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Hi, Myriam! I'm doing OK ~ beautiful winter snowstorm for Christmas Day, and it's just gorgeous out there in the sunlight today. How's the summer going for you? :-) Pimiento pepper is a mild, dark red, heart-shaped pepper -- but it's difficult if not impossible to be sure you're getting pimiento unless you grow them yourself from seeds you ascertain as "pimiento." I know how much you As can miss your peppers! :-}
I am so sorry to hear about your type O friend's cancer. Let me clear up what I think has confused you: that passage in the Encyclopedia says: "Risk factors for colon cancer include a high meat diet and corresponding low intake of fresh fruits and vegetables." None of the ABO diets are high-meat diets and all of them are very high in fruits and vegetables -- look at type O: MEAT/POULTRY: maximum 6 ounces, 9 times per week for male secretors; VEGETABLES: unlimited beneficial veg per day, 2-5 servings per day of neutrals; FRUITS: 3-5 servings of fruit per day! He should certainly follow his type O diet, and use the protocols in the Encyclopedia. Feeling confident in the approach taken is an important element of healthy immune functioning, so let him read this and make up a regimen he feels comfortable with. If it would ease his mind, he can safely substitute beneficial fish for most or all of his flesh protein foods.
About evening primrose oil: the description lists it as a blood thinner and blood vessel dilator. That is the basis for the original "avoid for Os" status. If your girls have no heavy bleeding or broken capillary problems, then I'd say EPO is fine for them as part of their "female balancing" protocol -- but let them be aware of those potential effects of EPO on Os.
If vitamin C gives your husband headaches, get a good acerola cherry or rosehip based ("food-derived") supplement. Those tend to be the best for Os in particular. Green tea and dark red & purple fruits (especially berries) are wonderful antioxidants, as well! Thank you for writing, dear, and please keep me up to date on how everyone's faring! :-D
Cristine, you wrote some time ago ~ at that time, I wanted to wait to see if the O diet (including all the vegetables, fish, and fruits) would alleviate this problem for you. You had some big changes to make, from veg to O! Congratulations for taking the leap!! :-) Physicians often recommend giving blood for haemochromatosis patients, so from your message it appeared you were already on the right track. Could you drop me a quick note on how you're doing now? Thanks, and I look forward to hearing your report! :-D
Hi, Anna ~ We have no listings for camellia or perilla. They have not been tested for ABO reactivity, so I can't say yea or nay to them. Please be careful when using concentrated "unknowns," OK? Monitor your reactions. Make sure the product is accomplishing what it claims without unwanted side-effects. Coix (Job's Tears) we do have a rating for: it's listed only for type Bs -- hmmm! -- so take a close look at all the other ingredients and compare them with the supplement list in the Encyclopedia ~ just to be on the safe side! :-)
Cassie, type Os are strongly advised against the birth control pill because we, more than other types, are susceptible to heavy bleeding (much lower clotting factors!) and bleeding disorders of various kinds. The pill worsens this condition.
According to Willa Shaffer's book, "Birth Control Without Fear: Wild Yam," wild yam has proven extraordinarily effective for women of all types as a birth control agent. The book -- really more of a pamphlet -- is available on Amazon for about $4.00 and describes Ms. Shaffer's experience with this herb over many years' practice as a midwife. Worth a look, if only for a backup method.
You are right that the liver and every other organ will function better when you're following your ABO plan, but that is a GOOD thing in every sense. The alternative is to court illness!! You are much better off to continue on the O diet, no matter which birth control method you decide upon -- and you may find that you need far less of any drug to achieve the desired effect.
If your heart is set on using the Pill, have your gynecologist test you carefully for the appropriate estrogen/progesterone dosage and recheck it from time to time. Thanks for writing, Cassie -- and I hope you're well back on track for the New Year!
Dear Pierre ~ Chlorella is great for type As. I'm not familiar with Green Germ -- is it a wheat (blé) germ and greens combination? Wheat germ is an avoid for As... if the Green Germ product contains wheat germ, I would not use it. I'm certainly glad to hear that your Doctor Renkin is providing these supplements in Belgium! Great news! Thank you for writing, and I hope you're feeling better now!
Hi, Gary! Spirulina and blue-green algae, I can't in good conscience recommend for any type. Chlorella is perfectly fine for all types. Since you are already purchasing these substances in supplement form, may I suggest the Harmonia product available in this site's store? Two teaspoons pack a wallop of greens, fruit powders, herbs, seaweeds, flax... and it tastes good even on its own. I used to be a big consumer of Sun Chlorella, and I have switched over to Harmonia with better results. My type A guy is benefiting from it, as well. Give it a good look and see how it shapes up against what you're using now. :-)
Hey there, rosie! I do want to suggest yoga for you, because of ALL the benefits -- including cortisol reduction, which greatly aids weight loss for As. Second, I'd like to encourage you to eat at least a small meal three or four times per day. That way, your metabolism will be supported throughout the day, and your body won't assume a starvation mode and hold on to that fat. Try a snack in the morning, your main meal as a late lunch, and a snack later on, if that's easier for you. Let me know how that works for you!
Annie, I can't think of anything you're missing by avoiding whey supplements. They're just one of thousands of supps promoted very convincingly by people who sell them. If you look around your local supp shop, you'll see that all those products are marketed to everybody. That's true of 99% of the diet/health books as well. And that's what sets Peter's work apart from the others. I'm not familiar with the ingredients of "Greens+," so please read the label carefully and compare it with your type A food/supp list -- then you'll have solid information on whether to take it. For the most part, I urge people to make their own supplements by juicing/blending whole foods, but if you're more comfortable purchasing a greens supp, please consider Harmonia. It's a great product, and I can recommend it knowing it will do you no harm! thanks, dear!! :-)
Hello, Laurie! Good question!! Generally, a deficiency will show itself as such when & if you add to your diet what you were missing. An allergy or intolerance will start bugging you when you add new foods that you're as yet unable to digest or to which your immune system has already been sensitized.
You've figured out you had a vitamin B deficiency, which is a big step. The patch on your face may improve with more water (mineral water as well) and beneficial oil in your diet. Also: monitor it for change an hour after each meal. If it shows a flare-up of redness, itchiness or size after a given meal, try eliminating all items in that meal from your diet for a period of one week. Then add one item at a time and see if you can nail down which item caused the trouble.
The dry patch could be the result of a hormone fluctuation, inadequate hydration, even a reaction to your shampoo, toothpaste or moisturizer. Do you use the Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail described in Eat Right? I'd try it, and see if that dry patch goes away in a few days.
Weight loss doesn't always happen in the same time frame on each try. The body tends toward homeostasis, and with successive attempts to lose weight, the results may be slower to appear. Don't be discouraged! Get plenty of dark greens and beneficial proteins & fruit in your diet, and consider pepping up your exercise routine. Let me suggest a little something that may appeal to you -- take a look at the Five Tibetan Rites ~~ it's a remarkable body-balancer, and confers benefits far out of proportion to
the few minutes it takes to perform. Keep at it, and let me know how you're doing!
Greetings, Sarah ~ Go to the TYPEbase3 database and enter wheat as your search term. Remember to hit the search button - the "enter" key doesn't work on that page. You'll see the food status of all the wheat items there. Great wheatless recipes can be found in their thousands all over the Net. I'm not sure which dishes you're trying to make, so I suggest using the search engine www.alltheweb.com/advanced with the search terms "wheat-free" "wheatless" "celiac" and/or the food you want a recipe for, like "bread" or "cake" or "bagel." Bookmark the sites you like! You'll also find cookbooks listed from bookstores. Enjoy your research!! :-)
Karin, you can write any time, and I will listen with all my heart! I'll also try to help you with your challenges. First, focus on the beneficial foods on your B diet, and do it as strictly as you can. Alone, it should provide some relief soon. Stick to the fresh and dried fish for now, rather than the smoked fishes. Chocolate is a neutral, as is cocoa powder, but watch out for corn sweeteners in your chocolate. Sugar-sweetened is better, and homemade hot chocolate from organic (biologic) bitter chocolate with vegetable glycerine or molasses added is better still! :-)
This diet certainly will help you get the upper hand with lupus -- and you wrote a while ago that you have the Encyclopedia as well, so you have the best tools right in your hands. How is it going with the protocols?
Did the German naturopathic doctor offer to refer you to a colleague? If not, call his office again and ask for a referral. How are your symptoms now?
From my reading http://www.healthanswers.com.au/drugdata/appco/00070432.asp on chloroquin (or "chlorquin" or "chloroquine"), I conclude that your doctor chose this drug as an anti-inflammatory. It has side effects -- please read that link to learn more about it. Most webpages on this drug are in German, so I assume it is more commonly given there than here in the U.S., and if you do a search for "chloroquin" and "lupus," you'll find a great number of German-language sites to read, too. There are many other powerful anti-inflammatory substances such as quercetin (available cheaply as a supplement) bromelain (from pineapple - often sold in combination with quercetin), which are safe to take at high dosages -- as well as the protocol supps which you're using now.
I wrote a column for a type A woman with lupus: it may be of help to you! Substitute turkey, goat, lamb or venison (on the bone) for the chicken in the recipe, and use it and the broth as mentioned in that column -- it's here, and don't forget the Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail: a tablespoon of flax oil, a tablespoon of lecithin granules, and eight ounces of the fruit juice of your choice (I suggest pineapple, black cherry, one or both, mixed with cranberry), shaken or blended.
QUESTION FOR READERS: Anyone have a good lupus support group to recommend to Karin, either in English or German? Please write in and let us know!! Karin, I'll pass on to you any suggestions received! Take good care, dear -- I'm thinking of you!
Yes, if your previous diet was fairly avoid-laden, you may have an adjustment period in which you feel a bit sluggish and need more sleep. It will certainly pass ~ your entire physiology is cleaning out the old toxins and doing much-needed repair work throughout. Drinking a good quantity of pure water every day, and attending to your B-type exercises, will hasten the entire process and set you up for a spectacular New Year! As I noted to Laurie, above, the Five Tibetan Rites might appeal to you. The Encyclopedia also contains specific metabolic-enhancing protocols to speed the process. Marian, give it a little "tincture of time," and see how you progress over a month or two. You will see an upswing in energy soon, I'm sure! Keep in touch!! :-)
Hi, Ed ~ Here's a column I wrote in which I discussed the coffee change for ABs ~ take a look, and write back if you still have questions! Thanks! :-D
Hey there, Mike ~ There is a phenomenon people often experience when they attain a goal they have sought and hoped for over a long time. I don't know if this is the case with you, but after so many months or years of focusing on weight loss, once the problem is solved, it can leave an odd kind of emptiness in its wake. Like, OK, I did it! It's done! ... uh... now what?
That said, are you getting at least 100 grams of protein in a day's meals? I'd call that a minimum to maintain healthy neurotransmitter function (among many other things). Also, the servings you quoted apply to the whole meat/poultry list, not only to red meat. These are from Eat Right, correct? Ooooh, I think I've got some enlivening news for you: in Live Right 4 Your Type, the portion/frequency for this category in the AB diet has increased. And I note many items that are neutral or beneficial there for you: lamb... rabbit... turkey... ostrich... pheasant... for nonsecretors, quail and venison are neutral... That's only a smidgeon of the vast new information contained in it. Worth a look! Write back with your personal review! and I hope this helps perk up your mood! :-) By the way, CONGRATULATIONS on your great achievement!!! It may be a little old hat to you, but it's thrilling for me! EnJoy it!! :-D
Yes! That column can be easily adapted to type AB, with great results. First, turkey instead of chicken; then go through it and adjust the fruits and herbs toward the beneficial for her. Walnut & olive instead of sesame oil. And be sure to tell her about my favorite exercise site, in the first paragraph of that column: the Royal Canadian Air Force's 5BX pages. I can't tell you how great it is for anyone, at any fitness level, as a mild and brief daily routine which will take you from wherever you are to where you never thought you'd get to. You gotta try it to appreciate it!!
What a good friend you are, Kirsten. :-} Let me know how she does. And take good care of YOU, too! :-D