Skeptic News: Forced sweating as Autism therapy?

From: Forbes

What’s the latest “science” they’re trying to sell you to treat autism? Infrared sauna therapy. Yep, you read that right. According to a recent wire story, a company that peddles saunas has teamed up with Generation Rescue–Jenny McCarthy’s Generation Rescue–to “bring awareness to the therapeutic benefits of infrared saunas to the autism community.” The company is kindly offering “half-size” saunas to accommodate sweating out the half-pint autistic child in your life.

The three articles they cite to support their assertions show no such thing. The first paper they offer isn’t a study, it’s a review. That means it contains no original data. It appears to be a general discussion of the use of saunas, a la Scandinavians, for treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pain, and “addiction.” A second paper they cite is also a review of other studies and thus also contains no original data.

In other words, according to their own citation, Generation Rescue has teamed up with this sauna company to sell you to make you “aware” of something with effects you could achieve … by simply exercising.

This is not the first time Generation Rescue have been associated with supporting unevidenced or quack treatments. Previous “treatments” they have promoted have included hyperbaric oxygen therapychelationLupron (essentially chemical castration), and industrial strength bleach.  All of which with little or no evidence to support them and many of which could seriously harm the children involved.

Does Generation Rescue really want to turn loving parents into child abusers by promoting such terrible advice?

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