Down’s syndrome is named after a physician in the 19th century who recognized a syndrome of mental retardation, atypical faces and various other physical changes, including a single palmar crease. Children with Down’s syndrome can resemble the Mongol race, thus the outdated term Mongolism.
This genetic condition is caused by an extra gene being present from conception. A medical term for Down’s syndrome is, therefore, Trisomy (three) 21, because it is this 21st chromosome that is trebled .
A pregnant woman, especially if over the age of 35, will be offered or actively encouraged to have certain tests performed to rule out abnormalities, predominantly Down’s syndrome. These tests include a blood test known as the ‘Triple Test’, which is checking for particular proteins in the bloodstream that, if found, can give strong evidence that further investigation is required. The Triple Test is not, by any means, definitive in itself. Further investigations include ultrasound where, specifically, a pad of fat is sought on the back of the embryo’s neck. More invasive procedures such as amniocentesis (where a needle takes a small sample of the fluid surrounding the baby) or chorionic villus sampling (a similar procedure taking some cells from the baby’s side of the placenta) are accurate but carry up to a two per cent risk of introducing infection or causing abortion. It is of paramount importance for parents to establish whether or not they would seek the termination of a Down’s pregnancy. The risks of the test procedures and the negative attitude of many towards Down’s babies makes these tests unnecessary intrusions if parents would not choose to abort.
I have had the privilege of looking after many Down’s children through my years of practice. Whilst different, Down’s children are generally happy and loving participants of any family unit. Many have Iqs capable of functioning in society and few have aggressive or unpleasant tendencies. I wish I could say the same for all ‘normal’ children.
There is increasing evidence that Down’s children are not fatalistically destined to a poor-quality life by their gene malformation. Nutritional and dietetic supplements alongside naturopathic medicine, both herbal and homeopathic, may make a profound difference on both cognitive and physical development.
What seem to have been overlooked for decades are the subtle biochemical and metabolic changes that may lead to ill health, poor mental and physical abilities, and growth. Now, researchers are finding that Down’s individuals have specific deficiencies and certain enzymes that make them less capable of dealing with compounds that we may look upon as mild toxins or even as nutrients.
Once a pregnancy is recognised, establish whether a termination would be your preferred choice should your baby have Down’s. If not, then avoid the investigations.
All Down’s children should be under the care of a paediatrician specializing in this condition. Surgical or orthodox drug intervention may be necessary early on because defects in the heart, lungs and other organs may need to be corrected.
Contact your local Down’s Syndrome Association and obtain more information from, probably, the world’s leading alternative-thinking Down’s syndrome specialist: Dr Jack Warner, The Warner House, 1023 East Chapman Ave, Fullerton, CA 92631, USA. Tel: 714 441 2600.
Establish as soon as possible, by working with a complementary medical practitioner with expertise in this field, the functioning of the thyroid and thymus.
Establish through a complementary medical practitioner the levels of stomach acid and digestive enzyme.
Establish any food allergies. Pay special attention to gluten found in wheat, cow’s products and specifically lactose (milk sugar).
Isolate and replenish any deficiencies, paying special attention to minerals (including zinc) and amino acids.
Avoid fluoridated water, smoked foods, smoke from cigarettes, algae supplements and Ginkgo biloba. These compounds affect the Down’s genetics in a variety of ways but specifically by suppressing the thyroid and the body’s defence systems.
Cranial osteopathy, osteopathy, physiotherapy and, when the child is old enough, the Alexander technique, polarity therapy and yoga will all be markedly beneficial both physically and mentally.
A constitutional homeopathic remedy should be chosen and changed as the child develops through consultation with a homeopath. The homeopathic remedies of Thymus and Thyroidinium, both at potency 3 or 6 given daily in conjunction with a constitutional remedy, should prove to be highly beneficial.