The Enzyme Digest Houston Nutraceuticals Inc.
Issue 12, March/April 2006

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

Devin Houston, Ph.D.

in this issue
  • Happy 5th Anniversary Subscriber Appreciation Offer
  • From Devin Houston: Adverse Food Reactions, Part III
  • Online Video and Radio Interviews of Dr. Houston
  • Success Story from Canada
  • Mom Invention: Chocolate Covered Chewables
  • Dr. Houston's Upcoming Interviews & Lectures

  • From Devin Houston: Adverse Food Reactions, Part III

    One of the most important steps in managing a food allergy is to keep an accurate and detailed food journal. Record everything the child eats or drinks for at least 2 weekdays and 1 weekend day. You should specify time of day consumed, how much, brand name and how it was prepared. Any symptoms should be recorded and include time of onset, duration, severity, and description.

    Reading labels properly is a big help in avoiding foods that may have allergic potential. For example, the following ingredients indicate the presence of a food substance:

    • Casein, whey, lactalbumin: may indicate milk origin
    • Albumin: eggs
    • Wheat bran, food starch/gum, enriched flour: may indicate wheat
    • Shortening, lard, gelatin: may indicate beef or pork
    • Margarine, corn syrup, or food starch: may also indicate corn
    • Textured vegetable protein: may indicate soy

    It is important to note that high-protease enzymes may also be helpful in digesting the above proteins to a point where their allergenicity is greaty reduced or eliminated.

    Many allergenic food substances can be added to a food during processing for flavor, texture, preservative, or as a filler. For example:

    Online Video and Radio Interviews of Dr. Houston

    Dr. Houston was interviewed by Autism Media at the recent National Autism Association Conference in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The three-part interview is available for viewing free at F.A.I.R. Autism Media; search Nutritional Interventions.

    Dr. Houston was also interviewed by Julie Matthews, a certified nutrition consultant, on her San Francisco radio show, Healthful Living. Listen online in the Healthful Living archives; search for the January 19 show with Devin Houston.

    Success Story from Canada

    from Lori Fankhanel

    As the only parent support group in Canada for children with Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD), I was thrilled to see Dr. Houston was willing to come all the way up here to speak to our group. We had the largest turn-out because of Dr.Houston, and his presentation was both knowledgeable and easy to understand. We now have our pediatrician reading more about enzymes; he too has a son with SPD, so he is very eager to learn as much as he can to help his patients and his own son as well.

    We had difficulty getting the last shipment into Canada because of the strict regulations at the border, and because of that, ran out. I have always believed in Houston Enzymes and have seen with my own eyes the difference in our family. When our son was able to get back on the enzymes, his teacher came to me and said, ?Please do not run out of those enzymes again.? She had clearly seen the difference with our son on them.

    I am so pleased to see we do not have to be on the Gluten Free/Casein Free diet; and for our daughter who continually battled with symptoms of gluten intolerance, it is all gone now. We are so grateful to Dr. Houston and his amazing products.

    My sincere thanks,
    Lori Fankhanel
    SPD Parent Connections Support Group, Canada

    Mom Invention: Chocolate Covered Chewables

    Editor's Note: One of our customers, Haleh Niazmand, writes of a creative and easy concoction with our chewable enzyme tablets. Enzymes can be mixed in melted chocolate as long as it is warm, not hot (hot temperatures will destroy enzyme activity). After coating, the candies should keep in the refigerator for several days or in the freezer for about two weeks.

    From Haleh Niazmand:

    My son is a dark chocolate junky and, fortunately, chocolate is one of the few things he tolerates. I knew he would like the taste of Houston chewables, but not the texture. You know how these kids can be funky with textures too. So I melt some of the GFCFSF (we are GFCFSF: gluten-free, casein-free, soy-free) chocolate in a cup and then let it cool down to touch. I then put in a bunch of one of the enzymes, let's say Zyme Prime tablets. Then I take a fork and mix them well, pull them out one by one, and place them on wax paper. This way the chocolate coating is minimal and thus the sugar in it won't cause problems. Then I repeat the process with the other two enzymes, one kind at a time. After the chocolate hardens, I peel the little chocolate-coated tablets off the wax paper and place each type of enzymes in a separate marked container and then in the freezer.

    With every meal, I put one of each enzyme beside my son's plate and he eats them either before or immediately after his meals. So I don't have to chase him around the house.

    I usually make enough to have one week?s supply on hand in the freezer. For us that is about 30 of each kind.

    Imagine how great the addition of the new chewable No-Fenol has been for me. My son loves these enzyme treats more than the plain chocolate now.

    Dr. Houston's Upcoming Interviews & Lectures
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  • Autism One Radio, April 19, 9:00pm Eastern Time. Listen Online to interview by Larry Kaplan, PhD, Executive Director of the US Autism & Asperger Association.
  • Hunterdon County, New Jersey, Autism Support Group; April 19. Contact msbonniemac
  • "HelpASAP " (Autism Support Access in Phoenix) and "ROK" (Recovering Our Kids), Phoenix, Arizona; April 25.
  • Nutrition Marketplace Lecture held at Comfort Inn, Urbandale, Iowa; May 6. Email Cindy Kelley, or call Steve Weiss at 515-225-8100.
  • Autism One Conference, Chicago; May 26-28.
  • ASA Conference, Providence, Rhode Island; July 13-15.
  • US Autism & Asperger's Association Conference, Park City, Utah; August 9-12.

    More information about Dr. Houston here. Dr. Houston speaks at no cost to parent groups and parent conferences. For Calendar Updates, check or email Cindy Kelley.

    We are now scheduling enzyme research presentations for select parent groups this fall.

    Happy 5th Anniversary Subscriber Appreciation Offer
    Devin & Trish

    Houston Nutraceuticals is celebrating its 5th Anniversary! To thank you for our phenomenal success, we are offering newsletter subscribers free shipping on orders from HNI now through the month of April only.

    Put the coupon code "HNI5YR" in the "company" field of online orders (or any of the "optional" fields), or if you call in, mention you saw the offer in the newsletter. Offer good for newsletter subscribers now through April 30, 2006.

    Foward this newsletter to friends. Encourage them to subscribe using the box below and take advantage of this special event.

    With sincere gratitude, Trish & Devin Houston

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