Hello Heidi, I am working hard to support my low thyroid through diet/exercise and supplements and to that end, I am of course on my A+ diet for the past two years, I exercise with walking, pilates, yoga and some tennis and I take several NAP supplements as well as a recommended supplement called B.M.R.(Tyler)for thyroid support. This product has among other things, some freeze dried bovine BMR concentrate. I am also taking NAP's Deflect A.
My concern is that I may be cancelling each of these out by the other, losing out on any progress stimulating my low thyroid, and my money in the process. Please help with this question as it has clouded my sights and caused me to be very uneasy with the continuation of using Deflect although I have had positive results in all other areas. Thank you very much for your insights. -- Pamela
Deflect is designed to (1) keep lectins from attaching to body tissues, and (2) slowly remove old lectin-damaged cells. It works by providing a more attractive substance with which to lure them away from you. Kind of like using a chunk of meat to distract a puppy who's headed for your favorite pair of shoes.
Since the source of the supplement, B.M.R., is bovine, and beef contains no lectins, Deflect isn't going to limit the effectiveness of the supp. Even if B.M.R. did contain galectins ("animal lectins"), as chicken does, only the lectins themselves would be rounded up by the Deflect -- not the hormones, which are the active element of compounds like B.M.R.
The standard high-carbohydrate diet is rife with (plant) lectins, both in number and in quantity consumed. Deflect has been formulated primarily to defeat the attachment of lectins such as those found in wheat, corn, beans, etc., which do the lion's share of damage through stimulating fat gain and triggering illness. Wheat lectin alone is associated with a sizeable list of serious ailments.
Although type A secretors tend to have a higher tolerance for the modern high-protein version of wheat than other folks, and are well-suited to a plant-based diet, Deflect-A has been formulated to target a variety of lectins which ARE harmful to As, and to support the growth of healthy tissue where old damage resides. I'd suggest continuing with it, especially since your results so far have been positive.
Congratulations on your commitment to getting healthier, and I wish you success!
Can you stand one more question about a discrepancy between two Eat Right books???
In the original Eat Right book Linden is an avoid for Type B. In the Encyclopedia, Linden is listed as an anti-inflammatory and nerve health agent.
I take a naturopathic tincture for high blood pressure. Before ER, it contained linden - along with rowolfia and hawthorne. We eliminated the linden after ER, but I was wondering if we should put it back in now? Has the status changed?? Thanks ~~ Linda
The Encyclopedia's entries on linden are correct. New research since Eat Right was published in 1996 has been extensive, resulting in updated values and recommended usages for a number of items.
If your homeopath or naturopath suggests you add linden back into the mix, there's no ABO-specific reason not to do so.
The antistress protocol Peter recommends for type Bs with hypertension includes the use of visualization. I note it here just as a reminder that directed visualization has been shown to exert powerful influence on an unexpectedly wide variety of ailments. Bs in general seem to have a special knack for it and appear to receive greater benefits from it than others do. I'd also like to suggest the book Meditation as Medicine by Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa and Cameron Stauth, for the several brief "medical meditations" and other information specific to hypertension. These practices can produce results in astonishing proportion to the small amount of time required to perform them.
Good luck, good health and keep in touch!
I am type A, and my husband is type B. You'd think that would be enough, but we had kids -- our 7 y-o is type A (maybe we should have stopped here?), 5 y-o O, 2 1/2 y-o AB and the baby I don't know yet, but it can't get worse than this. My question is how do I shop for this crew without breaking the bank? Is there a list of compatable food on Dr. D.'s site? We all started when the baby was born. Three months into it now and am just about worn out.
That's worse. :-} I really have to pat you on the back for the stupendous job you're doing for your family's health. This is a complicated question to answer in detail, but here are a few suggestions that I hope will start you out toward an easier shop & cook routine:
(1) Decide on the main protein sources you'll use. Your type O can eat any meat or fowl except pork, so whatever you get for your husband is fine for him (her?), too -- including sharing the As' chicken now and again. If you cycle between chicken, tofu or tempeh, beans & nuts, etc. for you and your eldest, and keep some beef, lamb or turkey on hand for the Bs and ABs, the battle's half won. Good yogurt and cottage or farmer's cheese are good to keep around for fill-ins, too. An egg or two scrambled with some leftover vegetables, tofu, tempeh, chicken or meat makes a fabulous protein breakfast or light dinner. Canned salmon can be made into patties or salmon loaf.
(2) Go through your book and look for avoids in the fruit, veg and bean sections. If it's an avoid for anybody, don't buy it. Make up a list of things you'll choose from. You might want to bend a little in regard to potatoes for the B & AB contingent, and/or tomatoes for the AB & O, maybe on the same night so everyone can have their "special" food then. There are loads of OK-across-the-board items like broccoli, greens, squashes, zucchini, carrots, string beans, parsnips & turnips mashed with butter, lettuces, onions, garlic, beets and so forth. It's great your kids are little -- start them out early and they'll love this stuff. There are even more fruits which are good for everybody! Beans are tough, but cannellini, Great Northern and white beans can fill any bill, even in bean dips and chili.
(3) Rice and rice cereals, 100% sprouted grain sandwich bread (buy in bulk for the freezer), and oatmeal are fine staples for the grain department.
(4) Bean casseroles, mild turkey chili, meat or chicken stews, broth from turkey or chicken bones, all stretch a dollar and can be made in bulk and frozen.
(5) I never buy salad dressing. It's expensive and full of scary-looking weirdo oils and additives. All you need is olive oil, lemon juice, salt & pepper and some garlic, and/or herbs, to make your own in five minutes in a blender. It tastes better and costs less than the store-bought stuff, and it lasts just as long. You can also find recipes for mayonnaise, mustard and ketchup in the Message Archives and the Recipe Pages on this site. Think "lemon juice" instead of vinegar, "olive oil" instead of corn oil, "brown sugar or molasses" instead of corn syrup, and you're well on your way.
Like most worthwhile things, this whole readjustment process is hard at the beginning and gets much easier in time. Be proud of yourself for the great start you're giving your young family, keep YOUR strength up, and enjoy the process!
Don St. John, a frequent contributor, writes:
While at the grocery store today I looked at a few of the frozen desserts trying to find a sorbet that would be OK. I didn't find one but I did find that some of the Häagen-Dazs ice cream flavors don't use corn syrups or gums. They are the "best" frozen desserts I have found in a store so far.
I copied a couple of their flavor ingredients from their web site, http://www.haagen-dazs.com/.
Even taking a dim view of the "natural flavor" ingredient in the cherry vanilla (due to the term being so commonly used as a commercial euphemism for corn syrup, but a call to Häagen-Dazs may prove otherwise), this list looks pretty wonderful for type Bs!
BTE p565 Glucosamine, N-acetyl (NAG) has a different value as the p572 NAG. Are they 2 different products?
No, it's the same product. All the usages listed are valid for N-acetyl Glucosamine, also known as NAG.
Heidi, In the Blood Type Encyclopedia, on page 488 at the bottom of the page on the left, it lists Co Enzyme Q10: 3 mg. Is that correct, or should it be 30 mg?
It should be 30 mg. Many CoQ10 supplements have even higher dosages, due to the low bioavailability of the CoQ10 in those specific preparations. There is a fairly new product called "Q-Gel," which claims to deliver more of the active compound per mg than other formulations do.
On page 103 of the Encyclopedia, Dr. D'Adamo recommends vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) in a dose of 20-30mg/kg for Type O's. For an 80kg man such as myself, that would equal up to 2400mg (2.4g) of vitamin B6 per day. The Merck Manual warns against such a high dosage -- can you confirm if this is correct? Ryan
That is an error: it should read, "2-3 mg/kg." We'll make sure the publisher is made aware of this correction -- thanks, Ryan!
One more for the Encyclopedia Errata - on p. 332 there is a recommendation to take 200 mg. of Melatonin. (YES, 200 mg.!) Take care! -- Judy
200 mg is the high end of dosage range for melatonin. Since the appropriate dose and the timing of it vary so much between individuals, you are squarely in front of your own drawing board if you decide to try it. Each increment starting at .1 mg (1 mcg) all the way up to 200 mg has proved ideal for at least one person. :-) I suspect this entry in the Encyclopedia could reasonably be changed to read "200 mcg," or .2 mg, which is a good starting point if you wish to experiment with this substance. Here’s an informative webpage on melatonin, with a detailed discussion of its functions in humans, and reliable guidelines for using it.
Hi there heidi, I've been on the diet for eight months and seeing real benefits. It has in fact sparked off a fascination with nutrition. As part of my reading round, I have recently come across a book "Food, Your Miracle Medicine" by Jean Carper that reports on varioustheories and research. There is a huge chunk on how beneficial wheat bran has proved to be in prevention of bowel cancer and in the shrinking of premalignant polyps. Also, it is pretty definate that it is wheat bran that is the most eficacious, not oat bran or rice bran. As an A type I found this interesting. However, Dr D'Adamo's advice is to cut down on wheat and certainly Bran is an avoid for me. Does Dr D'Adamo know of this research? I would be really interested in his evaluation of the credability of the studies. If the results really are as they have been reported in the book, would this be a case for the benefits of the bran outweighing the disadvantages as far as the blood type diet goes. I am in a quandry as to whether to include bran or not in my diet. Thanks Maggie
Hello, Maggie! It's nice to hear from you ~~ thank you for writing!
I have not read Jean Carper's book, and cannot comment on it specifically. Peter hasn't written about it, either, so ~ begging your indulgence, I'll give your question the old College try. I think it may not be as esoteric a matter as it first appears.
Bowel cancer usually arises from a long history of heavy stresses and poor diet which lead to a variety of serious illnesses -- diverticulitis, IBS, colitis, and cancer. For type A, a heavy meat, nightshade, hot spice, white flour and fat diet is murder on the colon. For a type O, a steady intake of grain, dairy, transfats, sugar, sodas, pork, and lots of processed foods providing little or no FIBER will get her to the same place.
Could this be the key to this treatment's efficacy? Did the individuals in Carper's reports eat little or no fiber of any kind before beginning the bran therapy? A person in terrible colonic shape who is given ANY kind of fiber may experience healing results if that is what they needed in the first place. Perhaps it was the vitamin E in the wheat bran PLUS the broom effect which helped these people far more than other kinds of bran. Or, simply the robust "clean sweep" may have done the trick for them. This is entirely a different mechanism from the lectin interactions which make wheat bran an avoid food for most of us; rather, it is a therapeutic method designed to get one job done in a hurry.
The caveat here, of course, is that many forms of intestinal disease will get worse rather than better if rough fiber like wheat bran or psyllium husks is introduced. In any case, a cancer prevention strategy must address more than one element in the diet.
The blood type plans by default are preventive and therapeutic. They recommend plenty of fiber from approved sources, live enzymes, food for our beneficial gut bacteria, and polyamine-reducing compounds. They eliminate foods which can cause major health difficulties -- including bowel cancer -- by supporting immune system strength (remember the vast immune functions performed by those healthy critters in a healthy colon!). And, unlike a universal quick-fix-in-a-jam, they are based upon the specific biochemistries of the people who use them, and confer unlooked-for benefits in their use.
Colon health is part of total health, approached through diet, stress reduction and exercise. High energy, sound elimination, and a peaceful mind are its hallmarks. With these tools in hand, I feel more than confident in avoiding wheat germ in favor of raw vegetables, fruits, nuts, and ground flaxseed, as part of the BTD whole. I hope you still do, as well!
Would you please tell me if cremini mushrooms are ok to eat for type O and type B? Crimini mushrooms look just like the white button mushrooms but are light tan to medium brown in color. Should they be considered to have the same blood reaction as the domestic white button? or the portobello? Carol
Cremini (or "cremini" or "Italian Brown") mushrooms are baby portobellos. Like the full-grown version, they are neutral for all types. :-)
What salad dressing is beneficial for type AB & does being diabetic change anything with your suggested foods & supplements? ~ eric
Hello there, eric ~~ I'm not familiar enough with the common store brands to be able to recommend any for you. :-( I prefer making my own salad dressing; it's quick & simple to make, cheaper than the bottled stuff, and I KNOW what's in it. So maybe these suggestions will help. :-)
If you have a blender, you are 3 minutes away from having your own personal salad dressing of any old kind you would like.
Here are a few Beneficial Blends for AB. Use them to get your imagination going on others you'd enjoy.
1) Basic: 1 cup olive oil, juice from one lemon, dash of sea salt.
2) Add to the basic recipe a handful of fresh basil or oregano - or 1/4 cup of red wine.
3) Fresh pink grapefruit, sectioned; 1 cup olive oil; one or two tablespoons of blackstrap molasses, touch of sea salt. Sounds bizarre, but it's very tasty!
4) 1 cup walnut oil, juice from 1/2 lemon, one tablespoon of miso, a raw garlic clove, two tablespoons brewer's yeast. Makes a rather thick, pungent dressing for Asian-style grilled vegetables, noodles, grilled turkey breast, or a hefty salad.
In all cases, just dump everything in the blender and whiz it up. Adjust to taste, and you're done!
I wouldn't think you will need to adapt the AB diet to handle the diabetes. In fact, it should begin altering you, since diabetes is one of the conditions it is designed to alleviate. People often write that after being on their diet for a few weeks, they needed to reduce their medication! so it's a good idea to keep a close eye on your insulin dosage, and stay in touch with your doctor.