(Excerpted from Eat
Right 4 Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia)
Peter D'Adamo, ND, MIfHI
Bone loss happens over time, accelerating with age and menopause. To some extent, every person, male and female, experiences a degree of bone loss with age. But it’s a far less severe problem for men, since they start out with about 30% more bone mass than women and tend to lose it more slowly.
The process of bone breakdown and repair occurs throughout life. With osteoporosis, the calcium that keeps bones strong is lost and new bone formation stops occurring to repair bone loss. The result is that the skeleton becomes fragile, and the bones grow thin and brittle.
Bone loss happens over time, accelerating with age and menopause. To some extent, every person, male and female, experiences a degree of bone loss with age. But it’s a far less severe problem for men, since they start out with about 30% more bone mass than women and tend to lose it more slowly. It’s also less severe in women who have darker skin; because they have about 10% more bone mass than women of European or Asian ancestry or who have fair skin.
Hip fractures among elderly women are a costly and devastating epidemic in this country. Osteoporosis carries a $7 billion annual medical price tag, and $5 billion of that is due to hip fractures. Aside from the cost, hip fractures are associated with high morbidity and mortality. Falling down is the leading cause of death among people over age 75, mainly among women. All patients with hip fractures require hospitalization and between 12% and 20% die during the first year. Of those who survive, 50% will never walk independently again.
Risk factors for osteoporosis include:
Family history – especially a mother with osteoporosis
A thin and small fame
A sedentary lifestyle
Excessive consumption of alcohol and caffeine
Low muscle mass
Taking calcium-depleting medications, such as cortisone
Pre-menopause hysterectomy or early menopause
The Calcium Connection
Calcium is a mineral essential for building bones and teeth and for maintaining bone strength. Bones and teeth contain 90% of the body’s calcium stores. When bones don’t contain enough calcium, they weaken. The body’s ability to absorb calcium is influenced by the form in which it is taken, its interaction with other nutrients, and the way it is absorbed into and eliminated out of the body.
Certain nutrients have a direct affect on calcium absorption. Vitamin D, which is converted into a hormone called calcitriol, regulates the transport of calcium from the digestive tract to the bloodstream and into the bones. Phosphorous is another mineral that has an effect on bone density. Too much or too little phosphorous in the body can harm bone formation. Magnesium is important for the body’s utilization of calcium and vitamin D. Protein is vital to the formation of bones, but too much protein can increase the amount of calcium lost in the urine. When protein breaks down in the body, it produces organic acids, and the body pulls calcium carbonate out of the bones to act as a buffer. So, although too little protein can damage bones, too much can weaken them.
Certain medications can also leach calcium from the system, for example thyroid hormone encourages bone loss. Other medical treatments that can deplete calcium include cortisone, chemotherapy, long-term lithium therapy, anti-convulsants, and long term use of phosphate-binding antacids. Endocrine disorders can also contribute to osteoporosis. These include hyperthyroidism, hyperparathyroidism, Cushing’s syndrome, and Type 1 diabetes.
Blood group A has the highest incidence of osteoporosis for two reasons. First,
evidence suggests that intestinal alkaline phosphatase enzyme, in addition to
enhancing fat breakdown, also enhances the absorption of calcium. Groups A and
AB are known to have lower levels of intestinal alkaline phosphatase. On the
other hand, groups O and B, with higher levels, are less susceptible to osteoporosis.
In addition, people with higher stomach acid tend to absorb calcium more efficiently,
giving groups A and AB, with naturally low stomach acid levels, a disadvantage.
Dr. D'Adamo has formulated a money-saving pack of supplements to help with joint
Why You Matter
There’s no one size fits all plan that effectively addresses your physical uniqueness, and the concepts of blood type and genotype offer a blueprint for not only what makes you who you are but also a road map to where you are going.
Over the past few weeks I have had numerous conversations with people about
diet and nutrition as well as the search to find authentic expression in
their lives. I believe that underlying each of these areas is the need to
fully express ourselves in everything that we do. The question that arises
is “Which comes first? The chicken or egg?” (And if you are a B or an
AB, a bigger question arises!)
The answer, I believe, is neither. Life is not a series of sequential decisions. It is comprised of simultaneous events and parallel learning opportunities and experiences. These experiences are mental, physical, emotional and spiritual, and each area contributes to the other as we grow and evolve as human beings. The noted psychologist, Carl Jung, researched and taught that the goal of life is individuation, which is the realization of our own unique individual potential and the expression of it in the world. This potential can be expressed in our professional calling, our personal relationships and relatedness, and in our physical being.
At D’Adamo Personalized Nutrition, our work is dedicated to your health and well- being and to what makes you unique as an individual. There’s no one size fits all plan that effectively addresses your physical uniqueness, and the concepts of blood type and genotype offer a blueprint for not only what makes you who you are but also a road map to where you are going. I have found this personally liberating, as I felt released from the fear I carried about the physical inheritance of my family. Through diet and exercise, I’ve been able to support healthy cardiovascular function, manage mid-life weight gain, and provide additional nutritional support during stressful circumstances.
What I’ve found even more interesting is that the more I follow my Hunter/O program, the more access I have to who I really am versus who I think I am supposed to be. It’s as if once you touch your authentic self, there’s no turning back…just towards the continual unfolding of unexpressed potential, and it brings excitement to this journey called life.
I value the great treasure trove of resources available to me and that you can be using in your own journey. First of all, Eat
Right 4 Your Type and Change Your Genetic Destiny are invaluable as reference sources. The website www.dadamo.com is filled with great information. Typebase4 is
a fantastic resource for checking out food values. The
BTD forums provide a strong sense of community and support, and the archives
have answers to at least 95% of the questions that people have about the program,
food values, getting started, and figuring out how all of this works.
A little over a month ago, Peter launched a new blog, n=1. Fascinating reading,
and it details new developments and discoveries in the rapidly evolving field
of genetic medicine, nutrition, complexity theory and popular culture. And don’t
forget www.4yourtype.com, the product website that is filled with great information
about our products and how they can support your efforts in achieving optimum
The big work in our lives is to become fully and completely who we are. It is an exciting process, and I am grateful that we get to share this with each other.
Wishing you a healthy November,
Dr. D'Adamo's Lectures: Dr. D'Adamo Explains the Thrifty Metabolism
In a recent radio interview, Dr. D'Adamo explains why people with a thrifty
metabolism have difficulty losing weight and how eating right for your
type can help. (3:24)
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Better Balance – 5 Steps to Building Strong Bones and Avoiding Falls
Injuries from falls are a serious concern
for elderly people and their caregivers. Studies show that prevention
is the best way for older people to avoid falling down and becoming
According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, every 18 seconds an older person is in the emergency room because of a fall. Those are pretty startling statistics – and only the ones that we know about – a report from the National Council on Aging says that most falls are never even reported.
Injuries from falls are a serious concern for elderly people and their caregivers. An elderly person who falls may suffer long-term pain, disability, and even death. As the number of older adults continues to rise, the number of falls is expected to increase correspondingly. Studies show that prevention is the best way for older people to avoid falling down and becoming injured. Below are five simple steps that you or your loved one can take to prevent injuries before they happen.
Stay Active – Fit people are more likely to have better balance and are
therefore less likely to fall. Simple weight bearing exercises, performed three
times a week, such as walking, jogging, jumping jacks, stair climbing, push-ups,
dancing, or other forms of exercise that forces weight through the bones helps
to keep our bones dense and strong. Exercises such as lifting weights or carrying
a weight while walking can also help build strong bones and muscles.
Perform a Home Safety Check – 60% of falls causing a fracture occur in the home. Take inventory of your environment to make sure it’s safe. Remove throw rugs, piles of books, loose electrical cords, and other items on your floors and stairways. Install a grab bar in your bathroom and place a non-skid mat in your bathtub or shower. Make sure that your home is brightly lit; you are more likely to fall if you can’t see where you are going.
Supplement with Calcium – A quality calcium supplement is
essential for maintaining strong bones, but not all calcium is the same – or
right for you. NAP’s calcium formulas – Phytocal® A,
Phytocal® B, Phytocal® AB,
Phytocal® O,and ClearCal™ – feature
Maerl, a unique natural source of highly absorbable calcium. Maerl is composed
of a wide variety of essential nutrients including calcium, and trace amounts
of magnesium, boron, and zinc. Its unique structure gives it great versatility
and insures a phenomenal rate of bioavailability and utilization.
Check Your Vision - As we age, our vision becomes less acute
and we may require corrective lenses. Have your vision screened annually to
keep on top of any vision problems. Dr. D'Adamo especially formulated Ocubright™ for
Medications – Read labels on medications as some can cause dizziness which can lead unsteady walking, loss of balance, or a fall. Some medications may also accelerate bone loss, be aware of what you are putting into your body and its long term effects.
With a little prevention you’ll be much less likely to fall or to be seriously injured if you do fall.
Success Story: Sharon Lewinter
"I actually feel better than I did in high
school! Even though I was thin as a teenager, I always had puffiness
in my face. After starting the blood type diet, I noticed that my
skin is better and I have no more puffiness.“
As a child and teenager, Sharon
had always been slim and healthy, weighing about 120 pounds as a teenager.
At the age of 21, she started to gain weight and by the age of 27, she
had gained 70 pounds. She suffered from varicose veins, anxiety, depression,
frequent colds and sore throats, chronic constipation, and painful menstrual
cramps. Fortunately, Sharon’s mom came across Live Right 4 Your
Type in a local bookstore and thought that it might help her daughter.
“As soon as she gave it to me, in 2007, I felt it was the answer I was looking for,” Lewinter says. “It made immediate sense to me because it explained, in my mind, why some people do well on a high protein animal based diet and why some people do well on a vegetarian diet. It made me understand the importance of individuality and personalized nutrition.”
After reading the book in two days, Sharon felt excited and wanted to learn more about Dr. D’Adamo’s work. She jumped right into eating right for her AB non-secretor type, cutting out all avoids and adding many beneficial foods to her diet, and felt better almost immediately.
Sharon said that at first it was hard to give up chicken and wheat. “I ate tons of chicken and wheat as a child and thought that I would miss it, but now I eat turkey, rice, oatmeal, millet, and amaranth. There is such a variety of foods to eat that I don’t miss the avoids anymore.”
After three months on the diet, Sharon “looked and felt like a new person.” Within
a year she was back down to 120 pounds, and has kept the weight off.
“My friends and family were so happy to see me lose the weight and get relief from the health issues. They look at photos from my wedding where I weighed 190 pounds and they cannot believe the change in me. I actually feel better than I did in high school! Even though I was thin as a teenager, I always had puffiness in my face. After starting the blood type diet, I noticed that my skin is better and I have no more puffiness.“
In 2009, Sharon found out her GenoType, a Warrior, and recently visited Dr. D’Adamo’s clinic and received her personalized SWAMI diet profile and has been following her individualized program to great results.
Some of her friends and family have also converted to eating right for their
type. Sharon says, “I always tell my friends about the diet and feel like my
story is a testament to the power of the Blood Type Diet.“
Sharon has also met new friends through the New York City GenoType Diet support group and the Eat Right 4 Your Type support group based in Long Island, New York. “You can find us on Facebook! We have monthly meetings at various locations in New York City and Long Island. All are welcome at our monthly meetings. I’ve made many meaningful friendships through the Meetup Message Boards on www.dadamo.com.”
Sharon suggests that people start their own support groups in their area. “It has been a great experience to get together with other people on the diet and it’s been invaluable to get support while learning about the evolving work of Dr. D’Adamo.”
Right For Your Type Recipes: Turkey, Sweet Potato, and Cranberry
(Right for All Blood Types)
Tangy cranberries and aromatic ginger put an unexpected twist on the traditional Thanksgiving feast.
Tangy cranberries and aromatic ginger put an unexpected twist on the traditional Thanksgiving feast.
Turkey, Vegetable, and Cranberry Stew
3 Pounds turkey drumsticks, skin removed
1 Small onion, diced
1 Tablespoon agave syrup
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 ½ Teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger
1 Teaspoon salt
½ Teaspoon black pepper (if acceptable for your blood type)
1 Cup stock or more as needed while cooking (Right For YourType – beef,
chicken, turkey or vegetable)
1 Pound of Right For Your Type vegetables (sweet potatoes or
carrots), peeled and cut into one inch chunks
½ Cup dried cranberries
2 Tablespoons spelt, rice, or arrowroot flour
How to Make it:
Combine turkey, onion, agave, lemon juice, ginger, salt, pepper (optional), and stock in a large slow cooker.
Cover and cook on low for 5 hours.
Add vegetables and cranberries. Cook until vegetables are
tender, about 45 minutes more.
Remove turkey and pull meat from bones.
Pour one quarter of the liquid in a small pot and whisk in the flour till smooth. Slowly whisk in remaining liquid.
Toss meat, vegetables, and cranberries with gravy and reheat
Right For Your Type News
Dr. D'Adamo and Dr. Nash to Speak in Hamden, CT
Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Dr. D’Adamo and Dr. Nash discuss
personalized medicine and the science behind eating right for your type
at this special lecture hosted by Thyme & Season Natural Food Market.
When: Thursday, November 18th Time: 7:00 PM Location: Knights of Columbus Hall, 2630 Whitney Ave., Hamden, Connecticut Contact: Thyme & Season (phone) 203-407-8128
Dr. D'Adamo's New Blog
Dr. D'Adamo has started a new blog geared towards science and new developments in genetic medicine, nutrition, and complexity theory. In keeping with the movement towards individualized medicine, Dr. D'Adamo named the blog (n=1), which in lay terms means "a sample size of one." In clinical trials, the 'n number' is the number of participants or sample size in a study. A study of 6,000 people would be depicted as '(n=6000)'. According to Dr. D'Adamo, "(N=1) is my way of saying that were are all part of an ongoing study of ourselves." We encourage you to check out the blog, as it changes frequently, and it contains fascinating information. Here's a link to the blog: http://n-equals-one.com/blogs/
New Product: Carob Extract
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“I love adding it to my protein drink in the morning.”
These are just a few of the comments we’ve gotten about our new Carob
Extract —the latest addition to the D’Adamo Personalized Nutrition line. Formulated by Dr. Peter D’Adamo, this certified Kosher carob/cocoa extract is designed to support healthy blood sugar levels, help maintain healthy intestinal flora, and provide a great tasting pick-me-up for simple tiredness and fatigue.
Carob Extract is great in smoothies, protein shakes, or simply mixed with hot water. Try it with our type-specific protein
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IfHI 2011 Conference & Certification: Early Registration Continues
Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo and the faculty of The Institute for Human Individuality
(IfHI) will hold the 2011 IfHI Conference & Certification May 20-22
at The Dolce Conference Center located in Norwalk CT.
A new group out of New York has just started up.
"We are interested in the Genotype and Blood Type diets as published
by Dr. Peter D'Adamo. We get together monthly in Manhattan for informal
discussions. Come on down: learn new information, talk the 'language',
and share experiences!" NYC
Genotype Diet Group