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Drea
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thanks so much for letting me know about the saliva test kit do you have the link wheer i can order it from?do i have to send it in or is it a do it yourself?I see your a type A like me do you also have a weak tummy i was reading type A's have bad tummys is this true?


The link picture for the secretor test link shows blood, but the actual test is saliva. The link I posted is the site where you order the kit. You have to send it in to be tested, and they will notify you either by snailmail or on-line, depending which choice you make on the form. It's been a long time since I had mine done, so if you are unclear, I suggest you talk to the nice folks from NAP.

As far as my tummy goes, I can eat almost anything. The problems manifest themselves in my digestive track or in swollen joints...


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Bo,

As an A (and a friend of many As), I can tell you that we all (all, not some) have weak tummies.  I don't think I know a single A who doesn't have stomach complaints, unless they're on this diet.

Sometimes when you're first starting out, you have to really, really pay attention to what's in your food, till you get the hang of reading ingredients and noticing additives that are "no-no's."  My first thought when you said you had trouble with coffee was, "Hm.  I wonder if he's dumping milk in it, or a non-dairy creamer with corn syrup."  

Some of the biggest problem foods (causing trouble for the stomach specifically) for As seem  to be wheat, dairy, corn if you're a nonnie, and maybe red meat and vinegar.  

Hope this helps some.


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thanks for your help everyone.im going to order the saliva kit and then i will know for sure if im a nonnie or a secretor.as far as the coffe goes i was putting mil in it.why didnt i think of that?im wondering what types of stomach complaints you A's have anyway if you care to share at all?
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every complaint of having low levels of IAP.
http://www.dadamo.com/wiki/wiki.pl/Intestinal_Alkaline_Phosphatase_(IAP)


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Bo,
As an A (and a friend of many As), I can tell you that we all (all, not some) have weak tummies.  I don't think I know a single A who doesn't have stomach complaints, unless they're on this diet.


bolded emphasis added by me...that's the key, I think. I don't have tummy troubles because I eat right for my type...and it's been over 7 years. Although, I've always had a cast iron stomach in terms of food.


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Wow, Drea.  Lucky duck.    I don't have tummy troubles anymore, because I'm on this diet.  But I used to be so constipated as a kid that I'd go about once a week.  And my stomach just hurt all the time.  As I got older it all continued, and finally I saw a homeopathic doctor who took me off wheat, diary, corn and potatoes.  Good advice on his part since I wasn't supposed to eat any of them anyway.  After I discontinued them, my digestion improved some, but was still really sluggish.  But my body healed enough to begin to react to those foods when I'd eat them.  If I had even the slightest bit of dairy, I'd spend the next day running to the bathroom.  If I had the slightest bit of wheat, the depression would come back, and I'd be severely constipated.  After I began the BTD and removed red meat from my diet, my bowels became regular and easy and ... almost enjoyable ... (comparitavely) ...  No troubles at all anymore, unless I ingest dairy or wheat.

You may do well to take all the avoids out of your pantry and fridge and freezer and give them to a friend.  That way you won't forget or be tempted.


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im glad you are doing well.i hope this diet helps my tummy.i never really been tested to see what foods i should stay away from.but  the homeopathic doctor thing i may try i guess they really know what there doing.
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Welcome Bo from another "A" -

I've pretty much had a cast iron stomach all my life so tummy complaints weren't on my "fix it" list.  I wanted to change my eating habits mostly to try to rid myself of scalp psoriasis I've been fighting for approximately 9 years.  

While I still have the psoriasis (although not as severe) what I did discover since changing the foods I eat are other benefits such as:

No more constant nose blowing and plugged up ears (that came I believe from giving up dairy).

No more achy muscles.

Slight weight loss (the six pounds I had been trying to lose forever).

Arthritis in my thumb disappeared.

These were problems that I had had for so long I thought they were "normal".  The BTD eliminated them and made me realize what I was eating (or not eating) really DID matter.

Give yourself time to adjust to a new way of eating.  I really no longer consider myself to be a "recreational" eater.  I eat now for the nutritional benefit of the foods instead of the short-term sugar/carb emotional eating I was comfortable with.

Don't allow yourself to get overwhelmed, just try to find something you like and that's beneficial for you when you stop eating something that isn't.

One more thing.  As you eliminate foods and add others you may find yourself going through a couple detox episodes.  Mine were slight pimple outbreaks, incredibly itchy foot bottoms and a skunky smelling armpit.  These only lasted a couple days and I looked at them as my body ridding itself of c**p.  They were a good thing!


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great testimonial!


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hi all I am new to this thing.

Welcome, bo!!!  If I do say so myself, we are a very lovely bunch of people here and welcome any questions or comments you have, so don't be shy.  I hope you will love how great the diet is for your health and that you'll love it here at BTD Central.

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I got talking to someone about my food problems and all the things that make me run to the toilet, gas problems pains in the gut you get the picture *sigh* and they lead me to here.  I ordered the blood test form this site and I'm a type A.Does it matter is your a type A neg or pos?

The Rhesus type (positive or negative) doesn't matter so much.  The main thing is your ABO type and your secretor status (secretor or non-secretor).  The vast majority of people (around 85%) are secretors, so that is the population that the original book, Eat Right for Your Type, was mainly tailored to.  The following book, "Live Right for Your Type" refined it further by secretor type, which was good news for us non-secretors, because the non-secretor refinements do make a big difference to us, although just the original diet as outlined in ER4YT is a huge, HUGE improvement from the standard American diet, and should greatly help all the issues you mentioned above.
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The test says that I'm a type A pos.  Im going to order the book but I wont get it for 4 or 5 days.  I also don't know about the non secretor or secretor thing as the test I did, did not include that info. What does this mean and how important is it?

Well, it is important but, at the same time, it isn't anything to worry about when you are a brand, spankin' newbie.  Like I said, even if it turns out that you are a non-secretor and you have been following the "regular" diet as outlined in ER4YT, it is still a vast improvement over the standard American diet.  It is still right for your ABO type and that is the main thing.  That said, at some point, it is a very good idea to get tested for nonniehood, especially if you find that the non-secretor descriptions and tendencies, as you go along around here and learn more, seem to fit you.  If and when you wish to order a test for nonniedom, you can order it from this site, and it is a saliva test.
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Also I was told at a health food store since I'm a type A to not eat wheat,and no dairy etc.can anyone give me a longer list of foods to avoid for type A?and some things i can eat.i have no clue of what i can and cant eat now but a few things.

Well, you really, really, really need to get one of the books for that and I'm glad you've ordered one.  For now, you can click on "Typebase" to find out which foods are beneficial, neutral, or avoid for your type.  Beneficial means that the food is super good for your type and acts almost like a tonic or medicine in your system.  Neutral means that the food acts like a food, not especially good or bad for you in terms of your blood type, and neutrals are good for variety in the diet.  Avoid means that the food acts almost like a poison in your system.  Some avoids are worse than others, you will learn which ones as you go along, too--don't worry.  This can all seem overwhelming at first but truly it is a simple diet to practice.  The theory is a bit complex but the practice is very user-friendly and doable!
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I cant wait till I get the book since my tummy has been giving me a lot of problems for years on end.well that's it for now.sorry if I posted this in the wrong section being a newbie and all.I will be back later on today to check back in.thanks all.......bo

You posted in the exact right place, no worries, mate.  And I am very happy for you because I know from experience that you are in the right place and this diet is going to help you as it has so many others.  I can't wait to start seeing your posts about your great results--wu HUUUUUUUUUUU!  I love newbies!  It always makes me grateful anew when I remember how amazing this thing is in the very beginning.  The thrill never wears off...it just starts to seem normal, which is lovely.



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thanks for your help everyone.im going to order the saliva kit and then i will know for sure if im a nonnie or a secretor.as far as the coffe goes i was putting mil in it.why didnt i think of that?

The milk, especially combined with the strong caffeine in coffee, could definitely be the culprit there.  A's sometimes have good luck with coffee with no milk in it, but this is one thing that, while it is okay and even good for A's in moderation, is only good in moderation, ya know?  Far, far better for A's is green tea.  I love a particularly rich, robust brand called Haiku 100% organic Hojicha roasted green tea.  Ummmmmmmmmmm!  Here's a link for it (it is the one/variety in the red box):

http://www.great-eastern-sun.com/shopnew/haikuteas.html#Hojicha  (Note:  scroll down for a nifty comparison chart on caffeine content of different beverages).

I'm glad you've ordered the secretor test.  


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in the morning i eat a few dounts......... the health food store told me no dairy so i bought some non dairy milk.


these are prob 2 of your problems. Donuts, while they taste so very yummy, are a big total avoid. first of all the genetically modified to h*ll and back wheat they use and then add to that the crappy oil they use to deep fry and the deep frying itself creates acrylimides    http://dictionary.reference.com/search?r=2&q=acrylamide
non dairy milk prob has avoids in it............and when eating donuts, you prob want coffee, eh?  
btw, would you mind sharing if you are male or female. I noticed someone said he, while I was thinking she
as for why the coffee isn't ok for you being an A and the book says it is.........as Drea says we are all individuals. it's not that the book or doc are wrong, it's that the values doc sets are pretty much guidelines except for the avoids. avoids are avoids. not all A's will be able to tolerate the same things......you just have to pay attn to how you feel after you eat. after a while you'll start noticing patterns. takes a bit to 'slueth' it all out, but it will come
as for why everyone is BTD'ing............many reasons.........for me, I just wanted to be healthier. I was at 100% compliance and noticed alot of things leaving me. Yea!!! Daily migraines, sinus headaches, bronchitis, all sinus issues, many many digestive issues, and lots of arthritis like pain. I got rid of all that just by changing to the foods Dr.  D'Adamo suggests for my blood type. I took no supplements.  give it a bit to kick in........remember, you got in the shape you're in over a period of years, so the change back won't happen overnight    tho I do have to say, the sinus and migraine headaches for me, were gone within a week.  
My O brother was having IBS prob.  Got off the wheat and beer and is much much better now.  
My A husband has a stomach of steel. not much bothers his tummy except onions. on the other hand, he suffers in the joints and from boils from the avoids. some day he'll get the big pic I hope  
Hope you are feeling better soon.



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You may do well to take all the avoids out of your pantry and fridge and freezer and give them to a friend.  That way you won't forget or be tempted.


When I lived alone, I did just this. But now that I share a house with another (non-BTDer O) person, that's not possible. Will-power has to be greater in this case.


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I share a house with another (non-BTDer O) person.... Will-power has to be greater in this case.


Same here       I can say however, that Rich doesn't eat a lot of junk food, just foods not good for his BT.



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Same here       I can say however, that Rich doesn't eat a lot of junk food, just foods not good for his BT.


Same with my DH...he eats foods not good for his blood type and my blood type....


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Hello to all!
I'm a newbie here. I tried the BTD halfheartedly several times a few years back. With my husband's help I'm going to seriously do it this time. I'm a type A waiting for the secretor test, but I must be a nonsecretor as I have all the foibles that they seem to have. I worked in the health food/supplement industry for 8 yrs which is where I encountered all things Blood Type.
I'm on my 4th. day on the regular A diet. I have not eaten any meat-just Ezekiel bread, rice, and other grains as well as fruit and veggies. The problem I've always had with the diet is that after a few days on the grains I start not feeling good. My stomach feels cold and funny-I have never done well with grains. Ezekiel bread seems too intense. I have taken digestive enzymes for years and have always felt best eating fatty, salty, proteins-especially cheese! Salmon makes me sick. I love pizza, but pull off the topping and eat it and leave the dough part. This is confusing to me because an A should do well with grains right? Yet I do best with butter, cheese, and salt especially. I have given up my lifetime favorite-potatoes. Does anyone else have experience with being an A and not tolerating grains well?
I also have a clotting disorder (thick sticky blood-high fibrinogen), reactive arthritis from Valley Fever, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and essential tremors. So obviously after reading about non-A's (which I must be) and their particular maladies I realize I must try this 100 %.
Any thoughts about the grain issue?
This website is awesome!
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welcome Sunny!
As can also try complete protein combos like this
Legumes + seeds
Legumes + nuts
Legumes + dairy
Grains + legumes
Grains + dairy
the exception is soy protein which is a complete protein and an plant protein

besides you can choose from all the fish and poultry allowed for your type.
don t forget to add lots of veggies to that!

have you read the tutorial for starts?
advice on lifestyle changes as well as cortisol lowering exercises are key.
http://www.dadamo.com/knowbase/newbie/1.htm


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Welcome to the BTD bo!!

I know I came here for weight issues, but also just to FEEL BETTER overall.

This is a wonderful bunch of people, and are very quick to give you answers to just about everything.

You will find that small steps will make you feel wonderful, and rarely do you feel like you are missing out on something.  In the short time I have followed the BTD, I ave lost 20 pounds, and no longer  take Celebrex.  For this alone I will always be grateful.
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Sunny,
Have you tried laying off the spelt and wheat (and maybe oats too) and just eating other grains like amaranth and quinoa?  Quinoa pilaf is pretty good as well as high in protein.  Amanranth can be ground into flour and mixed with quinoa flour to make pretty good muffins.  You don't have to go heavy on grains on the A diet.  You just have to fill in with other things.

Sound like you may  need to find a good protein source that's not cheese.  Any other fish that sets well for you?


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Becky,
those are great results you are having!
you must feel real proud of yourself!


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Sunny,
If you are a nonnie, you might not do as well with grains as secretors do.  And I agree with Ribbit that
non-gluten grains may do you better.  You don't HAVE to eat large amounts of grains as a type A.  Some A's on this forum are nearly or completely grain-free.



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