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Questions and answers for February10, 1999:
GERD AND WHAT-NOT
Q: We have known friends who have been on your
diet for some years now, and they often speak of their success
with the diet. Over the past few years, I have been
halfheartedly trying to integrate your diet into my household,
and have of late, been rather serious about it. I have had a few
stumbling blocks. My children (ages 5 -type A - and 7 type O)
are reluctant to try new things and while we eat a healthy diet,
it is not blood-type related. My main difficulty with the
children is getting them switched from milk to soy and from
wheat to soy (and other non-wheat products). I intend this to be
a slow, gradual process, but was wondering if you had any
insight into making it an easier, more integrated process. I
don't see anything of this topic addressed in your FAQ's
section. Also, my husband (Type A) has been diagnosed with GERD,
where the stomach acid erupts over the protective flap at the
top of the stomach. He is a heavy tea drinker, and while fairly
flexible about going on this diet, does not want to give up tea
to go on coffee, which according to your chart, is highly
beneficial for his type. He feels it would aggravate the acid
problem he has with GERD. Any comments on this would be
appreciated. Thanks for all your work, and continued success.
BLOOD TYPING ISSUES
Q: I have been a proponent of Living Foods
Veganism for 15 years and have worked at the Hippocrates
Institute as well. Several experiences this past year have
caused me to challenge my own "beliefs", and I have
been very excited to hear about the blood type diet information.
Questions and answers for January 1-15, 1999:
PETER D'ADAMO ANSWERS YOUR QUESTIONS
I am currently breast feeding and type AB+, are there any additions I need to make to the diet. For example more dairy or vitamins (other than prenatal)? My child was premature and I want to make sure he is getting every thing he needs.
No, the AB diet should provide more than enough nutrients. Think about using the Membrane Fluidizer drink (described in section on type B) as extra fatty acids are always welcome in breast milk.
I have just been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. I'm following the ER4YT diet for the most part but have eliminated wheat. My joint pain has lessened somewhat. What else should I concentrate on to improve my condition?
Although you did not cite your blood type, the B vitamin folic acid (1200 mcg daily) can help prevent re-occurances of rheumatoid arthritis when it goes into remission.
How should a blood type diet be arrived at for people with multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS)?
Generally, start removing "avoids" first, then concentrate on liver detox/regeneration. This can be through the use of botanicals like milk thistle (A and AB) or licorice (B and O). Lastly, slowly introduce "beneficials" one by one.
I have a terrible problem with bloating and gas and constipation if I stray too much from the diet. SometimesI have to eat out and there is no way around it. Are enzymes okay for type A's to take? What about pancreatin? Will this help? I dont' want a license to backslide and sin but sometimes my options are not that good and I have to eat foods that I know are going to cause this effect.
Rather than pancreatin (derived from hog pancreas tissue) I often recommend pineapple enzymes (bromelain) or the "plant enzymes" manufactured by several supplement companies. Try to use "bitters," like the herb Gentian, before a meal. They help stimulate your own digestive juices. Lastly, do some basic food combining, such as avoiding the combination of proteins and starches at the same meal.
I am an O, 43, female and in good health. I am going to have liposuction surgery on my outer thighs and posterior hips. The surgeon has no advice on nutrition, homeopathy or other pre or postsurgury preparations. My question is: Do you have any suggestions for nutrition and vitamins, homeopathy or other supplements to encourage positive and effective results and a powerful and quick healing and recovery? I am particularly concerned with bleeding and bruising. Thank you.
The herb Centellia asiatica (often found in preparations used to help varicose veins) can make a big difference in healing from surgery. Also homeopaths have traditionally used the remedy Arnica (always used in the homeopathic dilutions 3, 6 or 30c, never in tincture). Many people in health food stores and some pharmacists are now conversant in these remedies.
For many months this web site advertised that the reprint/reissue of "One Man's Food" was "coming soon." Is that still going to happen, and when?
The website will not be carrying "One Man's Food". However, you can probably order it from my Dad's office in Portsmouth NH listed in the back of the book.
The corners of my mouth are irritated and crack when I yawn. I have tried cortizone ointments, anti-bacterial ointments, vaseline, to no avail. My doctor gave me a pill for yeast although he did not think it was a yeast infection. He also injected it with cortizone which did not help. He seemed to think it was nothing, even though I have consulted with him twice. The corners are red, wrinkled, and dry. I also consulted the dentist who didn't have any ideas on the cause. I am a type A but I am not very careful with the diet right now.
This can be very common in type A's, and is a clear sign that their stomach acid levels are too low. Following the type A diet more closely should help balance acid level to your dietary need. A topical licorice gel also can give substantial, if temporary relief.
Specifically, I would like to know what sort of alterations you would make (assuming that you have given thought to this - which perhaps you haven't) to the AB diet for someone who has Hepatitis C. I had just begun using your diet before I started a regime of interferon and ribavirin, and it seemed to be helping me with a number of life-long problems, primarily daytime drowsiness and low energy and night-time sleeplessness. Thanks for your great book and your great work!
Japanese studies (Mori, et all 1994) studied the effects of adding glycyrhizzic acid, one of the active components in licorice, to interferon protocols. The results showed that the addition of licorice (in the form of SNMC- "Super Neo Minophagen C") increased the percentage of positive responses to interferon therapy from 30% to about 60%. It is important to remember that this form of licorice is not the DGL form sold in health food stores, as that form has had the active ingredient removed. Paradoxically, drinking licorice tea would provide a substantial amount of glycyrhizzic acid (as glycyrhizzin) but be alert to signs of licorice overdose, such as swelling of the fingers or high blood pressure. Perhaps the best advice here is to work with a competent practitioner skilled in the use of herbals. I've treated many patients with hep-c and to a person they've done very well.
My husband's nutrionist put him on the blood type diet, and I followed suit, and we have both seen benefits result, namely weight loss, decreased cravings, and more energy. So accordingly, I've told every friend and family member about it. The majority of my family is type A, and my brother is the focus of this question. He has always had severe allergic reactions since he was a child to both food & flora. My mother and I have been doing a lot of reading and encouraging him to try the diet, so he recently tried soy milk and had a terrible reaction. What type of approach should be taken with an individual who seems to be sensitive to numerous beneficial foods on the list? Is there any way to gradually "desensitize" them and better their health? Or does he just need to always avoid those foods?
The answer here would be the same as the one given to the person with multiple chemical sensitivities. Start with avoid removals, work on the liver, gradually introduce beneficials.
My 3 year old sister, O type, is going through chronic ear infections. I'm trying to convince my mother that she is having an allergy on certain types of foods, like milk. She is not a good eater, she always asks for plain pasta, and she gets it. Can it be pasta? milk? something else? If we stop giving her milk, what's the replacement?
Try calcium fortified soy, rice or almond milks. Failing this, try fruit juices with a pediatric calcium supplement. In a child who is type O the culprits are always wheat and dairy.
Have you found any specific correlations between migraine headaches and a specific abo type(s)? Also, could you elaborate some on ABO susceptibility to certain neuro-psychiatric disorders? I looked up the references you listed, then came to a "virtual" dead end. By the way, being a holistic nurse, I am impressed with your true interest and passion evident in your work. I have read your book, have offered the information to just about any client open to the theory. Makes sense to me. I definitely feel more energy when I stick to my A-type diet....more tired and unfocused when I succumb to the ever prevalent calling of wheat products. Need any help as far as employment? No kidding! Keep up the great work. It is amazing to me that you and you're dad's theory has taken so long to catch on! Most of my associates are at least thinking about the logic of it all. Thanks!
All blood types get migraines, but get them for different reasons (usually the results of the wrong diet increasing the levels of polyamines -toxins- causing activation of the immune system, resulting in inflamation). This is probably why even generalized "bowel detox" such as enemas and colonics, have been historically successful for migraines. However, eating right for your type is a less invasive labor intensive way to get the same results.
Much of my next book will be looking at the effects of the blood type diet on mental-emotional health, but suffice it to say, there will be a similar long road to hoe with the skeptics; most experts are unaware of the studies documenting behavioral differences between the ABO types, and would not expect the explanation to lie in the realm of genetics, but will rather expect it to be the result of ascribed characteristics (ala Japan), hence having "no scientific basis."
I was diagnosed with Crohn's disease 7 years ago and had surgery 2 years ago that removed a foot of my small intestine (including the terminal ileum) and a 1/2 foot of the large. I am an O blood type (and currently do not eat red meat, but some fish and a little poultry) and am curious if following your recommendations would help to improve my day to day health. I do not eat dairy currently, but do not otherwise follow this diet now. My general health is ok but do feel sluggish overall and am very able to notice problems with digestion of much of the food I eat. Curious to know your feedback.
Typical O things: wheat, corn and dairy avoidance, the use of the amino sugar n-acetyl glucosamine (not glucosamine sulphate) and the product "Seacure" (a peptide made from whitefish) have been the most successful strategies I've used in my practice. All of these should be securable from a good pharmacy or health food store.
Hi Peter, been following type A diet religiously, feel great and it makes sense. I asked you this a few days ago,haven't got an answer. Can I take a multi-vit with mixed carotenoids made from sea plants. I know I'm supposed to avoid beta carotene. I also heard donating blood is heathy for donor. Thanks for your wonderful book,it has changed my life.
Cartenoids from sea plants are fine for type A. It is only the synthetic carotenes which I suspect are the problem. Unfortunately they comprise 90% of all the carotene preparations sold.
I am a 45 year old woman in good health, taking no prescription drugs, following your diet for AB types. My principal health concern is preventing cancer. I have had one melanoma removed (from my shoulder), and am being monitored by an ocular oncologist for suspicion of melanoma in my eyes. Two close relatives, an aunt and a young cousin (35) died recently of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and I read that melanoma sufferers are more likely to develop other types of cancer. This is my question: Is enough known about the AB blood type to feel confident that the diet that you recommend is the best one for preventing cancer.
I think so. Since melanoma is one of the few cancers known to have some response to immunotherapy. This is because, unlike most cancers, melanoma cells tend to look a lot like each other. Hence an antibody synthesized by the immune system has some chance of working. I'd also pursue investigating immune enhancing polysaccharides like those found in larch, Echinacea or Astragalus. These tend to enhance NK (natural killer) cell activity, which is your first line of defence.
I am blood type O and my wife is blood type A. Our third daughter was born 2 months ago. We have just started on the ABO diet, and something occured to me. Our nursing daughter spits up very often, and I was wondering that if maybe she is blood type O ( we haven't gotten her blood type results back yet ) and she is reacting badly to my wife's blood type A diet. The spitting up is not something that started when we started the ABO diets, but it just seemed to me that the difference in blood type could be a contributing factor, and if you knew anything about it.
Breast milk is, to a degree, "immunologically priviledged." By that it is meant that food antigens. etc are normally denied access. I say it is such to a degree, because human breast milk is inordinately high in the sugar fucose, which you may know, is part of the O(h) antigen. This is not normally a problem as the O factor is considered "universal donor" hence no blood type will react negatively to it. I think there is a chance that your child may just have an immature esophagus in which case "tincture of time" should solve everything.
What recent research can I read that would help substantiate your theory on diet and blood types? My co-workers think you're writing fiction, but I have an open mind. I think your work is fascinating, but I'm looking for other corroborating and recent evidence.
Unfortunately, there is no peer-reviewed, double blind university study in JAMA or the NEJM which directly says "Peter D'Adamo's Theory is Correct." First of all, nobody had thought to look at blood type and diet prior to my writing my book. Second of all, it would have to be, by design, a huge, probably expensive study, which someone would have to have an economic incentive to perform. Prior to publishing my book, I was just an everyday suburban physician in a small private practice, and, although my critics seem to think it mandatory, the chance of doing that kind of study out of my own personal economic resourses was well nigh impossible.
So, what are we left with? Well, you could take my word for it. Surprisingly, many things in medicine got their start that way. A statistician contacted me about 2 years ago and had an interesting take on this "proof business": If he just took the conclusions provided by the mere titles of the research articles cited in the back of ER4YT, they themselves would consitute an association between blood type and diet "of very high significance".
You could also research the factual basis of the theory by educating yourself on the structural underpinnings of the theory, such as the disease correlations, or the lectin hypothesis. One way of doing that is to go to MEDLINE (available form the front page on this website) open up ER4YT to the references at the back of the book, find one that sounds interesting, then key in a few search words (the author last name is usually sufficient). Nine of ten times you can read the abstract of the article, which should provide you with a point of reference as to whether my conclusions can be sufficiently backed up by the pre-existing scientific literature.
Hi there from down under! I am a type O suffering with Myasthenia Gravis. Would you have any specific advise for me, in consideration of this illness. Have just begun program and definately feel more energetic! Am also trying to combine it with "Zone" quantity principals. What do you think? (Hope this makes sense) Very hard to get Essene bread and Bladderwrack in Australia! Thank you for your time and I am really enjoying your wonderful book!!!
Several species of eels have a lectin in them which apparently induces a proliferation of suppressor T cells very specific to Myastenia Gravis. The idea here is to actually suppress the immune system paradoxically by stimulating it! Increasing this particular subset of T-suppressors apparently turns off the specific T-killer and Helper cells which are actually attacking the cholinesterase receptors in the nervous system. Many of the Italian families in New York City (where I grew up) used to cook eels in a tomatoe sauce aound the holidays. I've never tried it, but my friends used to lap it up.
My question concerns your Membrane Fluidizer Drink. The ingredients uses flaxseed (linseed?) oil. In the UK this is not available as an actual oil due to it's instability (so I've been told). I would like to know why this 'oil' is suggested and what are the possible alternatives.
Olive oil (the thin, extra virgin type) works faily well.
I have had great success on the bloodtype diet. I am a type A. Thank-you for publishing this book. I have not seen a reference to articial sweeteners. Maybe I missed it. Is there any work on articifical sweetners for blood type. If it's already out could you point me in the right direction? Again thanks, so much!!!!!!!!!
Avoid artifical sweeteners .They are either directly carcinogenic (cyclamates) or indirectly carcinogenic (nutra-sweet class).
I'm a type O. Have the food choices selected for blood types taken into account the genetic evolution of blood types over the centuries? If type O evolved into other types A, B, and AB. Couldn't O itself have evolved over time to tolerate a wider variety of foods?
Not really. Think of it like this: You have a 1953 DeSoto sedan. It runs well. When it breaks you can fix it easily. Why would you want to trade it in for a 1972 Chrysler K series?
I happened upon your web site due to a link from another web site, and it is quite interesting. I do have a criticism of the theory, but it is different and perhaps less negative than, for example, the vegan advocate who seemed to feel threatened. My comment is that yours is far from the first theory saying "I've found the important principle in diet". This opinion comes from encountering so many conflicting theories, all of which make "sense".
True, but doesn't this list in a way just validate the concept that virtually all of the "one diet fits all" concepts are flawed?
Fort* expressed this best in his "Law of the Hyphen" -the idea that much of reality lies in an intermediate, "Excluded Middle" realm of existence.
Sounds like ER4YT with respect to the more extreme Vegan and Paleolithic diet proponents, doesn't it?
Another is Fort's basic attitude, expressed frequently, that the more dogmatic and authoritarian a system, the more likely it is to be wrong. Hence his dislike for much of scientific and religious authority. He had a basic perspective that knowledge could never be completely universalized or totalized - as soon as one door is closed, yet another is thrown open, as he said. This best describes the value of a system like the blood type diet: In essence each individual is an exception to the rules, and no food in and of itself is "good" nor "bad".
Can the same be said for the systems or theories you list?
* For those who've not heard of him, Charles Hoy Fort was a 19th-century eccentric who would read through the various scientific journals of the day, looking for 'damned data' about which the learned authorities were at pains to explain. Such things would include reports of falls of strange things from the sky, strange things seen in the heavens, and strange disappearances. Fort found the pathetic efforts of astronomers, meteorologists, and other scientists to deny and explain away these weird occurences inadequate, and often mocked them for their pompous attempts to deny that there were things they didn't understand.
"One measures a circle, beginning anywhere..." -Charles Fort.
My mother and I are both Type B blood types and are on the Type B diet. My mother has Multiple Sclerosis, she is trying to follow a homeopathic way of treatment and to cut out the pharmaceutical drugs. Maybe something to add to her cocktail?
I think it might be common to have these other ailments with multiple sclerosis, but wonder if the diet will address them all? Also what would be any added advise for someone who might be genetically dispossed to contracting MultipleSclerosis? (I have had no syptoms yet but am concerned)
Definitely have mom do the Membrane Fluidizer drink every AM. Also, your mom should look into methylcobalamine (active B12, not the far more common cyanocobalamine) and the herb Urtica dioca aka "Stinging Nettle" (the root, not the far more common leaf)
I would like to know what you think of macrobiotic diet for Type A.
I am Type A. I understand what ER4YT is about. Is it true that Type A should be on macrobiotic diet? I hope you explain me more about it.
Macroibiotics can work for type A, though you will have to double check for Type A avoids which may be avocated by macrobiotic philosophy. Lima beans, for example.
I borrowed your book from a family member, and I must say, it was an incredible experience. I am type O. When I read that section, I felt as if you were writing about me! I am an O+ vegan. What should a vegetarian/vegan type O do if they believe in what is said in your book, but they don't want to start eating meat again for other reasons? I realise that the answer is not neccessarily to ignor or refute the evidence!
I home-tested as a Type O Negative, which I plan to reconfirm at a lab. Since I have been a lacto vegetarian for 26 years for religious reasons, naturally I was horrified. I believe firmly in my choice of spiritual path, and also believe in the validity of the ER4YT diets. I have spent over an hour searching the indexes for advice on how to mange within these parameters. Will avoiding the negative foods and supplementing with protein powder suffice? To give you a better picture of my personal health situation, it has been just the last 3 years that I have not felt well. I pulled out of chronic fatigue with acupuncture and chinese herbs; I lost 20 pounds this year due to digestive problems & stress, and I was already thin (tested negative for leukemia or diabetes); I have become increasingly allergic to wheat & coffee; and I never feel rested, am chronically constipated and have no extra energy to exercise. I cannot, and will not eat meat, fish, fowl, or anything that contains them, and I LOVE tofu. What's a spiritual girl to do?
Steve Shapiro has a nice way of responding to this very common dilemma:
Another board participant, Elena, also had an interesting take:
The diet has been wonderful for both my husband (O+) and me (B+). In four months we have had 95% of our symptoms disappear (but that will go on your shared results part of the website). My question is this: can eating a beneficial food together with an avoid food counteract the avoid food? If avoids are like poison and beneficials are like medicine, what is the outcome of consuming them together? Thanks for all your good work, we feel wonderful!
No, beneficials and avoids function on a different axis; i.e eating a "avoid" food containing a lectin will do damage to the intestinal lining. No "beneficial" food will repair it per se.
Also, if one has a history of Acid reflux disease, and is taking prilosec or prevacid, how long should they stay on their perscriptions as they do the type O diet?
Generally, 4-6 weeks, but remember: With all prescription medicine, always make sure the guy who put you on it is the guy who takes you off it.
Just wanted to tell you that your type O diet got rid of my Hashimotos thyroid condition. I just avoided all the avoid foods except for potatos once in while and an occassional glass of milk (Very occassional) and it is now gone. I wasn't even following your proportions right.
Super! This auto-immune condition of the thyroid is both more common in type O and reliably helped by the type O lectin avoidance diet. As such it would make an excellent mini-study to help prove the value of the diet theory.
What is your opinion on taking either 5-DHT or Tryptophan as a supplement, and does blood type inform whether one should take these supplements? My M.D. who recommended your diet (I am type O) also recommended taking one or both of these supplements to deal with lack of energy. While following ER4YT diet and excercise guidelines has helped (though I'm not always consistent with the regular aerobic exercise), I still am having an issue with lack of energy. Thanks, and keep up the good work.
5-HT looks attractive as a "safe" tryptophan (the "unsafe" aspects of the original were a bogus slap at the supplement industry, as it was not tryptophan that was the problem, but rather a defective production technique). Unfortunately in several trial adminstrations, I've not seen it work all that well. Perhaps other practitioners have had better results.
Greetings, I'm a type O recovering vegetarian on your diet some weeks and much improved. I have searched your site for answers to these questions but have found no answers as yet. What about Spirulina as excellent protein source, I'm amazed I have not seen it mentioned. Also, is rice milk O.K for O's?
Spriulina can trigger allergic reactions in some type O's. It is also very expensive. Rice milk is fine, as long as it doesn't contain carageenan.
Thanks a million for your work, it saved my sanity! (Mom of two small children). Question: I am a type A and have a candida problem. I am on the second doctor to try and relieve the symptoms of fatigue. He has me on a detox diet using your TYPE A diet while I am on the candida killing meds, along with milk thistle and acidopholis (sp) pills. But he will not let me eat, while on detox, grains and fruits, even the highly beneficial. I can't eat that much veggies and fish, no matter how I look at it. Isn't the meat/veggie diet for type o's with candida? What should I eat as an A? And is my candida here to stay?
I would do the Type A diet just as outlined in the book. Indeed, some of the type A grains have anti-candida agglutinating lectins (wheat for example) which virtually no holistic doctor to my knowledge is aware of.
I know you've dealt with this issue before, but it keeps reappearing, most notably and recently on the website of the peripatetic Dr Andrew Weil... Peanut butter as a a CAUSE of cancer! Given your recommendation of peanuts as an anti-cancer food for Type A's, how do you respond to Dr Weil's observation that a recent study showed the amounts of aflatoxin present in peanut butter to pose more of a cancer risk to humans than most pesticides?
I think it is a sick joke. Aflatoxin is a fungus that grows on moldy peanuts which are improperly stored. Aflatoxin is a carcinogen. If you buy peanut butter from any reputable manufacturer it will have already been government assayed for aflatoxin. Just don't grind your own peanut butter from suspect peanuts and you'll be fine.
Does Helix lucorum contain the same powerful lectin as Helix pomatia? Thank you very much , you are doing a great job!
Don't know. But apparently Helix aspersa does.
I'm a 46-year old type A, who has been on the diet with about 98% compliance for 9 months. I've experienced very good results and plan to stick with it. There are occasions, however, where it's impossible to avoid the items on the avoid list. I've found that if I eat items on the avoid list for more than a meal or two, my health problems return very quickly and are somewhat worse than they were before starting the diet. Is this expected or normal, and do you have any explanation for this phenomena?
Not really, other than you may just be more tuned into having the discomfort now that you feel better. Generally with time comes accomodation which is the true measure of the diet's success.
Please can you tell me your opinion of tissue salts ( Kali Phos) etc. for the various blood groups.
Type O from Wisconsin. I was actually introduced to your father's work over 10 years ago and never had enough chutzpah to try it with my vegetarian friends and all. You know doing the right thing for the planet and all the while I was killing myself.
Look after yourself first. Barring nefarious intent, the planet is eminently capable of taking care of itself
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