Quoted from sierradawnI started a thread on the BTD on a Diabetes Forum board and the following question was asked:
"Can you cite a reference to a paper in a refereed journal which shows that (as just one example) beef clumps one type of erythrocytes but not another? It has always been my understanding that if your erythrocytes agglutinate you are probably dead, one way or another.
Where was the work done?"
Can anyone help me effectively answer this question? There is a lot of skepticism about the BTD.
Quoted from KimonoKat...So tell these idiots that plant agglutins have been known for over 100 years.
Quoted from KimonoKatUnderstand, that you will be tilting at a windmill discussing the BTD on any internet forums. They will dig up all kinds of negative press on the BTD. All kinds of negative reviews by people who don't know squat about blood type, or human polymorphisms.
Quoted from sierradawnThank you all for your help! That was perfect. I like a good debate, anyway, haha.
Quoted from Edna
Seriously, though, sierradawn, kk is so correct: be careful about getting into a debate on internet forums re the BTD because some of the anti-BTD contingent are not interested in a "good debate" as you put it (I love a good debate, too--a nice, good, substantive, civil/respectful one), but are instead only interested in...how to put this? Did you ever see David Letterman go on one of his sprees where he crushes stuff with a steamroller? Well, if you were a Twinkie and the anti-BTD contingent were the steamroller, that is about as fair, substantive, civil, and intelligent of a debate as you are going to get out of 'em, so just know that going in. I have found that it ain't worth the aggro. Like you said, I love a good debate, but it has to be with people who are respectful/civil, and who are also interested in really discussing the issue, not in simply attacking. So unless you are up for the steamroller treatment, I'm with kk in suggesting, basically, don't cast your pearls before swine.
Quoted from sierradawnThe good thing for me was to learn how to deal with people like that and to become a better debater.
Quoted from Edna
So my point was not exactly not to engage in debate--I'm all about debating, wu HUUU *lol*!--but just to be aware that often on the net, there are those just h*ll-bent on attacking and being "right" and, if you come across that sort, opting out altogether is what I've personally found to be the healthiest choice for me. A person from back on the old board here, who was a mod, once suggested something to me and I really have found that I've taken this to heart and I apply it so often on the net and also "IRL" sometimes: "Sometimes the best response is no response." Because the thing is, if someone really attacks you, just letting that attack speak for itself and choosing to be a class act and not get down into the mud with the person shows what kind of person they are and what kind of person you are, ya know?
I've kind of learned a lot from being on the net, that applies not just to the net! For me, sometimes the best response indeed is no response, if the other person is just being a plain old weenieb*tt. Weenieb*ttness really speaks for itself and doesn't need a rebuttal.
Quoted from sierradawnOf course he took the things I said out of context...
Quoted from sierradawnYour weenieb*tt word made me crack up!! Love it!
Quoted from VictoriaAnd many of us are noticing that the years seem to be melting away and we're looking younger.