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Thanks, and more questions: lymph edema, weight loss,incontinence. Dear Heidi, thank you very much for answering my questions ("for Eva") so quickly and so thoroughly. I really like the Pesto recipe. Relating to the suggestions of products you are giving against my couperosa etc.: Do you suggest all products or only one or the other? I have the same problem with Dr. D'A.'s encyclopedia (great book!)and the health protocols: Is it advised to take all the products given under a specific protocol and a specific blood group?
This is all that I like to ask today, but I like to enclose the following from my mother, Helene Lore:
Dear Heidi, My daughter told me not only about the blood group diet, but also about this wonderful opportunity to ask you if there are further problems and questions. We both appreciate this very much, since it seems extremely difficult to get educated advice in this regard here in Germany. My physicians are not too enthusiastic. I have been on the diet since about 6 weeks, and I feel some very positive results already. However, I would like to ask you whether there are further possibilities to enhance the success, and to limit some problems.
In a about a month I will turn 79 years old. My blood group is 0 +, I do not know the secretor status. About 20 years ago I lost one kidney due to kidney stones and a very bad inflammation. My other kidney seems ok though. With a height of 1,68 m my weight is about 90 kg. I used to have a bad problem with lymph edema (I hope this is the right translation)in both legs, which turned better since 6 months through continuous treatment (massage etc.). Since I am on the diet, I lost about 1 pound a week (!), and my lymph edema improved even more (!), and even my incontinence got better (!!), and my blood pressure is very stable now. With a minimal dose of medication I can keep it around 123/70. I have the feeling this has to do with the diet. What do you think?
I believe I stick pretty close to it. I used to eat a lot of carbohydrates and milk products. I don't eat any milk products anymore (except for ice cream once a week), and I limited my coffee intake to one cup a day. I have to admit that I still smoke 6 - 10 cigarettes a day. On the other hand I now eat meat (beef) about 2 - 3 times a week (100 to 150 g each time), and 3-4 times fish. Now, my question is: Do you think I can improve my health challenges even more? Also, I very much like to loose more weight. So far, I changed so much in my eating habits, and I would have a hard time to let go also from all my "sins". Would you think that this is absolutely necessary?
I have to admit that often I really get this hunger for sweets. In LR4YT I read the advices for elder people. It says to enhance Ca intake. I did that with a product from the pharmacia which gives me 1 g of Calcium Ions (from partly Ca-lactogluconat and from Ca-carbonate). Immediately, I "lost" my fatigue, which had been a great problem. But I am worried that these high doses might be bad for my one kidney. Furthermore, I got some pains in my intestines, and my pharmacologist said, this would be due to the Ca, which could give a problem to elder people. Did you hear about that before?
So far I use a low dose multi-vitamin product, and add Vitamin C. A high dose multi-vitamin product, which my doctor gave me, caused a too high level of B12. I consider to avoid all products with isolated vitamins and/or minerals. What do you think? And would you advice me to complete my diet with any of your products?
Last point: I realize that type 0 should do a lot of exercises. However, I am limited in this regard by my knees which - if I try to bike - give me a lot of problems. But I try to walk daily by doing my shopping myself and by foot as far as possible . (Three hours downtown, however, exhaust me). There is no diagnosis of arthritis or of osteoporeosis. I realize that these are a lot of questions. I am just so excited that I got already so many improvements which I thought I wouldn't get anymore in my age. Now, I am curious how far this can go - and maybe this is an encouragement for other people my age, too. Thank you very much in advance, Helene (and Eva!) :-)
Hello, ladies! First, for Eva ~ for the couperose, you can pick and choose among the list I offered, or use all of them. They will not conflict with one another. With time, you may find some are more effective than others for your situation. For the protocols: one or two followed at one time is fine, but any more than two would not be recommended. I'm so pleased you like the pesto ~ tasty, isn't it? :->
Helene, how nice to hear from you! :-) The diet is working its magic for you ~ or should I say, you are working its magic upon yourself! You should continue to see improvements, and as you feel better you will naturally gain strength for a bit more exercise ~ which in turn will spur more weight loss and other improvements. In the meanwhile, consider the exercises on the 5BX Site. Check the Age Chart, start at the lowest level (D-) and do what you can, every day. The practices are gentle and safe to do, and remarkably effective in increasing one's fitness gradually and steadily. Do review them with your doctor if you have any doubts at all once you see the descriptions, but I think you will enjoy them. There is a "running in place" option for the fifth exercise, and this you might do on a padded surface, without raising your feet much in the beginning ~ in other words, just start by making a gesture toward the form of any of the exercises you cannot perform completely at first. Don't worry, you'll be amazed at the progress you make in a few weeks ~ and no self-respecting type O should be without her individualized exercise program! :-D p.s.: I have to tell you that three hours downtown exhaust me, too ~ but maybe it's because crowds are a bit tiring for introverts! ;-)
For calcium, I suggest using natural sources such as high-solids mineral water. I always mention Gerolsteiner in this connection, as it's my personal favorite, but have your own fun analyzing and choosing one at www.mineralwaters.org. Calcium carbonate (chalk) is most likely what caused your intestinal trouble ~ it is highly indigestible and has a very low assimilation rate. I also use broth made from the bones & left-on flesh of roasted meat or fowl or fish ~ and the foods suggested in Peter's Calcium from Almonds page that are OK for my type and secretor status. If you find this is not enough to suit your needs, then I'd suggest the Phytocal-O formula, available on this site. Check the links at www.stacktheme.com to see if it can be obtained through a local distributor in Germany. And I think your multivitamin is perfectly adequate if your doctor's tests show it is doing its job. Simpler is better, to my way of thinking. :-)
Do I think you can improve your health challenges even more? ;-) Your experience of improved health and stamina will continue as far as you'd like to take it! Don't worry about those "sins." Their effects can be clearly felt, now that they are surrounded by "virtues" ~ you will find yourself naturally motivated to change them if they get in your way, so don't proceed to root them all out unless it pleases you to do so. :-D
thanks so much for writing, and please keep me posted with your updates! :-)
Dear Heidi, today I have the following question: the encyclopedia and the LR4YT recommend "venison" for the O type. Does that include wild boar - which for all I know is zoologically different from all kinds of domestic pigs? Also, the following might be of interest for others trying to adhere to the BTD. I had asked a while ago whether sausages of organic meat are ok for type 0. You recommended to check the label. That was a very appropriate advice. I checked with my butcher, and I found out that at least in Germany what is sold as "Calf liver sausage" always contains pork as well AND does not need to contain any liver of the calf. In other words: One does not get a calf liver sausage which is made ONLY of calf. This is certainly confusing for consumers, and I hope this labeling will be changed soon. For you the best wishes, Eva
Eva! Hello again! Wild boar is an "unknown" that I would steer clear of for now, as it is an ancestor of our domesticated pig. Without specific ABO-reactivity testing, I don't feel comfortable recommending that particular item as OK for anyone at this time, as pig seems to have "something against everyone." If it is tested in the future, we will be sure to add it to the Updates Page. I do wish we could say more about it, as it is a legendary beast of the hunt and appears on a great many fancy menus these days ~ so you are certainly not alone in hoping for its approval! ;-)
Thank you so much for that note on German labelling conventions! Wow! "Calf liver sausage" means pork, eh? A little scary! I am surprised, as I always think of the Reinheitsgebot (purity laws) for beer when I think of Germany, and sort of assumed that there were similar ordinances in effect for food in general. With such stringencies upon beer manufacture, I expected similar, if not stricter, laws governing the content of meat products.
Warmest wishes to you and your family, Eva, and thanks again for your report!
Hi Heidi Thanks for responding to my message the other day. Today I have a question regarding my father. He is O+ (do not know secretor status) and has Hodgkins disease which is under control at the moment. He suffers a lot from stomach problems and recently had a badly infected colon which caused him to lose 7 kg in one week. He is already a thin man and this is bad. I am convinced that he will improve his stomach problems by following the blood group diet. He is 66 years old and feels that he is too old to start this now. He always tried to eat healthy, but is not a great red meat lover. He dos however eat a lot of cabbage which I am convinced is a big no - no for his group. Please could you let me know what you think. I will show him your response in a further effort to convince him. Maybe you can suggest other reading that he can do on the blood type diet subject. Eurika
:-) Hi, Eurika ~ Well, as far as your dad being too old to start now, take a look at what Helene (79 years young) has to say, above. :-) Hard to add anything to that! :-D Anyone with digestive tract difficulties will certainly benefit from using the diet for their type. This is really your father's choice to make, as to whether he is "too old" to want to start feeling good. If I were he, I'd figure I'd suffered enough! Besides, in a few weeks, he can become just as attached to this new diet as he was to the old foods that hurt him ~ and who can argue with delicious food and lessening pain?
However, you must be the judge as to what is best for *you* to do... If you do some or all of the cooking, you might gradually introduce better foods to your father. If he responds well to nattering, then peck away at him till he relents. LOL! But if you sense that the more you bring up the subject, the more he resists, just give him the book and point out that people heal themselves this way without the cost (and imperfect results) of doctors, drugs and surgery. And see what happens. It is always up to the individual as to how they wish to live and die, so even (maybe especially) with family members it's important to give the helpful information clearly and then respect whatever decisions that person wants to make. You're a sweet daughter, Eurika, and I do hope things work out to everyone's satisfaction! and don't forget to take care of you, dear! :-)
RE: Type O with Chilly Feet Hi there, I'm an avid reader of your column. And although it has been said before...thanks! I've been on the diet now for a year and a half and it's brought about many good things for me - namely weight loss. However, one thing that continues to plague me is frigid feet during the winter months. I know that cold feet is a common occurrence among females, but what I experience is seems to take it to an all new level. I am unable to sleep and walking can sometimes be painful. When I run them under warm water, they burn and tingle as if they're defrosting. I'm in my twenties...and it seems to only get worse each passing year. (Oddly enough, my feet often swell and burn in the summertime). Any insights would be appreciated, Tina
Hi, Tina! We want to increase circulation to your extremities, as things seem a bit sluggish in that area. The primary cause of poor circulation in a young'un like you is insufficient physical activity. ;-) so you know what the next words off my keyboard will be, right? :-D Hey -- Ho -- Let's GO! ~;-D
Rather than offer supplement advice at this juncture, I'm going to try to scare you into gettin' yer dancin' shoes on. Circulatory problems can turn into varicose veins and worse if you let them slide. So start steppin' off the ground & movin' it all around, OK? and write back to let me know how you're doing. If things don't show marked improvement within one month, I want to hear from you! and I'm really pleased about your good results with weight loss & other happy developments, dear!! :-D
I have gained 15 lbs in the last year, previous to the weight gain I was very active & even worked out several times a week. I have tried several different types of "weight loss" products (even while going to they gym) & many type of diets, all they did was add to my weight. I am now the heaviest I have ever been with the exception of when I was pregnant. When I explained my problem to the lady at the health food store, she put me onto Eat Right 4 your type, which is O. I have been on it for over 2 months now, with very little change. I loose a couple of pounds then put it back on, I feel bloated, very uncomfortable, & really do not want to do anything that I don't have to do. I went back to the health store & the woman there suggested that I try Omega-3, fish body oils (1000mg) 2x a day along with Tonalin xs-CLA, 3x a day. Do you think this combination will help or hinder the type O diet? Betty
Hi, Betty! Pretty annoying when you try so hard and yet that weight won't budge, and your energy plops to a low point and stays there, eh? I hear ya, dear! Never mind, we'll get you fixed up in record time!! The supps recommended by your HFS will do you no harm, but they can really beat up on your pocketbook. Those oils can be obtained far more cheaply and "assimilably" through using beneficial fish (for the fish oils) and *grass-fed* meats and poultry (for the CLA (conjugated linoleic acid)). See www.eatwild.com, a great resource for meat eaters and spectacular producers alike! Since your only complaint is the weight, I suggest you use the nonsecretor-O diet in Live Right 4 Your Type, and follow it to a "T" for one full month. Some of us O nonnies did fine on the "BTD Classic" diet, but many really needed the tweaking for secretor status in order to cease the bloating and the bouncing scales. I wouldn't be surprised if the bean, grain and dairy allowances in Eat Right are the culprits in your case. Focus on your basis of beneficial vegetables and fruits, get your liberal portions of fish and meats, keep drinking plenty of pure water, and try some ground flaxseed in the morning (2 T soaked in some warm water for a few minutes). If you notice any skin itchiness, discontinue the flax and use a tablespoon of the oil each day instead.
This should put you on track pretty quickly ~ if you are perimenopausal, I also suggest two tablespoons of maca root powder each day ~ great for resolving hormonal balance issues which sometimes lead to sticky-weight. Best wishes, and please write again with your progress report! :-)