I am not alone when I say that I have lost many family members to cancer. This is a difficult subject for me to write about but is very important to me. It is also a subject that can be dangerous to write about. When talking about cancer and infrared saunas, it is always best to add that I am not a medical professional and therefore I can’t make any promises in terms of prevention or cures when it comes to the use of far infrared as a remedy for cancer patients. That being said I can report on what others have experienced. The results of consistent use of infrared therapy is very promising in terms of cancer prevention and possible cures.
Saunas have been used by various cultures for thousands of years. Only for about 40 years or so has infrared technology been used in a sauna environment. FIR flushes toxins and disease thus allowing for optimal physical and mental health. As we have covered on this blog for many years, a far infrared sauna’s main goal is to raise the user’s core body temperature; thus providing a false fever which will then boost metabolism, stimulate lymphatic fluid, boost immune system function, relax the body and mind, lower blood pressure, relieve pain and detoxify. There are many other health benefits, but those are the main ones people usually talk about or search for.
FIR can also play a significant role in cancer reversal and prevention.
In 2004, Lawrence Wilson, MD wrote an article on Far Infrared Sauna therapy and the battle against cancer.
“If I were to single out one method to combat cancer, it is the sauna. It assists in the removal of chemical toxins and heavy metals, increases oxygenation, enhances the immune system and reduces the radiation burden in the body.”
Use of an infrared sauna provides a form of whole body hyperthermia which boosts health in several ways (hyperthermia is the induction of a fever induced artificially for therapeutic purposes?. Dr. Wilson noted that infrared therapy offers a combination of healing mechanisms for cancer patients which acts simultaneously and synergistically to support the fight against the disease.
Utilizing heat or inducing a fever in cancer patients has been done for thousands of years. The Greek physician, Parmenides stated, “Give me the power to create fever, and I will cure any disease.” William Coley, MD, published a paper in 1891 about this very subject. He noted that cancer patients who became feverish sometimes went into remission, his research revolved around the revelation that induction of a fever, in the body of a cancer patient, possibly stimulated the body’s natural immune response thereby causing the cancer to subside. Currently many hospitals in the US offer some form of induced infrared hyperthermia for cancer patients, the easiest and most efficient being the use of the Far Infrared Sauna.
The National Cancer Institute agrees. Their research into the effectiveness of hyperthermia is encouraging.
“Hyperthermia (also called thermal therapy) is a type of cancer treatment in which body tissue is exposed to high temperatures. Research has shown that high temperatures can damage and kill cancer cells, usually with minimal injury to normal tissues. Many studies have shown a significant reduction in tumor size when hyperthermia is combined with other treatments.”
Other scientists published results on research with mice. They found and reported in the Journal of Cancer Science and Therapy in 2009, that far infrared therapy reduced cancerous tumor volumes by 86 percent in only thirty days.
Hyperthermia reveals that cancer cells are far more sensitive to and intolerant of excessive heat than normal cells. Cancer cells cannot adapt and reproduce within higher temperatures. Tumors are simply unable to handle heated blood circulating around them. Additionally, cancer cells are weaker than normal cells thus more susceptible to elevated heat. It has been shown that high temperatures actually kill cancer cells while maintaining the integrity of surrounding healthy cells.
“Give me the power to create fever, and I will cure any disease.”
When battling cancer, or attempting to prevent it, adding Far Infrared Sauna therapy into your health routine assists in killing all types of abnormal cells. These cells include those that contain radioactive minerals, chemical toxins, toxic metals and even other defective or abnormal cells. Though far from conventional, the use of Far Infrared Sauna therapy and the resultant hyperthermia, is a well researched therapy for cancer. However, this is not to be used as a stand alone therapy. FIR is best used in concert with other effective and convention cancer treatments and it is always advisable to speak with your primary care physician before starting infrared sauna therapy.