Addressing the Hypothalamic/Pituitary/Adrenal Axis Using an Integrative Approach in DS

Patients with Down syndrome have numerous co-existing medical and endocrine issues. The effect of chronic stress on an already fragile hypothalamic/pituitary/adrenal/limbic axis can affect cortisol levels. Abnormalities in cortisol can not only affect the adrenals but can also affect numerous systems in the body, including blood sugar, hormones, immune, gastrointestinal and neurological. Using an integrative approach to adrenal stress, we can help patients achieve a better overall health and function.


Dr. Anju Usman is director of True Health Medical Center in Naperville, Illinois and specializes in biomedical interventions for ADD, autism, and related disorders. She has researched copper/zinc imbalances, biofilm infections, and HBOT therapy. She is on advisory boards for ASI, TACA, and Generation Rescue. She is on faculty for MAPS. Dr. Usman received her medical degree from Indiana University and is board certified in family practice and in integrative and holistic medicine (ABIHM).

Alicia Miller, ND

Alicia Miller, ND, is a naturopathic doctor who focuses on family medicine, with emphasis on women's health, pediatrics, ASD, ADHD, autoimmune conditions, endocrine, digestive issues, adrenal dysfunction, environmental medicine, and methylation issues.
She is a graduate of Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a Certified Functional Medicine Practitioner.