Not all heath foods suit your blood type. Whole grain wheat especially is no better for you than white flour if wheat does not agree with you. It is one of the foremost causes of chronic degenerative diseases. But dietitians and journalists think they know better and continuously punt low GI bread with wheat and other whole grains that are rich in gluten without any consideration for their harmful side effects. Dr William Davies tells the truth like it is in his book: Wheat Belly.
We are eating ourselves to death if we need to take drugs to treat the side effects of an unsuitable diet. You only get sick when you eat the wrong food and ignore the right food for your condition. Not all nutritionists are aware of blood type suitability, let alone wheat or gluten issues when they dish out diets to obese patients. Limited gluten is still gluten!
The bigger the lie, the more people will believe it
Something is wrong with a so-called healthy diet if it does not suit you. A diet based on carbohydrate loading may work for some people but others will have serious health problems because of the high demands if makes on insulin. The contrasting belief is that one should exclude carbohydrates and exceed your daily calorie intake by free-loading on protein, meat, cream and other greasy delights. Two wrongs don’t make a right. But a balanced diet is also not well suited to anybody if it is against your blood type.
Some doctors believe that their prescribed diets help patients to recover from all kinds of ailments and generate optimal health and wellbeing. But recently these sweeping generalisations have led to a comedy of errors. What works for celebrities like Atkins and recently Tim Noakes do not suit everybody as we know! It is amusing to see how the follow my leader syndrome has resulted in a turnabout and the fans are left to laugh or decide for themselves what and how they should eat.
Balanced diets may not suit your blood type
A good balance of what, you may ask? Journalists keep reminding us that “healthy food” is the answer; whole grains like wheat, barley, oats, organic soya milk and free range chicken for instance. According to dietitians we all need adequate carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients every day. Nobody will argue about that. But within various food groups are disagreeable, albeit healthy foods that are in conflict with the four human blood types: A, B, AB and O. One man’s meat is truly another man’s poison because our blood-based antigens are different and believe the same food is either harmful or beneficial.
Over 80% of us, due to blood type limitations, do not tolerate wheat products. So “healthy” whole wheat, wheat germ and wheat bran cannot be included in a general diet plan that a hospital dietician dishes out to every patient. Health magazines publish articles written by highly acclaimed health experts and who constantly reinforce the myth that all grains are good providing we eat them as whole grains and benefit from their health giving properties.
Few of the doctors who deal with our everyday chronic ailments even suspect that gluten intolerance is the underlying cause of inflammatory conditions, immune upsets and eroded joints. Dietary errors due to eating bread as part of a recommended “balanced” diet can cause serious problems. More and more people are suffering from a growing list of symptoms.
Promoting a healthy diet at the Houses of parliament in South Africa
I was invited to a health promotion at our houses of Parliament. They asked me to help their staff to lose weight and eat sensibly. Many of them were taking chronic medications and a visit to their canteen explained why there was so much obesity, diabetes, liver disease and so on. Our former Minister of health was not a very good example either! She consumed a lot of alcohol and her story of happy eating ended with a very expensive liver transplant. Medicine was her food indeed. It was not good for her liver.
Ignorance is not bliss; it cannot change your blood type
The Blood Type Diet that Dr Peter D’Adamo introduced to the world was an enigma to dietitians who wished to stay comfortably ignorant. Our blood type is an important key to our biochemical individuality. If we are all unique then obviously our food preferences cannot be packaged into a diet that overlooks this fact. But by now many people have come to realise that not all “health” foods are healthy for everybody. The best way to bust the grain myth is to have IG tests done and get the truth for once and for all. Dr William Davies wrote about his experiences as a cardiologist with patients who found out the truth about wheat and how it had made them so ill.
The simple solution is to stop eating food that makes you sick. No cheating, no philosophising about balance, moderation or what the body says will reverse the damage it can do to you, especially in the long-term. Have the tests done and make the changes because you could be eating yourself to death. It is so seductively easy to indulge in your favourite “health” foods in vast quantities because nutritionists seem to insist that a diet should contain a good load of carbohydrates.
There is ample proof that dietary changes correct high blood pressure and a cholesterol imbalance. However, if the diet takes your blood type and gluten intolerance into consideration the results will be more spectacular. Your food will indeed become your medicine. You will not suffer from extreme or call it morbid obesity. You can stop eating yourself to death.
Should we believe in everything in moderation, to listening to the body?
Somewhere we need to face up to our individuality and realise that we are different. One diet may not suit another person regardless of how professionally “balanced” and healthy the claims are. A bit of everything in moderation is not something one can trust. How moderate should our intake of toxic of harmful substances be? What sustains one person may harm another. They also tell us to listen to the body. A craving for certain foods is often based on our intolerance to them. "Allergenic" addiction, especially to products made of wheat will trigger all sorts of cravings in most of the blood types.
This page will show you the different blood type reactions to the same foods. Wheat is only tolerated by blood type A 1, the secretors and by blood type AB. However, you may still be gluten intolerant if tested. Blood type lists do not go all the way. At best, they will offer most people on an exclusion diet a better range of choices. Most of the blood type experts will agree that adhering to the blood type diet by 80% will improve your state of health noticeably.
No place to hide or make excuses on a blood type diet
Do we listen to the body and eat what we do not tolerate, something that really does not suit our blood type just because the body craves it? This belief system is not the solution to the problem. It will not help you to find the food that suits you and neither will you be able to cut out unsuitable foods from your diet. I had to learn this the hard way when I first embarked on the blood type diet. When I made a list of foods that suited me best and eliminated all the others, including some of my favourites like a whole wheat sandwich things began to change for the better. 15 years later I now eat my food as medicine and it keeps me well and happy. Here is a page from the book I wrote. But watch out! first make sure you have been tested for gluten.
Dr Peter D’Adamo has a website full of information with details and case histories to illustrate how eating in conflict with your blood type can make one very ill. He claims that over 80% of the people on the blood type diet experience noticeable relief from their persistent and chronic ailments. I too, experienced a few remarkable changes and all it took was to find the cause of my weight problem and my sluggish thyroid gland. It was food, even lentils, wheat and kidney beans! I ate according to my blood type O secretor recommendations. I changed the food and solved these problems.
But I went one step further and eliminated all gluten because there was still a problem with anaemia and asthma. Once again it was the wrong food that caused the health problem, so why take a drug or medical prescription to correct the condition? The medicines from the doctor, including cortisone would only suppress the symptoms of me eating the wrong food. You can see in my case how I was eating food that made me ill. I identified the cause, gluten in this case. When I stopped eating gluten for six months I was no longer anaemic and I am now able to run for an hour on the beach. Why would I want to refuse to give up my favourite foods? Because my body did not like them! Watch this movie to see why.
10 minute introduction to blood type diets by Sue Visser