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Plant based diet study debunks eating for your blood type for weight loss, health

You may have read that it's important to eat certain foods based on your blood type. Depending on whether your blood type is O, A, B or AB, proponents of the blood type diet say there are foods to eat and foods to avoid for optimal health and a longer life.  Can eating certain foods based on blood type really help you live longer? The blood type diet was first introduced in 1996 by a naturopathic physician, Peter D'Adamo who alleges that even the spices you put on your food could contribute to better health and should be individualized for your specific blood type.  The theory is that certain foods and even the type of exercise you do should be individualized.  For instance, if you have type O blood you should eat plenty of meat and fish protein, vegetables and fruits but stay away from legumes - at least so the dietary guidelines say.  Recommendations for weight loss include avoiding dairy, corn and wheat and filling up on red meat, broccoli, spinach and olive oil.  Type A ind

Exercise for fibromyalgia: Does it help or harm?

Exercising when you have fibromyalgia is extremely difficult. But new research shows genuine benefits for treating the condition. The finding also shows exercise will not worsen pain from fibromyalgia, which hopefully will ease patient fears. The research comes from a Wake Forest Baptist investigation and is published in the journal Arthritis Care & Research. Dennis Ang, MD who authored the study said light to moderate exercise can improve pain, fatigue and difficulty sleeping that is associated with fibromyalgia .  He explains people with the condition start to exercise for a week or two. When they start hurting they blame it on exercise, so they stop. The hope is that the study will allay fears about exercising for patients with the disease.  The study Ang enrolled 170 volunteers for the 36-week study to investigate the effect of light jogging or brisk walking on fibromyalgia. Participants' walked or jogged 20-minutes a day.  Physical activit