Can Supplemental Digestive Enzymes Cause Pain?


UntitledDuring the many years I have served as a health practitioner there have been some patients sensitive to supplementation. It has been my experience that these people have a hidden or silent condition that they may not recognize until they try to change their normal food habit.  To explain this many of us get into a habit of eating certain foods every day and our choice is based upon what we “like” or how it makes us “feel”.  You probably have heard the term “comfort foods”.

One of my earned degrees is in Dietetics.  I was suspicious that food played a role in disease issues.  However, contrary to what I was taught I found it hard to accept the theory that all food is good for everyone nor could we all digest the food properly.  I never lost my drive to understand why one mans food is another mans poison.   This goes back to the years I spent in researching Biochemical Individualism.  The scientific truth is that each and every one of us has to discover his or her own personal safe diet.  I have tried to make it easy for my patients by teaching them their Diet Type.

Today, fortunately, there is a growing awareness that correct eating and good health go hand in hand. With the discovery of food allergies and/or genetic food intolerance and the recognition of their widespread harmful effects, the door has been opened for the cure of a wide variety of diseases.  It has been estimated that over half of all illnesses reported to doctors are caused or worsened by toxic foods, so this condition is not rare.

An allergy to the food you are eating every day can take the edge off your enjoyment of life, can cause you to feel under the weather without anything definite to complain about or can actually be the cause of severe inexplicable illness. But the vast majority of people do not know that this is what is happening to their bodies and their state of mind. They simply accept that mystery symptoms which come and go are just normal.

Can you have a hidden allergy or food incompatibility?

It is common for us to think of food allergy in terms of the type of illness which results from an allergy to nuts, strawberries or shellfish. These foods, however, are not eaten on a day-to-day basis, and the violence of the reaction when encountered leaves little opportunity for the source of the illness to remain unsuspected.

Officially, figures still claim that food allergy affects only between 1% and 7% of the population.  These statistics are misleading since they concern only extremely violent food reactions that are “immediate hypersensitivity” and which can lead to anaphylaxis and death.

There is an entirely different clinical picture when the food to which you are allergic is a staple item of your diet that you eat every day of your life, perhaps several times each day. Under these circumstances, the body adapts to the allergic process and the reaction disappears to become a masked or silent allergy. This adaptation of the body may last a lifetime or may become exhausted at any time under stress. When the adaptation by the body is complete there are no symptoms, but if the strain of coping with the allergy wears down the adaptive process then a whole variety of symptoms can show up.

Any bodily system can be upset by food allergy or genetic food intolerance and in any person one or more systems can be involved. Incidentally, even the targeted system involved can change from one period of life to another.  Example: A child with eczema moves on to asthma, then grows out of asthma and develops irritable bowel syndrome. Stress helps to exhaust the adaptive process of the body and aggravate the symptoms.  This often makes it appear as though stress is the cause of the trouble. The patient may have to endure psychotherapy, and when this fails to cure the trouble, drugs may be used to suppress the symptoms.  Remember that individuals can express their conditions differently.

It has been my experience that these are the very people who are reactive to supplemental digestive enzymes when they try to take them.

Consider the results of silent inflammation that has been masked for years.  Now you now decide to add supplemental digestive enzymes to properly breakdown these foods.  How may your body react to the change?  If your toxic food is a protein the reaction of pain may be in the stomach.  If it is a lipid (fat) derivative you may have nausea as in gallbladder or even diarrhea.  If it is a carbohydrate it may show up as bloating and/or gas.  If it several different foods, then the liver is involved and you may have night sweats and or migraines.  

What can you do if you have a reaction?

In my practice I determined their type and we adjusted their diet.  I gave them the supplemental digestive formula for sensitive people and followed it with a formula to smooth the digestive tract along with a sensitive probiotic formula to assist in their microbial balance.  They stayed on the sensitive protocol until they could graduate to the stronger formula for balancing.

If you can’t see a Transformation trained practitioner, then you can read my book and determine your type and follow the food choices in the book. “The Healing Power of Enzymes” has been updated during 2015.

Another suggestion you might not to want to hear is to take as many digestive enzymes your body requires to make the reaction stop.  This isn’t very popular but some people who are afraid of the supplementation may take so few they just stir up their problem.  The truth is they need more than the average person to begin with.





How badly do you want to loose weight?  For those who do not want to exercise or change your diet it may be possible to ingest a slim person’s poop and recolonize your digestive tract.

The theory is simply transplanting a slim person poop in to an obese person’s digestive system.  Scientists are preparing to test if microbes taken from a lean person’s system can help an obese person lose weight – and they will do this by getting 20 obese volunteers to take a pill packed with freeze-dried poop. 

These treatments actually began three years ago for serious gut infections rather than fecal transplants.  Doctors have increasingly turned to a procedure called “fecal microbiotia transplantation” (FMT), which delivers fresh fecal material to the gut helping restore the normal balance of beneficial microbes.

These fecal transplants are about 90 percent successful, but they typically require invasive and uncomfortable colonoscopies or nasogastric tubes, which run from the nose down to the stomach. “Just getting the tube down is a problem,” says Elizabeth Hohmann MD of Massachusetts General Hospital.  And what if people gag and vomit? Would they inhale fecal matter? “That’s pretty scary,” she adds.

I remember asking my audience if they were a sinker or a floater?  The idea was to open up the discussion on the amount of poop we expel and how many times a day would indicate a healthy system.

I have always been interested in the different body types versus their diets.  Now accepted body typing is done by medical personnel using one’s feces to determine their specific fecal type.  Formulation begins by using another’s fecal-matter which contains microbes from poorly digested food debris, missing nutrients – freeze drying and capsulizing!




8cfc9124-206c-42a0-a49d-906b3e49bf38Written by Georgia Ede MD.

Folks the world over liked red meat a lot

But the cancer committee in WHO-Ville did not.

“Those vouching for meat should be guilty of treason!”

(Please don’t ask why, no one quite knows the reason)

It may be the way that it’s processed or fried

Or the fact that it has so much iron inside

But I think that the most likely reason of all

May have been that WHO brains were two sizes too small


Staring down from their towers with judgmental frowns

At healthy meat-eaters below in their towns

Feasting on pork chops and luscious roast beast

(Roast beast is a feast WHO can’t stand in the least)

The WHO hated all meats–especially from cow

“We’ve got to stop red meat from coming, but how?”


Then they got an idea! An awful idea

The WHO got a wonderful, awful idea

“We know just what we’ll do!” the WHO snickered one day,

“We’ll shout meat causes cancer, and scare meat away!”

All we need is some data! The WHO looked around,

But good data is scarce, there was none to be found.

Did that stop the WHO? That did not trip them up

“We don’t need solid science; we’ll make some stuff up!”


They puzzled and puzzled till their puzzlers were sore

Then the WHO thought of something they thought we’d fall for

More than 800 studies they stuffed in a sack

“With numbers this big, they won’t dare to attack!”

But they based their conclusions on just twenty-nine

Fifteen of which showed that red meat was just fine!

But these studies weren’t studies at all, it turned out

They were basically guesses that weren’t tested out

They thought they could fool folks like you and like me

“Correlation’s causation!” WHO shouted with glee


Then three or four studies of rats they tossed in

(Rats pre-injected with carcinogen!!!)

They left out the ones showing red meat is good,

Hoping no one would notice (but you knew I would)


And three human studies they threw in there, too

But these studies were poorly designed (sad but true)

WHO dares condemn meat based on numbers so wee?

Three human studies—the audacity!


Maybe beef, pork and lamb are no cause for alarm

Maybe red meat, in fact, doesn’t cause any harm

It’s got protein and iron and vitamins too

The truth is that red meat is healthy for you!


This holiday season I hope you won’t fear

What the WHO said about meat—the facts are not there!

May you all enjoy time with your families and feast

On healthy whole foods and delicious roast beast:)


For more information about how the WHO

Tried to hoodwink good folks just like me and like you

I’ll share the details in a blog post right here

In the first week or two of the coming New Year

To hear when it’s ready, to be in the know


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Many have heard me use the term “energy” when I am relating to enzymes.  This is because enzymes are proteins and like worker bees always busy making things happen throughout the human body.  You could not digest, sleep, speak or live without available enzymes.

Enzymes are nano-machines that are exceptionally efficient at catalyzing (causing things to happen in chemical reactions). They play a role in all your cells. Like all proteins, they are made up of amino acid chains that are folded and assembled in a very precise 3D structure. Some enzymes, are so efficient that they catalyze the transformation of chemical molecules thousands of times per second.

Now, I want to stimulate your imagination because of new research. I would like you to envision enzymes as if they are part of your life’s “Healthy Olympics”!

Enzymes are your little Olympians in your games of life, racing around cells to trigger critical processes through interactions with specific genes. Sometimes they’re sprinters, sometimes hurdlers. But they generally find their genetic targets, whatever the obstacles.

The new research at Rice University in Houston more than explains these actions.  “Most previous theories assume there’s only DNA and the protein, but there’s no obstruction between the protein and its target,” Kolomeisky said. “In reality, there are obstructions, and a lot of them. Cells are very crowded systems. The surprising thing is that an enzyme protein still manages to find its target sequence efficiently. But how?”

Rice biophysicist Anatoly Kolomeisky and his team note that the enzyme seekers have to be a sprinter, alighting on DNA and probing for its target, usually finding it in milliseconds. If the target is on the other side of an obstruction, the seeker has to become a hurdler: It eventually disassociate and continues searching. But if the target falls within a segment shortened by an obstacle, the seeker finds it even faster.

Rice University. “Obstacles not always a hindrance to proteins: Researchers’ theory finds blocked path sometimes speeds DNA sequence search.”  ScienceDaily, 10 December 2015. 




Question & Answer


QUESTION:  Hi Dr. Fuller,  just wondering what’s the difference compared to taking just basic papaya and pineapple tablet enzymes compared to your digest enzymes? I’m guessing there must just be a higher concentration and variety?

ANSWER:  They are actually different forms of enzymes.  The two you are asking about are “plant” enzymes and the other contains “plant based” enzymes.

Plant enzymes include bromelain, a proteolytic enzyme and a milk-clotting enzyme derived from the pineapple stem, and papain, an enzyme derived from the papaya tree. They were first used as meat tenderizers and ingredients in beer until they became more refined to be used in supplements. There are some who experience bowel irritation from the use of papain which is similar to the bloating from eating at salad bars.  These plant enzymes work at a higher pH than the plant based enzymes and most of digestion is over with before they begin to activate.   Bromelain should be used for inflammation rather than digestion in the human body.

Plant-based supplemental digestive enzymes have the ability to aid digestion throughout the entire digestive process. Therefore, these enzymes are more useful to the body’s digestion than the other type of enzyme supplement.

Supplemental plant-based digestive enzymes are grown on plant foods (as their host) in a laboratory where they are fed to become whatever digestive enzyme is required, but they do not contain their host. The host is a plant food source and its use is just a platform to host the mycelial or biochemical enzymes. They must be grown on a plant form and extracted without chemicals in a laboratory process. The remainder is a pure fluid that is dried to a fine pure powder substance. They are known as plant enzymes but they are really mycelial or microbial produced bio-identical enzymes to the human body. Enzymes cannot be made like man-made synthetic vitamins and minerals and are considered a food substance.


Do Enzymes Cause Constipation?


I recently spoke in Mexico City on one of my favorite subjects, “Supplemental Digestive Enzymes” and their many positive uses.  I do not speak Spanish and required an interpreter. From what I have been told she was excellent in keeping up with me. However, in a large audience of a couple thousand people it is impossible to take questions.

When delivering in a venue of this size I do my best to present some of the common questions I receive. One of the questions I often receive is about constipation and enzyme use. There are those of us who were constipated before experiencing supplemental enzymes, but did not realize it.  I have been asked to go into more detail than I was able to when in Mexico.

Let me give you an example: a person can be experiencing at least one bowel movement a day. However, they begin taking supplemental enzymes with meals and all of a sudden their bowel is no longer moving.   They may be concerned that the enzymes made them constipated.

Our gallbladder isn’t an organ that gets a lot of attention – unless it is causing nausea, bloating and/or pain. 

Until then we are not aware that our gallbladder is in stress. The gallbladder is a little sac that stores bile from our liver and is found just beneath the liver. It is there to release bile during digestion to breakdown the fatty foods we eat.

Poor eating habits causes stress in the gallbladder. At first more bile is produced when too many man-made fatty and carbohydrate rich foods are ingested. This causes peristalsis producing a bowel movement. It can go from nausea and diarrhea and then eventually to constipation.

Many Latinos are brought up on seasoned foods, rich carbohydrates (tortillas)!  When this happens over a long period if time, the gallbladder cannot empty itself on demand and the liver is not stimulated to produce the correct amount of bile.

The undigested fat combines with any iron or calcium contained in the food to form insoluble soaps, which prevent minerals from reaching the cells. These hard soaps can cause constipation, anemia and bone loss. In addition, the lack of bile acids also prevents the absorption of carotene, Vitamins A, D, K, and essential fatty acids. This leads to a multitude of deficient disorders. Lack of proper digestion of food or inappropriate foods can cause many problems.

Supplemental enzymes balance digestion. There is no excessive bile to stimulate bowel peristalsis and they think they are now constipated. 

When this happens we have the solution by adding more capsules of digestive enzymes with meals. You can also add probiotics with meals or increase your intake in the evening before bed. In time your bowels will be back to normal, which is more than one bowel movement a day if you eat more than one meal a day.

You may have had your gallbladder removed and that simply means that your liver now has to release bile on demand. It also means it is now putting more stress on your liver. This is why I suggest supplemental lipase enzymes, which do not require bile to work.