Deep Heating Your Way Out of Cancer: The Promise of Far Infrared Saunas

Far infrared saunas are just maybe your best bet when combatting cancer. It’s a therapy that I highly value.

Science shows that the underlying cause of many diseases, including cancer, is often an overload of toxins — whether they’re chemicals, heavy metals, environmental (present in the very air we breathe), or ingested from the food and water we consume in our modern society. Toxins are implicit in nearly every disease and malfunction of the human body, and it only makes sense to rid your body of them. By doing so, it is possible to reverse even the most hopeless of diseases or, at the very least, slow them down.

Far infrared saunas have the ability to safely flush out toxins while also playing a big role in preventing, even reversing cancer. Dr. Lawrence Wilson wrote in a 2004 article in the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients, “If I were to single out one method to combat cancer, it is the sauna. It assists the removal of chemical toxins and heavy metals, increases oxygenation, enhances the immune system, and reduces the radiation burden in the body.”

How Do Saunas Improve Your Health and Fight Disease?

The strategy behind this type of therapy is that HEAT applied to DISEASE can stimulate the body’s innate immune response, assisting in the remission of a variety of diseases, including cancer. And it’s not a new concept. In 500 BC, the famous Greek physician Parmenides said, “Give me the power to create fever, and I will cure any disease.”

Dr. William Coley, New York Memorial Hospital physician, published a paper in 1891 on the benefits of inducing fevers in cancer patients in order to stimulate the body’s natural immune response and provoke cancer remission. And modern research has proven that fevers are indeed a good thing when your body is fighting for its life.

Hyperthermia (artificially raising body temperature) and far infrared saunas are routine protocols for cancer therapy in many clinics in Germany and Mexico. And you’ll find some form of hyperthermia cancer treatments available in certain U.S. hospitals, too.

But you can also take advantage of this type of therapy in your home, and I’ll tell you about my preferred sauna, a portable model that I wouldn’t be without (see below). Far infrared saunas are a gentle method of raising the body’s core temperature a few degrees, resulting in a mild fever response that unleashes the body’s natural healing mechanisms that boost natural immunity and fight disease, including cancer.

Cancer Cells Are No Match for Excessive Heat

Cancer cells are much more sensitive to higher temperatures than are normal cells. Because they are weaker, cancer cells are selectively killed by high heat, while normal cells are not. A study published in 2009 (Journal of Cancer Science and Therapy) in which researchers studied far infrared’s effects on human cancer cells, found that far infrared therapy slashed tumor volumes in only 30 days by a stunning 86%.

And in Japan, researchers determined that far-infrared treatments decisively inhibited the growth of breast cancer tumors, further underlining the promise of this simple, natural treatment.

How Does Far Infrared (FIR) Sauna Therapy Work?

The success of FIR saunas is their ability to emit a particular bandwidth of energy that resonates with the water molecules of the body, causing them to vibrate. The vibration of these molecules causes the body’s core temperature to increase, and the lymphatic system is then stimulated. As a result, toxins are quickly escorted out of your body via its largest organ, the skin, through the process of sweating.

Not only are common heavy metals, chemicals, viruses, bacteria, and other toxins eliminated during a far infrared sauna session, these treatments also show promise as an antidote to EMF exposure. Those who are particularly sensitive to the electromagnetic frequencies from cell phones and WiFi (and there are many), would do well to take advantage of this technology.

Infrared saunas help to boost circulation and the transport of oxygen and nutrients to all the cells in the body. And because cancer thrives in tissues with poor circulation, the very act of improving circulation helps to reverse the cancer progression.

Conventional cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation all too often suppress the body’s natural immune function. In contrast, hyperthermia treatments work to activate the heroes of the body’s immune system — T- and B-lymphocytes.

While there are many techniques for inducing hyperthermia, far infrared saunas are definitively one of the easiest and safest and can be done in the comfort of your home.

What Happens During A Sauna?

In what it typically reported as a comfortable, soothing experience, the body’s pulse rate increases by 30% or more. This one simple response directly increases the amount of blood the heart pumps. As a result of the heart’s response, circulation increases to the lungs, increasing oxygenation to all parts of the body.

The sauna experience also assists the body in removing harmful toxins and waste materials such as chemicals, pesticides, and heavy metals while simultaneously balancing the body’s pH balance. Any time you can reduce exposure to these toxins, or increase the removal of them, you are helping your body to mount a major defense against its enemies.

Sweating, perspiration is GOOD thing. And for far too many people in our modern society, the ability and the opportunity to sweat is simply not adequate. Through the deep penetration of far infrared (1¾ – 2 inches into the body), toxins (commonly stored in fat layers just beneath the skin) are flushed out when the skin temperature rises to about 104 degrees Fahrenheit.

But the purge of toxins is not relegated to fat cells just beneath the skin. Saunas also assist in moving blood from the body’s organs toward the body’s surface, in effect decongesting the internal organs (kidneys, liver, etc.). Patients are encouraged to drink large amounts of water prior to a sauna session, as it is possible to sweat out a pint or so of toxic sweat during their sauna experience.

Proof That Saunas Detox The Body

The proof is in the pudding… or the sweat in this instance. When analyzing the makeup of the sweat from far infrared saunas vs. traditional saunas, researchers found that sweat from traditional saunas was composed of approximately 97% water and 3% toxins. Compare that too far infrared saunas that resulted in a sweet mixture of 80-85% water and 15-20% toxins, ammonia, sulfuric, and uric acids, and you’ll see why the far-infrared saunas are the preferred treatment.

FIR Sauna Side Effects

Weight loss is a common side effect of the repeated use of saunas, with an average loss of 600 calories per session.

There are numerous reports of pain relief in only one far infrared session. In fact, a study published in Internal Medicine revealed that patients experiencing chronic pain saw their pain scores drop by nearly 70% after only one treatment.

Infrared saunas stimulate the body’s parasympathetic system, resulting in an increased ability for rest, relaxation, and recovery that aids healing and cancer recovery. You’ll sleep better!

Recommended Saunas

I’ve used a variety of saunas over the years and have found one technology that stands out among all the others – Relax Far Infrared Saunas. I use the portable sauna in my own home, and I have one in my Texas office, too.

I recently interviewed Phil Wilson, who is an expert in far infrared technology, and the science behind Relax Far Infrared Saunas for whom he is a master distributor. In this very enlightening interview, Phil explains the science behind Relax Saunas and how it differs from other types of sauna systems. The difference is amazing, and I encourage you to check out the interview (link below). And be sure to listen all the way through the video to get a special coupon code for $100 off the Relax Sauna.




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