A lifetime of eating nothing but grapes was hard to imagine, but it seemed the only solution to Ellen Cutler's problem.
Chronic and severe digestive problems forced her either to suffer from eating or avoid it all together.
"It was always a source of stress for me," said Cutler, who will be presenting a workshop on enzyme therapy at the Sun Valley Wellness Festival. "What the conventional medical practitioners said was there's not much they can do."
Relief came only when she didn't eat—a hugely impractical solution.
She soon discovered she could consume grapes without too much discomfort, but that option left much food to be desired.
A long-term remedy came in the form of a mentor in graduate school who suggested she try a digestive enzyme.
"Within two weeks I felt better," she said. "It changed my life around. I've never had a problem since."
Cutler has since turned her own success story into a practice to help others, not only for digestive problems, but with weight loss, eczema, headaches, environmental allergies and other issues.
Her multi-component system is BioSET, Bioenergetic Sensitivity and Enzyme Therapy, which Cutler says can treat and prevent chronic conditions that suppress the immune system.
Recognizing the role of enzymes is important even for people who feel they are eating right and taking appropriate supplements and don't feel obvious digestive problems such as bloating, Cutler said.
"Enzymes are anti-inflammatory and they help your body use vitamins and nutrients, assuring delivery to cells," she said.
Cutler, author of "MicroMiracles, Discover the Healing Power of Enzymes," will present "Introduction to BioSET and Enzymes: Reduce Cravings, Lose Weight" at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Continental Room. She will lead a workshop on BioSET with Allergy Testing and Enzyme Evaluations Monday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Limelight Room.
Workshop attendees wanting an enzyme evaluation must fast for 6 hours and refrain from drinking coffee or tea and brushing their teeth beforehand.
Participants could leave with something more than nutritional information.
"Nobody ever spends a day with me without getting on enzymes," Cutler said.