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Posted by: ebla, Monday, December 9, 2013, 4:04pm
Hi all,

I'm new here and I need some feedback from you experts.

Short bio: 30 yo, European, fit

Recap of my story so far: in a nutshell, I started looking at diet when I realized my problem could be related to what I was eating. Trouble sleeping (waking up every single night, no exception, between 2 and 3 AM without being able to sleep again), constant bloating and gas, acne, tiredness, no regular bowel movements. Cut gluten cause they found markers in blood, cut alcohol, refined food. Saw some improvements over 1 year but far from resolution of my symptoms. Also tried a bunch of other things, like flushes, elimination diets of different kind, paleo diet, kefir, etc... Noticed big improvements doing fasting and eating mostly vegetables, but of course something not easy to keep going in the long term. Finally tried BTD...

BTD: since 10 days I have basically eliminated meat, potatoes and rest of nightshades, milk and all avoids. I eat veggies, fish, rice, buckwheat and corn pasta, wine, coffee, some kefir. I noticed less acne and for the first time in my life I have BM after breakfast and lunch regularly. But I keep being bloated, still get some acne, still don't sleep all night, still white tongue. I feel like things are improving but I wonder whether I reached a plateau or not. I know it is only 10 days, but shouldn't I have no bloating at all already??? This is a very weird thing as I have always been bloated last 10-15 years, unless I do a cleanse, and I never put on weight. Like never. There is no way I get any fat at all. Which has always been a very weird thing I have no explanation for..

Can you help me understand what is going on and what I should expect or change?

Thanks a lot!!
Posted by: deblynn3, Monday, December 9, 2013, 4:26pm; Reply: 1
Sure some A will come to help soon.  Some information that will be useful for them :
Are you female or male?

Are you taking a probiotic other than kefir. Cleansing can kill, good and bad, making it easily for the bad bacteria to multiply causing bloating and renewing the cycle.

Oh, and welcome
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, December 9, 2013, 4:33pm; Reply: 2
10 days is not long enough for anything-- 3 months is a start and a year is better.

You need to know you secretor status and then go from there.

Get rid of the corn pasta ( you can have some rice pasta but never as the back bone of a diet)-- buy Live Right for Your Type and read about non secretors might be surprised to find yourself there.

Follow the basic A diet or the non secretor diet.
Both are in the Live Right for Your Type.


Then move to the SWAMI which will take some work but in the end you will find that you feel better and better.

Still best would be to head to University of Bridgeport in Conn. to see  Dr. D'Adamo and his team for the most targeted results.

As for sleep get some valerian take two caps  and some melatonin  3 mg  and take it one hour before bed. It will help you sleep more deeply you can add some ashwaghanda but try the two I  mentioned first ( If it helps Dr. D told me to take those last time I saw him).


IF you are a nonnie you will need active b12 in the morning on a regular basis--

Lots to do   ;) try not to get overwhelmed  be patient with your body  concentrate on food for health.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, December 9, 2013, 4:35pm; Reply: 3
10 days is still a very short time to be eating right, and your body has a lot of healing to do.

Bloating, gas, and constipation are usually signs of imbalanced gut flora, and a white tongue usually indicates a yeast overgrowth. Some yeast is a normal part of the gut ecosystem, but when there are too many yeasts and not enough of the right kinds of bacteria, it causes unpleasant symptoms.

You're now eating the right foods to "feed the good germs" but you haven't yet gotten the "bad germs" down to their normal numbers nor the "good germs" up to the populations they should have. As the gut flora shift over to a healthier balance, gas and bloating can continue, or even go through cycles of getting better and worse, all while moving towards overall healing.

Polyflora A should help get your gut in balance faster than only getting probiotics from kefir. There are probably some other gut-building supplements that would also help you along, although I'm not entirely sure which ones.
Posted by: ebla, Monday, December 9, 2013, 4:35pm; Reply: 4
Quoted from deblynn3
Sure some A will come to help soon.  Some information that will be useful for them :
Are you female or male?

Are you taking a probiotic other than kefir. Cleansing can kill, good and bad, making it easily for the bad bacteria to multiply causing bloating and renewing the cycle.

Oh, and welcome


Thanks for the feedback.

I'm a male and not taking other probiotics. I have taken in the past, of different kind. Nothing helped. I also had periods where I was drinking 1 liter kefir per day. Little difference. And by the way, I make kefir with unpasteurized goat milk.

Ref cleansing, I only had 3-4 of them over last 3 months to see if anything changed, but apart from getting flat belly after I flush, no big changes.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, December 9, 2013, 4:38pm; Reply: 5
This way of eating will clean your gut over time and your cells which is far better then flushes.

Slow and steady will win the race. :)

Gut flora is blood type specific and the food will change it slowly might be best to not use probiotics at first till you get the food right.

  A's have high cortisol  and need calming exercise-- like yoga.

You sound like you have adrenal fatique-- but careful which way you go with this so many opinions on how to treat it.


better then probiotic is ARA6 which the good doc gives to loads of us-- He told me to use it every night at bedtime  ;) just plain good for us A's.

Posted by: ebla, Monday, December 9, 2013, 4:45pm; Reply: 6
Thanks a lot for the detailed answer!! Couple of clarifications.

Quoted from Andrea AWsec
10 days is not long enough for anything-- 3 months is a start and a year is better.


Got it. However I wonder if there is a sequence for symptoms to vanish. I would expect bloating and gas to be among the first to go away, no?

Quoted from Andrea AWsec
You need to know you secretor status and then go from there.


Do you know of anyone getting this done in Europe?

Quoted from Andrea AWsec
Get rid of the corn pasta ( you can have some rice pasta but never as the back bone of a diet)-- buy Live Right for Your Type and read about non secretors might be surprised to find yourself there.

Follow the basic A diet or the non secretor diet.
Both are in the Live Right for Your Type.


I will get the book and read through it. Did anything specific come to mind when you read my post? You seem to know a lot on the subject  :)

Quoted from Andrea AWsec
Still best would be to head to University of Bridgeport in Conn. to see  Dr. D'Adamo and his team for the most targeted results.


Not very handy cause I am based in Europe. Do you know of any center over here?
Posted by: Lin, Monday, December 9, 2013, 4:46pm; Reply: 7
Ebla,
First well done on taking a big step to better health.  It does take time and patience.
The white tongue is a sign of out of balance yeast and apparently most of us suffer with that due to antibiotics and the life style we have now.  It has been my main challenge.  You may want to watch that you don't eat too much fruit while you are working on that.  A good probiotic will also help. And as others have said the longer you are on the diet it willhelp.
You don't give your age but waking up can be caused by a variety of things. Caffeiene late in day, activities before bed such as computer related, etc.  Eating close to time of going to bed also, at least 2 hour gap is supposed to be good.
Keep up the great work!
Lin
Posted by: ebla, Monday, December 9, 2013, 4:47pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from ruthiegirl
10 days is still a very short time to be eating right, and your body has a lot of healing to do.

Bloating, gas, and constipation are usually signs of imbalanced gut flora, and a white tongue usually indicates a yeast overgrowth. Some yeast is a normal part of the gut ecosystem, but when there are too many yeasts and not enough of the right kinds of bacteria, it causes unpleasant symptoms.

You're now eating the right foods to "feed the good germs" but you haven't yet gotten the "bad germs" down to their normal numbers nor the "good germs" up to the populations they should have. As the gut flora shift over to a healthier balance, gas and bloating can continue, or even go through cycles of getting better and worse, all while moving towards overall healing.

Polyflora A should help get your gut in balance faster than only getting probiotics from kefir. There are probably some other gut-building supplements that would also help you along, although I'm not entirely sure which ones.


Thanks a lot. It seems like I have to be more patient.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, December 9, 2013, 4:52pm; Reply: 9
Where in Europe are you we have loads of people in Europe.

You can have it tested by saliva or blood we just need to figure it out.

Bacterial overgrowth is what A's get and we get all sorts of symptoms. I am know this part well as it is my achilles heel.

but we might be getting ahead of ourselves a bit and I don't want you chasing after every little idea someone says and get more confused.

I believe in the basics first and then see how it goes.


As for your question what came to mind was that you might be a non secretor-- and that might make the world of difference and if not you have more information about yourself.
:)

Symptoms will disappear and you will remember them one day as a memory.
;)

Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Monday, December 9, 2013, 5:41pm; Reply: 10
I agree about getting a secretor status test but it would be a good idea to get a1 a2 test and very important to get a MN, MM or NN test.

your addressing the food which is the best place to start.

nest look a a de-stresses like yoga, walking, and things like cortiguard

get back to nature look at chemical influences on our health, fluoride chlorine, perfumes etc.

look at blood type probiotics, magnesium for a start.

also look at how much fruit / sugar you are eating.
Posted by: ebla, Monday, December 9, 2013, 7:56pm; Reply: 11
Quoted from Andrea AWsec
Where in Europe are you we have loads of people in Europe.

You can have it tested by saliva or blood we just need to figure it out.

Bacterial overgrowth is what A's get and we get all sorts of symptoms. I am know this part well as it is my achilles heel.

but we might be getting ahead of ourselves a bit and I don't want you chasing after every little idea someone says and get more confused.

I believe in the basics first and then see how it goes.


As for your question what came to mind was that you might be a non secretor-- and that might make the world of difference and if not you have more information about yourself.
:)

Symptoms will disappear and you will remember them one day as a memory.
;)



I live in Italy. Can you advise any center here or website where to find more info to get these tests done?

Thanks a lot!!
Posted by: ebla, Monday, December 9, 2013, 7:58pm; Reply: 12
Quoted from PCUK-Positive
I agree about getting a secretor status test but it would be a good idea to get a1 a2 test and very important to get a MN, MM or NN test.

your addressing the food which is the best place to start.

nest look a a de-stresses like yoga, walking, and things like cortiguard

get back to nature look at chemical influences on our health, fluoride chlorine, perfumes etc.

look at blood type probiotics, magnesium for a start.

also look at how much fruit / sugar you are eating.


Thank you.

I eat fruit, although not a lot. But I cut it out in the past when I was not following the BTD yet without major improvements. Should I avoid also beneficial and neutral fruit?
Posted by: ebla, Monday, December 9, 2013, 8:09pm; Reply: 13
Quoted from Lin
Ebla,
First well done on taking a big step to better health.  It does take time and patience.
The white tongue is a sign of out of balance yeast and apparently most of us suffer with that due to antibiotics and the life style we have now.  It has been my main challenge.  You may want to watch that you don't eat too much fruit while you are working on that.  A good probiotic will also help. And as others have said the longer you are on the diet it willhelp.
You don't give your age but waking up can be caused by a variety of things. Caffeiene late in day, activities before bed such as computer related, etc.  Eating close to time of going to bed also, at least 2 hour gap is supposed to be good.
Keep up the great work!
Lin


I'm 30 yo, male, caucasian.

I have tested for candida and was negative. I also never seen any white stuff in my stools. Still possible I have it?

Thanks
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, December 9, 2013, 8:12pm; Reply: 14
Remember how I said above that candida is part of the normal gut flora, but it only causes problems when it grows out of control? Well, it's quite possible to have "more candida than you should have" without having "enough candida to show up on lab tests." It's a more subtle form of imbalance. You probably don't need to do anything special to treat it, other than general work on fixing your gut.
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Monday, December 9, 2013, 8:31pm; Reply: 15

Italy? lets see if someone knows.

Posted by: C_Sharp, Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 12:21am; Reply: 16
Right 4 supplies testing kits for Italy:

http://right4eu.sageshops.co.uk/gbp/index.php?cPath=21&osCsid=e9dc4cf04ba42e3de4f034bd4f249428&language=It
Posted by: san j, Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 12:59am; Reply: 17
Search for the Forum's "Italiano" thread turned up this:

http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?m-1339242313/s-34/highlight-italiano/#num34
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 1:01am; Reply: 18
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Posted by: san j, Tuesday, December 10, 2013, 1:12am; Reply: 19
Grazie mille, amica!  ;)
Posted by: ebla, Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 8:04pm; Reply: 20
Update

I am following the diet and avoiding all avoids for secretors and non-secretors. However, two weeks and a half on the diet and things are worsening. I am sleeping worse than before, got a couple of huge pimples on my back (weird), lost regular BM which I had for the first 10 days. And all other symptoms not improving.

Can anyone tell me whether things are supposed to go so slow and actually getting worse instead of better? Any personal experience to share?

Thanks!
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 9:12pm; Reply: 21
A certain amount of "detox" is normal. Things sometimes do get worse before they get better. The skin specifically doesn't worry me.

However, the lack of bowel movements, insomnia, and overall fatigue doesn't sound "normal" to me. This diet is as much about what you DO eat as what you avoid.

What has your diet been like? Are you eating lots of veggies and getting enough protein? Are you eating enough beneficial foods? (If you're trying to combine the secretor and non-secretor diets, I'd suggest considering a food "beneficial" if it's "beneficial" on one list and "neutral" on the other, to broaden your range of beneficial foods to eat.)
Posted by: ebla, Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 9:27pm; Reply: 22
My diet is kefir with apple or veggie juice in the morning, coffee, rice with veggie like pumpkins or a pasta at lunch (buckwheat pasta), plus salad and veggies, maybe goat cheese, then peanuts and walnuts, and in the evening can be fish, veggies. Sometimes I get an egg, but I try to load on broccoli and beneficial as much as possible.

I am just discouraged because before starting I managed to get to sleep until 5ish in the morning without waking up, and now I am back to wake up regular at 2-3am, gassy, and not regular BM which I had first 10 days on the diet. Don't understand why it is getting worse when I cut out meat (which I was eating very often) and all the nightshades.  :-/
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 9:30pm; Reply: 23
You might need more protein than you're getting.  Maybe try adding in some eggs and see how you do?
Posted by: ebla, Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 9:35pm; Reply: 24
Will try. Do you mind explaining me why I might need more protein? What for?

Thanks :)
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 9:37pm; Reply: 25
I think most if not all ofg us suffered briefly at the beginning, this soon passes and is just a sign of detoxing. slow down and just stop a few things at a time. the main avoids.
Posted by: SquarePeg, Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 10:52pm; Reply: 26
Quoted from ebla
Will try. Do you mind explaining me why I might need more protein? What for?

Thanks :)
If blood sugar drops too low overnight, your adrenals might release cortisol to boost it back up.  But cortisol would also wake you.  Protein would stabilize blood sugar.  Your last meal or snack should be Low Glycemic.

Sorry if you've been asked this already, but are you sure that you have Type A blood?

Disclaimer, I am not a medical professional.  This should not be construed as medical advice.

Posted by: Aussie, Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 11:31pm; Reply: 27
Quoted from Andrea AWsec
Where in Europe are you we have loads of people in Europe.



Do you have anyone in Brisbane, (capital city of Queensland), Australia?
Posted by: Aussie, Wednesday, December 18, 2013, 11:39pm; Reply: 28
Quoted from Lin
Ebla,

The white tongue is a sign of out of balance yeast


For some strange reason I always thought it was due to dairy intake.

Hmmm now it's making a bit of sense.  When this would happen to me I would get a dairy free probiotic - which was also wheat free -  which fixed the problem pretty quickly.  The ones I take (Inner Health Plus) require refrigeration.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, December 19, 2013, 1:19am; Reply: 29
Quoted from ebla
Will try. Do you mind explaining me why I might need more protein? What for?

Thanks :)


Everybody needs protein in their diets. From what you posted, it doesn't look like you're getting a lot of beans, nuts, seeds, or animal products, although you are getting some. It's possible that you'd feel more energized if you ate slightly fewer grains and slightly higher amounts of high-protein foods, such as beans, nuts, eggs, fish, or poultry. You especially might want to add poultry a few times  a week, since it looks like you're not eating any at all right now.
Posted by: ebla, Thursday, December 19, 2013, 11:20am; Reply: 30
Yes I'm sure I'm an A+.

I am eating a considerable amount of peanuts and walnuts, plus fish. So I think I am getting enough proteins.

I gave up gluten 2 years ago. Noticed some improvements but nothing extraordinary.
Posted by: Averno, Thursday, December 19, 2013, 12:51pm; Reply: 31
Quoted from ebla
Yes I'm sure I'm an A+.

I am eating a considerable amount of peanuts and walnuts, plus fish. So I think I am getting enough proteins.

I gave up gluten 2 years ago. Noticed some improvements but nothing extraordinary.


Maybe your gut can't handle the peanuts. Try a few days without and see if you notice a difference. And you could be a non-secretor, so you might want to cut out the corn. Very bad stuff.

I used to eat copious amounts of peanuts before BTD. My Swami gave them back to me when my gut finally healed and I unchecked "History of digestive issues". When I started eating them again I suffered as before-- just as you've described your symptoms. It's tough having low digestive acid.

Unsanitary conditions in the U.S. have led to numerous peanut related recalls and a factory/warehouse shutdown. Even with sanitation standards in place, those standards appear to be very low, and peanuts are quite susceptible to molds, bacterial contamination, and rancidity. I think A's and AB's need a healthy, high functioning gut to withstand such onslaught, and yours is likely compromised (white tongue, bloating, BM issues, and possibly diminished nutrient uptake).  Polyflora A is crucial for you. The other aforementioned recommendations as well.  


Posted by: ebla, Thursday, December 19, 2013, 2:13pm; Reply: 32
Quoted from Averno


Maybe your gut can't handle the peanuts. Try a few days without and see if you notice a difference. And you could be a non-secretor, so you might want to cut out the corn. Very bad stuff.

I used to eat copious amounts of peanuts before BTD. My Swami gave them back to me when my gut finally healed and I unchecked "History of digestive issues". When I started eating them again I suffered as before-- just as you've described your symptoms. It's tough having low digestive acid.

Unsanitary conditions in the U.S. have led to numerous peanut related recalls and a factory/warehouse shutdown. Even with sanitation standards in place, those standards appear to be very low, and peanuts are quite susceptible to molds, bacterial contamination, and rancidity. I think A's and AB's need a healthy, high functioning gut to withstand such onslaught, and yours is likely compromised (white tongue, bloating, BM issues, and possibly diminished nutrient uptake).  Polyflora A is crucial for you. The other aforementioned recommendations as well.  




Peanuts have never been in my diet really, until recently because they are popular in my country during winter time. But symptoms are same as before, with and without peanuts. Can try to remove them, but then I have to start eating something else instead, and I'm not sure that is the reason.
With regard to corn, I am avoiding it, but sometimes I have it in pasta which is made of buckwheat and corn. That is the only avoid (only for non-secretor though) that I had since I started BTD.
I have done all kinds of diet in the past, however the BTD gave me regular BM for first time ever in the first 10-15 days, although I started BTD same time I did a liver flush. So who knows...
Now, almost 20 days on the diet, BM are not as regular as before and I sleep worse. That is why I am asking if it can be a sign of detox..
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, December 19, 2013, 8:56pm; Reply: 33
check out these complete protein combos for As

these you can add to your guidelines

Legumes + seeds
Legumes + nuts
Legumes + dairy
Grains + legumes
Grains + dairy
the exception is soy protein which is a complete protien and an plant protien
Fermenting removes most of the phytates which
interferes with mineral absorption, it also
helps to inactivate the protease inhibitors
which interfere with protein digestion
Posted by: Averno, Thursday, December 19, 2013, 9:18pm; Reply: 34

Detox and gut healing are almost certainly an issue. Other considerations might be overeating or eating late (before bedtime), water-logging your food, eating too fast or food combination problems, eating food too hot or cold, inability to digest fats, sugar intake, caffeine... exercise and circulation... medications.... The list goes on.

As mentioned, many of us have been through it as you've described. The right supplementation will certainly help.

Posted by: ebla, Friday, December 20, 2013, 11:28am; Reply: 35
Thanks a lot for the inputs. Will look into it.

I also noticed my belly is gurgling much more than usual and also when I go to bed I feel the food being processed. In the past I felt it was sort of stuck. Don't know if it is placebo effect. Did it happen to you as well?
Posted by: Averno, Friday, December 20, 2013, 12:14pm; Reply: 36
Oh yeah. In the process of re-balancing your gut, some disturbances can be expected, but it's all for the better. The timeframe for healing depends on compliance, the degree of previous damage, addressing imbalances like yeast overgrowth, your general health and constitution, etc. Healing and detox can come and go in cycles as well (ABJoe has a lot to say about this phenomenon).

You're on the right track and in good company here. You'll be amazed at how good you'll feel.
Posted by: ebla, Friday, December 20, 2013, 1:51pm; Reply: 37
Averno - thanks a lot for your message on the forum. I think I am a warrior too, although I am blood type A. I am trying to understand if it is worth taking the swami and if it is very different from the BTD. Could you share main avoids and beneficials for the warrior type? I am currently following BTD and off meat, diary, gluten and nightshades. Thanks!! :)
Posted by: Averno, Friday, December 20, 2013, 4:21pm; Reply: 38
The Genotype and Swami diets are so distinct and personalized that it would be risky to assume you are a Warrior. In fact, I (and many of us on the board) found that the Genotype Diet self-assessment was incorrect, and getting Swami was an improvement in terms of both implementation and results.

It sounds like you want to optimize your experience, a characteristically Warrior-like trait, but I strongly encourage you to get Swami. It's just awesome in pinpointing existing and potential problems and enables us to reach our full potential. Food really is medicine when properly administered, and I frankly wouldn't hesitate to buy it.  Mine is a "rescued from the jaws of death" story, and there are many more like it.  Springing for Swami is a really good investment in my opinion.

The experience you are having is very common, especially for type A's  eating the typical meat/grain/dairy/sugar diet of the modern world. It takes some time to undo the damage, but you should start seeing dramatic results soon, once the turmoil settles down. Seriously, get started with Dr. D's Polyflora-A right away. No one-size-fits-all probiotic from the drugstore will work like A type specific probiotics.

I should also say here that I'm merely an advocate of the diet. I defer to the moderators, administrators, long-timers, and professionals on the board. I mentioned ABJoe in the last post because his perspective on the healing process over time has been especially valuable for me, and would be particularly helpful to you and other newcomers.




Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, December 20, 2013, 5:57pm; Reply: 39
I suggest you stick with the type A diet for at least a month, preferably two,  before moving on to either GTD or SWAMI. It's not too soon to read the genotype diet book (you can purchase a copy or see if your public library has it) but I'd stick with one plan and give your body time to get used to this current diet before making any further changes.

The details of the Warrior diet (along with the Teacher and Explorer diets) are in the Genotype Diet book, along with the detailed explanations about figuring out your genotype. Many of the foods differ from BTD to GTD, and a lot of people find that to be  confusing.
Posted by: ebla, Saturday, December 21, 2013, 6:59am; Reply: 40
Quoted from ruthiegirl
I suggest you stick with the type A diet for at least a month, preferably two,  before moving on to either GTD or SWAMI. It's not too soon to read the genotype diet book (you can purchase a copy or see if your public library has it) but I'd stick with one plan and give your body time to get used to this current diet before making any further changes.

The details of the Warrior diet (along with the Teacher and Explorer diets) are in the Genotype Diet book, along with the detailed explanations about figuring out your genotype. Many of the foods differ from BTD to GTD, and a lot of people find that to be  confusing.


Understand the need to stick for some time, but the issue I have is that I have done many diets and BTD as of now is not providing me with great improvements. I am seeing some changes, some positive, some negative, overall nothing extraordinary.

I would like to understand if this is common, or if I should have noticed already (3 weeks) some major improvements. I know we are all different and react in different ways, but given the current status, is there a point in continuing or should I try something different?

Thanks
Posted by: Averno, Saturday, December 21, 2013, 1:38pm; Reply: 41

Ebla, what would you try?  The gut takes time under the right circumstances, but forever under the wrong circumstances.

Try this:

- Be 100% compliant about black dots and avoids.
- Eat diamonds and superfoods primarily.
- Take Polyflora A, and Gastro-D Complex.

Give it 4-8 weeks from that starting point.


http://www.northamericanpharmacal.com/PNC/productguide.html




Posted by: ebla, Saturday, December 21, 2013, 3:15pm; Reply: 42
Quoted from Averno

Ebla, what would you try?  The gut takes time under the right circumstances, but forever under the wrong circumstances.

Try this:

- Be 100% compliant about black dots and avoids.
- Eat diamonds and superfoods primarily.
- Take Polyflora A, and Gastro-D Complex.

Give it 4-8 weeks from that starting point.


http://www.northamericanpharmacal.com/PNC/productguide.html






Had a couple of rough days with sleep and intestine. Seems better today. Holding up. Thanks for the support!

(By the way, thanks to PCUK I found out that I was still eating one avoid, although not very often, which was cranberry beans. Was sure I checked, but looks like I missed it. So I have not been 100% compliant last 3 weeks)
Posted by: Averno, Saturday, December 21, 2013, 7:33pm; Reply: 43

Beans can be especially troublesome.

The intestinal upset isn't unusual-  it should pass in time with help from those supplements- but the sleep disturbance seems odd. Are you saying it's discomfort from the gut that's waking you up, or is this just coincidental? Could caffeine, alchohol or sugar be the culprit? Stress? Exercise? Daytime naps or circadian rhythm out of sync? Too much light in the room? "Monkey mind" from computers or gaming?

Posted by: ebla, Sunday, December 22, 2013, 10:26am; Reply: 44
Quoted from Averno

Beans can be especially troublesome.

The intestinal upset isn't unusual-  it should pass in time with help from those supplements- but the sleep disturbance seems odd. Are you saying it's discomfort from the gut that's waking you up, or is this just coincidental? Could caffeine, alchohol or sugar be the culprit? Stress? Exercise? Daytime naps or circadian rhythm out of sync? Too much light in the room? "Monkey mind" from computers or gaming?



Sleep is the main issue which has worsen over the years and improved when I started cutting out gluten and refined food. It is not the only issue of course, and I believe it is connected to the diet. I don't wake up in pain or anything. I just wake up between 2am and 3am, then typically fall back asleep (in the past I was not that lucky) and wake again around 5-6am, not able to fall back asleep. According to chinese medicine 2-3am is liver time.
Posted by: Averno, Sunday, December 22, 2013, 1:53pm; Reply: 45
I sleep like this as well. Waking at 5am comes naturallly to some, and waking briefly in the middle of the night isn't necessarily a problem unless you can't return to normal sleep. BTW: do you snore? Could sleep apnea be the problem?

You may have a sensitivity to caffeine. How much and when do you drink coffee?  Also, what kind of flushes and purges have you been doing? How often? Harsh detoxing methods can flush toxins so heavily into your system that your liver has to re-process them. Given that you've been bloated for many years, it might be wise to follow Dr.D's recommended protocol for intestinal health.

http://www.dadamo.com/protocols/15.html


Posted by: Mrs T O+, Sunday, December 22, 2013, 8:44pm; Reply: 46
You said you gave up dairy, but I thought you said you eat kefir.  Isn't that a dairy product, although fermented?  It would bother me.
Some BTD lists allow a little dairy, but many of us do better on NO dairy.
As for sleep, I take calcium-magnesium supps or I wouldn't sleep either.  Over the years I have added boron, Vitamin D & manganese to that tho not every day. I think magnesium is related to that 2-3 AM waking. I used to get that. It is very frustrating!!

I also think fasting once in a while helps.  Maybe you can drink vegetable juices on the day you fast if you cannot go without food.  I thought the white tongue means bad diet in general. I know my tongue is so much better these past few years/decades.

Then there may be a food that is listed as beneficial, but in your case may be an avoid.  Mangos are a beneficial on my list, but they make me cough. Who knows?

I also do some 'food combining' which Dr. D doesn't consider important, but for some of us, it helps. Never eat fruit after a meal. Eat in in the morning on an empty stomach or many hours after your last meal.  To me, that is the most important rule of food combining. There are others, but I won't discuss them now.
BTW, your English is great. Are you originally from an English-speaking country?

Welcome to one of the best forums on the internet!!!!
Posted by: ebla, Sunday, December 22, 2013, 8:49pm; Reply: 47
Quoted from Averno
I sleep like this as well. Waking at 5am comes naturallly to some, and waking briefly in the middle of the night isn't necessarily a problem unless you can't return to normal sleep. BTW: do you snore? Could sleep apnea be the problem?

You may have a sensitivity to caffeine. How much and when do you drink coffee?  Also, what kind of flushes and purges have you been doing? How often? Harsh detoxing methods can flush toxins so heavily into your system that your liver has to re-process them. Given that you've been bloated for many years, it might be wise to follow Dr.D's recommended protocol for intestinal health.

http://www.dadamo.com/protocols/15.html




I get one coffee in the morning and one after lunch. But cut coffee for months in the past with no effect.

I did a couple of salt flushes during a 5 days fast 1 month ago and a liver flush 3 weeks ago.

I would like to follow Dr D plan, but I would like to try first with diet only and see where I get.

Status is that I am currently following 100% the blood type A diet, getting very little gas and regular BM. Sleeping a bit worse and getting some big pimples like I never had over last 2 years. Does it ring any bell?
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Sunday, December 22, 2013, 9:11pm; Reply: 48
Pimples could be detox. Welcome them!  
I remember getting some pimples in my 30s when detoxing due to better diet.
Posted by: Averno, Sunday, December 22, 2013, 11:15pm; Reply: 49

Adrenal fatigue and cortisol stress are worth looking into. Unless you're really caffiene sensitive, or that it's contributing to adrenal fatigue, I doubt this is the cause of your sleeplessness.  I would also look into the supplements mentioned to assist with sleep.


Posted by: ebla, Monday, December 23, 2013, 9:43am; Reply: 50
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Pimples could be detox. Welcome them!  
I remember getting some pimples in my 30s when detoxing due to better diet.


Yes, however that is easy to say only in case they were not present before. In my case I had some before so it is really difficult to tell.. the only difference is that they are big and mostly on my back, where they typically are not present..

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Adrenal fatigue and cortisol stress are worth looking into. Unless you're really caffiene sensitive, or that it's contributing to adrenal fatigue, I doubt this is the cause of your sleeplessness.  I would also look into the supplements mentioned to assist with sleep.


The thing is that before going into BTD I managed to get my sleep to last until 5-6am in the morning. Since I started BTD I went back to where I was before, i.e. waking up middle of the night around 2-3am. I tend to fall back asleep but takes time and is not the same thing. So I am not sure it is all about supplements..
Posted by: Averno, Monday, December 23, 2013, 4:21pm; Reply: 51

Ebla, what do you think is waking you at 2-3am? You've mentioned the TCM meridians and doing detox flushes. What do you feel might have caused stress to your liver?  Could you describe the salt flushes and liver flushes for us?

Posted by: ebla, Monday, December 23, 2013, 5:41pm; Reply: 52
Quoted from Averno

Ebla, what do you think is waking you at 2-3am? You've mentioned the TCM meridians and doing detox flushes. What do you feel might have caused stress to your liver?  Could you describe the salt flushes and liver flushes for us?



My best guess is that stress to the liver was caused by years of eating the wrong type of food. Although I never been on junk food (I think I went to a fast food like 10 times in my life), I might have eaten the wrong food for my blood type. When I was a teenager I used to drink almost 1 liter of milk per day on top of regular meals because I was doing lots of sport. I always had low iron levels, probably due to malabsorption. So I guess that whatever is the cause, this has been around for more than 20 years, since I was a kid. When I was 18 I took a gastroscopy because my iron level was almost 0 (I was eating A LOT though, so heavy malabsorption I guess) and after that I was suggested further tests which found h pylori in my gut. Took antibiotic and removed it, but that did not make things any better, probably because it was an effect and not the cause. I took several stool tests and two more gastroscopy over last 2 years because I wanted to make sure there was nothing else, and they all came back negative. As said before, only think was gluten IgG markers and a predisposition to celiac (genetic tests on dq2 and dq8). But a renown expert who took the gastroscopy told me I was not celiac at all, and he could find nothing wrong.

Regarding the flushes, I did 3 salt flushes 1 month and half ago, which is a way to basically empty completely your intestine. You take 1 liter of warm water with good quality salt (1 big spoon) first thing in the morning. Then you go to the toilet 7-8 times in the following 2-3 hours. That was a good feeling because I felt my bowel completely emptying and relaxing.

The liver flush, however, has been an horrible experience. You fast with apples and then take olive oil and lemon juice before going to bed. I had loose stools whole night, but did not see lots of stones. What I can say is that I have done lots of research on this and I do believe that you can flush your liver if you do several sessions. You should also have a complete colon cleanse before going through the process to be most effective, but it is from my experience a complicated process and quite painful. During the night not only you have loose stools, but I also had moments where I felt really sick.

Hope this helps and let me know if you have any feedback.
Posted by: Ligia, Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 5:26pm; Reply: 53
Quoted from ebla


I always had low iron levels, probably due to malabsorption


Have you been checked for Thalasemia, which is also known as Mediterranean anemia?

I've always had anemia, although it was always borderline.  It turns out it was Thalasemia.

My last check-up a few years ago, I no longer have anemia.
Posted by: Averno, Thursday, December 26, 2013, 1:36pm; Reply: 54

Ebla, Those salt flushes sound awful. The GI requires careful balancing. Irritating it with salt is just brutal. Sure it will clean you out, but good with the bad (as deblynn3 and Andrea mentioned), and leave you worse off than before. I doubt your liver is terribly congested, either.

Thanks to modern medicine, we've all come to expect quick results. But this is often a result of merely alleviating the symptoms. Here, we talk a lot about healing the gut and that it's all about balance and being patient with the natural approach. We have experience with correcting imbalances and maintaining good health this way. Re-read the advice given.  As Ruth pointed out you're possibly "under the radar" regarding lab testing for candida.


Posted by: ebla, Thursday, December 26, 2013, 10:41pm; Reply: 55
Quoted from Ligia


Have you been checked for Thalasemia, which is also known as Mediterranean anemia?

I've always had anemia, although it was always borderline.  It turns out it was Thalasemia.

My last check-up a few years ago, I no longer have anemia.


I would exclude that. I might have some predisposition or tendency to lose iron, but rest of my symptoms suggest anemia is probably not the issue. Even when I was taking iron all other symptoms persisted. Currently my iron is at ok level without the need for supplements.

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Ebla, Those salt flushes sound awful. The GI requires careful balancing. Irritating it with salt is just brutal. Sure it will clean you out, but good with the bad (as deblynn3 and Andrea mentioned), and leave you worse off than before. I doubt your liver is terribly congested, either.

Thanks to modern medicine, we've all come to expect quick results. But this is often a result of merely alleviating the symptoms. Here, we talk a lot about healing the gut and that it's all about balance and being patient with the natural approach. We have experience with correcting imbalances and maintaining good health this way. Re-read the advice given.  As Ruth pointed out you're possibly "under the radar" regarding lab testing for candida.


After the flushes I was taking home made kefir. To replenish the flora. And I did not feel sick at all.

On everything else I agree. That is why I am sticking with the diet. I am seeing some improvements. Still not a lot on sleeping pattern where I saw a worsening effect. But I have definitely now much less gas and am more regular. This is the first time ever I see this kind of improvement. So it is good. However, I still do not see I reached a turning point.

Regarding candida, I probably have some candida issues, but not a lot. I would say very very mild. In fact, I see no sign in the toilet of any mucus, the medical tests showed no candida and the spit test showed very little evidence. I would exclude candida as being the issue here. Probably a bit imbalanced, but not a lot.

As of now and based on the reaction on the diet so far, my impression is that I am very sensitive to some avoids, which over the years favored a flora that generated all the issues. Potatoes and red meat is top of the list. Might be that something started when I got appendix or adenoids removed as a kid, maybe due to large use of antibiotics. Don't know.

Sincerely hope that eating the right food over coming weeks will give me enough evidence to confirm that I am on my way to recovery..
Posted by: ebla, Sunday, January 19, 2014, 8:34am; Reply: 56
Status update

I have bought the SWAMI and result is I am a Teacher, although the description of the typical teacher is not really resembling my traits (I am tall and black hair).

Anyway, the diet is 100% in line with the one I was following just by following the BTD for type A. Actually, there are some foods that I haven't eaten in a long time that now I could eat. Among these wheat.

Now, according to what I read, I thought the SWAMI was going to be more restrictive or at least different from the BTD. But it is basically the same and less restrictive. Of course you could say it is good news, however I have been following this diet for some time now and although I noticed some improvements, many issues remain.

So, all in all, I am kind of disappointed with the SWAMI, which everyone told me was the best thing ever...

Any comment?
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Sunday, January 19, 2014, 9:13pm; Reply: 57
If it's "less restrictive" then it clearly isn't the exact same food list!

We're all biochemically unique. Some people did really, really well on BTD. Others didn't do as well on it. Some did really well on GTD, others did not. Some did well on either diet, some did well on neither.

SWAMI found the diet "just for you" and it just happened to be very similar to the "book diet" for As. You're one of the people who would have done really, really well on BTD "by the book" and probably not as well on the Teacher diet from the GTD  book.

I didn't find my SWAMI to be more restrictive than BTD. It gave me genoharmonic combinations to emphasize, and quite a few BTD neutrals became beneficials. There were really only a couple of foods that I'd been eating regularly that SWAMI "took away", and honestly I haven't closely compared my SWAMI to the BTD for O nonnies (I didn't know my secretor status until I'd been on SWAMI for a while.)
Posted by: C_Sharp, Sunday, January 19, 2014, 9:27pm; Reply: 58
Quoted from ebla


I have bought the SWAMI and result is I am a Teacher, although the description of the typical teacher is not really resembling my traits (I am tall and black hair).


I am 190 centimeters, but still a teacher. You do not have to match every trait.
Posted by: C_Sharp, Sunday, January 19, 2014, 9:33pm; Reply: 59
Quoted from ebla

I have bought the SWAMI and result is I am a Teacher, although the description of the typical teacher is not really resembling my traits (I am tall and black hair).

Anyway, the diet is 100% in line with the one I was following just by following the BTD for type A. Actually, there are some foods that I haven't eaten in a long time that now I could eat. Among these wheat.


I am a teacher and my diet has differences from blood type diet.

SWAMI may have determined that the Blood type diet was a good fit for you and therefore the foods rate the same.

Even if the food lists are identical (which I have never send) servings and sizes and frequencies will have changed.



Posted by: ruthiegirl, Sunday, January 19, 2014, 9:45pm; Reply: 60
If she's describing the SWAMI food list as "less restrictive" then there clearly ARE differences between it and BTD.
Posted by: ebla, Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 7:38am; Reply: 61
Thanks for the feedback. Maybe I have not explained my situation clearly enough, so let me try once again.

Before I started the SWAMI, I was on the BTD. Saw some improvements, but kept on having unresolved symptoms. That is why I decided to go for the SWAMI, to find out if there was something I was eating that still made me sick.

So I was expecting the SWAMI to be kind of different from the BTD. However, the SWAMI is less restrictive, in particular now I could consume wheat (gluten) and eggs. So, I had some wheat a couple of days ago and some eggs, just to try. The result is lots of bloating. And of course all my old symptoms still remain.

So the question is: how can I expect to solve my health issues if the SWAMI, which is supposed to be tailored-made, is less restrictive than the BTD, and the BTD did not solve my issues?

It is just plain logic..
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 3:31pm; Reply: 62
Quoted from ebla
Before I started the SWAMI, I was on the BTD. Saw some improvements, but kept on having unresolved symptoms. That is why I decided to go for the SWAMI, to find out if there was something I was eating that still made me sick.

So I was expecting the SWAMI to be kind of different from the BTD. However, the SWAMI is less restrictive, in particular now I could consume wheat (gluten) and eggs. So, I had some wheat a couple of days ago and some eggs, just to try. The result is lots of bloating. And of course all my old symptoms still remain.

So the question is: how can I expect to solve my health issues if the SWAMI, which is supposed to be tailored-made, is less restrictive than the BTD, and the BTD did not solve my issues?

Within BTD or SWAMI you can choose different levels of compliance.  When I was really sick, I chose to eat nothing except what was on my Superfood list - no neutral or avoid at all...  This will provide maximum healing.  Also, if you know you have a personal sensitivity to a food, you don't stress the body by eating it until the body strengthens more.  After 6 months or so you might retest those foods (if they are beneficial foods) to see if the has been adequate healing to allow these foods to be eaten without the same symptoms.

The SWAMI diet plan is tailored to you, but it is a starting point.  Nothing says that you may not have to include some additional limits for your body.  Software is great, but can't sense what you feel after each meal to know that you are specifically sensitive to some food.
Posted by: ebla, Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 7:50pm; Reply: 63
Quoted from ABJoe

Within BTD or SWAMI you can choose different levels of compliance.  When I was really sick, I chose to eat nothing except what was on my Superfood list - no neutral or avoid at all...  This will provide maximum healing.  Also, if you know you have a personal sensitivity to a food, you don't stress the body by eating it until the body strengthens more.  After 6 months or so you might retest those foods (if they are beneficial foods) to see if the has been adequate healing to allow these foods to be eaten without the same symptoms.

The SWAMI diet plan is tailored to you, but it is a starting point.  Nothing says that you may not have to include some additional limits for your body.  Software is great, but can't sense what you feel after each meal to know that you are specifically sensitive to some food.


Problem is I'm not able to pinpoint specific intolerances. I don't have migraines or other things that can help me understand what the hell is going on. I get bloating, but is that a good indication? Bloating comes and goes without a real pattern. What I know is that since I follow the BTD I am much more regular. Which is good. But I still get most of the other symptoms. And I feel like I am improving over time, but how long is enough? And am I truly healing? So difficult to say....

Would a food intolerance test help??
Posted by: ABJoe, Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 12:47am; Reply: 64
Quoted from ebla
Problem is I'm not able to pinpoint specific intolerances. I don't have migraines or other things that can help me understand what the hell is going on. I get bloating, but is that a good indication? Bloating comes and goes without a real pattern. What I know is that since I follow the BTD I am much more regular. Which is good. But I still get most of the other symptoms. And I feel like I am improving over time, but how long is enough? And am I truly healing? So difficult to say....

Would a food intolerance test help??

Bloating is most likely showing that the gut flora composition is still not great.  Some long-timers state that the gut flora may never balance completely without some supplementation.  I take Polyflora (Type) to help maintain flora balance because I don't always get adequate vegetables and often eat too much fruit.  I'm finding that too much sugar will cause bloating, even when from good foods...  A food/symptom log - looking even at common nutrients, food makeup, etc., can be very helpful to "troubleshoot" these issues.  

Some healing takes much longer than we think it will, but we're still much better off than if we weren't reducing the avoid foods...
Posted by: ebla, Friday, January 24, 2014, 6:34pm; Reply: 65
Quoted from ABJoe

Bloating is most likely showing that the gut flora composition is still not great.  Some long-timers state that the gut flora may never balance completely without some supplementation.  I take Polyflora (Type) to help maintain flora balance because I don't always get adequate vegetables and often eat too much fruit.  I'm finding that too much sugar will cause bloating, even when from good foods...  A food/symptom log - looking even at common nutrients, food makeup, etc., can be very helpful to "troubleshoot" these issues.  

Some healing takes much longer than we think it will, but we're still much better off than if we weren't reducing the avoid foods...


Isn't it possible that you are still eating something that you shouldn't?

I wonder if there are things I'm eating that I'm intolerant to. For example, right now it seems that eggs make me bloated. But eggs are beneficial in my food list and yolk is even a diamond. I eliminated them in the past but they were not making a difference.

Also I don't understand why if eggs are ok for everyone regardless of blood type (this is what I understand from what I read), my uncle cannot eat eggs or he gets crazy migraines. So why D'Adamo believes eggs are ok for everyone?

Bottom line, I'm confused on why I still get bloated, constipated, etc... after 1 and 1/2 months on the diet. Losing faith on this diet.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Friday, January 24, 2014, 6:48pm; Reply: 66
Are you 100% certain you filled in SWAMI correctly? If you filled in something "wrong" then you'd  be  getting " a diet tailored to somebody else."

You might want to try running your SWAMI through as a non-secretor and see if that food list makes more sense to you. Ideal would be to actually get a secretor test, but if you can't afford it after buying the SWAMI (or you're having trouble locating the test where you live), then you can just give the nonnie diet a try and see if that works better for you.
Posted by: ebla, Friday, January 24, 2014, 7:24pm; Reply: 67
Quoted from ruthiegirl
Are you 100% certain you filled in SWAMI correctly? If you filled in something "wrong" then you'd  be  getting " a diet tailored to somebody else."

You might want to try running your SWAMI through as a non-secretor and see if that food list makes more sense to you. Ideal would be to actually get a secretor test, but if you can't afford it after buying the SWAMI (or you're having trouble locating the test where you live), then you can just give the nonnie diet a try and see if that works better for you.


Yes, I have done some sensitivity analysis, such as running both as sec and non-sec. No significant changes. I'm pretty sure I have done it right.
Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, January 24, 2014, 7:44pm; Reply: 68
Quoted from ebla
Isn't it possible that you are still eating something that you shouldn't?

No.  I am healing, it is just that I have so much stored garbage that needs to come out that it continually stresses the gut and liver...  It is taking time, but the healing is obvious.
Quoted from ebla
Also I don't understand why if eggs are ok for everyone regardless of blood type (this is what I understand from what I read), my uncle cannot eat eggs or he gets crazy migraines. So why D'Adamo believes eggs are ok for everyone?
We can all have specific sensitivities, especially if our digestive tract is compromised from years of improper eating.
Quoted from ebla
Bottom line, I'm confused on why I still get bloated, constipated, etc... after 1 and 1/2 months on the diet. Losing faith on this diet.

The gut hasn't completed transitioning to this diet or changing the flora to what it should be or healing previous damage.  All this doesn't happen overnight...  If you lose faith, you are only hurting yourself.
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, January 24, 2014, 8:12pm; Reply: 69
I would give this plan six months to a year.  Think how long it took for your body to get where it is.

Patience.

Sharing with the best of intentions.
Posted by: Marc121, Saturday, January 25, 2014, 1:47pm; Reply: 70
My first 13 days of blood type diet was worst ;D. I was sick and have bad flu. I knew it was in the process. So I kept having faith  ;D.

Recheck your blood type and secretor status by the way.

Wish you the best ;D
Posted by: ebla, Friday, January 31, 2014, 4:59pm; Reply: 71
Quoted from ABJoe

No.  I am healing, it is just that I have so much stored garbage that needs to come out that it continually stresses the gut and liver...  It is taking time, but the healing is obvious.
We can all have specific sensitivities, especially if our digestive tract is compromised from years of improper eating.

The gut hasn't completed transitioning to this diet or changing the flora to what it should be or healing previous damage.  All this doesn't happen overnight...  If you lose faith, you are only hurting yourself.


Thanks for the feedback ABJoe.

My concern right now is twofold:

1. I'm not sure whether I'm healing or not. I certainly see some prosimising signs, but I feel like I hit a plateau and sometimes that I'm getting worse. One of the tracking measures for me is BM. I am more regular and less bloated. But that was kind of fast to achieve. However instead of achieving a stable BM, I feel that sometimes it gets worse. Then better. Then worse. But in a stable fluctuation without being able to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Another measure is white coating on my tongue. It hasn't changed, so not positive. Then sleep, improved but sort of hit a plateau. So you see, some improvements nonetheless, but not experiencing that kind of progressive healing that you talk about.

2. Assuming the above is part of a normal healing process, I lack the support to understand how the process should unfold. Like what symptoms should improve first, what next, etc... A healing framework that on top of telling me what to eat and what not to eat, gives me a broader and more complete perspective.

All feedback appreciated.
Posted by: Ligia, Friday, January 31, 2014, 5:57pm; Reply: 72
Hi Ebla,
Over the years I've been reading this board, it has been repeated many times by all the wise people who contribute here, that the body knows what/when to heal first.

Going with this thought, my approach is to relax about how fast/slow my body is healing/changing.  Maybe what feels like plateau is not. Sometimes healing is so subtle you can't tell it's
happening.  Just know that you are on the right path.  With time, you'll learn more about the messages your body gives you and you learn to adjust the food you take in.
Posted by: Chloe, Friday, January 31, 2014, 6:09pm; Reply: 73
Just so you all know, I'm speaking from my own experience.  I began the BTD when I was 47 years old....and many
times over the years have developed what is known as a healing crisis.  For those who haven't heard
of this before, I've shared this information many times over the years....Just interesting to learn
about the details so you're not upset when you're doing everything right and yet don't feel really good.
We heal like peeling an onion....a little at a time...sometimes staying status quo for awhile and other
times, when we're in a really good place, our bodies are ready to start healing another layer of dysfunction.  So for everyone who hasn't read this before, I'm once again sharing this information about a healing
crisis.

Since most people base their health on how good they feel, they may think the natural health program they are using is hurting them when a healing crisis takes place. But nothing could be further from the truth.

A healing crisis, or healing reaction, is a temporary worsening of symptoms that occurs when the body is going through the process of healing itself through the elimination of toxins. It occurs when the body “retraces” old injuries, wounds, infections or other imbalances from its past.

A healing crisis has many different names. Some of these include: healing reactions, flare-ups, retracing reactions, detox reactions, Herxheimer reactions, Jarisch-Herxheimer reactions, die-off reactions, the reversal process, Lucio’s Phenomena, purification reactions or a crisis.

A Healing Crisis is a Welcome Part of a Natural Healing Regimen

A healing crisis is an important aspect of an effective natural, deep healing process. Even though the crisis is uncomfortable and sometimes alarming in nature, a healing crisis is a good sign that the body is working to heal itself. If a particular therapy does not produce a healing crisis, an alternate therapy may be required to accomplish the detoxification necessary to overcome illness and disease.

Symptoms of a Healing Crisis

The symptoms that accompany a healing crisis may include: headache, flushing, skin eruptions and/or boils, fever, nausea, joint pains, feelings of being spaced out, unusual fatigue, insomnia, sleepiness, congestion, strong emotions, depression, irritability, muscle cramps, aches and pains, constipation, diarrhea, hot/cold flashes, night sweats and many other symptoms which are often cold and/or flu-like. A healing crisis will often bring up past issues, “retracing”, that have been dormant in your body for a long time … past illnesses and disease may re-manifest as the body eliminates the toxins that have been stored from those disease processes. Symptoms can be quite intense when the healing crisis is dealing with serious past illnesses and disease such as an old case of hepatitis, shingles, viral infections or pneumonia.

The symptoms and pain of the healing crisis are often more intense than the disease or illness that is being treated. Remember, it is only temporary. And it is the path to renewed health.

What Causes a Healing Crisis?
A healing crisis usually lasts two to three days, but can extend for much longer periods of time, even weeks. More than one healing crisis may be necessary for a complete cure to take place. When dealing with a more serious illness or disease, such as cancer, you may have to go through many healing crises before full health can be restored.

The stage is set for a healing crisis when the body is overloaded with toxins that have been trapped within its tissues for a long period of time – sometimes for many decades. As a general rule, the more toxic the body is, the more intense the healing crisis will be. As healing begins, many systems in the body work together to eliminate waste products and toxins and can become overwhelmed by the process. Remember, these symptoms are temporary, and once they pass, the body is healthier and stronger.

A healing crisis is generally initiated by some type of cleanse or detox process, such as a dietary change (cultured foods high in probiotics, coconut products), supplements (B12, probiotics, herbs), a detoxifying treatment or therapy (chiropractic care, ozone treatments/therapy, rife treatments/therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, psychotherapy) or a period of fasting. It occurs when the cells within the body release toxins and impurities faster than the body’s elimination systems (skin, liver, bladder, kidneys and lungs) are able to process them.

A healing crisis can also be produced by a treatment or therapy that causes yeast, viruses, bacteria, cancer, etc. to have massive die-offs. The dead cells can overwhelm the elimination processes as they are expelled from the body.

If the symptoms become extreme, a wise course of action could entail slowing down the detoxification process allowing the body time to catch up.

There are also ways to assist the body during a healing reaction. These can include: drinking plenty of fluids especially water to help carry off the toxins and getting plenty of rest – mentally, physically and emotionally.

In summary: Healing crises are good even though they make you feel bad. They are an sign that the healing process chosen is working by eliminating the body of toxins, impurities and imbalances in the body. The healing crisis lets you know that you are on the right path to renewed health and vigor. “No pain, no gain” is truly applicable when talking about a healing crisis.
Posted by: ebla, Friday, January 31, 2014, 10:13pm; Reply: 74
Quoted from Chloe
Just so you all know, I'm speaking from my own experience.  I began the BTD when I was 47 years old....and many
times over the years have developed what is known as a healing crisis.  For those who haven't heard
of this before, I've shared this information many times over the years....Just interesting to learn
about the details so you're not upset when you're doing everything right and yet don't feel really good.
We heal like peeling an onion....a little at a time...sometimes staying status quo for awhile and other
times, when we're in a really good place, our bodies are ready to start healing another layer of dysfunction.  So for everyone who hasn't read this before, I'm once again sharing this information about a healing
crisis.

Since most people base their health on how good they feel, they may think the natural health program they are using is hurting them when a healing crisis takes place. But nothing could be further from the truth.

A healing crisis, or healing reaction, is a temporary worsening of symptoms that occurs when the body is going through the process of healing itself through the elimination of toxins. It occurs when the body “retraces” old injuries, wounds, infections or other imbalances from its past.

A healing crisis has many different names. Some of these include: healing reactions, flare-ups, retracing reactions, detox reactions, Herxheimer reactions, Jarisch-Herxheimer reactions, die-off reactions, the reversal process, Lucio’s Phenomena, purification reactions or a crisis.

A Healing Crisis is a Welcome Part of a Natural Healing Regimen

A healing crisis is an important aspect of an effective natural, deep healing process. Even though the crisis is uncomfortable and sometimes alarming in nature, a healing crisis is a good sign that the body is working to heal itself. If a particular therapy does not produce a healing crisis, an alternate therapy may be required to accomplish the detoxification necessary to overcome illness and disease.

Symptoms of a Healing Crisis

The symptoms that accompany a healing crisis may include: headache, flushing, skin eruptions and/or boils, fever, nausea, joint pains, feelings of being spaced out, unusual fatigue, insomnia, sleepiness, congestion, strong emotions, depression, irritability, muscle cramps, aches and pains, constipation, diarrhea, hot/cold flashes, night sweats and many other symptoms which are often cold and/or flu-like. A healing crisis will often bring up past issues, “retracing”, that have been dormant in your body for a long time … past illnesses and disease may re-manifest as the body eliminates the toxins that have been stored from those disease processes. Symptoms can be quite intense when the healing crisis is dealing with serious past illnesses and disease such as an old case of hepatitis, shingles, viral infections or pneumonia.

The symptoms and pain of the healing crisis are often more intense than the disease or illness that is being treated. Remember, it is only temporary. And it is the path to renewed health.

What Causes a Healing Crisis?
A healing crisis usually lasts two to three days, but can extend for much longer periods of time, even weeks. More than one healing crisis may be necessary for a complete cure to take place. When dealing with a more serious illness or disease, such as cancer, you may have to go through many healing crises before full health can be restored.

The stage is set for a healing crisis when the body is overloaded with toxins that have been trapped within its tissues for a long period of time – sometimes for many decades. As a general rule, the more toxic the body is, the more intense the healing crisis will be. As healing begins, many systems in the body work together to eliminate waste products and toxins and can become overwhelmed by the process. Remember, these symptoms are temporary, and once they pass, the body is healthier and stronger.

A healing crisis is generally initiated by some type of cleanse or detox process, such as a dietary change (cultured foods high in probiotics, coconut products), supplements (B12, probiotics, herbs), a detoxifying treatment or therapy (chiropractic care, ozone treatments/therapy, rife treatments/therapy, acupuncture, homeopathy, psychotherapy) or a period of fasting. It occurs when the cells within the body release toxins and impurities faster than the body’s elimination systems (skin, liver, bladder, kidneys and lungs) are able to process them.

A healing crisis can also be produced by a treatment or therapy that causes yeast, viruses, bacteria, cancer, etc. to have massive die-offs. The dead cells can overwhelm the elimination processes as they are expelled from the body.

If the symptoms become extreme, a wise course of action could entail slowing down the detoxification process allowing the body time to catch up.

There are also ways to assist the body during a healing reaction. These can include: drinking plenty of fluids especially water to help carry off the toxins and getting plenty of rest – mentally, physically and emotionally.

In summary: Healing crises are good even though they make you feel bad. They are an sign that the healing process chosen is working by eliminating the body of toxins, impurities and imbalances in the body. The healing crisis lets you know that you are on the right path to renewed health and vigor. “No pain, no gain” is truly applicable when talking about a healing crisis.


Thanks for sharing. Maybe you misinterpreted my message but I'm not experiencing an healing crisis. I actually feel a bit better than before but sort of plateau and sometimes feel as before so not well. I'm not feeling worse, in which case I would interpret as you said like a healing crisis and probably not complain about it because it would be explainable. What I cannot explain is a condition that seemed encouraging at the beginning but now feels like I'm stuck and sometimes degrading back to the original situation.
Posted by: ebla, Friday, January 31, 2014, 10:19pm; Reply: 75
Quoted from Ligia
Hi Ebla,
Over the years I've been reading this board, it has been repeated many times by all the wise people who contribute here, that the body knows what/when to heal first.

Going with this thought, my approach is to relax about how fast/slow my body is healing/changing.  Maybe what feels like plateau is not. Sometimes healing is so subtle you can't tell it's
happening.  Just know that you are on the right path.  With time, you'll learn more about the messages your body gives you and you learn to adjust the food you take in.


Thanks for the nice words. But the problem is exactly this: how can I know that I'm on the right path? Just assuming that I am is an act of faith that I'm not able to make psychologically. It is the same act of faith that I refused when all traditional doctors asked me to make and to trust them that everything was going to be fine because from the tests everything was ok. Which is what got me to worsen my health to the point that I had to do something different. Again, D'Adamo's is so far encouraging but getting less encouraging as time goes by because the improvement is kind of stuck. If there was a way to know for sure that your body is getting fixed...
Posted by: yaeli, Friday, January 31, 2014, 10:41pm; Reply: 76
I believe that the answer to this question is in KimonoKat's response of January 24th above:

Quoted from KimonoKat
I would give this plan six months to a year.  Think how long it took for your body to get where it is.

Patience.
I myself have been on the plan for nearly 8 years.

8)

Posted by: ebla, Friday, January 31, 2014, 10:57pm; Reply: 77
Quoted from yaeli
I believe that the answer to this question is in KimonoKat's response of January 24th above:

I myself have been on the plan for nearly 8 years.

8)



Thanks. I would love to learn some more details of your healing process. What stages you went through. What conditions you improved and over how long. Etc..
Posted by: Ligia, Friday, January 31, 2014, 11:16pm; Reply: 78
I would say that you are on the right path based on the improvements you have had so far.  Of course, there will have to be adjustments with your food, the frequency and amounts as you learn more.  You'll discover that a beneficial might not be as beneficial as you thought.  So you adjust.

The body has its own schedule.  You might feel that you have reached a plateau, but give it some time.  You have been at it for 2 months.  I've been at it for 8 years and not all my issues have been resolved.  But I'm at a much better place than without this diet.  I'm saying this because I've experienced what you are questioning now.  I'm replying with the best intention.
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 12:48am; Reply: 79
Quoted Text
According to chinese medicine 2-3am is liver time.


http://www.dadamo.com/protocols/19.html
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 6:01am; Reply: 80
Quoted from ebla
Thanks for sharing. Maybe you misinterpreted my message but I'm not experiencing an healing crisis. I actually feel a bit better than before but sort of plateau and sometimes feel as before so not well. I'm not feeling worse, in which case I would interpret as you said like a healing crisis and probably not complain about it because it would be explainable. What I cannot explain is a condition that seemed encouraging at the beginning but now feels like I'm stuck and sometimes degrading back to the original situation.

I think that you are not getting that healing isn't a linear function.  There is an ebb and flow feeling - ie., you may feel very good then revert back to what you were prior to starting the diet.  The body will quite often not be able to go, go, go...  It quite often has to take a break and settle, then heal more.
Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 8:07am; Reply: 81
Quoted from ebla
What conditions you improved and over how long. Etc..
:) Please read this:

http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?m-1311119305/s-0/highlight-thyroid/#num0

It is an example.  ;)

Cheers,
yaeli

Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 8:27am; Reply: 82
Dr. D's diets, DPN - D'Adamo Personalized Nutrition, are purely about health. So the more you search and study, the more you learn about what is beneficial for you, the better you progress, the better you feel.

Your secretor status is a basic key to how to take care of yourself. Dr. D pointed this out in his book Live Right 4 Your Type (LR4YT) and since then it has been integrated in all his diets: BTD/GTD/SWAMI.

It is more than amazing what a tremendous support each and every one of us gets from Dr. D's books; from this website, which is a vast streaming source and fountain of tremendous knowledge in its own right; from these forums, where experienced friends devotedly and relentlessly support newbies and one another; and from Dr. D's adjacent websites, like 4yourtype.com, where you are enlightened about Dr. D's supplements - while each and every one of us remains a unique individual, a whole world in itself.
Posted by: Lola, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 8:31am; Reply: 83
well spoken Yaeli :K)
Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 8:58am; Reply: 84
Thank you Lola. Although there's always a lot of work to do and nothing instantaneous here, there's no greater happiness than when an improvement in health appears suddenly like a miracle, a shooting star, a herald!

This brings up in me AKArtlover's forum's signature:
"For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well." Psalm 139:13,14
Posted by: ebla, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 12:25pm; Reply: 85
Quoted Text
You'll discover that a beneficial might not be as beneficial as you thought.  So you adjust.


Is there a way to know what beneficials are more likely not to be beneficial? It is kind of difficult to stay on a diet where you rely on beneficials to get better but with a chance that they are not so beneficial. Can you elaborate on this? I'm a bit confused..
Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 1:25pm; Reply: 86
Obviouly every one is a bit different, everyone has his own proper conditions, and this shouldn't bother you at all. I'm positive that you recognize this in every step in life. There's plenty for everyone.
Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 1:35pm; Reply: 87
I copy the text you quoted in post #85:

Quoted from text
You'll discover that a beneficial might not be as beneficial as you thought.  So you adjust.
Who wrote this and in what context? Thank you.
Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 4:52pm; Reply: 88
It would be very helpful if you know more closely Dr. D'Adamo's writings and work.
Posted by: ebla, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 5:40pm; Reply: 89
Quoted from yaeli
I copy the text you quoted in post #85:

Who wrote this and in what context? Thank you.


Post #78

Do you disagree with that statement?

I read BTD book and some of GTD. Recommendations?

Thanks
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 6:37pm; Reply: 90
Maybe fasting would give you a boost. Find a good practitioner or some good books that describe what happens when you fast. It is very helpful.
Posted by: yaeli, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 7:13pm; Reply: 91
Quoted from ebla


Post #78

Do you disagree with that statement?

I read BTD book and some of GTD. Recommendations?

Thanks
You must have heard about SWAMI, Dr. D's most advanced diet format, which combines BTD and GTD to tailor/build for you a personal diet according to a questionnaire that you answer. This is the latest development by Dr. D'Adamo in building a tool for personalized nutrition, and the closest to your personal needs and condition.

http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ED070

In this page there's also an audio where Dr. D explains about SWAMI - best listen to his explanation (such a pleasant experience!  :) ) , and maybe you'll be fascinated, choose it, and enjoy it, like many of us have done, including yt.



Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, February 1, 2014, 8:34pm; Reply: 92
Quoted from Mrs T O+
Maybe fasting would give you a boost. Find a good practitioner or some good books that describe what happens when you fast. It is very helpful.

Skipping meals is not recommended for Type A, as it stresses the body quite heavily.  
Posted by: yaeli, Sunday, February 2, 2014, 6:23am; Reply: 93
http://northamericanpharmacal.com/living/2013/10/blood-type-and-stress-type-a-triggers/

http://northamericanpharmacal.com/living/2013/11/dr-dadamo-on-holidays-and-stress/
Posted by: ebla, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 2:20pm; Reply: 94
Quoted from yaeli
You must have heard about SWAMI, Dr. D's most advanced diet format, which combines BTD and GTD to tailor/build for you a personal diet according to a questionnaire that you answer. This is the latest development by Dr. D'Adamo in building a tool for personalized nutrition, and the closest to your personal needs and condition.

http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ED070

In this page there's also an audio where Dr. D explains about SWAMI - best listen to his explanation (such a pleasant experience!  :) ) , and maybe you'll be fascinated, choose it, and enjoy it, like many of us have done, including yt.





As explained in previous posts I'm already on swami which is almost identical to my BTD.
Posted by: ebla, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 3:00pm; Reply: 95
General update: had 3 decent days. Regular BM and not lots of bloating. Then yesterday started again having lots of gas and today as well. Also no BM. I alternate decent days to really bad ones. And I don't think it is something I eat because I cannot find a pattern. Obviously following the swami. Just seems that some days are better than others. Hope as you all suggest that it will get better over time, but every day that passes I am less optimistic. I feel tired and dizzy as well. I understand some may suggest it is healing crisis but honestly these symptoms are those I am trying to cure...
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 3:44pm; Reply: 96
ebla, you are describing how my gut has always worked...some days good, not so good.  I'd be curious to know your genotype and secretor status.

Just to give you some personal feedback, for the past three days, I've eaten my exact recommended SWAMI's portions for both fruit and vegetables, nuts, seeds and actually cut down my grain portions
to zero.  For me, personally, I don't seem to do well with grains at all.  A little brown rice can be
okay if I've eaten plenty of vegetables, but rice and animal protein are a very difficult digestive
combination.... Some days I know I'm a bit short on veggies and other days, I'm short on fruit and
fruit juices....but for three days in a row, I was having optimum portions.  Digestive system is SO
much better today.  I also took bromelain with every meal which I think helps digestion.  I also made sure to drink adequate amounts of liquid and maybe because we were having a snow storm, and I was home, I was more focused on my portions, chewing, drinking with greater intention.  Sometimes for a type A, the gut function has to do with being relaxed. And sometimes when I'm eating too quickly or too many different foods in the same meal, the result is bloat, gas and the sense that I've
overly packed my digestive system and it just gets clogged.

There are many yoga positions that help digestion.  You can even search on youtube "constipation and yoga positions"..  A lot of free information.

Don't get caught up on the catch phrase "healing crisis".  Not all symptoms are crisis related. For me, I can go many days and feel like everything smoothly rolls along....and then suddenly, I feel
blocked/clogged and sometimes overstuffed, even if I haven't eaten more food...but perhaps a little
"off" with every food group being in  proper proportion....or not getting enough relaxation or even
enough exercise.

A good diet is going to be helpful...but there is more than just eating to feeling balanced.  Stress
of any kind can lead to a lot of imbalance.  Just sayin'....and not saying this is your issues.....often
this is mine.
Posted by: ebla, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 4:31pm; Reply: 97
Chloe have you tried food intolerance test? I mean, we are assuming that the swami is the right diet but are we sure about it? Maybe we are still eating something that is not right.. how long have you been on the diet?

Im a teacher but don't know my secretor. However sec or not has very little difference for my profile.

Honestly when I hear people saying that even swami does not work I lose confidence in the diet.
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 5:06pm; Reply: 98
Quoted from ebla
Chloe have you tried food intolerance test? I mean, we are assuming that the swami is the right diet but are we sure about it? Maybe we are still eating something that is not right.. how long have you been on the diet?

Im a teacher but don't know my secretor. However sec or not has very little difference for my profile.

Honestly when I hear people saying that even swami does not work I lose confidence in the diet.

I'm not Chloe, but I have been following BTD, GTD and SWAMI for about 10 years now.  SWAMI is the best diet of the 3, although the software can not take into account any specific food sensitivity that any individual body has, only those that are typical for the group.  It denies foods that are problems for specific types, but recommends foods based on nutrition, etc. content and individual group needs to stimulate organ systems that tend to be weaknesses in groups.  It individualizes based on medical history to stimulate typical weaknesses that allow specific disease conditions to happen.  As it cannot sense specifically what your body is doing, it can never know your specific sensitivities, therefore, this is the part you need to deal with - at least until your body is healthier and may reduce the sensitivity to those foods once other toxin levels are reduced.

Please understand that it may take some time to clean out any stored toxins.  The amount of time will depend on you individually, so I can't put a time frame on it, but let me say that I am still cleaning and healing.  I have seen tremendous improvement, but still have more to do.  The body heals things that you may not know were a problem, so your first priority is not necessarily what the body heals first...  Some days it is a struggle to maintain confidence, especially when we feel like we are back at the beginning, but for me, that is when the body is clearing the most junk out - so it is of the greatest benefit to the body to have those days.  

Keep your chin up and enjoy getting better!
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 5:27pm; Reply: 99
Quoted from ebla
Chloe have you tried food intolerance test? I mean, we are assuming that the swami is the right diet but are we sure about it? Maybe we are still eating something that is not right.. how long have you been on the diet?

Im a teacher but don't know my secretor. However sec or not has very little difference for my profile.

Honestly when I hear people saying that even swami does not work I lose confidence in the diet.


I mentioned in the beginning of my post about the healing crisis that I'm following the BTD diet since I'm 47 years old...was one of Dr. D's earlier patients when he first opened his practice in CT so this was at the very beginning of anyone ever hearing the words "Blood Type Diet" and the
books hadn't been yet written. It's very likely I'm one of the longest followers of this way of eating
on the forum, and I can just say that prior to ever starting on this diet, I had been to 3 different allergists....had undergone allergy testing and treatment and still had what I would have described as food intolerances.  It appears that everyone in my family has issues with gluten...my oldest son, allergic as an infant...projectile vomiting...I was way too young when he was born to have understood that milk and wheat were giving him constant digestive problems.  The year was 1965 when my first son was born, I was 22 years old and the thought of food intolerances was rather absent from medical discussion.  Second child had worse allergies than first child...severe gut problems, failure to thrive for the first 5 months of his life and after trying 9 different baby formulas, with results of vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss, finally, he reacted positively to a beef based formula.  I fed this child brown liquified beef for 3 years and he began to thrive....and he's blood type A.  Likely he's an Explorer as he did well on a lamb based baby formula too.....but both my children are type A.  My sisters are type A.  One has severe allergies.  She too is likely an
Explorer.  Youngest sister seems to have digestive problems but no severe allergies.  Yet, all the
As in my family do not tolerate wheat, gluten, dairy and some of us don't do well on eggs.

Sorry, for going off topic.  So, allergy testing, yes I had that....allergy treatment too, but not at all effective....and no test ever showed to be accurate. My first year on the BTD seemed to calm my
immune system.  My airborne allergies improved...although the original BTD gave me no eggs,
or dairy so I really ate plant foods for many years with a little poultry...So, on the basic BTD
I did very well.  My biggest problem was that I was still eating wheat...and then wound up with
Lyme disease in 1990, had 5 straight months of antibiotics which totally wrecked my gut. After
that time, I became intolerant of gluten grains...but didn't realize it was a gluten issue.  Off gluten
for the past 10 years, still working on healing my gut.  Grains in general might not have been
a problem for me had I not had so much gut damage from taking long term antibiotics.

So....SWAMI generally feels right to me.  My SWAMI happens to be a professional SWAMI, done in Dr. D's office in Bridgeport, CT....so I don't think there is anything wrong with my SWAMI, but evidently something is still not perfect with my gut after so much good bacteria was wiped out.

Maybe what you need to understand that SWAMI is one basic tool....and you have to give it many months before you evaluate it...You might do yourself a favor to keep a food diary....list your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks....and keep a running total for the month....seeing if you can figure out if any foods aren't feeling like they're working for you.  It took me a few years before
I was able to eat manchego cheese.  I finally tolerate it well.

I think this is a mater not trying to judge your moment to moment feelings....not letting
yourself be influenced by the negative experiences of others.....not letting yourself have negative thoughts about what you're doing....Just be an observer of your body....and believe that if
others made progress, so can you....Find something relaxing like meditation, deep breathing and yoga to balance your diet...Make sure you get enough sleep and the right type of activity.....Sometimes you realize toxicity doesn't come from within your body, but from the people around you.  Your job, your friends....Sometimes when you start changing, what defined
you prior isn't what you want to define you now.

It's difficult for me to adequately express to you how powerful this diet can be if you allow yourself to trust it. I can see who I once was and who I've become....Well, I'm
older and wiser, but I'm also clearer in the way I feel and think. LIke I said in my post that mentioned healing crisis that healing is like peeling away layers of an onion.  I wish I had the
benefits of a SWAMI when I first began the BTD....The epigenetic benefits are profoundly unique.
Nowhere else on the planet has anyone devised a diet that can potentially protect your genes
against the failure and dysfunction of what you might have inherited from your ancestors.

If I were you, I'd give this more time....just keep your compliance level high and your emotional
system balanced.  It takes awhile to get into the grove of doing something new and different.
I hope you can continue to stick with it and find the great benefits that so many of us have experienced.


Posted by: ebla, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6:05pm; Reply: 100
Quoted from Chloe


I mentioned in the beginning of my post about the healing crisis that I'm following the BTD diet since I'm 47 years old...was one of Dr. D's earlier patients when he first opened his practice in CT so this was at the very beginning of anyone ever hearing the words "Blood Type Diet" and the
books hadn't been yet written. It's very likely I'm one of the longest followers of this way of eating
on the forum, and I can just say that prior to ever starting on this diet, I had been to 3 different allergists....had undergone allergy testing and treatment and still had what I would have described as food intolerances.  It appears that everyone in my family has issues with gluten...my oldest son, allergic as an infant...projectile vomiting...I was way too young when he was born to have understood that milk and wheat were giving him constant digestive problems.  The year was 1965 when my first son was born, I was 22 years old and the thought of food intolerances was rather absent from medical discussion.  Second child had worse allergies than first child...severe gut problems, failure to thrive for the first 5 months of his life and after trying 9 different baby formulas, with results of vomiting, diarrhea and weight loss, finally, he reacted positively to a beef based formula.  I fed this child brown liquified beef for 3 years and he began to thrive....and he's blood type A.  Likely he's an Explorer as he did well on a lamb based baby formula too.....but both my children are type A.  My sisters are type A.  One has severe allergies.  She too is likely an
Explorer.  Youngest sister seems to have digestive problems but no severe allergies.  Yet, all the
As in my family do not tolerate wheat, gluten, dairy and some of us don't do well on eggs.

Sorry, for going off topic.  So, allergy testing, yes I had that....allergy treatment too, but not at all effective....and no test ever showed to be accurate. My first year on the BTD seemed to calm my
immune system.  My airborne allergies improved...although the original BTD gave me no eggs,
or dairy so I really ate plant foods for many years with a little poultry...So, on the basic BTD
I did very well.  My biggest problem was that I was still eating wheat...and then wound up with
Lyme disease in 1990, had 5 straight months of antibiotics which totally wrecked my gut. After
that time, I became intolerant of gluten grains...but didn't realize it was a gluten issue.  Off gluten
for the past 10 years, still working on healing my gut.  Grains in general might not have been
a problem for me had I not had so much gut damage from taking long term antibiotics.

So....SWAMI generally feels right to me.  My SWAMI happens to be a professional SWAMI, done in Dr. D's office in Bridgeport, CT....so I don't think there is anything wrong with my SWAMI, but evidently something is still not perfect with my gut after so much good bacteria was wiped out.

Maybe what you need to understand that SWAMI is one basic tool....and you have to give it many months before you evaluate it...You might do yourself a favor to keep a food diary....list your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks....and keep a running total for the month....seeing if you can figure out if any foods aren't feeling like they're working for you.  It took me a few years before
I was able to eat manchego cheese.  I finally tolerate it well.

I think this is a mater not trying to judge your moment to moment feelings....not letting
yourself be influenced by the negative experiences of others.....not letting yourself have negative thoughts about what you're doing....Just be an observer of your body....and believe that if
others made progress, so can you....Find something relaxing like meditation, deep breathing and yoga to balance your diet...Make sure you get enough sleep and the right type of activity.....Sometimes you realize toxicity doesn't come from within your body, but from the people around you.  Your job, your friends....Sometimes when you start changing, what defined
you prior isn't what you want to define you now.

It's difficult for me to adequately express to you how powerful this diet can be if you allow yourself to trust it. I can see who I once was and who I've become....Well, I'm
older and wiser, but I'm also clearer in the way I feel and think. LIke I said in my post that mentioned healing crisis that healing is like peeling away layers of an onion.  I wish I had the
benefits of a SWAMI when I first began the BTD....The epigenetic benefits are profoundly unique.
Nowhere else on the planet has anyone devised a diet that can potentially protect your genes
against the failure and dysfunction of what you might have inherited from your ancestors.

If I were you, I'd give this more time....just keep your compliance level high and your emotional
system balanced.  It takes awhile to get into the grove of doing something new and different.
I hope you can continue to stick with it and find the great benefits that so many of us have experienced.




Thanks for the through reply.

Still I wonder if you are still eating something that is not good for you? You mentioned that you can finally tolerate a type of cheese because it does not give you any issue. So what about what gives you issue? Is it that you cannot pinpoint what it is?

I am all in for a diet that can make me feel better also if I have to stay on it for some time. But when I read that people stay on the diet for 10 years and more without getting 100% better, I think that maybe there is something more that can be done..
Posted by: ebla, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6:10pm; Reply: 101
Quoted from ABJoe

I'm not Chloe, but I have been following BTD, GTD and SWAMI for about 10 years now.  SWAMI is the best diet of the 3, although the software can not take into account any specific food sensitivity that any individual body has, only those that are typical for the group.  It denies foods that are problems for specific types, but recommends foods based on nutrition, etc. content and individual group needs to stimulate organ systems that tend to be weaknesses in groups.  It individualizes based on medical history to stimulate typical weaknesses that allow specific disease conditions to happen.  As it cannot sense specifically what your body is doing, it can never know your specific sensitivities, therefore, this is the part you need to deal with - at least until your body is healthier and may reduce the sensitivity to those foods once other toxin levels are reduced.

Please understand that it may take some time to clean out any stored toxins.  The amount of time will depend on you individually, so I can't put a time frame on it, but let me say that I am still cleaning and healing.  I have seen tremendous improvement, but still have more to do.  The body heals things that you may not know were a problem, so your first priority is not necessarily what the body heals first...  Some days it is a struggle to maintain confidence, especially when we feel like we are back at the beginning, but for me, that is when the body is clearing the most junk out - so it is of the greatest benefit to the body to have those days.  

Keep your chin up and enjoy getting better!


Thanks ABJoe. You always give me a lot of hope and I relate to your arguments because I don't believe in instant healing and "magic". That is the western medicine approach that suppresses symptoms and doesn't really heal. However, if after so many years you are still not well, maybe is because SWAMI is not the best diet after all? Sorry for being this cynic, I don't want to lack of respect to anyone, just trying to stimulate the discussion to understand what I should do.
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6:32pm; Reply: 102
ebla, remember one thing, nobody here has been on the GTD or a SWAMI for 10 years.  The GTD
and SWAMI didn't exist ten years ago.  If anything, most of us are fairly new at this....I would say
I was about 90% feeling perfect on the basic BTD for A until I got Lyme disease....which I then had
to overcome and deal with.  It's a highly inflammatory infection that morphs into parts of the body
and can go stealth. It can't even be detected sometimes by intrusive testing....so when I began
on my professional SWAMI, it was probably the end of 2011, early 2012.  So, just know that I'm
not a 10 year veteran of SWAMI.  And neither is anyone else.  :)

We are all on the same journey.  :)
Posted by: ebla, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 6:47pm; Reply: 103
Quoted from Chloe
ebla, remember one thing, nobody here has been on the GTD or a SWAMI for 10 years.  The GTD
and SWAMI didn't exist ten years ago.  If anything, most of us are fairly new at this....I would say
I was about 90% feeling perfect on the basic BTD for A until I got Lyme disease....which I then had
to overcome and deal with.  It's a highly inflammatory infection that morphs into parts of the body
and can go stealth. It can't even be detected sometimes by intrusive testing....so when I began
on my professional SWAMI, it was probably the end of 2011, early 2012.  So, just know that I'm
not a 10 year veteran of SWAMI.  And neither is anyone else.  :)

We are all on the same journey.  :)


Ah ok! Good info. This part I was missing :)

May I ask you what are the main beneficials and avoids in your swami (like macro talking)?
For me main avoids are all red meat, potatoes (and all nightshades) and milk. Wheat is not clear because when I did the fingerprints I saw very little white lines, but then if I look at my fingers I see some transversal lines. And I have been gluten off for almost 2 years. However recently tried to eat some because it is a neutral and a pain to stay 100% off.
Beneficial-wise, I eats lots of salmon, broccoli, prunes, peanuts (these however I cut a little bit because I am not sure they are too good), coffee.

Also, what are main differences from SWAMI and BTD for you? I have little to no difference.
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 7:22pm; Reply: 104
Well, glad I made it clear to you that SWAMI is new for most of us....because I think this missing piece
of information was making you believe too many weren't thriving...but most of us have had improvements, it's just that we're all "works in progress".

My diet is geared towards methylation....getting my cells to make good copies of themselves.  So
the focus of our diets based on our differences in age, sex, health plus the diseases our ancestors
faced is bound to be different.  AND I know I'm blood type A2+ and a secretor.  You aren't sure if you're a secretor or not....and wouldn't know or really need to know your subtype of A.. (I just happened to know this because Dr. D told me when I first saw him in the late 1980s)

I digress. OK, the focus of my diet is on fish and plant foods.No meat except that lamb is neutral
and so is duck...(I know, these are not meats, but I have no beef so I call non fish and poultry
meat to differentiate them)   Salmon, cod, monkfish, mahi mahi are beneficial....same as you with peanuts being beneficial too, and I have a lot of soy foods on my diet....tofu, soybeans...
fruits such as berries, pineapple, apples, plums, cherries.   I don't have a lot of grains listed...
but sprouted would be the way to go if I were ever considering to eat wheat......and brown rice rates highly for me but my gut doesn't love it unless it's combined with lots of vegetables.  My best nuts would be almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts...and seeds like flax, hemp, sunflower.  I'm
not allowed potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant or beef either.

Remember I have a professional SWAMI which can be overridden once a professional has asked
you questions about how specific foods resonate with you....  Eggs weren't ever on my
BTD as beneficial.  Now they are on my professional SWAMI. Turkey is a beneficial.  It wasn't on
the BTD. Chicken is a neutral....I don't remember how it was rated on my BTD.  Remember, Dr. D
personally wrote out a BTD for me when I saw him for the very first time.  This was prior to the
ER4YT book's first printing.  I always followed his recommendations, not the book's.  So comparing any two diets from the books or any two diets from a SWAMIx you input yourself is
very different for how my diets were constructed.

Red wine and coffee are beneficials on my SWAMI. I have issues with caffeine so don't drink coffee very often
and wine makes me sometimes feel okay and other times not. It might be the sulfites that gives me a rebound
headache...coffee can do the same... I drink grape juice which is a diamond.  Green tea is a diamond. I drink a lot of g. tea.

I would say that butter was a toxin on my first BTD....it's neutral now although I prefer ghee.  And I think sour cream and cottage cheese plus mozzarella cheese were neutrals on my first BTD but
all toxins now.  The difference for me and you is our genetic history.  You come from a part of
the world that isn't my heritage.  My ancestors were from Russia, Poland, Hungary and Austria.
I just think small details are taken into consideration when a SWAMI computes your best diet.
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 9:46pm; Reply: 105
Quoted from ebla
However, if after so many years you are still not well, maybe is because SWAMI is not the best diet after all?

Consider that I was almost dead when I started BTD.  Followed it for several years with some recovery, but started to have some diet related issues - mostly because I was depending too much on too few foods.  Transitioned to The Genotype Diet and continued healing.  Transitioned to SWAMI after it had been released for about a year because we had a thread where SWAMI users showed what % they fit the primary Genotype and most were less than 50%.  Since I am AB, so have 4 possible Genotypes rather than 3, I felt it would be more important for me to get SWAMI than not.

I am really happy with the SWAMI diet. as most of the avoids are foods I know have caused me problems in the past or that I just don't care for.  Also, after being on SWAMI for some time, realized that I am healing from a fall and subsequent growth issues that I never realized were something that was even wrong, much less that the body would attempt to repair.  As such, the healing is going to take much longer in my case.  I really wouldn't want it to be faster, as when some things happen too fast, worse symptoms occur - and what I'm having is bad enough!

Yes, it is possible that at times that I can't follow the portion guidelines - I have to reduce down to a protein and vegetable diet due to things happening.  Some people may view that as a setback, but eliminating chemicals and other toxins, dealing with candida overgrowth and handling bone regrowth all at the same time can't be done within a body that is really sick.  

I feel that to be doing all of the healing that is taking place is much better than continuously living on the edge of exhaustive collapse and pneumonia...

Thanks to Dr. D. I am still alive to be having all of these symptoms, while I am enjoying family life more than I did for some 30 years.  I'll stick with it - especially since I don't see anyone else providing something anywhere near what this is!
Posted by: Chloe, Thursday, February 6, 2014, 11:59pm; Reply: 106
WOW, Joe, what a powerful testimony to SWAMI's ability to work and repair so very deeply on so many different levels!  How wonderfully well you expressed your healing journey with SWAMI
and to me, proves by example that our expectations about SWAMI certainly should be positive.  These are the stories I love to read....  

The surprise for many of us might always be where this diet chooses to work first...and what it
might take in order to get to the real root of a problem. Might have to clear away what blocks
the root of the problem, stir up trouble we might inadvertently perceive as negative.  I often realize if I'm doing everything correctly but feeling worse that good things are likely happening
within my cells.

I'm so happy you're alive, feeling hopeful and enjoying family life once again...

You always manage to say exactly what I want and need to learn..Bravo..:)  
Posted by: ABJoe, Friday, February 7, 2014, 1:07am; Reply: 107
Quoted from Chloe
The surprise for many of us might always be where this diet chooses to work first...and what it might take in order to get to the real root of a problem. Might have to clear away what blocks the root of the problem, stir up trouble we might inadvertently perceive as negative.  I often realize if I'm doing everything correctly but feeling worse that good things are likely happening within my cells.

This is what I learned from a holistic practitioner I went to before and during BTD and GTD, and I'll still see if I can't figure out what is happening myself.  She is the one who described what was happening when I started taking D-Ribose and it caused the cells to expel so much waste that I was really sick from overload.  She had first recommended a teaspoon 3x/day, but we determined that I needed to start with a single pinch per day and move up as I could tolerate it...

You help me with much of what you describe as well, Chloe.  I don't often acknowledge it, but I am impressed with all you share here as well.
Posted by: yaeli, Friday, February 7, 2014, 4:32am; Reply: 108
Quoted from ebla
As explained in previous posts I'm already on swami which is almost identical to my BTD.
:B I should have noticed!!! Sorry. As I see it, according to my own experience for the last 3-4 years, there is no better recommendation than first of all to follow SWAMI, that's why I charged unattentively. Please excuse me....

Posted by: yaeli, Friday, February 7, 2014, 4:38am; Reply: 109
Quoted from ebla
Im a teacher but don't know my secretor. However sec or not has very little difference for my profile.
Ebla, does this mean that you ran SWAMI twice, once checking secretor and the second time non-secretor, and it made no difference in the diet?

Posted by: yaeli, Friday, February 7, 2014, 4:53am; Reply: 110
Quoted from Chloe
Sometimes for a type A, the gut function has to do with being relaxed.
For this O it's this way ALL THE TIME, not just sometimes, has always been. Astrologers always claim that the strong emphasis on Virgo in my natal chart is to "blame" (Ascendant and Mars in retro in the 12th house opposed by the Moon! Boje moi!)  ;) ::)

I was taking Rhodiola for months, but I find Dragon Herbs' Super Adaptogen more effective by far - I take 2 capsules in the morning, and if I am stirred I take in the evening too.

Clary Sage oil rich in Omega 3 also has a deep calming influence on me, when I take 2 capsules before bedtime.
Posted by: yaeli, Friday, February 7, 2014, 5:19am; Reply: 111
Quoted from ABJoe

Consider that I was almost dead when I started BTD.  Followed it for several years with some recovery, but started to have some diet related issues - mostly because I was depending too much on too few foods.  Transitioned to The Genotype Diet and continued healing.  Transitioned to SWAMI after it had been released for about a year because we had a thread where SWAMI users showed what % they fit the primary Genotype and most were less than 50%.  Since I am AB, so have 4 possible Genotypes rather than 3, I felt it would be more important for me to get SWAMI than not.

I am really happy with the SWAMI diet. as most of the avoids are foods I know have caused me problems in the past or that I just don't care for.  Also, after being on SWAMI for some time, realized that I am healing from a fall and subsequent growth issues that I never realized were something that was even wrong, much less that the body would attempt to repair.  As such, the healing is going to take much longer in my case.  I really wouldn't want it to be faster, as when some things happen too fast, worse symptoms occur - and what I'm having is bad enough!

Yes, it is possible that at times that I can't follow the portion guidelines - I have to reduce down to a protein and vegetable diet due to things happening.  Some people may view that as a setback, but eliminating chemicals and other toxins, dealing with candida overgrowth and handling bone regrowth all at the same time can't be done within a body that is really sick.  

I feel that to be doing all of the healing that is taking place is much better than continuously living on the edge of exhaustive collapse and pneumonia...

Thanks to Dr. D. I am still alive to be having all of these symptoms, while I am enjoying family life more than I did for some 30 years.  I'll stick with it - especially since I don't see anyone else providing something anywhere near what this is!
ABJoe thank you for this most amazing post! (clap)

What would have we done without you???  :K) 8)

Posted by: ebla, Friday, February 7, 2014, 1:40pm; Reply: 112
Quoted from yaeli
Ebla, does this mean that you ran SWAMI twice, once checking secretor and the second time non-secretor, and it made no difference in the diet?



With regard to secretor status, I ran it three times:
- secretor
- non secretor
- without selecting any

Differences are minimal, basically negligible when I look at the foods that I eat.

Then I also run with both hands white-lined, and only one white-lined. Reason is that when I take my fingerprints I don't see many white lines, but then I look at my fingerprints against the light I see several small lines. But I cannot understand if they are actual gut-related lines or just physiological wrinkles. The difference here is gluten, which in first case is neutral and second case is avoid. Having been off gluten for two years and having had before that a negative gastroscopy I would rule out being coeliac. When I did intolerance tests however, I was found gluten intolerance. But my guess is that it was related to general gut issues. So now I am trying to reintroduce gluten although in very little quantities. So far have not notice any difference.
Posted by: ebla, Saturday, February 8, 2014, 6:53pm; Reply: 113
Quoted from ABJoe

Consider that I was almost dead when I started BTD.  Followed it for several years with some recovery, but started to have some diet related issues - mostly because I was depending too much on too few foods.  Transitioned to The Genotype Diet and continued healing.  Transitioned to SWAMI after it had been released for about a year because we had a thread where SWAMI users showed what % they fit the primary Genotype and most were less than 50%.  Since I am AB, so have 4 possible Genotypes rather than 3, I felt it would be more important for me to get SWAMI than not.

I am really happy with the SWAMI diet. as most of the avoids are foods I know have caused me problems in the past or that I just don't care for.  Also, after being on SWAMI for some time, realized that I am healing from a fall and subsequent growth issues that I never realized were something that was even wrong, much less that the body would attempt to repair.  As such, the healing is going to take much longer in my case.  I really wouldn't want it to be faster, as when some things happen too fast, worse symptoms occur - and what I'm having is bad enough!

Yes, it is possible that at times that I can't follow the portion guidelines - I have to reduce down to a protein and vegetable diet due to things happening.  Some people may view that as a setback, but eliminating chemicals and other toxins, dealing with candida overgrowth and handling bone regrowth all at the same time can't be done within a body that is really sick.  

I feel that to be doing all of the healing that is taking place is much better than continuously living on the edge of exhaustive collapse and pneumonia...

Thanks to Dr. D. I am still alive to be having all of these symptoms, while I am enjoying family life more than I did for some 30 years.  I'll stick with it - especially since I don't see anyone else providing something anywhere near what this is!


Amazing story ABJoe.

I really look forward to the moment when I will feel that things are happening. For now some positive feedback from this diet, but nothing dramatic. Kind of in line with other diets I tried in the past, maybe slightly better. However, I will keep on staying on the diet for now to see if I will witness the magic at some point..
Posted by: Amazone I., Sunday, February 9, 2014, 4:05pm; Reply: 114
:K)(smarty)(clap)(dance)(ok)(wiseman)(smile)o AB Joe  :D :K)
Posted by: TeacherK, Saturday, February 22, 2014, 4:05pm; Reply: 115
Chloe,
I just now realized from reading some of your posts that the long term, low dose antibiotic therapy (Tetracycline) I received for mild acne when I was a teenager has probably caused the gluten intolerance and other issues I've encountered. :-/

According to the SWAMI, I'm an Explorer, but according to the GenoType Diet book, I'm a Teacher. Not sure if I'm A1 or A2, but I do know that my mom is blood type O+ and my dad is blood type A+. I am A+ also. I have an idea that I'm A dominant and O recessive but that is just a hunch. I am a secretor for sure. So A+, secretor.

I had similar problems in the 1960s as a child just like you mentioned about your children. I regurgitated milk and my mom tried several including goat milk before trying soy, which is what I had to drink. She did put me on whole milk when I was 1 though! I remember having so many ear infections and snotty noses when I was little and developed asthma AND both my parents smoked so that really didn't help me at all! When I realized what was happening with my body as an adult, I stopped all dairy and haven't had asthma symptoms since.

My body then began to manifest autoimmune conditions, like Hashimotos thyroiditis and Alopecia Areata. Having dry eye syndrome for decades or most of my life leads me to believe I probably have a mild case of Sjogren's Syndrome another autoimmune condition (chiropractor helped me to figure out this one). So therefore, the gluten free, dairy free protocol I've been taking part in has really helped to keep me healthy and mostly symptom free. Keeping fit through chiropractic care is helping also as well as supplements.

I'm trying to figure out which GenoType I am:
Either Explorer, Teacher or Warrior... according to tests. But the other information, well... I have more characteristics of the Teacher, but have absolutely no whorl fingerprints! ??)

As for different foods that cause inflammation in my body: beef (arthritis pain), pork (arthritis pain), wheat/gluten (thyroid/hormonal), dairy (asthma/sinusitis), soy (swelling all over).  

I believe like Chloe, that taking the long term antibiotics (approx. 1 year) did affect my digestive system and therefore created a problem with assimilation and also damage to my small intestines possibly creating a bacterial overgrowth there, hence all the illnesses. So, this healing has been taking so many years now, but I am so much better, walking daily, etc. Yea!

Possibly the Explorer is the GT I am, so I will try and follow this protocol to see if that makes any difference at all and document any food intolerance. Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

Oh and pushing myself to exercise causes very much stress, so I do a combination walking, breathing, meditative type exercise and it works greatly!

Glad to be aboard!
K
      
Posted by: TeacherK, Saturday, February 22, 2014, 4:18pm; Reply: 116
Oh I forgot to add SUGAR! That has been one of the most important things I have eliminated from my diet, eating very little since December 2011! Very inflammatory, but I notice it's on both Teacher and Explorer toxins to limit or avoid!

And Teachers can have peanut butter but Explorers can't... so... :'(
Posted by: Mrs T O+, Saturday, February 22, 2014, 7:02pm; Reply: 117
TeacherK:  Being an Explorer GT means you probably have certain sensitivites which by having the diseases mentioned confirms it, IMO.  I have smaller issues, but also test as an Explorer in SWAMI. I am sensitive to sugar, caffiene, etc., am left-handed....

I thought I was a hunter first, then a gatherer, but the SWAMI says explorer. My diet seems to be a mixture of the 3 types.

Yes, you are O recessive since your dad was an O.  The O types has the distinction of both halves being O.
Enjoy BTDing with us. You will love the community we have here!
Posted by: TeacherK, Sunday, February 23, 2014, 1:54pm; Reply: 118
Mrs T,
Thanks... So you've had difficulty finding yours too. Wow.

But... My blood type is A+ and I'm a secretor so I'm either Explorer, Teacher or Warrior. Don't believe I'm a Warrior, but trying to figure out if I'm an Explorer or Teacher...

and As You Say...I'm probably an Explorer with all the sensitivities.

The reason I mentioned Dad (A+) and Mom (O+) is b/c of the sensitivities a person like me with A and O mixture may have according to what I've read in the research, IF, in fact, I am AO. I realize there are subtypes but I'm not sure which one I am, unless it's A2 with all the sensitivities, but A1 is more common.

That being said, I am doing magnificently well in light of all the difficulties and didn't even realize I was following the BTD for Type A for the most part since 2007 and some of the time way before that; and I hadn't even read anything about it until the 2013. I purchased several of Dr. D.'s books/kits in December and gave some as presents to my mom and dad at Christmas.

So glad to meet you Mrs. T,
K  
Posted by: ABJoe, Sunday, February 23, 2014, 2:29pm; Reply: 119
Quoted from ebla
However, I will keep on staying on the diet for now to see if I will witness the magic at some point..

It may not be "magic, I'm all well."  It'll probably be a slow progression that you hardly know day-to-day that there is any benefit and one day you realize that all of these things that you used to complain about are gone.  I've found that you don't really miss it when the pain is gone, you have to remember it due to some discussion or ???
Posted by: ABJoe, Sunday, February 23, 2014, 2:34pm; Reply: 120
Quoted from TeacherK
According to the SWAMI, I'm an Explorer, but according to the GenoType Diet book, I'm a Teacher.

I would follow the SWAMI plan.  It uses many more pieces of data that are specifically you to make the determination.  Remember that there is always an adjustment period when changing diet to allow the digestive flora to change and the initial healing process to take place.  The duration is individually dependent.
Posted by: TeacherK, Sunday, February 23, 2014, 4:28pm; Reply: 121
Thanks Joe.

I am going to test each one to see which one fits me the best, beginning with Explorer (Swami). Reason is b/c I clicked the wrong thing on lactose intolerant and caffeine sensitive. I was in a hurry and I clicked "save" shortly thereafter so it saved my answers and I couldn't change it later!!!!! I don't think I'm either one, but I am DEFINITELY allergic to dairy, so the lactose intolerance effects probably were allergy instead of lactose sensitivity. Mine is protein allergy to milk as I regurgitated it very quickly when a newborn and it caused many problems and ear infections/sinus polyps/congestion when I was growing up, I'm sure along with other foods also like wheat.

So do you think they may change that in the program so I can see both diet plans? I will ask them.

Thanks again for responding...K
Posted by: ABJoe, Sunday, February 23, 2014, 7:00pm; Reply: 122
Quoted from TeacherK
So do you think they may change that in the program so I can see both diet plans? I will ask them.

Definitely e-mail or call asking them to make the changes...  They want you to have the most accurate output to follow.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Sunday, February 23, 2014, 8:04pm; Reply: 123
Deep healing isn't going to be "magical." It's likely to be slow and painful, with tons of ups and downs. The older you are when you start "eating right", the more years of "eating wrong" you need to heal from. The sicker you are when you start, the more healing nas to happen, regardless of your age.

Also, diet alone can't fix everything. Sometimes supplements are needed to help your body rebuild. Sometimes medication is needed to "keep things from being severely imbalanced" while the healing takes place. Depending on the specifics of your body, you may be able to wean off medication after a few weeks, or you may need it for decades. Some people need to be on some medicine *forever*, although even those individuals can usually reduce the number of drugs they're taking and/or reduce the dosages of the ones they still need.

I've been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I used to have debilitating brain fog, muscle pain, and limited motility. I still get symptoms sometimes, though overall I'm in less pain, and the flare-ups don't last as long.

Diet has helped a lot, but it can't do everything. Flare-ups can be caused by psychological stress, which can't always be avoided. I can't 100% control the environmental toxins I'm exposed to. I don't use toxic cleaners in my own home or garden, but some of my neighbors use toxic pesticides, I breathe in synthetic scents in public bathrooms, etc. I also strongly suspect that the mercury fillings in my mouth are causing me harm, and I haven't had all of them removed yet. Even after I finish getting them out, there will still be some residual toxicity to deal with.
Posted by: SquarePeg, Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 12:38am; Reply: 124
Ruth, I think your last paragraph is important and often overlooked.
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