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.


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.









My Dear Friends,

Daily I am asked questions about disease issues. I am not trying to be un-sensitive to your concerns by not answering your questions. I hold degrees in Health Science, Dietetics and Naturopathic Studies. I am not an Oncologist which is a medial doctor that treats and diagnosis cancer.

I personally believe that we have the power to begin our own healing by addressing our digestive system. In other words we can prevent disease by addressing those parts of our system where most cancer begins. The digestive system holds within it 80% of our immune system plus our entire enteric or autonomic nervous system which is embedded in our gastrointestinal system.

The University of Washington explains it best:  “The autonomic nervous system controls the tone of the digestive tract. The integumentary system reduces water loss, contains receptors that respond to touch, regulates body temperature, and protects the inside of the body from damage. 

I personally experienced cancer in three different areas of my body. I am a cancer survivor. When I was diagnosed with my cancer I made changes in my beliefs, food intake and worked on forgiveness. My cancer would go into remission but then show up in another place of my body. Finally during my last cancer diagnosis I added to my regime supplemental plant based enzymes and this time the cancer went away. Oncologists do not like to say I was cured however; this was 38 years ago next month.

Supplemental digestive enzymes assists in the digestion of our food, carries the nutrients from what we eat into our cell and assists the cell to clear waste. This is no small thing. I just taught while in Mexico City the importance of our metabolic enzymes and our cells.

  • We all begin as just one cell.
  • That one master cell contains all our specific information (3 billion bits) that we need for life and we are only 5 days old.
  • These 3 billion bits of information is our genes, DNA and what our enzymes are to do according to their information.
  • That one cell splits into various cells creating all our organs while in Mothers womb.
  • By the time we are adults we contain around 100 trillion cells.
  • Each cell (no matter the type) requires the same things: 45 known nutrients and 20,000 enzymes to stay alive.
  • Plus a Queen Mother enzyme called “Kinase” to make more proteins and enzymes in the cell.
  • For just one cell to duplicate it requires another 13,000 enzymes.
  • Every mineral and or nutrient is co-enzymes, which means it requires an enzyme to work.
  • Every cells enzymes uses these 45 nutrients to make 125,000 different chemicals every second.

I hope you are getting the picture. Blended supplemental digestive enzymes are taken orally with meals to assist proper digestion. Systemic enzymes (those which work in the blood) are blended to the proper pH for the blood and do not assist in the digestive tract. All enzymes from metabolic (those your body produces from proteins) to those we take supplementally all require the same things the proper pH to do their work and water to make them work.

There are supplemental digestive plant based enzymes blended for carbohydrate digestion, lipases blended for lipid digestion and proteases blended for protein digestion into amino acids.

The supplemental systemic enzymes require a different pH to work within our blood and organ systems by assisting the body during inflammation and improved blood flow and/or circulation.

When you ask me about bodily dysfunction or disease I will suggest forgiveness, changing stress habits, an improved diet (organic and no sugar) with supplemental enzymes. Ingest systemic proteolytic enzymes three to four times a day and the proper Probiotics at bedtime!  These are the basics.  It may not always be easy but it can be life changing.



I will refer to the four body types by numbers. It is not that one is more important than another. I have worked with body typing for over 30 years and I find it is best to begin with the category in which I saw the greatest number of body types where I lived. This is not Texas where I currently live, otherwise the types and the numbers would be different.

Questionnaire: If six or more of the 12 characteristics listed apply to you, then that is your category or ruling body type. Your food choices may not be the best for your health and may be the source of many of your health problems. However, you continue to crave them, but you do not break them down properly. In conventional medical practice, the body types are referred to by the name of the gland that rules each one.

BODY (BIOCHEMICAL) TYPE ONE is known as Para for the parathyroid or thyroid gland.

This type is defined by the following traits:

  • Your waist may have a bit of a midriff bulge because of the tipping of your hipbones.
  • You have high perky buttocks.
  • You gain weight evenly, from the top of your head to your toes.
  • If overweight, your excess fat is in the stomach and waist Men have “spare tire,” women hold fat in their buttocks.
  • You crave sugar in the form of desserts, breads, pastas, fruits, and vegetables.
  • You are drawn to chocolate for fat and sugar mix.
  • You get fatigued by midday and sometimes get up tired.
  • You suffer depression or mood swings.
  • You often have cold hands or feet.
  • If you are female, you suffer PMS.
  • Your blood pressure is on the low side.
  • You have experienced hypoglycemia.
  • Allergies are common for you.
  • You are prone to eczema or skin rash.


BODY (BIOCHEMICAL) TYPE TWO is known as the Estro or Testro biochemical body type. The controlling glands for type twos are the gonadal system. The following list of traits defines this body type. Again, if six or more of these apply to you, this is your body type category:

  • The width of your clavicle is shorter than the width of your hipbones and your buttocks are low slung.
  • In women, the greater part of the weight is in the buttocks and upper thighs. You wear a small top to a larger bottom in clothes.
  • In men, your excess weight is in the abdominal region and lower body.
  • Male or female your legs are generally strong in comparison to the upper part of your body.
  • Your favorite foods are tasty, or strong-flavored such as spiced, creamed, salty, peppered, or smoked foods.
  • You prefer to drink wine or a beverage other than water with your meals.
  • Your favorite desserts are rich, like ice cream or chocolate.
  • You enjoy fried fish, chicken, onion rings, and French fries.
  • You like Italian, Oriental, and Mexican cuisines.
  • You suffer from indigestion (bloating or gas) where your ribs come together.
  • Gallbladder problems are common.
  • You are bothered by kidney and bladder infections.
  • You have a tendency toward cysts, dermatitis, or skin disorders.


BODY (BIOCHEMICAL) TYPE THREE is known as Supra, for the suprarenal or adrenal glands.
This type is defined by the following traits:
  • Your clavicles are much wider than the width of your hipbones.
  • You are able to build muscle quite easily.
  • You carry your weight in your tummy and upper torso including your back.
  • Your buttocks are fairly flat and do not have shape unless you are working out.
  • Your legs are strong and firm at any age.
  • A meal is not complete for you without meat or some kind of protein.
  • You salt or season your food without tasting it first.
  • You gravitate to all proteins: lunch meats, sausage, fish, poultry, nuts, cheese, and eggs.
  • You suffer from stiff joints or pain in your left shoulder.
  • You have hypertension or high blood pressure.
  • You feel stressed rather than fatigued.
  • Constipation is a big problem for you.
  • Gas, flatulence, or bloating is a way of life.
  • You prefer stimulation from what you eat, drink, or think.


BODY (BIOCHEMICAL) TYPE FOUR is known as Neuro. It gets its name from the neurological and endocrine systems. These glands control the hormone production of other glands and indirectly affect the neurological (nervous system).
The width of your clavicle is the same as your hip bones, but your waist is also even in width.
If you can answer yes to four or more of these questions then this is your body type:
  • You do not feel that a meal is complete without dairy products.
  • You enjoy cereal and milk if you cannot think of what else to eat.
  • You suffer from ongoing fatigue.
  • You enjoy dairy products but recognize milk intolerance or have been told you are lactose intolerant.
  • You have the same body size as when you were a teen.
  • Your shape may be described as boyish, wiry, or having baby fat, but it has remained the same into maturity.
  • You matured later in life and are the youngest looking member in your family.
  • You may have an on-going bowel problem (constipation to diarrhea) including spastic colon.
  • You have soft fat all over the body, not just held in one area.
  • You do not make your mind up quickly and need to have all the information possible to make a decision.
  • You are considered to be smart or a nerd in school.
  • Your body shape tends to be straight up and down. If a woman you have to use a belt to recognize a waist.
  • Your head may be large to your body.
  • You consider yourself sensitive to foods or pills.


People may see themselves in more than one category. However, all of us are more suited to one category than others. This category is known as our primary or driving biochemical type. If you feel you are several types, you may find you are out of balance. The more out of balance we are, the more we think we are several types. When in balance, you will be the stronger of your primary type.

Tomorrow: What Your Biochemical Type Tells You About Your Health and Diet




  • A calorie is not a calorie when you eat it at a different time of day.
  • A calorie is not a calorie when you eat it in a different processed form.
  • A calorie is not a calorie if two people eating the same food utilize it differently.
  • Always eat carbohydrate calories in a very calculated way.
  • The more you exercise, the more your body will tolerate carbohydrates.
  • Most people will burn fat faster when restricting fat.

Biochemical Scientists do not accept the measurement of calories. In fact, they do not believe you can truly measure calories based on so many different and diverse reasonings. Many of these reasons have to do with the energy expenditure of the foods themselves—how they were grown, prepared, and who eats them. People vary in the particular digestive enzymes they produce.

  • Some people produce more proteases for digesting proteins, others different lipase for fat breakdown, and carbohydrate-splitting enzymes for digesting carbohydrates.
  • Digestive enzyme production is as different as fingerprints because it is based on their own DNA.
  • People differ immensely as the bacteria that live within them.
  • Extra or diverse bacteria make them more efficient at metabolizing food: so instead of being lost as waste, more nutrients make their way into the circulation, or if they go unused, get stored as fat.
  • Calorie math will never be precisely accurate because the amount of calories we extract from food depends on such a complex interaction between food and each human body with its many microbes.

I believe the summation is correct and have spent more than the last 30 years trying to make sense out of all of it. Dr. Rogers J. Williams first coined the phrase, “Biochemical Individualism” back in the 1960s while working at the University of Texas. I grabbed onto his theory because it made so much sense to me and have been diligently making it a science ever since.



Human-anatomy-zygote  Nutrition definition is a substance that provides nourishment essential for growth and the maintenance of life.

Our bodies are made up of nutrients. In fact, 96% of the human body is made up of only four atoms – carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and hydrogen which make up protein. With the addition of macro- and micronutrients (4%) from our food, we are able to turn these four atoms into 100 trillion cells.

How does this occur?  With its proteins – 13,000 enzymes to make one human cell.  Each cell requires 45 specific substances taken into the body orally (water, lipids, carbohydrates, proteins,vitamins and minerals).  Each cell requires an additional 20,000  enzymes in order to use these essential substances in producing 100 million chemicals each second.

These millions of cells form into tissues, the tissues form into organs, then the organs work together to form our 11 bodily systems. The result is one complete human being.

The number one priority of each and every cell in the body is therefore to acquire the nutrients that will support its structure and function. And in order to acquire nutrients, we must have a fully functioning digestive system.




NOTE: It takes enzymes found in your mouth, esophagus, stomach, small intestine, large intestine, gallbladder, pancreas and liver just to properly digest one glass of milk.  

Transit time of the milk from consumption to elimination takes 10 to 24 hours depending on the health of your digestive tract, age and gender.

Untitled  How many hours or days will it take for you to digest a typical Thanksgiving meal?

Based on research done at Mayo Clinic in the 80s the average transit time for food, from consumption to elimination as stool, is 53 hours.  For children it is 33 hours.

Genetically modified foods (GMO) create improper digestion and slows down the transit time.  Studies show transit times have been increased to 72 hours or 3 days.

Supplemental Digestive Enzymes assist in proper digestion (when we meet our specific need) and our digestive system along with its organs is greatly supported.

Bon appétit