Raena Morgan: Ann Louise, what role does blood type play in your diet, your weight, your overall health?
Dr. Ann Louise Gittleman: You know, it’s a good question, and I wrote about blood type in a book many years ago that came out, I think, in 1996 if I’m not mistake, if my memory is correct. That book was Your Body Knows Best.
RM: Yes, Your Body Knows Best.
ALG: And I identified different ways in which you can personalize and tailor-make a diet program that is unique for your own biochemical needs. I examine the whole blood type theory, and I think there may be something to it.
RM: All right.
ALG: There are four different blood types, and what I have seen with the research, and I did a lot of research through the Japanese, interestingly enough, is that O’s really are the caveman blood type and they do very well.
RM: They are?
ALG: Oh they are, bless those O’s.
RM: Positive and negative?
ALG: It doesn’t matter what the positive and negative is. It does have something to do with whether you’re a secretor or a non-secretor, but that gets into real detail here and specifics. But the broad strokes of this are that you need a higher protein diet, you don’t do well with sugar, and can become depressed if you don’t exercise. For one who’s and O, and I know from our discussion last night you’re a little O,-
RM: Yes, O positive.
ALG: -you’re an O, you would need to move, you need to exercise; that for you is important.
RM: Yes, I must, absolutely. A sedentary lifestyle is just anathema for me.
ALG: I have heard that from so many O’s, so I know that to be true. And they are- you’re an individual that really needs to have your own company, I mean, you’re the movers and the shakers out there, you’re the CEO.
RM: The O’s are?
ALG: They are.
ALG: The A’s are very different. Much more sensitive immune system, number one. They’re the analyzers. They’re the ones whenever I speak they’re taking notes and their hand goes up and they’re asking me all sorts of little details, which hopefully I can illuminate and expand upon. But they’re also individuals that do not produce enough hydrochloric acid.
RM: They don’t?
ALG: No. And years ago I learned from some of my medical friends that this used to be taught in medical schools, that A’s are hypochlorhydric, meaning they don’t secrete enough digestive enzymes, so that means that they’re not digesting protein well, which means that they gear towards more vegetarianism because they don’t do well with meat, it putrefies in their system, and they’re probably having a problem with iron and calcium and magnesium, which all to some degree are acid-based minerals. They’re also individuals that are much more sensitive to yeast overgrowth for some physiological reason.
ALG: So those A’s have to be a lot more careful, have to be a lot more balanced, don’t do well with all of the extensive exercise that you can do as an O. They need to do more meditative work, more yoga, more stretching, more pilates, more tai chi.
RM: All right. What about your B’s?
ALG: Well we’re the crazy ones. That was just so fitting when I read about the B’s. You know, the Japanese used to put ads in the newspaper and they’d say, “I want a B blood type to be my next chef.”
ALG: Yeah, isn’t that funny? We have a thing with food, that I can tell you. I love to eat it, love to create recipes. I’m not a cook, anybody will tell you that; I don’t have the patience for it. But I enjoy writing the cookbooks and figuring out what needs to happen and then have somebody else do it. Having said that, B’s are also very much free thinkers, highly emotional, and we have to watch that we are in balance, because we can become really out of whack; we can become very driven.
ALG: I certainly see that with myself, so balancing my adrenals is a key to my overall health.
RM: Okay. And what kind of diet is best for a B?
ALG: Balanced diet, a diet that has animal protein and some vegetarian elements to it. We do better with dairy, theoretically, than other blood types. We grew up in a much more agricultural-based time or that blood type developed epidemiologically in a much more agricultural-based environment, so we do well with cheeses and yogurts.
ALG: It’s my favorite comfort food, that I can tell you. So I think to some degree there’s some relevance there. And we’re individuals that really need a structure. So we’re hard because we need to be in balance more. And I try to be an O, we try to be O’s, but we really can’t.
RM: Okay. So that’s A, B, O-
ALG: And AB.
ALG: And that’s about four percent of the population. I make up eleven percent of the population, the AB’s are four percent of the population. Master planners, I think they’re the masters.
ALG: Yeah. I remember doing a lecture many years ago and talking about all of the qualities of the AB’s, because they’ve got the B who are esoteric thinkers, you know, creative, very original thinks, a little eccentric, and the A’s, which are so detailed. This was for a big cosmetic company, and I remember turning to the doctor and said, “Doctor, you must be an AB.” And he said, “Yes, I am.” Because I could see what a master he was in terms of his mind and the attention to details as far as his formulations were concerned.
RM: And the best diet for the AB’s?
ALG: It’s a mixture of both. They’re going to need digestive enzyme supplements, that’s the specific.
RM: They are?
ALG: Yeah. My blood type doesn’t do well particularly with herbs. The O’s, I think, do well with everything; you can tend to become too acidic. And the A’s, it’s the digestive element.
RM: All right. And that’s in Your Body Knows Best.
ALG: That’s in Your Body Knows Best. It’s one of my little favorite books. It was a big hit in Germany, as I said.
ALG: It kind of foreshadowed the whole blood type theory, and I also talk about fast and slow oxidizers as well as another way of tailor-making your diet. But I continue to be enchanted and fascinated with the whole blood type idea, and I like to think that in terms of what your characteristics are, it’s exceedingly fitting.
RM: Very good, thank you.
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