Hi Heidi! I've been on the diet for about 4 years at at least a 95% compliancy level (o- nonsecretor) and have been very happy with the results. A while ago I found myself unable to lose any weight and in desperation I started reading the Atkins-diet book (trying to lose about 5 pounds - I'm 65" and 105 pounds but much happier at 100) and found that a high protein diet, and very low carbohydrate intake really works. I lost 5 pounds but put it all back on the moment I started eating more carbohydrates - no grains but only more vegetables. I'm also following the meat/fish portions in LR4YT and in addition to that have 2 eggs every day for breakfast instead of just one as in LR4YT. I have however developed a case of halitosis and it's not only embarrasing but I'm concerned about undelying health problems it may disguise. Apparently it can be caused by being in lipolysis (ketosis). Do you have any thoughts on this and what I can do to help this? I'm also using vegetable glycerine as sweetner and love it! Can you perhaps tell me what the carbohydrate count for it is, if any? I really appreciate your column and any ideas you might have. Kind regards, Ilze
A five-pound variation in weight now & again is not uncommon in healthy adults. At 5'5", you're a slender woman of medium height, and the five pounds which are bedevilling you may be better addressed with exercise. Exercise will increase muscle tissue while tightening and firming your appearance. The scale may say you still have the "extra 5," but the mirror will show you the results I think you're seeking. Especially with such a small desired weight loss, exercise and keeping a set of your measurements for comparison before & after is the very best approach. Increase muscle mass, and it will be far easier to keep fat at bay. ;-)
Ketosis can be a cause of bad breath, since some of the ketones formed are exhaled from the lungs. Additionally, the digestive tract may slow somewhat in the absence of cleansing vegetables and fruit, which slowdown can also cause bad breath -- as can build up of bacteria on the teeth, tongue and gums.
If you wish to continue the Atkins induction diet. I'd suggest the use of Ketostix (tm) to monitor your ketosis level. If you take care not to extend that part of the diet beyond the recommended time frame, you'll have no health issues as a result.
The Atkins carb counts are something I don't have expertise in -- but if you go to the Atkins website and check their carb counter, veg gly may have been entered there. Otherwise, make use of their message board and see if anyone there can give you the Atkins carb-count for veg gly. Best wishes, Ilza, and let me know how you do! :-D
Hi Heidi, Got a response from Doc Bron about the phenylalanine content in whey protein powders and A nonnies. Thought I would send it to you just in case someone read my first post and didn't catch Doc Bron today.
'Ask Doc Bron' Topic For 18 July 2003
"You are absolutely correct regarding the phenylalanine inactivation of intestinal alk phos (IAP). This is why certain foods are classified as avoids for type A due to their phenylalanine content. Type A non-secretor’s tend to have a slightly higher level of IAP that’s why they can have lamb and whey among other things. As long as you don’t go overboard with the whey protein (1 shake a day) it really shouldn’t be a problem. Also don’t mix the whey protein shake with a fatty food. Have it on it’s own. The addition of this quality protein and amino acid source to your diet can only help. It is different then soy or rice protein powders so I like to give the non-secretors the advantage of this added food."
Thanks Heidi. I still marvel and am grateful at this amazing and generous service y'all provide. Nina
Thanks for that, Nina! I think the issue of secretor/nonsecretor levels of IAP has been confusing to a lot of us. Peter has stated many times that nonsecretors have lower levels than secretors of the same ABO type, and I believe Doc Bron has indicated that the additional protein foods recommended for A nonsecretors do stimulate IAP to a greater extent than they would do in secretor As -- even though they may have lower base levels to start with. Fascinating discussion! thanks again, dear!! :-D
read your column today, 7/18/03, and will try the spray in the mouth when wanting a piece of chocolate and see what happens. for me it's as much the taste, texture, aroma of chocolate, not to mention fond memories associated with eating chocolate.
anyway, a question. I'm a type O+ secretor and question 1 is during summer I bike to and from work and eat a protein breakfast (turkey sausage, boiled egg, etc.) not to mention protein for my other meals. read, again today, about eating fruit first thing and wonder if I should reverse the process wherein I eat my fruit for breakfast and for my mid morning break, protein. Does it matter.
question 2 is I love the taste, aroma, feel of a soy latte in the morning so what do I substitute for it. any suggestions from anyone. soy hot chocolate comes close. by the way i make my own latte and add a heaping tsp of soy hot chocolate powder. by the way after reading the column one day about food combining and quit eating toast with my breakfast my desire for grains pulmeted. now I sometimes wonder if I get enough. found that when I fall off the wagon it's usually with food that is emotionally based to growing up and the superb bakers that were in my family on both sides of the tree. More often then not the pastries are a disappointment so I fall off less and less, thank goodness. Have a grand day and I'm so glad your column is there. Ruth
Hello, Ruth! There's never any worry for type Os that they might not get enough grains. There is nothing in grains that they need or benefit from, so your experiment's results were excellent ones for you!
For a coffee substitute, check the varieties at your local HFS. Raja's Cup is one that contains no barley or other avoids for type O, and there may be others.
Fruit for a mid-morning snack is fine, as long as you eat it alone and at least one hour after your protein breakfast. And as to the chocolate: you have another choice, which is to purchase organic chocolate bars made of all-OK ingredients. For O secretors, chocolate, lecithin, vanilla, and a wide variety of sweeteners (sugar, maple syrup, stevia, honey, barley malt, sucanat, molasses) are all fine for you. A very potent (70% cocoa solids or thereabouts) chocolate product eaten very occasionally can answer the emotional need for this special treat -- and shouldn't wake the cravings beast in his lair. :-D
First, thank you for responding to my previous question on the gallbladder flush on Julia Chang's web site! That helps clarify things. I am a type O. I am doing the detoxification protocol and gallbladder flush in order to cleanse my digestive system and liver, and beat the cystic acne I have struggled with for the past 20 years. My skin has gotten slightly better since going on the BTD diet, but I have noticed that a week or two before my menstrual cycle starts, I get 4 to 5 large cystic pimples. It's like clock work (and not a pretty picture)! By the way, the reason I am just noticing this cycle of breakouts is I have been under dermatologist care (if you can call it that) and have taken oral antibiotics or accutane continuously. my body now is resistant to a number of antibiotics, and the accutane only worked for a short period of time. I've finally stopped the antibiotics because I know it can't be good for my system. So, I am thinking in addition to doing this body cleanse, I need to do some form of hormone balancing. The FEM supplement you sell on your site seems to be close to the Female balance protocol in the Encyclopedia. Do you think this will help my acne breakouts during that PMS time? Any other suggestions you have to bring my body back into balance and beat this acne are welcome - TINA
Whoa!! Oh, Tina, those antibiotics and accutane are the reason why the acne keeps coming back. I'm so sorry your dermatologist has been so remiss. Your intestinal population keeps getting wiped out (ALL of them), so digestion slows and stops, and the toxins process back through your skin. I think you've made a BRILLIANT decision to stop the drugs, and I hope you will consider never taking any of them again. :-)
The FemBalance supp is a very good idea -- but most important are
(1) strict adherence to your diet
(2) daily, regular exercise
(3) PolyFlora O and ARA6 to give your flora & fauna a chance to repopulate, and
(4) Water -- 1/2 ounce daily for each pound of body weight. Put a squeeze of lemon or a tiny pinch of gray sea salt in each quart.
Another fine adjunct for detox, gut repopulation, and tissue healing is that Heallix product I keep singing about. Take it internally, apply it externally. You won't believe what it can do till you try it. ;-) Hope this helps, Tina, and best wishes to you! :-D
Hello Heidi, Do you have a treatment suggestion for tinea (between the toes)?.I have split and peeling skin in one location, and have tried to treat it with salt, to no avail.It is slightly itchy, not acutely painful.I've been on the A type diet for 9 months, and am very healthy.Tinea does not come up in the search engine at the bottom of yours, Dr Peter or Dr Bron's pages. Best wishes, Jenny
Hi, Jenny! Do you mean tinea versicolor? Has a doctor performed a scrape test (painless) to see if the Malassezia furfur yeast is indeed present? I'd want to make sure this is what you have. If that's what it is, I suggest following the antifungal protocol in the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, and to use Heallix (linked & brayed above (:-D)) both internally and full strength on the affected area. It shouldn't take more than a few weeks to nix the overgrowth, but you should continue with that regimen for six months to make sure the little usurpers are gone for good. The protocols can be restarted with a couple weeks' time off between stopping & restarting. Give it a go, and keep me posted! :-D
Hi Heidi, This question is in regards to secretor status. As I've mentioned in my previous e-mails, I am an A positive (and secretor to the best of my knowledge). I'll give you some more background on my blood information. My blood type was performed in the more traditional way...at a medical doctor's office. However, my secretor status was given to me in a more untraditional manner.
A few years ago, I donated some plasma, and while giving plasma, I asked the lab technician there if she could possibly give me my secretor/non-secretor status. She informed me that I was an A secretor to the best of her knowledge, with the following antigens: Anti. A +, Anti. B -, Anti D +. I never really paid much attention to the antigen information, until the other day, while I was once re-reading my LR4YT book on the Lewis system. On page 7, it provided some new information that made me re-question whether I am in fact, a secretor (as I have come to believe, and have based my eating profile on for the past three years). On page 7, the Lewis System states the following information: Le (a+ b-) = non-secretors Le (a- b+) = secretors Le (a- b-) = Lewis negative (can be either secretors or non-secretors)
Again, to clarify my question, can I still be a secretor with the following antigens that a lab technician provided for me on a medical sheet that confirmed that I was a secretor: A +, B -, D +. I never had an "official" or "real" antigen test performed via saliva testing. The closest testing has been the plasma donation lab results. Because of this, I am now unsure if I'm reading the information in LR4YT correctly or if I am fixated on the medical sheet the lab technican wrote for me, which states "secretor", when perhaps, she meant to state "non-secretor".
I should also mention that I was not given a saliva test at the plasma center; I was only given a small physical and my donation of plasma. I would greatly appreciate any feedback and honest prespective on this unusual situation. Although the lifestyle changes for A blood type profile will not affect me, some of my current food/beverage items, which I am very accustomed to eating will be affected. Just a last note...I live in New York state, where as you know, since you live in Manhatten, prohibits the saliva test provided by NAP. If it were that simply, I would have ordered a saliva test, instead of having to write you this long letter. Thanks again Heidi, Alia
Hi, Alia! Sure, you can be a secretor with those results. You can also be a nonsecretor with them.
Let me explain: what your lab tech gave you was your ABO and Rhesus type: Anti A+ means your whole blood reacted positively to anti-A -- meaning you are type A. Anti B - means your blood did not react to anti-B, so you are not type AB. Anti D+ means your blood reacted positely to anti-Rhesus -- making you Rhesus positive. However, none of these results indicate secretor status at all.
Testing for Lewis antibodies, a skilled task performed in large labs like Great Smokies Diagnostic, will produce "LeA" and "LeB" results on the lab report. I chuckled when you said the tech replied that you're a secretor 'to the best of her knowledge.' Over 80% of the general population is 'secretor,' so if I had no test results to determine your actual status, I'd say the same thing. ;-)
To get your definitive secretor status, get in touch with Francoise and ask if she can help -- her contact information is in this column from November of last year. It is perfectly legal to order it sent to her (or any out-of-state friend), who can forward it to you. You would return the test sample yourself in the envelope provided, by depositing it in any local post box or post office. Remember to detach & keep the identifying number stub so that you can use the web link to obtain your test result, if desired. Thanks SO much for writing in about that issue, Alia -- it's a very important one! Let me know if I can help with the test rigmarole at all, OK? :-D
Hello, I was first introduced to BTD through my aunt, Kay P. I believe that she might have been one of your last true patients. On one of Kay's original visits to you my mother, Joyce P., accompanied her for moral support. Since that time, your books have been somewhat required reading in my family. My question is this: I have married a Japanese woman and I now eat more soy (tofu, miso, etc.) than I ever imagined. My blood type is AB- so that would seem to be a good thing. But I have been reading a lot about soy having negative effects on male hormal levels. I am currently recovering form a ruptured Achilles & I am trying to get into better shape than before. I realize you didn't break your studies down to sex as well, but should I limit the amount of soy I consume? Thank you, Jasen
Well, hello, Jasen!! Nice to make your acquaintance!
There is so much information on your concern already written by Peter that I suggest you go to his Ask Dr. D'Adamo column, scroll to the bottom and enter the term 'soy' in the search form. You can then peruse the various links there. I'll give you a quick & dirty summary: soy won't adversely affect your hormonal production.
In regard to the AB diet, though, I'm looking at page 306 of Live Right 4 Your Type, which gives portion/frequency guidelines for the Beans and Legumes category. It specifies 3-6 servings per week for Caucasian secretors; 2-5 servings if nonsecretor; and that secretor MM types (this is the MN typing system, yet another "blood type") should add 3 servings weekly to the above allotments, and should observe some variations in the values on certain items including broad beans, tamarind, and all soy products (they become beneficial). A "serving" in this case would be a regular (for you) portion of any bean/legume -- you don't need to sweat the splash of tamari or tablespoon of miso -- and soy milk is so dilute, it takes several glasses of it to make up one "serving" for these purposes.
As you see, if you're a secretor you're allowed less than one serving per day of ALL beans, including soy. Things shift significantly if you're MM, or if you're a nonsecretor. Safe bet for the moment, unless & until you decide you'd like a full serotype panel including MN type, is to stick to one serving of beans most days of the week, with fish or eggs (or chicken) filling in the gaps.
I hope this helps! and I will certainly convey your felicitations & family 'report' to Peter -- I know he'll be pleased! :-D
AB Qs... lectin vs. gluten ... heallix detox? ... PMS, Protocols, Hair Health, Newbies & Returning Old Hands!March 25th, 2001 , by admin
Hi, Heidi! I like to reread LR4YT and dig around in your columns past postings-it seems that every time I do I find something I missed.
Last night, I was rereading the AB section of LR4YT and noticed that in general, the recommendations for AB’s to arrive at their ideal body composition seems to be to eat primarily beneficials with an emphasis on soy products, fresh seafood and greens and to eat the largest meal in the morning. Then, I noticed it also said to focus on Tier 2. After that, I noticed the knowledge base also says that for weight loss for any blood type (and for other issues) to eat primarily from Tier 2.
I also reread your portion clarifications and several suggestions you have made for other blood types about weight loss. Here is where I got confused: In order for me to eat mostly beneficials and have them primarily from Tier 2, I would lose two entire categories-there are no beneficials for meat/poultry and the nuts/seeds only have chestnuts (not avail. to me except in December). The fish category becomes only cod because the other types are not avail. to me (that is almost always frozen-rarely fresh or even previously frozen). The beans/legumes are only navy beans and soy items. Every time I eat soy products on a regular basis I get horrific headaches. I have tried different brands, checked ingredients lists for avoids and such, but still continue to get the headaches whenever I eat soy items regularly so I have given up on them. The veggies are limited to mostly juices (I cannot afford a juicer at this point). Fruits become very limited (just cranberries and lemons-gooseberries are unavail to me.) and the herbs/spices disappear like the meat/poultry because there aren’t even any neutrals in their Tier 2 for me.
This seems so limited a selection that when you stick to the proportions for each category that I would think anybody would lose weight regardless of their blood type, therefore I am fairly sure I am misunderstanding something somewhere. I had hoped to figure this one out on my own, but the more I find, the more confused I get.
So you know where I’m at: I’m an AB- secretor. I have pretty much gotten used to the BTD and its proportions-I now routinely and automatically select my foods from the beneficials and neutrals categories only and avoid avoids and read labels for hidden avoids. Until just now, I have been ignoring the tiers entirely. As mentioned in previous writings to you, I am still working on getting the exercise to be habitual. There has been some weight loss already, but not what it could be from what I have been reading from others postings. Thanks again! Eagle
Hi, Eagle! Well, anyone in your position, with a limited variety of items available for whatever reason, is wise to do as you are doing! Sticking to the beneficials as close to 100% as possible is an effective strategy for weight loss, especially in cases where one's personal situation already limits the choices available (due to allergy, economics, slim local supplies or all of the above). Instead of using Tier 2, it makes excellent sense to proceed just as you are doing -- situations are as different as snowflakes, but within each is the ability to work this diet to one's satisfaction. Give it a bit of time, and your weight loss goals will be met, I'm SURE!! thanks for writing, dear!! :-D
Hello and good day! My question is: The Blood Type Diet recommends Essene Sprouted Bread--as the gluten-lectin has been destroyed in the sprouting process. I am buying the "Pure Life" brand, how come it is still stated that the bread contains gluten, and advises people who are gluten-sensitive to avoid it? Does Essene actually contains gluten---is this a case of having "safe" gluten? Tony
Hey there, Tony! Gluten is one thing, lectin is another. Celiacs and IBS sufferers should avoid all but a tiny number of grain and grain-like items (and products containing them) which contain no gluten. Sprouted breads are not safe for those folks. However, WGA (wheat germ agglutinin) IS destroyed by sprouting, so in that respect 100% sprouted grain poses no danger to you. Hope this is helpful! :-D
Dear Heidi, I you would hang out a shingle I'd jump on a plane and be at your doorstep. You're the medical practitioner I've always wanted to work with! In addition to buckets of thanks (and an invitation to visit in London) , I'd like to add my bit to some of the messages you've had.
First, a recent query reminded me that I too had some white bumps under the eyes; since eliminating grains and starches they're gone in addition to the dark circles!
Also, the only way that I could poop more than two times a week was to take calcium docusate on a daily basis (stool softener). Now, with no grains and the help of Heallix, it's at least once a day. I take four capfuls in purified water (the local variety of distilled water) each morning on arising. Usually that means a poop about 2-3 hours later.
Sometimes I do get a headache across the eyes which, I suspect, is related to the detoxing from the Heallix solution. What do you think? Any suggestions? On another note, years ago I got tinnitus from Sudafed, a nasty medication. Haven't touched it yet. Wouldn't miss your column! Karen O
Hallo, Karen! Very kind compliments and invitation! Many thanks, dear. :-}
It's often quite difficult to pin down the actual cause of a 'die-off' reaction. A food removed from the diet can do it, and any agent such as GSE, cilantro, garlic (and Heallix) can do it as well. Water, light exercise and rest are the best responses to any detox situation -- I'm sure the symptoms will subside soon, if detox is the process showing up in your headaches. Thanks again for the great update, Karen! :-)
I am B- (not sure of secretor status). I had been trying to lose weight on Atkins (lost 8 lbs.) then nothing for two months. I switched to the Type B diet, lost that 8 lbs. I gained back from going off Atkins and now can't lose any more. I was a chicken lover, quit that cold (boy was it hard) and am adherring to the diet. My stomach acid is absolutely wild. Supposedly as a child I was lactose intolerant. I don't drink anything but water. Eat 6 small meals throughout the day and have a small meal before bed. I walk 2 miles a day, work out on my Gazelle Edge and do a little weight training. I am 210 lbs. 5' 3" and just turned 50. During my next 50 years, I want to be more healthy. You know the old adage, "If I knew I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself". Well, I'm trying, help!!! Carol
LOL! I sure will try to help, Carol!! :-) Just send me a run-down of your average daily or weekly diet, whether you have LR4YT and which category you're following (African, Caucasian or Asian), and any supps or meds you take. Don't you worry, those next 50 years will be a joy and a breeze!! Write again, dear! :-)
haven't seen the site 4 a while, it really expanded,very encouraging.i am blood type A,female age 47, my questions:heard about apricot kernels,tried them & now can't stop eating them.can u tell me about their benefit,their A-blood status & quantity ,r all type good?also what is the right amount of helix supplement since it says on the bottle 1 capsule 1-3times a day, i've been taking 1 a day.also i read peoples' testimonies of following the diet & loosing weight. i've been following 4 quite a while, quite strictly (still have binges occasionaly)but put on weight, especially round waste.i read something about the H factor which fits my symptoms but which recommends increasing protein.i am desperate 2 loose some weight & increase my energy levels coz i feel drained most days, please help!hope 2 hear from u soon, luv,bilha
I am a 45 year old female with PMS problems getting worse by the year, it's costing me my relationship. My doctor gave me PROZAC but I don't want that, what should I do? Vickie
Hey there, Vickie!! You came to the right place. First thing, pick up a copy of Live Right 4 Your Type. If you do not know your blood type, there are many ways of finding it out. We offer the ABO/Rhesus typing kit as well as the saliva secretor kit in the Store here.
Read the text section about your type, then re-read it. Then take a look through the strategies and the food lists. If you have any questions at all at any point, please write in and ask me. That's what I'm here for.
Depending on how your symptoms respond with the diet/stress relief practices alone, you may benefit from a supplementation protocol, or you may not need it. One thing you could do right now is purchase some high-quality maca root and use a tablespoon daily in juice or a smoothie. However, if your diet's all wrong for you, your symptoms will indeed continue to get worse.
Please keep in touch, OK? and thanks for stopping by!! :-)
Hi Heidi! I have tried to use the search engine for my answer to this question, but have failed to find it and UNDERSTAND the answer...so hope you can come to my blonde rescue :0) I have recently purchased the BTD Encyclopedia. How do I use the protocols? Do I take all supplements listed under a specific topic I'm interested in? I love this book.
Also, I have searched for thinning hair but it is not in the encyclopedia. I searched this site but don't know if other protocols given for a boy with Chron's disease would be applicable to me. What doseage of Biotin, etc would I use. My mom had thinning hair, but none of my siblings do. As always, you're the best comfort and arms of knowledge to wrap myself in. Thanks for being there. (I'm a type O )Blessings to you...Pennie
Hey ho, Pennie! No problem. I'm used to coming to the "blonde" rescue -- my man Bryan's blonde!! LOL!! ;-) (just kidding!!)
Yes, you can use all the protocols under one topic at once. Look for overlapping items, though -- for instance, if any item is present in two or more of the protocols, look for the protocol that has the highest dosage of the item and take it in that dosage. In other words, use the highest dose recommended, but don't take twice as much if it appears in two protocols, or three times as much if it appears in three protocols. ;-) You can also use just one protocol at a time, or several, or pick & choose from the items listed as your budget and/or tolerance of supp-taking and/or schedule may permit.
For thinning hair, there are a number of things which can help you, depending on the cause of the thinning (which I can't know from here, but these supps have other little benefits, too): one is MSM (methylsulfonylmethane), an elemental form of sulphur. To save you weeks of comparison shopping, the purest and least expensive source I've found is at www.msm-msm.com. The iron issue is important: if you're low in iron, you may experience hair loss. Same goes for the amino acid lysine, and protein in general. Biotin is helpful, as is the full range of B vitamins, as well as silica.
So, I suggest two tablespoons of (you know I'm going to say KAL) nutritional yeast daily; two tablespoons of MSM daily; and two standard capsules of horsetail (Equisetum arvense) herb daily. Give it a month, and see if you feel a bit more body at the roots, and see some fine new hairs growing in.
A warm hug back at ya, and let me know how this works for you! :-D
Hi Heidi, I have a rather scientific question for you. Do type A's suffer less muscle tissue loss as they get older from inactivity than Type O's? If you were to take an average type O and an average type A and expose them to inactivity, would the type O suffer more muscle tissue loss over time as a result of this inactivity? If so ,would this be because of the great need for activity and stimulation in type O's? It would seem that a lack of exercise wouldn't cause type A's to lose as much muscle tissue and cardiovascualr fitness as it would to type O's. Your thoughts? Bryan
Greetings, Bryan ~~ It has been my impression that type Os do appear to get hit harder with active tissue loss due to inactivity than type As. Being bedridden is a somewhat more serious issue for Os for this reason, although the 'flip side' is that we also have a slight advantage in our muscle-gain response to exercise. It's kind of like a guy who has to work a twelve-hour day to get paid at all -- but once he's done his twelve hours, he gets paid *double* overtime for the extra four. :-D not too scientific, but I hope it paints the "picture" of the thing for ya! :->
i have just discovered that courgette & zucchini are the same & neutral for o n/s.would like to know what you call marrows so i can check typebase as it doesn't recognise marrow.thanks for all your time,effort & dedication i greatly appreciate it debs in England
Hi, Debs! We in the States don't call them marrows ~ we call them squashes. :-)
Put this site in your Favorites or Bookmarks file:
Selected Vocabular Differences Between British and American English. It's not all culinary, but quite a few of the entries are to do with foods.
Zucchini (and "summer squash," which looks almost identical to zucchini except it has a very smooth, pale yellow skin) are one thing. "Squashes" for our "marrow" purposes would be our "pumpkin, winter squash (including butternut and acorn squashes)" and the like. "courgette" skins would be cooked & eaten along with the flesh, while the skin of "marrows" would not be eaten.
Who was it who described England and the U.S. as two peoples divided by a common language? ~~:-D Hope this helps, dear!! How are you doing, by the way?? :-D
In your March 14, 2003 column, you mention Julia Chang's gallbladder flushing guide. I plan to do this, but would like to know should I do the gallbaldder flush first (which includes intestinal cleansing with bentonite clay/psyllium and then doing the flush with olive oil and lemon juice) and then the Detoxification protocol from the Encyclopedia. OR Sould I do the Detox protocol instead of the bentonite clay cleansing and then do the gallbladder flush.
Thank you for clarifying this. Your column has helped me answer a lot of questions in a diet that has changed my life! I struggled with unstable blood sugar for 5 years. Ever since starting this diet, my blood sugar is stable. No more blood sugar drops causing me to nearly faint at work! Tina
Great news, Tina! I'm really pleased to hear your blood sugar has stabilized -- amazing, isn't it? Good for you!!
About what to do first: I'd start with the detox protocol, then proceed to the gallbladder flush. The clay routine is not absolutely necessary, but if your bowels are not clear -- in other words, if you're not having at least one full bowel movement daily -- then it may be helpful for you.
Please keep me posted on how it all works for you, OK? :-D
Heidi, I am an O+ who is working closer to adherance every day, but sometimes it gets sticky. Personally, I would love to buy organics, but financially, that is impractical at this point, and I don't have near enough time to cook everything I eat.
I am loathe to eat fast food, even if it is a side salad with a hamburger patty, as you never can tell what's in that stuff. I eat the walnut/flax/raisin recipe (that was posted a while ago) for breakfast, and I am doing pretty well with my dinners. What do you recommend for lunches? Should I stick with the side salad and hamburger patty? Please keep in mind, money is an obstacle.
Second. I have tried several of the suggested solutions for dealing with a sweet tooth, including 5-HTP and L-Glutamine. Still, I find myself with a chocolate bar or a handful of candy in my mouth daily. Can anyone suggest a solid tactic for this terrible habit? I have even tried substituting crunchy veggies, or sweet juice, or well, everything I can think of. Nothing lasts longer than 3 days. Any feedback would be a help. At this point I can't afford not to control my craving. Lois
OK, Lois! You're doing a fabulous job with the diet!! Don't worry about "perfecting" it all -- just go along and do your best, and it will get easier every day.
For those cravings: get a little squirt bottle, fill it with vegetable glycerine, and keep it with you. When you're really craving candy, just squirt a teaspoonful in your mouth and roll it around & swallow it. In a few minutes, your blood sugar levels should re-balance and the urge for something sweet should subside.
For lunch, you can try packing some boiled eggs, nuts, etc. -- or seek out some turkey or fish (got any delis with hot & cold salad bars around there?) to vary your lunch menu. Another tip is to eat your salad at night, and get cooked vegetables with your meat, fowl or fish at lunch. That can keep the cravings at bay, too.
Thanks for your message, and please write again and let me know what's working and what's not -- I'd like to hear back from you. :-)
Hi Heidi, I'm a B+, secretor, and have been kinda compliant on the diet. I too have had major problems with yeast and probably fungi of all types. I was on the pill for several years which was the beginning of the problem.
I literally have some type of rash, infection from head to toe. I started taking Heallix and grapefruit seed extract topically and its helping. I think I have some type of infection in my eyes though and would like to know if it's safe to use either Heallix or GSE in a solution in my eyes. They are very itchy and really red, enough for people to comment. Thanks, I've really gotten a lot of very good advice from this column. Vickie
Whoo!! OK. Vickie, the Heallix and GSE should both be taken internally (separately). Heallix is great when applied to the skin, too, and YES it is perfectly safe to put in your eyes. It will sting a bit, but it will help enormously, and it won't hurt your eyes.
Hey, do me a favor and let me know where the diet's giving you trouble -- maybe I can help there?? I sure would like to try. Write back, OK? take care, dear!! :-D
Hi Heidi, well I first of all just wanted to report that I'm feeling so much better since eliminating most grains and sugars from my diet. The plus I experienced which I never expected was a much shorter amount of sleeping time!!
What I'm wondering with this information, though, is...what does this mean??? Should I basically be staying away from ALL grains and sugars? I recently ate a bowl of quite sugary ice cream, which just confirmed the results from staying away from sugar as I became quite groggy and tired into the next day. Should I basically expect this kind of reaction every time I eat something sugary?
Another discovery that I think I made is a really sore stomach when combining fruits with a meat meal. Do you know the reason why this reaction occurs, and how long should I wait after a meal before eating my fruit (could I have strawberries 1/2 hour after dinner and be ok?)
Just one more thing... I've come to this diet from the 'high protein low carb world' and so am one of "those Os" who has had success with low carbs and am struggling to find out where their place is with my fruits and vegies. I do realize that those beneficials have properties to them that really help us (pineapple juice, for example) and so should be incorporated into the diet, but I'm just wondering how much so. I mean, would I be ok if I ate high carb beneficials like pineapple juice, sweet potatoes, cherries, mangoes, bananas, etc. every day of the week? Can we really put sweet potatoes on the same level as asparagus and spinach in terms of frequency in eating them? Thanks so much for your help, Caroline
:-) Hi, Caroline! Yep, a bowl of sugary ice cream will have that effect pretty much any time. The sugar lowers your immune system function like MAD! Imagine the surprise of your gut flora & fauna when that poison came down the pike? They all ran for cover... as the dairy gooped you up (scientific term) all through the digestive tract. Dairy stimulates a "kill the foreigner" response, while the sugar knocks out the troops that are supposed to do the job.
Separating fruit from meat is one aspect of the system of "food separation." Not everyone has a noticeable reaction to combining the two... but you do. Fruit is best eaten at the beginning of the day -- on an empty stomach, and alone. It stimulates a different digestive environment and moves more quickly through your system. For that reason, it should be at the beginning of the digestive queue, rather than after meat or vegetables. I'd wait an hour at the absolute minimum before adding the fruit as dessert.
:-D The vegetables and fruit marked beneficial are equally good, but *for different reasons* -- so the optimal approach is to use a great variety of them, switching frequently, rather than focusing on the starchier and sweeter items exclusively.
It sounds like you're finding your way along just beautifully! Your awareness of your body's reactions is a great gift, and will be a wonderful ally as you settle into the BTD. VERY best wishes, Caroline, and please write whenever the impulse strikes! :-D
Hi Heidi. I am writing to you on behalf of my friend John who is an O blood type. He was recently told his liver enzymes (GGT) are high but all of the blood tests and scans by the doctor came out normal. He does not take any medicine, he eats fairly healthy and he does not drink. He does not follow the blood type diet strictly but he also does not eat a lot of the avoids. Some people say he should be concerned that the enzymes are high but the doctors do not think so and they do not know what else to do. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much! Nicole
Hey there, Nicole -- well, liver trouble in Os can be directly connected to wheat intake, and/or general grain overload. With some of us it doesn't take "a lot" of grain to produce elevated liver enzymes.
GGT (Gamma-glutamyltranspeptidase, aren't ya glad we've got acronyms?? :-D) is produced in the bile ducts. It occurs to me that your friend may be having trouble metabolizing fats -- and may benefit from that gallbladder flush I keep talking about (full details at www.sensiblehealth.com). Tell me more about his diet, and I'll nose around looking for patterns. Eliminating grains, and using only beneficial oils, is a good strategy for the moment.
Could you tell me what the GGT and other liver enzyme readings were? "Normal," which is a variable figure, is anywhere from 0-65 U/L according to one laboratory. It's a slim possibility that if he has NO signs of inflammation at all, and doesn't drink as you say, he may be among the rare individuals who have genetically-set higher levels of GGT than the bulk of the population.
Let me know what you find out, and we'll put our heads together over it. Thanks, Nicole -- take good care, dear! :-)
I regularly read your column and have learned LOTS from it and this site! Thanks!
This time, I have two questions for you: My son and I have a nail fungus on our toe nails, most especially the large toes, but it's spreading now to the other toes. We have tried hydrogen peroxide soaks combined with the usual wearing of sandals and daily multiple sock changes (made it worse!), then we tried straight tea tree oil applied 2X day with the socks/sandals bit(no affect at all), and then tea tree oil 2X day plus a mild solution of iodine with the socks/sandals bit(still didn't work).
We gave each of the attempted cures several weeks to show any signs of improvement before going on to the next one. I have run out of ideas and can only find what we have already tried on the search for this site. Do you have any other suggestions?
In case it helps, the progression of the fungus is: first the nail turns yellowish, then it softens and smells sorta funny (the smell is only noticeable if you happen to sniff your hands after handling the nails like for clipping/trimming). Next, the nail sorta thickens a bit and then a white streak that looks like a scratch appears and spreads. One odd thing is only 1/2 of the nail is affected on me (vertically on the outer sides of either large toe), the entire nails of my son.
Question number two: my son also has a reaccuring problem with warts. The first incident was when he was in elementary school. It was on his foot, an MD burned it off. At the time, we knew nothing of the BTD and very little about natural medicine. The second was several years later while in junior high and on his hands. First, I had him try applying crushed garlic cloves. That worked for a little while and he said it was painful, but not as bad as the acid burn from the prior MD visit. After it came back three more times, I had him try 1,000 mg of "C" plus rose hips and a B-50 vitamin a day. That worked for a while and was of course pain free. Now, a few more years later, it's on his hands and his forearm and I have him up to 3,000 mg of "C" and rose hips and a B-50 vitamin. They are going away again, but I am afraid they will return once again since we don't know what's causing them so we can address whatever that is. Our ND has suggested we try making an external-use-only "paint" of puffball mushroom spores steeped several weeks in vodka and then painting the resulting concoction on the warts and letting it stay on until it dries and then washing it off. Puffball season is months away and even if it does work, it doesn't address the cause so I am afraid it will just come back again. Any ideas/suggestions?
My son is an A+ (sec. status unknown as yet) and is hit 'n' miss about following the BTD, but good about the exercise portion. I am an AB- secretor and very good about avoiding my avoids, but must admit to only being hit 'n' miss with regard to the exercise. Eagle (formerly LM)
Greetings, Eagle! Let's see if I can be of some assistance.
First off, the two problems you've brought forth are connected: they arise only where the immune system is not strong enough to defend itself, either against a fungus or the human papilloma virus (which causes the warts).
HPV is contagious, and is passed around easily in a school environment. The virus is pretty harmless, but the warts sure are a pesky inconvenience (especially for a teenager!). While your son *can* observe some hygienic practices such as frequent washing of hands during the school day (with caveats which I'll go into below), and while the warts *can* be topically treated (as you discovered), the key to avoiding new recurrences lies in strengthening his immunity. This you also discovered, seeing that the C and B-50 prevented recurrences for a number of years. As a general practice, making a habit of immune-system health will stand him in excellent stead throughout his life. Type As can always benefit from a boost in immune function.
I couldn't help but chuckle at your ND's advice. He's obviously a meticulous and learned guy, but when a boy has warts, maybe waiting half the year for puffball season and then a few weeks more for the tincture to finish isn't the most responsive treatment? -- unless he's hoping the warts will disappear by then?? Pretty deep theory of rX going on there!! ~:-D
You were already on the right track. Consider the appearance of a wart as a handy flag that indicates your son's immunity is low. If he is tolerating 3 grams of C daily without loose stools, then he needs that level of intake, and perhaps more. I strongly suggest using an acerola cherry powder (easy to mix into juice) if he's going to be taking this much C regularly.
This is a vexed subject, because ideally we'd want to use ALL the beneficial foods on the A plan in concert, and to avoid ALL the A-avoids -- so I'll just say here that the high road is a close compliance with the A diet, and the low road is doing the best he can while filling some gaps with supps like the C. And I do hope that YOGA and/or MEDITATION is part of his daily routine. They are premiere immune-system modulators, and have extraordinary documented effectiveness - especially for As.
He should also get fresh flax oil daily (or as a nice little breakfast preparation: freshly ground whole flaxseed, soaked in some warm water, with a sprinkle of walnuts & a splash of soy milk), along with a natural vit A/D/E (multi-tocopherol) oil now & again. To simplify the matter, you could instead use the Harmonia drink powder sold in the Store here, which shakes up nicely with pineapple or black cherry juice, adding a teaspoonful of fresh flax oil and his daily C-powder to it.
For the moment... got any common marigolds growing round your house? Pick a couple and mash the leaves & stems to a paste & apply to the warts. If you have a grass juicer, run 'em through that. The pure juice is even better, just paint it right on. Having been a student of alchemy & ancient botany in my youth, your ND's arcane concoction is fascinating to me, but a border of marigolds will treat a million warts in the time it takes to make that Hermetic tincture. Not to say it wouldn't be fine to have on hand ... maybe for after the marigold season? :-) You can also find "calendula" ointments and tinctures in most HFS's -- that's marigold. ;->
As to the fungus: it will take nine months for the nails to have grown out completely -- it even takes at least two months before you'll "see" the effect of the treatment. You won't notice any difference until then.
OK, here's what to do: Get a gallon of cheap white vinegar and an eyedropper. Put two drops on each affected nail, right at the cuticle, and let it run along the cuticle down the sides of the nail. Do this every single day without missing a day. The best time to do it is at night, just before bed -- doing it twice daily (after the feet are thoroughly dry after a morning bath or shower, and just before bed) is even better. I suggest continuing the treatment for a full year, just to ensure success.
Also, use a good brush to scrub your feet clean, especially around the nails & between the toes, and on the underside. Keep the nails as short as you can manage.
I hope both of you are taking PolyFlora -- keep those friendly critters happy & healthy, and your natural immunity to viruses and fungus will remain strong. :-D
Kia Ora, I live in New Zealand and have been following the A type diet with great success. However there are some foods we eat here that are of course not in the book.
Do you know what these foods are like for A types? 1. Warehou - a type of fish, (seriolella brama) or (centrolophidae) also known as butterfish or raftfish 2. Feijoa - a type of fruit - has a green skin and and soft white soft flesh *Feijoa sellowiana O. - Myrtaceae Common Names: Feijoa, Pineapple Guava, Guavasteen. Related Species: In more recent times Feijoa sellowiana has been renamed Acca sellowiana, but most sources still use the older name. Distant affinity: Eugenias (Eugenia spp.), Guavas (Psidium spp.), Jaboticaba (Myrciaria spp.). 3. the book says raisins are neutral but does not mention sultanas
I discovered the diet through my quest to rid my self of the skin condition rosacea - do you know anything else about this condition and the blood type diets??? have checked out all entries on dadamo.com but none relate specifically to the skin side of this condition. Thanks for your time it is really appreciated... Richie
Kia Ora, Richie ~~ welcome!! You've made your entrance with one of my favorite subjects ~~ the pesky inter-pescatorry. ;-)
I found the warehou by going to the FDA Seafood Search page. Here's the report:
Unfortunately, I can't find any genus or family connection with any of the fish on our list (we have one called butterfish, but it's not the same one), so for now you would consider it "neutral" if you had no health issues to resolve. Otherwise, best to avoid it for the time being.
As for the feijoa ~ I typed it into the search form at the bottom of this page, and found something I wrote in September of last year:
Sultanas and raisins have the same value for the purposes of the diet. The only basic difference between them is the grape variety they are made from -- so they're both neutral for you.
Resolving rosacea is a process of eliminating foods that trigger inflammation. The 'skin side' is treated by changing the internal environment through foods and the practice of yoga and/or meditation.
Here's a "redux" of yet another column from long ago: Avoid foods known for their inflammatory effects in type As: whole wheat, potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant (aubergine), dairy, red meat, liquor, hot spices -- add to that list anything you've discovered makes the condition worse for you. I also suggest taking quercetin, an inexpensive supplement usually derived from yellow onions. It is a great anti-inflammatory.
In addition, there are specific anti-inflammation protocols in the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia for type A:
to be taken for 4 weeks:
Bromelain, 500 mg: 1-3 tablets 4 times daily between meals, gradually decreasing dose and frequency as symptoms improve
Kava Kava (Piper mysticum) standardized extract (30% kavaleactones), 250 mg: 1 capsule twice daily
Fish oil capsules (3 grams of EPA plus DHA): 1 cap daily [Note: not to be taken by women who are or could become pregnant. Consult with your doctor first]
White Willow bark (Salix alba), standardized extract (14% salicin), 300 mg: 1 cap once or twice daily
Frankincense (Boswellia serrata) standardized to 37.5% boswellic acids, 400 mg: 2 caps twice daily
Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum) leaf extract, 50 mg: 1-2 caps twice daily.
You can take all of the supps, or pick and choose among them. I strongly suggest at least the quercetin, bromelain and fish oil -- and it's best to use them all.
Thanks for dropping me a note, Richie, and please write again! :-D
Heidi, here is a question that has been asked many times over several years by various people, but I have never understood the answers that have been given (not just by you, more on the old message board). That is regarding blue-green algae. I don't have much experience with spirulina and chlorella, but do have a lot with Klamath Lake algae (aphanazominon flos aquae, I believe). I have a friend and a brother who are on the BTD, use spirulina products and have similar questions. WHY exactly are these algaes listed as avoids? Is there any proof that they have been toxic to anyone? I'd like as much information as possible on this, because my own experience is so different. I (O non) began using the KL algae (its full name is too long!) at a time when I had never heard of the BTD, and even so I gained energy and lost the "afternoon slump" that I'd had for many years. There was no evidence of toxicity, over a period of years. I did get a detox reaction at first, but that went away while the positive benefits remained. My family, all As, had similar good results. Is there a lectin problem? I've heard "mycotoxins," but I don't know if that is a fear, or something that has actually been a real problem, or what. What can you tell us about this? I would also be interested in information on the other types of blue-green algae, more for friends than for myself. Again, I am looking for as much "hard" data as possible. I'll be grateful to see this addressed! Thanks, Cyndi
Hi, Cyndi! The avoid status of algae in the BTD is in the 'better safe than sorry' categoy. I'll offer what hard information I've found for your perusal. Some of it is on the Net, but most resides in technical journals and reports:
Moore, R. E. (1977) Toxins from blue-green algae, BioScience 27 797-802.
Purchase, L. F. H. (1974) Mycotoxins. Elsevier. Amsterdam.
Schoental, R. (1984) Mycotoxins and the toxicity of plants, Chemistry in Britain, 1108-1113.
Steyn, P. S. (1980) The Biosynthesis of Mycotoxins, Academic Press, New York.
While not a BTD issue, I have to say that dollar for dollar, seaweeds, juiced barley grass and wheat grass, and clean bone broth do far more than the equivalent volume-price of algae.
I realize you're very happy with the effects you & your family attribute to the algae, and that you are very attached to continuing to use it. As I often say, I'm not the food police: I don't condemn people for their food choices -- I just provide what I know as further data for their consideration. On the other hand, I also won't say that an avoid is OK for someone because they feel no ill effects from it.
The "KL" algae (Klamath Lake, in Oregon) grows in the same open water with the microcystis blooms. The company harvesting it can pretty much separate them and tell the difference, and they do their best to test their product before packaging. They're not evil scientists out to poison you -- they're business people who saw an enormous market for a health supplement. I suggest that if anyone wants to spend so much money on a daily serving of algae, that they visit Klamath Lake and see for themselves how the process is undertaken. It's worth the trip -- it's a truly beautiful place. :-)
Be well, and do let me know what you learn!! Best wishes ~~~ :-)
I just discovered your column; it is an amazing refernece for me. I am 29 o- (secretor status unknown, though probably a secrector) and have been on the diet for four years.
I have had insomnia, fatigue and lethargy the for the past nine years. Conventional doctors have not been able to diagnose me, while alternative doctors have diagnosed me with everything from low thyroid and pituitary, to low adrenals. Tests verified that i have borderline hypothyroidism, i wasn't tested for any pituitary hormones, and i will soon be taking the adrenal test.
My hollistic doctor has me on thyroid glandulars, which have had some success, but none with the insomnia and only a little with my constipation. I feel he isn't sure what is wrong with me, but his ego won't let him admit it, he just suggests more tests, such as heavy metal toxicity. I've told him about the diet, he claims he has heard of it, but he doesn't seem to impressed.
I really like the diet although i have had severe bouts of constipation, which i attribute to the high meat content. For about eight months i was hooked on senna leaf and now i am own citrucel and fiber choice (i can't tolerate psyllium), but i have had mixed results. I have gone on and off red meat because of the constipation, but when i'm eating meat i always get leaner and my meatabolism increases.
I recently added fish oils and more fat to my diet and have noticed immediate improvements in my mood, inflammation/joints, and metabolism. I have tried nearly all the protocols in the encyclopedia, with varying levels of success. I'm nearly 100% complient on the diet, although i occaionally have a little whey protein becuase i don't do vey well with chicken or turkey, although i occasionally eat them as well. I get plenty of fish, hence the reason my doctor wants a heavy metal test and until recently i was eating about one pound of sweet potatoes a day, with plently of other beneficial fruits, veggies, and nuts.
At this point i'm really frustrated and confused. I plan on seeing a new alternative doctor, but i am tired of putting out money on bad advice and supplements that don't seem to do anything. I really rspect your opinion, so i would appreciate any insights you have on my problems. Regards, greg
Hey, I'm glad you wrote in, Greg. I'll list my suggestions here.
The best test for "low thyroid" is a simple at-home business. Go to this site for detailed information.
For right now, I'd stop all the supps altogether. I sometimes suggest that people use glandulars, because they can get ya up and running (if there's a deficiency in that area) and often will spur our own systems to kick back in. From what you've told me, a drastically simple approach should be tried right away, and I believe you'll get everything you're looking for by starting as follows. It's time to see how your body will do on plain foods within a specific design.
Daily portion of red meat, ESPECIALLY organ meats. Buffalo is certainly the best, followed by beef, venison, lamb, and don't skimp on the fats. If you don't care for liver, kidneys, heart, etc., then use a full scoop (4 tablespoons) of KAL nutritional yeast daily.
Daily portion of DARK MEAT turkey -- have your butcher grind it up for burgers, or give you just the legs and wings. Or, a portion of roasted goose or duck.
Daily portion of fatty fish (bluefish, eel, mackerel, monkfish, herring, salmon, swordfish, tuna steaks, sardines) and/or shelled critters like shrimp, mussels and snails.
[Yep, that's one meat, one fowl and one fish daily. Have some veg or nuts with each.]
Have eggs of your choice as desired.
Eliminate garlic, onions, peppers, tomatoes and sweet potatoes for now. Focus on artichokes, asparagus, carrots, celery, mushrooms, spinach and swiss chard (white or red). Instead of sweet potatoes, use winter squash (acorn, butternut, etc.) sparingly. Have one or two servings of veg with each meal. For a salad, use watercress with shavings/strips of other raw veg.
Make liberal use of oils and nuts & nutbutters, anything that's neutral or beneficial. Add a daily serving of ghee if desired.
No grains, no beans, no dairy.
For seasonings, stick to sea salt & FRESH-GROUND pepper for now.
Drink a good big glass of water whenever you're feeling 'odd,' tired, or craving. The water should have a tiny pinch of sea salt in it. I'd prefer that fully half your water intake is in the form of a good mineral water like Gerolsteiner (pretty readily available everywhere these days) and that half be pure spring water.
A brisk daily 1/2-hour walk at the very least. Do as much (plus a little more) than you can do. ;-) First thing in the morning is best, but as late as 6pm in the afternoon is OK, whichever suits you.
Get out very early in the morning, around sunrise, and walk or sit where some sun can shine in your eyes for about 20 minutes total.
Nap whenever you're tired. It's quite normal (far MORE normal, in fact) for the human body to sleep short periods and rise when awake. Your healing will be quicker, and your awareness of yourself and the sharpness of your senses will be much improved.
Greg, try this protocol for one week and please write back to tell me your reactions & thoughts. Some details may need tweaking depending on your situation. If you'd like any assistance in sourcing or preparing any of the foods, I can help there. I believe you will feel much better after a full week on this regimen, and this is definitely the way I myself would go in your situation.
I look forward to hearing from you again, and best wishes!! :-D
Hi Heidi, Last week, you had answered a Newbie A's question regarding weight loss. I would like to further expand on that question regarding my own weight loss goal, which is to lose only five pounds, or else I would be considered underweight for my age. However, I am more specifically interested in increasing my energy level, remaining stress-free (I am a full-time PhD. student and I also teach), and the appropriate number of calories per day for safe and effective weight loss on the Blood Type Lifestyle.
My personal blood type information is Rh Positive Secretor. I am mostly compliant with the Type A foods; and I love veggies and have no problem placing them at the core of my food pyramid.
On a typical day, this would be a sample menu for me:
Breakfast: Oatmeal, soymilk, dried raisins or fresh blueberries, a little cinnamon and stevia, plus 1 tsp. to 1 Tbsp. of chopped walnuts.
Snack: Fresh fruit juice or 1 fresh fruit (neutral or beneficial)
Lunch: I usually have my protein meal at noon, and I alternate between some type of soy product such as tofu, TVP, or soy protein powder; fresh fish; egg white omelette; or once in awhile turkey or chicken breast. I also have about 1/2 cup of white Jasmine rice, sauteed in 1 tsp. of olive oil with lots of green vegetables such as green beans, broccoli crowns or okra, plus yellow onions and fresh grated ginger.
Snack: 1 fresh fruit (beneficial)
Dinner: 1 cup of rice noodles with a huge salad, plus raw or cooked veggies and 1 tsp. of oil olive or walnut oil drizzled over the salad
There are some things in particular that I would like to get your advice about:
I've been drinking between 4-6 cups of water a day... is this enough water?
Also, I do not think I am consuming enough "fats" or consuming enough calories per day.
I currently weigh 101 pounds, but the weight I am most comfortable at is 95 pounds. In last week's response to another reader, you stated that 1 handful of seeds/nuts or 1 Tbsp. of nut butter daily should be implemented in a Type A's daily diet. However, I would like to get some more clarification regarding how much oil is recommended for weight loss. It was unclear whether you meant 1 tsp. or 1 Tbsp. of olive/flax oil daily. Can you please clarify this for me? Also, you recommended 2 servings of eggs and 2 servings of yogurt a week, how much is a serving size for each? Lastly, I should mention that I am not taking any supplements or herbs at the moment. Thank you in advance for your wisdom, insight and any advice you can provide me for a balanced diet for minimal weight loss, overall energy and strees-control. Many Thanks, Alia
Hi, Alia! Your diet looks great!! The only area I noticed where you could help your weight loss progress is that you are eating grains three times per day, or (on average) 21 servings per week. If you're using whole oats in the morning, that's perfect -- but the rice noodles and white rice for the other two meals put you at nearly three times the recommended grain frequency for A secretors in
. Removing or substituting those two white rice products will help. For your omelette meal, I'd use the whole egg instead. And consider using tempeh in your stable of soy products.
One serving of oil is a tablespoon (LR4YT, pg. 215). The "oil" portion is *in addition to* the nuts/seeds servings. We don't find that counting calories on this diet is much help, whereas guarding against overeating while having regular meals of beneficial & neutral foods does the job very smoothly. One egg is a "serving" in the egg category, and 8 oz. of yogurt is one serving there.
At 100 pounds, you'd want to aim for 50 ounces of water daily -- say, 6-7 8-oz (cup) glasses. The most powerful tool at your disposal for healthy weight loss, energy and stress control is yoga & meditation. How are you doing with that part of the plan?
I think you're doing splendidly, Alia, and I look forward to hearing your progress! :-D
Heidi, Thanks for your great work in this column. Our family is A's, one known non-secretor.
My question concerns eye health and also prostate health. There is a lot of info out there regarding additional supps for these two areas, i.e. billberry,lutein, zeaxanthin for the eyes, and then saw palmetto, pygeum, nettle root for the prostate. Given a family history of these problems, should we supplement the BTD supps with these? If so, how does one wade through the tons of options to find one that fits into the A diet?
One final question concerning olive oil (and other oils) storage. I am getting conflicting suggestions regarding refrigeration vs. regular cupboard storage. What is best? Thanks so much for your response. Enjoy your day!! AJ
Hey there, AJ! Saw palmetto is indeed a fine supp for prostate health, along with stinging nettle root, false unicorn root, and ... plain old pumpkin seeds (1-3 handfuls daily as a 'supp!') L-alanine & L-glycine are also recommended. This is all in the Encyclopedia, under "Male Health Protocols."
Among oils, there is a wide spectrum of storage requirements. At one end, you have palm & coconut oils, and at the other, a very delicate product like flax oil. Olive oil is somewhere in the middle, so it can be stored in a cupboard if desired, but shouldn't sit in heat, sunlight, or be left there for months once opened. If you take more than two weeks to go through a bottle, purchase smaller bottles or divide a large bottle into smaller containers you can refrigerate while keeping one in use. In every case, refrigeration will do no harm to an oil, and will extend its 'fresh life.' There is no benefit in keeping an oil at room temperature except convenience: because olive oil can cool to a solid in the fridge, you'd just leave it out for a few minutes to liquify again.
I've found that bilberry extract is effective for relieving eyestrain. It has many other well-documented beneficial effects on the eyes -- night vision improvement and protection against cataracts, for example -- as well as strengthening capillaries and supporting gastric mucosa. In shopping for a product, beware of things like 'maltodextrin' which some manufacturers like to put in there!! PhytoPharmica makes an excellent bilberry extract -- look for that one.
For the lutein and zeaxanthin part of our show, you're best bet is to get them from food in the proper 'matrix' of a bit of fat. For instance: poached eggs on spinach! or a fresh cup of juice made from carrots, celery, and a couple of kale leaves, with a tablespoon of fresh flax oil blended in.
Hope this sorts things a bit for you AJ, and thanks for your message! :-D
Hello Heidi, I am from England, UK, my blood group is A2B, Rh-, as yet I do not know my secretor status. Since you have asked for a few more AB's I thought I would write.
I began the blood type AB diet almost three weeks ago after purchasing the 'Food, Beverage and Supplement' book. I decided to try and consume only those foods that were on the beneficial list and occasionally those on the neutral list. I do not have any health problems other than being over weight, although in my younger days I was subjected to many reoccurrences of tonsillitis, before having them surgically removed at the age of 27.
I am now approaching 40!!!!, seven months to go and I am very pleased to find that I have lost 14 pounds during the course of this diet, obviously I have a lot to lose and I am well aware that my weight loss will now become much slower. I am fortunate enough to be able to enjoy the foods that I benefit from the most.
I did wonder at the beginning of the diet if I could bear to give up my 'Sunday Roast' (roast beef and Yorkshire puddings) as well as banana and ice-cream!!!. However, I have found that by literally taking your word of foods being "POISONOUS to my system and therefore to be avoided", it has instilled a great desire to actually avoid them like the plague.
The only problems I am finding is that since purchasing further books, 'Eat Right For Your Type', 'Live Right For Your Type' and the 'Complete Blood Type Encyclopaedia', that now I am a little confused as some of the foods in certain food lists contradict one another, i.e., Grapefruit, Pineapple and Kiwi are highly beneficial in the food beverages and 'Live Right For Your Type', yet they are neutral in the 'Eat Right For Your Type' and now I have noticed that other foods my effect my system since I am A2B as opposed to A1B. Therefore, since I still do not know my secretor status, I have decided to select the foods which are highly beneficial for both 'non secretors' and 'sectors' as well as taking note of the A2B alternatives. Now I find there is an MN factor, how do I find this out?
I have also noted that in many of my food purchases I find that they contain 'Vegetable Oil' which is not listed; therefore I would be grateful if you would advise.
However, despite my confusion I must say how well I feel on the diet, not only do I feel much more energised I actually wake up and want to get up and exercise, the condition of my skin has improved and so has the condition of my hair and nails. My aim is to complete the "3 F's" by next year, to be 'Fin', 'Fit' and 'Forty', LOL. :o) Many thanks Kay
Kay, thank you SO MUCH for taking the time to write to me! It's great to hear from a new AB BTD'er!!
Actually, your weight loss might continue right along at 4-5 pounds per week, or it may slow and occasionally start moving faster again -- we're all different in this respect. Be assured that your body will 'do it' in whatever way is best for you. Healing is going on in the background even though your health is good, and the shifts and changes necessary will show up all over. ;-)
by the way, HUGE congratulations on saying goodbye to those traditional Sunday dinners!! No small feat. It takes a strong character to discipline oneself in this way (whether someone points out the 'poison factor' or not ;-)), and I truly admire your accomplishments. :-D
Now, let's see: "Vegetable Oil" is a thing to be avoided in all cases, since it can contain ANY oil other than meat fat, including corn oil, cottonseed oil, anything that is cheap (corn's the most common, but other avoids crop up regularly in 'vegetable oil,' too).
The "AB Little Book" you've been following is an excellent start -- it's designed to straddle the secretor/nonsecretor values, which is why you'll see differences when comparing its lists to those in Live Right.
However, Live Right is the one to go on with. You already have three major pieces of the polymorphic puzzle: ABO, A subtype and Rh, so since you're basically healthy, I suggest getting hold of the saliva secretor test (from www.stacktheme.com) and leaving MN status aside for the time being. MN type is an indicator of cancer susceptibility and cholesterol metabolism if one's type is MM or NN, respectively. In order to obtain your MN type, you'd need a serotype panel that includes that test done with one of the labs in the UK who perform it. For now, you'll do splendidly with just the other information you have. And you'll find explanations of secretor status & MN type and their significance to the diets both in that book and in the Knowledge Bases on this site. Enjoy your reading!!
I'm sure you'll reach your goals well ahead of schedule! I'm very pleased that you're prospering on the AB plan, and I look forward to more REPORTS at your convenience!! :-D thanks again, Kay!
Hi Again Heidi, Just wanted to know if home made beef stock, made from the bones of beef would be regarded as beneficial, just as the meat is? And if a butcher claims their meat to be hormone and chemical free does this also mean organic? And where can I get vegetable glycerine from? Well thats all for now Heidi, thanks in advance. - Chantelle
Gday, Chantelle -- Personally, I consider homemade stocks beneficial, but I can't designate a value for it. It certainly appears to act as a medicine for what ails us. ;-)
Only vegetable foods (meaning non-animal foods, including nuts, beans, fruit etc.) can be "certified organic" in the States -- so when I say 'organic meat,' I'm using shorthand. The longhand of it is: the meat/game/poultry should be raised (a) without growth hormones, (b) without the antibiotics used due to poor conditions including foul footing and overcrowding, and (c) without pesticides in the feed.
There are two additional issues, one of which is inherent in good management: that the animals should be 'ranged,' or 'free-range,' meaning they wander outside and eat what nature provides for them in the way of grass, bugs, mineral-rich water or soil to lick as desired, whatever the animal's natural wisdom spurs it to seek out (with the exception, of course, that domesticated animals must be protected from poisonous plants they might be tempted to eat).
The second issue is a more 'exclusive' one: the kind of feed the animal is given. 100% grass-feeding is the best meat-producing strategy for ruminants, since (1) that's what they are BEST SUITED to eat, and (2) from the consumer standpoint, since this approach produces the highest levels of CLA (conjugated linoleic acid), and an ideal fatty acid balance in the beef (similar to that in fish). Grains are used in cattle raising because it's like feeding me on cookies, cakes & ice cream -- it's cheap and will fatten me up a treat in no time at all, thus making me a heavier (more valuable) hoofer at market.
So, seek out producers who provide the very best conditions and feed for their animals, and you'll have a superior steak, chop, bird, egg or bit of cheese.
For veg gly -- NOW, Frontier and several other retail companies make it. However, you may want to do a websearch to find one convenient to you there in Oz. Just go to www.alltheweb.com/advanced -- choose "the exact phrase," type vegetable glycerin [no 'e' on the end, so you can pull up both spellings] in that field, then specify "must include" Australia in the first field below. You can go further and specify "must not include" soap -- it will narrow things a bit -- then browse through and see what you find! I got 700+ hits on the first search, and 135+ by excluding 'soap.' Let us know what you find, Chantelle! and thanks for writing!! :-D
Your column has helped me keep trying the BTD when I was discouraged. I have been on BTD for a year now and don't personally know anyone else eating this way. But now my 15 year old daughter has decided to give it a try! I am A+ and she is O+(both-secretor unknown). Her Dad thinks we are crazy, saying "why would anyone want to be on such a restricted diet?" I started because of health problems and had a friend that told me about her co-worker who was on BTD and it helped her Crohn's Disease. I thought what have I got to lose but stomaches, indigestion, arthritis, PMS, fatigue, anemia, high cholestrol.
It was extremely difficult at first because almost everything I ate was made with an avoid,like beef, potatoes, tomatoes or had the vegetable gum additives. When I avoid the avoids I feel better and am more pleasant to be around. I recently did the apple juice fast and had a headache that got progressively worse by evening. I realized that it was from caffeine withdrawal ( I have 2 cups a day, 1 morning and 1 early evening) I didn't have any tea with caffeine so drank a cup of black coffee. The headache subsided in about 90 minutes, but then I was so hungrey that I couldn't continue the fast. Any suggestions for this problem,as I would like to do a complete liver and gallbladder flush in the future? Usually when I think of a question I see the answer to it or something similar within a few days in your Q&As. Thanks so much for your encouragment and current info regarding BTD. Diane in OK
Greetings, Diane! Pleased to hear your family is slowly coming round to the plan! :-)
Your headache indicates your body is addicted to caffeine. Before your next attempt at the one-day fast, read through this site on caffeine and migraine. It would be a great idea to use the techniques outlined in those pages to wean yourself away from caffeine before attempting the fast.
Be well, and write again dear! :-D
i have a question regarding my partner, a type B+. she goes through bouts when all she wants to do is sleep, sometimes ten or eleven hours a night with a five hour nap during the day. these usually follow periods when she´s been working hard or we´ve been moving house, as we seem to do annually. she isn´t on the btd but i´ve managed to steer her away from some of the worst avoids like chicken, but she still likes her tomatoes and sunflower seeds now and then. when she has the energy she swims or goes to the gym. I knew another type B who slept twelve to fifteen hours a day when he felt stressed. Do you have any idea why she needs to sleep so much and what she should do about- eg. let herself sleep, make herself stop? All the best, Olympia
Hi, Olympia! Well, if she sleeps that much on occasion, she needs the sleep and should be allowed to rest till she's ready to rise. Sleep is a state in which the body does its nightly detoxification. People whose diets are, let us say, less than ideal, and whose exercise programs are inappropriate or inefficient for them to release much of the stress hormone build-up, sometimes experience occasional 'sleep fests,' in which their organs attempt to get rid of massive toxic 'backlogs.'
It may be little consolation, but the solution lies in doing what is best for our biochemical beings - not just once in a while, but daily. You're such a good partner, Olympia! I hope you and she can come to a meeting of the minds about this issue -- and I hope she knows your input comes from how much you care about her. Best wishes!!! :-D
Dear Heidi, I just wanted to let you know that recently I have been using the vegetable glycerine in my cooking - in some wonderful recipes from the non secretor message board. Unfortunately I think I have had a very bad reaction to the sweetener. I suffer from reactive arthritis - my hips and lower back inflame whenever I eat any kind of grain,dairy or sugar (classic autoimmune reaction for an O neg nonnie)I have been in alot of pain recently and the only change in my diet has been adding the sweetner - to my green tea and in recipes. Can this really be possible? I am so disappointed as finally I had a way of satisfying my sweet tooth. Have you had anyonelse report this? Just out of interest, does Dr. D have any opinion on this sweetener?
Another quick question - do you know of a site where I can find the acerola cherry vitamin c powder? I would love to add more c to my diet as I barely eat any fruit.
Also I just heard from a fellow O non-secretor that he had very good results with slippery elm powder for constipation - so I thought I might give this a go. At the moment I am taking quite alot of magnesium at night to help things along - but not too sure how long one can do that for. Thanks again so much for all your advice - don't know what I would do without this message board! Suzxx
Hi, Suz!! I went to www.alltheweb.com, chose "all the words," and typed in "acerola cherry vitamin C." I came up with 3,386 pages, and picking the first likely one, I found an inexpensive 100% acerola cherry powder. That was only the first site I came upon, there are thousands, it's a common item. You could try that as a search term, as well.
About the veg gly reaction, I'm clueless. It could conceivably be a reaction to eliminating another item (as in detox around the joints), but this is the first I've heard of anyone having pain in response to veg gly. I'll look around and see if there is any reference to this kind of reaction, but I've found nothing so far. Any help out there? ;-)
Slippery elm is a good supp for the intestinal tract, so give 'er a go (so to speak!) Thanks for your note, and let me know if you discover anything about that reaction to veg gly, OK? Warm regards! :-D
Hi, I am just getting started with Eat Right for Your Type-diet and I know that I am an O type/ Rh +. What confuses me is where to place myself in the african versus asian subtype. My mother is originating from India and my father, born in the Carribean was a mixture of African, Westindian with some Italian (his grandfatherm I think). I feel more Asian but I would like your advice about this matter. As a child I was fed on dairy and wheat products, as raised in south of France. I have a strong dislike for milk but I love cheese and I find it hard to cut it off completly as recommanded for African o. Thank you for this fascinating book! I feel it as the ultimate "diet". I am suffering of obesity because of my love for wheat. But I have cut it off now. Friendly yours! Delphine Th.
Hello, Delphine, and welcome! I think your strongest hereditary line is Caucasian. Indian people, along with many West Indian lines and the Italian part are all caucasian. Use that section of the tables, and see how you do.
I look forward to hearing your progress -- please write again! Best wishes!! :-D
How do I find out if a supplement has an AVOID indication for a type? The BTD encyclopaedia provides a supplement data base but gives only the indication of benefical. For example: I am type O. I want to take Red Clover for its blood purifying effect. The supplement base states that Red Clover is indicated beneficial for type AB. It gives no AVOID indication. Red Clover does not appear in the food base which covers all indications. Is it a presumption that all supplements have no AVOID indications and could safely be taken by any type? Thank you -- Ruth
Hi there, Ruth -- Where the Encyclopedia indicates an herb or supp is useful for a type, it may be considered ... useful for that type. It shouldn't be used by other types as far as I know at this time.
Where BTD gave a value for the item, but the Encyclopedia does not list it, use the ER4YT rating. Hope this helps! :-D
Hello Heidi, I have been reading your column for a few months now and wanted to jump in with a question. I am A+ (don't know secretor status yet) and have been using Romano cheese made from sheep. It is not on the 'list' but thought since it is made from sheep it might be ok, however, since it is aged as is Parmesan cheese, that might be problematic, turning it into an avoid. I see that it does sometimes turn up in an A recipe so perhaps it is ok. What do you think?
Giving up beef has been difficult but for the most part I have done so. Have not been able to incorporate more of the deep leafy veggies yet but do like salads a lot.
Cheese, oh my, that has been difficult...and so too bananas and oranges, butI am working on this. Haven't had either (bananas & oranges) for 2 months. I decided to try doing this change after finding out my cholesterol was a little high (am 53 and thought I should finally find out about my cholesterol).
My son is AB- and I cringe at all the chicken I have given him. Corn is most difficult to eliminate. It is insidiously everywhere. He is a teen who has throughout his childhood had these days of waking up to nausea and vomiting. I know it most likely has been the aftermath of the previous day's intake. I have been trying to encourage the AB diet and while he seems a little inclined to try it, it is hard for him to stay with it. And, of course, I have no control over what he eats when not at home. I have been thinking of getting some AB Deflect to help him. Next step probably is get his secretor status too, and then maybe we can fine-tune his diet...if he should choose to accept it.
Well, thank you for all the fine answers you have provided to the many who have written you and thank you for letting me spout off and climb aboard. Ann
A warm welcome aboard, Ann! Pop in and spout off whenever the spirit moves you to do so, dear! :-D Don't worry about what you did in the past -- that's gone, and just think what you can do today and tomorrow!! HOO-rah!!
Deflect is a good idea, for both of you. As to the cheeses, I'd be very circumspect about using much of them on a weekly basis -- a little pinch for flavor here and there may not hurt, but be on the lookout for drippy nose, sneezking, any kind of congestion.
I'll bet you & your son will be amazed in a few months time over the changes this plan has made in your lives... keep writing, I'd love to hear how you get along. :-)
Hi Heidi. I'm just starting the BTD after giving birth to my first baby 3 months ago. I'm trying to lose the baby weight and get healthier after a year of eating the wrong things while I was pregnant. I'm an O-. I'm having a hard time know what to eat for breakfast. My former lifestyle revolved around grains (toast, cereal, etc.) and dairy (yogurt, cottage cheese, milk...) for breakfast. I have a hard time facing meat & veggies in the morning. Any suggestions for quick & easy breakfasts for a type O?
Also, I bought some bladderwrack supplements after reading about how beneficial they are to type o's. Then I was reading further info about bladderwrack and got freaked out by all the warnings of aresenic and lead in it, as well as how it can mess up your thyroid. Should I be taking it or not? My GP is very traditional, so I hesitate to ask for his advice. Thanks! Alice
Hey there, Alice! Don't worry about bladderwrack poisoning you or something! It's a great supp for Os. You needn't take it by the pound, nor forever. :-) Just make sure you're getting it from a reputable supplier, and enjoy the effects. ;-D If you're worried about thyroid, just take an axillary temperature first thing upon waking, and use This Page as a reference. I'm sure you'll be just fine!
Breakfast? How about eggs & turkey bacon (Applegate Farms makes a great product there)? Or three tablespoons soaked flax, with a dollop of rice milk? It's naturally sweet and has a nutty flavor like roasted cereal. Just think of the breakfasts you like, and choose neutral or beneficial ingredients.
As time goes on, I encourage you to introduce more protein at the beginning of the day. A wee veggie omelette with fine strips of leftover chicken, fish or beef is absolutely delicious -- and it's classic 'breakfast food.'
And remember to go to the bottom of this page and search for the term 'breakfast.' You'll come up with LOADS of ideas! Bless you, dear, and a warm welcome to the BTD!! :-)
Hi Heidi Thank you for your always kind remarks to everybody- we need to multiply you!!
For a change I have no qs about me or my daughter - but about my dad- type AB - yep one of the rare birds and a very special one for sure! In december he was admitted to hospital with kidneyfailure- after veeeeery long time they realised he had cancer in his bladder not a lot but enough to harm the fluid of urin- they removed and he had radiation.
Well after 7 months he is finally leaving hospital- the cancer seems gone but his kidneys are still not working proper- so he is going to rinse them every night with special kind of water - AND he was all the time having a very bad red blodcell count- couldn´t figure out why - they kept giving him new blood- still no improvement - but it turns out that he can´t produce them due to the kidney failure and he started getting EPO ( well he can´t paticipate in Tour the France now!) and his health is much better now.
They have just told him to stay away to much dairy- nothing else - but I think he needs something else. I can´t make him go to a alternative doc here in Denmark- but he will be staying with me in the beginning- so I want to help him by cooking proper meals for an AB- Help I just got used to combine my daughters O and my B- diet I want to encourage him to stay outdoors to get his NK levels up again - he used to work outdoors all year and has never in his 60 year been ill! I do not think I can get him to take more unusual suppl- but maybe some vitamins- what do you think?
He has lost more than 50 kg in 7 months- he was 50 kg overweight - but a lot of his loss is muscles- What do I feed him to produce muscle - but no fat? He was always in good shape, low bloodpressure, good colesterol eventhough he was a large man-so I really hope to get him up and running again- but his looong stay in hospital seemed to make him worse -no fresh air, no sun, really boring meals- nobody cared if he ate anything, no execise at all- If you want to get relly sick stay in a hospital in Denmark- they seem to only treat the disease but don´t care about the whole person!
I hope you understood his condition- it is very hard to write about medical terms when you are a non everyday english speaker. Any advice to help my dad is very much appreciated Henriette
OK! Just get him on the straight type AB diet. It will do wonders for him. To keep it simple, the only supps I'd suggest right now are ARA6, PolyFlora-AB, and Phytocal -- and PLENTY of good water, sunshine and the love you feel for him! Tell him the supps are just calcium and 'digestive tract healers,' which they are. His natural muscle tone will come back as he's given good food and a chance for light exercise.
Bless you for the good you do, Henriette! It's wonderful to hear from people who are actively involved in their family's health!! Please write again if I can help further, OK? Best of luck with your Dad, and keep me posted on how he does! :-D
Hi Heidi, We have a growing list of nonnies and at present the majority are O nonnies. All addresses are good to go now. Thank you for giving us the chance to do this.
This is to Phyllis in Dallas, an A nonnie like myself. The two A nonnies I know that went to see Doc Bron were both recommended to eat whey protein powder by him. It goes from avoid to neutral for A nonnies. I guess it is an easily digestible protein source. But me being an A2 rh negative, I am in the negative zone for dairy.
And I remember my transition well to nonnie. Doc Bron looked me right in the eye and said I was going to have to eat meat. I said hopefully, "You mean, like once a week because I eat lots of tempeh, tofu and beans so I get enough protein right?" He said in his charming boyish way, "No, Nina, everyday." He said I needed to make up for the deficit from veggie A secretor (or so I thought) to A nonnie.
I was extolling the virtues of a dehydrator last night to the nonnie list because then you can dry meat, I make homemade turkey jerky (beneficial for A nonnies - I've come a long way) with cumin/coriander/sea salt, and you don't have to prepare heavy meals to get in the meat. It does put off some heat though so you may want to put out of the way while it is running. I remember those very hot summers in Dallas.
I use the solid extract rose hips from Scientific Botanicals. A teaspoonful is like a treat. Tart, tangy, and sweet. And again inviting all nonnies and relatives of nonnies and anyone else interested in nonsecretorhood to join our email list. Great recipes and support. All welcome! Thanks again Heidi!! Nina
Lovely! Thanks to YOU, Nina!! :-D
... and, nice try with Doc Bron, LOL!! ~~;-D
Dear Heidi, I do understand if this question is not of general interest and you therefore don't have room for it. I really enjoy reading your column and I learn a lot. I was so happy to see Ingrids post today about vegatable glycerine in Sweden. It is nice to see that more swedes eat according to their blood type also! However, I can't find anything on the internet about vegatable glycerine. Could you forward my e-mail adress to Ingrid so that I can ask her in person where to buy it? Love/Marie
Sure! OR -- Ingrid, are you reading this? Marie would like some tips on finding veg gly in Scandanavia!
Marie, what you can do right now is try looking in shops which sell massage oils. Vegetable glycerine is a major item there. Also, when doing a web search, be very careful of the spelling, as a single letter off will give you no results at all. Best wishes, and enjoy the summer! :-D
Siiii, I'm a nonnie too (O+)!!! Ciao Heidi! First of all, thank you for your answer in which you encouraged me to resist the temptation of the Mediterranean diet and gave me some tips about traveling abroad. My tour in Greece was very interesting and energy-consuming and as a consequence I lost 1,5 kilo (about 529 ounces); the food was never enough but Deflect'O and maca roots helped me a lot cope the effort.
As you've already noticed, the big news is that I'm a "nonnie" (please, add my name to the ad-hoc nonnies). When I discovered it, 2 weeks ago, it was quite a shock. Sincerely, the doubt of not being a secretor had often crossed my mind, for example when I had small red rushes on my face whenever I ate strawberries daily or bowel disorders after eating tofu or tamari; however, I was bewildered when my "non secretor" status was undoubtedly confirmed by the NAP test (no more apples, goat cheese, honey...).
Now, that I've completely adapted myself to the new habits, I can say that I feel very good. My hair has stopped to fall out (I started loosing hair when I was 22 and I'm now 40) and I'm so relaxed, even when I drive through the Italian chaotic car traffic... and you know how much aggressive O types can be. I also bought the book "Juicing for life", which is available in the Italian translation, and I started juicing vegetable/fruits once a day: first relevant consequence is that my eyes are getting less sensitive to smog and tiredness and I can now wear my contact lens for 10 hours without any trouble.
To inquire further into the nonnies' world, I'm going to buy the Encyclopedia and Live right 4 your type but in the meantime I've something to ask you: is there anything I can do to relieve my menstrual symptoms? Once a month I feel so weak, migraines start the second or the third day of my menses and there's a fog in my brain that makes me feel like a sloth.. Sometimes I also loose hair and lack appetite. No pain at all probably due to the fact that I exercise daily (aerobic alternated with yoga, pilates, weights, and so on). Probably the non-secretor regimen will improve such a state, but it is always a pleasure to read your answers! Grazie, grazie, grazie. Alma (from Milan, Italy)
P.S. I have a dream:opening a restaurant in which combining the eat4your type diet with the Italian cuisine tradition: wouldn't be a good match? I've recently learned to cook rice with red wine -risotto al vino rosso.
This is the recipe for 2 persons (please, forgive my Englitalian):
-separately prepare some veg or chicken broth;
-put 2 spoons of extra virgin oil in a pot together with a (green) onion chopped up.
-when the onion is lightly fried, pour 200 gr (100 gr for person) of (par-boiled) rice and blend in all the ingredients
-add one full glass of red wine (Barolo is my favorite but also Barbera is fine) and wait till the wine starts evaporating.
-add some broth so that the rice is covered (add salt, if necessary) and cook for 20 minutes. Be careful to pour in some broth from time to time because the rice should never get dry. Et voilà. Alma
WOW! Welcome to Nonnie-Ness, Alma!! By the way, your English is very beautiful, and if you hadn't told me, I wouldn't know you weren't a native English speaker. ;-) I'm very, very pleased you had a great trip, and that the new diet is making happy things occur for you. I'm sure those Italian drivers are much safer now that you're following your O-non plan! ~~;-D
Well, just when you were looking forward to an answer about the menstrual "blah feelings," I'm afraid you're doing just what I'd suggest! The adjustments you've made, along with getting more exercise (and plenty of water) should have you in energetic state within a month or two. Keep in mind that it is normal (and good) for the energy to focus inward around the time of the menstrual period ~~ so, it's natural and healthy to be less active and perhaps more introspective then. Do let me know how it goes, and MANY thanks for the recipe ~~ looks delicious! Keep us posted on your restaurant dreams! It's indeed a great idea!! :-D
Eat Right, etc. lists oats as neutral for O; cook right, etc. lists oats as an avoid food--which is correct? Linda
Hi, Linda! Just scroll to the bottom of this page, type the word "oat" into the search form, and click the button. Enjoy your reading! :-D
Hello again Heidi, An A(2)B person with nausea and failure to absorb Vitamin B12 who is not on the BTD - would this be a common problem with AB? Apart from the use of the BTD would there be other protocols and advice? Many thanks, Jenny
It's not uncommon with types A and AB. You might suggest they use the active form of B12 instead (Methyl B12 Plus, available in the store here). It's a form that doesn't require intrinsic factor (the secretion many As and ABs are low in). A folic acid supp -- or better yet, eating plenty of dark green leaf veggies) will also be of use. Thanks for writing, Jenny! :-D
Hi Heidi, Recently there was a post in which you were extolling the virtues of dried wild blueberries. Do frozen berries have the same drawbacks as pre-frozen fish? I am highly allergic to mold and try to stay away from dried fruits for that reason. And of course it is quite expensive to buy as many fresh organic blueberries as I eat! I get wild frozen blueberries and raspberries (both organic) from Trader Joe's and they are delicious. And what about frozen veggies? I mostly eat fresh but every now and then I use frozen. I've got more questions but I can't think of them now, so I'm posting this and will send the others later. Thank you! JoanV
Joan, if you can't risk the dried fruit, then frozen is OK. That's if you can't find a fresh source. If you choose certified organic fruits and veg IN SEASON as much as possible, and fill in with frozen the rest of the time, you'll be getting more than plenty for your needs. :-)
I have returned to the BTD after a few years off to sort through some now-resolved soy and other food sensitivities, and have a few questions... As an AB+ [secretor status as yet unknown], I know that whole milk is an Avoid - does that include my favorite whole milk yogurt [since yogurt is a Beneficial]? One of my health care providers suggested I start using some digestive enzymes, which have really helped with regularity and other digestive issues [which I previously didn't even realize were issues]. However, I realized that the formula contains pancreatin, which the company confirmed comes from beef and pork. I was raised macrobiotic, so beef and pork tends to make me sqeamish anyways, but they're also both Avoids. Am I correct in assuming that provides another reason to look for another brand of enzymes? I really like the results, so I don't want to stop with the enzymes altogether... Thanks for your help, I really enjoy reading your column! Sarah
Yogurt is listed separately from whole milk, and it's either beneficial or neutral depending on your secretor status. Pancreatic and other pork-based enzymes are intended to be taken for a few weeks only, since the point is to stimulate your body to produce its own enzymes in response to the protein foods you eat. And for that short period of time, no, there's no impact on "compliance" in terms of the pork. These are refined elements of pork secreta, and they're quite effective when used therapeutically for the proper complaints. Hope this helps -- and welcome back, Sarah! :-)
Hi, again. On the other side of protein deficiency, I'm wondering if there can such a thing as TOO MUCH protein for Os. I seem to crave meat (e.g., half pound hamburger steaks). I've been eating quite a bit of protein lately (and maybe not enough vegetables), and I've been experiencing some painful backache that makes me think of kidneys. Could I be overdoing it? I keep having nightmares about all those low-protein diet guys who say that high[protein and high-cholesterol diets can ruin a person's health. As always, thanks for being you. Shay
:-) Maybe not enough vegetables? ;-) In this as in all things, add up all your daily intake, by food group, and see if they balance out according to Live Right's guidelines. If you're way over the mark, and this isn't just a matter of a few days, I'd try to scale it back a bit. A few ounces per day isn't worrisome. The lack of veggies IS, though! :-)
It's common for formerly veg-Os to require more meat at the beginning than recommended generally. We all might need a touch more now and again, depending on stress levels and physical work, and occasionally we need less.
Shay, it's difficult and wearing to carry around conflict within oneself -- try to figure out for once and all which plan is the best-researched and most successful. Commit to it, and trust it. You'll have much less stress that way, and less nightmares for sure! :-) thanks for writing, dear! :-D
I purchased the eatright for your type book, as well as went through Dr. D'adamo's Toronto clinic (The Wellness Istitute) etc... I have been following my type "O" diet for about ten months. After doing more research, I now have questions as to why the book does not address the important issue of Alkaline foods that are best for my type "O" blood. Many of the "beneficial" foods listed for me are actually "Acid Ash" forming in the system which is not good, while many of the foods I am to "Avoid" are actually "Alakaline Ash" forming and GOOD to keep my system alkaline. It is my belief that my system needs to be alkaline and acid balanced in order to be optimum. Now there is confusion surrounding my list of foods , and I look to you to clear this up for me, or do I have to return to the clinic. Please shed some light on this topic, Many thanks, Ken.
Hi, Ken! Peter's food lists already handle that concern. They're designed for YOUR optimal balance, so that you don't have to figure it all yourself. In other words, designed for type O, A, B, or AB. All different. Does the information you're reading take these factors into account?
Do take a look around this site, and at the FAQ page (linked at the top of the main page) for more info. Thanks for your note! :-)
Dear Heidi, Thank you! Your recommendation for quercetin was right on the money--two days after I started on the quercetin I felt MUCH better. I do have a question about your response - you said, "If tolerated, I'd start taking quercetin throughout the day." What do you mean by "if tolerated?" What would be symptoms of not tolerating quercetin? I thought that I'd read that you wrote other times that you cannot take too much quercetin.
One more question...I'm having difficulty with the "breakfast like a king, dinner like a pauper" theory -- I cannot seem to be able to face anything more than toast or cereal and a little fruit in the a.m. The one time I tried your recipe of ground beef with egg and tomatoes, I had diarrhea all morning (not to put too fine a point on it!). I can't even think about leftover steak or fish in the a.m.
I know I'm eating way too much from the grains for my O self.
The other side to this issue, if I even could face "dinner" at breakfast, is the time involved in making the food in the a.m., although I'm sure I could just re-heat leftovers. Getting two pre-schoolers and myself up and ready doesn't leave a lot of time for cooking a hot meal! Do you have any ideas, suggestions, theories? I know that I'm doing myself a disservice in this area, but don't seem to be able to get past this. Thanks for the great help that you've been in the past! You're the best! Fondly, Ruth
Hi, Ruth! Glad the quercetin helped quickly! :-) The reason I mentioned toleration is that every once in a while (maybe twice in the past year), someone will say he can't take Q for whatever reason. I've never gotten to the bottom of that issue, but to be on the safe side, I simply say, "if you can tolerate it." That, by the way, goes for every supp I mention -- of course, don't take it if you CAN't tolerate it! ;-)
If you're eating quite a bit of grains, your system will encourage you to continue getting that quick sugar treat. Your appetite will be pointed in that direction. Eating a bit too late at night will also make you unwilling to face a big breakfast in the morning. So, try skipping dinner tonight, and going to bed hungry. I'm not kidding! It won't hurt you. When you arise, just heat up a small portion of the dinner you didn't eat the night before. And so on. Leave lunch as it is, but have your protein breakfast and lighter supper, no later than two hours before sleeping. I do hope this helps, dear! ;-)
Hi Heidi,as a Type O what can I do about extremely PAINFUL periods. I have had some success with self hypnosis, but have only started learning how to do this. Thanks!!! Chantelle
Hey there, Chantelle! Complete avoidance of wheat, corn, dairy and coffee did it for me, along with at-least-mild exercise every day, and strenuous exercise twice per week. A good calcium supp like Phytocal-O really makes a difference. I used to have so much pain I would black out. So, I have confidence that this will work for you. Let me know more about how long you've been having this difficulty, and what your diet & exercise regimens have been, how long, etc. I'll try to help further. :-)
Dear Heidi I am a 24 year old AB + (sec stat unknown). I have been following the BTD diet for almost a year now - that is, as much as I can as I have been vegetarian for the past 12 years and vegan for over 7 years (I had made the decision to eliminate all dairy after having had on going sinus infections, with antibiotic treatment nearly all my life and since eliminating the dairy, I hardly even suffer from colds).
So my question is really what your thoughts are on an AB being vegan, I know that Dr D does not encourage strict vegetarianism in any of the diets and even the As and ABs are encouraged to consume fish and poultry. I would really like you to give me an honest answer, am I wasting my time, just trying to stick to all the vegan Beneficials and Neutrals and eliminating all Avoids?
Also due to my restrictions, is it ok for me to increase my weekly bean portions, as they are my only source of protein? My daily diet is mainly based on fruits and vegetables and usually consists of: Breakfast – oats with fresh fruit, raisins, nuts, ground flaxseeds and soymilk and a soy latte, Lunch – big salad with tofu or nuts, seaweed, sprouts… Dinner – huge plate of sautéed kale/collards with either lentils, tempeh or tofu with either sweet potato or squash or amaranth, quinoa or millet, my snacks are usually freshly squeezed all green juice, almonds, dried fuit…… I am generally in good health and have no need to loose weight (5,7 at 96-98 lbs.).
The only concern I have is that I am beginning to think I might have some minor thyroid issues, after reading some of the questions on your site I did the basal temp test and my first three readings came out (97.3,97.4,97.2) I am going to take the test again for a few more days. I think I might have some of the symptoms of hypothyroid, as I am always cold, especially after I eat lunch (when I also get very tired), I have very rough/dry/bumpy skin on my thighs (especially after the winter) and lead a very stressful lifestyle, which often leads to stomach aches, especially after I eat if I haven’t managed to get lunch until 3pm. My periods are also quite irregular in times of stress (sometimes every two weeks, then not for 6/7 weeks).
I know that it would do me a lot of good to do more exercise, especially for stress and circulation issues, I just don’t have enough time in the day to take a 1.5 hour yoga class, I’m doing the best I can with my 15 mins of the 5 Tibetan rights first thing in the morning and I know it at least stretches me out for the day. I would really appreciate any of your suggestions. Thanks a lot. Martynka
Martynka, welcome to this little knot on the Web. I'm very pleased to hear from you!
Because you do have some worrying symptoms, including being underweight for your height, I'm concerned that (for example) the daily coffee and high quantities of soy foods may be items worthy of close examination and review in your diet. Thyroid dysfunction can easily appear when the body is lacking its preferred protein sources, and the supplements (or, if it progresses, the pharmaceuticals) which would help you are all animal-based and would be refused. You are young to be experiencing these difficulties already. So try these tips, OK?
If you are determined to remain vegan no matter what happens (and I will understand if you do), here's what I suggest in order to make that choice work in the best possible way:
(1) Get your secretor status (order the Saliva Secretor Test here in the Store);
(2) Get a copy of Live Right 4 Your Type and eat ONLY the Beneficials & Neutrals for your ABO, Rhesus and Secretor status.
(3) Within those foods, (a) be sure to get at least 100 grams of protein 4 your type per day, and (b) vary your food sources widely -- try to use EVERY different vegetable, fruit, bean, nut, seed, fat and grain in a month's time. I want you to have as many different sources of the various microelements as possible, and to avoid triggering problems from too much reliance on a few beans or grains.
You're certainly far better off avoiding the harmful foods! Not a waste of time at all -- in fact, I believe this is the very best way for you to optimize your health as a vegan!
Best wishes, dear, and please write again with any questions or problems. I will do my best to help! :-D
For O nonsecreter Suzanna who wrote in about colds and sinus infection after giving up grains and sugars for four weeks. When I gave up all sugars in January 1986 I had cold and flu-like symptoms for six weeks. I reckon that it was a detox period. Going off the sugar was more like a cold or flu than going off all grains and starches which I did ten weeks ago. Going off all grains and starches my metabolism tanked for several weeks. I took me two months to feel really healthy again. You might consider that you are going through detoxification. But I also had to deal with a systemic case of candida which was related to the chronic sinus infection caused by candida/fungus. After herbs and many alternatives I got a referral from a colleague, who was so desperate with sinus infections that he was ready for surgery. He found a doctor in New York City who treats sinus infections with a suspension of anti-fungal medicine in saline nasal spray. If anyone is interested in getting the information about the doctor, or the medicine compounded by a local pharmacy in New York City for this doctor, please let me know. Once having used the medicine for a short while, I now can keep many chronic conditions ,like sinus infections and hay fever,under control with the BTD. Karen
Hello, Karen! Do you mean a nasal Diflucan or something similar? I'm willing to hear more, but I have grave doubts about "controlling" a condition through periodic use of such things. Could you tell me more? Thanks very much, dear!! :-)
Hi Heidi, Yeah, I did hear from Sarah. I was referring to Suzanna who wrote in a couple of days ago and wrote, "I thought I saw a letter from someone who was interested in communicating with other "nonnies"--I'd be interested in learning how others cope with this. Suzanna" She is the B nonnie who was feeling bewildered and struggling with the changes after just finding out. I remember that feeling well. So just extending a warm welcome since she expressed an interest.
Here is a tidbit for the A and AB folk - don't eat peanuts when you are sick. See below. It is from the dadamo.com: Immunity Knowledge Base IX The lectin in peanut (peanut agglutinin (PNA)), on the other hand, will bind to NK cells if they are exposed to neuraminidase (an enzyme produced by influenza virus, pathogenic bacteria, etc.) (on a positive note: the activity of neuraminidase is blocked by the common elderberry). However, in the absence of neuraminidase, peanut lectin has no influence on NK cell function. The long and short of this for you type A and AB individuals is; do not eat peanuts or peanut butter when you have a cold, flu, or other viral or bacterial infection. Frydecka I, Slesak B, Benczur M, Harlozinska-Szmyrka A. Heterogeneity of human natural killer cells with respect to lectin-binding ability. J Natl Cancer Inst 1987 Jun;78(6):1145-8 [Published erratum appears in J Natl Cancer Inst 1987 Jul;79(1):197]
Wish this was helpful for the O nonnie who wrote in today who keeps getting sick. My mom who wrote in, Karen - O secretor, felt sick for a few weeks too when she gave up all grains/starches. May also be part of the detoxing process. Thanks ever so much Heidi. Nina
Allo, Nina! Glad Sarah made it, and I forwarded Suzanna's info to you as well. And many thanks for the peanut & grain tidbits!! Lovely! :-)
Hiya ^Heidi^. This is a note for Judith who was worried about a sweet/acrid smell coming from her body. This could be the classic "pear drops" smell (do you have pear drops in the US?) associated with type 2 diabetes. It has a vaguely acetone-like aroma but a bit sweet too. If this could be Judith's smell she should get her blood sugar levels checked. Sarah
Yep, I'm awaiting her "report," which I think will give us more info to go on with. I don't recall seeing pear drops here, but the acetone odor is a sign of trouble. Thanks for writing, Sarah, and we'll see what Judith finds out. :-)