Dr Libby Weaver has recalled 20,000 copies of her e-book What Am I Supposed to Eat? wherein she has used the time period “mongolism”.
And medical consultants now say her use of the time period within the e-book in reference to the consumption of folate additionally has no scientific foundation.
Weaver mentioned she was horrified after studying the time period was offensive when she obtained a telephone name from a mom of a kid with Down syndrome.
The dietary biochemist apologised to the mom after being knowledgeable the that means of the time period.
“It has since been brought to my attention it is a word that is used in a derogatory way,” she mentioned.
“I am very, very sorry to have caused anyone any distress through this error, particularly children with Down syndrome and their families.”
Weaver mentioned she thought the phrase was at the moment used within the medical world.
The time period mongolism is an offensive time period used to explain Down syndrome individuals.
In Weaver’s e-book, What Am I Supposed to Eat? it suggests pregnant girls eat folate to cut back the chance of “neural tube defects, spina bifida, deformed limbs and mongolism”.
IHC, an organisation which advocated for youngsters with mental disabilities, was “thrilled” Weaver had pulled the e-book from cabinets.
Director of Advocacy, Trish Grant, mentioned the connection made between down syndrome and folate had an “extraordinary lack of basic science”.
“Down syndrome has nothing to do with folate.
“I believe the feedback are usually not solely inaccurate but additionally distressing. They have potential to trigger loads of pointless hurt,” Grant mentioned.
She mentioned the gaffe was the form of misinformation that added to poor attitudes round Down syndrome.
Weaver is predicted to publicly apologise for the error, and has mentioned anybody who purchased a duplicate of the e-book can return it for a refund.