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Posted by: Don, Friday, April 7, 2006, 6:12pm
I am curious about when others started the BTD after first learning about the BTD by reading a book, listening to the audio tape, or maybe attending a lecture? I don't mean just casually hearing about the BTD or the name of one of the books.

What I am trying to get at is once you learned enough about the BTD to understand what it was about how long did it take you to decide to try it?

If you didn't start immediately, why not? Was it because you didn't feel like you had enough information to understand and believe in the BTD? Or maybe you didn't feel like your health problems were bad enough to justify the change? Or maybe your life situation made attempting the kind of change required too difficult? Or maybe you were just too lazy to make the effort to change(lol)? Etc.?

My answer is that I started immediately after listening to the audio tape. I knew it made sense immediately and I couldn't wait to start!

I had heard of the book for some time (probably years), but had never seen or picked up a copy of it to even look at the book cover.
Posted by: 774 (Guest), Friday, April 7, 2006, 6:18pm; Reply: 1
I heard about it from a friend and was intrigued, but just didn't have enough information. I then bought a book (dutch translation on it) and when I had that I decided to give it a try. Then I know the name D'adamo and I searched on internet and came across this website.

I think it must have been 6 weeks after I heard about it from my friend that I started with it.

Two weeks after I started I bought ER4YT and 4 weeks later I bought LR4YT.

And I ain't going back!!!

ps. had many health problems. A lot have been solved now.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, April 7, 2006, 6:21pm; Reply: 2
let me say this:
I followed BTD immediately, yet never had a health problem per se......
it just seemed very RIGHT to me!!

and here I am since 97, no turning back!! and I ve never stopped learning!!

excited about the future and 'living life to its fullest'.
Posted by: shoulderblade, Friday, April 7, 2006, 6:33pm; Reply: 3
Was immediately for me. Seemed right and couldn't wait to get started.

Simple as that.
Posted by: 1198 (Guest), Friday, April 7, 2006, 6:45pm; Reply: 4
I'm not sure but I think it was over five years after discovering BTD that even considered trying it. When I first learned about BTD, I was a life long vegetarian. I was conditioned by vegetarian culture and emotionally based arguments to vehemently reject any information that claims animal products (especially meat) have health benefits. Sometimes vegetarians become even more upset (even hostile and angry) upon the suggestion that we may actually need some meat in our diet. Having been thoroughly indoctrinated into the dogma that meat is always unhealthy and vegetarian automatically means healthier, I completely rejected the idea of the BTD.

Many years later, when it became apparent that I had developed serious health problems, it never occurred to me that it could be my vegetarian diet so I went even further and tried a vegan and then a raw vegan diet. My health deteriorated even further. I developed mineral deficiencies and malabsorption. I also worsened a long standing systemic candida overgrowth.

I was tired of being extremely disciplined and virtuous about my way of eating and yet still feeling ill all of the time. It seems outrageous to me that this could be. I do think I am an exceptionally disciplined person when it comes to health, diet, and exercise. I have had my access to my own organic garden and greenhouse since childhood and always included more fresh organic vegetables than your average person. MY dinner always included a large freshly made salad with olive oil and lemon juice (not vinegar) and sometimes the salad was my dinner. I am also a dancer and practice yoga and take long walks. How could I be so ill and have so many health problems?

I realized that I had to at least consider the possibility that I was missing something by clinging vegetarianism. That is when I went back and sought out the BTD book again. I think it made sense to me on my second reading because I was more open to the idea. Attitude can make a big difference in how we perceive information. Instead, of being angry I thought "Aha" and started searching out more information on the possible health benefits of meat. I started using the BTD as a guide to the foods I should not be eating. It was still several months before I added fish and another year before I tried actually eating red meat. I had trouble with the fish but when I added red meat, I felt better instantly and had no problems. Again, attitude was a big factor.
Posted by: jayney-O (Guest), Friday, April 7, 2006, 6:52pm; Reply: 5
It was more than 5 years since I did not know my blood type and was hoping it was A, since I was a vegetarian for 25 yr. My heart sunk when I was told I was O from giving blood, but I was ready to try due to overweight issues. The zone was a diet that worked well for me, but I slipped from compliance to it and gained all back, and realized that it would be so mucheasier for me to do the sone or any high protein diet if I ate meat.....then I checked out the book erfyt more closely and went for it. Like aria, it took time to change my attitude. Jayney-0
Posted by: lstreat, Friday, April 7, 2006, 7:32pm; Reply: 6
A friend lent me the book, and I was very intrigued by it right away. It made allot of sense to me. I read and reread the book over, did my own research on the web, found this site with all you wonderful knowledgeable people that I get soooo many tips and decided I would give it a shot. I needed to find out my blood type. When I asked my doctor about giving me the test for my blood type, she immediately said that she had heard about the book and had a few patients following the diet with excellent results and would recommend it to everyone. It took a while to really get  compliance but I started slowly cutting out avoids and incorporating beneficials and slowly but surely I can say that I am now 90% compliance and I am just loving the way I feel and look. I feel healthier, lost weight (which was a real struggle for me in the past) and I would recommend this way of eating to everyone and usually do. Most people resist at first but once they have tried to avoid their avoids for at least a week or two they realize that it does work. I love this way, I love this site and I love Dr. D - Thank you Dr. D.


Posted by: Linda, Friday, April 7, 2006, 7:48pm; Reply: 7
It took me six months.  My naturopath suggested it to me.  I read the book and decided that there was no way in h*** that I was going to give up chicken and peanut butter.  Six months later, I went back to the naturopath, having spent the interim time gaining more weight and getting sick at the drop of a hat.  This time I tried it.  The only changes since then (6 years) is when I tested for secretor status and made a few adjustments. (Woo-hoo!!  Love those tomatoes!)
Posted by: Cheryl_O_Blogger, Friday, April 7, 2006, 8:48pm; Reply: 8
Well, I clicked immediately, because I started it immediately after a naturopath recommended it.  Then I remembered that I had picked up the book a few times in the book store, skimmed a few pages, and then did what many people do, thought it sounded too far out, and put it back on the shelf.
Posted by: Jane, Friday, April 7, 2006, 8:58pm; Reply: 9
I started immediately after buying the book.  I had heard about it from a friend whose son's trainer had recommended it to him (he's a world class snowboarder).  She tried it for a while and then moved on.  Shortly thereafter I was getting my haircut and a copy of the book was sitting there.  I looked at it and went to Barnes and Noble the next day and bought the book and never looked back.  Although I've been struggling with my weight a little this past year, all in all it's been a really good thing for me.  My gastro had me on the typical diet for colitis which was so unhealthy and I was sick a lot.  I can't imagine eating any other way.  
Posted by: Don, Friday, April 7, 2006, 9:00pm; Reply: 10
I don't count skimming the book to mean that you really read enough to understand it. What do you think?

Did you learn about the diet, read the book, before you tried it or did the naturopath tell you what to do and you just followed his instructions?
Posted by: Susana, Friday, April 7, 2006, 9:00pm; Reply: 11
I checked immediately because I bought the book one afternoon and started for breakfast next day.

I heard of eating according to your blood type by a very religious friend. She agreed to send me the lists (I think she never did) but I never researched further as I thought it was part of her religious culture. She did not go at all into the theory behind it.

One day looking for a new nutritional method I saw ER4YT. Realised it was not part of a religious cult and bought it.

One month after being 100% compliant I fell off the wagon. Have been aiming at the wagon since. It will be 4 years in June.

I never had a health or weight issue so, eventhough I loved the way I felt while 100% comliant, vicious me convinces me constantly of jumping off the wagon to pick up some wheat, dairy, or coffee advertised on the side lanes. †::) >:(

Tomorrow morning I will pick the wagon again.


Posted by: Colleen, Friday, April 7, 2006, 9:37pm; Reply: 12
I bought the books years ago and started to follow the diet, probably to lose weight, I don't remember.  I recall it being difficult as I couldn't find the ingredients etc. and gave up.  This summer as I unpacked after a household move I came across the books and it made me think that perhaps this was the answer to the health issues I was dealing with.  I felt strongly that there was something wrong with my blood that my body was not healing itself.  I asked my dr. to do tests to see if all the nutrients were there and he said there was no way he could do that.  Then a light came on and I said to myself, "The Blood Type Diet ... go dig out your books."  Within the same week I met someone very involved in BTD and we chatted which just gave me more reason to start the diet.  I went compliant right away, I didn't go into this slowly.  I fell off over my vacation a couple of weeks after starting the diet but got right back on again.  I tell everyone about this, especially when they comment on my weight loss.  My health issue is also healing.  Now if only I could quit catching colds !!
Posted by: Cheryl_O_Blogger, Friday, April 7, 2006, 10:13pm; Reply: 13
Quoted from ironwood55
I don't count skimming the book to mean that you really read enough to understand it. What do you think?

Did you learn about the diet, read the book, before you tried it or did the naturopath tell you what to do and you just followed his instructions?

I'll assume you meant me.  I pretty much blindly followed the naturopath.  He really just handed me a food list and didn't even talk about it much.  He did two training sessions as part of a company health program and I was very impressed.  He also did what I considered a remarkable diagnosis with just the results of a sleep study and a quick pulse analysis.   I'll just say I had extreme confidence and trust in him.  It's very unusual for me to be influenced that much by someone.  He was just exceptional.  I did also immediately buy the book for more info.  I only saw this doctor twice before he left the state.  I've continued to practice BTD through my own study and help from forums.  I keep hoping he will come back to the area, but he got a pretty sweet deal with a major supplement company and is immersed in infomercials.  It's really a shame, because he had a gift in dealing with people one on one.

The naturopath would probably not have encouraged me to get as involved with BTD as I have.  He said that he could tell I had been "working very hard" on incorporating the diet at my second visit after about a month.  When I look back, my level of compliance at that point was really minimal, mainly reducing wheat and corn and adding red meat, adding beneficials where I could.  
Posted by: jsgrierson (Guest), Friday, April 7, 2006, 10:34pm; Reply: 14
I read the book, said "yes", and changed my shopping lists from that moment. But I did use up some of the old food in the larder.
On a related point, talking to someone yesterday who felt a bit guilty and inadequate through not fully following the BTD even though she believes in it, I was able to reassure her that she is indeed following it just by doing one thing right, in her case, giving up red meat. She felt so †good about that and felt as though she was back in the fold. Since the discussions about compliance on another thread I have become less dogmatic.
Posted by: Lloyd, Friday, April 7, 2006, 10:40pm; Reply: 15
I skim-read the book in '97, but went a different route. The part I remembered best was that Pinto beans were good for me! LOL, how ironic! I even used that in some food decision choices over the years. There were several changes for O's going to LR4YT, most of them changed the few things I remembered well from my read of ER4YT. Sigh........  All's better now.
Posted by: Beouemom, Friday, April 7, 2006, 10:42pm; Reply: 16
I heard about the BTD in the summer of 2003 when a friend told me about Sugar Busters AND Eating Right 4 Your Blood Type.  I had no major health problems but had just gained some weight in the last 1  1/2 years.  I read the S B book first and was trying to avoid sugar. I was allowing whole grains in moderate portions in place of refined sugars.  I did not gain anymore weight but did not lose either.  Finally in April 2004 while we were driving back home from a trip to see our daughter I read it outloud to my hubby.  I decided to give it a try and have not turned back. I waited another 8 months to get my secretor status checked.  I lost the weight I wanted and have more energry than I have had for a long time.  I plan to eat this way for the rest of my life  
  I still have more to learn but eating right for my blood type works for me.  I have had my cholesterol levels  checked 4 times in the last 2 years.  Everytime I do they are better.  The HDL continues to go up and the LDL  and tota cholesterol goes down. All in normal ranges.  No cavities at my last dental visit.   The eye doctor I last saw said he did not see any macular degeneration that was there in the last two years.  I feel great.  
 Good question MoDon.  
Posted by: OSuzanna, Friday, April 7, 2006, 11:41pm; Reply: 17
It took me getting very sick for a long time and reaching the "end of my rope" to start BTDing full-time, but the day I decided to, I knew it was the right way for me and there was no doubt in my mind, period, the end!
Early 1970's, discovered I felt A LOT better eating beef after dabbling in vegetarianism for fiscal reasons. Hideous sore throats led to loss of tonsils at age 19. Lots of sore throats followed, just not as life-threatening.
Early 1980's, an allergy Dr. skin-tested me & I came up "allergic" to most O avoids (surprise, surprise! :B) plus more, like chicken. For several months I avoided wheat, potatoes, dairy, eggs, chicken & I don't know what else, and didn't suffer my usual seasonal illnesses, and felt better. †Didn't stick with it. I felt wheat was something I could "control" LOL (we all know how THAT story goes!!), because I couldn't see a reaction to it, like I could chicken.
Thus followed years of emotional, respiratory & digestive woes, etc. Lots of Dr.s, lots of Rx meds.
Early/mid-1990's, this got worse after the 1st World Trade Center bombing ('93), where I worked. Got extreme once I had to go back IN that building (Tower One) to work. One of the top 5 worst decisions of my life. Though I had post traumatic stress syndrome (who wouldn't), I believe it was bad diet coupled with sick-building syndrome BIG TIME. †My boss thought I had food poisoning. Another story for another time...
More Dr.s, more meds.
During these years, saw a chiropractor/keniesiologist(sp?) who tried me on a 6-week no yeast, no sugar diet. I was very good. Felt a lot better, but still having WAY too much in the way of avoids, so better, but no miracles. He declared yeast was not a problem for me.
He sent me to an accupuncturist who suggested I stop eating wheat for 2 weeks(?). Minor miracle! Felt much better, & severe allergies to sister's many Siamese cats & German shepherds DISAPPEARED FOR 2 YEARS after!!!!!!!
Didn't stick with it. Wheat? Oh, I can control it...- rolling eyes a lot here-
While driving thru upstate NY one night, was radio-station surfing & heard some fellow saying something something something †AVOIDING WHEAT something something EATING BEEF and was instantly riveted. "That's ME!" Started listening & scrambled to get pen & paper, wrote down guy's name & name of book. Bought ER4YT soon after, loved every bit of it.
Some people just don't learn, do they?!?!
Talked the talk, but didn't walk the walk. Knew better, but didn't behave so.
2006, had become too sick to even work in my own home, people that knew me were asking why I wasn't on Disability, hit a "wall", & said that's it, I'm DOING it, I want my life back. (In spite of illnesses, I've led a wild and fabulous life, and, hey, it's NOT OVER!!!!!)
February 17, 2006, and beyond grateful. Beyond, I tell you!
That "some fellow" saved my life.
Glad I smartened up at last.
Some people DO learn eventually!!! ;D ;D ;D
No going back, sorry I waited so long.
One of the top 5 best decisions I ever made.
The new chapter in my life is beginning... :K)
Posted by: OSuzanna, Friday, April 7, 2006, 11:45pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from lola
let me say this:
... never had a health problem per se......

No fair! That's cheating, man! :P ;) :K)

Posted by: OSuzanna, Friday, April 7, 2006, 11:55pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from Jane
†My gastro had me on the typical diet for colitis which was so unhealthy and I was sick a lot.

you got that right!!! ;)
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 12:14am; Reply: 20
I ll make it up to you, promise!!! ;)
Posted by: BeeBee (Guest), Saturday, April 8, 2006, 12:23am; Reply: 21
I read ER then LR then CR and sort of followed them sometimes.  But I wasn't that unhealthy and there were other diets (for weight loss) out there that I was trying.  But then my health went down hill and I tried LR on and off for the past couple years but didn't stick...
Then, as I said a couple weeks ago, I read the Cardio book by Dr. D and then it clicked and I've been doing good...sleeping, more energy, younger looking, lost 9 pounds.
If you're looking to see if people understand the info easily enough  I have to say:
I didn't understand everything that I read and I usually can figure things out having taken anatomy and physiology I and II but I did have some trouble and still don't understand all of it.  
Would like it all spelled out simpler yet more in depth.
I'm a believer though!!
Posted by: OSuzanna, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 12:39am; Reply: 22
Quoted from lola
I ll make it up to you, promise!!! ;)

No!!!! :X

Well, maybe a hangnail, then. ;) :K)

Posted by: Don, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 12:40am; Reply: 23
Quoted from BeeBee
If you're looking to see if people understand the info easily enough I have to say: I didn't understand everything that I read and I usually can figure things out having taken anatomy and physiology I and II but I did have some trouble and still don't understand all of it.

Would like it all spelled out simpler yet more in depth.
I'm a believer though!!

I assume that people that started immediately or shortly thereafter probably understood what they read and realized that it was important.

I am curious why people that didn't start shortly after reading the book choose to wait.

I think this poll also shows that a large percentage of the BTD seeds that we plant now may not germinate for some time to come, but they will sprout and grow strong.
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 12:45am; Reply: 24
hangnail coming up!!! LOL
Posted by: OSuzanna, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 1:23am; Reply: 25
MoDon, Thank you so much for starting this thread, asking these questions. I am fascinated by the different stories. ;D
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 1:50am; Reply: 26
About 9 years ago, I saw a friend whom I had not seen in many years, and she looked much more healthy and radiant than the last time I had seen her.  She told me she was eating for her blood type, and she told me about lectures that were being held monthly by Steve Shapiro.  

I attended the next lecture, which made Total!!! sense to me.  I got my blood typed that night and began immediately to follow the program with about 50% compliancy.  I was operating only from the food list which Steve gave me, and did not get any of the books until I got my secretor status tested about 4 years ago.  

Then I discovered I was eating many avoids, and I upgraded my level of compiancy.  I noticed immediately many improvements in my health, and have been extremely compliant ever since.
Posted by: Serena (Guest), Saturday, April 8, 2006, 5:07am; Reply: 27
my mom brought home er4yt as per her homeopath. Mom said it was interesting, I should read it. My first reaction was 'Not another diet...' mom had brought home so many, and tried so many, and i wasn't that interested. UNTIL, she mentioned I'd been right all along when I'd refused to eat corn or drink milk as a child- that piqued my interest- my mom, admitting I was right?? So she read me the "red flags" for O's and mentioned a couple things- turned out that in my family, inadvertantly, I had been the one following the diet the closest- and wonder of all wonders, I'd always been the thinnest (not saying much in my family though...).

So I decided to read it. That I was the thinnest and had been closest to the diet made me think there might be something to it. So I gave it a try- lost 8lbs in the first two weeks. That made me think I was gonna give this a real try. Been 7 mo now- mostly compliant- anal about somethings (no corn derivatives, no veggie gums, artificial sugars, or avoid oils...) but still cheat once in a while (Gotta have cheesecake sometimes...). Lost about 40lbs, got rid of my allergies, won the battle with depression, and I love it. I'm a religious person, and I feel as strongly about and grateful for BTD, as I do my faith. Can't separate me from either...
Posted by: Drea, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 5:09am; Reply: 28
I got the first book (ER4YT) back in 1996, but at that time I was doing the macrobiotic/TCM way of eating and that was all I could handle. That was already such a stretch from my up-to-that-point diet. It wasn't until 1997 or so that I began to slowly incorporate BTD into my eating habits. By then, my asthma was in remission for the first time (due to the elimination of red meat, dairy, nightshades, cold (temperature) foods, and acupuncture for starters), so I slowly started back to eating wrong for my type over the next few years. Then in 2000 or so I had another HUGE asthma attack that felt like it came out of nowhere, and that was when I committed fully to the BTD. Since then my asthma is back in remission (I haven't had an attack in several years!). Whoo-hoo!
Posted by: daisymay, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 6:01am; Reply: 29
I started my girls on it BEFORE I read the book.  Because I was suddenly overwhelmed with food allergies myself, I guess I was much more "tuned in" to their reactions, and so just naturally stopped feeding them the things that made them sick.  When I did read the book the first time, I was SO excited to see which foods were highly beneficial because then I wasn't afraid to have my girls try them.   One of the reasons I separated from my husband is that he tried constantly to prove that I was wrong.  His family still thinks I'm crazy because I don't let my kids eat "normally."  When they visit Grandma, and eat her cooking, no one can see the connection between the red skin, sudden congestion, and more aggressive temperment.  It just makes me crazy when they blame everything else under the sun, but absolutely can't believe it could be from their food!
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 6:01am; Reply: 30
I had, of course, seen ER4YT in stores, and had read the title, but never even picked it up.  Obviously a bunch of hooey.  One of those stupid fad diets.

On July 19, 2005, a friend emailed me that she had just started a new diet, and was not supposed to eat certain things (which she listed) because of her blood type (which she did not mention).  On August 1, I noticed a copy of ER4YT in our chiropractor's waiting room, and had a quick look, trying to figure out what my friend's blood type is, but our turn came and I put the book away.  At our next appointment, on August 29, I asked to borrow the book, so I wouldn't be interrupted again.  My interest was still primarily trying to guess my friend's blood type.  (I love puzzles!)

Sometime in the next week or two, I started actually reading the book, and by the end of Chapter 1, I was fascinated.  I didn't know whether or not the rationale behind the diet was correct, but it was internally consistent.  (That means a lot to a former math major and software engineer.)

I had been a vegetarian since 1989 (16 years).  My health, though never robust, had been stable until menopause (1998), when it declined rapidly.  After that, I would occasionally feel an intuition that I needed some meat in my diet, but those feelings would pass.

I made my first attempt to follow the BTD on September 28 -- without knowing what my blood type was!  (So I voted "Within a month.")  On October 3, I had my blood typed and started the A diet.  On October 18, I got the results of my secretor test, and started the A nonnie diet.  At this point, I had no intention of eating meat (though I was following the diet very closely otherwise), but in early 2006, I began to experience actual meat cravings for the very first time.  I finally decided maybe my body was trying to tell me something, and began eating salmon (February 14) and turkey.

For me, this was a pretty "immediate" start!  I need to think things through.

Posted by: mhameline, Saturday, April 8, 2006, 8:57pm; Reply: 31
Wow - it's interesting that so many of us started immediately on the BTD.  I too started immediately upon learning about the BTD since I had just started going to a naturalpath for infertility and weight issues and she put me on this right away and I totally went for it and saw great benefits.  
Posted by: grey rabbit, Sunday, April 9, 2006, 2:03am; Reply: 32
I had read in the "Denver Post" a very neutral write up on the BTD, I thought, Oh, that's interesting, I'm an A and had already started fazing out of the red meat, none of us had eaten pork for years. When my daughter entered puberty and started having terrible problems with acne, I finally ended up at an NP that recomended the BTD. I bought the book the same day and started the next day in an effort to support her. I'm an all or nothing type, it was hard at first, but slowly I have learned to adjust and have found I really don't WANT to eat most avoids. Only exception: when I cook a roast for my typo hubby, it smell really good and I remember Sunday dinners of roast beef and creamy mashed potatoes with gravy, miss that.
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Sunday, April 9, 2006, 4:39am; Reply: 33
Samy -- Get your secretor status tested -- if you're a nonnie, you and hubby could share a roast leg of lamb!
Posted by: 290 (Guest), Sunday, April 9, 2006, 3:02pm; Reply: 34
Quoted from osuzanna
That "some fellow" saved my life. Glad I smartened up at last.
Some people DO learn eventually!!! ;D ;D ;D No going back, sorry I waited so long.
One of the top 5 best decisions I ever made. The new chapter in my life is beginning... :K)

What a great story!  Good for finally saw the light, eh?  LOL

My "story" is incomplete...still working on things due to certain apparent food allergies (skin problems)...but I'll get there.

Read about this many years ago - bought the book, read it, and gave it away.  In January, I too had reached the end of my rope with my skin problems, and thought I would try this.  So, went out and bought the book for the SECOND time, and ended up buying everything ever published by the good doctor, I think...and here we are.  Still working it out.  

That's me though - hubby took to it like a duck to water, and that man has never done a diet a day in his life...before this.  He loved pork; in fact, it was akin to sacrilege as he almost worshipped it.  That and deep-fried anything...maybe even hog jowls.  I'm sure if they had manifested in his life, he would have eaten them.  

He had the beginning of blood pressure issues and was threatened by a doctor with the dreaded chemical recipes offered for such things these days.  Instead, when I was in dire need of "something", he decided to do it as well.  And surprise!  (Well, not really...) He has now lost 27 pounds (only about 10 to go for ideal weight) and his blood pressure dropped so dramatically, the meds wanted to know what he was doing.  He was more than happy to share his new-found knowledge.

As for how easy the book is to understand, I consider myself a reasonably intelligent woman, BUT....there are parts that leave me in the dust.  Not so much in the first book, but others.  A lot of my questions have been answered though by participating and reading in this forum.
Posted by: Debra+, Sunday, April 9, 2006, 4:08pm; Reply: 35
By the time I read the book, it took a month, but started the diet pretty well immediately. †After two weeks of doing the diet I knew this was it.  :)

First heard about the book through a friend who has MS. †She had just purchased the book and we were looking through the types of foods to eat for our blood types. †She is an O also. †When we were first glancing at it we laughed and said that there was nothing left for us to eat. (ha. †Little did I know I would be doing this for the rest of my life). †Did not thiink of the book again until a couple of weeks later when I was bringing home one of the kiddies that I babysit. †On the mom's counter was the Eat Right Book. †I asked her if she was following the diet and she had commented that she was somewhat. †She is an A. †She asked me if I wanted to take a look at it and I said sure. †I figured this was the second time I had seen it so something was trying to nudge me in that direction. †I had planned on borrowing the book for two weeks and ended up borrowing it for almost a year. †I kept asking her if she wanted it back and she said no she pretty well knew what she needed to eat. †Finally did break down and bought my own. †I am the only one in our family who pretty well follows the BTD while the others eat to their blood type (two A's and an O, who is away at college) †only suppers cooked for them that are compliant. †The other meals are out of the house and they do their own. †They won't eat what I fix them most times for †outside the house. †Maybe one day.  :)

Sad to say that the friend that I had first heard about BTD from with MS does not follow the diet and has been going down hill. †I have tried to convince her to do it, they say, you can lead a horse to water...   :(      :)

So...I did pretty well start the diet immediately, but about amonth to read the book, so I voted for within a month.  :)


P.S. †I now have two copies of Eat Right (one copy I got at garage sale for .50 cents Canadian) and two copies of Live Right that I lend out to people. (All of which are out at the moment). † I have one copy of the encyclopedia that stays with me. †I have copy of the cancer book (which I lent to a friend with cancer, but she never read it), the diabetes book (which I lent to a friend, but she looked at it and still eats pretty well what she wants), eat right 4 your baby(picked up at Wal Mart for $5.00 Canadian) and the fatigue fighting book. † †After Vamos a Samos I hope to pick up the rest. † :)
Posted by: 903 (Guest), Sunday, April 9, 2006, 4:51pm; Reply: 36
I started immediately after confirming my type O negative blood type.

This was about four and a half years ago now and I was in bad shape. †The short of my history: I had never been a healthy person but in my twenties, I was in great physical shape. I had lots of allergies though, and since my teens had chronic asthmatic bronchitis every fall, winter and spring - I would be sick for half of the year! Caught walking pneumonia a few times in that period too. Lots of antibiotics which were useless of course but the docs kept pushing them "just in case" my bronchitis was bacterial in origin. And the corticosteroids for the allergies, and steroids to rebuild my lung tissue... This is how my twenties went , but I managed to live life to the fullest anyway; lots of hiking, biking, skating, grad school, always on the go, lots of energy.

In my thirties I started to slow down. I had moved from the NE to the SW for my health - get a way from those horrible winters! I was working 50 hrs a week plus long commutes and had no energy for anything else. Anything. Caused marital problems. This is when I realized I had adrenal fatigue. But I kept trying to do it all. Health spiralled downward. When I was 33 I had a severe injury affecting my neck and back. Docs kept me on high doses of NSAIDs for over a year. Things got worse. My pain worsened every day (luckily my employer was understanding and accommodating) and after a year my company folded and I was laid off. I went on disability since I did not see how I could possibly start a new job. I was disabled for about four years and in the middle of that time period, I met a new masseuse who told me about the diet. I also stopped seeing alll the specialists and treated with my family doc, a D.O. He gave me oxycontin to manage my pain. The masseuse told me she had had a lot of similar issue with colds and bronchitis, allergies, and that they had all resolved when she started this diet. I got the book and read it since I wanted to be able to tell her I had -- but my first reaction to how she presented the info was, "yeah, right, sounds like some woo woo sh*t to me!"

I read the book and it made sense. I am a scientist and immediately understood the entire package. I ordered the blood typing kit just to be sure I was remembering my type corrrectly and immediately dropped wheat and dairy (from cows - switched to goat products) and other major O avoids. I have been fine tuning it ever since. I think of the BTD as my foundation and everything else I am doing is layered on top due to my many health issues. At some point in the future when I am healthy, I will be able to strip off the additional layers and expand my diet again to include all of the type O food choices. My improvement is noticeable month to month. I eat more like a nonnie with additional food restrictions due to my leaky gut.
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, April 9, 2006, 4:51pm; Reply: 37
good to hear about your hub s success on the plan!!
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, April 9, 2006, 6:04pm; Reply: 38
Great to hear your story.  
We have much in common with the lung problems in our youth.  I never had asthma, but did have chronic bronchitis throughout my childhood and early adult years, complete with all the antibiotics which did no good.  I was also very physically active and athletic, which sort of gave the illusion that I was extremely healthy.

I enjoy your posts and insights.
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Sunday, April 9, 2006, 7:16pm; Reply: 39
Judi -- My first reaction was similar to yours -- the "woo hoo" part, I mean.

I didn't mention that my nutritionist tried to get me interested in the diet years ago -- but even though she and I generally agree on health issues, we have totally opposite ways of arriving at the same conclusion.  So her explanation of the diet went right in one ear and out the other.
Posted by: Laura P, Sunday, April 9, 2006, 8:44pm; Reply: 40
Carol, I'm curious, when you started did you assume you were an A or what blood type did you think you were
Posted by: 433 (Guest), Sunday, April 9, 2006, 11:02pm; Reply: 41
I have started this diet twice - the first time my daughter gave me the book and it made so much sense that I started making changes right away.  Mainly, I gave up wheat and dairy, which wasn't that hard because there were alot of things to substitute - esp. soy and spelt things.

Then I decided to go further and get tested for secretor status, and found out I was a nonnie. It was like everything I changed into was an avoid for non-secretors.  Now it has been harder for me to stay on the diet. It's been hard to add beef also.

I know I read something that we can take if we don't eat too much meat - Does anyone have any info on this?  Thanks!
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, April 10, 2006, 2:18am; Reply: 42
I believe you're thinking of Tyrosine.  
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Monday, April 10, 2006, 2:43am; Reply: 43

... or maybe Taurine?
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, April 10, 2006, 2:48am; Reply: 44
I think you're right Carol.  It's Taurine!  :-)
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Monday, April 10, 2006, 2:50am; Reply: 45
Quoted from lkpetrolino

Carol, I'm curious, when you started did you assume you were an A or what blood type did you think you were?

I know this sounds weird, but when I started the BTD, I really didn't know what my type was.  Back in biology class, my lab partner said she thought I "might be an O," and that was the closest thing to hard data that I had.  When I read ER4YT, I wanted to be an A, but judging by the descriptions, my best guess was B, so that's the diet that I started with.

The next Monday, I went to have my blood type tested, figuring it'd turn out to be either B or O.  I was ecstatic to learn that I'm an A!  (And when my secretor test came back "nonnie," I was downright giddy!)

Posted by: Laura P, Monday, April 10, 2006, 2:59am; Reply: 46
funny, when I first started the diet I wanted to be an O or a B but knew I was an A, why didn't it work out for me? shoot
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Monday, April 10, 2006, 4:25am; Reply: 47

Because you "knew" you were an A -- the placebo effect strikes again!


Posted by: 903 (Guest), Monday, April 10, 2006, 6:43pm; Reply: 48
Thanks Victoria. I blame a lot of my problems on conventional medicine, but then again, if I had taken the time then to do the research I do now out of necessity, I wouldn't be in this sad shape now. Takes time to develop wisdom... along with a healthy dose of cyncism and irreverance for established medical practices!
Posted by: Don, Monday, April 10, 2006, 6:54pm; Reply: 49
Quoted from JK
I blame a lot of my problems on conventional medicine, but then again, if I had taken the time then to do the research I do now out of necessity, I wouldn't be in this sad shape now. Takes time to develop wisdom... along with a healthy dose of cyncism and irreverance for established medical practices!

Exactly my story too. I thought I was doing the right thing by just following the "expert" doctors' advice and treatments without question.

Never again will I turn over my health to anyone else and follow their advice without understanding all the issues.

One of the things about the BTD that struck me so strongly right from the beginning was it made me realize that I had a lot more control of my health then I ever realized before.

Posted by: Olerica, Monday, April 10, 2006, 6:57pm; Reply: 50
Ok... I'm guilty of wanting the quick fix. †When I read NO CHEESE on my bene list, well... I'm a cheese craver (it's still a downfall). †I tried Atkins in the mean time and was so BLOATED and horrific. †

I'm glad that I was re-introduced. †It's been very good for me.

Someone asked about knowledge and germinating.  I thing, for me anyway, that I felt that I should be able to be in control of everything.  I wanted to hear that the way to weight loss (my big issue) was to do no exersize and eat all of the cheese I wanted.  (ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!)

Well, it's darn hard work to loose fat.  I have to be extra careful and actually WORK OUT (sorry for yelling... I'm yelling at myself).   It wasn't until my husband started having some health issues that I even looked at the diet again.  It must be easier to fix him than myself.
Posted by: Poly, Monday, April 10, 2006, 8:49pm; Reply: 51
I pressed the "More-than-a-year"-button.

First time I heard about it was in 1998, when I attended a Heilpraktiker-convention. I had heard about BTD before that, but dismissed it as non-sense: "Eat Right 4 Your Shoe-size" Har har... ::)
Well, the speaker at the convention explained the principles behind BTD, and it made very much sense to me. I recognized my type imediately - carnivor that I am! ;D

Didn't feel like changing my diet, though. Sure I'd like to lose weight, but the BTD-speaker never mentioned weight loss, "only" health realted issues, and I was as healthy as I could be, so who needed some long haired health-diet, huh?

Second time was in 2000, when my co-worker started BTD and brought ER4YT with her to work for us all to leaf through. She lost some weight (she didn't really needed to, but anyway...) and her allergies all went away (Yay!).

Still, didn't feel inclined to eat exceptionally healthy or anything. I had no allergies, so why change?

Then in 2004 I came to the conclusion, that it was best to change before I had to. I smoked 20 cigarettes a day, but had the lung-capacity of a 10 years younger non-smoker. Best to stop while my body seemed to be able to cope with the smoke. So I quit smoking - cold turkey.
I was almost 50 lbs over weight, and my mother had Type II diabetes, so it seemed like a good idea to get rid of those excess lbs in time before developing diabetes or high blood presure or whatever. So I went on Atkins. Lost 48 lbs in 9 months and felt excellent.
But what to do, when I had met my goal weight? It didn't seem right to continue to avoid fruit like the plague, but eat lots of artificial sweeteners...
Then a co-worker (another one) came up to me and asked if I was type O. She then told me, she did the BTD, and that it was no wonder Atkins was right for me. She lent me her copy of ER4YT, and I was hooked. Here was my post-Atkins-diet! I bought LR4YT and joined this board. Can't get enough knowledge about this excellent diet. This is MY diet - and I'm dragging hubby with me! ;)

So: Third time lucky BTD for me! :)

I still have so much to learn. I gained almost 18 lbs in 4 months after switching to BTD :o and have the hardest time losing them again. :-/ I know exactly what's wrong: Exercise...! Blech! ::) ;)
Posted by: Don, Monday, April 10, 2006, 11:19pm; Reply: 52
Poly, I really enjoyed your story about how you got here. Thank you for sharing it.

So what is the BTD status with your hubby? What is his BT? Has he spit for you yet (secretor test)?

Tell him to join us here!
Posted by: Megm (Guest), Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 2:32pm; Reply: 53
"Within a Month"

Four years ago, I picked up a copy of ER4YT in a Barnes & Noble, and skimmed through it, finding that many things made sense.  An example is that when I went to a Italian restaurant and ate bread and pasta, I'd feel horrible.  If, on the other hand, I'd eat out at a steak place, I'd feel energized.  That didn't make sense to me, but after skimming the book, I felt I had probably found my answer.   I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy the book, though, so I went home and picked up a copy from the library.  Wow.  Everything clicked into place and I couldn't resist buying Eat Right, Live Right, and Cook Right.  ...I wanted to start on the diet immediately, BUT, living in the midwest at the time, I couldn't find the grains I needed to replace wheat.  I couldn't find veg. glycerin, organic meat, etc.  So, I put the diet off, thinking that I'd later hunt the internet to find places to order these products from.   ...After a couple of weeks, with the diet constantly in my mind, I decided that following it the best I could, would be better than not at all.  So....I started on it, using non-organic meats, etc.    Almost immediately, I felt so much better, even though I was unable to strickly follow the diet.  

The allure of wheat and coffee, however, called me away from the diet.  It didn't take much time at all, for me to find myself back eating many avoids.   As one would expect, my health deteriorated.  

In January, I decided to start back on the diet, remembering how good I felt while on it.  Plus, living in Colorado, it's much easier to find the foods that I couldn't find in the midwest.   ...Considering how fantastic I now feel, I WILL follow this way of eating forever!  

Posted by: Poly, Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 7:26pm; Reply: 54
Quoted from ironwood55
So what is the BTD status with your hubby? What is his BT? Has he spit for you yet (secretor test)?

Tell him to join us here!

Heh yes, Don, I made hubby spit. :D He's a B non-secretor.

The BTD-status with hubby is, that he follows it on/off:

On: He has changed his lunch-orders at work. Earlier he had a shrimp- or chicken-sandwich. Now he has a big salad and some sort of meat - mostly beef he tells me. Actually, his co-workers came up to me at his firm's Christmas party and asked me what kind of strange diet I had put my husband on. ;D
When he cooks, he always checks ingredients on the food-lists I have put up in the kitchen.

Off: He drinks tons of coffee at work.
He has an impossible sweet tooth and loves all kinds of candy - the more artificial icky and sweet, the better. ::) I haven't yet been able to make him change that habit.

I have suggested many times, he join us on board. He would benefit a lot from the knowledge here. All the cooking-tips would interest him a lot - he's a wiz in a kitchen! And the B-comunity would help him to understand so much about himself and his type.
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Tuesday, April 11, 2006, 7:30pm; Reply: 55
Don't worry too much, Poly.  Both my hubby and I have both noticed that, since we've been on the BTD for a while, our sweet tooths have diminished considerably (meaning that mine has practically disappeared!).  Your hubby may have a similar experience, especially if he sticks with compliant sweeteners in the meanwhile.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, April 12, 2006, 2:42am; Reply: 56
Poly, maybe you could stock the house with the most natural candies that you can find.  I have found that the more pure my diet becomes, the less my body will tolerate junk.  It's just another step on the way to compliancy.  :-)
Posted by: Poly, Wednesday, April 12, 2006, 6:01pm; Reply: 57
Thanks for the suggestions, Carol and Victoria.

I have been contemplating a lot what to do with hubby's candy-addiction. Trouble is, he's not really into fruit. Most kinds he doesn't touch at all - cherries, apples and plums he outright detests. I've found out, he likes pineapple pretty well, so I buy a pineapple from time to time.
He even bought one himself the other day! Weee!! :o ;D

BUT, I haven't been able to get through to him, that he would be much better off without that nasty candy. Sometimes he listens and grabs a piece of cheese instead, but after a while the cravings get the better of him, and he ends up hunting around the kitchen cupboards to find something sweet. Sometimes he ends up crunching sugar-cubes and unboiled pasta! Yuck! :P ::)

If I want some sweets or cookies in the house to offer unexpected visitors, I have to hide them in the oddest places - otherwise hubby-the-candy-hoover finds them and eats them all up. (Sometimes, I forget all about the hidden sweets and find them months later burried under my stockings or something... :D)

I try to keep the house nasty-candy-free, but I know I'm losing the fight. I keep finding empty candy-wrappings in his car. (It's almost like hunting for clues, that he has a mistress - a candy-mistress! ;))
Posted by: Victoria, Thursday, April 13, 2006, 1:33am; Reply: 58
Does your hubby get enough protein.  Sometimes sugar cravings can indicate a deficiency in good quality protein.  And the fact that he wants to crunch on things may mean that his body is demanding something nutritionally that he is not getting.  If not sugar, then.......???
Posted by: Howard, Thursday, April 13, 2006, 3:46am; Reply: 59
My naturopath recommended the program, he had always been 100% right in everything else he had recommended, so I trusted him and "went for it" immediately (same day). Results came so quickly there was no turning back!
Posted by: 1227 (Guest), Thursday, April 13, 2006, 8:52pm; Reply: 60
Hello, all!

I bought a copy in 1996 and was a moderator for the "A" forum when it started up. I was compliant for awhile and then started eating off-plan as my marriage blew up.

not being able to focus on how much I was hurting emotionally caused me to just give up on everything for awhile.

Eventually, I remarried. After a long time, I decided to give this a go. I don't feel particularly well and I'm sure it's because of too much sugar and junk food. I also like red meat.

Like several others here, I have spread the word over the years -- unlike most of  you, I didn't practice what I preached. I also gave away several copies of ER and have LR and the Encyclopedia.

Guess I'll get busy getting better. Hope to get to know lots of you and maybe meet up with a few former acquaintances!

Oh -- I'm an "A" and hubby is an "O" -- we'll probably share side dishes and each have the protein suited to each of us. I don't plan on telling him what I'm doing until he notices that he feels better. :D
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, April 13, 2006, 9:03pm; Reply: 61
good to have you back!!

under what moniker did you appear, then?
Posted by: Susana, Thursday, April 13, 2006, 9:42pm; Reply: 62
Willow, welcome back †8) Your strategy with hubby sounds very promising. ;D

Lola, so much wisdom in your signature (not sure what smilie to add. I get all sorts of vibes) ::)

Posted by: KimonoKat, Thursday, April 13, 2006, 10:42pm; Reply: 63
Welcome back Willow!  Did we know you under another moniker back then?
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, April 13, 2006, 10:58pm; Reply: 64

;) :K)
Posted by: 1227 (Guest), Friday, April 14, 2006, 12:41pm; Reply: 65
Nope, I was "Willow" then, too.

Back then, even Steve Shapiro was a newbie -- so were lots of others. The threads were split into forums for A, O, and AB/B. Mostly, everyone stayed to their own forum, although each forum had many "visitors" with other blood types.

Glad to see how this space has grown and evolved over the years. It really is a beautiful website and full of so much information, and good people.

Also glad the forums are not segregated like they used to be, although I'm sure there have been "type specific" threads here at times, yes?

This weekend is "kitchen compliance" weekend. I have compared our lists (mine and DH) and we will get rid of "avoids"...although he can't seem to stay away from sweet wines and some beer (and he wonders why he gets oral thrush and keeps that belly, LOL). I'll then post the food list on the fridge, and we can decide what we'll cook and eat for the next couple of weeks.

I would love to hear anyone else's experiences of having to bring someone else on board with the plan.  :)

Cheers!  ;D

Posted by: OSuzanna, Saturday, April 15, 2006, 3:25am; Reply: 66
I got lucky, coz BF's an O like me, and he gets the free ride of me cooking  compliant concoctions. I told him I was determined to be compliant (desperate to regain my health), but wouldn't demand it of him, and he volunteered to be "good." He's continually been surprising me by saying this or that feels better and noticing the uncomfortable price paid of eating avoids when elsewhere. He's even surprised me by suggesting we give up coffee for a month, then decided he prefers green tea now, and last weekend we gave some friends all our coffee (kept the grinder). I can't say he doesn't complain about some things, but all in all it's been a positive experience.
Willow's a beautiful name imo. :D
Posted by: 1227 (Guest), Monday, April 17, 2006, 2:45pm; Reply: 67
Oh, thanks. I started using that moniker when all my emotional strength was being tested during the time that my first marriage went out the door with my promiscuous spouse.

I wanted a moniker that would help me remember that I could get through that tough time and any others -- that I could remain flexible and bend with adversity rather than let it break me.

Willows are known for their flexibility and grace under pressure of weather -- so I chose it.

thanks to everyone for the warm welcome!! It means a lot.
Posted by: RacerWife7 (Guest), Monday, April 17, 2006, 3:52pm; Reply: 68
My answer was immediately, but I didn't stick to it - for some reason... Too long ago, I can't remember. † †;) †That was back in 1998 when I was first married. †Now, we have 2 kids and one of them has been recommended to start on the BTD due to sensitivities and intolerances to certain foods - he's 1. †So, we're ALL adopting the diet both for health reasons and because it's easier if we all eat the same - we're all Type O. †...So, although I started 8 years ago, I didn't stick with it (and I probably SHOULD have), but I'm back; this time with my entire family. † 8)
Posted by: Don, Monday, April 17, 2006, 3:59pm; Reply: 69
Welcome RacerWife7,

Glad to have you and your family join us. I think that the BTD will help your son.
Posted by: RacerWife7 (Guest), Monday, April 17, 2006, 4:14pm; Reply: 70
Quoted from ironwood55
Welcome RacerWife7,

Glad to have you and your family join us. I think that the BTD will help your son.

:) Thanks - it's tough to change over a toddler, but I think it'll be tougher to change over my older son who's already so set in his ways...   ::)  I guess he'll get used to it.
Posted by: Don, Monday, April 17, 2006, 4:30pm; Reply: 71
Yes, starting them early should make it easier.

My two sons were about 11 and 9 when we switched. They still have not accepted eating anything but cereal for breakfast most of the time and in general would prefer to eat grains more often. Other then that and individual likes and dislikes they have been pretty good about the changes.

I should also mention that during this time my sons have only been with me every other week so between what they eat at their mother's house, school lunches, and eating out with friends and during events probably only about 1/3 of their meals are intentionally BTD compliant.
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, April 17, 2006, 4:32pm; Reply: 72
If you don't push it, and give him time to try things on his own and think it's his idea, he will gradually make changes even at his "advanced age"!  :-)
Posted by: 362 (Guest), Saturday, April 22, 2006, 10:10pm; Reply: 73
I read about it in 1999, gave it a trial run in 2001, but did not commit to meat until 2006.  I was an exercise buff through the late 80s and early 90s but did not join a gym until this week.  I thought I could get an intense work out walking around Wal-Mart.  Oh well.  It took noticing in a dressing room that I look like an adolescent (or worse really-- flabby and bone thin) to make me really want to do anything about it.
Posted by: jsgrierson (Guest), Monday, April 24, 2006, 7:44am; Reply: 74
I'm always so touched when I read about you wonderful mums (and dads) who know your children's blood types and have the opportunity to feed them correctly. 35-40 years ago I had such trouble feeding my children. I was a meat eating A, their father is a B and the children are A and AB. Meals were in crisis mode most of their childhood. I would so love to have had the opportunity to do that aspect of child raising right. Yet despite all that, they are now all fantastic adults who love cooking and love their food. None of them have come on board BTD but when they eat with me they know they will get their blood type food! I don't bash them with it, but if any of them raises it I quietly talk about it. Just part of the intricate tapestry of life n'est pas?
Posted by: 547 (Guest), Monday, April 24, 2006, 8:52am; Reply: 75
I started that course on micronutrition back in august 1999. Read about that book Eat Right 4 Your Type in Dutch in september, bought it, read it and was hooked immediately... October 1st 1999 I started the BTD and never looked back!!! :o

Still after 6 years on this gorgeous way of eating, I still experience improvements...
It is an amazing journey into wellbeing with physical and mental health...

No falling off the wagon for me... Never ever ate red meat in those 6 years behind me.. Of course I had some potatoes and some avoids, but never complete avoidmeals.. No way!!! †Maybe it is my 'OCD' that made me stick to it all the way long.. †::)

Anyway, reading ER was a revelation for me!! The last puzzling †piece in my health was found.. From that day on, it was way up to health...

If there is one  Doc who really revealed the secrets of our health, who really cares for our health, it is Peter D'Adamo!! †:K)

Sometimes I wonder what would have become of me, healthwise if I had not 'found' the BTD on my path... ... My bp would still have been towerhigh.. Had kidneyproblems, †I was close to an braininfarct back in 1995, my MD told me when he put me on bp-meds..
Now I am free of all meds. Last year stopped my bpmeds..

I feel very confortable in my body and mind †;D Never ever want to go back to those years before 1999. †

Soo happy I listened to my body when starting the BTD.. †:)

Cocky 8)
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Monday, April 24, 2006, 11:17am; Reply: 76
After a few weeks !
I saw the book at the bookstore- I looked at the B diet- somehow it fitted so well- BUT at the same time I felt very provoked of the thought that it was good bye pasta, chicken and tomatoes and lentells etc- since I was trying to loose weight on a semi vegetarian diet ( well I gained weight :-(). I had no serious problems abit of allegy and 50 pounds overweight -
Then I looked at the O diet- my almost 5 year old daughter ate †a perfect O diet. She had skinproblems and constipation when she had milk and bread- so I tried to keep her off it.

I went home and wondered for a few weeks and went back and got the book!

The next 5 years I followed the B diet most of the time- Sometimes I fell but I never dropped it.I felt fine - my allegies disapeared , I lost abit of weight- My daughter just bloomed and all her problems diasappeared.

Almost 2 years ago I had the secretor test done and I restarted my diet - started eating after the portionsize etc and finally I lost 20-25 pounds
Today it is mainly a piece of organic bacon that sneaks into my diet and my soon to be 12 daughter has lately adjusted her O diet ( mixed with B) to a more clean O diet!
I still need to loose 20 pounds and I know I can do it this way - I am just a bit lazy and loved sweet things a chocolate ( POLY I fear it is a B thing ;-) )

I still feel a bit like a freak here in Denmark- only a few other people know of it ( SO GLAD POLY JOINED US ! )

My mum thinks it makes sense and try to follow O diet. My B sister with serious health issues avoids the chicken and tomato... but sadly has not been convinced to try a 100 % version, my B friend has B twins and do it 75 % of the time....
I think it is easier to make a immediately start if one has serious problems !
Posted by: Don, Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 7:45pm; Reply: 77
My question wasn't about how long it took you to fully convert to the BTD, but more about how long it took you to really start trying to use the BTD recommendations after you learned about them.

So how long did it take you?
Posted by: Poly, Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 9:01pm; Reply: 78
Quoted from Henriette_Bsec
- I am just a bit lazy and loved sweet things a chocolate ( POLY I fear it is a B thing ;-) )

Oh bummer! ::) Hm, I guess I'll have to tie hubby's hands and lock him up and stuff him with B-benes until he's completely weaned off the sweets. ;D

Quoted from Henriette_Bsec
I still feel a bit like a freak here in Denmark- only a few other people know of it ( SO GLAD POLY JOINED US ! )


Posted by: SusieD, Sunday, April 30, 2006, 2:39pm; Reply: 79
Summer of 2002 I was on a three day women's retreat. There was a lot of talking and sharing about health, lifestyle and diet. One of my friends has many health issues, as I do, and she was telling me about her co-worker who had successfully tried the BTD diet which helped their Crohn's disease symptoms. My friend and I agreed to buy the $20 LR4Y and split the cost. She has fibromyalgia, anemia and is very overweight, but she tried the O BTD for about 2 weeks and gave up. I on the other hand IMMEDIATELY started the A BTD and felt much better after only 2 weeks. In the past 3+ years, I have struggled with staying compliant, cooking the BTD way, what supplements to take, health issues improving or not. My greatest success has been comfirming my nonnie status recently and along with the Arthritis Health Series book finally fine-tuning my diet. I am still experiencing some detox, but generally feel better. I had not seen my friend for over a year. Met and talked to her at a meeting several days ago and was saddened that her health seems to have deteriorated. The timing was not good for me to share about BTD, but maybe I will get another opportunity with her...Diane
Posted by: rustyc, Tuesday, May 2, 2006, 11:23am; Reply: 80
I first heard about ER4YT about 8 years ago.  I donít think I read the book after looking at the avoid list!  To go without tea and ALL my favourite foods just wasnít on.   My sister sent me a copy in March this year and being desperate to lose a couple of stone thought I give it a try as nothing else seemed to work for me now.  I knew it wasnít designed for weight loss but I thought cutting out bread, cereals, cake, biscuits, potatoes and cream, the weight would fall off.  Unfortunately that hasnít happened and I donít really understand it.  I lost 3 lbs the first week and since then it seems to average about Ĺ lb a week.  Hopefully it will all add up.  I wasnít particularly interested in the health benefits as, apart from legs which stiffened up when I sat down and a right arm I couldnít lift above shoulder lever, I felt I was reasonably fit for a 78 year old.  Three days after starting to follow ER4YT my legs felt lighter and didnít stiffen up with sitting and I could raise my right arm high above my head.  A week later some friends dropped by for a meal and to extend the meat I made a steak and kidney pie.  The pastry was delectable but within 2 hours my legs ached so much they hurt and I knew there was no going back!  Itís amazing what you can get used to. Living in England some things are not mentioned or maybe they are called something different.  Is Oxo OK?  What about prawns?  What is Farmers cheese?  Cheese is another thing I miss. The things I miss most, I think are sauces, savoury and sweet, so if anyone has found a solution Iíd love to hear about it.
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Tuesday, May 2, 2006, 1:01pm; Reply: 81
Wow rustyc 78 years old and ready to change!

Prawns are basically the same as shrimp and it is ok- neutral for Oīs
as for the oxo- look at the labels it could contain bad things.
Do you know the typebase?
it has all foods in .
You could look up farmers cheese and see if you rerognize it.
about cheese: do you like mozerella, feta cheese or goats cheese it would be ok.
Posted by: rustyc, Wednesday, May 3, 2006, 2:07pm; Reply: 82
Many thanks for that ,Sam.  I was aware of the list but not of it's significance.  What  mine of information!  I find these forums such a help alround.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, May 3, 2006, 4:23pm; Reply: 83
Rusty, if you're losing 1/2 lb. a week, that's actually quite perfect.  It's much kinder on the body and better for your health to not make sudden weight changes.  At this rate, you'll be 24 pounds slimmer in a year, and it won't cause you to bounce back to gaining again like common "diets" do.
Posted by: JennLindsey (Guest), Thursday, May 11, 2006, 7:58pm; Reply: 84
I heard about the ER4YT Diet from my Brother (who has since stopped). He heard about it from a Nutrition professor in college. I am very overweight, and have had quite a few health problems. I tried it as soon as I read it, and I felt so good. I had a problem with being all or nothing, and quiting anything, as soon as I fell off the perfect path. So I quit. I tried South Beach and lost a lot of weight really fast, but got dizzy all the time, and my head felt in a fog.

I have finally learned to value baby steps, and starting last Sunday, I have slowly but surely been changing my diet to follow Type A. It is really great. This weekend I am going shopping, and I am going to increase my compliance to a much greater degree. It just feels so great when I eat how I should, and so horrible when I don't. I just had organic whole wheat mac and cheese with my 2 year old, and you would think ..oh great..but for me wheat makes me feel horrible just as Dr. D'Adamo says.

In the last 5 years, I have had 2 c-sections, my gallbladder removed and an ectopic pregnancy that needed surgery. I also had Grave's Disease( autoimmune hyper-thyroidism) when I was 23, so my thyroid had to be killed with radioactive iodine. I also have mild eczema, which is another autoimmune disease, but I know I am going to get so much better making this lifestyle change.

Also, as further proof Dr. D'Adamo knows what he is talking about, my husband didn't know his blood type. From reading the book, I told my husband that I would bet money he is Type B. He went and gave blood and low and behold, he is a Type B. So to say the least he doesn't think this diet is hookie. I can't wait to find out what my kids are! It could be anything, because I am a Type Ao for sure (My Dad has Type O- ) and he might very well be a Type Bo!
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, May 11, 2006, 8:35pm; Reply: 85
glad you re back!!! )
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Wednesday, September 13, 2006, 3:27pm; Reply: 86
::) I was *forced* to start immediately::) because of my intriguing loooonglasting stomachpains......
until I recognized I am a *royal* ;D :D .....and thought to be ok on grains :P :-/ re-begun it in 1998
a never ending story ::) :D (dance)(smarty)(clap)(think)(whistle)(whistle)
Posted by: 899 (Guest), Monday, September 18, 2006, 11:50am; Reply: 87
the1 st time, I started the bdt diet 1 month after read the book, and I failed, because I'm Italian and for 30 years I eat pasta-pane-cheese-meat-vegetable, as the mediterranean diet. I like every kind of foods.. and it was very hard to me to avoids many of these, also because I haven't any healt/weight problems..

I started again 3 months after the 1st tentative, and now I'm in BTD by the last June (4 monts, apprx) and I'm really happy. I have tried again the BTD diets ONLY THANKS TO THIS FORUM and WEBSITE. I feel like, and I think tht I will go on for all my life, I'm trying to apply this diet to my little doughter too, the only avoids for my type tht I have and tht I will continue to have is  PIZZA, but only 1 times each month,  I have to admit it to go on, or I will fail again...


thank you to all of you,
Posted by: italybound, Monday, September 18, 2006, 2:41pm; Reply: 88
I had read ER4YT at least 2 years before getting serious. Not until I had been consuming white potatoes and corn on a daily basis ( after getting married, I very mistakenly took on the DH's eating habits of these 2 foods, which I prev rarely ate) and started feeling horrible. So horrible, I thought I had some disease that was killing me, as I felt worse every single day. All the drs were scratching their heads (no surprise). One day it just hit me that it was the potatoes and corn. Hunted down the book and have been following it since (sometimes too loosely †::))  When I read the book the 2nd time, the light really went on. It made sooooooooooo much sense. I began immediately to incorporate it in my eating. What a blessing!!
Posted by: koolaid, Monday, September 18, 2006, 4:57pm; Reply: 89
I was close to being a vegetarian and was having all sorts of digestive issues. I had tried lots of different ways to curb the flatulence and afternoon fatigue. Plus, I jump started my day with a cup of espresso and nothing else until I got to work.

When I picked up ER4YT in the diet section of the local bookstore, my first thought was that it would be just another diet book, but as I began to read a little light went on. I bought a pound of ground beef and have continued to improve my diet and my health ever since. (I've been on the diet at least three years.)  8)
Posted by: 671 (Guest), Monday, September 18, 2006, 7:58pm; Reply: 90
I first heard of the BTD from the father of a girl that played softball with my daughter.  That was five-and-a-half years ago.  He had lost quite a bit of wwight and I asked him how.  He was a type O, like me, and offered to let me borrow his book.  I read it and found it to make alot of sense.  I had lost some weight on the "Carb Addicts" diet and thought the BTD explained why.  It just wasn't a good time for me to be trying anything at that point, however, so............years passed.  I never forgot what I had read and even mentioned the book to several people throughtout the passing years.  Some with health problems, some that had tried Atkins (my husband and I both lost on it) and said it didn't work for them.  I found that most were not types O's so I told them about the BTD, explaining that not all blood types would do well on a higher protein diet.  HA, I was extolling the virtues of the BTD and I wasn't following it myself!  Well, after going on maintenance on the Atkins, I found that I kept putting the weight back on unless I kept my carbs very low. I got frustrated and told the hubby I couldn't live like that so I went back to eating more of what I wanted.  Big mistake!! :(  I put almost all the weight back on that I had lost.  I was discouraged.  I knew I wasn't going back on induction (first two weeks of Atkins at 20 or less grams of carbs per day).  What to do?????  DUH !!!!! The BTD!!  It had been there in the back of my brain just waiting for the day that I would wake-up and take notice of it!! ;D  I went online and bought the ER4YT book, the diabetes book and the pocket book for Os (I don't have diabetes but my Dad and younger brother do and I don't want to!).  I checked out the LR4YT book at the library and now have the CR4YT from there.  I hope to someday add them to my personal collection but right now money is being spent on accumulating the many new grocery items that I am needing.   Sooooo............either 51/2 years or within a week depending on which one actually counts!!!!!!!! :)
Posted by: Don, Monday, September 18, 2006, 8:04pm; Reply: 91
Based on that story you classify as 5 1/2 years.  ;)

So go vote.
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 5:50am; Reply: 92
I was so sick with chronic fatigue from allergies and systemic fungal infection, that I was seriously considering total disability in April, 1999.  That is when I started NAET, and the benefits were tremendous.  I truly believe that most of my health problems were due to growing up eating a diet that consisted largely of beef, chicken, pork, corn and wheat.

At the end of 1999, another patient in the allergy clinic recommended the ER4YT book and diet to me.  I got the book, read it, and started to follow it immediately.  After about 6 months, I started to slip away from it because I was feeling so much better, but didn't realize how much benefit I was getting from the diet.  I continued getting better unitl I reached a plateau that I couldn't step over...  I knew I still had problems and was continuing to do things to get better, but the results were were coming slower.  

It wasn't until a ND recommended it to my mother-in-law about five or six months ago, that we got back to the diet.  I had been having achiness in my leg joints and muscles because we were eating quite a bit of chicken.  I had stayed away from corn because it gives me bad headaches.  When my wife said the Doc had told her mom about the diet and mom called daughter to ask, "Isn't that what you were talking about a while ago?", we pulled out the ER4YT and CR4YT from the bookcase and re-read the sections for us.  Oh yeah, chicken causes these aches in the joints...  DUH!!!  I can tell the benefits now, so there will never be a going back for me!  My wife sees the difference for her, as well.

My wife (A) and I are eating a reasonably compliant diet.  I really feel it if I'm out and can't get mostly beneficials for a meal.  We do need to get the secretor testing done and need to get our daughter typed, etc., but she is eating mostly an AB diet plus ice cream and too many sweets...  Just in the last couple of months, her tastes have changed quite a bit.  She is eating less sweets and more fruits and vegetables.  We could all benefit from more variety of beneficials and will continue to incorporate them in.

So Don, I guess to answer your questions, immediately and 5 1/2 years.  Yes, I had so many problems that almost anything on the right path made me feel better.  Unfortunately, when you start doing so much beneficial, it is sometimes hard to tell what is and isn't helping.
Posted by: bec-australia (Guest), Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 6:20am; Reply: 93
I heard about it from a doctor when I was on the border of needing thyroid medication for an underactive thyroid, had high white cell counts and was passing out all the time.  On top of that my cholesterol was way too low, I was getting allergies to everything, had quite bad endometriosis/pcos and was constantly sick.

Interestingly when I'd heard about it, I'd already given up all dairy & wheat (celiac & lactose intolerance) however I noticed a real difference straight away when I cut out the soy, pork and SUGAR.  

However, following on from this I had a really stressful time and although I remained compliant, my adrenals were on the verge of collapse and my thyroid dropped again.  Even with 100% compliance my body just didn't want to repair itself. Anyway, I developed Chronic fatigue as well and then started to get acquainted with ovarian cysts that were larger than the usual.

To cut a long story short, I'm still on the diet with 100% compliance and now on a fairly stringent regime of supplements and exercise/lifestyle.  I guess I do a modified version with extra allergies to consider, but basically it's still avoid the avoids with a passion.
Posted by: Don, Tuesday, September 19, 2006, 1:28pm; Reply: 94
Quoted from ABJoe
I guess to answer your questions, immediately and 5 1/2 years.

You should vote immediately!, since you did try it immediately even though you slacked off later. I'm glad you found your way back and that is working out well for you and your family. Have you tried calling your daughter's doctor(s) to see if they might have her blood type on record? Once you get that done you need to have a spit party (saliva colection for secretor test). ;) By the way is your mother in law following the BTD per her doctor's recommendation?
Posted by: ABJoe, Wednesday, September 20, 2006, 1:34am; Reply: 95
One of my beefs with my daughter's doctor group is that they destroyed her file because we hadn't been in the office for 3-5 years.  We called both the hospital and the doctor and both said they have never had reason to type her, but the records were no longer available, even if they had.
MIL - no, she doesn't cook enough to do BTD.  She is a single empty-nester and doesn't think it is worth the time to cook for herself.  She didn't like cooking when she had kids at home, but now just won't hardly cook anything.  When we go for holidays, we have to restock her kitchen from almost nothing because she doesn't even keep staples in it anymore.  I need to get her together with P'Twist...  Maybe some of her enthusiasm would rub off.
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Monday, November 6, 2006, 8:46pm; Reply: 96
I have read ER4YT in  2001 and started to try a little bit: After some months I found LR4Y and I was completely hooked by Dr. D medical evidences and deep strong points. All my clinical tests were tipically A like and are better without medication with the diet and supplements asl gingko and vit C.
My A diet gives enough calcium and iron from food ! My energy is strong and with gluten free diet my allergies are nearly gone away. Just a little dermatitis on the scalp and a sensitive nose still to improve but God bless Dr D and BTD !
Maria Giovanna
Posted by: northstar, Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 2:17am; Reply: 97
I was visting Canada for the summer holidays and checking out the reading material I came across the original BTD book. I took it to the cottage with me and read it cover to cover.
Well, since noone in my family was on BTD, I hate to wait till I got back to Japan. It was fairly easy once I was back because I am a type A and there are many soy products.

Now, since my blood pressure is too low 91/73 and apparently not enough range between the high and low numbers I am also taking Chinese herbs. Had no choice as there are no naturopaths here. If the numbers are too close that means you have bad circulation and not enough blood vessels, etc. Anyway, according to Chinese medicine that is not good and I do not have enough "ki". I have been making a tea everyday and also drinking a mixture of Reishi mushroom and some special carrot and of course I have been eating pretty close to the diet, staying away from wheat as much as possible. Good news is that after two weeks I have lost 2 kg, my blood pressure is normal. My heart still beats too fast and that is because I worry too much and need to sleep better at night.
But, getting better.....

This diet does work! ;D
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 3:43am; Reply: 98
great results you are having! )
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 4:07am; Reply: 99
If you have a good chinese medical doctor, you are fortunate.  Chinese herbs, along with the BTD, can work wonders.

(I take reishi everyday also)
Posted by: northstar, Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 6:36am; Reply: 100

Glad I'm not the only one.
I made sure I got someone who had studied and graduated from a school in China. Some of the sales clerks are young and just take info and prescribe something. Scary, to say the least.

I am pleased with the results.
Had to go through a cleansing period the first week and that was not too pleasant...but seem to be doing better and I have much more energy. In a month I'll go for a blood test and see if I've cured the anemia.

Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, November 14, 2006, 4:49pm; Reply: 101
I have a feeling you will get good results from this approach to anemia.  If they are well trained, they really understand the subtle aspects of health.  I feel as strongly about their approach as I do about Dr. D's blood type eating.
Using both together has literally rebuilt my health and given me a new chance at life.
Posted by: 1440 (Guest), Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 10:38am; Reply: 102
Quoted from ironwood55
I am curious about when others started the BTD after first learning about the BTD by reading a book, listening to the audio tape, or maybe attending a lecture? I don't mean just casually hearing about the BTD or the name of one of the books.

What I am trying to get at is once you learned enough about the BTD to understand what it was about how long did it take you to decide to try it?

If you didn't start immediately, why not? Was it because you didn't feel like you had enough information to understand and believe in the BTD? Or maybe you didn't feel like your health problems were bad enough to justify the change? Or maybe your life situation made attempting the kind of change required too difficult? Or maybe you were just too lazy to make the effort to change(lol)? Etc.?

My answer is that I started immediately after listening to the audio tape. I knew it made sense immediately and I couldn't wait to start!

I had heard of the book for some time (probably years), but had never seen or picked up a copy of it to even look at the book cover.

Just thought I'd join in as well †:)..

I started immediately, focussing on the avoids, stumbling thro the carb-veg protein thingy, and despite that saw immediate results. Now that I've somewhat fine tuned my protein intake and suppliment intake and eating/exercise schedules in general, I can say that BTD has been a real miracle for me. My lethargy, fatigue, bloatedness, swellings on my joints etc have 90% disappeared. I'm 99.99% compliant since the 23rd of October. I'm looking forward to my blood test on the 24th of Nov to see how my cholesterol levels are(HDL 48.8, LDL 198.9, Triglycerides 77.1, Ratio 5.4) I know these things take time, especially since I was a vegetarian..but I'm curious all the same.

I'm also trying to spread the word among family members and friends, since many of us are soooo into corn flakes, whole meal bread & oats first thing in the morning! The South Indian diet, although heavy on the carbs, has many healthy options which my family have forgotten, for the easy pre packed trans fat laden stuff and it's interesting to see first, the disbelief when I ask the O's & B's to get rid of wheat..and then second, the protest over having to come out of the comfort zone of making chapatis & rotis instead of rice & millet based dishes! Many older ladies have actually forgotten good, healthy South Indian 'tiffin", meals & snacks...I mean with bakeries & pre packed stuff touting "healthy options" who wouldnt get disgruntled ;D?

So far I'm doing OK and hope to stay that way. BTD has proven to me that I'm not a hypochondriac 8)...

-accidental chef
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, November 15, 2006, 5:23pm; Reply: 103
I'm so happy for you, accidental chef! †It's wonderful to meet someone who really gives the BTD an honest try. †Many people dabble in it for a while and say that they tried it and it didn't do much for them. †That isn't really giving this program a chance. †
Your story is the way it happened for me also, and I haven't ever regretted making the changes in my life that Peter D recommends. †It has only gotten better and better as the years pass. †I am actually feeling like a healthy person again. †I was losing hope before the BTD came along. †:-)
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