducci's ~ besides, they pay attention to you and what you want & need. And they're really sweet guys! ;-)
Dried fruit is absolutely fine, but scrutinize the ingredients and check out the producer. Make SURE it's organic, it's unsulphured, and it's unsweetened. If the label is unforthcoming and the produce manager goes blank about it, don't risk it.
OK! I've blabbered a bit over the time limit, even for me! but I hope it's of use to folks in the NY/NJ area ~ there are certainly a lot of us! take care, emme, and good hunting!! :-D
I am a blood type O and have found that Indian Food causes me extreme fatigue. My Indian meal choice is always exactly the same: Saag Paneer (Spinach with Goat Cheese), Shrimp Curry and Rice. I indulge myself in this--my favorite meal--at least twice a month, and each time it takes me at least 3 days to get back to my normal level of energy. Any idea what could be causing this extreme fatigue? Dee
What's causing it? those Indian meals! ;-> guess you've found that out already. ;-D If you're asking if I can pin down the exact ingredients doing the harm, well ~ highly unlikely, as I've learned through long trials! but I'll take a stab at it. In Saag Paneer, could be the oil they use, or the spices, but I plump for the oil. Same with the curry. Ask if they use ghee, or oil -- and if so, what kind? Hey! It could be the goat cheese... you might not do well with cheeses. Do you know your secretor status?
When you have your meal, do you eat the papadam, the dal, the raita, the chutneys... maybe some Indian beer... see where I'm going with this? Just as an exercise, let's take the chickpeas in the papadam, the beans (other than lentils) in the dal, the cucumber & yogurt in the raita, and the sugar in the chutney... if you're a nonsecretor, this combination would fair hammer you. If it's lentil in the dal, even a secretor might take a beating.
I was a huge fan of Indian food, but I've had to phase it out of my diet for the most part. To isolate the exact culprits in my beloved dishes, from aloo paratha to shrimp saag to anything-vindaloo, (other than wheat & potatoes -- that's a given) was a full-time job, so if the option arises now, I stick to tandoori. I still dream of one restaurant's lemon chutney and pickled mangoes. But without the poori or chapati or nan and rice and papadam and raita... and that magnificent smoky Golden Eagle beer... the thrill is kinda gone. ;-} Dee, I've little comfort to offer in this area, for which I apologize! but it seems you're body is telling you more than anything specific I could explain for you. Follow that advice, you won't regret it... much! ;-D
With sheep milk readily available I make my own cottage cheese from it. The process leaves me with whey when I separate the curds. I take it that this whey product which is not a powder is OK for O's as it is for A's? There are some wonderful soup recipes using this pure whey. Regards - Kasia
Greetings, Kasia! The whey is the part that is Not OK for Os ~ it's an avoid. The whey powders are worse, as they are concentrated whey. But fresh whey is the thing that cheeses don't have, which makes some cheeses OK for you. Hope this helps, dear! :-D
Hello and thanks so much for all the wonderful information you provide. I am a rebellious O+ (took 2 years to "really" give up the wheat)but for the most part I really love the foods that are particularly for me. In the last 2 years, I believe being on the diet has eliminated many alergeric reactions I used to suffer. Aches and pains, yucky sinus problems, breathing difficulties and edema. BUT, one of the things that I have been eating is goat cheese and goat milk on a fairly regular basis, I am Danish and no cheese or cream at all was "too severe" , that rebel again. A few days ago in reading my Live Right book I noticed that goat cheese is neutral while goat milk is an avoid. Help, why would these 2 items fall in different categories. Thanks again for your column. I look forward to hearing from you, Dianne
Hey there, Dianne! Even we rebels come round when it's worth it, eh? :-) The difference between cheese and milk is, in a word, "whey." Milk's got it, cheese hasn't. Thus, goat cheese is neutral and the milk is to be avoided.
You're doing a marvelous job of steering your exuberant nature toward a healthy plan ~ enjoy it, and write again! :-D
I read 'Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type' a few years ago but receintly ran into a woman who said there is more to that than meets the eye. She told me about secreters and nonsecreters. Where can I get this info. I don't remember it being in the book. Please let me know so I can order the data. Thank you. Jill (RN)
Hi, Jill! Yes, the book is called Live Right 4 Your Type, and it contains detailed food lists and an abundance of great information on stress relief and specific health care. For a quick study on secretors vs. nonsecretors, see our Knowledge Base Secretor/Nonsecretor page. Thanks for asking! :-)
I have been reading information about grapefruit juice that says it's not the best because of the medication reactions. Can you let me know what you think. I have been also reading about soy, and there are mixed options about it's long term benefits. Please let me know what you know. Thank you, Darin
Ask your doctor about which medications react with grapefruit juice. It's not all of them. About soy, I think Peter answered hundreds of questions on the old message boards regarding the anti-soy cabal, but you might want to start with this one from Ask Dr. D'Adamo: Will Soy Rot Your Brain? Great title, eh? Enjoy your reading, and feel free to ask more specific questions if they arise!
I can't find hemp oil or hemp flour in the list of foods. Have they been tested yet for blood type compatibility? I'd like to try baking with the flour I see for sale in the stores now, and I read the oil has good EFA ratios. Thanks! monet
Hello, monet ~ Here is the Ask Dr. D'Adamo page on HEMP. The flour may have fewer of the deleterious effects noted for the oil, but I suspect they will both fall into the same categories once Peter has had the chance to test them specifically. In the meantime they are technically "neutral" (as all unlisted foods are), but do note the caveats in that Ask Dr. D. page!
Where can I obtain a kit to determine my secretor status in Canada? Thanks for your column.Lorraine
Lorraine, I don't yet know if secretor tests can be shipped to Canada or New York State. Drop a note to North American Pharmacal at NAP-Service@worldnet.att.net and ask if the situation has changed. If not, write me again and I'll see what I can do. :-)
In Dr. D'Adamo's book Cook Right 4 Your Type he states that hydrogenated oils may be potentially toxic or carcinogenic. This left me feeling ambiguous as to whether hydrogenated oils are cancerous or not. Why did he use the word "potentially" versus just saying, "these oils are toxic or carcinogenic". Thank you. Aaron
Well, I suppose it is a wording choice based on the fact that they do not precipitate cancer or measurable toxicity on one use, but repeated use will create toxicity in virtually everyone, although only some people will get cancer traceable to the use of hydrogenated oils. There are actually two conditional terms ("may be" and "potentially"), which can be stated as one: hydrogenated oils may increase your bowel toxicity, and they may encourage the growth of cancer in you. Rather a roundabout way of stating the fact that they're not useful or necessary for anyone, and they have a history of doing harm. :-D
Hello, I'm going to graduate with an undergraduate university degree this year. Next year I wish to go to a Naturopathic/complementary health school. I was wondering which ones would be BTD friendly and how did Dr. Dadamo get his education? I live in Canada, so Canadian schools would be preferred. Is there anything especially around Toronto, Quebec or in British Columbia?(I speakk French so language is no problem) However, I would welcome any advice and suggestions you could offer. Thanks, Your column is great, thanks for all the encouragement. Michelle
:-) I'm always so happy to hear from young people pursuing complementary medicine careers!! Peter was graduated from Bastyr University... not far south of the border from BC, so perhaps it would be a possibility for you? Here is their website. Keep in touch! ~;-D
I am quite desperate! I have been following the diet (I'm a B group) for about two years now, with great results. Problem is, I'm pregnant. Not a PROBLEM as such, but with the diet, definitely! I was hoping I'd be able to get hold of the Eat Right for your Baby book,, but it seems it will only be available in May in South Africa, where I live. Are there any short and summarized tips you can give me so long?? I am picking up weight much too fast, and I'm eating bread and all the stuff O'm not supposed to on the B-type diet. I would really appreciate just a few basic tips. Looking forward to the book! Theresa
Greetings, Theresa ~ and congratulations on your pregnancy! :-D Ah, another BTD-baby coming up! I'm pretty thrilled about it. ~:-D
Well, cravings are the norm in your position. However, if you bump up your protein intake a bit, and fill up on the plant life with each meal, the grain temptations should fall away pretty quickly.
Here are a couple of tips which you can use if you see fit. Please be advised that these are provisional for now, and that when the "Baby Book" is released on the market, these recommendations may have been revised. So, changing the following values will be protective for you and your baby, but there is MUCH more advice in the book, and the ratings for certain foods may shift.
So: first, no more flaxseed or flax oil. Second, eggs are now Beneficial for you, especially fresh eggs from hens free-ranged on clean land. Eat 'Em Up Yum.
The fish list changes somewhat. Avoid the following fish: Bass, Bluefish,
Carp, Catfish, Flounder, Halibut, Mahi Mahi, Shark, Swordfish, Tilapia, Tuna and Whitefish. All the rest of the seafood entries retain the values listed in Live Right.
You may want to plan out your meals & snacks so that you're getting the meat, fish and dairy, as well as the beneficial veg & fruit, that are ESSENTIAL for your well-being and the health of the growing babe.
But -- No Fennel, and No Parsley, OK? (two more avoids for expectant mothers only.) None of the fruit values change (to my knowledge at this time), so you might reach for a serving of beneficial-fruit salad instead of the bready stuff next time the urge strikes. Since type Bs are the acknowledged rulers of the world of fruit (hear the gnashing of teeth from here? SO JEALOUS!! ;-D) you've abundant choices in that department.
Now: remove from your diet the following: Cayenne pepper, Chocolate, Ginger, Licorice, Marjoram, Nutmeg, Oregano, Parsley, Rosemary, Sage, Thyme. Again, just to be extra special safe. ;-) Chamomile is now beneficial ~ details in the book. And no caffeine or alcohol for you ~ again, this is the optimal route, and the safest.
Don't do anything special to directly address any weight gain you may have at this time. While you're pregnant is not the time to focus on weight loss. Just stick to your diet and B-ideal activities as closely as possible, and let the rest happen as it will. And it will sort itself beautifully by the time you deliver, never you worry! :-D
Here's a little note I received about kids and the BTD ~ lovely advice, I think, and your little one will be ready for it in no time at all! so I thought I'd share it with you:
enjoy your pregnancy, Theresa ~ keep me posted, OK? I'm so happy for you! ~:-D
I have 2 questions: For some reason I've gained 20 lbs in the last year that I can't lose! I got off the diet for one, which Ive gotten back on for the last 3 months. Also I started taking depro provera which can cause insulin resistance. I've been off that for 8 months. I'm exercising(running and spot training) with no results. I had my insulin level checked for insulin resistance and it was 4, which as you know is normal. I'd been taking 400mg of chromium just in case( My weight is 140 lbs and I'm 5' 4".) I have eliminated wheat from time to time, no difference in my weight though.What is going on??? When I was on the diet before I dropped to 120 lbs! Also where can I get watermelon seed in 500mg doses? All I can find in the health food store is tea--no dosage. Rachel
Hello, Rachel! The watermelon seed is a diuretic. Do you feel you're retaining water? If so, try using some dandelion greens - either cooked, or fresh in your salad -- and try drinking at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces of water every day, with a tiny pinch of sea salt added (say, 1/4 teaspoon over the entire day). For instance: 140 pounds divided by 2 = 70. 70 ounces of (pure!) water each day. You could divide it into five 12-ounce glasses, taken away from meals. A hydrated body is a non-edema body. ;-D Do this for two weeks, and I promise you'll see a difference.
You've quit the chromium, right? More than 200 mg per day is not recommended, so at least scale it down if you are still taking it.
Going on & off diets will tend to maintain your bodyweight's "set-point" rather higher than you want it. Focus on getting into a stable groove with your diet. It will greatly speed your attainment of optimal weight. And a tai-chi or martial arts practice can be of great help in weight loss and general "balanced mind." The benefits can be spectacular. If you commit yourself to full implementation of the type B plan, with the determination to check your progress and re-assess in two months, I'm sure you'll be happy with the results! Write again and let me know how you're doing! :-D
I am a Type B who was recently encouraged to begin the Blood Type Diet by a Type O friend, who raved about the increased energy he felt after switching to it. Both he and I are smokers and coffee drinkers, though I would say I smoke more than he does, and I definately drink twice the amount of coffee. If I am unwilling to give up these addictions, do you still suggest there is a value to switching to the Blood Type Diet? I have not really felt any difference at all, after following the "B" food list say 90% for 5 weeks now(including the membrane fluidizer cocktail, and supplements Ginko, Siberian Ginsing and Magnesium). I realize the caffiene and cigarettes are both completely unhealthy, I just wonder why my friend was still able to gain several benefits from changing his eating without giving up these addictions, and me not. Both he and another friend I have who started (also a type O smoker) felt results, particularly increased energy, in less than 2 weeks, as I find many of the people reporting to your website claim as well. I also am wondering if you ever tested marajuana as it is processed by the four ABO's. Thank you for your time and reply, Lizza
Hi, Lizza ~ I'd say that if you intend to smoke both tobacco & marijuana and drink a bunch of coffee every day, not only is there a value to the BTD, there's an absolute need of it. :-} By the way ~ no, we have no rating for cannabis. ;-> The energy the diet (AND exercise plan) will provide may be getting short-circuited by the nervous & adrenal effects of caffeine and the hypoglycemic-mimicking effects of tobacco plus weed.
Did you add any foods to your usual diet, or did you primarily avoid the avoids? Tell me a little more about the food part of your 5-week trial, and I'll do my best to help you get some results. Take good care, dear! :-D
I am a B+ nonsecretor who has followed the diet for a few years. I do occasionally crave carbs and have "carb fests" but otherwise follow very closely. Recently had my cholestoral checked and was surprised that it was 269 and that my very bad cholestoral was 189! My doctor has recommended that I go on a low fat diet, eliminating carbs, cheese, butter, milk and egg yolks. I am now afraid to eat my 5-6 eggs per week cooked in ghee, my mozzarella cheese, goat milk, yoghurt, and grain at all! Also would it help to eat oatmeal daily ( my grain allowance is only 3x per week) or eliminate grains altogether. I gain weight even on small amounts of rice. Help! I thought that I was doing very well until I got my lab results. Also I have found out that flaxseed OIL causes an immediate negative reaction-the skin on my knuckles start to tingle, turn red, crack and bleed so have quit my MFC. I believe in my B diet but am very confused at this time. I love your column and read it every morning. Thank you for all of the time, support and encouragement that you give to our BTD community. jean
Hey there, Jean! I'm sorry you're having a rough time!!
Go ahead and use the MFC ~ just put olive oil instead of flax into it. If even a little grain signals your body to store fat, then eliminate it altogether for now. Nonsecretor Bs can prosper quite will without it, and this may be the key to your cholesterol levels. I don't agree with your doctor in the least, but bear in mind I am NOT a doctor. Eating beneficial and neutral dairy does not produce a high serum cholesterol level in type B; most of it is produced in the liver, so getting rid of all grains, sugars and alcohol for the moment is the first way to approach the problem.
Second, get a big daily portion of the dark green leafy veg, and focus on the meat, dairy, veg & fruit part of this plan for a month -- then check your cholesterol again.
The Encyclopedia has a full set of protocols for Bs with high cholesterol, as well as some reassuring advice for you ~ Bs are rarely at health risk from moderately high levels. 269 is not extreme ~ so pick up the book to check the protocols, make sure to practice those B-type activities recommended in Live Right to enhance your entire body's functioning, and give it a little time. You'll be fine!! please drop me a line on how it's going, OK? thanks, dear!! :-D
I noticed you commented about a type B craving dairy, I thought we were allowed to have dairy. Was she a lactose intolerant B? My main dilema is this, I am a B who loves pasta. Where can I find toppings for pasta that are appropriate for my type besides alfredo? Alicia
Hi, Alicia ~ Jennie had a number of sensitivities, and a "diagnosis" of milk allergy, so we worked from there. Her question is included in the Type B Roundup #8, if you'd like to read it.
Toppings for pasta are incredibly numerous, and range from a little warm butter for tortellini ~ to oil, garlic & pepper flakes ~ to pesto made from nuts, herbs, oil & garlic ~ to mint-and-vegetable blends ~ to fish and peppers ~ to anything you'd like it to be, chosen from your beneficial and neutral foods.
A great place to get ideas on the possibilities for dressing pastas is Mario Battali's page on the foodtv network site. There are literally thousands of traditional pasta sauces used all over the world ~ pick a cuisine, and study up! and just as a tiny reminder, the frequency recommended in Live Right 4 Your Type for grains is 5-9 servings per week for type B Caucasians ~ so you'll promise to keep the cereals, pastry, muffins, cookies, breads & pasta to only that many, OK? ;-) thanks for your note, Alicia! :-D
Is white splet and whole splet the same thing? I have been to 2 health food stores and all they seem to be aware of and/or have is whole splet. Thanks for your time, Debbie
Hello, Debbie ~ White spelt and whole spelt are two different things. White spelt has the germ and bran removed, so it is a whitish color ~ whole spelt is tan-colored, as it contains the entire spelt berry, ground into flour. Ask the health food stores if they will order white spelt for you. Purity Foods is one well-known maker of white spelt, and you can order online or give the info to your health food store's grain manager. thanks for writing, dear! :-D
I have been searching for Yellow Onions here in Toronto, but I only find cooking, red, white, sweet, and spanish onions. Are the cooking onions the yellow onions? They are the most readily available, I am in search of the onion type high in Quercetin for my diabetic daughter. Any direct please? Dave
Sure, Dave! Yellow onions have a warm, reddish-tan papery skin on the outside. They're the most common ones in most North American supermarkets. If you're seeking quercetin, it is also available cheaply at most supplement shops. The BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia has specific protocols for diabetes, but her basic blood type diet will help enormously on its own. Please write back if there's any other help I can offer ~ and please accept my best wishes to you both!! :-)
Hello Heidi, Thank you for answering my question from a month or so back. You're doing a wonderful job and a great service to us all! I had the good fortune to attend Dr. D'Adamo's conference this past weekend in Tempe, AZ. It was excellent! Although much of it was geared to health professionals and therefore over my head, I still obtained a lot of good information and met some absolutely wonderful people. Truly warm hearted and caring people, and it deepened my faith in this health care plan, and I've been a believer since I started 7 months ago. I highly recommend to all of your readers to attend one of these seminars if possible. The talk was of another one in Feb, 2005, in Tempe. If there's another one before that, attend if you can! Thanks again! Jerry
:-D :-D :-D Hey there, Jerry! Yes, it was a resounding success as I hear from all quarters, and I truly look forward to attending the next one! Thanks for the report (and the kind words)!! I'm greatly pleased you enjoyed it!
What is the scientific basis for deciding which foods are beneficial or to be avoided for each blood type? What is the process by which you make these decisions? joan
Hello, joan! Well, that's a pretty huge topic of discussion. The short answer is, many factors affect the status given each food ~ and if you'd like to read about them in depth, follow This Link! enjoy! and thanks for writing!!
I have been on the type O diet for a while and think it has helped a lot. I was wondering what the difference between mozzarella cheese and string cheese. The string cheese we have in the fridge, under the ingredientslist says it is mozzarella cheese, which is nuetral for me. String cheese however is listed as an avoid item. Are they the same? Greg
Hi, Greg ~ Here is your answer! :-)
I just need some suggestions on how to make this diet work for a family who has all 4 blood types. I'm new at this and feel very overwhelmed with WHAT to make for meals that would fed the whole family. angela
Wow, you've got a daunting task there! Take a peek at the All Four Blood Types in My Family column ~ see if it helps! take good care, dear!! :-D
Hi, My question is in regards to young children. We have O and A blood type and I am not having trouble so much as in what to feed them, but in amounts. My children have always been on a fairly healthy diet, organic, lots of veggies, fresh juice, whole grains, fish, etc. I am wondering if it is okay for them to have spelt or other grains often. It is really hard to get them to fill up on meat and veggies. I usually serve sandwiches at lunch time. In the morning they usually have fruit smoothies or oatmeal. I guess that I am just concerned about them getting enough of what they need when as children can be picky at times. I have been trying to make brown rice for dinner to go with the protein but not everyone likes it. So, I will make sweet potatoes and yams, not everyone likes that. I have always told them, you eat what is on the table or you can do without, however, this seems really hard now. They all really like their carbs and fill up on those the most. Is this something that I can work on weaning them from or is it not a concern as long as they still eat plenty of fresh veggies and fruit? Any advice would be helpful. Thank you so much - MaryChris
Hello, MaryChris! For your little type A, some oatmeal in the morning and a sandwich or rice (maybe with a tasty vegetable sauce? ;->) later on would be fine ~ just as long as the grain truly doesn't push the veg & fruit out of the day. (that IS the hard part, usually). For the O... well... maybe a tasty sauce or gravy for the sweet potatoes? :-D I was a real sweets craver as a kid, and loved breads and potatoes and pastry and any kind of candy as long as it was chocolate. An O kid will often fight to get those carbs ~ mostly because once upon a time in prehistory, we HAD to fight to get that rare honeybee nest. Grains and sugars are truly our downfall, so just do your best to minimize them ~ we run into trouble if we grow up stuffing ourselves with them. Your tiny O is best off with a maximum of one grain serving per day on average, and extra helpings of the tasty meat dish ~ and maybe vegetables spiced up a bit and cooked in butter or oil. This is a tough one, and while I don't know how old the kiddles are, making dinner a no-grain meal could take the pressure off you a bit. It also precludes any hint of hyperactivity at night, so if the O is bouncing off walls after his or her dinner, grains might be the key. I hope any of our readers who have faced this situation will write in with tips & tricks! You're doing a fabulous job of it already, and I salute you for it!! so rest assured you're doing really well right now, and if you can nudge that O a bit further toward a low-grain diet, you'll be doing spectacularly. thanks for writing, dear!! :-D
Heidi: Picked up a Chirimoya Fruit at Whole Foods here in San Dieog, CA tonight. I'm Type O, boyfriend Type A... I cannot find this fruit in the books. Can we eat it?! Thanks so much. Christina
Hi, Christina ~ Cheremoya hasn't yet been tested, so technically it's an "Unknown." This means you can consider it neutral if you are at an ideal weight and have no health complaints. By the way, I did receive your other questions and Woody's, and will get to them just as quickly as I can! I realize he's on a schedule, so HOPEFULLY tomorrow I'll have something up for him. Thanks for writing, and take GOOD care, the both of you! :-D
I'm an A secretor and I am have been following the diet for over a year. Great things have happened: no more allergies, and best of all, no more asthma attacks! I do still have itchy ears, though, and sometimes they are so bad that they swell up inside and ooze. Somewhere I found the information that using olive oil, garlic, and mullein in the ear would help, but I can't find the info again. Is this true? Thanks for any help on the matter! Drea
Hmmmm.... This sounds like an ear infection to me, and I'm wondering if you've tried eliminating all dairy altogether for a week. See what happens. A little warm olive oil may help, I do recall that, but the cause itself could easily be dairy food. Give it a try and write again! thanks, Drea! :-)
Heidi, Your advice to Gail on the Catalina dressing needs one more change: Condensed tomato soup contains wheat flour as a thickener from my experience of going gluten free (GF) and reading lots of labels. She may want to substitute Tomato sauce instead. I have also been diagnosed as IBS and two children with celiac. We try to maintain a GF house. When we are out and about I try to watch what We eat, but don't stress if we get the occasional gluten ingestion. We try to remain diligent at home. I keep the gluten (spelt, kamut, etc) to about three times a week if that for me. Hope this helps. Angel
AHA! Thank you, Angel! I didn't say check all the labels, but I really should have gone ahead and said that. Much appreciated, thanks again! :-)
Hi Heidi! Jennie the B who craved dairy reminded me, craving dairy (as well as craving sugar/chocolate) can be a sign of protein deficiency. Crave the milk protein. She might do better if she found other ways to get protein. For an adult 50 protein grams/day is the RDA, enough to get by (but who'd want to just get by? I'm for thriving!) Guyton's "Textbook of Medical Physiology" says 75 grams/day to be safe. I need much more at 5'6" & 135lb, I need at least a 100g/day, but I'm an O with a fast metabolism. Hope helps! Great column! Thanks for all your work! ~ Maia
Maia, many thanks for the timely reminder! Jennie (and all ya Bs out there), do your best to keep that protein intake up ~~ listen to Maia!! thanks again, dear!! :-D
My family has been on the blood type diet now for over 1 year. We are all blood type O and the one thing that we miss having is milk. Is raw milk that hasn't been pasteurized or homogenized compatible with blood type O? Also,in some of the books and information that we have, there is a discrepency in having oats. Can blood type O have oats? Thanks for your help. Terri Parks
Hello, Terri! Raw milk is still an avoid for Os. However, oats are neutral for O secretors, and avoid for nonsecretors. Consult the book Live Right 4 Your Type, take a look at the Updates Page, and if you have a question about a single food, you can do a quick online check of the TYPEbase 3 database. If it's ok for both secretors & nonsecretors, it is certainly fine for you! :-D
I am an A+ & have been on the diet for eight months with excellent results. My question is very specific: since glucosamine sulfate is derived(or consists primarily of, according to my understanding)from shellfish shells and A's are not compatible with shellfish, is it possible to have an allergic reaction to taking this supplement? This seems like such an obvious question/concern, that I am surprised it has not been addressed. Any insight, thoughts, or referrals to a website for more detailed information on this?? Thanks, Naima
Hi there, Naima ~ An allergy is a different thing from the antigenetic reaction to an avoid. True food allergies need not be blood-type related ~ for instance, there are type As with severe peanut allergies, and type Os allergic to berries of all kinds. The purified glucosamine should not contain any lectins which might trouble type As. Just for further reading, though: in the BTD Blood Type Encyclopedia, glucosamine sulfate is suggested as an anti-inflammatory agent for type Os, while N-acetyl glucosamine is recommended for types A and B with arthritis. Thanks for your note, Naima! :-D
Dear Heidi, can you enlighten me about the way secretor status is handed down genetically to children - is 'secretor' dominant? - my husband is group O secretor, I am group A non-secretor. So far tested my two group O children are secretors. Haven't had results for the two group A children yet - I beleive the secretor status is not linked to ABO,so hoping they are secretors for their health! Christine
You're absolutely right, Christine ~ the secretor gene is dominant. The other two kids could be either one, though. ;-) Because you're a nonsecretor, we know you have two nonsecretor genes. However, your husband is the wildcard. Lurking behind his 'secretordom' may be one recessive nonsecretor gene. If that's the case, one of those genes could have sneaked out and paired up with one of your nons, and there you have it! a Nonnie-kid. IF your man has two secretor genes, all the kids will be secretors with a recessive non gene (the one you gave them. ;-D) ~ so... with two blood types and six folks in the family there, I'm crossing my fingers that no more complications arise! :-D Good luck, and let me know the outcome! :-D
I am a 59 yr old female, type O , I have lost 32 pounds since may. I feel great. My questions is; I have two daughters age 39 and 42 . One is O - and the other O+, they have both been on the diet almost a month now and have gained weight. What is wrong? they are both rh factor, does that have anything to do with the weight gain. Please help, they have out grouwn there clothes and both are crying like babies. will wait to hear from you. thank you kindly, Rainey
Hi there, Rainey! What a great name you have!
Hmmm... One is O neg, the other O pos -- so only the O pos girl was an rh-factor baby, I believe. That has no impact on the results of the diet though, so set your mind at ease on that point.
Type Os on the O diet may put on fat IF:
1. we eat too much of the beneficial or neutral grains, and too little of the vegetables, fruits, meats and fish;
2. we get little or no strenuous exercise, and/OR
3. our usual daily diet is mostly meat and bread, or meat and rice or some other cooked grain, always eaten together.
What I suggest for your girls is to look at 1, 2 and 3 there and see if one or more of them fit the bill. I strongly suggest picking up the little book, Type O Food, Beverage and Supplement Lists. It contains the proper updated portion/frequency tables for each food group, which will help get a handle on that part of it. I'll give you a little preview:
the O+ daughter should aim for 6 to 9 servings from the meat/poultry group per week, while the O- should have one or two more than her sister. Additionally, don't forget the fish group: three to five for O+, and five to seven for O- !!
grains (including crackers, cereal, rice, oats, breads, etc.)? The range is 1-6 per week for O+ and 0-5 per week for O-. For weight loss, cling to the bottom of that range ~ one serving (or less :-)) every two or three days.
vegetables? Unlimited beneficials, and 2 to 5 neutrals per day! To speed the process along, I suggest that one meal per day be mostly vegetables, and that only this meal should contain their occasional grain servings. Grains are much easier to digest when eaten with veg rather than meat, poultry or fish.
The O diet will work for them, never fear. Tell 'em I said so, and give them these suggestions! thanks for writing, Rainey!! :-D
I am type O, Rh neg & secretor status. I have been on the BT diet on and off for a few years (I always feel better when I stick to it!). But I am also an endurance cyclist & want to drop a few pounds (fat) before the season starts up...what is recommended as to the percentages of fat, protein & carbohydrate for a type O? My LBM is around 103 lbs. Can a type O eat more than 30% fat in their diet? Cynthia
Hi, Cynthia! First thing to remember: eating fat won't make you fat. Eating more than the small amount of grain allowed on the type O diet will tend to mess with your insulin production and slow your metabolism -- resulting in fat storage. :-) Around here, we've found it's more effective to think in terms of food group portions/frequencies rather than get involved in counting grams of protein/carb/fat. I know it might require a little mental shift, but it's based on the knowledge that all carbs, for example, are NOT equal for your purposes. For instance, four ounces of rice does not do the same thing in your body that four ounces of artichoke hearts or sweet potato would do.
If I look at the pie chart of a day-in-the-life for a female O athlete, I see about 28 ounces of veg & fruit, 10 ounces of meat/poultry/fish, a handful of nuts, an egg, a half-cup of beans and a tablespoon of beneficial oil. I'm sure you're the best judge of what you need when doing hard training ~ but something along these lines will burn the fat without jeopardizing your strength. See how it works for you, and let me know! thanks for your message, dear! :-)
Vitamin E In Dr. D'Adamo's first book he said that Type Os should get their vitamin E through foods NOT through supplements. I find no such reference in his later books and don't know if there is a distinction between secretor/non-secretor sub types nor if E is problematic for any of the other blood types. It is such a major anti-oxidant and is included in so many supplement formulations, that I wonder what that implies for getting sufficient anti-oxidants. Also, is it ok to use skin creams/lotions that inclue E? Thanks, Victor
Hello, Victor! Using E topically is fine ~ generally, that is true of all topically-applied avoids. Peter explained that he does not recommend blood thinners (of which E is one) for type Os internally, as ours is statistically the thinnest of all the types and we are prone to free-bleeding disorders (including haemophilia). Sufficient antioxidants? The diet itself is stuffed full of them. Look at the sheer quantity of veg & fruit in every type's plan. Green tea pops to mind as well. If you prefer a supplement, try quercetin ~ it's a wonderworker. thanks for writing, and take care! :-)
Having heard all the wonderful benefits of soy...can these benefits be applied to 'O's as they are a neutral food? Does being an "O" wipe out the mentioned benefits of a food if it is a neutral to the body type (not an avoid)? Thanks Heidi. I am trying to follow the diet more closely. Pennie
Hey there, Pennie ~ The foods that do wonderful things for us are designed into our beneficial listings. Neutrals aren't going to pack the same punch, although the one-size-fits-all marketers want EVERYONE TO EAT SOY ALL THE TIME and BUY their many soy-based supplements. A food being rated neutral doesn't mean a benefit is wiped out, in so many words ~ rather, it means that food doesn't confer special benefits for our particular chemistry to begin with. If it does, you'll see it among the Beneficials. hope this helps, dear! :-D
This is my first post(and question)this year, so Happy new Year to you and the readers! I would like to know why red and cayenne peppers are benficial for Type O's while green and yellow ones are only neutral. Does it have to do with the colour? If so, is powdered red paprika (probably the most common spice in Hungary) sort of beneficial? and please tell me a little more about turmeric. LR says it is a very effective chemoprotective, especially for non-secretors, but at the ratings you will find it is beneficial for Type O secretors and only neutral for non-secretors. Also, turmeric is the basic element of all curries and it goes together with a lot of other spices, not all of which are beneficial, still curry is beneficial for (Type O)non-secretors. What's the explanation, please. Thank you in advance, Thank you for your effort, Rose in Hungary
Hi, Rose! A very Happy New Year to you, as well! Howzit goin'? The pepper ratings do have something to do with the color in the fresh vegetable ~ the proanthocyanadins, which abound in red, blue and purple beneficial fruits & veg. "Curry" is a catch-all term in the U.S. which usually means a turmeric and/or hot-spice based compound. For the most part, Americans don't bother making their own curries ~ they depend on the commercial spice brands, and would rarely if ever use turmeric on its own. Hence its Beneficial rating. Paprika isn't beneficial, but it's certainly tasty and a common spice in many Hungarian dishes ~ so enjoy it anyway, and no worries about it being only neutral! :-D
I am reading the book Live Right 4 Your Type. Thus, I entered the dadamo.com site I am Type O+ I thought I saw where you can register and get tracked? I have been diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (no meds at this time - reduced stress level I guess (2.5 yrs now) Age 49 male white I have also been diagnosed and under moderate treatment for Bi-Polar and I am taking Depakote 1000 mg daily. I plan to start the diet plan. Any suggestions on the effects of your plan in terms of colitis and Bi-Polar? By the way, I have a mild case of Bi-polar, and have not experienced manic tendencies for 2-3 years and only have one period of mania which led to this diagnosis. Thank you - Bill
Hi there, Bill! Welcome to our world!! ;-D Listen, this type O diet is the best thing you could possibly do for both conditions you're already resolving. The only suggestions I'd like to offer right now are to take a tablespoon of flax oil daily in addition to the oil portion/frequency listed in LR4YT, and to limit all grains as much as possible. Maybe just a little whole rice, once a week as a treat -- or a piece of Essene (manna) bread, toasted. Remember to eat your full complement of protein foods! Finally, get hold of a can of KAL-brand nutritional yeast, and use one scoop every day ~ in a smoothie or in tuna salad, or in homemade broth with some spices added as you wish. And take PolyFlora-O to rebuild your intestinal health. You'll be amazed what it does for the way you feel.
For tracking your results, the links are under "Interactive," on the lower left of the homepage at www.dadamo.com. I wish you all the best, Bill, and I'm sure you'll be writing in with a glowing report soon! :-D
I have suffered from migraine for over 50 years, and in the last few get them as often as every 3 days. I have tried the ER4YD previously (I am A+ type) and it didn't stop the migraines. I am trying it again as I also get cramps, and aches and pains at night, and have had some good results, but quite a few of the foods I am supposed to be able to have, give me migraine. What do you suggest? Shirley
Hello, Shirley! As a general note, it's perfectly fine to set aside any foods you know give you trouble. With time on the diet, most of these sensitivities tend to resolve themselves. In terms of migraines specifically, most of the authoritative recommendations I've seen involve avoiding a variety of foods, including red wine, chocolate, coffee, cheeses, nuts - as well as certain lighting conditions, etc. I have several friends who get migraines, and none of them have succeeded in ridding themselves of the malady through these means.
However, I'm very enthusiastic about the caffeine and migraine reference website. I believe this man has thoroughly explored the issue and may actually have come up with the cure based upon a verifiable cause. I love it when that happens, don't you? ;-) Take a good read through it, and implement his findings as described. You may find that the trigger foods you have in mind are not, after all, the cause of your migraines. Let me know how it goes! and thanks for writing! :-)
A while ago I bought the Cook Right 4 Your Type on holiday, and then bought Eat Right 4 Your Type on my return. The good thing is that as a Type A, I have actually not eaten any red meat for over 20 years!!! Both books are brilliant and I am now a convert to eating for my Type. In the meantime, my husband went to find out what his Blood Type is and at the same time found out that he has Type II diabetes. Unfortunately, diabetic dieticians advocate the same foods for every Blood Type and he is being told to eat things like Wheetabix and pasta etc. I would be grateful if you could advise if there is any Blood Type support for diabetics. Kind regards, Katrina
Hello, Katrina! I'm so pleased you like your type A plan ~ welcome to the BTD world, the two of you!! ;-)
For your husband ~ yes, it's common for dieticians to recommend that kind of wheat-enhanced food list, and it's one of the worst things he could do to himself. Because he has a diabetes diagnosis, I feel he would benefit from a targeted approach ~ so, are you up for buying two more books? He should make excellent progress by using his individualized diet as set out in Live Right 4 Your Type, along with the protocols in the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia. These will provide all the specific support he needs ~ have a look at them, and write again if I can assist further! :-)
Dear Heidi, I recently purchased and read the Food, Beverage and Supplement List for Blood Type A, however, I haven't started the diet yet. I need to lose about 45 lbs.-my metabolism came to a crashing halt after the birth of my son, 4 years ago, and within the last year, I have developed Reactive Airway Disorder/Athsma and hypoglycemia- I am only 29. Due to the hypoglycemia, should I eat 5 small meals consisting of the recommended foods, in order to keep my blood sugar stable? What do you suggest? Also, I should mention that I crave sugar and I do have sweets throughout the day. How can I overcome this, as this is what's keeping the weight on? Also, I was looking over all of the supplements that are available to Type A's, on Dr D'Adamo's website. I am on a modest budget, but what would you recommend as being essential to my health and wellness, based on the conditions I have cited. Thank you for your help. Charlene
Hey there, Charlene ~ Five small meals may help you feel better, for now. But let's see if we can get at the root of the trouble.
A high-sugar diet in itself will put weight on, set up insulin resistance (and difficulty getting the weight off), thereby keeping you hypoglycemic, and is also at the root of the breathing difficulties you have. It's a major cause of everything you described, in fact. If we can just nudge that sugar out of your 'personal environment,' you will feel MUCH better in a week or two, and your troubles will be on their way out. ;->
First, start on the diet according to the little blue book. Do your best to follow the portion/frequency tables found at the beginning of the food group sections -- those guidelines really determine the "food pyramid" for you. If you prefer to go "cold turkey," that's fine -- it's also perfectly acceptable to gradually add beneficial & neutral foods while slowly eliminating the avoids, at your own pace. We want to offer relief, not stress you out! And the < href="http://www.dadamo.com/welcome1.htm">Getting Started Page
has wonderful tips & tricks for newbies!
Second, go to the bottom of this page and search for the term glycerine. Read through the columns that come up. Vegetable glycerine can be used in place of sugar for virtually everything, from sweetening your tea to cooking and baking, and it tastes great. It actually works to stabilize your blood sugar ~ quite opposite from the effects of sucrose (table sugar).
Third, rather than spending money on supplements at this juncture, a daily meditation or yoga practice is KEY to lowering your cortisol levels (for weight loss and asthma relief) and reducing stress in a focused and powerful manner. The best part is, they make you feel good all day! Two suggestions: the fantastic book Meditation as Medicine by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Cameron Stauth; and Marianne Cirone's marvelous Yoga 4 Health & Fitness site. Both have it all, from inspirational reading to instructions on techniques you can use to feel better RIGHT NOW. :-D Let me know what you think, OK? and thank you for your Qs. :-)
Help! I am Type A and have been on the BTD program, with moderate compliance, for about 6 months. Just found out my son's Type B. Any recommendations for family cooking without going crazy? Susan
A & B, eh? You may go a bit crazy at first. ;->
Fortunately, all of the various blood types have many overlapping OK items. The fruits & vegetable groups, in great part, will offer plenty of common ground for the A+B combo. Getting that info into a form you can use for planning, shopping and cooking is the key to a calm transition, though. You'll want to include some A beneficials that are B avoids (such as many of the grains, beans, nuts & seeds) as well as B beneficials that are A avoids (in the dairy, meat and fish groups, for example).
The best way to set about this task is to make up a list of foods and their values for A and B, for ready reference. This can be done on a word processing program, a spreadsheet, or with pen & paper. List all the foods down the left side, then the values for A in the column next to it, then the values for B in the next column. Then, highlight the rows containing foods which are OK for both of you. Second, use a different highlight to mark items which will make it into the shopping list for one of you but not the other. Then, you can "write off" or delete the foods that are either (1) avoids for both, or (2) avoid for one person and OK for, but nonessential or disliked by, the other. It may take a few hours to set it up, but once done you've got a personalized handy-dandy shopping reference guide! :-)
To get you started, Cook Right 4 Your Type contains a multitude of recipes designed for more than one type. New research means some of the food values have changed since it was written, so check all ingredients against your A+B list ~ as I hope you do with all recipes & commercial products. ;-) In a while, this will all be second nature to you. As in many worthwhile endeavors, the start-up period is the most difficult (but also the briefest! :-D) I hope these tips make your multiple-type cooking a bit easier, and please feel free to pop in with any Qs, anytime! thanks, Susan!
I started the 4 your type program two years ago. I had good results in the beginning. I am 5'9", type A, and active physically. My purpose first was to reduce cholestoral - I was over 300. I am using 10 mg of mevacor then. After 6 months, my weight was down to 170 from 188. My cholestoral dropped from 220 to 179. My doctor said my weight and cholestoral would find their own level and supported a low fat diet. However, the following 18 months has seen a reversal. My weight is back up to 190, my cholestoral bounced up and down and is now at 200 with 5 mg of lipitor. My doctor said I should be around 170. I don't feel that great due to my weight. I am still physically active and I like exercise. What's going wrong? Bob
I have some questions for you, which may answer your questions, depending how you answer them. Didja follow that? ;-D not sure I did!
1: are you following the portion/frequency tables for each food group included in Live Right 4 Your Type or the Food, Beverage and Supplement Lists? Those guidelines define the "shape" of one's daily and weekly intake, by putting the proper foods in the proper proportions by food group. If a comparison of your average weekly diet with those charts shows you're way low on one or more groups and way high on others, do the adjustments and give it a couple weeks before assessing the results.
2: are you doing some yoga, tai chi, and/or meditation on a regular basis? Maybe even just a few minutes of "alternate-nostril breathing" (pranayama) every day? One of Peter's earliest bits of advice to type As was that these practices can lower your cortisol dramatically. We love that, because lower cortisol = lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, weight loss that stays off, better digestion, and a keener & more peaceable frame of mind as well.
3: more a suggestion than a question: numerous folks, some of them personally known to me, have experienced swift and steep cholesterol reduction through using Chinese Red Yeast Rice. That site has (in my opinion) the best RYR product on the market. They sell it in 2.2 pound bulk packages, but the price is far lower (and the quality higher) that way than buying what's available in most supp shops -- and it keeps for at least a year in the fridge. A half teaspoon twice per day is the usual dosage. This is Not a Drug and Contains No Drugs, just in case you're wondering. Each package comes with its own government assay certificate of purity and active-ingredient content. If the diet and cortisol reduction practices don't move your cholesterol back down to the 180 range, I truly, highly recommend using this safe supp instead of mevacor, lipitor, any-cor of any variety. Bob, thanks for writing to me, and please update me when you can! :-D
Dear Heidi, I've just started the diet (I'm an A) and I have lots of questions. My main question is this: Is it OK to eat more bread and not eat cereals? I'm from the Netherlands and like everyone here I eat bread for breakfast and lunch. In the BTD-book it says that I can have breakfast cereals almost everyday, but only a few servings of bread per week and hardly any crackers. I'm eating rye crackers for breakfast and spelt bread for lunch but I'm not sure if I'm right doing in doing. Am I eating too much grains? I hope you can give me some advice! Thanks, Marieke
Well, a big WARM WELCOME to you, Marieke!! The form of the grain food doesn't much matter (as long as it's "whole grain"), so cereals vs bread vs crackers vs steamed brown rice are all pretty much equal. In terms of portions and frequencies, 7 to 9 servings per week is the maximum allowed for type A caucasian secretors. If you're having crackers for breakfast daily, then have the bread at lunch two days per week and have soup or a vegetable instead of the bread for the other days' lunches. A rough and ready measure of your personal "1 portion" is the amount you could hold easily within your hands with palms facing each other and fingertips, thumbs and wrists touching.
Hope this is of help! and feel free to pop in with any questions that arise!
*** I am Type A! I need to lose 15 or 20 pounds (lost 50 on the Lindora diet two years ago--struggling to keep it off. I would do almost anything to not gain my weight back--besides starving!!). SOY AND PEANUTS I have food sensitivies to soy and peanuts (as well as other things). Can I get enough vegetable protein without these items, and not have to eat chicken, turkey or cornish hens on a daily basis? I do plan to add these things back to my diet as I get healthier (unless you think I should not). PASTAS AND GRAINS Can I use these in combination as protein substitutes without gaining weight? BLOOD TYPE Can two "A" blood types produce Blood Type O in their children, as well as Blood Type A? My husband, youngest daughter and myself are Type A, and my oldest daughter is Type O. I don't know what my son's blood type is. Does this make sense, or does the parent's blod type matter? My husband and youngest daughter used your blood typing kit to determine their blood type. Thank you for your help! Sheila
Greetings, Sheila! One of the essential keys to getting weight off & keeping it off for type As is the calming exercise part of the plan. Your (daily?) confrontation with the bathroom scales may be adding to a pervading feeling that you're always engaged in an uphill battle --> which will keep your cortisol levels elevated --> which often culminates in one or more food sensitivities, allergies, weight gain, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, burdened heart function, and other potential bad stuff. You best know your situation, of course, but I mention this because it is so often the missing element for healthy weight maintenance in type A folks -- not to mention offering a host of other benefits.
While you're getting settled into a yoga, tai chi or meditation practice (see notes I gave to Charlene, above), it's fine to avoid any foods that cause you perceptible trouble. Those sensitivities are very likely to fade out completely over time, but for now just focus on the foods you can eat without incident. Fish two or three times per week (loads of choices in the fish list), turkey or chicken once per week (by the way, squab, ostrich, guinea hen and grouse can offer some variety there) and a daily serving each of beans, nuts, and whole grain should happily fill your protein needs. The largest section of your "food pie-chart" by far is occupied by the vegetable and fruit groups. Three or four fruit servings daily -- and the vegetables? "Unlimited!" :-) Fill 'er up, OK?
Your family's blood type report is perfectly normal. :-) Having a type O daughter means that both you and your husband carry a recessive O gene. You're just as "type A" as someone who has two A genes instead of one A and one O ~ but in the case of two type A (or type parents with a recessive O gene, the kids' bloodtypes can be a little surprising. ;-)
thanks for your Qs, Sheila! :-D
Dear Heidi, I thought I read in one of these columns that soy was an avoid for A Non-secretors. Can you clear this up for me? I have been unable to locate it since then. Thank you. Corinne
Hi, Corinne! The rating for most soy foods drops down a notch for A nonsecretors, to neutral (the exception being miso, "beneficial) but none of them fell to "avoid."
If you're wondering about the status of a food in future, just check the TYPEbase 3 database. All the updated values are there. Thanks, dear! :-D
Dear Heidi, Since going on the A type diet some four months ago all is going well except for an occasional cracked corner of the mouth.After a few shaky starts at dealing with this, I have successfully settled on the suggestion on page 192 of Live Right, using betaine hydrochloride from the health food shop with each meal. However, remembering the dramatic effect of splashed hydrochloric acid on my stockings when I was a chemistry student, I take half the recommended daily dose! I am wondering if I had an A type beneficial natural acid at any meal (eg lemon, grapefruit, pineapple) could I eliminate the supplementary dose of betaine on that occasion and get the same results? I'll try it anyway and tell you. Thanks, Jenny
Dear Heidi, About a week ago I sent you an enthusiastic letter about the value of betaine for cracked lips, as per page 192 LRFYT However,I now think that I was jumping the gun, and want to amend my discovery by saying that the cracked corners of the mouth came back with a vengenance and I had to do some more reading; I then found that whilst following the diet (A) assiduously especially with an attempt at weight loss, I had not kept up to the required level of Vit.B 2, and the day I had a real splurge of fish,avocado, greens and whole brown rice I was fine again.I also added a brewers yeast tablet with every meal. Cheers, Jenny
Hey, Jenny ~ thanks for posting an update on that issue! Very useful, and much appreciated! :-D
I have a question concerning secretor status In your book Live right for your type ( in danish - lev efter din blodtype ) you dont mention as many types of food as you do in your book Eat right for your type ( in danish - spis efter din blodtype ). Example: Shrimps. Mentioned in Eat right for your type - iam an A-type, so i should not eat shrimps.But shrimps not mentioned in Live right for your type, so i need to know what to do when food not mentioned in Live right for your type. Look forward to be hearing from you soonest. best regards - Susanne
Greetings, Susanne! Shrimp is a Tier One "Avoid." Sorry it is missing from the Danish book!! If you know the English word of any food, you can check its status in the TYPEbase 3 database on this site. Remember to hit the "search" button after entering the food name, as the enter key does not work on that page. Thanks for writing!! :-D
I have Klinefelters syndrome. how does this affect blood type? Does this change any factors relating to blood type diet? GOD BLESS YOU & Happy February brian
Hi, Brian ~ This condition doesn't change the blood type or the diet ~ although mentioning it has won you my standard encouraging speech about an abundant food-based calcium & other mineral intake! but then, I encourage everyone to do so! ;-) As long as your endocrinologist has arranged with you to monitor testosterone levels and prescribe replacement therapy if necessary, and you're having the twice-yearly bone density scans, it'll be business as usual & no worries! thanks for writing, pal! :-)
I have read your books BTD and CR4YT. I have Type A blood and I have been heavily training for cycling and I have been losing to much weight. I have been trying to follow the recipes and increasing them, but I am hungry all the time. Do you have any suggestions for atheletes. Do you know of any supplements that might help Type A's to sustain and build muscle mass and strength. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Brian
Hi there, Brian! I'd say talk with a trainer about putting together a weight-training program to balance out the heavy aerobic activity (resulting in the breakdown of muscle tissue you're experiencing) Also, the addition of half an hour of yoga or meditation to your day will significantly lower your cortisol levels. The constant heavy training will raise your levels of cortisol, putting you in catabolic rather than anabolic mode. This is a type A thing, and it doesn't mean you can't cycle ~ but your training schedule should adopt a suitable rhythm in order for your body to gain maximum benefit from the time spent. Include one or two days of weight training (www.superslow.com is a website well worth reading), plan to spend non-training time quietly, get plenty of sleep (and water ~ aim for a gallon/day! thirst can masquerade as hunger), and a daily meditation, tai chi, or yoga practice as part of your regimen. You'll notice the difference in your performance!
The only supplement I'd recommend is the Cortiguard product sold in the Store here. Assess your daily intake of proteins (especially fish, beans, nuts/seeds), whole grains, B vitamins and minerals; you need them for endurance and building muscle strength. Use the starchier vegetables such as carrots, onions, parsnips, pumpkin and turnips to fill out your meals -- and get a serving of greens in there for the minerals and iron. A scoop of brewer's yeast in broth, tuna salad, or in a smoothie with organic rice (or soy) protein powder/fruit/nutbutter, is amazingly tasty and adds more B vitamins, amino acids and trace elements. I'm just shooting out ideas here, as I can't see your average daily diet in front of me, but just pick and choose based on your judgment of what you might benefit from.
Best of luck to you in your races, Brian! Let us know how you do!! :-D
I started the diet again about 1 month ago. I definitely feel better and I don't know why I stopped the diet 4 years ago. I am a type A and do not know secretor status yet. I just got the test kit. My only problem thus far is gas and bloating. I was taking enzymes with meals as I always have and they don't seem to be doing the job. Any suggestions as to what I should be doing? I bought Bromalein yesterday and started taking them, but still have the gas and bloating. Please help. Deborah
Hi, Deborah! Welcome back into the fold! :-D
What kind of enzymes are you taking, and with what kind of food? Bromelain can help with protein digestion, but gentian and (:-))"beano" are great for vegetable proteins. If you give me an idea of what your non-btd daily diet consisted of, and the portions & frequencies of food groups you're eating now, I'll have more specific advice for you.
Are you drinking along with your meals? Might be best to have no more than a few sips of water in the period from half an hour before the meal to an hour after. The liquid can dilute the digestive juices -- and type As naturally produce lower levels of gastrin and pepsin, and it can take up to 45 minutes after you begin eating for them to kick in, so let 'em do their job unimpeded.
You might also consider separating flesh foods from grain foods, (use vegetables with either), and eating fruit as a meal or snack by itself.
The fact that you are feeling better tells me you're doing the right thing! It may be just a matter of a little more time, as your system gets accustomed to producing the proper enzymes for full digestion on its own.
Take care, dear ~ and please write again! :-D
confused-I am 41 dwm 6'6" tall 300#'s i eat alot of dairy,meat fish,crave sugar-blood type A+ plus a Fast Oxidiser-had a metabolic study on me-question-i tried the Atkins diet and i lost weight but made me hurt-i know i need to cut the carbs and eliminate dairy,meats sugars-but being i am so tall/big i never fill upon veges-in college i was on a macrobiotic diet-lots of rice/wheat-have had IBS since 20-not sure which way will best fit me-i crave mayonaise,sugars-hungry all the time-please advise-thanks-bought your books and want to proceed,but unsure - breck
Welcome, breck!! The key to breaking the hunger cycle is (1) to eat the type A foods in type A proportions and (2) follow the type A exercise suggestions.
You may be thinking there's no way you're going to start doing yoga, but there are some surprises in store! One yoga exercise in particular is something you can do while you're sitting and reading this column -- just a simple breathing technique. Yoga practices are incredibly varied, from the well-known Hatha Yoga to strenuous, fast-moving styles. Read all about it at this page on that breath exercise and this fabulous yoga site.
Yoga has a very particular effect that's especially beneficial for As - it lowers your cortisol. This effect is essential for resolving your IBS, getting rid of the cravings, and losing the weight. Believe me, IT WORKS. :-D
Don't worry! This plan WILL solve the troubles you've been struggling with! Just start in, however you want to do so (see our < href="http://www.dadamo.com/welcome1.htm">Getting Started Page for tips on how to do it), and enjoy the improvements in your health. And keep me posted on how you're doing, OK? :-)
I am writing for my husband, a type A secretor, age 54, ideal weight, generally excellent health. We (I'm an O sec) have been following the BTD for about 4 years, and having generally good results. Hubby has been eating oatmeal, soymilk, peanuts & peanut butter, occasional red wine, spinach, beans, and my homemade chicken soup -- and 6 months ago he developed gout. Has had several painful flareups since. He does not at all fit the gout "profile" of an overweight, sedentary lover of rich food, meat & alcohol. The really upsetting part is that the 'avoid' foodlist the gout doctor gave us includes all of those type-A foods I mentioned above. I see no mention of this fairly common disease in Dr. D's books, including the Encyclopedia. What protocol is recommended for a type A with gout? My man has even been a longtime meditator and does yoga faithfully. This has really thrown us for a loop. Thanks for anything you can suggest. Jen
Hi, Jen! Sheesh, I'm sorry to hear about the gout! Lordy!!
OK. Here is a quick recommendation: Go ahead and eliminate the foods according to the doctor's list. Every day, have him take two tablespoons of organic black cherry juice (or three or four mashed black cherries). More is OK, too, but that's about the minimum. Also, Deflect-A in the dosage on the bottle, and quercetin 500 mg: three in the morning, three in the evening.
If he goes one month with no flareup, and if he is willing to experiment in order to get one or more of those foods back, then return one of the foods on that list to his diet, and go another month. He can continue in this fashion with the entire list if he wants to do so -- only one food added back per month. If he has a flareup during any one of those months, put a big black mark next to the food he added that month AND the one (if any) added the month before. Remove those guys & go to the next item. This can weed out single culprits in his gout attacks, as well as show whether it is the cumulative effect of many of those foods. But keep up with the juice, deflect & quercetin throughout.
Jen, please keep in touch with reports on his progress. And -- any reader who's had their own run-in with gout ~ do write in with your experiences! We'll all put our heads together and get this sorted (and learn new things in the process)!! Best wishes to you & your husband, Jen! :-)
I am just beginning the BTD diet today. (I did it for about 18 mos a few years ago - don't know why I stopped). I have had fibromyalgia for 23 years, and am beginning an FM pain drug research study today with a local clinic. I decided this was a good time to start the diet again. I know the food list says to avoid diet soda, but I couldn't find anything in the book about aspartame, or other artificial sweeteners. I do have 20-30 pounds to lose, and I'm 55. Sometimes it looks hopeless to me. I already have a head-start in that I eat oatmeal every morning with peanuts and cranberries, and I love green tea and drink it all day. But in order to lose the weight, I was wondering about the sweeteners. Thanks for your help. By the way, I just found the website this morning! Jeanne in Idaho
Hallo, Jeanne ~ Wow, another new BTD-enthusiast! Welcome, dear!!
In Live Right 4 Your Type and in the online TYPEbase 3 database, aspartame is listed as an avoid for you. But vegetable glycerine is actually a GOOD sweetener, as it can help you eliminate cravings and stabilize your blood sugar levels. It tastes pretty much like sugar, you can use it for most things you'd use sugar in. And of course, none of the dangers of artificial sweeteners. Scroll to the bottom of this page and type in glycerine, you'll come up with a number of columns about it. :-)
Don't EVER give up hope, dear ~ just convert it to action, and let the actions work for you! :-D
Now: the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia has specific protocols under "Autoimmune - Fibromyalgia," if you'd like to speed your progress along. The diet alone will produce steady improvements, so follow it closely and be reassured that you've found the last "diet" you'll ever need. Take care, and keep writing!! :-D
Heidi: I've just started using the Type A supplements from NAP and I have a question about Deflect-A and [another supplement] I have taken for some time to improve flexibility in my arthritic knees. Reading the label on Deflect-A I note that it contains "N-Acetyl D-Glucosamine" and "Chondroitin Sulfate". The other contains "High Purity FCHG45 Glucosamine HCl 99%" and "Low Molecular Weight TRH122 Sodium Chondroitin Sulfate 95% (min)". Are these ...glucosamine... and ...chondroitin... compounds similar / redundant? Would Deflect-A replace the [other one] for me? Thanks for listening!
(BTW, I started working with the Type A diet two years ago when I had minor digestive problems -reflux, upset stomach - that seemed major until an illness and its corresponding antibiotic regimen aggravated it big time -- diahrea (I increased my yogurt consumption to deal with this): I ran across BTD at my favorite bookstore, read it, and decided to start by eliminating non-cultured dairy products, ie whole milk and avoid-cheeses, from my diet, and see what happened. I was surprised to find that while my diarhea issues only slowly (but consistently) got better (over two years), my chronic sore ears /ear infection issues stopped almost immediately. I substituted soy milk for milk in cafe lattes when possible, and once when I was served regular milk instead of soy milk in my latte, back came my sore ears just a few minutes after drinking it.
But that wasn't the only thing: I noticed that I quit biting my fingernails and tearing my toenails -- had been trying to quit that habit for years; I lost 15 lbs; I haven't the allergic reaction to flea bites I used to have; and I noticed a few months ago that my (long) hair doesn't have split ends anymore. Not sure all of this is due to dropping uncultured milk products from my diet, or adding more soy, or eating some Highly Beneficial foods that weren't in my diet, but changes are evident. Even though I can't say I follow the rest of the diet perfectly, I work on it every day). Dorothy
Hey there, Dorothy! It sounds like your way of following the diet is doing great things for you!! Congratulations, dear! Those big & small unexpected side-effects are kind of nice, aren't they?
About your supps, you probably can't get too much of those compounds right now until your knees are back to normal. But for a more researched answer, you might shoot a question to the folks at NAP ~ they're the experts on those matters. If I were in your position, I'd test the perceived effectiveness on comfort & flexibility between the two, and make my choice accordingly.
Thanks for writing, and it's a real pleasure to hear how well you're doing!
Dear Heidi, Just to let you know, I truly enjoy reading your articles and answers to various peoples letters. As previously mentioned on this website, I have lost 12 lbs. since starting the Blood Type "A" diet 6 weeks ago. My blood type/Rh factor is "A" Positive, A1/A2 type is A/1, MN type is MN, and secretor status is "DOUBLE LEWIS NEGATIVE" (LeA-,LeB-). This website gets more and more interesting as time goes by. Marshal
Marshal, you are a DOLL. I am SO happy to hear your great progress, and I also want to note that I think the suggestions you send from time to time are great ones, too. We here all work to promote a healthier world, starting with ourselves and setting examples for others to follow as they choose. I believe the public projects you envision are worthy ones, and with time & persistence we'll see them come to fruition. I, too, would love to see this diet completely obscure the old food pyramid for institutions, and junk food fall totally out of favor. A little at a time, and the goal always in mind, friend.
Thanks again, and bless you, Marshal! ~:-D
Hi, and thanks for any assistance you can provide. I am type O male, european origin age 60. I have had 2 hip replacements from arthitis and I am a bit overweight - not obese. I have an acid stomach with some ulceration of the oaesofagus - not too serious. I also get asthma and hay fever and have bad skin (adult acne). I have read the books and I must say it all fits - the blood diet appeals to me a great deal. I have been on the diet for 2 weeks. The main changes for me are giving away wheat (change to Essene Bread) and dairy skim milk (replaced by soy). My question is that the new diet, fairly stricly adhered to, seems to have made my gastric problems a bit worse at least initially - I have a lot of burping and trapped wind and discomfort in the stomach which were not there when I was on a mixed meat and carbohydrate balaced mixture of foods. I can see no reference to side effects in the books. Are there any which account for my issue? Thanks again, Tony
Hi, Tony! I'm pleased you "saw yourself" in the books' type O description.
:-) It may be that the soy milk does not agree with you right now. Try using some almond or rice milk instead (check the ingredients for avoid oils and carrageenan - there are brands with no avoids!), and see if your gastric discomfort goes away. It may also help to use a simple form of food separation: keep breads and grains out of any meal containing eggs, nuts, or meats. Have the grain with vegetable meals. Vegetables may be eaten with either meats or grain. If you need more assistance, please write again, and WELCOME!! :-D
Heidi, what is your opinion on high cholesterol? I have read that ACIDOSIS OF YOUR SYSTEM (LACK OF CALCIUM) causes holes in the tissue of our arteries and that cholesterol comes and saves the day by filling in the holes, without which we would die. Cholesterol does not gunk up our veins because tissue is not present in our veins. (This was written by a noble prize winning physician, forget his name)I ask because my cholesteral was tested after 6 months of eating more protein (TRYING TO STAY ON THE LEAN SIDE TOO) and it went UP to 295 from 254. I just started taking Dr. D's calcium (6 per day - do you know the absorbsion rate of the calcium?), but wanted your input on the validity of this acidosis theory. I also read where you suggested red yeast rice. I will order some of that if you think lowering my cholesterol is necessary. How do we know lower than 200 is better? THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND INFORMATION YOU SO GENEROUSLY SHARE WITH US ERFYT'S!! :0) Pennie
You're very welcome, Pennie! I can't speak to the acidosis theory, I'm sorry to say. Perhaps if you find the reference, you can send it to me so I can read the article. However, about your cholesterol level: whether the meat were lean or fat would not impact the rise. How much grain & sucrose you eat is the culprit -- that's what raises type O cholesterol levels. Many of us find we need to limit our grain intake to near-paleolithic levels in order to have reasonable serum cholesterol (maximum? a range of 200-220 for Os). And... EXERCISE IS KEY FOR RAISING HDL (GOOD) CHOLESTEROL AND LOWERING LDL & VLDL (NASTY) CHOLESTEROL. :-D I doubt you're in need of the RYR ~ just tweak your grain intake, and pump up that exercise. ;-)
The mean average absorption on Phytocal-O is the same as the calcium content listed on the bottle. It is highly bioavailable. Hope this helps with your concerns! take care, dear ~ :-D
I have too questions for the blood type diet. I am a blood type 'O' and i was wondering how somoking would affect my body while on the diet? Also how would being on the contraceptive pill would effect the diet? Thank you very much i hope to hear from you soon. Louella
Hi, Louella! We try to discourage type O women from using the contraceptive pill, because it exacerbates our natural "free-bleeding" tendencies. In some women, the Pill can be dangerous for that reason. Smoking's effect on your body will be a negative effect, no matter what your diet. It's one of those overriding influences that stands alone, so to speak. If you are eating a lot more vegetables and fruits now than before, the diet itself will be somewhat protective against the effects of smoking. For instance, the high beta-carotenes in carrots significantly reduce the incidence of lung cancer -- and exercise which involves bouncing up and down (jogging, aerobics, etc.) helps ward off emphysema. However, the only way to truly avoid the effects of smoking is not to be around cigarette smoke. ;-) you knew I'd say that, right? :-> You will still experience great benefits from following the diet ~ and I'd say, the more one is exposed to harmful substances, the more important it is to adhere strictly to the food/exercise/stress relief plan! If you're wondering about weight loss, the diet will work anyway ~ but the Pill may slow your progress in that regard. I hope you prosper, Louella ~ write back if you have more questions! :-D
Hello. I love your column; I read it everyday. I've been following the BTD for about 5 years; started back when there was an old, old message board! At the time I had started the diet, I had an overactive thyroid (I'm an O weak secretor). Within 18 months, my thyroid problem had been resolved. I've used the diet with my three children who are now teenagers. My one daughter had gallstones, and now that she is following the A diet, she is symptom free. Her twin sister, an O, had painful periods (episodes of crying and intense cramps would last for half a day). Again, after following the O diet, no more pain during her periods. I know this diet works. Now for my question. My mother who is an O has stage 3a lung cancer (smoked for 40 years, gave it up 10 years ago). I've made an appointment for her to see Dr. Kruzel in Arizona (we live in CA). Could the BTD help? She will be starting chemo soon, and frankly she is only going to AZ because I'm pushing for her to do so. She just recently had 1/4 of her lung removed that had a massive tumor along with a lymph node. She also has heart problems as well as borderline diabetes. Heidi, I don't want to cause more problems for my mother; I want to help her. Any thoughts? Thank you for listening. Teri
Oh boy, Teri. :-} Well, the O diet will certainly help your Mom. As you know from your own experience, it promotes robust immunity and vibrant healing, and eliminates disease-causing elements in the diet. I strongly suggest you get hold of the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, as it contains specific protocols for all her troubles.
Have a careful read through the Minnesota Wellness Cancer Pages. There are excellent suggestions there as well, which you can screen by accordance to the O diet, and by what your mother is willing to do. Additionally, I feel that the compound Heallix (www.heallix.com), taken at twice the dosage listed on the bottle, is capable of doing extraordinary things. Read up on that, too, and talk to Leo at the site about it. He's very knowledgeable and a great help.
Thanks for your compliments, Teri ~ and my warmest regards to your Mom. You're a wonderful daughter, and I know you'll take good care of her ~ and of YOU. best wishes to you both!! :-D
I started the diet on Monday 6 January 2003. I am bllod type O. How long will I suffer from the headaches that I am experiencing? I notice in the diet that I can have Soya Milk and Cheese but not soya beans, can you explain why? Kind regards, Moyra
Hello, Moyra ! Did you eliminate all caffeine from your diet? You may be experiencing caffeine withdrawal. Just stick with it, the headaches will pass! Additionally, there are changes occurring in the balance of flora and fauna of your digestive system due to your new food plan, and those adjustments can mean headaches for a few days. The ratings for soy foods are partially affected by the processing of that food vis-a-vis the ABO type. Take a look at the TYPEbase 3 database on our home page (www.dadamo.com), and use the 'secretor' column for reference. Just enter the search term 'soy' and remember to hit the "search" button -- one's keyboard "enter" key will not engage the search. Thank you for your note, Moyra ~ I'm sure you'll soon be feeling on top of the world!! ;-D
Aloha Heidi, My wife(O,Se) and Myself(A,Se) bought some canned Adzuki beans and Black eye beans. There was "Kombu Seaweed" as an ingredients in the canned beans. This is definitly an avoid for both of us, because we both got really tied and bloated after we ate it. I can say it is nice to be able to pin a food down like this just by knowing the diet and what you have said about an unlisted food. If you feel bad symtoms after a food, and I couldn't find this on the Typebase, then it's most likely an avoid. Have you heard of this food item before? Thank you so much for your help. Carl
Hi, Carl! Hey, I'm surprised you both had a bad reaction to kombu. It's a seaweed that's traditionally put on the bottom of a pan in which beans are cooked. Supposed to reduce gassiness (and keep the beans from sticking to the pan). Well, if there was nothing but kombu, water and beans in the cans you folks bought, then try picking up a bag of the dried beans and cooking them at home (no kombu ;-)) and see if you have the same reaction. It's possible you're reacting to something else in the meal you ate (a combination of meat, grains and beans for example), or that the enzymes necessary to digest the beans haven't "kicked in" quite enough yet - if you're unaccustomed to eating beans. Do a little experimentation, and let me know what you find out! Thanks for writing ~~ it's nice to hear from Hawaii!! take good care, Carl! :-D
Hi, I have been on the BTD for about 3 years and I believe it has changed my quality of life. I am an O + sec. and am in remission from ulcerative colitis. I have all of Dr. D's books except the recipt book. My problem is that I have a gluten intollerence and cannot use some of the foods that other O's can, and gluten free recipts contain avoids on the BTD. I am looking for a pizza dough recipt. I have only been successful using rice and soy flour. I have also been trying to make Catilina salad dressing and can't get the proportions correct. Can you help me? Gail
Hello, Gail! To make a true pizza crust requires a little gluten, in my experience. I have had excellent results using kamut pastry flour and amaranth flour, but kamut contains a bit of delicate gluten. Would it be wiser for you to heal completely before adding grains back in? They're not essential for type Os, and I think your progress would be swifter if you dropped them for the moment ~ just until your system truly normalizes. The colitis information in the Encyclopedia may be of help? And of course a daily stress-relief practice such as meditation will go a long way to ensure your colitis does not return. About Catalina dressing ~ it feels weird to say this, but I've never had it, so I can't judge what the best recipe would be. I found one on the Net on this recipezaar page ~ you could substitute three tablespoons of vegetable glycerine for the sugar, light olive oil for the vegetable oil, and lemon juice for the vinegar. Readers, got any recipes for Gail? ;-) thanks for writing, dear, and I hope to hear from you again soon! :-D
am type A, and i recently switched from a high protein diet which included mostly meat. IS this normal to gain weight at the begining? Also, i tested A-, and my parents are O+ and A+, is it possible for 2 +'s to have a -? Could the home test i purchased from the website have an error? THank you, Kris
Hello, Kris ~ Depending on the portion size and frequency of various foods you are now eating, you may gain a little weight at the beginning. Review the information in Live Right 4 Your Type to tweak your food group balance, if necessary. Vegetables and fruits make up by far the largest part of your daily A-diet. There are loads of OTD columns on type A and weight loss, but just to start you out: here is one with fairly specific tips on how to move the weight loss along!
Rhesus factor, like ABO, is determined by a pair of genes. One may be recessive to the other ~ just as you have a recessive O gene from one of your parents and yet you are type A, so they both are Rhesus positive yet both of them could have a recessive Rhesus negative gene which they passed to you. If you'd like confirmation, it might set your mind at ease to do another home test, but yes, it is quite possible to be Rhesus negative while both of your parents are Rhesus positive. :-D
Hi, I'm A+ and not sure whether this question is 'educational' enough but I'm excited about the book "eat right 4 your type" as I recognized a lot of how I experience for instance my digestion in the A-type description and unfortunately also some of the symptoms mentioned a.o. cardiovascular symptoms, high blood pressure, inner stress.... A few weeks ago I started out experimenting with the diet. I'm also suffering from varicose veins and as someone advised me to take 'activated quercetin' and another [edited name]product, I'm wondering whether or to what extent these products and the ingredients they contain are compatible with the Type A- diet ? eva
Hello, eva! Well, I am at a loss as to why your friend told you that either of the products you mentioned are specific to resolve varicose veins. In terms of blood type compatibility, quercetin is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compound, and fine for all types. The other product has numerous ingredients ~ it also comes in two different versions, each with a different ingredient list. Some of those ingredients we have no rating for, but most of the rest can be found in the TYPEbase 3 database under herbs and spices. In case you're interested, I did post advice for relief from varicose veins ~ in a column on January 5 entitled Potpourri: O, A, B & AB! Perhaps it will be of help to you! and thank you for writing!! :-D
Dear Heidi, I have a query about portion frequencies. You advise that type A's and probably other blood types as well limit themselves to one serving of beneficial oil a day, at least if they're trying to lose weight (I'm not but you never know). But how are type A's going to enjoy eating all those veggies if they're dry and horrible? Kind regards, Olympia.
~;-D Well, I just took a stroll through the salad dressing recipes in Cook Right 4 Your Type. Looking only for A-neutral or beneficial dressings that had no oil added, I counted eight of them in the first few pages. :-) Don't take my word for it! Browse through Cook Right, you'll see what I mean! No need for dry OR horrible veggies! thanks for your note, dear! :-D
Dear Heidi: Help! Which snail is which? Dr. D'Adamo's columns say that Helix pomatia is escargot. The Store says no -- it's the burgundy snail. I would rather eat Helix pomatia than take it as a pill. Please advise!! And thanks so much for doing the column -- I love it! Susan
Just wait till you see this: Here is what the U.S. Department of Agriculture has put together, just for you & me, Susan!! I love this page ~ it's ALL about snails, and describes in exact detail the appearance, culturing, naming, and other pertinent information on 14 species of edible snails from around the world. Their paragraph specific to Helix pomatia states:
Just go to their Snail Reference Page and scroll down to "Contents." Click the Edible Snails link, it will take you direct to the section I quoted.
Pretty exciting, eh? Now, all you As: pop down to your market, pick up a few tins, and Eat Your Snails!! ~:-D
I have been reading several of Dr D'Adamo's books and would like to start on the diet for A types. My concern is that I was diagnosed with Grave's Disease 7 years ago and had radioactive iodine treatment. I take Levoxyl to supplement my loss. Since most people with thyroid function problems are O types and the feasibility of soy for thyroid function is up for grabs, should I not do the diet, or do a modified diet? Please let me know at your convenience. I would like to start the Blood Type Diet fairly soon, since the benefits seem so beneficial. Karen
Hello, Karen! Actually, I'd say start out on the full type A plan without delay. To answer your misgivings about soy and thyroid, take a look at page 194 of Live Right 4 Your Type ~ specifically the box entitled "The Phony Soy Controversy." Also, have a good read through the Ask Dr. D'Adamo columns ~ especially Type A, Thyroid and Soy. Then, just scroll to the bottom of the page and enter the search term soy. There is an abundance of solid research and educated commentary about soy and ABO, which you won't find gathered together anywhere else.
I hope this BTD life plan does everything you want it to do, and much more! And may I offer my warmest welcome to you, dear! Enjoy it, Karen!! :-D
Hi there Heidi, I've been following the diet for a year now with great health results (if I come off it I feel worse, so it must be working!). However, I have a problem with getting fresh fish. I can get wild atlantic salmon (at vast expense) that is supposed to be better for you because it supposedly is less subject to Mercury pollution than Pacific salmon. However, I have to buy a whole salmon! Obviously I have to freeze it. But freezing fish is supposed to be a no-no. The same happens with trout, I can buy organic trout by mail order but need to order six at a time. So, do I buy the unpolluted organic fish and freeze it, or do I buy fresh from Tesco, which will be farmed and potentially polluted - which is the lesser of the two evils? Hope you can advise. Cheers Maggie
Hey there, Maggie! It is 'flash freezing' of fish that produces the higher level of polyamines -- putting fresh fish in your regular freezer will not present this problem. Between the polluted fishies and the home-frozen fresh good stuff, those large orders of clean fish are by FAR the best choice. It will be much better for you! thanks for your note, dear! :-D
Thank you, thank you, I can't thank Dr. D'Adamo ENOUGH, for the wonderfully improved health which I experienced..within even ONE week of being on my (type A) diet! My last 'allergy' shot? 9-13-02 All of my fibromyalgia pain? Gone, w/ no need for any more sleep-aid Rx's or anti-depressants! My energy level? Higher than it had been for more than 5 yrs! My recent challenge? To figure out why my liver is still unhappy, making more cholesterol than desired; also, to decrease (even) further, some residual 'daytime fog.' Other than this, I am SO happy to feed my blood type.. and: to be ALIVE!! I'm telling EVERYone I know about Dr. D'Adamo's books!!! Marge
WHOO-HOO! Nice going, Marge!! WHAT a great report!! :-) Hey, maybe I can help with the cholesterol level: just go to the bottom of this page, and search for 'cholesterol.' A great number of columns will come up, just scan over them for the Type A-related ones and the ones on red yeast rice. Since your brain fog is going away, I'll bet it will continue to fade over time.
I am SO exhilarated by your spectacular progress! and it's just the beginning.... thank you so much for writing! ~~;-D