Blood group astrology - why the AB0 blood groups do not determine the human character nor the appropriate nutrition

  • Martina Gajšek Grbec Transfusion center General hospital Celje Oblakova ulica 5 3000 Celje Slovenia
  • Marija Pfeifer Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic diseases, University medical center Ljubljana Zaloška 7 1525 Ljubljana Slovenia
  • Primož Rožman Blood Transfusion Center of Slovenia Šlajmerjeva 6 1000 Ljubljana Slovenia
Keywords: ABO antigens, Lewis blood group, lectins, secretor status, nutrition

Abstract

AB0 blood groups are inherited markers on blood cells. Since their discovery, there were numerous attempts to be attributed a wide variety of biological functions they don’t possess. The purpose of this article is primarily to inform the professional, as well as lay public that the theory of healthy nutrition based on AB0 blood groups represents nothing more than a pseudoscience used for mass exploitation and commercial purposes. ABO blood groups were attributed such characteristics by naturopathic doctor Peter D'Adamo, who on the basis of false methods and erroneous assumptions wrote a bestseller "Eat Right For Your Type". It claims that the blood groupsAB0 represent a "key to the functioning of our immune system" and that the blood group based diet represents a “key to the health of every man”. As in the case of nutrition based on the ABO blood groups, the scientific knowledge in the field of immunohematology is misused to mislead the lay public, we are obliged to explain the real meaning and the role of blood groups in health and disease, the misuse of blood groups in relation to healthy nutrition.

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Author Biographies

Martina Gajšek Grbec, Transfusion center General hospital Celje Oblakova ulica 5 3000 Celje Slovenia

Transfusion center

General hospital Celje

Marija Pfeifer, Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic diseases, University medical center Ljubljana Zaloška 7 1525 Ljubljana Slovenia

Department of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolic diseases,
University medical center Ljubljana

Profesor at the Medical Faculty , University of Ljubljana

Primož Rožman, Blood Transfusion Center of Slovenia Šlajmerjeva 6 1000 Ljubljana Slovenia

Blood Transfusion Centre of Slovenia

The Head of Department of Immunohaematology

Profesor at the Medical Faculty , University of Ljubljana

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Published
2016-03-23
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Gajšek Grbec M, Pfeifer M, Rožman P. Blood group astrology - why the AB0 blood groups do not determine the human character nor the appropriate nutrition. ZdravVestn [Internet]. 23Mar.2016 [cited 23Aug.2019];85(2). Available from: https://vestnik.szd.si/index.php/ZdravVest/article/view/1316
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