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bonehead
Wednesday, April 20, 2005, 11:50pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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I've been searching around the forums and found a lot of good information.  Unfortunately I haven't found much in the way of problems before starting the diet.  There's been general comments like people's energy levels have improved or their acne has cleared up, but most of it talks about how they view the diet.  I'll mention some of my problems below, and anything posted will not bother me.  But if things like this make you squeemish, stop reading now...

I've kinda stumbled onto this by accident.  A friend of mine told me how she had started the following the diet last year, but I didn't really pay much attention then.  Recent events in my life have forced me to change my diet, and I've noticed a huge improvement in my stomach.  My diet before consisted largely of meat...everything else was a side dish.  That's how I was brought up, and habits are hard to change.  Especially since I like a nice steak, or a nice roast pork.  It use to be that I would have constant heart burn and indigestion, to the point it would keep me up at night.  Gas and bloating were a big problem.  I would also quite often have diarrhea that felt very acidic and painful.  I let it go so long that I developed fissures and an abscess.  And it's something I NEVER want to experience again.  You don't know pain until you have a peri-anal abscess.  Anyways, part of the advice from the doctor was to increase my intake of fiber.  I did this with lots of whole grain breads and trying to eat more vegetables, but it didn't help much.  I still had constant heart burn, indigestion and diarhea.

But as I said, recent events have forced me to change my diet.  I've had to cut out most meats, processed foods, and especially greasy fast food.  I've started to eat more fresh vegetables when I can, more rice, and whole grain pasta with olive oil instead of tomato sauce.  Basically...anything that doesn't require a fridge or freezer.  I know a lot of this is what many doctors would suggest, but the change has been remarkable.  Much better then just adding more fiber.  I occasionally get heart burn, but no where near the severity I had before.  My stomach doesn't feel bloated and sore all the time.  I don't get diarhea at all anymore, unless I do something stupid like eat at McDonalds.  Now I don't actually know my blood type, but I'm starting to suspect what it is.  I just wanted to know if anyone has experienced the same things, or anything else before starting the diet.  Thanks...
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for me my chronic sinuses went away, acne cleared up, depression lifted, energy levels and sleep improved a ton.  Can't say i had many digestion or stomach problems before but i'm positive that being on the btd will solve them for anyone
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Welcome to the fourm bonehead!  If you go to your member center, and click on the "Avatar Settings" link on the left, you can choose the avatar for your blood type.  This way, it will help when answering questions.

Again, welcome!



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Lola
Thursday, April 21, 2005, 3:23am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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bonehead,
welcome!

get tested asap!!! ))

sounds like your gutt needs a lot of heeling, and you are in the right place!!!

we can all asist you, once you let us know what type you are! )
the site map will help you find more information:

http://www.dadamo.com/sitemap2.htm


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Where to begin?

My diagnoses:
Hashimoto's hypothyroid
Seasonal Affective Disorder (bipolar)
Overweight, borderline obese

I was borderline to be diagnosed with:
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (required 10-14 hours of sleep a day & still tired)
Fibromyalgia
Pre-Diabetes
Arthritis, a similar form to osteoarthritis though not quite the same thing

Other symptoms:
Indigestion, reflux, constipation, diarrhea and gas
Chronic antibiotic use...recurrent sinus and bladder infections and others.
Poor endurance, easily winded
Eczema

The thyroid is healing very slowly, the weight is off, and the SAD is now controllable without meds.  I was taking 5 prescriptions + OTC's, now I only take low dose armour thyroid.  Arthritis pain and other pain is healed, though I still have to be careful what I eat and how I move, it's no longer always on my mind.  I can do fine with 7-8 hours of sleep and can keep up with my 2 1/2 year old.  Blood sugar, triglyceride and cholesterol number have all improved (blood sugar and triglycerides nearly cut in half).  Digestion is much more optimal, even with pregnancy, as long as I eat plenty of protein, and avoid grains.  My antibiotic prescriptions are now every few years, rather than every few weeks.  No trace of eczema or other inflammation.

This is all over the course of 5 years, though most of the benefits were apparent within a couple months, I've continued to fine tune it and benefit from it.


Type O+ blogger, secretor afterall. Gluten intolerant. With two gluten intolerant sons:  A+ Secretor 10 yo (also fructose intolerant and slightly egg allergic), and  O- 7yo.

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Betul Ozmen
Thursday, April 21, 2005, 10:50am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Hi, bonehead. Welcome to the forums.

I had panic attacks before the diet, some bad feeling as if I'm about to die in a few seconds, like getting lost in a huge darkness. I know about the diet for about one and a half years, but I wasn't stick on it. Though, I always avoided tomatoes, chicken and couscous. Even this much helped me a lot. It was wheat what I couldn't avoid, but for about two weeks, I am back to the diet again, avoiding wheat products as well, and changing my eating habbits.

Just like you, I have a big stomach that disturbs me, and it's getting smaller. I'm now sure about success and motivated enough to go on with the diet.

I'm looking forward to giving the good news about losing weight and better health to my friends here, friends that are willing to help each other in good company.

A special community, sure

Betul

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Betul Ozmen
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And one more, pains in my bones caused a big problem. I think it's wheat that rises such pains. I don't have any pains in my bones these days. A few days ago, I had a few crackers with friends in the office, laughing and saying I'm poisining myself. After a while, I had some pain in my finger. Strange, isn't it? I should keep on the diet and try a reality test again. To be sure if this is a coincidence, or if wheat causes the pain.

Betul

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O type... I had the same problems since I was a kid, day after day along a 30 years  long hell..


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I'm with you on the heartburn issue.  I used to experience it at least three times a week, but now it only kicks in if I eat too much raw onion or scallion (especially if I drink water around the same time).

I had to go 100% dairy-free while I was breastfeeding my younger son, and during that time my extreme nasal congestion completely disappeared (if anything, my nose became too dry).  Now I am overeating BTD-compliant dairy by a fair bit, but I can still breathe through my nose.

Unfortunately, I have sensitivities to many foods that are neutral or even beneficial for my type, most notably grains and legumes.  Some of these are probably temporary, but others are permanent, so I am having to experiment a bit to find a balance that works for me right now.  I might turn out to be one of those rare secretors who does better with the nonsecretor diet.

--Sarah
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bonehead
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Ok...mow I'm more convinced.  Today I got my blood type kit.  As it turns out, I'm A+.  There might be something to all this after all.  What I do know for sure is that I haven't felt this good in years.  Giving up dairy was the best thing I could have done.  I miss the red meat, but the trade off is worth it.  No more horrendous heartburn.  No more 5 AM hellsh*ts.  And I've lost at least 40 pounds since the start of all this.  With all the posts saying things like this, it's hard to fully accept until you write one of these yourself...
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wonderfull news!!
thanks for letting us know about your achievements.)


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congratulations bonehead... ( you sure you wanna keep that name??

you on your way to a different  life.. a better one!

Caroline


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Sound of the ocean rocks me all night long.
Last night in my dream
I saw your face again
We were there in the sun
On a white sandy beach of Hawaii


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Wednesday, June 22, 2005, 6:44am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator
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Melissa and all such troubles because of our *nonniehood*  
it's a cruel pitty that lots of the whitecoated who are soo much in need of real knowledge
don't know anything about BTD or very less- and even if they know about the existence of BTD they deny!!!!

Because of what??? needless to say its' our society sometimes who wants to get some profit about or health status!!!

As Peter mentioned; they accept more to harm people with their chemical drugs,- even take this for ok!!!- than doing the simplest of the world =eat and live right 4 your type!!!
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Congratulations, bonehead!

Losing 40 lbs. is awesome, as well as the disappearance of your numerous maladies!

Before I started BTD, I had heartburn, upset stomach, constipation, sinus issues.  And probably a few more that I've forgotten about.  When everybody else got hit with the flu this winter, I got a 24 hour case of minor sniffles, and slightly scratchy throat.  Everyone else was calling in sick.  If I hadn't been BTD'ing it, I probably would have been miserable like them.  I much prefer being the healthy one.

Keep it up, and keep us posted as to how you're doing!



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I think it can be also interessting for you (bonehead) to read a not yet ending story.

My thikness is calling morbus meniere. The sympthoms are:
Bad hearing (Because the endolymphic liquids in my ear will not get diminished)
After a time the liquids will diffuse into out of the semicircular canal (in the ear)
That give to me a potassium poisoning and I become a turning arround swindle.
After a little time I get nausea & vomit for 2-6 hours.

I make the BTD since 3.5 weeks and my accumulations are a little bit better:
I have a lower force accumulation and the frequency is all 4-5 days (before all 2-3 days).
I'm verry sure that the BTD is healing me in next few months.
It can also be good when you're going to a natural doctor if you have more difficult problems (same as me).
I have beside the BTD a few natural medicaments for anti - poisoning...

I will write my results of my healing process in your thread, in that way you will be up-to-date with my expiriences.

Good luck with BTD It can helps to every one!

Chris
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Hi Bonehead  

Thank you for starting such an important thread.  It's good for us all to sometimes stop and look at where we have come from.  

For the majority of my life, I ate everything that was avoid for my bloodtype, and very little that was good for me.  I had chronic bronchitis from childhood through my twenties, along with chronic constipation and insomnia;  also low grade chronic depression.  I had poor posture and great amounts of tooth decay.  When I didn't have bronchitis, I had sinus infections.

The chronic  constipation evolved into Irritable Bowel Syndrome, with mostly loose stools all the time; a bowel movement half a dozen times a day, gas, a lot of digestive pain for hours after I ate.

After a few years on this life plan, I can't remember the last time I had bronchitis or even a cold.  My digestive system is still healing, but at least half the time I have wonderful bowel movements..what I would consider perfect!  
The other half of the time, I experience some bloating and irregular BM's, but 90% better than what I used to deal with.  The chronic depression is just gone.  I feel like I have a chance to live my life now.  My story is not ended yet, either, and I feel myself still continuing to heal and grow more healthy.

I'm glad you got your blood typed so you know for sure.  That's so important!  



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Hi Bonehead

This is Part 2 of my story (update) )

It's now one month ago since I start with BTD and I feel very mutch better then at beginning. It is not only the mobus meniere what had gone better, I feel me over all better in that time. have no longer so mutch slime in my neck (I had before many problems with neck inflammations).
I eat now a normal portion and have enough, not still hungry and not hungry after 2h, I don't need many food between the normal meals.
I'm not very over weight but with BTD I had decreased 4kg (8.8 pounds) in only one month. My wife is very lucky about that
Hey and now the best thing, my latter meniere accumulation was at Monday (it was very weak) the latter fast accumulation is now more than one week away.
But I have to say that I go now also for acupointing and it looks also very good.
I thing that the compination of both will be very good for me.
A very interesting point is my wife (she is BT A) since I eat my diet she eat also the 0-Diet because we're to putridly for cooking different things and she loves meat.
Since 2 weeks her healthy is not very good, she has many times headache and she is very sleeply. I have said to her that she can make two kind of meat (chicken or tofu for her and beef for me) but she don't hear of me at this time. I thing she's going more intelligent with the time
Due to the fact of that what is going on with my wife I can say the BTD is realy working!!!

Chris
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Chris.- super to hear something from U
the same here.... but we do cook for our both BT's different meats and then have a look
what we may eat together as veggies... no problem with that he's an O too.- so far
I know this problem well but this is only in the very early beginnings.... after a little time..... all will be gone even your mb.men.-attacs and nobody thinks that she has cooked differently before

best regards and keep finngggggerles crossed
truly yours Isa
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chris?

you are not trying to get rid of your wife now, are you??  

( just a bad joke.....sorry)

keep up your compliance, it s working great!!


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Well it's been a while since I've been here.  I use to have the handle "bonehead" before I lost it from inactivity on the board.  But I have quite the excuse for my inactivity.  For the past year or so I've been fiercely battling Crohn's disease.  That was the cause of the problems before I tried the diet, from what the doctor has said I've been battling these symptoms for years.  In the past year though I've developed nasty bowel abcesses that have landed me in the hospital, a painful stricture in the bowel, and have had to undergo surgery to remove a section of bowel.

Now I'm not saying the diet caused the most recent problems.  I'm wondering if it exasperated the situation though.  Or at least my not following the diet 100%, which is honestly impossible.  The big problems started New Years Day of 2006.  Over Christmas I wasn't exactly watching my diet.  Didn't exactly go off the diet completely, but I was ordering in food a lot.  New Years Eve I decided to order in Chinese.  Most take-out Chinese food is greasy, but this stuff was beyond greasy.  Still good though.  Anyways, I woke up at 2 AM to an appearent flare-up.  My stomach was on fire, and the was a line under my stomach that burned as well.  I ignored the problem for about 2 weeks, until I developed an abcess just above my appendix.  I had no choice but to see a doctor.

To make a long story short...lived through the Pentasa which did nothing noticable, lived through the contant rounds of Prednisone which seemed to work as well as the Pentasa did, suffered through an abdominal abcess the size the of baseball that was cause by the original abcess, not to mention the 2 AM wakeup calls of severe cramps, and went through the surgery to remove part of my bowel and clean up the abdominal abcess.  I'm still recovering, but everything is healing up nicely so far.  My only concern now is...how the hell do I avoid ever going through all that again?  I've gone back onto red meat and dairy, for the fact that I seriously needed to gain weight and I know that was one way to do it.  I'm scaling that back now that I'm getting close to an ideal weight for me.  But still, I don't see how a week of take-out food could have cause all that after being on the diet.  Are there type A's out there with Crohn's that have had similar problems?  Am I going to have to follow the diet so closely that I can never stray, even a little?  What can I do?

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brentje-so sorry you went through what you went through in the past year.

You ask "How the hell do I avoid ever going through all that again?"  

Answer (your words actually)
"Ok...mow I'm more convinced.  Today I got my blood type kit.  As it turns out, I'm A+.  There might be something to all this after all.  What I do know for sure is that I haven't felt this good in years.  Giving up dairy was the best thing I could have done.  I miss the red meat, but the trade off is worth it.  No more horrendous heartburn.  No more 5 AM hellsh*ts.  And I've lost at least 40 pounds since the start of all this.  With all the posts saying things like this, it's hard to fully accept until you write one of these yourself..."

Following the BTD way of life for Blood Type A would be the answer...otherwise...you know how you feel when you don't.  

Only you can make yourself as healthy as you want to be.

Debra


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Welcome back brentje,

Please go to your member center (link is at the top right of the page) and select a BTD avatar shield.  This will make it much easier for other members to jump in and answer your questions, without having to find in your post where you mention your blood type.

Understand, that when you have health issues, knowing your secretor status is critical to following the diet that is right for your type.  A special note should be taken that the Type A non-secretor diet is remarkably different that the Type A secretor diet.

Have you tested for secretor status and were you following the proper diet?

When you said that

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Or at least my not following the diet 100%, which is honestly impossible.


I have to mention that there are many posters here who follow the diet 100% because for them, they've learned that any deviance results in severe flair ups of their particular health issue , and/or having already been diagnosed with cancer or another fatal illness, they choose health over feeling terrible.

Another thing that I would mention is, Dr. D developed eight Health Series books specifically targeting several health issues.  In those books, the food lists and diets are broken down even further than the original lists from Eat Right into Super Beneficial, Beneficial, Neutral Allowed Frequently, Neutral Allowed Infrequently, and Avoid.  Although there is not a book on Chron's specifically, I think the Allergy Book and the supplement protocol recommendations in it would be a place for you to start.

I also checked the ResultsBase for you by typing in the word Chron's, and then I did a search typing in the word IBS.

Here are some of the results:

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Blood group     A
Age bracket     Young
Gender     Female
Body system     Digestive/Eliminative
Degree of result     Significant
Timeframe     Less-1-Month
Comments     Before I purchased your book I intuitively knew that I was blood type A. After the test revealed same I immediately committed to the program. My naturopath in Canada reccommended the program to me. I had suffered with IBS, candida, mucous problems, headaches. 2 weeks on the diet and I felt 90% better. By the end of the month I had lost 6 pounds (without dieting!), I was sleeping through the night, my system became regular and balanced out and I began to recover lost energy and vitality. I am very thankful for Dr. D's gift to the global community. Verified: yes



Blood group     A
Age bracket     Young
Gender     Female
Body system     Digestive/Eliminative
Degree of result     Significant
Timeframe     Less-1-Month
Comments     My digestive problems have shown considerable improvement, likewise my circulation and general well-being/energy levels. I've been eating a healthy diet (Weight watchers style) for 3 years, but has persistent cramping and stomach/abdomen pains - have been following this diet for 1 month only (based on Web pages - can't get book in Australia yet) and have not had a single occurance of the pain which previously had been experienced at least twice weekly. As I'd had irritable bowel syndrome previously, there were no tests etc that were conducted to verify this - but my Dr had previously indicated that diet was the key (but my high intake of non-A blood "healthy" foods did not appear to assist in my IBS symptoms)



Blood group     A
Age bracket     Young
Gender     Female
Body system     Digestive/Eliminative
Degree of result     Moderate
Timeframe     1-3-Month
Comments     I was on the diet from August '97 to January '98 and felt good. I lost 20 lbs. and witnessed my IBS subside. Since my lapse off the diet my condition has returned. I just recently renewed my Blood Type Diet Vows and hope for future improvement.


Once you've been on the diet for some time, being as compliant as possible many people find that their immune system, and/or other bodily systems respond faster, more efficiently when they eat avoids.  You mentioned that you ate chinese food, but you did not specifically tell us what you ate, whether or not you had wheat and if the dishes had msg or not.  Personally, I feel going off your program (I'm gathering you are a Type A because you are asking for opinions from other Type A's), definitely ascerbated your chron's condition, and caused you to experience the debilitating symptoms you experienced.

I'm sure other Type A's will chime in here with their thoughts.


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Well alright...here's the thing about the 100% compliance.  Red meat was simple to give up.  Surprisingly simple actually.  Dairy, not so much.  In fact, since the operation I've found that dairy doesn't cause the problems it use to, or that I thought it use to.  In the hospital after the surgery they gave me a full-fluids diet, which is basically all dairy.  I wasn't going to eat it...but you put ice cream in front of me after not eating for a week and what am I suppose to do?  While I do experience a lot of gas, it's not a problem because it can now pass easily.  Which, after a year of not being able to, you wouldn't believe how good it feels to fart again.  Yes I am male, so therefore I'm proud of my flatulence.  Anyways, it's hard to believe that after a week of non-compliance that these really severe problems showed up.  Was it because my body just wasn't use to that much fatty food after avoiding it for so long?  That week was filled mostly with pasta dishes from East Side Marios (tried to avoid cheese, but not always possible with Italian food), chicken and mashed potatoes from Swiss chalet, and the night of the bad Chinese food.  There was nothing really bad that night...I think it was chicken something-or-other (looked like a chicken cutlet battered and deep fried), chop suey, and chicken fried rice.  Most if not all Chinese places advertise "No MSG" nowadays I've found, so that's not a concern.  It was all just really greasy.

I started the diet reluctantly and accidently, and noticed it helped with some problems.  The weight loss was a bonus.  But if the cost of being on the diet 100% means I can never for an instant stray without severe penalties, then I think I'd rather keep some of the avoids so that they don't hit me as hard.  I'm going to occasionally eat beef when I'm out with friends and family.  Not often, and not much, but a nice steak is good sometimes.  I'm definately going to eat dairy, since most of the substitutes just don't taste good I find.  Although I might try switching to goats milk.  But...I like my dairy.  I like my big glass of milk, especially since it doesn't cause the intense heartburn now.  I like my big block of cheese.  I know I've got to cut some things out though, since I've found my joints have been aching badly lately.  I have no idea what my secretor status is though.  I had been sticking with the secretor recommendations before.  I'll try switching to the non-secretor recommendations for a while to see if that makes a difference, then get a test done to verify.

I just thank god coffee is good for me at least...
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Was it because my body just wasn't use to that much fatty food after avoiding it for so long?


You might want to rethink beef, and choose chicken or turkey or fish.  Genetically speaking, Type A's produce the least amount of intestinal alkaline phosphotase (IAP) ~an enzyme critical in the digestion of fats~ than all the other blood types.  And, if you are an A non-secretor, you produce even less.

With the chron's, I highly recommend getting your secretor status tested as well as your sub types.  That way, you can have a clearer picture as to what foods are avoids for you type so you can choose your battles.

Of all the blood types, Type A has the most food values that change status from secretor to non-secretor: at least 26-27 foods change value from allowed to avoid.  


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I stumbled across this post on another thread.  Thought you would appreciate the input from another Type A:

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Crohn's/Colitis problems reduced already.  It's only been 10 days.  Using the bathroom a lot, but no problems involved usually.  Lost a bit of weight.  Not sure how much, but my husband noticed so it must be true.  

Loving the BTD still!  Hope everyone else is doing well also.


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Good thread and incredible testimonials! I cannot begin to imagine the problems you guys are/were facing, and atleast with BTD things are getting better, no?

My issues were digestive problems with bowel movement happening once in 3 days, inflammation of joints, high cholesterol and fatigue. I'm a vegetarian, still am, or shall I say I used to be a granitarian and not anymore ? It did me in big time...but now I'm doing pretty well with egg as my source of animal protein. I continue to feel better day by day.

Wish y'all speedy recovery from various health issues!


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Now I'm not saying the diet caused the most recent problems.  I'm wondering if it exasperated the situation though.  Or at least my not following the diet 100%, which is honestly impossible.
Am I going to have to follow the diet so closely that I can never stray, even a little?  What can I do?


Sorry to read all suffering you have gone through. My best wishes on your recovery.

This is a subject I have thought of too frequently for my liking because I have not found much evidence on the matter. I started this diet searching for perfection. I had absolutely no health issues. On the contrary, I considered myself a very healthy individual. Far above average. No weight issues either. Perfect BMI. Gee, if I was already perfect why go for more? !

The following personal story is what makes me believe you were already at the brink of your illness but it was asymptomatic because you were healing. A week of constant pressure on the body just made you crumble.

For ten years I smoked 2 packs of Marlboro reds per day. I felt fine, no morning coughs, had plenty of energy, I even had a sensational lung capacity. One day I quit cold turkey. I did so because it was the in thing to do.

After a year of abstinence I could not resist a cigarette. I smocked it loving every single drag. Few times in my life have I felt worse. The nausea, the headache, oh my stomach! I just wanted to jump out of my body. This was just 1 cigarette for a person that a year back had been a healthy heavy smoker, who laughed at the wimps who had adverse reactions to cigarettes. Here I was having the worst reaction.

An hour or so later I had my second cigarette. Shortly after, my third. Within the day I was back to being a heavy smoker, not bad considering I had never felt worse on the first one. I continued smoking for ten more years. I was happy to observe that after that initial cigarette I did not have any apparent adverse reaction to smoking.

Somehow my body just got used to the tobacco.  Why did the first cigarette made me feel so bad? Chances are it was because it was poison to my body. Because I was healthy my body soon adapted to the cigarette. Your body on the other hand could not ride the wave. Perhaps the second time I quit I left my body at the brink of some lung failure and if I start again, if I have not healed, I fall ill as well. My body is on this occasion not able to overcome the illness.

Dr. D mentions in some of his books that: As we age, our immune defences weaken.

Would you recommend anyone, with a lung illness, being 70-80% cigarette free so that next time they had one cigarette they did not feel terrible?

I know of some people on this board that prefer to remain less than 100% compliant so as not to experience the negative effects.

Best wishes on your decision.

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what happened to 'bonehead'?.......


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what happened to 'bonehead'?.......


When memberships are inactive for a long period of time, I believe Admin deletes the hats from the system.


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About the other testimonials posted in this thread...I would like to see what these people are saying now after being on it for a while.  I was amazed at first myself.  Cutting out certain things did help.  But after cutting those things out, my problems didn't completely go away.  I'd have some of the same symptoms show up every once in a while even though I didn't go off the diet, for the secretor side of things anyways.  Really the only times I haven't had major problems were when I was forced onto the rice diet, and now just after the surgery.  Some symptoms are starting to come back now, which is why I'm thinking about trying this again.  But like I said, if the price of this diet means never being able to stray without requiring surgery afterwards then it's too much.  I'd rather live with constant minor problems then survive through occasional major problems.  I'd rather have my occasional steak then never having one at all.  I'd rather have my milk then never touching it again, even if I have to spend more for the lactose-free stuff.  There's something to be said for eating a healthy diet, and I'd say that this one makes the most sense out of all of them.  But there's also something to be said about enjoying life and the luxuries that come with it.  
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Brent,
These are decisions that you will make for yourself, as we all have done.  I decided that I was sick and tired of suffering, and that no treats were worth what I was going through on a daily basis.  I haven't eaten avoids in several years, and little by little, my health is beginning to really shine.  Living totally pain-free is something I never even dreamed I could accomplish.



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About the other testimonials posted in this thread...I would like to see what these people are saying now after being on it for a while.

All except the last one, the testimonials I quoted were from the ResultBase.  If you are looking for testimonials, start reading the many testimonials you can find right here in this forum where you posted.

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 I was amazed at first myself.  Cutting out certain things did help.  But after cutting those things out, my problems didn't completely go away.


Like Lola mentions about Rome, some healing takes time.  
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 I'd have some of the same symptoms show up every once in a while even though I didn't go off the diet, for the secretor side of things anyways.  Really the only times I haven't had major problems were when I was forced onto the rice diet, and now just after the surgery.  Some symptoms are starting to come back now, which is why I'm thinking about trying this again.  But like I said, if the price of this diet means never being able to stray without requiring surgery afterwards then it's too much.  I'd rather live with constant minor problems then survive through occasional major problems.  I'd rather have my occasional steak then never having one at all.  I'd rather have my milk then never touching it again, even if I have to spend more for the lactose-free stuff.  There's something to be said for eating a healthy diet, and I'd say that this one makes the most sense out of all of them.  But there's also something to be said about enjoying life and the luxuries that come with it.  


Again, I would seriously suggest getting your secretor status tested to find out if you are a non-secretor.  As far as whether or not you continue to eat avoids for you type,  we each make our own choice as to the level of compliance we feel is comfortable for us.  Best of luck to you.


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Welcome brentje,

Thank you for sharing your story.  

Over time, I think you will begin to feel more positive changes in your health.  Good health is an ongoing journey.

Alia


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Although I'm an O, and coming at this from the other end of the food spectrum so to speak, I understand your reaction... I remember when I first read the O food list, I was outraged at someone apparently denying me most of the foods that brought pleasure to my life.

However, the fact is that after a while of being compliant, and I mean properly compliant, the cravings for Avoids simply disappear... Things that seemed irresistible but caused problems once past the throat just don't seem very appealing any more, and it's strange to say, but it seems to be linked with a general clarity of thought.

In your case, because you're suffering from  an illness, your immune system probably needs extra help to revover... As others before me have said, you could consider supplements to help intestines rebuild flora, or a product like Chlorella, which would help with digestive problems as well as strengthening the immune system.

Also, since Crohn's is sometimes considered to be an autoimmune disease, the BTD seems particularly relevant to your case, as compliant foods will not tax your immune system like avoids would.


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enjoying life and the luxuries that come with it.


that too is a very personal matter, cause my luxuries may not be yours and vice versa!

besides, the last place where you will find my luxuries are in avoids!!


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Hi Brentje,
I can say I truly feel your pain, as I was diagnosed with Crohn's at 21 years old.  I am now 34 and totally healed of that dreadful disease.  The pain is unexplainable and the way you feel makes you not want to live.  The first diet that got me on the path to healing was the Specific Carbohydrate Diet by Elaine Gottschall.  I basically cut out fluid dairy, all refined sugars and all grains.  It was a super strict diet, much more I think, than BTD, but it did help me soooooo much and was a good starting point.  She did allow hard cheeses such as cheddar, and they didn't really bother me except that I still was constipated a lot.  

Anyway, I haven't take meds in many years for Crohn's and I know that I am healed.  The BTD was the first diet that has totally made since regarding my past.  I knew I was a non-secretor before I even took the test.  Usually, nonnies are MUCH more sensitive to everything, I am finding out.  Anyway, I cannot recommend that you follow this diet enough, especially to ensure a quality of life for yourself.  I believe the Lord led me to this diet and to this healing, and I cannot be grateful enough.  

Dairy causes me to have joint pain similar to arthritis-type pain and makes me brain-foggy, like I cannot think straight.  Until I got off of all dairy, I did not realize how messed up my mind and body really was.  Wheat as well, that is a HUGE no-no, causing lots of pain for me.  So, from someone who knows this pain and disease, I implore you to think seriously about this diet for yourself.  No medications will cure this disease, and it can kill you, as I know at least 2 people who have died from it already.  

Sincerely,
Tina
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Thanks for sharing your personal experiences with Crohn's, Tina.  

I love reading peoples' success and victory stories with the BTD lifestyle.  

Alia


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