Digestion Isn't Just In the Stomach

From The Richardson Cancer Prevention Diet by Janet Starr Hull, PhD, CN

Let me share a story explaining why enzymes are so important for digestion:

Bill was a bus driver who experimented over a period of years with various nutrients from the health food store. Taking one vitamin at a time, he'd see how they affected his health. One evening, he reported what he thought were unrelated events. Bill had taken some pancreatic enzymes and his nasal allergies cleared up. "Could digestive enzymes be affecting my nasal passages?" he asked.

Yes, they can. Enzymes in the bloodstream can digest foreign protein in the body outside of the digestive tract - even in the nasal passages or any other tissues in the body.

Pollen is approximately 50 percent protein. When it enters into the body, this, or any other foreign protein, will cause toxic reactions if not properly detoxified or digested. Foreign or undigested protein is highly toxic to the body anywhere it makes contact.

There is no reason digestion must be confined to the digestive tract. On the contrary, there is abundant biological proof that proteins can be digested (broken down into their constituent amino acids) anywhere the proteolytic, or protein digesting enzymes, are present under the right conditions of temperature, moisture, etc. Thus, digestive enzymes can effectively digest foreign protein anywhere in the body if these enzymes are present and in contact with these foreign proteins. Therefore, these proteolytic enzymes are an integral and necessary part of the immune system and disease recovery.

So, digestion can take place anywhere in the body where these enzymes are found.

It is well known that these enzymes are produced in the pancreas and enter the small intestines just below the stomach through the common bile duct. Here, they digest the foreign protein going through the intestinal tract. What is not well-known is that a healthy person produces an excess of these enzymes over and above the amount needed for digestion of food protein, and this excess is picked up by the blood and carried to every cell in the body. These enzymes are found in the blood of all healthy individuals.

People with cancer typically need more digestive enzymes. This is one of the reasons Drs. Richardson and Krebs identified cancer as a "deficiency disease."

People with allergies tend to develop cancer at a higher rate than people who are relatively free from allergy. Both are caused by toxicity in the body and inadequate elimination of toxins. Statistically, there is never cancer at the juncture of the common bile duct and the small intestine. There is certainly cancer above this point in the mouth, esophagus, and stomach. There is cancer below this point in both the small and large intestines, but there is a curious relationship here. In direct proportion, further down the intestinal tract from the common bile duct, the greater the incidence of cancer. What enters the intestines through the common bile duct that has such potent anti-cancer effect? The protein digestive enzymes.

Pancreatic enzymes are able to control even nasal allergies because digestion by enzymes of pollen and other foreign protein can, and does, take place in the nasal passages and other tissues of the body. Dosage recommendations of up to four tablets, four times a day are sometimes suggested for severe problems. Enzymes are essentially non-toxic.

Pancreatic enzymes can be found in the blood of a healthy person, but they cannot be found in the blood of the cancer patient. The enzyme producing capacity of the cancer patient is commonly reduced and overloaded by the food proteins that are depleting the total proteolytic enzyme output; so, none remain to be picked up by the blood.

Vegetarians have a much lower incidence of cancer than meat eaters because they are not overloading their digestive capacity. People on a high meat, protein diet need more hydrochloric acid-producing capacity in the stomach and a higher output of proteolytic enzymes than do vegetarians.

Statistics show that 50 percent of Americans over 40 do not produce enough acid in the stomach. These same figures apply to enzyme production as well.

Pump up your digestion because it's not just in your stomach.

Posted May 2012 | Permanent Link

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