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Dear Heidi, Thanks for your comments on my problem with not losing weight. For the last five days I have cut out grain completely from my diet (from one portion of acceptable grain per day) and have been managing 3 litres of water a day. Haven't managed to eat meat for breakfast yet, but I have also cut out another cup of black tea so I now only have one, first thing in the morning. But, I feel terrible! Tired, achey, headache, listless, miserable and my legs feel like jelly just climbing the stairs so exercise is out. I thought I might be coming down with something, but I'm not getting any worse or better and I don't have a temperature (at 97.6 my temperature is low). And my weight is still the same. Could this reaction be detoxification? If so, is there anything I can do about it? As we are on a low income I cannot afford many supps - I have already overspent on purchasing a secretor status test and some Polyflora. Could it be something else? I'm only just about hanging on in there, so I hope you can help. Many, many thanks for your kind generosity, you are a star! Rachel (O+ secretor status unknown as yet)
Hello, Rachel! The headaches and listlessness may be a reaction to the reduction in your black tea consumption. You may want to bite the bullet and get rid of all caffeine in your diet, since if these are withdrawal reactions you'll have them every time you cut back a bit on caffeine -- and it's no worse to get it over with all at once & be done with it. You can test this by taking a couple of analgesics which contain caffeine, such as the ones listed here. If your symptoms are magically gone, then I would consider using the site linked above as a reference on which to model your caffeine elimination.
Second, there will be some metabolic readjustment when grains are removed, but five days is a bit long for them to continue unchanged. I suspect from the tiredness, sluggish weight loss rate and low temperature that you have some low-level thyroid issues to be resolved. Tomorrow morning, start the simple thyroid self-test -- instructions here. If you find your basal temp is low, let me know and I'll help you find inexpensive ways of boosting your thyroid function. Do hang in there, dear!! I know you can do it! The hard stuff's basically done now, so ONWARD and UPWARD only!! :-D
Hello, I am a type B, I don't know if I am a sec. or non.sec yet. I cannot seem to shake these chronic sinus infections. I have tried the colinsea root recommended inthe pill form, to no avail. Anyother suggestions? I think my hearing may be becoming impacted. Anyone? Jacky
Hi, Jacky! Collinsonia canadensis can help to reduce swelling in the tissues, but if you have chronic infections, your immune system is in need of a boost. Knowing no more, I'd suggest PolyFlora-B and ARA6 (available in the Store here), as well as quercetin for the inflammation, and Heallix as a harmless and potent all-round anti-microbial.
Would you please write back and tell me what your average daily or weekly diet is, and what supps or meds you take? I will do my best to help! Take good care, and do write again! :-D
Hi Heidi, I had some trouble with the maca powder, your advice was to take it during the day instead of on a full stomach at night. So, I took it with some juice and ARA6 on an empty stomach around noon and about 1 hour later my stomach was cramping up bad and I had to throw up. I was out shopping and the cramp got intolerable; driven to a public restroom! ugh. I also got very red and flushed. The first time I took the stuff I was jacked. It was like..is this really me? the same person with all this cheeriness and energy? since then everytime I take the stuff I'm hurting. Question 1: Have you heard of people having bad reactions to maca? Now I have a bad case of candida...and I will spare you and the readers all the details. Question 2: What is the fastest way to clear my body of this goo/crud/slime/ick? I eagerly await your reply. Thank you!!!! Emme
Emme! I have heard of people who could not find a small enough dosage, because any amount wired them up. However, you're the first to report the severe digestive trouble -- I probably don't need to say this, but please stop taking it! :-0 And (everyone), please don't ever continue with any food or supp which produces strong negative reactions.
Did you find the stress-relief part of the earlier column of any help?
Your candida may have flared because of the effects of the vomiting and diarrhea. It should settle down with a return to your usual diet, and the use of PolyFlora & ARA6. However, if it persists, DO use the Encylopedia candidiasis protocols. GOSH, I'm truly sorry you had such a rotten time of it with the maca, Emme! Please keep me posted, OK??? :-)
Dear Heidi, I have been on the diet for about 2 years and have seen great results. I try to tell others about it and I have a question so I can try to explain this to a friend. She is a type O. For type O, aloe vera is an avoid. She had a lot of digestive problems and had then tried aloe vera and it really has helped her clear those problems, she has been using it for several years now with great results and she can not see how it can be bad for her. Could you explain in a little more depth why it is an avoid and what exactly it does to the body that is bad. It has helped her so much that I am having a hard time trying to get her to avoid it. Thanks for all your good work. Connie
Hi, Connie! Aloe leaf pulp contains at least two lectins, "Aloctin" I and II, which are significant hemagglutanins, or "blood cell agglutinators." There are plenty of other food substances which can resolve type O digestive problems without the lectin challenges aloe presents.
The last study Peter quoted on these lectins was: Akev N, Can A. Separation and some properties of Aloe vera L. leaf pulp lectins. Phytother Res 1999 Sep;13(6):489-93, so if your friend is interested in reading further, she might try to get a copy of that journal. Hope this helps, dear, and keep up the good work! :-D
Hello again Heidi. Many thanks to you and everyone elso for giving me advice on coping with cold sores. It's taken me a while to get through it all. I shall take extra lysine and have been taking Polyvite O for a year anyway. Would like to take more coleus Forskohlii though. Any UK sources, anyone? I am still confused though about avoiding high lysine nuts while taking a lysine supplement. Which are the best nuts for me to eat on a regular basis then? As I have to eat quite a lot I need my energy from good sources. The cold sores certainly do erupt when I'm under stress, but, like most Os, I prefer to run rather than meditate! I did try meditation years ago, and it made me panic, but I shall try an old breathing exercise again. Thanks for all your energetic work! Gwyneth
Hello, Gwyneth! If you take the lysine supp, there is no need to avoid the nuts (that was Peter's original advice, so that you do not unnecessarily limit your nuts/seeds intake). Just experiment to find the dosage that will balance the amount of lysine in your diet.
When you say meditation made you panic, if you mean *during* the meditation, that is a common sign of 'unstressing' -- and may mean you can benefit tremendously by the practice! A visit with your instructor would be in order, as they are well trained in all such happenstances. Best wishes, dear, and if folks write in with UK sources of Coleus forskohlii, I'll pass the info on! :-D
Hi Heidi, I just started the last 2 months to follow the "A" blood type diet. I am a secretor and A+. I can eat pretty much all foods on the plan except when I switched to Soy milk and was eating tempeh and tofu, my arthritis in my hips flared up worse with pain and stiffness. I stopped the soy and the pain subsided. I also had been eating relatively low carb, not really low, but when I tried to switch to a vegitarian diet, I'd have terrible indigestion that only mint and papaya (avoid) could help. So I stopped the wheat because I need to lose 30 pounds.
My digestion is better but I also lowered my carbs and started eating eggs for breakfast instead of cereal and I only have some rice with dinner at times.(I don't eat potatoes, tomatoes or eggplant now, and hardly any vinegar) Don't get me wrong, I am a true "A". I love vegitables, grains and fruits.. and I really don't like meat at all. Right now, I'm down to Salmon, chicken, eggs, turkey and cornish hen. I know that A's don't have great digestion but I can't live like this always taking something for it. Have you had A's with this same problem? Is it just that I'm adjusting to the A plan and the indigestion will eventually go away? I was vegetarian about 10 years ago and I had indigestion then, and went back to eating meat.
I'm 46 years old. Is it just old age setting in? PS: I'm VERY sensitive (typical A) to things and I tried Bromeline and it gave me a migraine.(Flax oil, calcium/ magnesium/ potassium supplements all give me migraine too)I bet Dr. D'Adamo will scratch his head on this one! Thank you! Diana
Hi, Diana! There's no need to be a vegetarian in order to follow the A plan. And, a vegetarian diet need not be a grain-based diet. Type As can have WONDERFUL digestion, and should have, once they've adjusted to this plan from what they were doing before. I hope I understood you correctly: the salmon, etc. are your protein sources, but you do eat the veggies as well?
Your food sensitivities will diminish over time, and I strongly suggest taking up a meditation or yoga practice, even just alternate nostril breathing, to help your immune system balance itself and start settling down. Also, using a plain quercetin supplement (if you tolerate it) at 500 mg three or four times daily will help accomplish the same thing.
Have you tried whole pineapple as a digestive, instead of the bromelain supp? How about gentian? These will not reduce the joint pain you related to soy consumption, so I'd address the arthritis directly with whole foods and simple supps. Nuts, seeds, avocado, and fish are excellent foods for that purpose, as is the quercetin mentioned above (it is a wonderful anti-inflammatory). A broth made from a few vegetables like carrots, onions, garlic and celery with the bones of turkey, chicken or fish (simmered for at least a few hours) is great for the joints and skin.
If it's old age setting in, then you and I both are seniors already and I'm pretty sure I haven't even made it to middle age .... which means you haven't, either! :-) Please give these suggestions a try, and let me know how you go along... I'll be expecting a lot of "youth" to show up as time passes!! :-D
Hey Heidi. Thank you so much for being there for us. As I'm putting a lot of effort (and money!) in this project, I'm very grateful to be able to put my questions to you when in doubt. My doubts today is caused by Judys narrative of her routine, which include "with meal-supplements" and "between meal-supplements". I'm aware that the data on suggested dose at the NAP site add that i.g. Deflect and Quercetin should me taken with largest meal/s, but most of the products have no other indication of when and how than the once/twice daily information. And Judys routine doesn't seem to fit the NAP suggestion, as she lists Quercetin as a "between meal-supplement". So my question really is, whether this is a learning-by-doing proces for each person, or whether there is any general suggestions on "the when and how" of supplements when nothing is suggested on the NAP site? Nina
Hi, Nina! Quercetin can be taken with meals OR apart from food, and yep! it's a learning-by-doing process, or learning-by-doing-and-listening-to-others process in my case. When there are no specific when-to-take instructions on a NAP product, it means the supp is effective no matter when or with what it's taken. I hope this helps describe the situation, Nina ~ thanks, as always, for posting your offerings & concerns! :-D
Dear Heidi, It's me again. In browsing through the website, I came across two things which brought up questions. I hope they're not too technical---I wouldn't want you to spend ALL your time doing research In one of Dr. D'Adamo's articles, he quotes one of his critics as saying "Also (regarding lectins), there is evidence that enzymes such as intestinal transglutaminase, secreted in response to certain lectins, repair lectin-induced damages to the microvilli and gut epithelium." This got me to thinking (not necessarily linearly!): If non-secretors don't secrete blood type antigens in their digestive tract, then would a test for celiac disease that measures anti-transglutaminase antibodies not be valid for a non-secretor? Would tests for any kind of antibodies that rely on stool or saliva still be valid for non-secretors? In the discussion of secretors and non-secretors: "Aspects of physiology such as the relative activity of an enzyme called intestinal alkaline phosphatase; propensities toward clotting, reliability of some tumor markers...[have predictable trends in secretors and non-secretors]". Do you know if it is secretors or non-secretors in whom tumor markers are more or less reliable? And where can I find out more about this? This is very relevant for me because I have had cancer and I am a non-secretor (A). Thanks so much. Joan
Hello, Joan! First, IT enzyme is not an ABO antibody as far as I know. It's a healing response we all have. If you have huge amounts being secreted, that's probably what the celiac test is looking for, as well as the level of gut defenses mobilized against the candida organism. If there's a BIG army on the move, the most likely reason is a BIG army on the 'other side.' Nature is economical that way. ;-)
IAP production varies from individual to individual, and there are ABO and secretor status associations, as well as stimulus provided by protein ingestion. Blood clotting factor as well as viscosity vary by ABO type, as do the reliability of tumor markers.
Hope that helps! and thanks for writing, Joan!! :-D
Hi again Heidi, I wrote to you last week about my 4 year old AB- with gluten intolerance. He’s off the pumpernickel and back on the rice bread. I don’t like the incorrect food combining aspect of the fruit juice sweetened bread but am trying to relax on that a bit. Food combing has worked so well for me in the past when I had IBS that I really think it’s useful – but perhaps more so when you are trying to overcome an illness. Getting a 4 year old to eat lots of steamed veggies is quite a challenge!
This question I have is about me (B+). I’m trying to move slowly towards a B diet, but have a few obstacles – I’m still nursing my 5 month old son, so cannot have beans (way too gassy), although have managed to re-introduce goat cheese into my diet without any negative effects (a few months ago I tried it and he got really congested). I’ve got some yogurt in the fridge to try tonight (I used to hate it as a child - wonder if it'll be different?), and even had some lamb in my shopping cart yesterday for about 30 seconds until I put it back (I’m not quite ready for that yet!). My problem is that I used to use grains, avocados and nuts to fill me up and keep my weight up, but now those pounds are slipping away too quickly and I’m nearly at my pre-pregnancy weight (110). I want to delay introducing solids to my baby for another few months but need more body fat to do that. Where should I be getting extra fat/calories from? I had an ear infection from cottage cheese during my pregnancy, so I’m really wary of too much diary (it was incredibly painful!) but perhaps extra goat cheese would be ok. Thanks for any help. Ann
Hi there, Ann! I hope you've been reading this column daily, as we've heard from a couple of folks whose experience with weight maintenance while nursing indicates you're best off eating as much of the beneficial foods as you can.
However, going the grain & beans route is way less than optimal for you. It's not calories you need, it is protein, minerals, fats, vitamins and pure water. The sprouted breads, and oats, millet, rice & spelt can be eaten as well, but try not to let them push the protein quotient down. OK, you couldn't face the lamb... that's OK! If you don't have tasty recipes for goat & rabbit & lamb which whet your appetite at all, then please get at least the daily portions of beef, buffalo, and turkey. How about the fishes? Of course, add oils, ghee, and walnut butter at will, and if cheeses give you trouble, do try the yogurt and other cultured products instead. Mushrooms, parsnips, sweet potatoes, yams, homemade bone broth and plenty of dark leafy greens and fruit can help keep the protein and mineral supply high, and allow your body to meet the demands of nursing.
Ann, you're doing such a wonderful job raising your baby this way... I truly admire you! Please let me know if there's anything more I can help with, and keep us posted, OK? :-D
Hi Heidi, I'm back with a few more questioans. I'm a Type A non-secretor. I read in the "Encyclopedia" that Vitamin A is good for elderly A's. What about for middle-aged (I'm 55) but with chronic illness (bad case of longstanding chronic fatigue, adrenal insufficiency, hypo- and autoimune thyroid, numerous allergies, etc)? Aside from all the other things I could (and do) take for these conditions, I've been told by more than one of my health practitioners that Vitamin A (the kind from fish oil, not dry) is a potent anti-viral, and when I have a cold or flu, to take 100,000 units for 3 days, then 50,000 for as long as symptoms last (yes, those numbers are written correctly). What do you think? And what about 10,000 daily for maintenance dose? Deflect has pineapple in it, which I'm allergic to. Is there something I can take (besides Quercetin, which my gut has never liked) that will do the same thing? On January 28, you wrote that the only beneficial grain for Type A non-secretors is amaranth. Yet the Typebase lists rye as beneficial for all A's. Which is right? Thanks so much for your cheery and encouraging posts, which I read every day. Joan
Peter does not include such high vitamin A dosages in his protocol for immune enhancement, for instance -- which is meant to be used for one week. If you do take 100,000 units for a few days, then 50,000 for some time, I'd suggest you be under a doctor's care while doing so. Also, use Carlson's fish oils only, to avoid any potential contaminant toxicity issues. As far as taking 10,000 units daily indefinitely, I think that would be fine as long as you take a one-week break every month. And I reiterate that I'd check with a medical professional on all this (naturally!) to confirm. ;-)
Gentian is a digestive stimulant, so see if it works for you without the untoward reactions you experience from pineapple. Quercetin is not a "digestive" -- Have you tried the hypoallergenic bromelain product NAP designed?
Sorry about the TYPEbase situation -- I'm working on that right now. I quoted from the original database, which concurs with Live Right 4 Your Type including all updates. Amaranth is indeed the only beneficial A-non grain.
;-) The TYPEbase lists will be corrected -- and thanks!! :-D
Dear Heidi, Thank you for answering my question. Having looked at your advice, I do have a couple of questions regarding the diet for my baby (the one with psoriasis). Is wheat free the same as gluten free? In my baby's case, it is only wheat but not gluten, right? Also when you say olive oil or flaxeed oil is beneficial to her intestinal healing, do you mean cooking her food with the oil or she actually drinks the oil? Can I give her some cod liver oil or fish oil instead? My husband and I truly believes diet will help our daughter but you see it's usually my mother-in-law who takes care of my baby most of the time especially when I go to work during the day. It is difficult for me to ask her do this and do that without having her to be on our side first. As a Chinese, we don't usually put olive oil or flaxeed oil direct into our mouth. It is more common to drink cod liver oil especially for kids. Any suggestions?
1) If I were to eliminate wheat and dairy out of her daily diet, can you possibly suggest a sample daily menu for me as a reference? 2) I read in Live Right For Your Type that bitter melon (under Fruit section) is not allowed, why is that and may I ask what bitter melon is? I thought it is vegetable instead of fruit. 3) The list of vegetables and fruits you listed in all books are already very exhaustive, but I am sure there are still a long list out there. How in the future can I tell what to eat and what not to? Many thanks for you help. Diana
Hi, Diana! The best approach for her would be grain-free altogether. If you cannot avoid giving her grain, let it be whole rice, steamed or otherwise cooked thoroughly. Just pick and choose from the meats, fish, greens/vegetables, nuts and fruit in the beneficial list, and fill in with the neutral list as necessary, in order to make a meal plan for her. She will miss absolutely nothing -- no necessary nutrients -- if you remove dairy and grains from her diet! ;-)
Fish oils are usually not recommended for type O because our blood is thin as it is, and fish oils can thin it further, with a risk of bleeding problems. The flax oil or olive oil is just her "medicine" for now, and either rice bran oil or olive oil can be used for cooking, rather than corn or "vegetable" or peanut oils -- the latter are not good for her. Bitter melon? Click on this link for a picture and description. It's an avoid for everyone, because of its potent lectins. If you find foods you cannot identify, they are generally considered "neutral" for persons in good health -- you will find as time goes on that some "unknown" foods can be linked to "known" items, with knowledge & practice. In the meantime, please feel free to write in with questions, and I will do my best to help! I hope your baby is doing better now! :-D
Dear Heidi, I am an A+ Secretor. Can you please tell me or direct me to the info on HOW one discovers whether they are A1 or A2 or MM, MN? I had my type done by the Dr. and the only info I got back was A+. Thanks. Diana
Hello, Diana ~~ the SouthWest Medical College laboratories do this test. It's part of a full serotype panel, including ABO type, A subtype, Rhesus type, MM/MN. For more information, call them at 602/ 970-0000. :-D
Hi, Heidi, I haven't written in lately, but,I look forward to your column every morning...Happy first anniversary. Re: Tinnitus and Alyson's comment today about adjusting to the "annoying sound." I have had tinnitis for about 10 years now and have adjusted to it. I hardly pay attention to it anymore. That's, of course, after spending a lot of time and money being tested for all kinds of scary senarios, and attempting to get rid of it via trial and error with diet and various "pills." philcan
Hey, Phil! Thanks for the birthday wishes! ;-)
Well, sometimes it's tincture of time that does it... and yes, there's a point beyond which we can become inured to things, and carry on feeling quite normal and content, for the most part. I appreciate your note, and please write more often, eh? :-D
Hello Heidi, I've recently started to eat in accordance with my O type and so far so good, though I'm only two weeks into it. My inspiration is that I sneeze and create bucketloads of mucous, as well as itchy sinuses, eyes and ears, yet allergy testing shows I'm not allergic to anything. I've been unsuccessful at determining what foods I'm reacting to - so I'm feeling relieved that someone (albeit a book!) is telling me what to do! I've also had asthma since my early 20s - I'm now 45. My question is about flouride - my symptoms began about the time I moved into town and started drinking treated water. Do you have any information on how it afects us? While I have your ear, us Aussies are great tea drinkers, especially me! I drink a local tea with no tannic acid and minimal caffeine (Madura it's called) - Is this unwise? Thankyou for your column, With love, Cindy.
Hi, Cindy!! Welcome!!! YES, we type Os are keenly sensitive to fluoride, and we're the most common ones to be diagnosed with fluoridosis. Do get a good water purification system which removes fluoride, or find a source of spring or well water that's tested well below the average limits! By the way, tea contains fluoride as well. Betcha didn't expect to stop by for the first time and get all this bad news, eh? :-( Better safe (and disappointed) now than sorry later is what I say. How about some roasted dandelion root, or herbal tea, or even a good organic green tea instead?? :-) Well, I hope I didn't chase you off, Cindy -- please write again and let me know, OK? :-D
Scanning your columns has provided me with answers to most of my questions leaving only one. In BTD licorice tea is listed as beneficial for type B's and licorice root tea is listed as neutral. While shopping for licorice tea I've found that what is advertised as licorice tea is really licorice root tea. Is there a difference between licorice tea and licorice root tea? If so, can you recommend a seller of bona fide licorice tea? Thanks. Paul
Hmmmm.... Not sure what the discrepancy is there, as there's only one listing for licorice under teas. Plain licorice root tea is fine for Bs -- just keep an eye on your blood pressure if you drink it regularly. Raw licorice preparations can raise blood pressure. There is a DGL form of licorice available for health purposes, which has the pressure-raising element removed. Hope this clears up the confusion, Paul, and thanks SO much for writing!! :-D