Archives for: July 2006, 20
I got a wonderful letter yesterday from my college roommate. She has been on the BTD since February and her cholesterol has dropped from 297 (Triglycerides were 166) to 243 (Triglycerides now 129).
Alice said I could share her story with you. She first heard about the Blood Type Diet when I mentioned my blog in a Christmas card two years ago. "I checked into it then and I said, nope, not for me! I could never do without bread, potatoes, or dairy! Later my sister was going to a whole-health chiropractor and he encouraged her to investigate the BTD."
Then last February Alice's doctor got upset because of her cholesterol readings. The doctor had cause to be concerned. Alice's father had a fatal heart attack when he was only 58.
"I had always had excellent numbers and it was within the last year or so that they had suddenly started climbing. The doctor gave me the "cholesterol diet" and said we'd retest in 3 months. I chunked that diet and decided to go with the BTD. I decided to wait a little longer to give it time and finally went Friday for tests. The one other thing besides BTD I've done differently is to add "Red Rice Yeast" which is a natural alternative to the statins with supposedly no side-effects."
"The nurse who called asked me if I've been on my cholesterol diet. If so she was going to let me continue without meds and see if it continues to come down. I didn't get into it with her, but just said yes (because I feel I am on a cholesterol diet.) If I continue to do well, I'll eventually tell my doctor, but she really is clueless on anything alternative. I figure she will be more likely to listen if I have definite results."
Alice wrote this about her level of compliance. "When I say I'm on the BTD, I haven't achieved the level of compliance that you have. What you said you were doing on the cruise is what I pretty much do daily (minus the one dessert a day.) I eat mostly beneficials, but don't usually read the labels for other ingredients. I rarely eat wheat, dairy, or corn. If we're out and everyone is eating a hamburger, I skip the fries (opt for a salad maybe) and eat the hamburger while pushing the top bun off as I eat. If we go eat Mexican foodâ€¦oopsâ€¦you can just imagine! So just think how great I'd be doing if I were greater compliance!"
I was so thrilled to get this letter! I know what the BTD has done for me. But this dramatic of an improvement in such a short time is something to shout about, and you can't argue with blood tests. If you know someone who is still bewildered about what a Type O should do for high cholesterol, read this final comment from Alice.
"Funny, I went to get a paper copy of my blood tests today and the doc has a note on them that I am on a "lowfat" diet. Ha! I eat lots of beef, nuts, fish, and eggs (I know even more than the BTD recommends, but even Dr. D' says his numbers are only recommendations). So I'm definitely not on a "lowfat" diet."