I have been following the blood type way of life for just a few short months and feel amazing results. My blood type is B+. I have recently been experiencing a shortness of breath or more acuratly, I feel as though I cannot get a deep breath. After using stress relieving visualization and deep breathing I am able to regain my breath.
I do have a bit of a sinus infection that has been lingering and I was wondering if they are associated. Do you have any recommendations? Are there possibly any herbal remedies I should consider? ~ Jennifer
Hi Heidi, love the column. I have a thorny problem: I'm a type B (don't know secretor status) who's been suffering from horrible, chronic allergy problems and asthma that have progressively worsened since I turned 21 (21 years ago!). I've run the gamut of tests and treatments in those years, even had sinus surgery, and have also tried just about every diet "cure" I could find, including macrobiotic (imagine how well that went for me!), vegan, etc., etc.
This spring, I finally found my way to a homeopathic MD who recommends the BTD series of books, and I've been following the B diet pretty closely for about three months. Also, on her recommendation, using a homeopathic remedy (argentum nitricum) and several supplements -- reacted magnesium, "histaplex" (quercetin, bromelain, and something else), "lipistatin", and essential fatty acids (started out on EPO and a blend of DHA, GLA, and EPA, have JUST switched to fish body oils only).
Trouble is, after all this time, I'm seeing little to no improvement in the allergy/asthma condition. In the last couple of weeks, I've gotten discouraged by my constantly itchy, inflamed eyelids, heavy sinus congestion, and occasional asthma flare-ups, and I went to see her again yesterday for a checkup. She's surprised, too, that the allergy trouble hasn't gone away. So she switched the fatty acid supps, recommended regular (twice daily) use of the neti pot, and I went out and got some thyme/licorice tea. On the website, I see lots of stuff about allergies and sinusitis for Types A and O, but little for B. Have you seen this kind of thing before? Any advice? ~ Amy
These two questions arrived on the same day, and have interesting parallels. Jennifer found that her breathing difficulties responded to visualization, and now seeks herbal remedies to treat a lingering sinus infection. Amy has run a long course of dietary, herbal, surgical and homeopathic treatments, but is still working very hard to find effective means of combatting her persistent allergies, congestion and asthma.
I'll respond to these rather complex issues as briefly as possible (for me, that is... I'm brevity-challenged by nature, so grab a comfy chair and a cool drink! :-}).
First, a big pat on the back for you: type Bs are the most susceptible to sinus problems triggered by allergies, and can have the worst time eradicating them once they've settled in. I want you both to go look in the mirror and say, "I'm doing a GREAT job handling these difficulties, and I'm going to SUCCEED in getting rid of them!" :-D
Jennifer: check out that neti pot, it can make a big difference. Use warm water with just a bit of sea salt added. More below.
Amy: Jennifer's visualization and breathing techniques worked, meaning that stress played a major role in her health problems (sadly, that's true for the majority of people). Bs get such great results from visualization and meditation that I'd put these strategies at the very top of your list. I can't speak to the homeopathics you're taking, but I'm not a homeopath and it sounds like you have a knowledgeable and responsive practictioner.
You're both following the B diet, thereby greatly reducing your exposure to , that can be avoided or minimized while you're healing.
The concept here is not that any one element has "caused" your difficulties. Nor am I suggesting you'll end up living in a bubble so as to escape each and every possible one of these "causes." Your body will do the healing as soon as it feels there is no "state of emergency" it must respond to first.
Allergies and their results arise when your total stress load is greater than you personally, biologically, are capable of handling. They start resolving when you get the stress volume back down below the flood line.
If the 'load' is primarily dietary, the correct diet can work "miracles." If it is primarily environmental (constant exposure to powerful EMF fields, radioactivity, molds, poor water, poisons of all kinds -- a professional ship painter who lives near a power plant, for instance) then changing jobs and/or moving, generally clearing the personal environment can do the trick on their own. If long-term psychological stresses are involved -- and this can be the case even if we don't "feel stressed" -- then meditation, visualization, yoga, chanting, or any one of many other focused stress-relief practices may be all that is needed.
For most of us, it's some combination of these factors that leads to declining health. The best approach in every case is to cover all the bases. Did I mention exercise? Whoops! Bs can benefit substantially through an exercise program that is varied, offers some intellectual challenge, and can be done in a group and/or alone. Does martial arts come to mind? good! An occasional pick-up volleyball game, ocean swimming, figure skating, dancing. Pick and choose. You want to engage the muscles without leaving the mind behind -- it's that balance thing again. ;-)
Hans Selye's The Stress of Life is the classic work on the relationship between stored stresses in the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal axis and health problems of a startling variety. Well worth its cheap price at one of the online used-book sellers, especially if you're wondering how the heck I'm linking meditation with relief from sinusitis! And I can't leave out my ubiquitous plug for Meditation as Medicine by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Cameron Stauth. Folks, this book is worth its weight in gold-pressed Latinum for most people, and probably more for Bs. I'll spare you the testimonials, and just say that it is science, narrative, revelation, discussion, technique instruction and love, all in one.
Couple of supplement notes:
Probiotics act to normalize your immune response, meaning they can crank it up or soothe it down as needed. Naturally, I'm going to suggest using the blood-type specific probiotics available on this site. Your gut is the center of your body's digestive and immune functions, so there's nothing HB'er than beneficial intestinal critters!! If you only could take one supp, it should be this one.
To avert bacterial sinusitis, and especially if it has already progressed to that stage, use elderberry concentrate or Proberry 3 (also available on this site).
Turmeric and quercetin are both excellent anti-inflammatories, and have no known overdose. Amy, perhaps you'd benefit by taking Q at a higher dosage than what's in your combo compound.
Finally, there are specific protocols and advice for Bs with sinusitis and allergies in the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia.
Well, that's me being brief -- not by the length of what I've written, but by how long it MIGHT have been, you see. :->
Jennifer and Amy, thank you for writing, and please let me know your progress!
Can you stand one more question about a discrepancy between two Eat Right books???
In the original Eat Right book Linden is an avoid for Type B. In the Encyclopedia, Linden is listed as an anti-inflammatory and nerve health agent.
I take a naturopathic tincture for high blood pressure. Before ER, it contained linden - along with rowolfia and hawthorne. We eliminated the linden after ER, but I was wondering if we should put it back in now? Has the status changed?? Thanks ~~ Linda
The Encyclopedia's entries on linden are correct. New research since Eat Right was published in 1996 has been extensive, resulting in updated values and recommended usages for a number of items.
If your homeopath or naturopath suggests you add linden back into the mix, there's no ABO-specific reason not to do so.
The antistress protocol Peter recommends for type Bs with hypertension includes the use of visualization. I note it here just as a reminder that directed visualization has been shown to exert powerful influence on an unexpectedly wide variety of ailments. Bs in general seem to have a special knack for it and appear to receive greater benefits from it than others do. I'd also like to suggest the book Meditation as Medicine by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Cameron Stauth, for the several brief "medical meditations" and other information specific to hypertension. These practices can produce results in astonishing proportion to the small amount of time required to perform them.
Good luck, good health and keep in touch!
Don St. John, a frequent contributor, writes:
While at the grocery store today I looked at a few of the frozen desserts trying to find a sorbet that would be OK. I didn't find one but I did find that some of the Häagen-Dazs ice cream flavors don't use corn syrups or gums. They are the "best" frozen desserts I have found in a store so far.
I copied a couple of their flavor ingredients from their web site, http://www.haagen-dazs.com/.
Vanilla Ice Cream: Cream, Skim Milk, Sugar, Egg Yolks, Natural Vanilla.
Chocolate Ice Cream: Cream, Skim Milk, Sugar, Egg Yolks, Cocoa Processed with Alkali.
Strawberry Ice Cream: Cream, Strawberries, Skim Milk, Sugar, Egg Yolks.
Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream: Cream, Skim Milk, Sugar, Black Cherries, Egg Yolks, Black Cherry Juice Concentrate, Natural Vanilla, Natural Flavor, Lemon Juice Concentrate, Pectin.
Even taking a dim view of the "natural flavor" ingredient in the cherry vanilla (due to the term being so commonly used as a commercial euphemism for corn syrup, but a call to Häagen-Dazs may prove otherwise), this list looks pretty wonderful for type Bs!
has a different value as the p572 NAG. Are they 2 different products?
No, it's the same product. All the usages listed are valid for N-acetyl Glucosamine, also known as NAG.
Heidi, In the Blood Type Encyclopedia, on page 488 at the bottom of the page on the left, it lists Co Enzyme Q10: 3 mg. Is that correct, or should it be 30 mg?
It should be 30 mg. Many CoQ10 supplements have even higher dosages, due to the low bioavailability of the CoQ10 in those specific preparations. There is a fairly new product called "Q-Gel," which claims to deliver more of the active compound per mg than other formulations do.
On page 103 of the Encyclopedia, Dr. D'Adamo recommends vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) in a dose of 20-30mg/kg for Type O's. For an 80kg man such as myself, that would equal up to 2400mg (2.4g) of vitamin B6 per day. The Merck Manual warns against such a high dosage -- can you confirm if this is correct? Ryan
That is an error: it should read, "2-3 mg/kg." We'll make sure the publisher is made aware of this correction -- thanks, Ryan!
One more for the Encyclopedia Errata - on p. 332 there is a recommendation to take 200 mg. of Melatonin. (YES, 200 mg.!) Take care! -- Judy
200 mg is the high end of dosage range for melatonin. Since the appropriate dose and the timing of it vary so much between individuals, you are squarely in front of your own drawing board if you decide to try it. Each increment starting at .1 mg (1 mcg) all the way up to 200 mg has proved ideal for at least one person. :-) I suspect this entry in the Encyclopedia could reasonably be changed to read "200 mcg," or .2 mg, which is a good starting point if you wish to experiment with this substance. Here’s an informative webpage on melatonin, with a detailed discussion of its functions in humans, and reliable guidelines for using it.
Hello there, eric ~~ I'm not familiar enough with the common store brands to be able to recommend any for you. :-( I prefer making my own salad dressing; it's quick & simple to make, cheaper than the bottled stuff, and I KNOW what's in it. So maybe these suggestions will help. :-)
If you have a blender, you are 3 minutes away from having your own personal salad dressing of any old kind you would like.
Here are a few Beneficial Blends for AB. Use them to get your imagination going on others you'd enjoy.
1) Basic: 1 cup olive oil, juice from one lemon, dash of sea salt.
2) Add to the basic recipe a handful of fresh basil or oregano - or 1/4 cup of red wine.
3) Fresh pink grapefruit, sectioned; 1 cup olive oil; one or two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses, touch of sea salt. Sounds bizarre, but it's very tasty!
4) 1 cup walnut oil, juice from 1/2 lemon, one tablespoon of miso, a raw garlic clove, two tablespoons brewer's yeast. Makes a rather thick, pungent dressing for Asian-style grilled vegetables, noodles, grilled turkey breast, or a hefty salad.
In all cases, just dump everything in the blender and whiz it up. Adjust to taste, and you're done!
I wouldn't think you will need to adapt the AB diet to handle the diabetes. In fact, it should begin altering you, since diabetes is one of the conditions it is designed to alleviate. People often write that after being on their diet for a few weeks, they needed to reduce their medication! so it's a good idea to keep a close eye on your insulin dosage, and stay in touch with your doctor.
The beneficial cheeses on your dairy list, as well as yogurt and milk, can help you reach your weight loss goals by building muscle tissue. But it is worthwhile to establish a balance between your protein foods. If you prepare the meat in stews rather than eating it separately, could you use the same quantity to get a little most days of the week?
Can you find a good source of lamb or rabbit? Sometimes these are cheaper than beef and veal, and you might particularly enjoy the rabbit. Young lamb and rabbit both have rather delicate flavors.
You're doing a great job with this plan! Try to expand your meat choices a bit, and keep up with the dairy. Let me know how your progress goes! :-)
If gelatin is helping your joints, avoid the commercial pig-sourced powder and make your own organic joint-healing broth. It contains plenty of gelatin, and you'll know it's a clean food.
All you need is the leftover bones from roasted meat, fowl or fish. Bring them to a boil in a stock pot with some carrots, onions, celery, parsley if you like it, sea salt. It should stay on a high simmer for at least 3 hours (overnight would be great). Skim off the brownish spotty fuzz that comes up in the first hour or two.
Let it cool somewhat, then pour the broth into a colander set into a large bowl. From there, you can transfer it to small containers. Keep some in the fridge and freeze the rest. It is a chef's delight ~ you can use it as soup stock, in sauces, to make rice, anything that strikes your fancy. And since you are benefiting from the addition of gelatin to your diet, a plain cup of it per day should fill your bill.
I'm a type O and I read that beef jerky can be made using a low oven temperature. Could you tell me what the temperature should be in degrees to make beef jerky. I am very busy and I would be nice to have something to eat on the go that is healthy for me. Thank you, alot. -- Delilah
Thanks for asking!
Jerky's not just for type O. It can be made from red meat, fowl, fish, even snake... even alligator meat makes tasty jerky.
I understand you’re a busy person, so I hope I won’t discourage you from making jerky when I say: the key to success is experience. You don’t really need a fancy dehydrator or even an oven. If your climate is dry, breezy and warm, a clothesline will do. But technique is paramount, since the basic idea is to preserve meat through drying and/or salting for a projected period of time – and every cut of meat is different.
It can be made with complicated marinades, or nothing more than fine sea salt. Most people associate jerky with thin strips of meat, but pound-sized chunks can be used, too. With strips, you can tell it’s done when it will bend and crack a bit, but not break. The larger hunks of meat are prepared to the point where they no longer drip or sweat, but it’s a little more difficult for the novice to determine when they’re really ready for storage.
Here’s a quick recipe for two pounds of lean red meat or turkey, cut into ¼” strips. Just double all the ingredients if you want a bigger batch:
Mix together 2 minced cloves of garlic, 2 tablespoons of salt, a tablespoon of ginger powder, ¼ teaspoon of cayenne and ½ teaspoon of fresh-ground black pepper. Type As & ABs: you can substitute one teaspoon of cumin for the cayenne and pepper, reduce the salt to one tablespoon, and add 1/2 cup of wheat-free tamari. Put the meat into a glass or ceramic container, distribute the spice preparation over all sides of the meat, cover and put it in the fridge overnight.
In the morning, drain any liquid that has seeped out. Line the bottom of your oven with some protective covering (like aluminum foil) and arrange the meat strips flat across the oven racks. Each strip should be supported by at least two wires of the rack; you don’t want the sides of the strips to touch as they hang there. Set the oven to 160 degrees Fahrenheit, and leave the door just cracked open. Use an oven thermometer to monitor the actual temperature, and adjust it so that it remains around 140 degrees Fahrenheit for six to eight hours. Start testing the jerky after six hours – it should, as I mentioned, bend with some cracking when it’s done.
There is a wonderful little book which explains and elaborates upon the basic techniques of the manufacture of all kinds of jerky and pemmican, and I recommend it to anyone who would like a solid grounding in the subject. It’s called, surprisingly enough, Jerky, written by A.D. Livingston and published by The Lyons Press. No matter whether you just want a snack to take to work, plan to store large quantities of game meat for survival and kitchen recipes, or are hoping to find a use for the nutria you’re eradicating from your pond, this book has what you're looking for.