Baylor Professor Authors Two New Books

February 17, 2006

by Frank Raczkiewicz

Dr. Richard Couey, a Baylor University health sciences professor, has authored two new books examining ways to improve health. The first book, "Living Longer: The Magic of Enzymes and Nutrition," is a compilation of questions and answers that acts as a reference guide. The second book, "The Happy Cell," explores how the mind, body and spirit can change the chemistry of our bodies.

Co-authored by Couey and Dr. DicQie Fuller, founder and president of the Transformation Enzyme Co., "Living Longer," which is a revised edition to its 1996 predecessor, explores why nutrition and enzymes are essential to human health. Enzymes are the spark that speeds up the chemical reactions in our cells. Humans can not function if our bodies do not get the 45 required nutrients along with the enzymes to deliver those nutrients. The book argues there are steps people can take to get the right enzymes and that can control things like obesity, cholesterol and even prevent heart disease. Couey said many times cooking food destroys the enzymes our body needs, so eating as much raw food as possible is better.

"We studied people who eat all their food raw and we found they don't have problems like diabetes in their society like we have," Couey said. "I think we ought to eat raw food everyday. I think we ought to eat a lot of complex carbohydrates like whole-grain rice, wheat, flour, legumes, etc..."

In "The Happy Cell," Couey aims to help the reader understand their physical well-being by giving medical information and personal research. Couey said every cell in the body tries to achieve a perfect balance or homeostasis. When cells achieve homeostasis, they become "happy". The book is grounded in Christian principles and every chapter has a scripture. Couey relates how that scripture applies to each chapter. The chapters include everything from stress to exercise to healthy eating. Couey said Christians need to grow physically, not just spiritually and emotionally.

"They can't be the best Christian they can be without having homeostasis of the cell," Couey said. "I believe the human body is capable of living upwards of 115 years if you cut out all the junk and pollution we put in."

Couey, who has authored nearly two dozen books, specializes in exercise physiology, sports medicine and nutrition. He has served as an exercise consultant to the U.S. Olympic Team and is a former member of the President's Commission on Physical Fitness and Sports.

For more information, contact Richard Couey at (254) 710-4010