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! ;-)
I agree whole heartedly with Peter D'Adamo's blood type 'beneficial' and 'avoid' lists. However, I don't think he understands that there is a lot more that goes into making a diet work than the lectins in a food. What about the energy value of a food? Why doesn't this diet promote more raw foods? Mark in NY
Hi Heidi, yes, it's your "seedy B" (aka "seed boy") again. Thank you very much for your response (and compliments)! Actually, the impetus of my food intolerance question had not to do with elimination diets as much as my worries. Let me explain. Last year i was in really bad shape health-wise with very bad headaches and extreme fatigue and tiredness, which ended up boiling down to a diagnosis of migraines and food intolerance to beets. However, that was also before i had employed the BTD for food selections, and two of my main food staples were whole wheat and soy (just the other day, i was tempted to buy a beet to challenge the intolerance). Recently, i was becoming tired around the same time(s) each day, but there were too many variables to decide for certain whether the likely cause was diet, environment (recycled air puts me to sleep, even lack of adequate light), or lack of sleep (even though i get 7 or 7.5 hours per day) -- i actually think it is the lattermost or combination of the latter two. Anyway, in view of the information that "lack of variety" can exacerbate intolerance, i have made many [paranoid] changes, but don't believe the precursors to have been the cause, now. My worry about "don't eat the same thing two days in a row" is because i can only eat so much and produce only stays fresh for so long. E.g. a head of cauliflower can last me quite some time eating it daily in different incarnations, or a bundle of greens eaten daily could last a week; or seasonality and "what looks good" may put me eating mustard greens (mmm!) for a few weeks in a row. Having experienced a very major intolerance reaction before, i'm just a little more panicky than i probably should be. I've actually become less "die-hard" in my food choices (more neutrals) as a result. So, in short, i don't really know what my "question" was; perhaps just one for reinforcing my notion that what i've been doing is fine and to not worry about varying every single element daily. Hmm, that doesn't quite seem to bear a direct question for you, and i do believe a question occupies my bag of goodies, so... What is your stance on produce in regards to the raw foods and enzymes issue (let us limit ourselves to fruits and vegetables, as legumes and [sprouted] grains seem to be more specialized issues)? Should we strive to minimally cook, if at all, our veggies? Admittedly, one point for the raw foodists is the fact that most cooking reduces vitamin content, although there are exceptions (broccoli's vitamin C, IIRC, benefits from a brief steaming), and another good point are the wonderful bromelain, papain, sulfurophanes, etc. The main objection usually seems to be one of toxins or poisons, but here, the amount consumed usually does not give a significant amount, or cooking would not really render them inert anyway, or they are just being exaggerated (e.g. oxalic acid). So, what are your thoughts? I see that i'm quite the rambler today (sorry!). matt.
Hello, Mark & Matt! I've put your questions together because they seem pointed toward a similar group of issues.
Mark, actually lectins are only part of the basis of this plan, which you can discover by exploring the Research section of this site, linked from the home page. We feel that the ideal foods are those produced lovingly, in optimal surroundings, and eaten as soon after harvesting as possible. Energy is important, indeed. :-)
Matt, I sensed that you were pretty intensely focused on your food choices ~~ I guess saying "have fun with it instead" didn't ring a bell with you! :-} I believe that eating plenty of raw vegetables (and fruits, of course) is an excellent idea. I also think we're designed to do so on a seasonal basis. Most winter vegetables require some cooking to be comfortably edible, while most spring and summer veg lend themselves to uncooked salads of one kind or another.
It's difficult to get a huge variety of vegetables if one is buying only for one, or two. But if you have a decent storage area, you can store those greens or other items for the week, and then purchase different foods in the next week. After a while, I know you'll find that strict rotation isn't necessary for you any more. Your body's "threshold" for allergic reactions will have been raised through following the diet, which removes a great number of irritants and provides healing substances in plenty. I hope this is helpful! :-D
Heidi, thanks for being so prompt with answering all my questions. You asked what my tryglicerides are. They are 33....which is ridiculously LOW....Can't figure out how. I've always had very low tryglicerides. Not really sure what tryglicerides do. Yes, I use flax oil but not every day....The ground seeds often make me feel bloated but in small quantities I guess I could try them again. A fatty acid profile blood test showed me very low in the omega 6's. Even eating nuts and seeds, my omega 3s were sky high and the 6's were low. I had been taking fish oil all winter. Is it okay to use Udo's oil as a supplement to get omega 6s? Evening Primrose oil, borage oil and black currant seed oils, I know are omega 6 oils but they all give me headahes. Udo's oil doesn't. And it contains flax oil, but in balance with all the 6's. I've used up one small bottle so far and think I'm sleeping better since I started it. I tend towards low blood pressure and wondered if ginko or hawthorne could lower it further? I will get the red rice yeast and try it for lowering my cholesterol. Thanks for all your help. I really appreciate all your great advice. Maddy
Hi, Maddy! Whatever you can do to balance those omegas is a good idea! Hawthorn and gingko do not act on blood pressure -- they work on the elasticity of the artery walls, which is why I recommended them to you while you're getting your cholesterol under control. Peter wishes hawthorn were included in every breakfast cereal! ;-) that's how beneficial a basic item it is.
Take care, dear, and let me know your progress! :-D
Dear Heidi, I was perusing the site and found the following among the recipies: Fruit Cobbler Special. Can be used by All types. Description Wonderful for fruit and dessert lovers. Category Desert. Ingredients 1/4 stick margarine or butter according to blood type 1 cup flour (if wheat free, add 1-2 tsp. xantham gum) 1 cup fructose 1 tsp. baking powder (Featherweight or Rumford) 1/2 cup soy milk or regular milk according to blood type 4 cups canned peaches or other fruit according to blood type 1 cup water 1/2 cup fructose. I believe, it could be inadvertently, that this site puts some readers into ABO compliance error by not monitoring what ingredients are advocated in some recipies. I hope this small alert helps. Regards, Kasia
Hello, Kasia ~ Those recipes were submitted by readers, without our review as you noted. Many of them date from very early on in the website's history -- 1996 or 97 -- even before the time when gums were discovered to be troublesome, and long before the publication of food lists for nonsecretors (making both regular milk and soy milk avoids for some Os, for example).
I would hesitate to undertake a project of bringing every single recipe into compliance, not only because it would entail making each recipe to ensure the changes worked (!!), but I prefer having the entries show as they were submitted. However, I'll look into getting a more noticeable general statement on those pages, to remind everyone to check ingredients as they go. Thanks very much for your note, dear! :-D
Hi. I am wondering if the black spots on sweet potatoes contain mold. These spots are visible by peeling back the skin on a sweet potatoe. Though sweet potatoes are listed as beneficial (for O secretors anyway), they appear -- and taste --distinctly moldy at times. Thanks in advance for clarifying this issue. Nadine.
Hello, Nadine! Brown spots are common on sweet potatoes, especially after cooking when the sugars partially carmelize under heat. Black spots which smell and taste moldy, however, aren't what I'm used to seeing. Molds are killed in the baking or stir-frying process, as they don't like heat, but I think you're getting sweet potatoes which have not been stored in an adequately dry environment before marketing. They should be firm and smooth-skinned, no soft patches, when you purchase them. Have a nice talk with your produce manager if the product tends to be below-par. In a similar vein, I had the very devil of a time getting decent onions or garlic for two solid months until just recently. Damp, damp, damp. Let me know what transpires, Nadine, and thanks for writing! :-D
Dear Heidi, Everyday I read your columm. I'm 43 years old female and my blood type is A+. I live in Lisbon the capital of Portugal. I started about two months ago the blood type diet and I noticed that I feel better when I eat the beneficial foods but sometimes when I'm invited to eat at friends house or restaurants I just eat all the wrong food and afterwards I feel the bad consequences in my body. I have a bad problem with constipation, I know I include lots of fiber in my diet and I also drink enough liquid, I have the encyclopedia and it seems that psyllium fiber is good for me, I have taken the Solgar brand before and I must say that it helps just a little can you suggest some other supplements that would help me solve this problem. Thank you so much. Ana Bela
Greetings, Ana Bela! Welcome to our group!! Both psyllium and flaxseed (linseed, two tablespoons ground & soaked in some water for 15 minutes) are helpful for type As with constipation -- also, drinking at least four liters of water away from meals (with a pinch of sea salt added to each) daily will boost your digestive speed and efficiency. Have warm lemon water in the morning and evening. Another great thing to use is freshly-juiced vegetable and fruit juices -- they work beautifully!
The experience of eating the wrong foods and feeling the results is what most of us go through, especially at the beginning. This is your body's way of contributing to your ongoing education! ;-) You've already discovered that this diet is right for you, just by your reactions to the beneficial and avoid foods. Stick with it, and be gentle with yourself when you slip here & there. You have many happy surprises in store! Keep in touch, Ana Bela! :-D
Hi, Janet here from Donegal. Just received my tablets last week which you recommended, I had to order from America in the end. Still taking them and waiting for the miracle, but they say patience is a virtue. I am very strict on the diet now except for the lapse on sugar occasionally, just need to find some time to make some sweet treats with the veg.glyc., for when that urge sets in. I know in the book it suggests to eat some protein but I find that it is after my main protein meal that I get this real urge for something sweet. My legs feel like collapsing everytime I walk up and down the stairs, my eyes still burn with tiredness.
Don't know if you can answer this one but if my husband and myself are O does that mean all our 3 children must be O.
However, my questions are not to do with me: A friend told me yesterday that the 2 doctors in my local clinic, and their wives, one of them also a doctor, are doing the Atkins Diet as a trial and checking their cholestral, etc. I read somewhere on this site a comment in response to the Atkins Diet but cant find it. Also I looked for a brief summary to print off of the LR4YT diet, but cant find it, I thought it was on the home page. I would love to give this info to them and ask them to consider assessing this diet when they are in the mood!
I have a friend who I do reflexology and reiki for who suffers with migraines, and gets quite sick with them. I have got her to start the diet a few days ago, she is an A. I was looking up migraines but I couldn't find anything specific to A's. Have you any advice for her. I seem to have a problem when I key in any searches, including food values, they always say no known listing. I have to look through all lists.
Also my sister-in-law is pregnant, due in June, and a type A. I have just encouraged her to start the diet. She has epilepsy and not on any medication but has had a few little trances. She doesn't get the full blown fits. I have tried to find info on this site but can find nothing, also nothing in the encylopedia. Have you any advice for her also. I enjoy following your column everyday.
I find it very encouraging to hear everyone telling their trials and tribulations, thank you to them. I hope to send in some good news of my own soon. I would love to find out more about the courses you will be running, will they be announced on the website? Regards, Janet
Hello, Janet! You're probably having high-carb withdrawal, due to your dietary changes away from sugar and grains. It is pesky and horrid but does pass, leaving a healthier metabolism better keyed to run beautifully on the kinds of foods you're best suited to. And if you can resist the sweets now, the process will be over with sooner! ;-) small comfort, but there it is.
If two parents are type O, their offspring will always be type O. Lucky you! ;-) Some have three and four types to shop & cook for, a severe test of commitment I'd say!
In the News & Profiles section on the homepage, right under the Today! section, there is a brief comparison of three diet plans' success with ITP. The Atkins diet is mentioned there. Peter hasn't done a specific critique of that diet, but a brief way of describing the main point here is to say that one size does NOT fit all. ;-) There is a summary of the book Live Right 4 Your Type linked under the Library section on the home page -- and you can pull up lots of simple answers to common criticisms of the BTD by going to the home page and using the Search link at the very top, using "critic" as the keyword.
If you're having trouble with searches, you may be using more than one word. They work only with single-word terms. For instance, go to the bottom of this page and enter the word migraine. There's quite a bit in this column alone. Then do the same search in Ask Dr. D and Ask Doc Bron -- or, once again, use the main search at the top of the home page. Peter's column contains a half dozen articles referencing epilepsy -- just use that term in the Ask Dr. D. search. Cortiguard (specifically, Bacopa monniera) has been shown effective against epilepsy, so there's something she could start with right away.
The IFHI Conference at the SouthWestern Medical College (there was one this past February, and will be another in February 2005 to my knowledge) offer the only certification-track courses of which I'm aware for people who aren't, for example, matriculating naturopathic medicine students. Do keep your eye on the front page here, as we never know what will develop next! ;-) thanks so much for writing in, Janet, and keep those reports coming! I always look forward to hearing from you! :-D
Heidi, I am a 50+ African American O+ Secretor who started the diet about two months ago along with my husband who is also O+ secretor. Presently I take Glucophage and Pravachol. Is there anything you can recommend to replace these medicines gradually? I will follow your advice. Is the O blood type predominant for African Americans? Thank you for your column. Angie
Oh, geeze, you lucky one-type-family people!! *sigh!!* ;-D Identical types, actually -- Rhesus, secretor & all! And both on the diet! hoorah! That's a mighty good job you did when you chose your spouse!! :->
If you want to wean yourself from those two drugs, I'd suggest the following:
(1) Eliminate grains and refined sugar from your diet. I know there are some neutral grains for Os, and secretors are allowed some sugar and molasses, but to get your blood sugar levels where they belong, and especially since you are one of the "original" type Os, I'd take those items out of my diet for the time being. There is absolutely nothing your body will miss from eliminating them.
(2) Use vegetable glycerine as a sweetener. Not only does it do the sweetening job beautifully in every application, but it actively stabilizes carbohydrate metabolism rather than swinging it around as sugar does. For more information, have a look here , here, and here.
(3) Chinese Red Yeast Rice works better than the statin drugs for lowering cholesterol, and it does so safely and swiftly. I wouldn't buy the standard brands in the health food store -- the only source I recommend is the China Red Yeast Rice official supplier. Each batch is assayed individually, and a copy of the government-certified summary document is included with the order. Remember to use the telephone number (in New Jersey) under the "Contact Me" link if you have any questions, and that is the number I used to place my orders.
(4) Water! Drink at least half your body weight in ounces each day. For example, I weigh 128, so I drink at least 64 ounces (a half gallon) and often more. Very important: this should be pure, clean water or spring water (not distilled), and to each quart, add 1/2 teaspoon of gray sea salt. To avoid diluting your digestive juices when you've eaten, drink it at least 1/2 hour before and an hour after meals (for type Os).
I do not know the mechanism of its effectiveness. I can't explain it. It's more than just fending off dehydration. Water itself is perhaps the most powerful healing substance known to all of medical science -- by the way, it has electrical properties the physicists still haven't quite figured out. This technique alone has cured some people of diabetes II. So... drink that water, dear!
(5) If you're interested, pick up a copy of the Eat Right 4 Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia. It contains protocols for over 300 conditions, among them hypercholesterolemia, and diabetes & related disorders.
OK! Just following these suggestions should put you in wonderful state in short order.
As to the predominance of type O in African-Americans, I'm sure it's at least at the 45% level, and could be much higher (I'd suspect it is, but I've no hard figures-- Perhaps one of our readers has some recent statistics to share with us?) Among Black Africans native to Africa who have never emigrated, it is probably over 80%.
Thanks for writing in, Angie, and please keep in touch with reports, questions, whatever you'd like to offer!
I am type A, undergoing radiation for colorectal cancer. Because of severe reactions to the radiation (diarrhea, rectal ulcers) I must have food with no fiber. What foods in the A diet would be recommended? Lin
Hello, Lin -- I'm sorry you're going through such a rough time. Fowl and fish contain no fiber. Most people who must follow a no-fiber regimen do best getting a juicer which produces fiber-free juice. You can juice vegetables and fruits, and obtain the benefits of all the water, vitamins and minerals, and trace elements of the whole plants without the fiber. You'd want a "masticating" juicer rather than a centrifugal one. Consult your local health food store for advice on brands which remove all fiber -- they'd be most likely to recognize what you need and where you might find it locally.
I would avoid grains and nuts for the time being, since grains with all the hull and seed removed will create a paste in your digestive system -- the last thing you need right now. The fish or chicken, along with fruits and vegetables, will not create that problem. And do take some beneficial oils each day, as long as your doctor or surgeon approves.
Best wishes to you, and please keep us posted on how you do? :-)
Heidi, I sent you a question a couple of days ago, but then it didn't show up in my "sent mail," so I wondered if it ever arrived. Can you let me know if you received anything from me in the last 3 days or so? If not, I'll redo my question! Thanks. Cyndi
Hi, Cyndi! When you enter your question in our online form, it does not pass through your email program, so you won't see the message in your sent folder. It just goes straight into the question database from the form. :-) The question you sent is in the column for May 18, which I guess you know by now. :-D
I just wrote to you but I'm hoping to be able to append this to my earlier question--if not that, then just look at it as a new question!) I've been browsing through the Encyclopedia, and I see a large number of herbs that I'd have no idea where to get! Also, my chiro/nutritionist tests supplements and finds many that are either weak or contain toxins of some kind--perhaps in the way they are processed. I'd want to get pure quality and effectiveness. Heidi, can you refer us to a reliable source (or sources) of the supplements mentioned, when they are not available from NAP? I feel as if I'd be taking a quality gamble by getting whatever I might find in a health food store--and many health food stores do have limited supplements available. Maybe Peter has some suggestions on this. I'd imagine he's picky about quality of herbs and such things! Thanks! Cyndi
I hear you about weak or contaminated supps! Just give me a list of the particular ones you're looking for, and I'll recommend reliable sources. I'm asking for a list of what you need, because this kind of shopping usually can't be done supermarket-fashion, since there isn't one place where you can get high-quality versions of all of the protocol supps. Talk at ya soon! ;-)
Heidi - Thanks for your great advice and positive spirit you show with all those you respond to. I am an O-non-sec. Great results in health since starting diet over 2 years ago. More good results since sarting Dr. D's encyclopedia protocol for candida 2 months ago. Started using pregnenolone 2 weeks ago after seeing some of your posts. Always had DHEA in lower rage and had a good Dr. prescribe it a few years ago for fatigue that I have battled all my adult life. I only experienced greasy skin, acne and no positive results so I stopped taking it.
The pregnenolone has had remarkable affects on my mental clarity, mood, and energy level. I had to take 150 mg before seeing these results however. I think in one of your posts you mentioned something about that what is not needed by the body will safely be discarded. I do not have time to research much but the little I have done is confusing. Some web sites describe side affects such as hair loss, acne, headaches. Some say no known side affects. Some say not to use more than 10 mg a day and to test every few months to make sure you are not overloading. Others say up to 200 mg is ok. The only consistency I found was about the occasional "hormone holiday" which you also suggested. I secretly hope it is true there are no dangers when used responsibly because I am having such good results (I have not experienced any side affects yet). Finally a question: Do you know of a good current source to find out more about dosage and side affects? It is so hard to weed through all the "research" especially from those selling the product. Another question: Would using garlic to combat candida also destroy the beneficial Polyflora I am using? Mark
Hi there, Mark! Welcome In! and I'm pleased you like our little corner of the netiverse here. :-) Taking the last question first, garlic is good for your intestinal flora & fauna balance, and won't interfere with the beneficial critters you're introducing with PolyFlora.
It's funny you're taking 150 mg of pregnenolone, because that's the dosage I ended up with. I gradually increased it by 30 mg increments, and I take a break from it now & again as you noted. The nice thing about any conceivable side-effects is twofold: first, they are really minor when viewed against comparable pharmaceuticals' side-effects; second, if you experience them it's easy to taper off and drop the pregnenolone and see if the side-effects disappear (which they would do within a few days, if that's what's causing the effects).
The stories of side-effects tend to be rather unreliable, in my view, and not only because of the enormous pressures upon pharmaceutical companies to discredit pregnenolone in favor of prescription drugs. Also, bear in mind that most of the side-effect reports I've read are lumped in confusion with DHEA use rather than pregnenolone use. Even Dr. Ray Sahelian tends to address a reported DHEA side effect and then add pregnenolone to the warning in that sentence. Maybe it's just CYA (covering yer... butt) going on, but I see a lot of that.
I have looked and looked for something specific to pregnenolone, documented, showing authoritative independent research that there are any side-effects, period. I haven't found it yet. If all I'm going to worry about is acne, hair loss or a headache, I'll be on the lookout for them with very little worry involved. By the way, I was losing hair before I started it (and when I lose a few hairs, we've got a major housecleaning chore since my hair is waist-length, LOL! :-D). Hair loss stopped for me. I wouldn't worry about your hair-line either, dear!
In your case, it appears that you've found a useful dosage and are prospering with it. If I hear or see ANYTHING substantiating actual pregnenolone side-effects, I will most certainly post it here. Thanks so much for writing, Mark ~~ Nice to see another poor ol' cave-diet O-nonnie around here!!
In the book BTD Blood Type Encyclopedia, there are several protocols recommended for obesity: (Metabolic Enhancement protocol, Antistress and liver support protocols) when several of these protocols advise the same supplement, or herb is only the first or recommended dosage what is required? Or does one need to double or triple the dosage if the same supplement or herb is called out in each of the protocols? Thanks. Victoria
Hi there, Victoria! That's a great question. Take the herb in the highest dosage among those recommended in the protocols you're following. That'll do ya. many thanks for writing, dear! :-D
Dear Heidi: Boy, you don't have an easy job. I'm referring to Sharon's message of 5/16/03. Just this week, I've had the opposite reaction that she had from adding salt to my water. I was feeling very tired, lethargic, etc. Then, I remembered that in the past, when my blood pressure was low, I'd add some salt to my tea or water, and immediately become more energetic and productive. It worked for me this week, again, (I'm an O secretor, though.) The way I learned about adding salt is from Dr. Lendon Smith's book, "Feed Your Body Right," (1994 it has good info on blood pressure, (low and high "we should add salt or potassium, (e.g. lemon juice,) according to our blood pressure. If the top number, (systolic,) is 140 or greater, add potassium, eat more salads, fruits, vitamin C; (all within your Blood Type guidelines, of course,)and/or if the bottom number, (diastolic,)is higher than 85." He says a good diastolic is 75-85. Very timely topic; yesterday the papers showed the AMA's new blood pressure guidelines. Hope this helps. P.S. regarding elevated heart rate/pulse, I've found/read that it can increase when around cleaning products, perfume, etc. as well as after eating certain foods..kind of difficult to pinpoint. The book the "The Pulse Test" by Dr. A. F. Coca may help Sharon with that, too. Heidi, you're a real trooper to take on this massive project. We're all grateful for you. Let me know if I can be of any help...-Judy O+ sec.
Great one, Judy!! Hey, you shouldn't have offered to help, I just may call on you! Thanks SO much for writing in with this -- much appreciated!! :-D
Heid, regarding fluoride....I have always used a toothpaste without flouride because it irritates my gums. I was just at my dentist's office this morning....He was busy trying to get the dark stains off my teeth (the backs of the front teeth). I was telling him I live on green tea and the stains are from the tea. But do you know green tea is rich in natural fluoride? Now that you've written about the negatives of fluoride, what about the natural fluoride found in green tea? Is it different? Maddy
Hi, Maddy ~~ As long as your only source of fluoride is green tea, you're fine. Green tea does not create dark stains on teeth generally, unless you're saying you're drinking far more than the recommended max 3 cups per day... ? Or is your tea brown-looking when it's brewed? It may leave a slight tinge, but daily brushing should take care of it. The only green tea I use is Mr. Itaru's (the Store here sells it), because I've been spoiled by it. Its color, flavor and aroma are spectacular, and my teeth don't seem to accumulate any residue from it. Hope this helps, dear!! :-D
Dear Heidi, so sorry to trouble you again. Just one very quick question regarding Spelt Flour - In Peter's book it does say this flour is ok for O's and B's. I'm confused as when I've bought the flour it says that it's derived from wheat and I thought this was an avoid for both blood types? Josie
No trouble, Josie!! Some manufacturers label spelt as "wheat," because it is an ancient plant from which our modern wheat was developed (along with other plants used as well). It does not have the lectin load that modern wheat has, and it's an entirely different thing. Looks quite different, too -- only two "grains" per plant, while wheat has many grains on a long "head." :-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
Hi, Jean! See the paragraphs at the bottom of this page for the explanation, OK? Also, when you posted your question, there was a page of explanations which includes this information. Thanks for writing, and take good care! :-D
i'm sixty year old lady who doesn't look it lol i posed a question to you a while ago about high blood pressure which you very kindly answered thank-you. now i've been diagnosed with hiatus hernia IE in the form of GERD i am taking medication for it called parriet i don't know if you've heard of medication as i live in UK i am about 70% compliant with BTD the question is this can i take the ginger juice you recommended on your website even if i am on medication? and can you suggest any other thing i could do to help myself get off the medication i have ben greatly helped by the BTD as i had a lot of problems with GERD for years before they found out what it was i am very grateful that this website is available to me thank-you again. mary
Hello, Mary! Yes, you can certainly take the ginger juice while you're on medication. It should settle you in no time at all. Also, at the bottom of this page is a search form. Enter "gerd" and hit the button -- there are a number of strategies you might use, and the columns which come up in your search will help you! Best wishes, dear, and stay beautiful! :-)
Hi!! I am from Brazil and type O+. Since I moved to USA I have heard a lot about Diets, sugar, and sweeteners. I'm not diabetic and I would like to know if vegetable Glycerine is ok for all types of O (I'm not sure about my secretor status) and people with or without diabetic problems. Can I bake using this product? Do you think that VegGly is better than natural sugar?? Is VegGly natural or quimical?? I think that I have been treating my self as a diabetic person trying to exchange sugars and carbs from my diet, can I became diabetic doing this?. I tried the Atkins diet for one year and I felt with no energy at all. I think that diet was good in the first 2 or 3 months, but then I went in a depression(I also had my feminine hormone level a little bit lower).I love run and the last 6 months I wasn't feeling like run. I was sleeping for 12 hours. I LOVE fish and I am not a meat girl but I can eat sometimes. I feel better since I begun your diet. I am not following exactly because I have been eating both beneficial and neutral food. I am back with my exercises (althout I can not run because I got Shin Splint). I have energy and I have been exercised every day!!! I love your site!! By the way what is my classification once I am from Brazil? Caucasian? Thank you very much for your attention, Bcha.
Dear Bcha ~~ Veg gly is fine for all blood types, whether secretor or non-secretor. You can bake with it, and reducing sugars and grains from your diet is the best way to insure against diabetes, especially for Os. Using beneficial and neutral foods is fine! just try to eat more beneficial than neutral, OK? :-) Brazilians I have met are a beautiful mix of Asian, African and Caucasian, which comes together to make... Brazilian! :-D Look in the mirror and think which one you most resemble, and just follow the diet that way. Using "African" is very safe (more restricted portions in everything except meats), but whatever you choose will be fine, I'm sure. Unless you truly feel you are African, or you have Asian ancestry, I think Caucasian will probably be the closest match, but you decide. Thanks so much for writing, Bcha, and be careful of shin splints! Run on soft surfaces, and stretch well! :-D
Hi Heidi, I have tried to take bladderwack three times, I get pain across by lower back. I took it in the pill and liquid form, both had the same reaction. I am a type O and need to lose weight. The first day the pain starts, I have taken it for 4 days, the pain got so bad I could hardly move and I had to stop. Would love to hear from you. Thanking you inadvance. Joan
Hey there, Joan! Well, it sounds like bladderwrack is having some untoward effect on your kidneys? That's the first time I've heard of this reaction, but I think you should stop taking it! It is not a required supplement. You can lose weight easily, just using the food lists and the portion/frequency tables. Eliminating grains and dairy altogether will speed your progress significantly. Do drink plenty of water between meals, and get some thorough exercise three times every week. Let me know how you go, OK? :-D
Dear Heidi: While waiting for the answers contained in my other loooonnnnngggg rambling email , I'll send a couple more! The post on fluoride today concerned me. Woody an A and me an O have been drinking daily the Trinty mineral water. It has naturally occuring fluoride in it. To be exact, on the bottle it says: Silica based ph of 9.6 containing natural silica and floride. Are we ok drinking this water? At times it seems to cause an acidic reaction in me. My second question has to do with sauna's. In the BTD, Dr. Dadamo says something somewhere, (i can't find it now - but i remember it), about O's being cautauious in the sauna by wearing a cool wet compress on their foreheads when in the sauna. Is this still the case and if so, why? So once again, thanks for all your answers filled with humor and compassion AND PATIENCE! Love ya... Christina
Hallo, Christina & Woody! ;-) Now, what the heck is Trinty mineral water... I'm a little lost here.... How does its mineral content compare with, say, Gerolsteiner on the www.mineralwaters.org site? I'll be darned if I know what a "silica-based pH" is. It isn't bottled by Coca-Cola or something, is it? Don't laugh!! That Dasani stuff in the blue plastic is somebody's tap water, filtered and bottled by Coke or Pepsi or somebody. Look it up! You thought I was kidding!! :-D
Hrrrmmmmm.... Well, I'll be jiggered. Here's another one I'm drawing a blank on. 'Os in saunas, wear a wet rag.' Is it because we're so HOT to begin with? ;-D ...mmmm... prone to higher body heat or lower blood pressure? OH! maybe it's due to the adrenal stress, to which we are more "heir to" than other types? Wear a cool towel and don't stand up too quickly, is what I'd counsel. If Peter said it, he had very good reason (of which the 'why' may be difficult to ascertain, just trust me on this one). He is an extraordinary guy, and if God had merely distributed his extra brain power, we'd all be Rhoades scholars.
I used to think I knew all this info by heart. Thank the Graces for Christina, who reminds me of all I don't know!!! Love ya, kid ~~ and how's that Woody, or is it in the other post.... never mind, I'll check.... have a glorious day, dear! :-D
Hi Heidi, I haven't written in a while but want to say how beneficial your column is - a great support. I am an O non-secretor and recently read about adding the sea salt to my drinking water. The first day I felt fine but the following days I seem to have reactions to the salt. Is there such a thing as a sensitivity to salt? I immediately get a lot of mucous in my throat and then palpitation-like sensations in my chest. The first days it didn't last too long but today the palpitations won't go away. I just went to check my blood pressure at the store and that is okay but my pulse is slightly elevated. I am also getting more tired than usual. Each day the symptons seem more pronounced. I have been using 'Le Paludier' brand of sea salt from the health food store. Have you ever heard of this type of reaction? I know we need extra salt especially if drinking a lot of water but I am hesitant to do this at this time. Any suggestions? Sharon
Whoo! Well, first I'd try less salt. No more than 1/8 teaspoon per liter. The heart requires saline, and may have been getting far less than its due -- thus the readjustment as the muscle tingles around in its new environment. I'm not familiar with Le Paludier, but if it is a clean grey sea salt with nothing added, then it's not the source of your symptoms. I'd feel better in your case if you use a tablespoon of lemon juice per liter in the water instead. Please keep me updated on this, OK? thanks, Sharon!! :-D
Dearest Heidi... My heart just wept when i read the message about your Mother. I am sorry that you had to loose someone so precious. I hope you are o.k.
A couple of questions for you... I was taking Astragalus for the flu (viral), based on the recommended protocol in the Enclopedia and it gave me such acid reflux that I had to stop. Is this a common occurance for a type O Secretor with this product? It is in the 'O' protocol's(?)
Also I am confused, really confused on how to take the protocols as how many to do at once since there are usually 2-3 protocol's recommended per dis-ease and several products within each protocol. Is a person supposed to do it all or choose one or two products within each protocol? ! Help!
Ha... As far as my fatigue that i mentioned in a previous post, here is what happened. After I wrote you the desperate question on this 'unknown tiredness' and brain fog, (after being on the diet 3-1/2 weeks), i went on my lunch break and went right to the store and got chocolate and found myself in a chocolate binge! I tried to choose chocolate without milk stuff in it and other 'avoids' for O's. But I'll tell you right now, the minute I ate the first few bites, all my tiredness and fatige went away. Of course I knew this would be the outcome, but it also set me up for the next day of cravings which I indulged in, but then got back on track finally. Right after I got back on track, I came down with this horrid flu. (HA!!! No surprise there!) (sigh).
But at any rate, since I've had this flu, i've been too week to exercise and have had to rest and go slow. My cravings finally have abated and I'm not tired anymore. So I guess good news on the fatigue front! But I'm still looking forward to your answer to me on the fatigue because throughout the years during times of really sticking to my diet and exercise regimes, I have experienced it and even at one point had all kinds of blood tests run to see if i was low in anything.
Oh, and yet another question, while i have your attention! ha.. Is it safe to take 5-HTP at night (50mg) for the rest of my life or should I take it on and off? It helps me with cravings, but when i stop taking it for a night or two i get a headache in the mornings. And finally, last but not least... (hee hee), Woody wants to know if 'mineral water' is ok for him being a Type A and all. He knows he cannot have Seltzer or Club Soda.. but is Mineral water ok? You did mention for him to drink loads of it during his radiation therapy. (Love to you during this time of loosing your Mother Heidi...) Christina
Heidi! In that long rambling post, I said I was an O - Non Secretor! That is a lie! I am a O-Secretor! Sorry! I had to quickly write as to not mis-lead you!
Heidi! Which post can I find your 'Hammer it' approach for the Kale?!!! I'm so anxious to try this vegi and want to do it right so I Like it and will want to eat it lots! Christina
Christina! My sincere thanks for your condolences, dear ~~ Mom feels very close to me now, and I think we've both found a great measure of peace and an unforeseen "joining of hearts." :-}
I know very little about astragalus, but if you experimented taking it with food, away from food, and at various times of the day, and still had a reflux reaction, then it's not for you. ProBerry 3 liquid, however, should suit you perfectly!
In the case where there are two or three protocols listed for a specific condition, yes: follow them all together. Sometimes it's quite a bundle of supps, but they are meant to work together. If you're working on two or three different conditions, as long as there is only one protocol per condition, you can combine them. Otherwise, use the protocols for only one condition at a time.
"Fatigue" can be an exceedingly difficult thing for which to pin down a cause. In your recent situation, it appears that the change to a lower-carb diet triggered it. Tiredness and fogginess are common in the first few weeks among people whose grain/sugar intake is on the high side before they begin following the O diet. However, the metabolic adjustment does occur over time, whereby the body becomes accustomed to processing proteins and fats and lower-glycemic vegetables for energy. I think you're over the hump! so let me know if the fatigue returns, and we'll go from there! :-)
Speaking of which, your account of the 5HTP effects concerns me somewhat. Save what you have left of the bottle, and pick up some pregnenolone (cheapest brand available is fine, but make sure calcium carbonate isn't included). Take 30-50 mg per day of that instead -- first thing in the a.m. is fine. You can up that dosage to, say, 200mg gradually over a couple of weeks, but if you still have vestiges of fatigue that are relieved by taking it, we have another little clue: adrenal wear & tear. It should both calm you and your cravings, and support your adrenal function.
Woody can certainly have mineral water! If he can get the "stille" version of a good one, that's perfect. If he can only find a fizzy brand, just open the bottle and let it go flat. And how's he doing, by the way? Report! :->
Now for that kale: We put diced onion in olive oil, in a hot pan, and sizzle until the onion is soft -- then add some garlic, for a few seconds, then the chopped kale with salt & pepper. Cook it on medium high heat for a good 8-10 minutes, then lower to a simmer & add a splash of red wine and adjust the seasonings. Voila! Hammered! :-D
Hope this helps you both, C & W ~~ and thanks for writing!! ~:-D
I am Type B and diagnosed with hypothroidism and low stress hormones. My choices of a substitute thyroid was Synthroid, Armour THyroid and Nature Thyroid. The first I nixed because it was chemical based. The other two are pork based and I am Type B where Pork is an avoid. I am on 1 grain/day. What are the implications of taking the pork lectin? Will it negate the progress we are trying to make in supplementing an ineffective thyroid gland? P.S. I have been on your diet for over a year and I think it has helped me maintain weight, reduce bloating and gas and provided a general overall good healthy feeling. Lynne
Hi there, Lynne! I'm truly glad the diet is doing good things for you ~ makes my day, thanks! :-)
Your choice of natural thyroid over the synthetic is a good one. Don't be concerned about the source of the extract ~~ it does not contain any lectin, and pork is used because the structure is the most similar to human thyroid hormone. If you're interested, the book Meditation as Medicine by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Cameron Stauth contains specific techniques for revitalizing the thyroid. Type B's tend to obtain extraordinary benefits through the practice of visualization, which is also part of those techniques. Give it a whirl, eh? but the natural thyroid supp should give you no trouble, so no worries there. Thanks for stopping by, Lynne! :-D
Heidi - What did I do to deserve this? I have been following the diet for 3+ years, and until now had only suffered one, tiny little cold virus during that time. I just spent eight days stuck in the house with a horrendous virus. Still having trouble hearing and coughing quite a bit. How did this happen? I thought I was doing pretty well at following the diet with minimal avoids. Aerobic exercises and/or pilates 4-6 times a week. I seem to get enough sleep... Is this part of the nonsecretorness of not being able to fight off infections until they get way inside? (Technical terms escape me). Or is this nature's way of saying "S*** Happens" ? Do you get sick? Thanks for letting me whine Heidi. Linda (B- nonsec)
LOL! Why did this happen? WELL YOU MUST BE A BAD PERSON, L! ~~;-D Do I get sick? OH, NO, NEVER! ~~;-D
It's a very timely question, cuz last week I managed to very nearly get verysick. I'd been running on "determination" night & day for six weeks, working very long hours, skimping sleep and forgetting to eat, OK, so that's stupid, I know. It's that bad habit of pushing limits in hopes that this time, it'll turn out I'm indestructible just like Captain Scarlet.
Well, then on Thursday, I was tromping around in the cold & wet doing stressful errands, and came back home to do some more distressing but absolutely necessary things, and for an hour I couldn't get warm and I started really losing altitude. I just sat here staring at my work ~ all functions ceased, if you know what I mean. A tiny whisper arose from my brain to announce, "Nope, no more" and my immune system blew me a perceptible Bronx cheer and lay down with a shudder. My world seemed to be receding at warp speed.
Alarmed (and warned by Sue's recent enjoyment of that ol' sinusitis/bronchitis that she and I know so well), I took two capfuls of Heallix and a handful of quercetin, drank a huge glass of water, and figured I'd tuck in for a half-hour nap even though I doubted I'd sleep. Seven hours later, I awoke feeling drained but past the danger point. I kept up with the Q & H for the next two days, but the nasties had passed me by. Too close for comfort, darn it!
I think your description of nonsecretor-ness & immune patterns is right on the money. Sometimes it IS just a matter of things creeping up on you (or into you) -- even when you've been exercising and eating & sleeping well. The key is to catch the little monsters the moment you feel them coming on. Sing "mea culpa" to the general vicinity, guzzle your anti-microbials & anti-inflammatories, close the door & hit the hay. My old habit was to just work through whatever it was... and I always ended up "working through" it for weeks on end. Bummer! much better to shut down completely at the first sign, and withdraw & let that ancient NS "trap & kill" system do what it's gotta do.
:-D Hey, you probably won't even have a hint of a cold now for the next who-knows-how-many-years, so what am I going on about?
Thanks for dropping by to vent, Linda ~ you are most welcome to do so, any time! :-D
Hello Heidi! I have a question conserning weight-gain..(again) I am using kreatin and a weight-gain powder containing proteins and carbohydrates. I`m doing kickboxing and some weightlifting. Is kreatin allright for me? And how about weight-gain products? Or should I just drop them and follow the diet, and maybe put a little protein `on top`? (I`m a Morten
Hi, Morten!! Well.... creatine is plentiful in red meat, so you know I'm going to encourage the latter. Getting it from its source will save some cash, too. As I mentioned back on 24 March, food will DEFINITELY do the job, no worries there. Muscle gain for a nice slender guy like you naturally proceeds at a slower pace than fat loss for the stout among us. It just takes steady commitment, nothing fussy or stressful, just plod along with the infrequent hard workouts, and always add a little protein here & there whenever you have some appetite for it. And it may sound silly, but spending five minutes just before sleeping in a nice visualization of being Schwarzenegger (pick your favorite, I don't mind) -- feeling the weight of your limbs and your strength -- believing, without questioning or comparison, that it IS you -- will have quite unexpected effects on the results of your build-muscle program. :-D Keep me posted, Morten! :-)
Hi Heidi! I have a question regarding sprouts. I am a type B with avoids such as rye, sunflower seeds and lentils. I was just wondering, as with wheat (an avoid for B's but okay sprouted), are these and other avoids okay if sprouted? Thanks, Andrea
Hi there, Andrea! Sprouted rye should be fine for you. For the seeds and legumes, the ratings vary. Generally speaking, the longer they're sprouted the more likely the lectin will be destroyed completely. If the bean or seed coat is still present, remove it and eat the green part only. Thanks for your note, dear! :-D
Dear Heidi, Regarding question from Pat on 6th April 2003, I am blood type O, my husband is AB and we have 4 children. 2 sons are type B, 1 son type A and our daughter is AB. We have all had our blood type correctly checked and they are all our own children,what about that then!!! I eagerly await your comments or observations. Sorry about the loss of your Mum, lovely to have had the privilege with her for all those years and bet you benefitted from that,but still a loss. I am also very fortunate, in that my Mum who is 86 years of age and type A, is still quite active and we all benefit from her in lots of ways.Keep up the good work!Marie.
Type O Mom & AB Child? Beats me, Marie! I've put out a call to the experts, but no one has come forth with an explanation other than "hey -- test the kid again." Now you can turn to your daughter and say, "Heidi says you're not possible, dear. What do you think of that?" Maybe SHE can explain it! :-)
I wish your Mum continued best of health and exuberant appreciation of her family! thanks so much for your kind thoughts, Marie! :-D
Hello Heidi I am an aromatherapist and individually blend body care and therapeutic products to suit my individual clients' needs. I have been on the BTD diet for some three months and definitely feel an overall improvement. While making up some blends the other day it occurred to me that some of the ingredients I use, eg avocado oil, may not be good for some clients. Should I take into consideration the blood type of my clients? Looking forward to your response. Dagmar
Hi, Dagmar! We don't worry about the status of food items, such as oils, applied externally. The values listed assume those foods will pass through the alimentary canal. If any organic solvent is used in a compound used topically, in that case I'd watch for ABO-related avoids. It goes without saying that any individual may have particular sensitivities to topicals, but usually you'll find this is unrelated to ABO. Thanks for writing, and best wishes for your success! :-D
Is wheatgrass beneficial for type O blood? I understand that the grain wheat is not, but I was not sure about the green part of the plant. Are pinto beans beneficial for type O blood? In one book it say that it is, while another says it is an avoid. Please help me to understand which one it is. Thank you, John
Yes, wheatgrass/juice is good for everyone. Pinto beans are OK for type O nonsecretors, but avoids for secretors. :-D
Just a note for John with the type O wife who has anemia--has she been tested for celiac disease? Anemia is one of the major symptoms...sometimes it's the only symptom. Treatment is eating no gluten (avoid grains except rice)...a few in my family have this problem...good luck! Jennie
Thanks for that tip, Jennie! Hey, John! What do you think? :-D
Hello Heidi, I'm here to bother you again. I am an A secretor. My question is about stocks from avoid meats. I note that certain meats are A avoids not because of their lectin content but because we As don't have enough stomach acid to digest them. Examples are beef, duck & lamb. Is there any reason to avoid cooking with stocks made from these meats or more properly their bones, bearing in mind there will be little or no actual meat in them & whatever protein is there will be fairly well broken down? Love, Sarah B XXX
Ah, hello Sarah! That is my understanding of it, with the only addition that it might be best to skim the fat pretty aggressively. Enjoy! :-D
Hi Heidi, I'm concerned about this new illness - SARS, as I prepare to fly across the country to visit my son in 2 weeks. As an O non secretor, I'm afraid that my body will just let this germ right in, (as I don't have those 'guards at the gate' that secretors have). Is there anything I can do to protect myself other than wearing a surgical mask? Thanks, Bea
Hello there, Bea! I'd use Heallix at the dosage recommended on the bottle. This is just the sort of "public health concern" that Leo had in mind when he created it. Enjoy your trip, and no worries, OK? take good care, dear! :-D
Heidi - My husband & I just started this diet - I'm an A while he's a B. What is confusing me at this moment is that whole wheat is to be avoided and yet Puffed Rice cereal contains wheat flour and is alright. If a product contains "wheat flour" it's OK but if it contains "whole wheat" it isn't? Sandy
Hi, Sandy! Welcome, dear!!
Puffed rice itself is OK. If the product you're buying contains whole wheat -- first of all, that's a shocker ~~ never seen anything but plain puffed rice in big bags with nothing else in there, but anyway... that's a no-no for you two. First rule of the BTD: Read, Read, Read Those Labels. Second rule: you guessed it, same as the first one. Lots of tricky products out there, so plan for an extra half hour shopping, every time, just so you can check every ingredient! Once again, welcome, and please stop by with any Qs that arise!
Dear Heidi, Still haven't taken time for the long question, but do have a short question arriving from your column today. You said salmon changed back to Beneficial, but is it still Neutral for O's (secretors and non-secretors)? I did check the Typebase, which still lists it as Neutral, but am a bit confused by the column of today regarding salmon. As always, thanks for your answers, and I do so enjoy reading your "stuff" daily, Abby
Allo, Abby! My understanding was that Sarah was referring to the drop in status for Bs and ABs to AVOID, but I think it would be clearer for everyone if I corrected that text to refer her to TYPEbase. done!! Thanks, dear! :-D
Heidi, I enjoy your information, and all the great people who write in with questions. Here is a recipe to satisfy the recent "crunchy pretzel" craving for Ruth. Preheat oven to 350. Stir one egg, a handful (about a cup, loose) of shredded mozzarella (I'm a B so I use mixed mozzarella and cheddar), and a tablespoon of olive oil (I actually haven't tried it with olive oil; I use soft butter, but olive oil should work), in a big mixing bowl. It won't look like much. Add seasonings to taste: I use parsley and basil flakes, but if you can't use cheddar, you may want something stronger, such as garlic, or salt, maybe rosemary. If you wanted something sweet, you could try diced dried fruit instead. Now pour 3 cups of puffed millet into the bowl. Puffed millet tends to fly everywhere so use a big bowl. Believe it or not, there is enough liquid in one egg and the oil to calm it down. Stir until it tends to clump. Spread it into a pie plate or similar size square pan. I use a glass one and it does not stick. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes. Let it cool for a few minutes before cutting or breaking into pieces. It will come out crunchy and chewy. It might make a good alternative pizza crust, too. I tend to eat the whole thing myself! Three cups of millet uses up the grain allowance fast, but it cooks down to less than two cups, so it can't be that bad... I've only found millet at Whole Foods, but puffed rice works, too, though it is less crunchy. I think the above ingredients are okay for all types (as noted). (Once cooked, the millet once again tends to fly about, so be forewarned.) Sandra
Many thanks! Sounds like fun with all that flying millet! :-D
I have a comment for Sarah (the one who asked you for Bryan's menu). I have found that making a chart to keep track of the portions and frequencies of the different food groups is exceptionally helpful to me (an A+ secretor). Without it, I would eat too much chicken and dairy and skimp on the beans, fruit, and fluids. I used a spreadsheet program to create a column for each food group (poultry, beans, nuts, grains, etc.) with the group name at the top and the portion size (e.g. 4-6 oz.) right underneath it. Then I left blank cells (boxes) underneath to indicate the number of servings I should eat. I grayed out the cells for "optional" servings. For instance, I can eat nuts 4-7 times per week, so the NUTS column has 4 white cells followed by 3 gray cells, for a total of 7 cells. Then I played with the appearance (using boldface type and heavier outlines) until it looked easy to read. I actually made two separate charts: one for foods whose frequencies are "per week" and another for vegetables, fruits, and fluids, whose frequencies are "per day." (I smooshed seven of these daily charts into one big chart and printed everything on one page so I need only one piece of paper per week.) Now I just print out a bunch of charts whenever I run out of the last batch. If this sounds too complicated, you could certainly make a chart on graph paper (or even plain paper) and make a bunch of photocopies. It will probably take a while to create a chart that you're satisfied with, and you might forget to use it at first (either that or you'll be worried that you've just developed Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder!) but it's worth it to free up all that brain space that is currently dedicated to keeping a running tally of everything you've eaten this week! And it has certainly helped my compliance level to see in black and white where my consistent weaknesses are. Just thought I'd share my idea--and I hope the description makes sense. Hey, Heidi, is there any way I could share a visual of my chart so more right-brained readers can see what I tried to describe? --Sarah in PA
Hello there, Sarah! Most of us come round to making up some sort of chart to get things organized. That sounds like a great one! Feel free to email it to me (click on the "About" link at the top of this page), and I'll see if my limited graphics skills are up to the challenge. :-D
Heidi, Thank you! For the food storage modifications. I have been trying for weeks, but couldn't figure it out. That one month kit is for one person. Highly Grain based. I will take it from here and send back the smaller kits FYI. I have a question in relation to the ER4YB in the 4th Trimeseter guidelines. (I am way past that, He is 16 months now, but still nursing, only started solids recently). The Super diet-Says Ben veg 3-4 times Weekly and greens 2-3 times daily=4 servings of veg a day- Shouldn't it be 5-7 (O Sec). I need about 2000 calories a day- Is this the lower number of servings or Higher or in the middle? Thanks for all of your help again-You are terrific. Angel
Here you go, Angel! And by the way, I go by the servings listed in Live Right, so that's the source to use. :-D
I would like to respond to Angel’s food storage dilemma. My husband (O non-secretor) and I (A secretor) are familiar with the program she mentions. Since our diets are so diverse, it’s been a very challenging adjustment in regards to time, money and energy. I don’t have any great general plan for BTD storage but I can offer you recipe ideas for O non-secretors using home storage in addition to Heide’s recommendations. First, a #10 can holds about 12 cups of spelt, and the same is true for Kamut berries. For vegetables and fruits, we use a lot of dried, frozen and canned items like pumpkin (great for puddings), mushrooms, onions, garlic, spices, herbs (like basil, oregano, kelp, etc.), pineapple juice and chunks. My husband has a favorite breakfast drink that I fix for him. I use two cups frozen blueberries (16 oz.. bag = 4 cups, and is a great food storage item if you have a freezer), soaked in two cups pineapple juice, (we even use the pulp that sits in the pineapple juice can); 1 can of pineapple chunks & juice; 1 large unsweetened can of pears; 6 ripe bananas (if there’s a sale I buy a lot of them and freeze the ones I don’t use, right in their skins). Then I add 2 T. or more of Harmonia Deluxe, (about 2 bottles of it lasts over a month). I have to divide the ingredients to blend two batches in our blender. It makes about 6 to 7 tall 16-oz. glasses. For Kamut ginger molasses cookies I grind about 2 to 2 ½ Kamut berries, enough to make 3 cups of flour which is what the recipe calls for and makes enough cookies to last him 2 weeks (3 a day). So a #10 can of Kamut lasts close to 3 months with just this recipe. He feels satisfied and happy and has lost about 15 pounds since last November, and in spite of the holiday goodies he finds hard to resist. He shot an elk last December and skinned and dressed it himself, and cut it up for jerky, steaks, & stews. I’ve made stew out of it using enough meat, dried veggies, broth, kelp, spices, herbs & beans to make lunches for 5 to 6 days, just cooking it all in the crock pot. I’ve just had to do a lot of experimenting with old recipes, buying storage items that are compatible with his diet and have on hand ready to use. The good thing about it is that I can rotate all these items and not just let them sit on the shelf. The “egg” issue is another problem we’ve had to deal with, since eggs don’t store for long term, but I use them a lot in his recipes. We belong to a natural food coop where you can get almond butter cheaper than at a HFS, and I read somewhere that you can substitute ¼ cup of almond butter for an egg. We also have a #10 can of powered whole eggs (96 eggs worth, to feed the whole neighborhood) which we have on hand for emergency reasons. Also, the Shelton turkey chili and Shelton broth cans from the coop, along with 5- pound cans of chicken go a long ways to stretch a meal. We plan to do some rainbow trout fishing this summer for immediate use and freeze the rest. My diet needs differ so significantly from my husband’s that I find it is easier to have my own individual menu plan rather than combining foods that we both share AND like, which are very few. However, I will not elaborate on my menus since I’ve taken so much time and space already. Hope this helps some. Sorry this was so long. Susan
That wasn't long, it was detailed & fascinating & very useful! Thanks so much for posting it, Susan! :-D
Hi Heidi, I want to share my source for vegetable gylcerine with you. The company is Azure Standard in Dufur, Oregon, www.azurestandard.com. They sell veg glycerine in pints ($4.25) quarts ($6.50) and gallons ($18.00) and they ship UPS. This company carries many natural products and I order from them monthly. I called before I ordered for the first time and their product is food grade. Hope this helps people who have a hard time finding this product. Karen
Wonderful! I see I'm going to have to put up a Veg Gly resource page! Many thanks, Karen ~~ I'm sure others are thanking you, as well!! :-D