Go Smell the Blood Type

Posted on October 22nd, 2008 by Funkygirl012003

Hello flower people,

Several weeks ago I commented here about blood types and how that might affect one’s health or diet. So, I looked and I looked and I looked and couldn’t really find anything on the subject. There does not appear to be a lot of research into the area of blood types and whether it can affect the way your body reacts to food, the environment or even medical treatments. Everyone knows you don’t mix blood types in transfusions, but do they know if your blood type can affect the treatment you receive?

I did find that book called, ‘Eat Right 4 Your Type’ by Dr. Peter D’Adamo. Although I haven’t read it to know just what’s in the book. From what I’ve seen online, this is a pretty controversial idea, many individuals claim that these diets do work to improve their health and their weight, while many experts are pointing out that there isn’t a lot of real research that’s been done on the subject of blood types and food.

I did come across one golden nugget of research conducted by Drs Joseph K. Neumann and collegues in a paper titled ‘Effects of Stress and Blood Type on Cortisol and VLDL Toxicity Preventing Activity’. They found a connection between your blood type and stress reaction. Apparently people with certain blood types react more quickly to stressful situations and recover more quickly.

Basically, there isn’t really a lot of research out there that looks at blood type on something more than a transfusion scale. It does seem to effect the body’s reaction sometimes, but we won’t really know how or in relation to what until more research is completed.

My learning from this: Take blood type treatments, diets and ideas with a grain of salt until you find the truth.

21 Responses to “Go Smell the Blood Type”

  1. Andrea says:


    I merely googled “ABO Blood type disease” looked under scholar articles and found plenty of corrolation between blood types and disease.

  2. A/C says:

    hey there Funky…

    I have heard a bit about this and in a nut shell…
    Its something along the lines of where you blood group originated, and the foods local to that area.

    For example my Group is rather rare in Oz anyways. I must store my own blood prior to surgery and if I was traveling along the Nullabor it is advised I send some forward for just in, because there isnt much of it about… anyways for my group I should be eating Yoghurts, fruits, goats cheeses, loads meats etc.. no bread, starchy foods, or sugary stuffs…. I did try it for a while and did truly feel loads better but then the lure of breaking out was to much… hehehehehe…

    There does seem to be something sensible in it.. all you can do is try and see…

    • A/C says:

      heres a link for you to check into it seems rather informative with grouping and recommended foods etc anyway check it out http://www.drlam.com/blood_type_diet/

    • A/C says:

      gone to moderation…

      • Leanne says:

        You have nothing to lose by trying the Blood Type Diet for yourself. The worst thing that can happen is nothing. The best thing that can happen is what’s happened to many thousands of people out there who follow it to a T—many of our health complaints have vanished. I’ve been on it for over 3 years now and have had such good success that I will never eat any other way.

  3. Mike says:

    I think experiencing the truth is better then finding the truth even though there is so much information regarding blood type and disease which would take more then one google search to find… talk about lazy investigative reporting. Two genrations (50 years) of Dr. D’Adamos using blood type as a pointer to treat patients. Is it for everyone.?..no…is the diet insignificant?..hardly.

  4. Melissa says:

    If you go to pubmed and search for “ABO disease” it will turn up almost 2500 articles, and if you try a few other searches, you’ll find more. A few interesting links within the area of digestive enzymes, and as you stated, stress response. Also, the blood type gene is very active, always open for business making more cells and doing it’s constant work (unlike most genes that are only open and active during certain times of life or under certain conditions). What that means is that the genes next to in on the chromosome (linked genes) are also quite active. If a gene is right next to the ABO gene, it will virtually always be passed down with it, and it will be an active gene throughout one’s lifetime.

    And that’s just the tip of the iceburg. There are also interactions between blood type surface antigens and lectins in food and pathogens that are trying to latch on. (Those who secret these antigens into their saliva tend to get sick less than those who don’t have that extra shield for the pathogens to get stuck on) You can dig as deep as you like, it’s really quite fascinating.

  5. Melissa says:

    I meant “secrete” instead of “secret these antigens” but you get the general idea…

  6. Jim says:

    Great topic funkygirl and all new to me and pass me that grain of salt as there must be something in it, right?

    I must find out what blood type I am – closest I’ve got to this is reading The Zone diet by Barry Spears…all about food types to suit metabolism.

  7. Ishara says:


    Perplexed that you could write about something which you didnt research yourself, instead opting on heresay! Oh dear, what does that say about your credibility? The Blood Type Diet is a tailor made lifestyle-not even a diet-unlike other popular diets which go on the one size fits all basis. One simple question: How many outfits do you try on before you’re satisfied with the right one? If you can do that for clothes and shoes, it shouldn’t be different for food as well.

    • Barbara Gallon! says:

      Excellenty reply Ishara
      were you aware your name means ‘lights’ in Arabic?

      • Ishara says:

        Yes, Barbara, I’m aware of the meaning of my name :-) and so did my parents :-))). Thank you for taking note, brought a smile!

        Anyway, back to the debate “to trash or not trash the blood type diet”

    • Barbara Gallon! says:

      Excellent reply Ishara
      were you aware your name means ‘lights’ in Arabic?

  8. Purple13 says:

    looks like i picked the wrong day to not pay attention to scary health stories…..

  9. ethical eater says:

    Diet is for life.

    Balanced diet info is available, as is info on exercise and fitness.

    A combination of the two will do away with the need to try fad, fundamentally flawed diet regimes designed at a quick fix of weight reduction.

    • Ishara says:

      Ethical Eater,

      What is balanced for Tom may not work for Dick and the exercise Dick does might send Harry straight to an early grave. And that’s what the Blood Type Diet addresses. That we are not made using a cookie cutter. And it’s certainly not a quick fix for weight reduction! If only his books were read before passing judgement….(sigh)

  10. Ethical Eater says:


    ‘presumption is the mother of all f*&%-ups.’

    Trash the Blood Type diet !

    with all due respect, I read the book years ago and have since read alot more evidence based, professionally reviewed papers on the subject.

    It is a fad diet with no substantial scientific, evidence based facts to support it.

    it is fundamentally flawed.

    GO! knock yourself out

  11. Lil'thoughts says:

    My niece lived in Japan and some Japanese choose their friends by their bloog type. Interesting :)

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