Are You Using This Toxic Medication Daily For Your Child With Down Syndrome?

So your T21 kiddo is constipated, right?  This is so incredibly common in our community the majority of my clients with Down syndrome have fallen in this boat.  In fact I would say this is often the main reason for their parents seeking out my help. 

Scientifically speaking, in my master’s of nutrition program, we learned that constipation is when the large intestine removes too much water thus making stools hard and compact, but the question is why is this happening so often to our kids with Down syndrome?

 If you are looking to relieve constipation in the general population the answer is typically pretty easy. 

Stop.Eating.Dairy.

This is of course slightly exaggerated, but you get the point.  Other tips may include go gluten free or visit a chiropractor, drink more water, increase fiber, etc., but in all seriousness that’s really about it. 

Now you take your child with Down syndrome and try to fix their constipation and it is like a whole complex condition that may need multiple angles to be resolved.  Now I would recommend taking action and doing the same things you would do for any other child, but you are most likely going to have to add in some other tricks.

Also keep in mind, Down syndrome or not chronic constipation is not always caused by the same thing!!

So what is causing this chronic constipation in our children with Down syndrome.  I think the better question is what is NOT causing this issue.

Heavy metals, yeast, pathogens, processed foods including sugar, dairy, gluten, soy, corn, dehydration, low muscle tone, low enzyme count, inflammation, compromised detox pathways, thyroid dysfunction and more could all be contributing factors. 

What I am saying is chronic constipation is systematic.  We need to address all of the root causes of the constipation in order to be successful at allowing the body to heal. 

I bet you didn’t get that advice from your doctor, am I right?

Instead doctors tell you to not worry about changing anything else about your child’s lifestyle and give them Miralax daily to resolve the symptom of constipation. 

You see constipation is a symptom and most people just want to suppress their symptoms and I can totally empathize with that, but symptoms are our body’s way of telling us that something is just not right.  So by suppressing the symptom of constipation through the use of a drug like Miralax you are ignoring the body’s message that something is not right.

In other words, you are just putting on a band-aid. How long can your child wear that band-aid made of toxins?

Why is Miralax harmful?

 Miralax contains PEG 3350 which is a toxin that is also found in anti-freeze. According to this news article, over 20,000 adverse effects have been reported and over 100 deaths.  In addition, even the label warns not to give to children under 17 and for no longer than 7 days. There have also been reports of children experiencing neuropsychiatric symptoms such as seizures, tics, and behavior issues. 

Do you think that these issues may be hard to diagnose in a child with Down syndrome? 

Considering our kids already have neurological issues going on I would say heck yes and your doctor may very likely brush it under the rug and putting it under the umbrella of “things that kids with Down syndrome do.”

So why is your pediatrician or GI doctor recommending this for your child? You would have to ask them that question. 

In the meantime, I highly recommend you look for natural alternatives. 

So what should you do instead?

Feed your child a whole food diet high in fiber with foods like fruit, vegetables, and legumes. 

Remove dairy, gluten, soy, corn, processed foods and sugar. 

Give your child plenty of filtered water.  Remove fruit juice.

Add in healthy fats such as avocado, ghee, coconut oil, and extra virgin olive oil.

Eat fermented foods such as dairy free yogurt, kombucha, and pickles.

Research detox baths and start giving them regularly.

Do these things for 30 days with no cheating. 

If your child is still having chronic constipation after, seek out a health professional who understands the nutritional and biochemical needs of a child with Down syndrome. 

  The above diet I recommend will help your child be healthier even if he or she does not struggle with constipation.

I believe your child with Down syndrome can thrive!

If you haven’t already grab your free copy of The Blissful Mama Guide, it’s packed full of health and wellness information just for you mom!

In abundant health,

Gail

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The ONE Food Rule That Will Change Your Life

I know that changing your life is a big promise, but here’s the thing…eating doesn’t really have to be all that complicated.

Even as a nutritionist and professional in healthy eating sometimes I have to be reminded of good food rules.  On occasion I will pull out my massive book stash and see what message my intuition leads me to.  

“The Body Ecology Diet.” by Donna Gates

I begin to flip through the book.  I know I am a big fan of fermented foods already which is very important in this diet, but then I land on a page with a very simple, yet profound message.  

“Stop eating when you are 80% full.  Leave 20% left for digestion.”

WOW.  I mean I think it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that we all tend to overeat at least on occasion because we want to make sure we are full.  We also know we probably shouldn’t.  The reason why is what I find so interesting.  Our digestive system NEEDS room to do it’s work.  

We NEED room in our stomach to digest our food.  We shouldn’t be topping off our stomach like a gas tank.  Doing this just doesn’t show our body love.  

Digestion is SO important to our health.  If we are not digesting food properly than we are not assimilating nutrients correctly and this leads to lots of health issues.

Children with Down syndrome are already at a disadvantage when it comes to digestion.  They lack stomach acid and digestive enzymes.  This is a couple of the reasons so many of our kids end up on heartburn or constipation medication. 

My biochemistry professor always used to joke that we live in the land (America) of “overnutrition.”  In other words, we are getting more macronutrients which are the fats, carbs, and proteins then we need, but we are falling very short on micronutrients which are those precious vitamins and minerals.  

Too much food, but not enough nutrients.  It’s a huge problem and is exasperated by our love for food like substances such as processed foods and fast foods like McDonalds.  

We are sick and our children are sick.  

Did you know our children are the first generation in history that are not expected to live longer than we will?

Let that sink in for a minute.  Our children are going to have a shorter lifespan then us.

I’m not ok with that and that is why I do what I do.  

If you need help reach out.  I can be reached via email gail@blissnutritionct.com.

If you haven’t already grabbed your copy of “The Bliss 21 Club Mama Guide,” created for mom’s who have a child with Down syndrome.  Do it now!  It’s filled with practical health/wellness advice.

Eat nutrient-dense foods till 80% full.  Set the example and hopefully your kiddos will follow!

In abundant health,

Gail

 

 

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