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From: "R. & G. Stevens" <>
Subject: Re: [DNA] ABO Blood Groups
Date: Tue, 18 Jul 2006 11:02:30 -0400
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Bonnie Schrack" <>

Bonnie wrote:


> Hi Jackson,
> You wrote:
>
>> Recently I came across an interesting book called Eat Right 4 Your Type
>> by Dr. Peter J. D'Adamo. No I am not sure how good his sourced and such
>> are but nonetheless it is an interesting read and topic.
>
> Sorry to be a wet blanket, but I believe this book is considered to be
> without any basis in scientific fact by those in the field. I am not a
> nutritionist myself, but from all I have read, I would urge folks on the
> list not to put too much credence in it.
> There is a gradually developing body of knowledge about links between
> various genes and the way our bodies assimilate foods, but these do not
> correspond to ABO blood groups. ABO blood groups just are not very
> relevant to a lot of things, but people often tend to latch onto them
> because they are fairly simple and most people already know their blood
> type.
>
> Some of what you cited should be pretty easy to demonstrate as unreliable
> information, for example:
>
>> Blood group A originated among the first farmers
>
>> Blood group B originated among nomads who were dairy eating people
>
> According to what I've learned, all of the blood types are found in
> non-human primates, so they can hardly have originated as recently as the
> time of the first farmers or dairy-eating nomads. We have a
> primatologist on the list, I believe, maybe he can confirm this. In any
> case, I don't think that anthropologists, geneticists, etc. would agree
> that it's possible to make the above statements.
>
> I will be meeting with Dr. Fatimah Jackson on Wednesday, who is an expert
> in the relationship between different dietary ingredients and human
> population genetics, and I'll try to remember to ask her to opinion of
> this book.
>
> Bonnie
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Be that as it may, I insist on regarding my putative Type A proclivity for
cereal grains as a license to drink more beer. :-)

Rich


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