I have been on the BTD again for a few weeks. Got off it and did the Atkins to lose weight for the past 3 months. I've been having terrible gas, both on the Atkins and since I've been 80% compliant with the BTD. What could be causing it? I've avoided the cruciferous foods like beans, cabbage and broccoli. The Atkins used a lot of soy. Could that be it? Rachel
Hello, Rachel ~ Yes, soy is an avoid for Bs, so if you'd been eating a lot of it in your foray into Atkins, your intestinal flora and fauna now need some help getting back to normal. In the future, if you want to use a restrictive program like Atkins, we would always encourage you to use only the BTD neutrals and beneficials while you eat according to the restrictions (carb counting, in the case of Atkins). Eating avoids will do damage, no matter which plan you follow.
Right now, getting rid of the gas can be accomplished by taking PolyFlora-B at the therapeutic dosage listed on the package, along with ARA6 -- and emphasizing those beneficial vegetables and fruits. We've spoken a number of times before, but I don't yet know if you've been using the Live Right 4 Your Type recommendations for "B" exercise and stress relief. I strongly suggest that it would help you balance yourself and maintain a steady approach. I know what it's like to bounce around from one plan to another -- it's exhausting and disappointing. Try to stick with the BTD, and use the full range of weight-loss tools at your disposal -- please let me know if I can assist you in any way to stay on track, OK? Warm wishes to you, Rachel!! :-D
Dear Heidi, i'm moving to Spain from the UK and was wondering if you or any of the other 'Heidi readers' know where i could get Veg gly from? I was also wondering why tomatoes are ok for type A's with mm subtype. Lastly, i've been following the A diet as usual but have recently developed constipation. i thought this might be down to not sleeping enough but do you have any ideas, Love Olympia.
Hi, Olympia! The beneficial status of tomatoes for A secretor MMs is due to its cancer-fighting compounds. MMs need an aggressive cancer-prevention lifestyle, and this recommendation balances out the potential harm of tomatoes with their potential in MM individuals to fight cancer -- and concludes that tomatoes should be used.
Constipation can happen due to stress, fewer fresh veg being eaten, or less than optimal water intake (often two or more of the above). Try a squeeze of lemon juice in each quart of water, and drink 1/2 ounce of water for each pound of body weight. If your personal schedule has changed recently, your elimination schedule will change a bit, too. Take your time with the changes, and try to get enough rest, OK? :-)
As to the veg gly -- let's send up a flare and see if anyone can swoop in to help! By the way, whereabouts in Spain are you headed? it would help to know that. In the meantime ~~ Anyone know of dependable sources of vegetable glycerine in Spain?? :-D thanks for writing, Olympia, and I hope we'll have an answer for you soon!!
A quick question: If taking one capsule of Cortiguard daily to help keep cortisol levels in check and enhance calcium absorption, what time of day should it be taken? Joyce
Women who've used it successfully for calcium absorption and calm sleep have taken two capsules at around four in the afternoon. Hope that helps, Joyce! :-)
Hello, Heidi. No question. Your balanced, informational and honest response to Pauline was yet another example of why I read your column first thing every day and appreciate you so much. Thank you, Claudia
Well, you are most welcome, Claudia! the compliment is very warmly received -- Feedback is important, and I hope everyone feels free to write in with any reactions or suggestions. Thanks so much! :-}
Hi Heidi, I just got back the results of my secreter test and am quite surprised to learn that I'm a nonsecreter!! I have been following the secreter diet for 2 years with great results in alot of areas, but have been dealing with neck pain, stiffness, and restricted range of motion for a long time for which you gave me some advice last fall. As soon as I found out that Im a B nonseceter I put away my coffee pot and am avoiding sugar and am amazed that the pain in my neck is almost gone after only 3 days!
I am a little bewildered at being a "nonnie" , and am struggling with the changes , but I am so pleased with the quick results I'm seeing so far. It's a little depressing to think of all the favorite recipes I'll have to give up or change and now getting an occasional "convenience food" is out of the question. 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
It seems that for most of us, learning we're nons is quite a shock -- and the transition from the secretor to the nonsecretor diet is so much more onerous than going from our (sometimes totally different) previous diets to straight ER. It certainly rocked my world a bit.
For B nons, the swiss-type and aged cheeses do slip away. The fruit list is pretty much untouched, though, except for the melons ~ Hey, you're the only ones for whom raspberries are Beneficial! And, I hope the acquisition of artichokes, pumpkin and tomatoes is some consolation, too? :-)
If you'd like to have your email added to the ad-hoc Nonnies List, just let me know and I'll pass it on to Nina who's running it. Steady on, Suzanna ~ don't dwell on the losses right now, OK? Look at the new neutrals & beneficials, and don't worry about making sense of it all right away. We love you, dear! You'll come through this with better recipes than ever!
By the way, CONGRATULATIONS on resolving that neck pain!! Take care, enjoy the new benefits, and let me know about the Nonnies List if you're interested. :-)
Heidi, thank you for your comments about my son. In my last email I added some symptoms he has that I hadn't realized (numb feet, legs and hands, prickly in other parts of the body, dizziness, nausea) when I first wrote to you. I was wondering if this added information modified the approach you had recomended I take with him. Does it call for anything different than what we were going to start with? I don't have the faintest idea what these manifestations imply. I still am going to propose the methylcobalamin and cortigard, per your suggestion, and see if I can get him to knock off the sweets and dairy. And add the beneficial vegies and fruits. The symptoms he mentioned are scary to him, and no wonder! Could they be part of an irritated nervous system, with B12 deficiency part of the picture? I think we had already covered how to deal with the intestinal pain and cramping. Best, Cyndi
Hello, Cyndi ~ Yes, in fact a range of B vitamins (nutritional yeast in a smoothie or juice) should be taken daily, along with calcium and magnesium supplementation until his numbness, prickliness and dizziness recede. What does his doctor say? In a few months, he may be grateful for the "scary symptoms" through which his body got a message to him in time to avoid serious illness. Hang in there, and keep me posted, Cyndi! :-)
Hi Heidi! Mosquito season is upon us and after my husband pronounced that I must taste good to them since I ( get bitten, along with my sons (A, and he doesn't (A), I suggested that perhaps since they suck blood, they like the sugars in B blood more than A. Have you heard anything similar, or am I taking the BTD concept too far, as he thought? Ann
Hey there, Ann ~ I don't know that you're taking it too far... you may just be ahead of your time! :-) We had hugely long discussions about bitable BTs on the message board of yore, but in the end it appears that all types are equally subject to the pesky little suckers, and that the classic recommendations of using physical means to block them are still among the best. I've found that pure citronella oil does a lovely job of repelling most biting insects, so I always carry a little bottle of it with me when entering skeeter-infested territory (or seasons) and dab it about me at will. Good luck, and if I hear anything of note on the flying-pest front, I'll post it here. ;-)
I am responding to Rose regarding root canals. I strongly support your switch to a mercury-free dentist, but I would like to bring to your attention some disturbing information regarding root canals.
Dr. George Meinig has written a book called Root Canal Coverup, which describes in detail why no one should have a root canal. Dr. Meinig was a founder of the American Association of Endodontics and is recognized as a pioneer in developing the root canal procedure, so I give his opinion significant weight.
Basically, Meinig found that, even with today's technology, there is no way to ensure that a root canaled tooth is free of bacteria before it is sealed, and there is also no way to prevent a root canaled tooth from leaking in the future. The result is that the tooth (which is a dead tooth) accumulates deadly toxins in its cavity, which leak through the canal to all parts of the body, causing systemic disease. Only a strong immune system can keep such infections at bay.
He has reams of research to back up his conclusions, and is basically apologizing for having foisted such a dangerous procedure on the public (the alternative procedure is extraction, and a bridge replacement with compatible ceramic materials). While having all of my metal removed (O-, ns), one tooth nerve was damaged. Rather than have a root canal, I had the tooth pulled after reading Meinig. The book is availbale on Amazon and also from the Price-Pottinger Foundation (http://www.price-pottenger.org/Books/root_canal_coverup.htm). RM
Roy, thanks for that! I hadn't considered that amalgam removal could entail nerve damage, necessitating tooth removal and bridges. A warning to everyone to take excellent care of their, and their children's, teeth, since remedies for the use of amalgam carry their own additional risks. It's heartening that Dr. Meinig has publicized the dangers of root canals. And I truly appreciate your effort in bringing this issue to our attention ~ thanks again! :-)
Please ask Dr. D'Adamo if I should be concerned about taking Flaxseed oil, I am type O+, because on May 19, 2003 he said (The lignans in flaxseed oil appears to influence the growth of breast cancer largely through blocking the enzyme aromatase) I know it is good for me, but my Mother died of breast cancer. How much should I take every day. Thanking you in advance. Joan Pesek
Hi, Joan ~ You shouldn't be concerned about taking flax oil; blocking aromatase is a good thing, not a bad thing. In other words, the "influence" Peter mentioned is an influence *against* cancer cell growth. However, the footnoted article on rat mammary gland structures is one that I can't access.
Flax oil/seed is not listed in the cancer prevention protocols in the Encyclopedia, so there's no specific dosage I can offer you, but Peter did say at the end of that Ask Dr. D.: "Adding at least one tablespoon of properly processed flaxseed oil to our diets on a daily basis can significantly add to the proper balance because flaxseed oil has a 1:3 omega-6 to omega-3 ratio." I would add, a high-lignan oil would be a good choice. Best wishes, dear! :-D
Dear Heidi, I have been on the diet for about 3 years now, am 52 years old. I have noticed a smell I don't like, sweetish, tiny bit acrid, so hard to describe. I thought it was a new clothes soap, stopped using it, now am afraid it comes from me. I have heard that cancer can have a smell, have you heard of this? I don't take any hormone treatments, but fit all the risk group profiles for breast cancer. The diet has been a life saver for me in many regards, but I don't want to be stupid about this. I am overweight, about 40 pounds, but a high red belt in tkd. I ski all winter, and I attribute my being able to do this to the eat right diet. I have sweated out toxins before, am hoping this might still be true. I am feeling better than ever, just 'obsessing', as we a types are wont to do, on this smell. Thanks for your attention, Judith
Hey there, Judith! The best response to fear is action. Begin the Cancer Prevention and the Detoxification protocols found in the Encyclopedia. The smell you're noticing could be the result of any one of hundreds of causes, so I'd do those protocols, as well as including fresh fruit and vegetable juice in your diet daily, and see if your smell improves in a few weeks or a month. Detox and fresh juices will also help you lose a bit of weight, if you want to do so. That in turn will also change your body's scent. Is yoga part of your daily routine? It can modulate all the organ-based aspects of this problem.
Apparently, cancer does have a smell, to which some animals seem particularly sensitive. There are plenty of anecdotes which star dolphins, monkeys, even a chihuahua who insistently "pointed out" cancer cells in a human companion ~~ in fact, Cambridge University scientists have proposed a study on the subject. I'm not sure too many humans' sense of smell can be relied upon to detect cancer, so I'd like you to see a good naturopath as well. If you'd like assistance finding one in your area, please let me know! and remember that Peter's clinic will do telephone consultations in a pinch. :-)
Best wishes to you! Don't worry, get active! Let me know how you do!! :-D
Hair Loss, Energy AMPamp; Protein ~ Anemia in Celiac ~ Prganic vs. Pesticide-Free ~ and neonatal jaundice !January 26th, 2001 , by admin
Hi Heidi!! Hope you're doing well over there! My protein deficiency warning bells have been firing over some recent letters, I can't not write in about it! If I write in too much, just tell me & I'll hold back.
Today's reader who wrote about his wife with the hair loss, a lot of nutrient deficiencies can cause that, but people with extremely low protein intake like she seemed to have, they often lose hair. Protein deficiency can also masquerade as thyroid trouble, because temp will be low (metabolism/heat production slows) and weight won't come off, so it's one to check even though thyroid trouble is common.
And Paige, she reminds me of me, three years ago...if you aren't eating hardly any food, you won't have energy til you increase protein. (It'll take more than protein because likely need other nutrients too, but protein is about bottom line survival.) Depression, muscle stiffness, weight that won't come off, fatigue -- all of that, protein deficiency would be enough to cause, though other things could cause it too. If you're very protein deficient there's usually little hunger, just feels like being so very sleepy/dozey that crawling off the couch would be an enormous task. You end up not eating because you haven't the spunk.
I didn't have the energy to cook either, and the only way I could do it was to try to follow the beneficials as much as I could bring myself to, but bottom line, I ate 3 protein shakes a day. I used soy protein, not a beneficial for an O (check secretor status, nons can't), but it was easy to make or buy & digest. If a person is really low on nutrients then meat is hard to digest even for an O because you won't have enough stomach acid. (That makes for a picky eater, the body isn't inclined to eat even good food if it knows it can't digest it.)
Once I increased my protein I felt better, then I could gradually think about cooking & eating better. So wanted to encourage Paige, if I can crawl out of the "too little energy to eat" slump, she can too. But you have to eat even though you're not hungry. (o:Maia
P.S.: Oops on the protein shakes, should have made it clear I ate them in *addition* to the real food I was trying to eat! As a 5'6 1/2" O, I show protein deficiency signs if I don't get 100 grams a day, though people are all different & A's might need less. Below 50 grams, my understanding is any adult is in starvation.
Maia, it is ALWAYS a joy to hear from you, and I'm sure the people who have asked for help are very grateful for your experienced views on these subjects. thanks, my dear, and keep shining (AND writing)! :-)
I am writing in response to GPF's question for his wife about IBS and celiac disease. Yes, you can have either or both without anemia. You can also start with a blood test that tests for the antigens associated with gluten intolerance and celiac without doing a biopsy. Usually, if the blood work comes back positive for an intolerance, the doctors like to do a biopsy to solidify the diagnosis. However, with the symptoms that his wife has, if her blood work came back positive, that would be enough for me.
If she does find out that she has celiac disease, simply not eating the assocaited grains (wheat, rye, barley, maybe oats) may not be enough for her to get well. She may have to be more careful about contamination. For instance, using the same butter to butter her gluten-free toast as someone else used to butter their wheat toast. There is a lot more information on this if you do a search on celiac on the internet. Celiac disease and its symptoms are easily cured by the avoidance of gluten, and there are wonderful support groups to help one understand how to go about this in the beginning. I wish the best for GPF and his wife in their search for good health. Thank you , Heidi, for all the support you give to others. April
April ~~ thank you so much for your expert advice & encouragement! It is most welcome!! :-D
Bonjour Heidi! I'll make this a fairly short and simple question for a change.... I'm entering into the summer season in France when it is very difficult to find organic veggies that fall into the beneficial category for O+ Nonsecretors. I buy my produce at the local market or health food stores, so some is organic, but most is pesticide -free, but not really "organic."
Never see kale or certain other green leafy vegetables any time of year- only one I can find throughout the year is green chard. Spinach during the winter. I try to eat and LOVE brocolli, but it is now only available at the market in the stalls of "imported" produce - maybe from northern France, maybe Spain. Definitely suspect as to pesticides.
Escarole is now finished for the season, so salads are from various neutral lettuce varieties, basil, onions and tomatos. For the moment I can get carrots, so that makes green chard and carrots the only non-salad beneficial veggies I can find, though red peppers will soon be available.
Question is, is it better to eat zucchini and green beans, or other pesticide free veggies than it is to eat suspect brocolli??? Since brocolli is the only cruciferous veggie allowed for O nonnies, I hate to give it up due to the colon (and other) benefits. Hmmmn, so much for being short! Sorry.......
Ooops, forgot another question..... I often see various critters crawling around my produce here. Good sign that is is pesticide-free, but I'm never sure I have washed off all the bugs - I see snails, aphids, ants, tiny worm-like things, etc. Any thoughts on whattado on this issue??? As always, I thank yaou for all your great help. Sending you love, Abby PS. I'll soon let you know what my doctor had to say on the mercury problem, if you think it would be of interest to other readers. Let me know, okay?
Allo, Abby! So nice to hear from you, darlin'!
That "pesticide-free" thing is neat, ain't it? Funny you should write in with these concerns, because today I went shopping at Healthy Pleasures (University Ave. at 11th Street, NYC) instead of LifeThyme. Why? SIX WEEKS OF NO DECENT ONIONS AT ALL!! NO YELLOWS, NO WHITES, NO REDS, NO NOTHING. Just a few sad, swollen, sprouty, soft yellow specimens, sitting there week after week. ARE WE BACK IN THE 60's??? Bryan (a-non) is also fond of zeke-buns with sesame. HOW LONG SINCE THEY'VE HAD THEM? I'VE LOST COUNT. Sorry for shouting, but Jesus Marian Davies, if my lauded HFS to which I've been loyal for ten years can't manage these basic items -- ONIONS, for Heaven's sake?? -- well, HI! I'm off to better hunting grounds.
So there I was, a newcomer in this place (good joint, by the way), and right after my system received the immense shock of seeing red peppers offered at $9.00 (nope, you haven't gone blind, that's USD 9,00) per pound (you know the ones with the very long green HEAVY stems?), I turned to see some "pesticide-free" tomatoes, picked one up, and asked it, "WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE? ARE YOU SECRETLY GMO? SPEAK UP!!!" to the great entertainment of my fellow shoppers who've certainly been wondering about the same thing. Found my zeke buns, found beautiful onions resplendent in four colors, and exchanged a wink with a woman who'd just discovered that each red pepper weighed about one half POUND (that's USD 4,50 to you, oh Mary)!!
Any chance you can get artichokes? They should be abundant in Europe now, all sizes, shapes, colors! No dandelion? Chicory? Your organic grocer should have brought in fiddleheads and spring garlic by this time, as well. What I'd do is talk to the produce manager about broccoli. Ask where the regular variety comes from -- is it clean but uncertified? and whether there is an organic producer anywhere. Express your concerns. In your situation, I'd be hesitant to chow down on it if it's not reasonably free of toxins. But chard, onions and as much neutral veg as you can pack in will be fine for you!
The silver lining in this cloud is that your local markets are forcing you to eat seasonally. This is a very good thing, which frustratingly masquerades as limited choices in the beneficial category. What you're getting in return is food your body senses is "correct" by its natural correlation with temperature and environment. Eating the widest variety of everything and anything available in the neutral category is the best revenge.
Bugs? HOORAY! Free protein! (well... protein at vegetable per-pound prices!) I make the ultimate sacrifice of transferring my lady bugs to the outdoors rather than ingesting them, but clean buggies & worms and such are nothing to worry about. In fact, our ancestors valued them properly, and crunched them up YUM. You might even get a tad of that elusive slug lectin we're all trying to get hold of. ;-D I don't suppose that suspect brocc has healthy critters among its fronds? that would be a very good sign, too.
That'll do from me ~ YES, we most definitely want to hear your medical report on the metal toxicity issue, dear! Write early and often! :-D
I,m a type A and I love asien food. Now according to the book I cant eat red chillies, what about green chilles? I would also like to cook with fish sauce and oyster sauce, which is very common in the thai citchen, are this products ok for an A type or not? and how about egg noodles? I would appreciate you answering my Question! Many thanks and best regards!! Hetty
Greetings, Hetty! Fish sauce made from anchovy only is fine. Check the ingredients of the oyster sauce -- if it contains any avoids for type A, it would be an avoid for you. All chilis of every color are avoid for type A. For the egg noodles, again, just check its ingredients against the book.
I hope the next time you write, I can offer cheerier news! Welcome, dear, and please do keep in touch!! :-D
Heard Dr. D when he was in April. He is very impressive in his dedication to good health while maintaining his humbleness. I for one greatly respect his giving credit to the tons of scientific research that has been done which supports the BTD in addition to the good anecdotal experience. My heartfelt thanks to Dr. D. and you for all the good information and help.
One question I have about babies relates to jaundice which I did not find answered in the baby book. It seems that quite a few new born babies have jaundice. Is there any relation to the blood types of the parents or is there some other cause? Is this jaundice something which will create a problem(s) for the child later in life? Intellectually curious, Conrad
Hello, Conrad! I'm glad you enjoyed Peter's presentation ~ remarkable fellow, isn't he? ;-) may his tribe increase!!!
I do enjoy this kind of question. I get to scramble around looking for research and try in my unschooled way to offer at least a qualified response on the problem. :-) From what I've found, it appears that jaundice in babies is due to (1) the shorter life of red blood cells in newborns, and the cell death involved in bruising in the birth process, resulting in (2) greater demands on their tiny livers and intestines to process & excrete the dead blood cells, causing (3) a rise in the liver pigment bilirubin in the blood which can't be excreted quickly enough, presenting as (4) yellow color in the skin and eyes. You're right, it is quite common, and babies usually need no treatment (although many hospitals routinely use phototherapy to help them along, and in the rare case where bilirubin levels are dangerously high, a blood exchange is done).
Experienced midwives of my acquaintance tell me that ABO incompatibility (meaning that Mom is type O and baby is type A or can indeed cause jaundice, through the transfer of blood during and immediately after birth which allows Mom's antibodies to A and B to kill lots of those "alien" baby blood cells. If there is reason to suspect possible incompatibility, the attending midwife will clamp the cord immediately in order to minimize this damage -- whereas the normal procedure is to preserve the open link between mom & child as long as possible, leaving the cord intact to pulse until it is empty. This is a case of extreme caution, since serious concerns over jaundice usually arise only in premature babies.
If any of our distinguished readers can offer additional insight, do please write in & continue our education! Many thanks in advance! and it was lovely to receive your message, Conrad!! :-D
Dear Heidi, I've got laryngitis...again! I seem particularly susceptible to having a cold lodge in my throat -- it seems that one to two times a year I completely lose my voice when I have a minor head cold. My husband and daughters think it is hilarious, but it's getting rather annoying to me. I am type O+. Do you have any ideas about this? Any preventives? Anything!?! Thank you again for your input, time, energy...you're a huge help! ~ Ruth
Hey there, Ruth ~~ :-) Common laryngitis is caused by swelling in the vocal cords, which in turn is a result of inflammation -- either from misuse & overuse, or from infection. Once they're in that state, the best thing to do is stop talking altogether. The more you try to use them, the more you irritate them.
If tolerated, I'd start taking quercetin throughout the day. 500 mg caps, six to eight daily until your voice returns to normal. Then a maintenance dose of one or two per day, if you like. Warm herbal tea, like chamomile or something else that's soothing, is good for it as well. I feel for ya -- it's amazing how difficult things become when we have to whisper and use sign language with the hub & kiddies!! :-D
Dear Heidi, I am a type 'O' non-secretor that is significantly overweight and suffers from chronic fatigue, anxiety, insomnia, chronic depression and chronic pain that appears to be the result of either stress (tense muscles) or myalgia. I currently take two different anti-depressants (Wellbutrin and Celexa) as well as Ranitadine daily. I really want to follow the BTD program but have had a lot of difficulty. I find I am often too tired to prepare proper meals or exercise (as well as unmotivated). I don't eat often enough; often only once a day because I'm not terribly hungry and can't think of anything I want to eat (I'm a relatively fussy eater), then, when I'm finally really hungry and still can't think of anything I want, I end up eating something fast and tasty-inevitably some junk that is terrible for me.
At any rate, I am always looking for something to improve my energy levels and boost my motivation. I have been reading a bit about pregnenolone and wonder if it's for me. Is it safe to combine with the drugs I currently take? I am seeing a Dr. regularly and have had my hormone levels checked many times. I am not hypothyroid (too bad ) although we did supplement T3 for a while to see if I was subclinical and if it would help-it didn't. I am 32 and have been clinically depressed to some degree for 27 years. I have been on several different antidepressants over the years with varying success. I have tried to stop taking them, but find I inevitably become suicidal. Right now, I would describe myself as being about 70% 'normal' (whatever normal is) with occasional dips to about 50%. I just can't seem to get over this fatigue and lose weight. I know they are interconnected, but I just think that if I could jump start my energy I could get myself on the road. Any suggestions? Cheers, Paige
DEAR PAIGE! I'm so glad you wrote! I'd like to cover a couple other things you asked me, too. First, I just got the answer on the NADH dosage in the Encyclopedia: it should be 5 mg, NOT 50 mg. A zero crept in there -- it's a huge book, so I'm pleased there are so very few errors to announce. ;=>
You asked about agave, too, around the time I answered someone else's question about it -- you can find that column by entering "agave" in the search form at the bottom of this page, if you've not yet read it.
Now for the bad news (lol!) Between the long history of neurochemical imbalance (your depression is physically expressed as too much of some chemicals and too little of others), and the medication along with the harmful foods, I don't think that adding pregnenolone would be the way to go. However, if you decide it's worth a shot, then go to your doctor and explain what you plan to do and ask him if he knows of any drug interactions with pregnenolone. Pregnenolone may help your "master gland," the pituitary, and the adrenals, for which you weren't tested. I would definitely visit or call the doc to check and see if it would be harmful for you to take it --- that's the only question I'd ask him. Whether he thinks it would do any good isn't important, because if you're willing to find out if there's some good from it, and he says it won't be harmful, then it's open for you to try.
That said, I know what it's like to take everything in the book, and see no improvement in energy -- we Os just seem to REQUIRE the basic things, and don't seem to respond much to supps alone if we're not doing the basics.
Because the first and most basic step to benefit from this plan is doing the diet and exercise, that's where I hope I can help you get on track. I know it's a heck of a challenge, and you've already said you have a devil of a time even getting started, but that is the thing you need most of all. What I'd like to do is hook you up with someone local to you, either a BTD practitioner or some layperson who is skilled in using this diet with whom you can work out some details. Or, do you have a friend who could help you get the right foods into the house and maybe cook up some storeable foods for you once or twice per week? There are simple things that he, she or you can make, stick in the fridge or freezer, and just heat up when you're hungry. There are also good snacks that require no preparation, like rice crackers and almond or walnut butter -- If you write back and tell me what you absolutely can't face eating, I'll make up a shopping list and a simple set of meals that can be had with minimal effort on your part.
The second thing I can offer is the simplest and briefest (yet effective) exercise plan I've ever seen: it's the 5BX Plan and I will be happy to walk you through it. It's just four simple movements, and a jog, or a "jog in place" which can be done in whatever way you are comfortable doing it. It can be done anytime you think of it -- it takes only a few minutes to do. No sweating, no equipment, nothing but enough space to stand up and lie down is required. If you can make the motions of getting out of bed, of picking up a sock, of looking at the ceiling, you can most CERTAINLY do this plan!! and it's amazing how different you feel afterward! I'd be very glad to discuss it and assist you in any way I can!!! Keep me posted!! :-D
Hi, Heidi: I wrote to you a few days regarding a nickel allergy. And I wanted to let you know about the results of my blood work. My doctor couldn't find a thing wrong with me. My thyroid, liver function, and my hormones were all normal. I didn't have anemia and I didn't have a high level of metal in my body either. She also did various other tests, but I'm not sure what they were. I'm not sure why I'm reacting so serverely to so many of my highly benefical foods, but apparently they all contain traces of nickel. In your previous advice you told me to take the supplement quercetin, which I already take. I was doing yoga every other day and walking on the alternate days, and now I don't have the energy to do either anymore. As soon as I get home from work, I put on my pajamas and climb into bed. I've also just come down with a case of shingles. I'm really at a loss as to what I can eat. I'm only eating chicken, soy products, rice products, and some vegetables. I can't eat lettuce, spinach, brocolli, fish of any kind, nuts of any kind, or any beans without having a reaction. I've made an appointment with a holistic doctor here in town, who is an advocate of the blood type diet. I'll take my blood test results to him and hopefully he can help. Any suggestions from you would be greatly appreciated. Shelley
Shelley, you're doing exactly what I'd recommend -- getting professional advice. I'm not at all familiar with what you're dealing with. If anyone writes in with experienced advice for you, I will put it up here post-haste! Best wishes to you, and please keep those updates coming --- very much appreciated! :-)
Heidi, Hello again. I was all ready to embrace Dr. D'Adamo's dietary suggestions for myself and family (we're all Os, secretor type unknown). But then, I came across a book called Eat to Live by Joel Furhman, M.D., and now I'm very unsure. Have you read his book? It's new. In it, Furhman makes a very case based on 1,000s of scientific articles/studies for eating 80-90 percent of one's diet from mostly raw vegies and some cooked, and fresh fruit. He says that the data strongly support eating meat/poultry/fish/eggs only as condiments and only occasionally, and eating only a cup or so of grains each day. What's a Type O to do??? Any feedback you can offer is appreciated. Thank you, Kathryn
Hi, Kathryn ~~ :-D Well, it sounds so close to what Peter recommends, that I'm sure there are some good points in that book. Tell me, does Dr. Furhman say that everyone will profit by a cup or so of grains daily? and does he make any distinction at all between raw food items, based on the differing biochemistries among individuals? For instance, does he consider whether the particular food contains elements which agglutinate certain blood type material, or raises urinary indican levels, or protects against disease (or is common in the diet of certain individuals with certain diseases), or contains enzymes which react with ABO type expressed in the mucus tissues, or stimulates opposing blood group antibody reactions? That's just the tip of the iceberg that I'd want to ask about.
If his plan does not ascertain and take into account all those things, then I'd say all you need to do is follow the O diet (which DOES take into account all those factors, and many more), and eat as much in the way of beneficial and neutral raw vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds as you like, along with the animal foods which we thrive upon. There are too many of us who have found that vegetarianism and constant grain intake sets us up for low energy in the short run, and failing health and disease over time. In good conscience, I could never recommend a one-size-fits-all plan to you and your family. thanks for your note, Kathryn!! :-D
I have purchased both the book Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type and the small companion book of food lists for my blood type O. The problem is that there are descrepencies between the list of Highly Beneficial, Neutral and Avoid in the book and that of the paperback Blood Type O Food Beverage and Supplement Lists. Which one should I do by? For instance, in the Food Beverage and Supplement book it lists Goose as neutral but the book says to Avoid goose; Food Beverage and Supplement says Avoid Pinto beans the book says they are highly beneficial. What happened? I want to know which to avoid and which is beneficial. Will there be another Food Beverage and Supplement printed that is more complete and proofed better? Thanks, Jean
Hello, Jean! Scroll to the bottom of this column, and read the last few paragraphs there starting with "Found Contradictions." Thanks, dear! :-D
Dear Heidi, my 4 years old child(O plus)is ging to be operated on his both eyes, in a month time. they use narcosis to make him sleep and explaind me that he might feel very bad after. I was wondering if you could recomend pre and after operation treatment which wil help bust health before entering surgery and going back to normal more rapidly after surgery.(He eats according BTD and I give him every day multi vitamins for children plus vit-C)thanks a lot, Lisya
Lisya, do you have the Encyclopedia, the big paperback book? It contains surgery recovery protocols, to be used two weeks before and continued two weeks after surgery. He would take them at 1/2 dosage. Let me know if I can help you find the book where you are. Or, send an email to email@example.com and ask the European folks about getting that book. If you can't obtain it in the next week, write again and I'll try to help with the supplements. Best wishes for your little one, Lisya! :-)
How do you feel about crystallized ginger? Does the fact that ginger is a beneficial for O types outweigh the evil in the sugar? It's a tasty treat ocassionally. Maureen
Whoa, it's mighty sugary! ;-) The ginger is still beneficial, and the sugar is still... well, sugar. The good effects ginger has upon digestion, however, may be somewhat difficult to notice when your tum is faced with dealing with all the sugar. As a sweet, I think it's superior to lots of other things one might choose, but I guess I'm trying to say it's more of a candy than a beneficial food. :-D
Hi Heidi, thanks so much for your long answer to my long questions about the lung cancer thing. I did look in the Practitioner Registry but couldn't find some who is certified. And even with that, there didn't seem to be that many choices, which surprises me since I live in the San Francisco Bay Area (zip code 94947). I may not entirely understand how to use that particular search function but I didn't come up with much. If you could point me to anyone that is good around here, I would really appreciate it. I don't think I can know who would be good or who not so good. And then on a very small note, I'm glad to hear that coconut milk is in the fruit, not the oil, category! How much coconumt milk would equal one piece of fruit? Oh, and on the subject of tumor markers and A non-secretors, I guess my real question is: if a tumor marker is not present, would that result be as reliable for a non-secretor? Thanks again, Heidi. JoanV
Hi, Joan ~~ Coconut milk? I'd say 8 ounces would be roughly equivalent to one piece of fruit. And I think your tumor-marker question is custom-made for Doc Bron! I'd pop right over there and ask that question of him. He is sure to know the authoritative answer!
How weird! I couldn't find any San Francisco practitioners in the database, either! I did see one in Aptos, about two hours from you, but... hmmm! The way I searched was, I asked it to sort by state (from the pulldown menu on the left), then I typed in "CA." 33 hits, and not one in your city.
Hey, you SF folks out there! Must be loads of BTD practitioners in your neck of the woods. Any suggestions for Joan? Perhaps some of you who attended the conference met an ND from her area? All suggestions and recommendations welcome!
Take good care, Joan, and I hope you're doing well! :-D By the way, Sarah's been thinking of you... see below!
Hello again Heidi. In today's column (17 May) you printed a question from Joan who has lung cancer. She had lost a lot of weight and wanted to put some back on. She said "And then there is the limitation on fats for my A diet. I get as far as thinking about a smoothie with almond butter, water and berries." I have always assumed the limitation on fat for As derived from our propensity to heart disease. If this is the case I would respectfully suggest that Joan can worry about heart disease later once her lung cancer is under control. Weight loss can be a big problem with cancer. It seems to me it is more important for Joan to get food and calories into herself in any form that (a) she can tolerate and (b) will not overburden her immune system & liver. This means avoiding her allergic foods and the A-non avoids, especially the lectin-based avoids. A-nons have fewer avoids as well as fewer beneficials. Fat is not in itself an avoid. If I were her I would not worry just now about sticking to fat portion controls. I would just try to concentrate on getting enough of each category of food, preferably beneficials, to keep me well. When she is on chemo she may find she can tolerate certain types of food better than others and they may not always be the ones most highly recommended for her type. I do not generally eat any meat, even the neutrals, but there are points in the cycle when tempeh tastes like dung to me and salad feels like steel ribbons, and all I can get down is turkey & root veg soup. Joan will have to be adaptable & make occasional compromises. I wish her all the best in facing her challenge. This is a horrible time for her and I think we ae all sending her our very best wishes. I'd like to recommend a couple of books and a website that are full of hope and have been very helpful for me. The books are Dr Bernie Siegel's "Love Medicine & Miracles" and "Peace, Love & Healing", and his website http://www.ecap-online.org which also has a message board. Love, Sarah XXX
Elizabeth Kubler-Ross said: "If there were no windstorms, the rocks would not be carved into such beautiful shapes".
Great advice, and lovely inspiration, Sarah ~~ thank you so much!!!
I a type A Vegan. I just picked up your book and was fascinated by it (especially by the foods that I have always, natrually, hated that are on my avoid list). I also follow several Vegan websites. I read an interesting article and would like your feedback on it: http://www.all-creatures.org/health/zonebloodtype.html I tend to read all points of view and then pick what seems to work for me. I am following several points of the ERFYT books, and I like it very much. Could you please address the article above? Thanks, Rachel
:-D Hi, Rachel! I'm smiling because Peter addressed that Klaper webpage some years ago. People do still ask about it occasionally, though, so I'm always happy to direct them to the appropriate page here ~ Episode 2 of 'Fun with Critics'.
It's too bad Dr. Klaper didn't stop by the IFHI conference this past February. He would have gleaned an enormous amount of clinical and laboratory research on the blood type health system which he could have used for his patients, as well as had the opportunity to have his criticisms addressed first-hand from the biologists and physicians there (that's if any questions remained for him after the nine hours of expert lectures and the multitude of presentation materials & handouts).
I hope you will indeed read everything you can find on this plan. There's an abundance of research literature available, as well as loads of other info, linked from the home page. Enjoy, dear! and thanks for writing!! :-D
This is in response to JoanV with lung cancer, looking for a practitioner in the bay area. Christine Chan is in Castro Valley, which is in the East Bay. She can find her in the registry. Also, Dr. Bron will do phone consults at Dr. D's clinic. The clinic number is 203-348-4800. -- Lisa
Not a question but a comment. I live in the San Francisco Bay area as well and there is one practictioner (Moses Goldberg ND) that includes the BTD program. He's in Santa Rosa but that's only about a half hour from 94947 (Novato) in non-commute times of course. The webaddress is www.imcsr.com. Hope that helps. -- Diane
This is a response for Paige (May 22nd) who does not have the energy to fix the food for the diet. I can totally relate. When I started on the BTD I was the exact same way. It took me two weeks to clean out my house of all "avoids" and get the food in the house to start. Then I made it as easy as I possibly could by cooking once or twice a week for quick meals.
I make a marinated salad (I'm an O secretor but you could adjust the vegetables to any blood type). My salad contains blanched broccoli, artichoke hearts, parsley, and onions. I make a huge quantity that fills a Tupperware Cake Taker - several heads of broccoli. I make a dressing of 3 parts lemon juice, 1 part olive oil, garlic, cayenne pepper, finely grated dry mustard, vegetable glycine or honey and sea salt. Pour over vegetables and refrigerate.
Then I buy lean cuts of deli roast beef and whole breast turkey and package them in 3-4 ounce zip bags and freeze them. Cook enough fresh fish for 2-3 meals and refrigerate. Voila, scoop out some salad, thaw some deli meat or serve cold fish and you have a dinner or lunch (I even eat it for breakfast).
Once you start eating right and the light exercise that you recommend (5BX), Heidi, the energy returns quickly. Within two weeks I was amazed at how much energy I had and could begin to cook more. Now I am hiking, walking, bicycling, and swimming - it has been less then 4 months since I started. However, I still make my weekly marinated salad because it is an easy way to avoid snacking on something that is not healthy for us and for packing a lunch for work. I even have the salad as a snack if I'm craving or hungry after my dinner. Good luck, Paige. Find the energy once a week to ensure success every day. It is worth it. -- Peggy
Ladies, thanks most sincerely for your kindness and generous help. Inspiring, as always ~~ and VERY much appreciated!! :-D
I'm following the type "O" diet currently and have three of your books, Eat Right For Your Type, Live Right For Your Type, and the small pocket reference book for Type O people. One discrepancy I've noticed is that some of the food items listed in the Eat Right For Your Type (ERFYT) book conflict with your recommendations made in the small pocket reference book. Any clarification would be very much appreciated. Thank you! Karl
Hello, Karl! Please go to the last few paragraphs at the bottom of this column, beginning with the words "FOUND INCONSISTENCIES?" The answer you're looking for is there. :-)
Dear Heidi, I looked everywhere in the BTD books and I couldn't find anything about GRAPESEED OIL. Can you tell me if it is good for my blood type which is A+. Thank you again. Ana Bela
Hi there, Ana Bela!! We have no rating for it, but I expect it to be classified as a neutral for all types. Choose your brand carefully -- Spectrum is one brand I know which doesn't use hexane or other organic solvents to extract the oil, so look for that info on the label. Even so, Spectrum's grapeseed oil is not certified organic. I'm still searching for an organic version! :-) thanks for writing, dear! :-D
I have searched several sites including yours and cannot find this answer. I am a type A. I have added vanilla soy milk to my diet. I have a box of silken tofu yet to be used. If I used the tofu in making a meal and have leftovers, will the tofu be ok to be reheated. Thanks Clara
Sure it can, Clara! enjoy!! :-)
Hi Heidi, I have a couple of questions. One for the Typebase and one about my daughter. The Typebase is about sugar. In LR4YT, sugar is an avoid for all nonsecretors. [wish there were a spell check on this, I almost wrote "for tall nonsecretors" ]But in Typebase and Encyclopedia, Brown/White Sugar is a neutral for A regardless of secretor status. What are your thoughts on this? I thought best to avoid sugar because of our immune systems being affected. Just wondering because found a great soy milk by YU (with umlat over the U) with millet, amaranth and buckwheat but has brown sugar.
Speaking of immune systems, I believe my daughter has a low grade sinus infection and has one for a long time maybe as long as a year. She easily gets stuffed up along with a cough. It lasts anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks. Tomorrow will be a couple of weeks on this one. I have an OMD who gives her herbs(doctor of oriental medicine) when nothing else will do but it just feels like I keep treating it and not really addressing it completely. She cannot swallow pills yet. She has tried.
Here is what I give her. She is 5 yrs. old and an A nonnie: 1) powdered ARA daily in her juice about 3-4 times per day - approx. 1/8 tsp each time. Juice is diluted 75% water & 25% juice. But she goes in phases for past 2 weeks it has only been water. Then I struggle with what to put the ARA into. 2) 1 tsp. of Proberry daily (that stuff is SO delicious) 3) chewable Acerola C - does contain sucrose 4) chewable vitamins by Animal Parade, chewable zinc and echinacea, in morning and at night 5) 1 tsp. Heallix in morning and in night (she even squirts a little diluted Heallix up each nostril with a dropper. she is amazing.) 6) when she gets really stuffy and can't breathe, chewable Benadryl and 2 tsp. liquid ibuprofen 7) I run a vaporizer in her room at night She seems to get congested when she does not drink enough. She is very sensitive to this. She goes to preschool and I send water along with her. Everyone tells me kids get sick but rather than treating it, I would like to help her to avoid it altogether. Truthfully, she gets sick so much less than other kids and when she it really is "just" stuffiness with a cough. She has only had 3 ear infections in her life and that is when she was eating wheat (we didn't know about secretor stuff then). Given that I she is an A with an A mom and she had her first ear infection in her first year of life, I think she has beat the odds superbly. I don't think I am setting my sights too high but who knows.... Of course avoiding wheat and too much sugar makes a difference. Here is generally what she eats. Morning: 2 hardboiled eggs Lunch: 1 1/2 tofu hotdogs OR a sliced turkey sandwich on spelt bread - (turkey from Whole Foods - no nitrates or carrageenan) one frozen ice cube tray size of Trader Joes apple raspberry sauce - unsweetened OR a carob rice cake with barley malt for swee spelt pretzels Snack: Sweet potato with Earth Balance "butter" (natural flavor from corn) OR sardines with organic ketchup (has vinegar) OR homemade barley/soy flour cookies with veg glycerine Dinner: Grilled Salmon OR Tuna salad with mayo (with vinegar) with cut up carrots and onions OR cut up pieces of turkey. 2 organic kiwis OR 1/2 grapefruit for dessert. The only green vegetable she really eats is artichokes. She is crazy for them. There was a time when she would eat okra with me. I have the picture to prove it. And salads and pumpkin seeds in Braggs and olive oil. But now all she wants is what you see. Having you and the BTD community is very meaningful for me. Thanks in advance for your taking the time to think about all of this and be there for so many. Nina
What a little toughie! -- Your daughter, that is! ... well... you, too!! :-D
The cause of her stuffiness looks a little difficult to pinpoint. Two questions: do the congestion episodes begin after she comes home from school, and does she feel a little "warm" on arriving home? or can they start anytime, even when school's not in session? and without elevated temperature? Second, have you tried a full adult dose of PolyFlora-A caps (opening them and giving them to her in a little warm water)? I would certainly start giving her ghee instead of Earth Balance product, as her immune system needs some bolstering. She is managing to get some sugar and corn sweetener everyday, and I wonder if she may be extremely sensitive to corn & sugar. Any way she could be persuaded to eat her eggs as a neat little omelette with some turkey & onion? A little extra protein in the morning may help her body exeunt the baddies. Any chance the humidifier is incubating irritants or allergens?
(that was supposed to be two questions. Oh, well. :-})
I was interested to hear Dr. Tom Kruzel's IFHI conference lecture. He professed himself very pleased to see kids with snotty noses, as this indicates their immune systems are building up apace. Could this be some happy news about what's going on with your girl? Unpleasant for the present, but you're doing a beautiful job of diet design for her. I don't see a great deal more that you could do. The only further thing I'd try is doubling the Heallix dose. It cannot harm her, and I feel she could use more help from it if this is a persistent sinus infection rather than a recurring reaction to food or environment. Try these ideas, and let's see in a week or two if there is any change.
There are still discrepancies between TYPEbase and what it should be, because I haven't restored it yet. Hang in there, I'm only a couple of weeks late! :-} "Sugar (Brown/White)" IS an avoid for ALL nonsecretors, and a neutral for all secretors. ;-)
Best wishes, my dear ~~ I love the mental picture of the okra party, and your little toughie squirting Heallix up her nose. :-D
Dear Heidi, Hi! After reading about mercury toxicity in "On the Diet", I made an appointment with a new dentist that practices mercury free dentistry. After a full set of x rays, he found that I have an abscess in my upper front cuspid tooth. (It is ironic that less than a week earlier my dentist of 30 years who advocates for amalgam fillings as the best, told me my teeth were fine after my routine 6 month cleaning and examination from him) and after the teeth cleaning I had a headache for 4 cont. days and felt weak and achy.
I am o+ and have brown hair/hazel eyes. I am going to have a root canal done in 2 weeks and I am taking Heallix and extra vit. C and wonder if you have any other suggestions? Other than feeling tired I have no other health prob. Thank you very much for all your help and information. I thank you for the early detection of my tooth abscess. Rose
Hi, Rose! :-) If you were a nonsecretor, Peter would recommend a course of antibiotics before invasive dental work. Since we don't know your status yet, it's up to you -- but I think you'd be well-served by using the "chelation pesto" I mentioned, before and after your dental work. If you decide to do the antibiotics, just take PolyFlora-O for a week before you start and two weeks after you complete the antibiotics. Heallix will do a very good job for you. It takes a little longer to rout the infection when it's lodged in the bony mass of the jaw. Keep me posted, Rose! I'll be thinking of you, dear!! :-D
Dear Heidi, How are you? EVEN THOUGH THIS IS NOT A PART OF DR. D'ADAMO'S BLOOD TYPE SERIES PUBLICATIONS, I wanted to bring to your attention a New York Times Bestseller book titled: THE OKINAWA PROGRAM- How the worlds's LONGEST-LIVED people acheive EVERLASTING HEALTH- and how you can too; LEARN THE SECRETS TO HEALTHY LONGEVITY: 16 ways to eliminate Excess Calories, 10 Healing Foods and Herbs, 4 keys to Becoming and Staying Optimistic, Tips for Achieving a Healthy Protein Balance and much more- BASED ON THE 25-YEAR OKINAWA CENTENARIAN STUDY. This book was written in 2001 by these 3 authors: 1)BRADLEY J. WILLCOX, M.D., M.Sc, an internist and a geriatrics fellow in the Division on Aging at Harvard Medical School, a resident scholar at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa Japan, and a co-investigator of the Okinawa Centenarian Study; 2)D. CRAIG WILLCOX, Ph.D., a medical anthropologist and gerontologist, an assistant professor at Okinawa Prefecural University-College of Nursing and a co-investigator of the Okinawa Centenarian Study; 3)MAKOTO SUZUKI, M.D., Ph.D., a cardiologist and geritrician on the faculties of the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa International University, is the principal investigator of the Okinawan Centenarian Study. NOTE: DRS. BRADLEY J. WILLCOX AND D. CRAIG WILLCOX ARE IDENTICAL TWINS. Dr. D'Adamo had mentioned in his 1st book, BTD, that Japan has some of the highest concentrations of blood type "A" people in the world. If one reads this book, THE OKINAWA PROGRAM, one would discover that the diet, excercises, and life style suggestions, are VERY SIMILAR TO DR. D"ADAMO'S SUGESTIONS FOR BLOOD TYPE "A" PEOPLE IN THE U.S.A. AND ELSEWHERE. However, THE OKINAWAN PROGRAM truly goes into much greater depth in this INTENSIVE STUDY. As mentioned from the back cover of this 484 page paperpack, THE OKINAWAN PROGRAM, authored by a team of internationally renowned experts, is based on the landmark scientifically documented twenty-five Okinawan Centenarian Study, a Japanese Ministry of Health-sponsered study. THIS IS ALSO MENTIONED FROM THE BACK COVER OF "THE OKINAWAN PROGRAM": "If Americans lived more like the Okinawans, 80 percent of the nation's coronary care units, one-third of the cancer wards, and a lot of the nursing homes would be shut down."-FROM THE OKINAWAN PROGRAM- I went through alot of the book,with time permiting. The diet emphasizes lots of vegetables, plant foods, OMEGA-3 foods and oils which is basically alot of coldwater/ocean fishes, whole grains as wild rice, very common staple in the Orient, lots of soy foods, and frequent drinks of teas (green tea along with various herbal teas). Also emphasized, in addition to regular excercise, is the practice of Tai-Chi as well as various other health enhancing martial arts. ALOT OF OTHER EXCELLENT SUGGESTIONS ARE WRITTEN INSIDE THIS BOOK. The ELDERLY people of Okinawa have the LOWEST rates of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, as well as the LOWEST rates of high blood lipid levels; LDL Cholestrol, Triglycerides, and Homocystein, compared to other elderly persons of other countries throughout the world. THIS IS TRULY AN AMAZING ACCOMPLISHMENT. It would be SUPER WONDERFUL if the U.S.A., Canada, Northern/Western European countries, along with other countries throughout the world could accomplish all this. I TRULY BELIEVE IT CAN BE DONE, EVERYBODY HAS TO WANT IT BAD ENOUGH TO ACCOMPLISH ALL THIS! I also realize that there would have to be an ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF CO-OPERATION with all levels of government, The American Medical Association, all the state medical associations, and all levels of the educational establishments; from kindergarten thru post college graduate schools and all the boards of education throughout the country. Heidi, God Bless you and your family! God bless the U.S.A.. Marshal in Wichita, KS
Hi, Marshal!! You always bring up great research, and you have marvelous ideas. One of the keys to the Okinawan's diet is hyaluronic acid, abundant in cockscombs and some of their native plants such as Japanese sweet potato. I've been looking for them in our markets, but they're dashed hard to find. Any tips? Many thanks, dear, and blessings flow to you!! :-D
Hello Heidi, Next week (May 27), Udo Erasmus is giving a presentation in a town near me. His Udo's Blend contains Flax oil, sunflower oil, sesame oil,evening primrose oil,lecithin, rice bran and germ oils, d-alpha tocopherol which is supposed to be a healthy balance of omega 3 and 6. Since I am type O, I can't buy it because the sunflower oil is an avoid for O's. Is the sunflower oil significant to take anyway to get the benefit from the blend or should i just stick to straight flax and olive oil? thanks jayne
Hello, Jayne! Sunflower's a bit high in the ingredient list for my liking -- I wouldn't use it. Why not use flax, EPO, lecithin, rice bran oil and a mixed tocopherol supp instead? You could make your own brew! :-)
Know what? Your question is a great one for Mr. Erasmus himself. Explain that.... you're "allergic" to sunflower oil, and does he have a product you CAN have which would do similar things? (or is there a way to mix the oils you CAN have to do the same thing, but I doubt he'll answer that one, LOL!) SECOND, ask him if the rice bran component is organic.... and if so, I WANT TO KNOW WHERE TO GET ORGANIC RICE BRAN OIL, GOSH DARN IT! :-D Enjoy the presentation, Jayne, and let me know what you learn!! :-D
Hi Heidi, I am a 42 years old female(A neg,non-secretor) from Holland and on the diet for about two years now, with great results for IBS and immune system. In january I started to follow the guidelines in LR4YT for non-secretors. So I stopped eating sugar because I tend to have problems with candida(I guess) and hypoglycemia. Is it possible that my body has become more sensitive to sugar, beacause I seem to have more hypo's and fatigue when I eat something sweet now. (only on special occasions, like birthdayparties) I know there is also a lot of stress involved, I'm a nervous type, (A's huh) so I try to practice yoga as much as I can. Do you have suggestions for supplementation to keep those hypo's umder control. I'm taking a multivitamin and probiotics and a mineral supplement from orthica, a dutch brand, because NAP supplements are quite expensive here. I've used cortiguard but I ran out of that now. I have limited my coffee intake to one cup in the morning, beacause lots of coffee seem to make it worse. I try to minimize in the graincategory but that's rather difficult here. In Holland we are used to eating (spelt)bread or cereals for breakfast and lunch. Your advise is most welcome, thank you very much. Greetings, Wil.
Oh, yes. Your body wasn't designed to deal with refined white sugar at all! so now that you've been away from it, having a little will set off alarms. Instead of sugar, seek out vegetable glycerine for all your sweetening needs - from tea to baking. Searching (at the bottom of this page) for "glycerine" will bring up a number of columns -- just read the one with the title which includes "ALL ABOUT VEG GLY" and proceed to the others for more.
Wil, I wish you could come to the States and see the breakfasts and lunches we "are used to! -- you would see what I am faced with! I must order carefully if I'm out, and for the greatest part I eat at home or with others who understand this diet. However, with time it has become quite normal for me, and quite pleasant, to eat as I do. If you like, you could have bread for lunch one day, and cereal for breakfast the next. But do switch grains when you can -- between oatmeal, amaranth, spelt, kamut, as many as you can find in your market or baker or health food store. If you have an extra serving or two during the week, I don't think that is too terrible! ;-)
If you use only one product from NAP, please use the probiotic. There is nothing else like it. Others can contain a wide selection of inappropriate organisms, and no other product is designed specifically with blood-group flora interactions in mind. For a nonsecretor, it is very important for your immune system health. And Cortiguard is more effective that any supplement I've ever seen for regulating cortisol, leading to better healing, peaceful sleep and vibrant energy -- and a calm focus throughout the day -- but I certainly understand if the expense is difficult to justify for you. Besides, you do yoga!
I'm very pleased you do your yoga! It's such a wonderful thing!! I think you're doing a great job, and please keep in touch!! :-D
hello heidi, this is the little scots lady again i hope you are well as you would have to be coping with all the questions you get from btd people you are very patient my Question is i've ordered DGL Licorice from stachtheme your uk distributer and as i am on rabeprazole sodium 20mg for GERD and i also have HBP can i still take DGL i've got a feeling i can but i wanted to be sure thank-you for all the support i've had in the past when i visit my sister in new jersey i intend to make a trip to one of your seminars cheers mary mccormick.
Well, hello, dear! Oh yes, you can still take the DGL. It's designed especially so that it does not raise blood pressure, and it is good for the tum. Did you try the ginger juice as we discussed before?
Let me know if you plan to attend an event ~ I'd love to meet you! go well, Mary! :-D
Hi Heidi, Thanks for the info on all the different peppers and for informing me that I can have fish sauce, i just can't get enough of Thai food. I have another question - I am seeing a naturopath for dry eyes and for a throat complaint, not sure what its called but it feels like I have something stuck in there all the time, the specialist told me its just acid from my stomach causing the muscles in my throat to tense up. Anyway since i have seen the naturopath and she put me on chinese herbs they have been getting better. She said that my liver is causing these problems so thats what she's treating. Its just that whenever I am in airconditionig for a long time my eyes just seem to get worse (they are better overall) again and its like a yo yo, it gets very frustrating at times and I dread airconditioning although sometimes its hard to avoid. i was wondering if there is anything I can do diet wise that will help improve them quicker. I am type O and am about 90 - 95% compliant. Thanks in advance. Chantelle [Oz]
Hello, Chantelle! First thing I'd do is drink a whole lot of water, every day. At the minimum: 1/2 ounce of pure water for each pound of bodyweight, and a pinch of gray sea salt added to each quart. It will help your liver, it will help your eyes, and your skin will look beautiful! (among other, unseen benefits). Keep me posted, dear!! :-D
In the Blood Type Encyclopedia on Page 348 under Group A-Specific Lectins, it has Pinto Beans, cinnamon,and apples listed with the bad lectin foods when they are good for Type A's. I am a Type A secretor and I eat a lot of peanuts, peanut butter, and apples and also soy products. Can you overdose on peanuts and soy beans???? Thank you for your answer. Carol
AH! Hi, Carol! Go to the search form at the bottom of this page, and type in "errata." Start at the bottom and read through! thanks for writing!! :-D
Hey you, this is CINDI, and first of all, thank you and the other readers who responded about my friend who has ringing in her head. I pass the info on to her, unfortunately she loves the morphine more than she cares to notice. I will keep working on her though. Anyway, moving on, Heidi, as you get told often, not often enough, you are a god send and i may not have gotten so into this change of eating habits if not for you and this column's info. Remember when I wrote about not losing weight? I stopped gaining but wasnt losing, well I took a close look at my life up until a couple years ago and then the most recent years, which i slowly put on this extra 20-25 pounds and I discovered that it started when I had to move into a Condo and then an apartment and there is no yard work for me to do. Seriously, I would love to work up a sweat mowing and gardening and now I dont have that. I am usually already tan by now and I wont even put on shorts because I am not used to looking chubby, I am only 5'2" so 25 extra pounds, looks like 50 extra. I am miserable everytime i look in the mirror and I have started walking at least 4 times a week. The trouble is I am a waitress and walk at work 8 hours everyday. My feet hurt and its not that fun to walk. Oh i walk to the store instead of drive,etc, but this isnt as much exercise as gardening and no where near as fulfilling. I take Bladderwrack by "Nature's wonderland" but sometimes I forget and miss a day. It says on the bottle "not recommended for long term use" What is considered to be "long term"? I also stopped the 1/2 cup of oatmeal a couple times a week in the morning, and I buy the organic beef, cost way more, but oh well, and i am very compliant all the time, except for the Bartles and Jaymes "Hard Lemonade" flavored beer that I drink a few times a week. It is so refreshing and I wonder if that is a huge problem.. I used to drink a four pack every day, now about one in a week. I stopped eating candy and all of us at work snacked on grapes instead, took it to the point that i cant look at a grape for awhile, they were a thirst quencher and I figured better than the Gummy worms, but maybe I over did them and they are on the nuetral list, can too much of something on the neutral fruit list be exceptionally harmful? Okay, I will let you read someone elses stuff now, sorry for rambling, but I was just wondering and wanted to thank you and the others who took the time to help me and my pal. Could I maybe be a non secretor? or are these problems not signals of being a nonny? I just got the test kit and need to get to spittin and mail that baby in to find out huh? :-Þ Cindi (O+)
Whoooops! Did I call ya Cindy? Or Cyndy? Or Cyndi? (I hope I was that close, anyway! lol!)
Ah, well, me dear: opiates are exceedingly seductive. Her doctor's got her addicted to them now. Not a happy prospect. :-( She'll have to want to get off them -- your caring friendship is wonderful, but it's gonna be up to her.
Is there a community garden near you? Check the websites and the yellow pages! You might find a place to work out by your preferences, and bring home some veg as well! Or, go to the bottom of this page and type in "5BX" -- it's a marvelous exercise plan that incorporates many gardening moves, and it's designed to challenge you wherever you are (or your weight is). About the bladderwrack? All herbals should be stopped for a few days & started up again, say every few weeks or a month. It will NOT hurt you if you don't -- that procedure just allows the herb to take breath and attack afresh.
Neutrals will never hurt you. Whatever's in the "Hard Lemonade" might! What does the label say? Not some load of corn sweetener, is it? Try a good brand of hard cider instead -- like Woodchuck Dark & Dry, or (if you can find it) their Granny Smith Varietal. (on that label, the woodchuck's holding a green apple, lol).
Get to spittin,' girl! I look forward to hearing the results! And don't you worry... slowly and surely is the way to success. You'll do it. No doubt about that! :-D
You column is fantastic. Thanks so much. Please help me with Hot Flashes. I feel like I have tried everything the past 3 years: herbs, chinese herbs, progesterone creme, vitamins, accupuncture, chiropractor etc. and nothing seems to help. I have been on the Eat For Your Blood Type plan since Christmas. My blood type is O and I am a non-secretor. My hot flashes are awful. Your advice would be greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Lynn
Hello, Lynn! Have you tried the herb Rhodiola rosea? Maca? Black cohosh? the FemBalance product in our Store here?
Tell me more about the herbs/supps you've tried, and we'll work out a protocol for you that won't go over old ground. By the way, the Eat Right 4 Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia has great protocols for female issues. Thanks for writing, and hang in there ~ relief is on its way!!! :-D
I put 1 drop of oregano oil, & 1 drop of thyme oil on my pimples, acne, & cold sores, this helps me. ?many diets emphasize not eating/drinking beverages after 6 or 7pm. What does the blood type diet say about this? brian
Oil of oregano (and thyme) is a potent anti-microbial, so I'm not surprised that it works nicely. Thanks for that tip!
We encourage people to eat their main meal as breakfast, a smaller meal at lunch, and a light one for dinner -- and to finish all food intake at least two hours before retiring to bed. :-D
Hello, Heidi!! I would like to thanks Gwyneth for her tip about my shin splint. It is always welcome any advice about it, although I know my reason... (or I think I do). Do you run?? Heidi, Thank you very much for your advice about the pills. I am not gonna take it! Question: I would like to know if a person who has fungus in his nail(type O)should avoid products that have yeast as part of the ingredient, like some breads. Is that anything in a diet that should be taken more carefully to clean it or not get it worst??? Thank you for been you!!! Bcha.
You're very sweet, Bcha! I hope Gwyneth sees your note!! Yes, I'm a happy runner. Not nearly the mileage I used to do, since I'm trying to focus more on strength training these days (and I've been sitting at the computer more and exercising less... it's driving me nuts, and something's going to change real quick!!), but I miss those perfect-morning-ten-miles up & down the hills of Bronxville! ;-)
Someone with nail fungus should see to his intestinal critters. Yeast ingestion has no effect on this -- but eating the wrong diet, and not taking an ABO-specific probiotic along with food for the wonderful little buddies (like ARA6) will help continue the systemic fungal environment. Here's what to do: clean and dry the feet thoroughly, and apply one drop of any cheapo white vinegar you can find - full strength plain white vinegar. Do this twice per day, and keep the feet clean and dry as much as possible -- kick the shoes and socks off at every opportunity. Nails take a minimum of six weeks to grow out -- do not skip a day, keep up with it twice every day.
You're always such a ray of light, Bcha! keep that big smile shining, dear!! :-D
Hello Heidi, I'm pregnant (8 weeks) and type A (secretor status not known). I'm taking a standard pregnancy multi-vit supplement plus acidopholus while I wait for Live Right 4 Your Baby and the D'Adamo type A pregnancy supps to be shipped over to me in the UK. But I'd really appreciate your advice on the following: If I am eating a healty diet AND taking supplements, can I overdose on certain vitamines and minerals? And could this be harmful for the developing foetus? The National Health Service in Britain does NOT recommend supps during pregnancy, apart from Folic Acid, as it's impossible to regulate what an individual is already getting in the diet and, therefore, determine what extra doses are needed. They claim supplementation COULD lead to chemical inmbalance and be damaging to the developing baby. For example, I just bought some nutritional yeast then realised that, combined with my daily multi-vit, I'd be getting excessive doses of certain B vits along with various others like potassium, sulpur etc. That's just an example - I could have chosen any food stuff. The prolem is, I'm not a scientist and I don't know what's dangerous and what's not. Yet if I stop taking the supplements, I might be missing out on other essential vits and minerals. It's really hard to know what to do. As you know, the first 3 months are crucial in the baby's development because it's making all the vital organs, brain, nervous system etc. The last thing I want to do is damage my baby because I ate too much of a good thing. What do you think? Also, could you recommend a good smoothie or snack I could make when I'm feeling queezy and the last thing I want to do is cook or eat. Thanks so much. Katy
Hello, Katy! For the most part, your diet should provide everything you need. Folic acid is a good addition, and for now I'd concentrate on the beneficial foods (all organic, OK?) emphasizing leafy vegetables, fish, nuts, beans, seeds and fruits. When you get the book, you'll have the full low-down on which herbs or supps are good for you, and which are to be avoided. For now, the low doses of your multi combined with the foods shouldn't do you or the baby any harm.
How about a cup of pineapple chunks, half a cup of strawberries & a half-cup of soft tofu? Thin with juice or water (makes a double batch)! :-D I think that may keep the queezies at bay!
My very best wishes to you and your growing babe, Katy! Drop me a line now & again, let me know how you're doing! :-D
Thank you for your reply to my question about my son. I am preparing my whole presentation to him, and I wanted to give you a little more information about his condition, which I just learned. He has a constant pain in the right lower abdomen, which has never been explained in any of his many tests. This shifts around. He wakes up with nausea and dry heaves. He has numbness in his feet, legs and hands, and sometimes a prickly numbness elsewhere as well. He is really thin--no muscles and no fat either. I have a feeling the B12 is going to help, and the other supps you mentioned as well. If the added info here seems to call for addtional suggestions, please let me know. Meanwhile I'm going to propose the first step of the probiotics, methylcobalamin, and Cortigard. And try to persuade him off of sugar and dairy. I did give him some sips of a fresh-sqeezed vegie juice I had, and he pronounced it delicious. Regarding the question on where to get pure and effective supps, I'll work up a list and send it! Cyndi
Great, Cyndi! You're making wonderful progress with him already. Nothing more convincing for newbies than great-tasting food ~~ I'm so pleased he liked that juice! I'll await your supp list! :-D
All my thanks for your daily answers. I am O, probably no- secretor, my children also. We are all the 3 ADHD, on the diet for 1 year, strict for me and a little less strict for them: my level of energy and attention is past from 20 to 50 %, what was already a big victory for me but there is still 50 % of deficit. I did not adjust either Candida. For my boys, I notice that they are less violent when they do not eat wheat and they digest better without milk. They take recently Ritaline because they have enormous problems of concentration and so big school problems. The encyclopedia is not translated into French ( will it be one day ?) so any protocol for the ADHD and the treatment of Candida is the welcome. One thousand thanks, Anne-Françoise.
Hello, Anne-Françoise ~ I'm sure the Encyclopedia will be translated someday, but in the meantime I hope you will pick up a copy of it and write to me with questions if there is anything you don't understand. The reason I suggest this is that there are three protocols for each of those conditions you are asking about. Each of the six protocols has several items involved, along with additional notes -- so it would be a very long answer for you, and I'm afraid I'd make an error somewhere in typing all the names and numbers!
For type O, you can start with pycnogenol: 60-100 mg daily for 2 weeks, then 30-50 mg. Vitamin B6: 20-30 mg per kg of bodyweight. Calcium, 500-750 mg daily. Those are the adult dosages. Also, when you write back, let me know the ages of your children in order to figure out how much, and what, of all of it would help them. Best wishes to you and your kids, and please do write again! :-)
Hi Heidi! I'm still on the B vitamin/brewer's yeast roll, wanted to comment on the readers with heart palpitations & urinary tract trouble -- heart palpitations can come from a lot of things, but for me it's definitely linked to the vit B's. I also found internet info that vit B's can affect absorption of zinc & vit A, and deficiency of those two is thought to make the body lose the amino acid taurine through the urine -- and taurine plays a major role in heartbeat regularity. (I can't prove the B-zinc-vit A link, internet info is suspect to me, but it does seem likely since I know from better resources that B vitamin deficiency affects metabolism of protein, fats & carbs -- pretty much everything, and that would affect a lot of nutrients.) On urinary trouble, my old nutritional chiro said that is often linked to B vits, especially folic acid. Folic acid deficiency can lead to urinary tract irritation, contributing to UTI's he said. Also contributes to incontinence, because the irritation may be just enough to make you suddenly need to go when you don't really. So I'm still pushing the brewer's yeast for B vits. Though the rosacea I'm working on with the B vits just got worse again when my chemical burns got worse (chemical burns cycle, heal & then burn again.) But I'm still very happy, because the burns were much better than they have been, barely there a all -- I think my body can detox the chemicals through the liver better with the B vits, so they don't have to burn out through the skin. Rosacea probably won't go away til the burns finish & I can use the B vits for better things. Sorry this went kind of off the BTD subject! I am thanking you for your helpful column! And looking forward to my next batch of your molasses chocolate chip cookies! Yum. (o: Maia
P.S. -- Woops! When I said internet info is suspect, didn't mean you! Only resources where I don't know their information foundation & motivation. Woops! Foot in mouth!
Hey now! Don't start thinking I'm not suspect!! SUSPECT US ALL!! :-D
Thanks for your observations! They're such a wonderful contribution to the wealth of knowledge everyone is so generous with... it's a joy!! :-D
Heidi,thanks for your response about my wrestler son, Andrew. College wrestling weight classes range from 125 to 285, and the last weight below heavy-weight is 197, so Andrew is already above the next lowest weight class, and he is the only one who can go heavy on the team - they already have four 197ers. An 88-lb. range is huge, and obviously, the more muscle-weight (not fat) Andrew has, the better, since many of the wrestlers are at the top of their range. Andrew wrestled heavyweight as a high school senior weighing 215 and had a 45-3 record, but we worried about the risk from much heavier opponents, and his college coach wants him to gain, as well. Gaining weight is not the typical problem for wrestlers! I want him to gain it safely, and using the foods A's can eat. Is there any limit on the amount of protein he can ingest daily from soy, other beans, nuts, seeds,fish and poultry? He just burns energy at a tremendous rate, and really has to work at gaining - there is not an ounce of fat on him, now. Any daily tips you can give on diet will be much appreciated. And thanks for the creatine info! Kim
Ah! Thanks for that, Kim! Yeah, he's almost 40 pounds above the 197 level, so the idea of stepping down is a no-go. I was thinking that he'd be facing plenty of guys near the top of the HW range, and hoped to work him down to the next class for that reason, but that's OK, we'll move on! Wrestling success is as much skill as weight (a lot more, actually), so I'm sure he'll have a great season just with the better diet which you're doing such a great job promoting to him!
The only limits he should think about are proportional. Look at the portion/frequency tables and keep them in balance one to another. He'll be eating somewhat larger portions on a more frequent basis. For now, I'd add 50% to each portion, and spread the servings out into four to six meals. He'll want a good meal in the morning, a normal lunch, and decent-sized but not enormous dinner, but the snacks and shakes in-between (and one small snack or shake two hours before sleeping) will be part of the "spread." The idea is to avoid overstuffing him, but have him snack whenever he's hungry between meals. Every food group should get the same boost. The vitamins & minerals from veg & fruit are just as important to his muscle growth and stamina as the proteins -- they all work together!
Best of luck, Kim, and please keep us posted on his progress over the summer!! very exciting! :-D
Hello Heidi! It's Yelena again. (I am B+ secretor). Doctor Adamo writes in his book that one should not use the protocols from the book without a help of a naturopathic provider. Is it possible for you to forward the below information to Doctor Adamo, so that he can either correct it or perhaps I should make an appointment with him. I need to know the total costs and how many visits I need because my insurance does not cover any alternative medicine, just as it does not cover my ancologist and the ancological center too. Below is some details on what is going on with me. Following the protocols without professional help is too complicated a procedure, and probably not effective. I can be contacted by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. I have been on a ABO diet since November 2002. Unfortunately I have also had a continuous stress during all this time. Apparently I was unable to contain the stress. The surgery is a result. Funny, just a month before the surgery I had a physical exam, and my physician have not noticed anything wrong. My diagnosis was "Sarcoma of the stomach with metastases in uteris and pancreas". The surgeon has also removed a gallbladder, half of the stomach, uteris and a piece of pancreas. During the surgery they have used a local chemotherapy in the abdomen, but only for a short time. This week they want to start a introvenous chemotherapy. After the surgery my hemoglobin level was at 8-25, (with normal range 13-35). We are using 5 protocols from the book. I take: chemotherapy protocol: bupleurum (620 mg capsule once a day), Itaru green tea, probiotic; surgery recovery: plantain (790 mg) once a day L-Arginine (500 mg) once a day zinc 25 mg once a day Vitamin C from Rose Hips (do not take it because the stomach can not take anything acidic) Bromelain 500 mg - do not take because feel pain from it; cancer prevention: coQ10, 50 mg x 2 day Liver Support: Beet Root 100 mg Licorice Root from a capsule Yelena
Hello, dear Yelena! If you made an appointment with Peter, you'd be waiting for a very long time -- perhaps a year. Do call the phone number for the clinic, and see if Doc Bron can see you soon. The clinic info and address/phone are located on this page, linked as "Clinic" at the top of the home page. The phone number is 203/ 348-4800. They will explain the costs involved, and let you know how you can send your records and the report above to them. Love to you, and warmest best wishes!! :-)
Hello Heidi, Thanks to Glenn for posting the updated information on the pathology lab in Melbourne-I've made an appointment for the secretor test as I'm like a dog with a bone, and want to make sure that my intuition is matched by science. Next, I've just enjoyed reading about the mitochondrial DNA links from each of us back to a single past gggggreat grandmother (Prof Bryan Sykes,"The seven daughters of Eve" and wondered at what point in this scientific journey does Peter's work intersect with Sykes? Also,I've looked at Peter's module on gene theory and anthropology and it seems to imply a different hypothesis than the one in his printed books where you get the impression that the A and B mutations happened fairly recently in response to dietary changes in the landscape, while in the module the implication is that the ABO genes have always been with us. I know you have touched on this in past letters, so hope you can update me. Thanks for your reply about the volume of drinking water.I am experimenting to find the right balance between good digestion and acceptable micturation keeping in mine that as I am an A and really don't do much sweaty exercise and it is coming on to winter here, my water requirements could be less than prescribed. Salut- Jenny
:-D "acceptable micturation," eh? :-D I admire your elegant locutions, dear! By the way, over a couple of weeks' time of increased water intake, the micturation frequency will fall back to pre-super-hydration levels. ;->
I've not read that book, but Peter does give some timelines in BTD which may aid you in discovering the answer to your question. It also gives a simplified version of the ABO developments (types "arising" at various times) in order to communicate the basic idea to a wide audience. The rigorous answer is, yes - they've always been with us. Mutations are (or were) constantly in the works, however, spurred by the necessity of adaptation to new climates and foods. Many thanks for writing, Jenny!! :-D
Regarding the IBS treatment of 5/5/03, my wife was not upset with the rice/blueberry diet, but to the long term avoidance of garlic which is a highly beneficial food for A secretors. (Quote: . . . Eventually you should be able to eat more fruits, vegetables and carbs, but garlic, lot of onions/leeks, . . . and a diet based on lots of cabbage family vegetables (like broccoli) will probably never be tolerated again. . . end of quote). There are few foods left that she can tolerate or like without flavoring them up with some garlic. Quercetin also is high in the onion family and is needed to control the allergies she has. The word “never” made it seem unendurable to her. Actually, she has been doing a lot better since staying off of grains (except rice and amaranth), dairy, and sugars, even in spite of eating the garlic with her braised vegetables, which she is determined to do anyway. I suppose you meant moderation and not avoidance, especially in the case of garlic. At least, that’s what she hopes you meant. By the way, is it possible to have both IBS and celiac disease, without having anemia? And is there a way to detect celiac sprue without having a biopsy of the small intestine? GPF
Hello, GPF! Thanks so much for clarifying your wife's concerns. In Joachim's advice, instead of the word "never," I'd like her to look one back to the word "probably." ;-) All these recommendations are simply information for your use, and certainly not carved in stone. It enables people to narrow down potential food problems, by giving them a few specific items which they can then use for testing purposes. For instance, when she feels she's healed, she could try some garlic and see if that made things worse, or if it had no effect. Right now, it may seem an impossible task to isolate what's continuing her illness, so these guidelines are there for her use if desired.
Quercetin is one substance in yellow onions, but is not the irritant, so isn't an issue for her. I'm not familiar with the medical testing aspect of celiac and IBS, so I couldn't say whether anemia is always present, nor can I comment on celiac sprue testing. Perhaps one of our expert readers could offer this advice?
I'm really pleased that she is doing a lot better now! I believe and hope she will continue to improve, and I would be grateful if you'd continue posting on her situation!! thanks so much! :-D
I have read the book: eat right for your type. but i have one important question to ask, I am blood type O+ and according to the diet i am supposed to eat lean meat and poultry, but I am a vegetarian (but eat fish and eggs). How do i stick to the 0 blood type diet, but remain a vegetarian? Please, I would be really greatful for an answer. Thanks for a great book. Angela
Hi, Angela! You would choose from the beneficials and neutrals in the non-animal-protein categories. Coleus forskohlii is reputed to boost energy metabolism in vegetarians who have blood types which require animal protein for optimal health. Best wishes, dear!! :-D
Hi, I am Type A Blood Group and would like to go on the diet however I am allergic to Peanuts, Soy and have mild reactions to most legumes. How do I get enough protein in my diet if I am not eating much red meat or dairy? Kelly
Start by following the diet very closely, meaning "aim for 100% beneficials," but do not eat the foods which you react badly to. Use all the beans and pulses and nuts and seeds that you CAN tolerate, whether they are beneficial or neutral (don't use avoids). And fill in with the beneficial fish and the neutral poultry. You should do very, very well, no worries! Thanks for writing, Kelly, and welcome to the BTD! :-D
Hello there again Heidi. First a sit-rap, than a truckload of questions: Been following the BTD lifestyle for exactly one year. I’m O secretor, Rh-, male, 37 years. A was a wheat, potato and corn junkie. My two motivations for BTD’ing is weight loss and maximizing general health, but no other known health issues.
Well anyhow, the first six months went along very fine, lost 16 kg and increased energy. Problem is the last six months. I still have 20 kg. to loose, but the scale have not moved further down, neither has chest etc. measurements. And believe me I have been doing it all: Only beneficials for two months, no grains except beneficial veggies, drinking 4 liters of water every day, exercising two – three days a week (running and intense weightlifting) and any other advice I pick up from my daily reading of your fantastic column.
Lately you have on at least two occasions commented on hypotherose. I have the last days measured my temperature in the morning, before I go out of bed, and the temperature is steady 96,40 Fahrenheit, which then should be a strong indication of to low thyroxin production. Can this be the sole explanation for the lack of weight loss or is there other theories about plateaus when one goes down in weight?
In spite of high intensity of my training, my body have not adapted to any extent to the training, and I know that it is not due to overtraining. As I understand it, low thyroxin often means high adrenaline, can that be a possible explanation on the lack of training progress? I’m seeing my doctor two weeks from today in order to check the thyroxin levels. Any suggestions for other test I should do when I’m there?
If the test confirms my suspicion, you did mention here the other day some general suggestion (glands etc.) of thing to take in stead of the chemicals the doctor would normally give. I must admit I didn’t quite understood what you meant, can I kindly ask you to specify. Finally, I have a question about the presence of lectins (wheat for example) in the gut. When one completely drop eating a specific lectin containing substance, for how long can the lectin hang in there before it goes a way? Best regard Geir
Allo, Geir!! That is indeed a low basal temperature. There are plateaus, but six months is far too long after you had a steady weight loss in the preceding six months. The inexpensive glandulars I mentioned to a woman in the U.S. are made by Vitamin Shoppe. I'll give you the ingredient rundown so you'll have a reference to search for a similar product in Scandinavia.
"Thyroid Complex" -- Thiamin (B1) 10 mg, riboflavin (B2) 10 mg, pyroxidine HCL (B6) 10 mg, cyanocobalamin (B12) 25 mcg, iodine (from kelp) 150 mcg, magnesium oxide 100mg, zinc 3 mg, selenium 70 mcg, copper 150 mcg, manganese 3 mg, molybdenum 150 mcg, L-tyrosine 150 mg, and multi gland complex 35 mg (from bovine liver, lung, pancreas, heart, kidney, spleen, brain). The zinc, selenium, copper, manganese and molybdemun are in the form of amino acid chelates. One to three capsules per day, with meals. If you can find an organic source of the multi-gland complex, that would be spectacular. The B vitamins are "helpers," along with the other minerals & trace elements.
Lectins remain attached to the cell pretty much permanently. Once the cell dies, it's replaced with a new, clean one. Hooray! As I understand it, the lining of the intestinal tract renews itself about every 14 days with an entirely brand-new epithelium. Yours has been sparkling clean for a while, so I don't think that is the issue. Try a glandular, and keep testing your basal temperature. Once it's in the normal range for a week or two, you should see better results in your muscle mass and in fat loss.
Thank you for writing, Geir ~ it's really nice to hear from you! :-)
Hello Heidi, I really enjoy this column and read it everyday. Your care and attention are truly appreciated. I have a couple of questions. I am bloodtype AB+. My first question is about plantains. I did a search and saw where you said ripe plantains had the taste and texture of bananas. How do I know if a plantain is ripe? Also I thought plantains had to be cooked. Is this right? Also in the books plantain is listed under fruit. But I thought it was sort of starchy. As you can tell I am plantain illiterate. Thanks for your help. Also I was wondering about a fish called Char. I did a search and found nothing and it's not in the books so i deemed it neutral. As I thought about it a little more I wondered if maybe it has another name or something. Just being careful.(I had some today sauted in a little walnut oil and man was it good). O.K. last question. This one concerns tomatoes. Since all non-avoid vegetables have no limits on consumption does that go for tomatoe sauce as well?(organic of course) Thank you so much for your time! Best Wishes and GOOD VIBES Mike
Hey there, Mike!! :-) Great to hear from one of you rare ABs! :-D
Bananas and plantains are slightly different botanically. Most plantains shipped to the U.S. are a hybrid of two species: Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata (the latter includes the yellow banana we know and love). Plantains have starchier fruit and less sweetness than bananas, and are a traditional starchy food in the tropics. They make a wonderful fried starch vegetable-like side-dish when green but can be eaten raw when ripe (they turn color somewhat and smell sweeter, just as bananas do -- the color depends on the cultivar).
Char is something I was introduced to years ago here in NYC, at an Italian restaurant run by Yugoslavians. :-) It's a lovely delicate, sweet fish, Salvelinus alpinus (Linnaeus). All the other Salvelinus fishies are trout of various sizes and characteristics. Our char appears to be a sea trout... sadly, trout is off-limits for AB secretors. Did you say you were a nonsecretor?? :-) Hey! Now's the time to find out!! :-D
The vegetables are recommended in unlimited amounts in the hope that you'll get a variety of them, OK? :-D yep, tomato counts as one. :-D best wishes, Mark ~ thanks for your message!
Hello, Heidi: I haven't been able to convince my wife (an "O" who doesn't like eating much meat and doesn't want to give up wheat, diet pop, etc.) to stay with the BTD, but have had some success in treating her with supps recommended by Dr. D'Adamo for a different matter.
However, my question is this, what can she do to help prevent hair loss and acne? The hair loss started about two years ago, the acne about a year. The dermatologist recommended Rogaine and tetracycline. An endocrinologist, after many tests, thought a trial of metformin may be in order because the only abnormality was a high DHEA level. The tetracycline did clear the acne but the Rogaine didn't help much, and she still hasn't tried the metformin. She tried strenuous exercise regularly for a few months with no apparent change.
Her daily fare typically consists of either no breakfast or a piece of toast, a can of diet pop about 3x/week, no lunch or just a piece of fruit, and an average size dinner of a little meat, some veggies and a carb. Her caloric intake is less than 1500/day but she can never seem to lose the 15 lbs she'd like to, even when she worked out hard and even when she did try the BTD with about 70% compliance (although it wasn't the weight loss menu plan--she said she'd be too hungry on it and didn't want to eat so much meat).
Anyway, can you recommend any supplements or other advice for the hair loss and acne? She has about half the hair now at 39 then she had at 24. I haven't checked her secretor status, but assume she's a secretor because she's generally quite healthy. Thanks, again. :-) Todd
Hello, Todd! I'm smiling because I'm remembering my condition just before I started the O diet. I was doing a juicing and fasting regimen, "mucusless" fruits and vegetables. ;-) For the life of me, I couldn't figure out why I had
:-) Those little troubles sent me to an acupuncturist, who checked me over, said the little problems were signs of much bigger ones, asked what my diet was, and said I was probably type O and should find out right away and start doing the BTD!! By the way, I was your wife's age, and I'd had the acne and hair loss for many months, just as she has.
First, I can testify that, as to the drugs, she should save her money. The Rogaine has deleterious DNA activity, and the tetracycline will foul up her GI tract even further than the wheat and soda do, but most important of all -- they're not going to work in the long run. Metformin is a diabetes drug, which I'm glad she hasn't tried.
Here's what the Australian DEA have stated -- bear in mind that this is how they approach diabetes even with ELDERLY people!
"Diet and exercise remain the cornerstone of management for Type 2 diabetes, with the aim of achieving and maintaining ideal body weight and reversing potentially damaging metabolic consequences of diabetes. In general, if an average of 3 months of diet and exercise intervention fail to achieve optimal glycaemic control, then pharmacological treatment should be commenced."
If your wife were willing to give the O diet a full trial for one month (no avoids) according to Live Right's portion/frequency guidelines, and eating a big breakfast, small lunch and smaller dinner (throw the calorie concerns to the winds!) I know that the weight loss would start up and proceed gradually along, and her skin, hair and digestion would be blessed with the changes. I'd also suggest drinking pure water to the tune of 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight, and continuing the exercise plan she started.
The "calorie system" honestly does not apply here -- she would see that difference immediately if she spent a month eating 1500 calories per day from grain and vegetables, then spent a month eating 2500 calories per day from meat, fish and vegetables. She'll gain or maintain on the first, and she will lose weight (fat, that is) on the second. Right now she is eating so little that her body is forced to starve during the day, then gets fuel at the end of the day when it's not needed. So, it's stored as fat.
There are some inexpensive supplements such as horsetail which may help if she's low in silica and if that is part of the cause of her hair loss. It sounds, however, as if she is protein deficient -- especially if it turns out she is a nonsecretor. Has she done the basal temperature test? If she finds it's low, then the "thyroid complex" product I mentioned above to Geir could help her, but she will still very much need that protein.
I've gone on and on, and probably been of very little help to you, but I do want to say that I applaud you for doing so much to help your wife resolve her health troubles. I wish I had an army of pills at my disposal that would be useful in her condition, but the fact is, the diet is the first and foremost thing -- without it, my hands are sort of tied. I think you're doing a marvelous thing, and I wish the very best for both of you! Let me know how it goes, OK? :-)
I am a type B and have been following the BTD diet for several years. Since type B's are dairy tolerant, I was wondering why ice cream is an avoid. I can attest that if I eat regular commercial packaged ice cream, I do get stomach upset, etc that I do not get with frozen yogurt. Is this because of the additives in ice cream and if so, then is home made ice cream not an avoid? I do not eat much of commercial ice cream anyway but do notice the ill effects if I do. Also now that summer is here, can you give me good tips to help avoid heat exhaustion? I had my first problem with this when I was about 22 and since then have to watch being in the heat and humidity. Thanks Joyce
Hi there, Joyce! Yep, you figured it out -- the reason ice cream is listed as an avoid is because most commercial brands contain loads of yuck. Homemade ice cream from OK ingredients would be fine for you, YOU LUCKY B!!! :-) sigh! Frozen yogurt with OK ingredients is even better, as cultured dairy products are ideal for you.
Heat exhaustion can be easily avoided with plenty of salted water (1/2 ounce of water for each pound of body weight, with a pinch of gray sea salt per quart) -- along with the customary precautions about exercise above certain temperature/humidity indices, which you'll see on every weather broadcast. Bananas and other high-potassium foods are a good idea. Eating lightly but maintaining your protein intake is also very helpful in avoiding heat stroke. Enjoy the summer!! :-D
Hi Heidi, Sorry about the mix up with Sarah's email. I have sent her an email a couple of times. One to the "sayrah..." one that you sent me and one to "sarah..." without the "y" just in case and no response yet. Thanks for everything. Nina
PS. My O nonnie sister went to see Doc Bron and found out she is an A nonnie after all. Yeesh. He was wonderful with her. You guys are the best.
Sarah C (who asked to be put in touch with Nina) ~ are ye there? :-) Let me know whether you've received Nina's email, and if there's some other address she should use... thanks, dear! :-)
Yep, Doc Bron's a marvelous fellow, ain't he? I'm greatly pleased your sister enjoyed her visit ~~ and that we've got her firmly pegged as an A! Hoo-rah! :-D
I am blood group type "A" and notice that Broad beans are listed twice, once in the avoid category and once in the neutral category. As I am really fond of broad beans, would appreciate confirmation of which category the bean belongs.... Thanks very much Linda
Hello, Linda! Broad beans are beneficial for A secretors (about 85% of As are secretors) and neutral for nonsecretors. :-)
Dear Heidi, Yet again I have to tell you that you are brilliant. Firstly I am so grateful that you answer my questions and it is wonderful to have your support. I must tell you about my Morphea lady. When I got back to her after your message, she said that she was so thrilled, she had stuck to the diet religiously for a month, been back to the skin specialist and they both noticed that the morphea was receeding, so she has turned down the steriods and is on the Deflect pills instead! Thank you. My Spondylosis chap is just starting his diet and supplments as are both my Ank.Sp. people, watch this space. THANK YOU.
My question about the Glucosamine Sulphate and the Glucosmine Hydrochloride is still confusing me. In the 1998 Rheology lecture that Peter gave he says that no-one knows whether the results that we get from people taking Glucosamine Sulphate for arthritis are because of the Glucosamine itself or the fact that it is binding the lectins. So I still don't know whether the Hydrochloride version will do the same thing. Would you be able to check on that for me please?
Another, final question....Peter has spoken in the past about slug lectins being brilliant for MS people (not snails) along with the stinging nettle tablets. Has anyone formulated a slug pill yet? I have been working with a particular MS client for 5 years who, up to now has been stable. She is starting to degenerate and I would like to be able to stabilse her again. Any ideas about the slugs? Thank you Heidi SO MUCH A big hug to you Sarah
:-) I'm thrilled you're seeing great results in your clients, Sarah! What a gem you are! :-) I'm most certainly not brilliant, but I'm clinging tenaciously to the coattails of those who are! :->
I will put the hydrochloride question to the experts, but it may be some time before I can obtain a reply. Whether the glucosamine is only binding lectins, or if it does what some claim, namely stimulates the body to produce its own glucosamine in the joints, is an issue which I think has not been definitely settled yet.
I do understand your interest in obtaining cheap glucosamine! In fact, were it not for glucosamine hydrochloride's role in veterinary medicine as an anti-arthritis compound, sparking subsequent testing for humans, glucosamine would never have made it to the HFS shelves. There are a multitude of items in veterinary catalogs which are either identical to the pharmaceuticals targeted for human use, or which have the identical effect in humans, and which cost half or a quarter as much. I do hope the hydrochloride version of glucosamine is one of these items!
As to the slug lectin from Limax flavus, I did an extensive search and learned a few things, but nothing in the way of a supplement form of the lectin popped up. Here is Dr. Ronald Miller's research description page on the Medical University of South Carolina site. And here is the only place I found online that lists this lectin with a catalog number -- indicating that they sell it. However, I couldn't find an English version of any other information/page there, and it appears to be a company in China. I will do my best to source a "slug pill" for you ASAP!
In looking around the online lectin references, I found lots of fun stuff: as one example, it looks like an enterprising inventor believes lectins can be used for birth control! :-D
Anyway, let's see what I can dig up ~~ warmest wishes to you, my dear! :-D
Hello Heidi! Thanks for your response to my plea for health help! I found out that I'm an O neg secretor, so perhaps my body IS fighting off my husband's AB positive secretor baby making juices:-) Like you, Dr. D, in his author tour talk, also told us that pregnancy can still happen for us (cross your fingers) and suggested green tea and Vitamin C (only from acerola cherry food source). We figured we got the "blessing" from the king himself so it can't be long now! Right? Following up on my previous post on not feeling too well...is it possible that supplementation can have an adverse effect? I stopped taking some of my supplements and feel MUCH better. Go figure! How can we figure out what we truly need and what we are already getting enough of from food? Are there certain vitamins and minerals that Os MUST supplement with or does it all depend on the individual? Thanks for providing guidance, your great! Susan
Hey there, Susan! you're very kind! Yes, you certainly may find that one or another supp is not what your body needs. Staying tuned in to those signals is the key to figuring it out, which you seem very skilled in doing! :-) For the most part, if you're eating a wide variety of beneficial & neutral foods and avoiding the rest, you're likely getting plenty of everything that you need.
We encourage supplementation based on: (1) the widespread depletion of soils and the long transit time between harvesting and sale of fruits and veg. Both conditions greatly reduce the nutrient content of foods; (2) the enormous addition to the baseline (or ancient) stresses in daily life. The demands we place on ourselves to earn a living in a crowded and tax-heavy world, and the toxic chemicals in our environment, are but two examples of what our genomes didn't expect to face, and which severely affect our need for nutrients and ability to assimilate them; (3) chronic illness, injuries, surgery, or drug use in the individual, any of which can require supplementation to bring him or her "back from the cliff" and set them on the road to healing.
I'd say the basic supps that a moderately healthy O would benefit from would be PolyFlora and Phytocal. Now, if one's digestion, stress response and general immunity are excellent (visible as shining skin, hair & eyes; only the rarest cold or flu; and no constipation or unformed stools -- and felt as a vibrant pleasure in living), clearly no supplementation is called for.
Sometimes a supplement isn't tolerated well because of the fillers rather than the active ingredients. Testing single pure ingredients is a good way to find out if you can benefit from them, and also to find out which fillers aren't friendly to you.
My fingers are crossed and I'm visualizing lots of little babies for you, dear!! Blessings, and take good care!! :-)
I am fairly new to all of this, and am completely overwhelmed by the wealth of information available on this site alone. there are no licensed naturopaths in my state and quite honestly, I don't have the time to spend pouring over books and info on the internet.
Anyway, my whole family is blood type O. I have two main questions at this point (If there's an easy place to look for answers that I've missed, please let me know.): I would like to know if there are any specific recommendations for (1) recurrent kidney stones and (2) osteoarthritis (in the hip).
As a secondary comment; I read Eat Right 4 Your Type and we have been trying to make changes in our diet, but the costs of supplements and special foods (e.g. wheat-free alternatives) are staggering. We are a two-income family that is barely making it as it is. How does Dr. D'Adamo propose that people implement all of these suggestions on a tight budget? We would have to spend almost $200 just to find out if we are secretors or not. I believe strongly in nutrition and natural health options, but we just can't afford it! Pauline
Welcome, Pauline! There is a great deal of information, indeed! The good news is that we don't need to understand it all in order to benefit from the health plan based upon it. I'll try to help you do just that.
In this country, we're accustomed to spending as little money as possible on the most convenience we can get. With the convenience (fast foods, sodas, microwave dinners, popcorn in a bag, bread from the "bread wall" in the supermarket) comes "food" with little or no real food in it. Few if any nutrients, that is, but a load of toxic chemicals, sugar and denatured grain. And most of us are locked into lifestyles in which every moment of the day is scheduled already, and every penny coming in is already allocated to be spent.
When anyone decides to improve her eating habits, she's faced with two elements: either spend more money or more time. With more money, she can get the same convenience she had before. With more time, she can spend as little (often less!) money as she spent before. Most of us end up balancing the two, depending on our situations.
That's what I'm here to help you with. To spend virtually the identical amount of money and time on food that you spend now, forget the supps and fancy foods. They're not required. Simply follow the BTD food list and substitute 100% rye bread for wheat bread. One serving of meat, one of fish or poultry, and one of grain daily is a good non-fussy basic rule of thumb. Not only wheat, but potatoes, milk and cream, and corn must be removed from your diets, so if that leaves a space in the menu, substitute beneficial and neutral vegetables and fruit -- these together should be the "bottom of the pyramid," or the mainstays of anyone's diet. If there's any product you use that includes wheat, corn, or dairy and you can't find an easy substitute for it, eliminate it and make a vegetable or fruit dish instead.
There is a third element, hidden in the first two: the willingness to change. I've kept the "change-challenge" to a minimum in my advice to you, so that you and your family can improve your health with only the minimum necessary adjustments, and no increased expenditure of money or time. However, if that minimum challenge is refused -- if we say, "No, I want the taste of foods I'm used to, and I want my arthritis to improve," or "No, I'm Italian-American (or Irish or German or Mexican or Polish or Hungarian, etc.) and I must have my traditional (fill in the blank) daily," then unless there's some "give" in the money or time category, my hands are tied -- I can't help.
For instance, let's say you don't see 100% rye bread in your supermarket. You'd then have the option of just eliminating grains from your family's diet altogether (and doing them an enormous favor), requring only the willingness to do so, and maybe saving you significant money in the process. Or, nudge the schedule enough so you can bake your own rye bread once a week -- that's cheaper than buying it. Or, spend time scouring your locality for a baker who makes, or will make, 100% rye or spelt bread -- or find an online source for rye or spelt bread (there are so many in competition that the price isn't much more than you'd pay the baker).
I've used bread extensively as an example, but all this would apply to any food you or your family are reluctant to let go of. What I'm saying is, 'something has to give.' ;-) Also, in every case, some tiny change in money or time will be involved in the beginning: the cheapest bread costs a bit less than the fresh vegetables to replace it, and the simplest changes require some thinking & re-designing of menus, which takes a little time as well.
About kidney stones and arthritis: I'll give you here some of the diet comments in the text of the Complete BTD Blood Type Encyclopedia -- without the supplements recommended.
Kidney stones: Possible causes: frequent UTIs, poor dietary habits, inadequate fluid consumption, and limited physical activity. Some thyroid medications and calcium-based antacids. (Drinking as close to one gallon of water daily, with a squeeze of lemon juice or a pinch of good sea salt in each quart, will do a splendid job on kidney stones. Get the exercise recommended for Os, and don't take any calcium supplement or any antacid (or anything else) that contains calcium carbonate. --H)
Reduce your intake of the following foods: spinach, rhubarb, beet greens, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, strawberries.
Osteoarthritis: Avoid tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant. (Use pineapple juice and ginger to reduce inflammation - H).
Pauline, I truly hope you got something of value from all this. Committing to this plan is WELL WORTH IT!! ;-) and I sincerely wish you and your family the very best of health!!
Hello Heidi, Re testing for coeliac disease, another way of finding out if someone is coeliac is to run a blood test for antigliadin and endomyseal antibodies. In the UK this is available from Biolab http://www.biolab.co.uk/singles.html (I am sure that there are labs running similar tests in the US) Biolab says: IgA deficiency is common in coeliac disease and this leads to confusing antibody test results in some patients. Patients with IgA deficiency are 10 times more likely to have coeliac disease than the general population. The test that we use also looks at the IgG antigliadin antibodies. This test is more sensitive and also identifies gluten sensitivity in IgA deficient patients. The IgA test has about the same specificity as the jejunal biopsy and is an appropriate test in full-blown coeliac disease. It is not sensitive enough to identify patients with a lower degree of sensitivity to gluten. It can also miss some histologically definite coeliac cases owing to the high incidence of IgA deficiency in this group of patients. Tom
Thank you so much for that, Tom!! It's wonderfully generous of you to lend a hand here ~~ VERY much appreciated!
If anyone would like to thank Dr. Greenfield personally for the huge contributions he's making to education and practice in naturopathic medicine, pop on over to the BTD-UK message board and express your views! ;-)