Join me as I explain the story of our life over the last year. It began with a blood test when Kim was pregnant with our third. See, she wanted to find out if we would be welcoming a boy or a girl, and we were offered an early genetic screening at about 10 weeks, which would also give us this information.
Considering we had two boys already who were healthy, we didn’t even consider the genetic screening would reveal anything unusual. When the results came back, we were completely surprised.
Why The Push For What We Considered Unimaginable
The screen showed a likelihood that our little guy would have Down Syndrome. This sent us through a series of appointments, including the first meeting with perinatology (otherwise known as the high-risk pregnancy doctor). The doctor asked if we would consider “medical termination”. We had already discussed this, and for us this was absolutely not an option. He challenged my wife with tactics like “you already have two healthy boys, what would the strain be on them?” Of course, we found this reprehensible.
Fast forward to today; I read an article on HuffPost.com that the Netherlands is pushing for “selective abortion” of people with “intellectual challenges”, with Down Syndrome being of particular focus for them. Why is it that these particular children are the focus of such nonsense?
Is There No Value In What People Don’t Understand?
Generally, people do not understand Down Syndrome. We have experienced this first-hand as our little one gets older. It is very common for us to be out, and people to coo to our little guy and go on about how cute he is, which I could not agree with more!
Then comes the question about how old he is. When we tell people what his age is, then comes the “oh my, he’s so small”. You see, at the time of this writing, he is 8 months old, and is about 14 pounds, yup, a small guy! In the past, we have mentioned that he has Down Syndrome as we interact with people about his size.
On one such occasion, a well-intentioned woman told my wife, “Don’t worry about it dear, he’ll grow out of it.” Oh my goodness, that I found funny, but my wife was extremely frustrated by it. It is not possible to grow out of an extra chromosome.
So back to the response from perinatology and the article from HuffPost, why is it that these people are valued so little? Is it possible we just haven’t figured out how to help these individuals as much as we could, and this is just a quick and easy way out?
Some Promising Research
There is a lot in way of research for how to help people with Down Syndrome. As I mentioned, there is nothing that can be done to “cure” it, nor should there be. However, some of the conditions that come with the syndrome are very treatable, and may in fact be preventable.
One of the major concerns, aside from life-threatening medical issues like congenital heart defects, is the concern for cognitive delays. What if some of these issues are simply caused by the body working slightly differently due to the extra chromosome?
A 2011 study from Dr. Gelb in Bretten, Germany looked at providing targeted nutritional therapy to children with Down Syndrome. The result of this small study was a reduced number of infections, increased growth, and anecdotally reported by parents and increase in development, and improved behavior and cooperation.
While this study is small, and certainly not conclusive, it does show promise that this may in fact help solve some of the challenges these special individuals face.
The Incredible Human Body
My family has been on a journey over the last couple of years learning about how to help support our health naturally. One of the things we have continued to come back to is that so much of our health relies on getting proper nutrition. When you give your body what it needs to function properly, then it can do a lot to correct itself and return to a state of homeostasis.The challenge is that getting the right nutrition is individual, based on your individual biology. Things like genetic mutations, like Down Syndrome, can impact what each individual needs. This means that while general guidelines are good, they are far from perfect for individual nutrition. Listening to your body, and using tools like bioimpedence can help identify what your body may be lacking.
Once you know what you need, finding a trusted supplier can be challenging. After all, many of the leading brands of supplements do not actually contain what they advertise, so finding a brand you can trust requires some research.
If you would like to learn about what we have found to work well to help support the nutritional needs of our family, complete the simple form below and I will send you some information to review.