Can Supplemental Digestive Enzymes Cause Pain?

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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.

 

What we think and feel, and how long we think it or feel it, determines our health.

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In my last post I wrote about how negative motions impact our health and gave you a picture of the different organs involved. Now I want to touch on the same subject in a little different way. What we think and feel, and how long we think it or feel it, determines our health. The science is strong, and yet so often stress is considered a gray area, something we can’t measure and so it becomes something we think we can’t do too much about.

Think again – we already have wearable sensors that detect shifts in stress hormones like cortisol and adrenaline. There are wearable sensors for our heart and neurological balances. We have apps for the smart phones that will let you know about one’s stress at any given moment. The apps are being programmed to give you an idea how the food you just ate is impacting your health long-term. Heart specialists have been giving their patients wearable monitors for several years.

Even with that technology connecting the dots between knowing your hormone levels and changing your behavior will come down to understanding how those hormones impact your body and your life. Here are many concrete ways stress is possibly the most dangerous toxin your body faces every day.

Stress changes gene expression.
The chemicals your body produces when you are under stress turn on or off of genes that change everything from how much fat you store, to how well your immune system works, to how fast you age, to whether or not you will develop cancer.

Early life events determine your set point for stress.
Research shows that even very early childhood events “set” your CRH (corticotrophin-releasing hormone), at a high or low-level. CRH is like the foot on the gas revving up your adrenals, and therefore your stress levels.

Stress causes brain damage.
High levels of stress hormones damage critical parts of the brain as in your hippocampus, the area responsible for memory. One reason people experience “adrenal burnout” after long-term chronic stress is because the brain, in order to save itself, has to turn off the adrenals.

Stress shuts down the immune system and increases inflammation.
From slowing wound healing, to diminishing the protective effects of vaccines, to increasing your susceptibility to infections; stress is the ultimate immune-modulator. Stress can also reactivate dormant infections (existing but not developed). Many people who get cold sores know this from experience.

Chronic stress damages the energy powerhouses of your body, your mitochondria.
These energy factories produce ATP, the currency through which all cells and organs in your body do their work. The good news is the damage is reversible over time, as stress fades.

Stress reduces your ability to metabolize and detoxify.
Studies have shown that the activities of hundreds of genes are responsible for producing metabolic enzymes (those enzymes your body produces). These specific enzymes are necessary to break down fats and clear your body of the toxic side effects of prescription drugs or undigested foods. Stress can also increase your toxin burden by increasing your desire in eating synthetic fats and sugar foods. You may wonder why synthetics? Manmade foods are chemicals to your brain. It gives the feeling of cocaine or to psychological nervous activity.

Your cardiovascular system responds to stress, increasing cardiac output as if you have to run away from danger.
Chronic stress has been shown to increase the thickness of the artery walls, leading to high blood pressure and heart disease.

Stress creates disorder to your sex hormones.
Stress increases the amount of something called sex hormone binding globulin (SHGB). It is produced mostly by the liver but can also be found in the brain, uterus, testes, and placenta. This means there will be fewer hormones available to your cells. Chronic stress also increases the production of cortisol, from the adrenal and in turn limits the other necessary hormones to your system. I like to teach that when you produce cortisol it becomes the only hormone available. Another way of saying this is when cortisol is in the hormone cascade the other hormones cannot become part of that same process.

Stress is bad for your bones and muscles.
There is evidence that higher stress levels are associated with lower bone mineral density, and many studies show that people under chronic stress experience more physical pain.

Your gut and stress are intimately intertwined.
You may have heard that 95% of your serotonin is in your gut, and you may remember a time when you were nervous or sad, and your belly was in knots. Add to that our largest immune system is located in the gut. Now more research is showing how stress impacts the function of your gut every day. It slows transit, leading to constipation and the re-circulation of hormones like estrogen through your liver. It increases the overgrowth of bad bacteria. And it loosens the barriers between the cells that line the intestines, creating something called leaky gut, which then leads to inflammation, food sensitivities and autoimmune disease.

Stress during pregnancy.
“Who you are and what you’re like when you’re pregnant will affect who that baby is,” says Janet DiPietro, a developmental psychologist at Johns Hopkins University. “Women’s psychological functioning during pregnancy – their anxiety level, stress, personality — ultimately affects the temperament of their babies. It has to the baby is awash in all the chemicals produced by the mom.” How does a mom’s stress get passed onto her fetus? Researchers aren’t exactly sure which stress responses play the largest role, but it’s clear that when a pregnant woman experiences anxiety, her body produces chemicals that affect the baby, too. Her nervous system, for instance, stimulates the release of epinephrine and norepinephrine, stress hormones that constrict blood vessels and reduce oxygen to the uterus.

Now that you know how stress impacts your body, what to do about it becomes the real question.

http://news.stanford.edu/news/2007/march7/med-carrion-030707.html
http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/stressinf.htm

How Negative Emotions Impact Our Health

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Many have heard me say that our body’s overall health depends on what it hears us say, think or believe. We experience an assortment of emotions, which can arrange from happiness to sadness, to extreme joy or despair and misery. The kaleidoscope of emotions creates a different feeling within our body. Each emotion and its extent of happiness to despair release a kaleidoscope of matching chemicals called neurotransmitters. Each chemical works on creating different environments within the body.

For instance if your brain (following a meal) releases serotonin you will feel relaxed. When it releases a different neurotransmitter such as dopamine you will feel a reward motivated behavior. However, if its release of dopamine is too much or too little it will upset our motor skills. When stressed our body releases cortisol and we will have an entirely different feeling associated more with the body kicking into survival mode.

Lets go back to our body hearing or feeling what we think, say or believe. What about when we are thinking negative thoughts all the time? Such as we aren’t enough or are not smart enough or unloved? Or how about when we are thinking positive thoughts such as we are highly intelligent and greatly loved?

The brain is a very powerful tool and as we define what something is or should be we begin to have that result play out in our world. Have you ever noticed that someone driving can get cut off and become angry and feels it as a personal affront? That emotion sets them up for a day of irritation. Whereas someone else can get cut off while driving and simply apply the break slightly and move on as if nothing happened. The same experience yet one sees it as negative while the other doesn’t define it. Our perception of an experience or situation has the ultimate power as to how we will feel when it’s happening and how our bodies will be affected.

“If someone wishes for good health, one must first ask oneself if he is ready to do away with the reasons for his illness. Only then is it possible to help him.” ~ Hippocrates