The Enzyme Digest Houston Nutraceuticals, Inc.
Issue 10, January 2006

Welcome to The Enzyme Digest where we cover topics on enzymes, digestion, and nutrition.

Devin Houston, Ph.D.

in this issue
  • From Devin Houston:
    Adverse Food Reactions - Part I
  • Chewable No-Fenol Coming February 6
  • Customer Story: From Ordeal to Enjoyment
  • What Happens at Parent Groups?
  • Dr. Houston Interviews and Lectures

  • From Devin Houston:
    Adverse Food Reactions - Part I

    An adverse reaction to food is defined as any clinically abnormal response caused by the ingestion of a food substance. This may be the food itself, or an added ingredient such as sulfites, monosodium glutamate (MSG), tartrazine (Yellow Dye #5), or aspartame, which happen to be the most common food additives implicated in adverse reactions. People sensitive to sulfites may exhibit hives, vomiting, or wheezing. MSG, a flavor enhancer, may cause headache, palpitations, dizziness or wheezing. Yellow Dye #5 can cause similar reactions, and is found in some children?s vitamins. Artificial flavors and colorings may exacerbate symptoms in children with attention deficit disorder.

    A food allergy is an immunological reaction to the exposure to a food antigen. This reaction should be repeatable upon exposure to the allergen. The majority of food allergies are the Immunoglobulin E-(IgE) mediated degranulation of mast cells in response to a food allergen, usually a glycoprotein. The most severe manifestation of a food allergy is anaphylaxis and can be fatal if not attended to quickly. The most common IgE-mediated food allergy reactions in the United States are caused by cow?s milk, fish, eggs, bananas, melon, peanuts, nuts, shellfish, soy, and wheat.

    Another type of adverse reaction to food is a food intolerance: an abnormal, nonimmunological response to a food ingested, which is the most common food-related adverse reaction. Food intolerance can include toxic reaction, such as food poisoning, or reaction to a contaminant in a food, such as aflatoxin, mercury, penicillin, or pesticides; pharmacological reactions, such as shakiness from caffeine, alkaloids in mushrooms, goitrogens in cabbage, or pressor amines in bananas; and metabolic reactions, such as diarrhea caused by lactose consumption in a lactose-intolerant individual. A metabolic food intolerance may have a primary cause, such as a congenital lactase deficiency, or may be secondary to another disease process, such as transient lactose intolerance after an acute viral enteritis. Such food intolerances are commonly mislabeled as food allergies by patients.

    Next Month: Adverse Food Reactions - Part II

    Chewable No-Fenol Coming February 6

    Our popular line of chewable enzymes and probiotics is expanding to the No-Fenol enzyme product, ready for distribution on February 6. No-Fenol was developed by Dr. Devin Houston for those requesting support for hard-to-digest fruits and vegetables. No-Fenol has already been a big seller in capsules and bulk powder.

    Order online February 6 or call toll free 1-866-757-8627.

    Customer Story: From Ordeal to Enjoyment

    from Shelly Brinkley

    When Seth was diagnosed with autism at age two, I was completely devastated. Seth was our only child at the time and I just could not imagine what I had done to cause this. I had heard of the GF/CF (Gluten-Free/Casein-Free) diet and really didn't know what to think. Since Seth was so young when we began the diet, it was not as difficult as if he had been eating normal food for many years. However, watching your child go through the adjustment is heart breaking. Birthdays, vacations and family get-togethers had become an ordeal for all of us because the preparation of making Seth's special food and watching your child's mind wonder why he/she has different food from the other children was frustrating.

    I tried baking with rice flour, but it was dense and not appetizing. He enjoyed the rice milk ice cream though and we were able to get along pretty good with that. Then I heard from a friend, who also has an autistic son, about these wonderful enzymes that would alleviate all of the concerns that I was dealing with.

    We have had Seth on the Peptizyde, No-fenol and Zyme-Prime for approximately three years. We have had no negative reaction to introducing the foods, that he once so enjoyed, back into his life. All I can say is Thank God for Houston Nutraceuticals. I don't know what we would have done without you.

    Thanks again,

    Shelly Brinkley
    Claxton, Georgia

    What Happens at Parent Groups?

    Dr. Houston often receives requests to speak to support groups and parent conferences, which he does at no cost to the group. Talking with Dr. Houston offers parents the opportunity to learn about the research and practical uses for enzymes, as well as provide feedback about their own experiences.

    The format is typically an educational Power Point presentation in easy-to-understand terms and with time for questions.

    Kari Kindem, founder of the SPD-Sensory Processing Disorder Bay Area Resource Group in San Jose, California wrote,

    "Dr. Houston's presentation in San Jose for our SPD group was very helpful and filled with scientific information that was delivered in a 'parent-friendly' format. Allowing parents the unique opportunity to ask questions and have them answered by Dr. Houston personally was extremely positive. I highly recommend him for any parent group!"

    Kari adds, "Dr. Houston's enzymes are powerful and effective - my family of four all take them every day!"

    Andrew's Answer support group in Savannah, Georgia recently hosted Dr. Houston. Their co-founder, Syndney Filson said,

    "Andrew's Answer loved having Devin Houston attend our November PACE Support Group. Our members enjoyed hearing how Dr. Houston's Enzymes have made such a difference. Many members have expressed an interest in hearing more about enzymes. We feel other groups would surely benefit from Devin's talk and encourage all moms of children with Autism to look into the possibility of Devin speaking at their group."

    Press Barnhill, Ph.D., co-leader of the Northland Autism Spectrum Support Group in Liberty, Missouri wrote,

    "The presentation by Devin was one of the best attended meetings we have ever had. We appreciated the time he gave for both his presentation and for answering numerous questions from the support group. I would encourage all ASD support groups to invite Devin to speak at one of their meetings."

    Dr. Houston Interviews and Lectures

    Upcoming Interviews and Lectures Include:

  • Healthful Living Radio Show with Julie Matthews, Listen Online or at KPOO, San Francisco 89.5 FM; January 19 at 12:00 PST
  • New Directions Conference, Indianapolis; February 4
  • Autism Society of Collin County, Plano, Texas; February 7
  • Autism Society of America-Los Angeles "Working Together for Autism" Conference; February 25
  • "HelpASAP" (Autism Support Access in Phoenix) and "ROK" (Recovering Our Kids), Phoenix, Arizona; April 25.
  • Autism One Conference, Chicago; May 26-28.

    More information about Dr. Houston here. Dr. Houston speaks at no cost to parent groups and parent conferences. Check for Calendar Updates.

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