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Hi, folks! I've gotten a number of letters lately which indicate to me that I should put up here a review of basic principles.
Things begin to get complicated in people's minds when they've been away from the books for a while. Most of us living today have been absolutely inculcated with the idea that a medicine or (more recently) a supplement is the "powerhouse thing." If we're having trouble with something, we revert unconsciously to this viewpoint. We think, "Oh yeah, the diet and all that, but right now I WANT a POWERHOUSE thing to solve problem X."
Folks are writing to me asking for supplements to treat low to medium-urgency conditions -- which the diet takes care of on its own.
Let's review a few things: High total cholesterol/high LDL/low HDL. High blood pressure. Hypoglycemia/diabetes II. Overweight. Snoring. OK?
The diets are designed to normalize these conditions on its own, and they SUCCEED in the overwhelming majority of cases (over 85%, and we certainly don't even know how close to 100% compliant these folks were). And if someone says, Well, I'm an O nonsecretor but I just read this news article and I want to have oatmeal daily because they said it lowers cholesterol... I'm going to be scratching my head something fierce.
Evaluate the articles you read. First thing that should go off like fireworks in your mind is when a study did NOT report results BY ABO GROUP. That's just about all of them you'll see. Take the oatmeal study. 72% of their study subjects, they say, benefited. 72% is a nice number. But it also says to me that 28% didn't benefit. Since we don't have any other data on the test subjects, well, at least don't we know something about OATMEAL? Could oatmeal be the key to unlocking the mystery of the success of this study?
Look at your LR food lists and see who can eat oatmeal and how often. Then look at the population frequencies of those types for whom oatmeal is an avoid, or for whom it's a neutral but the grain frequency is close to ZERO per week. Add 'em up. O nons make up nearly 8% right there - no oatmeal for them at all. Both B and AB nonsecretors, they're at way less than 7 portions of grain total per week - so, right there's another few percent of people less than likely to benefit big on the scale the oatmeal study projects, and oatmeal is only neutral B nons, anyway. But consider: O secretors are probably a big fat 35% of everybody, and their total grain frequencies are lower than everyone except O nons -- they can get 6 servings weekly if they reeeeeally squeeze... but ONLY if they aren't Rh negative (8% of the total O population - so it's 3.5% of everybody). I think the figures look pretty good. Messy, but one of our number-eagles will offer their results here I'm sure.
Take-home message: 28-30% of people will not benefit from the oatmeal deal, and just look at your copy of Live Right 4 Your Type to find out if you're one of their number.
We're talking about food. We know food affects people differently -- and POWERFULLY. Just ask someone who spent 25 years with IBS - afraid to leave their house, for God's sake - and then got on their type Whatever diet and now it's gone and they're FREE. You see, that's where we already know 2000% more in the dietary area than ANYTHING, people -- ANYTHING any little one-size-fits-all study or other has produced.
My Friends: Please! Read critically. Read using the filter of the knowledge you already have. Depend on this science of ABO and related blood-type dietary material you have in your hands already -- unless you through your personal, thorough and documented experience find it is provably ineffective for you. At that point, we will express our regrets that this system didn't work for you, and will wish you well.
But for the majority of people: If somebody writes to me and tells me "Well, I'm GOING to use the [utterly obviously incredibly harmful drug my doctor gave me a script for], or I JUST CAN'T EAT [90% of the beneficial foods in every category] for whatever reason, or I'm TOTALLY IN LOVE with this particular supplement (rated avoid) and I'll NEVER stop taking it but I have this problem and can you help..... well, I'm not going to sit here and butt heads with you over it in most cases becuase (1) you've already told me what you're going to do, and I respect your decision and believe you're really going to do it, and (2) I'm a softy, and I still want to help -- and if i'm going to be helpful to you at all, it's going to be within the terms you have specifically stated to me. Yeah, at first, I may attempt to entice and wheedle you into reconsidering your basic thinking about the thing -- but I'll end up trying to help on your own terms as you express them to me.
However, I want to post this as a good, memorable reminder to everyone: Use the diet first, and thoroughly. Use the exercise (for As and Bs, this means not only physical exercise but a commitment to a deep stress-release program) second. Use the recommended supplements in the various books -- third. Then go about my little old "water," "gallbladder flush," "red yeast rice," and whatever other brainstorms I come up with, solidly fourth.
People write to me saying they KNOW this diet works, but their situation requires that they take certain (debilitating) drugs because their doctor said so, and can I help them with that -- or, their NAET or ALISA or applied kinesiology results conflict in some way with the diet, so how can they proceed at all?
Let me tell you a story.
I recently heard from a woman who was mowed down by a police car. She was a law student in her late 20s, extremely intelligent woman. She incurred brain damage as a result of the accident, and over a period of three years she worked herself along up, starting from not being able to understand basic language or control her bodily functions any better than an infant, to being now able to perform mental tasks somewhere in the 16-20 year old level.
She's still improving. She refused to take any drugs of any kind because they made her feel 'wrong' and 'out of it' -- and decided that environment, food and exercise would do everything that needed to be done for a physical woman born on this earth. In the medical community she's considered 'a miracle.' Well, that's a neat evasion. When you can't explain why somebody who wouldn't use YOUR prescription got amazingly better than the people who DID use it, well, that's the unique instance in which you suddenly bring up religion.
On the contrary, I consider her a classic case history in what is rock-bottom normal. She trusted that what is NORMAL is, is a whole lot better than the image most people imbibe about how UNHEALTHY IS SO NORMAL, which is presented in DRUG ads on TV every day all day and night and 7/24/365.
We live in a very complex world. But don't be dismayed. If you absolutely cleave to a few simple principles, you will succeed, and nothing can stop you. There's no one who is incapable of choosing those few simple principles, and everyone who does so will experience an enormous upsurge of feelings of freedom and personal power.
Review it and commit it to memory:
#1, the diet.
#2, the exercise/ stress release program.
#3, supplements, taken singly on the advice of Eat Right, Live Right, or as part of full Encyclopedia protocols. These protocols are now available online.
#4, whatever I, in my inestimable accreditation as a totally non-medically-educated person, dig up and dare to offer in addition to the above.
If you'd like to ask a question regarding your health concerns, please, please, do include a sample daily menu of what you usually eat and what supplements you take. It's really something without which we'll be wasting each other's time. I'm not a doctor, as most of ya already well know, but I can most certainly be of assistance in helping you heal and attain a most extraordinary level of health through using the "Blood Type Plans." There's nothing like them. Give them the commitment they deserve! They'll repay you all your life, not only in your own health but in your children's as well.
Be well, stay cozy, and blessings to you all! :-D