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Posted by: TJ, Monday, November 5, 2007, 11:53pm
Hi, I want to add my story to the growing evidence supporting the blood type diet, and to give anyone who's curious a glimpse of the profound improvement I've experienced just by going on the BTD.

Since I was a teenager, I have been aware that there was something wrong with me.  I never had a lot of energy, or much tolerance for stress.  I did well in school without really trying to, but I always thought I could do better if I tried, yet somehow I couldn't pull it together enough to do that.  In college I did ok, but that wasn't so easy as high school and before.  In classes where there was an interesting discussion I was usually very much involved in it, but doing the homework on my own was such a challenge, and sometimes it was physically impossible for me to make myself sit there and do it.  If I did, I had to go to the library to get away from distractions.

College was tough, but work has been my biggest challenge.  I could never soak up the training I needed, in the same way I learned in school, and as soon as there was nothing new to learn at the job I would start getting bored with it.

All through this, I was suffering with conditions that had been labelled "depression" and "attention deficit disorder".  For depression, I tried Paxil, Remeral, Welbutrin, and Prozac, all making little difference.  For the ADD I took Ritalin, which my stomach couldn't tolerate, then Dexadrine, which was effective at first, but then gradually became useless.

As the years went by, my ups and downs continued, and the downs seemed to stay around longer and longer.  Sometimes the downs were just bouts of profound fatigue, without any emotional affect.  At the first one I had to quit my job because I was too tired to even stay on my feet for more than a few minutes at a time.  The doctors thought I had mono, and the customary tests were run, and came back negative.  Then I had the full blood panel, and still nothing.  And I looked perfectly healthy!  Conveniently, they wrote it off as a symptom of my depression, as if naming it was going to make me better!  That was the beginning of the end of my faith in conventional medicine.

Most of my adult life has been spent walking around in a mental fog, trying to cut through it and make something of the potential inside me.  In the spring of this year, after losing yet another job, I decided I was going to commit my full effort to finding a cure for whatever was wrong with me.  I was still taking some of the meds, afraid to quit because they might be helping in some small way, but I decided that medication was not going to cure me.  Diet was going to have to be my cure.  So I started keeping a journal of what I ate and how I felt.  To my delight, I soon learned that I was intolerant of eggs!  I quit eating eggs, but that wasn't enough to account for everything I was suffering.  Unfortunately, I wasn't able to identify any other food sensitivities.  Next, I investigated the possibility that hypoglycemia was the problem.  I bought a glucose monitor and starting adding glucose measurements to the journal.  I even came up with a sort of "home-made" glucose tolerance test.  After a couple of weeks, I was convinced that, although I had some hypoglycemic tendencies, that wasn't the culprit either.

So what now?  I didn't have any other ideas to try, and I was very frustrated and discouraged that all my work hadn't yielded anything more useful.  I started sliding back into a depression over it, but then out of the blue, a friend of mine who was well-acquainted with my experiments loaned me a copy of "Cook Right 4 Your Type".  She was going to loan me "Eat Right..." but couldn't find it.  At once I was excited at this new lead, but skeptical, too.  The book gave me a basic understanding of the theory, but I wasn't convinced, so I bought the encyclopedia for more in-depth information.  I wanted to see references to scientific studies, and I had them now!  With that, I jumped in, and never looked back.

Since I started, I have only gotten better and better.  I am completely off of prescription drugs, and rarely take any kind of drugs.  I'm not so sensitive to pain, my allergic symptoms aren't as bad (they weren't all that bad to start with, admittedly), my mood and energy levels improved drastically, and the mental fog is gone.  I sleep better, and my whole personality has changed for the better.  I used to be cautious and reserved, and like being alone a lot, and now I'm outgoing and enthusiastic.  My friends and family tell me I'm almost a different person now.  For so long, I have just been existing, hoping that someday, somehow I would get better.  Now I feel like I can finally start living!

Just a couple of days ago, I found out that I'm a non-secretor, so that is another interesting piece of the puzzle.  Now if I could just find a job I like.  I know now that part of my job difficulties was because I'm an eNTp, but before this diet I thought I was an iNFp!
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 12:12am; Reply: 1
great testimonial!
keep up the good work!
Posted by: girly, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 12:35am; Reply: 2
Awsome testimonial...I live in a whole households of B's....I suspect both of my boys and one of my daughter's are nonnies. Good luck in healing you body...keep us posted
Posted by: eh, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 12:46am; Reply: 3
Well done! As the daughter of a highly intelligent, patient but also easily bored B dad, I sympathise with you and applaud you!
Posted by: Laurelai19, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 12:51am; Reply: 4
Great job & keep it up!  I also lived in weird brain fog for most of my life until I read ER4YT 6 months ago...interesting to hear it from another blood type.  I swear I didn't have this much energy when I was 20! I also had similar experiences with allopathic medicine....everyone telling me I was normal & me always wondering "THIS is normal??????????!!!!"  I'm much more lively & alert now and feel like my metabolism is finally working like it should....and all for the price of a book!!!
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 1:26am; Reply: 5
That is a wonderful testimony, drive55.  Hope to hear more about your progress and how the job hunt is coming along.  There are some other B nonnies on board and they can give you some hints for meals if you would like.
Posted by: honeybee, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 2:30am; Reply: 6
Welcome Drive55,
so great to hear another testimonial that is at the same time very similar and also very different to my own.

I am still amazed at the peace the btd has given me -that sounds strange doesnt it?, but it is the best way right now of describing that feeling!

I am still reeling from finding out I am a nonnie about a month ago, but it does become part of the peace in the puzzle.. ya'know?
Posted by: eh, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 2:38am; Reply: 7
Quoted from honeybee
....part of the peace in the puzzle.. ya'know?

nice pun!
Posted by: Debra+, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 3:35am; Reply: 8
Welcome drive55 B  What a wonderful testimony and that you are on the road to recovery with the BTD way of life. keep us posted.  Got anything to add or ask...we are here.  :D

Debra :)
Posted by: TJ, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 4:57am; Reply: 9
Yeah, I'm 32, and I sure didn't have this amount of energy since I was, maybe, 4?  I can't be sure though since I don't really remember then, you'd have to ask mom about that, but I feel the healthiest I ever remember feeling right now.  I'm glad to finally be in the "know" about BTD, but also sad that it's taken me this long to finally hear about it.  The abundance of evidence supporting this whole paradigm is astounding, and the fact that it's still not generally known is more proof of the power of wealthy interests to suppress knowledge that is counter-productive to their continued wealth. :o Sorry, conspiracy-theorist moment there....

On the other hand, I'm also glad I didn't have to wait until age 42 to find out about BTD -- I have been slowly growing worse over the years, and I hate to think where I'd be by then.  The last big "down" I had lasted about 10 months.

I understand about the idea of "peace".  The body and spirit are very much connected, and peace is something that comes from the spirit.  And when the body is sick, it does affect your spirit!  All the years of thinking something is wrong with me, of second-guessing myself, of not knowing where "I" ended and the illness began, that was all very disquieting, and finding resolution has brought me some much-needed peace also.  
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 6:12am; Reply: 10
you are so right! :)
Posted by: Constantine, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 6:56am; Reply: 11

My story is very similar to yours.  I'm 34.

I've spent most of my life in a "fog."  I had constant anxiety and paranoid thoughts, didn't like being w/people, and had the "low periods" too.  Every couple of years I'd have a major depressive episode where I'd just drop out of life and wander around in an autistic-like state.  People were always calling me lazy or saying I'm not living up to my potential, but deep down I knew something was wrong.  Just couldn't put my finger on it.

I came close to the answer on my own, and suspected that I was some kind of "rare type" that probably had different nutritional/lifestyle needs.  Read a lot of books and tried different ways of eating and made fair progress.  But three years ago, somebody mentioned the BTD on an anthropology forum.  Right when I heard about it, something said to me "this is the answer!"  Started that day, cold-turkey, and never looked back.  I've lost 60 lbs and the fog is gone.  Now I'm able to improve the areas of my life the old jeremy missed out on, like finding a meaningful career and a better social life.

Of course, everybody thinks my way of eating is crazy, but I don't care.  If I stray from the B diet/lifestyle, my health starts going down the toilette.  If not, I stay slim, never get sick, and look younger.  That's good enough for me.

Posted by: honeybee, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 7:59am; Reply: 12
Quoted from Constantine
  Now I'm able to improve the areas of my life the old jeremy missed out on, like finding a meaningful career and a better social life.

Of course, everybody thinks my way of eating is crazy, but I don't care.  If I stray from the B diet/lifestyle, my health starts going down the toilette.  If not, I stay slim, never get sick, and look younger.  That's good enough for me.

Goodness I can relate - goodluck to us huh!
Posted by: Mitchie, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 11:00am; Reply: 13
Drive and Jeremy - I'm so happy for both of you!  I know the feeling when something just isn't right but you can't quite put your finger on it.  The doctors dump you into a depression category and start pumping the drugs into you.  

The joy you feel when you finally figure it out is beyond description!  And it's such an easy fix.

Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 2:50pm; Reply: 14
what powerful testimonials, all!
worthy of distributing to all the sceptics!! ;D
I admire your curious minds and resolving your health issues, bravo!!
Posted by: NewHampshireGirl, Tuesday, November 6, 2007, 3:13pm; Reply: 15
Both Drive and Jeremy have incredible stories.  I'm so glad you both had the persistence to find the answer to your low-level health.  It's hard to find out about the BTD when popular magazines ignore it.  Either have to learn from a friend, acquaintance, or spot the books in the bookstore.  I learned from a friend nine years ago and never looked back!  The thing is, I had noticed Eat Right 4 Your Type in the bookstore at that time but thought it was just another diet book and I'm never interested in "diet" books.  (I'm always interested in good nutrition, though.)

I hope you enjoy this forum and certainly you can learn as much as you give.(book2)(smile)
Posted by: Victoria, Wednesday, November 7, 2007, 6:18am; Reply: 16
Thank you, Drive.  That is a wonderful discovery that you made, and the great thing is that you found your way to heath through your own searching and persistence.  You have made it your own, and that is SO empowering!  I'm glad that you got your secretor status, because that is one of the most important tools in following the BTD way of life.

I relate to so many of the things you said, and I can see how being a nonnie made me react more strongly to avoids than many secretors seem to experience.  Like you, once I stepped on the track, I have not looked back.  It's been nearly 10 years for me.  This way of eating and living has literally saved my life.
Posted by: 1581 (Guest), Thursday, November 15, 2007, 6:43am; Reply: 17
Quoted from TJ
I'm an eNTp, but before this diet I thought I was an iNFp!

I am quite new at this so forgive me if my questions sound dumb.

1. What does eNTp and iNFp mean?

2. I also see you guys talking about protocols for Candida and Fungus and so forth, where can I find information on these protocols?

Posted by: Lola, Thursday, November 15, 2007, 7:06am; Reply: 18
here are the protocols

and about personalities
there are other tests on the web

keep asking, no worries!
we are all here to learn..... ;)
Posted by: 1581 (Guest), Thursday, November 15, 2007, 9:15am; Reply: 19
Thank you Lola
This is the first time that the abbreviations makes sense at all. I went on to the personality test and I am ISTJ -Introverted Sensing Thinking Judging - Guardian.

Thanks again
Posted by: 1807 (Guest), Thursday, November 15, 2007, 10:20am; Reply: 20
Quoted from Lola

Thank you, Very interesting to take some of these tests.

Posted by: Jane, Thursday, November 15, 2007, 6:54pm; Reply: 21
What testamonials! Congratulations to both of you for having the tenacity to find the answers on your own.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, November 16, 2007, 5:39am; Reply: 22
;)glad for both!
Posted by: Ribbit, Friday, November 16, 2007, 2:50pm; Reply: 23
My parents went on the BTD because of one thing I said: "I feel good."  My mother said, "Sweety, that's the first time in your entire life I've heard you say you felt good."
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