Houston Enzymes
 Issue 44, April 2012
In This Issue
What you should know about children and enzymes
Your letters
Q and A with Dr. H
Autism One interview and article
East Coast Tour and beyond
What you should know about children and enzymes 

From Dr. Houston

Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D.


Enzymes are fine for children and even infants once they are eating solid food. Adjust the enzyme dosage for children based on meal size, not age or body weight, since enzymes are not absorbed from the gut in appreciable amounts. 


The enzymes can be added to foods or drinks and even baby formula, and will help break down the proteins, complex carbohydrates and fats in food for easier assimilation by the GI tract.


Infants being breastfed should not be given protease enzymes (enzymes that break down proteins) as they could inactivate antibodies and other protein factors found in mother's milk.  Moms, however, can take enzymes without any problems.  In fact, taking enzymes will help increase caloric intake and absorption of nutrients that help Mom while she's nursing.

Children with food intolerances often have special dietary needs. Many have intolerances to proteins such as gluten (in wheat) and casein (in dairy). Dietary enzymes can help break down these proteins such that the incomplete peptides, which often are the source of the intolerances, are either not produced or are broken down into inactive compounds. 


A by-product of better protein digestion is often noted as better mood and disposition in these children. However, it should be noted that enzymes are not a cure or treatment for any medical condition. Enzymes simply support good digestive function, which can help anyone's mood and disposition! 

Your letters

 Dawn & Micah

Oh my goodness! My daughter (she's seven) is perfectly responding to the enzymes. I'm sending a picture of her for Dr. Houston. I know that he knows his products work but he needs to know that they have been nothing short of a miracle for us! 

Micah is eating ice cream and cake, wheat bread, and all sorts of past "offenders". I want to tell the whole world about Dr. Houston's enzymes! I'm thrilled and thankful. Thank you for the timely delivery too. Your customer service rep's advice was a great help as well.

Thank you all again for everything. 

Dawn Ray & Micah
Southfield, MI  

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 This is working great with my son. Whenever we are out and have limited GFCF [gluten-free, casein-free] options, we give an enzyme to him and he does not seem to have any reaction to the non-GFCF food (e.g., no skin rash appears or irregular BM). We have tried other DPP IV enzymes before and our results with Houston enzymes is much better.


Carmela Valerio
East Windsor, NJ 


Q and A with Dr. H

Your questions answered by Dr. Houston 

Q: What is the advantage of TriEnza over Creon in the case of suspected poor gluten absorption (not Celiac Disease)?

A: The biggest advantage of TriEnza over Creon is its stability in stomach acid.  Creon is derived from cow and pig pancreas and pancreatic enzymes cannot work in low pH (acid) conditions.  So Creon will not begin working until it passes through the stomach into the first part of the small intestine, which is at neutral pH of about 7 - 8. 

TriEnza's enzymes are plant-derived and their enzymes can work in a broad range of pH, from 2 to 9. These enzymes will start breaking down foods, including gluten, while the food is still in the stomach.  The stomach cannot absorb proteins and peptides, so the enzymes can begin the breakdown of the gluten into smaller inactive peptides before they move into the gut where absorption can occur.  In this way, gluten toxicity is neutralized before it can be a problem.

Radio interview and article

Autism One's Teri Arranga recently interviewed Dr. Houston about digestion, enzymes, and how "one size fits all" doesn't apply in autism protocols. Listen now.

The April issue of Autism One's magazine, the Autism Science Digest, will have an article by Dr. Houston titled, "Personalized Medicine in Autism". Buy here.


East Coast Tour and beyond
Join us 
April finds us busy starting with Nourishing Hope's East Coast Tour - a journey through several cities with an impressive list of speakers. Dr. Houston will join the tour live in Boston, and via Skype in Washington, D.C. and Delaware. After that, it's on the the ARI and Autism One conferences. 
Invite Dr. Houston to your city. Does your group want to learn more about enzymes and digestion? Dr. Devin Houston, Ph.D. enzyme biochemist, speaks at no cost to parent groups.  


Contact Cindy Kelley by email or toll free at 866-275-0915 for presentations and literature for your events. 
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