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I am type O+., 65, have oseoarthritus with very painful knees, pain in muscles and joints, back, legs, hits, etc. I quit taking PrimPro recently. I have also some acid reflux ocassionally and have been told years ago that acid in mouth was eating away at tooth enamel. Besides EAT RIGHT, I have been reading about coraL calcium and the PH balance of blood. 1. What is reccommended to replace the Hormone? 2. Is it necessary to know if you are a secretor or non secretor? Please explain what these terms mean. 3. To determine the blood PH, the coral calcium book says to use litmus paper and test saliva. Would secretor/non-secretor influence the accuracy of this type of test? 4. Are there kits for testing the PH of Blood this way? 5. It also said meats were acid forming foods....wouldn't eating meats make your Blood PH more out of balance and acidic? 6. One poster said something about a "little O" book which said Oats were neutral while the big book said Avoid......Where does one get the more-up-to-date "little O" book? Thanks, Shirley
Hi, Shirley! Well, let's take your questions in reverse order.
6. The title of the "little O book" is: Blood Type O Food, Beverage and Supplement Lists -- it's in the Store here, as well as bookstores, health food shops and pharmacy chains (Rite Aid is one). There is one book for each type, a very thin (100 pages or so) paperback book, which outlines the basics of the diet and gives food lists which are secretor NON-specific. The food values do not exactly follow either the secretor or nonsecretor values. In other words, they are designed for people with no interest in pursuing further type testing, but who just want a bare-bones instruction book small enough to be taken along when shopping.
5, 4 and 3. We don't recommend or use pH testing in this plan. Take a look at a column I wrote a while back, which includes information on coral calcium. To reduce the general acidity of your system, use the O diet and focus on the basic food groups: vegetables & fruit. Additionally, you may find that eating grains and meats in separate meals will make them easier to digest. Vegetables would be eaten with either the grain or meat meals, and fruit would be eaten alone. It's quite effective for many people ~ give it a try! :-)
2. The modifications for secretor status are available for your use, in Live Right 4 Your Type and the food values in the TYPEbase 3 database. If you'd like to use them, you'd need to find out your secretor status. If not, you can follow the revised basic food lists in the Blood Type O Food, Beverage and Supplement Lists. To learn more about secretors & nonsecretors, Here's the link!
I do suggest that anyone who is dealing with one or more serious health conditions, or who is a performance athlete, or who simply wishes to take full advantage of the secretor-specific plans for optimum health -- and who is willing and able to get the test done -- should do so! It's certainly not a requirement; it's just one way to take advantage of all the work Peter has made public. Something for everyone! :-)
1. While awaiting your appointment with a skilled naturopath, homeopath or other health practitioner, the only thing I'd try is two tablespoons of maca powder per day (mixed in juice or rice/almond milk, or added to a smoothie). Hormones are a highly individual and complex business. To obtain the desired effects of a drug by using plant-based compounds requires testing and expert advice. For instance, you may experience symptoms indicating that you are low in estrogen, or in progesterone. However, an expert will be able to guide you along and find out that, perhaps, it is a pregnenolone deficiency for example which is leading to the symptoms described... or perhaps you are hypothyroid, and having many symptoms which if viewed superficially would mislead you into treating the wrong cause. ;-) So get good hands-on help, and let me know how you do! :-D
Heidi...not a question, but a comment. I wrote you several weeks ago complaining of a rash. You wrote back telling me of another Type O woman who determined it was flaxseed. I quit taking it immediately, and wrote you about the resolution to my rash...about a week. I thought I should write you again to let you know the rash went away, only to return about day 10. It is now less intense, mostly an itchy pustule or two, sometimes a tiny cluster, mostly around ankles and knees, sometimes on elbows. Roughly symmetrical. Itches and goes away in a day or two, only to pop out somewhere else. Is worse in the evening. Not interfering with sleep or causing great distress. Just aware that my immune system is not functioning at its best. Have become a little fearful of all seeds and nuts, including pumpkin and walnuts, otherwise am trying to stick to mostly beneficials. Just thought I should give you this update to be perfectly fair to your growing database and experience with people on the BTD. I am learning that these things may be more complex than the removal of one offending substance. Makes me more appreciative of why the cause and cure of allergies and skin disorders can be illusive and not always so easy to ascertain. Thank you. Nancy
That's good to know, Nancy! I really appreciate your keeping us updated. It looks like you isolated 'part' of the cause, since eliminating flaxseed got rid of the rash for a period of time. If you're motivated to do so, start keeping a food diary. See if removing all nuts and seeds from your diet (and ensuring absolute purity & freshness in any oils you eat) has good results on the rash. Also, you might consider doing the gallbladder flush described at Julia Chang's liver health pages. If your system is clearing lingering toxicity, the flush can speed that process beautifully. I've done it several times, and the Vernal Equinox on the 20th upcoming would be a proper time to start it. Read all about it on Julia's site, and feel free to post with questions. Take care, dear, and keep writing!! :-D
Hi heidi, Two quick questions: 1. I need a recipe that my girls will eat that is similar to ranch dressing. I've looked in recipe base and in ER recipes but nothing is close. Any ideas? (for Type O) 2. Who has been on the Blood Type Diet the longest? Dr. Dadamo? and has he/she had great health from it? thanks, jayne
Hey there, Jayne! Well, I'm going to assume your girls are secretors (easier for me that way! ;-)) Ranch is based on mayonnaise and buttermilk. No problem.
First, make your own mayonnaise from organic ingredients! Here's a quick recipe, adapted from one "katie" posted on the old BB in 2001:
1 whole egg
1/4 tsp. dry mustard
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
1/4 tsp. fresh-ground pepper
1/4 to 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 cup olive oil
Break egg into blender jar or processor bowl. Add mustard, salt, pepper and lemon juice or vinegar. Blend 30 seconds until foamy (or process 2-3 seconds). Gradually add oil a few drops at a time until about 1/2 C. has been added. When mayo has thickened, you can add remaining oil more quickly. If it becomes too thick, add a few drops of lemon juice or vinegar. Correct seasonings.
2 cloves garlic (fresh or roasted)
1/2 tsp. sea salt
1 cup mayonnaise
1/8 cup soy yogurt, thinned with 1/8+ cup water
2 T minced parsley
2 T minced chives
1 scallion, trimmed, sliced thin
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
Mash the garlic and salt to a paste with a mortar & pestle or a heavy spoon or knife. Then whisk everything together. If it's too thick, thin it with a bit of water.
Let me know what you all think! :-)
As to who's been on the diet longest, that would be difficult to say. Peter, perhaps ~ maybe his Dad, who knows? (I prefer to think it was my maternal grandfather, who by all accounts maintained a paleolithic diet we Os would be proud to claim our own! ;-D) Peter is certainly in great health, and so was my granddad till he got bored in his second century and bid us goodbye.
I have been on the diet for almost 4 years now. I am fairly compliant and for the last couple of months very compliant because acid reflux returned. I am so tired for no apparent reason I am taking: Fem Balance, Imm Calm, Deflect, Phytocal and O Multi's. I rarely eat grains and when I do it is usually rice - bread (even Spelt has become a thing of the past as I think it may be the acid reflux culprit). I ache quite badly in the morning until I have MADE myself exercise which I do faithfully -- 45 minutes walking at 4 - 4.2 mph everyday except Sunday. I also weight train 3 times a week (for my menopausal bones) and I do leg exercises. I don't work (early retired) so it's not stress related.
The aching in the morning seems to have gotten worse since I quit the hormone replacement therepy last November. I go to bed, usually between 9.30 and 10.30 and wake around 7 - yes I do sleep, only waking maybe once in the night and falling back to sleep. Do you have any idea what could be causing this (other than winter blahs? -- yes I do get out -- go snowmobiling!) or any suggestions on how to "pep" myself up. Oh, I eat lots of meat protein - beef about 4 or 5 times a week. thanks in advance - love your column! keep up the good work - wish I were as knowledgeable as you! Tell Peter you are worth at least $250,000 a year!! Sue p.s. the only liquids I drink are water (4 - 8 oz glass a day) green tea (5 cups a day) and red wine - a 6 oz glass a day. Sue
P.S.: Since my post I have come down with the worst head cold I have had in four years, so I am thinking that the tiredness was the onset of this. I am so upset that this cold has taken such a hold -- the first one since being on the diet - oh dear, does this mean this is one more thing that is going to reoccur -I feel like the diet has stopped working for me - I have been eating mostly beneficials since the cold started but have actually had to resort to taking a sinus over the counter drug -- a first in nearly four years...I am praying that I don't end up with bronchitis - if THAT returns you will hear me screaming from where you are - reassurance PLEASE and thanks!! sue
Hey there, Sue! Wow, girl, you sound like me when I used to get the sinusitis-proceeding-to-bronchitis fun stuff -- three or four times a year. Remember that you are likely to feel VERY depressed simply because that's how your gut biochemistry is signalling your brain at the moment. Don't worry! One cold in five years is OK! The diet hasn't stopped working for you, you're just experiencing that horrible "down" feeling caused by the infection. It really and truly acts like a depressant drug.
Now: even in the bad old (pre-ER) days, I found that eating quercetin like candy could head off the bronchitis. I'd up that water intake to the equivalent in ounces of half your weight in pounds. Eight 8-oz glasses, each with a tiny pinch of sea salt and a squeeze of lemon juice. Slug 'em down! And see if you can't reduce the green tea intake just a bit -- try to keep it to three cups per day. I am theorizing that the amount of theine may be stimulating you too much, so you're tired the next day. Vary it with Sip Right or hot homemade broth with some cayenne, cumin, nutritional yeast, salt and garlic powder. And how about O-8? In a juicer, combine three carrots, two very ripe tomatoes (or use canned tomatoes with a dash of the juice), one stalk of celery, 1/2 red bell pepper, 1/2 of a beet, three fresh pearl onions or 1/4 of a red onion, 1/4 clove of garlic, and about a golf-ball sized bunch of parsley. If you're sick, just make 4 times the batch (saves dividing all the stuff) and drink it all day. Shake it up with a scant dash of cayenne pepper, if you like.
It's too late for this particular cold, but you might consider keeping a bottle of Heallix on hand. Take a tablespoon (mixed as directed on the bottle) at the first sign of trouble. Miraculous stuff 4 all types and a great number of health problems! Also, start soaking some organic rose hips in some water overnight -- blend, strain & drink daily. You may need more vitamin C -- especially with the LONG winter we're just coming out of.
Let me know if your energy perks up once this cold is history! If not, we can look into other possibilities ~~
thanks for writing, dear. Don't be a stranger, OK? pop me a note on how you're doing! OH! and thank you for your very generous compliment! :-D I'll pass that note to Peter without delay. :-D
HAVE BEEN FOLLOWING THE O TYPE DIET FOR 2 YRS NOW. I WENT FORM 187 LBS. TO 113LBS. AND HAVE FELT FOR THE MOST PART WONDERFUL EXCEPT THAT FOR MANY YRS. PRIOR TO THE DIET I WAS A VERY SICKLY PERSON AND TOOK MANY HIGH POWERED ANTIBIOTICS AND STERIODS. I ALSO UNDERWENT A COMPLETE HYSTORECTOMY MANY YRS BACK. QUIT WITH HRT FOR 9 YRS. BUT TWO YRS. AGO STARTED BACK DUE TO A NUMBER OF PROBLEMS. THIS WAS ABOUT THE SAME TIME I BEGAN THE O TYPE DIET. FOR AS LONG AS I CAN REMEMBER I HAVE SUFFERED FROM YEAST INFECTIONS, BUT FOR THE PAST 16 MONTHS I HAVE BATTLED SEVER CANDIDA...CAUSING ME MUCH SICKNESS. I HAVE OMITTED ALL GRAINS, SUGARS AND STARTCHES FROM MY DIET, AS WELL AS ALL DAIRY. HAVE BEEN EATING MOSTLY VENISON AS IT IS PLENTIFUL HERE FOR US AND RECENTLY HAVE FOUND A SOURCE OF BEEF W/O HORMONES OR ANTIBIOTICS. I FEEL I AM AT MY WITS END AS THIS CONDITIONS DOES NOT GO AWAY. ANY SUGGESTONS? THE PHYSICIANS I HAVE SEEN HAVE ALL SUGGESTED DIFLUCAN AND NYSTATIN. SOME HAVE AGREED WITH THE FOOD CHOICES WHILE OTHERS HAVE EVEN DISMISSED CANDIDA AS A CAUSE OF HEALTH PROBS., THINKING IT ONLY AS A VAGINAL CONDITION. I AM NOT INTO MASKING SYMPTOMS AS MOST PHYSICIANS I HAVE SEEN SEEM TO BE, BUT RATHER IN TREATING / HEALING THE WHOLE BODY. PLEASE HELP. I AM BEYOND MY LAST STRAW. THANKS, NANDINIA
Hello, Nandinia! Candida can be difficult to resolve, but you are on the right track with your diet -- you just need some supplemental help. Taking more antibiotic drugs will only do harm and put you back where you were at the beginning. Are you taking PolyFlora-O (the probiotic)? That's the first thing to do, immediately. Second, get hold of the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia and begin the Candida protocols.
You have a wonderful approach to your health, and I know you will succeed in this!! Your body is already beginning to heal -- as your immune system strengthens, your entire health will change for the better. the beginning is the hardest part, when the gut organisms begin re-establishing balance and there is significant die-off and toxicity from the overgrown candida critters. Just start those protocols, and let me know how it's going with you. It will work! Keep striving and shining! thanks for writing, dear!! :-D
I followed this diet for several months now and it works great. I have also read the exercise profile / advice that the book offers. I am a type A and is actively involved in a rough, competitive sport (ice hockey). I know that the plan advises against type A involved in strenuos activities, but... I have invested years of work into improving my game and the sport definitely benefitted my physical well-being and confidence level. It is definitely hard, I cant agrue with that. However, I cannot imagine quitting the game I love so much. Is there an alternative for me? Should I emphasize certain foods that will sustain my energy better? Vito
Hey, Vito! Hockey player, eh? Whoo!! ;-D
Type As can pursue any sport they want to do! The key for you and all competitive A-athletes is to regulate cortisol. You do it in three ways: follow the diet according to the portion/frequency tables found in both Live Right 4 Your Type and the
With a schedule of hard training for a sport, try to ensure that your off-time is spent in calming, peaceful activities. A walk through the park, listening to low-key music, reading a funny book, spending time with quiet friends, playing with a cat or dog. Whatever it is for you, make time for those things that settle you down. Doing this will give you a centered frame of mind, and believe it or not, improve your game!
Enjoy, Vito ~ best of luck with your endeavors ~ and thanks for writing!! :-D
Heidi, WOW!!!! thanks so much for your detailed response to my previous questions. And thank you for the references, especially for Molto Mario's recipes. (I like the food network anyways, so should have fun searching and trying new recipes.) I do have one area that I need clarification on. (Its a numbers thing again...) Portions and frequencies of Grains. In the eat right book, the grains were broken down into 3 different categories, and it seemed like a large amount to be eaten in a week. (not that I thought that was a bad thing!!) Now I am noticing that in Live right, those categories have been condensed into a single category, with 7-9 servings/week for A's? Now I fear I have been eating too many portions! Bread is easy; I count one slice as one portion. For brown rice and oatmeal, how much is a portion? in a previous response you said what could be held in two hands cupped together; for my hands that would be a little bit more than a cup. Do you mean dry or cooked grain? In the book, a portion is one cup dry. Usually when you cook the grain, the volume roughly doubles; on this basis a portion would be 2 cups. Now I don't eat 2 cups of rice at a whack, that would be two filling. But if say over the last week I ate 6 slices of Ezekial bread, and 6 cups cooked oatmeal or rice (ie 3cups dry) would that count up to 9 portions for the week? One more thing; a friend who is in a food coop gave me a small bag of Amaranth (dry). Tiny tiny! Any suggestions on how to prepare amaranth? I was going to try steaming it like I do rice, with a tad of olive oil. cathy
Aw, Cathy, gosh darn it -- you're determined to corner me into the numbers!! My weak suit, dear! :-D
I'd say that since we're all different sizes with different activity levels and varying desire for weight loss, etc., the suggestions for grain portions in LR may be a little too precise. Two slices of bread could be one portion for you, or it may be too much. If the rice is the main ingredient in a dish, it could be one cup (cooked) as the portion -- whatever you'd normally eat at one sitting. If it is a small part of the whole dish, half a cup (cooked) would count as your portion. Yes, you can divide up those portions over a number of days if you prefer the mathematical route, but I think the diet will work best for you if you think of having one serving (of the size you'd eat) of whole grains each day, and adding an extra on a day or two in the week. A teaspoon of flour added to a sauce is something I wouldn't count, but you might do so if it's happier in your plan that way. To give you an example: for my type A man, a portion of bread is two slices, or one big Ezekiel hamburger bun -- but a portion of Scottish oats is 1/4 cup dry, because it's very chewy and filling. You lucky type As have a metabolism well suited to a paucity of food, and you may find you do beautifully on very small portions, perhaps eaten at four or five meals in the day rather than three.
I like to cook whole amaranth in broth. Heat diced onions in a little olive oil and a bit of broth, on medium high until the onions are soft. Add the amaranth, a touch of sea salt, enough broth to just cover, bring to a light boil then take it down to simmer till done. Add a bit of chopped fresh herbs, maybe just parsley, at the end. Sprinkle a few toasted pignoli nuts on it, and you have a very tasty dish. Experiment with it ~ it has a great flavor, and can be adapted to all kinds of uses with a variation in veg & spices used.
Hope this helps, Cathy! It's difficult for me to pinpoint exact quantities for people, but I'm sure you'll work out a system that works perfectly for you! and thanks for your note! :-D
Hi, Heidi! I have a question regarding 'forms' of foods. I understand that processing may concentrate or dilute lectins or other components that can cause a food to change status, but would it be improper to assume that (for the most part) if one form of a food is an avoid (or beneficial), then the other forms should be considered likewise (to a lesser degree)? More specifically, as a type B (secretor unknown, suspect non-secretor based on family and personal history but am not assuming anything ), black/white pepper are considered avoid, but peppercorns are neutral. Should i avoid black and white peppercorns, or all peppercorns, or none? It's a similar situation with rice -- rice bran, rice flour, puffed rice, rice milk, are all beneficial, but rice is neutral. Since the beneficial status is conferred for an agglutinin by TypeBase3, it would seem that rice is perhaps a little better than a neutral, if not possibly beneficial? Thanks for your feedback! matt.
Hi there, Matt! It's commercial ground pepper that is the avoid. Freshly- ground pepper is fine, whether black, white or pink. ;-) Cream of rice and rice bread are neutral, but plain whole-grain rice is Beneficial -- along with puffed rice and bran and so on. I see that we have to correct the database on this count, as you'll see from the Updates Page. If you search for the term "rice," you'll see it was missing from the published version of LR, and should be designated Beneficial. I'll see what I can do to rectify that little problem!
Thanks for writing, Matt, you gave me a good heads-up! Take care, and write again, OK? :-D
dear hiedi, here is a question for AB secretors, it may sound silly but it is important for me. Let me list you all the suplements that I take. 4 your type basics pack, Ara6, Harmonia, bromelain, quercetin and Methyl-12 plus and Proberry3. In the last letter I told you I was diagnose with lumbar stenosis and you recomended quercetin. I would appreciate if you tell me how to take the suplements, how much and in what order, I told you it may sound stupid, but you have being so nice allways, that I take courage and ask anyway. god bless you, Luisa
Luisa, I hope you always feel free to write! I ran across an old quote the other day -- something like, "ask a question and feel like a fool for five minutes; fail to ask the question, and be a fool forever." So there! :-D
This is what I'd do: take 3 Methyl Plus first thing in the morning, alone, followed by a teaspoon of ProBerry3. The bromelain and quercetin can be taken before meals, at the dosage on the bottle. The items in the Basics pack should be taken according to the "therapeutic" level: PolyVite, Phytocal and Deflect can be taken with or after meals; PolyFlora, alone (without food), an hour before sleeping. I'd mix a tablespoon of ARA6 and a teaspoon of Harmonia into a jar, fill with some juice of your choice, and shake it up. You can drink this any time in the day -- maybe as a mid-afternoon snack?
Please keep me posted on your progress, Luisa ~ I look forward to hearing from you! take care, dear ~~ :-D