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podiecat
Wednesday, February 6, 2008, 7:22pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Hi Victoria,

I just spoke with someone at the clinic who will get back to me at 4:00 with more info.  I assume it would be months before he has an opening - and outrageously expensive since my insurance won't cover it, but I need to find out.  It would be great if I could go down there and have him do the genotyping so I know that it's accurate.  

I've really crashed again and don't see any way out - mentally and/or physically.  I was actually doing superficially better for a few weeks because I was indulging (self-medicating/poisoning) in lots and lots of ice-cream and raw farmhouse cheese.  I knew I needed to stop and now there is nothing I eat that feels right.  My naturopath always gives me the hairy eyeball when I tell her that I feel better when I eat ice-cream, cookies and chocolate - but I really do.  And now I'm trying to be pure for my bones, etc, and I'm flushing more and just want to sleep.

Maybe Dr D can recommend a qualified MD so that my insurance will cover it.  

Do you know of anyone who has gone to the clinic who posts on this forum?....
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Quoted from podiecat

I just spoke with someone at the clinic who will get back to me at 4:00 with more info.  I assume it would be months before he has an opening - and outrageously expensive since my insurance won't cover it, but I need to find out.  It would be great if I could go down there and have him do the genotyping so I know that it's accurate.  

I've really crashed again and don't see any way out - mentally and/or physically.  I was actually doing superficially better for a few weeks because I was indulging (self-medicating/poisoning) in lots and lots of ice-cream and raw farmhouse cheese.  I knew I needed to stop and now there is nothing I eat that feels right.  My naturopath always gives me the hairy eyeball when I tell her that I feel better when I eat ice-cream, cookies and chocolate - but I really do.  And now I'm trying to be pure for my bones, etc, and I'm flushing more and just want to sleep.

Maybe Dr D can recommend a qualified MD so that my insurance will cover it.  

Do you know of anyone who has gone to the clinic who posts on this forum?....


His clinic is more expensive than your average ND.  However, when dealing with serious and very complicated health challenges, saving money is not necessarily saving you anything, if you understand what I'm saying.  

Sometimes eating foods that are bad for us make us feel better temporarily, much like an addict feels better for a little while when "using".  We know that that type of indulgence is a major part of the problem, and of no benefit.  

I don't personally know anyone who has been to his clinic, but I know that some Forum members have been to see him.  You could start a new thread, asking that question.



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Hi All,  I'm a 55 year old woman - type A+ who has been a vegetarian (plus limited wild-caught fish like salmon) for over 20 years.  I recently began rereading about the BTD to hopefully help with my many issues - but have found that my stomach is not doing well on many of the grains and other foods that are recommended.

I have a very rare disease called systemic mastocytosis (too many, too active mast cells). I am also dealing with osteoporosis, hypothyroid and very stubborn severe depression since the first night-drench of menopause three years ago.  My cortisol levels have been shown to be low as well as DHEA.  I refuse to take biphosphonates to build my bones but I am taking calcium aspartate anhydrous, magnesium taurate, K2, D3, and many other supplements in addition to thyroid and low doses of H1 and H2 blockers for the masto.  I've tried DHEA and other things recommended for type A's but reacted badly to them as well as many foods that should be the best for my type.

I don't know how to get a handle on all of this. Even the kefir/blackberry smoothies are causing acid reflux.  I've read about the suggested protocols for my different issues - but there are so many different supplements in addition to what I'm already on - how do I know what to focus on and what to eat and take.

Are there any MDs near Vermont who are skilled in the BTD?  Any suggestions or experiences would be helpful.

I know that my gut needs to get in better shape before the osteoporosis and depression improve - but if I don't do well on the beneficial A foods - what do I do?

Thanks....


Hi Podie,
  Do you eat/drink dairy?  My sister who is an A+ also said dairy gives her bad acid reflux.  She was right! I realized that she was right after I ate this ricotta mock creme' brulee desert..I got acid reflux (in the middle of the night. Such a treat to wake up gasping for air and have acid in your throat) If I had soy or a plant snack, no acid reflux.

  I'm really trying to keep down the dairy.  Anything animal is acidic. I'm trying to follow the Genotype Warrior diet and I'm eating some turkey and my digestion isn't as good when I eat it.  I'm trying to stay a pescatarian or mostly vegetarian.

Also, this doc I was watching on tv say the only cure for acid reflux is to lose weight. Are you over-weight?  He said the more fat you have pulling down on the stomach straightens out the esophagus and causes the bile to travel back up it.  I have to lose weight so I know what he means!
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I know that being overweight will make acid reflux worse but not be the only cause. My son is 112lbs and has ideal waist to hip ratio. He is an A- and an explorer. Most fatty dairy or fructose will set him off.
I am overwieght and acid reflux is a problem if I eat dairy mostly full fat dairy. Greasy foods will set it off also. So I can not go along with the fact that acid reflux is caused by being overweight. My oldest was born with reflux and he was only 6lbs!
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You people are amazing!!! Thanks so much for being so supportive.

Acid reflux is not a common issue with me - I think it must be the kefir.  I'm not more than 5-10 pounds overweight.  I have however felt a heavy weight/pressure right below and pushing up against my right ribs for a long time.  Sometimes it goes through to the back and sometimes across to my left side.  It's not painful but it bothers me.  Since liver issues are common with systemic mastocytosis, I've had my liver palpated several times but the doctor said it did not feel enlarged.  Digestive issues are very common with masto - believe it or not mine are very minor compared to most.  That's because mast cells line the whole digestive tract.  That is why I take zantac (H2 blocker) - because angry mast cells in the gut can cause cognitive issues as well as a whole gamut of others.  My masto has been pretty stable - it's the osteoporosis and depression that are the worst.  As I think I mentioned in an earlier post - even if I was not A+ (lower acid), zantac lowers acidity needed for proper nutrient absorption.  That is why I need a brilliant doctor - to find a happier/healthier medium.  The severe depression is endocrine related.  I've not been right since the first severe night drench three years ago.

I've felt that my sugar regulation was off for much of my life - and I have a real problem finding protein that I need and also tolerate.  Limited fish like salmon is okay - and cottage cheese always feels very right even though it's not for these diets.  Soy is often not great and lentils and others are often a problem too.  

But chocolate is always great!!!!!!  Unfortunately it's bad for my bones and supposedly degranulates mast cells.

Thanks to all of you....
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Well - I just set up the two 1 hr appointments a few weeks apart.  I'm very nervous and it is very expensive but at least all of the secreter and genotype testing will be as accurate as possible because they will do it.  I don't understand how all of my complicated issues will fit into one hour, but at least I will know more about myself after the appointments.

I do know that conventional medicine seems blind and dangerous - and I need help.....
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In your situation, I feel that I would have also made an appointment with him.  If we are in poor health, the quality of our lives is not supporting us.  Knowing Dr. D and following his work over the past 9 years, I would not hesitate to put my health in his hands.  Actually, my health is already in his hands , but if I had complicated, multiple health problems, and was within driving distance, I would consider an appointment with him to be the #1 best option.  

I have spent a fortune going to Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Acupuncturists, Massage therapists, chiropractors, and countless doctors.  None of them gave me any lasting health until I heard of Dr. D'Adamo.  By that time, I had breast cancer, severe IBS and severe depression.  By following his protocols and diet to the letter, I have been able to have another chance at life.  I believe that the key to success in working with him is to do your part to follow his suggestions 110%, and cooperate in every way possible.  Believe in your body's intention to be healthy.  



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I have spent a fortune going to Naturopaths, Homeopaths, Acupuncturists, Massage therapists, chiropractors, and countless doctors.  None of them gave me any lasting health until I heard of Dr. D'Adamo.  By that time, I had breast cancer, severe IBS and severe depression.  By following his protocols and diet to the letter, I have been able to have another chance at life.  I believe that the key to success in working with him is to do your part to follow his suggestions 110%, and cooperate in every way possible.  Believe in your body's intention to be healthy.


It was so important for me to read this, Victoria.  You really do understand!  Those who have never been through a long severe depression can't possibly understand how devastating it is.  I have lost my soul and spirit - my bones seem to be the metaphor.  I too have spent, and hoped and searched - with no lasting result.

You are amazing!!!  Thank you...
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Digestive issues are very common with masto - believe it or not mine are very minor compared to most.  That's because mast cells line the whole digestive tract.  


Not to beat a dead horse or anything, but if your genotype is Teacher the GTD is ALL about healing the digestive tract... FWIW.  I really think the sooner you get measured and know your type, the sooner you can start feeling better.  



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Those who have never been through a long severe depression can't possibly understand how devastating it is.  I have lost my soul and spirit - my bones seem to be the metaphor.  I too have spent, and hoped and searched - with no lasting result.


podiecat, I want to give you hope because I was depressed most of my life and feel overcoming it was largely due to discovering the BTD.  There are moments now when I look back over my life and feel that it is a miracle I'm still here.  Besides depression, I also had extremely low adrenal function (well so far you and I have a lot in common) and once I addressed that I finally started to make some progress.  My progress had been slow, but I have had other health issues as well so I think I was a complicated case.

The involvement of mast cells makes me thinks the adrenals are the culprit there (of course I may be wrong) and maybe they just aren't healed enough yet.  If so, to heal them, you really want to eat for your blood type because doing that takes so much stress off of them.  Dairy seems to be really bad for you according to your posts so do your very best to avoid it.  I know you don't have many food options that you don't react to but do the best you can.  For a few years I pretty much survived on beef and green beans, everything else gave me a migraine or stomach issues.  You stated that many of the allowed foods are irritating so be sure not to consume those.  Concentrate on others that are soothing to the digestive tract.   Broth is great, but don't use onions or garlic in them (they have great nutritional value but not until your stomach is healed).  You can make great vegetable broths without them.  Some people have healed themselves of many health issues on broth alone.  

Emotional issues can be at the root of many of our health problems.  Some posters on this board have mentioned some great books that can help you sort them out.  The books by John Sarno are Healing Back Pain, The Divided Mind and The Mindbody Prescription and also one by Karol Truman, Feelings Buried Alive Never Die.  I'm not saying emotional issues are absolutely the cause of your ill health, I'm just saying it's worth a look.  In my case, I read the posts that mentioned these books a number of different times and it never clicked that that was something I should look into.  But last year they popped up again on a post and it just hit me.  I really do think the BTD kept my body going until I could address this issue.

I know the darkness where your depression takes you.  It's an awful place.  I am only here because of a lot of prayer and a big boost from the BTD.  I was a patient of Dr. D in 2002.  I will try and gather my thoughts together of my two visits and post on your other thread.  I was so brain fogged at the time! I am so glad your were able to book an appointment with him.

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there are a few cancer surviver patients of Dr D s who are bloggers, too!
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Those who have never been through a long severe depression can't possibly understand how devastating it is.  I have lost my soul and spirit - my bones seem to be the metaphor.  I too have spent, and hoped and searched - with no lasting result.

P-cat, without going into gory detail (or any detail, for that matter *lol*), I have several chronic health probs, one of which really distresses me psychically/spiritually and emotionally.  Luckily, it is under pretty fab palliative control because I moved heaven and earth to move to a warm, humid climate years back and it paid off.  ANYWAY, I say that much about it so that you will know that I understand what a chronic health challenge can do to a person, especially one that doesn't "show" and that other people do not readily understand or react to in non-hurtful ways.  It can be totally lonely and despair can even set in, especially when your physical symptoms are flaring.  I was very lucky to have SOMETHING I could do that could help, even palliatively.  Some people can't just move to Florida and have their health challenge greatly alleviate.  You are someone like that who is faced with a very challenging situation and not being sure what, if anything, more you can do.

I think Dr. D. will be able to help you.  I know from other folks in this cybercommunity over the years that patients experience their visits to the D'Adamo clinic as being VERY patient-oriented, very thorough.  They leave feeling that they have been heard, which is all too rare in our "healthcare system" (and I use that term loosely).  They will take a thorough history, do a thorough exam, and really talk and listen to you.  Hopefully, they will be able to come up with a winning strategy for you to get to a better quality of life.

If it helps, here is my "mantra" for coping with any physical challenge.  It may sound overly simplistic, but really it is FAR trickier than it sounds:

"Give it it's due:  no more, and no less."

I try to accept my limitations, yet not let the physical challenge keep me from doing even ONE more thing than I have to let it keep me from doing, if that makes any sense.  It is really hard to do both parts of that statement:  give it it's due--no more, no less.

I don't know if that helps you, but it helps me to keep that in mind during the rough times.

Like I said, I have been lucky.  My issues are all pretty much in obeyance.  I hope and pray that you will get there, too, with a little help from adjusting your diet to the right one for you, specifically.  It may take a while and the journey probably has not and will not be a straight line.  You may need to keep experimenting, learning and tweaking things for a while.  But hang in there and stick with the process, and hopefully, you will have a good quality of life to show for it.

(((((HUG))))) to you!



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podiecat, I want to give you hope because I was depressed most of my life and feel overcoming it was largely due to discovering the BTD.  [clip]  Besides depression, I also had extremely low adrenal function (well so far you and I have a lot in common) and once I addressed that I finally started to make some progress.  My progress had been slow, but I have had other health issues as well so I think I was a complicated case.

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I know the darkness where your depression takes you.  It's an awful place.  I am only here because of a lot of prayer and a big boost from the BTD.


I'm with Karen here.  I have been in this same position.  I've suffered depression most of my life, and was diagnosed age age 21.  I've been on paxil, remeron, wellbutrin, prozac, and on wellbutrin/prozac together. None of them made a significant difference, if any.  It was hard to tell because my depression was cyclical, and sometimes I'd quit the meds at a peak and restart them in a valley.  Because I had great difficulty with concentration, I was also put on ritalin, which seriously aggravated my stomach, and then dexadrine, which helped only briefly before it only became a mask for fatigue.

Starting the BTD, learning about adrenal fatigue, and treating my adrenal fatigue have rescued me from depression.  It wasn't a smooth, easy road from there to here (feeling great now!), but well worth the effort and expense.  I want to strongly impress on you that BTD and GTD are not "quick-fix", bandaid solutions.  Some people see lasting results very quickly, but others take time to get there.  Dr. D'Adamo is a genius in health care, and if what he "prescribes" for you doesn't seem to be working right off the bat, give it time.  You, like myself, have been sick a long time, and we can't expect to be made whole overnight.  On the other hand, you could be one of those lucky ones who is!
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Some posters on this board have mentioned some great books that can help you...The books by John Sarno...

I HAVE to respectfully lodge a contrasting opinion on John Sarno.  I find him TOTALLY infuriating because, imho, he tells people with back pain that it is all psychological in origin, when quite often it clearly is not.  So, perhaps you will be like others in this community and just looooooooooooooove John Sarno and his books, but in case you are like me, I must warn you that you could be in for some infuriation if you decide to read his stuff.  That's all I'll say there, because I have STRONG opinions on Sarno and I'm in the minority on this board, so I will shut up, but I had to just be the voice of dissent on that one.





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Few things that might help..well, helped me.  Magnesium. I noticed a BIG difference in my attitude when I take magnesium supplements. B-1, Omega 3 fish oil helps too.  
Also, meditation and regular aerobic exercise (endorphins).
And, the course: Attacking Anxiety & Depression was very helpful! Most of the success stories were people for who, the drugs weren't working.
http://www.midwestcenter.com

This woman is incredible. She healed herself from anxiety and depression after giving up on doctors and drugs that didn't work.  
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Thanks for all of your posts and caring.  Every post I read, I think of a reply but then in my brainfog it disappears.  But I 'feel' every word that each of you has written to me.

About the books - I have been reading, and reading... and reading for years now - looking for answers and sparks.  Now, I am trying to focus on the Genotype book and the BTD books so hopefully it will sink into my foggy mind.  

There is a book that has been incredible for me, and a friend who is facing lymphoma.

It's called 'The Healing Path', by Marc Ian Barasch.  I highly recommend it!!!!!

Unfortunately, it and everything else has not been enough for me.  But please read it.....
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