Archives for: March 2008
Erika Klus (type A+ secretor) was born and raised in Mason City, IA. As a kid she was always getting sick. Her tonsils were out by age 2 and she was hospitalized for pneumonia by age 5. Despite those high fevers, she still turned out to be a smart cookie. She would whip out the World Book encyclopedias and obsessively study the butterflies, the human body, and maps of the Hawaiian islands. She loved music and dancing, but unlike those type O kids, she just never had the stamina or endurance for other sports. Even today, when she attempts to jog, her heart rate goes up to 200 beats per minute!
In high school she was a cheerleader (that did require some athleticism) and she sang in the school choir. She was a 4.0 student, but drove her parents crazy with her questionable choice in boyfriends and lots of other typical growing-up experimentations and experiences. Chemistry was one of her favorite subjects. Naturally with her interest in the medical field, pharmacology seemed like a great choice. It also seemed like a great career for a woman. She knew she didn't have the stamina nor the interest to get through the trials and tribulations, let alone the fierce competition, involved in the medical school application process, but soon learned that pharmacy school at Creighton University was as tough as medical school (ask anyone who has completed both degrees).
She also learned that many of the subjects she learned in the Pharm.D. program did not seem innate to her despite her aptitude. Knowing the tricks the pharmaceutical industry plays on the healthcare business left her jaded. As she began paying attention to the polluted corporate world around her, she gradually found herself eating mainly vegetarian foods such as Amy's kitchen frozen meals and buying other organic products during pharmacology school. And after graduation, she developed an intense passion for learning about naturopathic healing. She spends hours per week reading about alternative healing when not working full-time at the dispensary. She hopes to someday return to school to become a naturopathic physician. In the meantime, her goal is to become certified in 2005 among other health care professionals as a fellow of the Institute for Human Individuality.
I am what society simply terms an “old lady”. One day last year (2003), without warning, I suddenly became a senior citizen, simply by celebrating my 65th birthday. This one fact entitles me to collect pensions from the Canadian government and to leave my place of employment, receiving another small pension created by my employer (University of Toronto) with the help of my own contributions over the years I had worked there. I also get slightly cheaper rates at some business establishments and can buy very inexpensive tickets for public transit. Although I can sleep in every day if I choose, I don’t.
Retirement has created a place from which I observe my life as a whole and look into the future in a very different way than has been possible before reaching this pinnacle. Although 65 years may seem to be a long period of time when one is a child, it has passed quickly (though not painlessly). I look into the mirror to see the face of an aging woman that somewhat resembles the face of my mother before she died, a long time ago, but away from the mirror I experience the body and mind of a much younger person, full of interests, vitality and enthusiasms, which yet sometimes crashes mysteriously, beyond my control.
Fortunately for me, the road less travelled has been a part of my life since I was born. Nothing about my life has been normal or regular, despite the obvious facts – I am a human being, with parents of flesh and bone. They came to live in Canada at the beginning of the 20th century to escape the incredible poverty and privation rampant at the time in Ukraine, their country of origin. Their peasant stock gave them the strength and ability to adapt to a harsh world they did not expect before their arrival, and they survived. I grew up, completed high school, worked in a law office, married, raised three wonderful children, divorced, remarried, and became somewhat of a gypsy, pursuing spiritual goals that had never been important until the age of 40. These goals carried me from Southwestern Ontario to Quebec to California to British Columbia and back to Ontario again, this time to Toronto. I have occupied my time with pottery, cooking (both in a small granola bakery I started and managing the kitchen of a yoga ashram for several years), typesetting, secretarial work, taking classes of various descriptions, teaching pottery and yoga classes, working with undergraduate students, and following various disciplines such as practicing yoga postures, meditation, t’ai chi, etc. I have the undisciplined soul of an artist – which means I have never followed up seriously on any of the art efforts – such as drawing - that I’ve been involved in, but I do see the beauty of so many things that surround me, even when they are not considered to be beautiful in the classical sense. Since my return to Toronto I have had a deep romance with photography which has yielded great personal satisfaction. With all of these activities, it seemed natural enough, when a friend showed me a copy of Eat Right For Your Type almost seven years ago, that I should investigate what it held for me, and another new life began. Literally. My body was struggling with the effects of eating wrong foods (often accompanied by the strength of conviction that it was the best possible way to eat), and I needed help, desperately. The book, the diet and the web site gave that to me. I discovered that my chronic headaches gradually disappeared, that vegetarianism (for a B+ non-secretor) was a poor idea, and that several habits my body had settled into could actually reverse, to some extent, even at this late stage of life. These body corrections have allowed me to write poetry at various times with a clarity of mind not available when stresses created by toxins exist.
Who I am is a huge question at the moment. Identification no longer exists through my occupation or status. I feel like a secret agent, someone in disguise. Strangers observe my graying hair and offer seats on public transit with respect, which I often refuse because I’m not really tired. I know I’m not old (at least, not ancient old), because I don’t feel old, at least most days. I also know I’m not young, because the mirror doesn’t lie to me, nor do my pensions. I no longer work to generate an income. I read, sing, write, think, meditate, dance, walk, explore, celebrate the seasons and the lives of those close to me. Perhaps the simple answer to the incredibly complex question stated above is – I am a human being, still very much alive in spite of the occasional glimpses of mortality afforded when my body rebels against something I’ve done, either in the past or in the moment. I feel enriched by living in this period of time, by living my life, by all I’ve been fortunate enough to experience, all my adventures, and incredibly grateful for the many opportunities that continue to come forward to me, even now, in what is called “old age”.
Jean, an O Non, has been on the Blood Type Diet since 1997. She found the diet while trying to breastfeed an incredibly hungry baby boy (now 8 years old and an O Non) and during a time she was eating a supposedly healthy grain filled/beef avoid diet. Jean remembers she felt hungry all the time and even had dreams of rare prime rib with horseradish!!
I can still feel the warm glow of having my first beneficial piece of steak with no guilt, my son slept through the night without waking up to feed. I started him on pureed veal and beef after that and he started to thrive. He has only been stay at home sick 2 times since then,” says Jean.
Jean has started her whole family on the diet. Her older son, 13 is an O sec, is very knowledgeable about the diet and accepts there are certain things that are beneficial for him and certain foods like dairy, he needs to avoid. Her husband Jeff, an A sec, has taken a long time to accept this type of eating, but he knows that red meat contributes to his insomnia and dairy gives him sinus infections.
Jean used to fight with her weight all the time and now finds she controls it through the diet and of course, strenuous exercise. In 2004, Jean had a misdiagnosed ruptured appendix that was removed after 4 days. Jean followed the diet throughout her recovery and she was back on the ski hill within 4 weeks even after spending 1 week in the hospital. Her surgeon was very impressed she didn’t need antibiotics for longer than 4 days!!
Jean and her husband Jeff own a promotional product company. In addition, Jean currently consults for businesses with a specialty in turnaround situations and psychometric testing. She is studying to become a Registered Holistic Nutritionist with aspirations to eventually open a nutrition consulting practice.
Jean and Jeff are avid skiers and golfers. They have 2 boys who spend winters on the dark side (they do Boarder X, roller derby on snowboards) The boys play lacrosse in the summer (believe it or not, no Hockey!!!) They live in Calgary in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies.
Hello. My name is Jim Garland. I was born in Fort Sill Oklahoma on August 11th of 1981. We moved shortly after and I lived in Sunny Hawaii untill I was five yrs. old at wich point my mother divorced. She remarried immediatley and moved the family to the frozen tundra of Moorhead, Minnesota of all places. Yes, Moorhead is connected to Fargo, ND... Thank you for asking. And no, I don't talk like that don't ya' know... I have lived here ever since.
I am currently employed at an electronics outlet. It works well as I am an avid home theater nut and am garnering quite an interest in digital photography and computers. They sell major appliances too... I can't say I'm that intersted in them though...
My interests include the previously mentioned electronic categories, and video games. I don't play them as I don't have the time, but I do find myself reading all about them as I find a few of them fascinating. My family, including my mother, dad, two sisters, two brothers, and two dogs. My real passions would have to be the blood type diet, natural medicine, and meditation of all kinds. I'm also into all sorts of "alternative" cleansing/healing/theory stuff. I'll let those kinds of things leak out as time goes by. I am studying nutritional medicine from a naturopathic perspective, and I hope to follow in the footsteps of the good Doc himself.
I grew up as an ‘Army Brat’, moving from city to city, As an adult I have continued to move around quite a bit, but have finally settled in the south (I think).
I was very active as a child and participated in ice skating, dance, and gymnastics. Ice skating followed me through my late teen years. I competed nationally and internationally and learned a lot from the sport that has helped me succeed in my adult life.
I graduated from Vanderbilt University and started my career in Politics. Working in Washington, D.C. for several years and then continuing my career as a political consultant in Tennessee, (once a southerner, always a southerner).
I have always been interested in health and nutrition, somewhat because of my own personal interest in the topic, but mostly because of my own health problems. I was always slightly sickly and underweight as a child, but my major problems began at age 14 after a case of whooping cough kicked off two years straight of respiratory infection after infection. This also meant two years of antibiotic use which weakened my system so much that it most likely activated a dormant case of celiac sprue and Ulcerative Colitis.
After trying diet after diet after diet, the BTD was the missing link that helped pull it all together. It helped me understand why some things worked and some things didn’t. I can honestly say that this diet saved my life. I still struggle and am forced to deal with numerous food restrictions due to the large amount of damage done, but I am slowly getting better and better. Hopefully by learning more and more about the therapeutic powers of ‘eating right’ I will someday be able to live free of pain and illness.
Born in Hayward, California on April 13th, 1980, Natalie lived in Orange County, Cali and then Puerto Rico for a while and a few other places across the USA (because her parents worked for the airlines). After surviving itchy wool skirts at a Catholic high school in Maryland, Natalie went to college at Denison University in Ohio where she earned a B.F.A in Theatre Performance. Then she hit NYC and the real world and discovered how the theatre and movie industry has nothing to do with good acting or talent. So, she decided to pursue something else. After being sucked into a pyramid scheme and then the slightly better automotive industry, she finally found he niche in teaching. Currently she is a pre-school teacher in Queens where she sings and dances with 4 year olds all day long (when not breaking up fights over blocks and finger painting rights) Eventually Natalie would like to persue her masters to become an English and Literature teacher for middle schoolers.
"I'm throughly enjoying how this diet has made me feel," she was heard saying, over the blaring 80's music in her one bedroom apartment. " Lemons are a God send in the morning. Even when I don't necessarily 'feel' like eating something beneficial, I notice immediately that, once the food's in my mouth, it's exactly what my body WAS CRAVING ALL ALONG!!!! It's really strange and nice all at the same time."
Natalie comes from a strong A family on her mom's side and seems to attract lots of O friends for some reason; including her best friend and husband, Carlos. They also have 3 adorable Russian Dwarf Hamsters named Carlos, Carlito and Charlemagne. She enjoys watching black and white movies, particularly Film Nior ones with Alan Ladd, critiquing modern ones and loves being outdoors for a reason she never understood before she heard about those Natural Killer Cells in Live Right For Your Type. Natalie has never liked exercise but is trying to at least start some yoga for the summer while her O is always running around or playing frisbee or football or something sweaty.
I'm an entrepreneur, inventor, former professional polo player. I have 3 patents issued to me, 2 more patents pending and 3 additional provisional patents filed. I was in the top 5 women polo players in the world when I quit playing in 1994. I was the number one intercollegiate polo player in the world in 1984. I have BS degree in animal science from Cornell University 1984. My degree is in Animal Science.
I am 5'11" tall with an athletic, muscular build. I am referred to as an Amazon, which is a good description. I weight 220 lbs, but no one would ever guess that as I am a typical size 14. Would like to weigh 160 lbs, which would put me at a thin size 9. I have been married to my husband, Jeff, for 15 years - no other marriages. I have one child, a daughter - age 5.
I am a health and fitness enthusiast, and believe strongly and follow alternative medicine and approaches to health. I am a long time dieter, and, unfortunately, one who has struggled with weight issues most of her life. I am very spiritual, but not religious. I am a pacifist, a humanist and an anarchist (throw the bugs out!).
I am extremely interested in world health, the cessation of suffering and torture and women's issues. My goal is to fund different associations whose goals are in line with mine, as well as to start up a fund for women entrepreneurs. I enjoy gardening and being outside when I have the time. I work out daily, doing everything from running to step aerobics to dance classes. I come from a musical family and still take piano lessons weekly - this will be my 35th year of piano.
I belong to Amnesty International. I look forward to the day when my business moves out of "start up" and I can afford to support this wonderful group more fully.
My name is Sharon Nusunginya (new sung in ya). I am a wife and mother of six (3 girls, 3 boys) ranging in ages from 19-39. We all live in Alaska with a wide variety of pets. My husband retired a year ago. My blood type is group O secretor.
I became interested in nutrition while a student in a nursing progam many years ago. Adelle Davis was a great influence on me. The correlation between the foods we eat and our health has continued to fascinate me. For two years before my husband retired I had a small health food shop attatched to our home. I specialized in foods for people with food sensitivities and actually had cards taped below the food items advising BTD compatability.
Now that the four older kids are grown and out of the house, the twins graduated and not needing constant attention (they both have Aperger's Syndrome) I am free to spend my time making jewelry and following other pursuits. I have a nice studio set up and am still available to take care of things at home.
I hope this is an okay bio. With all the variety in my life, I could go on for volumes.
Marital status: Married for 28 years to Susan [AB] . No children.
Place of residence: Devonport, Tasmania in Australia.
Blood Type: A + , secretor status unknown.
I was born in the English West Midlands City of Wolverhampton and was raised on a small farm. At the age of 16 my parents made what was a life changing decision and moved the family to Australia in 1970. Living with my parents after our arrival I eventually met my future wife over the photo copier at work. Married in 1975 we moved to Tasmania in 1990 searching for a better quality of life, which we have found.
I work as a Supply Manager [Purchasing] for a Tasmanian based irrigation company.
Interests include my family, our Collie dog Bonnie, gardening and football [soccer]. I am a lifelong fan of Wolves [Wolverhampton Wanderers] the famous English team from my home town.
I have followed the BTD way of eating since being introduced to it by my Naturopath in 2000
I'm a 39 yr old type O secretor....I'm a single father of an O secretor 8 yr old daughter... I live in Toronto, Canada.....About 8 years ago I lost all my bodily, scalp and facial hair due to an Autoimmune disorder called Alopecia Universalis..."hair today gone tomorrow".....I came to the BTD through a reflexoligist I was seeing 18 months ago. After reading many health books and diet books to cure all, your was the only book that was not a "one size fits all" approach. When I read in your book that type O's were most susceptible to Autoimmune Disorders, it really peaked my interest. Within 2 weeks of starting the BTD I began to notice an increase in my energy level, physically and mentally. I lost 20 pounds and 2 inches of my waist after 3 months and it was the first time I saw my stomach muscles in over 20 years without a sit up to show for.
I'm a sales manager by profession for a Fortune 500 computer company where there are always people demanding my time. the BTD diet has helped me control my stress levels and has helped me be more of an resource to the people that report to me .....From the time I started the diet I missed one day of work to illness in 18 months.
I'm from an Italian background where I ate pasta three time a week till I was about 18.....polenta(corn meal) was also one of my favorites...so for a long time I was eating all the wrong foods for my blood type...looking back I always felt "spaced out" after a plate of pasta with garlic bread.....needless to say I think the wheat was killing me because when the hair starting falling out, I felt terrible. Many medical treatments following the hair loss produced hair that only fell out when the treatments stopped....Since the BTD diet, I have seen hair grow back in places thick and strong....I'm not counting that it will all grow back but at least it gives me some feedback that my body is trying to heal and the right foods are helping.
I spend my free time playing golf, bike riding, roller blading, skiing, reading and playing guitar.
I was born on the 11th of August in 1957 in Freiburg, Breisgau in Germany, and I possess the Swiss and French nationality.
My schooleducation ended in 1980, a bit late but that was due to the fact I was raised in France and was separated from my parents for a long time.After that I finished my Healthpractitioner and Psychotherapist educations.The practice of my teacher came available and I stepped in.
In 1988 I married a Swiss guy. Together we entered the hotelbusiness with several hotels in Germany, but working ‘together’ was not exactly daily practice..
Hotelbusiness was prospering but due to private circumstances I left Germany at the end of 1994, more or less penniless and with my dear doggy Cina.
Looking back at this all, I do admit my qualities are not in business but in healing.
In Switzerland I started several jobs as a nurse, because my certificates and diplomas as health-practitioner and psychotherapist were not acknowledged in Switzerland.
Last year strict legislation in my field of expertise changed positively, and I started a practice with another therapist in TCM in April 2004.
In my daily practice I guide my clients into the BTD, and I diagnose them more precisely with my VEGA-tester.
Giving advice in micronutritional supps combined with BTD, and sometimes prescribing NAP products, because in Switzerland even supps are considered medicines and therefore subject to medicinal laws.
Somewhere in 1999 I was troubled by a burnout that forced me to slow down in all kind of activities, which in turn gave me time to dive into the Blood Type diet again, very seriously this time…
The Blood Type Diet was a life-saver for me. A way of life that has become My Way of Life!! I am very grateful to Peter for having published his works and thus helping people heal themselves..
I am a 49-year-old single empty nester. I was born in Fort Worth, TX and have lived here or in the surrounding area all my life. I have a 27-year-old son who married this year. I hold a BS in Biology from the University of Texas at Arlington. My original goal was medical school. I wasn’t accepted but was encouraged to improve my credentials and reapply. I started work on an MS in Biology at UTA and never looked back. I grew to really appreciate science. I had viewed the undergraduate work as stuff I had to do to get into medical school where I’d learn the really important stuff. I finished the course work, but my Teaching Assistantship ran out before I completed the thesis, so I started to work. I spent a couple of years at Southwestern Medical School with some of the best immunologists in the world. I was then recruited to the Wadley Institutes of Molecular Medicine to be trained in molecular biology. After 10 years at Wadley, and 12 years of commuting to Dallas, I finally found my way back to a Fort Worth pharmaceutical company, where I have now worked for almost 13 years. Always committed to lifelong learning, I completed an accelerated MBA program at UTA in 2002. My company encourages intrapreneurship, so I approach my R& role as a small business entity. I am proud of my role as a Sr. Scientist, but can foresee growth opportunities as a liaison with marketing or in the licensing area.
On the personal side, I’d like to travel more. I had my first trip to Europe as part of the MBA program. Having always lived in Texas I am usually drawn to people from other parts of the country and the world. I also enjoy reading, art museums, world music and all kinds of dance, modern and ballet. My son was a percussion section leader in marching band, so our family interests revolve around local marching and drumline competitions and Drum Corps International events. I’m looking forward to being a grandmother, but no news on that front yet. I also enjoy college and professional sports, especially basketball. I’m working on becoming more active in addition to the spectating. I participate in local 5K walks and need to get back to Jazzercise, which I have really enjoyed in the past.
I have a growing interest in alternative medicine. I luckily crossed paths with a local Naturopath who prescribed the blood type diet for me. I was looking for help with a major insomnia problem but also have a long-term battle with overweight and now obesity. I’ve lost over 60 pounds from my maximum and have at least 45 to go. My plan is to target a 10% weight loss each year until I reach a desirable weight. I began the blood type diet last November and have had many positive changes including fewer problems with cravings and binges. Hopefully, the slow but steady weight loss will really reinforce the lifestyle changes. I was also lucky to find out about the Blood Type Conference in my area. So glad that I attended. John Harris and Tracy Carmack put together great presentations. I only had 2 visits with the Naturopath before he left the area, so their information has helped me continue on my own. I’ve become somewhat of a BTD addict, so I’m looking forward to more of the Health Library series.
I see the blogging as another mechanism for keeping the focus on my health goals. The insomnia is under control, the weight loss is on target, now let’s see how I handle menopause.
Hello, my name is Myrna.
Life is a celebration - especially when we openly share our strengths and talents with others. What we give comes back to us 10 fold. I find the best experts and products in Wellness, Personal Growth and Business Development and shout their praises loud enough for everyone to hear.
My mission is to inspire others to live a passionate and fulfilled life with health and prosperity reaching out globally.
Nine years ago, I was diagnosed with a life threatening illness.(breast cancer) I was in big time fear but held on, shared and came back with more drive and passion. I always searched for the best health practitioners, wellness consultants and spiritual teachers... and I found them.
Peter D'Adamo was my 'knight in shining armor'. Although he had warned me when I first met him... because my blood type was AB/MM...to eat tofu everyday, I didn't pay attention. When I was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years later, he put his arm around me and said, "you're not going anywhere without me, we are joined at the hip". It was a very comforting expression of caring and support that helped at a very scary hour.
In addition, I remember Peter saying that if the cancer wants to slide, we will make it stick and if it wants to stick, we will make it slide and then proceeded to give me a bag filled with the most protective lectin based herbs and supplements to start the protective action while and after the chemo and radiation treatment. And he never stopped sending me off with more of his new potent discoveries.
It is a pure gift to know Peter and I am very excited to contribute to the Blood Type Blog. It's interesting that the day he asked me if I wanted to blog, someone called to make an appointment to get her blood type and start eating foods that were the best for her.
(I had turned my attention to internet marketing for a few years but before that I attended the 2 Blood Type conferences in Tempe, Arizona and successfully passed the 2 exams so that I counseled and educated people on the Blood Type Diet.
While I was learning how to get more clients, I produced an event in NYC(www.firedupmarketinglive.com) and an e-book on Tips to live a healthier life filled with abundance. I interviewed 20 wellness and lifestyle professionals and turned it into a free, fun e-book. www.7littlethings.com .
I am a 39 year old AB secretor married to an O. We have an A secretor son living with us. Over on the BTD Forum I am known as Chanur. We have a pet cat. Her name is Dusty, but she is called just about everything except that (nicknames, not obscenities - she is really a very good kitty). I was born in Louisville, Kentucky and have lived and traveled all over the USA and Canada. Currently, we reside in the Pacific Northwest of the USA.
The reason I wanted to blog is because I had a very hard time learning this diet (well, I feel as if I am still learning it actually, and that’s a good thing) and would like to help others find their way with it because it has done very nice things for me. For example: I have, so far, shed 57 lbs (a little over 25 kilos) since I first started BTD-ing and I know I will continue to lose until I reach the goal decided upon by my naturopath and myself, provided I stick with what I have learned since begining this way of life back in February of 2003. When I don’t play by BTD rules, I get sick. If I still don’t repent and change my ways I find myself even sicker plus gaining the weight back. I rarely ever stray from it any more though. Cheating only cheats myself and the pleasure it might bring is not worth the price of how horrible I would feel afterwards.
Food has always been very important to me. So important to me in fact that I chose to make it my career. To that end I earned an AOS in Culinary Arts and another AOS in Hospitality & Restaurant Management. My interest in food introduced me to world-wide travel. My favorite trip, to date, was to the Culinary Olympics in October of 2000. After the Culinary Olympics in Erfurt, Germany, I got to see Beaune, Dijon, and Paris, France. I no longer pursue a culinary career because of a birth defect that no longer allows me the physical stamina that is required in a kitchen where the food is made primarily from scratch, rather than simply reheated as it comes out of a freezer on its way to someone’s plate. My current job title is that of Purchasing Assistant at a local culinary school...it keeps me busy and abreast of what is going on in the field. It is probably for the best that I am no longer a direct part of the restaurant industry because now whenever I do any cooking to help out friends all I see is that I am preparing foods that are of such mixed ingredients as to be an avoid almost every time for every blood type...to do that on a regular basis would really give me a major guilt trip. As I hope you have guessed, I do try to tell people about this way of eating, but that is all any of us can do is tell people...we cannot make the believe it or force them to follow it. That is how it should be, I would not want to be told that I could no longer follow this lifestyle.
Other interests of mine (in no particular order) include: fencing (prefer epee), motorcycle riding, reading, gardening, travel, assorted arts and crafts, going to the beach, and almost anything out of doors (hiking, canoeing, camping, etc.), listening to music, attending live theater and concerts, languages, history, and watching old movies.
Thanks for reading my bio!