. . . everyone, including children, should be doing saunas – especially those with autism
Toxins are one of the two causes of disease, and virtually all Americans are in a state of dangerous toxic overload. Even the most fastidious among us ingest, inhale and absorb health-damaging toxins daily.
Toxins are especially harmful to children, and high levels of industrial chemicals have been implicated in the rise of many childhood diseases, including autism spectrum disorder. Now estimated to affect 1 in every 68 children, autism has been linked with exposure to harmful chemicals, including in utero.
Fetuses are relatively defenseless against toxins; many protective systems haven’t fully matured, at the same time that development is progressing rapidly, so there is greater chance of toxins doing harm. To a somewhat lesser extent, the same can be said about young children. Also, according to Leo Trasande MD, pediatrician and assistant director of the Center for Children’s Health and the Environment at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City, “Pound for pound of body weight, children drink more water, eat more food, and breathe more air than adults, and so they take proportionately more of the toxins in water, food and air into their little bodies.”
In 2004, the parents of the first family to undergo “body burden” testing, a newly-developed technology for measuring chemicals in the human body, were shocked to find their two children, aged 18 months and 5 years, had chemical exposures up 7 times higher than theirs.
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