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Chiropractic and Infectious Disease: Expanding the Viewpoint, Part II

For example, children with Down's syndrome succumb easily to infection of the ears and upper respiratory tract by H. influenzae and S. pneumoniae, and as a result experience considerable antibiotic exposure in their early years. Children with Down's syndrome are known to produce significantly lower levels of IgG2 and IgG4 antibodies than their healthy counterparts. These are precisely the antibodies that are directed against H. influenzae and S. pneumoniae. Anneren et al., showed that when children with Down's syndrome were given selenium (10 mcg/kg) their IgG2 and IgG4 levels returned to normal and incidence of infection decreased significantly.16,17

Michael A. Schmidt, BS, DC, CCN   Dynamic Chiropractic 1993: 11 (25)