Gatherer; Jungian type iNfj; BTD/GTD aficionado Kyosha Nim
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Quoted from Ronagon
The whole "secretor" thing, as I understand it, is like whether or not a given dog is the type that sheds.
Most dogs shed their fur. And, in just this fashion, most people (~85%) "shed" their blood type antigen off into their bodily fluids, in the specialized regions where secretions usually take place: the mouth saliva, the gut mucus, the sexual fluids. In most people, these body secretions also contain their blood type antigen molecule. These people are the "secretors".
But, just as there are a small percentage of dog breeds which do not shed, there is also a small percentage of people (~15%) who do not shed their antigen into their secretions. These are the "nonsecretors".
From what I understand, this ability to secrete is a lot like laying mines on a field or in an ocean: it destroys the enemy for you without your having to be there and work so hard... the floating antigen pre-emptively "binds out" the incoming nasties that would otherwise bind to your body's own blood type antigens, as they would normally be strictly adhered to the cell surfaces only if there was no secretion. Once this binding happens, it just causes everything to gum up and throw off your whole smooth functioning, energy, and metabolism. In general, you'd feel like, well, c**p.
But, for people who do not secrete, their immune cells have to actually expend the extra energy to meet the enemy head-on. And, while it seems like this second way might purely represent a disadvantage, I imagine that it might allow for a much more accurate immune response.
Anyhow, I hope that helps.
Ron-O-Non: That was right up there as a contender for Best Post Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
"If you are on one of Dr. D's diets and it isn't joyful, you aren't doing it right." - moi -
For smoothies, I start with a base of FROZEN chopped bananas, and water. Frozen bananas are nice and cold so you don't have to add ice cubes; plus they make a sweet, somewhat thick liquid when blended with water, which I find is somewhat milk-like.
I always have frozen bananas in the fridge. (Well, except for right now: my middle child is on a smoothie kick lately, so I have to go restock.) Anytime I'm at the grocery store, no matter what I originally went in there for, I always check the produce aisles for those bags of spotty bananas they like to get rid of for cheap. One small bag for 99 cents yields me 2 gallon-sized freezer bags full of banana chunks. I lay the bags flat in the freezer and if there's time, about an hour or so later, before they're frozen solid, I'll pull out the bags and break up the banana chunks into smaller bits - easier for blending.
Really, frozen banana chunks are a marvelous thing. At least for me.