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Posted by: Seraffa, Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 2:51pm
Hello fellow Explorere; I look forward to working with you and sharing ideas new and old in hopes that we can make this thread a new Sticky. I would love the opportunity to identify all the other wonderful Explorers on here at the same time.:) Maybe it will result in us building a clubhouse in a treetop, somewhere. :)
Posted by: Seraffa, Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 2:59pm; Reply: 1
The first topic I am proposing (after we all say hello, and grab a cuppa) is: how do you think your blood type affects your stress/cortisol level, as an Explorer? Genetically do you see not that much of a problem with stress/cortisol, an average smount of stress/cortisol, or often very intense stress reactions with lots of cortisol? Do you ever feel cortisol "lingering" in your system a long time through the typical Explorer's liver (which takes longer to rid the body of toxins anyway?)
Posted by: Amazone I., Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 4:38pm; Reply: 2
:o ;D cortisol levels and me...what's thaat??) hello and fine to meet you explorer maid  half of mine  ;) :D...I think and saw... my cortisol levels are justamente just in time and normal even while being in heaviest stressy situations, but merely catecholamines might be up in our AB-cases ;) ;D....as here we resemble merely to the O's.... :X(funny)(shrug)(blush)
Posted by: O in Virginia, Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 5:26pm; Reply: 3
Hello there!  Explorer checking in here.  I can't really say what's up with my cortisol.  I believe that As typically (according to one of Dr. D's videos that I watched) have more problems with cortisol, and Os have more problems with adrenalin/dopamine.  I'm currently trying to get my estrogen/progesterone balanced.  I haven't *explored* cortisol questions yet.
Posted by: Kim, Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 6:07pm; Reply: 4
I am an A with low cortisol.  Maybe once my adrenals are fixed, the low cortisol issue will go the other way.  
Posted by: Easy E, Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 6:41pm; Reply: 5
I know Dr. D has stressed the cortisol and BT A connection to stress...but i believe that being an explorer, i don't have cortisol problems, even with high amounts of stress.  In the BTD, the stress response of O is what i identified with.  I long before the BTD always needed a physical outlet for stress, and the energy goes to my muscles with a strong rush of adrenaline when things get heated.  

I can do this for awhile, but need periods of rest and relaxition to recharge, or i will become easily agitated.  I had the adrenal fatigue described by Dr. D, where the exercise that used to fuel me, would drain me more.  That has happened only once in my life.  Now i know to exercise and take rests, concentrate and zone, then relax and veg.  Long periods of a little stress is an enemy to me.

Explorers came when they had to get on the move at times, and could chill at others and not worry about 1 thing!!!!
Posted by: Easy E, Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 7:18pm; Reply: 6
I also think my reactive genes really got turned on after a near death car crash when i was 19.  I was bed ridden for 3 mths, lost 40 lbs (165 to 125), developed a staph infection in the muscle and bone at the big surgical incision around my hip, and took a lot of antibiotics and other meds.

I was also given a good number of blood transfusions.  This diet will help me to cool these genes down hopefully.  Luckily I was young and never had a recurrence of the staph infection and recovered 100 percent.  Did not even develope a blood clot in my leg, thanks to the care i recieved from the Dr.s that some people on this site seem to have disdain for;)
Posted by: SquarePeg, Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 8:15pm; Reply: 7
It's really hard to quantify stress/cortisol.  My main issue is blood sugar.  Frankly, the Explorer diet doesn't help too much with this.  I'd be better off with all those sweeteners listed as Neutral Infrequent as opposed to super beneficials.
Posted by: nowishow, Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 9:10pm; Reply: 8
I'm just chiming in to say hello. I can't really speak to the corisol issue. I know that when I was tested last year (when I was diagnosed with Lyme disease) that I was pretty close to the normal range. But your theory sounds pretty interesting. I know that my slow processing liver is responsible for a lot of my health problems.  :)
Posted by: Easy E, Thursday, August 4, 2011, 11:44am; Reply: 9
I never tested any of this.  I def try to avoid a lot of stress and live healthy though.
Posted by: Kim, Thursday, August 4, 2011, 12:38pm; Reply: 10
Quoted from 14428
Another Explorer checking in...:) I see 3 of us are nonnies too, which I guess is a big marker of Explorers. I can't say much about cortisol either, as it's not always easy to determine what is causing what. I am healing on so many levels at this point  ;D and seeing AMAZING changes especially in my skin and hair...I had dry skin, but otherwise I thought I had pretty good skin until I see it now...(dance) and it's not dry anymore either  :).

I'm on Premarin Virginia secondary to surgical menopause, and I can't get off of it.. :-/ I've tried twice now...and won't be doing that again, but I'm thinking maybe I should add progesterone cream, but hey that might be another thread... ;)


Have you checked into bio identical hormone creams?  Some people do much better using them versus synthetic hormones.
Posted by: Kim, Thursday, August 4, 2011, 12:41pm; Reply: 11
Quoted from nowishow
I'm just chiming in to say hello. I can't really speak to the corisol issue. I know that when I was tested last year (when I was diagnosed with Lyme disease) that I was pretty close to the normal range. But your theory sounds pretty interesting. I know that my slow processing liver is responsible for a lot of my health problems.  :)


Lyme disease can throw off all the body's functions.  I was just diagnosed after years of all doctors not knowing what was wrong.  I am starting treatment in a few weeks.  My hormones, adrenals and thyroid are all off because of the Lyme.
Posted by: PCUK-Positive, Thursday, August 4, 2011, 11:32pm; Reply: 12
Hello I'm an Exploring/Gathering?slight Hunter< I imagine about 45 % 42 % 13 %

I get a bit bad tempered but am strangely free of stress, I have always been able to handle very stressful situations far better than most people i know.
Posted by: Easy E, Friday, August 5, 2011, 1:54am; Reply: 13
I think when explorers have toxins build up, they become more easily agitated.  That seems to be the case with me anyway.

I handle stress in a more calm way since i have done the explorer recommends.
Posted by: Seraffa, Friday, August 5, 2011, 5:39am; Reply: 14
Big hugs to everyone for all the insightful posts! (((((((((((((hugggg))))))))))) so glad we can have a thread to share and reflect.......
Posted by: SquarePeg, Friday, August 5, 2011, 8:23pm; Reply: 15
Good idea.  Thanks for starting it!
Posted by: Magess, Friday, August 5, 2011, 9:32pm; Reply: 16
How can you tell when you have high cortisol levels other than getting tests? Does it feel like something?

Stress usually, eventually, leads me to anger. I smash and storm about for a bit and then feel totally drained for the rest of the day.
Posted by: Amazone I., Friday, August 5, 2011, 10:31pm; Reply: 17
while loading up in orthomolecular amounts in B-complex, Mg and aminoacids & fatty acids  I feel much better since.... lurking for adrenal balancings as well... can't say that I feel
not ok but my most important work is still mentally....the repetition of L.Hay's
infos do help me tremendiously and lead me to let go off...shullbit issues...
but first I need to understand until I'm able to let go.... :-/ :o :B :B

Magess, a little tip... instead of feeling drained take care where and why you're going to feel likewise... detect la causa and get off  (it)  ;)...
Posted by: Captain_Janeway, Friday, August 5, 2011, 10:49pm; Reply: 18
Too much cortisol in the blood will tend to make people gain weight especially more belly fat. Judging by that if I am really stressed about something either long term or short I would have to say that I'm not really influenced by cortisol. Stress will tend to cause weight loss at least for me. Don't know why maybe cause I'm a nonnie.
Posted by: Seraffa, Friday, August 5, 2011, 10:55pm; Reply: 19
Quoted from Magess
How can you tell when you have high cortisol levels other than getting tests? Does it feel like something?

Stress usually, eventually, leads me to anger. I smash and storm about for a bit and then feel totally drained for the rest of the day.


Cortisol is the only thing I can put a finger on that is left causing the problem ...unless it's some other substance I can't figure out. My adrenal output seems normal; no imbalance there. But since I am classified as a "Reactor" (like Hunters) my psychological makeup is going to be different than others and I don't know exactly how much cortisol I dump into my system when under extreme stress. All I know is when I feel the onset of it on a stressful day, sometimes even talking to people about issues does NOT help.....have seen many many times when meditation and exercise did not take it away, either.....feels like something 'circulating' in my body that won't go away easily.....and I've just found out that whatever this substance is......if I dont do something about it fast......it activates Bulimia -- which I am convinced in SOME people is a true autoimmune disease.  THANKFULLY -- through one other member here on this site, I have been introduced to SOUND THERAPY and have found a SOUND FREQUENCY that has been my lifesaver......it not only calms me down but "flushes the cortisol/substance" down my internal drain so that I don't have to suffer anymore.....THANK YOU GOLDIE!!!! I am so glad Goldie intervened in my life with her idea!
Posted by: O in Virginia, Friday, August 5, 2011, 10:57pm; Reply: 20
I am actually a very good-natured person, almost always wake up in a good mood, but stress will make me bad tempered.  But when it's really BIG stress, like major life changes, I seem to take it in stride.  It's just the ordinary daily stressors that make me want to pull my hair out.  Tell me the world has turned upside down, however, and I come into my own, functioning quite well on overdrive (and adrenaline I suppose).  I think THAT must be very explorer-like.
Posted by: Seraffa, Friday, August 5, 2011, 10:58pm; Reply: 21
Quoted from Captain_Janeway
Too much cortisol in the blood will tend to make people gain weight especially more belly fat. Judging by that if I am really stressed about something either long term or short I would have to say that I'm not really influenced by cortisol. Stress will tend to cause weight loss at least for me. Don't know why maybe cause I'm a nonnie.


I'm glad that that reminds me the story is not complete till I get my secretor testing done. I'm hoping for secretor since I have great dental health....but you never know.
Posted by: paul clucas, Friday, August 5, 2011, 10:59pm; Reply: 22
I also have a peculiar response to stress.  I can get completely stress out before an anticipated stressor, or after a surprise one, while feeling pretty calm during the event.

Build-up of stress by products has always been an issue for me.  I had a few berserk / fugue states during the stress of my youth, but I am not sure how those would be connected.  Looking forward to better mobility and exercise in the future, so I am not expecting any amelioration.
Posted by: O in Virginia, Friday, August 5, 2011, 10:59pm; Reply: 23
Quoted from Seraffa


I'm glad that that reminds me the story is not complete till I get my secretor testing done. I'm hoping for secretor since I have great dental health....but you never know.


Knowing your secretor status will be very helpful.  I think it is vital, actually.
Posted by: O in Virginia, Friday, August 5, 2011, 11:02pm; Reply: 24
Quoted from paul clucas
I also have a peculiar response to stress.  I can get completely stress out before an anticipated stressor, or after a surprise one, while feeling pretty calm during the event.

Yes!

Quoted from paul clucas
Build-up of stress by products has always been an issue for me.  I had a few berserk / fugue states during the stress of my youth, but I am not sure how those would be connected.  Looking forward to better mobility and exercise in the future, so I am not expecting any amelioration.

I would not go back to my childhood/youth for anything, speaking of fugue states.  So much better to be adults in control of our own destinies.   :)

Posted by: Easy E, Friday, August 5, 2011, 11:28pm; Reply: 25
Quoted from O in Virginia
I am actually a very good-natured person, almost always wake up in a good mood, but stress will make me bad tempered.  But when it's really BIG stress, like major life changes, I seem to take it in stride.  It's just the ordinary daily stressors that make me want to pull my hair out.  Tell me the world has turned upside down, however, and I come into my own, functioning quite well on overdrive (and adrenaline I suppose).  I think THAT must be very explorer-like.


I am like that!  The little dumb things are what i get mad at, esp when i was eating poorly and drinking a lot of caffeine and alcohol.  Exercising for me gets that energy feeling more normal and not excessive.  
I am normally very easygoing, but some things for some reason aggravate me and cause an exaggerated response that i am trying hard to control.  Can't be good for me as i get older.
Posted by: Amazone I., Saturday, August 6, 2011, 5:06pm; Reply: 26
would you mind to explore... http://www.Garou.com  I think one of the best of us...explorers.... :o ;D(smarty)(clap)(clap)(ok)(dance)(sunny)(hehe) :X
Posted by: O in Virginia, Saturday, August 6, 2011, 6:39pm; Reply: 27
Amazone, the link won't open.   :(
Posted by: Amazone I., Saturday, August 6, 2011, 6:49pm; Reply: 28
hope this will work...(pray)(pray)(hehe)(smarty)(ok)(dance) :K)

http://www.garouonline.com/site)lang=fr



:D ;D

yuppers and it does ....(dance)(clown)
Posted by: O in Virginia, Sunday, August 7, 2011, 1:01am; Reply: 29
Nice!  :)
Posted by: paul clucas, Sunday, August 7, 2011, 11:04pm; Reply: 30
Quoted from Easy E
I am like that!  The little dumb things are what i get mad at, esp when i was eating poorly and drinking a lot of caffeine and alcohol.
A good reason to stay on the diet.   ;)

I do not know the limits what is possible when I go berserk - and plan on never finding out!

Don't forget seaweed to keep all the synapses happy.  (dance)
Posted by: Seraffa, Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 4:30am; Reply: 31
Hello again fellow Explorers; it has been awhile. Before I put this anyplace else in Genotype Forums, I want to report that today's cup of green tea at 4pm teatime made me both nauseus and burping!!
Just when I was eliminating excess carbs.......now I find out I cannot participate in green teas' beneficial "winding your dna back up again" because tea tannin is upsetting my stomach....
I'm stil able to take in decaf coffee as an A Nonnie, however!

IS ANYONE ELSE experiencing this?
Posted by: Beachgirl, Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 6:43am; Reply: 32
Hi Seraffa, I answered your other post as well, but yes, green tea makes me nauseous as well.  I can drink it decaf, (which loses most of the beneficial stuff) but the caffeinated always makes me sick to my stomach.  

As far as cortisol is concerned, I've never had mine tested, so I'm not sure where I stand.  I'm definitely more adrenaline driven...been working on overcoming that fight or flight response for years.  It's definitely a work in progress.
Posted by: Seraffa, Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 3:36pm; Reply: 33
Quoted from Beachgirl
Hi Seraffa, I answered your other post as well, but yes, green tea makes me nauseous as well.  I can drink it decaf, (which loses most of the beneficial stuff) but the caffeinated always makes me sick to my stomach.  

As far as cortisol is concerned, I've never had mine tested, so I'm not sure where I stand.  I'm definitely more adrenaline driven...been working on overcoming that fight or flight response for years.  It's definitely a work in progress.


Thank you, Beachgirl. Now if you're 44% explorer, what is your other combination?...............
Posted by: ABJoe, Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 4:46pm; Reply: 34
Quoted from Seraffa
Now if you're 44% explorer, what is your other combination?

There isn't an answer provided for this question.  The percentage shown in SWAMI is "How many of your characteristics match the primary Genotype on the first pass through the evaluation."  
The only other reference is to a mixture of your blood type and the primary Genotype.
Posted by: Amazone I., Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 6:44pm; Reply: 35
what is your  option for painkilling issues??)
Posted by: Andrew, Thursday, November 24, 2011, 3:55am; Reply: 36
Quoted from Seraffa
Hello again fellow Explorers; it has been awhile. Before I put this anyplace else in Genotype Forums, I want to report that today's cup of green tea at 4pm teatime made me both nauseus and burping!!
Just when I was eliminating excess carbs.......now I find out I cannot participate in green teas' beneficial "winding your dna back up again" because tea tannin is upsetting my stomach....
I'm stil able to take in decaf coffee as an A Nonnie, however!

IS ANYONE ELSE experiencing this?


Have you tried kukicha tea? It is made by roasting the green tea stems and twigs. There is the benefit of the green tea without the potential for mold in the unroasted leaves.

I don't have that reaction now, but up to about 10 years ago, I found that the tannins in black tea (an avoid) could upset my stomach.

(Coffee is a neutral for this ex-teacher (41%)  :D )

Andrew
Posted by: Amazone I., Thursday, November 24, 2011, 12:53pm; Reply: 37
hi Andrew... nice to have ya back on the boards  ;D :D(clap)(ok)(dance)
Posted by: Andrew, Friday, November 25, 2011, 4:09am; Reply: 38
Quoted from Amazone I.
hi Andrew... nice to have ya back on the boards  ;D :D(clap)(ok)(dance)


Thanks Amazone.  Doing a little Exploring ;) but passing along some of the maps ;) that I made along the way. (whistle) LOL

Andrew
Posted by: Seraffa, Friday, November 25, 2011, 4:34am; Reply: 39
Quoted from ABJoe

There isn't an answer provided for this question.  The percentage shown in SWAMI is "How many of your characteristics match the primary Genotype on the first pass through the evaluation."  
The only other reference is to a mixture of your blood type and the primary Genotype.


That's interesting. D'Adamo sez that everyone should fit "general" characteristics of one of the Genotypes but that there's probably no such thing as an exact match.

However -- a 44% would indicate that there is, on the flip side of the coin, a 56% tendency towards an evolving type we have not categorised yet, or that we also fit into.

And 56% is "greater than" but not necessarily "equal to" the 44% that was able to be typed.

I think this would be a worthwhile study as we all improve our Genotypes.

I have a friend that swears up and down that after a certain age there's no reason to mess with the Genotype diet anymore as women cannot pass on more DNA after fertility is gone.

But seriously speaking - take the "way out" exaple of Marvel Comics X-Men series.

Do we really KNOW what will result yet if we continue on the Genotype diet for the rest of our lives?

I think the answer is that we can only wait and see ;-)
Posted by: Jared, Friday, November 25, 2011, 4:38am; Reply: 40
I experience next to no stress, ever. Sometimes, I wish I did have stress. I need to find some stress inducing pills... ;D
Posted by: Seraffa, Friday, November 25, 2011, 5:00am; Reply: 41
Quoted from Amazone I.
what is your  option for painkilling issues??)


Other painkilling options are: aspirin. but in this case it might be Alka-Seltzer.
Posted by: Seraffa, Friday, November 25, 2011, 5:02am; Reply: 42
Quoted from Andrew


Have you tried kukicha tea? It is made by roasting the green tea stems and twigs. There is the benefit of the green tea without the potential for mold in the unroasted leaves.

I don't have that reaction now, but up to about 10 years ago, I found that the tannins in black tea (an avoid) could upset my stomach.

(Coffee is a neutral for this ex-teacher (41%)  :D )

Andrew



I had seen it before but forgotten about it. Thanks :)

BTW I did find it was the water temperature and the length of steeping that messed me up.
Posted by: Seraffa, Friday, November 25, 2011, 5:07am; Reply: 43
Quoted from Jared
I experience next to no stress, ever. Sometimes, I wish I did have stress. I need to find some stress inducing pills... ;D


Well, don't -- that way we can send you round to everyones house during the holidays. Either you will be stress-free and provide an excellent atmosphere for all of us, or, given enough of us and enough time, we'll mess you up on our own.  8)
Posted by: Amazone I., Friday, November 25, 2011, 7:45am; Reply: 44
does it work for you without any side effects, Seraffa??) Meant here is alka-selzer.... :)
Posted by: shells, Friday, November 25, 2011, 9:09am; Reply: 45


Hello fellow Explorers   :)

Quoted from paul clucas
I also have a peculiar response to stress.  I can get completely stress out before an anticipated stressor, or after a surprise one, while feeling pretty calm during the event.


This is me also - find that I'm probably the calmest during a highly stressed/emergency situation but the aftermath over time can flatten me.  Also, I'll lose weight with stress rather than putting it on.   :-/

Notice a few other Explorers like this  8)
Posted by: Easy E, Friday, November 25, 2011, 2:59pm; Reply: 46
I have a weird stress response too.  Some types tend to cause me to become more irritable, yet other types, like prolonged stress with no breaks (rare) drive me to a state where i do not fall asleep easily and do not feel very tired, like i am stuck on "on".

I have an optimal window of stress where i function great.  If it is too little i get bored and lose momentum and drive.  If i have too much without breaks, a switch turns on and it is hard to turn off.

I find some types of stress stimulating (physical with mental together), while other things (like too much sedentary brain work) cause me to be stuck in the "on."

My digestion processes still are not fully understood by me though!  For example, red wine gives me horrible heart burn, but coffee does not.  Certain sauces and starches do this, but not others.  Certain meats will do this, but others actually relieve it.  Certain fruits and veggies give me burn, (like OJ) but others do not.  It does not correlate totally with beneficials and toxins either.

Sometimes the same food or beverage will not sit well one day, but sit fine another day.  
Posted by: Bekki Shining Bearheart, Friday, November 25, 2011, 7:12pm; Reply: 47
Stress for me is I think more rrelated to adrenaline and hormone levels.
Posted by: Seraffa, Saturday, November 26, 2011, 12:01am; Reply: 48
Quoted from Amazone I.
does it work for you without any side effects, Seraffa??) Meant here is alka-selzer.... :)



Well it goes under other names too, like up north they have BRIOSCHE   bree-osk-ee its a lemon flavor aspirin fizzy seltzer packet and you open it and drop it in glass of water. i don't get side effects. all it reminds me is that I rarely drink gassed water. if i were drinking gassed water every day i would not have enough stomach acid as Dr. D'A says. I think it's very gentle for nausea and headache if you can tolerate aspirin.
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, November 26, 2011, 1:46am; Reply: 49
Quoted from Seraffa
However -- a 44% would indicate that there is, on the flip side of the coin, a 56% tendency towards an evolving type we have not categorised yet, or that we also fit into.

I agree that there is more that doesn't fit the specific characteristics than the 44% that does match, however, it doesn't necessarily follow that more Genotypes will emerge.  I think it shows more that each of us is unique and as such, this type of diet is really of great value due the specifics of each individual.

Quoted from Seraffa
I have a friend that swears up and down that after a certain age there's no reason to mess with the Genotype diet anymore as women cannot pass on more DNA after fertility is gone.

Do we really KNOW what will result yet if we continue on the Genotype diet for the rest of our lives?

I think there is great value in being healthy, regardless if I am passing genes on to offspring or not.  I realize that it is impossible to know how much longer I'll live with the diet vs. without, whether I follow it or not...  I do know that my whole family is healing, so I know this is worth doing...
Posted by: shells, Saturday, November 26, 2011, 2:21am; Reply: 50
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.   ;D  

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   :X   Guess it's the liver doing it his/her way   ;)

Anybody else like this?

Posted by: Andrew, Saturday, November 26, 2011, 2:46am; Reply: 51
Quoted from shells
...
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   :X   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):

Quoted Text
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
Posted by: Andrew, Saturday, November 26, 2011, 2:59am; Reply: 52
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
Posted by: Amazone I., Saturday, November 26, 2011, 4:21pm; Reply: 53
that's a fine description of myselve  ;) ;D :P but I think there are other gt's who are playing with me.... nomad...warrior and teacher... so I am devided in 4 groups ;)  ;D(evil)(shhh)(clown)
Posted by: shells, Sunday, November 27, 2011, 1:15am; Reply: 54
Maybe you are just well balanced??      ;)
Posted by: Beachgirl, Sunday, November 27, 2011, 7:25am; Reply: 55
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... :)
Posted by: Dianne, Sunday, November 27, 2011, 3:14pm; Reply: 56
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! :)

Posted by: Easy E, Monday, November 28, 2011, 6:30pm; Reply: 57
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.   ;D  

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   :X   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.  

Posted by: l'ordinateur, Monday, November 28, 2011, 10:31pm; Reply: 58
i can eat mozzarella cheese, i was loving it and then realised 100g contains 20g of fat :0 what have i done
Posted by: ABJoe, Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 3:12am; Reply: 59
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)...
Posted by: Dianne, Tuesday, November 29, 2011, 4:27pm; Reply: 60
I like to eat my neutral parmesan and beneficial mozarella more as a condiment on my salads or cooked veggies.
Posted by: Bekki Shining Bearheart, Thursday, December 22, 2011, 7:14pm; Reply: 61
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)
Posted by: Spring, Thursday, December 22, 2011, 7:46pm; Reply: 62
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!!  :P
Posted by: O in Virginia, Friday, December 23, 2011, 12:31am; Reply: 63
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.  :-/
Posted by: Spring, Friday, December 23, 2011, 5:01am; Reply: 64
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.
Posted by: Easy E, Friday, December 23, 2011, 3:49pm; Reply: 65
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.  
Posted by: Spring, Saturday, January 14, 2012, 6:10am; Reply: 66
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.
Posted by: SBGGJRP, Monday, January 16, 2012, 2:31pm; Reply: 67
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!)
Posted by: Spring, Monday, January 16, 2012, 2:59pm; Reply: 68
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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! :)
Posted by: Spring, Monday, January 16, 2012, 3:11pm; Reply: 69
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!
Posted by: Dianne, Monday, January 16, 2012, 4:54pm; Reply: 70
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.
Posted by: SquarePeg, Monday, January 16, 2012, 6:28pm; Reply: 71
Interesting, SBGGJRP.  Both flax seeds and oil are neutrals for me, and flax seed is Genoharmonic with apples and blueberries for removing AGE.
Posted by: Spring, Monday, January 16, 2012, 6:35pm; Reply: 72
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!
Posted by: D.L., Monday, January 16, 2012, 8:49pm; Reply: 73
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.
Posted by: SBGGJRP, Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 11:55am; Reply: 74
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.
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 3:03pm; Reply: 75
ofcourse!
it computes all variables and algorithms according to you

even your identical twin, if you had any, would have certain variations in his or hers, depending

Dr D explains it best
parameters capable of being evaluated as per each food
http://www.dadamo.com/cgi-bin/Blah/Blah.pl?b-GTDdiet/m-1202698596/#num13
Posted by: 16772 (Guest), Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 3:21pm; Reply: 76
Hi there, was wondering if anyone had suggestions for a good bread?
I'm an O + / explorer! Ezekiel is a neutral but has wheat gluten!
I normally do manna bread but it's expensive.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
Posted by: Lola, Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 4:16pm; Reply: 77
focaccia
http://lowcarbdiets.about.com/od/breads/r/flaxbasicfoc.htm
video
http://video.about.com/lowcarbdiets/Focaccia-Style-Flax-Bread.htm
:)
Posted by: Amazone I., Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 5:11pm; Reply: 78
btw... amazing I learned something new... normally homeopathy in the D-forms won't work for me, now I begun a treatment in C-form and Q-form but liquid and ::) it würrged... ahem worked....... ??)(shrug)(blush)(smarty)... hmmmm...
so far I'm demanding myselve if those forms are interacting with my orthomolecular amounts or not??) and then I've got a very negative reation during 2 days, stopped the intake of the Q-liquid form and have to discuss this with the therapsit.... :-/ :o :B I literally hate to be bumped onto the wall (also in not knowing how this really work(blush)(pick_nose)(think)...

and easy E, I don't think it's a manic thing... we do only posses a huge adrenal reservoir ;) ;D....and please don't remember me on 99 where I really was knocked out by a burnout :-/ :( I don't wish this to my biggest enemy....(dead)(scared)(mad)(smartyp)(naughty)
Posted by: D.L., Tuesday, January 17, 2012, 5:15pm; Reply: 79
Seraffa: I can't drink any kind of tea. It bothers my stomach and makes my mouth break out in canker sores, possibly from the tannic acid. I'll get a long line from one side of my mouth to the other just inside my lower lip.
Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 12:51am; Reply: 80
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.   ;D  

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   :X   Guess it's the liver doing it his/her way   ;)

Anybody else like this?
I agree re the stress thing not being the biggest issue...But reacting to chemicals - oh boy, oh yeah???!!!

Day before yesterday, I was feeling pretty good, health wise & that was despite a couple of broken night's sleep... Then yesterday it was warmer than usual & I decided to "top up" with a lightly scented body spray ??) I also changed into something that had been washed with regular laundry stuff so it had some residue & slight scent on it... Thought both things I would be fine with ??)

Not long after, I started to develop a pain in my right eye & a weird feeling in my head ::) I immediately stripped off, but stupidly didn't think enough about the spray to wash it off too :( Pain in eye continued despite spraying it with colloidal silver & is still faintly there even today...

I am beginning to feel a tad better & will never use that spray again or trust previously washed clothes... :o
Posted by: Seraffa, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 6:43am; Reply: 81
Quoted from Amazone I.
that's a fine description of myselve  ;) ;D :P but I think there are other gt's who are playing with me.... nomad...warrior and teacher... so I am devided in 4 groups ;)  ;D(evil)(shhh)(clown)


Nah- its just cos you are inbred to be the elusive AB!! ha ha  ;D
Posted by: Seraffa, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 6:51am; Reply: 82
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.   ;D  

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   :X   Guess it's the liver doing it his/her way   ;)

Anybody else like this?



Actually - as an O, no, the stress would not be at the top of your list. But for an A Nonnie like me - born with higher levels of cortisol, and the Nonnie inability for helpful blood secretions.....if I don't take my stress protocol I revert back to the SAME PERSON I WAS WHEN I ASKED THAT QUESTION LAST YEAR....constant flareups of anger/borderline rage exacerbated from high cortisol dumps and a slowly acetylating liver....

Even tho I have improved living conditions this year (am living back with my family instead of being homeless) - I still get "body generated rage" without my supplements. And its not just from psychological issues.

I hope that years from now, that cycle will have lessened 50% as my body continues to "learn how to live the way it was supposed to live" starting 46 years ago.46 years of damage is a LOT of damage.


Posted by: Amazone I., Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 1:35pm; Reply: 83
(dizzy)more disturbent then nice to be...sometimes  :P :B
Posted by: Easy E, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 6:37pm; Reply: 84
I drank black coffee with nothing in it the past few days.  I began to feel really hungry and light, light headed.  Felt like a high, very relaxed.

I usually drink it with some white sugar or honey when i drink it and this does not happen (i prob shouldn't drink it period, being an explorer).

Anyone know what that means?  I really think i should stay away from the stuff, but i am addicted!

- i read about it.  Coffee can lower blood sugar and bring you to a hypoglycemic state esp if sensitive to glucose.  That i think happens when i drink coffee without sugar to cancel it out.  I get a huge sugar high with the sugar!  Either way, i am stopping drinking coffee, i am playing with fire.
Posted by: l'ordinateur, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 7:45pm; Reply: 85
I am confused as for which excersise is best for me. I am computed as an explorer but I have a teacher geno type frame. Nothing muscular at all and a very petite ectomorph leg and body length equal. I tried running before whilst on anti-depressants and kept it up for a few months, having come off of the anti depressants my cortisol levels were far too high during a run, a run would knock me out for a week. My brother and mother are teacher genotypes. I am confused if an explorer is supposed to be very musclar and asymmetrical as I am neither apart from my fingerprints. The teacher body type fits me. If on the swami I am explorer why does it say I should run?
Posted by: Easy E, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 9:32pm; Reply: 86
You are prob a teacher.  Use the teacher recommends for a month or two and see how you feel.  If you feel worse, then re evaluate.
Posted by: deblynn3, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 9:44pm; Reply: 87
I'd check out all the measurements.  (find the swami video thread, it really helps)  I redid my head measurement using this video and had a few foods move. somehow I'd moved the taster info from taster to supertaster and was moved to explorer from Gatherer. It was that close.
Posted by: Easy E, Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 10:40pm; Reply: 88
Explorers can be meso ectomorphic, but still muscular and strong boned, not slightly built.  And teachers have a lot of whorl fingerprints while explorers tend to have mainly loops.
Posted by: dtullos, Thursday, January 19, 2012, 4:29am; Reply: 89
For the most part I am not a stressed person. I am usually a positive and relaxed person.  I do find that when I am at a snapping point that speed walking will calm me down. Of course by the time I am calmed down I find myself about a mile away from home and then have to walk all the way back….LOL!
Posted by: l'ordinateur, Thursday, January 19, 2012, 11:38pm; Reply: 90
Explorers can be meso ectomorphic, but still muscular and strong boned, not slightly built.  And teachers have a lot of whorl fingerprints while explorers tend to have mainly loops.

Can any explorers be slightly built? Or would that suggest teacher? I have two whorls very slightly built and sinewy ectomorph, secretor, A positive, both index fingers longer than ring fingers, square jaw . i'll put the swamii data again, it may have been due to the fact that i ticked the environmental allergy box. i have a suspected cat allergy that my histamine levels are always high and i have a cat, which make me a bit reactive. On the measurment table in the book I am a teacher.
Posted by: Easy E, Friday, January 20, 2012, 2:34am; Reply: 91
You could be.  I have two whorls, one on my right thumb and one on my right ring finger.  All the rest are loops.  Teachers and explorers seem like they could  have a lot of similar measurments.  Assymetry is an explorer trait though.

Dr. D said take what works and throw out the rest if it doesn't fit perfectly.  Sometimes you gotta play around and see how you do with each protocol (explorer and teacher).  I wondered at times if i was a teacher or even a warrior.  

And if you are not used to exercising and start doing hard exercise, it will hit you hard if you do too much too soon.  Try riding a bike or power walking to start.  I find it tough to walk fast unless my blood is boiling or i am excited though, but that is me.  If you find you are feeling worse, do softer walking and other slower exercise.
Posted by: l'ordinateur, Friday, January 20, 2012, 4:18pm; Reply: 92
Thanks, I think i'll do that just see how I feel, I feel like getting on the rebounder at least thats not too intense and quite fun.
Posted by: battle dwarf, Friday, January 20, 2012, 9:01pm; Reply: 93
i find it depends on the stress. it takes alot to actualy make me angry but when i do look out! i have a tendancy to avoid stress and it's cuases. i avoided my ex for some time before i actualy made him my ex (husband). most of my actual stress left with him.
when we fought i often look off on fast walks through the woods to "cool off".
i do not have any whorls, all my finger match except for the index and thumb of my right hand which both arch.they also go to sleep while driving or doing anny hand work for any period of time (ie painting, drawing, sewing).
Posted by: Seraffa, Saturday, January 21, 2012, 5:42am; Reply: 94
Quoted from Easy E
I drank black coffee with nothing in it the past few days.  I began to feel really hungry and light, light headed.  Felt like a high, very relaxed.

I usually drink it with some white sugar or honey when i drink it and this does not happen (i prob shouldn't drink it period, being an explorer).

Anyone know what that means?  I really think i should stay away from the stuff, but i am addicted!

- i read about it.  Coffee can lower blood sugar and bring you to a hypoglycemic state esp if sensitive to glucose.  That i think happens when i drink coffee without sugar to cancel it out.  I get a huge sugar high with the sugar!  Either way, i am stopping drinking coffee, i am playing with fire.


E why don't you take things Easy like your name says? lol. Thats the coffee bothering your thyroid gland I think. A few sips of decaf only if you want a few more digestive enzymes!
Posted by: Dianne, Saturday, January 21, 2012, 5:43am; Reply: 95
Think your safe in your own house? Well, I had a plumber in today and he was nice, courteous but oh! the scent of his clothes. I have smelled strong detergent and softeners on people's clothes before, but this one takes the cake! It seemed even more potent than actually standing in the detergent aisle in a grocery store. I felt quite buzzy and rattled by the time he left. I could not sit still or concentrate and so I made myself bake a new recipe that I had been wanting to make for some time. That seemed to settle me down but all I could do for the rest of the evening was be a couch potato!

It's hard to believe that some people are not affected by this. I guess if the world was made up primarily of Explorers, it would come to a screeching halt if we were all smucked by scents at the same time!  ::)
Posted by: l'ordinateur, Saturday, January 21, 2012, 1:57pm; Reply: 96
I think its just that Dr.D says that all the blood types handle stress differently O's and A's ways of handling it differ. Like O's can relieve stress through exercise but it can leave A's more stressed that why A's have to do calming exercise. However when you are an A and an explorer the exercise is the same for all who are explorers including O's and the exercise is the same for both. Which leaves me feeling   ??) and  :-/

However for all a good walk after an argument certainly seems to be a good way to distance yourself and unwind, especially in a wood or forest it helps me too realise that theres more to life.

Sounds a bit crazy but I thought I was an O at one point so I tried all of the exercise and facing my fears eating meat that i got swollen glands and adrenal fatigue and couldn't get out of bed for a month. Thats why i'm wondering whether I can bear to do that again and whether a different genotype may explain things.
Posted by: l'ordinateur, Saturday, January 21, 2012, 2:03pm; Reply: 97
How do you guys feel about organic perfumes? I tried an amazing perfume in whole foods the other day made with only floral extracts.
Posted by: Spring, Saturday, January 21, 2012, 3:12pm; Reply: 98
Quoted from l'ordinateur
How do you guys feel about organic perfumes? I tried an amazing perfume in whole foods the other day made with only floral extracts.


I had some a while ago that smelled out of this world. Didn't bother me at all. Some perfumes really bother me, but not as excessively as it does other people I know - who break out in rashes, etc., for instance.
Posted by: l'ordinateur, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 8:19pm; Reply: 99
turns out i'm a teacher-whatt  :o. I think it was bach floral essences I have never smelt anything like them still don't really see the point in perfume though! Apparently the body's clean natural scent is very important and shouldn't really be masked up.
Posted by: Amazone I., Sunday, January 22, 2012, 8:55pm; Reply: 100
I use essential oils as a form of perfume.... and there are some beautiful oriental essences I only can recommend for mind purifications ;) :D....
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 9:42pm; Reply: 101
Quoted from Dianne
Think your safe in your own house? Well, I had a plumber in today and he was nice, courteous but oh! the scent of his clothes. I have smelled strong detergent and softeners on people's clothes before, but this one takes the cake! It seemed even more potent than actually standing in the detergent aisle in a grocery store. I felt quite buzzy and rattled by the time he left. I could not sit still or concentrate and so I made myself bake a new recipe that I had been wanting to make for some time. That seemed to settle me down but all I could do for the rest of the evening was be a couch potato!

It's hard to believe that some people are not affected by this. I guess if the world was made up primarily of Explorers, it would come to a screeching halt if we were all smucked by scents at the same time!  ::)
I can sooo relate to this!! Nice to hear other people go through this exact same reaction - I feel couch potatoey for days after this sort of exposure... Even a trip to the shopping mall can render me unable to function on top par for a couple of days!! Btw if the world was full of explorers then we wouldn't "make" these sort of scents etc... :D ::)
Quoted from Amazone I.
I use essential oils as a form of perfume.... ;) :D....

Quoted from Spring
I had some a while ago that smelled out of this world. Didn't bother me at all. Some perfumes really bother me, but not as excessively as it does other people I know - who break out in rashes, etc., for instance.
Well for me it is most of (not all, thankfully) the essential oils that break me out in a rash/oozing hives etc (certainly when I was being exposed to them jut about every day::) Other perfumes can do the same &/or make my head whoozey or give me a really bad headache (put me in a restaurant of different people's scents & throw msg into the mix & it lasts for 3 days)
Posted by: Dianne, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 10:44pm; Reply: 102
Quoted from Possum
I can sooo relate to this!! Nice to hear other people go through this exact same reaction - I feel couch potatoey for days after this sort of exposure... Even a trip to the shopping mall can render me unable to function on top par for a couple of days!! Btw if the world was full of explorers then we wouldn't "make" these sort of scents etc... :D ::)



Well I guess you have a point the majority would rule and we'd have to be on the scent trail for those making 'bootleg scents'!  :)

Posted by: Easy E, Sunday, January 22, 2012, 11:35pm; Reply: 103
Quoted from Seraffa


E why don't you take things Easy like your name says? lol. Thats the coffee bothering your thyroid gland I think. A few sips of decaf only if you want a few more digestive enzymes!


I last drank coffee wednesday.  I am gonna stay away from all of it for a good while decaf or not.  I Got past the point of craving it.  I was drinking like 2 to 3 cups a day  because it is there all day where i work.  I have felt "cleaner".  

Posted by: ruthiegirl, Monday, January 23, 2012, 2:07am; Reply: 104
I can't beleive how much of this thread I can relate to, even though SWAMI calls me a Gatherer. I seem to have both the Gatherer and the Explorer health issues. Meanwhile, my oldest daughter really is an Explorer but she doesn't have any of these environmental sensitivities (or, at least, they're not nearly as severe as mine; she's grown up free of most of these chemicals since I kept them out of the house for my own sake.)
Posted by: Possum, Monday, January 23, 2012, 2:21am; Reply: 105
Good on you Ruthie!! Btw I didn't have half the environmental sensitivities I have now, when I was a kid...Quite a few but not all... ;)
Posted by: Dianne, Monday, January 23, 2012, 4:51am; Reply: 106
Ruthie - my chemical sensitivities showed up in my 30's after using some product to clean vinyl/leather - I think it was called 'Armor All". I virtually gained 10 lbs. the next day - I was so puffy and went to see a naturopathic doctor. My lymph system was so backed up...ever since then, major sensitivities. After that, I began using either Shaklee or Amway products for cleaning in the house and for laundry.

I bet your other genes are Explorer just like I think my other ones are Gatherer. Your daughter is fortunate that you don't use chemical cleaners in the house and I hope she maintains that for herself when she is on her own.
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, January 23, 2012, 12:08pm; Reply: 107
Possum please explain....(pray)(scared)(eek)what happened with you and those oils and how and for what for did you used them??)....... yiikes the very first time I must take notice about such issue... I know that normally the A's and even sometimes B's might have problems with harsh or better said excentric smells like perfumes (almost chemical bombs... I think ??) )
Posted by: Dianne, Monday, January 23, 2012, 6:24pm; Reply: 108
Quoted from Amazone I.
I use essential oils as a form of perfume.... and there are some beautiful oriental essences I only can recommend for mind purifications ;) :D....


Pray, do tell. Thanks.
Posted by: Possum, Monday, January 23, 2012, 10:27pm; Reply: 109
Quoted from Dianne
Ruthie - my chemical sensitivities showed up in my 30's after using some product to clean vinyl/leather - I think it was called 'Armor All". I virtually gained 10 lbs. the next day - I was so puffy and went to see a naturopathic doctor. My lymph system was so backed up...ever since then, major sensitivities.
Oh my!! I remember using Armour All but  along time ago & just the once, so no reaction back then... ;)
Quoted from Amazone I.
Possum please explain....(pray)(scared)(eek)what happened with you and those oils and how and for what for did you used them??)....... yiikes the very first time I must take notice about such issue... I know that normally the A's and even sometimes B's might have problems with harsh or better said excentric smells like perfumes (almost chemical bombs... I think ??) )
Here is an excerpt from some notes I wrote a while back re this issue..."I always have been sensitive to both sulphur & sulphites & alcohol & can get headaches from particular perfumes, air fresheners etc... Certain plants are naturally high in sulphur, & more so I imagine, when the oils are distilled, so I am now trying to figure out of it is a sulphite or sulphur reaction? Or also a potential reaction to the ethanol/alcohol used in extraction?!? But from talking to them & further research, looks like it could well be the high concentration of phenols in the plants themselves that are the real problem..."  

Plants/fruits etc (as we all know) have a long list of naturally occurring properties, that may cause irritants to us Explorer nonnie types... Monoterpenes, (chemicals found in most essential oils, with citrus oils having a very large percentage of them &  are colourless and highly volatile),  Sesquiterpenes, Phenols, Alcohols, Ethers / Esters, Ketones, (which in large doses, can be a poison to the nervous system & can cause miscarriage, convulsions, and even epileptic fits), Coumarins & Aldehydes (which can be quite harsh, and posibly cause major irritation to both the skin and mucous membranes)
Interesting reading here in both these links... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8565250
http://www.allergy-details.com/chemical-sensitivity/phenol/ http://www.desbio.com/phenolics-intro.html
Posted by: l'ordinateur, Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 1:06am; Reply: 110
thats fascinating about phenols , didn't have a clue about that!
Posted by: Amazone I., Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 2:48pm; Reply: 111
Dianne, please have an eye on this: the big lexicon of the healing gemstones,essential oils and herbs this is a book from Methusalem GmBH in Neu-Ulm in Germany >ISBN no.: 3-9804431-0-8 but this is only in teutonic language, I'm sure that it must be also available in english language... sorry but I can't offer a working internet link... :-/ :B(blush)(goofy) but I must say this is one of the best explanations of psychosomatic interactions and essential oils.... btw... Patricia Davis, an english lady, I presume, does also give excellent advices... :D
But I also can give you mine of my old and long experience  ;) ;D in working with those stuffs.....if this might be you wish (smile)(smarty)(wiseman)

Possum, thanx for the explanations, ok those mentioned ingredients can be the culprit but not the texture of organic oils I presume..... I never have had any client, not even myselve who's extremly sensitive to all kind of stuffs, who re-acted onto organic essential oils....not true... there are some few oils I don't use coz of their toxicity :  thuja,Ysop and campher ... those aren't my friends at all ....(hand)....
Posted by: Easy E, Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 5:21pm; Reply: 112
Sensitivity is good because it can protect you from toxins that others do not perceive.  That is my thoughts!
Posted by: Dianne, Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 11:04pm; Reply: 113
Amazone - I would be interested in your experiences and perhaps try to find the books later. Thanks. :)

Someone told me how when they were younger, their mother would breed a certain species of canaries. She had warned him months before to never light scented candles as it was dangerous for the birds. Well, being a teenager, when she was away one evening he decided to relax, have a drink, light a few candles. The next morning he was shocked to find 3 very sick canaries and two dead ones in the bottom of the cage! He wants to do the SWAMI next month and we go onto the Explorer topic and knows about my sensitivities. He said he'd make sure not to put on cologne.

If I go into someone's home and they have those Glade Scent devices plugged into the wall, I have to ask them to unplug them. Those are absolutely brutal. And those commercials for Febreeze are scary as well!!!

Posted by: Possum, Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 11:15pm; Reply: 114
Quoted from Dianne
Amazone - I would be interested in your experiences and perhaps try to find the books later. Thanks. :)

Someone told me how when they were younger, their mother would breed a certain species of canaries. She had warned him months before to never light scented candles as it was dangerous for the birds. Well, being a teenager, when she was away one evening he decided to relax, have a drink, light a few candles. The next morning he was shocked to find 3 very sick canaries and two dead ones in the bottom of the cage! He wants to do the SWAMI next month and we go onto the Explorer topic and knows about my sensitivities. He said he'd make sure not to put on cologne.

If I go into someone's home and they have those Glade Scent devices plugged into the wall, I have to ask them to unplug them. Those are absolutely brutal. And those commercials for Febreeze are scary as well!!!
Those poor canaries :o Wonder how sensitive he is, if he can wear cologne ??) & that Febreeze?? A few years ago, I used a whole container up on a bed that had been stored against a wall & I used to regularly use those Glade plug ins whenever we had visitors, which was pretty frequently back then...??!! No wonder my sensitivities have increased in recent years::) :o
Posted by: 16596 (Guest), Thursday, February 9, 2012, 4:53pm; Reply: 115
Since this thread is called "Explorer Support" I'm going to post my rambling here, in the hopes that someone can offer some insight. I've been doing BTD on and off for the past few years, more strictly for the past year. In the past month I've started with genotype. Assuming I've done all the calculations correctly, and after double and triple-checking, I believe I'm an Explorer. I immediately began integrating the beneficials into my daily diet -- collard greens/kale/swiss chard smoothies, macadamia nuts, spelt bread, etc., etc. I have just recently started taking milk thistle as well. I am concerned because I don't feel any noticeable difference for the better. If anything, I feel more irritable and irregular, loss of energy, and bloated. I am trying to be patient, but I can't help but wonder if I should go back to BTD when I felt much better, or if maybe I picked the wrong genotype (but I really don't think that's the case).

I admit that I do cheat more often than I should and have too many avoids, but when I did that on BTD it was fine and I bounced back fairly quickly. Now it seems like maybe that's taking more of a tole? I work out 4-5 times a week. I avoid coffee now. I avoid wheat pretty well. Really, the main area I struggle with is sugar, I guess.

Another area I've been weak is black dots. I guess I've kind of thought of them as something not to avoid, but to limit. But in reality, I don't limit them that much. Maybe this is the solution... avoid black dots?

Does anyone have any useful advice to offer? Or can anyone relate to my situation?

Thanks and I appreciate your thoughts.  :)
Posted by: Spring, Thursday, February 9, 2012, 5:15pm; Reply: 116
Some people cannot cheat, period! If I were to eat an orange, for instance, (which is an avoid for me) I could be sure that I would not sleep that night because of the pain in my body. Just one orange would do this. Grapefruit would do almost the same thing even though it is a diamond for me. On the other hand tangerines, which are a diamond too, are wonderful, and I do very well with them. It would be impossible for the diet to address every single issue without guidance from a professional. So we play detective ourselves if none are available! Some people are more sensitive to gluten than others. If they eat a tiny bit of it, their entire digestive system goes crazy. I am that way with lactose unless I supplement with lactase. I completely ignore the avoid list, including its black dots except to make sure a food that is unusual for me isn't on it! There are so MANY wonderful foods that are delicious and beneficial - so why should I bother with something that isn't going to make me feel on top of the world!! (smile)
Posted by: l'ordinateur, Thursday, February 9, 2012, 10:51pm; Reply: 117
Quoted from 16596
. I have just recently started taking milk thistle as well. I am concerned because I don't feel any noticeable difference for the better. If anything, I feel more irritable and irregular, loss of energy, and bloated.


You said that you are taking milk thistle, milk thistle can have an estrogenic effect on the body, which causes all of those symptoms. I know that I felt the same when I took it. Maybe give it a break for a bit and see how you feel.
Posted by: SquarePeg, Friday, February 10, 2012, 8:56pm; Reply: 118
I did better on the Type O diet than on the regular Explorer diet.  The main problem seemed to be the dairy that Explorers can have.  Another issue is all the sweeteners that are Super Beneficial.  I have blood sugar issues, and I do best on a Low Carb (Low Glycemic Index) diet.

What made you want to try the Genotype diet?  Were you having issues on the Type A diet?  If not, just go back to it.  But if the Type A still isn't the best for you, try the SWAMI.
Posted by: Easy E, Saturday, February 11, 2012, 9:13pm; Reply: 119
This is off subject from the last few posts, but i have been pretty much coffee free for almost a month, except for two small cups and one cheat thursday evening.  I have felt much "cleaner" and ironically have more energy.

I drank an irish cream ice latte thursday and it left me feeling "off" all friday, scrambling mentally and trying to remain cool and calm being in the office all day.  I also did not sleep more than an hour that thursday night!  The cream really bloated me.  I don't even desire the stuff anymore.  Unfortunately, i drink some caffeine from other sources on occassion, like sodas, but not frequently.

I am also drinking a lot more water.
Posted by: CasimirJ, Sunday, February 12, 2012, 8:14pm; Reply: 120
Quoted from O in Virginia
I am actually a very good-natured person, almost always wake up in a good mood, but stress will make me bad tempered.  But when it's really BIG stress, like major life changes, I seem to take it in stride.  It's just the ordinary daily stressors that make me want to pull my hair out.  Tell me the world has turned upside down, however, and I come into my own, functioning quite well on overdrive (and adrenaline I suppose).  I think THAT must be very explorer-like.


I really agree with this, same here. I will handle big crisis better than most, but get really stress out by little cumulative things. Wondering if this is a Cortisol versus Adrenaline thing?
Posted by: CasimirJ, Sunday, February 12, 2012, 8:20pm; Reply: 121
Quoted from Easy E


I am like that!  The little dumb things are what i get mad at, esp when i was eating poorly and drinking a lot of caffeine and alcohol.  Exercising for me gets that energy feeling more normal and not excessive.  
I am normally very easygoing, but some things for some reason aggravate me and cause an exaggerated response that i am trying hard to control.  Can't be good for me as i get older.


Definitely agree about the caffeine. According to the Genotype Diet I was a Teacher but with Swami I was an Explorer. Felt so much more accurate. Caffeine can really make a stress basket. Same on the exercise. It makes everything OK and without it everything can be stressful. After completely removing caffeine from my diet, regular exercise is my 2nd big health habit to establish.
Posted by: CasimirJ, Sunday, February 12, 2012, 9:33pm; Reply: 122
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.   ;D  

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   :X   Guess it's the liver doing it his/her way   ;)

Anybody else like this?



Yes, definitely I'm like this. Caffeine is the strongest example but I also had a very bad experience with a pain killer after surgery 2 years ago. Caffeine keeps me up for hours and hours.

Posted by: CasimirJ, Monday, February 13, 2012, 12:06am; Reply: 123
Quoted from l'ordinateur
Explorers can be meso ectomorphic, but still muscular and strong boned, not slightly built.  And teachers have a lot of whorl fingerprints while explorers tend to have mainly loops.

Can any explorers be slightly built? Or would that suggest teacher? I have two whorls very slightly built and sinewy ectomorph, secretor, A positive, both index fingers longer than ring fingers, square jaw . i'll put the swamii data again, it may have been due to the fact that i ticked the environmental allergy box. i have a suspected cat allergy that my histamine levels are always high and i have a cat, which make me a bit reactive. On the measurment table in the book I am a teacher.


My understanding is that there are a lot of different factors that go into Swami determining your predominant Genotype. We all have a number of the Genotypes in us but what Swami tells you is the one you have the highest percentage of. Your Swami diet is not the diet for that Genotype as found in the Genotype Diet book. It is a very specific diet tailored to your unique mix. So you may have a teacher frame, but there are so many other Explorer features to your makeup that this is still the predominant Genotype. Your diet however is far more than this Genotype, it is diet for you personally!

Also on looking at my Swami diet I realized that so many factors are really common sense for just about anyone. For instance please tell me anyone if they had Swami tell them that Ice cream was neutral, I'd say that is always an avoid, or Liquor under the beverage selection. It seems all diets for any genotype recommend quite a bit of fresh vegetables and fruits, more than most people normally eat in our modern world.



Posted by: CasimirJ, Monday, February 13, 2012, 12:12am; Reply: 124
Quoted from l'ordinateur
I am confused as for which excersise is best for me. I am computed as an explorer but I have a teacher geno type frame. Nothing muscular at all and a very petite ectomorph leg and body length equal. I tried running before whilst on anti-depressants and kept it up for a few months, having come off of the anti depressants my cortisol levels were far too high during a run, a run would knock me out for a week. My brother and mother are teacher genotypes. I am confused if an explorer is supposed to be very musclar and asymmetrical as I am neither apart from my fingerprints. The teacher body type fits me. If on the swami I am explorer why does it say I should run?


I think there is running and then there is running. Go online and download a "Couch to 5K" running plan and you'll often find they recommend very gradually switching from walking 6 minutes and running 30 second intervals to eventually after a few months running continuously for the full duration. Straining when starting an exercise program is incredibly common and few people ramp up gradually the way they are supposed to.

Also check out a book called "Chi Running". There is a way to run that is not hard on your body, by having the correct posture. Most people run badly and damage their joints on longer runs. With Chi Running you will be able to run without injury and have a much better experience.
Posted by: l'ordinateur, Monday, February 13, 2012, 9:36pm; Reply: 125
Thanks i'll look for that book, i am now a teacher because i have four whirls but i still think im a bit explorer. the running is great for explorers to de-toxify isnt it? I'm way too reactive to be a teacher although i was thinking it could be more diet and sinus related.
Posted by: CasimirJ, Tuesday, February 14, 2012, 2:05am; Reply: 126
Quoted from l'ordinateur
Thanks i'll look for that book, i am now a teacher because i have four whirls but i still think im a bit explorer. the running is great for explorers to de-toxify isnt it? I'm way too reactive to be a teacher although i was thinking it could be more diet and sinus related.


Yes with running you can literally go "Exploring"  ;) But even as a Teacher I think it's probably great. On my Swami exercise guidelines I have Competitive sports like Soccer, which might not be as ideal for the Teacher Genotype. But running can be very calming and relaxing.
Posted by: l'ordinateur, Wednesday, February 15, 2012, 12:20pm; Reply: 127
I feel it also helps with getting out, getting vitamin d and overcoming anxieties because running feels like such a liberating experience.

Does anyone know why allergic reactions appear generally in the facial area? If I have an allergy it always appears on my face. Why not say the.... shoulder?

It was very interesting the post about phenols maybe many face washes include these phenol ingredients leaving this area more sensitized and more prone to a reaction.
Posted by: Amazone I., Friday, May 25, 2012, 6:45pm; Reply: 128
reacting to allopathic meds... especially painkillers... :-/ but now a question of todays...
I justamente found aspégic forte which consists of DL-Lysini acetylsalicylas 1.8grams
and it corresponds to 1gram of acidum acetylsalicylicum.....

are we- the explorers ok with that stuff??) I don't know if this is purest DL-Lysini acetylsalic. or if that stuff also might be not bearable for us ??)

Any thoughts here from other explorers or even some expereinces on that field to share ??) thank you in advance.... :D
Posted by: Possum, Friday, May 25, 2012, 10:55pm; Reply: 129
Quoted from l'ordinateur
Does anyone know why allergic reactions appear generally in the facial area? If I have an allergy it always appears on my face. Why not say the.... shoulder?

It was very interesting the post about phenols maybe many face washes include these phenol ingredients leaving this area more sensitized and more prone to a reaction.
That makes sense re those face washes leaving this area more sensitized... Also the skin on the face is often more exposed to the air, pollutants & makeup etc... Plus that part of the skin definitely seems to get thinner as we age - again could be from all of the above mentioned effects?! :-/

Posted by: Seraffa, Friday, July 13, 2012, 1:38am; Reply: 130
Hello; do any Explorers find that without sufficient physical exercise, any "avoids" they could have eaten the day before become REPEATS in their bodies 24 hours later????  :-/  Mine do.
Posted by: DoS, Friday, July 13, 2012, 8:17pm; Reply: 131
If you find running relaxing, do you find it relaxing while it is happening, when you hit a runners high, or afterward?
Posted by: 20318 (Guest), Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 5:10pm; Reply: 132
Please Help.

I'm new to the Genotype diet. Just started researching and tested strong for being an Explorer. But I'm feeling rather confused. I'm blood type A and have always felt connected to the vegetarian/vegan blood type diet for A's because I am intollerant to dairy and red meats. But the Explorer diet includes meat and dairy that are in the avoid section in the BTD. ??? Plus the personality traits of the explorer doesnt seem to match very well. In chapter 7 of the book Dr. D says not to stress about the details, if something doesnt fit than it doesnt. So am I just supposed to try to combine the BTD and the GTD to what my body says is ok?

Feeling lost and wondering where I fit in....
Nancy
Posted by: Lola, Wednesday, August 8, 2012, 5:24pm; Reply: 133
welcome! :)

swami will compute a personalized report for you
More information on SWAMI diets can be found at:
http://www.4yourtype.com/swamixp_video.asp
http://www.dadamo.com/media/swami.htm
http://www.dadamo.com/clinic/swamigenotype.htm
http://www.dadamo.com/media/gtd.htm
find out how food rates for you individually, given your personal variables.
Posted by: Dianne, Thursday, August 9, 2012, 3:07am; Reply: 134
SWAMI takes all of the guess work and gives you a personalized print out of what works for you. Sometimes it must be tweaked a little, like if you know you are celiac, don't eat the things that have gluten in them. I believe the SWAMI version 2 due out this autumn (we hope) will have a section for ticking off more conditions than it now has.  :)
Posted by: SquarePeg, Thursday, August 9, 2012, 5:51pm; Reply: 135
I didn't do too well on the Explorer diet, either.  But then I tried SWAMI, and that cut out a lot of the problem foods, such as dairy.  If BTD worked for you, perhaps you should stick to it until you can afford SWAMI.
Posted by: Easy E, Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 11:54pm; Reply: 136
What types of hormonal imbalances are explorers prone to?  I know they are prone to blood irregularities and hormonal imbalances, does anyone know what they are...like bad ratio of testostrone to estrogen, or other types of hormones?  
Posted by: Amazone I., Thursday, September 6, 2012, 11:33am; Reply: 137
ok I'll reply to my question once asked by myselve..... ;D yess we can have that stuff... even in higher amounts.... but I begun with 500mg's all 2-3 hours.... no problems at all  :D
Posted by: Brenna, Saturday, November 24, 2012, 8:09am; Reply: 138
How can I do the liver detox when I can't drink apple juice? or any other juice? i have serious bloood sugar issues
Posted by: Dianne, Saturday, November 24, 2012, 7:59pm; Reply: 139
Quoted from Brenna
How can I do the liver detox when I can't drink apple juice? or any other juice? i have serious bloood sugar issues


Purchase - malic acid capsules. That is what contained in the apple juice and is recommended for various cleanses for those who are diabetic and want to do cleanses that require apple juice.  :)
Posted by: Brenna, Saturday, November 24, 2012, 8:27pm; Reply: 140
hmm malic acid? and do you know per chance how much I should take on the monthly cleanse?
Posted by: Brenna, Sunday, November 25, 2012, 7:58pm; Reply: 141
anybody?
Posted by: ABJoe, Sunday, November 25, 2012, 8:25pm; Reply: 142
Quoted from Brenna
hmm malic acid? and do you know per chance how much I should take on the monthly cleanse?

Here is a thread discussing this...  I don't know how accurate it is...

http://curezone.com/forums/am.asp?i=917728
Posted by: Easy E, Sunday, November 25, 2012, 10:11pm; Reply: 143
You can use a milk thistle supplement.  I began using this again as i began to take on the symptoms below:

I struggle with liver sluggishness (liver chi stagnation in chinese medicine).  Some signs of this can be irritability, distention in the abdomen, distention in breasts (even in men), tight throat, sighing, and inappropriate anger when the liver is strained.

It can transform to heat and attack the stomach, spleen and heart (called liver fire invading stomach, spleen, heart, lung, etc.).  This will give acid reflux, burping, insomia, rapid pulse, thirst for cold fluids, excessive appetite, and feeling the mind can't relax to go to sleep, flushing of face, and redness/dry eyes.

Can also go to lungs and cause allergies, asthma, coughing, excessive phlegm, depression.

The liver is like the gas pedal for good functioning of other organs in the body.  It controls smooth flow of blood and energy, and stores blood as well.  

This is how it is seen from the traditional chinese medical perspective.  Can help get to root of problem.
Posted by: Xuxuzinha, Thursday, November 29, 2012, 1:21pm; Reply: 144
Quoted from Dianne
SWAMI takes all of the guess work and gives you a personalized print out of what works for you. Sometimes it must be tweaked a little, like if you know you are celiac, don't eat the things that have gluten in them. I believe the SWAMI version 2 due out this autumn (we hope) will have a section for ticking off more conditions than it now has.  :)


Any news on that and do we need to pay something?
Posted by: ABJoe, Thursday, November 29, 2012, 4:56pm; Reply: 145
Quoted from Xuxuzinha
Any news on that and do we need to pay something?

If you have/use SWAMI Xpress, then the update(when available) is included.

If you don't have SWAMI, you have to buy it to use it.
http://www.4yourtype.com/prodinfo.asp?number=ED070
Posted by: Lin, Saturday, December 1, 2012, 12:26am; Reply: 146
Easy E,
Great info.
I also struggle with liver sluggishness and do Acupuncture with a great woman who is Chinese.
I didn't realise it could cause distention in the abdomen.  
Also the rapid pulse which isn't so bad now, the thirst and dry eyes.
Curious if you go this from a book you can recommend?
thanks for sharing, Lin
Posted by: Seraffa, Monday, December 3, 2012, 6:32am; Reply: 147
Here's a great article on Liver as the engine of your body, and the cause of leptin resistance http://www.jackkruse.com/leptin-part-deux-the-liver/. Curiously enough, relating back to what someone, above, asked about Explorer hormonal imbalances, some studies show that if you have high androgens in your system....you will never wind up with fatty liver disease as a byproduct of leptin resistance. HOWEVER, as a nonnie....I am going to have to go ahead and adress SOMETHING with my liver....because actually, at 192 pounds for a few years now.....I am not diabetic, and my blood pressure is good -- even low. So I do believe my "engine" needs help.

And I will start answering my own question from a few months ago about "repeats of avoids" in a person's system within 24 hours....making them suceptible to eating more avoids even if they're trying to fight the overwhelming urge. I think this is a nonnie explorer thing, and has to do with the body tissues and lymphatic system being invaded, clogged, and fueled by avoids. I have no idea how long it takes for cells themselves to push out waste material, but I wager the cells are faster at it than the lympth nodes ever will be.

PS: I wonder if there are other nonnie explorers out there who, if attacked by ragweed pollen, find the pollen even hurts the gums around the teeth...it does with me...all itchy and sharp.

PSS: I have found tapioca, (and, I would think any other gelatinous beneficial foods would do this too) to be an excellent soother and medium to carry away offending material in the body. Thank you dear God for the gift of Manioc root!!
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, December 3, 2012, 10:57am; Reply: 148
as said, give a try to use milk thiste, btw. apple juice a biig no-go for me too ;)....or NAC as an amino acid  :D and can you have artichocs??)
Posted by: Easy E, Wednesday, December 5, 2012, 2:04pm; Reply: 149
Green tea seems to be helpful too.  I started drinking my decaf green tea i have again and even regular green tea is good.  I'm drinking some right now ;D
Posted by: Seraffa, Thursday, January 10, 2013, 10:57pm; Reply: 150
Being eaten up by an allergy today, but daily pollen count only says mold is around and mold is "low"..

Has anyone ever had an allergy where you felt like the pollen sticks to the GUMS of your teeth and makes them ache and itch and burn??? This is what always happens to me to let me know something has just blown in on the air! But I don't know why it has to be my GUMS......

Will look for a yeast infection protocol or something.....I dunno this is that "special time of the month" and I think it is both shocking and interesting to read that one woman was even allergic to her own PROGESTERONE and has made a website for awareness of progesterone reactions.....https://www.facebook.com/lori.cody.35
Posted by: Seraffa, Thursday, January 10, 2013, 11:33pm; Reply: 151
It's probably yeast......bit and swallowed my first caplet of stinging nettle 10 minutes ago and I can already feel some subsiding....I get a headache with this allergy, always....but "feeling like you're in your right mind" again is priceless while you're healing....these allergies are like swarms of bees that follow you and sting you when you haven't even gone looking for them or done them any wrong!  :B
Posted by: Seraffa, Monday, January 14, 2013, 8:29pm; Reply: 152
Has anyone EVER HAD AN ALLERGIC reaction to someone in their household cooking WHITE POTATOES AND PORK? It's going on right now as my blood type A mother is in one of her "moods" and is cooking up a storm! Please respond!
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, January 14, 2013, 8:38pm; Reply: 153
ahem sorry what do you mean ??) ...........and yup I also can confirm my own yeast incompatibilities.... :o :-/ :B but sorry will never be neither on twitter nor on any other *labering chains*  similar to fb or ,,,,,,,,,,,, :o :-/ :X(hand)(happy)(shrug)
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, January 14, 2013, 8:41pm; Reply: 154
Quoted from Seraffa
Has anyone EVER HAD AN ALLERGIC reaction to someone in their household cooking WHITE POTATOES AND PORK?

My DD and I both respond negatively to some smells in the air, whether it be from cooking or some other things...  

DD has reaction to tomatoes and tomato sauces...

I react to corn syrup and items with a combination of fat and corn...

The best I can say is to increase the distance from the source of the irritant...
Posted by: Averno, Monday, January 14, 2013, 9:12pm; Reply: 155
Quoted from Seraffa
Has anyone EVER HAD AN ALLERGIC reaction to someone in their household cooking WHITE POTATOES AND PORK? It's going on right now as my blood type A mother is in one of her "moods" and is cooking up a storm! Please respond!


The vibe I get from the aroma of pork cooking is a weird, angry fear response. In the throat, chest and adrenals. A "feral" sort of feeling that I'd want to shake out of me.  I ate it in the past and simply discarded this reaction as irrational. But when I read Dr. D's description of pigs as toxic animals, it made perfect sense.
Posted by: Seraffa, Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 6:21am; Reply: 156
Well thanks, y'all -- all I could do was open up the 2 windows in my room to let the icy January air blow in, cause I was coughing and hacking, and I was okay after a while. I do admit I have to do some serious yeast killing this month. The yeast seems to partner with the allergens and vice-versa, giving an allergic - like response. My spat-out listerine came out just as bubbly as champagne today....EWWWWW!!!
Posted by: Seraffa, Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 6:28am; Reply: 157
Quoted from Amazone I.
ahem sorry what do you mean ??) ...........and yup I also can confirm my own yeast incompatibilities.... :o :-/ :B but sorry will never be neither on twitter nor on any other *labering chains*  similar to fb or ,,,,,,,,,,,, :o :-/ :X(hand)(happy)(shrug)


Aw man I thought you forgave me for calling you "chicken" about a month ago...lol.
OKAY, GOTCHA
Posted by: Amazone I., Tuesday, January 15, 2013, 11:48am; Reply: 158
I do have reaction on chicken !!!! ;) ;D ;D ;D

and yup I can't stand the smell neither from porc nor potatoes and even here... I never will eat em .... :D(hand)(goofy)(tongue)(scared)(shrug) btw...obviously your j-part runs you heavily ??) ;) ;D......
Posted by: Seraffa, Thursday, January 17, 2013, 9:22pm; Reply: 159
Okay Explorers...I think DoS was right about the yeast issue. Been using stinging nettles to attack the yeast wherever it is. Here I am sitting in my home in the dead of winter with no flu, but after making a powerful diamond meal in addition to this last night......I wake up to a massive headache and sinus that disspiates with lots of water and more stinging nettles, but turns into burning, itchy eyes for 2 hours. I've noticed the nettles have stopped any tendency towards bulimia in its tracks too. Now I don't have to go buying Maca or anything else, or guess that this is a hormonal thing anymore. I guess it's time to explore "bringing in the gut flora army " and continuing with the nettles for the next 6 weeks.....oh yeast how I hate you!!! This yeast will fight me and fight me losing weight unless I make it die. The yeast also makes me want to go back to bed when I need to work my job.

I was just wondering tho, since it's not recommended to have oregano oil, if I could/should drink some oregano tea occasionally?
Posted by: Lin, Thursday, January 17, 2013, 10:10pm; Reply: 160
Seraffa,
Off and on I get burning, itchy eyes   ...never thought of it being connected to a possible yeast reaction...will have to pay attention to that.

Not sure about oregano tea, but I do often use the herb liberally on food.  Chamomile tea?

Lin
Posted by: Jesi, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 5:47pm; Reply: 161
Hi guys I have a question...I've been doing the explorer diet for a few weeks now (after doing the hunter diet for two years...therefore LOTS of avoids unfortunately). My skin has cleared up and is slowly healing and I feel pretty good. I even had to stop taking my B complex!
My question is in regards to joint pain. I've been eating mostly super foods and lots of diamonds (pinto beans and brown rice is my favorite food! So I'm very happy with the explorer diet). My fingers have been hurting terribly, to the point where I thought I had broken my middle finger last week! Now that my right hand and shoulder are hurting badly too I know it's more of an inflammation thing. I can't even open any bottle caps or even lift up a gallon of milk. I'm not eating avoids so I'm guessing it has to do with detoxing? I'm in SO much pain. Any suggestions? I'm breastfeeding so I can't do any heavy detoxing.
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 7:27pm; Reply: 162
Quoted from Jesi
My question is in regards to joint pain. I've been eating mostly super foods and lots of diamonds (pinto beans and brown rice is my favorite food! So I'm very happy with the explorer diet). My fingers have been hurting terribly, to the point where I thought I had broken my middle finger last week! Now that my right hand and shoulder are hurting badly too I know it's more of an inflammation thing. I can't even open any bottle caps or even lift up a gallon of milk. I'm not eating avoids so I'm guessing it has to do with detoxing? I'm in SO much pain. Any suggestions?

Reduce the ratio of beneficial foods to neutral foods.  The Beneficial foods are "healing", where neutral are food value.  When you reduce the ratio of beneficial foods, the healing will slow down some so you should be in less pain.  Unfortunately, when I try to do this too much, the body starts asking for more more beneficial nutrients which is hurting in a different way.  You may have to work with this some to find the best balanced point for you...  The balance point may also vary, though so it may be more frustrating than the pain is...
Posted by: Jesi, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 7:38pm; Reply: 163
So you think the pain is a "good" sign then? My middle finger is not hurting so much today...it hurt for about two weeks. Today it's my right hand and right shoulder where I have an old injury. It's KILLING me. I guess I am so afraid of doing the wrong diet again. I'm an all or nothing type person so I took the hunter diet to heart for so long. I literally aged ten years if you look at me. Makes me so mad at myself. I hope I can heal quickly...but like you said I might take it down a notch and see...maybe no more beans and rice for every meal!
Posted by: Dianne, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 7:45pm; Reply: 164
I went through a rough patch as well for the past two months with joint pain and inflammation and was aware that my hormones were all over the place and my diet had not changed. The hormone stuff has settled down and no more pain.

When it was at its worse, I would take 2 Tbs flax oil daily, one in the afternoon and then at bedtime. If I forgot, then it was 2 at bedtime.

When I talked to a friend of mine who is older than I am, she says that it can still happen to her at times and she is in her 70's! You get this weird burning in part of your lymph system....70% of our immune system is wrapped up in our "gut".  
Posted by: Jesi, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 7:57pm; Reply: 165
Oh cool...I started taking 2 tb of flaxseed oil a day about a week ago. The funny thing was that after quitting so much butter, my baby stopped sleeping through the night, and now wakes up 3-4 times! I figured I better find some beneficial fat ASAP! He slept though the night two nights ago and only woke up twice last night. I was thinking of maybe doing 1 tb flax and 1 tb olive oil? Since it heals the liver I've read. I might try that today.
Posted by: ABJoe, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 7:58pm; Reply: 166
Quoted from Jesi
So you think the pain is a "good" sign then? My middle finger is not hurting so much today...it hurt for about two weeks. Today it's my right hand and right shoulder where I have an old injury. It's KILLING me.

I've found that if I have pain in old injury locations when I know my diet is very good, it is indicating that healing is happening in those places.  It can take time depending on what has to heal, but it is worth it.
Posted by: Jesi, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 8:21pm; Reply: 167
Ok good...that makes the pain more bearable! I hadn't had pain in that shoulder since I gave up wheat two years ago!
Posted by: Dianne, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 9:14pm; Reply: 168
Quoted from Jesi
Oh cool...I started taking 2 tb of flaxseed oil a day about a week ago. The funny thing was that after quitting so much butter, my baby stopped sleeping through the night, and now wakes up 3-4 times! I figured I better find some beneficial fat ASAP! He slept though the night two nights ago and only woke up twice last night. I was thinking of maybe doing 1 tb flax and 1 tb olive oil? Since it heals the liver I've read. I might try that today.


Unfortunately because I no longer have a gallbladder, olive oil just repeats on me and my digestion gets sluggish and so I take Dr. D's Hepatiguard for my liver. Flax oil makes everything in my body relax, it's like what I imagine taking a sedative would be like and absolutely no problem with constant burping! It would be good for sure for you to have one Tbs of each. Interesting about your baby's sleep pattern and butter isn't it?  :)
Posted by: Spring, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 9:52pm; Reply: 169
Here I had been wondering about my eyes bothering me all day with a slight headache, and, bingo! Seraffa mentions stinging nettle, one of my favorite supplements! Already taken a capsule! It is magical!
Posted by: Dianne, Saturday, January 19, 2013, 11:29pm; Reply: 170
Quoted from Spring
Here I had been wondering about my eyes bothering me all day with a slight headache, and, bingo! Seraffa mentions stinging nettle, one of my favorite supplements! Already taken a capsule! It is magical!


I need to get me some of that! Gotta get fortified for allergy season. I usually start in February. Great reminder and also, Amazone(Isa) recommends a boswellia product that has superb results.
I'm going to give that a try as well.  :)
Posted by: Jesi, Sunday, January 20, 2013, 12:18am; Reply: 171
Oooh I love nettle! I get mine in bulk. I make a fresh batch every afternoon and leave it for 24 hours.
Posted by: Seraffa, Thursday, January 24, 2013, 6:09am; Reply: 172
I have a suspected Lactose intolerance now with all the allergy coming back after consuming Feta and am trying to remember -- who still among us Explorers has lactose intolerance? Thanks  :'(
Posted by: Amazone I., Thursday, January 24, 2013, 7:34am; Reply: 173
here am I with l-intolerance but it's amazing once upon the times reactions are immediately and once upon the times no reaction at all... perhaps does it depend if my B-part declares its presence ??) ;) ;D....therefore + - all  products from cow's milk.... merley a (hand) for me.....but here the problem was I felt in love with *bifidus-products*.... :-/ :o :B :B so far... as less as possible or ok as a fine laxativum ??) !!  ;) ;D ;D
Posted by: SquarePeg, Tuesday, January 29, 2013, 7:05pm; Reply: 174
Quoted from SquarePeg
I didn't do too well on the Explorer diet, either.  But then I tried SWAMI, and that cut out a lot of the problem foods, such as dairy.  If BTD worked for you, perhaps you should stick to it until you can afford SWAMI.
In case you missed it the first time.... ;)

Posted by: Spring, Thursday, January 31, 2013, 4:24pm; Reply: 175
Quoted from Seraffa
I have a suspected Lactose intolerance now with all the allergy coming back after consuming Feta and am trying to remember -- who still among us Explorers has lactose intolerance? Thanks  :'(

I am lactose intolerant, but SWAMI has Feta as a superfood for me. I also have mozzarella as a superfood but cottage cheese is the only one I can eat without taking lactase, but I actually do better if I go ahead and take lactase with it too. I don't notice any allergies. It is just that I can't digest most milk products without lactase.
Posted by: SquarePeg, Thursday, January 31, 2013, 8:23pm; Reply: 176
Someone (Lola?) suggested that SWAMI assumes lactose intolerance for type O users.  Yet I have a few dairy choices, such as mozzarella cheese.  Under GTD, that sophistication is lost.  Type O Explorers under GTD get way/(whey) too much dairy IMO.
Posted by: prunella, Thursday, January 31, 2013, 10:59pm; Reply: 177
As an O nonnie Explorer, I struggle with the dairy amounts.
Swami allows me 5 servings of 3-4 ounces weekly.  I never eat that much.

The whey cheeses, parmesan, pecorino, romano are diamonds and seem fine. But I never eat a lot--sprinkle it on stuff, add it to pesto, etc.
About twice per month, I eat a neutral cheese, such as manchego or quark.

If I eat gluten free pizza, with compliant cheeses, I pay with fatigue, runny nose and inflammation.
Posted by: Dianne, Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:04am; Reply: 178
Quoted from prunella
As an O nonnie Explorer, I struggle with the dairy amounts.
Swami allows me 5 servings of 3-4 ounces weekly.  I never eat that much.

The whey cheeses, parmesan, pecorino, romano are diamonds and seem fine. But I never eat a lot--sprinkle it on stuff, add it to pesto, etc.
About twice per month, I eat a neutral cheese, such as manchego or quark.

If I eat gluten free pizza, with compliant cheeses, I pay with fatigue, runny nose and inflammation.


The bought gf pizzas at stores and/or restaurants usually use cornstarch, and gums which can make some react. I can do it once in a blue moon but that's about it. Those gums seem to paralyze my insides.  :)

Posted by: Dianne, Friday, February 1, 2013, 12:11am; Reply: 179
Quoted from SquarePeg
Someone (Lola?) suggested that SWAMI assumes lactose intolerance for type O users.  Yet I have a few dairy choices, such as mozzarella cheese.  Under GTD, that sophistication is lost.  Type O Explorers under GTD get way/(whey) too much dairy IMO.


My sentiments. I get quite a few neutrals, the only one which I'll have sometimes is parmesan.
The superbeneficials are feta and mozarella which I have a few time per month. The great thing about parmesan is that I grate it with a micro grater and it is fluffy, the taste is nice and strong so I need a little to pack a flavour. If I don't have cheese I can have 5 tsp. ghee weekly which I don't always digest well (no gallbladder), even olive oil is a problem, but I can have my 1 Tbs. flax oil with no problems. I use Intrinsia to get the butyric acid for which the ghee is known to be beneficial. :)

Posted by: prunella, Friday, February 1, 2013, 2:14am; Reply: 180
Hmmmm. I may need to revise my last statement about eating pizza.  I get the fatigue, etc if I eat a GF frozen Trader Joe's pizza.  
If I make the dough myself, using tapioca flour, the outcome is much better, although tapioca has been a black dot.
Posted by: Lola, Friday, February 1, 2013, 6:36am; Reply: 181
Quoted Text
SWAMI assumes lactose intolerance for type O users.



you obviously haven t ran a swami? or have forgotten the questionnaire therein

it clearly asks if you are lactose intolerant

and right after that one, asks if you are caffeine sensitive

no surprises or assumptions......simply a brilliant piece of software designed by Dr D
Posted by: Averno, Friday, February 1, 2013, 2:56pm; Reply: 182


My type O wife loves dairy. She's not lactose intolerant at all, but cannot have it for myriad other reasons given by BTD/GTD.
Posted by: SquarePeg, Saturday, February 2, 2013, 6:03pm; Reply: 183
Quoted from Lola



you obviously haven t ran a swami? or have forgotten the questionnaire therein

it clearly asks if you are lactose intolerant

and right after that one, asks if you are caffeine sensitive

no surprises or assumptions......simply a brilliant piece of software designed by Dr D


Of course I've run SWAMI. I know that it asks for lactose intolerance. But if you don't know whether you are, then it will assume lactose intolerance, or so I believe.
Posted by: Victoria, Saturday, February 2, 2013, 9:16pm; Reply: 184
Quoted from ABJoe

Reduce the ratio of beneficial foods to neutral foods.  The Beneficial foods are "healing", where neutral are food value.  When you reduce the ratio of beneficial foods, the healing will slow down some so you should be in less pain.  Unfortunately, when I try to do this too much, the body starts asking for more more beneficial nutrients which is hurting in a different way.  You may have to work with this some to find the best balanced point for you...  The balance point may also vary, though so it may be more frustrating than the pain is...


My approach is the other direction.  Like Jesi and ABJoe, I also get pain in areas of old injuries and weak places in my body, when I'm heavily detoxing.  I like to keep my momentum going as much as possible and I usually increase the ratios of beneficials.  I also make sure I'm not getting any hidden toxins/avoids or black dots.  
Posted by: Seraffa, Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 2:38am; Reply: 185
Sorry to interrupt the train of thought; hey A Explorers!  I have found some martial arts that, in practise and spiritual theory, would be BENEFICIAL to us on the "more vigorous end " of exercise if you're an A and "have that need to sweat and meditate" while not overtraining your body. It took a little while to go through lots and lots of definitions of the descriptions of different martial arts, but I will come back here and list them if I give them a try for a month, and find them SUCCESSFUL. Otherwise, if I listed them now and they be in error, I would be leading everyone else into error also. In the meantime - could those Explorers who are pracising tai chi or quigong on the "soft side" of the martial arts -- or any martial arts, for that matter, give me a pm our of fellowship? It would be much appreciated. :-) :-) :-) Ty!
Posted by: Easy E, Friday, March 1, 2013, 5:53pm; Reply: 186
I love martial arts and as an A explorer, i find that they are beneficial.  

Do a heavy bag workout using footwork, and you will sweat good!  Also i find the slow gentle exercises to have a good effect on me.  They help with strength and focus.

Martial arts, even tai chi (a martial art) uses explosive power and is quite fast sometimes.  The slow movements are practiced to train focus and using the muscles and body right, coordinated with breathing to get the most power.  Then when moving fast, one moves efficiently and more effectively.  A well practiced tai chi person could send a person flying into a wall that comes into contact with them, with very little visible movement.  Short power (as its called in tai chi) can cause serious damage.  It is concentrated and focused like a laser.  Tai chi is self defense capable of killing and maiming if the intention and skill is there.

I practice tai chi exercises daily for general health, but these alone do not give me the exercise i need to feel my best.  There is always a potential to over exercise with intense exercise, so it is good not to fall into a trap of overexercising, because this is probably even worse than not doing it enough in terms of stressing the body.  (I did this a few months ago but corrected it).

I am no tai chi master and can't kill people with it (but maybe maim them;).  But i do love to break a sweat and it is important to get the heart rate up and feel some exhertion.
Posted by: Seraffa, Friday, March 1, 2013, 6:38pm; Reply: 187
Quoted from Easy E
I love martial arts and as an A explorer, i find that they are beneficial.  

Do a heavy bag workout using footwork, and you will sweat good!  Also i find the slow gentle exercises to have a good effect on me.  They help with strength and focus.

Martial arts, even tai chi (a martial art) uses explosive power and is quite fast sometimes.  The slow movements are practiced to train focus and using the muscles and body right, coordinated with breathing to get the most power.  Then when moving fast, one moves efficiently and more effectively.  A well practiced tai chi person could send a person flying into a wall that comes into contact with them, with very little visible movement.  Short power (as its called in tai chi) can cause serious damage.  It is concentrated and focused like a laser.  Tai chi is self defense capable of killing and maiming if the intention and skill is there.

I practice tai chi exercises daily for general health, but these alone do not give me the exercise i need to feel my best.  There is always a potential to over exercise with intense exercise, so it is good not to fall into a trap of overexercising, because this is probably even worse than not doing it enough in terms of stressing the body.  (I did this a few months ago but corrected it).

I am no tai chi master and can't kill people with it (but maybe maim them;).  But i do love to break a sweat and it is important to get the heart rate up and feel some exhertion.


Thanks for reporting in, Easy. One can use the supposition that an A Explorer (i'm not defining differences between estrogen/testosterone, and female/male muscle mass in each, just yet) are ~somewhere~ akin to what B's would need, but on the lower end, yes,  without the overtraining. As a female with less muscle mass I'm not attracted to a workout bag ~yet~ but martial arts are very all-encompassing in usefulness and some defense strokes with a bag maybe (2-5%?) of training time sound like the perfect icing on the cake.  :)
Posted by: Seraffa, Friday, March 1, 2013, 6:44pm; Reply: 188
May I break in and ask a totally unrelated question, Explorers? I'm trying to address a potential "lactic acid buildup problem" -- do you find any issues with excess lactic acid inflammation for any reason; and if you do, what are the occasions for it building up, and why? (i.e. do you find it happening from diet, exercise or lack of, or from other medical reasons?)
Posted by: Easy E, Sunday, March 3, 2013, 2:50am; Reply: 189
The overtrainng can happen to anyone.  Especially when starting or when doing too much too soon.  I overdid it with my road bicycle this past fall and could not fall asleep at night, which took away instead of helping.  The stress hormones kicked in to counter the sapped energy to keep me going.

I was riding like 90 to 120 minutes a day at a fast rate from scratch pretty much.  The road bike was different than other bikes i had ridden, and it is a real workout.  So now i do like 30 minute rides 4 or so days a week at a moderate pace with some spints worked in.  I still like always do my favorite tai chi/qigong exercises.

I also put pressure on myself to train and do ultra rides, but this takes time.  There is never a need to ride 100 miles!!!  I think A explorers need to take it slower than O explorers and build up slower, even though they are explorers.  So i jumped in head over heels and had to do other things to recover like the exercises and some punching bag workouts and whatever else.  I find stop/start activities with all out bursts the most beneficial overall as opposed to constant moderate exercise like cycling.  Most important for me is to enjoy it and it not be a chore.
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, March 3, 2013, 8:07am; Reply: 190
Quoted from Seraffa
May I break in and ask a totally unrelated question, Explorers? I'm trying to address a potential "lactic acid buildup problem" -- do you find any issues with excess lactic acid inflammation for any reason; and if you do, what are the occasions for it building up, and why? (i.e. do you find it happening from diet, exercise or lack of, or from other medical reasons?)
I have heard it is from not doing enough of a cool down enough after exercise :-/ I have also heard bicarb is a good antidote...?!

Posted by: O in Virginia, Sunday, March 3, 2013, 6:44pm; Reply: 191
Quoted from Dianne
My sentiments. I get quite a few neutrals, the only one which I'll have sometimes is parmesan.  The superbeneficials are feta and mozarella which I have a few time per month. The great thing about parmesan is that I grate it with a micro grater and it is fluffy, the taste is nice and strong so I need a little to pack a flavour. If I don't have cheese I can have 5 tsp. ghee weekly which I don't always digest well (no gallbladder), even olive oil is a problem, but I can have my 1 Tbs. flax oil with no problems. I use Intrinsia to get the butyric acid for which the ghee is known to be beneficial. :)


I am so envious of you who get cheeses.  I never really knew whether or not I was lactose intolerant, so swami has me ticked as lactose intolerant.  I only get ghee and buffalo milk as supers, and quark as a neutral.  All other dairy is either a black dot or an outright avoid.  :(  I eat cheese *in moderate amounts* anyway.  I don't intend to live the rest of my life avoiding cheese, as I love it so much, but I do try to watch my intake, which can creep up.  Small amounts on occasion seem ok.  I had some cheese and wine last night and I feel fine today.  I don't get digestive discomfort from fresh cheeses like chevre and mozzarella, but I become awfully congested after eating cheese.  And they make me gain weight overnight.  I love my ghee.  It is a staple in my diet now.  I suppose I am not really lactose intolerant.  But milk gives me gas, so maybe I am lactose intolerant.   ??)  I don't miss milk and I can't remember the last time I had any.
Posted by: Dianne, Sunday, March 3, 2013, 6:53pm; Reply: 192
Quoted from O in Virginia


I am so envious of you who get cheeses.  I never really knew whether or not I was lactose intolerant, so swami has me ticked as lactose intolerant.  I only get ghee and buffalo milk as supers, and quark as a neutral.  All other dairy is either a black dot or an outright avoid.  :(  I eat cheese *in moderate amounts* anyway.  I don't intend to live the rest of my life avoiding cheese, as I love it so much, but I do try to watch my intake, which can creep up.  Small amounts on occasion seem ok.  I had some cheese and wine last night and I feel fine today.  I don't get digestive discomfort from fresh cheeses like chevre and mozzarella, but I become awfully congested after eating cheese.  And they make me gain weight overnight.  I love my ghee.  It is a staple in my diet now.  I suppose I am not really lactose intolerant.  But milk gives me gas, so maybe I am lactose intolerant.   ??)  I don't miss milk and I can't remember the last time I had any.


I did check off lactose intolerant because I know that I am, but I still have quite a few neutrals.
The other day, I bought a different brand of organic parmesan and it stated that it was lactose free. That makes me assume that most of them are not as I've never seen that before.  :)
Posted by: O in Virginia, Sunday, March 3, 2013, 6:58pm; Reply: 193
Quoted from Dianne


I did check off lactose intolerant because I know that I am, but I still have quite a few neutrals.
The other day, I bought a different brand of organic parmesan and it stated that it was lactose free. That makes me assume that most of them are not as I've never seen that before.  :)


Well, in that case maybe I'm not given cheeses because I'm too fat!   ;)
Posted by: Seraffa, Monday, March 4, 2013, 3:26am; Reply: 194
Quoted from Easy E
  The stress hormones kicked in to counter the sapped energy to keep me going.

I also put pressure on myself to train and do ultra rides, but this takes time.  There is never a need to ride 100 miles!!!

I find stop/start activities with all out bursts the most beneficial overall as opposed to constant moderate exercise like cycling.  Most important for me is to enjoy it and it not be a chore.


--- Oh God how I hate those stress hormones. They're bad like Monster EnergyDrink
--- Only if you're en route moving back to the parent's estate, and the car dies
    out in the Mohave Desert  :o
--- We still need to remind ourselves as ancient farmers that we contain bursts    
    of speed within in critical situations (like, when we see a wolf
    approaching to eat a toddler who wandered outside the enclosure )  ;D

Thank you, thank you!

Posted by: Seraffa, Monday, March 4, 2013, 3:27am; Reply: 195
Quoted from Possum
I have heard it is from not doing enough of a cool down enough after exercise :-/ I have also heard bicarb is a good antidote...?!



Mine was from STRESS and LACK OF MOVEMENT and MORE STRESS. Goody.
Thank you, thank you!  :)

Posted by: Easy E, Monday, March 4, 2013, 2:08pm; Reply: 196
Quoted from Seraffa


--- Oh God how I hate those stress hormones. They're bad like Monster EnergyDrink
--- Only if you're en route moving back to the parent's estate, and the car dies
    out in the Mohave Desert  :o
--- We still need to remind ourselves as ancient farmers that we contain bursts    
    of speed within in critical situations (like, when we see a wolf
    approaching to eat a toddler who wandered outside the enclosure )  ;D

Thank you, thank you!

The cycling is good for explorers, i think it is best to put in some shorter faster rides, like 30 minutes max as opposed to long slow rides of 1.5 to 2 hours.  It is very easy to overtrain in cycling because it feels like one could ride and ride and you don't realize how tired you are until you get off :o I

Also, i am sensitive to stress hormones (like everything else)!  So i do not plan on entering the tour de france anytime soon!  

Posted by: Vivian, Monday, March 4, 2013, 4:48pm; Reply: 197
Seraffa, with regards to inflammation, I have noticed something new w/ me.

I have plantar faciitis in my feet (inflammation of the tendons on the bottom of the feet & heel).  It is extremely painful.  I have gone to treatment for it for years...podiatrists, orthopedists, reflexologists, massage therapists, physical therapists, cortizone shots, and most recently a brace that I have been wearing.  

Anyway, I have noticed that when I stopped eating wheat for a couple of weeks, the pain reduced significantly, about 85%.  Then I went back to eating wheat, and the pain returned.  I got the message, so I stopped eating wheat again for about 2 weeks now, and the pain is down again.  No pain = no inflammation.  So for me, I suspect that the wheat is contributing to the inflammation of the tendons.  The ones on the bottom of my feet I can tell are inflammed because it causes pain.  I also suspect, that I may have inflammation in other parts of my body that are also reducing, although I may not be able to tell yet.  

Wheat is an avoid on my Swami...I am following it much more closely as of late.  Like someone else said on this forum...Avoid the Avoids...  My new Mantra.  (smile)
Posted by: ABJoe, Monday, March 4, 2013, 5:13pm; Reply: 198
Quoted from Vivian
Like someone else said on this forum...Avoid the Avoids...  My new Mantra.  (smile)

This is good to say, but the brain needs something positive to think about.  you don't want to be thinking about avoids all the time, it is much better to think about beneficial foods, or something else that will have a positive impact on your life.  Try to develop an action statement that is positive.  
Example:
Replace the avoids with beneficials.

Posted by: Seraffa, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 1:20am; Reply: 199
Quoted from Vivian
Seraffa, with regards to inflammation, I have noticed something new w/ me.

I have plantar faciitis in my feet (inflammation of the tendons on the bottom of the feet & heel).  It is extremely painful.  I have gone to treatment for it for years...podiatrists, orthopedists, reflexologists, massage therapists, physical therapists, cortizone shots, and most recently a brace that I have been wearing.  

Anyway, I have noticed that when I stopped eating wheat for a couple of weeks, the pain reduced significantly, about 85%.  Then I went back to eating wheat, and the pain returned.  I got the message, so I stopped eating wheat again for about 2 weeks now, and the pain is down again.  No pain = no inflammation.  So for me, I suspect that the wheat is contributing to the inflammation of the tendons.  The ones on the bottom of my feet I can tell are inflammed because it causes pain.  I also suspect, that I may have inflammation in other parts of my body that are also reducing, although I may not be able to tell yet.  

Wheat is an avoid on my Swami...I am following it much more closely as of late.  Like someone else said on this forum...Avoid the Avoids...  My new Mantra.  (smile)


How about that...and you are even a secretor....good
Posted by: Seraffa, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 1:27am; Reply: 200
Quoted from ABJoe

This is good to say, but the brain needs something positive to think about.  you don't want to be thinking about avoids all the time, it is much better to think about beneficial foods, or something else that will have a positive impact on your life.  Try to develop an action statement that is positive.  
Example:
Replace the avoids with beneficials.



This is VERY true because I have just replaced a sales job at home with a more "normal" job, working for an answering service. Action statements that are positive bring us back to ourselves. For years I"ve been trying to motivate myself with "if you don't do this pretty soon, here's whats going to happen to you, then you will come to a horrible end, and you will wind up like (blah blah blah) and you know what....it may work in the short run but afterwards, it robs me of thinking of a normal life. I guess its just as bad as watching a violent movie, or being out in a crowd too long. I'm cursed with hyper-awareness, yet being my own taskmaster in order to see results just doesn't even let me see the day, let alone enjoy the next one. And that's another reason I don't like our modern age. We're surrounded by career assumptions and thoughts that focus on materialism, pleasure and death; man now knows how to flip these switches on and off in his fellow man by advertising, and its' making me positively ill....

And whenever I think I have to go it alone, NOW I'm watching dinosaur movies. Trying to pretend I'm just as good as a dinosaur. Wow violence, blood, on/off flip switch in lizard brain......I applaud the dinosaurs but they didn't have A type blood. And I eat their descendants. Then I think I'm more dinosaur. Then the stress and cortisol kick in ; what a stupid addiction to my own stress.When am I going to STOP?

I"m practising my new found Tai-Chi/Qui Gong substitute today, and it feels pretty good, without boring me.   :)
Posted by: Vivian, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 5:20pm; Reply: 201
ABJoe...You are correct. Affirmations should be made in the positive, rather than negative, perspective.  Thanks for reminding me.  

Seraffa, yes, I am a secretor.  Does that make me more reactive to wheat?
Posted by: Seraffa, Thursday, March 7, 2013, 3:02am; Reply: 202
Quoted from Vivian
ABJoe...You are correct. Affirmations should be made in the positive, rather than negative, perspective.  Thanks for reminding me.  

Seraffa, yes, I am a secretor.  Does that make me more reactive to wheat?


Actually it's supposed to make you a little less violently reactive to an avoid, but everyone has their own genetic individuality. If wheat expresses itself profoundly for you in the foot region of the body, whereas in me it causes bulimia, you can see the genetic expression of what avoids do to different people.
Posted by: Seraffa, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 12:39am; Reply: 203

Help....help....I need Explorer help!

Because I don't have time for prolonged cooking I ate my red meat and poultry for a few meals in a row so this weekend Im left with my fish and eggs and nuts. Now cold weather snap is here and I get up thinking about meat, but I have to wait till Sunday to eat it. Too much compliant sugar makes me feel malnourished.

Will I be okay as long as I make sure my nuts are added in and my starches are on the high protein side, like lentils, through tomorrow? I don't want to get out of balanace, and I don't want to fall off the wagon!
Posted by: Charity1975, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 4:16am; Reply: 204
Hi everyone! I'm new here and new to the Explorer diet. This is my 4th day and for the last 2 days I've had headaches and insomnia. Just wondering if anyone else experienced this in the beginning. Thanks!
Posted by: Spring, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 4:36am; Reply: 205
Seraffa, I answered your post on the FS thread. Sorry to be so slow..... Been one of those busy days....
Posted by: BCgal, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 2:03pm; Reply: 206
Charity1975  -  Welcome.  As for the headaches, it could very likely be from adjusting to a new eating program and detox.  I suppose the insomnia could be too.  How were you eating before you started eating as an Explorer?
Posted by: SquarePeg, Saturday, May 4, 2013, 3:02pm; Reply: 207
Quoted from Charity1975
Hi everyone! I'm new here and new to the Explorer diet. This is my 4th day and for the last 2 days I've had headaches and insomnia. Just wondering if anyone else experienced this in the beginning. Thanks!


Welcome!  Did you start taking new supplements?  Did you abruptly stop drinking caffeinated beverages?
Posted by: Charity1975, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 1:40am; Reply: 208
Thanks guys! I ate pretty bad before this.  I drank caffeine occasionally (but naturally, I was sensitive to it). I drank diet sodas (hello aspartame!) and ate quite a bit.  This diet had completely curbed my appetite, which is very unusual for me (but welcome as I wouldn't mind losing 10 lbs!).

I was just wondering if anyone else experienced headaches or insomnia. Hoping that it will end within a week!

Glad to be part of your community! Thanks for the warm welcome.
Posted by: Charity1975, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 1:46am; Reply: 209
Oh! And yes to the supplements - I was taking Bladderwrack and B12. I stopped taking it yesterday to see if it makes a difference. And I've lost 4 lbs this week! Maybe I'm losing too fast..?
Posted by: ABJoe, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 1:58am; Reply: 210
You could be suffering from aspartame withdrawal as well as detox...  It is hard to tell if you are losing too fast, though.  When I started, I lost about 35 lbs. in about a month and a half.  It wasn't comfortable, but between not having a good meal plan for replacing the 80% avoids that I removed from my diet - and detoxing all of that junk, ICK...  

I went a little below weight, but then the body adjusted, I got hungry and gained back up to a reasonable weight.
Posted by: Charity1975, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 4:14am; Reply: 211
Thank you! It's nice to hear from other Explorers. Another question- how do you eat out!? I used to eat out (at restaurants) too much. I've obviously scaled back, but whenever I'm invited out to eat I panic. Any rules of thumb that work for you? Btw- congratulations on your weight loss and healthier lifestyle!
Posted by: SquarePeg, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 2:04pm; Reply: 212
Headache may be from suddenly stopping caffeine.  High "doses" of B vitamins might interfere with sleep.  Do you take your supplement with breakfast?
Posted by: BCgal, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 3:03pm; Reply: 213
Charity1975 - by being invited out to eat by friends, do you mean to their homes, or to a restaurant?  Most of my friends know by now that my eating is different, so I ask what their menu plan is and then bring something for myself if I have to.  I've had no problems with that.  I'm there to enjoy their company.  As for restaurants, I go for salad, making sure I let them know what to leave out and get them to add extra of what I can have.  I'll order fish, poultry, or beef with that.
Posted by: Charity1975, Sunday, May 5, 2013, 9:50pm; Reply: 214
Ok- thanks BCgal. I did mean going to restaurants. We're going to Disney tomorrow and it will certainly be a challenge to not have my favorite foods around.  Squarepeg- I always take my supplements in the morning. I decided to stop them, wait a day and slowly incorporate each one seperately to see which is the culprit.
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, June 27, 2013, 2:33am; Reply: 215
Quoted from SBGGJRP
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.
Does anyone 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!)

Quoted from SBGGJRP
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.
Am beginning to think that for an Explorer type "O-" non secretor it is even more toxic?!

I read that flaxseed is very calming, so decided to try dabbing some ground organic seed mixed with spring water, on an almost healed breakout on my cheek...
Big mistake as it made it 10x worse & I also spent the late afternoon & evening with a bit of a fever as well!!

Been sooo useful going back over this thread (thanks for starting it Seraffa!)

Posted by: unclepaul, Thursday, June 27, 2013, 3:35am; Reply: 216
As an A+ nonie might be a teacher with explorer reactivity, haven't done SWAMI yet, when I try taking supplements after a few days I start going a little crazy and cant sleep, it definitely has to do with the liver. I also react negatively to OTC and prescriptions after a week or so. One more strange one is coffee if I don't eat any wheat for a few days and drink coffee it doesn't effect me as much and withdrawal isn't as bad when I quit, wheat causes a definite inflammatory response I get stiff and achy and run down, don't know if it is combination of coffee and inflammatory response or the liver dealing with 2 toxins at once. When I was young my moms perfume used to make me ill. I remember distinctly getting a vaccination when I was very young and not feeling right after and for years would get splitting headaches that would make me nauseous. Became severely fatigued in late teens and developed short term memory problems ringing in ears and visual disturbances, finally had to get my amalgam fillings replaced in 98 with non toxics, thought I was gonna die from detox my liver just couldn't deal with the heavy metals and trying to force detox with supplements at the same time. I do it all with food. I should get tested for G6PD dysfunction would probably be revealing. From what I've read I could be an explorer who got it wrong from the start and will spend the rest of my days trying to fix the problem. On the positive side I am aging nicely and look 5 to 10 years younger than I am, a little chub and grey but not to many wrinkles, glad I'm not a warrior hehe.
Posted by: Possum, Thursday, June 27, 2013, 4:02am; Reply: 217
Hi Uncle Paul Obviously something in those supplements that doesn't agree with you?! Which brand/s are you taking?
Posted by: unclepaul, Thursday, June 27, 2013, 4:36am; Reply: 218
I stopped taking supplements 6 years ago, vitamin Bs seemed to be the biggest problem for me, but even milk thistle started to cause me problems. I've dealt with a toxic liver since I was a teenager and through trial and error have learned what doesn't work for me. I use Real Salt as my only supplement it provides me with minerals naturally used liberally in my diet, I get my vitamins from my food. Read on another sight that blood type a and non secretor has the worst time trying to detox and from personal experience I whole heartedly agree. Being blood type a red meat doesn't work for me very well except lamb it actually makes me feel good, also cortisol is a real problem and seems to interfere with sleep and weight loss. I'm either gonna do SWAMI or try to adjust the non secretor blood type diet to suit me. Open to suggestions.

Thanks

Paul
Posted by: Lola, Thursday, June 27, 2013, 6:00am; Reply: 219
these guidelines whether BT or GT will help reset your system......their anti inflammatory effect is superior to anything out there
Posted by: SquarePeg, Thursday, June 27, 2013, 11:42am; Reply: 220
I've not noticed any effect from ingesting flax.
Posted by: BCgal, Thursday, June 27, 2013, 5:38pm; Reply: 221
Flax is now neutral for me, but I don't like how it makes me feel estrogen dominant, so I tend to avoid it.
Posted by: Seraffa, Thursday, June 27, 2013, 8:26pm; Reply: 222
Quoted from Possum

Am beginning to think that for an Explorer type "O-" non secretor it is even more toxic?!

I read that flaxseed is very calming, so decided to try dabbing some ground organic seed mixed with spring water, on an almost healed breakout on my cheek...
Big mistake as it made it 10x worse & I also spent the late afternoon & evening with a bit of a fever as well!!

Been sooo useful going back over this thread (thanks for starting it Seraffa!)



You're very welcome, Possum and friends ((((((Hugs)))))
Posted by: Seraffa, Thursday, June 27, 2013, 8:48pm; Reply: 223
Quoted from unclepaul
I get my vitamins from my food. Read on another sight that blood type a and non secretor has the worst time trying to detox and from personal experience I whole heartedly agree. Being blood type a red meat doesn't work for me very well except lamb it actually makes me feel good,

also cortisol is a real problem and seems to interfere with sleep and weight loss. I'm either gonna do SWAMI or try to adjust the non secretor blood type diet to suit me. Open to suggestions.

Thanks

Paul


Started out with same problems, here. If lamb makes you feel good try goat also; very healthful and non-fatty. Re: cortisol - I started out with cortisol concern also. Swami is highly recommended. If you were to take the time to try and figure out all your non secretor options and try to match them up with the explorer diet, you would need an extra years worth of eating trial-and-error, and I don't think "nobody got time for dat" mess if they are a Nonnie Explorer!

It will be interesting to see if my cortisol has accumulated from hidden camps of candida (which I have been expelling from my lungs and thyroid this week) or a different matter. Vitamins targeted for certain medical conditions seem to produce a rather painful cathartic crisis that is confusing, followed by healing.
Posted by: Spring, Thursday, June 27, 2013, 10:57pm; Reply: 224
Seraffa, you are right. Why take years to try to work this out - to say nothing for the expense - when SWAMI can figure the whole thing out for us with just a very few individual adjustments!?!  I would be nuts before I got started - in fact, I know all about throwing out perfectly good foods that were like poison to me! Not anymore!!
Posted by: Possum, Friday, June 28, 2013, 3:22am; Reply: 225
Quoted from Possum
I read that flaxseed is very calming, so decided to try dabbing some ground organic seed mixed with spring water, on an almost healed breakout on my cheek...
Big mistake as it made it 10x worse & I also spent the late afternoon & evening with a bit of a fever as well!!
Hmmm wow!! Just read on http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fla...tient-flaxseed
to "Avoid topical flaxseed on open wounds or abraded surfaces..." Jeepers!!! No wonder I reacted?!

Posted by: Spring, Friday, June 28, 2013, 5:10pm; Reply: 226
Quoted from Possum
Hmmm wow!! Just read on http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fla...tient-flaxseed
to "Avoid topical flaxseed on open wounds or abraded surfaces..." Jeepers!!! No wonder I reacted?!


Wow! You got a quick, resounding "Nay" vote on that "remedy!" Never in a hundred years would I have thought that flaxseed would do such a thing! Thanks for posting your experience!  :o Wow!
Posted by: Possum, Saturday, June 29, 2013, 3:54am; Reply: 227
Quoted from Spring
Wow! You got a quick, resounding "Nay" vote on that "remedy!" Never in a hundred years would I have thought that flaxseed would do such a thing! Thanks for posting your experience!  :o Wow!
Thanks for commenting Spring!! Yeah I am like that with my reactions!! (& thank goodness it was organic?! Mind you it was still most probably from China) ::) At least I generally don't spend days doing something, before I know?! It takes long enough to recover so would take forever otherwise :o
Posted by: SquarePeg, Monday, July 1, 2013, 3:18pm; Reply: 228
BTW, flaxseed oil is one of the top 8 anti-inflammatory foods for Type Os, according to the latest newsletter:
http://www.4yourtype.com/pdfs/FB_Arthritis_Blood_Type_O.pdf
Posted by: SquarePeg, Monday, July 1, 2013, 3:44pm; Reply: 229
Also for Type A: http://www.4yourtype.com/pdfs/FB_Arthritis_Blood_Type_A.pdf
Posted by: Seraffa, Monday, July 1, 2013, 5:35pm; Reply: 230
Quoted from Possum
Hmmm wow!! Just read on http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/fla...tient-flaxseed
to "Avoid topical flaxseed on open wounds or abraded surfaces..." Jeepers!!! No wonder I reacted?!



Maybe this is why I still get occasional scalp dermatitis after 2 days of using my homeade flax hair gel - although, I'm not sure what has "abraded" my scalp.....
Posted by: Possum, Monday, July 1, 2013, 11:59pm; Reply: 231
Thanks squarepeg!! I also just discovered to my horror, that the natural hair dye I used 2 weeks ago, has both castor oil & linseed oil in it :o I think I am allergic to all oils ::)
Seraffa hope you solve that puzzle re the gel?
Posted by: 35764 (Guest), Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 3:26pm; Reply: 232
Hi, I'm new to swami and the eat 4 your blood type. Can't believe it's been around so long and I am just connecting.  I have so much to learn as I read the posts I realize how little I really understand the program. I guess one step at a time, sounds like many have done it for several years. I look forward to learning from you.  There will have to be a lot of detox before I even know what bothers me. Now I just feel yuk.  I'll just keep reading and I wonder if there are other A explorer threads that can help me.  Thanks
Posted by: SquarePeg, Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 6:23pm; Reply: 233
Welcome and good luck!
Posted by: BCgal, Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 6:28pm; Reply: 234
Here to Lose - to find more Explorer threads, go to the upper right corner to the Search Site box and just type in Explorer.  There's several old threads to read up on.
Posted by: gasn1, Sunday, January 19, 2014, 11:56pm; Reply: 235
Hello Explorers:  I have a question.  What kind of milk is good for explorers?  (Just want a little on my cereal every once in a while.)  Thanks everyone!
Posted by: Seraffa, Monday, January 20, 2014, 4:28am; Reply: 236
My SWAMI says (water) buffalo milk, which is truly dee-lish. Glad you found our thread!! Welcome  :)
Posted by: C_Sharp, Monday, January 20, 2014, 4:35am; Reply: 237
You will probably need to make your own milk, if water buffalo milk is not available at an affordable price.

Possible recipe

2.5 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup macadamia nuts
3 cups water
1 tbsp honey or agave

Directions

Soak chia and nuts in the water in a glass container for 4 hours or overnight in the fridge.
Shake the container a few times, to break up chia seed clumps.
Poor the soaked chia seed mixture into a blender and add the sweetener if desired.

Blend at high speed for approximately 2 minutes.
Posted by: AnnaSKB, Monday, January 20, 2014, 8:24am; Reply: 238
Just a B+ nonnie Explorer saying hello and Happy 2014!  A question for the forum..  I have been fighting MS for a year, does anyone know if bad VOCs in the home air can affect a person, making them feel weak and aggravating their symptoms?  Took me 3  weeks to figure out that I felt weak when the aircon or furnace started on High.  Also Searches said that other conditions can mimic MS so I am making a heap of questions for my next appointment.  Anyone got ideas on questions I should ask?
Regards,  Anna
Posted by: battle dwarf, Monday, January 20, 2014, 5:04pm; Reply: 239
goat milk used to be neutral for me but swami put all animal milks on the avoid for me. never been a milk drinker and can't stand the taste of the nut/seed milks so I just leave it alone. since almost all available cereals have corn starch, wheat, or soy of some sort in them (all avoid) I just droped cereal all together. if I want a grain for bk I have oatmeal with hemp seeds, raw cacao (some times the nibs too if I think I will need the extra boost that day), agave for sweetness and a bit of ghee for fat content.
I don't know what a VOC is but I have noticed that I will have some problems when the new ac comes on at church. in fact I notice that a lot of people will start couphing and/or sneezing when it comes on. being new it could not be mold but with a fairly new building it could be any number of chemicals.
anyone have a mold killing bleaching alternative that works for the shower? last few times I had hubby do it because it dose not bother him as much as it dose me to use the bleach.
Posted by: Seraffa, Monday, January 20, 2014, 9:24pm; Reply: 240
Quoted from AnnaSKB
Just a B+ nonnie Explorer saying hello and Happy 2014!  A question for the forum..  I have been fighting MS for a year, does anyone know if bad VOCs in the home air can affect a person, making them feel weak and aggravating their symptoms?  Took me 3  weeks to figure out that I felt weak when the aircon or furnace started on High.  Also Searches said that other conditions can mimic MS so I am making a heap of questions for my next appointment.  Anyone got ideas on questions I should ask?
Regards,  Anna


HEY FELLOW TEXAN!!!  ;D ;D ;D
If you're a nonnie anything that is not "normal" for your environment can aggrevate your liver and affect your energy levels by impacting your bone marrow activity. I found this article on VOC's http://www.epa.gov/iaq/voc.html
Posted by: Seraffa, Monday, January 20, 2014, 9:29pm; Reply: 241
Quoted from battle dwarf

anyone have a mold killing bleaching alternative that works for the shower? last few times I had hubby do it because it dose not bother him as much as it dose me to use the bleach.


Sure, take your pick:
Tea tree oil
White vinegar + borax
White vinegar + baking soda
Grapefruit Seed extract.

And good ol' ammonia  ::)
Posted by: battle dwarf, Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 6:30pm; Reply: 242
got a cat so ammonia is not a good idea. have not tried the vinager mixed with other things so I will try that next time.
finaly going to see an ob for the baby. been trying to get in sence before the holydays :P
Posted by: Seraffa, Sunday, February 2, 2014, 3:20am; Reply: 243
A TYPE EXPLORERS - please help if you can.
Do your portions of meat equal the portions Dr. D has suggested, or have you gone "over" without any repercussions?

I had to eat more meat while resting my adrenals, but I gained 10 pounds while doing it.....(disappointed)

I feel a lot healthier in different ways, except now I have high blood pressure.
Posted by: gasn1, Sunday, February 2, 2014, 10:32pm; Reply: 244
Hello fellow explorers-  Just wondering how you all balance your hormones during menopause, and how do you deal with the hot flashes.  Is there any particular food/supplement that helps more than another?  Thanks!
Posted by: Seraffa, Monday, February 3, 2014, 5:48am; Reply: 245
Quoted from gasn1
Hello fellow explorers-  Just wondering how you all balance your hormones during menopause, and how do you deal with the hot flashes.  Is there any particular food/supplement that helps more than another?  Thanks!


Amazone I. is a great forum member Explorer who can expound on that :)
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, February 3, 2014, 12:32pm; Reply: 246
I made the difference between adrenal fatigue's hot flashes and menopsys' ;) :D...
I only use royal jelly for my adrenals and cordyceps as a sort of antri-stress- agent... and my hot flashes are nearly gone....(dance)

Since two weeks I added some enzymes as well and yuk is all ....(smarty)(whistle)(cool)
Posted by: gasn1, Monday, February 3, 2014, 4:48pm; Reply: 247
Thanks, Amazone 1.  I'll try it.
Posted by: Amazone I., Monday, February 3, 2014, 5:15pm; Reply: 248
;) :D(smarty)(clap)(ok)
Posted by: cajun, Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 7:06pm; Reply: 249
Seraffa,
I don't know if this will help but when I ate chicken as freely as I ate turkey or fish, I gained weight...(and not changing my exercise or sweets eating habits!!!!) ??)
I make sure now that fish is my first animal protein to eat 5 times a week as per my swami. Next, I eat turkey 3 times a week. I can only stomach scrambled eggs about twice a month. Chicken is too convenient but I am trying to eat a minimum! ;)

Posted by: Pamma, Saturday, February 8, 2014, 12:32am; Reply: 250
Hello Explorers,

Today, the long awaited envelope arrived in the mail.  My saliva test has determined that I am a non secretor.   That news has enabled me to FINALLY determine which group I belong in.    EXPLORER.  

During the 'long wait' it was running neck and neck with the warrior.   Various forum posters, had to assure me,  there was NO WAY, I could ever be a Nomad, though all of my testing was Crazy- Super- High for it.  Blew me away.

Anyway,  I'm SO glad the waiting around is over,  I can finally move forward, bearing in mind my new changes, grocery needs, and supplements.  Each night when time permits, I'm here, reading, reading reading…     I hope my efforts, and following the plan, helps me.    My wandering is over
Posted by: Seraffa, Sunday, February 9, 2014, 4:02am; Reply: 251
Quoted from Pamma
Hello Explorers,

Today, the long awaited envelope arrived in the mail.  My saliva test has determined that I am a non secretor.   That news has enabled me to FINALLY determine which group I belong in.    EXPLORER.  

During the 'long wait' it was running neck and neck with the warrior.   Various forum posters, had to assure me,  there was NO WAY, I could ever be a Nomad, though all of my testing was Crazy- Super- High for it.  Blew me away.

Anyway,  I'm SO glad the waiting around is over,  I can finally move forward, bearing in mind my new changes, grocery needs, and supplements.  Each night when time permits, I'm here, reading, reading reading…     I hope my efforts, and following the plan, helps me.    My wandering is over


Slava Isusu Christu!

"All that glitters is not gold,
All who wander are not lost" -- Tolkein

Pamma let me know if you need some good old Ortho-support as you make the changes to your diet as the 40 Days comes up.  ;)
Posted by: Pamma, Sunday, February 9, 2014, 6:15am; Reply: 252
Glory Forever !!!


Good evening Seraffa,

I'll be glad for any suggestions you have to share.  This is a wonderful place to be a part of.  I just can't get over,  ALL of the people!   All of the information. Sometime, hopefully, in the next couple of weeks, I would like to order the swami express.  

I'm not too sure of myself in navigating my new computer, or understanding exactly, all of its workings.  Does the swami software, use that thing called Adobe flash player?  That part of my computer is not working correctly at this time.  

Good grief,  I didn't realize the time!   :o         See?   I get lost in all of this.    :)
Posted by: Possum, Sunday, February 9, 2014, 6:40am; Reply: 253
Quoted from Pamma
Good grief,  I didn't realize the time!   :o         See?   I get lost in all of this.    :)
Sounds like a typical Explorer reaction lol

Posted by: Kath5yDE, Saturday, March 15, 2014, 6:33am; Reply: 254
we resemble merely to the O's
Posted by: Seraffa, Saturday, March 15, 2014, 2:43pm; Reply: 255
Quoted from Kath5yDE
we resemble merely to the O's


Yes, we do get those bursts of energy that O's have.  ;D

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