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Posted by: Hassanna, Saturday, April 20, 2013, 6:51am
I've been trying to gather as much information as I can on how to explain the importance of secretor status to various people I work with.  I've listened to a few lectures (and read about it in the eat right book) that have explained the simplified concept of what a secretor vs. non-secretor is.    

What I am stuck on, is why it makes a difference in our diets.  I've had 4 people take the secretor test, so as to provide a more thorough SWAMI outcome.  3 out of the 4 were non-secretors!!!  

So now I'm a little stuck on trying to explain to them why is was good that we took the secretor test, and in what ways it changed their diet outcomes.

Any information would be helpful!

Thank you in advance.
Posted by: Hassanna, Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8:49am; Reply: 1
Example: How will I explain to my brother in-law who is a Type O Hunter non-secretor, that avocados went from complete avoid, to now being a Superfood with the diamond?
Posted by: RedLilac, Sunday, April 21, 2013, 1:39pm; Reply: 2
Even though 20% of population is non-secretors we account for 80% of people with certain diseases or conditions.  Since we are prone or susceptible to certain illnesses, we have different dietary requirements.

My son (B+) & I (B-) started out on the same BTD.  Then when we had our secretor status known our diets varied slightly (son sec & me non).  When we did the taster test (son reg, me super) it led to him being Nomad & me Explorer.  I further tailored my diet with Swami.

Knowledge is power but only when you know what to do with it.
Posted by: Lloyd, Sunday, April 21, 2013, 1:45pm; Reply: 3
Quoted from Hassanna
Example: How will I explain to my brother in-law who is a Type O Hunter non-secretor, that avocados went from complete avoid, to now being a Superfood with the diamond?

Avocado, like all foods, has both positive and negative features for health.

The benefit from cavity (tooth) prevention/reduction of avocado is useful for non-secretors in controlling certain bacteria that are less prolific in those who secrete. There should be a better explanation on site available via search.

All foods are evaluated by the criteria of the person they are being evaluated for. Secretor status adds a variable, as does blood type and so on.
Posted by: Chloe, Sunday, April 21, 2013, 7:28pm; Reply: 4
Posted by: Hassanna, Sunday, April 21, 2013, 9:14pm; Reply: 5
Thank you LLoyd for that bit of information on avocados!

Chloe - Those links were great!  

I'm totally hungry for as much knowledge as I can get.  I'm a visual person as well, so I was trying to picture in my mind's eye what was occurring on a molecular level.  Like, how were the lectins attaching differently, does the attachment site change shape as non-secretor, and so on.....

I really appreciate any and all responses!  Thank you!
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Sunday, April 21, 2013, 9:44pm; Reply: 6
I think of these things in a less scientific way. I don't know if this is quite the answer you're looking for, but my reasoning may resonate with some of the people who ask you about it.

I'm not sure if secretor status is really a defining factor in needing a different diet, or more of a marker- something else in our bodies causes us to both need different foods AND keeps us from secreting blood type antigens in our saliva.

I'm an O nonnie. I'm biochemically different from somebody with type B blood, and I'm biochemically different from an O secretor- but the differences may be a bit more subtle. I'm not sure I can fully understand why blood type even matters so much for dietary choices-  but I do know that blood type is an important marker; something easy to test for that helps us identify the right foods for each person. Secretor status is a bit more difficult to obtain than blood type, but is another way to fine-tune the diets.

The more we know about our bodies, the more we can personalize the diets ,and the healthier we can be.
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