Is there any way that you know of to increase the levels of alkaline phosphotase in those of us who have low levels?? Thanks, Lise
Hello, Lise~ Intestinal and serum alkaline phosphatase levels can be normalized through adequate protein intake 4 Your Type. :-D
Hi, I am just starting to hear about your blood type diets. Can you please tell me if you can purchase bread anywhere other then a health food store? Thanks so much. I look forward to hearing from you. Jeri
Sure! You can order it online... or bake it at home... or purchase it at a specialty bakery... or buy it anywhere you find it, really. The KEY is to read those ingredients! It's usually far easier to find *organic* and wheat-free grain products at health food stores, but they are slowly making inroads to neighborhood grocers and supermarkets as well. :-)
Hi On 'On the Diet' Nov 12 there is a letter from a Kevin that says he was told he had RA..... What is RA?.... that doesn't ring any bells to me right now but both my sister and I have a crippling effect when we eat wheat products of any type... thanks Trudy
Hello, Trudy ~ "RA" in this case is rheumatoid arthritis. :-}
Hi Heidi! I read your column about Adukibeans just now! Want to advise a dutch website to you: giving translations in 7 languages including Latin! It is www.foodlexicon.net and the emailadress is: email@example.com Hope 2003 will be peaceful. Enjoy yourself and take care!! Cocky
AH! thanks so much, Cocky, I've bookmarked it!! :-D
Is it possible to get your column via email? A simple text transmittal would be great. It coud include links back to the site when helpful (store, other columns, etc.). I find coming to the website time consuming and I forget as well. If I had your address I could forward you a copy of another newsletter I receive daily that I love (totally unrelated topic). Sharon
Hi, Sharon! We've no plans to set up an email list for this column ~ however, if you set this as your homepage, you'll see it right away when you log in. In Internet Explorer, under Tools > Options, enter this page's URL, or click the "Use Current" button if you're now viewing this page. Feel free to write back here with the URL of that newsletter's signup page ~ I'd love to see it. thanks for your interest!!
Do you have any Practicioners and / or Retailors in Australia? Also, is vegemite (yeast extract popular in Australia), okay for O or B blood groups? Joanne
Hello there, Joanne! There are several listed in the Practitioner Registry on our main page. On the search page, choose to list by country, and enter the term australia. And right here's my column on vegemite! ;-) take good care, dear!
that goes for the rest of you, as well! :-D
Hej I would like to know which bloodtype accept the macrobiotic product kuzu. I use it to make gelly in fruit-sauce and for binder in other dishes. Thank for your wonderful pages! Sina (from Denmark)
Hallo, Sina!! So far, we have no rating for kuzu, or "kudzu." If you are in good health and don't see any untoward reaction from eating it, then it may be considered "neutral." enjoy!
For whom is rooibos tea ok? Nice site, but I couldn't find the tea info. Thanks. Marie
Hi, Marie ~~ Here is your answer! :-)
I have recently been studying the Blood Type diet and the power of Wheat Grass Juice. I would really like to know which blood types wheat grass juice is highly beneficial, neutral, or toxic for. I have not found it in the Eat 4 Your Blood Type book. Thank You very much, Michelle
Hi, Michelle ~~ Here is your answer! :-) Note: if at any time you find that link does not work, just scroll to the bottom of the Ask Dr. D page, and enter the search term "wheatgrass." You'll find it! :-D
Interested in breast cancer results for group tested in the Eat Right for Your Blood Type chapter on cancer. Was the test a success and what do you recommend for the problem? Thanks. Also thank you for your work effort and books. diane
Hey there, Diane ~ That research is now proceeding long-term, and if I hear of any new status on it, I'll put up a note here. Following one's blood type plan is the first line of defense against cancer, and there are multiple protocols in the Cancer section of the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia. Thank you for your interest! and I hope this is of help to you!! :-)
Hallo what is the basic idea of the dadamo diet? why is one thing good and the other not? what about things that are not mentioned in the book? greetings, Ernst
Hallo, We all learned that beside the bloodtype also the rhesusfactor was very important. Is there any implication for the diete? Paul
Before being introduced to the Blood Type Diet, I started taking fruit & vegetable pills from Juice Plus. There are 2 fruits & 2 vegtables on my avoid list. I'm told by Juice Plus that their product is ok for me since those items do not produce lectins. Obviously you sell your own product, but I was hoping you would comment on this to help me better understand the distinctions. thank you. Emily
Welcome, Ernst, Paul & Emily! Lectins and their effects are only one aspect of these plans. Polyamine stimulation, digestive secretion, neurochemical production, disease resistance patterns and numerous other factors were taken into account when this diet/exercise/stress reduction system was designed. For instance, Emily, if orange is in your supplement, that is a polyamine issue. If blackberry, a lectin issue. Many fruits and vegetables contain lectins, and if Juice Plus told you it's fine to take their product, I'd first go direct to LECster® to check those foods (look under "Lectins" in the SCIENCE section of our homepage) -- and second, I would never take a non-BTD manufacturer's word that I should ingest avoids, anyway. :-) The Rhesus factor has a minor impact on the grain and flesh-protein parts of the diet. Please see Live Right 4 Your Type for full details, and for a comprehensive explication of BTD science! :-D
thanks again, everyone!! :-D
Dear Heidi, I'm still adjusting to being an O+ Non Secretor (just found out the secretor status a month ago), and now I'm really confused. You showed the O NS maximum frequency food pyramid in your column a few days ago, and it listed 1 cheese and 2 milk/yogurt. After finding my NS status, I checked every food I had been eating on this web site, and found that all cheeses/milk/yogurts are avoids for O NS people. So, why are they on the pyramid??? Also, I eat manna wheat or rye bread with almond or hazelnut butter, along with a couple of dried figs or prunes for breakfast every morning. It would appear that the nut butter and fruits are okay, but how bad of a thing is it to have the manna bread daily? I love it and it keeps me satisfied for hours. Since I eat my weekly eggs at lunch meals with veggies or salad, I don't want them for breakfast. Also, I do not eat any beans, as I do not like them. As to 5 oils.....I use olive oil daily lunch and dinner (on salads, steamed vegetables, and when I cook chicken or veal). I'm a few pounds over my favorite weight, but hardly overweight (I'm considered very Vata...). If I followed the O NS pyramid, I would probably be underweight. Can you please advise me as to the dairy on the pyramid, and as to the importance of adhering to the pyramid? Like I said, I'm really confused! Thanks, and as before, I really enjoy and appreciate your column. Abby
Hi, Abby ~ the confusion is partly because the frequency table in the dairy section is divided by item group rather than by secretor status, so it applies to both secretors & nonsecretors. The other food groups have separate frequencies by secretor status. So, after getting your note, I re-worked that column just a bit. Butter and ghee are the only dairy products allowed for O-NSs, so the three dairy servings for us would be butter ~ I simply add ghee to the oils section, since technically it contains none of the milk proteins or sugars that make "dairy" dairy. :-) I hope that helps. If you are indeed a few pounds over the weight you feel is ideal, it may be due simply to having that manna bread 7 days instead of 3. An additional bit of exercise may tip the scales in the right direction. I wouldn't sweat the oils unless you have gallbladder concerns, and the beans are not a requisite part of your diet. And the importance of adhering to the pyramid? Well, that's just my interpolation of the frequencies outlined in Live Right, which are guidelines ~ not immutable laws. :-) I hope this gives a better view of things, Abby, and thanks for your post!!
P.P.S. to "BTD Moms:"
Hi Heidi, First, a political correctness issue ;-) It is not just BTD moms that are dealing with BTD issues for their children. In some cases, it is BTD dads that are trying to nourish and educate their children how to shop, cook, and eat. I know I try! I only take care of my children every other week, but I believe that I have had some success in changing their viewpoint about food, or at least making them aware of the issues. For instance, when we sit down to eat my 10 year old son will frequently review with me which foods are beneficial versus neutral ;-) Or if I buy something new like a processed food product he may ask if it has any avoids in it.
Yes, like just about any parent I do struggle with getting my children to eat all of their vegetables ;-(. I try to serve the veggies they like a little more often, but I still serve and make them eat some of the veggies they don’t like. I hope that over time their taste buds will adjust to accept or maybe even enjoy them.
It also bothers me that I cannot monitor or adjust what they eat when they are not with me, such as when they are at school or at their mother’s house. And yes, I cringe every time they have pizza, and all its wheat, at every social function that comes along. However, I accept that I can’t do anything about it so I just try to do a good job educating them when they are with me so that hopefully they will make the best choices they can about what they eat when they aren’t with me.
I will say that I did inform their mother about the BTD and have encouraged her as much as I can to follow the BTD for the children. She has made some changes to their diet so it was worth the effort. Now if the food industry would take note of the BTD the children and the rest of us would have a much easier time being successful! Take care, Don
Heehee, I thought the "moms" titles would get a response from you, Don! I'd almost given up hope when I finallly saw your response this morning. *whew!* What took you so long? No, being a bit laid up with a cold is no excuse. ~:-D thank you for those excellent observations, and I salute your daily mission of promoting the BTD with those kids! awesome, actually. ;-D
“I will persist until I succeed. Always will I take another step. If that is of no avail I will take another, and yet another. In truth, one small step at a time is not too difficult… I know that small steps, repeated, will complete any undertaking.” - Og Mandino
Hello Heidi- Love your stuff!!! I read your column all the time and find tons of info here. I go back to the index often to re-read as well, so I hope that I am not wasting you time asking a question that you have answered before. I am type A+, non-secretor and I am pregnant! My family and I have been on the btd for almost a year now. In addition to being on the diet I have cut out all chemicals, perservatives, additives, flavorings (unless I know exactly what they are), colorings, and even sugar in any form (organic, cane juice, milled). I don't eat anything that is genetically modified either. This also includes the products that we use on our bodies. AND if it isn't organic it isn't going in or on our bodies!!!
It's taken some time to get where we are today, it certainly wasn't overnight. Lots of patience! So to all of you out there struggling a bit or a lot ~~~ keep trying, and don't give up.
Anyway--here is my dilemma-- I am craving everything, all over the board. From steak and potatoes with butter and sour cream (eeekk!) to cheesecake, steak and eggs with salsa to chocolate donuts, and, if not the worst, CHOCOLATE~~~DARK, LOVELY, LUCIOUS, CHOCOLATE! I even want to eat at the Red Lobster! I want sea-food, clam chowder, shrimp sauce, but only from the Red Lobster....AND I don't eat at those places! I want cookies, and cake. I want oranges,(yummmmm, one sound really good right now!), corn chips and salsa, tacos with beef! And so, so, so much more!!!!!!!
How bad would it be to slide off the btd for the next 7 months. How difficult will this be for my body to recover from? I have given in to most of my cravings (forgive me, I am pregnant with no will power)going as far as to make an organic cheesecake (and it was great!) Even with all of these weird cravings I will not compromise my organic standards! Before my pregnancy I never had these cravings. I was very strict in following the btd and enjoyed the feeling of health and wholeness that had become a part of my life. Now, I am feeling a little guilty about my lack of will-power, probably because I am worried about the damage I am doing after being "clean" for so long..... I do hope you can help. And please--don't tell me what I want to hear, tell me what I need to hear. Brutal honesty Heidi, that's what I need! Also, can you recommend some herbal teas that are really great and highly remcommended for expecting moms. And any extra info/insight you might be able to offer that can help me along my way to a very healthy pregnancy would be greatly appreciated!! Keep up your wonderful and caring work. I know so many of us really do appreciate this efforts you put into this. Warmly- Erin*
LOL!! Ah, well, OK, here's brutal honesty: Erin, you're just fine. ;-D And the cravings won't last seven months ~ in fact, they're probably tapering off right about now. (Yep, that was it for me being brutal. :->)
While the cause of cravings during pregnancy is still a mystery, the best strategy is to keep a variety of food in the house. Try to grab something similar to what you're craving, and fill up on it. Then do a little exercise, go for a walk, write in your journal, make plans, talk to a friend... engage your mind and body in some way to disconnect from the appetite. I know the urge to eat can be overwhelming. Just make that attempt to short-circuit the trip to the ice cream shop! :-)
Carob is not chocolate, but if you keep some carob chips or pudding around, by the time you've had some, the chocolate craving will lose its edge. Most important thing? Getting plenty of those beneficial foods, and keeping up with your exercise. Raspberry, dandelion, rose hip, chamomile, and slippery elm teas are wonderful, as are linden, elderberry, and spearmint or peppermint. I think you'll have a great pregnancy and a joyous birth, Erin! Keep us posted, OK? Love to hear from you! :-D
I am type A. The book says Salmon, cod, and certain other fish are highly beneficial. Is the ultimate goal to have a diet that allows these fish because they are highly beneficial or to have an all vegetarian diet? I am confused about this point. Terry
Hello, Terry! We do encourage type As to eat fish -- three or four times per week, if possible. Many type As do prosper as vegetarians, but not all. Protein needs vary between individuals. So experiment on yourself, to see if your energy level, skin, and mental processes are improved by eating fish. If you find you're well off without it (including a full variety of beans, nuts, seeds and oils), then you have your answer! The ultimate goal of all the diets is to support vibrant health! and there are many possible paths within each. Discover your own, and my best to you! :-D
I am blood type 'A' and am currently doing the right 4 your type diet. The book states that I should be a vegetarian, which is fine as I actually really like the food, but! I have bought pinto, aduki and blackeyed beans and also alot of fish. Now i have gone to all my recipe books and they all include tomato, what should i do as i am struggling to find recipes to cook. I hope you can be of help. yours in anticipation. Joanne
Hey there, Joanne ~ Cook Right 4 Your Type has a number of great tomato-free recipes for all kinds of food. You can order it here, from Amazon, or find it in most large bookstores and in health food shops that carry books. I found that in many standard recipes, I could just eliminate the tomato. With others, I used a little pureed sweet potato and beets, with lemon juice & salt. Look for bean casseroles, poached or baked or steam-prepared fish, and check out Asian cookbooks ~ a multitude of recipes right there! Most vegetarian cookbooks have plenty of recipes which would suit you. It's a struggle at first, but once your "new staples" are in place, it's a breeze. Thanks for your Q, and keep up the good work! :-)
Heidi, a quick question about your chicken soup recipe. Just what I was looking for. However, what about the chicken fat? With the skin and fat at the bottom of the roaster, that adds up to a lot of fat. Thanks, Blaine
Ah, but that's the GOOD part!! ;-) Seriously, if desired, it's easy to remove the fat once the containers of broth are cool. After a night in the fridge, the fat on the broth rises to the top in a firm, white layer, and can be lifted out like wax floating on water. The skin can also be removed from the chicken before eating the meat, if you wish. Remember that this kind of fat, from a clean-fed and ranged animal, is indeed good for you, but I understand if it might be a little much for some tastes! and too much of even such a good thing is still too much! So experiment and find the right balance for you & your family. thanks for writing, dear!! :-D
"Calling all moms!" My comment to everyone who is trying to provide the healthiest diet possible for their kids: I found that the most important point of all is to be relaxed and have fun. Every mom I know who got very serious and punitive over eating correct foods (no matter what dietary system was being used) and who was very restrictive when the child was out at parties or visiting other families, had kids who rebelled either at once or later. One such kid, a type O, now eats almost nothing but wheat bread and sugar. Oh yes, and cofee and alcohol whenever possible. Another earnest mom's two kids grew up to smoke and eat mostly donuts.
I've been there, doing it wrong and recovering. So I admire the moms who are taking the trouble to ensure the best health for their kids, but I must urge above all that we use a light touch! Make it fun and and take it slow if need be, and don't make the kid feel weird at restaurants and parties. If the kid eats the wrong stuff and feels sick, don't rub it in! He or she will live, and learn, without our making a big point of it! In the long run, our children will be much healthier if we are as serene as possible about their health and diet--while still doing the best we know how to get them the right stuff! Good luck to everyone, and may you all avoid the errors I made! Cyndi
Great points, Cyndi, and thanks for sharing your experiences. It's a pleasure to publish views from BTD moms ~ and it's thrilling to see so many more of them all the time! Whoo! what a change from 1997, when it seemed there were so few -- online, at least! Seeing the numbers shoot up is, to me, a truly heartening thing. thanks again, dear!!
My boyfriend (Type O) and I (Type A) have recently started on your program and have a couple questions that we have not been able to find answers for: 1. Is there any guidelines for total carb, calorie, fiber or fat intake for the Type A and Type O to loose weight? 2. After reviewing the books and different websites, we are wondering if there are more up-to-date food lists available? And what happens when seemingly common foods are not on the lists? Thanks for your assistance, Steph
Hello, Steph ~ The proportions and frequency/serving size are built in to the plans. Both the A and O diets are based upon vegetables and fruit, and from there they part ways, but each is designed to deliver the correct protein/carb/fat/fiber in the right balance to enhance health and move you toward your ideal weight. The most up-to-date food reference is TYPEbase 3, and an unlisted food (with very few exceptions) is to be treated as "neutral" unless you are ill or overweight. Thanks for writing!! :-)
Im living in Denmark and fucus vesiculosus is not availible cause the healht care is not sure how if its good for you because of the high amount of iodine. But i found one shop who sold it to me anyway. But i dont know how much i can take and put in my meal? its the real stuf,dry.. Nobody in denmark tell me.. please help me, i know its so good for me and my bloodtype. (im o positive) im hoping you can help me. lullu
Greetings and welcome, lullu! Well, you've got the real stuff, I'm sure, but I'd advise you put it in a strong-flavored dish because it tastes awful! :-) Or make a tea of it and add some highly-flavored herbal tea to it. If you can get half a teaspoon into you each day, that will be great. Good for you in finding it!! :-)
I was interested to read your comments on the diets of women in todays western world. I have lived on a diet of primarily carbos avioding protien and fat where possible. I now find myself obese (+ 42 kg)with insulin issues and trying desperately to stick to a high protein diet that also follows the restrictions by my blood group (o). I must say after 6 days I am etremely tried and struggling to hold on to the program. Any tips or motivation would be greatly appreciated. Sally
Hi, Sally ~ I'm not sure what high-protein diet you are following, but if very few vegetables are allowed, it is going to be difficult for you until you adjust to ketosis -- which usually takes from seven to ten days. This is an extreme measure for you, and I would be much happier if you would follow the type O diet as written, and for the time being eat no grain, dairy or beans. I think you'll find your weight loss will proceed at a good pace, without sapping your energy or endangering your health. Do remember to drink plenty of water, and get adequate healthy fats in your daily diet. I'm sure you will succeed! Let me know how your progress goes! :-D
Dear "on the diet", Impressed as I am with "Eat Right 4 Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia", I would like to know how to find out about foods not listed. Particularly, I'd like to find out about sucralose (brand name "Splenda"), an artificial sweetener. I'd be willing to cheat a bit, if it were just an "avoid", but I would really like to know whether it's another metabolic inhibitor. I'm very well behaved about not having those. That's a lot of metabolic inhibitions for a type O. Thank you, Lynn Marie
Hello, Lynn Marie! Here is your answer on Splenda! Have a bright and beautiful day!! ~:-)
Dear Heidi My husband is A+ and secretor. I am O+ and secretor. My son is O negative and non secretor. In On the Diet Topic for 6 January 2003 you wrote: Le a-b+ is the secretor type; Le a+b- is the non secretor type; Le a-b- is "double negative," We all had a saliva test at NAP from DK. My question is: How can two secretors (a+b-) get a non secretor child (a+b-)? Thanks for all your answers. It is a pleasure to read them. We eat according to our bloodtype with good results. But the blood type diet is not that easy to adapt as we thought when we started in September 2001. Especially our son has a lot of problems and we are inspired of your advice to try new ways. Kind regards from Kirsten
I'm so pleased you're finding help here, Kirsten! You are doing the very best for your son, and I admire all parents who follow this plan with their children. In regard to the Lewis testing -- Lewis is an entirely different "blood type," one of many we possess, which happens to correspond with certain secretor status results depending on the Lewis type. So, what I described was not the actual "secretor gene" at work, but another "blood type" involving the presence or absence of Lewis factors which can then be used to indicate secretor status. Does that make sense?? Drop me a note if this was clear as mud!! :-D
Help! I have 3 girls who are mostly all darn picky eaters! 2 are type Os like me, and one is type B like my husband. Ae there any other mothers in the same situation that can give me some great recipes or meal tips?? My huge problems are: the milk issue and bread issues!! I almost wish I didn't know about this whole ERFYT diet! Thanks for your attention, Maria
OK, folks, you're on. Maria needs some tips from BTD moms ~ the lines are open!! thanks, everyone!! ~~;-D
"It takes a lot of courage to release the familiar and seemingly secure, to embrace the new. But there is no real security in what is no longer meaningful. There is more security in the adventurous and exciting, for in movement there is life, and in change there is power."
-- Alan Cohen
My family is type O and we are transitioning to follow your diet. I am confused about the Breads recommended, Essene and Ezekiel. The ones I find have sprouted wheat included; however, I understand this is a wheat free diet. I appreciate your advise and direction in advance. Kay
Lucky you, with one blood type in the house! :-) The Essene and Ezekiel breads we recommend are made from 100% sprouted grains, which is an entirely different thing from whole grain. Sprouting destroys the lectin in wheat that is such a major avoid for type O. Enjoy!!
Hello! I have been on the blood type diet for some time and have a question about artichoke pasta. Is it ok if it has #1 semolina and artichoke flour? If not, do you know of any companies that make a "pure" artichoke pasta suited for me? I am an O. I still love my occasional pasta and would love to know. Thanks so much! Cathryn
Hi, Cathryn ~ Nope, semolina doesn't make the grade on our food list. There once was a 100% artichoke pasta, but the taste didn't inspire sales and it was a commercial failure. The best pasta, in many wheat-free folks' opinion, is DeBoles Organic line of rice pastas, and Pastariso's organic rice pastas. Try those, they're quite wonderful! :-)
I just got the book by Dr. D'Adamo "Blood Type O" (food, beverage and suplement list). Which I think is great and makes a lots of sence to me. And Iam planning to fallow the deit. The only problem I have is that portions to eat are all based only on African, Caucasian, and Asian. But Iam Mexican. How would I know about portions and how often to eat in a weekly bases. I would appraciate your help very much. Thank you. Sincerely Maximiliano.
Greetings, Maximiliano! Unless you have African or Asian parents or grandparents, you are definitely Caucasian! That's the one to use. Let me know how you do on the diet! :-D
Hye there, I've been on your blood type diet for a few months now and so far so good but its a little tough adjusting. Im an underweight type O and Im having a tough time gaining weight on the type O diet. Iam 19 years of age, 5"09 I weigh 130 lbs and I want to get to 160. Are there any type O foods that promote weight/muscle gain? Any advice will be greatly appreciated, thank you for your time. Max
Hey, don't worry! You've probably just recently finished your upward growth! Gaining healthy weight means building muscle. The O diet on its own will do this for you if your routine includes progressive weight lifting two or three times per week, working the upper body in one session and the lower body in the next. However, my personal favorite is superslow exercise, which gives maximum development for minimal time in the gym -- once a week, in fact. It requires serious concentration and determination, but you will love the results. Here's a link to the articles page on the superslow website. Give it a good read, and let me know how it goes for you! :-D
I'am on ABO diet for 6 weeks, I am O+, I lost 20pounds, feel great , no more snoring, no more heartburns, etc... I still have tendon ache at both elbows and arthritis atleft ankle that annoys me when jogging. Any solution or comments? Thanx for having given me a better life, I am your promotor in France!. Philippe in MARSEILLE
Merci, Philippe! Your progress has been lightning-fast! The arthritis will resolve in time, and I suggest a bit of rest for those elbows. Include some seaweeds (dulse, kelp, hijiki, any others you have access to) in your diet, and see if you can get hold of a supplement called N-acetyl glucosamine. These will help the old lectin damage to be swept away. Remember your olive oil, and strong homemade broth (beef or fish is best) with a little fat left in. I am so happy to hear this plan is doing great things for you! and thank you for your championship of the BTD! :-D
I have suffered from eczema for most of my life. Recently a friend has suggested that starting to eat red meat again and cutting out wheat(I have been a vegetarian for the last 4 years and am healthy in all other respects) would help clear the eczema as I am blood type O. I have started to eat red meat again but find it sits heavily in my digestive system - can you explain how the red meat helps and also is there something else I could eat because I still have profound misgivings about an animal needing to be killed just so I can eat. There must be something that nature provides naturally that would help. I would be extremely grateful for any advice you are able to give. Regards, Andrew.
Hi, Andrew ~ Listen, I understand where you're coming from. I came from "there," too. ;-} For type Os, meat is actually the healing "thing that nature provides naturally," although this represents a difficult mental adjustment for many ethical vegetarians to make. Believe me that there is order in all this, and a rightness you will discover from within yourself! On the digestive side, it is not surprising that the meat feels a bit heavy to you. It is a concentrated food, and if you've been used to filling up on vegetables, beans and grain, you're probably unused to feeling "full" with a smaller portion of food. I do suggest taking pancreatic enzymes before meat meals, for a few weeks. After that point, your body should be producing its own. The other vital element in healing the eczema is a good supply of EFAs (essential fatty acids), from fish, flaxseed, organic eggs, and olive & walnut oils. Your healing will be the proof of what is right for you ~ and you may discover many other unexpected benefits as well. Keep in touch!
I've been reading mainstream literature (Earl Mindell, James Balch, etc.) about the absorbability of different types of calcium. There's a consistent thread that people who eat a lot of meat are less able to absorb calcium. Is this an accurate observation within the context of the BTD? (I'm an O, so I fall into the category of eating a lot of meat.) Lisa
Well... we're advised to eat a sufficient quantity of meat, although the recommended vegetable and fruit portions kind of blow away the quantities of meat and fish on this diet (see below!) I'm bemused that mainstream health authors still opine that meat eating reduces calcium absorption. The reality is quite the opposite. In fact, meat stimulates the production of intestinal alkaline phosphatase, which increases calcium absorption. Hope this helps, Lisa! and thanks for your note!!
I'm wondering why NS O's can only have 0-3 portions of manna bread per week even though it is a beneficial food. If we can have that little bit and be okay can't we have more and still be okay? Thanks. Amber
Hey there, Amber! Proportion is important. Manna bread is beneficial among the grain products ~ but it is not an ideal centerpiece for the O diet. The portion and frequency guidelines for grains keep them in right relationship to the entire diet. Just as an example, let's use the maximum frequencies for each food group to figure out the O-Non Pyramid:
Of course, if one is Rh negative, fish jumps to 7 and meat/poultry to 14 servings ~ and grain drops to 2. ;-)
At any rate: once you've stuffed down those massive quantities of vegetables, fruits, meat, poultry, some nutbutter, the eggs, fish and oils... even if you're using the minimums rather than the maxxes like I did here... heck, I don't know how anyone finds room for the pointy part of the pyramid!! But that's as it should be. The 0-3 grain frequency leaves it lagging along as a now & again kind of thing, along with beans and dairy products. That's the beauty of the design, and it works spectacularly. This is probably a lot more than you bargained for with your question, but I hope it helps explain why the beneficial beans & grains have such a quiet presence in our diet. Thanks for asking, dear!!
Hi, enjoying reading your articles. Feeling is like sunshine in summer. Here in Hong Kong I came across a teabag last night. It is called Gymnema Plus,. made in Singapore, for Diabetes (II) and overweight person. Contains Gymnema Sylvestre and Green Tea. Their leaflet mentioned that "Gymnema Sylvestre is a famous Ayurvedic herb that has been safely used in India for more than 2000 years and has been widely use in America and Japan." If Dr. Dadamo is testing new products, is it possible to include this one as well? As he is not accepting new question now, I send it for your consideration. Thank you very much. You have been doing a marvellous job.. I am addicted to the Website. Lily A+ Overweight (weak kidney meridian according to Chinese doctor.)
Good morning, Lily! Gymnema Silvestis, or Sylvestre, is a very interesting plant, indeed. It's been used for many years in complementary medicine and plant-based supplements. We have no rating for it, but the studies I've read reported no side effects for anyone ~ a good sign! Its most significant actions are to rejuvenate the pancreas and liver, and I know of no reason why you shouldn't use it! That said, it would work best if you avoid refined sugar of all kinds. You are very kind, dear, and I hope your healing proceeds smoothly and swiftly! :-)
I have rcently been diagnosed with CLL type leukemia. Is there any of your diet related information for my blood type A that I can begin to follow to stop the progression of the over formation of the white blood cells? I am not anemic, and have no other symptoms of the leukemia other than a high whilte blood cell count. I ate too much red meat until I was diagnosed and am trying to follow your diet. Susan
Susan, the best approach I can recommend is to use the lifestyle guidelines in Live Right 4 Your Type and the supplement protocols in the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia. I am certain you will see good progress if you adhere to the diet, exercise and protocol regimen. Also, look into finding out your secretor status, either through the saliva secretor test available here, or by getting your Lewis type through your diagnostic laboratory. For quick reference, Le a-b+ is the secretor type; Le a+b- is the nonsecretor type; Le a-b- is "double negative," in which case the nonsecretor diet should be used. Let me know if I can be of further help, and please accept my heartfelt good wishes to you in your healing!
My blood type is A. I am allergic to all fish but can eat shell fish. All the shell fish were on the avoid list. Between Lobster, crabs and shrimp which is a better choice? Since I cannot eat fish, not being able to eat any seafood greatly limits my choices. Mariannette
Whooo... bummer, eh? If I were you, I'd get my secretor status ASAP ~~ mussels and scallops are neutral for A-nons. :-) And keep the faith: after a few months on the diet, you may find that your fish allergy diminishes. This kind of development is common among long-term BTD'ers. Between lobster, crab and shrimp, which is best? *sigh.* SNAILS. Talk to your fishmonger about getting a discount on a weekly supply. I'm not worried about your protein intake, since the world of beans and many kinds of fowl are available to you. Make beneficial oils your priority as well, and have some of that ground flaxseed in water concoction I'm always recommending. Keep me posted, OK? I'd like to hear how this turns out for you!
Hi Heidi! Commenting on the letter about people who are conditioned to eat too much, i.e. protein. Not at all to disagree because I see some of that too, but to add an additional observation...I've noticed people who have trained themselves to get by on just barely enough protein to survive. I see it especially in women; I think it may be something cultural. For example, the women who diet by eating just salads mostly -- and the women at my office who would eat a bagel & carrot for breakfast and popcorn for lunch. It is a pattern of conditioned deprivation, and it seems common in women who've dieted a lot, and also among the women I know who don't make enough money to live in abundance. Happy new year! In my old herb garden, I also had wormwood & moonflowers, but no blue roses. (o:Maia
Excellent point, Maia ~ I, too have seen this practice among a great many women. It is also supported by that lingering popular distrust of protein and fat, and of course the breads, microwave popcorn and common vegetables are cheaper and handier than more hearty fare. One of my office mates was a woman who would get through the day on a coffee & a one-dollar piece of pizza (even when pregnant), yet she spent thousands in a year on wedding/shower/birthday (etc.) gifts as part of her "social obligations." I'm sure culture plays a part ~ in ways usually incomprehensible to me....
Not only blue roses (china petals, and a faint "raspberry" rose scent), but green ones (ruffled, unscented) and black ones (velvet) as well! Ah, to be a teenager again! :-D A very happy New Year to you as well, my dear! :-)
Hi, I asked a question and realized later that I may have offered insufficient background for you to answer the question. My question is about the use of carbohydrates for Os during long periods of exercise. The conventional wisdom, of course, is to eat a grain-intensive diet, and bring along similar food stuffs (in the form of power bars, fructose based goos etc.) during long periods of exertion such as long runs, bike rides or multi-sport events. Given that Os and, indeed, other blood types often do poorly on carbohydrates, I was wondering if an exception should be made for periods of exertion. That is, does the liver require extra glycogen for efforts over 60 minutes or should a meat and vegetable diet provide a sufficient carbohydrate source for muscles? Thanks in advance for this clarification. nadine
Hi, Nadine! For performance athletes in long-distance events especially, our general guidelines must be customized by the individual. Even so, going back toward a grain-intensive diet and/or regular use of processed sugar drinks will not get you to the top of your form. Test a few things to determine your best training regimen. How about a hydrating drink made of prune, pineapple, blueberry or black cherry juice and mineral water? Or carrot/celery/spinach/beet juice? A biking enthusiast friend of mine pops walnut butter balls dipped in ground flaxseed and chocolate, then frozen. You can do a mini-carb loading routine with the starchy vegetables such as sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, butternut or acorn squash, and/or parsnips. Have a full serving of steamed whole grain from the neutral list three times per week IF you find you do better with it than without it.
In many ways, your situation has unexpected commonalities with that of people with health problems, in that you are living in a "state of challenge." Your sports require that extra boost of protein in the healing phase after exertion, so an added serving or two per week of beneficial flesh foods is worth consideration. And, a deep-stress-relief practice such as meditation has shown significant results in improving athletic performance due to its many healing and energy-enhancing properties.
Enjoy your wonderful sporting life, Nadine, and whiz by here again when you get the chance! :-D
I love the new question and answer columns. I was spending WAY too much time reading all those messages on the old but beloved message board. I even have time to do my type O exercise program now. My question concerns type O's and hormone replacement therapy. I had been taking Prempro for 8 years. With the latest reports being so negative, I went to my doctor and he agreed with me it was time to get off of it. I am 59 years old, I have been on the BTD for nearly 4 years now. He wants me to take them every other day for 2 weeks and then quit comletely; I have one more week to go. When I first started taking HRT my complaints were, dry skin, vaginal dryness, mild depression, hot flashes, and insomnia. Just tapering off of the prempro I am already beginning to experience some of these again. I am wanting to handle this strictly with diet and natural supplements. What do you suggest? Ruth
~:-D Hi, Ruth! Hey, how come you have more time now, but I have less? What's up with that?? ;-D That is great news that you're phasing out the prempro, and I'll reel off a few things that come to mind that should help you with the readjustment. Flaxseed, two tablespoons ground and soaked for 20 minutes in enough water to cover, twice per day. MACA, the ground root: a tablespoon, twice per day. I get mine from the Penn Herb company, along with wild yam in capsules -- two caps, two to three times per day. Several women swear by Rhodiola rosea, at around 400-600 mg per day, and you might become one of them. The Encyclopedia Menopause Support protocol suggests six weeks of the following: chaste berry standardized at 400 mg, horsetail 500 mg, vervain tea, all twice per day, and 10 mg of manganese daily. There are other protocols relating to menopause, including Female Balancing and Metabolic Support, so take a browse through the book.
Now that I've said all that, here's a story: through experimentation, a 64-year-old woman I know has discovered that the only thing that does the trick for her symptoms (identical to the ones you noted) was Cortiguard. Go figure! She really went the rounds of all kinds of pharmaceutical, homeopathic and naturopathic treatments. She's been on the BTD for years. Cortiguard was her savior.
So, try these suggestions singly and give each a couple of weeks to show its mettle. If you're in a hurry for relief (and I wouldn't blame you! ;-}), you can use the entire arsenal for three weeks -- then slowly eliminate one item after another until you find out which one (if it is only one) is actually doing the job. Dear Ruth, I do hope this is helpful to you! Please let me know how it goes!!
I am a 52 year old 'A', reasonably compliant on the BTD but I suffer from the ugliest varicose veins ever! I have had two operations in the past but not successful. Is there 'something' in the BTD that I'm lacking that results in varicose veins or is there 'something' that I need to add to my eating regime? Yes, I stand a lot during the daytime at work.....can't avoid that! Thanks for your help Angie
:-} Angie, I'm so sorry you're suffering with those veins. It is caused by insufficient vein wall strength, and standing a great deal of the time does make it worse. This is a difficult condition to resolve, but I have some suggestions for you.
1. Can you get some walking at work, and find any time to raise your legs a bit?
2. Support hose may be the last thing you want to deal with, but the real kind with toes left free and progressive pressure (highest at the ankle) can relieve the discomfort and help ease some of the blood pressure on the veins.
3. A combination of horsetail, gotu kola, butcher's broom and collinsonia liquid extracts, ten drops of each taken twice daily, are very helpful for venous flexibility and strength.
4. "Wall sitting." Start by lying on the floor and resting your legs on your bed for a few minutes. Work up to ten minutes over a month or so. At that point, lie on the bed and stretch your legs straight up against the wall, as if you're sitting on the wall with your back on the bed. Again, start with just a minute or two and slowly increase the time until you have them up for 10-15 minutes.
Try these for two months, and I'm sure you'll see an improvement! Let me know, OK? :-)
I'm type A with polycystic ovaries and the odd symptom of Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. I'm confused because the Female Balancing Protocol which is recommended for POS suggests using Black Cohosh, which I understand to be highly oestrogenic. Oestrogen dominance is usually a problem for women with polycystic ovaries and so surely adding Black Cohosh will only make things worse. Also, are you meant to follow the whole protocol or is it ok to take only some of the recommended substances? Thankyou, Olympia, UK.
Hello, Olympia! These are protocols Peter uses in his practice with great success. The combinations are designed to work together, but you can certainly use the Female Balancing suggestions without the black cohosh if desired! Thanks for your note!!
Hi I am B positive. For 7 weeks I have done well on the eating program. My pep is up as is my attitude. However, the weight has not shifted very much - just at the beginning of adding the lecithin/oil in the am and then when i added Magnesium. I am 5'4" 250 - ish. I was using cranberry /whitegrape juice for the elixor and have shifted to cranberry only. Also, I tried 3 different magnesiums to find one that did not have additives that created side effects. Now, I am using the mag caltrate and do have the diarrhea type response so take a day off every 5 or so...any brand suggestions? (1 of the trials had potato starch and mag only but i definitely cannot intake whatever form of potato starch that was!!) Also, I am doing a mild yoga every am and walking about 1 1/2 miles. I am using the B probiotics and herbs, eating lamb as my only meat 1 x/day and a lot of green veggies steamed. I have shifted to low fat dairy. FYI I have definitely have candida - should I be cutting out dairy? Any suggestions about magnesium? And should I be expecting faster results? And are veggies the only acceptable snack? Thankl you!!! Jacie
:-) The diarrhea response means you're getting plenty of magnesium between your supplement and those wonderful green veg. You might want to step down the mag dosage just a bit. I have a feeling, and I might be wrong, that you may not be eating enough. Surprised? :-) We want to send your body the message that there is AMPLE perfect food coming your way, and that it is SAFE to let go of the weight. :-) It sounds wacky, but it works that way with many people. So, check to see if you are eating small meals or snacks whenever you are hungry -- never too much at one meal, and not within three hours before you go to bed.
Would it be possible to add a couple of things? Fish, for one thing, a small serving four times per week. Flaxseed, two tablespoons ground and soaked in some water for 20 minutes, daily. Make your own ghee by heating and clarifying your butter ~ The oils in these foods are fabulous for fat loss, and ghee is an intestinal healer. If you do have a candida overgrowth, the grain part of the diet can be cut down, but there's no need to eliminate dairy! A bit of cheese with fruit is a great snack, by the way. If possible, switch your meat choices around a bit (with turkey, rabbit, venison, beef) to keep your system perky. And you might look into the Harmonia drink mix sold here ~ it's an abundant chlorophyll source, which will speed your candida resolution. I'm sure your weight will normalize on a time frame suited to enhancing your health and keeping the weight off, so no worries about how fast it's going for now. Enjoy the process... you'll never go through it again! ;-D
I am a B non-secretor. In the new LR4YBT book the section on oils has a typo that makes the subject of oils confusing. It says, "Walnut oil and black currant seed oil are highly beneficial for Type B non-secretors, who have a bit of an edge in breaking down oil over non-secretors." Those two oils are listed as beneficial for non-secretors but the amount of oils recommended weekly for us is less than for secretors, so I'm assuming secretors break down oil better. Clarification would be appreciated. Thankyou, Carol
Hi there, Carol ~ Yes, the text has an error there. Secretors have a higher frequency of oil servings allowed because they do have the edge in breaking it down. Thanks for your reminder! :-)
In the book Blood Type B it lists Barley as a neutral and an avoid. see pages 26 & 27. It also lists Mozzarella cheese as highly beneefical but lists string cheese as an avoid. String cheese is made from Mozzarella. See pages 16 & 17. I need to know about these two foods,as I like to eat them. Thank You Susie
Here is the July column on string cheese ~ and barley is neutral for everyone except type Os. Sorry for the error, and have a wonderful day, Susie!
Dear Heidi I am a great fan of Blood group diet, and following it for one year now. (I am a female A. For some stomach pain, after getting rid of H. pylori, I went to a very serious Naturopathic, she tested my blood to get so called: finger print of my Metabolism system, now there is some conflict with my BTD. for example, chiken and black tae are good for me now. My swiss Naturopathic does not deny the BTD. I am very confused now, could you please help me. mahnaz
Hallo, Mahnaz ~ Well, first I would ask her the basis for the changes she wants to make in your diet. I'd want to know what the blood test showed her and how she correlated that result to food reactions. If she suggested that you should not eat certain neutral or beneficial foods for a period of time, I would have no problem with that; often people begin this diet with individual allergies or intolerances that are best dealt with slowly. However, I am never comfortable when a practitioner tells someone they can eat a major avoid, so I'd want significant further information on that, and even then I could not recommend following those instructions! Chicken lectin will do what it is going to do, unless your blood type is actually O or A! so please get back to me, OK? :-)
hi, i've read some of your stuff, but still don't understand, i'll tell you a little about myself, i'm 39 always been small, for the last couple of years i've gain a lot..been on zoloft for anxiety, i'm exercising a lot..but still can't lose weight, i'm type AB- , PLEASE help and tell me what type of food i should eat and type of food to avoid - ty Claudette
Hi, Claudette ~ Did your weight gain begin after you started the zoloft? Here is a quote from one of approximately 40,000 web pages which discuss weight gain due to zoloft and other SSRIs:
"Weight gain from SSRI usage is more common then you might think. You are not alone with this side effect. If you have gained 20 or more pounds, within a short amount of time, it is being caused by a change in your metabolism. All SSRI's inhibit or slow down your metabolism. They inhibit specific enzymes in your liver that allow your metabolism to function correctly."
If there are foods in your diet which are overstimulating your immune system, they are one cause of your anxiety. Eliminating them can help in that case.
The book Live Right 4 Your Type contains all the information you need to begin an appropriate diet, and explains the kinds of exercise which will help reduce your stress chemical levels. Meditation is a powerful practice which has medical potency in alleviating the conditions you're now taking zoloft for. Please get hold of the book! In the meantime, you can check the foods you customarily eat against the information in the TYPEbase 3 list which is also linked from our main page at www.dadamo.com. I truly hope this helps, and I encourage you to start on this JOYFUL health track ASAP! Take good care, dear!
I am confused between books. Live Right and Cook Right. Cook right gives sample menus including coffee but my Live right is death on it. Which is correct? Also can AB's have apples. I see cider and juice is neutral but not a mention of apples I also bought the food, beverage and supplement list book and again apples don't seem to be mentioned. I am struggling wiht recipes that will help me make soup and again the cook right book is confusing. Can you give me a link to some recipes for soup for AB's thanks, Patricia
Hey there, Patricia ~ Apples/apple cider/ apple juice are all the same item for purposes of the food values. All neutral for you! Coffee's status changed based on further research, so yes, it is an avoid now. I posted a basic soup recipe for type As in this column -- just substitute turkey for chicken. Once the stock is made, you can add any AB-OK ingredients of your choice! I'm not sure what you found confusing about the Cook Right recipes in general? All recipes, no matter where you find them, should be checked for OK ingredients and adapted as necessary to your blood type list. It's a bother, but well worth it! and we all go through this in process of putting together a stable of recipes that work for our households. I hope this helps, and have a lovely day!! :-)