Archives for: August 2001, 17
Hi Heidi, I'm still fearing the wheat and not the meat with good results. Hope you are well. My old computer was zapped by a power surge and I lost many files including some good short synopsis of the type O diet. Can you direct me to a link that sort of sums up the type O diet and the rationale behind it? I have a friend who is short on time and is not likely to read any of the books. Thanks for your time, and if you can't dig something up, that's OK. Best, Bob L.
Hi, leanbean ~ nice to hear you're doing well!
I'm not sure what reason your friend has for looking into the diet, so I'm going to wing it and assume it's a personal interest. While we don't have exactly what you're looking for here on the site. it wouldn't be too difficult to put it together if you have an hour or so and your copy of Eat Right. Page 52 of that book gives a brief gloss on the rationale -- you might take the first paragraph, then the last sentence of the third, then the fourth paragraph.
I'd then suggest that the major components are (1) meat, fish and fowl, and (2) green vegetables -- in a ratio of 1 to 2. Red meat and fish should be favored over fowl. Avoid pork, squid, octopus and white-fleshed potatoes, and emphasize dark green leaf veg and root veg, onions and garlic. Depending on his preferred foods and ones he's unlikely to eat, I'd create a quick list of veg avoids.
After that, I'd roughly sum up the weekly recommended portions of fruits, beans, and nuts/seeds, noting avoids in each category. Grain up to thrice weekly, but no wheat or corn. Same for dairy, a small serving of feta, fresh goat cheese or mozzarella -- butter is fine, but all other dairy products (milk and cheese) are no-go. ;-)
That's how I'd go about it. If he'd rather read it on the site, just send what you put together and I'll post it.
It's a pleasure to hear from you, Bob ~ carry on! :->
I'm 48 years old, B. I'm having a fibroid problem.
First, the background: I started the diet a couple of years ago, first by eliminating the bad foods I was eating every day or nearly (in my case, corn, tomatoes, chicken and pinto beans). Then I switched the rest of my foods to a very high level of compliance. It was only the end of last year before I figured out I had to give up soy because it had switched categories, but I did.
I did some experimenting to find something else to prevent hot-flashes. In January of this year, I did two things: I gave up wheat altogether (I had been eating some non- or low-gluten wheat semi-regularly), and I started using a chart to try and get my servings into proportion. That meant more fish, more vegetables, and more beans (which had dropped when I gave up pintos and blackbeans).
I have lost two pounds per month all year, going from 174 in January, to 150 today. Slow, steady and amazing. At first I had to substitute millet, rice, potatoes, and other starchy snacks for cravings for wheat, but after two months, I noticed I didn't want them or sweets anymore.
In July I noticed a lump which turned out to be some kind of uterine tumor the size of a tennis ball. It seemed to grow quickly. It was probably there for a while, but I noticed the growth-spurt. The doc wanted to do a hysterectomy. It's too big for the less invasive surgical approaches. The part that could be biopsied was not cancerous.
I started the protocol in the Encyclopedia and found a BTD naturepath on your website who is helping me with other herbals.
Here's my question: has anyone ever heard of weight loss stimulating the growth of a fibroid? My sister pointed out that estrogen is stored (or manufactured?) in fat. Her theory is that if (as has been suggested by the naturepath) excess estrogen is not being metabolized by the liver well enough, maybe the fat loss is the source of some of the estrogen. (Other sources include car exhaust.) I'm quite happy to keep losing 2 pounds a month until my body decides to stop it. (My high school weight was 124, so I can keep going another six months or a year at this rate.)
But I wonder if there is a fat-loss connection to the growth of the fibroid. I guess I could start eating bread again... Note that I am eating more food while losing, feel perfectly healthy, haven't caught any colds or flu yet this season, and don't believe the fibroid is causing the weight loss. I also increased my yoga from 1 hour a week to three, in March. ~ Sandra
Hi, Sandra! There is some release of stored substances as fat is lost/metabolized. It's a good idea to support the elimination of excesses by taking that 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight, with a pinch of sea salt and/or a squeeze of lemon in each quart.
Also, I looked around in Ask Dr. D'Adamo, and found two notes he gave to a type A and a type AB which might be very helpful for you as well. Certainly, discuss them with your naturopath if you have any questions about them. They are two herbal remedies traditionally used for treating uterine fibroids: Capsella spp. ("Shepherd's Purse") tincture, 15 drops in hot water 2-3 times daily as needed; and a liquid chlorophyll supp with the fat-soluble components intact (1-3 tsp. daily in a glass of water). Absolutely chow down on those leafy green veg, too!
Here are some details about the two, from Peter's column on menorrhagia:
If you're not eating much lamb, try to get it in any way you can. It has particular protein and fat properties especially beneficial for you. Write again and let me know how these things work for you, OK? Best wishes! :-D