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Type O, secretor. Is buckwheat considered a wheat product or a grain? Health food store says it's the later, wanted your input for type O's. Thanks alot. Jenny
Hello, Jenny ~~ Buckwheat is listed in the "grain" category. It's one of the grasses, and is not related to "wheat." :-)
Hi Heidi! Thanks for your response to my earlier question concerning food types. I have two questions for you. I'm a type B+ (sec u/k) and was wondering if seeds from neutral and beneficial fruits/vegetables share the same value -- i seem to recall reading that there was something about seeds that wasn't so great for Bs. I remember you addressed this question before, but couldn't find it in the archives very easily (too many titles of potpurri!). Also, are the spices listed inclusive of seeds (when ambiguity exists, that is)? (E.g. is "dill" meant as "dill weed" or "dill weed/seed" and so on.) Secondly, the sacrificial polysaccharides (larch arabinogalactan, laminaria, ...) are the same for every blood type. Does this mean that they will block the action of all lectins, good and bad? Thanks for all your hard work and support! matt.
Hi there, Matt ~~ All those sacrificial polysaccharides are lectin-specific. They provide handy "decoys" to lure the lectins away from the tissues otherwise their target.
Technically, if a seed or nut is not listed, it can be considered neutral if you have no desire for weight loss or other health issues to be resolved. You may be remembering the observation in the various ER books that Bs have a lot of avoids in the seeds & nuts category. Is there a particular vegetable whose seed you're wondering about? just drop me another note, OK? :-D
Dear Heidi, I have a question about type Os and goat products. Goat cheese is indicated as fine for type Os, but goat milk isn't- why is that? Also, goat yogurt isn't mentioned- do you know what value that is? One of the recommendations for type Os is that they supplement with calcium, but goat cheese is supposed to be rich in calcium, so I was wondering why the supplements would be necessary. Thanks a lot! Caroline
Hi, Caroline ~~ Os do not process calcium from dairy too well. It is not a good source of calcium for us. Goat cheese is the curd -- goat milk also contains the whey. That's why goat milk is not recommended. Many foods contain high levels of calcium -- try the Ask Dr. D. column, go to the bottom and search for "almond" -- you'll find the list there. If the food is neutral or beneficial for Os, it would be a great way to supplement. High-solids mineral water and bone broth also provide significant dietary calcium. Hope this helps, dear! :-D
Heidi, not to take sides on the MMR vaccination issue - just to add a bit of knowledge for making informed decisions. Some 30% of boys and men who become infected with the mumps will develop orchitis, an inflammation of the testicles that can lead to sterility. Immunization against mumps is the only way to prevent mumps-associated orchitis. It is a terrible conundrum - to vaccinate or not, but both sides of the issue should be considered. Of course, the best solution would be to develop a completely safe vaccine. Kim
Thanks, Kim -- indeed, something to be considered. And I, too, would far prefer a safe vaccine! :-D
Hi Heidi! Quick note for pregnant Roz: there's a marine algae source DHA supplement in most HFS trademarked as "Neuromins" I believe. (My pregnant friend's chiro gave her this.) Many different brands carry it, so it's not hard to find. Thanks for letting me add. --M.K.
Hey, Ros, howzabout that? thanks so much, M.K.!! :-D
Dear Heidi, Thank you so much for your response. I have since given up the coffee and cream and my joint pain has vanished! My skin is finally clearing. I am sticking closely to the diet and am seeing wonderful results. My rheumatologist said I have reactive arthritis as a result of a bacterial infection a long time ago. Now, apparently, certain foods trigger my body to attack its own joints - funnily enough all the foods on the O non secretor diet! It is very hard to do this stringent diet - but hopefully with time, I will be able to introduce more fruits and natural sugars - even those right now trigger my skin to break out. I have a different idea altogether. I think I have a leaky gut (Dr D'Adamo thinks this is the problem) due to so many antibiotics in the past. Are there any herbs I can take for this? I take the O Polyflora. Also with this high protein diet, i am really suffering from constipation - any ideas that are grain free and low in sugar to help things along!? I am taking a lot of magnesium and two polyflora first thing in the morning and evening. I am drinking 9 glasses of water a day. Thanks so much Suz
Dear Heidi, I forgot to add that I have been doing TM meditation for a number of years now - but recently I have not been doing it twice a day. I had no idea that meditation was able to heal the physical body. I do feel incredibly relaxed afterwards and that is primarily why I do it. You really think that this helps heal one's gut? Suz
Hi, Suz -- are you OK with flax? If so, try a tablespoon in the morning (or evening, it's up to you), ground up and mixed with water. Let it sit and "gel up" for 15-20 minutes. Very tasty.
Arthritis / autoimmune disease / leaky gut / stored stresses are strongly linked together. Powerful meditation practices can remove the cause (the hormonal configuration which prompts the body to attack its own tissues) as well as strengthen the immune system, so that intestinal micro-organisms are brought into balance. By using this tool to balance your endocrine system, and avoiding damaging foods, the body is strengthened and its burdens are lessened. I don't know of one herb to take for the leaky gut -- I do suggest using the Encyclopedia protocols, and keep taking PolyFlora-O (as well as ARA6).
Hey! Congratulations on the exit of the joint pain! See, it works!! just keep at it, you're on the best possible road now. Take good care, dear, and keep writing. :-D
Hi Heidi Having recently bought BTD, my daughter and I are only just starting the diet (after 2yrs on Atkins), so nothing to report yet! In the meantime, perhaps you wouldn't mind giving me some info on Mode of Inheritance of ABs - I have searched your huge website but cannot seem to locate anything relevant. From ER4YT I see that ABs obtain an A from one parent and a B from the other but the specifics aren't stated, eg. do the parents have to be AA and BB (perhaps explaining the AB rarity)? What is an AB capable of producing? Also, are AB- females the exception to Landsteiner's discovery (Page 358) "...that these women were carrying a different blood type than their babies, who took their blood type from the father" - my own case showing only the Rh+ being inherited from the father: OO+ x AB- producing three BO+ daughters. Lynn
Hi, Lynn ~~ Each parent needs only one A or one B gene -- in other words, the parents of a type AB child can be Ao + Bo, Aa + Bo, Ao + Bb, Aa + Bb, AB + Bo, AB + Bb, AB + Ao, or AB + Aa.... whew, they're a lot of them, but so few ABs!! :-D The child of an AB parent will inherit either an A or a B gene from that parent. If the other parent is type O, then the child will be A or B (since the O gene is recessive to both A and . If the other parent is a B, an A or an AB, the child might be type B, type A, or AB, depending on which gene is contributed from the second parent, and upon whether the A or B parent has a recessive O gene.... is this now totally incomprehensible? :-} sorry!! No, the Rhesus factor is a separate blood type from the ABO group, so it's quite possible to get only the O gene and the Rhesus factor from one parent -- Rhesus is also two genes, with positive dominant to negative, and with the possibility that an Rh positive person is carrying a recessive neg gene.
I do hope I at least answered your Q ~~ if not, please write again!! :-D
Hi Heidi, I get so much joy, info and fun out of your column. I am feelng more energetic with the Maca, switching off oatmeal every other morning, liver support protocol and yoga at home. (A2, Rh neg, nonny) Thank you. I am responding to several readers that you responded to on 28 April 2003. First to Suzanna, O nonny, who is missing treats but feels better with no grain and low sugar. I wanted to add another beneficial veggie treat along with Heidi's recommended sweet potato one. And as a side bar, I find that organic sweet potatoes are incredibly sweet. Add some butter and it is definitely a treat. This next one is one my daughter loves. Get canned pumpkin, Libby's brand only. Seems to be the best. And scoop out of can, add vegetable glycerine to taste and a bit of nutmeg or allspice depending on your taste. Warm it up or just dig right in. This is for Cindi's friend with ringing in the ears. My sister, (O nonny) had this also. But she was told it was "all in her head" - which usually means they don't know what it is. When she learned about the O diet (even before she knew her secretor status) and stopped eating wheat and cut back on grains, lo and behold the ringing went away. The wheat was causing inflammation all the way up, as inflammation tends to do, to the eustachian tubes. My sis also took Fucus Plus and DGL Licorice which helped tremendously. Cindi's friend's problem might not be so simply addressed but it certainly may be worth a couple of weeks of cutting out wheat and maybe all grains and starches to find out, instead of an operation to cut her hearing. Here is a salad dressing recipe to add to Judy's "stable" of recipes. It seems to be a big hit (except with O nonnies and Bs) and is very simple to make and keep. 1 tbsp. lemon juice 1 tbsp. Braggs (liquid aminos) or to taste a little less than 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil Shake in a salad dressing container or jar with lid to shake so oil emulsifies and it stays blended. And thanks to Mark for the soy sauce substitute recipe. \ And a note of encouragement to Elaine and a couple of small tips about binges for all Os who are reading. Dr. D'Adamo says in Live Right, "When you crave a pleasure-releasing substance (sugar, alcohol, tobacco, narcotics), do something physical." "If you start to crave wheat, eat some protein: the craving will usually go away." I feel that everyone who reads the column adds to the well wishes for each person and as a whole. Good stuff. Thanks again. Nina
Marvelous!!! thanks SO much, Nina!! :-D
Hi Heidi, I'm writing to pass along the pumpkin cookie recipe as requested. You probably won't believe it, but I was munching on one as I read today's questions. I took a recipe I've used for years and changed ingredients to make it O friendly. 1/2 c. butter (changed from shortening) 1 1/2 c. sugar (I have used part veg. glycerine/part sugar, or all veg gly with good results. I went by what another reader suggested, using half as much veg gly as regular sugar. Also, since I haven't had veg gly, I've just used less sugar - maybe 1 c.) 2 eggs 1 c. (generous) pumpkin 1 t. vanilla 1/2 t. sea salt 1 t. baking powder (I know cornstarch is an ingredient, but it's such a small amount and I didn't know a substitute. . .) 1 t. soda 1 t. cinnamon 1/2 t. ground allspice 1 1/4 c. spelt flour (I have used the more expensive white spelt flour, which is great, but also had good results with the whole spelt flour) 1 1/4 c. quick oats 1 c. walnuts (I don't like walnuts, so I grind mine in a blender until they are almost a paste and add them that way so I don't notice them 1 c. choc chips Mix in order given and drop onto cookie sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes. If they spread out too much while baking, they might need a bit more flour. I freeze these and they taste fine a week or a month later.
Having been on the diet for 8 months, and gone from size 18 to 6, many people comment on my weight loss. I tell them all about the BTD. It has really become easier for me and feels natural, like now I wouldn't want to eat things I used to eat all the time. I'm even getting used to being out to eat with my husband and watching him eat the rolls or bread that come with the meal . . . My husband and one of my children are type B, the other 4 children are O's.
My husband follows the diet for the most part, but the kids(ages 10 - 20) aren't interested. I don't want to force them, and at this point I don't even talk about it, just try to suggest foods that are beneficial and make food that is good for everyone as many nights as possible. Some successful meals are beef stew (with lots of onions, carrots, and turnips instead of potatoes), turkey pot pie (onions, carrots, peas, and turnips again, and white spelt crust). My kids don't like fish, but love fish sticks and so I've made my own out of cod dipped in egg and ezekiel bread crumbs and fried in olive oil - they loved them. Some meals, though, are old favorites that are easy for me and loved by them like spaghetti or tacos and I just eat some steak and veggies.
Some things I make like macaroni and cheese or turkey enchiladas are good for B's, but the O's eat them anyway. I don't buy any corn or pork products, so they have to buy their own if they want them. It's hard for me to see my O's eat a peanut butter sandwich and glass of milk. On the other hand, my B daughter makes her own refried beans with a drained & rinsed can of kidney beans and mexican seasoning mixed in the blender. Put on a flour tortilla with cheese, it's a fine snack for her, but then the O's decide to join her . . . Sorry this has gone on so long. Thanks for all your answers, and other's comments - they give me encouragement and ideas to try. MFN
MFN, wow! thanks VERY much for the recipes, and the account of family life!! It sounds like everything's going along beautifully there.
I do have two little suggestions (you probably know these already, but just in case....) ~
Rice pasta is virtually indistinguishable from wheat pasta once cooked. My type A-non guy likes pasta now & again, so that's what his spaghetti gets made with. It's even neutral for O nonsecretors ~~ hoorah! ;-)
I started making fresh tortillas for him, mostly because they're SO simple, easy and fast -- and they taste wonderful, and keep nicely in a plastic bag in the fridge. You do (sort of) need a gas stove.
They're just flour, salt & water. I use kamut, but white spelt would do perfectly.
This recipe makes four six-inch OR two 12-inch tortillas (or wraps)
1 cup spelt flour, 1/4 + cup water, 1/4 tsp salt
Mix the salt and the flour together. Sprinkle the water in gradually and start stirring the flour around. When it's mostly lumps and very little flour, gather it up and knead it for 30 seconds or so, until the dough begins to develop a bit of gluten and seems to want to "hang together." Divide the dough into two or four pieces, and let it rest for five minutes.
Put a nonstick or well-seasoned iron frying pan on medium-high heat. Roll out the pieces with a rolling pin (no extra flour, water or oil). Pick them up & turn them as you roll them. Don't stack them once they're rolled out -- they'll stick together. :-) Put one in the hot pan for maybe 7 seconds, just till it starts turning "solid," then flip it. Let it go another 5 or 6 seconds, then put it directly on the fire, set to medium/low -- I use the back burner, and move it around on the flame with tongs. It will poof up -- I flip it quickly, move it around again to "poof" the whole thing, then flip it once more, move it around, and it's done. Once you've done one, you'll see how quick and simple they are! Took longer to explain it than it does to do it! :-D While one's on the flame, I have the next one in the pan. Anyway, I can have them done in less time than it would take to go to the store & pick up the ready-made wheat ones. cheaper & tastier, too! :-D
Thanks so much for writing, MFN ~~ I really enjoyed your message!! :-D
Hi.. today my mom came with your book to my house.. I couldnt resist it and I sit down and read it at least all my blood type section. It seems so natural and so true.. I wanted to start inmediatly. But, I encounter one sad fact: I dont know which race I suppose to attached to. Im hispanic and in your book, you only talk about caucasiccal, black and asia races. but not about hispanic. I dont believe it would be appropiate to just "pick" one race.. Can you please tell me what to do? since I would love to start ASAP. Ho! im a O Blood type, dont know if im a secretor or non secretor yet. Hope you will answer me.. Im very interested in gettin started. Thanks in advance!! Alma
Hi, Alma! Hispanic is generally "caucasian." Some Latinas use the African or Asian list, if their heritage is primarily one of those -- but if yours is neither one, and you are of European descent, then the best one to use is Caucasian.
Welcome to our little world, and thanks for writing! :-D