Systemic Enzymes Create a Superior Immune System
As individuals, we are all exposed to a variety of substances on a daily basis, from the foods we eat to the household and hygienic products we use to environmental agents. This constant exposure can cause the bloodstream to become overloaded with allergens, inflammatory agents (e.g., bacteria, fungi, antigens), undigested food, and even fibrin, which is a blood clot-forming protein. The buildup of these types of substances can put a strain on the immune system and subsequently lead to the increased production of pro-inflammatory proteins that can worsen pain or discomfort, making it harder to recover and cause immune hypersensitivity. Certain remedies may cause side effects and even weaken the immune response by design (such as allergy and arthritis medications), while others can target harmful invaders, promote cleansing and detoxification, and strengthen the immune system.One beneficial range of natural remedies that can support a healthy immune and inflammatory response are proteolytic enzymes. Beneficial proteolytic enzymes include peptidase, nattokinase, protease, papain, and bromelain. These enzymes support the complete digestion of proteins from foods, and certain other circulating protein particles. They may even help cleanse the body of harmful toxins and microorganisms.When there is an excessive buildup of undigested food (e.g., sugars, fats, proteins, etc.), toxins, fibrin, and infectious agents, these substances can be transferred to the large intestines or bloodstream where antibodies attach to them and create what are known as circulating immune complexes (CICs). Antibodies bind to undigested food particles and other harmful substances as a means of signaling the immune system to increase the production of white blood cells that can seek out and destroy them. The human body needs food (macronutrients) for energy, growth and repair and to keep warm. We need many nutrients on a daily basis in order to stay healthy. The three main nutrient groups in food are carbohydrates, protein and fats. A normal digestive system can quickly convert macronutrients into micronutrients like amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. A less than optimal digestive system may not properly convert foods into nutrients. This may lead to a condition known as leaky gut (LG). With LG, partially digested foods may enter the circulatory system and begin to decompose into CIC’s. High levels of CICs can put a strain on the immune system and reduce its ability to fight off other infectious agents. Accordingly, CICs are linked to the onset of various complications . More specifically, the accumulation of CICs may cause abnormal cortisol levels as well as chronic systemic inflammation that is associated with the onset of cardiovascular, blood sugar, memory, and even metabolic issues.Peptidase and nattokinase, in particular, target substances that cause fluid accumulation, inflammation, and swelling. This leads to rapid drainage and cleansing away from the affected region. This process also shortens the recovery period. Peptidase is especially unique as this enzyme is produced by non-pathogenic bacteria called Serratia sp. E-15, which is localized in the intestines of silkworms. This powerful enzyme breaks down the walls of the chrysalis that silkworms grow in as they begin to undergo metamorphosis, the process through which they become moths. Based on this discovery, it was proposed that this enzyme is capable of breaking down dead tissue without damaging an organism’s healthy cells. This property heightens immunity by promoting the destruction and detoxification of harmful substances that the immune system is normally tasked with addressing.
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Beauchamp VS Pasteur
These days the term naturopathic is bounded around by a wide range of health providers who want to associate their activities with an ability to work with natural rhythms that influence our bodies, for example the circadian rhythm, in a non-suppressive manner. Yet on closer inspection, we have to ask how many really live up to this esteemed label?An example of this quandary is the controversial question; does our diet affect our health and do we need to supplement this diet?The trouble with trying to answer these questions is that we assume there’s a simple yes or no answer when the truth is a little more complicated.To help us get into the subject deeper we need to revisit the great debate that took place between Antoine Béchamp and Louis Pasteur in the mid 1850s. In this debate Antoine Béchamp demonstrated his theory that all disease comes from within and it’s our internal environmental changes that brings about the opportunity for disease (dis-ease) to progress, leaving the responsibility for our health entirely in our own hands, the science of epigenetics supports this theory further, while also challenging the gene theory. In contrast, Louis Pasteur believed that all disease comes from an external invasion (the germ theory) and therefore these invasions should be simply eradicated, which often leads to rapid, sometimes impressive responses from the body, yet this approach also has the potential to weaken our natural immune reactions in the future. Orthodox gene theory, has the advantage of removing any self-responsibility for an individual’s health issues, as it suggests our destiny is already mapped out for us from birth, so simply sit back and enjoy the ride, none of this is your fault!History shows that Louis Pasteur won the day and the support of big pharma who took his theory and created a multibillion-pound industry based on this view. However, this view can never really sat comfortably with any traditionally trained naturopath, who by their very definition embrace the Béchamp theory of disease development and there are suggestions that this didn’t sit well with Pasteur at the end too “On his deathbed, Louis Pasteur said "Bernard was correct. I was wrong. The microbe (germ) is nothing. The terrain (milieu) is everything."If the answer is within us, how can we monitor and influence the progression of disease?Naturopaths should follow the principles of “Herings Law of Cure”, which clearly demonstrates that to truly rid the body of toxicity (dis-ease or inflammation) illness must be seen to leave the body from the top to the bottom, from the greater organs to the lesser organs and in the reverse order in which they manifested. Therefore if a disease state suddenly disappears we should ask how it happened and where has it gone, more often it’s sent deeper into the cellular levels of the body.These days nutritionists are all too often being attracted by pseudo medical tests, rather than relying on naturopathic observation, often leading to expensive recommendations that need constant tinkering
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