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I’ve followed the Blood Type Diet since 2003, and I’ve written this blog since 2004. Clearly I think the BTD matters. I’ve talked to friends and total strangers about the difference it has made in the way I feel. There should be no question in anyone’s mind that I know the BTD is important.
I’ve blogged on many occasions about restaurants and certain social situations where it is difficult if not impossible to eat right for a meal. I have advised to always be kind and gracious, never to be offensive, and to do the best you can in those complicated but brief situations. The real evidence of how much you believe the BTD is not your public posture, but what you eat in the privacy of your own home. If you eat right at home, an occasional avoid in public will do you no harm (unless of course you are celiac or have serious allergies – obviously I’m not talking about that).
But there are three circumstances when the BTD doesn’t really matter. All of those are when the desperate need of your body for calories trumps everything else. Poverty is one. People who are starving don’t think twice about potatoes in the soup, or avoid foods in a care package. Prison is another. People imprisoned or in concentration camps, may care about what they eat, but they have no leverage. They must eat what is set before them in order to stay alive.
The third is the condition my mother is in right now – critically ill. Sure it would be better for her Type O body if she ate only beneficial meats, vegetables, and fruits. If she did, it probably would give her a better chance of recovery. If I requested it, the rehab center would take away her dessert and give her double portions of meat. But the pleasure foods keep her eating, and she is as desperate for calories right now as the poorest of the poor. If a few spoons of ice cream in between the spoons of pureed meat keep her opening her mouth for more, I’ll feed them to her.
She has trouble swallowing, and liquids give her the most trouble. We have to mix a cornstarch product into her drinks to make them a honey consistency so that she doesn’t choke. Do you think I am worrying about cornstarch as an avoid? Absolutely not. She must have fluids to survive, and choking on organic pineapple juice or pure spring water could give her pneumonia. The thickener in water must not taste very good. She would rather have orange juice or cranberry cocktail. Guilt free, I spoon those juices into her mouth.
DD is home for Labor Day weekend. She went with me last night to visit her Granny. When she saw the menu she raised her eyebrows as if to ask, was I really going to let Granny eat all of that? Some of the people around her refused to eat any of their dinner last night. There is not an avoid so bad that I would not use it to keep calories and fluids going into her body. She relished the thickened milk stirred into pureed brownie. There will be time to improve her diet later on. Right now she has to have calories, and the will to work with her rehab team.
I will pray for your Mom's quick recovery.
you do not need to answer this.
I've supstituted my clients with a lot of aminoacids, B-vits., Mg. and other orthomolecular stuffs; helped out for a certain time...dito very important fatty acids as well....but all given by little
teaspoons; at last I was forced to give it by a sonde....
all the best to you and your mum :-)
greetings from Switzerland....
I'm also in a similar situation, though not nearly as extreme. My father has a heart condition and has been hospitalized numerous times in the past few months. I'm not sure if it's from his heart condition directly, a side effect of one of his medications, or a combination of the two, but he doesn't have much appetite. It KILLS me to see him eating packaged foods with MSG and Ensure with corn syrup, or bread with BHA added, etc, but he needs the calories to function.
I often do my parents' shopping for them, and now, after reading this blog entry, I feel a little less guilty about buying all this "unhealthy" food for him.
Thank you for that.
So sorry to hear about your mother. My mother has Alzheimer's and is in a special unit at an Assisted Living. I feel exactly as you do. I don't like a lot of the food there but just getting her to eat is the issue. My mother loves her sweets and they seem to perk her up. It's difficult for her to walk but she walks up and down the hallway with her walker. I don't obsess about her diet but just treasure those few days when she's alert enough to communicate.
Wishing you the best.
My mom was recently forced into a nursing home by family members and a guardian they got appointed.
Prior to her placement in the nursing home, I had taken care of her for five years. I had gotten my husband's help to purchase and cook organic, Blood type appropriate food, and then puree it to a good consistency. She ate heartily and really improved her health. When she was put in the nursing home, I tried to get them to construct her meal by selecting the Blood Type appropriate items which were available. I explained that she was "allergic". They did it for a while and my mom at least would eat, but that didn't last for long. A few of the staff didn't like the extra work and seized on an opportunity to complain when one day, they only had chicken, corn and potatoes to choose from; all offenders for a B-non secretor. They got the Guardian to confront me as to whether a DOCTOR had actually done an allergy test on my mom. It was frustrating. I know absolutely, that the Blood type diet has helped my mom over the last five years, but there was no way to "prove" it to them. My mom wouldn't eat what they gave her at first. It was sort of your description of a starvation situation. She held out for a while, but I had to convince her that she needed food to get her strength up. It was hard to do, but I had too.
I look around at all the residents and wish there was a way to get the medical community to realize what the Blood Type diet could do for these dear people.
I've talked to a nurse and a few of the staff about the Blood Type diet for themselves. They seemed to be receptive, but I don't know that they have translated it to something that would really help their residents. It's just to far from their reality.
Wouldn't that be a great nursing home though. One that really rehabilitates. Combine great nutrition through the Blood Type diet with Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment to actually heal the damage from stroke, Alzheimer's, diabetes, ... It would be great and something that would really turn around health care/nursing care in our country. I believe it can happen, so I will do what I can to spread the word.
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