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podiecat
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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....
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I sorry to hear about all the difficulties you are having.  I am still fairly new myself, so I probably can't offer much help, but I'm sure the big guns will be here shortly!  Are you gluten intolerant?  How is your sleep, too much, too little, irregular pattern, etc.?
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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....

A warm welcome to you, Podiecat!  First of all, you may wish to go to the homepage and take Dr. D.'s helpful quiz that will help you determine if the blood type diet or the new genotype diet would be the ideal fit for you.  

To me, some of your issues sound like they may stem from too little protein intake by an individual who maybe needs a little more protein than a vegetarian lifestyle would provide.  I'm glad you do eat some wild fish, that is an EXCELLENT source of high-quality protein and omega 3's (great for depression), especially for Type A's, as deep-water fish like salmon also contain some blood thinnnig properties, and they are anti-inflammatory.  The entire BTD is very anti-inflammatory.  If you emphasize your beneficials and round out your diet with neutrals for variety, you won't go wrong.  You don't need to eat the maximum amount of grains allowed, if you find you do best on a lower-grain diet.  There are A1's and A2's and, as I understand it, A2's need fewer grains and more proteins, so they are a bit closer to Type O's on the spectrum than A1's, who are the ones who do best on a vegetarian or semi-vegetarian diet.

Again, if you take the quiz on the homepage, you just might find that the genotype diet might be a better fit for your issues, but I think that either one will help you tremendously.

Being in New England in winter, SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder) can set in, so definitely try to get that wild fish (salmon, ideally) for the helpful omega 3's.  Also try to get out in that frigid air and walk in the sunshine daily, if possible.  Walking not only gets you out in the sun (good for seratonin level and thus depression), it also builds up your bones (yay!), along with many other beneficial things it does.

Welcome to you again and we are glad to have you, as I can tell from your post that you have come home to the right place, the right diet and diet community that can help you back to glowing health.



P.S.  You might want to pop up to the "member center" and outfit yourself with your Type A "avatar" (that shield thingy), so that other members can see what blood type you are at a glance and give you the best, most customized advice possible.


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I'm sorry to hear about your issues as well. I'm sure when Lola or Victoria get here, they will suggest you take the secretor test as the diets for secretor vs. non-secretor are different (you can view appropriate foods for each on the TypeBase). Here's a link for the BTD practitioner search.

http://www.dadamo.com/ifhi/csv.....t_Name&order=abc

As drive said, the BTD gurus will give you loads of ideas so good luck! You're already on the right track!


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The only thing I can suggest is perhaps find a good Naturopath doctor in your area who can help guide you through this medically and food-wise.

As a blood type A, I find I have many sensitivities to the foods lsited for us.  When I started eating as a blood type A non-secretor, I did much better.  Sugar and wheat huge no-no's!

Hope you're able to make a go of it as it has turned around many health issues for people.  


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Hi Drive,

I had an eliza test done in 1992 which showed I was highly intolerant of almost everything!  I was in a serious flare of my disease then (newly diagnosed) so for a few years I lived on rice, broccoli and a very few other things. I eventually began eating more grains but the recommended A grains buckwheat, kasha, spelt, and even oats at times I can't tolerate.  Although I have eaten mostly organic wholesome foods, my stomach does better with a slice of organic lighter oat and wheat bread than heavy whole grain breads which mess me up.  I have done better with millet, some quinoa, and amaranth.  On the Eliza test I was off the charts for eggs and chicken. I've only recently begun to eat eggs once every few weeks with no problem.  I tested very badly for most dairy, yet I eat goat feta and a raw farmhouse cheese with no issues.  I use rice milk instead of cows milk.  I love tofu and tempe but I often don't feel right after eating it.  And yogurt and kefir seems like that also.  

Sleep - what's that????  Since that first night drench, I have not had a dream or slept though a night.  I would wake up at 11:00-12:00 every single night.  My deepest sleep is from about 4:00 to 9:00AM and I wake up very depressed and hopeless.  

I also get burning that starts in my sternum and radiates out and down my arms and legs. I'm hoping it's food related and not my bones....

Way more than you asked...   Thanks

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Hi Everyone - you sure did gather around quickly! Here are answers to more of your questions:

I've been working with an incredible naturopath/acupuncturist for three years now.  I'm sure she saved my life in the beginning when I flared terribly - losing 30 pounds in a very few months and reacting to every single thing I put into my mouth.  I'm pretty sure my adrenals were spent and caused that crash. She got me through that and I see her every week - but she is as frustrated as I am by the stubborn severe depression and my reactions to things that should help me.

I did take that test and found that the genotype diet or this one were very close - either would be good with the genotype only slightly better.  I actually have that book but have not found anyone to help me measure.  I'll read more tonight.

Yes - in addition to salmon, I take three capsules of norwegian fish oil ultimate omegas every day.  I used to be a speedskater, climber/hiker/backpacker, self-employed landscape/gardener and woodturner - in great condition.  But now I'm wiped out all of the time and weak.  After two years of both shoulders frozen, I can finally use them but I have a morton's neuroma that makes it hard to walk much.  Oh - I'm also quite hard of hearing and have tinnitus all of the time.

On one of the forum pages I read about osteoporosis and depression caused by issues in the gut.  It mentioned interleukin 6 (IL6) as a culprit.  Since I have too many mast cells, during flares, there is a huge release of interleukins, histamine, heparin and more.  I take the hydroxyzine and zantac to reduce the mast cell degranulation, but I worry that the zantac causes my gut to not be able to absorb necessary nutrients even more.  Damned if I do and Damned if I don't.......
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Hey, another thing that might be helpful for/to you (and I hope we aren't throwing too much at you at once) is to take the secretor test.*  I'm a non-secretor (we are only about 15% to 20% of the population) and I am here to tell you that finding that out has been a big key to unlocking all sorts of mysteries about myself.  It sounds to me like you might be a "nonnie", too, but the only way to know for sure is to do the saliva test (you order it from this site, mail it in, and then in what seems like a mere hundred years or so, you will receive your results by snail mail, or you can look them up on line a little sooner, as I recall).

Sounds like you are definitely getting enough exercise, so good for you there, that is SO important.  I have a "neuroma" in one foot, so I definitely "feel you" there!  I was having awful plantar fasciitis in both feet and just in the last year or so it has started subsiding and the only thing I can really attribute it to, since I do not often wear the customized innersole that the podiatrist cut out for me (I do if I go on a mega-walk/hike wearing walking shoes [sneakers], but not for the rest of the time, when I now LIVE in Crocs), is that I now wear Crocs virtually exclusively.  This has helped basically alleviate the plantar fasciitis, although the neuroma in the right foot is still a bear and the plantar fasciitis will act up if I really push things.  But usually I'm so much better...and I'm really not sure why!  Gotta be the Crocs, me thinks.  It didn't happen the second I switched to them, but BOY, what a difference over time!

I'm so sorry about the perpetual tinnitus, how miserable.  I get it from time to time but not continually.  I really feel for you there.

Well, I'd get the secretor test and I would try to do the measurements for the GTD, as it might actually be the way to go for you, but going by the quiz results you report, it seems it would be six one way, half a dozen the other, ya know?  Either diet will help you tremendously, me thinks.  Keep up the wonderful exercising, and you might want to add yoga, which is great for Type A's and everyone, really.

Again, WELCOME!  Hope we aren't throwing too much at you!

* edited to add:  ooops, just noticed that was already suggested by Kate above.  Well, I second it!  


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Bacopa monnieri is a mast cell stabilizer, apparently.
http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/ask/archives/00000103.htm

the BTD is anti inflammatory and directed toward your physiology......that alone is a good thing.

incorporate beneficials to your diet, and make sure you take no avoids........gradually add neutrals, if and when you see fit.
follow the guidelines, also.
Blood Type A Basics
http://www.4yourtype.com/TypeA_basic.asp
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mDjMqnxSBF4

also, before I forget!
get a hold of the arthritis book from the health series!
http://www.dadamo.com/books.htm
lack of sleep leads to lack of muscle skeletal repair leads to fibromyalgia leads to osteo....and so on......so the food recommendations in the book are more targeted toward your issues.

as PT and Kate already pointed out....secretor testing is key!
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Obviously, I'm not Lola or Victoria, but I, too, would definitely get a secretor test done ASAP.

The ND that explained the BTD to me years ago had some real issues herself. She truly believed in the original Eat Right version, but no matter what she did nothing worked no matter how compliant she was. It sorta turned into a case of "physician, heal thyself".

Later, when the secretor info. came out in Live Right and she found out she was a nonnie and what those food lists were compared to what she had been eating what a huge difference it made for her. Last time I saw her she looked terrific.

Also, since you said that your test results from the quiz said either diet would help you, the secretor test makes determining which GenoType faster, easier, and more accurate in my opinion.
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P.S.  Wearing Crocs probably wouldn't work too well in Vermont, what with the signature holes in the uppers.  I used to live in Vermont, now I'm in Florida.  Slight difference in climates there!  I have to hark back to all the snow and road salt (ah, the road salt *lol*).  Not really Croc country.  So, scratch that suggestion, unless they have other styles that are more fully closed than their classic whatever-it-is-called model, of which I now own pairs in, like, five different colors!  I'm the Imelda Marcos of Crocs!

I can't imagine my life before two things:

1.  iGoogle
2.  Crocs



(Add the BTD to that list, too, while we are at it.)


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Croc Update:  Apparently, they come in all different styles now for all different climes:

http://www.amazon.com/Crocs-Al.....02244895&sr=1-29

http://www.amazon.com/Crocs-Ge.....02244895&sr=1-29


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P.S.  Wearing Crocs probably wouldn't work too well in Vermont, what with the signature holes in the uppers.  I used to live in Vermont, now I'm in Florida.  Slight difference in climates there!  I have to hark back to all the snow and road salt (ah, the road salt *lol*).  Not really Croc country.  So, scratch that suggestion, unless they have other styles that are more fully closed than their classic whatever-it-is-called model, of which I now own pairs in, like, five different colors!  I'm the Imelda Marcos of Crocs!

I can't imagine my life before two things:

1.  iGoogle
2.  Crocs



(Add the BTD to that list, too, while we are at it.)



FYI...Crocs makes a winter version with a removable lining.  Just as cute, just as comfortable,
just warmer.



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Hi Podicat, and a big welcome to our Forum.  You do have your hands full, and I am sorry you are going through so much suffering.  Each thing leads to another and it gets very complex, doesn't it?

Others are so right.  You need a secretor test in order to really give the blood type diet a real chance, and it may even be necessary in order to get a correct typing for your Genotype.

This may be a stretch for you financially, but Dr. D'Adamo is a few states further south from you.  I believe that he is the finest Naturopath in the country, and many of us wish we lived close enough to visit him in person.

No matter what our bodies are dealing with, I strongly believe that eating right for our specific bodies, whether Blood type or Genotype oriented, is the first and necessary step toward getting well.  Genotype trumps BTD for most people, in the sense that it is more specific and can target your own particular needs more closely.  This first step, if followed consistently, can go a long way toward stabilizing our bodies and eliminating some of the problems quickly.  This can give our bodies some relief to begin dealing with the more serious issues.



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Wow!!!  

Thanks for all of your feedback and caring.  I will read the Genotype book tonight.  
As for the exercise, I meant to write that I have not done any of those great things for too many years.  Depression makes motivation disappear.  I did pilates for a year and loved it but it was eating up my money and I'm unemployed.

As to the bacopa, I'll check that out.  Quercetin is supposed to stabilize mast cells and I react to that supplement so I try to get it naturally in the foods I eat.

If any of you know of an amazing doctor who believes in the Genotype diet or the BTD, please let me know or have her/him read this thread and hopefully I will be contacted.  I'm very much alone and appreciate all of your support....
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After Dr. Natalie C. finishes with her board exams, she may be active in this Forum again.  She is an N.D. in Dr. D's clinic.  She is a wealth of information, so watch for her posts showing up again, and try that route.



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HERE is a directory of BTD certified practitioners.  Not all are N.D.'s so check their credentials.

HERE is one that I spotted in Vermont.  There may be others nearby, even up in Canada.



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Thank you soooo much.  I will email her right away....
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Walking is great exercise. Start slow & add a little at a time. Eat the right things. Take magnesium to sleep(& add other minerals, but 'maggie' is the best!).
I had PMS in younger life, but as I was able to be more active in my late 40s, I got healthier. That was one of the best times of my life, opposite of what 'they' say!!!!!
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Hi Drive,

I had an eliza test done in 1992 which showed I was highly intolerant of almost everything!


Some time on the BTD could help that a lot.  Getting rid of the avoids will help your immune system "stand down" so that you are not as reactive to other foods which should be neutral or even beneficial to you.

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Sleep - what's that????  Since that first night drench, I have not had a dream or slept though a night.  I would wake up at 11:00-12:00 every single night.  My deepest sleep is from about 4:00 to 9:00AM and I wake up very depressed and hopeless.


Night sweats could be because of low blood sugar during the night.  Maybe eating a small protein-rich snack before bed could help?  Also, have you tried taking melatonin and/or magnesium before bed?

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Way more than you asked...


The more information you share about your health, the more accurate the advice can be; as many veterans here can attest, there is no such thing as "too much information" on this forum!
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I don't know how to get a handle on all of this. Even the kefir/blackberry smoothies are causing acid reflux.  




Hi podie -
I know others have already recommended the GTD, and I think it may be important in light of your quote here.  As an A, you could be a Teacher GT for which kefir is an avoid.  This could also be why you experience the acid reflux.  I believe the GTD will have a more reliable list of beneficials and avoids for you.  

That's my 2 cents - keep the change.  


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Hi All,

Thanks again for all of your great responses.  I did try to email the BTD ND in Vermont but it kept getting bounced back to me.  It's 3:00AM and I'm up from sweating and tossing all night. The kale/onion/veggie broth mixture with a bit of feta went down easy but it must have been the wrong thing to eat.  I do take magnesium taurate every night (the taurate stabilizes mast cells and is supposed to help with depression), as I have for over a year.  I also took ashwaganda before bed.  I recently quit allowing myself ice-cream when I woke up sweating - it put on weight and was probably bad for me but it sure was a comfort food that got me back to sleep.  

I fall asleep immediately after I eat - I can't help it and have for years.  I also seem to be all or nothing - when I eat, I don't get full and crave food almost nonstop for the rest of the day.  My weight is only about five or ten pounds over what it should be - bigger boned (can't touch my fingers around my wrist).

I read through lots of the genotype book.  I can't measure myself but with type A, torso longer than legs, taster (I think), and some others - I too thought teacher may be my genotype.  It's all very interesting.  

Question - do any of you know of anyone who has reversed pretty severe osteoporosis and was able to build bone post menopausally with the genotype diet or the BTD?

And how can the Genotype diet actually reverse the programming of your genes?

When I was first diagnosed with mastocytosis by a skin biopsy in 1985, the doctor was all excited because he was the one who had diagnosed the only person (me) with it in Vermont.  He proceeded to hand me his huge medical book that he opened to the right page and he had me read about all of the different, awful ways I could die!  I then researched and researched (in between denial) to find the source of why my body would begin to make too many mast cells.  I traced it back to my DNA and emotional issues since birth - WHO I WAS.  The genotype diet is the first that comes close to being able to get to the source of the masto.  I would be very interested to know if there is anyone else with systemic mastocytosis who has done very well with this diet.  

Yes - I need to look into seeing Doctor D himself.


Sorry to ramble....... carol
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Please get your secretor status, as well as your type A Lewis subtyping done.  Lola can give you a lot more information about that.  And with all the balancing you are trying to do, I still think seeing Dr. D himself is your best idea.  Not only does he understand the BTD/GTD better than anyone, he is an extremely brilliant man who uses many different modalities with his patients.  Check out his clinic and practice.
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And HERE is some more information on Dr. D's credentials.



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P-cat, I agree that, considering the challenges you face, investing in a visit to Dr. D. himself would be worth it, considering you are just a hop, skip and a jump away in Vermont.  Also a secretor test, for sure.  The test kit doesn't cost much.  Sooooooo worth it.

Hang in there.  I pray that this diet (BTD or GTD) will help you.  I know it will help, but I pray that it actually will totally resolve most and hopefully even all of your health challenges.

And you are not alone anymore.  You've got all of us pulling for you, in your corner now.


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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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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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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.

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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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