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KimonoKat
Friday, June 30, 2006, 3:38pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Lola, she doesn't know her blood type yet.

mlpaul, Welcome to the forums!  As you can already see, you will find lots of support here for helping to adapt your family to this new way of eating.

You will also find lots of scientific support for the diet in the Individualist Wiki.  A great place to roam around and just learn!

Until you get your results for your whole family, here are two foods I would immediately add to your family's diet:

Add Ghee to everyone's diet.  Start cooking with ghee, and have everyone take a tablespoon of ghee on an empty stomach. (More on that, in a bit.) And, add Broccoli into everybody's diet.  Broccoli is a beneficial vegetable for every blood type, including secretors & non-secretors.

In the eight Health Series Books that Dr. D wrote (you and your family might benefit from the more refined diets in either the Allergies and/or Fatigue books), Ghee (clarified butter) turns into a beneficial fat for many of the blood types.  Ghee is loaded with butyrate, which helps to heal and repair the villi in the colon.

Here are a few website and forum links on ghee:

Ghee Thread in Cook Right Forum

Ask Column about Butyrate & Ghee

Homemade Ghee in the oven web page

Recent Ask Column where Dr. D recommends taking Ghee (see last question on the page)

Again, keep asking questions!  There are no silly or stupid questions here.  We are all here to help everyone succeed on this fantastic way of life!



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Patty Lee
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Hi, mlpaul, and welcome!

I concur with Lola. My husband is an A and recently cut out dairy (he's not a BTDer, but he's supportive and sometimes interested in the broader applications--like when he has a stomach ache after bacon, I remind him that As aren't really geared for meat and no one's geared for pork, and he will, for the time being, agree! ).  He has been able to breathe without sinus spray during the depths of allergy season and is now a convert.  

I agree with Pepp, too, that cessation of wheat will likely help a LOT for your whole family, most likely. Perhaps Melissa, who is celiac (and a blogger here), or another gluten-intolerant person, will weigh in on the experience with gluten allergies.  If they are indeed celiac, it is possible that some of grains, including rye, will trigger symptoms.


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Sam Dan - the problem was with a low iron and white blood count.  It has been awhile - I will have this tested again and try to donate blood.  I have had several blood tests done recently and all have come back normal - with a few discrepancies - none which concerned the doctor's (the only one that my doctor wanted to keep an eye on was a slightly elevated bilirubin).  Thank-your for your suggestions on alternative therapies.  I have looked into these - more specifically into bio-feedback, hypnosis and acupuncture.  The problem I'm running into are that these alternatives, although very beneficial, are quite expensive and insurance does not cover them.  I make a good living, but have recently had a huge dent in my wallet from switching to organic foods, natural remedies, counseling and doctor's visits.  

 Everything I'm currently doing is putting a drain on my finances and I have now borrowed to a point that I do not feel comfortable with.  I know that this will benefit my family in the long-run, but I feel the need to cut back a little right now, thus I have not pursued the alternative doctor's/treatments yet.  I am still gathering information to find out which one to add when I'm financially ready to make the commitment (kind of doing a cost/benefit ratio on all the alternative methods).

A bit of history - for those this may help and may be in the same situation - I have been very healthy - until recently.  As a child, I had an occassional cold.  I had two very healthy pregnancies.  My diet was not all that great as I ate the American Fare - highly processed foods, fast food, candy, sodas, tea, etc.  I did have two minor bouts with food intolerances - one to spicy foods and one to milk.  I cut back on these foods and felt better.  After my pregnancies, my body must have changed because I could tolerate those foods again.  

 8-years ago, I started a job that quickly became very stressful.  3-years into the job I encountered ethical issues and struggled with which way to go.  I grew up a shy and quiet kid who went with the flow.  My training is in accounting and I was working for a non-profit agency (lots of ethical issues there).  I finally found my voice and became very assertive and stood up for what I believed in.  Although the results were good, the constant stress and worry of what to do taxed my system and I began having heart palpatations.  I changed my diet and stopped taking sudafed.  I went overboard in the quest for ethics and doing what is right.  I also took on more and more "projects" as people referred me to others and recommended me for projects as I stood up "without fear for rejection," which they were not willing to do.  I believe that this is the point where my body started to try and get my attention to show me what the stress was doing - and I ignored it because there were too many important projects to complete and they never stopped coming!  The palpatations got worse, I would get adrenaline rushes where my face would turn bright red and I would feel very hot.  Although this didn't feel good, the outcome did!  Our books and methods of accounting became a template for other organizations.  The ethical issues persisted and when I came to terms with what it was doing to my health, I moved on.  My doctor commented on how good I looked 3-mo after starting my new job.

Unfortunately, I thrived on the adrenaline rush from problem solving and moved it into areas other than around my work and family.  I spread myself too thin and ignored my bodies shouts to stop.  I had a cast put on my foot last September, which halted my volunteering and other activities.  My body finally had my attention and fell apart.  I had one symptom after another that went unexplained.  I left my doctor's office with 5-prescriptions, one for anxiety, more anitbiotics, anti-inflammatory meds, migrane meds (I still think my headaches and sensitivity to light are sinus related and not migranes) and a reflux med to counteract the stomach problems those med's might cause.  Instead of driving to the pharmacy, I drove to the natural food store and started reading, reading and reading.  Against my doctor's wishes, I am determined to find a natural remedy to "fix" my body and life and know it can be done.  The ER4YT is commen sense to me and I'm glad to see such a large testimony to the lifestyle change!  This is beginning to counteract my interactions with my doctor's lately - thank-you!
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mlpaul{{{{Thank you}}}} for sharing your hard journey here.  I think you will see, (once you and your family get typed), some long lasting benefits to eating for your type.



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mlpaul
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Last year, my son had a colonoscopy and endoscopy done and I asked them to do a biopsy to look for celiac and chrone's disease (he is very thin and has dropped from the 95th percentile when he was born to the 27th percentile - now at age 11 - we were concerned that he may not be absorbing nutrients from the foods).  The doctor reluctantly did the procedure and said he thought the pain was from anxiety (which may partly be true).  We never got clear results from his office regarding the celiac biopsy and I'm not so sure he actually did this.  They did; however, find a blockage and they had several doctor's come in and look at something on the screen when doing some sort of X-ray prior to the test.  Not sure what that was all about.

So, no celiac that I know of - although I still suspect it based on the reaction I've seen to wheat products.

I will try Ghee.  Have not heard of this.  I will research it some more to become more familiar with it.

We do eat a lot of broccoli.  Glad to know this is helpful!  It's one of the few vegetables that everyone likes!

I will see if the Fatique book is at our library.  Hopefully my husband will read it while I finish up LR4YT.  He has shown a little interest in the ER4YT book once I had him read the section on Chronic Fatique.

Thank-you again for your input!
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KimonoKat
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Melissa J, one of our Admin and Bloggers who has celiac I believe has said that you can have a false negative with the biopsy tests for celiac.  I may be wrong, but I think that's correct.

I would try to eliminate as much commercial wheat as possible until everyone in the family is typed.  The fatigue book is for individuals diagnosed with fibromyalgia, which is why I think it would be perfect for your husband.





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So, no celiac that I know of - although I still suspect it based on the reaction I've seen to wheat products.

Well, KK is right, it is apparently very tricky to get an accurate diagnosis of celiac.  That said, when it comes to Type O's (not that we know your type or your family's types yet, but just saying IF you are Type O), even without celiac, we, as a blood type, have a very adverse reaction--or, I should more accurately say, we have a very adverse range of reactions--to wheat.  Frankly, I've concluded that wheat is not really a food that humans should be consuming, except perhaps for Type B's and they should even stick to SPROUTED wheat probably.  I don't know how our species got involved in the whole milling, processing and ingesting of wheat business in the first place.  Very ill-advised, that.




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P.S.  btw, KK, yes, Melissa the fabulous blogger extraordinairre definitely has celiac disease.  And at least one of her children does, too.  She is such a great resource on this site, as she not only sports celiac, but she is very intelligent, a great writer and very helpful by nature.  I'm sure she'll discover this thread in due course and pop in to share her very valuable two or three cents.


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mlpaul, a little aside:  When you see "Sam Dan" or "Kyosha Nim", that is actually not the poster's name, but their belt level (Here's a link w/info. about that, yet there are a few other designations/belt levels that the link doesn't mention, but you get the general idea:  http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b=ref,m=1097503925).  The member's/poster's actual screen name/moniker is the thing above that belt designation.

Hope that made any sense the way I just described it!


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Thank-you for the insight into the names.  I just learned about the forum today and the website in general yesterday.  It's taking me awhile to learn how to navigate it and the different acronymns (sp?)
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Thank-you for the insight into the names.  I just learned about the forum today and the website in general yesterday.  It's taking me awhile to learn how to navigate it and the different acronymns (sp?)

A LOT of people do that same thing when they first start, they think someone's name is "Sam Dan" or whatever.  *Tee hee*  You aren't the only one by any means!

If you have any questions about how to navigate around, etc., you can always ask in the "Info Desk" forum area.  The moderators know all.



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I just wish to express my astonishment and commendation toward everyone posting here! This is the forum in hyperdrive! Well done all. Everytime I have a chance to check in I just get the feeling that, well, more than most places on earth, this forum confirms somehow for me the notion that in spite of the beautiful individuality inheirent to the BTD principles and those participating, that we are ONE!  Please don't anyone take this too much the wrong way. I just mean I'm trying to say the demonstration of support I've just read here seems to validate for me something basic that many of you most likely already know or feel. As one expression of life force to a bunch of others out there I feel a sublime form of unity on a level rare indeed. It is not original but crafted from others but I'm going to throw it out here: We are ONE and we might as well get good at it! This is a place where I certainly feel that is happening. Please forgive my gush. I hope I'm not out of line. I really don't intend to sound zelous(?) The folks without BTD understanding are ONE also they just don;t get it yet right? I've been -O-in' for a year and a half now and I've thought about writing something along these lines before and this thread prompted me to the tipping point. I'll be quiet now.  
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mlpaul-welcome to the BTD forum.   A place where you can learn and become healthy once again.  So sorry that you have to go through all that trouble to find out your blood type.   It is such a simple procedure that the conventional medical doctors "white coats" make difficult for us.  IMHO-if we all follow this way of life everyone would be pretty well healthy and the jobs of the "white coats" would be jeopardized.  Either they don't understand or don't want to.

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I just wish to express my astonishment and commendation toward everyone posting here! This is the forum in hyperdrive! Well done all. Everytime I have a chance to check in I just get the feeling that, well, more than most places on earth, this forum confirms somehow for me the notion that in spite of the beautiful individuality inheirent to the BTD principles and those participating, that we are ONE!  Please don't anyone take this too much the wrong way. I just mean I'm trying to say the demonstration of support I've just read here seems to validate for me something basic that many of you most likely already know or feel. As one expression of life force to a bunch of others out there I feel a sublime form of unity on a level rare indeed. It is not original but crafted from others but I'm going to throw it out here: We are ONE and we might as well get good at it! This is a place where I certainly feel that is happening. Please forgive my gush. I hope I'm not out of line. I really don't intend to sound zelous(?) The folks without BTD understanding are ONE also they just don;t get it yet right? I've been -O-in' for a year and a half now and I've thought about writing something along these lines before and this thread prompted me to the tipping point. I'll be quiet now.  
Iemnli


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I just want to add a warm welcome to you, mlpaul! I'm impressed with your determination to fight for your and your family's health.

I find it very sad to hear about your struggle with your doctors. It is astonishing how medical doctors for the sake of their own proffesional pride sacrifice the health of their patients.

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Yes, it is sad to have to education your physician.  I just wish I could find one that is at least half interested in what I'm doing - or at least positively supports me!  I'm trying to get my health back - isn't that their goal?


Oh how right you are! I have no health problems and don't overrun my doctor's office, but I must say that I'm now so annoyed at him, that I'm looking for a new one. You see, I used to smoke and was over weight, and my doctor said to me once, that it would be good for me to stop smoking and loose weight
So, last time I saw him (a year ago) for the tri-annual gyn-test-thingy, he asked me: "So, what's new with you?" And I answered with no little pride: "Oh, not much, other than I've stopped smoking and lost 48 lbs!"

You know what he answered???

"Huh...!" And went on leafing through his papers...

Thats what!!!

And I ask like you do: Shouldn't he be thrilled that I did something good for myself and decided to get more healthy? Isn't that his goal? (Maybe he wants me to get sick and overrun his office...?

Good luck, mlpaul, on your path to health for you and your family. Ask away, and as you have already experienced, an army of knowledge will be at your disposal.

ETA: ieatmeatnlikeit, I liked your post a lot! Very true!


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I just wish to express my astonishment and commendation toward everyone posting here! This is the forum in hyperdrive! Well done all. Everytime I have a chance to check in I just get the feeling that, well, more than most places on earth, this forum confirms somehow for me the notion that in spite of the beautiful individuality inheirent to the BTD principles and those participating, that we are ONE!  Please don't anyone take this too much the wrong way. I just mean I'm trying to say the demonstration of support I've just read here seems to validate for me something basic that many of you most likely already know or feel. As one expression of life force to a bunch of others out there I feel a sublime form of unity on a level rare indeed. It is not original but crafted from others but I'm going to throw it out here: We are ONE and we might as well get good at it! This is a place where I certainly feel that is happening. Please forgive my gush. I hope I'm not out of line. I really don't intend to sound zelous(?) The folks without BTD understanding are ONE also they just don;t get it yet right? I've been -O-in' for a year and a half now and I've thought about writing something along these lines before and this thread prompted me to the tipping point. I'll be quiet now.  
Iemnli



Well said Iemnli! Where else can you find such honest support?
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Quoted from ieatmeatnlikeit
I just wish to express my astonishment and commendation toward everyone posting here!  ...As one expression of life force to a bunch of others out there I feel a sublime form of unity on a level rare indeed. It is not original but crafted from others but I'm going to throw it out here: We are ONE and we might as well get good at it! This is a place where I certainly feel that is happening.  ...I've been -O-in' for a year and a half now and I've thought about writing something along these lines before and this thread prompted me to the tipping point. I'll be quiet now.  Iemnli

Wow, don't be quiet!  Not when you write such beautiful sentiments!  Yay for our community here!




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A hearty welcome to you, mlpaul!

Thanks for sharing. It takes a lot of courage to do so.
Stress! If you are an "A" you may suffer more in this area than the other blood types. I swear all my health problems can be traced to stress. No wonder they call it the silent killer!


I came to the diet with some of the symptoms you describe. I was anemic and suffered from allergies, sinutus, ear infections, etc. Anything to do with infections, I got it.

I got fed up with taking antibiotics every few weeks, so decided to give the diet a try. Well, I started out gradually and wheat was the last item for me to give up. (Just happen to love all kinds of bread and spaghetti).  I suffered from anemia for years, but the doctors could not find the cause. Iron pills did not help. After a couple of months on the diet I went to my doctor for the yearly check-up. The blood work came back and I was surprised to learn that the iron count, etc were all normal.  
The sinutus came back because I started eating wheat products again.I have given up the wheat for 2 weeks and my nasal passages are clear again! But I went out with friends last night and had some Nan.   Well, my nose is plugged up again!  
The diet does work! You have to be patient and if you are suffering from health problems, be fairly strict with it. But it does work!

Just beware, when you find out what your blood type is you may be tempted to go Cold Turkey. If you do, your body will dump alot of toxins into your body. You may experience flu-like symptoms, etc. You may feel worse before you feel better.

Can't wait to find out what blood type you are.





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I've just gotten back from a mini-vacation and my blood test came back!  I found out I'm 0+  .  I am soooo glad - the more I've read about the different types, the more I found myself fitting into the "0" type over the "A" type - I LOVE and crave meat, and over the past few years, when I was up to my eyeballs in stress, I found out that when I do hard work outside, I feel better.  I always told my boss and others that if they want to see how stressed out I am, just look at my yard!  I've built a play area for my children with railroad ties, dug up a hill full of rocks in our back yard and filled up the bottom part of the hill to make a level play area, built a huge sandbox, a brick patio and walkway and planted numerous shrubs, flowers and trees.  There was nothing like pounding away at landscape timbers with a mallet and nails to take the stress away!  This year I have taken up swimming and enjoy swimming laps for 30-min to an hour (depends on how much time my children will give me   ).  

I wanted to go cold turkey when I found out as I am tired of all the pains and inflammation; however, I will take your advise and go in slowly.  I'm just so glad I can have meat - I crave this all the time!

Does anyone know why pork/bacon/ham is an avoid for all blood types?  I don't like pork as it is too salty for my liking; however, I have shared this book with almost everyone I know and this question constantly came up (while eating at a restaurant at the beach with relatives, we were discussing the different blood types and foods and dissecting the food on the table and my son said "Mom - how many people have read your book?"  He's worried that all his favorite junk food will be eliminated when he goes for a visit).

Thanks for the advise on how to add my blood type to my signature (?) and differentiating someone's shield color and name from their name.  I'm starting to get the hang of this!  It's also nice to see that this is international and not just limited to those in the US.

Things are starting to fall into place now.  I'm going to make a "cheat sheet" for shopping and will begin the diet today (slowly, of course).  Thank-you again for all the support!  This was very helpful!
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I've just gotten back from a mini-vacation and my blood test came back!  I found out I'm 0+  .  I am soooo glad

Yay!  O positive rules.
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...the past few years, when I was up to my eyeballs in stress, I found out that when I do hard work outside, I feel better.  I always told my boss and others that if they want to see how stressed out I am, just look at my yard!

omg, that is SO true of me, too!  If my yard ever goes to h*ll, you'll know my life is stress-free.
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I've built a play area for my children with railroad ties, dug up a hill full of rocks in our back yard and filled up the bottom part of the hill to make a level play area, built a huge sandbox, a brick patio and walkway and planted numerous shrubs, flowers and trees.  There was nothing like pounding away at landscape timbers with a mallet and nails to take the stress away!

Next to swimming, I feel that gardening is THE best exercise.  I've planted something like 62 Mamie Crotons as a "fence" in the front yard, put in brick edging along the sidewalk and front walk, planted out the front city right-of-way with hollies (bad idea in FL, never do this...they are all dying in shifts and, as they do, I'm slowly replacing them as they do with Junipers), and other varieties of crotons (I LOVE crotons), planted one whole length of the house, at the property line, with Italian Cypress, junipers and yet another variety of croton, put in arborvitae as a second-level hedge along the two croton "fence lengths" that extend to the sidewalk from the house, done a little reflective garden (which is terribly neglected right now) in the back yard, planted crotons and a second level hedge of sweet vibernum along the back alley, planted a bunch of trees (live oak, kumquat--yay for O faux citrus!--crepe myrtle, jacaranda, etc.), and other stuff too numerous to mention.  And you thought YOU had stress *lol*!!!  There was a bunch of existing stuff in the yard already when I moved in ten years ago that seems all to require continual pruning, such as bougainvillea (although I've decided after 10 years of wrestling this stuff to let it win/go wild), hibiscus, etc.

I just spent five hours doing yard work yesterday.  Mowing, weeding, re-installing the front wrought-iron gate yet again, planting grass plugs (that I had just weeded from other areas of the yard--recycling, wu HUU!), planting a hibiscus on the side of the house, etc.  When all was said and done, I had to make an emergency visit to the chiropractor today in the middle of the workday because I twisted my sacrum up so badly.  He said, after one particular adjustment "Well, I think they heard that one over in the next county!  You really overdid it this time."  Yup.  The telltale sign of an O under extreme stress:  gardening 'til she just can't garden no mo'!  You didn't even need a blood typing test, you could have just mentioned the "gardening 'til you drop" propensity and I could have told ya!

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This year I have taken up swimming and enjoy swimming laps for 30-min to an hour (depends on how much time my children will give me   ).

Yup, O alert!  Once in water, I refuse to get out.  It takes a village to remove me.
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I wanted to go cold turkey when I found out as I am tired of all the pains and inflammation; however, I will take your advise and go in slowly.  I'm just so glad I can have meat - I crave this all the time!

Well, I disagree about the advice you got on going cold turkey.  Well, "disagree" is too strong a word, as I think all she was trying to say was, just be aware that you may experience some detox if you do it that way, not that you shouldn't do it that way if you want.  Personally, I say go cold turkey on "the biggies" like wheat, specifically.  Wheat and corn and probably dairy, too, at least until you figure out how much of an issue dairy is for you.  I myself can get away with eating some dairy, but other O's have a devil of a time with it and it is very inflammatory, and since you have sinus issues, I would say definitely cut out the dairy for now, until you establish what your "baseline" of health is, then you could begin "testing" the envelope to see if once in a while you could eat a certain avoid.  But I would say jettison the wheat NOW!  Do not pass "Go", do not collect $200.00!  Hey hey, ho ho, eating wheat has got to go!
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Things are starting to fall into place now.  I'm going to make a "cheat sheet" for shopping and will begin the diet today (slowly, of course).  Thank-you again for all the support!  This was very helpful!

If you need any advice on specific substitutions for things, let us know.  For example, there are lots of good 100% rice pastas you can use instead of wheat pasta.  Pastariso is (or was, not sure if they make it anymore--my HFS doesn't have it anymore, I noticed) one brand.  Tinkinyada or somethin' like that is another.



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I've just typed up the "O" foods onto a piece of paper I can take to the Whole Foods store (left out all the avoids).  I guess the next step is to order the secretor test from his website.  Will do that momentarily.  I believe my whole family are "O's" so it should make meals a whole lot easier.  This does explain A LOT!  My daughter is a wheat/starch person and she is having bouts of alopecial ariata - an auto-immune problem.  My inflammation is coming back in my hands, lower back and feet, as well as GERD - I've eaten some wheat and dairy, and stopped eating meat - thinking I was an "A".  I'm on my way now to try to find some of the things mentioned for these conditions in his LR4YT book.  I also gained 3-lbs over the last 4-days - I'm going to try his suggestions of squash, sweet potatoes and pumpkins for starch replacements and 5HTP for the carbohydrate cravings.  The hardest part for me will be the carbohydrate and sweet cravings.  I have no self-control when those foods are around.

I can get back to my gardening now that I'm back!  All my beds are beginning to be invaded by weeds and bermuda grass (I planted the Zoysia plugs awhile back which work well with my beds, but some leftover bermuda grass won't go away!!!).  I also have a few more bushes and trees that I'm turning into topiaries (I have a phobia about snakes - I have seen many in my yard, so I trim all my bushes so that there is no growth ~ 1 ft. from the ground and so that I can walk under my trees).  It's amazing how fast things grow!!!  I've had a few bushes that I could not "control" so I dug them up and put out by the curb (my neighbors or the city take them for their yards - recycling - yeah!!!).  I'm still finding out what works for my area and trying to make a drought-resistant yard that looks inviting and calming.  

It has been very interesting to read his book and see how much I can relate to it!  I have been discussing it with my husband's family and my family and have found that once someone reads a few pages, they are "hooked!"  
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the pork issues you wanted to know about:
http://www.dadamo.com/review.html
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pig meat is bad for everyone. Bacon/Ham/Pork consumed by Blood Groups A, B, AB, and O (all of them) must be avoided at all costs, mostly because pig meat provokes abnormal blood reactions, inhibits proper gastric function, and/or blocks nutritional assimilation.


and also:

http://www.dadamo.com/faq/smartfaq.cgi?answer=988882481&id=988813483
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Why should all types avoid pork?
Hog is very "A-like" immunologically, which makes it an avoid if you happen to have antibodies to the blood type A antigen, like type B's and O's do.

Paradoxically enough, hog also has an antibody (iso-hemmaglutinin) in its tissues which reacts to the A antigen, so it should be avoided for this reason by A's and AB's as well.



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The hardest part for me will be the carbohydrate and sweet cravings.  I have no self-control when those foods are around.

mlpaul, for me personally, the carb cravings thing is the most challenging part of ANY diet and the BTD is the best one for helping me with that, as once on it, your body and your brain chemistry achieve a balance and thus the cravings are greatly lessened to completely eliminated, but the trick is to figure out how to optimize your own customized, individualized BTD to achieve this consistently and not derail occasionally.  It took me several YEARS and lots of jumping the rail to get to where I am now.  It also took learning about my secretor status.  And time and experience.  And I still am learning and have so much to learn, but at least the cravings don't usually strike me and, even better, when they do, I know what to do (whew!  major!).  When you do initially "slip up" and yield to the carb cravings, don't look at it as a failure, look at it as an opportunity to learn, to observe your own patterns, triggers, what sets you off, what gets you back on track, and ultimately what prevents you from getting off track in the first place.  For each of us, this is going to be slightly different, as we are all different, even within types.

For me and for a lot of O's, the keys are giving up wheat and other avoid grains, making sure to eat enough protein not only every day, but ideally at every meal and certainly when you are eating refined carbs or other items high on the glycemic index, and learning what foods are extra beneficial to you in terms of STOPPING carb cravings in their tracks, such as, for me, salmon is the main one, and also eating grapefruit is another, surprisingly.  Stuff like that you learn through experience and time and other folks on this board sharing their own experiences and knowledge.

That all makes it sound rather "hard" and/or like it takes a long time to get it "down pat", but really the exciting thing is, from the very first DAY or so that you give up wheat and start eating right for your O type, you will notice a DRAMATIC dip in any carb cravings, among other signs that your system is coming into balance.  Eat meat, no wheat.  Or, in the immortal words of someone from the old board, Bob L.:  "Don't fear the meat, fear the wheat!"  , I thought that was so great at the time and I still love it!
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It has been very interesting to read his book and see how much I can relate to it!  I have been discussing it with my husband's family and my family and have found that once someone reads a few pages, they are "hooked!"

That is what made me give the thing a try in the first place:  EVERYTHING in the book made sense to me and "resonated" with me.  Something that made that much sense and applied to me so much, I had to try.

I'm so excited for you and to hear progress reports.  There are some wonderful, great things in store for you.  The cravings will disappate, the sinus issues will get MUCH better, and that'll just be for starters.  Oh yeah, babe.



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I'm going to try his suggestions of squash, sweet potatoes and pumpkins for starch replacements and 5HTP for the carbohydrate cravings.  The hardest part for me will be the carbohydrate and sweet cravings.  I have no self-control when those foods are around.

Dr. D no longer recommended 5-HTP for type O because the source material has a type O reactive lectin. I suggest you try some L-glutamine or just make sure you eat plenty of protein. A couple of other recommendations from Dr. D are unsweetened cocoa powder in hot water or sip on some vegetable glycerine (or put the vegetable glycerine in your cocoa).

I also find some eating some nuts or nutbutter seems to help with my after meal sweet tooth desire.


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Dr D:
Griffonia species have about 4-5 different
lectins, and the most common commercial source
 of 5-HTP are  Griffonia seeds. Like
everything else in this world, your mileage
may vary: some people may be able to use it
with impunity, others (such as those who are
more digestively or immunologically sensitive)
would probably do better avoiding it.

Clinically, I've pretty much stopped using it,
more for what appears to be a lack of
efficacy rather than anything else,.......


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Lola - thank-you for the information on pork!  I have passed this along.

Peppermint Twist - I will try some grapefruit to help with my cravings (I have not yet aquired a taste for Salmon).  I have found that peanuts help; however, I do not see these on his list for O's, so I stopped buying them.  I know it will take time to experiment and find out how I react to certain foods and aquire a taste for some new foods  (tried Sole today - too fishy for my liking  ).  I'm very excited to begin the journey!

MoDon - I went to the health store today and did some research on 5-HTP, Tyrosine and Glutamin.  I have been on 5-HTP before for anxiety (as a natural alternative to Zoloft) and it made my heart palpatations worse so I stopped.  The Tyrosine looks great; however, I want to wait due to the cautions (not to use if using MAO-inhibitors.  I'm not; however, I thought I would run it by a doctor first).  The Glutamine looked to be the most beneficial; however, it was not recommended for people who have kidney issues.  I've had an elevated bilirubin test.  Not sure if this would be OK or not.  I thought I would run this one by a physician as well.  I am now ditching my physician and trying to find a naturalist/physician combo in my area.  There has to be one around her.  I will call the number in the ER4YT book or go on-line.  Don't know if the insurance will cover or not.  Need to find out more first.  

I would like to find someone who will know the different reactions and pros/cons to the natural remedies I want to start . . . stone root for chronic sinus/ear infections; Gentian for GERD (bought today), freeze dried bladder wrack (bought today) for H. Pylori infection (my husband has been diagnosed with this twice - recently, and was given a very high dose of antibiotics both times); Probiotics (bought one today that contains L. Rhamnosus, L. Reuteri & L. Acidophilus) for re-current UTI & bladder infections; and Licorice Root for my husband to help his stomach problems.  I am interested in learning more about using Glutamine for cravings (and it looks like overall health), and Jamaican sarsaparilla root for inflammation (couldn't find this in the store today - they had not heard of it!  Found some of the other things he mentioned for inflammation mixed in with other items I had not heard of.  I did not buy since I didn't know about the other ingredients.  

For now, I will stick to eating sweet potatoes and squash to satisfy carbohydrate cravings and Thyme, Oregano & Rosemary leaves for inflammation, and candida infections.  I don't want to go too overboard at first as from what I've read, it appears by adopting the diet alone, a lot of ailments will subside without using the natural remedies.  In the meantime, I will find another naturalist/doctor combo (one who supports ER4YT - maybe I should interview them first  ), begin the diet (started today!!!) and then add on the natural supplements as needed.
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