Enzyme Therapy 2017-03-04T02:05:13+00:00

Enzyme Therapy is the art and science of using nutrition to maintain homeostasis and health in the body. It works with the body’s innate intelligence to bring the body to optimal health using whole foods that contain protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, rather than trying to manipulate it by using chemical compounds that produce side effects.

Recognizing the role of proper nutrition in overall health, Dr. Picone ascribes to the noted Dr. Howard Loomis’ “Digestive Enzyme Therapy.” Proper digestion fuels our bodies to power us through the day. While rehabilitating our structure through chiropractic adjustments, we also look at the chemical functioning of your organs.

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Enzymes are one of the most essential elements in our body. They are responsible for constructing, synthesizing, carrying, dispensing, delivering, and eliminating the many ingredients and chemicals our body uses in its daily business of living. Digestive enzymes break down the food we eat, releasing nutrients for energy production and cell growth and repair.
If you eat food that is steamed, boiled, roasted, broiled, fried, stewed, canned, pasteurized, or even microwaved, you need food enzymes. Enzymes are the most heat sensitive nutrients found in food. When food enzymes are missing, the body is forced to produce all the enzymes necessary for digestion. This puts unwarranted stress on the organs of digestion, which must rob enzymes from your immune system to digest your food.
Digesting food is one of the most energy-consuming tasks performed by the human body on a regular basis. When foods deficient in enzymes are eaten, the body uses a considerable amount of energy making enzymes for digestion. This often explains why we feel tired after eating. To avoid enzyme deficiencies, eat as many raw fruits and vegetables as possible. We live in a modern age where food needs to be convenient and nutritious, so taking plant enzymes with each meal will help digest your food, lessen the work of your digestion system, and reduce stress on the digestive system.
Consumers spend over 80 billion dollars each year to relieve heartburn, excess acid, bloating, and other symptoms of indigestion. Fatigue, diarrhea/constipation, gas, headaches, colon problems, hardening of the arteries, and high cholesterol are just a few of the conditions that stem from a shortage of enzymes. All of these symptoms can be attributed to poor digestion. If allowed to progress, chronic degenerative diseases may become evident in later years. If you are showing any signs of these symptoms, it is possible that you are enzyme deficient.
Most people feel better in terms of energy, digestion, and elimination. Occasionally persons may experience a period of increased detoxification when beginning enzyme therapy. This is actually a good sign as the body is now able to eliminate excess toxins, although you may feel tired or achy for a few days. Increasing enzyme dosages and water intake is often the best recommendation to help you through this natural process.
We suggest digestive Enzymes – enzymes labeled before meals – be taken at the beginning of the meal because that is when the digestive process begins. You will want the enzymes averrable as soon as possible to assist the digestive process. However, if you forget, then it is perfectly fine to take them in the middle, at the end, or whenever you remember, as digestion last approximately one hour. * Snacks are excluded.

We suggest taking other enzymes – enzymes labeled between meals – one hour away from food (or on an empty stomach) because the goal here is to get the enzyme into the blood stream. Once in the blood stream it benefits circulation, the immune system, inflammation, and detoxification. There is usually enough protease in the digestive formulas to meet the need for protein digestion during meals. If you are sensitive to taking supplements on an empty stomach, we might suggest taking the protease at the end of a meal. However, we often find that after the patient has been on the enzymes for a period of time, this “sensitivity” is resolved.

We suggest taking other enzymes – enzymes labeled with meals – at the end of the meal so these enzymes nutrients are absorbed with the nutrients from your food. However, if you forget, take them when you remember.

We suggest taking Candisol (Maintenance Dosage) at bedtime because the gut is at rest during the night. The organisms have the best opportunity to adhere to the intestinal wall for colonization during this time of least activity in the GI tract. We may also suggest additional enzymes in the morning to assist with bowel regulation, and some enzymes may also be taken with meals to reduce digestive discomfort from gas and bloating.

As you can see, the recommended timing is idea, but not strict. For the very busy patient who just can’t seem to taken them as recommended, we say: “Taking them when you remember is better than not taking them at all!”

The preventive health care program at Foothills Wellness Center is a constantly evolving culmination of almost thirty years of clinical experience with patients of all ages and in all conditions, from death-bed-ridden individuals to elite, world-class athletes. Through all these years it has been very satisfying to be present while thousands of people found the answers they needed, when they needed them.

Based upon our years of experience, you may expect to begin seeing improvements with your health care problems within days to weeks. More permanent results require at least 3 months of consistent life style changes. Serious problems that have existed for years may require 6 to 18 months, or even more, for optimal recovery. You did not get this way over night and unfortunately we do not have a magic wand, just the expertise and knowledge to get you better.

At all times you can expect us to do our best to honor our motto, “We can help you improve your life.” It may not be possible to have all the answers for everyone, but, in the rare instance when we do not have a particular solution for you, we will do our best to help you find someone who does.

Diagnostic Testing

At Foothills Wellness Center we have several unique diagnostic tools at our disposal for the assessment of nutritional status and the presence of chronic problems in the body.

Simple Blood Tests can be an excellent indication of chronic health problems. Doctors playing the wait and see game will prescribe medications and potentially dangerous surgery. Dr Picone uses blood values to ascertain physiological balance by using enzymatic and nutritional therapy.

24-Hour urinalysis gives us biochemical evidence of what food(s) your body is having a difficult time digesting and assimilating. Your diet plays an enormous role in how you feel and maintain health.

The Homeostatic Digestive Challenge Test is a useful technique that can be used to determine what dietary changes can be made to alleviate the stress within the digestive organs and what enzyme supplements can be used to normalize digestion.

We will order the necessary test’s to properly diagnosis your problem. These may include: X-rays, MRI, CT scan as well as blood work and lab testing. However, Dr Picone will not order any unnecessary tests.

Most of us are familiar with colic, a digestive problem associated with babies. Babies cry because they are experiencing gas, bloating, and abdominal pain. Adults also experience these symptoms but instead of crying and asking to be burped, we usually buy an over-the-counter remedy for the symptoms.

What we usually don’t realize is that there is increased muscle tension associated with these symptoms. Each digestive organ shares a common nerve supply with specific muscles. This means that when the organ is stressed, the muscles contract. For example, if the problem is in the stomach, then increased muscle tension can be felt below the breastbone. If the problem is in the small intestine, typical of colic, the muscle tension can be felt around the bellybutton. If the problem is associated with the biliary system, then the increased muscle tension can be palpated under the front of the right rib cage.

Health care practitioners use this phenomenon to correlate their knowledge of neurology and biochemistry with a physical examination for increased muscle contraction. The Homeostatic Challenge Test was first used in 1986 and is now employed daily by hundreds of health care practitioners trained in clinically applying natural-occurring food enzymes in their practices.

Findings from a fasting exam are compared to an exam done about 45 minutes after eating. The findings, often used in conjunction with interpretation of a 24-hour urinalysis, can usually pinpoint the true cause of your digestive symptoms and improve the benefits you derive from your diet.

In order for enzyme supplements to be most beneficial, they have to be specific to the individual. Compare this method with the over-the-counter method of relieving the symptoms without addressing the cause of the problem.

A surprising number of people have problems digesting their food. The annual sales of antacids are now in the billions of dollars. Watch television for an evening and you’ll notice just how many drugs are advertised to help relieve symptoms. These products do a good job of relieving symptoms, but do nothing to improve digestion or eliminate the cause.

By palpating, or “feeling”, your abdomen before and after a meal, your health care practitioner will be able to determine what happens to your organs when they are presented with food. Can these organs do what nature designed them to do? Which ones are being stressed?

What dietary changes can be made to alleviate the stress and what enzyme supplements can be used to normalize digestion? The Homeostatic Challenge Test is a useful technique that can answer these questions and many more, such as:

  • If you can digest fatty foods and are therefore able to use fat soluble vitamins like A, E, and D.
  • If your liver and gallbladder is functioning properly so you can have a bowel movement every day.
  • If your pancreas can digest all the sugars in your diet so you do not have bouts with diarrhea.
  • If you can break down carbohydrates and use the sugar for energy.
  • If you can digest protein so you are building up body tissues, not tearing them down.
  • If you can digest protein so your body can carry calcium to its tissues.
  • If you can digest vegetables and fruits without excessive bloating and gas.

You must be able to digest your food, break it down into the appropriate components, utilize those nutrients, and then be able to eliminate the waste so your immune system is not overworked.

Many conditions that seem to be making the news lately are actually related to the kind of food we eat. Have you ever looked at those conditions in relation to how your body might handle the food you are putting into it?

The body is one large system with all of its parts doing their job to maintain the whole. The bones support your body; the muscles flex to allow you to move around; the nerves carry electrical signals; and your digestive organs break down food into nutrients that are useable to the body. If one of these parts is having trouble doing its job, you will experience symptoms, whether those symptoms are acute or just a general feeling, such as fatigue.

How you feel is in direct relation to what you eat and, more importantly, how your body handles the food and drink that you put into it. Digestion is key! Here’s an important point: just because you eat a certain food, like a vitamin-enriched cereal, does not mean that your body can digest and further utilize those vitamins. Digestion does not just happen. If a key digestive organ cannot do its job properly, digestion will not occur.

Vitamin deficiencies are acute and quite obvious whereas enzyme deficiencies tend to sneak up on you over a period of time. The terrific news about enzyme deficiency is that diet modification along with enzyme therapy will get you back to a state of health and well-being.

When proper digestion does not take place there can be negative health consequences. For example, if you have trouble digesting proteins, you may experience:

  • Constipation
  • Arthritis
  • Anxiety attacks
  • Premenstrual syndrome

If you have trouble digesting carbohydrates, you may experience:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Attention deficit disorder

If you have trouble digesting fats, you may experience:

  • Constipation
  • Gallbladder problems
  • Heart disease
Testing urine is an ancient, time-honored practice. Records from ancient China and India mention observations of urine one and two thousand years BC. Five hundred years BC, Hippocrates recorded his observations of the changes in urine in health and sickness.

Urinalysis is no less important now than it was back then. Up until the 1970s, the use of chemical tests for examining urine was a standard part of medical testing. Unfortunately, modern technology has now taken precedence over these well established tests. Today, only procedures that can be done quickly with a dipstick are routinely performed to screen for serious diseases like diabetes, liver and kidney diseases, and urinary infection.

The chemical tests have not been discarded because they are invalid, but because science is interested in measuring disease processes and many of these older chemical tests take longer to perform and merely measure the maintenance of normal body processes. This makes them perfect for monitoring health. However, since these tests are not routinely requested in hospitals to diagnose disease anymore, many health care practitioners are no longer familiar with them or immediately recognize their value. However, all health care practitioners recognize that the urine reflects the food and drink intake of the patient. (Seminars are available to acquaint them with the dietary influences that can be found with the use of a 24-hour urinalysis test.)

Health is the result of being able to maintain certain constant conditions within the body. Your body must do whatever it can to maintain these conditions. In other words, it will hoard things it is deficient in, and it will discard things it has too much of. Since the chemical tests for calcium, salt and many others have been well researched for over 150 years, it is easy to recognize some dietary excesses and deficiencies before disease processes get started.

The body filters the blood through the kidneys and uses the formation of urine to cleanse the blood. It discards excess acid and alkali to maintain a normal pH balance within the blood. This filtration also maintains a proper balance between water and salt in the blood, discarding the excess in the urine. Waste products and toxic substances, such as drugs and alcohol, are also removed. (Before disease processes develop, annoying symptoms such as allergies, headaches, and fatigue are not adequate to the task.)

The 24-hour urinalysis is done at certified laboratories around the country. Our testing procedure begins with the same standard screening tests performed in hospitals to recognize disease. Diabetes, liver and kidney disease as well as urinary infection or inflammation are first ruled out before proceeding.

The physical tests for color, cloudiness, volume, and specific gravity are recorded. These are used to recognize any abnormalities including the kidney’s ability to clean the blood. Next, the more complicated chemistry tests are performed. Among these tests is an indican evaluation to measure the presence of food in the colon that is putrefying, creating irritants and toxins, which cause pain and inflammation.

The urinary sediment is evaluated for excessive crystal formations which can indicate problems with digestion or excessive consumption of protein, sugar, or fat. The amount of acidity or alkalinity being excreted is checked and compared to the amount of calcium and salt (chloride) being excreted. These tests often can give us a clue as to whether digestive complaints are caused by excessive acidity or alkalinity in the diet. Other important tests, such as vitamin C excretion, are also measured.

There is an unmistakable connection between the importance of proper digestion and the occurrence of many recurring and nagging health complaints such as allergies, migraine headaches, and digestive disorders.

This screening procedure is the best early warning system available today. Identify the reasons behind the symptoms- don’t just cover them up.

*  It gives your health care practitioner biochemical evidence of what food(s) your body is having a difficult time digesting and assimilating. Your diet plays an enormous role in how you feel and how you maintain health.

* You will be able to readily modify your diet according to your body’s needs. Individuality is the cornerstone of this program.

* You will find out the reasons why you feel the way you do.

The 24-hour urinalysis interpretation was developed by Dr. Howard F. Loomis. Jr. to further aid the health care practitioner in obtaining objective results to correlate to a patient’s symptoms. A random sampling of urine will only give a practitioner a limited view of a day in your life. A 24-hour sample is a more accurate picture of what you ate and drank and how it affected your body.

This test is an excellent complement to the Loomis System as it biochemically confirms what may be found with the Palpatory Diagnostic Response and Homeostatic Challenge Test.