Hello Heidi, I'm pregnant (8 weeks) and type A (secretor status not known). I'm taking a standard pregnancy multi-vit supplement plus acidopholus while I wait for Live Right 4 Your Baby and the D'Adamo type A pregnancy supps to be shipped over to me in the UK. But I'd really appreciate your advice on the following: If I am eating a healty diet AND taking supplements, can I overdose on certain vitamines and minerals? And could this be harmful for the developing foetus? The National Health Service in Britain does NOT recommend supps during pregnancy, apart from Folic Acid, as it's impossible to regulate what an individual is already getting in the diet and, therefore, determine what extra doses are needed. They claim supplementation COULD lead to chemical inmbalance and be damaging to the developing baby. For example, I just bought some nutritional yeast then realised that, combined with my daily multi-vit, I'd be getting excessive doses of certain B vits along with various others like potassium, sulpur etc. That's just an example - I could have chosen any food stuff. The prolem is, I'm not a scientist and I don't know what's dangerous and what's not. Yet if I stop taking the supplements, I might be missing out on other essential vits and minerals. It's really hard to know what to do. As you know, the first 3 months are crucial in the baby's development because it's making all the vital organs, brain, nervous system etc. The last thing I want to do is damage my baby because I ate too much of a good thing. What do you think? Also, could you recommend a good smoothie or snack I could make when I'm feeling queezy and the last thing I want to do is cook or eat. Thanks so much. Katy
Hello, Katy! For the most part, your diet should provide everything you need. Folic acid is a good addition, and for now I'd concentrate on the beneficial foods (all organic, OK?) emphasizing leafy vegetables, fish, nuts, beans, seeds and fruits. When you get the book, you'll have the full low-down on which herbs or supps are good for you, and which are to be avoided. For now, the low doses of your multi combined with the foods shouldn't do you or the baby any harm.
How about a cup of pineapple chunks, half a cup of strawberries & a half-cup of soft tofu? Thin with juice or water (makes a double batch)! :-D I think that may keep the queezies at bay!
My very best wishes to you and your growing babe, Katy! Drop me a line now & again, let me know how you're doing! :-D
Thank you for your reply to my question about my son. I am preparing my whole presentation to him, and I wanted to give you a little more information about his condition, which I just learned. He has a constant pain in the right lower abdomen, which has never been explained in any of his many tests. This shifts around. He wakes up with nausea and dry heaves. He has numbness in his feet, legs and hands, and sometimes a prickly numbness elsewhere as well. He is really thin--no muscles and no fat either. I have a feeling the B12 is going to help, and the other supps you mentioned as well. If the added info here seems to call for addtional suggestions, please let me know. Meanwhile I'm going to propose the first step of the probiotics, methylcobalamin, and Cortigard. And try to persuade him off of sugar and dairy. I did give him some sips of a fresh-sqeezed vegie juice I had, and he pronounced it delicious. Regarding the question on where to get pure and effective supps, I'll work up a list and send it! Cyndi
Great, Cyndi! You're making wonderful progress with him already. Nothing more convincing for newbies than great-tasting food ~~ I'm so pleased he liked that juice! I'll await your supp list! :-D
All my thanks for your daily answers. I am O, probably no- secretor, my children also. We are all the 3 ADHD, on the diet for 1 year, strict for me and a little less strict for them: my level of energy and attention is past from 20 to 50 %, what was already a big victory for me but there is still 50 % of deficit. I did not adjust either Candida. For my boys, I notice that they are less violent when they do not eat wheat and they digest better without milk. They take recently Ritaline because they have enormous problems of concentration and so big school problems. The encyclopedia is not translated into French ( will it be one day ?) so any protocol for the ADHD and the treatment of Candida is the welcome. One thousand thanks, Anne-Françoise.
Hello, Anne-Françoise ~ I'm sure the Encyclopedia will be translated someday, but in the meantime I hope you will pick up a copy of it and write to me with questions if there is anything you don't understand. The reason I suggest this is that there are three protocols for each of those conditions you are asking about. Each of the six protocols has several items involved, along with additional notes -- so it would be a very long answer for you, and I'm afraid I'd make an error somewhere in typing all the names and numbers!
For type O, you can start with pycnogenol: 60-100 mg daily for 2 weeks, then 30-50 mg. Vitamin B6: 20-30 mg per kg of bodyweight. Calcium, 500-750 mg daily. Those are the adult dosages. Also, when you write back, let me know the ages of your children in order to figure out how much, and what, of all of it would help them. Best wishes to you and your kids, and please do write again! :-)
Hi Heidi! I'm still on the B vitamin/brewer's yeast roll, wanted to comment on the readers with heart palpitations & urinary tract trouble -- heart palpitations can come from a lot of things, but for me it's definitely linked to the vit B's. I also found internet info that vit B's can affect absorption of zinc & vit A, and deficiency of those two is thought to make the body lose the amino acid taurine through the urine -- and taurine plays a major role in heartbeat regularity. (I can't prove the B-zinc-vit A link, internet info is suspect to me, but it does seem likely since I know from better resources that B vitamin deficiency affects metabolism of protein, fats & carbs -- pretty much everything, and that would affect a lot of nutrients.) On urinary trouble, my old nutritional chiro said that is often linked to B vits, especially folic acid. Folic acid deficiency can lead to urinary tract irritation, contributing to UTI's he said. Also contributes to incontinence, because the irritation may be just enough to make you suddenly need to go when you don't really. So I'm still pushing the brewer's yeast for B vits. Though the rosacea I'm working on with the B vits just got worse again when my chemical burns got worse (chemical burns cycle, heal & then burn again.) But I'm still very happy, because the burns were much better than they have been, barely there a all -- I think my body can detox the chemicals through the liver better with the B vits, so they don't have to burn out through the skin. Rosacea probably won't go away til the burns finish & I can use the B vits for better things. Sorry this went kind of off the BTD subject! I am thanking you for your helpful column! And looking forward to my next batch of your molasses chocolate chip cookies! Yum. (o: Maia
P.S. -- Woops! When I said internet info is suspect, didn't mean you! Only resources where I don't know their information foundation & motivation. Woops! Foot in mouth!
Hey now! Don't start thinking I'm not suspect!! SUSPECT US ALL!! :-D
Thanks for your observations! They're such a wonderful contribution to the wealth of knowledge everyone is so generous with... it's a joy!! :-D
Heidi,thanks for your response about my wrestler son, Andrew. College wrestling weight classes range from 125 to 285, and the last weight below heavy-weight is 197, so Andrew is already above the next lowest weight class, and he is the only one who can go heavy on the team - they already have four 197ers. An 88-lb. range is huge, and obviously, the more muscle-weight (not fat) Andrew has, the better, since many of the wrestlers are at the top of their range. Andrew wrestled heavyweight as a high school senior weighing 215 and had a 45-3 record, but we worried about the risk from much heavier opponents, and his college coach wants him to gain, as well. Gaining weight is not the typical problem for wrestlers! I want him to gain it safely, and using the foods A's can eat. Is there any limit on the amount of protein he can ingest daily from soy, other beans, nuts, seeds,fish and poultry? He just burns energy at a tremendous rate, and really has to work at gaining - there is not an ounce of fat on him, now. Any daily tips you can give on diet will be much appreciated. And thanks for the creatine info! Kim
Ah! Thanks for that, Kim! Yeah, he's almost 40 pounds above the 197 level, so the idea of stepping down is a no-go. I was thinking that he'd be facing plenty of guys near the top of the HW range, and hoped to work him down to the next class for that reason, but that's OK, we'll move on! Wrestling success is as much skill as weight (a lot more, actually), so I'm sure he'll have a great season just with the better diet which you're doing such a great job promoting to him!
The only limits he should think about are proportional. Look at the portion/frequency tables and keep them in balance one to another. He'll be eating somewhat larger portions on a more frequent basis. For now, I'd add 50% to each portion, and spread the servings out into four to six meals. He'll want a good meal in the morning, a normal lunch, and decent-sized but not enormous dinner, but the snacks and shakes in-between (and one small snack or shake two hours before sleeping) will be part of the "spread." The idea is to avoid overstuffing him, but have him snack whenever he's hungry between meals. Every food group should get the same boost. The vitamins & minerals from veg & fruit are just as important to his muscle growth and stamina as the proteins -- they all work together!
Best of luck, Kim, and please keep us posted on his progress over the summer!! very exciting! :-D
Hello Heidi! It's Yelena again. (I am B+ secretor). Doctor Adamo writes in his book that one should not use the protocols from the book without a help of a naturopathic provider. Is it possible for you to forward the below information to Doctor Adamo, so that he can either correct it or perhaps I should make an appointment with him. I need to know the total costs and how many visits I need because my insurance does not cover any alternative medicine, just as it does not cover my ancologist and the ancological center too. Below is some details on what is going on with me. Following the protocols without professional help is too complicated a procedure, and probably not effective. I can be contacted by e-mail: email@example.com. I have been on a ABO diet since November 2002. Unfortunately I have also had a continuous stress during all this time. Apparently I was unable to contain the stress. The surgery is a result. Funny, just a month before the surgery I had a physical exam, and my physician have not noticed anything wrong. My diagnosis was "Sarcoma of the stomach with metastases in uteris and pancreas". The surgeon has also removed a gallbladder, half of the stomach, uteris and a piece of pancreas. During the surgery they have used a local chemotherapy in the abdomen, but only for a short time. This week they want to start a introvenous chemotherapy. After the surgery my hemoglobin level was at 8-25, (with normal range 13-35). We are using 5 protocols from the book. I take: chemotherapy protocol: bupleurum (620 mg capsule once a day), Itaru green tea, probiotic; surgery recovery: plantain (790 mg) once a day L-Arginine (500 mg) once a day zinc 25 mg once a day Vitamin C from Rose Hips (do not take it because the stomach can not take anything acidic) Bromelain 500 mg - do not take because feel pain from it; cancer prevention: coQ10, 50 mg x 2 day Liver Support: Beet Root 100 mg Licorice Root from a capsule Yelena
Hello, dear Yelena! If you made an appointment with Peter, you'd be waiting for a very long time -- perhaps a year. Do call the phone number for the clinic, and see if Doc Bron can see you soon. The clinic info and address/phone are located on this page, linked as "Clinic" at the top of the home page. The phone number is 203/ 348-4800. They will explain the costs involved, and let you know how you can send your records and the report above to them. Love to you, and warmest best wishes!! :-)
Hello Heidi, Thanks to Glenn for posting the updated information on the pathology lab in Melbourne-I've made an appointment for the secretor test as I'm like a dog with a bone, and want to make sure that my intuition is matched by science. Next, I've just enjoyed reading about the mitochondrial DNA links from each of us back to a single past gggggreat grandmother (Prof Bryan Sykes,"The seven daughters of Eve" and wondered at what point in this scientific journey does Peter's work intersect with Sykes? Also,I've looked at Peter's module on gene theory and anthropology and it seems to imply a different hypothesis than the one in his printed books where you get the impression that the A and B mutations happened fairly recently in response to dietary changes in the landscape, while in the module the implication is that the ABO genes have always been with us. I know you have touched on this in past letters, so hope you can update me. Thanks for your reply about the volume of drinking water.I am experimenting to find the right balance between good digestion and acceptable micturation keeping in mine that as I am an A and really don't do much sweaty exercise and it is coming on to winter here, my water requirements could be less than prescribed. Salut- Jenny
:-D "acceptable micturation," eh? :-D I admire your elegant locutions, dear! By the way, over a couple of weeks' time of increased water intake, the micturation frequency will fall back to pre-super-hydration levels. ;->
I've not read that book, but Peter does give some timelines in BTD which may aid you in discovering the answer to your question. It also gives a simplified version of the ABO developments (types "arising" at various times) in order to communicate the basic idea to a wide audience. The rigorous answer is, yes - they've always been with us. Mutations are (or were) constantly in the works, however, spurred by the necessity of adaptation to new climates and foods. Many thanks for writing, Jenny!! :-D
Regarding the IBS treatment of 5/5/03, my wife was not upset with the rice/blueberry diet, but to the long term avoidance of garlic which is a highly beneficial food for A secretors. (Quote: . . . Eventually you should be able to eat more fruits, vegetables and carbs, but garlic, lot of onions/leeks, . . . and a diet based on lots of cabbage family vegetables (like broccoli) will probably never be tolerated again. . . end of quote). There are few foods left that she can tolerate or like without flavoring them up with some garlic. Quercetin also is high in the onion family and is needed to control the allergies she has. The word “never” made it seem unendurable to her. Actually, she has been doing a lot better since staying off of grains (except rice and amaranth), dairy, and sugars, even in spite of eating the garlic with her braised vegetables, which she is determined to do anyway. I suppose you meant moderation and not avoidance, especially in the case of garlic. At least, that’s what she hopes you meant. By the way, is it possible to have both IBS and celiac disease, without having anemia? And is there a way to detect celiac sprue without having a biopsy of the small intestine? GPF
Hello, GPF! Thanks so much for clarifying your wife's concerns. In Joachim's advice, instead of the word "never," I'd like her to look one back to the word "probably." ;-) All these recommendations are simply information for your use, and certainly not carved in stone. It enables people to narrow down potential food problems, by giving them a few specific items which they can then use for testing purposes. For instance, when she feels she's healed, she could try some garlic and see if that made things worse, or if it had no effect. Right now, it may seem an impossible task to isolate what's continuing her illness, so these guidelines are there for her use if desired.
Quercetin is one substance in yellow onions, but is not the irritant, so isn't an issue for her. I'm not familiar with the medical testing aspect of celiac and IBS, so I couldn't say whether anemia is always present, nor can I comment on celiac sprue testing. Perhaps one of our expert readers could offer this advice?
I'm really pleased that she is doing a lot better now! I believe and hope she will continue to improve, and I would be grateful if you'd continue posting on her situation!! thanks so much! :-D
I have read the book: eat right for your type. but i have one important question to ask, I am blood type O+ and according to the diet i am supposed to eat lean meat and poultry, but I am a vegetarian (but eat fish and eggs). How do i stick to the 0 blood type diet, but remain a vegetarian? Please, I would be really greatful for an answer. Thanks for a great book. Angela
Hi, Angela! You would choose from the beneficials and neutrals in the non-animal-protein categories. Coleus forskohlii is reputed to boost energy metabolism in vegetarians who have blood types which require animal protein for optimal health. Best wishes, dear!! :-D
Hi, I am Type A Blood Group and would like to go on the diet however I am allergic to Peanuts, Soy and have mild reactions to most legumes. How do I get enough protein in my diet if I am not eating much red meat or dairy? Kelly
Start by following the diet very closely, meaning "aim for 100% beneficials," but do not eat the foods which you react badly to. Use all the beans and pulses and nuts and seeds that you CAN tolerate, whether they are beneficial or neutral (don't use avoids). And fill in with the beneficial fish and the neutral poultry. You should do very, very well, no worries! Thanks for writing, Kelly, and welcome to the BTD! :-D
Hello there again Heidi. First a sit-rap, than a truckload of questions: Been following the BTD lifestyle for exactly one year. I’m O secretor, Rh-, male, 37 years. A was a wheat, potato and corn junkie. My two motivations for BTD’ing is weight loss and maximizing general health, but no other known health issues.
Well anyhow, the first six months went along very fine, lost 16 kg and increased energy. Problem is the last six months. I still have 20 kg. to loose, but the scale have not moved further down, neither has chest etc. measurements. And believe me I have been doing it all: Only beneficials for two months, no grains except beneficial veggies, drinking 4 liters of water every day, exercising two – three days a week (running and intense weightlifting) and any other advice I pick up from my daily reading of your fantastic column.
Lately you have on at least two occasions commented on hypotherose. I have the last days measured my temperature in the morning, before I go out of bed, and the temperature is steady 96,40 Fahrenheit, which then should be a strong indication of to low thyroxin production. Can this be the sole explanation for the lack of weight loss or is there other theories about plateaus when one goes down in weight?
In spite of high intensity of my training, my body have not adapted to any extent to the training, and I know that it is not due to overtraining. As I understand it, low thyroxin often means high adrenaline, can that be a possible explanation on the lack of training progress? I’m seeing my doctor two weeks from today in order to check the thyroxin levels. Any suggestions for other test I should do when I’m there?
If the test confirms my suspicion, you did mention here the other day some general suggestion (glands etc.) of thing to take in stead of the chemicals the doctor would normally give. I must admit I didn’t quite understood what you meant, can I kindly ask you to specify. Finally, I have a question about the presence of lectins (wheat for example) in the gut. When one completely drop eating a specific lectin containing substance, for how long can the lectin hang in there before it goes a way? Best regard Geir
Allo, Geir!! That is indeed a low basal temperature. There are plateaus, but six months is far too long after you had a steady weight loss in the preceding six months. The inexpensive glandulars I mentioned to a woman in the U.S. are made by Vitamin Shoppe. I'll give you the ingredient rundown so you'll have a reference to search for a similar product in Scandinavia.
"Thyroid Complex" -- Thiamin (B1) 10 mg, riboflavin (B2) 10 mg, pyroxidine HCL (B6) 10 mg, cyanocobalamin (B12) 25 mcg, iodine (from kelp) 150 mcg, magnesium oxide 100mg, zinc 3 mg, selenium 70 mcg, copper 150 mcg, manganese 3 mg, molybdenum 150 mcg, L-tyrosine 150 mg, and multi gland complex 35 mg (from bovine liver, lung, pancreas, heart, kidney, spleen, brain). The zinc, selenium, copper, manganese and molybdemun are in the form of amino acid chelates. One to three capsules per day, with meals. If you can find an organic source of the multi-gland complex, that would be spectacular. The B vitamins are "helpers," along with the other minerals & trace elements.
Lectins remain attached to the cell pretty much permanently. Once the cell dies, it's replaced with a new, clean one. Hooray! As I understand it, the lining of the intestinal tract renews itself about every 14 days with an entirely brand-new epithelium. Yours has been sparkling clean for a while, so I don't think that is the issue. Try a glandular, and keep testing your basal temperature. Once it's in the normal range for a week or two, you should see better results in your muscle mass and in fat loss.
Thank you for writing, Geir ~ it's really nice to hear from you! :-)
Hello Heidi, I really enjoy this column and read it everyday. Your care and attention are truly appreciated. I have a couple of questions. I am bloodtype AB+. My first question is about plantains. I did a search and saw where you said ripe plantains had the taste and texture of bananas. How do I know if a plantain is ripe? Also I thought plantains had to be cooked. Is this right? Also in the books plantain is listed under fruit. But I thought it was sort of starchy. As you can tell I am plantain illiterate. Thanks for your help. Also I was wondering about a fish called Char. I did a search and found nothing and it's not in the books so i deemed it neutral. As I thought about it a little more I wondered if maybe it has another name or something. Just being careful.(I had some today sauted in a little walnut oil and man was it good). O.K. last question. This one concerns tomatoes. Since all non-avoid vegetables have no limits on consumption does that go for tomatoe sauce as well?(organic of course) Thank you so much for your time! Best Wishes and GOOD VIBES Mike
Hey there, Mike!! :-) Great to hear from one of you rare ABs! :-D
Bananas and plantains are slightly different botanically. Most plantains shipped to the U.S. are a hybrid of two species: Musa balbisiana and Musa acuminata (the latter includes the yellow banana we know and love). Plantains have starchier fruit and less sweetness than bananas, and are a traditional starchy food in the tropics. They make a wonderful fried starch vegetable-like side-dish when green but can be eaten raw when ripe (they turn color somewhat and smell sweeter, just as bananas do -- the color depends on the cultivar).
Char is something I was introduced to years ago here in NYC, at an Italian restaurant run by Yugoslavians. :-) It's a lovely delicate, sweet fish, Salvelinus alpinus (Linnaeus). All the other Salvelinus fishies are trout of various sizes and characteristics. Our char appears to be a sea trout... sadly, trout is off-limits for AB secretors. Did you say you were a nonsecretor?? :-) Hey! Now's the time to find out!! :-D
The vegetables are recommended in unlimited amounts in the hope that you'll get a variety of them, OK? :-D yep, tomato counts as one. :-D best wishes, Mark ~ thanks for your message!
Hello, Heidi: I haven't been able to convince my wife (an "O" who doesn't like eating much meat and doesn't want to give up wheat, diet pop, etc.) to stay with the BTD, but have had some success in treating her with supps recommended by Dr. D'Adamo for a different matter.
However, my question is this, what can she do to help prevent hair loss and acne? The hair loss started about two years ago, the acne about a year. The dermatologist recommended Rogaine and tetracycline. An endocrinologist, after many tests, thought a trial of metformin may be in order because the only abnormality was a high DHEA level. The tetracycline did clear the acne but the Rogaine didn't help much, and she still hasn't tried the metformin. She tried strenuous exercise regularly for a few months with no apparent change.
Her daily fare typically consists of either no breakfast or a piece of toast, a can of diet pop about 3x/week, no lunch or just a piece of fruit, and an average size dinner of a little meat, some veggies and a carb. Her caloric intake is less than 1500/day but she can never seem to lose the 15 lbs she'd like to, even when she worked out hard and even when she did try the BTD with about 70% compliance (although it wasn't the weight loss menu plan--she said she'd be too hungry on it and didn't want to eat so much meat).
Anyway, can you recommend any supplements or other advice for the hair loss and acne? She has about half the hair now at 39 then she had at 24. I haven't checked her secretor status, but assume she's a secretor because she's generally quite healthy. Thanks, again. :-) Todd
Hello, Todd! I'm smiling because I'm remembering my condition just before I started the O diet. I was doing a juicing and fasting regimen, "mucusless" fruits and vegetables. ;-) For the life of me, I couldn't figure out why I had
:-) Those little troubles sent me to an acupuncturist, who checked me over, said the little problems were signs of much bigger ones, asked what my diet was, and said I was probably type O and should find out right away and start doing the BTD!! By the way, I was your wife's age, and I'd had the acne and hair loss for many months, just as she has.
First, I can testify that, as to the drugs, she should save her money. The Rogaine has deleterious DNA activity, and the tetracycline will foul up her GI tract even further than the wheat and soda do, but most important of all -- they're not going to work in the long run. Metformin is a diabetes drug, which I'm glad she hasn't tried.
Here's what the Australian DEA have stated -- bear in mind that this is how they approach diabetes even with ELDERLY people!
"Diet and exercise remain the cornerstone of management for Type 2 diabetes, with the aim of achieving and maintaining ideal body weight and reversing potentially damaging metabolic consequences of diabetes. In general, if an average of 3 months of diet and exercise intervention fail to achieve optimal glycaemic control, then pharmacological treatment should be commenced."
If your wife were willing to give the O diet a full trial for one month (no avoids) according to Live Right's portion/frequency guidelines, and eating a big breakfast, small lunch and smaller dinner (throw the calorie concerns to the winds!) I know that the weight loss would start up and proceed gradually along, and her skin, hair and digestion would be blessed with the changes. I'd also suggest drinking pure water to the tune of 1/2 ounce per pound of body weight, and continuing the exercise plan she started.
The "calorie system" honestly does not apply here -- she would see that difference immediately if she spent a month eating 1500 calories per day from grain and vegetables, then spent a month eating 2500 calories per day from meat, fish and vegetables. She'll gain or maintain on the first, and she will lose weight (fat, that is) on the second. Right now she is eating so little that her body is forced to starve during the day, then gets fuel at the end of the day when it's not needed. So, it's stored as fat.
There are some inexpensive supplements such as horsetail which may help if she's low in silica and if that is part of the cause of her hair loss. It sounds, however, as if she is protein deficient -- especially if it turns out she is a nonsecretor. Has she done the basal temperature test? If she finds it's low, then the "thyroid complex" product I mentioned above to Geir could help her, but she will still very much need that protein.
I've gone on and on, and probably been of very little help to you, but I do want to say that I applaud you for doing so much to help your wife resolve her health troubles. I wish I had an army of pills at my disposal that would be useful in her condition, but the fact is, the diet is the first and foremost thing -- without it, my hands are sort of tied. I think you're doing a marvelous thing, and I wish the very best for both of you! Let me know how it goes, OK? :-)
I am a type B and have been following the BTD diet for several years. Since type B's are dairy tolerant, I was wondering why ice cream is an avoid. I can attest that if I eat regular commercial packaged ice cream, I do get stomach upset, etc that I do not get with frozen yogurt. Is this because of the additives in ice cream and if so, then is home made ice cream not an avoid? I do not eat much of commercial ice cream anyway but do notice the ill effects if I do. Also now that summer is here, can you give me good tips to help avoid heat exhaustion? I had my first problem with this when I was about 22 and since then have to watch being in the heat and humidity. Thanks Joyce
Hi there, Joyce! Yep, you figured it out -- the reason ice cream is listed as an avoid is because most commercial brands contain loads of yuck. Homemade ice cream from OK ingredients would be fine for you, YOU LUCKY B!!! :-) sigh! Frozen yogurt with OK ingredients is even better, as cultured dairy products are ideal for you.
Heat exhaustion can be easily avoided with plenty of salted water (1/2 ounce of water for each pound of body weight, with a pinch of gray sea salt per quart) -- along with the customary precautions about exercise above certain temperature/humidity indices, which you'll see on every weather broadcast. Bananas and other high-potassium foods are a good idea. Eating lightly but maintaining your protein intake is also very helpful in avoiding heat stroke. Enjoy the summer!! :-D
Hi Heidi, Sorry about the mix up with Sarah's email. I have sent her an email a couple of times. One to the "sayrah..." one that you sent me and one to "sarah..." without the "y" just in case and no response yet. Thanks for everything. Nina
PS. My O nonnie sister went to see Doc Bron and found out she is an A nonnie after all. Yeesh. He was wonderful with her. You guys are the best.
Sarah C (who asked to be put in touch with Nina) ~ are ye there? :-) Let me know whether you've received Nina's email, and if there's some other address she should use... thanks, dear! :-)
Yep, Doc Bron's a marvelous fellow, ain't he? I'm greatly pleased your sister enjoyed her visit ~~ and that we've got her firmly pegged as an A! Hoo-rah! :-D
I am blood group type "A" and notice that Broad beans are listed twice, once in the avoid category and once in the neutral category. As I am really fond of broad beans, would appreciate confirmation of which category the bean belongs.... Thanks very much Linda
Hello, Linda! Broad beans are beneficial for A secretors (about 85% of As are secretors) and neutral for nonsecretors. :-)
Dear Heidi, Yet again I have to tell you that you are brilliant. Firstly I am so grateful that you answer my questions and it is wonderful to have your support. I must tell you about my Morphea lady. When I got back to her after your message, she said that she was so thrilled, she had stuck to the diet religiously for a month, been back to the skin specialist and they both noticed that the morphea was receeding, so she has turned down the steriods and is on the Deflect pills instead! Thank you. My Spondylosis chap is just starting his diet and supplments as are both my Ank.Sp. people, watch this space. THANK YOU.
My question about the Glucosamine Sulphate and the Glucosmine Hydrochloride is still confusing me. In the 1998 Rheology lecture that Peter gave he says that no-one knows whether the results that we get from people taking Glucosamine Sulphate for arthritis are because of the Glucosamine itself or the fact that it is binding the lectins. So I still don't know whether the Hydrochloride version will do the same thing. Would you be able to check on that for me please?
Another, final question....Peter has spoken in the past about slug lectins being brilliant for MS people (not snails) along with the stinging nettle tablets. Has anyone formulated a slug pill yet? I have been working with a particular MS client for 5 years who, up to now has been stable. She is starting to degenerate and I would like to be able to stabilse her again. Any ideas about the slugs? Thank you Heidi SO MUCH A big hug to you Sarah
:-) I'm thrilled you're seeing great results in your clients, Sarah! What a gem you are! :-) I'm most certainly not brilliant, but I'm clinging tenaciously to the coattails of those who are! :->
I will put the hydrochloride question to the experts, but it may be some time before I can obtain a reply. Whether the glucosamine is only binding lectins, or if it does what some claim, namely stimulates the body to produce its own glucosamine in the joints, is an issue which I think has not been definitely settled yet.
I do understand your interest in obtaining cheap glucosamine! In fact, were it not for glucosamine hydrochloride's role in veterinary medicine as an anti-arthritis compound, sparking subsequent testing for humans, glucosamine would never have made it to the HFS shelves. There are a multitude of items in veterinary catalogs which are either identical to the pharmaceuticals targeted for human use, or which have the identical effect in humans, and which cost half or a quarter as much. I do hope the hydrochloride version of glucosamine is one of these items!
As to the slug lectin from Limax flavus, I did an extensive search and learned a few things, but nothing in the way of a supplement form of the lectin popped up. Here is Dr. Ronald Miller's research description page on the Medical University of South Carolina site. And here is the only place I found online that lists this lectin with a catalog number -- indicating that they sell it. However, I couldn't find an English version of any other information/page there, and it appears to be a company in China. I will do my best to source a "slug pill" for you ASAP!
In looking around the online lectin references, I found lots of fun stuff: as one example, it looks like an enterprising inventor believes lectins can be used for birth control! :-D
Anyway, let's see what I can dig up ~~ warmest wishes to you, my dear! :-D
Hello Heidi! Thanks for your response to my plea for health help! I found out that I'm an O neg secretor, so perhaps my body IS fighting off my husband's AB positive secretor baby making juices:-) Like you, Dr. D, in his author tour talk, also told us that pregnancy can still happen for us (cross your fingers) and suggested green tea and Vitamin C (only from acerola cherry food source). We figured we got the "blessing" from the king himself so it can't be long now! Right? Following up on my previous post on not feeling too well...is it possible that supplementation can have an adverse effect? I stopped taking some of my supplements and feel MUCH better. Go figure! How can we figure out what we truly need and what we are already getting enough of from food? Are there certain vitamins and minerals that Os MUST supplement with or does it all depend on the individual? Thanks for providing guidance, your great! Susan
Hey there, Susan! you're very kind! Yes, you certainly may find that one or another supp is not what your body needs. Staying tuned in to those signals is the key to figuring it out, which you seem very skilled in doing! :-) For the most part, if you're eating a wide variety of beneficial & neutral foods and avoiding the rest, you're likely getting plenty of everything that you need.
We encourage supplementation based on: (1) the widespread depletion of soils and the long transit time between harvesting and sale of fruits and veg. Both conditions greatly reduce the nutrient content of foods; (2) the enormous addition to the baseline (or ancient) stresses in daily life. The demands we place on ourselves to earn a living in a crowded and tax-heavy world, and the toxic chemicals in our environment, are but two examples of what our genomes didn't expect to face, and which severely affect our need for nutrients and ability to assimilate them; (3) chronic illness, injuries, surgery, or drug use in the individual, any of which can require supplementation to bring him or her "back from the cliff" and set them on the road to healing.
I'd say the basic supps that a moderately healthy O would benefit from would be PolyFlora and Phytocal. Now, if one's digestion, stress response and general immunity are excellent (visible as shining skin, hair & eyes; only the rarest cold or flu; and no constipation or unformed stools -- and felt as a vibrant pleasure in living), clearly no supplementation is called for.
Sometimes a supplement isn't tolerated well because of the fillers rather than the active ingredients. Testing single pure ingredients is a good way to find out if you can benefit from them, and also to find out which fillers aren't friendly to you.
My fingers are crossed and I'm visualizing lots of little babies for you, dear!! Blessings, and take good care!! :-)
I am fairly new to all of this, and am completely overwhelmed by the wealth of information available on this site alone. there are no licensed naturopaths in my state and quite honestly, I don't have the time to spend pouring over books and info on the internet.
Anyway, my whole family is blood type O. I have two main questions at this point (If there's an easy place to look for answers that I've missed, please let me know.): I would like to know if there are any specific recommendations for (1) recurrent kidney stones and (2) osteoarthritis (in the hip).
As a secondary comment; I read Eat Right 4 Your Type and we have been trying to make changes in our diet, but the costs of supplements and special foods (e.g. wheat-free alternatives) are staggering. We are a two-income family that is barely making it as it is. How does Dr. D'Adamo propose that people implement all of these suggestions on a tight budget? We would have to spend almost $200 just to find out if we are secretors or not. I believe strongly in nutrition and natural health options, but we just can't afford it! Pauline
Welcome, Pauline! There is a great deal of information, indeed! The good news is that we don't need to understand it all in order to benefit from the health plan based upon it. I'll try to help you do just that.
In this country, we're accustomed to spending as little money as possible on the most convenience we can get. With the convenience (fast foods, sodas, microwave dinners, popcorn in a bag, bread from the "bread wall" in the supermarket) comes "food" with little or no real food in it. Few if any nutrients, that is, but a load of toxic chemicals, sugar and denatured grain. And most of us are locked into lifestyles in which every moment of the day is scheduled already, and every penny coming in is already allocated to be spent.
When anyone decides to improve her eating habits, she's faced with two elements: either spend more money or more time. With more money, she can get the same convenience she had before. With more time, she can spend as little (often less!) money as she spent before. Most of us end up balancing the two, depending on our situations.
That's what I'm here to help you with. To spend virtually the identical amount of money and time on food that you spend now, forget the supps and fancy foods. They're not required. Simply follow the BTD food list and substitute 100% rye bread for wheat bread. One serving of meat, one of fish or poultry, and one of grain daily is a good non-fussy basic rule of thumb. Not only wheat, but potatoes, milk and cream, and corn must be removed from your diets, so if that leaves a space in the menu, substitute beneficial and neutral vegetables and fruit -- these together should be the "bottom of the pyramid," or the mainstays of anyone's diet. If there's any product you use that includes wheat, corn, or dairy and you can't find an easy substitute for it, eliminate it and make a vegetable or fruit dish instead.
There is a third element, hidden in the first two: the willingness to change. I've kept the "change-challenge" to a minimum in my advice to you, so that you and your family can improve your health with only the minimum necessary adjustments, and no increased expenditure of money or time. However, if that minimum challenge is refused -- if we say, "No, I want the taste of foods I'm used to, and I want my arthritis to improve," or "No, I'm Italian-American (or Irish or German or Mexican or Polish or Hungarian, etc.) and I must have my traditional (fill in the blank) daily," then unless there's some "give" in the money or time category, my hands are tied -- I can't help.
For instance, let's say you don't see 100% rye bread in your supermarket. You'd then have the option of just eliminating grains from your family's diet altogether (and doing them an enormous favor), requring only the willingness to do so, and maybe saving you significant money in the process. Or, nudge the schedule enough so you can bake your own rye bread once a week -- that's cheaper than buying it. Or, spend time scouring your locality for a baker who makes, or will make, 100% rye or spelt bread -- or find an online source for rye or spelt bread (there are so many in competition that the price isn't much more than you'd pay the baker).
I've used bread extensively as an example, but all this would apply to any food you or your family are reluctant to let go of. What I'm saying is, 'something has to give.' ;-) Also, in every case, some tiny change in money or time will be involved in the beginning: the cheapest bread costs a bit less than the fresh vegetables to replace it, and the simplest changes require some thinking & re-designing of menus, which takes a little time as well.
About kidney stones and arthritis: I'll give you here some of the diet comments in the text of the Complete BTD Blood Type Encyclopedia -- without the supplements recommended.
Kidney stones: Possible causes: frequent UTIs, poor dietary habits, inadequate fluid consumption, and limited physical activity. Some thyroid medications and calcium-based antacids. (Drinking as close to one gallon of water daily, with a squeeze of lemon juice or a pinch of good sea salt in each quart, will do a splendid job on kidney stones. Get the exercise recommended for Os, and don't take any calcium supplement or any antacid (or anything else) that contains calcium carbonate. --H)
Reduce your intake of the following foods: spinach, rhubarb, beet greens, nuts, chocolate, tea, wheat bran, strawberries.
Osteoarthritis: Avoid tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, eggplant. (Use pineapple juice and ginger to reduce inflammation - H).
Pauline, I truly hope you got something of value from all this. Committing to this plan is WELL WORTH IT!! ;-) and I sincerely wish you and your family the very best of health!!
Hello Heidi, Re testing for coeliac disease, another way of finding out if someone is coeliac is to run a blood test for antigliadin and endomyseal antibodies. In the UK this is available from Biolab http://www.biolab.co.uk/singles.html (I am sure that there are labs running similar tests in the US) Biolab says: IgA deficiency is common in coeliac disease and this leads to confusing antibody test results in some patients. Patients with IgA deficiency are 10 times more likely to have coeliac disease than the general population. The test that we use also looks at the IgG antigliadin antibodies. This test is more sensitive and also identifies gluten sensitivity in IgA deficient patients. The IgA test has about the same specificity as the jejunal biopsy and is an appropriate test in full-blown coeliac disease. It is not sensitive enough to identify patients with a lower degree of sensitivity to gluten. It can also miss some histologically definite coeliac cases owing to the high incidence of IgA deficiency in this group of patients. Tom
Thank you so much for that, Tom!! It's wonderfully generous of you to lend a hand here ~~ VERY much appreciated!
If anyone would like to thank Dr. Greenfield personally for the huge contributions he's making to education and practice in naturopathic medicine, pop on over to the BTD-UK message board and express your views! ;-)
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