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Posted by: hkbecky (Guest), Monday, December 4, 2006, 1:42pm
Since starting on BTD almost 2 months ago, I really feel the positive effects of being on BTD.  Mainly the increased energy on less food, regular BM, lower body fat etc.  I've also read about possible adverse effects on people who don't follow BTD so I've tried to turn my family onto it as well.

However, I have a stubborn type-A father who is 72 years old, 5'11", 156lbs and in top condition.  Without telling him about BTD, I checked his diet and realised he eats several avoids every day.  Mainly papaya, bananas, oranges and fruit avoids.  He hardly eats meat but when he does, he eats beef, pork and chicken.  He also eats fish and veggies a lot too.

He has no health problems that he knows of.  He has normal blood pressure, cholesterol, his bones and joints are fine.  While all his friends have some type of elderly disease or health issue, he's very alert and hasn't fallen ill in years.  We both ran for the bus together today and he matched my pace.  

My question is:  Is it possible that someone who is not on BTD who continues to eat avoids on a regular basis can actually be healthy?  I hope so because when I showed him that according to BTD, he shouldn't eat avoids, he dismissed it as rubbish.  He won't change his ways and refuses to change because he believes he is healthy because he watches what he eats.  

any advice for an old dog who's not willing to learn new tricks?
Posted by: Lola, Monday, December 4, 2006, 3:16pm; Reply: 1
try slowly introducing some healthy lifestyle assets in his life, like alternate nostril breathing and the importance of managing his own cortisol/stress levels.

also the warm lemon water first thing in the morning.......

introduce beneficial fruits and veggies once in a while so he gradually switches into A compliance, without him noticing! )

my step father was never sick, but didn t come home after a routine prostate operation........
another friends husband dropped dead while hiking, and was also 'very healthy' apparently......

you can only guide your dad subtly, it will be up to him entirely if he wants the transition.....
suggest reading the books, gradually, beginning with the basic ERFYT then LRFYT ......
the books are usually an 'eye and conscience opener'.
good luck!
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Monday, December 4, 2006, 3:46pm; Reply: 2
Your father sounds so much like mine (he was an A, also).  He lived to be 94 years old.  He was a very light eater, very healthy and drank orange juice every day.  Sometimes he would eat bananas on cereal.  He stuck to fish most of the time but if someone served him meat he would eat it, small portion.  All his life he ate small portions of food and I'm sure that served him well.

The only reason for his death was that he tripped on the edge of a rug, fell, struck his head and had internal bleeding of the brain.   It was a blessing his death was so quick, over a weekend.

I know how you feel about converting your father to BTD as you feel strongly about it, yourself.  It sounds as though he wants to follow his own path and I hope the facts about my own father help to calm you in relation to your father.

I'm very glad you, yourself, are doing so well on the BTD.  Hooray for the improvements you have discovered!  :)
Posted by: mikeo, Monday, December 4, 2006, 7:38pm; Reply: 3
feed him beneficials that he likes to eat as much as possible...this is the easiest starting point


hard if he's healthy but count yourself blessed...at that age people have to much of an emotional attachement to their food and getting them to paradigm shift is hard unless they get very ill and they still want to see more days.

If he doesn't mind taking a supplement I would advice Deflect for the lectins and Bromelain when he is eating meat or add pineapple to his eating regiment
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 3:12am; Reply: 4
Hi Becky,
I'm happy that you are experiencing such good effects from the BTD.

I think it's important that your dad does not feel pressured from you in any way.  That could close his mind to the possibility that he can change his mind.  If he has the space to believe whatever he believes, then change is always possible, and he would be the one making the change.  I don't think we can change our loved ones through "trying" to show them another way.

If you continue to eat for your blood type, people are bound to see how good you are feeling.  Let them be impressed by what they see, rather than what you say.  If he asks about something, tell him.  If he ever wants to read something, then you can share a book.
Posted by: hkbecky (Guest), Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 1:56pm; Reply: 5
thanks to everyone for your support and advice.  you're right I'm actually blessed that he's happy and not suffering from any illnesses at 72.  his brothers and sisters are all suffering from some type of illness or another and 2 have already died of cancer.  he's the only one without any problems.  

he's so accustomed to fruits and veggies being 'good for you' that he can't really accept that bananas and papayas could possibly be bad for him and continues eats them on a daily basis. he eats his own mix of avoids and does include highly beneficials in his diet. He cuts out the food that's traditionally known as 'bad' such as fried foods, meats and anything high in cholesterol.  he believes that he must be doing something right.  

Also, he would never take supplements.  he's a devout chinese medical practitioner and therefore, he will only believe in Chinese medicine, herbs and teas.  

is it impossible to be truly healthy while including avoids in his diet?  if he eats 90% highly beneficials, will that counter-attack his avoids?
Posted by: Don, Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 2:08pm; Reply: 6
Quoted from hkbecky
is it impossible to be truly healthy while including avoids in his diet?  if he eats 90% highly beneficials, will that counter-attack his avoids?

Quoted from Ask Doctor D'Adamo - Avoids And Beneficials
http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/ask/archives/00000019.htm
ANSWER:
No, beneficials and avoids function on a different axis; i.e eating a "avoid" food containing a lectin will do damage to the intestinal lining. No "beneficial" food will repair it per se.
Posted by: colojd, Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 2:10pm; Reply: 7
Maybe there is another layer yet of the blood type theory that needs to be explored. My fraternal Grandmother lived to 94 1/2. She was probably a type B (my Dad is, I am and so is our son). She survived loss of her husband when she was only about 42, a son died from an accident about 3 months after that and she was left as the Depression began to raise the rest of her kids alone. They lived on farms at that time, and I am sure that they ate what was available to them, including probably chicken. My 86 yr old Dad is a B, and is pretty good health. The only time he was hospitalized was when he tripped on some wet grass this spring as he was mowing and broke some bones in his leg. He made it through surgery OK and is back to living by himself. I know that he eats chicken probably at least once a week and other things like tomatoes. When we were growing up, we lived on a farm, so raised our own cattle, chickens, etc for food, grew a large garden and canned the fruits and vegetables. My Dad was pretty diligent about no chemicals on our food. So we pretty much were eating free range meats and organic vegetables and fruits, even before it was "chic".

If you think about it, there are probably people in certain parts of the world who due to their situation have to eat what is there just to survive. For example, look at the people who are forced out of their areas and have to be nomads just to escape wars and other situations. They eat what is there on the land. Maybe they are not extremely healthy but I am sure that they would not pass up eating something available to them to prevent starvation. It is likely that some of them are eating "avoids" but who in that situation would turn down something to eat because it theoretically was not compatiable with their blood type? I have to think that in these stressful situations, that nature takes charge and helps the people cope with what they are dealing with, just as my Grandmother had to do when she had so many things to deal with back in the 1930's.

We heard an interesting radio program on NPR about a month ago where they inteviewed people still living who had fought in WWI. They were all at least 100 years old, one person I think they said was 112. That would be an important group for Dr. D'Adamo to study -what was their blood type, what did they normally eat, etc.  As I said, I think that there is still more to learn regarding the blood type diet theory and it would be important to continue on to get more information.
Posted by: Vicki, Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 5:18pm; Reply: 8
Banana is neutral for A non-secretors.

I'd love to hear more about his lifestyle.  For instance, how does he manage stress?  Does he partake in any martial arts or meditation?
Posted by: Victoria, Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 8:40pm; Reply: 9
Quoted from hkbecky

. . he's a devout chinese medical practitioner and therefore, he will only believe in Chinese medicine, herbs and teas.  

is it impossible to be truly healthy while including avoids in his diet?  if he eats 90% highly beneficials, will that counter-attack his avoids?


Hi Becky,
If he is a practitioner of TCM, then he understands how to keep his vital jing from becoming depleted (adrenal exhaustion) and he understands how to protect his shen (emotional health), and maintain a healthy level of chi (energy).  There is a lot to be said for that balance in life.  Most of us have to work very hard to attain it.

I'm not saying that eating avoids is ever good for a person, but if I were in your position, I would not worry about him.  He does eat a lot of very healthy foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables, along with fish. . . does he eat some soy also?

If he is very active, then along with the chinese herbs he is eating, he can still have a very high level of health and long life.  No guarantees for any of us, but hey, he's doing pretty good, I think.  
I eat no avoids, and a large amount of beneficials, but that's because my health is delicate and I don't have room for carelessness.  But I had a paternal grandfather who lived on a farm his whole life, eating only organic fruits and vegetables and farm grown livestock, chickens and eggs.  He worked very hard, went to bed early, got up early, breathed fresh air, and drank pure water.  I believe he was a type A or AB, and although his diet included pork, sugar and milk, he still lived to be 94 1/2.  The major part of his diet was fantastic, with some avoids thrown in.  All the mountain people used lots of herbs for their health concerns, and something worked for them.
Posted by: hkbecky (Guest), Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 4:56am; Reply: 10
Quoted from Victoria

I'm not saying that eating avoids is ever good for a person, but if I were in your position, I would not worry about him. He does eat a lot of very healthy foods, and fresh fruits and vegetables, along with fish. . . does he eat some soy also?

If he is very active, then along with the chinese herbs he is eating, he can still have a very high level of health and long life. No guarantees for any of us, but hey, he's doing pretty good, I think.


My father is 1/4 British and 3/4 Chinese and yes, he's been practising Tai Chi since I was a child, he includes what he believes is 'only healthy' foods including soy, tofu, rice, chicken and fish which are staples in the Chinese diet. We mainly stir-fry or steam our food and we hardly ever deep fry. He drinks tea regularly and eats plenty of fruits and vegetables. His tastes are actually quite bland in terms of flavours. No condiments, no salt, not even soy sauce!

Since I live in Hong Kong and he lives in Canada, he's in town to visit and that's how I came to know of his 'papaya/banana' habit. He's only in town for 1 week, and during his visit he's eaten very little (in my opinion for a man who is 5'11), he eats less than me and I'm 5'4" / 110lbs!

The only thing I've seen so far that would concern me health-wise is peeling dry skin off the soles of his feet and last night he had a rash on his foot. It's not a pretty sight, but the only thing I've noticed so far that would cause concern. But, that could be possibly due to the excess walking he's beein doing for the last month since he been travelling throughout China for 1 month.

He doesn't meditate (as far as I know), but he does stay active and partake in his photography hobby. He takes walks in the park daily, even in -20 celcius temperature. While everyone is wearing down jackets, he is accustomed to cold and simply wears a cashmere suit jacket and his hands are always warm.


Quoted from vicki

I'd love to hear more about his lifestyle. For instance, how does he manage stress? Does he partake in any martial arts or meditation?


As for stress, he's quite passive man. He hardly ever argues with people and when his wife (my step-mom) nags, he just sits and listens. I don't think he has much stress at his age and he is semi-retired (still does real estate on the side). But for the most part, he has never had any major illnesses in his life.

I am very happy that my mom (62) and dad are both very alert and in what seems to be top condition for their ages. However, I know that both do include avoids in their diets.

I would hate for his life expectancy to be shortened due to simple 'avoids' in his diet he could avoid and since this is the first time he's ever heard of the BTD theory, he's not likely to change his current eating habits.

Quoted from colojd

That would be an important group for Dr. D'Adamo to study -what was their blood type, what did they normally eat, etc. As I said, I think that there is still more to learn regarding the blood type diet theory and it would be important to continue on to get more information.


Since we are of Asian descent, there are so many foods in our diet that are not included in the BTD lists which we have been eating for centuries. I also agree that more research should be done in people who live healthy long lives but who do not necessarily follow the BTD diet. I wonder if thoses people are 'exceptions' or would they contradict some theories about the BTD diet?
Posted by: colojd, Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 2:05pm; Reply: 11
Yes, I would love to see that theory explored a little further. It is interesting that the Asian culture would have avoids for A's, yet the people have healthfully eaten these diets and enjoyed good health and longevity. That alone probably suggests that there is more to be learned. My guess is that nature somehows adapts our local diets to allow for survival. Since different blood types came about because people began moving around the globe, then it might make sense that an A in one region might be able to tolerate something that an A in a different region does not. As I mentioned, it would be doubtful that someone who is in a region of famine would turn down a certain food available to them because they were told it was an avoid.

My Grandmother was an American of English decent, and since she was raised on a farm and lived on a farm for many years, she just ate what nature provided and also canned so there was more provided for the winter. My Maternal Grandmother was from Austria and lived in the US since she was an young adult. She died at about age 87 - not sure of her type, possibly an O. I know she liked meat and she enjoyed all of the garden vegetables and fruits we grew as well.  

Would be interesting to see further research on the blood type diet because there appears to be more to be learned. I especially think it would be very interesting to study the group of those WWI Veterans to get an idea about their blood type and lifestyle because of their long life.
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 5:47pm; Reply: 12
I think that avoids are still avoids, even in the folks that are long-lived, like my own grandpa.  But in many people, their other lifestyle habits are so healthy that it balances, to some extent, the harmful effects of the avoids in their diet.  Your father evidently has a very strong immune system and good ability to adapt to stressors in his environment, such as extremes of temperature and annoying individuals :-).  Bananas and oranges are tier 1 avoids.  It would be great if he didn't eat them, but, like you said, he probably eats a ton of beneficials, and with luck, many of the fish he is eating are also ok for his blood type.  We can't make our loved ones change, unfortunately, especially if they are strong-willed and like their opinions!  That's part of why we love them so much;  They are strongly who they are!  Long lived people, even those who eat avoids, obviously have strong jing (life-force).  Maybe if they didn't eat avoids, they would live to be 110 instead of 95.  How can we ever know?  All we know is that eating in harmony with ones' own blood type gives us the best possible shot at good health and long life.  It doesn't mean that if we don't follow it, then we'll drop dead.  Just that things will most likely go much better for us WITH the BTD.  

Regarding his feet, he may need more healthy fats.  That might be a good topic for a separate thread, so that you could get everyone's attention and get some good ideas that might help him.
Posted by: Don, Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 6:02pm; Reply: 13
Quoted from colojd
Would be interesting to see further research on the blood type diet because there appears to be more to be learned.

What makes you think that Dr. D has stopped? His next book The Genotype Diet will be out in 2008 and will further our understanding of how our individuality can be supported and enhanced by diet. I believe much of it will go beyond just blood type in determining our individuality. Check several recent threads and Dr. D's blogs for more information about this.

Posted by: colojd, Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 7:27pm; Reply: 14
MoDon: I never implied that he stopped and didn't know about the book, but that is good to know that the research continues on.  As you said, probably more beyond our blood type will determine our individuality. There is word out there that medical schools and facilities are scrambling now to prepare their doctors better for naturopathic healing and immunology. I think that will be the wave of the future and wouldn't it be nice for us to have doctors help us heal our bodies than to just be dictated by the pharmaceutical companies and the testing facilities. We heard a short comment not long ago on our local news regarding flu epidemics that doctors are hurriedly trying to figure out why some get the flu and some do not, why some get a mild case and some become very ill and why many people just skip the flu shot and never get sick. We certainly need this information developed. I think many people now are so tired of doctors being more profit oriented than healing oriented.

My husband said he was watching a show on the History Channel last week about the Bubonic Plague. He said at the very end, they made a comment about certain blood type or types being immune or possibly becoming immune but he said that they stopped there and didn't explain. That probably would have been enough information for its own program!

Victoria, I am not sure what you mean by tier 1 avoids. Can you explain what is different about the tiers.

Thanks
Posted by: Don, Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 7:55pm; Reply: 15
The Tier system is explained in the FAQ and in LR4YT.

An easy way for secretors only to think about it is:

From Best to Worst
1 = Tier 1 Beneficial
2 = Tier 2 Beneficial
3 = Neutral
4 = Tier 2 Avoid
5 = Tier 1 Avoid

If you are in good health and want a slightly less strict diet then
consider Tier 2 avoid, and beneficial, items as neutral.

If you are more concerned about your health or are Rh-, A2, or MM then consider Tier 2 avoid items as avoids and off limits. You should also be primarily eating Tier 1 beneficial items, but when you want something else then try to eat a Tier 2
beneficial before considering a neutral item.

Non-secretors just use the avoid, neutral, and beneficial item values as indicated and ignore the Tier 1 and 2 groupings. For additional explanation of this read: For nonsecretors, there are really only two tiers.
Posted by: Don, Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 8:14pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from colojd
There is word out there that medical schools and facilities are scrambling now to prepare their doctors better for naturopathic healing and immunology.

I find that hard to believe. If you have a reference I would be interested in reading about it.

Quoted from colojd
I think that will be the wave of the future and wouldn't it be nice for us to have doctors help us heal our bodies than to just be dictated by the pharmaceutical companies and the testing facilities.

The pharmaceutical companies control so much of the medical system with their money, from Government policies, to medical schools, to the way doctors practice medicine, etc. That is why I find it hard to believe that medical schools are going to move away from teaching drugs and surgery, because that is where the money is.

Quoted from colojd
My husband said he was watching a show on the History Channel last week about the Bubonic Plague. He said at the very end, they made a comment about certain blood type or types being immune or possibly becoming immune but he said that they stopped there and didn't explain. That probably would have been enough information for its own program!

Dr. D wrote about this whole issue somewhere.
Here are some entries about it in wiki:
Pestilence, diet, natural selection, and the distribution of microbial and human blood group antigens and antibodies
Natural Selection in Man, The ABO(H) Blood Group System
Blood Groups and Anthropology
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 8:25pm; Reply: 17
also
http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/ask/archives/00000160.htm

and blogs by Tom Greenfield on the subject
http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/24/archives/00000043.htm
http://www.dadamo.com/bloggers/24/archives/00000044.htm
Posted by: colojd, Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 8:43pm; Reply: 18
I understand what you are saying about the pharmaceutical companies. We have a relative who works for a well known pharm company. She is a lobbiest and paid a huge sum of money to do her job. I guess they would not make that type of investment without feeling that they could get a positive outcome.

I remember once when I went to my doctor, there was a pharmaceutical rep visitng. He brought the office people all kind of trinkets, candy, etc. I happened to overhear him say that they were promoting a certain drug for "weight control". As I was leaving my doctor's office, there was another doctor down the hall doing dictation and she had her door partially open. She commented that the patient wanted help with weight control and of course mentioned that she had prescribed this drug to her.

I have seen ongoing comments about doctors behind the scenes wanting more training in immunology and alternative medicine. I recently read a thread on the Ebay discussion forum under the heading of health and beauty. One of the people wrote that she was having problems with fatigue and went to see a provider with Mayo. This doctor told her that she insisted on getting training for naturopathic healing and instead of pills prescribed vitamins and other supplements along with a recommendation for Tai Chi. This women had apparently just started on this but sounded very satisfied with that her doctor was enlightened. A friend of ours who was a nurse for our doctor said that his younger patients no longer wanted him or the others in their practice just to hand them pills and expected them to be more up on the latest healing information.  Regarding the flu comments, it was on our local news and they just said that the doctors were "scrambling" (this is the word they used) to find more clues as to why people did and did not get the flu because of the possiblity of the pandemic. If I can find the link I will post it. Otherwise it has just been things I have heard, especially in recent years from different sources.
Posted by: Alia Vo, Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 8:52pm; Reply: 19
Instead of overwhelming and stressing him out in regards to foods he should be eating, perhaps you can try to have him first eliminate the avoids he is routinely eating on a daily basis.  These are the foods contributing to alot of the lectin damage.  

Then slowly introduce new neutral and beneficial food items, and try making it an exciting and fun process.  Switching from an animal protein way of eating to a vegetable based protein way of eating can be tramatic for some people--both mentally and internally for the digestive system.

Alia
Posted by: koahiatamadl, Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 10:09pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from hkbecky

I am very happy that my mom (62) and dad are both very alert and in what seems to be top condition for their ages.  However, I know that both do include avoids in their diets.

I would hate for his life expectancy to be shortened due to simple 'avoids' in his diet he could avoid and since this is the first time he's ever heard of the BTD theory, he's not likely to change his current eating habits.  


I can see you are concerned here but put yourself in his shoes.  

You go and visit your parents in Canada for a week.  They have converted to this new lifestyle and are all excited.  You note this with a certain degree of interest and maybe bemusement whatever really but your sentiments are not strong either way.  But during your one week visit - the first time they see you in ages - they have nothing better to do than to disect your eating habits!   How would you feel?  

They - like you - are adults and thus entitled to live their lives as they please.  Your father probably appreciates the sentiment - the concern for his wellbeing and desire for him to be in your life as long as possible - but he did manage to get to 72 without BTD.  And he is likely to live happily for years to come!  So just count your blessings and let him be happy in whichever way he choses.  

Sante J recently blogged about distinguishing, focusing on what is important and what is not.  

Your father's lifestyle is not too far from an A suitable lifestyle from what you are saying.  He practices a relaxation practice, the avoids he eats are fruit and veg rather than meat or grains.  He'll be ok - just respect him as an adult and let him be!
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, December 6, 2006, 10:21pm; Reply: 21
The brief version of how I understand the Tier system:

Tier 1 is the best beneficials and the worst avoids.

The book LR4YT is highly recommended.  It's covering much more recent research, as well as a good understanding of secretor status.
Posted by: hkbecky (Guest), Friday, December 8, 2006, 3:00am; Reply: 22
Quoted from koahiatamadl


I can see you are concerned here but put yourself in his shoes.

You go and visit your parents in Canada for a week. They have converted to this new lifestyle and are all excited. You note this with a certain degree of interest and maybe bemusement whatever really but your sentiments are not strong either way. But during your one week visit - the first time they see you in ages - they have nothing better to do than to disect your eating habits! How would you feel?

They - like you - are adults and thus entitled to live their lives as they please. Your father probably appreciates the sentiment - the concern for his wellbeing and desire for him to be in your life as long as possible - but he did manage to get to 72 without BTD. And he is likely to live happily for years to come! So just count your blessings and let him be happy in whichever way he choses.

Sante J recently blogged about distinguishing, focusing on what is important and what is not.

Your father's lifestyle is not too far from an A suitable lifestyle from what you are saying. He practices a relaxation practice, the avoids he eats are fruit and veg rather than meat or grains. He'll be ok - just respect him as an adult and let him be!


You're right about this. That's why I haven't pushed him either way. I just mentioned to him that the BTD diet is what I've been reading on and it's helped me. Although (you nailed it) he was slightly interested and surprised that he's never heard of BTD, he has no plans to change his eating habits. And I will let him be because he did get to 72 without BTD.

I was just wondering if the minimal amounts of avoids he was eating was really causing THAT much damage. Because if it really did, perhaps I'd slowly ease him off the avoids. But since he lives in Canada, there's not really much I can do while I'm 1/2 way around the globe.

Quoted from Victoria

Regarding his feet, he may need more healthy fats. That might be a good topic for a separate thread, so that you could get everyone's attention and get some good ideas that might help him.


Great idea. I will do that.


Quoted from colojd

Yes, I would love to see that theory explored a little further. It is interesting that the Asian culture would have avoids for A's, yet the people have healthfully eaten these diets and enjoyed good health and longevity. That alone probably suggests that there is more to be learned. My guess is that nature somehows adapts our local diets to allow for survival. Since different blood types came about because people began moving around the globe, then it might make sense that an A in one region might be able to tolerate something that an A in a different region does not. As I mentioned, it would be doubtful that someone who is in a region of famine would turn down a certain food available to them because they were told it was an avoid.


Somehow this theory makes sense to me. Since Os adapted to their 'hunter' ways of life and adapted to the food available during that time, it does make sense that today's man/woman would adapt also to their environment today. How would an O manage their digestive systems when they are no longer in the environment in which they strive? Wouldn't all blood types adapt to their actual environments? How can we know how long anyone will live for and how would it be possible to predict or guess that someone who died at 95 could've lived to be 105 on BTD?

I'm still pretty new to this and some avoids have been creeping into my diet sometimes because not all foods are readily available here in Hong Kong. I'm also working full-time so it's hard to be 100% compliant when I need to rely on what's available for me here.
Posted by: Vicki, Friday, December 8, 2006, 3:14am; Reply: 23
He may have a fungal infection on his feet.  
Posted by: colojd, Friday, December 8, 2006, 1:54pm; Reply: 24
His foot condition may not be diet related at all and could also be something a simple as using a bath soap or laundry soap that has some irritants in it. Might want to ask him if he has switched to a new detergent lately. If so, all he has to do is try another soap that is very mild and see if there is an improvement.

Also synthetic socks can really dry out a person's feet, so switching to a softer one that has cotton can help. I know many socks have synthetics in them to keep the stretch intact and my feet will get very dry just from wearing them unless I keep the moisturizer going, especially in the winter.
Posted by: Arthuritis (Guest), Monday, December 11, 2006, 10:00am; Reply: 25
My first posting on this forum, thank you for having me. I am here purely by accident, I was discussing a new diet I had put myself on with a friend and to my surprise he asked me what Blood type I was, I told him I was A+ and he said I was nearly there with my diet and recommended that I join this forum. I hope what I am going to say will help Becky with her dad.
I am 68 years old and have suffered with chronic rheumatoid arthritis for 30 years, with it there are complications in the form of Felty's syndrome and vasculitis, on top of this I have Barratt's oesophagus which I believe is caused by the drugs that I have been given over the years. I have 2 knee replacements done 6 years ago after 8 months in a wheelchair.
I was on holiday 7 weeks ago when I noticed this chap didn't eat bread etc. and I asked the question why and he said he was on gluten and lactose free diet, this was a young chap who hadn't been unwell and he had got the diet from just talking to someone and it had made himm feel well. So me being a person much the same has Becky's dad thought at my stage in life it wasn't worth it.
Well somebody up there said try it and I went on it a week later, 6 weeks on I am a new man, not sure whether my diet is exactly right but hoped to find out by coming on this forum and hoping my experience would help others and low and behold I find a posting where Becky's dad was very dubious.
At the moment everything I eat is gluten free, lactose was a different kettle of fish because my wife was struggling shopping and finding poducts completely free,  however I have dropped milk in favour of soyer. I eat 20 killograms  of honey a year (which I discovered 12 months ago off the same man.) nothing will move me now I feel great.
I welcome any comments that will help my diet too. I will be scouring this forum over the next week picking up a lot of useful imfo.

Arthur  
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Monday, December 11, 2006, 10:07am; Reply: 26
Helo Arthur
and welcome
what a wonderfull story
- I like the part about 20 kg honey- I m a beekeeper ;-D
- but I gather that you use them in food and baking as well- or else it sounds a lot !
If you feel like it you can make a new thread if you need to ask Q about your diet.
I am sure any of the good As will be around to help you .
Posted by: Arthuritis (Guest), Monday, December 11, 2006, 12:30pm; Reply: 27
Hello Henriette
Thank you for your welcome.

My wife reckons that my honey consumption is more that 20kg. I will let you know soon when the 1kg. jar of honey that I have just started on Saturday is finished. Most of my honey goes in tea, in fact I would say my consumption will go down this year for I won't be having porridge anymore for breakfast. I had ecsema for years on 1 leg so bad that it was developing into ulcers in a couple of places, and then I started eating honey dropping all sugar and other sweeteners. It was like a miracle the ecsema cleared up within about 6 weeks, I couldn't believe it and have only just started telling people about it because I didn't want to have false hopes myself, but I got through the whole of this year and now feel completely cured. I eat honey all the time has it comes out the jar when my throat is bad. I suffer big time with throat ulcers caused by Methatrexate I  take for my RA, I have no choice I have to take it, it keeps the vasculitis in control, in fact there is every likelihood that it will be increased again next week, I will have to wait and see. The consultant as good as said its methatrexate and a bad throat or vasculitis and goodbye cruel world. Being a spiritualist that doesn't frighten me but having a saw throat is not pleasant.

I also use soap with honey in it.

Arthur  
Posted by: Lola, Monday, December 11, 2006, 6:32pm; Reply: 28
Arthur welcome!
you might profit by doing a secretor test to fine tune your lifestyle even more:
read the tutorial:
http://www.dadamo.com/knowbase/newbie/1.htm
the last lesson talks about secretor status

http://www.dadamo.com/knowbase/newbie/a.htm
also check the subtypes in A
http://www.dadamo.com/knowbase/subtype/subtype5.htm
Posted by: Arthuritis (Guest), Monday, December 11, 2006, 7:47pm; Reply: 29
Thank you for your welcome Lola
At the moment I am feeling fantastic and every day is better than the last. It seems as though I am doing something right and I am a believer in if it's working don't touch. I shall play it by ear and read each thread that appertains to my condition. So far the thing I love the most I am getting 8 hours sleep.

Arthur
Posted by: Lola, Monday, December 11, 2006, 8:29pm; Reply: 30
great! )
Posted by: colojd, Monday, December 11, 2006, 8:36pm; Reply: 31
Doesn't honey also have some antibacterial properties? It seems I read that it can be used to apply topically to burns or cuts and it has great healing properties that way, too.
Posted by: Lola, Monday, December 11, 2006, 8:37pm; Reply: 32
yes and raw is even more powerful! )
Posted by: Arthuritis (Guest), Monday, December 11, 2006, 9:00pm; Reply: 33
If it's any help, hayfever sufferers eat comb honey at the beginning of the season, in areas you frequent so you get the right pollen for you area. In the UK beekeepers sell it in little boxes about 4 in. x 3 ins.. What you do is eat the honey chewing the wax comb at the same time. I am told this will give you a mild hayfever but will give your body the antibodies to fight the rest of the season.
I must say that was told to me by a beekeeper, I don't have to try it because I am not a sufferer, although I admit I like the honey like that it is so sweet.

Arthur
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