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Regarding oils for Type A secretors: if I follow the recommendation in LR4YT, it looks like I'd use about 1 Tbls a day of oil. I use this amount of oil per MEAL, currently. Dropping down to the recommended amount of oil sounds like rendering most meals unpalatable. I was thinking Peter must be figuring we're getting dietary fat from other sources, such as minimal dairy, nuts/seeds, etc. Then I see on p. 233 of LR4YT that fats can constitute 22% of an A's daily intake. How will this happen if I'm consuming only up to 1 tsp of added oil per meal? I realize these are only guidelines, and that there's a range on either side of the recommendations within which I can experiment, but "1 T/day" and "22% of daily intake is fat" seem pretty wide apart. I assume that this is to include any oil we consume in salad dressings, prepared foods, etc. Would you confirm this is not a typo? Are Type A people really eating this little oil and staying with it over the long haul? Related to this, is there a test I can get to measure the amount of intestinal alkaline phosphatase enzyme I actually have? It's the enzyme which breaks down fats and is supposed to be low in Type A's. Thanks very much. Claire
Hello, Claire ~ Most As find recipes for salad dressings, sauces, marinades and such (in the RECIbase database, for instance, linked on the homepage) which use less or no added oils. Yes, Peter figures that the foods such as beans, avocado, nuts, seeds, poultry, and fish do contain fats and that 22% is a good estimate of the percentage of total dietary fat recommended for As (including a bit of added oil). "1 T/day" is the portion from the "oils" category.
The standard physician blood panel, often used as a baseline indicator for a new patient, tests levels of thyroid hormones, lipids, glucose, minerals, liver enzymes, and red & white blood cells against a reference range. Among the results is the serum alkaline phosphatase level, which relates somewhat to intestinal AP. Bear in mind that the reference levels vary, even with two different individuals using the same lab -- and that, for example, while I tested at 57 u/l in my last check, my type A non guy tested at 66. However, I experience no trouble from an extra teaspoon or two of oil, while the same amount has given him diarrhea. ;-) just a word to the wise! :-D thanks for writing, and hope you're doing well.
A recent column piqued my curiosity. Up til now, I had thought there were only 2 kinds of pumpkin - cow pumpkins, which aren't that great for eating, but good for Halloween carving! And pie pumpkins, obviously good to eat. Someone mentioned Kabocha pumpkin as a green warty skinned pumpkin - I had never heard of it, nor have I seen it in my local health food store or grocery store. Are there other varieties of pumpkins out there? Are they available in the northeast (US)? And how seasonal are they? Seems I only see pumpkins being sold in September and October! I'm kind of weak on my beneficial vegetables and can't seem to get away from my favorite (butternut squash, which we can still get into spring). I would like to experiment with pumpkins if I can find them! Cathy
Hi, Cathy ~ yes, there are pumpkin species galore, most of the "new" edible ones being varieties imported from Japan and later grown among the boutique food producers. I suggest asking your local produce specialist about them, and see what might be available in your area. Or browse through a big vegetable seed catalog -- they often have far more choices than any HFS! :-) enjoy!!
hi heidi, a couple of Q's re the baby book. it says cod liver oil is neutral, and doc bron mentioned it the other day with regard to smarter babies. i trotted of to my HFS to buy some and they refused to sell it to me due to the high vit A content. they said its way too toxic. instead they reccomended fish oil ( not from the liver) as a means of getting DHA's. does it have too much vit A for preg ladies? also, the book says its Ok to drink type A tea, but i have previously emailed NAP with the question and they said avoid type A tea while preg. im confused. i really like the tea, can i drink it? thanks for your time. roz xoxx
Hi, Ros ~ Sheesh, I see why you're confused. About the tea, I'd just write back to NAP, explain that the Baby Book says the tea's OK, and ask if there is any ingredient which is no-go for pregnant As. When you wrote the last time, they probably told you not to use it out of an abundance of caution -- and they wouldn't have had the Baby Book information at that time, so they'd want to be extra-safe about it.
About the Doc Bron article: the body of it is an abstract from a general study. Look at the bottom, where he wrote: "I give my pregnant patients a plant based DHA source that has very little or no Vit A." He's referring to an algae-based or flax-based product, both of which contain higher DHA to EPA (eicosapentanoic acid) proportions -- that's important, because the two seem to compete with each other. Fish oils contain higher EPA to DHA proportions, and they do contain vitamin A (only animal sources do, the plant sources have precursors which we have to digest in order to manufacture the A).
I don't know the name of the product Doc Bron uses, and it may be something only practitioners can obtain, so I'd use a bunch of seaweed and add flax oil daily. And ask your local supp shop if they have a high-DHA product that will meet your standards. Hey, hope you're reading this, although you must be about 30 seconds away from delivery, sweetie!! I'm EAGERLY awaiting the report from you, dear!! :-D
I am 61 years old, A- and have been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes a month ago. My diet is as follows: Breakfast: I pkg instant Oatmeal (Raisin, Date & Walnuts; Cinnamon & Spice, Regular or Raisin & Spice) made w/1% milk. Sometimes I add more raisins or banana to it. Lunch: Salad (iceburg, cucumbers, zuccini, squashes, carrots, brocolli & cauliflower), canned Chicken (chicken breast meat, water, salt), Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing. A fresh fruit cup of bananas, pear, apple, red grapes (occasionally canned pinapple in it's own juice). Dinner: Bumble Bee Pink Salmon, sauted w/onions, tomato sauce, olive oil, capers, green olives, garlic, zuccini, summer & butternut squashes, pumpkin & adobo seasoning. Or occasionally, a roasted chicken from Sam's Club. Desert: 2 scoops of Hood Low-fat, Sugar-free Vanilla ice-cream w/2 tbsp of Zorbee Sugar-free Chocolate Syrup. Occasionally, Sugar free cakes, pies & cookies from Stop & Shop. I've been eating this way for the past month, since my diagnosis. My sugar has gone from 500+ to 70 - 250 lately (w/a one time dip in the 40's). I would like to know how I can prevent my sugar from soaring in the night and waking hours from 140 - 175. What am I still doing wrong? My daughter also pointed out to me that the sugar-free sweets I've been eating are made with aspartame, guar gum, carrageenan, etc. and are not good for me. The diet I was given by my physician was the typical ADA diet and I can't see how that can help me. I was referred back to this diet by my daughter and came from a very bad eating habit of sweets, sweets, sweets. How can I curb my sweet-tooth, before it gets the best of me? I'm presently on Glyburide 2.5mg (1 tab in the AM) & Metoprolol 50mg (half tab 2x's a day). I would like to eventually be off of these. ANY suggestions will be MOST helpful. Is Dr. D'Adamo still accepting patients? Carmen
Hello, Carmen! You need vibrant liver health to overcome your diabetes -- so the "sugar-free" products, pies, cookies and the dairy (milk and ice cream) are working against you. The artificial sweeteners and dairy lectins in those products put tremendous strain on the liver.
Dr. D'Adamo's clinic accepts new patients, so that is one option for you. In the meantime, I suggest two things: use fruit concentrate or vegetable glycerine to sweeten foods you make at home, and begin following the type A diet as outlined in Live Right 4 Your Type. There will be an adjustment period, but it will pass, and you'll wonder how you ever ate any other way! We're here to support you, too! So just pick up the book and get started, and I promise you that you'll be healing in no time! thanks for writing, Carmen, and please keep in touch regularly!! :-D
Hello Heidi! In continuation of the vegetable glycerin conversation, I would like to know if the source of the glycerin matters. For instance, I work in Whole Foods Market, and the brand we carry (www.frontiercoop.com) is derived from palm kernels. I went to the site mentioned in an earlier posting (www.azurestandard.com) and theirs is derived from coconuts. Since coconuts and their byproducts are an avoid for almost everyone should one try and find a glycerin not obtained from an avoid? Thanks in advance! Miranda
Ah! Yes, a question which has plagued many of our readers! So, here's the Veg Gly Reference Page for your consideration! enjoy!! :-D
Hi Heidi, I received my secretor results: Type A non secretor. So that brings up the question: how careful do I have to be about corn, e.g., must I entirely avoid citric acid, which I think is usually made from corn; since I avoid vinegar, I buy olives, etc. preserved with citric acid. Not that I eat very much of the stuff, but again, how careful do I have to be?
I have many food allergies, including to soy, egg, and dairy. I am also on a gluten-free diet. Also, while I have not tested positive for allergy to non-gluten grains, I find I do better if I keep grains to a minimum (I get lower respiratory symptoms from them). I also feel I need quite a bit of animal protein, although I do also eat beans and nuts/seeds. Do you think it would be OK to increase my animal protein to more frequent (or larger) servings than are listed for A's?
Also, any ideas on how I can gain weight? If I am prone to candida, do I need to limit fruit or other foods that normally would be on the A diet? I eat sugar and fermented foods only extremely rarely, so that is not a problem. I often read in your column about the advisability of keeping cortisol levels down. I have adrenal insufficiency and am taking a partial replacement dose of 15mg hydrocortisone. However, I also tend toward anxiety and getting stressed. If your recommendations for things like yoga are for calming, I know I need that. But I also need to keep my cortisol levels up. Any thoughts? I am interested in taking Seacure but I have heard that it is not good to use seaweed when there is an autoimmune disorder. I have autoimmune thyroid (Hashimoto's). Do you know of others with this who have used the Seacure?
Just saw today that my first set of questions is posted. Thanks for all the great input. On the subject of pollutants in fish, that was very helpful info on methylmurcury. However, it's not just mercury in fish, but my understanding that especially fresh-water fish from polluted rivers and lakes can be very high in PCB's and other such contaminants. Well, I guess it is all a question of balance.........We certainly do not live in a perfect world! Anyway, Thanks again for your cheery notes every day on this site. Health to you. Joan
Hey, Joan ~~ congratulations on your secretor status, and welcome to the Wild Nonnie World! ;-)
Yes, do avoid corn in all its forms. See if you can find olives in brine? I know my local ethnic grocers carry them.
It's no surprise you need a bit more animal protein than the A secretor camp, especially if you're not eating eggs at the moment. Your list recommends up to five servings of fish and three of meat/poultry per week, so five fish, two lamb and a turkey should do nicely.
However, if there is one grain you're OK with, I'd eat a small serving of it daily (perhaps 1/4 cup of organic whole oatmeal in the morning). You're a non, but you're a type A non, and the single serving of whole grain will work FOR you in the protein-need and energy departments. Sounds paradoxical -- but try it for two weeks. Whole amaranth is also a good choice, if that's more appealing to you. It will do good things for your intestinal health, which will in turn help you gain healthy muscle tissue. And fresh fruit will NOT exacerbate the candida. You're taking PolyFlora A and ARA6, right? Premiere products for healthy intestinal populations!
Yoga and Cortiguard help your body secrete cortisol at the right times, and diminish it at the right times. Steroid drugs eventually do a great deal more harm than good, and they are not adaptogens anyway. If you have much of your adrenal tissue still intact, the harmless precursor, pregnenolone, can let your body begin producing its own proper levels of adrenal hormones, without steroid damage and side-effects.
In hyperthyroid conditions, iodine-containing foods are discouraged. Your condition is hypothyroid, and through careful management of your gut health and the use of natural products such as inexpensive glandular + B compounds and pregnenolone, you can certainly restore your thyroid to normal functioning.
Yes, in a polluted world, it's even more important to stay strong and calm, to aid the immune system in responding properly and relaxing promptly. ;-) The FDA-regulated and inspected fish at reputable fishmongers will have very low levels of PCB contaminants -- that's something which is checked constantly in commercially-available freshwater fish. So let that one be a minor issue for you, and let me know what you think of these suggestions, OK? thanks, Joan, always nice to hear from you! :-D
I am a Type A and own the book "Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type". I would like to know how to maintain a healthy PH level on the Type A diet. I have read alot of material on ph levels and find that the foods recommended conflict with the type A diet. ie: shrimp, potato,oranges and many other fruits just to mention a few items. I appreciate what ever information you can provide me. Thanks. Kathy
The healthy pH levels for each type are designed into the diet. When "used as directed" with a wide variety of foods from the recommended list, it does the job for you.
Here is a column to look at, in which I talked a bit about this topic. There are "low" pH foods which are good for you as an A, and "high" pH foods which would do you harm, so we don't use the acid/alkaline system separately and directly when choosing foods. It is the body's pH which matters, so that an "acidic" fruit such as grapefruit is rendered alkaline during digestion -- and different types thrive with different pH levels. I hope this helps, dear! Do write again if you're still wondering about anything at all! :-D
Dear Heidi, How are you? It has been awhile since I last sent an E-Mail to you. As mentioned previously; my blood type/Rh factor is "A" Positive, A1/A2 status is A1, "MN" type is "MN", and secretor status is DOUBLE LEWIS NEGATIVE. (Per telephone call to Dr. D'Adamo's office, April 2nd, I have been told to use the "Secretor" column in LR4YT book, because my "saliva" specimen reads as "Secretor", from Great Smokie Laboratories in Asheville NC. Also, I was told to really go easy on the wheat, corn, and sugar - to use as minimally as possible). I am mentioning this to you for this reason: The lady who took the time to check this out with the medical staff at Dr. D'Adamo's office was EXTREMELY polite, helpful, and decent to talk with, when I was inquiring further about my "secretor status". Her name is CAROLYN. I just wanted you to know, so that CAROLYN would get the rightful recognition she deserves. Also, please let your readers know how decent a person CAROLYN is when dealing with callers. Thank you very much! Heidi, God bless you and your family; God bless the U.S.A.! Marshal - Wichita, Kansas
Hey there, Marshal! I'm doing just fine!!
Thanks so much for offering your experiences to others -- it's most helpful to hear from rare types like you! and it is WONDERFULLY KIND of you to write in your praise for Carolyn! I hope she sees this -- a big public pat on the back to you, dear! Great service doesn't go unnoticed!! thanks again, to ALL!!