Archives for: April 2001, 20
Heidi, I don’t believe that the yucca that Leo uses in his line of supplement products is the food yucca root. If you may remember I wrote you about yucca a few months ago. This was the reason I wrote. From what I discovered researching yucca since then is that there are two uses of the term yucca. Yucca as a supplement comes from a different source and has no relationship to the yucca root used as a food. The supplement yucca is used in the anti-inflammation protocol for type O. Don
Hello, Don! I went looking for our previous yucca discussion, and found the following from June of last year:
Unfortunately, the label for Leo's product just says "yucca" without specifying any particular extract. If it is the yucca saponins, then it's fine for Os -- although we'd still have the aloe and echinacea to contend with.
Hope this helps ? :-)
Hi, I am very much over-weight (1.6m, 92kg). I want to shed off at least 30kg of fat. Thus I would like to try out your plan together with the supplements. I am of a B+ blood type. Could you please help? Kindly recommend what I should take especially on the supplements that you are selling. Greatly apprecaite your attention. Irene
Hello, Irene! The first thing to do is to read the book -- all the information, along with the food lists, is contained there. I suggest Live Right 4 Your Type, which has the most detailed information, if you plan to find out your secretor status to refine your diet choices (and speed things up). If you'd rather use a short, pocket-sized guide to the diet which will work without knowing your secretor status, use the Blood Type B Food, Beverage and Supplement Lists. Both can be purchased in our Store here.
They both give guidelines on exercise and the importance of stress-relieving activities, as well.
The supplements are really there to provide extra nutrition in most cases -- they're not essential to the plan, but if you'd like some guidance in using them, just try the diet for a few weeks and we can discuss your needs at that time... just write back and let me know, OK?
WELCOME, and I'm sure you'll find the B plan is ideal for weight loss! Do keep in touch! :-D
Hi Heidi! My mother's sister, age 80, was just diagnosed with Fuchs' dystrophy, an autosomal dominant condition in which the cornea swells and can't disperse fluid. Corneal cells flake off and painful blisters are produced. It is the numebr 1 reason for corneal transplants. My mother and I have the opposite problem - dry eyes, but the chances are that we too, may have inherited Fuchs'.
Anyway, in doing some research, I discovered that many eye doctors advise avoiding nightshade products, including cucumbers, as well as milk, wheat and corn. My aunt, mother and I are all type A, which is interesting, as all those foods are avoids for type As except for cucumbers and corn. I doubt my aunt is following the type A diet, but I plan to recommend it to her. Is there anything else you can suggest she do? And for my mother and me, I saw that some eye specialists recommend 12 almonds or pecans daily plus 3 500mg capsules of evening primrose oil 2-3 times a day (for the essential fatty oils), in addition to plenty of Omega-6s and 0mega-3s. Any other dry eye advice? Thanks for all your help Heidi. You're a special person. Kim
Hey there, Kim ~~ You did some nice research there! :-) The only things I could add are
(1) stay absolutely hydrated throughout the day, which means the old "1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight" with a squeeze of lemon or a pinch of sea salt in each quart. You will be astonished at what this simple (and real cheap) method will accomplish. Nearly everyone is chronically dehydrated, and after the age of 35 or so (as I understand it), we have a much-diminished sense of when we NEED water than before.
(2) use bilberry. The best supplementary form for this purpose is the extract. PhytoPharmica makes this product, and it seems to be good for whatever ails the eyes.
Blessings to you and your family! and please let me know how you all get along, OK? :-)
Hi again! I am a type O and I'm having a hard time finding wheat free bread that doesn't taste like cardboard. Also, I can't seem to find Ezekiel bread that doesn't also have oat flour and other "avoid" flours mixed in. I've looked in almost every healthfood store in the area and it's always the same brand and ingredients. Is there a brand of Ezekiel bread that doesn't have any other flours? This may be a silly question, but is "Wheatgrass" actually wheat? Does it have the gluten in it that I'm supposed to stay away from? I'm a type O, and I didn't see it listed in the book. It seems to have everything else that would be beneficial for a type O. Thanks! Amanda
Hi there, Amanda! Wheatgrass is actually wheat. But it hasn't yet grown the "grain" part that contains the gluten. No "amber fields of grain" - just the green part (the grass). Same with barley grass. They're both GREAT for all types! :-) Are you avoiding gluten due to celiac?
The Zeke brand I see constantly is Food for Life. Visit their website at www.foodforlife.com. If the label says "100% Flourless," it's all sprouted (or "malted") grains, and it comes in several forms: loaf, hamburger buns (the orange wrapper IS flourless, but the other isn't), seeded hamburger buns (flourless), hot dog buns (which are NOT flourless) and a whole slew of bagel varieties that I haven't checked. *Whew!* ;-)
We're noticing more & more that using brand or product-descriptive names like Ezekiel and Essene are confusing people more than helping them. Trust your own ability to read labels, and use that information in preference over the fact that a product name may have been included in the food lists. We're most likely going to eliminate ALL these terms from TYPEbase3 and minimize their prominence in books not already published (or already in the publishing queue).
I've found enormous numbers of wheat-free breads in my little old HFSs. Kamut, rye, millet, quinoa, spelt, rice breads of all kinds, not to mention the "manna"-type moist breads.
All the ones I've tasted are nothing at all like cardboard. What breads are you use to? Maybe if I had an idea of your preferences, we could recommend something to try that would be similar. In a way it's fortunate that type Os are allowed only a few servings of grain per week. ;-)
And DO check out the foodforlife site and their links -- you'll be better equipped to have a meaningful chat with your organic grocer's grain manager!
Hi Heidi! I am trying to lose the "spare tire" aka flab just like Carl mentioned in his post but I am a B nonnie. I have been taking Green tea extract. I was wondering is that as beneficial as the actual Green tea? I try to avoid caffeine so I chose the extract instead. Do you think it matters? Thanks so much!! Take care, Nicole
Hello, Nicole! Most of the foods we note for specific purposes are best taken in their natural state, rather than an extract of that food. The many elements of the whole food tend to work together in synergy to do the amazing things they do -- while a fraction or individual element rarely does the same job as well (or as safely, in some cases). I can't say that green tea extract would not work for you, but I'd certainly like to hear your results!
If you are caffeine sensitive (if there's no amount small enough that it doesn't give you jitters, or cause migraines when you quit it), then it's worth testing out the extract, but keep up a solid exercise program and plenty of slightly mineralized water (lemon juice or sea salt) and see how it works for you! :-)
I took two tests recently that showed my mercury and lead were high.One blood test and one urine test. Mercury was really excessivly high. Yet, I have no symptoms that are typical with mercury poisoning . I had one dose of DMPS and a 6 hour urine test to see what I excreted and it was in the highest range possible.... Doctor wanted to put me on a chelator of DMPS and to go for treatment until my urine was clear, but I read a lot of negative things about it.
Decided to try on my own a protocol from the Life Extension Institute (www.lef.org)...go to heavy metal detox. They recommend using Cilantro as an herbal remedy. 15 drops twice a day in hot water....for 5 days on, 2 days off. Do this for 3 months. I am just starting this protocol.
They say to start off slowly if you're very toxic...I just did one drop this morning and will add one more drop with each dose until I reach the 15 drops. Cilantro is supposed to chelate mercury through the urine.
It was recommended that I do a liver support while on this formula...and so they suggested milk thistle twice a day. And to drink lot of water and use green drinks and a lot of veggies. I think candida is a problem for with people with heavy metals in their system and some probiotics might be helpful.
I will report again after I try this for awhile. I quit eating the large amounts of fish I ate often...and switched to some organic chicken, turkey and even some eggs for variety. I'm not sure the culprit is just fish...and I think mercury toxicity is a bigger problem than we know as most people aren't even tested for it. I used to PLAY with the mercury from a broken thermometer when I was a child. Dumb I know but it wasn't something we ever knew as toxic back then.
http://www.lef.org/newshop/items/item00551.html Heidi, here's the link on cilantro for heavy metal detoxing. Thought you might like to read about it before recommending it to anyone. Maddy
Wow, yeah, I remember you mentioning the "mercury as a toy" experience some time ago. Many thanks, Maddy! I will CERTAINLY look forward to your next report, and I'm sure lots of other people will, too!! :-D