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The Enzyme Factor Paperback – April 1, 2010
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A bestseller in Shinya's native Japan, where it was published in 2005, this title introduces his theory of a "source enzyme" to American readers. Shinya came to New York in 1963 as a medical resident and later pioneered the use of a colonoscope to remove polyps from the colon without abdominal incisions. Now a professor of surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and head of the Endoscopic Center of Beth Israel Hospital in New York, he runs private clinics in New York and Japan. Here, he identifies a precursor enzyme that the body converts to specific types of enzymes as they are needed to support, maintain or repair the body and its functions. Shinya broadly discusses how enzymes work and are exhausted by poor lifestyle habits, medications, environmental pollution, electromagnetic waves and daily stress, and provides simple directives for holistically accessing the power of enzymes, including supplements. Myriad observations from his years of practice include that humans should not eat meat from animals with a higher body temperature than their own; the strength of Americans' digestive systems contributes to illness and obesity; drinking pasteurized milk from cows is lethal to the body; and anticancer drugs do not cure cancer. The real message of Shinya's book is that lifestyle is essential to health. To help readers develop one in tune with nature, he describes his own ascetic daily routine. While some readers may find Shinya's ideas unusual, others may welcome his unorthodox approach.
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Translated into English for the first time is the book that has takenJapan by storm, selling 100,000 copies every month for the past year.In Your Bodys Miracle Enzyme, Dr. Hiromi Shinya presents hisresearch, grounded in his 45 years of medical practice in the UnitedStates and Japan. This research supports the idea of a miracle enzymeout of which all the enzymes the body needs are produced. He suggests cancerand other diseases occur when this key enzyme is depleted and cannot properlydo its job. In this book he clearly shows how what we eat affects that key.Dr. Shinyas science is clearly explained and easy to understand. The suggestionsfor diet and lifestyle based on this science are simple and easy to follow. Eventhose who think they know everything about how to eat right will be surprisedwhen they discover what is really healthy.This simple health regime has led hundreds of his patients, many suffering fromcancer and other life-threatening diseases, to perfect health.Inside Your Bodys Miracle Enzyme you will discover: How to look younger and delay aging How to live strengthen your bodys natural defenses. Why there has been no relapse of cancer when patients follow theShinya Diet & Health Regimen. How to become a healthy 100 year old Misconceptions with many dietary trends What your intestinal traits can teach you about your health Why drinking milk will cause osteoporosis How your body will become oxidized if you eat oxidized foods Why eating the meat of animals that have a higher bodytemperature than humans pollutes the blood The inseparable relationship between the human body andthe land How love activates the immune systemThis is a new, important and affordable approach to health care in Americaby the worlds leading gastroenterologist, and inventor of colonoscopicsurgery, who has spent his life in empirical research on the subject ofhuman digestion. If we follow Dr. Shinyas health prescription we will loseweight, be fit, save money and enjoy a long and healthy life.Dr. Shinya has treated many political leaders and celebrities in both the USA andJapan. He criticizes much of modern medicine as too specialized, losing touchwith the body as a whole system. He calls all medications poison which shouldbe used only for a short time. He says medical technology has been advancingwhile true health care is falling into expensive disarray.Dr. Shinya shows why so many Americans are overweight and why our attemptsto lose weight are literally killing us. For instance, low carbohydrate, high proteindiets will tend to give you stomach and color cancer. Yogurts that are supposedto relieve constipation will cause more of it in the long run. Dairy can also causearthritis, osteoporosis, and allergies.This book reveals how many chronic health problems, often attributed to agingor heredity, can be cured by what you eat, when you eat, and how you eat. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Having read nearly a hundred health books in my life, I found a lot of new insight in The Enzyme Factor. Dr. Shinya says that he has used a colonoscope to study the intestines of chimps and found almost no difference between their digestive system and those of humans. The only striking difference he found was that chimps, who are 98% vegetarian, have clean and healthy colons while human colons are clogged with meat, dairy, and their damaging effects such as diverticuli, polyps, and inflamed blood vessels. He makes the argument that all disease begins in the colon, and does a fairly good job of explaining why. He also repeatedly stresses the importance of eating foods that are "alive," foods that contain natural enzymes (fruit and vegetables). Although I think his emphasis on whole grains might be a bit much (he recommends 50-60% of our diet should be whole grains and after all, I've never seen a chimp eat grain), I agree with his recommendation of keeping meat to no more than 15% of the diet. And by meat, he means white fish and seafood. He is a big fan of fruit, though, so I simply replaced the grains with fruit. I found it rather surprising that a gastroenterologist was unaware of the link between grain fiber and digestive disorders. Still, I found quite a bit of good advice here.
Much of what I read in this book were the author's own suspicions and conjectures. Some reviewers had a problem with that, because for some people, something that has not been scientifically proven cannot possibly be true. In my opinion, this is foolish thinking. Did gravity not exist until Isaac Newton wrote down the equation? For example, Dr. Shinya suspects that there is an enzyme pool in the body from which it can draw and sometimes even create the enzymes it needs for any function. Simply by using digestive enzymes and eating foods rich in enzymes, we can make our bodies' jobs easier. If this conjecture appears to be the case, to someone who has been studying the subject for more than fifty years, we should be willing to listen. Who cares if it hasn't been proven yet? Some of Einstein's conjectures weren't proven until the 1990's. Highly intelligent people can see the truth before science validates it on paper. Shinya's intelligent perspective are worth the price of this book.
I'm not sure the book has an appropriate title, though. If you're looking for a lot of deep talk about all the thousands of human enzymes and what they do in the body, you'll have to look elsewhere. He does not discuss specific enzymes. He simply says get as many enzymes from raw whole foods as possible and let your body do the rest. Don't clog up your intestines with too much meat and dairy. Eat a whole foods, mainly vegetarian diet. The diet plan is sensible and it will indeed keep your colon clean. Keeping your colon clean will help you live into your eighties as the author has done. I didn't find anything controversial here, but I did find a lot of insight and sensible advice. Highly recommended.
I hope this review helped you decide whether or not this book will interest you.
Based on his observations, Dr. Shinya recommends a plant based diet, shuns dairy, and believes homogenized milk is a toxic substance (I don't think I'm overstating his opinion). In addition to a vegetarian diet, the doctor recommends drinking a couple of glasses of water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach, for cleansing. He drinks Kangen water, but I haven't made that leap yet. He also suggests occasionally having an early dinner and late breakfast, giving yourself a 16 hour fast, as an easy way to give your body a small cleansing fast. I can do that.
There are more tips for staying healthy; he states he hasn't had a health problem since he was 19 years old, so again--I'm all ears. I take the studies funded by pharmaceutical companies with a large grain of salt; I'm more interested in hearing what healthy people living long lives are doing.
This is a book by a true pioneer and authority on the subject, who has led a long and productive life and is still going strong physically and mentally. I am grateful he is sharing his knowledge to all of us who can't see him for an office visit.
This is truly the first book I recommend when anyone expresses an interest in understanding how important enzymes are for health. Written by a doctor who has literally seen it all in terms of how the digestion of good and bad food impacts our health and/ or recovery, it is difficult to ignore his phenomenal track record of remissions of cancer by maximizing the impact of enzymes through diet.
Our children need to be taught this basic tenet as a matter of urgency in the western world, where malnutrition and its associated diseases such as obesity, diabetes, depression, allergies, heart disease and cancer are at all time highs.