Archives for: January 2001, 15
I am Type B and diagnosed with hypothroidism and low stress hormones. My choices of a substitute thyroid was Synthroid, Armour THyroid and Nature Thyroid. The first I nixed because it was chemical based. The other two are pork based and I am Type B where Pork is an avoid. I am on 1 grain/day. What are the implications of taking the pork lectin? Will it negate the progress we are trying to make in supplementing an ineffective thyroid gland? P.S. I have been on your diet for over a year and I think it has helped me maintain weight, reduce bloating and gas and provided a general overall good healthy feeling. Lynne
Hi there, Lynne! I'm truly glad the diet is doing good things for you ~ makes my day, thanks! :-)
Your choice of natural thyroid over the synthetic is a good one. Don't be concerned about the source of the extract ~~ it does not contain any lectin, and pork is used because the structure is the most similar to human thyroid hormone. If you're interested, the book Meditation as Medicine by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Cameron Stauth contains specific techniques for revitalizing the thyroid. Type B's tend to obtain extraordinary benefits through the practice of visualization, which is also part of those techniques. Give it a whirl, eh? but the natural thyroid supp should give you no trouble, so no worries there. Thanks for stopping by, Lynne! :-D
Heidi - What did I do to deserve this? I have been following the diet for 3+ years, and until now had only suffered one, tiny little cold virus during that time. I just spent eight days stuck in the house with a horrendous virus. Still having trouble hearing and coughing quite a bit. How did this happen? I thought I was doing pretty well at following the diet with minimal avoids. Aerobic exercises and/or pilates 4-6 times a week. I seem to get enough sleep... Is this part of the nonsecretorness of not being able to fight off infections until they get way inside? (Technical terms escape me). Or is this nature's way of saying "S*** Happens" ? Do you get sick? Thanks for letting me whine Heidi. Linda (B- nonsec)
LOL! Why did this happen? WELL YOU MUST BE A BAD PERSON, L! ~~;-D Do I get sick? OH, NO, NEVER! ~~;-D
It's a very timely question, cuz last week I managed to very nearly get verysick. I'd been running on "determination" night & day for six weeks, working very long hours, skimping sleep and forgetting to eat, OK, so that's stupid, I know. It's that bad habit of pushing limits in hopes that this time, it'll turn out I'm indestructible just like Captain Scarlet.
Well, then on Thursday, I was tromping around in the cold & wet doing stressful errands, and came back home to do some more distressing but absolutely necessary things, and for an hour I couldn't get warm and I started really losing altitude. I just sat here staring at my work ~ all functions ceased, if you know what I mean. A tiny whisper arose from my brain to announce, "Nope, no more" and my immune system blew me a perceptible Bronx cheer and lay down with a shudder. My world seemed to be receding at warp speed.
Alarmed (and warned by Sue's recent enjoyment of that ol' sinusitis/bronchitis that she and I know so well), I took two capfuls of Heallix and a handful of quercetin, drank a huge glass of water, and figured I'd tuck in for a half-hour nap even though I doubted I'd sleep. Seven hours later, I awoke feeling drained but past the danger point. I kept up with the Q & H for the next two days, but the nasties had passed me by. Too close for comfort, darn it!
I think your description of nonsecretor-ness & immune patterns is right on the money. Sometimes it IS just a matter of things creeping up on you (or into you) -- even when you've been exercising and eating & sleeping well. The key is to catch the little monsters the moment you feel them coming on. Sing "mea culpa" to the general vicinity, guzzle your anti-microbials & anti-inflammatories, close the door & hit the hay. My old habit was to just work through whatever it was... and I always ended up "working through" it for weeks on end. Bummer! much better to shut down completely at the first sign, and withdraw & let that ancient NS "trap & kill" system do what it's gotta do.
:-D Hey, you probably won't even have a hint of a cold now for the next who-knows-how-many-years, so what am I going on about?
Thanks for dropping by to vent, Linda ~ you are most welcome to do so, any time! :-D
Hello Heidi! I have a question conserning weight-gain..(again) I am using kreatin and a weight-gain powder containing proteins and carbohydrates. I`m doing kickboxing and some weightlifting. Is kreatin allright for me? And how about weight-gain products? Or should I just drop them and follow the diet, and maybe put a little protein `on top`? (I`m a Morten
Hi, Morten!! Well.... creatine is plentiful in red meat, so you know I'm going to encourage the latter. Getting it from its source will save some cash, too. As I mentioned back on 24 March, food will DEFINITELY do the job, no worries there. Muscle gain for a nice slender guy like you naturally proceeds at a slower pace than fat loss for the stout among us. It just takes steady commitment, nothing fussy or stressful, just plod along with the infrequent hard workouts, and always add a little protein here & there whenever you have some appetite for it. And it may sound silly, but spending five minutes just before sleeping in a nice visualization of being Schwarzenegger (pick your favorite, I don't mind) -- feeling the weight of your limbs and your strength -- believing, without questioning or comparison, that it IS you -- will have quite unexpected effects on the results of your build-muscle program. :-D Keep me posted, Morten! :-)
Hi Heidi! I have a question regarding sprouts. I am a type B with avoids such as rye, sunflower seeds and lentils. I was just wondering, as with wheat (an avoid for B's but okay sprouted), are these and other avoids okay if sprouted? Thanks, Andrea
Hi there, Andrea! Sprouted rye should be fine for you. For the seeds and legumes, the ratings vary. Generally speaking, the longer they're sprouted the more likely the lectin will be destroyed completely. If the bean or seed coat is still present, remove it and eat the green part only. Thanks for your note, dear! :-D