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Broadening his approach to diet and health beyond the four blood types, naturopathic physician D'Adamo (Eat Right 4 Your Type) profiles six GenoTypes and explains how readers can reprogram gene responses to lose and maintain weight, repair cells, avoid illness and age well. D'Adamo draws on epigenetics, the study of the interaction between genes and environment, to argue that tailoring diet and lifestyle to GenoTypes (genetic survival strategies that predate ethnicity and race and correspond to such external traits as body type, jaw shape and teeth patterns) is the most effective means to achieve optimum health. While conditions in the prenatal environment—our own and our ancestors—have profound effects on our genes, D'Adamo contends, readers can take control of their inheritance by turning on positive genes and silencing negative ones through methylation, histone acetylation and other biological processes. He provides methods for readers to determine their types; these include body measurements, fingerprints, and personal and family history. D'Adamo's dietary recommendations are flexible and consist of lists of foods that enhance each GenoType and foods to limit or avoid, but readers can find meal plans and recipes on the author's Web site. D'Adamo's engaging writing style, enthusiasm for his subject and personalized advice will appeal to those who enjoy taking a hands-on approach to their health and exploring new theories. (Jan.)
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"D'Adamo's engaging writing style, enthusiasm for his subject and personalized advice will appeal to those who enjoy taking a hands-on approach to their health." ---Publishers Weekly --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Harmony; 1 edition (December 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767925254
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767925259
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
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By Jane Elizabeth Haddad on January 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have been a huge fan and advocate for the blood type diet for years. I swear by it, and recommend it to many of my family and friends. It made a big impact on how myself and my husband eat and excercise. The Geno Type diet honestly has me a little thrown off (although I am trying to keep an open mind) because some of the changes in my diet are pretty significant. I am a type A- and with the Blood Type Diet I was to avoid most dairy, which I honestly felt was very beneficial for me and I saw results. Now, by the GenoType Diet I can all of a sudden have all this cheese, many are now actually considered superfoods for me. And the cheese I could eat before is now toxic. When you have been living and believing a diet for years... it kind of turns your world upside down. I also noticed Ezekiel bread which is a staple in my house because of the BTD is not even mentioned in the GenoType. There is also a lot less stressing of soy. I really don't know what to think. Many other things are the same, but I do feel a bit puzzled. I would also like to mention that the website for the Genotype diet is pushed throughout the whole book. It costs 65 dollars to sign up for it (although I did get a special discount e-mail today). The book refers you to the website quite often and the book does not explain why things are good and bad for you, like the BTD book does. I can't help but feel, that Dr. D'Adamo is really out to make a buck here. I feel the book is not as informative as his other work.
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The GenoType Diet is eerily similar to the blood type diet. Instead of 4 blood types, he has broken everyone into six genotypes. Foods are still broken into superbeneficial, beneficial, neutral, and avoids. D'adamo just uses different wording. Type Os will be a Hunter or a Gatherer, most type As will be a Teacher or a Warrior, Most Bs will be a Nomad or a Gatherer, and ABs will most likely be a Warrior or a Nomad. The Explorer is the only free-for-all type. The test itself is very particular, it includes leg size, teeth shape, finger length and wrist size. It does not take long but I can see where someone could pick the wrong type.

I think he has tried to fuse a body type diet approach with his blood type theories, which isn't a new approach, but to his credit, this plan is laid out much better than previous attempts (Gittleman's Your Body Knows Best, Gabriel Cousen's Conscious Eating, etc). There is a lot of good information, but I have read Eat Right for your Type, Cook Right for Your Type, Live Right for your Type, Allergies:Fight it with your Blood Type, and Diabetes: Fight it with your Blood Type. Most of the information is recycled, there is some updated information. I think the diet is healthy to follow, and I will give it a whirl, but if you have read any of the Blood Type Diet Books, chances are you will be disappointed.

Most annoying are the countless references to visit his website, which by the way, you have to sign up and pay, no thank you.
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Mailed June 2009, never received any response...

Dr. D'Adamo,

I'm troubled by, not subtle, but blatant inconsistencies in your books. I write not to prove a point but to express my disappointment in what seemed like an interesting and worthy theory. Unfortunately the inconsistencies discovered in your recommendations give more credence to those who would claim that your work is pseudo-science. I'm certainly open-minded to that which scientific orthodoxy dogmatically dismisses, and I'm certainly forgiving of the occasional misprint, but if your recommendations can't even manage to be internally consistent then pseudo-science might be too high of praise.

I've just bought and finished reading the following three of your books:

#1 Blood Type "O" Food Beverage and Supplement LISTS
#2 Eat Right 4 Your Type Complete Blood Type Encyclopedia
#3 The GenoType Diet

I'm blood type O+ and fit into your category of the "Hunter" GenoType.

Considering the following facts just focusing on the "Fruits" category:

1. According to the logic tables in your "Advanced GenoType Calculator Tables" in the Appendix of Book #3, there are only three GenoTypes categories, out of six total, that an "O" blood type can be a member of: {"Hunter","Gatherer","Explorer"}.

In other words, if one is blood type "O", then they are a member of {"Hunter","Gatherer","Explorer"}, or more simply...

blood type "O" = {"Hunter" or "Gatherer" or "Explorer"}.

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This was intended as an ongoing review, to be updated for a year, but I decided to abandon the diet after about five weeks. My posts during the trial are at the bottom.

I became interested in Dr. d'Adamo's blood-type diet through reading many enthusiastic testimonials from long-term users. However, his website steered me to the "genotype diet," in this book, as the improved successor to the blood-type diet.

This is actually an array of *six* diets. Which one you should follow depends on your "genotype," the genetic profile you match most closely. Your genotype is based on blood type, physical markers such as build, finger lengths and fingerprints, allergies, medical history, intuition, and common sense. Some of it sounds esoteric (fingerprint patterns, really?) but it makes a lot more sense when he explains that women with six or more "whorl" fingerprints are statistically nearly certain to develop breast cancer. In the same way, body builds and finger lengths are strongly associated with various prenatal hormonal exposures and corresponding genetic concerns.

In Eat Right 4 Your Type: The Individualized Diet Solution to Staying Healthy, Living Longer & Achieving Your Ideal Weight, d'Adamo explained that the diets were based on direct observation of lectins from tested foods interacting with the various blood types. The genotype diet seems to expand upon the blood type knowledge, by integrating considerations of enzymes, digestion, major disease risk factors, need for inflammation control, and genetic hormonal balances. As other reviewers have mentioned, explanations are very sketchy in the book, but some of the blogs (yes, plural!
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