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The Blood Type Diet: Is It Right for You?

Followers often say it is the only thing that worked for them, but is there any real evidence that the Blood Type diet is any better than other fad diets out there?

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Here is the theory: each blood type has a different set of characteristics. Different foods, even different exercise regimens are appropriate based on your blood type. Even your personality is thought to be affected by blood type.

According to Peter D’Adamo, the author of Eat Right For Your Type, lectins in foods react differently to each blood type. Your specific blood type antigens may be incompatible with certain foods. His theory is based largely on the evolutionary theory of blood types by William Boyd, an immuno-chemist and anthropologist.

D’Adamo believes blood type O is the earliest blood group originating 30,000 years ago. He suggests type O’s are “the hunter” and do well on a high protein diet with more meat. They are prone to thyroid issues, benefit from adding bladderwrack (an easily gathered shoreline seaweed) in the diet, and supplementing with DGL (deglycyrrhizinated licorice) to counteract excess body acid production. According to the diet, “hunters” should avoid wheat, dairy, caffeine and alcohol.

Blood type A is considered “the cultivator” dating back 20,000 years ago. D’Adamo recommends a plant based diet with whole grains and vegetables comprising the majority of the diet. They do best with organic foods, a low stress lifestyle, plenty of rest and moderate exercise like tai chi.  It is suggested they avoid excess protein from meat and fat in the diet, and limit sugar, caffeine and alcohol. Note: the coauthor for this book followed the blood type diet for A’s and found it helpful.  For people who want to try it, transition into your correct blood type diet slowly over a period of weeks so as to not shock your system.

Blood type B is thought to be “the nomadic” blood type arriving 10,000 years ago with a more flexible digestive system and better immune system. They adapt well to different environments and altitude changes. They perform best with mentally challenging exercise like martial arts, hiking or golf. According to this diet, type B’s should avoid chicken because it contains an aggravating lectin that could lead to higher risk for stroke and autoimmune disease. Further, B’s are the only type that does well with dairy products.

Blood type AB, found in less than 5% of the population, is the most recently evolved type, arriving less than 1,000 years ago. It is the only blood type created by the intermingling of different blood types rather than by the environment. Type AB’s do well with a diet comprising the best elements of both diets for A and B. They should avoid smoked or cured meats, caffeine, alcohol and high stress. Instead, they should focus on fermented soy foods, seafood, and green vegetables.

What Do The Experts Say?

There is little scientific evidence that any of the Eat Right For Your Type dietary recommendations work for disease prevention. In fact, some studies suggest that lectins, which are specific for a particular ABO blood type aren’t even found in foods, other than a few exceptions like lima beans. Lectins which react differently to blood types are found more often in non-food plants or animals. Still, D’Adamo suggests that his diet is more about the foods you do eat versus what you avoid.

There are a few disease risks linked to blood type. Gastritis is somewhat more prevalent in type A’s and O’s (which incidentally make up about 80% of the world’s population). Anemia and diabetes are more prevalent in type A’s or B’s. A 2009 study suggests pancreatic cancer may be more common in type A and B’s. Research shows disease-carrying insects seem to prefer Type O blood.

I believe in a plant based diet for everyone, not just type A’s for overall health. See the diets on this website and in my book Diets for Healthy Healing.

What Do The Followers Say?

The Blood Type diet has a strong community of support. An internet survey with over 6500 respondents (conducted by D’Adamo’s website) reports that people following the Blood Type Diet for a month or more in a variety of health concerns, had improvement in 71-78% of cases. Most commonly, respondents reported weight loss. Note: Since each blood type diet eliminates specific problem groups of foods, like grains, dairy, meat and fish, the weight loss result is not surprising.

D’Adamo’s newest work is titled The Genotype Diet and expands upon his blood type diet theory to include more information on identifying your personal genotype and how it reacts with your environment to either create health or disease.

Learn a lot more about the blood type diet on www.4yourtype.com.

Healthy Breakfast Foods- Healthy Diet Plan

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The importance of having a good breakfast cannot be overstated, but a new survey shows about half of all families skip breakfasts together, even on the weekends. The right morning foods can do so much for you. Breakfast stabilizes morning blood sugar drops, provides sustainable energy, improves concentration and work or academic performance. Studies show that people who skip breakfast are actually more likely to have weight problems than those who don’t skip it. They also have slower reaction times and are more accident-prone. Children who skip breakfast experience have even more problems! They experience more hyperactivity, irritability, are tardy more often and create more classroom disruptions than kids who don’t. Incorporating Healing Herbs into Your Breakfast

Oatmeal: A very traditional herbal breakfast food. Oats are rich in calcium and magnesium for nervous system balance, and very high in fiber for healthy digestion. Top with roasted nuts for extra protein and a little honey or cinnamon. Serve with fresh or dried fruit and or yogurt for a healthy breakfast meal. Sometimes tolerated by gluten sensitive persons. ( In its natural form, oats are a gluten-free food, but today they are sometimes cross contaminated with wheat in the manufacturing process.)

Slippery elm gruel: When digestion is weak, a slippery elm gruel is often tolerated when no other foods are. Buy in bulk and heat with a little warm water on the stovetop as you would oatmeal. Slippery elm is incredible rich in mucilagenous fiber which soothes and heals an irritated digestive tract. It’s a good choice for recovery from stomach flu or other digestive disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Add a little ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil for healthy fats. Gluten-free.

Quinoa: A good source of complete protein, fiber, essential fats and complex carbohydrates, quinoa may be one of the most neglected breakfast grains. Top with almond or rice milk and blueberries, sliced apples or raisins for tasty herbal breakfast. Gluten-free.

Healing herbal soup: Soup for breakfast? Why not? Soup is a great place to add antibacterial herbs like onion or garlic,  circulation stimulating spices like ginger or cayenne, and medicinal  mushrooms like maitake, shiitake or tremella. I use a miso base, but fish stock will also work well. A herbal breakfast soup is especially good for an immune boost in the wintertime or during a bout with a cold or flu. Add a piece of licorice or burdock root, or astragalus bark for extra immune benefits.

A healthy breakfast drink can be so much more than simple refreshment. If the body is weakened by illness or chemotherapy treatments, healing drinks are sometimes the only way for the body to take in nutrition. Drinks are also wonderful places to add whole herbs like ginger, cinnamon, aloe vera, or bitter herbs like gentian that help your body heal faster.

Did you know? In energetic systems of medicine like Traditional Chinese Medicine, how you take a drink is important. Cold drinks help your body cool down and relieve “heat” imbalances like fever, herpes infections and acne. Hot drinks warm you up and reduce “cold” imbalances like diarrhea, fatigue syndromes and severe menstrual cramps.

-Sarah

The Problem with Antacids


We spend $1.7 billion on indigestion remedies each year! Taking acid blocking drugs can mean that important B vitamins (especially B-12), minerals and trace minerals aren’t assimilated well. One survey shows that 15 million Americans have heartburn every day! Antacids offer temporary relief, but excessive use can wreak havoc on digestive health. They themselves can be a health problem because they radically change digestive chemistry. Do Any Of These Antacid Problems Pertain To You? 1. The tolerance effect: The more you use antacids, the more you need them. Antacids either neutralize stomach HCl (hydrochloric acid), that you need for digestion, or they block it, confuse the body and disrupt its normal processes. If you take a lot of antacids, your body overcompensates, producing excess stomach acid.

2. Antacids disrupt pH balance: Optimum pH is between 7.35 and 7.45. If you take lots of antacids, your GI tract fluctuates between over alkaline and over acid, leading to problems like diarrhea or constipation, gallbladder problems, hiatal hernia, even malnutrition. A friend thought his heartburn symptoms would improve if he doubled up on his acid blocker dosage. He ended up in the bathroom all night, passing completely undigested food. Disrupting body pH alters bowel ecology, too, potentially causing dramatic overgrowth of candida yeasts.

3. Pernicious ingredients: Many antacids contain aluminum which causes constipation and bone pain. Others overdose you on magnesium, causing diarrhea. Some contain both aluminum and magnesium, confusing your body with alternating constipation and diarrhea. Antacids full of sodium may cause water retention. Most have chemical coloring agents that can cause allergic reactions in some people, or lead to mood changes if taken regularly…… the way many people take them.

4. Some drugs interact with antacids: Antacids can decrease HIV drug absorption by up to 23%. Oral contraceptives may lose their effectiveness if taken with antacids. People using NSAIDS drugs for arthritis along with antacids suffer 2½ times more serious gastrointestinal complications than those taking a placebo! Antacids not only block drug absorption, they also block your food absorption of nutrients, especially B12, necessary for virtually all immune responses.

5. Some antacids build up in the body, impeding body processes: I know a woman who was hospitalized three times for kidney stones until her physician finally advised her to stop taking her over-the-counter antacids because the unabsorbed calcium in them was causing the kidney stone formation.

If you’re one of the millions of people who use have used antacids regularly for years you may be wondering, what can you do? Is it too late?  It’s never too late to rebalance the body and rebuild healthy digestion. This month I'll be sharing numerous, simple natural ways to bring the body back into balance.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Arthritis Nutritional Therapy Plan

The term arthritis (joint inflammation), refers to over 100 diseases that attack joints and connective tissue. Degenerative joint and rheumatic diseases include gout, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis (arthritic spine), psoriatic arthritis (skin and nail arthritis), infective arthritis (bacterial joint infection), fibromyalgia and rheumatism. Today more than 40 million Americans are afflicted by one or more of these crippling conditions, now the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Arthritis is the country’s number one crippling disease, affecting up to 80% of people over 50. Estimates say arthritis cases are rising... over 60 million people in the U.S. will be afflicted in the next two decades. Add to that, people suffering from arthritis-like diseases—gout, bursitis, tendonitis and lupus, and the figure becomes staggering. Arthritis Nutritional Therapy Plan from my bestselling book, Healthy Healing 14th Edition.

1. Change to a low-fat, mostly vegetarian diet - the single most beneficial thing you can do to control any kind of arthritis, even in long-standing cases.

2. Avoid arthritis trigger foods: corn, wheat, rye breads, bacon and pork, beef, eggs, coffee, oranges and milk. Nightshade foods like peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and white potatoes;  colas, chocolate. Diets high in hydrogenated oils and refined sugar aggravate flare-ups.

3. Cut down on: alcohol, fried foods, dairy foods, black tea, salty, highly spiced foods.

4. Add body balancing foods: green tea, artichokes, cherries, cabbages, brown rice, oats (not for rheumatoid arthritis), shiitake mushrooms, cold water fish, sea greens, fresh fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, garlic, onions, olive oil, flax seed oil, sweet potatoes, squashes, ginger and parsley.

5. Arthritis Veggie Special: add to a bottle of vegetable juice, 4 tbsp. each: wheat germ, lecithin granules and nutritional yeast flakes. Take 8-oz. twice daily.

Add ginger syrup (a COX 2 inhibitor) with 1 pinch cayenne pepper, 1 pinch turmeric powder to any healing drink. (Highly recommended.)

Topical applications:  Arnica gel for soreness; Boswellin creme; Capsaicin creme, cayenne-ginger compresses;  Emu oil; Soak hands in oatmeal for 15 minutes for relief.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page

Is a Gluten-Free Lifestyle Right For You?

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Food allergies and gluten sensitivities are one of the fastest growing forms of allergic reactions in the U.S. today. Well over 35 million Americans suffer from food allergies. The numbers of people who suffer from sensitivities to wheat or gluten-containing products are even higher. Over time and left untreated, gluten allergies can lead to chronic problems like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (I.B.S.), Crohn’s disease and Celiac disease. Most ancient civilizations enjoyed whole grains as a regular part of their daily diet. Is the human body today that different? What’s really causing today’s gluten sensitivity problem? It often develops in aging populations today, people who often have low digestive enzymes and Hcl, and who eat a large amount of pre-prepared and refined foods, and are regularly taking an overload of prescription and over-the counter drugs that damage the digestive tract.

Do You Have Signs Of A Wheat Or Gluten Sensitivity? •    Itchy, watery eyes or blurred vision, hives •    Diarrhea, gas and constipation, nausea or mental fuzziness after eating •    Heart palpitations and sweating, muscle weakness or poor coordination, headaches •    Ringing in the ears, chronic ear infections and congestion •    Excessively swollen stomach, unexplained obesity •    Hypothyroidism and/or hypoglycemia •    Hyperactivity, irritability and flushing in children

What’s Causing The Grain Allergy Epidemic?

1.  Heavily Treated, Overly Refined Grains: Wheat is one of the primary grains consumed in America, but today’s wheat crops are heavily sprayed with pesticides, a major suspect in food allergies and reactions. In addition, the majority of whole grain products you purchase at the grocery store are made with “enriched” flour which has been refined and bleached, a process which strips it of 80% of its vitamins and minerals. Four nutrients (iron, thiamin, riboflavin and niacin) are added back, but are in synthetic forms that are less usable by the body. Then, a host of additives, preservatives, colorings and sugars are added, contributing to the chemical overload. Most commercial wheat products are difficult for even the strongest digestive system to process over a long period of time.

2.  Low Hcl (hydrochloric acid), Drug Side Effects and Enzyme Deficiency: Hcl is a stomach acid necessary for proper digestion. Hcl decreases with age; One study showed that 80% of people at 84 years old had low Hcl. Pepsin, an enzyme required to break down protein for digestion, is activated by Hcl. Further, antacids which neutralize stomach HCL (Hydrochloric acid), vital for digestion, also disrupt normal processes. The use of NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) is a common thread in digestive disorders because of their clear link to ulcers and bleeding in the GI tract. Low digestive enzymes from a lack of raw foods is common today and can lead to poor digestion, too. Over time, the effects of undigested or partially digested food in the gut can be devastating. The gut wall becomes more permeable and undigested proteins begin leaking out into the bloodstream. The immune system sees the protein particles as invaders, causing inflammation and the food allergy response. Gluten proteins (found in wheat) are especially difficult to process and are a main factor in the development of Celiac disease, a type of malabsorption that causes severe intestinal problems, and Candida yeast overgrowth. People often combine high gluten grains with heavy proteins in meat or high sugar in fruit. This combination further impairs healthy digestion. Just adding more enzymes from raw foods or supplements is a great way to get wheat sensitivities and poor digestion under control. A 1995 Italian study shows supplementing with pancreatic enzymes enhances the benefits of a gluten-free diet for Celiac patients. See my whole chapter on “Enzyme Rich Foods,” on pg. 102 of my new book Healthy Healing 14th Edition for more information.

What’s Left After You Eliminate Wheat From Your Diet? Eliminating wheat or gluten may seem like an impossible task, but there are many healthy options to ease the transition. Look for wheat-free and gluten-free choices at your health food store. Pasta (I like vegetable pastas made with quinoa or rice), cereal (hot and cold), whole grain flours, breads and snackfoods are all available.

Try these options: rice (red, brown, wild, risotto), amaranth, corn, millet, oats (not tolerated by all celiacs), and quinoa. Legumes like chickpea (hummus), lentils and split peas (dal) make hearty side dishes with none of the risk of wheat or gluten. Rice breads are a tasty option for a wheat free sandwich. They’re a little crumbly, but are often sweetened with fruit juice to enhance flavor, and usually well accepted by gluten intolerant people.

Note 1: Ancient grains like spelt and kamut can be enjoyed by 70% of people allergic to commercial wheat, but neither is good choice for a person with true celiac disease (gluten allergy).

Note 2: Soba noodles made from 100% buckwheat are another good choice. Still, many processed soba foods contain gluten and are not a good choice for people with true celiac disease (gluten allergy).

Note 3: While not as nutritious as the grains listed above, people with gluten sensitivity can sometimes tolerate tapioca and potato starch. Take a small amount to see - you’ll know right away if they’re OK for you.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page