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Posted by: 14940 (Guest), Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 8:21pm
Hello everyone,

My O type  mom (75 this year) suffers badly from arthritis which is getting worse and she is looking at various diets that might help. She's very careful with her diet on the whole - always has been - and tries not to take regular medication.

I'd really like her to give the BTD a go. The problem is, she's of the opinion that red meat is bad, bad baaaaaad for you!

I was wondering if those of you who have had success with healing arthritis would be willing to post little stories here, so that I can show her? I'd like to hear mainly from O type older people, but of course all blood groups and ages are welcome  :D

Alternatively, if you have found another diet that has helped, I'd like to know that, too. She has tried all sorts of things - acupuncture, homeopathy, allergy testing and an apple cider vinegar diet but nothing has helped very much. It is very upsetting to see her suffer as she does.

Very many thanks for your help  :D
Posted by: DoS, Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 8:23pm; Reply: 1
Apologies for not being Blood Type O but... Dr. D'Adamo has stated that one of the first things Hunter GenoType people notice is the lack of ache and pain in the morning.

If it is autoimmune arthritis then healing is sort of simple. Once you stop consuming the things that influence excessive anti-body production you won't have an autoimmune response. Part of that is balancing the gut flora, and for Type O that usually means red meat and bananas - with zero wheat consumption.
Posted by: gardengirl, Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 8:32pm; Reply: 2
I would honestly suggest the Arthritis protocol book. It is a lot more limiting but a lot more beneficial. Granted I am 41 but have had arthritis since my twenties with it being at it's worst at age 38/39. Elimination diets work wonders for me but I can't exist on it as I metabolize very quickly. SWAMI always brought the arthritis back for me but the BTD Arthritis book didn't. If she is eating her greens and veggies, I'm sure she could top up with beneficial oils and a small serving of lamb to start. I find lamb is better for me than beef is. Still trial and error though.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 8:44pm; Reply: 3
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SWAMI always brought the arthritis back for me but the BTD Arthritis book didn't.

swami has all factored into the software, depending on your input data

all of Dr D s knowledge once you click the compute button

I d rerun my swami if I were you gardengirl
Posted by: Goldie, Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 9:39pm; Reply: 4
BTD diets all serve to reduce arthritis.. BTD has taken my pain away, but only if I am compliant..

The commitment to BTD is a big one to make.. There is a book for arthritis specifically, or Swami with a on line shopping list.. look around this site you will find much info here..

Can mom come here? we will address issues she has one food at a time.. or one pain at a time..

Posted by: ruthiegirl, Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 10:41pm; Reply: 5
She doesn't HAVE TO eat red meat if she's truly uncomfortable with the idea. She'd still benefit from avoiding all the "avoids" and getting plenty of good animal protein from fish, eggs, and poultry. I think she'd see a reduction in arthritis symptoms from doing that.

However, adding in red meat is likely to make her more energized. She could try eating small amounts of grass-fed beef or lamb, either right away, or after she's implemented the Type O Arthritis diet for a few weeks without the red meat.
Posted by: prunella, Tuesday, August 21, 2012, 11:33pm; Reply: 6
Ruby, I think I could be your mom.   ;)

My little story:

The demographic fits, although I am turning 60 this year and my inflammation has been attributed to an AI disease. But I think inflammation is inflammation.
I also use acupuncture and homeopathy, with some success, but still have achy days. I tried cider vinegar because it had helped a friend. I keep looking for patterns and hoping to avoid meds.

I am new to BTD/swami and have been struggling with becoming a "meatatarian." I was primarily vegetarian for 40 years.  Getting a medical Dx for low energy and achiness took over 25 years. Pain and low energy seemed to occur randomly.   I thought I was eating in a very healthy way. And I was, if I had been blood type A!

For many years, I ate no processed foods or white sugar. I was low carb, ate whole grains and seafood. While my weight was OK, I began to develop wheat belly each winter, as pasta was a favorite. I was perpetually tired and achy.

Additionally, I was the Queen of Wheat and Cheese. I made whole grain artisanal breads, serving them with award winning goat cheeses. I have several goat farmer friends who make cheese. I was their biggest fan. Meat does not appeal to me. Yuk.

Finally, 10 months ago, I listened to my TCM/acupuncture doctor and quit the wheat and dairy.  She had urged me to do this for 10 years.  I had tried a few times, but did not persist past 2 weeks because I did not discern improvement.  

I hate to admit there is a huge improvement in achiness, digestion, mental clarity and energy. I have found ways to eat more fish, especially salmon, and I eat a bit of meat, usually disguised in a sauce or casserole. Poultry I cannot deal with, except chicken broth.

It is difficult to avoid foods I used to love, but feeling healthy is such a strong reward.  I doubt that I could follow BTD/GTD. About 2 months ago, I went straight to swami because it is more accurate and I am sick of feeling sick.  Swami gives many more choices than BTD/GTD.  --and, yes I am still finding my way with the black dots and tomatoes, which are an avoid for me. I sooo love tomatoes! sigh!

Knowing what to eat instead of the foods I should avoid is a bit of a challenge. However, I have learned to bake fabulous muffins with almond flour and teff. My almond flour chocolate chip cookies are very popular.

Probably TMI... but I feel for your mom!
Posted by: Goldie, Thursday, August 23, 2012, 12:10pm; Reply: 7
Difficult avoiding avoids is TRUE for all who have been brought up with those foods.  There are so many emotional issues connected to 'giving up'..  What we all need is to look at what we are 'gaining'..

I gained so many freedoms to have stuff I like! I can have many things I was told at one time I could not have, with the difference that I was feeling ill and miserable, in pain, gaining weight..

Now a week ago I chose deliberately to go off MY O diet, for a specific reason .. the reason is of no concern here, it is NOT WORTH IT.. I am back to joint pain, getting up in the morning moaning and groaning, I feel ever joint in the body and I can not wait to hit the shower and hot water to limber up the fleshy parts of me enough to make the muscles function .. I feel stiff all over and miserable..

THE ONLY THING THAT I SEE AS HOPE: is knowing that I can go on MY diet and feel better all over again ..

KNOWING that is what makes me make it through this time.  Knowing I have choices, and that the choices make me feel good is VALUE! Value I can appreciate in total!!! I can be grateful KNOWING there is a difference, knowing that the work is there to follow, and the COMPROMISES are EASY!

So choosing is a emotional process, but after you make the choice to eat BENEFICIALS and better then the gift that comes with making a difference in ME.. no more pain, no more sluggishness, no more doubting ME, confidence and strength, clear headed thinking and PEACE, while saving money and following that magic line straight to HEALTH.. loving the foods I CAN have! Loving the value they give to me.  AND as a beginner I can have much more food than when getting older and older needing less food.  Portions are less important for a long time, and if you need to drop weight, never to pick it up again, it will happen and you will get healthier.  

If one is the age when diabetes becomes a possibility, then it is time to think about eating this plan even more, because then you can PUSH its nerve damage effects out for years or even a decade.  I know that I have done so, and have healed my neuropathy.  Going to give up pain and misery, and illness labels is much better than the choices I make in giving up some avoid foods.  

I hope all O's will give this O way of life a chance for all the needs they have to see a doctor.  I save oodles of money and can spend that money on food.  

Posted by: 14940 (Guest), Thursday, August 23, 2012, 2:59pm; Reply: 8
Thank you, everyone, for your advice. Unfortunately she can't come here as she doesn't own a computer. It's possible that she could ask my brother, who lives close by if she could use his, but I doubt that's going to happen - he is unsupportive in that he thinks she should take the advice of the doctors who want her to consider a knee replacement. I've suggested to her she order the arthritis book, so I guess it's up to her what she does now - all I can do is support her as best as I can if she decides to go down this route.

It's nice to hear from people who get good results with the BTD in dealing with their pain, thank you  :)
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