You may have heard about the recent study that links poor air quality with high risk of Autism. Children spend most of their time indoors and the Air Quality matters. Children’s breathe much closer to the ground than adults, and as a result, heavier airborne chemicals pose more of a risk to children than to adults.
a) There is a strong correlation between poor indoor air quality and asthma. Asthma is the 3rd leading cause of hospitalization among children under the age of 15.
b) Longer Term effects of air pollutants like VOCs and Ozone are Cancer, Headache and Neurological diseases.
1) Ventilate you house frequently.
2) Eliminate products in your home that contain VOCs (e.g. products NOT certified by GREENGUARD Environmental Institute) & unnecessary chemicals.
3) Use non-fragrant, water-based cleaners
4) Avoid any product with odor
5) Keep indoor humidity at < 60% relative humidity.
By training, I am a American Board Certified Pediatrician. But in my younger years I grew up with natural alternatives. As a mom I have tried to incorporate both for my kids and it has worked wonders. And finally, as I am studying natural & alternative medicines, I realize the beauty and wisdom of living closer to earth. Hence in my practice I integrate both...for acute ailments I follow American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation but for simple and/or chronic conditions I prefer natural alternatives.
In western training we were raised to think that "health is the absence of symptoms and problems". But eastern sensibilities has educated me that "Health is state that allows one to use the full capabilities of their body, mind and intellect. Therefore, healthy living is a balanced state of well being: physically, mentally, socially and spiritually." This implies that healing is not a "one-pill-fits-all", but a personalized experience.