Infrared Sauna

An Infrared Sauna is the best way to get rid of toxic chemicals including pesticides, heavy metals and hydrocarbon residues when you cannot tolerate a regular steam or dry 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, one that is enjoyable and not torture.


But more important, you haven’t forced the body to bear very high temperatures, pulling chemicals back into the bloodstream where they can duplicate original symptoms.  Instead from just under the skin storage the toxins / chemicals move 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 area activated by the far infrared sauna.


In the infrared sauna there is 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.  We used to physically work and sweat before computers were invented. 


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.  Just add up the time and money you wasted getting diagnosed.  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.  Once you have it, it’s yours to use forever.  The world will never run out of ways to poison us.  The whole family can use it.  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 situation.


I am 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.


The Hot Solution for Body Pollution


How can we bring aging and illness to a screeching halt?  Better yet, how can we turn back the hands of time?  By ridding our bodies of all the disease-causing chemicals that come from the water, the air, the food, the very environment we live in, to say nothing of all the chemicals that we put on our body.


Sweat out the poisons, but not with any sauna or sweating program which may be dangerous.  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.


If you are like most people, you may have never learned much about the diagnosis of 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 is 6 years.  With congestive heart failure, the median survival is less than 5 years. 


They have now discovered that the far infrared sauna is very well tolerated with no adverse reactions, and it is able to rid the body of so many of the underlying chemical residue, that even end-stage heart patients actually reverse and improve and are able to discard some of their medications.


General rules for the far infrared (FIR) sauna.


·         Drink fresh squeezed juice and other organic whole food nutrients before going into the sauna

·         Replenish your daily nutrients around 12 hours later.

·         Start using the sauna at 100 degrees F. in short 10-20 minute increments at first, building up a feel for your body’s tolerance.

·         Use less heat if you feel discomfort.

·         Older, sicker, or folks who feel initial discomfort would proceed at a much slower pace and even lower temperatures.

·         The far infrared sauna wavelength penetrates 1 ½ inched into the body, generally enabling chemicals to come directly out of the subcutaneous fat storage sites into sweat.

·         This avoids a worsening of symptoms seen when high heat saunas pull chemicals out of safe storage, then directly into the bloodstream.

·         If you suspect you’ve had severe poisonings that may create serious withdrawal symptoms as you mobilize chemicals, go at a slower pace.

·         If you are pregnant, have metal parts in your body, take important medications whose levels should not change, or are within 48 hours of an acute injury, definitely check with your doctor.  In fact any time you embark on a health program, you may want to include your doctor in your decision making.




How Often.  One may use a sauna twice a week to twice a day. If one is very debilitated, begin with once a week. Work up to daily use as one is able. When beginning, many people do not easily sweat. Instead, their bodies overheat and tolerate less time in the sauna.


In a few weeks to a few months, as the body acclimates and is more able to regulate its temperature, sweating becomes easier. Also, the more one relaxes, the more one will sweat.


Before a Sauna Session.  Avoid heavy meals two hours before a sauna session. Avoid alcohol or other intoxicating substances.  Drink eight ounces of water before entering a sauna. Add sea salt and two tablespoons daily of kelp to one’s diet, especially if one’s water is mineral-free. Remove metal jewelry before entering the sauna, as it may become very hot. 


Before entering a hot air sauna, preheat to 150° F. With a far infrared sauna, enter as soon as one turns it on or just preheat to 100° F. Warm up with the sauna. When it reaches 115-120 F., open the door 1/2" so the elements or bulbs remain operational but the sauna stays at this temperature.


During a Sauna Session.  Light clothing may be worn in a hot air sauna but is not as good in one heated by infrared. Use a small towel to wipe off the sweat. Sit on another towel. Have a third towel on the floor to avoid slipping. Talking or working is not recommended while in a sauna. Meditate or relax.


To enhance the effects of a sauna session, visualize absorbing the heat and energy. Deep, slow breathing and good posture are very helpful. Sound therapy such as listening to low tones is also excellent. Aromatherapy is also very effective during a sauna session. 


Finishing Up. How long one remains inside a sauna depends on one’s condition. Body temperature should not increase more than four degrees. The pulse should not increase more than 50% of the resting pulse.


Begin with 15 minutes if one is ill. If the heart begins to race, sweating stops or one feels very faint, end the session immediately. Sixty minutes is a maximum time.


When finished, take a shower, warm or cool but not hot. Avoid soap if possible as one should be very clean. Soap leaves a film and clogs the pores. Wipe off sweat with a skin brush or loofah.


Brush all over, even face and hair. Painful at first, it soon feels wonderful. Brushing enhances the cleansing effect. Use shampoo and conditioner only if needed. Most contain chemicals toxic to the body.


Also skip most oils, lotions and creams. These also contain chemicals that may clog the pores. Rinse off the towels used to wipe off sweat in the sauna and hang them to dry.


After a sauna session drink eight ounces of water. Sit for at least 10 minutes. These simple steps allow the body to reap the full benefit of the sauna experience.


Healing reactions are temporary symptoms that occur as toxic substances are eliminated and chronic infections heal. Symptoms vary from mild odors, tastes or rashes to periods of fatigue, bowel changes, aches, pains or headaches.


Many people have chronic infections, often treated with antibiotics that killed most of the bacteria but did not eliminate bad tissue and all the organisms. These may flare up as they are healed due to repeated sauna use. Most healing symptoms are benign. Consult a knowledgeable practitioner if any cause concern.


Emotional healing also takes place. Memories may arise consciously or in dreams. Temporary anxiety or other emotional states may occur and usually pass quickly. Some are directly related to elimination of toxic substances. Others are associated with emotional clearing.


Supervision and Safety. Saunas are safe for most people providing one follows the rules here described.  Always move slowly and carefully in and around a sauna.  Accidents often occur due to slippery surfaces.


Supervision is always best, especially if one has a health condition. If debilitated or very heat-sensitive, begin with less time in a sauna. The presence of an attendant or friend is also most helpful.


Consult a health professional if one has any serious health condition. Those who have used LSD or other psychotropic drugs require an attendant close by, as removal of drugs from tissue storage sites may cause flashbacks and even full-blown LSD trips.


Pregnant women and children under five should avoid saunas.  Young children must be accompanied by an adult. Continue prescribed medication while taking saunas unless directed otherwise by the prescribing physician.


For Acute Infections.  If one has an acute infection with fever or other acute symptoms, more frequent, shorter sauna sessions are better until the infection subsides.  Most people can use the sauna 15 minutes about 5 times a day during infections. 


Always check with someone knowledgeable if you are unsure about sauna use, although in general saunas are quite safe.  For medical references for saunas, see the Sauna Therapy article.

No claims are made for any procedures described here.  Nor are these procedures intended as treatments or prescriptions for any disease or condition.  This is presented for educational purposes only.

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