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Posted by: Alien Cat, Monday, October 4, 2010, 2:47am
I want to know my secretor status but I can't afford to purchase the kit.  Is there any other way to know?  
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, October 4, 2010, 3:00am; Reply: 1
Roll a die. Heads, secretor, tails, non-secretor. ;)

Seriously, there are certain blood tests that you may be able to convince your doctor to order and your insurance to pay for- others will chime in with the details.

Another option is to give the non-secretor diet a try, and see how you respond to it. I personally avoided all the non-secretor avoids and the secretor avoids for the first few months I was on BTD, until I did some healing and I was ready to test my reaction to potentially problematic foods.
Posted by: DenverFoodie, Monday, October 4, 2010, 4:03am; Reply: 2
Roughly 80% of all BT's are secretors and 20% are nonnies.  

You might be a nonnie if:  You have problematic teeth.  :-/
Posted by: Captain_Janeway, Monday, October 4, 2010, 4:54am; Reply: 3
Quoted from Alien Cat
I want to know my secretor status but I can't afford to purchase the kit.  Is there any other way to know?  


If you are a regular blood donor or if you have been a regular blood donor, then the donor center may have already performed this test aka the Lewis blood group phenotype. You can ask them for any or all the different blood typing tests they have already performed on your previous blood donations.

If they have not performed this test, then you could request the test yourself. You will have to pay for the Lewis blood group phenotype test. But in the meantime you might be asked why you want the test, and you could tell them you want to know your ABH (O) secretor status for a special project or  something of that nature. It is worth a try anyway and a blood donor center may be less of a hassle in terms of having to have a doctors written orders for the test and may even be slightly cheaper than a hospital  or private reference laboratory blood bank.
Posted by: Goldie, Thursday, October 7, 2010, 2:55am; Reply: 4
I would make it simple.. I would eat as if you where a nonnie.. then after 2 weeks add a food left out before for nonnies and so see what your body tells you..

from experience .. you will be able to see quick enough.. I can tell from one fruit if I eat it whether I puff up, or sneeze, or cough, or itch, or feel restless, or thirsty, or just not as good, feel tired, can't sleep, feel discouraged, feel lethargic, have bathroom issues..

.. I pay attention .. and I KNOW NOW that I don't need to ask a doctor WHY I felt or feel miserable.. all I have to do is stay on my foods list and then all those things go away..
Posted by: Dr. Pepper, Thursday, October 7, 2010, 11:32am; Reply: 5
Quoted from DenverFoodie
Roughly 80% of all BT's are secretors and 20% are nonnies.  

You might be a nonnie if:  You have problematic teeth.  :-/



Thought I was listening to a Jeff Foxworthy joke for a second! :) ;D


If you've got bad teeth and autoimmune disorders, you might be a nonnie.
If you're at higher risk for....(______), you might be a nonnie...

8)
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Thursday, October 7, 2010, 11:56am; Reply: 6
Actually you will always be guessing, bite the bullet and get it done. Are you due for a gift anytime soon, Birthday or other holiday? Put it at the top of the list and let some else help with the cost.
Posted by: SandrAruba, Friday, October 8, 2010, 10:48am; Reply: 7
I got my nonnie status from the blood donor people as well. I went over there and asked them if they could do the Lewis test. They told me they would if I became a blood donor. Seemed like a fair trade to me.
Posted by: paul clucas, Friday, October 8, 2010, 5:25pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from Dr. Pepper



Thought I was listening to a Jeff Foxworthy joke for a second! :) ;D


If you've got bad teeth and autoimmune disorders, you might be a nonnie.
If you're at higher risk for....(______), you might be a nonnie...

8)
I think that the Nonnie gag tape would run longer than the redneck tape.

Posted by: Lola, Friday, October 8, 2010, 8:30pm; Reply: 9
Sandra, was this in Holland?
good to know!
Posted by: SandrAruba, Saturday, October 9, 2010, 10:44am; Reply: 10
Quoted from Lola
Sandra, was this in Holland?
good to know!


No, in Aruba. Where I should be... (But maybe next year I can go back. I now have a project till June and after that I am trying to get back. It's been long enough!)
Posted by: labrat, Sunday, October 10, 2010, 11:44pm; Reply: 11
I'm just new starting out with the O diet.  I have had remarkable good health all my life despite being overweight (and the same weight) since junior high.  

If I had to "guess", I would suspect that I am a secretor as I don't get sick often, 3 to 4 years between colds, have fought off Hep C and pneumonia 3 times without any hospitalization.  AAAANNNNNDDDD, my eating habits were HORRIBLE!  Fast food most meals.  I shudder to think now what I have been doing to myself!
Posted by: DenverFoodie, Monday, October 11, 2010, 1:04am; Reply: 12
Quoted from labrat
If I had to "guess", I would suspect that I am a secretor as I don't get sick often, 3 to 4 years between colds, have fought off Hep C and pneumonia 3 times without any hospitalization.  AAAANNNNNDDDD, my eating habits were HORRIBLE!  Fast food most meals.


I wouldn't bet on that!  That just comes from being an "O".   8)
Posted by: Alien Cat, Monday, October 25, 2010, 7:39pm; Reply: 13
Actually I may just follow Goldie's advice till I can afford the test.  I have been on the BTD since 10/4 and haven't noticed any difference except an easier period and a slight rise in energy.  

I have had bad teeth all my life...I'm loaded with fillings.  
Posted by: O in Virginia, Tuesday, October 26, 2010, 1:16am; Reply: 14
I think I would use Goldie's method, too.  And I also like Ruthie's comments...we're all individuals.  SWAMI is the best we've got, but our complexity as human beings goes further than SWAMI.  Even with the secretor test and, I would venture to say SWAMI (though I haven't done mine yet), I would think you still have to pay close attention to your reactions.  If something bothers you, don't eat it.  

I was going to wait for my secretor test, too, but I when I was looking at my credit card points I saw that they will convert them to credit your account, so that covered the cost of my secretor test.  Checking with a blood donor agency to see whether they will do the Lewis test for donating blood, as mentioned above, seems worth investigating.
Posted by: paul clucas, Wednesday, October 27, 2010, 9:01pm; Reply: 15
Quoted from DenverFoodie


I wouldn't bet on that!  That just comes from being an "O".   8)
O's can get away with a lot - if there is enough physical exertion.  I could eat two full-length subs for lunch and still stay slim, when I was clearing out abandoned houses 10 hours a day.



Posted by: labrat, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 5:34pm; Reply: 16
Quoted from DenverFoodie


I wouldn't bet on that!  That just comes from being an "O".   8)


Well, DF, you were SOOOOO right.  Just got my results, another nonnie for the pack!  ;D
Posted by: O in Virginia, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 6:12pm; Reply: 17
Quoted from labrat


Well, DF, you were SOOOOO right.  Just got my results, another nonnie for the pack!  ;D


Yay, you got your results!   8)
Posted by: SquarePeg, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 7:58pm; Reply: 18
Quoted from Captain_Janeway
If you are a regular blood donor or if you have been a regular blood donor, then the donor center may have already performed this test aka the Lewis blood group phenotype. You can ask them for any or all the different blood typing tests they have already performed on your previous blood donations.
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They don't mention this test on their website.  But I fired a question off to them about this.  I'll let everyone know what I find out.
Posted by: ruthiegirl, Thursday, October 28, 2010, 8:18pm; Reply: 19
I should find out if they can do that test at the local blood drive, or if I would have to go to a Red Cross center for that. It would be wonderful if I could find out the secretor status for myself and my oldest daughter that way!
Posted by: Captain_Janeway, Sunday, October 31, 2010, 2:11pm; Reply: 20
Quoted from SquarePeg

They don't mention this test on their website.  But I fired a question off to them about this.  I'll let everyone know what I find out.


No they don't because then everyone who knew anything about it would be asking for it. And some of the more rarer antiserums are quite expensive, but not the Lewis antiserums as compared to some of the others.

More than likely you will need to contact the reference lab at the blood donor center. They are really the ones you need to ask.

The reference department is the one that performs the special blood grouping on donors.
Posted by: geminisue, Sunday, October 31, 2010, 2:48pm; Reply: 21
I think one has to be 17 to donate blood, unless it changed, and there is also a weight factor, to consider, for young one, have to weigh at least___  don't remember. but good luck, hope you get your secreator status this way.
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