Houston Enzymes
 Issue 29,  May 2009
In This Issue
Are enzymes truly an alternative to GFCF?
Q and A with Dr. H
Dietitian Mom: "I am so thankful"
When school should follow the rule on enzymes
Enzyme events
Are Enzymes Truly an Alternative to GFCF?
From Dr. Houston
Enzymes have been on the radar screen  as an effective support for certain food intolerances for 10 years now.  Now we want to get numbers and data in a more controlled manner.

From Day One, Houston Enzymes has stated that there is a significant base of science to support the use of food enzymes as an alternative to some of the more restrictive diets.  This is not a marketing tactic, nor a capricious, unthinking statement.  The existing science provides much support for the idea of using proteolytic enzymes as a means to prevent the formation of certain bioactive peptides. 
It is now time to re-evaluate the dogma behind the use of the GFCF (gluten-free, casein-free) diet.  Every scientist realizes that protocols can change based on accumulating evidence.  As more information is obtained, conclusions and treatments may change.

Why is the GFCF diet recommended in the first place?  Is it based solely on the opioid theory of peptide/receptor interaction?  Is it a food allergy issue?  A periodic re-evaluation of those precepts upon which we base treatments is necessary to insure that we are providing the best information possible.

To that end, I need the help of our customers.  We are in process of collecting data to further validate our assertion that enzymes can and should be considered as a viable alternative to the GFCF and other diets.  No names or identities will be revealed to anyone outside of Houston Enzymes.
Click here to participate in our survey.

Thanks, your input is invaluable!
Devin Houston
Q and A with Dr. H
Your questions answered by Dr. Houston
Q: Does an increase in need of our body's own digestive enzymes mean we'll use up more of our metabolic enzymes? (In other words, by using digestive enzyme supplements to help with problem foods, will we have to borrow fewer of our metabolic enzymes?)    
A: Metabolic enzymes cannot be "recruited" by the pancreas or gut to act as digestive enzymes.  All enzymes are created to do one specific function, and they cannot morph into a different enzyme to help out with a deficit in some other part of the body.  Now, if a food protein escapes the gut into the blood circulation, then that protein may still be broken down by protease enzymes found in the blood. But that is not a "digestive" function, it is a clearing function performed by proteases that patrol the blood and take out "foreign" proteins.  Digestion, as we define it, is limited to the action of breaking down foods for the purpose of replenishing materials and energy needed by the body to function.  As such, only digestive enzymes perform this function in the stomach and GI tract.

Q: Do plant-based enzymes contain oxalates? My concern is they are cultured on fungus.  I believe aspergillus niger can cause oxalate issues.  
A: Aspergillus does produce oxalic acid, just as many other plants do, but the enzyme products you purchase do not contain oxalates.  The enzymes are purified through a dozen purification methods and in that process small compounds like oxalates are removed, leaving just the larger enzyme proteins.
Q: Amylase is always on our unacceptable lists for GFCF (gluten-free, casein-free diet). It is considered a casein protein.  Yet, I know it is an enzyme that digests carbs and is found in many enzyme supplements including the one we use - TriEnza. It is also found quite frequently in rice milk products. Are these two different 'amylases' or are they the same thing?
A: The amylase we use is not derived from dairy.  None of our enzymes  are sourced from dairy.  Amylase is derived from fermentation of the  fungi, Aspergillus oryzae. Casein is a protein found in dairy, amylase can never be considered a  "casein protein"; they are two separate and distinct protein entities.
Q: Will enzymes help with gout?
A: Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid.  Digestive enzymes won't help that.
Dietitian Mom: "I am so thankful"
Dear Dr. Houston,
I have to say I am so thankful to you for your enzymes that help children digest gluten and casein. My 8-year-old has had to follow a GFCF (gluten-free, casein-free) diet since he was three, but once he entered school we found it harder for him to follow the diet (he wanted to eat what the other children were eating).  
I  was then told about your enzymes. Initially, we just gave them to him  when there were parties at school or holidays. We then started  giving them to him at all meals and he has been able to go off the  GFCF diet.
I am a dietitian who specializes in feeding dynamics and I was so happy to be able to offer him a larger variety of foods!  I hope you NEVER go out of  business!
Thank you!
Angel M. Abshire Shadoff, R.D.
Buckley, Michigan 
Thank you Houston Enzymes for coming to Niceville.  I felt like Dr. Houston was very well received and I benefited a great deal myself!  I just so appreciate your work to help children and adults who are suffering!
Lisa AusleyPlease share our thankfulness with Dr. Houston.  We feel so blessed!
Godspeed to you!
Lisa Ausley
Niceville, FL
Parents of Challenging Children Support Group 
When schools should follow the rule on enzymes
    Nelly Aguilar
We recently broadcast an interview on the topic of how to get public schools to administer digestive enzymes to children under a doctor's care. 
Click here to listen to our recorded interview on Autism One Radio with attorney Nelly Aguilar.  Nelly is the founding executive director of DePaul University's Special Education Advocacy Clinic, which trains law students on special education law.  
Enzyme events 
Dr. Houston will be speaking/exhibiting at the events below.  More info available on our Events Calendar.
  • Minnetonka, Minnesota: Speaker for TACA autism support group, 5/11/09. Contact Jennifer.
  • Fitchburg, Wisconsin: Speaker for TACA autism support group and Wisconsin Hyperbarics Clinic, 5/12/09. Contact Cindy.
  • Chicago: Speaker and Exhibitor for Autism One Conference, 5/22-5/24/09.
  • Oklahoma City, OK: Exhibitor for DAN! Regional Conference, 6/13-6/14/09.
  • Los Angeles: Exhibitor for USAAA Conference, 7/9-7/12/09.

  • Web Seminar: 6/3/09, 12:00-1:30 p.m. EDT.  The Role of Enzymes in Autism by Dr. Houston. Live event open to everyone. Click here to reserve your seat. 
  • Group Leaders - Contact Outreach Coordinator Cindy Kelley (866-275-0915) for:

    • Live presentations
    • Conference calls
    • Web seminars
    • DVDs
    • Literature

    Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D. enzyme biochemist, speaks at no cost to parent groups and parent conferences.

    Click here for calendar details and updates. 

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