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  1. #1 Can somebody disprove or shed light on this part of the "Blood type diet" theory 
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    The key is to avoid the lectins that agglutinate your particular cellsódetermined by your blood type. For example, wheat germ agglutinin, the most common lectin found in wheat, binds to the lining of the small intestine, causing substantial reactions and irritation in some blood types Ė especially Type O.


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    It's a claim made by the so-called "blood type diet" promoters. Therefore it's almost certainly total b*llocks.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Dywyddyr View Post
    It's a claim made by the so-called "blood type diet" promoters. Therefore it's almost certainly total b*llocks.

    but the part with the lectins. The foods we eat contain lectins. Because of how lectins clump (or "agglutinate") other molecules they have the capacity to create health problems for human beings
    and this is blood type specific?

    "the justification given for eliminating certain foods from these diets is that the lectins found in them trigger agglutination (clumping) of the red blood cells when consumed by someone with the wrong blood type. So, lectins found in olives are supposed to cause agglutination in Type As, lectins found in grains are supposed to cause agglutination in Type Os, and so on. Proponents claim that specific lectins are selective in their tendency to agglutinate – they interact differently with the various blood types"


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    is there any truth to this? or is that the lectins react the same in ALL blood types and the idea that they are blood type specific is completely false?
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    Sounds like bollocks to me. And, as far as I can tell, it is the idea of one person who is selling books and other stuff. (Follow the money, as they say.)

    This seems to confirm it is nonsense: The Blood Type Diet: An Evidence-Based Review
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    Quote Originally Posted by bradleyheinz View Post
    is there any truth to this? or is that the lectins react the same in ALL blood types and the idea that they are blood type specific is completely false?
    The thing to consider is HOW would the whole lectin get from being locked up in a food item, to into ones blood stream. It has to be broken down into a small enough particle to be absorbed/transported across the membrane lining of the small intestine, then passed through the liver and processed there, before it would enter the blood stream. This is not a likely process, and seems to be ignored by the proponent of the blood diet "hypothesis"
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    Quote Originally Posted by bradleyheinz View Post
    is there any truth to this? or is that the lectins react the same in ALL blood types and the idea that they are blood type specific is completely false?
    Well.. i believe it is possible. Take into account that the intestinal flora is affected by the blood type. And i would say it is possible for one species of bacteria to evolve a slightly different preference of food, and thus people with different blood types requiring a slightly altered diet.

    But.. it being possible doesn't prove it is true. Simply because it is technically possible for me to run 100 meters in under 10 seconds. I doubt i could ever do this, and without proof you have no reason to trust me saying it. And the measure it tells you to change your diet is quite frankly extreme. Not like, take in 1% more essential amino acids, and 1 mg more zinc a month.

    The guy claiming it is on Quackwatch and his book is under a high level of quackery.
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    Imagine, being able to create matter out of thin air, and not coming up with using drones for boarding hostile ships. Or using drones to defend your own ship. Heck, using drones to block energy attacks, counterattack or for surveillance. Unless, of course, they are nano-machines in your blood, which is a billion times more complex..
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