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Your column has inspired me to value organic foods more than ever. On February 13, 2003, a bill was passed that undermines our National Organic Standards. Perhaps some of your other USA readers would like to know we have a brief opportunity -- until February 24 -- to ask our senators and representatives to protect our National Organic Standards. Get the scoop from Whole Foods -- HERE IS THE LINK.
The Whole Foods page even provides links to phone numbers for members of Congress. It took only a few minutes to phone my 2 senators and 1 representative. Sorry this gives such short notice! But I found I could leave my voice messages even during off hours! [ For my senators, this required calling local offices rather than DC. Found local numbers in old-fashioned phone-book--“Government Listings” section-- “United States Government”—“Congress.” Or, of course, can find on internet by clicking around a little ] Good luck everyone who is interested! Last but not least, thank you Heidi! Eva
Hey, thank YOU for the announcement, Eva! I hope many of our U.S. readers will take a few minutes to read the Whole Foods page and express their opinions to their representatives ~ costs nothing, means a lot!! I've emailed my reps, and will follow up with phone calls. This is truly an outrageous back-room move to undermine TRUE organic farmers and ranchers. Everyone ~ please lend a hand to protect them -- our access to clean foods depends on them! we're all in this together!! :-)
Bonne Annee from France! I have been putting off writing this, as it has taken me awhile to get used to my new "status." I had the NAP Secretor test done while I was visiting my Dad back in the USA, and got the results 3 weeks ago.... I'm now officially an O non-secretor, like you. Boy, was I ever bummed out!!! No more wonderful French goat and sheep cheeses, or Italian buffalo mozzerella! No more stevia, soy milk, cinnamon, vanilla, etc. Only good news was that the 1/2 bottle of red wine that I drink each night is beneficial! (Yeah, maybe I should cut that down. but I AM in France!)
Now that I'm used to the idea, I wanted to write to encourage everyone on the diet to check their secretor status. Here I was thinking I was only "cheating" occassionally, when I was doing so daily. I had finally quit coffee (for the 2nd time) Oct. 1st, but drank my green tea with soy milk and stevia. I ate "neutral" cheeses 3 to 5 times a week with a salad for lunch. Since moving to France a little over 2 years ago and enjoying "neutral" cheeses that I never ate in Los Angeles, I had put on 5 pounds (all on my thighs and rear end...) which I had attributed to becoming menopausal. (I'm now 5'6'' at 127 pounds, and thin on the top half...)
So, now that I'm off the cheese, etc., I'm hoping the excess pounds on my hips will eventually melt away. Do you think the cheeses (and very, very seldom a little fabulous French bread) could have caused these pounds? I never had obvious symptoms from eating the foods that I now find out are "avoids," so I was sure that I must be a secretor! I can only imagine that there are others like moi who might be consuming a great number of avoids unintentionally...
Now (enfin) to some questions:
1. Do you know anything about maltitol as a sweetener? I have found it in chocolates in Europe. I did a search on it and it is some sort of a alcohol sugar (like glycerine?). If it is to be considered neutral, I suppose I could eat it now and then - just not often??
2. Any knowledge of "agave syrop" as a sweetener? It comes from a cactus, not unlike prickly pear (which is beneficial), but it is not in the same family. Also a neutral, so not often??
3. Another unknown sweetener in France is chicory extract. It is taken from the root of chicory plants, which are beneficial. Any thoughts?
4. Is chondroitin still an avoid as a non-secretor?? I have 2 large bottles of a very expensive glucosamine/chondroitin supplement. Would it be damaging to take 1 capsule (containing 400mg chondroitin) daily untill I run out of them? I also have a bottle of 1000mg glucosamine only, which I would take as well. I have a rather badly arthritic neck (cervical disc disease from a severe whiplash 22 years ago), and do my best to avoid anti-inflammatory drugs. Have not had luck with quercitin and bromelain... I did manage to find vegetable glycerine, so am using that in my tea, but would like any imput on the other sweeteners mentioned above. Thanks you Heidi, for your wonderful column, and again, HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! Abby in France
And a joyous New Year to you, too, Abby! Speeding by already, ain't it? :-}
Congratulations on plunging into your nonsecretor diet! It does sound like cheese was the key to the extra poundage, since it's the only thing that you didn't eat regularly in LA but had quite a bit of in France. The other part of the equation is exercise, which will speed the fat-off/tone-up process. ;-) and just think: partridge, pheasant, squab, all beneficial for us! And those beautiful little quail eggs are Neutral! :-D
On to your Qs:
1. Have a look at this page on maltitol and see if it's something you'd like to put into yer body. This abstract from the University of Vigo in Ourense, Spain describes maltitol as one of the polyalcohols obtained by catalytic hydrogenation of monosaccharides. Its only warning on the product is that excessive intake may have a laxative effect. We have no ABO rating for it... proceed with caution. :-)
2. Agave syrup ~ I found lots of fascinating reading on the agave plant. It is actually not a cactus, but a succulent, one of the many members of the grand lily (Liliaciae) family. Blue agave (Agave tequilana weber azul) is the species of agave from which the agave syrup for tequila is made. This is the source of the sweeteners I've seen on the market -- the syrup is distributed to tequila manufacturers and for bottling as a sweetener (its sweetness comes from its high concentration of fructose). The only member of the Liliaciae family in the food lists is aloe vera, an avoid for everyone except type As (partly due to the action of anthraquinones on us'ns, namely an extreme laxative effect (when taken internally)). Again, we have no rating for it, but from here it doesn't seem likely that agave syrup will make it to the O-non "neutral" list. :-}
3. Chicory extract should be fine for you, depending on how it is extracted (water or chemicals) and whether it retains any residues if chemical extraction is used. Inulooligosaccharides are the sweety-parts of chicory, and would present no problem to O-nons as far as I can figger it. I believe LeRoux in France is the main producer -- their sales contact number is +33 (0) 3 64 48 00 ~ you might give them a call and ask about the chem residue issue. Might also find out if it's organic/"biologique"... :-)
4. Chondroitin ~ that one's an avoid for Os, since as Peter wrote in his column, chondroitin is made up of long chains of n-acetyl galactosamine (the blood group A antigen). As he so eloquently put it: "Thus by consuming large amounts of chondroitin, type O's are inadvertently provoking their immune system with constant doses of what amounts to an incorrect blood transfusion!" Unsurprisingly, the Encyclopedia lists chondroitin as useful for As and ABs only. Sadly, I think it would certainly be best to chuck the chondroitin rather than use it up -- and stick to the glucosamine-only supp! :-}
thanks for your qs, dear! and enjoy that wine! :-D
I am a type 0 secretor and follow this diet and the living/raw foods diet in the Ann Wigmore tradition, meaning lots of fermented and sprouted raw foods (I eat my meat raw following the primal diet by Aajonus Vonderplanitz). Eating raw made a dramatic change in my health and energy. The BTD had helped with my sinus and allergy problems, but eating raw gives me a turbo charge. One thing I really enjoy is taking young green coconuts, and turning both the meat and the water into kefir. First, does culturing avoids such as coconut make them beneficial or neutral, or do they remain an avoid, and if so, how bad is that for me? Second, many of the raw food recipes contain avocado for its consistency, flavor, and fat content. Can you think of a decent substitute for this mainstay of the raw diet and type 0 avoid? (I read you every day. Thanks!) Hope
Greetings, Hope! It would be best to culture only the foods on the beneficial and neutral list for you. There are hundreds to choose from. Coconut is particularly troublesome for type Os, and I have no information on whether culturing would have any affect on the lectin-enhancing and digestive-system hazards of fresh coconut. If avocado is a mainstay of the raw diet... you might experiment with oyster mushroom blended with a raw, mild nutbutter of some kind (walnut, perhaps) for the consistency and fat content, but I can't think of any single raw food which would exactly replace the consistency, let alone the *flavor* of avocado. :-)
I am looking for a good, up-to-date cookbook on meat. I am an O and have been looking for a good cookbook that will teach me how to cook meat. As a vegetarian or mostly vegetarian for years, I never really learned - and as the organic meat is so expensive - I do not want to waste it! It seems that meat is such a politically incorrect topic these days, no one wants to write about it. Thanks -- melinda
Don't worry, melinda ~ it's getting a little politically correcter every day. ;-) In many parts of the world, and certainly most of the great restaurants, the issue has never arisen, so for most folks it's more business as usual than a switch to vegetarianism and back again. :-) That's true of the best cookbooks as well.
You might look at The New Basics Cookbook by Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins. It's a big one, and deals with cooking game and fish as well as beef and hundreds of other foods. The nice thing about it is the detailed information ~ they assume every reader might be a novice in the kitchen, and give instructions accordingly. Another possibility are the Two Fat Ladies cookbook collection. ;-) Inspect it before purchasing, as this is more of an advanced-cookery book. The main hazards you'll run into are the copious use of pork products and potatoes... but "Beef with Chestnuts, Pears, and Almonds" sounds great, doesn't it? There is always Joy of Cooking, and I'm sure lots of readers have their basic 5-pound cookbook which has instructed and delighted over the years. If they write in with suggestions, I'll pass them on! Good luck, melinda, and don't worry! It's not rocket science, thank Heaven -- learning the whole vegetarian deal is far more complex! -- and you'll soon have the knack of an expert! :-D
I am "O-" and have been using the diet for about three months now, and after getting over the hell of the 1st two weeks of it and doing fine on it, have twice as much stamina as before, losing excess fat, etc.. I'm searching diligently for replacements for foods that I can no longer eat, and have a question about SOY BASED CHEESE. Most of them seem to contain MILK PROTEIN (casein in one form or another). My vegetarian freinds (who know about these things) tell me that there are such "non-dairy" cheese substitutes out there that do NOT contain this milk protein, but they're low-quality products. While milk products are OUT, is this "milk protein" OK or not? I really like cheese sometimes but don't want to "cheat". Duncan
Hey there, Duncan! You have a number of choices on the "neutral" cheese list, so there's no need to seek out the soy stuff. Soy "replacement food products" are highly processed, and as long as you stick with the allowed cheeses within the portion/frequency guidelines in Live Right, I think you'll be better off. (Casein additives are not recommended for Os, last I checked.) Farmer cheese, feta cheese, goat cheese and mozzarella are all OK. The first and last refer to cows'-milk products, although the traditional mozzarella di bufala is fine as well. There you are! :-D
Please, please can you help me with problems I've been having over the last few months. I'm an 'O' secretor, female aged 57 and the problems are: overweight (by 28 lbs), osteoporosis, lichen planus and alopecia ariata. There is also an upset in gallbladder and pancreas which is being medically investigated at the moment. After being on the BTD for 6 weeks, I felt much better and more stable but over Christmas I went a bit astray...so back to square one. Any suggestions would be really appreciated. Best wishes for 2003 Margo
Hi, Margo ~ hey, I'm sorry you slipped off the BTDwagon over the holidays! That's OK, the best thing is to hop right back on. You already know it does you so much good! and it did it in only 6 weeks!! Three sources to boost your healing powers right now: there are protocols in the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia for osteoporosis, pancreas disorders and general immune system health. Second, the Lichen Planus Treatment Site offers homeopathic treatment specific to this condition. Their site is worth a good read, and they do have a U.S. contact for further information. Third, Julia Chang's marvelous health site has saved thousands of people from gallbladder surgery. I'm quite familiar with her techniques, and they have worked for me and many others I know. She lists her own email address and telephone number for personalized counseling.
I hope these suggestions are of help in getting you back on track toward vibrant health, Margo ~ keep in touch and let me know how it goes! :-)
I will begin my Type O diet now but would like to order proper supplements from your store. Problem is, I have had numerous problems with most drugs and vitamins - obviously I appear to have a chemical sensitivity. Anything you can recommend? bobbi
Hello, bobbi! Look at the info page for each supp you're interested in. They all list the ingredients, so you can check them against any of the components in other vitamins you've found you're sensitive to. And of course, there are no drugs in these supps. :-) thanks for writing, dear! :-D<
Heidi, I love your column and read it daily. I asked a question some months ago that perhaps got lost in the shuffle. I am an O non secretor. You know that territory! My question is on what grains, vegies and so on are "made ok" for us by sprouting, and which are not. I know that wheatgrass juice is ok, and I see barley grass in the NAP green drink, so that seems to be made friendly by sprouting as well. But, as far as I know, sunflower sprouts still remain an avoid. Soy also? Is there a rule, or is it individual, case by case? I suppose it depends on why the item is an avoid, and whether sprouting takes care of that. Alfalfa sprouts don't work for us, and who ever eats alfalfa in any other form? Can you clarify this? I also want to give a resource to everyone: the Grain and Salt Society (www.celticseasalt.com) has lots of the unusual grains, like amaranth and kamut and, well, you name it! They also have unsweetened organic cocoa powder, so we who can't use most sweeteners can use our own glycerine or molasses and still have chocolate! Each type can use its ideal sweetener. They offer stevia and quite a few other sweeteners, plus lots of other stuff. Their salt is the best kind, the French high end stuff. Thanks again for your wonderful spirit. Cyndi
Hi, Cyndi! thanks for you kindness!! I've talked a bit about the foods made OK by sprouting, and as far as I know they are few. Wheat... barley... perhaps some legumes and not others, but we have nothing definite on those quite yet. Wish I could offer more! :-} I love the Grain and Salt society, and I'm happy you are, too! thanks for mentioning them, and for your lovely note!! :-D
Hi Heidi, Greetings from Dublin Ireland. Thanks for all the great information you and your fellow columnists give us. The best of luck and health to you all in the New Year and future. I'm an O neg secretor male 34 yrs, on the diet for the past 15 months and have found it great. I have all the books Eat, Live, Cook and the Encyclopaedia. As a hobby I run competitively and try to train from 50 to 70+ miles a week. A brief history of my health problems. About 5 to 6 years ago I started to feel very fatigued, bloated and easily breaking down in training with colds/flu's and viruses. At different times and seeing different doctors, I was put on antibiotics, steroids, had blood tests and chest x-rays but all to no avail really. Then about 3.5 yrs ago I went for an allergy test, which showed that my body was full of toxins and a virus that was not letting go due to the weakness of my immune system and I had candida. From this allergy test I was to stay off dairy and yeast. I also got herbal drops for the candida and I started to feel a good bit better. Then with a bit of luck (or faith) I was introduced to the eat right for your type book at a Bed and Breakfast my wife and I stayed in one night. I found it so interesting I went ahead the next day and bought our own copy.
Having been off dairy (taking calcium enriched soy milk instead) and yeast as it was I started following the blood type diet and was amazed how much better I felt leaving out the wheat, corn and then the 'spuds'. The diet I feel has helped me to train harder, recover quicker and in 2002 just gone I got personal bests over 4 miles (19min 52sec) and 10k (31min 48sec). This is the first time in about nearly 10 yrs I got pb's and it wasn't for the want of trying!! I stick rigidly to the diet but with all the training I must admit I don't watch the portions of beneficials or neutrals I eat. I also feel that my candida has reduced, as I seem to be able to eat more dried fruit now even though I still try to avoid most yeasts. I have a couple of questions that you may be able to help me out on if you get the time please.
1. I feel I need to take an iron supplement (Quest chelated iron) to keep my blood count up with all the running I do. Is this a good thing or would you suggest any other iron supplement? Note: I have tried to take the POLYVITE 'O' PROFESSIONAL MULTIVITAMIN but found that after a week or so on them I started to feel tired. Instead I reverted back to taking the Quest multivitamin or Solgar multivitamin tablets. I also tried taking the POLYFLORA 'O' PROFESSIONAL PROBIOTIC but found that I was waking up every morning very tired. I don’t take any probiotic at present.
2. What supplements would you suggest with the activity I do? 3. Over Nov and early Dec just gone I noticed that some of the joints on my fingers swelled up a little and were sore to touch. Could this be a sign of something lacking or too much of in my diet? Since then they have returned back to normal. Thanks again for all the great information, Kind Regards, James.
Hi, James ~ lovely to hear from Ireland!! Well, you're doing a great job just as you are. If you're using the full spectrum of protein foods in Live Right 4 Your Type, including meats, dark leafy greens and nuts & seeds, blackstrap molasses if you can get it, you may find your need for an iron supp will fall by the wayside. The swelling and disappearance of same -- did they occur within a month or two after you began the diet? or during a period of eating a bit of certain avoids? It sounds like a common detox reaction in the joints, as the tatie lectins rose up and cleared away. I had a similar reaction, but in my toes ~ and it never came back.
Nutritional yeast is a food that no athlete should be without. It actively supports intestinal balance, and will not aggravate any candidiasis you may have experienced in the past. The ingredients are important, so I encourage you to find an outlet for the KAL brand, which is grown on beets. It's a potent source of protein, B vitamins, selenium, zinc, and a nice 4% of daily iron needs per scoop. That's the only thing I'd hope you'll add. The food will do the rest!! That's how these diet plans were designed. ;-)
I congratulate you most heartily on your personal best! and look forward to hearing more in future! thanks so much for writing, James!! :-D
Hi, there! With reference to your column of January 3, can you tell me (all of us!): * One or more brand names for rice and egg protein powder * A basic smoothie recipe (for Os) that uses walnut, almond, or pecan butter and nutritional yeast * Is nutritional yeast okay for Os? (I guess, because of recurring candida, I have a fear of yeast.) What is its value? Thanks for all your effort! (Do you get to have a life beyond your column???) Shay
Hi, Shay! ;-) OK: here is one organic rice protein powder; lots of them on the market. I personally would use two or three organic hard-boiled eggs in a smoothie instead of the powders. There are plenty of egg protein powders around, but most contain a slew of chemical "vitamins," additives, bee pollen and the lot, and none are organic that I've found.
A simple smoothie recipe is five ounces of blueberries or black cherries, (fresh or frozen) or a combination; two tablespoons of nutbutter; two tablespoons of nutritional yeast (I use 4); a couple of handfuls of ice, and fill up with five to eight ounces of mineral water (or plain water, or juice). Whiz it up. (That's pretty much what I do, and you'll notice I don't use the powders.) My old blender requires this be done in 1/4 batches, but it eventually gets the job done. :-D Add and adjust ingredients to your liking! It's a great hiding-place for supps. ;->
Ah ~ Nutritional yeast is MARVELOUS for Os! Technically, it is neutral for all secretors and beneficial for all nonsecretors (of which your humble correspondent is one). It's in TYPEbase 3 just that way. And it will not feed candida at all... it's actually great for re-establishing a healthy intestinal balance. As to my life balance, well... yes, I do have one aside from the fun work here but it's more online than off these days! WHOO, am I looking forward to SPRING! ~:-D take care, my dear! :-D
Hello Heidi! I've been enjoying your column very much. Can you tell me whether vegetable glycerine needs to be refrigerated? Thanks, and take care! jane
Hi, Jane! Nope ~ it does fine in a room-temperature cupboard in my house. I'd keep it out of direct light, but that's just me. Glad you like your new sweetener! :-D
I just recently started on the blood type program. I am type O and an avid exerciser and weightlifter. Whey protein has been a staple of my diet for years now and I am struggling to find a replacement. As you well know, high protein intake is very important in building muscle and sometimes it's not that easy to get a hold of animal protien. Almost all of the products on the market now contain whey, or milk protein. I would like to supplement my diet with some type of protein in order to take in the proper daily amount. However, it must be something other than the whey which I just learned to avoid. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you. Kenneth
Sure! I talked a little on this issue in the Type O Roundup #9 ~ "For all you folks, the best supplement to lose weight and gain muscle mass is the Type O Diet/Exercise Guidelines. Requires no drugs, no surgery ~ in fact, can be accomplished with one book, a pair of sneakers and a plan. :-) The full story can be found in Live Right 4 Your Type, and if you'd like to fix a protein shake, here are some suggestions for the protein part of it: a hard-boiled egg or two, a scoop of nutritional yeast, rice protein, egg protein, soy protein (for secretors), walnut or almond butter, or some combination of the above -- some of our intrepid hunter-gatherers find that a few chunks of meat whiz up well in the blender, too!
So ... WHEY is the Only No-No ~ there are so many other choices!
First rule of protein powders: read the label and check for avoids. Second rule of protein powders: see first rule.
Live strong, last long! ~~:-D "
thanks for writing, Kenneth, and all the best to your weightlifting goals!!