Resources: Enzyme Specialists
Q. Are there any doctors or health practitioners that use enzyme therapy?
A. Many traditional doctors and alternative health practitioners are familiar with digestive enzymes in general. However, the level of knowledge on the real details of enzymes are often not there, simply because much of the current information has been ironed out in the past five years through the efforts of regular families. The professionals are often not aware of this, or have outdated erroneous information. Keeping up with the current information in enzymes, and to what extent enzymes are used in a practice, is very much dependent on the efforts of each individual practitioner. The following resources are given as starting points.
These sites are listed as resource for enzyme information and education, and also to find professional health care specialists that use enzyme therapy in their practices. The specialists are varied in specialty and no screening process has been employed to verify their level of ability or personal philosohy. Please research any specialist listed to see if they are right for your needs. Once you find a specialist, try to find others who have gone to this selected person to learn their experiences.
last updated 4.1.06
Theramedix is a practitioner's line of enzyme products. At the web site, there is a map of the United States. You can click on your location and find a practitioner that also supports and/or uses enzymes in their practice. I was told the Theramedix products are roughly the same as the Enzymedica line (retail line), only three times more potent. Some of the Theramedix products are more refined and have a few more or different enzymes than the Enzymedica retail counterparts.
Where this would be particularly helpful is if you have determined a higher dose of enzymes would be beneficial, such as when using the Virastop program to control viruses, but if you or your child has an issue with swallowing that many enzymes, the Theramedix product would reduce the number of capsules needed each day. For example, instead of 18 capsules a day of ViraStop, you would take 6 capsules of the Theramedix product (PRX, I believe). I support deciding if the retail version is going to help before springing for the clinician's line simply because it helps you to be more objective that the product will work for you. But that's just me. Going through a practitioner might help with insurance covering the enzymes.
Enzyme Research Group
This site is a place for foremost enzyme research and has lots of abstracts and links to scientific studies with digestive enzymes. It also says that foremost researchers in enzymes can network here (or collaborate on issues involving enzymes).
Transformation Enzymes and Enzyme Essentials
Transformation Enzymes is an organization that works only with practitioners and enzyme therapy. They also have a research group. Their partner company that sells retail versions is called Enzyme Essentials. Enzyme Essential products use herbs in many of their products. Both sites have lots of information on enzymes which may be of interest.
Dr. Ellen Cutler has authored a couple books on enzymes, and is the founder and practitioner of BioSet therapy. There is a BioSet web site, link given below. She is associated with and works with the company Enzymes, Inc. The Enzymes, Inc. company offers several lines of enzyme products which includes the Wellzyme line and a BioSet line. Enzymes, Inc. has a web site under their company name. Enzymes, Inc. has an information area called The Enzyme Experts. There is a separate web site for this information resource. Enzymes, Inc. has another site for ordering enzymes called BuyEnzymes.com which looks like it is set up for repeat orders as well as just ordering what you want. Here are the associated sites mentioned and explains their interlinking:
In addition, Enzymes, Inc. and National Enzyme Company work very very closely together (Enzymes, Inc. was once part of National Enzyme Company but became separate some years ago). National has its own site and manufactures enzymes for other companies, too.
American Dietetic Association
From the site: With nearly 65,000 members, the American Dietetic Association is the nation's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA serves the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being. ADA members are the nation's food and nutrition experts, translating the science of nutrition into practical solutions for healthy living.
This organization maintains a database of registered dieticians. A dietician is a trained and licensed nutritional expert. A 'nutritionist' has no formal training or certification, i.e. anyone can call themselves a nutritionist, but only people who have passed formal education in nutrition, like a university degree, can be a registered dietician.
You can go to the database and type in your zip code or area located and find the registered dieticians in your area. Then contact the dieticians and ask them if they support enzyme therapy, or enzymes as part of their program. I contacted about 600 people this way and about 200 said they fully supported enzymes. Some said they did not know much about enzymes but were willing to learn and support the client in including enzymes in their dietary program. Please note that the extent of a dietician's knowledge of digestive enzyme therapy can vary widely, and is dependent on the individual's effort in pursuing this knowledge on their own. But this organization and database are great resources for finding someone that can help you develop a diet or eating plan that is appropriate for you. You will also have someone there to monitor progress and adjust the plan as needed.