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OUROBOROS, TRANSFORMATION & some other serpents…


The Ouroboros is an ancient symbol of a serpent devouring its own tail, the word being of Greek origin meaning ‘tail devourer’. This symbol has its birth in several ancient cultures nameably in the Egyptian book of the dead, the Silk Road & even a mention by Shakespeare. There is reference in the America’s, Europe & West Africa.

Ouroboros is seen in several ways, one being the uniting of the conscious mind with the subconscious. Jung held the view that Ouroboros was hermaphroditic, compounded of opposites, & at the same time a unifying force…something akin to the Yin & Yang. In Celtic mythology, the wyrm (serpent) symbolizes continuity or infinity. And, a circle of protection. Certain philosophies hold that it is a dynamic, evolving process leading towards a higher level of existence…our beginning & ending. Two most diametrically opposed destinies spiralling, meeting & fusing. Alchemy? Definitely points to ponder on in this year of the snake, from beginning to end.

The Aboriginal culture has their Rainbow Serpent, which participates in the creation of the world in their myths of the Dreamtime. Named for the snake-like meanderings of water across a landscape. In these myths, the serpent is female & called the creation into being from the Dreamtime. Most fitting for this year of the Water Snake.

Then there is the Cadaceus, often confused with the Rod of Asclepius. The cadaceus, or herald’s staff represents Hermes or Mercury, symbolic of commerce & negotiation. In his article ‘On Tradesmen’s signs of London’, A.H Burkitt notes that among the very old symbols still used at that time, which were based on associations between pagan gods & professions ‘we find Mercury, or his cadaceus, appropriate in trade, as indicating expedition & Esculapius, his serpent or staff for professors of the healing arts’.

The Rod of Asclepius, most well known symbol of medicine (the cadaceus has 2 winged serpents entwined around a staff) is a combination of the snake, held to symbolize rebirth, fertility & rejuvenation with it’s ability to shed skin & the staff, symbolic of resurrection & healing. Asclepius, another deity of Greek origin was specifically associated with the medicinal arts.


– a through or dramatic change in form or appearance

– a metamorphosis during the life cycle of an animal

So many more snakes pop up in myth & culture…right back to the original Garden. To this day there are cults built around faith healing & the handling of snakes…so we share a long history. Frankly, I like the Ouroboros & Rainbow Serpent for what they symbolize.


The Benefits of Enzymes by Prof Celene Bernstein

There are 2 kinds of enzymes – Proteolytic Enzymes that break down proteins into their smallest elements, and Digestive Enzymes that help us digest our food. Systemic proteolytic enzymes, however, have a completely different purpose to digestive enzymes, because they pass through the stomach or intestine lining and enter the circulatory system. This is why they are called “systemic” – once they enter the circulatory system, they circulate throughout the body.

Why are systemic proteolytic enzymes important?

The most important thing that systemic proteolytic enzymes do is to break down excess fibrin in your circulatory system and in other connective tissue, such as your muscles. These enzymes bring nutrients and oxygen-rich blood that removes the metabolic waste produced by inflammation and excess fibrin. Systemic Proteolytic enzymes improve the flow characteristics of the blood and increase the flexibility of red blood cells, improving their ability to pass through the arteries. They inhibit the aggregation of platelets and increase the fibrinolytic activity in the blood to help prevent abnormal clotting.

Systemic oral enzymes have a regulatory effect on the immune system. They activate macrophages and natural killer cells. The result is that the body’s immune system is better equipped in numbers to deal with inflammation by cleansing itself of cellular debris and to quickly neutralize errant cancer cells. They regulate the metabolism of cell mediator substances such as tumor necrosis factor and interleukins. These tough agents kill dangerous cells and tissues circulating in the body-including foreign proteins, and inflammatory debris.

The dangers of too much fibrin:

The body uses fibrin to help heal itself after injury or surgery. This is normal and healthy. The only problem is that with poor blood flow and a lack of enzyme activity, that fibrin will start to accumulate. If the area in question is slow to heal, an excess of fibrin will appear as clumps of scar tissue in the muscle or at the surgical site. Once this happens, the acute condition becomes chronic.

The excess fibrin throughout the circulatory system will severely limit the amount of blood flow to areas that need it the most and the body tries to compensate for this restriction by forcing the heart to work harder and thereby increasing the blood pressure. The medical community has long known that excess fibrin presents a cardiac and stroke risk and finally, they have acknowledged a link between excess fibrin and chronic systemic inflammation, the true root cause of virtually every disease and painful condition know to man.

Which conditions do proteolytic enzymes help and how?

Systemic proteolytic enzymes accelerate the healing process They support the cleansing of the tissues, promote better circulation and stimulate the formation of new, healthy tissue.

The list below is only a sample of the types of conditions that can be addressed with systemic proteolytic enzymes that all have one thing in common – excess fibrin, which causes a reduction in blood flow:



Back Pain

Chronic Fatigue

Chronic Pain

Fibrocystic Breast


High Blood Pressure

Herniated Disc



Spinal Stenosis

Strains and Sprains

Post-operative Scar Tissue

Traumatic Inflammation

Uterine Fibroids


How long does it take to start to work?

Enzymes go to work immediately. There are a number of factors that bear on how fast the enzymes will work for you, including dosage, quality of sleep, diet, and physical activity. Even the very treatments you are undergoing to try to get better could be holding you back.

Enzyme Process Africa have a solid and well established reputation in this country where their extensive range of products has been available for over 17 years. 

Healthy Choices Issue 3

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