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Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006
Weddings, blood type and NHK
By ANGELA JEFFS
Some advice has come in for the American-Jewish reader who wanted to marry a non-Jewish girl here in Japan but was finding it near impossible unless she convert.
A reader writes: "Tell him to check out the JCC in Hong Kong and ask to speak with Rabbi Michael. A very nice and open man, he might be willing to do the ceremony."
And as previously suggested: "I think the Yokosuka Naval Base should be contacted too. They have a phone number posted on the Net."
John, recently arrived in Japan, is baffled. "What is this thing about blood in this country? People are always asking me what blood type I am, and I have no idea. Do I need to know? Why is it so important?"
It seems that blood types have been a hot topic in Japan since around 1920, with the introduction of mainstream western medical practices like blood transfusions. Now dating services inform prospective partners of each-others' antigens, and there was once a TV sitcom called "I am Type O." Political candidates advertise their blood type. Even condoms are sold here by blood type; apparently they come packaged with little cards advertising which types make for red-blooded romantics. More recently, there has been a lot of discussion in the medical profession and among dieticians about the link between blood type and diet.
I am Type O, which dates from Cro-Magnan, when humans largely survived by hunting and eating meat. This is interesting to me, because most of my life -- struggling to be vegetarian -- my stomach has been in a state of ongoing rebellion against a diet of predominantly grains and pulses, with arthritis finally kicking in.
No, I haven't started eating meat, but I am certainly offering my body a gentler diet to digest, and life seems a lot easier.
A strong believer in the importance of blood types and diet and their connection with various ailments, author Peter J. d'Adamo has several books in print on the subject, "The Eat Right Diet," for example. Amazon has a full list.
Kind of on the same subject, J.D. recently moved from Canada to Fukuoka and is planning to stay for at least 18 months.
"I have many allergies (gluten, dairy, eggs, mold, perfume, cigarettes, etc.) and I'm wondering if there are any allergy treatments available here in Japan that are unknown in North America."
He wonders if some of our readers can help: "Are you aware of any treatments? It doesn't matter how outlandish they may sound."
In the meantime, I suggest J.D. calls Daniel Babu in Tokyo. Daniel is a nutritionist and dietician. Diagnosis is somewhat unorthodox, but his treatments -- often tea based on herbs -- work wonders. He can be contacted on (03) 3950-0503.
To the reader who asks if there is any way he can eliminate NHK channels from his TV ("I never watch any of their programs so why should I have to pay?"), I can only say sorry, but no.
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