Think about how you might be able to simplify your life...is it decluttering your space, your diet, your thoughts?
Last month, I wrote about cleaning out my closets, which has been quite successful. I’d like to stay with this concept of cleaning out the clutter that accumulates in our lives and extend it into other areas. I am finding, particularly as I get older, that life flows when it is simple and uncomplicated. Now, don’t misunderstand me, each of our lives has a level of complexity that is uniquely our own. However, complexity doesn’t mean complicated, and having simplicity as our guiding rule can help us navigate a multitude of situations with ease and grace.
Take for instance the diet world. How more complicated can you get? One size
fits all, paleo, vegan, diets for conditions, times in your lives, etc. What
I love about the Blood Type Diet and the concept of personalized nutrition is
that it is very straightforward, simple with an elegant platform of science underneath
it, and it addresses who each of us is as an individual. In many ways it has
simplified how we view ourselves and how we make our nutrition choices, and yet
its impact goes beyond weight loss to improved health and vitality. This also
holds true with our supplement choices. There are a lot of supplements out on
the market, and it can be overwhelming to consider which ones are right for you.
Using the concept of personalized supplementation allows you to weed through
the clutter to find the products that are designed specifically for you.
As an O, I have my dedicated O products – Polyvite, Polyflora, Phytocal and Deflect. This is my core base of daily supplementation, and then I add on based on how I am feeling or what I am currently experiencing in my life or seasonal supplementation. In the spring, I generally add in Phloxicin and Connectivar, as I am out in the yard, working on the lawn, or like this year, cutting down all the broken limbs from winter storms! Keeping my supplements streamlined makes it easy for me to support my overall health while at the same time target a specific issue.
There’s a great quote from Henry David Thoreau, “Simplify, simplify.” How more
simple can you get? And while we are on the subject of simple, I wanted to share
with you a great book that has just launched, written by my friend, Ken Segall
Simple: The Obsession That Drives Apple’s Success. Ken has done a brilliant
job of simplifying the core concepts of what has made Apple successful and which
will continue to do so over the years. What I love about the book is that it
is not just a business book and a good read about Apple, but you can also apply
these concepts to your life.
Think about how you might be able to simplify your life...is it decluttering
your space, your diet, your thoughts? I invite you to join me this May to take
the time to simplify and get back to what is essential in your life.
Peter J. D'Adamo, ND, MIFHI
Thus by removing the general and type specific lectins from the diet, we allow for the immune system to redevelop tolerance, the inflammation begins to ebb, and healing can begin.
Dr. D’Adamo answers reader questions pertaining to arthritis and inflammatory conditions.
QUESTION: I have B type blood and arthritis. Are dairy products
and vegetables of the 'nightshade' family, e.g., potatoes, still considered a
'beneficial' food? I have been told that these kinds of food can aggravate arthritic
conditions. Many thanks for your help.
ANSWER: Virtually all the nightshade vegetables (like potatoes
and tomatoes) are known to contain lectins. Many lectins are capable of influencing
the clinical severity of arthritis, either by acting to upregulate the inflammatory
response or by direct action on the tissues themselves. It is probably this reason
above all else that their avoidance is recommended by many health authorities,
albeit in a very non-specific 'avoid all nightshades' principle.
However there is little evidence that the wholesale avoidance of nightshade vegetables
has had a demonstrable effect on arthritis. For example, a check of MEDLINE searching
under 'nightshade' and 'arthritis' produced no results, yet many people report
improvement when they did avoid nightshades.
This shows the importance of choosing your foods by blood type compatibility:
instead of trying to see effects of food groups on broad population groups
we look at patterns of individual foods on specific population groups. You do
not need to avoid all foods in the category, just the ones which can be expected
to react with your individual chemistry.
QUESTION: Dr. D'Adamo, I'm a Type O with Fibromyaliga and I have found some relief in my pain levels in eating in accordance with the Type O Plan, have you done any research into this condition and could you offer any specific diet or supplement guidelines that would help me further.
ANSWER: In my own patients and the outcomes registered on this website, it soon becomes quite obvious that those who are type O and suffering from fibromyalgia can see quite dramatic responses if they can stick to the wheat-free component of the diet for long enough duration. A recent study indicates that dietary lectins interacting with enterocytes (cells lining the intestines) and lymphocytes may facilitate the transportation of both dietary and gut-derived pathogenic antigens to peripheral tissues, which in turn causes persistent immune stimulation at the periphery of the body, such as the joints and muscles. (1)
This, despite the fact that many nutrition 'authorities' still question whether lectins even get into the systemic circulation!
In genetically susceptible individuals, this lectin stimulation may ultimately result in the expression of disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia via molecular mimicry, a process whereby foreign peptides, similar in structure to endogenous peptides, may cause antibodies or T-lymphocytes to cross-react and thereby break immunological tolerance.
Thus by removing the general and type O specific lectins from the diet, we allow for the immune system to redevelop tolerance, the inflammation begins to ebb, and healing can begin.
Cordain L, Toohey L, Smith MJ, Hickey MS. Modulation of immune function
by dietary lectins in rheumatoid arthritis. Br J Nutr. 2000 Mar;83(3):207-17.
Benefits of Boswellia
It is believed that boswellia can reduce the damage and inflammation by decreasing the number of cells that contribute to the inflammation and increasing the cells that fight against it. Those who took a supplement of boswellia for 6 weeks reported a significant improvement in their symptoms.
Boswellia, also known as “Indian frankincense” is an herb that is commonly used in Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India. The boswellia is a branching tree that is native to India and grows in the dry, hilly regions of the country. The tree produces a resin, or sap, that can be extracted and purified for medicinal purposes to treat a diverse range of conditions. The extract has been used for thousands of years in India because of the belief that it gave elephants their longevity and health, and it was hoped that boswellia would do the same for humans.
Traditionally, boswellia has been used to treat conditions such as diabetes, skin and blood diseases, fevers, cardiovascular disorders, neurological disorders and rheumatism, but it is best known for its treatment of inflammatory conditions. Research indicates that boswellia extract may help to slow or stop the deterioration of cartilage and joint tissue. In studies, patients suffering from rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis that took a supplement containing boswellia saw significant improvement in their condition - reporting greater range of motion and reduced pain and stiffness. Unlike other over the counter treatments that contain ibuprofen, boswellia can be taken used over long periods of time without causing stomach upset.
Dr. D’Adamo has used boswellia in his clinical practice for many years. He
a supplement used to modulate inflammation, to include boswellia as well as L-Histidine,
an amino acid that may be beneficial to relieve pain associated with chronic
arthritis, and resveratrol, which has been shown to demonstrate antioxidant and
anti-inflammatory activity when associated with the occasional joint pain and
stiffness resulting from normal wear and tear on joints.
Asthma is another chronic condition that is affected by inflammation. Asthma
sufferers who took a boswellia supplement reported that they noted fewer attacks
and better measureable air movement through the lungs. The effect of Boswellia
on asthma is currently being studied in greater detail. One reason why it is
believed to work at controlling asthma symptoms is its anti-inflammatory properties.
In studies of patients with inflammatory bowel disease—ulcerative colitis
and Crohn’s disease—boswellia reduced gastrointestinal inflammation and
tissue damage. These diseases are characterized by chronic inflammation in the
intestines and digestive tract. It is believed that boswellia can reduce the
damage and inflammation by decreasing the number of cells that contribute to
the inflammation and increasing the cells that fight against it. Those who took
a supplement of boswellia for 6 weeks reported a significant improvement in their
As scientists continue to study this amazing herb, they will find the science behind the ancient wisdom. This is great news for those who are looking for a natural solution to chronic inflammatory conditions.
Spotlight: Josh - A Proud Type O
Documentarian Eric Morrison has been collecting video testimonials about
the blood type diet for his upcoming documentary on the Blood Type Diet®.
Josh had health problems for his entire life before discovering Eat
Right for Your Type – now he’s happy, healthy and spreading
Recipes: Escarole Wraps with Sage Walnut Cream Sauce—Right For All
The books are a great value at only $9.95
each and can be read on any Kindle product, web browser, PC, Mac, iPhone,
iPad, BlackBerry, or Android phone.
“I am really enjoying the recipes...they also encourage me to cook
differently, and to use my beneficial foods in a variety of ways.”
- Mariarosaria (Blood Type O)
Excerpt from the NEW Personalized Living Using the Blood Type Diet® e-cookbooks!
This delicious recipe is excerpted from Personalized Living
Using the Blood Type Diet® e-cookbooks.
Escarole Wraps with Sage Walnut Cream Sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cups chopped okra
2 cups chopped white onion
2 cups chopped white button mushrooms (substitute beneficial mushroom)
sea salt to taste
1/4 teaspoon chili powder (A, AB omit)
1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
1 head escarole
Sage Walnut Cream Sauce Ingredients:
1 large Turkish fig
2/3 cup walnuts
1/4 cup hot water
2 tablespoons almond (or rice) milk
1/4 cup fresh chopped sage
sea salt to taste
How to Make it:
Sauté olive oil, okra, onion, mushrooms in a large
sauté pan over medium heat for 8-10 minutes, until vegetables become
chili powder and paprika and cook an additional minute.
Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.
While the vegetables cook, puree all Sage Walnut Cream ingredients
in a food processor until smooth (this will take a few minutes).
After the vegetables are finished cooking, peel individual leaves
off the head of escarole and turn the leave so that it is cupped in
your hand. Place a small amount of filling down the rib of the
escarole and wrap the leaf around the filling almost like a burrito. Turn
the stuffed escarole seam side down in a baking dish. Continue
stuffing escarole until the filling is used.
Top escarole with the walnut cream sauce and bake for 8-10 minutes.
Escarole will soften and will be warmed through.
As an addition, you can add cooked rice or quinoa to the vegetable
mixture when stuffing or serve with rice or quinoa.
Product Spotlight: Scienca™—What
is it and What Does it do?
Dr. D'Adamo formulated Scienca, a blend
of turmeric, quercetin, and bromelain, to help his clinic
patients who were dealing with inflammatory conditions. The three
ingredients work together to enhance the body’s own ability to inhibit
the process of inflammation and may protect the body from the destructive
effects of inflammation.
Dr. D’Adamo formulated Scienca,
a blend of turmeric, quercetin, and bromelain, to help his clinic patients
who were dealing with inflammatory conditions. The three ingredients work
together to enhance the body’s own ability to inhibit the process of inflammation
and may protect the body from the destructive effects of inflammation.
Let’s take a look at each ingredient and how they work together.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)– A powerful spice derived from the root of the plant, turmeric is often used in Indian cooking and has long been used by Ayervedic practitioners to fight inflammation. Turmeric, or curcumin, is widely used in cooking and gives Indian curry its flavor and yellow color. It is also used in mustard and to color butter and cheese. Turmeric has been used in both Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine as an anti-inflammatory, to treat digestive and liver problems, skin diseases, and wounds. Curcumin is also a powerful antioxidant. Antioxidants scavenge molecules in the body known as free radicals, which damage cell membranes, tamper with DNA, and even cause cell death. Antioxidants can fight free radicals and may reduce or even help prevent some of the damage they cause. In addition, curcumin lowers the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation. It also stops platelets from clumping together to form blood clots.
Quercetin – Derived from Dimorphandra mollis seed pods, quercetin is a potent anti-oxidant which also has demonstrated significant anti-inflammatory activity because of its direct inhibition of several initial processes of inflammation. Quercetin acts like an antihistamine and an anti-inflammatory, and may help protect against heart disease. Quercetin can also help stabilize the cells that release histamine in the body and thereby have an anti-inflammatory effect. In other words, quercetin has the ability to stimulate the body’s own natural responses to prevent the inflammatory response!
Bromelain – An enzyme derived from pineapple stems, bromelain has been used since ancient times as an anti-inflammatory enzyme. Bromelain is prepared from the stem part of the pineapple plant after harvesting the fruit. This stem part is peeled, crushed, and pressed to get the juice containing the soluble bromelain enzyme. Further processing includes purification and concentration of the enzyme. Additionally, when used in conjunction with turmeric, it has been shown to increase the absorption of turmeric and increases its effectiveness.
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Right For Your Type News
Dr. D’Adamo Lecture Series In Brooklyn, NY
DATE: Thursday, May 10
TIME: 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
LECTURER: Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo
TOPIC: Managing Crohn’s Disease and Irritable Bowel Syndrome Through Diet
and Lifestyle Choices
It is estimated that 10-20% of Americans suffer from irritable bowel syndrome
(IBS) or Crohn’s disease, disorders that involve the entire digestive tract.
Dr. D’Adamo discusses nutritional and lifestyle strategies that can help
you manage this condition and reduce the likelihood of further attacks.
“This is why I spend so much time measuring bones and fingers,” says
Peter D’Adamo, in response to an article on the website, SCIENCE
NOW. The article discusses a recent study published in the medical journal,
The Lancet Oncology, that finds that tall people are more likely to develop
New Research Correlating Blood Type and Stroke Risk
“What’s your blood type? Perhaps you can’t say off the
top of your head…and unless you need a transfusion or a transplant,
you may not think that your blood type matters much to your health. But
recent research suggests otherwise—because it now appears that blood
type is linked to your risk for stroke.
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing type of substance abuse in
the United States, a phenomenon fed by aggressive drug marketing. The
following statistics underline the need for public education on this
very serious problem.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, prescription drugs are responsible for more overdose deaths than “street drugs” such as cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines.
The number of emergency room visits attributable to pharmaceuticals alone was up 97 percent between 2004 and 2008.
The number of people seeking treatment for pain reliever abuse was up more than fourfold between 1998 and 2008.
Every day, on average, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time.
2 in 5 teens believe prescription drugs are “much safer” than illegal drugs. 3 in 10 teens believe prescription pain relievers are not addictive.
63 percent of teens believe prescription drugs are easy to get from friends’ and family’s medicine cabinet.
D’Adamo Personalized Nutrition Participates in Earth Day Expo in NYC
“On Sunday, April 22nd, DPN partnered with Natural Awakenings Magazine
in NYC and participated in an Earth Day celebration in Times Square. Despite
the stormy weather, hundreds turned out to learn how to improve their health
and well being from several vendors, lecturers, and even enjoy a few performances.
Here’s a recap of the event from Natural Awakenings along with some
photos of the event – make sure to check out the photo of our own
Javier Caceres and Colleen Flannery Caceres!
Model Natalia Vodianova Cures Stomach
Ulcers with the Blood Type Diet
Her advice to women who want to lose weight: "I don't want to offend
people who are trying to lose weight — if you want my tip, everyone
should look into the only diet I've ever done. When I was little I had
ulcers in my stomach from not eating very properly. I had really bad digestion
and suffered from it for a long time. Then somebody recommended the blood
type diet. Ever since, I have more energy and I've been doing it for five
years now. It really works for me. It's not about eating more protein or
more carbohydrates — it's which protein you eat, and which carbohydrates."
I wonder what blood type is the nicest? While that is up for debate, the
trait that defines being nice – defined as feelings of social
responsibility and charity – corresponded to a gene that produces
a certain receptor for oxytocin and vasopressin (two hormones linked