Multiple Chemical Sensitivity
Excerpted from: Far-InfraRed Saunas and the importance of sweat
detoxification in the treatment of Environmental Illness by Kevin Halsey.
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Treatment programs for Multiple Chemical Sensitivity usually involve
of measures to reduce a patients’ body toxic load. Sweat therapy is a particularly
effective way to accomplish this and is utilized at leading treatment facilities
such as the Environmental Health Center in Dallas, Texas (Dr. William Rea, MD)
and the Northeast Environmental Clinic in New York ( Dr. Sherry Rogers, MD).
The vast array of chemicals to which we are exposed can be categorized as either
water or fat soluble (dissolving in either water or oil). While our bodies are
reasonably competent at metabolizing and excreting water soluble chemicals, we
are far less capable of eliminating fat soluble compounds from our system. As
a result, fat soluble toxins (which account for the majority of environmental
toxins) are deposited in the fat components of our bodies.
Given that the membrane of each of our trillions of cells is comprised of fat,
these toxins can reside in most organs and systems of the body including the
brain and nervous system. This process of toxin retention is known as ‘bio-accumulation’.
Toxins, however, are not permanently bound within our fatty tissues but instead
tend to recirculate in our bodies creating an endogenous exposure; a ‘poisoning
from within’ effect. This re-circulation occurs in response to everyday
events such as emotional stress, raised body temperature, exercise, and the fast
we experience each night while sleeping. The circulating toxins can be damaging
to whatever organs and body systems they target. According to Theron G. Randolph,
MD, author of ‘An Alternative Approach to Allergies - The New Field of
Clinical Ecology Unravels the Environmental Causes of Mental and Physical Ills’,
these circulating toxins can produce a variety of symptoms including headaches,
tiredness, mental confusion and lack of acuity, irritability, memory loss, cold
or flu-like symptoms, skin disorders, and musculoskeletal pains.
Dr. Randolph has suggested that:
“ The intermittent release of fat stored toxins may explain why a significant
proportion of chemically susceptible patients do poorly even when they manage
to control their environment and minimize chemical exposures. The endogenous
chemicals seem to be causing acute reactions which are both confusing and frustrating
to the person who is consistently watching his or her exogenous exposures.”
“ ...the optimum treatment for patients found to be reacting to endogenous
chemical exposure is detoxification therapy aimed at reducing levels of fat-stored
Sweat therapy using saunas has been extensively researched
and shown to be effective
at lowering levels of fat soluble chemicals. One study observed an average reduction
of 21.3% of 16 different chemicals in adipose tissue samples following sauna
Interestingly, a follow up measurement four months after completion of the sauna
program detected an average reduction of 42.4% for the same 16 chemicals. This
post-treatment reduction has led some physicians to speculate that the program
was rehabilitating for the body’s natural mechanisms of elimination.
Dr. Zane Gard, MD, has concluded that sauna therapy certainly does provide this
rehabilitating effect. Dr. Gard developed the Bio-Toxic Reduction Program, and
reported on dozens of patients’ case histories who experienced significant
reductions in body toxin levels and improvements in a wide array of medical conditions.
(Measuring for chemicals such as DDE, xylene and toluene, he detected blood toxin
reductions between 70 and 99%).
He states that:
“ The procedure not only significantly reduced body burdens of persistent
toxic substances, but subsequently enhanced the body’s ability to neutralize
the effects of many toxins, significantly reducing the rate of continued bio-accumulation.”
Gard’s conclusions regarding the effects of sauna therapy have important
implications for the treatment of Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (MCS):
" Sauna detoxification can reduce patients’ reactive symptoms to external
toxic exposures and to endogenous exposures resulting from the process of internal
Sherry Rogers, MD utilizes sweat detoxification for the treatment of Multiple
Chemical Sensitivity at the Northeast Environmental Clinic in New York and comments:
“ What is the best way to get rid of toxic chemicals including pesticides,
heavy metals and hydrocarbon residues?"
The Far-InfraRed Sauna. ...I’m convinced that the Far-InfraRed Sauna is
something everyone should do to restore health and then continue to do on a less
frequent basis to maintain the ‘cleaned'....