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mandi
Friday, January 26, 2007, 9:59pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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as some of you may know my mom has scleroderma an immune disease.  she just recently signed up for the forums here but hasn't posted yet and she wanted me to ask a few questions.  she also has Raynaud's.  this is also part of scleroderma-Raynauds is a circulatory disorder.  she is taking butchers broom for this and wondered if it is ok for her blood type B?
her fingers get sores on them in the winter and get VERY sore.  her fingers are always cold and now one has a small infection from one of the sores.  ouch!!
does anyone know any herbs or supplement for circulation right for the B blood type?

Also she suffers from this TERRIBLE cough.  she always says if she were to get sick this may just do her in.  It is part of the scleroderma. she is trying to figure out what causes this cough. she trys everything she can think of to rid it but nothing is making a difference.  in the past she suffered from gerds.  things seem to be better in that area except she gets heartburn on a VERY empty stomach.  such as in the middle of the night when she hasn't ate for 6-7 hours.  she wakes up in the middle of the night coughing all the time and then can't get back to sleep.  if she could get her fingers cleared up and the cough taken care of she would be a lot better.  

She trys to treat herself naturally and her disabilty doesn't cover any of the doctors she prefers to see.  you know the ones who believe in natural healing  

any help would be greatly appreciated.  we've go to get my mom better.
i know she will be on here reading.  mom, this is for you, please reply and help me help you! these people are great!
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Hope your mom's health will improve steadily with this lifestyle.

Foremost, I feel it will be important for your mom to focus on the foods that are most beneficial for her and to follow the exercise recommendations.  

She may be interested in borrowing from the library or purchasing some of the ER Health Series books that will more specifically address her health challenges:
http://www.4yourtype.com/products.asp?dept=20&pagenumber=3&sort_on=&sort_by=

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Hi Mandi,
I've got to honest, I had to "GOOGLE" scleroderma to see exactly what it was. I saw a movie a few years ago about a lady that had a disease that turned her face and limbs to stone and I wasn't sure if it was the same thing.
I'm sure it's frustrating for you and your Mom. Eat as anti-inflammatory as you can for a "B" my husband and daughters are B's as well. I hope Dr. D comes on the board and gives you some advise.
God bless you guys and stay positive
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Has she actually started the BTD? That is the first thing she needs to do. Then she needs to get her secretor status tested.


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she is slowly starting the btd.  but some of the bene's really bother her such as the yogart.  bananas are said to bene or neutral and they tear up her stomach.  i think she still needs a little convincing that the blood type diet is for her, but she did sign up for the forum and has  a few of the books.
when she gets a little money she wants to get the sec. test done.  but i think she is a nonnie and is following the nonnie food recomendations.
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and yes you were right scleroderma turns your body to stone. it affects the skin and organs also.
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I assume you are sure she is type B?


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Quoted from mandi
she is slowly starting the btd.  but some of the bene's really bother her such as the yogart.  bananas are said to bene or neutral and they tear up her stomach.  i think she still needs a little convincing that the blood type diet is for her, but she did sign up for the forum and has  a few of the books.
when she gets a little money she wants to get the sec. test done.  but i think she is a nonnie and is following the nonnie food recomendations.


If Banana's bother her ( Neutral for a nonnie) perhaps she is a nonnie, also the yogart ( could she be lactose intolerant?) my husband and 2 girls are all lactose intolerant and if they don't take lactase with anything dairy they are buckled over in cramps..try lactase and see if it helps.
I also question if you know FORSURE if she's a B
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scleroderma
http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/ask/archives/00000176.htm

Dr D s advice to an O:
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I would investigate using the following:

1. DHEA: 20mg daily (not anything stronger!). This should help with the lupus

2. Magnesium and Malic acid: for the fibromyalgia

3. Black current seed oil: for the tender breasts.

You may have to tweek the doses of the others.

Hope this helps,
Peter

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http://www.dadamo.com/knowbase/immunity/immunity3.htm



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by Tom Greenfield:
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Raynaud's phenomenon is not an inflammatory condition, and therefore the anti-inflammation protocols for vasculitis would be inappropriate for that.


Ginger capsules help circulation problems......


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Hello, I am Mandi's mom and this is my first post.  I just started the BTD 2 days ago.  I have had my blood tested and I am B+.  I was diagnosed with scleroderma 3 years ago.  My worst problem is a chronic cough.  Every 3-3 1/2 hrs. like clockwork.  It starts out like a dry cough, but once I can get it broke up I'm fine for another 3-3 1/2 hours.  Mandi was mistaken about my cough at night though.  I [u]usually don't cough at night.  When I do cough, it is a real bad cough.  Sometimes so hard I spit up or throw up.  Most of the time when I do spit up, it is like plegm.  I hope I spelled that right.  If my stomach is empty, I get a feeling of heartburn which last approximately 20-30 seconds.  When this happens, its like I know I'm going to get coughing.  The rest of the time I cough without any notice.  This cough is really exhausting.  This has been going on for around 5 years.  About a year ago I had a pulmonologist tell me that so far the scleroderma had not caused any fibrosis in my lungs but I did have mild asthma.  I don't know if this has anything to do with my cough but when it started was around the same time I had pneumonia and bronchitis.  What had happened was I had tried out the air conditioning unit in a recently purchase of a used car.  I had about a 30 minute drive from work and the closer I got to my destination the more I realized that the air conditioning was really bothering me.  The doctor told me that I could have got pneumonia from a microorganism.  Also those crazy doctors had me on Protonix, Prilosec, Nexium, Prevecid...well you get the idea for a little heartburn.  I had pnuemonia 6 times in 5 years.  I have heard since that these types of so called medicines could make a person more likely to get pneumonia.  I swore off all prescription drugs, those types of doctors, and the like 1 1/2 years ago.  I really feel that if I don't get this cough under control, my cough is what is gonna' kill me.  Other than the cough I have Raynauds which goes along with scleroderma.  The type of scleroderma that I have is called CREST.  I use butchers broom but I'm unsure if it is compliant for my bloodtype.  My fingers do good summer months but come winter I have problems.  So far this winter I've had 2 infected fingers and we've had a really mild winter.  I had a herbalist tell me recently that my fingers looked as though it could be yeast.   It seems that certain foods on the BTD which should be beneficial for me really bother me bad with indigestion. (Yogurt, bananas, green tea, raw broccoli & raw cauliflower).  I've had a allergy skin prick test done and it showed a allergy to peppers which should be beneficial and celery which should be neutral.  I know I have laid alot out here but I really need your expertise.  Any help will be greatly appreciated.    
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Hi Karen,
My first thought is that the GERD is irritating the base of the esophagus and causing the coughing to start.  I think this because I use to have GERD very badly before I found out that I'm a non-secretor, and I was eating some foods that really made it worse.  Every time I had an acid flare, I would start to cough.  I had to eventually stop eating all gluten foods, and all cow dairy.  I have switched to goat yogurt, and eat toasted rice cakes instead of bread.  And I follow my BTD to the letter.  It has helped tremendously.

A quick relief for the GERD is a product called Acid Soothe by Enzymedica.  Click HERE.



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Karen,
welcome!)
get acquainted with the forum and all features
of this website.
If you go to the top of the page and click on
member centre (on the top right hand side of
this page) and get yourself a nice avatar
(located on the left) then we can all see what
blood type you are and you won't have to type it each time you post.
-if you want to add information below your avatar setting, such as Rh +/-, by going to the Profile Information section in the Member Center and typing in the Personal Message box.  You can also create a Signature of any other information you want to share that will go at the bottom of every message you post.
-You can also create a Signature of any other information you want to share that will go at the bottom of every message you post.


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Connectivar®, designed by Dr. Peter D’Adamo “to help maintain blood vessel, capillary, and ligament strength.” Once again this formula comprises a unique combination of ingredients to include (per serving size of one capsule) Manganese (from Manganese Picolinate) 3 mg, Butchers Broom Root Extract (from Ruscus aculeatus, Standardized to 10% Ruscogenins) 100 mg, Rutin-Hesperidin Complex 50 mg, and Gotu Kola Leaf Extract (from Centella asiatica, Standardized to 10% Asiaticsides) 30 mg.


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Karen-Manidi's mom-a big welcome to the forum and the BTD way of life.  I feel for you with this disease schleroderma that has been inflicted upon you.  I have a best friend who has it, type A, who has had it for many years and has gone through hell.  Alas, she does not do the blood type diet.  She has tried many other things and lots of prescription pills including steroids.  She even has the Eat Right book, but...has not adhered to the diet.  I hope that you will gain better health through the diet and look forward to seeing your progress.  As Victoria pointed out the grains and dairy gave her many problems and maybe that is what is happening to you.  Keep us informed and when you can please get the secretor test done.  Following the nonnie diet is good, but once confirmed it is there in black and white.  Best of health coming to you.

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Karen,
I hope you find this site a great sense of support. Good luck to you and we look forward to your posts!
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hi dear Karen -Mandi's mom; welcome, welcome ,welcome on this board, I am not that sure if NAC and or NAG would do the trick against your cough, because both are against mucus; and yes I think the very best is also to go to check your secretorstatus; and then it is easier to you to adjust your nutritions.Hope you'll be better soon
truly yours Isa
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thank you all so much for the responses, and mom, thank you for getting on here and posting.  right now my mom, husband, and i  are all going together and going GRAIN FREE.  i have some candida issues, my husband is an o, and possibly the infestions on moms fingers could be fungal like she stated.  so we are doing this together.  my mom questioned if she went dairy free like victoria did if ghee would then be an avoid?  
why do you think that some things listed as bene's actually bother her?   my mom stated that yogurt, bananas, green tea, raw broccoli & raw cauliflower bother her.   she also had a allergy skin prick test done and it showed a allergy to peppers which should be beneficial and celery which should be neutral.
thanks again for the responses.

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Her food sensitivities could change a lot once she is on the BTD for a little while.


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my mom questioned if she went dairy free like victoria did if ghee would then be an avoid?  


No, I don't believe so.


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why do you think that some things listed as bene's actually bother her?   my mom stated that yogurt, bananas, green tea, raw broccoli & raw cauliflower bother her.   she also had a allergy skin prick test done and it showed a allergy to peppers which should be beneficial and celery which should be neutral.
thanks again for the responses.


I think she needs her secretor status tested.  It could be because some of those things that currently bother her are because she could be a nonnie.

Until she can get her secretor status tested, eliminate those items that are bothering her, and try to have her concentrate on other bennies.  After a while, reintroduce those items, one at a time and see how she reacts.  

As for the allergy skin prick test, I read recently that Mike S. did that years ago.  You can read about that on this entry.


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Going strictly gluten-free could help significantly.  Karen- have you been tested for celiac disease?  The tests doctors usually do don't show much in the spectrum of gluten sensitivity, but if any of them were at all suggestive...  skin and lung conditions can go along with it, as well as digestive problems, such as GERD.

There's a recent book called The Gluten Connection that goes into gluten sensitivity pretty well, and all the associated autoimmune and other conditions.  It can be just as bad for a person's health as full-blown celiac disease, though most doctors (and patients) would rather only treat full celiac disease.  Enterolab offers some good gluten sensitivity tests, starting at $99, if you want to find out that way, or you can try strict gluten-freedom and see how it helps after a few months...but it can take that long, so you'd need to stick to it.  That book also gives some good advice for supplements to speed the recovery process, which you could tailor to your blood type.


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thank you all so much for the responses, and mom, thank you for getting on here and posting.  right now my mom, husband, and i  are all going together and going GRAIN FREE.  i have some candida issues, my husband is an o, and possibly the infestions on moms fingers could be fungal like she stated.  so we are doing this together.  my mom questioned if she went dairy free like victoria did if ghee would then be an avoid?  
why do you think that some things listed as bene's actually bother her?   my mom stated that yogurt, bananas, green tea, raw broccoli & raw cauliflower bother her.   she also had a allergy skin prick test done and it showed a allergy to peppers which should be beneficial and celery which should be neutral.
thanks again for the responses.


I think Ghee would be healthy for her, up to a few tsp/day.

She might have better luck with goat's milk yogurt.  Lots of B's can't handle cow dairy.

Green tea:  try different teas and different brewing times.  It's recommended to not let the water come to a boil.  If water is too hot, it brings out the bitter tannins and can irritate the stomach.  Dr. D suggests Genmaicha (my favorite) only brewed less than 1 minute.

Raw Broccoli and raw Cauliflower are very hard to digest.  Why not try them steamed?

I don't know about the peppers and celery.  Allergies often show up when a person is having an auto-immune dysfunction.  They might disappear later if she avoids all avoids for a few month, and focuses on as many beneficials as possible for as long as possible.

She should find out her secretor status.



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Wow, you guys are great.  I am thankful for all of your responses.  I have not been tested for Celiac disease, but this is the third day that I have not ate any grains.  The only dairy that I use is ghee or butter.  I prefer ghee.  I'm planning on sticking with this to see if it makes a difference.  If I could get rid of the cough and the Raynauds, I would be in pretty good shape.  I am very determined to do whatever it takes to beat this disease and I will never give up.  That is why I am here on the BTD.  I have modified my life extensively.  I eat as much organic as I can.  I go for whole food.  Try my best to stay away from processed food.  No additives in my food such as chemicals, preservatives, artifical junk, etc.  I don't drink tap water.  Only shower with a chlorine free shower filter.  No more mercury fillings in this mouth.  And the list goes on and on.  If I found out that eating dirt would cure my disease, I would be having dirt for meals.  Mandi has worked in a health food store in the past and she inspires me and is a great help to me.  Please share any information that you feel would benefit me and keep me in your prayers.    
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Good job, Karen.  It takes determination, and you seem to have it.  You've made a lot of great changes and if you are staying away from all avoids that is one of the most important.  Eating as many beneficials as you can is the second most important.  And the third is getting your secretor status, because you may be eating avoids without realizing it.

That Acid Soothe may help with the cough.  



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