Many years ago the phone rang early. It was before business hours, but seeing that our clinic was in our backyard, I sometimes used to bend the rules and talk to clients late at night or early in the morning. This time the person on the other line was frantic and I couldn’t get a word in. After a few minutes I realized that the caller thought I was the local vet (I think our phone numbers were very similar) and he had two sick dogs.
I made it clear that I was definitely not the vet but that “I love talking about and solving health problems. If you tell me what’s up perhaps we can figure it out together?” Instead of hanging up we ended up having a brain storming session. The problem was that he had two dogs that had gone off their food. Lately their skin had gone all flaky, he noticed they were increasingly lethargic and while one dog had trouble with his knee joint, the other one had suffered diarrhoea. I think that last bit of information was the cause of the early phone call. I asked him if his dogs had eaten anything unusual in the last few days. But that was the puzzling part, they always got the same one meal per day, at the same time and that hadn’t changed so that couldn’t have been the trigger.
Secretly I disagreed, because diet is often the reason humans get sick and it’s the same with animals. Feeding your pets from a can or box can be easy and is seemingly cheap, but it’s a far cry from what they ate in the wild. Animals in the wild catch their prey and eat it raw, which means that their diet is full of enzymes.
Before we hung up I suggested that he would get some powerful enzymes from the vet, the same that I used to get for Peter my husband, not my pet, who suffered from food allergies and digestive problems unless he supplemented with enzymes every meal. (This was in our early days, before we stocked enzymes and supplements in the clinic, and I actually used to buy them from a vet clinic in town). The poor guy on the other end now had to listen to my story about how Pete nearly died from different protein intolerances as a young child, how we discovered that enzymes were a life saver, and how excellent he feels these days. If the caller had been a woman I probably would have told her about Peter’s grumpy moods as well. Peter used to suffer from bouts of depression as diagnosed by me, but as is typical, Peter himself used to think it was all my problem. To cut a long story short, consistent enzyme supplementation got rid of his depression and subsequent tension in our marriage. When your digestion fails, your mental health isn’t very strong either. I didn’t mention the depression in Peter was probably equivalent to the lethargy in his dogs, because the caller was a male, and he probably would have sympathised with Peter, so we hung up and his dogs got the right treatment in time.
Fast forward to today: my eldest son Johanan now runs the said vet clinic and I don’t think he would appreciate me meddling in his affairs. Thankfully for him I don’t usually answer the phone because I have a highly reliable receptionist, and we also don’t need to use his vet supplies, because we now have an excellent variety of enzymes on our shelves in the Purple House. Here are a few.
Thinking of pets, I was reminded of a very important cat study that was carried out by a medical doctor by the name of Frances Pottinger over a period of 10 years. Ninety cats were placed on a controlled diet. The cats on raw food produced healthy kittens from generation to generation. Those on cooked foods developed ‘human’ ailments: heart, kidney, thyroid disease, pneumonia, and paralysis, loss of teeth, irritable bowel and loss of sexual interest. The bile in the stool became so toxic that even the weeds refused to grow in soil fertilized by the cats’ excrement.
The first generation of kittens were sick and abnormal; the second generation were often born dead or diseased. By the third generation the females were all infertile!
Enzymes and Babies
Now let’s get back to human beings. Recently I had to treat two babies with severe food allergies. Even though the problem was severe the solution ended up being very simple: enzyme supplementation. For babies that are breastfed, the mum herself needs to supplement every meal, and for babies that are bottle-fed, you can put a few drops of Digest easy under the child’s tongue or mix it into the formula. Even a few drops of organic apple cider vinegar (with the ‘mother’ still visible in the vinegar as a cloudy mixture on the bottom, because that is where all the good stuff comes from) mixed into the formula go a long way to ease digestive problems. If it makes the milk curdle, that is a good thing. It means the formula is now pre-digested and the baby won’t suffer anywhere near as much.
Enzyme depletion in children used to be unheard of, but now it is a common factor in even newborns! Enzymes are needed to digest every food we eat. Even the wastes that are left over from these foods and the toxins they may contain are broken down by scavenger enzymes.
The upper part of the stomach is meant to be full of enzymes and here the food is pre-digested. This is where things often go wrong. The medicos sometimes mistakenly operate on the stomach sphincter in babies to stop reflux, when in effect the child’s body in all its wisdom knows it can’t pre-digest the food. It tries to send the food back up because if it lets it go into the intestines it is going to create havoc (colic, belly aches, diarrhoea or constipation). What you need, and what your child need is enzymes!
Like the cat study, every generation of humans in the last century has shown a decrease in enzymes. Because we are more resilient than cats and we have a longer life span, the tell tale symptoms are not so obvious or we simply don’t even know that enzymes exist, let alone that we are depleted in enzymes. However more and more premature babies are born and we see a depressing amount of allergies. Allergies in babies can cause crying, colic, vomiting, not sleeping, hives, and in older children ADHD, behavioural/personality problems and skin rashes. In adults we have all of the above plus depression/anxiety and we may get inflammatory diseases on top of everything else.
A chronic disease is a disease that has lingered in the body for months or years. Low enzyme reserves are always behind chronic illness. It’s natural for our enzyme production to slow down after age 28 when we are in peak physical condition. From then on we visibly start to age and by age 40 our enzyme reserves take another nose dive. Mother Nature has it all planned like that to make room for the next generation. One way to stay young, alive and alert is by being consistent in your enzyme supplementation and take one or two with each meal, every day.
For babies and children I strongly suggest to the parents to give the children Bioraculous, which is a green drink that is packed with all the enzymes the body needs. It can be mixed in water/drinks and foods. It also contains proteins, vitamins and minerals and friendly bacteria to make the gut healthy.
Enzymes and Heart health
Enzyme deficiencies can also be the cause of circulatory and high blood pressure diseases and other blood vessel problems. In particular, the enzyme lipase is concerned in these diseases. Remember, lipase is the enzyme that digests, dissolves, and helps break down fats throughout the body.
Heart disease is responsible for many deaths in America today. By contrast, Eskimos, who consume as much as ten pounds of meat daily, consisting of raw fish and blubber, have hardly any signs of circulatory diseases. The reason they don’t develop vascular diseases is because most of their food is raw. The enzymes, in particular lipase, are still active in the raw meat, which aids in the prevention of circulatory diseases. At Stanford University, investigations showed that lipase was deficient in patients who had hardening of the arteries. Patients who had hardening of the arteries were found to be deficient in blood enzymes. When lipase was given to patients with slow fat metabolism and blood fat problems, there was an immediate improvement in fat metabolism. (This of course, also leads to weight loss.)
In 1926, Dr William A. Thomas studied Eskimos who live exclusively on raw meat and found no signs of kidney or vascular (blood vessel) diseases. In the adult Eskimos, ages ranging from forty to sixty, the average blood pressure reading was 126/76. It should be remembered that these are “primitive” Eskimos. The more “civilized” Eskimos who settled in the Hudson Bay area close to trading posts used cooked food and white flour products. They gave up their primitive diet and consequently their good health. You can now find arteriosclerosis and elevated blood pressure among these people. The only factor that was found to be different among the primitive and civilized Eskimos was their diet.
Enzymes and Allergies
Antigens, bacteria, yeast, and other toxins enter the body through the digestive tract. Allergens (substances causing the allergy) can also enter the body simply through the air that we breathe. The toxins that cause allergies and infections are secreted by bacteria which also contain protein substances. The body needs a tremendous supply of protease (protein digestive enzymes) to counteract the constant bombardment of these proteins and to digest and eliminate them. This digestion of protein is done by enzymes, not only in the digestive tract, but in the bloodstream itself.
If digestion is not properly accomplished, it can result in swellings, sneezing, hay fever, hives, asthma, etc. In order for the body to rid itself of the allergen it must be separated from the protein molecule. This is accomplished by enzymes that digest the protein and release the allergen so the body can eliminate it via the lymphatic system. This is why it is so important to keep the lymphatic system clean.
Undigested proteins, bacteria and yeast entering the blood via the intestinal wall have toxic effects on our system. Candia albicans (yeast) can live practically everywhere in the body, and take over our whole body if the immunity is weakened by low enzyme reserves.
Enzymes are the Supporters of Life
Enzymes are present in the blood, muscles, tissues, and organs, and are involved in every metabolic function. Nothing can happen without enzymes. Nutrients cannot be used properly in the body and proteins cannot be digested. What is the end result of enzyme deficiency? Not living as vibrantly as you were born and ultimately, degradation of your health.
Fermented foods are packed with enzymes.
Fill your body to the brim with enzymes found in fermented foods. There are close to 500 different enzymes created by the food fermentation process. Fermented foods are: sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha, yoghurt, kimchi, kvass, apple cider vinegar to name a few. Make sure you have at least a few spoonfuls with every meal, three times per day. That way you gradually restore your body’s enzyme reserves while replenishing your good bacteria and strengthening your microbiome at the same time.
We have special enzyme mixtures that promote optimum mental health called Calm Nature and there is Infla Norm or Joint Connection that will support you to overcome inflammatory conditions. We have so many enzyme supplements and there is always one that is perfect for you!
Call in at the Purple House or explore www.purplehousenaturaltherapies.com.au and order your products online or to read more about enzymes.
Food fermenting for longevity workshop
Saturday 3rd November
47 Wilmot Rd Forth
$110 per person Includes eating and recipe book.
P: 64283007 to reserve your spot or click here:
This Big Bacterial Bang! On Saturday the 3rd November Caleb of Love Your Guts Co will unravel the secrets of your good and bad bacteria. You will be 100% inspired to create your own fermented health which is the cheapest, easiest and most fun way to restore your physical and mental body.
When it comes to fermenting the only limit is your imagination. Take fermented butter for instance: it is filled with enzymes, probiotics, vitamins and minerals. And how about fermented milk or kefir? When you drink this you experience a sense of rejuvenation. Its healing properties are not to be sneezed at and once you get into the habit of drinking it your digestion system will never look back. Days filled with gas, bloating and pain will be a thing of the past
Why should we ferment our foods? Fermenting brings out the flavour and it drastically increases the nutrient content of your foods and drinks. For instance a fermented cabbage has 20 times the level of Vitamin C than its fresh counterpart on the supermarket shelf. Fermented foods are pre digested. All the bubbling, fizzing and squeaking happens on your kitchen bench rather than in your tummy. There is hardly any effort involved in digesting these super foods: they are nutrient dense and full of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, essential fatty acids and enzymes. These properties are welcomed into your starving cells with open arms, giving you a new surge of energy.
Without bacteria no living creature can survive. Good bacteria not only keep us alive and healthy, they are the wind under our wings, or perhaps they are like a tail wind, helping to make your journey here in the body a smooth one. The gut alone is host of over 500 species of bacteria and more are discovered every year. Here is a fraction of what they do for us:
- Create vitamin B’s (which help us cope with stress)
- Create hundreds of enzymes
- Digest our foods
- Promote bowel movements
- Clean up after a meal
- Produce natural antibiotics
- Produce natural antifungi (which kill Candida)
- Increases the number of our immune cells
- Balances our pH
- Protects us from pollutants, pesticides and toxic wastes
- Helps maintain healthy cholesterol levels
- Breaks down and balances hormones.
Fermented foods supply us with a huge variety of good bacteria, unlike most commercial products which only offer one strain like acidophilus. If you think one lone strain can keep us alive, think again. Inside our bodies it is like a universe with trillions of bacteria working in colonies with the intention to keep us alive and well.
Imagine going outside on a dark cloudless night and seeing not one star in the sky! We would be shocked. However this is what our gut looks like after we have finished one course of antibiotics, are on steroid drugs or on the contraceptive pill, or after eating the wrong foods for years. Now is your choice to do something about it and introduce some spark back into your life!
Caleb will also share his latest research into reversing Autism, Auto Immune Disorders and Chronic illness. There are specific compounds in fermented foods that are being re-discovered by scientists. They switch on your body’s own secret intelligence service, like the CIA or FBI to go after cancer cells or free radicals.
If you suffer from ill health or know of a friend or family member who does, don’t miss out on this unique workshop. You will learn how easy it is to make these compounds and how to fortify your immune system simply by creating a few changes in your menu. This information is too good to miss out on and you won’t find it anywhere else. See you there! Grada