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FIR Sauna Info

Article from Dr. Myhill November 2014 issue – WDDTY
- Getting rid of pesticides and VOCS (Volatile organic compounds)

The best method is through “heating systems”. The source of heat does not matter very much – exercise, hot baths, saunas and sunshine should all be effective. But many patients, especially my severe ME/CFS patients, are intolerant of heat. This is where far infrared (FIR) saunas are helpful. FIR heat penetrates several centimetres into the skin and subcutaneous tissues to mobilize chemicals without initially increasing core temperature. This way the heat is much better tolerated. Indeed it is likely that FIR has other benefits over and above simple heating- perhaps this is part of why we love to lie in the sun, as sunshine addiction seems very common. It also seems to give us a feeling of wellbeing and energy!

The idea behind FIR saunas is that toxic chemicals that have been dumped by the body in fat, including subcutaneous fat, are shaken up and “boiled off” through the skin where they dissolve on the lipid layer on the skin surface. Showering off these chemicals is as important as the sauna as, otherwise, they would simply be reabsorbed.

It is not necessary to sweat for FIR sauna to be effective-most chemicals come out in the first 5-10 minutes- so little and often can get the best results.

If there is excessive sweating, then rehydration should include minerals and salt (about 1g multi minerals and 2g salt in one litre of water). Sweat is essentially blood without cells and large molecules-but with all minerals present. 

Roughly speaking, 50 FIR saunas will cut the total toxic load in half. As chemicals are removed exponentially, a further 50 saunas will reduced the total load to 25 per cent of the total and so on. But it’s never possible to get rid of every last toxic molecule. You will end up in a state of equilibrium with the environment- which of course, is always polluted. 

I have done fat biopsies, DNA adducts and /or gene studies on patients before and after FIR saunas. Levels of pesticides and VOCS come down reliably well. It may be that other techniques work just as well, such as exercise (though not for my ME/CFS patients), traditional saunas (again not tolerated by my ME/CFS patients), and hot Epsom salt baths (500 g Epsom salts in 15 gallons of water) where you soak for 30 minutes and, as the toxic chemicals are removed, magnesium and sulphate are absorbed, so providing valuable detox raw materials. Although these techniques all should work in theory, I do not yet have data to support such a conclusion. 


;Source: What doctors don’t tell you Magazine, issue November 2014, page 67.

The following are 3 extracts from Dr. Sherry A. Rogers, M.D. book "Detoxify or Die"

"At the far end of the infrared spectrum are the longest and most healing rays, the far infrared (FIR) spectrum, spanning from 1,000 to 4 microns. Between 4-14 microns in the FIR (far infrared) spectrum, fall most of the rays that are the safest and most vital to health and healing.  They are responsible for photosynthesis, without which there would be no life on each". 1
"Far infrared wavelengths lower lactic acid (the acid that accumulates and causes pain in muscles when you have overdone during exercising), stimulate endorphins or happy hormones of the brain, and kill organisms like bacteria and parasites.  More important, they penetrate tissues, detoxify cells by vibrating ionic bonds, stop swelling, improve lymphatic flow and blood circulation, and attract calcium to cell membranes where it is needed for healing." 2
"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, one that is enjoyable and not torture." 3
1 Page 208 Detoxify or Die  2002, Sand Key Co. Rogers SA M.D.  
2 Page 209 Detoxify or Die 2002, Sand Key Co. Rogers SA M.D.
3 Page 199 Detoxify or Die 2002, Sand Key Co. Rogers SA M.D.

Saunas for heart health.

According to a 20 year study from Finland, taking a sauna between 4 to 7 times a week reduces the chances of experiencing cardiac death by 63%.  The same study also reports cardio benefits by remaining in the sauna for at least 19 minutes.

JAMA Internal Medicine 2015 April.  Laukkanen T,  Khan H,  Zaccardi F,  Laukkanen   


Dr Oz discusses the benefits of far infrared saunas on the Oprah Winfrey Show:


 An article from the Japanese Association of Medical Sciences highlighting the safeness and possible therapeutic effects of far infrared therapies on various conditions: