Ulcerative Colitis – An Enzyme Problem?

Ulcerative Colitis is an inflammatory disease where your own immune system attacks your small intestine.  Research from PubMed indicates a lack of enzymes could be to blame.

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Ulcerative Colitis and enzymes:  In fact, I recently found this research on Pub Med’s web site.  In the study, experts examined the lining of the small intestine in a group of patients with either Chron’s disease or ulcerative colitis.  When they examined samples, they consistently found a lack of digestive enzymes.  In fact over two thirds of all of the patients had very low enzyme levels.

While the study doesn’t reveal cause and effect, it really doesn’t matter.  Your body requires these crucial enzymes for digesting, absorbing and utilizing precious proteins and carbs from your diet.  Sadly, if you suffer either disease, you do not have enough enzymes to process your food.  Additionally, since these conditions are autoimmune, the right enzymes can help your body properly balance and manage a healthy immune response.  It’s also important to point out that this disease comes packaged with inflammation.  Did you know the right enzymes can also support your body’s ability to control inflammation?

So what happens when you can’t digest your food properly?  First of all, you fail to get the vital nutrition you need to stay healthy.  However, since the nutrient rich food travels through the digestive tract, it attracts bacteria.  This bacteria feeds on the nutrient rich stool.  This has a two-pronged effect.  First of all, it compacts the stool leading to constipation and/or diarrhea.  Second of all it leads to bowel toxicity. Sadly, bowel toxicity leads to a host of other health problems including cancer.

Our Approach

Your enzyme levels are a direct result of your digestive health. And while I don’t diagnose or treat any disease (including digestive diseases and autoimmune diseases), I can help support healthy digestion. Additionally I can support healthy inflammation levels as well as healthy immune function.  And of course this, in turn, promotes healthy bowel function. I provide this support with a specific plan. And this plan usually includes custom dietary changes and the correct enzyme supplements. Of course I only make recommendations after scientific testing based.  And these tests are based on sound medical principles.

Are you concerned about your digestive health?  Or perhaps you’re thinking about your immune health.  Does it affect your job, family or fun? Are you worried about the long term affects?  If so, you can contact us one of several ways to set up a consultation. You can reach us on the web, stop by our office in Redmond, WA, or call us at 425-868-0120. Then I will personally sit down with you and talk about your suffering and how it affects your life. I will even do some preliminary testing as well as Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA). In fact did you know that both NASA and Cancer Treatment Centers of America rely on BIA? These tests help me determine if you are a good candidate for care. If you’re not, we’ll make every effort to provide the proper referral.


After many years of clinical practice, Dr. Marrone has forged a remarkable career as a practitioner, educator and lecturer.  His extensive knowledge of functional enzyme nutrition has made him a much sought after practitioner.  If you are suffering from health problems that nobody seems to have the answer to, or are sick and tired of the revolving door approach of modern medicine, give Dr. Marrone a call to set up a consultation.

Pubmed’s research

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