April 18, 2010 9:05 AM
It's not that he had it wrong the first time, says Dr. James L. D'Adamo. It's just that 50 years of experience taught him there's more to the story.
And so the man famous for originating The Blood Type Diet®® is adding to its story with "Just an Ounce of Prevention ... is Worth a Pound of Cure," his latest book on taking control of — and responsibility for — your health.
The book, released April 15 by Hay House Publishers, helps identify an optimum approach for each person, child and adult, offers a food and exercise plan based on blood type, includes recipes and is unlike any other publication on the subject, says D'Adamo, N.D., D.N.B, director of the Institute for the Advancement of Natural Therapies.
"Generally speaking, many books ...; about natural healing (make) general statements — 'this is good for everyone, that's bad for everyone.' But they are forgetting each person is an individual, unlike any other," says Dr. D'Adamo. "So, food that energizes my body may cause harm to another's; that's my philosophy — for over 50 years."
It wasn't D'Adamo's initial stance. When starting practice in New York City he thought, as taught, all people should be vegetarians.
"It seemed to work, but I wasn't able to cure all people. I found that annoying. After all those years of studying I wanted to help people."
A combination of a study of the blood and his work with thousands of patients led him to develop The Blood Type Diet®®, which asserts blood types dictate what foods are the most healthful for each individual.
He penned, "One Man's Food" in 1979, the first of three books on this theory.
Within a few years he was disenchanted by patient results. Digging deeper he found a sub blood group based on a predominant parent's blood and Rh factors also came into play. He penned "The D'Adamo Diet" (1989), "again thinking I had all the research down," he says.
"This latest book gives more of an in-depth look at the individual," he says.
Germs or bacteria do not cause most illnesses, D'Adamo says. Armed with the proper information and guidance, working with nature, a person can avoid a great number of common, life-threatening illnesses such as arthritis, cancer and heart disease; or food-associated conditions.
"People come to me to cure them. I always say I've never cured anyone in my whole life. I share truth with a patient, support them, and they — working with nature — cure themselves."