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Posted by: bourouba (Guest), Monday, August 28, 2006, 3:12am
Hello, I am a blood type O and  I have been diagnosed with GERD (Gastro Esophagus Reflux Disease) recently. I am new to this forum and hope to find help.

Recently, I finally had an appointment with a specialist who quickly said "GERD". The camera view in my throat showed a lot of irritation and damage. I have had pain and uncomfortable symptoms constantly (and increasingly) for the past 4 months. It has become a real problem and handicap in my life. I am a 55 years old male and throughout my life I have often experienced a very slow digestive processs (food just seems to sit there for many many hours) and uncomfortable stomach gas but never this kind of pain.

My symptoms are: pain and pressure in the throat (as if I have a ping-pong ball inside), burning sensations in the stomach and oesophagus, feeling of constant fullness. It is generally slightly better in the morning and can become excrutiating at night - enough to be impossible to sleep. It is worse if I eat wheat, especially whole wheat. Almonds and other rough foods seem to irritate the lining of the throat. Potatoes, garlic and mint also seem to make it much worse. In the morning I still burp and feel that my stomach is not empty. I do know this is not normal… My peristalsis is amazingly slow.

At this point I am chewing well (I keep remembering a teacher who had us sing "Chew, chew, chew you food gently down your throat - merrily, merrily, merrily, Life is but a Dream" ), avoiding all wheat for now – and probably forever. I eat cooked vegetables and some organic animal food - eggs, chicken, fish, buffalo meat. I am using aloe vera drink and probiotics – as well as NAG and herbal teas.  I am eating small meals whenever I can eat, I feel nausea almost all the time. Fatty foods or proteins are very hard to digest. I lost 15 pounds from not eating enough (I do not have a weight problem, I am very thin and certainly did not need to lose that weight). I try to exercise regularly and meditate every day as a way to deal with stress.

The doctor prescribed two pills of Prevacid per day. I am not entirely against it but would much prefer to find a natural solution without any side effects. (Although she mentioned that are no side effects with this drug – which is hard to believe honestly.) I have not taken any medical drugs for the last 20 years and would like to keep it that way.

I will appreciate any kind of help, support and or suggestions.

Thank you

Bourouba
Posted by: italybound, Monday, August 28, 2006, 3:18am; Reply: 1
First of all, welcome to BTD and the forum!
Sounds like you are making some great strides already! Are you eating/drinking things acidic?
My SIL (type A) was having lots of this trouble. All went away on BTD, specifically when she gave up OJ.
I had alot of the same symptoms you describe, and more, prior BTD. At 100% compliance, within a month, they were all gone. No kidding, no exaggeration. Keep w/ the beneficials, avoid the avoids like the plague.  I don't know if you've read it or not, but Dr D says to treat avoids like they are poison, beneficials like they are GOOD medicine and neutrals as neutrals/filler foods.
There will be others along w/ more suggestions. It's a little late for my brain to be working and have to get up at 4:30 AM.  Again, welcome! :)
Posted by: Lola, Monday, August 28, 2006, 3:48am; Reply: 2
bourouba,
welcome!)
get acquainted with the forum and all features
of this website.
If you go to the top of the page and click on member centre (on the top right hand side of this page) and get yourself a nice avatar (located on the left) then we can all see what blood type you are and you won't have to type it each time you post.
-if you want to add information below your avatar setting, such as Rh +/-, by going to the Profile Information section in the Member Center and typing in the Personal Message box.  You can also create a Signature of any other information you want to share that will go at the bottom of every message you post.
-You can also create a Signature of any other information you want to share that will go at the bottom of every message you post.
.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, August 28, 2006, 3:53am; Reply: 3
being an O, yes, you do need to stay away from wheat!

this will help you get aquainted with the forum and functions:

http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b=navhelp

the tutorial is always a good start, a button on top of the main page called 'getting started':

http://www.dadamo.com/knowbase/newbie/1.htm
also
understand the science then read the books and the material on this website.

http://www.dadamo.com/science.htm
http://www.dadamo.com/media.htm
Posted by: yaeli, Monday, August 28, 2006, 3:53am; Reply: 4
Welcome to the forum!
I hope you'll dive in and fully embrace BTD soon.
I am 58 going on 59 (born Jan), 6 months on the diet. Used to suffer terribly from reflux and GERD - not so much heartburn but a terrible anguish resulting from hiatus hernia, and started to take Famotidine here and there (hate medications). Upon taking on BTD the symptoms vanished instantly. These last 6 months I had them coming back 2 times, which is practically nothing for me. I take Bladderwrack as I was taught by Dr. D'Adamo and don't worry about it anymore.

Welcome again,
Cheers,
Yael
Posted by: Lola, Monday, August 28, 2006, 3:58am; Reply: 5
http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/ask/archives/00000248.htm

on GERD

also this
http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/otd/archives/00000034.htm
Posted by: Lloyd, Monday, August 28, 2006, 4:58am; Reply: 6
Given how bad your reflux is, you may want to consider going low-carb for a month or two. While 'Atkins' is not an ideal diet, it works fairly well for an 'O'. One of the strong points of 'Atkins' is how well it works on GERD.

If you choose to do this, you should still follow BTD principals while doing so. No wheat, milk, try to avoid corn. Lots of meat/fish but try to avoid pork. Salad greens, collards and broccoli up to your limited carb totals daily (since weight loss is not a concern, maybe 50 gms?). Eggs okay too. I know you are having trouble with fat right now, maybe try to do this lean. Lean meat, buffalo, Cod, egg whites.....

While I would not suggest low carb long term, it could be the best solution for your GERD. Taking the meds may help heal your esophagus, could be a good reason to take them!

If there is something else that will work instead of Aloe, then a substitute would be in order. Otherwise the GERD takes precedence.
Welcome to the boards.
Posted by: yaeli, Monday, August 28, 2006, 8:12am; Reply: 7
Yes, lots and lots of greens - most important!
Posted by: Debra+, Monday, August 28, 2006, 11:09am; Reply: 8
Welcome bourouba to the forum and BTD.

Quoted from yael_p
Yes, lots and lots of greens - most important!



YES!!!    And...you may want to try probiotics from NAP for O's, bromelain and club soda/seltzer water to help with digestion.
Posted by: trish44, Monday, August 28, 2006, 5:15pm; Reply: 9
Maybe I am wrong, but I though aloe vera was an avoid for O's.....just a thought.  I used to suffer from that, too.  I found it went away when I stopped eating after 6pm.  I only had it at night.  Have not had it for months, since I had pizza one night not long before bed.  Just couldn't resist.  Good luck to you, and keep it up.
Posted by: italybound, Monday, August 28, 2006, 5:20pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from trish44
Maybe I am wrong, but I though aloe vera was an avoid for O's.....just a thought.  


You are correct, aloe is an avoid for O's. :-)
Posted by: Brighid45, Monday, August 28, 2006, 5:31pm; Reply: 11
Hi bourouba, nice to meet you :)

All good advice in the previous posts. I would suggest you try to be as compliant as you can--it does help.

It took about 4-6 weeks for my daily heartburn to settle down and then disappear. I suspect that you will find the GERD slowly fading as you continue on the diet. Healing takes time, but it's worth the wait.

Welcome to the board! I look forward to your posts. :)
Posted by: bourouba (Guest), Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 12:46am; Reply: 12
Thank you so much everyone! I am totally overwhelmed by the generosity and caring from this group. I will digest (without the heartburn) all these suggestions during the next few days as I make myself more at ease with the forum.

Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 2:06am; Reply: 13
Quoted from bourouba
I am totally overwhelmed by the generosity and caring from this group. I will digest (without the heartburn) all these suggestions during the next few days as I make myself more at ease with the forum.


I can see you'll make a great addition here w/ your sense of humor.  ;D  Cute
Posted by: EquiPro, Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 2:08am; Reply: 14
I have never had any digestive problems, but I have a real faith in ghee.  Perhaps you could cook some eggs in ghee and eat them.

Here is a very interesting article on the healing properties of ghee:

http://www.ancientorganics.com/articles.htm

Since Aloe Vera is a Type O avoid, you would certainly want to eliminate that completely.
Posted by: italybound, Tuesday, August 29, 2006, 2:46am; Reply: 15
Quoted from EquiPro
I have never had any digestive problems, but I have a real faith in ghee.  


I second this!!  I ran out of ghee and had to use butter for a couple of days. I could tell too. Made a big batch Sunday. Actually thought I had let it cook too long , but it turned out just like I like it. A little on the caramel-ly color side.  ;D
Posted by: bourouba (Guest), Sunday, September 17, 2006, 5:39am; Reply: 16
2 weeks later - I just want to follow up on my experiences. What can I say? My body has got this whole blood type concept wrong!  It does better on whey, cabbage and cucumber juice, goldenseal and St-John's wort. All of these products are on the avoid list! It does not accept meat, eggs or chicken without letting me know with serious heartburn. I like the idea and the theory of this diet, but for now at least it looks like I will have to follow my reactions and not be too dogmatic about it. Grains are not good for me - that is for sure in agreement with the diet.

Vegetarian enzymes are helping a lot too. I have stopped losing weight and I am exercising again. I am still a good 10 pounds below my normal healthy weight but I have regained 3 pounds from my lowest point. I realise that most people want to lose weight - but not me. I am much too skinny right now. I am not sure what ghee is or how to make it but it sounds really good.

Anyway, I will have a gastroscopy soon and will know more (hopefully) about my condition. I am trying to eat more of the foods that are good for me (according to the BTD) but I have to also regognise what works for me even if it is not in the book. Eve though we are all in the O group, there must be some individuality in play as well.

Thanks for your help and I hope to feel and behave like an O soon!
Posted by: Lola, Sunday, September 17, 2006, 5:43am; Reply: 17
bourouba,
http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/ask/archives/00000177.htm
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, September 17, 2006, 10:52am; Reply: 18
bourouba,
you can also make ghee in the oven.  I start w/ organic (important if you can afford), nonsalted butter (if you get salted, not to worry).  I put it in a glass dish sutible for the oven. Set the oven to 350. Set the timer for an hour and go about my business. Easy as can be. I like my ghee a little on the caramely colored side, so I let mine bake a bit longer. I set the timer for 5 minutes and after that I keep a CLOSE eye on it.
Also, are you drinking coffee? Or a lot of caffeine?
Getting your secretor status tested would be most helpful.
How big a portion of meats,  eggs or chicken  are you eating at a time? Also how are you preparing them? :-)
Posted by: bourouba (Guest), Sunday, September 17, 2006, 2:34pm; Reply: 19
Thanks for the ghee recipe and links. Yesterday I had an 8 onces portion of oven baked organic chicken cooked with onions and garlic. It was delicious but it is still in my stomach this morning. Really in my stomach. I have had heartburn all night. In general egg whites are ok but the egg yolk gives me nausea. But one whole egg mixed in buckwheat pancakes for example seems to be OK.  Beef is somewhat OK. Buffalo meat is best, especially in a stew. I seem to digest it properly if the portions are not too large.

My joints are slightly swollen this morning, so it is clear that chicken produces inflammatory response in my body. For me it must be added to the Avoid list. Even a light chicken soup made with broth brings an inflammatory reaction.  

Dairy:  high quality whey isolate is fine, I digest it very well and it brings me good energy and so is delactosed organic cheese. Butter in small quantity is fine too. All other dairy products are not good for me, including milk, cheese, yogurt and kefir. Go figure! Iwonder if my tolerance for some dairy products could come from my childhood where my grand-father would get fresh milk for his cow in the backyard and we would have fresh raw milk every morning. No hormones, just raw milk form our one cow. I started to have problems with milk when it became pasteurized everywhere. Just an observation.

Testing for secretor status does not seem to be available in Canada but there must be a way to do it. I am convinced though that I am a secretor since I read that non-secretor gain weight easily (never been my case) and they get the flu easily (I rarely do) have asthma (I don't) and they have a sweet tooth (I don't). But I should test for it anyway.

And no, I do not drink coffee - ever. I gave it up 25 years ago after years of drinking at least 6 cups a day. Eventually it stopped stimulating me even in large quantities (12 cups and more...) I stopped and had a major headache for one week. After 3 weeks I was feeling good and never had coffee again. I do not drink tea or eat chocolate either.

Thanks for your help
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, September 17, 2006, 2:51pm; Reply: 20
bourouba, do you have any other health concerns?
also, I don't know what your financial situation is, but if you are financially able or can find a way to get your ins co to pay, getting blood tested for food allergies, seems like it would be a big help. There is the Elisa and also another, can't remember what it's called but can certainly find out if you're interested.
I certainly sympathize w/ you because I had this same thing prior BTD. The one thing that was SO aggravating, to me anyway, was the constant feeling of having something big stuck in my throat. And also the constant pain where my ribs meet under my breastbone.
I wish you the best in solving your problem. Of course whatever we, here, can help you with, we will.  ;D
Please let me know if you're interested in the blood testing for allergies. :-)
Posted by: Lisalea, Sunday, September 17, 2006, 2:51pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from pkarmeier
First of all, welcome to BTD and the forum!
Sounds like you are making some great strides already! Are you eating/drinking things acidic?
My SIL (type A) was having lots of this trouble. All went away on BTD, specifically when she gave up OJ.
I had alot of the same symptoms you describe, and more, prior BTD. At 100% compliance, within a month, they were all gone. No kidding, no exaggeration. Keep w/ the beneficials, avoid the avoids like the plague.  I don't know if you've read it or not, but Dr D says to treat avoids like they are poison, beneficials like they are GOOD medicine and neutrals as neutrals/filler foods.
There will be others along w/ more suggestions. It's a little late for my brain to be working and have to get up at 4:30 AM.  Again, welcome! :)



Ciao ... come stai ?? :)

Did u really have all those digestive PROBLEMATIC symptoms and they all DISAPPEARED on BTD ?????
Seriously ??
My problem is the burping after meals especially if I drink water and sometimes in the morning too :(
and another BIG problem is that I have really loud gurgling,  bubbling growling noises that come from inside, it's quite frightening actually and very embarassing !!!
Did u ever experince this ??
Every morning, ( for the past 8 months) I have woken up with a sour/bitter, pasty taste in my mouth  :(
Hopefully,
BDT will also make all these symptoms disappear ... I would like nothing better ...as these symptoms take over my life and make me so sad
:'(

Grazie ;D
Posted by: bourouba (Guest), Sunday, September 17, 2006, 3:14pm; Reply: 22
Hello again. Other health concerns? Well I have had hayfever since I was 9 years old. But it has decreased a lot and the symptoms are very light now. Besides that I am in generally good health. I had urinary track irritation in the past and mostly I had an enormous amount of stress in my life due to extreme pain after an accident, and business and family problems too. But right now my life is simple, almost strees-free. I am madly in love with my sweet wife, my 2 children are close to me and I enjoy my 2 grand-children as well. My financial status is good. I do not have any financial worries.

I did have an Elisa allergy test a few years back. I just brought up the file: out of 230 food subtances it showed strong reactions to berries, chocolate and clove. Intermediate reactions to Yeast, kidney bean, perch, grapefruit, bay leaf, lentils, gluten, perrpermint, potatos (white), wheat, thyme.

Is this congruent with being an "O" ?  

I am also waiting for the results of a stool analysis to see if there is a functional problem with the pancreas or the liver or a bacterial/viral/fungal correlation. Meanwhile I am trying to remain positive and feel better. I feel less anxious about my digestive difficulties at this point but I need to find a solution.

Thnaks for your help - It is greatly appreciated.
Posted by: italybound, Sunday, September 17, 2006, 3:36pm; Reply: 23
Quoted from bourouba
I did have an Elisa allergy test a few years back. I just brought up the file: out of 230 food subtances it showed strong reactions to berries, chocolate and clove. Intermediate reactions to Yeast, kidney bean, perch, grapefruit, bay leaf, lentils, gluten, perrpermint, potatos (white), wheat, thyme.
Is this congruent with being an "O" ?  
I am also waiting for the results of a stool analysis to see if there is a functional problem with the pancreas or the liver or a bacterial/viral/fungal correlation.


Have you checked symptoms for celiac disease? You showed a strong reaction to gluten in your test, which to me would indicate you have celiac to some degree and maybe significantly since you tested so strongly to it.  You might want to look into having the tests done and in the meantime avoid gluten just to see how you do. That may be your whole problem and especially if you are avoiding the other foods. Gluten is in a lot of things and since wheat contains gluten, it should be a big avoid and wheat is in a LOT of things. :-(  I'd start here.
Adrenal fatigue? Just throwing some things out there? Even tho you are relatively stress free now, the past ( who knows ) may have caused some problems.
As far as your food tests - some berries are avoids, lentils, kidney beans, white potatoes and wheat are avoids. All Perch is beneficial for O's. :-)   Can't remember what,if any, meds you are on, but if so, do you eat or drink grapefruit/juice. I just posted somewhere, ? , about all the interactions between grapefruit and meds. If you need the info, I can try and find it.

Lisalea, yes, seriously, all those symptoms went away. And more. I had numerous and multiple digestive problems. I took no medicines tho the drs tried to get me to. Only changed what I ate.
Just wondering, how compliant are you and how long have you been BTD'ing? There was a point in my life pre-BTD, when I belched all the time. Incessantly. Then it would go to the other extreme and I could belch/burp at all, even tho I felt like I needed to. THAT is very frustrating.  Any other questions, feel free to ask. :-)
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