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
Nattering Testimonial: Thanks for your response to my pumpkin question, Heidi, and for the invitation to write!
It was pretty much my only question for now. In studying the back articles on the web site and the Encyclopedia, I'm finding my questions are being answered, but I wanted to write anyway, out of gratitude. This is quite long, no need to print it on the site if you haven't room, but I just HAD to thank you all.
I've just started the blood type diet last month. I'm blood type A. I feel like I've been moving toward this diet all my life, but was missing the mark, like trying to construct my life from a Swedish furniture kit that was missing a few pieces. I put on my first weight around age six, after my mom let me take back wheat. My colicky baby wheat allergy seemed to have gone away. I've been wrestling with diets ever since. I went on Overeaters Anonymous with my mother when I was a pudgy little nine year old, and have been either dieting or "off the wagon" ever since, creeping back to my bad habits and interrupting them with various malnourishing weight loss programs.
My worst years were 89 to 93, after the Tian-an-Men massacre cut short my year teaching English in Nanjing by two months. I spent three years after that dealing with depression and guilt and work stress, and just let my weight spiral out of control, a hundred extra pounds in four years. After that I made better efforts at maintenance and sporadic dieting, but I still never made it to a healthy weight or a sustainable lifestyle.
Mind you, I was close in many ways. I've known that I'm meat intolerant from the age of 16 and have been a fish eating vegetarian for more than half of my life. I know that artificial sweeteners seemed to clog my system, and that sodas don't make me less thirsty. I know coffee keeps me migraine free. I know I need to drink lots of water every day or suffer all over. I see a good herbalist, and she's given me herbs and supplements that have helped me with skin troubles, mood, energy, immunity troubles, and joint troubles. I know that MSG makes me feel groggy and shtooopid. I know that pineapple is an excellent weight loss food for me. I have begrudgingly admitted that cutting out fatty dairy in favor of tofu and soy milk helps me lose weight and clears up any congestion I might be experiencing.
Yet in examining my diet against the type A food lists, I realized I was still eating like 70-80% avoid foods, and much of the rest were high calorie neutrals. I used wheat breads, pastas, rice and potatoes as daily staples. I ate plenty of sugar. I madly craved and cheated with dairy often. My vegetable choices were replete with nightshades, tomatoes, peppers, hot peppers and eggplant. I ate legumes, but was eating the wrong legumes: garbanzo bean hummus, navy beans, and kidney beans. I drank a lot of orange juice. I ate lots of bananas. I'm a good cook with a fetish for strong flavors, and had a LIBRARY of condiments full of vinegar, strong peppers, gelatin, corn syrup, and carrageen. I ate out often with my husband. Mmmm, dessert! Even when I was trying to be good, many meals that are nearly perfect in good restaurants like broiled salmon with spinach salad I had pretty methodically ruined with vinaigrette dressings and big servings of wheat bread and butter.
Doctors I saw were at a loss how I could have such a "healthy" diet, such low blood pressure, such a low cholesterol count, and still be wrestling with over 130 extra lbs. They ALL said to try Weight Watchers. My sister likes Weight Watchers. My best pal from my University days likes Weight Watchers. I hate Weight Watchers. I've never managed more than three days of it. It feels like trying to eat arsenic and math, toxic AND difficult. Now there's a lifestyle. Last year on the advice of a doctor who felt I should lose weight before trying to conceive, I lost 50 lbs by stubbornly returning over and over to the Beverly Hills diet, a stringent food-combining regimen, as often as my energy level would allow. I felt depleted and exhausted, and had to have longer and longer "time-outs" between my fruitarian weight loss weeks, but at least I wasn't doing myself the violence of stomach stapling, which had also been suggested to me.
50 lbs is a good bit of success, but it's been getting harder to sustain it, and I'd just gotten to the point of gaining weight before starting a new weight loss week instead of maintaining between them. Uh oh. The beginning of the end.
Last month two type O friends who follow the BTD diet told me about how it helped their health and showed me their Encyclopedia. I noticed it suggested that type As avoid wheat, which clicked with what my mother had been telling me for years, that I was a wheat-allergic baby, and that maybe avoiding wheat would help me lose weight. I was very resistant to that suggestion. I love wheat starches. I also felt pretty resistant to a lot the other things the book was telling me. The diet seemed terribly and pointlessly restrictive, so many things in my normal diet were "avoids", and so many of those "avoids" are so low in calories: vinegar, tomatoes, shitake mushrooms? Why could they possibly matter? But I also noticed that the "beneficial" fishes corresponded eerily to my favorites, while the "avoid" fishes and seafoods were almost all seafoods I strongly dislike or had begun to eat later in life as "acquired tastes."
I began to rethink the whole notion of "acquired tastes." I thought back to being a picky eater as a skinny kid and remembered that at age four I used to hate tomatoes, peppers, and vinegar. Maybe I'm not a gourmet who broadened her palette, maybe I've been inuring myself to poisons the way a smoker does. Maybe I've been paying for my poisons, just like a smoker does. Despite being a "healthy" fish-eating vegetarian with a low cholesterol count, my food choices weren't working for me, and maybe that DID have something to do with my blood type. And if BTD is a good thing, why do something good halfway?
I went meticulously cold turkey. I live in the San Francisco Bay Area near Berkeley, and I've got access to several excellent health food and organic grocery stores. The stores ain't cheap, but I figure the added expense is easily counteracted by doing most of my own cooking instead of eating out often. I bought tofu and soy milk, wheat free soy sauce, Ezekiel 4:9 bread, greens, pumpkin, berries, fresh garlic, kasha, black beans, olive oil, lentils, artichokes... I made vinegar-free mayonnaise and salad dressing, made "meat loaf" with puree'd canned salmon, bones and all, made potato-free "potato-salad" with Jerusalem artichokes, and made yummy rich pumpkin soup with fresh Indian spices. The only "neutral" things I'm putting in my mouth these days are the dairy free, wheat free brownies I make with lots of extra baker's chocolate. Everything else I've eaten since I started has been "beneficial", right down to switching from sugar and cream to blackstrap molasses and unsweetened soy milk in my coffee.
I've lost 12 lbs in less than a month, even while eating the food-combining no-no of "balanced meals", proteins and starches eaten together! I've lost weight eating blueberry pancakes. I've lost weight eating brownies. I even lose weight eating peanut-butter, whoa! I've felt satisfied, not hungry, and curious about discovering my new foods, not deprived of my old ones. As I was first shopping for the diet, I was rehearsing my apologies to my friends and family in my head, figuring that completely replacing my entire diet all at once would make me a whiney, angry, nasty basket-case, but I feel SO good. Cravings I fought from minute to minute when I was doing food combining, cravings that ruled my life even when I wasn't dieting, have evaporated into contentment and satiety.
My portion sizes have decreased naturally. Two buckwheat-blueberry pancakes are enough. A peanut-butter sandwich made with one slice of Ezekiel bread cut in half is plenty. This freako-bizarre sense of food actually feeding me is very new. I think I've been malnourished all my life. Malnutrition as fat. How bloody American. I've been compensating for food not actually feeding me by eating too much of it.
All through the diet world dieticians, hypnotists, gurus, and "normal" people told me to try and listen to my body, to feel that "enough is enough" sensation, to stop when I was no longer hungry instead of stopping when I was full. I never understood their crazy-ass martian talk. "Enough is Enough?" Nonsense! "Satisfied" to me meant not being able to eat another bite without being sick. If I was not bursting full, I was still craving. For the first time in recent memory, normal and even small portions are enough. I'm finding pleasure not just in the sensual process of eating, but in the warm, blissed, sated state of HAVING EATEN.
I don't know how I'll feel when more time has gone by, when the romance of the new diet is over and I'm trying to make it work as a "lifestyle," that elusive and abstract thing that I've never been able to sustain. I don't know how well I'll do reintroducing neutrals when I want to start a maintenance program. I don't know how I'll do months from now when all my pals who are good cooks start offering me their homebaked christmas goodies and saying "oh, one won't hurt you." But all that aside, I have to say, so far, this diet feels really, really different. My brain keeps repeating the word "FINALLY!" like I'm FINALLY coming home, like I FINALLY understand the impenetrable algorithm of "being fed", like I FINALLY bought a furniture kit with all the parts.
Uhhmmm.... wow. I feel presumptuous adding anything at all to this column. Morrisa, what a thrilling report, not to mention a great read. :-)
From the report of your weight loss rate, satiety, and energy, it's quite evident that you've "come home."
While I don't want to spoil the many surprises on their way to you, I'll offer a brief prediction on what to expect when the honeymoon's over. This is a little saying I overuse, but here it comes again: in a relatively short period of time, the diet begins to "do itself." Instead of requiring ever-increasing vigilance, it builds a growing sense of ease and naturalness. Once you've been following it for a few weeks, that ease becomes the default digestive setting ~~ eating an avoid will prompt the body to send up a clear "spike" from that stable level. Further on, a handy Pavlovian effect comes into play even before the avoid has reached the mouth. The mere sight of the poison prompts an unpleasant little multimedia display to pop up on the mind's screen... replete with pre-verbal concepts best described as "Eeewwwww!" -- sense-memories of dis-ease, danger, frustration, pain, heaviness, a tightening of the throat and stomach -- and perhaps a flashing light or two. Something along the lines of what early agrarians must have felt upon seeing an asp among the reeds.
I'm going to stop short of getting into the neurochemistry of it all, but be reassured that by the time the Holidays arrive, your polite acceptance of a proferred treat or two will make nary a dent in the lifestyle (yes!) which has made itself your own.
At this moment, I'm just tremendously happy for you ~~ and most appreciative that you chose to share your pains & triumphs with us. Many thanks! More nattering at your convenience, please! and of course, questions are always welcome! :-D
Oh! I almost forgot: You might be interested to learn that one of Peter's hobbies is fine carpentry. ;-> take good care, dear, and do write again.
MY ALTERNATIVE MEDICINE DOCTOR WOULD LIKE ME TO TAKE A GREEN FOOD SUPPLIMENT OF EITHER; WHEAT GRASS, BLUE GREEN ALGAE, SUN CHLORELLA OR BARLEY GRASS. I AM O+ AND I AM NOT SURE IF I AM A SECRETOR OR NON-SECRETOR TYPE. I AM ORDERING THE BLOOD TEST TODAY TO DETERMINE. PLEASE ADVISE WHICH OF THESE WOULD BE GOOD TO USE FOR O TYPE BLOOD. THANKS CRISSY
Hey there, Crissy! Go with the wheat grass, the Sun chlorella, or the barley grass. They're all great for all types -- but do avoid the algae products. Thanks for writing, and best wishes, dear!
Hi, I'm an O with reactive arthritis. I have been on the diet for nearly a year and have had a couple of months reprieve during that time. However, while I'm sure the diet was a large part of this improvement, I am once again doing quite badly and am wondering if there is anything specific O's should consider in relation to my condition. For e.g. is there some foods on the O list that are fine if you're healthy but should be avoided for reactive arthritis? Thanks Travis
Hello, Travis! Specific to foods, I'd discontinue bell peppers of every color, and tomatoes, for now. If you're eating the same diet as the one you followed during those months of improvement, I strongly suggest you pick up Live Right 4 Your Type and the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, and order your secretor test without delay. I'd also seek out a physician knowledgeable about the BTD, including supps, etc. If naturopathic doctors are licensed in your State, that would be the area in which to start looking.
I strongly encourage you to use every holistic measure possible to calm your immune system. It appears that this is an autoimmune disorder triggered by certain kinds of infection. In attacking the invaders, the immune system goes into overdrive and keeps strafing when the enemy's already daid, if you know what I mean. I would use PolyFlora-O and Deflect-O (available in the Store here) daily, as well as one teaspoon of fresh ginger juice away from meals, three times per day (made in a juicer), and one or two 500mg cayenne capsules with meals, three times per day. I'd also make liberal use of a plain 500 mg quercetin supplement -- take them at will throughout the day. There are many additional suggestions in the Encyclopedia protocols, and I'm sure that following the diet strictly according to your secretor status will be of great help as well. Best wishes to you, Travis! Please drop me a note and let me know how you're doing!
Hello Heidi, I love your column; it's in my daily 'favorites' list. I am an A-non and have been on the diet for 5 years now, refining it constantly with your updates. Last fall for the first time in my life (I'm 65) I fell ill with an inhaled mold allergy which was further aggravated by copier ink fumes; all this led to a diagnosis of Reactive Airway Disorder. I'm off of all meds now and taking quercetin and Respiratone--and PolyFlora-A, of course. Things are improving slowly, but I still have to be very careful what I breathe. My question, though, has to do with menu. You have said that your husband is an A-non, and, if it isn't too much trouble, I would love a sample of his daily menu. I read a book a couple of years ago about circadian rhythms (based on research to help people adjust body rhythms to jet lag, working off-hours, etc.). The research indicates that the optimum time for our bodies to eat protein is for breakfast and lunch, to keep those brain cells working all day, and the optimum time to have carbs is for dinner, so that our bodies can make tissue repairs while we sleep. So I've been following that protocol as much as possible. What I have the most trouble with is sticking to the portion requirements of beans (soy, mostly) and grains (brown rice, mostly). I also eat beneficial beans, like pintos and lentils, spelt pasta (Vita-Spelt is delicious; comes in a lighter version than whole-grain, called Pasta D'Abruzzo; get it at natural food stores), and lots of winter squash and sweet potatoes. And I love oatmeal for breakfast occasionally, with fresh ginger, cranberries, and walnuts (yum!). Keeping up with the weekly portions of all these is sometimes mind-boggling. I'd just like to know how another A-non does it! I was fascinated to hear that his after-Thanksgiving breakfast was coffee and leftover apple pie with Kamut crust. Made my mouth water! Thanks for your hard work and excellent column! Sarah
Sarah, thanks for all your kindness! Well, I'm not sure Bryan's diet would help much ~~ yours sounds much more highly-developed. ;-) Anyway, here's a basic outline for any light it may shed:
Breakfast ~ oatmeal, sometimes with fruit (could be fresh or preserved)
Lunch ~ a large salad with salmon, turkey or chicken
Dinner ~ more like a snack. Some kind of bean thing ~ like alt-hummus wrapped in romaine lettuce, lentil soup, or tempeh ~ and small dish of cooked veg
Snack ~ fresh or dried fruit, vegetable juice, or fruit juice (juices made at home)
Breakfast ~ scrambled eggs or buckwheat crepes with fruit
Late lunch/early dinner ~ turkey, lamb or fish with lettuce & tomato on sesame Ezekiel bun, or rice pasta with a mix of onions, garlic, green veg & chicken or turkey
Snack #1 ~ tiny salad with cooked green beans, black beans, raw red onion ~ big variation here
Snack #2 ~ almonds or walnuts & dried plums
Daily, one cup of coffee, glass or two of red wine, lots of water, mineral water on occasion. And a combo veg juice or fruit juice or smoothie, one each per day.
He definitely has that "starvation-proof" metabolism, since he needs very little food and does best with quite small portions. Lucky stinker! He really prefers very simple, absolutely fresh food made perfectly one minute before it's served. That's why he does the cooking around here! ;-D If left to my own devices, I'll make up several kinds of stews or "gourmet glops" and live out of the fridge and freezer for weeks without complaint ~ and I'm always the one to "finish things up," since he is no friend of leftovers. Hey! I'm easy! ;-) We do have loads of fun doing special dishes around the holidays, but for the day-to-day, it's very plain stuff. So, I do hope this helps a bit! Maybe other type A nons could share their weekly menus? thanks for writing, Sarah! :-D
Dear Heidi, Thank you for answering my questions so thoroughly! I appreciate your help so very much. Of course I have some more questions -- it seems the more that I read, the more questions I find! I am type O, I don't know my secretor status yet, as I'm saving up for the tests (I want to test my 2 daughters as well, age 3 and 5). 1) I am lost in all of these vitamins, nutriceuticals, minerals, supplements -- polyflora, bladderwrack, quercetin, polyvite, phytocal, deflect, larch, dgl licorice, rhodiola......help!! Where do I start?? Do you take them simultaneously, or try one at a time?? Let me add that I'm a stay-home-mom, and although my husband has a good job, we don't have a lot of money for additional expenses. But if it is something necessary to my health, I can rearrange the budget a bit to accommodate. Is it okey to follow the diet, and slowly add the supplements? I am just a bit overwhelmed by all of the options. 2) I bought spelt flour, when I got home, I found on the side of the bag a note that says spelt is not considered a wheat-free grain and is not safe for wheat-free diets. Argh! I thought that spelt was okey for us! Did I just find a bum brand? What are your thoughts on this? 3) I am looking for something crunchy to satisfy my cravings for pretzels. Sometimes, I just need something salty and crunchy....I haven't been able to find a wheat-free pretzel at my local HFS. I've found some wheat-free pretzels on the internet, but once you add in shipping and handling, they become cost prohibitive. I'm wondering if you can think of any acceptable alternatives. Thanks again for your time and input! Fondly, Ruth
Hi there, Ruth! I'm glad I could help!!
Let me go through your questions: First, there's no need to pile into the supps. The foods do the main work; the supps are there for special needs, and the only one I think everyone should have daily is the probiotic: PolyFlora-O in your case. The other two which are handy and very effective are Deflect and Phytocal. If you want the three basics, them's the ones. ;-)
The spelt confusion is on the part of the manufacturer who labelled it that way. You see, spelt is an ancient relative of our modern, jazzed-up, protein (lectin)-enhanced "WHEAT." Technically, it is "a wheat," but it is NOT "THE wheat." And it is quite safe for almost everyone, except celiacs (it does contain gluten), as it does not contain the lectin that is so abundant in wheat. Anyway, many people (including that benighted manufacturer) got a little turned around about the relationship between wheat and spelt, and producers are using protective labelling to distance themselves from irate half-informed folks who become aware that the two plants are so closely related. Spelt is neutral or beneficial for everyone except type O nonsecretors. So enjoy! (unless you find out you're a nonsecretor, that is, at which point we can start talking about kamut! :-D)
One way around your pretzel problem is to cozy on up to your HFS grains manager and see if they might order something for you. The price may be lower (they'd get a wholesale discount), or close to the Internet price if they add a big markup, but hey! You just saved all that money on the supps you didn't buy!
;-D While they are not pretzels, the rice crackers made by Edward & Sons ("Brown Rice Snaps") in about six or seven different flavors are a fabulous way to ease the crunchy-salty jones. They're organic, and nearly all of them are O-OK as I recall. Try to find the tamari-seaweed and/or the 'vegetable' varieties. REALLY tasty, besides being good for you! Good hunting, and do write again, dear!
Dear Heidi, I am confused with the information available on salmon. In the original BTD book it is beneficial for A B AB and O. In Peter's tapes, he says it is an avoid for B and AB because of the bovine connection -(explanation would be good on that please) In The Encyclopedia it is beneficial for A. B and AB and neutra for O In LR4YT it is beneficial for A. B (secretor) and AB and neutral for O. Can you please tell me what is correct. There is nothing in the Errata either. Thank you so much. Also can you tell me how i get my phone number on the Practitioner Registry, it only has my address and Saxham is missing the "h"! My clinic phone number is 01284 760020 (Great Britain) Thanks Heidi for all your help Regards Sarah
Hey there, Sarah! Well, he'd originally found salmon WAS beneficial for those types. Then he discovered some rather ominous news, and for safety's sake he published the new ratings. Later on, we found that the problem applied only to a specimen of salmon roe, so salmon shot back up to Beneficial again for B secretors and ALL ABs. If you have any questions about food status, they're all updated in the TYPEbase database, also linked on our front page.
A bovine connection? Could you tell me which tapes & help me find that section? There shouldn't be any connection between salmon and beef.
And I'll be glad to fix your practitioner entry. Thanks for writing! :-D
Hello! Jennie (B+ secretor) here...I've been reading a lot about these MN blood types, but I have searched endlessly in the book and website, and have not found out how this is determined. Should I just go to the doctor to find out, or us there a test I can purchase? Is it true that if I tested MM, I would follow the non-sec diet? By the way, since I wrote last, (remember, I had been tested allergic to milk, have candida, etc.) I have been eating lots more meat, fish and veggies and feeling much better. When I eat too much bead--Ezekiel or otherwise--I get really bloated. I've cut down on milk but I eat yogurt and that works well for me. Yesterday, I was sort of forced to eat at McDonalds and I had a chicken sandwich (BAD idea). Just wanted to test things : ) Well, I woke up at three in the morning and could hardly breathe!! I'm fine today, but I won't be eating chicken or fast food again. I guess those lectins are the most important thing for me to consider. Thank you so much for all your help! Jennie
Hi, Jennie! Give a call to 602-970-0000 (the SouthWest Medical folks) and order the seropanel collection kit. Then, go to your doctor or clinic and ask them to do the blood draw for the kit, and just send it via FedEx with the label included in the package. SWMC's fee for processing it is around $90. They provide full serotyping, including ABO, Rhesus, Lewis type (that's the one that indicates secretor status), MN, and subtyping for type As. And some food lists, but I prefer to follow the ones in Live Right.
Whoa! A fast-food chicken sandwich! That must have landed like a bomb! ;-) People don't believe me at first when I tell them this diet "does itself" after a while. Your experience in fine-tuning your diet is just the kind of "natural feedback system" I've seen at work in myself, and so many others. Kind of nice to know what to expect, eh? :-D thanks for your message, Jennie!