What is vegetable glycerine, which you recommend as a sweetener? The local health food stores have never heard of it. Rachel
Hi, Rachel ~ here's your chance to foster continuing education at your HFS! ;-D Heritage and NOW are the two brands I've seen in my city's many organic grocers ~ you could ask your store manager to order it for you (NOW is cheaper, and as far as I've been able to ascertain it, the products are entirely identical). However, for the best price, you might consider buying it online. Take a look at Harvest Moon Health Food's NOW glycerine page-- it's the lowest retail price I've seen for that item. enjoy!
Hi, Susan ~~ I'm kinda surprised your HFS folks had never heard of it, but hey! here's a chance to contribute to their education. :-) Here is one source for Triphala, a combination of Amla (Indian Gooseberry), Beleric Myrobalan (fruit from the Bihara tree) and Chebulic Myrobalan (the fruit from another Indian tree, Harada). Scroll down to the grey box entitled "The Amazing Ancient Triphala" and read all about it. It's a great page to print out for your HFS manager's reference.
Good luck with your protocol, and thanks for writing!
Great Report from Don ~ Heallix mystery solved ~ Tinea - NOT! ;-) ~ Speeding Hair Growth ~ Recipes & Encouragement! :-DMarch 4th, 2000 , by admin
Dear Heidi, My wonderful, insightful daughter may have found the answer to the homeopath's comment that I could become "allergic" to Heallix. With that comment, and the fact that I was feeling quite thirsty, Nina wondered if in taking the Heallix there was a lot of "debris" left from killing the bad bacteria. She reckoned that I needed to "hose down" my bladder so that I can continue to detox. In fact, in the early days of taking Heallix I had a headache along the top of my eyes which I used to get when eating something I shouldn't It was from detoxing. With lots more water, about four liters a day, I feel great and can't wait to have the Heallix tested again. Will let you know what she says in October. Karen
Hello, Karen -- I'm VERY glad you two worked it out that you were having a detox reaction, and that you're feeling better now! :-) As I noted a while back, those symptoms are quite common during detoxing.
I'd like to remind everyone to be sure to read the Heallix site thoroughly if you have any questions about its use, how it works, or just anything at all about it.
This is just one brief note from the Heallix FAQ page:
However, this is quite different from an allergic reaction, which is again different from an intolerance -- so I'd still like to find out your homeopath's explanation of what you were initially told about the development of an "allergic" response... please update us, OK? Thanks so much, dear!!
Thanks for your information about tinea Heidi. Actually in the couple of days since I wrote I've tried a home remedy which has helped, and may indicate that it is not a serious fungal infection.I have not had a scrape test. What I did to ease the discomfort was to apply witchhazel (health food store) and to keep the area dry, dried it with a hair dryer after showering.It must the the most natural damp spot in the body (beneath the little toe).So far so good! Thanks anyway, I'll keep you instructions in case it bothers me too much. Best wishes, Jenny
Well, that's a relief! I'm glad you got it cleared up with a minimum of bother -- thanks for the update, Jenny! :-D
Hi Heidi I have a few questions. I Had all of my hair cut off (Bad perm). What can I do to get it growing quickly? I heard biotin was good, and increased protein in the diet. If so, how much of either should I take? Would the protein in your stock recipe help? Rachel
;-) Hi there, Rachel -- Do daily scalp massage, with fingertips, in tiny circles all over the skin. Move the skin, so that you're not just rubbing the surface. A yoga posture that increases blood flow to the head would also help.
Increased protein works if you have a protein deficiency which is affecting hair growth -- here, you're just trying to get your hair to grow out a bit faster. The stock recipe is good for every part of your body, and does contain nice stuff for the hair in its collagen, proteins and minerals. See to your health, your diet, and your exercise generally, and the hair will grow at its optimum pace. In the meantime, I'll bet the very short hair is a new experience! Enjoy it! You might get so attached to it that you keep it! ;-) Best wishes, Rachel!! :-)
Heidi, I am writing about Val’s fulvic acid based liquid minerals’ question. I asked Leo from Heallix a few months ago if he had any plans to offer a fulvic acid based liquid mineral product, in other words Heallix without the ionized silver. He said yes and that it would offer many health benefits to those not needing the silver to fight some pathogen. The other advantage is it will be much less expensive then Heallix, since it won’t have any silver in it. I looked on his site just a few days ago and he still didn’t have this new product listed. I need to write him again and ask when he thinks the new product will be available.
I also wanted to let you know that slowly but surely my sinuses are healing up since I stopped eating all gluten containing grains. In fact, I hardly eat any grains. I only have rice, and maybe buckwheat, a couple of times a month. Even my long time ragweed allergies are not really bothering me.
As I have told you before I had been fighting chronic sinus infection problems for around 10 years. The doctors I saw gave me constant antibiotics, prednisone, and other drugs as well as performed 4 surgeries on my sinuses. The end result was they did nothing to solve my long-term problem, but managed to take lots of my money, caused me pain and suffering, and I am sure further damaged my overall health. The past 10 years have been very difficult for many reasons. I believe my sinus problems and their impact on my adrenal glands were directly or indirectly related to many of the difficulties and problems I experienced.
The resolution to my sinus problems is a MAJOR life altering event for me. I am now starting to really look forward to the future again. With this sinus body burden gone I hope that this will also lead to a quick resolution to my adrenal fatigue problem (if it hasn’t already, I plan to test again soon), and may even help with my hypothyroid problem that started about 2 years ago.
The BTD and advice to type Os to consider eliminating grains led me to the discovery that gluten was the cause of my problem. Thank you and everyone else there that has helped get this information out to the world! I cannot express how wonderful it is to be able to breath through uncongested open nostrils again!!!
Let me add one more related item. I have been drinking Yerba Mate tea lately as part of the Allergy Control Protocol and I think it has helped open up my sinuses. From what I have read about Yerba Mate I assume the benefit is from stimulation, and maybe nourishment, of the adrenal glands. I am hoping that this will also help my adrenal glands recover and return to normal. Do you have any comments or info about Yerba Mate tea? Thanks again!!! Don
Well, HALLELUJAH! GRAND NEWS, Don!!
The only knowledge I have about yerba mate is what you've probably already seen: the TYPE O AND YERBA MATE post in the Ask Dr. D'Adamo column. I see nothing related to adrenal support, but your sources may have more detailed information.
I'm just really happy about your progress ~ please keep us updated!! :-D
Hi Heidi, This is for Marie (AB nonnie) who does not like turkey. As an A nonnie, I can relate to not wanting to eat meat nor fish for that matter. I am proof it can be done. :-) Here is a great "disguise the turkey" recipe.
Take ground white or dark meat turkey, whichever seems more innocuous to you. Add apple butter, with no sugar or honey. Then saute some sliced onions in olive oil with some dried herbs (basil, oregano, thyme and/or turmeric). When onions are translucent add ground turkey. Cover the pan with a lid. It will help it to cook the turkey fairly quickly and completely. Stir occasionally.
While cooking, make a sauce from olive oil, lemon juice, Braggs Liquid Aminos (wheat free Tamari) and powdered 100% pure mustard (start with small amounts - 1/8 tsp) and mix to taste. Put turkey mixture on cooked greens like swiss chard or kale and pour sauce over the whole thing.
The sweet from the apple butter and the savory bite from the sauce really complement each other. Really scrumptious!
There is a book that has really helped me with the being a nonnie and eating animals. It is titled "Message from Water" by Masaru Emoto shows how water crystals are affected by their environment even to the point of becoming more sparkling and luminous after the words "thank you" have been placed on the container with water.
You can go to http://www.adhikara.com/water.html for more information. Beautiful photographs and quite striking! So I bless and thank the animals that gave their lives so I and my family may live more fully.
And for great recipes like that and more come join us at our nonsecretors group and find stuff like a homemade BBQ sauce by Ann, O nonnie, homemade plum sauce by Paige, O nonnie, homemade pesto by Rose in Hungary, O nonnie, and homemade mustard by Mike, A nonnie, homemade fruit butter and so much more. Thanks Heidi for everything. Big hug, Nina
A BIG hug back, dear! Many thanks!! :-D
Heidi - Thanks for the helpful column! My question: I'm uneasy with your recommendation of bone broth as a source of calcium for type O. I'm sure I read somewhere that Dr. D said that gelatins of all types INCREASE the effect of lectins -- that is, allow them to do more damage than they already do! I have not seen in his books that he recommends gelatinous meat stock. It seems that it could be fine for those who are 100% compliant with the O diet (it sounds like you are!) but for those of us still eating some no-no's like flour tortillas or potatoes now & then -- shouldn't we avoid it? Jenny
Hello, Jenny! Are you thinking of the Answer to Critics, in which he mentions the 'detractor' who said broth can make all meats OK for types A & B, and the gelatin in the broth will block lectin activity, etc.? That claim is certainly untrue.
Peter goes on to say, "In addition to the fact that many people can not use gelatin for religious reasons, in over 6 years of research I have never seen a single study to support this contention. In fact many animal proteins, such as albumin, enhance the reactivity of lectins." Cannot use gelatin for religious reasons? He appears to be talking about gelatin derived from pork. I don't recommend anyone start making broth using avoids. And albumin, of course, is an animal protein we eat every time we have an egg. It's present in many other animal-source foods as well.
Rather than suggest you not enjoy broth (or eggs, or flesh food of any kind) if you eat avoids, I'd suggest not having avoids ... especially not with your broth! ;-) Hope this eases your mind, dear! :-D
Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! Shea, for this special occasion, a little reg'ler cake will do most folks no harm... but if you'd truly prefer a BTD-compliant wedding cake, let's give it a shot! I do hope this column "hits the air" in time to be of some help to you. :-D
Depending on your tolerance of grain, sugar and dairy, whether the cake will be homemade or ordered from a baker, and the size of your guest list, there are a number of options to consider.
(1) White spelt is an excellent substitute for the wheat flour used in cake recipes. If your organic grocer doesn't carry organic white spelt flour, it can be obtained through the Purity Foods or Frankferd Farms sites, for example. It is an avoid for nonsecretor Os, but if you "test-drive" some spelt bread before deciding on your wedding cake recipe, you'll know if it'll pass muster for you on this one occasion. We don't want the bride doubled over due to the wrong cake grain!! There are spelt cake recipes galore on the Internet and in cookbooks too numerous to list here, so if you can enlist the cooperation of the baker, you're set!
(2) Eggwhite-based batter is another way to get round the wheat problem. Many commercial bakers will make a genoise, or "flourless" cake for you. Because these cakes are softer, moister and of a more delicate texture, it may affect your original design -- wider than tall may be necessary in order to avert collapse! Nut flours (almond, walnut, hazelnut) take two minutes to make in a blender, and are great additions to genoises for the "stand-up" texture they confer, but if your guest list is too large to ascertain whether any person may be allergic to nuts, it may be better to use another method rather than risk a case of anaphylactic shock at the reception. :-} As with spelt, there are scads of flourless cake recipes on the Net, and in a multitude of cookbooks. Browse, pick & choose as your heart desires.
(3) If you'd like an alternative to sugar, consider vegetable glycerine, a remarkable, lectin-free liquid sweetener made from coconuts. Get this: it actively stabilizes blood sugar levels rather than bouncing them around as refined sugar does. It's magic in baked goods -- tastes like sugar, no odd or overpowering flavor or aftertaste like stevia or molasses, and adds loft and moisture. NOW and Heritage are two brands which come to mind. Your health food store may carry one or both, and in any case they can order some for you. At the moment, Harvest Moon has the 16 oz. NOW product on sale. :-D
(4) Buttercream frosting can be made with butter or ghee, sugar or veg gly, and your chosen flavorings (almond, lemon... vanilla is neutral for O secretors now, by the way!). Glaze is a snap with veg gly as the base.
"Sucrose" is the two-molecule simple sugar that we know as... well, as "sugar." :-) It is present in many whole foods along with its companion elements. The immense quantities of refined varieties of sugar in the average American diet are contributors to type II diabetes, immune dysfunctions, and a load of other ailments. No lectin is involved -- it's rather a metabolic tolerance issue. But again, most people deal with small amounts without adverse result. Let your own body be your guide. :-)
Fruit is best eaten alone, on an empty stomach. When eaten with other items, grains in particular, it tends to push its way to first-in-line in the digestive queue. That said, many people have no trouble with fruit/meat combinations in meals, and some enjoy fruit/grain/dairy desserts without complaint. Test your own reactions eating it with or after foods of various kinds, and look for discomfort or gas -- if present, you may be better off including it as your day-starter.
I wish you all the best, and truly hope these notes will contribute to a very happy and healthy wedding day for you and your husband ~ and many joyful years to follow! Good Luck!!
I love this one size DOESN'T fit all diet. I have been doing the A+ blood type diet for just over four years now and am so thankful to be feeling better and doing better.
I went probably 5 or 6 years getting abnormal paps. My last two were normal. I have ALWAYS had problems with digestion--from grade school on. Lots of heart burn and constipation starting from the 4th or 5th grade at least. And to this day, have a problem with bad breath and strong offensive orders when I go to the bathroom, but no more constipation or heartburn.
IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN DO to correct these current and on-going problems? And what tests might be good preventative measures? (I did go off my diet on Labor Day and enjoyed two helpings of potato salad. I had heartburn so bad that night that I began to be concerned--and then I remembered what I had done. Before the blood type diet I ALWAYS had terrible heartburn and had "learned to live with it". I certainly believe that your information is saving/prolonging and enhancing my life.)
Two years ago I had a 10-times enlarged parathyroid removed--high calcium in the blood. The surgeon said that I more than likely had the problem for many, many, many, years. I am now 55 years old and have also been taking natural hormones for five years. I take your Phytocal A now, have started walking again 30 minutes every day (quit just before the surgery because I was so exhausted all the time), and will be ordering your snail product this next week.
I recently sent off your secretor test after I found out that I had gone into the osteoporosis level. I just got the results back a few days ago and am a non-secretor. I noticed that the soy foods are neutral for non-secretor A's. Does that mean that A's that are non-secretors don't have such a sigificant challenge with female cancers? Or is there less protection for us?
I LOVE the tier one and two. I try to do as many tier one beneficials as possible. Under the Neutral/General section for fish for the non-secretor, can you tell me which beneficial fish would be on the tier one list? Also is sugar on the tier one or two for non-secretors? Again, am so thankful for such great research in such an easy to read format that is so basic and gives each person a hands-on in our own health care. I had encouraged my sister who's O+ and has fibromyalgia to use your program and was really happy for her that she is doing just that. One of my brothers does Jinsinjitsu healing and also goes by your work. Other friends and family members are being helped as well. Can't thank you enough! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!! I appologize for taking so much time to "get to the point" and want to thank you SO much for taking your time to read this AND to give me your input!! Sincerely, Diana!
DEAR Diana ~ You are so very kind. I can't take credit for the books, which I didn't write (Peter and Catherine will hear your praises!) but I personally truly appreciate your message, and I'm blessed by your spirit and great good humor! thanks, dear! ~:-)
First, I expect you will find that following the nonsecretor diet will eliminate the bad breath and digestive odors. However, some digestive aids may speed the process: gentian extract, taken as directed on the bottle (1/2 hour before a meal), or pineapple (whole or the juice) 1/2 hour before a meal. You won't have to take them forever, but try to do so for a month or two before any meal containing protein (vegetal or animal). For now, I wouldn't suggest any medical tests; you can resolve this on your own. Be sure to maintain a regular schedule of meals, yoga or meditation, and mild outdoor exercise -- and get a couple of glasses of good water between meals. The odors you notice indicate there is some toxicity being thrown off by your system, so the changes in diet and continuing beneficial activity are the keys for you.
Second, re soy and the A nonsecretor diet: Soy presents a great quandary for type A nonsecretors and type B women with a history of cancer. Why? Because just about EVERYWHERE in the alternative medical news, women are told to eat soy for cancer prevention. That's the one-size-fits-all version. Thanks to Peter, we're free of that paradigm. In our specific understanding of these effects, the phytoestrogens in soy are not the near-magic-bullet for you that they are for type A secretors. Instead, get to know intimately your individually-designed nonsecretor diet. It will do for you what needs to be done to maintain and enhance all aspects of your health.
Finally, regarding the Tiers System: it applies to secretors, not to us. As you've noticed in reading through the food list, nonsecretor food values vary within the tiers, so that some of your beneficials and some of your avoids appear in the Neutral Tier. Some of your neutrals appear in Tier I or II, which are designed along the secretor Beneficial and Avoid lines. In short: we're special. Take note of the values listed for Nonsecretors: that's our Tier. The Nonsecretor Tier, if you like. It overrides all other factors, and is ideal for our needs.
Thank you for the heartening news of your family, and I hope you continue to enjoy the great benefits of this plan. Keep in touch, and thanks again, Diana!
Heidi, This isn't a question for you to answer, but a request that you talk to someone about changing the margins on the website. Whenever I try to print out info, whether your Q&A or those of Dr. D'Adamo, the right-hand margins cut off some letters, even whole words. Then I have to laboriously go through and hand-letter in the omissions. And that is time-consuming and very aggravating. Also, if the material is something I want to show my doctor, for example, it looks mighty unprofessional. I originally thought it was my small printer, but not so, because I am just now on my husband's larger system, and the same thing occurs. So it must be the margins on your site. Please see what you can do to solve this problem. It might be a little insignificant, but I surely am not the only person facing it. Thanks for your work and blessings be heaped upon you! Ruth
I think it's been fixed as of today, Ruth ~ thank you for the suggestion, and for your kind blessings!
Hello Heidi, I love your column. However, each time I click your collumn's link to the "official change log," I get a notice that the page cannot be found. Any suggestion? Thank you, Eva
The URL is http://www.dadamo.com/lr4yter.html -- I'm not sure which column contained the link that doesn't work, but I'll correct it if I find it ~ thanks! :-)
Has "Eat Right for your type" been published in Spanish? If so, where is it available for purchase. Thank you, Ana
Both Eat Right and Live Right are available in Spanish, at least in Argentina. See the International link just under the Eat Right 4 Your Type heading on our home page for the availability of international editions. :-)
I have tried to get information regarding "Subtype" from the webpage, specifically "RH incompatibility and schizophrenia" to no avail. Can someone somewhere send me the information that is available with regard to the previously mentioned site as it may relate to my son. (I realize this may not be your department, but I would appreciate it very much if you could find the time to send this request on to the appropriate person so that I may access this information) Thanks a bunch! Deb
Dear Deb: I reviewed the Ask Dr. D'Adamo page you noted, but couldn't ascertain what information regarding subtype you're seeking. Have you tried the "subtype" link at the bottom right corner of the home page? If this doesn't provide what you need, please let me know!
Hello Heidi Somewhere I recall you making a reference to the Practitioners registry. Could you change my listing? I am listed under Healing Garden Clinic. Kenneth Carlin, ND 919 3rd Street, Suite 102 Langley, WA 98260 (360) 221-5596 Thanks - Ken
Hi, Ken ~ thanks for updating your entry! By the way, the NCNM Alumni Referrals database also lists you in Seattle ~ just a note! :-) I've made your changes in our Practitioner Registry Database. We truly appreciate your support!!
Thanks to all for their hints, tips and suggestions ~ always glad to hear from you!
Heidi, I was just reading the column about red yeast rice and cholesterol. I've recently purchased some red yeast rice from Solaray (600 mg). Were you not aware of this source, or were you basically deliberately saying it's not a good source? I've had high cholesterol (~300-400) for years and years. Five years on a strict B diet has done nothing for it, so I keep trying other things (though of course I will stay on my B diet too!). (And I never take drugs.) Anyway, I'm going to have my level tested again in the next couple of days and then start the Solaray red yeast rice and see what happens. I'd be interested in knowing, though, if you think I should instead go through the source you mentioned. Thanks! Kathy
Hi, Kathy! Solaray's red yeast rice is available in most supp shops, and comes in capsules (and small quantities, 45-90 caps), which admittedly is a convenience compared to the Jingxin red yeast rice I recommended. Theirs must be acquired through mail order, and comes in 1 kilo (2.2-pound) bulk packages. From what I have read, however, the Jingxin product is far more effective -- and somewhat safer to take.
When one of the new cholesterol-lowering drugs (Lovastatin) was released, the FDA prevailed in naming the monocolin-k component of many major manufacturers' red yeast rice supps a "proprietary" ingredient. In 2001, most of the companies pulled their RYR supps from the shelves. That's when I learned of Jingxin's product.
Put simply, Jingxin's RYR acts through its high concentrations of MVA (approaching 100% in their "masterwork" RYR), which lowers cholesterol on its own. The active substance monocolin-k in pre-2001 commercial supps is activated only through hydrolysis by several kinds of carboxyesterases. Some of us produce plenty of these compounds. Others make little to none of them, in which case constant dosing with monocolin-k can result in damage to the liver and kidneys.
Jingxin includes a full individual-batch assay from a government lab in each order, so you know exactly what you're getting. I've been looking around the Net for details on the two commonest brands of RYR (KAL and Solaray), and I'm not finding any specific monocolin-k/MVA breakdown on their products. If you've got a bottle there in hand, I strongly suggest calling the 800 number if it's on the label, and asking for this information. Then compare it to the product details on Jingxin's website, or call Michael in the New Jersey agent's office at 732-257-8844. Then you'll have a solid basis for your decision on which one to use.
I'm sorry you've had this persistent trouble with cholesterol levels. Maybe you're one of the rare NN subtypes? Perhaps some people with genetically-keyed high cholesterol are "meant" to have it? like a normal state? More Research Needed!
Thanks for writing, dear, and please keep me posted on your situation. :-)
I am a type o non-secretor. I also have hypoglycemia. I do fine on the high protein, low carb diet, however I have added foods such as ezekiel bread, rice, pinto beans, pineapple juice, and cherry juice to my diet. I continue to eat lots of meat and vegetables. Should I eliminate foods high on the glycemic scale even if they are considered beneficial? I am still trying to determine what affect bad lectins have on blood sugar levels. I am determined to stay on this diet. Thanks!
Peter is fond of pointing out that it is not how much carbohydrate, but what kind of carbohydrate, that makes the difference. The glycemic index is only one aspect of food analysis. Live Right’s recommendations are designed not just upon the general observation of a food’s effect on blood sugar levels, but according to the kinds of sugars present, any lectin activity, the relative amount of beneficial substances, and other type-mediated issues.
For instance, pineapple juice contains anti-inflammatory and protein-digestive enzymes. Black cherries are high in antioxidant compounds, and act to lower polyamine levels. In contrast, apples and oranges have much lower glycemic index ratings than pineapple… but apples contain a lectin affecting type O nonsecretors, and have little to offer aside from fruit pectin, while oranges contain high levels of putrescine, rendering them avoids for most types. Would anyone on the typical hypoglycemic’s diet consider indulging in watermelon? Of course not, it’s at the bottom of the list, with an index of 103/72! But Live Right says it’s beneficial for Bs, ABs and A nonsecretors… because it contains substances that moderate insulin’s effects as well as reducing edema. In effect, it performs the tasks that the glycemic index hopes to achieve through discouraging you from eating it.
If grains trigger wooziness or cravings, cut back. O nonsecretors should have only a maximum of three servings per week ~ if you're Rhesus-negative, that figure drops to two.
Other factors come into play. There is always an adjustment period involved if this diet is a big change from your former one. At first, you may experience hefty cravings for the grains and sugar you’ve eliminated from your diet. Not only your liver and insulin functions, but your very brain chemistry, changes in response to this kind of dietary upheaval. Smile! Feeling lousy is a sign that the adjustments have begun, and sticking to the diet means you won’t have to go through them again. The best approach is to fill up on protein, perhaps more than the suggested amounts, and fill in with vegetables ~ this is perfectly OK, and is your body’s way of treating itself to the healing and rebuilding power of what it needed that it hadn’t been getting. Over a few months’ time, most Os find their appetite for meat settles at a more moderate level.
Vegetable glycerine, widely available in health food stores, has beneficial effects upon our ability to release energy from the food we eat, and can be used in place of any sweetener you now employ.
If you are willing to use supplements, try 5HTP, L-glutamine, and/or L-tyrosine for cravings. You won’t need them forever. Deflect-O™ helps clean your tissues of insulin-mimicking lectin deposits, and Polyflora-O™ speeds the repopulation of beneficial bacteria to support your digestion and immunity. Both are available from North American Pharmacal.
Finally, don’t forget the exercise part of the plan. Half an hour per day is a tiny investment compared to the whole-body rewards it confers. For type Os, it is absolutely essential to get an exercise program in place which is based upon your current fitness level and keyed for gradual improvement. Watch for signs of boredom or strain, and adjust your routine accordingly.
This plan has a wonderful track record in handling hypoglycemia. I'm sure you'll meet with success!