I am a non-secretor O, and when i read the question from september 3rd, my antennae shot up! the laboratory diagnosis, "blastocystis hominis" could be very important for this woman to heed. i was diagnosed with this parasite in june, 2002 --- and i was sicker than i have ever been in my life, for over two months. i was spiraling downward for many months before that. my doctor was not much help, as she had only encountered it once before. my boss, who is a practicing internist, had never heard of this parasite. my longtime friend in washington, d.c., who is a family practitioner, had heard of it but never encountered it in her medical practice.
the data on blastocystis hominis is contradictory, controversial, and scant. i had to move forward with it on the energy of my family practitioner friend, who said, "if the data is sparse or contradictory, why side with the naysayers? treat it!" so i did, with the standard treatment -- high doses of flagyl. since the woman who wrote you can not take antibiotics, she would need a naturopath to prescribe for her a different treatment for this parasite, but she should treat it! she may have had this parasite in her weakened gut for 6 years or longer. (she wrote that the laboratory diagnosis of it came 6 years ago.)
i was much better after starting the antibiotics, and continued getting better within the course of the 10-day treatment. but i was still very sick and recovered very slowly, i presume because of the parasite's damaging my intestinal tissue. food choices that worked for me: homemade chicken broth for weeks. no solid foods. water and diluted pineapple juice. later food choices that worked: plain, well-cooked meats. i was especially drawn to plain chicken. also some banana (first cooked puree, then frozen, then regular). continued with water and diluted pineapple juice.
i did try rice and blueberry juice. while i tolerated both, they did not seem to help me, and in fact the rice seemed to just sit in my stomach for a bit. on the other hand, the homemade chicken broth instantly felt like elixir (and i believe kept me alive), and i actually began to get energy from the meats, when i added them in later. i craved the plain, cooked chicken! my theory on this is that the tissue damage required animal protein to get it on the mend. and as a non-secretor O, rice is ok but did not feel truly helpful.
i wish this woman the best. blastocystis hominis has the ability to make one very, very sick. it is possible that in addition to seeing a naturopath, she could also benefit from speaking with an infectious disease specialist who has treated it successfully. hope this helps someone. melissa
Melissa!! Thank you so much for offering your experience and advice on this condition ~~ I deeply appreciate it, and I am sure there are others out there who will benefit from your generosity!
Dear Readers: If you see a topic here on which you have information to relay, please be encouraged to do so! My gratitude goes out to all of you, the seekers and the guides on the BTD path!!
Greetings to everyone!
I am entirely tied up today, and haven't had a chance to write answers, so I'll put up a longer list tomorrow.
Just wanted to post another quick note here on how this column works.
I rarely answer a question the day after it is asked, so for those of you who are concerned that your question of the 19th wasn't answered on the 20th, be aware that the wait-time is closer to a week or two than a day. Between ten and a dozen questions come in daily, not to mention the fact that recent personal events in my life have been very consuming of time and focus -- so while we're not at all backlogged to the extent of months, as was the case until March (those Os! ;-)), we're not on a 24-hour reply schedule.
The longer and more complex your question (some run to three pages), especially if there are multiple and years-long symptoms described, the longer it may take me to answer it. A few of these get shelved because the issues aren't appropriate to this venue. In rare cases, some of them are answered privately. A small percentage of queries are incomprehensible, impossible to answer, or both.
Then again, sometimes a question gets put aside for a special purpose, and then sits there unattended-to. Carol, you wrote about your missing question, and that's where it was! So if it's been a few weeks and you don't see an answer, DO let me know, and I'll see if your question has crept away into a file that hasn't yet been published here.
My goal is to post & reply to as many questions on as many different topics as arise, while covering some repeat issues as often as it seems that reviewing that information is productive. So, please bear with me for a few more days while I get back up to speed here? thanks so much! :-)
More Mac news: Dear Heidi - here are some more Mac news. I am using an iMac as well, and I have no problems at all with your page, the d'Adamo site and the different functions. Just tried it out again. I am using Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.2 for MacIntosh (from April 2002). This is a German version, but I am sure that updated English versions are even more advanced. The "Sahara" internet explorer from Apple works very good for me as well. It is available through the Apple web page as an (English) beta-Version for free. I hope this helps - I am also one of those readers who appreciate your column every morning, and it would be most disappointing if some valuable communications would not be readable! With best greetings to you and the BTD community, Eva
Thanks, Eva ~~ With all the great technical advice we're getting, I'm sure everyone will sort their view-the-column difficulties in short order! :-D
I just wanted to start the live right 4 your type diet, but am really confused about the secretor and non-secretor issue. When I had my blood test at the doctor's I was told I was blood type A (no problem there) but also rhesus negative does this mean that I am a non secretor or is this part something else? If it is something else this means I will need to do the secretor test which I can't do as I live in the UK and can't get the test here. Can you please advise me which diet will be better for me and how I should go about following the Live Right 4 Your type or the Eat right 4 your type (I have both books) and is there anything else I should bear in mind. Thank you Teresa
Hello, Teresa -- and WELCOME! ~:-D Great to hear from another newbie!
Your Rhesus type (negative) is actually a separate "blood type" from your ABO type. Secretor status is separate again from either of those. Live Right 4 Your Type explains it all, just give it a good read from cover to cover. Loads of wonderful information and resources there. ;-)
To get a secretor status test in the UK, just go to the UK site, Nature-Cure Online.
The only advice I have for now is to start in on the A plan, and keep it going! Use the Updates Page to see our Food List Change Log ~~ and check the TYPEbase3 database if you need a value for an individual food item. And of course, write back if questions occur to you ~~ thanks for your note, dear! once gain, nice to see you here! :-D
Hi Heidi, You are doing a great job, just to save you some time here is a note for Sarah and other Mac users of your page: The 'List All Topics' page currently works properly in Mac Netscape 4, and not in Mac Netscape 6 or Mac Internet Explorer 5 (but the front page www.dadamo.com is slow to load on Netscape 4...) Best wishes ~ Tom Greenfield (nature-cure.co.uk)
Well, folks, the Renaissance Man has popped in once again, just to help in yet another way! I sometimes wonder if there's anything he can't do!
Sarah & any other Mac users out there, please take note of Tom's advice ~~ wish I could be of more help in guiding you to a browser upgrade or some such, but unfortunately I am 100% clueless in the Mac environment. IE5 for PC has far fewer security issues than the upgrades, but I'm not sure if that problem applies in Mac World. Is there a Netscape 5 for MacIntosh, and is it a total pain to go there? well, that's the entire "expert consultation" I have to offer today! ;-}
Thank you so much for this and ALL you do, Tom ~~ best wishes to you, too, dear!! :-D
I am an O secretor. Most, or many, muchrooms are on the avoid list for type Os. It seems to be mainly because of the molds that tend to grow on them. If they are cooked, does this change the status of eating them? It would seem that the mold would be destroyed once they get cooked. Or am I missing something? Thank you for your column, it is a big help. Lou
Hi there, Lou! Surprisingly, various species of mushrooms contain lectins which are helpful to some types, and ineffective or actively harmful for other types. While mushrooms may be loosely described as "100% fungus," edible mushrooms should always be as FRESH as possible -- if you detect any mold by sight or smell, do not buy them. Moldy mushrooms are avoids for everybody. ;-) so the lectin factors rather than any mold content are the determiners of ABO reactivity, hence the rating in the food lists. Thanks for your note, Lou ~~ glad the column helps! my pleasure!! :-D
Hi, Heidi, just an update on my (Type A) sneezing habits. Naturally, after having endured the constant sneezing for months, almost as soon as I wrote to you, it has all but ceased. Now I sneeze on exposure to bright light (which is fairly common, I know) and environmental allergens - pollen, cat fur, newsprint, etc., but not in response to food. An interesting side note - last week I had a hamburger for the first time in 18 months. Within seconds my throat had clogged up, my nasal passages were jammed and I was really miserable (but no sneezing, though a lot of nose blowing!). I'm so tuned into noticing the mucus response to foods now that I wasn't surprised to see how beef affected me, but it was instant and dramatic. Good reinforcement for the plan. Thanks for your continued good work. Kim
Aha! It appears that writing to me is what stopped the chronic sneezing. Whoo! I feel quite magical! ;-D Kim, did you ever take quercetin for a period of weeks? It has even more powerful effect upon environmental allergies than I can claim. ;-) Try 1000 grams per day, taken whenever you like, and keep it up for a month ~~ it won't help with the burgers, but at least newsprint & kitties may be rendered quite harmless. Marvelous report, and thanks SO much for updating me, Kim! :-D
hi heidi, i have been using veg glycerin for about four weeks with good results as about nine members of my family are diabetic ie sisters brothers,this is the question? is there any calories in glycerin and how much can i use on a daily basis i really do love your website i've got all dr dadamo's books i feel a lot better than i have felt for a long time thank-you for all your good work. Mary
Hi there, Mary! You can use as much as you like. It does contain "calories," but the calories do not have the same sort of impact on your sugar metabolism as table sugar does. In fact, they have the opposite effect, in that veg gly has a beneficial effect upon serum sugar levels and reduces appetite and reduces cravings. So, use it in anything you'd normally sweeten with something else.
I'm truly pleased you're having happy results with the diet, Mary! You make my work worthwhile! Now, you get to work on those nine brothers & sisters, OK? I want to see them healthy & thriving! and... keep writing, dear!! :-D
John (O) asked for ways to eat canned salmon & sardines. As an A I use these a lot, often in salads mixed into the dressing (I just mash up the salmon backbone rather than remove it) but here is a very easy recipe for a sauce with an Italian flavour. Gently sweat down a large sliced onion (or two smaller ones) - it needs a lot of onion - & two-three cloves of garlic in olive oil. Add a large portion of spinach or other tender greens, put the lid on & wilt thoroughly. Mash in a small can of salmon or sardines (about 3 sardines if you have a big can) & warm through. Eat, possibly with rice pasta or rice, or just on its own. Its taste is improved by a sprinkling of pecorino romano. As an O John might experiment with adding tomato in which case he wouln't need quite as much onion, and would add the spinach after the tomato had rendered down. If John eats grain, canned salmon is also good in a risotto, added near the end, and sardines are good mashed with a little mustard powder & some herbs, or just as they are, on a slice of rye toast, and warmed under the grill (?broiler in US). The kind in olive oil is best for taste & texture. Sarah
Oh, Sarah, you're a jewel among women. MANY thanks for those fish recipes! (I'll be passing them on to my own type A 'cook,' of course! YUM.) :-D
Heidi, You answered my question some while back about "cycling" and suggested I use maca root, gotu kola and l-tyrosine. Well it worked & how!! I've been using it for about six weeks and have just finished my cycle with no food cravings at all. After all these years of two weeks good then two weeks of manic eating you cannot believe what a relief this is. I have a rather large appetite anyway & it's regulated this as well so I can stick to normal portions. As I am 45 I will probably stick to this protocol as I would like to be in the best of health as I approach menopause. Thank you so so much. Best wishes Helen
Hallelujah! ~~:-D What a grand report! I'm just pleased down to the ground about this, and I'm sure you'll enjoy the freedom from cravings that you worked so hard to achieve for yourself. Well done, dear! and my most sincere thanks for sharing it with us here. Best of health to you, Helen! which I am SURE you'll have! :-D
Hi there, just thought I would send a little observation for your attention regarding certain link buttons that are disabled just in case this goes unnoticed. If it is deliberate, just ignore this message! As from yesterday, the 22nd March, I noticed that the direct link to your 'On The Diet' column (from the home page, under 'Today'!) was disabled, it is still disabled today. This means one has to go to the article posted before being able to get to the 'On The Diet' via the home page. Today, the 23rd. March, I noticed a couple of ther buttons are also disable: namely: from the 'As I See It' column/page, both the @list All Topics' button and the 'List The Last Month's Topics' re-page to just two topics. Hope this helps, if it is not deliberate! Diane
Hey, Diane -- thanks for the note on this. I'm a little confused, though, as to exactly what did change. If I want to read this column page, I always do click the link that takes me to the article. What did you do before?
Also, when viewing any column, you should see links on the left side of the page to all the other columns. Do those links work for you?
For the As I See It column, there are only two articles which have appeared -- it's not a daily or weekly feature, but changes only occasionally, when a new article is posted (so far, only two). So the "Read Previous Commentaries" button (which Peter put up instead of the more extensive search fields) is sufficient for that particular column. Hope this helps, dear, and do write back if I've made a muddle of it! :-D
Heidi: I am still ahving problems with parts of your columns not appearing. You have dealt wit hthis before for someone else but the advice you gave does not seem to apply to me. I have an iMac with Internet Explorer 5 Macintosh Edition as the browser, and Outlook Express 5 for Macs as the e-mail. Yet stil it often happens that the end of your column diappears and is replaced by a lot of white space, followed by the list previous subjects button. This is frustrating as I hate to miss any of your advice. PS the tumours seem to be shrinking. Sarah
Hello, Sarah! Hey, I'm THRILLED that the tumours are disappearing! Nice Work!! Listen, just email me with the titles of the columns you can't view in their entirety. Or tell me the URLs, or the dates, whatever's easiest for you. I'll just return-mail them to you in text format.
Anyone else having this problem, just use my email (contained in the "About Heidi Merritt" link just above the title for this page). Bear in mind that anyone using Netscape on a Mac may have to view this page with IE instead -- but if you're already using IE, and can't see the whole column page, gimme a holler and I'll do what I can. thanks!! :-D
Hello! I`m bloodtype B, and I`ve followed the diet a couple of weeks now. I have lost some weight, but I want to GAIN weight! I`m 1.84 tall and weigh 66-67 kilograms. My goal is to be 75 kg. Any suggestions on how to gain weight while following the diet? Thanks! Morten
Greetings, Morten! Welcome to the type B world!! The weight you're losing is fat, toxins, old fecal matter and water. The weight you want to gain is muscle tissue (active tissue mass). To do so, follow the portion/frequency tables for each food group in Live Right 4 Your Type as well as the recommended exercise program.
If you are waking up HUNGRY in the morning (I don't mean ready for a cup of tea and a biscuit, but RAVENOUS), you may not have eaten sufficiently the day before -- it will help to add a very light meal or a fruit smoothie a couple of hours before you go to sleep, or snacks between meals, or a larger supper (well before bedtime). Never skimp on your protein foods, but include plenty of the vegetables and fruit on your list, as well as dairy and a serving of grain. And make time once or twice per week for an intense weight-training session, along with a couple of other B activities such as martial arts. Search this column (in the search engine, at the bottom of this page) for the term "superslow" and read through the hits that come up. Healthy weight gain means steady muscle gain. If you're naturally of a slender build, the gains will come slowly, but surely, if you work at it.
Pleased to hear from you! Don't worry much about the scales right now -- just keep at your plan, and drop me a note now & again on how it's coming along! :-D
Hello Heidi. You have mentioned canned wild salmon a few times. My question is: What do put on your plate along with the salmon as an O? John
:-D Hi, John! Canned salmon or sardines (with bones in) are great because the bone calcium is right there in a softened form, and with a blender one can make a dip or paté of it all. Or, once mashed thoroughly, they go nicely made into a "fish loaf," something like meatloaf but with a bit of grated onion, carrot, garlic, handful of walnuts and a bit of green veg (parsley works well) and lemon juice mixed in. Handle loosely, and don't pat it down too heavily in the baking dish. Cook till it's browned and smells good. ;-D
Canned salmon is also great added to a salad. You might want to remove the larger bones for that purpose, and just flake it up. Squeeze of lemon and dash of oil, salt & freshly-ground pepper, and perhaps some walnuts, and you have a wonderful basic salad.
To tell you the truth, I've been known to eat canned fish right from the can. Crunch it up, YUM!! (sorry folks! ;-} but true!! I just get rather involved in my work now and again, and if it weren't for Bryan the Chef in the house, I might be squatting on my computer chair eating watercress, raw meat and nuts, but he's really good at reminding me it's time to eat and dragging me off to the table to do so. :-D ) Now, if you're going to have a proper meal on a plate and all, you might warm the fish, mix up a bit of homemade herbed mayonnaise for it (or just drizzle some really good olive, walnut or almond oil over it) and place some roasted sweet potato or turnip, and broccoli or cooked greens, alongside.
... of course, there's always salmon moussse...... ;-> If none of these suggestions strike your fancy, write in again and we'll give it another shot! :-D thanks for writing, John! :-D
I have been on Dr. D'Adamo's diet for about a year and am a Type O. My question is to do with the distilled water. Is it true that distilled water is acidic and also depletes the right minerals out of your body and causes a lot of other health problems in the body? I have been drinking distilled water for about 5 years now and am wondering why my bone density test was so low being eventhough I have been taking Phytocal for some time now. Awaiting your reply, Thanks for your attention in this matter. Tonie
Hi, Tonie! If your bone density is low, DO stop drinking the distilled water (an item not found in nature), and start using at least one liter of good mineral water every day, along with spring or filtered water (with a pinch of grey sea salt added to each quart). www.mineralwaters.org has a great database of mineral waters from around the world. An excellent brand is Gerolsteiner, for its level of solids and calcium content -- read about it there, and compare other brands as well. Acidity is not the issue for distilled water. It simply skews your electrolyte balance, hence the rinsing-away-of-minerals effect.
Eat an abundance of high-calcium foods (see Peter's Ask Dr. D'Adamo column, and search for "calcium" -- you'll find one called Calcium from Almonds, there's a list of foods there for your reference), and make sure your protein intake is commensurate with the portion/frequency table in Live Right 4 Your Type. Protein foods stimulate the production of intestinal alkaline phosphatase, which facilitates the assimilation of the calcium present in the foods you eat. And take the Phytocal at the "therapeutic" level noted on the bottle.
Your exercise routine is truly essential to your bone growth, including weight-bearing exercise. It's all part of the full plan! Make these changes, and in as little as a few months, your bone scans may already show the difference.
Let me know how this goes for you, Tonie -- keep me posted, OK? :-}
Hi Heidi, Thanks for answering my recent questions about gelatin for type A's and supplements. And also for the encouragement to ask more if needed! It seems like there is so much to understand in the beginning stages of this diet! I'm still a little confused about supplements. Here are my questions/confusions: 1)Is there an "avoid" list for supplements anywhere in either the books or on the website? I've looked but so far can't find. I think I partly got confused by looking at www.er4yt.com. Now I think I understand that those are not totally correct lists? That is where there are alot of supplements listed as "avoid". But I see nothing like that on this website. 2)I'm specifically wondering about pregenenolone, DHEA, and L-Glutamine. These don't come up in a search in the database. Again, they are listed on the other website. All three of these are things my doctor feels I need, for adrenal insufficiency and/or to strengthen the bowel. So I would like to get this straightened out.3) Also, Vitamin A is the only supplement I've specifically seen mentioned as an "avoid" for Type A's, but I see there is Vitamin A in the supplement sold for A's on the website. Help! 4)The FAQ's say that if we don't know our secretor status, we should use the "Food, Beverage and Supplement lists". Are those the ones in Eat Right For Your Type? So, thank you again Heidi for your seemingly never-endingpatience with all these questions you get every day! Joan
Aw, you're a sweetie, Joan! I'm very pleased to answer questions, so don't hesitate to fling 'em in here!
The er4yt.com lists represented an earlier compliation of values, collected from BTD and Peter's occasional message-board notes & Ask Dr. D. columns of years ago. The quantity & quality of the detailed information on this plan was great in the beginning, but it has grown tremendously over time, not only through Peter's observation of his own patients' results, but also as others' research and advances in testing have developed. The definitive text on supplements right now is the ER4YT Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, and for each condition are recommendations by blood type as well as a supplement reference by type/condition in the back of the book.
If you have a doctor savvy enough to talk about pregnenolone, DHEA and L-glutamine, I think you're in excellent hands -- and please let me know his or her name!! None of those supps are harmful for you, and will most likely do a world of good. NOTE ADDED: make an exception for L-glutamine: it should be avoided by types A and B because it raises cortisol levels. Vitamin A is indeed used for type A, depending on the condition, and it's also included in some BTD-specific supplements.
Oh, and the Food, Beverage and Supplement Lists are little pocket-sized books with secretor-nonspecific food lists. Each is for one blood type only -- they were published in 2002. Yours is blue & white, and entitled Blood Type A Food, Beverage and Supplement Lists.
Let me know if I can help further, any time, Joan! :-D
Heidi, I thought I would share some information with you that I recently read about Coleus. According to the book “The Cortisol Connection” by Shawn Talbott, PH.D. the roots of the Coleus plant are a natural source of forskolin, a compound that can increase cellular levels of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP), an effect that is theorized to influence many areas of metabolism. The typical dosage recommendations for coleus extracts are in the range of 100-300 mg per day (10-20 % forsholin). The downside is that the typical dosage amount appears to be more than enough to induce a significant rise in blood levels of cortisol. For that reason he does not recommend it. You can read most of the same information at http://www.supplementwatch.com. Dr. Talbott was one of the original founders of SupplementWatch.com. However, on the other hand I have also read in “The Anti-Aging Zone” by Barry Sears a recommendation for taking it. I noticed that Dr. D’Adamo recommends it in his Fatigue-Fighting Protocol for Type Os. This seems to balance the other 2 recommendations, since type Os are supposed to typically have the lowest cortisol levels. Regards, Don
Good observation, Don! Peter originally suggested Coleus as a cAMP modulator for Os who do not eat adequate quantities of flesh proteins, and while it would be absolutely NOT ok for a type A, the cortisol boost (early in the day) is a useful balancing effect for many Os as well. I truly appreciate your continuing research! A Lion in the forests of knowledge! thanks, dear!! :-D
Heidi, Christina, Type O Secretor back again! hee! I was so happy to learn that I could have the Goat Milk Protein Powder as I know Goat Milk is an Avoid for Type O's. I figured since I could not have Goat Milk, that the protein powder was a no no as well. As to your concern of me obtaining good quality goat milk protein powder, I get Goatein Powder. You can read about it at http://www.gardenoflifeusa.com. I buy it at Whole Foods here in San Diego and it's a bit pricey, but we really like the taste of it. Also i have a question coming in from Woody.... you informed him to take his 'Polyflora' supps on between meals or before bedtime.. well in reading about how to take the Polyflora on the NAP website (question and answer area), it says that it really doesn't matter if one takes between meals or with meals... So... in the beginning, I myself was taking them inbetween which is sort of a hassle since i eat 6 small meals a day, but after reading that info., i just started taking them with all my other supps. Is this really ok from Dr. Dadamo's standpoint? We really want to obtain the full benefit of the Polyflora so we are looking forward to hearing the best way. Ok.. signing off for now... Christina
YOO-HOO! Christina, the goat milk answer was MY ERROR! I'm going off to correct it in the column database. Goat CHEESE (no whey) is neutral for O secretors, but goat MILK (includes whey) is an avoid. Weird how I scan the food list in my head and make these awful bloopers now and again. My apologies! No, the goat milk protein powder is a definite no-no for ya. It's fine for A secretors, though -- avoid for A nonsecretors.
For the absolute most benefit from PolyFlora, take it first thing in the morning, last thing in the evening, with plenty of water, but away from food. Lets the little guys travel unimpeded to their new home! :-D thanks for that, dear, and keep smiling! :-D
Hello I have just started the BTD diet and I have two questions : First of all I can't sleep longer than 6 hours since I started the diet.The strange thing is that I am not tired , on the contrary ,I feel very fit.But my concern is that I'll have a backlash sooner or later.What do you think? Normally I am used to sleeping my eight hours. My second question is : Is it ok to seperate carbonhydrates from proteins? And I also only eat fruit on a empty stomach.I have been doing so for the last eleven months with very positive results. Is it ok to continue like this with the ER4YT-diet ? Howard
Greetings, Howard! :-) You're experiencing one of the unexpected happy side-effects of this diet: often people require less sleep when their foods and activities are suited to their physiology. Read more about it in the column called Live Right 4 Your Get Up & Go. ;-D I wouldn't expect a backlash, but rather a settling-in of a good, steady sleep/wake routine that is perfect for you.
Sure, feel free to use food separation if it suits you. Enjoy! and thanks for your note -- & welcome to the very best health system in the world!! :-D
I have read both the Eat right for your type and the Live right for your type. I am a AB+ blood group and what I find confusing is that in Eat right for your type you list hake as beneficial. And in the live right for your type as avoid. The same applies for coffee. I am allergic to seafood so when ever I eat it my body swells up and I need a adrenaline injection. This limits me to the amount of fish I can at. I only like the taste of hake or tuna and am to scared to try the others as I might have a reaction. Please help me as I have been eating a lot of hake and I do not know if this is correct or not. The same applies with coffee can I or cant I drink it. Colleen
Hello, Colleen! The Live Right book is years further on into blood type research, so there were changes from the original Eat Right book. Tuna is Beneficial for you, but Hake is an avoid, as is coffee. The Updates Page also located on the homepage (www.dadamo.com) explains the reasons for food value changes. If it's any consolation, we expect any changes to be very few and far between from here on in, other than perhaps additions to the lists. You certainly have a seafood allergy -- does it apply only to shellfish and cephalopods (like squid & cuttlefish), or does it extend to salmon, cod, other fish on your OK list? You may be able to get from your doctor an allergy test (blood or scratch test) for other fish, to see if it's just the "seafood" category or if it's much broader. That way, you can have the knowledge to go forward without fear. Please write again, and thank you for stopping by! :-D
Hi Heidi! I had to write in with a happy report for people who worry that they aren't getting better fast enough. I have stayed with this diet for 3 years now, and I didn't have a sudden energy burst at the start, not at all! I just stayed with it because I knew it felt right anyway. I couldn't make myself exercise either, was too tired...had a theory that when my body healed I would WANT to exercise. It's been a gradual improvement, so slow it was easy to question whether I was improving at all. Had major nutritional deficiencies & took basic supplements also. But my theory is playing out! I have energy now! Thanks for your earlier answers! I am working on some things still. But I feel great! Take care, Maia, O blood type
thanks, Maia ~~ a lovely reminder!! :-D
My wife Bianca and I are both blood type A and are on the diet. Are we able to use yeast? Ryan
Hello, Ryan! Yes, both live yeast (for baking) and brewers / debittered/ nutritional yeast (for supplementation). If you go to the TYPEbase 3 database, you can enter a single-word search term such as yeast and bring up the ratings for all types (by using the "search" button, not your keyboard's "enter" key). Enjoy! :-)
I have two questions about supplements. I am new to the diet and have Type A blood. I see that gelatin is an "avoid" for A's. So my first question is : 1) what do A's do about supplements that have gelatin capsules (almost all of them)? The second question is: 2)as far as I can tell, the info on this website leads me to believe that in general, supplements should be considered as "avoids" unless perhaps specifically needed for a health condition. But the food lists on the website include numerous specific supplements as avoids (and perhaps as beneficial too, I don't remember). These lists also have Dr. D'Adamo's name on them. Any help you can give to clarifiy these issues would be greatly appreciated! Thank you. Joan
Hello, Joan! Commercial gelatin, found in plain packets and in products such as Jello, is the stuff that is to be avoided (usually pork-sourced, although other animals' carcases get involved as well), not only for the source but also for the quantity in which that gelatin is usually eaten. Many supps offer Kosher gelatin, or (better still) veggie caps. Choose those over the regular gelatin supps when possible, but do not worry about the tiny amounts in just one or two supps you take. Supplementation in general is up to the individual -- we do acknowledge that commercially-produced fruit and vegetables shipped long distances before they reach your table are far lower in many essential elements than fresh, home-garden organics, hence those folks who have a hard time getting really fresh food like to supplement to counteract this effect, as well as to support the body in times of stress (which is every day, for a great many people these days). Your health comes first, so take what you need in the way of extras, depending on your health situation and the quality of your food and water supply. I hope this helps, dear! Write again if you have more Qs! :-D
Hello Heidi, I am type B+ NS, MM. I know that gelatin is avoid for me. However, I wanted to find out if I am allowed to have gelatin derived from fish bones that contains no seaweed polysaccharides. I found it on the website www.digestivewellness.com under baking ingriedients. I am following the "Breaking the Vicious Cycle" by Elaine Gottschall along with BTD, to take care of my Ulcerative Colitis. Thanks a lot and Thanks for you column, I realy love reading it everyday. Magda
Hi, Magda ~ you are very kind!! :-} Certainly, fish bone gelatin is fine for you. Don't forget "SEACURE" for the colitis -- and see the answer to Joan's gelatin question, above, for more details. Thanks again, dear! :-D
I wanted to make a comment on pH and the O diet. Yes, meat is an acid type food but not for this O. I take my pH for a month straight twice a year to see how I am doing . I have discovered a very interesting fact. If I eat wheat and most grains, my pH takes a dive really fast(dairy also but not a severe). It can go as low as 5 within an hour. If I eat meat alone it stays pretty close to normal but if I eat meat and veges together it will go up to perfect, between 6.5 and 7.0 and stay there for hours. So in the morning around 10:00 if I eat a beef pattie with a raw carrot my pH will stay perfect until around 3:00. Then if I eat a dinner(7:30) of meat and salad for dinner my pH will stay perfect until I wake the next morning.The best feeling is to wake with a good pH.I have tried this many times and the meat vege combo is like a magic pill for my system. Fruit and veges alone or meat alone don't give me near the amazing results though still good. I too was worried about meat being an acid food but for this O if combined with vegetables it is very alkalizing. Also I have found exercise very alkalizing. It really is amazing to discover this acid food making my system alkaline. Just wanted to put her fears to rest. Heidi, thought you could forward this to the person with the concern. Thanks,Kathy
Hello, Kath! I'll do better than that, I'll post it here. This has certainly been my experience as well. Thank you and a Big Hug for sharing your knowledge! :-D
I don't want to come across to you as being stupid, but I'm very serious about getting a basic understanding of how to start into this Eating for my Blood Type. My stumbling block is this. According to my blood tests, I'm type A- (A negative), is my blood type according to your book in the "A" group? It would stand to reason that I'm in the "A" group. However, I know there are four groups listed in your books: A, AB, B & O but I can't seem to find an absolute statement in any of the books that indicates that A- is actually in the "A" catagory officially. I'm sure the answer is simple to you, but to me, it's not. Please give me the answer so I can get on with starting the eating program. Thanks, Mark
Hey there, Mark ~~ That's an excellent question! What you are dealing with is two different blood "types." The ABO type (A, B, AB and O) and the Rhesus type (positive or negative). These two typing systems are completely unrelated to each other. So all Rhesus positive and Rhesus negative individuals each belong to only one ABO group -- in your case, group (or type) A. thanks for writing, and welcome to the best diet on the planet! write again, ok? :-)
A simple question: In BTD, my only resource, I can't find a listing for pecans. I'm Type A. Are these good, neutral, or bad? Thanks! L. Kemp
Yep, they were missing from that list. Just go to the TYPEbase 3 database if you have questions about the values of specific foods. For this one, I'll make it easier for ya -- pecans are neutral for Everybody! enjoy!! :-D
I am a type O. I just wanted to confirm that I can eat any type of esekiel bread. There are a variety of them at my health food store (not in the freezer but more of a refridgerator display) and they are delicious. I think that this bread is ok for my blood type because of the way it is processed I just wanted to double check. I also wanted to know about Kashi cereals. In "Eat Right for your Type" it says that type O's can eat kasha cereal. Is that the same as Kashi? The ingredients listed on the box contain: whole oat flour, oat bran, corm meal and Kashi seven whole grains & sesame flour. I wanted to make sure that I am allowed to eat this product...if like the esekiel bread it is ok because of the way it is processed... Also, Mozzarella cheese is listed as neutral for my blood type. I assume this is cow's milk mozzarella and I can continue to eat my favorite caprese salad which is very exciting...if it's true. It's been a new experience to eliminate wheat from my diet. Eliminating dairy wasn't bad at all and I actually found some great soy products but wheat is everywhere and it makes it difficult to eat out but I am trying! Thank you Becca
Welcome, Becca! Nice to have you "on board!" In "Kashi," the corn makes it an avoid, and I think you'll also find wheat among the "seven whole grains." 'Kasha' is a form of buckwheat, and is OK for O (secretors). Always check each ingredient on commercial products -- sometimes there are really nasty things hiding in there that you'd never expect to find, seeing the lovely wrapper! ;-) Same goes for the Ezekiel breads: check each ingredient list, and make sure they didn't sneak some whole wheat or other avoid stuff in there.
Mozzarella can be either the waterbuffalo ("mozzarella di bufala") or the cows' milk kind, both are fine for you. I'm so pleased you're enjoying the challenge -- it truly gets much easier the longer you keep with it, until it becomes second nature! thanks for writing, Becca, and drop me a note anytime if you have any questions or just want to gab! :-D
Hi Heidi, thanks for the response on grain portions!! I am sorry for my focus on numbers and size of portions..... I work in a laboratory so you could say this is an occupational hazard for me! (I always want to solve an equation exactly..... )Well, thanks to you and the experiences of others shared here, I do think I have my own personal formula derived!! Maybe this pattern will help someone else. Its funny that you mentioned that A's might do better with smaller more frequent meals; I have on my own gravitated to doing this. I find I fill up too quickly, and actually had a hard time eating enough over the course of the day, until I started doing that. I have actually lost weight over this winter, but do not need to lose more! After I adopted this pattern things seemed to have plateaued and balanced out well over the past few weeks and I feel very energetic. I have five small meals/snacks a day. As far as grains go, I am eating them more than once a day, but in smaller portions. Say a half cup (cooked) at a time for oatmeal and brown rice, and about the same or a little less for amaranth (which I find very satisfying and filling!) I might very well have oatmeal in the am, rice midday, amaranth in the evening, along with whatever fruits, veggies, beans, or fish I'm eating. It seems to be working for me; and if I take the time to count it up, over the week I am eating the right amount, counting one cup cooked as a full portion. It doesn't feel like too much; sometimes I sort of crave those grains! Having them more often in smaller amounts, rather than one larger serving once a day, satisfies that yen but doesn't fill me up too much, so that I can eat lots of other good stuff too! Thanks for the cooking suggestion for the amaranth; it worked very well. It seems to mix in nicely with some of my favorites! Cathy
Hey now! That sounds like a lovely success story, and cooking right along! I TRULY appreciate hearing everyone's way of working this plan -- it cheers me up no end to read all the happy campers around here! thanks, Cathy!!!
Great column, Heidi. I read your column every day and save most of them. I'm tempted to try Heallix as you've recommended to your readers on occasion;however, in a recent article by Peter on the treatment of Lyme's disease, he warned of potential silver toxicity from the accumulation of silver in the tissues, and, since Heallix contains silver, I wonder if silver toxicity could be a potential side effect from occasional Heallix ingestion. Thanks for your response. Todd
Ah! Yes, the silver toxicity issue is a common confusion. It applies to colloidal silver, used as a supplement, causing argyria if taken in excess over long periods of time. However, Heallix contains no colloidal silver. It's all ionized silver, and will not build up in the tissues at all. Great product! Do read through the www.heallix.com website, Leo explains that aspect in his own words there. Thanks for bringing that up, Todd, I'll bet it had crossed a number of minds! take care, dear! :-D
Dear HEIDI, I've missed about a month with you, which I regret. Just read your answer to my 'red pepper and paprika' question, thank you. News: I took up karate in mid January and it feels great. Did yoga before that, which was good for my back (Scoliosis) but obviously did not give me enough exercise. Before I started BTD (December 1999) I was seriously ill (nervous background), lost a lot of weight together with my muscles. Now I am still skinny, 47 kilos for my 160 cm height, but feel great with BTD and lifestyle and working on regaining mucle weigth. Thank you for all your effort to keep our souls and bodies together!!! Love, Rose in Hungary
HOO-rah! Rose, you just made my day! Lord, I'm happy to hear it! Keep those notes coming, dear -- don't worry if you need to take a break from reading the dailies! ;-D I'll still be here for you to catch up with when you return!! :-D
Hi Heidi, Please add my thanks and kudos to all the others for your wonderful column. I wrote almost a year ago about migraines (type O+, secretor), and am happy to report that although I've been extremely slow in upping my compliance, every time I do, the results are noticeable and well worth it! Migraines are rare now, occuring only when I don't eat properly : } Allergies have disappeared, and energy is much better. I saw a post on 3/20 about cooking kale (or other tough, assertively flavored greens), and wanted to make a suggestion. It's one of my goals to eat kale regularly, and removing the bitter taste was critical to my doing so. I've found that "shallow blanching" works very well (I have to credit "Cook's Illustrated" Magazine for this): Rinse a bunch of kale, and remove the tough stems, then roughly chop the kale. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in a large saucepan or stockpot. Add a teaspoon of salt. Add the kale, stir until it wilts, then cover the pot and allow it to cook for 7 minutes. Drain the kale in a colander, and rinse the pot and refill it with cold water and add the kale back in to "shock" it. This prevents overcooking. Drain again, and the bitterness is gone! It's actually pretty good straight from the cold water, but it's very good if you then saute onions and garlic in olive oil, then add the kale and saute until hot. Add a little cider vinegar if you like, toasted walnuts, or other seasonings.I also have a question for you -- what is it about coleus forskolii that makes such a difference in overall energy levels? I really notice when I take it that getting up in the morning is much easier, and my energy level throughout the day is more stable (I take 100 mg in the am and pm).On another note, I'm sorry to hear of the death of your mother. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family. Thanks again, Jane
Jane, you're a sweetie.... thanks! everyone has been unbelievably loving and kind. what a bunch. ;-}
The blanch & shock is what I used to do until I got lazy and tried a shortcut. :-D I was very pleased to see some respected cooks using my "hammer it" approach, since it lent it a little caché and emboldened me to publish the faster technique. However, each way has its uses, and to retain the shape and texture (for a warm salad, for example), your method's certainly best.
Coleus potentiates energy across the cell membranes, and I'll be darned if I know how it works, either. Glad it does you well, though! that's the most important part! thanks again for the report and the cooking technique, Jane -- and for all your kindness! :-D
I would like to give evidence having read Rachel's questions: I am O, I was overweight all my life and I did not succeed in stabilizing, all the time tired, in lethargy, urge for sugar, in depression, no vitality, asthma, allergies, acne, pains, problems of digestion.... Since I am on the O regime, I revived ! Loss of weight and then stabilization of my ideal weight, good energy, since I totally stopped the wheat. No more digestive problems, goodbye acne and articular pains since the stop of the dairy. And my allergies faded bit by bit. Here is a beautiful demonstration of the health which one can obtain without ever seeing a doctor. As soon as I begin again the dairy, I am a patient (pharyngitis or digestive problems). As soon as I begin wheat, I get fat and tired. QED! Thank you in all for your work. AF from Belgium
AF, what a marvelous report -- a joy to read! It's an amazing thing, isn't it, how one's life is so profoundly changed simply by eating what the body is designed to use most efficiently? I hope you don't miss your doctors too much, eh? :-D MANY thanks for writing, dear, and do stop by whenever you can! ~:-D
Dear Heidi, I have come across two eating programmes recently, BTD and "the sugar addict's total recovery programme", by Kathleen DesMaisons. Both programmes seem to have their advantages, and I am torn between the two. She suggests a relatively high protein diet with no sugar (simple carbs) in its many guises, but advocates eating a potato before bedtime. This is in order to help convert the amino acid tryptophan into serotonin, (a chemical action that can only apparently take place if it is escorted by insulin, released in the blood following carb consumption). Apparently low serotonin is a contibutary factor of depression. I suffer from sugar addiction, with its accompanying depression, lethargy, exhaustion, mood swings etc., so in many repects, her approach sounds appealing. However, I am also fascinated by ER4YT and my heart says that this is probably a better approach to overall health but I have not come across much information on serotonin levels, beta endorphins and other 'feel good' neuro chemicals. Does eating right 4YT address these imbalances that seem to be a feature of sugar addiction? I am frightened of starting the programme and experiencing carb cravings, headaches and severe depression, as I have been there, done that, on numerous occassions but the pain is always so intense that I can never get beyond day 3. I am a type O, secretor status unknown. Thank you for your help, Rachel
Hello, Rachel, and welcome! First thing I want you to do: go to the bottom of this page and enter the term glycerine. Several pages will come up -- read each one, then read them again. Vegetable glycerine is a marvelous substance -- satisfies the taste for sweets, and actively balances your blood sugar levels! Use it in your tea ~ bake cookies with it ~ put it in anything you want to sweeten, and take a teaspoonful of it before meals if you like. Seriously! That's what a doctor told his patients to do, as a medicine for hypoglycemia and sugar cravings.
When you change your diet in this way to eliminate sugar and refined grain (Especially Wheat), you are removing drugs from your system, and you may have some symptoms from doing so. That is unavoidable, but our plan ensures it gets over & done with as fast as possible. You see, when you stop the sugar high-and-low cycle, there will be some digestive "reorganization." The beneficial flora & fauna in your digestive tract are re-establishing themselves, and the digestive-area ganglia (the "gut brain") readjusts, as well. Your mood is going to improve, as well as every other aspect of your health. If you stick with this plan, you will never have the horrible cravings again. You'll be free.
Now, do not limit "carbs" -- simply avoid the "avoid" carbs, along with the other "avoids." A baked sweet potato is luscious when you're hankering for something sweet. If it's not sweet enough for your taste right now (that WILL change!!), drizzle some veg gly and allspice on it!
You know you want to get rid of the effects of sugar addiction -- and you came to the right place. This plan, including exercise, will do it more quickly and more comfortably than any other. Get reading, start in and get ready for victory! Keep in touch, Rachel ~ and thanks for writing!! :-D
Hi Heidi, I was wondering if Rose could post her recipe for kamut cookies made with molasses so us O nons can have an occasional treat. Thanks! Bea
Hello, Bea! It's so good to hear from you, hon!
Well, Rose ~~ you're on!! You send it, I'll post it! :-D
Heidi, FYI Rose wrote “For breakfast I usually eat blueberries with a banana and 4 tablespoons of ground flax.” I was just reading the book “The Omega-3 Connection” by Andrew L. Stoll, M.D., that I got from the library today, and it recommends not consuming more than 2 to 3 Tbsp. of flaxseed or flaxmeal per day because the seed husks contain naturally occurring cyanogenic nitrates and linamarin, which can be toxic in higher doses. The cyanogenic nitrates interfere with the thyroid gland’s ability to take up iodine and may lead to goiter or other thyroid problems. Immature seeds contain higher amounts of cyanogenic nitrates and glucosides and are more dangerous. Flaxseeds also contain lignans, which have mild estrogenic, antiestrogenic, and steroid-like activity. These problems are not present with flaxseed oil. Also makes me wonder if I should stop using flaxseed until my thyroid function returns to normal? Don
Hi, Don! Andrew Stoll... any relation to Walt?
I'll have to get hold of that book and research those findings. One to two tablespoons per day is the usual effective dose of flaxseed (ground and soaked). I'm also wondering about the difference between gold and brown flax, in re the "immature seeds" warning - and I'm interested in the value of "husked" flax.
Don, if I were you, I'd switch to the oil for now, and look into an inexpensive thyroid support supp, like the Vitamin Shoppe brand -- it contains some glandulars and a whack of b-vitamins to usher things along. It is remarkably effective, especially considering the price. And -- the thyroid-related meditations in Meditation as Medicine (Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Cameron Stauth) as well.
Many thanks for the heads-up, dear -- I'll get to work on it. And Rose, this dovetails with the advice to eliminate the seeds for now -- this one's for you, too, my dear!! :-D
I'm a little confused about the recommendations for type O. The recommendations are to limit the amount of breads eaten, but in the sample 30-day meal plans there seems to be bread listed at every meal. If Ezekiel bread is listed as highly beneficial can it be assumed that eating 2-4 slices a day is very good for you --- or not??? Erica
Hi there, Erica! Each food group has beneficial items for Os (well, most of them, actually). However, each food group also has a recommended portion/frequency table as well, which should also be observed. Check out Live Right 4 Your Type, or the "little O book," the Blood Type O Food, Beverage and Supplement Lists -- both have those tables. Thanks for your note, and I hope this clears up the confusion! :-D
Hello again, Heidi, I was suprised and pleased that you got to my question so quickly. I wrote to you about my daughter with hyperthyroidism. I'll give you as many details as I can. She went to the school clinic especially for her feelings of dizziness. The motivator was when she passed out at a choir concert. She's been singing for years, and never had that problem before. She had the same problem at the next concert, then started feeling dizzy frequently, hence the visit to the clinc. The doctor there couldn't find any immediate reason for her symptoms and ran blood tests. Her initial tests showed low blood pressure, and rapid heart beat, but no abnormal blood tests. They recommended she see a cardiologist, which scared us, then ran a TSH blood test, which came back at .06. They recommended an endrinocologist, but she can't get in to see him until late April. Since she now lives 8 hours away, I don't see her very often and can't describe all her symptoms from personal observation. She's always been slender, but recently has started losing some weight. We thought it was just from moving from desert country to the mountains and having a more active life than usual. She's had trouble sleeping for years, but lately feels more tired than usual. College has been very difficult for her, as it's a very demanding program. She's always been a top student, but lately she's had a lot of trouble concentrating and focusing. As I ran down the list of symptoms for hyperthyroid and adrenal exhaustion with her, we checked about half the symptoms from each list, which are very similar. Some of her other symptoms could be by-products of being a college student, or from having a family history of bipolar disorder: mood swings, heart palpitations, muscle weakness in the legs, mild depression, forgetfulness, anxiousness, panic attacks, and shortness of breath. It's so hard to tell where these things are coming from when so much is going on in her life! But she will see the endrinocologist in April, and we should know something more after that. Luckily, her boyfriend is a very healthy eater and is working on her picky appetite. She has her own kitchen, so he can work on getting her to cook some healthy meals. I told her recently that she should back off the wheat a little, and she didn't realize that included pasta, etc. She was stuck in the bread only mind set. I will get her a Type A supplement book. I already have one for my husband (AB+) and myself (0-). I'll also suggest Yoga to her. She might be able to do that for her required PE credit! Do you think that starting on one of the Detox or Metobolic enhancement protocols would cause her to have conflicting results when she sees the doctor. I'd like to get her started on something, but don't want to hide any symptoms or interfere with any tests. Sorry for such a long letter. Feel free to edit. Thanks for your help. I'll let you know how it all goes. Alice
Alice, thank you SO much for updating me on your daughter! Thanks to you and her robust boyfriend, I'm sure she'll be on the right track in a hurry. Yes, she can certainly start on a protocol, and it will not interfere with lab results except that the results should be better, since this will begin to help her! and that's a good thing. I'd begin with the detox protocol, and then do the metabolic enhancement program. The yoga would be a fabulous thing for her to do -- if she can get PE credit, that's perfect! If she is indeed hyperthyroid, tell her not to get all her "bean points" from soy -- switch off between a variety of all the wonderful beans & legumes for As. And charge full-tilt into the beneficial vegetables, any way she can. Maybe we can talk that boyfriend into a cooking class? :-D well, it's a thought!
Thanks again for writing, Alice ~~ keep those reports coming, and best wishes to you & to her!! :-D
I am a type A. I tried the high-protein Atkins diet for 7 months to help with fatigue and digestive problems. I was told about the BT by a friend and this was very appealing because I had pretty much followed a vegeterian, low-fat diet of my own for many years before that. The problem is that my digestive issues steadily became worse through the 7 mos.on Atkins AND the BT plan! I felt worse than ever. There is no rhyme or reason to me getting bloated and constipated one day, and loose bowels the next, and gassy after eating and esp. in the evenings. I often wake up feeling bloated and gassy. But other days I feel great. I haven't given up. I am strictly sticking to the type A plan with the hopes that it helps. I finally went to a doctor who confirmed my suspicions of having Irritable Bowel Syndrome (like my father had). Just like the case study in Dr. D'Adamo's book, I was told to take fiber supplements and was put on anti-spasmotic meds. The case study, however, is of a type O and is not helpful to me. I have been on the meds for just a couple days and feel no different than before. THis is frustrating because I am eating very healthfully and excercising, but I just don't feel healthy! Is there anything I'm missing? Or should esp. try? (Believe me, at this point, I am willing to give anything a shot!) Rachel
Oh, Rachel, I'm so sorry you're suffering with IBS. Please realize that "the present is the point of power." Yes, the high-protein/fat diet was pretty awful for you, but the gut can heal at an amazing rate if you take away what has been harming it, and supply it with the proper foods and probiotics to help it back to health.
Hon, first thing: chuck the meds. You'll rarely see me say that here at any time, but in your case, they are a waste and will promote a peristaltic dependency - meaning, we don't want drugs dictating the action of your colon. You WILL heal, and they will do little other than lighten your pocketbook. And go very easy on the fiber supplement -- as long as there are no avoids for you in it. If there are, chuck that one too. IBS is something I think we should get rid of in short order, and whatever it takes is what should be done.
Get hold of the product SEACURE. Peter has found it very effective in colitis, and it should be of great help to you as well. Second, please get the PolyFlora-A probiotic and ARA6 and take them without fail according to the package directions under "therapeutic." Third: YOGA. Most IBS sufferers don't know that this condition very often manifests in response to stored stresses they are not even aware of. Give your body the powerful message that EVERYTHING IS OK. If you're interested, check into that book I noted in the Q&A with Don, above. Fourth: eliminate wheat and corn from your diet entirely. It's just possible you are extremely sensitive to them, and they are well worth avoiding for the time being. Make sure your oils are of the freshest quality, and take a little flax or fish oil every day. Finally, have small servings of well-cooked beans each day, and take some bromelain and/or gentian before each meal. You'll gradually begin producing the enzymes necessary for bean digestion over time as you continue eating beans. Have a little vegetable with every meal -- warm leftover whatever with breakfast, doesn't have to be a lot, just some cooked spinach or kale or peas or ... something. And read the column page in which my friend Joachim explains his own experience with healing the bowels -- just search for his name in the form at the bottom of this page. You might find it's just the thing for you!
Thanks for the report, Rachel, and please keep me posted, OK? You're going to be VERY happy in a few weeks, so hang in there! :-D
I am a type B...since "white flour" is listed a NEUTRAL, are white bread and sourdough bread also NEUTRAL? Carol
Hi, Carol ~~ Yes, white flour is neutral for B secretors, so just check the ingredient lists on those breads (and all commercial products, of course) to make sure all other ingredients are OK as well. If they're OK... it's OK! ~~~:-D thanks for writing!
And everyone, thank you so much for your sweet messages, kind thoughts and prayers on the passing of my Mom. I see you all smiling out there, and I feel you sending love and the balm of friendship and compassion. It is a deep joy to be among such thoughtful and full-hearted people.
Many of you sent me poetry and songs, which meant so much to me. Let me post just one of them here, to share with you ~ Cynthia sent it:
Death is nothing at all
I have only slipped away into the next room
I am I, and you are you
whatever we were to each other, that we still are
Call me by my old familiar name
speak to me in the easy way which you always used
put no difference in your tone
wear no forced air of solemnity or sorrow
Laugh as we always laughed at the little jokes we enjoyed together
pray, smile, think of me, pray for me
Let my name be ever the household word that it always was
Let it be spoken without effort
without the trace of a shadow in it
Life means all that it ever meant
it is the same as it ever was
there is no unbroken continuity
why should I be out of mind because I am out of sight?
I am waiting for you somewhere very near
just around the corner
All is well
-- Henry Scott Holland (1847-1918)
Canon of St Paul's Cathedral, London
Hello Heidi I had to respond to the O writer that was confused by the advice to avoid protein for the kidney disease. That's yesteryears medicine really. I worked for 13 years as a dialysis nurse and when I first started, we did limit the protein of our patients to reduce the levels of toxins produced by the metabolism of protein. Less toxins means less time is necessary to clean their blood. Less time means less money, but doesn't promote better health. We also used to recommend drastic reduction of protein intake for patients with kidney failure that weren't on dialysis yet. That way they could put off getting started on treatments and this was felt to improve quality of life. It's less expensive too. Then we found out that protein malnutrition was the most significant factor in morbidity and mortality. You may not start dialysis as soon, and your treatments may not take as long, but you won't live as long as you would if you weren't malnourished. Now we do not advise limiting protein. We recommend enough dietary protein to keep the serum albumin normal. And if it takes more time on the machine, so be it. It costs more to care for people, but they live longer and have more opportunity to prosper.
Now for a question! Another treatment for kidney patients was the use of calcium supplements with meals to bind the phosphorus in the diet and prevent it's absorption. It also blocks the absorption of the calcium, so ever since then I don't take my calcium with any food except fruit or juice, which is low in phosphorus. I can't help wondering why traditional advice includes taking calcium with meals. If it binds to phosphorus in the stomachs of people with kidney failure, how come it doesn't do the same thing in my stomach? Any input about this issue would be much appreciated as calcium intake is one of the daily challenges for us O's. Does the plant based Phytocal absorb regardless of food in the stomach? Thanks in advance for your time and attention again. I really enjoy the columns every morning and know how much work you put into it. Diane
Hi there, Diane! Thanks for your professional views on protein and kidney disease. Much appreciated! As far as I know from the instructions that have always accompanied the Phytocal supplements, this particular formulation is effective when taken with food, and no substances (such as high-phosphorus items) are singled out as to be used separately from the calcium supp. Anecdotally, I've heard that taking calcium and C together is a good idea, so your practice of fruit or juice with the Phytocal may be a useful one. Further than that, I have no hard data on this subject. Readers? Any pros out there with authoritative views? Diane, I'll keep my ear to the ground and post here if we learn something new -- again, thanks for your message!! :-D
Well.. here i come again! I just thought of a question i had. You have advised a few people on cooking down Kale, beet greens, etc., with olive oil and garlic and onions. I've never done that. How 'down' do you cook them? Woody, (you remember Woody!) says you cook them all the way down until they are almost crispy. Is that true? And also, how much does one use? Unfortunately, I do not like the consistancy of cooked spinich or any leafy vegetable cooked to where it's too limp. And which of the greens are not so strong tasting or overpowering or bitter? Also I ordered a vegetable cookbook and almost all of the recipies have either a grain or pasta involved. I was so disappointed! Can you recommend a vegetable cookbook that works mostly with vegetables? Thanks again Woman! Christina
Woody's right, again! ;-D An entire big bunch is something like three servings ~ kale, chard, chicory, beet greens, etc. cook down tremendously (collards somewhat less so). Beet greens and white or red chard are a tad more delicate than the kale (whether lanciato, or curly green or purple). Once cooked down, kale retains a nice bite, and isn't slimy like overdone spinach (a MUCH more delicate leaf veg). Nor is it bitter once properly cooked & seasoned - it's kind of rich and slightly sweet. A touch of red wine near the end of cooking gives a lovely flavor. ;-)
I don't know of a grain-free veg-only cookbook off the top of my head, but the New Basics Cookbook I've mentioned in the past has loads of single-item recipes. The authors are Julee Rosso and Sheila Lukins -- it's probably in 2934th printing by now, a very popular cookbook. hope this encourages your vegetal cooking explorations!! :-D
I'm type O, non-secretor ,Brazilian and i'm following the diet now for 1 year and with good results. I'd like to know about the use of ghee for my type and if manioc and its flour ( a Brazilian commom food ) is good for me. Thanks, Moema
Ghee is wonderful for all types, Moema. Manioc (or "cassava") would have the same value as the listing for "tapioca" in your book -- sorry to say, it is avoid for nonsecretor Os. Try to substitute true yams, or other tubers, root vegetables and squash? thanks for your note, Moema!! :-D
You mention black and green teas, but I enjoy red and white teas. I am O, is this good for me? Stacy
Hello, Stacy! "White tea" can be a couple of different things, so check the package. If it is an oolong (or "half-fermented") tea, it's a question mark. In other words, its processing is stopped halfway to making black tea (an avoid). Many products claiming to be white tea are oolongs, so I'd consider them closer to avoid than neutral. However, if your is the Chinese variety of roasted green tea, it's perfectly fine.
Red (or "rooibos") tea is Ok for all types as well. :-D
Dear Heidi, Thank you for all your help. I can not praise the BTD enough! I am O+ (secretor status unknown because I live in N.Y.) I read an article in PREVENTION magazine about dark chocolate, especially DOVE dark, made by Mars Inc. It states that "DOVE" dark contains cocoapro cocoa, a proprietary, specially processed cocoa that contains SUPERHIGH levels of flavanols - so high that "DOVE" dark is used in medical research. It suggests eating about an ounce a day, if you are not over weight and that dark chocolate with the highest cocoa content is the healthiest. The contents list for "DOVE" are: semisweet chocolate (sugar, chocolate procesed with alkali, chocolate, cocoa butter, milkfat, soy lecithin, natural and artifial flavors). I'm not over weight, would it be beneficial for me to eat this or maybe another brand that doesn't have milkfat and is organic? Thanks again! A chocoholic (Rose)
:-D Wow, they're pushing chocolate as a therapeutic product now, eh? LOL! Prevention used to be such a great publication. Well, there are brands which are made from organic ingredients, and without the dairy, "artificial flavors" and so on. Paul Newman, Tropical Source, and a number of other brands in NY health food stores have good products. To research what's available, start with a big online organic seller like Whole Foods or Wild Oats, just to get an idea of what's what. Check the ingredient lists very carefully. Then you can choose whether to order online or try finding the brands of your choice in a HFS near you. At any rate, chocolate will not become beneficial any time soon ~ but enjoy it in moderation! Hope this helps, dear! :-D
Hi Heidi, Thanks for your response to my question in today's column. Don't want to suggest a ginko difficiency, but when I look at my LR4YT it shows for A (n/s): Rye flour and Rye/100% Rye Bread= N, Rice Syrup= A, Sugar (brown/white)=A. In the DatabaseType3 it shows for A (n/s): Rye flour and Rye/100% Rye Bread= B, Rice Syrup= N, Sugar (brown/white)= N. So, which is correct? Thanks in advance, Donna
Ah! Now I see the discrepancies. I'll see that they are corrected, and thanks, Donna! The values in LR4YT are correct, and I'm truly not sure how that version of the database slipped by -- I do appreciate the note!! :-D
Dear Heidi, I have a couple questions I'm hoping you can answer. First my nephew is adhd, has a horrible time focusing in school. He is taking dha, multi-vit, opc, cortigard, calcium and other minerals. They have taken him off of dairy(for the most part)and sugar,I think they are following the diet pretty good. He's a type A and 7yrs old, was wondering about starting him on PS? Also we live in the midwest in a rural town, very hard to get fresh vegetables or fruit here in the winter. Is frozen fruits, vegetables and fish ok? Also as a type A is it ok to eat enriched bleached wheat flour tortillas? I'm a little confused about wheat for type A's. Thank you so much for any help you can give. Linda
Hello, Linda ~ Frozen fruits and vegetables are fine for you, and wheat products are OK (but not really desirable) as long as they do not contain (1) whole wheat, (2) wheat bran or (3) wheat germ. For fish, try to get the freshest fish your neighborhood can offer. And remember to look for canned salmon, sardines, etc., as they are inexpensive and usually the salmon is good wild pink salmon from Alaska. For your nephew, it sounds like they are doing a good job with him. He would benefit from lecithin and flax oil, but I don't know that a straight phosphatidyl serine supplement would be worth the cost, since it would be very expensive supply an effective dosage, and it is generally used in brain-degenerative conditions rather than chemical imbalances (which ADHD is held to be). Dairy is particularly important to get out of his diet, especially if he is prone to ear infections (noted in the development of ADHD in type As). I would also restrict his grain intake to the beneficial ones only, like rye, oatmeal, buckwheat, rice, 100% sprouted breads, etc.
I wish you and your family the greatest success in healing the youngster, Linda! thanks for writing, and let me know how he does. :-)
i am b none secretor i am taking tablets called enalapril maleate for high blood pressure i have started to take proberry 3 syrup is it alright to take it while i am on BP tablets thank-you. mary
Hi, Mary! Sure! the ProBerry3 syrup should not interfere with your medication. It is pure fruit. If you ever have any doubts about supplements or foods interacting with a drug, take them to your doctor and get the professional opinion on them. You might want to begin eating one serving of oatmeal per day -- it has been reported to lower blood pressure, as well as blood cholesterol, and is cheaper and safer than taking a drug. Enalapril maleate is an ACE inhibitor, and has some potentially fatal side effects. Make sure your doctor explains everything about this drug to you, including that you should watch for any sign of swelling in your face, hands, feet, tongue, or throat, and if you find these signs, call the doctor immediately. Take good care, Mary, and keep in touch! :-D