The Nutrition Practitioner, , , Feb Modern nutritional therapy is moving steadily away from subjective methods towards measurements based on knowledge of medical science. The “Holy Grail” is a simple, accurate, reproducible test that will deliver, at low cost, a complete read-out of a patient’s unique biochemical and physiological profile. In the rush to go high-tech, a simple typing method has been overlooked. Naturopathic physician Peter D’Adamo has pioneered the use of blood type as a window on genetic make-up. The literature reveals a surprisingly large amount of research on the association between blood type and specific diseases. However, orthodox medicine assumes that the main importance of blood type is in transfusion; textbooks admit only two associations – type O and ulcers and type A with gastric cancer. In fact, even a most conservative reading of published research supports the view that type As appear to be more susceptible to many cancers, including breast cancer, as well as heart disease; type Bs to infections; and type Os to gastric cancer. The link between blood type and disease is only part of the story. D’Adamo recommends eating foods that suit blood type. As discussed in the last issue, a little-known fact is that most foods contain naturally-occurring toxins called lectins which have the ability to agglutinate cells .
I recently attended a seminar on this way of eating. No two people are exactly alike, and no two people will have exactly the same dietary needs. Is there any overlap between these ancient systems of medicine and the blood type diet? After five years of holistic health coaching, I have to say: there is! For example, a person with type O blood is said to do best with a high protein and low carb diet. The easiest way to do this, according to TCM, is through animal protein. On a vegan diet, she may also build qi by being more educated about and specific with her food choices, but the process will take longer. Is the blood type diet a perfect system for establishing a health and nutrition protocol? Well, how could it be? There is so much more involved in our health than just our blood type. A few example are our age, our emotional and spiritual blockages which are just as energetic as our physical ones!
The portion suggestions according to ancestry are not meant as firm rules; the purpose is to present a way to fine-tune your diet even more, according to what is known about the particulars of your ancestry. Critics tend to miss the point: D’Adamo has not invented this association, he has found it in the scientific and medical literature. Wellness inspiration of the week. Melissa April 20, , am. Lectins are blood-type specific. I would be very wary of anyone who tells you that all humans are designed to be vegan, vegetarian or omnivores! I recently attended a seminar on this way of eating. Luis Herrera September 17, , pm. It was an intriguing hypothesis so we felt we should put it to the test. The theory behind eating for your blood type is based upon the scientific fact that the genes in our blood type are also responsible for the expression of proteins in our body — and this is a large determinant in how we digest certain foods.