Do I really want to lose weight? – A friend recommended Peter D’Adamo’s Eat Right 4 Your Type, and having now looked into it, I’ve got to wonder if she’d had her coffee before she read it. Because total lack of brain function is the only excuse I can see for regarding this book as anything but complete and total hooey. Was that harsh? Gosh, and my blood type is supposed to make me so empathetic.
My first reaction was to wonder how a physician could be this irresponsible, but D’Adamo, it turns out, is not a physician. He’s a “Doctor of Naturopathy” which means he’s completed roughly the course work required of a Physician Assistant (and PAs very carefully do NOT let themselves be called “doctor”), plus those important extra courses like herbal remedies, sorry, botanical medicine. (Sorry to those of you who love your herbal supplements, but any plants that contain medicinal compounds with real efficacy are too dangerous not to be processed and measured to such an extant that you might as well have taken the pill in the first place.)
What I honestly expected to find in this book was something akin to that one-size-fits-all personality profile from the psychology experiment. You know, where everybody gets the same profile, saying things like, “You enjoy being around people, but sometimes would rather be by yourself,” and “You don’t think you’ve really achieved your full potential,” that are true of most people. Then the participants are asked to rate the accuracy of their profile, and of course most rate it as very accurate, proving either that people are very much alike, they are very gullible, or there is too much money available to fund psychology experiments (and perhaps all three). I expected to find very similar suggestions for all types. If that were the case, this book would be much less dangerous.
Unfortunately, D’Adamo bases his entire premise on incorrect information, namely, that type O is the oldest blood type. He relied on research done in the 1950s and did not take into account current (and this is current as of 1990; D’Adamo published in 1996) conclusions that A is the oldest blood type, followed by B, then O. D’Adamo basically characterizes type O as a […]
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