Nancy Russell, MD - Nurturing Optimal Wellness    December 2011


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Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type



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Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type 

 Nancy Russell, MD

Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo is a naturopathic doctor and author of the book, “Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type”. The subtitle of this book is The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight”. I have been interested in this theory about nutrition and health for over 15 years and recently reviewed this topic.


As Dr, D’Adamo says in his book, “ What would you say if I told you that the secret to healthy, vigorous, and disease-free living might be as simple as knowing your blood type?”. And in his book, he shows us the simple answers.


Your blood type is one of 4 types: Type O, A, B, or AB. Your blood type is a genetic fingerprint that identifies you as surely as your DNA. Your blood type can guide you how to live most healthfully. The significance of blood type can be found in human evolution: Type O is the oldest, hunter-gatherers, Type A is next, cultivator-agrarians, Type B evolved as people became more nomadic, nomad-balancers, and most recent a modern intermingling of a variety of groups from types A and B, arrival of Type AB.


Each blood type has certain characteristics, thrives on different nutrition, needs their own individualized exercise regimens and ways to deal with stress. With each blood type: Food recommendations are divided into 3 categories. The first category are beneficial foods, which act like medicine for the body, the second are neutral foods and the third category are food to avoid. These foods to avoid can cause inflammation in the body and lead to chronic disease and stress on the system.


Blood type O, the oldest blood type thrives on animal protein as they produce more hydrochloric acid to digest red meat. Type O people tend to be more physically strong, leaders, self reliant and goal oriented. Intense physical exercise such as running, aerobics, contact sports and martial arts are helpful to de-stress the type O person. Foods to avoid are: wheat, dairy products, corn, navy beans, lentils, and cabbage. Most other vegetables and fruits are beneficial, especially kelp, kale, spinach and broccoli. More complete lists of all foods can be found in several of Dr. D’Adamo’s books.


Blood type A is the blood type that evolved when people started settling down in communities from 25,000 to 15,000 BC. Type A’s tend to be cooperative, sensitive, orderly and settled. They have little need for animal food and emphasizing vegetables is very beneficial. To reduce stress, yoga or gentle exercises and taking naps or frequent breaks help to stay relaxed and focused. Type A’s can do well with soy foods, compared to other types and need vegetables, with the exception of the night shade family which includes tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplant. To lose weight and foods to avoid include: red meat, dairy, wheat, kidney beans and lima beans.


Blood Type B developed sometime between 10,000 and 15,000 BC in response to climate changes as people began to be nomads. Type B is the most balanced blood type and the personality is flexible, creative and engineering. Type B has a strong immune system and is versatile. Beneficial foods are lamb, salmon, milk, grains, fruits and vegetables. Moderate physical exercise with a mental component such as hiking, cycling, tennis and swimming are ideal for this blood type. To achieve weight loss, type B’s need to avoid chicken, lobster, wheat, corn, lentils, peanuts, sesame seeds and buckwheat.


Blood Type AB is the rarest blood type and was first found in 2500 BC and became more common 1,000 years ago. AB is for modern and emerged from the intermingling of Type A and Type B persons. The AB blood type has a personality of mysterious, highly sensitive and can be an enigma. Exercise varies from calming, centering exercises such as yoga or Tai chi combined with moderate physical exercise. Beneficial foods include: turkey, seafood, soy, greens and kelp. To lose weight, foods to avoid for this blood type are: red meat, kidney beans, lima beans, seeds, corn and buckwheat.


Peter J. D’Adamo, N.D. states in his book, “Live Right 4 Your Blood Type” that “Each blood-type life prescription shows how, according to blood type, you should adapt your lifestyle, deal with stress, and put into practice the right strategies for aging, to achieve emotional balance, maximize your health, and overcome disease.” I recommend that you consider reading more about this nutritional and life advice. Give it a try for a month or two and see how your health changes. 






Searle Engle - Medical Office Assistant

Have you ever experienced a major breakthrough in some aspect of your life, as a result of prayer? Thirty years ago, I experienced my first breathtaking answer to prayer after months of praying for my own healing.  Four years later, after the intense prayer of all my family members, my father was awakened out of a 2 week long coma and began the recovery that his doctor charted “a miracle”.  

These experiences gave me an intense desire to understand the heart of God toward those who are sick; and the purpose and power of prayer. “Intercession” is a biblical term that describes a type of prayer offered in behalf of another. Since those first miracles, I have been privileged to witness many other miraculous healings as a result of practicing the art of intercessory prayer.

Jesus commanded his disciples to “love one another as I have loved you” (John 13:34). Colossians 3:13 says to “bear with one another”.  We are told in Galations 6:2 that we should “carry each other’s burdens”. The Greek word for “bear” used in the above scripture means to “sustain, bear or hold up against a thing”, or in other words, to come alongside someone who is wounded or in pain and help lift them up. The meaning for the Greek word translated “carry” is to “carry the burden away” or, to lift the burden from one who is weighed down.

Phillipians 4:6 tells us “Do not be anxious for anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God”. When you are in the office, and would like someone to pray with you, please let me know. I would be honored to come along side you, to help lift your burdens. 




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