The Enzyme Digest Houston Nutraceuticals Inc.
Issue 17, January/February 2007

In This Issue
  • What Your Doctor May Not Know About Enzymes
  • Tips for Talking to Your Doctor
  • Does my child need AFP with every meal?
  • Success Story: Our Lives Are Easier
  • Dr. Houston's Event Schedule

  • What Your Doctor May Not Know About Enzymes

    From Devin Houston, Ph.D.

    My doctoral education in the early 1980s included the first two years of medical school. I distinctly remember a lecturer in biochemistry stating that enzymes could not be taken orally due to their not withstanding the acid content of the stomach. I believed that for 15 years, until I was challenged on that thinking and looked up the actual literature.

    It wasnít true. Enzymes derived from certain plant and fungal sources are acid-stable and are active orally. I remember wondering what else I was taught that was wrong.

    As one who also ended up teaching medical students, I recognized the problem: we who teach often lazily just repeat what we ourselves had been taught. There isnít time to go and fact-check everything said in a classroom.

    And thatís the problem some health practitioners face.

    Sometimes, they donít have the time to verify for themselves what passes for fact.

    I learned my lesson years ago: I check out what Iím told. Make sure your doctor does also.

    Here are 8 facts about digestive enzymes your doctor may not be aware of:

    1. Enzymes do not shut down your pancreas. The pancreas produces enzymes on a continual basis, stores them, and then releases enzymes when food enters the duodenum (the first part of the small intestine). Pancreatic enzyme production is not controlled through feedback mechanisms, so oral enzymes are not ďsensedĒ by the pancreas.

    Research has shown some adaptability of the pancreas in animals. Giving oral enzymes resulted in a slight decrease in pancreatic enzyme output that quickly returned to normal once enzymes were stopped.

    2. Enzymes will not digest the lining of your mouth, stomach, or intestine.

    Read on about Facts 2-8 : mucus lining, intolerances, glutamates, DDP IV, and more.

    Tips for Talking to Your Doctor

  • Write down your plan before the appointment and take it with you.

  • Keep your discussion focused on digestion and absorption of nutrients. Enzymes are well-defined as supporting digestion.

  • Print off product information and mark the most important facts with a highlighter. Give this to the doctor.

  • Print off and share the credentials of the formulator of the product.

  • Find others having success with enzymes. With their permission, print off their observations; mark the key points. Give these to the doctor.

  • If your doctor voices objections to taking enzymes, inquire as to the reason. Write them down. Contact the enzyme company about concerns.

  • Read our above article, "What Your Doctor May Not Know About Enzymes".

  • Does my child need AFP with every meal?
    AFP capsules

    Reader Question: Does my child need to take AFP-Peptizyde with every meal, even if it doesn't have any gluten (wheat protein) or casein (dairy protein)?

    Answer: If your child only needs digestive support for the proteins in wheat and dairy, then you only need to give AFP- Peptizyde with those foods. If you want to support the complete digestion of ALL food proteins, then give AFP-Peptizyde with all food proteins.

    AFP Peptizyde - or the original Peptizyde - breaks down the proteins in wheat and dairy as well as soy, corn, meat and other foods.

    We hear about wheat and dairy the most often, yet break-down of proteins may need to extend to other foods. Our customers report the best results when enzymes are used consistently.

    Read more about AFP Peptizyde.

    Success Story: Our Lives Are Easier

    From Lynn Turner

    I learned about the GFCF (gluten-free, casein-free) diet from researching on the internet in March of this year. I was hopeful the diet might be helpful for my son, Dalton, and started him on it immediately.

    We added enzymes two weeks later after learning about them from another parent online. Though we had seen some positive changes with just the diet, when we started the AFP-Peptizide it was nothing short of miraculous.

    After only a few days on the enzymes we had to take him to the doctor for a checkup. Previous doctor visits were a complete meltdown. Our son didn't want to be touched, wouldn't let anyone take his temperature, listen to his chest, etc. When they wanted his weight they would always have to weigh me holding him and then me alone so they could subtract the difference.

    After 48 hours on the enzymes our son walked right in to the doctorís office...

    Read the rest of Lynn's story.

    Dr. Houston's Event Schedule

    To request a Presentation or our DVD for your group, contact Cindy Kelley on our toll free Events Line at 1-866-275-0915 or

    Dr. Houston will be speaking at:

  • Bournemouth, England: Treating Autism Conference, 2/9-2/10/2007 (speaking on 2/10).
  • Springfield, Missouri: ANJEL (A Natural Journey toward Empowered Lives), 2/20/2007. Contact Lisa Slattery.
  • Lexington, Kentucky: Bluegrass Autism Symposium, 2/24/2007.
  • Grand Rapids, Michigan: Autism Society of Kent County, 3/6/2007. Contact Celia Andrus.
  • Madera, California: Autism Expo, 3/30-3/31/2007. Contact Diana Olivarria-Alvarado.
  • Chicago, Illinois: Autism One, 5/25-5/27/2007.

    See our Events Calendar for additional meeting details.

    Dr. Houston holds an earned PhD in Biochemistry and has an extensive research background in enzymes. He speaks at no cost to parent groups and parent conferences. Check for Calendar Updates.

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