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Posted by: Eric, Monday, October 15, 2007, 7:42am
Today was pretty fun...  

I (being a bachelor) like to visit my female friends' (and their friends') apartment just to talk about the Blood Type Diet, and try to get people converted.  And since I go to a very conservative school, most people have never heard of this kind of thing.  Ergo I generate a lot of interest in people..mostly women, because guys don't really care about their health.  

Anyway, tonight I was reading the "personality note" sections to an apartment of five girls- 2 O's, an A, a B, and an AB.  (pretty exciting!)  and they all sat around while I read the different sections, all of us getting a kick out of Dr. D's creative writing skills.  And I read a few of his stories from different patients, trying to get my friends excited about the BTD.  It was quite entertaining.... I've found myself to be known as the Blood Type guy on campus :)
Posted by: Dr. D, Monday, October 15, 2007, 10:39am; Reply: 1
;)
Posted by: Lola, Monday, October 15, 2007, 3:34pm; Reply: 2
good for you!!
Posted by: Victoria, Monday, October 15, 2007, 4:33pm; Reply: 3
Could it be that Dr. D has secretly written this book for the purpose of helping bachelors have a topic of conversation with the ladies?

;)
Posted by: KimonoKat, Monday, October 15, 2007, 5:43pm; Reply: 4
Thanks for sharing Eric!  Great story.  With a willing audience, you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish.

Posted by: Eric, Tuesday, October 16, 2007, 6:56am; Reply: 5
Haha so true!   And yeah, it does make a great ice-breaker for meeting ladies.  :)  It's great to learn how different people view the subject of health, and watch peoples' habits in correlation with the health problems they're dealing with.  I wish everyone could see the connection as clearly as us... but I guess that's just life.
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Monday, October 29, 2007, 3:53pm; Reply: 6
What school do you go to?
Why would a conservative school be any different than a liberal one as far a diet is concerned?

How you behave around the ladies, at least you are more likely to be gentleman!!

S S & L,
Mrs "T"     O+
Posted by: Eric, Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 4:49am; Reply: 7
I go to BYU-Idaho, a Mormon school.  People just seem to be less open-minded about a lot of things, and health is one of them.  We have this set of guidelines called the "Word of Wisdom" which basically says not to smoke or drink, and to avoid tea and coffee.  So people have a problem with things like green tea (which is not tea..a.k.a. black tea), but it takes work getting a lot of my friends to understand stuff like that.   Thanks though, I try to be as nice as I can :)  
Posted by: TJ, Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 5:10am; Reply: 8
Being a Mormon myself, I find Mormons to actually be more concerned, in general, about their health than non-Mormons.  (I will admit, we are less open-minded about some things, but I like the phrase, "Don't be so open-minded that your brain falls out.")

Unfortunately, it hasn't been quite as useful an icebreaker for this bachelor  ;) but it does make a great topic of conversation for those who are conscientious of their diet and health.  Just tonight I talked to a salesperson at the Vitamin Shoppe.  She was type O, and had lost 85 lbs. mainly from cutting wheat out of her diet, without even knowing about BTD!

ps: I'm not sure about this, but I think green tea is also excluded by the Word of Wisdom, presumably for its caffeine content.
Posted by: 1534 (Guest), Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 5:35am; Reply: 9
Green tea and Black tea are made from the same plant just different processes to make each type, and both contain caffine.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, November 13, 2007, 8:16am; Reply: 10
L-theanine is a unique amino acid found only in the tea plant.
Posted by: Eric, Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 7:42am; Reply: 11
I don't think the religious issue is about the tea plant, I think it's about what's healthy vs. unhealthy.. and we know (esp. thanks to Dr. D)  that black tea is bad for you..a.k.a. and avoid, and green tea is beneficial, whether there's caffeine or not.  So idunno, it just depends on your perspective.  A lot of church officials will say green tea is OK, and a lot will say it isn't.. it depends on their level of understanding from what I've seen.  Thanks Lola, didn't know that!
Posted by: Melissa_J, Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 8:02am; Reply: 12
Yes, the theanine counteracts the caffeine in many ways.

I consider green tea to be far better and less addictive than caffeinated sodas, so I've made progress there since I used to drink Coke.  I can take or leave the green tea, and get no caffeine withdrawal headaches when I go without it for a week or two (unlike colas).  I have to admit that I like the taste of green tea, but I drink it for health reasons, and I'm honest about that with my religious leaders with no problems.

I don't think most Mormons around me would like to hear my otherwise super strict version of the Word of Wisdom...since I consider Cambell's Condensed Soup, Lime Jello, and many other processed foods to be against the word of wisdom!  I mean, you want to talk about "conspiring men in the latter days" ... don't even get me started on that part ;)
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 2:36pm; Reply: 13
I'm a Christian & certain groups are against smoking & drinking, yet eat sweets, pork, coffee, etc. in huge quantities. Certain denominations seem to have high cancer rates!
I get a kick about someone being 'legalistic' toward a Christian who chooses to drink wine once a week, while they eat so much junk food almost every day!!
I sometimes call coffee "Christian booze" as coffee seems to be the mainstay of many Christians!!
Hey, I don't want to sound like someone who 'eats his own young' but that's how I see it. Times are changing & I don't see that much legalism in the churches. Maybe they realize there are bigger fish to fry (no pun intended) like stopping the killing of believers in foreign countries & helping the downtrodden(starving, AIDS patients, abused kids).
When you get busy doing the right thing, you don't crave those unhealthy things as much.
Sea Salt & Light,
Mrs "T"   O+
PS I don't drink booze or coffee - don't like the taste & it affects me anyway. Now that 'black chocolate' - I'm getting addicted in my older age!! :)
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, November 14, 2007, 6:08pm; Reply: 14
Theanine (an amino acid from green tea) is an effective supplement for giving a feeling of contentment.  The supplement is not a source of caffeine.
Posted by: Eric, Thursday, November 15, 2007, 7:03am; Reply: 15
Melissa and Mrs. T--  Awesome posts!!   Do you mind if I save those to use in my persuasive essay due next week?  :)   Lola, I lookd up that amino acid... great stuff!
Posted by: Debra+, Thursday, November 15, 2007, 1:30pm; Reply: 16
Hey erictm998...did you see this thread?

http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?m-1195093901/  

I know they are college age, but this could be planting a seed. ;);)

Debra :)
Posted by: Eric, Thursday, November 15, 2007, 8:05pm; Reply: 17
That's great!  lol
Posted by: TJ, Friday, November 16, 2007, 5:10am; Reply: 18
Quoted from Melissa_J
I don't think most Mormons around me would like to hear my otherwise super strict version of the Word of Wisdom...since I consider Cambell's Condensed Soup, Lime Jello, and many other processed foods to be against the word of wisdom!


You'd better not let anyone hear your take on lime jello, you might get excommunicated!   ;) :P  Oh, and right on about conspiring men, so true, and not just in the food industry.

ps: I served my mission in Ogden, and was actually once served, at a dinner appointment, green jello on a lettuce leaf, with shredded cheddar (or carrots, I can't remember), topped with mayo and a cherry.  Ick. :o
Posted by: Ribbit, Friday, November 16, 2007, 3:23pm; Reply: 19
Four years ago we entertained two Mormon missionaries at our house a few times.  Didn't know about the BTD then, but since we didn't drink coke or coffee or anything anyway, it was no problem for them to eat with us, though they wanted to pray before we ate.  My husband said, "Nobody prays in my house except me, unless I ask him to."  So he prayed like usual before we ate.

I say, God made caffeine just like he made lettuce (and marijuana, for medicinal purposes, but that's another subject).  When the Apostle Peter had his vision that basically undid all the Old Testament Dietary laws, nothing was said about caffeine.    Any food, according to scripture, is okay in moderation; the problem is when people start imposing their personal convictions on others and trying to make it law.
Posted by: TJ, Friday, November 16, 2007, 11:33pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from Ribbit
I say, God made caffeine just like he made lettuce (and marijuana, for medicinal purposes, but that's another subject).

God also made tobacco, arsenic, and deadly nightshade!
Quoted from Ribbit
When the Apostle Peter had his vision that basically undid all the Old Testament Dietary laws, nothing was said about caffeine.  Any food, according to scripture, is okay in moderation; the problem is when people start imposing their personal convictions on others and trying to make it law.

I would argue that things such as coffee bean and tea were never intended to become foods.
Posted by: Ribbit, Saturday, November 17, 2007, 12:05am; Reply: 21
Excellent point!  One I cannot argue with.  I would say that about cow's milk.
Posted by: Melissa_J, Saturday, November 17, 2007, 6:52am; Reply: 22
Aside from views on what is healthy, the only foods I have real religious issues against are those that cause people to make poor choices in other aspects of their lives... or do things they wouldn't normally choose to do.  They take away people's agency.  This goes for some pharmaceuticals, alcohol (especially for those predisposed to alcoholism), and all addictive substances. (in my case wheat, milk, corn and possibly sugar do make me a bit less than charitable, as well, and I have reasons to believe I'm predisposed to alcoholism)

What foods are healthy, as we know, is often an individual matter, so I'm glad that, according to my bishop in my case, there's some room for discernment in how to interpret our dietary code.  (I always say consult your own local religious leaders, and go by what they recommend, since I'm not in any authority to discern it for anybody else).

Then there's the whole part about wheat is for man and eat meat sparingly...fortunately those are up to discernment as well.

But the basic spirit of the law, to be self-sufficient, don't trust processed foods, don't believe the commercials, and make or grow your own fresh food wherever possible...  I really like that.  
Posted by: Eric, Saturday, November 17, 2007, 7:16pm; Reply: 23
Ahhh, the wonderful commercials..  I swear, people base their life principles on what they grew up with on TV.  Well put, Melissa!  I love it when people read those verses to me (about the wheat and meat).   But of course, many people don't realize the other 5 or 6 scriptures in the Bible that endorse the use of meat.   Like you said, it's all about discretion and agency.. spirit of the law.  Love it!  
Posted by: Melissa_J, Saturday, November 17, 2007, 8:48pm; Reply: 24
Yes, I think there's good reason why our scriptures says that anybody who tells everyone to not eat meat should not be trusted... something to that effect.  We know that being a vegetarian is a good idea for some, healthwise, but not others.

I recently heard another point about the meat part (to eat meat sparingly except in winter and times of famine): it was hard at that time to keep meat fresh without nitrates and preservatives, except in winter when it was easy to keep it cold, so the directive to eat meat mainly in winter would help to avoid the need for those preservatives.
Posted by: Rex, Sunday, November 18, 2007, 8:06am; Reply: 25
You "young-uns" are adorible.  Ahhh to be young again...sigh.  All kidding aside, it's so great to see that you have such a great interest in maintaining your good health.  I developed my interest in maintaining my health starting about the age of 15 years old.  Now I'm almost 69 years old & I see the wonderful results of my efforts.  Many of my friends of my same age are not doing as well as I am.  I'm so glad that I stuck with it...it has paid off big time for me & I'm sure it will pay off for you too if you stick with it. People still are amazed that I refuse to join them when they eat their "junk" foods...I "just say no"...they say they can't do without what they describe as "life's pleasures".  I tell them that my life's pleasure is my good health...they still don't get it, oh well.
Posted by: Debra+, Sunday, November 18, 2007, 5:39pm; Reply: 26
Quoted from Rex
You "young-uns" are adorible.  Ahhh to be young again...sigh.  All kidding aside, it's so great to see that you have such a great interest in maintaining your good health.  I developed my interest in maintaining my health starting about the age of 15 years old.  Now I'm almost 69 years old & I see the wonderful results of my efforts.  Many of my friends of my same age are not doing as well as I am.  I'm so glad that I stuck with it...it has paid off big time for me & I'm sure it will pay off for you too if you stick with it. People still are amazed that I refuse to join them when they eat their "junk" foods...I "just say no"...they say they can't do without what they describe as "life's pleasures".  I tell them that my life's pleasure is my good health...they still don't get it, oh well.


"Life's pleasures' that bring you pain and an unhealthy body.  Yes...good health is the best of all pleasures.  To be able to do what others can't.  I love it.  Hopefully, one day they will get it. ;):K)

Debra :)  

Posted by: Lola, Sunday, November 18, 2007, 5:43pm; Reply: 27
(clap)(whistle)(woot)good one Rex!
Posted by: Rex, Monday, November 19, 2007, 12:34am; Reply: 28
I believe so strongly in the BTD...it's worked wonders for me. I've even lost a few more pounds which is surprising in light of the fact that I'm eating more food than I ever allowed myself to eat before. It's the choice of foods that seem to be making the difference.  For example, never in a million years would I ever have used EVOO as a salad dressing but that's exactly what I use now...and still, the weight is coming off...and staying off...amazing!
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Monday, November 19, 2007, 1:17am; Reply: 29
I don't know, Drive55, the lime gelatin sounds good to me!  Yes, I know it's not on my list of things I should eat but I do love lime gelatin with cream cheese, crushed pineapple and walnuts.  I serve that sometimes at Christmas and there are a few of us who dig right in and slurp it up.(drool)
Posted by: TJ, Monday, November 19, 2007, 6:56am; Reply: 30
Quoted from NewHampshireGirl
I don't know, Drive55, the lime gelatin sounds good to me!  Yes, I know it's not on my list of things I should eat but I do love lime gelatin with cream cheese, crushed pineapple and walnuts.  I serve that sometimes at Christmas and there are a few of us who dig right in and slurp it up.(drool)


Yes, but surely not with MAYO on top???  Also, I doubt you could possibly serve this dish to guests and say, with a straight face, that this is a "salad".  ;D
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Monday, November 19, 2007, 3:34pm; Reply: 31
Gee, how could I forget the mayo! ;D  A salad, it is n-o-t.  Actually, I could slurp it all up and call it dessert.  But then, I'm funny that way.(ondrugs)
Posted by: Eric, Thursday, October 16, 2008, 6:39am; Reply: 32
So I'm digging up this old thread again.... :)

I typed 6 people in the last 3 days!  I'm finding that the word spreads fast, and people ask about me, wanting to know their blood types.  Usually they don't know why, they're just curious.  But it always opens up for a good chat about ER4YT/GTD.  These are from last night- I just thought y'all might get a kick out of the pics





Posted by: Dr. D, Thursday, October 16, 2008, 10:41am; Reply: 33
Man, your white board looks just like the one in the D'Adamo Clinic!

Here is your next lesson!

http://www.dadamo.com/B2blogs/blogs/index.php/2008/10/16/the-early-blood-detectives?blog=24
Posted by: 815 (Guest), Thursday, October 16, 2008, 5:42pm; Reply: 34
You go Eric!  :) You have a regular little clinic going there..
Making a profit?
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, October 16, 2008, 9:10pm; Reply: 35
keep on spreading that enthusiasm!!! ;)
Posted by: Eric, Friday, October 17, 2008, 7:25am; Reply: 36
Dr. D, thanks!   That's a pretty big compliment!    If you know where I can get cheaper Anti-A/Anti-B agglutinins, I'm all ears...  :)   (maybe I should just tomatoes and chicken...lol)

Haha thx Diana & Lola!  A clinic... that's the dream actually.   But I figure I should probably finish ND school before I get sued for trying to spread the word. :)
Posted by: MyraBee, Friday, October 17, 2008, 9:53pm; Reply: 37
Quoted from TJ

God also made tobacco, arsenic, and deadly nightshade[b][/b]!


LOL
Posted by: Ribbit, Friday, October 17, 2008, 11:57pm; Reply: 38
Eric, I would venture to guess the girls flock around you not so much because of the health information you're offering.  I would venture to guess they would flock to listen to you talk about any subject you cared to talk about.  But that's just a guess.
Posted by: Eric, Saturday, October 18, 2008, 1:11am; Reply: 39
hahahahahahaha... i dunno, but the intentions are honest, honest!


Speaking of making a profit though... that brings me to what Dr. D said in his most recent blog:

Quoted Text
“I’ll grow herbs in my own garden and when someone can’t pay, they’ll just give me a basket of vegetables or a chicken.”

Last I heard he was practicing in a white lab coat, in downtown Seattle, in a conventional medical office.


It's true, people will talk all they want about what they'll do when... bla bla whatever... I've also seen this happen to some friends of mine, who started out with huge ambitions and great intentions to help the world, but then they get sucked into the American Trap because of a job offer after high school, etc.    So I'm not anywhere near perfect, but I'm trying to set my life now so that I won't have to make any hard decisions if a fat dollar bill gets dangled in my face.

Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, October 18, 2008, 3:50pm; Reply: 40
Eric,
Have you given more thought to entering an N.D. program?
Posted by: jayneeo, Saturday, October 18, 2008, 4:04pm; Reply: 41
Quoted from Ribbit
Eric, I would venture to guess the girls flock around you not so much because of the health information you're offering.  I would venture to guess they would flock to listen to you talk about any subject you cared to talk about.  But that's just a guess.


yeah, just a wild guess! ;) ;D
Posted by: Ribbit, Saturday, October 18, 2008, 5:08pm; Reply: 42
;) ;) :D
Posted by: angel, Saturday, March 7, 2009, 8:01pm; Reply: 43
Eric, they are right about the girls trust me. I found it was best just to sit and listen, but I did consider what I listened too sometimes it was not what I liked. If nothing else you are planting a seed-just like you mission.

On the note of ND School right now that is not an option for me. I'll be lucky to get to the Univeristy of Utah Med School. FOr my husbands civilain he works for the railroad and the hub is here in Slat Lake City. But I'll bring some interesting questions and situations to class  ;) to say the least. I'll probaby go to Utah State Univ. or Weber State Univ. to get the six pre-med classes I need. Right now, I've two young boys who need Mom to home school them again. That my dear is why I am not in my second year of med school.

Good luck
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Saturday, March 7, 2009, 9:10pm; Reply: 44
Typed one person last night at work. She really just wanted her blood type which she kept telling me was B, turned out to be an A.

I had to get up from the table in the breakroom, they were on to the weight watchers thing again and points. My O friend was proceeding to eat a whole bag of popcorn and a can of Progresso soup all given points by WW, all on her diet. She lost 5 put back 3, and has been counting points.
  I did say a few things, about losing and regaining weight, they all agreed. I left it at that, keep them a bit hungry for information.

I later approached my WW friend and asked if she would like me to at least measure her and give her a list of foods that would help, and that she could combine it with WW if she wanted.
She agreed.. I think she is a Gatherer ( I need to do all the calculations)big obesity family history, big diabetes history.  
She has one son that is autistic and does not speak.

So the day to day challenges continue with people.

Posted by: Eric, Sunday, March 8, 2009, 3:04am; Reply: 45
That's really cool!   And probably one of the first things that stuck out when I first read ER4YT... it's not about points, counting, starving, or anything!  Just common sense and discipline-- things we lack in our society :)
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Sunday, March 8, 2009, 12:32pm; Reply: 46
Quoted from Eric
it's not about points, counting, starving, or anything!  Just common sense and discipline-- things we lack in our society :)

And Eating for our types! :)
Posted by: RedLilac, Sunday, March 8, 2009, 3:33pm; Reply: 47
I wonder which group is harder to convince that our food lifestyle Is the best way to go.  ??) The 20 something crowd still think they are invincible and haven’t suffered many of the ailments that older people have.  Middle aged people who are getting that middle aged spread with all the side effects from a poor diet showing up should be open to it, but many are set in their ways and brainwashed by the media and commercials.  Then there is the geriatric crowd who grew up on organic food because that was all there was, but slowly got sucked into the SAD way of life.  They have seen so many fads come & go that they just say “hogwash”.  They have also grown up trusting traditional medical doctors, so will do anything they tell them to.

Eric, I’m glad you are at least convincing some young minds.  Maybe as they grow older, what you said will stick in their minds.
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