Glutamate: How to monitor and mediate its effects in Down syndrome

Glutamate, the major excitatory neurotransmitter in the brain, is both essential and highly toxic. Patients with Down Syndrome experience a higher rate of oxidative stress that damages neurons, potentially exposing them to the harmful effects of excess glutamate released from damaged neurons. Mediating the effects of excess glutamate is essential to optimizing the health of neurons.

Dr. Erica Peirson

Dr. Erica Peirson is a Naturopathic physician and the mother of a 5 year old son with Mosaic Down Syndrome. She sees patients privately at the Down Syndrome Treatment Center of Oregon. She also lectures whenever possible to help spread awareness to parents and physicians that the symptoms of Down Syndrome are treatable.