Through the years so many of my family and friends have experienced cancer; some have lived and others have passed away. This is a difficult subject for me to write about and is also a subject that can be dangerous to speak of, as well. When discussing cancer and far infrared sauna therapy it is always advisable to add the disclaimer that I am not a professional and therefore can make no promises in terms of prevention or cures. That said I can report on what others have discovered and experienced. The results of consistent use of far infrared are very promising in terms of cancer prevention and possible cures.
Traditional steam saunas have always been utilized by various cultures throughout history. The Finns began using them to bathe and with the new far infrared technology developed, infrared sauna therapy does so much more than providing a simple bath. Far infrared sauna therapy flushes toxins and disease which allows for optimal physical and mental health. Infrared can also play a significant role in cancer reversal and prevention.
Commonly cited is Lawrence Wilson, MD. In 2004 he wrote an article on far infrared sauna therapy and the battle combating cancer. He wrote that if he could point to a single factor most able to battle cancer it would be the consistent use of a sauna. Toxins and heavy metals are removed when exposed to the steam from a sauna. Also, the immune system is enhanced and common radiation exposure is reduced. Hyperthermia is the induction of a fever, induced artificially, for therapeutic purposes. Hyperthermia is a useful tool as it upgrades general health in a myriad of ways. Lawrence Wilson, MD, also noted that far infrared offered a combination of healing mechanisms for cancer patients. Far infrared heat waves act together in support of the battle against cancer.
Utilizing heat, or inducing a fever in cancer patients, is not new. The Greek physician, Parmenides, agreed. Two thousand years ago he stated, that the power of a productive fever can, and most likely will, cure almost any disease. William Coley, MD, published a paper in 1891 about this very subject. Noting 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 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 gentle, warm rays of the infrared heat the patient’s body causing a fever, boosting health in several ways.
The National Cancer Institute agrees with the literature in terms of the effectiveness of hyperthermia. Their research into the effectiveness of hyperthermia is encouraging. Thermal therapy, also known as thermotherapy, is generally used in various cancer treatment protocols. Creating a false fever raises body tissues temperatures enough to actually kill diseased cells. Research studies reflect findings verifying that, with minimal tissue damage, a heated cancer cell cannot survive being exposed to elevated body temperatures. Additionally, findings also indicate a reduction in a cancerous tumor’s size when hyperthermia combines with different treatments. Other scientists published results on research with mice. They found and reported in the Journal of Cancer Science and Therapy, 2009, that far infrared therapy reduced cancerous tumor volumes by 86% in only thirty days.
Specifically, the principal of 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. Cancer cells are weaker than normal ones thus more susceptible to elevated heat. It has been shown, in many studies, that high temperatures actually kill cancer cells while maintaining the integrity of surrounding healthy cells.
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 ones containing 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. This is not to be used as a stand-alone therapy. Far infrared sauna therapy is best used in concert with other effective and conventional cancer treatments.