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Devin Houston, Ph.D.
|From Devin Houston:
Adverse Food Reactions - Part II
With any adverse food reaction, it is
which component of the offending food is actually
for the problems. For example, if one is allergic to
that mean it is the milk protein (casein, or
causes the hypersensitive immune response, or is the
caused by the inability to digest the milk sugar
Symptoms such as anaphylaxis and eczema are most
IgE-mediated responses to a food?s glycoprotein,
diarrhea, wheezing, and/or migraines may be an
reaction to a starch, fat, amino acid, or preservative
food. It is very important to ensure that a patient
consume a food that causes a severe or harmful
reaction, but it
is important not to restrict a person?s dietary intake,
in a growing child or one suffering from malnutrition.
Adverse reactions to food may be acute and caused
by a single
exposure, or they may be dose related. Some are
able to eat
small quantities of their allergy-causing food without
negative effects. If a certain amount of food is
a short enough period of time, however, symptoms
develop. Keep in mind that a symptomatic response
specific food may not occur with each ingestion
quantity may be too small to cause the adverse
the manner in which the food is prepared may also
response if the offending antigen is denatured in the
preparation. Certain medications may make some
Elimination diets may be helpful in determining which
the diet are causing an adverse reaction.
suspected allergenic food is referred to as a food
the symptoms disappear with the elimination of the
return when it is reintroduced, it is presumed that
individual is allergic to that food. A challenge should
used in mild to moderate cases of adverse reaction,
with those foods known to cause anaphylaxis in an
Next Issue: Adverse Food Reactions Part III:
|Chewable No-Fenol Arriving Soon
Our popular line of chewable enzymes and
is expanding to the No-Fenol
enzyme product. Chewable No-Fenol should be
ready for orders
next week (watch for date to be announced at
No-Fenol was developed by Dr. Devin Houston for
those requesting support for hard-to-digest fruits
has already been a big seller in
capsules and bulk powder.
|Customer Story: Enzymes Made a Difference
from Sandra Holland
My son, Michael, was diagnosed with Autism at age
4 1/2. When he was about five years old, I started
gluten free-casein free diet. Not only did we not see
any noticeable improvement, the diet was difficult
I had been doing research on the Internet and found
Houston enzymes. I joined a group which
gave me an opportunity to ask other parents about
the experiences they had with Houston enzymes. It
took a while, but I decided to try the enzymes.
At the time I introduced the enzymes, my son made
very little eye contact and had lost his
communication skills. He had about three words that
he spoke. I will admit, the first three weeks on the
enzymes were very difficult. But then, almost three
weeks to the day, we started seeing improvements.
We were amazed and overjoyed.
Pre-enzymes my son rarely had a "normal" bowel
movement. He was either constipated or he had
diarrhea. For Michael, it took about ten weeks
before his bowel movements were consistently
better - more "normal". After that, I added
and since then he's been "regular". Also, he started
gaining weight (which was a good thing) a few
months into enzyme use.
Since then, I have recommended Houston enzymes
many people. To the best of my knowledge,
everyone who has tried them has experienced
I know for our family, and especially for my son, the
Houston enzymes made a difference.
|"Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever?"
Should a feverish person eat little or nothing, as the
suggests? YES! During fever, all the body's
occurring amid increased physiological stress.
digestion by eating during such stress overstimulates
parasympathetic nervous system when the
nervous system is already active. As a result, it is
that during a fever the body could misinterpret some
substances absorbed from the gut as allergens.
Also, excessive fever can, on rare occasions, trigger
collapse and delirium--all of which can be further
by recent eating.
|Dr. Houston Interviews and Lectures
Society of Collin County, Plano, Texas;
Society of America-Los
Angeles "Working Together for Autism"
Hunterdon County, New Jersey, autism
support group; April 19. Contact
" (Autism Support Access in Phoenix) and "ROK"
(Recovering Our Kids), Phoenix, Arizona; April
Nutrition Marketplace Lecture held at Comfort Inn,
Urbandale, Iowa; May 6. Email
Kelley, or call Steve Weiss at 515-225-8100.
Conference, Chicago; May 26-28.
Upcoming Interviews and Lectures
More information about Dr. Houston here. Dr. Houston speaks at
cost to parent groups and parent conferences.
www.houstonni.com for Calendar Updates.