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  • Blood Typing for Health

    this is coooollllllll

    People have called blood typing a "revolutionary new way of eating" and companies in Japan hire according to it (Bloodprofiling). However, categorizing people into different types and using this information to heal them are thousands of years old. The only difference is that this is the first time in history someone has used a scientifically recordable way of categorizing human beings into types. Modern allopathic practitioners question this new "blood typing" as a crazy new idea, but typology has a long history of success in Chinese and Islamic medicine. And just like the typology of traditional healing, blood often needs some professional modifications, but in general sees a high success rate.
    Every traditional system of healing provides the practitioner with a way to categorize their patient into a certain type. This typology evalution then assists the practitioner in advising their client about certain ways of eating, living and healing. The type of a client can even reveal their tendency to certain diseases. The Chinese system of healing speaks about earth, wood, fire, water and metal people. The Islamic healing system speaks of the Phlegmatic, Sanguine, Melancholic, and Choleric type. The Ayurvedic system divides people into three types; while the homeopathic system divides people into many types, based on remedy profiles. In each system a person is categorized by their response to certain questions, their physical appearance, their likes and dislikes and even by their health conditions.

    In blood typing, however, all these traditional criteria are ignored and each person is simply categorized by their blood type of A, B, AB, or O. Although this may seem to be a strange modern and fashionable idea, in reality, it probably would have been put forth years ago if man had been aware of what blood types were. The only reason blood typing is such a new science is that blood was not categorized into types until 1901 (Franklin Institute).

    In 1901 Karl Landsteiner, an Austrian scientist noticed, as many traditional practitioners already had, that everyone's blood is not the same. However, Landsteiner was not using traditional observation methods. He was using a microscope and was able to distinguish, for the first time in history, two distinctive chemical molecules present in blood. He labeled one molecule A and the other B. He further categorized the blood by stating that if a red blood cell had A molecules in it is was a type A, if it had only B molecules in it was a type B, if it had both it was an AB and if it had neither it was a type O. It was also observed at this time that not all blood types were compatible with each other and that A and B, when mixed together, for example, would create a deadly clotting. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for his achievements (Franklin Institute).

    It was not long after this discovery that the Japanese and Korean societies made a second observation - people of certain blood types often exhibited personality traits typical to that type of blood (Ishiri). This is not as surprising as it sounds considering that blood types are said to have originated historically with different groups of people. Current theories suggest that the basic blood types evolved chronologically in the order O, A, B, AB. These types correspond to changes in the food supply experienced by hunter-gatherers, settler-agriculturalists, nomadic herds people and the modern, rather enigmatic AB "blend". Each of these groups of people would have had vastly different lifestyles, inducing in them distinctive personality traits according to their environment.

    Peter D'Adamo and his father take this one step farther in their book "Eat Right 4 Your Type." They state that not only do people have different personalities according to their blood type but that they also have certain food and disease patterns. Although this makes sense according to traditional medicine, D'Adamo brings his theory into the scientific and medical arena by presenting a scientifically measurable reason for his theory. D'Adamo states that the reason different blood types react to different foods in unique ways is that various foods contain lectins (proteins found in food) that react differently to different types of blood. Some food lectins act as a healing medicine to various blood types and some lectins actually act as a poison in certain blood types (Doheny). In fact it has long been recognized that some foods are capable of causing the cells of a certain blood type to agglutinate while having no impact on cells of another blood type. This reaction is dependent upon the interaction of human cells with the lectins found in food. Food lectins can also interact with white blood cells, acting as mitogens and stimulating cell division and replication. Interestingly enough, D'Adamo states that pork contains lecithins that react badly with all blood types. This statement alone is enough to cause the average Muslim healer to stop and take note.

    D'Adamo takes his theories one step further when he states that each person's ability to digest food varies depending on their blood type as well. He has found, for example that type O's can efficiently digest meats because they tend to have high levels of stomach acid (Doheny). Type A's, he says, have low stomach acid and store meat as fat. Although the allopathic medicine community largely rejects D'Adamo's ideas, there are records in medical journals that reflect this phenomenon as well. It has often been observed, for instance that type O people tend to get stomach ulcers more often than other blood types do (Kelley). This all makes sense when one looks at how blood types evolved.

    Type O's were said to evolve from the traditional hunter-gatherers who lived on a diet high in meat. D'Adamo says that even today, type O's still need the vigorous exercise associated with hunting and gathering, as well as a diet higher in protein. In fact, Dr. D'Adamo has found that 90% of the factors dealing with the connection between health and blood type are dependent on the ABO, or primary blood type system (Martin).

    Critics of D’Adamo’s theories tend to miss that D’Adamo has not really invented this association, but has rather discovered it in the scientific and medical literature of the twentieth century. Recent research, for example, has shown that the Pima Indians of the Gila River reservation in Arizona have what appears to be a genetic tendency to insulin resistance and have the highest rates of diabetes and diabetic-related disease and mortality in the world. Based on D'Adamo's work, one could theorize that the Pima’s are probably type O. Hunter-gatherers - even modern ones - do very badly on diets high in refined carbohydrates, particularly wheat, which is what the reservation Pima's live on. Wheat germ agglutinate is an insulin mimic, which adds to the picture. It is known that separate groups of Pima, who still live in the mountains, and eat a more traditional type O diet, do not have the same rates of diabetes - despite their genetic predisposition to insulin resistance. Perusal of anthropological research on this group of people shows that indeed they are type O (Miller).

    D’Adamo admits that his research is not yet complete and has recently come out with a new book, Live Right 4 Your Type that updates information from his previous book, Eat Right 4 Your Type. However, even traditional medicine admits that no system is perfect in diagnosing or categorizing every person into a perfectly stereotypical profile. If this had ever been possible there would have been no reason to invent any new scientific methods or theories on health. In traditional healing practices such as the Chinese or Ayurvedic system, practitioners take into account that someone may not fit a certain profile exactly, and that a fair amount of clinical observation has to be added to one’s original typology categorization. In the same way, D’Adamo advises that people using his diet also use their powers of observation and their knowledge about their own bodies. If a type B person, for instance is lactose intolerant, then the milk he advises them to drink would not be applicable in their case.

    As research continues on this fascinating topic it is clear that there is still much more that needs to be known about blood types, diet and disease. However, for now, over two million people around the world have used D’Adamo’s methods with great success and are feeling better than they have in years. For Muslims, we have found a modern dietary advocate who recommends through scientific observation that people not consume pork or alcohol.
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