n z y m e - t h e r a p y - m e n u - s y s t e m
first step in restoring health and well-being by helping to remedy
digestive problems. Food (plant) enzymes and pancreatic (animal)
enzymes are used in complementary ways to improve digestion and
absorption of essential nutrients. Treatment includes enzyme supplements,
coupled with healthy diet that features whole foods. Plant-derived
enzymes and pancreatic enzymes can be used independently or in combination.
the Right: A picture of the digestive system of the human
A chart of the numerous digestive enzymes of the body and
proteolytic, anti-inflammatory food enzyme from pineapple. Aids
digestion of fats
with SOD to reduce free radical production
cellulose, the fibrous component of most vegtable matter
pontent vegtable starch digestant
lactose, or milk sugar, (almost 65% of humans are deficient).
single-celled plant enzyme for digestion of starches.
broad spectrum, proteolytic digestive aid, derived from secretions
of animal pancreas; important in degenerative disease research.
food enzymes from unripe papaya; a veegatable pepsin for digesion
of proteins. These enzymes help loosen nercotic and encrusted
waste material from the intestinal walls.
proteolytic enzyme that breaks down proteins into peptides.
Can digest 3500 times its weight in proteins.
digest cow's milk products.
chemical reaction that occurs in the body, enzymes provide the stimulus.
enzymes: Enhance the body's vitality by strengthening digestive
enzymes: Beneficial to both the digestive system and the immune
human body makes approximately 22 digestive enzymes, capable of
digesting protein, carbohydrates, sugars, and fats.
The function of the enzyme, a specialized protein molecule, is to
catalyze chemical reactions within the cells so that all physiological
processes can occur. The process of digestion begins in the mouth,
makes its way to the stomach, and concludes in the small intestine.
At each step in this process, specific enzymes break down different
types of food. This process is balanced through acidity; each site
along the digestive tract has a different degree of acidity that
allows certain enzymes to function while inhibiting others. Every
specific enzyme can bind to only one specific substrate (described
by the lock-and-key model of enzyme function), or group of chemically
related substances. Food enters the upper portion of the small intestine
(after leaving the stomach) where the pancreas (digestive organ
that feeds enzymes into the gut) provides pancreatic enzymes
to further break down the food.
activity is truly holistic; most enzymes act together as co-enzymes,
or as co-factors with vitamins, minerals and trace minerals for
optimum body efficiency. There are three basic categories of enzymes:
metabolic enzymes, digestive enzymes, and enzymes in raw foods.
Metabolic enzymes run body processes, repair damage and decay, and
heal disease, while digestive enzymes assimilate carbohydrates,
proteins and fats into the body. Enzymes in raw foods start food
digestion and aid the body's digestive enzymes so they do not have
to carry the entire load. There are over 1,000 kinds of acid, alkaline,
or neutral enzymes that are quite specific in their functions.
are four categories of plant enzymes that have uses in plant
the names of all enzymes end with the suffix -ase.)
a person's only source of cellulase because the human body is unable
to produce it. Cellulase is found in the rigid cell walls of plants
to digest cellulose when needed. The fact that Plant enzymes function
in the stomach, predigesting the food, was proposed by Dr.
Howell in the 1920s. This predigestion of food occurs during the
interim period, before enough hydrochloric acid (HCL) accumulates
in the stomach to begin the next stage of digestion. Some people
may have a problem digesting uncooked foods because of a lack of
can destroy the important plant enzymes. They are more heat-sensitive
than vitamins and are the first to be destroyed during cooking.
They are destroyed by being heated above 118 degrees Fahrenheit
and "are deactivated or destroyed by pasteurizing, canning,
and microwaving," according to Dr. Lita Lee, Ph.D. of Eugene,
Oregon. While raw foods recommended, a one hundred percent raw foods
diet is not necessary. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
long approved the use of plant enzymes, but as dietary supplements
of eating a predominantly cooked-foods diet are various inflammations,
pancreatic hypertrophy (enlargement), toxic colon,
and allergies. Because of inflammation, conditions such as bronchitis,
sinusitis, cystitis, rhinitis, and arthritis may occur, and may
be accompanied by fever, redness, swelling,
and pain. Pancreatic hypertrophy results when a diet lacking
in enzymes puts an extra strain on the enzyme production of the
pancreas. The organ attempts to make more secretion by enlarging.
food can remain in the intestine and not be excreted. Here, molecules
are converted into toxins that by the blood to the liver for detoxification.
If the liver is overworked, it will be unable to properly detoxify
the blood, resulting in the colon becoming toxic. A meal of predominantly
cooked foods can lead to digestive leukocytosis, a condition marked
by an marked by an increased white blood count. A rise in white
blood cells is a sign that the immune system is mobilized. This
mobilization accompanies infections, poisoning, but can also occur
after breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Such a response puts added stress
on the immune system. The concept of the immune system being stimulated
every time a person eats was first reported in 1897 by Rudolph Virchow,
the father of cellular pathology.
enzymes function in the small intestine and in the blood. They do
not digest food in the stomach, or contribute to the important step
of predigestion. Protein molecules that are only partially digested
in the small intestine are able to be absorbed into the bloodstream.
The immune system now treats these as invaders and circulating immune
complexes form (CIC's). In a healthy person CIC's are neutralized
in the lymphatic system. But in a sick person, CIC's accumulate
in the blood where they can initiate an "allergic' reaction.
Kidneys cannot excrete enough and CIC's begin accumulating in soft
tissues, causing inflammation. Fortunately, pancreatic enzyme therapy
can correct this problem, mainly because pancreatic enzymes can
break down CIC's.
In his practice,
the late Dr. Howard F. Loomis, Jr.,D.C., tested patients for enzyme
deficiency; then he replenishes this deficiency with enzyme supplements.
When the body receives plentiful supplies of enzymes, according
to Dr. Howell, "Its internal enzyme supplies are preserved
for the important work of maintaining metabolic harmony." Dr.
Loomis analyzes urine and often finds toxins such as phenols (organic
molecules with a structure similar to alcohol) present. The presence
of phenols can lead to allergies, acne, sciatica, and breast pathology,
and is often indicative of a toxic colon.
pancreatic enzymes can be given orally on an empty stomach or by
injection, and may be combined with plant enzymes. By supplementing
the body's own pancreatic enzymes, pancreatic enzyme therapy promotes
health by lessening the demands on the body for supplying enzymes
to convert food to unstable nutrients and energy. The enzymes are
usually taken between meals so they will not be used for digesting
food and will make their way to the bloodstream. Vitamin A is often
given in combination with pancreatic enzymes because it often releases
enzymes contained in lysosomes.
food enzyme and nutritional deficiencies: "The major methods
used in determining emzyme and nutrient dificiencies include the
24-hour urinalysis according to Loomis, evaluation of an extensive
patient health history and a physical exam" (Dr. Lita Lee).
three-dimensional computer model of a proteinase enzyme digesting
protiens. This is based upon the principle of a lock-and-key model
(picture from muCos)
are a variety of ailments enyme therapies can help treat, we decided
to group this section differently, by enzyme instead of by ailment
ENZYMES HELP TREAT:
herpes zoster (shingles)
(taken with Excellzyme)
(taken with ExcellZyme)
(taken with ExcellZyme)
consumption (taken with with PureZyme)
(taken with Calmzyme)
Blood in the Urine
naturopaths and chiropractors now use enzyme-containing medicines
to clean wounds, dissolve blood clots, and control allergic reactions.
Cancer, Leukemia, anemia, and heart disease are often diagnosed
by measuring the amount of various enzymes in the blood and/or other
bodily fluids. The enzyme cathepsin is stored in our systems for
our death to break down cells and tissue for the body's return to
the earth's organic matrix. Antioxidant co-enzymes, such as glutathione
peroxidase and superoxide dismutase (SOD),an antioxidant enzyme
that works with catalase, scavenge and neutralize cell-damaging
free radicals by turning them into stable oxygen and H2O2,
and then into oxygen and water. Co-enzyme Q10 is very popular in
the U.S.A. and is important in maintaining health, especially in
adults over the age of 40.
future of enzyme therapy seems assured. There are now over 2,000
enzyme therapists in the U.S.A. and the field of enzyme therapy
is rapidly expanding. A significant amount of research on pancreatic
enzymes is conducted in Europe. The field, however, is still in
its infancy in the U.S.A.
THE LADY WITH PMS WHOSE HUSBAND DIDN'T LEAVE:
45-year old marathon runner presented with major female problems
including severe premenstrual cramps, heavy bleeding, sore breasts
and mood swings severe enough to cause her husband to jokingly offer
that he would go to a motel during her monthly episodes! Her female
problems were exacerbated by her endurance exercise, which creates
a transient hypothyroidism and lowers progesterone. She noticed
a decline in her health following her last New York marathon. After
that, she said, "my health took a nose dive, my fatigue increased,
my PMS got worse and I didn't look good." A visit to her gynecologist
did not comfort her. The doctor offered her a hysterectomy, pain
pills and birth control pills. She declined. Then she came to Dr.
Lita Lee's office. In addition to her health complaints, her 24-hour
urinalysis according to Dr. Howard Loomis indicated severe malabsorption,
sugar intolerance, allergies and a vitamin C deficiency. Dr. Lee
recommended the following nutritional formulas:
A digestive formula for people who are sugar intolerant (Chirozyme
T5-T9 Pan or NESS #21). (2) A vitamin C food with enzymes (NESS
#11). (3) An allergy formula (Chirozyme T10-T11 kdy or NESS #301).
(4) A PMS formula (Chirozyme T10-T11 Fem or NESS #501). (5) A natural
thyroid glandular. (6) Natural progesterone from Dioscorea dissolved
in natural vitamin E oil developed by Dr. Ray Peat.
is what she told Dr. Lee: "In one week, my energy came back. My
desire take an afternoon nap disappeared. I had an even flow of
energy all day long and rarely experienced low's. My female problems
gradually improved. By the second month, my mood swings, sore breasts
and heavy bleeding ceased and my husband stopped joking about going
to a motel! It took a bit longer to get rid of the cramps so I increased
the PMS formula and started rubbing Peat's natural progesterone
cream wherever it hurt. Even my digestive problems have improved.
This program changed my life!."
THE MAN WHO HAD A DISEASE AND DID NOT KNOW IT:
story illustrates how enzyme therapy can help alleviate unpleasant
drug side effects and allow a more normal life. A 44-year old woodworker
wondered why he waws tired and sickly and had trouble recovering
from common illnesses. After feeling unwell for years, he was diagnosed
with myeloproliferative disorder, a rare condition causing severe
anemia, extreme splenomegaly (his was enarged ten times the normal
size), increased platelet production and the production of fibrous
tissue in the bone marrow. If the disease gets out of hand, blood
clots and strokes can occur. To control the progress of this disorder,
he was required to take hydroxyurea, a drug used in chemotherapy
which has many side effects including nausea, which this man suffered.
The 24-hour urinalysis and other tests also showed fat and sugar
intolerance, low calcium, and excess acid reserves.
is what Dr. Lita Lee gave him: (1) A digestive formula for fat intolerance
(Chiroyme T4-T8 Bil or NESS #2). (2) A formula containing a food
source of vitamins plus sugar digesting enzymes (Chirozyme T9-T10
Adr or NESS #10). (3) A formula to nourish the spleen and for anemia
and the immune system (Chirozyme T6-T8 Spl or NESS #10). (4) A calcium
formula to nourish tissues of the sympathetic system stressed by
subluxations of teh lumbo-sacral area (Chirozyme S2-S4 Para or NESS#
16). Often, patients needing this formula complain of trouble controlling
their uring, which was true for this patient. Dr. Lee also recommended
milk thistle to help the liver handle his drug, plus blue green
algae, and excellent food for the brain and to help relieve fatigue.
After two weeks this man was happy to report, " I am feeling better
overall. Even though my hydroxyurea dosage was increased from 2
pills daily to five daily, I don't get nauseated whereas two pills
caused nausea before the enzymes. My appetite is better, and I noticed
that I could eat ice cream without experiencing my usual upset stomach!
Even my urge to urinate is subsiding."
THE MAN WHO HAD SEIZURES DURING SLEEP:
often, seizures result from sugar intolerance (inability to digest
sucrose into glucose and fructose) resulting in low blood sugar
and brain starvation of glucose. In this case, a 47-year old male
presented with grand mal seizures of six years duration. The seizures
usually occurred during sleep (when blood sugar drops) and were
observed by his friends. Following the seizure, the patient had
intense headaches, nausea, disorientation and incontinence. He reported
feeling dizzy and disoriented even without seizures. Eccentric behavior
and indulgence in sweets occurred before the seizure. He also showed
positive tests for hypothyroidism, which is another cause of low
blood sugar. His urinalysis and other tests showed sugar intolerance,
allergies, and low calcium.
Lita Lee instructed him to avoid all artificial and synthetic sugars,
such as sucrose, fructose, Nutrasweet and so on and to eat only
whole foods. She told him that he must be careful of even fruits,
and to monitor his diet carefully.
gave him the following formulas: (1) A digestive formula for sugar
intolerant people (Chirozyme T5-T9 Pan or NESS #21). (2) A formula
containing the B complex plus sugar digesting enzyems needed for
s;gar intolerance involving symptoms such as dizziness and erratic
behavior (Chirozyme T9-T10 Adr or NESS #10). (3) The allergy formula
(Chirozyme T10-T11 Kdy or NESS #301). (4) A thyroid glandular. This
patient's seizures stopped and did not return unless he ate excessive
amounts of fruits or bread.
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Howell's books are: Enzyme Nutrion, the Food Enzyme Concept
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Ellen is a chiropractor an an enzyme therapist. She recently published
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Medicine: The Definitive Guide, Compiled by the Burton Goldberg
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Center for Enzyme Therapy-Portland, Oregon 507 A Ave. Lake
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information about enzymes and/or to order enzymes on-line.
Enzyme.htm Natural Enzyme Therapy Bayville Pharmacy, Inc.
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Fax: (732) 728-9308 A Certified Member of Enzyme Therapy Clinics of
ExPASy-Enzyme This web site is a very useful search service
because of its "Enyme Nomenclature Database."