I was wondering to what extent following Dr. D's dietary guidelines can completely reverse the damage that your body incurred during the period in which you were still eating the 'wrong foods' (i.e. during your pre-'following Dr. D'-period).
For example; - Assume you're a type O who followed a vegetarian diet and ate lots of soy for 5 years before starting the BTD. If you're not seriously ill when you start the BTD, is it likely that you may still get seriously ill when following the BTD, because of eating totally wrong in your earlier life? - Alternatively; assume you're a type A who ate much red meat in your pre-BTD period; Once you have followed the BTD for let's say a year, and you're still not seriously ill; is there still a reasonable chance that your pre-BTD meat-rich diet may still induce the emergence of a serious illness, e.g. cancer, in your later life??
I hope it is clear what I mean to say?
Of course it always depends on the individual. I know. Still, I'd like to hear your thoughts and what you think would generally be the case. Basically my question is; can the BTD completely reverse damage done to your body by a wrong pre-BTD diet. And if so; how long might that take? (3 months, 3 years, 10 years, 25 years?) I remember having read once that a smoker will have 100% 'clean lungs' after about 10 years after having quit smoking. That apparently is the time it takes your body to completely replace/repair all the tissue. Might the same hold for the BTD?
Every cell in your body gets completely renewed all the time. Some take longer than others. Maybe there is a 'learned person' on the forum that can give you details on these times. I know for example that skin takes only one week to completely renew. I think it takes about 7 years to completely renew every last cell in your body.
Where it gets more complicated is when it comes to something like bones and synapses connections. Things like that get build early (in the case of the synapses when you are a baby) and then it's maintenance from then on. So if you start with little, as far as I know you can't add more. Again, hopefully you'll get an answer from someone that knows exact details.
Certain is, that once you start eating 'the diet' your body will be as good as it will ever be and be in the very best place to handle any illness, disease, stress etc that you will encounter from now on- so it's all good!
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Location: Orange County, CA, USA
I'm an incurable optimist, but I do think that the body can heal from diet induced illness. At least I am attempting to become living proof... All of my internal organ systems for digestion and elimination are working pretty well again, so far. I am still in the process of cleaning lots of toxins out of muscle / bone/ nerve areas and dealing with an overloaded lymph system, but life continues to get better.
There are other issues that have healed through the time on the diet that were caused by trauma, etc. I believe (based on my experience) that if your body won't heal by following this lifestyle, you won't heal.
There may exceptions, ie, if you have a benign cyst that turns malignant. Dr. D. has even provided some nutritional information to deal with some of these possible issues. For instance, I have many cysts throughout the body and initially, through muscle response testing, I needed high levels of Helix, which agglutinates cancer cells for me. After being on the diet and Helix for a while, the need for those supps. reduced to very little.
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do the work and reap the benefits!
we are all 'hooked and reset' , others are getting there eventually......it is a fun journey.....you can do it!
''Just follow the book, don't look for magic fixes to get you off the hook. Do the work.'' Dr.D.'98 DNA mt/Haplo H; Y-chrom/J2(M172);ESTJ The harder you are on yourself, the easier life will be on you!
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The body is capable of healing as long as you're still alive, except perhaps for things like regrowing limbs or organs that were removed surgically or lost traumatically.
Sometimes, diet alone isn't enough to support healing. You need to take supplements, or perhaps even pharmaceuticals. Some supplements or drugs are only needed for a short time during the beginning of the healing process, and sometimes they're needed long-term. Sometimes you need a lot at first then a smaller dose for maintenance. Sometimes other modalities (chiropractic, psychotherapy, acupuncture, surgury, etc) are needed for healing, either alone or in combination.
Ruth, Single Mother to 21 yo O- Leah , 20 yo O- Hannah,and 14 yo B+ Jack
A time frame is something that I could not even attempt to come up with. I've been on Dr. D programs since 1999. My health has improved and my body has healed to a degree that I never would have believed possible. And it is still getting better.
Each level that I move on to has increased the power of the programs.
On the BTD without secretor status, I did improve a lot, but it was limited, especially since I am a non-secretor.
On the BTD Non-Secretor diet, I found a much better fit, along with elimination of many chronic conditions.
The Genotype Nomad diet was way better for me than the BTD and my health continued improving in new ways, as if healing was moving into deeper layers.
The SWAMI diet is so wonderful for me. There is a long list of health conditions that I suffered with for decades that have vanished and my body in many ways is healthier than I was as a young woman.
There is always hope and the body can do amazing things if we provide the conditions that it needs.
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. ~Mary Jean Irion