2014 Conference Speaker: Dr. Norman Schwartz

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Dr. Norman Schwartz:

Biomedical Testing and Treatment

Dr Schwartz will review the medical history of Down Syndrome and how recent scientific advances in understanding oxidative stress, thyroid dysfunction, and biochemical imbalances in trisomy 21 have led to targeted testing and treatment. Learn what you can do to work with your doctor to test for predictive biomarkers and start high gain, low risk interventions that can be individualized to help your child restore normal physiology, improve function, and support neurogenesis- brain's ability to create new brain cells and new connections,. He will give details on how to begin a program to: optimize nutrition and supplementation; monitor and support thyroid; choose first line, functional lab tests; avoid environmental toxins; and support detoxification. These are the building blocks needed to form a solid foundation upon which your child may flourish.

I Have What?! Understanding MTHFR the Folate Cycle and Down Syndrome

Advanced maternal age is a major risk factor for trisomy 21, though most children with Down syndrome are born to mothers less than 30 years old. Research by Jill James PhD and other have established that abnormal folate metabolism is present in a significant percentage of mothers of children with Down Syndrome. This may be explained, in part, by altered methylation patterns due to variations in the gene methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) that can lead to DNA changes and may be a risk factor for maternal meiotic nondisjunction and Down syndrome in younger mothers.

Dr. Schwartz will present a scientific, evidence-based review of methylation and the folate cycle and what has been proven to work or holds significant promise for assessment and treatment. The methylation/folate cycle is a fundamental biological control system that regulates gene stability and expression, hormone and neurotransmitter recycling, detoxification and inflammation.He will also review the health risks for a mother with a Down syndrome child, including: depression, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and cancer and way to minimize these risks for optimal health.

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