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Vojvoda
Friday, November 14th, 2003, 03:08 PM
http://www.webefit.com/Diets/Diet_Blood_Type.html

Dr. D'Adamo proposes that your blood type, O, A, B or AB, is the key to your body's chemistry. Your blood type determines how you absorb nutrients, what illnesses you are susceptible to and how you will react to specific foods. He has taken this theory and built diets specific to each blood type. By following these diets Dr. D'Adamo even suggests you can avoid certain illnesses your blood type is susceptible to.
Suggested Foods

It all depends on your blood type.

Type O's are the "hunter-gatherers." Type O's can eat meat (high protein and low carbohydrates) but should not eat wheat or most grains.

Type A's are the "agrarians." Type A's should be vegetarians (high carbohydrates and low fat).

Type B's are "balanced." Type B's have the most varied diet and it's the only one that does well with dairy products.

Type AB's are "modern." Type AB is vegetarian, but fish and some dairy are allowed.

Exercise is also encouraged, but the type of exercise Dr. D'Adamo believes would be most beneficial is also determined by blood type.
How it Works

According to Dr. D'Adamo it works like this. Each blood type contains specific chemical markers called antigens that tell the immune system what is good and bad. Antigens that enter your body that are unlike your blood type antigen are seen as bad, causing your immune system to create an antibody to that antigen. When the antibody attacks the bad antigens it's a process called agglutination. These agglutinated antigens attract one another and as they group together the immune system hunts down and destroys them.

Still with me? Proteins in your food (called lectins) that are not compatible with your blood type antigens agglutinate your red blood cells. These agglutinated cells can then go on to mess up body organs, digestion and even hormonal balance.

Pros and Cons

The only good thing about this diet is you don't have to worry about counting calories or fat grams. Eat as much as you'd like of the foods permitted for your blood type.

The bad thing? This diet does not have one published study proving it works. Only pages of references that Dr. D'Adamo say back up his belief.

Families or households that have mixed blood types may have great difficulty in coordinating meals.

Following this diet could be harmful. Type O's may load up on meat (and it's associated fats) and not get enough of other crucial foods. Type B's who are lactose intolerant may have significant difficulties on a diet that says they should eat plenty of dairy.

Dr. D'Adamo's claims to help prevent certain diseases is also troubling since there are no medical studies to back this claim up.
The Bottom Line

This diet is poor science, potentially dangerous and until proper studies are done we cannot recommend Eating 4 Your Blood Type.

As with any diet what this book suggests should NEVER be attempted without the supervision of a Medical Doctor or licensed Nutritionist.
Links for More Info

Eat For Your Type Official Website
http://www.dadamo.com/

American Heart Association
http://www.americanheart.org

Center for Science in the Public Interest
http://www.cspinet.org/

National Institutes of Health
http://www.nih.gov/

United States Department of Agriculture
http://www.usda.gov

Awar
Saturday, November 15th, 2003, 12:59 AM
Both my parents are A, so I guess I'm A too.

I've read his researches a year ago, it's weird that there is still no definitive say about the value of this, or is there?

I wonder how do bloodtypes compare to European, Asian and African haplogroups.

Vojvoda
Saturday, November 15th, 2003, 03:03 AM
My father is O, mother A.I am O:D

Here are some more links:
http://www.bloodbook.com/world-abo.html
http://aquarianmysteries.com/blood.html
http://www.longevitywatch.com/bloodtype.htm
http://www.lexiline.com/lexiline/lexi23.htm
http://www.nybloodcenter.org/2e.htm




Blood type B is highest in Asia.Overall in the world, B is the rarest ABO blood allele.:

http://anthro.palomar.edu/vary/images/map_of_B_blood_in_the_world.gif

O is highest among aboriginal populations,especially in South America and in Western Europe (especially in populations with Celtic ancestors):
http://anthro.palomar.edu/vary/images/map_of_O_blood_in_the_world.gif

A is highest among Australian aboriginies, Lapps and Blackfoot Indians of Montana:
http://anthro.palomar.edu/vary/images/map_of_A_blood_allele.gif


http://anthro.palomar.edu/vary/vary_3.htm

Bogatyr
Saturday, November 15th, 2003, 04:29 AM
It's AB- all the way! Blood like fine wine...

Sigrun Christianson
Saturday, November 15th, 2003, 03:42 PM
"Type B's are "balanced." Type B's have the most varied diet and it's the only one that does well with dairy products."

Yay! I love all foods and especially cheese! :-)

Ewergrin
Monday, November 17th, 2003, 01:28 AM
A+ here. I could never be a vegetarian.

rusalka
Tuesday, November 18th, 2003, 04:20 AM
Vojvoda, thanks so much for the article and the links. I remember asking endless questions about this to you a couple of days ago (that means my efforts paid well) ;)

I'm a B+, my father is an O+ and my mother AB-. It was a troubling situation, if my parents were to have another child it might have been a problem; so from what I know my mom had to get a lot of antibody shots after my birth. Anyway, my dad is a total meat eater, my mom really does love vegetables and I'm a lover of cheese and dairy (and all sorts of carbohydrates!). So, no surprises there. I don't eat meat though, so I guess I'm not so balanced. Oh well. :)

Frans_Jozef
Tuesday, November 18th, 2003, 10:08 AM
"Type B's are "balanced." Type B's have the most varied diet and it's the only one that does well with dairy products."

Yay! I love all foods and especially cheese! :-)

I have B+, but cereals and dairy products affect my my weak intestinal condition, triggering off severe fits and constipation due to my IBS, causing days of suffering with anti-spasmic pills and other painkillers being rather deficient in rectifying the upset balance in my innards...
I have also replaced red meat by wild and exotic meat, fowls, chicken, turkey and fish....One of my passtimes is experimenting with menus and my closest friends here at the Forum and elsewhere know of my specialities: salmon with paella, ghoulash with springbok and a stew of wild boar with rice dishes....
:D

Frans_Jozef
Wednesday, November 19th, 2003, 03:01 PM
I have B+, but cereals and dairy products affect my my weak intestinal condition, triggering off severe fits and constipation due to my IBS, causing days of suffering with anti-spasmic pills and other painkillers being rather deficient in rectifying the upset balance in my innards...


IBS:

http://www.emedicine.com/MED/topic1190.htm

http://www.ibs-research-update.org.uk/ibs/variants1ie4.html

dinarid love
Thursday, November 20th, 2003, 09:07 PM
my dad is AB my mom is O-, and i'm O+

Awar
Thursday, November 20th, 2003, 09:52 PM
I think that the B type was classified as a 'Nomad' bloodtype, suitable for nomadic lifestyle ( lots of energy from small ammounts of food, animal proteins )

Dr. Solar Wolff
Wednesday, December 24th, 2003, 07:55 AM
This idea is good in general but poor in specifics. For instance, type 0 is found among American Indians and Irish people (not picking on the Irish-I am part Irish and have type 0 blood). Yet, Ameircan Indians cannot tollerate lactose, milk sugar, as adults. The mutation which retains lactase production (enzyme which digests lactose) into adulthood is found in northern Europe as well as some east Africans (post-pleistocene migrants to the highlands). My point is that one can not possibly compare these two populations. The advent of herding has seperated them and the food they can eat. Unfortunately, this doctor has oversimplified human variation.

A similar system of eating by body-type can be found in Vedic literature.