The faculty for the Institute of Human Individuality
(IfHI) has been announced by Dr. Peter D’Adamo. In addition to Dr. D’Adamo’s
lectures on epigenetics, bioinformations and protein conformation, Dr.
Mitch Stargrove will discuss drug-nutrient interactions, Dr. Jonathan
Treasure will lecture on current trends in botanical oncology, and Dr.
Judy Noe will present her work in Naturopathic integrative oncology.
Dr. Jared Skowron, renowned for his work with children on the autism
spectrum will speak on epigenetics of common childhood developmental
I love September…the days get shorter, the night sounds louder, and there is a chill in the air that refreshes. I am energized to create order in the happy chaos of my house as we move from summer into the fall.
Labor Day Weekend marks the change from summer to “back to school” or back
to work, or back to a regular schedule. If you are like me, you are probably
experiencing a sense of relief that all the wonderful upheaval that comes
from packing/unpacking from vacations, and all the back to school preparation,
shopping, college move-ins, etc. are done.
As I look around my house, all I want to do is clean and restore order. I’ve been cleaning out both of my daughters’ rooms, rearranging furniture, cleaning out cabinets, and “decongesting” our lives from all that has built up over the course of the summer.
I believe I am trying to find a “new normal” for myself, and I think we all go through this at certain times, whether it is due to the end of summer, life transitions because of our children or sometimes because of our own life circumstances, like changing jobs, where the first few months we are so focused on the work that things build up at home. This could also happen due to changes in life responsibilities like welcoming a new baby into your lives, having to care for an elderly parent or sibling, or a health issue, whether it is our own or a family member’s or friend’s.
Restoring order allows us to reclaim our lives and arrange them for who we are in this moment. It affords us the opportunity to think about how we want to be and how this is reflected in our living space, work environments or even in our own bodies. I find this process particularly helpful with getting rid of excess or the unnecessary. Do I really need to have 15 swim towels out right now? Or what about the huge pile of unread books? Can they go into a bookshelf—but wait, can I take some of those books to the library and donate them to make room?
If we apply this same ordering process to ourselves, am I eating properly and appropriately for my blood type/genotype, or have some of those summer foods that aren’t quite good for me crept into my diet? Can I streamline my supplements based on how I am feeling? What habits do I need to let go of to make room for better, more supportive ones? And ultimately, have I made time in my day for time for myself, even if it is only 10 minutes? (It is surprising how restorative 10 minutes of quiet can be!)
We are also restoring order at the company, now that we’ve launched the Center
of Excellence in Generative Medicine at the University of Bridgeport, and
we have some exciting news to share with you. We have recently hired Eric Morrison,
an IfHI master, gifted educator and talented videographer. Eric will be working
with us in our DPN
retail store in Williamsburg, NY as well as helping us develop a series of
videos designed to provide education and support about personalized living as
well as our nutritional products and supplements. In addition to Eric, Andrea
Cayea, another IfHI master and a registered nurse, is joining us to assist our
nutritional counseling practice in the store. If you are in the New York area,
please stop by and say hi.
You’ll also be noticing over the next few months changes to our
website as we begin the process of updating our technology and creating a more user-friendly experience. We welcome your comments and feedback, and please feel free to share them with us at Martha@dadamo.com.
I love September...the days get shorter, the night sounds louder, and there is
a chill in the air that refreshes. I am energized to create order in the happy
chaos of my house as we move from summer into the fall.
Somewhat wistfully, I bid summer farewell, as I open to all the possibilities that September holds – for restoring order and for creating room in my life for what is next to come.
ARA 6: Larch Arabinogalactan by Gregory Kelly, ND
The longest recognized use of Larch Arabinogalactan
is probably as a source of dietary fiber. It has been shown to increase
the production of short-chain fatty acids (SCFA's), principally butyrate
and proprionate. These special fatty acids are critically important
for the health of the colon...While Larch Arabinogalactan has a huge
impact on digestive health, it has received even more attention for
its ability to promote the health of our immune system.
I went to lunch yesterday at a local health food store (they make great
soup) and while I was walking through the supplement section I noticed
an attractive floor display. But what really grabbed my attention about
this particular display was that it contained a "new" immune-boosting
product called "Larch Arabinogalactan." It makes me smile to
see this product getting attention in the natural foods industry, because
this product is far from new to Naturopathic Physicians. Ultimately the
reason Naturopaths are so familiar with this compound, and probably the
lion's share of the reason it now graces the shelves of health food stores
can be traced to one individual—Peter D'Adamo, N.D.
The historical story of "Larch Arabinogalactan," as I have heard
it, is actually quite interesting, so I will share parts of it with you.
Arabinogalactan is a specific polysaccharide, and polysaccharides interact
with blood type. So, it is not surprising to discover that Dr. D'Adamo
has had a passionate interest in polysaccharide research for more than
a decade. Because of this interest, years ago now, Dr. D'Adamo was scanning
research articles and came across a Japanese study (written in Japanese)
which just happened to have several words written in English..."Echinacea" and "Arabinogalactan." This ignited the spark that would eventually lead to his use of this product.
While information on the health benefits of Arabinogalactan were non-existent
to scarce at this point in time, the connection with Echinacea led Dr.
D'Adamo to ponder whether it might have immune benefiting effects. However,
a source of concentrated arabinogalactans was not as easy to find 8-10
years ago as it is today. His search for a source of Arabinogalactan eventually
led him to the lumber industry. The larch tree, as it turns out, is a rich
source of this polysaccharide. But up until this point in time, it had
been regarded solely as a fiber. Before long, 50-100 pound bags of bulk "Larch
Arabinogalactan" began to show up at the D'Adamo Clinic in Greenwich,
CT. Dr. D’Adamo’s research of this natural product now moved
into full swing. In fact, patients will still tell you stories about the
plastic baggies filled with a "fluffy, white powder" and how
this product helped them.
By the time I was in naturopathic school, Dr. D'Adamo had introduced the
use of this product into Naturopathic Medicine. Before I had graduated,
he had published his first review article on the health benefits of Larch
Arabinogalactan. The rest, as they say, is history.
So, from its rather inauspicious beginnings—as an underutilized leftover
from the logging industry—to one man's curiosity—Larch Arabinogalactan
has now arrived as an emerging new darling of the natural foods industry.
So let's learn a bit more about this natural product. As I have said, arabinogalactans
are a class of polysaccharides found in a wide range of plants; however,
they are most abundant in plants of the genus Larix (larch tree is Larix
occidentalis). High-grade or nutraceutical-grade Larch Arabinogalactan
(the grade typically utilized for supplements) is composed of greater than
98% arabinogalactan. As produced, Larch Arabinogalactan is a dry, free-flowing
powder, with a very slight pine-like odor and sweetish taste. It is 100%
water-soluble and produces low viscosity solutions. Because of its excellent
solubility and mild taste, the powder mixes readily in water and juices
and is easily administered (even to children).
The longest recognized use of Larch Arabinogalactan is probably as a source
of dietary fiber. It has been shown to increase the production of short-chain
fatty acids (SCFA's), principally butyrate and proprionate. These special
fatty acids are critically important for the health of the colon. In fact,
having an adequate supply of SCFA's is thought to make colon cells more
resistant to both tumor promotion and a variety of intestinal disease.
Larch Arabinogalactan also acts as a food supply for friendly bacteria.
The term used to describe this action is "prebiotic." The most
well known prebiotic substance is "fructooligosaccharides" or "FOS." Larch Arabinogalactan acts in the same manner as FOS in humans. In effect,
when we consume Larch Arabinogalactan, we are rewarded by this significant
positive effect on our gut microfloral balance. Specifically, this fiber
acts to increase good bacteria like bifidobacteria and lactobacillus, while
decreasing bad bacteria. Since these friendly bacteria are critically important
for the health of our digestive and immune systems, detoxification and
hormone regulating capabilities, and nutrient formation and absorption;
the growth promoting effects of Larch Arabinogalactan on these organisms
alone makes it a valuable addition to our diet.
While Larch Arabinogalactan has a huge impact on digestive health, it has
received even more attention for its ability to promote the health of our
immune system. It was this possibility that first drew Dr. D'Adamo's curiosity.
The immune system is a very complex system. A healthy immune system is,
in many respects, the core of prevention or resistance against disease.
While it might be easy to assume that, with respect to immune system function
or response, "more is better"...this is not always the case.
In fact, like most things in life, your immune system's performance is
more about an "appropriate" response, than it is about simply
an "increased" response. Many chronic health challenges are predictably
associated with some parts of your immune system "under-achieving;" however,
it is just as common in these same circumstances to have other parts of
the immune system "over-achieving." So, in simple terms,
immune system health is all about "balance."
Substances, which promote a balanced response to stress, are called "adaptogens." Larch Arabinogalactan appears to act as an "adaptogenic" agent
on your immune system...lifting up weak aspects and balancing down over-achieving
aspects. So, while this supplement is currently primarily thought of as
something to improve or stimulate immune system activity, it would be more
appropriately described as a substance with an ability to build a more
responsive immune system...or in effect, an immune system that is better
able to function in a balanced and appropriate manner in the face of the
challenges we face today.
Safety and dosage
Larch Arabinogalactan is FDA approved for use in food applications. Toxicity
tests in animals indicates that Larch Arabinogalactan is significantly
less toxic than methylcellulose (one of the most commonly supplemented
fibers). Clinical feedback suggests an occasional reaction of bloating
and flatulence in less than 3 percent of individuals (most often women).
This side effect is probably secondary to the effect Larch Arabinogalactan
has on beneficially altering gut microflora and will often disappear after
several days to 1 week.
As an addition to the diet, the usual dose is 1-3 grams daily (1000-3000
mg). However, much larger amounts can be taken if desired (up to 2-3 tablespoons
daily). Larch Arabinogalactan is available in powder, capsules, and tablets
from various supplement companies. Since it mixes very well with juice
or water, and is more cost-effective as a powder as compared to capsules
or tablets, I usually use the powder form. However, its effectiveness is
similar whether taken as powder, capsule or tablet.
Video Clip: Harvard Study Links Blood Type and Heart Disease
Eric Morrison, MIFHI
It seems that the medical community is finally coming around to the
idea that your blood type has a direct impact on your health. A study
published in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis,
Thrombosis and Vascular Biology found that there is a link between blood
type and heart disease. The study, done at Harvard University, found
that people who have blood types A, B, and AB have a higher risk for
heart disease compared to those with type O blood. The increased risk
for type A was 8 percent; type B, 11 percent; and type AB, 23 percent.
The new study involved about 90,000 men and women in two observational
health studies that cover more than 20 years. The researchers considered
age and other factors like diet, drinking, and a family history of heart
attacks that could contribute to heart disease.
Watch Eric Morrison’s video responding to this study.
“I am a big believer that we must learn from our own experiences and felt that Dr. D’Adamo’s research connected with my own personal discoveries trying to maximize energy and lean body mass. I am proud of Dr. D’Adamo for stepping outside the box to come to his own conclusions on nutrition and human potential,” Adams states.
Just in time for football season, we have an interview with Dan Adams, a 27 year
old former collegiate football player (College of the Holy Cross). Adams led
in unassisted tackles and set the all time NCAA record for most unassisted tackles
in a game (21!). After college, Adams participated in the 2007 East Coast Bowl,
represented the US National Team in the 2007 IFAF World Championships in Japan,
and competed as a contestant on SpikeTV’s football challenge “Pros vs. Joes All
Stars" – quite an accomplishment considering that, at 5’ 9” and 200 lbs,
Adams is considered an “undersized athlete.” He attributes his success to his
inability to succumb to the idea of physical or mental limitations.
As athletic opportunities became limited, Adams made the conscious choice to
apply the lessons that he had learned from his experience on the playing field
to work in sales for a corporate finance company. His experience in corporate
America allowed him to witness the need for an organization comprised of passionate,
accountable, and free thinking leaders willing to make an impact on the job market
and within local communities. That spurred Adams to create Athletic Capital,
an organization that empowers people of all ages to make their dreams a reality,
regardless of limitations. Athletic Capital, was founded two years ago, in August
of 2010, and in April 2012, Dan successfully partnered with the experiential
marketing company, IMG Live, and led a team of people on a journey to the top
of Mount Kilimanjaro, allowing each individual to reach their personal goals.
This initiative was showcased on all major media, including ESPN, where one of
Adams’ team, Kyle Maynard won the Male Disabled Athlete of the Year award.
Adams came across the Blood Type Diet in 2007, after experimenting with various diets to see what worked best for his body. A type AB, he found that his body responded best to certain foods (seafood, dairy, oatmeal) and when he substituted these items for different choices, he says he experienced negative results. “I was not feeling good and looking bloated while consuming healthy foods like corn, lean red meat, and chicken,” he says. “I made the decision to eliminate these foods and found that I looked and felt so much better despite no difference in caloric intake. When I stumbled across Dr. D’Adamo’s research, I found that I was incorporating food choices inadvertently that were considered highly beneficial for an AB blood type,” Adams explained.
Photo: Kyle Maynard and Dan Adams with the ESPY award.
As an athlete, Adams is considerably more in-tune with his body than most people, and the type AB diet resonated with him. “I am a big believer that we must learn from our own experiences and felt that Dr. D’Adamo’s research connected with my own personal discoveries trying to maximize energy and lean body mass. I am proud of Dr. D’Adamo for stepping outside the box to come to his own conclusions on nutrition and human potential,” Adams states.
He lists his observations about his own health after eating right for his type:
Evident Truths in My Own Life that back up The Blood Type Diet:
1. After my athletic career had ended, I decided to take more of an active role in what I put into my body. I meticulously tracked calories and foods consumed to find what worked best for overall energy and body composition. During this process, I found that when I eliminated milk and oatmeal from my diet, I lacked energy and looked flat despite eating the same amount of calories. (AB’s benefit from a diet composed of dairy and grains as dairy is an anabolic agent for this blood type).
2. I found that despite eating the same amount of calories that I often looked bloated and felt crummy after eating certain ”healthy” foods (chicken, lean steak, buffalo, etc). This process was very frustrating for me and I started to incorporate more seafood options into my diet sub-consciously that over time made me feel better. I didn’t know it at the time but I was adjusting my diet to my blood type.
3. I tried to incorporate a Paleo approach to my diet and found that it negatively impacted me from an energy and body composition stand point. I have found in my own life that conventional diets do not work for me which would make sense since only .7% of the world population shares my blood type. *The key is not to get caught up in duality or separation from others, just understand that small changes may have a positive impact on overall nutrition.
4. In my personal experience I found that vegetarians usually look great when they are Blood Type A. When a O Blood Type changes to a vegan diet, they often looked aged, bloated, and lack energy. Try this experiment in your personal life. If a person claims to be a vegan and looks great, ask what blood type they are. Repeat this experiment on people that have a youthful appearance.
5. I found that I could eat less on a diet tailored to my blood type. I think this is an important revelation since life is about simplifying and becoming less attached to the food we eat. Please don’t become obsessive about eating the “right” food as that will undermine the whole goal of the program. Make the necessary changes when you can and don’t worry about the rest. Life is about living, don’t become attached to routines that limit growth.
6. I removed all forms of meat from my diet with great results. I don’t eat chicken or red meat and have stuck with fish, nuts, and dairy as my primary protein source. This has paid rather large dividends for my body composition and overall expenditure on food.
I wanted to extend a special thank you to all of you who took our customer
We’ve received almost 600 responses (and counting)
since we launched the survey a little over a month ago. The results have
been a combination of pleasantly surprising and a little of what we expected.
For example, we knew that our customer base was primarily female (81%),
somewhere between the ages of 35 and 64, and O was the most common blood
type (41%), followed by blood type A (31%), 14% were blood type B, and AB—only
5%! We were amazed to learn that several people responding to their survey
did not know their blood type—I hope they had just read Eat
Right for Your Type and
were ordering their blood typing kit to find out! We were also surprised
to learn that only a third of the responders did not know their secretor
type. Knowing your secretor status is an important aspect of refining your
blood type diet.
more about why secretor status is important.
The comments that we received were both helpful and informative—your suggestions
ranged from including more information on the uses for our supplements, to requests
for weight loss tips and recipes, and even a few science buffs looking for cutting-edge
scientific articles. We intend to provide you with all that and more; and to
keep in touch on a more regular basis, we’ve launched a new Facebook
page. Just click on the
link and LIKE us. This will allow us to provide
you with breaking blood type news, recipes, and motivational tips. Now you won’t
have to wait for our monthly newsletter to see what’s going on at D’Adamo Personalized
Thank you again! We sincerely appreciate your participation and look forward to providing you with the support you need to continue your personalized nutrition journey.
New Products! Spelt Noodles and Spelt Flour
We are proud to announce that we’ve partnered with Berlin Natural Bakery, our favorite source for spelt flour, and are now offering their products through 4yourtype.com! You can purchase their delicious Amish Country Spelt Noodles (in white and whole spelt) and 5 lb. bags of their pure spelt flour (white and whole spelt) exclusively through our website. The noodles are the ultimate in comfort food and a hearty addition to soups, stews, or simply enjoy with your favorite sauce. The whole spelt flour is ideal for breads, muffins, cakes and cookies! Berlin Natural bakery products contain no GMO’s, additives or preservatives.
This member of the beet family is grown for its crinkly green leaves
and silvery, celerylike stalks. The variety with dark green leaves
and reddish stalks (sometimes referred to as rhubarb chard) has
a stronger flavor than that with lighter leaves and stalks. There's
also a ruby chard , which has a bright red stalk and a deep red (tinged
with green) leaf. Chard is available year-round but best during the
summer. Choose it for its tender greens and crisp stalks. Store,
wrapped in a plastic bag, in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Sauteed Swiss Chard
1 large bunch of fresh Swiss chard
1 small clove garlic, sliced
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon ghee
Salt to taste
Rinse out the Swiss chard leaves thoroughly. Remove the toughest third
of the stalk and discard. Roughly chop the leaves into inch-wide strips.
Heat a saucepan on a medium heat setting, add olive oil, a few small slices
of garlic and sauté for about a minute. Add the chopped Swiss chard
leaves. Cover. Check after about 5 minutes. If it looks dry, add a couple
tablespoons of water. Flip the leaves over in the pan, so that what was
on the bottom, is now on the top. Cover again. Check for doneness after
another 5 minutes (remove a piece and taste it).
Add salt to taste, and toss with a small amount of ghee.
Garden Greens with Proberry 3 “Vinaigrette”
Our friends at Natural Partners developed a wonderful salad dressing
using Proberry 3! This is an innovative way of getting the immune
boosting properties of Proberry into your diet and it is so delicious
that your kids will gobble it up too!
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Support Group Meeting - DPN | Williamsburg
If you're in the New York City area, IfHI Master Andrea Cayea will be holding
an Eat Right for Your Type Support Group Meeting:
D'Adamo Nutrition | Williamsburg, 135b Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
For more information on this subject, read NY Times Article: Is
The Run - 2012
The Run: Moving Naturopathic Medicine Forward was founded by Dr. Dennis
Godby in 2011. Godby ran along with his sons, Isaiah and Jeremiah, and
nephew Jonas Ely, from San Francisco, California to New York City (with
a stop at the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut) to promote natural
medicine and a healthier America.
This year, the Godby brothers are taking
to the road again. Jeremiah and Isaiah are running to spread the word along
the West Coast in hundreds of towns and cities as well as gaining national
media attention for a healthier nation during The Run 2012. Each brother
is running from opposite ends of the Western U.S. and will reunite in their
hometown of Davis, California, where they will run together to the State
Capitol of Sacramento. On their final leg of their journey, from Davis
to Sacramento, the brothers will run side by side as a symbol of their
identical purpose – to transform the nation’s health, one person
at a time. These two young men will be running these extreme distances
(for the second year in a row!) to dramatize that by taking personal responsibility
for one’s own lifestyle choices, optimal health and vitality can
New Kansas City Restaurant Offers Menu by Blood Type
The Café at Briarcliff in Kansas City has designed a menu that promotes
healthy eating as a way of life. Yes, there are plenty of fantastic desserts
to choose from. But you’ll also find a wide variety of healthy choices
that taste as good as they make you feel.
In addition to basic nutritional guidelines, the Café has several
dishes which follow the Blood Type Diet, made popular by holistic health
expert Peter J. D’Adamo. As the Café stresses, this isn’t
a “lose weight quick” sort of diet; it’s about making
healthy choices that help you feel better. The premise is that people with
different blood types have different reactions to what gets put into their
Their menu looks delicious – click on the link to see choices for
each blood type!
Pro Football Star Craig Roh Prepares for Season By Adopting the Blood Type
Michigan lineman Roh switches side of line and diet
Craig Roh isn't necessarily a gourmand. Given he's a 6' 5", 281 pound
defensive lineman, it doesn't mean he eats like a bird, either. But in
preparation for the 2012 season, Roh was reminded the importance of an
old adage: you are what you eat...In order to gain muscle and lose fat
to make a positional transition prior to his senior season, Roh switched
to a blood type diet. Designed by Peter D'Adamo, a naturopathic physician,
and chronicled in the book Eat Right For Your Type, the regimen
matches specific foods, such as proteins or grains or minimizes the intake
of dairy products, with an individual's blood type.
Interview with Blood Type Expert Karen Vago on UK Website
How can our blood type influence the way we eat?
It's very simple. The work of nutritionist Dr Peter D'Adamo has shown that certain
lectins (proteins contained in foods) are broken down by our bodies in different
ways according to blood type. For example, people who have O type blood digest
red meat well, but people who have A type blood struggle with it. After years
of medical research and research with his patients, Dr D'Adamo came up with a
plan for each of the four blood groups, to help people find what type of foods
are best for them.
I am a Natural Health Consultant who works out of a very special pharmacy in
Christchurch. My boss and friend have given me free license to do as I like
in our natural health area. I teach folks about your book. I do a quick finger
prick, to let them realize their type, and the rest is history. I could tell
hundreds of life changing stories. This work has now become my passion. All
day every day at my work this is my focus. Most of the staff understand the
principles and are learning how to manage their nutrition.
I have had my own little health store in the past but was offered this job in
pharmacy. We have a wonderfully eclectic bunch of beautiful people all with
the same passion as me to bring hope and ease the suffering. We do—thanks
to you!!! My dream would be to shake your hand face to face one day and share
some of my stories. You have given so many people hope and a new life—It
is an honor to be a part of your dream. A million thanks.
Sincerely and faithfully,
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