Thursday, September 1, 2011

Center of Symmetry's 2nd Year Anniversary

OK.. So while Christy, my mom and I were working on still stocking and cleaning.. we did have our doors open on 8/31/2009.. and a fella did come in and buy incense. So Technically... 8/31/2009 is our anniversary.. BUT Today's the promoted the day of opening.. 9/1/2009

Thank you to All that have supported us.. We are delighted to be thriving after two years in business. Providing high-quality holistic and spiritual arts programs and services to the Nashville community has been a true honor. Opening the front door two years ago was daunting. I honestly didn’t know if anyone would show up, but they sure did! We’ve been busy ever since and are constantly adapting what we do based on what our customers share with us.

And to Symmetry Family for all their love, support and fantastical abilities.. We've seen some incredible stories of love, support and change. Its been a great 2 years.

Thank you,

Amy Kiger
Symmetry
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Beneficial information for ColonHydrotherapy from Dr Holt

2011-07-19 15:08
HOLT Health News

Dr. Stephen Holt, M.D.



Thu. July 7th, 2011
Vol. 1, Issue 1
Colon Cleansing
In the past, colon cleansing may have been the "butt" of many jokes, but this process offers real and important benefits for your health and well-being. Read on to find out more about this hot topic.


Although you may not consciously be aware of it, your colon is actually "hard wired" to your brain and there is a highly complex pathway of intercommunication between the bowel and the mind. This is part of the "gutmind" or "mindgut." When one thinks about the colon, one most often thinks about its contents. The contents of the colon come and go, but the overall time (duration) that these contents reside in the colon may be an important factor in general health and well-being. "Friendly" bacterial inhabitants of the colon are also responsible for general health and well-being. For many years, the colon and its contents were viewed as a source of potential toxins to which the body was exposed, especially in the presence of constipation. These days, conventional medicine often rejects these ideas. (Holt S, Natural Ways to Digestive Health, M. Evans and Co. Inc, 2000, available at www.stephenholtmd.com)

There is no doubt that these thoughts of "colon toxins" led to the common belief that everyone should open their bowel, at least on a daily basis. However, it is recognized that a healthy bowel habit generally involves opening one's bowel less than three times daily, but more than once in three days. That said, many people suffer from uncomfortable changes in their bowel habit, most often in the form of temporary constipation due to lifestyle or environmental changes. Constipation makes many people feel lousy.

Conventional medicine has been rather unwilling to acknowledge any benefit of intermittent colon cleansing and colon hydrotherapy. While there is surprisingly little research on the benefits of colon cleansing, there are thousands of people who claim they derive an improved sense of well-being by restoring the regularity of their bowel habit. Achieving a regular bowel habit involves a healthy lifestyle including regular exercise, adequate fluid intake and good nutrition (especially adequate dietary fiber intake).

An important aspect of regular bowel habit depends on the amount of unabsorbed fiber that is taken in the diet. There have been many studies that show the benefits of insoluble types of dietary fiber (and combined soluble fiber intake) on the promotion of healthy bowel function. Dieters should consider ways of supplementing fiber in their diet because fiber provides a feeling of fullness that may benefit weight loss. Dietary fiber is not absorbed, but it is subject to fermentation by the healthy bacterial inhabitants of the colon (prebiotic effects). Furthermore, dietary fiber may provide added benefits, due to its ability to cleanse the colon and assist in detoxification of the body. Fiber can help to mop up "toxic" forms of bile acids and other toxicants that are present in colonic contents.

While regularity of bowel habit must involve positive lifestyle principles, a large proportion of the population requires temporary help in overcoming constipation. There are many over-the-counter (OTC) laxatives available, but some laxatives can be quite dangerous for some people. Laxatives that cause excessive purgation can actually damage the function of the bowel. There is a disease entity that is well described among people who use powerful, stimulant laxatives on a regular basis. This is called "cathartic colon," which means forced exit of stool from the bowel.

Strong laxatives are unpleasant to take because they can cause griping abdominal pain and they may stimulate imbalances of body fluids or chemistry and cause excessive discharge of sticky mucus in the colon. Continuing to purge the bowel causes a "lazy bowel" that will only respond to the continuous use of strong laxatives. Over a period of time, strong laxatives can damage the nerve supply to the colon and the bowel cannot engage in normal movements that cause easy evacuation of stool. There is a common type of constipation that seems to be related to lack of coordination of muscles around the back passage (anus and rectum). This lack of coordination can be overcome to some degree by increasing the dietary intake of insoluble dietary fiber. Fiber helps to treat hemorrhoids and it lowers pressure inside the colon.

Many people have experienced an unpleasant initial reaction to increasing fiber in their diet. Delivering large amounts of fiber to the "untrained" colon often results in increased frequency of bowel habit and gas. This situation is fortunately short-lived. Some experimentation is always required when extra fiber is increased in the diet; and I advise people not to "give up" on fiber supplements prematurely. I advise individuals to keep adjusting the amount of fiber that they take in supplement form until their colon becomes agreeable and accepting of its new healthy contents.

As a gastroenterologist with a major interest in alternative medicine, I believe in the need for simple, natural and gentle ways to engage in the healthy habit of colon cleansing. There are complicated but effective ways of intermittent colon cleansing with colon hydrotherapy. Colon hydrotherapists can improve the outcome of their treatments by the correct use of well-formulated dietary supplements for digestive health. However, I stress that the supplements they use should have a clear evidence-base for an effect on digestive function.

Certain nutrients can effectively support regular bowel function in a simple, gentle and natural way. A complex nutrient-botanical formula is shown in Table 1. This formulation is quite versatile and it has detoxification implications.
Artichoke Leaf Ashwagandha Root
Beet Leaf Burdock Root
Chlorella Corn Silk
Dandelion Root Arabinogalactans
Milk Thistle 80% Mullein Leaf
Red Clover Flowers Turmeric Root
Aloe Vera 200: 1 Concentrate Rhubarb Root
Slippery Elm Bark Marshmallow Root
Fennel Seed Ginger Root
Triphala Magnesium (Hydroxide)
L-Glutamine Fish Oil 50% Powder


Table 1: Ingredients of an effective colon cleansing formula.




This complex formulation is designed to support the principal function of the colon in the act of evacuation of stool. The formula draws upon several traditional medical systems that have focused their attention on the colon as a source of health and well-being. The formula uses an Ayurvedic herbal system for body cleansing (Triphala) and utilizes recommendations from master herbalists on a variety of different botanicals that can support or modify colon function. Some ingredients do provide gentle purgative actions (Fennel seed, Rhubarb root), but other ingredients are designed to support the lining of the colon or provide a mild astringent effect (Aloe Vera, Slippery Elm Bark). Fish oil and L-glutamine offer nutritive support for the colon's lining, while Mullein leaf and Ginger root provide a "soothing" effect. One principal mechanism of action of this formula is to hold water in the bowel to make the stool softer and easier to pass (known as the osmotic laxative effect).

Colon cleansing was once called "the royal pathway to health" because of its popularity among kings, queens and the aristocracy of the Victorian era. Members of the French aristocracy were the strongest proponents of stool evacuation for health. For a while, this activity was considered to be an "embarrassing joke." These days, individuals are more willing to talk about normal body functions in an open and constructive manner.

Medical practitioners continue to argue about the benefits of colon cleansing. Once relegated to the world of quackery, the act of colon cleansing as a part of detoxification of the body is emerging as an increasingly valuable process in the promotion of well-being.

Be Healthy!
Dr. Stephen Holt, M.D.
Dr. Stephen Holt, M.D. is a Distinguished Professor of Medicine (Emerite) and a medical practitioner in New York State. He has published many peer-review papers in medicine and he is a best-selling author with more than twenty books in national and international distribution. He has received many awards for teaching and research. Dr. Holt is a frequent lecturer at scientific meetings and healthcare facilities throughout the world. He is the founder of the Holt Institute of Medicine (www.hiom.org) and www.stephenholtmd.com

Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year 01/01/2011

Cheers to all that went RIGHT in 2010, to all that I learned from what went wrong in 2010 and here's to building upon those things in 2011 to acheive our dreams! Happy New Year Everyone!

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Seven Stages of Change, From A Wellness Perspective .. Love this Article!

Great article I wanted to share.

Regardless of what you seek, you must understand the process of change. There is psychology behind change, and understanding the dynamics of thought you will go through from the personal habits you have now, to the personal habits you desire. Don't Dream it, Be it.. yes (Rocky Horror Picture Show). But there is truth there.

Most health educators exhibit a devotional reverence for five stages of change. The stages, called "The Transtheoretical Model of Change" by pedants, simply "Stages of Change" by others, was developed by James Prochaska. The five stages are:

1.Pre-contemplation.
2.Contemplation.
3.Preparation.
4.Action.
5.Maintenance.

In his encyclopedic new book, The Seven Basic Plots: Why We Tell Stories, Christopher Booker provides another kind of model entirely unrelated to health. Yet, I prefer it for wellness purposes to Prochaska's change stages. Unlike the latter, the seven basic plot ideas described by Booker seem better suited to the stages of change for wellness seekers. The latter are not focused on overcoming addictions or solving negative problems, as is the case with Prochaska's stages. Yet, the alleged wellness change stages seem to fit the ever more interesting and socially consequential challenge of designing, modifying over time and sustaining a positive life. Besides that, Booker's model is more fun to work with. This matters because, you might remember, wellness is an adventure, not a treatment, and a wellness mindset is peculiarly suited for such dark times of mass delusion, religious fervor and widespread embrace of superstition as we are undergoing now in Republican America.

Wellness promotion at its best rests on a foundation of reason, science and secular human decencies. Wellness enthusiasts therefore seek to extend their own human happiness, freedoms, liberties and exuberance while being quite delighted if others choose to come along. However, wellness promoters are not evangelists, missionaries or other "my way or the highway to hell"-type recruiters. Better to leave that to the devotees of pseudoscience and fundamentalist dogmas.

All of which brings me back to Booker's model. I think it works nicely for explaining stages we often experience in the pursuit of wellness, how we can evolve from normalcy or a sickening state of mediocrity, to the heights of living consistent with positive, exceptional wellness principles. Though not sequential like Prochaska's stages of change, the Booker stages or plot types are common for wellness seekers.

As in Booker's examples with English and other literature, a wellness change model has seven basic plots. In literature (and novels, movies, plays and operas) and in seeking wellness, these seven plots are recycled, again and again. The plots are:

1.Overcoming the monster.
2.Rags to riches.
3.The quest.
4.Voyage and return.
5.Rebirth.
6.Comedy.
7.Tragedy.

Overcoming the Monster
This kind of plot in Booker's model explains flicks like Jaws or books like David Copperfield wherein doom and gloom in varied guises threatens to wreak havoc on a life or a society until a hero or heroes save the day, or the world, as the case may be. In wellness terms, the monster is the deadening atmosphere of moderation, or norms that stifle individuality. At some point, a fortunate few decide they want to rise from the sorry standards of health (medically defined as non-sickness) and in other ways break away from benighted myths and traditions that stifle freedom and creativity. The first stage of wellness might be nothing more than a realization that it is time to emerge from the muddle of normalcy to pursue higher levels of physical and mental well being while finding new possibilities for meaning and purpose in life. Remember the first sentence in Dickens autobiographical David Copperfield? "Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show." Young David had just overcome the monster of temptation to assign responsibility for his fate and the quality of his life to anyone else.

Rags to Riches
In the book The Seven Basic Plots, Booker explains the "rags to riches" plot with examples like Jane Eyre, Raiders of the Lost Ark and A Christmas Carol, among others. In the rags to riches plot, an underdog has adventures (usually thrust upon her), overcomes crises, passes tests and in doing so becomes strong, confident, able and resilient. She assumes an enviable place in the world. Often, love follows. So, too, with wellness--though the love part is less certain in real life. While not as dramatic as the adventures of Harrison Ford (Indiana Jones), wellness seekers go from rags to riches in a sense when we lose fat and gain fitness, eliminate major stressors and experience continuing serenity, cease being easily fooled and delight in critical inquiry. In a wide range of wellness skill areas, rags to riches-like shifts are seen in going from weakness and victimhood to responsible and effective decision-making with attendant states of advanced functioning. While rags to riches stories are about material advances, the wellness equivalent seems deeper, richer and more substantial than a transition from no stuff to lots of stuff.

The Quest
Perilous quests are a third archetype. A literary example cited by Booker is Alice in Wonderland. A variant noted is the inner quest, a journey, for instance, from naïveté to wisdom, psychological paralysis to emotional liberation, as in Snow White. The search for a desirable, fulfilling and successful combination of attitudes and behaviors at varied life stages surely marks the quest for wellness. What mix works for a while must be continually fine-tuned as career, family and other factors change over time. Wellness is often defined as a quest, a search for meaning that is furthered by a conscious regard for physical and mental disciplines.

Voyage and Return
The Wizard of Oz is probably the first movie that comes to mind to fit this category of Booker's plot types. The wellness equivalent might include going off somewhere on a heroic quest (for xample, to a distant city to run a marathon) or on a religious pilgrimage (to Mecca, the Vatican), to find space aliens (Roswell, for instance) or to pursue transcendence of a hedonistic nature (Hedonism Resort in Jamaica), returning home changed by the experience. Alternatively, it could be other than a physical trip, perhaps a journey to find something about yourself. In Thomas Wolfe's You Can't Go Home Again, the main character (George Webber) writes a novel based on his family and hometown. When he returns to that town, he finds the home he knew is not there anymore. Everyone in the town is embarrassed by the book, he's treated badly and made unwelcome. This response sparks a voyage of discovery. The author travels widely seeking his true identity. Eventually, the journey comes full circle when he returns from the voyage with new insights and rediscovers home, not the same but with qualities previously overlooked. As in our pursuit of wellness over time, things change as we learn more about the world and ourselves.

Rebirth
E.T embodied the classic coming-of-age-story pattern. In the tale, Elliott encounters E.T., his alien alter ego, who helps him learn be a leader and bring harmony to a dysfunctional family. As with the four preceding plot types, rebirth stories have happy endings. Wellness change efforts usually turn out well, contrasted with single purpose attempts to stop doing something negative (such as smoking) without a larger, positive context.

Comedy
The human comedy is played out in countless ways, and include attempts to cope with parental authority, ventures into the world on our own, dealing with innumerable tests of varied kinds leading to degrees of interdependence and independence. Along the way, we must explain things to others, and ourselves. Thus, we adopt a narrative, a story of our attempts at discovery about who we are and what kind of person we want to become, in time. Our narratives, just like in Hamlet, are skewed from reality (and, for wellness seekers, from sickening normalcy), some a lot more so than others (thus, the comedy). The comedy plot is the one most of us recognize, since it unites us in a pleasant shared reality. In the wellness model, the importance of comedy is reflected in the skill areas of humor and play. In Prochaska's stages, by contrast, not a mention is made of humor or anything remotely akin to lightness or playfulness; health educators see nothing funny about dealing with bad habits and addictions. A pity, for literature is rich with comic fodder, though often served with equal parts tragedy.

Tragedy
Booker mentions The Snow Queen, Romeo and Juliet, and Peer Gynt as examples of his seventh and final plot genre, though everyone has his own favorites in this popular category. My favorite is not a novel but rather the American health (medical) care system. This fragmented non-system is the ultimate tragedy, for never has so much been spent for so little, from a wellness perspective. Almost none of the spending is devoted to supporting citizens to choose and sustain wellness lifestyles. That is a tragedy Shakespeare could appreciate, Hardy would applaud and Hemingway would drink to. Compounding the tragedy is the fact that this illness treatment system is no bargain or even good value. (This country spent $1.4 trillion or $5,267 for each man, woman and child on medical care in 2002. Almost half of the spending is by government, mainly for Medicare and Medicaid. However, we rank below most other Western nations that spend a lot less on sickness remedies and interventions. Canada, for example, spent $2,931 per person, France $2,736 per person. Why do we spend more? The three main reasons cited are the greater expenses of American doctors, American pharmaceuticals and American paperwork--31 cents out of every dollar.)

Those who choose wellness anyway essentially opt out of the tragic system wherein the best that can be hoped for is a state of non-sickness. The medical system can be vital if you get sick or hurt AND have insurance or otherwise can pay for expensive, highly rationed care. However, even under the best of circumstances, you are well advised to adopt and practice a strong degree of responsibility for the quality of your life by remaining highly fit and skilled in varied lifestyle disciplines (in other words, critical thinking, sound relationships, the search for added meaning, etc.) After all, advances from illness to wellness states along the illness/wellness continuum cannot be made via reliance on the US health care (sickness) system. The tragedy in this case is that so few Americans seem to understand this or live in a manner consistent with such comprehension.

Fortunately, you won't need to rely on the tragic medical system, most of the time, if you live well and have the good fortune to enjoy a bit of luck (genetics and chance). So, next time health educators bring up the topic of change theory, tell them about the plot lines of all good wellness lifestyles, ranging from overcoming monsters, going from rags to riches, quests, voyages and returns, rebirths, comedies and last but not least, tragedies--of missed opportunities because of public reliance on a broken health or medical system rather than personal initiatives.

Be well. Always look on the bright side of life.
by Donald B. Ardell, Ph. D.
http://www.seekwellness.com/wellness/reports/2005-04-26.htm

Colon Hydrotherapy - as Prevention

Great article by Olivia M. Kappel... using Colon Hydrotherapy as prevention!

Benefits of Colon Hydrotherapy
Olivia M. Kappel LMT

Often people call and ask me what benefits they can derive from having colonics.
They usually explain that they have just talked to a friend or finished reading a book
that suggested the procedure, but since they are not constipated they are not sure
if they need to have one. Often people express that their doctor has said that bowel
habits are so varied between people that it is within normal range to have a bowel
movement once a day, every other day, or every two days. More than one person
has been told that once a week is enough. I am often asked to give my opinion
without knowing anything about the person. There is usually concern about pain
and possible injury to the colon. Most of the time, I sense an underlying attitude
shaded with mystery that, if this is so important, why didn't my parents, the schools,
or my doctor tell me about this? There may be a myriad of questions, some almost
baiting me to get on my "soap box." The bottom line question when people call, is
usually, "Well I read about it. But what's it really about? What can it do for me?"
Since the "powers that be" frown on any claims for procedures not locked up by
them, I hesitate to make claims, especially since I do not know whom I am speaking
to on the phone. So I usually explain some of the reasons people come to see me
as follows:

People come to see me, over and above being constipated, often because of
digestive problems, like gas, irritable bowel, and heartburn. Often there are food
sensitivities, or allergies (both contact and airborne) which are symptoms. Some
people have frequent or persistent flu or colds. There are those who have low
energy or chronic fatigue. There are some that are worried about blood pressure
problems; some have lung or breathing issues. While colonics are contraindicated
during the first trimester, many women find relief during later months of pregnancy.
There are many, especially those who have taken lots of antibiotics, that have
digestive problems accompanied by skin break outs or fungal infections. I see many
people who suffer "the heart break" of psoriasis, or eczema. Some people are
changing diet or life style or coming off drugs, alcohol or cigarettes. There are those
that are on weight loss programs or are fasting. Serious illnesses like cancer,
hepatitis, autoimmune conditions bring people to our clinic. Some of those in the
"public eye" believe that colonics keep them looking younger as well as functioning
better. Many who realize that their work brings them in contact with toxic materials
choose to do periodic cleansing as prevention. People with family histories of colon
problems often seek me out to do colonics as a preventative measure, also. Even
the most reluctant men with prostrate or urinary conditions find my door.
In terms of physical discomfort, I am honest with people and tell them, it may not be
their most favorite procedure, but most people feel so much better after the
procedure, they think whatever discomfort they experienced was worth it. There
should be no excruciating pain during or after having a colonic. In fact, colonics are
quite relaxing and for some even pleasurable. And that's ok too. I do not believe
that "no pain, no gain" is a valid maxim for personal health care. Judiciously done,
colonics are safe, relaxing, and do not upset internal intestinal flora, hormone
levels, the sodium potassium balance, nor do they "blow out" the chakras. Heavy
antibiotic use, hormone replacement therapies, imprudent use of iodized table salt,
and reckless life style do more damage to the system, than colon hydrotherapy has
done since the third century AD Essenes' Gospel of Peace first advocated "water
therapy" in writing.

Please note that I am not saying that anyone can give colonics, or that cautions
should not be observed when seeking out a therapist or researching to see if it is a
procedure that you may need or wish to experience. There exists a great deal of
misinformation about colonics and enemas. "People are usually down on what they
are not up on" including some doctors. One of my teachers, who had prepped
people for surgery with enemas, said that he was teaching me procedures that
were at one time in the Medical libraries. Even some of the old Veterans' hospitals
still have colonic machines, now unused, due I am told to being a headache to
sterilize in an age of disposable enema bags. In truth, I have worked on my share
of medical personnel, who believe in the benefits of water therapy, but fear peer
pressure if prescribing it to their patients. One doctor told me that he just did not
want the liability.

My advice to most people - if you decide to do a colonic, then just do it. Don't
vacillate. It is very easy to find excuses in a culture, that I am told tends to be anal
retentive, homophobic and physically abused, to allow health issues dealing with
the GI or colon to go unattended until they manifest as life threatening. If nothing
else, think of colon hydrotherapy as prevention. Having said this, I am fully aware
that, "While there is high praise for heroic operations after years of watchful waiting,
there is very little thanks for prevention."

Copyright January 2001 Olivia M. Kappel
http://www.colonhealthcenter.com/articles/benefitsofcolonhydrotherapy.pdf

Digestive Enzymes

Digestive Enzymes, What You Need to Know.



Enzymes are the single most important element of your health and far out weigh the importance of any other nutrient. Nothing in the human body functions without enzymes making it happen. Without exception, every new "breakthrough" nutritional product being introduced on the market depends entirely upon enzymes (i.e. MSM, HGH, 5HDP, DHEA, Vitamins, Minerals, Amino Acids, etc.) for it's effectiveness.



Why Digestive Enzymes are Important

As we age our bodies ability to produce enzymes slowly diminishes putting us at risk for degenerative diseases. Other factors such as cooked and processed foods increase the need for digestive enzymes. Without digestive enzymes the body cannot utilize proteins, fats, carbohydrates, fibers, and sugars. Digestive enzymes also help break down the supplements we take so that vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients we supplement with can be used effectively and not wasted. Digestive enzymes also help ensure complete digestion of our food and supplements. Partial digestion of our meals can cause harmful imbalances in our body.



Benefits of Taking Digestive Enzymes With Meals

Reduction of gas, bloating, indigestion

Reduce Food Allergies by completely breaking down proteins.

Better elimination (helps constipation and diarrhea)

Not as hungry because of better absotption.

Increased energy levels

Balance of blood sugar levels

Relief from hiatal hernias and ulcers

Reduced lactose intolerance



WHAT ARE ENZYMES?

Enzymes are a delicate lifelike substance found in all living cells whether animal or plant. Enzymes are energy protein molecules which are necessary for life. They catalyze and regulate chemical reactions and are an essential part of every activity in the body. Enzymes turn the food we eat into energy and unlock this energy for use in the body. There are three primary groups of enzymes: metabolic, digestive and food enzymes. Our bodies naturally produce both digestive and metabolic enzymes as they are needed. Metabolic enzymes run your body. Digestive enzymes digest your food and food enzymes are naturally present in all raw foods.



WHY DO I NEED DIGESTIVE ENZYME SUPPLEMENTATION?

Everyone is born with a certain Enzyme Potential which represents the limited number of enzymes that our bodies can produce in a lifetime. This potential is contingent upon your genetic DNA, and is unique for every person. To bolster our body's natural enzyme potential, we need to eat enzyme-rich raw foods and supplement our diet with plant enzymes. When we eat cooked or processed foods, we are drawing from our enzyme potential and make ourselves vulnerable to a variety of problems. As we continually draw from our enzyme potential over the years, we begin to experience illness, ulcers, constipation, bloating, arthritis, headaches, PMS, chronic fatigue, and the list goes on.



We get enzymes from two sources: those our body makes and those we ingest. Only raw or uncooked food contain enzymes. Enzymes are heat sensitive, so when food is cooked, the enzymes are destroyed. If our digestive enzymes are not adequate our metabolic enzymes are then called upon to aid the digestive process. We quickly deplete our enzyme reserves without enzyme supplementation.



If you eat fast, processed, or cooked food, supplemental enzymes assist in the digestion of these enzyme deficient foods. Researchers have discovered that processing or cooking foods kills virtually all enzymes that the food once contained. This is unfortunate because food enzymes are essential in the first step of proper digestion, absorption, and usage of these vital nutrients found in the foods we eat.



WHAT CREATES AN ENZYME DEFICIENCY?

Digestion of food takes a high priority and acts as a powerful stimulus in the demand for enzymes. We add to that stress, strenuous exercise, colds, fever, pregnancy, changes in weather conditions, ingesting caffeine and alcoholic beverages, plus the normal loss through sweat, urine, feces, and digestive fluids and overtime, a deficiency is created. We need to consider that the body is not being replenished at the same rate of demand.

When you habitually eat food deficient in enzymes, your digestive organs become exhausted. The body puts a higher priority on digestion than on maintaining health, so it will call on enzymes from other parts of the body to finish the job, thereby depleting the immune system. This will eventually weaken the body to the point where it has a difficulty defending itself against disease.



Nutrients cannot be absorbed and the body thirsts for energy.

Blood sugar levels are elevated.

Immune response is compromised.

Hormonal imbalances are disturbing the whole system.

Other vital organs are now effected.

The body is susceptible to crisis.



THE TOXICITY EVOLVES

When we cannot digest our foods these foods become toxins, the digestive tract is compromised and the depletion of enzymes is obvious. These toxins then can be the perfect nourishment for the bad microorganisms. The battle between the balance of the good and bad bacteria is constantly being waged within our body.

Partially digested food stuff can and will be absorbed through inflamed mucosa or via lymphatic channels. If the body cannot handle these foreign particles then the toxins begin to filter throughout the body which may at first show up as skin allergies or eczema. These non-usable toxic substances begin to be stored in the tissues, joints and organs, which we loving refer to as arthritis or gout. The further the system becomes compromised the harder it is for the enzymes to do their job. Toxic residues can be stored in the tissues causing:

Severe oxidative stress

Excessive cellular activity

Mineral imbalance

Lymphatic congestion

Liver stress

All of this because of an imbalance or lack of enzymes. In medical school they say this leads to disease



Strange Labeling

Looking a the label of an enzyme supplement you will find measurement units you may not be familiar with. These are from the Food Chemical Codex (FCC). The FCC is published by the National Academy Press and is the accepted standard of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The system for determining enzyme potency used by the American food industry is derived from the FCC. This is the ONLY National Standard for evaluation of fungal enzymes. This system establishes activity levels and potency for enzymes.

With most foods we are used to comparison by weight. With enzymes we are interested in the activity and potency available. There is no direct relationship between weight and units of activity.

The enzyme activity of the enzyme products available at Accelerated Wellness is measured and reported in FCC units. These unit measurements are expressed as follows:

Protease--HUT (Hemoglobin Unit Tyrosine base)

Amylase--DU (Alpha-amylase Dextrinizing units)

Lipase--LU (Lipase unit)

Cellulase--CU (Cellulase unit)

Lactase--LacU (Lactase unit)

Maltase-- DP (degrees Dastatic power)

When comparing enzyme activity products make sure measurements are listed using FCC standard codes. Some manufacturers make up their own abbreviations, and not only does that not comply to standards, it is confusing to the consumer.



Because of the variety of labeling formats used it is important to read carefully and make sure you are not comparing apples to oranges, but the strength in activity of an enzyme product to one that is comparable.



http://www.accelerated-wellness.com/Digestive_enzymes.asp