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Posted by: ApplesCarrotsnGrain, Monday, January 21, 2013, 6:54pm
I've done a quick look around to see if this has already been a subject but didn't see anything. I'm wondering if a person's blood type and what they put ON their body matters? Has anyone noticed anything with this for the good or bad? For instance, some facial masks contain milk, which is usually a no no for O's. Since skin is an organ that is capable of absorption in theory this could be a problem or a benefit depending on blood type and ingredients in a product.  
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, January 21, 2013, 7:54pm; Reply: 1
In  general, it's OK to use avoids topically. There are exceptions of course- in the case of actual allergies, reactions can occur from touching the stuff. Many people are more cautious about things in lip balms, since you may accidentally eat some of it.
Posted by: ApplesCarrotsnGrain, Monday, January 21, 2013, 9:06pm; Reply: 2
The reason I'm wondering is because before I had kids I used to make and sell my own line of bath and beauty products using my own recipes from beneficial natural ingredients, like milk, honey, essential oils, etc. Now that the kids aren't babies and I'm a little more free with my time I've thought about restarting the making and selling of them but got to thinking about blood types and their different avoids. I've read a few cases of Celiacs that couldn't use creams that contained wheat in any form. Obviously that isn't the case for everyone.
Posted by: gulfcoastguy, Monday, January 21, 2013, 10:32pm; Reply: 3
I have to avoid tooth paste and shampoo that has Sodium Laurel Sulfite but I have no idea that that has any connection with my blood type or secretor status. Either will make me break out, the first in mouth ulcers and the second on my scalp.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, January 21, 2013, 10:49pm; Reply: 4
Wheat is one ingredient that I react to topically. I get systemic reactions from touching anything with wheat in it!

My wheat reactions are very strong, and I suspect I may actually have an allergy to it. I won't even let the kids use any wheat-containing beauty products in my home. I'm afraid of getting sick from trace amounts being left in the bathtub (if it's used in the shower before I take a bath) or breathing in wheat from not-quite-dried-yet hairspray particles in the air.

But I don't get reactions from any other food, even the avoids. It took me a while to realize that I can safely touch oatmeal and spelt, even though they're not gluten-free. I never had a problem touching honey or milk, even though I'm not supposed to consume either one.

If you made a line of soaps/lotions/etc, specifically designed for Os, I might consider buying them (considering what they ended up costing me after shipping and seeing how the prices and products compared to what I can find at my local stores and farmer's markets.) I make my own after-bath oil/body butter by mixing together compliant oils: cocoa butter, coconut oil, olive oil, and lavender oil. I slightly alter the proportions so it's firmer in warm weather and a bit softer in cooler months.
Posted by: ApplesCarrotsnGrain, Tuesday, January 22, 2013, 2:16am; Reply: 5
Wow, it would be interesting to find out if the toothpaste ingredients are something specifically bad for B's. I'm a nerd, I know! lol

Ruthie, I'd say you're def. allergic to wheat. That's a huge reaction to it! I haven't found that touching it is a problem for me, but ingesting it is unpleasant and not worth the pain, for me.

I ordered the SWAMI today. I'm going to def. do some studying and thinking. I think there could be some potential in gearing topical products towards people with specific needs, both allergies and blood types (seems like they go hand in hand).
Posted by: TJ, Saturday, January 26, 2013, 2:29pm; Reply: 6
Quoted from ruthiegirl
Many people are more cautious about things in lip balms, since you may accidentally eat some of it.
I am. I'd rather use the cheap Blistex (petroleum distillate based) lip balm than the Burt's Bees lip balm. It has sunflower oil (a B avoid) in it, and irritates my lips.

The same is true for lotion. The expensive lotions with aloe in them (another B avoid) also irritate my skin, but the cheap petroleum-based Suave or Vasoline brands without aloe are fine.
Posted by: D.L., Saturday, January 26, 2013, 3:59pm; Reply: 7
There is only one brand of lipstick that I found I can use. The others make my lips swell and crack. I've read where some lipsticks have a gluten derivative.  Also, there are many products I cannot use on my face. I am definitely allergic to gluten, and have read where it is used in many cosmetic cleansers, lotions, and foundations. It has taken years to find things that I can use. But then, I also am allergic to regular bandaids and tapes.  
Posted by: marjorie, Saturday, January 26, 2013, 5:34pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from TJ
I am. I'd rather use the cheap Blistex (petroleum distillate based) lip balm than the Burt's Bees lip balm. It has sunflower oil (a B avoid) in it, and irritates my lips.

The same is true for lotion. The expensive lotions with aloe in them (another B avoid) also irritate my skin, but the cheap petroleum-based Suave or Vasoline brands without aloe are fine.


Agreed. I do better with cheap stuff and no aloe or sunflower oil.
However, I like Ruthies idea of making your own.... I need to start doing that. I have been using coc oil on my skin and coc butter. Plus, it costs less than other things!:0
Posted by: Captain_Janeway, Sunday, January 27, 2013, 12:10am; Reply: 9
Quoted from TJ
I am. I'd rather use the cheap Blistex (petroleum distillate based) lip balm than the Burt's Bees lip balm. It has sunflower oil (a B avoid) in it, and irritates my lips.

The same is true for lotion. The expensive lotions with aloe in them (another B avoid) also irritate my skin, but the cheap petroleum-based Suave or Vasoline brands without aloe are fine.


I have exactly the same reaction to it as you.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, January 28, 2013, 11:31pm; Reply: 10
The lip balm I use is locally made and purchased at the farmer's market. It's a mixture of beeswax (unrated) and compliant oils. I selected the unflavored version.
Posted by: TJ, Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 4:15am; Reply: 11
Beeswax and olive oil would be great: safe for everyone (unless there are olive/olive oil allergies).
Posted by: ApplesCarrotsnGrain, Thursday, January 31, 2013, 2:53am; Reply: 12
I never did use wheat in my products. Mostly milk, honey, oats, herbs, various hard and liquid oils, salts and various essential oils (all depending on the recipe and product).

There seems to be a little bit about herbs and which are safe for which blood type when they are ingested, but that leaves out a lot of herbs and essential oils that come from plants that aren't usually ingested. I wonder how those stack up for the blood types.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, January 31, 2013, 3:21pm; Reply: 13
Dr D is only one man, and he can't possibly research every single food and herb in the world. We've had plenty of complaints from people in places other than North America because many of the locally available foods have not been tested.

Now that Dr D is writing textbooks to train the next generation of Naturopaths, I'm hoping that some of them continue with his research- comparing plants and animals from other parts of the world for BTD/GTD compatibility, along with a more extensive study of medicinal herbs. I'm imagining that different researchers would focus on different areas, and some would focus on foods while others on herbs, etc.

Until that research is done (and it could take decades) we'll just have to make educated guesses and watch for reactions.
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, January 31, 2013, 4:07pm; Reply: 14
There seems to be a little bit about herbs and which are safe for which blood type when they are ingested, but that leaves out a lot of herbs and essential oils that come from plants that aren't usually ingested. I wonder how those stack up for the blood types.

While it is possible to have small amounts of a topically applied product to seep through the skin or into the pores, Blood Type Diet is generally only concerned about products ingested so any products can be used topically and still maintain compliance.  There are other concerns that cause people to carefully select topical products, such as allergic reaction, skin sensitivity, etc.
Posted by: ApplesCarrotsnGrain, Friday, February 1, 2013, 5:52am; Reply: 15
I'm interested in knowing how many others have noticed that using avoids ON the skin gives them problems. I've never had real problems with coconut oil on my skin but I prefer olive oil. I can't put my finger on it (and I noticed this before I knew coconut was an avoid for me) but it just left me feeling odd or off.
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