What is Good Health?
What does it mean to be healthy? Health is not simply the absence of disease, pain or other symptoms. Health means that all of the complex vital functions of your body are working at 100%. Sadly, most Americans take this approach with their cars and their homes, but not with their health. What would happen to your car if you decided you didn’t need to change the oil until there was a problem?
Sick Care vs. Health Care
Our present system of “health care” is really sick care. Sick care seeks to treat a person until their symptoms are gone, or to continually manage their symptoms with drugs. If that doesn’t work, surgery is recommended to remove any “defective parts”. If you accept that a population can be treated or cared for on a percentage basis or statistical basis, then sick care is right for you.
If you believe, however, that a HEALTH care system should be aimed at the prevention of chronic degenerative disease, you are a part of an ever-growing population. More informed patients take a more active role in the maintenance of their health. Are you one of these people?
Americans Tend to Ignore their Health
As Americans, we tend to ignore our health until we develop symptoms that are severe enough to interfere with our day-to-day activities. Then we usually head to the drug store for medicine to provide symptom relief. Many times these remedies provide symptom relief so they can be tolerated on a daily basis. While these remedies can provide short-term relief, they do not solve the underlying cause.
Eventually, the symptoms get worse and we seek a physician. The physician’s first priority is to rule out catastrophic illness. If the tests are negative, the doctor will order stronger medication in the form of a prescription. If that medicine doesn’t work the physician will typically try different prescription medication or surgery.
More and more we are realizing that the sick care system is not working. Americans spend more money on health care than any other country, and yet is the least healthy industrialized nation (Reuters 2008). In 2012, Americans spent $327.7 Billion in prescription drugs alone (FDA, 2012). Prescription drugs and medical treatments have adverse effects. According to a June 2010 report in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, it is estimated that 450,000 preventable medication-related adverse events occur in the U.S. every year. Additionally, according to the U.S. Government Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there were more than 2.7 million medication-related hospital visits in 2008 alone (Agency For Health Care Research and Quality, April 2011 – Brief #109).
Can you afford to continue the Sick Care model?
Health insurance costs are rising. Deductibles are going up, as are co-pays and overall out of pocket expenses. If the U.S. Health care system continues at this rate, out of pocket expense will continue to rise. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, workers who get health insurance through their employers have seen the average deductible nearly double over the last three years. In 2012, 72 percent of covered workers face a general annual deductible, up from 52 percent, according to a deeper look at data from the Kaiser/HRET Employer Health Benefits Survey.
Can you afford to get sick in this day and age?
Prevention or Treatment?
Former U.S. Surgeon General, C. Everett Koop released a “Report on Nutrition and Health” to the American Public in 1988. He stated that America’s health care system should be focused on the use of proper nutrition to prevent chronic disease. He continued that America’s failing health care system, rising health care costs and the increased incidence of chronic disease can be curtailed by proper nutrition.
What Are Enzymes?
Enzymes are chemicals which break down food and prepare it for absorption into our body. Basically, without enzymes, we could not absorb the food we eat. Enzymes exist in the mouth, stomach and small intestines. By age 45, our ability to produce enzymes is reduced up to 70% (Enzymes, the Key to Health, Vol. 1, Howard Loomis, D.C., F.I.A.C.A).
Digestion begins in the mouth with chewing and saliva. It is important to remember that digestion begins in the mouth. By properly chewing your food, you will significantly increase your nutrient absorption. As the food is chewed, enzymes in the saliva start breaking it down for digestion.
When the food reaches the stomach, the stomach expands. This expansion causes the stomach to release acid which activates stomach enzymes which further break down food.
Then the food reaches the small intestine, where more specific enzymes are released to break down each type of food (fats, sugars and proteins). Presence of the acidic food from the stomach cases the release of these enzymes.
The food is then transported to the large intestine were the nutrients are absorbed and the rest is eliminated through the bowel. This requires a thick healthy mucosal lining, which is often compromised by the Standard American Diet (SAD).
Antacids & PPI’s
Antacids and Protein Pump Inhibitors interfere with digestion. Antacids and PPI’s prevent stomach acid. This prevents the activation of enzymes in the stomach, and prevents the release of enzymes in the small intestine. Now the food cannot be properly absorbed by the large intestine. This causes bowel toxicity leading to an unhealthy mucosal lining in the large intestine. Additionally, this has been linked to Breast Cancer, Liver Toxicity, and Osteoporosis (Drugs.com, 2014, side effects of protein pump inhibitors and antacids)
The Role of Enzymes in Nutrition and Health Care
Again, Enzymes are made from food, and are not medication. As such they are not used to diagnose or treat disease. Additionally, they do not deliver the harsh side effects common to many medications. The purpose of enzyme nutrition is to balance the diet, ensure proper absorption of proper nutrition to restore homeostasis (the body’s ability to maintain health).
With enzyme nutrition specific testing is performed along with a detailed Signs & Symptoms survey to determine and restore nutritional balance. Since enzyme nutrition requires specific advanced training, it is important to seek out a doctor who has had training in Enzyme Nutrition, specifically Loomis Enzyme Nutrition.