My Health Journey (Part 1): Putting Two and Two Together

Growing up in an artistic family, I never quite associate myself as a rational or scientifically minded person. But strange enough, today I find an equal affiliation to what stimulates my left brain as what inspires its right half. Perhaps it’s not so strange after all. In high school, I had enjoyed biology more than any other subject, except for art and English literature. But getting a lower score in it than all my other subjects in the high school exam was enough to deter me from pursuing science any further. I consciously avoided all hard core science subjects at college and chose courses the likes of “Physics for Poets” to wing my way through graduation.

Well, that was a long-winded introduction to what I’m going to write about. Actually, the theme is simple. It’s about putting two and two together. It seems to be a predominant occupation of my mind in the past two years, ever since my body started to give me signs that it is falling apart one way or another. In fact, the more I think, the further along in my life I can trace the sources of my woes. It’s like playing detective to find the culprits for your bad health. It’s not been easy, but believe it or not, I am actually grateful for having been diagnosed with two large fibroids and an ovarian cyst the summer of 2009, when I came back from visiting my cancer-ridden father in New York.

I was in total shock upon the diagnoses. One fibroid was about 15cm and another was 5cm. The cyst measured 5cm and was later on deemed to be benign. Whew, no cancer–my worst fear after having been on the battle field with my dad when he struggled with his acute leukemia. At that time the ultrasound scans also showed that I had very fibrocystic breasts.

After the initial shock, I went to see a few specialists to get their opinions. All of them suggested surgery. One of them promised he would do a good job using minimally invasive technique. Another one said that due to the fact that the larger of the two tumors is stuck to the back of my uterine wall, there could be a lot of blood loss during the abdominal surgery. He recommended a few shots of lupron, a synthetic female hormone that would put my body into sudden menopause and make me very depressed. The reason for this shot is to shrink the fibroids somewhat so as to minimize the possibility of blood loss. Now, this was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Having been clinically depressed in my 20’s, the prospect of an artificially induced menopause and depression was absolutely frightening! No way, José!

Since then, I started researching alternative ways of treating fibroids. There turned out to be tons of materials on the Web. I started learning all about the possible causes such as estrogen dominance due to a number of factors, including eating estrogenic food and being exposed to environmental toxins that are known as “xenoestrogens,” i.e. chemicals and substances that mimick estrogen once they enter the body. When there is too much estrogen in the female body, the estrogen/progesterone ratio is out of balance, leading to all kinds of gynecological problems like fibroids, polycystic ovarian syndrome, cysts and fibrocystic breast and breast cancer.

Further research led me to the book “What Your Doctor May Not Tell You About Premenopause” by Dr. John Lee, who specializes in female hormones throughout premenopausal and menopause years. It was another shock to me when I found that that women can be in premenopause around 10 years prior to the onset of menopause. Judging from the severe PMS I had prior to my fibroid diagnosis, I definitely have been in premenopause since my early 30s! In fact, I realized that I was diagnosed with a “myom” in Sweden when I was around 33 years old. The doctor said it was only 3cm and nothing to worry about. Just monitor it every year. She made it such a small deal that I very quickly forgot about it. Two years ago, I put the first “two and two” together. “Myom” is the Swedish word for myoma, the medical name for uterine fibroids. So the small myom had developed into two huge fibroids! How come all these yearly gynecological exams didn’t alert me (or the doctor) of their existence?

More and more “2+2” popped up, as I read about how dairy products, simple carbs, especially wheat flour and sugar, the lack of Vitamin D/sunshine, all contributed to my condition. Sure enough, my diet in Sweden was mainly made up of these foods (especially that whole year eating instant noodles every day due to being jobless and broke), and I sorely lacked sunshine all year round.

The connection between fibroids and nutrition (or the lack thereof) reminded me of a book that I got as a gift from a classmate some time ago. It is a book about acid/alkaline diet, “The pH Miracle,” which I never read. Suddenly I got interested and devoured it in one setting. Boy oh boy, I was in another round of shock! The content made me so depressed, as it seemed like everything I ate up until then was highly acidic. How would I be able to make sure I get the perfect acid-alkaline balance? After that book I read at least two more books on the subject and looked up numerous sources online, only to find countless conflicts in whether a food is considered acid or alkaline-forming. The only way, of course, was to find out by eating the food and see how each type made me feel. I was told that white cheeses are alkaline, so I tried a different type of white cheese every week. But it made me sicker. I was also told that yogurt is alkaline-forming. So I ate that together with some oat granola for breakfast. I got a stomach ache afterwards but somehow I kept this “wholesome” habit for months!

After the acid-alkaline episode, which got me into a dead end, I started reading other books on food and health.

My best friend gave me a Chinese book written by a Taiwanese author, Dr. Tom Wu, who wrote about phytonutrients from fruits and veggies and how all kinds of diseases, including cancer, can be cured by blending juices and drinking several glasses all day long. In fact, he tells the story of how he cured himself of lung cancer using this method. I followed his instructions closely and spent at least an hour every morning preparing vegetables and fruits for blending. I also added psyllium husk to help “sweep toxins down the colon.” My bowel movements were not a pretty sight, I can tell you that!

But after some half a year I read about the scam that surrounded this so-called doctor, revealed by his own son. Apparently this doctor has a very small practice in California and has faked all his naturopathic qualifications. All he has been trying to sell, besides his book, is the Vitamix blender!

Oh well, so much for medical integrity! This story gives me a lesson: not all people with the “Dr.” title can be trusted.

At about the same time, I also read the infamous “China Study” by Colin Campbell, who proposes a vegetable-based diet as the panacea of all ills. This was some months after I got myself into the raw food and vegan diet, having read a whole bunch of online material on the raw food movement. It was not easy at first, having been an omnivore my whole life. Besides, as a Chinese person, I naturally prefer warm and cooked food. Initially the raw food vegan diet made me feel light. I gained tremendous energy from it. Eating out was a pain as nothing raw and vegan was available in any restaurants. I had to abstain from eating during social occasions. I remember feeling cold all the time. That winter was especially tough, as we had unusually cold temperatures. I was shaking all the time. Then I remember coming home from work totally exhausted, so much so that I hardly had any energy to walk up the stairs.

Worse still, I even learned about the “Master Cleanse” and decided to go fasting on my own. It was in November, not a good time to fast due to the cold weather. I went ahead anyway, and spent 10 days without “real food.” I drank copious amounts of water mixed with cayenne pepper, lemon juice and maple syrup. Sometimes I really could not stand the hunger, so I munched on things that were totally junk, like potato chips and nuts that turned out to be very hard on my digestion, e.g. cashew and Brazil nuts, because they gave me some fat, which my body was craving. Anyway, despite the initial weak feeling, I managed to eat less and less toward the end of my fast and felt “energized” and cleansed. My skin cleared up and seemed to glow. I lost some pounds and looked slimmer than ever. I loved the new flat tummy, which I had lost since my 20’s. I had a record number of bowel movements, up to seven a day on some days. And I believe I even expelled some parasites! I was so proud of the “detox” that I had accomplished.

Two months later, I had a dizzy spell. It lasted for two hours straight. I had to take a sick leave from work because it was so bad I couldn’t do a thing! This happened one more time before I realized something very wrong was going on in my body. It was not until later that I realize I had anemia.

Later on when reading “50 Secrets of the World’s Longest Living People“, I came across the Blood Type Diet by Dr. Peter D’Adamo. I was instantly intrigued. Wait a minute, I thought, hadn’t I heard about the connection between food and blood type before? Sure, it was in that book by the Taiwanese “doctor” where I first read about the connection. That “doctor” probably stole the information from Dr. D’Adamo. In any case, I got curious. “Perhaps there is something to it,” I thought. Reading half way through the “50 Secrets,” I was ready to give up, as each culture the book mentions seems to thrive on different kinds of food. To me, the book simply presented too many food choices, so many that it made me feel like I had to eat all those foods suggested in order to achieve longevity. It didn’t quite make sense to me. I didn’t want to spend all my waking hours looking for these power foods!

The concept of a diet based on different blood types, on the other hand, really “clicked” with me. It sounded more “selective.” I immediately purchased “Eat Right 4 Your Type” and finished it in one “gulp”! How interesting to read about the anthropological background of the four blood types and to find out that I, being a Type O, have hunters and gatherers as ancestors, whereas my husband, a Type A, has farmers as ancestors!

The part about the right kind of diet for my blood type was right on, as I recognized how the foods in the “Avoid” category affected me physically, making me feel ill one way or another. For example, I’m not supposed to have dairy products–no wonder the yogurt in my breakfast, which my then naturopathic doctor said was “excellent”–gave me stomach aches. And the book made me realize that my severe pollen and later dust allergy in the past was a result of having consumed dairy products–a habit I picked up after moving to the States and living in Wisconsin, the “Dairy State,” of all places!

Later on I also found out that I’m not supposed to have oat. The combination of oat granola and yogurt was therefore a big no-no! There are a number of other details, such as alfalfa, cashew and brazil nuts being “Avoids.” These were new food in my diet during the raw-vegan period, but I was eating quite a lot of them and spending much time in sprouting! Sure, I was eating all organic, raw and vegan, and paid a ton of money for what was supposed to be good for me. But it became clear that what sounds good in principle is not necessarily practical for each individual. The raw-vegan movements are so hyped among a certain population in pursuit of maximum health and longevity, but it turns out that only a certain percentage of the population could actually benefit from it (mostly Type A’s, whose health would benefit greatly from cutting out red meat and eating mainly a vegetable-based diet, supplemented with some fish, poultry and eggs).

The lesson here is that I have to learn to listen to my body. Somehow, Dr. D’s work takes the guesswork out of the equation. And the more I learn how to eat according to my blood type, the more in tune I become with what my body really needs. In other words, the more this diet cleanses my body in a slow and steady fashion, the more I can connect a particular ailment or reaction to a particular kind of food. It is really fun to be able to put two and two together this way!

One important aspect of the diet for Type O individuals is that lean red meat, such as grass-fed beef and lamb, can actually aid digestion, burn fat and improve metabolism. They also provide a lot of important nutrients such as B12, which I sorely lacked during my vegan trial period, and which caused my anemia. I remember distinctly just how much better I felt the first week I introduced organic beef into my diet. Prior to that, I had terrible acid reflux for more than half a year–the worst ever in my life! But beef made that go away! Isn’t that amazing? The acid/alkaline diet would have said “No” to this as red meat is highly acidic! But, according to the Blood Type Diet, O’s have a high level of stomach acid, and red meat paradoxically helps control that. It also turned my anemia around completely.

I’m an all-or-nothing-kind of gal. So when I choose to adopt a principle in my everyday life, I tend to go full out without any reservations. Soon I realized that to benefit more from the diet, I had to find out about my secretor status. Within each blood type, the majority (about 80%) are secretors, meaning, their blood type characteristics are found in their bodily secretions such as saliva, sweat, semen or vaginal fluid; the rest are non-secretors, whose blood type characteristics are not expressed this way. I sent in a saliva sample to a lab in America and got back the results in about a week. Turned out I am a non-secretor. This further helps me to hone in on the types of food I should focus on and avoid.

So I checked the most updated online database of food values on Dr. D’s Website and found that there were a couple of food items that secretors can have but I can’t, including soy products, corn, sugar, oat, etc. For these losses I gained avocado, a favorite fruit mine–great! Well, there are quite a few more differences. Though not a lot, knowing them for sure helps me fine-tune my diet, especially since soy is a staple in the Chinese diet, oat was my favorite grain for breakfast and corn and corn-derived products are in almost all processed food and even “non-gluten” products. After cutting out soy products, I noticed that the excessive mucous in my throat and nose disappeared. Cutting out oat obviously made my tummy feel much better.

I also introduced many beneficial items like ghee (clarified butter), a couple of times of lean red meat a week and almost daily consumption of organic eggs as well as deep sea fatty fish like salmon, sardine and tuna. The increase in animal protein really made a big difference in how I felt. I was finally able to feel more “solid” on my feet, no more light-headedness and constant hunger, my muscle tones improved a great deal and I didn’t gain weight from “all that meat”!

The best about this diet is that my tummy feels great, no more bloating, no more drowsiness after meals, everything seems to be digested properly and I have so much more energy than before–solid energy that lasts throughout the whole day. My metabolism has never worked this well since I was a little kid! Having suffered from digestive problems since the age of 13, can you imagine the relief that I’ve got?

Was it a difficult transition from eating everything that was wrong for my type to everything that is compliant? Well, yes and no. As I had already cut out sugar, coffee, wheat and dairy prior to adopting the Blood Type Diet, or BTD (at the time when I started the acid/alkaline diet), it was not too difficult for me to add and subtract all the other foods that are less physically addictive. I also cut out most processed food and was by then also quite well trained in preparing food from scratch. I have always loved cooking, so it was not too bad of a transition, although I found myself spending more time in the kitchen.

The challenge with the BTD is that, I had to go very far in food sourcing as a lot of substitutes for the “Avoids” cannot be found in my country. The food bill increased, especially with all those high-quality meats and fish, but I truly believe in investing in health and spending the money on disease prevention and natural healing, rather than on doctor’s visits!

(to be continued….)

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  1. Bravo! I was also a teenager when I realized something was wrong with my diet. Blood sugar was the most serious issue. I wish I’d known earlier. Hopefully our daughter will learn sooner than I did.

    • Hi Square Peg Guy, your daughter will certainly benefit from your experience and knowledge about the BTD! And we are both lucky to have stepped onto the path of health 🙂

  2. I am also an O non secretor. I have been following Dr. D’s teachings for many years. Thank you for this post. I wish I could read more and more. I love being a non secretor. I also have a A husband.

    • Hi fellow “nonnie” Mariellen! Being a non-secretor could be such a challenge. But what a relief to know about our quarks and to optimize our health based on the knowledge that Dr. D has given us. I will definitely write more about BTD here and sharing some food ideas going forward.

    • Hi Tina,
      I used to have what my doctor believed to be dust allergy. But once I cleared up my diet based on the Blood Type Diet principal, all my allergies were gone. Allergies are the body’s natural response to substances that it regards as “enemies.” Since some of the food we eat regularly contains lectins that make them act like “enemies” of the body, they create inflammatory reactions that show up as allergies. For example, one of the main causes of pollen allergy is the intake of dairy for my blood type (O). After I cut out dairy from my diet, my pollen allergy no longer comes back.

      • I agree that the Blood Type Diet (BTD) helps reduce allergy symptoms. I can tolerate some dust and cat dander if I eliminate other sources of inflammation. Also, the special Allergy version of the BTD puts more emphasis on foods that contain natural sources of anti-histamines, such as Quercetin and Stinging Nettle, and treats histamine-producing foods as avoids.

        • Thank you for your insights, Square Peg Guy. I didn’t know Quercetin is a source of anti-histamine but it makes sense. The beauty of the BTD and its more various customized forms is that one can simply follow the directions of what to eat and what to avoid, and get results without even understanding the science behind it 🙂

  3. Have u tried SWAMI and how does it differ from BTD? Would it help heal longterm gi and autoimmune issues and dysbiosis? I’m type o, but have always had a hard time eating meat (digestive and morally).. But grains and dairy give me problems too

    Is swami worth the expense? How does it distinguish between food allergies too?

    Ps, I’ve tried all sorts of diets from paleo to fruitarian…. I’m still on my search

    • Hi Stacy,

      Thanks for your comment. I have been following my SWAMI diet faithfully for three years now. I find the SWAMI even more helpful than the BTD and personally I think it is definitely worth investing in, because for a one-time price you can run the software as many times as you want, to reflect new health conditions at any particular time of your life. For example, if you have gotten a new health concern, or if you have healed from a particular disease, you can add or delete from the list of your personal health history and the food list will be different. This helps you adjust your diet according to your most current needs.

      Food that you are allergic too is very likely going to fall under the “Avoid” category, although it may not. In case you already know what you react to with allergic responses, you should just simple avoid that food. On the other hand, there is often food that you didn’t know your body would respond negatively to, but when you avoid it, your whole system would thank you for that! And the beauty of SWAMI is that it calculates everything for you, and when used in its entirely–emphasizing the “Diamonds” and “Beneficial” food, absolutely avoiding the “Avoids” and occasionally eating the “Neutrals,” your health will improve steadily. Two bonuses that I discovered is that, some food that is considered “Neutral” or “Avoid” under the BTD may become “Diamond” or “Beneficial” to you. There is quite a number is food that is not covered under the BTD and you may be delighted to find them listed under the beneficial category (including particular types of hard cheese for Type O’s). Another bonus is that you get the “black dots,” which means food that should be avoided in a six-month wash-out period, after which you can consume sparingly as “Neutrals.”

      Just for those two extra bonuses I think it is worth every penny and more 😉

      Good luck on your health quest and I’d be delighted to hear from you again!

      • Thanks for the detailed reply! How much is the swami system for personal use… A local ND does it for like $350,which is pricey

        Has ur type changed thru out the 3yrs and what types have u been?

        How does this differ from ALCAT testing and why is this more accurate? I find it hard that there are only 6 genotypes, when there are such a diverse amt of people in the world. As a type O, it seems like I’d be a gatherer, but this doesn’t really fit me… And I’ve never been able to digest red meat. So, it kind of makes me suspect. But I’m also intrigued by it and wish it wasn’t so pricey

        Does it give u diet plans, like calories and macronutrient ranges for carbs, fats, pro?

        What is ur plan like and what do u generally eat foreach meal? What changes in ur body have u noticed and what wasnur diet like prior to this?

        Thanks… Sorry for all the questions!

        • Hi again Stacy,

          The personal version of SWAMI, called SWAMI Xpress, costs $69.95. I recommend getting this first and have a go. You will be spending plenty of time to adjust your kitchen cabinets and fridge for the new list of food! The professional version offered by your ND is for those who need further fine-tuning of the personal version in case there are still sticky health issues that won’t go away after following SWAMI for a long period of time. I had a professional version done by an ND who has worked with Dr. D’Adamo just because I have some persistent issues with my uterine fibroids and ovarian cysts. The lumps in my breasts, however, totally disappeared shortly after I went on the diet.

          SWAMI does not give you calorie counts. You will discover that by following the guidelines, you won’t need to count the calories at all. It is not a calorie-in, calorie-out system. Interesting enough, for Type O Hunters like me, whenever I eat my diamond red meat, like grass-fed beef, I lose weight! There are always portion suggestions for each category of food and you will probably find that you have a low allowable portion for carbs in general.

          How do you know you are a Gatherer? Have you done the measurements in the Genotype book? SWAMI actually will calculate your genotype for you and it can consist of a certain percentage of this and that. It is more nuanced than simply dividing people up into six clear-cut categories.

          As for my plan and changes in my body, perhaps I will need a separate blog on it. Stay tune 🙂

          • I thought the swami xpress is only one time use? Or, can u redo it indefinitely? How much did it cost in total with the lab work needed?

            The ND suggested I do it bc Ihave severe health issues and a very limited diet that is causing massive inflammation and exacerbation of health issues. But, Idk how swami can be better than ALCAT or other allergy tests or even elimination diets.

            Have u ever calculated ur ‰of fat, carb, pro? Do u eat low carb?

            Idk ifbi am gatherer… I am O+, short, longer legs, and longer index fingers, so that seemed to fit. Am I wrong? What types have u been over the years and what made it change?

          • No, SWAMI Xpress is not one-time use. You can redo it as many times as you want. On the other hand, the professional version can only be updated by your ND.
            Regarding lab work, if you don’t already know your secretor status, you need to get the secretor saliva test done. You can find the test kit under the “Books and Tests” section of and I think it costs about $69.

            Don’t worry about the % of fat, carb and protein. The portion suggestions will take care of it all. That’s what’s great about SWAMI. You really don’t have much calculation to do except to follow the suggested portion in cups, oz, tbsp or tsp. I cannot compare SWAMI with ALCAT as I have not tried. I did do BioResonance and tested numerous food items that are on my SWAMI list. I would say that SWAMI is 95% accurate! When you avoid the “Avoids” and wait with eating the “Black Dots,” you automatically are on an elimination diet.

            I’m sorry I can’t answer your question about your genotype. The best way is to let the software calculate it for you.

            My genotype has not changed as it is predominately Hunter with strong Explorer traits. I go with primarily a Hunter diet as suggested by SWAMI.

    • Stacey, I’ve been meaning to write a review of SWAMI Express for a few weeks. I would say that, for me, it has been the best diet I’ve ever tried. I would put BTD and Paleo as #2 and #3.

      I lose the most weight by following Paleo, but weight is not currently a problem for me, and it’s too restrictive. I do not (and have never) counted calories. I eat as much as I want, whenever I want.

      My issues are mostly brain fog and fatigue, which reduced a great deal under BTD, which I tried first. I think giving up wheat, soy, corn and dairy was the best health decision I ever made. This restriction is present in all three of the diets I mentioned above, except that SWAMI allows a few dairy items.

      I would caution about depending on SWAMI for Everything. For example, it will not figure out if you have an allergy to a specific food item. For example, I love Maitake mushrooms, but I just cannot tolerate them. Yet SWAMI highly recommends Maitake mushrooms for me.

      I think if I had more than one health issue, I would pick the most serious or most debilitating and focus on that. My choice would be autoimmune. I would then follow the BTD autoimmune protocol for my blood type. This entails a slightly altered BTD plus a recommendation of supplements. I think the autoimmune protocol is described in the Arthritis book.

      To Louisa Lust: I apologize if this comment is disagreeable to you in anyway. I’m not trying to draw attention away from you and onto me. You are certainly welcome to delete this comment, and I will understand if you do. Peace. -SPG

      • Thanks to both of u for ur replies! It’s been a frustrating process for me to figure out how/what to eat bc I have dysbiosis(bad yeast and bacterial overgrowth) , leaky gut, colitis, autoimmune issues, and lots of food sensitivities. So, I’ve already cut out gluten, dairy, and other things over the years… My diet is very restrictive and have been on a fruit based diet (80-10-10)for a year and it is backfiring

        I also have biochemical imbalances. I’ve done food intolerances tests and they all conflict with one another.

        So, as u can tell, I’ve spent boatloads of money on tests and treatments, yet none have helped… Hence why I’m hesitant to spend even more!

        I have low hcl, so I’ve never been able to digest meats well, even on hcl supplements. So, the BTD of high meat (type o) made me feel worse. Paleo constipated me, lol. And, what do I do if swami says to eat dairy or grains, which are foods I cant digest?

        Is there a way to figure out ur secretory status without the saliva test? How long does it take to get those results and are there other labs that need to be run?

        Besides cost. Is there a different between xpress and professional?

        Sorry for the questions… I have no money but need help with this and need to be sure I spend what little money I have in the right place. I’m not sure how swami is different than the other dietary theories.. And if it can’t tell that a person is sensitive to certain foods (ie the mushroom isssue), then what good is it and how is bit different from the other diets that restrict fods based on questionnaires, but not lab tests?

        • Hi Stacy,

          I’m not sure how you can find out the secretor status without the saliva test. I think you can find out through a blood test and it has something to do with the Lewis A/B factors but I am not familiar with the procedure.

          I suggest you join the forum on Dr. D’Adamo’s website. There are a lot of experienced people who can answer your questions in great details and you can also share and learn with them:

          You have been having so many health issues, but I believe that once you heal your guts, everything else will fall into place. Mind if I ask you how you got to know you have low HCL? Have you been tested for it? I am just asking because sometimes we may think it is this way but it may turn out to be different. I used to avoid meat for a while when I went for the vegan and alkaline diet. I developed acid reflux. It would be counterintuitive to eat meat, which seems to be so difficult to digest. But once I started to eat grass-fed lean beef, my acid reflux subsided immediately. Perhaps your gut is in such a state that it may not be able to digest beef or meat of any kind right away but after some time you will be. I suggest you start with some deep sea fish like salmon, cod, sardine and tuna. These are all good for Type O’s. Make sure you get good sources, i.e. wild caught and not farmed.

          I think that SWAMI really does take care of most of your intolerances, but if you have allergic reactions to certain foods, then you would want to exclude those as well. There’s got to be some conflicts between different systems and during the healing phase (which could take years, depending on your situation), of course you might want to play it safe. Your diet is restricted now. But perhaps SWAMI can gradually expand your “repertoire” and give you back some joy in eating! Add one at a time and see how your body feels.

          You asked how different SWAMI Xpress and Pro are. I can’t really answer that question because every individual is different. In my case, there are no big fundamental differences but I got bigger portions and there have been so shifts of food values. Either case, you would be encouraged to eat mostly Diamond foods to aid healing.

        • Hi again Stacy,

          I just want to add something to my previous comment. Due to the difficulty you experience in digesting meat, I’d like to suggest making bone broths from free-range poultry or grass-fed meat. This way, all the nutrients are dissolved into the soup and your body will make use if it in a much gentler fashion. Try it!

          I just posted my typical diet in pictures. Please have a look:

          • Thanks so much!!!

            Swami xpress is expensive and money is so tight for me. But i like how u can redo it as often as necessary… The ND here charges around 350 for it. How big is the report that is generated?

            I still don’t understand how people can fit into only 6categories…There are so many variations of our genetics and it seems wrong that there are only 6 types. How did he find these 6 types?

            Low stomach acid is bc I have sibo, gerd, have been on a low alkaline diet, pyroluria, severely zinc deficient etc. Red meat probably helped u bc it restored ur zinc, which is needed for hcl production

            Thanks for the help!

            Lastly, does swami give info on exercise for ur genotype? If so, what do u do?

          • You’re welcome, Stacy. Perhaps you can try to save $10-$15 a month, and in half a year you can afford it. It is definitely worth the money you put in for.

            SWAMI actually goes beyond the 6 types, treating each individual differently. So even if you and I are the same Genotype, you and I will have different food lists based on your heritage, genetics and health history. Got it? The 6 types are broad categorizations written down in a book that is aimed for the general public to easily digest. SWAMI gives you that highly personal touch. Also, it has a meal planner that you can use to generate each week’s meal plans, a recipe database, a list of genoharmonic foods (combinations that will aid detoxification) as well as a wallet-card food list that you can bring with you on your grocery trips. Very handy.

            If you have been on an alkaline diet, then you are going in the wrong direction. As the Eat Right 4 Your Type book mentioned, we Typo O’s need a bit more acidity in our body, esp the muscles. When you constantly go against what the body needs, it is bound to revolt! Please read this book’s Type O chapter if you have not yet already done so. This book should be available in any public library.

            Yes, SWAMI goes give you advice on exercise. I need to do rigorous exercises. Suggestions include hiking, basketball, soccer, martial arts, dancing, gymnastics, moderate resistance training and running. It is recommended to do either of those exercises for 40 minutes a day. Personally I am a bit lazy but I do go for ballet class, which is more like resistance training, three times a week (1 hour each), and then I try to include half an hour’s walking every day.

          • Oh wow…. I didn’t know it was that in depth. How big is the report it generates? Did u print it out?

            Besides food choices, what else does it tell u,like does it give sample meal plans?

            What if I don’t fully know my ancestry?

          • Hi, yes, it is extremely detailed and comprehensive. My report is more than 40 pages, and that does not include the meal plans and recipes, which I didn’t choose to generate. I have it in PDF format, and I only printed out the wallet card for convenience. It does give you sample meal plans although I myself have not used this function.

            The ancestry is a bit tricky, but you just choose to the best of your knowledge. If you’re unsure, there is always customer service to ask for help. And then you can also ask questions on the message board.

  4. I would highly recommend to have a balanced meal, and a balanced weekly meal menu. Divining in to one thing at a time, such as eating only fruits, or only vegetables, is in my opinion not the way to go, but to balance the nutrition. I do too have problems when I eat too much wheat or dairy products, but if I reduce the amount and balance it out, then I can eat pretty much any food on my plate. Although, one thing should dominate on your plate, vegetables, but the importance is to find a balance.

    Since you are from Sweden, the old food circle (matcirkeln) from livsmedelsverket (Swedish equivalent to here in USA) is an excellent source to use, it is backed up by scientific studies, not from some fortune seekers on the Internet.


  5. I would just have to say, that I have been on this diet for about 4 months now. I am a B+ non-secretor, “Nomad” and I feel that it has helped me tremendously. I did the evaluation through a Naturopath and it was worth every cent. Besides dealing with menopausal and digestive issues, it has helped improve inflammation that most everyone starts to feel as they age, and my weight is never an issue. Prior to using this, over the last 15 years, I must have tried every possible diet/lifestyle change known including the ones described above. I also used vipassana meditation to become more aware of “cravings” associated with foods that my body does not handle efficiently. This is the one diet/lifestyle change that feels the best.

    • Hi Ronnie,
      When I went on a vegan diet, my fibroids did shrink. However, I got very sick due to the vegan diet, and the Blood Type Diet restored my overall health. However, even though I was able to prevent the fibroids from expanding too much over the span of five years, I was not able to completely shrink them as they were already too large to start with. I think all depends on the individuality. I would imagine that Type A folks will have a better chance to shrink fibroids as they can still do well with a predominantly plant-based diet, supplemented by some fish and seafood. There are many other factors to consider when it comes to fibroids, such as environmental toxins, the chemicals we use in our daily lives, and most important of all (from my experience), emotional stress. Learning to handle stress seems to be one of the most important things in treating the fibroid condition. For that, I would recommend yoga and meditation, especially if you are Type A. Rigorous exercises are really good for Type O to reduce stress and get the circulation going.

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