Down Syndrome Specialist Detroit MI

Mack was born with Down syndrome (DS), and Deaton, a nurse in Brownsburg, Indiana, had heard that other parents were successfully treating their DS children with a regimen of nutritional supplements especially developed for this purpose.

Lee M Weinstein, MD
(248) 203-6620
36700 Woodward Ave
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Business
Child Health Associates
Specialties
Pediatrics

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Roberto Benejam, MD
(313) 895-3947
2600 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1983

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Thomas Laurence Slovis, MD
(313) 745-0094
3901 Beaubien St
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Radiology, Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pa Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19104
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Childrens Hosp Of Michigan, Detroit, Mi
Group Practice: Dr L Reynolds Assoc Drhuhc

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Ellen Cecile Moore
(313) 745-4450
3901 Beaubien 5th Flr Carls Building
Detroit, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

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Sudhakar G Ezhuthachan, MD
(313) 916-3146
2799 W Grand Blvd WP 3328
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Grant Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1970

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Dr. Roberto Benejam
(313) 895-3947
2600 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Detroit, MI
Specialty
Pediatrics

Sachin Shrikar Kunde, MD, MPH
(205) 218-4160
Apt 1017 5200 Anthony Wayne Dr
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2002

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Balakrishna R Pai, MD
(313) 664-8326
2850 W Grand Blvd
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Karnataka Inst Med Sci, Karnataka Univ, Hubli, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1972

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Susan Marie Carlin, MD
(216) 778-2687
3901 Beaubien St
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1980

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Enrique M Ostrea, MD
(313) 745-7230
4707 Saint Antoine St
Detroit, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1965

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A New Day for Kids with Down's

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By Melanie Haiken

As soon as Wendy Deaton’s son Mackenzie was old enough to swallow solid food—just two months after his birth in August 1995—she began stirring a powerful blend of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids into baby food and spooning the mixture into his tiny mouth. The reason? Mack was born with Down syndrome (DS), and Deaton, a nurse in Brownsburg, Indiana, had heard that other parents were successfully treating their DS children with a regimen of nutritional supplements especially developed for this purpose.

It was Deaton’s mother who first heard about nutritional therapy, on a 1996 episode of the TV news program Nightline. The program focused on the crusade of Dixie Lawrence, a former bodybuilder from Louisiana, who had consulted with several gurus of nutritional therapy for DS, and was now mixing up formulas in her kitchen to treat her adopted daughter Madison. The episode featured dramatic testimonials by other parents, too, who claimed that nutritional therapy, along with a “smart drug” called piracetam, had made their children healthier and more alert and even improved their cognitive abilities. The show included contact information for the company that produced the Lawrence formula, called NuTriVene-D.

Deaton immediately ordered the supplements and began giving them to Mack. He’s been on them ever since. “I’m a big believer in the power of nutrition and supplements,” says Deaton, “and what the parents were saying about their kids was very convincing.”

Because Mack, now nine, has been on nutritional therapy all his life, Deaton admits she has no way of knowing what he would have been like without the supplements. But she can compare him to his peers, the other kids with DS who are also mainstreamed with Mack in his public school. And she does know about the health problems typical of kids with DS, which include chronic ear infections, gastrointestinal distress, sleep disturbances, and weakened immune systems.

Mack, by contrast, has had only one ear infection in nine years, and has as good an attendance record as any other kid in his third-grade class. Not only is he more verbal than might be expected, he has been reading since first grade.

This story has all the makings of a classic case of hucksterism: the overeager television host, the desperate parents, the supplement marketers with extravagant promises. Except it’s not so. Some experts believe there’s real promise in nutritional therapy, largely because of a new way of thinking about how Down syndrome progresses—namely, that its course depends in part on the body’s stores (or lack) of certain nutrients.

“Studies going back to the sixties show that people with Down syndrome have unusually low levels of certain vitamins, minerals, and other critical nutrients,” says Warren Croom, a professor of nutrition and physiology at North Carolina State University who, it must be noted, consults with NuTriVene-D’s parent company. And there’s anecdotal evidence that supp...

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