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Why hello world, sorry it's been a while. One crazy busy summer and now fall arrives just as crazy.
I've been reading more about celiac disease and lectins. A veterinarian and fellow celiac sufferer has written some interesting things about it (www.dogtorj.com). Some may read it and think some of his ideas are crazy, but remember when it was crazy to think ulcers could be caused by a bacteria? I read it with an open mind, and with my O perspective on things, find him to be right on about the Glue Foods. Those are foods you can make glue out of: gluten, casein (milk), corn and soy. They all can coat the cells lining the intestines and wreak similar havoc. They are all strong lectin-containing foods, so that makes complete sense. Of course, Os may be the only type that is not allowed any of them on BTD (O non-secretors especially) as we have the markers on our cells that all those foods love to glom onto. Most of them are not superfoods for any type, except soy for As. So, like almost all research and medical ideas out there, it doesn't take blood type differences into account, and we are fortunate to have that filter to put these ideas through. It may not be at all necessary for all celiacs to avoid all four foods, but it is certainly necessary for me to. (Funny how once an average person realizes a food is terrible for them, they always project that on everybody, when it, thankfully, is not always the case, or else nobody would have anything to eat!)
I think his findings and theories, combined with BTD knowledge, are a great explanation and solution for refractory celiac disease: diagnosed celiacs that do not improve on the gluten free diet. Celiacs are very lectin sensitive, due to the susceptabilities and immune reactions in a damaged small intestine, so it makes sense that any of those super-lectins could wreak similar harm as gluten does.
I found going on the blood type diet to make a much bigger difference in my health than going gluten free. I wish I had gone gluten free sooner, but following BTD guidelines is what makes me most healthy. (Taking away a food can make one less sick, but knowing what foods to eat is what makes one well, to paraphrase my favorite quote by Dr. D.)
I must recommend Intrinsa for all celiacs at this point...I love what it has done for me as far as my leaky gut and multiple reactions to foods. Of course, there are other essentials that I love for digestive health, like polyflora, deflect, live cell, mannose, quercetin and I could go on, but Intrinsa has been very good to me.