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December 29, 2013

WHOLE FAMILY: Sqeemish about blood? Oh-postive well

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You can watch this “attack” — called “hemolysis” or breakdown of the blood cell — at home on a $10-$15 blood-typing kit you can pick up at some drug stores or buy online. With a fairly painless finger stick, you can find out in minutes your blood type and enjoy the show of watching antibodies attack.

I plan to type my whole family — homeschool science, we’ll call it — as I work on a health plan for each of my children. They’ll probably freak out about the finger stick.

As I dig in to this subject — being mostly curious how blood types affect us and how we might interplay with what we learn about them — I plan to read this book: “Eat Right 4 Your Type” by Dr. Peter D. D’Adamo. Nearly 4 million copies have been printed, so I’m definitely not the first to think about it.

And I do not plan to go off on some tangent, as I’m convinced no magic answers to health questions exist in the tangents, but I’m curious to see what others have discovered and if those discoveries might be useful in helping people develop health plans.

Personally, I fit many of the O-positive stereotypes and learned the long way how I have to eat to be lean and fit, for example. Dr. D’Adamo’s works seems to echo my own amateur findings about my blood type.

(Oh, hey: If you see me and see that I am not, yet, lean and fit, remember that knowing what to do and doing it are two different things.)

Off to order the book and the kits and get out the Band-Aids. I’m telling ya, they’re going to freak out about the finger sticks but Oh-positive well. For science’s and health’s sakes.

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Last weekend (July 12) the Goshen Parks Department held its Kid’s Try-athlon to promote childhood fitness and this week (July 18) the new bicycle trail is open to the fairgrounds in Goshen, offering residents a healthy way to get to the annual agriculture exposition. Have you joined the local fitness movement?

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