The Enzyme Digest Houston Nutraceuticals, Inc.
Issue 7, October 2005

Welcome to the Enzyme Digest where we cover topics on enzymes, digestion, and nutrition. We hope to have the newsletter published on a more regular basis. Please let us know what topics you would like to see discussed.

Devin Houston, Ph.D.

in this issue
  • Dr. Houston on DVD
  • New Canadian Distributor
  • Customer Success Story
  • Enzymes go to School
  • Dr. Houston's Schedule
  • EDITORIAL: The "Enzyme Potential" Myth

  • New Canadian Distributor

    We are pleased to announce that Spectrum Supplements ( is our new Canadian distributor. HNI products will be easier to obtain in Canada and without the extra customs expense.

    Customer Success Story

    from Sarita Lang

    One of the best testimonials I can think of for Houston Enzymes comes from out of the mouth of my young son, Talan. Several years ago, shortly after we had first begun using enzymes, my husband and I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Houston and hear him speak. In order to do that we had a long time family friend, Pat, come to sit with the boys. I went over everything, including enzyme instructions, and gave her a number where we could be reached with any questions. Upon returning home, Pat pulled us aside and laughed as she told us what had happened. Talan, who at the time had just started Kindergarten, had asked to have a soda.

    Pat stated that I had not said anything about them being able to have soda. Talan then very matter of factly said, ?Look, you see these enzymes here? As long as I take these enzymes first, I can have anything I want. They take care of all the things that make me crazy!? Needless to say he still did not get to have the soda, but already at his young age he was able to describe in his own words what he felt like the enzymes were doing for him.

    Talan is in third grade this year, has a ravenous appetite, but still has to be monitored when it comes to soda! We have seen first hand the positive effects of using HNI enzymes and continue to use them to this day.

    Sarita Lang, Blue Springs, MO

    Sarita is one of the parents featured in our new DVD. If you would like to share your experience with enzymes for a future newsletter, click here to email us.

    Enzymes go to School

    "How can I send enzymes with my child's school lunch?" We often hear this question from parents. Our most successful stories regarding enzyme use come from those dosing with every meal, but for kids at school, this can be a challenge.

    If your school allows you to send enzymes in your child's lunchbox, our chewable AFP and Zyme Prime tablets are great for sending to school. For those preferring to put enzymes in a mixture, remember that enzymes mixed in a cold liquid, and kept cold, should still be active at least four hours later. Try using juices or dye-free drink mixes.

    A popular method created by one of our customers involves mixing enzymes into a small dollop of warm (not hot) melted chocolate on wax paper, then frozen. The enzyme candy wafer can be stored in the refrigerator for a few days or in the freezer for a few weeks. Other flavors of melting candies can be used.

    Try mixing enzymes in peanutbutter before spreading on sandwich bread. The oil in peanutbutter and other nut butters helps to keep the enzymes encapsulated.

    Watch for more creative ideas for mixing enzymes in future newsletters and send us yours!

    Dr. Houston's Schedule

    Dr. Houston recently presented at the National Autism Society of America Conference; the Texas State Conference on Autism; UNY-FEAT in Rochester, New York; and parent groups in Manassas, Virginia and Liberty, Missouri.

    Upcoming Lectures Include:

    Dr. Houston speaks at no cost to parent groups.

    EDITORIAL: The "Enzyme Potential" Myth

    Myths are often difficult to de-bunk. There are many in the enzyme field, but one in particular really concerns me because it is still being perpetuated by current enzyme companies. This is the myth of "Enzyme Potential".

    Dr. Ed Howell, a medical doctor who practiced from the 1930s on, noted several observations concerning enzymes. Dr. Howell should be credited for making several good observations about food enzymes, but he tended to extrapolate his observations a little too far. Granted, he was working in an era that was just beginning to understand enzymes and proteins, so I don't blame him for the misunderstandings that are still circulated today. Science, and particularly that of enzyme chemistry, has come a long way since those simple findings of Dr. Howell.

    "Enzyme Potential" is the misdirected thought that, if the body was deficient in digestive enzymes (found in the pancreas and intestinal tract), then enzymes from other organs would be "recruited" to do the job of digesting food. This in turn would lead to a deficit of the recruited enzyme, etc., etc. The theory also states that we are born with a limited amount of enzymes that can be "used up" prematurely, and this amount is determined by our genetic DNA makeup.

    THIS IS SO FAR FROM TRUTH AS TO BE RIDICULOUS! It is this type of obsolete "science" that makes the work of legitimate researchers in the dietary supplement field that much harder to be accepted by the traditional scientific community. Enzymes cannot be "recruited" or coerced by other tissues into doing something for which they were not created. If one is deficient in lactase enzyme, the gut cannot call for a heart enzyme to break down lactose. An enzyme whose job is to convert ethanol to aldehyde cannot suddenly be changed to convert lactose to glucose.

    Enzymes have "specificity", meaning they were designed to do a single function and ONLY that function. This is a dogma of biochemistry, and is unchangeable. We do not "run out" of metabolic enzymes unless caused by disease. Certain digestive enzymes, such as lactase enzyme, will decrease in production as we age, but it does so because we drink less milk as we age, not because we are using up some finite amount of enzyme activity. Healthy organs and tissues have their own unique sets of enzymes designed to do the work of that specific organ, and the organ will continue to make the enzyme as long as it has a supply of amino acids and the genetic machinery in place to make the enzyme proteins.

    Please, if you hear a so-called "enzyme expert" refer to "enzyme potential", challenge them and ask for specific data that proves their point. Feel free to ask them to call me; I will be more than happy to set them straight!

    Till next time, Good Health!

    Devin Houston, Ph.D.

    Dr. Houston on DVD

    Looking for an impressive way to educate others about enzymes? Houston Nutraceuticals is offering a professional DVD for parent support groups, educators, and other organizations. The DVD includes:

    • HNI's history
    • Parent testimonials
    • Kitchen enzyme experiments
    • Conference presentation by Dr. Houston

    To order a free copy of the most exciting DVD ever made about enzymes, please email Customer Service . Orders are limited.

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