Blood Type, Good Health and Longer Life

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Dr. Kathy Maupin and Brett Newcomb discuss the work of Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo on blood types and how they effect patients’ general health and lifespans.

Knowing Your Blood Type can help you chart a path to longevity and healthy living.

Today, Brett and I are going to discuss Dr. Peter J. D’Adamo’s research on blood types and diet, subjects that he has committed his career to and has written several books about.

Blood Types are genetic markers that place us in large statistical groups. As physicians and scientists study these groups, it becomes possible to make global statements about those who are placed in each group. We should always remember that this type of information is relevant and useful in the aggregate but it is not necessarily a specific predictor for an individual who has the blood type in question. The process is similar to other group test categories, such as the Myers-Briggs Personality Types and the Minnesota Multi-phasic Personality Inventory, among others. In these inventories, one obtains a profile based on the number of other people who have responded to particular prompts in similar ways. Then, one can look individually to see if they think it fits for them as an accurate descriptor.

Dr. D’Adamo traces the history of the evolution of various blood types. Today there are Categories of Type O, Type A, Type B, and Type AB. He claims that each of these types evolved as we migrated out of Africa thousands of years ago and experienced gradual changes in our diet and nutrition sources when we changed from hunter-gatherer societies to agricultural societies to industrialized societies.

Interestingly, Dr. D’Admo identifies health problems that are more typical to each of the blood types, he also identifies the particular types of mental or emotional issues that each blood type is more likely to have and finally, he suggests stress management, diet, and exercise strategies for each of the blood types to maximize their health and minimize the negative health concerns they are statistically more likely to have.

Stress management skills are learnable. If we can control or manage the level of stress that our bodies feel we can impact in positive ways the ways that our bodies experience illness and health.

If you listen to our podcast over the next couple of weeks you will hear us discuss the individual blood types and the generalized characteristics of their personalities and suggest diet and exercise and mental health strategies that should be beneficial to each of them. If you know your blood type you may find this discussion to be more interesting. You can order a Blood Type test kit from Amazon and type yourself at home if you do not already know what blood type you are.