Clinic History

Dr. Forrest "Jack" Warner is a medical doctor and a Board Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. Following his return from serving in the USAF in the Philippine Islands in 1961, he began his private practice in north Orange County, California.

A few years later, a family came to him with his first Down syndrome patient. It was then, nearly 40 years ago, that Dr. Warner began extensive research on Down syndrome. With the invention of the electron microscope in 1959, doctors learned that instead of 48 chromosomes, there were actually 23 pairs or 46 chromosomes in each cell of the human body, with the further discovery that a little extra tip on the 21st chromosome caused a metabolic disorder called Trisomy 21, also identified as Down syndrome. This metabolic disorder has been proven to be a deficiency of the catalase enzyme resulting in a marked elevation of super oxide dismutase (SOD) that permeates all the cells in the body, creating the physiological changes seen in Down syndrome.

Even today many medical professionals are not aware of the nutritional treatment originally developed for these special children by Henry Turkel, M.D. in the early 1940's. Dr. Warner's research led him to contact Dr. Turkel in 1984 and found him to be a brilliant individual who had waged a life-long struggle to gain acceptance for his successful treatment that corrects the metabolic abnormality of elevated super oxide dismutase (SOD), a "free radical". Dr. Warner was so impressed with the positive results produced by this treatment that he began to refer many of his patients to Dr. Turkel.

While monitoring their progress very closely, Dr. Warner became committed to the effectiveness of this treatment as his patients continued to progress. Dr. Warner's ongoing research led him to consult with Dr. Jeff Bland, a biochemist from the Linus Pauling Institute in Palo Alto, Dr. Don Davis from the University of Texas, Austin and a participant of Dr. Ruth Harrell's well-known study on the use of nutritional supplements to enhance cognition. Applying new knowledge of medical findings that showed greater efficacy of several components of the formula, Dr. Warner designed the High Achievement Potential capsules (HAP CAPS), as a treatment for the metabolic abnormality found in children with Down syndrome. The HAP CAP formula was developed at an FDA-approved laboratory and presented to the Food and Drug Administration, receiving approval in 1986.

An overview of Dr. Warner's treatment method has been presented to many healthcare professionals including over 1,000 medical attendees at a National Perinatal Association meeting in Washington, D.C. Many of these healthcare professionals, who are the first to see at-risk infants, realize there is a great void in the medical care of children with Down syndrome.

In 1986, Dr. Warner began to schedule Down Syndrome Clinics. Clinics have been held at various locations throughout the United States and overseas at the request of other medical professionals, healthcare associations or parents and families of children with Down syndrome. Clinics have traveled to 46 states, Mexico, Australia, Germany, England and India. Thousands of children with Down syndrome were treated by Dr. Warner until his death in 2004.

The Warner House is a nonprofit medical education organization.

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