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Book Review: 'The GenoType Diet' by Dr. Peter D'Adamo, pub: Bantam, 2009.

For those looking for a healthy way of life, a diet and lifestyle that is designed to reprogramme your genes can be a great way to start. The book 'The GenoType Diet: Change your Genetic Destiny' was written by Dr Peter D'Adamo, author of the New York Times bestseller 'Eat Right For Your Type'. His latest book takes the next step from the original idea that certain foods and lifestyles are better suited to individuals with a particular blood group. Since publication of 'Eat Right' in 1996, and after sales of over 7 million copies in 60 languages, Dr. D'Adamo has written many other books on the subject. Later works include an encyclopaedia listing all the published medical research showing disease associations with blood group, and natural ways to protect against them. His latest research goes a stage further, however. After finding your blood group, knowing about other genetic factors can put you into one of three categories, or 'genetic archetypes' for each blood group: There are genes known as 'thrifty', which are designed to conserve calories in times of famine; there are inflammatory genes which help the immune system fight off invaders; and there are genes giving you a more 'friendly' or altruistic immune system to live in harmony with your surroundings. These genes are only partly inherited: more important are the epigenetic effects of your environment before you were born. The level of stress experienced by an individual's mother when pregnant for example, can switch on or off some genes, setting a genetic 'destiny' for that individual. 

Each of these types of gene evolved according to the environment, and has its own benefits and disadvantages. When removed from that environment the genes don't always work in the best interests of the individual. This book tells you how to find out which genetic archetype you are using simple measurements:

The book contains instructions for working out which genes you have using simple measuring tools: the length of your legs compared with your torso, your upper leg and lower leg ratio and your second and fourth finger length ratio are all under genetic control. Whether you have a wide or narrow jaw angle, the type of teeth you have, these are all used to work out the genetic archetype. When combined with blood group, this gives a points score that adds up to your own GenoType. The book then contains advice on switching off the bad genes and switching on the good ones through diet and lifestyle advice. Foods and healthy activities known to promote gene repair, longevity or removal of excess sugars on a cellular level as appropriate, 'The GenoType Diet' promotes personalised genetic health. Knowing whether you are a Hunter, Gatherer, Teacher, Explorer, Warrior or Nomad puts you on the right track for your all-round health and longevity.

For those who don't want to take their own measurements, Dr. D'Adamo has developed a software used by practitioners that uses more complex calculations to work out a person's GenoType. The software, called SWAMI Pro, produces a personalised diet and lifestyle report with shopping list, a recipe guide and meal planner. It can be further personalised to remove any foods to which the patient is allergic, for example. The report is designed to last a lifetime, and can be changed when new information becomes available about the individual, such as a change in weight or family history.

Tom Greenfield ND DO
Tom is a naturopath and osteopath, and practices with his wife Jacqueline in Canterbury and London. He wrote the foreword to The GenoType Diet by Dr. Peter D'Adamo, and uses the SWAMI GenoType software in his practice.
To contact Tom please call 01227 454 848, or visit the website http://greenfieldsclinic.co.uk