Dr. Houston

Welcome to Dr. Houston's Corner. This section of the site is for education about enzymes and their uses. Having spent the better portion of my life researching enzymes gives me a great appreciation for their power and usefulness. I hope to instill that same appreciation in you.

Do You Need Betaine HCl?


[caption id="attachment_733" align="aligncenter" width="285"] That burning question: Are there times when adding hydrochloric acid may help?[/caption]   My anatomy professor in college amazed us naive students one day by drinking a glass of diluted hydrochloric acid (HCl). We thought it was a death-defying stunt until he told us the amount of acid in the glass was less than the acid content […] Continue Reading…

How Do I Take Enzymes Away From Home?


Q: Can I take enzymes at home before I go out to eat at a restaurant? A: Unfortunately, that will be too far in advance of the meal. The enzymes should be taken near the beginning of the meal. If you take them more than 20 or 30 minutes ahead, the stomach may empty before you start eating. Q: Will taking […] Continue Reading…

Why Take Enzymes? 10 Tips


Guest Post by Dr. Devin Houston for the TACA Autism Foundation [caption id="attachment_721" align="aligncenter" width="375"] No question about it - a little enzyme goes a long way.[/caption] "Why should I take enzymes?" Throughout two decades of talking with individuals about how enzymes can help their digestion, this is often the first question I hear. Here is a list of 10 reasons that […] Continue Reading…

Changes in blood-brain barrier, intestinal permeability found in individuals with autism


Though the sample size for this initial study is small it does merit further study. The fact that ASD children may also have compromised blood-brain barriers has been postulated for some time; this study certainly adds to the evidence. Of more interest is whether gut healing may lead to healing of the blood-brain barrier. Read more at https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-01-blood-brain-barrier-intestinal-permeability-individuals.html

How to Have Happier Holiday Digestion


The holidays are notorious for obliterating any kind of diet. The foods we eat for end-of-year gatherings are different from the rest of the year. For many of us, eating creamy, sugary, fatty foods is the primary reason for celebrating. How can we participate in holiday munching without feeling miserable? Digestive enzyme supplements can help by breaking down the foods you […] Continue Reading…