Book Review: Eat Right 4(For) Your Type

Eat Right 4Eat Right 4 Your Type: The individualized diet solution to staying healthy,
living longer & achieving your ideal weight
by Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo with Catherine Whitney,
G.P. Putnum’s Sons, New York, NY, 1996. ISBN 0-399-14255-X.
Reviewed by Don Gillmore, Licensed Massage Therapist

Dr. D’Adamo, ND really stirred up a storm in the natural healing community when he wrote this book.  Not only did he have the temerity to suggest that a vegetarian diet was not the only healthy diet, he went on to say that depending on your blood type, protein or dairy may actually optimize your metabolism!  It is bad enough when MDs ( Allopathic physicians, who are not trusted by true believers in natural healing) make such statements, but Dr. D’Adamo is a second generation Naturopathic physician.  Actually he presents the case that there are four broadly defined diets, exercise regimens, and personalities which correlate to the four major human blood types of Group O, A, B & AB with variations based on RH factor (+ or -) and MN Group.

Where did he get such ideas and what does he base them on?  Apparently his father, Dr. James D’Adamo, N.D. began to suspect a correlation between blood types and how his patients responded to a strict vegetarian diet in the late 1950s.  He kept careful notes which supported his theory, but it took another generation and the interest of cancer researchers in food lectins to provide the proof of his theory.  Dr. P.J. D’Adamo also provides a fascinating anthropological explanation for this correlation based on what human beings were eating and how we were gathering our food at the time the various blood types evolved.  I have taken several college level courses in anatomy, physiology, genetics and developmental anatomy, yet Dr. D’Adamo was the first to tell me when the various blood types evolved!  Did you know for instance, that the AB blood type didn’t exist a little over 1,000 years ago?  The author lays out four diets based on your basic blood type with foods that are either highly beneficial, neutral or to be avoided.  Even if you should be a vegetarian there are probably certain fruits, nuts, and vegetables you should avoid.  Read this book and find out why he recommends that Bs avoid chicken.

He admits that individual diet is more complex than that and if you really want to know you need a comprehensive test.  This is the first diet book that makes sense to me. I have never bought the ‘One Vegetarian Diet’ fits all idea.  I have recommended this book to several friends.  Many have lost weight without restricting calories.  An ongoing informal survey of my massage clients suggests that the broad guidelines outlined by Dr. D’Adamo are valid.  I highly recommend this book.

Don Gillmore, Licensed Massage Therapist(15 yrs), B.S.- Life Sciences

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