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Posted by: 920 (Guest), Sunday, April 1, 2007, 1:06pm
I'm doing my first post here.  I would beg the moderators' indulgence if it should be placed elsewhere  I'm not new to Dr. D'Adamo's work, I read his very first book when it came out but at the time it did not resonate with me.  It made sense but for some reason I was not yet ready to embrace it.  

I am a type A + secretor (and the following story will make sense with that in mind)

From the time the first book came out until about the spring of 2003 I became progressively sicker and sicker and fatter and well just not a healthy little camper.  I was diagnosed as diabetic, I had fibromyalgia, severe depression, a 20 year history of panic anxiety disorders, the list was endless and I was a holistic health practitioner and owned a wellness center!!! Yikes!!!!  But still I did not go back to the body of Dr. D'Adamo's work.

In the spring of 2003 I went to Dr. John McDougall's center in Santa Rosa and began following his program.  It was a lifesaver, I lost 70 pounds (rather important for someone who is only 4'9"!), I came off of all of my medications except for the anti-anxiety meds and things began to work okay.  I followed a non-fat vegan program and while I still was having the fibromyalgia symptoms and the panic attacks (I'm also a behavioral therapist and hypnotherapist and had done all of the mental work for these blasted panic attacks) at least I was functioning at about 70% whereas before I was functioning at about 30%.

The problem was why was I still having the panic attacks and what was up with the fibromyalgia symptoms.  Recently I went for a complete exam from my doctor (I live in the Caribbean and we have to wait weeks for some of the blood tests I needed) because I was having flare ups of autoimmune problems in my eyes and my body overall.  But what caused me the gravest concern was the fact that my cholesterol came back at 414!!! You read that right a vegan non-fat eating person who ate a very healthy whole grain/bean/veggie/fruit diet came back with a reading of 414.  And the fibro pain was increasing.  Something was clearly out of whack.  My doctor recommended that I fly to Miami to see a specialist and run more tests but this did not appeal to me.

As it happened a friend of mine who is a doctor was visiting from the states and he told me while staying with me he would be following Dr. D'Adamo's diet and (while I did not yet know my secretor status I did know my blood type) since my blood type was the same as his why didn't I do what he did for the week.  Well my husband is also the same blood type so the whole household did just that.  Hmmmmmm, huge improvement because some of the foods I had been eating (garbanzo beans, kidney beans, coconut, tomatoes to name a few) were foods I should be avoiding, here it was the refinement I had been looking for, the missing link (almost, there happened to be one more missing link to the equation)  So while I improved greatly on Dr. McDougall's program (and I am forever grateful to him for that) I am improving daily with the added information provided through Dr. D'Adamo's program.  

I do muscle testing and the doctor who was visiting me does as well so whilst he was here I said to him that I needed to find the last link as to why I was still experiencing some symptoms that were bothersome and the final link was the overproduction of cortisol and the huge deficiency of magnesium.  In fact it was these two factors (two that I would never have considered if I had not read the fully body of Dr. D'Adamo's work) that had been giving me the most trouble over the years.

I have just now received my order of Cortiguard for my blood type and also am taking a magnesium supplement that has 500 mg of elemental magnesium.  In 36 hours, the difference is mind boggling.  The pain reduced by over 50%, the insomnia gone (a huge factor for those who have fibromyalgia is the inability to get a deep restful sleep), the leg cramps gone, NO PANIC ATTACKS.  

I also looked at the types of exercise for A's and discovered that what I instinctively wanted to do was what I should be doing but had not because everybody said you needed a fast paced up beat aerobic type work out 3 or 4 times a week to work when what I wanted to do was walk, do yoga and splash around in my pool! (hmmm something about listening to the inner wisdom that resides in all of us)

I am looking forward to revisiting my physician in about 60 days to see where I stand on the cholesterol scale but my hunch is that it will have come down significantly.

The moral of the story is that one must keep refining until they distill what works for them and they must take what they can use from something and leave the rest.  There are approved foods on the A+ secretor list that I do not eat because experience and muscle testing have taught me that they do not agree with my body (at least at the moment, a body is ever changing and evolving).  It is also a story about being proactive in ones healthcare and involving themselves in it not just sitting back and waiting for someone to tell them what to do.  It's also about listening to your own body and your own wisdom.

When I was following the full on vegan program I used to get comments from my clients all the time as to why my daughter was not eating vegan and I would say to them that I firmly did not believe that not eating animal products was for everyone, that for some people this was an important part of their diet and they looked at me like I was a nut case.  It's nice to see that there is a complete body of work by a very dedicated doctor that confirms what made sense on a fundamental level, that not everything works for all people and that it is a very individualized journey.

Thanks for allowing me such a long first post and thank you so much for all of the information here!
Posted by: Don, Sunday, April 1, 2007, 2:15pm; Reply: 1
Welcome Cindy

Thank you for sharing your story with us. I am glad that you have had some success with the BTD. I think things will only get better for you. Good luck to your husband too.

How long have you been following the BTD?

I hope you are still not on a non-fat program. Healthy fats are very important in your diet. A non-fat diet can do a lot of damage to a person's health. Type As should eat a low fat diet not a non-fat diet.

You indicated you are a type A secretor. Where/how did you get your secretor status tested in the Cayman Islands? Did you get it determined by the saliva test or the Lewis type blood test?
Posted by: 920 (Guest), Sunday, April 1, 2007, 3:38pm; Reply: 2
Thank you for the welcome here on the forums :)

I've been loosely following the BTD for about 6 weeks while I was awaiting my results.  My doctor used the Lewis type blood test and it was incorporated into multiple tests that were sent to the US as we were testing for multiple autoimmune disorders as I keep getting recurring uveitis incidents in my eyes and my eye doctor feels this is a symptom rather than the true problem.

I've been following the BTD full time for only 4 days now.

I am now using a small amount of fats such as olive oil and of course I have added some fish to my diet (after all if one lives surrounded by water it would be nice to eat it once in awhile) and of course I get fats from nuts and seeds so I should have been more clear in my original post in that one does get fats in ones diet if it incorporates things like nuts and seeds which mine did and still does.

I do believe my husband is an exceptional case for an A+ in that he grew up on a tradtional English diet of lots of cheese and roast meats coupled with plenty of fresh veggies and fruits and he has never been ill, ever and his physical exams show him with the health of a very fit 20 year old and he is in his 50's, however by following the BTD he says that he feels he has even more energy than before (which is very scarey because he was pretty energetic before) and he feels clearer mentally.

I grew up on a traditional northern California "hippy diet" (thank you mom and dad) and had tried to match my husband's diet which just sent me into the depths of illness.

My true problems actually began when I was working as a 911 dispatcher in California, as an A+ (I realize now) the entire job was geared to cause me ill health due to the extreme stress factors of the job and the irregular sleep cycles (multiple shifts several times per week) and all the rest of it.

Perhaps there should be some research and a book on "work right 4 your blood type" :)
Posted by: Don, Sunday, April 1, 2007, 4:35pm; Reply: 3
Quoted from Cindy_Abrahams
Perhaps there should be some research and a book on "work right 4 your blood type" :)

(dance)

(book2)
Posted by: Lola, Monday, April 2, 2007, 4:32am; Reply: 4
try some ghee, also.
Posted by: ISA-MANUELA (Guest), Monday, April 2, 2007, 9:02am; Reply: 5
::) this is fixed in Keirsey's *please understand me I and II.* :D ;D :K) and I consider Keirsey's as well
for an intense  reucite in BTD, rather then BTD alone ::) ;) .....of course not comparable to Risos' finies ;) ;D :-/  but all three together and then a little educational grip of  Myers- Briggs *gifts differing* wooohooo so you
get settled ;) ;D (dance)(smarty)(whistle)



oups ....forgot to mention....& BIT ;) ;D
Posted by: Mitchie, Monday, April 2, 2007, 9:09am; Reply: 6
Hi Cindy - Wow, what a great story!  I've also experienced great results with the BTD and wish you continued improving health.

By the way, my husband is an O who loves heavy exercise and still can't understand why I don't.  Give me a long leisurely bike ride over push-ups and running 6 miles any day.

Good luck to you!
Posted by: lstreat, Monday, April 2, 2007, 2:11pm; Reply: 7
Quoted from Cindy_Abrahams
 

I also looked at the types of exercise for A's and discovered that what I instinctively wanted to do was what I should be doing but had not because everybody said you needed a fast paced up beat aerobic type work out 3 or 4 times a week to work when what I wanted to do was walk, do yoga and splash around in my pool! (hmmm something about listening to the inner wisdom that resides in all of us)

I am looking forward to revisiting my physician in about 60 days to see where I stand on the cholesterol scale but my hunch is that it will have come down significantly.

The moral of the story is that one must keep refining until they distill what works for them and they must take what they can use from something and leave the rest.  There are approved foods on the A+ secretor list that I do not eat because experience and muscle testing have taught me that they do not agree with my body (at least at the moment, a body is ever changing and evolving).  It is also a story about being proactive in ones healthcare and involving themselves in it not just sitting back and waiting for someone to tell them what to do.  It's also about listening to your own body and your own wisdom.



What an inspiring testimonial Cindy! Congratulations to you  ;)

I so agree with the above quote. Keep us posted on your progress.

Laura
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Monday, April 2, 2007, 6:40pm; Reply: 8
Thank you for your sharing, Cindy ; cortisol and A BT  is a evident connection also for me.
Have a wonderful progress with your diet !
Maria Giovanna
Posted by: Alia Vo, Tuesday, April 3, 2007, 2:35am; Reply: 9
Thank you for sharing your testimony with us Cindy Abrahams.

Your story proves that you were persistant in finding a health solution that suited your individual needs; the BTD lifestyle was a missing link in your health pursuit.

I wish you more continued improved health.

Alia
Posted by: 711 (Guest), Monday, June 18, 2007, 10:30am; Reply: 10
Great post, Cindy. I, too, am type A. While I haven't lost a lot of weight, I feel so much better physically. I have a high stress level job as well as a respiratory therapist. Maybe there will be a work right for your type book soon. LOL
Posted by: Alia Vo, Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 12:06am; Reply: 11
Welcome to the forum, Kmilt.

I am glad to hear that the BTD lifestyle is contributing to an improvement in your physical health.

Alia
Posted by: 1328 (Guest), Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 12:50am; Reply: 12
Hi Cindy, I really love your story!  So encouraging.  I to, wish there was a book called, "Work Right For Your Type."  I used to be a nursing assistant for years but the stress was just to overwhelming.  I now have a job working at a nearby store in their floral department.  They play such relaxing music and I work by the new cafe they just put in 4 weeks ago.  I think I finally found a job that suits my blood type.  ;D
Posted by: Peppermint Twist, Tuesday, June 19, 2007, 1:54pm; Reply: 13
Welcome, Cindy!  Yeah, cholesterol in has very little to do with cholesterol out (as in, cholesterol in blood).  It is a lot more to do with genetics and also with the complex relationship of all the foods we eat with our individual biology...a.k.a., with the nutrigenomics of diet.  And that is what the BTD is a pioneering diet at getting towards, and the upcoming Genotype Diet will refine things even more, me thinks.

I personally eat a TON of fat (way more than I'm supposed to on my O non-secretor BTD--us nonnies are not allowed much added fat at ALL, but I basically am non-compliant on that, which I don't advocate to others, but I'm just reporting a fact here *lol*) and yet my HDL:LDL ratio is absolutely fantastic, and my total cholesterol, while a little high, is no big deal (it is usually somewhere between 200 and 225).  I am also very overweight at the moment, yet my blood pressure is fantastic (something like 112/64 last time it was taken, I think).  Whereas I have a friend who is very thin, eats very well, and has uncontrollably high BP and heart problems, too.  So much is genetics and also eating right for our types or at least doing the best we can towards that goal, which I do, even though in recent years I often fall far short of perfect in terms of what I should be doing with diet.  I do avoid wheat and corn, though, and I try very, very hard to eat a pure, organic diet.  However, again, I eat WAY too much fat, too many avoids and neutrals, and too many grains/refined carbs for any self-respecting Type O non-secretor.  I tell you all this by way of saying, don't blame yourself that you were doing so well on a vegan diet yet your cholesterol was still so high.  In some ways, I do everything wrong yet my BP and HDL:LDL ratio are both fantastic.  You did everything right that you knew to do at the time, yet your cholesterol was high.  Genetics, baby.  Not your fault!!!  You just needed to tweak the good diet you were already on for blood type individuality.  Isn't it totally amazing what such tweaking can do?

You can already be on a healthy diet but, until you are eating right for your type, things just somehow don't click.  You are eating right for your type now and you are on the right track, so congratulations and welcome!!!
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Saturday, June 23, 2007, 9:29pm; Reply: 14
I crave & eat a lot of fat, too.  I usually follow the nonnie protocol in other areas.
It msut be familial or nationality-related.
Anyway, I do believe fat helps control the appetite.
Keep it up, Cindy.  We are here to support!!!!
Cheers,
Mrs "T"      O+
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