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!!
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