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This "revised edition" is actually a rough draft -- and much harder to understand than Dr. Howell's Enzyme Nutrition
on February 8, 2010
The book Enzyme Nutrition was referenced from Ron Schmidt's book, The Untold Story of Milk. It was also recommended in Sally Fallon's book: Nourishing Traditions. When I saw a 2nd edition was also available, I thought it would be good to get both.
At first, this book seems easy to read: Our modern diet of processed and cooked foods destroys all of the enzymes in all of our foods. Since our food is missing all of the enzymes, our pancreas needs to work overtime, producing lots of extra digestive enzymes, to digest all this cooked food. This puts a lot of wear and tear on the pancreas. Since the pancreas is so busy producing digestive enzymes, it never gets a chance to produce thousands of important metabolic enzymes that maintain our body tissues and keep our body in good health. This contributes to our modern degenerative diseases we see today.
However, after the interview, the rest of this book becomes very difficult to read. It is much more difficult to read and understand than Howell's Enzyme Nutrition, (c) 1985. After reading both books carefully, I finally realized this "2nd Edition - Revised and Enlarged" is actually the rough draft to Howell's Enzyme Nutrition, (c) 1985.
If you don't believe me, just read the preface on page 2, where Dr. Howell Himself describes this book as:
"a mere preamble to a more matured and extended compilation. I seek the help of those qualified to judge in pointing out to me by correspondence any errors of fact or logic that may appear in this work."
If you carefully read the Editor's note on Page 1, of this book and P. 165 of Howell's other book "Enzyme Nutrition, The Food Enzyme Concept," (in a short article titled "about Dr. Howell" - just before the index) The progression of this book becomes clear.
In 1946 Howell completed this rough draft, under the title "Status of Food Enzymes in Digestion and Metabolism." Then, he spent the next 20 years expanding on it. He completed "Enzyme Nutrition" a 700 page book, and then in 1985, he finally completed an abridged version, called "Enzyme nutrition, the food enzyme concept," which is his other book available on Amazon today.
This "revised edition" is actually a reprint of the Howell's 1946 rough draft, "Status of Food Enzymes in Digestion and Metabolism," with additional interviews and glossary.
This rough draft is missing a lot of useful information that is in Enzyme Nutrition (c) 1985. Missing information includes the 4-page long warning about refined sugar, linking sugar to obesity and coronary heart disease is missing. The useful information about enzyme activity in seeds is missing - explaining why it is important to soak or sprout seeds is missing. Most of the useful information about the importance of raw milk and raw meat is more difficult to understand. It is also missing a lot of information about how enzyme supplements are properly made. I could go on and on, but I think you get the gist.
Howell's Final draft (Enzyme Nutrition (c) 1984), Is also much better organized, and much easier to understand. The final draft contains 9 simple chapters, explaining what enzymes are, why they are important, how cooked food destroys enzymes, and how to change the diet accordingly. The Introduction gives an excellent overview of all this. Howell even uses clever metaphors throughout the book to help the reader understand how enzymes are made and work in the body.
This book, on the other hand is a rough draft, and is not well organized.
Even though the Interview is easy to read, it only covers the basics. The rest of the book is difficult to follow
This is because it is written in advanced medical terminology, and so reading this may be very difficult, unless you have a degree in Biology. A glossary was provided to aid the "lay person" like myself for a "more thorough comprehension." This, however did not help me very much, as many terms I did not know were missing. For example, I looked at chapter 22, and noticed it was titled "Hypoglycemic and hypoglycosuric action of enzymes" I forgot the difference between hypoglycemic and hypoglycosuric was, so I looked them up in the glossary. Hypoglycemic was in the glossary, but Hypoglycosuric was not! Also, Chapter 22 does not explain Hypoglycosuric anywhere. The entire chapter 22 is a collection of notes from a bunch of medical journals and is very difficult to understand. There is no chapter introduction explaining how this action of enzymes affects health and longevity. Towards the end of the chapter, Howell summarizes 4 studies where diabetic patients are given raw pancreas extract or raw pancreases to eat. He concludes: "The literature contains many reports relating to an improvement in the blood sugar level and a decreased excretion of sugar in the urine in diabetes mellitus after ingestion of raw beef pancreas." -- then I finally understood what this chapter is about! He is quoting about 25 studies that show how eating raw foods, or consuming enzymes or injecting enzymes into the bloodstream improves blood sugar levels in both humans and in lab animals. While this may be obvious if you have medical training, it is very difficult for the layman like myself to understand.
Here is a quotation from chapter 2 of this book (Intestinal absorbability of Enzymes):
"What I believe is one of the most outstanding researches so far recorded on the fate of enzymes when taken orally was undertaken by Masumiz, Medical Clinic, Tohoku Imperial University, Japan. Masumizu's work is remarkable in several ways. The experiments were conducted, not upon isolated specimens of urine, but upon the complete 24 hour excretion, thereby insuring the presence of all enzymes excreted, instead of only a portion. The experimental animals, 10 rabbits, were given by os [mouth], 5 grams of pancreatin or 5 grams of fungus amylase for each rabbit per day. Since this dosage is comparatively enormus for small animals, the experiments prove beyond doubt that even large quantities of enzymes can be a absorbed and find their way into the urine. Although Masumizu proved that urinary excretion of amylase was approximately doubled when the enzymes were given, he was unable to secure any increase in the serum amylase concentration at all. He remarks that in all his experiments the level of amylase in the serum always remained constant and his figures bear out this contention. This confirms the observation of Oelgoetz who likewise found the serum amylase level uninfluenced by ingested enzymes..."
To me, this is very difficult to follow, but to Nicholas Gonzalez, MD, on the other hand, understands the above text clearly. He quotes the above quote directly in his book "The Trophoblast and the Origins of Cancer" as a supporting detail. (see ch 10 - oral versus injectable preparations) He also uses additional material from chapter 2 entitled "intestinal Absorbability of Enzymes." He does this because there are physiologists today who discredit enzyme therapy in treating cancer patients because they say that when enzymes are taken orally, they are destroyed by the digestive system. He uses this with additional material to show that digestive enzymes actually survive the digestive system, and prove the psychologists wrong. He chooses this reference to show that this was known to the scientific community as far back as 1946!
So my conclusion is this: First read "Enzyme Nutrition, the food enzyme concept." (c) 1985. Get this book only if you are looking for serious research on enzymes or enzyme therapy. To the layman like myself, who just wants to learn the basics of how to prepare and eat enzyme - rich food, this "revised edition" is not very helpful, and much more difficult to read.