Archives for: March 2000, 25
Did Dr. D change his formulas for vitamins and probiotics? I just checked out the Store and the ingredients are different from the Type O products that I purchased quite some time ago. The Polyflora for type AB and B lists Lactobacillus Sporogenes as an ingredient. Lacto Sporo is not an ingredient for Polyflora O. I am type O. I recently purchased a Thorne Lactobacillus Sporogenes probiotic. It seems to help my digestive tract, but it causes severe pain. Is that die off or what? Exactly what is the function of Lacto Sporo and is it ok for type O to take it? The old type O Probiotic seemed to be very good for me except for the kelp which causes weight loss and a skin reaction when I take it. I am thinking about trying the Polyflora O but I don't tolerate Brewer's Yeast very well...the same old skin reaction; my body doesn't like that dry powdery stuff! Carolyn
Hi, Carolyn ~ Yes, these are the new probiotics. The various intestinal flora & fauna have affinities for different blood groups. Lacto sporo is not one that particularly thrives in type Os, hence it is not included in our "PolyFlora" supp. I wouldn't take it, especially since it causes severe pain for you. Is it possible to get a few O probiotic caps from a friend, or split a bottle, and try it that way? If you get a reaction to the encapsulated brewer's yeast, you might consider focusing on feeding your healthy critters rather than trying to repopulate them. ARA6 and okra come to mind, as well as black-eyed peas and adzuki beans. The diet itself should do the rest if you are in good health generally.
Hi ^heidi^ -- nice to come back to this website after a being away for awhile and see your contributions again! Awesome!! I have come off of an SSRI antidepressant and am interested in following the protocols for unipolar depression to keep from having to go back on medication. The BTD encyclopedia recommends the active B12 first thing in the morning (under general considerations) but it also recommends, under the nerve health protocol, to take it in the evening. Should I do both? One or the other? Thanks for your help! Elizabeth
Thanks, Elizabeth... it's a pleasure! YES, go ahead and take both. And may I suggest taking two tablespoons of nutritional yeast per day (away from the b12)? Also, please get at least a tablespoon per day of fresh-ground flaxseed and some fish oil. You can dump all three in a smoothie, or use them to dress canned tuna in a salad. For some reason, yeast tastes GREAT with fish. Best of health to you ~~ and keep me posted on your situation!
I am a type "O" and had to relearn what is actually good for me! I do feel energetic eating for my blood type...but can't help but wonder about the intake of so much protein, especially red meats, and it's result regarding bone health. I have heard that in menapausal women, calcium is leached from bone mass with a high protein diet. I have high cholesterol, although am in excellent health otherwise, exercise aerobically and use weights....in Nov. I will have my cholesterol re-checked and am curious about the red meat in my diet and what it will do to the test....My LDL's are particularly high (there is literally NO heart disease in both side of my family)..Could the wheat I was eating be the culprit? Marilyn
Don't worry, Marilyn... that cholesterol will likely normalize as you continue to follow your O plan (including exercise!). The wheat is most certainly the culprit in most type Os' high cholesterol readings.
I wouldn't be concerned about the meat/calcium scare. Meat actually stimulates our intestinal alkaline phosphatase, which in turn helps us assimilate calcium. That's something that I predict will take years to make it into your doctor's advice. In these stressful times, however, a good calcium supp like Phytocal-O will take up the slack. By the way, according to an article Doc Bron recently posted, snacking on almonds can whittle away the LDL!
Some folks have a genetic pre-disposition to high cholesterol and high LDL. Using flax oil or flax meal regularly can help, but if you find your levels don't budge, go to the bottom of this page and enter the search term "MVA" ~ you'll find my links to my favorite Red Yeast Rice supplier.
Good luck, and thank you so much for writing!!