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on page 332 of the ERFYT Encyclopedia Peter recommends 200 mg of melatonin per day for B's insomnia. Most tablets are 3mg. Is this a typo? Rachel
Hi, Rachel! Here's what I wrote in a July 2002 column in response to a similar question:
Hi Heidi, Quick B question: What (if any) are the dietary/exercise implications for those of us who are B(o), as opposed to B(b)? Many thanks for your time! I very much enjoy your column each day, always learn a great deal. (Although I still hope that when I pop in the great and wonderful old BB will magically be restored! Dear Santa...) Cheers! Kathleen
Hey there, Kathleen! The recessive O gene carried by some type B (and A) individuals does not have any significant impact upon diet or exercise, as far as we know. That's why Live Right made no distinction between heterozygous (Bo or Ao) and homozygous (BB or AA) As & Bs for purposes of the diet/exercise plans. However, if any researchers out there are interested in the topic, their findings would be welcome! :-) and I'm happy you enjoyed the boards while they lasted ~ so did I! :-D
Hi Heidi. I am Type B with a long history of digestive candida problems. I have kept it under control with a strict yeast free diet. I have been on the "B" diet for a month now and feel 75% better than I've felt in years! Last week I started the protocols for Fungal Disease, Candidiasis (Digestive). I was not sure which protocol to do first or how many to do at a time. I an doing the 6 week Yeast/Fungus Resistance Protocol and was thinking of starting the 4 week Immune-Enhancing Protocol in four weeks and the 4 week Intestinal Health Protocol in 6 weeks. Does this sound good or do you have any suggestions?
I also had a very hard time choosing the herb tinctures. Most of them were not 1:1 so I wasn't sure how many drops to use. For example, the oregano I bought says 4 drops, 2-3x/day and the Thyme (1:5) says 30-40 drops 2-4x/day. BTD says 4-7 and 5-10 drops, respectively. If I follow ER4YT will I get the proper doses? Will you suggest 1 or 2 internet companies I can order from next time? I also have not found Jobs Tears or Codonopsis anywhere.
I have not yet have the secretor test, but lean towards believing I am non-secretor because I have a tendency to get more non-secretor illnesses. My dentist told me I have the kind of saliva that fosters bacteria and a tendency to more cavities. He also said that about my 10 year old daughter who has no cavities. Is he somehow able to see that we are non-secretors??
Also FYI, I have only been eating Beneficial and Neutral "B" foods for both secretors and non-secretors until I know my secretor type. Are there certain foods in those catagories I need to eat less of (ie grains)?
One last question. I have recently turned my friend onto reading BTD. She once had a test for being a bone marrow donor and only knows her HLA Phenotype is A2, A23, B44. Can you tell me her blood type from this? Thanks for your help! Laura
Greetings, Laura! If you'd like to do more than one protocol concurrently, that's fine ~ but I would do no more than two at one time, and if you wish to repeat a protocol, leave two weeks between ending it and re-starting it. About the tincture dosages: the ratio you're seeing (1:1, 1:5) means "Quantity of HERB-to-Quantity of SOLVENT" (alcohol, water, whatever is used). Use the dosage recommended in the Encyclopedia ~ thyme is an efficacious herb, even taken as a weak tea.
To find herbs (to find just about anything, actually!), go to the 'www.alltheweb.com/advanced' search page. For job's tears, specify "exact phrase." And you might want to use the filters to remove the term "bible" or something like that, so you don't bring up all the religious sites while seeking the herb. I often choose "must include" and put the Latin name of the herb in that field, so that I don't pick up a slew of unrelated sites. I saw many online sellers of both job's tears and codonopsis, so I'm sure you'll find a few to research!
Your dentist seems very observant, but as to the basis of the observations, I'll pass. Why not ask him exactly what qualities of your & your daughter's saliva he has established as evidence of being cavity-prone? ;-) Fascinating! :-)
Your strategy of eating no secretor OR nonsecretor avoids is a good and safe one, for now. To get all the details on portions and frequencies for the various food groups re secretors vs. nonsecretors, use Live Right 4 Your Type ~ it has a wealth of information on these and many other matters close to our polymorphic hearts!
Sorry to say that knowing your friend's HLA phenotype doesn't give us a way to determine her ABO type. ABO and HLS tissue type are coded on entirely different genes, so one can't tell us about the other. However, an ABO test via the blood type kit sold in our Store is cheap, quick, and highly accurate. Don't delay! :-D thanks so much for writing, Laura!!
In your book "cook right for your type" on page 330 you list gado-gado
as beneficial for type B but peanuts are strong avoid for type B. I
love gado-gado but fear this is an error/ contradictions.
also since i love tomatoes, and tomato sauce, chutney etc i am very
interested in finding out if I am a non-secretor. How I do I find this
out. I am B+ thank you for your help Jorie
Hi, Jorie ~ Yes, that's a typo in the ratings box. As the text says, it's great for people who "can eat peanuts." :-) Try making it with almond or walnut butter instead! There are two ways of ascertaining your secretor status: by getting your Lewis (blood) type through your local doctor/laboratory, or by using the Saliva Secretor Test available from our Store here. Hey! I hope your results turn out to be what you hope for! take care, dear, and thanks for your note! :-D
I'm a B+, and I was wondering what the difference between string chesse (Avoid), and mozerella cheese (Beneficial) was? Also, in the paragraph before the listing of Oils in the Live Right book, it mentions that Black currant oil and walnut oil are beneficial, but in the list they are neutral. I was wondering if I misunderstood something there?! Thank you, Wendy
Hello, Wendy! Here is a column I wrote about mozz vs. string cheese in July of last year. I found it by going to the bottom of this page, typing in "string" and hitting the search button. It's called, predictably enough, "Mozzarella vs. "String" Cheese ~ Type B." For your question about the text in Live Right, just go straight to the Updates Page linked on the main page of this site at the bottom of the "Library" section. Once there, just do a simple "control-f" search for, let's say, walnut. You'll find the answers your're seeking! :-)
I have some moose meat in the freezer and am wondering if it is OK to eat -- I am a Type B and my husband is a Type O. Moose isn't mentioned anywhere on this site or in the books! Julie
Wow! Lucky you, Julie! No, moose isn't listed, but beef is neutral for you and venison is beneficial, so I'm sure moose is at least neutral for Bs. Technically, of course, it is an "unknown" ~ so for those people who are happy with their health and weight, it may be considered ... yep, "Neutral!"
The moose is a member of the same subfamily as deer, or venison (Odocoileinae). A magnificent and ancient-looking fellow, he is our largest North American land mammal, sometimes reaching seven feet in height and a weight of over 1500 pounds. I guess most of you know all that, but I'm babbling from a very soft spot in my heart for the moose ~ childhood memories! :-) Anyway, I'm quite confident that it is good for you, and I'm nearly certain it's beneficial for your husband! Enjoy!
Hi, My wife and I have purchased a number of Dr D'adamo's books (Eat Right 4 Your Type, Cook right... , The complete encyclopedia... etc)and have been doing our best to follow the diets and remedies, to hopefully live a healthier life. I have two questions. The first thing I have found confusing is the Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail suggested for Type B's on page 167 of the Eat Right 4 your type book. I am type B and I have been drinking this cocktail for many months now. I purchase Lecithin granules from our local health food store and have realised that the lecithin is a 100% soya product. I have noticed that in Dr D'adamo's Eat Right 4 Your Type Complete blood type encyclopedia (on page 518) it states that type B's should avoid Soy granules (Lecithin). I am a little confused about what is correct as it seems a little contradictory, any explaination would be greatly appreciated.
The Second confusing issue for me is wheat products, as a type B I have changed my grain/flour preferences to a more rice and oat base. However, I have found that Dr D'Adamao suggests that Wheat Flour should be avoided, however Plain and Self-raising Flour are seen as neutral. When I look at the ingredients of Plain flour I have purchased it states Wheat Flour as the main ingredient. Is there something in the process which makes these flours ok for Type B's? Thankyou for allowing me to summit these questions and all thankyou for researching this way of life as I feel it is helping me enjoy a healthier life. Regards, Paul
Hello, Paul ~ Lecithin is still neutral for all types, sorry for the confusion! Its status has been clarified in TYPEbase 3 and in the Updates Page (linked at the bottom of the "Library" section on the home page).
About those flours, it is "whole wheat" and "gluten" or "high-gluten" flour and breads that are to be avoided. The plain and self-rising flours (the latter has leavening mixed in) are neutral because they contain no wheat germ or wheat bran. I do hope this makes the dark light, and I'm very pleased you're happy with the B diet!! :-D
hello Heidi! I am a type B+ and on the diet for quite some time now...I feel great and have lots of energy. Actually I haven't really had to change my eating habits too much because on the diet, I'm allowed to have most of the foods I love. However, one of my favorite foods, olives!!!--is not allowed. (I like the Greek variety, not canned). What is it about olives that makes them undesirable for type B even though the oil is fine? (I cheat about once a week and eat them.) Thank you so much for your great column! Thanks again, Jennifer
Hey there, Jennifer! The effect of olives upon your digestion is quite different from the effect of olive oil. I suggest going to TYPEbase 3 and entering the search term "olive." You'll come up with a number of links for further information, on lectins, allergenic potential, etc. Olives do contain olive oil, but there is lectin activity, as well as other active compounds, in the flesh of the olive, hence its varying status for the ABO types vs. that of olive oil.
So just promise me you won't overdo 'em, ok? and thanks for your kind compliment, dear! :-)
I have secondary breast cancer being controlled by drugs. I am blood type B and have been living on the type B diet for two years. As a type B I'm allowed beef and lamb and some dairy products as I'm sure you know. The trouble is all the established anti cancer diets insist on no red meat and no cows milk. If i cut out these from my B type diet I am not eating all the foods neccessary to be healthy according to Dr D'adamos advice.What should I be doing? Please can you help me? I'm very confused?! Gillian
Hello, Gillian! The established anti-cancer diets of which you speak are one-type-fits all, but do the most good for types A and AB. For your type, meat and dairy are indeed good for you ~ but in your position, make especially sure they come from organically fed, free-ranged, medicine-free animals.
To speed your healing and build protection against recurrence, please get hold of Live Right 4 Your Type and the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia. LR4YT contains expanded guidelines and food lists, for which you need your secretor status in order to fully benefit. The Encyclopedia has anti-cancer protocols designed for each type. Please dive right into all this, and I want to hear how you're doing, OK? Drop me a note now and again, if only for a progress report. Take care and my best wishes follow you!! :-D
Hi- I'm a 44 yr. old ,blood type B ,I.D.D. ,overweight . Could you tell me what I can eat when using the food combining methods of not eating concentrated proteins with carbohydrates. Also for excercize where would Pilates fit in - physical or relaxation ? Ingrid
Hey there, Ingrid! I can give you a simple guideline: Grains should be eaten only with vegetables -- no beans, eggs, fish, fowl or meats. Those high-protein foods may be eaten with vegetables. Vegetables, in fact, may be eaten with anything except fruit. Fruit should be eaten alone, whether singly or in combination with other fruits. Oils, butter and ghee may be added to any of the non-fruit meals.
And do include a handful of dried seaweed (dulse, or kelp, is commonly available and quite tasty) in your diet every day. Seaweeds count as a vegetable if you are using food combining.
Pilates is a stretching/balancing routine which would fall somewhere along the lines of light exercise for you. For stress-relief, choose tai chi, meditation, or a visualization practice. Good luck, dear, and write again!