Houston Enzymes
 Issue 38, March/April 2011
In This Issue
Similar, yet different
TACA talk rocks
Enzymes Quick Start Guide
Q and A with Dr. H
Join us live
Similar, yet different... 
From Dr. Houston:

Enzymes with the same function, but different characteristics  


Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D.I have mentioned before that plant-derived enzymes perform very similar functions as their pancreatic counterparts.  


Trypsin and chymotrypsin are proteases produced by the pancreas.  Proteases from plant and fungal sources have trypsin-like functions; they all cleave proteins.  But the effectiveness of the enzymes can differ based on their source.

Pancreatic enzymes cannot function in acidic environments.  


The gut goes to great lengths to reduce the acid content in the food mass once it enters the small intestine.  Sodium bicarbonate is produced along with the pancreatic enzymes and is released into the gut at the same time.  The bicarbonate raises the pH of the food mass and the pancreatic enzymes go to work.   

Plant enzymes, however, have no pH limitations.  


They can perform the same job as the pancreatic enzymes but can do so in acid or alkaline conditions.  


Plant enzymes are happy to go to work as soon as they dissolve in the stomach fluid, and can begin the business of food breakdown much quicker.  In fact, by the time the plant enzyme-enhanced food mass enters the small intestine, much of the food will have already been degraded. 


For the person with food intolerance - the time difference can be crucial.


Proteins and peptides (amino acid chains) are not absorbed from the stomach.  Using an acid-stable enzyme blend can degrade gluten, casein, soy, and other food proteins to an extent that those foods are tolerated once they enter the gut and absorption occurs.


Just an example of being similar, yet different, with positive results.


- Devin Houston
TACA talk rocks

 quotation marksLast night was fabulous!  This was by far one of our most 

 well-attended events!  Cheryl and sons


Dr. Houston was gracious as always, staying until 10 PM to meet with parents individually to answer their questions.   


Thanks for all your help. 

Cheryl Gaudino 

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) - Massachusetts Chapter 



Enzymes Quick Start Guide
"Which product should I use? How do I dose? When will I see improvements?"


I hear these questions every day.  Our website has a great supply of information, but as consumers, sometimes we just want a little hand-holding, or at least a basic 'how-to' manual.

Our Enzymes Quick Start Guide is a pdf article that can help you take the first baby step into the Land of Digestive Happiness.   

To request the guide, email Cindy  with the heading "Enzymes Quick Start Guide". 

 -Cindy Kelley

Q and A with Dr. H

Your questions answered by Dr. Houston:  

Q: I know you recommend enzymes for others.  Do you take enzymes as well?  How do you choose which products to use? 

A: I do take my own enzymes. I am lactose intolerant as are many adults my age, so if I want to eat dairy, I make sure I take an enzyme with lactase included (Zyme Prime, ZyCarb).  I also have problems digesting leafy green vegetables and some raw veggies, so I will take a No-Fenol if I eat a salad
I take AFP-Peptizyde when I eat anything containing gluten.  I don't have a gluten intolerance, but I think it's a good idea for everyone to break gluten down as much as possible.  Gluten peptides can eventually affect anyone's immune system, so why take chances?   


Q: I have been reading some of the information on your website and am interested in your products.  I have a nursing infant (4 months old) who seems to have an intolerance to the dairy in my diet.  Do you have a product that would be suitable to try with her?    

What I would recommend is that YOU take the enzymes so that undigested peptides do not get into your milk and then into baby.


I don't recommend giving enzymes directly to nursing babies because the antibodies and immune factors present in breast milk are susceptible to break down by the protease enzyme supplements, like AFP-Peptizyde.


But if you take the AFP-Peptizyde, the enzymes stay in your gut, more thoroughly digesting your food so you get more nutrition and calories that you need while lactating - but without the undigested proteins and peptides that may irritate baby's system.


Join us live
Dr. Houston will be speaking/exhibiting at the events below.  Find more details at our Event Calendar.     
Does your group want to learn more about enzymes? Contact Outreach Coordinator Cindy Kelley for:
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Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D. enzyme biochemist, speaks at no cost to parent groups and parent conferences.  
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