Hello Heidi - many thanks for answering my previous questions and here's another for my type B, 50 year old husband. He has swollen parotid glands on both sides of his face, and his only other symptom is a dry mouth. He has had this problem for a few years now. I have used the Eat Right Encyclopedia and found Sjorgen's Syndrome - would it be helpful to follow the Chronic Illness Protocol and Anti-Inflammation Protocol - the only problem being that we cannot get phosphatidyl, OPC's and jiaogulan. He takes 2.5mg bendrofluazide daily, has oats every day but they have not his blood pressure down, and a multi mineral/vitamin. Do you have any ideas? Many thanks in advance - Cynthia
Hello, Cynthia! Sjögren's is statistically rather uncommon in men; if memory serves me, 90% of the patients are women, although of course your husband could be among that remaining 10%. Another possibility is sialolithiasis, in which calculi, or stones, form in the salivary glands, accompanied by some infection -- again, a long shot, as only 10-20% of these cases involve the parotid glands, but still possible.
What I'd like him to do as soon as possible is see a doctor (preferably a naturopath). He should get a professional diagnosis, to make sure that no other serious illness is involved.
It will certainly help him to follow both those protocols. Could you let me know why you can't get the PC and jiaogulan? Is it that you don't find them in the UK, or some other reason? Do make use of the BTD-UK discussion group, as they're well positioned to share information on shopping matters. OPCs are abundant in berries & other plant foods, so there are other ways to get that particular supp without buying a supp per se. For him, loading up on the dark red & purple fruits/berries from that fabulous B fruit list, for example. Do let me know about the supps, OK? and I wish you both all the best!! :-D
Hello again, and thanks for answering my last question. NAP offers a number of different supplements for sinus congestion due to allergies, i.e., Urtica Dioica, Quercetin Plus and Collinsonia Plus. I've tried the Quercetin with limited success, but from reading your last column, I think I've been underdosing it and incorrectly expected immediate results. I'll try increasing the dose and be more patient. Anyway, when do you recommend one supplement over the other for congestion due to allergies? Thanks again. Todd
Hey there, Todd! Well, we make allergy-relief recommendations largely on the basis of blood type, with some other mediating factors. Come to think of it, I don't even know your ABO type -- could ya post it? ABO, rhesus, secretor status, all give us a better idea of the individual's biochemistry and how foods & herbs will help or harm them. Thanks, dear!!
In the case of quercetin, its anti-inflammatory effects kick in within a day or two, as do its antioxidant powers. Subduing allergic response is a somewhat lengthier process, usually one to three weeks -- but it works in nearly everyone. A steady 2000 mg daily dose for that period should be sufficient, whereas for infection one can profit by eating 500mg caps like candy all day long, with plenty of water. Well, I'm exaggerating a bit, but 6-9 g per day is not an extreme dose when used to discourage sinusitis from becoming bronchitis, for instance -- and in that case should be accompanied by a good food-based C supp. Two or three 500s daily is adequate for long-term antioxidant uses. :-D
Hi Heidi, Thank you for the wonderful column. My husband and I both are type O positive secretors. And with that I know my two boys (age 2 and 4) are also O positive too. My older son has always been a picky eater taking in very little at mealtime. He is skinny and I’m a bit concerned of his health and growth. Though my younger boy started out a big eater, he’s beginning to take on his older brother’s eating habit. Do you have any suggestions in helping them to gain weight in a healthy way? Are there any O foods that can help with weight gain? My husband and I are trying to watch our food combination to keep proteins and starches separated from each other. Should the boys NOT be concerned with food combination? When I’m at work the boys are under the care of their grandparents who are non-believers of the blood type diet, therefore my boys are getting a lots of milk and wheat based foods (breads and crackers). By the way, from your website I learned that only about 20% of the populations are non-secretors. Does it mean the chance of my boys being secretors is very very high since their parents are both secretors? Thank you very much. God Bless. Carol
Hi, Carol! The situation of both parents being nonsecretors is the only one in which we know for sure the secretor status of the kids. Either of your boys could be a secretor or a nonsecretor, because the nonsecretor gene is recessive and can "hide" behind a parent's dominant Secretor gene. So, both your boys have to be tested to find out. ;-)
Well, the first thing I would do is have a nice sit-down chat with the grandparents. You might impress upon them that the boys act up and pick at food if they're fed certain things during the day. Any way you know of to get the point across is fine, no matter how simple or in what words. Just impress upon them how special these boys are, and how the grandparents can get involved in making sure they grow up strong and healthy.
Since your kids are there during work days, stock your parents' house with the foods they'll be eating during the day. Ezekiel bread, rye, rice crackers (lots of good ones on the market), things like that. You don't have to make all the changes overnight, but the sooner the better. Give your parents a short list of what the boys SHOULDN't eat -- sugar, pork, wheat, corn, no dairy except butter, potatoes, peanuts/peanut butter, apples, coconut, oranges/orange juice, etc. -- try to make up the list from avoids you figure they'd be fed at their grandparents' house or if eating out with them, it doesn't have to be a complete list of the avoids in the book. And suggest some substitutions, like sweet potatoes, turnips, greens, blueberries, almond butter, etc. Again, you may have to do some shopping and a sketch of a meal plan for them to make sure the kids have enough good foods on hand, and gramps & gramma aren't overwhelmed with the changes.
They certainly don't have to be concerned with food separation. Those boys will be fine! And they'll get the right foods just when they need them, during those fast-growing years. They'll settle down with their food habits and gain weight just fine if they're given plenty of activity and a calm & supportive atmosphere. Let me know if there's anything else I can offer here, Carol! and sorry for the very late reply, dear!! :-D
Heidi! I have a progress report and a slight problem going on. I've now been on the BTD eating regime for 3 solid weeks. I've lost approx. 8 lbs. The 1st two weeks I felt like a million dollars. Clarity, well-rested, excited about life, etc. This 3rd week, and now going into my 4th, I feel like I've been hit by a truck. My workouts are a complete struggle to get through, I've got horrid mental tension and neck aches, and weird body aches here and there, and because I feel so fatigued, there is some craving happening. But not so's that I haven't been able to control it. (Which is a miracle in itself, believe me!)
I get at least 8 hours of sleep a night. I take all of the BTD supp's and in addition the Bladderwrack Supp, and the Stress Supp that NAP sells. I've also been taking some of the protocol suggestions in the Encyclopedia to rid myself of the Candidia. I also take Proberry and Larch and Brewer's Yeast. My typical day's eating is a breakfast shake made with 8-oz unsweetened Soy Milk, 8-oz cherry or pineapple juice, egg white protein powder, Brewer's Yeast, 1 banana, 1 tble flax seed oil, 1 tble flax seed powder and some stevia.
My mid morning snack is 1 slice of manna bread, 3 or 4 dried figs and walnuts. my lunch is usually beef stew made with turnips, onions, sweep potatos, carrots, celery, and beef broth, and then a pear or plum.
my mid afternoon snack is usually fruit of some sort. dinner is a romaine lettuce salad with eggs and sesame seeds and flax seeds and then either some sort of beneifical fish or a steak. this is generally how the eating goes.
during the day i have seltzer water with stevia and ice and green tea. (does the caffine in green tea cause us O's any problems becuase of caffine's effect as far as causing cravings?) I ask that becuase coffee always always always made me want sugar. I must get to the root of this fatigue! Am I taking too many supp's? Am I still de-toxing? I mean really! I want to feel strong and wake up refreshed and ready to tackle the world with all this meat in my blood! ha..
I started trying to get more protein in as well, thinking that maybe i was not eating enough to cover my workout routine. I do an eliptical machine at the gym 3 times a week for 45 minutes; i hike for 1-1/2 hours 1 day a week and 2 days, i take an hour walk and then i take one day off for rest. I also do pushups, situps and some leg and arm work 3 times a week at the gym. Sometimes I think maybe i have bouts of chronic fatigue syndrome and possibly after i finish the protocol on the candida that I should take some for the CFS. I used to have silicone breast implants (Years ago - got them out in 97), and one of the implant envelopes had a hole in it and was slowing leaking. Maybe that is still affecting me somewhat. I do drink either seltzer or a small amount of fruit juice with my lunch and dinners and i think i've seen something here in the column about not drinking with dinner. Yes? No? Anyway, any help you can provide on this fatigue or if anyone out there has gone through this in the first part of going on the diet, please let me know, and maybe share what you did about it. Thanks so much Heidi. I sure to love your sense of humor! You are always so patient with all of us inquistive children out here! Christina
:-D Ok, you inquisitive kid! :-D If you're particularly sensitive to caffeine/theine (and lots of Os are, it stimulates an adrenal response that can mimic hypoglycemia), it's worth limiting the green tea to one cup per day, but I'm not convinced that's at the root of the achiness and fatigue. Yes, it is MOST likely detoxing and metabolic readjustment going on right now. Feeling patient? GOOD! ~~:-D However, here are some things that occurred to me looking at your daily diet (thanks for all the details, it REALLY helps!) --
About all that meat in your blood, hey! Know what? I don't think you're getting enough. Tee Hee! Take another gander at the frequencies for meat and fish. You should include some red meat daily, with a portion of poultry in the week and five of fish -- those being additional, me dear. We Os don't thrive especially well on protein powders, although they're OK for athletes as a fill-in between the meals. So I look at your breakfast and say "*ANNNGHT!* Doesn't Count!" (lol!)
And, to boost your pro-energy, anti-craving campaign, use veg gly instead of stevia to sweeten things. Just see if it doesn't make a world of difference.
Now: the main thing to do is get breakfast into the dinner slot, and vice-versa. I can't tell you how much this ratchets up everything: energy, body tone, wake/sleep schedule, just everything. Eat a thorough breakfast, with some root veg, greens, and meat. If it's easier for you, cook up some ground meat with tomatoes, onions, garlic, greens "hammered" separately and mixed in, salt & pepper, a few chili flakes if desired, and store it in the fridge for breakfast glop. Heated and topped with a fried egg or two, it's a protein powerhouse. Yeah, I know, it's not exactly Continental, but it's Paleolithic, and that's where we're from -- no Marschallin's hot chocolate for brekky for us. Count a soy milk serving as a bean serving, and include it during the week on that basis. ;-)
Lunch is fish-time. Something simple, like a salad topped with grilled fish or tuna salad, or cod & mashed buttered turnips (famous pub fare), or lemon sole & broccoli.
Have your salad at night, with a sprinkling of nuts and cold leftover veg like green beans, red peppers, you name it, and a toasted bit of manna bread with butter.
On what to do to protect from adverse effects due to the breast implant that leaked, I'm dead clueless, but I strongly suggest spending mucho hours searching the Net on that issue and reading everything you can find on it. Other than reducing other immune-stimulating substances, in the diet and environment for instance, I haven't anything to offer in that matter.
However, I hope the rest of the advice helps, Christina! :-D
i have been reading your valuable book live right 4 your type, and i am confused about my secretor or non secretor status isn't there any simple way to test my status that i can do at home rather going to all this procedure of shipping etc. pls. advice me i will be very thankful to u. Rehana
Hi, Rehana ~ Secretor status can only be established by laboratory testing, whether by saliva inhibition or blood test for Lewis type. It requires procedures which simply can't be adapted for home use. Wish we had a quick do-it-yourself version, but at least for now the state of technology hasn't provided one. ;-) but that said, doing the test is TRULY worthwhile -- and you only have to do it once! I hope you decide to go ahead with it ~~ take care, dear! :-D
Hi Heidi- I have started this question three times and have given up halfway through each time since I consider my situation overwhelming and HOW could a diet turn my life around? OK, fourth shot at this and I do hope you can help. I started the Atkins diet about 6 years ago and it solved my hypoglycemia problems, but I felt sooo deprived and it certainly did nothing for my other problems. The List: 1)Allergies. Have been on antihistamines (Zyrtec and now Tavist)for over a decade and none of the ones I tried helped with the post-nasal drip. Recently, doc put me on steroid nasal spray. I decided last night was the last snort even though it works and my sleeping has been better. Just don't want steroids. 2)Cervical Radiculopathy and degenerative effects. Had an injury three years ago at work and have at least one bulging disk in my cervical spine, level 6, where the brachial plexus emerges from the spinal column. This causes pain, sometimes tingling and numbness,in my neck, shoulders, arms and hands. As a result of my injury I am in severe pain 24/7/365 X3. Then there's the domino effect and for about a year now, my entire back and legs are involved as well. Family doc has me on oxycontin which helps me deal but is not the solution. Waiting now for legal bullsh*t to allow me to see a specialist since I am uninsured. Can't even walk aerobically since the swinging of my arms causes too much pain. 3)Blood in Urine, chronic hematuria, caused by the large and long-term doses of NSAIDs the docs had me on from the time of injury up to about a year ago. 4)Constipation has been worse, doc recently upped by oxycontin dose. Yes, I take 2 tablespoons milled flax a day. I dropped the psyllium, bad for an O right? 5)The Blues. Hate that D word. I haven't worked for the past two years and I am very concerned about my career. I have just about given up on the possibility of ever being able to do 'bench science' again. I do try to keep a positive attitude. 6) Wake up so frequently through the night that I wonder if I'm achieving REM. I certainly don't feel rested. This problem has been better since I dropped the wheat(beer) and stopped the post nasal drip... I started Dr. D'Adamo's plan about mid-January of this year. I noticed improvement immediately just with the elimination of wheat and dairy. Just found out that I am an O- secretor. I ordered the 4 Your Type Basics Pack and Respiratone and it will arrive in about a week. I will try to get stone root, stinging nettle, bladderwrack, larch arabinogalactan, and frankinsence/Boswellia from GNC. I do take ester C and wonder why acerola chery or rose hips derived C is better? I am taking quecetin as well; started a few weeks ago at the same time as the steroid nasal spray...so perhaps the nasal spray wasn't the solution for my drips but rather the quercetin?? I do need to tease apart the effects of the pharmaceuticals vs the supplements. Is there anything you think I am doing wrong and what else should I try? I am taking some hope from the fact that I do feel better since starting Dr. D'Adamo's wellness plan but I am impatient! It has been too long since I have been well and I am so scared of continually getting worse; my experience over the past 3 years since the injury. Thanks for your time. I have learned a lot from your column and check it out everyday. Judy
Hey there, Judy!
You have a number of concerns, and I truly understand your impatience! but the key to healing is giving the body the proper foods and rest, while trusting that it can and will heal itself. It will do the job for you, in miraculous ways, and in much less time than it took to develop the problems.
We prefer to use food-based supplements: a quarter-cup of rose hips soaked overnight in a cup of water and blended & added to a smoothie has far more "body-recognizable" vitamin C than synthetic supplements. Ester-C isn't going to harm you, but a food-based C will give more C for the money.
With an injury such as yours, physical therapy (to strengthen the muscles supporting the spine), and a powerful meditation practice such as the kriyas described in Meditation as Medicine by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Cameron Stauth, in conjunction with proper diet are essential to regain your strength and heal your injury. It CAN be done! I realize you may not have the personal means to cover physical therapy right now any more than you can afford the specialist, but I strongly urge you to pick up that book and read it cover to cover. Fear, anger, disappointment, frustration, are all discussed there in the context of healing -- which proceeds far more quickly once we relieve the body of the pressure of our anxieties and demands. It's a brilliant book, a companion to The Pain Cure, by the same authors.
I know you're in turmoil and pain, but do know that there are thousands of people who read this column -- and we all empathize with your situation and many have come from far worse circumstances and seen their entire lives turn around. We believe yours will be profoundly change for the better by following this plan, and I'm sure that anyone with similar experiences will write in with their suggestions as well. You're not alone, and you won't get worse unless you choose to do so. The way is open for you!
Best wishes, dear, and write again any time! :-D
Hi Heidi, In the group posted on 3-11-03,I just read Doreen's comment about having a frozen shoulder and needing to take Vioxx. I had a frozen rt. shoulder approx. 4 yrs ago d/t injury and had 3 different places of attachment that had occured along the scapula. I began seeing a chiropractor who was also a nutritionist and used Cox Distraction, Activator method, and multiple other alternative treatment modalities.
After a few treatments he was able to release those areas of attachment (which made a "popping" sound - no pain) and I regained full use of that shoulder and arm. I needed to do some shoulder strengthening exercises, which I still use today. Just thought she might want to consider another avenue of treatment.
Make sure that the Chiropractor is not just a "twist and crunch" guy...The methods my Chiropractor used are what has put my musculo-skeletal system back together again after 57 years of "leaping tall buildings in a single bound" and now that I'm following the "O-nonnie" BTD and using the BTD supplements I feel physically better than I ever have in my life!
Also one of the most important things I did was have our secretor status checked.(My husband is a secretor,I'm a "nonny") Here in the States the test is readily available so easy to do. It made a major difference for me.I was using lots of soy products and was wondering why I was still having problems. Enough said!
Have a wonderful day and thanks for diligently researching and answering all our questions! Jan
Oh, thank you SO much for that note on frozen shoulder, Jan! I just love being a part of such a great, knowledgeable and compassionate group of people!! And what a wonderful report -- yes, it makes a great difference, doesn't it? thanks again!! :-D
hello, I am a 36 year old mom to be (about 26 weeks)with a type B blood. My whole family is on your blood type diet and we are loving it. Since i am expecting now, do i need to add or change anything? How about the flax seed oil, should i keep taking it or not? thank you. alexis
Hi, Alexis! I understand that the Baby Book is now available -- that's what I'd suggest for you! See the home page, www.dadamo.com under "Library," and ask your local book shop. Very best wishes on your pregnancy, and do keep in touch!! :-D
Hi Heidi, for Jim and his wife with the 1.5 year old baby--I was wondering if they have tried to contact a local LaLeche League group for help in getting the breast feeding going again. He didn't say what specific problems caused them to have to pump breast milk and then the milk supply to decrease, but this is common when pumping because the pump doesn't stimulate the milk production as well as the baby's sucking. It is very possible to get the milk supply going again with some patience and help from La Leche League or perhaps a lactation consultant. There have even been adopted babies who were breastfed by mothers who have never been pregnant---it's tricky, but do-able so perhaps Jim and his wife could get a little assistance and get the breast milk going again. It also concerns me because they obviously have had some problems , so adding the additional chore of mixing up all kinds of homemade formulas may be too much stress for them. La Leche League is a wonderful organization full of dedicated experienced moms who have additional training in helping with breastfeeding. I encourage Jim to contact his local group if he hasn't already. Suzanna
Many thanks, dear! Jim, there you have it -- from Suzanna, an expert, believe me! :-D
Here's a chemistry question: I bought a package of frozen salmon patties at Trader Joe's. I was trying to get more fish in my diet and there's nothing worse than old fish, so I prefer frozen. Since I am single and rarely cook much for dinner, it really has to be convenient and fresh. (Especially now I'm in yoga class after work.)So now I'm hearing about the polyamine problem. I also see that there are many foods in LR4YT that block polyamine production (or absorbtion?). If I make sure to have green tea or parsley with my formerly frozen fish, is that better for me than not having fish as often? Or is it better to avoid it unless I buy fresh? The other problem is, I walk to work. The closest grocery is Trader Joe's and their fresh salmon is all farm-raised. Do I walk home from work and get in my car at rush hour to go to some other grocery to get fresh wild fish a few times a week? What really are the relative benefits of frozen, fresh, farmed or wild salmon? And can green tea or something else mitigate the problem? I have a little pond, but the gold fish are too wild to catch. Sandra
Welll..... I'd get in the car on a weekend morning and stock up on fresh wild fish, and freeze it yourself! It's the "flash freezing," not home freezing, which jacks up the polyamines in fish. Green tea, parsley, black cherry juice all block polyamines, so that's the ticket while you're using up your farmed and/or frozen fish. :-D
I love ripe fruit. However, as a committed consumer, over the years I have stopped buying it or taken it back to the store (especially mushy Red Delicious) to show my disappointment when the fruit does not live up to the "ripe," "sweet" (or with apples, "crunchy") claims. Having once tasted a ripe peach, sweet juice dripping down my face (actually, I seem to recall eating at least three in a row, standing under the tree, dripping on the ground), I won't buy those pretty sour wax-fruit-perfect peaches in stores. I've picked my own strawberries and I know that ripe ones are red all the way through with no white anywhere, and no need for added sugar. No matter how pretty they look, if they're white anywhere, they're sour. (Unfortunately, I only have a few plants and the bugs always get them before I do.) When you pick raspberries or blackberries, they're ripe when they fall off in your hand to a gentle tug and the core is red or purple, not white or green. I don't know what tree-ripened bananas taste like (thank goodness!), so I buy them and sometimes grapes (green grapes with a hint of yellow are sweet). I also have a plum tree and a hedge of pineapple guavas. They're ripe when the squirrels start eating them. I've been subsisting on dried or frozen fruit (which I hope was ripe, or else don't mind if it's tart) and occasional lucky purchases. I'm in southern California near the coast, and I don't think it gets cold enough for apricots, apples or peaches. Farmers Markets are no better than the supermarkets: they give consumers good-looking fruit with a shelf-life, picked days too early. Lucky "B," I can eat a whole watermelon over 2 days, but have a big problem when it disappoints. I know that ripe fruit is one step from decay, but what should I do? LR4YT tells me I need more of it. Is unripe fruit nutricious? Should I give up my consumer principles and buy it anyway? Sandra
Frozen fruit & veg are the best choices, when fresh is not available. Since the big fruit season is coming up, it's time to think about freezing your own "perfectly ripe" stuff as it appears -- I can't figure out why they don't have excellent fruit in your area! Oregon & Washington apples, apricots, plums, pears, etc. should be plentiful in your market during the summer and fall, no? That's the time to slice, dehydrate & bag them to store (or freeze) for the winter. I sure don't want you to buy underripe fruit! What the heck's going on in SoCal? It used to be overflowing with great fruit. Hey, how about oranges, lemons & limes at least? Sheesh!
Anyone out there living in Sandra's area with a tip or two? :-?
I have not had dramatic results from the diet, probably because I've been ignoring the quantity issues and just focusing on eliminating avoids, or because I was a healthy omnivorous "B" in the first place. But, now I've bought Live Right, and I have made my chart and a couple of issues become apparent. 1. I have been making a Membrane Fluidizer Cocktail daily. This was made with soymilk, banana, flaxseed oil and lethicin for a couple of years until the soy status change came to my attention (sigh--no wonder no results; almost as bad as finding out my honey-mustard was made with corn syrup, corn syrup solids and high-fructose corn syrup). Now I make it with about 10 oz of non-fat milk per day. Does the 2-5 oz. serving at 3-4 times a week of milk/yogurt, really mean a maximum of 20 oz. per week? Because I see that would mean giving up yogurt dressing, and several days of the cocktail, or else switching to juice. 2. With a 5-8 servings (1 Tbsp) limit on oil, I've used up my weekly allotment of oils already. Does this really mean I should give up my beneficial olive oil in order to have my neutral (but highly recommended) daily MFC? 3. Are the numbers of servings in LR4YT really minimum and maximum ranges? I note that the neutral vegetables are listed with minimums and maximums, but the beneficials only indicate there is no maximum, but give no minimum. Is there some minimum number of vegetable servings (whether beneficial or neutral) recommended per day? All of these questions make me wonder whether the quantity numbers are really a minimum-maximum range, or just a range of minimums... Sandra
:-D OK, first of all the MFC should be just fruit, oil & lecithin for best results. It was formulated for a specific balance of components, and adding milk or other protein sources skews that balance. So remove the milk from it and that takes care of your dairy frequency problem.
One or two servings of olive oil in addition to the MFC is perfectly fine.
The plan is not hard & fast on the "minimum daily requirement" of beneficial veg, so the spirit of the thing (as I understand and use it) is to choose beneficials over other vegetables when available, and that the frequency given for the "neutrals" is a kind of minimum for the beneficials. Those "unlimited" notes are meant to urge us to eat as much of the bennies as we can. Except for the instances in which "unlimited" is the byword, the frequency numbers are intended to be ranges from min to max. :-D hope this helps, dear! and thanks for your messages!! :-D
Where can I find Essene or Spelt Bread in UK? As I do not have time to do my own baking would an automatic bread machine help and are the ingredients readily available in UK? I am type O and my husband is B, we have a problem as we cannot find wheat free breads. Thank you in advance for your help. Irene
Hi, Irene ~~ Here's a column from July of last year which will help:
ABO-Happy Bread in the UK? You bet! Thanks for writing, and enjoy those marvelous breads!!
Hi, Paula! Well: Ezekiel toast with ghee, jam and scrambled tofu with onions? Or... beans and eggs (a campfire favorite)? Miso soup and steamed vegetables? An open-faced sandwich of sauteed tempeh with greens and sprouts on toasted rye? A one-egg omelette filled with leftover chicken/rice/veg from the night before? Or a small salmon patty (flaked canned salmon with toasted Ezekiel crumbs, minced parsley & onion, an egg and lemon juice ~ makes several patties from one can of salmon) made the night before, warmed in a pan and wrapped in crunchy radicchio leaves? This morning, my type A man had a cup of coffee, then a piece of the kamut double-crust apple pie I made for Thanksgiving. I could keep going, but you get the idea!
The first key to breakfast, as I see it, is planning it the night before. The second key to breakfast is: you are free to eat ANYTHING at breakfast that you'd eat at any other meal. Anything goes, girl! Use breakfast to pack in the Beneficials, and choose lighter or heavier as your daily activities and inclinations dictate. Boredom inspires temptation... so let breakfast be an opportunity for creativity! :-)
Dear Heidi, I'm 43 years old and my background is Greek. I'm 5'4" and 153 lbs. Although I enjoy good health I don't feel great. My mum is a diabetic and my father died of cancer when I was 14. I also don't like to take medication and I'm lucky that I don't need to. I like to take the natural approach and this diet sounds like it could help. I found after reading the book that I do suffer from the symptoms described (but not all) and I've had a hell of time trying to loose weight even though I eat well and excersise regularly. I would like to do this diet with proper monitoring. Do you know of any doctor/nutritionist/clinic/hospital here in HK that has used this programme and could assist me? Also, In ER4YBT p.68, Type O should avoid all cabbages. In Blood Type O Food, Beverage and Supplement Lists, p. 29, all cabbages are neutral. Which is correct? Pauline
Pauline! I do not have a listing for any BTD practitioners in Hong Kong, but the instructions in the books can safely be followed by healthy people like yourself who seek a higher level of well-being and a protective diet. These diets are one of the premiere "natural approaches" -- and the only dietary system specifically designed for the needs of the individual rather than based upon the generalized statistics of the many. Give it a good solid testing for one month, and write again! The single blood-type lists have the latest secretor-neutral updated values for foods. Let me know if you need more information, and thanks for writing!!
Hi Heidi, Can you help me figure out a problem? I am Type O secretor and follow the diet 100%. Right now I am making smoothies out of egg protein and want to find another(not rice or soy) that I can use. I found a triple filtered whey protein(no cassein in it) and have also read many reports that whey has an added benefit of helping to strengthen the immune system, so I was wondering do the benefits outway the the negatives for using whey. I would like to use it once a day. Is there anything I can do to make it acceptable to use on a daily basis on the blood type diet?? thank you and I sure miss you with the old forum, but everything changes....... James
Hello, James ~ man, I miss you, too! :-} Howzit goin?
If you really want a powdered "smoothie additive," have you tried nutritional yeast? B vitamins, protein, and other added benefits all in one little scoop. Some nutbutter popped in there makes a 'taste divine.' :-) I can't recommend milk proteins for type O, neither whey nor caseins ~ our immune systems (already the most "active" of the types) are made calm & strong by exercise and the proper selection of whole foods on our diet. Did the reports you've read sort results by blood group? I'd love to see them if you have a chance to pass them on to me! And what are the benefits of whey that something like Rhodiola rosea couldn't replace? :-D Now you're wondering why I've got more questions than answers here... but these are the answers I get when I ask myself the questions you offered. Let me know, OK?
I'm a type A+ Is sprouted wheat or rye bread better for me? Thanks in advance -- Robert
Hmmm... that's a new question! I tend to think that sprouted rye, an older grain than the commercial wheat hybrids, is marginally more nutritious and digestible than sprouted wheat, but the difference is probably esoteric and not at all an overriding one for purposes of the diets. I've no authoritative basis to prefer sprouted rye over sprouted wheat for these reasons ~ it's just my personal feeling about the thing. Technically, either is fine for you!
Dear Miss Heidi -- Thank you for your efforts in advising and helping people. I am 38 years old. Unfortunately last year I became menopause. My blood type is A negative. After reading BTD I began to avoid red meats and began to increase lentils and white beans in my diet since there isn't any soya beans or soya products in our country. Thanks to Dr. D'adamos' efforts in ER4YT the side effects of menopause like hot flushes and mood swings diminishes. My concern now is about the relationship between early menopause and osteoporoses, although there isn't any case in the history of my family of such thing. I also have read that the amount of protein consumed must not exceed 40 mg/day, otherwise the Calcium in the bones will counterbalance. I eat dairy products like yoghurt every day to have enough Calcium but I think that I exceed the amount of protein mentioned above. I lost weight in persuing ER4YT now I am 51 KG and my height is 168cm and I want to gain some weight. I am also interested in brisk walking and aerobics for and hour daily to help me avoid such thing in the future. Is this enough? What can I do please advise me. Sincerely, Rula
Greetings, Rula ~ From your results with hot flashes and mood balancing, I believe you are on your optimal diet, right now!
The study quoted in Peter's column, "Will Type Os Eating Protein Lose Bone?", indicates that getting adequate protein in your diet stimulates the production of intestinal alkaline phosphatase -- the very secretion needed to assimilate calcium efficiently from food. It is a rather outdated idea that more protein = less calcium, or that eating the correct "A" sources of protein in the proper amounts for you means your bones will begin giving up calcium! The best thing for you as a type A is to get good food sources of calcium, like dark green leafy vegetables, almonds, broccoli, soy, sesame, and boost your calcium assimilation by including foods high in carotene along with those high-calcium items.
(For those of us still on the imperial measurements system, Rula is 5'6" tall and 112 pounds.) Rula, I suggest a daily brisk walk is a great idea. To gain weight -- by that, I mean active tissue mass, or muscle -- use yoga at least three times per week and do either a brief (20-30 minutes) weight-lifting session two or three times per week, or strength-building calisthenics daily -- or vary your routine daily between them. A wonderful series of simple, quick and easy exercises can be found at the Canadian Air Force site. Start with the Age Table, then go right on to Chart One. If you use these exercises daily, you will be a very strong and slender type A!
My best to you, and please keep us posted on your progress!! :-D
I feel I should supply you with more information, as my story is very important for a group of people not often heard from on the BTD columns, type O schizophrenics. My experience with the BTD could prove highly useful to someone going through the ropes, as the obstacles for O's with neurochemical imbalances coupled with digestive track malaise are tremendous, and very very painful.
I used to zonk out at noon back when I ate an O friendly carb breakfast. The only thing that helped was to eat meat in the morning instead, have the carb meal in the noon or afternoon, of Ezekiel or mana bread with a glass of ground flax, and to gorge myself the rest of the day on beneficial seeds, nuts, vegetables, fruits, and nut butters. I don't really follow the portion guide entirely, as my economic situation pretty much limits me to ground beef, lamb or buffalo once a day, with some steak or fish on occasion. I usually have meat, 6-8 oz, eggs and a big salad in the morning. Organic eggs pack a kick that along with meat seems very satisfying.
Going back to schizophrenia, I was a diagnosed "basket case" schizophrenic. The docs said I would be medicated for life. My problems began in my late teens with marijuania use, I became chronically depressed, paranoid, and anxiety ridden. When I moved to San Francisco from Los Angeles, I left behind my best buddy and our hardcore exercise/ surfing regimen. Boy were we in shape! We rode winter swell and circuit trained to do so and survive. On a clear day, the ocean crystal still, the water an icy 38-45 degrees, we would ride waves that tubed big enough to fit two school buses one on top of the other! Sometimes we could stay in that tube for up to a 100 yards. What a thrill!
In SF, working at restaurants, I slouched into depression and non exercise, making matters worse neurochemically, especially when coupled with the amount of anti type O food I ate! Lots of wheat, coffee, milk, corn, cheese, potatos, lentils, peanuts, coupled with a deep thirst for microdraft beer, all led to weight gain. I was skin and bones in high school, could eat endless amounts of fat and not gain a pound. Boogie boarding in high surf consumed more calories than I could consume. And the medications eventually prescribed to me, at about age 25, damaged my liver and kidneys, and from then on the pounds really went on.
In 1998, my surfing buddy, Blair, recommended the BTD, as it had cured him of chronic fatigue from mononucleosis. I was too blitzed on meds to see the light, that is, to start the diet. But my problems became so severe that the diet eventually came back to my attention as the way out. My blood pressure was off the chart, I weighed 285 pounds and my thyroids bulged even more than they ever had. Indigistion, constipation, terrible endless heart burns, an ulcer, back pain, insomnia, flatulence from hell (a great and endless wind) all plagued me as they always had since puberty, but with ever increasing intensity. And moreover, the meds caused me excruciating pain in my arm and knee joints, kind of like a throbbing acid burn every three seconds, without end.
I eventually quit taking the prolixin without my shrink's knowledge, and he eventually put me on a new med, zyprexa, that didn't cause but a small discomfort in the joints. But the damage had been done, my immune system had become so riled up from the various meds I took, up to 5 different ones at one point, each one to counteract the side effects of the other one, and my liver function so impaired from my diet, the meds, and the vast quantities of alcohol and cigarettes I consumed to numb the pain in the joints, that a serious thing happened. I had thusly become addicted to alcohol and cigarettes.
The day came when the allergies kicked in. My legs and arms became red itchy and scaly dry. The itchiness just got worse and worse, worse than poison oak/ivy! I couldn't sleep, and had to keep my skin laquered with lotion at all times. I tried going semi vegetarian and organic, lost about 40 pounds, but couldn't lose any more, and experienced an even greater resurgence of allergies. Moreover, the pain in my joints returned in full blossom.
I then read the book, BTD, and started implementing major dietary changes on a two week basis, that is, every two weeks I would stop eating an avoid and start eating a beneficial. From my readings about O's,I figured that my overworked liver had been depositing A and B lectins in my joints, or the cartilage thereabouts, and a great amount had built up, and whenever I ate some food with A or B lectins, my liver would make such a deposit again. Thus, my over active and over stimulated immune system eventually detected those deposits and started nuking the area, hence causing the severe rheumatoid pains in the joints. Even today, years later, if I eat so much as a potato chip, the nukes fly, my joints kill me for hours.
So then I resolved to change my diet all the way. As soon as I stopped corn, the first main avoid item I dropped, my thyroids went back to near normal shape, my skin itched about half as much, and I felt much less depressed! From that point on I was enthused. With each successive dropping of avoids, there was literally a great lessening of allergies and pain, along with depression, anxiety and insomnia! And the weight just started to melt, 10 pounds a month, coming out in large black fatty tar like stools, I mean huge, the human limit there is!
But the pain was really a great relief of near seismic proportions. And all along my mood began to lift, hope returned, the sagging eyes and sad mouth cleared up, skin became something other than death bone white, I even began to smile and be friendly. Paranoia, anxiety, melancholy, and depression steadily diminish.
In a year, I was off of meds with the grudging yet happy consent of my shrink. My shrink was open minded to a point, had even prescribed me some organic Saint John's Wort, paid for by the city! Little did he know how much that stuff made me drink alcohol! Today, I have to still be extreemly careful with my diet, as my liver and immune system are irrevocably shocked from what happened. However, I have not had so much as a cold since starting the diet, excluding food poisoning and extreemly stressful events, like my grand parents passing away.
I am still struggling with my mind, trying to get back into life as a normal person, without the past foundations of social experience to build a functioning personality with. No more alcohol or drugs, my urge to take them has all but left. I feel happiness and enthusiasm for life again, something I haven't felt since the end of puberty when life in the ghetto, poverty, drugs, and stress took me away from any vestige of inner peace. Suicide no longer haunts me, I no longer feel as if I have ALREADY committed it, the kind of hopeless helplessness that pervaded my psyche, urging me to give up, that I am a failure. It is all quiet on the western front now.
I volunteer at a health food coop and tell as many people about the diet as will listen, albeit not many do except those in pain without anything to lose. Volunteering gives me a way out of seclusion while helping to spread the BTD. I got this old fellow, an O diabetic, to avoid carbs, and in two months he had lower blood sugar than I do! The most needy group seems to be black females, they seem to be missing the most body parts, just thyroids, kidneys and such, ho-hum! and are very receptive to a way off of the butchers table.
Of course, everybody at the coop is either a vegetarian or vegan, including a number of overweight type O's, and I am the only one whom has any knowledge of the diet, except a few token people who have taken some interest. But the BTD books seem to sell out consistantly.
Some other things of interest: my entire family as far back as 4 generations is 100% type O,except for a few cousins and late wives, including my mother's French family! There is zero cancer incidence in my family, and my brother married a type O, and they had a type O daughter. It amazes me how a recessive gene in a pool of mostly French, Irish, Scottish, English and a little Jewish ancestors can remain intact.
I really appreciate your splendid column and read it everyday. You are a bonafide heroine to me. The greatness of your column, at least to me, an 0, is the way you put things in a layperson's perspective, and more over, one with a type 0 perspective, giving your answers a rather heart warming effect. I feel hope and connection to reality in your column. I will go get some of that yeast you suggested, and some B-12!
There is plenty more about schizophrenia I know in conjuction with the diet but will save it for another time, like how to deal with withdrawl pains for instance. There are so many people that could live a good normal life again, if they would change their diet, especially type O schizophrenics. Please let me know if there is any area you need any clarity with, more info, or a volunteer for a study. Thanks, David
David ~~ your story is a blessing and a ray of hope for people trapped in schizophrenia. I can't tell you how grateful I am for your generous offer to publish it here! Please be in touch if we can help you in any way, and I would welcome any further advice & accounts you may have for those with this terrible affliction. And ~ my most sincere congratulations to you on your spectacular accomplishment in self-healing!!
In the United States of America, today is Thanksgiving Day ~ a national holiday whose origins I am ashamed to say I did not learn until this year! Always assumed it had something to do with Pilgrims and Indians... although the last Thursday in November seemed a little late in the season for a harvest festival. Thanks to a friend, I learned that President Lincoln instituted the holiday's current date (originally celebrated on August 6, 1624 according to the diaries of the first Pilgrim colony's governor, William Bradford). My best wishes for a joyful Thanksgiving to you all!
By the President of the United States of America.
October 3, 1863
The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consiousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom. No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.
By the President: Abraham Lincoln
Hello, Chris! OK ~ I'll take this one step at a time, and see if we can figure out a steady plan of attack on these problems.
Let me start with your doctor’s diagnosis:
Fibroids are causing heavy bleeding, which is causing anemia, which is probably causing the dizziness.
First thing to address: the fibroids. Peter recommends the "Immune-Enhancing" and "Female Balancing" protocols, and I would add that the vaunted type B visualization abilities could be marshalled as well. Upon rising in the morning and before sleep at night, spend a few minutes seeing in your mind the fibroids shrinking and disappearing. Make it a game for yourself: imagine they fade like shadows until you can no longer see them; in the next session, see them turn black and shrink down to infinitesimal dots; in the next, perhaps they turn into wispy clouds and float off on a gentle breeze. :-) You may think I'm bughouse right now, but set aside any qualms you may have for the moment and just give it a nice try for a few weeks. The body illustrates the beliefs of the mind... just see what you think! :-)
Down the road, there is a procedure you may want to discuss with your doctor: uterine fibroid embolization. I suggest this measure as a last resort only because I would consider it if nothing else worked ~~ let me emphasize that saying 'I would consider it' is high praise for a surgical procedure, coming from me! :-)
This is the American Academy of Family Physicians' webpage where the treatment is discussed in great detail. Draw it to your doctor's attention, and have a good chat about it. It may be completely unnecessary in your case, but it's nice to have one's ducks in a row well in advance of the event, if you do elect to go this route. It is not an experimental procedure, but one which has been performed on thousands of women in the U.S. Still, it is not well-known in surgical circles, hence my suggestion. :-)
Now: Iron citrate is specifically recommended for anyone with a B antigen (Bs and ABs). I can't tell you the exact difference in uptake between bisglycinate and citrate, but Thorne Research (a truly great supp manufacturer) makes the citrate form -- if desired, you can find it readily on the Net.
I realize the dizziness is something you'd like to be rid of right now. My understanding of menorraghia (heavy bleeding) is that it can cause anemia only when quantity of bleeding exceeds 1.5 liters in a short period of time (one or two days). Yes, liters ~ 1.5 liters is about 51 ounces (1.6 quarts). Ask your doc about this, if you're unsure? There is a product called "The Keeper," a menstrual cup, which can allow you to measure just how much bleeding actually occurs. It reduced my bleeding to some extent, but also let me find out for the first time in my life exactly what the quantity is! Give this page a read, too.
Chris, do you eat enough to sustain you? Could the dizziness be at all connected with not eating breakfast, or waiting a long time between meals? Have you tried eating five or six small meals instead of three? Do you get plenty of water between meals? A side-effect of heavy bleeding is some dehydration, so adding a few glasses of spring or mineral water could help.
You may or may not prefer to continue with the progesterone cream once you've resolved the fibroids ~ see how you're doing in a few months. The protocols in the Encyclopedia have time limits because they work better that way. Herbs take a while to "kick in," and their effectiveness can wane with constant dosing. Some of the supplements are suggested in therapeutic doses which might be deleterious if continued without pause. Give two weeks between re-starts (unless otherwise directed) and begin again if desired.
And about the active B12 (methylcobalamin): take it as directed in the protocols. Three capsules of Methyl12 Plus is 3000 mcg, not a dangerous dosage, and if your doctor suspects pernicious anemia, it can be of enormous help. The B vitamins in liver, dessicated liver and other foods will not push you over the limit ~ by the way, the "active B12" supplement is methylcobalamin (not cyanocobalamin) and folates, and should be taken alone (away from food).
At this point you're probably dizzy from reading all this! Chris, I hope your progress is swift, and please keep in touch on how it all works out for you!
Glad you wrote! Do it again, and soon! :->
Hello, Nan! ~ some good news for you: Live Right’s type O section shows red wine as Neutral for secretors and Beneficial for nonsecretors. This more recent book is all about the differences between the two secretor states, and their impact upon diet and lifestyle. Additionally, recent research accounts for some updates in food status. Thanks for writing!!
I have read your first book (1996) in French and your second book (2002) in English. Can you kindly clear up some discrepancies? I am bloodgroup AB. 1. Trout is considered beneficial in the first book, and to be avoided in the second. 2. Pepper and vinegar "too acid" in the first book, not recommended. A few pages later balsamique, cidre, red wine vinegar is said to be neutral, white and black pepper "whole" to be avoided - what about red and green pepper, and "crushed"? (I love pepper, vinegar - and coffee...) 3. Your first book recommends as "very beneficial" one or two cups of light coffee per day which is good for AB's low stomach acid. Your second book states "avoid coffee". Has new research shown a different result? Type setting error? 4. The "standard menu" for losing weight in the first book says "some parmesan cheese on your salad" - why? if parmesan is to be avoided for bloodgroup AB?? Thank you for enlightening me. Angela
Greetings, Angela ~~ The seven-year span between the two books represents significant research and testing/retesting of various food items. Second, the Live Right book uses secretor status to further refine the lists, while the more recent individual Food & Supplement Lists were written to accommodate those who do not plan to learn their secretor status. The most recent food lists are in Live Right with the modifications noted on the Updates Page (also linked in the "Library" section on the front page of this site.
Any color of peppercorn (the spice) falls under the listing for "peppercorn." If you are looking for the vegetable "pepper," it is included in the vegetables category of the food lists -- not the spices. The rating for coffee is correct in Live Right, and I suspect the parmesan was intended as a "tiny treat." :-D
Hi! I am following my bloodtype diet faithfully and have seen dramatic results in my health and condition. I am an O secretor with chronic sinus problems including nose polyps. According to the diet, bananas are beneficial for a secretor, yet I have been told to stay away from bananas as they produce mucous. Should I use them as beneficial or keep well away? Thank you for your time. Anna
Hi, Anna ~~ The bottom line here is: DO bananas produce mucus for You? If you find they do, feel free not to eat them. They are not a vital part of the type O diet. If you find they do not, you've got your answer! :-) Just avoid them for a week or two, then eat a couple and monitor what happens within an hour or two. I wouldn't be surprised if eliminating avoid grains and dairy entirely will clear up your sinus problems in pretty short order. Keep me advised on your progress!!
I have some questions about milk for O's. I know it's forbidden, but I wondered about products like lactaid? Also, since a little butter is allowed, what about creme? And isn't yogurt already digested? Why would Romano be allowed, but not Parmesan? Thanks. Ann
Hello, Ann ~ "Lactaid" (the enzyme lactase) addresses the lactose (milk sugar) issue by breaking down lactose into glucose and galactose. Most Os and As lose the ability to produce lactase in early childhood (4 to 5 years of age). Why would we adults want to eat the enzyme in order to rinse ourselves with type B sugar (galactose!?!) :-} Additionally, lactase won't do anything about the proteins (caseins & whey) from the milk, which we cannot fully digest. Butter goes through a process of separation of the milk FAT from the proteins. Even better is ghee, in which all one has left is the butyrate, a wonderful thing for the digestion and a perfectly buttery-tasting food. Yogurt? Fermentation uses up the sugars, once again, not the proteins. And why is romano OK, but parmesano is not? Good question! Where did you see that romano is OK? I can't seem to find that listing in any of my books.... Do let me know where you found it! :-)
Whew!! Thanks once again, everyone!!
Hello! I am 37 years old female Caucasian from Finland, type O. I eat wrong for my type: I drink lots of coffee,(lots, indeed!) I eat bread (mostly of rye, however) and poatatoes and drink milk, and (I use milk in food, it is typical here) and beer - basically our "national" food! I am quite all right, I feel healthy, ecept some small problems: my stomach is problematic, also I am very stressed during my periodes, very angry and nervous and tired, I want only sleep.
But I have exercise, though. I cycle every day to my work and do other exercise also. last summer we did long cyckle trips with my daughter (10years) and we were so happy every day! For some time ago I also noticed, that during winter I got sick (flue) every time if I had spent my summer in Finland, but if I had had my vacation in South Europe (Provence) or in Africa, I didn't get anything, even most of the workmates spent days in bed because of the flue.
Two years ago me and my daughter, who is half African, spent our summer is Senegal. We ate mostly chicken, meat (lamb and cow) and seafood. Especially our evening meal was, in my opinion, not very healthy: we bought a plate of lamb meat in the nearest dibiterie and ate it all, only meat, and onions! It was made in the open fire. Or we went to buy a fried chicken and ate it, included some grean vegetables, not rice nor couscous. At the daytime we ate crabs and fish.
Fish and rice, fish and couscous, every day, and I decided that when I return to Finland, I won't eat fish any more in my life, I was so boored with fish. Local people there like it so much. And we drank tea, not coffee, because people there drink strong green tea with mynth. It is so strong, that i didn't feel like to drink coffee at all. The tea there is called "attaya".
But I had never been healthier in my life after my vacation and the following winter! I just read your book and I noticd, that the meat I ate there is excatly what is good for me, because I am the type O! I coulnd't imagine that the answer could be this simple!
Sometimes I have been annoyed by Africans, who live here and are not willing to eat potatoes ( I have felt that they are proud and don't want to adopt our culture as I try to adopt theirs when I am there, and I eat their food) and now I understand, that it is not even healthy for many them, but their food is healthy for me! Especially I was annoyed, when my daughter's father cooked liver-meals in the owen and that smelled so bad. Now, myself, I must go shopping and test it!
I made also the conclution, that my daughter must be O. I don't know her fathers type, but I assume it is O, because of his character and because of his African heritage, it is more likely that he is O. He likes to eat cow, lamb, liver, chikcen and crabs, doesn't want to eat pork, drik beer nor wine, and he is very very healthy.
When the school started here, my daughter got stomach problems at once. Then I read your book and I realized, that here in Finland, the food they eat at the schools, consists mostly meat and potatoes, bread and milk. We don't eat so much potatoes at home, we like rice. Now I am quite sure, that my dosuhter's stomach problmes after the school are caused of the food she eats there. She also have often very bad headache after the school.
We tried yoga one year and got boored by it at once. My daughter chose to play baskettball and when she is playing, I go to build my body, and after, on saturdays, our tradition is to go to eat nice beef - and I have done it with a bad conscious, eating so unhealthy, nonrecommended food! I am surprised, that even I am naturally the whitest, blondest person you can find, I have found my blood relatives in Africa and it seems to me, that West-African food is best for me! It is a joke in my life.
Actually I have already been almost on the O diet, without knowing it. I have tried to turn to vegetarian many times and felt bad because I haven't been successful. We eat mosty rye bread because we have wonderful amount of different rye breads in Finland - I recommend for eveyone O's to taste finnish bread. Thanks for the great book! ~~ Sanna
Well, stap me and sink me if that isn't one of the most moving accounts of body wisdom and finding one's own way I've ever seen. Dear Sanna! Thank YOU for writing out your marvelous story for all of us! Thank you very much, indeed!!
Hi there, I have been following Peter's A eating plan for the last 6 years, with brilliant results. I also use the ABO eating plan exclusively in my clinic, also with very good results. My question is academic...I am currently conducting a research project on patient compliance to diet/exercise programs and whether these programs lead to longer term lifestyle changes and ultimate health rewards. I am somewhat biased in my beliefs on this subject, but sadly my own experience needs to be backed up with other studies as well. Can you please direct me to any such studies on the ABO diet? I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you very much. Regards, Cally (P.S. Please send Peter my best wishes, I admire his work and know how important it is. I met him during his visit to Queensland a few years ago).
Hello, Cally ~ I'm posting your question here to alert Peter to your request ~ as a nonprofessional, I do not have his access to resources and research that you are seeking. I do want to thank you so much for sharing your experiences on the BTD plan and with your patients! I'm heartened each time I hear of another clinician using Peter's work in professional practice. If you have a minute or two, I'd love to see your clinic in our Practitioner Registry ~ here is the link to the entry form, or just drop me a message and I'll be glad to enter it for you. Once again, kudos on your pioneering work there in Queensland!
Is there a link between blood type B positive and candida? I have both. The reason why I ask is the foods I'm supposed to eat as a B and candida patient overlap. Eugenia
Hi, Eugenia ~ Type O individuals, and all nonsecretors, are disadvantaged with a susceptibility to this condition ~ it's possible you are a nonsecretor, who appear to make up at least 50% of Candidiasis sufferers although they represent only 15-20% of the general population. I'm glad the food sheets you've been given fit well with the B plan. The customary GP recommendations are not designed along blood type needs, but rather for "anyone" with a Candida overgrowth, so in this case you're fortunate! Please let me know if you want any further suggestions for intestinal re-balancing. I hope your condition improves, and soon!!
Heidi, The question and your response on August 20 made me think of a similar question I have had concerning fish. LR4YT recommends that frozen fish should be avoided, as the content of polyamines in it is much higher than fresh fish. I have found it difficult to locate a good local source of fresh beneficial fish for my families O blood type. I have found a very good and convenient source of frozen cod fillets that I have been using for several months. I really like the packaging because the fillets are individually sealed and frozen so I can easily thaw what I need for the next day. My question is am I better off eating or not eating the frozen fish if I don't have a source of fresh fish? In other words, how serious is the polyamine issue in frozen fish assuming that I am very compliant with my BTD and eat the frozen fish maybe on average once every other day? Thank you Don
Hi, Don! The fish you're eating has the oils and proteins intact, and I want you to keep eating it because it is an important part of your O diet. :-) Anyone who depends on frozen fish (and there are many of us who do), just take a teaspoon of black cherry or elderberry concentrate before the meal ~ routs out those pesky polyamines a treat. If you have some ProBerry3 liquid on hand, take a teaspoon of that. Tastiest flu-chaser and polyamine hound ever designed. :-D By the way, I got your note about the secretor tests for your family. Wow, ALL type O Rhesus-negative secretors! You are blessed indeed!
~:-> ( << does that little face look a bit envious? :-D )
Dr. D'Adamo, I have recently been diagnosed with Crohn's disease. According to the book "Controlling Crohn's disease the natural way" by Virginia Harper, who healed herself from this disease (20 years without any symptoms), a good option for me would be to start a microbiotic diet (that is the way she got over the disease). The microbiotic diet emphasises the use of sea vegetables + fish, but avoids meat all together. I am a -type- O and am really wonderong if meat would decelarate my healing process, because it is very difficult to digest for me at this moment, my digestive tract is quite sensitive. Could you please give me some advice on this. Thank you so much for your time! I more than appreciate it! Catheline
Hello, Catheline ~~ If the diet mentioned in the book (which I have not read) is "microbiotic," not "macrobiotic," then I am not familiar with it. Do bear in mind that the vast majority of off-the-shelf how-to-cure-yourself protocols do not take into account the biological diversity of the human population. Virginia Harper may be a type A or AB secretor. You may be a type O nonsecretor. Her approach may have worked wonders for her and yet do little or nothing for you. However, type Os are encouraged to eat fish, seaweeds, green vegetables, with small quantities of whole grains such as rice. Be sure to get adequate fresh flax and olive oil each day, following the portions and frequencies listed in Live Right 4 Your Type. Use her protocol, but observe the type O avoids. Eat as much fish (and eggs) as you need. Also, you may find the advice I passed on regarding colitis in a previous column to be highly effective in your case. Scroll down to the portion printed in blue ~ that's the relevant part. Good health to you, Catheline, and please let me know what works or doesn't work for you. Take care! :-)
Thanks once again, everyone!! Picked out yer T-day turkey yet? :-D