The Little-Known Link Between Blood Type and Autism (and Why It Matters to EVERYONE)

Posted February 14, 2008. There have been 5 comments

Autism and other developmental disorders are quickly becoming common among the newest generations of little ones, and for years we have noted that children who are blood type A are more susceptible.

As a wave of autism reaches pandemic proportions (one in 94 boys in the US) a great deal of time and effort is going into exploring the causes and potential.

Still, too many researchers are looking off in the wrong direction while major media outlets like CBS, ABC and NBC ignore the fact that natural prevention and treatment of autism is effective and works!
Body Ecology has long championed a natural approach to preventing and treating autism, with excellent success. I firmly believe that we have unlocked the mystery of autism and other disorders on the spectrum like Asperger's, ADD and ADHD, and can successfully and consistently eliminate this epidemic with our knowledge and diet that focuses on the wisdom of our bodies and the inner ecosystem. Blood type provides valuable information about our children that should be more widely understood.

Blood Type A

About six years ago I began working with families and children with autism. Today I have two deep file drawers filled with consultation forms and it is quite easy to see that roughly 8 out of 10 children with autism are blood type A. Blood type researcher Dr. Peter D'Adamo has also noted a marked prevalence of blood type A's with autism.1

Being blood type A myself, I feel keenly attuned to the positive and negative aspects of living inside a body with the most sensitive blood type…one prone to infection and acidity. I find it interesting that many of us who research and teach about health are all blood type A. Dr. Joe Mercola, Sally Fallon, Dr. Peter D'Adamo, Dr Leonard Smith, and Jordin Rubin are all As and may all be familiar names to you

In The Body Ecology Diet book I describe the differences between the blood types, based both on Dr. D'Adamo's research as well as my own.

Here are some general characteristics of blood type A:

  • In general, people with type A blood tend to have more sensitive constitutions and are more prone to diseases. Too much stress, from food, medicine, chemicals, hormones and lifestyle stress, weakens their immunity much more quickly than other blood types.
  • Low stomach acid and digestive problems are more common earlier in life for blood type A's, even from birth.
  • Low stomach acid may not seem like a big deal but it is! When stomach acid (HCL) is low you will not digest proteins well. You will become protein malnourished even if you are eating adequate amounts of protein daily. If you are blood type A take special care when eating animal proteins. Digestive enzymes and fermented foods and drinks are mandatory for type A's to maintain a healthy inner ecosystem.
  • When stomach acid is low cortisol will be elevated. Research shows that protein malnourishment elevates the stress hormone, cortisol. Signs of protein malnourishment in children are poor muscle tone and swollen bellies... a common symptom in autism.

    When cortisol levels remains chronically high it will affect your personality making you feel anxious and more of a perfectionist. You will find it difficult to truly relax and sleep deeply... important for healing.

    Elevated cortisol also depletes your sexual hormones (estrogen, DHEA, progesterone, testosterone) and one will age more quickly. When chronically elevated, cortisol is called, "the death hormone". Unfortunately, this means autistic children are destined to age quickly and are more susceptible to hormone and sleep problems as they age unless this problem is addressed and conquered.

    For more on this important topic be sure to read Low Stomach Acid: The Risks, the Symptoms, and the Solutions.

  • Low Stomach acid means mineral deficiencies. I have come to believe that minerals may be the most essential of all nutrients. They are essential for assimilation of protein. They keep your blood slightly alkaline so that viruses, fungi, bacteria and cancer cells do not grow as easily. Of course, having said this, healthy fats are essential for assimilating minerals so in truth all the nutrients must be included in your diet each day and this is do-able with The Body Ecology Diet.

Knowing the special characteristics of people with blood type A, it becomes easier to understand why autism is more prevalent among this subset of the population. Their blood is more acidic, their immunity is weaker, their body repairs more slowly and their inner ecosystems are more susceptible to imbalances and dysbiosis.

The good news is that The Body Ecology System of Health and Healing is ideally suited to bring the body and the inner ecosystem of blood type A children and adults (and all blood types, for that matter) back into balance.

In my book, I provide special guidelines for healing foods and exercise for blood type A individuals.

The Link: Blood Type A and Autism

While research about the exact cause of autism is mixed, doctors are beginning to acknowledge that environmental agents and infections may play a key role in the health of the young.

Researchers have found that children with autism have inflammation in their brains. Their cytokines, the chemicals produced by the immune system to organize attacks against pathogens, are always switched "on," causing constant inflammation.

Basically, these kids have infections in their brains.

They also have inflammation in their intestines.

They have a fungal infection passed unknowingly from mother to child while in the womb or from the use of antibiotics soon after birth.

It makes sense, then, that blood type A children, who are naturally more sensitive to immunological stresses, are more susceptible to developing autism.

So, whether a child is blood type A or not, immune function is key to preventing and treating the "brain and gut infections" that characterize autism spectrum disorders.

For more on how to prevent and treat autism, read What Every Girl & Woman Needs to Know NOW If She Ever Wants to Have a Baby.

Body Ecology Solutions for Autism Spectrum Disorder

The Natural Autism Solution is a comprehensive approach to healing and preventing autism spectrum disorders, including autism, Asperger's, ADD and ADHD. The Natural Autism Solution also provides prospective parents with all the information they need to help positively impact the health of their children. Learn more about how you can help your child heal today with this TOP-RATED CD.

The Body Ecology System of Health and Healing is uniquely suited to conquering and preventing inflammation and all infections naturally, whether fungal, viral or bacterial, anywhere in your body.

More importantly, the Body Ecology program establishes a healthy inner ecosystem made up of the beneficialmicroflora that live in your intestines and boost your resistance to further infections. In other words we teach you how to build your immune system for all stages of your life - before birth and beyond.

Many parents have already had amazing success using Body Ecology to treat their children with autism. Just read Diane Farr's story.

To address the unique concerns of Autism Spectrum Disorders, be sure to listen to the exclusive audio CDs from Body Ecology called The Natural Autism Solution.

The Natural Autism Solution is a dietary approach to help prevent and overcome:

  • Autism
  • ADD and ADHD
  • Asperger's syndrome
  • Other childhood disorders

I believe that the increase in childhood developmental diseases and disorders is a wake up call for everyone, not just parents. In many ways, our modern lifestyles and modern medicine have brought about amazing changes... and yet, we've also moved far away from Mother Nature and the body's innate healing abilities.

The Body Ecology system of health and healing is about going back to the basics and honoring Nature. It's about looking at the root cause of dis-ease, so that you can heal your body from the inside out.

With a comprehensive holistic approach to autism, children of all blood types can heal infection and live normal lives, free from autism and all other developmental disorders.

Post Categories: Autism

5 Comments

  • elle - there is a family predominance that counts in terms of genetic mapping and evntually thats what creates the genetic chaos to cause the asd features. it has a firm root and ASD as u can see is not a defect, it is just a malfunction or a neuro-circuit thats not working to its most efficient system. it can be worked on if detected early... i wud be willing to share more info if you wish on the same .. yraje@yahoo.com

    Posted on Jul 25 at 6:24 am

  • Dr Peter D'Adamo's work is fascinating, I have researched this area for many years and find him to be absolute spot on with his blood type and more recently his GenoType work. Very Clever man. I think it is wise to include information on your blood type from all the research i have studied it is very convincing. I follow and recommend his work and the result have always be astounding. I have also looked into Donna work and have been very impressed by her work too.

    Posted on Jan 10 at 4:24 am

  • my daughter seems fairly normal she is an A negative blood . here genes have to be A- and O-. i had a hard time believing in dadamo's criteria, but the kid does not like much meat at all . giving her the benifit of my doubts, i decided not to pust the medat eating issue with her . she likes grains and beans , veggies and fruit . i had read that rosemary can be benificial to the add / autistic / hyperactive types ,because i suppose its loaded with antioxidants thereby reducing freeradical build up and toxic damages . we use alot of herbs in cooking now. also soy is said to be medicinal to A bloods , well its just like beans . she loves peanutbutter too . my wife is an AB blood and assimilates well enough to the menue . i'm an o blood ,supposed to be a meat eater , but i eat a very reasonable well balanced diet and take many herbs and minerals . i'm 60 and ppls tell me i look closer to 40 max . HA!HA! i do eat only about 1200 calorie range diet . the kid does well enough in school . she plays 4 instruments and they say this tallent is a sign of good intelligence . many A bloods are compatable with fish for protien but she only likes tuna or salmon . even then its just very small portions . cinnimon is one of her fetishes . oatmeal seems a good choice and i often fix her curried cheese grits as breakfast too . she will take her vitamin D3 and vitamin A cause they are small and east to swallow . green tea she also likes . as you can imagine we are all different and syncronization is challanging .

    Posted on Apr 3 at 12:12 am

  • Unlike Elle I am convinced by Dr. D' Adamo's research. She is quite correct in saying that ABO blood type is not the only factor that determines Autism, ADD, Dyslexia and similar brain development issues. I am Dyslexic and my son, type A, also has a mild form of Dyslexia. Although I am type O, we share similar epigenetic traits, which Dr. D' Adamo has written about.

    A key to seeing the signs of unusual prenatal brain development is to look at the fingerprints. Your fingerprints record evidence of the epigenetic decisions that were being made during the growth of you brain. I see the evidence of my son's mild Dyslexia in his fingerprints. My fingerprints are more extreme and so is my learning disability.

    I would like to see a cooperative group come together to collect data for the use of all. Fingerprints have the potential to be used to screen for many health issues. Forewarning their families gives Autistics, Dyslexics and similar people opportunity to get help earlier.

    Posted on Oct 19 at 10:40 am

  • I am not so convinced about the blood type of the individual ALONE but the family predominance may also play a part. My dad was an A type. But I am AB. All my sons are B blood type and my sons are all borderline ASD, with my last son definite. Their sister is A type. So maybe there is more to this than just the chiuld's blood but the inherited traits from a parent/grandparent who has the type A - perhaps this is how we can follow the path in genetics. Could this mean although my daugther may not be ASD, she may carry the gene via her blood type? Could it go male-female-male (like some inherited baldness patterns!) via the genes. Hmmmm.....

    Posted on Oct 9 at 9:24 pm

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