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Posted by: strawberry, Monday, July 25, 2011, 12:52am
As an "O" I'm supposed to eat beef frequently.  I'm a bit confused, because I'm also reading alot of studies about alzheimer's prevention as it runs in my family, and most of the articles and books stress NOT to eat red meat because it contains iron and copper.  It also says to take vitamin E which according to the blood type diet is not good for type O's.  It also stresses that grains, especially whole wheat is beneficial...and being a type O I'm not supposed to eat those either.  Now I'm totally confused and don't know which direction is the right one.   :o
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Monday, July 25, 2011, 1:15am; Reply: 1
follow the BTD and ignore the rest, it will save you a lot of time and worry. also why not add a little bit more detail to your profile so we can perhaps help in more detail.

Perhaps you should also look at getting swami as this will be more beneficial to you with a specific problem
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, July 25, 2011, 2:09am; Reply: 2
There are enough As in the world that, when you do a study on diet, the dramatic changes in the As will often be more obvious to researchers than the "small percentage of people who didn't benefit from this dietary change" who just happened to be Os. It's also possible that it's more prevalent in A's, which would skew the "Alzheimer's prevention diet" towards and A-friendly diet.

One size  does NOT fit all. I can assure you, wheat will only hurt your mental stability in the long term (and possibly in the short term too, but not all Os have immediate obvious reactions to it.) Nor will "avoiding red meat" help you, although you may need less red meat than some other Os. Poultry and fish are still important protein sources, but watch out  for heavy metal contamination in many varieties of fish. Those metals can build up and damage the brain.

See if you can find out the blood types of the family members who have or had Alzheimer's. Your personal risk may or may not be lower because of your blood type.
Posted by: TJ, Monday, July 25, 2011, 2:17am; Reply: 3
Maybe Alzheimer's is already setting in, hence the state of confusion. ;)
Posted by: strawberry, Monday, July 25, 2011, 5:15am; Reply: 4
Policychecker, what do I need to post more about myself?   Let's see.  My Mom is in the late stages of Alzheimers, both her parents also died from the same disease.  I've been reading just about everything I can get my hands on about brain health to protect my own brain and am trying to keep myself healthy so my kids don't have to see me succumb to the same fate as my mom and grandparents.


Thanks ruthiegirl, that's good advice.  I should find out what blood types my other family members were and are.  I notice when I eat whole wheat my joints hurt, so maybe that's a sign that I shouldn't be eating it.  

Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, July 25, 2011, 11:25am; Reply: 5
alzheimers is mostly related to the storage of *heavy metals*.... :-/
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Monday, July 25, 2011, 11:50am; Reply: 6
I understand that aluminium, is a major cause, do you still use any aluminium pans at all, would it be possible to change all cook ware to ceramic or stainless steel.

do you use a coffee pot or kettle that is made of aluminium, even the little coffee pods are contained in aluminium.

get a water filter to take out fluoride, chlorine and aluminium.

"more about yourself means how old you are, i under stand you cannot reverse the problems but you may prevent them getting worse.
Posted by: C_Sharp, Monday, July 25, 2011, 1:39pm; Reply: 7
You may want to consider the Aging book (on sale this month):

http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ED061P
Posted by: Dianne, Monday, July 25, 2011, 2:10pm; Reply: 8
Make sure your deodorant is aluminum free as well!
Posted by: Mrs. AMM, Monday, July 25, 2011, 2:18pm; Reply: 9
My grandmother passed away 2 yrs ago from complications due to Alzheimer's, so I became very interested in prevention. This year, I learned about a study that suggested that Alzheimer's is diabetes of the brain (i.e. the brain stops producing/effectively using insulin and begins to deteriorize). There was also a show about it (Dr. Oz: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/alzheimers-diabetes-brain). At any rate, this made sense to me and following my Genotype diet guidelines would help me combat this possible cause of Alzheimer's Disease. I would suggest that you continue to follow the BTD or GTD and not add whole wheat.
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Monday, July 25, 2011, 2:40pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from Mrs. AMM
My grandmother passed away 2 yrs ago from complications due to Alzheimer's, so I became very interested in prevention. This year, I learned about a study that suggested that Alzheimer's is diabetes of the brain (i.e. the brain stops producing/effectively using insulin and begins to deteriorize). There was also a show about it (Dr. Oz: http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/alzheimers-diabetes-brain). At any rate, this made sense to me and following my Genotype diet guidelines would help me combat this possible cause of Alzheimer's Disease. I would suggest that you continue to follow the BTD or GTD and not add whole wheat.



I think you might be into something there.

I have worked several years with people who had Alzheimers and other kinds of dementia.
Most of the had type 2 diabetes as well.... more than the other old people  who did NOT have A
What shocked me was HOW they ALL craved sugar and white bread BIG time
and yes that was what the had to eat as well ::)
::) ::) ::) ::) most of them got a diet that would be horrible for >ALL bt but especially for Os.

Posted by: Goldie, Monday, July 25, 2011, 2:52pm; Reply: 11
Quoted Text

This year, I learned about a study that suggested that Alzheimer's is diabetes of the brain (i.e. the brain stops producing/effectively using insulin and begins to deteriorize).


This I believe.. as well as neuropathy.. !!

TO make a difference in my body..I am doing HCG drops to drop weight.. and I am looking to see if I can make a difference in my brain.. I am looking to see if I will  retain memorie or better what I read and see..  I do NOT have alszheimers but if you tell me I will in 20 years I will not be surprized..

I think BTD is the only safe and PRUDENT thing to do..

In my case I worked with mercury in my hands and had much in my mouth but it never showed up in any hair test.. so one thought is one thing.. BUT in the end I am bettting my health on BTD/ GENO SWAMI as my ticket to well ness as long as possible..  

I am equally certain that for (now) I am a frim beliver in the drops to drop my weight and so get rid of much what is stored inside of it..

maybe that will help maybe not, but I have little to have choices about.. either I drop the weight or I am stuck .. and that is no longer acceptable to me.. so not being hungry makes all the difference to me.. and I am doing it with BTD compatible foods.. that part is easy!!!!

Staying away from the c.ap is another story, but It would not matter what else I am doing . so for me the hoeopathic drops is my way of making a difference..

All else other then BTD/SWAMI is a gamble not worth taking.. for more info email me..
Posted by: Patty H, Monday, July 25, 2011, 3:00pm; Reply: 12
Strawberry, I think policychecker was hoping that you could fill out more of the personal information, such as your age and location, to let us know more about you.  Some people prefer not to share that, however.

On another note, I was wondering if you own Dr. D's Complete BloodType Encyclopedia?  If not, it might be something you consider purchasing.  In it, he discusses Alzheimer's prevention.  First of all, he says that BT's A & B plus non-secretors have a higher risk of Alzheimer's than BT's AB & O.  Finding out your mother's blood type would be helpful.  He discussed the symptoms, both early and late stage, as well as therapies for all blood types and blood type specific therapies.  

For all blood types, he recommends:

1.  Phosphatidylserine, 100 mg thre times daily for individuals with Alzheimer's.

2. acetyl-L-carnitine - "Several clinical trials suggest it delays the progession of Alzheimer's disease, improves memory, and enhances overall performance in some individuals with the disease."

For BT O, he recommends the Antistress protocol, Immune enhancing protocol, Liver Support Function, Cognitive Imporvement protocol, "specifics:  DMAE, like choline, may increase levels of the brain neurotransmitter acetylcholine."

I am not sure if the specific protocols can be found online anywhere.

He does not say whether these protocols are appropriate for people who have a family history of Alzheimer's but do not have the disease themselves.  Others on this forum may be able to answer that.

Best of luck.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, July 25, 2011, 3:46pm; Reply: 13
Brain health is related to your gut, huge connection, no wonder the white bread and increased the likelyhood of dementia.

Grass fed meat... do not buy corn fed meat it is what is used in all those studies and yes it will make you sick.
Posted by: Vegan Joe, Monday, July 25, 2011, 4:39pm; Reply: 14
I to am interested in this as my father passed away about five years ago at 79 after a few years of the disease.  I to don't wish to have my children be responsible to my evey need as/if I age. I read that it is more likely suffered if it comes from the mother's side of your family, to which it seems to be with my father, as no others have shown signs. His mother passed away when he was 17 and she did have diabetes, but I have no real info on these diseases of hers. Here to there is information that points to red meat as a possible cause. I don't know if I see this. But I see a connection between Mad Cow and the prion disease that is common in both. But the industry and science seems to avoid any connection.
Posted by: Goldie, Monday, July 25, 2011, 4:50pm; Reply: 15
I ate beef when it was scary, I will continue to eat it as it is healthful for ME others can choose their own poison..

Nothing was as scary as seeing poisonous liquids being sprayed over the big wide world, from fire hoses, in the attempt to kill all sort of whatever needed to eb killed just then..

Swami rocks, and all who take life serious learn what you need to learn and then move on.. go to where you are supported in your personal belives.. no need to fight city hall.. but self inflicted aggrevation might be the biggest killer..

my health was miserable years ago, despite the ability to eat well, balanced and healthy.. only BTD and now SWAMI is worth it for me to think about what to eat or do for me! .. others who dissagree with what is good for YOUR blood type ought to just go and do their own thing.. as you should choose to do for you..  8)
Posted by: strawberry, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 4:24am; Reply: 16
Thanks all for your helpful advice.  The book suggestions are great.  Thank you!  The white bread connection with alzheimers is interesting as my grandparents and my mother ate lots of homemade white bread, perogies, etc being of Ukrainian descent. Luckily, I never cared for bread. I also read about diabetes in the brain recently.  Policychecker, I just turned 50 in May.  My mother started showing symptoms when she was 61 which was devastating being so young.  My Grandparents didn't show any symptoms until they were in their late 70s.    
Posted by: Vegan Joe, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 7:07am; Reply: 17
Quoted from Goldie
I ate beef when it was scary, I will continue to eat it as it is healthful for ME others can choose their own poison..

Nothing was as scary as seeing poisonous liquids being sprayed over the big wide world, from fire hoses, in the attempt to kill all sort of whatever needed to eb killed just then..

Swami rocks, and all who take life serious learn what you need to learn and then move on.. go to where you are supported in your personal belives.. no need to fight city hall.. but self inflicted aggrevation might be the biggest killer..

my health was miserable years ago, despite the ability to eat well, balanced and healthy.. only BTD and now SWAMI is worth it for me to think about what to eat or do for me! .. others who dissagree with what is good for YOUR blood type ought to just go and do their own thing.. as you should choose to do for you..  8)


Goldie, I wish you could just mention me by name in the future. Thank you!
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 11:19am; Reply: 18
VJ we are all about individual diets. Your info is one size fits all.

Grass fed  meat  will prevent dementia in O's, the study has just not been done yet. ;)

Just as tofu will it prevent for A's( warriors and teachers).
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 11:21am; Reply: 19
Get yourself secretor tested and SWami'd Strawberry oxo

I love Strawberries, but am not allowed to eat them!
Posted by: Vegan Joe, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 4:17pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from Andrea AWsec
VJ we are all about individual diets. Your info is one size fits all.
Seems to be a lot of uninformed bias here, after all I am attempting to follow the BTD with one exception meat. So explain to me this narrow view of my "one size fits all". Is everyone here 100% compliant with their dietary restrictions? I think not. Yet you and others seem to deny me my less than stellar approach.  

Posted by: Goldie, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 5:06pm; Reply: 21
Vegan Joe... my posts are always about all.. especially those who are not sure or fence sitting.. all are in their own time zone.. some come along faster some slower.. I once specifically asked about your health and said if you are hea;lthy then all the presumptions are premature,.. or something to that effect.. I am a big believer in the RIGHTS to eat what we wish, that is what makes this diet so unique.. I can cheat and know exactly how mierable I will feel, or I can cheat to much and know exactly what weight I will gain, and so on.. I also know that when I am compliant then I fee fab.. I am compliant by 95% the other 5 I reserve for when I just can't.. reason does not matter.. I am not inclined to be 100% of anything, but I do try to use 95% as my guide.,.

I RESERVE all the rights for YOU in the same manner.. better you do somethings compliant then what we all did before we came here.. ! 95 bad and 5% compliant.. a bad combination..

BUT I do think you are struggling inside or here, and that struggle will hurt more then the lack of a steak..  So.. VEGAN JOE, I said it all - I hope - in the way you wish to hear it.. all the best.. and be sure to be here 10 years from now still talking.. asking and answering..
Posted by: Vegan Joe, Tuesday, July 26, 2011, 5:57pm; Reply: 22
Quoted from Goldie
Vegan Joe... my posts are always about all.. especially those who are not sure or fence sitting.. all are in their own time zone.. some come along faster some slower.. I once specifically asked about your health and said if you are hea;lthy then all the presumptions are premature,.. or something to that effect.. I am a big believer in the RIGHTS to eat what we wish, that is what makes this diet so unique.. I can cheat and know exactly how mierable I will feel, or I can cheat to much and know exactly what weight I will gain, and so on.. I also know that when I am compliant then I fee fab.. I am compliant by 95% the other 5 I reserve for when I just can't.. reason does not matter.. I am not inclined to be 100% of anything, but I do try to use 95% as my guide.,.

I RESERVE all the rights for YOU in the same manner.. better you do somethings compliant then what we all did before we came here.. ! 95 bad and 5% compliant.. a bad combination..

BUT I do think you are struggling inside or here, and that struggle will hurt more then the lack of a steak..  So.. VEGAN JOE, I said it all - I hope - in the way you wish to hear it.. all the best.. and be sure to be here 10 years from now still talking.. asking and answering..

I'm sorry, but I have trouble following your writing as far as understanding your points some times. But I guess that's just me. I am in good health as I have posted before, all my blood work comes within the recommended values, with the one exception of my PSA (men) test. Over the 5 years of being a vegan my PSA value went down, and just this last time, what I thought might be due to an increase of fat and sugars in my diet it was back up to slightly elevated value. I am seeming to realize a greater volume of urine before I have to go to the mens room but it's too early to tell as with the family visiting, wheat has been about the only thing I have been compliant with. That and the grains and legumes that go with my blood type.

(An estimated 50% of men have histologic evidence of BPH by age 50 years and 75% by age 80 years)(wikipedia)
Posted by: TJ, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 1:49am; Reply: 23
Quoted from TJ
Maybe Alzheimer's is already setting in, hence the state of confusion. ;)
Quoted from strawberry
Policychecker, I just turned 50 in May.  My mother started showing symptoms when she was 61 which was devastating being so young.  My Grandparents didn't show any symptoms until they were in their late 70s.
:o Oh, I'm sorry! (open mouth, insert foot)

For some reason, I read your "number of posts" (22 at that time) as your age.

On a more serious note, I can empathize: both my grandmothers had it, so I am somewhat concerned about it, too.

Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 4:51am; Reply: 24
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The white bread connection with alzheimers is interesting as my grandparents and my mother ate lots of homemade white bread, perogies, etc being of Ukrainian descent. Luckily, I never cared for bread. I also read about diabetes in the brain recently.

Strawberry, our gut is in fact known as the second brain.

Heal the gut first and follow your guidelines.....nothing beats a healthy digestive and ecosystem ;)
Posted by: Henriette Bsec, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 8:52am; Reply: 25
Quoted from Lola

Strawberry, our gut is in fact known as the second brain.

Heal the gut first and follow your guidelines.....nothing beats a healthy digestive and ecosystem ;)


I agree very much with Lola here  :D
Posted by: Goldie, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 10:05am; Reply: 26
Alzheimers::: I might propose for all type diets here, that one place VEGAN Joe might have advantages.. in the eating of more colorful foods and veggies.. I am seldom experimenting with new veggies.  They may be the key we are missing.  I have converted from putting my meat on my plate first  - to adding it last.  Veggies first - makes a difference.  I also cut food much smaller then I used to and if I am in the mood I chew much slower.  

BUT VG.. you might be a good candidate for doing some experiment.  Your PSA was elevated, how high? what did you eat? Then It went down, what did you eat? .. interesting.. then you came here and aggravated your self into discussions that go against your 'thinking' convictions..(leanred experiences)  .. then, you where or where not compliant.. and the PSA went up .. not surprising..

SO< Some day I would love for you to chart everything you eat, for the good of a clear examination of your own.. experiment .. then take the test again, for specific learing.. and see where you are still doing damage to you..   I have been charting my food for some time on and off and I can see many differences when I eat wrong..or right..

In your case the other question I have is this.. what is the most prevalent issue health wise in your grandparents, and parents.. by now they would be showing health issues, as you all grow older.. those are the true issues you are interested in.  Your health is Johnny come lately, theirs is your future.. so look and then share what you learn.. Nothing would please me more then you understanding the GENETIC connections, and then work toward prevention.. (if you where 20 then prevention in your prodigy would be more important, but for that it is to late?!) ;D

For instance, I have Cancer and a great Brain in moms genes.. and diabetes and brain issues (slowing) in dads genes..(when I was 50, I figured out that I follow dads.. to my utter surprise!!)  So now, when I eat, I try to eat the fruits that are known to help with dads issues and veggies that will help with moms..  in that way I might prevent as much as I can from either side, and by eating as a nonnie - I am taking my own individuality into account and underline my own expectations - health WISE . By alleviating hunger issues with providing protein in it's purest form, so that I don't eat the refrigerator doors before finding food within it.  You see 'hunger' is a constant companion for me..  and it's only recently that I experienced 'hunger free' days!  Until those days (of very recent) discovery of what its like not to be hungry 24/7 (when not stuffed)  I never experienced that PEACE within.. SO YOU SEE how life is.. learning is just starting, even after many years on BTD / GENO / Swami..  It starts every day fresh.. (and I have been diet/cooking  conscience  since being 13,  - 55 years, along time but learning continues.. I am looking forward to Dr D's newest NEWS! ) It is seen in small changes within Swami-xpress.

Like Einstein, everyone remebers his first formule but hardly anyone knows the other discoveries he made.. WE don't have the kapacity to retain more then one factor at a time.. Dr D's work is sort of like that ... one dicovery that we still are trying to explain, while he forgot more then we know.. and has moved on... with us trailing behind.. panting while trying to hang on his coat tails.. Immagin what is going on in his mind .. ?  Immagine the converstion Einstein IF he could meet todays scientists for coffee?   I think the coffe would remain HOT! just from their own ENERGY..  

I hope I typed this out clearer now.. ..
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Wednesday, July 27, 2011, 12:26pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from Vegan Joe
I to am interested in this as my father passed away about five years ago at 79 after a few years of the disease.  I to don't wish to have my children be responsible to my evey need as/if I age. I read that it is more likely suffered if it comes from the mother's side of your family, to which it seems to be with my father, as no others have shown signs. His mother passed away when he was 17 and she did have diabetes, but I have no real info on these diseases of hers. Here to there is information that points to red meat as a possible cause. I don't know if I see this. But I see a connection between Mad Cow and the prion disease that is common in both. But the industry and science seems to avoid any connection.


Your info is from a one size fits all diet approach. Follow what ever you want, but know that most health info does not take blood type into account.

  I believe O's need meat so I am biased, you came here knowing that. I applaud you your decisions are your own.  It is hard to overlook the name you use here on this board.

Do you think somehow I will change my mind and think that O's can be vegans or any of the blood types for that matter? I have seen too many who once they eat meat can't believe how much better they feel. Being vegan is way different then even vegetarian. I have a sister who is an O vegan and suffers greatly due to it, but refuses to change her ways. I wish you the best, I will not discuss it any more. I am sorry if I upset you in any way.



Posted by: Elizabeth, Friday, July 29, 2011, 4:13pm; Reply: 28
Some have suggested that there is almost no Alzheimer's in India, and that the daily use of spices, especially turmeric, maybe be part of the reason.  Turmeric is a great painkiller for many (not all).  My type A Dad started using it--about 1/2 t. morning and evening--for arthritis pain in his hands.  That part works fine, and at 93 he has absolutely no signs of being off his mental game (despite fairly severe Parkinson's).  Not to say cause and effect, but my husband and I keep up our turmeric too.  (O-).  
Posted by: grey rabbit, Friday, July 29, 2011, 11:36pm; Reply: 29
@VJ Prions that cause mad cow have nothing to do with Alzheimer's with the exception of possibly leading researchers to a cure .
Posted by: AKArtlover, Friday, July 29, 2011, 11:49pm; Reply: 30
Wheat germ agglutinin can attach to the insulin receptors (especially in type O) and the issue is that they are not natural and interupt the body's ability to turn off the state-- this was on the 2003 IFHI CD's. So, no good for the blood sugar. Second, we know gluten can pass through to the brain-- and how many have or don't know they have compromised gut integrity?

Also, sad to say, but on those CD's Dr. D pointed out one of the issues with many "studies" is they do not take into account blood type or individuality in any way. In one study, he pointed out the bias because all of the A's were already dead, leaving only O's. Different folks require different strategies.

Hope that is clearer than mud. A little tuckered out.

Turmeric is wonderful.

Iron and copper are part of a healthy diet. Everything in balance. Not a whole cow a week, please. Also, red meat would tend to be more inflammatory in A's. Probably not good for prevention. I would attempt to look at WHY the people are saying what they are-- what is the benefit of the whole grains? Fiber and cleaning out the colon? Link through some things for people to look at.

Synthetic Vitamin E is probably a big caution for anyone. Whole foods rock!

Here are some foods mentioned on Wikipedia (don't rely on Wikipedia for anything important, just being lazy)-- my guess is some of these are on your good list already! Compare it to whatever list you are using.

Quoted Text
Dietary sources and supplementsThe following foods are rich in vitamin E:[33]

Wheat germ oil
Sunflower oil
Safflower oil
Nuts and nut oils, like almonds and hazelnuts
Green leafy vegetables, like lettuce, spinach, turnip, beet, collard, and dandelion greens
Tomato products
Pumpkin
Sweet potato (0.26 mg/100 g[34] so it corresponds to 5.8 kg of potatoes per day of the recommended intake for adults)
Rockfish
Mangoes
Asparagus
Broccoli
Papayas
Avocados




From a mental side of things-- obsessing over something in a worrisome way is a negative use of your energy. I was there long ago. Stay on the positive path and keep going in right direction. Focus on what you want.

Best to you. :)
Posted by: AKArtlover, Friday, July 29, 2011, 11:52pm; Reply: 31
Quoted from TJ

For some reason, I read your "number of posts" (22 at that time) as your age.




I just did the same thing!
Posted by: AKArtlover, Saturday, July 30, 2011, 12:07am; Reply: 32
You might also look at this from the point of view of what systems you want to SUPPORT and go for foods that feed your brain and central nervous system. The more I learn, the more I agree with what Lola referenced-- the gut is so important.
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