I recently came across some evidence that Down Syndrome and other “genetic” changes are much more preventable and linked to nutritional deficiencies than most people realize. In my naivety, I thought this was amazing news that many people would love to hear! Of course, I was not prepared for the onslaught of accusations of not being politically correct when speaking on this topic, as well as the pervasive medical myths on it.
My goal, however, is to neither speak unlovingly or to carry on the myths surrounding DS. My goal is to provide research-based and results-based evidence that, like almost every other health condition and change in our society, this is another one drastically affected by nutrition, both preventative and in daily care of one with DS.
Remember–I am not a physician. Think of me in this post as more of a nutritional journalist. I have spent time researching this information, compiling research and talking to parents of children with DS, and I am simply sharing what I have found for those who are interested.
So here’s the information. Take it if you want it or move on to the millions of health websites that share the same information we’ve had for decades which hasn’t made a difference in the occurrence and increasing rates of DS.
Prevention?! But there’s no possible way to prevent Down Syndrome since it is a genetic disorder, right?!
“Yes, Down syndrome is a genetic disorder. Children with Down syndrome are born with an extra chromosome #21. This in itself is not the problem. The problem comes from the “excessive genetic expression” of genes on the extra chromosome. One of the most serious consequences of this genetic activity is the buildup of hydrogen peroxide in the cells. Exposure to this extremely destructive free radical is likely largely responsible for the mental retardation, poor development, early onset of Alzheimer’s disease, and short lifespan that characterize Down syndrome.
The accumulation of toxic levels of hydrogen peroxide in the body doesn’t happen overnight — and neither does the mental retardation that is associated with Down syndrome. Left untreated, however, the biochemical mechanisms that lead to mental retardation become progressively worse and mental and physical deterioration follow.”
Based on his observations, Dr. Price was convinced that Down syndrome was caused, at least in part, by a diminished nutritional status of the mother. He based this assumption on two main reasons. His first reason was that he noticed that Down syndrome children had many of the features he believed to be associated with nutritional deficiencies such as underdeveloped jaws and underdeveloped facial features. The second was that he knew that Down syndrome children were more frequently born to older women who had already had many children, and he felt these mothers were at higher risk of being nutritionally depleted.
(Actually, many doctors from Dr. Price’s era thought maternal nutrition was a factor in Down syndrome. See my section on Genetic Disorders for an interesting excerpt from a 1931 medical book on the suspected cause of Down syndrome.)
Continued here: http://www.ctds.info/connective_disorders1.html
Recent epidemiological and other studies have found a positive relationship between hyperglycemia and the risk of chromosomal aberrations including Down’s syndrome.”
Dr. Su pointed out, “ As we know now, hyperglycemia during pregnancy is the causative factor for chromosomal aberrations including Down’s syndrome and others such as Turner’s syndrome. The mother’s age at the time of pregnancy is not necessarily a risk factor of these aberrations, if she does not have hyperglycemia or diabetes mellitus. Chromosomal aberrations occur during the first 14 days after fertilization or conception. Thus, a less fortunate fate of the offspring is sealed, if chromosomal aberration has happened as a result of maternal hyperglycemia long before pregnancy is confirmed.“
Dr. Su concluded, “We do not have the remedy for chromosomal aberrations. Although the incidence is still low in comparison with the general birth rate, preventing chromosomal aberrations is very critical for every childbearing woman, who needs to mindfully restrict carbohydrate foods.”
Considering that consumption of refined sugar and other refined sweeteners has increased 45 times since the 1700’s and that the average American now consumes the equivalent of 15 pounds of sugar every month, we can see how this could be the case. Refined sugar affects the body in too many ways to list, including rapidly depleting the body of essential nutrients. (For more information on how sugar affects the body, check out my posts here and here.)
Refined grains, like white bread, white pasta, cakes, pastries, etc. now make up a majority of the average American’s diet. According to Dr. Su’s research, drastically restricting these foods, along with reducing/eliminating refined sugars, could go a long way in reducing the incidence of Down Syndrome.
In addition to nutritional deficiencies, other things that have genetic mutation possibilities include vaccines.
German doctor Dr. Buchwald’s discussion of link between vaccines and Down Syndrome:
“In 1866, an English physician described a very strange illness. Children looked like Mongols. His name was Down. That’s why we call it Down’s Syndrome today… I should add that this syndrome is a result of the vaccinations carried throughout England by Jenner in 1796… It (Down’s Syndrome) is probably the first congenital disease caused by vaccinations. In Germany, the first child with evidence of Down’s Syndrome was reported in 1922. Today, one in every 700 newborns has it… But the most terrifying fact is still to come… We already know today of 4,000 illnesses caused by genes. Ten years ago, Germany had 3 million illiterate people. Today, it’s 4 million. America has three times the population, about 240 million, meaning they should have about 12 million illiterate people…”–Dr Buchwald MD
Nutritional Therapy for Down Syndrome
“If you have been told that nutritional treatment is of no value for Down syndrome children, you may want to read this.”
Andrew Saul, PhD and proponent of orthomolecular medicine (vitamin therapy)
“Dr. Turkel had the nerve to make his claims when everyone ‘knew’ that children with genetic defects could not possibly be treated successfully.”
Abram Hoffer, M.D.
“I know Dr. Turkel, and I can testify to his sincerity and conviction. The results that he reports are striking. There is evidence that the patients would receive significant benefit.”
Linus Pauling, Ph.D.
For more information and links on Dr. Turkel’s nutritional treatment for Down Syndrome, go to:
Michelle was born with Down Syndrome and as a child, suffered from many health problems like many children with DS do. Here’s her parents’ testimony:
“Two years ago Michelle was a typical 10-year old child with Down Syndrome, attention deficit, always sick and hospitalized many times due to severe asthma attacks. Her life consisted of the nebulizer, antibiotics and steroids. That daily medical regime is no longer part of her life since her parents began giving her glyconutritional mannatech.
Today, Michelle is a typical “middle-school pre-teen.” She participates in PE (even on windy, high-pollen days), is an honor roll student, and hasn’t had an asthma attack for over a year and a half.
Michelle now has the quality of life every parent wants for their child, says Barbara (her mom). We know she’ll get sick from time to time, but it won’t be life threatening. Michelle has always been a beautiful child, but we and others have noticed the facial features associated with Down Syndrome have become less pronounced , a side benefit we did not expect.”
While she was beautiful before, the changes in her health can also be seen in the differences in her facial features as well.
For more information, including lots of incredible info about Down Syndrome and a PDF to Michelle’s story of recovering from it with glyconutrients, go here:
For an update on Michelle and how her health improvements changed her life and vastly expanded her future, go here:
Further info on glyconutrients from a former skeptic: http://healthpublications.org/drdanfouts.htm
In addition to removing the potential causative factors listed above like sugar and refined grains, studies found that maternal intake of choline might significantly decrease cognitive dysfunction seen in Downs Syndrome.
Egg yolks from pastured hens (so not store-bought eggs) are one of the best sources of choline. Many natural health experts, including the Weston A. Price Foundation, recommend pregnant women consume at least 2 whole eggs (plus additional yolks if desired) per day.
Here are some additional links with information for helping people Down Syndrome live more abundant lives through nutritional support:
Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) for Down Syndrome
Nutrivene Protocol for special needs children
Curcumin for Down Syndrome
I hope this information can be a blessing to some people. And whether it is or not, I hope and pray that our society values ALL life more, including those with disabilities. The rates of abortion related to suspected disabilities are sickening. Children with disabilities are just as much of a blessing as every other child, and maybe even more so! If you have experience with nutritionally-supporting a child with Down Syndrome or any other genetic illness, please comment and let us know! That is how some of the links shared above were brought to my attention!
Blessings of good health,