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Individualised nutrition

 

 “It has been suggested that the supermarket of today will be the pharmacy of tomorrow. Such statements have been derived from recognition of our increasing ability to optimize nutrition, and maintain a state of good health through longer periods of life. The new field of nutrigenomics, which focuses on the interaction between bioactive dietary components and the genome, recognizes that current nutritional guidelines may be ideal for only a relatively small proportion of the population”.
 L. Fergusen Molecular Diagnostic Therapeutics. 2006

Nutrigenomics is the new buzz word in nutrition. It is the science of individuality, the realization that we can no longer recommend the same diet and drug regime to whole populations of people just because it works for some. Current research is at last catching up and recognizing the fact that we are indeed unique individuals and literally:

                    “What is one mans meat is another mans poison”.

Welcome to the first science of nutritional individuality. Dr Peter D'Adamo, a naturopathic physician, author of Eat Right 4 Your Type and series of NY Times best selling books, has greatly contributed to the understanding of dietary individuality to millions of readers. He is best known for his research on human blood groups and nutrition and also a respected researcher and formulator in the field of natural products. Dr Peter D'Adamo's groundbreaking research into the science of individuality continues with his soon to be published Genotype diet.

Carole and many other health practitioners and Medical Doctors have trained with Dr. D’Adamo and like Carole, are passionate about his work because clinically it works so well. Carole has used his protocols as a backbone to the way she prescribes and has treated over a thousand patients with immense success. Patients feel a lot healthier and happier in a very short space of time

"Unfortunately, everything the experts tell us about diet is aimed at the whole population, and we are not all the same."-The Scientist, Sep. 22, 2003

 Q. So what is Individualised Nutrition and why does blood type matter?

You are a biological individual. We are all different. A single drop of your blood contains a biochemical signature as unique to you as your fingerprint. Many of the biochemical differences that make you an individual can be explained by your ABO blood type and the sub groups of your blood type that Carole tests you for.

Your blood type influences your physiology on a cellular level. It has everything to do with how you digest food, your ability to respond to stress, your mental state, the efficiency of your metabolic processes, and the strength of your immune system.

Whenever you eat, a chemical reaction occurs between your blood type antigen and the foods or supplements you take. Food contains proteins called lectins. Your blood type is genetically programmed to reject or accept certain lectins. When you eat a food containing lectins that are incompatible with your blood type, the lectins target an organ or bodily systems and begin to clump cells in that area, a process known as agglutination. This process can cause imbalances in your digestion, metabolism and immune system. Certain lectins can also cause the release of histamine, which causes allergic type reactions and inflammation.

Q. What is a Lectin?
I find it amazing that many otherwise sophisticated nutritionists still manage to dispute that basic contention that lectins initiate allergic reactions in the gut. The evidence is overwhelming and is being reported in the most prestigious journals. The phenomena are so well studied, we even know the mechanisms, such as the release of interleukin-4 and histamines. One can only hope that the herd mentality that so many professionals manifest toward new ideas will eventually lead to a bit more intellectual curiosity”. Watzl et al- 2001 British Journal of Nutrition.

In lay language lectins are very tiny sugar binding protein molecules found in foods that selectively cause blood and other body tissues to stick together. A lectin that causes the tissues of a person of one blood type to stick together will not necessarily have the same effect on a person of a different blood type.

Lectins however are not the only cause of blood group differences causing foods to be listed as restricted or beneficial for certain groups of people. The different blood types have other blood group specific variations. For instance blood group A tend to have much lower levels of the enzymes necessary for digesting red meat. This is why many blood type A’s will feel lethargic and heavy after a beef meal. Blood type O conversely, has much higher levels and is able to digest good quality red meat efficiently. Most blood types B and AB can more efficiently digest milk proteins and sugars, the two other groups, O and A have more difficulty.

After your consultation with Carole you will be given a list and a chart telling you which foods are the most beneficial for your genetic type and which foods are best avoided. You will be given a lot of practical advice of delicious alternatives. Most of which Carole or one of her family have sampled.


How easy are the dietary recommendations to follow?

Some people question that it may be difficult to follow. It doesn't have to be! You could say that building a house is difficult too; but few take on that project expecting to have a completed house after one weekend (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the exception!).

When starting out, few people change their entire diet overnight. Some patients choose to, if their symptoms are severe or debilitating enough.  Often, when attempting to create a healthy new pattern, it can be helpful to focus on where we’re headed, rather than where we’ve been.

It’s easy to focus only on the Avoid foods and their effect rather than on the Beneficial foods and the impact they have on health. There are many more beneficial foods for each blood type – foods that have tremendous health benefits when added to your diet.

There are a few especially important Avoid foods for each blood type, foods that impact health most detrimentally. You can focus successfully on one of these key Avoid foods at the beginning, by simply replacing it with a food within the same family of foods.

When it comes right down to it, living and eating right for you as individual can be as simple as replacing one avoid food with another food that’s more beneficial. Here are just a few examples:

  • Cutting down on coffee? Replace a few of your daily cups with healthier beverages like green tea
  • Want to eliminate wheat? Spelt breads can be just as tasty, without the wheat lectin (for a small group of the population spelt can also be problematic)
  • For some potatoes can be a problem: Baked sweet potatoes, yams or parsnips can become a delicious replacement
  • Whey-based protein powders in your breakfast shakes? It’s easy to switch to Right 4 Your Type protein powder*
  • Instead of cow cheese try buffalo mozzarella, goat feta or sheep’s Gouda. Nanny goats cheddar is delicious melted on toasted rye or spelt bread

However, the examples above may not benefit everybody (green tea may be the exception). A small percent of the population can’t tolerate any cheese or gluten grains, so again biochemical individuality is the key.

 Q. Should I go cold turkey into dietary changes, or can I change a few foods at a time?
Carole always tells her patients if they have severe health problems or distressing or uncomfortable symptoms they will need to be stricter with their diet than those that are just wanting to optimize their health.

I always use this analogy: If you bought a Ferrari and filled it with cheap fuel, it would still work, but not as efficiently, for as long as it would have done had you given it the high grade fuel from the start.

So, it is up to you and each person is different, Carole will advise you whether she thinks you need to make a gradual switch with your dietary changes or whether you need to be more committed from the beginning. A gradual switch for some people can make this process feel more like a lifestyle change. However we are all different and some people will need to adhere to the recommendations more than others (particularly non secretors - see FAQ) in order to experience the dramatic improvements that Carole often sees.

Carole also uses an individualised range of supplements, protein powders. Protein bars and teas. These are the only supplement range that are designed to be right for individual genetic types see www.right4eu.com.

Carole’s herbal prescriptions and individualised dietary and supplement recommendations can help you change your genetic destiny, helping your genes express themselves in the most positive way possible for you as an individual.



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