“The number of people affected by Alzheimer's and dementia is growing at an epidemic pace…”
~Dr. William Thies,
Chief Medical and Scientific Officer for the Alzheimer's Association
I’ve always loved to sweat. For me, there is no other feeling like the afterglow of a good cleansing sweat. I feel refreshed, clear, and purified. Simply put, I feel healthier.
I became a fan of Infrared Saunas as a result of my own personal healing experience. Ironically, after publishing my book, Lighten Your Toxic Load, I was feeling chronically unwell and tired. I suffered from aches and pains, numbness and tingling, candida, depression, and insomnia. The root cause turned out to be toxic levels of mercury. As prescribed, I used my doctor’s in-office Infrared (IR) Sauna to sweat out the heavy metals. After about 6 months of consistent sessions, my mercury levels dropped to virtually nil. Honestly, I found it all quite miraculous. The IR Sauna literally gave me my life back!
But I didn’t actually buy one until years later after a recent 2-week stay at Hippocrates Health Institute (HHI), where using the Infrared Sauna is part of the daily detox routine. I felt SO awesome when I left HHI, that I immediately bought a Clearlight Infrared™ Sauna when I returned home. (It was truly THE best purchase I’ve ever made.)
At the same time that I was feeling the amazing effects of having a sauna in my own home, I was also painstakingly watching my mom rapidly decline with dementia. And I began to wonder… might IR Saunas prove to be a viable preventative measure for Alzheimer’s and dementia? Turned out the answer is YES!
In fact, the results of the study 1 I found (below) were SO mind blowing that it single-handedly convinced me-- in that instant-- that I needed to be an advocate for the use of IR Saunas.
WOW. I mean, really-- Holy WOW.
How is this even possible?
Because (as I had already personally experienced in a pretty dramatic way) the sauna offers a superior and reliable method for detoxification of accumulated toxins.
“Evidence from sources such as the Centers for Disease Control reveals that most people have accrued varying degrees of assorted toxic pollutants including heavy metals, flame retardants, and pesticide residues within their bodies. It has been well established that many of these toxicants have neurodegenerative as well as neurodevelopmental impact…”2 [resulting in diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia].
And many of these toxicants are now being found in sweat studies,3,4,5 which means sweat does in fact give these toxicants an exit route. And, as we all know, saunas are excellent facilitators of sweat.
Note: We are all predisposed to certain diseases due to genetics. But our genes do not determine our destiny. They can largely be turned on and off, according to certain lifestyle factors.
An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure. ~Benjamin Franklin
Helping people learn about and consistently use Infrared Saunas is my contribution to helping curb the suffering inflicted from devastating and costly diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and dementia, as well as many other epidemics we face.
My intention is the same as it’s always been over my many years of practicing the The Healing Arts:
To help people live healthier, happier, more fulfilled lives.
I dedicate my work to my mom.
1Tanjaniina Laukkanen, Setor Kunutsor, Jussi Kauhanen, Jari Antero Laukkanen, Sauna bathing is inversely associated with dementia and Alzheimer's disease in middle-aged Finnish men, Age and Ageing, Volume 46, Issue 2, March 2017, Pages 245–249, https://doi.org/10.1093/ageing/afw212
2 Genuis SJ, Kelln KL. Toxicant exposure and bioaccumulation: a common and potentially reversible cause of cognitive dysfunction and dementia. Behav Neurol. 2015;2015:620143. doi:10.1155/2015/620143
3Sears ME, Kerr KJ, Bray RI. Arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury in sweat: a systematic review. J Environ Public Health. 2012;2012:184745. doi:10.1155/2012/184745 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3312275/
4Blood, urine, and sweat (BUS) study: monitoring and elimination of bioaccumulated toxic elements Arch Environ Contam Toxicol. 2011 Aug;61(2):344-57. doi: 10.1007/s00244-010-9611-5. Epub 2010 Nov https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21057782
5Stephen J. Genuis, Kevin Lane, and Detlef Birkholz, “Human Elimination of Organochlorine Pesticides: Blood, Urine, and Sweat Study,” BioMed Research International, vol. 2016, Article ID 1624643, 10 pages, 2016. https://doi.org/10.1155/2016/1624643