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shells
Saturday, November 26, 2011, 2:21am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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As a whole group, I wouldn't think that stress would be at the top of the issues list for Explorers.  With our thinking outside the box, doing it our way does in my opinion make us pretty good problem solvers.     

Reacting to chemicals, drugs and even too much of a good food can throw me off.  I even have to watch supplements and especially herbs      Guess it's the liver doing it his/her way  

Anybody else like this?

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Andrew
Saturday, November 26, 2011, 2:46am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Quoted from shells
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Reacting to chemicals, drugs and even too much of a good food can throw me off.  I even have to watch supplements and especially herbs      Guess it's the liver doing it his/her way  

Anybody else like this?



That seems to be one of the defining characteristics of the Explorer. The quote below is from Dr D's Metabolic profile of the Explorer (the bold is my emphasis):

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Caffeine sensitivity is a hallmark of Explorers because they are almost always what geneticists call 'Slow Acetylators'-- a fancy way of saying drugs spend a long time in their livers, going round and round, when they should just get processed and eliminated. Like a man who shakes his fist at the bicycle in the road that just missed hitting him –and totally ignores the bus heading his way, the liver of the Explorer GenoType will often overreact to small levels of toxins, to the point that it lets larger amounts of toxins pass by without doing anything about them.


This describes me quite well.

Andrew


Lefty! Environmental Allergies (Mold, Grasses, Trees, Weeds especially ragweed), Food Intolerance (Gluten and Dairy)
(Y-Chrom R1b1 M343) (Father's mtChrom A)

Exploring a new, epigenetic, frontier - one meal at a time!
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Andrew
Saturday, November 26, 2011, 2:59am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Seraffa

... Now if you're 44% explorer, what is your other combination?...............



My understanding is that the individual's responses to the Swami questions provided a match to 44% of the ideal Explorer. The responses were also matched to all of the other genotypes and the % match for each response was less than the 44% given for the Explorer type.

Thus 56% of the responses did not match the ideal Explorer.

An interesting question would be: Are there any 100% genotype matches? (Or is the human race just a bit too individual for that?)

My 2 pennies.

Andrew


Lefty! Environmental Allergies (Mold, Grasses, Trees, Weeds especially ragweed), Food Intolerance (Gluten and Dairy)
(Y-Chrom R1b1 M343) (Father's mtChrom A)

Exploring a new, epigenetic, frontier - one meal at a time!
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Amazone I.
Saturday, November 26, 2011, 4:21pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

Rh+ GT 4...E/..INTJ ....prop.=non-taster..
Kyosha Nim
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that's a fine description of myselve   but I think there are other gt's who are playing with me.... nomad...warrior and teacher... so I am devided in 4 groups   


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shells
Sunday, November 27, 2011, 1:15am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Maybe you are just well balanced??      
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Beachgirl
Sunday, November 27, 2011, 7:25am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Quoted from Seraffa

Now if you're 44% explorer, what is your other combination?.....


Everyone pretty much answered this one...it's just the percentage SWAMI gave me... if I change my leg gap from neutral to andric, I become 45% Hunter.  I think it's because I not only have allergies & asthma along with all the medicine & caffeine sensitivities, I have heart disease on my maternal grand parents' side & diabetes on my maternal gps' side, plus a small frame & visible tendons.  So, I'm somewhere in the the middle of being mostly Explorer/ Hunter because of my reactivity....  I think the highest I've seen percentage wise on the boards is in the 60% range...I don't think anyone matches any genotype 100%.

Oh, and I can totally relate to the delayed stress reaction... I can get through a stressful situation, but then it can sometimes hit me several weeks later once things have calmed down again.  I was told it's because your body gets used to the "fight or flight" response, that it continues to dump adrenaline into your bloodstream even after the stressor has passed.  It's especially common if you've spent extended periods of time in stressful situations; your body "forgets" how to turn the adrenaline off.  I've been trying to fix this for years & will have long periods of relative calm & then feel all keyed up out of the blue.  Exercise helps, as does journaling & relaxation yoga...


Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again!
Goal weight acheived!!  Woo Hoo!!!!
DH of 18 yrs. O+, DS 17yo O, DS 5yo O, not sure on the boys' RH status.

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Sunday, November 27, 2011, 3:14pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Ee Dan
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Quoted from Beachgirl


Everyone pretty much answered this one...it's just the percentage SWAMI gave me... if I change my leg gap from neutral to andric, I become 45% Hunter.  I think it's because I not only have allergies & asthma along with all the medicine & caffeine sensitivities, I have heart disease on my maternal grand parents' side & diabetes on my maternal gps' side, plus a small frame & visible tendons.  So, I'm somewhere in the the middle of being mostly Explorer/ Hunter because of my reactivity....  I think the highest I've seen percentage wise on the boards is in the 60% range...I don't think anyone matches any genotype 100%.

Oh, and I can totally relate to the delayed stress reaction... I can get through a stressful situation, but then it can sometimes hit me several weeks later once things have calmed down again.  I was told it's because your body gets used to the "fight or flight" response, that it continues to dump adrenaline into your bloodstream even after the stressor has passed.  It's especially common if you've spent extended periods of time in stressful situations; your body "forgets" how to turn the adrenaline off.  I've been trying to fix this for years & will have long periods of relative calm & then feel all keyed up out of the blue.  Exercise helps, as does journaling & relaxation yoga...


After a huge adrenal burnout, coupled with candida, I was literally forced to quit work. It was either that or lights out I realized. Having rebuilt my health I have a very different outlook on stressors when they come to visit me. I very consciously mentally and emotionally 'walk away' and refuse to engage them. It is not fun to see loved ones 'hit the wall' in their life experiences, but for some that is how they choose to go and we must respect their right to choose. I pray for them, observe them go through life with the choices they've made, and when need be, look the other way. I have compassion for them and am here if they need me. For me, this is a recipe for a sane life!

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Easy E
Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:30pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Ee Dan
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Quoted from shells
As a whole group, I wouldn't think that stress would be at the top of the issues list for Explorers.  With our thinking outside the box, doing it our way does in my opinion make us pretty good problem solvers.     

Reacting to chemicals, drugs and even too much of a good food can throw me off.  I even have to watch supplements and especially herbs      Guess it's the liver doing it his/her way  

Anybody else like this?



I am like this.  You should start with a very small amount and gradually build up.  Sometimes, for me anyway, a fraction of the recommended dosage of a supp or herb helps me and taking the whole dose feels like too much.

For me it was amazing to discover how even little things i would eat or drink really effected my overall state of wellbeing.  

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Monday, November 28, 2011, 10:31pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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i can eat mozzarella cheese, i was loving it and then realised 100g contains 20g of fat :0 what have i done
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 3:12am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Quoted from l'ordinateur
i can eat mozzarella cheese, i was loving it and then realised 100g contains 20g of fat :0 what have i done

Fat probably isn't the worst thing you could overindulge in...  If you were really liking it, you probably needed something that was in the cheese.  It may have been the fat or some other nutrient(s)...


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Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 4:27pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I like to eat my neutral parmesan and beneficial mozarella more as a condiment on my salads or cooked veggies.
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Bekki Shining Bearheart
Thursday, December 22, 2011, 7:14pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I agree that as an O I am pretty sure I don't have cortisol issues... I used to have a lot of anger issues and that's what I identify with as an O Explorer-- TCM associates liver (meridian) with anger, and that fits for me... also I believe my reproductive issues were liver based. (fibroids etc)
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Spring
Thursday, December 22, 2011, 7:46pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Wow. Winding down is a major, major problem for me sometimes, especially if the stress has been going on for a long time. I am in that state right now from a huge job I undertook over a year ago and finally finished this week. The "wind down" seems almost as bad as doing the job!!  


"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -- Benjamin Franklin
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O in Virginia
Friday, December 23, 2011, 12:31am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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Yes, the longer the duration of stress, the longer it takes to wind down from it.  It can take a long time to even become aware of HOW stressed I was, and I can only then begin to let it go and wind down to "normal".  The older I get the less willing I am to get myself worked up into a high stress level of any duration.  It's not worth it to me.  The effects become increasingly devastating mentally/emotionally/physically.  But we don't always have that choice.  
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Friday, December 23, 2011, 5:01am Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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You described it all very well, O in Va. I'm 69, and I definitely can tell a lot of difference now in the way stress bothers me, and the way I felt at 60. Nobody believes I'm that old though. I have a sister who is eighty now and she looks no more than sixty. In fact, I've seen a lot of sixty year olds who look several years older than she does and not nearly as energetic. She still has naturally black hair. And I must add that she has been on various diets of Dr. D's for as long as I have.


"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -- Benjamin Franklin
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Friday, December 23, 2011, 3:49pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I had a job that was very stressful and i would go whole nights without sleeping, and would not feel tired.  I went to work out and walked like twice as far on the treadmill as usual in that period, and was not tired at all (i did not get to work out much at that point).  I walked two plus hours on the tread mill!  My mind was stuck on "on."

I got this way one other time, when i was a senior in high school trying to make all A's and had a girlfriend my mom did not like (we fought daily then, and she is a hunter, so she usually would catch me sneaking out!)  My energy levels began to drop, i could not run fast like i did.  When the problems resolved, my energy returned strong and i could run easily again.

Now i work back at my old company in a position that suits me well and it is a great place to work at.  I sleep well every night.  Had i stayed there, i would eventually have had a "burn out" probably, but i think i experience burnout in my own unique explorer way.  My early burn out is a manic type of state.  
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Since I have been on first one diet then the other for several years, Cortiguard wipes me out if I take it now. I assume from this that I don't need it anymore.


"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -- Benjamin Franklin
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SBGGJRP
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It is so good to finally find people who have similar physical and health profiles. My fellow Explorers!
I have had abnormal reactions to vitamins, supplements, medications, foods, beverages, herbs, etc for a lifetime. And as a "taster" I detect things in food that other people are oblivious to----particularly bitterness.

And  finally I have some answers as to why the medical protocols I have been using for the past 3 years just never achieved the right results---as so many "normal" people with my health issue have tried these same protocols and healed easily and quickly. To find out that this is because I am an Explorer is a relief.

Does anyont here have intense physical reactions to seemingly "healthful", innocent foods? When I ingest even trace amounts of flax, I develop large, egg-sized itchy lumps on my feet, ankles and lower legs! (I can't even eat food that has been processed on the same equipment as flax. But now I know that is because flax is toxic for Explorers!)
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Spring
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When I ingest even trace amounts of flax, I develop large, egg-sized itchy lumps on my feet, ankles and lower legs! (I can't even eat food that has been processed on the same equipment as flax. But now I know that is because flax is toxic for Explorers!)[/quote]

SBGGJRP, this just shows again how personalized SWAMI is because flax oil is a diamond for me and flax seed is a neutral. I eat flax seed and take flax oil every day. I don't eat a lot of flax seed, though, simply because it is a neutral in SWAMI, not because I've ever noticed any problems with it. If I ever notice any lumps, though, I will remember your post! On the other hand, chamomile tea is supposed to be a super beverage for me and it makes my stomach hurt like crazy along with other symptoms. So what I wonder is - will my body eventually catch up with SWAMI and the chamomile, or am I simply going to have to avoid it from now on? I used to be able to enjoy it, and it was very beneficial to me, but not any more.   It would be great to be able to enjoy it again!


"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -- Benjamin Franklin
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Quoted from l'ordinateur
i can eat mozzarella cheese, i was loving it and then realised 100g contains 20g of fat :0 what have i done


I eat part skim mozzarella and it only has 16 grams of fat in 100 grams. My serving size is usually around 1.5 ounces or less which has about 7.5 grams or less of fat. Since I get very little fat in the other things I eat except my beneficial oils, I don't worry about it. I LOVE cheese!! But NOT unless I'm taking lactase with it!


"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -- Benjamin Franklin
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I am an Explorer and get flax as a neutral. I can eat some if it's mixed into a pancake etc...but on it's own, no matter how much water I drink...it plugs me up!

The other night I had a cup of peppermint - ginger tea from a company that I used to purchase and I was writhing in pain trying to keep a smile on my face as we had company. Even the next day, I felt pretty sore. And I get peppermint as a beneficial. I love SWAMI but sometimes even some of the recommendations I find out through trial and error are not for me.
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Interesting, SBGGJRP.  Both flax seeds and oil are neutrals for me, and flax seed is Genoharmonic with apples and blueberries for removing AGE.


My SWAMI diet is a blend of BTD and GTD Explorer, but I'm not totally compliant.  Also I try to choose foods that have a Low Glycemic index.  DW and DD are A+, probably also Explorer.
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Monday, January 16, 2012, 6:35pm Report to Moderator Report to Moderator

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I have my ground flax seed mixed in with my fruit, chia seed, hemp seed, a little soy yogurt and enough soy milk to add sufficient moisture to soak everything pretty well. Delish!


"We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid." -- Benjamin Franklin
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Shells: When I read about the woman in the GT book under Explorer who was a "canary in a coal mine", I immidiately identified with her. I have been saying that about myself for many years because of my extreme sensitivity to chemicals and smells. I can smell things way before anyone else can and when I say something, they say "I don't smell anything." I can't be around anything that has an odor, and only use odorless products, or I get headaches and sinus trouble. I cover my nose and speed through the store aisles if exposed to perfumes, detergents, dyes, sprays, etc. Cigarette smells give my migraines, even on someone's clothes. I can't even tolerate the smell of the cholorine in our tap water.I also have to be very careful with herbs (and meds), as well as other inhalents (like cats, molds, pollens, and chicken feathers) and many, many foods. My liver was inflamed for a while when I took statins but I quit, and the milk thistle has cleared that uup.
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Regarding flax....when I mentioned that it is toxic for Explorers, I should have been more specific. For an Explorer, Type O+, non-secretor (according to SWAMI), flax is toxic. It is true that SWAMI can be so individualized and specific.
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