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04 Jun 2004

Blood type diet
Hi, I am interested to know what you think of Peter D'Adamo's theory on the blood type diet. Do you think there is any substance behind his findings and would you recommend that one pays any attention to his recommendations?

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naturopath

01 Jan 0001

The Blood Type Diet is not totally new, it has been part of natural medicine theory for many years. Peter D'Adamo has become very specific around the theory by including the lectin reaction of blood to specific foods.
The general Blood Type Diet theory is very closely linked to genetic theory, and has definate relevance.
O blood types have a genetic inheritance of a hunter-gatherer - meaning their constitution does better with a diet that is predominatly protein with vegetables, they have sensitive pancreatic response and a thrifty gene that would lead to disease if starch, sugars, dairy are consumed in abundance. Their genes are not used to abundant food.
A blood types have a genetic inheritance of a gatherer - meaning their constitution does better with a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and vegetable protein; they have a sensitive digestive response to that lead to disease if too much animal protein, starch or dairy are consumed in abundance.
B blood types have a genetic inheritance of a agricultural farmer - meaning their constitution does better with a diet rich with grains, pulses, vegetables, eggs, milk and cheese. They have a sensitive hormonal response that leads to disease if too much fruit, animal meat are consumed in abundance.
AB blood types are a combination of A and B.
This is as far as the genetic sensitivity goes - the problem that we have today is that all blood types are not used to this new refined food - grains and starches today can hardly ever be found in their whole natural state - and in general all types are consuming far too much food.
Our ancestors did not have such readily available food, and had very active working environments as either a hunter, or walking to gather, or working the fields as a farmer. Most of our disease today comes from not being accustomed to so much food - no matter what the type.
Most individuals will see a great improvement in their health and disease if they had to be more frugal in their eating - a good rule would be to never eat to a feeling of fullness and only eating when actually hungry.
The specifics about D'Adamo's theory are unproven as yet - it is impossible to say that an O type cannot eat cheese because his blood reacts - any food is completely broken down into its smallest parts before entering the blood - so the amino acids (smallest protein parts) of a peice of meat are identical to the amino acids of a peice of cheese. Foods do not come into contact with the blood in your body - but proportion of nutrients do - so in an O type who is receiving an abundance of starch will overload their system with glucose (smallest starch part) and this sets up disease reactions.
I hope this gives the general idea.
(Dr Chase Webber ND)
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