Hope you had a good break- we missed you!
I just wanted to tell you that my dad (ab man with severe kidney failure) is so much better- the sun, light exercise and good ab food helped so much that his nurse at hospital said that it was cases like him that made her work worthwhile BUT- because he is in dialysis every night he has to keep his intake of potassium and phosphorus very low - it means that a lot of the veggies and fruit, nuts and dairy that is beneficial for him is a NO NO if he follows the hospitals advices.
I´m really worried because I do not think that he gets enough fruit and veggies. He eats : In the morning ryebread with a bit of butter and cottagecheese or jam maybe a glass of applejuice. Lunch is ryebread with different types of meat and fish. Afternoon green tea and one fruit and a biscuit. Dinner: meat, rice/pasta and small amounts of veggies, glass of wine.
Do you know a place on the internet where I can find the amount of minerals and vitamins in different food? - I really want to show him that not every veggie and fruit is high in potassium- the hospital is not very helpfull on this. Henriette B-sec.
Hallo, Henriette! I'm thrilled your dad is doing better now!
HERE is a page detailing potassium content of various common foods, along with cooking techniques which reduce potassium. Most of the low-potassium foods listed are neutral or beneficial for him.
You know, the hospital's staff is where this info should come from -- this is a huge part of their responsibility, both in educating their patients and in giving full information on dietary guidelines. You may have to nag a bit (in a friendly but persistent way) if they don't feel like helping you. Speak to the doctor, nurse or dietician and ask for a comprehensive list of foods showing potassium and phosphorus content, and to give you an exact upper cut-off amount on those minerals so that you can plan his meals. Also, make sure he gets plenty of beneficial proteins -- lamb, liver, mutton, rabbit and turkey, and fish -- he needs them for healing. One portion of meat or poultry 3 times per week, and one of fish 4 times per week.
How about eggs? A little less grain (bread, biscuits, etc.) would be better for him -- he really should have a maximum of one grain serving daily (two slices of bread, one muffin, or 1/2 cup of dry rice, cooked. Reducing his grain intake will make it easier on his kidneys.
Thanks SO much for that report, and I look forward to the next one! VERY best wishes to you both -- you are a wonderful daughter!! :-D
The reason your various readers have not found umeboshi plum seasoning to have the same ill-effects as vinegar is because it isn't vinegar. Umeboshi plums are pickled in salt with something called shiso leaves. The plums are then sold at great expense & the pickling liquid is sold separately as a seasoning. It does make a good vinegar sub by way of a change but I assume we wouldn't want anyone to go hog-wild on it because of the need to moderate salt intake. Sarah
Yep! It's a very strong, tasty pickling liquid. ;-) Thanks for that, Sarah! ;-)
Dear Heidi, Thanks so much for responding to my letter and thanks to all the other readers for the support! I'm sorry I haven't checked in for so long; I've been away for 3 months and have neglected to check the postings-I didn't even know you had answered my questions! As an update, not much has changed YET, but I'm working on it .
One thing I have started is making iced green tea to drink instead of soda (I'm afraid that was a nasty addiction). I make about 2.5 liters (I'm Canadian so you'll have to convert) and use 16 tea bags. Then I add the juice of 2 limes and 1 lemon. Unfortunately, I just can't give up sweeteners entirely right now, but I try to minimize them-I use 1/2 cup of unrefined sugar and 1/2 cup of agave nectar and try to reduce the amount each time. I am finding that I require less and less sweetener each time. The way I look at it is that 1 cup of sweetener in 2.5 L is a lot better than than the amount in the soda or drinks I had before.
I am slowly trying to get an exercise program going and plan to try some of the suggestions you and the other readers made. I'm just such a picky eater *sigh*. I'm working on making some sort of snack bar, like a breakfast bar, that I can keep at work for snacks or have for breakfast when I can't make something. Do you have any suggestions for a protein supplement/powder to use since whey and soy are out (I'm Type O non-s)? I was thinking about ground almonds or other nuts, but don't want to overwhelm the recipe with one flavour. Bottom line- it has to be tasty or I just won't eat it.
My cupboards and fridge are always filled with healthy food I buy with all the best intentions, but end up tossing out because I really don't like it. I seem to have very limited taste preferences; possibly because I've eaten so poorly for so long. I just don't think I can give up sugar or sweeteners entirely, I guess I just have to minimize. You mentioned hooking me up with a btd practitioner in my area, well I live in Ottawa, Canada and would love to know if there is anyone in my area. I would really like to correspond with some of the readers-you know, for support and to trade recipes etc. so if anyone is interested my email is [LET ME KNOW IF YOU'D LIKE TO CORRESPOND WITH PAIGE, AND I'LL FORWARD HER ADDRESS TO YOU. :-)]. Thanks Heidi for your continuing support and information.
Heidi, Just one more note. I have some veg-gly that I try to use-especially when baking-but I find it imparts a very metallic taste. I have tried it in tea etc. but find the taste off-putting. Have you or any of the readers noticed this? Cheers, Paige
Hello, Paige ! Vegetable glycerine would be a wonderful substitute for the cup of sweeteners you currently use in your iced green tea mix -- 1/4 cup equals 1/2 cup of sugar. If the brand you bought does not taste good to you, try any of the other brands mentioned in the several columns on sourcing veg gly. Frontier brand seems to be the frontrunner on flavor. And if you're interested, take a look at my quick note on agave in this column.
I don't think I'd be of much help in designing a protein supplement you could *keep* at work and just mix into a drink, or use as a food bar. You might try albumin (egg) powder -- try ProteinFactory.com. Jerky is most definitely the best option for protein snacks that will survive a while in an office desk drawer, and the book Jerky by R.D. Livingston explains the basics and offers plenty of recipes which can be adapted at will.
It does take a little determination to find tasty ways of using beneficial and neutral foods in cooking. We all face that obstacle, and overcome it either by testing new recipes or adapting the ones we're familiar with. For instance, if the only way I could drink green tea was with sugar, I'd choose a beneficial juice or an herbal tea I liked instead. I do understand your difficulties incorporating new foods, starting your exercise and weaning yourself off sugar. Just try to move forward a little bit each day - take as much time as you need. ;-)
About your request (posted later) to design a meal plan for you, it looks like you have all the tools at hand to do so -- and only you can taste-test recipes to see if they meet your exacting standards. Just start by making up that frequency table for yourself out of Live Right, then fill in the blanks with meat, fish, vegetables, in very simple combinations for main meals. For reference, try using just one big cookbook like The New Basics Cookbook (Rosso & Lukins) to have all your recipe choices in one place. It gives plain cooking techniques and tips for most common foods, as well as a wide variety of recipes which easily can be adapted for your purposes. VERY best wishes, Paige, and please do update us now & then when you can! :-D
? The column of 14 oct 2002: "back by popular demand~more potpourri? Chris wrote to you stating: im "(rh neg Kal neg." I wanted to find out what "KAL neg" designates? Can you tell me? brian
Good question! I'm not familiar with this term. Anyone have an idea on this one? :-)
i am a type B soy products are bad for me does this include soy protien isolates? allen
Hello, Allen ~~ Yes, the isolated soy proteins should be avoided - that is the concentrated form of the soy elements which are most harmful for Bs. :-)
I just read Eating Right 4 Your Type and found I'm eating all the wrong things for my type. I'm A+ so I should be a vegatarian. I bought the Cook Right 4 Your Type book to get some ideas of meal planning and discovered that a few of the recipies suggest type A should avoid them and I don't understand why. Can you tell me why we should avoid the Lemon Tea Cake and Walnut Cookies? Lemons and walnuts are ok for us, right? Renee
Hi, Renee! I think it's the butter! Use ghee instead, and enjoy! :-D
By the way, not all type As are best suited to vegetarianism -- some are, and some are not. Just follow the beneficial/avoid/neutral status for the foods, and include chicken & turkey (and fish!) if you seem to benefit from it.
and a WARM WELCOME to the BTD! Write again with any questions! :-)
Dear Heidi, thanks for your recent reply to my query around my agonising ulcer - I just wanted to update you on what my BTD practitioner has next suggested and ask you if you agree with her recommendations ... you told me 'heallix' might be a good thing to start taking to heal the stomach lining - on asking my practitioner she said it was commonly used for treating cancer! - she's given me 'permatrol' to take as she thinks this will help heal the gut. She has also given me another herbal remedy which includes licorice, marshmallow and comfrey. Next for my endometriosis she has given me 'bromelain' which she believes has given her successful outcomes with other patients suffering from endo. Heidi, could you tell me what you think of these? I'd really appreciate your opinion.
Could I also trouble you with another question - my husband is also following the blood group diet (he is a B - waiting back for secretor status but think Nonnie). She is treating him for Candida, a couple of years ago he also had this quite badly and got rid of it quite successfully but hence only to return. He has felt absolutely awful while taking the herbal remedy she has given him - we think it might be the 'die-off' effect - can you let me know if this is possible? She also asked if he had any mercury teeth fillings of which he has 6 - she suggested he get these replaced as she feels this may help him - can you tell me what you think? Heidi, I'd really be interested in hearing what you've got to say - so sorry it's a bit of a long one this time. I value your column greatly and think you do such a fantastic job in answering all our queries. Thanks again - Josie...
Hi, Josie! Read about Heallix at www.heallix.com. Yes, it is effective against cancers, but it is generally a powerful HEALER (fulvic acid) and ANTIBIOTIC (ionized (not colloidal) silver -- no harm to intestinal flora/fauna balance) -- that's why I suggested it for your ulcer! ;-) It cleans and heals -- and acts far more quickly that the herbals customarily prescribed for ulcers. That said, anyone who's had a stomach or duodenal ulcer would be well advised to include Fucus in their daily supplements. It does a lovely job of fending off H. pylori bacteria from contributing to a future ulcer.
Permatrol sounds fine for the most part: L-glutamine, n-acetyl glucosamine, gamma oryzanol, ...vit E,... l-acidophilus. However, acidophilus will not give you (an O NS) the results that are intended. Please consider taking the first three ingredients separately, and using the probiotic PolyFlora-O instead (you found the site, www.stacktheme.com, I believe?). Ingredients: "a unique blend of Streptococcus thermophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Saccharomyces boulardii probiotics in a base of larch arabinogalactan, chicory concentrate and banana concentrate prebiotics." Quite different from a one-size-fits (or doesn't fit) all product like acidophilus.
NOTE ADDED: L-glutamine should be avoided by types A and B because it raises cortisol levels.
Bromelain is indeed good stuff for clearing up old endometrial tissue. Great supp! :-D
The symptoms your husband is having are most likely the old die-off dance. Getting the mercury fillings removed is often an excellent choice -- you can pick up more info in this column by searching for "canal." And of course, loads of resources on the Net generally.
Hope this helps you both, Josie, and please do write again! :-D
Dear Heidi, thanks for all your help so far. I am the a type (52 years old) with recurring melanoma. After being biopsied at stage one I was sent to a surgeon to have a bigger piece taken out. He took a look at my back, declined to make a bigger incision on the arm already biopsied, and said he wanted me to go to an oncologist Monday because of all the 'lesions' on my back. You gave me information on non-ITF? but blood type doctors in the St Louis area. Thanks for that, but my husband works for the airlines and I would be able to fly to most any large city in the US. Do you know of a Blood Type Doctor that may have a special knowledge of or feel for melanoma? I am so grateful for your input. Oh, and do you think the TFA might be helpful for me? Thank you again, Judith A pos
Hi there, Judith! TFA should definitely be on your supp list.
Second, get a supply of Heallix right away, to take internally and apply to the lesions.
Third, remember the note I posted about Cansema: "Also, go to the Minnesota Wellness Directory Cancer Page, and read the whole thing through. Then go back to the top, and make notes on any products or procedures which apply with melanoma or cancer in general. Take special notice of Cansema -- a topical ointment with so-far-spectacular results in melanoma. It comes with a money-back guarantee, so I think it's well worth getting hold of it ASAP." If I had melanoma, I would grab up a bunch of this product in a New York minute.
Finally, since you have that wonderful opportunity of choosing among large cities in which to find a good doctor, just make a list of cities you'd consider and check the Practitioner Registry with each one. Use the left-side pull-down menu to search by city, enter the city name, and hit the search button. It will take a while to go through them, but you'll then have a list to contact by telephone for further details. Oh, and send us the list of cities, I'll post it and ask the Marvelous Readership to offer their recommendations as well! ALL THE BEST, dear, and keep us posted!! :-D
Hello Heidi! I thought you and your readers would like to know that my doctor did a coloscopy which gives a good view of the cervix and she took 3 biopsies of suspicious areas. She said that the abnormal cells the first PAP revealed were "reactionary cells" that could have been caused by irritation by a large polyp in the canal.
I'll know next Thursday the results and even then she will either freeze the bad areas or we'll talk about other options. I can tell you that the FEAR from the thought of cancer is tremendous. I thought for two days that I was terminally ill and the world as I knew it was coming to an end.
Cancer can make us think about all the bad things we've eaten and how much we have control of at least THAT ONE part of our lives. Not only that, but the relationships in our lives become more important. This also goes to show how great preventative medicine is. Women (and men, too) should go for those annual checkups that help us head off potential disease. Being informed is a great feeling.
BTW, I have a wonderful doctor who believes in holistic health and natural healing! : D I live in Columbus, Georgia, far from LA! If anything is really wrong, I'll be sure to contact Dr. Bron. Thanks for all the great advice about cleansing. Live well and prosper... Juli Ann
THANK YOU, Juli Ann!!! Great report, and I'll stay tuned for your test results. Warmest wishes! :-D
I am on the type a diet. Can I eat jicama? Thanks jim
Hi, Jim! Just go to our online database: TYPEbase 3 and enter that term. Hit the "search" button (not your "enter" key) -- the answer is waiting there for you! :-)
Hi Heidi - a while ago you gave a recipe for a vegetable drink - I'm an A, husband is a B. We can't have tomatoes but I think I recall you talking about a drink you make using celery, peppers, all kinds of good sounding things. Can you help me? Thanks Sandy
Sure, Sandy -- It's made in a juicer, and the base is carrot/celery (say, 5 carrots to one or two stalks of celery). The rest is up to you! A small beet, 1/2 clove of garlic (or less -- the flavor is extremely strong, so put only a very tiny amount in at first), 1/4 of a small red onion, a handful of greens such as kale, chard or collards, a small bunch of parsley, half a red pepper for your husband's batch, and the list goes on!
The book Juicing for Life (Calbom/Keane) is full of recipes for all kinds of juices, both fruit and veg, with instructions on how to go about it all -- including which fruits work for juicing and which don't, which items should be used alone, and safety measures in preparing the foods for juicing. A great resource, and highly recommended! :-)
Hi Heidi, If you are interested and haven’t seen it already, here is an article I found about the potatoes relationship to diabetes issue. The link, http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,6566117%255E2,00.html, wouldn’t work so I copied the whole article below.
Here are a couple of links, that do work, on the subject: http://www.mercola.com/2003/jun/28/diabetes_potatoes.htm http://www.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,4057,6565880%255E2862,00.html Don
Fascinating, Don -- thank you! Looks like there is much more research needed before we'll know the practical implications of this study. Since the team said the toxin may persist from the vegetable eaten by a steer or cow through the meat or milk, it brings into "yellow alert" many more foods than just potatoes or sugar beets.
I'm eagerly awaiting news of any development of a test to determine the genetic susceptibility discussed -- since the study indicates that the toxin is detrimental only to individuals with that susceptibility. Thanks again, dear! :-D
Hi! That entry about calcium being helpful against cold sores is very intruiging! I always get a lip sore after being stressed out and reaching for a comfort food like chocolate with almonds. Now that I think about it, there have been no full bloom eruptions since starting to make calcium soup from bones. Amazing! In the morning it is fun to poach a couple eggs in the cal-soup while also heating up some meat too. Throw in some spice, cayenne and paprika, along with the turmeric and it is a masterpiece! Yummy! I thank you for the original recipe!
About empty capsules, are the gelatin based capsules safe to use, they are surely made from pig body parts. And the vegetarian caps from Now are made of the following: Hydroxypropyl Methycellulose (HPMC), veg source & water. What is HPMC and will it bother a type 0?
Have a beautiful day! David
Hi, David! Glad you're enjoying the taste and health benefits of old bone soup! ;-)
Gelatin caps are fine for type Os, but for those of other types who take LOADS of supps daily, it's best to go with veggie caps. Hydroxypropyl methylcellulose (C8H15O8-(C10H18O6)n-C8H15O8) is a basic plant cellulose (carbohydrate) powder used in ophthalmic preparation of eye drops -- better known as "liquid tears" -- and it's also the basis for non-animal source supp capsules. You'll see it as an ingredient in every single veggie cap, no matter the manufacturer. Its useful properties in this application are that it can be formed into a clear, moldable, stable little item (like a capsule) which will dissolve quickly when ingested.
It's inert, so not a worry -- good news there! Thanks for your note! :-D
Please pass this along to Cindi on Jun 23 with the foot problem. What you describe sounds exactly like "hyperhydrosis", which I had as a kid for a few years. It is a stress disease, and responded to a low dose of a tranquilizer, donotal. They told me that I would have it the rest of my life, but I have been doing yoga/meditation for about 25 years now and it hasn't returned. She needs to wear only white cotton socks and all leather shoes while it is active (or leather sandals). The other things the doctor gave me were cortisone cream, sun lamp treatments, and chlorophyll foot soaks (wonderful). Hope
Thank you for that note on hyperhydrosis, Hope! I don't recall she had a problem with excess sweating, but it well could be... Chime in here, Cindi? and Hope, read on... Cindi's had some shocks recently, but at least her feet are doing well ... ;-D
Hey Heidi, OMG!!! (This is Cindi!!) Guess who is new to the NONNIES list? yep, big shock I am now in sitting here freaking out and wondering just what to do now. I lent my book out and can't even look up what I have to change now!!!!! I guess you better put me on that new group list that I read about a couple weeks ago!!!!!!! Is this a bad thing, this nonnie thing? WOW, didn't think I was part of any 20% of the population for anything at all. LOL!!!!
Anyway, the feet are much improved, I already was into the vinegar soaks by the time I read your response, but, thanks so much for re inforcing what I was doing was ok!! Now, could be being a nonny have anything to do with it being so slow for my weight to go away? I never have had any problem losing weight before I turned 37 or so. Im 41 on Sunday, 6-29, Happy birthday to me...... I consider 41 "in my forties" 40 was just the end of the thirties, but 41 puts me in my forties and what a present I got from my hard work spitting. A nonny, still cant phathom it, ok, im back in focus, i think. WEeelllllllll ok talk to me please!!!!!!!! Cindi 0+ NON SECRETOR!!!!!!!
Hello, This is Cindi again with a nonny question. Wow still in shock. What i need to know is the secretor status inherited from my mom and or dad? And do I maybe pass it to my kids? My mom is 0- and my dad is 0 + i think, just wondered if this came from one of them or both of them and what it means to my offspring? Thought maybe i could let my mom and grandma in on getting the spit test if we can trace back the nonny gene, if it even happens that way, or if I can blame my daddy!! Cindi
LOL! :-D What a difference a spit makes! :-D
Hey there, Cindi ~ Happy Birthday, and welcome to Secretors O-Nonymous. ;-) Being a nonsecretor is neither good nor bad, just a fact. KNOWING our secretor status, however, is a potent tool for getting hold of that ol' optimal health thing! I think you'll find the nonnie adjustments will take care of the lingering weight -- most "new nons" see all kinds of improvements with just the basic food swap-outs.
Glad the tootsies are better, and now might be the time to (a) take a stroll through TYPEbase for the food changes on the items you usually eat (or would like to eat), and (b) get your book back! ;-0
Secretor status is inherited. It's determined by two genes, just like your ABO type. Being a nonsecretor is much like being an O in this respect: the nonsecretor gene is recessive, just like the O gene, so each of your parents had to have at least one nonsecretor gene to pass to you, and you have a set of two matching nonsecretor genes. :-) However, your parents could be nonsecretors OR secretors OR one of each -- a secretor can have a recessive nonsecretor gene, just as a type A or B can carry a recessive O gene.
So, if you choose a mate wisely (someone with at least one nonsecretor gene- preferably two) you could have a whole family of nonnies! ;-> But that's for a couple of birthdays away -- for right now, enjoy the shock and welcome to our noniverse! :-)
Hello, Heidi!! I have 2 questions: 1) I am doing ok on the BTD however I feel very Irritaded/angry when I do not eat carbs at all. I have no patient with my lovely husband and I am not that kind of person and I don't like to be that way.
My energy level goes so down some days that can I sleep the whole day and still wake up tired. I have been very strong to work out most of the days ( I a really do it like 60 minutes intense aerobics or more and some abs etc. I also warm up before and after working out). I always liked to work out but I don't like the feeling of lack of energy to start doing it.
Is irritable feeling and that level of lack of energy normal??? 2) I am short and did not loose the weights that I would like to. I know that I may have more muscles and lees fat and the muscles are heavier than fat. But I think that I used to be more lean with my muscles well defined and now I feel that my muscles are getting bigger (specially my arms and legs)- that is what I do not like. I don't wanna have a Masculine body in a "petit woman frame". Is that true that too much protein can make my muscles bigger when I work out?? I do not and never took any kind of protein shake or someting like that. What can I do to stop it and actually to re-verse and have my muscles lean again? Love,Bcha.
Hi there, Bcha! Sorry you're having difficulty with moods & energy! Don't worry, this is only a transition phase and will pass more quickly if you stick with it!
When you say 'carbs,' do you mean grains? You do not need grains at all, but you DO need carbs from vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, and having some bean dishes will also give plenty of carb and fiber. You need those GOOD carbs, along with good fats, for nervous system health.
Weaning yourself off grains and sugar can produce irritability and energy sags. Although uncomfortable, that is a GOOD sign. It means the sugar-dependent organisms in your gut are dying. They are kicking up a ruckus because THEY WANT THEIR SUGAR (including grain, which converts rather rapidly to sugars as well). and you want to make sure they don't get it. ;->
It's possible your muscles (and your body in general) look larger because the fat layer is being pushed out by the muscle development. It is not a matter of the food you're eating, and the more active tissue mass you have (muscle) the more quickly you will metabolize the excess fat you're carrying.
I'd suggest for now that you try one weight-training (anabolic) session per week and only three sessions of catabolic activities like jogging, skating, kick boxing, "aerobics," etc. On the food side, follow the portion/frequency tables carefully and include plenty of pure water with a squeeze of lemon daily (1/2 ounce for each pound of body weight).
From here, it is a little difficult to determine whether your natural healthy weight is a little higher than the goal weight you're aiming for. Could you tell me (again) how tall you are, what you weigh now, and give me an arm & leg measurement: length of inseam (top to floor length of the inside of your leg), measurement around knee, top of thigh, waist, elbow and wrist -- and length of arm from armpit to longest finger. I'm sure we'll figure this out, Bcha, don't give up hope! Write again soon!! :-D
Hi Heidi-it's Susan again following up. First, let me echo the sentiment said over and over by others in the column....it is sooooo wonderful to have you as a resource to turn to for suggestions, knowledge and guidance...thank you for being so wonderful!
You asked that I follow-up with you. I was puzzled by how I was feeling with a long list of symptoms and no luck at getting pregnant (0 negative, secretor, 38 years old with an AB positive, non-secretor husband).
Despite being on Synthroid for 12 years due to Hashimotos I had not resolved all of my ailments. My recent test results indicated that my adrenals are low in cortisol, DHEA and testosterone, (the estrogen was fine) and we are waiting for the pregnenolone results as well as the recent thyroid panel and progesterone results.
The DR. recommends low doses of DHEA, adrenal support, glandulars and gave me a choice of licorice root or hydrocortisone. She said cortisol would give me the immediate boost, while giving the adrenals a chance to relax and rebuild, and I could go off it when it repairs itself in perhaps 9 months or so. The licorice root will take longer. So, my question is which route to take...cortisol hormone or licorice root? Do you have any resources that sheds more light on the advantages of either to help me choose the right course of action or any experience with either?
I would like to feel better right away of course, but I am hesitant to take another prescription (but willing if needed). I did take one capsule of adrenal support with licorice root in it (as well as ginseng) and I developed a welt and itchiness. From past experience my body is very sensitive to most everything.
My other question is I read that according to Dr. Mercola "pregnenolone is the grand precursor from which all the other steroid hormones are made including DHEA and cortisol." If that is the case, wouldn't it be wise to take that instead? Or is it not that cut and dry? And, would cortiguard be helpful? I've been on the blood type diet for four years, 99% compliant and I am currently taking chromium, cyto-redoxin anti-oxidants, B complex and O probiotic. I do drink green tea and dandelion tea and add astragalus liquid to the teas and eat prunes to help the liver detox. In addition, my acupuncturist gave me a blood toning herb with dang gui, bai shao, chuan xiong and shu di huang to take up to ovulation. So, what should I stay with and what should I add? I'd like to feel better soon! Thanks for your help, Heidi! Susan
Hello, Susan! You have a wonderful doctor, please keep her!! :-) Onething I'd suggest you discuss with her is the pregnenolone INSTEAD of the cortisone. There is no harm in trying it for a month to see if it will do the job of both the DHEA and the hydrocortisone, in my (very unmedical) opinion. It's also cheap, OTC, and may hold some answers on your thyroid issues. Show her the Mercola pages, and look around for others using "pregnenolone, adrenal, exhaustion, thyroid." If your DHEA is low against your cortisol levels, Cortiguard is a GREAT thing to take to lower cortisol. It's for all types, not just Os. And it is the balance of cortisol against DHEA which I believe your doc's looking for.
I would also ask her about seriously considering switching to Armour (although many docs don't like to do this), and carefully monitoring your dosage during your progress as you stick to the diet and the supplements. If your thyroid is still intact, this approach is the key to a lot of potential healing. Following your AB diet and EXERCISE plan is crucial -- every interaction with the "world outside" engages through the gut and respiratory mucus & ganglia and their ABO "sentinels and administrators." I would use those basic strategies as the foundation, and never waver from daily adherence to them. They'll serve you VERY well.
Back to pregnenolone -- there is a trial period at the beginning, but with the right dosage you should feel better right away just as you would with the drug. That is, again, if the Cortiguard doesn't resolve that particular issue for you.
OH! And I noted that since we last discussed your pregnancy situation on May 20, you and your husband both found out your secretor status. You know what? This is great news! Since your husband is a nonsecretor, your ABO secretions don't "see" any pesky foreigners to rout out -- so when your health issues are resolved and barring any hubby-side problems with sperm production and delivery, you're in a better position to get pregnant than we first thought! Yippee!! :-)
Do think about all this, and discuss with your wondrous doc! Best wishes to you, and I look forward to hearing how it goes with you, dear!! :-D
On pages 26 and 27 of the book, "Blood Type B Food, Beverage, and Supplement Lists", Barley is listed under both the Neutral and Avoid catagories. Which one is correct? Thanks in advance for your time. Wanda
Hello, Wanda! Barley is neutral for all type Bs. If ever you are wondering about the rating of some other food, just go to the main page (www.dadamo.com) and look for the TYPEbase 3® link. It is also mentioned at the bottom of this column. Thanks for writing!! :-)
I am a type O. I am trying to lose weight and wondered if drinking a soy protein shake, made with soy milk, to replace two meals a day would be helpful or harmful. In addition to this I would try to get as many veggies and a few fruits in each day, as well as another protein source and probably a serving of rice. Your advice would be most appreciated. Lisa
Hello, Lisa! Well... in short, I'd say it would be harmful. Here's why:
If you are a type O secretor, your minimum-for-health meat/poultry frequency is six servings per week, for fish is three per week, veg approx five per day, fruit three per day.
Just on this point, how would you fit all this food in when replacing two meals per day with soy shakes? It would certainly defeat your purpose which I assume is weight loss. Additionally, if you are Rhesus negative, add two servings of meat/poultry and two of fish to the numbers above. Woof! I don't know about you, but that's a wee bit beyond my capabilities if liquid soy concoctions take up two full meals out of three.
Second, your maximum allowance in the beans category (where soy fits) is only three servings per week... whoops. Soy -- well, beans in general, actually -- are just not the ideal protein foods for us (nor effective weight-loss aids) that they are for type As -- although the makers of soy-protein powders and other soy products advertise their virtues as if EVERYONE will benefit from them, of course. ;->
To make matters yet more interesting: if you are an O NONsecretor, minimum animal protein requirements rise further, bean allowances sink lower.... and who cares at that point, cuz soy becomes an Avoid, so that option's shot altogether anyway.
I'm going on and on here (a great surprise to regular readers of this column, no doubt) because I'm trying to make large & real to everyone the difference between using the food lists alone, and using them in the framework of the portion/frequency tables and the greater understanding of our metabolisms provided by the texts of the books taken as a whole.
actually, Lisa's just getting picked on because she hit me on a chatty day. ;-)
For weight loss, don't look for meals in a bottle. Instead:
(1) use the portion/frequency tables and feel free to eliminate grain, bean, and dairy foods altogether.
(2) the more closely you stick to the beneficials, the faster your weight loss. 100% beneficials for two months can move anyone's scale in the right direction. ;-)
(3) Breakfast like a king, lunch like a squire, and dinner like a pauper. What do I mean by "squire?" I dunno... just think "medium."
(4) Vegetables at every meal. It's no easy task to get all those beneficials in during the single day or week, so get thinking on how you'll spread them out between cooked and raw among the meals and snacks. Stuff on veg! In this Fellowship of the BTD, we are ALL vegetarians, my brothers & sisters! and most of us have a bunch of meat, poultry, fish and/or dairy to squeeze in along with our massive veggie intake as well, so make GOOD use of all those dark leafy greens (kale, chards, beet greens, collards, dandelion, escarole) that cook down from a two-foot sheaf to a serving for 2. Great base for meat dishes or cooked veg salads!
(5) Drink 1/2 ounce of water for each pound of body weight, daily. Add a squeeze of lemon juice or a tiny pinch of gray sea salt to each quart or liter. Drink the water at least 1/2 hour before and at least 1 1/2 to 2 hours after full meals.
(4) EXERCISE -- and use any excuse to get out in the early morning & get some sun in your eyes for a few minutes. Exercise puts the world and you on notice that you're a bundle of energy. Which is exactly what you are. :-)
Right now, Lisa's probably wishing she hadn't written, but I'm glad she did! It's so important we all remember how powerful FOOD and ACTIVITY are in accomplishing our health goals. ok, I'm done! ~~:-D
Hi Heidi: I am a Type A (Don't know my secretor status) and I have been using the diet for years (though not always as strict as I should because I feel so much better when I stick to it). I want to deeply cleanse my colon and have been investigating different detox programs like Renew and the Arise and Shine program (I was recently diagnosed with blocked fallopian tubes and wondered if cleansing myself might help). The programs seem rather aggressive with some strong herbs like cayenne that I know are avoids. Is there a Type A detox program that I might use in place of this.
I have a juicer and wouldn't might juice fasting as well as using the psyllium but since this would be my first time I don't want to over do it but I would like to cleanse my entire colon. I have also decided to use colonics and enemas to help. Do you have any suggestions or a Type A program that I might follow to detox and cleanse? I have the blood type encyclopedia but I wasn't sure if I if I should start with the Detox protocols and if I could use those for more than one month. Alicia
Hi there, Alicia! I'd start with the Detox protocols and use them with a two-week break between iterations. During the break, do one week of vegetable juice/fruit juice fasting, using as many beneficials as you can and following a good guide like Juicing for Life by Calbom & Keane. Never go hungry. If you're hungry, slog down a full glass of water, wait 20 minutes and drink more fresh juice. Your daily dose of psyllium can be taken first thing in the morning.
Don't forget a squeeze of lemon in all water you drink, and to do daily gentle exercise -- and sleep whenever you wish -- throughout the detox & fast. After the fast, slowly introduce whole veg again and work your way back to the Live Right 4 Your Type A diet -- now would be a good time to get your secretor status, just so you can plan your perfect diet for the rest of your life! It's a great opportunity to make those changes and set things up so you'll never have to dicker over it with yourself again. Best wishes, I hope you enjoy your fast! and write in & let me know how it goes! :-)
Hi, I am enjoying reading the questions and your responses here, so I thought I would send in some that have been nagging me. First, I have cravings for chocolate and nuts, (incl. carob chips) that are hard to resist, One bit of kchocolate and I will binge on it. Is there an ingredient in chocolate/carob that I could be addicted to? I have gained 5 pounds with these cravings. By the way, I am type O+. When I can fight these cravings I crave vegetables and other good stuff for me! Next, I need clarification on grains. So all grains cause weight gain anf other gluten reactions. I have no abdominal/intestinal/reflux syptoms since beginning this diet. So now I find I eat a lot os rice products and Ezekial breads. My wieght stayed the same with Ezekial breads but I wonder if rice products eaten almost everyday could cause me weight gain or other problems. The longer I am on the diet the more I am fine-tuning. I know it works and it is very healthy! I hope to here from you , Wendy.
Hello, Wendy! You may have a chromium or zinc deficiency -- check any supps you take, and if you see no chromium or zinc anywhere, make sure you get daily servings of brewer's/nutritional yeast, beef, eggs and pumpkin seeds.
This may sound strange, but it may be the grains you're gaining weight on rather than the chocolate. You mentioned you eat "a lot of" rice products and Ezekiel. If you're a secretor, your grain maximum allowance is 6 servings per week -- that would be any grain at all, so perhaps three servings of rice and three of Zeke bread in your case. Max. If you want to lose weight, the grains really should go at least down to the minimum (1 per week) or out altogether.
Restricting or eliminating grains will do good things for your sugar cravings as well, although there is an adjustment period in which you may feel tired, cranky, lousy, and crave like mad. That will pass, and you need never go through it again if you stick with it the first time. ;-)
I'm very pleased you're so happy with the diet! Nice, ain't it? best wishes!!
Dear Heidi, your column continues to be a source of wonderful tips and inspiration! Not a question, but a suggestion for Ann with the upper arm pimples and dandruff. Years ago I read an article that the upper arm pimples could be one of the first signs of zinc deficiency. It's something our family has kept an eye on over the years as our soil here in NZ is deficient in this mineral. I find eggs, walnuts and flax oil does the trick and clears up both complaints. Hope this helps. Regards, Angela.
You bet! Great tip, Angela, and much appreciated!! thanks, dear! :-D
Hi Heidi Just wanted to thank you for your encouragement and thorough answer to my questions! As I have only just started to eat fish, it is too early to know whether or not it will be sufficient to ward off all of my problems (particularly the period pain), or if i will in fact need to eat meat as you recommended last week.
I can say that since I started to radically cut back on grains (about 6 months ago now, on the advice of my partner who religiously follows the diet) my skin has improved markedly. Since I started eating fish a few weeks ago and virtually no grains, my digestion has improved too - far less bloating and gas. I was wondering if you could recommend any particular supplements/foods to help heal my intestinal tract and assist with my skin and menstual cycle, or if the O diet is enough. Thanks again for taking the time to impart your excellent wisdom, Emma
Hey, Emma! Glad to hear from you!!
It sounds to me as if the diet is working its magic right on schedule. Between the food choices and The Exercise (of course ;-)), I think you'll solve every difficulty on your own without the expense and fuss of supps. Using ghee on a regular basis is better than any med for healing your intestinal tract -- and some additional foods such as nutritional yeast, wild yam, and maca root can all be of assistance if desired. Just keep right along with what you're doing, and I'm very excited to hear your next "report!" :-D
Dear Heidi On LDN, diet 27 July 2003: My daughter is tested both LDN in a blood test and secretor by saliva test from NAP. So now you know two of them:-) I am an O secretor, but as a relative to an O non secretor I hope it is possible for me to join Nina's O nonnie list. Thanks for all the inspiration I get from your column. Kirsten
Hi there, Kirsten! That's fascinating! :-)
Since your daughter is a secretor according to the saliva test, she should follow the secretor food lists. The nonnie recipe list wouldn't help much, I'm afraid -- it's all according to the nonnie food lists.
Blessings to you, and many thanks for your kind words! :-D
Dear Heidi, I have not been able to follow your collumn every day due to travelling abroad. I hope I have not missed too much of your very precious advise and comments! As Marshal and Susan I have a little problem with the LDN and positive secretor status (and further: A1 Rhesus + MN) which is the case of my daughter. She does not react to the A secr diet as well as others do and and also feels attracted to the non secr diet. I suppose that her particularly tricky case is more for Dr Bron than for you, but still, I thought I would share the fact that there was another rare bird around the place! Perhaps there are some more little birdies hidden somewhere on this planet and it would be interesting to hear if they have particular experiences. What do you think Heidi? Anyway, than you som much for your dedication. Bianca
Yet another rare bird! Now we've got three!! :-)
Yes, if there are problems in that area, it's best to consult with the docs. I hope her situation can be resolved soon, and wish I could do more to help!
One thing I CAN help with is catching up on columns: just go to the bottom of this page, hit the List Previous Topics button, and "hover" your mouse over the titles until you see one dated previous to your trip. Then you can work up from there, if desired! Thanks so much, Bianca, and I hope to hear from you soon about your daughter's situation -- best wishes!! :-D
Dear Heidi, I have used Mineral Check hair analysis from Body Balance. My mercury and arsenic levels are elevated. Mercury is 3.69 (the range is <=1.69, and Arsenic is .140 (range is <=0.082). I eat a lot of fish, mainly haddock or cod. I am B non-secretor and these are the only fish that are on my beneficial list available here.
Is there anything I can do to detoxify my body. I plan on cutting consumpion of fish to once a week. Is there anything that you can recommend. I heard about mercury in fish but I was never was aware of arsenic. Thanks for your wonderfull work. Magda
Hi, Magda! Chelating heavy metals is a complex matter, but there are some columns posted in the past few months which may be helpful to you. Go to the bottom of this page and enter the search term "chelate" or "chelation" -- we've been graced with some expert reports as well as some folk remedies.
My very best to you, and I do wish I could help further there! Anyone who has some specific advice for Magda's condition, please do write in and share it! :-)
Hi Heidi! This time I'm asking on behalf of a friend. She's just been diagnosed with Barrett's esophagus. She's a type O, and by the time you get to answering this, she should know her secretor status. She hasn't yet started BTD, but I hope she will soon. Anyway, we've read the past OTD entry about GERD, but that's all I could find in this column. My advice to her has been to start BTD asap and very religiously and to get the Encyclopedia. I note in the Encyclopedia there are several behavioral guidelines to follow, and these pretty much mirror what's said in the straight medicine sources (which has been her only counsel so far).
However, the straight guys also give lots of diet advice. Since the Encyclopedia shows that the majority of people with Barrett's (and cancer, of course) are A's, I'm assuming that much of that advice may be useless or even deleterious for a type O and that (unless symptomatic) she may still be helped by eating O beneficials. Do you think that's right? Do you have any other suggestions for her? Would something like Heallix be advisable? Eagerly awaiting your best-guess opinion! Kathy K (B-NS)
Hi, Kath! Well, I took purely forever to get back to you, so did your friend obtain her secretor results?
You're absolutely right: she should emphasize type O beneficials! She did not develop this condition by eating an O-appropriate diet. If you're able, do help her sort through the various doctor's recommendations to avoid falling into the type A advice. There are general as well as O-specific recommendations in the Encyclopedia which would benefit her tremendously. Heallix would most certainly help in healing the tissues. She should also be taking bladderwrack religiously, as H. pylori is not just problematic in ulcers -- it's been implicated in Barrett's esophagus as well. VERY warmest wishes, dear, and please let me know how she gets along?? :-)
Heidi! I had the most delicious fish Sable !! and I hope it is OK to eat. I also want to know the value of Ocean catfish. I checked the BTD encyclopedia, checked the Typebase and asked Nina on the nonsecretor site for the values. She says: "Black cod is also known as sable fish and cod is beneficial for all of us alike. I assumed/hoped it was a kind of cod :-) but this is probably a job for Heidi. Especially the next one. These are the other names I found for ocean catfish - Sea Cat, Wolffish, Loup de Mer(French) and Lobo(Spanish). Ocean catfish is a bottomfish and feeds mainly on various shellfish and is not to be confused with the freshwater catfish. So it does not sound like it would have the same rating as catfish in the TYPEbase. Technically, if it is not listed in the TYPEbase and there is no new rating for it, you can treat it is as a neutral if you are in good health. I would sent these to Heidi to be on the safe side. :-)"
Is there any further info on these fishies? thanks, emme, 0-ns
Hi there, emme -- Nina did a fine summary of your fishies. The ocean catfish, or seacat (wolffish here) and the sablefish bear no relationship to any of the rated fishes we have on our database -- so, it's the old "unknown" category for them! enjoy!! :-D
Hi Heidi, although I've been following the blood type diet fairly religiously for the past five years with excellent results, lately it feels like I'm blundering around instead of having a clear idea of how to look after certain aspects of my being!
A recent acquaintance suggested trying Essiac tea since it supports the immune system, among other things. Gullible me, I thought it sounded great, so I brewed some up. It does help with bowel movements tremendously. However, the fungus on my neck and upper body seemed to spread (it began after I tried this wonder amino acid stuff that has soy in it, not sure what else) and got a lot itchier, and my eyes have been discharging like crazy. I finished the batch and decided to stick only with BTD as the way to improve my immune system. Being a B+ non-secretor, that's vital! Even more so since I just turned 65.
I can't find essiac tea in the search list, nor can I find most of the ingredients in the tea. Has Dr. D. done any research into it? The herbs used in it are burdock root, sheep sorrel, slippery elm bark and turkey rhubarb. As an aside re the fungus, I got some tea tree oil and a couple of applications over the fungus, combined with oil of oregano (as well as taking the oil of oregano internally) cleared up almost all of it in a couple of days! Amazing! And my eyes are clearing as well.
Lesson well learned, I think. Stick to the stuff that has been proven scientifically to work. ;-) I appreciate any information you can supply regarding Essiac or any of the individual herbs that are used to make it. And thanks for your continuing cheerful, supportive and informative communications. By the way, I can't find the column you had recently regarding red yeast rice and the ONLY company you recommend. I looked at the web site, but didn't make a note of it, and now I can't find it in the archives even though I've looked on several occasions. Love to you, Janet
So nice to hear from you, Janet! ;-)
Essiac tea is made in many ways, and the ingredients vary considerably. Rene Caisse did not reveal the original recipe to anyone, so folks have been brewing up similar-but-not-identical mixes ever since. You've listed some of the basic ones, though - cat's claw and a number of other herbs also appear in essiac preparations. Turkey rhubarb is one of the varieties of rhubarb (a B avoid), distinguished by its spiky leaf shape. The bottom line is that it exacerbated your fungus problems, for which I'd give it a wide berth. ;-)
For the veddy best red yeast rice, here's the site: http://www.redyeastrice-china.com/public_html/index.htm If ever you have trouble finding it again, do a search for Jingxin. Hope you enjoy your reading, and thanks again for writing in! :-D
Dear Heidi, Living in the UK, all eggs are kept, and sold, unrefrigerated. Having had a bout with salmonella this year (treated with homeopathy),I am concerned about eating eggs here. I do buy organic, free-range eggs and now only have them hard boiled. My guess is that I got the salmonella from eggs in a restaurant.
Since I react to so many foods I mistakenly thought that plain, scrambled eggs cooked in oil was a "safe" bet. Never again! Are hard boiled eggs safe? Also concerned about chicken in restaurants since it can harbour salmonella. Any suggestions for eating chicken safely? Is turkey typically okay? Thanks, Karen O- secretor
Hi, Karen! ;-) Hard boiled eggs are your safest bet in restaurants, since both the shell and the egg are thoroughly boiled. As to chicken or turkey in restaurants, it depends entirely on the restaurant. If you don't know whether the restaurant is trustworthy, I'd make sure the fowl is cooked right through, no pink showing... better yet, I'd visit a better restaurant, cook only at home, OR take Heallix before & after any dubious meal! You might want to choose meat or fish instead? Sorry you've had such a rough time of it on the microbial front!! Best wishes, dear!! :-)
Zoot! Alors..... I never thought of the condensation on the eggs having come out of the refrigerator!!!! Since I have one of the world's tiniest "frigo"s, guess I should just leave them out - but the entire kitchen is tiny.....so hmmmn... Maybe I've just been lucky living in France (knock wood..), but if I worried about e coli and salmonella, I don't think I could ever eat! I go to the best butcher shop in my area, and most Americans would be freaked out. No gloves on the butcher's hands (and they shake hands with all good customers when they come in). They pick up the beef of lamb or veal or chicken with their bare hands, put in on the cutting board, and cut it (with the same knife...), and then slam it on the scale. During fresh rabbit and game season, these little creatures get weighed on the same scales fully furred or feathered!!! So, obviously, the meats one buys here are exposed to the little things that cause uproar in the USA. I must say that I cringe, but so far, have not been harmed - at least not as far as I know..... Could it be that one'e tummy just gets adjusted????? Like I said, this IS the best butcher shop around (you should see some of the other ones!!!). So, Heidi, should I just consider myself lucky, or should I be doing some kind of lab work to make sure I don't have some kind of menagerie crawling around inside me??? a bientot, Abby
LOL! ~~:-D Well, I doubt your menagerie is a harmful one!! If you saw my childhood environment, what I tromped around in barefoot daily, and what I ate (including venison, squirrel, and other delicacies long before the recent harsh emphasis on sanitary measures), you'd be as surprised as I at the utter absence of any parasite of any kind. When I did my first bowel cleanse, I was all excited at the prospect of passing worms & all such fascinating things. Well, nothing. Nada. Same with the gallbladder flush. No critters, not a single blamed one. Just a bunch a stones. :-D
Bear in mind that plenty of folks would be mightily concerned about you. In my opinion, the quality of the meat you're getting means there's no nastiness to spread via handshake or shared scale. And I'd much rather see you eating that meat than biting yer nails down to the elbows in a doctor's office whilst awaiting your lab results, LOL! much more nutritious! Just my opinion! VERY best wishes to ya, dear!! :-D
Hello Heidi! I have been on the BTD for about 4 months now, since my saint of a mother introduced me. Immediately I was interested by the cover since I am also a Peter Jay (sychronicity or what?). I have had good health all of my life but notice a huge improvement in digestion and over all energy levels. Love it! I know that I am a Type A but nothing more. This was ok when I started out with ERFYT but now since I have purchased LRFYT, I would love to know my secretor status. Here's the catch. Currently I am living and teaching in Bangkok Thailand. I have contacted several hosiptals in my area and (granted my Thai is not the best) all have said that they do not perform secretor tests. My question to you is, any ideas how I could find out? Thank for your informative column, I have read it since I've been on the diet and it has answered so many of mine, as well as uncountable other people's questions. We're all so grateful to have you! PJ in BKK
Greetings, PJ! :-) Lovely to hear from your fine self in Thailand!
The saliva secretor test isn't done everywhere; if you're staying in Thailand for some time to come, ask for the LEWIS test. It is a blood test which often correlates with secretor status. If you get hold of a lab who can do that test, let us know and we'll help with the interpretation of the results.
Otherwise, if you'll be moving or travelling soon, there are labs in Australia, New Zealand, Europe and North American to which I can refer you... so keep in touch, and let me know how it goes. And I'm tremendously pleased you're enjoying the benefits of the diet! Blessings ~~ :-D
I am a type O neg who has small benign tumors scattered about my body. I have just stared the O diet. Are there anyother suggestions for supplementation?
Hello, Jenn -- WELCOME!!
Could you tell me more about the benign tumors? for instance, does your doctor have a technical term for them? that would help greatly in figuring out if we have some supplemental strategies which would be useful for you.
Write again soon, OK? thanks! :-)
I have been diognosed with fibromyalgia possibly caused by chemical exsposure. I read in your book that type O's have some success with herp suppliments. my LFT's are raised but liver ultrasounds have come back clear. i have a heightened sense of smell to chemicals and im no longer able to tolerate alcohol. i have blood type A and was wondering if there was any suppliments that would assist with my illness, i am particulary interested in things that boost your liver fuction. i have started on a basic vegetarian diet mainly due to the fact my cholesterol is over 8.0 Iam only 27 and any hel would be greatly appriciated.. Aaron
Hi, Aaron! I can certainly recommend the Liver Support protocols in The BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia. The ideal diet for type A is not necessarily a strict vegetarian one, nor with the A diet raise your cholesterol levels. Do you have one of the basic books -- either Eat Right 4 Your Type or Live Right 4 Your Type? Read through the type A section carefully -- you'll find nearly everything you need there.
For the rest, let me know if you can get the Encyclopedia there in Oz, and write again if you have more questions afterward, OK? I'll be thinking of you -- let me know how you're doing when you get the chance! :-)
I am wondering if bulgur is okay to eat for a type 'A'. Can you help me? I really love tabouleh! Thank you. Lucie
Hi, Lucie! Bulgur, or Bulghur, is just whole wheat berries par-boiled then allowed to dry. It's sort of pre-cooked whole wheat. So, the item to check in your food list is "Wheat (whole)." Thanks for writing, dear! :-D
hi heidi me here still battling with weight loss & underactive thyroid. i've doing the xbs programme you recommend for quite a while at least i thought it was.however i've now discovered there are different charts for different levels which seems different to the programme i downloaded originally.
anyhow i've done it every day this week but not the 1/2 mile run or 1 mile walk i only noticed that part yesterday.the trouble is i get up early to do this exercise programme plus cook breakfast the btd way & i don't have time to do the run or walk in morning. would it matter if i did that part later in day or would i have to do the whole programme again in order to warm up?
as i know you recommend o's to do this programme every day & some extra strenuous exercise 3 times a week.would the run & walk part of the xbs be classed as strenuous enough or would you recommend something else?thanks for your help & advice & welcome back you are sorely missed.thanks debs
Hey there, debs! The 5BX program can be as strenuous or as light as any other, all depending on the level at which the individual works it. So, yes, if a run is done strenuously, that would count for the aerobic part of your strenuous exercise. Weight training would be the other strenuous part.
You can do the run or walk (or jog-in-place) in the afternoon, that would work just as well. And did you get hold of some nutritional yeast & glandulars for your thyroid? Great inexpensive way to start turning that pesky thyroid trouble around! Very best wishes, dear, and let me know what you're up to!! :-D
I have recently been diagnosed with Celiac disease. I am Type A, can I follow the type A diet ?? Deborah
Welcome, Deborah!! If you have celiac disease, the type A diet will be a life saver for you. Just make good use of your resources on grains (and products) to avoid while you're healing. Also, visit the various pages and columns on our site, and use the search engines to find out what we've posted on celiac.
Please stay in touch! Write in with any questions you may have!! Best wishes!! :-D
I'm new to the diet (6 months, type A, non-secretor) and have a few questions that I've always been too embarassed to ask a doctor, and so have been working on solving on my own.
I have always had many cavities, a coated tongue, constant sour taste in my mouth and bad breath. I'm guessing this is connected to the non-secretor status. I also always quite low in energy (improving as I stay on the diet), and cannot (at all!) digest fats. They produce diarrhea every time.
Also, my skin, when I'm outside in the sun, has a somewhat unpleasant odor to it, which I try to mask w/perfumed soap and lightly scented perfumes. I have had some improvement in my mouth by brushing my teeth w/oil of oregano; but the problems still persist.
My father had these same problems (unknown blood type), and his mother, also. So, I assume whatever is at the root of all this is genetically caused, but beyond that, I'm not sure. My father died of lymphoma, though my wonderful grandmother lived to 96.
I've cleared my body of frequent yeast infections, with a Cave Man diet, and Caprylic Acid and herbs, hoping that it would solve the other problems but it didn't. I had tried the saliva in the glass of water test, to see if I had candida in the mouth and I sure did, but the diet didn't affect my mouth.
I have read what you have written about Heallix, and have ordered a bottle; I'm not sure how much to take, or how often for these symptoms. I have tried so many things, though, that I don't have alot of hope that this will work any better. Sorry for being a little down, but I'm 49, and am not sure I will ever solve this, and would like to be able to live a more normal life, with normal relationships. As you might imagine, it's difficult to be in a close relationship w/constant bad breath. With so many people writing you about cancers they are fighting and other big problems, I am feeling very trivial, but solving this would quite possibly be life changing. Thanks for your help. Carrie Ann
Greetings, and welcome, Carrie Ann! Listen, if a health complaint is important enough for you to write in about it, it's important to me! I'm very glad you decided to come on in & ask. :-)
First of all: following the nonsecretor diet strictly is the first foundational step to clearing up these problems for once & all. It starts its work in the intestines; as your flora/fauna balance improves there, your breath and skin odor will change right along with it. A daily meditation and/or yoga practice is the second part of the foundation. Because of their profound effects on the nervous and endocrine systems, they hold great power for healing and re-balancing your entire body -- don't discount them. (and they make you feel REALLY good. :-)) I know you've been with the diet for a number of months, but DON'T ever feel discouraged -- you have some persistent difficulties which just require a little more time and a few boosters.
Special tips: two tablespoons of nutritional yeast (I wish I had a penny for every time I've said, "KAL brand is spectacular!") every day. Use some beneficial fruit (I know I've already said two bad Candida words, but you'll find this will work), a tablespoon of nut butter, some ice and the yeast to make a blender-smoothie.
Second, get in the habit of making fresh juices from beneficial vegetables, and include wheat grass, barley grass, beets and their greens whenever you can. These should eliminate, over the period of a month or two, any remaining gunk (scientific term) in your intestinal tract, and tone up your liver function. The book Juicing for Life by Calbom & Keane is an invaluable resource for instructions and recipes (always check for avoids, though).
If you haven't yet done so, consult the www.sensiblehealth.com site for full information on the gallbladder flush. That one simple, safe procedure should get a medal for its effects on fat digestion.
PolyFlora-A is a must for you. Finally, try to consume at least 1/2 ounce of water for each pound you weigh, with a squeeze of lemon juice added to each quart.
Heallix will do you a great deal of good in the bacterial control department. Take it at the therapeutic level for one week, then drop to the maintenance level (dosages are on the bottle). I'm throwing a whole bunch of things at you all at once, so I'm going to stop here and wait for your report. (Oh, did I mention that everyone has to submit regular progress updates? LOL! ;->)
Carrie Ann, there IS hope, and between all of us here we'll see you through this and beyond, into a whole new level of health & satisfaction with your life. Be well, get to work, and write again soon! :-D
Does Veg. Gly. need to be refrigerated after it's opened? It doesn't say anything about it on the bottle (NOW brand), but it is sold primarily as a cosmetic additive so might not. Thanks so much for your encouragement and help.
Hi, Ginger -- no refrigeration necessary! Very handy!! :-D
Hi Heidi, one question: do you know or any readers if using vegetable glycerine would work in making jam/jellies? i use Pomona Universal Pectin. We don't eat a lot of jam, but with this product you can suit your own sweetness. I usually use honey and/or part maple syrup. Thanks, jayne
Hello, Jayne! It works fine as a sweetener for your purposes. You may have to experiment a bit to get the right sweetness, but the rule of thumb is 1/2 tsp veg gly equals 1 tsp sugar. Frontier brand is also reputed to have the best taste -- let me know how it turns out for you! :-D
Thanks, Heidi, for continuing the great search for the perfect carob chip/drop. Unfortunately, the Now product has hydrogenated oil. Lisa
Yep! Still seeking the good ones at my old HFS... read on! ;-)
Label on bulk carob chip, Sunspire Brand reads, "Ingredients: carob powder, whey powder, nonfat milk powder, fractionated palm kernel oil, soy lecithin (added as an emulsifier)." I am embarrassed that my previous response was not more complete. I have eaten them for years without any difficulty but I sure see that for o's there are several avoids. Hope I didn't send anyone on a wild goose (carob) chase -- Conrad
Hey there, Conrad! Don't feel bad!! Your post got all that information out in the open, and let lots of people find out the ingredients in various brands. I certainly appreciate it! :-)
I visited LifeThyme a few days ago, looking for those carob drops I mentioned, and although they'd already stocked up on their chocolate stuff, they didn't have that one item. I'll go back and bother them when the chocolate/carob guy is available for a chat. Wish me luck -- and thanks again for being here!! :-D
Leetle Gleetch Reeport ~~ Veg Gly... Food Show?... Lisya's Mom & Friend... type O in an A's body? ... and (as usual) more... ;-)April 10th, 2001 , by admin
Hi there, folks!
Due to a glitch with the software used to upload replies, a full column was lost.
It contained what was to be Saturday 9th August's Q&A, with roughly a dozen questions submitted in late July. The column intended for the 10th overwrote that one during upload, and my normal backup procedures weren't sufficient to circumvent this new oddity.
I have put new protections in place to make sure this kind of thing (which in other modes has occurred many times) doesn't happen again. I must here acknowledge the invaluable contribution of Bryan, who got me swiftly into my straitjacket and gag at the moment of upload meltdown, thus preventing me from harming myself or others during my recovery from this incident. LOL!!! ~:-D
I'm now working on recreating that material, but it will take some time to figure out which questions were included and to reconstruct the replies. So, if you're wondering what happened to your Q from July 20 or thereabouts, that's what happened to it. Hang in there, I'll get it done. :-) and yet once again, THANKS SO MUCH for your patience and loving consideration! it means a lot! :-}
HI Heidi, I've missed your column alot and glad that you're back. I have a question about vegetable glycerine - is that the same as glycerol, because I found an article in a magazine that was talking about different food additives and it said that glycerol can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea...etc. You always speak of it as if its the nonnies sugar cravers dream come true - so in that cause I want to know why they would write misleading information or where they would even get it from. I guess I want to be resassured because I saw some at my local health food store and have been thinking of using it. Also do good oils such as olive oil have the same value if it is heated.
I just bought myself a juicer and was wondering what vegetable and fruit juices would be particularly good for the liver. I have decided I will use the grapefruit for that gallbladder/liver flush because I found some grapefruit - I guess its just an acquired taste. I also wanted to know what the signifigance of the grapefruit is for the flush. And for teh second day before I do the olive oil thing should I just be eating fruit and vegies or vegie juices. Nice to have you back. Thanks in advance. Chantelle
Thanks for the welcome back, dear! ;-)
About your vegetable glycerine question: yes, it is glycerol. But as to why the authors of that article would write what they did, and where they got their information, I think the best way to find out is to ask the author/publication. I'd be interested in their answer, too, so please let us know when you receive a reply!
Oils have the same listed food values whether heated or not, as long as they are not brought to a temperature where they begin to break down and smoke.
To choose vegetable and fruit juices for specific health purposes, consult the book Juicing for Life (Calbom/Keane). Always check a recipe for avoids, and remove them or substitute an OK choice for those items.
Grapefruit or lemon juice may be used for the gallbladder flush - grapefruit is simply more palatable for many people. The day before the flush is best spent with juices only -- apple juice/water for everyone except O nonsecretors. :-D
Type (A1+)MM,Sec: I have 27 years experience in foodservice. 5 years experience in blood group (A) preparation. I looked into www.foodtv.com < They require a sponser from an established production company to air a blood type food tv show. I thought it out & got an idea. We could do a blood type cooking/ food prep demo at the February 2005 IFHI conference to show people our style of cook-right 4 your type. I can demo type(A) someone could demo type (O) food another type (b) & (AB), if this could be fitted into the tight schedule. Please reply at your convenience. Tell me what you think:) Brian
Hi, Brian ~ It sounds really interesting! If you'd like to put together this kind of presentation for the 2005 conference, just go to this page and propose it to the IfHI folks. Best wishes!! :-D
Hi Heidi, Hope all went well with your projects. Not a burning question at all so whenever you get to it is great. Revisiting the L-glutamine discussion. Leafing through the encyclopedia and under Alcoholism it says recommended for Blood Group A: Specifics: L-glutamine: 500 mg. twice daily Maybe alcoholism is something where the upside of raising cortisol levels outweigh the downside. Like when eating lima beans is good thing when a Type A has cancer. Thanks for everything Heidi. Best, Nina
Hi, Nina!! I haven't yet been able to verify the glutamine issue, but I'll be posting it as soon as I do. I suspect it is one of those developments in research that supercede the info I have on file, but when I hear, so will you. thanks for everything, dear! :-D
Hi Heidi, It is Lisya again. I am mainly writing for my mother and my best friend. My mother is 70 years old and started BTD a year ago although secretor status unknown, I am shure she is a non secretor (Iam as wel)she lost 11 kilos during the year and 75kilos now. She is using basic pack A. Important of all she was suffering 25 years long from very soft eliminations with mocus (at times not able holding it) and now it is normalizing!
She reported that when she uses polyflora more frequently she notices better eliminations. She doesnt use her allergy pils anymore.
The only thing I do not follow is, when she eats abricots, prunes ore green salad and oils even if beneficial she gets a water like elimination.
Her galb ladder was removed years ago because of stones. So I tought meybe part of the problem is the absence of gal bladder. Would it be more dificult to digest oils because of that? On the other hand we do need some oils for vital functions. I cheked on internet site but can not find any recomendation for people without gal bladder.
Another thing is that she has has a very big vet buble at her back and some under skin white hard little bubles on her face. I thought of giving her brewers yeast and lecithine because I red that the inositol and choline part in yeast and lecithine can help in this cases. Doe you have any suggestions about these subjects?
My friend is 46 she is an O+ secretor sta. unknown. She is on a diet sinds a year as wel. although she sais she does not eat avoids, I noticed she does not chek the ingridients of products very wel. I think she is eating mainly ok. 1.she is suffering from joint pain ellebow and fingers. I adviced her to to chek trough her doctor if it a kind of reumatic illness like artritis etc. cut all grain and cheese for the time being. Her doctor was not cooperative she was very laconic about BTD so I thought she could carefully try Glucosamine sulphate, detox pro. liver support protocol with basic pack O.
She menstruates every 18/17 days which is to often and has a meat tree (i dont know how to call it in English it is non cancer growth in or out the womb) out side of her womb. In the medical publications of Academical Medical Center of Amsterdam they suspect disbalans on ostrogen levels could be causing myoms as they call it. My friend is been told that hers is rather a large one.
I thought, can a hormonal disbalans cause also reuma like symptoms? meybe it would be ok using fem balance anyway to normalize the hormon balance which might effect many complains positively? Last interesting one is that she has a buble (walnut size)on her right side immidiatly onder her last rib. After an ecography chek they said she has a air buble in the upper side of her bowel?? So they can not do anything abaut it and they do not know the cause. Heidi did you ever heard of anything like this before? Can a poor flora meybe cause that? But I can not follow why and by what air can be captured in the intestines without the ability to move? a certain bacterial overgrowth? I thought of intestinal health pro. and Ara powder but I would appriciate any advise from you
Okey last one about myself. I have little white underskin bubles under my eyes. I have it since I am 15/16 I think. They call it here underskin colesterol. I was wondering when my colesterol levels reading normal how can I have underskin colesterol? Do you have any idea how one can get rid of it. In one of the books I was reading recently they see it as early sign of cardiovascular problem and genetical suseptibility for hart problems. I hope it is not that bad. after 6 months of antibiotics I started to get vertical lines on my nails could it be mineral deficiency or efa or both? I am taking basic pack O. I have few more questions but I will stop now and send it an other time. Thanks ahead for everything, Lisya
Greetings, Lisya! For your mom, I think your suggestion of brewer's yeast is excellent. For her digestive trouble, there is a place online to study. It contains information on the liver/gallbladder flush for those whose gallbladders were removed, just like your mom. It is www.sensiblehealth.com -- and Julia Chang answers questions there as well.
For your friend, I think your recommendations for her joint problems are very good, but instead of glucosamine sulphate, use straight n-acetyl glucosamine ("NAG"). I don't know the answer to her intestinal bubble situation, but it definitely warrants getting a second medical opinion. For both the joint and the hormone/endometriosis problems, cleaning up her diet is the most important thing to do. She would certainly benefit from taking the type O probiotics, ARA6 and Deflect, but her commitment to her own health will be the deciding factor as to whether she begins healing, or gets worse. Avoiding the wheat and corn in the ingredients she isn't now checking will make a big difference in the way she feels. Do encourage her in that direction!
The antibiotics you took for a long time are the reason why your digestive system may not yet be up to snuff. Take some brewer's yeast and lecithin, along with your mom. Horsetail herb (Equisetum arvense) would be good for your nails (and hair), and make some good homemade broth from leftover roasts & birds. It is full of collagens & other proteins you need for healthy nails, and should also help with those little under-eye bubbles -- especially if you drizzle a little flax oil into it just before eating it.
I hope these ideas help you & your mom & friend, and look forward to hearing more from you again! take good care! :-D
I just found out recently that my blood type is O positive, and it shocked me because i've always fallen right into place on the type A diet. I feel sluggish and bad when i eat meats, healthy and energetic with soy and veggies and fit into everything else about an A even down to feeling worse after eating cashews and eggplant. The two are exact opposites, and I was wondering if there were any exceptions or factors that could cause that switch in diet. Thanks Shayna
Hey there, Shayna! Long-term vegetarian Os often have a lot of trouble adjusting to the diet that's best for them. Pancreatic enzymes taken before meat meals for a few weeks will alleviate that sluggish feeling. Your body will need time to begin producing those enzymes which haven't been called upon in years. I'm O positive as well, and cashews and eggplant have always been my least favorite foods -- as it happens, they are both avoids for me (O nonsecretor). Neither soy nor veg is an avoid for O secretors, except for those veggies on the specific avoid list (not many).
Try using the enzymes I mentioned, and commit to 100% beneficial O foods for just three weeks (along with the exercise). I think you'll then have ample evidence on which to base your decision. Best wishes to you, and thanks for writing! :-D
boo hoo! boo hoo! boo hoo! my mornings are just not the same without you.although i like reading dr dadamo & brons columns everyday they can sometimes be a tad heavygoing sometimes or i'm just thick! but i thoroughly enjoy your column & i miss it & you any chance of you staying up all night to do your other commitments so we can have you back sooner!? i know i'm being selfish but it just ain't the same without you! sniff!boo hoo! sniff!debs :-(((((
That was a great suggestion, debs -- I just stayed up all night, and got a little more caught up. Just like college days! LOL! thanks for your kind support & compliments... and don't be too hard on the good doctors OR yourself. We're all working on understanding what's gone before and planning for what the future holds! bless ya, dear -- :-)
Hello Heidi! It seems that in my quest for better health I may be doing some damage. The BTD diet has worked well for me for the past 8 months, having lost about 10 kg but nothing more. I am type A (no knowledge of secretor or not) have also found that for the past few months I have had a constant craving for chocolate. Does this reflect low iron levels? Also, I have been taking some coral calcium, which is reputed to have wonderful healing qualities. However, since taking this regularly, my body acidity levels have skyrocketed and stomach acidity has dropped.
I note that the BTD book refers to Calcium Carbonate requiring highest levels of stomach acidity. Does this mean that I can't take the coral calcium? They say that the body can go through quite a dramatic toxic dump when starting on the calcium so could this be what is happening to me?
Then one last question: when buying pasta I am confused with the ingredients as the front of the pack says 100% durum wheat, but the back of the pack lists it as durum wheat semolina. As a type A I can have durum wheat but no semolina. Whew, that was a mouthful. Thanks for all your wonderful responses and I hope you are able to help me with the above queries. Have a wonderful day. Dagmar/Vicki
Hi, Vicki ~ The chocolate craving is more likely a hormonal problem, and/or a chromium deficiency. Try a daily tablespoon or two of nutritional yeast, and consider using Phytocal-A instead of coral calcium to alleviate those stomach problems. It has all the calcium and balancing / trace elements you want, in an easily digestible form. ;-)
About the semolina issue - yes, the ingredients list on the back is the one to go by. They did use a rather confusing combination of terms! since semolina is a byproduct only of durum wheat, so the only semolina IS semolina made from durum wheat. Hope this clears things up!! ;-D
I've been curious about something. I can find no evidence to support the claim on the website http://www.dadamo.com/ regarding the advocating of the blood type diet by the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation. I have emailed them and they were unaware of this claim. They said that they do not advocate the diet. In actuality, the link takes the Internet user to the Life Extension Foundation--which is something entirely different. Why is there a misrepresentation of something so important? It truly bothers me because I believe that the blood type diet can work for many people--so there is no need to make false claims. How can this be explained? Lydia
Hi, Lydia! I think it was probably just a typo. At any rate, I see that our website has already been corrected to reflect the correct information, so thank you for the heads-up! :-D