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Even if you don't choose to be a patient of our clinic we hope you'll find our enzyme nutrition section extremely helpful. We'll explain why we practice enzyme nutrition, how important enzymes are to the nutrition process, and how our approach differs from other approaches to nutrition. We'll explain the nutrition process - nutrition is not just food and supplements.  Did you know the digestive processes at work in our bodies are susceptible to weakening over time due to stress and age not unlike our eyes? Or that there are ways of compensating for such weaknesses in the same way the optometrist can prescribe lenses to help improve your sight? 

We're not nutritionists, but certified digestive health specialists and internal health specialists trained by the Food Enzyme Institute (formerly Loomis Institute). Our work is based on the sound scientific discoveries of Dr. Howard F. Loomis, Jr., president of the Food Enzyme Institute,  who has based his work on the  fundamental scientific research into food enzymes of Dr. Edmund Howell. We've been trained not only in food but in the process by which our bodies convert food to energy, muscles, bones, and - sometimes - pain in joints. Our learning didn't stop with our certification. We stay connected with the food institute, consulting with Dr. Loomis and his knowledgeable staff on every case to ensure the guidance we offer is the best it can be.  

The power of enzyme nutrition rests it its ability to compensate for a weakened digestive process and support the inherent inclination of all the cells in our bodies to remain healthy as long as possible. Enzyme nutrition is a  cooperative rather than antagonistic approach to addressing deviations from normal, healthy cellular function. We don't force or trick organs and cells to behave some way we would like them to behave but simply provide them the nutritional resources to behave the way they are naturally inclined - which is optimally. 

We'll include here general nutrition information based on the study of the physiological processes at work in the human body, and this information will empower you to take control of your own health in a greater way. (coming soon)

We have the good fortune to live longer than our ancestors, who 'retired' when they were worn out, no longer able to work. We have the opportunity to retire and still have 20 or 30 years ahead of us in which to do things besides work -  we can seek enjoyment, travel, read, practice arts and the like. Sadly, many retired people aren't enjoying the retirement they dreamed but instead are spending their days traveling from doctor to therapist, coping with failed health. playing the role of piggy bank to a healthcare sick care industry whose primary motivation is profit.  Others are spending  2, 6, 10 years in care facilities suffering from slow progressing diseases like Alzheimers and dementia, unable to recognize their child or grandchild or call them by name. Debilitating autoimmune conditions are now much more prevalent than 50 years ago and what we eat explains in large part why these conditions are so much more common today. Sound - not gimmicky - knowledge of nutrition put into practice early and consistently will increase the likelihood in retirement you'll be climbing stairs, riding bikes, remembering birthdays and appointments and using scissors without pain -  and spending your money on pleasures instead of therapies. 

You'll find a section on diet. Oftentimes 'nutritionists' obsess vitamins and minerals in a manner that can be described as micromanagement. They will also recommend vitamins and minerals using a pharmaceutical approach,recommending megadoses to force the body to behave the way it won't on normal doses.  In our experience it's possible to follow simple guidelines to eat healthy and, except on rare occasions, not think about vitamins and minerals at all. If we eat sufficient proteins, adequate fats and a variety of fruits and vegetables on a daily basis which we are able to digest, assimilate, utilize and eliminate properly, our physiological process will be provided the raw goods for operating and maintaining our body.  So, we simplify the dietary side of nutrition. (coming soon.)

We're not insistent any diet is right for everyone. All of us have genetic strengths and weakness which should influence which foods we eat and which we avoid. Some people do well on a vegetarian diet and there's no reason to insist everyone eat meat - or that everyone eat vegetarian. Regardless of your diet, well provide you with information on how to make sure your are meeting your nutritional requirements. We'll introduce you to the paleo diet. We find it an excellent starting point for the person seeking to use food to restore health. (coming soon.)

There is another consideration of the food we eat that is more important to understand than vitamin and mineral counts, and that has to do with the way food is selected, grown, processed, and cooked.  The way food is managed today has a profound impact on the nutritional deficiencies we experience and the subsequent pain, stiffness and indigestion we experience. Oftentimes, the vitamins are minerals are in the foods we're eating but our digestive processes are unable to utilize them. They pass right though us without ever becoming part of us. We'll discuss the changes in the food supply which result in barriers to the nutritional process. We can't address the management of food which denigrates the nutritional value of food but we can help you manage the nutritional deficiencies and threats. (coming soon)

We'll enlighten you to the physiological ramifications of stress. Stress not just a mere feeling of being overwhelmed. It is a physical phenomenon resulting in changes to the many processes at work in your body, shifting your body from it's life preserving routine into emergency management. Stress interferes with your digestive process. Chronic stress creates chronic interference, depriving your body of the energy it needs to function and maintain its vitality. (coming soon)

We think the power of nutrition is frequently overstated so much that it gives nutrition a bad rap when things don't work out as promised.  We don't think nutrition alone can predictably cure diseases like cancer or heal failed organs, although it certainly can help the recovery process. That said, there are many symptoms and conditions people experience which are not diseases or complete organ failures - cold hands and feet, a lack of energy, rough and dry skin, indigestion, difficulty breathing, anxiety, allergies, chronic muscle soreness, chronic pain and chronic headaches -  which inform us we are not healthy as we once were. If you have conditions which suggest your health is declining, it is good to be concerned about them because if they are allowed to continue they may contribute to the onset of disease.  Our experience tells us it'frequently the case many of these conditions are the result of  failures in the nutrition process and, if the failure in the nutrition process is addressed by a knowledgeable professional, these symptoms can vanish. 

In the United States spend billions and billions of dollars annually seeking relief from headaches, joint pain, muscle pain, indigestion, heartburn, diahrrea, constipation, and exhaustion. Whether a person uses expensive prescription drugs or  cheaper over-the -counter remedies, what is almost universally true is the medication does not address the underlying physiological phenomenon which generates the pain or stiffness but rather masks the symptom. Drugs are not to collaborate with and support normal physiological process but rather interfere with and antagonize normal physiological process. Those interferences result in the side effects which every drug has some and over time can be damaging than the original condition  There are no side effects to result from eating food and supporting the digestive process with plant enzymes. 

There is a psychological side to food. We crave food. It's easy to get in a mind frame of living to eat rather than eating to live, which frequently leads to many momentary  but fleeting satisfactions leading up to a state of general dissatisfaction of being overweight, in pain, and mentally, emotionally and physically fatigued - depression. We'll describe the physiology of cravings, and explain why we frequently crave foods which are detrimental to our health.  We'll offer suggestions on how to reframe your mental approach to break the cycle of living to consume food and return to eating in order live a full, rich, rewarding and healthy life. (coming soon)

All living things have a life cycle. We do not suffer the delusion that we were meant to  or can live forever. On the other hand we are open to the possibility that if we understand the nutrition process and eat a nutritious diet we might longer and in a greater state of all round competence than we're now able.

There's much you can do to change the state of your health if you understand the nutritional process. And if it happens you need more help yet, we're here for you. 



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