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Fri, 22 Apr 2011 13:42:00 +0000

Where is summer? It is raining cats and dogs here! Perfect time to settle down and read a few letters from the mailbag.Hello, Dr. D’Adamo: I cannot express how much your blood type diet has helped me and my husband to much better health. Since we both eliminated all sources of trouble for type A nearly all of our health problems vanished: my migraine torturing me every other day, rheumatic pains in the morning, headache, skin problems, pain in the belly and so on. We follow your instructions for four years now. In a first step I eliminated wheat, kidney beans, potatoes, tomatoes, peppers but continued with some dairy products. Then I found out that it did much better to me to kick out every milk product- suddenly everlasting skin problems went away. We both are type A, my husband is secretor, I am Le(a-b-). Even so that I am much healthier now and feel no pain any more I might have developed, so it appears to me syndrome X because of my eating of too much sweet and fat and starchy food. So I would like to adapt my food choice and to find out if I should choose more food like type O non-secretor? Is there new information about A Le(a-b-) available? What do you think about the ideas of Loren Cordain? Many thanks for your wonderful work (please excuse my language – I’m writing from Austria) HelenHello Helen!I’ve read a few papers by Loren Cordain, though I have not perused the book he wrote a few years ago. Frankly, I think some of his lectin ideas probably stemmed from my first book, which is quite OK, as they are not my original ideas anyway. His suggestions about the value of a low-grain ‘Paleolithic’ type diet are very applicable to some people, but are not universal; since not everyone comes from a Paleolithic heritage; about 45% of us are from a Neolithic background. As far as your Double Lewis Negative (LDN) blood type, it is typically common for me to clinical consider LDNs non-secretors, even though for technical reasons, secretor status can not be imputed from you Lewis test result. If anything, metabolically, LDNs are probably ‘super-non secretors’ from a phenotype standpoint. Choosing foods from an O-non secretor standpoint is probably not going to produce much of an added effect, since you stand to get the most benefit from the beneficials (or super-beneficials), and these are definitely type A specific. Here's a link to some information on the Lewis System.I have been on the blood type diet for over a year now, and at 19, am in the best shape of my life. With an active lifestyle (no intended exercise) and the blood type diet, I have been able to shed countless pounds, and have forwarded many people to the diet. I think that your blood-type specific supplements and such are an innovation. However, have you thought of introducing your diet to many major food companies that make diet specific foods (such as South Beach) or Atkins? Not only would it give the diet more advertisement, it would also make it easier to adhere to my diet. Working 50 or 60 hours a week and going to school makes it hard for me to eat correctly (or at all for that matter), and I have found myself eating bar snacks and drink garnishes for nourishment (I am cocktail waitress). Oddly enough I was loosing more weight eating 3 or 4 meals a day than close to nothing at all, and I would appreciate it if healthier options were readily available. Sincerely, Faith (B positive)Greetings Faith,Though I won’t rule it out completely, I’m not particularly jazzed about those types of strategic partnerships; they almost always result in some compromise, either quality or concept-wise. Certainly that bit of ease may help some harried people, but usually by the time whatever you are eating gets into the box, so many ‘intermediates’ have been at the through that in retrospect you’d have just been better having done some pre-preparation instead. NAP does make some protein bars that are very blood type friendly; perhaps these can be used in a pinch. I can usually get it together to b[...]