Did Dr. D change his formulas for vitamins and probiotics? I just checked out the Store and the ingredients are different from the Type O products that I purchased quite some time ago. The Polyflora for type AB and B lists Lactobacillus Sporogenes as an ingredient. Lacto Sporo is not an ingredient for Polyflora O. I am type O. I recently purchased a Thorne Lactobacillus Sporogenes probiotic. It seems to help my digestive tract, but it causes severe pain. Is that die off or what? Exactly what is the function of Lacto Sporo and is it ok for type O to take it? The old type O Probiotic seemed to be very good for me except for the kelp which causes weight loss and a skin reaction when I take it. I am thinking about trying the Polyflora O but I don't tolerate Brewer's Yeast very well...the same old skin reaction; my body doesn't like that dry powdery stuff! Carolyn
Hi, Carolyn ~ Yes, these are the new probiotics. The various intestinal flora & fauna have affinities for different blood groups. Lacto sporo is not one that particularly thrives in type Os, hence it is not included in our "PolyFlora" supp. I wouldn't take it, especially since it causes severe pain for you. Is it possible to get a few O probiotic caps from a friend, or split a bottle, and try it that way? If you get a reaction to the encapsulated brewer's yeast, you might consider focusing on feeding your healthy critters rather than trying to repopulate them. ARA6 and okra come to mind, as well as black-eyed peas and adzuki beans. The diet itself should do the rest if you are in good health generally.
Hi ^heidi^ -- nice to come back to this website after a being away for awhile and see your contributions again! Awesome!! I have come off of an SSRI antidepressant and am interested in following the protocols for unipolar depression to keep from having to go back on medication. The BTD encyclopedia recommends the active B12 first thing in the morning (under general considerations) but it also recommends, under the nerve health protocol, to take it in the evening. Should I do both? One or the other? Thanks for your help! Elizabeth
Thanks, Elizabeth... it's a pleasure! YES, go ahead and take both. And may I suggest taking two tablespoons of nutritional yeast per day (away from the b12)? Also, please get at least a tablespoon per day of fresh-ground flaxseed and some fish oil. You can dump all three in a smoothie, or use them to dress canned tuna in a salad. For some reason, yeast tastes GREAT with fish. Best of health to you ~~ and keep me posted on your situation!
I am a type "O" and had to relearn what is actually good for me! I do feel energetic eating for my blood type...but can't help but wonder about the intake of so much protein, especially red meats, and it's result regarding bone health. I have heard that in menapausal women, calcium is leached from bone mass with a high protein diet. I have high cholesterol, although am in excellent health otherwise, exercise aerobically and use weights....in Nov. I will have my cholesterol re-checked and am curious about the red meat in my diet and what it will do to the test....My LDL's are particularly high (there is literally NO heart disease in both side of my family)..Could the wheat I was eating be the culprit? Marilyn
Don't worry, Marilyn... that cholesterol will likely normalize as you continue to follow your O plan (including exercise!). The wheat is most certainly the culprit in most type Os' high cholesterol readings.
I wouldn't be concerned about the meat/calcium scare. Meat actually stimulates our intestinal alkaline phosphatase, which in turn helps us assimilate calcium. That's something that I predict will take years to make it into your doctor's advice. In these stressful times, however, a good calcium supp like Phytocal-O will take up the slack. By the way, according to an article Doc Bron recently posted, snacking on almonds can whittle away the LDL!
Some folks have a genetic pre-disposition to high cholesterol and high LDL. Using flax oil or flax meal regularly can help, but if you find your levels don't budge, go to the bottom of this page and enter the search term "MVA" ~ you'll find my links to my favorite Red Yeast Rice supplier.
Good luck, and thank you so much for writing!!
Hi, Heidi! I'm an O. There seems to be conflicting info. in the list book regarding goldenseal. It's listed as an Avoid under herbs and supplements, but listed as an appropriate remedy to try for flu. And... What about dulse? I eat lots of it. Is it the same as kelp? Thanks. And thanks for helping our mutual friend, Ted. -- Cheryl
Whoa! What a surprise... Hi, Cheryl! He's doing GREAT, isn't he? What a champ. ;-) Goldenseal is an avoid for Os as a supplement... but fine as a gargle. You'll ingest a tiny bit that way, but not enough to be harmful. Dulse is one of the many kelp varieties (a favorite of mine for snacking), and great stuff for everyone. The kelp that gets special mention is Fucus vesiculosis (not one of the tastier ones... eccchhh) because of its abundance of the fucus sugar (that's our very own O blood group "stumpy quasi-antigen").
I wonder if the Indian (auyervedic) and Chinese medicinal principals of food combining (e.g., tumeric with potatoes) might counteract or otherwise alter problematic lectins? Stephanie
Wish they could. Some lectins resist destruction even under autoclave ~ an extremely high heat-and-pressure industrial process. We can minimize some kinds of lectins (notably beans) by long soaking, rinsing, cooking, rinsing, etc., but we don't get rid of them altogether. The early inhabitants of the Americans had a long, involved recipe for the corn they ate, among other things. It was soaked in lime (the mineral, not the fruit), roasted or baked, pounded, dried, pounded again, and cooked as porridge (recipe isn't exact here! ;-)). We think this routine did counteract much of the corn lectin. Most plants concentrate their protective lectins in the seeds and/or husk (like wheat and tomatoes) so removing them can help, but the flesh or pith of avoid foods will still retain enough of the little buggers to make trouble.
I am Blood type A and am refering to whether I should have Mushroom - Shiitake as both books are contradicting. I have both the books "eat right 4 your type" (-on page 118 it is in a list of neutral vegetables) & "eat right 4 your type encyclopedia" (-on page 532, it is in column A as a food to avoid) As I do take this in a capsule combined with astragalas and garlic I am now a bit confused as to whether I should be taking it or not. Could you please confirm Thank you. Mark
Hi, Mark ~~ The later books have the most recent updates in their food lists. When in doubt, check the TYPEbase 3® database, on our home page. Shiitake is indeed now an avoid for A secretors, based upon the research done since Eat Right 4 Your Type was published.
The "list previous topics" and "search" mechanisms on your column are not working. They do work on Dr. B's section. I had been trying to check to see if I missed an answer to a question I had posed. (Have had company lately and had not had time to check the website daily). Thanks for checking this out - don't think it is my computer. I greatly enjoy your writings! Abby
Hi, Abby ~ I have your questions, but am running a bit behind (as usual!). The search & list previous topics buttons work fine here, and no other notes received on them. Try again in a few days! :-}
Hello, I am a blood type O and haven`t consummed red meat for over 25 years. I am 50 and I have always enjoy a great health and vitality. Apart from consuming meat, I was amazed to find out that my diet was very similar to the suggestions outlined in the blood type diet. In one of the books I read, (I don`t remember the title or the page because I am traveling at the moment and do not have the reference with me) Dr D`Adamo suggest a chinese supplement for Type O vegetarians. Could you tell me what it is and where I can find it. I am from British Columbia where I looked for it without succes a few years ago and now I am in Montreal. Please, help me to find it. Mireille
Sure! I believe Coleus forskohlii is the one you're seeking. Glad to hear you're prospering on your modified type O diet, and hope this helps! :-D
Don, gosh darn it! Rhodiola my rump, you've been shopping for those high-falutin' body-builder supps again, haven't you? HAVEN'T YOU??? *grin!* Ok, I haven't much in my bag of arcane knowledge on these, but I'll dump it and let you be the judge of its contents.
Cordyceps sinensis is one of the Chinese herbs (a fungus, actually - a mushroom) which Peter recommends for nitric-oxide regulation in folks who possess a B antigen (Bs & ABs). For them, it also performs yeoman duty on the immune-enhancement, antibacterial and antimicrobial fronts. Its generally-advertised qualities include increased athletic endurance and protection against lung and kidney damage from environmental pollutants. From our POV, the lack of ABO-specific research somewhat limits the strength of our recommendations for Os and As. Try it and see if it makes you feel a little odd. That sounds crazy, but it's worked for me. "A little odd" means maybe this is not the mushroom for us. :->
Cystoseira canariensis is a salt-water algae found in Canary Islands waters, whose fractionated extract has the peculiar property of neutralizing the body's natural "stop building muscle" signal. Now you know this is bound to make me nervous, OK? I'm all about getting folks in harmony with their body's unique makeup, not circumventing it! You're type O, hey, we RULE on muscularity! right? Aint'cha got enough?? golly. Don, repeat after me: LONGEVITY OVER MASS.... LONGEVITY OVER MASS....
Rhaponticum carthomoides: here we have another myostatin (muscle-mass regulator)-inhibitor and "fat-burner" -- an herb which originated, like Rhodiola, in Russia and now has only proprietary supp-related info available on the Net. Don, I don't know a dang thing about this stuff. My herbals don't list it, and everything else I've found is either anecdotal or promotional. Buddy, will you just promise to watch your six if you decide to use it? and keep me posted? stay in touch, OK?
Everybody, I have no quarrel with all of you out there who experience great enjoyment and other significant personal benefits from body-building. I don't want you to think I'm sitting here in my little computer chair and denigrating people who possess an intense competitive athletic bent, whatever it may be. I applaud them! But in my knowledge and experience, extreme effort and extreme achievement most frequently come with a serious price tag, and I see my mission as bolstering their success while lowering the toll on body and mind that can come through narrow-purposed use of supplements. Maybe it's blind prejudice (or simple selfishness), but I'd like to see the premiere athletes of today and tomorrow stick around in vibrant health, long enough to become old folks ~ and teachers, and personal up-close inspirations to others.
By the way, readers ~ Don's been a regular contributor and a constant source of fascinating information (and delightful quirky humor) since this column began. He very courageously offered me his story recently. I was heart-struck and inspired to read it. Keep an eye out for it in the next week.
Hello, Karen! My, an AB nonsecretor ~~ welcome, rare bird!
About the Encyclopedia: please see the column I posted in early June, Encyclopedia Errata, or better yet, use the search at the bottom of this page and enter "errata." There are a few pages on this topic. The upshot is: the food lists are dependable. Check TYPEbase 3® when in doubt! and we still maintain the change log linked in those pages.
For ABs, especially nonsecretors, the rhythm of eating can determine how your energy output stimulates weight loss during the day. Eat a good protein breakfast, and a small meal whenever you're hungry. Fish, dark greens and cultured/fermented foods are magical for slimming ABs ~ in your case, miso and tempeh drop to neutral (like A nonsecretors) but fermented vegetables and some dairy products like kefir can promote excellent digestion and subsequent loss of fat. The "food separation" plan I outlined in the Food Combining and the Blood Type Diets column is ideal for stimulating healthy weight (fat) loss in ABs, and it's custom-made for small meals throughout the day ~ as well as capitalizing upon your wonderful choices in the Beneficial fruit category. Use Live Right's "Adaptogen" suggestions on page 295. Try to include eggs and kefir a few times per week. Stick to beneficial sprouted grains, amaranth, oats, millet, rye and rice, but limit yourself to four servings per week (for now). Cling to your Beneficials: they comprise your "Nonsecretor Tier" for the fastest and best results.
Are you in menopause, or have you passed through it? This is a perfect time to explore the varied AB activities which promote health, longevity, a toned body and a sense of joy, independence and connectedness. If I were AB, I'd take a martial arts class once per week, stretch and do a short yoga session alone or with a group three times per week, and focus on strength-building outdoor exercise (hiking, climbing, light weight-lifting or park circuit training) on two other days. For a wonderful, quick & easy routine of basic daily calisthenics, please see my columns on the Canadian Air Force basic exercises (enter "Canadian" in the search field below... you'll see them). Mix it up: substitute Pilates or Tai Chi or a workout on the exercise bike now and again. Find out what YOU really like. :-D
With your new knowledge of secretor type, I think you'll experience the extraordinary results others have had when they began using the nonsecretor guidelines. You're doing wonderfully, and this new world is just opening to you. I most deeply hope you enjoy the journey ~ Please keep in touch!
Tinnitus, teething biscuits, corn, critics...foods & digestion... and Happy 1st Birthday to OTD ! ;-)March 21st, 2000 , by admin
A year has passed since the first On the Diet column appeared here.
Heartfelt thanks go to Peter and Martha for providing this space in which to share knowledge, vent, get help, tell stories, announce success, "spread the word," and link up with others of like mind. It is an honor to be included here among our illustrious colleagues, Doc Bron, Peter and Cocky!
For me, I get a magnificent free daily seminar, and a wee portal in cyberspace through which healing may pass, and hearts be eased.
My deepest gratitude to everyone who writes, who reads, and who works to bring forth a day when the true potential of all this energetic research may be realized in the world. :-D
hi heidi (again!) thanks for,posting my questions so promptly, im impressed! just wanted to let you know i also put my q forward on thomas' message board and 'george from oz' replied with a bit of info. apparently he hasnt vaccinated his 3 kids and only had to get a letter from council informing the school the kids are not vaccinated and he must send them straight home if a virus breaks out. ( hes never sent them home!)so you can bet your bottom dollar this little wriggler isnt getting vaccinated for nuthin'! about the vit K, george also says (quite a clever fellow is george) that oral vit K is preferred over the shot. this way the brain can judge whether it needs it and has the chance to throw it up if its not necessary. makes sense to me and that the way ill go i think. Just wanted to let you know.thanks again for your help. cheers roz xox
Hello, roz!! I'm so pleased you got the info you were looking for! I well remember the redoubtable George, and you couldn't have gone to a better place to get the "fair dinkum." ;-) Please give him my warmest regards, and once again, thanks for reporting in, dear!! :-D
Hi, I've been following the Type O Diet since August last year and look and feel great. My sister has always had weight problems and has always yo-yo dieted in the past. I've spoken to her at length about the Blood Type Diet - she's blood group A and is already vegetarian and has been for the past 10 years or so. The problem is, SHE DOESN'T EAT FISH! Any advice and suggestions and replacement foods/products? Thanks C-B
Hi, C-B ~ She could be a vegetarian and still be eating all kinds of avoid foods which are triggering insulin problems -- and missing a lot of beneficial foods on the A vegetable, fruit and bean list. So, she may need fish or she may not. If she is a nonsecretor, Rhesus negative, and/or A2, she will certainly require more animal proteins than she is eating now -- but only she can determine all this.
You might want to get her a copy of Live Right 4 Your Type and let her decide whether she is willing to give it a good try.
I'm Type O, secretor status not yet tested. I've been a vegetarian off and on since I was 16 and in very good health until last year. At the age of 55 I suddenly developed what seemed to be gallbladder problems, having severe attacks as many as twice a day, 4 times a week. An ultrasound showed small gallstones and I was urged to have surgery. Instead, I started seeing another doctor about 10 months ago who put me on a path to health with supplements, sacro-cranial therapy, and some dietary restrictions - most of which were temporary. The permanent changes were that I stopped consuming dairy and coffee. I've always consumed a lot of potatoes and popcorn and vegetables. Protein came from soy products and the occasional piece of salmon (my only non-vegetarian food, because of the health benefits). My doctor believes I was sick due to a year of extreme emotional distress. He also believes that it is my pancreas, not my gallbladder, that is my problem.
Once I started taking [an herbal supplement], my attacks lessened and I started to heal. At my last visit, about a month ago, my doctor was extremely pleased with my progress. I really believed that my next office visit might be my last. I was talking with a neighbor about my health and she reminded me of the book Eat Right For Your Type, which I had on my book shelf, and I looked into the diet again. This time I embraced the concept and went on the diet pretty much cold turkey.
Imagine my surprise when about one week later I had my first attack in 5 months! I thought it was a fluke because I was traveling and had to compromise my diet and had consumed American cheese (in a vegetable omelet) for the first time in months and the omelet was cooked in something that certainly wasn't butter or olive oil. Still, it didn't seem right that my body couldn't handle one bad meal and I was worried. Then yesterday, one week after that attack, I had a meal of 1/2 Ezekiel bun, 1 T. mayo made with neutral ingredients, and a piece of halibut. Again I had an attack, this time vomiting the meal. I'm very alarmed that I'm suddenly regressing. I thought I was healed and now I'm having attacks again. The only change I'm aware of is changing to this diet. I've added much more fish to my diet - more salmon and some halibut so far. I stopped eating potatoes and popcorn. Rice was the only grain I was consuming until I discovered Ezekiel bread a couple of days ago. The big change is that I'm eating much more protein, and drastically fewer starchy carbohydrates. Any ideas on these attacks suddenly starting again? Chris
Hello, Chris! I'm glad you wrote to us with your troubles.
Without knowing more about what you eat daily, and considering your doctor's opinion that your pancreas is involved even though you showed gallstones, my first impression is that your digestion is impaired, especially fat (requiring bile through the gallbladder and liver) and protein (requiring pancreatic enzymes) digestion. The weaknesses showed up with very little provocation (American cheese, oil, then mayonnaise and fish). You may also be sensitive to the gluten in the Ezekiel bread, so sticking to rice for the moment may be best.
What I strongly suggest is to go to the "Sensible Health" liver and gallbladder site. Read it all thoroughly, then read it again. Before you use the protocols, consult with Julia Chang via her phone number on the site, and give her the specifics of your symptoms, medical reports, and diet. I do believe that doing the gallbladder flush in series will resolve the root cause of your fat digestion trouble.
When you've done so, we'd then look at using pancreatic enzymes for a few weeks to enable you to begin digesting the protein foods you need for healing.
Once again, thank you so much for writing -- and please keep in touch! I'd like to hear how you're doing! :-D
Hello Heidi, There was a question in the last few days on where to find 100% buckwheat noodles. Today on the BTD-O Don mentioned he had found them in an Oriental store. He and his boys like it better than spelt noodles. Sarah
Ah, I'm very pleased he found them locally. If you're interested, more on soba noodles here! Thanks for your note, Sarah! :-D
Hi Heidi: I'm a type O, and just starting the diet. I noticed that one of my Neutral foods is mozzarella. I'm allergic to wheat and dairy products - is it still OK to have mozzarella? I mean, is this "allergy" simply linked to eating the "wrong" foods for my type? If so, why is one type of cheese OK, and another not? Also, I wanted to ask about vanilla - is artificial extract Ok to use as a substitute? -- Rebecca
Hi there, Rebecca! Welcome, dear!! Glad you found us!
The dairy category is one Os can well do without, so if you're allergic to dairy, avoid it altogether. Get your calcium from homemade bone broth, high-calcium foods (the ones allowed for Os, of course), and food-based supplements like Phytocal-O.
Instead of artificial vanilla, try using a natural almond or walnut or hazelnut product -- Frontier makes an extensive line of organic, sugarless food-derived extracts. We encourage everyone to avoid artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, etc., as a basic tenet of healthy eating.
Thanks so much for writing, and a VERY warm welcome to you, Rebecca! Do write again with any question that may arise... :-D
My daughter is a Type A and suffers from Irritable Bowl Syndrome, Irregularity, and has no bowl control frequently. What can she take to help with this problem? Yvonne
Hello, Yvonne! Here is some advice I wrote to a type O woman. It was designed for type ABs, and works beautifully for type A.
IF you can tolerate both wild blueberries and rice, here's a nice German recipe for curing colitis. I suggest it to you because its action is to heal inflammation in the digestive tract, and provide valuable proanthocyanadins and many trace substances in a harmless package. My friend Joachim wrote it, and I have edited it for your use.
Boil white rice in plenty of saltwater until the rice is very soft. As you probably won't be able to buy fresh WILD Blueberries, soak dried wild blueberries in a little warm water (initially boil because you want to rule out any germs) and add the water + Blueberries to the drained rice. Eat this by carefully chewing. Drink wild Blueberry tea (2 - 3 tablespoons, boiled in a cup of water, let rest for 10 Min.), also eat a few tablespoons of dried wild blueberries in-between meals, and again chew carefully.
See the wild blueberry sellers page for getting the fruit.
Yvonne, your daughter should eat no wheat, corn or rye, neither whole nor sprouted, and just stick with that rice concoction. No dairy of any kind, and no dried fruit. Absolutely no refined sugar -- including molasses. DO use vegetable glycerine -- "NOW" and Frontier are good brands. A little nutbutter or seedbutter every day is fine, but no whole nuts or seeds. Get some okra and prepare it any way you can -- stewed, sauteed, etc. (not raw).
And search for the product "Seacure," which is a seaweed-based bowel healing compound. She will need all these things to get back to health, and she may have more questions once she has been a few weeks on this protocol.
I truly believe she will get better if she does these things, so get her started and do write again and let me know her progress! thanks, dear, and best wishes to you both!!
I have been a follower of the BTD for several years. I wanted to let you know that today I saw on a very negative post about the diet on a nutrition forum. If you go to www.about.com and search for nutriton, there is a post from a group called qwakwatch that did a review on Dr. D'Adamo's book and research. It might be of interest to you. I try to follow the diet as closely as I can and when I do I do feel much healthier. I have recommended the book and the diet to quite a few of my friends. Because the ER4YT is not widely known and probably not promoted by a celebrity, it seems to not be taken seriously by some. I try to keep an open mind about the authenticity of diets or eating plans and thought that these remarks on this forum might be of interest to you. Joyce
Hey there, Joyce! :-) To tell you the truth, I don't even bother reading these things any more. In the rare case where a truly interesting contention comes to light, I hear of it. The last time I did (years ago), the researcher ended up quietly withdrawing his support from the people who hoped he'd help them "disprove" the basis for the BTD. He realized that they were just as willing to twist his words and as little interested in the truth for its own sake as any "diet scam" they might want to "debunk." All this happened with no input from us at all.
The truth? It's in the numbers. This system works, and not just for one subset of people. An over 85% documented success rate is spectacular -- and looks even better in comparison to the overall verifiable results of other health paradigms. This doesn't include all the people who are using and benefiting from this plan, and who've never discovered this website or registered their outcomes. They may be the most numerous of all. ;-)
I kind of feel sorry for those who still spend their time trying to discredit this program. Their energies could be a source of joy if they were diverted to some productive activity instead. So don't you let these things get you down, OK? No matter what a special interest group tells you, your body is the first and last arbiter of the value of the BTD. Thanks for writing, dear!!
Please pass on to those who maintain the TYPEbase that Palm Oil is now a regular ingredient in Peanut Butter and Oatcakes to name but two places I regularly encounter it. Could we please have this tested and included in the database. I am sorry to trouble you but the web site has no way to do this sort of thing more directly that I can see. -- Jim B.
Cocky passed this email on to me (thanks, Cocky!! :-)). Peter did post an Ask Dr. D. response to a question about palm oil, which now is missing from the column database. I can refer you to some of the text, in the June 13, 2003 OTD column, but I think you've already read it. Palm oil is on the list for future test runs. Thanks, Jim -- and feel free to write now and again -- it was nice to hear from you, albeit indirectly! ;-D
Greetings! I have read Dr. D'Adamo's statements in regards to food combining, but I have some unanswered questions regarding this subject. I have resently been told by an acquaintance that the ancient Mayans knew that corn by itself provided significant nutritional value only if combined with lime. I do not know the source of this information. I am wondering if this is true, and if so, in what way does this provide nutrition; and, are the harmful effects of corn neutralized? If so, could it be that some other food combinations have this effect, resulting in, for example, a type A person being able to eat red meat with no adverse effects? Perhaps other ancient food combinations have similar properties...? Lucie
Hi, Lucie ~ Corn is a problematic food for nearly everyone, the exception being A1 MN or MM secretors only. Peter did write in his TEX-MEX and TYPE A article that the mineral lime used in processing commercial tortillas can be of some help in minimizing lectin activity - but not enough so that Os, Bs and ABs could eat it safely. It is not the combination of the elements which does that work, but a complex processing scheme.
The ancient practices of food preparation are no longer observed. A long series of specific procedures were used by native Americans in order to prepare certain items for safe consumption. Among these items were potatoes, tomatoes, and corn. Interestingly, they offered the raw foods to rampaging European invaders, hoping they'd die from eating them. We know now that the damage actually takes quite some time to develop, and I fear the results were not what the canny native peoples hoped. The sugar later imported from the Americas was recognized for its deleterious effect upon the teeth of the nobility in a relatively brief time, but the evils of nightshades went unremarked until much later. ;-) There is also new evidence that corn was only latterly used as a staple food in the native cultures we identify with its use, and contributed to an upsurge of tooth caries and arthritis.
The issue of type As and red meat is one of digestive insufficiency rather than lectin avoidance.
Because each of us is suited to (and needs & benefits by) particular foods, and because we each can eat only so much in a day or week, it makes little sense to do culinary backflips in order to add 'avoid' foods which only push beneficials and neutrals out of the menu. That's the view from here, anyway!
Thanks for bringing this issue to the fore, Lucie ~~ it's one which bears re-airing, as it's a common question. Take care! :-D
Dear Heidi, I'm a type O (secretor status unknown 'till the test arrives) who has been on the diet for about 5 years, to great effect (as long as I stick to it!). My husband and I are thinking of starting a family, so I went right out and bought "Eat Right 4 Your Baby." I love the book, but I have a couple of questions: 1) The food lists (at least for Type O) look like they're tailored for secretors; if I find out I'm a non-secretor, should I follow the non-secretor lists from LR4YT? 2) In the recipe section, there are a number of recipes listed as okay for type Os which contain ingredients on the avoid list. For example, "Black-eyed peas with leeks" (p. 346), "Pureed pinto beans with garlic" (p. 347), "Black-eyed peas and barley salad" (p. 352), "Banana yogurt drink" (p. 399). Also, there's a recipe for Blueberry buckwheat muffins (p.383) which says its for types A and AB, but it looks like all the ingredients are on the beneficial or neutral lists for O, as well. Are there different rules once foods are cooked/prepared/combined in some way that makes (for example) leeks, pinto beans, barley and yogurt okay? Or is this based on the old lists? Should I go by the ingredients rather than what type is identified at the top of the recipe? Finally, I hope you don't mind one last question: any chance of iron-free supplements for Os coming in the near future? I have extremely high iron levels (no hemachromotosis though--I was checked), so my doctor said absolutely no iron supplements, even when pregnant. I queried Doc Bron on possible alternatives; he recommended trying to get a prescription prenatal without iron, but my doctor just gives me a prescritpion for folic acid. Will following the diet rigorously give me enough of the other nutients, or will I need to figure out some other means of supplementation? And finally, finally (really, this is it): ER4YB recommends DHA supplements. I currently take both essential oil supplements (which contain DHA), and CLA/Tonalin supplements. Are these okay for potentially pregnant ladies, or should I do just the DHA? Thanks, Heidi, for your help. Your column is such a great resource, and is much appreciated here! Mary
Hey there, Mary! :-) Yes, the "Baby Book" food choices in the recipes are based upon the secretor lists. Just scan it through "nonsecretor lenses" if you find out you're a nonnie. And if you find recipes which are OK for you as well, even though they're listed for other types, go ahead and use them -- of course, according to the portion/frequency guidelines for Os in Live Right.
About the supplements: "Added Protection" makes a regular multivitamin without copper or iron. Run it by your doctor, if he is unwilling to prescribe a prenatal. Do email NAP with any questions or requests about the supplements -- they are the ones who should hear of your needs. You'll benefit from the folic acid supplementation anyway, so I'd continue it, as well as including plenty of dark leafy greens and those good oils. The diet, when used according to the frequencies per category, is a powerhouse of nutrients. Until you are pregnant, I think your oil supps are fine, although I'd rather you got the CLA from grass-fed red meat (see www.eatwild.com and the beef available in the Store here for sources). Best wishes to you & your husband, Mary, and I hope your family grows apace! :-D
Dear Heidi, Not a question but a note to Debbie in the UK regarding vegetable glycerine. She can order a large quantity of the 500ml veg glycerine from Healthleads UK and get a substantial discount, basically a wholesale cost. I ordered 2 bottles the first time, not knowing what my consumption would be - then ordered 12 bottles the 2nd time. If the person at Healthleads does not volunteer the discount, Debbie should remind her that she gave it to Abby in France. The shipping cost to France was a killer, but she should not have that problem within the UK. And, Debbie, if you find a better, less expensive source, please post it here! Thanks, Abby
Wonderful, Abby!! I'll add it to my veg gly resource page (under construction at the moment, but will come to light here soon!) -- thanks SO much, it means a lot to me!! And I'll address your long Q soonly ~~ thanks again, dear!! :-D
The other day someone suggested a salad dressing with 1T lemon juice and 1T Braggs, but said this wasn't for Bs. I'm a B+ and my favorie dressing that I use nearly every day is Braggs and flax oil. Is this not good for a B? Ann
Hello, Ann! Unlike true tamari, Braggs is made from unfermented soy protein, so it's not considered safe for Bs ~ I know that quantity is a very small one in your dressing, but I wouldn't feel right if I didn't mention the difference and the true value of soy protein. :-) thanks for writing to ask!! :-D
Hi Heidi, Always a goldmine of info. It makes my morning. Tracy S wrote in about Tamari (neutral for Bs) so my question is about Braggs liquid Aminos. Since it is not fermented but no caramel color or corn sweetener, still an avoid for Bs, yes? This is for Patti (AB nonsecretor) with the "unreal sweet tooth". I have 2 first cousins, who are sisters, who are both AB nonnies. What are the odds? There is one store bought biscuit/cookie type product that my cousin Susi likes. Of course home made is better but in a pinch it will do. We both have scoured the wheat-free low/appropriate sweetener cookie market out there. Here it is and please try to keep an open mind. It is actually a wheat-free teething biscuit by Earth's Best organic. The ingredients are: organic barley flour, organic oat flour, organic molasses, organic whole oat syrup solids, organic canola oil, soy lecithin, baking soda, natural flavor. You can dip it in a hot beverage to soften it up. But the crunch is quite nice. She said it really helps having a box at work. You may want to take the individually wrapped biscuits out of the box that has a baby in diapers on it if you plan to take it to work. Thanks for your dedication and wonderful spirit. Nina
Thanks, Nina, you're very kind!
You're right about Braggs Liquid Aminos - it's mostly unfermented soy protein, so Bs should avoid it.
A teething biscuit! Too funny!! As long as the "natural flavor" isn't a corn derivative, it sounds great for an AB snack. VERY nice piece of brand research -- many thanks once again!! :-D
Spring Greetings, Heidi! On the subject of tinnitus (ringing/buzzing/noise in the ears) look up www.ata.org, where you will learn more about it. There are many foods, drugs, supplements, and stresses that cause the noise, as well as associated hearing disorders. It may take a little experimentation. Caffeine could be your culprit, or those avoids we all love to hate, or any number of prescription and otc drugs. As to cures, gingko has been known to alleviate some people's symptoms; for others niacin might help. Anyway, don't cut anything in your ear! While you're searching, try white noise to mask the annoying sound. One CAN get more adjusted to the tinnitus as well. Speaking from experience, Alyson
Alyson, my sincerest gratitude for this fine summary of tinnitus info -- thanks so much!! -- I hope Cindi notices this one, for her friend! Best wishes for a joyous Spring to you as well, dear .... :-D
I read your column a while back about Deflect working on "grain" lectins. Does this mean Deflect has no effect for nonsecretors eating sugar? The few times I've done so, I've always taken extra Deflect. But it doesn't specify anywhere I've looked just why NS people shouldn't have sugar, so I'm unclear as to the rationale behind that. The types of sweeteners allowed change for each NS blood type, too. Can you elucidate on this subject? Thanks! Kathy
You're right: the Deflect products work on lectins only. They contain substances which certain lectins prefer over our tissues ~ the lectins go for the Deflect molecules instead of our joints, skin, etc. Deflect will protect you only from those items which are avoid due to lectins, of which sugar is not one. The types of sweeteners allowed for nonsecretors changes by type, because each type has a slightly different statistical response to refined sugar. Among nonsecretors, O NS's generally have the least tolerance for it, and A NS the most ~ your mileage may vary! these are general guidelines.
Re: "Exercise 4 Everyone" Okay, so I'm resistant. And dumb? Maybe blind? They (and you) talk of 11 minutes a day. Fine. But on the charts there's also a walk or run which seems to add anywhere from 18 minutes to 35 minutes. I can't find anywhere where they discuss this little gem. Is it also to be done every day? (False advertising, LOL!) I must be missing something. Can you enlighten us on that too? Thanks! Kathy
!:-D BUSTED! Well, there was a bit of false advertising involved... but only that these charts were designed for men, not women. LOL! Now don't start shopping for a gun to shoot me! We females will do just fine with the published program, it is very, very gentle and designed so everyone moves at their own pace.
Now, the confusion you're having is the same one I went through, so I'm ideally suited to guide you right along. :-D resistance IS futile, doncha fergit it. >:-E The exercise charts at the Canadian Air Force site have an "either/or/or" at the right side. Either run in place or run a distance or walk. For running in place, they give directions (raise feet at least 4" above floor, 100 paces (for level D-), after 75 paces perform 10 of the "jump & switch's," then the other 25 paces, complete this within 6 minutes). For the run-a-distance, and for the walk, they give distance and time to complete. You need do only one of them, right after doing the other 4 BX (basic exercises).
Each level should be performed for the number of days listed, according to one's age. And even if you've done, say, level D- for the 7 days required for age 40-44 (?), if you cannot complete the entire BX5 within the times allotted, you remain at that level until you can. Once I got the hang of the rather complicated concept, doing the thing became simple & quick, and a great way to start the morning. Hope you enjoy it! :-}
Here at last, in response to popular demand :-) are the Protein/Carb/Fat/Vitamin/Mineral stats for all three D'Adamo Food Bars:
Serving size: 1 Bar (50g). Amount Per Serving: Calories 210, Fat Cal. 60, Total Fat 7g (11% DV), Sat. Fat 1.5g (8% DV), Cholesterol 0mg (0%DV), Sodium 140mg (6% DV), Total Carb. 27g (9% DV), Fiber 3g (12% DV), Sugars 6g, Protein 10g, Vitamin A (0% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (6% DV), Iron (8% DV). Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Type A Bar: Serving size: 1 Bar (50g). Amount Per Serving: Calories 190, Fat Cal. 60, Total Fat 7g (11% DV), Sat. Fat 1g (5% DV), Cholesterol 0mg (0% DV), Sodium 320mg (13% DV), Total Carb. 21g (7% DV), Fiber 2g (8% DV), Sugars 10g, Protein 12g, Vitamin A (0% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (6% DV), Iron (10% DV). Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Type B&AB Bar: Serving size: 1 Bar (50g). Amount Per Serving: Calories 170, Fat Cal. 45, Total Fat 5g (8%DV), Sat. Fat 0g (0% DV), Cholesterol < 5mg (2% DV), Sodium 140mg (6% DV), Total carb. 22g (7% DV), Fiber 4g (16% DV), Sugars 9g, Protein 11g, Vitamin A (0% DV), Vitamin C (0% DV), Calcium (10% DV), Iron (10% DV). Percent Daily Values (DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Last I heard, there were precious few waterbuffalo grazing the Highlands. :-> Not to worry: any mozzarella, especially if made with milk from grass-fed local cattle, is neutral for you. Easier and cheaper than ferreting around for imports ~ any road, my marching cry is "Support Local Farmers & Ranchers!" ;-D
We discuss a number of different kinds of water here: distilled, tap water, spring water, soda, seltzer, tonic, mineral water. Distilled water has specific applications (mostly for medicinal solutions), but is a processed product and contains no trace minerals, so I don't recommend it as one's sole source of drinking water. Tap water quality varies worldwide, and should be assayed on an individual basis. Spring waters vary, too, but are generally superior day-to-day "drinking buddies." The term "soda water" in the States traditionally refers to carbonated water that contains a bit of salt. Seltzer is carbonated as well, but is usually salt-free. Tonic water is yet another fizzy variety with the addition of quinine. And mineral water is such a vast topic, it has its own website! (Feeling bloated yet? :-D) High-solids mineral waters can provide significant dietary minerals and trace elements in the form our prehistoric ancestors prized. The "still" versions are perfectly acceptable for all types, while the fizzy styles confer their digestive benefits upon Os.
Lovely to hear from you, Dorell ~ I do hope this is helpful, and thank you for writing to me!
Hi there - A few questions from Scotland: My wife and I are trying to develop diets based on the program and we have read the recipe book BTD We would appreciate some help in identifying the status of some foods which aren't listed. Your feedback would be appreciated. Haricot beans Chick peas Also, is it ok to cook "avoid" foods together? for example, I'm an A and my wife is a B so could we cook chicken and turkey in one sauce or should avoid foods for different types be completely segregated? Thanks in advance Gil and Alison
Great questions! Haricot beans would fall under our "string bean" category ~ like the smaller "haricots verts," they grow in long pods and belong to the same family, although the Haricots you are familiar with are the mature bean out of the pod. Chickpea is also called garbanzo bean ~ ~ hmmm. I have a bit of bad news to go with that one. It's an avoid for everyone except type O secretors. sorry, wish I could do something about that one (for you, your wife and me altogether)! Perhaps cannellini, Northern beans or favas might fill the breach?
Some kinds of meat could be cooked together without harm to either party, but chicken is not one of them. Its lectin ("galectin" to be precise) sloshes out over everything. Only the egg of the chicken is spared this invasive pooker. However, if your wife cooked her beef with your turkey, your meal would remain A-edible: beef contains no galectin to wander through the dish, but rather is an avoid for As for reasons of protein concentration/digestibility. Same for beef broth: in small amounts, it won't mar your portion of the pot. Among the vegges, bean water is rife with lectin and should be kept apart. Save beef, other foods are best segregated. If you have any type AB children, please don't hate me for tripling the cooking chores! I don't make the rules, I only annoy people with them! :-}
My heart always beats a bit faster when I 'get mail' from the Celtic Nations ~ still hoping to find a note from Cornwall or the Isle of Man one of these mornings! Thank you all most warmly for stopping by ~~ Slán leat!