By Regenerative Nutrition
The Wider Benefits of Multi-Enzyme Therapy
Enzymes are synergistic; in nature enzymes do not exist singly, rather many occur together in foods, the presence of one enzyme will often potentate the effect of another one in a mutual way, for example, enzyme 1 may have a immune complex or virus dissolving power of 3, and enzyme 2 may have also a dissolving factor of the same i.e. 3, but both together can have a multiplication effect e.g. by the power of 9, rather than a simple addition. Since there are many enzymes that are mutually supportive and also non-toxic, supplementation with the widest possible mixture of enzymes ensures the greatest health benefits. (Taking into account our knowledge at this point in time, in prioritizing certain enzymes, e.g. the proteolytic or protein dissolving enzymes, and provided that a good dosage/enzyme activity units are present of the most known, relevant enzymes). By using this synergy we are able to be realistically optimistic about a good therapeutic outcome weather it be in the resolution of a serious disease or in deep cleansing, e.g. helping to off set general organ and tissue fibrosis, circulatory inhibition due to clogging and even things like cataracts as we age. Indeed, a fair part of the aging process is merely the increasing ravages of enzyme deficiency and the long term accumulation of dead and fibrous tissue that would not have occurred if we had remained on a raw food diet for most of out life.
Raw foods are generally easier to digest than cooked food with some exceptions. It is difficult to digest large amounts of raw vegetables due to the amount of cellulose present, cellulase is an enzyme that can help cellulose digestion, but only to a limited degree, hence the importance of juicing vegetables rather than simply eating raw. Grains are also difficult to digest raw. The food items that we evolved to eat are actually still the most easy to digest and assimilate; the human system in terms of digestive structure and ability has changed little over millions of years, so the healthiest tribes and groups of people all around the planet are those that consume a diet of mainly raw food. One explanation for the obvious question "why does man cook food” is as follows. Man was originally a hunter gatherer, in this situation grains were rare, some roots and root vegetables were eaten occasionally, green leaves of various types more frequently, fruit at various times depending on climate, and animal meats. Fire was only used occasionally to cook food, all other animals eat their food raw, and it has shown by many researchers (whether one likes the idea or not), that raw meat, raw fish and raw eggs are far easier and more efficiently digested than cooked. The fact that man always cooked meat is an unfortunate myth. The problem began as man became more populace in certain areas, could not find enough hunter-gatherer food, and began to live in fixed locations. The discovery that grain could be grown and eaten if cooked may also be a main factor that led to the introduction of cooking.
Proteolytic enzymes are essential regulators and modulators of the inflammatory response. Any disorder ending in ‘itis’ can be helped and most usually is with Multi-Enzymes, these include chronic bronchitis, sinusitis, urinary tract infections prostatitis, cystitis and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) as well as providing relief for some of the most painful cases of ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, and Multiple Sclerosis. Women will be happy to know that they will also be able to get relief from the painful disorder of fibrocystic breast disease with the aid of enzymes. They can help reduce heart disease and circulatory disorders. Multi-enzyme therapy can be, and has been successfully used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis and Osteoarthritis, and all auto-immune disorders can be potentially helped as Multi-enzymes help to re-balance and strengthen the immune system, by overcoming immune complexes as discussed, but also by helping in the production of T cells and natural ‘killer-cells’ (cancer).
Multi-Enzyme Therapy for Lupus, Cancer & Viral Infections
Multi-enzymes hinder pain and inflammatory reactions in a number of ways.
- Remove "fibrin,” the clotting material that prolongs inflammation (especially important in helping circulatory disorders)
- Break down proteins in the blood that cause inflammation by helping their removal through the blood and lymphatic systems.
- Remove chronic inflammations, one of the main causes of arthritis.
Eliminate edema fluid retention in areas of inflammation.
Enzymes can have a powerful effect on helping to eliminate harmful bacteria and virus:
- General immune support as discussed in the use of systemic enzymes in cancer support
Enzymes can directly help to dissolve and digest the outer coating of anaerobic bacteria or virus, leaving them to be mopped up by the immune macrophages.
E.G. Kleine (1990) found that Herpes Zoster responds well to Systemic enzyme therapy.
Conventional treatments of inflammatory diseases use drugs that unlike Multi-enzymes, can cause harmful side effects and do not remove the cause of the problem, largely enzyme deficiency, and unlike Multi-enzymes, such treatments do not improve immune system health. Multi-enzymes not only remove inflammation they allow the healing phase to proceed once the true cause of the chronic inflammation is resolved. Enzyme therapy has long been part of the methods of treatment of traditional medicine. Meanwhile, systemic therapy with proteolytic enzymes has become an important method of treatment in natural medicine. There is hardly any regulatory system in our body which does not depend on enzymes. Enzymes control coagulation and fibrinolysis, inflammation and complement activity, phagocytosis, wound healing and tissue regeneration as well as the specific and nonspecific defense systems. Here the enzymes function as biocatalysts. The idea of supporting the weakened or stressed human body in fighting disease by administering enzymes seems very reasonable. After all, the structures and various functions of some 2700 enzymes have already been discovered in the human organism.
The most important enzymes used in therapy are hydrolases, which split ester, peptide and glycoside bonds by introducing a water molecule. The tasks and goals of enzyme therapy are manifold. Enzymes are used to support the body in stress situations, such as chronic or acute inflammations, digestive disorders, vascular or malignant diseases. A further field of application for enzymes is substitution in enzyme deficit disorders. The classical examples of this are pancreatic insufficiency or blood clotting disorders due to deficient clotting factors. Each enzyme has different effects. It is therefore reasonable to use combinations of enzymes to ensure a sufficiently broad spectrum of effects and via synergism for greater efficacy. Enzymes promote the body's own regeneration processes. Certain proteolytic enzymes possess pronounced anti-inflammatory and anti-oedematous properties. They promote the breakdown of toxic metabolites and inflammatory products and thus contribute substantially to the detoxification of the human body. Simultaneously, the additional fibrinolytic activity of the enzymes and the "vessel-sealing" effect of rutin accelerates the blood flow. Together with the dissolution of fresh blood clots (microthrombi), this allows normalization of the microcirculation. This especially applies to the enzymes Serrapeptase and Nattokinase. Therefore, the inflammatory products that mediate pain are eliminated more quickly, the improved blood supply enhances local oxygenation, and tissue tension decreases in parallel, the Medical data is for information only. All of this provides some analgesic effect. In sharp contrast to the mechanisms of action of conventional non-steroidal and steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, systemic enzyme therapy thus does not block the natural healing processes of inflammation.
Proteolytic Enzymes Bring Relief to Sufferers of Lupus
Ron Davis, M.D. has had excellent success bringing about complete remissions in patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Progressive Systemic Sclerosis. Dr. Davis’ method is available on the website Arthritis under the title, "Systemic Lupus Erythematosus and Progressive Systemic Sclerosis.” For our treatment protocol for Lupus please see our Lupus page. Enzymes help to dissolve circulating immune complexes and antibodies that cause the severe inflammation of Lupus. A 1996 study of Lupus patients demonstrated how clinical and laboratory immuno-inflammatory activity decreased more quickly when medical drugs were used in combination with Multi-enzymes. Enzymes may be particularly important for Lupus sufferers for another reason: they’ve been strongly shown to help prevent kidney disease and failure, both of which are commonly associated with Lupus.
Proteolitic Enzymes and Cancer
About 100 years ago, a British embryologist, John Beard, started the research concerning the use of protein digesting enzymes and the treatment of cancer. He had some successes using enzymes taken from the pancreas of young animals. He injected them into his patients and achieved some good results, but there were side effects from the immunological reactions to injecting components of raw pancreas into the blood stream. He was later followed by Kelly who treated thousands of cancer patients and claimed very high success rates.
Today, enzymes are produced by in large using bacteria, and their activity units are measured, so stronger and more effective enzyme blends are now available. Using large amounts of activity units of enzymes to treat advanced cancers requires clinical supervision, since the toxins released from the tumor break down, when there are large/many tumors present should only be achieved at the rate the system is able to detoxify them. For this reason we recommend a wider selection of remedies known to overcome some of the other causative aspects of cancer such as correcting cellular pH and overcoming oxygen deficiency at a cell level. These can systematically be overcome with the use of suitable nutritional remedies (Alka Vita, Germanium, and Live cell Immunocomplex) as discussed in our article: Cancer, Helping to win the Battle with Nutritional Therapy.
Prof. Wolf wanted to continue the study of these wonderful biological agents, he noticed that by using purified mixtures of enzymes there were no risks of frequent allergic reactions. Each cancer cell has on the surface of its membrane, specific antigens. It is naturally ideal when the body can recognize these markers - by being released from the fibrin - because the cancer cell can be destroyed after this. Although the cancer cell is destroyed, however, the antigen remains. By means of a change in its membrane, the cancer cell can sometimes throw off its antigen. It seems that cancer cells do this, so that our defenses go in the wrong direction. Regrettably, this trick really works. If the number of formed immune complexes is kept within the normal limits and our defenses are all right, then our macrophages can embrace and dissolve these immune complexes. If the number of immune complexes is superior to the strength of the macrophages, then some immune complexes remain not dissolved in the blood, as well as in the lymph. By means of a complicated mechanism - we talk about activation and aggregation of thrombocytes - it promotes a greater formation of fibrin, by depositing the un-dissolved immune complexes in the tissue. This normally diminishes the body’s defenses, and this is especially dangerous in the cancer situation. The immune complexes can weaken the body's defenses in another way. Too many immune complexes inhibit the activity of the macrophages, which are the main destroyers of the cancer cells. Their capacity to destroy and to clean out the system is paralyzed. Thus cancer cells can grow without being bothered by macrophages. What the enzymes do to help, is that they discover the receptors. Enzymes also facilitate the reaction of recognition. Another important action of the enzymes is to improve immunity, which is done by breaking the circulating immune complexes, by activating the natural killer cells and the T-cells, and also by inducing mediators and cytokines, such as TNF, Tumor Necrosis Factor. Enzymes have the ability to reduce the thick fibrin layer which is abnormally 15 times thicker than normal. By reducing this fibrin layer the stickiness of the cancer cells is also diminished, and by this means we can prevent metastasis. The world-famous professor and doctor from Vienna, Dr. Wrba, states that enzymes are a new approach to cancer treatment. There are two main factors in the treatment of cancer cells
- defense of the host and
- virulence of the cancer cells.
As has been already said, systemic enzyme therapy increases the defense mechanism, that is, improves the recognition reaction of the cancer cells, plus lowers its virulence. In doing so, Wrba feels that this action causes modulation of the cell membrane, uncovers the cell surface and receptors, improves immunity, facilitates the recognition reaction and reduces the stickiness of the tumor cells.
Article courtesy of Regenerative Nutrition