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I enjoy Bushes Baked Beans, are they on my 'avoid' list? I usually follow the 'glycemic index' for weight managemnet which means I can consume pasta but no rice, which is the opposite of BTD - what to do? How come I can consume oatmeal but not oat flour? Thanks for your assistance - I LOVE your column! Rachael
Hey there, Rachael ~ About the beans: check the ingredients list against your food list. If the product is organic and the label lists no avoids, then it's OK for you. Listen, could you write back with your blood type? then I'll have the basic info to go on. I'm also a little confused about the oatmeal issue ~ there is no blood type for whom oatmeal is OK but oat flour is an avoid... Drop me another note, OK? thanks, dear! :-D
Hi Heidi, Never felt better since I adopted the correct foods for my A blood type. I would like to know, please, if bee pollen and apricot kernels are suitable for A types? I have relied on bee pollen for a good source of raw protein in the past but do not wish to reintroduce it into my new diet until I'm sure about its compatability with A blood types. Thanks for your time and trouble, Glenn
Hi, Glenn! Neither bee pollen nor apricot kernels have been tested for ABO reactivity. I can tell you that it's generally inadvisable to consume large quantities of bee pollen, and I'd rather you obtained your protein from the wide range of traditional plant foods, fish and fowl available to type As. Apricot kernels were, of course, made famous by "laetrile." It's unlikely they will do you any harm, but there again, I hope your intake is somewhat proportional to the other foods in the diet which are cancer-preventive. Here's some interesting reading on the subject ~ enjoy it! and thanks for your note, Glenn! :-)
Dear heidi.I am an bloodtype A rh negative.Does rh positive stands for secretor and rh negative for a non-secretor? And also , can I eat tuna fish.I couldn't find it in the book.Thanks for responding Carla
Hello, Carla ~ You can read all about secretors and nonsecretors here in an article in the Knowledge Base (linked to the left of this page).
Rhesus type is unrelated to secretor type -- so either positive or negative could be a secretor, or a nonsecretor. I believe you're looking at Eat Right 4 Your Type -- to find "tuna," look for "albacore" - that's the name used for tuna in that book. :-D
Aloha Heidi, I love your column. It's so wonderful too read every day. I have two questions for you. I've been on the diet for 2 years and I feel better than I have ever felt. I have tinnitus and I am hoping that this diet will help, so for the last two months I have been doing 90 to 100 percent beneficials to try to get rid of my tinnitus. Is their anything else I can do? And since I've been doing only bene- ficials I have had dry skin on my hands. I am An A+ secretor. Thank You so much for all that you do, Carl.
Carl, thanks for your kind compliments! Take a look at one of the Ask Dr. D'Adamo columns, in which Peter mentions a German study on black cohosh. Depending on the cause of your tinnitus, perhaps this herb may help. For that dry skin, add a little more oil in your diet, and increase your water intake in ounces to half your bodyweight in pounds. For instance, I weight 130, so I make sure I get at least 65 ounces per day. Add a tiny pinch of sea salt (just a few large grains) to each 20 ounces of water. Do this for two weeks, I think your skin will improve! Take good care, Carl, and thank you for writing! :-D
Hi, Heidi! Sarah again (Type A). I thought of a few more questions, if you have the time. First of all, thanks for your recommendations about stress management. I am implementing them with caution, because... The first day I tried the nutritional yeast, nothing happened, but the second day (today) I had a reaction about half an hour later that included itchy palms, a flushed and burning face, and a rash on my chest. It felt like all my superficial blood vessels were dilating simultaneously. Is this an allergic reaction? I'm currently watching my nursling closely to see if he has a similar reaction in the next several hours. I really hope he doesn't! And I won't try taking the nutritional yeast again until I hear from you, just to be safe. I'm also being cautious with the Cortiguard since my little guy spit up more than usual on the days that I took it and I haven't determined the cause yet. I'm so frustrated right now! I wish Dr. D's baby book were out already. You can bet I'm making plans to see him on his author tour! On another topic (beans again): I have to soak beans for 24 hours in hot water to reduce their gassiness to manageable levels. What does this do to their lectins? I'm not asking about Avoids so much (although it would be nice to have REAL chickpea hummus) as about Beneficials--does soaking destroy their good lectins? Also, I have read that gassiness after eating beans is caused in the first place by the lack of the digestive enzyme that breaks down oligosaccharides, which means that all those sugars hang around and ferment (mmmm, yeast food!). Does this mean that I am doomed to have some gas after eating beans, even assuming that I successfully eliminate my candida overgrowth? Or is there some way to convince my body to produce the enzyme? Thanks again, Heidi, for all your help and encouragement. I'm off to exercise now! :-) --Sarah
Hi, Sarah! :-D The effect from the nutritional yeast was a flush from the niacin. It is harmless, and if you'd rather not have a repeat performance, just cut the dose in half and try again. The Cortiguard? My dear, I WANT you to take your Cortiguard!! ;-) There is nothing in it which would harm the little 'un -- he probably just got a tiny taste of the new herbs! -- and it is very important for Mum's stress-relief protocol right now. keep up with that, OK?
Soaking the beans several times in cold water, cooking them in fresh water (with nothing added), and rinsing them off when they're done should help a great deal in the gassiness department. Do you have a product called "Beano" in the UK? If not, ask your HFS for an oligosaccharide enzyme. Better yet, cook the beans with a piece of kombu in the bottom of the pan ~ old Japanese trick. Developing the enzyme occurs naturally, the more you eat them. ;-) Whatever you do to them, they will still be very good for you, so no worries on the beneficial lectin front! I still think the candida is at the root of this trouble, so keep pegging away at that angle.
Well done, you're exercising away and that makes me happy! Take good care, dear, and think about all the wonderful things you're doing for your health, as well as for that lucky kiddle! you're doing just a marvelous job of it, so a pat on the back is MOST appropriate! and a HUG from me! :-D
DR. D'Adamo mentioned that there exists 27 subtypes of group (A). When will the D'Adamo clinic begin testing for those other subtypes. brian
:-D Hi, brian! to tell you the truth, I think they send out for tests of that kind, but I might be wrong! Since the blood labs do them, there's probably no reason to do it right there in-house. Most of the A subtypes do not entail adjustments to the diet or other therapies, but I'm sure it is a valuable diagnostic tool. Good question! :-D
Hi Heidi I have a question which is for a Type A. I am an O non secretor and my partner is an A non secretor. Which we find is not that difficult to cater for. My partner has had good results with losing his angina and generally being much fitter and healthier as a result of the diet. However he used to eat some fruit last thing at night which was OK. He has always found fruit at other times resulted in gas. He now finds that he cannot eat fruit at all without gas and severe diarrhoea if he eats more than one piece. This has been coming on since he started the diet. He now feels he cannot eat fruit at all and worries about it. I cannot eat dried fuit without gas. We both eat lots of vegetables but would like to eat fruit. Do you think it is candida? Or is fruit digestion complicated? We eat it on its own on an empty stomach. I am now taking probiotics as gas has always been a problem which I just live with and I would like to do something about it. I am suggesting that he tries this route as well. Is this a common problem? I have read what ERYT suggests and will try all suggestions but wonder if it is just vegetable overload!! Thank you for all your comments they are most helpful. Jenny in England
Hi, Jenny! Intestinal candida overgrowth exhibits a host of symptoms, so if gassiness or diarrhea after eating fruit is the only difficulty, I doubt candidiasis is the trouble. Could you tell me more about what kind of fruit he ate before, and what kind of fruit he is eating now? Probiotics are the most important supplement for anyone to take: if you take only one supp, it should be probiotics. Do try that for a week or two, and see if it helps you. Thanks, Jenny!
Neither of the two books I have on BTD include the 'Passion Fruit' or Granadella. Its very common down here in South Africa and our family (who are fortunately all A) loves them. Can you tell me if the are A ok? Thanx Mike
Greetings, Mike!! Passion fruit, or Granadilla, we have no listing for. If you are not overweight and have no health problems, you can consider it Neutral. Good news, eh! They are beautiful plants! enjoy!! :-D