Archives for: December 2007, 17
Time is flying! Thanks to all of you who have reached out to me and NAP over the last month with your good thoughts and wishes as well as your great questions about how The GenoType Diet and The Blood Type Diet relate to each other. In our sequential, linear thought process, it would be easy to think that one diet follows the other and supercedes it. But it doesn’t work quite that way in nutritional genomics and in the world of Peter D'Adamo!
The Blood Type Diet is and will always be the foundation of the process of individualizing nutrition and health care. Through the BTD, we’ve been able to treat ourselves as individuals as well as witness the power of genetics in a simplified fashion. This is because blood type is a genetic marker, and many of the gene linkages to blood type contribute to our predispositions to wellness, illness, health, and vitality.
Over the past ten years, Peter has continued to look at this genetic connection, and his research has led him on a path of deepening the BTD, and the result is the GenoType Diet. When you read the book, you’ll see that instead of the four blood types, it has expanded to six GenoTypes, which allows for further distinctions in diet, in supplementation, in health and lifestyle recommendation and in providing the opportunity for all of us to explore the possibility of intergenerational medicine. This gives us the capacity to affect not only our own health but also that of the future generations of our families by implementing some key (and fairly easy to follow) lifestyle and nutritional changes.
Once of my favorite passages in the GTD is when Peter discusses the possibilities of epigenetics, which is our ability to change our gene function:
“What if I told you that in four generations you and your immediate descendants could change the epigenetic patterns of inheritance in your family line and eliminate diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer?”
A provocative question that he then responds to with, “Think about it. If we can imprint bad stuff through lack of attention or ignorance, can we, with knowledge, just as easily imprint good things as well? Your grandchildren could be the first to parent that new generation of epigenetically healthy children.”
I love the concept that we have the power to affect our family lines. I look at our two daughters and hope that the steps we take today can help them lead healthy, vital lives, and that they in turn can pass this on to their children and beyond. And I hope to live a long time in good health and age gracefully so I can witness this!
It’s that funny mixture that many of us share -- wanting to change the world and needing to shed a few pounds and age well. And I believe that the GenoType Diet provides the insight into how to do this.
It’ll be a busy month for us as we prepare for the book launch and the website launch (www.genotypediet.com), and a series of new companion products to the book (www.genotypestore.com). Over the next few weeks, we’ll share more information about the products, but for now, I want to wish you all a happy, and healthy December. May you end the year with good spirits and good health, and may you welcome in a new year that brings much joy, happiness and self-expression.