on page 332 of the ERFYT Encyclopedia Peter recommends 200 mg of melatonin per day for B's insomnia. Most tablets are 3mg. Is this a typo? Rachel
Hi, Rachel! Here's what I wrote in a July 2002 column in response to a similar question:
Hi Heidi, Quick B question: What (if any) are the dietary/exercise implications for those of us who are B(o), as opposed to B(b)? Many thanks for your time! I very much enjoy your column each day, always learn a great deal. (Although I still hope that when I pop in the great and wonderful old BB will magically be restored! Dear Santa...) Cheers! Kathleen
Hey there, Kathleen! The recessive O gene carried by some type B (and A) individuals does not have any significant impact upon diet or exercise, as far as we know. That's why Live Right made no distinction between heterozygous (Bo or Ao) and homozygous (BB or AA) As & Bs for purposes of the diet/exercise plans. However, if any researchers out there are interested in the topic, their findings would be welcome! :-) and I'm happy you enjoyed the boards while they lasted ~ so did I! :-D
Hi Heidi. I am Type B with a long history of digestive candida problems. I have kept it under control with a strict yeast free diet. I have been on the "B" diet for a month now and feel 75% better than I've felt in years! Last week I started the protocols for Fungal Disease, Candidiasis (Digestive). I was not sure which protocol to do first or how many to do at a time. I an doing the 6 week Yeast/Fungus Resistance Protocol and was thinking of starting the 4 week Immune-Enhancing Protocol in four weeks and the 4 week Intestinal Health Protocol in 6 weeks. Does this sound good or do you have any suggestions?
I also had a very hard time choosing the herb tinctures. Most of them were not 1:1 so I wasn't sure how many drops to use. For example, the oregano I bought says 4 drops, 2-3x/day and the Thyme (1:5) says 30-40 drops 2-4x/day. BTD says 4-7 and 5-10 drops, respectively. If I follow ER4YT will I get the proper doses? Will you suggest 1 or 2 internet companies I can order from next time? I also have not found Jobs Tears or Codonopsis anywhere.
I have not yet have the secretor test, but lean towards believing I am non-secretor because I have a tendency to get more non-secretor illnesses. My dentist told me I have the kind of saliva that fosters bacteria and a tendency to more cavities. He also said that about my 10 year old daughter who has no cavities. Is he somehow able to see that we are non-secretors??
Also FYI, I have only been eating Beneficial and Neutral "B" foods for both secretors and non-secretors until I know my secretor type. Are there certain foods in those catagories I need to eat less of (ie grains)?
One last question. I have recently turned my friend onto reading BTD. She once had a test for being a bone marrow donor and only knows her HLA Phenotype is A2, A23, B44. Can you tell me her blood type from this? Thanks for your help! Laura
Greetings, Laura! If you'd like to do more than one protocol concurrently, that's fine ~ but I would do no more than two at one time, and if you wish to repeat a protocol, leave two weeks between ending it and re-starting it. About the tincture dosages: the ratio you're seeing (1:1, 1:5) means "Quantity of HERB-to-Quantity of SOLVENT" (alcohol, water, whatever is used). Use the dosage recommended in the Encyclopedia ~ thyme is an efficacious herb, even taken as a weak tea.
To find herbs (to find just about anything, actually!), go to the 'www.alltheweb.com/advanced' search page. For job's tears, specify "exact phrase." And you might want to use the filters to remove the term "bible" or something like that, so you don't bring up all the religious sites while seeking the herb. I often choose "must include" and put the Latin name of the herb in that field, so that I don't pick up a slew of unrelated sites. I saw many online sellers of both job's tears and codonopsis, so I'm sure you'll find a few to research!
Your dentist seems very observant, but as to the basis of the observations, I'll pass. Why not ask him exactly what qualities of your & your daughter's saliva he has established as evidence of being cavity-prone? ;-) Fascinating! :-)
Your strategy of eating no secretor OR nonsecretor avoids is a good and safe one, for now. To get all the details on portions and frequencies for the various food groups re secretors vs. nonsecretors, use Live Right 4 Your Type ~ it has a wealth of information on these and many other matters close to our polymorphic hearts!
Sorry to say that knowing your friend's HLA phenotype doesn't give us a way to determine her ABO type. ABO and HLS tissue type are coded on entirely different genes, so one can't tell us about the other. However, an ABO test via the blood type kit sold in our Store is cheap, quick, and highly accurate. Don't delay! :-D thanks so much for writing, Laura!!
In your book "cook right for your type" on page 330 you list gado-gado
as beneficial for type B but peanuts are strong avoid for type B. I
love gado-gado but fear this is an error/ contradictions.
also since i love tomatoes, and tomato sauce, chutney etc i am very
interested in finding out if I am a non-secretor. How I do I find this
out. I am B+ thank you for your help Jorie
Hi, Jorie ~ Yes, that's a typo in the ratings box. As the text says, it's great for people who "can eat peanuts." :-) Try making it with almond or walnut butter instead! There are two ways of ascertaining your secretor status: by getting your Lewis (blood) type through your local doctor/laboratory, or by using the Saliva Secretor Test available from our Store here. Hey! I hope your results turn out to be what you hope for! take care, dear, and thanks for your note! :-D
I'm a B+, and I was wondering what the difference between string chesse (Avoid), and mozerella cheese (Beneficial) was? Also, in the paragraph before the listing of Oils in the Live Right book, it mentions that Black currant oil and walnut oil are beneficial, but in the list they are neutral. I was wondering if I misunderstood something there?! Thank you, Wendy
Hello, Wendy! Here is a column I wrote about mozz vs. string cheese in July of last year. I found it by going to the bottom of this page, typing in "string" and hitting the search button. It's called, predictably enough, "Mozzarella vs. "String" Cheese ~ Type B." For your question about the text in Live Right, just go straight to the Updates Page linked on the main page of this site at the bottom of the "Library" section. Once there, just do a simple "control-f" search for, let's say, walnut. You'll find the answers your're seeking! :-)
I have some moose meat in the freezer and am wondering if it is OK to eat -- I am a Type B and my husband is a Type O. Moose isn't mentioned anywhere on this site or in the books! Julie
Wow! Lucky you, Julie! No, moose isn't listed, but beef is neutral for you and venison is beneficial, so I'm sure moose is at least neutral for Bs. Technically, of course, it is an "unknown" ~ so for those people who are happy with their health and weight, it may be considered ... yep, "Neutral!"
The moose is a member of the same subfamily as deer, or venison (Odocoileinae). A magnificent and ancient-looking fellow, he is our largest North American land mammal, sometimes reaching seven feet in height and a weight of over 1500 pounds. I guess most of you know all that, but I'm babbling from a very soft spot in my heart for the moose ~ childhood memories! :-) Anyway, I'm quite confident that it is good for you, and I'm nearly certain it's beneficial for your husband! Enjoy!
Hi, My wife and I have purchased a number of Dr D'adamo's books (Eat Right 4 Your Type, Cook right... , The complete encyclopedia... etc)and have been doing our best to follow the diets and remedies, to hopefully live a healthier life. I have two questions. The first thing I have found confusing is the Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail suggested for Type B's on page 167 of the Eat Right 4 your type book. I am type B and I have been drinking this cocktail for many months now. I purchase Lecithin granules from our local health food store and have realised that the lecithin is a 100% soya product. I have noticed that in Dr D'adamo's Eat Right 4 Your Type Complete blood type encyclopedia (on page 518) it states that type B's should avoid Soy granules (Lecithin). I am a little confused about what is correct as it seems a little contradictory, any explaination would be greatly appreciated.
The Second confusing issue for me is wheat products, as a type B I have changed my grain/flour preferences to a more rice and oat base. However, I have found that Dr D'Adamao suggests that Wheat Flour should be avoided, however Plain and Self-raising Flour are seen as neutral. When I look at the ingredients of Plain flour I have purchased it states Wheat Flour as the main ingredient. Is there something in the process which makes these flours ok for Type B's? Thankyou for allowing me to summit these questions and all thankyou for researching this way of life as I feel it is helping me enjoy a healthier life. Regards, Paul
Hello, Paul ~ Lecithin is still neutral for all types, sorry for the confusion! Its status has been clarified in TYPEbase 3 and in the Updates Page (linked at the bottom of the "Library" section on the home page).
About those flours, it is "whole wheat" and "gluten" or "high-gluten" flour and breads that are to be avoided. The plain and self-rising flours (the latter has leavening mixed in) are neutral because they contain no wheat germ or wheat bran. I do hope this makes the dark light, and I'm very pleased you're happy with the B diet!! :-D
hello Heidi! I am a type B+ and on the diet for quite some time now...I feel great and have lots of energy. Actually I haven't really had to change my eating habits too much because on the diet, I'm allowed to have most of the foods I love. However, one of my favorite foods, olives!!!--is not allowed. (I like the Greek variety, not canned). What is it about olives that makes them undesirable for type B even though the oil is fine? (I cheat about once a week and eat them.) Thank you so much for your great column! Thanks again, Jennifer
Hey there, Jennifer! The effect of olives upon your digestion is quite different from the effect of olive oil. I suggest going to TYPEbase 3 and entering the search term "olive." You'll come up with a number of links for further information, on lectins, allergenic potential, etc. Olives do contain olive oil, but there is lectin activity, as well as other active compounds, in the flesh of the olive, hence its varying status for the ABO types vs. that of olive oil.
So just promise me you won't overdo 'em, ok? and thanks for your kind compliment, dear! :-)
I have secondary breast cancer being controlled by drugs. I am blood type B and have been living on the type B diet for two years. As a type B I'm allowed beef and lamb and some dairy products as I'm sure you know. The trouble is all the established anti cancer diets insist on no red meat and no cows milk. If i cut out these from my B type diet I am not eating all the foods neccessary to be healthy according to Dr D'adamos advice.What should I be doing? Please can you help me? I'm very confused?! Gillian
Hello, Gillian! The established anti-cancer diets of which you speak are one-type-fits all, but do the most good for types A and AB. For your type, meat and dairy are indeed good for you ~ but in your position, make especially sure they come from organically fed, free-ranged, medicine-free animals.
To speed your healing and build protection against recurrence, please get hold of Live Right 4 Your Type and the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia. LR4YT contains expanded guidelines and food lists, for which you need your secretor status in order to fully benefit. The Encyclopedia has anti-cancer protocols designed for each type. Please dive right into all this, and I want to hear how you're doing, OK? Drop me a note now and again, if only for a progress report. Take care and my best wishes follow you!! :-D
Hi- I'm a 44 yr. old ,blood type B ,I.D.D. ,overweight . Could you tell me what I can eat when using the food combining methods of not eating concentrated proteins with carbohydrates. Also for excercize where would Pilates fit in - physical or relaxation ? Ingrid
Hey there, Ingrid! I can give you a simple guideline: Grains should be eaten only with vegetables -- no beans, eggs, fish, fowl or meats. Those high-protein foods may be eaten with vegetables. Vegetables, in fact, may be eaten with anything except fruit. Fruit should be eaten alone, whether singly or in combination with other fruits. Oils, butter and ghee may be added to any of the non-fruit meals.
And do include a handful of dried seaweed (dulse, or kelp, is commonly available and quite tasty) in your diet every day. Seaweeds count as a vegetable if you are using food combining.
Pilates is a stretching/balancing routine which would fall somewhere along the lines of light exercise for you. For stress-relief, choose tai chi, meditation, or a visualization practice. Good luck, dear, and write again!
Hi, Olympia! About kambucha, (also "kampucha" or "kombucha") I haven't a clue. We have no similar listing for this substance. For those of you unfamiliar with the name, it is the 'manchurian tea mushroom' ~ not an actual mushroom as we understand it, but rather a colony of yeast and bacteria. Kind of like the "tea" version of sourdough starter. It appears to create a kind of acidic, laxative and possibly probiotic substance in the two weeks it sits in the tea, but we haven't tested it and can't comment as to the benefits or detriments of drinking it. What I do know is that kombucha tea may have any of several ingredients including sweetened black tea (traditional) ~ black tea is an avoid for everyone except B secretors and A nonsecretors, even with the tea fungus added to it. Other than that, I guess it will have to be considered "neutral unless you've got health complaints!" just like nearly all of our other "unknowns." :-) Neat question, Olympia ~ thanks!! :-D
Hello Heidi, Thanks for your info.on vegemite a while ago.I had no trouble giving it up. However, I noticed on a gardening program recently that it is good as a plant supplement, especially for pot plants which can get a bit neglected. Which leads me to reflect on plants and their needs and antipathies, where perhaps the practice of companion planting comes into play?
On another topic, my thyroid supplement has an ingredient called aspartic acid. Is this related to the dreaded aspartame?
Third question on identification of mushrooms: are 'silver dollar' domestic and button mushrooms the same thing? (3-4 cm diameter, with a white rounded cap and usually grown in controlled environs) What are 'field mushrooms'known as by their technical name so that I can identify thjem on the food lists?? In Australia they are the bigger ones, 7-8 cm across, with a flatter top and more luscious flesh. Thanks as always, I've just passed my 3 month anniversary of erfyt,and with very high compliance, can always tell when I have stepped outside the food list, even in a minor way. I like to do this occasionally, just to prove the truth of the system! Cheerio, Jenny
Hey there, Jenny ~ About your thyroid supp: is this free aspartic acid (aspartate)? If so, I would immediately discuss with your doctor the possibility of switching to another type of supplement. Aspartic acid unbound to protein is an excitotoxic amino acid which can trigger a spike in aspartate plasma levels. This has been shown to be hazardous to the brain ~ killing brain cells in areas not protected by the blood/brain barrier. Do have a talk with your physician about this. Aspartate is not aspartame ~ rather, it is one of the ingredients in aspartame, along with methanol and phenylalanine. It does make up its share of the hazard, though.
This UK mycology/sales site's Latin naming of the field mushroom as Agaricus campestris is correct ~ however, look carefully at the photo they provide. It's possible that what you're finding in your markets is actually the portobello (sometimes referred to as Agaricus brunnescens), the largest variant of Agaricus bisporus (the button/silverdollar/domestic mushroom (yes, those three terms refer to the same mushroom) as well as the cremini mushroom). ~ For your reference, field mushroom would have the same rating as portobello in the food lists.
And I'm very pleased to hear how well you're doing!! And you've discovered your body's ability to recognize avoids, as well... great work, and best wishes to you, Jenny! :-D
Hi Heidi Thanks for the last few columns - you have been very busy! I am actually responding to the question you answered about whiting and hake. The fish issue is indeed difficult and I wonder if our local hake may not be an allowed food instead of an avoid as it is one of the easiest types of fish to find. I know that it might be difficult, but will it not help if we could have the scientific names of the avoid fish? I do eat our cape whiting after I saw that it is allowed. After wondering about what is meant by whitefish on the foodlists, I did some research and came accross a website that I feel can be a great help regarding the fish issue (http://ibs.uel.ac.uk/fishbase/fishgen.htm). I found out on this site that our local "Wit Steenbras" is actually what will be referred to as whitefish and after doing a search on hake, I came accross quite different scientific names than the one you mentioned (Urophycis tenuis). This made me wonder if indeed our hake are an avoid or not! To me it seems as though whiting and hake might be the same fish - can you comment because it will make life a lot easier to know the scientific names of those fish that should be avoided. Thanks a lot and have a wonderfull new year - and a rest which I am sure you need. eurika
Ah, another die-hard fish fan! :-) Thank you for that link, Eurika ~ since it is a UK site, it will prove useful for figuring out UK fish 'market names' and their Latin equivalents.
Remember that the values established for our food lists are the result of tests done on American market-named items. So, to find out the Latin name of the fish we have a value for, first go to the FDA Seafood Name Search and enter our lists' name (which is a "market name") for that fish. You'll find the Latin name appended, which can be used to find the equivalent (pretty much... even Latin names are not consistent in all countries) in the UK fish database you linked, or in other countries' seafood databases.
If you follow this procedure with "whiting," you'll see a great number of hits come up in the FDA search ~ whiting is a very commonly-applied vernacular moniker. Here's where the work comes in: scroll down until you find fish with a market name of whiting. There are several -- but you don't want the European, or Argentinian, or Patagonian, or South African, etc. "whiting." You want the AMERICAN (native or commonest) fish, either Atlantic or Pacific, as the others are listed only because they are registered imports. Merluccius bilinearis is its Latin name, and is the reference against which other fish may be compared.
Whiting is a member of the Gadidae, a huge family of fishes including cod, hake, and pollock. Our "whiting" has a vernacular name, "silver hake," which can further confuse the unwary! :->
In the case of "whiting" and other names which cover a broad range of fish among various countries, it may prove illuminating to do a websearch for photos ~ for comparison with the fish you've got at home there in SA. For instance, HERE is an eastern coastal American site with a nice illustration accompanied by a description of the fish. For comparison with our "hake" (Urophycis tenuis), see THIS photo!.
*Phew!* That's all the space we've got for pescatorial procedures! but I hope this is further help to all of you when comparing your local fishes against the blood type diet listed items!! :-D
I am type A, Caucasion, female, age 50. I had my gall bladder removed a year and a half ago and I wondered if there are any special considerations in the type A diet that I should be aware of in order to compensate for the lack of a gall bladder. Thank you. Terrie
Hi there, Terri! I think the straight-A diet will be ideal for you, as it is naturally low in cholesterol and fat, so will not call unduly on your bile production. All the gallbladder does is concentrate the bile before release ~ you'll still have bile to digest fats (it's produced in the liver), so it's not a significant loss! but you should eat only very small quantities of fat at one meal, so that the bile released directly from the liver will be adequate for fat digestion. Do maintain your yoga practice, as it is a great healer and balancer. Thanks for writing, dear! :-D
I have a question concerning secretor status In your book Live right for your type ( in danish - lev efter din blodtype ) you dont mention as many types of food as you do in your book Eat right for your type ( in danish - spis efter din blodtype ). Example: Shrimps. Mentioned in Eat right for your type - iam an A-type, so i should not eat shrimps.But shrimps not mentioned in Live right for your type, so i need to know what to do when food not mentioned in Live right for your type. Look forward to be hearing from you soonest. best regards Susanne
Greetings, Susanne ~ I'm not sure why the Danish book does not list "shrimp," but no matter ~~ just go to the TYPEbase 3 database on the front page of this site, and search for the food you're seeking. Remember to hit the "search" button -- hitting your enter key does not work on that page. Live Right 4 Your Type includes a multitude of foods that were not included in Eat Right -- could you give me a few more examples of the ones you're missing in your edition? thanks, dear! :-)
Hi, The ER4YBT diet was "suggested" to me by my naturopathic physician a little over a month ago as a result of recently being put in a high risk category for breast cancer. I read the book in one night and, though the Type A diet is very restrictive and many of my favorite foods are on the Avoid lists, I intuitively felt it made a lot of sense and began the diet immediately. My question regards soy. I eat tofu everyday for lunch (I've found some great recipes and have even converted a couple of friends from work to at least some tofu). I lift weights 6 days a week so need a lot of protein. I also drink a soy protein shake every day and put soy protein in my morning oatmeal. Because of my workout routine I need to eat six times a day so two other meals are generally soy cheese and a soy based energy bar. I save my chicken and fish for dinners so my husband and I can eat the same dinner. I've recently read that soy can be bad for you. Dr. D'Adamo does address this in one of his other books, but I'm still concerned. As an A+ can I overdose on soy? If I'm eating too much soy, is there another good source of protein that I can use instead. Thanks for your help. Lonnie
Hi, Lonnie! Sure, you can eat too much of anything ~ simply because too much of one thing means other things aren't making it into the meal plan! :-> It's GREAT you have a knowledgeable naturopath who uses the BTDs in practice. Please discuss the following with him or her, as I'm sure s/he'll agree that a robust cancer prevention strategy cannot rely on one substance alone.
I highly recommend the more recent book, Live Right 4 Your Type in conjunction with the Updates Page, as this book provides portion and frequency guidelines for each food group -- as well as a plethora of lifestyle advice. Also, get familiar with the TYPEbase 3 database for quick food value reference.
For instance, type A secretors are allowed 5-7 servings of beans & legumes per week ~ that's a maximum of one per day. However, their veg/fruit allowances are far higher.
All of the diets have their foundation in vegetables and fruit, with the protein sources taking up a much smaller percentage of the total daily food volume. Those masses of plant life are an integral and extremely important part of the diet's cancer-protection effects. So don't skimp on them in favor of soy or any other protein source.
I wrote a column some time back entitled Meal Planning for the Masses! ~ It sets out guidelines for figuring out what one's ideal daily/weekly diet is, and how to organize same for shopping lists. Have a good look at it ~ I think it can simplify the process of making full use of the food plans. thank you so much for your note, Lonnie ~ don't be a stranger!
Why does my nose almost randomly run, just like water? I could be eating a meal or watching tv and then all of a sudden, my nose runs like water. I'm Blood Type A. I've completely switched over to the Blood Type A diet 2 years ago. The results have been short of miraculous. I used to power body build but now I read, go for walks and listen to calming music. My weight was about 220lbs at 37 inch waist. Now I weigh about 158lbs at 29.5 inch waist. My blood pressure was around 160 / 100, now its around 100 / 60. I used to have very dangerously high iron levels, now its optimal. Lots of sinus and throat mucas, now very little. No more white blotches in my nails, no more pink eye or ear infections. I haven't felt this good my entire life. I'm 30 years old now but I've been told I look 25'ish. My close friend is also 30, doesn't eat right for his blood type and looks in his late 30's to early 40's. Adrian
Hey, Adrian! Nice to hear from you! :-) Well, type As certainly have a plentiful talent for mucus production (a wonderful thing for protection against "invaders"), and what is happening now is the result of the healthy, watery mucus very capably washing away any inhaled or ingested irritant. Keep a mini food diary - whenever that faucet starts running, make a note of what you ate in your last meal. Get a picture of the patterns over a month or so, and see if there are certain things usually present in a meal when the waterworks appear. :-) You may find there is a food item or two which is prompting the immune response.
and... WHOO-HOO!!! Grand results, just grand!! Enjoy them to the fullest!!
Heidi, I enjoy reading your column and appreciate getting answers to some of my questions by reading your answers to other's questions. I am a 43 yr old female, O+ and have been on the diet and exercising for 2 months. It has been a BIG change for me because I previously had a grain(mostly wheat and corn) based diet and a lot of dairy as well. I have been quite strict about avoids, and tried to eat as many beneficials as possible. However, because of financial reasons, I have not been able to buy organic vegetables & fruits and free range beef and fresh fish. I'm doing good to afford frozen fish and regular produce from the grocery store. Thankfully, greens are inexpensive
I have lost about 10 lbs, which makes me very happy, but have a few concerns. I have asthma and allergies and was hoping that I could eventually quit taking the 3 prescriptions I take daily. I tried cutting back a little on my medications after 6 weeks on the diet, and my symptoms got worse, so I went back to normal doses. That was a little discouraging to me, after reading results others have had.
Another question I have is about supplements. I'm not familiar with herbs and haven't taken any, I'm especially worried about calcium since I've stopped drinking milk. I've read about and would love to get the calcium supplement for o's sold on your site, but can't afford to at this time. I guess what I'm wondering is: since I can't get the perfect foods and afford the supplements, how beneficial is it for me to continue on the diet at this time? Am I doing more damage than good by eating more produce (with pesticides) & more beef (with antibiotics & hormones)? Thanks for your help and comments. M.N.
Hi, M.N.! You're doing a wonderful job! New diet, new exercise plan, and you're working to learn more ~ what a great attitude, dear! Your approach will accomplish your goals far more quickly than if you were rich as Croesus but uncommitted to this plan. You absolutely do not have to take supplements -- For calcium, use Peter's Calcium from Almonds list ~ make broth from the bones of roasted chicken, turkey, beef, etc. ~ and pick up a bottle of Gerolsteiner mineral water (or whatever brand you can find locally) once or twice per week.
You are certainly not doing more damage than good by eating more of the foods that are good for you ~ just think, the foods you used to eat are just as heavy with pesticides as the greens, veg, and meat you are eating now. I have a suggestion for getting clean meat at a lower cost than your local retail source: www.eatwild.com has a huge listing of various producers who sell direct and will ship to you. Take a look at it and see if it would meet your needs. There might be someone listed who's near where you are -- in which case, you could drive out and pick up your supply (no shipping cost) and freeze it at home. Investigate greenmarkets or farmer's markets in your area, too: you get a lower price and better food, and the farmer gets all the money ~ no middleman.
Don't be too rushed to get off the meds (I say that, but I totally understand your desire to be rid of them!) ~ as your body heals, the time will come when you don't need the meds. Just let it happen at its own pace, and it WILL happen.
thanks for writing, M.N., and I know you're succeeding right now! :-D
I'm an "O-." I have been using RevivalSoy products to alleviate menopausal symptoms. Their products deliver the equivalent of 6 cups of soymilk (providing 16 grams of soy protein and 160 milligrams of soy isoflavones. Their new low carb shakes and bars contain "sugar alcohols" as the primary sweeteners. Their literature states that sugar alcohols are categorized as sugar replacers because they replace sugar sweeteners. Sugar alcohols taste very similar to regular sugar, but they are not absorbed very well by the intestines, thus they add very few calories or carbohydrates to products. As an added benefit, they do not produce substantial rises in blood glucose levels (i.e. they are low glycemic index sweeteners). Can I, as an O, safely use these products? Thanks, Claudia
OK: Here is my message to people who are sending questions to my column in order to promote RevivalSoy:
INGREDIENTS of one of their drinks:
Revival® Doctor-formulated Soy Protein Isolate, Fructose, Sucrose, Cocoa, Calcium Phosphate, Maltodextrin, Soy Lecithin, Salt, Potassium Chloride, Artificial Flavor, Carrageenan, Carboxymethylcellulose and Xanthan Gum.
Then they have the nerve to say:
EXCHANGE: 2 very lean meats + 2 1/4 starches
If anyone here thinks soy isolate and a whacking load of corn-based sweeteners and gums and carrageenan and chemicals is somehow OK for ANYONE, let alone type Os (!!), let ALONE as an "exchange" for two meats and two "starches," then all I can say is, I wish you well ~ but these products are not BTD-friendly. I could say lots more, but I am driving on. *phew.* Thanks for listening! :-D
The diet recommends the use of "seltzer water". Is this the same as club soda or tonic water? If not, is seltzer water commonly sold in grocery stores? Brenda
Hello, Brenda ~ Seltzer commonly refers to salt-free club soda. Seltzer, club soda, doesn't really matter for purposes of the diet; both are found everywhere, so they're easy to find. Tonic water is seltzer with quinine and a bit of sweetener -- but I have not found a single brand of tonic water without corn-based sweetener, so watch those labels (and write in to tell me if you find something WITHOUT that corny stuff! :-)). And here I'll put in a plug for the King Of Fizzy: high-solids mineral water! Study 'em up and pick a favorite at www.mineralwaters.org ! :-)
Hi Heidi I have just started the diet a few weeks ago and LR4YT has become my bible! In such a short time I no longer suffer from bloating, gas or constipation. I also have no cravings at all for sweets. However, I do still suffer from fatigue. I still need almost 10 hours sleep to recharge my batteries fully and if I don't get this then feel really tired in the early to late afternoon. What can I do to feel more energised in the afternoons? I am a type o (secretor status unknown). I already take a vit B supplement but it doesn't really help. I have completely eliminated wheat, potatoes, corn and beans from my diet. I still have one cup of coffee a day (usually during the afternoon which helps to wake me up somewhat!). Any ideas? Thanks for your great work. Shalinee from down under...
Hummm, hmmm... This could be due to a number of things, but I'll list 'em all ~ just pick and choose among them depending on your circumstances.
Try using green tea instead of coffee in the afternoon ~ it's a great mental brightener, and beneficial for most folks (without the shakiness coffee can produce, along with its other deleterious effects).
Do you get plenty of calcium? If you're unsure, see the calcium part of my reply to M.N., above. A calcium deficiency can certainly produce lagging energy.
There are rhythms of energy through the day, and we all experience "up" and "down" parts of the cycles at various times. Mid-to-late afternoon is a natural time for a nap ~ unfortunately, most work schedules don't accommodate natural energy slumps.
It's possible you need *less* sleep than you're getting, as more than six or seven hours at a stretch is actually harder on the body than two sleep periods of two to five hours separated by an hour or two awake. So, let's say you sleep from ten to two, get up for an hour, then sleep again from three to five (or six). Or, eleven to five with a two-hour nap in the early evening. Play with this and see if it helps you.
It's quite common to experience sleep changes in your early phase of the diet. They usually resolve themselves within a month or two, so it may simply be a matter of time. Hang in there, and see how you're doing in a while - let me know, too, OK? :-D
Dear 'on the diet' I am blood type o+, 33yrs old female. I have had history of low blood sugar. For a number of yrs i have experienced alot of distress regarding food that i ate. After eating certain food i would feel worse that before! I eliminated wheat and realised that this was giving me reactions to my adrenal grands that make me feel so so so stressed. Yesterday i realised that this is also occuring whenever i eat grains. Even rice and especiall modified maize starch, which sends adrenals and my stress response crazy ( Just like hypoglacemic reactions). I have noticed that this is especially so lik yesterday when i accidently ate rice and something with modified maize starch in it. I spend a long time trying to relieve these symptoms of stress and it took another day to do so. I have read the live right book and it helps alot. I understand that grains are not good for type o. But i would like to ask for any advise around this reaction that i suffer from. I am a very sensitive person which may be be the reason why my body reacts so strongly. If you have any insights into this that you feel would be helpful to me i would very much appreciate this. Also any advise for what i can do to counteract this reaction, that is very stressful and help to remedy this situation, would be helpful. Yours sincerly, May you be happy. Sarah
Thanks for your kind wishes, Sarah! This is a simple problem to solve: no corn for you. It's a serious avoid. Anything with "corn" or "maize" is to be shunned like horrors. If you stay away from it, I promise those reactions will soon be just bad memories! take care, dear!! :-)
Can a "patch" worn on the arm containing "FUCUS VESICULOSUS and GARCINIA CAMBOGIA" be harmful or beneficial to curb appetite for O's? PLEASE ADVISE ASAP. THANKS!! Pennie
Hi, Pennie ~ A patch, eh? What will they think of next to market to people desirous of weight loss? I opine that it will do nothing to curb your appetite, but will certainly lighten your wallet. Truly, you'll have much better results (and more expendable funds) following the diet, taking l-glutamine for cravings until they subside with time on the diet, use encapsulated fucus, and skip the garcinia altogether ~ Peter tested it some time back, with no significant results.
I hope this helps, dear! :-)
HELLO, I am a type O positive and have been using this diet for the past few months. I have trouble sticking closely to the diet even though I have some troublesome health issues like an auto-immune thyroid problem and seem to be developing "asthma". Cake and cookies lure me as well as other wheat based snacks, especially at other people's houses. I'm good about the dairy and pretty good about the corn products, although eating mexican food is a weakness too. Do you have any advice on increasing will-power? Also, do you have a recipe for ghee? I'd like to make it at home. Thanks so much, Marian
Hi, Marian ~ Will power is a result of desire, although most folks think of it as soldiering through some painful process. What looks like will power from the outside is often well-founded and pleasurable commitment based on experience, on the inside. The contrast between having asthma attacks and not having them motivates many people to choose the good foods over the old standbys. Seeing the weight come off, or the cholesterol drop, or the thyroid meds stepped down... or the skin improve, or the arthritis disappear... one's values change, and the world changes with them. The tempting treat literally becomes "that poison that makes my joints swell and burn." So, each of us finds a way to handle hunger that doesn't involve eating poisons. Planning ahead, bringing a snack, offering a dish or two for the potluck, etc. ~ your preferred lifestyle will guide you as to what measures to take!
About the ghee, I *can* help you there! :-D Take one pound of butter (my favorite is organic cultured sweet-cream), melt it in a deep pan over medium-low heat (NO stirring at all, in this process), then raise the heat to medium-high and keep it at a medium/high simmer until the foam subsides. Skim off the thick stuff that comes to the top with a slotted spoon. When that's gone, dip a strip of paper into it and light it (over the sink). If the paper sputters, the ghee's not done yet. Test it again in a few minutes. When the paper burns without sputtering, take the ghee off the heat to cool for ten minutes ~ then pour it into a heavy glass jar with a close-fitting top (leave it loosely closed until cool), and let it cool completely. That's it! Some folks like to strain it through cheesecloth, but I've not found it necessary. And everyone has their own tips & tricks, so you'll probably come up with some of your own, as well. Enjoy! It's lovely stuff! :-D
As a Type B person, I've been following Dr D'Adamo's directives with the Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail most mornings for several years. I recently purchased the Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia, and was surprised to see under the listing for Lecithin(p.518) that type B's should AVOID it! Is this something new? Now I'm confused! Lesesne
Hello, Lesesne ~ That is my own personal error in the Encyclopedia, for which I fully expect to pay life-long! ;-)
Lecithin is OK for ALL types! So enjoy your MFC, and my apologies for the scare! :-D
In Dr. Dadamo's book "Eat Right 4 For Your Type" on Page 318, 2nd paragraph, last sentence, it states that a type B person can can eat soy products but it is uncertain if it has the same benefits as a type A person for cancer treatment etc.. This seems to be in direct conflict with the type B diet whcih lists soy products of al types on the avoid list. Should this maybe reference a type "O" person? If so, then this would in essence be in itself a type"O". Kidding. I hope that you will e able to help me with my confusion. Thanks in advance, Jim
Hiya, Jim! ... hey, lay off the TYPO jokes, OK? I'm a little sensitive on that count (see the answer to Lesesne, above!) ~ ;-D
The real answer to your question is that when BTD was written, the newer research on soy & Bs had not yet been done -- so in that book's food lists, you'll see soy listed as a beneficial legume. The avoid values you're referring to are from that more recent research, and reflected in the food lists in Live Right, the Encyclopedia, the Food, Beverage & Supp Lists and in TYPEbase 3. thanks for your note!! :-)
There is a lot of concern, particularly among Afro-Caribbean males about prostate health. However, some of the foods that are supposed to be beneficial to the prostate - eg. tomatoes and pumpkin, are on the avoid list for type B. What advice do you have on this? Are there other foods that contain lycopene that can be substituted for these foods? Jaine
Yes indeed! Peter's column page entitled Lycopene Without the Tomatoes has a lovely list! A couple of those items, I noted, are beneficial for Bs, and the rest are solidly neutral! I hope this helps, Jaine!
I want to know about some apparant inconsistencies in the book. As a type B, I sould not eat olives, yet olive oil is the best thing for me. As a type B I should not eat Wheat flour, which is in everything including most all beef wienners, yet white flour is on my list as acceptable. Is white (bleached) flour somehow better than whole wheat flour. The book said wasa bread was OK to eat yet they have all kinds including rye and wheat, which I should not have. I also found quaker rice chips and they contain corn, however the ingredients list says that the kernel is removed. Does that make a difference? I am finding cornstarch in most processed meats, including butterball turkey bacon, which is one thing that my daughter loves. I am overweight, I am trying very hard to follow the diet and have been for almost two months, though I have not lost any weight. My daughter is the same blood type as me, she is also 100 lbs overweight, I know she needs to concentrate on the fruits and vegtables, but if she is at least not eating most of what is not good on the diet, should she begin to loose weight. How badly can she sabatoge the process by deviating from the diet? I have more questions but will quit here for now. Thank you very much, Donna.
Hello, Donna ~ good questions. Corn and wheat are in just about all processed foods, and we who follow this diet do a lot of research around our neighborhoods and on the Net to find better products. They ARE out there. Applegate Farms is one producer of wonderful turkey bacon & sausage products that are corn & wheat free.
It is especially important for type Bs to avoid the corn, corn sweeteners, corn products of all kinds (even with the kernel removed), as it can truly sabotage your efforts.
It is most important to (1) get those fruits & veg, and (2) start a very mild exercise program like walking, or the 5BX Plan -- either program can be done at your own level and speed of progress, and will most certainly help you get the weight off. But DO fill up on veg & fruits (after all, you have the most marvelous fruit list of all 4 types, so enjoy it!! :-)) There is NOTHING like these foods for providing vitamins & minerals, antioxidants, and pure water all in one package.
You're at the most difficult stage right now ~ trying to make the transition, and reading all the labels & finding out how bad most of your old diet's foods were. OK! That's past! Do your best to make these changes at your own speed, and drink plenty of pure water between meals. Use the TYPEbase 3 database to check any food you're uncertainof. I'm sure you'll have good results in the weeks to come ~ keep in touch, OK? :-)
Hi, your column is great. Do you have any recommendations for a type B with chronic infections (klebsiella/blastocystis) and recently discovered celiac. P.S. Thanks for mentioning in a prior column that "b" and soy don't mix. I was already avoiding it per concerns noted in Live Right for Your Type and a recent "accident" made the problem painfully clear. Thanks. elene
Hi, elene ~ I can offer some suggestions you can put to work yourself, but I want to make sure you are under a knowledgeable physician's care... you are, right? If not, you should be, and this should be someone who understands the value of the B diet for you, OK?
Do get hold of the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia ~ it is an invaluable resource, and I will quote some of the recommendations here:
You should definitely use PolyFlora-B, ARA6 (larch arabinogalactan) (both available in the Store on this site), and 500 mg of rose-hip or acerola-cherry Vitamin C every day. The "B" protocols are: Coriolus versicolor mushroom, 300 mg: 1-2 caps daily; Schizandra chinensis, 250 mg: 1-2 caps daily; Siberian ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) 500 mg: 1-2 caps daily ~ For 3 Weeks. AND alpha lipoic acid, 100 mg: 2 caps daily; Baptisia tinctoris (homeopathic 6c): 2-3 pellets, twice daily ~ For 4 weeks, concurrent.
Then, go to the bottom of this page and search for "blasto" ~ you'll come up with two column pages, please read them both. Melissa's treatment might be of help to you, if you substitute turkey for the chicken she used.
Elene, my thoughts are with you, and please write back and tell me how you're doing! take good care, dear!! :-)
Heidi, I heard on the news recently of a study that claimed that browning meats (by grilling, baking at high heat, etc.) caused a significant increase in deposits (plaque, maybe? can't exactly remember) that would lead to heart disease. They were suggesting to (gag) boil or steam almost all meats. If this is true, do you think it might be one of those things that skews along blood type lines? In other words, it happens to Type A (for instance) and everyone else is getting lumped in? (Can you see this Type B and Type O crossing our fingers?) We actually do usually boil or steam or saute meats like chicken and rabbit, and we never deep-fry anything, but we certainly cook red meat on our countertop grill (no charring, at least, from burning fats or anything), and we do prefer some brown edges. Are we heading toward an early demise? Thanks! Kathy
~:-D Yeah, they're really out to get the meat eaters scared to death, one way or another. I wrote something on this issue just in the past few days, which you've probably already read, come to think of it! :-} Oh well, here it is again, and there ain't NO way you & me are going to start boiling our steaks.
Know what those ol' h-g's and nomads did to cook their meat? Put it on a stick and stuck it in the fire. Hi! the cancer rate was nil. I don't know what else (if anything) they fed those lab animals who didn't do well on blackened meat, but I suggest you and I use only organic meats (if at all poss), use common sense in cooking it, keep eating all the massive food & veg quantities demanded! by the diet, do our exercise and just go our merry carnivorous way rejoicing. Boiled lamb chops, yummy!! Pfooie. Wonder what they'll come up with next? stay tuned! :-D Thanks for that note, Kathy! ~:-D
Hello, dot! The only cactus in the food lists currently is "prickly pear" which covers the entire Opuntia genus of cacti, comprising approximately one dozen different species. Both the fruit and the branches (the fat cactus-y looking "pads," sometimes sold under the name Nopalito) are edible, but all are avoids for type B secretors and nonsecretors. If you find an edible cactus which is not a member of the Opuntia genus, we would consider it "unknown," and therefore neutral for purposes of the BTD ~ but be wary of untoward reactions, OK? :-)
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I am type B and would like to know about these foods from India. 1) Black gram (Urad) 2)Pompano and King fish 3) Moringa Oleifera also called as drum sticks 4)Cutlass Bean 5)Red gram 6) gourds like snake gourd, bitter gourd 7) Sorghum 8) cluster beans 9) Colocasia Kindly tell us about these foods. If you don't have the info,can you test these foods? I will appreciate your input. Thanks, Smita
Hello, Smita ~ We have no values for most of the foods you mentioned, meaning they have not been tested. They can be considered "neutral" if you are in good health and do not need to lose weight, but use them very sparingly if you are trying to resolve a heath condition.
Pompano and sorghum can be found in TYPEbase 3® ~ just type in the food name, and remember to hit the search button, not the "enter" key. :-)
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the doc says in his eat right 4 your blood type, for B+, don't use club soda. it seems to work for me. any specific reason? thanx. blessings, dennis
Hi, Dennis ~ In the updated books, type B secretors are to avoid it, and it's neutral for B nonsecretors. In the TYPEbase 3® database, club soda is listed. The remarks for B secretors: "Inhibits proper gastric function or blocks assimilation." ;-)
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i am female 60 years old and type b+ blood i was under the impression that i could eat ordinary potatoes ie! white or red etc!in your book page 268 live right for your type that as a non secretor potatoes are an avoid for me please tell me it is an error as i have always eaten potatoes and to my knowledge they have not done me any harm i love them!!!! with thanks MMcC
Hi, Mary! sorry for the shock... The new books are an update & improvement over BTD from 1996, and I wish I could say it's an error, but it is the correct new listing. Good news... tomatoes moved to neutral for you... ? :-)
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I am blood type B and my husband is blood type A. Ezekiel bread and Essene bread are on both of our highly beneficial foods. I just looked up the ingredients in these two breads and noticed several ingredients were in these breads that are on our avoid list. Can you please explain why we can eat these breads if there are ingredients, such as barley, kidney beans, pinto beans, lentils, buttermilk, wheat flour, which are foods that we are to avoid. We are adhereing to the diet solutions according to Dr. Peter D'Adamo in his book Eat Right 4 Your Type. JoAnn
Hello, JoAnn ~ It is paramount for all of us to read the labels of products before we buy them, as you have discovered! The Ezekiel 4:9 bread in the food lists refers to a 100% sprouted, yeasted bread with no dairy, whole bean or wheat flour. Food for Life makes a fine one. Essene bread, again, is a 100% sprouted grain bread which may include fruit or nuts, or be only sprouted grain & water. Good hunting!
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Thanks for all the positive info on vegetable glycerine! Now, how do we convert recipes, i.e., 1/2cup of honey equals how much glycerine? One cup of sugar equals how much glycerine? Happy Holidays to everyone! carolyn(0+)sec
Two questions about Vegetable Glycerine. Apparently it is not a carbohydrate, but instead an alcohol. Does this mean it has no calories? Or for calorie-sake is it essentially counted as a carbohydrate? What is the equivalency for using in recipes? In other words how many tablespoons of it equals some comparable amount of sugar? I'm very excited about this because it gives me something sweet, which is rare besides fruit and because it is available in a variety of sizes at my local Whole Foods Market. I get the largest size! I have added a dash of it to my smoothies and it really does help. Tom Tom Type O-Non Secretor
You might add to your Glycerine discussion that Whole Foods and others may not stock it next to the sweeteners, but rather in the skin-care section. S.
Hi, veg-gly fans! Yes, I've always found it in the skin-care "oils" section. Calories? No idea! Certainly far less than sugar, if it is susceptible to the "calorie" scale at all. I've no idea how to convert it for recipes calling for sugar, except to test the taste of sugar in water to an equal quantity of vegetable glycerine. Use the amount that makes best taste-sense to you, since the flavor does not change when cooked. It's not a delicate or difficult-to-handle ingredient. Do a little experimenting, and enjoy! :-D
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-- it's the lowest retail price I've seen for that item. enjoy!
Note Added: VegGly Fans suggest Azure Standard's product instead, for both price and taste! :-) *Help...STAT!In one of your responses to an O woman whose GI tract had been ravaged by erythromycin, you listed a protocol from a German using rice, blueberries & mineral water. Later in the same article, you suggested the use of vegetable glycerine, but not how or how much. Can you clarify with a quick answer? Thanks much. You're all doing a great job. Joyce
Yes, sprouts are fine (and often step up to Beneficial!) if made from beans & pulses ~ but as you probably know, not from root vegetables. Carrot greens are toxic, as are the sprouts of many other roots, corms and tubers. Green veg like broccoli (brocc sprouts, my favorite!) can make great edible sprouts as well. Sprouts are certainly action-packed, and a great fresh food for kitchen gardeners ~~ enjoy!!
On a blood type A diet would tofu dogs and tofu lunchmeats as you would find at the health food stores be beneficial?? donna
Only if all the ingredients are OK for you! :-)
Since several liquid vitamin preps contain aloe vera juice as a base, must I avoid these as a Type B? Anita
Yes ~ any ingestible form of aloe is a no-no, although most people use aloe in topical preparations such as skin and hair-care products with no problem.
Iam blood type B and hypothyroid .I would like to know if USP Armour (porvine ) thyroid pills contradicts with my blood type B? As we already know that pork shouldnt be consumed by any blood type. Tina
Hi, Tina ~ I answered a similar question in a column on 3 October ~ Armour presents no lectin problem for any type. :-)
I would like to order the secretor test but I see it is not available in Canada. I live in midwestern Ontario. is there anyone or another way to get this done? thanks jayne
Hello, Jayne ~ Here is a column that will help! Thanks for your note!!
In Germany, as alternative for wheat allergies the "German wheat" (Dinkel)("epeautre" en Francais) is widely offered in almost all bakeries. It is a primitive form of wheat. I'd like to know if it is acceptable as a wheat ersatz for my blood type O. Thanks. Regards. Claude
Greetings, Claude ~ "Dinkel" and "épeautre" both refer to what we English speakers call "spelt," a healthy alternative to wheat for most people. For Os, it is neutral for secretors and an avoid for nonsecretors ~ if you're unsure of your secretor status but are in good health -- and you don't overdo it by eating spelt every day -- it is fine for you. :-)
If a person is type O can they have vegetable oil? I have read the book and cannot find any information on this. Thank you Theresa
Hi Heidi This is the second time I have requested information and would like to say how helpful the last reply was. I am type O and need to know if I can use the following products: vegetable oil rapeseed oil ( unsure if you have another name for this in the USA. sunflower oil. I would also like to know if Pak Choi is the same as Bok Choy as I am unsure if Pak Choi are Chinese greens which I am not allowed. Many thanks for your help in this. Sue
Hello, ladies! Can't help you with "vegetable oil" because I can't see what the label on your product says. I strongly suspect you will see "corn" in the ingredient list, but just check each ingredient against your food list. Pak Choi, Bak Choi, Bok Choi ~ all are the same item. The Chinese language, which uses ideograms in writing, does not transliterate directly into English letters. The different spellings you may see are the result of each greengrocer writing the name of an item in English letters based upon how it sounds. :-)
Your melange of questions from Scotland: There is a good UK based site which exists to provide translations of foods from BTD lists into British terminology - eg, chickpeas = garbanzos etc., and to list UK stockists for products, and recipes in UK style measurements. It has a link to your site. It also has a message board. It is provided by Tom Greenfield whom youmay remember from yur old message board. The address is: http://groups.msn.com/er4ytUK/_homepage.msnw?pgmarket=en-gb ~ Sarah
Ah, Sarah! Thank you so much for that reminder!! :-D
FOUND CONTRADICTIONS between the various books' food lists?
Here's the scoop:
* IF YOU DO NOT KNOW YOUR SECRETOR STATUS: The Food, Beverage & Supplement Lists should be used. *
* IF YOU KNOW YOUR SECRETOR STATUS: The food lists in Live Right 4 Your Type and the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia should be used. ALSO check the official change log at http://www.dadamo.com/lr4yter.html for the most recent updates -- at a later date, an update area for other books will be created. *
The TYPEbase 3 database at http://www.dadamo.com/typebase/typebase.cgi contains ALL latest updated food values by secretor status. :-)
Hi I'm a type O, in her early twenties. I am wondering if food intolerances or indigestion often cause fainting. I have fainted a couple of times, both when I felt nausea. I have seen doctors but they could give me no concrete answers. The most recent fainting spell was a day ago. I've had terrible pain at the base of my skull since then (I didn't hit me head though)and have found it really hard to function normally (basically I've slept for about 24 hrs!)In the morning before I fainted I felt fine and energetic. I ate a nutrition bar about 10 minutes before I fainted. I checked for avoids and the only one I could see is barley flour (But I used to eat barley as a child and never had major problems). Apparently my Mom faints whenever she drinks coffee. I don't have that particular problem but I'm wondering if something else might be causing it. Also, the doctor checked my blood sugar levels and said that they were fine. Thanks for your help :-) Mikyla
Whoo, that is a worrisome thing to deal with. First, has your doctor been advised about the pain at the base of your skull? That should be checked out immediately. Please do that first, OK?
Remember that the intestinal ganglia, or "gut brain," can react strongly to foods you eat long before they are fully digested. That nutrition bar contained no milk/whey stuff, corn syrup or other corn derivatives at all? rare bird, if so! It sounds like both you and your Mom are highly sensitive to foods that are no good for you ~ and this extreme intolerance was built up over time, so even though barley gave you no trouble when you were a child, it might cause significant trouble now. It also is possible that one or both of you are on the edge of adrenal exhaustion.
The first thing (after getting that head pain thoroughly researched) would be to get your secretor status, either from the saliva test available through this site, or by getting your Lewis (blood) type through a local lab. Once you have your result, get a food diary. Follow the diet 4 your type/secretor status carefully, do the recommended exercise, and write down everything you eat, and any reactions you have. If you experience a fainting spell, eliminate all the foods you had immediately previous to that spell, and go on from there. The exceptions would be red meats, especially lamb (no galectin and very low allergy provocation); beneficial veg, and beneficial fruit. If the last meal you ate before a faint contained one or more of those items, then test those items singly, first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, and as soon as possible. You want to make absolutely sure, in the case of foods which are major components of your diet.
Eventually, you should be able to add the eliminated foods in, singly, and see how you do ~ but for now, I'd study the ingredients in that food bar and avoid everything on the label, as a start.
I would also get some 30mg pregnenolone from the supp shop, and take four of them per day. If you are now eating or drinking anything that contains caffeine (except green tea), discontinue it. If your fainting is related to adrenal stress, this will help you rebuild that area.
Mikyla, please drop me a note on how you're doing, OK? take good care, dear!! :-)
Hi Heidi, Thanks for the great site! It's on my daily site-check list & I glean lots of helpful info. I'm a 57 y/o female, O+ non-secretor.My husband & I have been following the diet for a while now but not stringently. We have both seen radical improvements in our health since starting the diet. (At this time I will be stringently following the diet.) We are just starting to use the 4 your type supplements along with the diet. Since we work construction we contact a lot of people with multiple problems related to wrong diets,so everybody gets to hear about the diet and so many of them have begun following it. Some questions: 1. I'm starting to follow the cancer prevention and the chronic illness recovery protocols listed in the encyclopedia. Do I run these protocols concurrently or alternately? 2. Where can I get Tarragon 100 mg. in caps.? I've found everything else on the list. 3. Under the cancer prevention protocol there is a recommendation for typhoid vaccine. What's the connection there? Thanks for your time. I'll be looking forward to your response. Jan
Hi, Jan! I'm glad you're seeing wonderful results, and passing the word along! :-) You can use two protocols concurrently, but I wouldn't do more than two at the same time. Tarragon capsules. Yeah. Hmmm. Tell you what: Buy the dried tarragon in the spice section of your local HFS (organic if at all possible), and grind a bit of it to a powder in a clean coffee grinder or with a mortar & pestle. It's the same thing that would be in the capsules, and 100mg is a very small amount ~ basically, 1/24th of a teaspoon ~ so 1/8th of a teaspoon is equivalent to three of those tarragon capsules. Sprinkle it on your salad! If you can find fresh tarragon (again, organic, pleeze! ;-)), just hang it to dry in your kitchen and take bits of it off to grind up for your daily tarragon powder. The typhoid vaccine recommended is the closest thing we can get to the Springer T/TN vaccine. Another tip: ask your doctor for a pneumovax (pneumococcus vaccine) shot at your next checkup. It is wonderful for boosting immunity to the A-like cancers. [Note Added: Pneumovax is no longer considered effective for this purpose... it still protects against pneumonia, but that's not relevant here! :-}] thanks for writing, Jan, it's good to hear from you! :-)
i HAVE HAD ECZEMA FOR THE PAST 10 YEARS. IT HAS GOTTEN WORSE WITH EACH PASSING YEAR. I STARTED THE BTD DIET 3 WEEKS AGO IN HOPES TO CLEAR UP MY SKIN. I AM TYPE O. CAN ANYONE SHED SOME LIGHT ON THEIR EXPERIENCE WITH THE DIET AND ECZEMA. THANKS. Joyce
I think you will see results soon, Joyce. Eliminating "avoid" grains, getting enough protein from appropriate sources, and including beneficial oils seems to be the common protocol for eczema, and it works well. Give it some time, and keep us posted. I've heard from several people who have been successful in healing their eczema with this plan, and perhaps a few more will write in with their experiences! thanks, dear!
Hi Heidi, It's me again ;-) I was reading about goitrogenic foods on the Internet and comparing them against the type O diet. There are several foods that are listed as goitrogenic and are listed as highly beneficial or neutral for type Os, such as kale, millett, soy (isoflavones), etc. Since I am having some hypothyroid problems, are there any foods that I should additionally avoid or limit consumption of or should I just make sure I am getting plenty of iodine rich foods such as seaweeds to compensate? Also the information I read said that it's thought that the enzymes involved in the formation of goitrogenic materials in plants can be destroyed by cooking, so thorough cooking may minimize goitrogenic potential. Is this true or are there foods listed as highly beneficial or neutral for type Os that I can eat cooked but that I shouldn't eat raw? For instance, I frequently enjoy broccoli/carrot/cabbage coleslaw on my salads. Is the raw broccoli and cabbage OK to eat? Thanks! Don
Hi, Don! Yes, I'd stack up on the seaweeds and I do not believe that small amounts of your homemade coleslaw will harm you. You can, if you like, work from the list of goitrogenic foods and eliminate those that are only neutral for you. There are no hard and fast rules there, but sometimes it helps to *feel* better about one's choices, so that's why I suggest sticking to the beneficials from that list if you find you're more comfortable with them. What I would like to emphasize is a really good stress-relief program, for alleviation of the thyroid difficulties. Try that Meditation as Medicine book I'm always on about! :-) and let me know your thoughts on it! :-)
Hello, I am type "O" positive snd have Hashimotos Thyroiditis. I have been taking Synthroid or Levothyroxine since age 12. I am curruntly taking .88 mg Synthroid daily. As a youth I never noticed any symptoms, but for the past 2 years I have been experiencing discomfort in my neck and lately the pressure seems to cause lightheadedness and I get a little anxious. I am usually a patient and calm person, so this doesn't feel like "me". I get worried because the doctor I see doesn't have an answer, he told me to try malox for possible acid reflux. That didn't help. The specialist I saw last year said it was inflammation and told me to take ibuprofen for 6 weeks. I did that and it may have felt a bit better, but it was no real help. I have no real leads to a cure except this diet as well as prayer, attitude improvements and excercise changes. I am not good at following the diet precisely but I have been trying for the past 4 months. When I am very strict with the diet my sinuses, which are usually slightly stuffy, are clearer that ever, so I know it is working. I have also been diagnosed with slight asthma that occured within the last 6 months and had an allergy blood test that showed a dust allergy. Have you ever known any case like mine and do you have any recommendations for relief for the pressure in my neck. Some days it feels better that others but I can't find a pattern. I am only 27 years old and I don't want to live with this problem for much longer. I am hoping and praying for a complete cure, but will be happy with any improvement. I've read about healix, do you think it would help? Thanks for your time and the care and concern you show in your column. Sincerely, Marian from California
Hi, Marian! Take a peek at what I just wrote to Don, above. I suspect you are a nonsecretor, and I suggest you pick up the book Live Right 4 Your Type and follow the nonsecretor diet and exercise plan very strictly for one month. While you are doing this, see your doctor at the beginning and end of that month, because you may find your synthroid dosages need adjustment. Any chance of finding a naturopath ~ maybe in Oregon, you're not prohibitively far from there? I would like someone with solid professional experience in complementary medicine to advise you, because I get the impression your physician is not as up-to-the-minute with such things as I would like. The O plan, including diet, exercise and stress-relief, WILL make major improvements in your condition! but because you're on synthroid, those dosages need to be monitored and adjusted downward while you improve! and perhaps switched over to Armour, instead? :-) Heallix is good for many things ~ if there is any bacterial or viral involvement, it would certainly help with the short-term neck discomfort, but do pursue the long-term diet plan, and get a copy of the BTD Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia for specific supplementation protocols you might follow once you're solidly on the diet. My prayers go out to you, dear! You will surely heal, and every little improvement along the way will make all your troubles and all your efforts to help yourself well worthwhile. Keep in touch! thanks, dear!! :-)
Dear Heidi, I hope you can advise. Last mid-Dec.2001, my front upper gums started to feel funny. Over Christmas I noticed they were shrinking. I got into my dentist after NY and he said they looked fine, actually better or firmer than my last check-up, Aug.2001. Since then they have been receding, they do not bleed but at times they ache. I am a mouth breather at night and find if I eat too much wheat during the day I am stuffy at night. I also have TMJ on my right jaw. I am Type 0+ and have been following blood type diet for about 3 years. I take Quest B complex, at the moment NOW bone calcium (although I have taken Quest calcium and Floradix liquid cal-mag). In the morning I make a shake of Transform (from Greens+)1 Tbsp of flax oil, 1 Tbsp.of molasses. I have read Peter's question about receding gums and took 1 bottle of Coq10. I did the folic acid capsule rinse for a while and then just finished the bottle orally. I usually have about 6 stewed prunes every morning, and I was eating 1/2 grapefruit through the winter most mornings. I find if I eat too many eggs in the week my gums seem to ache. I had the Natural healing Encyclopedia from the library and just reviewed what it said about proper brushing. I think I get enough Vit.c and calcium but worry with not drinking milk any more that maybe I'm not absorbing properly. My mother did have gingivitis in her early 20's and has had dentures for ages. I don't want to go that route, since i've always looked after my teeth. thanks for your help if you can give me any other possible suggestions. (I am thinking about finding another dentist for one!)jayne
Hey there, Jayne ~ don't worry about not drinking milk, as we Os are ill-suited to absorb the calcium in it. You're not missing anything there. Hey, a different dentist might be all you need! :-) In the meantime, this just in:
Hi, Heidi, The blood type diet has been absolutely wonderful for me. I am an O+ secretor. Thought you might want to let the woman from India know that selenium does wonders for teeth and gums. After 3 or 4 years of avoiding wheat, corn, and potatoes and also taking selenium, I have totally reversed my gum problems (at the age of 64!!!!) Keep up your great work. Dorothy
How about that for a timely message? Try supplementing with selenium. Peter's Phytocal-O contains 20 mcg. At high doses (around 800 to 1,000 micrograms per day), selenium can cause tissue damage, so look at all your supps and make sure your total intake per day doesn't go above 200-300 mcg. When your gum troubles are alleviated, slowly reduce the selenium dosages until you have found a good maintenance level for yourself. Thanks for writing, Jayne, and let me know how you do! :-)
Heidi, You referred someone to the LR4YT updates page recently and it states that if you are on Tier One diet that anything listed as avoid in Tier Two can be considered neutral. Tier Two avoids for type O include Goose egg, Whey, Poppy seeds, Plantain, Potatoes, Evening Primrose oil, Tea etc. Does this mean that if I am happy with the Tier One diet I can include these? Keep up the good work. Regards, William.
You bet, William! If you're hale & hearty on the Tier One list, dig right into Tier Two as neutrals. Hey, don't eat them all at one meal, OK? and if you notice any trouble cropping up (like creaky knees from those potatoes), just pop that back off the list. enjoy! and thanks for your encouragement! :-D
on the 'O' diet I noticed some contradicting info in the big book as compared to the paperback, individual 'O' 'Eat Right 4 Your Type' diet book. In the big book, it showed mustard as neutral, strawberries and cinnamon as avoid. While in the small, individual food list it showed mustard as avoid and strawberries and cinnamon as avoid. I know the individual book was printed later. Had the info been reinvestigated and reinterpreted at the later date? Should I go by the later dated small book info or the original big book info? Which is correct?! Also, in the individual, small book on page 28 it showed pumpkin as being a beneficial food and then showed squash, pumpkin as an avoid food. Can you clarify? Do you have any suggestions for an 'O' type like myself for acne treatment. I am 50 years old and still suffer from it since adolescence. I still have oily skin and breakout easily even with cysts. Iodine (seafood, sea salt, etc.) and oil ingestion seem to play a role in outbreaks. Thanks so much, in advance, for your input. wendy
I previously incorrectly submitted my question, so I will now rephrase it, about a contradiction in the encyclopedia which listed for my 'O' type diet that mustard was neutral and strawberries and cinnamon are avoids. While in the small, individual food list which was printed at a later date, it showed mustard as avoid and strawberries and cinnamon as neutral. Which is correct?
Hi, Wendy! About which book to follow: just check the bottom of this page, your answers are there! Note: in the little O-book, both dry mustard (under spices) and prepared mustard (under condiments) are neutrals. On page 31, where the vegetable avoids are, I don't see "squash, pumpkin" -- Does your book say something different? Please let me know, OK? This may be a case where your book is faulty and should be returned for a new one! I hope this helps, and thanks for writing, Wendy! :-)
Hi there I am a vegetarian with a blood type O. I am finding it hard to modify my diet as O's are the meat eaters HELP -- Thanx Estelle
Hi there, Estelle! Take it at your own pace. Start by using all the beneficial foods in the categories you are willing to eat, and avoiding the "avoid" foods. Take a daily dose of coleus forskohlii. Then, give it time and see how things go. Read over the "Newbies" link at the top of the home page (www.dadamo.com). Enter the search term "vegetarian" at the bottom of this page, and read through a column or two of those hits at your leisure. If you find, somewhere down the line, that you are ready to add fish, go ahead and do so. Let the diet come to you, and give yourself space to allow your body to advise you on how to proceed. Drop me a note on your findings, and I hope to hear from you soon! :-)
Dear Heidi, I would like to thank you so much for this column, I read it first thing in the morning everyday!!!it's great, very valuable information for me, I have benefited alot! On October 7/02 your responded to a woman who is TYPE A and would like to lose weight, you suggested a Chicken soup, a smoothie for breakfast and salad dressing recipies. Would these suggested recipies benefit TYPE O, please advise. Thank you once again for all your hard work and valuable information. Rose
Sure would! I'd say turkey, beneficial fish or red meat prepared similarly would be even better for us, but that soup recipe is a good place to start, and using chicken is fine, too! Here's that column for quick reference, and I'm glad you liked it, Rose! and thank you for your sweetness!! ~:-D
My D.O. recommends the blood type diet highly. He believes that for type Os, "saturated fat is our fuel." Do you believe that this is correct? He also says that the high saturated fat content is the main reason to eat red meat, and I wonder if you think he is correct about that also. (It can't be the amino acid content. Does it involve better mineral absorption from red meat?) I know that coconut oil, palm oil, palm kernal oil and cocoa butter are high in saturated fat. Type Os don't do well with coconut, though. Would palm oil, palm kernal oil and/or cocoa butter (chocolate is neutral for Type Os) be good for, or neutral for Type Os? Thanks very much! Laura
Well, you're fortunate in your D.O.! Mind posting his name? :-) Red meat contains lots of beneficial things for type Os, but a high saturated fat content is not foremost among them. On the other hand, a balance of the fats and proteins is probably what makes it so readily digestible for us. One of the great effects of our higher protein diet is its stimulation of our mineral-absorption enzymes.
We don't have a rating for cocoa butter. Palm kernel oil was considered an avoid when this diet first got started, so I'd leave that one there ~ palm oil was discussed in Peter's Ask Dr. D'Adamo column and in one of mine (search either page for the term "palm"), and while the jury's out, I personally will stick with the beneficial and neutral oils that are listed. I hope this info helps, and thank you for writing, Laura! :-)
New type O dieter, following food plan mainly for weight loss. Am following diet to the 'T' EXCEPT for 2 morning cups of coffee with 1/2 & 1/2 added. Would this alone prevent me from losing weight? Expected to see immediate weight loss with this plan. None in 2 1/2 weeks. Thanks Jane
Hey there, Jane! I don't think that amount of coffee and dairy would preclude weight loss, but is it possible your diet proportions are leaning a little heavily on the grain/bean/dairy side and a little light on the meat/veg/fruit/nut/seeds? The portion/frequency tables in LR4YT contain all the info you need. Also, how is the exercise (fully 1/2 of the plan for weight loss) going? Not knowing more, I'm not sure how I can help further ~ so write back with more details, and we'll give it a go! :-)
1. What is the value of knowing whether you are a secretor or not? I can't find out why it would effect my food selections. 2. I am a type O and it says in the BTD to avoid oatmeal, but the recipe book uses it in a Granola recipe which says it is OK for O's? Why? The food list says it is neutral in the condensed booklet and avoid in the ER4YT (or vice versa). What do I do? 3. Barley is neutral in ER4YT, but the booklet, food, bev & Suppl list for Blook Type O (2000) say barley is an avoid? Which do I believe? Thank s for you help with this. Also what do we do about foods that are from other cultures, chinese herbs, etc. How do I know what is beneficial or neutral for O and what is an avoid? Marion
Hello, Marion! Look to the left on this page. You'll see a link called "Knowledge Base." Click on that, and you'll see a list of links ~ choose "Secretors and Nonsecretors." Live Right 4 Your Type has loads of ways in which to benefit from knowing your status, including separate food lists for each type, divided along secretor lines. Ah, oatmeal... ;-) and barley. Use the latest book for food values (look at the next paragraph). You'll run into lots of foods for which we have no listing. They can be considered neutral, unless you are trying to lose weight or resolve a health complaint. thanks for writing, Marion! and I hope you enjoy the diet! :-)