This is a little rant inspired by a comment that Peppermint Twist made on the thread belowhttp://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-rost/m-1257531698/s-all/
Warning: Do not
read this post if you need to feel good
about being a non-secretor!
Maybe my fellow nonnies will grok (i.e., "get") this, because I was thinking about this AS I was freaking out about the adenosine, anticipating the worst: I think nonnies are always sure they are going to have the opposite reaction to things than most people have, and/or they are going to be the one in a million who has a heart attack or WHATEVER "they" tell you is the worst that could possibly happen. Because we usually do react differently to drugs than your garden variety secretors do, we really do.
The standard message of the secretor test might just as well read:(in the officious manner of John Cleese)
"Non-secretor: You have increased
susceptibility to a number of dangerous or degenerating pathologies which, although they have nothing to do with each other, come from keeping your immune defence deep
inside your body. Moderate alcohol use will help reduce the genetically heightened risk of heart attack. If you are not driving, or going to operate heavy or dangerous machinary, and have no moral scruples about doing so, you should pour yourself a stiff one right about now
Reading the list of possible side effects, that is required by U.S. law, is likely to raise the blood pressure of sane non-secretors, who have received their secretor test back and have sufficient literacy in the appropriate medical terminology required.
Hmm, let see. "Ichy nose, sudden rash, upset stomach, racing pulse, instant death."
Now, since this is a collection of all the symptoms that have occurred to a sample of all people who have taken this medication in the past, which symptoms go with which genetic profile? You know that no one will get all
the symptoms, and that it is likely that no one will have none.
Upset stomach - inflammation probably due to the processing by-products in the medication activated only in stomachs with high acidity: Type O
Sudden rash - the active ingredient is also trashing the nitrous oxide distribution a soon as it has done it's job in the alimentary tract, causing immune "irregularities": Type B
Racing pulse - some other by-product mimics cortisol, making you heart unexpectedly busy: Type A
Itchy nose - a weird diffusion of two of the above reactions leads only to an itchy nose Type AB
These were just the side effects of the secretors! What does that leave all the non-secretors? Hmmm?
Any Allopathic student, who wandered onto this board and read this post, would mistakenly think that all non-secretors are hypochondriacs. The sarcastic and pessimistic answer to this is "No, only the old
to be hypochondriacs."
This is what polymorphic health care is about - taking some of the "unknown" out of the equation. So we don't have to play side-effect roulette! Genetically different people with the same issue can actually have different pathologies. /rant