Dear Heidi, Thanks for your comments on my problem with not losing weight. For the last five days I have cut out grain completely from my diet (from one portion of acceptable grain per day) and have been managing 3 litres of water a day. Haven't managed to eat meat for breakfast yet, but I have also cut out another cup of black tea so I now only have one, first thing in the morning. But, I feel terrible! Tired, achey, headache, listless, miserable and my legs feel like jelly just climbing the stairs so exercise is out. I thought I might be coming down with something, but I'm not getting any worse or better and I don't have a temperature (at 97.6 my temperature is low). And my weight is still the same. Could this reaction be detoxification? If so, is there anything I can do about it? As we are on a low income I cannot afford many supps - I have already overspent on purchasing a secretor status test and some Polyflora. Could it be something else? I'm only just about hanging on in there, so I hope you can help. Many, many thanks for your kind generosity, you are a star! Rachel (O+ secretor status unknown as yet)
Hello, Rachel! The headaches and listlessness may be a reaction to the reduction in your black tea consumption. You may want to bite the bullet and get rid of all caffeine in your diet, since if these are withdrawal reactions you'll have them every time you cut back a bit on caffeine -- and it's no worse to get it over with all at once & be done with it. You can test this by taking a couple of analgesics which contain caffeine, such as the ones listed here. If your symptoms are magically gone, then I would consider using the site linked above as a reference on which to model your caffeine elimination.
Second, there will be some metabolic readjustment when grains are removed, but five days is a bit long for them to continue unchanged. I suspect from the tiredness, sluggish weight loss rate and low temperature that you have some low-level thyroid issues to be resolved. Tomorrow morning, start the simple thyroid self-test -- instructions here. If you find your basal temp is low, let me know and I'll help you find inexpensive ways of boosting your thyroid function. Do hang in there, dear!! I know you can do it! The hard stuff's basically done now, so ONWARD and UPWARD only!! :-D
Hello, I am a type B, I don't know if I am a sec. or non.sec yet. I cannot seem to shake these chronic sinus infections. I have tried the colinsea root recommended inthe pill form, to no avail. Anyother suggestions? I think my hearing may be becoming impacted. Anyone? Jacky
Hi, Jacky! Collinsonia canadensis can help to reduce swelling in the tissues, but if you have chronic infections, your immune system is in need of a boost. Knowing no more, I'd suggest PolyFlora-B and ARA6 (available in the Store here), as well as quercetin for the inflammation, and Heallix as a harmless and potent all-round anti-microbial.
Would you please write back and tell me what your average daily or weekly diet is, and what supps or meds you take? I will do my best to help! Take good care, and do write again! :-D
Hi Heidi, I had some trouble with the maca powder, your advice was to take it during the day instead of on a full stomach at night. So, I took it with some juice and ARA6 on an empty stomach around noon and about 1 hour later my stomach was cramping up bad and I had to throw up. I was out shopping and the cramp got intolerable; driven to a public restroom! ugh. I also got very red and flushed. The first time I took the stuff I was jacked. It was like..is this really me? the same person with all this cheeriness and energy? since then everytime I take the stuff I'm hurting. Question 1: Have you heard of people having bad reactions to maca? Now I have a bad case of candida...and I will spare you and the readers all the details. Question 2: What is the fastest way to clear my body of this goo/crud/slime/ick? I eagerly await your reply. Thank you!!!! Emme
Emme! I have heard of people who could not find a small enough dosage, because any amount wired them up. However, you're the first to report the severe digestive trouble -- I probably don't need to say this, but please stop taking it! :-0 And (everyone), please don't ever continue with any food or supp which produces strong negative reactions.
Did you find the stress-relief part of the earlier column of any help?
Your candida may have flared because of the effects of the vomiting and diarrhea. It should settle down with a return to your usual diet, and the use of PolyFlora & ARA6. However, if it persists, DO use the Encylopedia candidiasis protocols. GOSH, I'm truly sorry you had such a rotten time of it with the maca, Emme! Please keep me posted, OK??? :-)
Dear Heidi, I have been on the diet for about 2 years and have seen great results. I try to tell others about it and I have a question so I can try to explain this to a friend. She is a type O. For type O, aloe vera is an avoid. She had a lot of digestive problems and had then tried aloe vera and it really has helped her clear those problems, she has been using it for several years now with great results and she can not see how it can be bad for her. Could you explain in a little more depth why it is an avoid and what exactly it does to the body that is bad. It has helped her so much that I am having a hard time trying to get her to avoid it. Thanks for all your good work. Connie
Hi, Connie! Aloe leaf pulp contains at least two lectins, "Aloctin" I and II, which are significant hemagglutanins, or "blood cell agglutinators." There are plenty of other food substances which can resolve type O digestive problems without the lectin challenges aloe presents.
The last study Peter quoted on these lectins was: Akev N, Can A. Separation and some properties of Aloe vera L. leaf pulp lectins. Phytother Res 1999 Sep;13(6):489-93, so if your friend is interested in reading further, she might try to get a copy of that journal. Hope this helps, dear, and keep up the good work! :-D
Hello again Heidi. Many thanks to you and everyone elso for giving me advice on coping with cold sores. It's taken me a while to get through it all. I shall take extra lysine and have been taking Polyvite O for a year anyway. Would like to take more coleus Forskohlii though. Any UK sources, anyone? I am still confused though about avoiding high lysine nuts while taking a lysine supplement. Which are the best nuts for me to eat on a regular basis then? As I have to eat quite a lot I need my energy from good sources. The cold sores certainly do erupt when I'm under stress, but, like most Os, I prefer to run rather than meditate! I did try meditation years ago, and it made me panic, but I shall try an old breathing exercise again. Thanks for all your energetic work! Gwyneth
Hello, Gwyneth! If you take the lysine supp, there is no need to avoid the nuts (that was Peter's original advice, so that you do not unnecessarily limit your nuts/seeds intake). Just experiment to find the dosage that will balance the amount of lysine in your diet.
When you say meditation made you panic, if you mean *during* the meditation, that is a common sign of 'unstressing' -- and may mean you can benefit tremendously by the practice! A visit with your instructor would be in order, as they are well trained in all such happenstances. Best wishes, dear, and if folks write in with UK sources of Coleus forskohlii, I'll pass the info on! :-D
Hi Heidi, I just started the last 2 months to follow the "A" blood type diet. I am a secretor and A+. I can eat pretty much all foods on the plan except when I switched to Soy milk and was eating tempeh and tofu, my arthritis in my hips flared up worse with pain and stiffness. I stopped the soy and the pain subsided. I also had been eating relatively low carb, not really low, but when I tried to switch to a vegitarian diet, I'd have terrible indigestion that only mint and papaya (avoid) could help. So I stopped the wheat because I need to lose 30 pounds.
My digestion is better but I also lowered my carbs and started eating eggs for breakfast instead of cereal and I only have some rice with dinner at times.(I don't eat potatoes, tomatoes or eggplant now, and hardly any vinegar) Don't get me wrong, I am a true "A". I love vegitables, grains and fruits.. and I really don't like meat at all. Right now, I'm down to Salmon, chicken, eggs, turkey and cornish hen. I know that A's don't have great digestion but I can't live like this always taking something for it. Have you had A's with this same problem? Is it just that I'm adjusting to the A plan and the indigestion will eventually go away? I was vegetarian about 10 years ago and I had indigestion then, and went back to eating meat.
I'm 46 years old. Is it just old age setting in? PS: I'm VERY sensitive (typical A) to things and I tried Bromeline and it gave me a migraine.(Flax oil, calcium/ magnesium/ potassium supplements all give me migraine too)I bet Dr. D'Adamo will scratch his head on this one! Thank you! Diana
Hi, Diana! There's no need to be a vegetarian in order to follow the A plan. And, a vegetarian diet need not be a grain-based diet. Type As can have WONDERFUL digestion, and should have, once they've adjusted to this plan from what they were doing before. I hope I understood you correctly: the salmon, etc. are your protein sources, but you do eat the veggies as well?
Your food sensitivities will diminish over time, and I strongly suggest taking up a meditation or yoga practice, even just alternate nostril breathing, to help your immune system balance itself and start settling down. Also, using a plain quercetin supplement (if you tolerate it) at 500 mg three or four times daily will help accomplish the same thing.
Have you tried whole pineapple as a digestive, instead of the bromelain supp? How about gentian? These will not reduce the joint pain you related to soy consumption, so I'd address the arthritis directly with whole foods and simple supps. Nuts, seeds, avocado, and fish are excellent foods for that purpose, as is the quercetin mentioned above (it is a wonderful anti-inflammatory). A broth made from a few vegetables like carrots, onions, garlic and celery with the bones of turkey, chicken or fish (simmered for at least a few hours) is great for the joints and skin.
If it's old age setting in, then you and I both are seniors already and I'm pretty sure I haven't even made it to middle age .... which means you haven't, either! :-) Please give these suggestions a try, and let me know how you go along... I'll be expecting a lot of "youth" to show up as time passes!! :-D
Hey Heidi. Thank you so much for being there for us. As I'm putting a lot of effort (and money!) in this project, I'm very grateful to be able to put my questions to you when in doubt. My doubts today is caused by Judys narrative of her routine, which include "with meal-supplements" and "between meal-supplements". I'm aware that the data on suggested dose at the NAP site add that i.g. Deflect and Quercetin should me taken with largest meal/s, but most of the products have no other indication of when and how than the once/twice daily information. And Judys routine doesn't seem to fit the NAP suggestion, as she lists Quercetin as a "between meal-supplement". So my question really is, whether this is a learning-by-doing proces for each person, or whether there is any general suggestions on "the when and how" of supplements when nothing is suggested on the NAP site? Nina
Hi, Nina! Quercetin can be taken with meals OR apart from food, and yep! it's a learning-by-doing process, or learning-by-doing-and-listening-to-others process in my case. When there are no specific when-to-take instructions on a NAP product, it means the supp is effective no matter when or with what it's taken. I hope this helps describe the situation, Nina ~ thanks, as always, for posting your offerings & concerns! :-D
Dear Heidi, It's me again. In browsing through the website, I came across two things which brought up questions. I hope they're not too technical---I wouldn't want you to spend ALL your time doing research In one of Dr. D'Adamo's articles, he quotes one of his critics as saying "Also (regarding lectins), there is evidence that enzymes such as intestinal transglutaminase, secreted in response to certain lectins, repair lectin-induced damages to the microvilli and gut epithelium." This got me to thinking (not necessarily linearly!): If non-secretors don't secrete blood type antigens in their digestive tract, then would a test for celiac disease that measures anti-transglutaminase antibodies not be valid for a non-secretor? Would tests for any kind of antibodies that rely on stool or saliva still be valid for non-secretors? In the discussion of secretors and non-secretors: "Aspects of physiology such as the relative activity of an enzyme called intestinal alkaline phosphatase; propensities toward clotting, reliability of some tumor markers...[have predictable trends in secretors and non-secretors]". Do you know if it is secretors or non-secretors in whom tumor markers are more or less reliable? And where can I find out more about this? This is very relevant for me because I have had cancer and I am a non-secretor (A). Thanks so much. Joan
Hello, Joan! First, IT enzyme is not an ABO antibody as far as I know. It's a healing response we all have. If you have huge amounts being secreted, that's probably what the celiac test is looking for, as well as the level of gut defenses mobilized against the candida organism. If there's a BIG army on the move, the most likely reason is a BIG army on the 'other side.' Nature is economical that way. ;-)
IAP production varies from individual to individual, and there are ABO and secretor status associations, as well as stimulus provided by protein ingestion. Blood clotting factor as well as viscosity vary by ABO type, as do the reliability of tumor markers.
Hope that helps! and thanks for writing, Joan!! :-D
Hi again Heidi, I wrote to you last week about my 4 year old AB- with gluten intolerance. He’s off the pumpernickel and back on the rice bread. I don’t like the incorrect food combining aspect of the fruit juice sweetened bread but am trying to relax on that a bit. Food combing has worked so well for me in the past when I had IBS that I really think it’s useful – but perhaps more so when you are trying to overcome an illness. Getting a 4 year old to eat lots of steamed veggies is quite a challenge!
This question I have is about me (B+). I’m trying to move slowly towards a B diet, but have a few obstacles – I’m still nursing my 5 month old son, so cannot have beans (way too gassy), although have managed to re-introduce goat cheese into my diet without any negative effects (a few months ago I tried it and he got really congested). I’ve got some yogurt in the fridge to try tonight (I used to hate it as a child - wonder if it'll be different?), and even had some lamb in my shopping cart yesterday for about 30 seconds until I put it back (I’m not quite ready for that yet!). My problem is that I used to use grains, avocados and nuts to fill me up and keep my weight up, but now those pounds are slipping away too quickly and I’m nearly at my pre-pregnancy weight (110). I want to delay introducing solids to my baby for another few months but need more body fat to do that. Where should I be getting extra fat/calories from? I had an ear infection from cottage cheese during my pregnancy, so I’m really wary of too much diary (it was incredibly painful!) but perhaps extra goat cheese would be ok. Thanks for any help. Ann
Hi there, Ann! I hope you've been reading this column daily, as we've heard from a couple of folks whose experience with weight maintenance while nursing indicates you're best off eating as much of the beneficial foods as you can.
However, going the grain & beans route is way less than optimal for you. It's not calories you need, it is protein, minerals, fats, vitamins and pure water. The sprouted breads, and oats, millet, rice & spelt can be eaten as well, but try not to let them push the protein quotient down. OK, you couldn't face the lamb... that's OK! If you don't have tasty recipes for goat & rabbit & lamb which whet your appetite at all, then please get at least the daily portions of beef, buffalo, and turkey. How about the fishes? Of course, add oils, ghee, and walnut butter at will, and if cheeses give you trouble, do try the yogurt and other cultured products instead. Mushrooms, parsnips, sweet potatoes, yams, homemade bone broth and plenty of dark leafy greens and fruit can help keep the protein and mineral supply high, and allow your body to meet the demands of nursing.
Ann, you're doing such a wonderful job raising your baby this way... I truly admire you! Please let me know if there's anything more I can help with, and keep us posted, OK? :-D
Hi Heidi, I'm back with a few more questioans. I'm a Type A non-secretor. I read in the "Encyclopedia" that Vitamin A is good for elderly A's. What about for middle-aged (I'm 55) but with chronic illness (bad case of longstanding chronic fatigue, adrenal insufficiency, hypo- and autoimune thyroid, numerous allergies, etc)? Aside from all the other things I could (and do) take for these conditions, I've been told by more than one of my health practitioners that Vitamin A (the kind from fish oil, not dry) is a potent anti-viral, and when I have a cold or flu, to take 100,000 units for 3 days, then 50,000 for as long as symptoms last (yes, those numbers are written correctly). What do you think? And what about 10,000 daily for maintenance dose? Deflect has pineapple in it, which I'm allergic to. Is there something I can take (besides Quercetin, which my gut has never liked) that will do the same thing? On January 28, you wrote that the only beneficial grain for Type A non-secretors is amaranth. Yet the Typebase lists rye as beneficial for all A's. Which is right? Thanks so much for your cheery and encouraging posts, which I read every day. Joan
Peter does not include such high vitamin A dosages in his protocol for immune enhancement, for instance -- which is meant to be used for one week. If you do take 100,000 units for a few days, then 50,000 for some time, I'd suggest you be under a doctor's care while doing so. Also, use Carlson's fish oils only, to avoid any potential contaminant toxicity issues. As far as taking 10,000 units daily indefinitely, I think that would be fine as long as you take a one-week break every month. And I reiterate that I'd check with a medical professional on all this (naturally!) to confirm. ;-)
Gentian is a digestive stimulant, so see if it works for you without the untoward reactions you experience from pineapple. Quercetin is not a "digestive" -- Have you tried the hypoallergenic bromelain product NAP designed?
Sorry about the TYPEbase situation -- I'm working on that right now. I quoted from the original database, which concurs with Live Right 4 Your Type including all updates. Amaranth is indeed the only beneficial A-non grain.
;-) The TYPEbase lists will be corrected -- and thanks!! :-D
Dear Heidi, Thank you for answering my question. Having looked at your advice, I do have a couple of questions regarding the diet for my baby (the one with psoriasis). Is wheat free the same as gluten free? In my baby's case, it is only wheat but not gluten, right? Also when you say olive oil or flaxeed oil is beneficial to her intestinal healing, do you mean cooking her food with the oil or she actually drinks the oil? Can I give her some cod liver oil or fish oil instead? My husband and I truly believes diet will help our daughter but you see it's usually my mother-in-law who takes care of my baby most of the time especially when I go to work during the day. It is difficult for me to ask her do this and do that without having her to be on our side first. As a Chinese, we don't usually put olive oil or flaxeed oil direct into our mouth. It is more common to drink cod liver oil especially for kids. Any suggestions?
1) If I were to eliminate wheat and dairy out of her daily diet, can you possibly suggest a sample daily menu for me as a reference? 2) I read in Live Right For Your Type that bitter melon (under Fruit section) is not allowed, why is that and may I ask what bitter melon is? I thought it is vegetable instead of fruit. 3) The list of vegetables and fruits you listed in all books are already very exhaustive, but I am sure there are still a long list out there. How in the future can I tell what to eat and what not to? Many thanks for you help. Diana
Hi, Diana! The best approach for her would be grain-free altogether. If you cannot avoid giving her grain, let it be whole rice, steamed or otherwise cooked thoroughly. Just pick and choose from the meats, fish, greens/vegetables, nuts and fruit in the beneficial list, and fill in with the neutral list as necessary, in order to make a meal plan for her. She will miss absolutely nothing -- no necessary nutrients -- if you remove dairy and grains from her diet! ;-)
Fish oils are usually not recommended for type O because our blood is thin as it is, and fish oils can thin it further, with a risk of bleeding problems. The flax oil or olive oil is just her "medicine" for now, and either rice bran oil or olive oil can be used for cooking, rather than corn or "vegetable" or peanut oils -- the latter are not good for her. Bitter melon? Click on this link for a picture and description. It's an avoid for everyone, because of its potent lectins. If you find foods you cannot identify, they are generally considered "neutral" for persons in good health -- you will find as time goes on that some "unknown" foods can be linked to "known" items, with knowledge & practice. In the meantime, please feel free to write in with questions, and I will do my best to help! I hope your baby is doing better now! :-D
Dear Heidi, I am an A+ Secretor. Can you please tell me or direct me to the info on HOW one discovers whether they are A1 or A2 or MM, MN? I had my type done by the Dr. and the only info I got back was A+. Thanks. Diana
Hello, Diana ~~ the SouthWest Medical College laboratories do this test. It's part of a full serotype panel, including ABO type, A subtype, Rhesus type, MM/MN. For more information, call them at 602/ 970-0000. :-D
Hi, Heidi, I haven't written in lately, but,I look forward to your column every morning...Happy first anniversary. Re: Tinnitus and Alyson's comment today about adjusting to the "annoying sound." I have had tinnitis for about 10 years now and have adjusted to it. I hardly pay attention to it anymore. That's, of course, after spending a lot of time and money being tested for all kinds of scary senarios, and attempting to get rid of it via trial and error with diet and various "pills." philcan
Hey, Phil! Thanks for the birthday wishes! ;-)
Well, sometimes it's tincture of time that does it... and yes, there's a point beyond which we can become inured to things, and carry on feeling quite normal and content, for the most part. I appreciate your note, and please write more often, eh? :-D
Hello Heidi, I've recently started to eat in accordance with my O type and so far so good, though I'm only two weeks into it. My inspiration is that I sneeze and create bucketloads of mucous, as well as itchy sinuses, eyes and ears, yet allergy testing shows I'm not allergic to anything. I've been unsuccessful at determining what foods I'm reacting to - so I'm feeling relieved that someone (albeit a book!) is telling me what to do! I've also had asthma since my early 20s - I'm now 45. My question is about flouride - my symptoms began about the time I moved into town and started drinking treated water. Do you have any information on how it afects us? While I have your ear, us Aussies are great tea drinkers, especially me! I drink a local tea with no tannic acid and minimal caffeine (Madura it's called) - Is this unwise? Thankyou for your column, With love, Cindy.
Hi, Cindy!! Welcome!!! YES, we type Os are keenly sensitive to fluoride, and we're the most common ones to be diagnosed with fluoridosis. Do get a good water purification system which removes fluoride, or find a source of spring or well water that's tested well below the average limits! By the way, tea contains fluoride as well. Betcha didn't expect to stop by for the first time and get all this bad news, eh? :-( Better safe (and disappointed) now than sorry later is what I say. How about some roasted dandelion root, or herbal tea, or even a good organic green tea instead?? :-) Well, I hope I didn't chase you off, Cindy -- please write again and let me know, OK? :-D
Scanning your columns has provided me with answers to most of my questions leaving only one. In BTD licorice tea is listed as beneficial for type B's and licorice root tea is listed as neutral. While shopping for licorice tea I've found that what is advertised as licorice tea is really licorice root tea. Is there a difference between licorice tea and licorice root tea? If so, can you recommend a seller of bona fide licorice tea? Thanks. Paul
Hmmmm.... Not sure what the discrepancy is there, as there's only one listing for licorice under teas. Plain licorice root tea is fine for Bs -- just keep an eye on your blood pressure if you drink it regularly. Raw licorice preparations can raise blood pressure. There is a DGL form of licorice available for health purposes, which has the pressure-raising element removed. Hope this clears up the confusion, Paul, and thanks SO much for writing!! :-D
LR4YT in Spanish... Mercury Toxicity... Moose 4 ABs... a Recipe... and a reader's Site 4 Healing! :-)November 26th, 2000 , by admin
Is Live Right 4 Your Type available in Spanish? My daughter's Mother-in-law is here from Ecuador suffering from high blood pressure, high cholesterol, arthritis, etc. American doctors are going to gradually take her off all meds to see what happens. (My daugher negotiated that much). The MIL is 0+ and eats terribly, so my daugher has put her on a strict regime, but if the MIL could read some things herself, it might help our case. Thanks much! Carolyn
Yes, Live Right 4 Your Type is published in Spanish. The publisher's name and address: Javier Vergara // Paseo Colon 221, 6 Piso / Buenos Aires 1399 / Argentina. Good luck, Carolyn! I'm sure she will show improvements, especially since your daughter seems committed to seeing it through with her. Take care, and thank you for writing! :-D
In response to Abby from France regarding mercury toxicity: I too am an O- non, and was diagnosed as mercury toxic 1 year ago (I ate canned tuna every day for 20 years). I, too have been on the O type diet for about 20 years, and had my amalgams removed 5 years ago. I, too have had the experience that virtually none of the conventional remedies or supplements work, and most produce opposite results- a classic symptoms of mercury toxicity.
Over the last year, I have undertaken an intensive study of mercury toxicity, with the following conclusions. First, the detox process may take several years to fully resolve all symptoms. Second, one should not eat fish during detox. If you want to use fish oil for Omega 3 support, I recommend only the Carlson brand, which is tested for mercury content. I also do not take any ocean derived product except sea salt - no algae, chlorella, fucus, kelp, etc., all of which can be loaded with mercury (unfortunately, this eliminates most BTD O supplements). Finally, the detox procedure I have settled upon after much experimentation is oral DMPS (Dimaval in Europe). I take 100mg to 300 mg per day 3 days per week. I would avoid IV DMPS. I find DMPS works much better thwn DMSA. My research shows that EDTA does nothing for mercury (it is best suited for lead and arterial plaque). I also supplement the DMPS with NDF (9 drops twice/day), a nanocloidal micronized suspension of cilantro and chlorella, where the chlorella has been selected and tested to be mercury free (see www.healthydetox.org).
I have had no luck with conventional cilantro, alpha lipoic acid, or N-acetyl cysteine, all of which are weak chelators. Some reference sources: the book "Amalgam Illness" by Andy Cutler is quite good (see www.noamalgam.com). DAMS (Dental Amalgam Mercury Syndrome) is a great organization to join, and their newsletter is very informative (see www.dams.cc). It is very important to monitor symptoms during chelation - if you try to speed up the process, you can redistribute mercury to other parts of the body, worsening the condition. It is interesting to note that some practitioners believe that probiotics and digestive enzymes are contraindicated with mercury toxicity, and I have fould they worsen the symptoms. The good news is that chelation therapy does eventually work. Good luck. RM (aka Armchair Nutritionist).
With in-depth assistance like this, no luck needed! :-D I truly appreciate your generous help here, RM ~~ thank you, sincerely. And please do post more on this topic ~~ I'm sure many people would be interested in your findings and experience, and it's a subject on which we have little guidance available on this site. Take care, and it's great to hear from you! ;-)
Please help me, I live in Alaska and our main food is Moose meat. I am AB+ and I want to know if moose is OK for me to eat. I have not been able to find out about this on any resources. Thank you! Rebecca
Hey there, Rebecca ~ Well, moose is unlisted, therefore technically it is an "unknown." As long as (1) you are in good health, (2) you are not seeking weight loss, and (3) you eat it only in the portions and frequencies listed for the AB meat category in Live Right 4 Your Type, then I suspect it will not do you much harm. However, please bear in mind that beef, buffalo, venison are all avoids for secretor ABs; the moose is closely related to deer -- but a HUGE deer, you might say -- the largest North American land mammal, in fact. It's not an ideal meat source for you, so how about some of that wild Salmon instead? ;-) Or some rabbit? mountain goat?? :-D Just exercise your best judgment, and see if there's a way to vary that meat diet a bit. Best wishes, Rebecca! :-D
Hi Heidi, I checked on the teething biscuits I mentioned which are treats in a snap for AB nonnies with sweet teeth. The "natural flavor" in the Earth's Best organic wheat free is NOT derived from corn. She said natural flavors are propietary and if there was a specific allergen she would let me know. Natural flavors are insidious and I wish the health food companies would boycott them. That is my little vent for the day. Here is a homemade recipe with all natural flavors that are not propietary.
NORWEGIAN BUTTER COOKIES
1/2 cup buttter or ghee
2 hard boiled eggs
1/8 - 1/4 cup of vegetable glycerine
1 cup spelt or kamut flour
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (for O nonnies use Frontier Almond Extract)
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees 2. Hard boil the eggs and separate the yolks. Cream the butter/ghee and hard boiled yolks. Give cooked egg whites to the cat. Beat in the glycerine, extract, and the flour. Mix thoroughly. Don't worry if there are little chunks of eggs. Arrange by generous teaspoonful on ungreased cookie sheets. 3. Bake 8-10 mins until lightly browned. Moist and chewy. YUM! You can even eat the cookie dough with no risk of salmonella because the eggs are cooked. Fun for the kids. It's no yolk! Also good to taset before cooking to see if it needs more glycerine.
Happy 1st Birthday to you and OTD!! And many more.... Nina
~:-D many thanks, Nina, for the recipe, the research, and the birthday wishes! I confess that I passed my first birthday some time ago, but OTD thanks you very kindly!! :-D
Hi Heidi! That letter I wrote you on rosacea, don't print it! It was too long. And I kept finding new info related to B vitamins, so I just dumped it all on a quick webpage, link below. (Not for profit, if there are ads it's because it's a free site!) So now it's a letter on rosacea, with info on allergies, asthma, inflammation, wrinkles, depression, healing, and for Rose with the leg swelling/constipation. The B vits/brewer's yeast is giving me a lot more energy, can you tell?!? I have been running around my aptmt singing the Frito Bandito song, the guy below thinks I'm a lunatic. In addition to writing long letters. Is interesting discovery, BTD won't give you enough energy if you're doing things to your food that kill the B vitamins! Is also why your meditation/stress stuff is important, stress also depletes B vitamins among others. But there are other nutrients that affect energy too, so this isn't the answer to everything even though I make it sound that way, is just one place to look at. Hope this helps, Maia (Link below)
Aw, shoot! I was so looking forward to printing it, I thought it was great!! OK, so everyone, take a look at Maia's page ~ pretty cool, and I hope you all enjoy it... I did!! :-D
Sometimes people write to me with suggestions, or share strategies they've found useful, so I'd like to put them up here at least once per month. Here's one from this week:
As another type O who has struggled, and finally accepted the nature of nature--we feed and are fed by each other--I might add to Velda, who is still working with alternative possibilities, that eggs (which can be bought unfertilized), together with the many sheep and goat cheeses that exist, and lots of flax oil/seed, can go a long way. The wider the range of foods I eat (other than fish/meat) the better I feel without them. I don't know how she has approached "the diet," but I have found that looking beyond "standard American diet minus what you can't eat" helps enormously. There is a huge range of foods that work, and many ethnic recipes. Finding the beans you can eat and taking them seriously helps me, as does almond butter/Ezekial Bread. But in the end, I need occasional fish and meat to stay healthy and at my balanced weight. ~ elizabeth
How is a green olive different from a spanish olive??? Doug
i just started the program yesterday. how long will it take before i see results in my blood pressure and how long before i will start losing weight and how much per week will i lose. i roade exercise bike for 21 minutes this morning. what types of exercise should i be doing. is biking and walking okay and what about toning stretches. betty
hi - i've been told i may have candida overgrowth and have been recommended to take caprylic acid (amongst other steps.) As an O I'm not sure if this supplement is a problem as it is derived from coconuts. Can you tell me? I'd be enormously grateful as I can't find the info anywhere! thanks sue.
Is it ok for type A's to use black pepper if it's freshly ground? Olympia
I have a follow up to your "Soy Sauce... with wheat?" answer. Is the Bragg Liquid Aminos product OK for type B? I wasn't sure since the ABO diet for Bs shows some soy foods as avoid. Thanks! Don
A note to Cesca ~~ Thanks so much for your offer of the Healing Mineral Broth recipe ~~ but your email address is incomplete. Could you post again with a correct address, and I'll get right back to you? I'm sure everyone would love to see the recipe!! Thanks so much!!
Hi, Heidi! I was just going to ask a quick question, but it's turning into a (long!) progress report! Darn, huh? At any rate, I have mixed news, but I think things will start improving again soon.
I took your suggestion of taking a Cortiguard at about 4:00 pm in order to shift my circadian rhythm to something resembling normal, and it's been working really well. I don't feel like the Cortiguard is sedating me, but rather like it is *allowing* me to get sleepy at bedtime (instead of wired by high cortisol levels). I don't even *want* to stay up until 2:00 am anymore--I get really tired and grumpy if motherhood keeps me up until midnight! Wow! I also started taking three Methyl-12s first thing in the morning and going outside immediately (at least when the sun is out) and that seems to be helping as well, although my inner ear often takes a short vacation in the mid-morning hours and I get a bit dizzy. I occasionally take one Methyl-12 at bedtime, but not often since I *do* feel quite sedated all night if I take it (and I have to wake up to nurse my baby and use the bathroom) and yet I find that I get that awful "overslept" feeling after less than eight hours of sleep. On the plus side, though, my baby sleeps more soundly, too, if I take the Methyl-12 before bed! So, sleep issues are coming along nicely, but food issues are sticky.
I am eating the maximum allowances (man-sized) of poultry, fish, nuts, dairy, and grains, and I try to eat six servings of vegetables and three to four servings of fruit a day. I eat beans and soyfoods at least once a day (and often twice--and I *think* the gassiness is improving, albeit slowly), and I make sure I get at least 100 grams of protein a day. (And Dr. D thought that was a bit much for a Type A secretor when I asked him about it at his Baby Book talk.) But I'm RAVENOUS!!! All the time!! And hypoglycemic! I feel like all I do is cook, eat, feed the kids, and wash dishes all day long (and I don't even have a dishwasher!).
I know I have a bit of wiggle room in the egg and cheese departments (and there *is* a yummy Caesar salad dressing I could make...), but WHAT'S UP WITH THIS?? Could I need more fat? I'm eating more than one tablespoon per day as it is. I do have one major clue, but things weren't perfect even before this: about six weeks ago, I remembered spelt. I used it to make a chicken pot pie, and then another one a couple of weeks later, and then I had some leftover zucchini and made a quick bread, and then it was my birthday and I made some rolls and a yummy cake, and then we went to the pediatrician who said that the baby's rash was eczema and don't worry because it wasn't caused by anything in my diet, and then I realized that my acne had come back along with the baby's rash and that my hypoglycemia had been especially hair-trigger for the past month or so, and then I remembered that the last time I stepped on a scale my weight had been up by about a pound for the first time in forever.... Looks like I overdosed on spelt, which probably has a lot to do with it. Do wheat/spelt lectins stay in the system an especially long time? I'm still getting new zits.
But like I say, my hypoglycemia had never completely gone away in the first place. Oh, and I've switched to decaf green tea and rooibos tea sweetened with vegetable glycerine (no more migraines, either!). So, what can I eat more of? Nuts would be good--PB&J on Ezekiel bread is yummy and fills me up for an hour or so (better than fish, which fills me up for about 20 minutes!).
And could supporting my adrenals help with both stress and hunger issues? Which brings me to my latest question: what's your advice on taking pregnenolone during lactation? The bottle I saw at the HFS said "Do not use if pregnant or lactating," but I never know whether that is a standard disclaimer or not, and I don't have a doctor to ask. (If I asked my quote-unquote primary physician, he would almost certainly say not to fool around with unproven alternative remedies.) If pregnenolone really and truly isn't recommended during lactation, what would you suggest for adrenal support?
Before you ask, I have been having an impossible time trying to find a consistent time to practice yoga and meditation (and practice is what I need, since I'm not already intimately familiar with either), what with cooking and eating and cleaning up and chasing two kids. Any suggestions would be welcome.
Well, I suppose that should be all for now--the baby's asleep on my lap, my toddler just woke up, and I'm STARVED!!! --Sarah in PA :-)
~~:-D Sarah, just on the slim chance that you haven't yet succumbed to starvation and are still with us, I'm going to plunge right in with some suggestions. You can sense my bravado in all this, being a woman who was not only the baby of the family, but in one sense an only child as well, and who has never had children or cared for them. My experience with what you are dealing with is right around the level of my formal medical education: ZIP. OK, that's it for the disclaimer! ;-)
It's not uncommon to have hypoglycemic symptoms with the amount of "attentive activity" you are engaged in during every moment of your waking life right now, which activity began when your now-toddler was born and has continued through the demands of another pregnancy and the challenge of delivering your new baby into the world. It's possible you're an A2 with a greater general need for protein, but it seems far more likely your metabolism is on high-burn due to the constant work and watchfulness involved in your present situation.
I'd like you to try a food combining plan. Starch, protein, fat in every meal. Fish with parsnips; chicken or turkey with yellow turnips; beans with rice (or amaranth polenta) and onions; all with a dollop of olive oil or ghee. Try kamut instead of spelt for those pot pies and breads -- if I can eat it without mishap, I think you will do, too. Deflect-A is great to have on hand if you have a reaction to gluten flours. I also suggest some vegetable juice daily: carrot/celery/parsley/garlic, and for a lovely treat, green lemonade: 1/4 lemon juiced with rind along with four to six tart green apples (depending on how lemony you like your lemonade). The idea is to provide loads of vitamins and minerals in a soothing form.
Do you notice the dizziness mostly when you stand up after sitting or lying down (if you do ever sit or lie down! ;-)) If so, that's more likely adrenal than a reaction to the B12. I will research the issue of whether excess pregnenolone appears in breast milk, but for the moment, here's something you can do in lieu of the formal yoga and meditation practice: alternate nostril breathing. Do it while nursing, or before sleeping, or anytime you can sit or lie quietly. I'll give the right-handed version, so if you're a lefty, just reverse the instructions. Place your thumb on your right nostril and breathe out through your left, then breathe in. Block your left nostril with your pinky, and breathe out through the right nostril, then breathe in. Repeat. Breathe in a relaxed, moderate manner throughout -- no need to utterly fill up or exhaust the air. Just proceed calmly, with eyes closed if possible.
One more tiny idea: is it at all possible to take a nap while the toddler takes a nap? or is that the time when you rush around getting all sorts of things done? ;-) If the three of you could settle in for a snooze together, it would help balance your endocrine system.
I'm very pleased the Cortiguard is doing its work, and that the migraines are gone! Hoorah!! :-D So pick and choose from the above -- I sincerely hope this is helpful, and I am so grateful for your wonderful reports! I'm sure others are, as well! thanks, Sarah!!!
I'm O and new to the blood type diet - looking forward to increased health. What do yo know about reactions to flouride in the drinking water? cindy
Greetings, Cindy ~~ glad you found us!
If you look to the left of this column, you'll see a link for "Ask Dr. D'Adamo." Click there, and scroll to the search form at the bottom of the page. Use the search term "fluoride." There are two articles he wrote on this topic, well worth reading. Type Os are especially susceptible to fluoridosis, so while everyone should beware of it, we should be particularly careful to use pure water for drinking and bathing. Thanks for writing, and WELCOME!! :-D
Hi Heidi, In your response to Angel you wrote “According to your hunger, increase the portion size. The frequencies should remain the same, since they're what constitute the structure of the diet.” However, I have noticed that several times you have recommended adding nut butters to an Os diet for extra calories, such as mixed up in a shake. The recommended frequency for nuts and seeds for a Caucasian O secretor is 2-5 times per week. I frequently eat dry roasted pumpkin seeds, walnuts, almond butter, tahini, almonds, and flax seed meal. I also occasionally will have some sesame seeds and pecans. I find the nuts and seeds to be a handy, convenient, and enjoyable snack. As a very physically active ectomorph O that has never had a fat or weight problem (except keeping it on) do you think it is OK if I eat more (sometimes a lot more) then the recommended maximum of 5 servings per week of nuts and seeds? I haven’t kept exact count lately, but I think that the Nuts and Seeds category is the only category that I consistently fail to stay in or close to the recommended frequency range on a regular basis. Thanks, Don
Hi, Don! In your case, given your activity level and general sensitivity to your own food needs, I'd say you can increase the amount of nuts & seeds (as well as the meat protein allowance), as long as the veg & fruit categories are nudged upward a touch as well. The guidelines are designed to be re-designed according to experience and results! so keep doing that, and it's always a pleasure to hear from you!! (and I still owe you an email, YEESH...) :-}
Hi Heidi, I am new to the blood type community so I have not gotten my blood type taken yet. But I will know soon. In the meantime I have a question about Herpes. I get reoccurences of the virus on my lip, they usually come from sitting in the sun or being sick. I have had it since I was a child and I was curious if you could recommend a treatment that would work regardless of blood type? I know Lysine is supposed to work well-do you agree? Thanks so much!!! Sydney
Hello, Sydney! Just go to the bottom of this column, hit "list all topices," and read the ones for the past week. We've had an ongoing discussion on the subject, which I'm sure will help! Take care, dear -- a warm welcome to you! And please do write again with any questions or experiences you'd like to share!! :-D
Please pass my email address to NINA. I am an A+ NS Lewis (a-b-) NN. Thanks for your help Heidi. also would you please ask Peter where he gets his licorice gel, I tried contacting the company he mentioned, but information had no listing. Thx. CB.
Will do, CB! I did get your previous request for info, but was unsuccessful. Also, Steven Halbert's website offers licrogel -- here's the specific page where it's listed. If you need anything more, please let me know -- and thanks for writing, dear!! :-D
Hello Heidi! Hope you are doing well. Two things, I just wanted to say that I am really impressed with your knowledge and your ability to add some humor to the blood type world. I really enjoy reading your column. But what I was wondering is if you have any other B nonsecretors out there who would like to email me? I would love to meet others so we can compare notes. I know so many A's, but no B's, especially not non seceretors. THANKS!! Nicole
OK, folks ~~ all you B nonsecretors out there, let me know if you'd like to get connected with others! And, many thanks for the offer, Nicole ~~ it's remarkable what people sharing and working together can accomplish!! Bless you! :-D
less of secretor status) interested in networking with other nonnies. I have discovered that the fine tuning makes all the difference - in either direction. When you are on it, Wow! and when you are off the mark, Wow! Recipes, products, tips, ideas, suggestions, websites, commiserating, etc. I have many nonnies in the family - O, A and AB. I realize we get so much of this from you, but you are just one nonnie (albeit an amazing one) and maybe we could lessen your load. And of course we would report our interesting tidbits to you to pass on. Just a thought. Blessings, Nina
Nina, you are most welcome. Great observations on the importance of following those frequency tables, by the way!! Certainly, I'll be glad to offer your email address to anyone who'd like to network with y'all. Folks, just let me know!! thanks again, Nina!! :-D
Heidi, can you possibly comment on Dr. Mercola's 1999 negative information regarding soy? As a type A, everytime I see something this negative, I wonder if PDA is aware of research like this. It is very disturbing to keep eating it while reading stuff like this. Thanks in advance. Maddy
Hi, Maddy! I'm sorry that old stuff upset you! In the future, just do a search on Ask Dr. D. ~~ he's answered every criticism I've seen, some of which are years old (like this one). For anything regarding "soy controversy," just enter the search term "soy" in the Ask Dr. D. search field. You'll find EVERYTHING there. And... here's something to get you started. Thanks for writing, dear!! :-D
Dear Heidi, I have no complaints on this sunny Easter Sunday, just a short question. Last friday my friends gave me a bread baking machine for my graduation (Thanks!). So yesterday I bought some flour, yeast, etc. to bake my first bread. I came across some flour mixtures that contain lupine. Is that something I can have as an A? Greetings, Marieke ps: When I have more time I'll send you a list of all the mistakes I think are in the Dutch 'food, bevs and suppls list', OK? Marieke
Hello, Marieke! Lupinus nootkatensis, the beautiful Lupine plant, grows wild in the Pacific Northwest in this country. I've seen lots of it, but wasn't aware it's a food plant -- nor that it is native here, and naturalized in Scotland. So, I trotted off to do a little research. Surprised me to learn that (1) it's a legume! Apparently, the seeds and root are edible, but must be leached and cooked to remove the alkaloids. The flour, made from the root, has all kinds of minerals and protein. I found no reference in LECster® and since it is a legume (notorious for high lectin content), I'd rather not say "if unknown, treat as neutral, etc." Another one for the "test next" list! :-) Sure, send on the Dutch notes, and I will pass them along. Thank you for your note, dear!! :-D
I so much enjoy reading your column daily as well as "catching up" since I'm relatively new. I'm an A (I think - am I the only person ever to have trouble getting results from the home blood type kit?)-secretor status unknown. I have been on the BTD now for about 3 weeks and learning a lot. I began drinking soy milk and even added a tofu to a stirfry. However, the night of the tofu, I noticed I became awfully gassy and bloated - much like a beached whale I actually thought it was due to eating a grapefruit daily plus having the juice. However, a friend mentioned her inability to eat soy due to the above symptons which made me think, so I discontinued soy and guess what - the bloating is gone. I am back to using skim milk with my cereal since I've never had a problem with that. I have not had much of a weight loss but I am going to take my measurements because I think there is activity there. It isn't like I have tons of weight to shed but since I am very short and small framed, every pound shows big time and I do want to get rid of about 15#. I try to eat as much as I can but there is no way I can eat all that is recommended so what I am doing is trying to make sure I get in every catagory per week with balance. My question is in regard to grains versus breads versus cereals. I don't know where pancakes (approved ing.) falls. I also made the walnut granola and I'm not totally sure how to place that. Very good, by the way I also want to make a "white sauce" using the spelt flour and milk and I'm not sure what to do with that either. One other question. I purchased the LR4YBT and the food and beverage supplement. In the book it says a bread portion is 1 slice but in the food and beverage it says 2 slices are a portion. Which should I use?
Oops! What I wanted to question was the grain portion and not the bread. The Live Right and Food & Beverage suppliment say 1 Cup dry but the Eat Right says 1/2 Cup. I'm thinking that's just a typo? The other thing that I forgot to question is what I can take in perhaps a tea for sleep. My sleep pattern goes wacky most of the time with a short interval of good, all night sleep in there to keep my sanity. Most often I go to sleep and then wake up after about 3-4 hours. It seems like my whole body gets very tightly strung the longer I lay there so I get up and go into the living room to read for a couple of hours before going back and trying it again. Several years ago I tried taking Velarian root in pill form but didn't really feel it did much of anything. Any suggestions on this? Thanks Heidi - what would we beginners do without you? Sandy
Hi, Sandy! The soy trouble you're having is common among people who are not accustomed to eating it. Try adding in a little at a time. This gives your body the opportunity to wake up and begin producing the appropriate digestive enzymes for the beans. MUCH better than that skim milk. ;-)
The grain portions in Live Right are correct -- and they cover all grain that you eat, including the flour in pancakes, sauces, etc. Feel free to scale back the portions so that they are in balance with the proportionate size of your vegetable portions. In other words, just reduce the size by whatever percentage you're lopping off the other categories. :-)
The best thing for re-setting sleep schedules is a combination of Methyl12 Plus (active B12) first thing in the morning (and a walk in the sun) and Cortiguard in the late afternoon/early evening. Try this for two weeks ~ I think you'll be very pleased with the results!
thanks for your note, Sandy!! :-D
My question is one of those one book says one thing... questions that I can't resolve -- I emailed it to the address for LR4YT errata about a week ago. Here's the text of the email I sent to LR4YT errata: Everyone: I was wondering about some inconsistencies in rice and rye products for Type A Secretor (I've not looked at the other types) between LR4YT and BTD/Encyclopedia(and TypeBase): I did searches on "rice" and "rye" on the errata page, and didn't find these: LR4YT: Rice cakes/flour -- Tier 1 BENEFICIAL (secretor) Rice cream of/bran/all forms/milk/wild -- General Nutritional Supplementation NEUTRAL (secretor) Rye flour -- Tier 1 BENEFICIAL (secretor) Rye (100% rye bread) -- General Nutritional Supplementation NEUTRAL ER4YT Encyclopedia and TypeBase: Rice (all listings) -- NEUTRAL Rye (all listings) -- BENEFICIAL Thanks for listening! Dorothy
Hi, Dorothy ~ see below... :-) Sorry! I'm going to try to get this shipshape in the next week! thanks for writing in about it!! :-}
Dear Heidi, Quick question. My friend Miranda read your column and spotted my list of A nonny neutrals I was so pleased to get back. She asked me about plantains because in TypeBase 3 they are listed as an avoid for Type A with no mention of non-secretors. LR4YT says neutral for A nonny for plantains. Miranda is always looking out for me. Are they yea or nay for an A nonny? The Cuban in me is eagerly awaiting your reply. I so appreciate the time and energy you give. Mil gracias, Nina
Well, stap me and sink me. Plantains, eh? Me with an A non in the house, and I never noticed that error in the database?? (probably cuz I love them but can't have them so don't buy them. ;-D) Yeesh. Yes, they’re neutral for A nons. Please tell Miranda she’s just become my friend, too!
*Sigh.* That database should match my master food list precisely. The bloody thing seems to have jiggled around here and there several times since we uploaded it – never found out why exactly, but this time I’ll make sure of it. Plantains, of all things.
Fine, dear. You’ve just set my week’s work for me. I’m going to check every last item, and make sure (again) that they’re all set straight & narrow in their little slots, or else. ;-) THANK YOU, and please have Miranda give it all the squinty look on or about the 12th.
Viva la Cubana!! Enjoy your plantains, lucky girl!!! :-D
dear heidi, in your reply to Inez today re ginseng'i was interested to know what you would use instead of ginseng.i take a ginseng supplement by biocare & feel it has given me energy but if there is something better i can take for my poor o nonnie body i would be very interested. also i have been buying vegetable glycerine 500 ml from health leads uk £7.95 plus p&p but would like to buy it in bulk in uk but try as i might i can't seem to find any,any clues? i tried to find blueberry concentrate too but no luck.i've only seen blueberry jam & the two i've tasted are so sweet you can't taste the blueberries!yuk! i am still struggling with avoids potatoes are my worst demon(esp.chips i don't make them for myself but pinch my hubbies) but if we go to a restaurant only occasionally these days i sometimes eat chips.i always get annoyed with myself afterwards but don't know how to stop myself.i drink water before i go,i've eaten vegetables before i go because restaurants are notorious for not giving enough vegetables here in uk even if i ask for double portion its a joke as i thought my body was asking for more complex carb helppp!also as i get candida i have found nettle tea & urtica drops(stinging nettle)extremely good.i cant seem to get hold of red yeast rice or confirm its good for o nonnies with candida.all your advice is greatly appreciated as you are too. i was saddened to hear of the loss of your mum and send you my deepest condolences,much love debbie
Hi there, debbie! If ginseng works for you, then certainly keep using it. All the other recommendations I'd make are in the Enclyclopedia, so check through it for ideas if you like.
Did the UK message board I suggested to you help with any of your locating-things questions? That's where I'd look for the help, as they're wonderful folks and have solid experience with finding BTD foods & supps in the UK.
:-) about eating those chips, I think when you feel motivated to stop, you will. unfortunately, there are no magic pills we can take to make us stop indulging -- only we can do that, if we really want to. :-) Red yeast rice does not affect candida, and I would try to locate it with the help of your UK compatriots there on the BTD-UK board. Take good care, dear, and thank you for your kind wishes!
Heidi, It's Rose, again, the one with the legs swelling. Still the same, I cut out flax seeds, but not the walnuts and kamut yet, I will soon, promise. I finally found acerola cherry Vitamin C from "NOW" , one of the supplement suggestions you made was Vitamin A, I thought Vit. A was an avoid for TYPE O? Please explain. Since I have stopped taking flaxseeds, I am having difficulty having daily and proper bowel movements. I drink at enough water for my weight, as you suggested, I eat green veggies every day, broccoli and swiss chard. As for fruit, it's wild blueberries (frozen), raspberries (frozen), banana's, plums and papaya. I eat canned salmon every day for lunch, dinner is either chicken or sole fish. I drink about 3 glasses of water before I go to bed and 4 glasses first thing in the morning. I also drink one glass of "Gerolstein" daily, I like this brand the most. I occationally eat dried figs and raisins (organic)with no help to get the bowels going...do you have any suggestions? Thanks again for all you help, I appreciate it! Rose
Hi, Rose! Well, if eliminating flaxseed had no effect on the legs swelling, then add it back in again! :-) I'd also try upping the raw salad intake, and using a vegetable juicer. There's definitely something not "letting go" in there, eh? Can you add any red meat to the chicken & fish?
Vitamin A was once cautiously listed as an avoid for Os because while it is useful in certain situations, it shouldn't be part of a regular daily multivitamin. It still should not be taken indiscriminately or indefinitely. However, for you it may be of help. You'll see it listed in the Encyclopedia protocols for As, ABs, Os and nonsecretors generally.
Let me know when you've had a chance to trial-eliminate the other foods, OK? take care, dear, and thanks for the reports! :-D
Hi Heidi, Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into answering our questions, you are a God send. I have a question regarding fish. I am a female, Type O secretor and recently tried to add more fish to my diet. However, I ended up with food poisoning and my Naturopath told me I got it from fish. She told me to avoid eating fish (and chicken) because it is difficult to find fish that is not contaminated and that I would be better off just sticking to beef, lamb and other meats that are better controlled for contaminants. So now I am scared to death to eat fish but I know the oils are very healthy for me. This may sound like a strange question but is there a way to determine how clean a piece fish is? Should it come from a certain region of the world or be a certain type of fish? Any suggestions you could give me would be greatly appreciated as I would like to eventually be able to eat fish again. Thank you so much Heidi. Best regards, Joan
Hello, Joan! You most likely got a bad batch of farmed fish. If desired, you could take a very low dosage of fish oils instead, if the fish available in your area is of dubious quality. There are certainly "safe" species such as wild Atlantic and Pacific salmon, and many ocean fish caught in deep water far offshore. I'm a nonsecretor, and I've never had a bad experience with any fish of any kind -- unless you count my first trout-fishing trip when I was nine: my friend caught a 13-incher and mine only measured 11". :-D However, ranged organically-fed and nonmedicated poultry and cattle are quite safe for your use, so there's no reason not to choose from any or all of them.
Hope you're feeling better and stronger soon, and ready to try again! :-D
Heidi, I love your column and I've had great success on the diet (2 years running). I feel great when I stick to the right foods for my type (O-), yet I feel like I could still lose a few pounds. I've tried going the route of calorie counting, but I've noticed a large gap when comparing my calorie needs on a calorie calculator with those implied in the serving suggestions listed in ERFYT (the calculator says I need 2250 calories per day to achieve my optimum BMI, the ERFYT servings come out to about 1400 calories per day). I do exercise daily using 5bx, and I cannot seem to lose weight at the 2250 calorie range. Am I in danger of loosing muscle mass if I go with the fewer calories suggested by DR D? How do I fight the feelings of hunger? charlie
Hello, Charlie! I really do shy away from calorie-counting, because it has become so evident in my experience that it's "what kind" of calories rather than "how many" which makes all the difference in the world to fat loss, muscle gain and health.
I'd like to recommend to you the updated portion/frequency tables in Live Right or the Blood Type O Food, Beverage & Supplement Lists. If you happen to be a nonsecretor, your Rh neg status means you should have two servings of red meat and one of fish every day of the week. Eggs nearly every day as well -- they're good sources of DHA, to help build that muscle. A handful of nuts or seeds daily. From there, we move to the vegetable and fruit categories, which are the real "pyramid base" of the diet. Grains, beans, dairy and sweeteners are unnecessary for you, so if you'd like to optimize your progress (and divert a little cash toward more beneficial foods), just leave them aside for the time being. As you can see, there is plenty of food on offer in the week, and most of us don't manage to fill out all the portions on everything!
To build muscle more quickly (thereby raising your metabolic set-point and enabling a quicker fat loss), you might try the superslow exercise system, or two intense, controlled weight-lifting workouts per week.
Meet hunger with meat, squash, and green vegetables, with a bit of added oil. A steak grilled to rare or med rare & sliced thin will store nicely in the fridge and it is TASTY even grabbed right out and eaten cold! (in fact, I did that this morning. ;-)). Try the new proportions of foods, Charlie, and see how it goes for you -- write in with a report when you can!! :-D
Hi, Heidi. Thanks again for your wonderful resource! I thought I saw in the last few weeks, either in your column or Dr. Bron's, a comment that bromelain absorbed scar tissue. Can you confirm this? I have a lot of internal scar tissue, due to radiation therapy a decade ago, and would love to find a way to reduce it. Lisa
Hey there, Lisa! The place where you saw that comment is Peter's Ask Dr. D. page on PEYRONIE'S DISEASE. The statement and references are all there, just review them for comparison with your condition. If you try the quercetin, let me know how it works for you, OK? :-D
Another vegetable glycerine question: If a baking recipe calls for 1 cup of sugar, may one substitute exactly 1 cup of vegetable glycerine? Thanks so much for helping all of us! carolyn
Readers have had good results using 1/2 cup of veg gly where 1 cup of sugar would be used. So, whatever the quantity of sugar required, just use 1/2 as much veg gly as sugar. :-D
Regarding the search for Black Walnuts: It may not be worth your while. They're beneficial for me, too (, but this is what I recall about them from my childhood in a walnut orchard (now known as Silicon Valley). Black walnuts are supposedly very bitter and used mainly as the root system for English Walnuts which are grafted onto them. The orchards near me had rough black "pedistals" with smooth grey trunks above. Sometimes shoots from the lower part would come up and produce Black Walnuts. These would make good shot for a cannon. I never was able to open one as a kid without smashing it to bits. Maybe it's "sour grapes" but I wouldn't waste too much gas trying to find them!
:-D When I was a kid, my Dad was pretty deft at opening them without destroying the nut. We covered them with a mixture of corn and maple syrup, sealed them in a canning jar and left them for a few months. Quite tasty, I thought! :-D
Just read [April 11's] column and thanks Heidi and Alyson! I have explored just about EVERYTHING really. This clinical depression (Dr. says it's "low grade") has plagued me for at least 10 years. At first I was so pleased the medication (prozac at the time) worked, I didn't do much exploring, I just accepted feeling alive and finally feeling happy. However, just over two years ago I had what the Dr. described as a "major depression" and severe stress (due to a high stress job and major "political" problems at work) - I was off work for 3 months. During this time I saw a counsellor and all kinds of stuff about my childhood and my first (alchoholic) marriage came out -- it helped. 6 months after returning to work (to a different job), still exhausted from this ordeal, my husband (of 12 years) and I retired and moved to this wonderful part of the country. So, now I am happy, have no stress to speak of (except for getting ready for vacations - LOL!) have made lots of new friends, volunteer at the local hospital, sing in a choir and keep very busy. This is why I ask - why is it when I stop taking the medication (zoloft) and even though I may step up on the exercise - slowly the depression returns - it's not a BAD depression, just enough to know it's there. As for my husband, he has to be the best - I am very happy with him - he is my best friend and I cannot imagine life without him. Of course, he IS a man and has his faults as do I, but we live together VERY well. When I lived close to Toronto, the depression was worse in the winter (SAD) and I took steps to cope with it. Since moving North SAD is not a problem. Yes, we do get very cold winters, but most days it is sunny, with a brilliant blue sky that is never seen in Toronto (because of pollution) - I get outside quite a lot in the winter -- and am outdoors most of the time in the summer. So, there's a little background -- it's a mystery to me as to why I would still have this depression thing lurking in the background. Oh and I also have a wonderful daughter who graduated as a Vet and worked for a while but has gone back to school and is doing a Phd -- studying epidemics - maybe she'll find a cure for SARS - LOL. She also has suffered with depression, as did my Mum and Dad - maybe it really is genetic?? I do appreciate all the suggestions and comments from other readers and will try the meditation when I return from vacation, but for now I will just have to accept that I need the medication. love sue P.S. the cold is finally gone Heidi and I am back on the treadmill and doing the weights and feeling a lot better -- thanks for the encouragement. sue
Sue, you are a DOLL for taking the time to share all this with us.
It does sound to me as if there is a persistent, genetic, slight insufficiency of one of the neurotransmitters. Low brain catecholamines? gosh darn it. It always bugs me when some condition continues to plague someone, despite best efforts!!! So let me just review here the particulars from the Encyclopedia which I think would apply -- forgive me if this is old hat!
Avoid kava-kava and MAO inhibitors (including St. John's Wort). Use wild oat extract (all types), active B12, blessed thistle, NADH, and phosphatidylserine (those 4 for type O).
Right now, I'd be thrilled just to find out that a steady supplementation regimen could replace the zoloft.
And how was that vacation? thanks again for your message, dear!! :-D
Heidi, I was wondering whether you and others have found the Lifestyle Strategies in LR4YT -- such as "a clear plan ... to avoid impulsivity" (p.124) for O's -- to be helpful. As always, muy grateful, Alyson
For myself, I can say that those strategies are inspired and highly useful. Hey, O-Folk ~~ write in & let Alyson have your experiences & opinions, too!!
For O's who like peanut butter sandwiches: a little more sophisticated, but in the same ballpark is the almond butter sandwich (almond butter comes in crunchy if that's your preference), with Morello Cherry Preserves (Bread and Circus has a good one, just cherries) or guava paste. A great portable lunch: gooey, crunchy, sweet and savory, delicious. For children, almond butter alone may not make it, but as an alternative "peanut butter and jelly sandwich" this can work. Elizabeth
The most widely used herb for helping with milk flow while nursing, is fenugreek. But for B blood types it is an avoid. What can I use instead to help with milk flow? De Anna
Fenugreek is used in four different Encyclopedia protocols for type Bs. It was once listed as an avoid, but the recent research shows it is most helpful for your type -- so use it with confidence. :-)
Hey there, Heidi! Thanks for the quick response. Concerning seeds for Bs, would seeds from winter squash be considered okay (i am slightly wary since pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are avoids, at least for secretors)? Also, the seeds from various herbs/spices (more specifically dill, fennel (what a utilitarian plant fennel is!), cumin, coriander, and so on (i suspect mustard seeds would be beneficial for us Bs as most of the brassicae are), even fenugreek?). Thanks again for your feedback and continued support! matt.
Winter squash seeds are fine, and make a GREAT pumpkin seed substitute. Both the leaf and the seed of listed herbs have the values noted, unless listed separately and with differing values (cilantro and coriander, for instance, have separate listings although they have the same food values). Fenugreek... see the reply to De Anna, above! :-D
Thanks for answering so fast! I'm still curious about the goat yogurt, though. What value does it have? Caroline
Cow's milk, and yogurt, are both avoids for all Os. Since goat's milk is also an avoid for Os, I'd consider the goat's milk yogurt an avoid as well... hope this helps! :-)
Hello, Heidi. I'm a B secretor with a question on skin care. Does it matter, depending on blood type, what lotions you should use for dry skin or sun block? Thank you for your help. Todd
Hi, Todd! For topically-applied products, do try to get clean, pure stuff -- but it doesn't matter if they contain avoids. When thinking sunblock, think simple ingredients, let the eyes get some sun (to signal the body's own defenses), and use antioxidants internally. They are more effective than the external application of sun-protectants. Of course, be sure not to overdo, OK? A little sun goes a long way... :-D
I've been reading what you've written about pregnenolone as a precursor to other hormones. Would it be helpful to a perimenepausal woman like me to avoid HRT? Rachel
I think it might help you, and it would be worthwhile for you to get a full hormone testing panel from a naturopath or other holistic health practitioner, to pinpoint exactly where your needs lie. A good ND can set you up with a protocol of plant-based and other supplemental hormone stimulators / adjuncts / precursors, to fit perfectly with your physiology. :-D
Hi Heidi, I have problems with hyperinsulinemia, am B+, unknown secretor status and have been on the diet for two weeks. I tried a modified Atkins diet for 2 weeks before that and lost about 9 pounds, but felt lousy the entire time. I avoid sugar and all refined carbohydrates and refined foods. I have a lot of weight to lose, but mostly I want to feel better and have more energy. I am still having problems with being tired all the time, but I think it is because my body is still getting adjusted to life without high-fructose corn syrup.
I was addicted to soft drinks, mostly Coke and drank 3-4 cans a day. It is interesting to me that corn is a food that helps Bs gain weight and I was feasting on high-fructose corn syrup everyday. No wonder I gained weight. Not to mention the fact that carbonated beverages are also an avoid substance for me.
I am an acupuncturist and herbalist and have been using the BTD with many of my patients, particularly those with auto-immune disorders with great success. So, I decided to try it myself. Please tell me that I will start to feel better soon. I am eating mostly meats, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruits and dairy. The only avoids I haven't eliminated are the oils in bottled salad dressings, a bit of blue cheese (my fave) and some soy-protein isolate in an occasional meal replacement bar. I try to eat mostly beneficials but out of convience, I do eat a lot of neutrals. I have a few questions.
There are a few foods that I haven't been able to find in any of the lists: Malitol, soy-protein isolate. I also have a question about tamari. On the lists, soy sauce is an avoid food for Bs, but tamari is listed as neutral. How can this be? Tamari is just a type of soy sauce that is usually made without wheat. It still has soy in it. Is it somehow missing the lectin? And lastly, Black walnuts are considered beneficial, and English walunts are considered neutral. How does one tell the difference? At Whole Foods they are labeled - Walnuts. I have loved reading the letters to you and your responses. They are inspirational and help me with my patients as well as myself. Thank you in advance. Sincerely, Tracy S
Tracy, thank you so much for writing! I admire you for coming round here with your questions -- so many professionals would rather not know, rather than appear to not know Everything! You must be a very fine healer.
First: YES, you will most certainly feel better soon. The corn is a nasty thing to detox. The neutrals and those very few avoids aren't holding back your progress at all, you're starting out gently and that approach will always show steady results.
We have no rating for malitol. It is one of the sugar alcohols. It's produced from dextrose, which is a corn product, but should contain no lectin after processing. My beloved vegetable glycerine is also a sugar alcohol ("glycerol"), which is made from palm or coconut oil instead -- once again, no lectins there once the glycerol is produced. So I'd say proceed with caution, but malitol's unlikely to harm you.
The difference between the "soy sauce" and the "tamari" in the lists is that the soy sauce item is meant to cover those cheapest varieties which are not fermented, but contain some soy protein, caramel color, corn sweetener, etc. "Tamari" (which has been amended to "Tamari, wheat-free" in the database) should be a fully-fermented product, with no wheat or corn derivatives (and hopefully organic! :-)). This is the process which makes it neutral for you.
Black walnuts are uncommon in markets. If you could see them in the shell (blackish-green, and nearly impenetrable! a portable nuclear device would be handy for opening them) you'd immediately notice the difference between them and the delicately pearly-tan wrinkly-shelled English walnut. All the bagged HFS walnuts I've ever seen are English walnuts -- that's the common one.
I am so pleased you and your patients enjoy the column -- please write again if I can help in any way! :-D
Heidi, its Yelena again, the one who has been fighting constipation all this time. Today I was diagnosed with "large leiomyoma vs. leiomyosarcoma of stomach". I am going to have a stomach surgery, and I am going to use 4 protocols at the same time: surgery recovery protocol, chemotherapy adjunct protocol, chronic illness protocol, cancer prevention protocol I would like to know if the protocols are compatible and if I should take all the supplements from each protocol? If some supplements are missing, is it still going to work to some degree? Thanks for helping me during this hard time, - Yelena
Yes, Yelena, the supplements will work well, even if you cannot find some of them, and they will work if you use all those protocols at the same time. I wish you all the best in your surgery and recovery, and my prayers go out to you! Please check in as soon as you feel a little better!! :-)
Hi, I'm an AB nonsecretor. I have an unreal sweet tooth, and when I look at all of the sweetners in my avoids catagory, it seems there are no sweetners to be had. What do I put on my pancakes, french toast, toast? How do I sweeten any desserts I might make? Tea, lemonade? Even rice syrup is an avoid. Suggestions? Thanks, Patti
Hey there, Patti ~~ well, we do want to gently wean you away from all the sweets! ;-)
Welcome to the nonsecretor world of almost no sweeteners at all. ;-} You AB nons and we O nons have a lot to commiserate over there. Our lists are almost identical in that category.
However, I have a solution (literally). First, get hold of some vegetable glycerine (use the search term "glycerine" at the bottom of this page, and look for the "All About Veg Gly" column, if you need some references). Next, look in your health food store's spice section for 'Frontier' brand extracts. They're made with the item itself, organic alcohol, and water. You could add any flavor you like to the veg gly (which is very similar in consistency to maple syrup) for your pancakes, french toast and toast (you're using only OK flours for all that stuff -- please say yes? and only 4-6 grain servings per week, right?). Veg gly works wonderfully in baking, tea, lemonade (although I preferred my one-lemon-to-6-granny-smith-apples (juiced together) lemonade), etc. Try it and see what you think! There is some sweetness in nonsecretor-land after all! :-D thanks for writing, dear!
Hello Heidi Thank you again (and again) for your hard work, patience, and diligence in answering all our questions. I read the postings every morning after email and before the news. My question is about vegetable glycerin. I tried it ages ago when you first recommended it but back then I was still having coffee in the morning (decaf at least.) I think it tastes awful in coffee. Now that I've switched over to green tea (again) I find it very agreeable. What I wanted to find out is how this stuff actually works. I did a search and got a couple dozen hits in the past columns, but never found one that explained the science or rationale explaining why it's better than stevia or honey or fructose. Is there a fact sheet somewhere? I don't see it in the type base either. Several friends have asked me about it and I can't give a decent answer. But I can tell you it does seem to help decrease my sugar cravings, at least in the mornings (but not on Easter!) And it seems like my weight isn't so labile when I use it. I'm peri-menopausal and my metabolism is taking a nap. I think the vegetable glycerin might be helping with that as well. Thanks again for all the caring and concern. Diane
Hi there, Diane -- For what you're seeking, I do not have a fact sheet made up. I will say one thing: there is no sugar in it. That is the main reason why it is superior (especially for nonsecretors, and anyone struggling with sugar cravings and blood sugar imbalances).
However, here is a link to "an" answer to why we like to recommend it:
All About Veg Gly! Hope this helps, dear!! :-D
I am a Type O and noticed that cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts are not allowed to eat because they will inhibit thyroid functions. These three vegetables belong to the Brassica family but broccoli and kale also belongs to the same family as well. Why is that they are permitted? I am a bit confused. Thanks. Diana
Hi, Diana -- Different members of the Brassica family affect different types differently. Did I say "different" enough times in that sentence? :-) The little cabbage-y looking guys appear to have more powerful and focused effects, and cauliflower is included because it offers so little of value to balance its potential goitrogenic influence. That said, some people do best without kale & collards as well, but that is on an individual level, and not determined by blood type.
Thanks for your Q, Diana!
Hi, I am an 0 Secretor who likes to makes smoothies with almonds milk, but the only brand of almond milk I have ever seen is Pacific Foods, and it is filled with the bad stuff (carragenan and gums and stuff). Do you know of any other brand, especially one without the avoids? Sara
I think avoid-free almond milk is the most difficult to find among the various milk subs. I make my own, with organic almonds and filtered water. I pour boiling water over a cup of almonds, leave them for a few hours, then remove the skins. Then, I pop them into the blender with about 4 cups of water, blend blend blend, and strain. A little veg gly, pinch of sea salt, helps the flavor emerge nicely. It doesn't keep long, only a few days, but is worth the trouble to make.... and... hey readers, got any recommendations for OK commercial almond milk brands? Write 'em in!! :-D thanks for your note, Sara!!