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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING DIET BOOK
PHENOMENON

If you’ve ever suspected that not everyone
should eat the same thing or do the same exercise, you’re right.
In fact, what foods we absorb well and how our bodies handle stress
differ with each blood type.
 
Your blood type reflects
your internal chemistry. It is the key that unlocks the mysteries of
disease, longevity, fitness, and emotional strength. It determines your
susceptibility to illness, the foods you should eat, and ways to avoid
the most troubling health problems.
 
Based on decades of
research and practical application, Eat Right 4 Your Type
offers an individualized diet-and-health plan that is right for you.

 
In this revised and updated edition of Eat Right 4
Your Type,
you will learn:

• Which foods, spices, teas,
and condiments will help maintain your optimal health and ideal
weight
• Which vitamins and supplements to emphasize or
avoid
• Which medications function best in your system

Whether your stress goes to your muscles or to your nervous
system
• Whether your stress is relieved better through aerobics
or meditation
• Whether you should walk, swim, or play tennis
or golf as your mode of exercise
• How knowing your blood type
can help you avoid many common viruses and infections
• How
knowing your blood type can help you fight back against life-threatening
diseases
• How to slow down the aging process by avoiding
factors that cause rapid cell deterioration
INCLUDES A 10-DAY
JUMP-START PLAN

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5

February 10, 2016

It works, 100%. Proof is in the results, four years later still.
First I am not one for diets. Second I was very skeptical about this. I bought my friend a book too. She went to the extreme and did everything she was suppose to and well, I gradually worked in the foods that are beneficial for me and removed the foods that weren't. Within three months my friend went from being in bed all the time, depressed, aching joints, ADD, etc... to being energetic, not ADD, younger looking skin, etc. I mean a completely different person that was obvious to all of us around her. Needless to say I was shocked. Still don't quite understand how food has that kind of impact on the body but the proof was undeniable. So, I and my other friend decided to buckled down and do exactly what the book said to do. I am type O so there were some foods to avoid that were my favorite like Avocado, corn, etc. but for the most part it was easy. I just literally threw everything out of my kitchen that was not type O approved. For me I am a picky eater so wasn't sure how this was going to go. Well, I am still eating type O after four years now. Before I would be in the hospital three to four times a year due to bronchitis, asthma, etc. Always on an antibiotic or steroid, etc. When you walk into an ER and the doctors remember you and know how to treat you off of their memory it is pretty sad. I was also the type of person where if someone was sick and even near me for a minute it was just a matter of time that I was going to be sick too, every single time. Well, in the four years doing type O I have not been sick once. Not even once. I have been around people that were very sick and never once have I been sick. Have not had any antibiotics or steroids. My other friend no longer clears his throat that he did repeatedly for 10 years. One of the key issues was corn for us. Anything with corn...corn starch, etc. in fact, after three months of being on type O strictly if I have something with corn starch my body and my friend's body reacts immediately...head pressure, sinus pressure it is crazy. Not all avoid foods will my body react to dramatically but there are key ones it will and I am like I should not have eaten that. Still don't understand the science behind it. But now several people I know eat this way and every single one of us has changed and improved dramatically. What is even crazier I don't even crave the foods I really liked that are on my avoid list and crave foods now that I thought I would never eat. I love spinach now, before maybe once a year. I love pizza with just a little olive oil, crushed garlic, feta, spinach, no sauce, kalamata olives, maybe some red onions...my favorite...before I loved cheese pizza but not no more. I eat mozzarella cheese over cheddar. Eat feta cheese now. Never ate onions in my life but now do, it is crazy. My body literally craves type O food it is absolutely mind blowing. I mean anyone that tries eating their blood type and does so strictly for at least three months, meaning avoid all avoid foods, eat all beneficial foods, etc. will see a major difference. As I have seen it with my own eyes with several different blood types. It works, can't explain it. I bought the app on my iPhone so when in the grocery store I just quickly look up an item as type O can have mushrooms but some mushrooms are on my avoid list so I just click on the app as I can never remember which one and know immediately what to buy and what not too.
5

January 17, 2017

Best diet book out there. It's more like a life book. Saved my life.
I think someone's opinion on this book is going to be largely based on their health going into the diet. I first found this book in high school and my mom said I was an A blood type so I concentrated on vegetarian foods. I was happy to do this because it was in the 90's and all my teen magazines promoted low fat and vegetarian diets and of course, I wanted to be like the models. I would skip the meat part of the meal and I would never get full. My weight ballooned. I had digestive problems. After about 4 years, I developed a chronic cough that never went away. I went to a lung specialist and he told me I probably had cystic fibrosis and sent me to the hospital to get tested. My sodium test was borderline. He was so sure that I had it, he sent me to another hospital in another town to have the test retaken because he thought the staff was bad at the first place. My test was borderline again. He gave me all sorts of steroids to help with the cough and eventually it went away.

Anyway, fast forward years and my health was destroyed. I ended up desperate to fix it so I went to college for dietetics and became a nutritionist. Of course, dietetic school said this was a fad diet so I went on a dietary guidelines plan. I was able to lose a little weight because I had incorporated meat back into my diet.

'Fast forward a year out of school, I discovered the paleo diet and my whole world was better. I thrived on the paleo diet, lost weight, and told everyone about it. I was one of the first nutritionists on the web promoting it, but then something happened. Some of my clients did horrible on it. I just assumed they were not doing it right. Then I had my son and my pregnancy with him was a train wreck. I was sick all the time and I couldn't eat anything but turkey (this is a hint at what blood type he was going to be).

I tried to eat a paleo diet when I was pregnant with him and he wouldn't let me. When I was breastfeeding, he didn't like the paleo diet either. It was torture. My mom was managing a health food store at the time and she had blood type supplements on her shelf. I grabbed them and took them to my naturalpath doctor to ask her about them. She highly recommended the blood type diet.

What I discovered was that I wasn't an A; I was an O and I was doing the diet backwards for years. That's also why I thrived on paleo and my son was an A and he hates meat. Now, as a four year old, he only eats chicken maybe 2 times a month. He loves protein shakes and I don't push meat on him because I know your body will naturally like what it needs. It is insane though because our eating styles are exactly opposite and I am grateful for this book because I know that his needs are different from mine and I shouldn't force him to eat what I like.

So, my point to this long review is that some people may not like this book because they might not be experiencing any health issues so they don't see the difference or others might not try it long enough. Also, you can see by my story what eating the wrong diet did to my health and it didn't take long.

I love Dr. D Adamo. I use his supplements. I read all of his books. I use his skin care. As a nutritionist, I have studied the science and it's there. This isn't a fad diet.
When you have your blood type you have a blue print for your health. It's freedom.
One thing that I love about him that I have to add is his ability to speak against what's popular. When I was pregnant, it didn't make sense to me how I could carry a type A baby, if type A blood would kill me. I developed a horrible rash called the pupps rash. I saw 5 OBGYN's and I told them all my theory that I was reacting to the blood of the baby and they all thought I was nuts. After I delivered I still believed the reason I was so sick in pregnancy was because of the blood type difference. Years later I read in one of Dr. D Adamo's books that he supports that theory of the most difficult pregnancies are usually type O mom's with A babies because they are opposite in dietary needs. And warning: don't get the flu shot because it will make worse.

I could go on forever about this book, but I'll give you a break .
5

July 7, 2016

Great Diet, but Buyer Beware
This diet is stable and curbs hunger. Weight goes off naturally and one attains a higher level of well being with adherence to the diet. I did it for three years in the early 2000's and never felt better before or since. I advocate the diet and the book. BUYER BEWARE: Amazon misrepresents this product. The book I received is not the 1997 edition (which I have had before) but the 1996 edition and it does make a difference. The food lists are more refined in the 1997 edition. Buy the book elsewhere!
5

May 11, 2017

I recommend this to all those who struggle with their weight ...
This book is a must have. I recommend this to all those who struggle with their weight or marketing diets. If you like more understanding on why all the other diets don't work, well here is your blessing in disguise. The blood type diet is not just a diet, its a lifestyle. I lost 50 pounds following the guidelines in this book less than a year. I have turned all my friends and family on to this book. My mother lost 7 pounds the first week as she changed her eating habits the weight just fell off with no hesitation. She had major health issues like obesity, high blood pressure,cirrhosis of the liver, constant pain in her joints, tired all the time, hair falling out and depressed. As she made the healthy changes, her body had started healing itself from all the damage that she had caused from a poor diet over the years. It has been over a year now since she started the blood type diet and she has lost 130+ pounds.Yes, this diet can perform miracles on your body but let me shed some light on the reality of the matter. As you change your eating habits, your body will go through withdrawals from all the addictive additives they put in fast foods, boxed foods, can foods, junk foods, greasy foods, sweet foods, etc. Your body will crave the unhealthy foods, you will be bitter, frustrated and irritated. But the end result is well worth it. My mother also was a hermit crab she loved her snacks in front of the television and now she has been progressing in activities that is jaw dropping. She has enrolled herself in to exercise classes, walks every morning now and the happiness that she displays is priceless. She never had a lot of friends before, but with her weight loss results, she is now popular all over town. Each individuals body may respond differently but just be aware and listen to your body. Also another heads up when you change the way you eat, your body gets adjusted to the healthy food, when you eat unhealthy you starve the cells in your body but when you eat healthy the cells become alive. You will notice the changes but If you decide to quit and go back to the old way of eating you will get very sick. A few helpful tips: if you decide to start this new diet/lifestyle do so with a buddy, hang positive affirmations all over your home as reminders of why your doing this in the first place and lastly pray for help and guidance. I pray that the person reading this message, may your day be blessed with knowledge and understanding.
5

March 22, 2017

Awesome results for type A
I discovered "Eat Right 4 Your Type" back in early 2000. I was younger than I am now, and did not have any major health issues. I am a type A, so I was very intrigued to follow my type A diet. It was not hard for me as I have always eaten rather healthy food enjoying fruits, vegetables and avoiding red meat. This biggest changed I noticed was drinking half of a lemon in water first thing in the morning. My sinus were clear all day long and I could breathe better. However, I did not stick 100% completely to the diet, and I regret I did not.
Fast forward to 2017, and turning a significant age with a few years behind me of some serious health issues. I read the book again, and decided that I needed to make the changes in my life now. As stated previously the type A diet was not difficult for me, but sticking to the highly beneficial foods I did not. Now I am 100% compliance. My sinus are so clear, and mucus is not building up in my system causing unnecessary infections. Other health issues seem to be gone, and my head feels clear and no longer foggy. My joints are not hurting like they were starting to.
I am doing Tai Chi and Yoga and love it. I used to work out at the gym to boredom only getting my heart rate up to feel more stressed out. Calming exercise is working for me. I have always leaned on the side of depression and I feel great now.
I am taking the recommended vitamin supplements and probiotic for type A which I purchased from his website. My digestion has improved so much from the combination of diet, exercise and supplements.
I really do not like calling this a diet, but more of a lifestyle change that has improved my life. My food craving have subsided as I no longer crave sugar.
I say give it a try and see what happens to you. There are a lot of critics out there, especially the medical community which relies heavy on prescription medication. I do believe in doctors and medicine, but if we can make ourselves healthier than why not as I see no harm in that. I hope my review helps you.
5

July 29, 2017

My health is so much better now!
I first heard about this diet about 12 years ago when I was visiting a naturopathic physician. I didn't follow the plan then but tucked the information away for later. Later came about four months ago. I've been overweight, tired and hormonal. I was having trouble losing weight, and my cholesterol was sky high, and the doctor was threatening to start me on meds. When doing some reading on weight loss, I came across the eat right 4 your blood type diet. I remembered the naturopath bringing it to my attention and decided to give it a try.

I'm a blood type A which calls for a vegetarian diet. I love my meat and cheese, so it was a hard change to swallow. But not two weeks after eliminating dairy and wheat from my diet, I noticed an immediate change in my skin. I had psoriasis in my ears that cleared up almost immediately. After a few more weeks, I noticed my clothes were fitting better. Checking the scale, I found I had dropped several pounds. The doctor was amazed to find my cholesterol levels had fallen just within normal range...no meds for me!

I have no doubt whatsoever that this diet is right for me and is contributing to my weight loss. Granted, eating less fat and more veggies is bound to help most people. But I'd tried that before, but I still ate several foods on my avoid list...this may have contributed to my failing to lose weight. I don't know...all I do know is that I've lost 15 pounds in the last two months and I've been following this diet. I can't vouch for a blood type B, AB, or O, but it worked for me.
5

February 22, 2018

BEST information around to help your body!! 💙
One of the best diet books out there. Uses science to make the most of our food and bodies.
This diet saved my mom's life. She is type O, and the book taught her that she is not supposed to have wheat, certain dairy foods, and certain beans, and corn (there are other foods as well, but those are the biggies for her).
She was dying! Literally! She had been in and out of hospitals for quite a few months. They could not tell her what was wrong with here. Simple dietary chances and her own body healed itself!! She has been on the blood type-type O diet for 13 years and today is a thriving almost 80 year old!! Helped her arthritis too!!
I bought a new copy because I gave my other book to a friend. Changed her and her daughter's lives! She is type O also, and had really bad stomach issues. She feels amazing now.
Aldo, I am able to stay fit and have energy at age 46. I easily stay between my goal weight.
If you love science and love to know what foods are actually doing to your body (GOOD and BAD) then this diet/information is for YOU!
5

January 29, 2018

It Works!
Began this new way of living in September 2017 and as of today January 29, 2018, I'm down 50 pounds just by eliminating items on my "poison" avoid list and limiting caloric intake to no more than 1600 per day. The interesting thing is that with this plan, I'm actually finding it hard to eat enough calories and sometimes cannot break 1000 calories a day. Using My Fitness Pal really helps put everything in to perspective. I would recommend this lifestyle for sure!
5

June 15, 2017

No Home, Library or Hospital should be w/out this Health Restoration Manual
I've bought many copies of this book from amazon to give away & send to friends all over the world. Dr. D'Adamo & Catherine Whitney have given the world one of the greatest gifts. I have followed their knowledge & the results are staggering. I studied to get My Doctorates in 2 fields of Medicine...loved it...but the one thing I'm saddened about it is...why they do not talk-teach about this...!!??! It is the NUMBER 1 MOST IMPORTANT ASPECT OF MEDICAL CLIENT CARE THAT THERE IS & IS NEVER SPOKEN ABOUT NOR WHEN IN THE HOSPITAL DO THEY EVEN INFORM CLIENTS (antiquated term is patients) about this so they can order the foods that will help them recover the quickest. Every single home & library is not complete w/out this book's presence. Dr. D'Adamo & his father sacrificed grave ridicule just so we can keep health robber barons from stealing our health & how we can take power back in our on body-health systems restoration. I'm sure they are sitting in Thrones next to Our Creator(s)
5

July 6, 2017

A Life Changing Book.
This book, along with Fit For Life, has changed my eating game.
I used to have a lot of stomach and digestive issues, as well as overall bloating due to food allergies.
This book taught me about the foods that act as medicine, and those that act like poison for my blood type.
The results have been nothing short of incredible!
I recommend it to anyone that will listen...
It deserves 100 stars, but five is all I can give.
2

May 29, 2018

Caveat emptor
TL;DR Each of the four plans in this book offers a healthy way of eating, certainly when compared to the Standard American Diet. All plans have you avoid commercially-made garbage and omit foods that can trigger IgE or IgA, IgG, IgM antibodies and damage the immune system. I remained on plan for 6 weeks so I could give my blood values time to change and write an informed review. I had blood drawn before and after. Unfortunately, this diet put me on the path to heart disease and diabetes and, possibly, dementia. Read on, if curious.

Before I picked up Eat Right 4 Your Type, I'd spent the last 10+ years eating organic/non-GMO whole-foods, pastured meat and eggs, and raw/fermented dairy and veggies. I drink filtered water and green tea to the exclusion of all other beverages. I rarely eat cereal grains, and I avoid gluten. I occasionally enjoy ice cream, so I'll claim 85% compliance with my chosen, primal way of eating. I rotate my menu, so I don't eat the same things every day and develop sensitivities. I take a few targeted supplements made from whole foods (e.g., non synthetic). I feel good on this way of eating, and my lab values are generally excellent. But I was curious if this diet, which I'd heard about for 20 years now, might give me a metabolic edge.

I did not know my blood type when I purchased Eat Right 4 Your Type, so I ordered a blood testing kit. While I waited for the kit to arrive, I jumped right in to the B chapter (my spouse) and then read the O chapter. I felt certain I would be O or B, as both diets felt familiar with my own food fluctuations and preferences over the last decade. Nope. My blood type is A.

I was not happy to see that unfermented bean curd (soy) was to be my new best friend. Soy is an endocrine disruptor, and most soy in the US is GMO. On the A plan, animal proteins are forbidden, with the exception of some fin fish and poultry. Total compliance with the "highly-beneficial" foods would mean a near-vegan diet. I'd been a vegetarian before, mostly because it was easier to steam veggies than learn how to properly prepare meats in my 20s, but as the Food Pyramid surpassed the 4 Food Groups, inflammation and autoimmune health problems later guided me toward a keto diet (lots of veggies and moderate protein). I feel certain that my previous commitment to the Food Pyramid's ultra lowfat eating, combined with 6-11 servings of grains per day, and heavy cardio greatly contributed to my health problems, which included a leaky gut and sensitivities to over 48 foods (based on an ELISA blood draw). Within a couple months of switching from grains-plants-dairy to fat-plants-protein, I felt great, euphoric. Within 2 years, my leaky gut healed (per CDSA 2.0 results), which meant most of my food sensitivities were gone. Cortisol/insulin were in harmony, Hashi's was in remission, and I'd come off *all* pharmaceuticals, including a 5-year physiological dose of hydrocortisone to support poorly-functioning adrenals.

And now, here I was reading that the bedrock of my new diet would include foods I had eliminated (or drastically reduced) to heal my gut and reduce food sensitivities. And foods I had used to heal my body were now on the avoid list. My A plan made no distinction between fermented and unfermented soy. GMO was practically a footnote, and why did the diet need to be so incredibly lowfat? Please give me some science, or at least some citations.

I decided to give it a try. Within a couple weeks of embarking on the A type diet, I began to experience low energy--especially after a meal (which told me high insulin was becoming a problem again), whole days of lethargy, pitted edema in my ankles, poor sleep, tired but wired (uh-oh, adrenals not happy), weight GAIN, gut problems, rosacea flushing, reduced ability to shrug off stress, painful joints, reduced performance at work (yikes!), and just general malaise. And, yes, I took all of the recommended supplements and ate the beneficial foods, introducing some neutral foods only after 30 days. At the end of 6 weeks, my serum results had changed from within range to below normal D3, B12, HDL. My LDL/VLDL skyrocketed, and Hashi's antibodies were present for the first time in 10 years. My normal blood glucose was now borderline diabetic--luckily my HbA1c was still within range, but that figure is tracked over a 3-month interval.

Food is, indeed, powerful medicine, but this diet did not give me the promised radiant health. If you're coming off the SAD, then Eat Right 4 Your Type could provide some initial benefits by getting you to eat whole, fresh foods. But if you were already eating in a way that feels right for your body, this might not be the plan for you.
5

Sep 13, 2017

November 11, 1997

This was a review that had to be subjective because the book must be experienced rather than intellectualized. This review also goes back 20 years but in light of books and information coming out about the harmful effects of lectins on one’s body and immune system, I think it fits in well. So, back in time to 1997:

At the time that this book came to me for reviewing, there were several major stresses occurring in my life simultaneously, and I was unnerved by how wearing they November 11, 1997

This was a review that had to be subjective because the book must be experienced rather than intellectualized. This review also goes back 20 years but in light of books and information coming out about the harmful effects of lectins on one’s body and immune system, I think it fits in well. So, back in time to 1997:

At the time that this book came to me for reviewing, there were several major stresses occurring in my life simultaneously, and I was unnerved by how wearing they were for me physically. Stress is a part of everyone's life, and I had always been able to transmute stress into an energy that I could utilize. Suddenly it wasn't working and my thoughts were running along the lines of, "Maybe I've got chronic fatigue syndrome" and similar scary places. Happily, I've been able to discard all of those notions ... along with 8 grocery bags full of food from my cupboards, 3 from my freezer, and 3 from my fridge! I gave all the groceries away and I hope that whoever has them belongs in a different food "type" than I do!

Just through staying away from my "Avoid" list and eating foods on my "Highly Beneficial" and "Neutral" lists, my energy levels dramatically increased within two days of changing the foods I was eating: I was sleeping more hours at night for about a week and then that stabilized and reversed to where I now require less sleep than before I began; my energy levels not only increased, but stabilized -- no energy 'surges', but rather a strong, steady source of energy all day long. There have been many other changes, too, and perhaps more yet to come, but that shift in energy level, and the ability to move through the stresses in my life in a way that felt steady, clear, and connected was the most important change to me.

So what is this "type" I'm talking about? The whole premise of this book really supports something I've always wondered about. I avoided various "nutrition programs" in the past because it seemed that for every person who raved about a new program, more others decried it. Dr. Peter D'Adamo's father, a naturopathic doctor (as is his son), noticed the very same thing many years ago and set out to discover why. It obviously wasn't a simple matter of preference -- some people literally did very poorly following a dietary regimen that was so ideal for other people.

Dr. James D'Adamo discovered that there was a correlation between one's blood type and the kinds of foods that supported wellbeing and/or fostered dis-ease. He published his book, "One Man's Food" in 1980, inspired by the phrase "One man's food is another man's poison". Dr. Peter D'Adamo wanted to see if there was any scientific basis for this correlation and approached it from a different perspective. He felt that by finding connections between blood types and a predilection for certain diseases, it would supply the other side of the equation required for complete understanding of these inter-relationships. His own years of research paid off, and as a result, this book brings the two approaches together.

The book talks about one's blood type being "a powerful genetic fingerprint that identifies you as surely as your DNA". It lists over two hundred foods for each type by "food family" in 3 categories: "Highly Beneficial" (the equivalent of medicine for your type), "Neutral" (functions as food for your type), and "Avoid" (the equivalent of a poison for your type). There are also several recipes given for each blood type. When one considers how few foods we tend to habitually gravitate toward, these food lists are both comprehensive and more than most of us would venture into!

Dr. D'Adamo also talks about how one's blood type is "a more reliable measure of your identity than race, culture, or geography." For those who are interested in the anthropological aspects of blood type, he shows how the various blood types evolved through millennia with Type O being the oldest, type A evolving with agrarian society, type B coming into being with migration northward into colder, harsher territories, and type AB a relatively modern mixing and blending of different peoples.

The book also gives several case studies of people who have received relief and remission from some serious medical conditions, as well as people who have found ease through more natural processes such as menopause, and milder medical conditions such as digestive disturbances and menstrual upsets.

The toughest part for most people is just the thought of "giving up" foods that may be conditioned responses due to race or ethnic background, or just plain habit. The beauty of it is that it is so very easy to do so once you're past the thought ... at least, this is what I found and this has also been substantiated by several other people I know who are also following their foods-by-type regimen.

Everything in me rebelled at the thought that my type actually requires nearly the opposite of what I've been eating for many years. At the same time, under the circumstances, I was willing to try anything if it would make a difference to my physical energy. So I promised myself to try it for a week (not really very generous) and see how I felt. The rest is, as they say, "herstory".

I'm so impressed that I'm planning on giving this book as a gift to all of my family and friends who don't already have it. I don't ever remember being so quickly or easily 'converted' into anything in my life, but the difference in how I felt (and feel) was a pretty strong incentive. After finally receiving the book, it was interesting to then read the background on everything, including why foods end up on one's "Avoid" list ... that is, certain foods produce lectins that slow down the metabolism, others interfere with insulin production, others cause hypoglycemia, and so on ... but specifically according to one's type. A food that might adversely affect my thyroid could actually speed up your metabolism or vice versa!

The most fascinating aspect to me is that, just as Dr. James D'Adamo discovered and Dr. Peter D'Adamo verified, "One man's food is another man's poison". Perhaps if everyone began eating right for their type, there would even be a major shift in how food is produced and consumed, with plenty of good nourishment to go around for everyone!
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Nov 14, 2012

The bible never mentions apples. The Book of Genesis only refers to the fruit from the tree of knowledge and I believe that Eve caused the fall of man with a tomato; it is the Devil's fruit. All my life I felt like an oddity because I so detest the gooey red mess until I read this book. D'Adamo explains in the intro that type A blood groups can't digest the Devil's fruit because of insufficient stomach acid. This made sense so I read the rest of the book and gave up milk. WithIn 72 hours I felt The bible never mentions apples. The Book of Genesis only refers to the fruit from the tree of knowledge and I believe that Eve caused the fall of man with a tomato; it is the Devil's fruit. All my life I felt like an oddity because I so detest the gooey red mess until I read this book. D'Adamo explains in the intro that type A blood groups can't digest the Devil's fruit because of insufficient stomach acid. This made sense so I read the rest of the book and gave up milk. WithIn 72 hours I felt much, much better. D'Adamo explains that milk is an antigen, it provokes your Immune system. I have MS, which is an immune disorder. Following the dietary regime in this book quite possibly saved my life, it certainly slowed the progression of my incurable, degenerative condition. It has cured my hay fever, the arthritis, it has also stopped the eczema that my young boys were getting.

I strongly recommend this to anyone with a health condition, low energy levels, weight problems or any concerns of a health nature. It may well change your life. ...more
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Oct 22, 2017

I’m not sure it’s fair for me to review this book because I only read the parts relevant to my blood type. My copy is 21 years old, so inevitably some advice, such as avoiding coconut oil because of its high fat content, is outdated. Nutrition is kind of a crapshoot anyway, as advice varies drastically from one diet to the next. I find it interesting that many naturopaths subscribe to this way of eating, especially where bio-individuality is at the forefront of nutrition, but I must say the I’m not sure it’s fair for me to review this book because I only read the parts relevant to my blood type. My copy is 21 years old, so inevitably some advice, such as avoiding coconut oil because of its high fat content, is outdated. Nutrition is kind of a crapshoot anyway, as advice varies drastically from one diet to the next. I find it interesting that many naturopaths subscribe to this way of eating, especially where bio-individuality is at the forefront of nutrition, but I must say the section about my blood type seemed applicable to my situation. The general advice to up vegetable intake, avoid sugar, limited inflammatory foods, manage stress & exercise are all good.

I will revisit in a month or two and update how this is working out for me. 3 stars for now. ...more
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Mar 09, 2012

Some of the concepts in this book are not fully scientifically supportable, but the diet may still make lots and lots of people feel a whole lot better and attain a much greater level of health! These two things are not mutually exclusive.

Reasons the claims made about the scientific merit of the exact food lists provided for each blood type are unconvincing (on the whole) to me include:

1. I have read more than half a dozen detailed and methodical explanations of why the scientific concepts in Some of the concepts in this book are not fully scientifically supportable, but the diet may still make lots and lots of people feel a whole lot better and attain a much greater level of health! These two things are not mutually exclusive.

Reasons the claims made about the scientific merit of the exact food lists provided for each blood type are unconvincing (on the whole) to me include:

1. I have read more than half a dozen detailed and methodical explanations of why the scientific concepts in the 'Blood Type' books are based on sketchy and incomplete science. While some of the theory makes sense, they found holes in the theory and the way the food lists have been compiled big enough to drive buses through. These were not in books which deny the validity of anything that is not 'mainstream' - quite the opposite in fact. These were by some of the best health and nutrition authors around. Their arguments were very compelling (although I don't have the time to go into them here). There are also numerous articles online that contain this information which you can find by Googling. The general consensus is that the author has part of his theory right, but the way it is being presented as a complete theory with all questions answered is not correct.

2. Even if it's true that our blood type has an enormous amount to do with what we should eat, the concept of biochemical individuality would still mean that there would be just as many differences between what people with the same blood type would eat, as similarities. People are remarkably individual on a biochemical level as the book Biochemical Individuality explains.

3. Family members with the same blood type often do well on very different diets. This illustrates the above principle, and also the concept that different diets suit you at different times of your life in response to all sorts of bodily changes, disease processes and so on.

3. The topic of this diet comes up now and then in chat groups and I have only very rarely heard it discussed favourably - perhaps by a single person? Most say very clearly that it didn't help them and was a waste of time and effort.

The book The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity explains that the blood type diet books provide valuable clues about which foods may suit us best, but that it should be considered a theory still in development. The author points out that:

- The research has not been adapted for those with Candida issues, acidic conditions or other serious immune disorders.
- The blood type diet does not emphasise the importance of eating cultured foods. For example, type Os are advised to cut out brassica vegetables such as cabbage entirely as they affect thyroid function. This may make the diet needlessly limited. But all that is needed is for these foods to be cultured, and they pose no problem! (That is a MASSIVE MASSIVE oversight for those of us with already very limited diets!)
- No protein guide is given for vegetarian type Os and Bs.
- Food combining is ignored.
- All blood types are advised to avoid apple cider vinegar, which is highly medicinal, aids digestion and is alkalising.
- Food preparation methods are not discussed which can make some foods well tolerated. (Soaked almonds and cabbage made into sauerkraut are very different to raw or roasted almonds and plain cabbage, for example.)
- Lots of foods that feed yeast are recommended on the diet.
- Unfermented soy is recommended, despite the fact this is difficult to digest and unhealthy.
- Dairy is given undue importance and over recommended.
- Wheat may cause problems for all blood types yet it is recommended on this diet for some blood types.
- The blood type diet advises avoiding coconut oil, and supports many of the myths surrounding this excellent food as explained in Know Your Fats : The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol.
- No distinction is made between refined and unrefined oils.
- Many of the fruits and vegetables on the allowed lists and the avoid lists for each blood type do not seem to tally with the author's experience with patients and for the most part, all the blood types do well eating the same fruits and vegetables (with the exception of tomatoes).

But this blood type diet book can still improve your health possibly, because:

1. It advises cutting out junk food.

2. It advises choosing higher quality *organic* vegetables, fruit and meats and eggs.

3. It advises upping your vegetable intake.

4. It advises lots of people to cut out foods such as dairy, grains and legumes - which are some of the most common food allergens, which most people have no idea they are allergic to. The lectins in grains and legumes also cause a lot of problems for many people.

5. It advises lots of people to cut out foods such as grains and legumes - which are very high carbohydrate. This will lead to easy weight loss for lots of people.

Considering these 5 factors alone, almost anyone would benefit from going on this diet. These are 5 pieces of simply excellent advice! But you would also get many of the same benefits from following any healthy whole food eating plan or at least any which avoided recommending grain and legume consumption, as all the Paleo diet books do.

If you do have allergies or a problem dealing with carbohydrates, or a need for lots of fat and protein in your diet, you better hope you are a type O though. The basics of the type 0 program happen to fit me well by chance (though it doesn't at all fit family members of mine that have the same blood type) but I bet lots of others that aren't Os do poorly eating such a high carb diet so high in grains and legumes! (This must be why the author has revised down the amount of grains it is okay for non-Os to eat, in more recent books.)

The author's belief in the blood type diet concept seems to have escalated to faith, as one reviewer said.

It cannot hurt to try this diet for a short time, probably. But there are far easier ways to go about getting healthy and losing weight that are nowhere near as enormously complicated, or as needlessly restrictive, potentially. You might start with a simple book on nutrition and eating real food such as Real Food: What to Eat and Why or, if you desire to lose weight as well as improve your health, Eat Fat, Lose Fat: The Healthy Alternative to Trans Fats.

If you suspect that you may have an issue with grains and legumes (and/or want to lose weight while getting healthier), then you might want to read some of the books on the Paleo diet and try this diet for a while. There are lots of good books on this topic including The Primal Blueprint: Reprogram your genes for effortless weight loss, vibrant health, and boundless energy (Primal Blueprint Series) as well as lots of free information online.

If you suspect you have food allergies you may want to have ELISA testing done, do some pulse testing, go on an elimination diet and then a 4 day rotation diet. You may also want to look into issues surrounding having a 'leaky gut' which is one of the main causes of food allergies. Suspect leaky gut if you have been a heavy user of NSAIDs, aspirin, ibuprofen etc. Books such as No More Heartburn: Stop the Pain in 30 Days--Naturally! : The Safe, Effective Way to Prevent and Heal Chronic Gastrointestinal Disorders can be helpful in treating this condition.

To read about the fats we all need you may want to read Know Your Fats : The Complete Primer for Understanding the Nutrition of Fats, Oils and Cholesterol and Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food.

All of these books have a solid scientific basis. Eat real food, consider that you may have hidden food allergies and try to find the diet that suits YOU as an individual, I say!

At best this book promotes a very incomplete and flawed theory that only explains one small part of the science of what we should each be eating and why, rather than the whole answer. Unfortunately the issue relies on many other factors in addition to blood type and is far more complicated.

I quite enjoyed finding out what blood type I was finally! I'm an O negative blood type. It always felt weird that I didn't know this.

The three stars in this rating are for the 5 excellent diet tips included in this book, as listed above.

Jodi Bassett, The Hummingbirds' Foundation for Myalgic Encephalomyelitis

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"The "blood type" diet is more hype than substance. I am a blood type "A" eating a blood type "O" diet and doing fabulously. The "Eat Right for Your Blood Type" thing is just bad science, in a nutshell." Nora Gedgaudas, author of Primal Body, Primal Mind ...more
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Jun 19, 2008

This book came up in a conversation with Kathleen before she went east — a relative of hers had gotten significant benefit from following some or another nugget of counterintuitive advice from it, which sort of thing is perfect grist for our style of shit-shooting. Anyway, I thought the premise sounded too weird to ignore, so I checked it out from the library.

Basically, D’Adamo says that your blood type determines (or is at least the primary influence on) your metabolism and your ability to This book came up in a conversation with Kathleen before she went east — a relative of hers had gotten significant benefit from following some or another nugget of counterintuitive advice from it, which sort of thing is perfect grist for our style of shit-shooting. Anyway, I thought the premise sounded too weird to ignore, so I checked it out from the library.

Basically, D’Adamo says that your blood type determines (or is at least the primary influence on) your metabolism and your ability to digest specific foods, and follows with a rather detailed rundown on how you should be eating. He backs this edifice up with his personal clinical experience (presented as a series of anecdotes dispersed throughout the text) and some extremely dodgy anthropology that reminds me of nothing so much as the Jakeskin from Templar, AZ. In terms of references to peer-reviewed studies demonstrating the mechanisms he postulates, well, not so much. (And he lets slip once or twice that he advocates homeopathy. Red flag!) So I was skeptical. But honestly? I found myself wanting to believe what he was saying. Mostly because of this feeling that ABO blood types have to be good for something besides transfusion complications and manga character taxonomy. Really, why shouldn’t the, you know, very makeup of your humours affect your digestion? And this, friends, is probably why the book managed to become such a big hit.

Anyway, like I said, I checked it out. Apparently, as a Type O (The mighty hunter(/gatherer)! Roaming the African Plains in search of MEAT! Never mind that most of the protein in the appropriator diet seems to have come from bugs), I should be eating approximately the diet that my Type A (The vegetarian farmer! GRAAAAIIIIINNNZZZZ!) sister eats, while she in turn ought to be craving the pseudo-vegetarian diet that comes naturally to me. Reductionism and uninstinctiveness aside, I still couldn’t, at the end, see any reason to be eating the diet he advocates — it’s all just his word, with nothing concrete to back it up, and the outlook gets even worse when you google “blood type diet” to find out what holes the critics have been poking in D’Adamo’s research/lack-thereof. The plural of “anecdote” is still not “data.”

Unsettlingly, there was a whole bunch of what seemed like genuine insight interspersed with the arrant nonsense—Type Os are supposed to have a particular affinity with broccoli and kales, and boy howdy do I ever—but I ultimately have to write it off as a cognitive artifact. The brain wants patterns, and it will damn well have them, whether or not they’re there at the start.

No, I didn’t actually try the diet. For all I know, it may really be the key to a happy and healthy life. I’m still calling this book a loss.

On the other other other hand, it did provide some inspiration to try giving up wheat for a few weeks, which seems to have caused me to get noticeably thinner with no further effort. So there is that.

(Wait, do you still have an other hand free? In the tiny blood type fortune-telling section at the end of each division of the book, he refers to some historical personage as “the penultimate gambler.” Mister, I am pretty sure that does not mean what you think it does. Just saying.) ...more
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September 27, 2018

Save your $$ - just eat right and eat moderately
On a radio program today I heard of another writer who was also pushing this type of blood-type eating and the medical professionals consider all this "science" as bunk ... truthfully, if we'd all mostly stay away from refined carbs (flours and sugars) and the tons of salt that is in almost all processed foods, and just ate moderately of lean meats and fruits and vegetables, and did a brisk 30-minute walk 5X a week, the weight-loss clubs and book authors would be out of business overnight. It's simple - but it's not. There is no magic bullet besides self-discipline and control. In the meantime, keep buying these books so the authors can maintain the lavish lifestyle to which they've become accustomed :(
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May 22, 2018

Not Real Science, But Study the Pseudo Science Techniques.
I’ve been reading a lot of health books lately, and this one was on sale and suspicious. So I read it to see how they convinced people of their Pseudo Science.

Basically it is a low carb approach and anecdotal advice that would be helpful to anyone, with this whole blood type idea slapped on top. I think one day, there will be a book that explains how DNA, Blood type and the Microbiome are designed to process certain foods more efficiently, but this is not that book.

The Lectin thing is this boogie man that the author uses all the time, much like how the Bullet Proof Diet guy scares people with the dangers of Moldy Coffee. When ever such scare tactics are used, I can’t help but to think of that Meme of Wilford Brimley with Red Eyes, Ominously warning us about the dangers of DIABEETUS!

This is inspiring, as I think I could also whip up a “Scare You Into Health Book.” Perhaps I could warn people about the wickedness of Microwave Splatter Residue. “While you warm up your chimichangas, it watches you, it watches your food. Then in a blink of an eye, it jumps onto your meal, and will have you grunting in pain and sharp terror, 3 hours later. “

If this was an infomercial, the camera would zoom in on a splatter dripping down he microwave wall while the audience hear’s a genderless whisper, “MSR moves slowly, but stays forever. An Uninvited guest that wrecks the furniture.” Then we would hear the sound of a chair being smashed and see an 43 year old, balding man doubling over in pain, groaning, “ugh...That was my favorite chair.”
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Apr 05, 2009

The idea of this work, that your blood type determines what you should eat and how you should exercise, is compelling, so I borrowed it from a friend.

Of course, I started by skimming my own blood type, and I found it to be much like reading a horoscope in a Sunday paper. Sure, there were some things that seemed to fit, but there were also some things that were the exact opposite of my experience. I laughed out loud when I read that certain Types are subject to heart disease and cancer! Oh The idea of this work, that your blood type determines what you should eat and how you should exercise, is compelling, so I borrowed it from a friend.

Of course, I started by skimming my own blood type, and I found it to be much like reading a horoscope in a Sunday paper. Sure, there were some things that seemed to fit, but there were also some things that were the exact opposite of my experience. I laughed out loud when I read that certain Types are subject to heart disease and cancer! Oh really, those are only the top two killers in the US, thanks so much for letting me know! :) The lack of actual research/ study citations becomes glaring in light of so many 'scientific' assertions, althought anticdotal case studies abound, further facilitating the feeling that this book is more about the author (and his desire to break new ground and/or recruit followers) than the book's actual content.

And yet I could not back away from the appeal of the idea. Wanting to take my investigation a step further, I called my mom, the resident medical expert of our family. We discussed our family history and how it fit within the rubric of D'Adamo's theories, and our conclusions were pretty much the same as mine previous. The categories of blood type, as presented, simply failed to provide insight into our family health history.

Finally, I read a few goodreads reviews, and looked the idea up on the web by googling, "Blood Type Diet". It seems that others had the same problems with Dr. D'Adamo's theories as I did. There is simply no research to support his ideas, and in the end, the types he sketches out are so general that those willing to believe will quickly see themselves in his writing and disregard all that doesn't fit.

Not recommended at all. Well, I guess if you are studying mass hysteria, development of cult followings, or something similar, D'Adamo's book might interest you.


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Feb 27, 2009

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I borrowed this book from my Mom years ago. I set it aside thinking it would be too bio-scientific for my taste. I was wrong about that. It was definitely written so the average person could easily comprehend.

This book was a very interesting read. It walked through the evolution of blood types and how they formed the premise of human diets today. I concentrated on the O types since that's what I am.

My success with this nutrition plan was achieved in the opposite way of most. In my quest to live I borrowed this book from my Mom years ago. I set it aside thinking it would be too bio-scientific for my taste. I was wrong about that. It was definitely written so the average person could easily comprehend.

This book was a very interesting read. It walked through the evolution of blood types and how they formed the premise of human diets today. I concentrated on the O types since that's what I am.

My success with this nutrition plan was achieved in the opposite way of most. In my quest to live a healthier life, I toyed with my diet over the past couple years. Through trial and error, I migrated towards the "Type O diet" but did so before I read this book.

I'm not entirely convinced that this would work for anyone; however, my success through trial and error certainly has supported the book's theories. Interestingly, many of the characteristics held true for close family members, as well.

What I also find interesting when looking at the comments by other "readers" (and I use that term loosely) who gave it a * or ** rating is that I cannot conclude whether any of them actually tried the nutrition plan and failed (or even read the book!). Those that did comment simply dismissed this as "theory" that at best makes interesting reading. I'm flabbergasted how people are so willing to put unnatural, synthetic drugs into their system because someone with an MD next to their name says so (and that MD has likely never actually studied the drug) over someone who has studied a field for years, has "tested" his theory on actual humans and has found that theory to work. Oh, and one other small item: he's suggesting foods that the human body has been known to tolerate for thousands of years! I guess, like everything else, people want the quick fix and not the best one.

Like I said, I'm not convinced this will work for everyone. But I am convinced that, since it's natural, the worst case is you waste a few dollars and some time/energy. ...more
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Oct 18, 2013

Well... I finally finished reading this book only because my library wouldn't let me keep it any longer. I started reading it because I heard a lot of different opinions about Blood Type Diet and wanted to know more about it. While reading this book, I actually tried to avoid foods which are harmful for my blood type. Since I felt pretty healthy before this diet anyways, I did not experience any significant benefits.

This January, a new study came out, which found no scientific evidence for the Well... I finally finished reading this book only because my library wouldn't let me keep it any longer. I started reading it because I heard a lot of different opinions about Blood Type Diet and wanted to know more about it. While reading this book, I actually tried to avoid foods which are harmful for my blood type. Since I felt pretty healthy before this diet anyways, I did not experience any significant benefits.

This January, a new study came out, which found no scientific evidence for the Blood Type Diet whatsoever, except the fact that diets recommended for different blood types are pretty healthy in general and would benefit a person of any blood type. Anyways, now I am back at eating my regular diet and enjoying tomatoes, avocados, chicken, peanuts, some wheat etc. (all the forbidden pleasures!) in a moderation.

Generally, I liked the idea of the Blood Type Diet and some points made by the author seemed very reasonable. However, in my opinion, the book is quite out dated and lacks hard proof as most of the conclusions are drawn from the observational studies (which are quite subjective) and generalizations (something like having a theory and trying to fit it everywhere) rather than objective scientific evidence. Since I have some scientific background, the book seems a little bit repetitive and some explanations are over simplified, but it might be good for someone who has no scientific background.

All in all, I think the Blood Type Diet theory is not a complete nonsense but I do not agree with the author that EVERYTHING about us is determined by our blood type, and living, eating, and exercising by our blood type is the only way to go. ...more
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Oct 02, 2012

I don't think it is fair for me to write that I read this book because in actuality, I skimmed it. A coworker suggested this book about two years ago. I immediately purchased it and went to the doctor to confirm my blood type. Shortly after, the same coworker said that her doctor informed her that the book is junk science. I never told my doctor why I needed to know my blood type, so I can't 100% concur.

I will agree that there is no way that I am limiting myself to foods outlined in this book I don't think it is fair for me to write that I read this book because in actuality, I skimmed it. A coworker suggested this book about two years ago. I immediately purchased it and went to the doctor to confirm my blood type. Shortly after, the same coworker said that her doctor informed her that the book is junk science. I never told my doctor why I needed to know my blood type, so I can't 100% concur.

I will agree that there is no way that I am limiting myself to foods outlined in this book for people with my blood type. However, I will say that some of the foods that were suggested for people with my blood type, I already eat and crave. Science or coincidence? I don't know.

The lovely thing about this book is that unless you are just drawn to the subject and history of blood types, you can simply read up on yours and put the book away. That's what I did, which is why I won't say that I read it in its entirety. I read the portions that pertained to me.

Overall, I did not find it beneficial. I found it to be painfully boring. ...more
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January 12, 2019

Some good tips included
Some advice for eating right for my blood type has made sense and seems to lead to a healthier me. Other advice makes no sense to me as people of my ethnic background (and often same blood type) have eaten foods for many generations that are now to be avoided. Other foods that are supposed to be healthy choices would not have been available in the area of my ethnic origins, so it is hard to imagine that they should be high on my foods to chose list.
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Jan 09, 2009

This is one of the first books that I feel is not really a "diet" book based on "a shift in human consumption" but is based on scientific, blood-related equations that happen when you eat food appropriate or inappropriate for your type. Additionally, after reading it, I didn't put it down and cry over all the things I couldn't eat. I actually related very much to the foods on the lists - for example, when a food is listed to avoid for my type, I usually responded with "yeah, I don't really like This is one of the first books that I feel is not really a "diet" book based on "a shift in human consumption" but is based on scientific, blood-related equations that happen when you eat food appropriate or inappropriate for your type. Additionally, after reading it, I didn't put it down and cry over all the things I couldn't eat. I actually related very much to the foods on the lists - for example, when a food is listed to avoid for my type, I usually responded with "yeah, I don't really like that food that much anyways" or "i prefer the other options over that option anyway". It didn't go WILDLY against my tastes, and very much explains why some people thrive as vegetarians, some don't and there really IS a such thing as voracious meat eaters.

By the way, if you don't know your blood type, there are "do it yourself" kits online that you can get for 10 bucks and know within 10 minutes what your type is. ...more
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Dec 02, 2007

An interesting approach to diet and lifestyle, but a bit too generalized to be effective. I thought this would be a helpful tool to tweak my eating habits, but it reads more like a "fad diet" book. There are a few effective arguments and good advise to be found in here, but it just has too much pseudo-jargon to be useful. This book just didn't resonate with me.

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