About two years ago I started experimenting with choosing foods based on Eat Right For Your Type, from the work of Dr. Peter D’Adamo, N.D. I am blood type O+, non-secretor. I was amazed by this approach and it really helped me to narrow my focus on which foods to choose and which to avoid. It proved to be a great platform for my journey. Mind you, I have always been interested in making healthy choices when it comes to eating. I have never dieted or restricted food because it just never seemed to me like a sensible thing to do. I followed my mother’s example: she kept active by doing her daily chores, which was cleaning the house, including laundry and gardening to preparing all the meals. She had a healthy appetite and ate a varied diet. She didn’t drink alcohol or smoke. She was happy and had a great time while she lived on this planet. Sadly, in 2004, she died from Cancer at age 69.
It is obvious to say that none of us know how long we have here on Earth, but my feeling is that I would like to do my best and be my best (not be THE best) with the time that I do have.
In the last few months (since March 2013), I have made some big changes. I got metal braces put onto my teeth to correct their alignment. Not for aesthetic reasons -having a few crooked teeth never bothered me- but because I have noticed the enamel beginning to wear and want to be pro-active in my oral health care.
“I believe that people ought to be able to keep their teeth until they are 120. But even if you live to be 80 or 90, wouldn’t it be great to be able to say you had the best smile until the last day of your life? What other part of the body can we say is going to be the very best until the end?”
Dr. Dana Colson, D.D.S
I have also taken my food analysis to the next level: The ALCAT Test. I am not disillusioned, I have done my due diligence, both with ER4YT and The ALCAT test. There are scientific bodies who discredit both, but because I won’t sit around waiting for a miracle or a pill, and the available medical system has not been successful with the detective work necessary to help me and my family; I am willing, motivated and determined to work things out for myself.
“The difference Between an IgE food Allergy and An ALCAT Food Sensitivity (Food Intolerance) Test
An allergy is an IgE specific immune response to a food, chemical, mold or herb and can be life threatening. An IgE food allergy means even small amounts of food are likely to trigger the immune system response which is called an allergic reaction. People with an IgE food allergy have an immune system which reacts to certain proteins found in food. Their immune system attacks the specific protein as if it were a harmful pathogen, such as a bacterium or virus. Signs and symptoms can cary and the patient may experience just a tingling in the mouth or a severe rash and have serious breathing difficulties, edema (swelling of the body, such as the throat, tongue and face). When an IgE allergic reaction is severe and life-threatening, it is known as anaphylaxis.
Food intolerance/sensitivities do not involve the specific immune system, but the innate immune system. Food intolerance/ sensitivities cause chronic inflammatory process. Food intolerance/sensitivities, unlike IgE allergies, do not require exposure to a food to “prime” them. Intolerance manifest in a wide variety of symptoms. Some may be gastrointestinal, fatigue, headaches and “brain fog” —feeling muddled in thought, migraines, arthritis, etc. Intolerances, however, do not cause immediate allergy symptoms. Some intolerances/sensitivities are reactions to chemicals added to foods for flavouring, colouring or preserving. Sometimes people with food intolerance/sensitivities can handle small amounts of the food they’re sensitive to. When it comes to an IgE food allergy, even a bit of the allergen is enough to trigger a reaction, therefore, people with IgE food allergies must avoid the foods they are allergic to completely.
The ALCAT test is a highly sensitive, objective test for assessing which foods, chemicals and herbs you may be intolerant or sensitive to. The ALCAT test identifies food, chemical and herbal sensitivities where the symptom onset is longer (several hours to days) and varied (typical in chronic conditions). These types of sensitivities or intolerances affect nearly 80% of the population.”