Archives for: August 2001, 20
This is for Suzanna (B non) who wrote about panic attacks. I had a somewhat similar experience (also .
My work-load quadrupled (I answered to two lawyers instead of one and their workloads doubled) for a period of six months. Since this was not emotional stress, I did not consider myself to be stressed until my body started complaining. Muscle tension, headaches, jaw-clenching, etc.
I misread Dr. D's advice re Pantethine here in his column. Thinking it would help my muscles relax (it didn't), I started taking it. What happened was after a few days, symptoms I was not aware of went away: I realized I had been experiencing a "flight or fight" response to the phone ringing, a horn honking, sirens, and that just looking at a smoke detector would make my heart race.
Since then, Cortiguard (available here), seems just as helpful. It is easy to say to yourself that you have no reason for stress, and still be experiencing the effects physically. Maybe we balanced B's just don't suffer stress loudly.
Yoga has been helpful, too, but the Pantethine, and then Cortiguard, really made the big difference. I wish I had had them when I was in high school! (I don't smoke, but I wonder if they'd help O's & B's quit.) Sandra
hoo doggies, you worked in law firms and DIDN'T have emotional stress... lawzamercy, perhaps ONLY type Bs should do legal work! :-D
I can certainly concur that Cortiguard is remarkably effective, although I also encourage the practice of some deep-stress-relief program such as meditation, biofeedback, or the use of the Centerpointe Holosync system. Thanks for writing, Sandra! :-)
I have a question about High Blood Pressure. I am a Type B+.
I have been trying the diet for my blood type. But everytime I go to the doctor they are saying my blood pressure is high, while at other times, it is considerably lower.
What foods can I eat that will be beneficial, even healing, to me for the stablilization of blood pressure. I am not asking for a whole list, just a few from each food group. Maybe I am not reading something right. I have the Foods for blood types book at home. Can you help me? Then I can really understand. Tommie
Hello, Tommie ~ welcome!
You may not have high blood pressure at all.
Your readings may be high due to what's called "white coat syndrome." :-> Essentially, many people are rather nervous when doctors (the "white coats") perform their tests -- one of the commonest ways this nervousness shows up is in high blood pressure readings.
One serving of oatmeal daily appears to effectively normalize blood pressure, if eaten over a period of a few weeks.
If the high reading might be caused by feeling anxious (which only you can know), practice calming exercises before your next doctor's visit. When you arrive for your tests, settle down and focus on your breathing ~ relax, and imagine you are just nodding off to sleep in a safe and beautiful place.
Let me know how you do, OK? and thank you for writing in! :-D
I am 51, post-menopausal. And supposedly Type O.
About 6 months ago, I started waking up in the mornings with my hands,feet and face all puffy with fluids. Very sore in the joints, etc. Two mornings I felt quite sick to my stomach. After a bowel movement I felt better.
I am a big bread eater. Always have been. I don't like red meat and with my Cholesterol levels going up (255 total) I worry about all the red meat eating in the diet.
I fit the Type A profile much better than the O and have had my blood tested and they keep telling me it is O. When I married in 1983 we had it tested and I am sure they told me it was A. My Mom is Type O- and my Dad was Type A+.
I have had an Echocardiogram and my heart and all the rest is in great shape! Could you PLEASE help me here? I have discussed this with 2 doctors. 1 thought it was a "pumping problem" (the heart, which we ruled out with the Echo) and the other one thinks it could be an allergy to something I eat. I have no other reactions other than the swelling and painful joints.
One other thing, when I get up in the morning and start moving around, the swelling goes down considerably. As it does I get a cool tingling sensation. Thanks, Nicki
Hello, Nicki! Welcome to the BTD!
The swelling you're having is called edema, and yes, it is due to the quantity of grain you're eating. You'll also discover that the high cholesterol is caused by the grain as well.
This is where conventional doctors and nutritionists are poorly informed. They had no education in the differences in digestion among the various blood types. Fortunately for us, that information is all in Peter's books, and on this website.
If you are at all unsure of your type, I suggest purchasing two home tests in the Store here. Just remember to use ONLY one drop of water on each block. These tests are extremely accurate. Do one, then do the next one. You'll then have a final answer to confirm the results you've gotten from your doctor.
To paraphrase a type O friend: DON'T fear the MEAT, FEAR THE WHEAT! :-) Try the diet for one full month, as a therapeutic measure to solve your difficulties, and let me know what you learn!
Best wishes, dear! :-)
HI, I've been on the blood type diet for about 4 years. Cheat here and there of course. I also mix it with The Zone.
I'm a singer and mucas is something that makes singing difficult and next to impossible to get warmed up. Mucas causes the singer to force the larynx into submission rather that letting it flow freely and be flexible. I'm blood type A.
When I wake in the morning I drink lemon water. Without eating anything I go do vocal warm ups and then practice. I notice as I'm warming up the mucas starts generating. This also happens "without eating anything" if I workout. In the middle of the workout I start clearing my throat and feel the mucas happening.
Could this be a stomach acid thing? Candita? Any help would be appreciated of what I can do to combat this problem. As I'm breathing or my insides are getting moved around the mucas gets generated...There's got to be something I can do. Help! Steve
Well, Peter's said that type As make one heck of a lot of mucus. This is both a protective measure against inhaled pathogens, and a clearing-out process of the lymph system. Physical exercise stimulates the lymph and other organ systems to do their thing. It is a GOOD thing that the mucus is there to catch interlopers and swish them away. Derned annoying when you're trying to do scales, though.
As a singer myself, I can relate to your concerns. The morning is prime time for expelling mucus ~ your body's been quiescent all night, so upon waking it wants to excrete waste and tone up for the day. Is it possible to practice at another time? I say this because in the efforts to cough the phlegm away, the cords can get a bit swollen ~ which irritation then triggers the tissues to insulate themselves by producing yet MORE gunk. You may do better to reschedule your practices, warm up more lightly, take more time... consult your voice teacher about it, as determining the most effective practice is a common singer's difficulty.
In addition, I suggest examining your diet for wheat and dairy items which easily might be removable culprits in this situation. It doesn't take much dietary stimulus to get the mucus river flowing. Professional singing is a demanding activity, reasonably likened to an internal Olympic event. ;-> A stricter adherence to your diet may be all you need.
Do experiment with hydration, as well ~ the formula of 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight, with a little squeeze of lemon and/or pinch of good gray sea salt per quart, daily, is protective of the delicate tissues of the throat and quite good for keeping the phlegm thin and untroublesome.
Finally, a regular visit to the chiropractor can be a vital part of any musical (or other) athlete's physical maintenance program. It is astonishing how effective chiropractic is in this regard. It can 'disappear' nagging coughs, phlegm, and breathing restrictions caused by slight subluxations in the spine. Look into it! It's a marvel! ;-)
Warm wishes, and do write again! Nice to hear from another singer! :-D