Hello! I am 37 years old female Caucasian from Finland, type O. I eat wrong for my type: I drink lots of coffee,(lots, indeed!) I eat bread (mostly of rye, however) and poatatoes and drink milk, and (I use milk in food, it is typical here) and beer - basically our "national" food! I am quite all right, I feel healthy, ecept some small problems: my stomach is problematic, also I am very stressed during my periodes, very angry and nervous and tired, I want only sleep.
But I have exercise, though. I cycle every day to my work and do other exercise also. last summer we did long cyckle trips with my daughter (10years) and we were so happy every day! For some time ago I also noticed, that during winter I got sick (flue) every time if I had spent my summer in Finland, but if I had had my vacation in South Europe (Provence) or in Africa, I didn't get anything, even most of the workmates spent days in bed because of the flue.
Two years ago me and my daughter, who is half African, spent our summer is Senegal. We ate mostly chicken, meat (lamb and cow) and seafood. Especially our evening meal was, in my opinion, not very healthy: we bought a plate of lamb meat in the nearest dibiterie and ate it all, only meat, and onions! It was made in the open fire. Or we went to buy a fried chicken and ate it, included some grean vegetables, not rice nor couscous. At the daytime we ate crabs and fish.
Fish and rice, fish and couscous, every day, and I decided that when I return to Finland, I won't eat fish any more in my life, I was so boored with fish. Local people there like it so much. And we drank tea, not coffee, because people there drink strong green tea with mynth. It is so strong, that i didn't feel like to drink coffee at all. The tea there is called "attaya".
But I had never been healthier in my life after my vacation and the following winter! I just read your book and I noticd, that the meat I ate there is excatly what is good for me, because I am the type O! I coulnd't imagine that the answer could be this simple!
Sometimes I have been annoyed by Africans, who live here and are not willing to eat potatoes ( I have felt that they are proud and don't want to adopt our culture as I try to adopt theirs when I am there, and I eat their food) and now I understand, that it is not even healthy for many them, but their food is healthy for me! Especially I was annoyed, when my daughter's father cooked liver-meals in the owen and that smelled so bad. Now, myself, I must go shopping and test it!
I made also the conclution, that my daughter must be O. I don't know her fathers type, but I assume it is O, because of his character and because of his African heritage, it is more likely that he is O. He likes to eat cow, lamb, liver, chikcen and crabs, doesn't want to eat pork, drik beer nor wine, and he is very very healthy.
When the school started here, my daughter got stomach problems at once. Then I read your book and I realized, that here in Finland, the food they eat at the schools, consists mostly meat and potatoes, bread and milk. We don't eat so much potatoes at home, we like rice. Now I am quite sure, that my dosuhter's stomach problmes after the school are caused of the food she eats there. She also have often very bad headache after the school.
We tried yoga one year and got boored by it at once. My daughter chose to play baskettball and when she is playing, I go to build my body, and after, on saturdays, our tradition is to go to eat nice beef - and I have done it with a bad conscious, eating so unhealthy, nonrecommended food! I am surprised, that even I am naturally the whitest, blondest person you can find, I have found my blood relatives in Africa and it seems to me, that West-African food is best for me! It is a joke in my life.
Actually I have already been almost on the O diet, without knowing it. I have tried to turn to vegetarian many times and felt bad because I haven't been successful. We eat mosty rye bread because we have wonderful amount of different rye breads in Finland - I recommend for eveyone O's to taste finnish bread. Thanks for the great book! ~~ Sanna
Well, stap me and sink me if that isn't one of the most moving accounts of body wisdom and finding one's own way I've ever seen. Dear Sanna! Thank YOU for writing out your marvelous story for all of us! Thank you very much, indeed!!
Hi there, I have been following Peter's A eating plan for the last 6 years, with brilliant results. I also use the ABO eating plan exclusively in my clinic, also with very good results. My question is academic...I am currently conducting a research project on patient compliance to diet/exercise programs and whether these programs lead to longer term lifestyle changes and ultimate health rewards. I am somewhat biased in my beliefs on this subject, but sadly my own experience needs to be backed up with other studies as well. Can you please direct me to any such studies on the ABO diet? I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much. Regards, Cally (P.S. Please send Peter my best wishes, I admire his work and know how important it is. I met him during his visit to Queensland a few years ago).
Hello, Cally ~ I'm posting your question here to alert Peter to your request ~ as a nonprofessional, I do not have his access to resources and research that you are seeking. I do want to thank you so much for sharing your experiences on the BTD plan and with your patients! I'm heartened each time I hear of another clinician using Peter's work in professional practice. If you have a minute or two, I'd love to see your clinic in our Practitioner Registry ~ here is the link to the entry form, or just drop me a message and I'll be glad to enter it for you. Once again, kudos on your pioneering work there in Queensland!
Is there a link between blood type B positive and candida? I have both. The reason why I ask is the foods I'm supposed to eat as a B and candida patient overlap. Eugenia
Hi, Eugenia ~ Type O individuals, and all nonsecretors, are disadvantaged with a susceptibility to this condition ~ it's possible you are a nonsecretor, who appear to make up at least 50% of Candidiasis sufferers although they represent only 15-20% of the general population. I'm glad the food sheets you've been given fit well with the B plan. The customary GP recommendations are not designed along blood type needs, but rather for "anyone" with a Candida overgrowth, so in this case you're fortunate! Please let me know if you want any further suggestions for intestinal re-balancing. I hope your condition improves, and soon!!
Heidi, The question and your response on August 20 made me think of a similar question I have had concerning fish. LR4YT recommends that frozen fish should be avoided, as the content of polyamines in it is much higher than fresh fish. I have found it difficult to locate a good local source of fresh beneficial fish for my families O blood type. I have found a very good and convenient source of frozen cod fillets that I have been using for several months. I really like the packaging because the fillets are individually sealed and frozen so I can easily thaw what I need for the next day. My question is am I better off eating or not eating the frozen fish if I don't have a source of fresh fish? In other words, how serious is the polyamine issue in frozen fish assuming that I am very compliant with my BTD and eat the frozen fish maybe on average once every other day? Thank you Don
Hi, Don! The fish you're eating has the oils and proteins intact, and I want you to keep eating it because it is an important part of your O diet. :-) Anyone who depends on frozen fish (and there are many of us who do), just take a teaspoon of black cherry or elderberry concentrate before the meal ~ routs out those pesky polyamines a treat. If you have some ProBerry3 liquid on hand, take a teaspoon of that. Tastiest flu-chaser and polyamine hound ever designed. :-D By the way, I got your note about the secretor tests for your family. Wow, ALL type O Rhesus-negative secretors! You are blessed indeed!
~:-> ( << does that little face look a bit envious? :-D )
Dr. D'Adamo, I have recently been diagnosed with Crohn's disease. According to the book "Controlling Crohn's disease the natural way" by Virginia Harper, who healed herself from this disease (20 years without any symptoms), a good option for me would be to start a microbiotic diet (that is the way she got over the disease). The microbiotic diet emphasises the use of sea vegetables + fish, but avoids meat all together. I am a -type- O and am really wonderong if meat would decelarate my healing process, because it is very difficult to digest for me at this moment, my digestive tract is quite sensitive. Could you please give me some advice on this. Thank you so much for your time! I more than appreciate it! Catheline
Hello, Catheline ~~ If the diet mentioned in the book (which I have not read) is "microbiotic," not "macrobiotic," then I am not familiar with it. Do bear in mind that the vast majority of off-the-shelf how-to-cure-yourself protocols do not take into account the biological diversity of the human population. Virginia Harper may be a type A or AB secretor. You may be a type O nonsecretor. Her approach may have worked wonders for her and yet do little or nothing for you. However, type Os are encouraged to eat fish, seaweeds, green vegetables, with small quantities of whole grains such as rice. Be sure to get adequate fresh flax and olive oil each day, following the portions and frequencies listed in Live Right 4 Your Type. Use her protocol, but observe the type O avoids. Eat as much fish (and eggs) as you need. Also, you may find the advice I passed on regarding colitis in a previous column to be highly effective in your case. Scroll down to the portion printed in blue ~ that's the relevant part. Good health to you, Catheline, and please let me know what works or doesn't work for you. Take care! :-)
Thanks once again, everyone!! Picked out yer T-day turkey yet? :-D
It is soothing to the digestive tract, and good for stimulating digestive juices. For those reasons, it can peripherally aid weight loss through promoting good digestion. :-)
Hi, Firstly thank you for a wonderful book! But I'm a bit confused with some things: Are soya products bad for type B? Can I TYPE b) have soya lecitin, soya beans, soya sauce and flour?And what about Tofu ice-cream? Another question. Can type As' eat eggs /whites/ yolks? The website says neutral but one of the recipies (vineager free mayonaisse) says AVOID egg yolks? Is eating just the whites a good alternate? The book and the website differ from eachother sometimes, which one is more up to date? Thank you very much for your time in helping me. sylvia
Yes, soy products are not recommended for type Bs due to a recent discovery that soy has an adverse effect on the integrity of the B antigen. Eggs are neutral for type As ~ the caveat in the recipe is based upon an older generation of blood group food lists. The website contains the most recently-updated information. :-)
I've noticed discrepancies between some food lists in the Eat Right 4 Your Type hardback and the smaller Blood Type list book. I am AB Negative, have been enjoying the benefits of the Blood Type diet (following it since January 2002) and just curious about discrepancies between two books, i.e., Misc. Beverages: List Book: Highly Beneficial: green tea, red wine Neutral: Beer, White Wine, Seltzer Avoid: coffee,liquor,soda,tea Eat Right: Highly Beneficial: coffee,green tea Neutral: beer, seltzer, club soda, red & white wine Avoid: Liquor, soda, tea Also all vinegar is to be avoided in List book - in Eat Right, vinegar is neutral, avoid white vinegar. Thank you, Mary
Hello, Mary ~ The small, individual blood type book is the one to follow if you do not plan to find out your secretor status. It has the latest listings. Thanks for writing!
Giving up wheat is a HUGE challenge. Can you make some recommendations for some "Bready" or "Pasta style" Brands? Cathy
Sure! "Food for Life" and "Nature's Path" for breads (Ezekiel, Essene, and 100% single-grain breads among which to choose based on your type) ~ Pastariso and DeBoles Organic rice pastas (spaghetti and a number of other shapes!). My very demanding type A, Bryan, insists that the rice pastas taste much better than the wheat-based commercial brands... he wouldn't dream of eating that semolina stuff anymore, just because of the flavor! So, I'll bet you won't be disappointed there. :-)
I've been cooking and eating charcoal grilled fish and smoked meats for 30 years - mainly stuff like slow smoked beef and grilled fish of wide varieties. I'm O. Assuming I stick with Type appropriate meats and fish, what are the BTD Diet ramifications of smoking them, if any? Our household has all 4 types represented and I do nearly all the cooking, so I'm interested in the effects on all 4 groups, not just O. Emmett
Hi, Emmett ~ Peter has posted his views on smoked/cured foods in the past, which I referred to in my Halloween column. The advice applies generally to all types, but since you're cooking for one of those demanding four-type families (HOW do you do it??), I'll add that types A and AB are statistically more prone to stomach cancer than type O or B, so I'd try to limit them to one smoked meal per month, and Os & Bs to one per week for health reasons -- just to be on the safe side. And I commend you for rising to the 4-type daily cooking challenge! :-D
thanks once again to everyone!!! :-D
Anna! Yes, it is very, very common. And it's a great sign! Your body is thanking you for your new diet! Now it has the opportunity to get rid of all the old poisons and impacted, dead matter lining your intestinal tract. In fact, it's an indicator of good health to have a bowel movement soon after eating in any case. Congratulations on getting rid of wheat and dairy, by the way! No small feat. These changes are just the beginning of the benefits of this diet... do savor every new development and "surprise" positive side-effect. and write in with them, OK? :-D
Hi, I've read your books and have been on the diet for 3 weeks. I am an O+ and have given up wheat and dairy products. I've been mostly a vegetable and fruit with protein person for years. I am about 15 pounds overweight and have lost about 5 pounds. When social events occur, I go off the diet and seem to gain back some of the weight and then lose again when I get back on. I don't seem to be going much beyond the 5 pounds. Also the book Live Right 4 Your Type and the little book for Type O Foods and Supplements have different lists of foods. Please advise if (1) losing slowly is reasonable and (2) what the difference is between the two food lists. Thank you. Winona
Hi, Winona ~ Well, three weeks isn't long at all. This diet works from deep areas outward, and sometimes weight loss is the last step in that process. Going on, then off, then back on any diet will make it more difficult to attain your goals, partly because it exacerbates insulin resistance. The five pounds you lose once takes far less time to go than the five pounds you're trying to lose for the 15th time. However, here's a way to step on the gas a little: EXERCISE! As I am wont to repeat myself, Exercise is Fully 50% of the Plan! And while you are waiting for that bodyweight to leave, check how your clothes fit. You can be gaining muscle and losing fat (and a pants size or two) even though the scale seems stuck. :-) About the food lists: Live Right is designed on two different subtypes ~ secretor and nonsecretor. The "Little Books'" lists really are hybrids, formulated to balance the benefits for those who may not know or plan to find out their secretor status. Hope this helps!!
Hi, I am type O , dont know secretor status. Ive been on diet for almost a week and feel tired and alittle light headed. have lost 3 lbs. I take 6 mg ativan a day for panic attacks. i am also allergic or at least very sensitive to b vitamins so am only taking calcium mag suppliment and a oliveleaf extract capsule daily. walk 40 min daily except sun. I am concerned about the lightheadedness iit makes me feel not well. My pulse is 62 today and is normally 70 i am 61 and have low BP too 100/60, this is normal for me, I see a Naturapath who prescribed the diet. But hasnt had a lot of patients on it yet. Any info much appreciated. Thanks, Boni
Hello, Boni! Another newcomer to the Blood Type Diets! Welcome!! I'm not familiar with "ativan," so please ask the doctor who prescribed it if lightheadedness is a side effect. The drug aside, you may not be eating enough! You didn't mention how much or what you eat, but as a type O with naturally low blood pressure myself, I can tell you that eating a good protein-based breakfast (and lunch) is a major key to feeling good all day ~ and that drinking a couple of glasses of water between meals is great for energy levels. Let me know more about what you're eating ~ what kinds of grain if any, anything with sugar in it, etc. Take care, and keep with it! This plan will definitely come through for you!!!
Dear Heidi, I enjoy your column immensely and read it every day - your positive attitude is wonderful. I submitted a question about two or three months ago and have yet to receive an answer. I know you're up to your eye balls in questions yet to be answered, but please let me know by e-mail if I need to seek help somewhere else. I had previously submitted the question to Dr. D'Adamo, but then he had to quit taking questions in order to free him for writing his new book, so by now I'm really anxious for some answers! In case you need to look up my question again, I had asked for some advice on what supps to take or foods to eat to improve my very unhealthy finger nails - they have pronounced vertical ridges and split easily, also the cuticles are very dry and hang nails have always been a problem. Inlcuded in the information I submitted was my blood type, secretor status and a list of supplements I'm currently taking. Believe me, I'm more concerned about what the status of my finger nails indicates regarding my over-all health than I am about how they look, although pretty fingernails would be nice : ) Thanks for your consideration, Becky
:-D Becky, thank you so much! Yes, I'm only caught up about three-quarters of the way through August, although I do sort in some more recent questions ~~ but I'm stepping up the pace!! :-}
You wrote earlier: In August of 2000 I had a mineral check done through Great Smokies Diagnostic Laboratory. The results indicated lower than reference range levels of chromium, cobalt, and manganese. In addition to adhereing to the diet, I've been supplementing with Methyl 12plus, Phytocal, Polyvite, Deflect, Fucus, Ester-C, organic flax oil, magnesium with silica, and have recently added horsetail shave grass and gotu kola. I've seen no improvement.
I agree that the nails are more than just decorations! Becky, could I impose upon you to write once more? Post a message to me containing three or four days' listings of what you eat and when. Note what your exercise activities and schedule are, and when you normally sleep & wake. How long have your nails been like this, and do you remember any triggering event? I'm posting all this here because I'm sure others will write in with some personal experience and advice! Between all of us, we'll get it cleared up, don't you worry!! :-)
As a Type B person, I've been following Dr D'Adamo's directives with the Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail most mornings for several years. I recently purchased the Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, and was surprised to see under the listing for Lecithin(p.518) that type B's should AVOID it! Is this something new? Now I'm confused! L.S.
AH! That error is MINE! :-) In copy-editing the food lists, I changed that entry, on the certain assumption that "soy granules" meant "lecithin." It did not mean lecithin, it referred to an old cereal listing. Well, it slipped through! Lecithin is fine for everyone ~ we've corrected it in the TYPEbase 3® database. Hope this alleviates the confusion, and my apologies!
Tell me about horseradish. I understand it is good for me as an O. However, all the recipes I find call for prepared horseradish which has the vinegar in it. Any suggestions? I have a big ugly root in my refrigerator vegetable bin and am not sure what to do with it! Anyway to preserve it without vinegar - like freezing maybe? Thank you. melinda
:-) That big ugly root is what real home cooks and chefs use for horseradish! Scrub it off and use a grater to add however much you need to a dish. Warning - keep your face (eyes!) well away from the grating process, as this stuff packs some chemical "heat." It does not withstand freezing, but the fridge is fine, as long as you keep the root moist. Fridge air tends to be quite dry, and horseradish prefers 90-95% humidity with a temperature of 32 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit for longer-term storage. It is a fabulous taste... enjoy it!!
Dear Heidi, You have probably thought of this already, but could it be possible to have a TV Cooking Show, preferably with a high profile chef with street cred (such as Jamie Oliver), for instance. You would provide hime with the recipes and theoretical background so that hopefully he (or whomever is the talking head) would present them in a convincing manner. Cheerio, Jenny
Oh, I dream of it, dear. Anyone "close-in" with one of the TV cookery chefs or management? I imagine that some market-minded soul is already planning such a show, or at least will feature the BTD at some point on a program now running. If anyone has a lead we might follow up, or needs our support, just sing out! :-) thanks, Jenny!!
and, very sincerely, thank you all!!!
Hello, Joao ~ Acne starts (as so many diseases do) in your intestinal tract. The type A diet (yoga is great for this purpose, too!) will eliminate toxins and thereby promote healthy skin. The quantities of nuts, seeds and oil recommended for type A is not excessive ~ but more important, the types of oil, nuts, etc. on your Beneficial and Neutral list will actively improve your digestion, and thus your skin. Keep reading, and give it a good try... I think you'll be very pleasantly surprised! :-)
I am type A, my partner is type O. My question is about sheep milk products. There is nothing specific in the current literature, i.e. the four books by Peter d'Adamo (including the most recent Encyclopedia), on the subject of sheep milk, cheese, yogurt etc. I acknowledge the references that I found through the On the Diet page, but they still do not resolve my questions about the suitability of these products for As and Os. Can you please clarify? An email response would be much appreciated. I heartly applaud the wonderful work that Dr. D and all of you are doing! Thank you so much, T.Y.
:-) T, we have absolutely no rating for sheep milk products. Technically, "unknowns" may be considered "neutrals." Logically, "sheep dairy" is so close in nature to "goat dairy" that I personally view them as equivalent. Absent specific testing of sheep milk and sheep cheeses, that's as clear as I can be! and I'm so glad you're pleased with the books and the site!! :-D
Hi, I'm wondering if you can help. I'm an A pos blood type and apparently soy sauce is OK for me to have according to the blood type diet, but wheat is not. Many soy sauces in Australia list wheat in the ingredients. Is this considered a problem? Also, what is the Amreican term for the vegetable beetroot? I can't seem to find it listed anywhere in the Blood Type Diet book. Beetroot is a bright red vegetable that grows in the ground and is sort of roundish an shape and size of a fist. I would be really grateful if you could respond. best wishes, justine.
Hello, Justine ~ Look for organic wheat-free tamari. I believe San-J is a popular international brand, you may be able to find that one. It is less of a problem for type As than for anyone else, so if you cannot find or order wheat-free tamari, just pick the best one available to you.
Beetroot? Here's one:
The leaves look like spinach or chard, most like what we call "swiss chard," very dark green with ruby-red stem and veining. The root is the deepest red, and will produce berry-like stains. Same as your beetroot? :-)
I am A Positive-with sinus problems, tired all the time. Looking for the Foods for A Positive to eat & to avoid. Can you help me? Juices? I have migranes. Anything you can help me with will be appreciated. What is a secretor? barbara
Hello, barbara ~ have you read either of the books Eat Right 4 Your Type or Live Right 4 Your Type? They contain full food lists. Also, go to the TYPEbase 3® link (it is also on the front page of this site, www.dadamo.com) and search for individual foods there ~ that is our MOST up-to-date listing. Your migraines could be due to a number of different foods you're now eating ~ write back once you've had a look at this diet plan, and let's see what we can do! The information on secretors is right here, just click the link. Take care, and write back!
Hi Heidi, I love your column, read it every day. Thanks for the great info. My question is regarding the liver... I've been on the O diet for 3 months and now take Deflect and Polyflora. I've had great results but I believe that my liver is still having problems. I constantly have a yellow colour to my skin which fluctuates from dark to lighter, many times after eating I feel tired, and when I eat butter, nuts/seeds or oils I get pimples on my face. I've had blood tests to check my liver and they came back okay. I'm considering doing a liver/gallbladder flush with olive oil but have heard of people having gallstones get stuck and require surgery. I'm wondering what you think of the liver flush or if you have other suggestions. Thanks so much. Amber
Hello, Amber ~ glad you like the column! I had great results from the gallbladder flushes I did, as did several of my friends. Most people I've heard from who have performed several flushes over a period of weeks had no difficulty of any kind and were very satisfied with the results. From the public reports on various health forums, message boards, etc., the only common problem I've seen is that individuals who approached the flush with trepidationa and anxiety seem to have a little more trouble getting the oil & juice down, keeping it down, and going to sleep afterwards.
I am not an expert on gallbladder flushes ~ Julia Chang is. Read her wonderful Conquering Chronic Health Problems Without Drugs or Surgery site thoroughly -- repeatedly, if necessary -- until you feel confident enough to proceed. For anyone who wishes to break up the stones before the flush, she offers Gold Coin Grass which works exactly as advertised. Enjoy your reading, and let me know your experiences if you decide to do it!
groupA: you recommend to eat snails,but in France,we prepare them with butter.but butter for me is forbiden.does the lectine from snails neutralize from the butter? i am on the diet bood group.I have to go live in the west indies definitively.But the local products are not tested in your book.So it will be difficult for me to follow this blood group over there. Some friends of mine in guadeloupe know your books very well;and would like to follow this way of life (some of them begun already). life is very expensive in guadeloupe,and it will be a big advantage to be able to eat local food.what can you do to help us? . there are a lot of products in the west indies which are also eaten in africa and asia. If we were able to test them it will be useful for a large part of the population. merci marika
Hi, Marika ~~ If you miss your butter, use ghee (clarified butter) instead. All the taste of butter, but none of the "avoid" part ~ great for all types. Peter's BUTYRATE AND GHEE column gives basic instructions on its preparation, and some insight into its health benefits. I like snails with a little garlic-scented olive oil and salt!
Testing new foods requires significant money and professional effort ~ We hope to have more foods tested as time goes on, but I doubt we'll ever get to all of them worldwide. Just use common sense and try to find similar foods to the ones on your Beneficial and Neutral lists ~ but the most important thing is to just do your best, be content with that, and focus on the rest of your life. Hey! Have a beautiful time in Guadeloupe!!
Hi Heidi, I would like to be able to supplement my B-type diet with some of the B-specific products that you offer. However, looking at the catalogue I find all the products very desirable and interesting but it would cost me a fortune if I tried them all! What would you suggest as a basic starter kit? I am a young, 56 year old female who does a lot of heavy gardening with the resultant aches and pains. I am in very good health, but with chronic insomnia (for which I have taken a sleep therapy workshop) and I am trying to lose about 15 lbs. I would also like to get a basic starter kit for my O-type husband who is also in very good health and is 56 years old and an avid soccer player. He suffers from mild sleep-apnea and snoring! Thanks for any help you can offer. Laurie
Greetings, Laurie! Here's what I suggest for you:
Phytocal-B (if desired)
Methyl12 Plus (first thing in the morning, then go out & get some sun in your eyes!)
Cortiguard with your evening meal.
For your husband, eliminating wheat and dairy should keep the snoring at bay.
PolyVite-O (if desired).
The basic starter kit for both of you, really, is the PolyFlora. I suggest the Methyl12 Plus and the Cortiguard for your sleeping difficulties ~ but you might designe some visualization exercises to be done just before bedtime for now, since type Bs frequently benefit so much from this kind of practice. See what you think, and keep me posted!
My blood type is A. I just started the diet a few weeks ago. This week I introduced Spelt Bread. I loved it. Although, I am afraid that there is a problem with it. I have felt extremely tired this week, it almost feels like a cold. I have been blowing my nose also. Does this sound like the same symptoms that whole wheat gives due to its mucas forming properties? I have had it every day this week. I have tried the Ezekiel bread before and that gave me terrible heartburn. What bread is the most friendly in the A body that rarely has side effects? Thank you, Robin
Probably 100% sourdough rye, although what you're going through sounds as if it might be a Candida problem rather than a digestive reaction to specific grains. This question is difficult to answer without a 7-day diet sheet and a few tests, but a safe do-it-yourself way to determine what's going on is to eliminate grain and sugar for a week, and see if you feel better or worse. (Fill up on vegetables, both the leafy and the starchy varieties, and take a tablespoon of flax oil each day. And remember that warm lemon-water in the morning!) If you're feeling better at the end of the week, then add one kind of grain, one serving, and monitor your reactions. Take a couple days' break and try another grain, and so on.
If you're tired, cranky and craving sweets after being off them for a week, use the anti-Candida protocol for As in the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia. Please let me know how this works for you!
I am a Type B. I am peri-menopausal and therefore was trying to increase my consumption of Soy products: specifically, soy milk. However I see that I am supposed to avoid soy milk on the BTD diet. Do you have any suggestions for a reasonable substitute to help with the peri-menopausal symptoms, or may I continue to consume the soy milk in reduced quantities? Angie
I would suggest instead of soy: flax oil, and maca root, both daily. Put them both in a smoothie with fruit and/or yogurt or other cultured dairy product of your choice ~ Twice daily, if you like. Try this for a week or two, and drop me a note on your progress!
Dear Heidi, I'm following the blood type diet (O+, I don't know about secretor/non-secretor) I hade some big improvement about digestive troubles, but my doctor says it's my impression and that my problems could be psychological! It's curious ten years ago any doctor would have laugh at you if said this! Now, when they don't know what to say, they say it's all just into your head! It's not easy to find wheat-free food, especially if you work allday and come back home just for dinner. I sometimes indulge in common bread or pizza, because I like them and it's fast to buy them just outside the office. I noticed that when I do so, I have a pain/burn in my low abdomen, very similar to the pain I had one year ago with recurrent cystitis (Escherichia Coli, treated with massive antibiotics) and my mind got a little bit confused! Going back to work it's harder... Recently I had some itching and irritation in the anus zone. Which is the relationship, if existent, between Cystitis (especially after intercourses), Leaky Gut Syndrome and Periodontal Dermatitis? I've tried some Lactobacillus Acidophilus, but I'm not sure it's good for me. I used to be vegetarian and to have Seitan (wheat gluten) for protein, which I stopped. I'm only 30 and I want to behave properly concerning my health! Helly
You're right, Helly ~ it is not in your head! It is in your "other brain," or gut brain (ganglia) where the bread and pizza are setting off your body's signals to stop eating them ~ that's the confusion and dizziness. Get in touch with Stacktheme (email email@example.com) and get hold of the Encyclopedia and some PolyFlora-O (probiotic) and ARA6. Especially after the big dose of antibiotics (your intestinal creatures have never had a chance to recover) you need the probiotics and ARA6, and a strictly O diet. Use the weekends to prepare food you can eat during the week, and start with a wheat-free diet on Friday night so you'll have a couple of days to adjust. I know how hard it is to do this as an office-worker!! All I can say is, it will only get harder and illness will ensue unless you take control of your health now. You CAN do this, and all the other symptoms you've described will improve as you go along. Take care, dear, and keep in touch!!!
My Husband and I have only been on the diet 3 days however we are both so tired !!! I have A and my hubby has AB. We feel fine except for the tiredness. Thanks, Georgie
Hello, Georgie ~ Stick with it for two weeks, and you'll be through the transition. Because your foods have changed, your intestinal flora and fauna are readjusting, and this can cause grogginess. Drink plenty of water between meals, get a little extra sleep, and hang in there! You're doing fine!! :-)
thank you for blessing me with your hopes and your trust, everyone ~ have a beautiful day!
Hello, Zenah! Grapeseed oil is still considered "unknown" since we have not yet tested it for ABO-reactivity. If you wish, you may use it as a "neutral." :-)
How is a green olive different from a spanish olive??? Doug
"Spanish olive" refers to the unripe and mold-susceptible green olive which has been pitted and stuffed with pimiento, then packed up with sodium alginate, calcium chloride and guar gum in salted water. "Green olive" is our term for a whole, unpitted and chemical-free green olive, preferably one bought from a reputable grocer (in other words, fresh & mold-free).
I have ordered the supplements from Dr. Dadamo for type A. Do these supplements take into account secretor status? I am type A non secretor. Thanks Lisa
Absolutely! They are designed to accommodate secretors and nonsecretors alike!
Heidi, how does one find out more information about their bloodtype, beyond what can be done with the home testing kit? Do regular labs do this? Maddy
Well, type As and ABs can get their A or B subtype (for purposes of the diets, only type A2 has some bearing). All of us can get our Lewis type, which usually corresponds to secretor status, as well as the MN subtype. There are some 20+ subtypes for which labs can test, but very few of these results have any relation to diet and lifestyle ~ and some of them are costly.
And yes, most labs are capable of performing these tests, but your doctor may not see any reason to order them. Southwest Naturopathic Medical Center have made things easier for us by designing a blood panel kit for collection and the requisition form to send with it to their lab ~ all you need is the blood draw. They are in Scottsdale, Arizona, phone number 602-970-0000 and fax 602-970-0003. Call or fax a request for their kit if you'd like to get the full panel. They test for ABO, A subtype, Rhesus, Lewis, and MN. :-)
We have purchased most of your books and would like to ask a question. It is: Any stukdies done showing the actual cholesterol (HDL/LDL)#'s that correspond to the 4 different types of blood? Thanks, Shirley
Hi, Shirley ~ blood type does not dictate cholesterol levels, so for example: one type A could have a far lower level than someone who's type B, and another type A could have a higher level than that type B. A person's cholesterol "set-point," or level beyond which dietary intervention is inefficacious, appears to be a hereditary trait quite separate from ABO type. In general, though, type Os can be "OK" with a slightly higher total cholesterol reading (say, 220) than type As (who might be far better off at 180 or under), for instance.
1. Is it a medical fact that different blood types have varying levels of acid in their digestive/elimation tact? What are the statistics for type A versus type O? 2. Is there medical proof that people with Blood Type A have more cancers in the digestive/elimation tact then other blood types? What are the statistics? Stephanie
Hello, Stephanie ~ Well, that would be a lot of statistics to type out here. May I suggest Live Right 4 Your Type's Appendix A (pp. 329-350), which is a list of scientific references for disease and digestive function as correlated with ABO type. Online, you can go to the homepage here (www.dadamo.com) and look in the lower right corner of the page. If you choose "Disease" there are eight links to more pages and more statistics & research. Then go back and choose "Physiology." Nine "modules" there. I think you'll find what you're seeking!! :-)
I went from overactive Thyroid (Radioactive Iodine) to underactive Thyroid function. After two years my medication is doing the job but I'm still not the same person. My body went into a menopasual state (at 35) and I am battling weight, poor libedo etc. What natural things can I take while I am on artificial thyroid (Armour 2g per day) to help w/moods, love life,etc. I should also mention that altho I am over weight I skate an average of 7-12 miles a day and I cannot get the weight under control(apx. 20 pounds over weight)I am working on the diet and odly enough that was the easy part.What am I doing wrong? Debbie
Debbie! I've tried to contact you via email without success. Could you write again and let me know your blood type? For now, investigate the supplement "maca," a Peruvian plant for which the root only is used to make a rather tasty powder ~ just take as suggested on the package. It is very helpful for hormone and libido issues, for both sexes. PennHerb sells a great-quality Maca ~ they're at www.pennherb.com. I'll wait on the blood type (and give me a basic rundown of your diet, too) to see if we can tweak the eating part of the plan at all. Thanks, dear!
Hi Heidi, thankyou so much for your informative column. I log on everyday to see whats new. Here in New Zealand more and more people are becoming convinced of the positive benefits of being "on the diet". I am a type O - non-secretor trying to be 100% compliant due to a myriad of long term health problems. Making great progress but don't want to mess up! My question is- when using aromatherapy oils, would using oils extracted from substances that are avoids eg cinnamon, orange, have a negative effect as they are absorbed through the skin and into the bloodstream. How about using them in a vapouriser? Thanks, Angela
That is great news about you Kiwis down there! ;-D and I am thrilled to hear you're seeing results from the O-non diet!! About the oils ~ The restrictions in the food lists apply only to ingested substances, i.e., stuff that passes through the digestive tract. Topical preparations and ambient scents don't count ~~ unless they produce noticeable symptoms like rash or breathing difficulties, lightheadedness, etc., they're fine for all types! :-) enjoy!!
What's the straight scoop on dried fruit? On the one hand I read how good it is for you and on the other hand that you should stay away from it. I am a type A who lives in a part of country with long cold winters, and not much access to good, fresh fruit for much of the year. It's complicated by the fact that in the smaller urban communities there is even less access to good fruit in the winter than there might be in the larger cities. I had hoped that dried fruit would help meet my daily requirements (3 fruits a day per Dr. D'adamo's first book). Please help. Chris from Illinois.
Hello, Chris ~ must be getting chilly up there at the moment, eh? :-) The dried fruit to avoid is sulphured, sugared, preservative'd, or pesticide'd. If you use certified-organic dried fruit with no additives, you'll do perfectly fine. For millennia, our ancestors have dried fruit and other foods for use when those foods were out of season. The latter-day health-conscious objections to it revolve largely around those additives that our ancestors didn't use. Enjoy!!
Hello, I'm a Type A who is just getting started on the Blood Type diet, and I need some guidance as I navigate my way back to health. 1. Dr. D'Adamo's "Live Right 4 Your Type" states that Type A's should consume 3-4 servings of fruit and fruit juice per week. Should this be 3-4 servings per day? Also, I was thinking about consuming a ratio of 3 servings of fruit to 1 serving of fruit juice. Does this sound appropriate? Cheers, Andrew
, also linked at the end of the "Library" section on our home page! :-)
Where can I get diet updates. I bought the book quite a while ago and am sure that addtional foods have been added or deleted since I've purchased the book. I've been on the website that is suppose to have them but cannot locate them. Thanks, John
food database. Between the two, you'll be right up to date with the best!
Even though a number of supplements have been noted in Dr. D'Adamo's books as being more beneficial for a particular blood type (or for a subgrouping of blood types), is it safe to say that all supplements can be beneficial to all blood types? Or, are there centain supplements which should be avoided by one type over all others? Since I am new to this (as an A+ blood type), I want to be sure that I am not taking any supplements (herbals, vitamins nor minerals) which can be toxic for my type. Andrew
as a reference.
Since I have not been able to find any reference to this in any database nor book, is heavy whipping cream (from cow's milk) acceptable for a type A+ blood type? If not, would such cream from goat's milk be acceptable, since goat's milk is neutral for type A? Andrew
Heavy cream is indeed an avoid for type A. Goat's milk cream? that sounds great! Because of the fat content, I conjecture it would not rate better than "near neutral" for you, but until we have a decision on it from "on High," it is technically neutral! Let me know how it tastes! :-)
Hi Heidi, I am an A+ secretor & a great fan of Japanese & macrobiotic food. Most times I can eat this sort of food but have a query as to whether I can eat umeboshi plums (pickled plums) and kuzu (thickener made from the roots of the kuzu plant). Umeboshi plums seem great for digestive problems so was wondering whether I could include them in my diet. You are doing a great job. Thanks Helen
Thank you, Helen ~ :-D Kuzu or "kudzu" root I have no listing for, so it may be considered a neutral food. Ume plums, in small amount, should be OK for you... again, it is by lack of any rating that we can use it as a neutral. I do recall that this is not a particularly vinegary preparation ~ they are very salty, but one does not get the mouthful of vinegar that a big bite of a Kosher dill pickle, for example, will produce. Do enjoy them... in moderation, OK?
1) Can you please explain why shellfish such as shrimp, crab, scallops, etc. are "avoids" for type A? What effects do they have if consumed? 2) Have you had or heard of many successes treating Fibroid Tumors with the ERFYT plan? Any information would be appreciated - it is not for me, but for someone I am trying to "convert". Thank you for your time! Michele
snails, is just as powerful... but O Happy Day, it happens to act beneficially on the type A immune response to certain cancers. It's not a shellfish per se, but fills in admirably! Oh, and if you are a nonsecretor A, scallops are neutral... a little good news, perhaps?
Regarding your fibroid tumor question: If you mean uterine fibroids, yes, and for general health including disease aversion, she would be very wise to begin her ABO plan as soon as possible. Not knowing her type or age, there is little I can offer specifically at this time. I can tell you that the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia mentions that uterine fibroids are most common in types A and AB, and it lists protocols for treatment. Get hold of it for your friend, I am sure it will help her!! :-)
I am a type A and have been on the diet for nearly a year I have lost a little weight but am struggling although I do appropriate exercise 4 times a week, avoid all avoids and eat plenty of HBs especially fruit and veggies ( lots of pineapple and pumpkin seeds especially). I have been reading more on the site and am starting to understand that it maybe that I am producing too much insulin due to eating certain foods eg carbs. I understand that foods such as wheat can cause this and have reduced my wheat intake. However on a list in the NAP seciton of the site it says soy can cause this, I thought this was a HB for As and have been trying to eat lots of tofu so I am rather confused that this coudl be the cause of why I cannot loose the weight. Please oculd you explain and perhaps suggest the foods I should avoid due to this reason. Is there anythign I can do to reverse the affect of increasing the insulin production except take A type deflectors which I already do. Thank you so much I am desperate to loose weight as it is really affecting my well being mentally as well as physically. Kind Regards Eleanor
Hello, Eleanor! Soy and grain are good foods for type A ~ but there are portions and frequency to consider. If you are an A2 subtype, and/or a nonsecretor, you would do best on less soy & grain, and more fish & poultry, than your A1 secretor ABO-mates. If it would be difficult for you to obtain the Saliva Secretor test from this site, you can go right ahead and just limit all grains to 5 servings per week, all beans to 3 servings per week, and eliminate any sugars or refined flour. Add a tablespoon of olive or flax oil to your diet, per day. And try eating turkey or chicken 3 times per week and fish up to 5 times per week. Have an egg or two every other day. And fill up on beneficial vegetables, especially dark leafy greens, onions, turnips, parsnips, and celery. Give it a week or two and see how you are doing! (Then drop me a note on your progress!)