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Pristinet Offers New Service to Test for Toxins Linked to Autism Spectrum Disorders in Drinking Water

Chemicals in our environment including those that have shown to be in drinking water have been linked to neurological developmental issues including Autism Spectrum Disorders among other things. As consumers of drinking water for drinking, cooking and bathing, we need to practice precautionary principles to portect ourselves from exposures.

Boulder, CO, April 23, 2014 --( In rolling out the brand new Pristinet ( service offering, Doug Henston, the CEO of Pristinet called attention to the alarming recent data from Centers for Disease Control on Autism Spectrum Disorders as summarized by (

Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
Autism prevalence figures are growing
Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
There is no medical detection or cure for autism

The Mount Sinai Hospital's research in Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) has done pioneering work in this field. In a recent summary, the CEHC has linked the following alarming health trends to environmental toxins, many of which are ingested in trace quantities through drinking water:
· Developmental disorders such as Autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and mental retardation. Currently, one of every six American children has a developmental disorder. Most affect the brain and nervous system. One in every 110 American children born today is diagnosed with autism.
· Childhood obesity has more than doubled in the past ten years, and type 2 diabetes, previously unknown among children, has become epidemic.
· Birth defects, now the leading cause of death in early infancy.

The CEHC report goes on to conclude the following:
"Scientific evidence is strong and continuing to build that hazardous exposures in the modern environment are important causes of these diseases. Indoor and outdoor air pollution are now established as causes of asthma. Childhood cancer is linked to solvents, pesticides, and radiation. The National Academy of Sciences has determined that environmental factors contribute to 28% of developmental disorders in children. The urban built environment and the modern food environment are important causes of obesity and diabetes. Toxic chemicals in the environment – lead, pesticides, toxic air pollutants, pthalates, and bisphenol A – are important causes of disease in children, and they are found in our homes, at our schools, in the air we breathe, and in the products we use every day."

A recent peer-reviewed research report published in the Lancet Neuroscience on environmental toxin exposure and their links to neurological disorders such as autism and it is very disturbing. Children are the most vulnerable during their early development years. There is emerging more and more recent research evidence in support of these disorders.

The most prudent approach is to prevent exposures rather than subject kids to toxins to see if they are harmed first before taking action, which is how the current regulatory process in the US works. Parents must take action by installing filters in both homes and elementary schools by working with the local PTA.

“We follow the Precautionary Principle in testing for specific environmental toxins in drinking water at home and eliminate the environmental causes first by using Pristinet’s services,” said Mr. Henston.

Pristinet offers an affordable way for consumers, home buyers, neighborhood associations, school PTAs and employers to test their respective drinking water sources for toxins that are linked to chronic illnesses of widespread concern such as obesity, fertility, autism spectrum disorders, and cancers.

Pristinet invites everyone, especially parents with young children struggling with Autism, to visit its website where a lot of information on toxins is presented for anyone with limited science background to understand and take quick action to safeguard their family’s health and continued wellness.

Pristinet is an independent, privately held firm that is solely dedicated, without conflicts of interests, to helping consumers protect themselves from health risks of exposure to toxins in drinking water.

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