Reduce Inflammation Naturally with Nature’s Pac Man

Have you ever had a sore throat, been stung by a bee, or twisted your ankle?
Do you have arthritis, back pain or headaches?
Whenever you are in pain, even post-surgical pain, your body makes compounds in response to the injury which cause temporary redness, heat, swelling, and pain. Then naturally produced enzymes in your body eat up these inflammatory compounds, and that is when you notice the swelling goes down, the pain is relieved and the redness or stiffness recedes.

One second ago, an enzyme in your body called superoxide dismutase (SOD) just chased out a cancer-causing toxin that your cell accidentally spawned. Genetically speaking, all 5 of my genes for SOD are double homozygous (so they are inactive) so I’m very cautious about what I do and what I eat since I don’t want to spawn too many free radicals. I have cramped pathways to clear the oxidative damage. This is highly unusual, most of you have a nicely working SOD pathway. (I take SOD supplements, sometimes this brand, sometimes this one).

Anyway, we make all sorts of enzymes, and what’s cool is that you can also buy certain enzymes as a dietary supplement, including SOD. Lactase is an enzyme that chews up milk sugars, helping some people to tolerate milk. Bromelain, derived from pineapples, helps with allergies and helps people post-surgically. It might even reduce scarring if taken soon enough. If you take acid blockers could benefit from papain, an enzyme derived from papaya fruit that works nicely with your stomach’s pH range.

Proteolytic enzymes another type of enzyme. They chew up proteins and help with digestion. I think they’re great for chronic pain syndromes. They help dissolve fibrin deposits which helps bruising. As a teenager (way back in the 1980’s) we played a game called Pac Man. Remember? (Please tell me you remember). This popular arcade game included a Pac-Man which traveled a maze and gobbled up ghosts. I was a monster at Pac-Man in my hey day! Proteolytic enzymes work in the same way, they just gobble up debris, as opposed to ghosts.

With less debris, there is improved circulation all over your body. Less debris also translates to more oxygen and healing nutrients delivered to the site of injury. As a pharmacist, I recommend you reach for proteolytic enzymes before you NSAIDs such as acetaminophen, naproxen or ibuprofen. Why? Because they are temporary and they have side effects. It’s the equivalent of applying a bandage, and while most of you fair out well, the unlucky few experience diarrhea, nausea, headaches, dizziness, bleeding ulcers or heaven forbid, kidney damage. Besides, if you mask your pain with medicine, but continue to operate as normal, you increase your risk of permanent damage.

A German scientific paper studied proteolytic enzymes in 100 athletes. The results were kind of shocking. More than 75 percent said the enzyme treatment produced favorable results. Even better no side effects were reported!  So incredible were the results that the German government sent millions of enzyme capsules to the Olympics to help their athletes heal quicker.

Enzymes are a necessity to life, just like oxygen, food, clean water and shelter.
(Some may argue that chocolate should be included as well).

For chronic pain syndromes -as opposed to digestive issues- I recommend that you take your proteolytic enzyme supplement on an empty stomach.  This increases the ‘Pac-Man’ effect by up to 40 percent. If you have digestive issues, you should consume your supplements with your meal, or just after. While these types of enzyme supplements are generally well-tolerated, I occasionally hear of allergies, rashes and digestive upset.

One more thing, a lot of you have asked me about the  enzyme that I put in my ThyroScript (a supplement I designed for thyroid health and metabolism). This is a vegetarian, proteolytic enzyme called dipeptidyl peptidase, abbreviated as DPPIV (or sometimes DPP4).  This proteolytic enzyme is natural and produced in your own body in small amounts.
I put it in my thyroid formula because I’m smart, lol!  Seriously, it is integrated into my thyroid formula because it assists with the breakdown of difficult-to-digest gluten protein fragments such as gluten (from bread and pasta) and casein (from cheese and milk). Gluten and casein are thought to damage the fragile thyroid gland and increase antibody production.

Research on supplemental DPPIV in humans is limited, however one clinical trial studied the effects of enzymes (including DPPIV) in 22 children and adolescents with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. In this open-label trial, 12 weeks of supplementation with the enzyme blend sparked significant improvements in many clinical parameters like attention, comprehension, eye contact, digestion, mood, hyperactivity, perseverance, sleep, social skills, and speech. Evidence suggests supplementation with DPPIV (and/or enzymes in general) can be very helpful to manage the digestive and neurobehavioral symptoms triggered by reactivity to gluten, casein, and other allergenic proteins. The proteins affect your brain and thyroid that’s why they are scientifically known as “neuroactive dietary proteins” and enzymes break them down, it’s pretty straightforward. Anyway, I wanted to clear that up here, because I have created the only formula in the world (for thyroid/metabolism) with this DPPIV in it, and I’ve received hundreds of questions asking what’s so special about it.

Now, I am sure you are going to ask me what proteolytic enzymes I take (or have tried), or recommend. There are many that are reputable, so I want you to really research these on your own and see what feels right, or what your practitioner recommends or sells. If you are shopping online and want to pull up a few brands that I trust, here are a handful to look at, they are all a little bit different and I’m not sure what is right for you. Below this article, you are welcome to post your ideas for other brands… in no particular order:
Dipan 9 by Thorne Research (physicians only but I found it on Amazon)

Pro-Digestion Intensive by Seeking Health (Dr. Ben Lynch), #180 chewables

Wobenzyme by Garden of Life, # 200 tablets

Wobenzyem by Garden of Life, #800 tablets

Bromelain by NOW Foods, #100

SOD by Seeking Health, #60 capsules (melon juice concentrate)

SOD by Source Naturals, #180 tablets

Super Enzymes by NOW Foods, #180 (Contains a BUNCH of enzymes, this is broad-spectrum and has ox bile)
ProteoXyme by Xymogen (physician only, or you can look online)
And while we didn’t get to discuss PROBIOTICS here, they are often taken with digestive/proteolytic enzymes. The brand I have recommended for 10 years, and now represent is Dr. Ohhira’s Probiotic  available here. 

If you like this article please read my article Why You Need Probiotics Year Round. Click Here

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73 Comments

  1. calle January 31, 2015 at 4:10 am - Reply

    Help,

    I bought David Brownstein Thyroid Actalin when you two presented at the Thyroid Summit.
    I feel I have more problems but eat very little gluten. I can give up dairy but want to go raw dairy.
    I have so many blood tested food and chemical sensitivities.
    I am willing to purchase your product but do it on the phone as computers mess up and I believe in people.
    Give me a phone number to call tomorrow night.
    Thanks for your great posts and for caring.

    I am currently taking a Integrative Functional Medicine Nutrition Therapy certification course.

    Thanks

    • Suzy Cohen January 31, 2015 at 4:44 am - Reply

      Hi Calle
      Dr. Brownstein is a sweet and kind man, we had a lot of fun with http://www.TheThyroidSummit.com
      Thank you for tuning in, it was one of the most important accomplishments in my lifetime!
      You can order my supplements. Please leave me a message on this phone number, and someone from my customer service team will call you back: 720-443-3570

  2. Pat Jenkins January 31, 2015 at 4:18 am - Reply

    I have not been able to find Berberine
    By itself. I found a diabetes supplement
    That had this product in it. I did not
    Buy it.
    I suffer from Herpes.

    • wr7476 January 31, 2015 at 9:25 am - Reply

      Check the website Pureformulas. I don’t have the berberine that I take here where I am, so I don’t know the brand. If you are wanting it to help with blood sugar, don’t forget magnesuim, and the companions K2 and D3.

    • Elsie January 31, 2015 at 2:42 pm - Reply

      Pat, a Google search of “berberine” yields countless results. You can find it at SwansonVitamins.com (good site), Amazon, PureFormulas.com, etc.

    • pam reeder February 1, 2015 at 9:31 pm - Reply

      You might check Dr. Julian Whitakers’ website. He has berberine, also maybe vitacost.com.

  3. Louise Dockey January 31, 2015 at 4:32 am - Reply

    I would like to get your free newsletter each week. I am 90 and healthy so far.

    • Suzy Cohen January 31, 2015 at 4:40 am - Reply

      Hi Louise
      You are pure FABULOSITY! Just sign up on the right side, in the box. We will protect your privacy.

      • marc January 31, 2015 at 3:59 pm - Reply

        Obviously water is super important. There are many: theories; alkalizing machines; filters; reverse osmosis devices; etc…We would love your thoughts.

        • Suzy Cohen January 31, 2015 at 7:41 pm - Reply

          I use a Berkey filtration system Marc… it sits on my kitchen counter.

          • Adriane March 8, 2015 at 2:41 am

            Suzy, do you use the extra fluoride filter with your Berkey? And do you have any concerns about bacterial growth in that filter since it’s down inside the filtered water compartment?

          • Suzy Cohen March 8, 2015 at 2:53 am

            Yes, the fluoride filter.
            No concerns.

  4. Jane January 31, 2015 at 11:23 am - Reply

    Hi Suzy!!
    I am so happy I just found your website. I always enjoyed you on KTC,
    I am a 66 yr young healthy female, but I am starting to have issues with glucose. I eat NO breads, pastas, rice, potatoes, sweets of any kind, etc. It seems if I eat “less” it goes higher, I do take cinnamon, milk thistle, and about 10 other vitamins. I’m now running between 100-125 fasting. I take this seriously, and so wish to keep it at minimum below 110.
    I went to a diabetes class, and was told to eat carbs, with every meal,,,,,my numbers increased! So I’m back to trying to research this on my own.
    I’m thin,, with no weight issues, and I do exercise.
    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!

    • Suzy Cohen January 31, 2015 at 7:48 pm - Reply

      Hi Jane,
      Nice to find you here, KTC is a wonderful show and I adore Doug.
      I have all the answers to diabetes and blood sugar issues, in my best-selling book “Diabetes Without Drugs” it is approx 400 pages, so I am not able to ‘download’ all the recommendations here. Please look at the book reviews on Amazon to see if it’s right for you. To find the book, you can search directly on Amazon by the title, or you can click on the “SHOP” tab above and read there.

    • Marie February 3, 2015 at 12:16 am - Reply

      Jane,

      I’ve been doing research on electromagnetic radiation (EMFs and “dirty electricity”) and bumped into research about it raising blood sugar. You might look into your sleeping or working area to see if that could be an issue for you.

  5. Lori January 31, 2015 at 11:36 am - Reply

    Any recommendations to get rid of thyroid nodules? I just had one biopsied, hope it is not cancerous. There is lots of info out there on Graves disease and Hashimotos ( I listened to the Thyroid Summit )My thyroid works great but I have nodules. Any suggestions?

    • gerty February 28, 2015 at 6:59 pm - Reply

      I too had a nodule for a biopsy…I researched… Walnut extract…you rub it on…6 weeks later the nodule was almost gone…you should of seen the doctors face…the nurse asked.. What I do? When told her about it…she replied.. I knew about that…ha????

      • Adriane March 8, 2015 at 2:44 am - Reply

        Gerty, my mom had a nodule and I’d like to know which brand you used. Is it just walnut extract or walnut hull extract? Thanks!

  6. Brenda Nester January 31, 2015 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    Thank you for helping me sort out enzymes! Which ones would be best for helping to digest fiber. I’m always trying to eat plenty of fiber and have been a vegetarian for many years, but the gas I experience makes it hard to be social! I’m 54 years young. Thanks again, Suzy!

    • Suzy Cohen January 31, 2015 at 7:45 pm - Reply

      Hi Brenda.
      You crack me up, I got a visual on that!
      Cellulase… it is a dietary supplement that breaks down cellulose.
      🙂 Hope this helps!

  7. Lisa January 31, 2015 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I’m taking Vital Nutrients Pancreatic Enzymes ( protease 111,500 USP units, amylase & lipase). Bought them online at Lucky Vitamins.

  8. Ann January 31, 2015 at 4:13 pm - Reply

    I have been using wobenzyme for several years and. It helps so much with aches and pains and especially problems with tendons. I usually am not able to do much with my right hand or arm because of past injury to the tendons, but with this supplement, I can do all my yard work or everything else in life and the pain in gone! It has lots of research from Germany. You need to take it on an empty stomach and take quite a few at a time to get rid of the pain. I take 7 (small tablets) at a time 3 times a day when it is acute and then drop back to maintenance level of 4 two times a day. It is a life saver and a miracle!
    I buy the 800 bottle on amazon because it is cheaper that way. I could not live without this supplement and as mentioned above, it is eating up all the bad debris, etc so it is doing more than just taking away the inflammation and pain. It I s helping the healing process too.
    In Germany it. Is used for all their athletes.

  9. Susan January 31, 2015 at 6:34 pm - Reply

    How did you discover that you had the double homozygous SOD genes? How can I find out if that is the case for me? How are you careful about what you do and eat? When I attempt to begin a new supplement, I can depend on a three day headache that incapacitates me, even though I start low and go slowly. I’ve improved my methylation dramatically, but I can still depend on that darn headache. Any clues to what I might be missing that I could explore would be greatly appreciated.

    • Suzy Cohen January 31, 2015 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      23andMe.com offers a test. Then I plugged the raw data into mthfrsupport.com and it showed me all my snps.
      You can do the same exact thing. There may be other blood tests though, so ask your doctor.

      • Susan February 2, 2015 at 9:58 pm - Reply

        Thank you! – Susan

      • Barbara Volkomer February 5, 2015 at 3:21 am - Reply

        I had my DNA done by 23andme.com I will have to check with them about the raw data. I do not keep up with their website.

      • Melanie February 16, 2015 at 3:36 am - Reply

        Suzy,

        Just ran my raw data through the new Sterling App and WOW there are new snps on the report. Yes, my picture as if it were not already so no doc can figure it out has a ton of red in very critical places. I can take all of the pills I want but it will not help cause the basic basic components do not work. Phase 2, estrogen, b12 absorption and a ton more. I am wondering if specific enzymes could help? I am crazy inflamed. elevated homocysteine, crp, and fibrinogen. Just curious.

        Thanks,
        Melanie

        • Suzy Cohen February 16, 2015 at 5:00 am - Reply

          The Sterling App at mthfrsupport.com is a powerful tool.
          Careful not to treat the snps, just the issues you are expressing. If you are “crazy inflamed” you should just look at anti-inflammatories at first, and get the basics in order (adrenals, thyroid and GI). After the basics, you can address specific issues expressing from the snps.

  10. zirah1 January 31, 2015 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Have you heard about anyone having digestive problems w/ serrapeptase? I tried taking it recently (120,000 SPUs capsules) hoping to help reduce scarring from several surgeries, plus clean out “debris” from other parts of my body. I seemed to do fine w/ it at first, but after several weeks started having digestive problems. It took me awhile before I realized there seemed to be a connection between the two. Unfortunately it took several instances of violently throwing up to figure things out. I stopped taking it immediately, but would love to be able to use serrapeptase because of all the benefits it offers. Have thought of trying a smaller dose or something. Would appreciate any feedback/input you have on this.

    • Suzy Cohen January 31, 2015 at 7:51 pm - Reply

      I’ve heard of that yes.
      Maybe Bouloke?
      Nattokinase?

  11. Jeffrey January 31, 2015 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    My mom is 89 yrs old and has been hit hard with chronic UTI cases (fourth episode last six months including the current day of 31 Jan 15) and annoying lower back pains. She just got her fourth round of antibiotics today. Interesting how my mom goes to the doc for these lower back pains that alternate on the right and left sides and worsens with walking. Her Internal Medicine doctor(female -family doc) usually says Arthritis. A few days later the pains get diagnosed as part of UTIs upon a urine test (and two CT scans in last two months). The pains decrease after taking the antibiotics. Meanwhile, her current urine ph is “5”. Interesting that mom has had both frequent back pains and relatively acidic urine ph levels over the past couple of years.

    I know you are not a doctor, but I have read more smart treatments info from you than the doctors who simply address their answers with the “AL-MIGHTY ANTIBIOTIC pill”..I will hold my doctor frustrations for now. So how can my Mother raise her urine/saliva ph more basic ? A nurse told me to simply drink more water- half body weight in ounces. Nothing else seem to matter/help change the pH issue. I can’t believe that last statement. Nobody likes to see another in needless pain. Would enzymes – proteolytic concepts be beneficial for my mom? I appreciate your work. The other local pharmacists give me “deer-eye” looks when I ask them questions generated from your work. I better go get some fresh air now. Cheers!

    • Suzy Cohen January 31, 2015 at 11:31 pm - Reply

      Jeffrey
      DO NOT (repeat DO NOT) let mom take fluoroquinolone drugs for her bladder issues.
      Have her insulin checked, it should be less than 10, preferably less than 5. (Read my other article here just search it out “High Insulin” the Longer Story)
      Maybe some type of cranberry extract or tart cherry juice could help reduce frequency.
      And probiotics, to help rebuild her flora.
      Greens and green drinks (like chlorophyll, SunChlorella or combination greens) will alkalize her body.
      Keep me posted.
      PS: I LOVE that you get “deer-eye” looks from other pharmacists, lol, that is awesome. Says I’m doing my job to educate people about natural alternatives that work as well as drugs without the harmful side effects!

      • Rae February 13, 2015 at 12:46 pm - Reply

        my 93 yr old father takes Olive Leaf and never has had another chronic UTI. I read about this on some UTI blog one time. It has worked for him. He used a therapeutic dose for the UTI, now takes one per day as maintenance. hope that helps too.

  12. Mary January 31, 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I tried Wobenzyme which worked great for pain. However, any time I take that enzyme, or others formulated for pain I get totally ‘dried out’ internally.

    I feel like I can’t drink enough water and then I also get constipated because of the dryness. Do you have a workaround for that? Are there any enzymes that don’t do that?

    • Suzy Cohen January 31, 2015 at 11:24 pm - Reply

      Lower the dose, or try a better brand….one with just a couple of enzymes, not a broad-spectrum product…oh, and try marshmallow extract or tea. There’s a video of me showing you how to make this on YouTube, just search it on that site.

      • Mary February 3, 2015 at 5:03 am - Reply

        Thanks Suzy! I thought Wobenzyme was a pretty good brand. But I’ll see what else is out there. Can you recommend another like you’re suggesting? I’m not quite sure – all the ones I have tried have several enzymes in them.

        And marshmallow is a demulcent right? I think I drank tea made from that before. As well as Irish moss (I think). That sounds like a great idea – thanks!

  13. Mary January 31, 2015 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    I have another question:

    First, thanks for all the great info here! I also have thyroid issues and I got a fluid filled nodule when I switched from iodized salt to sea salt… I didn’t realize sea salt had no iodine. So now I have the fluid sucked out once or twice a year. Dairy makes it worse.

    There’s got to be a way to make the flow through my thyroid work again – what do you think? What is actually clogged up so things don’t flow anymore? I’m also looking at mechanical things like tight neck muscles. I noticed that you sell thyroid supplements – anything that might work for this?

    • Suzy Cohen January 31, 2015 at 11:23 pm - Reply

      I’m not sure Mary. I think you need an intelligent physician to assist you on the nodule problem, and it’s out of my realm of practice as a pharmacist, and health educator.
      I do sell ThyroScript, I’m not sure if it is right for every person. It’s something you can try (with doc approval) and at very low doses, like 1/2 capsule once daily, for a week… then 1 capsule daily for a week (if well tolerated) and so forth.
      Celtic salt may be better for you, give that a try too.

  14. Tema January 31, 2015 at 9:01 pm - Reply

    Suzy, what enzyme would you recommend for children in regards to candida issues? Thank you.

    • Suzy Cohen January 31, 2015 at 11:20 pm - Reply

      Hi Tema
      I don’t recommend enzymes for candida issues, it’s really about getting all the juice boxes, sugar and candy and carbs out of their diet (if this applies), and then the candida naturally dies off. Probiotics can be helpful. If it’s a very bad infection, your doctor can order the appropriate antifungal medication, or suggest a natural herbal remedy. But killing candida won’t matter if the child is ingesting questionable foods, fast foods, or high carbs, ice cream, etc. You could use probiotics, that would be fantastic!

  15. irene February 1, 2015 at 1:22 am - Reply

    I had a UTI that did not go away with antibiotics. I started taking Kyolic liquid garlic every couple hours around the clock. It has not come back but I continue to take it as a preventative. You can take it in water, juice, cereal, yogurt, most anything. I take 1/4 tsp as a maintenance dose but would start with 1/2 to begin with. You can buy 4 oz from Swansons Vitamins for less than $20. It also cleared up a sore throat for my son. Best if you take it at the first sign of an infection.

  16. Pat Muso February 1, 2015 at 4:47 am - Reply

    I ordered Thyroscript on the first day of your free book offer and received it today….that was fast! I cannot put it down. I am learning so much. Thank you for all your help.

  17. ID February 1, 2015 at 5:07 am - Reply

    Suzy I am 53 I did not have monthly period for nearly 8months and last week I started a cleansing diet and the 3day suffered from a bad headache then I took a herbal tea anema my headache did not go away.then I took advil,Tylonol still the headache did not go away.but next day Surprisingly I got my period.but I had to stop my cleansing diet and take a cup of black coffee with some sugar for the headache to stop
    What should I do in a situation like this

    • Suzy Cohen February 2, 2015 at 6:28 am - Reply

      I’d write to the makers/company of the CLEANSE that you purchased and ask them.
      It sounds like your hormones were affected b/c you got your period, maybe something in there is estrogenic.
      The headache stopped with coffee? Maybe it was caffeine related, going off caffeine will trigger a headache.

  18. ID February 1, 2015 at 5:10 am - Reply

    One more thing I hate sexual activities I have no interest or any interest what should I do.?

  19. Joanna Wallbillich February 1, 2015 at 5:47 am - Reply

    Ms. Cohen,

    I am having reverse surgery for rotator cuff tear on Feb. 12. After six week of physical therapy, I an feeling better, but still have some pain.

    See above written by you: “Bromelain, derived from pineapples, helps with allergies and helps people post-surgically. It might even reduce scarring if taken soon enough. If you take acid blockers could benefit from papain, an enzyme derived from papaya fruit that works nicely with your stomach’s pH range.”

    How can I purchase Bromelain? You say “reduce scarring if taken soon enough.” Will I be soon enough if you can get the vitamin to me by Tuesday, Feb. 2nd (ten days)? Will Bromelain also help with pain? I only use Advil when really necessary because I cannot tolerate most pain medications.

    Your help will be tremendously appreciated.

    Thank you, Joanna

    • Suzy Cohen February 2, 2015 at 6:26 am - Reply

      Hi Joanna
      You can purchase bromelain at any health food store or online.
      (No I can’t get this to you by Feb 2nd, I don’t sell it).
      Yes, it may help a little with pain but not instead of Advil, you should ask your doctor about combining those two, it should be okay but I am not in charge of this and have no idea what is right for you, or anyone. Please ask doc if it’s okay to take, and okay to combine.

  20. Eglis February 1, 2015 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Hi Suzy. I am 64 years old and 1 yr ago I had a thyrodectomy because of nodules w/papillary cancer. I am taking Levo/100 mcg. I read all your articles, watch you in youtube and also read a lot about a thyroid issues. My question is: all your medical information apply also to persons w/o thyroid? Thanks

    • Suzy Cohen February 2, 2015 at 6:13 am - Reply

      Hi Eglis
      When a person doesn’t have a thyroid, they need some medicine, lifelong. You cannot thrive without thyroid hormone, and if your gland is gone, you need thyroid. So when you are taking thyroid medicine, then yes, everything I say in the book regarding thyroid medicine and symptoms would apply.
      Clinically speaking it doesn’t matter if your thyroid hormone is exogenous or endogenously produced, you will still need to have healthy normal levels the best you can). Hope this helps.

  21. Nik February 1, 2015 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    Suzy thanks for your work. Each time I try proteolytic enzymes, I end up with pain similar to a hard punch in stomach just under xiphoid and touch to the left that radiates all the way to the back. No one seems to be able to identify what may be happening. I am very frustrated as I believe enzymes would greatly help after much endometriosis and many abdominal surgeries, as well as chronic pain and stiffness due to Hashimoto’s thyroiditis. Would appreciate any thoughts that might lead me to useful options. Thanks again.

    • Suzy Cohen February 2, 2015 at 6:10 am - Reply

      That is where your pancreas is. I’m not sure why proteolytic enzymes causes that kind of pain, that is where the enzymes are actually made. You’ll have to check that out, and dig deeper. Keep me posted. (Is it with every brand you try, or have you just tried one brand a few times?)
      If it causes you pain, definitely stay away.

  22. Melanie February 2, 2015 at 1:48 am - Reply

    Hi Suzy – I am wandering if you could do an article on Candida Albicans cleanse. Thank you, I think you are very smart and I love reading your articles.

    • Suzy Cohen February 2, 2015 at 6:06 am - Reply

      Hi Melanie
      I don’t have an article on a “cleanse” but I do have some articles on candida, and you can just put that in the search box above.

  23. Katrina Woodrow February 3, 2015 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    I have been taking pancreatic enzymes, bromelain, glutenase and lactase for years with the appropriate foods.
    I also take serrapeptase in the middle of the night (to make sure my stomach is empty) to keep my arteries clear, which I thought was a proteolytic enzyme.
    Are they all proteolytic enzymes or is there a difference?

    Best wishes

    • Suzy Cohen February 3, 2015 at 9:08 pm - Reply

      There’s a difference in ingredients and efficacy for sure.

  24. Constance February 3, 2015 at 8:58 pm - Reply

    My mom was just diagnosed with neuropathy, she also has diabetes also. I have been sending your newsletters which I receive and also sent her a copy of one of your books. She’s in pain and I don’t want her on any more steroids. What can we do? Love your thyroid book..it helped me. Appreciate any answers

    • Suzy Cohen February 3, 2015 at 9:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Constance
      Please put “neuropathy” in the search box, and also “nerve pain” and you will see what some options are.
      I’m so glad my thyroid book helped you! Please put a review up on Amazon if you have a moment 🙂

  25. Judy February 3, 2015 at 9:08 pm - Reply

    Hi Suzy! After reading several of your articles & then taking them to share with my doctor I was tested for Lyme & all other diseases ticks can give you.

    I was diagnosed with Hashimoto’s and am using compounded T3 time-released 25 mcg caps 1x/day; and, Nature-throid 65 mg 2x/day, as well as LDN 3.5. I also have the MTHFR Mutation (C677T/A1298C).

    I’m still so exhausted and my joints, throat, etc. hurt so bad they did the Lyme test. I received results yesterday and these are the results that came back postive (which I was shocked)!
    Epstein Barr antigen >600.0 (normal is 0.0 – 17.9 according to the lab they use)
    Parvo B19 was positive 3.1 (normal is 0.0 – 0.8 and anything over >1.1 is positive according to lab they use)

    Doc wanted to treat me with Valtrex 4x/day but was quick to say that IF I experienced heart palpitations to stop taking it! And, I would need to have regular tests done to test kidney & liver! I’m not comfortable at all taking this product!

    Do you have any thoughts about this and what I should do? I would rather go the “natural” route if at all possible…and is Epstein Barr contagious as well as Parvo? Just wondering so I don’t spread this at work! Thank you!

  26. Laura February 4, 2015 at 5:09 pm - Reply

    Hi Suzy, I haven’t been able to find out why I cannot take any B’s without getting bruising ! This happens with only a day of taking them, and goes away in a few if I stop. I am that way with C and fish oil. I also cannot tolerate eating many raw green, so I know my folate is low, but do not tolerate folate or B12. Have you any idea why I get this quick bruising reaction??? My RBD is L too, meaning small and old 🙁 Thank you for your time in advance, Laura

    • Suzy Cohen February 4, 2015 at 7:37 pm - Reply

      Those things are thinning your blood (which you already know).

      • Laura February 8, 2015 at 6:42 pm - Reply

        Thank you Suzy, so B’s do thin blood! I don’t take fish, CLO or C’s because of this, did know B’s thinned blood too :O I thought it was only me, no one else I know except for my sister seems to have this happen, we thought we just had another weird gene reaction. I guess I will just have to get use to eating liver. Any other thoughts?, Laura

  27. Dianne Bevan February 16, 2015 at 1:34 am - Reply

    Have RA, MTHFR, Thyroid problems and extreme joint pain. Trying Wobenzyme but couldn’t tolerate high dosage and no reduction in pain, cut back to 3 a day and see how it goes. Was wondering though as the question of heavy metal toxicity has come up as my latest blood test show cytokines in normal range. Question – is there anything you can take for pain caused by heavy metal in joints.

    • Suzy Cohen February 16, 2015 at 5:05 am - Reply

      Chelating agents, but honestly, I’ve moved away from that area because I don’t know enough about it.
      I think most pain is caused by pro-inflammatory cytokines, secondary to infections (undiagnosed). When you say your cytokines were in normal range, it begs the questions, “which ones?” because there are so many. Maybe you didn’t test for all of them?
      The metals in joints are certainly possible, you can review the work of Dr. Walter Crinnion and Dr. Isaac Eliaz, they are experts and good friends of mine.
      Rule out mold toxicity too. Could be a huge player. Visit this site for an eye-opening review of mold exposures/disorders: Survivingmold.com
      Also rule out Lyme and Bartonella (often undiagnosed infections for joint pain and RA).

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  30. Ronnie February 16, 2015 at 7:29 pm - Reply

    Hi, I have have a low thyroid condition that is ok now due to me taking Armour Thyroid. But I just had 5 fibroids removed and found out from my gyno follow up that I have adenomyosis. Never heard of this before but I read that taking these type of enzymes can help with scar tissue. Are you familiar with this condition? I plan on having children so I want to do what I can to have a healthy womb. Do you work with patients like me? Please let me know…thanks!

    • Suzy Cohen February 16, 2015 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Hi Ronnie
      I don’t see patients, I’m not a doctor but a lot of people think I am. I did a video on youtube regarding serrapeptase.

  31. Ronnie February 20, 2015 at 3:51 pm - Reply

    OK, thanks. If I’m taking Armour thyroid in the morning, how long should I wait to take Wobezyne?
    Thanks

    • Suzy Cohen February 21, 2015 at 2:32 am - Reply

      I think it’s okay to take those together, or an hour apart. Just both have to be on an empty stomach.

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