About UsThis is our story.
Our favourite child (don’t tell the others)
We had 2 children before I became pregnant with Jai. Anjali was 8 and Tarun was 6, when we learned about Jai’s arrival. The pregnancy was somewhat different than my other two pregnancies. A little less movement, a bit more fatigue. I had just turned 35 when I become pregnant with Jai. The antenatal visits were always normal. We performed the maternal serum test with this pregnancy as we had done with the other two pregnancies. I never gave it a second thought. I was in my office at the naturopathic college when I received the call from Judy, my midwife. She told me that the maternal serum testing identified me as having a risk of 1 in 214 whereas, women my age, the risk was 1 in 250 for carrying a child with Down Syndrome. This doesn’t seem like a huge difference, but call it woman’s intuition, I needed to know. That’s when we discovered that Jai had Down Syndrome.
People with Down Syndrome have an extra chromosome 21. This leads to faster depletion of antioxidants and many health problems.
An Innovative Idea
What if all the vitamins, minerals, and nutritional support that a child with Down Syndrome could all be put together into a single supplement?
What is Down Syndrome?
Down syndrome is more recently known as trisomy 21 (T21), which better describes the extra 21st chromosome that is distinctive for 95% of individuals with this genetic disorder. T21 is more common than most people are aware; it is estimated that 1 in 800 births worldwide are to infants with T21. This number may be significantly higher if genetic testing was not used to identify fetuses with T21 who are, more often than not, terminated.
People with T21 are generally characterized as having a combination of impairment in cognition and physical growth, along with poorer health and distinctive physical characteristics. Most individuals have two pairs of 23 chromosomes; individuals with T21 can have up to three copies of chromosome 21. Individuals with Down Syndrome can present with one of three types of chromosomal patterns. Ninety-five percent of individuals with T21 have true trisomy 21; this means that they have three copies of chromosome 21. More information on common health concerns can be found here.