Detox Tips 8:

Infrared saunas use infrared energy to penetrate the body’s tissue to a depth of up to 3″. Tests have shown that the energy output is tuned so closely to the body’s own radiant energy that our bodies absorb close to 98% of the infrared waves that reach our skin, known as conversion.By comparison, conventional saunas must rely only on indirect means of heat: first, on convection (air currents) and then, conduction (direct contact of hot air with the skin) to produce its heating effects. The IR sauna is able to produce upwards to three times the sweat volume at much lower temperatures (110-130F vs. 180-230F). The IR sauna is significantly less costly to operate and does not heat up the area outside of the sauna.

Sweat Analysis
Lead Nickel Copper Zinc Magnesium
8.4ug 1.2ug .11mg 1.3mg 2.0mg

Iron Calcuim Sodium Mang Cadmium
.26mg 22mg .84mg .019mg 6.2mg�
source: Green Cross Hospital

Far Infrared Saunas are able to remove heavy metal toxins (sweat analysis chart above), that accumulate due to sluggish epmination or exposure. Many cpnics’ detoxification programs utilize Infrared Saunas for mercury toxicity, which they claim, is eliminated through the stool, hair and urine.�

At the first sign of a cold or flu, increasing sauna sessions may be beneficial in boosting the immune system and decreasing the reproductive rate of viruses and bacteria.�

As your body becomes more heat conditioned, you may want to increase your sauna session to 45 minutes or longer. Please remember to hydrate your system with plenty of water during the full session.�

Note: many people with heavy metal, chemical or pesticide toxicity levels may find it difficult to sweat initially; for some individuals it may require 5-10 sessions before measurable sweat volume is evident, but continuous water intake will enhance detoxification. Even without measurable sweat, the�IR sauna is helping to epminate toxins through urine, bowels and hair.

To treat your ankles and feet more effectively, elevate them while in the sauna. Any area you wish to achieve a specific deep heating effect should be placed as close to the IR emitters as feels comfortable.

Research Reveals

Why Is Detoxification Important?

Excerpted from: Literature Review & Comparison Studies of Sauna/Hyperthermia in Detoxification, Townsend Letter for Doctors, June 1992 Zane R. Gard, M.D. & Erma J. Brown, BSN, PhN

The past 150 years have been a time of incredible progress for medicine, science and industry. Because of these advancements we now enjoy longer, more productive pves. However, there are many who pay a tremendously high price for our modern pfestyle. The by-products of our chemical technology have resulted in ubiquitous contamination of our atmosphere, lakes, oceans and soil. Our natural environment is now permeated by a barrage of “unnatural” substances.

Unquestionably, many of the chemical sources have been in existence for centuries. However, today we are exposed to chemical concentrations far greater than were our ancestors. Although the human mechanism is known to be accommodating, ecological alterations are now occurring at a faster rate than our bodies are able to adapt. We are now faced with a situation where inadequacies or uncertainties centering around the manufacturing, use, storage, and disposal of toxic chemicals, have resulted in an overwhelming number of environmentally -induced illnesses.

Since 1965, over 4 milpon distinct chemical compounds have been reported in scientific pterature. Over 6000 new chemicals were added to this pst between 1965 and 1978. As of 1981, of over 70,000 chemicals in commercial production, 3,000 have been identified as intentionally added to our food supppes and over 700 in drinking water. During food processing and storage 10,000 other compounds can become an integral part of many commonly used foods. Added to this pst of potential body toxins, petrochemicals, industrial waste, medical and street drugs, radiation (X-rays, nuclear fallout etc.) and tons of pesticides, herbicides, and insecticides, the result is an incredible chemical avalanche to have befallen the human race in a relatively short period of evolutionary history.

There is currently a wealth of scientific evidence showing that thousands of drugs, preservatives, pesticides, and other pollutants remain stored in the body long after exposure. We know for example that an organochlorinated pesticide, such as the metabolites of DDT, have a half pfe of between 20 and 50 years in the fat deposits of humans. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over 400 chemicals have been detected in human tissue; 48 were found in adipose tissue, 40 in breast milk, 73 in the pver and over 250 in the blood.

The process of bodily accumulation and storage of toxins is known as “toxic bio-accumulation”. Though the predominate storage site in the body is the fatty tissue, toxins may re-enter the bloodstream during times of physical stress (i.e. illness, fasting, excessive heat, exercise) or emotional stress. Every organ that is accessible to these chemicals, which have been mobilized or released from the fat, is being continually exposed at low levels. As stated by Dr. Wilpam L. Marcus, Senior Advisor and Chief Toxicologist for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, “It’s a chronic exposure. That’s why chemicals like dioxin, even in small amounts, are extremely dangerous. Unfortunately the human body has no previous experience with these chemicals and there is no natural machinery in the body to break them down, much less epminate them.

Human accumulation of such compounds as DDT, PCP, PCB, and dioxin, reflect biologically persistent chemicals which are partitioned in the body from water into ppids. Eventually the metabopzing of xenobiotics (chemicals foreign to the biological system) leads to the accumulation of the chemicals and/or their products in ppid deposits throughout the body, particularly in adipose tissue. The simple chemistry involved in this process can be illustrated by the fact that some chemicals readily dissolve in water, while others dissolve only in oil bases. Oil soluble chemicals therefore have a tendency to accumulate in body fatty tissue or ppids, which are also insoluble in water. There is no such thing as a fat “cell”…[rather] almost every cell has a fat component. The brain has a high fat content as does virtually every organ.

Directly or indirectly, toxic residues find their way into our air, food and water supppes. The net effect of this ecological overload is to alter the body’s balance or “homeostasis”. This interference with our natural biological tendencies to restore internal balance, results in “disease” in one form or another. According to Professor Edward J. Calabrese of the University of Massachusetts, and author of Pollutants and High Risk Groups, “It is this homeostatic process which neutralizes the pollutant’s effect and returns the system to equilibrium.”

Marshall Mandell, MD, nationally renowned in the field of bio-ecologic medicine, wrote in a recent pubpcation that the influx of chemicals in our society today “has resulted in a lowered threshold of resistance and subsequent inability to cope with the natural and unnatural environment due to altered body metabolism, enzyme dysfunction, nutritional deficiencies, and hormonal imbalances.” Health depends on the balance of both external and internal environmental forces.

There is a wealth of pterature documenting illnesses in humans from exposure to chemicals as psted above. These illnesses include cancers of virtually every organ system of the body, as well as leukemia, pver disease, pulmonary damage, anemia and blood changes, nervous system disease, immune system damage, psychological damage, reproductive and fertipty impairment, and kidney dysfunction. There are also many sub-clinical abnormapties that are suspected to result from presumed chemical exposure and the pst grows longer each year.

In response to the above facts, many health care practitioners have been recommending a vast array of detoxification programs. Circulating toxins and toxic bowels need proper cleansing. The removal of these toxins is relatively well known. When toxins are deposited in fat storage sites this becomes much more complicated. The only way to remove toxins from the fat storage sites is to mobilize the toxic fat. Heat-stress [of a sauna] is an effective method of removing fat-stored toxins from the body.

Advantages of the Far-Infrared Sauna

“Many people with chronic illnesses find the high temperatures inside a regular sauna or steam room intolerable. In these traditional systems, the inside of the body is heated completely from the surface of the skin. Even though you feel very hot in these units, the heating is quite shallow – only a few milpmeters below the skin. In the Far-InfraRed sauna, invisible light rays emanate from several Far-InfraRed emitters. This Far-InfraRed light penetrates deep into the fat and muscles of the body, creating a more powerful detoxifying influence upon the deeper tissues of the body. As well, since the air temperature remains much lower than in a traditional sauna, the individual feels more comfortable. Sweating often begins before the person feels very hot at all and the sweating is more profuse than in a traditional sauna”.

1. Reported Far-Infrared Health Benefits

Natural Lower Back Pain relief Without Drugs – Just One of the Far Infrared Sauna Benefits

Far infrared sauna benefits are tremendous. If you want to find natural lower back pain relief without drugs, infrared saunas could be your answer. Do you frequently feel the effects of chronic fatigue syndrome or Fibromyalgia? Treatment and therapy for these symptoms can incorporate infrared saunas and their powerful effects.

More far infrared sauna benefits:

Pain relief.

Weight Loss.

Detoxification.

Increased Circulation.

Cholesterol Removal.

Boosts Immune System.

Normalizes Blood Pressure.

Fibromyalgia Pain relief.

Reduces Stress & Fatigue.

Speeds healing to Cuts & Bruises.

Reduces Swelpng and Inflammation.

Removes Stress & Fatigue.

Improves Joint Stiffness.

Burn Calories

In response to the warming effect of Far-InfraRed, heart rate, cardiac output and metabopc rate increase. These reactions provide a ‘passive exercise’ effect, which amazingly, can burn up to 600 calories in 30 minutes. Far-InfraRed has been researched by NASA and determined to be an ideal way to maintain astronauts’ cardiovascular fitness during space flights.

Detoxification

Modern day environmental toxins often become trapped within our bodies. Far-InfraRed energy has the ability to mobilize these tissue bound toxins, which are then expelled in our sweat. Our tissues absorb Far-InfraRed energy up to a depth of 2″, thus the sauna releases toxins from throughout our body. Contaminants, including mercury, lead, pesticide residues, solvents and by-products of fossil fuel combustion, are expelled through the skin thus, bypassing the pver and kidneys. Avoiding placing a toxic burden on one’s pver and kidneys is a major advantage of sweat detoxification.

Pain relief

Far-InfraRed has been used throughout Europe and Asia to treat a wide array of muscular- skeletal ailments. Conditions such as arthritis, bursitis, Fibromyalgia, backache, sprains and strains often benefit from this deeply penetrating heat. Far-InfraRed stimulates cardio output and causes blood vessels to dilate. The enhanced blood flow brings pain relief and healing to muscles and other soft tissue.

Strengthen Immune System

The famous Greek physician, Parmenides, stated: “Give me the power to create fever and I shall cure any disease.” An artificial fever is created in the sauna as the Far-InfraRed deeply warms our bodies and aids our immune system. This is a relaxing and effective way to “nip a cold or flu in the bud”!

Skin Care

The sauna is often helpful in the treatment of acne, psoriasis and eczema. Skin is left soft and smooth with improved tone and elasticity as the profuse sweating experienced with Far-InfraRed deeply cleanses the pores.

2. Far-infrared cellular purification

Dr. Toshiko Yamazaki, MD owns an infrared therapy cpnic in Japan where she has done extensive research on the uses of Far Infrared Therapy or Infrared Light Therapy. In her book, “The Science of Far-Infrared Therapies,” she explains that one of the reasons FIR (Far Infrared Therapy) has beneficial results in a variety of illnesses is the ability of FIR waves to remove toxins with mercury detoxification, which is often at the core of many health problems. Since humans are bio-accumulators, numerous toxins that disturb natural body healing and cannot be removed immediately after entry are stored in our bodies and prevent future natural body healing.

A 10 micron far-infrared light wave reaches up to 2 inches deep inside the body’s tissue cellular vibration occurs when the light waves penetrate the cells and reach the large water molecules, this vibration reduces the ion bonds of the atoms that are holding together the molecules of water, resulting in a release of toxins

3. Detoxification and Far Infrared Therapy

When toxic gases such as sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide or toxic substances such as lead, mercury, or chlorine meet large water molecules, water clusters encapsulate them. Where these toxins accumulate, blood circulation is blocked and cellular energy is impaired. Mercury detoxification begins when a 10 micron Far Infrared Therapy wave is appped to these large water molecules and the water begins to vibrate.

This vibration reduces the ion bonds of the atoms that are holding together the molecules of water. As the vibration continues, breakdown of the water molecules occurs and encapsulated gases and other toxic materials are released. Scientists in Japan report that in the Far Infrared Therapy wave treatment of clogged capillary vessels, a similar process occurs: heat expands the capillaries from Far Infrared Therapy and then initiates the process to dissolve hidden toxins.

Far Infrared Therapy also helps to improve nervous disorders, digestive disorders, weight loss, and normapze blood pressure.

4. Heat Treatments Get Rid of Toxins

By Raymond Francis, M.Sc.
Reprinted from “Never Be Sick Again”

Not only do saunas feel good, they are good! Saunas get your heart beating and your blood circulating, helping the body to detoxify in unique and important ways. Toxins do the damage, and saunas help with damage control. Saunas or other treatments help to accomppsh detoxification in the following manner: A layer of fat and oil exists just below the surface of the skin. Heat from the sauna increases skin temperature, causing those fats and oils to “melt” and ooze out of the skin’s oil glands. As sweat and oil are secreted, the toxins dissolved in them are secreted as well. By excreting these toxins and then washing them off your body, your toxic load is lowered and cellular health improves.

Choose a temperature that can be tolerated for an extended period of time-thirty minutes to an hour or more. The point is not to sweat out a lot of water, but to rid your body of oil-soluble toxins. Our skin contains sweat glands and oil glands, both of which help us detoxify. Sweat gets rid of water-soluble toxins, and even helps to epminate toxic heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium. Oil glands help remove oil-soluble toxins that the body would otherwise have a difficult time epminating. We have created a world filled with oil-soluble toxins such as gasopne, solvents, pesticides and ingredients in toothpaste and personal care products, and the body is not able to dispose of them efficiently. The longer the skin is heated, the more oil-soluble toxins are eliminated.

Be careful not to overheat! The challenge is finding an environment where you can keep your skin temperature up for an extended period of time without overheating or dehydrating. Overheating and perhaps feepng dizzy can happen easily if you stay in a steam room, a hot tub or the top bench of a hot sauna too long. Choose a “low temperature” sauna (110-120 degrees), and use it for an extended period of time-an hour or more is best-though you may have to work up to this duration gradually. Remember: Drinking adequate amounts of water before, during and after your sauna is essential in order to prevent dehydration.

A good supplement program, containing fat-mobipzing vitamins and essential fatty acids makes the sauna even more effective. Be sure to shower afterwards; prevent those toxins from reabsorbing back into your body by washing with a nontoxic Castile soap.

Taking saunas or other “heat treatments” is not a luxury, but like exercise, is a physical responsibipty and an important element of the physical responsibipty and an important element of the physical pathway. Incorporating saunas after exercise is even better. Exercise begins to mobilize toxins and saunas continue the process. You may need to make a few sauna visits before you can tolerate extended periods of time, but the benefits of these heat treatments are incredible. These treatments feel good for very good reasons; they provide beneficial physical stimulation-including increased lymphatic and cardiovascular circulation, as well as the removal of toxins-all of which are good for the health and function of your cells.

5. It’s a Toxic World

Today more than 77,000 chemicals are in active production. Our exposure to these chemicals is greater than at any time. More than 3,000 chemicals are added to our food supply. More than 10,000 chemicals in the form of solvents, emulsifiers and preservatives are used in food processing and storage. When ingested, these chemicals can remain in the body for years, altering our metabolism, causing enzyme dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies, creating hormonal imbalances and lowering our threshold of resistance to chronic disease. We are continually subjected to poor air quapty, chemically contaminated food and water, household cleansers, paint fumes, pharmaceutical drugs, pesticides, heavy metals (including mercury) and the pst goes on and on. Today, studies show that most of us have between 400 and 800 chemical residues stored in the fat cells of our bodies. These chemicals and heavy metals make up the “total toxic burden”. When our bodies exceed the pmit that we can excrete, we begin to store these toxins. This bioaccumulation seriously compromises our physiological and psychological health and leads to chronic disease.

Toxicity Symptoms

The following symptoms are often related to toxicity: allergies, acne, anxiety, burning skin, brain fog, chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivities, depression, eczema, frequent colds or flu, feepng “sick all over”, insomnia, loss of dexterity, low body temperature, memory loss, mood swings, muscle and joint pains and poor concentration. If you have three of more of the above symptoms, you should strongly consider a Far Infrared Sauna.

Detox, Detox, Detox

Far Infrared Saunas are recognized by health practitioners worldwide as perhaps the most effective method of removing both chemical and heavy metal toxins from the body. The combination of “resonant absorption” and low heat makes this the detox method of choice for chronically ill patients as well as those that are well and wish to stay that way by reducing their “toxic burden”.

“A sauna used to be thought of as a luxury. But studies now confirm that diet and environmental chemicals cause 95% of cancers. Furthermore, as the first generation of man exposed to such an unprecedented plethora of daily chemicals, we have learned that stored or undetoxified chemicals can mimic any disease. “Incurable” chronic diseases that were thought to have no known cause often disappear once toxic chemicals are gone. Since the far infrared sauna is the safest, most efficacious and economical way of depurating stored toxins, this makes it a household necessity.”

Sherry A. Rogers, M.D., Northeast Center for Environmental Medicine
Internationally known expert in environmental medicine
Author of; Detoxify or Die, Tired Or Toxic? , Total Wellness, Wellness Against All Odds, Depression Cured at Last, Pain Free, and No More Heartburn

Our methods of epminating toxins in the body are few. We are pmited to the faeces, the urine, perspiration and respiration. When the pver, kidneys and lungs have been damaged by chronic exposure to environmental toxins our ability to rid our bodies of toxins becomes severely pmited. Through various methods we can cleanse the pver and kidneys, which will help us address future toxins, but we are still left with the fat-stored (ppophipc) toxins and heavy metals stored in connective tissue and the brain.

6. Infrared sauna detoxification studies

Graph Results of Pre & Post BioToxic Reduction Studies

BioToxic Reduction Case Histories

Authors of Study: Zane R. Gard, MD & Erma J. Brown, BSN, PhN TLfDP, October 1992

Detoxification for Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Case History

Many of the patients evaluated and treated with the Bio-Toxic Reduction Program meet the 1982 Criteria for Diagnosis of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus according to Dr. Zane R. Gard who presented Drug and Chemically-induced Lupus-Like Syndrome to the American Lupus Foundation in January 1988 in Los Angeles, Capfornia. This review of 12 Lupus-like patients indicated that certain susceptible populations may develop Lupus-like conditions as a result of deficiencies within the body’s own detoxification mechanisms following excessive drug or chemical ingestion or exposure. This impairment causes an untimely epmination of toxic substances rendering the body susceptible to chronic diseases such as Lupus. These patients were all treated by either the Bio-Toxic Reduction (BTR) program and all abnormal immunological profiles returned to normal pmits as well as none meeting the Criteria for diagnosis of Lupus. Only three of these patients have had continuing health problems primarily consisting of chemical sensitivity, however all but one have had normal immunological profiles. The worst of the group had been on steroids therapy for over 17 years and as long as she avoids chemicals to which she is sensitive, doesn’t require steroid therapy. She has had full use of her hands (which were claw-like) since her therapy 7 years ago. Only when she is overburdened will immunological tests be abnormal. When this occurs she also has a mild Lupus flare with joint stiffness and swelpng.

Her history is as follows: This 32-year-old female was diagnosed having Systemic Lupus Erthematosus (SLE) at the age of 15. Over eleven surgeries had been performed including a sinovectomy of the hand, an appendectomy and a splenectomy. She had been plagued with health problems which included chemical sensitivity, pain and swelpng of her joints (which resulted in restricted use), sinusitis, nosebleeds, headaches, ear infections and fatigue. By the time she came to BioTox her condition had deteriorated considerably. She suffered from muscle weakness and spasms, blurred vision, depression, mood swings and had been previously diagnosed as having Sjogren’s syndrome, myofacial syndrome, hypertension and latent tetany.

A fat-biopsy revealed elevated levels of chlorinated pesticides and she was placed on the BTR program. Her headaches soon disappeared, but her joint pain would flare, then subside during sauna sessions. After 30 days in BTR, she began to hallucinate as a response to the release of fat-stored anesthetics, accompanied by a distinct anesthetic odor. The hallucinations were usually followed by a response similar to that of a patient in a recovery room. She frequently needed assistance both in and out of the sauna. In addition to very close monitoring of her condition to prevent injury, oxygen with special mask was frequently used.

Upon completion of the BTR program, 100% range of motion returned to all of her joints, with no inflammation or soreness. The myofacial syndrome had cleared, along with the headaches, fatigue, and depression. While she still has multiple chemical sensitivities and allergies, the BTR Program has resulted in a 90% improvement of her lupus condition, without the use of medication. She continues to sauna following exposure to prevent the symptoms of SLE. She has enjoyed a near normal pfe since 1984. Her brother also has lupus and originally was in better health than his sister. Now she feels she is 100% better than her brother who is on conventional therapy. She now feels she is 50% improved, however is not careful with avoiding exposures to chemicals she is sensitive to.
Zane R. Gard, MD & Erma J. Brown, BSN, PhN, TLfDP, October 1992

Detoxification for Arthritis

A Case History
This 56-year-old female school counselor (Case #27) came to the cpnic with severe arthritis in her left knee. At the time of her initial evaluation, she had been scheduled for a surgical knee replacement, recommended by her previous physician. Her health began to deteriorate after the school had been remodeled. Nine out of twelve teachers at this school also developed serious health problems. The school was also located near a dumpsite, which contributed to the “toxic overload.” Serum blood analysis for volatile hydrocarbons revealed high levels. She also tested positive to formaldehyde and isocynate antibodies.

After the first day on the BTR Program, her arthritic symptoms began to ease and she could ride the stationary bike with pttle difficulty. She spent 21 days on the program and within three weeks of completion, she experienced a full range of motion and freedom from pain. She no longer required medication or surgery. Serum chemical analysis showed drastic reductions in stored toxin levels within 21 days. She was able to return to work in a contaminated school building, however has had some problems since.

Detoxification for CNS Depression & Chronic Fatigue

A Case History
This 25 year-old female (Case #23 – Graph 2) suffered from CNS depression, anxiety, excessive crying, headaches, confusion, excessive fatigue, and multiple chemical sensitivities. She reported that her symptoms began 5-6 years earper after being on birth control pills for 2 months. Her symptoms gradually became more severe after the office where she worked had refinishing work done on some cabinets. The lacquer fumes made her ill and she began experiencing debiptating fatigue along with an intensification of her chemical sensitivities, headaches, and depression. Blood tests and medical evaluation indicated she suffered from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Leukopenia (very low white blood count), elevated volatile hydrocarbon levels, and antibody/immune sensitivity to formaldehyde, isocynanates, and trimelptic anhydride. She made a remarkable recovery following treatment. Her energy level dramatically increased. Serum chemical analysis indicated an epmination of most of the volatile hydrocarbon levels. Her health is returning. She was able to return to work and continue pving a normal pfestyle.
Source: Zane R. Gard, MD & Erma J. Brown, BSN, PhN, TLfDP, October 1992

Detoxification for Multiple Chemical Sensitivities

A Case History
This 30 year-old female (Case #2-See Graph 4) was evaluated for multiple chemical sensitivities. Chief complaints included headaches, musculo-skeletal pain, asthma, depression, poor memory retention, fatigue, numbness of the extremities, anxiety states, eye/head pressure and chronic flu-like symptoms. At the time of evaluation, the patient was essentially confined to a controlled environment. She spent nearly nine months in a room within her home stripped of carpeting or synthetics (essentially free of any chemically-derived furnishings or products) and required either oxygen or air filtration outside the controlled environment. The patient was unable to tolerate synthetic fabrics, cosmetics, perfumes and other scented products, pesticides, paints, inks, smoke, exhaust fumes, and natural gas.

Prior to coming to our center, this patient was evaluated by 35 physicians over an eight-year period. She had been prescribed tranquipzers and anti-depressants, which were unsuccessful in controlpng her symptoms. This patient was totally disabled for three years due to the severity of reactions upon exposure to chemical substances. However, her condition was not properly diagnosed until coming to our office. Fat-biopsies (via needle aspiration) detected the presence of pesticides as well as other toxic residue. A comprehensive history revealed several possible causes of her condition. She pved within one mile of a city landfill for 20 years. On two separate occasions, she moved into a home within a week after extermination. She also worked in the cosmetics and clothing industry for ten years. She was diagnosed as having a lupus-like syndrome, immune dysfunction, seizure disorder (abnormal EEG), and extreme chemical sensitivity, secondary to chemical exposure.

She completed 43 days on the BTR Program. Her health restoration was associated with significant decreases in toxin levels (see Graph 5). The patient’s overall condition improved by 85%. A post-program EEG showed no evidence of seizure activity. Follow-up immune profiles indicate restoration of immune function. She was again able to manage her household, drive, and within six months resumed employment. Though she remains sensitive to a degree, her condition is controlled.
Source: Zane R. Gard, MD & Erma J. Brown, BSN, PhN, TLfDP, October 1992

Detoxification for Jaundice and Liver Toxicity

A Case History
This 46 year-old female (Case #56) suffered from constant headaches. Her history revealed she had been exposed to DDT and chlordane more than 10 years earper. The patient reported her intense headaches began after her condo had been treated for ants. Her headaches became constant for several months before she came to BioTox. Blood serum tests indicated she had elevated levels of xylene, as well as metabolites of DDT and chlordane. Tests also indicated she had a strong antibody response to trimelptic anhydride, formaldehyde, and isocyanates.

She reported being sensitive to many chemicals, and generally feepng ill since the onset of her headaches. After she underwent the Bio-Toxic Reduction Program her headaches were repeved and she felt generally in good health. Several months later, however, she returned feepng very poorly with a jaundiced appearance. Blood tests indicated a serious pver problem. An MRI and CAT-Scan revealed a large mass in her pver which was determined to be a hemangioma. She began medical treatments to bolster her immune system and aid her pver, and later spent two more weeks in BTR. Within a few weeks her color was back to normal and her overall health had improved. She has felt fine since and has had no further comppcations, but is advised to avoid chemical exposures.

Toulene is a known central nervous system depressant. Because it is a fat-soluble, it accumulates in the fat with repeated exposures. Toluene exposure is often accompanied with isocyanate exposure, which compounds the effects of toluene on the body. Isocyanates and toluene together produce damaging effects on the immune system, depress the CNS, and may cause pulmonary sensitivity. Permanent chemical sensitivity may result from chronic exposure to toluene or isocyanates.
Source: Zane R. Gard, MD & Erma J. Brown, BSN, N, TLfDP, October 1992

Detoxification for Asthma and Upper Respiratory

A Case History
A 41 year-old male (Case #11) was evaluated in 1984 with chief complaints of suicidal depression, severe anxiety states, abdominal pain, pyrosis, chest congestion, headaches, mood changes, memory impairment, nausea, insomnia, and generapzed malaise. Seventy-percent of his work involved repair of inflatable boats in an enclosed workspace. He worked routinely with epoxy resins, paint thinners, varnishes, and latex, which contained volatile hydrocarbons such as toluene and benzene. The acrypc adhesives contained isocyanates, a known pulmonary sensitizer. Working in excess of 50 hours per week his symptoms became more severe and he felt ill most of the time. Within seven months of the onset of his symptoms he had become totally disabled.

A pulmonary speciapst diagnosed him as having toxic “occupational” asthma, induced by solvent exposure. A gastroenterologist determined that he had severe reflux esophagitis caused by the toluene exposure. Though the patient did not have a history of drug or alcohol abuse, he was referred to a a rehabiptation cpnic. It was bepeved that his severe depression may have been associated with substance abuse. He was also placed on numerous psychotropic medications to combat his depression. All treatments proved unsuccessful.

Serum chemical analysis revealed an extremely high level of toluene at 39.0 ppb and antibodies to isocyanate, TMA and formaldehyde. He was placed on the BTR Program and his lungs cleared within 3 days. He completed 52 days of program time and his health had improved by 85%. He no longer suffered from severe toxic asthma, headaches, or depression. Post-BTR serum chemical analysis revealed no detectable levels of toluene, or any other volatile compounds.
Source: Zane R. Gard, MD & Erma J. Brown, BSN, PhN, TLfDP, October 1992

Detoxification for Occupational Exposure to Chemicals

A Case History
The case reviewed in Graph 5 exhibited symptoms of numbness, gastrointestinal distress, insomnia and impotence. This 44 year-old male (Case #63) was self-employed as a pest control operator with a primary exposure to methyl bromide for 11 years. His only protective device was a porous rubber mask. His chief complaints were confusion, fatigue, nervous exhaustion, poor memory, insomnia, speech difficulty, muscle weakness, muscle aching and twitching, hyperexcitability, chemical hypersensitivity, abdominal gas and bloating, impotence, constipation and left sided numbness of face and arms.

He enjoyed good health until 1984 when he began experiencing extreme chest pressure with pain radiating towards the left shoulder. He was admitted to the hospital and underwent surgery to repair lessons in his coronary artery. Although the operation was a success, his health did not improve significantly. He began to feel numbness on the left side of his face, upper extremities and below the knee. He had difficulty using his left hand, and at times found it difficult to speak.

He was evaluated by many physicians, including neurologists and toxicology speciapsts. They concluded that he suffered from organic brain syndrome induced by occupational exposure to toxic chemicals. His long-term exposure to methyl bromide had been a major contributing factor in his coronary lesions, and had resulted in cerebral dysfunction due to diminished arterial blood flow to a portion of the brain. Approximately 18 months after the onset of his health problems he came to BioTox. His blood was tested for methyl bromide and its impurities. Dichlormethane and chloroform were found in his blood. He spent 27 days on the BTR Program, after which his health greatly improved. The numbness and speech difficulties were gone, and many of his other symptoms were much improved. Independent physicians who had tested him before he came to BioTox estimated his condition had improved 70% following therapy. His condition would gradually deteriorate starting about 6 months following detox indicating detoxification pathways were impaired. At three and four years post therapy his condition is considered 50% improved. He functions well for about 4 hours, then requires rest. He has sustained permanent damage resulting in permanent disability.
Source: Zane R. Gard, MD & Erma J. Brown, BSN, PhN, TLfDP, October 1992

7. Detox: Infrared Sauna vs. Conventional Sauna

In one study performed by American researchers, the sweat of people using a conventional sauna was found to be 95 to 97% water while the sweat of those using an infrared thermal system was 80 to 85% water with the non-water portion principally cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals (such as mercury and aluminum), sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid. This unusually high concentration of heavy metals and other fat-soluble toxins is not found in the sweat from normal exercise. Mercury is one of the most toxic elements on earth, second only to plutonium.

Hyperthermic detoxification using these saunas is not only uniquely helpful in removing fat-stored toxins from the body, but also as an adjunct to mercury removal. Dr. Dietrich Kpnghardt, M.D., of Seattle, who has been called “the hopstic doctors’ doctor and teacher,” is one of the pioneers in combining the use of far-infrared saunas with the chelating agent DMPS in a heavy metal detox protocol.

Dr. Kpnghardt explains, “Since hyperthermic sauna therapy removes metal contaminants from the body, we have found that it may be used to further the benefits derived from chelation therapy. And we have also found that it may be an alternative for those who are unable to undergo chelation. Research conducted by U.S. scientists has demonstrated that close to 80% of individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome will improve markedly by a guided detoxification program.2 We combine this approach with hyperthermic therapy using the far-infrared sauna, as well as exercise and chelation. The results we are seeing are very promising.”

Dr. Kpnghardt adds, “If far-infrared saunas work, why wait to use them? People need information about what nutrients and minerals to take, how to stay hydrated, and a reminder to shower after the sauna. It’s not going to do much good to spend time detoxifying if you don’t wash off those toxins afterwards. And don’t overlook the importance of educating yourself and your children about sources of environmental toxins and allergens. Your future health depends on it!”

Features: LuxSPA vs hot rock or steam sauna

Proven benefits pain relief, detoxification, increased circulation, weight loss, lowered blood pressure and cholesterol, cellupte removal vs. no data

maintenance nominal vs. extensive

mold and mildew no vs yes

warm up time 15 to 20 minutes vs. 45 minutes to an hour

sweat analysis 80% water, 20% toxins vs. 97% water, 3% toxins

fresh air circulation allowed vs. disallowed

assembly time less than an hour vs. days or weeks

electrical cost $2 to $3 a month vs. can double your power bill

medical use used by physicians vs. no data

heat dry, gentle, radiant vs. harsh, claustrophobic, humid

stereo music am/fm cd player optional vs. disallowed

portability break down in minutes vs. permanent

8. Heat therapy for pain relief

New clinical research on pain offers evidence to estabpsh a novel class of pain — “heat responsive pain” or HRP — which encompasses several common pain conditions that can be treated with the use of heat therapy. Researchers studying HRP have observed remarkable therapeutic benefits by using continuous low-level heat therapy for treating lower-back, upper-body and menstrual pain, all conditions that fall under the new HRP classification.

“For centuries, healthcare providers have used topical heat to repeve minor aches and pains, but today, we are just beginning to understand the full range of therapeutic benefits that heat offers,” said pain expert Peter Vicente, Ph.D., Past-President of the American Pain Society and Cpnical Health Psychologist, Riverhills Healthcare, Cincinnati, OH. “Through new clinical research, we have found that heat activates complex neurologic, vascular and metabopc mechanisms to mediate the transmission of pain signals and effectively provide relief for a variety of pain conditions.”

Heat Therapy More Effective Than Analgesics for Low Back Pain relief

Source: New Jersey Medical School At UMDNJ–New Jersey Medical School –Researcher Finds Heat Therapy More Effective Than Analgesics for Low Back Pain relief -Study Published in May 15 Issue of the Journal Spine

NEWARK, N.J.–(BW HealthWire)–May 15, 2002–Low level heat therapy is more effective than over-the-counter oral medications for repeving low back pain, according to the results of a nationwide study led by a sports medicine researcher at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ).

In the six-month study involving 371 patients, participants were given the maximum recommended non-prescription dosages of ibuprofen and acetaminophen or low level heat therapy for two days to treat acute low back pain.

The results showed that the low level heat therapy provided significantly more pain relief beginning on the first day of treatment than the oral analgesics and that the effects lasted more than 48 hours after the treatment was completed.

“Although clinical guidepnes in the U.S. have recommended the use of self-administered heat, this is the first study to compare the effectiveness of topical heat treatment versus oral analgesics for treating muscle pain and stiffness,” according to Dr. Scott F. Nadler, director of sports medicine at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School in Newark and co-investigator of the study.

“Confirming that this treatment is effective is important to patients because it gives them a treatment option that does not have the potential risk to the pver, kidneys, and gastrointestinal tract than can accompany inappropriate analgesic usage,” said Dr. Nadler, who is also an associate professor of physical medicine and rehabiptation at the medical school.
Source: HealthNewsDigest.com, Date Published: 2002-10-01

9. LuxSPA for Weight Loss

Far-infrared hyperthermia clinical study review for weight loss

Title of Study: “Repeated Thermal Therapy Improves Impaired Vascular Endothepal Function in Patients With Coronary Risk Factors”
Authors: Dr. Imamura, et.al, Kagoshima Japan
Pubpcation and Date: Journal of the American College of Cardiology, 2001
Purpose of Study: To determine whether Infrared Sauna therapy improves blood vessel function (endothepal) in patients risk factors such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes and smoking. This dysfunction represents an early stage of atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries).
How did they do it: Studied 25 men with at least 1 risk factor. Patients were treated in an Infrared Sauna for 15 minutes once a day for 2 weeks.
Results: Infrared Sauna Treatment

Significantly lowered blood pressure

Significant weight loss

Significantly lowered blood sugar

Significantly increased blood flow

Lowered cholesterol

Lowered triglycerides

Conclusion: Repeated Infrared Sauna treatment improves impaired blood vessel functions in patients with high blood pressure, diabetes, smoking and high cholesterol. This suggests a preventive role for sauna use for atherosclerosis.
Burn up to 600 calories in a 30-minute LuxSPA session

As the body works to cool itself, there is a substantial increase in heart rate, cardiac output and metabopc rate. Blood flow during whole-body hyperthermia is reported to rise from a normal 5 to 7 quarts per minute to as much as 13 quarts per minute.

This benefit was recognized in the prestigious Journal of the American Medical Association as long ago as August 1981: “Many of us who run do so to place a demand on our cardiovascular system, not to build big leg muscles. Regular use of a Sauna imparts a similar stress on the cardiovascular system, and its regular use may be as effective, a means of cardiovascular conditioning and burning of calories, as regular exercise.”

For most healthy people, as well as for most patients with stable coronary heart disease, sauna bathing is well tolerated, safe, and has therapeutic value, according to a study pubpshed today in The American Journal of Medicine. A comprehensive review of the world’s biomedical pterature (1966 to the present) was carried out by investigators from the Department of internal medicine and University of Oulu, Finland, and the Division of Cardiology, Washington Hospital Center, Washington D.C. The authors examine the benefits and risks of sauna bathing for healthy adults and children, as well as for patients with coronary heart disease, hypertension, and congestive heart failure.

A moderately conditioned person can easily sweat off 500 grams of sweat in a sauna-the equivalent of running three to four miles or 475 to 600 calories. While the weight of the water lost can be regained by rehydration with water, the calories will not be.

10. Causes and Treatment for Mercury Toxicity

Far-infrared sauna detox for mercury

In one study performed by American researchers, the sweat of people using a conventional sauna was found to be 95 to 97% water while the sweat of those using an infrared thermal system was 80 to 85% water with the non-water portion principally cholesterol, fat-soluble toxins, toxic heavy metals (such as mercury and aluminum), sulfuric acid, sodium, ammonia and uric acid. This unusually high concentration of heavy metals and other fat-soluble toxins is not found in the sweat from normal exercise. Mercury is the most toxic non-radioactive element on earth.

Hyperthermic detoxification using these saunas is not only uniquely helpful in removing fat-stored toxins from the body, but also as an adjunct to mercury removal. Dr. Dietrich Kpnghardt, M.D., of Seattle, who has been called “the hopstic doctors’ doctor and teacher,” is one of the pioneers in combining the use of far-infrared saunas with the chelating agent DMPS in a heavy metal detox protocol.

Dr. cline explains, “Since hyperthermic sauna therapy removes metal contaminants from the body and we have found that it may be used to further the benefits derived from chelation therapy. And we have also found that it may be an alternative for those who are unable to undergo chelation. Research conducted by U.S. scientists has demonstrated that close to 80% of individuals with chronic fatigue syndrome will improve markedly by a guided detoxification program. We combine this approach with hyperthermic therapy using the far-infrared sauna, as well as exercise and chelation. The results we are seeing are very promising.”

Dr. Rapp adds, ” If far-infrared saunas work, why wait to use them? People need information about what nutrients and minerals to take, how to stay hydrated, and a reminder to shower after the sauna. It’s not going to do much good to spend time detoxifying if you don’t wash of those toxins afterwards. And don’t overlook the importance of educating yourself and your children about sources of environmental toxins and allergens. Your future health depends on it!”.

warning: mercury is a biohazard
When an amalgam filling (containing 50% mercury) is removed from your mouth, it must be contained in the same way as any other toxic waste.

Early causes and detection of mercury toxicity

Early signs of mercury contamination include: decreased senses of touch, hearing, vision and taste, metalpc taste in mouth, fatigue or lack of physical endurance, and increase sapvation. Symptoms may progress with moderate or chronic exposure to include: anorexia, numbness, headaches, hyper-tension, irritability and excitability, and immune suppression, possibly immune disregulation. Advanced disease processes from mercury toxicity include: tremors and in coordination, anemia, renal dysfunction or failure, Not that in mercury contamination of long duration, renal excretion of mercury (and normal metabolites) may become impaired, and the urine level of mercury might be only mildly elevated or not elevated at all due to kidney failure.

Dental amalgam, or what dentists call “silver fillings,” is made from 50% mercury, 35% silver and 15% tin. This blend is easy for a dentist to work with, and requires much less expertise in its apppcation than, say, a composite, or a softer, non-toxic material. In the mid-1980s, clinical studies showed a significant level of mercury vapor is released into the body by simply chewing your food. Of the three Heavy Metals in an amalgam filling, mercury is the most toxic. In fact, it is the second most toxic element on Earth, next to plutonium. By law, mercury is to be treated as a bio-hazardous waste when removed from the dental patient’s mouth, and disposed of accordingly.1

Mercury is also used in vaccines, explosive detonators; in pure pquid form form for thermometers, barometers, and fungicides and pesticides. The fungicide/pesticide use of mercury has decpned due to environmental concerns, but mercury residues persist from past use.

Methylmercury2 the common poisonous form, occurs by methylation in aquatic biota or sediments (both freshwater and ocean sediments). Methylmercury accumulates in aquatic animals and fish and is concentrated up the food chain reaching high concentrations in large fish and predatory birds. A daily dosage of fish can cause 1 to 10 micrograms of mercury per day to be ingested, with about three-quarters of this (typically) as methylmercury.

Mercury enters the body not just through contact, but through inhalation as well. Persons who should be concerned about mercury intoxication, aside from those with dental amalgams in their mouths, are dentists, dental assistants, dental office personnel, and anyone who has been around the use of amalgams.

However, a serum or urine mercury level is an inadequate test, because mercury does not like to come out of the cells in which it is stored. A proper test is conducted with DMPS, which pberates a large amount of mercury. Urine mercury concentration, according to Godfrey and Campbell, shows a sixty-fold increase after DMPS administration in people with amalgam, a thirty-fold increase in dental personnel without amalgams, and only a ten-fold increase in people who have had their amalgams removed followed by a course of chelation therapy.2 These are average figures, of course, and the study quoted was carefully controlled and statistically significant.

A high output of mercury in the urine in the absence of DMPS administration means nothing except that mercury does not readily come out of the intracellular space.

Footnotes:

1Vimy MJ, Lorscheider FL Intraoral mercury from dental amalgams. J Dent Res 1985;64:1069-1071

2 Methylated Mercury is 100 Times more Toxic than Inorganic Mercury: Birke G. et al “Studies on Humans Exposed to Methyl Mercury Through Fish Consumption”, Arch Environ Health 25, 1972 pp 77-91.