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BR: Tell us a little about yourself - your age, blood type, marital status, children, nationality, profession, country in which you live.
DC: My name is Debbie Cardone, I’m forty-six, type O non-secretor. I’m married twenty-five years this September; I have six children, two boys and three girls. I have four grandchildren. I’m German and English. I’m a health coach; I work for Dr. Hoffman a Chiropractor. I live in the USA.
BR: Give us some insight of your health problems. Are there any diseases running in your family?
DC: I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis fifteen years ago. I’ve been in a wheelchair, used a walker and a cane. I’ve had Optic neuritis, Urinary tract infections, IBS, Esophageal spasms; Colitis, Hepatitis, Hypothyroidism, Allergies and I had my Gallbladder out, and a Hysterectomy. My family has a history of Cancer and Diabetes.
BR: How did you find out about the blood type diet (I rather call it way-of-life!) Was it through friends, colleagues, health practitioners, or other?
DC: I was so depressed and tired of being sick, I prayed and went to the library to look up books on eating healthy. I remembered my brother telling me about eating for your blood type for health and weight. So I got the book and started reading.
BR: How did you get started? Was it gradually, or did you opt for the cold-turkey-version?
DC: I started right away eating beef and stopped wheat. I ate all the beneficial foods I could and stayed away from the avoids.
BR: How long did it take to notice change in your body (mentally and physically!). What kind of changes did you experience?
DC: It was a week when I started thinking clearer and had more energy. I felt pretty good. After a month I stopped all medication and felt ten years younger. After four months I went off disability, lost forty pounds, and went back to work. Now I help others to eat right. All our patients are tested for their blood type and we go from there.
BR: Was it easy to get started? Or difficult? What was your main purpose to get started? Health problems like losing weight, or what?
DC: It was pretty easy to get started. I had to learn my food lists and get off sweets. I had to learn to prepare food and plan meals. Not grab anything I could find. It is a way of life a healthy new way. My main purpose was to get healthy stay out of the wheel chair, lose weight and enjoy my family.
BR: Your family; how did they react to your following this Blood type program? Are they supportive, tolerant or negative?
DC: At first they thought it was silly to think a diet would do what my medication and Doctors couldn’t do. Then when they saw me get better and better they started to believe and wanted to be on it also.
BR: How many blood types are there in your family? Is it easy or time consuming to prepare foods, how do you manage?
DC: There are three types in my family. It is now easy for me to prepare meals, I buy my beef, chicken, turkey and fish and put them into Baggies for single portions, so when I want a steak I can pull out one portion of another meat for someone else. I make two veggies and salad. We have our own breads and pastas. I also circled all the foods we can all eat.
BR: Is Eating Right 4 Your Type easy or difficult when you are at work, at a restaurant? On the road? Looking at your diet, what was easy to integrate, what still gives you problems?
DC: I started preparing some foods in advance, so then I can pack what I need. I eat type O bars a lot. I have found some really good restaurants that we can all eat at and I always speak to the cook if I any questions. I’m very careful with seasoning and sauces. On the road I bring my bread and rice crackers. It was easy to eat veggies and meat I love the way I feel when I eat protein. The hard thing is when you go over anyone’s house they always have wheat, hamburger rolls, bread and dinner rolls.
BR: Do you get support from your medical health practitioner? Could you convince him/her of the positive impact of the BTD on your health?
DC: No! I don’t get any support from any of my doctors and one of them fired me as a patient. I’ve been healthy for eleven months no hospital stays and no medication and still they say I’m wrong. I wish I knew of a MD somewhere around here that understands this. I’m grateful for Dr. Hoffman a Chiropractor and very much into nutrition I go to him for most of my needs. I work for him and we use the BTD for our patients.
BR: What kind or medication did you take for overcoming your health problems? And how is your medication-intake after having started the BTD?
DC: I took Avonex (an interferon) injection; I took once a week. I also had to take medication for my stomach and pain. On and off I took medication for depression and water pills for swelling. I haven’t taken any medication since I was on the BTD for a month ten months ago. No hospital stays for steroids, for which I was in every three months for, the last two years before the BTD.
BR: The country, city, village you live in: Is it a problem or not to find the organic /green foods/meats you need? How do you cope with it?
DC: I live in the USA (Cape Canaveral, FL) I can find the food I need at different health food stores. The only problems are traveling and not having what I need in stock. Also a lot of the foods have an ingredient that has an avoid in it. So I go to the managers and let them know what I need and explain the diet. More and more people are getting familiar with it. I also go out and find out information for my patients. This week is where to find Essene bread that’s my mission.
BR: Are there any other experiences you had following this way-of-life, you want to share with us? Now you have the chance!
DC: I have found that if you feed your body with what it needs it works. I’m very grateful to Dr. D’Adamo for all his hard work and research. He’s saving so many lives including mine. One lesson I also have learned doesn’t take anything unless you check if it’s good for your type. Most of the time we are told what is good for a disease or cholesterol or weight. They don’t think about we are all different blood types. It is different for each blood type. I was told evening primrose oil was good for MS, without checking I took it. I didn’t feel so good. Now that I’m now living different I can tell when I have had an avoid
BR: Debbie, quite an impressive story. You came a long way. More proof of how right Dr. D. is and how grateful we all are to have found our healthy way-of-life! Re-integration in professional life, full participation in family-life! Debbie, thank you very much for this wonderful and moving interview!
Thank you for sharing your story! It's so neat to hear similar stories of how this changed our lives.
I also have MS. I see you are Type O and so am I. Do you know if you are a secretor or non-secretor? Apparently, Non-secretors have prevelence for auto-immune diseases.
i've been fortunate so far to have had few attacks. just one i know of, parathesia of feet which has subsided greatly.
i am encouraged by your story. i too cannot rely or count on the doctors for
support. my chiropractor told me about BTD today. and today i found this site.
thank you. thank you. thank you.
You know there are times you should pull your head out of your western medical training rear and think back to when humans actually didn't have processed foods and all ate identically. Both my mother and my sister had/have MS. I took care of my mother as a child before she went into the nursing home. It was always about the drugs because that's what we are socialized to believe what will save us. You assumed they did this "diet" for weight loss and just insulted everyone by thinking all MS patients are fat. If YOU know about MS then you KNOW fatigue is a huge problem and getting up and doing cardio 3 times a week might actually harm them more than it does good. They chose to give this life-style change a try because they are tired of living a way that fills them with chemicals and still getting no where toward the healthy live-style they want or deserve. You Mr. Neuro Doc obviously didn't spend enough time learning about bio-anthropology or learning more about hope, zen, and well-being. Just b/c you didn't prescribe the diet or understand the diet or it doesn't have enough scientific support don't knock it because it seems to work for some people. Western Medicine has it's place. You need to stay in your place. Obviously you can't see beyond and hope for some natural way for the body to heal.
I find it interesting that some people believe little pills can help make us better or temporarily relieve our pain, yet food cannot. Not only can food fix or help what's ailing us, it's also a large part of "why" so many are ill in the first place. Don't knock the BTD until you've given it an honest try. Why in the world would so many feel so much better if there weren't truth to it? I understand anyone's skepticism, I felt the same way once....and then I tried it and watched others around me try it, the transformations are amazing. I'm so glad you aren't my doctor. In "practicing" medicine I think you may want to be a little more open minded.
Now we are eating healthier, avoiding foods that are causing problems and making us feel poorly. He has quit taking the drugs that caused him such pain and weakness that he could not even get up when he fell out of bed. And the icing on the cake is, the supposed "cure" from his neurologist, an ImmunuGlobulin IV infusion, caused an allergic reaction (twice!) that affected his whole body and left him even weaker. But oh, how the docs love those insurance payments! Patients be damned, as long as you get paid!
"If you dont want to be fat then you might actually have to make a physical effort!" Well, Doctor Know-It-All, why don't you come and help my friend exercise? You can hold the Thera-bands while he tries to move his legs. He can barely walk, thanks to the abuse from the medical community. I'm sure a little personal attention would help him immensely. Perhaps that would make up for the doctor who wouldn't even visit him in the hospital while he was getting "treatment." Oh, yes, I forgot, that doesn't matter, as long as those checks keep coming in!
All your training and brainwashing by drug companies does not negate the fact that FOOD IS THE BEST MEDICINE (and there is a book by that name, written by a doctor. You might want to read it, maybe you'll learn something.
Yeah, I'm a little p!$$ed. But your snotty, arrogant attitude is just the "type" which makes us all seek other alternatives to "traditional" medicine.
No apologies here, I'm telling it like it is. Facts don't lie.
Best wishes to all who are struggling through their illnesses. Keep your chin up, there IS a better way, and we WILL follow it.
Just want you all to know about Lyme Disease as a disastrously missed diagnosis. Please read "Cure Unknown" by Scientific American writer Pamela Weintraub, and if possible see "Under Our Skin" a documentary of the epidemic, misdiagnosis issues, political issues, and CDC misinformation. This documentary is currently shortlisted for an Oscar this year, btw.
Diet is crucial to treatment of Lyme, and many many symptoms can be resolved through proper diet. but to eradicate the infection, a "kill" appraoch has to be taken, whether it is antibiotics, or as I have used, homeopathy, colloidal silver, herbs, electromedicine like rife machines, etc.
You may very well not have MS or any of the above listed diseases. But to explore the possiblity of Lyme it is best not to ask any of your regular doctors but seek out what is known as a Lyme Literate Doctor. This is critical to correct diagnosis, as there is no definitive test, and it is largely a clinical call. The book and film above address this situation. The best way to find a LLMD is to google for local Lyme Disease support groups, call up the leaders and ask to hear about the experiences of group members with local Lyme Docs (you cannot ask for a referral to one as they cannot give one, but you can effectively get that information by asking to hear member's preferences and experiences.) Failing this method, you can go to ilads.org to find one, but I think it's best to get a very strong testimonial(s) as Lyme is a very difficult disease to treat.
Bravo to all of you who have healed so much with diets!
Thanks for giving this 36 year old who has had MS for two and a half years the gift of hope.
Mr. Neuro Doc, sir, as a former hospice nurse we are inspired,by our patients and their families,to serve in compassionate care for the whole person; not merely focusing on the disease. I pray God softens your heart just as He has given you the ability and wisdom to be able to serve people they way you do.
God is a God of infinite possibility and He can use whatever means He chooses to heal. I know I don't have all the answers and I know, sir, that you don't either; but I do know He does. I will continue to stand on faith for total healing. In the meantime,I will also choose to pursue healthier options that might enable me to have a better quality of life,for the rest of the time I have left, for He alone knows that also. I may be just a poor,simple woman living deep in the mountains of West Virginia but I am not in this fight alone. I pray those who have read this far are blessed and encouraged, it's difficult enough living with this diagnosis, I refuse to live with fear as well.
I pray God heal you however He sees fit and that you give Him all the glory and the praise!
can you help me get started. I am o+ and was told that i have ms, optic neuritis, and trigeminal neuraglia.I have also been on IV steroids many times. I am at my wits end. I currently take a very painful shot called copaxone. thank you for your time. I am so happy I read this article
I was just browsing the net for some info on diets that could work for me. I'm 44 years old, mother of two teenage boys and working full time. I love meat, but I 've been trying to eat "healthy"food...yoghurts, green tea, so I prepare my salads with plenty of tuna and spinach, lettuce and avocado....but..I haven't lost a gram!!! HELP!!! Now i know I'm Blood type 0...should I change my diet and eat more meat?? ( I've been told to eat fresh produce, unprocessed, chlorophyle packed, etc).
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Your story was very inspiring Debbie. I also have MS and am Avonex and have had Ms for the past 22 years. I also am a O- and am very interested in starting this healthy living diet that your talking about. Ive been on medication for my MS for so long and am no longer working and if i could change all that with a healthy diet, my prayers would be answered.
Love & gratitude to you all!
I have hope !! Thank you!!
I don't understand the secrector or non secrector though?
thank you josie
Just remember.....many of the greatest scientific minds in history were laughed at when they first presented their ideas, whether it be through claiming that the world is not flat and in fact round, or through proposing the theory of evolution. In fact you remind a bit of the catholic church in old 16th, 17th century Europe, who would look down upon any scientific developments that threatened the status quo. Many of those ideas looked down upon, are now widely accepted as true, so be careful who you ridicule. They might just be onto something.
My dad has MS and I'm always searching for something to relieve his suffering.
He's tried everything: Interferon; Betaferon; Evening Primrose; Vit. D; Acupuncture. You name it he's tried it.
I only wish that he'd try this change of life plan. Unfortunately he's a traditional meat and two veg. man. He won't even try pizza, pasta or rice if you can believe that! I'm at a loss.
Personally my problem with this diet is that I've been a vegetarian for twenty years and just couldn't ever eat meat again. According to this diet with my blood type (O) I shouldn't eat lentils and should be a carnivore. I love lentils and all vegetables and just can't believe they could be bad for a person.
Were any of you vegetarians before you changed your lives with this plan? I'd love to hear from you.
Thank you, and again well done to those who've had the courage to change their ways of thinking.
Someone wrote about ulcerative cholitis, I believe that if the BTD is followed for the correct BT, all things will improve. My aunt has been on GERD medicine like forever, since she and her family has been following their specific eating plans with the BTD, she has not had to take any medicine and she also has a hiatal hernia (no problems there either). So, I do believe all things can be helped and/or corrected. God bless.
I have over the last 10 years been eating what I thought was healthier well looks like I still have to work at that as a result of the BTD book.
I am always open to new ideas for improved health and living in general.
Is there a forum or message board I would like to see more inspiring post from others.
I have tried to explain my story to the MS Society in hopes that they would post it to help others. Unfortunately they are blinded by science. I am so glad that all of you are following this diet, if nothing else to feel good.
My comments to the doctor who posted are: No one has stated that they are cured. It is what it is, but we on this site choose to take control of our diseases instead of letting them control us. What harm is there in our choice to eat healthier? While you doctors continually flip-flop on what is the next best cure-all, we have made a better life for ourselves.
All the doctors and books told me not to have children because I could get worse. I only have to look at my 11 year old daughter and know that only I know what is best for myself and NO ONE can tell me differently.
After reading Debbie Cardone's story I am sold. In fact, I am on my way to the bookstore to pick up this book. I do know that the 'life' is in 'the blood' abd it makes sense that the different blood types would have a different diet attached to it.
By the way, Dr. 'Adamo' has an intersting name, since 'Adam' was the first man and Adam means 'earth'. Perhaps it was in his 'blueprint' to come up with this information for the human race.
I am an Australian naturopath (previously a scientist). I use Touch for Health (kinesiology) testing as a major modality in my clinic. My health was "stuffed" in my 20's by medical misdiagnosis and interference, but the medicos were doing what they thought was best for me. When I finally was sick enough, I initially studied naturopathic nutrition to see if I could find some help. TFH was an integral part of my course and it showed me I was sensitive to wheat, dairy and eggs, foods that had been a major part of my diet for 40 years. When I removed these foods from my diet, many of my gut and headache symptoms improved dramatically. So after I graduated as a Naturopath, I specialised in food sensitivities and all the problems they cause. Soon earned a reputation for solving many health problems.
When I first read of D'Adamo's work, I was sceptical, but after a while I found I was successfully "guessing" people's blood type based on the patterns of food sensitivities from muscle tests. So I reduced food testing and started patients on their blood type diet and then fine tuned if some symptoms remained. I have found this approach very successful for about 15 years. I would say it is about 80% accurate.
I am type O, but I am highly allergic to eggs which should be beneficial. That is bio-individuality.
I have found recommending diets based on kinesiology and blood type bad for business as it tends to improve so many people so quickly that they have no need for return visits, especially younger people.
Dr Death would not be able to get his mind around these concepts, but I have hundreds of people who claim I have turned their health around with only a visit or two. However, those who have taken medical drugs for a long time will see improvement but not cure from the ABO diets - drugs take their toll and we must often live with the consequences, but not eating foods our bodies do not like reduces the burden.
I often feel frustrated when I am confronted by people whose bodies have been damaged by a lifetime of eating foods which have harmed them and they finish up with MS, RA, cancer, ulcers, IBS etc. Drug therapy might relieve some symptoms for a while but it eventually increases their burden.
Blood type diet is an excellent start to improving health. If your health has deteriorated I suggest you incorporate it into an overall healthy lifestyle and find a naturopath who uses kinesiology and blood type diet for further guidance. Please don't self-diagnose or go off your medications without professional support.
I have had Polymyalgia Rheumatica for 2 years now and I have tried everything I can think of to get my muscles back to normal again - but nothing has worked - so I will give the BTD a try. Has anyone with Polymyalgia had any success with this diet?
"Neuro Doc" please refrain from spewing negativity all over all of us even those of us who have been taking good care of ourselves and exercising still find that our bodies are fighting to survive, why all the blame game? Remember you took an oath to "do no harm" that includes psychologically!
Everyone else keep on the path to wellness and follow your instincts they are ALWAYS correct.
I do not know if there is a blood type connection with celiac. I am O, my mother was A. but I believe the diet has helped.
since i had a stent placed in a artery in Nov. 2010 and on Plavix 75mg for at least 1 year, I've not felt well at all. I have few good days, but, most are of some type pain and ( I'm diagnosed with ) peripheral neuropathy. I was healthy just 5 or 6 years ago and I know much of my 'pain' is stress related. Being a Type O+
and having a stomach disorders as well as Tourettes Syndrome ( since age 10 ), at least I now have hope, guidance and support for these challenges, that I never had with traditional western medicine. thank you and I look forward to getting to know everyone and share what is/isn't working for me. A quick note: After 2 weeks of NO breads ( except about 4 slices of pizza - probably my biggest temptation & downfall in my diet ), I've lost about 4 pounds and am being told I look good, even though I don't often feel that good. Have a great week All!
I am 32 and have been having multiple problems, from multiple pains and aches
In my body to my knees and shoulder; I am also must of the time very tired and with not energy at all. I just got some of the books for eat right for your blood type so I am very exited to star.
Do you know any kind of a grocery list for blood type O; I will appreciate any help that I can get in regards to this.
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