FIR Sauna Vs. Toxins and Disease
the book, “Detoxify or Die” by Sherry A. Rogers:
“A sauna used to be thought of as a luxury. Studies now
confirm that diet and environmental chemicals cause 95%
of cancers. Furthermore, as the first generation of man
exposed to such an unprecedented plethora of daily chemicals, we
that stored or undetoxified chemicals can mimic any disease. ‘ Incurable’ chronic
diseases that were thought to have no known cause often disappear
once toxic chemicals are gone. Since the far infrared sauna is
the safest, most efficacious and economical way of depurating stored
toxins, this makes it a household necessity.”
Sherry Rogers, M.D., Northeast Center for Environmental Medicine
- internationally known expert in environmental medicine and author
of; Detoxify or Die, and Tired or Toxic?
The Secret of Sweat
So here we are riddled with disease-producing toxins and piling on more
each day. Inevitably the axe will fall. But what if we could get rid of
toxins? What if we could have a body that only had the toxins we had accumulated
up until 20 years ago, or better yet at age 16? What if we could get rid
of our lifetime burden of toxins or even just turn the hands of time back
a couple of decades?
I have followed hundreds of patients who used the oral, non-prescription mercury
detox cocktail to get rid of mercury aluminum, cadmium, arsenic, and other
heavy metals. For folks who have tougher cases we can use DMPS which is available
by prescription as Chemet, or the infinitely cheaper and non-prescription and
identical substance, Captomer (Thorne, N.E.E.D.S.). And for folks with high
levels of calcifications in their arteries EDTA is an intravenous chelator,
but requires sitting hooked up to an intravenous solution in a doctor's office
for four hours three times a week for 20 to 40 sessions, costing thousands
of dollars. Then you need a maintenance program. A safer proven way to reverse
coronary calcifications is with the macrobiotic diet (Ornish, 1998). PET scans
proved that the calcifications melted away. For the full directions on doing
the health-promoting diet, start with You Are What You Ate, then proceed to The
Cure Is In The Kitchen, and use Macro Mellow for the cookbook).
But what about the cancer-causing PCBs and the multitude of plastics and pesticides
with all sorts of chemical configurations that the body has no way of metabolizing?
What about all of the newly synthesized dangerous chemicals that firemen, for
example, are exposed to when these plastics and pesticides burn, creating new
compounds that have never before been seen by man? None of these chemicals
are removed by chelation or any drug.
In the 1970s a controversial gentleman named L. Ron Hubbard designed a sauna
program that enabled drug addicts to detoxify. He reasoned that folks were
never addicted until they had taken drugs. And the more they took, the more
they craved. He thought if he could get the drugs out of the body (the unmetabolized
residues), the addictwould no longer crave. He published his brilliantly successful
program in his book Clear Body Clear Mind in 1990. Shortly after the results
of the program were known, physicians from many specialties realized that this
program might also be adapted for getting rid of all sorts of other types of
chemicals, thereby restoring health in an endless variety of diseases (Kilburn,
Schnare, Roehm, Rea, Root, Tretjak, Tei).
Sauna Proven in the Toughest, Most Resistant Cases
I always say, if you want to prove that a new medical therapy works, pick
the most recalcitrant, impossible to treat conditions. For if it is a success
those cases, everything else is bound to be a "piece of cake".
And that is exactly what folks have done with the sauna. By getting rid of
of drug residues in addicts, Hubbard freed them from their cravings and addictions,
impressively lowering recidivism. Drugs are metabolic poisons, damaging the
normal function of the body. Only when years of drug residues have been reduced
are folks freed from the plague caused by the slow leeching out of sub-therapeutic
doses of stored drugs and toxins. For these trace amounts unmercifully trigger
cravings, reminding them that they need a higher dose to block out all feeling.
For addicts it is imperative to get rid of all drug residues in order to
cure their cravings and addictive behavior. This includes alcohol, cigarettes,
In addition, the accompanying nutritional program has corrected long-standing
deficiencies that also trigger addictive behavior, fatigue and a myriad of
symptoms. For when it comes right down to it, chronic drug addiction has two
causes: nutrient deficiencies which cause cravings and stockpiled unmetabolized
drug residues that slowly leach out and cause cravings. That's why drug pushers
give so many freebies, because once you get it in your system, it is difficult
resist wanting more, depending
upon each individual's chemistry. The trick is to be smart enough to never
take the first dose.
But proof only began there. One of the worst occupations for bizarre chemically-induced
or toxic symptoms is that of a fireman. This is because when modern home and
commercial furnishings and construction materials burn, they release even more
damaging chemicals whose carcinogenic potential has become magnified. Not only
does burning of a multitude of phthalates and other plasticizers, PCBs, dioxins
and related compounds create chemicals that are many fold more toxic, but when
they are inhaled in massive amounts by fireman, it gives them as high a level
as if they had had it by IV.
These chemical concoctions have caused the most difficult to diagnose and treat
disorders, especially of the brain and the nervous system. But researchers
using Hubbard's protocol (Kilburn) were able to accomplish what medicine was
paralyzed in accomplishing. They restored these toxic firemen to normal once
they got rid of their tightly stored chemicals. A sauna program is still the
only known way of getting rid of these 20th century man-made chemicals.
Using Hubbard's protocol, other researchers (Schnare, Roehm) cleared people
of PCBs and pesticides as well as Agent Orange (dioxins). These were folks
who had undiagnosable and unbeatable symptoms, totally resistant to all therapies
that medicine could offer. But the Master Planner, left one route for us to
unload a lifetime of damaging, disease-producing chemicals: SWEAT.
reaffirmed the benefits of detoxifying saunas when, as a result of accidents
involving pilots who did aerial spraying of pesticides, these men were also
cleared of life-threatening symptoms. Likewise residents of Michigan gave us
a huge amount of scientific information when a PCB-laden cancer-causing fire
retardant was accidentally put into animal feed, contaminating their entire
dairy industry, milk and cheese, statewide, forever (Wolff).
Clearly we have trashed our bodies.
Luckily, you have the power
to reverse that.
Studies six years later, showed that Michigan residents and folks
from over 25 other states who also got the PCBs hidden in their dairy
did not get rid of those nasty PCBs. The body does not have the chemistry to
do so. Even in the soil these chemicals are what we call persistent environmental
poisons. But those who did saunas were able to eliminate the PCBs as well as
other stored toxins from their bodies. The truth is we have all eaten foods
from Michigan and have slowly bioaccumulated these and hundreds of other similar
toxins that are known as some of the most powerful inducers of cancer
Remember, EPA studies show 100% of humans harbor PCBs, one of the most
potent causes of cancer known to man.
But the proof for the magic of sauna detoxification does not end with drug addicts,
fire fighters, Vietnam vets, pesticide pilots, or consumers of polluted dairy.
Other researchers and clinicians studied workers accidentally contaminated from
occupations as diverse as electricians to farmers. Meanwhile, machinists to office
workers also had their lives saved, as serious conditions that medicine was powerless
to help were reversed through the use of sauna.
Then there are my hundreds of patients with severe chemical sensitivity, saddled
with just about any symptom you can think of, who have traveled the world in
search of how to get well. When exposed to simple everyday perfumes, fabric softeners,
carpets, pesticides, malls or traffic fumes, they were left unable to think or
in total body pain, as examples of hundreds of symptoms. Some were referred to
the specialized environmental units like the Environmental Health Center of Dallas,
(Dr. William J. Rea, www.EHCD.com) or to North Charleston, South Carolina (Dr.
Allan Lieberman) and then returned home to continue saunas for life.
Dr. William Rea, medical director of the Environmental Health Center, Dallas,
receives the most difficult to treat cases in the world, cases for which there
is no more hope and many of whom are physicians themselves. By now you are
getting the idea that whenever you hear a disease is "hopeless",
itmerely means no one has looked for the underlying cause, nor have they been
to getting rid of it. For this is why Dr. Rea's program has been so successful,
because he does just that. And sauna is an integral part of it.
Alcoholism is a biochemical disease, not a lack of will power.
And curing it requires (1) correcting fatty acids, amino acids,
vitamins, minerals, and orphan nutrients, plus (2) removing toxic
residues of drugs, alcohol, and other chemicals that damage
of brain chemistry responsible for pleasure sensation.
In fact Dr. William J. Rea, medical director of the American Environmental
Health Center in Dallas Texas, has treated literally thousands of patients
with nearly every diagnosis, incorporating this technique into an all-encompassing
environmental medicine program. Because these patients come from all corners
of the world, are desperately ill and have all exhausted everything that modern
medicine has to offer, getting rid of their underlying chemicals is crucial
to their healing. In fact when physicians knowledgeable in finding the causes
of disease are totally stumped and do not know what else to do for seriously
ill patients, they often send folks
(and themselves) to this unique center.
These people are so full of chemicals and their detoxication pathways are so
damaged, that often they will need one or more months of detoxication saunas
at the unit to be followed by months and years of saunas at home.
In one study by Dr. Rea, 210 patients with a variety of symptoms did only one
or two 40-minute sessions a day for one month (Rea). Even a program this short
with people for whom medicine had nothing more to offer yielded impressive results.
Within one month 63% measurably decreased their levels of toxic chemicals and
31% improved their symptoms. Clearly, sauna is the only proven method for depurating
a lifetime burden of xenobiotics producing "incurable" symptoms.
As lifesaving as sauna programs are however, there was a problem with
saunas. Not everyone could tolerate them. In fact I was one who could
not even spend
five minutes in a sauna. For starters, as you have learned, the nervous system
is one of the most commonly damaged areas of the body. Many of us just plain
had broken, poisoned, thermostats and could not tolerate high heat.
I sprayed herbicides (atrazine) on our farm and my autonomic nervous system became
damaged. For decades, whenever I got overheated, I would never sweat, but just
remained bone dry and beet red. If I tried to go in a sauna I couldn't stand
it even five minutes, feeling like I would go crazy. Many people experience this
because of a damaged autonomic nervoussystem, especially those with multiple
chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue, MS, and fibromyalgia.
And then there are heart patients who are notoriously intolerant of heat. The
newspapers predictably report on the numbers of heart patients who die whenever
there is a heat wave. Consequently, heart patients and especially those in congestive
heart failure would be the last people on earth you would want to put in a sauna.
So what do you do when the worse the poisoning, the less chance you have of tolerating
a regular high heat sauna?
The Superior Sauna —FIRS (Far Infrared Sauna)
What is the best way to get rid of toxic chemicals including pesticides, heavy
metals and hydrocarbon residues when you cannot tolerate a sauna? When a sauna
makes you feel weak, sick, have a fast heart rate, faint, dizzy, panicky, headachy
or just plain miserable, what is the solution? The far infrared sauna. Thanks
to improved technology, the far infrared sauna is far safer and infinitely more
tolerable, because it uses a heat energy that penetrates tissues, triggering
mobilization of chemicals from subcutaneous fat storage, directly into the sweat.
This activating penetration allows for a much lower overall temperature to be
used (as I'll show you later), one that is enjoyable and not torture.
But more important, you haven't forced the body to bear very high temperatures
(160 degrees and higher), pulling chemicals back into the bloodstream where they
can duplicate original symptoms. Instead they slip out the back door, so to speak,
from just under the skin storage directly into the sweat. Over weeks and months
there is an equilibration, where chemicals that were stored in other organs slowly
and safely disseminate throughout the body and eventually empty into subcutaneous
fat. It is the chemical load that is stored beneath the skin that is the main
by the far infrared sauna.
Even if you are on your deathbed, it is not too late to turn the
tide of disease.
Many others have (Nussbaum, Rogers).
Another thing I always worried about in a conventional sauna, even for the few
brief moments I could stand one, was the fact that my eyeballs burned so much.
I couldn't believe that intensive heat on my corneas was good for them and feared
triggering cataracts. To my knowledge, no studies have ever been done on this,
but this high temperature on the eyeball and lens cannot be good for them. It's
unphysiologic. Anyway, I do not get that type of eye pain in the infrared sauna,
only profuse sweating. And that is just the effect you want in order to release
a lifetime of toxins from body storage.
The body gets rid of stored chemicals
in stool, urine or sweat. The sweat route requires no drugs and is the most efficient
and natural (man used to physically work and sweat before computers were invented).
As the oldest of eight children, I used to hesitate to recommend something as
expensive as a home sauna. I was looking for treatments that were natural, but
inexpensive and definitely not high tech! But when you realize the lifelong incapacity
and expense of diseases such as chronic pain syndromes, heart disease, chemical
sensitivity, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, migraines, Alzheimer's, cancer or
any others caused by chemical toxicity, a sauna is cheap. Let's face it: high-tech
pollution requires high-tech solutions.
If you're overwhelmed by medical bills with no end in sight,
time to consider reversing the hidden causes of your diseases.
(1) Just add up the time and money you wasted getting diagnosed. (2)
Or add up the cost for a year of prescription medications and you will
have paid for
it. But its advantages do not end there. (3) Once you have it, it's yours to
use forever, for the world will never run out of ways to poison us. (4) The
whole family can use it. (5) It is not only capable of providing the
primary "cure" or
solution for your current medical problem, but can free you from symptom-producing
medications. Since we are continually being bombarded by new chemicals every
day, it is a tool to keep you "cleaned out" for life. It is a win-win
I'm convinced that the far infrared sauna is something that everyone should
do to restore health, and then continue to do on a less frequent basis to maintain
the "cleaned out" state for the rest of their lives. It's therapeutic
as well as prophylactic.
The Hot Solution for Body Pollution: FIRS
How can we bring aging and illness to a screeching halt? Better yet, how can
we turn back the hands of time? By booting those nasty disease-causing chemicals
out of the body. Sweat out the poisons is the answer, but not any old sauna
or sweating program will do, in fact some are dangerous.
FIRS, the Only Sauna Proven Safe For Elderly, Severe End-Stage Heart Patients
Many people who are sick, like heart patients, would never tolerate the extreme
temperatures of regular saunas. In fact it would make them worse, raising blood
pressure and heart rate, while triggering arrhythmias and shortness of breath.
Clearly heat is contraindicated. Imagine a man with cadmium-induced arthritis
and hypertension, or a woman with mercury-induced shoulder pain and angina,
or toluene-p induced migraines and arrhythmia. When, environmental chemicals
create pain in addition to cardiovascular disease, as examples, what is the
heart patient to do?
If you are like most people, you may have never learned much about the diagnosis
of CHF or congestive heart failure. Yet it attacks more people each year than
cancer, and it is as lethal as cancer. For with the diagnosis of cancer, the
median survival (different cancers have their own survival rates, but if you
average them all together) is 6 years. With CHF, the median survival is less:
5 years. When the diagnosis of cancer is made, folks feel imminent doom and
urgency. But with CHF, it has received such scant press that it merely engenders
a "So what?" response. It fosters no doom and gloom urgency.
In fact, even though congestive heart failure is more prevalent and more lethal
than cancer, folks know so little about CHF that they do not concern themselves
with preventing it the way they do cancer. CHF starts with any heart symptom
you can imagine. High blood pressure, high cholesterol, angina, arrhythmias
like atrial fibrillation, dyspnea (shortness of breath, beginning with the
stairs and inclines), claudication (leg pains when walking), pedal edema (ankle
swelling), pericarditis, cardio-myopathy (heavy metal or other poisoning of
heart muscle), fluid in the lungs, recurrent pneumonias, bypass surgery (putting
new coronary vessels in) or endarterectomy (roto-rooting or reaming out the
old plugged arteries) can be the beginning that insidiously leads to congestive
heart failure. The most common symptom is shortness of breath, especially on
stairs, inclines, or while doing repeated deep knee bends, or jogging. An even
worse sign is the swelling of ankles at the end of the day, indicating a heart
so overloaded that fluid backs-up all the way to the leg vessels.
Unless you get rid of stored trash, it eventually causes disease
You have complete control. Is that heart disease really
As with every illness, in "modern medicine" CHF suddenly becomes
a deficiency of a multitude of heart drugs. Drugs to control the rhythm,
like calcium channel blockers (proven to cause shrinkage of the brain and
mental function as well as increase the risk of heart attack and cancer).
And ACE inhibitors are often prescribed, known to cause bronchitis (chronic
Digitalis-type drugs like Lanoxin to boost the force of contraction, and
diuretics or fluid pills to decrease the swelling and work of the heart
(and known to
cause worsening of high blood pressure and the chance of sudden death by
heart attack) are some of the other drugs added to the brew.And the list
stop there, for the CHF patient has more drugs on board than most other diseases.
Meanwhile the real underlying causes, which can be totally correctable, go
consistently ignored by medicine. And once a congestive heart failure victim
starts accumulating drugs, it is extremely rare if any drugs are withdrawn.
Instead his physicians steadily pile on more to keep pace with his worsening