Dr. D'Adamo: I would really, really appreciate your response to this comment made by a doctor online:
Type or types of lectin and one's susceptibility (genetic susceptibility) cannot be determined by blood type. D'Adamo tested lectins with blood cells. Lectin intolerance reactions occur in the gut, general circulation (artery walls and the like), brain, gland or organ as well as red blood cells. Sensitivity of one type of cell does not necessarily determine whether another type cell will or will not react.
Hmm. How can I say this nicely? Your internet doctor appears to know so much about the subject, that not only can he comment decisively on when something occurs, he can comment authoritatively on when something doesn't! My suggestion is that you refer this person to a reliable textbook of glycobiology so they can get their facts straight. Here's a good link for the rest of you. It's always exciting when someone discovers that a century of molecular biology research is wrong!
Even though I consider myself as maintaining an optimum health level and am my doctor's healthiest patient (45), as a blood group A person I sometimes begin to struggle with the effects of multiple stressors. Lately, I started experiencing mild joint and muscle pains in early morning due to the level of stress associated with 2 cancer losses, a lay off and a job search. I also decided to bring my BTD to the highest level of adherence by eliminating all neutrals and am amazed at the results. It feels like my body is going through this amazing low-grade detoxification. I am completely pain and stress free and am also experiencing this incredible surge of mental clarity. I am now asking myself if the occasional chicken, feta, mozzarella and wheat breads are worth giving up this amazing experience. Thank you Dr. D’Adamo – you inspire me Alina
Hi Alina, what a great story. Let's hope that your experience can help inspire others to always be open to improving their levels of compliance if need be.
Hello, Dr. D'Adamo. I am in the middle of reading your book. I have begun eliminating the avoids from my diet and incorporating a lot of the beneficials, however I am a type B and have been a vegetarian for 12 years. I was wondering if I can still benefit from a type B diet without reincorporating meat or fish into my diet? I have no objections to eggs and dairy. Thank you, Mandy
Hi Mandy! Fortunately, type B's are quite omnivorous. You certainly can get by with dairy and eggs. You may want to consider adding a good type B protein powder if you are training hard or under any tye of physical stress. NAP makes a nice one. Also, type B's (for complicated genetic reasons that I will not go into here) do well on sources of 'non-protein nitrogen'. These include creatine; the 'muscle-guy powder.' Very helpful for preventing the type of nerve degeneration type B is more prone to.
I have neuropathy in my hands and feet. There is redness on my hands and on my feet and it is painful. I also have hyperparathyroidism and have had two parathyroids removed to control excess calcium into the blood. Would you recommend the basic diet for type O (which I am) to deal with these problems? Thanks for your help. Lynne
Hi Lynne! Quercetin, a plant based antioxidant, has very nice effects on inhibiting the type of cellular accumulations that can cause neuropathy. It is available in any health food store, or online from the Blood Type Diet E-store. Certainly the type O diet will be very helpful in maximizing the health of the parathyroid, especially the low-wheat, low-corn part!
Thanks to all of you who write in. I can't answer all of your questions, but do wish to thank you all for the wonderful notes and stories.