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But at least 5 per cent of the lectins we eat are filtered into the blood stream, where they react with and destroy red and white blood cells. The actions of lectins in the digestive tract can be even more powerful. Even a minute quantity of a lectin is capable of agglutinating a huge number of cells if the particular blood type is reactive. This is not to say that you should suddenly become fearful of every food you eat.
After all, lectins are widely abundant in pulses seafood, grains and vegetables. It's hard to bypass them. The key is to avoid the lectins that agglutinate your particular cells-- determined by blood type. For example, gluten, the most common lectin found in wheat and other grains, binds to the lining of the small intestine, causing substantial inflammation and painful irritation in some blood types--especially Type O.
Lectins vary widely according to their source. For example, the lectin found in wheat has a different shape and attaches to a different combination of sugars than the lectin found in soya, making each of these foods dangerous for some blood types, but beneficial for others.
Nervous tissue as a rule is very sensitive to the agglutinating effect of food lectins. This may explain why some researchers feel that allergy-avoidance diets may be of benefit in treating certain types of nervous disorders, such as hyperactivity, Russian researchers have noted that the brains of schizophrenics are more sensitive to the attachment of certain common food lectins.
Injections of lentil lectin into the knee-joint cavities of non-sensitized rabbits resulted in the development of arthritis that was indistinguishable from rheumatoid arthritis. Many people with arthritis feel that avoiding the so-called 'nightshade' vegetables, such as tomatoes, aubergines and white potatoes, seems to help their arthritis.
That's not surprising, since most nightshades are very high in lectins. Food lectins can also interact with the surface receptors of the body's white cells, programming them to multiply rapidly. These lectins are called mitogens because they cause the white cells to enter mitosis, the process of cell reproduction.
They do not clump blood by gluing cells together; they merely attach themselves to things, like fleas on a dog. Occasionally an emergency room doctor will be faced with a very ill but otherwise apparently normal child who has an extraordinarily high white blood cell count. Although paediatric leukaemia is usually the first thing to come to mind, the astute doctor will ask the parent, 'Was your child playing in the garden?
When I challenge the patient's assurance, usually the person will drop all sighs of protest and say in amazement, 'How do you know? They're based on science. I've tested virtually all common foods for blood type reactions, using both clinical and laboratory methods. I can download isolated lectins from foods such as peanuts, lentils, meat or wheat from chemical laboratories and the results are visible under the microscope: I can see them agglutinating cells in the affected blood type.
JPG] There is a scientific barometer that can be used to measure the presence of lectins in our system. The barometer is a simple urine test called the Indican Scale.
The Indican Scale measures a factor called bowel putrefaction. When the liver and intestines don't properly metabolize proteins, they produce toxic byproducts called indols. The level of these toxic byproducts is shown on the Indican Scale.
If you avoid foods containing toxic lectin proteins that do not metabolize properly in your system, your Indican Scale will be low. If, on the other hand, you regularly consume foods that are high in indigestable lectins, your Indican Scale will be high--meaning that you have a high carcinogenity of substances in your body.
My patients with high Indican Scale results often protest that they usually follow the diet, only easing up occasionally. They can't believe that their Indican Scale numbers are so high. Here's the reason: The Indican Scale shows that a toxic food entering your system is magnified to 90 times the effect on someone for whom it is not toxic. For example, if a Type A eats a processed or cured food, such as bologna salami , the nitrates are magnified 90 times in the negative impact they have because Type As are particularly susceptible to stomach cancer and the toxic effects of nitrites.
The good news is, after only two weeks of faithfully following the blood type diet, that person's Indican Scale number will drop to 1 or even 0. This may be the first time you've ever heard of the Indican Scale, but it has been widely used in conventional medicine for the last fifty years, and all commercial laboratories perform it. Ironically, only a year ago, several major laboratory groups discontinued its use because not enough people were requesting it.
I am certain that as people begin to better understand the blood type-lectin association, the Indican Scale will be revived. Meanwhile, ask your medical doctor or naturopath to perform the test. The Rabbi's Story. But few so moved and inspired me as my experience with a wise, elderly Brooklyn rabbi. In early , I received an urgent phone call from a New York City doctor who respected my work. He asked if I could come to see one of his patients, a renowned Hasidic rabbi who was bedridden.
Now, a massive stroke had left him partially paralyzed. When I arrived to see him in his Brooklyn home, I found that Rabbi Jacob was indeed an impressive man who gave off an air of deep spiritual understanding and quiet compassion.
Once obviously tall and strongly formed, the rabbi lay withered and exhausted in his bed, his luxuriant white beard almost falling to his chest. In spite of his medical condition, his eyes were clear, kind, and filled with life.
His main interest was getting out of bed so he could go about his work. But I could see he was in terrible pain. Even before the stroke, he told me, his legs had been giving him problems.
Poor circulation had caused swelling and inflammation in both legs and caused him to experience excruciating jolts of 'pins and needles' when he tried to walk. Now, his left leg was not responding to his bidding. Although this blood type is relatively uncommon in America, it is very common among Hasidic Jews, the majority of whom emigrated from Eastern Europe. I realized that in order to help the rabbi, I must first learn something about the way he lived and the foods he ate. Food was intimately bound to ritual in Jewish tradition.
I sat down with Rabbi Jacob's wife and daughter, both of whom were unfamiliar with naturopathic treatments. But they wanted to help the rabbi, and they were eager to learn.
Chicken, beans, buckwheat with bow-tie noodles--these are very normal foods. There was a quick conversation back and forth between mother and daughter in Yiddish, punctuated with lovely smiles at me, and gales of laughter.
Then you serve it, say blessings and eat. Another outbreak of Yiddish. Then, the rabbi's daughter began. You clarify the fat as it cooks, and you've got beautiful pure chicken fat.
It's so delicious you could die! It tastes better than potato chips. The rabbi loves it! Oh, it's just delicious. But it was more than just a weekly ritual for the rabbi.
A pious man who spent most of his time in prayer, the rabbi thought little of food and simply ate the same meal twice daily, day after day. Although part of a centuries-old tradition, the rabbi's diet was not a good choice for people with Type B blood. The lectins in foods like chicken, buckwheat, beans and corn not to mention the GRIBBENES were causing the cells of his blood to agglutinate, and that was probably a major factor in his stroke. These particular lectins can also block the effects of insulins, which explains why Rabbi Jacob's diabetes became increasingly difficult to control.
I understood that Orthodox Jews obeyed the laws of Kashruth kosher , ancient dietary principles first laid out in the Old Testament of the Bible. According to these dietary laws, a number of foods are forbidden, and dairy and meat are never eaten at the same meal.
In fact, there are separate pots, pans, dishes and cutlery for dairy and meat in kosher homes. And separate sinks to wash all these things, as well. I therefore approached the matter of dietary changes carefully with the two women, not wanting to disrupt the ritual and religious associations that meant so much.
I was also careful not to suggest foods that I knew to be considered 'unclean' in their tradition. Fortunately, there were allowable substitutes.
I asked Rabbi Jacob's wife to vary the family diet, restricting the rabbi's typical dishes to once a week for the actual Sabbath meal. Finally, I prescribed several vitamin and herbal combinations to speed his recovery.
Over the next year, the rabbi made wonderful progress. Within eight weeks he was walking and doing moderate exercise, which greatly helped to improve his circulation. He showed remarkable vigour for a man of his age, and shook off the effects of his stroke. At six months he was switched from injectable to oral insulin therapy--a remarkable achievement considering he had been on injectable insulin for many years.
There have been no further episodes of stroke, and Rabbi Jacob's diabetes is finally under control. Treating the Rabbi gave me a new appreciation for just how ancient and fundamental the wisdom of the blood types is. It also illustrated that foods chosen for religious or cultural reasons may not always be the healthiest for a person of that culture! A five- or six-thousand-year-old tradition may appear time-honoured and ancient, but many of the characteristics of our blood types are thousands of years older.
As you study your blood type diet, take a lesson from the rabbi. The blood type diets are not an attempt to superimpose a rigid formula on your diet, or to rob you of the foods that are important to your culture. Rather, they are a way to fully support your most basic identity--to lead you back to the essential truths that live in every cell of your body and link you to your historical, evolutionary ancestry.
Armed with this new information, you can now make choices about your diet, exercise regimen and general health that are based on the dynamic natural forces within your own body. The next four sections in Part II supply highly specific diet, supplement and exercise plans for each of the blood types.
These sections are followed, in Part III, by a thorough breakdown of every common health condition and disease, with your particular blood type susceptibilities and remedies.
If you follow your Blood Type Plan regime carefully, you can: But it is a way to restore the natural protective functions of your immune system, reset your metabolic clock, and clear your blood of dangerous agglutinating lectins.
Depending on the severity of the condition, and the level of compliance with the plan, every person will realize some benefits. That has been my experience, and the experience of my colleagues who use this system, with thousands of patients.
It makes perfect scientific sense. They include: The groundwork for the blood type diets was prepared for us many thousands of years ago. Perhaps if we had continued to follow the inherent, instinctual messages of our biologic natures, our current condition would be very different. However, human diversity and the sweeping forces of technology intervened.
As already discussed, most, if not all, early humans were Type O hunters and gatherers who fed on animals, insects, berries, roots and leaves. But it was not necessarily a smooth and orderly process because not every society adapted well to this change. In many of the early Type O societies, such as the Missouri Valley Indians in North America, the change from a meat-eating diet to an agrarian diet was accompanied by changes in skull formation and the appearance for the first time of dental cavities.
Their systems were simply not suited to the newly introduced foods.
Even so, for a long period of time, the traditional agrarian diet provided ample nutrients to avoid malnutrition and support large populations. This changed as advances in agricultural and food-processing techniques began to refine foodstuffs even further, and remove them more and more from their natural state.
For example, the refining of rice with new milling techniques in twentieth-century Asia caused a scourge of beriberi, a thiamine-deficiency disease, which resulted in millions of deaths. A more current example is the change from breast-feeding to bottle-feeding in developing Third World countries. This change to a highly-refined, processed infant formula has been responsible for a great deal of malnutrition, diarrhoea and a lowering of the natural immune factors passed on through the mother's milk.
Today, it is well accepted that nutrition--or the foods we eat--has a direct impact on the state of our health and general well-being. But confusing, and often conflicting, information about nutrition has created a virtual minefield for health-conscious consumers. How are we to choose which recommendations to follow, and which diet is the right diet?
The truth is, we can no more choose the right diet than we can choose our hair colour or gender. It was already chosen for us many thousands of years ago. I believe that much of the confusion is the result of a cavalier 'one-diet-fits-all' premise. Although we have seen with our own eyes that certain people respond very well to particular diets while others do not, we have never made a commitment--in science or nutrition--to study the specialized characteristics of populations or individuals that might explain the variety of responses to any given diet.
We've been so busy looking at the characteristics of food that we have failed to examine the characteristics of people. Your blood type diet works because you are able to follow a clear, logical, scientifically researched and certified dietary blueprint based on your cellular profile.
Dairy Products and Eggs. Oils and Fats. Nuts and Seeds. Beans and Pulses. Breads, Crispbreads and Muffins. Grains and Pastas. Juices and Other Fluids. Spices, Dried Herbs and Flavourings. Herbal Teas. Miscellaneous Beverages. Each of these groups divides foods into three categories: Think of the categories this way: There are a wide variety of foods in each diet, so don't worry about limitations.
When possible, show preference for the highly beneficial foods over the neutral foods, but feel free to enjoy the neutral foods that suit you; they won't harm you from the standpoint of lectins, and they contain nutrients that are necessary for a balanced diet.
At the top of each food category, you will see a chart that looks something like this: All seafood. Weekly portion by ancestry: The portion suggestions according to ancestry are not meant as firm rules. My purpose here is to present a way to fine-tune your diet even more, according to what we know about the particulars of your ancestry.
Although peoples of different races and cultures may share a blood type, they don't always have the same frequency of the gene. That is one reason why many people of African descent are lactose intolerant, even if they are Type B a blood type that benefits from dairy foods.
There are also geographical and cultural variations. For example, people of Asian ancestry are not traditionally exposed to dairy products, so Type Bs of Asian descent may need to incorporate them more slowly into their diets as their systems adjust to them. These refinements also take into account typical differences in the size and weight of various peoples.
Use the refinements if you think they're helpful; ignore them if you find that they're not. In any case, try to formulate your own plan for portion sizes. At the back of each blood type diet are three sample menus and several recipes to give you an idea of how you might incorporate the diet into your life.
Today, obesity has become one of the biggest health problems in many industrialized societies. For this reason, losing weight has become an obsession, and naturally many of my patients are interested in the weight loss aspects of the blood type diet. I always tell them that these diets were not specifically designed for weight loss; they were designed for optimum performance.
Having said that, I add that weight loss is one of the natural side effects of the body's restoration. Because the blood type diet is tailored to the cellular composition of your body as opposed to being a generic, one-size-fits-all recommendation , specific foods will cause weight gain or weight loss for you, even though they may have a different effect on a person of another blood type. My patients often ask me about current diet plans that are in vogue.
The latest are the high protein diets, which have made a recent comeback. By severely limiting carbohydrates, high protein diets force the burning of fats for energy and the production of ketones, which indicate a high rate of metabolic activity.
It doesn't surprise me that the patients who tell me they have lost weight on high protein diets are usually Type Os and Type Bs. You don't see many Type As who do well on these diets; their systems are biologically unsuited to metabolize meat as efficiently as Type Os and Type Bs. On the other hand, the principles of a macrobiotic diet, which encourage the consumption of natural foods like vegetables, rice, whole grains, fruits and soya, might be best suited to Type As, providing that they eat the recommended grains and pulses.
The bottom line: Listen to your blood type. Appreciate your individuality. Actually, the greatest problem most of my patients encounter is that they lose too much weight very quickly and I have to make adjustments in their diets to slow down the rate of weight loss. Too much weight loss may seem to be the least of your problems, if you've always struggled with your weight. But remember, your ultimate goal is optimum health and performance, and that means achieving a balance between your weight and your height and shape.
Excessive weight loss indicates a malnourished state that will weaken your immune system--exactly what you are trying to avoid. So use these guidelines wisely. The dynamics of weight loss are related to the changes your body makes when you follow your genetically tailored diet. There are two factors. First, as your body makes the dramatic shift of eliminating foods that are poorly digested or toxic, the first thing it does is try flush out the toxins that are already there.
Those toxins are mainly deposited in the fat tissue, so the process of eliminating toxins also means eliminating fat. The second factor is the effects that specific foods have on the bodily systems that control weight.
Depending on your blood type, the lectin activity of certain foods may do the following: Each blood type has its own reactions to certain foods; these are outlined in your blood type diet. In the first few weeks you'll need to experiment with the guidelines. I've found that many people approach their diet religiously in the beginning. The result is inevitably a rather unhealthy weight loss.
They look gaunt and unwell because they're not getting the full range of nutrients needed for a healthy diet. That will leave you with a balanced diet and a healthier method of weight loss. This is another area where there is great confusion and misinformation.
Popping vitamins, minerals, exotic preparations and herbal tinctures is a popular thing to do these days. It's hard not to be seduced by the vast array of remedies overflowing the shelves of your local health food shop. Promising energy, weight loss, pain relief, sexual potency, strength, longevity and mental power--along with cures for headaches, colds, nerves, stomach pain, arthritis, chronic fatigue heart disease, cancer and every other ailment in the book--these tempting panaceas seem to be the answer we've all been looking for.
But as with food, nutritional supplements don't always work the same way for everyone. Every vitamin, mineral and herbal supplement plays a specific role in your body.
The miracle remedy your Type B friend raves about may be inert or even harmful for your Type A system. It can be dangerous to self-prescribe vitamin and mineral supplements--many of which act like drugs in your body. For example, even though they are all readily available, vitamins A, D, K and B3 niacin should only be administered under the care of a doctor.
However, there are many natural substances in plants, called phytochemicals see Appendix C for definition , that are more effective and less damaging than vitamins and minerals.
Your Blood Type Plan recommends individualized phytochemical regimens for each blood type. You may be unfamiliar with the term phytochemicals.
Once called weeds or herbs, modern science has discovered that many of these phytochemicals are sources of high concentrations of biologically active compounds. Many phytochemicals--which I prefer to think of as food concentrates--are antioxidants, and several of them are many times more powerful than vitamins. Interestingly, these phytochemical antioxidants exhibit a remarkable degree of tissue preference, which vitamins do not demonstrate. These plants are very beneficial for disorders characterized by inflammation of the liver, such as hepatitis and cirrhosis.
Your specialized programme of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals will round out the dietary aspect of your programme. It is also the way your body uses those nutrients for good or ill. That's where stress comes in. The concept of stress is very prominent in modern society. We often hear people remark, 'I'm so stressed' or 'My problem is too much stress'. Indeed, it is true that unbridled stress reactions are associated with many illnesses.
Few people realize, though, that it is not the stress itself but our reaction to the stress in our environment that depletes our immune systems and leads to illness. This reaction is as old as human history. It is caused by a natural chemical response to the perception of danger. The best way to describe the stress reaction is to get a mental picture of how the body responds to stress. Imagine you are man before the dawn of civilization. You lie bundled in the dark night, pressed together with your kind, sleeping.
Suddenly, a huge wild animal appears in your midst. You feel its hot, rank breath on your flesh. You see it snatch your companion with its powerful claws and tear him apart with its fierce teeth.
Do you grab a weapon and try to fight? Or do you turn and run for your life? The body's response to stress has been developed and refined over thousands of years. It is a reflex, an animal instinct, our survival mechanism for dealing with life or death situations. When danger of any kind is sensed, we mobilize our fight or flight response, and we either confront what is alarming us or flee from it--mentally or physically.
Now, imagine another scenario. You are in bed asleep. All is peaceful and silent. Suddenly, there is a thunderous explosion nearby. Your walls, roof and windows shudder. You are awake now, aren't you? And how do you feel? Probably very frightened and most definitely in some kind of heart-pounding high gear.
Alarmed, your pituitary and adrenal glands flood your bloodstream with their excitant hormones. Your pulse quickens.
Your lungs suck in more oxygen to fuel your muscles. Your blood sugar soars to supply a burst of energy. Digestion slows. You break into a sweat. All of these biological responses happen in an instant, triggered by stress. They prepare you--in the same way they prepared our ancient ancestors--for fight or flight. Then the moment ends. The danger passes.
Your body begins to change again. In the secondary, or resistance, stage of stress your body begins to calm down and compose itself after all of the furore caused by the release of so many chemicals. The resistance stage is usually reached when whatever caused the alarm is identified and dealt with.
If whatever caused the initial stress continues, however, the body's ability to adapt to the stress becomes exhausted. It shuts down. Unlike our ancestors, who faced intermittent acute stresses such as the threat of predators or starvation, our highly pressured, fast-paced world imposes chronic, PROLONGED stress. Even though our stress response may be less acute than that of our ancestors, the fact that it is happening continuously may make the consequences even worse.
Experts generally agree that the stresses of contemporary society and the resultant diseases--of the body, the mind and the spirit--are very much a product of our industrialized culture and 'unnatural' style of living. The artificial pressures and stresses of a modern technological society exhaust our built-in survival mechanisms and overwhelm us.
We have become socially and culturally conditioned to suppress and thwart our most natural responses. More stress hormones are being released into our blood than we can possibly use. What is the outcome? Stress-related disorders cause 50 to 80 per cent of all illnesses in modern life. We know how powerfully the mind influences the body and the body influences the mind.
The entire range of these interactions is still being explored. Problems known to be exacerbated by stress and the mind-body connection are ulcers, high blood pressure, heart disease, migraine headaches, arthritis and other inflammatory diseases, asthma and other respiratory diseases, insomnia and other sleep disorders, anorexia nervosa and other eating disorders, and a variety of skin problems ranging from hives to herpes, from eczema to psoriasis.
Stress is disastrous to the immune system, leaving the body open to a myriad of opportunistic health problems. However, certain stresses, such as physical or creative activity, produce pleasant emotional states which the body perceives as an enjoyably heightened mental or physical experience.
Although each of us reacts to stress in a unique way, no one is immune to its effects, especially if they are prolonged and unwanted. Many of our internal reactions to stress are ancient tunes being called up and played by our bodies--the environmental stresses that shaped the evolution of the various blood types. The cataclysmic changes in locale, climate and diet imprinted these stress patterns into the genetic memory of each blood type, and even today determine its internal response to stress.
My father has devoted the past thirty-five years to studying the stress patterns and natural energy levels of the different blood types, and devising blood type-specific exercise programmes that draw from the biological profiles of each. In the process, he has observed thousands of people, adults and children alike, and his empirical observations have taken on a valid shape. His findings are remarkably consistent with everything else we know about what makes each blood type function well.
The most revolutionary aspect of my father's work is the discovery that different blood types need different forms of physical activity, or exercise, to cope with their responses to stress. Your Blood Type Plan includes a description of your own blood type stress patterns, along with the recommended course of exercise that will turn stress into a positive force.
This element provides a crucial complement to your diet. I have experienced this personally on many occasions. People often remark about the fact that I have followed in my father's footsteps to become a naturopath. Or, 'I guess you've inherited your father's passion for healing'. And sometimes, 'It looks like the D'Adamos have medical genes'. Even when the observation is made partially in jest, I sense that most people truly believe that I have inherited something besides my physiological characteristics from my father--that it isn't just an accident that I am drawn to the same work that he is drawn to.
The idea that certain inherited traits, mannerisms, emotional qualities and life preferences are buried in our genetic make-up is well accepted, although we aren't sure how to gauge this inheritance scientifically. We don't know yet! Some might argue that the way we behave has more to do with nurture than nature. But perhaps it is both.
Recently, Beverly, a long-time patient, brought her adult daughter in to see me. Beverly had told me previously that she was young and unmarried when her daughter was born, and she gave her up for adoption. For thirty years, Beverly never knew what had become of her daughter--until the day a familiar-looking young woman appeared on her doorstep, having found her birth mother through a search organization.
It turned out that Beverly's daughter was raised on the American West Coast in a very different environment to Beverly's.
Yet, I was astounded to watch the two of them together. They were mother and daughter in every way. They possessed exactly the same mannerisms and accents even though Beverly was a New Yorker and her daughter was a Californian , and they seemed to share a similar sense of humour. Amazingly, Beverly's daughter had chosen the same profession as her mother. Both were human resource managers for their companies. If ever there was evidence of a genetic connection to personality, it was sitting in my office.
Of course, I realize this evidence is anecdotal, not scientific. Most of the research into this aspect of blood types is just that. Still, the connection intrigues us because it makes some sense that there might be a causal relationship between what occurs at the cellular level of our beings and our mental, physical and emotional tendencies as expressed by our blood type.
Evolutionary changes altered the immune systems and digestive tracts of humans, resulting in the development of the blood types.
But the mental and emotional response systems were also altered by evolutionary changes, and, with this alteration, very different psychological patterns and behaviours emerged.
Each blood type waged a difficult, and very distinct, battle for its existence a long time ago. The driven loner Type O would have failed miserably in the orderly, co- operative environment of Type A--a big reason for the blood type adaptation in the first place.
Would it be such a surprise to find many of these primitive characteristics hidden in some deep remove of our psyches? The belief that personality is determined by one's blood type is held in high regard in Japan.
Vending machines that offer on-the-spot blood type analysis are widespread in train stations, department stores, restaurants and other public places. There is even a highly respected organization, The ABO Society, dedicated to helping individuals and organizations make the right decisions, consistent with blood type. The leading proponent of the blood type-personality connection is a man named Toshitaka Nomi, whose father first pioneered the theory. It contains personality profiles for the various blood types-- right down to what you should do for a living, who you should marry and the dire consequences that might befall you if you should ignore this advice.
It makes for fun reading and is not unlike astrology, numerology, or other methods of finding your place in the uncertain scheme of things. I think, however, that most of the advice in the book should be taken with a pinch of salt. For instance, I don't believe that a soul mate or a romantic partner should be chosen by blood type. I would hate to think that we might have been kept apart forever because of some psychic incompatibility in our blood types. We do just fine, even though mealtimes can be a little chaotic.
Furthermore, as with all attempts to label people, this one has ominous undertones. Caste systems develop. A variation of this happens every day in Japan--for example, when a company advertises that it is looking for Type Bs to fill middle management positions.
So, what is the value of this speculation, and why am I including it here? It's very simple. Modern scientists and doctors have clearly acknowledged the existence of a biological mind-body connection, and we've already demonstrated earlier in this Chapter the relationship between your blood type and your response to stress.
The idea that your blood type may relate to your personality is not really so strange. Indeed, if you look at each of the blood types, you can see a distinct personality emerging--the inheritance of our ancestral strengths.
Perhaps this is just another way for you to play to those strengths. The characterizations and suggestions I will make about your 'blood type personality' are based on the pooled impressions made from empirical observations of thousands of people over many years. Perhaps this data will provide a fuller picture of the vital force of blood type.
By playing to your blood type's strengths, you may be able to achieve greater efficiency and accuracy in your work, and greater emotional happiness and security in your life. There is as yet not enough hard evidence to justify any sweeping conclusions about the use of blood type to determine personality, but a world of information is waiting to be annexed and explored. A full understanding of the unique cellular blueprint of our bodies still eludes our deepest probing.
Perhaps in the next century we will finally be able to examine some master plan; a map that will show us how to get from here to there within ourselves. But perhaps not.
There is so much we don't understand, so much we may never understand. But we can speculate, reflect and consider the many possibilities. That is why we have, as a species, developed such acute intelligence. Refer back to the information in this Chapter as you familiarize yourself with your blood type. But before you go any further, I suggest you do one more thing: The Type O Diet. Meal Planning. Supplement Advisory.
Stress-Exercise Profile. The Personality Question. Type Os thrive on intense physical exercise and animal protein. The digestive tracts of all Type Os retain the memory of ancient times.
The high-protein hunter-gatherer diet and the enormous physical demands placed on the systems of early Type Os probably kept most primitive humans in a mild state of KETOSIS--a condition in which the body's metabolism is altered. Ketosis is the result of a high-protein, high-fat diet with few carbohydrates. The combination of ketosis, calorie deprivation and constant physical activity made for a lean, mean hunting machine--the key to the survival of the human race.
Dietary recommendations today generally discourage the consumption of too much animal protein because saturated fats have been proven to be a risk factor for heart disease and cancer. Of course, most of the meat consumed today is shot through with fat and tainted by the indiscriminate use of hormones and antibiotics. Fortunately, organic and free-range meats are becoming more widely available.
The success of the Type O diet depends on your use of lean, organic meats, poultry and fish. Type Os don't find dairy products and grains quite as user-friendly as most of the other blood types because the Type O digestive systems have still not adapted to them fully.
After all, you don't have to chase down and kill a bowl of wheat or a glass of milk! These foods did not become staples of the human diet until late in the course of our evolution.
The leading factor in weight gain for Type Os is the gluten found in wheatgerm and wholewheat products. It acts on your metabolism to create the exact opposite of the state of ketosis.
Instead of keeping you lean and in a high energy state, the gluten lectins inhibit your insulin metabolism, interfering with the efficient use of calories for energy. Eating gluten is like putting the wrong kind of petrol in your car. Instead of fuelling the engine, it clogs the works.
I have seen overweight Type Os, who had been unsuccessful with other diets, quickly lose weight solely by eliminating wheat from their diets.
To a lesser extent, sweetcorn has the same effect, although it's not nearly as influential as wheat in precipitating Type O weight gain. There are other factors that contribute to weight gain in Type Os. Certain pulses, especially lentils and kidney beans, contain lectins that deposit in muscle tissues, making them more alkaline and less 'charged' for physical activity.
Type Os are leaner when their muscle tissues are in a state of slight metabolic acidity. In this state, calories are used more rapidly. Before jumping to broad conclusions about other blood types, remember that each blood type has a unique set of factors. Metabolic acidity is not good for everyone.
A third factor in Type O weight gain is related to thyroid regulation. Type Os have a tendency to have low levels of thyroid hormone. This condition, called hypothyroidism, occurs because Type Os often exhibit insufficient levels of iodine--a chemical element whose sole purpose is thyroid hormone production.
The symptoms of hypothyroidism include weight gain, fluid retention, muscle loss and fatigue. In addition to moderating food portions and choosing leaner meats, for maximum weight control benefits, Type Os need to highlight certain foods for their beneficial or hindering effects.
Here's a quick guide: Lean red meats, offal and game. Poultry and feathered game. Eat lean beef, lamb, turkey, chicken or fish as often as you wish.
The more stressful your job or demanding your exercise programme, the higher the grade of protein you should eat. But beware of portion sizes. Type Os can efficiently digest and metabolize meats because you tend to have high stomach acid content. This was an essential component in the survival of early Type Os.
However, you must be careful to balance your meat proteins with the appropriate vegetables and fruits to avoid over-acidification, which can cause irritations of the stomach lining and ulcers.
One note: Type Os of African descent should emphasize lean red meats and game over fattier, more domestic choices, such as lamb or chicken. You'll benefit by refining your protein consumption in favour of the varieties of meat that were available to your African ancestors.
Beef, including minced. Liver--calf, chicken, pig. Seafood, the second most concentrated animal protein, is best suited for Type Os of Asian and Eurasian descent, as these were a staple of your coastal ancestors' diet. Richly oiled cold-water fish, such as cod and mackerel, are excellent for Type Os. Fish oils are high in vitamin K, which promotes blood clotting. Certain blood clotting factors evolved as humans adapted to environmental changes, and were not inherent to the blood of early Type Os.
For this reason, Type Os often have 'thin' blood which resists clotting. Many seafoods are excellent sources of iodine, which regulates the thyroid function. Type Os typically have unstable thyroid functions, which cause metabolic problems and weight gain. Make seafood a major component of the Type O diet.
Red snapper. Rainbow trout. Striped bass. Albacore tuna. Frogs' legs. Lemon sole. Mahi mahi. Red fish. Sea bass. Sea trout. Smoked salmon.
Portion1 egg. Type Os should severely restrict their use of dairy products. Your system is ill- designed for their proper metabolism, and there are no highly beneficial foods in this group's diet. If you are a Type O of African ancestry, you should eliminate dairy foods and eggs altogether. They tend to be even more difficult for you to digest; indeed, many Africans are lactose intolerant. Soya milk and soya cheese are excellent, high-protein alternatives. Food allergies are not digestive problems.
They are immune system reactions to certain foods. Your immune system literally creates an antibody that fights the intrusion of the food into your system. Food intolerances, on the other hand, are digestive reactions that occur for many reasons, including cultural conditioning, psychological associations, poor quality food, additives or just some undefinable quirk in your own system.
It makes sense that anyone of African descent might be lactose intolerant, since their hunter- gatherer ancestors had no lactose in their diets. Other Type Os may eat an occasional egg and small amounts of dairy products, but it is generally a poor protein source for your blood type. Feta cheese.
Goat's cheese. Mozzarella cheese. Blue cheese. Cheddar cheese. Cottage cheese. Creme fraiche. Edam cheese. Emmenthal cheese. Fromage frais.
Goat's milk. Gouda cheese. Gruyere cheese. High- low-fat soft cheese. Jarlsburg cheese. Munster cheese. Parmesan cheese. Provolone cheese.
Neufachatel cheese. Ricotta cheese. Yogurt--frozen, Greek-style, with fruit. Type Os respond well to oils. They can be an important source of nutrition and an aid to elimination. You will increase their value in your system if you limit your use to the mono-unsaturated varieties, such as olive oil and linseed oil.
These oils have positive effects on the heart and arteries, and may even help to reduce blood cholesterol. Linseed flaxseed oil. Olive oil. Rapeseed Canola oil. Cod liver oil. Sesame oil. Corn oil. Cottonseed oil. Groundnut oil. Safflower oil. Nuts and seeds. PortionSmall handful. Nut butters. Type Os can find a good source of supplemental vegetable protein from some varieties of nuts and seeds.
However, these foods should in no way take the place of high- protein meats. They aren't essential in the diet, and should be eaten selectively, as they are high in fat. Anyone trying to lose weight should avoid them. Since nuts can sometimes cause digestive problems, they must be chewed thoroughly, or used to make nut butters, which are easier to digest.
Pumpkin Seeds. Almond butter. Hickory nuts. Macadamia nuts. Pine nuts. Sesame seeds. Sesame butter. Sunflower margarine. Sunflower seeds. Tahini Sesame seed paste. Brazil nuts. Cashew nuts. Peanut butter. Pistachio nuts. Poppy seeds.
All recommended beans and pulses. Type Os of Asian ancestry utilize beans well because they are culturally accustomed to them. Even so, beans and pulses are not an important part of any Type O diet. This is because most beans and pulses contain lectins that deposit in the muscle tissues and make them less acidic.
Type Os perform best when their muscle tissues are slightly more acidic, as this acidity allows Type Os to burn fat more efficiently. In that case, the few highly beneficial beans are exceptions. They actually promote the strengthening of the digestive tract and promote healing of ulcerations--a Type O problem because of their high levels of stomach acid.
Even so, eat dried beans in moderation, as an occasional side dish. Aduki beans. Black-eyed beans. Pinto beans. Black beans.
Broad beans. Cannellini beans. Green beans. Lima beans. Sugar-snap beans and peas. Kidney beans. Navy beans. Lentils--brown, green, red. Soya beans. Type Os do not tolerate wholewheat products at all, and they should be eliminated completely from the diet. They contain lectins that react both with blood and the digestive tract, and interfere with the proper absorption of beneficial foods.
Wheat products are a primary culprit in Type O weight gain. The glutens in wheatgerm interfere with Type O metabolic processes. Inefficient or sluggish metabolism causes food to convert more slowly to energy, and so store itself as fat. Cream of rice. Oat bran. Rice bran. Cream of wheat. Grape nuts. Wheat bran. Shredded wheat. Breads, crispbreads. Daily portion by ancestry: Obviously, breads and muffins can be a source of trouble for Type Os, since most of them contain some wheat.
It may be difficult at first to eliminate morning toast or a daily sandwich; these have become staples of many diets. The exception is Essene bread, which can be found in some health-food shops. The sprouted wheat version of this ancient bread can be assimilable to Type Os because the gluten lectins principally found in the seed coats are destroyed by the sprouting process. Essene bread is a live food with many beneficial enzymes intact.
Sprouted-wheat Essene bread. Chicken and poultry can be eaten up to two times a week, but D'Adamo says to avoid all beef, pork, game meats and shellfish. Dairy Products and Eggs Type A individuals following the Blood Type diet are instructed to avoid all dairy products and eggs. If you need a substitute, use rice or soy milk. Some type A people may be able to occasionally eat yogurt, goat cheese or kefir without experiencing health problems, says D'Adamo.
Fruits and Vegetables Type A individuals should eat a wide variety of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables since, according to the theory behind the Blood Type diet, these are what their ancestors primarily ate. The best vegetable choices include artichokes, onions, broccoli, okra, turnips and dark leafy greens like spinach, kale, collard greens and escarole. Blueberries, cherries, figs, pineapple, plums and grapefruit are the best fruits.
Type A people are told they can have asparagus, cucumbers, avocados, beets, strawberries and apples a few times weekly, but should avoid bananas, oranges, cabbage, eggplant, tomatoes and potatoes. Grains According to the Blood Type diet guidelines, the most beneficial grains for people with type A blood include sprouted wheat, cereals like kasha, buckwheat or amaranth and rice, oat or rye flour.
All types of white or wheat flour should be avoided, along with semolina pasta.