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Food Enzymes for Health & Longevity Paperback – January 1, 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Press; 2 edition (January 1, 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941524280
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941524285
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #878,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book takes the view that the human body is totally dependant on Enzymes for health and longevity. Whilst not rejecting orthodox nutritional principles it concludes that the body utilises food enzymes for digestion and converts spare enzymes for the 1001 other metabolic processes our body undergoes each day. Dr Howell establishes through copious(!) references tot he literature that our body has a limited capacity to store and produce enzymes and that cooking food effectively destroys the enzyme content of foods. He reaches the conclusion that the Western Diet of cooked and processed food substains us for only so long and begins to poison us from a fairly early age. Being a non-medical person I couldn't challenge any part of this book and would recommend it unreservedly to anyone looking to research the area of natural nutritition and medicine.
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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.
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This book has a lot of good information, but it reads like a research paper (which it was origionally, I think). Unless you're doing a research paper, there might me more helpful books to buy.
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I agree with this book when it says that digestive enzyme supplements improve digestive health, improve food intolerance and support the pancreas and the heart (by saving them the significant efforts needed to digest food) which improves general well being and physical functioning. Having lots of digestive enzymes available leaves your body with more energy and bodily resources free to do other jobs, such as healing the body from disease.

But I don't agree that the evidence (or simple logic) supports some of the other claims and recommendations in this book.

For example, this book talks about the importance of an enzyme rich diet. It then points out that foods which have a higher caloric value have a lot more enzymes in them; so foods such as meat, milk and eggs eaten raw (or lightly cooked in the case of meat and eggs) are high in enzymes and foods such as raw vegetables and fruits are very very low in enzymes.

Yet the book then goes on to talk about a diet very high in raw fruits and vegetables (75% is the figure quoted I think) being the most important thing for enzyme levels. How does that make any sense at all?

Wouldn't one wanting to follow this guideline do best making sure to eat the high enzyme foods raw such as meat, milk, honey and eggs eaten raw (or lightly cooked in the case of meat and eggs) and to make sure that intake of these high enzyme foods is adequate - as well as adding some extra high enzyme fermented foods to the diet too? Foods like fermented fish, kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut and so on. Eating lots of fruit and vegetables is important to health of course but these other foods are far more important when it comes to taking in enzymes, and should at the very least be given equal billing as the fruits and vegetables, surely.
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Unfortunately, these amazing books are not the easiest to find. I believe this is another book in my list of the most important books of today. Two others I believe in are Natural Cures by Kevin Trudeau and Why Stomach Acid Is Good For You. These books changed my family, literally. If you care about yourself, you owe it to yourself to read these books.
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This book was written decades ago. It posed some interesting ideas that have been researched and documented since then, and some of his theories have proven correct. It documents his experiments (not for the faint of heart or for animal lovers. There wasn't a movement against animal testing when this book was written!) ad infinitum, in great detail, as well as the experiments of others in the mechanics of digestion, and was the basis for a lot of research since then. A good foundational read, to be followed by more up-to-date info.
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