Daily Express, February 5, 2002 (extracts):
For more than 25 years Lea Verity suffered severe pain in her jaw and numbness in her face following a playground accident she had when she was just six. The accident caused damage to the tissues in her jaw, leading to inflammation around the joint, muscle spasms and a trapped nerve. The condition — TMJ (tempero-mandibular joint syndrome) — made it painful for her to eat or even smile.
She spent many nights curled up in agony with a hot water bottle pressed to her face, as conventional pain killing tablets didn’t help.
However, today Lea, 32, a sports center manager from Doncaster, Yorkshire, is completely free of pain. She has been taking SP-Zyme, a supplement containing the naturally occurring enzyme, Serrapeptase, for the past two months and her symptoms have disappeared almost overnight.
Serrapeptase is already widely used in Europe, Japan and the US as an alternative to anti-inflammatory medications such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen and NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).
Serrapeptase works by digesting tissue, such as scars, and blocking the chemicals that cause inflammation. This makes it an effective treatment for any condition caused by inflammation.
Research in Germany and Japan has shown Serrapeptase can dissolve breast and ovarian cysts, ease symptoms of arthritis, speed the healing of torn ligaments and sports injuries, and aid post-operative healing. People with carpel tunnel syndrome or RSI, asthma, sinusitis, ear infections and migraine have also benefited from taking it.
Recent studies show it helps to dissolve blood clots and arterial plaque, protects against strokes and shrinks varicose veins. It also appears to help cure infections by making antibiotics work more effectively.
“Serrapeptase is useful in any disease or condition caused by dead tissue, mucous or clotted material,” says Jeannette Manning, a naturopathic nutritionist from San Diego, California, who has used the enzyme on many of her patients. “It dissolves damaged cells without harming healthy tissue, drains away mucous and, by blocking the chemicals that cause inflammation, stops pain.”
Lea had given up any hope of recovery before she tried it. “I had what felt like a permanent earache and sometimes I’d get sharp, stabbing pains, which literally took my breath away,” she says. “The pain made me squint, affecting my eyesight and I couldn’t feel one side of my face. At its worst, it became impossible to open my jaw. I couldn’t even pry it open with my hands.
“Neither doctors nor dentists knew how to help me. They implied my problems were psychological. All they could do was prescribe course after course of Ibuprofen, which made no difference.
“Even when I was finally diagnosed with TMJ a year ago, which doctors can’t cure, my only options were strong painkillers and potentially risky surgery with a low success rate. I hated being dependant on painkillers and was getting unpleasant side-effects, such as indigestion pains and excess stomach acid.
“After just a few days I started to notice an improvement,” she says. “The feeling in my face seemed to be coming back and the pain wasn’t as bad. After two weeks, I stopped taking Ibuprofen. I couldn’t believe it — I was pain-free, the stiffness in my jaw had gone and all the feeling in my face had returned. SP-Zyme achieved more in weeks than years of orthodontic treatment.”
Lea’s life has changed dramatically since taking Serrapeptase. “I’ve reduced my dose and still have no symptoms,” she says. “My stomach problems have disappeared, and I haven’t noticed any side-effects at all and I feel more energetic.”