FIR Sauna Vs. Toxins and Disease
Excerpt From the book, “Detoxify or Die” by Sherry A. Rogers:
The Heart as Allergic Target Organ
The number of drugs should tell you that medicine doesn't have a clue
as to what the true underlying cause is for CHF. But you know. It is
anything that can poison the heart; mercury from dental amalgams, fish
and paints; cadmium from auto exhaust, cigarette smoke (including
secondhand from others), shellfish, incinerator pollution, and
industrial pollution in air, food and water. You cannot escape heavy
metals or other environmental pollutants. Yet even though these toxic
elements have been a recognized cause of high blood pressure and heart
failure for decades, they remain ignored by medicine.
What else can silently poison hearts? You guessed it, herbicides and
pesticides, which are also hidden in our air, food and water. No one is
protected, while not one toxin is suspected. And the causes of heart
disease do not end there. They include hydrocarbons and other
environmental pollutants or toxins, from trichloroethylene in city
water supplies, solvent extraction fluids used to decaffeinate coffee,
toluene in painted rooms, formaldehyde in carpets, and benzene in air
fresheners, to good old diesel and other common pollutants in vehicle
exhaust (EPA, Bond, Theriault, Levine, Atkins, Kesteloot, Alexander,
Goldsmith, Myerson, Asokan, Williams, Mee, McLeod, Wiseman, Wright,
Speizer, Antti-Poika, Edling, Kobayaski, Ludomirsky, Sharp, Schroeder).
You might be tempted to fall for the story that there is no way to get
all these poisons out of the heart, but you are much too smart for that
by now. The far infrared sauna (FIRS) has been proven by specialists at
the famed Mayo Clinic to improve heart failure, even when nothing more
could be done by medicine. And in Japan, clinicians and researchers
have confirmed its life-saving properties when nothing else could be
done (Tei, Kihara, Imamura).
But not any old sauna was effective, for example, the regular or dry
Finnish saunas actually triggered worsening of arrhythmias, increased
hypertension and shortness of breath (even at rest), and most heart
patients could not tolerate them. In fact, some of these heart failure
patients could not even tolerate a hot bath or a hot day out of doors
without drawing closer to death.
As an example of how little an increase in ambient temperature heart
patients can tolerate, a July 7, 2000 Wall Street Journal
front-page article reported that in Europe as temperatures reached 113
F. from a high-pressure system trapping drifting Sahara air masses, 25
people died. Later that month on July 14th, CNN reported multiple
deaths for heart patients as temperatures in Texas lingered between 105
and 110 F. Clearly a regular sauna of over 140°F would be out of
the question for the heart patient.
When the heart is broken, you
need to identify and correct nutrient deficiencies,
then safely get rid of the toxins that poisoned the heart muscle and
hats, for the far infrared sauna (FIRS) was not only
very well tolerated with no adverse reactions, but it got rid of so
many of the underlying chemical triggers of CHF, that these end-stage
heart patients actually reversed and improved and were able to discard
some of their medications (Tei, Kihar, Imamura)! This is unheard of.
With CHF, the rule in medicine is you increasingly pile on medications
as you deteriorate. You rarely drop any, for there is no hope of cure.
It is a one-way street — at least it is if you do not do a FIRS.
Currently they are evaluating cutting out a part of the damaged heart
muscle (ablation) as temporary improvement for heart failure! As usual,
when drugs fail, medicine resorts to cutting it out and throwing it
away. They figured they do it with cancers, colitis and other problems,
so why not the heart?
How is the Far Infrared Sauna Different?
Let's look at the energy that comes from the sun. It is responsible for
photosynthesis, the process by which plants make energy to grow. In
essence, solar energy is responsible for all of life (since animals
must have plants to eat or there are no animals).
The spectrum of energy from the sun is classified according to the
length of the waves. The shortest (and most damaging) rays of the solar
spectrum are gamma rays. Think of a gamma gun in a sci-fi
movie that vaporizes assailants in an instant. The next longer rays of
the sun are x-rays (carcinogenic), then ultraviolet
(causes sunburn, corneal and lens damage and skin cancer), and then visible
light. After that is the infrared spectrum, then radio
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.
Even our bodies radiate infrared energy through our skin between 3-50
microns, mostly around 9.4 microns. This is the basis for infrared
glasses allowing Special Forces to see the enemy at night. Palm healing
and other hands-on therapies are based on the healing properties of
natural far infrared rays, with our palms emitting infrared energy at
between 8-14 microns. Our bodies absorb 93% of the infrared waves
presented to us, the basis for similar heaters being used to warm
premature infants in nurseries. The FIRS uses a patented zirconium
ceramic infrared heater, emitting between 2 and 25 microns, with a
third of the output in the 2-5.6 micron range for deepest penetration,
about 1.5 inches. Patented in 1965, it was used predominantly in Japan,
and then use extended to the U.S. since 1981. Safer, more economical to
operate, lower in EMF, and inducing 2-3 times the sweat volume, while
allowing a much more tolerable and safer operating temperature, makes
it my preferred tool for purifying and detoxifying the body. Naturally
nothing stands alone, and a clean diet, environment and soul are, of
course, crucial components to healing the impossible. I'll take you
through more of the "TOTAL LOAD" later.
Far infrared rays are the healing, safe rays of the sun's
spectrum, responsible for photosynthesis. Without this wavelength,
plants would be unable to make energy,
and consequently, there would be no life on earth.
other beneficial properties. They 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
Far infrared wavelengths also decrease the size of water clusters,
giving them greater mobility and penetration in and out of body
tissues. For it is when these hyperactive or energized water molecules
move in and out of cells that they also carry toxins that previously
were stuck. FIR energy actually causes a resonance dance between the
water and chemical molecules to mobilize and unite them.
The lungs, urine, stool, and sweat are the main vehicles the body has
for getting rid of nasty chemicals. But by far sweat is the most
efficacious. And Mayo Clinic studies show that FIR is the safest way to
induce healing sweat, using the most heat-sensitive cardiac patients as
In studies published in Circulation
and the Journal of Cardiology, both respected cardiology
journals, physicians at the famed Mayo Clinic used the worst
classification of congestive heart failure patients to demonstrate the
safety and therapeutic value of the far infrared sauna. The New York
Heart Association (NYHA) classifies the most debilitated heart patients
with the highest numbers, III and IV. The study used patients who were
end-stage heart patients who were maximally medicated and unable to
walk across the room without shortness of breath, and unable to
tolerate warm baths, much less tolerate a sauna. There were no further
therapeutic options available. They had reached the end of their ropes.
But not only did these serious end-stage heart patients all tolerate
the FIR sauna, but they had no side effects from it. Furthermore, in
getting rid of chemicals that were the underlying causes of their
diseases, they improved their heart function, something that the latest
in surgery or drugs was powerless to do for them. The FIR sauna
literally saved their lives.
During the sauna, no patients had dyspnea (shortness of breath), angina
(chest pain) or arrhythmia (irregular heartbeat), nor complained of
excess heat. There were no side effects, something that never
happens with drugs and surgery. Diastolic blood pressure (the low
number) decreased but systolic pressure (the top number) was unchanged.
This means they did not get hypertensive, and in fact the work of the
heart was lessened. Furthermore the stroke volume and ejection fraction
increased, meaning the heart beat more efficiently with less effort.
Contrast this with warm baths that caused an increase in systemic blood
pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance. Warm baths, by raising
blood pressure cause more work for an already failing heart. And
sauna, the arrhythmias increased 20%, whereas in the FIR
sauna, arrhythmias decreased or disappeared entirely. Other
cardiovascular improvements unique to the FIR sauna that would impress
cardiologists include decreased pulmonary arterial and capillary wedge
pressure as well as right atrial pressure, and in some cases
disappearance of mitral regurgitation. The ECHO (echocardiogram) showed
smaller left ventricular and left atrial dimensions, and epinephrine
levels did not change, but norepinephrine increased. And FIR actually
increased the core and intrapulmonary arterial temperature to 38.2 +/-
0.4 C (normal body temperature is 37 degrees Centigrade).
attack victims do not have high cholesterol.
They need to get irons fatty acids and toxins out of the heart.
infrared sauna has so many physiologic benefits that improved
cellular detoxification (without making the rest of the body toxic or
sick in the process), no side effects were observed
with the FIR sauna, even at 60 C. (140 F.). Meanwhile, recall warm
baths adversely increased cardiac work for heart patients, as did
regular high heat saunas which triggered arrhythmias in over 20% of
patients at 90 C. (194 F.). In fact, even mere high outdoor ambient
temperature can kill the heart patient. In contrast, with the FIR
sauna, arrhythmias disappeared, even when these folks were exposed to
the high end of heat that the FIR sauna can reach. But the FIRS can
generate a total sweat at 120 F. and less, providing the opportunity
for even longer and more tolerable therapeutic time in the sauna.
In regular high heat saunas, plasma norepinephrine (related to
adrenaline) increased 100-160% accompanied by subjective discomfort and
intolerance. Adrenaline can, of course, trigger arrhythmias or a heart
attack. In contrast, FIR sauna was extremely well tolerated and did the
impossible. It improved the cardiac status of folks who were at the end
of their therapeutic ropes. Even though medicine had nothing more to
offer, congestive heart failure was reversed by the far infrared sauna.
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