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,
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,
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
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
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 its nerves.
But hang onto your 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
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 waves.
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
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,
be unable to make energy,
and consequently, there would be no life
Far infrared wavelengths have other beneficial properties. They lower
lactic acid (the acid that accumulates and causes pain in muscles when
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 proof (Tei).
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 furthertherapeutic options available. They had reached the end of their
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
cause more work for an already failing heart. And in a regular
sauna, the arrhythmias increased 20%, whereas in the FIR sauna, arrhythmias
or disappeared entirely. Other cardiovascular improvements unique
to the FIR sauna that would impress cardiologists include decreased pulmonary
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
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).
Fifty percent of heart attack victims do not have high cholesterol.
They need to get irons fatty acids and toxins out of the heart.
Because the far 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 canreach. 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.