After many years of working with others, I am delighted to be able to share my own story. I am healthier now than I have ever been. I owe this feeling of well-being to enzyme therapy, which changed my life, my health, and my practice as a healer and taught me many miracles of the human body. Above all, it taught me about balance, homeostasis, and how to maintain a healthy digestive and immune system.
For as long as I can remember, I suffered from digestive problems. I was constipated, bloated, tired, and depressed, especially at the end of a day of eating. No matter what I ate or when, how, or with whom I ate it, I would end up feeling like I was three months pregnant. I was constantly bloated throughout the day. As a result, I always wore loose clothing with an elastic waist band. When I was growing up, both my father and my grandmother had complained of digestive problems, so I assumed it was an inherited condition I would have to live with for the rest of my life.
In the 1970’s I became involved in healing with an emphasis on massage and polarity therapy. I studied homeopathy and nutrition with various doctors, including Dr. Bernard Jensen at his ranch in Escondido, Ca. Refusing to believe that my problem and other digestive problems were all just inherited, I was determined to find a solution. I studied every book about natural healing available at the time. I tried every vitamin, explored homeopathy, and experimented with many kinds of diets, including fasting. But nothing ever changed my digestion and other problems. At times I despaired of ever finding the answer I was seeking.
After years of studying nutrition on my own, in 1972 I decided to get a degree in chiropractic. My twin brother had gone into conventional medicine, but I was drawn to a more natural approach. Unlike medical school, chiropractic college offered a course in diet and nutrition.
During my first year there, probably due to the stress of intensive studying, my symptoms worsened. Everything I ate aggravated my digestion symptoms, and I became severely constipated and bloated. At the chiropractic clinic affiliated with the school, I had diagnostic studies including x-rays, barium x-rays, and blood work, and I proceeded to do colonics, fasting, and food rotation.
I remember doing a grape fast for almost three months. When I fasted, my symptoms seemed to improve slightly, but I relapsed after I began to eat regular foods. I tried different chiropractic treatments, homeopathy, and other new diets. Again, nothing seemed to help. After graduating from chiropractic school and practicing for a number of years, I decided to enroll in a three-year post-graduate chiropractic orthopedics training program. This course changed my life, my health, and my professional practice forever because it was here that I was introduced by one of my instructors to enzymes and enzyme therapy.