Enzymes by Howard Loomis

I was boxing up some of Sarah's books and ran across Enzymes The Key to Health by Howard Loomis.  It was last updated in 2007, so I imagine even more has been learned since then.

Basically, we need enzymes to digest our food! Enzymes come from raw fruits and vegetables, so all our cooked, processed foods do major damage to our bodies. Our bodies can produce some enzymes, but not enough to take care of all that we eat.

The book discusses the history of nutrition as well as the many errors and deliberate choices made that have caused damage to our bodies. For example, scientists have worked to slow down and eliminate the enzymes in fruits and vegetables so they have a better shelf life. Even though our bodies need the enzymes, the concern is more for the grocer being able to keep the product on the shelf longer.

Also, I learned that the body is complicated! Just the way of using enzymes in digestion of different foods is amazing. Carbohydrates, fats, and proteins are all digested in unique ways. I came away thinking that there is no way for a serious scientist to think these processes developed through evolution. They can not be accidental.



I like to read. In fact, I received six books for Christmas and I have already read them plus two more that my husband received!

So what did I read?

Three PG Wodehouse books. Wodehouse wrote humorous fiction and his books are all light-hearted and fun. They are usually about young men and their escapades with aunts, money, and young women. He wrote the Jeeves and Wooster series which was made into a British TV series. These are books I like to read when I don't want to think--great bedtime reading!


I also did some serious reading. Hank Hanegraaff's The Apocalypse Code brought into question the whole idea of how the book of Revelation is interpreted. It was challenging to see questions raised about the accepted viewpoint of the rapture of the church ahead of a seven year tribulation among other things. It is a book I will definitely read again in order to fully develop my understanding of both views.

Tim Challis' short book Do More Better offered advice on how to be more productive and how to think more about glorifying God and doing good works. I have been able to incorporate some of his ideas into my daily routine.

And my last Christmas book, Wild Fermentation by Sandor Katz, proved to be interesting reading. Katz turns his recipe book into a life story. Even though his lifestyle is decidedly not Christian, he offers a wealth of knowledge on fermenting vegetables, milk, grains, etc. This book is a great resource for getting back to more natural ways of making and preserving foods.

In addition, I read Brain Rules by John Medina. Although the book is written from an evolutionary perspective, the twelve ideas explaining how the brain works were helpful. Medina is an entertaining writer, and his ideas could do much to help us do a better job of teaching children. For example, the average person will only pay attention for about ten minutes. If nothing changes, they will tune out. So it is important to change things up or ask questions when in front of a group.

And the latest volume I've read is a children's book, Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beaseley. It is a wonderful tale for children, but I liked it and could not wait to find out how it ended. I'd definitely recommend this imaginative book.

Most importantly, I've decided to read the Bible through this year, and I am presently working on Genesis, Psalms, and Proverbs. It is good to be familiar with the book that is most important to me and affects my life the most.