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Friday, August 10, 2012, 12:42am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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In love? Yeah it happens. Sometimes it is more intense than other times. None of them have been in love with me though... kind of the opposite of building myself emotionally. Falling in love has only managed to break me down repeatedly.


Been there, done that. I feel that I was experiencing chronic stress for 25+ years, I don't know how I survived!

I'm learning to love me, take care of me, rely on me, and appreciate me. I wake up a half an hour before I need to get ready to go anywhere and I sit quietly with a cup of (diamond) coffee. I try to live a 'mindful' life. I exercise to 90% HR max at least three times a week for at least 30 minutes. When I do resistance training I am mindful of the muscles I am using, which ones are the agonists, which ones the antagonists? I imaging the crossbridge cycling of the myosin and actin at work, etc.

I adore my children and grandchildren, but that is a different kind of love.



“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and it puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.”

John Wayne's last words
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I know someone that is a Type A, too altruistic, like you say. I don't particularly empathize with you though. In the past I have been more altruistic but I'm tired of it mostly; I got to have something for myself too (someday, thought I did a few times). My friend, female, it is surely different for though. She is a little more like you, struggling with trying to feel well herself and not basically waiting on others.

Funny how some people need to learn self reliance, and others are SICK of it.
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Setting good boundaries is a skill that most people have to work at one way or the other.

I always tell myself that to help others, i have to take care of myself first.  I am a counselor, and counselors can be prone to burn out if they do not work on themselves and take care of themselves.
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What would happen if you're type A and are a "natural athlete" ? I think giving up the choice of competing at a professional level just because "my blood type is A" is a poor excuse. If I were an A athlete, i would just spend a humongous amount of time to relax after a match. Probably 10 hours of sleep  
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What would happen if you're type A and are a "natural athlete" ? I think giving up the choice of competing at a professional level just because "my blood type is A" is a poor excuse. If I were an A athlete, i would just spend a humongous amount of time to relax after a match. Probably 10 hours of sleep  


If you are a real athlete and not just athletic (warriors at a young age are, but it tapers compared to others) then you are an explorer and you don't have to play the stress game by relaxing or anything. You don't live by the rules of the Type A, at all, you might as well be blood type X.

The warriors and teachers can participate but at a cost. I'm not sure how I could emphasize the biological astute programing that is there and dictates the level of participation. Let's just say I doubt any warrior or teacher has ever been in variation of modern olympics and things at that level (pro + ).
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My O son is endowed with this same quality.


So does my O son. He's a rock..when my B son is acting out. I feel like I can tell him things and he doesn't judge.  My oldest is always telling me I fail at something.    

Didn't Dr. D say that A's were meant to be the leaders in a community? While the Hunters were out hunting, the A's stayed and organized the community.
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I find it very curious how there are these people with high frequency of type A and do not appear to be typically Teacher, Warrior or Explorer at all. The Blackfeet (American Indians) are 82% type A. Native Americans have very low frequency of Rh- blood type. And I doubt if all Blackfeet are Teachers or Warriors, let alone Explorers. Their lifestyle - I mean before today - and surely, their characteristics as a people, were closest to that of "Hunters". Does anybody have an idea of how this happenned ?
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I find it very curious how there are these people with high frequency of type A and do not appear to be typically Teacher, Warrior or Explorer at all. The Blackfeet (American Indians) are 82% type A. Native Americans have very low frequency of Rh- blood type. And I doubt if all Blackfeet are Teachers or Warriors, let alone Explorers. Their lifestyle - I mean before today - and surely, their characteristics as a people, were closest to that of "Hunters". Does anybody have an idea of how this happenned ?


Sorry but there isn't reason you couldn't find a group of Warriors that largely eat meat for many generations. I wouldn't expect them to have a long life expectancy or be super healthy, but they could be living. In all reality hunters throughout history haven't necessarily eaten as much meat as you might think, either. People that go to Hooters for Buffalo wings eat more meat than our ancestors.

You could say that people may not be typical warrior, teacher, or explorers, but that doesn't mean they are not one of the three. In fact I have no idea why you'd say Blackfeet don't fit explorer qualities. Eating meat = explorer, mesormophs = explorer, etc. Hell they even fit the silly moniker definition because they had to of migrated to the Americas at a very different time than other Native Americans; they probably explored a lot.

If you are connecting the moniker to habits, don't. Hunters do very well with beef, like so well that their brains respond to it in a way you'd kind of have to guess is from co-evolution as we domesticated them and as humans that benefited from the mental aspect had a higher level of fitness (made babies). No one hunts cows these days. The monikers are more about lose connections to the past. They aren't explicitly causations. For all we know humans and all history was fabricated 100 years ago by aliens, but even that wouldn't invalidate what we know now about humans now from studies done after the fabrication and there for not invalidate any of the work by Dr. D'Adamo.
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(from DoS) If you are a real athlete and not just athletic (warriors at a young age are, but it tapers compared to others) then you are an explorer and you don't have to play the stress game by relaxing or anything. You don't live by the rules of the Type A, at all, you might as well be blood type X.  
The warriors and teachers can participate but at a cost. I'm not sure how I could emphasize the biological astute programing that is there and dictates the level of participation. Let's just say I doubt any warrior or teacher has ever been in variation of modern olympics and things at that level (pro + ).

Let me tell you what. As a person who is studying for a degree in Physical Education and playing basketball for the university, I can assure you that everybody has a physical quality that is natural to them. Some can naturally build more muscles, some are built for endurance, and some are just very good at being aware of where their body is in the space - balance and coordination. Now, once in a while, you will see some people with superior strength, stamina or balance - that's what they call a "natural athlete". Due to genetic mutations, these people will frequent any blood type, and thus there is no such thing that all A-type athletes must be Explorers - otherwise all of them must be either Rh- or non secretor or left handed, which is absurd.

As for stress handling, Dr.D said that blood types A and B have high level of cortisol. This stress hormone is released when you have been hungry for a long time, when you feel mentally overwhelmed, or when the physical activity you are doing is too taxing for too long. But if you just stop right before you start to feel tired, your cortisol will fall down. Now if you rest for long enough, and throw in meditation and yoga during your resting hours, your cortisol level will become low enough to allow you workout again. And if we A's and B's are willing to build our strength and stamina levels very, very gradually, we will reach a point where most of the activities wont be too taxing on the body (and thus let cortisol harm you). The next thing ? You have become pretty fit and healthy from the inside ! And the fitter you are, physiologically and mentally, the longer you will live !

As for those A and B athletes, I believe that some of them could be very strong or having stamina, but due to improper ways of training, they have wrecked their bodies and will pay some cost. But again, there will be some of them who spend years - and I really mean this - to hone their all-round fitness before they participate at a high level. Then they retire at a proprer age, and therefore will avoid disastrous consequences, and even extend their longevity for being truly fit. Endurance athletes are proven to live longer than the average person for 3-4 years. Again, there is no scientific base that they all belong to a single blood type, let alone a Genotype.

No matter who you are, you can always exercise and play sports to get fit. Doing yoga and meditation alone is OK, but not enough to improve your all-round fitness. You have to sweat a bit in your life to do that ! Know your limit- even choose to rest before you start to feel tired, then learn relaxing techniques and build things up very gradually , and then anyone can exercise and do sports without "paying a cost" no matter what Genotype they are. In the end, I mean, do not let your own genotype limit yourself. Tolerance to physical and mental stresses can be trained. Look at Ronald Reagan (and some other Presidents of the US) - he got a much stressful job than all of us, yet he lived to 93. Some great athletes out there also lived for pretty long. Again, there is no scientific proof that they all belong to the "low-cortisol" type O or having Rh- blood.
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perhaps some better infos and explanations to be seen here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Type_Aand_TypeBpersonality_theory

and sorry that I'm an explomade


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Extremely interesting reading this thread - thanks everyone for the input.

As warrior I was pleased to read about the stress stuff in the book as it made a lot of sense to me about myself.  I have coped with a lot of physical stress (looking after frail mother for 15 years) and the mental stresses that go with it. I have always enjoyed the vegetarian foods and lots of fruit and veges but ate like an O specially these past few years. With my interest in reducing red meat and factory farmed products my yoga teacher lead me to Eat Right and I have now moved into the warrior diet after reading the Genotype book.

I find that I do push myself physically to do things and then the next day feel down and not as enthusiastic. I often do strain myself if I am doing a lot of gardening for instance and dont realise at the time that I am over stressing.  Like someone else I have a very calm/realistic husband of 40 years (who I believe to be an O) that keeps me level and we walk every night after dinner for about 45 mins.

As school I hated competitive sport but enjoyed basketball in primary school but in high school tried every trick in the book to avoid tennis/gym etc. I love to watch sport but am into the more laid back stuff - yet to try tai chi.
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