Archives for: September 2001, 04
hey heidi, i haven´t written in a while so i should remind you about myself. my name´s olympia, and i´m an A pos secretor.
i´m writing because i saw an acupuncturist recently, a very good one, because of agonising period pains, and she told me í had a gennetic tendency to run high blood sugar and have a tired pancreas. this ties in with some dissatisfaction i´ve had with the a secretor diet, oscillating weight, hormone problems, sugar cravings. i have since switched to eating more A friendly protein and also avoiding grains, dried fruit and sugar and have lost weight and got rid of sugar cravings.
i was wondering about people who are double lewis neg. i know this is rare and probably doesn´t explain the problems i´ve had with the A secretor diet but i wanted to know why such people follow the nonsecretor diet when they secrete blood type cells through out their body. shouldn´t they be sensitive to the same lectins as ordinary secretors? kind regards from Olympia in Spain.
Hi, Olympia! I'm glad your acupuncturist was able to help you pinpoint the specific organ weakness you had, so you could tailor your diet accordingly. Good news!! I hope you're also doing four to six vegetable servings daily, and getting at least some seed-based "grains" like amaranth and quinoa -- they're wonderful for the problems you're experiencing.
The decision to choose a nonsecretor diet for LDNs (Lewis double-negatives) is based on clinical experience with the difficulties that this small but diverse group tends to share. I can't speak to the issue of lectin interactions where the LDN is saliva-typed as a secretor -- that may be a good one to ask Doc Bron.
Once again, congratulations on your excellent results, dear -- very good to hear! :-D
Dear doctor i'm french. I'm begining your diet, I have got a GASTRIC REFLOW with oesophagite.You said that my blood type A has got a low acid rate and you propose a diet to increase it. But I'm thinking that acid reflow asking to get down acid rate. Could you explain to me the reasons why because I 'm lost. In the book "4 diet" you advise to eat melon and in the book "4 way of life" you say not to eat the same fruit? Otherwise you say that pasta is good for my blood type A but wheat is not good ? I'm waiting for your answer. Thanks a lot Doctor Madame Chaussabel Marie France
Greetings, Mme Chaussabel ~
Gastric reflux in type A is commonly misunderstood. The terms "acid stomach" or "acid reflux" are a little confusing, as they lead the patient to believe they have high, rather than low, acid levels. The lack of stomach acid, in combination with inappropriate foods and combinations of foods for that blood group, defeats proper digestion and triggers the backwash of liquids from the stomach which is so painful -- and harmful for the esophagus.
Certain melons (like watermelon) are fine for group A, while others (such as cantaloupe) are not. Wheat is the least useful grain for nearly everyone, so while the basic diet allows it (after all, it is in nearly every bread and pastry and pasta), we ask that you limit its use wherever possible. Using spelt pasta and bread, and rice pasta, is an excellent way to reduce the presence of the wheat lectin in your diet.
All grain foods you eat, in total, should make up no more than one serving daily. Four to six servings of vegetables, three of fruit, some beans, nuts, seeds, fish (or poultry) make up the balance of the usual daily menu. I hope this is helpful to you, and thank you so much for writing! :-)
Hello, Heidi! I was surfing in the site looking for information in portuguese when I found out in the LIBRARY section that some books are related to Portugal (Country) but the address is wrong. The address at Rio de Janeiro is in Brazil when people do speak portuguese, also. I didn't know who to address this information to, so I decided to write to you. have a great weekend!! PEACE! Bcha.
Thanks, Bcha ~ I'll look into that. I believe that the Portuguese language edition is published in Brazil, which is why you are seeing an address in Rio de Janeiro. Be well, dear, and thanks for your note! :-)
Hi Heidi We are all so glad to see you back. I hope the time off was profitable for you.
I need your advice on a problem. I am 69, 2A non-secretor and I follow ERTD. My kidneys have always been overactive and I eliminate lots of liquid. That worries me at times and lately it seems to be getting worse.
I talked to my doctor about that and she gave me a drug called Flomax that acts on the prostate. I read the possible side effects and they are scaring, never will I take such a drug. The doctor gave me that drug even before exemining me and I don't think that my problem of eliminating too much liquid has anything to do with the prostate. I am ashamed of my doctor and also very disapointed.
I am looking for some natural way of controlling the activity of the kidneys and I never found anything anywhere. A few weeks ago, I started to drink more water with a pinch of salt, as you recommended, at least to replace the liquid that I loose. Merci beaucoup and we are lucky to have you there Regards Paul (canada)
Hello, Paul! Well, I am proud of you for being responsible for your health. A doctor who prescribes a drug without even examining you is not a responsible and involved physician.
There is a wide variation in healthy urination frequency, but if you're experiencing a disturbing upward trend there, it may be a matter that diet (including that great water protocol, which may produce surprising results for you!) and some supps can help with. In addition, I would seek out a private naturopath or other experienced alternative medical practitioner to get an expert diagnosis and hands-on help. As I understand it, NDs practice under license in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. Here is a resource page with many excellent suggestions and information on what to expect and how to evaluate a naturopathic physician, including average costs, etc. It was written in 1996 by Pauline Alwes, NMD, and it discusses the U.S. situation primarily, but most of it can still be quite useful to you.
Could you tell me more about your diet and any supplements you take / lab tests you've had done, if any / and specifically, do you regularly drink coffee or tea at this time?
It's possible you have benign prostate enlargement, or some irritant in your diet combined with stress is triggering frequent urination. We can put our heads together and work on the diet and supplement side of things, while you have a look around for an ND to do a diagnosis for you. A good search tool is the www.naturopathic.org Find an ND page.
Very best wishes, Paul, and please get back to me! :-)
I recently purchased "Complete Type Encyclopedia" and the "Cook Right for your Type", and I am new to this philosophy of diet and health. As one who is naturally curious concerning evolutionary psychology, I can enthusiastically identify with the "Eat Right 4 Your Type" approach. I am keen on adopting this new diet!
However, I have a question regarding coffee and my blood type - AB. In the "Cook ..." coffee is presented as a “benefit” for my blood type. In the Encyclopedia and the web-site it is listed as "avoid". Can I assume the research is recent and updated on the web-site? If so, is the menu presented in the “Cook ...” (published 1999) valid? I look forward to your response at your earliest convenience. SteveR
Welcome, Steve! Coffee was a real line-straddler in the initial research. When food values were reviewed with newer and more sensitive testing tools before the publication of Live Right 4 Your Type in 2001, the coffee status for ABs was downgraded.
Don't fret! Live Right and the Encyclopedia are the books to follow, along with the updates and explanations offered in the Updates Page -- and we'll never see changes in the lists on the order of the adjustments made between the Eat Right & Cook Right era and the present state of those lists.
The complexity of following these diets is sometimes spoken of as their weakness -- Ifeel that, on the contrary, it is their strength. Anyone who simply does the basic diet and pays attention to the results will benefit. Anyone who chooses to make use of the advanced tools, such as secretor status and subtype, gains not only a significant boost in health but a rather remarkable education which will prove valuable lifelong. This paradigm empowers the individual with detailed, specific guidelines and a solid basis upon which to build extraordinary good health.
Then there's me, here to answer pesky questions! :-D There's also Dr. Bronner who does telephone consultations for those who can't arrange a clinic visit.
I don't know why I shot off on that particular tangent, but I guess it's all in aid of letting you know the resources available at this time for those seeking assistance.
Thank you for writing, Steve, and again ~ a very warm welcome to you! :-D