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December 29, 2013

WHOLE FAMILY: Sqeemish about blood? Oh-postive well

I should start by noting I’m just beginning to dabble in this information myself. And I’m operating on some hunches, second-hand endorsements and a loosely formed theory or two.

I’m talking about blood types and how they might or might not relate to what we eat, how we exercise, maybe even how we sleep, reproduce, lactate or handle stress. In short, what do blood types tell us about ourselves? Anything? Can we modify our lives to better suit our blood types? Should we?

Since there is nothing new under the sun, of course others — far smarter others — have thought about blood types and their relation to human health, personality, even socialization. A quick Internet search finds some of the following conclusions, many unproven:

• Type Os are confident, strong-willed and judgmental.

• Type As are obedient, careful and sympathetic.

• Type Bs are cheerful, outgoing and optimistic.

• Type ABs are sensitive, proud and diplomatic.

• Some of the best-selling books in Japan in the past five years have been about blood types and personalities.

• Blood types proved, at times, to be integral in Nazi Germany as Adolf Hitler sought to preserve German-only blood and weed out races deemed inferior.

• Queen Elizabeth II, like me, has type O blood; Mick Jagger is an AB.

• Some people strongly consider blood type when considering a mate.

• Some suggest you can consider finding the exercise regimen that’s right for you based on your blood type. ABs, for example, would do well with a morning Yoga routine, while Os lean more toward vigorous, athletic-type exercise.

• Korean movie “My Boyfriend is Type B” was popular in some Asian cultures when it came out in 2005. In the movie, the boyfriend is portrayed as a playboy and a jerk and is destined, according to some theories about blood type and personality, to be incompatible with the blood-type-A girl.

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